Brooklyn Today July 25: Believe It or Not, the Gowanus Canal Cleanup Won’t Start Until 2020
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! Lyme disease hits Brooklyn hard, we have an update on the NXIVM sex cult case, and the Gowanus Canal cleanup won’t officially start until 2020. Plus, Southwest Brooklyn schools get an influx of cash, a former Sunset Park precinct is set to become a school, and aWilliamsburg chef is opening a new izakaya-style restaurant. Finally, cops bust cyclists in Domino Park, Brock Nelson signs with the Islanders, and we recommend the best places to eat and drink in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
IMPRINT: English actress Lily James looks pensive on the August cover ofVanity Fair Italia.
~BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE GOWANUS CANAL CLEANUP WON’T START UNTIL 2020: EPA began the last phase of its pilot project on Monday, the third and final study before the actual cleanup of the Gowanus Canal starts. While some may have assumed the cleanup was ongoing, EPA was only performing a series of tests to determine the most effective methods for eventually cleaning the entire canal. The remediation process of the waterway isn’t slated to begin until mid- to late-2020. “Before we do the cleanup, we do the design,” Christos Tsiamis, project manager of the Gowanus cleanup, said. “As part of the design, we have some actual trials in the canal, pilot studies of the techniques that we’re going to use in the main body of the canal.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYC RAISES ALARM AS LYME DISEASE INCREASES: Ten years ago,Cobble Hill resident Kim Bush was a full-time yoga teacher with a healthy lifestyle. Today, she is recovering from a decade-long bout of Lyme disease. On Monday, the mayor and the city’s Department of Health raised the alarm over the increasing number of Lyme cases like Bush’s in New York City. Cases are up 44 percent over the past 5 years, and a number of cases may as yet be undiagnosed. Last year, there were 381 cases reported in Brooklyn. The city says it’s putting into place new, aggressive approaches to the disease, but also wants people to educate themselves. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN SCHOOLS GET INFLUX OF CASH FROM CITY:Schools in Southwest Brooklyn will be getting some extra cash from the city to fund such innovative projects as an urban farm and new science labs, according to the lawmaker who made sure the dollars were included in the city budget finalized in the spring. Councilmember Mark Treyger, chairperson of the City Council’s Education Committee, said the additional funding is much needed in many schools in his district covering Coney Island, Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst to ensure that local students can learn in a high-quality environment. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SEAGRAM’S HEIRESS CHARGED WITH AIDING NXIVM GROUP CALLED A ‘SEX CULT’: An heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune has been arraignedon racketeering conspiracy charges in connection with her work with a self-help group in upstate New York that is accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex. Clare Bronfman pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday. Her lawyer said she did nothing wrong. She and three other people associated with the NXIVM organization were taken into custody and charged with racketeering conspiracy, the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn announced. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG CHEF TO OPEN NEW IZAKAYA-STYLE RESTAURANT: Chef Joaquin “Quino” Baca of the recently closed Williamsburg favorite Brooklyn Star plans to go back to his roots with a new restaurant at theBushwick-Ridgewood border that will focus on izakaya-style (meaning Japanese gastropub-style) cooking. Baca will soon open Teo, a 45-seat restaurant at 321 Starr St. between St. Nicholas and Cypress avenues, featuring “a few noodle dishes, lots of meat skewers and a few composed plates.” (Eater New York via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COPS BUSTING CYCLISTS ON DOMINO PARK’S RIVER STREET: The recently opened Domino Park in Williamsburg has many attractive features, but the access road adjacent to the park is reportedly creating problems for several bicyclists. River Street, which runs from North Third to South Fifth streets, is a one-way street with no bike lane. Not only that, but local police have been issuing tickets to bicyclists who were riding the wrong way. One cyclist whose run-in was caught on film said he was unaware that the road was a one-way thoroughfare. He also said that on his way out of the park, he saw two other cyclists getting tickets as well. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DECREPIT FORMER SUNSET PARK PRECINCT HOUSE WILL MAKE ROOM FOR SCHOOL: The School Construction Authority has submitted an application to demolish the decrepit 19th-century building that once housed theSunset Park police precinct to make way for a new school — later clarifying that it will shore up some of the walls, which are slated to be preserved as part of the new structure. The SCA bought the castle-like precinct house at 4302 Fourth Ave., which has been vacant since 1970, from Yosef Streicher for $7.999 million in November. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Otto Warmbier — the American hostage taken by North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster — was praised by President Trump as a hero, but few people know the true story behind what happened to the college student. (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Should Phil Collins Be Celebrated or Vilified?”(via The Ringer)
HEALTH: Motherhood creates “dramatic brain changes,” yet one mom asks why postpartum depression isn’t more of a priority during prenatal care. (The Boston Globe)
EAT: Where Brooklyn at? Here are the best places to eat and drink in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Flash floods hit the Northeast and mid-Atlantic…Singer Demi Lovato is hospitalized with an apparent drug overdose…And a naked man does jumping jacks in a McDonald’s restroom in Tennessee. (via NBC News, TMZ and The Tennessean)
FOREIGN FLASH: At least 74 people die from wildfires in Greece…Facebook plans to open a subsidiary in China…And 11 of the Thai boys trapped in the cave become Buddhist novices. (via BBC, CNBC and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: “At Age 3, Princess Charlotte Is Already Wealthier Than The Rest Of The Royal Family” (via ET Canada)
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Theresa Chromati: Power Source at BRIC House Hallway. Details.
10:30AM — Summer Reading Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2.Details.
11:00AM – 5:00PM — Position Matters at Minus Space. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — The future has no presence at Asphodel. Details.
5:30PM — Wednesday Night Yoga at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Wine Tastings at Irving Bottles. Details.
7:00PM — Tragic Magic at New-York Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM — All the Park’s a Stage: Romeo and Juliet at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Mindful Pints: Sunset Yoga on the Beach at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
8:00PM — Slick Comedy at Mad Tropical. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Brock Nelson has never really been the key to the New York Islanders’ success. But the veteran center and former first-round pick is at least viewed as a key ingredient for the Brooklyn-based franchise in the post-John Tavares era. New team president and general manager Lou Lamoriellokept Nelson in the fold on Monday night, avoiding next month’s scheduled arbitration hearing with the 26-year-old Minnesota native by inking him to a one-year pact, reported to be worth $4.25 million. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Jackie Christie, Midge Decter, Illeana Douglas, Iman,James Lafferty, Matt LeBlanc and Evgeni Nabokov!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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