Brooklyn Today September 17: NYCHA Schedules Lead Inspections for Election Day, Telling Residents to Stay Home
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! We travel to the Brooklyn Book Festival, Marian Wood dies at 74, and four Brooklyn neighborhoods have cyclists complaining. Plus, NYCHA tells residents to stay home on voting day, city council passes two bills to help L-train commuters, and local papers are stepping up big time. Finally, we recommend the 10 hottest restaurants in the city, the Nets hope for some good news, and boyhood and football will be discussed tonight at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
IMPRINT: Emma Stone graces the latest cover of Madame Figaro.
~SNAPSHOTS FROM THE 2018 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL: Were you so busy tracking down your favorite writers at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday that you didn’t have time to take pictures? Fear not. We snappedsome photos for you. It was such a massive scene, with 14 stages set up indoors and outdoors in the Brooklyn Borough Hall area and Brooklyn Heights. All throughout Cadman Plaza, we saw people busily shopping or waiting to have books signed by authors. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MARIAN WOOD MEYER, AN ‘INSTITUTION’ AT BROOKLYN 33RD COUNCIL DISTRICT, DIES AT 74: The long-time public face of Brooklyn’s 33rd Council District, Marian Wood Meyer, died on Thursday at Brooklyn Hospital. She was 74. Wood served in roles including constituent aide and district director for current Councilmember Stephen Levin, his predecessorDavid Yassky, and Yassky’s predecessor Kenneth Fisher. Her presence served as a mainstay throughout years of rapid change for District 33, which includes Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FOUR BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS CONTAIN ‘HOT SPOTS’ WHERE VEHICLES BLOCK BIKE LANES: Bay Ridge, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens are the Brooklyn neighborhoods containing “hotspots” in which cyclists complain the most about vehicles blocking bike lanes. The numbers come from 311 complaint data between Sept. 4, 2017 and Sept. 4, 2018. “To qualify as a hotspot, an area must have had 25 complaints within an 82-foot radius,” Curbed said. In Bay Ridge, the area around 220 and 221 72nd St. was responsible for 94 complaints. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYCHA SCHEDULES LEAD INSPECTIONS FOR ELECTION DAY, TELLING RESIDENTS TO STAY HOME: On the day of the New York primary elections, hundreds of residents of a Brooklyn housing development received notices from NYCHA telling them to be at home from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a routine lead inspection, leaving many tenants hard-pressed to get to the polls. NYCHA later claimed this was a mistake and that the residents of the Marlboro Houses, a development near Coney Island, should ignore the notice and go vote.Jasmine Blake, NYCHA spokesperson, said the lead inspections were being rescheduled. (ProPublica via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CITY COUNCIL PASSES BILLS TO HELP L-TRAIN COMMUTERS: The City Council passed two bills that are designed to help commuters who will be displaced by the 15-month L-train shutdown beginning in April. The first creates the position of “ombudsperson” at the city’s Department of Transportation to monitor progress on the L train’s East River tunnel work as well as to investigate complaints related to the work. The second bill mandates that DOT create information centers in Brooklyn and Manhattan during the shutdown. (amNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
~AS BIGGER OUTLETS SHUT DOWN, SMALLER PUBLICATIONS STICK AROUND: Over the past year, more and more big news outlets covering Brooklyn have backed down from metro operations. The Daily News laid off half its newsroom; The Village Voice folded; DNAinfo was shut down. But since then, smaller, local publications have been stepping up to fill that gap. The Atlantic points out that publications like the Brooklyn Eagle, remain dedicated to providing coverage of local stories. “In physics, the ‘observers effect’ is a theory which states that merely observing a phenomenon, by nature, changes it,” The Atlantic said. “The simple fact that reporters . . . are watching Brooklyn every day, by nature, changes it.” (The Atlantic via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Country pride: What I learned growing up in rural America”(via The Guardian)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Jack Hanlon is slowly but surely restoring the United Kingdom’s secret network of nuclear bunkers. See inside them. (Atlas Obscura)
EAT: Here are 10 of NYC’s hottest restaurants right now, including four in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump prepares for Hurricane Florence relief efforts.(via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Las Vegas professor shoots himself to protest President Trump…A gas leak starts a fire in at least 39 homes near Boston…And a letter alleges that a teenage Brett Kavanaugh attempted to assault a girl. (via Las Vegas Review-Journal, USA Today and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: A woman finds a dead rat in her soup in China…Theoldest craft beer ever brewed was more than 13,000 years ago in Nazareth…And Spain will exhume the remains of Francisco Franco. (via BBC, KSDK and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: Meghan Markle’s half-sister calls her a “DuchASS.” (via The Sun)
9:30AM – 6:45PM — The Economic Consequences of Mr. Trump: Jobs, Wages, Trade, Growth, Health and Satisfaction at Columbia University.Details.
2:00PM — Out On A Limb: Recent Sculpture by Jon Bunge at Nu Hotel Brooklyn. Details.
2:00PM — “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (2018) at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — The Synergy of Singular Voices at GMK Gallery. Details.
6:00PM — Fitness: Shape Up NYC – Zumba at Industry City. Details.
6:30PM — Book Talk: “Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City” at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — B. Wurtz: Public Art Fund Talks at The New School. Details.
6:30PM — The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World at New-York Historical Society. Details.
7:30PM — Voices of a People’s History of the United States at The Cooper Union. Details.
8:00PM — Living For It! Comedy Benefit for Audre Lorde Project at The Living Gallery. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets hoping for good news after first-round pick injured in Europe” (via New York Post)
Happy birthday to Tomas Berdych, Kyle Chandler, Charles Grassley, Mark Brunell, Phil Jackson, Chuck Liddell, Baz Luhrmann, Narendra Modi, Alexander Ovechkin, Cassandra Peterson, Rita Rudner, David H. Souter andRasheed Wallace!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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