Brooklyn Today August 29: Ferry Passenger Plunges Into East River Near DUMBO
THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! A ferry passenger plunges into the East River near DUMBO, A coffee peddler is on the move in Greenpoint and Kushner Cos. is fined $210,000 by the city. Plus, a man shatters a bus driver’s front window, a low-rise office building is set to rise near the Williamsburgwaterfront and popular Hank’s Saloon will live on at a Downtown food park. Finally, an NYPD kitty cop is tragically hit by a car and we bring you an exclusive interview with the Economic Development Corporation’s president James Patchett.
IMPRINT: Model Emily Ratajkowski graces the September cover of Paper.
~FERRY PASSENGER PLUNGES INTO EAST RIVER NEAR DUMBO: A ferry passenger plunged into the East River during a trip from DUMBO to Hunters Point, Queens, on Monday. The man survived the sudden splash after crew members threw him a lifesaver, but the chaotic moment put a damper on the trip home for dozens of stunned commuters. “We’d cleared both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. I opened my eyes and the guy was already in the water,” said passenger John Welsh. After the man was safely on board again, a crew member told the passengers the boat would return to DUMBO. This was the first incident of a person going overboard on a ferry since NYC Ferry launched in May 2017. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GREENPOINT’S NEWEST COFFEE SHOP HAS THREE WHEELS: Coffee is everywhere in Brooklyn, but one couple has found a new way to successfully sell a cup of Joe. Riding around Greenpoint in a custom tricycle, Stacy Carrillo just may be the first and only coffee peddler in Greenpoint. Carrillo bikes to small businesses that are relatively isolated from the main streets of Greenpoint to deliver cold brew, and can also be found in different parks around the neighborhood. Carrillo and her husband invested roughly $6,000 in a custom trike and partnered with Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters to start the business, and within a few months, Carrillo was out cruising the streets and selling cold brew for $5 a cup. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH EDC’S JAMES PATCHETT: James Patchett, as president and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, oversees job growth and economic development across NYC. As the city’s fastest-growing borough, many of these economic efforts are being undertaken here in Brooklyn — where Patchett lives in Crown Heights with his wife Candace Taylor and their two kids. This week, he took time out of his busy schedule to answer questions from the Brooklyn Eagle on historic developments in Coney Island and Sunset Park, the BQX, Downtown’s Tech Triangle and more. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~KUSHNER COS. FINED $210K BY CITY FOR FALSE DOCS: The Kushner family real estate company was fined $210,000 by city regulators after an Associated Press investigation found it routinely filed false documents with the city claiming it had no rent-regulated tenants in its buildings when it had hundreds. The city’s buildings department fined Kushner Cos. for filing 42 false applications for construction work on more than a dozen buildings when presidential adviser Jared Kushner ran the business. The false paperwork allowed the Kushners to escape extra scrutiny designed to stop landlords from using construction to make living conditions for low-paying, rent-regulated tenants unbearable and get them to leave. (Associated Press via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HANK’S SALOON LIVES ON AT DOWNTOWN FOOD PARK: When Hank’s Saloon, a long-beloved dive bar and music venue in Boerum Hill, announced its closing last year, the owner took to Facebook to put out a call to “Keep Hank’s Alive.” Now, those who have been regulars at Hank’s for the past 13 years will be pleased to know that Hank’s is indeed being kept alive. The saloon will be moving into the Hill Country Barbecue Market’s Brooklyn location, which has been reconfiguring itself into a 10,000-square-foot, Austin-inspired perma-smorgasbord (newly rebranded Hill Country Food Park) of Texas barbecue and more. Hank’s will take over the full second floor, complete with a bar, stage and high-end sound system. (The New York Times via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONEY ISLAND KITTY COP KILLED BY CAR: Sad news came from Coney Island’s 60th Precinct on Monday morning, as it was announced the stray tabby cat taken in by the station had died after being hit by a car over the weekend. Martin the tabby cat (nicknamed Marty), showed up injured at the back door of the precinct on Saturday morning after being hit by a mystery driver. The cops brought him to a nearby animal clinic where he later died. Marty was originally dropped off at the station house in late 2016, and quickly became the resident morale-booster around the precinct. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LOW-RISE OFFICE BUILDING TO RISE NEAR WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT: Renderings have been filed for a new office building in Williamsburg near East River State Park. The project at 71 North Seventh St. will turn a one-story warehouse into three stories of Class A office space with additional office space in a new basement level. The project will have a brick façade with modern industrial-style windows and accents. It will be developed by Largo, which purchased the site for $10.5 million, according to YIMBY. (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MAN ATTACKS BROOKLYN BUS DRIVER: A crazed pedestrian shattered a bus driver’s front window in Brooklyn on Monday in the latest in a series of attacks on bus drivers. The JFK-bound B15 bus was stopped at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Fulton Street around 1:45 p.m.when a pedestrian took out an aerosol spray can. When the driver hurriedly closed the window, the man smashed it. Last week, the B15 was targeted twice by a man who sprayed pepper spray inside the buses. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: What people who speak dozens of languages can teach the world. (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: How a Beijing family tradition became centered around a Hawaiian pizza from Pizza Hut. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump has his own take on the American flag. (via The New Yorker)
DRINK: Here’s 12 New York bars with outstanding Tequila and Mezcal Drinks, with three in Brooklyn. (Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A woman jumped onto train tracks to save her mother’s life…A new report found nearly 3,000 more deaths occurred in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria than expected…And a fake Warren Buffetis fooling people on Twitter. (via CNN, The New York Times and BBC)
FOREIGN FLASH: Russia is about to hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades…France’s environment minister quits during a live radio interview…And 17 migrants are found in Australia after surviving a shipwreck and days in crocodile-infested waters. (via The Guardian, CNN and The New York Times)
ROYAL WATCH: “Inside Meghan Markle’s First 100 Days in the Royal Family” (via Town & Country)
12:00PM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn: A New Home, a New Life at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
12:00PM – 7:00PM — Songs in the Key of Art: Black Musicians by Jimmy James Greene at Calabar Imports. Details.
12:00PM – 9:00PM — Quieter Places at Exhibit Salon. Details.
5:30PM — Wednesday Night Yoga at MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center. Details.
7:00PM — Total Body Conditioning at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.
7:00PM — Book Launch: Be Everything at Once by Dami Lee — In Conversation w/Adam Ellis at Power House Arena. Details.
8:00PM — Slick Comedy at Mad Tropical. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Since claiming sole possession of first place in the McNamara Division standings back on Aug. 18, the Brooklyn Cyclones have played more like a team eager to extend its postseason drought rather than end it. The Baby Bums have lost seven of 10 games since inching past first-place Hudson Valley a week and a half ago, including Monday night’s humbling 9-3 loss to Vermont in front of 1,052 fans at Centennial Field. With the loss, the Cyclones (36-32) fell five games behind the division-leading Renegades with only seven games to play, dashing any serious hopes of capturing the McNamara crown. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Rebecca De Mornay, William Friedkin, Richard Gere, Elliott Gould, Jack Lew, Pablo Mastroeni, Lea Michele, Mark Morris, Roy Oswalt, Liam Payne, Will Perdue, Jay Ryan and Pierre Turgeon!
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