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Brooklyn Today: Why your mail may not be getting delivered

January 8, 2020 Brooklyn Today
The Coney Island Boardwalk is a scenic spot for a stroll even when the Wonder Wheel and other rides are closed for the season. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! A recent audit revealed that post offices in Greenpoint and Williamsburg are plagued with substantial issues, including mail not being delivered on time — if at all — and to incorrect addresses.

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~ NYPD WILL BREAK OUT HATE CRIMES IN STAT REPORTS: In the wake of a surge of anti-Semitic incidents in New York City, the NYPD will start including hate crimes in its crime-tracking system, police officials announced on Monday.

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

~ NOT GETTING YOUR MAIL IN GREENPOINT OR WILLIAMSBURG? HERE’S WHY: In addition to untimely deliveries, the inquiry also revealed deeper problems. The branches, located in Brooklyn zip codes 11211, 11222 and 11249, failed to secure valuable items and the buildings had inadequate safety measures in place.

~ BE A VOICE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: CB APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: Ever thought about joining your local community board? Now’s your chance. Borough President Eric Adams is encouraging Brooklynites to apply for an opening on one of the borough’s 18 community boards.

~ KEY BAIL REFORM SUPPORT PROGRAM IS STILL MONTHS AWAY: Sweeping bail reforms intended to keep most defendants out of jail before trial took effect Jan. 1, but a key de Blasio administration program to help them avoid trouble is months from launch, officials acknowledged Monday. (THE CITY)

~ HOUSING VOUCHERS INCREASE TEST SCORES, CITY STUDY SHOWS: Housing vouchers boost the math and reading scores of New York City public school students, according to a new study — the latest evidence that anti-poverty programs help low-income students do better academically. (Chalkbeat)


~ “A Near-Extinct Language Finds a Home in One Brooklyn Building” (NYT)

Crown Heights residents catch a package thief. (New York Post)

Cobble Hill’s Watty & Meg closes its doors. (PMFA)


READ: 100 Women vs. Harvey Weinstein” (The Cut)

EAT: Here are New York City’s 38 must-try restaurants this winter, including 11 spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

CARTOON: An updated list of Golden Globe winners. (The Week)

~ OPINION: An Edward R. Murrow High School teacher opens up about teaching the Holocaust to students in 2020. (Daily News)


12:00PM — Runstreet DUMBO Running Tour at Borough Hall. Details.

6:30PM — “Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy” at New-York Historical Society. Details.

8:00PM — The Iconic Flatiron Building at The National Arts Club. Details.


In 1911, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “An instrument so delicate that it records tremors of the earth due to trolley cars rumbling past 400 feet away, so exactly to show the degree to which the cars were filled with passengers, has just been installed in the Brooklyn College Seismological Observatory.”

Gwyneth Paltrow poses in the pool on the latest cover of Harper’s Bazaar.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Open Up About Their Visit to Canada with Baby Archie” (Town & Country)

The Nets’ former arena in New Jersey is now being used as a soundstage for NBC dramas. (NYT)


Happy birthday to Shirley Bassey, Ron Cephas Jones, Charles Osgood, Vladimir Feltsman, Jeff Francoeur, Kathleen Noone, Bob Eubanks, Jason Giambi and Betsy DeVos!

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