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July 11, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

THE LEDE: Good morning! The city hosted the first public hearing on all four jails proposed as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s borough-based jail plan on Wednesday, failing to fill an auditorium. In Brooklyn, the city is pushing for an entirely rebuilt facility in Boerum Hill where the 11-story Brooklyn Detention Complex currently stands. The new jail would fit 1,150 beds and could be as tall as 395 feet.

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

~ BUSHWICK RESIDENTS SUE LANDLORD OVER NEGLIGENT LIVING CONDITIONS: Five tenant families at 299 Troutman St. contend that they have been enduring decades of negligent repairs and shoddy building work, including leaky roofs and rotted walls, and now are suing their landlord to force immediate repairs.

~ UPS PLEDGES TO REBUILD LIDGERWOOD BUILDING’S ICONIC FAÇADE: In a dramatic about-face, UPS has decided to rebuild the section of the Lidgerwood Building’s iconic south façade that it tore down in May and restore or replicate the rest of that side of the historic foundry.

~ LOW TURNOUT AT FIRST PUBLIC HEARING ON FULL PLAN FOR BOROUGH-BASED JAILS: With recommendations submitted from all four borough presidents from the boroughs in question (each one except Staten Island), the City Planning Commission heard from members of the public, as well as the city departments that proposed the jails.

~ CITY STARTS DOWN THE PATH TO PRE-K PAY PARITY: Some pre-K teachers working for community-based organizations have won a battle in their fight to be paid the same as pre-K teachers working for the city’s Department of Education.

~ CELEBRATE SUNSET PARK LANDMARKING WITH A SUMMER STROLL:Sunset Park has four new historic districts. Why not celebrate the grassroots activists’ victory by spending the day in the neighborhood and strolling around the newly landmarked areas?

~ ¡WEPA! DANCE THE WEEKEND AWAY TO AFRO-LATINO BEATS:Thousands will flock to Downtown Brooklyn this weekend to celebrate the rich culture and influence of Caribbean and Latinx culture and music in Brooklyn — and to dance late, late into the night.


~ WHAT ARE ‘DEEPFAKES,’ AND WHAT IS BROOKLYN DOING TO FIGHT THEM?: When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a seemingly inebriated speech at a news conference in May, President Trump blasted her in a tweet. The problem was, the video was fake. On this week’s episode, we’re exploring how these altered images, known as deepfakes, could potentially affect Brooklyn. Plus, we look at how they’re created and what a local lawmaker is doing to fight them.


~ Dean & Deluca owes a Cobble Hill bakery $75,000. (NYT)

Lena Dunham loses money on her Williamsburg apartment sale. (Variety)

~ A garbage truck overturns in Williamsburg(New York Post)

~ After 15 years, a pop up park finally opens in Downtown Brooklyn(NY1)

~ Could New York City become the next Hollywood? (NYT)


READ: “A black principal, four white teens and the ‘senior prank’ that became a hate crime” (WaPo)

EAT: Smorgasburg will host food vendors in Williamsburg every Friday this summer. (Eater)

CARTOON: President Trump waits to hear from the women’s soccer team.(The Week)

CLIMATE: Six newsrooms in Florida are teaming up to share resources and their reporting on climate change. (NYT)


6:00PM – 10:00PM — Movies With a View: “Pariah” at Brooklyn Bridge Park.Details.

6:30PM — “Poet of the Soul:” Poets on Whitman at Morgan Library & Museum. Details.

7:00PM – 9:00PM — Summer Salons with PEN America: Nicole Denis-Bennand T Kira Madden at the Brooklyn Museum. Details.


In 1944, the Eagle reported, “President [Franklin] Roosevelt today announced that he would accept a fourth-term renomination by next week’s Democratic National Convention.”

Mariah Carey shows off some bling on the August cover of Cosmopolitan.

Every photo from the royal family’s polo outing” (Harper’s Bazaar)

Behind the scenes of the Nets’ Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving heist” (Sports Illustrated)


Happy birthday to Caroline Wozniacki, Sela Ward, Lil’ Kim, Leon Spinks, Suzanne Vega, Beverly Todd, Joan Smalls, Ed Markey, Jacoby Jones, John Henson, Nadya Suleman, Justin Chambers, Giorgio Armani, Harold Bloom, Greg Grunberg and Stephen Lang!

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

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