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 11th. Details about this and other events at Brooklyn Pride. Outdoor movies begin and Celebrate Brooklyn concerts begin 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) has 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.
The 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 that 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 take part 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 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’s new plan, which is expected to be implemented in the coming months, will turn 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 Board 2 meeting last week, reports the Brooklyn Paper.
Street sale: Mayor Adams has announced plans to reform and modernize vending machine regulations based on the 16 unanimous recommendations in this report from the Street Vendors Advisory Council. 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 due to “significant sand shifting”.
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 lawmakers reached a deal to give Mayor Adams a two-year extension of the mayor’s control over city schools, half of the four years the mayor and Gov. Kathy Hochul had requested, as well as the class sizes in city schools between 20 to 25 students, depending on grade, over the next five years. The cap is likely an expensive measure, and the NYC DOE has not yet determined what it will cost. Education is the largest spending category in the city’s budget, which equates to nearly $50,000 per year per student. Chalkbeat reminds us that a study in New York found that educational gains were linked to smaller classrooms with experienced teachers. Classes with inexperienced teachers saw no change.
urban dove – a school for at-risk youth in Midwood – had its share of opposition in the community, but things began to change after a student was killed, a rose bush and a neighbor at a 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 reaffirming what the Diocese of Brooklyn said: “The burglar cut out a protective metal casing and got away with the Tabernacle, which dates back to the date of construction of the church in the late 1800s. This holy sacramental receptacle is irreplaceable because of its historical and artistic value. The angels who flanked the Tabernacle were beheaded and destroyed, and the Holy Eucharist housed 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, according to police, Forbes reports.
- Ilene Steur, who was shot in the Sunset Park subway shooting, has filed a lawsuit against gun maker Glock Inc.
National Geographic visits the Little Caribbean part of Flatbush, diving 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, beginning at 4 p.m. on June 27. And – Havana Outpost should be back in a few weeks, from what 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 Finger Foods and features a handful of Brooklyn spots, noting confit duck necks at Falansai, a Vietnamese restaurant in Bushwick, chili dogs in Room Hi Hi in Cobble Hill, and mozzarella sticks in at Bernie’s at Green Point. They also marked Fantasy and spices (now closed) world class chocolate chili biscotti recipe. In other closures, Crown Finish Caves abruptly announced its closure 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, taking over from Magazine, Greenpointers first reported. 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 Scott Dansby and Mark Mata’s first restaurant, conveniently located near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park. “Our local, globally-minded 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 purveyor of cheeses and fine foods at 814 Union Street – burned down on May 20, but they told the Post “they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have received from their community.”
Park trail: Alma Negraa Mexican restaurant, opened at 494 Fourth Avenue, recently occupied by Gueros Brooklyn and a BK Lobster outpost.
- Visit Misha Kahn’s Sunset Park studio – home to robots and a nocturnal possum – with Curbed.
- The Brooklyn Film Festival begins June 3 and ends June 12.
- “Kareem Rahma and Johnny Gaffney’s monthly show Live Laugh Love LIVE!, a casually curated comedy night the Brooklyn duo launched during the pandemic, taking over residential rooftops and friends’ backyards , and, after trying and failing to get a regular slot appointment at one of the city’s most traditional comedy venues, has now planted his bizarre flag in Williamsburg’s iconic restaurant,” BKMag reports, crowning him the hottest comedy club in BK right now.
- The NYT profiles Bed-Stuy choreographer Jordan Demetrius Lloyd and his new play, “Jerome,” staged in a schoolyard near his home.
- The NYT’s 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.