Brooklyn Today April 12: Brooklyn Today: ‘Pile of trash’ Red Hook street at center of 50-year-old dispute

The Lede

Happy Friday! There could be a pretty dramatic addition coming to New York Harbor. A massive storm surge barrier near the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is being proposed to stop flooding during extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy. The floodgate is one piece of a more comprehensive study on how to protect the New York City area from inundation. Plus, a Brooklyn politician was just selected to head a new climate committee.

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The Rundown

THIS MASSIVE FLOODGATE COULD BE COMING TO THE BROOKLYN WATERFRONT

The Verrazzano-Narrows floodgate would cost roughly $8.47 billion. Environmental advocates argue that it would do nothing to address sea level rise and that it would have detrimental effects on marine life.

BROOKLYN POL TAPPED TO HEAD NEW CLIMATE COMMITTEE

Councilmember Justin Brannan vowed that his panel will not be focused solely on Manhattan. The new committee intends to hold oversight hearings on the administration’s current climate resiliency efforts across the five boroughs.

THIS ‘PILE OF TRASH’ RED HOOK STREET IS AT THE CENTER OF A HALF-CENTURY-OLD DISPUTE

Walking past a portion of Halleck Street reveals overgrown shrubbery, graffiti covered walls and trash strewn about.The roadway is under the jurisdiction of DOT, but the organization has done little, if anything, to clean up the property despite pleas from residents and Parks Department employees.

WANT A BIGGER BIKE NETWORK? REDUCE COMMUNITY BOARD’S ROLE, SAYS ONE LOCAL POL

Bike lanes are a fraught issue for community boards, as the city’s efforts to give cyclists their share of the road can causepitched battles over parking spaces and neighborhood character.

BROOKLYN COP CONVICTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY OUTSIDE OF BUSHWICK NIGHTCLUB

Anthony Delacruz, a 35-year-old officer who pistol-whipped a man before robbing him of his jewelry, cash, cellphone and clothes, also falsely reported to responding officers that he had been the victim of the robbery – not the perpetrator.

NEWTOWN CREEK'S BROOKLYN WATERFRONT FACES FIRST ZONING CHANGES IN 60 YEARS

The city’s plan for rezoning the North Brooklyn Industrial Zone is beginning to come into focus, with the goal of encouraging job growth by reworking restrictive zoning to allow for taller buildings, less parking and more density.

More Brooklyn News

A new Korean restaurant in Park Slope is all the rage. (NYT)

The Williamsburg real estate market has rebounded since the L train shutdown was reversed. (TRD)

A 14-story building is coming to Atlantic Avenue in Bed-Stuy(YIMBY)

Staff Picks

READ:

“The IRS tried to take on the ultrawealthy. It didn’t go well.”(ProPublica)

EAT:

It’s finally the weekend. Here are the 32 best late night restaurantsin New York City, including seven spots in Brooklyn. (Eater)

LAUGH:

Bill Barr has an arsenal of sharpies, and he’s not afraid to use it.(The Week)

PARENT:

Here’s a guide on how to selectively showcase your child’s artwork without putting every single finger painting on the wall. (NYT)

⌛ ON THIS DAY:

In 1865, the Eagle reported, “Brooklyn has been in a state of gunpowder for about a week. Cannon have been continually reminding us of victory and coming peace. Last evening a salute of one hundred guns was fired … from the Heights in honor of the victories in Virginia, and the capitulation of Gen. Lee.”

📔 IMPRINT:

American actress Milla Jovovich poses in a convertible on the April cover ofElle Italia.

👑 ROYAL WATCH:

Oprah Winfrey comes to the aid of Meghan Markle(The Cheat Sheet)

🏀SPORTS:

The Brooklyn Nets will visit Philadelphia on Saturday for their postseason opener.