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TAPPED OUT Dance troupe conned for $10K By Gersh Kuntzman The Brooklyn Paper

Fowl playing fair in Prospect Park

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State officials condemned Prospect Heights 21 years of upheaval by ignoring the implications of giving Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner more time to build his megadevelopment when they renegotiated their deal with the builder last summer, project opponents alleged in court on Tuesday. Lawyers from a broad coalition of Atlantic Yards opponents made their argument in state Supreme Court in what is the final major case against the Empire State Development Corporation, the quasi-public agency supervising the project. The plaintiffs’ main argument centered on Ratner’s extended buildout for his 16-skyscraper residential, retail and arena project, which was originally supposed to be done by 2016. The terms of the summer renegotiation allow Ratner to complete the project by 2031 — yet the state did not conduct a new environmental review to determine if such a long buildout would have dire consequences for the neighborhood. “When all you’re likely to get is an arena and maybe one or two buildings, you have to change your analysis,” said Jeffrey Baker, the attorney for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, an opposition group. Lawyers for the ESDC and Ratner insisted that their new timetable for completing the project did not affect their previous environmental analysis from 2006. “There is nothing that a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement would provide that we don’t already have,” said ESDC lawyer See BLIGHT on page 10

Bahlman said while feeding one of the swans a handful of cooked corn. A quick search on (“revolutionizing the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds!”) reinforces the significance of the new swan community. The highest population on record from 1900 to present day in Prospect Park was in June of last year, when both the Honeybear and Monster families still had their broods intact. Since those glory days, six of their cygnets have either perished or flown onto other lakes. Rumors abound that some of the infant swans died as a result of fishing-related injuries.

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Past may be prologue at A’Yards After LIRR Terminal outrage, state won’t reveal arena security plan

Suit: Yards area will stay a mess By Stephen Brown

MEET THE MONSTERS: The once-aggressive Monster family — (from front) Jaws, Sedna and their lone child Ziggy — is now living in harmony with two other families.








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REALITY BITES: The new LIRR terminal is ringed by big stone bollards — though a 2007 rendering (top) showed less-massive versions.

Everyone’s been talking about the drastic security measures at the new $106-million Long Island Rail Road Terminal on Flatbush Avenue — but state officials still won’t talk about whether a similar security blanket will envelop the proposed Barclays Center across the street. Current renderings of Bruce Ratner’s basketball arena near the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues show a line of thin, metal, waist-high security bollards — quite unlike the massive tomb-like blocks that wall off the entrance to the new LIRR terminal. Much smaller, bench-like bollards were in earlier renderings of the terminal, but were dramatically enlarged after secret discussions among the LIRR, its architect and the NYPD, officials confirmed. Atlantic Yards watchers think the same thing will happen if the Barclays Center is built, but the Empire State Development Corporation won’t talk. “We are working with the developer and the NYPD on the specific security arrangements,” said spokesman Warner Johnston. “However, it is our policy to not speak on specific security measures under consideration.” That policy violates the spirit of the Freedom of Information Law and, as

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But two swans have gone AWOL!


A Park Slope youth dance troupe that was selected to perform at an elite international competition had its airfare money stolen by a fly-bynight travel agent — and it’s unclear if the kids will be able to attend the prestigious event. The head of Dancewave Studio told police last week that a $8,585 check that was intended If only they ca to cover some of the plane tickets for her two n raise $29,00 By Barry Sh 0 ifrin dozen teenage performers was stolen by a travel for The Brookly n Paper agent who claimed that she had booked and paid ark Slope’s own teenage dance troupe is one for the tickets through the Virginia office of highstep closer to stuff on the wor strutting its ld Adam Travel Services, an international travel The 16 dancingstage. ers of Dancewave, teenagagency specializing in Islamic pilgrimages. Avenue-based the Fourth inst studio, have bee ructional n selected to A smaller amount of money was also stoperform at the Abe ternational You rdeen Inlen off of the Dancewave credit card by the in Scotland nexth Festival but the group t June — same woman, said Diane Jacobowitz, the distill raise roughly $29 needs to them across the ,000 to get rector of the 15-year-old troupe, which was pon “We applied, and d. accepted, we thou when got to be the only American company at the presfind someway ght, ‘We’ll to do this,’” said Princeton Spic tigious 2010 Aberdeen International Youth troupe’s sole mal er, 17, the e. This week, Festival. just might hav Dancewave e way. Nick Kot fou nd that “We are sick to death about this,” Jacoowner of Park son is, the Slop and Fitness, step e Health bowitz told The Brooklyn Paper on Tuesday. with a pledge to ped forward $10,000 in don match up to “These kids raised the money themselves, ations. The group has with a benefit concert and by even pooling ing financial aidbeen receivin smaller ways, too. their baby-sitting money. To be scammed “We got a small from someone we donation like this is just horrifying.” know,” said Sara didn’t even "˜Ê̅iÊÀœ VŽÃ\ Dance 15. A Rhode Islah Bernbaum, Berry, Patrice Alyssa students (from left) Sara In a subsequent statement, Jacobowitz heard about the nd man who ney grou Dunbar, and Kel Roth, Princeton Spicer, Detion to the prestigi p’s selec- to Brittly Rodriguez Sco ous are hoping tlan added, “While it is unfortunate that some dan d ce to event and donated to get down. teach those kilt-wearing yah to go $10. oos how that his wife was received receipts people would steal money from children, Dance- a dan“Hecersaid Jacobowitz and she had rece passed away,” “We’re doing wha wave is working with its bank to recover the lost bau for thesaid Julyntlybookings viateve e-mail, was satisr it kids alland m. “It was real Ber n- takes,” said Patr get housed … He said he hun ly sweet. Roth, 17. “We’re ice Alyssa the University together at of Abe money. Dancewave guarantees that no parent ture fied that transaction real was complete. g ourthe picing forward to the ly look- They’ll get to share rdeen. in his office.” trip their cul.” ture Dancew and lear kids ave Exe have bee or child will lose a penny. The trip to ScotlandtribThe n othe But onn con Jan. 15, she got a Difrenzied call from cutive rs’ cul- the - rect tures.” uting in their own way she’or Diane Jacobowitz said as welparent As the srecommended ecstatic about the l, from donatin onl will take place as scheduled.” who had the travel consoliy Am g idea erican their the kids of group sele babysitting mon goin cted g to ey Sco , to hostDan cetland. wave ing a “Ho ere’ll be wounever liday Fies Here’s how the scam went down, accordingthe dator telling her“Ththat the had actually ld represen thea woman ta,” t not group performed where from all over Europeter groups only Brookly n, but and sold grou … drum tire the enbaked paid ps from Gha United States.then goods. for the to Jacobowitz. Jamaica ticket. Jacobowitz went from Japan,” shena, painters To said. “The dan donate, visit www. cew Last month, she wrote a check for $8,585 and back to her travel documents, and sure enough, . authorized a credit card payment for a lesser her booking receipts also indicated that the seats amount to a “travel consolidator” who had been had been set aside, but had not been paid for. recommended by the parent of one of her danc“This whole thing is a tragedy,” said Jacoers. That parent had used the consolidator for a bowitz, who spent Tuesday telling parents the trip to Jamaica, and the agent promised to book bad news. “Every time I think about this, I start a block of tickets for the young dancers at a half- to cry. These kids raised money by themselves. priced group rate. This is just so wrong.”


