The top 10 stories of the summer
It's the end of summer — so we're taking a look back at the headlines.
It’s the end of summer, and since we love nostalgia as much as the next local news outlet, we wanted to take a look back at some of the defining headlines of the last three months.
Spates of gun violence and multiple attempted ICE raids left the borough on edge. Flash floods inundated the streets and voters elected new judges.
Doesn’t it feel like the Mermaid Parade was just yesterday?
1. One killed, 11 injured in Brownsville mass shooting, reversing neighborhood’s gun violence decline
While the Central Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville was celebrating their annual Old Timers Day block party in late July, two shooters opened fire, striking seven men and five women. The mass shooting was said to have been sparked by an apparent “look or stare” from opposing groups in the area, according to the NYPD. The shooting had the highest number of injuries of any New York City shooting in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archives data.
The case remains unsolved, and there haven’t been any arrests. The NYPD is currently offering a $10,000 reward for any information that could help them secure an arrest in the case.
- Brownsville to mayor: Why isn’t 12 a mass shooting?
- Mayor calls Brownsville tragedy a ‘mass shooting’ after days of hesitation
- Mayor pledges $9M to Brownsville community after mass shooting
- ‘No more tears’: A Brooklyn vigil for mass shootings confronts pain close to home
The intrepid staff of the Brooklyn Eagle took to the streets to record the intense downpour that flooded the borough’s streets and train stations on July 22. That Monday night, drivers were forced to wade through water as streets turned into rivers and pedestrians were scrambling to dodge the deluge on the way home.
The rain also seeped into the train stations, leaking onto train tracks and platforms as subway riders experienced the wetness indoors.
Arguably the most anticipated new season of the summer, Stranger Things’ season three transformed Coney Island’s famous Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park into 1980s Hawkins, Indiana.
The beloved amusement park was given the star(court) treatment getting covered in the sci-fi’s show’s theme. The park’s iconic rides, like the Wonder Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars and Carousel, were all “stranger-fied,” according to park officials.
The Netflix series took over the park for the Fourth of July weekend, giving boardwalk goers a chance to Hopper into the show with photo opportunities and show-themed gifts.
Residents, police and community members complained that the nightclub venue Brooklyn Mirage was more of a problem than a party, ultimately leading to the community board denying the venue’s liquor license renewal.
Even before opening in the summer of 2017, the concert venue had a tumultuous history with the State Liquor Authority and Community Board 1. The fate of the club’s ability to serve alcohol will ultimately be decided by the SLA, once they finish reviewing two current disciplinary cases.
- Contentious East Williamsburg club The Brooklyn Mirage secures full liquor license
- The Brooklyn Mirage reveals massive opening party lineup
A group of seven men were arrested during a drug bust in northern Brooklyn in late June. According to federal prosecutors, six men were reportedly selling heroin laced with fentanyl and crack cocaine inside the Bushwick Houses, a public housing complex while one allegedly sold heroin near a public elementary school.
- At NYCHA’s most dangerous development, tenants wonder: Is the city doing enough?
- 44 murders occurred on NYCHA property in the past year. The majority were in Brooklyn.
In the wake of the Trump administration’s supposed crackdown on undocumented immigrants across 10 cities, Sunset Park was first to feel the impact, with two attempted raids in the majority immigrant neighborhood.
- Immigrant communities fearful after 6 Brooklyn raids in 5 days
- ICE reportedly targets city shelter for first time since Trump’s election
- Immigrant communities in Brooklyn brace for possible ICE raids
- How Sunset Park is using information to combat ICE raids
- Lawmakers offer support to immigrant communities targeted by ICE raids
A sleepy Democratic primary season gave us an opportunity to take a closer look at judicial races, which too often go under the radar. Ahead of the elections we profiled the candidates, spoke about the role of a surrogate judge, and the money fueling that race.
- Why surrogate judges matter: A voter’s primer
- Estate lawyers flood Surrogate’s Court race with campaign contributions
- Brooklyn judicial candidates debate the issues
- Margarita López Torres wins primary, clearing the path to reelection
The summer of 2019 was a violent one for Central Brooklyn, as the community was hit with two mass shootings in the span of nine days, including one in Crown Heights that injured four.
Two men and two women were struck by flying bullets near Buffalo Avenue and Sterling Place on Aug. 5 while at an early morning vigil for someone who died of natural causes. Police said at the time that the shooting was “targeted” and “gang-related,” but did not mention who was targeted or what gangs were involved.
One famous hot dog was switched for another at a Coney Island eatery. The hot dogs of Feltman’s of Coney Island, which served its namesake wiener at a booth inside of a concession stand at 1000 Surf Ave., is no longer available. The stand was taken over by the other famous wiener vendor, Nathan’s Famous. The departure of Feltman’s closes the chapter on the hot dog’s historical beginnings at the boardwalk. Hot dog inventor Charles Feltman once had a massive restaurant at the site.
Each year a large stretch of 18th Avenue, aka Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard, from 67th to 75th streets. transforms and becomes a buffet of Italian street food known as the Feast of Santa Rosalia. The annual celebration honors the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily with food, entertainment, music, rides and carnival games.
The year 2019 will likely go down as one of the most dangerous for Brooklyn bicyclists in the Vision Zero era. Of the 19 cyclists to die in New York City, 14 lost their lives in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Eagle has been covering the deaths, as well as the efforts to make the roads more safe for all forms of transportation.
- Red-light scofflaw kills cyclist Jose Alzorriz in Midwood
- Driver charged with manslaughter, homicide in cyclist’s death
- Cyclists hold memorial ride and die-in in honor of biker killed in Midwood
- More bike lanes and fewer parking spaces, Mayor de Blasio announces
- At Brownsville vigil for slain cyclist, a focus on inequity in bike lane networks
- At cyclist vigil, Sunset Park community demands change
- Brooklyn’s 10 most dangerous intersections for cyclists: report
These didn’t make our top 10, but we think they’re worth highlighting again.
- Drag queen story hour at local library sparks outrage in Gerritsen Beach
- In Crown Heights, tensions flare around a beloved mural and a new restaurant
- Tens of thousands of dollars go to lobbyists in the fight over city’s jail plan
- In BQE rehab, DOT considers ‘more modest repairs’ to spare promenade, panel says
- Voters demanded transparency. All 5 borough presidents are late to deliver.
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