Brooklyn Today November 8: Eric Adams Calls for Voting Reform, More Sophisticated Tech
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! Eric Adams calls for voter reform, cops arrest two people who drew swastikas in Brooklyn Heights, and a paper count is coming in the Gounardes and Golden race. Plus, we take another stroll to Queens, four Bushwick eateries make a famed culinary list, and a Downtown Brooklyn skyscraper reaches its halfway point. Finally, El Chapo will travel across the Brooklyn Bridge twice a week, we recommend the best Asian snacks in the city, and Dorothy Bruns commits suicide.
IMPRINT: Actor Ezra Miller wears a turtleneck on the latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter.
~GOUNARDES CLAIMS VICTORY IN STATE SENATE RACE, GOLDEN WAITING ON PAPER BALLOTS: “I’m just so proud of him,” cried Diane Gounardes Tuesday night, just minutes before her son, Andrew Gounardes, a Democrat, would claim victory in his race to win the coveted — and long-Republican — 22nd District state Senate seat. According to sources close to the election, there are approximately 1,500 absentee ballots still to be counted, and an unconfirmed number of provisional votes left over from some of Tuesday’s notably backed-up polling sites. There will also be a paper count on Wednesday, Nov. 14, followed by a machine audit on Friday, Nov. 16. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ADAMS CALLS FOR VOTING REFORM, MORE SOPHISTICATED TECH:Standing in front of the Brooklyn Board of elections on Wednesday morning, Borough President Eric Adams spoke out against the issues with voting in New York that made Tuesday’s midterms chaotic for polling stations across New York. Adams reported that at least 49 polling locations faced serious problems. Now, he is putting forward a 5-point plan to better the voting process in the city, after Tuesday’s long lines and jammed scanners made voting difficult for hundreds of Brooklynites. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TAKE A STROLL TO QUEENS FROM DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN, PART THREE: If you want to walk to Queens from Downtown Brooklyn, Willoughby’s a fine way to go. For part of your stroll, you’ll notice this photogenic thoroughfare is called Willoughby Street — which begins as a pedestrian plaza alongside the 409 Fulton St. Shake Shack. On the far side of Fort Greene Park, Willoughby Street becomes Willoughby Avenue. Beautiful new apartment towers and landmarked houses line Willoughby Street/Avenue. It slices through Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy and Bushwick. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DRIVER CHARGED IN PARK SLOPE DEATH OF ACTRESS’ TODDLER KILLS HERSELF: Authorities say a woman who lost control of her car and fatally struck the child of a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and another toddler in a Brooklyn crosswalk has died of an apparent suicide. Dorothy Bruns, 44, was found dead in her Staten Island home Tuesday. Authorities say pills and a note were found nearby. Bruns faced 15 years in jail after being charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault following the accident in March. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FOUR BUSHWICK-RIDGEWOOD EATERIES MAKE MICHELIN’S ‘BIB GOURMAND’ LIST: Michelin, the well-known international dining guide, has released its 2018 “Bib Gourmand” list, featuring restaurants that serve high-quality food with prices that make it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. Four of these restaurants are located inBushwick or Ridgewood. They are Houdini Kitchen Laboratory, Roberta’s, Falansai and Bunker. (Bushwick Daily via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DOWNTOWN’S BROOKLYN POINT SKYSCRAPER REACHES HALFWAY POINT IN CLIMB UPWARD: Construction on Brooklyn Point, aka 138 Willoughby St., has reached the halfway point in the climb toward its full 720-foot height. The residential skyscraper, developed by Extell, will have 458 units. The building will rise from a four-story podium bordered by Flatbush Avenue, Willoughby Street and Albee Square. Brooklyn Point’s amenities will include concierge service, a wine cellar, a screening room, a children’s playroom, a putting green, barbecue grills, a Pilates and cycling studio, a yoga studio, a private dining room and a 65-foot-long rooftop pool. (YIMBY via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ACCUSED DRUG LORD EL CHAPO TO TRAVEL TWICE WEEKLY ACROSS BROOKLYN BRIDGE: Accused drug lord El Chapo will be moved twice every week during his drug trafficking trial in Brooklyn — on Mondays from the Metropolitan Correctional Center to Brooklyn’s federal court and on Fridays back to the MCC. Police officials are concerned that he could be assassinated by representatives of other gangs. They also fear that he might try to abscond, since he has escaped twice from Mexican prisons. El Chapo will travel with a police escort along the Brooklyn Bridge, which will be briefly closed to pedestrians and vehicles during that time. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SUSPECTS IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS SWASTIKA SPREE ARRESTED: NYPD announced on Monday that officers have arrested two young men who allegedly drew swastikas on garage doors on Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights last week. The suspects were identified as Jarrick Wiltshire, 18, andDaul Moultrie, 17. The two have each been charged with three counts of aggravated harassment for the alleged hate crime. (CBSNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Why Doctors Hate Their Computers” (via The New Yorker)
OPINION: Beto O’Rourke may have lost to Ted Cruz, but his run for Senate in Texas was resounding success. (via NYT)
EAT: From pork buns to spicy samosas, here are the 22 best Asian snacks in New York City, including four in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump tries to declare war on the House of Representatives. (via the New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The Girl Scouts sue the Boy Scouts…San Francisco fines two landlords more than $2 million for illegal Airbnbs…And Google’s most popular search term on Tuesday was “donde votar,” which is Spanish for “where to vote.” (via Market Watch, TechCrunch and Quartz)
FOREIGN FLASH: India celebrates Diwali…An 8-foot-long skate is caught off the coast of Northern Ireland…And a Russian jet flies dangerously closeto a U.S. aircraft. (via Independent, WGRZ and 9 News)
ROYAL WATCH: With the holidays on the horizon, here are 25 gifts for any fan of the royal family. (via Town and Country)
5:30PM – 8:00PM — “Blueprint for Investing in Women Age 25-59” at Hunter College. Details.
6:00PM — Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion at The New School. Details.
6:00PM — Critical Caribbean Feminisms: Roxane Gay in Conversation withKatia D. Ulysse at Graduate Center, CUNY. Details.
6:00PM — Deep Dive Into Immigration: A Let’s Talk Democracy Civics Series at Queens Library—Forest Hills. Details.
6:30PM — Activist New York: The Next Generation at Museum of the City of New York. Details.
6:30PM — Ways of Rethinking Literature at Albertine. Details.
6:30PM — On “The Outdoor Gallery:” The Past, Present and Future of Public Art in NYC Parks at 92nd Street Y. Details.
6:30PM — The Foods of Yunnan at Museum of Chinese in America. Details.
7:00PM — Science Conversation: Our Rivers and Streams are on Drugs at The Greene Space. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Brooklyn Talks: The Sweet Flypaper of Life with Sherry Turner DeCarava at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: With the two top teams in the Western Conference standings looming on their four-game road trip, the Brooklyn Nets made sure to take care of business against one of the worst teams in the NBA on Tuesday.Caris LeVert spearheaded the Nets’ most dominant performance of the year with a game-high 26 points as Brooklyn took command by halftime and never looked back en route to a 104-82 thumping of the hapless Phoenix Suns in front of 14,205 fans at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Edgardo Alfonzo, Calvin Borel, Sam Bradford, Mary Hart, Christie Hefner, Ricki Lee Jones, Norman Lloyd, Parker Posey, Bonnie Raitt, Gordon Ramsay, Tara Reid, Matthew Rhys, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Alfre Woodard and Kevin Young!