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Brooklyn Today: Schneiderman’s $23M folly

May 20, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Mayor Bill de Blasio’s use of the BrooklynHeights Promenade as a prop in his presidential announcement video on Thursday brought swift scorn from those who noted that he recently proposed demolishing the iconic site. “Certainly says something that the mayor chose the view he proposed to demolish as a backdrop for his national debut, doesn’t it?” said Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council.

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~ THE ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN SAGA IS OVER, AND IT COST TAXPAYERS AT LEAST $23M: An article in The New Yorker detailing numerous allegations of Schneiderman’s physical abuse of romantic partners set off a flurry of increasingly local elections — each with a significant cost to the public — ending with Tuesday’s city council election.

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~ DOCTOR’S ROW ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING BAY RIDGE’S FIRST HISTORIC DISTRICT: Bay Ridge Parkway is a tree-lined street boasting lines of well-preserved limestone row houses. The two-story homes, many fronted by gardens, were built in the early years of the 20th century.

~ DE BLASIO CHOOSES PROMENADE HE WANTED TO TEAR DOWN AS PROP FOR PRESIDENTIAL BID: Mayor de Blasio also took stick for being driven around in a car in the video, despite the fact that he complains about environmental issues.

~ RENT REGULATION REFORMS PIT LANDLORDS VS TENANTS AT HEARING: A loophole in rent regulation laws is pushing longtime, low-income residents out of their rent-stabilized homes, according to tenants and advocates who faced off against landlords at a hearing on Thursday.

~ THIS BROOKLYN WOMAN CAN SHOOT ARROWS WITH HER FEET: There’s a peculiar industry growing inside Brooklyn nightclubs, and it involves acrobatics, bows, arrows — and feet.

~ BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL IS EVOLVING, AND SO ARE ITS FILMS: The Brooklyn Film Festival, an annual event that now spans 10 days and five Brooklyn neighborhoods, released this year’s lineup of 133 films centered around the titular 2019 theme of “The Gathering.” It begins May 31.

~ BROOKLYN MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 17 YEARS IN DRUNKEN 2016 J’OUVERT KILLING: Reginald Moise shot Tiarah Poyau in the head in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, 2016, before the annual West Indian Day Parade. Moise was intoxicated at the time, and maintained to police that he had no recollection of the shooting.

~ PLANNED NYCHA HQ MOVE LEAVES SOME TENANTS IN DARK: The New York City Housing Authority is shifting eviction hearings from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn — but tenants and attorneys say there’s been little notice of the change. (THE CITY)


~ There are only four Brooklyn neighborhoods that millennials can afford to live in, according to a new study. (StreetEasy)

~ A ginger liqueur tasting room opens in Industry City. (Gothamist)

~ Smorgasburg is expanding to Washington, D.C. (Eater)


~ READ: “At least one in three Alaska villages has no local law enforcement. Sexual abuse runs rampant, public safety resources are scarce, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to cut the budget.” (ProPublica)

~ EAT: The weather is starting to improve, so here are the 27 best outdoor dining spots in New York City, including 13 in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: A De Blasio 2020 supporter gets ridiculed on the streets. (The Week)

~ LIVE: Here’s what happens when you wear headphones all day. (The Atlantic)


11:00AM – 6:00PM — Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall at Brooklyn Museum. Details.

6:00PM — Grand Central Baseball Author Talks: The New York Yankees in Popular Culture at NYPL. Details.

7:00PM — Creative Time Summit — Speaking Truth: Media and Technology at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Details.


Darryl from Flatbush asked: “I just love the new Kings Theatre. Can you tell me some of its history?”

In 1918, the Eagle reported, “The Old Brooklynites held a largely attended meeting last evening in the Surrogate’s Court. … A.H. Osborn and Stephen Kidder were appointed as a committee to secure a suitable badge to be worn on the day of the opening of the [Brooklyn] Bridge.”

Model Gisele Bündchen graces the June cover of Elle España.

Royal baby Archie’s birth certificate is unveiled. (Time)

The Nets are expected to make a push for Jimmy Butler this summer. (New York Post)


Happy birthday to John Carney, Iker Casillas, Cher, Michael Crapo, Matt Czuchry, Chris Froome, Tony Goldwyn, Stan Mikita and Timothy Olyphant!

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