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Brooklyn Today: 70K New Yorkers could lose food stamps

December 6, 2019 Brooklyn Today

THE LEDE: Good morning! The Trump administration has unveiled changes to the USDA’s SNAP program (formerly called food stamps), which may make roughly 70,000 low-income New York City residents ineligible for the program.

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News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

~ TOXIC GOWANUS CANAL TO GET MORE SIGNS REMINDING YOU NOT TO FISH OR SWIM IN IT: A cohort of city, state and federal agencies are putting up a new set of signs along the Gowanus Canal that state the obvious: Do not fish, crab or swim in the toxic waterway.

~ 70K NEW YORKERS COULD LOSE FOOD STAMPS UNDER TRUMP ADMIN’S NEW RULE: The cutbacks could hit Brooklyn hard, since Brooklyn has more SNAP recipients than any other borough in the city: roughly 580,000 in 2017, according to city data.

~ MARKETS AND MUSEUMS: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND: The holiday season is in full swing, which means you likely have a lot of gifts to buy for relatives, friends and coworkers. Luckily, there are several holiday markets happening this weekend where you can purchase the perfect present.

~ ODDFELLOWS ICE CREAM COMING TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: An ice cream shop that serves up hundreds of eclectic flavors has been chosen to operate a food and beverage concession at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, adjacent to sports fields and the picnic area.

~ BROOKLYN TECH HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED FOR BOMB THREAT: As many as 6,000 students and faculty have evacuated Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene following a bomb threat Thursday morning.


~ SOCIALIST COMEDIAN SEEKS TO UNSEAT 26-YEAR CONGRESSMEMBER: A 30-year-old comedian and former J.P. Morgan project manager is challenging U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney for her seat in Congress — and hoping her bid gains traction among New York progressives in an increasingly crowded field.

~ INDUSTRY CITY TO SHOWCASE WOMAN MAKERS WITH BUST CRAFTACULAR: Industry City will host some crafty women this weekend who will vend their wares to holiday shoppers.


~ “WeWork leasing stalled at Dock72 in Brooklyn Navy Yard” (Crain’s)

~ A 100 percent electric residential building is coming to Downtown Brooklyn(Curbed)

~ A duck was found wandering on the subway tracks in Sunset Park(NBC New York)


READ: “False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump” (Rolling Stone)

EAT: Here are 23 bars and restaurants with amazing holiday decor in New York City, including three spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH: The aftereffects of hosting for the holidays. (The New Yorker)

~ LIVE: Here are five tips on how to throw a party in your tiny apartment. (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


7:00PM — Citizenship Live! at Caveat. Details.

7:00PM — The Power of Mindfulness in a Time of Upheaval at 92nd Street Y. Details.

8:00PM — Sir Roger Penrose in Conversation with Janna Levin at Pioneer Works. Details.


In 1876, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “The Catastrophe. This is a black-letter day in Brooklyn. The theatre named for and worthy of the city caught fire last night, and its interior parts were consumed.”

Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott grace the latest cover of The Evening Standard Magazine.

“How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new public approach to royal life has affected their relationships with the rest of the family” (INSIDER)

Nets display greater balance without Irving


Happy birthday to Larry Bowa, JoBeth Williams, Tom Hulce, Steven Wright, Peter Buck, Judd Apatow, Torri Higginson, Adrian Fenty, Adam Eaton and CoCo Vandeweghe!

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