By Stephen Brown In a stunning development, two families of swans in Prospect Park have welcomed a new family of white-feathered visitors, flouting their reputation as territorial tyrants. The change in avian behavior comes on the heels of the uneasy rapprochement reached between two once-warring waterfowl clans, the Monster and Honeybear families, which were previously vying for the prime feeding grounds by the boathouse. Now the two families, each with one cygnet, are accommodating two more swans, dubbed John Boy and Grandpa, by the pair of bird lovers who spotted the newcomers’ arrival on Jan. 10. “It’s a swan society at work!” See page 4 said Ed Bahlman, who along with his companion Anne-Katrin Titze visits the swans like clockwork most mornings. “They’re just trying to make the best of the winter. They’re in it together.” Bahlman insists that this is the first time that he can remember that three families of swans — normally territorial, aggressive creatures — are sharing the lake. Indeed, on a recent sunny morning, all eight swans seemed to be getting along swimmingly. Mama Bear and Poppa Bear floated near the shore, awaiting discarded bread. Meanwhile, Honeybear romped with Ziggy and John Boy, chasing them off by batting his wings along the water. Bahlman and Titze laughed at the antics, saying that Honeybear’s newfound confidence was nothing more than harmless roughhousing. “This is truly what wildlife, left to its own devices, looks like,”

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Last year’s model of Bruce Ratner’s arena doesn’t show bollards, though they will likely be a big feature. The state isn’t talking. such, The Brooklyn Paper has filed a FOIL request for information about the state’s security plans. The ESDC is a public agency. And its internal machinations over security at Atlantic Yards will play a huge role in determining the final aesthetic of a building that was once proposed to be an architectural marvel. Since Ratner fired his original starchitect Frank Gehry, the build-

ing has been “value engineered” to be less flamboyant. Manhattan-based SHoP Architects is now in charge of the less-ambitious, though still-striking, re-design. When Gehry was still the designer-in-chief, an NYPD spokesman famously said in 2007 that bollards would not be needed. Perhaps our request will reveal if that’s still the case.


It’s as important as ever to help the people of Haiti — and there are more and more ways to do so this week. Here’s how: • The Red Cross: The organiza-

tion’s “donation by cellphone” serivce is the easiest way to donate. Just text “HAITI” to 90999 and $10 will be sent to the group. You’ll see it on your next cellphone bill. • UNICEF: Donate at • The Mayor’s Fund: Call 311. • Doctors without Borders: Donate at In addition, there are several benefit events this week and next week that are listed in our events calendar on page 6. The first is this Saturday at the Tabla Rasa Gallery in Sunset Park. The biggest fundraiser is on Wednesday,

Jan. 27 at The Bell House in Gowanus, and features comedian Jimmy Fallon and performances by The Wrens and Rhett Miller. Tickets are $50. All proceeds from that event go to Partners in Health and Save the Children, two groups that are helping on the ground in Haiti.

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Brooklyn Heights goes boom

Gas explosion sends shockwaves through quiet neighborhood By Andy Campbell The Brooklyn Paper

A series of underground explosions rocked the heart of Brooklyn Heights on Monday afternoon, sending residents out into the street, but causing minimal damage, police said. Officers responded to Joralemon Street between Hicks Street and Willow Place after getting reports of up to five explosions at around 1 pm. Independent contractors who had been inJoralemon Street was the site of a series of gas explosions that sent stalling a gas line in front of the MTA hundreds scurrying, but caused little actual damage. substation at 25 Willow Pl. hit a sub-

way power line and caused nearby manholes to blow, cops added. “I heard a loud ‘boom’ and a few minutes later, firefighters were telling me to get out,” said Willow Place resident Ben Bankson, who waited for hours asking to get back into his home on Monday. “The explosions shook some of my friends’ homes.” Others said their historic brownstone and brick houses quaked with each blast. Smoke and dust billowed throughout the scenic Willowtown portion of Brooklyn Heights for as long as an hour

after the final explosion. Paving stones around the manholes were rippled like warped wood, surrounded by police tape and scurrying firefighters. Dozens of people, mostly senior citizens, were lingering in the street, waiting for permission to return to their homes as workers tried to fix the mess. Bankson said each of some 180 units had to be inspected for further gas leaks. Service on the 4 and 5 trains, which travel through the Joralemon Street tunnel between Borough Hall and City Hall, was out for most of the afternoon,

the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported. The 5 train was rerouted over the 2 line between Manhattan and Nevins Street. When gas levels in the area were finally deemed safe and the trains were back in service, residents were allowed to filter back into their homes. No major damage was reported to homes or people, though Bankson said he and his neighbors would be talking about the incident for a long time. “I was in the middle of baking stuff for my neighbors when it happened,” he said. “Now we’re shook up.”


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A man was grazed by a stray bullet on Jan. 17, but didn’t realize it until a few minutes later. The tough victim initially told cops that he thought he had been shot on Waverly Street, but after further reflection, decided it must have happened on Monument Walk in the Walt Whitman houses at around 3 pm when he was exiting a cab and heard a couple of shots. He then waltzed into Brooklyn Hospital.

Path marked

A trip to the Atlantic Terminal Pathmark turned rotten on Jan. 12, as a thief swiped $1,500 of fancy gear from a careless shopper. The victim told cops that he had left his property unattended at the grocery store at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues for a mere five minutes around 2:30 pm when he realized it had been stolen. Some of the more valuable items he lost included a $500 pair of sunglasses, a $300 Louis Vuitton wallet and a $400 Ralph Lauren coat.

Classic robbery

A thief jacked a 1987 Buick from Washington Avenue. The owner told cops that he had left his car between Lafayette and Greene avenues around 3:45 pm on Jan. 12. When he returned four days later around 8 pm, it was long gone. A thug flipped out in a

Air conned

A thief ransacked a Clinton Avenue apartment on Jan. 13, stealing two computers and an assortment of jewelry. The victim told cops that she left her place, which is between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues, at around 8 pm and returned three hours later to find her property missing. Cops noticed that the air conditioner hanging over the

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Beat down

A brigand jumped a man on Jan. 14, pushing him to the ground and kicking him in the face before stealing his wallet. The victim told cops that he was on Hall Street near Willoughby Avenue at around 7 pm when a man jumped him from behind. He could not give cops a description of the attacker.


A thug attacked a 14-yearold boy with an unknown object on Jan. 15, causing cuts and swelling to his face. The young victim told cops that he was at the corner of Fulton Street and Carlton Avenue at around 11 pm (out pretty late for a 14-year-old, no?) when his 18- to 20-year-old attacker made his move. The kid was sent to Brooklyn Hospital.  — Stephen Brown

78th Precinct Park Slope


Someone stole nearly $1,300 from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music late last year. The director of the Seventh Avenue music school told cops on Jan. 13 that $1,288 in bank deposits had been removed from the account at the school, which is at Lincoln Place.

