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Brooklyn Today: BQE Rehab: 2 plans could be gone

July 1, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Brooklyn community organizations heard on Thursday that the mayor’s BQE panel has “very little chance” of approving two major BQE rehab proposals that involve building a temporary bypass. These include the NYC Department of Transportation’s controversial preferred option, which would run a temporary highway along the Brooklyn HeightsPromenade.

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~ WITH BUSHWICK’S FUTURE AT STAKE, NEIGHBORS VIE TO BE HEARD: Anti-gentrification activists went on the offensive Thursday in the “Battle for Bushwick,” interrupting a public scoping meeting for the controversial Bushwick rezoning project.

~ AS CITY PREPARES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS, COMMUNITIES DIVERGE ON SUPPORT: A plan to replace 120 parking spaces with curbside electric car charging stations is facing opposition from Brooklyn community boards, with some calling it a “vanity project” while others embrace it as progressive policy.

~ THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL BQE REHAB PLAN MAY BE OFF THE TABLE: The panel, made up of 17 experts studying how best to deal with replacing the 1.5-mile decrepit section of the BQE, plays a purely advisory role. The mayor and the DOT have the ultimate say.

~ AT HOUSE OF YES, CITY GIVES ‘JUST SAY NO’ A NEW TWIST: As part of a new outreach campaign, Health Department personnel will be visiting roughly 250 bars and nightclubs in Williamsburg and Bushwick to offer naloxone — a medication that reverses opioid overdoses — and staff training.

~ A 10TH CYCLIST IS KILLED IN BROOKLYN: A bicyclist was struck and killed Thursday in Brownsville — the 10th killed in Brooklyn so far in 2019. The borough’s total, from the first six months of the year alone, is now equal to the total number of cyclist deaths citywide in all of 2018.

~ THE JEWEL OF FLATBUSH: TOUR THE HISTORIC KINGS THEATRE THIS MONTH: Brooklynites will have the unique opportunity of exploring the historical Kings Theatre at two guided tours this month. Attendees will receive unfettered access to the newly renovated building, initially designed to resemble a faux palace at Versailles.

~ PUSH TO CO-NAME CONEY ISLAND CORNER FOR PIONEER IN WOMEN’S SPORTS: Community Board 13 voted Tuesday to support an application for the creation of “‘Rusty’ Kanokogi Way” at the corner of the Riegelmann Boardwalk and West 17th. ‘Rusty’ Kanokogi was known as the “mother of women’s judo.”


~ A Carroll Gardens cafe expands to Chelsea. (Eater)

~ Here’s a look inside Green-Wood Cemetery’s twilight tour. Plus, where to eat and drink after it’s over. (NYT)

~ A strange sound in Bedford-Stuyvesant is causing residents headaches.(Patch)


READ: “What does Putin really want?” (NYT Magazine)

DRINK: Here are July’s 15 hottest cocktail bars, including three spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH: A third debate is scheduled. (The New Yorker)

TRAVEL: Planning a summer vacation? Here are some tips on how to travel to Cuba legally. (SFGate)


6:30PM — Salsa with Dodge YMCA at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.

7:00PM — Interactions of Color: Alex Da Corte and David Breslin in Conversation at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Details.

8:00PM – 10:00PM — Drunken Jenga at The Charleston. Details.


In 1902, the Eagle reported, “The Fighting Fourteenth crossed the Red River into Texas at 7 o’clock last night, and a wild cheer was given by the Brooklynites with the realization that the long journey was nearing an end.”

Dwayne JohnsonIdris Elba and Jaston Statham get roughed up on the July cover of Entertainment Weekly.

Take a look at these photos of all the times the Queen burst into laughter.(HELLO!)

Isles are ‘half-in’ for Brooklyn in 2019-20


Happy birthday to Debbie Harry, Joni Ernst, Alan Ruck, Pamela Anderson,Carl Lewis, Jarome Iginla, Jamie Farr, Leslie Caron, Hilarie Burton, Dan Aykroyd, Andre Braugher, Twyla Tharp and Missy Elliott!

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

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