Brooklyn Today: ‘A catastrophe waiting to happen.’
THE LEDE: Good morning! DUMBO residents say they have had it with the noisy, fume-spewing ice cream trucks clogging their streets and sidewalks. This past summer, platoons of idling trucks jammed the cobblestone streets and sidewalks. They stayed for 10 hours or more every day, according to neighbors, with diesel motors running to keep the ice cream cold.
~ CITY COUNCIL PULLS THE PLUG ON DYKER HEIGHTS LIGHTS FOOD VENDORS: The streets of Dyker Heights are expected to be jammed with tourists this holiday season for the popular Christmas Lights Display, but if those visitors suddenly get hungry while they’re looking at the decorations, they’ll be out of luck.
~ DUMBO RESIDENTS ARE SICK OF SMELLY, NOISY ICE CREAM TRUCKS: Complaints to 311 about vehicle fumes and noise from engines idling in DUMBO have tripled in 2019 compared to this time last year.
~ BAY RIDGE AND SUNSET PARK HISTORIC DISTRICTS GET OFFICIAL APPROVAL FROM COUNCIL: The City Council voted on Thursday to affirm the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decisions to designate Doctors’ Row in Bay Ridge and four parts of Sunset Park as historic districts.
~ STORIED HOTEL BOSSERT MISSES REOPENING DATE, AGAIN: After being closed to the public for three decades under the ownership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the century-old landmark was expected to have a September soft opening following years of closure for renovation. But that didn’t happen.
~ THE MOST RIDICULOUS PARTS OF THAT JJ REDICK DUMBO APARTMENT TOUR: We picked the eight most absurd parts of Architectural Digest’s recent tour of NBA star JJ Redick’s DUMBO apartment.
~ EDWARD NORTON TALKS ‘MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN,’ FILMMAKING AND ROBERT MOSES: In his latest film, “Motherless Brooklyn,” Edward Norton has assumed the mantles of writer, director, producer and star. Here’s our recent interview with him.
MORE BROOKLYN NEWS
~ At Bed-Stuy’s newest Tex-Mex joint, fried spam tacos and chicken adobo are all the rage. (Eater)
~ “Video shows NYPD officer awkwardly tossing weed into Brooklyn man’s car” (Gothamist)
~ Is Brooklyn’s real estate bubble finally popping? (Real Estate Weekly)
~ READ: “The untold story of the 2018 Olympics cyberattack, the most deceptive hack in history” (Wired)
~ EAT: Here are New York City’s 12 must-try breakfast sandwiches, including seven in Brooklyn. (Grub Street)
~ CARTOON: Santa gets a strange letter. (The New Yorker)
~ WORK: Does Evan Sung have the best job ever? Quite possibly. Here’s how he became one of the country’s top food photographers. (Eater)
7:00PM — Samantha Power on The Education of an Idealist at Central Library. Details.
7:30PM — The Chemistry of Chemistry: How Hormones Affect Romance and Relationships at Subject. Details.
8:00PM — Rena Anakwe: Ogwu (The Healing) at ISSUE Project Room. Details.
⌛ ON THIS DAY
In 1948, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “The last major source of beer in New York City vanished today when Ballantine Brewery of Newark, which made some deliveries yesterday in the face of the brewery drivers’ strike, decided to suspend operations.”
Michelle Pfeiffer graces the latest cover of Vanity Fair Italia.
👑 ROYAL WATCH
“Kate Middleton just gave her first-ever interview as a royal” (Cosmopolitan)
Kevin Durant’s height keeps changing. (Sports Illustrated)
Happy birthday to Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Kardashian, Frances FitzGerald, Ken Watanabe, Elvin Bishop, Whitey Ford and Benjamin Netanyahu!
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