Brooklyn Today January 28: Brooklyn Today January 28: DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights Among City’s Healthiest Neighborhoods

The Lede

THE LEDE: Happy Monday! A Park Slope sex shop wants to redefine sex-education, a man is indicted for a 1992 cold case murder, and we travel to “Selfie Central.” Plus, bike parking pods are coming to Downtown Brooklyn, we go inside campaign finance laws, and Nicole Malliotakis is planning to run against Max Rose. Finally, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights are named two of the healthiest areas of the city, Soho House is opening a coworking space in DUMBO, and the Prospect Park Zoo is preserving a rare cat species.

Imprint

IMPRINT: French actress Isabelle Huppert poses with a feline on the most recent cover of Vanity Fair France.

The Rundown

THE MUSLIM-OWNED SEX SHOP THAT WANTS TO REDEFINE SEX-ED IN PARK SLOPE

Sid Azmi was working as the chief of radiation therapy at a New York hospital when she had the idea to open a sex toy shop. She saw her cancer patients struggle with feeling sexy during their treatment. In 2014, Azmi left her job to open Please, which she calls an “educated pleasure shop,” in Park Slope. As a Muslim woman with a background in medicine, Azmi felt there was a lack of universality in common conceptions about sex. She hoped to create a space where people could come to learn about and explore their sexuality free of judgment and stereotypes. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

MAN INDICTED FOR 1992 COLD CASE MURDER

A murder that has gone unsolved since 1992 may finally get a resolution after Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced an indictment of a 56-year-old man who allegedly shot a woman dead and left her naked on a rooftop in BrownsvilleCalvin Grant was officially indicted on Friday after oral swabs, tested for DNA for the first time since the murder, matched the DNA of the defendant, who was allegedly seen on the roof the day of the homicide. “My Cold Case Unit works tirelessly to ensure that justice is obtained for all murder victims in Brooklyn, no matter how long it takes,” Gonzalez said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

SAFE, ‘SMART,’ BIKE PARKING PODS COMING TO DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN

It’s estimated that over half of all urban cyclists have had a bike stolen — many from on-street bike racks. Bike theft is so common in New York City most people don’t even bother reporting it to police. Now, a Brooklyn man has come up with safe, “smart” bike parking pods, and they’re launching this spring in Brooklyn. The modular pods, which resemble transparent shipping containers, will be installed at Atlantic Terminal. Oonee, the company that produces the pods, was founded by Shabazz Stuart, formerly of theDowntown Brooklyn Partnership. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

STATE LAW ALLOWS DEFEATED CANDIDATES TO KEEP CAMPAIGN FUNDS

Following his loss to Democrat Andrew Gounardes in November, former Republican state Sen. Marty Golden is still holding onto a campaign war chest worth nearly $270,000. And it’s perfectly legal, according to the State Board of Elections. All candidates, even those who lose their elections, are allowed to keep the money donated to their campaigns. They’re even allowed to spend the funds any way they wish, with one notable exception: They are not permitted to dip into it for personal use — no footing the bill for vacations or buying new cars. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

MALLIOTAKIS TO RUN AGAINST ROSE IN 2020

Republican Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is taking a serious look at running for Congress against Democratic U.S. Rep. Max Rose in 2020 and has taken a preliminary step toward a possible bid for the seat. Malliotakis filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission in preparation for a run against Rose, who won the House seat in New York’s 11th District in November. In an interview with the Brooklyn Eagle, Malliotakis confirmed those reports and said she will make a more detailed announcement at some point in the near future. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

SEE ‘SELFIE CENTRAL’ AND OTHER DUMBO WINTER TOURIST MAGNETS

Tourists are smarter than you think. They know what’s worth bundling up and braving the cold for. Look how many of them head forDUMBO to the intersection of Washington and Water streets. The cobblestoned site is “Selfie Central” when spring breezes blow through the neighborhood —and Arctic blasts, too. People pose so that the Manhattan Bridge, framed by red-brick buildings, stands in the background of their photos. The detail that everybody loves is that the Empire State Building is visible between the bridge’s metal supports. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

DUMBO, BROOKLYN HEIGHTS AMONG CITY’S HEALTHIEST NEIGHBORHOODS

A new study has deemed DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights two of the healthiest places to live in the city. Experts studied things such as apartment buildings, access to bike rooms or gyms, the number of eateries with healthy options and the amount of recreation and wellness centers in any given area. In DUMBO, residents’ healthy eating habits stood out to researchers while in Brooklyn Heights, access to recreation such as doctor’s offices, gyms and public spaces helped land them on the list. (Patch via Brooklyn Eagle)

PROSPECT PARK ZOO STARTS PROGRAM TO PRESERVE RARE CAT SPECIES

The Prospect Park Zoo has a new exhibit of Pallas’s cats and plans to start a breeding program for this at-risk species of felines. The Pallas’s cat, which is native to Central Asia, has been classified as “near threatened” since 2002. These cats are often hunted for their fur and organs or accidentally caught in traps. “This for us is very special, because it’s a really interesting cat and there are not a lot of zoos in the U.S. that have that [opportunity],”Denise McClean, director of the zoo, said. (Metro via Brooklyn Eagle)

SOHO HOUSE TO OPEN COWORKING SPACE IN DUMBO

Soho Works, a coworking firm owned by members-only club and hotel Soho House, is opening its first location in New York City at 10 Jay St. in DUMBO. The workspace is close to the Empire Stores, the 19th century former warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront where Soho House also opened DUMBO House, an exclusive hotel with a rooftop pool and restaurants. Rents at 10 Jay St. range from $70 to $85 per square foot. Soho Works will occupy the building’s second and fifth floors.(Crain’s via Brooklyn Eagle)

REAL ESTATE DEALS INCREASE IN DOLLAR VALUE, BUT TRANSACTIONS ARE FEWER

Real estate deals in Brooklyn, like those in the city as a whole, increased in dollar value last year. The borough saw approximately $7.4 billion in deals. This was a 15 percent increase from 2017. Transaction volume, however, saw a 12 percent drop from 2017, meaning that fewer deals were made. Downtown Brooklyn saw the most activity by dollar volume, with about $2.2 billion in total. However, Central Brooklyn was the region that had the highest number of transactions at 233.(The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks

LONG READ:

A writer hits the road with Bernie Sanders to find out what the Vermont senator has in store for the future. One person asked him, “Bernie, are you tired yet?” “No!” Sanders said in his Brooklyn accent. “I’m just waking up!” (via GQ)

ANOTHER LONG READ:

“Who Gentrifies the Gentrifiers?: In the future, we will all live in renovated warehouses.” (via The Outline)

EAT:

Here are five must-try restaurants in New York City, including one inGowanus and another in Bay Ridge.

CARTOON:

President Trump chooses an unconventional location for his State of the Union address. (via The New Yorker)

NATIONAL BULLETIN:

A Michigan family is kicked off a flight because of their “body odor”…Three people are killed in a shooting near Penn State…And a woman who saved herself from a kidnapper is receiving a $25,000 reward.(via ClickOnDetroit, USA Today and NYT)

FOREIGN FLASH:

The death toll from Indonesia’s floods rises to 59…Sudan’s protests grow even more deadly…And a woman in Australia is bitten by a snake while on the toilet. (Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera and USA Today)

ROYAL WATCH:

Meghan Markle’s TV series “Suits” will end after the ninth season. (W Magazine)