Brooklyn Today September 5: Matt Damon Reportedly Moves Into Brooklyn Heights Building
THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! Speed cameras return to school zones, J’ouvert brings out energetic crowds, and residents can help design the new Squibb Pool. Plus, Matt Damon reportedly moves into his Brooklyn Heightspenthouse, a new pasta eatery comes to Williamsburg, and Quay Tower nears completion. Finally, churches begin to offer affordable housing,Greenpoint’s Peter Pan bakery is named one of America’s best donut shops, and the Cyclones miss the playoffs for a sixth straight season.
IMPRINT: David and Victoria Beckham lounge in the grass on the Octobercover of Vogue UK.
~BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK WANTS YOU TO HELP DESIGN NEW SQUIBB POOL: It’s not often that NYC residents get to help design a new public swimming pool. But that’s what’s happening in Brooklyn Heights, where Brooklyn Bridge Park is overseeing the construction of a public pool in little-used Squibb Park. The pool will be a permanent replacement for the park’s beloved but temporary Pop-Up Pool. The park will be getting residents’ opinions on issues like the preferred size and depth of the pool, types of amenities people want there (such as green space, a beach with chairs, or classes), and types of food concessions. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SPEEDING DRIVERS BEWARE: CAMERAS BACK IN SCHOOL ZONES:Just in the nick of time, before 1.1 million students return to school, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill on Tuesday allowing the city to once again hit drivers with tickets for speeding in school zones. Under a law that went into effect immediately after de Blasio signed it, the owners of vehicles caught by a camera in a school zone exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles an hour will be slapped with a $50 ticket. The bill was signed Sept. 4, one day before the opening of city schools on Sept. 5. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~J’OUVERT CELEBRATIONS DRAW ENERGETIC CROWDS: Revelers displaying their Caribbean pride took to the streets of Brooklyn on Monday, flags waving, music blaring and feet dancing, for New York City’s annual take on Carnival celebrations. At the main West Indian American Day Parade and the early morning street party known as J’Ouvert that preceded it, they were joined by a significant police presence intended to prevent any violence from marring the events as has happened in some years. As of Monday evening, police had no reports of violence along the route. Here’s a video of the festivities. (via AP and Brooklyn Eagle)
~MATT DAMON REPORTEDLY MOVES INTO BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BUILDING: Matt Damon, Luciana Barroso and their four children have reportedly moved into the penthouse at The Standish, an exclusive Brooklyn Heights building that has made its mark in theater and the comics. A Columbia Heights resident who witnessed “many truckloads of stuff being moved in” to the building asked a “nosey neighbor” who told him that the famed actor had moved in. The Standish at 171 Columbia Heights was built in 1903. The hotel was purchased by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1981, then sold to an investment group in 2007. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG CHEF TO OPEN NEW PASTA EATERY AT DOMINO SUGAR REFINERY: Fettuccini fans, rejoice. Missy Robbins, the woman behind the beloved Williamsburg eatery Lilia, is opening a new restaurant at the Domino Sugar Refinery this weekend: Misi. The new eatery follows Robbins’ recent coronation as the James Beard Foundation’s Best New York City Chef. Misi will follow in Lilia’s Italian-inspired tradition, but this time with a pasta-centric menu. Diners can expect fresh dishes like tortellini with greens and mascarpone, corzetti with marinated cherry tomatoes and bigoli with pork sugo. All of the pasta is shaped, cut and stuffed on site. (Grub Street via Brooklyn Eagle)
~QUAY TOWER NEARS COMPLETION ON BROOKLYN HEIGHTS WATERFRONT: Construction on Quay Tower near Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, between the park and the BQE at the edge of Brooklyn Heights, is now in the facade-installation phase, and completion is expected next year. The315-foot-tall building will include 126 units, ranging in size from two to five bedrooms. Prices will start around $1.9 million, with $5.5 million expected for the five-bedroom units. The curtain-wall facade, designed by ODA Architects, is decorated with brushed copper-hued metal that resembles the iron girders on the nearby pier. (YIMBY via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MORE BROOKLYN CHURCHES ARE BEGINNING TO OFFER AFFORDABLE HOUSING: The Church of God of East Flatbush was operating out of a 9,000-square-foot space for over four decades, but the congregation outgrew its capacity. Seven years ago, the church purchased two city blocks on Hegeman Street for $8 million. Ebenezer Plaza, as the streets will be called, is slated to include not only a new church, but also retail space and 531 units of affordable housing. Bria Builders’ CEO Ericka Keller said more and more churches around the city are making real estate deals. “Currently in our pipeline we have about 1,100 units of affordable housing, all with faith-based organizations,” she said. (NY1 via Brooklyn Eagle)
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.
LONG READ: Three teenage boys in New Zealand set out on a boat ride after a night of drinking. It seemed like good-hearted fun, but they wouldn’t return for another 51 days, all of them nearly dead. (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How Rudy Giuliani Turned Into Trump’s Clown”(via The New Yorker)
HEALTH: In defense of slowing down: Why thinking about time differently can be the best thing you ever did. (via n by Norwegian)
EAT: Calling all sweet tooths! Here are the 31 best donut shops in America, including Greenpoint’s Peter Pan, which we toured in 2016. (via Thrillist and Brooklyn Eagle)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: More than 450 hoarded pigs could be killed in Kentucky…Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers are found after 13 years…And Nike reveals a new campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. (via WLWT, ABC News and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: Roughly 90 elephants are killed in Botswana by poachers…A massive fire rips through Brazil’s National Museum…And thelargest typhoon in 25 years hits Japan. (via NPR, CNN and BBC)
ROYAL WATCH: “Who Was The Last Woman From The Royal Family To Get Married?” (via Bustle)
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Community Heroes at Fort Greene Park. Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — William Trost Richards: Experiments in Watercolor at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
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.
2:00PM — Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) at BAM Rose Cinemas.Details.
3:00PM — From Mexico City to New York: A Conversation with Tamara Ibarra and Rachel Valinsky at Museum of Modern Art. Details.
7:00PM — Unteachables: Academia’s Best Teachers Face NYC’s Funniest Comedians at Caveat. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Logic Issue 5: FAILURE Launch Event at powerHouse Arena. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Full Moon Comedy w/ Tim Barnes, Kate Willett at Starr Bar. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The news likely began filtering down the Cyclones’ dugout at approximately 5 p.m. or so Sunday evening at MCU Park. The Auburn Doubledays, who had resumed play following a 49-minute rain delay, held on for an 8-5 victory at Batavia, securing the New York-Penn League’s lone wild-card spot. That meant our borough’s Baby Bums would be left out of the playoffs for a sixth consecutive summer on Coney Island. Likely disheartened, but unbowed, the 2018 Cyclones made sure to end another bittersweet season on a high note, pulling out a wild 5-4, 10-inning victoryover archrival Staten Island. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Kristian Alfonso, Elena Delle Donne, William Devane, Dennis Dugan, Cathy Lee Guisewite, Kim Yuna, Carol Lawrence, Rose McGowan, Bob Newhart, Nicanor Parra, Raquel Welch and Dweezil Zappa!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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