Brooklyn Today August 13: Kate McKinnon takes a tour of haunted Brooklyn
THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Residents celebrate the Coney Island Boardwalk’s landmark status, we share how the Uber clampdown affects Brooklyn, and higher prices for metered parking comes to the borough next month. Plus,Kate McKinnon goes on a spooky trolley ride, a hidden DUMBO bakery is all the rage, and a can-collecting lady is actually a multimillionaire. Finally, Threes Brewing pays tribute to Jerry Garcia, and the Nets’ coach calls for a winning mentality. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Actress Jennifer Aniston graces the August cover of Grazia France.
~CELEBRATING CONEY ISLAND’S RIEGELMANN BOARDWALK SCENIC LANDMARK STATUS: “We have the sand, we have the sun and now we have the Boardwalk!” exulted City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. Not even a second consecutive month of extreme sultry summer heat could dampen Johnson’s energy and enthusiasm as he addressed the audience in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel on Thursday. “The Coney Island Boardwalk is not just a Brooklyn icon or a New York City icon, it is indelibly etched in the imagination of our country and around the world,” he said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HOW THE CLAMPDOWN ON UBER AFFECTS BROOKLYN: Council Members voted to pass a package of five bills to regulate Uber and other ride-hailing companies. The costs and benefits of the new laws willdisproportionately affect Brooklyn and Queens, given their geographic sprawl and diverse populations. On the one hand, the growth in for-hire vehicles has been a boon to residents of far-flung neighborhoods. But the two boroughs are also home to the majority of drivers, with 35% residing in Queens and 24% in Brooklyn, according to the TLC. The rise of Uber and Lyft have devastated the yellow-cab business as well, sending the value of a taxi medallion from $1 million to less than $200,000. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW, HIGHER PRICES FOR METERED PARKING COMING TO BROOKLYN NEXT MONTH: Higher rates for metered parking are coming to New York this fall, with new costs taking effect in Brooklyn starting Sept. 4. These price hikes are being carried out in hopes that they will ease congestion in the city’s busiest areas. Downtown Brooklyn will see the highest price hike in the borough, jumping from $1.00 to $2.00 per hour. Other affected areas in Brooklyn, such as Greenpoint and Williamsburg, will see an increase from $1.00 to $1.50. This will be the first increase in metered parking costs since 2013, according to DOT. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~KATE MCKINNON TAKES A TOUR OF HAUNTED BROOKLYN: It’s been two years since Kate McKinnon appeared in the female-fronted “Ghostbusters,” but it seems the actress and comedian still has ghosts on the brain. McKinnon was spotted in Brooklyn last week on the Madame Morbid Tour, the funeral-parlor-meets-“Pimp-My-Ride” trolley bus that takes its passengers on a jaunt around Brooklyn’s spookiest locales; from alleged Mafia dumping sites to Revolutionary War-era burial grounds. (Page Six via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HIDDEN BAKERY BECOMES PASTRY DESTINATION IN DUMBO: In the lobby of 68 Jay St. in DUMBO is Burrow, a Japanese bakery whose cakes and cookies baffle well-established pastry chefs. Ayako Kurokawa and her team of three other Japanese female bakers operate the shop. The bakery has no identifying signs on its door or window. Yet, it has managed to rack up 78,000 Instagram followers from around the world. Among Kurokawa’s creations are tomato and Gruyere quiches, smoked salmon cakes, carrot cake made with orange juice, strawberry cake and upside-down pineapple cake.(Bon Appétit via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CAN-COLLECTING BROOKLYN BAG LADY IS REALLY A MULTIMILLIONAIRE: An eccentric Brooklyn woman who drives a rundown graffiti-covered car, collects cans and pushes a laundry cart full of plastic bags is worth more than $8 million. Lisa Fiekowski’s trash-filled 1993 Toyota Camry has been a source of complaints in Prospect Heights for years. However, Fiekowski has an MBA from the University of Chicago and owns a $1 million co-op near Prospect Park as well as three Harlem properties on tree-lined blocks. A decade ago, however, she took up collecting cans, which brings her $20 to $30 a day, as a hobby. “It keeps me active,” she said. “I talk to people in the neighborhood.” (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: President Obama pledged to read 10 letters a day. People wrote in to complain, to express gratitude and to share their achievements. The White House received roughly 10,000 a day, and the process for choosing the 10 that Obama would see was a complicated process run by 386 people. (via NYT Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Inside the Very Big, Very Controversial Business ofDog Cloning” (via Vanity Fair)
EAT: A writer contends that Instagram is ruining sushi in New York City. “I would like to ban cameras,” he writes. “I want the cellphones in airplane mode and stored away.” (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump makes an unusual request. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: American cities struggle with murder rates…President Trump reportedly used a racial slur during “Celebrity Apprentice”…And a bag begins to smoke at an airport in Georgia. (via USA Today, NYT and WJCL)
FOREIGN FLASH: A shooting in Canada leaves four people dead…Norway tests out giving free heroin to drug addicts…And a Koala gets its own seaton a flight from Scotland to Australia. (via Stuff, The Guardian and ITV)
ROYAL WATCH: “Meghan Markle could receive this secret travel itemfrom the royal family for her future trips” (via The Sun)
9:30AM — Broadway Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. 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.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Stoic School of Life: Stoicism and Motherhood at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Details.
6:30PM — “If You Leave Me”: Crystal Hana Kim with Alexander Chee at New York Public Library — Mid-Manhattan Library. Details.
7:00PM — David Howard: “Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World’s Most Charming Con Man” at The Half King. Details.
7:00PM — Judaism 101 Continues at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:00PM — Bad Women: A Panel on Writing at The Strand. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Open Flame at Mood Ring. Details.
8:00PM – 11:00PM — Rare & Different Tune: A Tribute to Jerry Garcia at Threes Brewing. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets coach: 2019 free-agent push includes winning tone now” (via New York Post)