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Brooklyn Today: ‘We can do better’

December 2, 2019 Brooklyn Today
This is a view of Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park from The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights’ terrace. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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THE LEDE: Good morning! A dozen community groups representing residents along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway presented the city with a united vision, setting out their common expectations for the highway’s reconstruction. The groups want a plan that will reunite communities long divided by the roadway, and put the brakes on “car culture.”

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~ SUNSET PARK RESIDENTS MOVE TOWARD AGREEMENT WITH INDUSTRY CITY: With the clock ticking on the public review process of Industry City’s rezoning, a group of residents and community organizations in Sunset Park are exploring the viability of a contract with the developers.

~ BQE NEIGHBORS PRESENT CITY WITH UNITED VISION FOR HIGHWAY’S REHAB: The groups want a plan that will reunite communities long divided by the roadway, and put the brakes on “car culture.”

~ PAROLE REFORM AIMS TO PUT A STOP TO A ‘CULTURE OF PUNISHMENT’: With historic criminal justice reforms set to sweep across New York State in January, advocates and formerly incarcerated people gathered in lower Manhattan last week to call on the state legislature to pass two bills that would reform the state’s parole system.

~ EXPECTING ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ VOTER TURNOUT, BROOKLYN POL WANTS MORE EARLY VOTING: New York State should open more polling sites for early voting when the presidential election rolls around next year, according to a Brooklyn lawmaker who said he will work on giving voters easier access to the ballot box.

~ ‘WHAT ABOUT US?’ FORMERLY HOMELESS PUSH FOR TRULY AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Local advocates, including formerly homeless Brooklynites, gathered outside a soon-to-be-completed luxury building on Nostrand Avenue in Bed-Stuy Wednesday to demand that the mayor offer truly affordable housing and double the number of units for homeless New Yorkers.

~ COMIC TURNS DIVORCE WOES INTO ONE-WOMAN COMEDY SHOW: Can divorce be funny? Michele Traina certainly thinks hers was. She’s touring the country with a one-woman show about her experience during the split up.

~ TECH START-UP LAUNCHES CODING PROGRAM AT SUNSET PARK SCHOOL: Through TradeZero America, sixth graders at Charles O. Dewey Middle School are getting three hours per week of coding instruction, making use of computers and tech-savvy teachers commissioned by the company.


~ Prospect Park is teaming up with Brooklyn College to fight toxic algae blooms. (Gothamist)

~ “Changing a Brooklyn neighborhood ‘one rope at a time’” (NYT)

~ At Sakib in Williamsburg, a yogurt-filled sandwich hits the spot every time. (Eater)


READ: “Waiting for Obama: The Democratic establishment is counting on him to stop Trump and, perhaps, stave off Bernie as well. But can his cerebral politics still galvanize voters in an age of extremes?” (Politico)

EAT: Here are the 12 hottest brunch restaurants in New York City, including two in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH: President Trump initiates a quid pro quo with a turkey. (The Week)

~ LIVE: Here are two tips on how to argue better(Vox)


6:00PM – 8:00PM — How We Live: The Future of Urbanity, Affordability and Mobility in the Modern Metropolis at Deutsches Haus at NYU. Details.

7:00PM — “Fighting Sleep:” Franny Nudelman with Joseph Entin and Philip F. Napoli at McNally Jackson Williamsburg. Details.

7:00PM — Frontiers Lecture: X-Ray Astronomy at American Museum of Natural History. Details.


In 1899, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “Contracts have been made for connecting all the islands of the Hawaiian group by the Marconi system of wireless telegraphy. The system will be in operation by March 1.”

Actor Adam Driver appears on the latest cover of Rolling Stone.

Camila Cabello admitted to stealing from the royal family — and the palace had the shadiest response” (Refinery 29)

The Nets have been playing better as of late. Here’s what sparked that turnaround. (New York Post)


Happy birthday to Charlie Puth, Britney Spears, Juice WRLD, Aaron Rodgers, Amber Frank, Nelly Furtado and Jana Kramer!

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