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by Matt Graber

he PAL Miccio Head Start Center, which has been providing pre-school daycare services to Red Hook children from low-income families since the 1960s, will close this summer. Staff members at the local center will soon be packing up and moving to another site on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Brownsville.

A new city program, EasyLearn, is to replace the federal Head Start program in Red Hook

The change is part of a citywide overhaul of the subsidized childcare system, called EarlyLearn NYC, which will seek to blend the best qualities of the city- and statefunded Day Care program with the federally-funded Head Start program. Here in Red Hook, the Head Start Center currently serves 57 children between ages three and five, and has a long and over-packed waiting list. Around the corner at 595 Clinton Street, a collaborative program is currently offered, serving 75 local kids, about half of which are in the Head Start program. The rest are in Day Care, which charges a sliding scale fee based on household income and family size. That site on Clinton Street will this fall become an EarlyLearn location. The curriculum will be similar to Head Start, focusing on early childhood development, mental health and parental involvement. The billing will be more like Child Care, with an income-based fee and a minimum of $15 per week. And with only 100 available seats, some local families will have to find alternatives.

The bigger picture

This past May, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) announced 149 recommended sites for EarlyLearn. The sites are existing community-based organizations that will benefit from contracts with ACS while being held to high performance standards. Malinda Thurz, Brooklyn native and Matt Galindo from Albuquerque are Red Hook newcomers, moving here from Los Angeles in July.

Locals rally for return of the B77

by Brandon Serra and Nancy Galvez On Monday, July 23, local community members rallied for the restoration of the B77 in front of the MTA transit building in Downtown, Brooklyn. Before budget cuts in 2010, the B77 ran through Red Hook into Park Slope. Now, transit, politicians and commuters are joining forces to bring this bus back. Twelve to fifteen people assembled in a circle holding rally signs and exchanging words with one another. They were grateful and serious in their determination to restore better transportation and speak about their experiences as commuters. The involved parties spoke about protecting Red Hook’s transportation from weakening and being neglected. Red Hook does not stand alone in this restoration process, as local neighborhoods, such as Carroll Gardens, have been helping spread the message. The Carroll Gardens Association has created petition’s and distributed them to local establishments in nearby neighborhoods. Also, the labor unions and Red Hook Civic Association have joined together to organize rallies, speaking on behalf of the commuters and bus drivers. Eric Suazo, the “Community Organiz(continued on page 15)

To figure which communities are most in need of subsidized child care, ACS broke the city down to the scale of zip codes. Despite having the largest public housing development in the borough, Red Hook’s 11231 zip code ranked relatively low in its numbers of children between ages 0-4 that are at 200% FPL and 100% FPL, which was an important measurement that the city used to determine community needs. Places like Brownsville, Sheepshead Bay and East New York have much higher numbers of kids living below the poverty line. “A lot of good things have happened to Red Hook,” says Breena Acosta, who started as a Head Start parent and has worked as an administrator at the local center ever since. “People here make more money than they used to.” Still, some critics question the use of zip codes and community districts to classify often diverse neighborhoods. “Whether the social service agencies are lumping demographic data by zip code or community district, both commonly employed methodologies, this practice completely ignores and neglects existing pockets of need within our community,” wrote Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman. In a 2009 community assessment report conducted by ACS, Red Hook was lumped into a district with Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, clearly misrepresenting the demographic realities on the ground. The report placed the “Park Slope” district in the highest category of affluence, with a 5% low-income rate. Ultimately though, the decision about which areas needed EarlyLearn centers most was based on the zip codes. It remains to be seen whether the new Easylearn program will adequately replace the Head Start program. As of right now, at least 24 local children will be without this kind of service in the coming year.

Also in This Issue: The

Art Interview with Dayna Seman page 6-7

Blue Pencil Lunar Revue

Spoofs page 10 new original crossword puzzle page 11


Old Timers Day page 19



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Happenings Around Our Town

Table of Contents

Happenings....................... 2 Crossword................. 11 Art Interview................... 6,7 Restaurant Guide....... 16 Column.............................. 8 Arts Calendar............. 18 Editorial/Letters................. 9 Classifieds................. 19 Spoof............................... 10 Sports....................... 20


Kimberly G. Price.......................................Editor/Publisher George Fiala.......................................... Graphics/Publisher Matt Graber............................................... Senior Reporter Abigail Savitch-Lew.............................................. Reporter Greg Algarin-Marquez .............................................Politics Vince Musacchia..................................................Cartoons Eric Ruff............................................................... Calendar Erik Penney...................................................... Restaurants Angelika Mitchell................................Advertising Manager



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ABC’s Secret Millionaire featuring Friends of Firefighters has been rescheduled to air at 6 pm. The show was originally scheduled to broadcast on July 28. Visitation Church will be holding a healing mass on Valentino Pier at 6 pm. Free and open to the public.


