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Brooklyn Today October 31: A 44-Story Apartment Tower Is Coming to Downtown Brooklyn

October 31, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Halloween! Terror-vulnerable religious groups get some help, puppies dress up in adorable costumes, and Jerrold Nadler demands house hearings on the Pittsburgh massacre. Plus, North Brooklyn parks receive more than $160,000, the L train will officially shutdown on April 27, and Brooklyn has a lot of new housing units. Finally, we detail the history of Cannonball Park, and a 44-story apartment tower is coming to Downtown Brooklyn.     
IMPRINT: Singer Solange Knowles poses in black on the November cover ofT Magazine Singapore.


The Rundown

~GOV’T CASH TO PROTECT TERROR-VULNERABLE NEW YORK RELIGIOUS ORGS: Jewish and Muslim religious schools, cultural centers and day care centers are getting help from the state in defending themselves against hate crime and terror attacks. Following Saturday’s deadly attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that religious and other targeted schools can apply for a share of $10 million in grants to fund security measures such as installing cameras and hardening doors. At the federal level, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called on the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide $60 million for FEMA’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program for the upcoming year. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HUNDREDS OF DOGS COMPETE AT GREAT PUPKIN COSTUME CONTEST: Hundreds of spectators came out to cheer on the 115 contestants of the Fort Greene PUPS’ 20th annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest on Sunday, where pooches of all sizes and their enthusiastic owners dressed in creative costumes. The contest, organized by the nonprofit Fort Greene Pups, gave seven honorable mentions to the most creative costumes that included Luchadoarble Lucy, Black Panther, Amelia Earhart, Notorious D.O.G, Mitten the Sour Patch Kid, Hannah the War Horse and Wonder Woman. See a video of the adorable canines here(via Brooklyn Eagle)  
~NADLER DEMANDS HOUSE HEARINGS ON PITTSBURGH MASSACRE:The House Judiciary Committee should hold emergency hearings in the wake of the shocking Tree of Life massacre, according to U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the panel’s top Democrat. Nadler, whose congressional district includes parts ofBay Ridge and Bensonhurst, wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, chairperson of the Judiciary Committee, on Oct. 29 demanding that emergency hearings be held to focus on hate crimes and domestic terrorism. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG AND GREENPOINT PARKS GET OVER $160,000: Who doesn’t love a great party for a good cause? Party for the Parks, a fundraising event organized by the nonprofit Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, took place last week to raise money for the parks of North Brooklyn. Mike Arnot, chairman of OSA, announced that Amazon Fashion had made a $100,000 donation to the organization and that OSA would be rebranded as the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance. “We felt the need to reinvigorate the organization,” Arnot said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~THE L TRAIN WILL OFFICIALLY SHUT DOWN ON APRIL 27: The L train’s days are numbered. The MTA announced on Tuesday that the long-dreaded shutdown will commence on Saturday, April 27, 2019. It has been public knowledge for over a year now that the L would halt all trips over the East River in April 2019, but until now, the specific day hadn’t been released. NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in a statement that the MTA was “continuing unprecedented efforts at public outreach, responding to local communities and giving as much notice as possible on key fates in this project.” (amNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN TO SEE THE HIGHEST NUMBERS OF NEW HOUSING UNITS OPENING BY 2020: Construction crews have set up camp on blocks across all five boroughs, but over the coming year, nowhere will the hardhats and cranes be more prominent than in Brooklyn and Queens. A new report released by, a real estate knowledge platform, shows that of the 31,000 new units set to open by 2020, more than 60 percent are clustered in 10 neighborhoods — six in Brooklyn, three in Queens and one in Manhattan. More than a quarter of those new units — over 12,000 — are clustered in Long Island City, Williamsburg and Bushwick(Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CANNONBALL PARK – WHATEVER ITS NAME, IS A VALUED BAY RIDGE INSTITUTION: Several of Southwest Brooklyn’s major traffic arteries – Shore Road, Fourth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway – converge at a small park, slightly larger than 5 acres, that is home to several military monuments. The park is called John Paul Jones Park, in honor of the first U.S. naval commander during the Revolutionary War, but locals call it Cannonball Park. Hey Ridge recently posted a history of the park, which was originally known as Fort Hamilton Park. (Hey Ridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GOODBYE CENTURY-OLD PRINTING PLANT, HELLO 44-STORY APARTMENT TOWER: A demolition permit has been issued for an almost-100-year-old Downtown Brooklyn building that is slated to be replaced with a 44-story apartment tower. The building at 141 Willoughby St. was built in 1919 as the printing plant of the American Law Book Company. Developer Savanna Partners released renderings for a 49-story glass tower in 2014. The City Council, however, mandated that the original plans be modified. Today, Savanna plans to install a building with 203 apartments, 61 of which will be rented at below-market rates. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “The Get-Rich-Quick Scheme That Almost Killed a German Soccer Team” (via Bloomberg)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Climate change is affecting the Arctic so quickly, that scientists can’t even predict what’s going to happen. (via National Geographic)
HEALTH: A 10-minute walk every day can do wonders for the brain. (via NYT)
HALLOWEEN: A woman claims to have had sex with 20 ghosts and to be engaged to a spirit. (via The Sun)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Spotify encourages listeners to vote…Donald Trump said “I bring rage out” in a 2016 interview…And the U.S. is sending5,200 troops to the Southwest border. (via WTSP, WaPo and AP)                   
FOREIGN FLASH: China creates a credit scoring system for dog owners…Jamaica has a concerning history of rapes at resorts…And the planet’s wild animal population plummets 60 percent in the last 44 years.(via SCMP, Detroit Free Press and Al Jazeera)   

ROYAL WATCH: “How the royals rebuilt their reputation after decades of scandal” (via



12:00PM — Eternal Resting Places: From Paris’ Père Lachaise to Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery at 92nd Street Y. Details.
12:00PM — Why We Love to Hate Hipsters at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Details.
2:00PM — Haunted History Tour of Fraunces Tavern at Fraunces Tavern Museum. Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — Boos in the Borough: A Brooklyn Historical Halloween at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Midnight Society: Why You’re Still Scared of the Dark at Caveat. Details.
7:00PM — Festival Albertine: A Post-Work World at Albertine. Details.
7:00PM — Ghost Stories + Serial Killer Trivia at Word Bookstore. Details.
7:30PM — The Muse’s Voice at Barnard College. Details.
8:00PM — PopRally Presents Hallowscreen III: FrankenMoMA at Museum of Modern Art. Details.
9:00PM – 11:00PM — Body Horror: Talking Mortality with Neil Goldberg and Other Future Dead People at Caveat. Details.


EAGLE SPORTS: Spencer Dinwiddie said before this season even began that the Nets “were better” than the Knicks. D’Angelo Russell backed that up following Brooklyn’s 107-105 victory over their archrivals at Barclays Center on Oct. 19, claiming that this was an opponent the Nets “expected to beat.” Just 10 days later, Dinwiddie, Russell and the rest of the slumping Nets had to swallow some humble pie after getting outmuscled and outhustled throughout a 115-96 drubbing at the hands of the Knicks Monday night in front of 19,221 fans at Madison Square Garden. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Michael Collins, Deidre Hall, Peter Jackson, Fred Mcgriff, Larry Mullen Jr., Dermot Mulroney, Jane Pauley, Piper Perabo, Dan Rather, Stephen Rea, Ron Rifkin, Rob Schneider, David Ogden Stiers and Vanilla Ice!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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