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Brooklyn Today August 21: Brooklyn Heights Family Narrowly Escapes Falling Giant Tree Bough

August 21, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! A tree bough falls in Brooklyn Heights, Citi Bike adds pedal-assist bikes ahead of the L-Train shutdown and a pair of goats were seen walking along Brooklyn subway tracks. Plus, the NYPD plans to keep enhanced safety measures at J’Ouvert this year, Park Slope starts its own “Restaurant Week” and Brooklyn beats out other boroughs in the current number of affordable housing options. Finally, the Bossert Hotel gets a new awning and an outdoor film series continues in Fort Greene tonight.
IMPRINT: Actor Chris Hemsworth graces the September cover of GQ.

The Rundown

~BROOKLYN HEIGHTS FAMILY NARROWLY ESCAPES FALLING GIANT TREE BOUGH: A family strolling along Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights narrowly escaped injury or worse at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday after a giant tree bough broke with a loud crack and came crashing down to the sidewalk. A mom, dad and 7-year-old girl jumped out of the way when the father shouted, according to Heights resident Beverly Closs, who was walking with her husband Bill about a half block away from the incident. “I heard a crackle, then a yell and then saw the big branch fall,” Closs told the Brooklyn Eagle. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STORIED BOSSERT HOTEL GETS NEW AWNING: The Bossert Hotel may not have a new opening date yet, but in a possible harbinger of that announcement, it does have a new awning to grace its entrance. The awning was installed during a gentle rainfall on Sunday afternoon, with property manager Stephen Allen coming in on his day off to ensure all went smoothly, as several men operated a special hoist truck from Bensonhurst-based Sign Group, Inc. Allen cheerfully told a group of onlookers, “We’re getting a new awning today.” He nodded when someone remarked that it looks exactly like the old awning. However, deflecting questions as to when the Bossert would reopen, he said there is no date set. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CITI BIKE ADDS PEDAL-ASSIST BIKES AHEAD OF L-TRAIN SHUTDOWN: Citi Bike’s new pedal-assist bikes may just be the solution to the 15-month L-Train shutdown that is slated for next April. To celebrate, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Citi Bike representatives and City Hall staffers rode the new bikes over the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday morning. Pedal-assist bikes provide an electric boost that makes it easier to climb hills and travel longer distances. In total, Citi Bike expects to add 1,000 new pedal-assist bicycles to its fleet. The company plans to designate four conveniently located pedal-assist docking stations for its exclusive use – two in Williamsburg and two in Lower Manhattan. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TWO GOATS SEEN WALKING ALONG BROOKLYN SUBWAY TRACKS: Apparently, it’s not just human New Yorkers that are fed up with subway delays. Mondaymorning, two goats decided to travel along the Brooklyn N-Train line on foot. The pair was first spotted by a train operator near the Eighth Avenue station in Sunset Park. Munching grass along the way, the goats turned south, making stops at the Fort Hamilton Parkway station and then the New Utrecht Avenue station before MTA personnel, NYPD cops and animal control workers came to corral them, causing southbound trains to briefly be rerouted. Hopefully their owners won’t be too hard on the escapees. After all — they were just being kids. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

~NYPD SEEKS TO STEM VIOLENCE AT J’OUVERT PARADE: The NYPD plans to keep the enhanced safety measures that were implemented last year to combat violence at the annual J’Ouvert celebration on the morning of the annual West Indian Day Carnival in Crown Heights. There will be more checkpoints so people won’t have to wait as long to take part in the festivities. Pastor Gilford Monrose of the Mt. Zion Church of God in East Flatbush told Gothamist that he, police officers and the Brooklyn district attorney have been talking to individual gang members and their parents in an effort to prevent violence. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)

~PARK SLOPE STARTS ITS OWN ‘RESTAURANT WEEK’: First, there was Restaurant Week. Then there was Brooklyn Restaurant Week. Now, Dine in Park Slope, a partnership between the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, the North Brooklyn BID and the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce, will offer specials, prix-fixe menus and free food at more than 35 Slope eateries from Aug. 20-30. Unlike the citywide Restaurant Week, Dine in Park Slope allows individual restaurants to set their own deals. For example, the cheese shop Brooklyn Larder will give away free gelato with every purchase above $20. Participating businesses include Italian restaurants, Middle Eastern cafes, bars, bakeries, taco stands and much more. (amNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN BOASTS MOST AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS ON INTERACTIVE MAP: Brooklyn is the best bet for those seeking affordable housing in the city, according to an interactive map developed by Curbed with data compiled from NYC Housing Connect. The map displays lotteries in four boroughs, with the highest number of listings, nine, in Brooklyn. The units are in buildings that range from all-affordable to luxury, including Eliot Spitzer’s new waterfront complex in Williamsburg and the historic St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bushwick. Some of the spaces only barely qualify as “affordable,” while others, like the units at Spitzer’s complex, are reserved for individuals or families bringing in $21,257 to $33,400 a year, with studios starting at $565/month. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: At 18, Katie Stubblefield lost her face. Three years later, she became the youngest person in the U.S. to undergo an experimental face transplant. (via National Geographic)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A Democrat’s grassroots campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz is spreading across Texas. Can his efforts translate into votes? (via BuzzFeed News)
CARTOON: A traveler gets confused on the path to the truth(via The New Yorker)
TECHNOLOGY: This company embeds microchips in its employee’s hands, and they’re all smiles about it. (via MIT Technology Review)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: President Trump’s former lawyer is being investigated for bank fraud over $20 million…Pittsburgh Catholics react to a clergy sex abuse report…And a 7-year-old boy sells lemonade to raise money for a family in need. (via The New York Times and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: Nigeria narrowly escapes a FIFA ban…Korean families are briefly reunited after being separated for six decades…And Arctic warmingis found to cause more persistent heatwaves. (via CNN, The New York Times and The Guardian)     

“Thomas Markle Likens Royal Family to Secret Cult in Latest Interview” (via Harper’s BAZAAR)


4:00PM – 7:00PM — Second Annual “Love Yourself” Brooklyn Peace Concert at Plenty’s Paradise. Details.   
5:30PM — Tuesday Night Zumba at MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center. Details.
6:00PM — That’s Entertainment: Films at the Plaza at 300 Ashland. Details.
6:30PM – 8:00PM — Afro Flow Yoga After Work at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Details.
7:00PM — PiYo at Empire Fulton Ferry. Details.
7:00PM — Say it Loud: Cinema in the Age of Black Power, 1966 – 1981 at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Will Lang’s TNMPC Series: Anna Webber, Sax, and Kate Amrine, Trumpet at Arete Venue and Gallery. Details.  

 Brooklyn Nets Sign Mitchell Creek and Jordan McLaughlin (Brooklyn Nets via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Usain Bolt, Steve Case, Kim Cattrall, Jackie DeShannon, Joanne Froggatt, Brody Jenner, Jim McMahon, Hayden Panettiere, Kenny Rogers, Jon Tester, Melvin Van Peebles, Peter Weird, Clarence Williams III and Alicia Witt!

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