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Brooklyn Today October 12: Runaway Alpaca Briefly Snarls Traffic in Borough Park

October 12, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! An alpaca runs loose in Borough Park, a “spiritual leader” is indicted for raping two women, and Borough President Eric Adamsgets wrapped up. Plus, a conviction is overturned, the River Cafe owner is opening another restaurant in DUMBO, and a new musical explores gentrification at BAM. Finally, a car stinks up Greenpoint, we recommend the must-try restaurants this fall, and Brooklyn is ranked the second most desirable investment market in America.    
IMPRINT: “Call Me by Your Name” actor Timothée Chalamet graces the October cover of Time Out London.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond


The Rundown

~BP ADAMS WANTS NYPD TO TEST BOLA LASSO DEVICE ON EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PERSONS: A former law officer shot an eight foot tether around the legs of Borough President Eric Adams on Thursday, immobilizing him at Brooklyn Borough Hall. It was a planned takedown, however. Adams, a former cop, is pushing the city to allow the NYPD to test the use of the tool, called a BolaWrap, on emotionally disturbed persons, harmlessly preventing them from running or moving their arms. The device is the solution to “the endless pursuit of finding a non-lethal manner of subduing a person with emotional disturbance issues, particularly when violent,” Adams said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN ‘SPIRITUAL LEADER’ INDICTED FOR RAPING TWO WOMEN: A self-proclaimed spiritual leader was indicted on Wednesday for luring two women to his East Flatbush home for a church ceremony where he raped them, prosecutors said. Nigel Kennedy, 51, used a religious goods store he owned nearby his home as a hoax to dupe two women, on two separate occasions, into his home. When the women entered his apartment, Kennedy started chanting and pouring a clear liquid that purportedly tasted like alcohol into his victim’s mouths until they lost consciousness, then raped them.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONVICTION OVERTURNED IN HASIDIC GANG ATTACK ON GAY BLACK MAN: Not even scientific evidence could convince a higher court to uphold the conviction of the lone perpetrator who went to trial for a brutal gang assault against a gay black man. During the early morning hours of Dec. 1, 2013, Taj Patterson, then 22, was walking home through Williamsburg after partying with friends when more than a dozen men pounced on him. That group falsely accused Patterson of vandalizing cars on Flushing Avenue. The attackers left Patterson bruised, battered and forever blinded in one eye. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RUNAWAY ALPACA BRIEFLY SNARLS TRAFFIC IN BOROUGH PARK:Traffic in Brooklyn was briefly held up by an alpaca that escaped his handlers and ran down the borough’s streets. Video of the incident shows the alpaca crossing the street while an onlooker shouts “runaway llama!” The New York Post reports the animal is actually an alpaca named Alfalfa. Alfalfa’s owner Peter Jager says the animal was brought from his farm home in Connecticut as part of a Jewish education program for children. Jager says Alfalfa was only loose for about five minutes, saying the trick to catch an alpaca is to walk it into a corner and not scare the animal. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RIVER CAFE OWNER TO OPEN NEW BAR-RESTAURANT AT FULTON LANDING: Michael O’Keeffe, owner of the famed River Cafe at Fulton Ferry Landing, is one of the partners in a new bar-restaurant that will be coming to nearby 14 Fulton St. O’Keeffe and Frank Defalco, who is listed as the owner of the property, are listed as the proprietors of the restaurant on the liquor license. The restaurant will be open every day from noon to midnight, will only have background music and will include outdoor seating. The site was previously home to a gas station. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW MUSICAL COMPOSITION AT BAM EXAMINES GENTRIFICATION IN BROOKLYN: “Place,” a new musical composition about gentrification in Brooklyn, premiered at BAM on Thursday. The piece is the brainchild of composer Ted Hearne, who felt that as a white male, he needed another viewpoint on the subject, which directly affects black and Hispanic residents. He therefore brought in poet Saul Williams as a collaborator. “Place” not only focuses on gentrification, but it also explores personal lives, such as the birth of Hearne’s children and the breakup of his marriage. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GREENPOINT NEIGHBORS UPSET ABOUT UNSIGHTLY, REEKING ABANDONED LUXURY CARGreenpoint residents are up in arms about a dilapidated luxury car that is full of garbage, food, clothes and has a foul smell.The white limo with a gold grill and gold hubcaps has been parked on the streets of the neighborhood for days. Residents say a homeless person is living in the vehicle, which had Pennsylvania plates when it was first seen but now has no license plates at all. (CBSNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN RANKED SECOND IN U.S. AS DESIRABLE INVESTMENT MARKET: An annual survey by PwC and the Urban Land Institute has ranked Brooklyn No. 2 among desirable U.S. markets for property investment. Brooklyn, which got into the top 10 for the first time in the report’s 40-year history, was prized for its “cool industrial appeal and lower costs relative to Manhattan.” By contrast, Manhattan only ranked as No. 32. The Dallas-Fort Worth market topped the list. About 2,400 real estate experts were surveyed.(Bloomberg via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: The Pentagon wants soldiers to be able to control robots through their thoughts. Here’s a look inside the audacious program(via The Atlantic)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The Love Story that Upended the Texas Prison System” (via Texas Monthly) 
EAT: Here are the 38 must-try restaurants in New York City this fall, including 12 in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump asks the White House custodian to perform a miracle(via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Hurricane Michael wreaks havoc on the Southeast…Kanye West meets with President Trump…And a Louisiana post office worker steals more than $600,000 in stamps(via NYT, CNN and USA Today)              
FOREIGN FLASH: Greece bans “overweight” tourists from riding donkeys…The Netherlands have the tallest men in the world…And a man grows a 979-pound pumpkin in the U.K. (via CNN, Newsweek and Jersey Evening Post)        


