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Brooklyn Today: See inside the famed Hotel Bossert

June 10, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Brooklyn Heights’ legendary Hotel Bossert, which for three decades was closed to the public while the Jehovah’s Witnesses owned it, will reopen soon. The Brooklyn Eagle has published this piece of news on multiple occasions in the last five years — as well as numerous stories about start-date delays. This time, it looks like the relaunch of the Waldorf-Astoria of Brooklyn, as it was known, might really happen.

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~ MEASLES CASES RISE TO 566 CITYWIDE, BUT THE DISEASE SLOWS DOWN IN SUNSET PARK: The epidemic, mostly contained to the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, has continued to spread in Sunset Parkwith 13 cases, but at a slower pace, with only one person contracting the disease since May 29.

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~ BROOKLYN JAIL EXPANSION PLAN TAKES NEXT STEP AFTER SECOND HEARING: Following a rowdy public hearing in April over the expansion of the Brooklyn Detention Complex, a second hearing on Thursday proceeded in stark contrast — less packed and quiet, with succinct arguments and a dearth of elected officials.

~ INSIDE THE STORIED HOTEL BOSSERT: The Brooklyn Heights hotel loved by Dodgers and debutantes alike readies for its 21st-century relaunch — likely coming this September.

~ BUSY DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN SUBWAY ENTRANCE SHUTS DOWN FOR RENOVATIONS: An important and historic subway entrance to Brooklyn’s second-busiest subway station will be shut down for approximately a year, undergoing renovations that are estimated to cost $21.7 million.

~ STILL NO CAMERAS AT NYCHA BUILDING WHERE TWO HAVE BEEN MURDERED IN LESS THAN FOUR YEARS: Despite two mysterious, unsolved murders of women over the age of 80 in less than four years at a NYCHA senior housing building, the authority still has not installed cameras in the building, a NYCHA official confirmed Thursday at a City Council hearing.

~ FIGHTING TO SAVE BROOKLYN’S ARTISTS, GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIOS RETURNS: The pressures of development along Brooklyn’s waterfront have created a strenuous — and at times, suffocating — environment for local artists. But in Greenpoint, one annual event seeks to keep the art alive.

~ FIREWORKS FRENZY: BROOKLYN HEIGHTS RESIDENTS WORRY ABOUT JULY 4 CROWDS: Brooklyn Heights will have exceptional views of the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks next month, but some local community groups and residents are voicing concern about the huge crowds expected to flood Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.


~ A new mural in Domino Park honors the late activist and El Puente founder Luis Garden Acostsa. (Patch)

~ Meet The Brooklyn Red Caps, an all-black cycling group that made history. (NYT)

~ Toxic algae returns to the Prospect Park Lake. (Brooklyn Paper)


~ READ: “Are these teenagers really running a presidential campaign? Yes. (Maybe.)” (NYT)

~ DRINK: Here are the 16 best LGBTQ bars in New York City, including four in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

~ LAUGH: President Trump receives an intervention. (The New Yorker)

~ WORK: Do you have to wake up at 4 a.m. to be successful? (NYT)


6:30PM — In Search of Home: LGBTQ Refugees in NYC Tenement Museum. Details.

6:30PM — Muslims in New York City: Lessons From the Past, Visions for the Future at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:30PM — Book Launch: Robert Macfarlane Presents “Underland” in Conversation with Philip Gourevitch at Greenlight Bookstore. Details.


In 1939, the Eagle reported, “Men, women and children in holiday mood filled every vantage point overlooking New York Harbor and along West St. and the West Side Express Highway from the Battery to Central Park today to give Their Majesties, King George and Queen Elizabeth, a typical New York welcome.”

Model Gisele Bündchen poses topless on the July cover of Elle.

Can you guess who the most popular member of the royal family is? (The Cheat Sheet)

Isles prospect Noah Dobson blazing path to NHL


Happy birthday to F. Lee Bailey, John Edwards, Linda Evangelista, Jeff Greenfield, Elizabeth Hurley, Tara Lipinski, Doug McKeon, Prince Philip, Leelee Sobieski, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Kate Upton!

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