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Ride Red Hook with 61 Local traverses through Red Hook for a look at the process and production of some of Brooklyn’s finest crafts people. This tour will begin at 11 am at 61 Local before heading over to Cacao Prieto and then Red Hook Winery. Bring a bike or rent one from a nearby establishment. All participants must have a helmet. Red Hook Initiative is commemorating their 10 year anniversary with a block party and back to school event from 3-7pm at 767 Hicks Street. In honor of all who have helped build RHI over the last decade, the event will include BBQ, face painting, music, karoke, contests, school giveaways and more. Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday celebrates Caribbean culture by showcasing performances that demonstrate the wide range of contemporary interpretations of traditional West Indian expressions. Highlights include music, interactive and hands-on art, gallery talks and dance. Admission to the museum is free from 5-11 pm. Fernand and Gerard Barbot present a two man showing of paint and sculpture at their opening reception from 5-8pm. The show runs through August 26 in Sweet Lorraine Studios at 183 Lorraine Street. For more information call (347) 409-8957 or email

Family Day, an event to send kids back to school will be held in Coffey Park from 12-7 pm. The evnt is for people ages 6-80+ and will include a book give away, blood pressure screenings, rides, guest speakers and a talent show. For more information, Contact Dorothy Shields at (718) 522-1452.


The Brooklyn Museum is launching a borough wide initiative called, GO: a community curated open studio project. The project invites artists to open their studios to allow community members to visit and nominate artists for inclusion in an exhibition at the museum. For more info visit www.brooklyn exhibitions/go Red Hook Lions Club Flea Market is open in the Fine Fare Supermarket Parking lot from 10 am-4 pm every Saturday until August 11. For vendors, tables are available for $20 in advance and $25 same day. For more info, call (347) 272-0702 or (718) 834-0557 Red Hook Boaters are offering free summer kayaking at Valentino Pier every Sunday from 1-5pm and Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm. Dress to get wet; everything else you need will be supplied. Summer courses at Dustin Yellin’s Intercourse begin July 31 and run through August 28. Offerings include “Punches, Sangriasand Pitcher Drinks: Mixological Methods for Beating the Heat;” “Radial Family Charts: Poster Making;” “DNA, Disease and Dollars: The Future of Genetics;” “Taming the Steel Horse: Bike Maintenance and Repair;” and others. The diverse topics reflect a wide range of interest and pursuit of resident artists, scientists and oracle. Class size is limited. Sign up at

August 1 - 15, 2012

Lightning strikes Cobble Hill church killing respected lawyer by Kimberly Gail Price, photos by George Fiala


ssistant Attorney General, Richard Shwartz was walking home Thursday night when lightning struck the steeple of Christ Church in Cobble Hill. Enormous masonry blocks knocked the scaffolding through the roof of the church, sending both the bricks and the scaffolding onto the streets below. The chunks of stone were thrown onto the street, knocking Shwartz to the ground and damaging at least three vehicles.

The center of Cobble Hill was cordoned off after a freak storm shattered a steeple of Christ Church. A man was killed when struck by bricks which fell (pictured right and below, and cars were damages as blocks from the steeple were hurled to the sidewalk below (left).

When police and emergency vehicles arrived on the scene around 8:45 pm on July 26, Shwartz was conscious and walked into the ambulance without assistance. He had slight bleeding on his head, but his injuries were thought to be minor. He was transported to Long Island College Hospital (LICH), where he died in the following hours. The cause of death is believed to be cardiac arrest, but LICH could not verify this. Shwartz worked as a lawyer for the Office of the Attorney General under Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman. The Attorney General released a statement over the weekend stating that, “Richard served the people of New York State with integrity […] Richard’s loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers as we mourn the untimely loss of one of our own.” Governor Andrew Cuomo also spoke out about Scwartz’s death. “His commitment to placing all New Yorkers above himself will be remembered and cherished.” The 171 year old Landmark Building, lo-

cated at 326 Clinton Street, was undergoing renovations. The area has been roped off and is expected to take a month or more before cleanup is complete. All four of the

church’s 117 foot tall steeples have been removed. Church services are currently being held at Kane Street Synagogue 1/2 a block away the corner of Tompkins Place

at 11 am Sunday mornings. Shwartz was married, although he lived alone in his Cobble Hill apartment. He has one daughter, 21. Shwartz was 61.

