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November 21, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, Councilmember Alan Maisel and Borough President Eric Adams have announced that they have secured a combined $11.1 million in funding to restore the park’s inner oval and renovate one of its playgrounds under a project slated to begin in 2020.

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~ THE BED-STUY RECORD STORE THAT SHAPED BROOKLYN’S MUSIC SCENE: Nestled between a Sprint store and a McDonald’s in the heart of Bed-Stuy sits Charlie’s Calypso City — once the center of Brooklyn’s music scene. At the helm is Rawlston Charles, an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago who helped bring about a resurgence of calypso music that stretched from Brooklyn to cities across the world.

~ POLS PITCH IN $11.1 MILLION TO REVIVE MARINE PARK: State Sen. Andrew Gounardes said the renovation “will improve not just the park but the quality of life for the people and families living around it.”

~ TAKE AN AUTUMN STROLL THROUGH VICTORIAN FLATBUSH: What’s a walk that’s worth taking when fall weather turns wintry? One that involves Flatbush’s Victorian houses. This is the neighborhood where you’ll find America’s largest concentration of freestanding Victorian homes.

~ OPINION: WHY WE SHOULD PROTECT NYC’S COMMUNITY GARDENS: “All over the city, community gardens do a lot of good. They provide islands of peaceful green space in spaces that would otherwise be trash-strewn empty lots,” writes our columnist.

~ AT BROOKLYN COURT, DOZENS OF ADOPTIONS TAKE PLACE IN ONE DAY: Dozens of families joined judges, attorneys and court employees as they packed into the sixth floor of the Kings County Family Court last week to celebrate Adoption Day.

~ RACCOONS RACK UP A GROWING NUMBER OF SUBWAY DELAYS: A Saturday-night delay along the L line in Brooklyn marked the latest in a growing number of subway service disruptions pinned on raccoons, according to internal incident reports obtained by THE CITY.


~ OVERTURNED CONVICTION SHINES LIGHT ON LEGACY OF DISGRACED DETECTIVE: Eliseo DeLeon got his first breath of fresh air in 24 years Tuesday when he was released by a Brooklyn Judge who ruled he was wrongfully convicted of a 1995 murder. The basis of the judge’s decision was the detective work of Louis Scarcella. On this week’s episode, we talk with our reporter who was in the courthouse and discuss the tainted history of Scarcella.


~ A Bed-Stuy family could spend Thanksgiving without heat because of the National Grid moratorium. (CBS)

~ “A Brooklyn company is ‘on a mission to make the world less trashy’” (WSJ)

Oprah Winfrey will interview Michelle Obama at Barclays Center next year. (Patch)


READ: “Earthquake conspiracy theorists are wreaking havoc during emergencies” (VICE)

EAT: Flying soon? Here are the best places to eat at every terminal in JFK. (Eater)

CARTOON: President Trump’s Plan B(The Week)

~ COOK: Here are some vegan dishes you can make for Thanksgiving. (NYT)


3rd Annual Sip and Shop: You are cordially invited to enjoy a day of sipping and shopping with your favorite brands on the iconic New York City street. Discounts and giveaways will be available to patrons of the street! Shop Bleecker ‘Sip and Shop’ this weekend Nov. 23! SPONSORED


6:30PM – 8:30PM — Shichimi Making: Spice of Japan at Japan Society. Details.

7:00PM — Film Screening: “Change the Subject” at Interference Archive. Details.

7:30PM — Live Performance: yasiin bey at the Brooklyn Museum. Details.


In 1949, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “The 30-year-old Shah of Iran received a welcome worthy of his title, King of Kings, as he took the traditional ride up Broadway from Bowling Green to City Hall to be greeted by Mayor [William] O’Dwyer.”

Henry Cavill poses on the latest cover of Men’s Health.

Here’s what Prince Andrew’s resignation means for the royal family. (USA Today)

Spencer Dinwiddie could be subject to penalties if he moves forward with contract investment plan” (ClutchPoints)


Happy birthday to Michael Strahan, Ken Griffey Jr., Carly Rae Jepsen, Björk, Goldie Hawn, Cynthia Rhodes, Nicollette Sheridan, Marlo Thomas and Lorna Luft!

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