Brooklyn Today August 10: Did Brooklyn name a street after a mass murderer?
THE LEDE: Happy Friday! Two new restaurants come to Downtown Brooklyn, this weekend is your last chance to ride a historical fireboat, and Brooklyn may have named a street after a mass murderer. Plus, a mega-development is planned for Sunset Park, City Council helps out victims of domestic violence, and Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy are some of the most dangerous areas for pedestrian and bikers. Finally, the Cyclones win under a new name, and you can learn how to make Chinese dumplings and wontons at Brooklyn Brainery tonight. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: Russian model Irina Shayk smiles from ear to ear on the September cover of Glamour Netherlands.
~IS BROOKLYN STREET CO-NAMED AFTER HAITIAN HERO — OR MASS MURDERER?: The City Council voted on Wednesday to approve acontroversial proposal to co-name a Brooklyn street after a man who led Haiti’s historic slave rebellion — but who also brutally massacred thousands of innocents. Jean-Jacques Dessalines became emperor of Haiti after the successful fight for independence against the French Army in 1804. After the victory, however, Dessalines ordered his soldiers to slaughter nearly every remaining French man, woman and child on the island. The co-naming covers a 2-mile section of Rogers Avenue from Farragut Road to Eastern Parkway. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE A 9/11 HEROIC FIREBOAT WITH COOL CAMO WHILE YOU CAN: All aboard! It’s the final weekend to take a ride in Brooklyn on the John J. Harvey, a historic fireboat painted in a radiant “dazzle camouflage” by artist Tauba Auerbach. Seasoned sailors and landlubbers alike are welcome to board the eccentric vessel from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 tomorrow andSunday. British painter Norman Wilkinson created the “dazzle camouflage” design during WWI to deter U-boats. The bizarre pattern made it difficult for Germans using attack periscopes to detect the exact distance, direction and speed of their targets. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CITY COUNCIL BILL WOULD PROVIDE FREE DIVORCE LAWYERS TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Advocates often argue that the biggest way to help victims of domestic violence is by providing them with the financial support they need to get out from their horrible situations. Councilman Mark Treyger is trying to do his part by introducing a bill that would provide victims of domestic violence with an attorney during divorce proceedings. The bill would require the Office of the Civil Justice Coordinator to institute programs that would provide free, full legal services that would include all filing fees. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RESTAURANTEUR TO OPEN NEW DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN SUSHI, TACO EATERIES: Versatile restaurateur Harris Salat is preparing to make a big return to Brooklyn this fall, opening a taqueria known simply as Taqueria and a sushi place named Bigeye Sushi in Downtown Brooklyn. Salat closed his Ganso Ramen eatery at 25 Bond St. in May, but will open Taqueria in the same space early next month. It will feature Mexico City-style tacos with handmade tortillas, Mexican craft beer and other beverages from south of the border. Bigeye Sushi will open at 2 MetroTech Center serve sushi rolls, bowls and salads in a casual setting. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW MEGA-DEVELOPMENT PLANNED FOR SUNSET PARK: DXA Studio, a Manhattan-based architecture and design firm, has designed a two-block development that would rise in Sunset Park over the LIRR freight tracks between Eighth and Fort Hamilton avenues. “While exact specifics on what would rise above are not yet available,” YIMBY said, “the plans appear to comprise well over one million square feet of new space, with residential square footage situated atop a substantial commercial-retail component.” The development will feature condominiums, office space, restaurants, a hotel, a gymnasium with a pool, public park space and community facilities. (YIMBY via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG, BED-STUY RATED AS DANGEROUS FOR WALKERS, CYCLISTS: Localize.city, a website that provides neighborhood information to home buyers and renters, said the area near the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge is one of the city’s 12 most dangerous areas for pedestrians and cyclists. While the number of crashes where pedestrians were injured has dropped about 5 percent during the past five years, the area still witnessed 300 crashes last year. All in all, Williamsburg saw 704 cyclists injured, 704 pedestrians injured and nine people killed from January 2013 to January 2018. (Localize.city via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: The Iraq and Afghanistan wars arguably accomplished very little. Both campaigns left American soldiers confused over who the actual enemy was, so they turned on each other. (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The American Southwest is experiencing a brutally harsh drought, and residents fear the area could one day run out of water. One couple who moved to New Mexico reckons with what the future holds. (via High Country News)
PODCAST: Nathaniel Rich, a writer for The New York Times Magazine,discusses his recent article “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.” (via Longform)
POLITICS: See “How the American left is rediscovering morality” featuringAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. (via The Guardian)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Montpelier, Vermont, employs goats to eat poison ivy…Casey Affleck discusses #MeToo…And the Mendocino wildfire is nowthe largest in California history. (AP via WTHR, AP and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: An iPhone reportedly blows up in China…IKEA opens its first India store…And Vice President Mike Pence outlines a plan for anAmerican space force. (via New York Post, NYT and WaPo)
ROYAL WATCH: Here’s how the royal family celebrated Princess Beatrice’s birthday on Wednesday. (via Town & Country)
9:00AM — Retro Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Practice: In Progress at NARS Foundation. Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — An Arab Story at Gallery AWA. Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — Between Black & White from Here to There at FiveMyles.Details.
3:00PM — The Summer Surf Movie Series at Central Library. Details.
5:30PM – 7:30PM — Wontons & Dumplings at Brooklyn Brainery. Details.
6:00PM – 11:00PM — The Fifth Element at The Brooklyn Mirage. Details.
7:00PM — Women at Work: Radical Creativity at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
7:00PM — Shady Pines at Courtyard 1-2 of Industry City. Details.
8:00PM — Cruel Summer: 80s + 90s Dance Party at The Bell House. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The “Jefes” showed the Connecticut Tigers whose boss inConey Island Wednesday night. Donning their temporary nickname and new uniforms, the Brooklyn Cyclones rebounded from a rough three-game series in Hudson Valley by laying waste to the visiting Connecticut Tigers, 13-6, in front of 4,003 playoff-hopeful fans at MCU Park. The Cyclones (27-25), who had suffered three consecutive walk-off defeats to the first-place Renegades this week, needed an immediate boost upon their return to the friendly confines of their sparkling facility by the sea. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Ian Anderson, Rosanna Arquette, Antonio Banderas, Riddick Bowe, Angie Harmon, Carla Hayden, Betsey Johnson and Ronnie Spector!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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