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Brooklyn Today August 14: Arborist fired after slamming Brooklyn Botanic Garden for removing tree

August 14, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! Sen. Gillibrand speaks in Brooklyn, a Biggie Smalls-themed steakhouse is opening soon, and we commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn. Plus, an arborist is fired from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the L-train shutdown is lowering rents in Williamsburg, and an italian restaurant is all the rage in Cobble Hill. Finally, Jeanne McCulloch speaks at Books Are Magic today, Kristaps Porzingis has some words of advice for a Nets rookie, and you can talk about death tonight at Green-Wood Cemetery.  
 
IMPRINT: Pierce Brosnan lowers his shades on the September cover of The Rake.

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The Rundown
 

~RELIVE THE EPIC BATTLE OF BROOKLYNMonday, Aug. 27 marks the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the first major engagement of the Revolutionary War to take place after the United States declared its independence in 1776. Numerous events will be taking place in Brooklyn this month to commemorate the epic battle, including re-enactments, tours and a parade. Under cover of bad weather and a British command hesitant to pounce,George Washington led a successful retreat from Brooklyn Heights across the East River into Manhattan, which allowed America to fight another day. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~BIGGIE SMALLS, STEAK, AND DIM SUM COME TOGETHER AT BROOKLYN CHOP HOUSE: A chophouse themed around Brooklyn rapperBiggie Smalls is coming to Manhattan in September. Brooklyn Chop House, which will combine traditional chophouse fare with dim sum, is the brainchild ofRobert Cummins, a former music exec and close friend to the late rapper. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will be decorated with Biggie Smalls lyrics as a “tribute.” The new chophouse will open at 150 Nassau St., and although the new location is in Manhattan, it’s only steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~SEN. GILLIBRAND TAKES QUESTIONS FROM STUDENTS AND MORE AT BROOKLYN TOWN HALL: Kirsten Gillibrand addressed Brooklyn constituents at the Pratt Institute on Thursday as part of a series of town hall meetings throughout New York City. Gillibrand answered questions from the audience about immigration reform, jobs and health care. Some of those in the audience were Pratt students. One pupil asked the senator about the student debt crisis, and Gillibrand laid out a plan which included lowering the interest rates on student loans from 7-8 percent to 4 percent, which would put $12 billion back into the economy, she said. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~LILLIO CUCINA ITALIANA BRINGS ROMAN CUISINE TO COBBLE HILL: When Lillo Cucina Italiana quietly opened at 331 Henry St. in Cobble Hill last fall, some thought it was merely another “nondescript coffee shop replacing another nondescript coffee shop.” Soon, however, the Italian bakery and restaurant, led by Roman-born Giampietro “Lillo” Remia, began to attract local diners “to the point where the six-table coffee shop became a genuine trattoria.” Notable dishes include Remia’s gnocchi; his sautéed cabbage and artichokes; pasta; and paninis named after famous Italian movies. (Grub Street via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~ARBORIST FIRED AFTER SLAMMING BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN FOR REMOVING TREEAlec Baxt, an arborist who worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was fired recently after he recommended in a Facebook post that garden members “consider canceling [their] membership for a year.” The issue was the garden’s destruction of a 10-foot-high living tree stump with a hollow big enough for people to stand in it, The New York Times reported. Baxt said the the garden’s leadership disregarded recommendations from its horticultural staff – a contention that BBG denies. Most of the tree was chopped down this spring after arborists found that the trunk could no longer support its canopy. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~LOWER WILLIAMSBURG RENTS MAY SWEETEN EFFECT OF L-TRAIN SHUTDOWN: If there’s a silver lining to the looming L-train shutdown, it may be found in lower rents. Real estate site StreetEasy reports that someWilliamsburg residents are moving out to avoid the effects of the shutdown, which is slated to begin in April. However, “To entice anyone willing to move in as others relocate, landlords are slashing rents,” Business Insider said. While the average reduction was $250, rents dropped by as much as $400 in several buildings. “These figures are only likely to increase as inventory grows and the L shutdown moves closer,” said Nancy Wu of StreetEasy. (Business Insider via Brooklyn Eagle)

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Staff Picks:   
 

LONG READ: Meet Capt. Harith al-Sudanian Iraqi spy who infiltrated ISIS and prevented at least 30 vehicle-bomb attacks and 18 suicide bombers. (via NYT)
 
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Inside the Poisoning of a Russian Double Agent”(via GQ)
 
EAT: Here are the 10 states with the best assortment of sandwiches, including New York at No. 3. (via Thrillist)
 
CARTOON: President Trump receives a suspicious present(via The New Yorker)

 
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NATIONAL BULLETIN: Counterprotestors outnumber white supremacists in Washington, D.C…Activist Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz dies at 72…And a dead body is found in a supermarket pillar in California. (via USA Today, NYT and NBC)
 
FOREIGN FLASH: A drone attack targets Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro…At least 313 people are hurt after a boardwalk collapses in Spain…And you can get paid to take care of 55 cats in Greece(via BBC, WaPo and USA Today)
 
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ROYAL WATCH:
 Meghan Markle’s father has created an “existential crisis” for the royal family. (via Daily Mail)

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BROOKLYN TONIGHT     
                

9:00AM – 2:00PM — Brooklyn Bridge to Employment Career Fair at Industry City. Details.
 
10:00AM – 4:00PM — Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crises at New York Transit Museum. Details.
 
5:30PM — Tuesday Night Zumba at MetroTech Commons. Details.
 
6:00PM — That’s Entertainment: Films at the Plaza at 300 Ashland. Details.
 
6:30PM — Death Cafe at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
 
7:00PM — Women at Work: Radical Creativity at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
 
7:00PM — Undiscovered Italy: Umbria at 92nd Street Y. Details.
 
7:00PM – 9:00PM — After Hours: Aromatherapy and Sensuality at Museum of Sex. Details.
 
7:30PM — Jeanne McCulloch: “All Happy Families” With Meg Wolitzer at Books Are Magic. Details.  
 
8:00PM — Skerryvore + Enter the Haggis at Brooklyn Bowl. Details.

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EAGLE SPORTS: Kristaps Porzingis had these words of wisdom for Nets rookie” (via New York Post)

 
MILESTONES
 
Happy birthday to Russell Baker, Catherine Bell, Halle Berry, David Crosby,Antonio Fargas, Marcia Gay Harden, Terin Humphrey, Magic Johnson Jr.,Mila Kunis, Arthur Betz Laffer, Gary Larson, Jay Manuel, Steve Martin, Spencer Pratt, Susan Saint James, Robin Soderling, Danielle Steel, Tim Tebow and Rusty Wallace!
 
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].