Brooklyn Today August 22: Jon Stewart Comes to Aid of Goats Found on Brooklyn Subway Tracks
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! Alternate side parking is suspended for Eid al-Adha, the Pacific Park project was delayed again and a mural at a Brooklyn subway station seeks to honor Aretha Franklin. Plus, Jon Stewart comes to the rescue of roaming subway goats, a Pakistani festival was canceled and owners of The Long Island Bar are opening a new watering hole. Finally, former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Joe Landrum died and we show you two classic Brooklyn diners that are keeping old traditions alive.
IMPRINT: Actress Tessa Thompson graces the August/September cover of The Cut.
~ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED FOR EID AL-ADHA: Alternate side parking will be suspended through Thursday in observance of Eid al-Adha, according to the city Department of Transportation. Parking meters will stay in effect, but stopping, standing and parking will be permitted except in areas marked by “No Standing Anytime” signs, which are under regulations seven days a week. The suspension will last from Tuesday, Aug. 21 to Thursday, Aug. 23. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PACIFIC PARK PROJECT DELAYED UNTIL 2035: The developers of the vexed Pacific Park Brooklyn development (formerly Atlantic Yards) have quietly acknowledged – in a non-publicized document – that the full 22-acre project likely won’t be finished until 2035. That’s 10 years later than the previous estimate of 2025, which remains the deadline for the 2,250 required units of affordable housing, of which 1,468 remain to be built. The new deadline is 32 years after the arena-and-towers project was announced in 2003, with an estimated 10-year buildout, and comes after enormous changes in the project plans, project ownership, and the apartment market in and around Downtown Brooklyn. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MURAL AT BROOKLYN SUBWAY STATION SEEKS TO HONOR ARETHA FRANKLIN: Hours after the news of Aretha Franklin’s death broke, the word “Aretha” was seen stenciled above almost every sign that said “Franklin” at the Franklin Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. Music enthusiast LeRoy McCarthy was responsible for the tributes that were quickly taken down. Now he’s currently in discussions with the MTA about creating a permanent homage to the Queen of Soul at the station. The installation would read “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” in black block letters. “Some people will make the instant connection of Aretha Franklin, but the word respect is something … that transfers to the community,” McCarthy said. “It transfers to police officers, it transfers to drivers and bicyclists. A lot of eyes will be on that.” (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~OWNER WATCHES PIT BULL GET KILLED BY BUS: An MTA bus driver accidentally struck and killed a pit bull that broke free from its owner and darted into the street. Jose Rivera kept 2-year-old Rasco in a tractor-trailer parked at a lot on Church Avenue between Chester Avenue and Story Street on the Kensington-Borough Park border. He was about to take the canine to the vet for an ear infection when Rasco ran into the street. The driver of a B35 bus, pulling into a nearby stop, then tragically rolled over the dog. Cops ruled that the fatal crash was an accident. Rivera, who had the dog cremated at Pet Haven Animal Hospital in Ditmas Park, said, “He’s what keeps me going. When you lose something, it messes you up.” (Brooklyn Paper via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JON STEWART COMES TO AID OF GOATS FOUND ON BROOKLYN SUBWAY TRACKS: Jon Stewart has made a home for two goats found roaming along the subway tracks in New York City. A train operator on Mondayalerted headquarters about “two very baaaaad boys” along the N Line in Brooklyn. It wasn’t clear where the goats came from. Police arrived on the scene, tranquilized the goats, and took them to an animal shelter. That’s when Stewart stepped in. In a video, Stewart is shown helping load the goats into a trailer to Farm Sanctuary. The comedian and his wife own the shelter in Watkins Glen, New York. The sanctuary says the goats are males and have been named Billy and Willy. (Associated Press via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PAKISTANI FESTIVAL CANCELED AFTER RIVAL GROUPS FILE CONFLICTING PERMITS: A street festival scheduled for last Sunday on Coney Island Avenue in Ditmas Park, celebrating the 72nd anniversary ofPakistan’s independence, was canceled by the city because of disputes between different Pakistani-American organizations that had filed conflicting permits to sponsor the event. The Pakistani American Merchants Association has hosted the festival for 17 years, but the Council of Peoples Organization, another Pakistani group, and Nasir Faizi, a public accountant, filed separate permits for festivals for the same day, time and place. “Until a legal conclusion can be reached to the ownership of the event and the rights to conduct the activity, both applications will remain denied,” read a letter from the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office. (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~OWNERS OF THE LONG ISLAND BAR TO OPEN NEW WATERING HOLEIN FORT GREENE: The Long Island Bar at 110 Atlantic Ave. has been a local favorite in Cobble Hill and southern Brooklyn Heights for years. Now, co-owners Toby Cecchini and Joel Tompkins are opening their second bar, which hasn’t yet been named, at 31 Rockwell Place in Fort Greene. Because it’s a smaller, narrower space with no storage or basement, there won’t be as many available cocktails, liquors and beers on tap. However, Cecchini told Grub Street, “We won’t pare the experience down. It’s like that line in `My Man Godfrey:’ All you need is a room and the right people.” The bar may open as soon as late September but will likely open later. (Grub Street via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FORMER BROOKLYN DODGERS PITCHER JOE LANDRUM DIES: Former Major League pitcher Joe Landrum, whose son Bill also pitched in the big leagues, has died. He was 89. The elder Landrum played two seasons with theBrooklyn Dodgers and was Clemson’s first baseball All-American. The school said Landrum, a businessman in Columbia, died on Sunday. Joe Landrum made his major league debut with the Dodgers in July 1950. He was also part of that team’s 40-man roster for the 1952 World Series against the Yankees. (Associated Press via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse?” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The story of an FBI Sting that involved money laundering, diet clinics, fitness models and an alleged plot to hire a hitman. (via The Intercept)
CARTOON: Paul Revere has a new message. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: These eight classic NYC diners, including two in Brooklyn, are still keeping traditions alive. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: President Trump’s former lawyer pleads guilty to campaign finance, tax evasion and bank fraud charges…A Parkland shooting survivor interns at the hospital that saved her life…And a Nazi guard lived in New York City for decades, until he was deported on Tuesday. (via The New York Times)
FOREIGN FLASH: Italy bars its own Coast Guard ship to disembark 177 migrants…A reporter explores if a woman can head a household in Dubai…And a Russian group of hackers has been launching fresh attacks on U.S. conservative think tanks. (via CNN, The New York Times and The Guardian)
12:00PM – 5:00PM — The Business of Brooklyn: An Exhibition on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
12:00PM – 8:00PM — Coney Art Walls at Coney Art Walls. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Dialects of Entanglement: Do We Exist Together? at A.I.R. Gallery. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Decadent Illusions D’Ann de Simone, Kristen Franyutti and Elyse Gambino at A.I.R. Gallery. Details.
1:30PM – 6:30PM — Small Works 2018 at Trestle Gallery. Details.
7:00PM — Total Body Conditioning at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.
8:00PM — Slick Comedy at Mad Tropical. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Nets’ Kenneth Faried Busted on Marijuana Charges (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Tori Amos, Ty Burrell, Gerald Paul Carr, James Corden, Giada De Laurentiis, Sen. Cory Gardner, Valerie Harper, Steve Kroft, Paul Molitor, Bill Parcells, E. Annie Proulx, Kristin Wiig,Cindy Williams and Carl Yastrzemski!
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