Brooklyn Today September 27: A Museum of Pizza Is Coming to Williamsburg
Weather, Brooklyn (NWS): Day 70°, Night 62°, Partly Sunny
THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! We travel to Williamsburg’s shoreline, a Brooklyn grand jury indicts an attorney for bribing a witness, and residents can spend $1 million. Plus, the Brooklyn Navy Yard creates hundreds of jobs, Brooklynites sound off on the possibility of legal marijuana, and the subway is still in “cardiac arrest.” Finally, a Museum of Pizza is coming to the borough, Brooklyn’s losing it’s affordable apartments, and we recommend the best tapas restaurants in the city.
IMPRINT: Justin Timberlake smiles from ear to ear on the October cover ofGQ France.
~COME SEE THE SETTING SUN FROM WILLIAMSBURG’S SHORELINE:Sunsets are spectacular even when the weather’s moody if you stand on the right snippet of shoreline in Williamsburg. Fall has just arrived, and folks want to get outdoors as much as possible while temps remain reasonably warm. So even on dreary days, a sunset stroll is eminently worthwhile at Bushwick Inlet Park and adjacent East River State Park. Entrances to both parks can be found on Kent Avenue near North 9th Street. A metal fence separates the two public spaces. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN GRAND JURY INDICTS ATTORNEY ON CHARGES OF BRIBING WITNESS: Queens criminal defense attorney John Scarpa Jr. wasindicted in federal court in Brooklyn Tuesday for allegedly bribing a witness who testified in a double-homicide trial. Scarpa allegedly plotted with Charles Gallman to bribe a witness to give false testimony in a trial for Scarpa’s clientReginald Ross who was charged with two unrelated murders. “Everyone accused deserves the best defense, but attorneys cannot use illegal methods to win in court,” said Richard Sweeney of the the FBI. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN RESIDENTS CAN DECIDE HOW TO SPEND $1 MILLION: You don’t have to be a politician to have a say in the city budget, thanks to an innovative program that allows everyday citizens to propose capital projects, pitch their bold ideas to fellow residents and then vote to decide which notions get serious city funding. It’s called Participatory Budgeting and it’s all the rage on the New York City Council. Eleven members of the council’s Brooklyn delegation are bringing participatory budgeting to their districts for the 2018-2019 cycle. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN NAVY YARD REPORTS RECORD-SETTING JOB CREATION IN 2018: More than 450 people were connected to jobs by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation in 2018, the most in its employment center’s 19-year history. A report released on Wednesday by the group found that of the 459 hires, 84 percent are Brooklyn residents and 33 percent are from the Yard’s nearest five surrounding zip codes. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYNITES SOUND OFF ON WHAT LEGAL WEED COULD LOOK LIKE: While New York seems likely to legalize marijuana for recreational use, plenty of deliberation is happening first. Tuesday night was Brooklyn’s turn tosound off about how legal marijuana should be controlled and who should profit from it. Last month, shortly after the publication of a study that concluded the “positive effects” of marijuana legalization in New York “outweigh the potential negative impacts,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo pieced together a workgroup tasked with drafting legislation for a regulated, adult-use marijuana program. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MTA REPORTS SOME SUBWAY IMPROVEMENTS, BUT SERVICE IS STILL ‘IN CARDIAC ARREST’: Andy Byford, head of MTA, insists that subway service is getting better. But most straphangers, citing crumbling concrete, rodents, floods and delays, dispute that. The disparity may be because “major incidents,” the type of meltdowns that delay 50 or more trains, have dropped about 11.7 percent compared with 2017. However, everyday delays are still extremely common — only about 68 percent of trains were on time this past summer. “Our subway system is in cardiac arrest,” MTA’s Scott Rechler said. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MUSEUM OF PIZZA IS COMING TO WILLIAMSBURG: This October,Williamsburg will welcome the newest pizza parlor to its streets — but this one comes with an attached museum. The Museum of Pizza, scheduled to open as a pop-up on Oct. 13 at The William Vale hotel, will be part slice shop, part exhibition. Exhibits will include an interactive history of pizza and a psychedelic pizza party, along with artist-designed rooms reminiscent of Refinery29’s 29Rooms activation, with Instagram-ready themes ranging from “Pizza Library” to “The Pizza Vortex.” (amNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STRINGER COMPLAINS ABOUT LOSS OF AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN BROOKLYN: Fashionable, well-publicized Brooklyn lost more inexpensive apartments than any other borough during the past decade, according to a report released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. In 2005, Brooklyn had 513,077 rental apartments that cost $900 or less. Now, only 145,701 remain. Citywide, only 20 percent of all apartments cost $900 or less compared to 74 percent in 2005. “Housing should be a way into the middle class, not a barrier to it. We need to take action,” Stringer said. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Georgia’s Separate and Unequal Special-Education System”(via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The Mets have been hugely disappointing this year, but there’s still one reason to watch them: the team’s broadcasting trio ofGary, Keith and Ron. (via NYT Magazine)
EAT: Here are the 16 best tapas restaurants in New York City, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: The Senate Judiciary Committee has some choice words forChristine Blasey Ford. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A North Carolina woman kept her mother’s dead body for months…A rapper goes to the hospital for eating “too many Hot Cheetos“…And the rate of violent crimes in America decreased slightly in 2017. (via The News and Observer, Billboard and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen says she contemplated suicide…A French man is arrested and fined for catcalling…And PresidentTrump says China interfered in the midterm elections. (via People, CNN and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: Here are “the 35 sweetest photos of the Royal Family.”(via Town and Country)
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza. Details.
8:30AM – 3:30PM — The Bridge! The Bridge! at LAND Gallery. Details.
9:00AM – 2:30PM — 7th Annual Not-for-Profit Summit featuring keynoteCharles Archer at St. Francis College. Details.
9:00AM – 5:00PM — Become a Certified Doula at New Understanding Church of God. Details.
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Traitor Muscle at Art In General. Details.
4:00PM — The Drunk Yoga Experience at Our Wicked Lady. Details.
6:00PM – 10:00PM — Let’s Dance 2: Dancing Through the Decades at Kings Beer Hall. Details.
6:45PM — Superhero x Comic Book Heroines Feminist Film Mashup at Videology. Details.
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Screening and Discussion of Bobbito Garcia’s “Rock Rubber 45s.” Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Jimmy Butler is still in Minnesota, which is just fine with the Brooklyn Nets, who officially opened training camp Tuesday with an eye on self-improvement rather than upgrading via a blockbuster trade for the Timberwolves star. But that hasn’t prevented Brooklyn players from having toanswer questions regarding the disgruntled shooting guard. “Jimmy Butler is a phenomenal player. Who wouldn’t want to add him to their roster?” Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson pondered after head coach Kenny Atkinsonworked out his roster Tuesday afternoon in Sunset Park. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Wilford Brimley, Carrie Brownstein, Shaun Cassidy, Claude Jarman Jr., Steve Kerr, Avril Lavigne, Lil Wayne, Meat Loaf, Bello Nock, Mike Schmidt, Delores Taylor and Francesco Totti!
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