Brooklyn Today November 5: Jail Cell to Ballot Box — City Registered 547 Incarcerated Voters
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Jewish and Muslim groups protest Marty Golden, a woman goes to jail for scamming the elderly, and hundreds of inmates register to vote. Plus, we profile Andrew Gounardes, the Union Temple of Brooklyn is defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, and the accused pipe bomber has family ties to a famed Sheepshead Bay restaurant. Finally, ice cream and alcohol come together in DUMBO, a Bushwick bar installs a sauna, and we recommend the best brunch spots in the city.
IMPRINT: Actor Timothée Chalamet winks on the most recent cover of i-D Magazine.
~JEWISH, MUSLIM GROUPS JOIN TOGETHER TO PROTEST GOLDEN: In a show of religious solidarity, members of left-leaning Jewish and Muslim organizations joined together to hold a protest outside state Sen. Marty Golden’s Bay Ridge office Friday morning to call on the Republican lawmaker to fire a controversial campaign staffer who had invited the leader of the alt-right group Proud Boys to speak at a GOP club last month. The protesters also called on Golden to condemn white nationalism. The demonstration was organized by three groups: Yalla Brooklyn, the Muslim Democratic Club of New York and The Jewish Vote. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN WOMAN GOES TO PRISON FOR SCAMMING ELDERLY OUT OF OVER $750,000: A Brooklyn federal court judge threw an admitted fraudster in prison for 51 months for defrauding the elderly, including a couple suffering from dementia, in a lottery and sweepstakes scam in order to make lavish purchases. Lorindo Powell pleaded guilty in May for cooking up a 10-year conspiracy that caused five elderly people in Brooklyn, Florida, New Jersey and Maryland to wire her $770,632.50 in a purported opportunity to claim lottery winnings by paying bogus taxes or turning over financial information. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FROM JAIL CELL TO BALLOT BOX: CITY REGISTERED 547 INCARCERATED VOTERS: New York City is getting out the vote among people in jail. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that a landmark voter registration drive signed up 624 people in city jails and another 273 jailhouse visitors to vote in the Nov. 6 election. The city also submitted absentee ballot request forms for 547 incarcerated New Yorkers since the drive began in August. “Voting gives people a chance to have their voices heard and weigh in on important issues that affect all of our lives,” said de Blasio. “With this initiative, we’re helping many more incarcerated individuals participate in our democracy and have their voices heard.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CAN GOUNARDES TOPPLE A BROOKLYN GOP ICON?: Andrew Gounardes, the 33-year-old Democrat running for the District 22 seat in the State Senate, reflected on what has been an explosive campaign in a long-quiet district. The last few weeks of debates have sparked talk of truth and lies, cupcakes and cancer treatments, even Nazis and Martians. With the balance of power in the State Senate on the line, Gounardes’ opponent, Marty Golden, a former police officer and Brooklyn’s only Republican state senator, is seeking his ninth term. But Democrats think they have a real chance this time ofupsetting his reign. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS TARGET BROOKLYN’S UNION TEMPLE: The epidemic of anti-Semitic incidents in the wake of the Pittsburgh tragedy continued when a political event at the Union Temple of Brooklyn in Prospect Heights was canceled Thursday night after anti-Semitic graffiti was found inside the temple. The graffiti included “Die Jew Rats,” “Jews Better Be Ready” and “Hitler.” The event, which was canceled after the graffiti was discovered, was scheduled to feature comedienne Ilana Glazer as moderator; Democratic state Senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran. (NBC via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ACCUSED PIPE BOMBER HAS FAMILY TIES TO FAMED SHEEPSHEAD BAY RESTAURANT: Cesar Sayoc, the suspect accused of sending pipe bombs to well-known Democratic officials, their supporters and CNN, reportedly is related through his mother to the family that owns Randazzo’s Clam Bar in Sheepshead Bay. One of Sayoc’s Brooklyn relatives, who was not identified by name, said Sayoc “did not come off as the type of person who would ever hurt somebody or send bombs.” Nevertheless, the same relative recalled Sayoc as struggling with mental illness and living a bizarre and eccentric lifestyle. (Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ICE CREAM SHOP PLANS TO SERVE ICY DRINKS MADE WITH WINE, BEER: Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Brooklyn foodies will now be drinking ice cream floats made with organic wine and local beer. The alcohol-laden treats will soon be available at Oddfellows Ice Cream Company’s new location at 60 Water St., which opened last month. The New York State Liquor Authority has not yet acted on Oddfellows’ request for a liquor license. In the meantime, Oddfellows is serving 12 flavors of ice cream and sorbet, including yuzu pineapple green peppercorn, pumpkin spice and olive oil strawberry.(Patch via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUSHWICK BAR TO INSTALL WINTER SAUNA, BAR IN BACKYARD:Bushwick bar Nowadays isn’t shutting down its backyard tables and chairs for the winter. Instead, it’s installing a winter wonderland consisting of a large yurt, an enclosed bar serving hot cocktails and a sauna. Justin Carter, owner and DJ at Nowadays, said “it feels silly to go into hibernation.” He added that having a backyard sauna has been a personal ambition of his, since he likes to go to Spa Castle in Queens and the Russian and Turkish Baths in the East Village. It fits about 10 people at a time and heats up to 180 degrees. (Metro via Brooklyn Eagle)
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LONG READ: “My Father Says He’s A ‘Targeted Individual.” Maybe We All Are” (via Wired)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Gustavo Dudamel, conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is one of the world’s best conductors. Why? He makes turbulent times seem a little more manageable. (via NYT Magazine)
LIFE: It’s the hardest thing to do, but it’s necessary. Here are some tips onhow to say sorry after a fight. (via GQ)
EAT: Here are the 12 best brunch spots in New York City, including seven in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The unemployment rate hits a 49-year low of 3.7 percent…To make urban cycling safer, one expert says to put more women on bikes…And a death row inmate in Tennessee says “let’s rock” before being executed. (via Reuters, Quartz and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A bus in China drives off a bridge, killing 15, after a woman attacks the driver…The Koreas will submit a joint bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics…And a Japanese island disappears into the sea. (CNN, AP and Time)
ROYAL WATCH: Here’s the one person who the royal family never travels without. (via Hello! Magazine)
6:00PM — Critical History Today: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation at The New School. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — The Dark Side of Generosity at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — A Natural History of the Senses at American Museum of Natural History. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Beyond the Vote: A Night of Civic Inspiration, Music and Drinks at The Greene Space. Details.
6:30PM — Elections in the Age of Trump at Brooklyn Historical Society.Details.
7:00PM — Public Lecture Series with Virginia E. Miller: Skeletons, Skulls and Bones in the Art of Chichén Itzá at The Explorers Club. Details.
7:00PM — Right to Bear Arms at New York Live Arts. Details.
7:00PM — 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die at The Strand. Details.
7:00PM – 11:00PM — Hot Box Comedy at Union Hall. Details.
8:00PM – 11:00PM — If a Tree Won’t Grow in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Brewery.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Jared Dudley’s journey from Suns discard to Nets starter” (via New York Post)
Happy birthday to Bryan Adams, Art Garfunkel, Kevin Jonas, Javy Lopez,Corin Nemec, Tatum O’Neal, Elke Sommer, Jerry Stackhouse, Tilda Swinton,Bill Walton, Gerry “Bubba” Watson and Geoffrey Wolff.
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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