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Brooklyn Today: Brewery, market, creative hub: Activists push new uses for historic Red Hook warehouse

May 6, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Preservationists are ramping up their campaign to save the historic S.W. Bowne Grain Storehouse, a fire-damaged industrial building on the Red Hook waterfront slated for demolition. The Gowanus Landmarking Coalition and local architects drew up renderings depicting chic new uses for the building. “Why is the developer hell-bent on destroying a building that could earn revenue if revitalized, as with restored brick warehouses elsewhere on the Red Hook waterfront?” Brad Vogel of the coalition said.

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~ BIAS AND SECRECY AMONG PITFALLS OF NYC’S ALGORITHM USE, EXPERTS SAY: Computer algorithms are increasingly making decisions affecting New Yorkers’ lives, but the city is struggling to get a handle on how fair those systems are and who — if anyone — is being held accountable.

~ A BREWERY, A MARKET, A CREATIVE HUB: ACTIVISTS PUSH NEW USES FOR HISTORIC RED HOOK WAREHOUSE SLATED FOR DEMOLITION: The Gowanus Landmarking Coalition and local architects hope to rally the community around imaginative ideas — like breweries and farmers markets — that could help change the developer’s direction before it’s too late.

~ GUILTY! PRIVATE DICK VIOLATED PRIVACY, PROMOTED PROSTITUTION: Reality TV private eye Vincent Parco was found guiltyFriday of promoting prostitution and unlawful surveillance for enticing a man into having sex with prostitutes at a Sunset Park hotel — and then surreptitiously recording the sex acts.

~ ADVOCATES DEMAND ACTION AFTER BOY IS KILLED AT ‘DANGEROUS’ BATH BEACH INTERSECTION: Transportation safety advocates are calling on the city to strengthen Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero policy by adopting the Vision Zero Design Standard, a program that would require DOT to install safety measures as a matter of routine whenever a street is redesigned.

~ NEARLY A DECADE LATER, DID THE COMMON CORE WORK? NEW RESEARCH OFFERS CLUES: A new study, released in April through a federally funded research center, shows that states that changed their standards most dramatically by adopting the Common Core didn’t outpace other states on federal NAEP exams. (Chalkbeat)


~ A Chinese restaurant with folded dumplings in Bensonhurst is all the rage right now. (NYT)

~ The Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show is returning to the Brooklyn Bridge. (New York Post)

~ Take a look inside three townhouses starting at $2.5 million in Park Slopeand Bed-Stuy. (Brownstoner)


~ READ: “When measles arrives: Breaking down the anatomy of containment(Undark)

~ EAT: Here are the 35 best tacos in New York City, including nine in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: Bill Barr advertises his services. (The Week)

~ EXAMINE: This week is shaping up to be a busy one for Bill de Blasio. Wednesday is his 58th birthday, and he’s also expected to announce his 2020 presidential run. (Daily News)


2:00PM 4:00PM — TK Studio Talk: Josh Charles at Industry City. Details.

6:30PM — Like Founding Father, Like Son: The Precedents of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:00PM — The Cost of an Education: Tara Westover and Min Jin Lee at The New School. Details.


Denny from Canarsie asked: What happened to the Native American tribes of Brooklyn? Are there any descendants? Are there any Native American communities in New York City?

In 1937, the Eagle reported, “New Yorker today awaited the German dirigible Hindenburg, which is due to dock at Lakehurst, N.J., at 6 p.m. It was due to arrive over the city at 3 o’clock. Delayed by headwinds off the Newfoundland coast, the giant airship was 12 hours behind schedule.”

Mandy Moore poses with flowers on the latest cover of Modern Luxury Capitol File.

The royal family’s hat designer wants to work with Lady Gaga. (Page Six)

The Nets’ all-star point guard D’Angelo Russell got caught with marijuanain LaGuardia Airport. (ESPN)


Happy birthday to Tom Bergeron, Tony Blair, Martin Brodeur, George Clooney, Alan Dale, Roma Downey, Leslie Hope, Ben Masters, Willie Mays, Chris Paul, Bob Seger, Richard Shelby, Gabourey Sidibe and Lynn Whitfield!

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