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Brooklyn Today August 6: Famed Chef Brings Her Blue Tacos to Gowanus Bar

August 6, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! July was New York City’s safest on record, we explore Bay Ridge’s cul-de-sacs, and protestors tell Marty Golden to “walk the walk.” Plus, blue tacos come to Gowanus, Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing wins the New York Craft Brewing Competition for the second year in a row, and we recommend the best restaurants for NYC Restaurant Week. Finally, the Cyclones will become the Brooklyn Jefes for three days, “Books Beneath the Bridge” returns this evening, and “The Sacred and the Profane” takes placetonight at Green-Wood Cemetery.   
IMPRINT: American actress Chloë Grace Moretz wears face paint on the August cover of Who What Wear.

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


The Rundown

~JULY WAS NYC’S SAFEST EVER, BUT GANG VIOLENCE UP IN NORTHERN BROOKLYN: Crime was down across the city last month, making July 2018 the safest on record. This trend was not true in northern Brooklyn, however, where young gang members committed a quarter of all the murders in the city in July. The city has made “remarkable gains … even against already record lows,” Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neillsaid Thursday. “We began observing a concentration of murders in northern Brooklyn which had six, or 25 percent of July’s total, and focused our deployment and other responses there,” NYPD’s chief of Crime Control Strategies Lori Pollock said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE CHARMING CUL-DE-SACS OFF 72ND STREET IN BAY RIDGE:Did you know there’s a street in Bay Ridge that’s paved with red bricks? That’s a rarity in this day and age. It’s Bennett Court, a cul-de-sac that is tucked between Third and Fourth avenues and has its entrance on 72nd Street. It is lined with a handful of charming, old-fashioned rowhouses. Parallel to Bennett Court, and very close by between Third and Fourth avenues, you find Ridge Court. It, too, is a cul-de-sac with charming rowhouses. To give you an indication of what properties go for on these two tiny streets, 7107 Ridge Court sold for $860,000 in June. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SPEED CAMERA PROTESTERS CHALLENGE GOLDEN TO ‘WALK THE WALK’: State Sen. Martin Golden has expressed his support for speed cameras on city streets on numerous occasions, but a group of protesters challenged the Bay Ridge lawmaker to “not just talk the talk, but walk the walk.” In a protest organized by two groups, Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives, demonstrators walked around the block where Golden’s district office is located, 7408 Fifth Ave., 70 times on Thursday to show that the fight to get speed cameras turned back on is a marathon and that they have the stamina to keep up the effort. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FAMED CHEF BRINGS HER BLUE TACOS TO GOWANUS BAR: Acclaimed chef Denisse Lina Chavez, who has moved between restaurants quite a lot in the past few years, is now making her well-known El Atoradero tacos at Parklife, an indoor and outdoor bar in Gowanus. This is good news for Brooklynites who have missed her since she left the kitchen at her El Atoradero restaurant in Prospect Heights in March. Chavez is well-known for her tacos featuring carnitas, made by braising or simmering pork, on handmade blue corn tortillas. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN’S THREES BREWING WINS NEW YORK CRAFT BREWING COMPETITION: A Brooklyn brewery has once again been chosen as the best craft beer in New York state. Threes Brewing won the grand prize, the Governor’s Excelsior Cup, at the state’s second annual Craft Beer Competition for the second year in a row with its Belgian farmhouse-style “Passing Time” ale. “Passing Time” was the best of 642 entries from 120 breweries representing 40 different styles of beer. Last year, Threes Brewing’s European-style pilsner “Vliet” beat out 700 other beers to win the competition.(amNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Kris Kobach, secretary of state of Kansas and a candidate for governor, has a history of fighting for anti-immigration measures, but the towns he represents fare far worse than he does. (via ProPublica)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “What It Takes to Be a Trial Lawyer If You’re Not a Man” (via The Atlantic)
EAT: Here are the best restaurants for NYC Restaurant Week, including aBoerum Hill eatery hidden in a Holiday Inn and a restaurant in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (via Thrillist)
CARTOON: Find out how an asteroid approaching earth will affect themidterm elections(via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: President Trump calls the media “horrible,horrendous people“…A migrant shelter employee in Arizona is accused ofsexual abuse…And dozens of goats take over a neighborhood in Idaho. (via The Guardian, USA Today and WaPo)     
FOREIGN FLASH: Brazil debates decriminalizing abortion…An alleged Russian spy worked at a US embassy in Moscow…And firefighters from Australia and New Zealand are coming to help fight California’s wildfires. (via NYT, The Guardian and Time)

America is getting its own royal family in Florida. (via Yahoo7)



9:30AM — Broadway Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
12:00PM — We Are Like Air at Open Source 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.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Cleopatra: Her Life and Legacy at Brooklyn Brainery.Details.
7:00PM — An Inconvenient Talk Show at Caveat. Details.
7:00PM — Film Comment Talk: Crystal Moselle at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details.
7:00PM – 9:30PM — The Sacred and the Profane at Green-Wood Cemetery.Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Waterside Summer Movie Series: Toy Story at 25 Waterside PlazaDetails.

EAGLE SPORTS: As part of MiLB’s “Copa de la Diversion” initiative, the Brooklyn Cyclones will become the Brooklyn Jefes from Aug. 8-10 at MCU Park in Coney Island. The Copa is a season-long event series across MiLB, with teams in 19 states participating, specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most in Hispanic and Latino communities. The name Jefes, or bosses, was chosen as a nod to the air of confidence that is synonymous with Brooklynites. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Peter Bonerz, Soleil Moon Frye, Romola Garai, Melissa George, Dorian Harewood, Catherine Hicks, Shirley Ann Jackson, David Robinson, M. Night ShyamalanRobin van Persie and Michelle Yeoh!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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