Brooklyn Today August 1: Here Are Brooklyn’s 11 Most Beautiful New Buildings
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! MTA infuriates commuters, we share the 11 most beautiful new buildings in Brooklyn, and we tour the Bay Ridge block where Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine lived. Plus, a Brooklyn Heightsfirm gives new life to old shipping containers, a map shows many of the borough’s busiest streets as Native American trails, and we recommend the 18 best bars and restaurants in Williamsburg. Finally, the Islanders’ draft picks make a strong first impression, and Coney Island Brewery hosts yoga on the beach tonight.
IMPRINT: Hungarian model Barbara Palvin shows off her blue eyes on the latest cover of Fashion Street Magazine.
~SEE BROOKLYN’S 11 MOST BEAUTIFUL NEW BUILDINGS: Brooklyn can often feel like one giant construction zone, thanks to its boom times. But here and there, when the scaffolding is peeled away, the result of all the noise and dust is revealed to be pleasing to the eyes. Those buildings, expressive in design and uplifting for their neighborhoods, deserve recognition. That’s the role of the 18th annual Building Brooklyn Awards, which take place today at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. The winners have already been announced, comprising 11 recently completed construction and renovation projects. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE LAFAYETTE WALK IN BAY RIDGE, WHERE BROOKLYN DODGERS PITCHER CARL ERSKINE LIVED: Back when the Dodgers were still here in Brooklyn, the team’s beloved pitcher, Carl Erskine, lived in Bay Ridge. He and his family rented a rowhouse on Lafayette Walk during baseball seasons. Lafayette Walk is a pedestrian-only street that’s less than a block long. Its entrance is on the 94th Street block between Third and Fourth avenues — and it runs parallel to pedestrian-only Hamilton Walk. This time of year Lafayette Walk looks especially charming, with flowers blooming in residents’ gardens and umbrellas unfurled over patio tables. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FRUSTRATION ARISES AS MTA SURPRISES COMMUTERS WITH CLOSURE ON N, R, D LINES: A miscommunication about a tunnel construction project and a track error led to long delays and frustrated customers on the D, N and R lines in Brooklyn on Monday morning. MTA began a yearlong project to repair the Fourth Avenue tunnel between 59th and 36th streets that day, but didn’t adequately tell riders beforehand. MTA Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer apologized after the delay, saying that the transit agency had “issues and challenges coordinating internally” and that planned service changes “were not properly communicated to our customers.”(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN HEIGHTS FIRM GIVES OLD SHIPPING CONTAINERS A NEW LIFE: About 20 million steel containers are used to transport cargo around the world, but what happens to old freight containers when they’re no longer needed? Well, a company in Brooklyn Heights known as SG Blocks now transforms them into homes and businesses. The company has completed projects in all 50 states, including a Starbucks in Salt Lake City and a Bareburger on Long Island. The containers are 8 feet wide by either 20 or 40 feet long, and up to nine of them can be stacked on top of each other. (CBS New York via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MAP SHOWS MANY OF BROOKLYN’S BUSIEST STREETS BEGAN AS NATIVE AMERICAN TRAILS: Many of the biggest streets and avenues in Brooklyn began as Native American trails. A 1946 map titled “Indian Villages, Paths, Ponds and Places in Kings County” shows some of these streets. Among them are Flatbush Avenue, Fulton Street, part of Atlantic Avenue, Division Street in Williamsburg and Kings Highway. The map also shows the names of the tribes that originally lived in the area, such as the Gowanus, the Canarsie and the Winippague. The tribes’ locations are marked by teepees. (6sqft via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Being black in America can shorten one’s lifespan. In Baltimore, for example, the life-expectancy difference between African Americans and whites is 20 years. (via The Atlantic)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions” (via Daily Beast)
EAT: Here are the 18 best restaurants and bars in Williamsburg. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump gets a few things off his chest. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Facebook identifies fake accounts seeking to influence the November elections…An aquarium in Texas recovers a stolen shark that was taken out in a stroller…And Colorado police officers fatally shoot a man who they thought was a burglar. (via NYT, WaPo and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: North Korea is building new missiles…A 7-year-old girl gets New Zealand to create gender-neutral road signs…And a video goes viral of a man slapping a woman in France. (via WaPo, The Guardian and BBC)
ROYAL WATCH: “The Crown” season 3 cast is announced, featuring several new members. (via Channel 24)
10:30AM — Summer Reading Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2.Details.
1:30PM – 6:30PM — Small Works 2018 at Trestle Gallery. Details.
5:30PM — Wednesday Night Yoga at MetroTech Commons. Details.
7:00PM — Guy Branum: “My Life as a Goddess” at The Strand. Details.
7:00PM — Total Body Conditioning at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Mindful Pints: Sunset Yoga on the Beach at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
7:30PM — Celebrating ‘Li Shangyin’ at Greenlight Bookstore Fort Greene.Details.
7:30PM — Miriam Parker: “The Shortest Way Home” at Books Are Magic.Details.
8:00PM — Slick Comedy at Mad Tropical. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Free Full Moon Comedy w/ Tim Barnes, Kate Willettat Starr Bar. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Normally tight-lipped, Lou Lamoriello couldn’t hold back his “delight” over the two young players the Islanders landed in the opening round of last month’s NHL Draft. Right-wing Oliver Wahlstrom and versatile defenseman Noah Dobson were selected 11th and 12th overall, respectively, just over a week before the Islanders lost team captain John Tavares to Toronto in free agency. Though Islander fans are still bemoaning the departure of Tavares, Lamoriello has already begun reshaping the roster and looking ahead to the future in the hopes of returning the teetering franchise to the playoffs as well as championship-level form. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Demian Bichir, Tempestt Bledsoe, Chuck D, Robert Cray,Giancarlo Giannini, James Gleick, David James, Sam Mendes and Jack O’Connell!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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