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Brooklyn Today: “It’s a nest of freaking vileness.”

June 3, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! When Dominique and her children moved into their new apartment in the Bushwick Houses in December, no one mentioned that two tenants in separate apartments down the hall had been shot to death in their homes that past spring — and that no one had been caught. Now one year since that unsolved double murder, neighbors still live in fear.

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~ MORE THAN 50K BROOKLYN STUDENTS AREN’T GETTING ENOUGH PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Brooklyn’s District 23 — which encompasses Ocean Hill, Brownsville and parts of East New York— ties Manhattan’s District 1 for the highest percentage of students not getting enough PE.

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~ LAWYERS CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO BROWNSVILLE ‘SLUMLORD’: A Brownsville landlord is demanding higher rents and security deposits in a building long in need of repairs. The residents say that cockroaches roam along the building’s mold-covered walls, windows are broken and heat is lacking.

~ AT NYCHA’S MOST DANGEROUS DEVELOPMENT, TENANTS WONDER: IS THE CITY DOING ENOUGH?: “Who would want to live on the floor where two people were murdered and the murderer is still at large?” one resident said.

~ MEET THE GAY BROOKLYN BULLFIGHTER WHO BEFRIENDED HEMINGWAY: He was the world’s first Jewish matador, he was secretly gay, and he was friends with Ernest Hemingway and James Dean. He was El Torero de la Torah, or Bullfighter of the Torah, and his name was Sidney Franklin.

~ THE BELOVED HANK’S SALOON IS CLOSING FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A YEAR: The bar, which had to leave its longtime location on Atlantic and Third avenues after the building owner announced his decision to demolish that structure, moved into the second floor of Hill Country Food Park in January.

~ YOU CAN NOW ‘TAP-AND-GO’ AT THESE THREE BROOKLYN SUBWAY STATIONS: Move over, MetroCard. The MTA has officially started testing out its new tap-to-pay system, formally known as OMNY — and you can try it yourself at 16 subway stations citywide, including Nevins Street, Borough Hall and Barclays Center.

~ A LOT OF MONEY: PRICES SPIKE AT CITY-OWNED PARKING GARAGES: Drivers who stash their wheels at 15 city-owned garages and lots will be hit with increased monthly or quarterly fees on July 1 that are spiking by more than 50 percent at some locations. (THE CITY)

~ AFTER A WAVE OF BACKLASH, NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TWEAKS NEW PRE-K AND CHILDCARE CONTRACTS: Facing growing alarm about an overhaul of how preschool and childcare providers are paid, the New York City education department is making significant changesto new contracts that operators must bid on to receive public money. (Chalkbeat)

~ BROOKLYN BOARD MANAGER DEFENDS SUV SPLURGE: ‘I’M NOT GOING TO PARTIES’: The manager of a community board under fire for buying a $26,000 SUV with public funds defended the purchase Wednesday night — insisting the vehicle was needed to get around Brooklyn for business. (THE CITY)

~ TO BOOST DIVERSITY AND ADDRESS ENROLLMENT ISSUES, BROOKLYN’S DISTRICT 15 MAY REDRAW ELEMENTARY ATTENDANCE ZONES: The education department is floating possible zone changes that could affect which students attend seven schools in the northwest corner of the district, including some of the area’s most sought-after, such as P.S. 29 and P.S. 58. (Chalkbeat)


~ Grub Street has named the area where Bed-Stuy meets Bushiwck“Stuyshwick,” and we’re not buying it. (Grub Street)

~ Has Pacific Park turned into an $8 billion project? (Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report)

~ A Bushwick homeless shelter is costing the city $33 million to operate over five years. (Bushwick Daily)


~ READ: “Dementia stopped Peter Max from painting. For some, that spelled a lucrative opportunity.” (NYT)

~ DRINK: Here are the 17 best tropical bars in New York City, including seven spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: President Trump renovates the Capitol Building. (The New Yorker)

~ LIVE: The world’s smallest surviving baby, roughly the size of an apple, is born in San Diego. (Time)


4:00PM 6:00PM — Cuba’s Economic Model: Continuity vs Change at Graduate Center, CUNY. Details.

7:00PM — Out of the Box: The Bullfighter from Brooklyn at the Center for Jewish History. Details.

7:30PM — Frontiers Lecture: Degenerates of the Universe at the American Museum of Natural History. Details.


In 1954, the Eagle reported, “It took half a dozen cops to escort [the Dodgers] safely out of Milwaukee’s County Stadium. They left in their wake some 37,000 irate Brave fans, including a box-seat spectator and an usher who apparently were hit by a bat which Jackie Robinson — ejected from the game — flung at the Dodgers’ bat rack.”

Miranda Kerr shows off her blue eyes on the summer cover of New Beauty.

“How will the Royal Family handle Donald Trump on his U.K. state visit? Carefully.” (The Daily Beast)

Are the Nets going to draft a back-up center for Jarrett Allen? (NetsDaily)


Happy birthday to Rafael Nadal, Mario Gotze, Anderson Cooper, Al Horford, Jill Biden, James Purefoy and Larry McMurtry.

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