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Brooklyn Today: Open House NY: Our top 10 picks

October 2, 2019 Brooklyn Today
Welcome to Canarsie Pier, which you can reach by riding the L train to its last Brooklyn stop. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Good Morning! From design studios and distilleries to rooftop farms and wastewater treatment plants, residents will once again have the opportunity to tour some of the city’s most exclusive monuments, landmarks and architectural gems later this month at Open House New York. With so many great places to explore, we selected 10 must-see sites.

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~ NEW YORK POLS CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY IN NATIONAL GRID INVESTIGATION: A group of 13 state senators, including seven from Brooklyn, are calling for a more publicly transparent investigation by the state into National Grid’s denial of gas to thousands of new and existing customers.

~ CITY SCHOOLS HAVE ALREADY UTILIZED NEW ‘CRISIS’ SOCIAL WORKERS, SAYS CHANCELLOR: As the number of children and teens treated in emergency rooms for mental health emergencies climbs, the city’s Department of Education is already making use of its new contingent of “crisis” counselors, according to Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.

~ OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK: OUR TOP 10 PICKS: With more than 275 sites across the city, and 60 in Brooklyn alone, attendees will have access to spaces that are normally closed or limited to the public during the rest of the year.

~ BILLS SHINE LIGHT ON NONPROFITS BENEFITING FROM EMBATTLED HOUSING PROGRAMNew legislation currently being drafted in the City Council will look to enhance transparency regarding the set of favored nonprofits that have been on the receiving end of million dollar properties.

~ OPINION: I WORKED AT RIKERS ISLAND. IT’S TIME FOR BETTER JAILS.: “In the oft-referenced words of Dostoevsky, a society can be judged by entering its jails. I have seen Rikers Island from the inside and it does not speak well of us,” writes our columnist.

~ MOST 17-YEAR-OLDS TO BE DIVERTED FROM CRIMINAL COURTS, AS NEW LAW GOES INTO EFFECT: Seventeen-year-olds will no longer be automatically treated as adults in criminal courts in New York State, after the final phase of the 2017 “Raise the Age” law went into effect Tuesday.

~ BRIC OPENS 3,500-SQUARE-FOOT MEDIA LAB IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN: A new production workshop for aspiring media makers opened on Thursday in Downtown Brooklyn. The 3,500-square-foot BRIC Community Media Incubator features a co-working area, a screening room, editing suites and a professional podcasting studio.

~ PHOTOS: MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE PARADE 2019: Nonprofit Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders held its annual Mexican Independence Parade and Festival in Sunset Park on Sunday. Here are seven colorful photos from the celebration.


~ “Brooklyn Music School chairman slapped with $500K verdict for bugging wife’s iPhone” (New York Post)

~ The co-owners of Frankies Spuntino opened their new pizzeria in Carroll Gardens(Grub Street)

~ Pacific Park’s construction will go into overdrive next year. (New York Post)


READ: “How employers make it impossible for working women to breastfeed” (HuffPost)

DRINK: White Claw was so popular this summer that the U.S. experienced a shortage of the spiked seltzer. Now that summer is over, though, will hard coffee become the next fad? (Eater)

LAUGH: The newspaper is a little heavier than usual. (The New Yorker)

WATCH: With Halloween growing closer by the day, here are 31 scary film showings in New York City, including 19 in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)


6:30PM — Artist Books in Action: humor, satire, parody at Central Library. Details.

7:00PM — Sowing Resolution: The Case for Reparations in Action at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

8:00PM – 10:00PM — “The Topeka School:” Ben Lerner and Sally Rooney in Conversation at Pioneer Works. Details.


Donald from Midwood asks: “When I attended Midwood High School in 1970, I walked past an apartment house with a real waterfall and real seals on Avenue I and East 16th Street. Was anything written about it?”

In 1913, the Eagle reported, “On his South American trip, which gives promise of being no less interesting and exciting than the one he made to Africa, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt will tempt the dangers of the great forests of the Brazilian plateau.”

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino pose side-by-side on the cover of Variety’s New York issue.

“Why the Queen might not attend Princess Beatrice’s wedding” (Cosmopolitan)

Kevin Durant celebrated his birthday with Kyrie Irving at Dave and Buster’s. (Fox News)


Happy birthday to Lorraine Bracco, Annie Leibovitz, Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan, Sting, Rex Reed, Paul Teutul, Jr. and Don McLean!

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