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PAVE celebrates another great school year with singing, skits and speeches by Kimberly Gail Price


n Thursdays, July 26, PAVE students finally greeted the end of their school year. At noon Teachers, faculty, students, family and friends gathered in PS 15’s auditorium to participate in the step-up program. Each class presented a special performance with their classmates. Teachers led the singing, skits and speeches. Some of the teachers also accompanied the students with bongo drums and guitars. After each performance the students’ names were announced by principal, Jeremy Abarno. Kesete Thompkins handed out completion certificates. After the ceremony, students and families were invited to individual classrooms where teachers handed out refreshments, goodie bags and classroom achievement awards. A carnival followed the awards ceremonies to mark the beginning of summer vacation for PAVE students. All-In-One Entertainment provided refreshments, entertainment and games for all ages. Outside activities included a bouncy house and hoop throwing. Inside, a DJ played songs like “Thriller” and encouraged the crowd to participate in the “cha-cha slide” and other fun dance moves. Refreshments included cotton candy, popcorn and ice cream. Bare Burger and the Ice House also donated food. PAVE currently shares a building with PS 15, serving first through fourth graders. In February 2013, they will move to their new three story building on the corner of Henry and Mill Street. They will eventually grow into a K-8th grade school and be able to accommodate 370 students a year.

Students and teachers celebrate their achievements at PAVE as they look forward to summer break

The Star-Revue wishes all PAVE students, teachers and faculty a wonderful summer vacation before starting their new school year in early September.

Everyone was invited to participate in the “Cha Cha Slide” at the Carnival. Pave teacher prepares snacks for students and families during classroom awards.

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Local pol recognized in national magazine and stays busy

by Greg Algarin-Marquez Concilmember Brad Lander was listed as one of eight of “Today’s Social Justice Heroes” in the current issue of The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States. An excerpt from the article reads, “Since his election to the New York City Council in 2009, Brad Lander has become a master at inside/outside organizing, using his office to encourage grassroots mobilization.” Later on, “On the council, Lander has led the fight for a living-wage law, community involvement in budgeting, affordable housing and an inspector general’s office to monitor the New York Police Department (NYPD).” Lander is also on the forefront of ending the practice of the use of credit reports to discriminate against job applicants. A survey by the Society of Human Resources Management ( found that 60% of employers use credit checks for some or all job openings. He and Councilmember James Sanders introduced the “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act” back in May. Currently, the bill is in committee. Recently, Lander and several other councilmembers (including Stephen Levin) introduced a variety of bills that hope to reform the NYPD’s traffic accident investigations.The bills introduced are a result of a disturbing hearing back in February in which it was revealed that the NYPD Accident Investigation Squad (AIS) only has 19 detectives - for all five boroughs. Also, AIS will only investigate accidents in which the victim dies or seems likely to die. As it stands, only the AIS is currently authorized to file charges but since traffic court judges have been throwing out “careless driving” tickets, NYPD has instructed patrols not to issue them. Lander pressed NYPD reps at that hearing, “More than 3,000 crashes last year led to serious injury, and yet patrolmen can’t write a ticket?” Lander, at the City Hall press conference regarding the bills being introduced, said, “The NYPD’s crash investigation system is totally flawed. 40% of the time when someone is killed, nobody even gets a traffic ticket.”

State and local primary set for September 13th

primary date up until 1974 when it was moved to September which had not been an issue. That is until the passage of the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act that guarantees absentee ballots be mailed to eligible voters at least 45 days before a federal election. The state had not been in compliance with the Act since its passage and while receiving a waiver in 2010, the request for the waiver was denied for 2012. The result? A January decision to hold the Federal primary on June 26th. Soon after that decision, Silver and other Assembly members sponsored bill A.9271-B which would consolidate all the primaries to a single date, the fourth Tuesday in June. The bill passed in the Assembly and is awaiting a State Senate vote. The state and local primary will focus on campaigns for the offices of state senator, assembly member, state committee, judicial delegate, and alternate judicial delegate in each of the their respective districts. As of the most recent list dated July 30th, no petitions have been filed by candidates to run against the following incumbents: Member of the Assembly: Felix Ortiz, Joan Millman and James Brennan. State Senator: Velmanette Montgomery, Eric Adams, and Daniel Squadron. As of this writing, no ballot information has been released by the NY State (or city) Board of Elections for the September 13th primary. We will have more details in the following issues as we get them.


Friends of Firefighters (FoF), featured on ABC’s Secret Millionaire was originally scheduled to air on Sunday, July 29 at 8 pm EST. The showing has been rescheduled for Friday, August 12, also at 8 pm EST. FoF invites the local communities, firefighters and their families, as well as veteran firefighters to watch the show to learn more about the Red Hook based organization that has been serving the FDNY community since September 2001. The organization originated just after the Twin Towers were attacked and has been in operation since.

O’Connor stays active

Former primary candidate, Dan O’Connor wrote Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez an email requesting that she vote in favor of HR-459, Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012. The bipartisan bill - which would allow Congress to Union require aStreet more thorough The auditing process of large banks and other financial institutions – has more than “300 home political of the legendary Thursday Night Jam” supporters and is favored by 80% of the American public.

