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Brooklyn Today: ‘It’s a huge disappointment.’

December 5, 2019 Brooklyn Today
Greenpoint. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The federal agency tasked with overseeing the cleanup of Newtown Creek recently approved a proposal put forth by the city to limit the amount of raw sewage entering the waterway — but residents say the plan falls short.

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~ MORE THAN 150 CHILD SEX ABUSE CASES HAVE BEEN FILED IN BROOKLYN UNDER CHILD VICTIMS ACT: More than 150 survivors of sex abuse as children have filed lawsuits in Brooklyn against their alleged abusers under the state’s one-year look-back window, according to new data from the Office of Court Administration.

~ TO GET RAW SEWAGE OUT OF NEWTOWN CREEK, EPA TAKES THE CHEAP ROUTEThe plan would reduce the amount of combined sewer overflow entering the waterway by roughly 61 percent, but the Environmental Protection Agency could have selected an option that would have reduced it by close to 100 percent.

~ CITY MUST STUDY RACIAL IMPACT OF REZONINGS, HOUSING ADVOCATES SAY: Housing advocates and lawmakers rallied on the steps of City Hall Wednesday to demand the city do more to recognize the toll that large-scale rezonings take on communities of color.

~ 9 THINGS TO SEE, EAT AND DRINK NEAR BROOKLYN’S NEW WEGMANS: There’s so much cool stuff to see around Wegmans — including historic architecture, driverless cars and places to day drink.

~ THIS IS THE BROOKLYN RESTAURANT FEATURED IN ‘THE IRISHMAN’: Brooklynites have enthusiastically welcomed Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated film “The Irishman” in part because the film has numerous Brooklyn ties, including scenes filmed in New Corner restaurant in Dyker Heights back in late 2017.

~ WOMAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY CAR IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN: A pedestrian was struck and killed by an SUV on a dead-end block next to a school in Downtown Brooklyn Wednesday morning as she tried to cross the street, police said.

~ FLU SEASON HAS ARRIVED. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.: The number of people seeking help for flu-like symptoms has been steadily inching up, according to city Health Department statistics. Symptoms include fever, cough and sore throat.

~ ARCHITECT DESIGNS A BUILDING OF THE PAST TO FILL A VACANT LOT IN BED-STUY: On the rare occasions when owners of vacant lots in historic districts decide to construct new buildings, there are a couple workable design strategies to choose from.

~ APPLICATIONS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ARE DUE SOON. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.: Families who aren’t from New York City are often shocked when they learn what it takes to get into middle and high school: Campus visits and ranking schools on applications are all part of the time-consuming, and often stressful, process(Chalkbeat)


~ WHAT NEW YORK CITY IS DOING TO FIGHT CYBER ATTACKS: With cyber attacks on the rise against governments, corporations and individuals, New York City is teaming up with the public and private sector to fight these threats. On this week’s episode, we look at how cyber attacks are affecting locals and what is being done to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.


~ A Brooklyn carpenter invented a box that deters thieves from stealing packages. (Brooklyn Paper)

~ “New York City needs to better regulate noise” (City & State)

~ A Mad Max Amazon truck was seen driving through Brooklyn. (Gothamist)


READ: “He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.” (ProPublica)

PLAY: Here are the 21 best exhibits to see right now in New York City, including three in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

LAUGH: Welcome to December. (The New Yorker)

~ OPINION: A journalist has a realization while lost in the mountains of Spain. (NYT)


“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 a.m. to 7 p.m. Makes for an excellent gift for the holiday season. SPONSORED


6:30PM — Book Signing with Gloria Steinem at Books Are Magic. Details.

6:30PM — The Politics of the Joy of Printing at Interference Archive. Details.

7:30PM — Winter Disco at the Whitney. Details.


In 1876, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “Several hundred persons were present at the unveiling of the Horace Greeley memorial in Greenwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon. These included representatives from the various typographical unions, the employees of the New York Tribune, New York and vicinity journalists, and friends and admirers of the eminent editor.”

The Hollywood Reporter released a star-studded cover featuring Robert De NiroAdam DriverJamie FoxxTom Hanks, Shia Labeouf and Adam Sandler

“Princess Anne and the Fantasy of the Anti-Trump Royal” (Vogue)

Opinion: The Nets deserve a better owner than Joe Tsai


Happy birthday to Little Richard, Jose Carreras, Andy Kim, Margaret Cho, Lisa Marie, Cliff Floyd, Shalom Harlow, Paula Patton, Amy Acker and Jessica Pare!

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