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Brooklyn Today: ‘We are…prepared to negotiate.’

September 23, 2019 Brooklyn Today
The 19th-century villa in the center of this picture is the George B. and Susan Elkins House in Crown Heights North. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball met with Councilmember Carlos Menchaca and the elected official’s working group on Friday morning and agreed to delay moving forward with their land-use application. The Sunset Park politician had previously vowed not to support Industry City’s rezoning if it was rushed into certification, which the developer had planned to do Monday.

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~ NEWTOWN CREEK’S CLEANUP COULD BEGIN 5 YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: A proposal, known as Early Action, would start remediation of the federal Superfund site as early as winter of 2021 or spring of 2022 — well ahead of the EPA’s conservative 2027 predicted start date for the overall cleanup.

~ INDUSTRY CITY AGREES TO MODIFY AND DELAY EXPANSION PLAN: Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball agreed to modify his rezoning application to account for all of Councilmember Carlos Menchaca’s conditions, including removing hotels, creating a manufacturing hub managed by a nonprofit and restricting retail uses.

~ PHOTOS: BROOKLYN STUDENTS DEMAND ACTION DURING GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE: Brooklyn students came out thousands strong to demand action against climate change as part of a global strike on Friday that filled New York’s streets with the voices of the city’s youth.

~ THE BP WANTS CHOCOLATE MILK OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wants you to know that he is on board with the effort to ban chocolate milk from the city’s public schools. In a video sent out from Adams’ office Friday, the BP sits at a table measuring out the sugar contents of a tall glass of chocolate milk.

~ WHITMAN IN CANOES ON THE GOWANUS AT DAWN: The Gowanus Canal — poisoned waters and all — became a place of pure poetry on Wednesday. Devoted Whitmanites paddled out on the canal to declaim passages from his revolutionary book “Leaves of Grass” at sunrise.

~ BROOKLYN HEIGHTS DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE OPENS SEPT. 27 IN HOME WITH STORIED PAST: The 2019 Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse will open to the public on Sept. 27 in a two-century-old house at 13 Pineapple St.

~ BROOKLYN MAN FACES UP TO 25 YEARS FOR STABBING MANHATTAN CHEF TO DEATH: A 21-year-old man was convicted in Brooklyn Supreme Court last week for the January 2016 murder of a popular Manhattan chef, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

~ NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO DROPS 2020 PRESIDENTIAL BID: Mayor Bill de Blasio has ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. De Blasio struggled to gain traction in a sprawling field of Democrats seeking the presidency. He announced his decision in an MSNBC interview on Friday. (AP)

~ CITY HALL’S PROTECTED BIKE LANE ‘GREEN WAVE’ PEDALS PAST LOCAL FOES: The Department of Transportation recently began installing a protected bike lane along Shore Parkway, near Coney Island — the latest sign the agency intends to plow past community board opposition while racing to add 80 miles of safer paths for cyclists by 2021. (THE CITY)


~ A new Thai restaurant in Carroll Gardens is all the rage. (NYT)

~ Take a look back at the BAM Harvey Theater’s 115-year history. (Patch)

~ Forty-eight subway stations are getting accessibility upgrades. (Curbed)


READ: Here’s a look inside the hunt to catch a serial killer murdering prostitutes on the border. (Texas Monthly)

EAT: Here are 21 quintessential New York City diners, including six spots in Brooklyn.

CARTOON: Vaping vs. Increased Emissions (The Week)

LIVE: Smart lights enhance home security and shine a light on crime” (NYT)


6:30PM — Climate Crisis and the Human Psyche: Judith Rodin and Elke Weber in Conversation at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:30PM — “Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen” Panel at The Strand. Details.

7:30PM — Choose Us! Youth Climate Strike Demands Solutions and Action Now! With Al Gore at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Details.


In 1916, the Eagle reported, “Charles H. Ebbets today received notice from ‘100 Royal Rooters’ from Fulton Market that unless he revises downward his scale of prices for the World Series games in Brooklyn he ‘can rest assured that not another ‘red copper’ will flow into Ebbets’ coffers from the renowned Royal Rooters.’”

American singer Mandy Moore shows off an extravagant necklace on the September cover of L’Officiel Indonesia.

Beyoncé’s wax figure has joined England’s royal family at Madame Tussauds” (Entertainment Weekly)

Take a first look at Kevin Durant in his No. 7 Nets jersey. (


Happy birthday to Anthony Mackie, Julio Iglesias, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Springsteen, Larry Mize, Paul Petersen, Michel Temer, Rob James-Collier, Jason Alexander, Sean Spicer and Mary Kay Place!

Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at [email protected].

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