Burg roundup

There were at least three burglaries reported last week: • Thieves busted into a basement apartment on Third Street on Jan. 11, stealing electronics and $800. The resident said he was not in the unit, which is between Seventh and Eighth avenues, from 1:45 pm to 5:15 pm. • A thief used the fire escape to access a Dean Street apartment on Jan. 12, stealing $2,000 and a car navigation system. The resident told cops that he was not in the apartment, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues, from 3 pm to 10 pm. • A thief pried open the door on an Eighth Avenue apartment and stole a laptop

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Car insanity

At least four cars were stolen or broken into last week: • A thief swiped a Jeep Liberty from Eighth Street. The owner told police that he’d parked the behemoth between Sixth and Seventh avenues at around 6 pm on Jan. 11, but the car was gone by 10:30 am on Jan. 15. • A 17-year-old Nissan Sentra was swiped from that hotbed of car theft near the Prospect Park Zoo on Flatbush Avenue on Jan. 14. Cops say that the owner parked the car on the quiet stretch between Empire Boulevard and Grand Army Plaza at 5 pm and returned one hour later to find it gone. • An 18-year-old Honda Civic — popular among thieves, despite its advanced age — was swiped off Second Street. The owner told cops that she parked the ancient vehicle between Seventh and Eighth avenues at around 2 pm on Jan. 10, but it was gone 26 hours later. • In what could be an inside job, a man told cops that he parked his company car in a company lot on Second Avenue near Sixth Street on Jan. 14 only to return the next day to find the car cleaned out of $2,200 in games, electronics and computing equipment.  — Gersh Kuntzman

84th Precinct Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO Boerum Hill–Downtown

Held up

Four troublemakers brandished scissors and a knife at a man riding on a Manhattan-bound F train on Jan. 11, though they were arrested a short while later. The victim told cops that he was on the train between the Carroll and Bergen street stations at around 3 pm when the thugs pulled out their crude weapons and forced him to hand over his iPod and Blackberry. The quartet of cretins then demanded he disembark at Bergen Street while they continued. Two hours later, a cop stationed at the Broadway Junction stop spotted four troublemakers who fit the description, and recovered the victim’s property.

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Some creep robbed a woman’s pocketbook while she sat in church on Jan. 10. The victim told cops that she placed her purse in the seat behind during services at around 3 pm at the Brooklyn Tabernacle on Smith Street between Livingston and Fulton streets. When she got up to leave, she noticed that her wallet, credit cards, and $25 had been swiped.


A thief stole a car from Joralemon Street on Jan. 13. The owner of the 2004 Maxima told cops that he was leaving a Laundromat around 3:15 pm when he returned to find his car gone from the block between Columbia and Willow places.

Stick up

Three armed thugs held up two men buying sandwiches at a York Street deli on Jan. 14. The victims told cops that the trio of hooded troublemakers stormed the New Way Deli between Gold and Bridge streets at around midnight, pulled a gun, and demanded that the men empty their pockets. One victim was punched in the face while handing over his cellphone and iPod. The second victim handed over an iPhone and $260. All the while, the clerk was watching the whole exchange, likely thrilled that the crooks were uninterested in his cash register.

Yanked at the Y

In a chilling reminder of last week’s police blotter, a thief snatched a man’s wallet as he worked out at the Atlantic Avenue YMCA on Jan. 12. The physically active victim told cops that he had finished exercising at the gym between Court Street and Boerum Place at around 10:15 pm and returned to his locker to find the lock, his wallet, credit cards and $60 missing.  — Stephen Brown

94th Precinct Greenpoint–Williamsburg


Two jerks ganged up on a woman and stole her iPhone on Bedford Avenue on Jan. 12. The victim told cops that the thugs approached her at about 6:45 pm on the north side of McCarren Park and asked for the time. She pulled out her iPhone, and

they lunged at her, wrestling the expensive gadget away as she yelled. But her cries fell on deaf ears — the two fled and police couldn’t find them.


A brute obliterated a woman’s front door and stole a laptop from her Freeman Street apartment on Jan. 12. The resident told cops that she returned to the home, which is between Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue, at 2 pm to find the door damaged beyond recognition. The jerk had made off with her computer.

Bag swipe

A screaming thug wrestled a bag from a woman on Withers Street on Jan 12. The victim told police that she was heading to her apartment between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street at about 6:30 pm when the perp came at her, screamed and grabbed her bag containing various cards and cash. The plucky gal resisted, but was unable to hold on, and the man fled with her belongings.

Punch it

Three bullies repeatedly punched a man and stole his Blackberry on Driggs Avenue on Jan. 15. The 26-year-old victim was walking and texting — a dangerous combination — at about 2:15 pm between N. Sixth and N. Seventh streets when the three noticed him. One punched him repeatedly in the face before stating, “Give me your phone.” The injured man tossed the Blackberry to one of the ruffians and they left.  — Andy Campbell

90th Precinct Williamsburg–Bushwick

Brutal attack

Three 15-year-old hoodlums were arrested for punching a man repeatedly in the face on Morgan Avenue and stealing his iPhone on Jan. 15. The 22-year-old victim was between Rock Street and Flushing Avenue at about 8 pm when the three ran up, attacked him, took his cellphone and left him on the sidewalk with cuts and bruises all over his face. While he was being treated at the hospital, the police caught up with the miscreants.

Stamp collector

Someone broke into a woman’s Penn Street home and stole her entire stamp collection along with some cash on Jan. 16. The victim told cops that she was not at the home, which is between Lee and Marcy avenues, between 4 and 7:30 pm, when she returned to find the basement door open. Closer inspection revealed that $40 worth of stamps and $1,500 had been taken.

Breaking bread

Some jerks broke into the Living Bread restaurant and stole all the money in a cash register on Jan. 18. The perp broke the front-facing window on Knickerbocker and Johnson avenues with a rock at about 2 am, climbed through and broke open the register, according to police. More than $500 was stolen.


Someone broke into a Hope Street apartment and

stole a camera, laptop and cash on Jan. 18. The 32-year-old victim told cops that she was not in the house, which is between Roebling and Havemeyer streets, from 5:30 and 7 pm when she returned to find the lock broken on the front door — and his stuff missing.  — Andy Campbell

68th Precinct Bay Ridge

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A car saleman was held up at gunpoint as he was about to deposit the day’s receipts on Jan. 14. The 32-year-old from Bay Ridge Volkswagen said that he was on 94th Street near Third Avenue on his way to a nearby Chase Bank at around 2:30 pm when an unidentified man approached with a gun and said, “Give it to me, you know what I’m talking about.” The thief ran off with more than $42,000 in cash and checks.

Coin calamities

Thieves entering two homes last week week ended up getting nothing but pocket change from their victims. A 33-year-old Wakeman Place resident told police that someone broke through the rear window of his home near Bergen Place on Jan. 15, stealing a computer and his collection of gold and silver coins. Despite being rare, the coins — some of which were from Mexico — added up to only $200, the victim said. Two days earlier, thieves broke into a home on 10th Avenue near 63rd Street and took $15 in assorted coins, officials said.

Mac menace

A thief swiped a laptop computer plus other equipment from a 68th Street home on Jan. 14. The 22-year-old victim said that she was away from her home, which is between Third and Fourth avenues, for a half hour during the after-

noon when someone forced in the door before taking the laptop and an iPod.

