Brooklyn Today July 27: Barclays Center to Eliminate Use of Plastic Straws at All Events
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! We stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1.6 million SNAP recipients receive low-cost Citi Bike memberships, and politicians play the blame game after speed cameras are turned off. Plus, Barclays Center will eliminate plastic straws, we share how NYPD horses get new shoes, and ADIDAS will open a creative space in Williamsburg. Finally, sales are underway for a 27-story Downtown Brooklyn building, Jared Dudley is eager to play for the Nets, and Brooklyn boasts some of the loudest bars in the city. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: American actress Jenna Dewan poses nude on the Septembercover of Women’s Health.
~1.6 MILLION NYC SNAP RECIPIENTS CAN NOW GET LOW-COST CITI BIKE RIDES: New York City officials took a bicycle ride to Bed-Stuy last week to announce that SNAP (food stamps) recipients are now eligible to ride Citi Bikes for just $5 a month. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said the discount “helps to address Mayor [Bill] de Blasio’s goals for a more equitable city.” BP Eric Adams and Trottenberg were among those taking the ride to the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation on Fulton Street to make the announcement. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STROLL THROUGH BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN BEFORE THE RAIN RETURNS: The lilies are lovely to look at this time of year. You should see them when there’s a break in the weather. The fine fleurs can be found in the Cranford Rose Garden. This floral oasis is one of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s summer attractions. It’s a visitor magnet after spring comes and goes, and the garden’s famous cherry blossoms are just a memory. On Sunday, it’s supposed to stop raining in Brooklyn, Weather.com predicts. So you can get outdoors and stroll around the grounds of the 52-acre horticultural institution at the edge of Prospect Heights. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WITH SPEED CAMERAS TURNED OFF, LET THE BLAME GAME BEGIN:The finger pointing has begun. On the day speed cameras on New York City streets were due to be turned off, Republican and Democratic lawmakers turned on each other in a fierce effort to assess blame for the failure to keep the cameras operating. State Sen. Marty Golden held a press conference in front of P.S. 185 in Bay Ridge Wednesday morning and called on Gov.Andrew Cuomo to call the state Senate back into session in Albany to take a vote to reinstate the cameras. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BARCLAYS CENTER TO ELIMINATE USE OF PLASTIC STRAWS AT ALL EVENTS: Councilmember Rafael Espinal’s bill to ban plastic straws in New York City is gaining traction. Barclays Center and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will eliminate single-use plastic straws at all events by 2019, becoming the first sports and entertainment venues in the New York area to do so. The move will divert from landfill the combined 5.5 million straws used annually by the two arenas. Levy Restaurants, the venue’s food and beverage provider, will offer guests a strawless lid or alternative-material straw option, which will be compostable. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WHEN NYPD HORSES LOSE SHOES, THE BLACKSMITH COMES TO THEM: It’s like AAA for horses. When one of NYPD’s horses loses a metal shoe, or they just wear out on the gritty city streets, a blacksmith shop on wheelsrushes to the rescue, equipped with a 2,850-degree furnace and trained farriers who can make the fix on the spot. “It’s almost amazing that in modern times we’re still doing horseshoeing out in the public in the street,” says Deputy Inspector Barry Gelbman, head of the NYPD’s elite Mounted Unit, where all 50 horses are considered equine officers, with badges around their necks to prove it. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ADIDAS TO OPEN CREATIVE SPACE IN WILLIAMSBURG: To celebrate the new adidas POD-S3.1 running shoe design, the well-known sporting goods company plans to open a temporary creative communal space inWilliamsburg known as Factory 55. The studio will encourage local creative professionals to learn new skills, interact with each other and help direct the brand’s path. The new space will host public workshops, lab sessions and a roster of local artists, designers and musicians. It will also hold seminars in producing magazines and posters, an introduction to screen-printing T-shirts and a neighborhood photography session. (HYPEBEAST via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SALES NOW UNDERWAY FOR NEW DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN CONDO BUILDING: Sales are now underway for The Brooklyn Grove, a 27-story condo building at 10 Nevins St. in Downtown Brooklyn. The building has 184 units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, with prices starting at $575,000. The building’s many amenities include a 40-foot-long indoor swimming pool; a lounge featuring a fireplace surrounded by marble, a pool table and a screening area; a children’s playroom; a rooftop lounge and a fitness center. The Brooklyn Grove topped out earlier this month, and construction is expected to end this spring. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: An Uber driver asked some pretty strange questions to attendees of the Aspen Security Forum. One passenger even considered she might have been a “covert agent.” (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A fan remembers Amy Winehouse on the seventh anniversary of her death. (via Longreads)
PODCAST: Both Sides of the Story: Rukmini Callimachi, a reporter for The New York Times who covers ISIS, discusses speaking directly with the terrorist groups, not just officials in Washington. (via Longform)
DRINK: The 20 loudest bars in New York City were recently announced, and more than half of them are in Brooklyn. Topping the list as the noisiest is a nightclub in Brighton Beach. (via Patch)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The New York Times releases a very detailed map of the 2016 election…Hundreds of dead sea turtles wash up on the coast of Florida…And 76 ducklings follow a hen in Minnesota. (via NYT and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: Vice President Mike Pence threatens to impose sanctions on Turkey…A bomb explodes outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing…And cricket star Imran Khan declares victory in Pakistan’s prime minister election. (via The Hill, USA Today and Time)
ROYAL WATCH: Here are 50 things you may not know about the royal family. (via Reader’s Digest)
9:00AM — Retro Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
12:00PM — Animation Block Party at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
5:30PM — Tots Welcome In Shabbat at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:00PM — Shakespeare in the Park at Fort Greene Park. Details.
7:10PM — Jazzy Jazz Festival Summer 2018 at Medgar Evers College.Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Twelfth Night at Gallery Players. Details.
8:00PM — Godspell at Redeemer St. John. Details.
8:00PM — A Full Moon in Aquarius at New York Open Center. Details.
8:30PM – 10:30PM — Journey to the Stars at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1.Details.
9:30PM — Friday Night Fireworks at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Fuhgetabout the buyout. Jared Dudley is all in with head coach Kenny Atkinson and the Brooklyn Nets. General manager Sean Marks’ latest addition to the NBA franchise’s revamped roster can’t wait to carve out his spot as one of the Nets’ veteran leaders and key members of Atkinson’s rotation off the bench. “I think in Brooklyn they respect the hustle and playing the right way,” said Dudley during his introductory press conference with the local media Wednesday afternoon at the team’s HSS Training Center in Sunset Park. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Cassandra Clare, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peggy Fleming, Bobbie Gentry, Courtney Kupets, Norman Lear, Maureen McGovern, Julian McMahon, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Alex Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Taylor Schilling and Jordan Spieth!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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