Brooklyn Today December 3: 7 Hospitals to Repay 200 Rape Survivors for Illegal Bills

The Lede

Happy Monday! Hospitals repay rape survivors, Shirley Chisholm is immortalized in Prospect Park, and we reminisce about the G train. Plus, Lyft invests $100 million in Citi Bike, an Afghan food stand is all the rage in Fort Greene, and we recommend the best hot chocolates in the borough. Finally, a new sign could soon be replacing the Watchtower emblem, and we share the best hot pot restaurants in the city.

Imprint

Actress Margot Robbie lounges in water on the most recent cover of Porter Magazine.

The Rundown

SEVEN HOSPITALS TO REPAY 200 RAPE SURVIVORS FOR ILLEGAL BILLS

More than a half dozen hospitals throughout the city are expected to refund rape survivors who were billed for their rape kits, prosecutors announced on Thursday. At least 200 sexual assault survivors were illegally sent bills from seven hospitals requesting payments from $46 to $3,000. The settlement is a part of the attorney general’s ongoing statewide investigation, which launched in 2017 after the Brooklyn Hospital Medical Center came under fire for billing a rape survivor several times for her forensic rape exam. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM STATUE TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT PROSPECT PARK, CITY ANNOUNCES

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” These powerful words came from former Brooklyn U.S. Rep. Shirley Anita Chisholm — and thanks to SheBuiltNYC, Chisholm’s presence is expected to forever stand at the entrance of Prospect Park in the form of a statue. In June, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced a campaign to construct more monuments of historical women figures across the city. Currently, there are over 90 statutes across the five boroughs and only five are of women. Chisholm’s will be the first statue of a woman of color in Brooklyn. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

CITY SAYS LYFT PLANS TO INVEST $100 MILLION IN CITI BIKE EXPANSION

New York City has reached an agreement with Lyft, the new owner of Citi Bike’s parent company, to “dramatically expand” the Citi Bike bike-share program. Under the agreement, Lyft will invest $100 million to improve the system and double its service area, the Mayor’s Office announced Thursday. Still, don’t expect an immediate expansion to far-flung areas of the city like Coney Island and Flatlands(via Brooklyn Eagle)

OPINION: WHEN THE G TRAIN WAS REALLY A BROOKLYN-QUEENS LOCAL

The G train, which recently gained more prominence in anticipation of next year’s L-train shutdown, is often thought of as the quintessential Brooklyn train. It unites trendy, avant-garde Brooklyn neighborhoods like GreenpointWilliamsburg and Bed-Stuy with established, brownstone borough neighborhoods like Cobble HillCarroll Gardens and Park Slope. Nineteen of its 21 stops are in Brooklyn, and the other two in Queens. In a 2016 New York Times article, Williamsburg copywriter Cory Tallman said, “Pride isn’t the best word, but there is something to be said about, ‘It’s the Brooklyn train.’” (via Brooklyn Eagle)

QUEENS MAN FINDS NICHE WITH AFGHAN FOOD STAND AT SMORGASBURG

First-generation Afghan-American Mohibullah Rahmati, who was born in Queens, and still lives there, has found a niche in the city’s food truck world – selling traditional Afghan food. Working from a former mail truck in Manhattan, and from a stand at Smorgasburg in Fort Greene, Rahmati’s specialty is mantu, a type of beef dumpling. The New York Times says the dumplings are served with “garlicky yogurt, oddly punchy and soothing at once, and a rubble of split peas in a rich korma of tomato paste and onions caramelized to a near burn.” (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)

HERE ARE BROOKLYN’S TOP 5 HOT CHOCOLATES

Many people think of hot chocolate as something made with a powder bought in the supermarket. If you’re a hot chocolate aficionado, however, you’ll head for cafes that are especially known for the sweet treat. Recently, Bklyner profiled five hot chocolate emporiums in North Brooklyn. They include Davey’s Ice Cream, Toby’s Estate, Cacao Market, Cafe Grumpy and Mast Brothers. (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks

LONG READ

Medical malpractice? Not in Ohio. A doctor who removed a perfectly healthy kidney during colon surgery — and a woman’s fallopian tube by accident — still has his medical license in the Buckeye State. (via USA Today)

ANOTHER LONG READ

“The Insect Apocalypse Is Here: What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?” (via NYT)

EAT

Winter is coming. Warm up with these 17 delicious hot pot restaurants, including one in Brooklyn.

PODCAST

Brooklyn has its bridge, its roller coaster, and its world-renowned hot dog, but it doesn’t have a sign. That could be changing very soon(via Brooklyn Eagle)

NATIONAL BULLETIN

Michelle Obama’s book is already the bestselling book of 2018…A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Alaska…And a Wisconsin postal worker steals $5,200 from greeting cards. (via AP, CNN and USA Today) 

FOREIGN FLASH

Ukraine bans all Russian men from entering the country…Donald Trump’s company planned to give Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse in the Trump Tower Moscow…And Chinese traffic cameras catch cheating marathoners(via Reuters, BuzzFeed News and BBC)

ROYAL WATCH

Take a look at Queen Elizabeth’s new royal portrait(via Entertainment Tonight)

EAGLE SPORTS

Young football players tie up their laces. The coach yells instructions as players race back and forth. Alumni, now parents of new players, watch from the sidelines. It’s one of the final practices for the Brooklyn Hurricanes, a team that has been playing in Brooklyn for nearly 60 years. Steve Orr, president of the team, announced in October that this will be the final season of the league due to a drastic drop in registration. Five years ago, the league consisted of nine teams with about 210 total players. This year, there were three teams with about 70 players. The main reason is growing concern about head injuries. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

MILESTONES

Happy birthday to Bruno Campos, Holly Marie Combs, Brendan Fraser,Jean Luc Godard, Daryl Hannah, Asa Hutchinson, Bucky Lasek, Rick Mears, Julianne Moore, Jaye P. Morgan, Ozzy Osbourne, Alicia Sacramone, Amanda Seyfried, David Villa and Katarina Witt!