Brooklyn Today August 31: De Blasio Greenlights $2.7 Billion BQX Proposal
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! The mayor greenlights the BQX proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants your opinion on legal weed and the NYPD is going all out this year to make J’Ouvert safe. Plus, more ferry service could be coming and a proposal is released for a High-Line style park in Brooklyn. Finally, Brooklyn Book Festival announces its lineup and the L-Train will run on weekends in September.
IMPRINT: Actress Jennifer Lawrence graces the August 2018 cover of Elle France.
~DE BLASIO GREENLIGHTS $2.7 BILLION BQX PROPOSAL: The city is moving forward with a proposal to connect waterfront neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with a streetcar. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the administration will proceed with revised plans for the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), the nearly $2.8 billion streetcar project that would stretch along the waterfront connecting to nine ferry landings, 13 subway routes and 30-plus bus lines. However, the route no longer includes Sunset Park as a stop. The revised route will connect Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn and Red Hook. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CUOMO WANTS YOUR OPINION ON LEGAL WEED: Gov. Andrew Cuomois sending members of his administration on a marijuana “listening tour” to learn if New Yorkers think pot should be legalized and regulated. One of the sessions will take place in Brooklyn on Sept. 25. “Community input is critical as we work to draft balanced and comprehensive legislation on a regulated marijuana program in New York,” Cuomo said in a release. In the meantime, the Brooklyn Eagle conducted its own mini listening tour to see how Brooklynites feel about the issue. Check out what they had to say. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYPD GOES ALL OUT TO MAKE J’OUVERT SAFE: The NYPD is adding enhanced security measures for this year’s J’Ouvert celebration early Mondayin Crown Heights, preceding the main West Indian Carnival and Parade on Eastern Parkway that night. The J’Ouvert participants’ gathering site and parade route will close to the general public on Sunday night, and hundreds of additional cops will provide security at 13 secure entry points that morning. Participants and spectators will be screened for weapons and alcoholic beverages. In addition, backpacks and other large bags will be banned. (NYDN via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COULD BROOKLYN BE GETTING ITS OWN HIGH LINE?: A new study from NYU has brought forward a tempting possibility: Brooklyn’s own High Line. The “PX Forward” study, which was initiated by Borough President Eric Adams and conducted by graduate students at NYU, includes proposals for capitalizing on the space around and above the Prospect Expressway. A few of the recommendations are standard upgrades like widened bike lanes, more public art and connecting already-existing green spaces. But the radical vision is the creation of a High-Line style park called “Prospect Path” lifted above the expressway, with underutilized highway shoulders filled with real estate development. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
L-TRAIN TO RUN ON SEPTEMBER WEEKENDS: Good news for those waiting uneasily to face the impending L-Train shutdown: there will be noweekend shutdowns throughout September. Service during the month will remain unchanged — but don’t get too used to it. The L will stop service every weekend in October this year and for two weekends in November. In 2019, there will be no service every weekend in February and for most weekends in March. Enjoy this extended-summer gift from the MTA — it won’t last once the colder months commence. (Bushwick Daily via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP: Read any good books lately? Well, you’ll have the chance to discover a world of great reading during the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, which runs from Monday, Sept. 10 to Monday, Sept. 17. Highlights of the event include Children’s Day on Saturday, Sept. 15 and flagship Festival Day with a literary marketplace on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Borough Hall. In fact, this is New York City’s largest free literary event featuring over 300 top authors discussing their works. The festival’s Bookend activities will include more than 50 special events focusing on the literary diversity of New York City and the uniqueness of each of the five boroughs. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MAYOR DE BLASIO MIGHT ANNOUNCE MORE FERRY SERVICES:Wednesday saw the launch of the sixth and final NYC ferry route, running to the Lower East Side. Now, the mayor says the city will decide later this year about adding more ferry services throughout the rest of the city. The mayor was vague about the details on where exactly that service would be though. Officials in Coney Island, Sunset Park and Canarsie have been rallying for added ferry routes in their neighborhoods for over a year now. “It shouldn’t take two hours to get to work from Brooklyn,” state Sen. Diane Savino, who represents the 23rd District, said last summer. (amNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: What happened in the dark during Puerto Rico’s struggle to get the lights back on. (via Wired)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Why Technology Favors Tyranny” (via The Atlantic)
CARTOON: Mommy just wants the good news. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: Here’s a list of the city’s 12 hottest brunch spots, with seven in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Elevated lead and copper levels cause Detroit schools to turn off drinking water…French tennis player Alize Cornet is given a violation for briefly taking off her shirt at the U.S. Open…And Harvard has a lawsuit on its hands. (via The New York Times and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: Heavy rain lashes Hong Kong for days…Theresa Maybusts out dance moves in Africa again…And vanilla brings cash and crime to Madagascar. (via Al Jazeera, The Guardian and The New York Times)
ROYAL WATCH: “Prince Harry Misses Out on Royal Family’s Summer Tradition — And People Think Meghan Markle is to Blame” (via Mirror)
7:00PM — Drake at Barclays Center. Details.
7:10PM — Jazzy Jazz Festival Summer 2018 at Clinton Crawford. Details.
7:00PM – 9:30PM — Living Room Show at Postmark Cafe. Details.
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Flix and Chill at The City Reliquary Museum. Details.
7:00PM – 11:00PM — All of It at The Bell House. Details.
9:30PM – 10:30PM — The Retellings: The Beatles at The Brick Theater.Details.
9:30PM – 10:45PM — Friday Night Fireworks at Coney Island Brewery.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Don’t bury these Brooklyn Cyclones just yet. The Baby Bums, all but left for dead in the McNamara Division race, kept their flickering hopes alive Wednesday night with a 4-2 victory over the first-place Renegades in front of 7,367 fans at Coney Island’s MCU Park. Anthony Dirocie belted a two-run homer, the Brooklyn bullpen put together a flawless performance and the playoff-hopeful Cyclones played error-free baseball en route to shaving their deficit in the division to three games with five to play. More importantly, Brooklyn extended its lead in the ongoing, tightly packed New York-Penn League wild-card hunt to a full game over Auburn and two lengths in front of archrivals Staten Island and Aberdeen. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Jennifer Azzi, Larry Fitzgerald, Debbie Gibson, Ted Ligety, Itzhak Perlman, Van Morrison, Edwin Corley Moses, Hideo Nomo, Sara Ramirez, Pepe Reina, Frank Robinson, Jack Thompson, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Tucker!
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