Brooklyn Today October 10: A Park Slope Trump Statuette Carries an Invitation: Pee on Me
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! Prosecutors want Pamela Harris locked up for at least 33 months, the Brooklyn Public Library needs help naming an eagle, and a boutique hotel is coming to the former Shore Theater building in Coney Island. Plus, cops and Hasidic Jews clash in Borough Park, a Park Slopestatuette encourages dogs to pee on Donald Trump, and we recommend the 40 best sushi spots in the city. Finally, an Islanders goalie gets a second chance, and the 11th Annual Bushwick Film Festival takes place tonight.
IMPRINT: American actress Gwyneth Paltrow graces the cover of Marie Claire UK.
~PROSECUTORS TO REQUEST 33-41 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR PAMELA HARRIS: Disgraced former Assemblymember Pamela Harris, who represented Bay Ridge and Coney Island, will be back in federal court on Thursday and when she makes her appearance, prosecutors will be asking that she spend 33-41 months behind bars. Harris was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 8 on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, disaster relief fraud, false statements, bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice and witness tampering. Harris resigned from the state Assembly on April 2. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BPL SEEKS NAME FOR STATUE THAT ONCE BELONGED TO ORIGINAL BROOKLYN EAGLE: The Brooklyn Public Library is seeking the public’s help ingiving a name to a 6-foot-tall copper-cast statue of an eagle that once symbolized the original Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The eagle now calls the grand lobby of the BPL Central Library at Grand Army Plaza home, but it has perched in many locations in Downtown Brooklyn over the years. It originally graced the home of the old Eagle at Johnson and Washington streets. After the newspaper’s demise in 1955, it passed into the hands of the Brooklyn Historical Society. BHS loaned the statue to BPL in 1997, and the society made the eagle statue a permanent gift this year. (Metro via Brooklyn Eagle)
~A BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND SPA IS COMING TO THE FORMER SHORE THEATER BUILDING: New plans for the long-vacant Shore Theater building on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Coney Island do not include a theater. Some are disappointed with this, but neighborhood advocates are happy that something is finally being done with the deteriorating structure. Plans filed by Pye Properties, which purchased the building for $14 million in 2016, show a 50-room boutique hotel, a ground-floor spa, rooftop restaurant and ground-floor cafe. The renovation is estimated to cost $60 million and is expected to be complete by 2021. (Brooklyn Daily via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PARK SLOPE TRUMP STATUETTE CARRIES AN INVITATION: PEE ON ME: Late last week, Park Slope residents noticed a new fixture on their neighborhood sidewalk: a statuette of Donald Trump resting on top of a patch of astroturf, with a bright yellow sticker reading, “pee on me.” The statuetteis the brainchild of Phil Gable, who said the bust was “partly a public service,” a creation to aid potty-training while also acting as “a personal expression of [his] own disdain for Donald Trump.” A woman and her daughter who passed by as Gable was setting up the small display took pictures with the bust, thanking Gable and saying, “This is the kind of thing that makes me love Brooklyn.” (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SCUFFLE BREAKS OUT AFTER COPS ARREST HASIDIC MAN: During a Torah procession on Sunday, a face-off between the Borough Park Orthodox Jewish community and the NYPD began after police arrested a Hasidic man for blocking the path of a police car. Chaos ensued as police attempted to handcuffJoel Herskovitz, whom authorities said was purposefully blocking a police car that was attempting to disperse the crowd. People had come out to celebrate a Torah being given to a nearby synagogue. As Herskovitz resisted the handcuffs, the crowd took up a chant of “Nazis! Nazis!” directed at the police officers. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Marrying children in America happens more often than most think, which raises the question: Should it be allowed? (via WaPo)
ANOTHER LONG READ: During these uncertain times, a journalist explores what it’s like to have “executive protection,” which entails three bodyguards flanking her for a day. (via Topic)
PODCAST: New York Magazine writer Rebecca Traister discusses women’s anger and the repercussions that come with being emotional. (via Longform)
EAT: Here are the 40 best sushi spots in New York City, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: An alligator is found swimming in Lake Michigan…Hurricane Michael rages toward Florida’s gulf coast…And a 2-year-old girl appears in immigration court. (via NBC News, Weather.com and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: Kim Jong-un invites Pope Francis to visit North Korea…A white tiger kills a zookeeper in Japan…And a jogger in the Netherlands finds a lion cub in a cage. (via NYT and BBC)
ROYAL WATCH: Queen Elizabeth will be leaving Buckingham Palace in seven years. Here’s why. (via Reuters)
3:00PM – 5:00PM — Is Coffee Sustainable? A Roundtable on Production, Trade and Community in the Coffee Industry at The New School. Details.
5:30PM — The 11th Annual Bushwick Film Festival at Various Locations.Details.
6:30PM — Immigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender Justice at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — Isaac Bashevis Singer: Before Everything Else a Writer at Onassis Cultural Center. Details.
6:30PM — A Worldly Affair: Pamela Hanlon with James Wurst at New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Soup & Sip with Julia Turshen and Nik Sharma at Museum of Food and Drink. Details.
7:00PM — After Charlottesville — Featuring Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn at Museum of Jewish Heritage. Details.
7:00PM — The Life and Career of an NFL Athlete at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30PM — Trisha Brown Dance Company at BAM Fisher. Details.
8:00PM — The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: The Ashram Experience at BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The last time Robin Lehner was between the pipes in an NHL game, he was forced to leave the ice following a panic attack caused by his well-chronicled bout with bipolar disorder. After undergoing treatment for ADD and PTSD this past offseason, as well as getting sober following self-admitted addictions to alcohol and drugs, the 27-year-old Swede was ready for a fresh start with the New York Islanders. Thus far, Lehner has made the mostof the opportunity and is eager to put his checkered past behind him here inDowntown Brooklyn. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Bob Burnquist, Charles Dance, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brett Favre, Jessica Harper, Mario Lopez, Chris Pronger, Nora Roberts, David Lee Roth, Dan Stevens, Tanya Tucker and Ben Vereen!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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