Brooklyn Today August 24: Coney Island’s Luna Park to Get Massive Expansion
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! Coney Island’s Luna Park is getting a massive expansion, Mayor de Blasio sits down with Brooklyn media and Drake is coming to Williamsburg. Plus, leasing begins at a Fourth Avenue luxury rental building, a Michelin-star chef brings his baked goods to DUMBO and state Senate challenger Julia Salazar wins her right to remain on the ballot. Finally, construction has begun on a 20-story commercial-residential tower in Coney Island.
IMPRINT: President Trump swims on the Sept. 3/Sept. 10 cover of Time.
~CONEY’S LUNA PARK TO GET MASSIVE EXPANSION: The magic of Coney Island’s Luna Park is about to grow. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC Parks announced they will expand the park by 50 percent and the additions will include a giant log flume, a ropes course, a public plaza and an arcade. “Coney Island is both a cherished summertime destination and an important economic engine for South Brooklyn,” said EDC President and CEO James Patchett. “With these exciting new attractions and our ongoing investments in housing and infrastructure, Coney Island’s future has never looked brighter.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PARTY WITH DRAKE AND VIRGIL ABLOH THIS SUNDAY IN WILLIAMSBURG: Drake is throwing a “Day Party” in East Williamsburg this Sunday. Virgil Abloh, current artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton and one of Kanye West’s closest confidantes, will co-host and perform a special DJ set as well. Drake announced the party via Instagram, posting the invite to the event at The Brooklyn Mirage with the caption, “NYC…MAXIMUM LEVELS.” Among those slated to make an appearance are Drake’s official DJ Spade and Shiggy, the Instagram star who initiated the now social-media-ubiquitous, “In My Feelings” dance challenge. Tickets are on sale now for those 21 and over. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DE BLASIO TALKS L TRAIN, BQE & UBER, AND DEFENDS 80 FLATBUSH: Overcrowded schools, skyscrapers in Boerum Hill, the cap on Uber and Lyft, the L-Train shutdown, ferry service to Canarsie, the BQX, affordable housing and the ULURP process were some of the topics Mayor de Blasio discussed with local Brooklyn reporters at a media roundtable as part of his City Hall in Your Borough visit to Brooklyn. He defended the proposed 80 Flatbush mega-development, which would bring 900 apartments and two schools to Flatbush Avenue, framing it as a way for the city to get more school space built. He said he was against the idea of lifting the cap on yellow cabs, and applauded the one year moratorium on new Uber and Lyft-type vehicles. And he asked reporters to chill a bit about the upcoming BQE rehab. “I don’t like ‘nightmare,’ I don’t like ‘summer of hell,’ I don’t like all that stuff. It creates this atmosphere of alarm, and people deal with it.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW LUXURY RENTAL BUILDING RISES NEXT TO BROOKLYN LYCEUM: Fourth Avenue, which has seen quite a lot of development in recent years, is now getting another luxury rental building: No. 223, between Union and President streets. The 63-apartment building, which began leasing last weekend, is being developed by Greystone Development, which until recently owned the Brooklyn Lyceum next door. The 13-story building, designed by Daniel Goldner Architects, has a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Features include in-unit washer-dryers, a roof deck, a virtual doorman, a residents’ lounge and bike storage. Rents begin at $2,315 for a studio. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SALAZAR WINS RIGHT TO CHALLENGE DILAN IN SEPTEMBER PRIMARY: Challenger Julia Salazar emerged victorious in her court battle to keep her name on the ballot in the Democratic primary in September against longtime state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-North Brooklyn). Twice, Dilan unsuccessfully argued Salazar didn’t meet the five-year residency requirement to run for state Senate. This time, she was able to prove that she moved here from Florida in 2009 and gave the judge rent receipts to indicate that she’s lived in Brooklyn for the required five years. (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW DUMBO BAKERY OFFERS SAVORY SWEETS AND BAKING CLASSES: A pastry chef with a Michelin-star has brought his baked goods to DUMBO. Butler Bakery & Espresso Bar, which has one Brooklyn location already operating in Williamsburg, has just unveiled a sister shop at the corner of Water and Dock streets. The menu offers delicate-sounding breakfast pastries and lunch dishes with savory-sweet flavor combos. Those intrigued by the unique baked goods can learn to make them at home, as the DUMBO bakeshop will offer Thursday classes with the chef Ryan Butler, beer and wine included. (Patch and Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SEA BREEZE TOWER TO RISE ABOVE CONEY ISLAND: In another sign of Coney Island’s role as one of the city’s most resurgent neighborhoods, a Brooklyn-based developer has announced that construction has begun on a new commercial-residential tower in the neighborhood. The 20-story, 179,863-square-foot building at 271 Sea Breeze Ave. known as Sea Breeze Tower, will house 114 residential apartments and 27,000 square-feet of ground floor commercial space. The residential apartments decked out with 11-foot-high ceilings will include studios, one-, two-and three-bedroom units. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Tenants across New York are fighting to preserve affordable housing. (via Curbed New York)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Can hospitals learn to better treat deaf patients?” (via Harper’s Magazine)
CARTOON: Beware of gaslighting. (via The New Yorker)
HEALTH: Thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey last year are still coping with mental health impacts. (via AccuWeather)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Jack Russell Terrier is rescued from underneath a house after nearly 30 hours trapped…California firefighters run out of data amid forest blaze…And a drug tunnel between Arizona and Mexico was discovered under a former fast food restaurant. (via Fox Denver, The New York Times and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: New drone footage shows the first images of members of a secluded Amazon tribe…Halogen light bulbs will be banned in Europe by September…And photos show a glimpse of life aboard a migrant rescue ship. (via The New York Times, CNN and The Guardian)
ROYAL WATCH: “This Documentary About the Royal Family Hasn’t Been Seen Since 1969″ (via Harper’s Bazaar)
6:30PM – 8:00PM — Sabar with Lamine Thiam at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Details.
7:00PM – 11:00PM — Me Love to Drive on the Sidewalk at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Details.
7:10PM — Jazzy Jazz Festival Summer 2018 at Clinton Crawford. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Dreamland Disco at Lefrak Center at Lakeside. Details.
8:00PM — School of Rock at Fort Hamilton Army Base Theater. Details.
9:00PM — Blak Blondz at Arete Venue and Gallery. Details.
9:30PM – 10:45PM — Friday Night Fireworks at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: From Downtown Brooklyn to Belfast, Ireland. That’s the once-in-a-lifetime trip the LIU-Brooklyn men’s basketball team will make this November as it prepares to defend its Northeast Conference title. “We couldn’t be more excited to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic,” said second-year Blackbirds head coach Derek Kellog. “It is a tremendous opportunity for our guys to see the beautiful country of Ireland, experience a new culture, and get to play great competition while doing so.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Gerry Cooney, Bob Corker, Ava DuVernay, Stephen Fry, Rafael Furcal, John Green, Rupert Grint, Steve Guttenberg, Mike Huckabee, Craig Kilborn, Joe Manchin III, Marlee Matlin, Alexander McCall Smith, Reggie Miller, Chad Michael Murray, Alex O’Loughlin, Michael Richards, Cal Ripken Jr. and Mason Williams!
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