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Brooklyn Today: Jumaane Williams sold weed in high school

May 1, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! A court upheld the city’s measles vaccination mandate on Monday, denying a request for a temporary restraining order by a group of anti-vaxxer parents as the number of confirmed cases in NYC rose to 423. The court’s decision came on the same day that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of cases across the entire country had hit a 25-year high of more than 700.

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~ GAGE & TOLLNER DESIGNS REVEALED AS LANDMARKS GIVES GREEN LIGHT: The city unanimously approved Sohui Kim, Ben Schneider and St. John Frizell’s renovation plans for the interior of the famous restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn.

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~ PUBLIC ADVOCATE JUMAANE WILLIAMS REVEALS HE SOLD WEED IN HIGH SCHOOL: “I don’t think my mom knows,” Jumaane Williams said. “She’s going to be mad either way that it’s in the paper.”

~ MEASLES OUTBREAK: COURT DENIES ANTI-VAXXER’S SECOND ATTEMPT TO FIGHT VACCINE MANDATE: Brooklyn is the epicenter of the outbreak, which is disproportionately affecting the Orthodox Jewish population. Eighty-two percent of NYC’s infections are in four Williamsburg zip codes.

~ PAINTINGS WITHOUT PAINTERS: HAROLD ANCART’S HANDBALL COURT OPENS IN CADMAN PLAZA: The immersive piece highlights a quintessentially New York game, one that is played in parks and schoolyards citywide, and it marks the first U.S. public art commission for the artist.

~ THE TWIN SETTLES IN: FAMOUS ‘GYPSY’ BREWER EVIL TWIN OPENS RIDGEWOOD BREWERY: Evil Twin Brewing’s beers have some of the most perverse names in the craft brewing world like Soft Dookie and Cat Piss, but they’re undeniably delicious.

~ ADULTERY IS TECHNICALLY STILL ILLEGAL IN NEW YORK. IN ONE TRIAL, THE DEFENSE IS TRYING TO USE IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE.:  A former TV private investigator is on trial for allegedly orchestrating and secretly recording a late-night hotel room threesome between a man and two prostitutes, but his defense attorneys argue the real criminal is the man who slept with the sex workers — because he’s an adulterer.

~ STUDENT STABBED TO DEATH IN BROAD DAYLIGHT IN MIDWOOD: A Brooklyn teen was stabbed Monday afternoon, then stumbled – bleeding and screaming – into a Midwood pizza shop trying to escape his attackers.


~ A Brooklyn Heights carriage house is on the market for $5.8 million. (New York Post)

~ Borough Park’s 66th Precinct allegedly has a “frat house” culture. (Daily News)

~ Rats invade the Bed-Stuy kitchen of a NYCHA resident. (PIX11)


~ READ: “Is all water created equal? It depends on who you believe.” (Topic)

~ DRINK: Here are May’s 12 hottest cocktail bars in New York City, including two spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: Beto, Bernie, Kamala(The New Yorker)

~ LIVE: It may make us feel lazy, but there are actual benefits to doing nothing. (NYT)


7:00PM — TimesTalks: Wu-Tang Clan and Director Sacha Jenkins at City College of New York. Details.

7:00PM — Both Sides Now The Music of Joni Mitchell at Irondale Center. Details. Details.

9:00PM 11:00PM — Midnight Society: The Science of Scary Stories at Caveat. Details.


In 1899, the Eagle reported, “President [William] McKinley paid an official visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard this morning. This is the first time since the administration of the late President Chester A. Arthur that a presidential visit has been made to the local yard.”

Pharrell balances a bag on his head on a recent cover of Harper’s Bazaar Korea.

An error on the royal family website may have revealed the name of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby. (Daily Express)

Desperate Isles must ‘Raleigh’ in Carolina


Happy birthday to Wes Anderson, Steve Cauthen, Emilia Clarke, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Jamie Dornan, Curtis Martin, Bobbie Ann Mason, Tim McGraw, Shahar Peer, Charlie Schlatter, Anushka Sharma and Paul Teutul Sr.!

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