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Brooklyn Today: Inside NYC’s pro-Trump gala

November 11, 2019 Brooklyn Today
Historic Navy Yard buildings and modern Downtown Brooklyn towers mingle in this view from a ferry-boat deck. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Outspoken supporters of Donald Trump are rare in New York City. But last week, more than 150 of them gathered together to enjoy each others’ company and support the president. The occasion: “The Deplorables,” a Broadway charity benefit. Our reporter was there to take it all in.

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~ NYC’S HOUSING SUPPLY CAN’T KEEP UP WITH ITS JOB GROWTH: REPORT: New York City’s housing market hasn’t kept up with its stellar job growth. That discrepancy is exacerbating displacement and homelessness — most significantly in Brooklyn and Queens — according to newly released data from the Department of City Planning.

~ I SPENT THE NIGHT AT ‘THE DEPLORABLES,’ A PRO-TRUMP CHARITY GALA IN NYC: Inside The Secret Room, video monitors played an endless loop showcasing blond girls singing “Trust in God but vote Republican,” alongside crowds cheering at what looked like a presidential inauguration.

~ STEAM EDUCATION IN BROOKLYN GETS $15M BOOST ACROSS DOZENS OF SCHOOLS: More than 50 Brooklyn schools are getting a big boost to their STEAM departments: $15 million in capital investment from the borough president’s office.

~ BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN HAS A NEW SELFIE SPOT (AND SOME NEW PLANTS TOO): When Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Esplanade is bursting with springtime blossoms, the hilltop directly above it will surely become a popular place to snap smiling self portraits.

~ WHAT’S THAT SMELL? STINKY GINKGO TREES BRING THEIR SCENT TO BROOKLYN: Few smells signal the arrival of fall in the city like the pukey odor of the ginkgo biloba tree. Each year, ginkgos shower the sidewalks with their pungent seed pods, creating an obstacle course for anyone trying to pass beneath the branches without squishing a stink bomb under their shoe.

~ UBER TO START SHOWING PUBLIC TRANSIT OPTIONS FOR NYC USERSThe move is part of the rideshare company’s push to become a transportation “one-stop shop,” positioning Uber as a competitor for navigation apps like Waze, Citymapper or Google Maps.

~ DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN MACY’S SITE OF THIRD CAMPUS FOR GLOBAL PRIVATE SCHOOL: A high-end, for-profit private school is headed to Downtown Brooklyn. Whittle School and Studios, an educational organization with facilities so far in D.C. and China, has its sights set on the old Macy’s Building at 181 Livingston St.

~ GRASSROOTS 2020 CANDIDATES DEMAND MAJOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM TO ‘LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD’: More than a dozen Democratic primary challengers for state office gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday to demand a strong public campaign finance program that would match small donations from their supporters across the state.

~ BROOKLYN COP LIED ABOUT GETTING RUN OVER, PLEADS GUILTY TO PERJURY: A Brooklyn cop pleaded guilty to perjury on Thursday for falsely claiming that a man nearly ran him and his partner over, a claim that resulted in that man’s arrest.


~ Residents of a Fort Greene homeless shelter are suing the city after eating expired food and getting sick. (abc7NY)

~ Bumper cars on ice have arrived at Floyd Bennett Field. (am New York)

~ Brooklyn Brewery is releasing a nonalcoholic craft beer. (Forbes)


READ: Meet Jessica Weisman, an FBI agent whose job involves infiltrating the underworld of Orthdox Jews. (Medium)

EAT: From Bushwick to Sunset Park, here are the 11 hottest restaurants in Brooklyn this month. (Eater)

CARTOON: Charlie Brown gives up football. (The Week)

~ WORK: “Vomiting at work doesn’t mean you’re bad at your job” (NYT)


1:00PM — Mobilizing for the Climate Emergency: Bill McKibben and Marie Toussaint at Columbia Journalism School. Details.

7:00PM — The Seine: The River That Made Paris at 92nd Street Y. Details.

7:30PM — Dancers Demand Action at the Joyce Theater. Details.


In 1899, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “On the advice of Miss Susan B. Anthony the Federated Women’s Clubs of New York State in annual convention in this city by an almost unanimous vote, yesterday afternoon, refused to adopt a resolution protesting against the seating in the next congress of Brigham H. Roberts of Utah.”

Katie Holmes poses on a balcony on the December cover of Shape.

A recent poll revealed people’s least favorite member of the royal family. (Showbiz Cheat Sheet)

10 snapshots from 10 straight wins: What we’ve learned about the Islanders early on” (The Athletic)


Happy birthday to Leonardo DiCaprio, Peaches, Demi Moore, Victor Cruz, Adam Rippon, Tye Sheridan, Stanley Tucci and Calista Flockhart.

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