Brooklyn Today March 27: Brooklyn Today: Marijuana legalization moves forward

The Lede

Good morning! You may have noticed a very bright 60-foot-wide advertising barge roaming the East River over the past few months. The boat is being called many unpleasant things, including “an obnoxious eyesore” and a “floating monstrosity.” Besides being unattractive, it’s also illegal. So two politicians will be introducing a bill tomorrow that would quadruple the current fine in an attempt to deter the Miami-based company from operating the vessel in New York’s waterways.

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The Rundown

MARIJUANA RESOLUTIONS MOVE FORWARD IN CITY COUNCIL, BUT ALBANY BILL HITS ROADBLOCK

Squabbles over how the revenue will be spent and concerns from police and medical professionals about marijuana’s negative effects have left the legislation dangling.

$100,000 FINES PROPOSED FOR NEW YORK CITY’S ‘EYESORE’ ADVERTISING BARGES

Politicians argue that the current fines of $25,000 pale in comparison to the profits earned by these companies and do nothing to deter the businesses from operating their floating ads. A 30-second spot in a two-minute loop, for example, nets the company $55,000.

DOCTOR’S ROW TAKES STEP FORWARD TO HISTORIC LANDMARKING

The tree-lined block of Bay Ridge Parkway has caught the eye of history buffs, architecture fans and housing preservationists who marvel at the beautiful Renaissance Revival limestone row houses lining the street that were built in the late 19th Century.

EL CHAPO SEEKS NEW TRIAL, CITING JURY MISCONDUCT

Joaquin Guzman’sdefense team said in court filings that jurors repeatedly disregarded instructions to avoid the “blizzard of media coverage” before convicting Guzman of murder conspiracy and drug-trafficking charges last month. (AP)

ROBOARM VS ROBOQUIN AT BROOKLYN’S MECHATRONICS COMPETITION

Design and engineering students from CUNY City Tech put high-tech projects through their robotic paces before a panel of judges at New Lab, a center for cutting-edge tech in a former ship-building space at the Navy Yard.

GOODBYE BEAUTIFUL: CELEBRITY STYLIST DITCHES WILLIAMSBURG

After 20 years in the neighborhood, Rebecca Faye is packing up her beauty salon, Hello Beautiful, and heading east to Bushwick. The store, she said, is “your one-stop shop to get totally glammed out.”

SCHOOLS, GARDENS AND LIBRARIES LIKELY WINNERS IN THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING VOTE

Residents can vote to fund local projects starting March 30 through participatory budgeting in New York City. One project in Councilmember Stephen Levin’s District, for example, would supply AV equipment for P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill.

DISGRACED DETECTIVE LOUIS SCARCELLA TO TESTIFY AT HEARING ON 1998 MURDER

Scarcella, an NYPD detective who served in the the ’80s and ’90s, is responsible for eight murder convictions overturned by the Brooklyn DA’s Conviction Review Unit, which former DA Kenneth Thompson established in 2014 to investigate potentially wrongful convictions.

More Brooklyn News

Six former teachers had “inappropriate physical contact” with students at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights, according to an investigation. (The Cut)

A Brownsville landlord wants to install facial recognition technology at a rent-stabilized complex. (Gothamist)

A trash can fire in Carroll Gardenscauses the front of a car to explode. (PMFA)

Staff Picks

READ:

A secret network in North Korea, similar to the underground railroad, has been smuggling thousands of refugees out of Kim Jong-un’s oppressive dictatorship. This is the story of one woman’s escape. (GQ)

EAT:

“Brooklyn’s newest all-day cafés are vital additions to NYC neighborhood dining” (Eater)

LAUGH:

Mitch McConnell doesn’t want you to see the full Mueller report — or your daily cartoon. (via The New Yorker)

WATCH:

From “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to “Edward Scissorhands,” here’s a list of every film by Tim Burton, ranked one to 19. (Vulture)

⌛ ON THIS DAY:

In 1906, the Eagle reported, “A debased public sentiment has defeated [a] scheme … to put ‘Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ on the restricted list in our public library. … The youth of our town will continue to read of the wickedness of Tom and Huck and apply it at home and in school in the usual fashion.”

📔 IMPRINT:

American actor Chris Evans receives his close-up on the latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter.

👑 ROYAL WATCH:

These never-before-seen photos of the royal family will soon be up for auction. (Hello!)

🏀 SPORTS:

The Brooklyn Nets will close out an epic seven-game trip in Philadelphia tomorrow.