Brooklyn Today October 18: Golden Stands by Campaign Staffer After Proud Boys Melee
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! A North Brooklyn staple is set to close, we attend a cannabis summit, and a Marty Golden staffer’s in hot water. Plus, we revealBay Ridge property prices, a top aide to Simcha Felder is accused of groping a lobbyist, and Smorgasburg will open two indoor markets. Finally, we share the obituary of Donald Moore, North Sixth Street flourishes in Williamsburg, and we share the best coffee shops in the city.
IMPRINT: Victoria Beckham graces the November cover of Vogue Australia.
~GOLDEN STANDS BY CAMPAIGN STAFFER AFTER PROUD BOYS MELEE:Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden is resisting calls to fire a campaign worker embroiled in controversy over a melee outside The Metropolitan Republican Club involving members of a far-right group and angry leftist protesters.Michael Tobman, a spokesperson for Golden’s re-election campaign, said the lawmaker has no intention of firing Ian Reilly, the manager of his campaign office. “Ian Reilly is the campaign’s office manager, and will continue to serve in that role, as he has capably and professionally for several months,” Tobman said. Reilly is the chairman of the club. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WANNA KNOW THE LATEST BAY RIDGE HOUSE PRICES?: Money can’t buy me love. So what? A house with a yard and a garage in Bay Ridge would be far better. Love’s evanescent, a fancy that can evaporate in an instant. But a house in Bay Ridge will be a thing of beauty — a valuable thing — for a long time. We dug up some details from city Finance Department records about recent Bay Ridge property sales to give you an idea of how much neighborhood homes cost these days. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CANNABIS SUMMIT BRINGS POT GROWERS AND ENTREPRENEURS IN NYC: Hotter than hot: Investors, growers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, elected officials and the curious — many from Brooklyn — came together on Tuesday to hear about opportunities in a “regulated cannabis market” in New York state. The atmosphere was intoxicating, reminiscent of the 1990sdot.com gold rush. The sensation of big money, somewhere nearby, mixed with the almost religious fervor of empowerment. Expert panels discussed licensing, taxes, social equity and reparations, farming in skyscrapers and mistakes made by Colorado, Canada and California. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG’S VIDEOLOGY BAR AND CINEMA SET TO CLOSE THIS MONTH AFTER 15 YEARS: Videology Bar and Cinema, a bar and independent micro-cinema in Williamsburg, will close for good this month after 15 years of business. “Videology will be closing its doors for the last time on Oct. 27th,” the business wrote on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. “Thank you so much to all of our loyal and passionate customers.” Located at 308 Bedford Ave., Videology opened in 2003 as a DVD rental store but transformed into a bar and theater with a 40-seat screening room in 2012 to fight off the rise of on-demand streaming services. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~AIDE TO FELDER PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER CHARGES OF GROPING LOBBYIST: A top aide to Brooklyn state Sen. Simcha Felder was placed onadministrative leave on Tuesday after allegations that he groped a lobbyist at a political fundraiser in Albany. The state Senate and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office are both investigating charges against Rodney Powis, 48. The lobbyist, who asked for her name to be withheld, said she met Powis at an event last Thursday night in the Albany suburb of Guilderland. The lobbyist said Powis was “very drunk” and told her that her dress made her look “smokin’ hot” and that he wanted to kiss her. He then allegedly groped her breast. (WSJ via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SMORGASBURG TO OPEN INDOOR MARKETS IN ATLANTIC CENTER AND WILLIAMSBURG: Smorgasburg, the gourmet outdoor food festival that operates several seasonal outdoor markets in Brooklyn, plans to open indoor locations in Fort Greene and Williamsburg this winter. The two new spots include a 25,000-square-foot space in the Atlantic Center mall near Barclays Center and a night market at event space Villain. The Villain market is being developed in collaboration with the media company Vice. (6sqft via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DONALD MOORE, WHO REVITALIZED BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN IN ’80S, DIES AT 90: Donald E. Moore, who, as president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden during the 1980s, tripled its membership and doubled its indoor exhibit space, died on Sept. 30 in Pennsylvania, at age 90. Moore, a former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, oversaw the design and construction of the Steinhardt Conservancy as well as the transformation of an existing conservatory into the Palm House after he was named to BBG’s presidency in 1980. Moore also developed the annual two-day Sakura Matsuri, also known as the Cherry Blossom Festival. