Brooklyn Today September 11: Could a Park Slope entrepreneur pose a threat to Amazon?
THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! Julia Salazar defends herself, K2 strikes again, and Hurricane Florence likely won’t affect Brooklyn. Plus, a Park Slopeentrepreneur takes on Amazon, Prospect Heights serves up Persian delicacies, and bikers are fed up with a Bay Ridge block. Finally, the borough adds 41,600 new addresses, we recommend the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn this month, and the Brooklyn Historical Society recalls 9/11 tonight.
IMPRINT: Lady Gaga graces the October cover of Vogue.
~HURRICANE FLORENCE: BROOKLYN WILL LIKELY DODGE THE BIG ONE: It’s not likely that Hurricane Florence will have any major effect on NYC’s weather, according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Tom Kines. But as always when it comes to the weather, “You gotta keep one eye open,” he said. Hurricane Florence, churning towards the Eastern U.S. coast in the Atlantic Ocean, became a Category 4 storm around noon on Monday, and it’s expected to become even more powerful as it moves over warmer waters the next couple of days. The hurricane could hit anywhere from the Carolinas to the mid-Atlantic by late Thursday or early Friday. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SALAZAR DEFENDS HERSELF AS REPORTS OF 2011 ARREST SURFACE: Julia Salazar’s past is coming back to haunt her as she runs for a state Senate seat in North Brooklyn. The democratic socialist candidate, whose campaign is in danger of imploding with less than a week to go before the primary, has issued a spirited defense of herself after reports of a 2011 arrest came to light alongside rumors of an affair with New York Mets legendKeith Hernandez. Salazar, 27, dismissed the soap opera-like news reports as “demonstrably fraudulent accusations made against me years ago by the ex-wife of a family friend.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~THE K2 CORNER: WHY A TOXIC DRUG PERSISTS IN BROOKLYN: The scene is strikingly familiar every time it breaks out, like an episode of “The Walking Dead.” On Saturday, police received a call about several men lying on the ground, apparently suffering from drug overdoses, and took five of them to the hospital for treatment. In May, dozens of people were found slumped on the streets and sidewalks near the same spot, suffering from overdoses. The epidemics have repeatedly happened near the same intersection, Broadway and Myrtle Avenue, on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick. What these episodes have in common is the use of K2, a synthetic marijuana. Here’s whythis drug is rampaging through Brooklyn. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COULD A PARK SLOPE ENTREPRENEUR POSE A THREAT TO AMAZON?:Brooklynites, it might be time to think twice about renewing your Amazon Prime subscription. Brooklyn entrepreneur and former vice president of Liberty Cable Peter Price is creating an e-commerce and next-day delivery service called EMain that starts on Sept. 20. This test run will commence in Park Slope, and if it prospers, like investors Ivan Seidenberg, former CEO of Verizon, and Nick Nicholas, former CEO of Time Warner Inc., believe it can, then the service has the potential to operate throughout the country. (6sqft via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FOR PERSIAN DELICACIES, PROSPECT HEIGHTS IS THE PLACE TO GO: Nasim Alikhani, owner of Prospect Heights’ newest Persian eatery, found her inspiration in the home-cooked meals of her childhood in Tehran, Iran. The restaurant even takes its name Sofreh from the word for a specific type of Iranian tablecloth. The food follows in the theme of a family dinner: shared plates, complete with freshly made yogurt and fluffy basmati rice. The menu includes creative items like honey-roasted beets, filleted sea bass with thick tamarind sauce and burger-shaped beef kebabs with pomegranate sauce.(Grub Street via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BIKERS ARE FED UP WITH THIS BAY RIDGE BLOCK: And the award for most obstructed bike lane in NYC goes to… 72nd Street between Third Ave and Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge. In the past year, 94 311 complaints have been filed by angry bikers who don’t have space to maneuver through the thin bike lane. This stretch of 72nd Street runs right in front of P.S. 102, and it’s common for the bike lane to be filled with parents during pick-up and drop-off. In November 2016, 311 launched an option for reporting blocked bike lanes. Drivers who “stop, stand, or park” in a designated bike lane can face a $115 fine. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN ADDS 41,600 NEW ADDRESSES SINCE LAST CENSUS COUNT: The 2020 Census in NYC could add more than 300,000 neighbors to the five boroughs. Department of City Planning Director Marisa Lago stated that the organization has submitted addresses for more than 122,000 housing units that did not appear on last year’s census. Around 41,600 of these new addresses are in Brooklyn, with locations spanning from Bensonhurst toCanarsie. Queens and Manhattan account for roughly 30,450 and 30,140 addresses, respectively. DCP anticipates this count will increase by tens of thousands into the beginning of 2020. (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Men have recently been experiencing a strange phenomenon: Their sperm counts are dropping dramatically low. It’s so dire that males may lose the ability to reproduce in the future. (via GQ)
SPORTS: A mother and tennis journalist says there are certainly gender inequities in tennis, but Serena Williams chose an awful time to have that discussion. (via NYT)
EAT: From Greenpoint to Prospect Heights, East Williamsburg toProspect-Lefferts Gardens, here are the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn this month. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Subway’s $5 footlong deal is ending…U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis abruptly resigns from Congress…And the Dallas police officer who killed her neighbor is charged with manslaughter. (via USA Today, Fox News and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: Singer Olivia Newton-John is diagnosed with cancer for a third time…Doctors in Singapore remove a 61-pound tumor in a woman’s uterus…And North Korea holds a military parade without long-range missiles on display. (via CNN, WaPo and CNBC)
ROYAL WATCH: Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are reportedlyfeuding with each other. (via Inquisitr)
7:30AM — Fall Early-Morning Bird Walks in Central Park at Central Park West and 77th Street. Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — The Least Orthodox Goddess IV at Jenkins Johnson Projects. Details.
2:00PM — I Am Not a Witch at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building. Details.
6:30PM — Death Cafe at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
6:30PM — A Conversation with “Call Me By Your Name” Author André Acimanat Caveat. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Transformed Overnight: The Impact of 9/11 at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:30PM — Unbound: José Andrés at BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.
7:30PM — Afro Flow Yoga at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance.Details.
7:30PM — The Emperor at Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Details.
7:30PM — Resonant Bodies Festival 2018 at Roulette. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Jeremy Lin deal hurt, but Joe Tsai has big plans for ‘entire NBA’ in China” (via NetsDaily)
Happy birthday to Franz Beckenbauer, Harry Connick Jr., Brian De Palma, Lola Falana, John Hawkes, Taraji Henson, Elizabeth Henstridge, Jeh Johnson, Donna Lopiano, Ludacris, Amy Madigan and Virginia Madsen!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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