Time to retool

A 44-year-old 72nd resident returned home to find that someone had rifled through his basement. The victim said that a pipe machine, several drills, a cement nail gun and a cement mixer were removed from the home, which is near Third Avenue, between Jan. 9 and — Thomas Tracy 11.

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A woman who let some people into her Clinton Street apartment after her stove caught fire on Jan. 4 discovered once the smoke cleared that her laptop had been stolen. The 41-year-old victim told police that her stove in her Red Hook Houses apartment caught fire at around 2:45 pm and a bunch of people ran in to help. In the confusion, she did not see who left with her Dell computer.

Car troubles

There were at least three car break-ins last week — all involving the theft of a satellite navigation system. Here’s a round-up: • A thief busted into a 2009 Honda that had been parked on Smith Street near Nelson Street on Jan. 4 at 6 pm. An hour later, the owner returned to find the passenger-side window smashed and her digital map and sunglasses gone. • A man who parked his 2008 Dodge Cavalier on Columbia Street near W. Ninth Street at 7 pm on Jan. 6 returned the next morning to find his window smashed and his iPod and map system gone. • About a block to the east, a thief broke into a car that had been parked at 8 am on Jan. 6 and stole the navigation system. That driver discovered the crime at 6 pm that day.  — Gersh Kuntzman

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Man arrested for flushing into Newtown Creek By Andy Campbell The Brooklyn Paper

A Greenpoint property owner was collared on Wed­ nesday for allegedly taking a huge dump in Newtown Creek. Jose Torres — owner of three commercial buildings on N. Henry Street near the creek — was charged with allowing toilets and sinks to drain directly into the already filthy waterway. “Isn’t that disgusting?” said Jerry Schmetterer, a spokesman for District Attorney Charles Hynes, who announced the 81-count indictment against Torres. “Toilets are supposed to go into municipal sewer lines.” But they weren’t, Hynes charged. And it’s not as though Torres wasn’t warned;

both the city and state environmental agencies investigated the plumbing and ordered Torres to fix the problem Oct. 1, 2009, according to Hynes’s press release. Torres fixed the problem by Oct. 9 — but by then, Hynes’s investigators had logged 81 pollution-related felonies. He was arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday and was release after making the $10,000 bail. His lawyer, Andrea Zellan, was unavailable to comment, according to her office. Torres owns the buildings at 251, 257 and 259 N. Henry St. — between Meserole and Norman avenues — but his tenants apparently had no idea that they were using

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(also known as a bathroom), a disparity that has some local shredders hoping for more funds once a full renovation plan are finalized. For now, though, Hawk’s money will go towards temporary skateboard obstacles, curved benches and ramps that will be installed this spring. “Of course, the kids would be more stoked if we got a concrete bowl, but for now we’ll take what we can get,” said Jose Portes, the coowner of Homage Skateshop on Smith Street, adding, “It’s just an interim setup.”

Sue Wolfe, who runs a “friends” of the park group, saw the equipment as welcome additions to the relatively unused space. “These are big skate elements, they’re not small,” said Wolfe. The equipment is a far cry from the concrete wonderlands sprouting up all over the country and in other areas of the city. Fortunately, a more comprehensive skate park will likely be built when the park gets its full facelift, according to Portes. A spokesman for the Parks Department said that the de-

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Well, it’s a start. Hours after The Brooklyn Paper went online last week with its world exclusive about the disastrously broken sidewalk in front of Borough Hall, someone made a fairly lame effort to fix it. What once was an obstacle course of fractured paving 2VHRG stones is now an only-less-slighty dangerous walkway of half-dry mud and gravel. Even Borough President Markowitz agreed that the repairs were lousy. “It still needs work,� Markowitz said after seeing that some of the plaza’s cracked bluestone had

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Walk safely, Marty! The plaza around your Borough Hall office is now an obstacle course of disaster! The salt-covered sidewalk outside looks like it’s been through a Moscow winter, what with wide cracks and chunks of slate sidewalk breaking away on the north side of the building near Court Street. Some who walk the area daily, like Downtown office worker Lawrence Fiffer, are so fed up with the dangerous mess that they keep calling 311 — but are clearly getting nowhere. “Some of these agencies, you can write from now until doomsday and they won’t respond,� said Fiffer. “It’s neglected, I tell ya.� It’s also ironic, given that Marko-

witz made his personal fortune in part from a $225,000 slip-and-fall settlement in 2003 after he took a spill on an icy Albany parking lot in 2001. The plaza in front of Borough Hall is the responsibility of the Parks Department, but the agency’s response to The Brooklyn Paper’s inquiry was murky at best. In a statement, a spokeswoman blamed both the weather, “heavy traffic,� and the economy for the problem. “We believe the bluestone was cracked by heavy traffic on the plaza,� the spokeswoman said in an e-mail. “This repair job is weatherdependent, and we hope to complete the work as soon as possible. When funding becomes available for replacement slates, we look forward to installing them.� In the meantime, city taxpayers should hope for no more icy Albanystyle weather — or else a borough president could slip and sue us!

The sodium-covered bluestone pavement in front of Borough Hall is falling apart.

been removed. The Downtown disaster first flashed onto the borough consciousness last Wednesday after posted the story and pictures revealing that the sidewalk

on the north and west sides of the People’s House had become a minefield of cracked slate and high-heelgripping potholes. Markowitz, who is not reponsible for the repairs, quickly joined the chorus of voices calling for the Parks Department to fix the pock-marked plaza in front of his office. “We’ve been begging to get it done,� he said. “There is no question that it is dangerous. The problem is this bluestone. The weather breaks it, trucks break it. It’s not a matter of [the Parks Department being] lazy, but they have no funds, and, sadly, it’s not a priority to them. “It’s a shame,� added the borough president, employing a bit

Bluestone pavement in front of Borough Hall is falling apart — and no one seems to want to do anything about it.

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Continued from page 1 So, the current population of eight swans stands as an early record for 2010 that will likely not be challenged until April, when mating season begins. The birder who filed the record count of 12 swans, Larry Zirlin, noted that it was uncommon for three families to live in peace. “Normally, what happens is one family tends to stay in the lake, the other by the boathouse,� said Zirlin, who has kept tabs on birds in the park for roughly 20 years. “They can be very nasty beasts.� In Zirlin’s estimation, swan lake will not be so tranquil when mating season begins. “Last summer, it was like the Hatfields and McCoys,� Zirlin said. “This spring, if two of those cygnets get together, it will be the Montagues and Capulets.�

of irony, considering he earned a $225,000 payday from his own 2001 slip-and-fall accident in Albany. “I wish they’d give us the budget so we can be responsible for it.� A Parks Department spokeswoman had told The Brooklyn Paper that the problem is caused by the weather and the fact that government cars and trucks often drive on the plaza. That was very much the case last Thursday, when several members of Congress gathered inside the Rotunda in Borough Hall to show their unified support for Haiti. Outside, their government-plated cars idled on the plaza, undermining the poor conditions there.

