Brooklyn Today September 4: Here’s Your Chance to Weigh In On The Future of Governors Island
THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! Governors Island is poised for development, gardeners march in protest around 80 Flatbush and the iconic OY/YO sign is moving to the Brooklyn Museum. Plus, we bring you on a sunrise stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, a new Williamsburg food hall attracts well-known eateries and electric scooters could be coming to Brooklyn. Finally, a seltzer company’s attempts at bicycle giveaways prove chaotic and a guide to 14 of the city’s hottest cocktail bars includes three Brooklyn locations.
IMPRINT: Actress Emma Stone graces the September 2018 cover of Elle Mexico.
YOU’VE HEARD OF TED Talks. Now comes DREAD Talks, featured each month at a comedy venue near you. This month a dozen panelists, experts — but mostly comedians — will vent on the topic of “Getting Around In This City.” Don’t miss this free event in one of Brooklyn’s hippest nightspots on Sept. 6.
~HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO WEIGH IN ON THE FUTURE OF GOVERNORS ISLAND: Look west, Brooklyn: Just a short kayak paddle from Brooklyn Bridge Park, a new global hub for the arts, technology and education is set to rise. The public review process for a rezoning of the southern half of Governors Island kicked off on Aug. 24. The plan is to open the island, up till now mostly a warm-weather park and weekend events location, to a year-round destination, with 4.5 million square feet of commercial, academic, cultural and institutional development. A public hearing on the proposal will be held on Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GARDENERS PROTEST 80 FLATBUSH DEVELOPMENT: Members of Brooklyn Bear’s Rockwell Garden alongside dozens of neighbors from Fort Greene and Boerum Hill, marched around 80 Flatbush Ave. last Thursday, chanting “save our sunlight,” to protest a proposed 925-foot tower at the site that would block natural light to the garden. “80 Flatbush with the 78-story tower would be threatening our sunlight for most of the day and throw this garden into shadow,” said Ron Janoff, coordinator of the garden. The project’s draft environmental impact statement found that if built, the development would cause “significant adverse impacts” to surrounding areas such as the community garden and the BAM South plaza. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME WALK ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AT SUNRISE: Tourists do it. Why not give it a try? Travel websites tell everybody that walking across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise is an awesome experience. Guess what? They’re right. Strolling the iconic span at dawn belongs on Brooklynites’ bucket lists. People come from all over the world to do this. Don’t let them have all the fun. Check out these Brooklyn Eagle photos from a recent sunrise stroll across the famous bridge. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~OY/YO SIGN MOVING TO BROOKLYN MUSEUM: The iconic 8-foot-tall, bright yellow OY/YO sculpture is heading to the Brooklyn Museum, slated to be placed out front as part of a new public art display called “Something to Say.” The sculpture, created by artist Deborah Kass, made its Brooklyn debut in 2015 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Viewed with the Manhattan skyline in the background, it read “OY,” and on the flipside, against the backdrop of Brooklyn, it read “YO.” “Something to Say” will be on view from Sept. 14 to June 30, 2019 and will also include work by Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Hank Willis Thomas. (amNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW WILLIAMSBURG FOOD HALL ATTRACTS WELL-KNOWN EATERIES: A new food hall in Williamsburg – the North Third Street Market between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street – is filling up with some well-known eateries. One of the newest is an outpost of Greenwich Village pub Corner Bistro, known for its hamburgers. Also ready to serve customers is Kalamaki NY, a new Greek restaurant. They join a lineup that includes La Newyorkina, Bien Cuit, Chuko and the famous Di Fara pizzeria. Even more are coming, including Sausage Hero, VISH (which serves Israeli hummus) and Joy Does, run by the owners of nearby Louis Rouge. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SELTZER COMPANY’S WILLIAMSBURG BIKE GIVEAWAY SEEN AS CHAOTIC: An attempt by Brooklyn beverage bottler Spiked Seltzer last week to hand out free bicycles to Brooklyn residents in advance of the upcoming L-Train shutdown was very disorganized, an attendee said. Brooklyn resident Jenifer Rosenberg told the Brooklyn Paper that she was denied a bike, while others who had friends wait in line for them or left bags on the sidewalk to hold their places in line got bicycles. She also added that the people who were supposed to be overseeing the process didn’t show up until about an hour and a half before the handouts began. (Brooklyn Paper via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ARE BIRD SCOOTERS COMING TO BROOKLYN?: Over 30 cities are already using Bird, a dockless, electric, rideshare scooter system. New York City, has resisted jumping on board, until now — maybe. Bird sponsored a demonstration in Bedford-Stuyvesant last week after Councilmember Rafael Espinal called for the birds to land in the borough. Councilmember Robert Cornegy attended the demonstration, excited by the opportunities the affordable scooters could offer the residents in his district. “Communities of color aren’t often at the vanguard of new technology,” Cornegy told Bklyner. “There are intelligent and capable people in this community that don’t want to be skipped by technology.” (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: The story of your Grandma’s 1970s couch. (via Collectors Weekly)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A group of women code breakers unmasked Soviet spies at the height of the Cold War. (via Smithsonian)
CARTOON: Innocent until proven guilty. (via The New Yorker)
DRINK: Here’s 14 of the city’s hottest cocktail bars, with three in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A $40,000 insect and lizard theft is a suspected inside job…An Uber driver shoots an angry boyfriend…And a judge orders a couple to return money raised for a homeless man. (via The New York Times, CNN and BBC)
FOREIGN FLASH: A German politician is kicked out of parliament for bringing her baby…Urban beekeeping is on the rise in Paris…And Usain Bolt makes his professional soccer debut in Australia. (via CNN, The New York Times and Al Jazeera)
ROYAL WATCH: “The Complicated Truth About the Royal Family’s Reaction to Princess Diana’s Death” (via E News)
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at New York Aquarium.Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Tatiana Arocha: Night Mountains at BRIC House.Details.
12:00PM – 8:00PM — Coney Art Walls at Coney Art Walls. Details.
12:00PM – 9:00PM — Quieter Places at Exhibit Salon. Details.
7:00PM — Danny Goldberg and Jennifer Ulrich at McNally Jackson Books.Details.
7:30PM – 9:00PM — Afro Flow Yoga at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Details.
7:30PM – 9:00PM — Kemetic Yoga at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Extending Spencer Dinwiddie is Complicated for the Brooklyn Nets” (via Forbes)
Happy birthday to Beyoncé Knowles, Wes Bentley, Mitzi Gaynor, Max Greenfield, Judith Ivey, Mike Piazza, Jennifer Salt, Ione Skye, Tom Watson and Damon Wayans!
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