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Brooklyn Today: Pierhouse developer fined for illegal donation

September 24, 2019 Brooklyn Today
Long live the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Mega-developer Toll Brothers admitted to the state’s ethical oversight commission in July that the company had illegally donated $25,000 to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nonprofit “Campaign for One New York” at a time when the developer was working to develop a hotel and condo in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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~ CITY SCHOOLS ARE GETTING SAFER: REPORT: New York City schools are the safest they’ve been in years, according to data released in the 2019 Mayor’s Management Report. The NYPD’s School Safety Division clocked fewer felony school safety incidents during the 2018-2019 school year than the 2017-2018 school year.

~ DEVELOPER OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK’S PIERHOUSE FINED FOR ILLEGAL DE BLASIO CONTRIBUTION: The NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics fined Toll Brothers $15,000 for the donation at the time the city was overseeing approvals for the 1 Hotel and Pierhouse complex. Toll Brothers has agreed to the fine and has waived its right to appeal.

~ JURORS SEE CRIME SCENE PHOTOS OF 2016 MURDER OF ROOKIE RIKERS GUARD: A Brooklyn jury saw graphic crime scene photos Monday of the 2016 execution-style murder of a rookie Rikers Island guard who was killed in her car before heading to the jail complex for a night shift.

~ 10 MILES AND 7 HOURS: A MARCH AGAINST GENTRIFICATION MOVES ACROSS BROOKLYN: More than 100 protesters took to the streets on Saturday to march nearly 10 miles around Brooklyn, starting in Downtown and ending in East New York, in a seven-hour demonstration against gentrification, racism and police violence.

~ DANNY MEYER TO COLLABORATE ON BROOKLYN NAVY YARD’S NEW FOOD HALL: The Brooklyn Navy Yard announced on Monday that its new 13,000-square-foot food hall, located inside Dock 72, will be opening by the end of the year with input from famed restaurateur Danny Meyer.

~ ALL CRUST, NO CAR: 5 BORO PIZZA CHALLENGE RETURNS: Pizza-loving urban navigators will face off on Sept. 28 at the fourth annual 5 Boro Pizza Challenge, a race that tests two vital New York City skillsets — getting around without a car and eating lots of pizza.

~ NEW LEADER FOR ‘FEARLESS’ BROOKLYN PERFORMANCE NONPROFIT GIRL BE HEARDChiwoniso Kaitano has taken the top position at Girl Be Heard, the nonprofit praised by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and called “fearless, political theater” by the Huffington Post.

~ IN RUN FOR OFFICE, SUNSET PARKER PROMISES FIGHT FOR GREENER FUTURE: In a waterfront district still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, a new State Assembly candidate is putting the climate crisis and resiliency at the forefront of her campaign.

~ BIG INFLUX OF 17-YEAR-OLDS POSES NEXT ‘RAISE THE AGE’ TEST: Beginning next week, 17-year-olds will be taken out of the adult criminal justice system — marking the final phase of New York’s historic Raise the Age legislation. (THE CITY)

~ REVAMPED NYPD RESPONSE TO MENTALLY ILL ON ITS WAY AFTER LONG DELAY: City Hall plans this week to finally unveil a long-overdue overhaul of how the NYPD deals with mentally ill New Yorkers, amid hopes of defusing potentially deadly encounters, THE CITY has learned. (THE CITY)


~ “MTA for decades pumped asbestos-filled air into giant [East New York] bus depot where more than 1,000 people work” (Daily News)

~ The Bat Signal was shown on the side of Williamsburg’s Domino Sugar Refinery in honor of “Batman Day.” (NY1)

~ Here’s what happened when the Park Slope Food Coop tried to unionize. (NYT)


READ: “How cities reshape the evolutionary path of urban wildlife” (Wired)

DRINK: Here are the 30 best dive bars in New York City, including six in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

CARTOON: President Trump amends his wall plan. (The Week)

TRAVEL: 36 Hours in Albuquerque” (NYT)


6:00PM – 9:00PM — Concerts in the Catacombs at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.

7:00PM — Leslie Jamison at Murmrr. Details.

8:00PM — Ta-Nehisi Coates Presents “The Water Dancer” at the Kings Theatre. Details.


In 1954, the Eagle reported, “The Transit Authority is beginning to ‘pay attention’ to public opinion, and is wavering in its determination to slash Brooklyn surface transit service by 10 percent, according to Harris J. Klein, Brooklyn member, who has waged a solo fight against the projected cuts.”

Brad Pitt poses on a motorcycle on the October cover of GQ España.

Prince HarryMeghan Markle and baby Archie begin first official tour as a royal family in Cape Town” (Time)

The Barclays Center court will receive a makeover this season. (ESPN)


Happy birthday to Nia Vardalos, Victoria Pendleton, Rafael Palmeiro, Ben Platt, Morgan and Paul Hamm, Gordon Clapp and Kevin Sorbo!

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

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