Brooklyn Today April 16: Brooklyn Today: BQE Rehab, all 7 plans explained
Happy Tuesday! The number of BQE rehab proposals continues to grow by the day. As it stands now, besides the city’s two plans, five alternate BQE renovation plans have come out of the woodwork. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of a BQE panel, chaired by Carlo Scissura, to study all incoming proposals and make recommendations. To keep all of them straight, we’ve compiled a list comparing each idea. Which one do you like best?
THE BQE REHAB: ALL SEVEN PLANS, EXPLAINED
From a parallel highway to a cross-Downtown Brooklyn tunnel, we’ve put together a roundup of the seven proposals on the table so far.
NEW METAL SQUIBB BRIDGE DESIGN TO BE PRESENTED AT CB2
The once-popular 450-foot-long wooden bridge will be replaced with a traditional steel-and-aluminum pedestrian bridge, utilizing the existing ground support structures. Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2020.
ICE OFFICERS ARE MAKING IMMIGRANTS AFRAID TO COME TO COURT, REPORT FINDS
In Brooklyn – which saw the highest number of ICE courthouse arrests, with 35 in 2018 – ICE’s presence has led not only defendants, but also victims and witnesses to fear coming to court.
BRIGHTON BEACH BOARDWALK FIRE SPARKED BY DROPPED CIGARETTE
The fire burned a part of the historic Riegelmann Boardwalk in Brighton Beach alongside an iconic neighborhood restaurant Sunday night, FDNY said. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze.
WE RODE CONEY ISLAND’S WONDER WHEEL IN THE FOG
The Wonder Wheel is magic. It cured our fear of heights, at least for a few minutes. The fog had a lot to do with it. Coney Island was wrapped in a big, wet cloak of San Francisco-style fog on Sunday.
BROOKLYN NONPROFIT RECYCLES FLOWERS TO SPREAD JOY
Bloom Again Bklyn is the only nonprofit in New York that takes flowers that would ordinarily be thrown out and repurposes them as a way to uplift people who may be feeling isolated.
OLD WORLD VS. NEW SCHOOL: MAKING MATZO THE BROOKLYN WAY
Passover is coming, and Jewish families in Brooklyn and beyond are stocking up on matzos, matzo ball soup and “Tam Tam” matzo crackers.
More Brooklyn News
Students at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn Heights complain of bigotry at their school. (Daily News)
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would dedicate $500 million to build senior housing, but he didn’t keep his promise. (THE CITY)
Brooklyn Bridge Park releases its summer events. (NYT)
“Climate change could destroy his home in Peru. So he sued an energy company in Germany.” (NYT Magazine)
Here are the 18 restaurants with the best french fries in New York City, including four spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)
Dogs have to file their taxes too. (The New Yorker)
From wearing a costume to bringing picture books, here are five tips on how to be a better human at the zoo. (TED)
⌛ ON THIS DAY:
In 1878, the Eagle reported, “The remains of the late William M. Tweed will probably be buried … in Green-Wood Cemetery. Public attention has been directed to a rule of the cemetery which provides that ‘no person shall be interred therein who shall have died in any prison or shall have been executed for any crime.’”
English actor Kit Harington poses in pink on the May cover of Esquire.
👑 ROYAL WATCH:
“How will Meghan Markle’s maternity leave compare with Queen Elizabeth’s?” (Town & Country)
The Nets are set to be the talk of the town this summer in New York.(FanSided)