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Brooklyn Today: ‘A right to fly free of discrimination’

December 9, 2019 Brooklyn Today
You can see these gantry cranes when you walk down the pedestrian pathway alongside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Dock 72. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

THE LEDE: Good morning! Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is demanding JetBlue make amends with a Brooklyn man who alleges he was booted from his Thanksgiving flight because he is black.

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

~ MURDERS UP 8.7 PERCENT IN NEW YORK CITY IN 2019: Murders citywide are up 8.7 percent this year, slightly disrupting the city’s downward trend in homicides over the past few decades, police announced Thursday.

~ BROOKLYN MAN BOOTED FROM JETBLUE FLIGHT CLAIMS RACIAL DISCRIMINATION: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams appeared with Shaun Lynda at a press conference on Thursday, criticizing the airline for allegedly discriminatory behavior that left Lynda humiliated and his Thanksgiving ruined.

~ BED-STUY CHURCH NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL HISTORIC STATUS: A late 19th-century Bedford-Stuyvesant church has been honored with a nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

~ NEW YORK’S SMALL THEATERS ARE PERSEVERING, BUT RISING RENTS POSE A THREAT: New York City’s industry of small theaters rivals Broadway’s economic might, but rising real estate prices and increasing operating costs pose an existential threat, according to a new first-of-its-kind study from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

~ 10 BROOKLYN HOLIDAY MARKETS TO HIT THIS SEASON: If you’re looking for a cozy scarf, a one-of-a-kind necklace, some home-spun ceramics or some local food and wine, you can find it all at these 10 markets.


~ OPINION: REZONING: NOT FOR EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD: “There was general recognition … that northern Brooklyn was forced to rezone the waterfront or face undesirable developments like garbage transfer stations and power plants,” writes our columnist.

~ A HOLIDAY MARKET FOR THE ODDBALL ON YOUR LIST IS COMING TO GREENPOINT: For those who find the typical holiday market a little vanilla, collector and self-professed weirdo Ryan Cohn may have the antidote. Cohn’s Oddities Flea Market brought a “Holiday of Wonders” event to Greenpoint this past weekend.

~ CCRB REVIEW OF NYPD TASER USE SHOWS DISCREPANCIES: A four-year review of complaints on the NYPD’s use of Tasers released Thursday found cops mostly deployed them on people of color and a “significant number” of folks who were experiencing a mental health crisis. (THE CITY)


~ Brooklyn police officers were told by their boss to target blacks and hispanics in the subway. (NYT)

~ “Do Rezonings Always Have To Lead To Gentrification?” (Gothamist)

~ You can now order Di Fara pizza from anywhere in the U.S. (The Takeout)


READ: “How Herpes Became a Sexual Boogeyman” (Slate)

EAT: Food critic Robert Sietsema said Wegmans’ plain cheese slice was one of the 10 worst dishes he ate in 2019. (Eater)

CARTOON: The president has a request for Santa. (The Week)

~ TECH: Last week was rough for ride sharing services. Nineteen women sued Lyft for sexual assault allegations against its drivers, and Uber announced that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported last year during its rides. (NYT)


6:30PM — Jews of the Wild West at Center for Jewish History. Details.

6:30PM — Restaurant Resurrection: Putting Gage & Tollner Back on the Map at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:00PM — Book Launch: “The Season” by Kristen Richardson at powerHouse Arena. Details.


In 1941, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “New York City, and the entire Northeast Coast, today had its first air raid alarm. New Yorkers found themselves in the midst of what they had heard about in reports from Europe and Asia, more recently the Pacific Islands and the West Coast.”

Paul McCartney holds a guitar on a recent cover of Billboard.

Meghan Markle and Adele had a “secret meeting.” (Hello!)

Kevin Garnett Says Kyrie Irving Didn’t Have ‘Cojones’ Needed in Boston” (Sports Illustrated)

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