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Brooklyn Today: ‘I never uttered the phrase.’

September 5, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Two days before the only public hearing on the plan to build four new borough-based jails as part of the effort to close Rikers Island, Councilmember Stephen Levin reminded his Brooklyn colleagues of a controversial tradition that would have members vote in lockstep with him, the Brooklyn Eagle has learned.

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~ NEW SPEED CAMERA LAW TO FACE TEST AS SCHOOLS REOPEN: The state’s new, stricter speed camera law went into effect on July 11, but today marks the first day the cameras will be working while school is in session. Here’s what you need to know.

~ IN CLOSED-DOOR MEETING, COUNCILMEMBER REMINDS COLLEAGUES OF ‘MEMBER DEFERENCE’ ON JAIL PLAN: Councilmember Stephen Levin spoke to his colleagues and their staffers at the meeting about “member deference” — the idea that, on land-use votes, other elected officials should follow the lead of the councilmember whose district is affected by the plan (which is, in this case, Levin).

~ SEEN CITY OFFICIALS PARKING ILLEGALLY? BP ADAMS SAYS ‘TEXT ME’: The borough’s top official, widely believed to be running for mayor, shared his personal number with a room full of his critics on Tuesday night in a bid to dissuade local residents frustrated over illegitimate permit parking from tailing him on social media.

~ RED HOOK’S S.W. BOWNE GRAIN STOREHOUSE HAS BEEN TORN DOWN: Construction workers all over America had the day off on Labor Day, but a demolition crew was on the job at the Red Hook property where entrepreneur Samuel Winter Bowne built a four-story brick grain storehouse for Gowanus Canal commerce back in 1886.

~ FDNY CLOSES INVESTIGATION INTO APPARENT ARSON AT HISTORIC BOWNE BUILDING: The FDNY has closed their investigation of the two-alarm June 2018 blaze at S.W. Bowne Grain Storehouse without being able to identify possible suspects.

~ SICK OF THE STINK: SUNSET PARK LOCALS IMPLORE BP TO HELP FIX TRASH OVERFLOW: Residents of the Chinese community in Sunset Park are tired of the stench when it comes to garbage overflow on a busy commercial corridor, and this week called on the borough’s top official to help clean up the neighborhood.

~ IMPROVE SERVICES FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS, REPORT SAYS: In its latest set of recommendations, the School Diversity Advisory Group — a task force commissioned by the mayor in 2017 to address school segregation — suggested the city could be doing more to accommodate students with disabilities.

~ CARIBBEAN LITERARY FEST COMING TO BROOKLYN: The West Indian Day Parade may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop celebrating Brooklyn’s Caribbean ties. The first Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival is making its debut Sept. 6-8.

~ CHILDREN’S ADVOCATES SAY DOE NEEDS LESSON IN COMPLIANCE: City education officials have blown the legal deadline to help students with disabilities at least 1,000 times — despite orders from administrative hearing officers, according to advocates who filed a motion in federal court Tuesday. (THE CITY and Chalkbeat)

~ AS CITY STUDIES GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS, CARRANZA SAYS NOT TO EXPECT CHANGES THIS SCHOOL YEAR: A week after an influential advisory group recommended eliminating gifted and talented programs in their current form, New York City Chancellor Richard Carranza calmed growing concerns by emphasizing that there would be no changes this year. (Chalkbeat)



~ LISTEN: DEBRIEFING BROOKLYN’S FIRST PLACARD ABUSE TOWN HALL: New York can regularly make more than $500 million in parking tickets a year. Yet many city officials have been allowed to park illegally simply by displaying a city-issued parking placard. Many call this placard abuse. It’s a citywide issue but here in Brooklyn, Borough President Eric Adams addressed it at a town hall. Here are reactions from the meeting.



~ Borough President Eric Adams will showcase 90 rat carcasses at a press conference today. (Patch)

~ A new study from revealed that 244 New York City schools are located within 500 feet of highways. (Curbed)

~ “Bushwick is Brooklyn’s worst childcare desert, study finds” (Patch)



~ READ: Into the Storm: The True Story of a Harrowing Ocean Rescue” (GQ)

~ EAT: Here are the 15 most anticipated restaurant openings in New York City this fall, including three in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ CARTOON: A news network gets an unconventional guest from Bushwick. (The New Yorker)

~ PLAY: A look inside Rafael Nadal’s demanding practice routine provides glimpses of why he is one of the best tennis players in the world. (NYT)



11:00AM 6:00PM Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum. Details.

7:00PM — Studying Food in Public: A Conversation at Museum of Food and Drink. Details.

7:30PM — Treasure by Machine Dazzle at the Guggenheim Museum. Details.




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Happy birthday to Dweezil Zappa, Kristian Alfonso, Raquel Welch, Elena Donne, Bob Newhart, William Devane, Rose McGowan, Dennis Dugan, Carol Lawrence, Cathy Lee Guisewite, Kim Yuna and Michael Keaton!

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