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Brooklyn Today: Industry City moves forward with expansion

October 29, 2019 Brooklyn Today
Seen beside the Coney Island Boardwalk: Here Comes The Sun(flower). Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The city approved Industry City’s rezoning application on Monday, setting off a seven-month public review of the $1 billion redevelopment. Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball put forward the proposal for certification just a month after agreeing to a second delay to allow for additional community engagement.

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~ THE CITY’S OFFICIAL TOURISM WEBSITE LEAVES OUT MORE THAN HALF OF BROOKLYN: The website provides an unbiased and unhindered peak behind the glossy glass facades of Midtown Manhattan and takes viewers into what’s real — like thrifting in WilliamsburgHere’s where the city wants you to go in Brooklyn, and the areas they didn’t care to include.

~ INDUSTRY CITY MOVES FORWARD WITH EXPANSION, SHOCKING LOCAL LEADERSThe filing came as a surprise to many within the Sunset Park community, including Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, who found Andrew Kimball’s abrupt actions “deeply troubling” and “premature,” according to a staffer.

~ BP ADAMS CALLS FOR SUBWAY SLUGGER COP TO BE PLACED ON DESK DUTY: Borough President Eric Adams called for the officer captured on camera punching multiple teens during a chaotic subway platform brawl last week to be placed on modified duty, pending an investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

~ I VOTED EARLY. HERE’S HOW IT WENT.: “As a jaded Brooklynite who has voted in almost every election for the past 20 years, I found the difference between regular Election Day voting and early voting to be revelatory,” writes our reporter. “(Kind of like landing at San Diego International after taking off from LaGuardia.)”

~ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STILL LEADING DRIVER OF CITY’S SHELTER POPULATION: REPORT: A new report from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Office found that domestic violence remains far and away the leading cause of homelessness in the city, and that the number of families entering shelters due to domestic violence has risen dramatically over the past half decade.

~ RED HOOK TO COMMEMORATE SANDY ANNIVERSARY AT ANNUAL BARNACLE PARADE: The Red Hook community will come together today for the sixth annual Barnacle Parade, an event held each year in commemoration of Superstorm Sandy.

~ A CUTE SLOTH HAS MOVED INTO THE BROOKLYN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: He turns his head languidly like a slow-motion GIF come to life. His soulful brown eyes are dreamy. Who is this lovable low-energy creature? Meet Roger the Sloth.

~ PHOTOS: FORT GREENE DOG COSTUME CONTEST: More than 100 dogs presented their best Halloween costumes to hundreds of spectators in Fort Greene Park on Saturday for the 21st annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest.

~ FLIRTING WITH DISASTER: FLOOD ZONES STILL UNINSURED YEARS AFTER SANDY: Seven years after Superstorm Sandy deluged New York City, more than eight out of 10 properties in coastal areas the federal government deems extremely vulnerable to the next disaster are without flood insurance, an investigation by THE CITY found. (THE CITY)


~ Public Advocate Jumaane Williams slammed the NYPD’s “hyper-aggressive policing” in subways. (New York Post)

~ “The Many Lives of a Carriage House” (NYT)

~ Here’s what the future of New York City’s bodegas looks like. (Curbed)


READ: “The Zombie CampaignJoe Biden is the least formidable front-runner ever. Will it matter?” (New York Magazine)

EAT: Here are the 25 best ramen bowls in New York City, including six in Brooklyn. (Eater)

CARTOON: A dog and a cat come to a consensus(The New Yorker)

~ LIVE: Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to be a better friend. (NYT)


Get ready for a great night with great cats this Halloween at Park Slope’s Made in NY Jazz Cafe & Bar! Two nights, tomorrow and Thursday— Halloween party with Ray Santiago Band. Check out all the details about their dinner special and more hereSPONSORED


6:30PM — Brooklyn’s Mural Movement at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:00PM — Book Launch: “An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels” by Josh MacPhee in Conversation with Johnny Temple at powerHouse Arena. Details.

7:30PM – 9:30PM — White Lies, Tall Tales, and Whoppers at Subject. Details.


In 1919, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “In violation of the provisions of the Enforcement Act, 2.75 beer was sold openly and whisky covertly throughout Brooklyn. The excuse of the liquor sellers was that official word had not been received indicating that the bill became law at 3:40 p.m. yesterday.”

John Legend looks dapper on the December cover of Vanity Fair.

“The week a royal rift broke beyond palace walls” (CNN)

The Nets’ loss to Memphis highlighted the team’s defensive woes. (The Athletic)


Happy birthday to Diana Serra Cary, Denny Laine, Melba Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Kate Jackson, Denis Potvin, Dan Castellaneta, Randy Jackson, Winona Ryder and Gabrielle Union!

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