Brooklyn Today November 7: Blue Wave Washes Ashore in Brooklyn
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! Busted scanners cause chaos on election day, swastikas scar a Williamsburg street, and we have results from all of Brooklyn’s races. Plus, photographic evidence goes missing in an NYPD sexual assault case, we go inside the borough’s Cambodian community, and affordable apartments aren’t actually “affordable.” Finally, we share the 75 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, the Islanders put in a dismal performance, and the future of the Jewish deli is discussed tonight.
IMPRINT: British actor Idris Elba smiles on the latest cover of People Magazine.
~BLUE WAVE WASHES ASHORE IN SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN: A blue wave certainly appears to have washed over southwest Brooklyn, bringing with it victory for Democrats in heavily contested races. In what can easily be viewed as the end of an era, Andrew Gounardes appears to have defeated long-time state Sen. Marty Golden, who was first elected in 2002, after serving in the City Council for four years, beginning in 1998. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results, Gounardes appeared to have won 50.9 percent of the vote, with Golden receiving 49.1 percent. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~’BLOWOUT VOTER TURNOUT’ ACROSS BROOKLYN, BUT BUSTED SCANNERS AND WEATHER CAUSE CHAOS: Unprecedented voter turnout combined with malfunctioning ballot scanners caused frustration and havoc at many polling sites across Brooklyn for Tuesday’s midterm election. Long lines wrapped around corners and down blocks in many areas, including at P.S. 8 inBrooklyn Heights. The situation became critical when all four scanners stopped functioning. “I’m voting at P.S. 8 now and it’s insane,” Sara Bosworth said. Borough President Eric Adams, visiting a site where all the scanners were down in Bay Ridge, tweeted, “This is a complete disgrace.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SET IN STONE: SWASTIKAS SCAR WILLIAMSBURG STREET: For years, a North Brooklyn block was tarnished with swastikas carved into the concrete sidewalk. Thousands of commuters entering the Grand Street subway station were forced to step over the hate symbols each day. “After trying our hardest to take care of the removal through the proper governmental authorities and receiving no response, I could no longer bear to step over the swastikas every single night on my way home,” said Shayna, 23. Armed with Stop Leak, silicone rubber cement and silver spray paint, Shayna set out to cover the swastikas with the help of her mother and father. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF NYPD SEXUAL ASSAULT GONE MISSING: A Brooklyn judge ordered prosecutors to find the photographsthat a teenager took of injuries to her wrist after two police officers sexually assaulted her. In September 2017, an 18-year-old girl reported that she was handcuffed for allegations of drug possession by NYPD officers Richard Halland Eddie Martins, who then took turns raping her in the back of their van as they drove through Bay Ridge and Coney Island. After Hall, a married father of two, and Martins were indicted, the teen — known under the pseudonymAnna Chambers — filed a $50 million federal civil lawsuit against the city and the NYPD. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~IN BROOKLYN, A DEVOUT CAMBODIAN CULTURE CELEBRATES CENTURIES-OLD TRADITIONS: Prospect Park South has a Queen Anne-style house that serves as the Watt Samakki-Dhammikaram Buddhist temple, Brooklyn’s only Cambodian Buddhist temple. Most attendees are part of the first generation of Cambodian refugees who arrived in New York in the early 1980s, fleeing the merciless Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot. Between 800 and 1,000 families, mostly Buddhists, ended up in Brooklyn, where they fought for a temple to worship. “They established this temple so that those who wanted to preserve the culture, preserve the traditions and the religion, they can come here to celebrate,” Kevin Saoy said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~’AFFORDABLE’ APARTMENTS AREN’T ALWAYS AFFORDABLE UNDER STATE’S 421A PROGRAM: In October 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his goal to create or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing by 2026. At this point, the city is ostensibly well on the way to achieving its goal, but the numbers are not always what they seem. Much of the problem comes from privately owned buildings built under the state’s 421a tax exemption program. While developers must earmark a percent of the units in those buildings as affordable units, the state defines “affordable” as units that rent at 130 percent or more of the area’s median income. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Inside Tesla’s factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers” (via Reveal)
ANOTHER LONG READ: GQ interviews Ezra Miller, the “gender-bending” Harry Potter and DC Comics star actor. (via GQ)
EAT: Here’s a map of 2019’s 75 Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City, including nine in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump creates an obstacle course leading to the polls.(via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A California doctor goes on a racist rant against a Spanish-speaking patient…Three Girl Scouts are killed in a hit-and-run crashin Wisconsin…And senior citizens are replacing teenagers at fast food restaurants. (via KTLA, Chicago Tribune and Bloomberg)
FOREIGN FLASH: A Utah mayor is killed in Afghanistan…A Kazakh manreturns home two months after his funeral…And Bill Gates creates afuturistic toilet in China. (via USA Today, Metro and Reuters)
ROYAL WATCH: Did Meghan Markle vote yesterday? (via Hello!)
8:30AM — The Asia Summits and the U.S. Midterm Elections at Asia Society and Museum. Details.
1:00PM – 3:00PM — Weekly Trolley Tours Explore Historic Green-Wood Throughout the Fall at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
6:00PM — Consciousness Club #36: Literature and the Problem of Other Minds at WeWork Park South. Details.
6:00PM — Is Transnationalism Good for Democracy? Palestinian American Youth on Rights, Citizenship and Justice at Barnard College. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Activists Running Transit at TransitCenter. Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — The Future of the Jewish Deli at Henry Street Settlement. Details.
6:30PM — PowerTalk with Liza Donnelly at Barnard College. Details.
6:30PM — Tales From the Vault: Brooklyn for Peace Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Sweet & Sour: Chinese Food and Immigrant Identity at Museum of the City of New York. Details.
7:00PM — Max Boot: The Corrosion of Conservatism — Why I Left the Right at 92nd Street Y. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Barry Trotz expects more from his first-place team. “We were awful,” the New York Islanders’ head coach said after Monday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens. “The right team won tonight,” Trotz added. “That was our worst game of the year … We felt like we gave up a point.” They certainly did. Despite leading by two goals following the first period, which saw Casey Cizikas light the lamp twice, the Isles (8-4-2, 18 points) meandered their way through the final 40 minutes of regulation en route to their first defeat since a 3-2 overtime defeat to Florida on Oct. 24. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Rio Ferdinand, Kevin Lockhart, Jeremy London, Lorde,Joni Mitchell, Lucas Neff, Barry Newman, Johnny Rivers and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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