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Brooklyn Today: They’re “just trying to shame kids.”

June 28, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The Brooklyn Public Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour program drew just a few protesters and a mass of colorfully clad counter-protesters ahead of its Crown Heights installment Thursday. The opposition, organized by the same group that led a boisterous protest in Gerritsen Beachearlier this month, was made up of just five people.

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THE RUNDOWN

~ CROWN HEIGHTS BOARD LEADER QUITS AMID ‘DYSFUNCTION’: Citing dysfunction and chaos, the head of Crown Heights’ Community Board 9 abruptly quit her post moments before a vote on her reelection — adding more drama and confusion as the group also scrambles to fill a four-year vacancy for district manager.

~ HOUSE PASSES SPENDING BILL WITH 2-WAY VERRAZZANO BRIDGE TOLLS: Two-way tolls on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge are on the verge of becoming a reality now that the House of Representatives has passed a massive appropriations bill.

~ DESPITE PLANS FOR ‘NATIONWIDE’ MOVEMENT, ANTI-DRAG QUEEN PROTEST DRAWS SCANT SUPPORT: The story hour is a worldwide program that invites drag queens to read to kids. Protesters say it is “openly attacking the innocence” of children.

~ BROOKLYN DA ADDS NEW RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE SENTENCED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE: Major changes are happening in the criminal justice system in New York, and as more people are sentenced to alternative forms of incarceration, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is trying to do his part to offer options.

~ DISCO AND DRAMA: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND: It’s officially hot, which means there are countless things for you to do both outside and in the comfort of air conditioning. From rooftop concerts and a roller disco party to Shakespeare in the park, we’ve selected our 10 favorite events in Brooklyn this weekend.

~ 7 ARRESTED IN BUSHWICK DRUG BUST: Seven men were arrested in aBushwick drug bust Wednesday — including one man who allegedly sold heroin near a public elementary school, federal prosecutors announcedThursday.

PODCAST

~ DEED THEFT AT CRISIS LEVEL IN BROOKLYN: There’s a friendly voice on the phone. They offer financial help. Next thing you know your house is gone. On this week’s episode of “Brooklyn This Week,” we’re breaking down how deed theft is growing in Brooklyn, what is being done to combat it and speaking with a victim of the crime.

MORE BROOKLYN NEWS

~ A homeless man helps commuters pass through a flooded Williamsburgsubway station. (PIX11)

~ Check out these homes for sale in Brooklyn and Manhattan. (NYT)

~ WorldPride kicks off at Barclays Center. (New York Post)

STAFF PICKS

READ: King of the Snitches: The fashion photographer who duped drug lords and the DEA” (Bloomberg Businessweek)

EAT: Here are the 31 best sushi spots in New York City, including two restaurants in Brooklyn. (Eater)

CARTOON: The Democratic debate gets a director’s cut(The New Yorker)

TRAVEL: “36 Hours in Oxford” (NYT)

WHAT’S HAPPENING 

5:00PM — LadyLand 2019 at The Brooklyn Mirage. Details.

7:00PM – 11:00PM — Press Play 2019 at Pioneer Works. Details.

7:30PM – 10:00PM — Shakespeare in Carroll Park: Romeo & Juliet. Details.

THE WRAP

🔎 ASK A HISTORIAN
Michael from Manhattan Beach asks: “What guests visited the Manhattan and Oriental hotels during their 25-year existence in Manhattan Beach?”

 ON THIS DAY
In 1902, the Eagle reported, “The stringing of the last wire for the cables of the new Williamsburg Bridge yesterday, by the Roebling’s Sons Company, means, according to excellent authority, the completion of the structure in a shorter time than laid out even by members of the Bridge Department.”

📔 IMPRINT
American singer Janelle Monáe graces the latest cover of Paper Magazine.

👑 ROYAL WATCH
The royal family spent $104 million worth of taxpayer money last year.(Glamour)

🏀 SPORTS
Days away from free agency, Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is likely leavingStephen Curry and the rest of his Golden State teammates for the Big Apple, be it here in Downtown Brooklyn or across the East River.

BIRTHDAYS

Happy birthday to Mel Brooks, Thomas Hampson, Bruce Davison, John Elway, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mark Grace, John Cusack and Kathy Bates!

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


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