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Brooklyn Today: Report: City lags on sidewalk repairs

July 9, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! A new report from the Comptroller’s Office shows that the city has been moving at a snail’s pace to fix sidewalks damaged by tree growth — sometimes taking years before any work is done. One repair in 2017 took more than 11 years to complete. Canarsie and East New Yorkfaced the worst sidewalk issues, with more than 4,200 complaints filed since 2010.

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~ FOR CENTRAL BROOKLYN’S MOST VULNERABLE, AN EFFORT TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF GENTRIFICATION: A Brooklyn nonprofit is steering the benefits of gentrification to those most often displaced, connecting black and Latinx residents with training and job opportunities on local construction sites.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

~ HOW ONE URBAN FARM IS BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO HEALTHY FOODProject Eats creates and maintains networks of urban farms in low-income neighborhoods around New York City without much access to fresh food. The guiding principle on these farms: small plots; high yield.

~ EAST FLATBUSH RESIDENTS WANT MORE ACTION ON SEMI-CLEANED DUMP SITE: Community members who recently pushed the Department of Sanitation to clean an East Flatbush dump site are now asking city and state officials to help finish the job.

~ KENSINGTON MERCHANTS SAY A NEW BUS LANE COULD THREATEN BUSINESS: Small business owners in Kensington have a bad feeling about the city’s plan to create curbside bus-only lanes on both sides of Church Avenue.

~ CITY LAGS ON SIDEWALK REPAIRS, REPORT FINDS: Those who reported a sidewalk damaged by trees waited an average of 101 days for the Parks Department to inspect the damage. In Brooklyn, the average wait time was 190 days.

~ TAKE A STROLL THROUGH WEEKSVILLE (THE NEIGHBORHOOD): Weeksville Heritage Center is a cultural jewel, a living reminder that an independent free black community thrived in pre-Civil War Brooklyn. Its landmarked houses are powerful witnesses to history.

~ THE GUARDIANS OF THE GOWANUS: When Owen Foote founded theGowanus Dredgers Canoe Club in 1999, the club’s inventory consisted of two canoes padlocked to a chain-link fence where Second Street dead ends at the canal. Twenty years later, the Dredgers have dozens of members, a calendar packed with events and a fleet of canoes.

~ HORSE MANURE FROM PROSPECT PARK TRANSFORMED INTO GOLD FOR GARDENERSJohn Quadrozzi Jr., owner of the historic Prospect Park Stable, donates manure from 25 horses to Red Hook community gardens.

~ ‘CLOSE THE CAMPS!’ PROTESTERS TARGET FEDERAL LAWMAKERS FOR FAILURE TO PROTECT MIGRANTS: Alarmed by the Trump administration’s treatment of undocumented immigrants at the nation’s southern border, protesters on Tuesday held rallies targeting Brooklyn’s elected representatives in federal office — including outside the Bay Ridge office of U.S. Rep. Max Rose and the Park Slope home of Sen. Chuck Schumer.

~ CITIZENSHIP QUESTION’S FAILURE DELIVERS RELIEF TO BROOKLYN’S IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES: Brooklyn’s immigrant communities hailed a decision Tuesday to withdraw a proposed controversial citizenship question on next year’s census form, calling it a major victory in the fight against the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant efforts.


The North Brooklyn Chamber and the Mike + Marta Team at COMPASS will present Because The Night (Part 2) on Tuesday, July 9th at National Sawdust. The evening, which begins at 6:00 p.m., will once again feature a lively and informative discussion regarding the current state of nightlife in North Brooklyn. SPONSORED



~ A developer buys two rent-stabilized buildings for $35 million in Prospect Park South. (The Real Deal)

~ Here’s a review of Maison Yaki, Prospect Heights’ French-Japanese fusion restaurant where you can play pétaqnue in the backyard. (Eater)

~ A baroque and burlesque show inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” comes to Bushwick(Forbes)


READ: One writer opens up about what it was like having Jared Kushneras a boss(Medium)

PROFILE: Actor “Kyle Chandler talks ‘Catch-22,’ ‘Friday Night Lights’ and his most memorable road trips” (Men’s Journal)

EAT: Here are the 12 hottests lunch spots in New York City right now, including one restaurant in Williamsburg.

LAUGH: The ice-cream truck gets some competition(The New Yorker) 


6:30PM — “100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism” at NYPL. Details.

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

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


Forward Wilson Chandler is joining the Nets(New York Post)


Happy birthday to Jaden Smith, Son Heung-min, Kevin Bacon, Sophai Bush, Milo Ventimiglia, Anjelica Huston, Michael Weatherly, Kein Trapp,Toby Keith and Wolgang Puck!

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


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