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Two swans with fishing-related wounds have mysteriously disappeared, and some avian advocates fear the worst. The pair of sibling cygnets, dubbed “Hooky� and “Wired� for their scars from fishing hooks and line, were last seen around Dec. 14 in Prospect Park by swan-enthusiasts Ed Bahlman and Anne-Katrin Titze, who remain concerned about the missing swans’ well-being. “We don’t know what happened,� Ti-

tze said. “Why would they abandon their family?� Last month, The Brooklyn Paper went global with a story that revealed how aber­ rant anglers had discarded fishing line into the lake and inadvertently trapped waterfowl. “Hooky,� with a hook through his beak, and “Wired,� who had a line wrapped around his chest, were the focus of The Paper’s ground-breaking report. Yet shortly after the story was published, the two swans went AWOL, according to Titze,


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anything just as long as it’s exercise. Think of the endorphins. Think of the abs. Smartmom is already off to a good start. In NovemBy Louise Crawford ber, she joined Crunch Fitness means running, walking, hit- and signed on with a great ting the elliptical machine, trainer named Claire Moore, doing sit ups, push ups, pi- who’s working Smartmom lates or something else — hard with an emphasis on abdominal muscles and upper arms. This year, Smartmom also Brownstone Brooklyn’s 4th Annual wants Hepcat to use that expensive Bianchi bicycle he bought five years ago that was Kryptonite locked for much of Brownstone Brooklyn’s 4th Annual Brownstone Brooklyn’s 4th Annual those five years because they couldn’t find the key. Duh. Last month, Smartmom carried the bike to the locksmith and had him break the lock. Now, it’s waiting in the basement for Hepcat to take a ride. thth • Calm: Smartmom knows that meditation makes her feel happier and calmer. So why did she stop doing it? No good reason except laziness. Now ParkSlope Slope Jewish Jewish Center Park Center Smartmom plans to get back on th th th Avenue & 14 th Street track with her Om by meditatAvenue & 14 Street 88 ing at least three times a week. She’s going to get her medHooray for * Meet reps and Hooray for Summer! itation pillow out of storage, * Meet reps and Summer! alumnae from14 find that Tibetan singing bowl alumnae from14 different camps. she bought on Bleecker Street different camps. and set her watch. Breathe in, • Learn about the UJA-Federation breathe out. Breathe in, breathe • Learn about the UJA-Federation Cam pership incentive program out. Twenty minutes and she’ll be brand new. Cam pership incentive (non-need based grantsprogram for first • Pages: Smartmom wants timebased overnight campers.) (non-need grants for first to read as much in the comtime overnight campers.) ing year as she did in the last • Find out why Jewish Camps when she consumed books by great ANY Jewish child! • are Find outfor why Jewish Camps Henry James, Edith WharSynagogue affiliation not required. are great for ANY Jewish child! ton, George Eliot, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and FlauLearn more at Synagogue affiliation not required. bert. Now she’s moved on to Learn more at contemporary Canadian authors like Carol Shields and

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who, with Bahlman, visits the swans daily. Another birdwatcher, Larry Zirlin, said that no one should jump to any conclusions about the swansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fate, pointing out that it is not uncommon for cygnets to leave their flock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hopefully â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they flew off,â&#x20AC;? Zirlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often the parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them around after a while.â&#x20AC;? Still, concerned parkgoers should remain on the lookout for two young swans with a mix of brown and white feathers, one with a small hole in its beak, the other with a string of fishing line dangling out of its breast. If spotted, call 311. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Pride center publishes recipe book to share the love You certainly don’t have to be gay to take a swing at these recipes. The cookbook’s not a campy, flamboyant stereorooklyn will soon be home to the city’s type like a predecessor, chef Lou Rand Hogan’s “The Gay Cookbook” from 1965, first gay cookbook. Dozens of the borough’s gay- which is full of innuendo and references friendly foodies are coming together and to the reader as “girlfriend.” coming out in Brooklyn Pride’s recipe Instead, Rolan calls her group’s tome compilation, “A Family Table: Recipes a family book that encompasses the gay from Brooklyn’s Gay-owned and Gay- foodie community from Brooklyn’s past and present. friendly Restau It features an rants,” a self-pubb o o k s eclectic mix of lished compendium breakfast, lunch and that’s scheduled for “A Family Table: Recipes from Brooklyn’s Gay-owned and Gaydinner entrees from release on Feb. 18. friendly Restaurants” will be pubthe locals we love. Pride representalished in February. To pre-order a Rolan and the crew tives would not leak copy, visit have even tracked the details until the Copies are $25 (suggested donation). down the borough’s cookbook’s debut, culinary greats, inbut did reveal at least one tasty nugget: the forward is cluding Food Network star Daisy Marwritten by our own gay-friendly Bor- tinez, to share their favorites, step-bystep. ough President Markowitz. The goal of the cookbook is to help The restaurant owners involved couldn’t be happier. gay-owned eateries. “The bad times have hit everybody — “It’s a great idea, and shows we welwe’re trying to support many of the local come everyone like we have since we bars and restaurants that have supported opened in 1987,” said Lee Ornati, cous over the years,” said Zully Rolan, chair- owner of Teddy’s Bar and Grill in Wilwoman of the Brooklyn Pride organiza- liamsburg, which gave us the best lintion. “Plus, for someone like me who can’t guine with winter veggies our carnivorous palate could bear. cook a hill of beans, it’s great.”

Just when you think that the Iris Cafe is in the worst location in the borough, you walk in and can’t find a seat. Though it’s tucked onto a Brooklyn Heights block that is as adverse to foot traffic as the MTA is to fare cuts, the residents of the socalled Willowtown section of the Heights are clearly happy to no longer have to schlep to Montague Street for breakfast. Rachel Graville opened her 20-seat restaurant just after Thanksgiving, serving up organic soft-boiled egg dishes, country ham sandwiches, homemade soups and great baked goods to laptop-tapping writer types. The restaurant will boom if the adjacent section of Brooklyn Bridge Park is ever built, but for now, Graville’s not worried. “We can survive even without the park,” she said. “For one thing, we serve coffee, which is an addictive substance. And we serve breakfast all day, which people like.” The Brooklyn Paper sampled a plate of eggs, Surryano ham, dill and toast ($7.50), a smoked cheddar and ham baguette sandwich ($9), and a deeply satisfying ham biscuit (the value of the century at $2.25). It was a great meal. Now, if we could only find a table. Iris Cafe [20 Columbia Pl. between Joralemon and State streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 722-7395]. Closed Mondays. — Gersh Kuntzman

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1 medium butternut squash 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup roasted garlic 1/3 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps torn in pieces 1/3 pound oyster mushrooms, torn in pieces 1/3 pound chanterelle mushrooms, torn in pieces 1/2 bunch fresh sage, coarsely chopped 1/2 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped 1 cup dry white wine 1 pound greens washed and coarsely chopped (escarole, kale, etc.) 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated 1/2 cup Romano cheese, freshly grated 1/4 cup butter 1 pound dry linguine 1 cup shelled, toasted, chopped pumpkin seeds salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup butter 3 yellow onions, thinly sliced 4 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon white sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2-1/2 cups water 1/2 cup red wine 6 cups beef broth 1 French baguette, sliced into big croutons 8 ounces sliced Swiss cheese or gruyere The Brooklyn Paper / Andy Campbell

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Teddy’s owner Lee Ornati’s contribution to the gay center cookbook is his linguine with winter vegetables.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut off the top of a head of garlic, wrap it in aluminum foil, and roast in oven until soft and fragrant. Use the back of a knife to squeeze the garlic from the skins. Peel and dice the butternut squash, toss with two tablespoons of olive oil, spread on a sheet pan and roast until soft and squash begins to brown a little. In a large frying pan, add the rest of the olive oil and heat. Add all the mushrooms and sauté until their juices evaporate and they start to brown. Add the garlic, the squash, the sage and cook together a couple of minutes. Add the wine and simmer until the wine

evaporates by half. Cook linguine until it is still a bit tough, and reserve about a cup of the cooking water. The pasta will finish cooking in the sauce. Add the greens to the sauce and cook until they wilt. Add the linguine, the reserved cooking water, the butter and the parsley. Toss and cook until linguine is just cooked and the sauce is still a little thin. Add salt and pepper to taste. Take off the heat and add the cheeses, reserving a little for final garnish. Portion the pasta and vegetables on four to six plates depending on whether this is an appetizer or main course, and top with pumpkin seeds.

