Brooklyn Today August 20: Brooklyn’s First Chick-fil-A to Open Near Barclays Center
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Students volunteer at Green-Wood Cemetery, Mayor de Blasio moves his focus to Brooklyn, and the borough’s first Chick-fil-A is opening near Barclays Center. Plus, Spike Lee helps produce NYPD ads,Coney Island enters “Act 3,” and a Bushwick man makes and sells his own grills. Finally, a Gowanus brownstone has a “clouded” history, and we recommend the 11 best places to get ceviche in the city. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Actress Jennifer Garner smiles on the September cover ofSouthern Living.
~DE BLASIO ADMINISTRATION TO FOCUS ON BROOKLYN ALL WEEK: Mayor Bill de Blasio will be spending a lot more time in his home borough of Brooklyn this week, since it’s Brooklyn’s turn for “City Hall in Your Borough.”The program is designed to allow the administration to hear directly from residents and focus on their concerns for a full week. During the week, administration will pack in local ribbon cuttings, visits to health and employment centers, tours of startups and wastewater treatment plants and press conferences with numerous local officials. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STUDENTS SPEND THEIR SUMMER RESTORING GRAVES AT GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: Eight high school students will have plenty of stories to share when classes resume. The pupils recently wrapped up their internships at Green-Wood Cemetery where they spent their summer researching and restoring burial sites. The Brooklyn cemetery offered a five-week internship program, which allowed the teenagers to research, recover and restore more than 150 gravestones — some of which were over 200 years old. This was the program’s second year. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN’S FIRST CHICK-FIL-A TO OPEN NEAR BARCLAYS CENTER: Chick-fil-A, the controversial fried-chicken chain, is soon to set up shop in Brooklyn, continuing its rapid spread through New York City. The restaurant has opened six locations in just three years across the city, with five locations in Manhattan and one in Queens, but this will be its first foray into Brooklyn. When Chick-fil-A first came to New York in 2015, the chain was still haunted by controversy following reports of its opposition to same-sex marriage. The Brooklyn location will open at 166 Flatbush Ave. across from Barclays Center.(TRD via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CLOUDED, TANGLED HISTORY LEADS TO EMPTY, UNSOLD GOWANUS BROWNSTONE: A three-story brick townhouse in Gowanus sold for a mere $20,000 in late 2013, and is now almost impossible to sell because of its“clouded” history involving multiple sales, legal and not-so-legal entities, mortgages and banks. Cole Hawes Louison recalls how, when he moved into an apartment in the home in 2011, the owner, Eddie, insisted that he pay in cash. Louison later learned that Eddie in fact didn’t own the house, and had sold it to someone named Barrington Adrian. A series of other bizarre events led to neither Eddie or Adrian owning the house, which is still unsold. (The Outline via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SPIKE LEE RECEIVED $219,000 TO PRODUCE ADS FOR NYPD: NYPD recently gave filmmaker Spike Lee’s production company $219,113 inconsulting fees to help produce ads for the de Blasio administration’s community policing initiative. “The NYPD came to me knowing I have been critical of them,” Lee said. “I think it’s important for open dialogue to make what has been a tough relationship better.” NYPD’s Benjamin Tucker said he considered Lee precisely because, “You want to reach out to folks. Not just the folks who are supporters pretty consistently, but also folks who have certainly been critics in the past.” (WSJ via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONEY ISLAND’S THIRD ACT IS NOW UNDERWAY, THANKS TO REZONING: Can Coney Island transform itself from a seasonal amusement area into a year-round community? If so, it would be “Act 3” in the beachfront area’s history. Act 1 was the heyday of the neighborhood as a fun destination, with hotels, three large amusement parks, hotels and restaurants. Act 2, the years of Coney’s decline, began in the late 1950s and ’60s and saw the closing of Steeplechase Park, the construction of high-rise city housing projects and the rise of gangs. The current era began with the city’s rezoning of the area in 2009. (TRD via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUSHWICK’S ‘ALABAMA JOE’ TURNED LOVE OF BARBECUE INTO MAKING AND SELLING GRILLS: Joe Hudson, known as “Alabama Joe,” can be found almost every day on a lot at the corner of De Sales Place and Broadway in Bushwick, making and selling his own homemade charcoalbarbecue grills. Hudson, who came here from Alabama in 1977 and retired from a Brooklyn trucking company in 1997, spent much of his free time grilling slow-smoked ribs and chicken, but he couldn’t find a grill that kept the charcoal far away enough from the meat. When someone told him there was no way he could make a grill from scratch, Hudson resolved to meet the challenge.(Bushwick Daily via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Chinese artwork is continually being stolen from museums around the world, leading some to wonder: “Is the Chinese government behind one of the boldest art-crime waves in history?” (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ: We normally share profiles featuring human beings, but today we’re selecting one on Esther, a 650-pound “Wonder Pig.”
CARTOON: The White House’s groundskeepers sign a non-disclosure agreement. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: Here are the 11 places to get the best ceviche in the city, including four in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The Texas Rangers turn a triple play for the first time in 106 years…Weed killer is found in dozens of oat-based products like Cheerios…And more than 90 people overdose on synthetic marijuana in New Haven. (via USA Today, EWG and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: Floods in India kill at least 324 people…A British woman had a contact lens stuck in her eye for 28 years…And a mysterious furry “sea monster” washes up on the shore of Russia. (via The Guardian, CNN and Siberian Times)
ROYAL WATCH: “Who Is the Next Heir to the Throne? See the Complete British Line of Succession” (via People)
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 — The Research Behind Show Time: The First 100 Years of the American Musical at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Details.
6:00PM — East Brooklyn Outdoor Movie Night at Spring Creek Park at Gateway. Details.
7:00PM — Let My People Know at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:00PM — August Eurythmy Circle at Anthroposophical Society. Details.
7:00PM — Say It Loud: Cinema in the Age of Black Power, 1966—1981 at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “D’Angelo Russell, and his knees, will guide Net s’2018-19 plans” (via New York Post)
Happy birthday to Amy Adams, Joan Allen, Andy Benes, Connie Chung, Steve Daines, Billy Gardell, Todd Helton, Don King, Mark Edward Langston, Demi Lovato, Ron Paul, Robert Plant and Al Roker!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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