Brooklyn Today July 26: Grand Canyon Diner Returns to Montague Street in Armando’s Space
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! Pablo Villavicencio is freed by a Brooklyn judge, an immigrant clampdown threatens the borough’s economy, and we travel to where Pee Wee Reese lived in Bay Ridge. Plus, Target is cranking up same-day delivery in New York City, Grand Canyon Diner is returning toBrooklyn Heights, and a new eclectic restaurant arrives in Bed-Stuy. Finally, a Williamsburg artists’ loft community is endangered, we recommend the 40 best places to get brunch, and a massive brawl is coming to Barclays Center.
IMPRINT: American actress Gwyneth Paltrow graces the latest cover ofThe New York Times Magazine.
~COME SEE BARWELL TERRACE IN BAY RIDGE, WHERE BROOKLYN DODGERS SHORTSTOP PEE WEE REESE LIVED: Did you know Pee Wee Reese and his family lived on Barwell Terrace? The legendary Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop and team captain’s home was on this tiny Bay Ridge street, his 1999 New York Times obituary said. This pedestrian-only cul-de-sac is at the top of a flight of stairs at the edge of the sidewalk on 97th Street. You need only stand on the sidewalk to see the terrace is a beautiful, tranquil place. The rowhouses on Barwell Terrace were built in the 1920s. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PABLO VILLAVICENCIO FREED BY BROOKLYN JUDGE: An Ecuadorian immigrant who’s been freed by a U.S. judge said Wednesday he thought he would lose his daughters and his wife when he was detained while delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation nearly two months ago. “I thought the world was coming to an end for me,” Pablo Villavicencio, speaking in Spanish outside his Long Island home, said the morning after his release from immigration detention. “I thought I was losing everything, that my dream of having my family always together was coming to an end,” he said. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~IMMIGRATION CLAMPDOWN: THE THREAT TO BROOKLYN’S ECONOMY: Zaid Nagi, 36, owns five cellphone stores and a bodega in the city. He’s hired about 15 people from Yemen who arrived through the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, a lottery that allows people from countries with few migrants to the U.S. apply for a lottery to enter the country. Now that the Supreme Court has affirmed the Trump Administration’s travel ban, Diversity Visas are worthless to people from banned countries. A stream of opportunity that allowed Nagi to build several businesses — and help spin off several more — has run dry. “It’s a big, big loss,” he said. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TARGET IS CRANKING UP SAME-DAY DELIVERY IN NEW YORK: Target will begin rolling out speedy service for thousands of products by the end of the month in New York, less than a year after spending $550 million to acquire the same-day delivery company Shipt. Rapid delivery has become the new front in retail, with every major player attempting to beat, or at least match, Amazon.com in its reach. Target Corp. said that the same-day delivery of items like groceries and toys will start in New York City in August. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GRAND CANYON RETURNS TO MONTAGUE STREET IN ARMANDO’S SPACE: The Grand Canyon Diner, a Brooklyn Heights fixture at 141 Montague St. before it closed in 2015, is returning to the block in the same next-door space vacated earlier this year by the Armando’s Restaurant and Bar. Armando’s was a mainstay in the Heights since 1936, but longtime ownerPeter Byros sold the building at 143 Montague St. for $7.418 million in February and closed the restaurant in May. Grand Canyon Diner ownerGonzalo Carretto signed a 15-year lease for the ground-floor space at a rent of $27,500 per month. The diner is slated to open in the fall. (via Brooklyn Eagle and Commercial Observer)
~NEW BED-STUY RESTAURANT GETS THUMBS-UP FROM WEBSITE: Peri Peri Grill House, a new restaurant at 235 Malcolm X Blvd., in many ways typifies the eclectic nature of Bed-Stuy. “Born in Southeast Africa. Crafted by the Portuguese. Welcomed in Bed-Stuy,” Gothamist wrote. The owners, brother-and-sister Sohaib and Hanan Malik, are from Pakistan. The dishes, Gothamist said, are mainly “casual food enlivened by an excellent blend of chili pepper-based spices. The Beef Burger, for example, comes with a fat patty prepared either spicy or plain … a slather of peri peri mayo, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, melted cheddar, and ‘a kick of chili sauce.’” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ARTISTS’ LOFT COMMUNITY ON THE ROPES IN WILLIAMSBURG: An artists’ community at 475 Kent Ave., an 11-story loft building inWilliamsburg, has thrived since 1998 but may be under fire. Since new owners Shlomo Meichor and Assi Arev of the Gaia Investment Group took over last year, about half of the tenants have been evicted. The building has housed photographers, actors (including Bill Murray), artists, musicians and authors. Real change came after 2013, when upscale residential development began to rise nearby. The surviving tenants work with lawyers to advocate for their rights and recently held an art auction to benefit their tenants’ association. (Freunde von Freunden via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: At 69, Elizabeth Warren is still light on her feet, often sprinting to take the stage at her rallies. She’s a candidate to run in 2020, and she’ll be looking to take down President Trump. Here’s a profile of the Massachusetts senator. (via New York Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Parents Behaving Badly: A Youth Sports CrisisCaught on Video” (via NYT)
JOURNALISM: Go inside the bar where Daily News staffers took refuge after being let go. Writer Amanda Darrach reveals that the paper’s interns were sent to see “Jurassic Park” to protect them from “the harsh realities of the day.” (via CJR)
EAT: Here are the 40 best places to get brunch in New York City, including 13 spots in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A California DMV worker slept for three hours a day on the job for four years…A California man wins the $522 million Mega Millions jackpot…And Yosemite National Park is evacuated due to a 38,000-acre wildfire. (via SF Chronicle, CBS News and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: An underground lake is discovered on Mars…Three men are arrested in the UK for throwing acid on a 3-year-old…And a suicide bomb kills 31 people in Pakistan. (via Popular Mechanics, BBC and NBC News)
ROYAL WATCH: “Royal family releases behind-the-scenes footage of Buckingham Palace” (via CNBC)
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
11:00AM – 9:00PM — Selections from the Collage/Mixed Media Class at Park Slope Armory YMCA. Details.
12:00AM – 2:00PM —BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — The future has no presence at Asphodel. Details.
1:30PM – 6:30PM — Small Works 2018 at Trestle Gallery. Details.
4:00PM — The Drunk Yoga Experience at Our Wicked Lady. Details.
4:00PM – 7:00PM — Beer Freak Show / Randall Night at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
6:00PM — Movies With a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Rising Choreographers at The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge. Details.
6:30PM — Community Organizing for Climate Change in Red Hook at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter have something very much in common. Both lost critical title bouts to Keith Thurman, widely regarded as the best welterweight in the world, right here at Downtown Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Ironically, the two announced Tuesday afternoon that they will duke it out in the same arena on Sept. 8 for Thurman’s vacated WBC welterweight crown as the soon-to-be-ex-champ recovers from elbow surgery. “Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter will be an action-packed, can’t-miss brawl,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Susan George, Mick Jagger, Helen Mirren, Taylor Momsen, Jeremy Piven and Cress Williams!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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