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Laugh it up for Haiti We all want to do more to help Haiti, but for now, a good way to help is to cough up $50 for a celeb-studded fundraiser at the Bell House. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon (pictured), the evening will also feature performances by The Wrens, Rhett Miller and Cold War Kids. Proceeds go to Save the Children and Partners in Health.

Last year’s outstanding Comic Con at the Brooklyn Lyceum had one major problem: not enough girls! But the Brooklyn Public Library is going to put female comic book artists front and center as Jessica Abel (pictured), Gabrielle Bell and Jillian Tamaki showcase their current projects and discuss their work. 7 pm. Brooklyn Women in Comics at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway in Park Slope, (212) 677-4650].

Two for Friday If you like books, you’re going to have a tough time tonight. First, at 7 pm, T.C. Boyle — author of so many books, including “Wild Child” and “The Women,” will make his first-ever Brooklyn appearance. Then, a half-hour later, rising star Josh Ferris will read from his new book, “The Un­­named.” 7 pm. T.C. Boyle at Power­House Arena [37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 6663049]; 7:30 pm. Josh Ferris at Greenlight Book­ store [686 Fulton Street, at South Portland in Fort Greene, (718) 246-0200].

6 pm. Haiti fundraiser at The Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue, (718) 643-6510].

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Film, “Soundtrack for a Revolution”: A new documentary by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. 2 pm. Brooklyn Academy of Music [30 Lafayette Ave. near St. Felix Street. (718) 636-4100], Theater, “Take Me Out”: Richard Greenberg’s tragi-comedy about a gay baseball player. $15. 8 pm. Heights Players [26 Willow Pl. between Joralemon and State streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 2372752], Dance, Ballroom social: Hosted by Joe Valvo, featuring live music, dancing, door prizes and more. $10 (donation). 7:30 pm– 1 am. Crystal City Dance [1305 86th St. at 13th Avenue in Bensonhurst, (718) 646-0402]. Music, Daniel Glaude Quintet: $6. 6–8:30 pm. Puppet’s Jazz Bar [481 Fifth Ave. at 11th Street in Park Slope, (718) 499-2622], www. Reading, Nick Flynn: Author of “The Ticking is the Bomb.” 7 pm. BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875-3677], www. Theater, “As You Like It”: Shakespeare’s comedy, directed by Sam Mendes. $25-$95. 7:30 pm. BAM Harvey Theater [651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100], Theater, “A Brief History of Murder”: Two interlocking plays, “Detective” and “Victims,” explore violence in the small town of Sentinel, OK. $18 for either play/$25 for both. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189], www. Music, “Die Fledermaus”: One World Symphony presents Johann Strauss’s classic. $40 ($30 seniors & students). 8 pm. St. Ann’s Church [157 Montague Street at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 7071411], Comedy night: Hosted by Nick Turner (College Humor) and Jason Saenz (DC Comedy Festival). Free. 8 pm. Coco66 [66 Greenpoint Ave. between Franklin and West streets in Greenpoint, (917) 807-6045],

Find lots more listings online at Fort Greene, (718) 230-4100], www. Music, Serena Maneesh: With Zaza and Cruel Black Dove. $12 ($10 in advance). 10 pm. Littlefield [622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Gowanus, (718) 855-3388],


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Dance fever: “Hairspray” comes to Brooklyn Center on Jan. 24. Music, Danielle Parente: Soul and blues singer performs. Free. 9 pm. BAM Café [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 230-4100], Improv comedy, “Gentrify Brooklyn!”: Weekly improv show with troupes Sidecar and M.A.D. 10 pm. Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816], www.

Sat, Jan. 23

OUTDOORS AND TOURS Tour, Brooklyn Botanic Garden: 1 pm. Brooklyn Botanic Garden [1000 Washington Ave., at Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, (718) 623-7220],

PERFORMANCE Theater, “Lyrics from Lockdown”: A true story of Brooklyn’s own Nuyorican Grand Slam champion, Bryonn Bain, who is wrongly imprisoned. Free. 3 pm. Kumble Theater at Long Island University [DeKalb and Flatbush avenues in Downtown, (718) 488-1624], www.

civic Calendar Sun, Jan. 24

Bay Ridge Community Council. Monthly meeting. 7:30 pm. Shore Hill Community Room [9000 Shore Rd. at 91st Street in Bay Ridge, (646) 322-2145].

Civil rights festival. 11 am–12:30 pm. Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture [53 Prospect Park West at Second Street in Park Slope, (718) 768-2972],

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Tues, Jan. 26

78th Precinct Community Coun­cil. Monthly meeting. 7:30 pm. John Jay HS building [Seventh Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets in Park Slope, (718) 636-6411].

Community Board 2 Youth Com­ mittee. Monthly meeting. 6 pm. Long Island University [Flatbush Avenue at DeKalb Avenue in Down­ town, (718) 596-5410]. Community Board 1 Youth Com­ Theater, “A Brief History of Murder”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Theater, “As You Like It”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Theater, “Take Me Out”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Music, The Clark Sisters: One of the top female gospel groups in the country. $30, $40. 8 pm. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College [2900 Campus Rd. at Hillel Place in Flatbush, (718) 951-4500]. Music, Don Braden Quartet: $25. 8 pm. Brooklyn Conservatory of Music [58 Seventh Ave. between St. Johns and Lincoln places in Park Slope, (718) 622-3300], www. Music, Classical concert: The Salome Chamber Ensemble plays Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Dvorák. $45 ($40 senior, $20 student). Bargemusic [Fulton Ferry Landing, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street in DUMBO, (718) 6242083], Music, Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band: Jazz performance. Free. 9 pm. BAM Café [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in mittee. Monthly meeting. 6:30 pm. Community Board 1 office [435 Graham Ave. between Frost and Richardson streets in Williamsburg, (718) 389-0009],

Thurs, Jan. 28 Community Board 6 Landmarks Committee. Monthly meeting. 6 pm. PS 32 [317 Hoyt St. between Union and President streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 643-3027], www. To list an event in the Civic Calendar, e-mail

Park Slope Greenmarket: Brooklyn’s answer to Union Square. 9 am–4 pm. Grand Army Plaza [Union Street at Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope, (212) 788-7900], PS 321 Flea Market: Free. 9 am–5 pm. PS 321 schoolyard (Seventh Avenue and First Street in Park Slope), Brooklyn Flea: Indoor crafts and antique market. Free. 10 am–5 pm. One Hanson Place (1 Hanson Pl. at Ashland Street in Fort Greene), Artists and Fleas: Free. Noon–8 pm. Artists and Fleas (129 N. Sixth St. between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg), www.


