Brooklyn Today September 18: Locals Brainstorm Ideas for a New Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! Paul Manafort loses his Carroll Gardensbrownstone, residents brainstorm ideas for Squibb Park Pool, and a raging fire breaks out in a Kings Plaza parking garage. Plus, Carroll Gardens gets a new vegan spot, Hot Bird is closing in December, and we share Brooklyn’s most despised buildings. Finally, we recommend the city’s best secret bars, andSpencer Dinwiddie enters a season of uncertainty for the Nets.
IMPRINT: Actor Matthew McConaughey sports denim on the October coverof Men’s Journal.
~LOCALS BRAINSTORM IDEAS FOR A NEW POOL AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Local residents helped design a new public swimming pool planned for Brooklyn Heights recently. “I want to see two lap lanes and a wading pool.” “Can it be covered in the winter and uncovered in the summer?” “What about sand and beach chairs?” These were some of the ideas floated by meeting participants. Brooklyn Bridge Park President Eric Landau said the survey the park sent out has gotten more than 1,500 responses so far. One of the more interesting ideas he’s heard, as a way to eliminate people using their cars to get to the pool, is the start of a trolley. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MANAFORT FORFEITS LUXURY HOMES, INCLUDING BROOKLYN BROWNSTONE: Paul Manafort’s guilty plea will cost him more than time behind bars. His estate in the Hamptons won’t be waiting when the formerTrump campaign chairman gets out. His Carroll Gardens brownstone will be gone, too, and his condo in Trump Tower in Manhattan. Manafort, a high-rolling political consultant brought low, also agreed to forfeit big bank accounts, life insurance and more as part of his plea deal on Friday with special counselRobert Mueller. The forfeiture agreement is final and cannot be revoked, court documents say. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~21 INJURED DURING SEVEN-ALARM FIRE IN KINGS PLAZA PARKING GARAGE: A massive seven-alarm fire broke out inside the parking garage at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center on Monday, injuring 21, including three civilians and 18 firefighters. The fire started on the second floor of the lot around 8:30 a.m., affecting two of the floors in the garage after multiple vehicles stored by a local car dealer caught fire. “We are not sure yet how many of them burned, but many of these cars were involved in this fire, creating a huge amount of black smoke confronting our people,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CARROLL GARDENS GETS A NEW VEGAN SPOT, FOR NOW: Sans, the new experimental vegan restaurant in Carroll Gardens, wants to appeal to plant-based eaters and non-vegans alike. Chef Champ Jones plans to avoid mass produced animal product substitutes, opting instead to create in-house creations like tarte flambee with maitake mushrooms, plum terrine with pickled jam, and deconstructed lasagna with chickpea brine-based brioche bread and soy milk. The spot is open now at 329 Smith St. (VegNews via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BYE, BYE, HOT BIRD: The bad news: Hot Bird, the popular bar on the border of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights will be closing this December, displaced by a forthcoming 29-story skyscraper. The good news: They’re going out with a bang. On Dec. 8, which is slated to be the bar’s last day of operation, Hot Bird will host one big final party. The eatery opened in 2010 under the ownership of Frank Moe. In an advance eulogy to the bar, which by reputation has hosted many a first date and party night, Elizabeth Barber wrote in the New Yorker that it was a “a fine venue for modern mating.” (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HERE ARE BROOKLYN’S MOST DESPISED BUILDINGS: As theDowntown Brooklyn development boom progresses, builders want to construct taller buildings, and these proposals are often met with strident local opposition. The New York Post recently named “the most hated buildings in Brooklyn.” The first is Alloy Development’s proposed “supertall” 74-story tower known as 80 Flatbush. The Post also listed four proposed highrises in Crown Heights that could throw shade over the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Finally, the Post mentions BBP’s Quay Residences and 15 Bridge Park Drive at Pier 6. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s Battering Ram” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Meet the London banker who created offshore banking. (via The Guardian)
DRINK: Here are the 17 best secret bars in New York City, including four in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
TRAVEL: We’ve all been there. Here are some tips on what to do if your flight is delayed or cancelled. (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Mothers at Facebook say the company isn’t as family friendly as some think…A bear kills a hunting guide in Wyoming….And here’s a list with the most expensive city in each state. (via USA Today, WAND and 24/7 Wall St.)
FOREIGN FLASH: More than 40 bodies are recovered in a landslide in the Philippines…An American-born Israeli is killed by a Palestinian teenager…And a new detailed map of Antarctica is revealed. (via NYT, The Jerusalem Post and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: Here are some of the secret code names given to each member of the Royal Family. (via Radar Online)
6:00PM — Nick Bertozzi & Pierce Hargan: “Becoming Andy Warhol” at NYU Bookstore. Details.
6:00PM — Yom Kippur-Kol Nidre Services at Bay Ridge Jewish Center.Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Resilient Cities: Equitable, Collaborative and Connected at Center for Architecture. Details.
7:00PM — Tim O’Mara, Ross Klavan, and Charles Salzberg at Book Culture on Columbus. Details.
7:00PM — House of Speakeasy: Seriously Entertaining at Public Theater.Details.
7:30PM — Afro Flow Yoga at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance.Details.
8:00PM — Cult Citizen Presents: Gnarcissists, Den Mate, Native Sun at Elsewhere Zone One. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Brooklyn Nets 2018-19 Primer: Spencer Dinwiddieenters season of uncertainty” (via Nothin’ But Nets)
Happy birthday to Frankie Avalon, Robert Blake, Scotty Bowman, Serge Ibaka, Ryne Sandberg, Jada Pinkett Smith and Aisha Tyler!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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