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Brooklyn Today: 1 in 5 students are homeless in this Brooklyn school district

October 30, 2019 Brooklyn Today
The sand grew vertical at Coney Island. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
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THE LEDE: Nearly one in 10 Brooklyn students were homeless during the course of the 2018-2019 school year, according to new data released Monday. But in one Brooklyn school district, that number was closer to one in five.

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~ IN ONE BROOKLYN SCHOOL DISTRICT, ONE IN FIVE STUDENTS LACK STABLE HOUSING: District 23, which encompasses Ocean HillBrownsville and parts of East New York, had the second-highest concentration of homeless students citywide. Of a total 9,290 enrolled students, 2,075 lacked stable housing during last school year.

~ CITY LANDMARKS 5 GOWANUS BUILDINGS, BUT ADVOCATES PUSH FOR MORE: The city Landmarks Preservation Commission designated five Gowanus buildings as individual landmarks on Tuesday, and advocates hope there are more to come.

~ YOUR GUIDE TO BROOKLYN’S 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS: For a so-called “off-year” election, this year’s ballot has plenty for voters to consider. Here’s a guide to what you’ll find when you show up at your polling place to cast your ballot.

~ ‘OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN’: FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF NAIL SALON POLICE SHOOTING VICTIM MOURN: It got quiet after the first shots were fired inside the Goldmine Nails spa in Brownsville on Friday. And then there was more gunfire.

~ NYCHA’S POST-SANDY REBUILD MIRED IN DELAYS AND DUBIOUS CONTRACTS: A review by THE CITY found that seven years after Sandy damaged 200 buildings in 35 developments along waterfronts from Red Hook to the Rockaways to the Lower East Side, work has been completed in just two complexes, with a third development nearly done. (THE CITY)


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~ Borough Hall attempted to ban skateboarders from using its steps, but they rebelled. (Gothamist)

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EAT: Here are the 10 best steakhouses in New York City, including one in Brooklyn — but it’s not the one you think it is. (Thrillist)

CARTOON: disclaimer for all carved pumpkins. (The New Yorker)

~ LIVE: Here’s why it’s important to create time for yourself(NYT)


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7:00PM — A Guide to Natural Wine with Alice Feiring at Museum of Food and Drink. Details.

7:00PM — John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series Presents: Jen Shyu at National Sawdust. Details.


What happened to the horses of yore in Prospect Park?

In 1902, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “There was quite a commotion on Surf Avenue, Coney Island, yesterday afternoon, in which there participated an elephant, a policeman, a woman and a young man who is employed as an attendant to the elephant.”

Cate Blanchett graces the latest cover of Harper’s Bazaar U.K.

Here are seven laws that the royal family doesn’t necessarily need to follow. (Daily Express)

“For the culture: KDKyrie and what comes next for the Nets” (ESPN)


Happy birthday to Robert Caro, Dick Vermeil, Grace Slick, Otis Williams, Henry Winkler, Timothy B. Schmit, Charles Martin Smith, Nia Long, Matthew Morrison and Ivanka Trump!

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

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