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Brooklyn Today July 31: MTA Proposes New Fare Hikes for 2019, 2021

July 31, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! Electric mopeds come to North Brooklyn, the Bay Ridge State Senate race heats up, and naturalization clinics help immigrants apply for citizenship. Plus, MTA proposes a new fare hike, we introduce you to the man responsible for maintaining the flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, and a sushi spot in Downtown Brooklyn is all the rage. Finally, a Brooklyn chef’s in hot water, the 62nd Precinct is hosting a blood drive today, and the Brooklyn Historical Society hosts a book talk tonight.
IMPRINT: Madonna lounges in the grass on the August cover for Vogue Italia.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond


The Rundown

~ELECTRIC MOPED-SHARING COMES TO BROOKLYN: Brooklynites have already embraced car- and bike-share services like Zipcar and Citi Bike. Now, a new mode of shared transportation has come to the borough. On Monday, a startup called Revel Transit launched the city’s first-ever shared electric moped service. Founders Frank Reig and Paul Suhey demonstrated the company’s shiny new Torrot models at a press conference in Bushwick. The pair said that 20 mopeds were already parked on the streets of Bushwick,Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and 48 more will be distributed within the next couple of days. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NO SUMMER SLUMP IN BAY RIDGE STATE SENATE RACE: The dog days of summer are forcing the incumbent and two challengers in the Bay RidgeState Senate race to work doggedly to win over voters. Republican state Sen.Marty Golden and Democrats Ross Barkan and Andrew Gounardes are all busy traveling around the 22nd Senate District, meeting with voters, collecting endorsements and speaking out on issues. Barkan and Gounardes are running against each other in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 13. The winner will be the party’s nominee in the Nov. 6 general election against Golden, a seven-term incumbent looking to win an eighth term. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NATURALIZATION CLINICS HELP IMMIGRANTS APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS: Naturalization, the process of shedding one national identity and adopting another, is an intensely bureaucratic process. Who better than attorneys working pro-bono to guide legal residents through the final stages of their transformation into one-hundred percent, card-carrying American citizens? In Brooklyn, the clinic was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke, staffed by personnel from New York Legal Assistance Group and set up inside Weeksville’s Calvary Church. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MTA PROPOSES NEW FARE HIKES FOR 2019, 2021: MTA is proposing anincrease in fares once again and the upcoming two-part fare hike would constitute the sixth and seventh hikes since 2009. Details on the planned 2019 increase and a second 4 percent hike in 2021 won’t be known until public hearings are held this fall or winter. MTA officials said that even with the planned hikes, the metropolitan area’s combined transit system will suffer deficits for years to come thanks to declining ridership and the city having lower taxable real estate revenues than expected. (NBC New York via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MEET THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE FLAGS ATOP THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE: Cesar Pazmino’s job is not for the faint of heart. He’s responsible for taking care of the two American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, and in the mornings, he climbs a quarter mile along a narrow steel cable to the bridge’s apex 276 feet above the East River. The Colombian immigrant has been doing his job for 27 years, and although he takes care of other city bridges as well, the Brooklyn Bridge is his favorite. “We go up as often as needed. For the most part I’ll be going up there to raise, lower, change the flags, paint the flag poles,” Pazmino said. (NY1 via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN SUSHI EMPORIUM SPECIALIZES IN HAND ROLLS: While sushi is considered a delicacy today, the sushi hand rolls atDaigo Hand Roll Bar in the DeKalb Market Hall in Downtown Brooklynhearken back to the days when sushi was first offered as a snack in the roadside stalls of Edo (today’s Tokyo), Japan, in the early 19th century. Every hand roll offered is less than $10. The specialty at Daigo is temaki, seafood rolled inside rice and nori, or dried seaweed, laced with rice vinegar, a kelp-and-bonito stock, sugar and salt. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “How a Notorious Gangster Was Exposed by His Own Sister”(via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Thousands of women die during childbirth every year. Hospitals know how to make labor safer, but they’re not doing it(via USA Today)
EAT: The Brooklyn chef who allegedly killed his neighbor’s tree because it was blocking his solar panels has closed his Gowanus restaurant. (via Eater)
TRAVEL: Amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, one writer seeks to find the quiet spots in the city. (via NYT)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: New Orleans has an all-female biker club…A Michigan man forced his girlfriend to have sex with his friends…And Nazi symbols are found outside a synagogue in Indiana. (via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: President Trump commends Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s immigration policies…An American college studentdrowns in Tel Aviv…And Malaysia Flight 370 was “manipulated” off course, according to a new report(via Yahoo, USA Today and Bloomberg)  

ROYAL WATCH: “The royal family reportedly isn’t allowed to go to bed before the queen — and she’s surprisingly a night owl” (via INSIDER)



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.
1:00PM – 7:00PM — Blood Drive at 62nd Precinct. Details.
5:30PM — Tuesday Night Zumba at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:00PM — The 68th Precinct Neighborhood Policing Meet and Greet at Xaverian. Details.
6:30PM — Book Talk: “Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World” at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Reflections onGiacometti at Guggenheim Museum. Details.  
6:45PM — NYRR Open Run at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.
7:00PM — Piyo at Empire Fulton Ferry. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Tuesday Trivia at Fulton Ale House. Details.


EAGLE SPORTS: “Does Nets’ reputation precede them?” (via NetsDaily)


Happy birthday to Dean Cain, Geraldine Chaplin, Susan Flannery, Evonne Goolagong, Gary Lewis, Evgeni Malkin, Don Murray, France Nuyen, Jonathan Ogden, Rico Rodriguez, J.K. Rowling and Wesley Snipes!

Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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