Brooklyn Today October 23: De Blasio Softens Support for Plan That Would Turn Promenade Into 6-Lane Highway
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! The BQE rehab saga continues, the Mega Millions jackpot has people dreaming, and two men pose as utility workers and rob a woman. Plus, police officers have a new rule to follow, a Bushwick seafood restaurant heads to the waterfront, and Andrew Cuomo and Marc Molinaroare set to debate today. Finally, a guillotine is found on a Greenpoint rooftop, a Brooklyn Heights firehouse is called an architectural gem, and witches put a hex on Brett Kavanaugh.
IMPRINT: Actress Claire Foy shows off her radiant smile on the most recentcover of The Sun-Herald’s “Sunday Life.”
~DE BLASIO SOFTENS SUPPORT FOR PLAN THAT WOULD TURN PROMENADE INTO 6-LANE HIGHWAY: An outpouring of opposition may have softened Mayor Bill de Blasio’s support for a radical plan which would have turned the Brooklyn Heights Promenade into a six lane highway during the upcoming rebuilding the BQE. The mayor revealed his backing for the plan just over a week ago, enraging locals who say he “blindsided” them. Now, the city may be considering other options. De Blasio said on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer radio show on Friday that an idea to reroute the highway to the west of the current BQE, over the eastern section of Brooklyn Bridge Park was one that the city might consider. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MEGA MILLIONS PLAYERS WOULD SPEND $1.6B ON BILLS, CHARITY:With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S. Tuesday’s drawing is the largest jackpot prize in U.S. history. From San Diego to New York, people are dreaming of how they would spend the money should they beat the astronomical odds of winning. In New York City, Juan Ramirez, 69, said he would retire from at least one of his jobs. He works as a school maintenance worker and short order cook. “I’d spend it carefully. I’d be prepared before I cash in, go see a financial adviser,” he said. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYPD: MEN POSED AS UTILITY WORKERS, ROBBED BROOKLYN WOMAN: Police say two men posing as utility workers robbed a woman of $2,500 after making their way into her home. NYPD says the men knocked on the door of the home near Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue on Thursday afternoon. They told the 88-year-old woman who lived there that they needed to check a utility issue inside the home. Authorities say once they got inside, they demanded money and forcibly took it from the woman. They then fled in a truck driven by a third person. Police say the woman was not injured. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CUOMO, MOLINARO AGREE TO 1-ON-1 DEBATE IN GOVERNOR’S RACE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro will debate today in their only scheduled exchange before next month’s election. Cuomo, a Democrat seeking a third term, balked at debating Molinaro for weeks before both sides agreed to the debate. The one-on-one event will be taped Tuesday afternoon and broadcast at 7 p.m. on WCBS-TV in New York City. Polls suggest Cuomo is far ahead in the race. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~POLICE REFORMS HAVE NYC OFFICERS HANDING OUT BUSINESS CARDS: Looking to improve how its police department interacts with the public, New York City on Friday started requiring officers to give their business cards to people they stop and to explain, in most instances, why law enforcement activity is taking place. The measures, born out of concern that controversy over stop-and-frisk practices had eroded trust in the department, also require officers be trained to obtain voluntary, knowing and intelligent consent before conducting searches without a warrant or probable cause. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUSHWICK SEAFOOD RESTAURANT TO OPEN WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT OUTPOST: Popular Bushwick seafood restaurant Sea Wolf plans to open a second location this spring within the new 420 Kent Ave. luxury residential development on the Williamsburg waterfront. OwnerDaniel Cipriani, who goes fishing and surfing, says the development’s connection to the water attracted him there. The new restaurant will have an all-window front, offering views of the East River, three bridges and the Manhattan skyline. Despite the high-end location, Cirpriani said he will keep Sea Wolf’s original prices intact. