Brooklyn Today June 18: New Yorkers Protest Immigrant Family Separation Policies
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday, Brooklyn! A fire jeopardizes a historic warehouse inRed Hook, New Yorkers protest immigrant family separation policies, andErwin Wurm’s “Hot Dog Bus” is now on display in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Plus, apartment building permits skyrocket, a 17-foot rhino sculpture comes toDowntown Brooklyn, and Crown Heights is the borough’s new hot hood. Finally, we recommend the best bars to watch the World Cup, author Jennifer Egan talks at Books Are Magic tonight, and the Brooklyn Historical Society asks if local journalism is dead. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: English-American model Georgia May Jagger wears an England jersey on the latest cover of the Evening Standard Magazine.
~NEW YORKERS PROTEST IMMIGRANT FAMILY SEPARATION POLICIES: As part of a nationwide rally, hundreds of people gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday to protest the federal government’s policy to forcibly separate immigrant children from their parents when apprehended at the border by immigration authorities. “This policy actually has not only been deemed punitive by the United Nations, it violates our commitments with the international community, it violates the international declaration of human rights, it violates 1967 protocol on the status of refugees,” said Amanda Sawyer of Families Belong Together, the group that organized the rally. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FIRE JEOPARDIZES FUTURE OF HISTORIC WAREHOUSE ON GOWANUS CANAL: A fire Thursday night damaged the S.W. Bowne Grain Storehouse, a vacant warehouse on the Gowanus Canal’s shoreline that community activists say should be landmarked. The fire started at approximately 11:15 p.m. on the top two levels of the vacant four-story Red Hook warehouse. An FDNY spokesperson said 25 units and more than 106 firefighters responded to the scene and had the fire under control by 12:37 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by fire marshals. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WEEKEND WEENIES: GET FREE HOT DOGS ALL SUMMER LONG AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Brooklynites won’t have to trek to Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island to get delicious hot dogs this summer. Brooklyn Bridge Park’s newest eatery is offering free franks with a side of art to hungry visitors. Erwin Wurm’s “Hot Dog Bus,” a modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus that has been transformed into a bloated and bizarre hot dog stand is now on display. The “absurd, yet approachable” 11-week exhibition from the Public Art Fund will be parked on Saturdays at Pier 1 and Sundays at Pier 5 through Aug. 26. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~APARTMENT BUILDING PERMITS ZOOM UP IN BROOKLYN: There were more new permits for apartment buildings issued in Brooklyn last month than for any month since 2015, Department of Buildings figures show. Half of them were in the central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bed-Stuy, East Flatbushand Bushwick. The borough is predicted to have 54 new apartment buildings containing 1,351 units. For other types of buildings, Brooklyn will see two new hotels with 132 rooms, three new office buildings and a new retail building.(The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RENTERS IN ONE DISTRICT, LANDLORDS IN ANOTHER? YES, FOR TWO BROOKLYN COUNCILMEMBERS: At least two Brooklyn elected officials live in rent-stabilized apartments in their district while owning rental properties just outside their districts, according to Bklyner editor Liena Zagare. The two are Councilmembers Mathieu Eugene and Jumaane Williams. Zagare said she is not implying that the councilmembers have done anything wrong, but “maybe rather than talk about affordable housing, [Eugene] should get a market-rate apartment, and give up the three-bedroom by the park to a family in his district who needs it more.” (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CROWN HEIGHTS IS BROOKLYN’S NEW HOT NEIGHBORHOOD: Crown Heights is heating up and becoming one of Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhoods. Between the new businesses moving into the neighborhood, the easy access to multiple subway lines and a market-rate apartment inventory that’s grown by more than 7,000 new units in the past five years, Crown Heights is the place to be. “This block is up-and-coming,” said Sarah Williams, the owner of Rituals and Ceremony, a new home-goods store at717B Nostrand Ave. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WORLD’S LARGEST RHINO STATUE INSTALLED IN METROTECH CENTER: “The Last Three,” a 17-foot stacked sculpture of the last remaining Northern White Rhinos on Earth, is going to be permanently installed at the MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. The statue features three rhinos, Sudan, Najin and Fatu, stacked on each other and covered in a gold patina to draw attention to the illegal value of their horns, which is the cause of their extinction. Rhino horns are sold as medicine in Vietnam and China, and the artists responsible for the statue hope it promotes the fight against illegal rhino poaching. (6sqft via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: The plagues of the 21st century were nothing compared to what’s on the horizon. The question is: Will America be ready? (via The Atlantic)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “What’s going on at the border is horrifying, but we can’t go numb and turn away.” (via Slate)
CARTOON: President Trump has a realization while sitting with Kim Jong-un. (via New Yorker)
DRINK: Here are the 32 best places to watch the World Cup in New York City depending on the team you support. Brooklyn boasts 10 spots on the list. (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A shooting at a New Jersey art festival leaves one person dead…More than 2,300 people suspected of Internet child sex crimes are arrested…And a Boston Globe columnist is suspended for makingfabricated comments. (via WaPo, USA Today and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: An American student is arrested during a protest in Vietnam…Mexican soccer fans may have caused an earthquake by jumping…And a U.S. drone strike kills a Taliban leader in Afghanistan. (via USA Today, NYT and AP via Time)
ROYAL WATCH: The Rolls Royce that the royal family used to tour Africa is for sale at auction. (via Express)
9:30AM — Broadway Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Tatiana Arocha: Night Mountains at BRIC House.Details.
1:30PM – 6:30PM — On Site at Trestle Gallery. Details.
6:00PM — Lament From Epirus: An Odyssey Into Europe’s Oldest Surviving Folk Music at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Details.
6:30PM — RIP Local News? at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM — New York City’s Secrets & Lies at Caveat. Details.
7:00PM — Mindful Eating: How Mindfulness and Meditation Can Support a Healthy Relationship with Food at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Seymour Stein at Rough Trade. Details.
7:30PM — Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach Paperback with Amor Towles at Books Are Magic. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Open Flame at Mood Ring. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets eyeing Euro prospect who believes he’s a lottery pick” (via New York Post)
Happy birthday to Lou Brock, Eddie Cibrian, David Giuntoli, Willa Holland,Carol Kane, Donald Keene, Richard Madden, Paul McCartney, Richard Powers, Isabella Rossellini and Blake Shelton!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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