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Brooklyn Today October 29: Mail Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Is Originally From Brooklyn

October 29, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Cobble Hill residents stymie a 9-foot wall (for now), the mail bomb suspect is reportedly from Sheepshead Bay, and we speak with Miss America. Plus, a Gravesend playground gets a major makeover, a child dies from influenza, and the borough’s real estate lags in the third quarter. Finally, NYCHA residents don’t have heat or hot water, we recommend the best Jewish delis, and coffee shops across the world are copying Brooklyn.  
IMPRINT: Singer Mandy Moore graces the latest cover of Rose & Ivy Journal.

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The Rundown

~COBBLE HILL TO FORTIS: DON’T BUILD THAT WALL: After hitting a wall of community opposition at a CB 6 meeting Thursday night, Fortis Property Group withdrew its application to build a nine-foot-high brick wall as part of the planned luxury 5 River Park development in Cobble Hill. The design called for the wall to extend 49 feet around a proposed swimming pool at 347 Henry Street in the Historic District. “A 9-foot solid wall for nearly 50 linear feet is not appropriate in our landmarked neighborhood and there is no precedent for such a wall,” said Cobble Hill Association President Amy Breedlove(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MAIL BOMB SUSPECT CESAR SAYOC JR. ORIGINALLY FROM BROOKLYN: The Florida man in custody in connection with the package bombs sent to Democratic political figures is a fervent supporter of PresidentDonald Trump with an extensive record of past arrests, including a stint served on probation for making a bomb threat. Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, was arrested Friday in South Florida and was originally from Brooklyn, according to NBC. reports that Sayoc is from Sheepshead Bay. Broward County court records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel also “indicate Sayoc was born in Brooklyn.” (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN’S OWN MISS AMERICA NIA FRANKLIN TALKS ARTS, DIVERSITY, PIZZA: This September, Brooklyn added a new accolade to its repertoire. Clinton Hill resident Nia Franklin was named 2019’s Miss America. On Oct. 17, before delivering the opening remarks at the annual Kaitz Dinner to close out their Diversity Week, Franklin sat down with the Brooklyn Eagle to talk about her goals for her Miss America reign and the importance of diversity in the competition — a Brooklyn attribute she said she hopes to see continue to influence the organization. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GRAVESEND’S LAFAYETTE PLAYGROUND GETTING $4.5 MILLION MAKEOVER: A long neglected Gravesend playground is getting plenty of attention from the de Blasio administration these days. Lafayette Playground, a 1.19-acre site that consists of nothing more than patches of concrete and asphalt, is undergoing a $4.5 million renovation by the Department of Parks and Recreation. The construction work is already underway, according to officials, who said the project is expected to be competed by the end of the summer of 2019. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYC HEALTH OFFICIALS: CHILD DIES FROM INFLUENZA, FIRST OF THE SEASON: Officials in New York say a child has died from influenza, the city’s first reported flu-related pediatric death of the season. Acting New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot made the announcement Thursday. The child’s name, age, gender and borough of residence haven’t been released. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were about 80,000 deaths and 900,000 hospitalizations from the flu in the U.S. last year. Of the 183 children who died from flu-related diseases, five lived in New York City. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN REAL ESTATE LAGS IN THE THIRD QUARTER: The third quarter for Brooklyn real estate showed a significant slowdown. The top 10 sales this quarter added up to just under $593 million, miles behind the second quarter’s whopping $1.4 billion — most of that due to the epic $905 million sale of Starrett City, the 46-building housing complex in East New York. The biggest sale this quarter was 90 Sands St., the DUMBO property formerly owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Breaking Ground bought the building from LIVWRK and RFR for $170 million, putting the two real estate firm’s plans to build a 600-room hotel on the site to rest. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NYCHA RESIDENTS DON’T HAVE HEAT OR HOT WATER: Since Oct. 18, at least 35,475 tenants of New York City public housing have gone through stretches with no hot water or heat. Chairman of the Citywide Council of Presidents Daniel Barber testified on Wednesday that “NYCHA isn’t ready for the heating season.” Last year, NYCHA experienced a massive heating-system failure when more than 320,000 tenants lost access to their heat and hot water. “We were here in this same position … last year, and the only difference is the year,” Barber said. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Republican Washington state Rep. Matt Shea wants to create a “libertarian utopia” in the form of a 51st state called Liberty. (Rolling Stone)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “From National Pastime to National Past-Your-Bedtime,” one father struggles with an important decision: Should he let his kids watch the world series late at night? (via AP)
EAT: Here are the 21 best Jewish delis in New York City, including seven spots in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
DRINK: More and more coffee shops around the world are using Brooklyn as a blueprint for how they should design their cafes. (via Quartz)  


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Megyn Kelly’s “blackface” comment leaves her job in doubt…Dolphins are changing their calls so they can be heard over loud humans…And Uber and Lyft are making streets more unsafe(via NYT, Quartz and Streetsblog)               
FOREIGN FLASH: Same-sex penguins in Australia welcome a chick into the world…The world’s billionaires made more money in 2017 than any other year in history…And the Koreas will destroy 22 front-line guard posts. (via Reuters, The Guardian and USA Today) 

ROYAL WATCH: Take a look at 23 rarely-seen photos of the royal family. (via Reader’s Digest)  



12:00PM — Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity at 92nd Street Y.Details.
2:00PM — Encountering Genocide: The Legacy Of Civil Resistance Against The Nazis at Museum of Jewish Heritage. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — The State(s) We’re In: A New Age of Transatlantic Relations–Climate Change and Activism Deutsches Haus at NYU. Details.
6:30PM — A New Era for the ERA: Women of Color Lead the Way at Graduate Center, CUNY. Details.
7:00PM — A Woman’s Drink: Bold Recipes for Bold Women at 92nd Street Y.Details.
7:00PM — In Search of Lost Books: Giorgio Van Straten with André Aciman at McNally Jackson. Details.
7:00PM — Healing Movement Circle at Anthroposophical Society. Details.
7:00PM — Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into — and Out of — Violent Extremism at 92nd Street Y. Details.
8:00PM — A Celebration of Zora Neale Hurston at 92nd Street Y. Details.

EAGLE SPORTS: “Brooklyn Nets: 4 in-season trades Nets could make”(Nothin’ But Nets)


Happy birthday to Carlson Young, Makoto Ogawa, Severino Jefferson, Eric Staal, Ariel Lin, Amanda Beard and Gabrielle Union!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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