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Brooklyn Today: Decomposed body found in Brooklyn Heights co-op

May 16, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Six-and-a-half years after Superstorm Sandy devastated New York City’s coastal communities, the city may be better prepared. But some neighborhoods, and low-income ones in particular, are most vulnerable to the increasing risks of climate change, according to climate justice advocates. Impoverished areas are affected “first and worst” by extreme weather events, they said, because of decades of legacy pollution, economic burdens and public housing that receives little help from the city.

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THE RUNDOWN

~ LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, ACTIVISTS SAY: “You’ve already got a community that has waste sites, brownfield sites, Superfund sites, landfills, and what does flooding do to that? How does that further spread the contamination that is already there?” said Peggy Shepard of WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

~ DECOMPOSED BODY FOUND IN BASEMENT OF LUXURY BROOKLYNHEIGHTS CO-OP: Cops responded around 9:50 a.m. to a call reporting an unconscious man in the basement of 25 Joralemon St., a low-slung residential building bordering the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

~ ONE OF THESE TINY HOUSES COULD BE COMING TO A BLOCK NEAR YOU: The city selected five New York-based architecture collectives as finalists for the “Big Ideas for Small Lots” competition on Tuesday, after more than 400 applications poured in from across the globe.

~ BP TO FUND 11 PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING PROJECTS THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT: Brooklyn BP Eric Adams announced on Monday the 11 projects he will pay for with the $1,115,000 in capital funding he’s allocated towards participatory budgeting. The bulk of the projects are parks- and education-related.

~ FARAH LOUIS WINS SPECIAL ELECTION FOR CITY COUNCIL SEAT: She didn’t get the endorsement of her former boss whose City Council seat she was seeking, but Farah Louis, former deputy chief of staff to Jumaane Williams, won a big victory in the special election for Williams’ council seat on Tuesday.

~ SENSORS FOR SAFETY: HOW DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN IS GETTING SMARTER: For the past two years, Downtown Brooklyn has been a living testing lab for startups, many of which are based in the technology hub called New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

~ TOAST THE SKYLINE FROM YOUR FAVORITE BROOKLYN ROOFTOP BAR: Now that spring has finally brought Brooklyn reasonably warm days, it’s time to head for a rooftop bar, stare at the scenery and toast the icons of the skyline. And there are lots of places to do so.

~ OPINION: STOP WRITING OFF CUNY AS A ‘VALUE COLLEGE’: “What is it about CUNY colleges that stops rankers from putting us up against the big kids?” a CUNY-Baruch student writes.

PODCAST

~ LISTEN: GOOD OR BAD? ANALYZING SMART TECH USE IN BROOKLYN: Technological advances continue to improve the quality of life in urban areas around the world, and Brooklyn has been no exception. The borough works to refine those technologies for more effective and fair implementation, but some devices come with risk and raise questions about privacy. Here are the pros and cons.

MORE BROOKLYN NEWS

~ Park Slope Food Coop employees are fighting to unionize. (New York Post)

~ Residents can help design Greenpoint’s new park under the Kosciuszko Bridge. (Greenpoint Post)

~ A Greenpoint bar is hosting a “Rally for Aperol” spritzes after the drink was panned in a New York Times article. (Food & Wine)

STAFF PICKS

~ READ: Here’s an interview with a Brooklyn woman who had an abortion at 32 weeks. (Jezebel)

~ DRINK: Here are the 31 best coffee shops in New York City, including 11 in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: A boss grapples with how to keep his employees focused. (The New Yorker)

~ LIVE: “How to get the best from your immune system” (NYT)

WHAT’S HAPPENING

6:00PM – 8:00PM — What Would It Take to Fix New York City’s Subway System? at Company HQ. Details.

7:00PM — The Golden Age in the Gilded Age: Collecting Dutch Art in New York at the Met Museum. Details.

8:00PM – 11:00PM — Pod Tours America at Kings Theatre. Details.

THE WRAP

ON THIS DAY
In 1963, the Eagle reported, “A newly formed group of five prominent real estate investors has purchased the famous Bush Terminal Buildings – the world’s largest known industrial complex – for a reported sum of $22 million.”

📔 IMPRINT
Australian model Miranda Kerr graces the June cover of InStyle Russia.

👑 ROYAL WATCH
“Why is America so fascinated with the British royal family?” (11Alive)

🥊 SPORTS
Deontay Wilder looks to ‘swat’ Dominic Breazeale in Barclays bout

BIRTHDAYS

Happy birthday to David Boreanaz, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel R. Coats, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Tracey Gold, Janet Jackson, Olga Korbut, John Morris, Matt Ryan, Gabriela Sabatini, Joan Samuelson, Bill Smitrovich, Tori Spelling, Jim Sturgess and Mare Winningham!

Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at scott@brooklyneagle.com.


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