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Brooklyn Today: “They’re pushing an ideology.”

June 28, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The Brooklyn Public Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour program is drawing another round of protests and counter-protests ahead of its June 27 event in Crown Heights, with opposition organized by the same group who led a boisterous rally in Gerritsen Beach earlier this month. Protesters say the story time is “openly attacking the innocence” of children.

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~ MAN ARRESTED FOR SCRAWLING ‘KILL ARABS’ ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALLEGEDLY TOLD COPS HE ‘DID SOMETHING STUPID’Alan Tatten was charged with criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes, for spray painting the statements on multiple entrances to P.S. 52.

~ MORE ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS COMING TO BROOKLYN BUS LANES: The number of automated enforcement cameras catching motorists illegally driving in dedicated bus lanes is set to increase after the state legislature voted Thursday to remove previous limits on New York City’s use.

~ DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR, AND ITS PROTESTERS, HEAD TO CROWN HEIGHTS: “The problem is that they’re pushing an ideology,” one of the protest’s organizers, Rick Knightsaid Thursday. “They argue that it’s a drag thing, not a trans thing, but then they’re preaching gender fluidity.”

~ FLEET PLACE OFFICE BUILDING CLEARS DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY BOARD: Community Board 2 unanimously approved a zoning amendment for a proposed 15-story office building on Fleet Place in Downtown Brooklynon Wednesday, on the condition that the developer commits to paying the prevailing wage.

~ BAY RIDGE IS GETTING A NEW BIKE LANE NETWORK AFTER ALL: The Department of Transportation will move forward with a batch of proposed bike lanes for Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, despite the recommendations made by Community Board 10 earlier this week to nix or further study part of the plan.

~ FRONT-RUNNERS FOR CITY COUNCIL SEAT GET A BOOST: Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed Councilmember Farah Louis, giving the freshman lawmaker a major boost as she tries to hold onto the seat. But Monique Chandler-Waterman, who came in second to Louis in the special election, surprised many political observers with her fundraising prowess.

~ OPINION: IT’S TIME FOR A CHILD CARE REVOLUTION: “The cost of living in New York City continues to outstrip incomes, and for too many New Yorkers, the dream of raising a family is getting harder to achieve,” NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer writes in an op-ed.

~ HERE’S THE CITY’S PLAN TO MAKE IT EASIER TO RUN FOR OFFICE: New Yorkers will face a massive election season in 2021, with races expected for offices including the mayor, comptroller, public advocate and borough president. To fill those seats, the city’s Campaign Finance Board is making running for office easier for everyday people.

~ DEMOCRACY VOUCHERS STALL, BUT THEY COULD MAKE A COMEBACK: A first-of-its-kind voucher program in Seattle allows voters to donate publicly funded coupons to the candidate of their choice. But the program isn’t coming to New York — at least not yet.

~ YOUR GUIDE TO SUMMER IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: This summer marks Brooklyn Bridge Park’s 20th anniversary of programming. Here’s our comprehensive guide to summer at the 85-acre park.

~ FBI AGENT WAS ON THE PHONE WITH HIS WIFE WHEN HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK: The FBI agent shot in the back in Canarsie in December was on the phone with his wife at the time of the shooting — and she heard the gunshots, a motion filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York revealed Friday.


~ Let’s put champions on the bench. We want: 1. Full knowledge of practice of law. 2. Wisdom of serving in the military, including military justice system. 3. Family values, lifetime work ethic.


~ Tuesday, June 25, is primary day here in Brooklyn and, yes, there are important races on the ballot. One of them is a judicial election for Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court. Many people are unaware of the significance of the Surrogate’s Court: It’s where cases are heard involving probate of wills, administration of estates and adoptions. You can find more about current Surrogate’s Court Judge Margarita López Torres, who is running for re-election, here.



~ Ample Hills Creamery opens at Fulton Ferry’s famous fireboat house. (Bklyner)

~ Celebrity chef Roblé Ali is bringing his talents to the Tillary Hotel inDowntown Brooklyn(Eater)

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


READ: “The revenge of the poverty-stricken college professors is underway in Florida. And it’s big.” (Splinter)

PROFILE: Judith Sheindlin, aka Judge Judy, has dominated daytime TV ratings for the past 23 years. And at 76, she’s still going strong(NYT)

EAT: Here are the 26 most famous pizzerias in New York City, including seven spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH: Lady Liberty gets a makeover for Pride Month. (The Week)


6:30PM — The Tea on Brooklyn’s Prismatic LGBTQ Nightlife at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

8:00PM — The Skivvies Live at Brooklyn Brewery. Details.

7:30PM – 10:30PM — Concerts in the Catacombs at Green-Wood Cemetery.Details.


In 1908, the Eagle reported, “Princeton, June 24 — Grover Cleveland, former president of the United States, died suddenly at his home at Westland here at 8:40 o’clock this morning. Death was due to heart failure complicated with other diseases.”

Singers Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes embrace on the latest cover ofV Magazine.

Here’s how the royal family celebrated Prince William’s 37th birthday.(Harper’s Bazaar)

With the NBA draft in the books, here’s what’s up next for the Nets. (NYT)


Happy birthday to Nancy Allen, Solange Knowles, Juli Inkster, Michele Lee,Lionel Messi, Lotte Verbeek, Mindy Kaling and Mick Fleetwood!

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

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