Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! Today, Rev. Khader El-Yateem aims to shake up the City Council race, and a pack of smokes could soon set you back$13. Plus, the Columbia “dorm room chef” moves to Brooklyn (and continues cooking), and 20,000 gallons of oil are still missing in theGravesend Bay. Over the weekend, listen to a Merriam-Webster lexicographer talk about adding “f-bomb” to the dictionary, and catch a sword swallowing show in Coney Island. We’ll see you again on Monday!
IMPRINT: Founded in 1930, the cover of Berlin’s Weltkunst Mag illustrates the city today.
~EL-YATEEM WOOS THE GOP: Rev. Khader El-Yateem, the first Palestinian-American to run for the City Council seat representing Bay Ridge, is one of four Democrats running to succeed Councilmember Vincent Gentile. He seeks to distance himself from his fellow Dems by boasting that he is the only Democrat in the race who is not employed by a politician. El-Yateem says he’s confident he can woo Republicans across the aisle to vote for him in the general election in November...but political observers aren’t so sure. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~DE BLASIO THANKS YOU FOR NOT SMOKING: The biggest city in the country will soon be home to the priciest cigarettes in the country, if Mayorde Blasio has his way. In an effort to cut the number of NYC smokers by 160,000 by 2020, de Blasio is backing an effort to ratchet up the price of a pack of smokes from $10.50 to $13. (via the AP and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~DORM ROOM CHEF MOVES TO BROOKLYN...NATURALLY: The 23-year-old recent Columbia grad who made headlines for running a supper club out of his dorm room has relocated to the Wallabout neighborhood in Brooklyn. The supper club, called Pith, lives on in...now in the three-story townhouse young Chef Jonah Reider shares with a hedge fund manager who helps operate the supper club. Pith is booked solid through April and, according toReider’s Instagram, through May as well. (via the NYT)
~FOR THE BIRDS: The NYC Audubon will count and log all the green roofs in the city, which provide sanctuaries for any feathery friends that may stop by the Big Apple en route during their migration. The group hopes the database will provide a guide for any green-minded New Yorkers hoping to transform their own roofs. (via DNAinfo)
~WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 20,000 GALLONS OF OIL IN THE GRAVESEND?: Three weeks after 27,000 gallons of oil seeped into theGravesend Bay at the hands of Bayside Fuel Oil Depot, only 7,000 of those gallons have been recovered. The private fuel depot could face fines between $37,500 and $25,000. (via BKLYNER)
~TOWER TROUBLE: The 16-story towers that were set to rise a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden have been put on hold. DeveloperCornell Realty didn’t offer a reason for why they nixed the plan...but area anti-gentrificationists suggest it might have something to do with a 4,000 signature strong petition. (via Brooklyn Paper)
~BOOK YOUR STAYCATION: Your next destination for a subway-accessible, Instagram-worthy vacation spot? Try Sheepshead Bay. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, with photos)
~ICYMI//BOUNCE INTO BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: “Bouncy" Squibb Park Bridge once again connects Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The popular 450-foot-long wooden bridge reopened this week, to the delight of spring-seeking park goers. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
LISTEN: Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper talks about adding “f-bomb” and “bodice ripper” to the dictionary. (via NPR/Fresh Air)
READ: New Yorkers have raged about how unrealistic the “Friends” apartment is for decades. But what about the NYC apartments in “I Love Lucy” and “Girls”? Let’s compare. (via WaPo)
INTERVIEW: In advance of Holocaust Memorial Day, an extended Q&Awith Brooklyn Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz on his personal connection to the events surrounding the Holocaust. (via New York Jewish Life)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Arkansas carries out its first execution since 2005...Facebook wants to make it possible for you to type using only your brain (yes, really)...the Cherokee Nation is suing six of the country’s top drug firms for allegedly flooding native communities with highly-addictive opioids...and a rather untraditional matchmaking service unites cannabis lovers. (via the NYT, Bloomberg and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: A shootout in Paris leaves a police officer and the gunman dead, stirring fears terrorism just ahead of the hotly contested presidential election beginning Sunday...months after Taiwan sat poised to become the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage, gay rights activists face strong backlash...Australia aims to ramp up difficulty of attaining citizenship...and the Indian government says the country’s rate of young women will drop in the coming years, indicating high rates of sex-selective abortions. (via the NYT and WaPo)
ROYAL WATCH: “Watch Prince Harry Adorably Panic as He Realizes He Left a 5-Year-Old with Huge Scissors.” (via People)
11:30am - 6:00pm - We Wanted a Revolution symposium at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
6:00pm - Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation with Sarah Gerard and Amber Tamblyn at NYPL--Mid-Manhattan Library. Details.
6:30pm - Music: New Works, Old Questions at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Details.
7:00pm - Buddhist Realism and Dark Comedy: It’s Funny Because It’s True at The Strand. Details.
7:00pm - Poetry Reading with Kokumo at Spoonbill & Sugartown. Details.
7:30pm - Back in the USSR - Live Karaoke for the Resistance at Littlefield.Details.
8:00pm - Stargazing and Lecture Series: Oh, the Planets You’ll Go! at Columbia University. Details.
9:00pm - BAMcafe Live at BAM. Details.
9:00pm - Tongues in Trees at BAM Cafe. Details.
11:00am - The Highline & Its Environs at 92nd Street Y. Details.
2:00pm - 6:00pm - A Role Once Played at South Oxford Space. Details.
6:30pm - The Puerto Rican Movement: Political Activism Within the Diaspora at Interference Archive. Details.
8:00pm - Bargemusic Masterwork Series at Fulton Ferry Landing. Details.
8:00pm - Chairlift at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
8:00pm - Tinder Live! at Littlefield. Details.
7:00pm - “Nannies” Pilot Premiere & Kickoff Party at Littlefield. Details.
7:30pm - Happy Days at Theatre for a New Audience. Details.
8:00pm - John Brown's Body at Brooklyn Bowl. Details.
8:00pm - In the News with Jeff Greenfield: Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns at 92nd Street Y. Details.
ON THE PITCH: Ahead of El Clásico this Sunday at 2:45 p.m., Twitter has released brand new emojis of players from both Barcelona and Real Madrid. Just type in #Cristiano or #Messi to see the superstars' faces pop up. (via ESPN FC)