Brooklyn Today: Lights out for 30k Bklyn households
THE LEDE: The lights went out for approximately 33,000 Brooklyn households during the third and final day of the heatwave Sunday evening, as Con Edison’s infrastructure strained to accommodate record-breaking demand. The blackout was concentrated in southeast Brooklyn neighborhoods including Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Flatlands and Canarsie. As of 7 a.m. Monday, about 14,000 households remained without power.
~ NEW PUSH TO PROTECT MANUFACTURING DISTRICTS FROM RESIDENTIAL DEV: A grassroots proposal for a new zoning model that could preserve manufacturing in districts where residential areas are becoming denser is gaining steam, with Borough President Eric Adams announcing support.
~ LAWYERS TRADE BARBS IN 80 FLATBUSH UPZONING CASE: The City Council’s approval of the upzoning of 80 Flatbush Ave. last year “was anything but a rubber stamp,” a lawyer for the New York City Educational Construction Fund said in a court hearing on Friday.
~ MORE THAN 30,000 WITHOUT POWER IN BROOKLYN: Con Edison said that New York City and Westchester set a new record for peak power usage when readings hit 12,063 megawatts at 6 p.m. Temperatures on Sunday hit 98 degrees — the third consecutive day above 90 degrees.
~ HOW SUNSET PARK IS USING INFORMATION TO COMBAT ICE RAIDS: More than a dozen pro-immigrant agencies, legal aid organizations and community leaders converged on Sunset Park Thursday to publicize their rapid response resources in an effort to consolidate information in one place for the community.
~ BAY RIDGE MAN ALLEGEDLY TURNED ISIS SNIPER CHARGED IN FEDERAL COURT: Ruslan Maratovich Asainov lived in Brooklyn from 1998 to 2013, when he traveled to Turkey and then subsequently to Syria, allegedly to join the Islamic State. Asainov was a sniper for ISIS and attempted to recruit more Americans to the group, according to prosecutors.
~ RED HOOK ART SHOW FEATURES 100 ARTISTS IN PRE-WAR WAREHOUSE RAVAGED BY SANDY: The work of 100 New York City artists will be on display for two more weekends inside a historic 25,000-square-foot Red Hook warehouse.
~ TWO BROOKLYN HOSPITALS ARE ABOUT TO GET SOME AWESOME MURALS: The paintings are part of a larger effort by the city’s public health care system to re-imagine hospitals and facilitate greater neighborhood wellness that was first started in the 1930s. The mural project aims to promote an interest in health care while working against the stigma of sickness.
~ WHICH BOOKS TO READ TO LEARN ABOUT NEW YORK CITY, ACCORDING TO ITS PRESS CORPS: The Brooklyn Eagle asked for recommendations on Twitter for books to read to better understand modern New York. Here are the results, according to New York City reporters.
~ BROOKLYN BLACKOUTS SPUR DEMAND FOR EXPANDED CON ED PROBE: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has requested that New York State Public Service Commission investigate ConEd and the Manhattan blackout. Even before Sunday’s blackout, Councilmembers Justin Brannan and Mark Treyger asked for a Brooklyn probe to be part of that investigation.
MORE BROOKLYN NEWS
~ A fire starts at the notorious Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park. (Gothamist)
~ Beyoncé is a huge fan of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. (NYT)
~ Here’s a look at the number of workers who died while building the Brooklyn Bridge. (HISTORY)
~ The weekend’s heatwave forced Mayor Bill de Blasio to cancel OZY Fest, which would have featured Beto O’Rourke, Mark Cuban and Trevor Noah, among other celebrities. (Page Six)
~ READ: “The village where every cop has been convicted of domestic violence” (ProPublica)
~ EAT: Here are the 40 best brunch restaurants in New York City, including 16 spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)
~ LAUGH: A frog applies sanctions on a fly. (The New Yorker)
~ THINK: New York Times columnist David Brooks writes that PresidentTrump’s definition of “American” involves being “xenophobic,” “nostalgic” and “white.” (NYT)
6:30PM – 8:30PM — A Familiar Face: Emoji Design Over Time at The Cooper Union. Details.
7:00PM — Word: Rob Sheffield and Jenn Pelly at Brooklyn Bridge Park.Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Drunken Jenga at The Charleston. Details.
⌛ ON THIS DAY
In 1912, the Eagle reported, “The city will get sufficient property owners’ consents on Montague Street to make sure of the Montague Street subway, according to trustworthy information today.”
American actress Dakota Fanning leans on a car on the July cover of Porter Edit.
👑 ROYAL WATCH
“The royal family is vacationing on this exclusive Caribbean Island“(Travel+Leisure)
Kevin Durant said he chose the Nets because he loves the way the team plays. (ESPN)
Happy birthday to Alex Trebek, Albert Brooks, Keith Sweat, Tim Brown, David Spade, Willem Dafoe, Kristine Lilly, Alan Menken, Bobby Sherman, Bob Dole, Danny Glover, Don Henley, John Leguizamo, Selena Gomez and Rhys Ifans!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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