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Brooklyn Today October 5: Brooklyn College Professor Says Sexual Assault Is a Rite of Passage for Males

October 5, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! A Brooklyn College professor’s in hot water, Goldenand Gounardes clash in a heated debate, and we tour Bedford Avenue. Plus, landlords lower the rents in North Brooklyn, a new Downtown Brooklyn sushi restaurants hires robots, and we share a brief history of the Brooklyn HeightsPromenade. Finally, other subway lines may not be able to handle the L-train shutdown, we share the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn this month, and survivors of sexual assault protest the Kavanaugh confirmation.  
IMPRINT: Lady Gaga receives her closeup on the latest cover of The New York Times Magazine.  


The Rundown

~BROOKLYN COLLEGE PROFESSOR SAYS SEXUAL ASSAULT IS A RITE OF PASSAGE FOR MALES: A post on a Brooklyn College professor’s personal blog sparked criticism this week after he argued that committing sexual assault is a rite of passage for boys in response to last Thursday’s hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett KavanaughMitchell Langbert dismissed Dr.Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh as “spin-the-bottle crimes.” “If someone did not commit sexual assault in high school,” Langbert wrote, “then he is not a member of the male sex.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT SPEAK OUT ON KAVANAUGH PROCEEDINGSAlison Turkos told a crowd of hundreds gathered in front of Brooklyn Supreme Court that she had been raped three times. The first two times she kept silent, fearing that no one would believe her. The third time was a year ago, when she was kidnapped and gang raped by three men; this time she decided to report it to the NYPD. Turkos shared her story Wednesday night to a group of protesters who were supporting survivors of sexual assault and demanding the U.S Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. See a video here(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GOLDEN, GOUNARDES CLASH IN HEATED DEBATE: Republican state Sen. Marty Golden and his Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardesclashed over several issues in a heated debate in Bay Ridge on Wednesday, but it was a question from an attendee that generated the biggest controversy.Mallory McMahon, co-founder of group Fight Back Bay Ridge, charged that Golden has been ducking her when she has repeatedly requested to meet with him. Golden did not deny McMahon’s assertion, but said she is a Democratic Party loyalist who is not interested in engaging in a reasonable discussion. “Mallory, I’m too busy for you,” Golden said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE WILLIAMSBURG’S BEDFORD AVENUE, BEFORE OR AFTER THE L-POCALYPSE STARTS: When the L-pocalypse arrives in April, this will still be a prime place to party. We’re talking about the area around the Bedford Avenue L train station in Williamsburg. The other day we strolled down the avenue from the North 7th Street subway entrance to Grand Street then up Berry Street and back over to the train station. The photos we want to show you first from our walk are the ones we took at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and North 4th Street. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HEIGHTS PROMENADE WAS THE RESULT OF 1940S BATTLE OVER BQE: With all the controversy about the Brooklyn Heights Promenade possibly closing due to repairs on the BQE, it may be worth taking a look at the promenade’s history. Before the promenade was constructed in the late 1940s, Montague Street sloped down to the waterfront, spanned by a footbridge known as the “Penny Bridge.” Many of the mansions overlooking the waterfront had elaborate rear gardens that were situated where the promenade stands today. More than 1,500 people attended the opening of the promenade’s southern portion on Oct. 7, 1950. (via Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LANDLORDS LOWERING RENTS FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE IN NORTH BROOKLYN: As we approach the L-train shutdown, the long-awaited signs of real estate discounts in North Brooklyn neighborhoods are emerging. While rents for residential real estate have been getting lower since 2016, commercial landlords are now starting to offer discounted space as well. A broker for TerraCRG, a Brooklyn-based commercial real estate firm, said that a landlord he represents offered a tenant a 15 percent discount on rent. “It was unprompted, so you can tell that the tunnel shutdown is something that owners are certainly aware of – and hearing about from tenants,” said the broker Peter Schubert(The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN RESTAURANT USES ROBOTS TO HELP PREPARE SUSHI ROLLS: Bigeye Sushi, a sushi restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn that opened Wednesday, will be using “sushi robots” to prepare food. A spokesperson for the restaurant said chefs will slice the fish by hand and be present behind the counter. However, the robots, which can produce 400 sushi rolls per hour, will combine the ingredients into rolls. Sushi rice gets loaded into a hopper at the top of the device. From there, a sheet of nori gets placed in a tray that resembles a paper tray in a printer. The robot device then seals everything together in a roll. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~OTHER SUBWAY LINES CALLED INADEQUATE TO HANDLE L-TRAIN SHUTDOWN: Limited capacity and narrow platforms on other lines may make MTA’s alternative service plans during the L-train shutdown difficult. The J-M-Z’s Marcy Avenue station has more unreliable signals and a narrow platform. The G’s passenger tunnel to the Manhattan-bound 7 train at Court Square is a crowded bottleneck. And while L-train commuters from Canarsie and East New York will likely transfer to the J-M-Z or the A-C at Broadway Junction, that multi-line transfer point is a “poorly designed station” characterized by “narrow passageways, cramped stairwells and bottlenecks.” (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Meet Greg Sagan, 70, a democrat in North Texas running for Congress in perhaps the reddest congressional district in the country. Needless to say, he’s pretty lonely(via Splinter)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice?”(via NYT)
EAT: From Cobble Hill to GreenpointWilliamsburg to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, here are the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn this month. (via Eater)
CARTOON: Here’s a slightly different version of the Presidential alert. (via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A disabled veteran in South Carolina kills one police officer and injures six others…Birds are getting drunk on berries in Minnesota…And a Michigan cheerleader sells pot brownies in exchange for homecoming queen votes. (via CNN, Grand Forks Herald and WWMT)               
FOREIGN FLASH: Belize will host a countrywide game of hide and seek…Japan deploys a robot on an asteroid…And the leader of Hamas participates in an interview with an Israeli newspaper. (via Forbes, Universe Today and The Times of Israel)      


ROYAL WATCH: Here’s a list of the six richest members of the royal family. (via Harper’s Bazaar)



8:30AM — Congressman Joaquin Castro: Asia and the Rise of China at Asia Society and Museum. Details.
12:00PM – 2:00PM — How to Save a Constitutional Democracy at NYU School of Law. Details.  
3:00PM — Wajib + The Films of Annemarie Jacir at BAM Rose Cinemas.Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — For Which it Stands at Old Stone House. Details.
6:00PM — On Fear and Governance at BAM. Details.
6:00PM — On Fear and Governance at BAM Fisher. Details.
7:00PM — TimesTalks: Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynsey Addario at The TimesCenter. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — Short Films: Psychedelic Horror, Drama and Sci-Fi at Spectacle Theater. Details.
7:30PM -10:00PM — Dreamland Disco at Lefrak Center at Lakeside. Details.
8:00PM — The Living Room Show at Postmark Cafe. Details.  

EAGLE SPORTS: Nets rookie Rodions Kurucs waited an entire EuroLeague season plus three quarters of the Brooklyn Nets’ exhibition opener at Barclays Center Wednesday night to get into some meaningful game action. Finally unleashed from the bench, the 6-foot-9 Latvian made the most of his first 12 minutes in the NBA, scoring 13 points to go with four rebounds, four steals and two assists in the Nets’ 107-102 preseason loss to the New York Knicks in front of 12,424 fans on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.(via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Karen Allen, Michael Andretti, Clive Barker, Josie Bissett, Laura Davies, Jesse Eisenberg, Bob Geldof, Grant Hill, Glynis Johns,Mario Lemieux, Parminder Nagra, Patrick Roy, Neil Degrasse Tyson and Kate Winslet!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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