THE LEDE: Good morning! Members of Sunset Park’s immigrant community expressed concern on Monday that not enough was being done to engage non-English speakers in a rezoning that has broad implications for one of New York City’s most diverse neighborhoods, citing a lack of meetings and literature in their native languages. More than 47 percent of Community Board 7’s residents are foreign born, and 48 percent identify as having limited English proficiency.
~ NEW GENDER INCLUSION GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS A GOOD START, SAY ADVOCATES: The new set of guidelines covers, among other provisions, inclusion across genders in student clubs and health classes, and a more fluid dress code, “free of gender stereotypes.”
~ AT BROWNSVILLE VIGIL FOR SLAIN CYCLIST, A FOCUS ON INEQUITY IN BIKE LANE NETWORKS: Safe street activists and elected officialsgathered Monday in Brownsville to mourn the death of Ernest Askew — and to address the lack of equity in low-income communities of color when it comes to protected bike lanes and street safety.
~ IN SUNSET PARK REZONING, QUESTIONS SURFACE OVER EFFORTS TO ENGAGE IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORS: Community Board 7 members said that “robust forums” should be held in Spanish, Chinese and Arabic so that immigrants can have in-depth conversations — prior to public town halls — so that they could come informed and prepared to ask questions.
~ PET POLICY AT CITY SHELTERS KEEPS HOMELESS NEW YORKERS ON STREETS. COULD THAT CHANGE?: Kathie Brewster has been separated from her dog, Pinks, while living in a New York City homeless shelter for the past two years. The pair could be reunited through “co-sheltering” legislation from City Councilmember Stephen Levin.
~ CONEY ISLAND TURNS UPSIDE DOWN FOR STRANGER THINGS PREMIERE: In celebration of the third installment of the hit science-fiction Netflix series “Stranger Things,” Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park was transformed into 1980’s Hawkins, Indiana.
~ SUNSET PARK HAS BROOKLYN’S LOWEST RATE OF HEALTH INSURANCE — AND THAT’S A BIG PROBLEM: Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace are among the least-insured neighborhoods in New York City and contain no public hospitals or health clinics — presenting a challenge to the success of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to provide universal health care to New York City, a new report shows.
~ THE CITY’S LARGEST STATE PARK OPENS IN EAST NEW YORK: The opening of Shirley Chisholm State Park, supervised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and State. Sen Roxanne Persaud, marked the park’s initial $20 million opening phase.
~ PROSPECT PARK HORSE PARADE TAPS INTO BROOKLYN’S EQUESTRIAN ROOTS: Joggers and cyclists cocked their heads in Prospect Park on Saturday when a line of horses trotted past them. The four-legged animals were marching in Brooklyn’s first equestrian rally since the 1930s.
~ CAN #THEBLACKHOUR SAVE BLACK-OWNED BARS FROM GENTRIFICATION?: After a black-owned Prospect Heights bar nearly lost its liquor license in May amid a fierce debate over gentrification, a Brooklyn group hosted a black happy hour event there to promote black-owned and friendly bars throughout the borough.
~ HERE’S WHAT IT TAKES TO PLAN THE MACY’S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS: There are few people in the world who know the inner workings of the Fourth of July Macy’s fireworks better than Gary Souza. The pyro-technician has been meticulously planning and executing the show for the last 37 years. On this week’s episode, he tells us all that goes into planning the celebration.
MORE BROOKLYN NEWS
~ A guinea fowl was found roaming a Crown Heights gas station. (Daily News)
~ A Chihuahua was stolen in Brooklyn, but found days later. (CBS New York)
~ N train service in Brooklyn is fully restored after two years. (6sqft)
~ READ: “First I got pregnant. Then I decided to kill a mountain lion.” (Elle)
~ DRINK: Here are the 35 hottest bars in New York City right now, including nine in Brooklyn. (Eater)
~ LAUGH: President Trump swipes on Tinder. (The Week)
~ CONSIDER: Are political cartoons slowly becoming extinct? (Politico)
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
6:30PM — Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone: Astra Taylor with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian at NYPL. Details.
7:00PM — Outdoor Cinema at Parklife. Details.
ASK A HISTORIAN
Joan from DUMBO asks: “I just love the Fourth of July fireworks. When did they begin?”
⌛ ON THIS DAY
In 1876, the Eagle reported, “The completion of a hundred years of American Independence is a fact to startle the dullest imagination. The Republic is driving the fact into the very consciousness of the people in a variety of forms. Orators, music, processions, and every appliance to make a joyful noise are at work in all the land.”
American model Karlie Kloss poses in a green sweater on the August cover ofVogue UK.
“The British royal family’s costs are skyrocketing. Here’s Why.” (Fortune)
With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signing with the Nets, the basketball spotlight is migrating from Manhattan to Brooklyn. (NYT)
Happy birthday to Julian Assange, Montel Williams, Lamar Alexander, Dave Barry, Tom Stoppard, Sebastian Vettel, Audra McDonald, Olivia Munn and Tom Cruise!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].