Brooklyn Today October 17: Brooklyn Diocese Unknowingly Hired Priest Despite Accusations of Child Sex Abuse
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce names a new CEO, Michael Bloomberg sparks more speculation about a presidential run, and New York City had zero shootings last weekend. Plus, a Brooklyn duo pays homage to blanket forts, the Brooklyn Diocese hired a priest despite accusations of child sex abuse, and Mayor de Blasio gets heckled at his Park Slope gym. Finally, we recommend the best Jewish appetizing shops, and the Nets start their season tonight.
IMPRINT: Actress Julia Roberts poses in pink on the November cover ofHarper’s Bazaar.
~BATISTA NAMED BROOKLYN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT:The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has named Hector Batista, the CEO of the nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC and a veteran of city government, to serve as its new president and CEO. The chamber’s Board of Directors announced the hiring of Batista on Tuesday. Batista, who starts his new job on Oct. 22, succeeds former chamber president Andrew Hoan who left in May to lead the Portland Business Alliance. Batista is the first Hispanic to serve as president in the chamber’s 100-year history. The chamber, which has more than 2,000 members, was founded in 1918. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BLOOMBERG’S NEW HAMPSHIRE EVENT FUELS WHITE HOUSE BID TALK: A quick stop by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House is sparking more speculation about a possible White House bid by the billionaire media company founder and gun safety advocate. Bloomberg was the main attraction at the get-out-the-vote rally for six candidates running for New Hampshire’s state House of Representatives. Bloomberg’s trip came just days after he re-registered as a Democrat after years as a Republican and an independent. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYC REPORTS NO SHOOTINGS FOR ENTIRE WEEKEND: Not one person was shot in New York City over the weekend, the first time that’s happened since 1993. Officials said Monday there were no shootings with victims reported in the five boroughs for all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The last shooting before the weekend was on Thursday morning in Brooklyn when a 25-year-old man was shot in the stomach. The gunfire free record was broken Monday afternoon when a man was shot in the Bronx. He is expected to survive. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN DUO PAYS HOMAGE TO CHILDHOOD PASTIME, THE BLANKET FORT: At some point growing up, most of us threw a blanket over two chairs and declared it our clubhouse. Artistic wife and husband Grackleand Pigeon have taken this timeless idea a step further — or, rather, they’ve taken the imagination we all had as kids and infused it into 25 creative and gorgeously photographed artisanal blanket forts. “Blanket Fort: Growing Up Is Optional,” which was released on Oct. 2, is a fun, gifty, and absolutely stunning look at a wide range of DIY projects that will inspire readers to envision cozy hideouts in their living rooms, yards, yoga studios and workspaces. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN DIOCESE HIRES PRIEST DESPITE ACCUSATIONS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE: It wasn’t until after their priest returned to his native Colombia that Brooklyn and Queens parishioners learned that the Rev.Roberto Cadavid had a long history of sexual abuse. The Diocese of Brooklyn hired Cadavid in 2012, “[bypassing] its own safety protocols,” according to Gothamist. Cadavid returned to his homeland in the summer of 2017 because Colombian children were speaking out against him. At least four boys had already come forward about the abuse they suffered while he served as the director of their school. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~AS HOMELESSNESS CONTINUES TO GROW, DE BLASIO REFUSES TO ENGAGE WITH ACTIVIST ON ISSUE: When an activist recently confronted Mayor Bill de Blasio during his morning workout at the Park Slope YMCA about affordable housing, the mayor refused to respond. Nathylin Flowers Adesegun asked why only 15,000 of the prospective 300,000 affordable housing units are for those with no place to live, which brought to light the ways the city is mishandling homelessness, according to The New York Times. Many are criticizing the mayor’s strategy for combating the problem, citing that only 16 of the proposed 40 new shelters that were slated to open this year are up and running. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Take a look inside a Philadelphia neighborhood that was dubbed the East Coast’s “largest open-air narcotics market.” The area is difficult to police, and squatters have been known to push dead bodies into the bushes rather than calling 911. (via NYT Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The ‘Gay for Pay’ Porn Star Who Hatched a Million-Dollar Blackmail Scheme” (via Narratively)
DRINK: Climate change is expected to affect the beer industry, causing “dramatic” shortages and rising prices as extreme weather continues to kill barley. (via The Guardian)
EAT: Here are the 16 best Jewish appetizing shops in New York City, including three in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Apple updates its bagel emoji to include cream cheese…Waitlist fees are becoming a common practice in the daycare industry…And more than 29 million Hispanics are eligible to vote in November, setting a new record. (via Emojipedia, AP and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A 66-foot viking ship is found underneath a cemetery in Norway…Male gorillas love being around infants…And the U.S. embassy in Australia sends out an invite to a cat pajama party by mistake. (National Geographic, The Atlantic and Yahoo)
ROYAL WATCH: With Halloween on the horizon, here’s a look back at the royal family’s greatest costumes. (via Harper’s Bazaar)
12:00PM — Growing Up a Stateless Foreigner in Wartime Japan at 92nd Street Y. Details.
1:00PM – 3:00PM — Weekly Trolley Tours Explore Historic Green-Wood Throughout the Fall at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Birthright: A War Story at The Cooper Union. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Fair Fare Enforcement? Collecting Fares and All-Door Bus Boarding in NYC at TransitCenter. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Untold Stories: Women of Architecture and Design at New York School of Interior Design. Details.
6:30PM — Book Talk: “Brooklyn Tides” at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — When the American Press Flirted With Fascism at The New School.Details.
7:30PM — Uptown Showdown: Millennials vs. Gen X at Symphony Space.Details.
7:30PM — Measure for Measure at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.
8:00PM – 10:30PM — A Walt Whitman Sampler at Carnegie Hall. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Nets will have the money to sign not just one, but potentially two maximum-contract free agents next summer. But the looming question hanging over the Brooklyn-based NBA franchise is who will want to ink a long-term, lucrative deal to play on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues in 2019? The Nets’ collective performance over these next 82 games, and perhaps beyond, will help determine whether big-time free-agents-to-be like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Jimmy Butler can envision themselves seriously vying for NBA championships here in our fair borough.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Ernie Els, Eminem, Mae Jemison, Norm Macdonald,Michael Mckean, Steve Mcmichael, Richard Roeper and George Wendt!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].