Benefit art show: For Haitian earthquake victims. 1–4:30 pm. Tabla Rasa Gallery [224 48th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, (718) 833-9100], www. Reading, Artists Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour: Authors of “The Novel of Nonel and Vovel.” 2 pm. Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000], Film, “Soundtrack for a Revolution”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Reading, Nick Flynn: Author of “The Ticking is the Bomb.” 3 pm. Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton Street, at South Portland in Fort Greene, (718) 246-0200]. Art, Opening reception, “The Ant”: Xavier Roux’s 60-foot-long sculpture. 6 pm. Invisible Dog [51 Bergen St. in Cobble Hill, (347) 9814186],

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by Patricia Cronin. 2 pm. Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000], www.brooklynmuseum. org. Theater, “Hairspray”: $30, $40. 3 pm. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College [2900 Campus Rd. at Hillel Place in Flatbush, (718) 951-4500]. Music, Classical concert: The Salome Chamber Ensemble plays Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Dvorák. See Saturday, Jan. 23. Music, Classical concert: Violinist Akiko Kobayashi performs works by Bach, Mozart, Debussy and Prokofiev. Free. 4 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway in Park Slope, (212) 677-4650], Music, Gordon Chambers: Singer-songwriterproducer, who worked with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and others, performs. Donations accepted. 4 pm. Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (85 S. Oxford St. at Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene). Theater, “A Brief History of Murder”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Theater, “As You Like It”: 3 pm. See Friday, Jan. 22.

SALES AND MARKETS PS 321 Flea Market: See Saturday, Jan. 23. Brooklyn Flea: See Saturday, Jan. 23. Greenmarket and Markers Market: Crafts and produce under the same roof. 10 am–5 pm. Old American Can Factory (232 Third St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus), www. Artists and Fleas: Noon–8 pm. See Saturday, Jan. 23.

OTHER Talk, Trains and trolleys: History and discussion of transportation. Free. 11 am. Fort Greene Park Visitor Center [Enter park at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park in Fort Greene, (718) 723-3218]. Talk, The Dynamic Gastropolis: Jonathan Deutsch discusses the history and culture of food in New York City. Free. 1:30 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway in Park Slope, (212) 677-4650], Film, “Soundtrack for a Revolution”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Talk, Food forum: The Park Slope Food Coop hosts experts for a discussion on genetically modified organisms in our food. 3 pm. Park Slope United Methodist Church [Sixth Avenue at Eighth Street in Park Slope, (718) 496-5139],

part play (the other is called “Detectives”) admirably escalates the insanity, making for an entertaining and unpredictable experience. But the chaos comes at a price. The sizeable cast of victims serve more as vessels for madness than actual people who evolve over an hour and a half. Some of the locals caught up in the whirlwind of craziness include a photographer who is snapping pictures of the locals eating pastries in the nude, a murderous ex-KGB agent and a foul-mouthed motel owner. Overall, the people of Sentinel are like the characters in Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” — an apparently wholesome bunch that turns out to be quite demented and depraved.

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension The buffoonish mayor is actually a cult leader, Sentinel’s top cop ends up a liege of Hades, and the local artist — what a symbolic moment! — literally gets a pie in the face. The play follows them, along with other creepy locals, who are caught up in a hellish scheme hatched by two demonic figures whose goals beyond making a gory mess are unclear In the opening scene, Fenrus (a demonic Timothy Reynolds), establishes what becomes a familiar pattern — an extremely awkward conversation culminating in vio-

lent death. Reynolds never holds back either. At one point, he’s smelling and licking a victim’s shoe, doing a great impression of a hellhound. And while subsequent victims do not top the blood-curdling scream of the first 17-year-old who falls prey to the demon, their viscera eventually becomes so copious that director Ivanna Culinnan was scrubbing down the stage during set changes. Fortunately, Culinnan had plenty of opportunities for janitorial du- Drinking buddies: Richard Lovejoy stars in “A Brief History ties; the play features set changes plays at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg from Jan. 14-31. roughly every five minutes. Despite the ample amount of narrative of “Victims” is far from idents meet their demise. Still, “A Brief History of Murshock value either intentional — coherent. such as the disemboweling — or Instead, the theatergoer is noth- der” is so bizarre and over the top unintentional — such as the fi- ing more than a mere observer in that anyone looking for a surreal nal fight scene that was so badly the apocalyptic final days of Senti- start to their evening will be more staged that a few audience mem- nel, and by the end there is no true than satisfied. bers mockingly laughed — the sense of horror as its unlikable res- “A Brief History of Murder,”

Mon, Jan. 25 Film, “Yellow Submarine”: $6.50. 4 pm. Cobble Hill Cinema [265 Court St. between Butler & Douglass streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 596-9113], www. Film, “Soundtrack for a Revolution”: 4:30 pm. See Friday, Jan. 22. Workshop, Stop Smoking: Tips on how to quit. 5–6 pm. New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 832-8227]. Music, Gowanus Canal Conservancy benefit concert: Featuring Plushgun, Paperdoll, The Flanks, Gramercy Arms, and DJ Spiritbear. $20. 6:30 pm. The Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], Talk, Afghanistan report: Sponsored by Fort Greene Peace and led by David Wildman, co-author of “Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer.” 7–9 pm. South Oxford Space [138 So. Oxford St. between Cumberland Street and South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 3466591]. Open mic: 7:30 pm. Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816], www.apostlesofparkslope. com. Talk, Williamsburg bike wars: The OCD Lecture Series tackles the controversy over bike lanes in the neighborhood. With Caroline Samponaro, Heather Loop, and Isaac Abraham. 7:30 pm. Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. at Richardson Street in Williamsburg, (718) 302-3770], www. open%20city%20dialogue/ ocd.html.

Tues, Jan. 26 14th Annual PlantO-Rama: Lectures and discussions, plus plants for sale. 9 am–4 pm. Brooklyn Botanic Garden [1000 Washington Ave., at Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, (718) 623-7220], Film, “Soundtrack for a Revolution”: 4:30 pm. See Friday, Jan. 22. Film, “Aguirre, The Wrath of God”: Directed by Werner Herzog. Free. 6:30 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway in Park Slope, (212) 677-4650], Talk, Fresh kills Park: Topics related to the reclamation and development a park over the landfill. 6:30 pm. Metropolitan Exchange [33 Flatbush Ave. at Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn, 311], gov/parks/freshkillspark. Workshop, Poetry group: Led by writer Mike Lee. 7 pm. Barnes and Noble Park Slope [267 Seventh Ave. at Sixth Street in Park Slope, (718) 832-9066]. Theater, “As You Like It”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Young Dancers in Repertory: “Celebrate Diversity through Dance.” Young Dancers in Reper­

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Serena Maneesh performs at Littlefield on Jan. 23. tory [345 Ovington Ave. between Third and Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge, (347) 702-7155], www. Reading, Jedediah Berry: Author of “The Manual of Detection” leads a roundtable discussion. 7:30 pm. Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 3830096],

