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Brooklyn Today: Gas fumes plague Greenpoint

June 13, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

THE LEDE: Good morning! When Mary Cinadr first started smelling gas fumes in her Greenpoint apartment in February, she assumed it was a one-time thing. But soon those odors grew stronger, and they persisted over months.

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THE RUNDOWN

~ HEAD OF BQE PANEL DESCRIBES ‘DAUNTING TASK’ AHEAD: Carlo Scissura, chair of the 17-member panel appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to evaluate options for the massive, $4 billion reconstruction of the BQE, said on Tuesday that the scope of the project “is much deeper and more intricate than I think anyone ever imagined.”

~ CUOMO AGREES TO SIGN SWEEPING RENT REGULATION REFORMS: It’s a significant win for a statewide coalition of tenant activists who campaigned for months to support a set of nine bills they called “universal rent control.”

~ GREENPOINTERS SAY GAS FUMES ARE MAKING THEM SICK, AND GOV’T IS STALLING: Residents across the neighborhood on Java, India, Huron, Freeman and Russell streets, as well as tenants in the Msgr. McGolrick Park area, also reported similar gasoline-like odors.

~ BROOKLYN ACTIVISTS PUSH FOR MORE ACCESS TO LATE-TERM ABORTIONS: As early-term abortion bans dominate national headlines, a growing network of pro-choice activists in Brooklyn is doubling down on a push for late-term abortion access closer to home.

~ CELEB CHEF ACCUSED OF STEALING $14K FROM BAY RIDGE RESTAURANT OFFERED DELICIOUS PLEA DEAL: Vincent Tropepe was arrested in February on charges that he falsified city documents claiming the restaurant he worked for — the Yemen Cafe — owed thousands in delinquent payments to the city.

DAILY TOP BROOKLYN NEWS
News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

~ HIRING ‘NIGHTMARE’ ESCALATES AT CROWN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY BOARD: After nearly four years without a district manager, Community Board 9 met Tuesday night to choose one — which did not happen after six of the 24 board members present refused to cast a vote.

~ BROOKLYN’S LOVELIEST CHURCH (AND OTHER BUILDINGS NEAR FORT GREENE PARK): It looks like a ghostly gray castle in a dream — an abandoned castle. Two 80-foot turrets with pointy roofs flank its front entrance. You might have glimpsed them from Fort Greene Park’s hilltop, which is a block away. It’s Church of St. Michael-St. Edward.

~ A LOOK INSIDE ADRIAN GRENIER’S MUSEUM OF PLASTIC: A pop-up museum from Fort Greene resident and actor Adrian Grenier exposed the dangers of plastics and encouraged residents to use alternatives to plastic bottles.

MORE BROOKLYN NEWS

~ Greenpoint’s ferry flooding fiasco appears to have been fixed. (Greenpointers)

~ A Clinton Hill block is officially co-named after Brooklyn rapper “Notorious B.I.G.(Curbed)

~ Brooklyn‘s tech startup scene continues to grow. (am New York)

STAFF PICKS

~ READ: Famed boxer Mike Tyson opens a weed resort in the California desert. (GQ)

~ EAT: Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere, home of the $1 oyster, is $2.5 million in debt. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: The secret deal between Mexico and the United States is revealed. (The New Yorker)

~ LIVE: Are Americans the worst patients in the world? (The Atlantic)

WHAT’S HAPPENING

1:30PM — LGBTIQ Politics in Russia and Its Impact on the Global Queer Agenda at Prospect Park. Details.

7:00PM 10:00PM — Art History Happy Hour: Stonewall at Fifty at BrooklynMuseum. Details.

7:30PM — Life with Picasso at 92nd Street Y. Details.

THE WRAP

ON THIS DAY
In 1937, the Eagle reported, “Mrs. Mary E. Wilson, 91, of 148-21 84th Ave., Jamaica, who was among the first to cross the Brooklyn Bridge the day it was officially opened in 1883, died yesterday after an illness of two months.”

📔 IMPRINT
British actor Nicholas Hoult poses in black on the latest cover of Gio.

👑 ROYAL WATCH
Countess Sophie of Wessex meets with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (Royal Central)

🏀 SPORTS
D’Angelo Russell wins GQ’s 2019 NBA Style Showdown. (GQ)

BIRTHDAYS

Happy birthday to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Tim Allen, Chris Evans, Ally Sheedy, Roy Cooper, Kat Dennings, Ban Ki-Moon and Richard Thomas!

Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at [email protected]brooklyneagle.com.

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