Brooklyn Today October 3: Brooklyn Heights Association to DOT: We Want Other BQE Options
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! The BHA demands other BQE options, legal aid attorneys plan to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s potential appointment, and the Washington Post spotlights three Brooklyn restaurants. Plus, commuters get trapped in the Clark Street subway station elevator, a food critic scours Brooklyn for the best calzone, and a postal worker steals money from the homeless. Finally, a Bushwick gang may have ties to El Chapo, LIU-Brooklyn gets a big win over St. Francis, and BRIC hosts a town hall on NYCHA tonight.
IMPRINT: Actor Bradley Cooper receives his closeup on the October cover of W Magazine.
~BHA TO DOT: WE WANT OTHER BQE OPTIONS: They’re calling it the greatest threat to the neighborhood “since the time of Robert Moses.”Brooklyn Heights residents resoundingly denounced the Department of Transportation’s BQE rehab plan last week at a town hall meeting, and on Monday, those concerned constituents received the backing of the Brooklyn Heights Association. “The message to DOT is clear: Back to the Drawing Board,” BHA wrote in an email to its members. “The BHA calls upon DOT to work with the community to identify and evaluate other options that do not prioritize motorists at the complete expense of residents.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LEGAL AID ATTORNEYS PLAN PROTEST OF KAVANAUGH’S POTENTIAL APPOINTMENT: Attorneys from the Legal Services Staff Association and the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys are planning a one-hour walkout on Thursday at 1 p.m. in each of the five boroughs to protest the potential appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Attorneys from the two organizations, which represent low-income New Yorkers in civil and criminal cases, want to send a message that they find Kavanaugh’s behavior unacceptable. “As a federal judge, Kavanaugh has demonstrated his disdain for the environment, the rights of women, the rights of people of color and other oppressed people,” LSSA President Sonja Shield said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WASHINGTON POST SPOTLIGHTS THREE BROOKLYN RESTAURANTS:Brooklyn’s diverse restaurant scene has attracted diners from everywhere. Now, the Washington Post has taken a look at “Where to Eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Brooklyn.” For breakfast, it spotlights Provence en Boite inCarroll Gardens, where diners can enjoy croissants, Croque Madame and chausson aux pommes. For lunch, they head to Boerum Hill’s Shelsky’s of Brooklyn, which concentrates on what used to be called Jewish “appetizing store” cuisine. For dinner, the Post takes you to Kiwiana, “Brooklyn’s only New Zealand restaurant” in Park Slope. (WaPo via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STRAPHANGERS TRAPPED ONE HOUR IN CLARK ST. STATION ELEVATOR: The Nos. 2 and 3 trains’ subway station at Clark Street inBrooklyn Heights is one of the deepest underground in the entire subway system, and the elevators there are prone to breakdowns. One of the worst cases occurred Monday morning around 10 a.m., when Talia Kovacs tweeted to MTA that she and 12 others had been stuck in the elevator for 5 minutes. “No door. Can’t get out. It’s hot. Everyone is sweating,” she wrote. It took almost an hour to get them out, and before then, passengers started hearing loud sounds as if debris were falling on the elevator. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NATIONAL FOOD CRITIC SEEKS OUT CALZONES, ENDS UP ON A TOUR AROUND BROOKLYN: Bill Addison, food critic for Eater, started the summer with a simple goal: find the best calzone in New York. He ended up on a tasting tour of Brooklyn’s pizza parlors, from Lucali in Carroll Gardens (the pizza, “incredible;” the calzone “tart-sweet”) to Wheated in Prospect Park (“an unexpected letdown”) to, of course, East Williamsburg’s iconic Roberta’s. After eating about two dozen calzones, he reached his verdict. The best calzone in New York can be found at Ops in Bushwick, a cozy pizzeria with a calzone whose every element “clicked into equilibrium.” (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN POSTAL WORKER CHARGED WITH STEALING MONEY FROM HOMELESS: A postal worker has been charged with stealing checksfrom mailboxes on her Brooklyn route, including checks meant for residents of a homeless shelter. Vanessa Bandie, 29, teamed up with three other co-defendants and together the group allegedly carried out a Grinch-esque scheme over the holiday season of 2016, stealing almost $30,000 between late October and late December. The four were arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Monday on charges that included grand larceny and identity theft.(Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DOES A BUSHWICK GANG HAVE A CONNECTION TO EL CHAPO?: ABushwick-based gang might be tied to drug lord El Chapo’s Brooklyn operations. Bushwick Crew, a group the feds describe as a “violent street gang,” are accused of aiding the spread of heroin and fentanyl across the city, executing rival drug dealers along the way in the years between 2010 and 2017. Unspecified organized crime experts said the Bushwick Crew’s drug source, which has until now been either unknown or kept under wraps by prosecutors, could likely be El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel, which has appeared to continue activity despite its leader’s incarceration. (Vice via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Devin Nunes’ Family Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret” (via Esquire)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Meet David Boies, the lawyer who brought Bush v. Gore all the way to the Supreme Court. He was also Harvey Weinstein’slawyer. Where does that leave his conscience? (via New York Magazine)
EAT: Overcooked steak? Rude waiter? Everyone’s been there. Here are some tips on how best to complain at a restaurant. (via Eater)
CARTOON: The FBI deploy its “Limited Edition” agents. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The Trump administration denies visas for same-sex partners of foreign diplomats…Roughly 400 guns are stolen from a UPS facility in Tennessee…And Atlanta votes to rename Confederate Avenue to United Avenue. (via WaPo, WREG and AJC)
FOREIGN FLASH: Stranded sheep are rescued off a cliff in England…American and Chinese warships almost crash in the South China Sea…And the death toll from a tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia rises to 1,347. (via BBC, The Drive and BBC)
ROYAL WATCH: From 1862 to 2018, here are all of the royal family members who have tattoos. (via Mamamia)
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
11:00AM – 8:00PM — Greetings From Nashville: Opening Day Celebration at Wythe Hotel. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — A Cat in God’s Garden at Smack Mellon. Details.
1:00PM — Trolley Tour of Green-Wood Cemetery at Green-Wood Cemetery.Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — NYCHA: The Cost of Living at BRIC House. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — New York’s Housing Crisis: Which Way Forward? at Museum of the City of New York. Details.
7:00PM – 9:30PM — Devil Land by Desi Moreno-Penson at The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center. Details.
7:30PM — Humans at BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.
7:30PM — The Bacchae at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Full Moon Comedy with Tim Barnes, Kate Willett at Starr Bar. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Men’s soccer coach TJ Kostecky and his LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds waited nearly 11 months for a measure of revenge against their archrivals from Remsen Street. They got it on Sunday afternoon, in the form of a thrilling overtime victory at Brooklyn Bridge Park, pulling out a 2-1 triumph over reigning two-time NEC champion St. Francis Brooklyn, on senior Rasmus Hansen’s golden goal in the 93rd minute. “We were very happy to come away from Sunday’s game with a [winning] result,” Kostecky said. “Our team has worked hard over the last year to create a good memory against a solid, tough [SFC Brooklyn] team.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Lindsey Buckingham, Neve Campbell, Chubby Checker, Fred Couples, Dennis Eckersley, Lena Headey, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Janel Maloney, Clive Owen, Gwen Stefani, Jack P. Wagner, Danny Willettand Dave Winfield!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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