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Brooklyn Today: 9 ways to embrace winter in Brooklyn

January 7, 2020 Brooklyn Today
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THE LEDE: Good morning! There’s a lot of complaining about the weather this time of year. But face it — if you truly hated Brooklyn’s winter, you’d live in Florida. Here are nine things you can do to surrender to the season.

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~ CLOSING HIT-AND-RUN LOOPHOLE WILL BE ‘HIGH PRIORITY,’ POLS SAY: Brooklyn politicians are making a renewed push to pass a bill that would close a legal loophole and punish hit-and-run drivers more severely following an incident that left a 70-year-old woman dead on Friday in Canarsie.

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

~ 9 WAYS TO EMBRACE WINTER IN BROOKLYN: From skating in Prospect Park to drinking by the fireplace, there are many ways to enjoy winter in the borough.

~ CITY’S PUSH TO ADDRESS ANTI-SEMITISM DRAWS LESSONS FROM GUN VIOLENCE EFFORTS: In the wake of anti-Semitic hate crimes across the region, the city has introduced a package of school- and community-based initiatives designed to educate New Yorkers about bias and hate crimes, and bring neighbors together to diffuse tensions.

~ BROOKLYN 9-YEAR-OLD AMONG VICTIMS OF DEADLY PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE CRASH: A 9-year-old girl from Brooklyn and a bus driver from Queens are among the victims of a fatal multiple vehicle pile-up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that left five dead and dozens more injured early Sunday.

~ BAY RIDGE UNITES AGAINST WHITE NATIONALIST RECRUITMENT: More than 250 people stood hand in hand on Sunday to denounce the appearance of a white nationalist group in Brooklyn. A massive handmade banner promoting a white nationalist group’s website was discovered on Saturday hanging over a Belt Parkway overpass.

~ NEW YORK’S SOLIDARITY MARCH IN PHOTOS, TWEETS AND LINKS: Thousands of people marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza on Sunday in a show of solidarity with the city’s Jewish community.

~ ANNUAL THREE KINGS DAY PARADE BRINGS MUSIC AND CULTURE TO WILLIAMSBURG: PHOTOS: People lined up along Williamsburg’s Graham Avenue on Sunday, phones turned to the street as performers danced in colorful outfits, retirees cycled up the clear street and floats blasted music celebrating Three Kings Day.


~ “Our Lives, Under Construction: Three hundred miles of protection envelops New York City. What can we make of it?” (NYT)

~ Popular gaming bar Dave and Buster’s is opening its first Brooklyn location in Bed-Stuy(Patch)

~ At Boca Santa in Bed-Stuy, Houston native Natalie Hernandez successfully delivers on bringing authentic Mexican food to Brooklyn. (Grub Street)


READ: “A World Without Pain: Does hurting make us human?” (The New Yorker)

EAT: Here are the 16 best pop-up restaurants in New York City right now. (Thrillist)

CARTOON: Fire escape banter(The New Yorker)

~ TRAVEL: From drinking cold Presidente beer in the streets to eating delicious mofongo by the sea, here’s a guide to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (NYT)


7:30PM — Larry David in Conversation with Michael Kay: Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 at 92nd Street Y. Details.

7:30PM — Peggy Orenstein in conversation with Pat Walters at Berkeley Carroll School. Details.

8:00PM — Punderdome: NYC’s Comedy PUN Compuntition at Littlefield. Details.


In 1955, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “The Italian Historical Society of America has requested the New York Port Authority to name the bridge which will connect Brooklyn and Staten Island in honor of Giovanni Da Verrazano, the Italian navigator who discovered what is today the harbor of New York on April 17, 1524, 85 years before Henry Hudson.”

Margot Robbie graces the latest cover V Magazine.

Take a look at the newest royal portrait featuring the QueenPrince CharlesPrince William and Prince George(INSIDER)

“Nets’ Kyrie Irving holding off on shoulder surgery but will reevaluate” (ESPN)


Happy birthday to Nicolas Cage, Jeremy Renner, Lamar Jackson, Ruth Negga, Lewis Hamilton, Jann Wenner, Kenny Loggins, Katie Couric, Erin Gray, Alfonso Soriano, David Caruso, Brett Dalton, Éric Gagné, Rand Paul and John Thune!

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