Brooklyn Today: Sick of helicopter noise?

October 28, 2019 Brooklyn Today
There’s the Marine Fireboat Station at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and the DUMBO Clocktower off in the distance. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Following a fatal helicopter crash in June and thousands of complaints about helicopter noise, officials announced a federal bill on Saturday that seeks to ban all “non-essential” helicopter traffic over New York City.

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~ FACING BOYCOTT, ART STUDIO CO-FOUNDER BEHIND RACIST HALLOWEEN DECOR RESIGNS: A Brooklyn woman resigned Friday from her job as co-director of a Bed-Stuy art studio just days after hanging Halloween decorations depicting what appeared to be black children hanging from nooses in the windows of her home across from a public elementary school.

~ SICK OF HELICOPTER NOISE? NEW BILL WOULD BAN MOST CHOPPER FLIGHTS OVER NYCThe legislation comes as companies like Uber and Blade have launched helicopter service from Manhattan to the area’s airports. This service, catering to the city’s wealthy and business travelers, is helping to drive an increase in flights over the city.

~ WHY IS EVERYONE OBSESSED WITH WEGMANS?: Wegmans, the Rochester-based supermarket chain with a cult-like following, opened its very first New York City location on Sunday at 21 Flushing Ave., a publicly accessible site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

~ CITY URGES NEW YORKERS TO GET THE FLU VACCINE: As the fall weather is closing in, so is the flu season, prompting the city’s Health Department to urge New Yorkers aged six months and older to get a seasonal flu vaccine.

~ RELIGIOUS LEADERS JOIN THE MOVEMENT FOR SAFE STREETS: Following a recent spike in traffic fatalities, a new group is getting involved in the movement for safer streets: religious leaders.

~ TRUMP IS STILL STUCK IN THE TOXIC GOWANUS CANAL. THE NEIGHBORS PLAN TO LEAVE HIM THERE.: The president wanted to drain the swamp — but now he’s trapped in one. A floating statue of President Donald Trump surrounded by faux serpents and seaweed recently appeared in the Gowanus Canal.

~ THE WATCHTOWER SIGN IS GETTING REPLACED — BUT MAYBE NOT FOR GOOD: The void that Brooklyn Heights’ famous Watchtower sign left behind is going to be filled with a one-word message: “Welcome.”

~ TROUBLED NONPROFIT GETS PAYOUT IN FLIP OF BED-STUY LANDMARK TO UPSCALE DEVELOPER: Luxury development wasn’t what state officials envisioned when they sold an ornate, century-old office building in Bedford-Stuyvesant to an arm of a local anti-poverty nonprofit, seeking to create jobs with “neighborhood-oriented focus.” (THE CITY)


~ A Brooklyn man and his girlfriend were killed in a flash flood in Puerto Rico. (New York Post)

~ At Sakib, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Williamsburg, spinach pies and chicken shawarma are all the rage. (NYT)

~ “Currently obsessed with: speeding through Brooklyn on a Revel moped” (Condé Nast Traveler)


READ: “Inside the US Marshals’ secretive, deadly detention empire (Mother Jones)

EAT: Here are the 21 best splurge meals in New York City, including three in Brooklyn. (Eater)

CARTOON: Dean & Deluca’s storefront undergoes several iterations(The New Yorker)

~ ART: Georgia O’Keeffe’s sister Ida was also a talented artist, but Georgia tried to prevent her sibling from showcasing artwork. (Texas Monthly)


6:30PM — Italy in the Global Food System at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. Details.

7:00PM – 9:00PM — Divining Poets with Brad Gooch and David Trinidad in Conversation with Megan Fernandes at powerHouse Arena. Details.

7:00PM – 10:00PM — Science & Society 4: Our Plastic Problem at Pioneer Works. Details.


In 1948, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “A law to prohibit the sale of crime comic books to minors was advanced last night by Assistant District Attorney John E. Cone at installation ceremonies of the 64th Precinct Co-ordination Council in the board room of the Fort Hamilton police station 86th St. and 5th Ave.”

Actor Pedro Pascal appears on the November cover of Esquire España.

“The Queen has removed a photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from her sitting room” (Cosmopolitan)

Kyrie Irving says the Nets are going to “take over the whole entire city.” (New York Post)


Happy birthday to Charlie Daniels, Lenny Wilkens, Dennis Franz, Telma Hopkins, Desmond Child, Bill Gates, Sheryl Underwood, Steve Atwater, Julia Roberts and Joaquin Phoenix!

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