Brooklyn Today September 21: Alloy Development Cuts Height and Density of 80 Flatbush Project
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! A mega development gets a thumb down in Sunset Park, a Brooklyn teacher is indicted on child pornography charges, and we have news on 80 Flatbush. Plus, Fortis proposes a 26-story building inDUMBO, Prospect Heights puts a pricey penthouse on the market, and a new hotel could be coming to Brooklyn Heights. Finally, the BQX’s director says goodbye, residents weigh in on Mayor de Blasio’s jail plan, and Green-Wood Cemetery hosts a “Moonlight Tour” tonight.
IMPRINT: Actress Sofía Vergara graces the October cover of Health Magazine.
~ALLOY DEVELOPMENT CUTS HEIGHT AND DENSITY OF 80 FLATBUSH PROJECT, WINS CITY COUNCIL VOTE: Compromise! Alloy Development has trimmed the height of both its towers in its proposed 80 Flatbush Ave. project — one of which was going to be as tall as the Chrysler Building — and reduced the density it’s seeking for the Boerum Hill site. Alloy modified its design after weeks of negotiations with Councilmember Stephen Levin. On Thursday, Levin voted yes to modified zoning measures concerning 80 Flatbush, which were before the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. The measures passed unanimously. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COMMUNITY BOARD 10 COMES OUT AGAINST MEGA-DEVELOPMENT ON EIGHTH AVE.: There are still many unknowns about the massive development proposed for Eighth Avenue and 62nd Street in Sunset Park — but what is crystal clear is the reaction of members of a local panel tasked with reviewing the project. CB 10 is strongly in opposition to what has been proposed, believing it to be way too large. At its September general meeting, the board voted “against the 6208 Eighth Ave. project as presented due to the overwhelming size, scope and impact it will have on the community.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER INDICTED FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORN: A teacher from Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences in Manhattan Beach was arrested and charged in federal court on Wednesday with five counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Jonathan Deutsch, 34, allegedly requested explicit images and videos from hundreds of children through Facebook. “The protection of innocent children is an utmost priority for this office and our law enforcement partners,” stated U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FORTIS PROPOSES NEW BUILDING FOR FORMER JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES SITE: The latest proposed development project to replace a former Jehovah’s Witnesses site is a 26-story building with 74 units at 30 Front St., DUMBO. The building, which would be developed by Fortis Property Group, calls for about 250,000 square feet, to be split between 178,000 square feet of residential space and 72,000 square feet of community space. Fortis is the same company that was chosen to develop the former LICH property inCobble Hill. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PROSPECT HEIGHTS SEES RECORD-SETTING REAL ESTATE: Between Barclays Center and Grand Army Plaza, a four-bedroom penthouse is about to hit the market at a record-setting $7.71 million, the highest price Prospect Heights has ever seen. The building in question is 550 Vanderbilt, part of the 22-acre Pacific Park spearheaded by mega-developer Bruce Ratner. The penthouse is 2,969 square feet, with 10-foot ceilings, oversize windows, a chef’s kitchen and more. Amenities at 550 Vanderbilt include a library, a gym, a rooftop terrace with communal gardens, a children’s playroom and even a pet grooming space. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HOTEL DEVELOPERS FILE TO REPLACE HISTORICAL BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BUILDING: A real estate development firm has pre-filed an application for a new building permit at the site of a Brooklyn HeightsRomanesque Revival building that was built in 1886. The permit outlines plans for a 14-story hotel, with 37 hotel rooms, and a three-floor restaurant with a terrace on the 10th floor. The historical six-story building in question is located at 186 Remsen St., and as of 2011 was named the oldest building in the Borough Hall Skyscraper historic district. It’s unlikely the Landmarks Preservation Committee will allow demolition. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BQX DIRECTOR LEAVES FOR CANADA, STREETCAR PROJECT’S FUTURE IN LIMBO: The man Mayor Bill de Blasio hired to head his BQX trolley will be leaving on Oct. 5 “to pursue a new opportunity in the transit space north of the border.” The departure of Adam Giambrone, who formerly chaired Toronto’s streetcar system, could be interpreted as yet another sign that the $2.7 billion project is in trouble. Giambrone “didn’t seem to be in the loop on major project decisions,” one source told Politico. The de Blasio administration recently announced that the future of the project was dependent on federal funding. (Politico via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FOES OF NEW, LARGER ATLANTIC AVE. JAIL MOBILIZE AGAINST MAYOR’S PLAN: At a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure hearing Thursday at P.S. 133., community leaders, business owners and local residents were set to criticize Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to replace the existing Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue with a new, 430-foot-high jail that would be twice its size. The plan is part of de Blasio’s proposal to close Rikers Island and replace it with several jail facilities throughout the city. Brooklyn opponents say such a large jail would create gridlock, parking problems and air pollution.(New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: A 16-year-old girl in Texas said she was raped. The perpetrators were never charged. Then the town vehemently turned against her. (WaPo)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich” (via GQ)
PODCAST: Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eli Saslow discusses his new book“Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist.” (via Longform)
EAT: Here are the 24 best ramen restaurants in the nation, including three in New York City. (via Thrillist)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A cleanup crew in New Hampshire tries to stuff a deadwhale in a dumpster…A woman fatally shoots three people in Maryland…And an artist puts prison bars over Donald Trump’s Walk of Fame star. (via New York Post, Bloomberg and Huff Post)
FOREIGN FLASH: Shinzo Abe is re-elected as head of Japan’s ruling party…Look inside the Spanish city that banned cars…And Britain’s “Cat Killer” case has been solved. (via USA Today, The Guardian and The Telegraph)
ROYAL WATCH: “Are Meghan Markle’s politics an issue for fitting into the royal family?” (via Marie Claire)
10:30AM — Art as Propaganda at 92nd Street Y. Details.
3:00PM – 5:00PM — Ed Center Open Hours at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
5:30PM – 8:00PM — Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District at 300 Ashland. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Climate Change: The Challenges to Labor at The New School. Details.
6:30PM — Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition at Center for Architecture. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Brooklyn Writers Space Reading Series at Community Bookstore. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Moonlight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
8:00PM — Violinist Yevgeny Kutik and Pianist Anna Polonsky at Bargemusic. Details.
8:00PM — Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra Presents: Viennese Modernism In Music at BAM Fisher. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Mohamed Abozekry & Kaskadé at Roulette. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Brooklyn Nets are inviting the community to Brooklyn Bridge Park for their second-annual free, open-to-the-public Practice in the Park, on Saturday, Oct. 6, where the entire team will take the court for drills as they prepare for the upcoming season. The day will also include a youth basketball clinic and mini-tournament, performances by Brooklynettes dancers and Team Hype, a drumline, fan activations, swag giveaways, photo booths and food trucks. The event begins at 11 a.m. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Shinzo Abe, Ethan Coen, Cecil Grant Fielder, Fannie Flagg, Artis Gilmore, Faith Hill, Stephen King, Bill Kurtis, Ricki Lake, Rob Morrow, Bill Murray, Nicole Richie, Kay Ryan, Nancy Travis and Luke Wilson!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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