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Brooklyn Today: Where in Brooklyn is binge drinking highest?

July 30, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The two wealthiest districts in Brooklyn have the highest percentage of binge drinking in the borough — far greater than the citywide rate, according to recently released Community Health Profiles. In Brooklyn Heights/Fort Greene and Park Slope/Carroll Gardens, 25 percent of residents engage in binge drinking, compared to the citywide and boroughwide rates of 17 and 15 percent respectively.

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~ BUSHWICK REZONING OPPONENTS LOOK BEYOND BROOKLYN FOR STRATEGIES: Community activists in Bushwick are pushing for a complete shutdown of engagement between their local representatives and the Department of City Planning, hoping to stop a planned rezoning of their neighborhood from taking shape.

~ WALT WHITMAN GETS HIS WAY WITH NEW STREET CO-NAMING: AClinton Hill street corner will soon be co-named for famed poet and formerBrooklyn Eagle editor Walt Whitman.

~ THESE BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE THE HIGHEST RATES OF BINGE DRINKING: On the other end of the spectrum, only 9 percent ofBensonhurst residents engaged in binge drinking, the lowest rate in the five boroughs.

~ SUNSET PARK CYCLIST KILLED IN COLLISION WITH TRACTOR-TRAILER: A Sunset Park cyclist was killed Monday morning, hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer after swerving to avoid a parked car’s opening door, police said. He is the 18th rider killed on city streets in 2019.

~ THE TRIO FIGHTING TO FREE INNOCENT NEW YORKERS FROM PRISON: An appeals lawyer, a convicted murderer and an ex-detective for the NYPD walk into an office.

~ THE WINDSOR TERRACE ARTIST WHO IS GIVING HER WORKS AWAY: A Windsor Terrace artist is giving her work away one piece at a time — and bringing a little joy to her neighbors in the process.

~ A SUNDAY IN LINCOLN TERRACE PARK: Revamped in 1939 with federal aid as part of FDR’s Works Progress Administration, Lincoln Terrace Park is partially named after Arthur S. Somers, a Brooklynite who headed the Board of Education in the early part of the century.


~ The city is not prepared for this weekend’s heatwave, according to cooling center data. (Kings County Politics)

~ The most dangerous intersections in Brooklyn are in Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn and Crown Heights, according to a new study.(Curbed)

~ “Breaking a Mexican tradition that excludes women, to keep it alive in”Sunset Park (NYT)


READ: Fans of Christopher McCandless — the protagonist of “Into the Wild” who traveled into the Alaska wilderness — still trek to the bus where he died to honor him. (In fact, a woman died on Thursday trying to reach the “Magic Bus.”) (Atavist and Anchorage Daily News)

EAT: Here are the five best ice cream sandwiches in New York City, including three in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

LAUGH: “The squad” receives a present from the president. (The Week)

PLAY: How to answer tricky personal questions at a new job” (NYT)


6:30PM — Book Talk: “Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet” at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:30PM — Emily Nussbaum: “I Like To Watch” with Willa Paskin at Books Are Magic. Details.

8:00PM – 10:00PM — Ambush Comedy at Two Boots Williamsburg. Details.


“Immediately after the ICE raids, we saw people stay indoors,” Councilmember Carlos Menchaca said on “Brooklyn This Week,” the Brooklyn Eagle’s weekly podcast.

In 1910, the Eagle reported, “Residents on Cornelia Street, between Knickerbocker and Irving avenues, brought out their cots and slept on the street last night in an effort to prevent the New York Telephone Company from planting giant telephone poles there to continue a telephone line along that thoroughfare.”

Cindy Crawford poses by the pool on the August cover of Harper’s Bazaar Turkey.

Prince William started making speeches at just 10 years old, according to royal family insider” (Fox News)

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie wants to play the Knicks or Celtics on Christmas. (New York Post)


Happy birthday to Hilary Swank, Paul Anka, Hope Solo, Simon Baker, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Delta Burke, Gina RodriguezJames William Cartwright, Jaime Pressly, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Nolan, Anita Faye Hill, Lisa Kudrow and Patrick Modiano!

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

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