Brooklyn Today August 23: What Lies Beneath the Brooklyn Heights Promenade
THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! A large machine sits beneath theBrooklyn Heights Promenade, historic Carroll Gardens homes are worth millions and we take you down a Newtown Creek nature stroll. Plus, a hub for freelance workers is coming to DUMBO, the owner of Paulie Gee’s is opening a new slice shop in Greenpointand an affordable housing lottery started in Crown Heights. Finally,Bensonhurst’s annual Feast of Santa Rosalia is off to a successful start and Brooklyn boasts four options on a guide to the city’s cheapest drink deals.
IMPRINT: Model Bella Hadid lands on the Fall/Winter cover ofPop.
~WHAT LIES BENEATH THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE: What’s going on at the north end of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade? Contractors with the Department of Transportation’s Division of Bridges are getting ready to conduct soil borings there, in preparation for the upcoming $1.9 billionrehabilitation of the BQE. A large boring machine currently sits in the north circle, ensconced on steel plates. The machine digs out a cylindrical bore of material below the surface. Various tests are conducted on the bore, such as a strength test, an exam for chloride from roadway deicing salts, measurement of volume of permeable voids and more. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FIND OUT WHAT HOUSES SELL FOR IN THE CARROLL GARDENS HISTORIC DISTRICT: People hold onto their wonderful rowhouses in the Carroll Gardens Historic District. Can you blame them? We checked public records and found transaction prices for the homes of more than $3 million over the past couple years. These post-Civil War brownstones’ location within a landmarked district protects them from demolition. Owners cannot alter their exteriors without the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s permission. Check out some of these picturesque homes in our story. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HUB FOR FREELANCERS COMING TO DUMBO: Two out of every five workers in New York City are freelancers, and many of them don’t have access to health care, a quiet place to work, legal advice and other services. Now, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is planning a new freelancer’s hub that will provide these needs. Free membership to the hub, which will open in October at the Made in NY Media Center in DUMBO, will include workshops, resources and meetups as well as classes in marketing and budgeting, legal clinics and tax assistance. (6sqft via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TAKE A STROLL DOWN THE NEWTOWN CREEK NATURE WALK: Tucked away in Greenpoint, between two places people try to avoid — a sewage treatment plant and a Time Warner Cable office — is the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. Instead of smelling fresh air and grass, visitors are greeted with a stench from the nearby waste treatment plant. The city Department of Environmental Protection, which built and operates the space, warns visitors to avoid contact with the water and to not eat any fish, crabs or shellfish caught there. Pets also aren’t allowed, but all that being said, it’s still worth a visit. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOTTERY OPENS IN CROWN HEIGHTS: A second affordable housing lottery has opened at a seven-story complex in Crown Heights. The building, located at 24 Ford St., is offering 10 newly-constructed units in a lottery set for those making between $32,160 and $62,580. The rents for the available units range from $938 for the studios to $1,223 for the two-bedrooms. The apartments include hardwood floors, open kitchens, updated appliances and green accents throughout. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PAULIE GEE’S OWNER OPENING GREENPOINT SLICE SHOP THIS MONTH: Paulie Giannone, owner of the beloved Greenpoint pizza shop Paulie Gee’s, is at long last opening a second location. The idea for Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop was announced in 2016, but the community waited for a grand opening to no avail. Now, after years of ongoing construction, Giannone says the spot will open at the end of the month. Whereas the original Paulie Gee’s is all about artisan pizza, the slice shop is Giannone’s tribute to “the kind of place [he] grew up on.” Eat in, eat out, pay $3.50 for a cheese slice under the 1960s-themed decor. (Brooklyn Paper via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BENSONHURST’S ANNUAL SANTA ROSALIA FEAST OFF TO SUCCESSFUL START: The annual Feast of Santa Rosalia, which starts at 68th Street and ends at Bay Ridge Parkway along 18thAvenue, began last week. Per usual, the festival includes rides, music, games, drink and of course, food. “The Feast of Santa Rosalia, better known as the 18th Avenue Feast to locals, is a longstanding tradition in our community,” said District Manager of Community Board 11 Marnee Elias-Pavia. The feast will conclude this Sunday. There will be a religious procession at 3 p.m. beginning at 18thAvenue and 72nd Street. There will also be a mass at St. Dominic Church at 4 p.m. at 20th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: President Obama read 10 letters from the public a day during his presidency. Now, he shares what they meant to him. (via The Guardian)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The Murder of Mill Town, USA” (via Splinter)
CARTOON: President Trump’s fashion concerns. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: Here’s a guide to the city’s cheapest drink deals, with four options in Brooklyn. (via amNewYork)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The Arlington National Cemetery is evacuated over bomb threats…Hawaii braces for category 4Hurricane Lane…And Democrats create an emergency plan in case special counsel Robert Mueller is fired. (via USA TODAY, The New York Times and NBC News)
FOREIGN FLASH: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes off the Venezuelan coast…Italian authorities are on the hunt for a tourist who skinny-dipped at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier…And adventurers are looking for strange natural wonders. (via CNN, The New York Times and NYDN)
ROYAL WATCH: “Kate Middleton and Prince William Don’t Technically Have Custody of Their Kids” (via Aol.)
3:00PM – 6:00PM — For Which it Stands at Old Stone House.Details.
4:00PM – 7:00PM — Beer Freak Show/Randall Night at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
4:00PM – 5:30PM — The Drunk Yoga Experience at Our Wicked Lady. Details.
6:00PM — Live at the Archway at The Archway. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Flower Arranging Workshop at Pics and Petals.Details.
7:00PM – 11:00PM — Myrtle Movies at Rooftop. Details.
7:30PM – 9:00PM — AFRODANCE by Nado at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Cyclones Drop Two Games Back of Hudson Valley (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Tony Bill, Kobe Bryant, Scott Caan, Barbara Eden, Bill Haslam, Sonny Jurgensen, Jeremy Lin, Shelley Long, Patricia McBride, Vera Miles, Jay Mohr, Antonia Novello, Mark Russell, Richard Sanders and Rick Springfield!
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