Good morning Brooklyn: Friday June 25th 2021
Today is 176the Day of the year. Depending on your tax category, you might still work for your local, state, and national governments … just kidding. If you’re average, you were probably ready for 2021 two months ago.
While NYC is still waiting and debating the next Democratic mayor, Brooklyn is celebrating. The top three candidates all have deep Brooklyn ties, but the front runner in “votes” is still Brooklyn’s own District President Eric Adams.
The BP was renamed yesterday an intersection in Park Slope (7the Allee and 12the Road) in honor of a world famous literary son from Brooklyn, PETE HAMILL.
POSTHUMES BIRTHDAY PRESENT: The now legendary Pete Hamill was born and raised on the street that now bears his name. Brooklyn President Eric Adams and Councilor Brad Lander unveiled the new Pete Hamill Way on 7th Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets in Park Slope on June 24th, the journalist’s birthday.
Hamill’s career as a newspaper journalist, columnist, editor, and writer in New York City spanned four decades; and he even won a Grammy Award for his notes on Bob Dylan’s album “Blood on the Tracks”.
COMMUNITY BOARD 9 VOTES TO PROTECT THE BOTANIC GARDEN: Community Board 9 in Crown Heights voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday June 23rd to reject a controversial proposed development near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on the grounds that it would harm the flora of the BBG. Project developer, Continuum Company, wants the property on Franklin Ave. 960, which is adjacent to the garden, can be rezoned so that two towers more than 30 stories high can be built.
Officials at the widely respected cultural institution have said that if approved, the project would “block the garden’s 23 conservatories, greenhouses and nurseries for hours” that grow crops for the entire 52-acre garden and its community programs.
YES TO GOWANUS REZONING: Community Board 6 has approved the rezoning of Gowanus. After the conditional approval at the meeting of the land use committee last week, the entire board voted with 26 votes in favor and 6 against with 2 abstentions for the approval of the rezoning, according to a letter from the district manager to the community of Gowanus. However, that vote included a 14-page list of conditions that must be met before the area councilors would vote on it.
The main condition was the repair of public housing within the boundaries of the Gowanus district and the provision of affordable public housing.
CARLO SCISSURA commends bipartisan INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN: When news broke of President Joe Biden’s announcements that the federal $ 953 billion infrastructure plan was being completed, the New York Building Congress director hailed the legislation “as a historic moment for our nation “. NYBC President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura said, “Building new infrastructure is the best practice in getting out of an economic crisis and we need to use the lessons of the past year and a half to develop new public works.” that serve all communities. “
Now in its centenary year, the New York Building Congress is a broad-based association dedicated to promoting the growth and success of the construction industry in New York City.
NIGHT RAINBOWS CELEBRATE PROUD AND A MILESTONE: Kosciuszko Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Queens, and One World Trade Center are among the nationwide landmarks that will be illuminated in a color spectrum in honor of LGBTQ + New Yorkers through June 27th. Landmarks will be illuminated in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple to celebrate the month of Pride and the 10th anniversary of the passage and signing of the New York State Marriage Equality Act on June 24, 2011.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo welcomed New York as the birthplace and the LGBTQ + movement with Stonewall.
CYBERMOBULLYING HAS TAKEN INTO SCHOOLS, ASSERTS AG JAMES: The decision of the United States Supreme Court recognizing schools’ ability to contain cyberbullying came in part due to a protest by NY Attorney General Letitia James and a coalition of her counterparts in other states. Attorney General James argued that cyberbullying causes practical damage that disrupts school life and creates a hostile and unsafe climate in schools that hinders learning.
The District Court of Appeals had previously ruled that schools cannot regulate the speech of students appearing on a private social network off-campus, but the Attorney General protested with an amicus briefing.
HOUSING LOTTERY BEGINS FOR HISTORIC MILITARY B’LDG: BFC Partners, the development company for the Bedford Union Armory, launched the first phase of the affordable housing lottery for units at 1089 President St. on the corner of Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights on Thursday. Those earning $ 14,778 or more are eligible for affordable housing, with 50 percent of the housing reserved for Community Board residents 9 and 5 percent for NYC employees.
The Bedford Union Armory, built in 1903 and opened in 1908, served as the National Guard armory and stored army equipment and even a horse stable.
FRENCH PRICE FOR LIVE NY SUBWAY MAP from BROOKLYN FIRM: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) won the prestigious Gold Lion Award for their Live Subway Map at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2021. The card, which surpassed more than 29,000 competing submissions from 90 countries, is the result of a partnership between the MTA, the Transit Innovation Partnership, and Brooklyn-based global design and technology company Work & Co, which ran the project for free.
The beta version of the live subway map, which launched in October 2020, has proven to be an important user-friendly tool to keep passengers updated with the latest service information.
JAZZ LEADERS ‘FELLOWSHIPS INAUGURAL AWARDS: The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM) announced this week that composer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jordyn Davis and singer, composer, arranger and educator Charenée Wade are joining a highly competitive pool of 50 applicants as first recipients of the Jazz Leaders Fellowship (JLF). This initiative is made possible by the generous support of BKCM board member Daniel DiPietro and his wife Alexis. The $ 12,500 scholarship gives Davis and Wade the opportunity to work closely with BKCM students and faculty at the beginning of the program on August 1.
Davis and Wade will also have the opportunity to teach master classes and workshops, and lead performances.
RETURN OF LONG-AIDED LIBRARY SERVICES: The Brooklyn Public Library is expanding its services in 14 of its branches starting Monday, June 28th.
Library visitors can once again browse collections on the first floor, access computers and print, sign up for library cards, keep supplies of books, and return materials. Most stores also have extended opening hours, and starting July 17, customers will have access to all collections to browse and sit down.
The service was restricted from March 2020 as a precautionary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are still required.
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BP Adams, CM Lander join family and friends of legendary journalist Pete Hamill in unveiling the new Pete Hamill Way in Park Slope
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