Brooklyn Today October 1: Emails show de Blasio complaining of ‘biased’ media
THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Residents lash out against the BQE rehab plan, we travel to Domino Park at night, and Mayor de Blasio complains of “biased” media. Plus, Sunset Park could be the borough’s next hot ‘hood, habitat for humanity rehabilitates houses in Brownsville, and Bed-Stuy has some of the city’s highest lead levels. Finally, posters cause confusion in Williamsburg, we recommend Bushwick’s 19 best restaurants, and the Cyclones manager gives back to the community.
IMPRINT: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis stabs a pumpkin on the latest cover ofEntertainment Weekly.
~COMMUNITY FACES DOT IN TOWN HALL ON BQE REHAB PLAN: Packed into a gymnasium, hundreds of residents furled their brows, shook their heads, yelled out in opposition or took to the microphone last week to challenge DOT representatives on the agency’s proposed plan to replace the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with a 6-lane highway to repair the ailing BQE. “Please hear us out, I understand a lot of people are going to hate what we propose, but … I think what we found when we looked at it was none of the alternatives are … very lovable,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE WILLIAMSBURG’S DOMINO PARK BY NIGHT: There are gantry cranes and volleyball games in the moonlight. And fear not. There are floodlights, too. By now, everybody’s been to visit Domino Park, theWilliamsburg waterfront’s new recreation area, which opened in June. But have you seen it at night? It’s open until 1 a.m. Bright-white spotlights turn 80-foot-tall gantry cranes into beacons that draw visitors to the park’s Grand Street entrance. The cranes and other historic artifacts displayed throughout the park were salvaged from the Domino Sugar Refinery that closed in 2004.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~EMAILS SHOW DE BLASIO COMPLAINING OF ‘BIASED’ MEDIA: Newly released emails show that Mayor Bill de Blasio was scornful of “biased” local media outlets that he believed were treating him unfairly. The New York Post reported that the Democratic mayor complained in a March 3, 2014 email of “a biased and ridiculous corporate media” that he said gave “a free ride” to former mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent. The Post and TV station NY1 sued to get the emails after de Blasio claimed they were exempt from the state Freedom of Information Law on grounds that his political consultants were “agents of the city.” (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SUNSET PARK COULD BE BROOKLYN’S NEXT HOT NEIGHBORHOOD: The next hot ’hood in Brooklyn as far as real estate is concerned might well beSunset Park. The area’s affordable prices and low-key vibe have been luring residents from other parts of the city and state. A number of new residential buildings are in the pipeline, and these could transform the neighborhood in the next few years. One is a proposed development at 6208 Eighth Ave., which is slated to include 250 apartments as well as a school, a library, medical offices, stores and a parking garage. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COMPLETES REHAB OF BROWNSVILLE RESIDENCES: Habitat for Humanity NYC, a charitable organization that rehabilitates deteriorated housing and builds new homes for the benefit of low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, has completed its Dean Street Residences at 203 Mother Gaston Blvd. in Brownsville. The nonprofit group celebrated the milestone in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 22. Apartments in the 15-unit building will be available to individuals and households earning 50 to 80 percent of New York City’s average median income. (YIMBY via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BED-STUY WATER HAS SOME OF THE CITY’S HIGHEST LEAD LEVELS: Tap water in Bed-Stuy has some of the city’s highest lead levels, according to a new study. Based on water testing from 2006 through 2016, more than 5.5 percent of lead tests in Bed-Stuy found water samples above 15 parts per billion. High lead levels in tap water were also found in Crown Heights,Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace. This situation may reflect the fact that these neighborhoods contain many smaller buildings constructed in the 1920s and ‘30s. At that time, lead service pipes were common, but they were only used in smaller buildings because the lead material limited the pipe diameter to 2 inches. (BK Reader via Brooklyn Eagle)
~POSTERS FEATURING CROSSED-OUT SWASTIKAS RAISE EYEBROWS IN WILLIAMSBURG: Police are searching for two people who put up postersin Williamsburg that featured a crossed-out swastika. The posters, described by Gothamist as “a collaboration between a lifestyle boutique and a street artist,” were put up on a Driggs Avenue wall between North Seventh and North Eighth streets. Gothamist described the posters as a collaboration between street artist KATSU and streetwear brand Alife and said the design is actually “an anti-swastika graphic.” Police, who originally believed the posters were anti-Semitic, are no longer classifying them as such. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: An Old-Fashioned Murder Mystery: Someone’s killing Buck Birdsong’s cows. All signs point to murder, but who could it be? (via Texas Monthly)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “A Blind Man’s Trip Will Change the Way You Think About Safaris” (via AFAR)
EAT: Here are Bushwick’s 19 best restaurants. (via Eater)
DRINK: Malbecs and rieslings may be all the rage right now, but Bolivian wine is on the come up. Odds are you’ll be sipping one soon. (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Facebook says 50 million accounts were breached…A South Carolina plane crash kills two people…And an 18-year-old girl is expelled from a Texas school for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. (via USA Today, ABC and BBC)
FOREIGN FLASH: A plane lands in the water off New Zealand with everyone on board surviving…Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran has a “secret atomic warehouse“…And here are some images from the World of WearableArt competition in New Zealand. (via USA Today, CNN and The Atlantic)
ROYAL WATCH: Here are “the 48 best pictures of the royal family this year.” (via Evening Standard)
10:00AM — What happens on Shemini Atzeret? at Bay Ridge Jewish Center.Details.
5:30PM — Contemporary Arab Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
6:00PM — Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual — A Talk by Daniel Bessner at The New School. Details.
6:00PM — FERN Talks & Eats Brooklyn at Green Building. Details.
6:00PM – 10:00PM — Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture Opening at Center for Architecture. Details.
7:00PM — An Inconvenient Talk Show at Caveat. Details.
7:00PM — TimesTalks: Joan Jett Florence at Gould Hall. Details.
7:30PM — “From Shock To Awe (2017)” — East Coast Premiere at UA Court Street 12 & RPX. Details.
7:00PM — Death, Sex & Money with Nikki Giovanni at The Greene Space.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Cyclones Manager Edgardo Alfonzo encouraged students to hit a home run by giving back to their community during a visit to an after-school program. Alfonzo, 44, spent a fun-filled afternoon with sixth and seventh graders at the Queens Community House Beacon Program at Junior High School 190 last week. The former second baseman answered questions, played catch and signed autographs for the kids. “I have been given a great opportunity to do what I love,” Alfonzo said. “I’m glad I am able to give back to my community and make people smile. We need that today more than ever.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Julie Andrews, Rod Carew, Jimmy Carter, Stephen Collins, Sarah Drew, Zach Galifianakis, Brie Larson, Theresa May, Mark McGwire, Esai Morales, Tim O’Brien, Johnny Oduya, Randy Quaid, Stella Stevens and Grete Waitz!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at [email protected].
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