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Brooklyn Today: “They didn’t tell us anything.”

August 29, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The MTA is finally breaking its silence about the potential upcoming closure of the Clark Street subway station in Brooklyn Heights. After months of rumors, a town hall will be held to discuss the issue next month.

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~WEST NILE VIRUS SPRAYING COMES TO GRAVESEND, HOMECREST, SHEEPSHEAD BAY: A swath of southern Brooklyn will be sprayed with insecticides today and tomorrow to reduce the risk of West Nile virus in the area.

~MTA PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS RUMORED CLOSING OF CLARK STREET STATION: After four months of rumors, New York City Transit President Andy Byford will be bringing the public up to date about the potential closure of the Clark Street subway station at a town hall this September.

~NYPD ANNOUNCES 2019 WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE SAFETY MEASURES: The 2019 West Indian Day Parade and the pre-dawn party known as J’Ouvert, held annually on Labor Day, will be under the watchful eye of thousands of police officers, 300 floodlights and about 60 cameras.

~DIGITAL AD BAN ON FOR-HIRE VEHICLES SPARKS OUTRAGE AMONG APP DRIVERS: After months of legal proceedings, a ban on display advertising both inside and outside for-hire vehicles is back in effect starting Saturday, Aug. 31.

~TIME IS RUNNING OUT IF YOU WANT TO SWIM ON CONEY ISLAND’S BEACH THIS SUMMER: Before you know it, swimming season’s going to end at Coney Island’s beach. Have you let the summer go by without splashing around in the sea?

~BED-STUY MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME IN KNIFE ATTACK: A Bedford-Stuyvesant man was arraigned on charges of attempted murder and assault as a hate crime for allegedly attacking a couple after telling them “I don’t like gay people.”

~PAINTING FOR PRESERVATION: THE ARTIST RAISING MONEY TO LANDMARK WALT WHITMAN’S HOUSE: An artist has stepped forward to help activists who are trying to win city landmark designation for the last surviving house in New York City where Walt Whitman lived — 99 Ryerson St. in Clinton Hill.



~OUR BUMS: WHAT THE DODGERS MEANT TO BROOKLYN: This September will mark 62 years since the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game as the borough’s home team. Ebbets Field has long since given way to a housing complex, but the memories and love for the team still endure. On this week’s episode, we’re reminiscing about “The Bums.”



~ “Cuomo calls for state cops to investigate attack on Brooklyn rabbi” (New York Post)

~ Downtown Brooklyn’s Willoughby Square Park has some new renderings (Curbed)

~ An 11-year-old slashed a teen’s face in Bed-Stuy, cops say (Patch)



~ READ: “The last Popeyes chicken sandwich in America” (Jezebel)

~ EAT: Out of 16 great Filipino restaurants around New York City, two are in Brooklyn (Eater)

~ CARTOON: Bed bugs sound off on Bret Stephens. (The New Yorker)

~ TECHNOLOGY: “‘Dangerous’ AI offers to write fake news(BBC)



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

6:00PM — Live at the Archway Presents The Good Folks at The Archway. Details.

6:00PM — Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.




In 1911, the Eagle reported, “Tourists while crossing the Loetschen glacier yesterday saw deep down in the clear ice the faces of two dead men.”


Musician Billie Eilish poses in a wedding dress on the cover of V Magazine.


Kate Middleton, Prince William, and the Cambridge kids return from their vacation in Scotland” (Town & Country)


Semyon Varlamov didn’t mince words when asked why he chose the Brooklyn/Long Island-based Islanders in free agency this summer. (Brooklyn Eagle)



Happy birthday to Pierre Turgeon, Eddie Baza Calvo, Jay Ryan, Rebecca De Mornay, William Perdue, William Friedkin, Liam Payne, Roy Oswalt, Neil Gorsuch, Mark Morris, Elliott Gould, Lea Michele and Pablo Mastroeni!

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