Good Morning, Brooklyn: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
MTA RESUMES SHARED ACCESS-A-RIDE: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Tuesday announced that Access-A-Ride, New York City Transit’s paratransit service for eligible New Yorkers, will resume shared ride service on Tuesday, July 6, with all Access-A-Ride vehicles continuing to be disinfected daily. Shared rides include multiple customers with similar origins and destinations.
In accordance with public health guidelines, customers will also again be able to travel with guests, in addition to their personal care attendant, with additional guests being accommodated on a space-available basis.
BROOKLYNITES in TRANSPORTATION POWER 100: NYC DOT czars Hank Gutman and Polly Trottenberg, and Community Board 6’s Eric McClure have secured places in City & State magazine’s Power 100 in Transportation. Gutman, a Brooklyn Heights resident, is also chair of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and President Biden selected Polly Trottenberg as Deputy Transportation Secretary. Eric McClure stepped up to the plate to defend bike lanes and pedestrian plazas from being axed by mayoral candidates several years ago, when his StreetsPAC backed candidates favoring safe streets for everyone.
McClure continues to advocate for more speed cameras, reduced speed limits and additional protected bike lanes.
CONGRESS SEEKS TO BAN PRINTING 3D FIREARMS: Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) on Tuesday joined with several other Congress members in both the House and Senate, from Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and Massachusetts to reintroduce the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, legislation that will prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the three-dimensional (3D) printing of firearms. Because 3D printing allows individuals to make firearms out of plastic, these guns could evade detection by metal detectors at security checkpoints, increasing the risk that a firearm will be used to perpetrate violence on an airplane or in other public areas.
Such firearms are also untraceable since they do not have a serial number for law enforcement to reference.
OPEN JAM AT BROOKLYN’S JAPAN VILLAGE: Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, of the Consulate General of Japan in New York, will greet the community and perform with Japanese musicians in New York at “Re: Open JAM at Japan Village,” making its debut July 4. This event heralds a 13-day musical festival, taking place at Japan Village (934 3rd Ave. in Sunset Park) to celebrate and support the restart of Japanese musicians who suffered from the pandemic.
Ambassador Yamanouchi is sponsoring the music series that runs Sunday, July 11 through Sunday, August 1, with weekday and weekend performance schedules Thursdays through Sundays.
DISCO BALLS AT CITY POINT: Thousand Deep announces Light Leaks, a creation of artists Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan and an immersive art installation where visitors can escape into a seemingly infinite space created by patterns from millions of lights and a gigantic cluster of glistening disco balls. Moreover, an exhibit of disco-ball-inspired art by Kiichiro Adachi, Julia Walck, and Nick Oudsema, will celebrate the re-emergence of cultural life in the city.
The transformative installation can be experienced July 2-31 at City Point (across from the JoyBird store) in Downtown Brooklyn. Tickets are $10.
FREE MOVIE SERIES CELEBRATES WORKS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS: NYC Parks and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announce the return of the outdoor series “Movies Under the Stars,” bringing free summer film screenings to New York City’s parks and playgrounds. It also features classic films like “Rent” and new favorites “Captain America,” “Coco” and “Incredibles 2.” For the first time ever, this NYC summer tradition will include screenings of the third annual New York Public School Film Festival (NYPSFF), which showcases 32 films created by NYC public school students from across the five boroughs.
As a bonus, these special screenings, on July 9-11 in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, will include student interviews with leading film and television industry professionals including Malcolm D. Lee, the Queens-born/Brooklyn-raised director of the upcoming “Space Jam: A New Legacy” starring LeBron James; Kemp Powers, the Brooklyn-born, Oscar-nominated co-writer and co-director of the award-winning film “Soul”; and Nina Yang Bongiovi, the NYC executive producer of “Godfather of Harlem.”
RALPH LAUREN AND JANE’S CAROUSEL TEAM UP: Ralph Lauren and FEED are joining forces once again with the purposeful mission of fighting against childhood hunger in America, and Jane’s Carousel will host a benefit for them this week. The Ralph Lauren x FEED partnership aims to amplify this message with a capsule collection that gives back and helps provide meals to those in need. Comprised of clothing and accessories, the Polo x FEED collection embraces timeless and sensible silhouettes finished with leather detailing and canvas tags which indicate the number of meals provided with every purchase.
In accordance with this partnership, Jane’s Carousel will offer donation-based rides on Thursday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to benefit No Kid Hungry.
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