Brooklyn Today September 26: Democrats Strategize to Defeat Golden, Take Back South Brooklyn
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! A DUMBO ballet school will soon be torn down, democrats strategize against Marty Golden, and American cities are using Brooklyn as a model. Plus, peace officers steal from a Downtown Brooklynshelter, Jonas Equities buys a Sheepshead Bay building, and we recommend the best places to get soup dumplings in the city. Finally, President Trump is costing NYC a lot of money, and Brian Dillon speaks in Williamsburg tonight.
IMPRINT: Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. grins on a recent cover ofESPN The Magazine.
~LPC TELLS MARVEL ARCHITECTS TO CHANGE ITS DESIGN FOR 29 JAY ST. PROJECT: Bye-bye, ballet school. The owners of a DUMBO Historic District warehouse, in which famous ballerina Gelsey Kirkland’s dance school is located, plan to tear down the structure and construct an 11-story office building. On Tuesday, LPC reviewed Marvel Architects’ design for the proposed development at 29 Jay St. and sent the firm back to the drawing board for a do-over. In a hearing, several commissioners said the design of the proposed 148-foot-tall Forman Building had excessively large windows compared with the amount of masonry on its facade. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DEMOCRATS STRATEGIZE TO DEFEAT GOLDEN, TAKE BACK SOUTH BROOKLYN: With the general election coming up, Democrats are seizing the opportunity to defeat Marty Golden, the sole Republican elected official left in Brooklyn. Golden, who made city headlines this summer for taking a skydiving jaunt while receiving disability pension from NYPD, is in his eighth term in the state Senate. Democratic strategists are hoping that the frustration born from Trumpism will drive the blue voters in the area to the polls on Nov. 6 to vote for Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~AMERICAN CITIES ARE USING BROOKLYN AS A MODERN DOWNTOWN MODEL: More and more cities across America are beginning a trajectory that includes microbreweries, coffee shops fronted by bearded baristas and homogenous interior decorating snatched from the pages of a West Elm catalogue. In other words, according columnist Justin Fox, they are becoming a lot more like Brooklyn. As Fox sees it, this isn’t all bad. The revival of America’s downtown cities is, he writes, a big upgrade from the downtown streets of the past, which were deserted after 5.pm. and dominated by chains and “mass-produced sameness.” (Bloomberg via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PEACE OFFICERS ACCUSED OF STEALING HAIR-REMOVAL PRODUCTS FROM HOMELESS SHELTER: Three employees of a ]homeless shelter have been accused of stealing nine boxes of hair remover and seven boxes of hair-removal shower gel. Peace Officers Pradeep Roy, Donna Valentine andSequoya Zimmerman are accused of taking the items from the Tillary Street Women’s Shelter in Downtown Brooklyn. One of the officers said items that are donated to the shelter are often thrown away. But a department spokesperson said they were specifically purchased for the shelter’s residents so they wouldn’t have to use razors. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JONAS EQUITIES BUYS LATEST IN STRING OF APARTMENT-HOUSE PURCHASES: Brooklyn apartment-building investor Jonas Equities has purchased a six-story, 121-unit Sheepshead Bay building at 2355 E. 12th St. for $31.9 million. This is just the latest in a string of recent purchases by Jonas Equities. In August, the company bought two buildings, 1775 E. 18th St. in Sheepshead Bay and 140 Ocean Parkway in Kensington, for a combined $46 million. In July, Jonas bought a 66-unit building at 297 Lenox Road inFlatbush for $12.8 million. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Meet Eileen Muza, the sole resident of Cisco, Utah, a ghost town in the desert that was featured in “Thelma and Louise” and “Vanishing Point.” (via High Country News)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump“(via The New Yorker)
JOURNALISM: Mourning a Legend: The Village Voice was quintessentially New York. Here are seven ways the newspaper made the city better. (via NYT)
EAT: Here are the 13 best restaurants to get soup dumplings in New York City, including one in Sunset Park. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Here’s how much it costs to protect PresidentTrump when he’s in NYC…Bill Cosby is sentenced to three to 10 years in prison…And Ted Cruz is forced to leave a restaurant due to protestors. (via NYT, AP via WRAL and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: A swing set collapses in Australia, killing a 4-year-old boy…A Beluga whale is seen in the River Thames…And a 3-month-old babyattends the United Nations General Assembly. (via Newsweek, BBC and CNN)
ROYAL WATCH: If you don’t have $350,000 lying around to buy a triple-diamond ring similar to Meghan Markle’s engagement band, you’re in luck, the royal family is selling knockoff ones. (via Cosmopolitan)
10:00AM — Toddler Yoga & Dance Class for 2s & 3s at Brooklyn Music School.Details.
11:00AM – 1:00PM — Affordable Housing Workshop at Medgar Evers College.Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
12:00PM – 9:00PM — Quieter Places at Exhibit Salon. Details.
6:30PM — Sculpture in Gotham at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
6:30PM — Close Conversation: Immigrants Out of the Shadows with José Quiñonez at Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Details.
7:00PM — Being Human in the Age of the Machine at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM — Brian Dillon on “Essayism” at McNally Jackson. Details.
7:30PM — BAM: The Next Wave Festival at Peter Jay Sharp Building. Details.
9:00PM — The Body Syndicate at Basquiat’s Bottle. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Long-time LIU-Brooklyn men’s head soccer coach TJ Kostecky made sure his Blackbirds would see plenty of fierce competition during the non-conference portion of their schedule. Thus far, the second-ranked team in the preseason NEC poll is responding like it’s eager to climb to No. 1. Senior Chris Solbakken scored the game-winning goal on a brilliant header off a corner kick from junior Giuseppe Barone in the 65th minute Saturday at LIU Field, lifting the Blackbirds to a 2-1 victory over LaSalle and insuring that they’d finish the non-conference slate no worse than .500. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Melissa Sue Anderson, Michael Ballack, Jim Caviezel, Bryan Ferry, Linda Hamilton, Mary Beth Hurt, Olivia Newton-John, Jane Smiley, Christine T. Whitman and Serena Williams!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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