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Brooklyn Today: “A right to live in our homes”

January 13, 2020 Brooklyn Today
If you walk up Westminster Road (shown here) from Avenue H then loop around on East 18th Street, you’ll see several Victorian Flatbush micro-neighborhoods. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! A group of Crown Heights tenants is fighting back against their landlord, who has been deemed one of the city’s “worst landlords” by the public advocate.

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~ BROOKLYN HEIGHTS MOURNS AS TERESA’S RESTAURANT CLOSES ITS DOORS AFTER 31 YEARSBrooklyn Heights residents and restaurant aficionados alike are mourning Teresa’s Restaurant, a Montague Street mainstay for 31 years. The restaurant, which gained fame for its wholesome Polish cuisine and hearty breakfasts, was packed during its final weekend of Jan. 3-5.

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~ CROWN HEIGHTS TENANTS SUE ONE OF CITY’S ‘WORST LANDLORDS’ FOR $2 MILLION: Twenty-two rent-stabilized tenants living at 1074 Eastern Parkway are suing the building’s owners for an estimated $2 million in illegal rent overcharges since 2002, Brooklyn Legal Services’ Tenants Rights Coalition announced Thursday.

~ CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SENIOR HOUSING THAT WILL REPLACE HISTORIC CHURCH: A low-income senior housing development is taking shape where a historic Brownsville church once stood.

~ TWO ALLEGED GANG MEMBERS FORCED SINGLE MOTHER INTO ‘SEXUAL SLAVERY,’ PROSECUTORS SAY: Two alleged members of the Brooklyn-based “Insane Crip Gangsters” gang were arrested and charged on Friday in federal court on sex trafficking charges.


~ At Pierozek in Greenpoint, it’s all about the pierogis. (NYT)

~ Meet the group of good samaritans fighting deed theft in Brooklyn. (Patch)

~ “Op-Ed: Imagining Downtown Brooklyn Without the BQE” (Streetsblog NYC)


READ: “Think Debtors Prisons Are a Thing of the Past? Not in Mississippi.” (The Marshall Project)

EAT: Sometimes you just need a warm bowl of soup. Here are the 10 best ramen spots in Brooklyn. (Thrillist)

CARTOON: Trump’s golf course gets a renovation(The New Yorker)

~ DRINK: “After 190 Years, the ‘Most Famous Bar You’ve Never Heard of’ Avoids Last Call” (NYT)


6:30PM — Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk With Dario Robleto at BPL’s Central Library. Details.

7:00PM — “Topics of Conversation:” Miranda Popkey With Emily Gould at McNally Jackson (Williamsburg). Details.

9:00PM — Monday Night Karaoke at Our Wicked Lady. Details.


In 1916, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “The Fourth Avenue Subway Extension to Eighty-sixth street will be opened to the public Saturday afternoon. This was announced last night at the meeting of the Subway Celebration Committee, 7825 Fifth avenue.”

David Beckham poses on a balcony for GQ South Africa’s latest cover.

Meghan Markle returned to Canada just days after announcing that she and Prince Harry would be taking a “step back” from the royal family. (BBC)

“The boys are back in town: How Nets coaches and players live among Brooklynites, like the Dodgers of old” (The Athletic)


Happy birthday to Liam Hemsworth, Natalia Dyer, Patrick Dempsey, Orlando Bloom, Connor McDavid, Shonda Rhimes and Trace Adkins.

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