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Brooklyn Today: Can ‘Fair Fares’ draw more riders?

June 20, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! A new report from MIT shows that reducing fares for low-income commuters significantly increases their ridership. It was published as New York City slowly rolls out its “fair fares” program, which has enrolled more than 50,000 people to receive half-priced MetroCards. The study found that many of the additional rides were used for trips to access health care and social services.

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~ REMSEN MANOR HOTEL CLEARED TO OPEN IN HISTORIC FRANKLIN BUILDING: After sitting vacant since 1998, a landmarked Brooklyn Heightsoffice building will be turned into a hotel.

~ CHURCH IN SUNSET PARK NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL LANDMARK HONORS: The Fourth Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, a Romanesque-style building of red brick and gray sandstone, was constructed in 1894 under the designs of ecclesiastical architect George W. Kramer.

~ COULD ‘FAIR FARES’ DRAW MORE RIDERS — WITHOUT CLOGGING THE MTA?: The study found that low-income riders given transit discounts rode public transit 30 percent more than low-income riders paying full price.

~ A MASSIVE GRAFFITI MUSEUM FROM SETH ROGEN AND LL COOL J IS OPENING IN WILLIAMSBURG: Work from 150 artists is on display at a new 100,000-square-foot graffiti and street art exhibition opening inWilliamsburg tomorrow.

~ BAY RIDGE BOARD TURNS DOWN THIRD AVENUE BIKE LANE, OKAYS OTHERS: A southern Brooklyn community board is asking the Department of Transportation to draw up new plans to expand the local bike network for the second time, despite a round of revisions that resulted from previous board requests and a broader town hall.

~ WHY SURROGATE JUDGES MATTER: A VOTER’S PRIMER: Brooklynites will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote in a primary for a number of lesser known judgeships, including for a seat on the Surrogate’s Court in Brooklyn. Before filling out those bubbles, it might help to know: What is Surrogate’s Court?

~ MEET LOVABLE CHICKENS IN A CROWN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY GARDEN: The Crown Heights’ Imani Community Garden is a wonderful, quirky Brooklyn green space — with flocks of chickens.

~ EAST NEW YORK MAN WHO PIMPED OUT TEENAGERS SENTENCED TO 4 TO 12 YEARS: An East New York man who pimped out teenage girls and repeatedly assaulted one said in court on Wednesday that he understood his actions were “detrimental” to his victims.

~ BROOKLYN COP ALLEGEDLY LIED ABOUT ALMOST GETTING RUN OVER, INDICTED ON PERJURY CHARGE: A Brooklyn cop was indicted Wednesday on a perjury charge for allegedly lying in a criminal complaint and having a man falsely arrested who he claimed nearly ran him and his partner over. The problem is, the man didn’t, according to prosecutors.

~ BROOKLYN DA, OTHERS URGE ALBANY TO REPEAL LOITERING LAW AND ENABLE RECORD-CLEARING FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS: With just a few hours left in the state legislative session, advocates continued urging state lawmakers to pass two bills designed to protect transgender individuals and survivors of human trafficking from involvement in the criminal justice system.


~ SHOULD THE SHSAT BE ELIMINATED?: Most people are aware of the SAT, but fewer may know of the SHSAT. The Specialized High School Admissions Test has been a catalyst in an ongoing feud between parents, students, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill de Blasio. On this week’s episode, we explore whether or not the exam should be eradicated.


~ The couple who sold their Washington, D.C., home to the Obamas buys a $9 million townhouse in Brooklyn Heights. (New York Post)

~ A new Mediterranean restaurant is coming to Williamsburg(Eater)

~ Is a new subway line connecting Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx feasible?(City Limits)


READ: “The time I went on a lesbian cruise and it blew up my entire life(Buzzfeed News)

SWIM: Here are the 12 best pools in New York City, including four in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

LAUGH: President Trump eavesdrops(The Week)

LIVE: “Catching up” on sleep could actually be detrimental to your health.(Bicycling)


6:30PM — Not Always Black and White: A History of Race During Reconstruction at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:00PM  10:00PM — Brooklyn Talks: Titus Kaphar with Antwaun Sargentat Brooklyn Museum. Details.

7:30PM — Whitman in Music and Words at Morgan Library & Museum. Details.


In 1848, the Eagle reported, “Coney Island. — This favorite bathing place year by year attracts more and more attention. Stages run from this city every day, and there is also a steamboat from New York, which lands its passengers at the point of the island.”

American actress Shailene Woodley sparkles on the summer cover of C Magazine.

The royal family has an unflattering nickname for Meaghan Markle.(whimn)

Anders Lee, the Islanders’ team captain and pending unrestricted free agent, could be skating out the door if Team President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello can’t ink the forward to a multi-year deal.


Happy birthday to Brian Wilson, Bob Vila, Olympia Dukakis, Nicole Kidman, John Goodman, Lionel Richie, Anne Murray and James Tolkan!

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

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