Hey, everybody! I’m back with your new edition of the Brooklyn Daily. Let’s get this Thursday started off right with a quick guide to everything you need to know about what’s happening these days in town, including updates on…
- NYPD in legal purgatory 🍁
- A growing community gets a street sign
- Some stuff about the Nets 🏀
- A funny faux pas
But first, today’s weather:
☀️ Breezy in the afternoon. High: 61 Low: 44.
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Here are the top stories today in Brooklyn:
1. NYC has found itself in marijuana legalization purgatory—adult use is legal, but dispensaries are not, and local officials want to crackdown on these pop-ups. Dispensaries are dotting city streets everywhere these days, and councilmember Justin Brannan and state Senator Andrew Gounardes are calling for NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell to crack down on unlicensed vendors. In truth, all of these shops are operating without license, as none have actually been issued since legalization was passed in 2021.
2. An official street sign has honored ‘Little Bangladesh’ with co-naming legitimacy. A section of Kensington’s McDonald Avenue was recently recognized as Little Bangladesh in honor of the Bangladeshi community who resides there. According to a 2019 survey by the Asian-American Federation, 16% of the city’s Bangladeshi population lives in Brooklyn, and Kensington is one of the main hotspots. The Bangaldeshi community is the fastest growing Asian community in New York, and along this stretch of McDonald it thrives with local cafes and restaurants that contribute to the community’s culture and livelihood.
3. Brooklyn real estate developers have been charged with defrauding New York’s affordable housing program. The state’s tax exemption program was intended to promote affordable housing and provide residents with easier access to shelter. However, Joel Kohn, Michael Ambrosino, Alen Paknoush, Mendel Gold, Ioan Sita and Gheorghe Sita, and their real estate corporations have been indicted in five separate New York State Supreme Court cases for allegedly abusing said programs. Prosecutors say that developers illegally increased rent on their “affordable” properties and personally accrued benefits from generous property tax reductions.
3. Kyrie Irving celebrates the Nets’ 10 years in Brooklyn, a legacy he knowns “will last way beyond [his] years.” Growing up with the team while they played in New Jersey, Irving is loyal to his roots in the Garden State. However, last night the Nets officially kicked off their 10th season at Barclays against the New Orleans Pelicans, and Irving feels he’s got a good sense of what that anniversary means to the team, his teammates, and the borough. Irving acknowledges that to win a title in Brooklyn, during its 10th anniversary season, would be a “dream,” especially since the Nets have fallen short of lofty expectations the last couple of years.
5. The Nets have made it possible for a Brooklyn non-profit to keep helping kids get into STEM. The mission of Brooklyn-based company Digital Girl, Inc. is to empower inner-city youth, especially young girls, to get more involved and pursue careers in STEM—a field that continues to be largely male dominant. Digital Girl recently unveiled a new technology hub in Crown Heights—outfitted with new desktop Macs, PC computers, and a 3D printer for the computer center—all made possible by a $250,000 donation from the Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty, and Webull, the official jersey partner of the Nets and Liberty.
Today in Brooklyn:
- Free Admission Thursdays, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Today @ 2 p.m. | Details
- WordHack’s 8-year anniversary show, Wonderville Bushwick, Today @ 7 p.m. | Details
- 🎷 BRIC JazzFest 2022, BRIC on Fulton St. Today @ 7 p.m. | Details
- 🧙♀️Blind-cast “Hocus Pocus” [A Show From Memory!], Littlefield Gowanus, Today @ 8 p.m. | Details
- 30+ acts are coming to the 14th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church, Today—Sun. | Details
🐝 Brooklyn Buzz:
- 🐶 NYC’s animal care centers are calling for help: “Animal Care Centers of NYC needs help! While pets continue to be shipped in to New York in record numbers, there are so many already here that need our help. Hundreds of NYC homeless and abandoned pets have filled our shelter system. Many are now living in cages scattered throughout our shelters.” (ACC NYC via Facebook)
- “Go Anus,” a new celebratory mural in Gowanus features unfortunate faux pas: “I didn’t realize the ‘W’ is on the gate,” said the artist, a DJ who didn’t disclose his name, “Too bad it doesn’t open—it would be funny.” If you’re curious, as I’m sure you must be, scroll down at the link for a laugh. (New York Post)
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— Carlie Houser
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