Brooklyn Today April 3: Brooklyn Today: Verrazzano is now most expensive bridge in America

The Lede

Good morning! The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge always seems to be in the news. Its name was misspelled, a bike path was proposed across it, and its beautyalone is always newsworthy. But on Sunday, the overpass made headlines with yet another toll hike that will leave Brooklyn residents who drive across the bridge on the receiving end of a huge financial burden. Only this time — it was record-breaking.

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The Rundown

VERRAZZANO IS NOW THE MOST EXPENSIVE BRIDGE IN U.S.

The toll to cross the bridge has risen from $17 to $19 for non-E-ZPass holders, making it the highest toll in the country, a record previously held by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia.

BQE REHAB PLAN: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AT WEDNESDAY TOWN HALL

The Brooklyn Heights Association and A Better Way NYC, which both oppose the Department of Transportation’s plan to replace the Promenade with a temporary six-lane highway, will host a meeting at 7 p.m.at Plymouth Church.

BYE BYE HOT BIRD, HELLO HIGH RISE

Proposed rezoning measures for a high-rise development on the site of a popular Clinton Hill bar, Hot Bird, moved forward on Tuesday. A City Council subcommittee unanimously approved the rezoning for 809 Atlantic Ave., where Jeffrey Gershon’s Hope Street Capital plans to build a 29-story apartment tower.

BAY RIDGE CONSERVANCY SOUNDS THE ALARM ABOUT VICTORIAN HOUSE DEMOLITION THREAT

A grassroots preservation group wants to save vacant 7604 Fourth Ave., which was the Masonic Club before it became Grace Nursery School in the mid-1990s. If the Victorian house is torn down there will be only one building left on the west side of Fourth Avenue between 76th and 77th streets.

NO HEAT, PESTS AND A BROKEN ELEVATOR. BROOKLYN TENANTS DEMAND REPAIRS

About a dozen Brooklyn tenants marched in the rain on Sunday to demand Joseph Popack address much-needed repairs in their buildings. The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development lists more than 3,500 open violations for Popack’s buildings.

COUNCILMEMBER BOOTED FROM IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE FOLLOWING ANTI-PALESTINE TWEETS

There was “broad consensus” among leadership that Councilmember Kalman Yeger had to leave the committee after he tweeted “Palestine does not exist,” according to a City Council spokesperson.

FLORENCE BASS TURNS 105 AND GETS HER OWN HOLIDAY

By proclamation of Brooklyn BP Eric Adams, Monday was officially commemorated as “Florence Bass’ 105th Birthday Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA.” Bass was born in 1914 in Brooklyn — in the days of dirt roads and horse-drawn wagons. She lived in Flatbush on Nostrand Avenue and Winthrop, above a candy store owned by her father.

GRAVESEND MAN WHO KILLED TODDLER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

“You took our joy. You took my joy,” said Laurie Jordan, the grandmother of infant victim Jaden Jordan, in Brooklyn Supreme Court. “You left a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.”

More Brooklyn News

Greenpoint’s famed bar Enid’s closes for good. (GrubStreet)

A $6.75 million Brooklyn Heights townhouse built circa 1826 is on the market. (Curbed)

A Canadian brewery is opening its first U.S. location in Gowanus. (Crain’s)

Staff Picks

READ:

Here’s an inside look at the reporting behind Jeff Fager’s sexual harassment and assault allegations and the Washington Post’s wariness in publishing an article on it. (New York Magazine)

EAT:

Here are the five best places to get Lobster Newburg in New York City, including one restaurant in Prospect Heights. (Eater)

LAUGH:

A doctor has some questionable credentials. (The Week)

TRAVEL:

36 Hours in Rio de Janeiro” (NYT)

⌛ ON THIS DAY:

In 1953, the Eagle reported, “Five thousand waving and cheering civilians and a band playing ‘Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here’ greeted the troop transport General William Weigel as it docked today at the Brooklyn Army Base with 2,238 officers and enlisted men, the first to be returned direct to the East Coast from Korea and Japan.”

📔 IMPRINT:

President Trump sings in the rain on the latest cover of Time.

👑 ROYAL WATCH:

Prince Charles, who has at times been called the “pampered prince,” says he has two people to help him get dressed. (Express)

🏀 SPORTS:

Caris LeVert is finally returning to form just as Brooklyn tries to clinch a playoff berth.