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Brooklyn Today July 30: Number of Uber, Lyft Cars Could Be Curbed by NYC Council

July 30, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! City Council considers curbing the number of ride-hailing cars, New York revokes the Time Warner-Charter merger, and Borough Hall continues to fall apart. Plus, a man pulls himself and a woman onto the subway tracks, Australian-style breakfasts are becoming increasingly popular in North Brooklyn, and low-level marijuana prosecutions are down 91 percent. Finally, City Council approves a Fort Greene church’s request for rezoning, we recommend the best bars with free food, and Books Beneath the Bridge istonight in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Have a great week.  
IMPRINT: English actress Rachel Weisz graces the latest cover of IO Donna.


The Rundown

~NUMBER OF UBER, LYFT CARS COULD BE CURBED BY NYC COUNCIL: The New York City Council is considering several bills that would temporarily restrict the number of Uber and Lyft vehicles allowed on the road. For green cab driver Majed Al-Fallaj, who has been in the taxi business for 20 years, the bills can’t come soon enough. “We’re not making money with Uber,” he said. “Uber has too many cars, too many young drivers, and they’re killing everybody with their prices. I’m driving 12 hours today, and I’m not making any money.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW YORK REVOKES 2016 TIME WARNER-CHARTER MERGER, KICKS SPECTRUM OUT OF STATE: New York regulators have revoked their approval of Charter Communications’ merger with Time Warner Cable and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2 million customers in the state. The state Public Service Commission on Friday claimed the company is not meeting public benefit conditions agreed to in 2016. A key complaint centers on the company’s commitment to expand its broadband network to underserved areas. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PART OF BOROUGH HALL SUBWAY STATION COLLAPSES, ONCE AGAIN: Just a month after pieces of the ceiling fell onto the Borough Hall subway station’s Manhattan-bound platform for the 4 and 5 trains, a large piece of plaster fell on Thursday afternoon onto the same station’s Brooklyn-bound platform. A transit worker reported that no one was injured and that MTA is looking into the incident. After last month’s incident, MTA promised to invest $43 million toward repairs to the station, including rehabilitating the ceiling, installing new tiles, replacing platform edges and redesigning the turnstile areas. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~POLICE: MAN PULLS WOMAN ONTO BROOKLYN SUBWAY TRACKS, TRAIN KILLS BOTH: A man and a woman were struck and killed by a subway train after police say he pulled her off the platform and they both fell onto the tracks. Police say 42-year-old Cynthia Raiser and the 54-year-old man were hit around 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the Broadway Junction station in Brooklyn. She was pronounced death at the scene. The man died at a hospital. Police say they believe Raiser and the man were dating. They’ve classified her death as a homicide. An investigation is ongoing. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~AUSTRALIAN-STYLE BREAKFASTS INVADE NEW YORK, BROOKLYN:Australian-style breakfasts have become increasingly popular in New York City, especially in neighborhoods like Greenpoint and Williamsburg, thanks to the proliferation of Australian-style cafes. Cafes like Two Hands, Ruby’s, Flinder’s Lane, Banter and Five Leaves feature sumptuous yet healthy breakfasts including organic porridge with raw honey and grass-fed cream, free-range poached eggs with local bacon and roasted broccoli, and many varieties of avocado toast. They serve breakfast all day long. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LOW-LEVEL MARIJUANA PROSECUTIONS DOWN 91 PERCENT: Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez’s office announced on Friday that low-level marijuana prosecutions have dropped by more than 91 percent between January and June of this year. “Aggressive enforcement and prosecution of personal possession and use of marijuana does not keep us safer, and the glaring racial disparities in who is and is not arrested have contributed to a sense among many in our communities that the system is unfair,” Gonzalez said. “This in turn contributes to a lack of trust in law enforcement, which makes us all less safe.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CITY COUNCIL OKS FORT GREENE CHURCH’S REQUEST FOR REZONING: Clergy at the Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fort Greene cheered the City Council after it unanimously approved their request to rezone part of the church’s property on South Portland Avenue, where the church intends to erect a 13-story tower containing below-market-rate housing. “We are pleased to continue [our legacy in the community] by bringing critical affordable-housing opportunities and increased social programming to our vibrant community through this development,” said PastorBernard Penn, the church’s pastor. (Brooklyn Paper via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A short interaction in the comments of Facebook wasseemingly harmless, but instead, a random stranger set out to ruin Monika Glennon’s life. (via Gizmodo)
EAT: Here are the 13 best bars in New York City with delicious free food, including five in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump requests a briefing on who he’s working for.(via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump enter the spotlight once again…At least six people die from California’s Carr Fire…And an Atlanta Braves pitcher tweeted homophobic slurs in 2011 and 2012. (via NYT, CNN and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: An Egyptian zoo is accused of painting a donkey to look like a zebra…A polar bear is killed in the Arctic for attacking a cruise ship guard…And the world’s oldest person dies at 117 in Japan. (via USA Today, NYT and WaPo)

ROYAL WATCH: “How Meghan Markle Will Spend Her First Birthday as a Member of the Royal Family” (via Harper’s Bazaar)



8:00AM – 6:00PM — Alchemy at BRIC House. Details.
8:30AM – 3:30PM — Different Things Around the World at Land Gallery.Details.
9:30AM — Broadway Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Lemonade Day Brooklyn at McCarren Park Play Center.Details.
1:30PM – 6:30PM — Small Works 2018 at Trestle Gallery. Details.
5:00PM – 8:00PM — Mindful Pints Yoga and Beer at Coney Island Brewery.Details.
6:00PM — Books Beneath the Bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.  
7:00PM — A Secret History of Ice Cream: Presented by Masters of Social Gastronomy at Caveat. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Open Flame at Mood Ring. Details.
7:00PM — Harper’s Presents “How Bernie Won” at Book Culture on Columbus.Details.

EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets Aggressively Pursued Ed Davis as a Mentor for Young Players” (via Blazer’s Edge)


Happy birthday to Paul Anka, William Atherton, Simon Baker, Peter Bogdanovich, Alton Brown, Delta Burke, Kate Bush, Edd Byrnes, Bill Cartwright, Laurence Fishburne, Anita Faye Hill, Lisa Kudrow, Misty May-Treanor, Patrick Modiano, Chris Mullin, Ken Olin, Jaime Pressly, Gina Rodriguez, David Sanborn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bud Selig, Hope Solo and Hilary Swank!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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