Brooklyn Today April 10: Brooklyn Today: Measles outbreak: 285 confirmed cases

The Lede

Good morning! New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday, ordering mandatory measles vaccinations for residents in parts of Williamsburg as the number of confirmed cases for the infection rose to 285 since Sept. 30. Every unvaccinated person living in the ZIP codes 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249 is required to receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. “This is about protecting our communities and each other — we cannot wait until someone dies for us to act,” said Councilmember Stephen Levin.

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The Rundown

MEASLES OUTBREAK: CITY DECLARES PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY WITH 285 CONFIRMED CASES

Mayor Bill de Blasio said individuals who ignore the mandatory vaccination order will be fined up to $1,000 and that “disease detectives” would question them. Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said she was concerned about parents exposing their kids to the infection at “measles parties.”

CITY PLANS TO REMOVE RAILS, COBBLESTONES ALONG SUNSET PARK WATERFRONT

A plan to rip out a section of the Sunset Park waterfront’s cobblestones and defunct rail lines to add bike lanes and improve sidewalk safety is leaving some wondering what will happen to the area’s history if it moves forward.

FULTON FERRY LANDING CAFE AND BAR HITS SETBACK

A plan to build a permanent restaurant pavilion on the pier at Fulton Ferry Landing wassent back to the drawing board by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday, with the agency saying Brooklyn Bridge Park needed to return with a more “minimalist design.”

MEET THE 16 PEOPLE WHO MAY DECIDE THE FATE OF THE BQE

Mayor Bill de Blasio last week announced a blue-ribbon panel of experts to look at options for the replacement of a 1.5-mile stretch of the decrepit highway. Here’s everything you need to know about the 16 people entrusted with the future of the BQE.

BATTLING BROOKLYN GENTRIFICATION, ONE BUILDING AT A TIME

IMPACCT Brooklyn has fought to protect low- and moderate-income residents from being driven out of gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhoods for 55 years. “We unleash the power within the community,” said Bernell Grier, director of the nonprofit.

OPINION: DON’T DIVORCE MTA TOTALLY FROM THE STATE

“It doesn’t matter that much who runs the MTA, as long as it’s run efficiently and that local input is sufficient,” Raanan Geberer writes. “Unfortunately, neither of these factors have been certain in the past.”

‘MASTERMIND’ BEHIND BOTCHED KIDNAPPING CONVICTED OF MURDER

Erskin Felix was accused of planning and carrying out the bungled kidnapping of Menachem Stark, whose shocking murder rockedWilliamsburg’s Hasidic community.

More Brooklyn News

Here’s a look inside Gowanus’ Other Half brewery, which Grub Street calls “one of the biggest names in beer” right now. (Grub Street)

The Brooklyn Army Terminal has some new tenants, including a drone builder and a film nonprofit. (Commercial Observer)

A new Gowanus festival will showcase food and drinks from roughly 20 neighborhood establishments. (NYT)

Staff Picks

READ:

“How America’s college-closure crisis leaves families devastated”(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

EAT:

From pho in Greenpoint to jerk chicken in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, here are New York City’s 38 must-try restaurants this spring, including 11 in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH:

Joe Biden and President Trump’s actions aren’t refereed equally(The New Yorker)

DANCE:

Go inside Bed-Stuy’s Sugar Hill Disco Club, a nightlife venue and supper club that is one of the last remaining remnants of old-school Brooklyn. (NYT)

⌛ ON THIS DAY:

In 1865, the Eagle published the following advertisement: “Cholera May Come to This Country This Year. The great danger, should it come, is in drinking impure water, which supplies our cities at the present day. Pure Poland Water is the best protection against cholera.”

📔 IMPRINT:

Canadian actress Sandra Oh receives her close-up on the May cover of Marie Claire.

👑 ROYAL WATCH:

Here’s how the royal family celebrates Easter.

🏒 SPORTS:

The Islanders will host the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 1 of the best-of-seven playoff series tonight.