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Brooklyn Today: ‘The ball is in Industry City’s court.’

September 17, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Councilmember Carlos Menchaca revealed on Monday at a contentious meeting that he will not approve Industry City’s proposed rezoning until the developers concede to a set of rigid conditions, and are matched by broader investment into Sunset Park from the mayor’s office and City Council. Menchaca’s multi-part ultimatum could send developers back to the drawing table — and brings the mayor into politically fraught terrain.

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~ CITY COUNCIL HIRES INDEPENDENT FIRM TO REVIEW BQE REHAB PLAN: The New York City Council is hiring its own engineers to review the city’s controversial plans for the upcoming $4 billion reconstruction of the BQE, Speaker Corey Johnson’s office told the Brooklyn Eagle on Monday.

~ INDUSTRY CITY EXPANSION WILL NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT BROADER SUNSET PARK INVESTMENT, POL PLEDGES: Councilmember Carlos Menchaca was unable to fully articulate his demands because he was forced to end his presentation early, as protesters drowned out the elected official with chants of “No rezoning! No conditions!”

~ $12M WAS PROMISED TO TWO BROOKLYN PARKS. ONE YEAR LATER, NO ONE KNOWS WHERE IT IS.: At least $12 million in State Senate funding for Brooklyn parks, announced just days before the 2018 general election, seems to be missing.

~ LAWSUIT AGAINST 80 FLATBUSH REACHES SETTLEMENT, DEMOLITION UNDERWAY: A legal challenge to Boerum Hill’s 80 Flatbush Ave. high-rise development has ended. The 400 & 500 State Street Block Association and several members of its steering committee settled a lawsuit against Alloy Development and the New York City Educational Construction Fund.

~ F TRAIN EXPRESS SERVICE BEGINS: Limited F train express service began Monday in Brooklyn. Two peak-hour Manhattan-bound F trains will run express from Church Avenue to Jay Street-Metrotech between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. A pair of peak-hour Coney Island-bound trains will do the same between 5 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.

~ SHE BECAME A US CITIZEN IN 2014. SHE AIMS TO WIN AN ASSEMBLY SEAT IN 2020.: As the country grapples with increasing restrictions and raids on immigrant communities, one Latina Brooklynite is looking to use her personal experience to seek political office come state elections in 2020.

~ CROWN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY PUSHES SOLUTION TO ‘DEVELOPMENT DESERT’Crown Heights residents are urging the city to move forward with a grassroots plan to spur more development in the neighborhood’s manufacturing district, with the local community board passing a resolution on Thursday directing the Department of City Planning to take a rezoning project from the talking phase to the action phase.

~ BROOKLYN COUPLE FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN FORT GREENE APARTMENT: Police responded to a 911 call of “harassment in progress” at an apartment building just outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Clermont Avenue. When they arrived, cops found a couple dead, both with gunshot wounds to the head.

~ A QUIET COLLECTION OF SCREAMS: ALAN BERLINER’S ‘LETTER TO THE EDITOR’ SHOWCASES A BROOKLYN NATIVE’S OBSESSIONAlan Berliner’s new documentary, “Letter to the Editor,” grew out of the 63-year-old filmmaker’s passion for clipping photographs from The New York Times. Berliner spoke with the Brooklyn Eagle at the Toronto International Film Festival, after the movie’s world premiere on Sept. 8.

~ WILLIAMSBURG LOFT BUILDING’S TENANTS SEE HOPES TO STAY FADE: In May, residents of Williamsburg’s 240 Broadway thought they’d won a fighting chance to stay in their homes, with the launch of an audit into their landlord’s long-ago transformation of their once-industrial building into apartments. (THE CITY)


~ “The critters doing $114 million in damage to Brooklyn’s piers” (NYT)

~ The Industry City rezoning saga could be the subject of a forthcoming documentary. (Crain’s)

~ Here’s a look inside Brooklyn’s first-ever BagelFest. (Bushwick Daily)


READ: The Book of PrincePrince had grand plans for his autobiography, but only a few months to live” (The New Yorker)

DRINK: Renowned East Village bar Amor y Amargo just opened a new location Williamsburg complete with a vegan food menu and outside seating. (Eater)

CARTOON: President Trump practices his golf swing. (The Week)

SPORTS: Conversations surrounding head trauma in soccer players have largely been shaped by male athletes, and yet, women are actually “at the heart” of this startling trend. (Bleacher Report)


6:30PM — Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal at The Cooper Union. Details.

7:00PM — The Wide, Wild World of NYC Cycling at Museum of the City of New York. Details.

7:30PM — Stress Free: Get Out of Your Own Way to Find Your Best Self at 92nd Street Y. Details.


In 1862, the Eagle reported, “We have received from the publisher, Carlton, 413 Broadway, New York, four volumes of Victor Hugo’s great work ‘Les Miserables.’ No book published in our day has excited greater interest. Its author intends to rest his claim to immortality upon it.”

Brad Pitt wears a hoodie and shades on the October cover of GQ.

“British royals deny vetting Netflix series ‘The Crown’” (CNN)

David Levy will replace Brett Yormark at CEO of the Nets. (NetsDaily)


Happy birthday to player Rasheed Wallace, David Souter, Narendra Modi, Philip Jackson, Baz Luhrmann, Cassandra Peterson, Rita Rudner, Alexander Ovechkin, Chuck Liddell, Kyle Chandler, Nate Berkus, Tomáš Berdych, Mike Parson and Charles Grassley!

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