Manhattan Backlash, Safe Streets, Boxing, and Unicorns

Your midweek roundup of the latest Brooklyn business news, from The Bridge and its media colleagues

Sewing garments at the UZI brand workspace in Sunset Park (Photo by Emily Nonko)

The plan for a  Sunset Park fashion hub upsets Manhattan garmentos. The governor allocates millions to fix Atlantic Avenue. A Carroll Gardens blogger gets a big scoop. Music and boxing boost Brooklyn’s economy. And unicorn headbands come to Park Slope.

1. Bklyn as fashion hub? Mayor’s plan stirs Manhattan backlash

Mayor de Blasio says his proposal would provide affordable space. The plan would end zoning protection for Manhattan factories. Read more. [Bloomberg]

2. How deadly Atlantic Avenue is about to get safer

Brooklyn’s busiest business corridor will receive $5 million in improvements for bikers and pedestrians. Read more. [The Bridge]

3. A Brooklyn designer’s Ethiopian dreams

Bolé Road Textiles weaves modern ideas with traditional craftsmanship, to vibrant effect. Read more. [The Bridge]


Hana Getachew, whose family left Addis Ababa when she was three (Photo by Steve Koepp)

4. Will there be an economic impact from the new ferry?

Time will tell, but startuppers, incubators and other sources think it will certainly help. Read more. [ Brooklyn]

5. Meet the blogger who got the Paul Manafort scoop

Katia Kelly of ‘Pardon Me for Asking’ covered her Brooklyn neighborhood with a hyper-local focus. Then she got a hot tip and ran with it. Read more. [The Bridge]

6. Commissioner talks up NYC's music industry at Brooklyn Bowl

Julie Menin, head of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, said the business provies 60,000 jobs. Read more. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

7. CNN predicts new bookstore will be a tourist destination

Novelist Emma Straub’s Cobble Hill bookstore, Books Are Magic, is scheduled to open May 1. Read more. [CNN] Read our coverage on The Bridge.

8. Barclays slugs it out with the Garden for fights

Over the past 17 months, professional boxing in the city has lived almost exclusively in Brooklyn.” Read more. [New York Times]

9. If you haven’t tried mead, you’re missing out

How the ancient beverage, now brewed in Brooklyn, is making a richly flavored comeback. Read more. [The Bridge]

10. Whoa! A unicorn headband shop is opening in Park Slope

On May 6, Brooklyn Owl, which focuses on handmade unicorn horns and other accessories, plans to open on Flatbush Avenue. Read more. [Time Out New York Kids]