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Brooklyn Today: See it: Items found in Gowanus Canal

December 10, 2019 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! A local activist and landowner have teamed up to provide a temporary home for objects found at the bottom of the Gowanus Canal — and as it turns out, there’s a lot more than just black mayonnaise.

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~ RABBI’S PARTY DRAWS PROTESTERS OF CHARTER SCHOOL FOR STRUGGLING STUDENTS: As members of the East Midwood Jewish Center celebrated the installation of a new rabbi on Sunday, protesters gathered outside in opposition to the institution’s recent decision to lease space to a charter school for struggling students.

~ A NEW HOME FOR ITEMS FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GOWANUS CANAL: More than 275 relics — including a massive anchor, an electric iron and an antique coffee pot with its paint still intact — were removed from the canal’s Fourth Street Turning Basin as part of the waterway’s long-term clean up.

~ HISTORIC CROWN HEIGHTS HOSPITAL REBORN AS NURSING HOME: A hospital that was a vital part of the Crown Heights community from its 1882 debut until its 2005 closing has been transformed into Brooklyn Center, a skilled nursing facility that’s expected to open early next year.

~ ASSASSINS AND ESPIONAGE: A HISTORY OF SPIES IN BROOKLYN: In the hotels, bars and shops we walk by unsuspectingly every day, foreign spies have long used New York City for clandestine operations. It’s a tradition that continues to this day, according to the soon-to-be-released “Spy Sites of New York City: A Guide to the Region’s Secret History.”

~ CONTROVERSY OVER FORT GREENE PARK’S REDESIGN INSPIRES ART INSTALLATION: An artist has stepped up to support activists who are fighting to save trees and historic design features the city plans to tear down in Fort Greene Park.

~ NYPD OFFICER ARRESTED IN FATAL EAST FLATBUSH DRUNK DRIVING CRASH: An off-duty NYPD cop was arrested in a fatal drunk driving crash Sunday morning, after he allegedly slammed his car into another vehicle in East Flatbush, killing a passenger in the other car.

~ ‘STOP-AND-FRISK’ CAN WORK, UNDER CAREFUL SUPERVISION: “At its core, the stop-and-frisk approach is supposed to rely on more than a hunch. But the low burden of proof, the large discretion granted to police and the relatively invisible nature of these sorts of encounters combine to create real potential for abuse,” writes two columnists. (The Conversation)


~ A $5.1 million DUMBO condo was the most expensive Brooklyn home sale last week. (The Real Deal)

~ “New York City’s Biggest Battery Is Quietly Powering Brooklyn” (Bloomberg)

~ These were the top 10 Brooklyn art shows of 2019. (Hyperallergic)


READ: “Hong Kong’s Protest Movement and the Fight for the City’s Soul” (The New Yorker)

EAT: From Carroll Gardens to Williamsburg, here are the 11 hottest restaurants in Brooklyn this month. (Eater)

CARTOON: Household plants learn a valuable lesson(The New Yorker)

~ OPINION: Hall of fame football player Jim Brown calls out the NFL. (NYT)


2:00PM — Talk: Behind the Scenes: Signs & Symbols: The Zodiac at The Jewish Museum. Details.

6:30PM — Memorializing Loved Ones at the Holidays at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.

7:30PM — From Page to Stage: How Books and Ideas Transform into Musicals (NYC) at Merkin Concert Hall. Details.


In 1897, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “The city officials are now making arrangements for the proper observance of the actual consolidation of Brooklyn and New York. Whether the exercises will take the form of a wake or a celebration has not as yet been decided.”

Beyonce graces the January cover of Elle.

Take a look at this picture of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein at the birthday party of Prince Andrew’s daughter. (Mirror)

Jarrett Allen’s approach paying dividends now for Nets” (Newsday)


Happy birthday to Gloria Loring, Susan Dey, Kenneth Branagh, Bobby Flay, John Boozman, Rod Blagojevich and David Perdue!

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