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Brooklyn Today: BQE Rehab: Get cars off DUMBO streets, group says

April 26, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! Civic and business groups in DUMBO and Fulton Ferry Landing have a message for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new BQE expert panel: As long as the city is rebuilding the BQE from Sands Street to Atlantic Avenue anyway, use this opportunity to build direct connections from the BQE to the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. This will get thousands of vehicles per hour off DUMBO roads like Old Fulton, Prospect and Jay streets. These thoroughfares were once surrounded by stark industry, but are now lined with residences, artisanal businesses and restaurants.

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~ BROOKLYN’S NEW 407-ACRE SHIRLEY CHISHOLM STATE PARK TO RECEIVE $20 MILLION: The new Shirley Chisholm State Park, named after the trailblazing former Brooklyn U.S. representative, is expected to open this summer. Funding will go toward building hiking and biking trails, and waterfront access for kayaking. Here are some renderings of the green space.

~ FUNDRAISING SURGE FOR FIGHT AGAINST CROWN HEIGHTS HIGH-RISES: A Crown Heights activist group fighting high-rise developments that could cast harmful shadows on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden received more than $2,000 in donations since it won a legal victory a week ago.

~ USE BQE REHAB TO GET CARS OFF DUMBO STREETS, GROUPS SAY: “Currently, every hour thousands of vehicles pour off of the bridges and onto DUMBO and Fulton Ferry’s streets, not to visit our residents or shop in our stores, but simply to go from bridge to BQE or vice versa, negatively impacting the quality of life and experiences of our residents, workers, and visitors.”

~ BROOKLYN DA HEDGES SUPPORT FOR SEX WORK DECRIMINALIZATION: Eric Gonzalez clarified his position on the decriminalization of sex work at a panel in Manhattan Wednesday, outlining a proposal that could eliminate the prosecution of some prostitution-related charges, even as the policing of sex work continues.

~ FORMER NBA PLAYER FOUND GUILTY OF CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON: Sebastian Telfair will face a minimum sentence of 3.5 years and a maximum sentence of 15 years on the second-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge. He will be sentenced June 18.

~ SEAGATE MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT, MURDER: Ruslan Baimov broke into his ex-girlfriend’s Sea Gate apartment around midnight on Oct. 29, 2017, by pushing in an air-conditioning unit. She had recently ended their relationship.


~ SPONSORED: A MESSAGE FROM THE RENT STABILIZATION ASSOCIATION: Lincoln cares about his tenants and about their quality of life. He wants them to feel pride in their home. Running a building like his is difficult, the bills never stop, some months he is in the red. “The Rents are fixed but my taxes aren’t,” says Lincoln — his taxes have increased 20 percent in the last four years. Now Albany is talking about taking away programs that support improving the quality of the building. Lincoln is a Brooklyn property owner committed to doing the right thing.


~ Actress Lena Dunham lists her Williamsburg apartment for $2.65 million. (Architectural Digest)

~ ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli is transferred to Sunset Park’s Metropolitan Detention Center. (CNBC)

~ The city wants to demolish and rebuild the Coney Island ice rink. (BrooklynPaper)


~ INACTION IN WASHINGTON PROMPTS NYC TO TAKE THE LEAD IN COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE: On this week’s episode, we discuss the greatest environmental threats to New York City: plastic, floodgates and climate change. Guests include Eric Goldstein at the Natural Resources Defense Council and John Lipscomb of Riverkeeper.


~ READ:Erica Chidi Cohen wants to solve the millennial sex drought(Elle)

~ EAT: Here’s where you can get the 13 best tacos in New York City, including three spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: America’s redacted reaction to the Mueller report is released. (The Week)

~ LIVE: Here are some tips on how to bring your child to work without the day turning into a total disaster. (NYT)


1:30PM 7:30PM — Academic Institutions Under Attack: Freedom of Inquiry at Risk at The New School. Details.

6:30PM — Whiskey And Cheese Pairing Class at Kings County Distillery. Details.

7:00PM — The Concept of Dread: A Reasoning and Listening with Ishion Hutchinson and Sheldon Shepherd at the Swiss Institute. Details.


In 1881, the Eagle reported, “Funeral services were held this afternoon over the remains of Tunis G. Bergen, at his late residence, in the Town of New Utrecht. The old homestead was thronged with friends of the deceased, among whom were many of the oldest residents of Brooklyn and the country towns.”

Actress Amy Poehler receives her close-up on the April cover of The Hollywood Reporter.

“Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal baby be an American citizen?” (People)

Isles hope to survive ‘Hurricane’ season


Happy birthday to Carol Burnett, Joe Crede, Michael Damian, Duane Eddy, Giancarlo Esposito, Kosuke Fukudome, Kevin James, Aaron Judge, Jemima Kirke, Jet Li, Boyd Matson, Bobby Rydell, Channing Tatum, Natasha Trethewey, Melania Trump, Tom Welling and Gary Wright!

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