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The Lede

THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! A car crashes into scaffolding in Brooklyn HeightsAndrew Cuomo’s executive budget includes money for speed cameras, and a holly-covered wall grows in Cobble Hill. Plus, a hotel is coming to Brooklyn Heights, borough presidents praise a judge’s decision, and a Manhattan shoemaker moves to Industry City. Finally, Canarsie residents demand a ferry stop, a man steals an elderly neighbor’s home in East New York, and a landlord is hard to find in Greenpoint.

Imprint

IMPRINT: Namibian model Behati Prinsloo poses in the savannah on the latest cover of Porter Edit.

The Rundown

LPC TO FORTIS: DECK THE WALL WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY

What started out as a 9-foot high brick wall turned into a roughly 6-foot fence covered with holly. That’s the proposal the LPC approved “with modifications” on Tuesday for a landmarked property at 347 Henry St. at Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The property is part of Fortis’ luxury 5 River Park Development on the former LICH site. The fence is meant to surround a swimming pool, deck, outdoor shower and trellis, with landscaping and lighting, all opposed by the Cobble Hill Association if viewable from the street. The fence’s approval irritated some residents, who scoffed at the idea that live holly was a required and permanent element. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

CAR CRASHES INTO SCAFFOLDING IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, DRIVER INJURED

A livery driver suffered a “medical emergency,” according to witnesses, and crashed into scaffolding on Cadman Plaza West near Clark Street around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The motorist lost control of his Toyota Highlander and crashed into the scaffolding, narrowly missing pedestrians and parked cars. He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital. The crash caused a massive collapse of the scaffolding that was protecting pedestrians during renovation of 101 Clark St. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

LANDMARKS AGENCY SAYS: TWEAK THIS REMSEN STREET HOTEL DESIGN

A Romanesque Revival office building that was saved from demolition several years ago is slated for a makeover as a hotel. But first, architecture firm HOK needs to revise the project’s design. Several LPC commissioners applauded — with a few reservations — the restoration and expansion plan for the decrepit 1880s building at 186 Remsen St. in Brooklyn Heights. The six-story brownstone, granite and terra-cotta building, which has been vacant for many years, will be turned into a hotel with 37 rooms, restaurant space on upstairs floors and food and beverage service in its lobby.(via Brooklyn Eagle)

CUOMO’S EXECUTIVE BUDGET INCLUDES MONEY FOR SPEED CAMERAS

After all of the noise, protests and controversy — much of it centered in Brooklyn — the long, drawn-out battle over speed cameras appears to be near an end. This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he is including a plan to increase the number of speed cameras in school zones in New York City in his 2019 Executive Budget. Under his plan, the number of speed cameras would increase to 290 from the current number of 140. In addition, new signage is planned to give drivers fair warning of the presence of the cameras. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

BOROUGH PRESIDENTS PRAISE COURT DECISION ON 2020 CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

A decision made by a federal judge on Tuesday morning drew praise from many immigration advocates, including Borough President Eric Adams. In a 277-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled that although the decision to include a question in the 2020 census about citizenship was not technically unconstitutional, officials did not follow proper administrative procedures and included the question to intentionally undercount immigrants for political purposes. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

MANHATTAN SHOEMAKER TO MAKE THE MOVE TO INDUSTRY CITY

A major shoemaker will soon move from Midtown Manhattan to Industry City in Sunset Park. Estas Brands signed a seven-year lease in the growing Brooklyn business hub. Its new 15,000 square-foot space will be at home in Industry City’s Building 3, located at 219 36th St. — a massive upgrade from the company’s current 6,000-square-foot office. It will include the brand’s offices, a sample-making room for shoes and an educational facility for both potential employees and the public. (Commercial Observer via Brooklyn Eagle)

CANARSIE RESIDENTS CONTEST EXCLUSION OF LOCAL PIER FROM NYC FERRY EXPANSION, AGAIN

Canarsie residents are speaking outsince Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city will create a ferry stop in Coney Island, but not at the Canarsie Pier. “It’s terrible, basically Canarsie is being neglected again,” said Marc Want, head of the Canarsie Improvement Association, who in 2017 collected more than 6,000 signatures on a petition demanding a ferry stop at the Canarsie Pier. Want even went as far as to claim that Coney Island “piggybacked” on Canarsie’s push for inclusion. (Brooklyn Paper via Brooklyn Eagle)

A man who had been hired to help care for his elderly, diabetic neighbor in East New York has been charged with stealing and trying to sell the 85-year-old man’s home. Jordan Horsford, 29, was indicted on 12 counts, including grand larceny and identity theft. The elderly man hired Horsford in 2016, according to Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, and Horsford eventually took on more responsibilities. Then, in June of 2017, Horsford allegedly convinced the victim to sign away the deed to his home on Barbey Street. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)

TENANTS ALLEGING HARASSMENT HAVE HARD TIME FINDING LANDLORD’S OFFICE

Rent-stabilized residents of a Greenpoint apartment house whose landlord is reportedly using construction to force them out, are now fighting back, but they’ve had trouble finding the building management’s office. Tenants at 97 and 99 Clay St. say they have been enduring leaking ceilings, construction debris and the threat of rats in their buildings. But when they’ve tried to locate the management, which is called “Perfect Management” and has the legal name of LJC Towers LLC, the address leads to a shipping store that contains mailboxes. (CBSNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks

LONG READ:

When one thinks of Rome, many visualize magic and romanticism, but a new word is beginning to pop into the minds of residents:pollution(via NYT)

ANOTHER LONG READ:

“How a Career Criminal Broke the Convict Code andSaved Himself” (via Westword)

OPINION:

An opinion columnist says Joe Biden should run for president, arguing that he has strengths no other candidate has. (via NYT)

CARTOON:

TSA implements an honor system during the government shutdown. (via The New Yorker)

NATIONAL BULLETIN:

A toddler falls out of a moving car in Minnesota…Google employees launch a social media protest…And Andrew Cuomo launches his marijuana legalization plan(via AOL, CNBC and Democrat & Chronicle) (via AOL, CNBC and Democrat & Chronicle) 

FOREIGN FLASH:

A cotton seed sprouts on the moon…The world’s largestreligious festival begins in India…And a Delta passenger brings a gun from Atlanta to Tokyo. (via BBC, Reuters and CNN)

ROYAL WATCH:

“These Awkward Royal Family Moments Will Give You Secondhand Embarrassment” (via Cosmopolitan)