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Brooklyn Today August 2: Here Are 10 Things You Should Know About Prospect Park

August 2, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! Gunshots are fired at MetroTech Commons, aProspect-Lefferts Gardens street is named the greenest block in Brooklyn, and we share 10 fun facts about Prospect Park. Plus, Jumaane Williams goes to court, a former candy factory is part of Brooklyn Heights’ history, and we travel to Harbor View Terrace in Bay Ridge. Finally, a measles outbreak costs the city nearly $400,000, Alexa comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Quay Tower, and we recommend the 25 best late night restaurants.
IMPRINT: Jennifer Aniston lounges in a convertible on the September coverof InStyle US.  


The Rundown

~TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROSPECT PARK: Welcome to Brooklyn’s Backyard. That’s a popular nickname for Prospect Park, which draws a staggering 8 to 10 million visitors per year. Frederick Law Olmsted andCalvert Vaux designed the 585-acre greenspace. This famous team of landscape architects also designed Central Park. (A historic footnote: Vaux coined the term “landscape architecture.”) There are oodles of interesting things to know about this place Brooklynites have loved for a century and a half. Here are 10 of them, which you can drop into conversations to show off your knowledge of our borough. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~METROTECH SHAKEN AS SHOTS FIRED WEDNESDAY MORNING: Nearly three dozen officers were on the scene at MetroTech Commons Wednesdaymorning after shots were fired near a pedestrian plaza next to MetroTech Center and NYU Tandon. The incident took place at 11:05 a.m., according to one witness who was looking to buy tickets to the Broadway show “Come From Away.” After hearing the gunshots, he ran inside to the TKTS Booth and then saw two NYPD officers, one man and one woman, run towards the direction of the gunshots. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE HARBOR VIEW TERRACE IN BAY RIDGE: There’s one tiny Bay Ridge street everybody in the neighborhood knows how to find — because it’s where Tom Selleck’s “Blue Bloods” house is located. The street is Harbor View Terrace, which is sandwiched between Shore Road and Narrows Avenue and runs from 82nd Street to 80th Street. The house’s exterior appears in every episode of CBS TV’s long-running series. The Colonial-style brick house is situated on the corner of 82nd Street. It was built in the 1920s. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GREENEST BLOCK IN BROOKLYN AWARD GOES TO PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS: The signs are up on the block and it’s official: Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers avenues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardenswas awarded the greenest block in Brooklyn at the 24th annual contest on Wednesday. Hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Borough President Eric Adams, the contest promotes city greening and streetscape gardening to help make Brooklyn a greener place with stronger community ties. “Gardening is more than just planting a seed for those flowers and trees,” Adams said. “It’s planting the seed of tolerance in a borough like Brooklyn.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JUMAANE WILLIAMS TAKES BREAK FROM TRAIL TO GO ON TRIAL: New York politicians are infamous for ending their political careers in jail. ButJumaane Williams is taking the unusual step of actively courting legal trouble while still on the campaign trail. The Brooklyn council member took a break from his insurgent campaign for lieutenant governor Tuesday to appear at a courthouse in Manhattan, where he is standing trial this week for blocking an ambulance during a January protest over the detention of a prominent immigrant rights activist. The Democrat wanted a trial, he said, to hold authorities accountable for their actions during the protest. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FORMER CANDY FACTORY BUILDING IS PART OF BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HISTORY: Many people don’t know that the northern part of Brooklyn Heights was once home to several factories, since there are few reminders of those days. For example, there are no signs at 25-30 Columbia Heights, part of the former Jehovah’s Witnesses’ complex, to indicate that it was once the Squibb Pharmaceutical Co. plant. One very visible reminder, however, is the giant “Peaks Mason Mints” painted sign on the side of the condo building at 20 Henry StThe building was opened in 1892 as the factory for the Mason, Au & Magenheimer Company. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MEASLES OUTBREAK IN BROOKLYN COST THE CITY NEARLY $400,000: A 2013 measles outbreak in the Hasidic Jewish enclaves ofBorough Park and Williamsburg cost the city nearly $400,000, according to a new study. The outbreak began in March 2013 when one child returned infected from London. From then until June of that year, 58 people from infancy to age 32 caught measles, according to Dr. Jennifer B. Rosen, one of the authors of the study. The study cited “the insular nature of the affected community,” meaning that Hasidic Jews rarely come into close contact with the larger community until they’re adults, as a reason the outbreak didn’t spread further. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ALEXA COMES TO HIGH-TECH QUAY TOWER IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK, AT A PRICE: The developers of the Quay Tower in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be going extremely high-tech by installing Amazon Echo devices in every unit. Echo devices communicate with Amazon’s intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which is capable of voice interaction, making to-do lists, setting alarms, providing weather and traffic information, playing music and more. “At Quay Tower, we’re working hard to deliver homes that meet modern-day needs of active New Yorkers and their families,” Robert Levine, president and CEO of RAL Companies, said. (Patch via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: TSA uses a secret surveillance program to take notes on the flying habits of thousands of normal U.S. citizens. They know if travelers sleep on the plane, when they board and if they speak to other people. (via Boston Globe)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” (via NYT) 
EAT: Here are the 25 best late night restaurants in New York City, including six in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
WATCH: Here’s what’s coming to Netflix this month and what films and shows are leaving the streaming service. (via Time)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: All four members of the Blandford, Massachusetts, police department quitBarack Obama endorses 81 candidates for the November elections…And flight attendants call on DOT to regulate temperatures inside planes. (via NYT, Axios and USA Today)    
FOREIGN FLASH: A “burqa ban” takes effect in Denmark…All 103 passengers survive a plane crash in Mexico…And three Russian journalistsare killed in the Central African Republic. (via CBS News, CNN and The Guardian)  


ROYAL WATCH: Princess Christina 
announces her retirement from royal duties. (via Hello!)



10:00AM – 2:00PM — Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at New York Aquarium.Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — An Arab Story at Gallery AWA. Details.  
12:00PM – 2:00PM — BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech Commons. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Dialectics of Entanglement: Do We Exist Together? at A.I.R. Gallery. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Free Carousel Rides at Prospect Park. 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. Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — First Thursday Gallery Walk at Art in DUMBODetails.


EAGLE SPORTS: Todd Frazier made his Cyclones debut in styleTuesday night, blasting a solo homer over the left-field fence in Brooklyn’s 4-3 loss to the visiting Tri-City ValleyCats in front of 6,516 fans who picked a good night to take in a Baby Bums game rather than watching the parent club get humiliated in our nation’s capital. Frazier, recovering from a rib cage injury that has sidelined him since July 9, continued to work his way back into big league form, playing the full nine innings for the first time since beginning his rehab assignment at Class A Advanced St. Lucie last weekend. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Joanna Cassidy, James Fallows, David Ferrer, Edward Furlong, Kathryn Harrold, Victoria Jackson, Mary-Louise Parker, Huston Street, Michael Weiss and Sam Worthington!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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