Brooklyn Today December 12: Brooklyn Heights Townhouse Overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park Sells for $11.75M

The Lede

Happy Wednesday! An alleged gang member is charged with attempted murder, a man who urinated on religious statues is arrested, and prosecutors drop charges against a mother. Plus, Andrew Cuomo calls for a last-minute review of the L-train shutdown plans, a former Airbnb executive buys a pricey Cobble Hill home, and a Brooklyn Heights townhouse is sold for $11.75 million. Finally, a writer suggests eliminating the BQE, and we recommend the best donut shops in the city.

Imprint

English actor Eddie Redmayne wears a funky sweater on the December cover of Modern Weekly Style.

The Rundown

PISSED OFF MAN CUFFED FOR HATEFULLY DESTROYING RELIGIOUS STATUES

A Brooklyn judge released a man accused of urinating on and destroying religious statues outside of a Williamsburg church. Andrew Oshesky, 28, was arrested on Monday for two counts of third-degree criminal mischief as a hate crime and prohibited littering charges. Oshesky, a Bushwick resident, was seen on video on Dec. 2 allegedly urinating on the base of a large angel statue in front of a church at 184 Metropolitan Ave., then knocking over two statues. The faces of the figurines were broken. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

ALLEGED CRIPS MEMBER CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER OF FBI AGENT

A Brooklyn couple was federally charged on Monday in connection to an FBI agent who was shot in Canarsie on Saturday afternoon. Ronell Watson was held without bail in Brooklyn Federal Court for attempting to murder the special agent near the corner of East 92nd Street and Avenue N. Watson, 31, an alleged member of the Crips gang, drove his vehicle the wrong way on Canarsie Road and blocked the agent’s car. As the agent maneuvered his car around Watson’s vehicle, Watson pulled out a gun and began firing at the agent as he drove away. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

PROSECUTORS DROP CHARGES AGAINST MOTHER AFTER COPS TORE BABY FROM HER ARMS

Charges against a Brooklyn mother, who had her baby boy ripped from her arms by NYPD officers when she refused to leave a government office, were dropped. During the five days after Jazmine Headley, 23, was remanded to Rikers Island on a warrant hold from Mercer County’s District Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, her arrest went viral on social media and elected officials across the city called for her release. “Continuing to pursue that case will not serve any purpose and I therefore move to dismiss it immediately in the interest of justice,” Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

CUOMO WANTS LAST-MINUTE REVIEW OF L-TRAIN SHUTDOWN PLANS

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he plans to order a last-minute review of the closure of the L train’s East River tunnel, which is slated to begin in April and last 15 months. Cuomo made his announcement on WNYC. “I can’t tell you the number of people in Brooklyn who have come up to me and looked me in the eye and said, ‘Are you sure there’s nothing else that can be done?’” Cuomo said. Cuomo told radio host Brian Lehrer that he would tour the tunnel Thursday night and call in experts to review the shutdown plans. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)

HEIGHTS TOWNHOUSE OVERLOOKING BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK SELLS FOR $11.75M

A single-family townhouse at 192 Columbia Heights inBrooklyn Heights sold for $11.75 million, a price that few other Brooklyn homes have surpassed. The sellers are former Granite Broadcasting CEO W. Don Cornwell and his wife Saundra Cornwell. When they first listed their home for $16 million in 2014, they hoped to smash the borough’s current record price of $15.5 million for a townhouse set in 2015. The townhouse was built in the late 1950s and occupies about 7,900 square feet. It has seven bedrooms and has a view of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the waterfront. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)

FORMER AIRBNB EXEC BUYS COBBLE HILL HOME FOR $4.6M

A former Airbnb executive and his wife recently bought a three-story Cobble Hill townhouse for $4.6 million. Buyer Shaun Stewart, former global head of Airbnb’s vacation rental business, is now CEO of New Lab, a technology hub for high-tech entrepreneurs based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The $4.6 million cost of the house will certainly seem high to most people, but it’s actually a discounted price. The original price of the house at 120 Congress St. when it was listed in February was $5.5 million. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)

HERE’S AN ANSWER TO THE BQE PROBLEM: ELIMINATE IT

The question of what to do with the BQE while the cantilevered structure beneath the Brooklyn Heights Promenade gets repaired is still unanswered. Now, a writer says we should either “bury” the venerable highway in a tunnel or just abandon it entirely. Justin Davidson believes that the BQE is a remnant of an earlier age — the automobile age. “Common sense will make personal cars in cities the cigarettes of the 21st century, offensive to most, beloved by some, and perennially hard to kick,” he said. He also said that letting the BQE “expire of natural causes” is one way to hasten the less-car-dependent future.(Intelligencer via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks

LONG READ

Swamp Thing: The vice president’s trusted chief of staff is young, handsome, talented and rich. He’s also got some skeletons.” (via Highline)

POLITICS

Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat who nearly defeated Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, is reportedly considering a run for president in 2020, and he’s taking advice from Barack Obama(via NYT)

EAT

Here are the 19 best donut shops in New York City, including seven spots in Brooklyn. (via Thrillist)

CARTOON

The Trump administration considers hiring the Mandarin duck for chief of staff. (via The New Yorker)

NATIONAL BULLETIN

Thirty percent of all calls made in early 2018 were fraudulent ones…Samsung removes its headphone jack…And “Smocking [sic] gun” trends on Twitter. (via NYT, Mac Rumors and The Guardian) 

FOREIGN FLASH

Five U.S. marines are declared dead in Japan after a mid-air crash…Egypt is investigating a nude photo shoot in front of the pyramids…And church bells taken by America in 1901 are returned to the Philippines. (via The Guardian, BBC and USA Today) 

ROYAL WATCH

Did you ever notice the royal family always wears the same style of shoes? Here’s why(via Newstalk ZB)

EAGLE SPORTS

Robin Lehner stood on his head, Anthony Beauvillier scored his second goal in as many games at the renovated Nassau Coliseum and the New York Islanders adhered to head coach Barry Trotz’s disciplined defensive structure. But none of it was enough to get the Islanders the two points they craved Monday during a 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I thought we deserved more than one point,” Beauvillier said. “I thought we did a great job tonight, especially against their top guys,” Beauvillier added. “We were physical, we were hungry on pucks. It’s just frustrating.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)

MILESTONES

Happy birthday to Tracy Ann Austin, Bob Barker, Mayim Bialik, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila E., Connie Francis, Robert Lindsay, Bob Pettit Jr., Cathy Rigby, Yuvraj Singh and Dionne Warwick!