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Brooklyn Today: Why isn’t 12 a mass shooting?

July 31, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
The 19th-century villa in the center of this picture is the George B. and Susan Elkins House in Crown Heights North. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Frustrated that the mayor would not labelBrownsville’s violent attack a mass shooting, some members of a coalition of anti-gun violence advocates condemned the media portrayal of the shooting as “gang-related” while labeling the California Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting — which occurred just a day later — a mass shooting.

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~ TO ARM HOMEOWNERS AGAINST DEED THEFT, LAWMAKERS TO HOST TOWN HALL: In a bid to help defend homeowners being disproportionately targeted by the recent uptick in illegal property seizures sweeping across Central Brooklyn, top elected officials came together Tuesday to address the issue and disseminate resources to local communities.

~ BROOKLYN HEIGHTS THIEF NABS $40K IN CASH FROM PARKED CAR:Brooklyn Heights thief hit the lotto when he smashed the window of a parked car on Joralemon Street and stole a backpack sitting on the passenger seat — a backpack that was stuffed with $40,000 in cash, cops said Tuesday.

~ BROWNSVILLE TO MAYOR: WHY ISN’T 12 A MASS SHOOTING?: “Everyone says, ‘Thoughts and prayers for the people of California. We are here with you,'” State Sen. Roxanne Persaud said. “When the shooting happens in Brownsville, what did people say? ‘That community is prone to violence.'”

~ FISHING, NOT FERRIES: CONEY ISLANDERS OUTRAGED BY KAISER PARK FERRY PLANConey Island residents held a rally on Saturday to protest a proposal to put a ferry landing at the Kaiser Park pier in their neighborhood, charging that having incessant ferries will ruin their quiet oasis and bring an abrupt end to fishermen’s enjoyment of the waterfront.

~ OPINION: IT’S TIME TO UNWRAP THE LANGUAGE OF GUN VIOLENCE: “‘Gang-related.’ The term itself evokes an immediate perception. Those involved — victim or offender — had it coming,” writes Shanduke McPhatter, a community activist and a former Bloods gang member.

~ BROOKLYN PROGRAM AIMS TO HACK DIVERSITY IN CYBERSECURITY: The walls are starting to come down for women and minorities in the high-paying, fast-growing field of cybersecurity, and NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn is leading the effort.

~ REPORT: BROOKLYN’S 10 MOST DANGEROUS INTERSECTIONS FOR CYCLISTS: analyzed intersections in New York City from 2013 to 2018 and determined which were the most dangerous for bikers based on injuries and fatalities. Here are the 10 most dangerous crossings in Brooklyn.

~ BUILDING A BIKE COMMUNITY: A Q&A WITH BIKE EAST CO-ORGANIZER KEVIN JOSEPH: With the sixth annual Bike East tour coming up on Saturday, Aug. 17, the Brooklyn Eagle spoke with its co-organizer about the event’s history and significance.

~ WANT TO WORK FOR THE 2020 CENSUS?: The Census is gearing up for the massive 2020 count of every last person in New York — and they need a lot of new employees. If you want to work for the census, check out these jobs.


~ “DOJ Sued For Records Over Frigid, Inhumane Conditions At Brooklyn Detention Center” (HuffPost)

~ A Dominican chocolate shop comes to Williamsburg(NYT)

~ A new species of jewel beetle was discovered in Green-Wood Cemetery.(Patch)


READ: No One Is Safe: How Saudia Arabia makes dissidents disappear”(Vanity Fair)

EAT: Here are the 29 best classic restaurants in New York City, including seven in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH: Uncle Sam watches the democratic debate. (The Week)

LIVE: Here’s why you’re overconfident(NYT)


7:00PM — We Shall Overcome: Steve Schapiro on James Baldwin at McNally Jackson. Details.

7:00PM — Outdoor Cinema: “Space Balls” at Parklife. Details.

7:15PM — Prospect Park Philosophy: Art vs. Reality at Prospect Park. Details.


In 1946, the Eagle reported, “Contract forms for the first construction work on the controversial $15,500,000 Owls Head sewage disposal plant have been prepared and bids will be advertised as soon as the go-ahead signal comes from City Hall.”

American actress Jane Fonda graces the latest cover of Gio.

“Convicted torturer got within feet of Prince George in huge security breach as Prince William and Kate Middleton demand probe” (The Sun)

Here’s why Deandre Jordan chose the Nets over the Knicks this offseason.(Bleacher Report)


Happy birthday to Wesley Snipes, Dean Cain, J.K. Rowling, Geraldine Chaplin, Rico Rodriguez, Evonne Goolagong, B.J. Novak, Mark Cuban, France Nuyen, Gary Lewis, Evgeni Malkin and Don Murray!

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

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