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Brooklyn Today: Brooklyn on edge after 6 ice raids

They're "feeling tremendous fear right now"

July 18, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
Low-income communities, like some in Sunset Park, are most vulnerable to climate change, according to activists. Eagle file photo by Paul Frangipane

THE LEDE: Good morning! As raids of undocumented immigrants continue throughout the city, fear is running high in immigrant communities across Brooklyn. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a press conference Wednesday that there have been at least eight ICE raids throughout the city — six of which have taken place in Brooklyn.

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

~ EL CHAPO SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 30 YEARS: The saga of convicted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, better known as El Chapo, finally came to an end as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel was sentenced to life in prison — plus 30 years — in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday morning.

~ THE BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS IS COMING. DOES IT GO FAR ENOUGH?: When New York became the third state in the country to ban plastic bags, many applauded the decision, but some believe that even stricter laws need to be implemented to further limit their use and to prevent residents from becoming equally reliant on paper bags — which come with their own set of environmental burdens.

~ IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES FEARFUL AFTER 6 BROOKLYN RAIDS IN 5 DAYS: The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs estimates that around127,000 of the roughly half a million undocumented New Yorkers live in Brooklyn.

~ BUSHWICK FOOD CO-OP CALLS ON NEIGHBORS TO REBUILD AFTER FIRE: A North Brooklyn food co-op is looking to rebuild after suffering damage from a fire earlier this month, launching an online fundraising effort in a bid to jump-start the recovery process.

~ CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG IS COMING TO BROOKLYN — BUT CAN HE FIT?: Filming for Paramount Pictures’ live-action adaptation of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” took place in Bedford-Stuyvesant this week, with crews setting up on residential blocks near Malcolm X Boulevard and in a nearby playground.

~ AUTHOR NICOLE DENNIS-BENN ISN’T AFRAID TO BREAK TABOOS OF THE IMMIGRANT NARRATIVE: Nicole Dennis-Benn is one of the cutting-edge writers pioneering immigrant literature in the U.S today. Her novels take a clear look at the sacrifices immigrants make for the American dream.

~ WINDSOR TERRACE: A GREAT STAYCATION NEIGHBORHOOD: If you’re staycationing in Brooklyn, there’s a neighborhood to visit that you might not have thought of: Windsor Terrace. It’s tucked between Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery.

~ JUMAANE WILLIAMS (NOT THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE) SUES MAN OVER CAR ACCIDENT: A spokesperson for Jumaane D. Williams — the formerFlatbush City Council member and current public advocate — confirmed that the court case did not involve Williams the politician, though the team was unaware that there was another Kings County resident with the name.

~ CANARSIE MAN WHO SHOT FBI AGENT FOUND GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDERRonell Watson was found guilty on all counts — of attempted murder of a federal officer, assault of a federal officer and discharging a weapon in furtherance of a crime — Wednesday morning, after the jury deliberated Monday afternoon and all through Tuesday in the weeklong trial in Brooklyn federal court.


~ WHERE DO WE STAND ON THE BROOKLYN JAIL PLAN?: Four new jails are coming to every borough but Staten Island as the city plans to close Rikers Island by 2026. On this week’s episode, we discuss the next stage of the process and hear from the community board that voted down the city’s plan. Plus, Stephen Levin, the decisive Brooklyn councilmember, gives his stance.


Audrey Gelman, CEO and co-founder of The Wing, purchases a $3.2 million Ditmas Park home. (New York Post)

~ A blackout in Bath Beach and Gravesend leaves roughly 1,700 people without power. (Patch)

~ One of New York City’s most praised pastry chefs opens a bakery in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Eater)

~ Famed Williamsburg restaurant Walter Foods is closing after 11 years.(Grub Street)

~ An employee of Bay Ridge Councilmember Justin Brannan gets caught misusing a parking placard in Manhattan. (New York Post)


READ: Meet Matthew Cox, a notorious thief who stole millions and is now aspiring to become a true-crime writer. (The Atlantic)

EAT: From ramen to Mexican, here are the 20 best restaurants inProspect Heights(Eater)

LAUGH: The office gets a new piece of technology(The New Yorker)

THINK: “‘Trump’s going to get re-elected, isn’t he?‘” (NYT)


6:00PM – 8:00PM — Fermented Foods: A Bubbly History and Funky Future at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

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

7:00PM – 10:00PM — The Eight Greatest Films Ever? Four American and Four Foreign Masterpieces at New York Institute of Technology. Details.


In 1882, the Eagle reported, “The funeral of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, from the First Presbyterian Church, in Springfield, Ill. The interment will be in the vault under the Lincoln monument.”

Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima grace the August cover of Vogue España.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to announce baby news ‘really soon'”(Daily Express)

Newly signed rookie Islanders forward Simon Holmstrom got a three-year deal Monday worth a reported $2.25 million and will participate in the Brooklyn/Long Island-based franchise’s NHL training camp in September.


Happy birthday to Ricky Skaggs, Priyanka Chopra, Martha Reeves, Richard Branson, Chace Crawford, James Norton, Vin Diesel, M.I.A., Elizabeth McGovern, Dion DiMucci, Margo Martindale, Nick Faldo, Wendy Williams, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, Kristen Bell and Steve Forbes!

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

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