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May 29, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The Brooklyn Heights Association has revised its plan for the $4 billion rehabilitation of the BQE — and has developed a couple of alternate concepts as well. BHA presented their new and revised ideas to the 17-member BQE panel appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, association President Martha Dietz told the Brooklyn Eagle.

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~ LUNA PARK CO-OP LOSES $500K IN TAXPAYER FUNDS AMID BRIBERY SCANDAL: A Brooklyn councilmember pulled $500,000 in funding from the Luna Park Housing Corporation days after the women in charge of the Coney Island affordable housing complex were arrested for allegedly accepting bribes to fudge the co-op’s waitlist.

~ SUNSET PARK MEASLES CASES REACH DOUBLE DIGITS AS CITYWIDE TOTAL RISES TO 535: The epidemic, mostly contained to the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, has spread to Sunset Park with 12 people outside the orthodox community contracting the disease, up nine since May 8.

~ TWO MORE BQE REHAB PLANS ENTER CROWDED FIELD: The BrooklynHeights Association’s revised BQE alternate plan would convert the bypass into a landscaped terrace once the BQE was rebuilt.

~ RED HOOK MERCHANTS BLAST UPS’S SUDDEN DEMOLITION OF HISTORIC FACTORY: UPS has “a kindergarten mentality — just knock it down like it’s nothing more than a building,” Bene Coopersmith, owner of the Record Shop on Van Brunt Street said.

~ OPINION: WALT WHITMAN, BLACK BROOKLYN, WOUNDED KNEE AND ME: “As we celebrate the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth on May 31, Brooklynites should be proud of the attention his poetry drew to their home borough,” writes author and professor Ron Howell.

~ SURGE OF COMPLAINTS BY PARENTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS SPARKS ‘CRISIS’: Complaints filed against the city Department of Education by parents of special education students have skyrocketed since 2014 — sparking a “crisis” that leaves some kids without essential service for months on end, a state-commissioned report found. (THE CITY)


~ See inside the Brooklyn Heights penthouse of art collector Stephanie Ingrassia. (Introspective)

~ Downtown Brooklyn‘s Hill Country Food Hall closes after six months. (Eater)

~ Time Out Market New York opens in DUMBO on Friday. (NYT)


~ READ: “1,600 Miles, 85 Hours: A migrant family takes a Greyhound across America(NYT)

~ EAT: Here are the 17 best waterfront restaurants in New York City, including eight spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: President Trump blames the democrats for an alien invasion. (The New Yorker)

~ LIVE: Here are some tips on how to have a better Uber or Lyft ride. (NYT)


7:00PM — Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection at BAM. Details.

7:30PM — How to Change Your Mind: Michael Pollan in Conversation with Hamilton Morris at 92nd Street Y. Details.

7:30PM 10:30PM — Fifth Annual Science Friday Trivia Night! at The Bell House. Details.


In 1921, the Eagle reported, “The Rev. Richard Kennedy will soon take title to the large plot of ground at Fort Hamilton Ave. and 75th, where will be built a modern Roman Catholic church that will rank among the finest in the boro.”

American singer Alicia Keys shows off extravagant earrings on the June coverof Essence.

Meghan Markle will not meet with President Trump when he comes to visit the royal family next week. (Entertainment Tonight)

Nets general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson went back to their former organizations in search of front-office help, hiring assistant GMs Jeff Peterson from Atlanta and Andy Birdsong from San Antonio during the Memorial Day weekend.


Happy birthday to Carmelo Anthony, Mel B, Annette Bening, Kevin Conway, Laverne Cox, Eric Davis, Paul Ehrlich, Melissa Etheridge, Rupert Everett, Anthony Geary, Riley Keough, Sen. Jerry Moran, Adrian Paul, Al Unser Sr., Fay Vincent and Lisa Whelchel!

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