Brooklyn Today September 15: Brownstone Brooklyn Voters Were ‘Fired Up’ for the Primaries
THE LEDE: Happy Friday! Brooklynites turn out to vote in force, three new restaurants bring back the Williamsburg of old, and we tour Canarsie. Plus, 80 Flatbush is called a “best-case scenario,” more than 1,100 school faucets still have high levels of lead, and a Greenpoint church is being converted to a single-family home. Finally, seven police officers are arrested in a prostitution and gambling ring, Andrew Cuomo wins the gubernatorial election, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at BPL’s Central Library today. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: Spanish actor Javier Bardem smiles on the October cover ofEsquire UK.
~BROWNSTONE BROOKLYN VOTERS WERE ‘FIRED UP’ FOR THE PRIMARIES: More people than usual got to wear the “I Voted” sticker in Brownstone Brooklyn on Thursday. Primary Day voters showed up in high numbers in Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope and Boerum Hill, a survey of precincts showed. Turnout was higher than expected at the Borough Hall voting site, which serves five districts, said coordinator Elizabeth Tretter. “This is one of the most heavily attended primaries I have ever worked — and I’ve been working these ten years,” she said. She speculated that “People are fired up about government now and ready for a change.” Here’s a list of some of the winners: Andrew Cuomo, Kathy Hochul and Letitia James. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE CANARSIE, BEFORE OR AFTER THE L-POCALYPSE STARTS: During the L-train shutdown, you’ll still be able to ride it to various fascinating Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Canarsie. It’s not a posh place. It is neither a brownstone neighborhood nor a hipster haven. But the Eastern Brooklynneighborhood is full of eye-catching 19th-century churches and beautiful old houses. It has Canarsie Pier, which is part of the Gateway National Park Recreational Area. People picnic there, too, on a tree-shaded snippet of the shoreline. You can get to the pier by walking down Rockaway Parkway from the subway station. You access the pier via an underpass with sidewalks beneath the Belt Parkway. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RESTAURATEURS, WITH THREE EATERIES IN NEW HOTEL, SEEK FLAVOR OF OLDER WILLIAMSBURG: Restaurateurs Zeb Stewart and Jud Mongell have opened three restaurants at the new Williamsburg location of the Hoxton hotel chain. They say these restaurants have the ethos of the smaller-scale Williamsburg of two decades ago. A ground-floor restaurant will be called Klein’s. Summerly, a rooftop bar featuring views of the Manhattan skyline, will open soon. And Backyard, a second-floor terrace bar that also has outdoor space, is designed to be a community gathering place and party spot, complete with ping-pong tables. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~80 FLATBUSH CALLED ‘BEST-CASE SCENARIO’ FOR BOROUGH’S HOUSING NEEDS: If its current rate of growth continues, Brooklyn will be more populous than Chicago. This means more housing is needed. But although new construction is under way, it won’t be enough to meet the needs of 144,000 new Brooklyn residents since 2010, according to Alexandra Langeof Curbed. Lange believes the proposed 80 Flatbush, which would include two high-rise towers, is the “best-case scenario” for private-sector housing development. “It bills high-quality design, excellent public transit options and a desirable neighborhood as amenities for the public good,” she said. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MORE THAN 1,100 SCHOOL FAUCETS STILL HAVE HIGH LEAD LEVELS:More than 1,100 school drinking fountains and faucets still have lead levels greater than the EPA allows. Of the 142,411 water fixtures, which include drinking fountains, bathroom faucets and sinks used for cooking or washing dishes, 12,457 tested positive for high levels of lead in 2016 and 2017. Ninety-one percent of these contaminated water fixtures have been repaired, according to official figures. Of the rest, about 730 fixtures are not used for cooking or drinking and have signs saying they should be used for hand-washing only. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GREENPOINT CHURCH TO BE CONVERTED TO SINGLE-FAMILY HOME: The long-vacant St. Elias Church building at 145 Kent St. in Greenpoint will soon be converted into a single-family home. The new three-story residence, which will include more than 13,800 square feet, will be outfitted with new stairs, a renovated kitchen, new interior partition and new equipment. The project will also reportedly include a former Sunday school building at 149 Kent St. Since the building is landmarked, the developer must also receive approval from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. (Greenpoint Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COPS BUSTED FOR PROTECTING CRIME RING IN QUEENS AND BROOKLYN: Seven NYPD officers were arrested on Wednesday on charges of prostitution, corruption and misconduct. The three-year investigation into an illegal gambling and prostitution ring in Brooklyn and Queens began with an anonymous officer’s tip and ended with seven officers arrested, two placed on administrative duty, and more than 40 civilians either in custody or being sought out in connection to the investigation. The arrested officers allegedly provided protection for the ring’s activities, especially at brothels located inSunset Park and in Queens. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Did you know the Beatles masturbated together? Paul McCartney reveals to GQ that amusing anecdote, plus many other “untold stories.”
ANOTHER LONG READ: “What It Takes to Be a Trial Lawyer If You’re Not a Man” (via The Atlantic)
PODCAST: Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of “To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope,” opens up about being shy and why that makes her a good listener.
CARTOON: President Trump goes to the one place where he can’t hear critics. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Wild horses on North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island willfend for themselves during Hurricane Florence…A New Mexico spa may haveexposed patients to HIV and hepatitis…And a gunman kills five people and himself in California. (via The Cincinnati Enquirer, KOAT and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: Plastic surgery is becoming more popular in Afghanistan to disguise ethnicities…France acknowledges that its army used tortureduring the Algerian War…And a man kills at least 11 people in a car rampagein China. (via USA Today, WSJ and The Guardian)
ROYAL WATCH: “HBO’s Queen Elizabeth Documentary Will Give More Insight Into Her Personal and Family Life Than Ever Before” (via Bustle)
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Max De Esteban: Binary Code at Klompching Gallery.Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
2:00PM — “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (2018) at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
2:00PM – 9:00PM — Sunset Fridays at The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Courtyard 1-2. Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — Free For Which It Stands at Old Stone House. Details.
6:30PM — Justice Sonia Sotomayor Celebrates Children’s Books at BPL Central Library. Details.
7:30PM — Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl: Rad Girls Can at Books Are Magic. Details.
7:30PM — 18th Annual Coney Island Film Festival at Coney Island Museum.Details.
8:00PM — Echo & Narcissus at BAM Fisher. Details.
8:00PM — The Living Room Show at Postmark Cafe. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Brooklyn Cyclones needed a strong start to 2018 after going a franchise-worst 24-52 the previous summer. Ross Adolph gave them one nearly every night of the season, establishing himself as the one of the top leadoff hitters in Cyclones history. The Brooklyn outfielder, who batted .276 with team highs of seven homers and 35 RBIs, was rewarded for his outstanding debut campaign at Citi Field on Wednesday. Adolph was named the parent club’s Sterling Award winner for the Class A Short Season. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Jessica Brown Findlay, Zoe Caldwell, Dan Cortese, Mary Crosby, Faith Ford, Joey Heatherton, Walter Koenig, Melissa Leo, Andrew Lincoln, Dmitry Medvedev and Sam Neill.
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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