Brooklyn Today March 14: Brooklyn Today: Should the BQE transform into a park?

The Lede

Good morning! Just when we thought we heard all of the ideas for the BQE rehab plan, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer may have come out with perhaps the most innovative solution yet. His proposal, announced Wednesday, calls for converting two miles of the BQE into an elevated park. It’s “an opportunity to create something new and bold that both accommodates essential traffic and enhances surrounding neighborhoods,” he said. Here’s a rendering of the park.

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The Rundown

STRINGER’S DRAMATIC PLAN TO TURN BQE INTO ELEVATED PARK WINS PRAISE

Stringer’s strategy would transform the BQE from Brooklyn Heightsto Carroll Gardens, and the Promenade would remain untouched.

CROWN HEIGHTS SPICE FACTORY DEVELOPMENT PITS LABOR VS LOCALS

Residents said the massive project would crowd schools, overburden the sewer system and subway lines, and harm the plants at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

LANDLORD COULD FACE CRIMINAL SUMMONS FOR VIOLATIONS AT RED HOOK WAREHOUSE

Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, who wants the storehouse landmarked, called on fellow politicians to “wake up and join us in this fight.”

DETECTIVE APPREHENDS BABY LAMB AFTER GOWANUS EXPRESSWAY ADVENTURE

She was nicknamed Speedy.

PRISON TIME FOR BROOKLYN MAN WHO STOLE ELDERLY NEIGHBOR’S HOME

A 37-year-old from East Flatbushwas sentenced to three to nine years for stealing his neighbor’s house by forging a deed and transferring it to a trust in his name.

GAS MAIN RUPTURE EMPTIES FEDERAL BUILDINGS ON TILLARY STREET

The Downtown Brooklyn incident was caused by repaving work and forced the evacuation of several courts and a post office.

More Brooklyn News

There goes the neighborhood: A Chipotle opens on the Bushwick and Bed-Stuyborder. (Bushwick Daily)

Industry City developers spent more than $2 million lobbying for rezoning. (The Real Deal)

The cleanup of the Red Hook ballfields moves forward. (Bklyner)

Eliot Spitzer says he chose to develop in Williamsburg rather than DUMBO or Brooklyn Heights because it’s “where my three daughters want to go on weekends.” (Forbes)

Staff Picks

READ:

Here’s a profile of comedian and actor Bill Hader, who made his name doing impressions on “Saturday Night Live,” but is now trying to reinvent himself as a writer-director. (The New Yorker)

EAT:

These 13 restaurants — two of which are in North Brooklyn — are fighting hunger by donating sales to Food Bank for New York City. (Eater)

DRIVE:

Elon Musk is expected to unveilthe Tesla Model Y tonight, and one writer thinks the compact electric SUV could save the world. (Inverse and MarketWatch)

TRAVEL:

President Trump grounded all Boeing 737 Max planes on Wednesday. Here are all the carriers that were using the model, including American, United and Southwest airlines. (CNN)

⌛ ON THIS DAY:

In 1849, the Eagle reported, “A spirit street lamp, which has recently been introduced from London … was exhibited last evening at the corner of Fulton and Court streets. It gives a brilliant light.”

📔 IMPRINT:

Actor Samuel L. Jackson grins on the April cover of Esquire.

👑 ROYAL WATCH:

Want to become a nanny for the royal family? Here’s how. (The Cheat Sheet)

🏀 SPORTS:

The St. Francis Brooklyn women’s basketball team will not be dancing this year.