Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy National High-Five Day, Brooklyn! Today, we bring you news of one Brooklyn pol who may join the pack in the mayoral election, and a check-in on the fallout from last year’s Brooklyn voter purge scandal. And remember that 27-acre waterfront park Bloomberg promised in 2005? It might be happening after all. Plus, get ready for folk music to rock Brooklyn, and read about the art of gently nudging lingering customersout the restaurant door. We’ll see you again on Friday...and that’s something worthy of a high-five!
IMPRINT: A high stakes game of Jenga on the cover of Onze School Mag from the Netherlands.
~MALLIOTAKIS MULLS MAYORAL RUN: Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis has taken Mayor Bill de Blasio to court. Now, she is thinking oftaking him on at the ballot box. Her final decision could come within the next 10 days to two weeks, she says, adding that she is also looking to see if her friend, billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, enters the race.“John and I are not looking to run against each other,” she said. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~THE BROOKLYN VOTER PURGE, ONE YEAR LATER: This time last year, thousands of voters turned out for a closely-watched primary election, only to show up to the polls and learn that their names had been purged from the rolls. More than 100,000 voters were illegally removed by the City Board of Elections in Brooklyn alone. One year later, WNYC tracks the city’s response to the scandal, and questions whether local pols delivered on their promises to deal with the profound problems with the way New York runs elections. (via WNYC)
~WE MIGHT GET THAT 27-ACRE WATERFRONT PARK AFTER ALL: The city clinched a $160 million deal last night for the final 11 acres of land needed to complete the 27-acre waterfront Bushwick Inland Park that pols promised us in 2005. Luxury apartments and condos have had no problem sprouting up since the Bloomberg-era waterfront rezoning, but progress on the park has dragged, despite the city having already invested $225 million in the project. (via DNAinfo)
~BIG TIME FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: Nearly half of the small businesses in NYC are owned by immigrants, and the de Blasio administration is stepping up its efforts to help them prosper. The NYC Department of Small Business Services introduces a new guide that offers step-by-step advice for immigrant entrepreneurs who are dealing with issues like signing a commercial lease and understanding their rights as immigrants. And of course, the guide will be available in six languages: Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Russian, Korean and Bengali. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~”KEEP FOLK MUSIC WEIRD” IN BROOKLYN: Folk music and Brooklyn confront two different American mythologies, and they swirl together at theBrooklyn Folk Festival. Brooklyn-based musician and performer Eli Smithhas been coordinating the festival for 35 years “with an eye toward the diverse, the spontaneous, the countercultural and the trenchant.” This year, the festival that aims to “keep folk music weird” will take place April 28th, 29th and 30th in Brooklyn Heights. (via the New Yorker)
~GET OFF THE STRUGGLE BUS: City buses equipped with wifi and USB charging ports are rolling into Brooklyn. They’ll replace about 40 percent of the MTA’s current fleet. (via DNAinfo)
~WHO PAINTED THE BENCHES ON SHORE ROAD?: Hint: it wasn’t the city. It was Boy Scout Troop 13, which was formed in 1948 and still continues to serve in its Bay Ridge neighborhood...Scout’s honor. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
READ: We see the halal carts on every other corner. Here’s what it’s like to live “A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor.” (via the NYT)
ANOTHER READ: When customers drop $1,500 on a bill at your restaurant, it’s necessary to perfect “The Art of Getting Patrons to Exit, Gracefully.”(via the WSJ)
LOOK: 31 vintage book propaganda posters, featuring everyone fromMaurice Sendak to Keith Haring. (via Lit Hub)
DRINK: Catch Brewery Night at the Brazen Head on April 25, when allFounders beers are $5.
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Fox News gives Bill O’Reilly the boot following multiple allegations of sexual harassment…Remember how the Trump admin purged all the U.S. attorneys? The administration has replaced exactly zero of those U.S. attorneys...and Berkeley cancels an appearance by “conservative firebrand” Ann Coulter over concerns about more riots, but she vows to go through with the event anyway. (via the NYT and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: French millennials gives legs to the rise of the far right in Europe…clashes in Venezuela over elections and a return to democratic rule leave at least two people dead, while some poor Venezuelans are too hungryto join the protest...and Indonesia showed its first Christian governor in decades the door. (via WaPo, the NYT and the WSJ)
ROYAL WATCH: Prince William and Lady Gaga have a Skype sesh.(via ABC News)
3:30pm - Spring Family Concert with Wojciech Bukalski at Greenpoint Public Library. Details.
6:00pm - Book Talk: Gardens of Stone at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
6:00pm - The Archaeology of Cats and Dogs at Brooklyn Brainery. Details.
6:00pm - The History of Scotch Whiskey at Prospect Heights Brainery.Details.
6:30pm - How the Gringos Stole Tequila at the Mexican Consulate. Details.
6:30pm - Islam: Debating Democracy, Tolerance, and Terrorism. Details.
7:00pm - Panel Discussion w/ Charles Bock, AM Homes, Rivka Galchen, Rick Moody, and Sheri Fink at PowerHouse Arena. Details.
7:30pm - Allie X at House of Yes. Details.
8:00pm - “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” Drinking Game at Littlefield.Details.
8:00pm - Eliot Glazer presents “Haunting Renditions” with Thorgy Thorg at the Bell House. Details.
7:30pm - Anne Akiko Meyers: Fantasia–An Evening of Fantasy at 92nd Street Y. Details.
11:30pm - DJ Questlove Presents: Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl. Details.
ON THE PITCH: “If You Don’t Want to Know What This Article Is About, Please Look Away Now.” (via the NYT)