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS A GUILLOTINE DOING ON A GREENPOINT ROOF?: Greenpoint artist Hannah Silk Champagne was looking out her window last Monday when she noticed a large, rusty guillotine on the roof across from her office. After Champagne tweeted a photo of it, the image went viral. Was it a political message or a Halloween item? No one seemed to know. Eventually, the guillotine was found to be the creation of photographer and artist James Schieberl. He said it was a symbol of the nation’s broken, for-profit health care system. (Vice via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TURN-OF-CENTURY BROOKLYN HEIGHTS FIREHOUSE CALLED ARCHITECTURAL GEM: One of Brooklyn Heights’ firehouses looks more like a Gilded Age mansion than a typical firehouse, and certainly fits the upscale neighborhood. The circa-1903 firehouse, Engine Co. 224 at 274 Hicks St., was designed later than most of the row houses surrounding it. However, Brownstoner said, it “adds so much to the streetscape, with great presence, and decorates well for the holidays, too.” It was designed by the firm of Adams & Warren. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WITCHES’ CEREMONY AGAINST KAVANAUGH DRAWS SUPPORTERS, PROTESTERS IN BUSHWICK: A group of witches and their sympathizers who were putting a hex on new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at aBushwick occult shop drew a group of Christian protesters on Saturday. The hex was hosted by Catland, which sells spiritual literature, healing crystals, tarot cards, incense and similar items. Outside the storefront, the ritual was guarded by a row of people clad in black bandanas and red pins, the unofficial uniform of the ultra-left antifa group. Inside, Catland’s co-owner Dakota Bracciale set up three effigies, one each for Donald Trump, Kavanaugh andMitch McConnell. (Daily Beast via Brooklyn Eagle)
Since 2011, Senator Marty Golden has led the charge to cut taxes 88 times, saving taxpayers $12 billion. He created a successful tax credit program to dramatically increase hiring for movie and TV production in Brooklyn and drove the rehabilitation of Industry City into a hotspot for jobs and start-ups. Marty is now leading the effort to make Brooklyn a center of gaming technology and development. On Nov. 6, Vote to Re-elect Marty Golden. Learn more atwww.martygolden.org.
LONG READ: “Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property?” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Vancouver was one of the first cities to receive an influx of Chinese investment, but now it’s trying to stop the money from coming in. (via Bloomberg)
DRINK: Here are the 16 best izakaya, or informal Japanese pubs, in New York City, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: A father teaches his son about the two different types of rich.(via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: With midterms on the horizon, Republicans have slightly more money in the bank than Democrats…Uber wants to implementfood-delivery drones as early as 2021…And a man falls down an Arizona mining shaft and fights off rattlesnakes for three days. (via NYT, WSJ and BuzzFeed News)
FOREIGN FLASH: A Category 5 hurricane moves toward Mexico…Hundreds of sheep parade through Madrid…And the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge opens between China and Hong Kong. (via USA Today, Daily Mail and CNN)
ROYAL WATCH: Here’s the one thing Meghan Markle doesn’t miss about her old life before joining the royal family. (via Hello!)
6:30PM — Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age at Community Bookstore. Details.
6:30PM — Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Samia Halaby at Guggenheim Museum. Details.
6:30PM — Hemingway’s Artifacts: Michael Katakis with Declan Kiely at New York Public Library — Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Details.
6:30PM — ID + Crime: The Truth Is Out There at Paley Center for Media.Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Details.
7:00PM — America’s Cybersecurity Problem at National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum. Details.
7:00PM — American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots & Rise of Fear at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM — Brexit 101: The Consequences of Brexit for the UK & Ireland at Irish Arts Center. Details.
8:00PM — Tidal X Brooklyn at Barclays Center. Details.
9:00PM – 11:00PM — The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London at Caveat. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Charles Wang, a technology company founder and former owner of the New York Islanders hockey team, died Sunday. He was 74. Wang died of lung cancer in Oyster Bay, N.Y., his attorney, John McEntee, said in an emailed statement. Wang “was an entrepreneur, visionary, author, and philanthropist but will be remembered most affectionately by those who knew him for his love of life, family, and friends,” McEntee said. He bought the Islanders in 2000. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Nancy Grace, Ang Lee, Caleb Mclaughlin, Tiffeny Milbrett, Pele, Juan “Chi-chi” Rodriguez, Keith Van Horn, “Weird” Al Yankovic and Dwight Yoakam!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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