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Brooklyn Today: ‘Sound ricocheting in a canyon’

November 19, 2019 Brooklyn Today
A Bed-Stuy block. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Residents of the Greenpoint Historic District are calling on their community board to curb the number of liquor licenses granted to bars and restaurants due to incessant noise, which they say is severely disrupting their lives. “It feels like we’ve got sound ricocheting in a canyon,” said one resident.

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~ AS MARIJUANA BUSTS FALL CITYWIDE, PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE STILL ARRESTED MOST: Marijuana arrests continued to plummet during the second half of 2019, with fewer than 300 people arrested citywide on low-level possession charges, according to police statistics released Monday.

~ GREENPOINT RESIDENTS ARE FED UP WITH NOISY NIGHTLIFE: In an impassioned presentation, roughly 16 people stood before the board brandishing signs reading, “No more bars! “Hardworking people and their children need to sleep at night!” “Basic quality of life is under threat,” and “Preserve the sanctity of the Greenpoint Historic District.”

~ COUNCIL PASSES NEW MEASURES TO INCREASE SCHOOL DIVERSITY: A pair of bills passed by the City Council Thursday could help desegregate New York City public schools.

~ PHOTOS: HEADPHONES IN, JAZZ HANDS UP AND A ‘DANCE WALK’ AROUND PROSPECT PARK: Here’s a look at a caravan of women that traverses the Prospect Park drive loop — shimmying and shaking to PrinceCardi B and more.

~ MEDICAL CLINIC MANAGER CONVICTED OF MONEY LAUNDERING AND KICKBACK SCHEMES: A Brooklyn man was convicted on Friday by a federal jury in the Eastern District of New York on charges of money laundering and running kickback schemes out of medical clinics in Brooklyn and Queens.

~ BROWNSVILLE MASS SHOOTING SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGE: The man accused of killing Jason Pagan in the summer’s Brownsville mass shooting pleaded not guilty to murder charges Monday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

~ BLOOMBERG APOLOGIZES FOR ‘STOP-AND-FRISK’ POLICE PRACTICE: Michael Bloomberg on Sunday apologized for his longstanding support of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” police strategy ahead of a potential Democratic presidential run, a practice that he embraced as New York’s mayor and continued to defend despite its disproportionate impact on people of color. (AP)


~ The transit workers’ union is demanding more police officers patrol the subway. (New York Post)

~ “She hung nooses on Halloween. What happened next was surprising.” (NYT)

~ An all-female Orthdox paramedic group fights to buy its own ambulance. (Forward)


READ: “The most remote emergency room: Life and death in rural America” (Washington Post)

EAT: Here are the five best places in New York City for meatless burgers, including three in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

CARTOON: A dog has a revelation(The New Yorker)

~ TRAVEL: Here are some tips on how to maximize meeting a friend of a friend while abroad. (NYT)


6:30PM — Whose Waterfront? North Brooklyn’s Environmental Justice Saga at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:00PM — “Museum of Capitalism:” Book Launch at Interference Archive. Details.

8:00PM — The Dark Side of Love: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do! at Subject. Details.


In 1858, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “For the first time in the history of Brooklyn, a full and complete operatic performance is to be presented to her citizens tomorrow evening — including scenery, costumes, chorus, and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining.”

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro pose side by side on the cover of GQ’s Men of the Year issue.

Take a look at Kate Middeton and Prince William’s date night(People)

Kyrie Irving-less Nets crumble against Pacers in blowout loss” (New York Post)


Happy birthday to Larry King, Meg Ryan, Ann Curry, Calvin Klein, Dick Cavett, Jodie Foster, Adam Driver, Savion Glover, Ahmad Rashād, Ted Turner and Scott Jacoby!

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