Brooklyn Today November 6: 3 Women Arrested for Trying to Hang ‘Vote’ Banner From Manhattan Bridge
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! The fight to save the Promenade continues, police arrest a man suspected of anti-Semitic arson, and inactive grenades spark chaos in Bay Ridge. Plus, three women try to hang a “Vote” banner from the Manhattan Bridge, Beto O’Rourke gets some help from Brooklyn, and you can now see what your house looked like in 1940. Finally, a Williamsburg cafe closes after allegations of alt-right ties, cops are looking for teens who threw a pipe through a synagogue window, and we recommend the 14 best restaurants in Sheepshead Bay.
IMPRINT: Actress Keira Knightley graces the December cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.
~BROOKLYN HEIGHTS YOUNGSTERS JOIN FIGHT TO SAVE PROMENADE FROM BQE FIX: “I want to save the Promenade,” six-year-old Sasha told a TV interviewer when asked why she attended a mass “draw-in” at Pierrepont Playground on Sunday. Sasha and hundreds of other kids were protesting thede Blasio administration’s plan to replace the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with a six-lane highway during the reconstruction of the decrepit BQE. Thedraw-in was organized by a grassroots campaign called A Better Way NYC (previously known as Save the Promenade), part of a major civic engagement effort to protect what neighborhood residents hold near and dear: the beloved Promenade, with its landmarked views. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~POLICE NAB MAN SUSPECTED OF ANTI-SEMITIC ARSON: Police have a man in custody for setting eight fires throughout Williamsburg, including in front of an Orthodox Jewish seminary. On Friday, a series of fires were set in south Williamsburg, including in front of Yeshiva Beth Hillel of Williamsburg. Seven other locations, allegedly in front of other yeshivas and synagogues within the predominantly Hasidic community, had fires set in front of and inside trash cans. The damage was minor, police said. The fires occurred in a week that also saw the anti-Semitic defacing of a Brooklyn Heights block and Union Temple in Prospect Heights. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~INACTIVE GRENADES SPARK SUNDAY NIGHT BAY RIDGE BOMB SCARE: A batch of inert grenades found at a Bay Ridge home Sunday night led to the temporary evacuation of at least a few residents and a “level 1 mobilization” of the NYPD’s Bomb Squad. The inactive devices – which, sources say, were left behind by previous tenants – were discovered by the landlord of a home near the corner of Narrows Avenue and 71st Street just before 7 p.m. Councilmember Justin Brannan said the grenades in question were about six or seven “collectible hand grenades – the type you can buy in a military surplus store.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYPD ARRESTS 3 WOMEN WHO TRY TO HANG ‘VOTE’ BANNER ON MANHATTAN BRIDGE: Three women have been arrested after police say they tried to unfurl a banner on the Manhattan Bridge on the eve of the midterm elections. Police say the women, ranging in age from 23 to 37, were apprehended mid-span on the bicycle path at around 6:15 a.m. on Monday. The women were only able to hang part of the banner from the side of the bridge before police stopped them. The banner, which said “VOTE,” was about the length of several cars. The women, residents of Brooklyn and Queens, were issued summonses for unlawful posting and not having a permit. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TOKENS OF SUPPORT FOR BETO O’ROURKE, MADE IN BROOKLYN: Marilyn Descours, 65, a retired baker and restaurateur in Texas, is an avid supporter of Beto O’Rourke, the Senate candidate looking to upset Ted Cruz. So when she saw an Instagram photo of a coin painted red, white, and blue, with the raised, hand-lettered slogan “Beto/Better,” she was intrigued. Eventually, she tracked down the item’s creator, a Brooklyn street artist namedBeriah Wall. Wall, 71, who lives and works in Red Hook, has been making guerrilla art since the 1980s. Wall’s work has spread outside New York. He gives boxes of the tokens to friends traveling abroad, or admirers like Descours who contact him online. (Texas Monthly via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WANT TO SEE WHAT YOUR HOUSE LOOKED LIKE IN 1940? NOW YOU CAN: In a boon for researchers and amateur historians, the New York City Department of Records and Information Services has made available online 720,000 digitized images from its 1940 tax photo collection. Beginning in 1939, city officials traversed the five boroughs to document every single structure for tax purposes. While these photos have long been available to researchers, in the past people had to visit the Municipal Archives in lower Manhattan to try and find their building using reels of microfilm. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG CAFE CLOSES FOR GOOD AFTER ALLEGATIONS OF ALT-RIGHT TIES: A Williamsburg cafe owner who closed his restaurant temporarily in September after a digital campaign accused him of being a white supremacist has now shuttered it permanently because of what the owner considers a campaign of organized threats. The Sands Cafe on Grand Street originally went dark a day after blogger Colin Hagendorf tweeted that ownerGuy Sands is a member of the Proud Boys and “used to have an active alt-right twitter [account].” (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COPS SEEK TEENS WHO THREW PIPE THROUGH WILLIAMSBURG SYNAGOGUE WINDOW: In the latest in a series of acts of anti-Semitic vandalism in Brooklyn, a group of teens were caught on video throwing a metal pipe through a window at a synagogue in Williamsburg. The suspects, several of whom were wearing orange, broke a window at the Volkan synagogue at Franklin Avenue near Myrtle Avenue around 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, then ran. (Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Traditionally a “purple” state, Florida could turn blue for the foreseeable future if an amendment on the ballot is passed today. The referendum would re-enfranchise more than 1.5 million ex-felons. (via NYT Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The Time Capsule That’s as Big as Human History: When the apocalypse comes, survivors (and aliens!) will be happy that Martin Kunze built this place.” (via GQ)
TECH: From the time he left his apartment in Kensington to the instant he detonated a pipe bomb, see every moment from the Times Square subway bomber’s morning through compiled security footage. (via NYT)
EAT: From Belarusian to Tajik, here are the 14 best restaurants inSheepshead Bay. (via Grub Street)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Twitter deletes thousands of fake accounts…iPhones are more expensive than many think…And Donald Trump would lose to every female Democratic opponent floated for 2020, according to a new survey. (via TechCrunch, Quartz and Axios)
FOREIGN FLASH: Residents of New Caledonia choose to remain part of France…An Englishman becomes the first person to swim around Great Britain…And the migrant caravan continues through Mexico. (via AP, BBC and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: The Queen invites Meghan Markle’s mom to spend Christmas with the royal family. (via Daily Mail)
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza. Details.
6:00PM – 11:00PM — Midterms Live at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.Details.
6:30PM — Debora Silverman on Van Gogh, Van de Velde and Klimt at Guggenheim Museum. Details.
7:00PM — Andrew Roberts: Churchill — Walking with Destiny at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Polish Table: Mine, Yours, Ours (Day One) at Museum of Food and Drink. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Three Busy Debras at Union Hall. Details.
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Optics: Visual Culture and Electoral Politics at International Center of Photography (Museum). Details.
7:30PM — Pay No Attention To The Girl at The Doxsee. Details.
7:30PM – 11:00PM — 2018 Election Returns Party at Bell House. Details.
8:30PM — Free Comedy at The Graham. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “This is the D’Angelo Russell the Nets hope to see more of” (via New York Post)
Happy birthday to Arne Duncan, Sally Field, Nigel Havers, Ethan Hawke, Ana Ivanovic, Lance Kerwin, Thandie Newton, Lamar Odom, Rebecca Romijn, Kelly Rutherford, Maria Owings Shriver and Emma Stone!
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