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Red Hook Initiative receives award for architecture

On Thursday July 14, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce awarded Red Hook Initiative (RHI) with the 2012 Brooklyn Building Award for best Community Development. In 2009 - after losing their donated space - RHI raised $400,000 to renovate a warehouse on the corner of Hicks and West 9th Streets. In a press release from RHI, the building is described as “not only a source of beauty in the community, but also serves to impact the economic and environmental development of Red Hook.” The building was created to “serve and employ the residents of Red Hook, with a primary focus on youth living in the Red Hook Houses.” The building was designed pro-bono by SUPER-INTERESTING!, and was built by K&K Renovations. Both companies are Brooklyn based.the Rimac River. by Representative Ron Paul from Texas January 26, 2011. The bill, voted on in late July required a two-thirds majority. With 327 vote in favor and 98 votes against the bill passed. Velazquez did not honor O’Connor’s request and voted against the bill.

acquired a secular painting from Colonial Peru entitled A Merry Company along the Banks of the Rimac River. The extremely rare painting originally belonged to the viceroy of Peru, and later in the collection of a descendant of the Peruvian counts of Guagui.

Four daycare centers slated to be closed due to budget cuts will remain open from October 2012 through June 2013. Councilwoman Sarah González met with parents and provides of the centers in addition to speaking out at rallies in District 38 and City Hall.

A Merry Company was painted in Lima in the late eighteenth century for display in an elite home. It is an unusual glimpse of private life and luxury in colonial Latin America. Most surviving Spanish colonial paintings are religious in subject matter. However, A Merry Company depicts Spaniards, Africans, mestizos and Native Americans dancing and drinking along Peru’s principal waterway,

The four Centers include Georgia L. McMurray BAT Center, Bay Ridge CCC, Children’s Growing Place and Christ United Methodist Church Head Start. With approximately $2 million in City Council funds, up to 252 children will be served from these four programs.

Brooklyn Museum acquires Peruvian art

On June 21, the Brooklyn Museum



HR-459, if passed, would not allow Now that the Federal primary has taken Congress to become involved in deciplace, what’s next on the election cal- sion making about monetary policies. Direct Marketing Services since 1988 The Hook’s Local Newspaper endar? It happens to be the state and The bill, O’Connor writes, “represents local primary which is to take place on government transparency and it repredf df df df df September 13th. State law mandates sents a move beyond the bipartisan grid the primary take place on the second lock in Washington DC.” Tuesday after Labor Day. This year, that O’Connor continues, “Our election is would have been September 11th. Back over. I have accepted your victory 718 624-5568 in May, lawmakers in Albany approved Brooklyn, NY 11231 do not plan toStreet remain actively involved 101 Union Brooklyn, NY 11231 moving the primary date back two days 718 624-5568 in NY District 7 politics any time in the to the 13th. Assembly Speaker Sheldon immediate future. However, this Silver noted, “We think September 11th ticular legislation is very important to should remain as a day of memorial.” me and to the American public.” A bit of history: New York had a June HR-459 was introduced to the congress

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Continuing Feature:

Mollie Dash Interviews Dayna Seman, local jeweler

This week for my ongoing series of artist interviews I have chosen Dayna Seman, a jeweler whose work I admire for its contemporary originality. Star-Revue: You are a Red Hook resident? Dayna Seman: Kind of. I live over the BQE actually, near President. So if you consider that Red Hook… SR: Yeah, it all depends on who you ask, whether it’s Red Hook, but we’ll consider it Red Hook. How long have you lived in the neighborhood? DS: Almost three years now. I used to have a shared studio so that was how I got started here. I had been working for a jeweler who had a shop on Court Street- Debbie Fisher. I’ve been working for her for about four years. I worked for her in her studio and she also had a shop in the front. I helped her with production of her wholesale line and also was a shop girl. I still work for her, but she has since closed down her store and now only focuses on wholesale. So I help her with production, and now her studio is in Gowanus. SR: What part of Brooklyn were you living in when you started working for Debbie? DS: In Sunset Park for my first year in New York. I lived down near 47th Street in South Brooklyn, on Fourth Avenue, so it was a very interesting part of town. I worked for her and after a year we found this place and moved into the neighborhood. SR: Do you feel the presence of other artists here in Red Hook? DS: Definitely. So many studioswood shops, and lots of jewelers. SR: Have you visited other peoples’ studios? DS: I just visited Katie Lincoln. She’s a jeweler- she sells things at the Brooklyn Collective. She’s got a little place in the piers near Fairway- she works with another girl. There are a lot of jewelers around here. SR: Yeah, the great things about jewelry is that it doesn’t take up much space. So there can be lots of jewelers in a small neighborhood. How did you start making jewelry? How did you get into metal smithing or jewelry design or… DS: In high school I started working for a local jeweler who had a little shop and she made everything by hand. It was metal and beaded work and she hired a couple of high school students like me to work in her shop and also help with produc-

