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Brooklyn Today: NYCHA tenants go 3 months without gas

June 11, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! When roughly 60 families in the Red Hook Houses had their gas turned off on Feb. 13, many believed it would be a temporary issue — nothing more than a minor inconvenience. But soon days turned to weeks, and weeks turned to months.

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~ FORUM ON DIVERSITY IN SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOLS FAVORS ‘OBJECTIVE’ ADMISSIONS EXAM: “No student in the city is denied the freedom to work hard and get into a better school,” said Leong Cho, who maintained that, while diversity is important, eliminating the SHSAT, which they called a “completely objective” gauge, isn’t the solution.

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~ E-BIKE RIDER KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER DURING DEADLY DRIVING WEEKEND IN BROOKLYN: A man riding an e-bike in Canarsie was struck and killed by a speeding drunk driver Sunday night, capping off a particularly deadly weekend for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in Brooklyn.

~ AFTER MONTHS WITHOUT GAS, RED HOOK NYCHA RESIDENTS DEMAND REIMBURSEMENT: Tenants were forced to buy prepared food or pay out of pocket for grills and electric stoves. Easter dinner was ruined, residents said, and the cost of eating in restaurants piled up.

~ SUNSET PARK PUERTO RICAN PARADE TAKES POLITICAL TONE: For the fifth year in a row, El Grito De Sunset Park hosted the local parade and festival — and for the second year in a row, the group organized a candlelit vigil for the victims of Hurricane Maria, including those who died in the aftermath due to government neglect.

~ LIVE FROM ATLANTIC AVENUE: IT’S SCI-FI RADIO: Every Thursday morning, between 1 and 3 a.m., science fiction and fantasy talk show “Hour of the Wolf” goes on air from 99.5 WBAI FM on Atlantic Avenue — as it has nearly every week since 1972.

~ ‘I WAS NOT THERE TO PROTECT HIM’: BROOKLYNITES SHARE STORIES OF GUN VIOLENCE AT NATIONAL RALLY: Hundreds of Brooklynites dressed in orange marched across the Brooklyn Bridge from Cadman Plaza on Saturday in an annual demonstration against gun violence.

~ THIS BROOKLYN TEEN KEEPS PRESSING DE BLASIO ON SCHOOL SEGREGATION DURING HIS WEEKLY RADIO APPEARANCE: The thorn in de Blasio’s side is Tiffani Torres, a 16-year-old junior at Pace High School in Manhattan, who has twice appeared on the “Ask the Mayor” call-in segment of WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”


~ Council Speaker Corey Johnson shows off his dance moves at the Brooklynpride parade. (New York Post)

~ In Williamsburg, a 116-year-old tradition feels the effects of gentrification. (WSJ)

~ See inside a 186-year-old Brooklyn Heights townhouse that’s up for sale for $6 million. (Curbed)


~ READ: Here’s how Adam Neumann turned WeWork into a $47 billion company. (New York Magazine)

~ EAT: Traveling soon? Here are the 15 hottest restaurants in Paris. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: President Trump goes golfing. (The Week)

~ LIVE: A writer makes the case that one can learn life lessons by doing the dishes. (NYT)


12:00PM — Origin of Islam at Prospect Park. Details.

7:00PM — How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope and Friendship at 92nd Street Y. Details.

8:30PM — The Women Writers of “Late Night” Moderated by Seth Meyers at Paley Center for Media. Details.


In 1884, the Eagle reported, “Brooklyn acquitted itself nobly in the reception which it gave today to the Society of the Army of the Potomac. Not since the time when the Boys in Blue came marching home, twenty years ago, has the city been filled with such loyal and patriotic enthusiasm as it has today in honor of the fifteenth annual reunion of the society.”

Michelle Williams and Patricia Clarkson grace the latest cover of Variety.

Here’s how the Royal Family celebrated Prince Philip’s 98th birthday. (Harper’s Bazaar)

“Nets ready to make a splash for Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant this summer” (Daily News)


Happy birthday to Hugh Laurie, Adrienne Barbeau, Mehmet Öz, Peter Dinklage, Joe Montana, Joshua Jackson, Jackie Stewart and Dennis Daugaard!

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