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Brooklyn Today: SHSAT vs. Mayor’s Plan: Which is better?

May 14, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Under the mayor’s plan to move away from the Specialized High School Admissions Test, more than triple the number of Hispanic and black students who attended specialized high schools last year would have received offers to enroll, according to the city’s Independent Budget Office. And despite the dramatic shift in demographics, IBO found, student performance would remain high.

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~ HOW THE MAYOR’S PLAN WOULD TRANSFORM SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOLS: The share of offers made to female students under the mayor’s plan would have increased to about two-thirds of all offers, and the share made to students in poverty would have grown to more than 63 percent, according to a supervising analyst with IBO.

~ SOUTHERN BROOKLYN STREETS ACCOUNT FOR HALF THE CYCLISTS KILLED THIS YEAR: No bicyclists were killed in southern Brooklyn in all of 2018, according to Vision Zero data. This year, the neighborhood accounts for half of cyclist deaths citywide. The latest incident occurred on Sunday in Marine Park where a bicyclist was struck and killed by a SUV.

~ IT’S OFFICIAL: HUNDREDS MORE SPEED CAMERAS ARE ON THE WAY: Come summer, there will be five times as many speed cameras on the streets of New York City as there are today after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill sponsored by State Sen. Andrew Gounardes to increase the number and reach of the devices in school zones.

~ ELECTION FOR WILLIAMS’ SUCCESSOR SET FOR TUESDAY: The City Council is waiting to meet its newest member, who will take over the former seat of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. There are eight candidatesrunning.

~ NEW CITY WEBSITE SUPPORTS NIGHTLIFE INDUSTRY: NYC’s Office of Nightlife released on Monday a sleek new logo, a revamped Facebook page, and most importantly, a website. The website is a one-stop guide for the nightlife community, a thriving industry responsible for 299,000 jobs and $35.1 billion in total economic output.

~ I WAS ‘IMPALED’ ON A BROOKLYN TRAIN TRACK: Our reporter took part in an exercise last week with members of FDNY’s Special Operations Task Force who were training for a full-scale disaster in a freight tunnel running below East New York. She was “impaled” with an iron pipe, surveyed by a drone and laid in the darkness for hours.

~ ARLO AND NORA GUTHRIE NAMED KING AND QUEEN OF CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE: Folk singer Arlo Gurthrie and his sister Norahave been crowned King Neptune and Queen Mermaid for the 37th Annual Mermaid Day Parade, which takes place on June 22.

~ MEET NYCHA’S OVERTIME KING: A $315,000 PLUMBER: It appears that 2018 proved a very busy year for Vincenzo Giurbino, a plumber with the New York City Housing Authority. The 65-year-old city worker’s payroll numbers indicated he put in an average 16-hour day every single day he worked — reaping him more than $300,000 in salary and overtime. (THE CITY)


~ Brooklyn‘s luxury real estate market is booming. (The Real Deal)

~ Anti-semtic attacks are rising in Brooklyn, but no one seems to care, an op-ed columnist writes. (New York Post)

~ See inside designer Mario Milana and actress Gabriella Campagna’sClinton Hill duplex. (Architectural Digest)


~ READ: Log Angeles’ fire season, which is about to begin, serves as a warning for other parts of the country that will soon have to grapple with recurrent extreme weather events. (New York Magazine)

~ EAT: Calling all sweet tooths! Here are the five best places to get chocolate chip cookies in New York City, including two spots in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

~ LAUGH: President Trump finally gets his wall. (The Week)

~ ACT: “Invest in your relationships. The payoff is immense.” (NYT)


6:30PM — Death Cafe at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.

6:30PM Jackie Robinson: The Personal and Political at the Museum of the City of New York. Details.

7:00PM — “Trial by Fire” at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.


In 1883, the Eagle reported, “The wind whistled merrily over the Concourse at Coney Island yesterday, cleaning out in clouds the dust lodging in the holes with which its surface is adorned. Several thousand people took their first glimpse for the season of the waves, white capped and restless.”

British actress Naomi Scott poses in a blue turtleneck on the May cover of The Telegraph Magazine.

Visiting London? Here are eight restaurants that the royal family loves to eat at. (HELLO!)

“What we know about Knicks, Nets’ chances of landing free agent Kawhi Leonard(SNY)


Happy birthday to Cate Blanchett, David Byrne, Sofia Coppola, Miranda Cosgrove, Meg Foster, Martin Garrix, Suzy Kolber, George Lucas, Dennis Martinez, Tony Perez, Tim Roth, Amber Tamblyn, Ronan Tynan, Robert Zemeckis and Mark Zuckerberg!

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