Brooklyn Today October 4: Census Data Shows Where Children Are Most Likely to Succeed
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! Retail vacancies plague Bedford Avenue, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge gets its name fixed, and the Night Mayor’s first town hall is a resounding success. Plus, a bus driver is found guilty in a Citi Bike crash, a cleaning woman passes out drunk on the job, and census data shows where children are most likely to succeed. Finally, a Azerbaijani cafe is all the rage in Midwood, a Manhattan cafe opens an outpost in Vinegar Hill, and we recommend the best restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn.
IMPRINT: “Mr Robot” actor Rami Malek graces the latest cover of GQ Middle East.
~‘UNPRECEDENTED’ NIGHTLIFE TOWN HALL CREATES NEW DIALOGUE BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND CITY: Brooklyn is the only borough in the city where electricity usage actually increases after 7 p.m., according to Con Edison. In other words, Brooklyn comes alive at night. It was, therefore, only fitting that the inaugural session of the Office of Nightlife’s five-borough Listening Tour took place in Kings County. “The purpose of this Listening Tour is to show the city has heard the concerns of operators, employees, patrons, performers, as well as residents, and all the agencies here tonight have also heard you, and we are here as one, united,” Night Mayor Ariel Palitz said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RETAIL VACANCIES ABOUND NEAR THE BEDFORD AVENUE L STOP: L-mageddon already has a prime span of Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue in its grip. The L-train shutdown between the Bedford Avenue station and Manhattan doesn’t start until next April. But construction machinery already clogs the streets outside the L train stop at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street. The current construction in the street and the looming threat of diminished numbers of shoppers, diners and drinkers coming from Manhattan are apparently making vacant storefronts a bit harder to fill with tenants. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW YORK FINALLY CORRECTS MISSPELLING OF VERRAZZANO BRIDGE: A mistake that caused the name of New York City’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to be misspelled for more than 50 years has finally been corrected. On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill adding a second letter ‘Z’ to the name of the country’s longest suspension bridge, which links Brooklyn with Staten Island. The name had been spelled with one ‘Z’, even though it should have had two to reflect the name of Giovanni da Verrazzano, the Italian explorer who discovered New York harbor in 1524. The misspelling dates back decades to the construction contract signed before the bridge opened in 1964. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUS DRIVER FOUND GUILTY IN CITI BIKE DEATH: The driver of a charter bus that fatally struck an investment banker riding a Citi Bike in Manhattan last year, marking the first death involving the city’s bike-share program, was found guilty of failing to yield the right of way, a misdemeanor.Dave Lewis was also convicted of failure to exercise due care, a violation, at his bench trial involving the death of Dan Hanegby, 36, of Brooklyn, who was riding in Chelsea when he collided with the bus, fell from the bike and was run over. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MIDWOOD’S AZERBAIJANI CAFE WILL LEAVE YOU STUFFED: Village Cafe, the Azerbaijani restaurant on Coney Island Avenue in Midwood, is the place to go for an extensive menu and a full stomach, according to The New York Times. The cafe brings expansive dishes that seem “intended to feed an actual village” to varnished picnic-style tables. The menu includes qutabs, the delicate Azerbaijani flatbread; crimped dumplings filled with chicken or lamb, served boiled or fried; liver cooked in all different styles; and a noodle dish called “guru hingal,” thin, wide sheets of pasta layered under an onion and lamb sauce. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG ROOMMATES HIRE CLEANING SERVICE, RETURN TO FIND DRUNKEN CHAOS: When Williamsburg resident Kristen Nepomuceno, 28, hired a cleaning company to tidy up the home, she did not expect to return home to find the woman tasked with the housework passed out drunk on the kitchen floor. The spice rack was smashed, the marble coffee table was upended, the liquor was half-drunk — even the ice cream had vanished. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CENSUS DATA SHOWS WHERE CHILDREN ARE MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: Where children live matters deeply in whether they prosper as adults, researchers say. On Monday, the Census Bureau, in collaboration with researchers at Harvard and Brown, published nationwide data that will make it possible to pinpoint down to the street the places where children have the best shot at succeeding. “That’s exciting and inspiring and daunting in some ways that we’re actually talking about real families, about kids growing up in different neighborhoods based on this data,” economist Raj Chetty, one of the project’s researchers, told The New York Times. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WELL-KNOWN MANHATTAN CAFE OPENS OUTPOST IN VINEGAR HILL: Cafe Gitane, a well-known Nolita, Manhattan, eatery, has opened an outpost inVinegar Hill. The new Brooklyn spot at 70 Hudson Ave. has 10 tables and a turntable. The menu is less extensive than the original, focusing on brunch and snacks. Cafe Gitane closes at 6 p.m. on weeknights but is open late Friday and Saturday. It’s also around the corner from the Commandant’s House, a 19th century mansion that was once part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and is now privately owned. The cafe’s owners originally intended to open in spring.(Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father” (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: It was clear that 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was being abused, yet child-protective services did little to help. Now it’s too late.(via The Atlantic)
EAT: Here are the five best restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn. (via Grub Street)
CARTOON: Amazon’s drones discuss minimum wage. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Most Americans can’t pass a U.S. citizen test, says a new poll…Amazon raises its minimum wage to $15 an hour…And Americans are confused about what contains protein. (via Miami Herald, WaPo and The Business Journals)
FOREIGN FLASH: People are being tied to lampposts naked in Mexico…Melania Trump “seems at ease” on her tour of Africa…And avolcano erupts in Indonesia days after a earthquake and tsunami wreak havoc. (via news.com.au, NYT and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: “Do Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank Have A Prenup?” (via Elite Daily)
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza. Details.
12:00PM — They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power at 92nd Street Y. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Spread Wild: Pleasures of the Yucca at Smack Mellon.Details.
1:00PM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn Before Photographs 1971-1983 at Tabla Rasa Gallery. Details.
1:00PM – 5:00PM — Robert Cumming: Nudes at Janet Borden, Inc. Details.
4:00PM — The Drunk Yoga Experience at Our Wicked Lady. Details.
5:00PM — Local Food Tasting and Happy Hour at Stonefruit Espresso. Details.
6:00PM — Naval Cartography at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — Matched Dating at The Regal. Details.
8:00PM – 11:00PM — Meaneth Girls at Littlefield. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The New York Islanders aren’t yearning for their former captain. Instead, they are eager to prove they can thrive in his absence. “We have four lines that can move and some big bodies and guys that play hard,” said reigning Calder Trophy winner Mathew Barzal as the John Tavares-less Islanders prepared for Thursday night’s regular-season opener in Carolina. “I think we’re going to surprise some people and be tough to play against.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Armand Assante, Caitriona Balfe, Abraham Benrubi, Rachael Leigh Cook, Clifton Davis, Chuck Hagel, Dakota Johnson, Tony La Russa Jr., Anne Rice, Derrick Rose, Susan Sarandon, Alicia Silverstone, Christoph Waltz and Jimmy Williams!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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