Brooklyn Today March 4: Brooklyn Today: Bernie Sanders Predicts 2020 Win in Brooklyn
Gowanus residents say they feel betrayed, a “revenge porn” bill gets passed in the state Senate, and Bernie Sanders hosts his first 2020 presidential campaign rally at Brooklyn College. Plus, pols push for “marijuana equity,” residents call for proper mitigation efforts during the partial L train shutdown, and we celebrate the past, present and future of Gage & Tollner. Finally, a Crown Heights spice factory needs your help, and Sunset Park’s top restaurants are revealed.
IMPRINT: American actress Drew Barrymore graces the April cover of Marie Claire Australia.
BACK IN BROOKLYN, SANDERS PREDICTS WHITE HOUSE WIN IN 2020
Sen.Bernie Sanders on Saturday returned to Brooklyn, his birthplace, for the first rally of his second presidential campaign and sought to tie his working-class background to his populist views that are helping reshape the Democratic Party. He predicted he would win the nomination in a field of now-double digit rivals and then defeat President Donald Trump, “the most dangerous president in modern American history.” The emotional peak of Sanders’ speech came as he remembered his childhood in Midwood, not far from where the rally was held. “I know where I came from,” he said. “And I will never forget that. Unlike Donald Trump.” (via AP)
GOWANUS REZONING PLAN: A DEVELOPER’S ‘FANTASY,’ ADVOCATES SAY
Gowanus residents who participated in a city effort to steer neighborhood rezoning told the Department of City Planning Thursday that they feel betrayed by the draft proposal the agency ultimately released, claiming that officials left much of the community’s input on the table. “I don’t feel that this representation that was presented this evening, or recently on your website, is really honest,” said Linda Mariano, founder of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus. “I’m afraid that it is something more like a fantasy that politics and developers have constructed for this neighborhood.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
POLS PUSH STATE TO PROVIDE ‘MARIJUANA EQUITY’ FOR DISADVANTAGED NEIGHBORHOODS
With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s backing and legislative support in Albany, the odds of the legalization of marijuana in New York state appear high. Before that happens, council members, several from Brooklyn, arepushing to make sure that disadvantaged communities and people convicted of marijuana violations aren’t lost in the shuffle. Brooklyn officials Stephen Levin,Laurie Cumbo and Carlos Menchaca, and Public Advocate-Elect Jumaane Williams are among the pols pushing for a cannabis equity program. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
BROOKLYN’S SEN. GOUNARDES HAILS PASSAGE OF BILL PENALIZING ‘REVENGE PORN'
A Brooklyn politician was among those who helped pass a piece of legislation in the state Senate on Thursday that would criminalize “revenge porn,” the sharing of sexually explicit images or videos without the subject’s consent. “Revenge porn is a form of sexual assault in the 21st Century,” said state Sen. Andrew Gounardes. “Private images released to the world by the click of a button and without consent can result in irreversible damage to a person’s life, family and career.” The bill makes it a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
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L TRAIN SHUTDOWN CHANGE SPARKS CALL FOR OVERCROWDING, TRAFFIC MITIGATION
North Brooklyn residents stood alongside politicians inside Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl on Friday to call for proper mitigation efforts when the L train partially shuts down on nights and weekends for more than a year. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in January that the line only needs to be closed partially, the change threw to the wayside multiple efforts to ease overcrowding and traffic. “We do not feel that the new plan that is being proposed by the MTA adequately addresses the transportation needs of our community,” said Felice Kirbey of the L Train Coalition. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO SPEAK UP ABOUT THE SPICE FACTORY
Will you miss the Spice Factory when it’s gone? On weekdays, the powerful scent of Morris J. Golombeck Inc.’s herbs and spices fills the air outside 960 Franklin Ave. If you think the Spice Factory should be adaptively reused and a new apartment building should be constructed on adjacent vacant land, this is your moment to share your opinion with city officials. If you support Ian Bruce Eichner’s plan to tear down the Spice Factory and build a 1.37 million-square-foot development with two towers, each 39 stories tall, now is the time to speak up. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
GAGE & TOLLNER: A PRESTIGIOUS PAST CHARTS AN INSPIRED FUTURE
Brooklyn eagerly awaits the resurrection of one of its grandest culinary landmarks: Gage & Tollner, which shuttered in 2004 after 112 years of operation. Three of the borough’s most highly regarded restaurateurs, Sohui Kim, Ben Schneider and St. John Frizell, plan to reopen the restaurant this fall at its landmarked 372 Fulton St. storefront. We’ve put together a five-part exploration of Gage & Tollner’s past, present and future:
- Gage & Tollner: A prestigious past charts an inspired future
- Blueprints for the new Gage & Tollner: 140 years of menus, decor and staff
- Gage & Tollner’s revival unlocks neighborly memories
- From our archives: The history of Gage & Tollner
- Podcast: The past, present and future of Gage & Tollner
Stephane Breitwieser has robbed nearly 200 museums and amassed roughly $1.4 billion worth of art. Here’s how he did it. (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ:
“Does a Bear Think in the Woods? Turns out animal intelligence is not so different from our own.” (via Sierra Club)
From rice noodles to dim sum, here are the 15 best restaurants in Sunset Park. (via Eater)
President Trump watches the Michael Cohen hearing. (via New Yorker)
The death toll in a car bombing in Somalia rises to at least 29…Parrots are getting addicted to opium in India…And the U.S. is offering $1 million for information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden’s son. (via Reuters, Earth.com and CNN)
She marches to the beat of her own drum. Here are all the rules that Queen Elizabeth likes to break. (via The Cheat Sheet)