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So I did an internship up here in New York one summer, at the Whitney Museum, which was really great. So that’s how I was like, “oh, New York’s fun!” Especially Brooklyn because I spent a lot of time here that summer. SR: What school did you go to?

tion in the back. I did a lot of hand wrapping and I would make head pins for her. SR: Can you describe making a head pin? DS: It’s cutting a piece of wire and holding it into a flame from a torch and then it balls up at the bottom so you can put a bead on top. Instead of buying that bit of supply you can just make it yourself. SR: A head pin is a way of attaching beads- well it’s a way of making an end bead piece, right? Like a dangle. DS: Yes. So yeah, I worked for her and learned a lot, and just started

DS: I went to Appalachian State. It’s in the mountains of North Carolina. It’s a North Carolina state school. Our school has a loft situation, which is kind of like a nice hostel, in the Flat Iron district. We would come up and stay there on trips with the art department. I wouldn’t have been able to come up if I didn’t have that place to stay. Before then we would come up for weekend trips and I remember coming up to see JeanneClaude and Christo’s Gates. SR: Had you come up to New York before, or were those your first trips? DS: I had been up here with my grandma for Broadway shows. SR: Do you run into people you knew

was just about time. SR: And Charlotte has boomed in the last couple of decades. DS: Charlotte has boomed, but it’s not as cool as Raleigh! SR: You use a lot of wire as a starting point in your work, and then manipulate, hammer and solder it. What attracts you to wire as a medium? DS: First of all it was cheap, and easy to use. And I was trying to come up with something that didn’t involve casting an object and making it into jewelry. There is a lot of cast stuff in the city. It’s a very good and economical way to make quantity. I guess the whole trend of weird objects being cast- I was trying to think of how to make something that could be sold for not too much money, and that was just a little bit different. Coming from an art background, I was trying to figure out something that’s original- finding my own little voice somewhere in the mix of everything.

“I came up with the name for my jewelry line while studying in Florence, Italy. I was taking a History of Jewelry class and we were learning about bijouterias, which were Italian shops of the late 1700’s which predominantly sold jewelry made from less expensive materials. The Italians stole the word from the French as bijouterie is the word for jewelry store. I changed this word a bit to make the name of my line. Dee is my nickname, so Bijouterdee is a mix of these words.”

making my own things and selling them all throughout high school and college. I took metal smithing classes in college as well and did some independent studies. SR: Was metal smithing or jewelry making your major? DS: It wasn’t my major. I majored in art history and art management. I couldn’t get a third major (laughs) but I did all the coursework for a degree in metal smithing and ended up doing independent study. SR: Did you think you needed to study something more practical, or did you parents want you to… DS: Yeah, I started out doing graphic design because my parents were like, “oh, it’s the only way you can make money in art” But I am really not good on computers at all. I mean I’ve taught myself. I can get by now, but at the time it was not my forté. So I switched to art management which I actually really liked. I was working in a gallery for the most part and just kind of liked the organization behind things… SR: Yeah, that’s probably a valuable thing to know. DS: I would think so! But that degree- part of it to graduate you had to have an internship.

from school?

SR: But you do a little bit of casting?

DS: Not really from school but there’s a whole bunch of people from North Carolina up here.

DS: I’ve been trying to make some wax molds that are my own. I guess what I mean by the cast stuff just is just like the random plastic objects that are cast into metal. Toys and stuff like that. So just trying to make something that’s a little bit special and different, and new.

SR: What part of North Carolina did you grow up in? DS: Raleigh. SR: Growing up there, were you aware of what a great area for the craft arts North Carolina is? DS: Yes, because I learned so much about crafts while I was in college in the mountains, cause Boone is close to Asheville, and they’re very proud of their metals and ceramics in that area, and glass too. And then the Penland School- I did a lot of workshops out there, and it ended up being very influential on what I ended up doing with my life. I will say when I was high school, Raleigh didn’t have as much going on as it does now. Since I’ve been away Raleigh- Durham has gotten crazy with art and music. SR: Why do you think that is? DS: I guess they’ve had a lot of people moving there for jobs. And then an emphasis on making it a place that young people want to stay. And it’s kind of a middle state, so people from all over end up there somehow. There are a lot of universities. It was kind of ready for that to happen. It

SR: And also I would say that your work has more of an organic quality. The stuff you are describing is more illustrative, whereas your stuff is more earthy. Where did that come from? DS: I guess I was just trying to come up with something that I would want to wear. And so in the city, I feel like I want brass, since I can’t afford gold because gold is crazy. Brass is something that looks similar- it’s a pretty color, but it’s not super shiny all the time. But I guess just designing for the way that we dress in the city, which is never too fancy. Something that goes with everything. We usually have to dress for the entire day and sometimes you don’t know what you’re doing later after work or whatever. Just trying to make jewelry that’s fun and something that I would wear and something I think other people would wear, and not just for special occasions.

