Chili Dogs, working from Brooklyn, PLG and Crown Heights Assembly Race, food, rooftop movies, and more.
Brooklynites don’t want to travel to the city, which is why more and more employers are opening offices in Brooklyn. A Park Slope church is searching for the stolen tabernacle, a Flatbush church is to be revamped to bring coworking spaces to the neighborhood, Park Slope could get two new 16-story towers, the Coney Island ferry is postponed indefinitely and the state wonders if all of Brooklyn should be protected from aggressive real estate solicitations.
June is Pride Month, and Brooklyn’s big celebrations will take place in Park Slope on June 11. Details about this and other events at Pride of Brooklyn. Outdoor movies start, and Celebrate Brooklyn Concerts start June 8. That and more below.
There are less than four weeks left until most of those on the ballot will know if they have been elected, at least in the Democratic seats safely. In Brooklyn, the governor, lieutenant governor, a handful of assembly seats, and the seat of the U.S. senator will appear on the ballots. The last day to register to vote is June 3. Early voting will run from June 18 to June 26; The primaries take place on June 28.
Assembly District 43 (Crown Heights and PLG): I looked at how to choose a candidate among four excellent men who all basically promise the same thing.
Congressional District 9 (Crown Heights to Gravesend): Lubavitch businessman Menachem Raitport (Republican) announced his candidacy for the redesigned CD9, which now includes Crown Heights and much of the Jewish communities of Boro Park and Gravesend, in addition to Flatbush and Midwood. He last ran for president of Brooklyn Borough against Antonio Reynoso, receiving 23% of the vote. Yvette Clarke currently represents CD9.
Times of Israel examined what the redesigned congressional districts mean for New York’s Jewish community.
Congressional District 10 (Park Slope to Midtown Manhattan): Progressive Lower East Side City Council member Carlina Rivera announced she will join Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-Westchester/Rockland), former Mayor Bill de Blasio and Downtown Assemblyman Yuh -Line Niou in the race to represent the redesigned neighborhood which includes much of Brownstone Brooklyn, THE CITY has more.
With the governor and lieutenant governor on the ballots, there will be some debate ahead of the June 28 primaries.
On the Democratic side, Governor Kathy Hochul will debate Rep. Tom Suozzi and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams on June 7broadcast on CBS New York and WCBS Newsradio880, and on June 16and aired on NBC New York and Telemundo 47. Williams and Suozzi will also face off in a NY1 debate tonight at 7 p.m., hosted by Erroll Louis.
On the Republican side, the former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Andrew Giuliani and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island) will participate in the debate on June 13, airs on CBS 2 New York and WCBS Newsradio 880. All proceedings are at 7 p.m.
Lieutenant Governor: Last night, Ana Maria Archila and Diana Reyna discussed housing, gun violence, COVID and the role of the lieutenant governor; see it’s here or read about it here. Archila, in particular, wants to reshape the role the lieutenant governor plays in politics.
- Flat nozzle: The Flatbush Presbyterian Church, located at 494 East 23rd Street, will be transformed into “a community center for arts and social impact, with more than 250 co-working spaces, several performance halls, a cafe and a retail store , a pantry, a gallery, and recording and artist studios, ” if a developer gets what they want. And that might not be a bad way to preserve an old building.
Transport and streets
Schermerhornstraat: The city one new planwhich is expected to be implemented in the coming months, will transform Schermerhorn Street between Smith Street and Third Avenue into a one-way street for eastbound vehicles, which will have one traffic lane down the center of the street, the DOT announced. at a community council 2 meeting last week, Brooklyn Paper reports.
Street sale: Mayor Adams announced plans to reform and modernize vending machine regulations based on the 16 unanimous recommendations of this report by the Advisory Council of Street Vendors. From no longer having to keep books to selling opportunities in paid car parks and public squares, it will be interesting to see which changes will have the most significant impact.
Ferry: New York City has temporarily halted and indefinitely postponed plans to bring a ferry line to Coney Island on a “significant movement of sand.”
Diplomas: This week, Brooklyn College celebrated the class of 2022 – 4,257 graduates – at its 97th launch. Valedictorian for the Class of 2022 was Carina D’Urso; Leymah Roberta Gbowee, winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, was the keynote speaker.
