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Brooklyn Today: “We’re absolutely outraged.”

August 30, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Two former Brooklyn cops accused of raping an 18-year-old in the back of their police vehicle will not serve prison time after they pleaded guilty to charges of official misconduct and receiving bribes. The ex-officers were offered a deal of five years probation.

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

~A HISTORY OF THE COIGNET BUILDING AS IT RE-ENTERS THE MARKET: One of Brooklyn’s quirkiest landmarks, the Coignet Building, is for sale again. It’s the oldest concrete building in New York City, now flanked by a 56,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market that’s configured in two wings.

~PROBATION FOR FORMER POLICE OFFICERS ACCUSED OF RAPE: In a plea hearing in Brooklyn Supreme Court before Justice Danny Chun, two former Brooklyn cops accused of raping an 18-year-old in the back of their police vehicle, were offered a deal of five years probation on charges of official misconduct and receiving bribes.

~MORE NEW YORKERS SERVING LIFE IN PRISON ARE FROM BROOKLYN THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE CITY: The recent death of New York State’s longest-serving female inmate, a Brooklynite convicted of a 1979 double murder, has renewed calls for the state to reform its parole system and provide the opportunity of parole to incarcerated people over the age of 55.

~SAHADI’S FINALLY OPENS ITS DOORS IN SUNSET PARK: Foodies, rejoice! After a long wait, Sahadi’s has finally opened its doors in Sunset Park’s Industry City. The family speciality grocery store has been a Brooklyn fixture since 1948.

~BROOKLYN MURDER CONVICT LOSES COURT BATTLE TO HAVE CASE TOSSED: A Brooklyn man accused of a decades-old murder lost a court battle to get his conviction overturned — despite the fact that disgraced former detective Louis Scarcella and his partner Stephen Chmil worked the case.

~TENANT ACTIVISTS LOOK TO RIDE THEIR MOMENTUM INTO ELECTED OFFICE: Fresh off a legislative session during which they helped win the strongest protections for rent-controlled tenants in New York in decades, tenant organizers from Brooklyn are exploring a burgeoning venue for their advocacy: elected office.

~FROM PIGSTY TO HORSE HAVEN, A NEW VISION FOR A WINDSOR TERRACE DUMPSITE: John Quadrozzi Jr., president of GBX–Gowanus Bay Terminal, hopes to bring back the days of Brooklyn’s equestrian glory — and that includes a small park in Windsor Terrace.

~MARCHING BANDS AND MEMES: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND: Another weekend is almost here — and it’s a long one. If you’re getting away, good for you. Sticking around? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

~PEERS MAKES RETURN TO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THIS TIME AS PRESIDENT: Randy Peers, who had previously served as a vice president of economic development at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, has returned to be the organization’s new president and CEO.



~ “Construction workers hit gas line in Williamsburg, forcing building evacuations” (New York Post)

~ The 5-year-old found walking around Crown Heights was reunited with his family (Pix 11)

~ “79-year-old with dementia missing in Brooklyn Heights: Cops” (Patch)

~ Marty Golden is weighing his options for a rubber match with Andrew Gounardes (Kings County Politics)



~ READ: “Are goats the new weed whackers?” (Washington Post Magazine)

~ DRINK: Two of New York City’s hottest cocktail bars are in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ CARTOON: The empty-nest replacement cat comes to the rescue. (The New Yorker)


~ TECHNOLOGY: “Apple will give indie repair shops the tools to fix iPhones” (Wired)



7:30PM 9:30PM — Movies Under the Stars: Pokemon Detective Pikachu at Monsignor McGolrick Park. Details.

8:00PM 11:55PM — Live in the Taproom: Summer Music Series & Craft Beer at 642 Rogers Ave. Details.

9:30PM 10:00PM — Coney Island Friday Night Fireworks at Coney Island. Details.




In 1883, the Eagle reported, “A convulsion of nature which in a few hours has swept from life some 75,000 persons, has swallowed islands, engulfed mountains, obliterated towns and converted forests into cinders, uplands into dreary wastes of sulphur and rock and fertile plains into arms of the sea is an event in the physical history of our planet which possesses few known parallels.”


Actress Margot Robbie poses on the cover of Vogue Australia.


Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry send social media into meltdown over shock Instagram video” (Express)


With Kevin Durant likely out for most, if not all, of the upcoming 2019-20 season for the Brooklyn Nets, Wilson Chandler was expected to get significant minutes out of the small forward spot while the two-time NBA Finals MVP continued his recovery from an Achilles injury. Scrap that plan. (Brooklyn Eagle)



Happy birthday to Thom Tillis, Elizabeth Ashley, Andy Roddick, Lewis Black, David Paymer, Timothy Bottoms, Michael Michele, Michael Chiklis, Jean-Claude Killy, and Cameron Diaz!

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