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Brooklyn Today: New bill could curb underage vaping

August 5, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
Row-houses on Irving Avenue would be included in the Northeast Bushwick historical district suggested by the Bushwick Community Plan. Eagle file photo by Paul Stremple
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! As more and more teens take up vaping, a City Councilmember is hoping to crack down on the sale of non-tobacco smoking products near New York City schools. The bill would prohibit retailers that sell smoking paraphernalia from operating within 500 feet of any public or private school — a distance a bit shorter than the average city block.

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~ THE PLAN TO FIX NYC’S ‘RACIST’ HOME SEIZURE PROGRAM: Amid accusations of racism and malfeasance, local leaders unveiled their plan on Thursday to reform an embattled city-run housing program.

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

~ WOULD KEEPING E-CIGS FARTHER FROM SCHOOLS CURB VAPING? TEACHERS SAY PROBABLY NOT.: Brooklyn teachers do not believe that an extra 500 feet will do much to prevent kids from buying new cartridges for their Juuls — a popular e-cigarette that’s shaped like a USB flash drive — or other types of e-cigarettes.

~ LAWSUIT INCHES FORWARD AGAINST FRANKLIN AVENUE REZONING NEAR BROOKLYN BOTANIC: A Brooklyn judge is taking it one step at a time in a legal challenge to Crown Heights developments that activists say would cast harmful shadows on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

~ AS CITY PLANS FOR FUTURE STORMS, BROOKLYN REPS SEE TROUBLE AHEAD: Jainey Bavishi, director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, says disaster preparedness has dramatically improved in the city since Superstorm Sandy — but some elected officials say the picture looks different from the Brooklyn side of the river.

~ A PILGRIMAGE TO WALT WHITMAN’S CLINTON HILL HOME: Preservation advocates are using the co-naming of a Clinton Hill street as Walt Whitman Way as an occasion to spotlight their campaign for city landmark designation for the poet’s home, which stands nearby.

~ CLINTON HILL RESIDENTS BLAST CITY PLAN FOR SUDDENLY TAKING AWAY THEIR PARKING: Called the Residential Loading Zone Program, the new parking signs prevent anyone from parking Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in pre-selected locations across Brooklyn and the rest of the city in a bid to decrease congestion where bike lanes and bus routes run along narrow corridors.

~ MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SUNSET PARK MURDER: A Sunset Parkman pleaded not guilty to murder charges Friday for a June killing that left a sleeping man dead on his bed with two gunshot wounds to the head, prosecutors said.


~ The owners of Frankies 457 Spuntino are opening a pizzeria in Carroll Gardens(NYT)

~ There’s a miniature police booth on a corner in Williamsburg(Untapped Cities)

~ “NYCHA crisis discussion with Senator Salazar in Bushwick Gets Heated” (Bushwick Daily)


READ: Alan Dershowitz, Devil’s Advocate: The noted lawyer’s long,controversial career — and the accusations against him.” (The New Yorker)

EAT: Here are the 28 best pizza joints in New York City, including 14 spots in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

LAUGH: A winner is selected in the democratic debate. (The Week)

WATCH: Here are seven new movies worth watching that are coming to Netflix this month. (INSIDER)


11:00AM – 2:00PM — Jackie Robinson Family Day at Museum of the City of New York. Details.

7:00PM — Powerhouse Arena at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.

7:30PM — Jia Tolentino: “Trick Mirror” with Doreen St. Félix at Books Are Magic. Details.


In 1947, the Eagle reported, “The Brooklyn War Memorial Fund is assured of a $50,000 contribution from the baseball fans who take in the night game between the Dodgers and Cards at Ebbets Field on Aug. 18. The contest is a complete sellout.”

Celine Dion poses in black and white on the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

Princess Eugenie is the first member of the royal family to have her own podcast(Harper’s Bazaar)

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was seen hanging with models on the Spanish island of Mallorca. (Page Six)


Happy birthday to Jesse Williams, Loni Anderson, Erika Slezak, Ja’Net DuBois, Jason Silverman, Patrick Aloysius Ewing, John Saxon, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Lorrie Fair, Brian Sandoval, Janet McTeer, Patrick Reed and John Olerud!

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