PODCAST: Take a listen to the Brooklyn Eagle’s first-ever podcast: “Brooklyn This Week.” For our first edition, we discuss upcoming plans from the city to convert the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to a temporary roadway for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway rehab plan, developments on a supertall skyscraper in Boerum Hill and the city’s new Office of Nightlife.

Meet Gabriela Peacock, the royal family’s “glamorous nutritionist.” (via The Telegraph)



8:00AM – 6:00PM — Jon Henry: Stranger Fruit at BRIC House Hallway.Details.  
12:00PM — From Cairo to Cape Town: In and Out of Africa with National Geographic at 92nd Street Y. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Ron Baron: Ode to A Void at Studio 10. Details.
1:00PM — Instant Yiddish: 50 words in 50 minutes at New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library. Details.
1:00PM – 3:00PM — Roundtable Discussion: Women’s Voices, Women’s Stories at Columbia University. Details.
7:00PM — City Lights, Sapphire Nights at Our Lady of Grace Academy.Details.
7:00PM — Death Cab for Cutie at Kings Theatre. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Dreamland Disco at Lefrak Center at Lakeside. Details.
8:00PM — The Living Room Show at Postmark Cafe. Details.
11:45PM — Brooklyn Horror Film Festival at Nitehawk Cinema. Details.    


EAGLE SPORTS: Taking better care of the basketball, avoiding quick transition baskets and playing four strong quarters are just a few of the improvements the Brooklyn Nets must make if they hope to seriously improve this coming season. By their own admission, the Nets suffered an epic fail in each of these departments Wednesday night during their 118-91 loss to the Toronto Raptors at Montreal’s Bell Centre. “A lot of it was turnovers and transition,” ceded Brooklyn guard Caris LeVert. “It’s hard to guard transition baskets,” he added. “We’ve got to take care of the ball better.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Susan Anton, Carlos Bernard, Tyler Blackburn, Kirk Cameron, Josh Hutcherson, Hugh Jackman, Marion Jones, Tony Kubek,Adam Rich and Chris Wallace!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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