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Brooklyn Today October 26: A $450 Million Co-Living Development Is Coming to Williamsburg

October 26, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! A Brooklyn author takes his readers on a wine-soaked adventure, we walk to Queens from Downtown Brooklyn, and a $450 million co-living development is coming to Williamsburg. Plus, we share our comprehensive list of Halloween events, Exxon allegedly misleads investors, and a Keith Haring mural at Woodhull Hospital is restored. Finally, the Daily News endorses Andrew Gounardes, a “Winterfest” is coming to the Brooklyn Museum, and we share the best pizza spots in the city. Have a great weekend.  
IMPRINT: Musician Lenny Kravitz poses half naked on the latest cover of Man About Town.


The Rundown

~BROOKLYN AUTHOR’S THIRD BOOK TAKES READERS ON A FOOD-FILLED ITALIAN ADVENTURE: Do not read this book on an empty stomach. “Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure,” the third novel from Brooklyn authorAndrew Cotto, is a travel-laden voyage that features wonderfully crafted visceral descriptions of food and wine that will leave readers salivating. The romantic page-turner tells the story of Jacoby Pines, a Brooklynite searching for an antiquated existence in a modern world. Pines goes to Florence with his fiancee for what is supposed to be a soul-searching trip and a chance to get his life back on track. When the relationship collapses, however, Pines is left with very few certainties, except that he never wants to leave Italy. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WALK TO QUEENS FROM DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN, PART ONE: Want to walk to Queens from Downtown Brooklyn? Willoughby’s one fine way to go. For part of your stroll, you’ll notice this photogenic thoroughfare is called Willoughby Street. On the far side of Fort Greene Park, it becomes Willoughby Avenue. The street is lined with eye-catching new apartment towers and old-fashioned rowhouses. It passes by Pratt Institute, whose landscaped grounds, decorated with sculptures, are open to the public. It slices through Clinton HillBed-Stuy and Bushwick. We’re splitting up our story about this walk into installments. This is Part One(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HALLOWEEN IN BROOKLYN 2018: Ghosts and superheroes (and scary political figures, no doubt) will soon be haunting the parades, streets and alleys of Brooklyn. Looking for something to do with the kids on Halloween? Check out Brooklyn’s most complete compilation of parades, family festivals, haunted houses and the best places for children to trick-or-treat. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~A $450 MILLION CO-LIVING DEVELOPMENT IS COMING TO BROOKLYN: The Collective, a London-based company that develops and operates co-living properties around the world, recently purchased 555 Broadway in Williamsburg for $450 million. The company plans to build a 350,000-square-foot co-living community development that will serve as their flagship location in America. “We view the intersect of Williamsburg andBushwick as the ideal fit for our co-living lifestyle concept that brings new restaurant and cultural offerings to well-connected neighborhoods in which we can have a positive impact,” said Reza Merchant, 29, CEO of The Collective.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW YORK SAYS EXXON MISLED INVESTORS ABOUT CLIMATE RISKS:New York’s attorney general says Exxon Mobil misled investors about the risks that climate change poses to its operations. Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Wednesday that Exxon courted investors such as the state’s public pension funds with inaccurate information. New York’s lawsuit comes less than three months after the federal Securities and Exchange Commission dropped an investigation into the Texas energy giant along the same lines. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~KEITH HARING MURAL AT WOODHULL HOSPITAL RESTORED BY ART CONSERVATORS: Art conservators from the Fine Arts Conservation Group have been coming to Woodhull Hospital in Bed-Stuy to restore a section of a mural in the hospital lobby by the late Keith Haring, a well-known street artist, muralist and political activist. Currently, conservators are working on a small section that was recently damaged by water. Haring painted the colorful mural, which features his trademark dancing figures, during a three-day period in 1986. Hospital officials said Haring’s mural at Woodhull, which he drew for free, is likely worth millions of dollars. (WSJ via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DAILY NEWS ENDORSES GOUNARDES OVER GOLDEN IN STATE SENATE RACE: The Daily News on Wednesday endorsed Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes in his campaign to unseat Republican state Sen. Marty Golden, who has held his seat since 2002. The News explained that “under Republican control, the state Senate consistently delivers shabby treatment to New York City” and called Golden “part of the GOP gang controlling the Senate by just one vote.” One specific issue the News raised was Golden’s switching sides on the issue of speed cameras within school zones, which the paper cited as an example of opportunism. (Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)
~‘WINTERFEST’ COMING TO BROOKLYN MUSEUM WITH VENDORS, FOOD, SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS: Brooklyn’s answer to the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park and the Union Square Holiday Market is coming in late November to a site next to the Brooklyn Museum. WinterFest at the Brooklyn Museum, a 40,000-square-foot holiday extravaganza, is scheduled to open to the public on Nov. 23. It will feature an Angels Market with nearly 50 vendors. There will also be an Enchanted Tree Maze that explores holiday traditions from 20 different countries, a “Snowzilla slide,” and a giant snow globe for visitors to walk through. (Time Out New York via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “The Unsolved Murder of an Unusual Billionaire” (via Bloomberg)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Employees at Disney World say “Code V” if a visitor vomits, “Code U” if a patron urinates, and “HEPA cleanup” for something alittle more morbid(via WSJ)
EAT: Here are the 14 best pizza joints in New York City, including a whopping eight in Brooklyn. (via CNN)
CARTOON: Russians tap President Trump’s cell phone, but they don’t findanything useful. (via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A judge in Washington chases down a prisoner trying to escape the courthouse…The Chinese and the Russians are listeningto President Trump’s cellphone…And one of Hawaii’s islands vanished after Hurricane Walaka. (via AP, NYT and Civil Beat)            
FOREIGN FLASH: A hospital in Kenya chains patients to beds who can’t pay…The migrant caravan continues toward the U.S.-Mexico border…And Ethiopia appoints its first female president(via New York Post, USA Today and Al Jazeera)

