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Brooklyn Today: Measles spreads to Sunset Park as confirmed cases rise to 466

May 9, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! NYC’s measles outbreak, mostly contained to the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, has now spread to Sunset Park as three people outside the Orthodox community — including two students — have contracted the disease. Neither child was vaccinated, but they were allowed to attend school due to religious exemptions, according to the Health Department. They did not, however, go to school while infectious, and both had spent time in areas rife with measles.

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~ MEASLES SPREADS TO SUNSET PARK AS CONFIRMED CASES RISE TO 466: The total number of confirmed cases across the city has increased by 43 since April 30 and an additional 181 since Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency on April 9.

~ SUNSET PARK RESIDENTS FIGHT TO PRESERVE HISTORIC ROWHOUSES: The rowhouses that line the blocks in question were constructed between 1885 and 1912. They were built as two-family homes to make them affordable for working-class Brooklynites.

~ HIGH STAKES FOR PREGNANT STAFFERS STRIKING FOR PARENTAL LEAVE AT HOUSING NONPROFIT: Attorneys and staffers at a Brooklyn-based pro-bono legal services organization have entered the fourth week of a strike demanding fully paid parental leave, more competitive salaries and lower insurance premiums.

~ THE 10 BEST ROUTES FOR SPRING STROLLS IN BROOKLYN: Welcome to Brooklyn, which has a thousand and one fine places to take spring strolls. Here are our 10 favorite routes.

~ 5 ARTISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS WEEKEND AT BROOKLYNDESIGNS: The three-day design show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this weekend will feature raspberry stools, quintessentially Brooklyn stoops, glass lemonade sets and more.

~ JULY 4TH FIREWORKS ARE COMING BACK TO THE BROOKLYNBRIDGE: Since the fireworks display returned to the East River from the Hudson in 2014, its location has shifted — and for the past couple of years, the only viewing locations have been up near northern Brooklyn.

~ FORMER BROOKLYN COPS ACCUSED OF RAPE RETURN TO COURT FACING LESSER CHARGES: Eddie Martins and Richard Hall appearedbefore Justice Danny Chun facing reduced charges of receiving sexual favors as a bribe and official misconduct. The victim accused both the men of raping her in the back of their vehicle in September 2017.


~ LISTEN: SHOULD INDUSTRY CITY BE REZONED?: Sunset Park’sIndustry City plans to diverge from its status as a manufacturing hub and thrust itself into a place of international appeal with a prominent rezoning plan that some local residents and community groups say could drastically alterthe character of the waterfront neighborhood.


~ Here’s a look inside Biyou, a delicious cajun soul food restaurant in Bed-Stuy. (Gothamist)

~ The second span of the Kosciuszko Bridge is expected to open in September. (Curbed)

~ A Midwood man holds the world record for largest pizza box collection. (6sqft)


~ READ: “My cousin was my hero. Until the day he tried to kill me.” (NYT)

~ DRINK: Here are the 13 best places to have afternoon tea in New York City, including one spot in Williamsburg.

~ LAUGH: The Founding Fathers revise the Declaration of Independence. (The New Yorker)

~ LEARN: The fossil of a new winged dinosaur is discovered in China. (The Atlantic)


6:00PM — Panel: Future of Work at New York Live Arts. Details.

7:00PM — The Big Chill: Creativity in the Era of Data Mining at The Center for Fiction. Details.

7:00PM — Smino at Brooklyn Steel. Details.


In 1936, the Eagle reported, “Brooklyn got up early this morning to wave a welcome to the mammoth Hindenburg. Thousands of persons, including some who had been out all night, were on rooftops and other vantage points when the mighty Zeppelin sailed into view at 5 a.m. Brooklyn was the first land the ship had passed over since leaving Ireland.”

American actress Yara Shahidi poses in front of flowers on the latest cover of Town & Country.

Here’s everything we know so far about the royal baby Archie. (The Telegraph)

The Nets are the favorite to land Kyrie Irving, according to Las Vegas betting odds. (Complex)


Happy birthday to Candice Bergen, James L. Brooks, Rosario Dawson, Albert Finney, Glenda Jackson, Billy Joel, Charles Simic and Steve Yzerman!

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