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Brooklyn Today: What happened to gun buybacks in NYC?

December 4, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! After two decades, a program called Cash for Guns that began in Brooklyn and extended citywide has quietly scaled down — nearly to the point of nonexistence. Only one gun buyback has been held anywhere in New York City by police and district attorneys in 2019.

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~ USE OF FORCE BY STAFF AGAINST YOUTH OFFENDERS CONTINUES TO RISE: Incidents of staff using force against youth in detention at the two city facilities that hold minors continue to rise, according to statistics released Tuesday.

~ WHAT HAPPENED TO GUN BUYBACKS IN NEW YORK CITY?: The city has destroyed more than 10,000 guns as part of its Cash for Guns program, the Staten Island Advance reported.

~ GOWANUS RESIDENTS WANTED A PARK. INSTEAD, THEY’RE GETTING ‘COLOSSAL’ BUILDINGS.Carroll Gardens and Gowanus residents gave a contentious reception to a plan to develop high-rise housing on a city-owned site beside the Gowanus Canal that was designated for public recreational use in the 1970s.

~ IN SOUTHERN BROOKLYN, A NEARLY 40-YEAR WAIT FOR TRASH UPGRADES: For nearly four decades, a swath of southern Brooklyn has been waiting for a new sanitation garage — and there is no end to that wait in sight.

~ NEW LAW PROTECTS RENT-REGULATED TENANTS FROM LANDLORD HARASSMENT: A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday will prevent landlords from harassing rent-regulated tenants or fostering dangerous and disruptive conditions that compel them to move.

~ NEW DESIGN FOR MADE IN NY CAMPUS COMBINES PUBLIC AND INDUSTRIAL SPACE: The New York City Economic Development Corporation last week released the designs for the garment manufacturing hub and public realm components of the new Made in NY Campus at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park.

~ SEA GATE ADRIFT AFTER LOCAL POLITICIAN’S CORRUPTION SCANDAL: Residents of Brooklyn’s Sea Gate say the state left their homeowners’ association marooned after a $500,000 state grant got washed away in a corruption scandal.


~ “Can Williamsburg Survive Its Hotel Boom? Or Will the Hotels Eat the Neighborhood and Each Other Alive?” (Daily Beast)

~ At the recently opened Le Crocodile in the Wythe Hotel, the focus is french fries. (Grub Street)

Bernie Sanders tries to save minor league baseball teams. (People’s World)


READ: “‘Worked at Vice Then Went to Jail:’ How a Bunch of Canadian Hipsters Wound Up Smuggling Cocaine (and Getting Caught)” (The Ringer)

EAT: Here are the 40 best inexpensive restaurants in New York City, including 10 in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH: Michael Bloomberg attends a campaign event(The Week)

~ LIVE: Here’s why you shouldn’t wait until Jan. 1 to implement your New Year’s resolutions. (NYT)


Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most choreographed ballet of the last 60 years. Be sure to experience this enchanting evening at Brooklyn’s jewel, Kings Theatre. The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine, is bringing 55 talented and brightest ballet stars to present their unique two act full-length ballet capturing the most passionate romantic tragedy of love. SPONSORED

“Your CBD Store” Brooklyn is now open! We are celebrating our Grand Opening this Saturday, Dec. 7th with raffle prizes, goodie bags, refreshments and free samples! 15 percent OFF ALL PRODUCTS all day from 10 to 7 p.m. Makes for an excellent gift for the holiday season. SPONSORED


6:30PM — Affordable Housing for Whom? At Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:00PM — Crash Courses on Contemporary Art: Jason Moran at Whitney Museum of American Art. Details.

8:00PM — Drunk Science presents: OCEANS at Littlefield. Details.


In 1936, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “London (U.P.) — Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin faced a historic session of Parliament today and threw a clear-cut challenge to King Edward VIII to drop his plans to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson or abdicate.”

Pete Davidson is turned into a doll on the latest cover of Paper.

Take a look inside President Trump’s visit to Buckingham Palace. (USA Today)

The Nets will be without Kyrie Irving for at least two more games. (ESPN)


Happy birthday to Wink Martindale, Southside Johnny, Jeff Bridges, Cassandra Wilson, Bernard King, Marisa Tomei, Fred Armisen, Jay-Z, Tyra Banks and Kate Rusby!

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