Wed, Jan. 27 Tour, Historic trolley tours: Explore GreenWood Cemetery. Reservations are not required, but recommended. $20 ($10 for Historic Fund members). 1 pm. Green-Wood Cemetery [25th St. at Fifth Avenue in Green-Wood Heights, (718) 768-7300], www.greenwoodcemetery. org. Film, “Soundtrack for a Revolution”: 4:30 pm. See Friday, Jan. 22. Music and comedy Benefit for Haiti: Jimmy Fallon headlines an evening featuring The Wrens, Rhett Miller and Cold War Kids. Proceeds to Save The Children and Partners In Health. $50. 6 pm. The Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], www. Reading, Ron Galella: Author of “Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson” and “Viva l’Italia!” 7–9 pm. PowerHouse Arena [37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 666-3049], Theater, “As You Like It”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Theater, “Alice...Alice... ALICE!”: An environmental excursion into Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland.” $35 (adults), $20 (students). 8 pm. Irondale Center [85 S. Oxford St. at Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 488-9233],

Thurs, Jan. 28 Fitness and nutrition seminar: 1–3:15 pm. Long Island University [Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in Downtown Brooklyn, (718) 462-8654 x293]. Film, “Soundtrack for a Revolution”: 4:30 pm. See Friday, Jan. 22. Reading, Commemorative poetry presentation: In memory of poet laureate Ken Siegelman. 6:30 pm. Barnes and Noble

Park Slope [267 Seventh Ave. at Sixth Street in Park Slope, (718) 832-9066]. Art, Brooklyn Women in Comics: Jessica Abel, Gabrielle Bell and Jillian Tamaki showcase their current projects. Free. 7 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway in Park Slope, (212) 677-4650], Theater, “As You Like It”: 7:30 pm. See Friday, Jan. 22. Reading, Jami Attenberg: Author of “The Melting Season.” 7:30 pm. Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383-0096], wordbrooklyn. Theater, “A Brief History of Murder”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Theater, “Alice...Alice... ALICE!”: See Wednesday, Jan. 27. Israeli film, “Lady Kul-El Arab.”: Part of the threeday Brooklyn Israeli Film Festival. 8 pm. Kane Street Synagogue [236 Kane St. between Court and Clinton streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 857-0256].

Jan. 22. Theater, “Alice...Alice... ALICE!”: See Wednesday, Jan. 27. Music, Mozart’s “Requiem”: Performed by the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra. $10. 8 pm. Old First Reformed Church [729 Carroll St. at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638-8300], Music, Classical concert: Violist Leslie Harlow plays Mozart and Brahms. $35 ($30 senior, $15 student). 8 pm. Bargemusic [Fulton Ferry Landing, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street in DUMBO, (718) 624-2083], Music, Dangerous: An allmetal tribute band to Michael Jackson. With Judas Priestess and Cheap Trick or Treat (you get the idea). $5. 9 pm. Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets

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PERFORMANCE Theater, “Alice...Alice... ALICE!”: 3 pm and 8 pm. See Wednesday, Jan. 27. Theater, “A Brief History of Murder”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Theater, “As You Like It”: See Friday, Jan. 22. Music, Danny Kalb Trio: Blues legend and his band performs. $10 (suggested). 8 pm. Barbes [376 Ninth St. at Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 965-9177],

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Theater, “Caroline, or Change”: Tony Kushner’s race musical set in 1963 Louisiana. $18. Gallery Players [199 14th St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (212) 352-3101], Music, Classical concert: Featuring the music of Mozart, Liszt, Bach and Brahms. $35 ($30 senior, $15 student). Bargemusic [Fulton Ferry Landing, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street in DUMBO, (718) 624-2083], Theater, “The American Clock”: Vaudeville based in part on Studs Terkel’s “Hard Times.” $50 ($25 seniors and age 25 and under). 8 pm. Old Stone House [336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 768-3195], www.

SALES AND MARKETS Park Slope Greenmarket: See Saturday, Jan. 23. PS 321 Flea Market: See Saturday, Jan. 23. Brooklyn Flea: See Saturday, Jan. 23. Artists and Fleas: See Saturday, Jan. 23.

OTHER Talk, Panel discussion on Obama’s first year.: Writer Courtney Martin leads the conversation. 2 pm. Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000], Film, “A Matter of Size”: Part of the three-day Brooklyn Israeli Film Festival. 8 pm. Kane Street Synagogue [236 Kane St. between Court and Clinton streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 857-0256].

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cause people like bars. And people hate banks. So join us. For those of you who say there are good things about the Atlantic Yards project, we say, yeah, jobs are good, sports are good. We all want the good things. But canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we get the good things without stealing to get them?  Steve deSeve, Brooklyn Heights â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ To the editor, The impending street closures in Prospect Heights are not only premature, but they are being imposed with inadequate notice to the community (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Block buster! State preps road demapping around Atlantic Yards arena,â&#x20AC;? Jan. 15). These plans were devised by the developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chosen consultant, handed to the Department of Transportation, and issued to the public with two weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notice. There has been no opportunity for the community to comment on these plans, or suggest changes. While that is typical of the way this project has proceeded, it is not typical of the way the city has operated in recent years, and it is a disturbing return to autocratic form. Viable alternatives, ameliorations, and offsets for these changes have been suggested. Furthermore, the combination of the magnitude of these changes and their inadequate publicity will lead to a traffic calamity in Prospect Heights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; accidents will happen, people will get hurt or worse. Finally, I question the necessity of closing Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues at this time. Since no construction will occur there for some time, why now? Is this to give more room for the extensive surface parking lots, soon to make Prospect Heights the doormat for Long Islanders who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be bothered to take the LIRR?  Robert Witherwax,  Prospect Heights

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To the editor, Freddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar is officially in revolt against New York Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eminent Domain Law (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Off with his head! Freddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar unveils guillotine to slay â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Eminent Domain,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? online, Dec. 27). When the time comes for the bar to be evicted, patrons will cuff themselves to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chains of Justiceâ&#x20AC;? that Freddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager Donald Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Finn has installed on the bar. The sheriff will soon be sent in to physically remove the patrons so that the bar may be taken to make room for the Barclays Center, but we have put the state on notice that people come ahead of the banks, and we will not allow the Barclays Center to replace our corner of Prospect Heights. Why are we announcing that we will break the law? Why are we arranging buses for eminent domain haters from around the country to join us for the inevitable standoff? The reason comes from former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, who said that the High Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 Kelo decision would result in tremendous advantages for the powerful and well connected, and tremendous disadvantages for the regular folks. Kelo was the realestate royaltyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream. In one decision, the Supreme Court gave developers a license to steal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or, rather, to have the state steal for them. Ratner spent more than $600,000 in lobbying and political contributions. And in his Yonkers project, there have been indictments involving bribes. So we know the guy is spending on politics. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of person Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor was talking about. If the state needed our bar because it is building a hospital, or a firehouse, or a road, OK. We wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happy, but we would abide by the law. But the current law allows the Ratners of this world to mail order other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s realestate from the government catalog! We will win the fight on the day of the great siege of Freddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar. Why? Be-

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