Public schools: State legislators reached an agreement to grant Mayor Adams a two-year extension of the mayor’s control over city schools, half of the four years the mayor and Governor Kathy Hochul had requested, as well as capped class sizes in city schools between 20 and 25 students, depending on the level, over the next five years. The cap is likely an expensive measure, and the NYC DOE has yet to determine what it will cost. Education is the largest spending category in the city budget, which equates to nearly $50,000 per year per student. Chalkbeat reminds us this a study in New York found that educational gains were related to smaller classrooms with experienced teachers. Classes with inexperienced teachers saw no change.
urban dove – a school for at-risk youth in Midwood – has had its share of opposition in the community, but things started to change after the death of a student, a rosebush and a neighbor at the same time.
- A historic tabernacle approximately $2 million worth was stolen from St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Park Slope. There were many stories about it, all repeating what the diocese of brooklyn said“The burglar broke through a protective metal casing and seized the Tabernacle, which dates back to the date the church was built in the late 1800s. This holy sacramental receptacle is irreplaceable because of its historical value and The angels who framed the Tabernacle were beheaded and destroyed, and the Holy Eucharist lodged inside the Tabernacle was thrown all over the altar.”
- A stampede has broken out at Barclays Center after a ‘sound disturbance’ led people in a crowd leaving a boxing match last Saturday to believe there was a shooter in the area. At least ten people were injured, police said. reports Forbes.
- Ilene Steur, who was shot in the Sunset Park subway shooting, filed a complaint against the gunsmith Glock Inc.
National Geographic visits the small Caribbean part of Flatbushdiving into why residents are seeking national historic status for the rapidly changing neighborhood.
Coming soon: New Brooklyn Night Market at the City of Industry on 36th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, will take place the last Monday of the month, starting at 4 p.m. on June 27. And – Havana Outpost should be back in a few weeks, depending on what the the owner told FAB Fulton.
Flavors of Park Slope is this weekend, offering four “tastes” for $35 or 12 for $100 and featuring restaurants mostly on 5th Avenue. Tastes of Crown Heights is June 25.
NYT focuses on Appetizers and features a handful of Brooklyn spots, noting confit duck necks at Falansai, a Vietnamese restaurant in Bushwick, chili dogs in Room Hi Hi at Cobble Hill, and mozzarella sticks at at Bernie’s at Green Point. They also marked Fantasy and spices (now closed) world class chocolate chili biscotti recipe. In other closings, Crown Finish Caves abruptly closure announced just before the holiday weekend.
Bed-Stuy: Nigerian favorite Bouka closed its Clinton Hill location this spring, to reopen a few blocks at 1111 Fulton Street, Eater notes, noting the sizable menu of white yam fufu, pepper fish and lamb soup, and steak suya.
Green Point: little rascal opened at 130 Franklin Street, replacing Magazine, green pointers reported for the first time. Owners promise “an elevated, innovative cocktail bar with a cozy neighborhood attitude,” grand opening is June 4.
Crown heights: Arden at 788 Franklin Ave is the first restaurant in Scott Dansby and Marc Mata, conveniently located near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park. “Our local and globally conscious approach menu changes with the season and showcases our wood-fired grill,” the owners say, promising a “full bar, inventive cocktails, and a fun wine list.”
Park trail: Hiller & Moon — a cheese and gourmet food supplier at 814 Union Street — burned down on May 20, but they says La Poste “They are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have received from their community.”
- Round by Misha Kahn Sunset Park Studio – House of robots and a night opossum – with Braked.
- Brooklyn Film Festival begins June 3 and ends June 12.
- “Karim Rahma and Johnny Gaffney’s monthly show called Live Laugh Love LIVE!, a casually curated evening of comedy the Brooklyn duo launched during the pandemic, taking over residential rooftops and friends’ backyards, and, after tried and failed to secure a regular spot at one of the city’s most traditional comedy venues, has now planted its freak flag at the iconic Williamsburg restaurant,” BKMag Reportscrowning it the hottest comedy club in BK right now.
- NYT profiles choreographer Bed-Stuy Jordan Demetrius Lloyd and his new work, “Jerome”, staged in a schoolyard near his home.
- NYT Review of the Irondale Ensemble’s adaptation of Brecht’s anti-war epic – “Mother Courage and Her Children” is unforgiving: “captures some of its spirit but lacks any real philosophical or political weight”.
Rooftop Films returns in June to Brooklyn Military Terminal and Fort Greene Park, in august at Brooklyn Commons Park in Downtown Brooklyn, and all summer in Green Wood Cemetery and The old American can factory in Gowanus. And you can always drive, walk or bike to watch movies at Skyline Drive-in Theater in Greenpoint near the Brooklyn Expo Center.