Brooklyn Today May 1: NRA Backlash, Legalizing Pot, Jacqueline Bisset
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! Here’s what’s going on in the borough. A Greenpoint assemblyman wants to legalize pot, iconic actress Jacqueline Bisset loves Brooklyn, and Justin Brannan says he’s receiving death threats for anti-NRA comments. Plus, the borough’s luxury market has a pricey week, a train hits a woman in Brooklyn Heights, and a convicted cop killer begins his free life in Brooklyn. Finally, the borough’s top chess team falls short at nationals, we recommend the best cocktail bars in the city, and the Brooklyn Historical Society goes inside the male’s brain tonight.
IMPRINT: Singer Dua Lipa receives her closeup on the May cover of Vogue Turkey.
~GREENPOINT ASSEMBLYMAN — AGE 75 — IS HIGH ON LEGALIZING MARIJUANA: Since before many readers were born, Joe Lentol has roamed the hallways of the State Capitol, representing the good people of Greenpointsince 1973. Now a lion of the Assembly, Lentol, 75, wants one of his legacies to be legalized marijuana in the state of New York, where currently, only medical pot is allowed. We reached out to Lentol to comment on whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo should create a public referendum or try to legalize marijuana through the legislature. Here’s our Q&A with him. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JACQUELINE BISSET LOVES BROOKLYN’S VIBE: Jacqueline Bisset is one of the world’s greatest and best-traveled actresses, but the other day, she had a confession to make: She’ll take Brooklyn, not Manhattan. “Brooklyn’s got a much gentler vibe than Manhattan,” she told us by phone from Los Angeles. “I think it must be a great place to live. I’d love to get to know it better.” Bisset became the latest convert to Brooklyn thanks to her role in the just-wrapped indie film, “Asher,” part of which was shot in the borough. We recently spoke with the iconic actress. Here’s what she had to say. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JUSTIN BRANNAN SAYS HE’S GETTING DEATH THREATS FOR ANTI-NRA COMMENTS: A Councilmember who exercised his First Amendment against the Second Amendment made some people so mad that they’re threatening to violate the Fifth Commandment, a local official said. Councilmember Justin Brannan says he’s receiving death threats after posting on Twitter how pleased he was that Brooklynites had stood up to the group Brooklyn Friends of the NRA, which finally met last week at a Dyker Heights catering hall after being turned away from Gargiulo’s restaurant inConey Island and the Grand Prospect Hall in Windsor Terrace. “It’s a little crazy,” said Brannan’s chief of staff, Chris McCreight, who added that his boss was taking the threats to his life in stride. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~19 CONTRACTS SIGNED LAST WEEK IN LUXURY HOUSING MARKET ACROSS BROOKLYN: The Brooklyn luxury market had its priciest week of April last week, with 19 contracts signed for a total of about $63.4 million. The deals between April 23 and April 29 worth $2 million or more were split between nine condo deals and 10 house deals, according to the latest report from Stribling & Associates. The properties went for an average price of about $3.3 million. The priciest deal was for a single-family townhouse in Brooklyn Heights at 6 Grace Court Alley, which went for just under $8.5 million. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WOMAN STRUCK BY TRAIN IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS: A woman was run over by a train when she fell onto the High Street subway tracks on Sundayafternoon, authorities said. The woman fell onto the tracks as a Manhattan-bound C train came barreling into the station in Brooklyn Heights around 2 p.m. The 40-year-old victim was removed from underneath the train and rushed to New York Methodist Hospital in stable condition, police said. Bystanders observed the woman being taken out on a stretcher with a neck brace on, reports the New York Post. It was not immediately clear what caused her to fall. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FORMER IMPRISONED MURDERER BEGINS FREE LIFE IN BROOKLYN:Herman Bell slinked into his new life of freedom Saturday. The 70-year-old former Black Liberation Army member slipped out of the Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch, N.Y., sometime before 10 a.m., avoiding media. The ex-gang member — convicted of shooting NYPD Officers Joseph Piagentini andWaverly Jones to death in a 1971 ambush in Harlem — left in an unmarked vehicle headed to Brooklyn, sources said. Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear he does not welcome the ex-con back. Bell’s “release is an affront to the finest police department in the world,” he told the New York Post. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MURROW CHESS TEAM, A NYC POWERHOUSE, FALLS SHORT AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Edward R. Murrow HS chess team — famed in the borough and the reigning state champ — placed 13th out of a field of 443 schools competing in the National High School Chess Championship this past weekend, placing the Midwood-based public school in the top 3 percentin the nation. The team has won the nationals eight times, plus 21 city championships and 18 state titles in the past 42 years under coach Eliot Weiss. But despite the near miss, Weiss said he was proud of his squad. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Like many of Donald Trump’s TV shows, Season 2 is rarely a success. This time around, Season 2 is the White House. Here’s what to expect. (via Politico)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “It’s impossible to prove your laptop hasn’t been hacked. I spent two years finding out.” (via The Intercept)
EXPLORE: In the digital age, libraries are attracting visitors more and more not for their books, but for their stunning architecture. Here are some of the most beautiful ones in the world. (via CNN)
DRINK: Here are the 14 best cocktail bars in the city, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Yellowstone National Park geyser exhibits strange behavior…Unique Japanese food is flourishing in Austin, Texas…AndStormy Daniels files another lawsuit against President Trump. (via USA Today, NYT and CNBC)
FOREIGN FLASH: Archaeologists discover the skeletons of at least 140 sacrificed children in Peru…At least 10 journalists die in Afghanistan…And protests erupt in Spain as five men accused of gang rape are found guilty of alesser charge. (via USA Today, CNN and The Guardian)
ROYAL WATCH: Go inside the Queen’s Scottish castle. (via Vanity Fair)
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Elizabeth Riley: The Life of a City at BRIC House.Details.
10:30AM — BAMkids Theater – Knock! at BAM Fishman Space. Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Pride & Loss at Jenkins Johnson Projects. Details.
6:30PM — Inside the Male Brain: Toxic Masculinity and #MeToo at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — Photography, Immigration and the Making of Citizenship: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives at International Center of Photography (Museum). Details.
7:00PM — Fiesta! at On Stage at Kingsborough. Details.
7:00PM — Free Knowing Me, Knowing You at Gallery House. Details.
7:00PM — Dream Wife at Rough Trade. Details.
7:30PM — Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad with Vinson Cunningham at Books Are Magic. Details.
8:00PM — Yumiko Yoshioka in 100 Light Years of Solitude at Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Russian whistleblower seeks dismissal of libel lawsuit filed by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov” (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Wes Anderson, Steve Cauthen, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Jamie Dornan, Curtis Martin, Bobbie Ann Mason, Tim McGraw, Shahar Peer, Charlie Schlatter, Anushka Sharma and Paul Teutul Sr.!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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