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Brooklyn Today: ‘Reckless’ driver charged in cyclist death

August 22, 2019 Brooklyn Today
The Domino Sugar Refinery and One South First (the tower at left) are located at the edge of Domino Park. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Good Morning! Manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide were just two of the charges brought against an 18-year-old who allegedly caused a car crash that killed a cyclist on Coney Island Avenue in Midwood. Cyclist Jose Alzorriz had just pulled up to a red light when the driver allegedly sped at more than 60 miles per hour through it and into another car that collided with Alzorriz.

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~VOTERS DEMANDED TRANSPARENCY. ALL 5 BOROUGH PRESIDENTS ARE LATE TO DELIVER: All five of New York City’s borough presidents failed to meet a voter-imposed deadline to deliver information about community board representation and the member selection process — and they say it’s because they didn’t know where to send their reports.

~DRIVER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, HOMICIDE IN CYCLIST’S DEATH: A Queens man was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among other charges, for allegedly causing a car crash that killed a cyclist on Coney Island Avenue in Midwood.

~THREE DEAD IN SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN CONEY ISLAND AND BROWNSVILLE: The city saw five fatal shootings in a 24-hour span — three of which took place in Brooklyn in the same two-hour window, according to police.

~WITH TEMPS SET TO HIT MID-90S, NYC OPENS COOLING CENTERS: The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a heat advisory for New York City residents as temperatures are set to hit the mid-90s through 8 p.m. on Thursday. Humidity across the city is also expected to increase, pushing up the heat index.

~NEW BILL WOULD BAN VENDORS FROM DYKER HEIGHTS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY: The extravagant Dyker Heights Christmas lights display is expected to draw more than 150,000 visitors this year — but the tourists won’t be tossing as much litter on the sidewalks as they have in the past if a local lawmaker gets his way.

~MUSIC PROGRAM BRINGS TROUBLED BED-STUY NYCHA DEVELOPMENT TOGETHER: Fresh paint, renovated bleachers and a stage equipped with a sound system turned the once-dilapidated basketball courts of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Tompkins Houses into an impromptu hip-hop concert for the development’s youth.

~HOW A REVITALIZED BUSHWICK GREEN SPACE BUILT A COMMUNITY: A group of Bushwick neighbors who banded together to rebuild a neglected park are looking to spruce up some more green spaces through a growing project they’ve dubbed the “Good Life Garden.”

~THE BEAUTY OF STORMY WEATHER IN DOMINO PARK: When you want to watch the weather put on a show, Domino Park is the place to go. There’s a quarter-mile stretch of shoreline in the waterfront Williamsburg recreation area that provides a front-row seat for observing summer storm clouds over Manhattan and the East River.



~CELEBRATING THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN’S 243RD ANNIVERSARY: From re-enactments and musical performances to art shows and tours, Brooklyn turns back the calendar to 1776 each August to remember the largest battle of the American Revolution — regardless that it was the war’s first loss. On this week’s episode, we’re commemorating that battle.



~ “Suspicious box left near Flatbush synagogue: Cops (Patch)

~ A Brooklyn filmmaker designed a limited edition sneaker for Nike (NY1)

~ As gas shortages grow, a Brooklyn councilmember urges the governor and National Grid to talk (Kings County Politics)



~ READ: Air pollution linked to bipolar disorder and depression, a new study finds (National Geographic)

~ EAT: Here’s 15 of the best ice-cream sandwiches in New York. (Grub Street)

~ CARTOON: The Daily Bugle only wants photos of Disney’s Spiderman. (The New Yorker)

~ HEALTH:Wearable tech works like a Band-Aid to monitor health” (Medical News Today)



5:00PM 7:00PM — Ping Pong Happy Hour with The Push at MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center. Details.

6:30PM 10:00PM — Art Battle Brooklyn at House of Yes. Details.

6:30PM 11:00PM — Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival at Wythe Hotel. Details.




In 1969, the Eagle reported, “A few days after the end of the Woodstock Festival in upstate New York, Brooklyn Spectator columnist ‘Uncle Walt’ wrote, ‘Couldn’t help thinking the other day, it’s bad enough to look at even one of those hippies — or hippie types. Can you imagine 400,000 of them — all at one time??’”


Kristen Stewart poses on the cover of Vanity Fair.


“These are the Royal Family’s favorite perfumes” (Aol.)


“Brooklyn Nets roster count: 2019 training camp(SLAM)



Happy birthday to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carl Michael Yastrzemski, Tori Amos, Cindy Williams, Richard Armitage, Ty Burrell, Kristen Wiig, Gerald Paul Carr, Duane Charles Parcells, James Corden, Paul Molitor, Giada De Laurentiis, Steve Kroft, Cory Gardner and Valerie Harper!

Brooklyn Today’s editor is Paul Frangipane. Contact him at [email protected].

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