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Brooklyn Today: A luxury gym raises questions at Atlantic Yards

July 19, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

THE LEDE: Happy Friday! An elected official is crying foul about a plan to build a 100,000-square-foot fitness center and field house at Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park. State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon said Empire State Development, which oversees the mammoth property, should do an environmental review of the proposed sports facility to gauge its impact on the neighborhood.

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



~ CITY BEGINS FINING BUSINESSES FOR USING SINGLE-USE FOAM PRODUCTS: Just months after banning plastic bags, New York City has begun to fine restaurants, stores and manufacturers that continue to offer single-use foam products — like takeout clamshells, cups and “packing peanuts” — after the material was banned on Jan 1.

~ ATLANTIC YARDS PLAN FOR LUXURY GYM RAISES QUESTIONS: “We understand it’s likely to be a Chelsea Piers or an Equinox,” Jo Anne Simon said. “We don’t know who the provider is. Nobody’s telling anybody.”

~ MASSIVE WIND POWER DEAL EXPECTED TO BRING MONEY, JOBS TO BROOKLYN: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the largest offshore wind agreement in U.S. history on Thursday. The massive infrastructure deal is expected to bring millions of dollars of investments and hundreds of jobs to South Brooklyn.

~ FELINES AND FERMENTATION: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND: The weekend will be scorching hot with the real-feel temperature predicted to be 100 degrees or higher each day. Don’t fret, though. We’ve selected 10 events this weekend, all of which are in the comfort of air conditioning or in the evening, when the heat is expected to subside.

~ WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SHSAT?: Both the school year and the state’s legislative session ended without a decision on the fate of the much-debated Specialized High School Admissions Test. As students enjoy summer vacation, lawmakers are looking ahead to the New Year, when the issue will likely be revisited.

~ HOW TO STAY COOL DURING A HEAT WAVE: It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend. In the face of a heat wave, make sure to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay safe. Here’s how.

~ INCOMING BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION HEAD PREPARES FOR ISSUES BIG AND SMALL: The incoming executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association will be taking up the reins of the venerable organization at a time when issues like development and the $4 billion rehabilitation of the BQE have roiled the neighborhood.

~ HAVE YOU SEEN THIS PEDESTRIAN TERROR?: A Brooklyn cyclist allegedly knocked off his two-wheeler by an unrepentant, jay-walking pedestrian is seeking justice Old-West style — by taping up a flyer with a sketch of the ne’er-do-well to a post and hoping for the best (and also challenging him to duel via Instagram DM).




~ Midtown favorite Upside Pizza is setting up a new shop in Downtown Brooklyn. (NYT)

~ “‘It’s a Jewish building:’ Brooklyn landlord accused of housing discrimination” (The Real Deal)

~ The express F train plan will be debated next week. (Patch)

~ Commercial real estate transactions in Brooklyn fell $1.3 billion from the first half of last year to the same period this year. (Commercial Observer)




~ READ: Here’s what white men think about their privilege. (NYT)

~ EAT: Here are the 16 best new food vendors at Smorgasburg. (Thrillist)

~ LAUGH: A mother scolds her son for misbehaving. (The New Yorker)

~ THINK: “What Trump is teaching our children(NYT)




7:00PM 10:00PM — Jazzy Jazz Festival at Medgar Evers College. Details.

7:30PM Asma T. Uddin: “When Islam Is Not a Religion” with Khalid Latif at Books Are Magic. Details.

8:00PM 11:30PM — Summer Music Series and Craft Beer at Taproom. Details.





In 1937, the Eagle reported, “It was in Brooklyn that Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of wireless, found the sympathy and financial backing which enabled him to give his epochal invention to the world. Old Brooklyn friends … remember how Marconi, who died today, came to Brooklyn about 1900.”


Kate Moss receives her close-up on the latest cover of Vogue Paris.


Prince George turns 6 on Monday. Here’s what the royal family is doing to celebrate. (Vogue)


Head coach Justine Lombardi is eager to see her team hit the pitch after spending the past year building up the St. Francis Brooklyn women’s soccer program in Brooklyn Heights.




Happy birthday to Trai Byers, Nicola Sturgeon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Campbell Scott, Brian May, Anthony Edwards, Howard Schultz, Jared Padalecki, Ilie Nastase and Clea Lewis!


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

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