Brooklyn Today August 3: Woman, Man Rescued From East River Near Williamsburg Bridge
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! Cobble Hill residents talk trash, advocates say a ride-sharing cap is a bad move, and a film production center could be coming to Sunset Park. Plus, we travel to Louise Terrace in Bay Ridge, a Park Sloperesident calls the cops on a woman waiting for an Uber, and a man and a woman are rescued from the East River. Finally, an outside-the-box restaurant comes to Sheepshead Bay, a Brooklyn immigrant creates a website that helps people find cheap airline tickets, and we share the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: Singer Jaden Smith sports denim on the Fall cover of Dazed.
~COBBLE HILL RESIDENTS FUME OVER UNCOLLECTED COMPOST ROTTING IN THE HEAT: On a sultry day earlier this week, Cobble Hillresidents were heated to find their compost sitting on the curb, uncollectedafter sanitation workers left. The garbage men removed trash bags, but left the brown compost bins filled with dinner scraps and other organic waste. By 3 p.m., a stench began to emit from the containers as residents — unaware of any changes to their pickup schedule — left their bins out hoping the workers would return to remove the compost. In addition to the pungent smell, insects began to accumulate inside the bins, according to one peeved resident on Warren Street. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYC CAP ON UBER, LYFT ‘A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION,’ ADVOCATES CHARGE: Advocates called out the NYC Council’s proposed cap on car services like Uber and Lyft on Thursday, saying it was “a step in the wrong direction” that would hurt the outer boroughs. A package of bills limiting ride-sharing vehicles was introduced to the Council on Wednesday. Advocates said a cap on new licenses would reduce rides to outer-borough neighborhoods, hurting businesses and cutting back on opportunities for minority drivers. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYC LOOKS TO OPEN FILM PRODUCTION CENTER AT SUNSET PARK’S BUSH TERMINAL: Sunset Park could become Sunset Boulevard if a plan by the de Blasio administration to turn a portion of Bush Terminal into a film and television production center becomes a reality. The plan took a giant step forward Wednesday with the announcement by NYCEDC and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment that the city is seeking a Request for Proposals from entities interested in developing a 200,000-square-foot section of the Made in New York Campus at Bush Terminal into a Hollywood-type of studio for film and television production. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE TERRIFIC TUDORS ON LOUISE TERRACE IN BAY RIDGE: Tudor City! That’s what Louise Terrace, one of our favorite short streets in Bay Ridge, looks like. The houses on either side of the tidy terrace are lined up in perfect, Tudor-accented rows. It’s one of three tiny streets with entrances on 70th Street. Though each street is just a block long, these aren’t dead ends. They aren’t private streets with restricted parking, like so many of the neighborhood’s picturesque short streets. Louise Terrace runs from 70th Street to Mackay Place on the block between Narrows Avenue and Colonial Road. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WOMAN, MAN RESCUED FROM EAST RIVER NEAR WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE: New York City police and firefighters rescued a woman and a manfrom the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge on Thursday morning. WABC said both people were taken to a hospital and were expected to be OK. The man was pulled from the water near the bridge first, around 6 a.m. The woman was rescued a short time later. Video showed arms flailing as rescuers in the water and on a boat pulled one of the people to safety. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~VIDEO OF PARK SLOPE RESIDENT CALLING COPS ON WOMAN WAITING FOR UBER STIRS CONTROVERSY: A video of a young Park Slope woman angrily calling the cops on Darsell Obregon, another woman who had had taken shelter in her doorway in the pouring rain and was waiting for an Uber, has attracted more than 150,000 views on Obregon’s Facebook page and elsewhere. The incident has been interpreted as the latest in a series of white people calling the police to report blacks going about their daily lives, according to Newsweek. But on her Facebook page, Obregon said, “I am not Black and have never claimed to be.” (Newsweek via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FOOD OF CHINESE MUSLIM GROUP COMES TO SHEEPSHEAD BAY: A new restaurant in Sheepshead Bay offers the food of the Dungans, an ethnic group of Chinese Muslims who were expelled from China in the 19th century after an unsuccessful uprising and now live in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The owners, Damirzhan Azimov and his wife Gulshat Azimova, emigrated to the U.S. from Kazakhstan in 2012 and opened the restaurant,Lagman House, in June. Much of the food is based on lagman, or la mian in Chinese, a type of noodle that is mixed with other ingredients, depending on the dish, according to The New York Times. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN IMMIGRANT’S WEBSITE USES HIDDEN METHOD TO FIND AIRLINE DISCOUNTS: A young Brooklyn immigrant from Bangladesh who graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School has invented a search engine that lets people find cheap air fares through a controversial method. Aktarer Zaman’s site, Skiplagged, alerts users to “hidden city” fares. Skiplagged finds instances in which a ticket to fly from City A to City B to City C is less expensive than a direct ticket to City B. Instead of traveling to the final stop as he told the airline he would, the traveler departs at the midway point. (NY1 via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Pope Francis says the death penalty is wrong under all circumstances. (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Serap Jangbu Sherpa, a Nepali man and one of the most skilled Himalayan guides, traded climbing the world’s tallest mountains for working in a Lower Manhattan outdoor retail store. (via Deadspin)
TECH: Apple is now worth $1 trillion. (No, that’s not a typo.) (via The Atlantic)
EAT: From Prospect-Lefferts Gardens to Greenpoint, Prospect Heights toEast Williamsburg, here are the 11 hottest restaurants in the borough right now. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Ivanka Trump says the press is not the enemy of the people…A serious case of red tide hits Southwest Florida…And a store in Louisiana lets an autistic teen help stock the shelves. (via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: More than 100,000 people are displaced by floods in Myanmar…Four new cases of Ebola emerge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo…And a new Australian law erases the anonymity of sperm and egg donors. (via CNN, The Guardian and ABC News)
ROYAL WATCH: “Royal Family lead Tatler’s 2018 best-dressed Brits list” (via BBC)
9:00AM — Retro Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — An Arab Story at Gallery AWA. Details.
12:00PM — We Are Like Air at Open Source Gallery. Details.
4:00PM – 6:00PM — Unveiling Celebration: Mural Wall at Bush Terminal.Details.
6:30PM – 9:30PM — Cosmovision of the Inca: Solar Practices to Activate Inner Light at New York Open 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.
7:00PM — Isaac Shapiro: “Edokko” at The Strand. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Dreamland Disco at Lefrak Center at Lakeside. Details.
9:30PM — Friday Night Fireworks at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Kenneth Faried eschews the idea that he was simply one of Nets general manager Sean Marks’ salary-dump summer pickups. Instead, the 6-foot-8, 228-pound forward known as “The Manimal” believes he can play a vital role in Brooklyn’s ongoing rebuilding project on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues this coming season. “Brooklyn decided to pick up a still-able, capable player who can go out there produce and lead a team,” insisted Faried during his initial meet-and-greet with the local mediaWednesday afternoon at the Nets’ HSS Training Center in Sunset Park. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
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