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Brooklyn Today: Here’s your guide to Fleet Week in Brooklyn

May 22, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Three women who ran an affordable housing complex in Coney Island were arrested Tuesday for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to help unqualified applicants land highly sought-after real estate, police said. The trio allegedly bought designer bags, furs and Florida apartments in exchange for fudging the waitlist.

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~ YOUR GUIDE TO 2019 FLEET WEEK IN BROOKLYN: Fleet Week, now in its 31st year, revs into high gear today with the annual Parade of Ships, where the inspiring vessels sail up the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty, and to their berths in various boroughs. Here’s a comprehensive list of Fleet Week Events

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

~ RUMORED CLARK STREET STATION CLOSURE SPARKS CALL TO ACTION: The Brooklyn Heights Association has sent a “Call to Action” to its members, asking them to demand that the Clark Street subway station remain open while the station’s elevators are being replaced.

~ HANDBAGS FOR HOUSING: CONEY ISLAND WOMEN ACCUSED OF BRIBERY SCAM: “This case exposed a pervasive pattern of corruption and bribery in deciding who received an affordable apartment,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said.

~ MAKE MUSIC BY POKING PLANTS AT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN: A new exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden amplifies potted plants and turns them into musical instruments. The experimental project features plants with handmade sensors — either buried in the soil or inserted directly into the plant — that generate unique sounds when touched.

~ GOWANUS CANAL T-SHIRTS AND CANNED WINE: COME SEE FIFTH AVENUE IN PARK SLOPE: On Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, shoppers can find feminist books for babies, extra virgin olive oil named for the world’s longest venomous snake and T-shirts that celebrate the Gowanus Canal in all its toxic glory.

~ ‘UNACCEPTABLE’: NYC COUNCIL PRESSES CARRANZA ON BUDGET PRIORITIES IN HEARING: Chancellor Richard Carranza got another round of tough questions Monday about the education lines in the mayor’s budget proposal for next year, and most of the questioners didn’t mince words. (Chalkbeat)


~ Mayor and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio opens a campaign office in Downtown Brooklyn. (New York Post)

~ A Clinton Hill street will be renamed in honor of the rapper Biggie Smalls. (Billboard)

~ The MTA is planning to cut bus service in Brooklyn this summer. (Curbed)


~ READ: “Was it an invisible attack on U.S. diplomats, or something stranger?” (NYT)

~ EAT: BBQ season is upon us. Here are the 12 best parks in New York City where you can fire up the grill, including three in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

~ CARTOON: President Trump seeks advice from an unlikely person. (The New Yorker)

~ CONSIDER: Alabama public television refuses to show an episode of “Arthur” because it features a gay wedding. (


6:15PM — The Letters Between Winston Churchill and His Mother at The General Society Library. Details.

7:00PM — Outdoor Cinema: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” at Parklife. Details.

8:00PM — Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Conversation with The Washington Post’sJonathan Capehart at 92nd Street Y. Details.


In 1954, the Eagle reported, “The Administration today abandoned, at least for this year, President [Dwight] Eisenhower’s proposal to let 18-year-olds vote after the measure received a crushing Senate defeat.”

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