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SR: That’s a good point. When you live in New York City it is different from other places. You do dress for the day, and sometimes you just have to be conscious- you don’t want to get your jewelry caught in something- going down these crowded train platforms, or like you’re walking really fast or riding your bike… DS: Coats, bags, hats, scarves- I guess moving up here, the way you dress changes a lot. SR: It does change a lot- the kind of shoes you wear, the kind of bag you carry… DS: Yes, just designing with that in mind. Stuff for my friends, stuff for me... SR: Had you done other kinds of artwork before you started making jewelry? DS: I did clay, I drew, I studied graphic design for a little bit. I did some fibers classes- in high school I did batik. I painted- oil paintings. SR: Do you go back to that? DS: For a little bit I did figure drawing. I took some embroidery classes at Textile Arts Center, and I took a few jewelry classes. But really, a teacher I saw about a year ago mentioned that you can keep having fun taking all these different classes and learning all these different techniques and skills, but sometimes that gets you further away from you’re trying to focus on. The past year or so I’ve been trying to just stick with jewelry. SR: I know that you work for another jewelry designer now, in Williamsburg. DS: For the past two years I’ve been working for Michael Fitzgerald, who was part of Studio 174 for ten years. SR: Was that in Williamsburg also? DS: Yes, at the same location. His business split about four years ago. Now it’s just him and his wife Hiroyo, and they have a jewelry school where they teach classes and workshops and they invite other artists from the community to teach. And designers can come in and use the jeweler’s bench. They have a very busy wedding and engagement band and custom jewelry business- I work as his bench assistant. I’ve learned a lot about gold and diamonds, platinum and palladium. I’ve also been able to start teaching some of the classes, so I’ll assist the silversmithing and ring making classes. SR: What kind of tasks are involved in being a bench assistant?

we have them cast in the city, in the metal that they were ordered in. And then we have to clean up the casting, which is a process in itself. Basically getting it sanded and polished, and perfected. SR: Do you make the models with less expensive materials first? DS: Either they are carved out of wax originally, or they are made out of silver. And then we make a silicone mold from the silver, for the precious metal. SR: I haven’t heard of palladium as a metal for jewelry. DS: It’s similar to platinum, so it’s a super hard metal. A lot of men’s rings will be made out of it, because of its darker grey, pewter-like color. It’s a very pure metal. It doesn’t scratch easily. If you don’t want gold, it’s a different option. It’s interesting to learn about these different metals, because I wouldn’t have had the opportunity because of the cost. The way Michael teaches is to be pretty aggressive with the metals. There are so many shortcuts to learn, like if you mess up with the gold you can take it back to the caster to melt down, and not have to pay for the material again. It’s kind of cool to learn all of the ins and outs. SR: How are you doing selling your work online? DS: I just put up a new website,, and it’s a Big Cartel website. So I finally have my own domain and web shop. SR: And before that you had an Etsy shop? DS: I didn’t sell too much from there, but it was kind of nice to have a presence. And I was selling also from Michael Fitzgerald’s studio. And a few shops around the neighborhood, but nowhere for too long. I guess I’m still just getting started in that respect. I’ve never had a line that I feel is complete, but I feel like I’m getting close. SR: I think your work has an identity. DS: I think the web shop is helping. It’s starting to become more of a matching family. SR: How did you come up with the name Bijouterdee? DS: I came up with the name for my jewelry line while studying in Florence, Italy. I was taking a History of Jewelry class and we were learning about bijouterias, which were Italian shops of the late 1700’s which predominantly sold jewelry made from less expensive materials. The Italians stole the word from the French as bijouterie is the word for jewelry store. I changed this word a bit to make the name of my line. Dee is my nickname, so Bijouterdee is a mix of these words.

DS: Since gold is so expensive and so precious, there’s a lot of model making for rings before they are cast in precious metals. We make the models of these rings and we make them to size for the customer. Then

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Occupy the coal mines!

