Brooklyn Today September 6: New Parking Price Hikes Take Effect in Brooklyn
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks in East Williamsburg, we travel to Greenpoint Landing, and new parking price hikes take effect in Brooklyn. Plus, we tour the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, aGreenpoint pizza shop is all the rage, and the Taste of Red Hook Festival is just around the corner. Finally, we recommend the best happy hour deals in NYC, a much anticipated boxing bout comes to Barclays Center, and Jazz at Twilight is tonight at Green-Wood Cemetery.
IMPRINT: American singer Selena Gomez graces the October cover of Elle UK.
~COME SEE GREENPOINT LANDING’S NEW WATERFRONT PROMENADE:The first piece of Greenpoint Landing’s waterfront promenade is open to the public. So far, so good. The 2005 rezoning of Williamsburg and Greenpointrequires developer Greenpoint Landing Associates to construct a public park as part of its 22-acre, multi-building project along Commercial and West streets.We found the completed section of the park by walking down Franklin Street to where it ends at Commercial Street and turning right. In short order, there’s a newly created cul-de-sac called Bell Slip running along the edge of new Greenpoint Landing apartment buildings. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ JOINS JULIA SALAZAR AT EAST WILLIAMSBURG EVENT: “Well-behaved women never make history,” said Democratic Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she took the stage at Our Wicked Lady, a bar in East Williamsburg, to introduce the woman of the hour, NYS Senatorial candidate Julia Salazar. Of the dozens that filled the event space, most had spent the day canvassing Bushwick,Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy on behalf of the young challenger’s campaign to unseat seven-term incumbent Martin Dilan of the 18th Senatorial District. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CHECK OUT THE NEWTOWN CREEK NATURE WALK IN GREENPOINT:Urban wilderness takes some funky forms. And one of the funkiest bits of urban wilderness you’ll find in the entire borough of Brooklyn is on the shoreline of Newtown Creek — a staggeringly polluted federal Superfund site. The Newtown Creek Nature Walk, as it’s called, is situated along the perimeter of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. It’s a quirky spot for a nature walk, to say the least. The plant’s eye-catching “digester eggs” are part of the scenery. They stand on the opposite side of Whale Creek, which is one of the nature walk’s boundaries. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW PARKING PRICE HIKES TAKE EFFECT IN BROOKLYN: Well, Brooklyn, it’s now more expensive to park on the street. The city parking meter price hikes that are rolling out across New York City this fall have made theirfirst landing in our borough. The hikes vary across three different zones, with the highest new prices hitting $2 per hour, a 100 percent increase from the previous $1 hourly rate, in parts of Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn,Cobble Hill and Park Slope. Most of Brooklyn will see new prices of $1.25, with more congested areas upped to $1.50. (NY1 via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LINES FOR NEW SLICE SHOP GO ‘ROUND THE BLOCK IN GREENPOINT: Paulie Giannone, owner of beloved Greenpoint pizzeria Paulie Gee’s, has opened a new slice shop — and the lines are long. Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop opened last week steps away from the flagship, and the counter-service eatery is already flooded with queues that go around the corner. The New York Post dubbed the new spot one of “The 6 best slices of pizza in NYC,” declaring it “the new classic.” In an Instagram post last week, the slice shop said, “We are working day and night to get better and faster.”(Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CULTURAL CENTER IN CROWN HEIGHTS TO BE NAMED AFTER SLAIN CUOMO AIDE: A cultural center that is slated to be part of the Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment in Crown Heights will be named in honor of Carey Gabay, an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was killed by a stray bullet during the J’Ouvert celebration in 2015. Cuomo made the announcement at this year’s West Indian Day Parade. The center, which is expected to cost $15 million, will house a 25-meter fitness center, basketball courts, a flexible multi-sport court and space for seven community organizations. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TASTE OF RED HOOK FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT COMMUNITY CENTER: It’s almost time for the 12th annual Taste of Red Hook festival, which will feature offerings from 50 restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries in the neighborhood. Among this year’s participants are Buttermilk Channel, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, Rita, Travel Bar, Popina, Sixpoint Brewery and Fort Defiance. The event, which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 25, will also include a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Red Hook Initiative, a community center in Red Hook. (Brownstoner 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 tonight.
LONG READ: Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston, but has the Texas city learned anything from the catastrophe? (via Texas Monthly)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How Viagra Went From a Medical Mistake to a $3-Billion-Dollar-A-Year Industry” (via Esquire)
CULTURE: Here’s an analysis of Nike’s decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its latest “Just Do It” campaign. (via The New Yorker)
DRINK: Balling On a Budget: Here are the 35 best happy hour deals in New York City, including 10 in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The Baltimore Orioles will wear Braille jerseys to honor the blind…Nineteen passengers become sick on a flight from Dubai to JFK airport…And Amazon becomes the second company worth $1 trillion. (via Baltimore Sun, USA Today and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: The U.K. charges two Russians in the nerve agent attack…North Korea wants America to declare an end to the Korean War…And a cellphone ban goes into effect in France’s primary and secondary schools. (via NPR, USA Today and France 24)
ROYAL WATCH: Here are the astrological signs of each Royal Family member. (via Reader’s Digest)
10:00AM — Toddler Yoga & Dance Class for 2s & 3s at Brooklyn Music School.Details.
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Diamonds Catherine Mosely at A.I.R. Gallery. Details.
12:00PM – 8:00PM — Coney Art Walls at 3050 Stillwell Ave. Details.
2:00PM — Out On A Limb: Recent Sculpture by Jon Bunge at NU Hotel Brooklyn. Details.
4:00PM — The Drunk Yoga Experience at Our Wicked Lady. Details.
4:00PM – 7:00PM — Beer Freak Show / Randall Night at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — First Thursday Gallery Walk at DUMBO. Details.
6:30PM — New York State, Reproductive Justice, and the Midterm Elections at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — The West African Series Drum Class at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Jazz at Twilight at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Keith Thurman is best qualified to offer an opinion on Saturday night’s epic welterweight showdown between Danny Garcia andShawn Porter at Barclays Center. After all, he’s beaten them both right here in our fair borough. Thurman had to relinquish his WBC crown due to his ongoing rehabilitation following elbow surgery. That created an opportunity for Garcia and Porter, both of whom lost narrow decisions to Thurman in earlier fights at Brooklyn’s home for boxing, to clash in what is expected to be a hotly contested showdown for the right to meet Thurman again once he is healthy and ready to return to the squared circle. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Jane Curtin, Jennifer Egan, Idris Elba, Jeff Foxworthy,Tim Henman, Swoosie Kurtz, Rosie Perez, Sarah Strange, Elizabeth Vargas, Justin Whalin and Jo Anne Worley!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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