The Day: Passover, Investor Green Cards and Murder at the Walt Whitman Houses

Horse made their way through Fort Greene Park, soaking in the warm sun. (Photo by Ben Kilgust)
Horse made their way through Fort Greene Park, soaking in the warm sun to begin the week. (Photo by Ben Kilgust)

Good morning, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

Passover started yesterday at sundown, beginning the eight-day holiday that commemorates the Jewish peoples liberation from slavery more than 3,300 years ago in Egypt. How are you celebrating the “festival of the matzos,” locals?

Here’s more news to start your day:

  • A 42-year-old man was shot and killed outside the Walt Whitman Houses yesterday, reported. The man, Armal Mallory, was shot in the torso and head, and declared dead at the scene, according to the paper. Check back later today for our report on Mallory’s murder.
  • The new green grass roof may be the topic of conversation around some local water-coolers, but the biggest story coming out of Atlantic Yards that many aren’t talking about is the raising of low cost capital, according to the Atlantic Yards Report. One way that’s been done is through the federal EB-5 program, in which foreign entrepreneurs get green cards for funding the project. In total, using this program could net the development $249 million in cheap capital this year.
  • If you’ve been watching the brick walls around Ralph’s Bodega, you might have seen artist David Ellis painting a huge mural, reported The New York Times. The wavy green, orange and yellow painting could be the biggest commission ever for Ellis, who will be paid with everyday items from the store – from cigarettes to a can of soda. “If I don’t have to pay for orange juice, coffee or anything else, this could be big,” Ellis said. What do you think about the new look for Ralph’s?