Brooklyn Today: Gage & Tollner’s new sign is up
THE LEDE: Happy Friday! The Arby’s sign is down, and backlit white slabs of acrylic holding black letters spelling out “Gage & Tollner” are now hung up above 372 Fulton St., ahead of the historic restaurant’s reopening.
~ CITY ANNOUNCES NEW TIMELINE FOR BQX: The New York City Economic Development Corporation has revealed its plans for an extensive community engagement process, launching a new website focused on proposals for the Brooklyn Queens Connector on Thursday.
~ GAGE & TOLLNER’S NEW SIGN IS UP, FEBRUARY OPENING PLANNED: The 21-foot-tall sign harkens back to the historic branding of the oyster and chophouse, known in its heyday for attracting the likes of Truman Capote and Mae West, as well as being the borough’s first farm-to-table restaurant under chef Edna Lewis.
~ CROWN HEIGHTS BOARD TAKES NOVEL APPROACH TO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT: A Crown Heights community board is taking zoning matters into its own hands, crafting an enforcement mechanism to ensure a developer adheres to its vision of a neighborhood where artisanal makers and industrial workers can both live and work.
~ BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN HOSTS ‘FIGHT FOR SUNLIGHT 2020’ EVENT: Brooklyn Botanic Garden is renewing its campaign against high-rise development that would cast destructive shadows on its greenhouse and conservatory complex.
~ NO PANTS SUBWAY RIDE TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND: From Berlin to Boston, Melbourne to Montreal, the world will be stripping down to its drawers this Sunday for the 19th annual No Pants Subway Ride. Roughly 2,000 participants are expected to take part in the Big Apple.
~ HIKES AND HUNTING: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND: Be sure to take advantage of the unusually warm weather this weekend to do winter things, without the winter temperatures. There’s the No Pants Subway Ride, a winter wonderland at the Prospect Park Zoo and several winter hikes.
~ SWASTIKAS ON GREENPOINT RESTAURANT LATEST IN PATTERN OF ANTI-SEMITISM, LOCALS SAY: After the NYPD released footage of the vandals who drew swastikas on the side of a Greenpoint Mexican restaurant, residents are saying that racist graffiti is no new phenomenon in the neighborhood.
~ BROOKLYN COP GETS NO PRISON TIME FOR LYING ABOUT GETTING RUN OVER: A member of the NYPD avoided a prison sentence on Wednesday when a Brooklyn judge gave him one day in jail and four years of probation as a punishment for lying about getting run over.
~ CUOMO’S 2020 AGENDA: FIGHT HATE, HELP PLANET, LEGALIZE POT: Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his annual State of the State address Wednesday to advocate for a mix of “practical” progressive goals and urgent responsibilities, including waging war on hate crimes, spending $3 billion on environmental protection and legalizing recreational marijuana. (AP)
MORE BROOKLYN NEWS
~ Rents in Williamsburg have skyrocketed since the L train shutdown was cancelled. (Curbed)
~ Here’s how District 15, which stretches from Carroll Gardens to Sunset Park, is combating school segregation. (The Economist)
~ “’We’re Not Going Anywhere’: Brooklyn Protesters Arrested At Controversial High-Rise Development” (Gothamist)
~ READ: “The Incredibly Happy Life of Larry David, TV’s Favorite Grouch” (GQ)
~ EAT: Here are the 14 best restaurants for lunch in New York City, including eight in Brooklyn. (Eater)
~ CARTOON: The Queen’s Guard receives new responsibilities. (The Week)
~ LIVE: Here are some tips on how to complain in a healthy way. (NYT)
~ See a slimmer you for 2020! Visit Brooklyn’s Laser Touch on Court Street and pay over time for their CoolSculpting procedure which is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, and noticeable, so you’ll look great from every angle. SPONSORED
~ Celebrate 2020 and experience The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa’s unique and beautiful ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Ballet coming for only one memorable night, Feb. 9 to Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre. Over the years, due to many tours all over the globe, The National Ballet of Odessa has earned its first-class international reputation. Purchase your tickets. Don’t miss this special event. SPONSORED
7:00PM — FashionSpeak Fridays: Dangerous Beauty: Death and the Maiden at The National Arts Club. Details.
7:30PM — Party Like It’s 1999, Prince ’80s Dreamland Roller Disco at City Point. Details.
9:30PM — Ferus Festival: Sister Sylvester “The Eagle and the Tortoise” at National Sawdust. Details.
⌛ ON THIS DAY
In 1940, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “After Police Marine Launch No. 3, the Coast Guard icebreaker Arundo and a Coast Guard plane from Floyd Bennett Field had failed to reach them, two dogs were rescued from an ice floe on which they were marooned in the Hudson River today by two policemen and two A.S.P.C.A. agents in rowboats.”
Larry David appears on the February cover of GQ.
👑 ROYAL WATCH
“Meghan and Harry waxworks removed from Royal family display at Madame Tussauds” (CNN)
Kyrie Irving could return to the Nets lineup soon. (ESPN)
Happy birthday to Pat Benatar, Jemaine Clement, Rod Stewart, George Foreman, Bill Toomey, Evan Handler, Roy Blunt and Chris Van Hollen!
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