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Brooklyn Today: 12 hours on Governors Island

May 3, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! It’s one of the most frequent complaints made by residents of Brooklyn’s scenic neighborhoods: film crews and their paraphernalia flooding local streets, taking up parking and disrupting deliveries to local businesses. Councilmember Inez Barron says that beleaguered New Yorkers deserve a “Bill of Rights” protecting them from such incursions. Figures show that the city issued 41,424 daily film permits in 2018.

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~ HOW TO SPEND 12 HOURS ON GOVERNORS ISLAND: The island officially opened on Wednesday, and it’s got something for everyone this summer, including world-class dining, activities for kids, history lessons and endless nooks and crannies to get lost in. Here’s the perfect way to spend your day.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

~ NEIGHBORHOODS FLOODED BY FILM CREWS COULD GET RELIEF UNDER A PROPOSED ‘BILL OF RIGHTS’: Brooklyn saw 12,534 film shootsin 2018 with most of them happening in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

~ BROOKLYN COPS WHO WERE SUED THE MOST ALSO RAKED IN OVERTIME PAY, STUDY SAYS: Officers who were named in five or more lawsuits averaged 406 yearly hours of overtime between 2015 and 2018, the study found. Cops who were not named in any lawsuits averaged almost 200 fewer yearly overtime hours.

~ PHOTOS: HISTORIC ADMIRAL’S ROW HOUSES WERE LEFT TO ROT WHERE WEGMANS NOW RISES: Admiral’s Row homes in the BrooklynNavy Yard were imbued with eerie beauty even when they were vacant and uncared for, a trove of 2005 Brooklyn Eagle photos reveals.

~ THREE-YEAR-OLD ON SCOOTER KILLED BY CANDY VAN IN BATH BEACH: Witnesses say the child, identified as Emur Shavkator, was with his mother riding a small green scooter on Benson Avenue at around 12:45 p.m. when he was struck by the van as it made a right turn onto Benson.


~ LISTEN: GOWANUS REZONING HIGHLIGHTS CITY’S LOVE FOR DEVELOPMENT: “Without a doubt every story in New York City is a real estate story, and the people calling the shots here first and foremost are the developers,” Joseph Alexiou, an author, tour guide and neighborhood activist, said on this week’s episode of “Brooklyn This Week.”


~ Hotel Bossert is expected to have a soft opening in August. (Brownstoner)

~ A new concert venue is coming to Coney Island this summer. (Billboard)

~ A man spits and curses at a Jewish man in Crown Heights. (The Jerusalem Post)


~ READ:In Conversation: Anjelica Huston — On growing up in Hollywood, the cost of beating Oprah at the Oscars, and why Jack Nicholsondoesn’t act anymore.” (Vulture)

~ EAT: Here are the 25 best brunch spots in New York City, including six restaurants in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

~ LAUGH: Is it possible to redact Trump’s tweets? (The Week)

~ LIVE: Dietitians debate whether seaweed is actually healthy for you. (Time)


9:00AM 2:30PM — Lessons from the Holocaust: A New Generation Speaks Truth to Power at NARS Foundation. Details.

7:00PM 9:00PM — “Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide” at Kingsland Wildflowers. Details.

7:30PM — Black 90s: A Turning Point in American Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.


In 1948, the Eagle reported, “The old submarine Squalus that sank in 1939 with the loss of 26 officers and men, and which was later raised, renamed the Sailfish, and sank a 22,500-ton Japanese carrier in 1945, went on the auction block today at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.”

Actress Julianne Moore poses in blue on the May cover of Elle France.

The royal family released some ridiculously cute photos of Princess Charlotte for her fourth birthday. (BuzzFeed News)

Islanders on the brink entering Game 4


Happy birthday to Desiigner, Jai Brooks, Noah Munck, Eric Church, Alex Iwobi and Rob Brydon!

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