Brooklyn Today: NYC schools are ‘deeply segregated’

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THE LEDE: New York City schools remain deeply segregated, according to a new report that found that a pair of Brooklyn school districts had among the highest rates of segregation in the city.

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~ NEW TEMPERATURE SENSORS WILL ‘TURN UP THE HEAT’ ON BAD LANDLORDS: A group of lawmakers met at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, just before a potential snowstorm this weekend, to hail the passage of a new bill they say will “turn up the heat on bad landlords.”

~ 755 CITY SCHOOLS ARE MORE SEGREGATED THAN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS: REPORT: The study, conducted by the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, found that 41 percent of all New York City schools — 755 in total — did not reflect their districts’ demographics.

~ HISTORIC PROSPECT PARK PAVILION WILL GET $2 MILLION RESTORATION: The historic Concert Grove Pavilion, designed by Calvert Vaux in 1874, has been closed since 2014 due to structural damage. Officials and community members gathered on Tuesday to kick off the start of its renovation, funded by the New York City Council.

~ PLANTS AND PRODUCE: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BROOKLYN THIS WEEKEND: There’s a lot of skating happening this weekend, and we’re not quite sure why. You can roller skate at a nightclub in Williamsburg, ice skate in Downtown Brooklyn and skateboard in East Williamsburg. Plus, there’s a jazz festival, a food festival and an exhibit on Chinese food.

~ VANS OPENS INDOOR SKATE PARK IN EAST WILLIAMSBURGVans Skate Space 198 took inspiration from popular skating areas across the city, including Brooklyn Banks, situated beneath the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan.

~ DESIGN FOR RARE NEW HOUSE IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS REJECTED: Commission Chairperson Sarah Carroll on Tuesday instructed architect Elizabeth Pratt to come up with a different design for a proposed house with a built-in two-car garage, which property owner Tara Comonte wants to build on outdoor space at 56 Middagh St. where she parks her cars.

~ LIKELY NEW BROOKLYN DEMS BOSS GETS BIG BUCKS FROM GROUPS HER BILLS AID: Five years after she joined the state legislature, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte is all but set to take over the cash-strapped Kings County Democratic Party. (THE CITY)


~ Are gentrification and rising rents inevitable for Coney Island and its famous boardwalk? (NYT)

~ “Whatever happened to the city’s largest vacant lots?” (The Real Deal)

~ Alcohol-free bars are popping up all over Brooklyn. (Business Insider)


READ: “The Mysterious Lawyer XNicola Gobbo defended Melbourne’s most notorious criminals at the height of a 
gangland war. They didn’t know she had a secret.” (The California Sunday Magazine)

EAT: Here are the 27 best burgers in New York City, including six in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair(The Week)

~ SPORTS: Those closest to famed SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott reflect on his legacy five years after his death. (The Ringer)


~ 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


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

5:00PM — Architectural New Wave: From Ruins to the Future of Housing at Japan Society. Details.

7:00PM — Photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind on “Other People’s Children” at Fotografiska. Details.


In 1963, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “Chicago (UPI) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said Wednesday that Negroes are gratified to see churches with white memberships taking a more active role in the fight against segregation.”

Elle Fanning graces the latest cover of Marie Claire.

“Royal family feared Meghan Markle would call family ‘racist and sexist’ in tell-all interview: report” (Fox News)

Kyrie Irving bluntly reveals what has been going wrong for the Nets. (New York Post)


Happy birthday to James Earl Jones, Betty White, Michelle Obama, Jim Carrey, Naveen Andrews, Zooey Deschanel, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Dwayne Wade and Maury Povich!