Empower the bureaucrats by Michael Racioppo

by Abby Savitch-Lew

In late July, our junior reporter Abby Savitch-Lew travelled to West Virginia to promote media coverage for a mass direct action that involved shutting down a strip mining site. She has provided the following behind-the-scenes account of the preparation and development of this historical act of civil disobedience and the brutal police response that followed.


he lightening struck, illuminating the night sky and the silhouettes of forest trees. On a grassy field gathered a circle of people. Dozens of others clustered on the rim, huddled behind their chosen speakers. The meeting, called a “spokescouncil” was a type of anarchic, non-hierarchal decision-making body. As the storm approached, the circle participants reported back from their groups as to what risks they would be willing to take – to what extent they would place their bodies on the line. The crowd had taken part in Nonviolent Direct Action Training. They’d learned that “Even if you encounter a pissed off miner, he, she, or they is not a red neck, is not a hillbilly, is not a f---ing hick,” as West Virginian native Dustin Steele had said. They’d learned how to rid themselves of confrontational body language, how to lock elbows with others to create an effective blockade, and how to deal with the consequences of arrest. They were in Nicholas County, southern West Virginia - 600 miles from the enclave of Red Hook - in an environmental sacrifice zone crisscrossed not by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, but by railroad tracks for shipping coal. Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival (R.A.M.P.S.) had organized the training camp and it was attended by other environmental and social justice groups, including members of Occupy Wall Street. That evening, Thursday July 26, they were planning for “Mountain Mobilization,” the largest attempt in Appalachia’s recent history to shut down a strip mining site. I sat on the edge of this circle, listening and taking notes for the Red Hook StarRevue. It was my first time returning to West Virginia since my extended stay the previous summer, when I had interned at an anti-mountaintop removal advocacy organization, Coal River Mountain Watch. As a college climate activist, I had originally sought out the Coal River Mountain Watch internship to learn more about the coal industry and its backers. I knew that politicians from Appalachian coal states always rejected federal climate legislation and I wanted to understand whose interests these politicians were serving. Last summer I learned that, according to some, West Virginia is a predator state, and its politicians are in the hands of the coal industry. For over a century, the Appalachian mountains have been a major source for (continued on page 12)



ome people believe that any regulation of private property is a tool used to create, and enable, bureaucratic rule. In doing so, as this thinking goes, bureaucrats are given the power to control things they do not understand. In the case of land use and zoning, those opposing it are likely to feel government lacks an interest in, and comprehension of, a community’s wants, needs, and “character.” These people are tenacious believers in a ‘free market,’ at least as the free market aids them. However, private property can lack a sense of community. If a profit can be made while causing unpleasant odors next to a home of a family, private property sees the profit no differently than profits that come while operating next to an abandoned building. The major purpose of zoning laws is to prevent such situations. Zoning boards, also referred to as planning boards, controlled by local governments look to segregate uses that are incompatible. That does not mean that zoning is intended to make a neighborhood stand still in time. Progress and change are possible but it is not to be done just because someone has more influence and wants to see something built. South Brooklyn is no exception to the reality, and consequences, of zoning. Last year, in the Columbia Waterfront District, developer Alex Barrett (who wanted to build condominiums at 25 Carroll St) donated 20 thousand dollars to the community garden known as the Urban Meadow (corner of Van Brunt and President). This was a factor in Councilman Brad Lander’s support of the rezoning that Barrett needed in order for him to build. If it weren’t for the zoning power of local government, and if all we had were private interests operating in an unrestricted fashion, the Columbia Waterfront District would not have an Urban Meadow with 20 thousand more dollars. It’s a win/win. The developer got his variance and the community keeps and builds its character. That story had a happy ending. But in the last edition of this paper, there was an editorial titled Trading our waterfront for cheap toilet paper that depicted a bigger and potentially problematic situation for South Brooklyn, and specifically Red Hook, namely the building of a BJ’s shopping outlet between Ikea and Fairway. The character of Red Hook has become one of a growing commercial corridor with small shops such as Baked, Red Hook Lobster pound and Brooklyn Crab. Having local businesses adds character, large chain stores sterilizes. The fate of this development currently sits with the city planning. As the editorial urged readers to do, people should let the local politicians know what they think. Politicians want to know what their constituents think. If enough private citizens express an opinion of the future of this plot of land, the planning commission may have to think twice before making their decision. Otherwise, lobbyists and influence will no doubt carry the day. To help keep a neighborhood a neighborhood, you’re going to have to empower bureaucrats with your opinion. Michael Racioppo teaches Political Science at Brooklyn College

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Editorial: EDITORIAL: Is Gun Control Really the Solution? Letters: Destination Red Hook and Court), and their meeting hall across the street which was eventually sold to the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

