Brooklyn Today March 29: Brooklyn Today: 20 came to protest. 200 came to shout them down.
Happy Friday! Set on correcting a clear gender imbalance in the city’s public spaces, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and First Lady Chirlane McCray teamed up with She Built NYC, a campaign formed in June that is commissioning statues of trailblazing women in each of the five boroughs. In November, the city and the group announced that Chisholm’s statue would be erected at the Ocean Avenue entrance of Prospect Park. The city recently unveiled the five final artist renderings for the planned monument. Let us know which one you like best!
YEGER MAY LOSE COMMITTEE SEAT OVER “DEHUMANIZING” PALESTINE TWEETS
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said Thursday that he was “uncomfortable” with Councilmember Kalman Yeger being on the Committee on Immigration and called Yeger’s comments “dehumanizing” toward Palestinians. Then in the evening, 20 protesters showed up outside Yeger’s office, but were outnumbered by hundreds who came to support the councilman.
AD BARGE COMPANY CLAIMS CITY HAS ‘NO AUTHORITY’ OVER STATE-OWNED WATER
Mayor Bill de Blasio filed a lawsuit seeking to ban a 60-foot-wide advertising barge from operating around New York. “Our waterways aren’t Times Square,” de Blasio said. “These floating eyesores have no place on them.”
PETER BRAY TO LEAVE POST AS BHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Peter Bray announced he’s stepping down at the end of June because of a serious health issue in his family, and the BHA has begun a search for a new director.
AT BED-STUY TOWN HALL, STRINGER’S MAYORAL RUN TAKES SHAPE
Comptroller Scott Stringer told a resident on Tuesday that he will run for mayor. Though he hasn’t officially declared his 2021 candidacy, Stringer has been fundraising and speaking broadly about a campaign since earlier this year.
SEE THE 5 FINAL ARTIST RENDERINGS FOR SHIRLEY CHISHOLM’S PROSPECT PARK MONUMENT
You can now vote on five possible renderings for the planned statue of former Brooklyn U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, coming to Prospect Park by the end of next year. The statue will join a group of 150 monuments of historical figures across New York City — only five of which depict women.
MORE FOOD VENDORS ANNOUNCED FOR TIME OUT’S EMPIRE STORES FOOD MARKET
Time Out Market, operated by the parent company Time Out New York, announced seven new vendors, including BKLYN Wild, Loco Coco and Pat LaFrieda.
GOWANUS WATERFRONT ACTIVISTS CAN LEARN FROM PAST REZONING FAILURES
Now that the notoriously polluted Gowanus Canal is in the center of a neighborhood rezoning, activists are attempting to get ahead of the curve, laying out an expansive vision of what waterfront design could be in Brooklyn.
BROOKLYN BY DESIGN TOUR SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL FASHION ENTREPRENEURS
Emiko Gervasi, who makes jewelry inspired by organic chemistry, created a tour that spotlights Brooklyn fashion designers who manufacture their clothes and jewelry in New York City.
BROOKLYN DA SUPPORTS TOSSING OUT WARRANTS FOR PETTY CRIMES
The warrants are already down by hundreds of thousands since all the city’s DAs — with the exception of Staten Island — dismissed hundreds of thousands of low-level warrants that were more than 10 years old.
More Brooklyn News
Actor Tracy Morgan returns to his home neighborhood of Bed-Stuy for a community event. (amNewYork)
Here are the six most endangered buildings in Brooklyn. (Curbed)
The 38-story Brooklyn Heights library tower tops out. (6sqft)
Here’s a look inside India’s Narayana Health, the world’s cheapest hospital network where cancer surgery costs $700. America, with the globe’s most expensive health-care market, could learn a thing or two. (Bloomberg)
Experts pick the 10 best sushi spots in New York City, including a restaurant in Park Slope. (Thrillist)
“Just click your heels three times and say…” (The Week)
Alexa could soon be growing from a smart speaker to a robot with a body. (MIT Technology Review)
⌛ ON THIS DAY:
In 1945, the Eagle reported, “Betty Smith’s story of ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ highlights the gala Easter show at the Albee where the heartwarming drama opened today for its Brooklyn premiere.”
Travel writer Rick Steves poses in a field of flowers on the latest cover of The New York Times Magazine.
👑 ROYAL WATCH:
Here are 16 photos of royal family members when they were children. (The Independent)
Freshman sensation Elena Valenzuela tosses five one-hit innings in shutout of Columbia.