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Around Brooklyn: Adams’ book details journey to healthy diet

October 14, 2020 Editorial Staff
A ship passes beneath the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle
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Adams’ book details journey to healthy diet

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has written a new book detailing his journey from having diabetes to adopting a plant-based diet. The book, which is partially a cookbook, is called, “Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses,” and is available at stores and online. Adams said he had often relied on fast food during his years with the NYPD and as a state senator. However, within three months of adopting a plant-based diet, he lost 35 pounds, lowered his cholesterol by 30 points, restored his vision and reversed his diabetes, he told Patch. The book also explores the history of soul food and puts forward healthy alternatives.

How Junior’s is doing

Restaurant Business, a trade publication, recently gave some statistics about Junior’s Restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn. Annual sales last year $13.9 million, the average check was $23, and 359,000 meals were served last year.

Tischler vows to fight on

Many of last week’s demonstrations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new restrictions in the city’s high-COVID “cluster” zones were led by Borough Park activist Heshy Tischler, who was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly invited a crowd to attack a journalist, also an Orthodox Jew, who urged compliance with the rules. After leaving a Brooklyn courthouse on Monday, he told a group of supporters, “We are going to continue our fight. We are going to beat Mayor de Blasio. We’re going to knock that Cuomo out, right?” according to CBS News. Tischler’s attorney, Mindy Meyer, said that Tischler “was still in his holiday clothes coming from synagogue when he was arrested.”

Eugene plans affordable housing in Flatbush

Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (D-Crown Heights-East Flatbush-Kensington-Midwood) and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to develop affordable housing in Flatbush at the site of the former PS 90, which presumably has moved to a newer building. The new development will include 130 affordable units and community development space. “As the city of New York continues to cope with an unprecedented public health crisis, we must remain focused on our obligation to make affordable housing, education and job training a top priority for the community,” said Eugene. “We know that there is an urgent need for housing equality in Brooklyn, and this project is a significant step in helping hardworking New Yorkers live comfortably while raising their families.

Brooklyn pols hail new statue of Mother Cabrini

Councilmember Justin Brannan (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bath Beach), U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn-Staten Island) and State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst-Gravesend-Manhattan Beach) commented on the statue of St. Frances Cabrini that was recently unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I am happy to see that the hard work to honor Mother Cabrini with a statue, started at the parish of St. Frances Cabrini in Bensonhurst led by Rev. Guy Sbordone, has become a reality. The people of this parish wanted a memorial to honor the legacy of Mother Cabrini, an incredible New Yorker and Italian-American, and that is what they will get,” said Brannan.

The ‘Great Pumpkin’ is coming to Greenpoint

Town Square, a Greenpoint-Williamsburg nonprofit, is offering “Pumpkin Day” at the Greenpoint Terminal Market on Saturday, Oct. 17. People who attend can choose their own pumpkin and decorate it with paints, glitter and colorful ribbons. Attendees are also invited to explore the other vendors at the Greenpoint Terminal Market. The cost is $20 online, $30 at the door. Proceeds will go toward other Town Square programs and several Boy Scout and Girl Scout units.

Center for Brooklyn History sponsors program

The Center for Brooklyn History, formerly the Brooklyn Historical Society, is sponsoring several virtual programs in the near future.  On Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., the topic will be “Navigating the Noise: Election Coverage in the Digital Age.” In 2020, voters will make choices about candidates obtained from a news system that includes a shrinking number of professional journalists, but also from fringe pundits and hostile foreign interests. Panelists will include Julia Arazi of Marquette University, Michael Wagner of the University of Wisconsin and Claire Wardle, founder and director of First Draft.

Statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg planned for City Point

A new statue of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is coming to Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point development next year, starting next March 15. “We are honored to have this great statue grace our property, and to bring Justice Ginsburg’s pathmaking spirit back to Brooklyn,” said Chris Conlon, executive vice president of Acadia Realty. The date would have been Justice Ginsburg’s 88th birthday. Borough President Eric Adams said he will declare the day Ruth Bader Ginsburg Day in Brooklyn in her honor, according to amNewYork. The 6-foot bronze statue was designed last year by husband-and-wife artist duo Gillie and Marc Schattner.

School allegedly in violation of COVID-19 rules

While new restrictions appear to be lowering rates of COVID-19 in Brooklyn and Queens, at least one religious institution was found to be ignoring the rules. On Tuesday afternoon, Eyewitness News found hundreds of young children being dismissed from a school and herded onto buses. Some reportedly wore masks, while others didn’t. The school in question was the Bais Yaacov school on 51st Street in Borough Park, which is within the red zone where schools have been ordered closed.

Brooklyn home sales fall at steep rate

Home sales in Brooklyn fell during the last quarter at their highest rate in 11 years, according to Douglas Elliman’s market report for the third quarter of 2020.  Buyers purchased 1,481 properties, 43 percent below 2,596 properties during the third quarter of 2019. Within the luxury sector, sales fell about 36 percent, from 236 deals last year to 150 this year. Still, the average sale price for a home was $969,377, only 0.8 percent below the same amount during last year’s third quarter, according to The Real Deal.

Drive-in film festival planned for Manhattan Beach

With movie theaters closed, Geoffrey Guerrero found a new venue for his Kama Sutra Film Series festival, which he founded in 2012 to showcase new filmmakers. The film festival, which is also being broadcast online, is being shown at a drive-in at Manhattan Beach. Guerrero originally founded the festival because many festivals saw him only as a Hispanic filmmaker who should submit his work mainly to Latin film festivals, according to NY1 News. “I wanted to compete with filmmakers from everywhere, not just one specific category, so that’s one of the main inspirations for starting the Kama film series,” he said.

Man shot to death in his car in Williamsburg

Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed while sitting in his parked car on Bushwick Avenue in Williamsburg. After he was shot, he attempted to get out of the car, but soon collapsed. He was taken to Woodhull Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Neighbors said it was unusual that such an incident would happen on a highly trafficked block, according to ABC7.

ArtWalk coming to Downtown area

ArtWalk, which connects Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Gowanus and Downtown Brooklyn, is coming to Brooklyn the weekend of Oct. 17 and 18. The self-guided exhibit, featuring the works of many Brooklyn artists, will include paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture and large installations at more than 65 storefronts, outdoor dining areas and other public spaces along Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and the waterfront. Visitors will also encounter entertainment, live art and promotions at local businesses, according to Hyperallergic. The event is co-sponsored by Arts Gowanus, the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. and the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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