ROYAL WATCH: Here are eight of the most absurd myths about the royal family. (via MTV)



11:00AM – 6:00PM — Hurricane Maria Survivors and Climate Refugees to Share their Stories at Central Library. Details.  
3:00PM – 6:00PM — Processing: A Gowanus Swim Society Exhibition at Old Stone House. Details.
6:00PM — Nerd Nite at Caveat. Details.
6:00PM — Publishing Panel with Susan Shapiro at NYU Bookstore. Details.
7:00PM — Magic and Mysteries of the Heart at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Details.
7:00PM — The Library After Hours: Halloween Masquerade with Tim Gunn at New York Public Library — Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Details.
7:00PM – 9:30PM — More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power & Spirit of Community at New York Open Center. Details.
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Night of Noir: A Kubrick Halloween at Museum of the City of New York. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — Words on the Street at Baruch Performing Arts Center.Details.
8:00PM – 3:00AM — Nightmare Before Insomnium at The Paper Box. Details.


EAGLE SPORTS: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s much-anticipated season debut coincided with the Nets’ best all-around performance of this young season Wednesday night in Cleveland. That was no coincidence according to Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, who watched his budding team improve to 2-2 thanks to the return of the franchise’s longest-tenured player. “For a guy that was out that long, [he’s] pretty darn good defensively,” noted Atkinson after Hollis-Jefferson amassed eight points, eight rebounds and a steal off the bench to help Brooklyn to a 102-86 victory over the Cavaliers. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to CM Punk, Tom Cavanaugh, Hillary ClintonSasha Cohen, Nick Collison, Cary Elwes, Miikka Kiprusoff, Dylan Mcdermott, Natalie Merchant, James Pickens Jr., Jeff Probst, Ivan Reitman, Pat Sajak, Julian Schnabel, Jaclyn Smith and Keith Urban!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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