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Brooklyn Today July 24: Party Boat Spews 500 Gallons of Raw Sewage Into Waters Off Red Hook

July 24, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! Black moms face a much higher risk of life-threatening birth complications, the body of a nurse is found in a closet, and we take a trip to the desert. Plus, the number of filings for new condos soars, we explore the history of the Montauk Club in Park Slope, and a party boat releases 500 gallons of raw sewage into the Atlantic Basin. Finally, a rapper gets robbed, a man sells delicious BBQ out of his Crown Heights front yard, and we share a profile on artist and Brooklynite Mel Brooks.
IMPRINT: Hailey Baldwin sports creamy colors on the September cover ofVogue Japan.  

The Rundown

~LIFE-THREATENING BIRTH COMPLICATIONS IN HOSPITALS AFFECTS MOSTLY BLACK MOMS: Studies have shown that women who deliver at NYC hospitals that disproportionately serve black mothers are at a much higher risk of serious complications and death than those who serve mostly white women.Figures from the city’s Department of Health show the highest rate of maternal complications in the city are concentrated in BrownsvilleEast FlatbushEast New YorkBed-StuyBushwick, Canarsie and Crown Heights. The city announced a $12.8 million plan on Monday to address this shocking statistic. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DESERT PAVILION AT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN OFFERS RAINY-DAY RESPITE: When it rains, it pours. Why not escape to the desert? A sere landscape where tulip prickly pear cacti and Spanish dagger trees grow is just a subway ride away. This blissfully dry-aired environment can be found inside the glass-walled Steinhardt Conservatory at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The weather inside the conservatory’s austerely beautiful Desert Pavilion greenhouse is a welcome change from the storms washing over Brooklyn. This is just the start of what’s expected to be a long stretch of wet weather in our borough. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BODY OF SUNY DOWNSTATE NURSE FOUND IN BEDROOM CLOSET ON WELLNESS CHECK: Police conducting a wellness check found the body of a New York nurse who was bound and wrapped in a sheet in her bedroom closet. The body of 58-year-old Kyimar Thein was found at around 7 a.m.Saturday in Brooklyn. Police were summoned after she failed to show up for work. A neighbor, Rodney White, called Thein a “very peaceful” and “good woman.” He said the “whole neighborhood is stunned.” The cause of death has not been determined, and police have made no arrests. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MONTAUK CLUB IS PARK SLOPE’S SURVIVOR OF GILDED AGE PRIVATE-CLUB ERA: Brooklyn was once home to quite a few elite clubs for its most important businessmen, professionals and political officials. Most of them, such as the Brooklyn Club on Montague Street, are gone. But one that is still there is the Montauk Club at 25 Eighth Ave. in Park Slope. Its elaborate late 19th-century building was designed by well-known architect Francis Hatch Kimball, who also designed several of Manhattan’s earliest skyscrapers. The Montauk Club was modeled after Venice’s Ca d’Oro, a mansion on the Grand Canal that is now a museum. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NUMBER OF FILINGS FOR NEW CONDOS IN BROOKLYN IS HIGHEST SINCE RECESSION: Plans for 547 new condo units in Brooklyn were filed in June, making the first half of this year exceed any full year since the 2008 recession. These numbers were largely driven by large-scale condo projects, including Hope Street Capital’s 165-unit warehouse conversion at 98 Front St. in DUMBO and CM Group and LIVWRK’s 163-unit partnership at 111 Montgomery St. in Crown Heights. The largest other development in the group was Guy Iber’s 32-unit development at 1325 Herkimer St. in Ocean Hill(The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PARTY BOAT ACCIDENTALLY SPEWS RAW SEWAGE INTO WATERS OFF RED HOOK: Residents of Red Hook were horrified after learning that workers servicing the “party yacht” Avalon accidentally spilled about 500 gallons of raw sewage into the Atlantic Basin on Sunday. The mishap disgorged an amount of human waste equal to more than 300 flushes of a toilet. Red Hook resident Kathleen Murphy said, “Red Hook is big on fish, and what do you think the fish will do if they see waste in the area? Attempt to eat it. Then we get sick from the poisoned fish.” (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RAPPER TEKASHI69 SAYS MEN FORCED HIM FROM CAR, TOOK JEWELRY IN BROOKLYN ROBBERY: The rapper known as Tekashi69 says two men forced him from a car at a New York City intersection and robbed him of jewelry. The New York Police Department says the rapper went to a police precinct early Sunday to report what happened to him. Authorities say he stated he had been the passenger in a car that was bumped by another vehicle around 4:30 a.m. in Brooklyn, and the two men got out and forced him into their car. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Sleep Science: Before going to bed tonight, check out this article on where your mind goes and what it does while snoozing. (via National Geographic)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How E-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China”(via The New Yorker)
PROFILE: Artist (and Brooklynite!) Mel Brooks may have just turned 92, but he’s just as vibrant as he ever was. Here’s a profile of the actor, comedian and producer. (via The Atlantic)
EAT: Where can you get finger lickin’ good BBQ in Crown Heights? It’s not in a restaurant, but rather in a man’s front yard. The menu is on a cardboard flap, and there’s no seating, so you’ll have to take it to go. (via NYT)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Tronc lays off roughly 50 percent of the Daily News staff…A massive forest fire erupts near Yosemite National Park…And several types of food are linked to salmonella, including Ritz Cracker products. (via HuffPost, USA Today and CNN)    
FOREIGN FLASH: A Toronto gunman kills at least two people…Two homeless men are set on fire in Berlin…And brown bears are threateningsheep populations in Southern France. (via USA Today, The Local and NYT)

The royal family’s 1975 Range Rover, which was driven by Prince Charles, sells for roughly $140,000 at auction. (via Daily Mail)


10:00AM — Dance and Music with Cumbe Kidz at Fort Greene Park. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Theresa Chromati: Power Source at BRIC House Hallway. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at New York Aquarium.Details.
5:30PM — Tuesday Night Zumba at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:45PM — NYRR Open Run at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.
7:00PM — All the Park’s a Stage: Romeo and Juliet at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1. Details.
7:00PM — To the Moon and Back at American Museum of Natural History.Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Tuesday Trivia at Fulton Ale House. Details.
7:00PM — Blood In the Water: Queens Drag Sharks to Chum at Caveat.Details.
7:00PM — Summer of Know: Martha Rosler and Yasmine Ergas at Guggenheim Museum. Details.  

EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets not straying from D’Angelo Russell plan with 2019 in mind” (via New York Post)

Happy birthday to Barry Bonds, Ruth Buzzi, Rose Byrne, Lynda Carter,Kristin Chenoweth, Danny Dyer, Kadeem Hardison, Robert Hays, Julie Krone, Jennifer Lopez, Karl Malone, Claire McCaskill, Eugene Mirman,Elisabeth Moss, Pat Oliphant, Anna Paquin, Chris Sarandon and Peter Serkin!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected]

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