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Brooklyn Today: Alcohol ads banned on NYC property

May 2, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Advertisements for beer, wine and liquor will no longer be permitted on city property as a result of an executive order signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, and two North Brooklyn neighborhoods may stand to benefit the most from the new policy. Williamsburg and Bushwick had the most emergency department visits for alcohol-related injuries in Brooklyn, according to a study from October 2014 to September 2015. The ads have been proven to increase likelihood and quantity of alcohol consumption.

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~ BROWNSVILLE TENANTS SAY FACIAL RECOGNITION TECH IS A PLOY FOR GENTRIFICATION: “It is predominantly women of color who live in our development,” one tenant said. “The landlord is doing this for future tenants because East New York is going through gentrification.”

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~ COME SEE GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY’S CHERRY BLOSSOMS: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden isn’t the only place you’ll find cherry blossoms in abundance this time of year. The hilly precincts of Green-Wood Cemetery are populated with the beloved blooming trees.

~ ALCOHOL ADS BANNED ON NEW YORK CITY PROPERTY: The order, which takes effect immediately, bans any alcohol-related ads on bus shelters, newsstands, phone booths, LinkNYC kiosks and recycling containers.

~ FORT GREENE PARK TREE-REMOVAL FIGHT MOVES FORWARD: Activists won a round in their legal battle against a city plan to remove 58 mature trees from Fort Greene Park.

~ BROOKLYN’S FIRST WEGMANS WILL OPEN IN OCTOBER. HERE’S WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE.: The 74,000-square-foot store will open after a decade-long struggle to land a supermarket in the area. The company is currently hiring and will employ 500 people when it opens.

~ DON’T PANIC! JUST HANG UP ON SOCIAL SECURITY PHONE IMPOSTERS, NYPD SAYS: Phone calls from scammers who pretend to be from the Social Security Administration have increased dramatically in New York City, NYPD says. Some victims go into panic mode and lose thousands of dollars when they receive the calls.

~ BRONX MOM ARRESTED, HER SON CHARGED WITH MURDER, IN MIDWOOD STABBING DEATH OF TEEN: Barbara Galloza, 38, was charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution, and her teenage son, David Lopez, was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon for the stabbing of Rohan Burke.


~ Have you ever rode on the B39 bus? It only has three stops, and all of them are on the Williamsburg Bridge. (NYT)

~ A southern-inspired restaurant is coming to Crown Heights. (Eater)

~ A Clinton Hill mid-19th-century Italianate wood frame house asks for $1.55 million. (Brownstoner)


~ READ: “How private equity is turning public prisons into big profits” (The Nation)

~ DRINK: Here are the 17 best tequila bars in New York City, including six in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: Spring flowers of the 21st century. (The New Yorker)

~ GROW: From life lessons to parenting tips, readers submitted the best advice they’ve ever received. (NYT)


6:30PM — What’s the Best Policy in Love: Honesty or Strategy? at Aesthetic Realism Foundation. Details.

7:00PM 10:00PM Walt Whitman Bicentennial Reading at The Cooper Union. Details.

8:00PM — Alexander String Quartet at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Details.


In 1908, the Eagle reported, “The greatest invasion of eels that has ever come to Brooklyn is causing any amount of trouble to the Department of Water Supply. In one day this week sixty-eight complaints about eels lodged in water pipes reached the office of the deputy commissioner.”

English model Suki Waterhouse graces the May cover of Glamour Spain.

“Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry unfollowed Kate, William and the royal family on Instagram” (People)

LIU Tennis makes history in Brooklyn swan song


Happy birthday to David Beckham, Dwayne Johnson, Princess Charlotte, Paul George and Farruko.

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