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG’S NORTH SIXTH STREET BECOMES TRENDY RETAIL DESTINATION: North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, which intersects with Kent Avenue and the neighborhood East River ferry stop, has become a lively commercial street and a favorite for retailers making inroads in Brooklyn. During the past year, the street has transformed from a rundown graffiti-covered street to a lively thoroughfare dotted with shops ranging from Rituals to Urban Outfitters, Robin Abrams of Compass said. The street is also thriving despite a soft retail market. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Meet the Investigative Services Branch, aka the FBI of America’s national parks. “When a day hike … ended in a grisly death, ISB veteran Beth Shott hit the trail, where she began unraveling a harrowing case.” (Outside)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Instagram’s in hot water over a history ofharassment problems. (via The Atlantic)
EDUCATION: Homelessness in New York City schools is at an all time high.(via NYT)
DRINK: Here are the 29 best coffee shops in New York City, including 13 in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Uber is worth more than GM, Ford and Chrysler combined…Florida cops recover a stolen van filled with Krispy Kreme donuts…And President Trump says he won’t take the blame if the Republicans lose the House. (via WSJ, WFLA and AP)
FOREIGN FLASH: Canada becomes the second country to legalizerecreational marijuana…Tourists are paying money to attend Indian weddings…And at least 14 million people are at risk of famine in Yemen. (via NYT, CNBC and The Guardian)
PODCAST: Take a listen to the Brooklyn Eagle’s podcast “Brooklyn This Week.” For the second edition, we discuss the mayor’s preference to convert the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to a temporary roadway, what legal weed could mean for the borough and some heated political races.
ROYAL WATCH: Take a look at the official photos from Princess Eugenie’s wedding. (via Forbes)
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza. Details.
5:30PM — Diane Barth Discusses Women’s Friendships and Her Latest Book, “I Know How You Feel” at New York Public Library — St. Agnes Library.Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Colored Printed Illustrations in Medical Publications 1500-1850 at The New York Academy of Medicine. Details.
6:30PM — Putin, Trump, and the Russian Enigma at New York Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — “Moving in Place: A Documentary About Puerto Rico’s Young Diaspora” at Videology. Details.
6:30PM – 9:00PM — Conversation: Artists on the Refugee Crisis Brooklyn Museum. Details.
7:00PM — Paris, New York, Madrid, London: The City Responds to Terror at National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum. Details.
7:00PM — The Tale of Genji in Word & Image at Japan Society. Details.
7:30PM — Meghan O’Gieblyn: “Interior States” with Nausicaa Renner at Books Are Magic. Details.
8:00PM — Sir Max Hastings: Vietnam — An Epic Tragedy at 92nd Street Y.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: It’s their last season in Downtown Brooklyn and the LIU-Brooklyn men’s soccer squad is certainly making the most of it. Slated to begin play in their new Brookville, N.Y., digs next year, the Blackbirds resumed their ongoing dominance at LIU Field in heart-stopping fashion Sunday, edging Northeast Conference rival Mount St. Mary’s 2-1 in overtime. LIU (9-3-1 overall, 4-0 NEC) improved to 6-0-1 on its soon-to-be-former home pitch this year as the university announced two weeks ago that the LIU-Brooklyn and LIU-Post athletic programs would be merged into a single Division I structure.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Pam Dawber, Mike Ditka, Zac Efron, Wynton Marsalis, Terry Mcmillan, Joe Morton, Martina Navratilova, Ne-yo, Freida Pinto, Ntozake Shange, Vincent Spano, Jean-claude Van Damme and Lindsey Vonn!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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