It’s possible thatColorado the Union it- rise in gang violence around the city, the answer seems to be “take the guns away.” After a tragedy like the recent shooting in Aurora, andStreet the recent Sudden Closing Where are the Churches? which runsnew down to the while piers, responsible got Advocates for stricter gun controlself, have a brand platform, gun any owners disagree. maybe we’re missing something here. Maybe the Without prior public But notification Dear Editor: As an avid reader of your itsgun name from but the establishment of labor answer lies in not in restricting the owner, in teaching responsibility and connecting on a more level. being posted, anywhere nearpersonal the bridge newspaper I find you have not menunions, although haven’t been able working to As a society, we have become so engrossed in social Imedia, technology, andbyallneighborhood, of our other burdens that prevent fromwe connecting on a personal andlate near the pedestionedusthat have a church in Red find that out for sure. level. We read our news online staring at an androgynous machine, instead of sitting at the local coffee shop with our morning cup of Joe. We keep track of The other night I was walking back to In any case, I checked online to see how trian bridge which connects Red Hood Hook neighborhood. It has survived our long lost friends and relatives via FaceBook instead of writing a letter or making phone calls. We announce our plans and current locations on Twitter. my office from Jalopy where the meet- many museums with the theme of labor and Carroll Gardens was suddenly shut all these years with a history going We don’t even stop to ask for directions anymore; we have GPS. ing of the Columbia Street Neighbor- in America exist, and I found one in New down for rehabilitation. The majority back to July of 1854 when Bishop John residents and whoshake use this bridge only When In an age where technology is king, when do we put down the iPhone, iPad,ofBlackberry, a friend’s hand? do wesent turn aoffyoung iTunes andpriest Spotify Loughlin Irish Fahood Association was held. On the Jersey, thewe American Labor Museum, The become aware of the closure when they and listen to the world around us? How do reverse the process and become compassionate aware members of society? ther Timothy O’Farrell to establish a way I started chatting with a member Labor and Industry Museum in Belleville, walkBen to the bridge and find the entrance parish along the waterfront of BrookImmediacy reallyand the we name game. The faster, the better. I wonder what Franklin would think of being able to send a lengthy email to China in as she was walking ishome dis-of the Illinois, and the John L. Lewis Memorial closed. While suggestion to use the lyn at Erie Basin. a matter of is seconds. be impressed. But possibly horrified. But it doesn’t stop with Beijing. We have gotten so used to sending our message so cussed what for me one of Surely, the big he is- would Museum of Mining and Labor in Lucas Clinton Street underpass adds insult to quickly that it becomes force. If it takes 20 minutes to pen the same letter we can email in 5 minutes, thenAsI can reach out to four just as sues in the neighborhood, whichan is addictive the Iowa. a member of the staffpeople at Visitation There probably are a few more. sinceAthis is a long ne-for two hours is considered ignored. And quickly. Now therestaurants expectation our lives. textunderpass that goes unanswered lack of business for the onof ourselves has risen, as well as other areas ofinjury I think your readers would delight in have met the children immigrants glected area strewn with garbage as well disconnecting ourselves from humanity. thus we modify ourAlma lives around sleeping patterns,ofincreasing productivity in the workplace, and ultimately Columbia Street. While seems it,I altering knowing the history both past and who came here to work on the local as debris from the elevated expressway to bring This people from other as aI distraction. present. state of cyberspacing. It’s the technology hasplaces, become We remove ourselves from our actual reality and immerse ourselves into a constant docks, and they have told me fascinat- construction. I and most others would believe Iro used to before they closed, it only way to keep up in the world today. I would appreciate it if you could run is a little disheartening to me at least to ing stories of those days. Of course, we all prefer taking the Woodhull St route a small column in your newspaper But we’re ignoring the entire physicality of life. We don’t have to display real emotion; there are hundreds of emoticons to convey that. We have hundreds, see such great restaurants as Mazzat and know about the organized crime aspects near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel if (free of charge of course), telling the in some case thousands of followers and FaceBook friends to validate our existence; but when was the last time you denied a friend request from a long past Caselnova not do the kind of business of the local waterfront unions, but that given the choice. Please help our alert people in the surrounding areas of the acquaintance that you really never knew to begin with? Now every year, you’ll wish them a happy birthday because FaceBook prompts you to. they should be doing. You can walk on does not preclude the important role our community about the pedestrian programs we offer and the time of the thatback. thisLet’s areatake played industrial bridge posting in yourcan do. But I’m over it. I’d like to get a real Maybeonit is time to take this in as athe wake-up call. There areclosing so manybycool thingsthis my phone Union Street a finally Saturday night anda step development of the United States. In next issue. hug from a friend. I love getting real mail, hand addressed specifically to me. I want to sit down and have lunch with a Masses. friend and tell my quirky little stories. often be literally all by yourself. We Italian lesaddition, havewe been I didischeck CBworld 6 website andinthere against media. a part ofunions the world livescapegoated in. Paying taxes a part the of the we live too, but I’dhave hate to thinkLessons, that it is guitar the most What myI am newnot friend toldsocial me was that It is religiousI send lessons, sales, rafforhow all the labor problems inanything America, is a Google, posting but dated 5thonly which an- of sons, I do. I don’tal-know I ever accomplished without it’s July not my source information. out bake dozens, if not the areaimportant needed thing a ‘destination,’ fles, flea markets and a host of other especially since the decline of US manunounces that the bridge will closeModeration July of emails week. I also write letters and mail postcards for absolutely no reason. There is a balance. is a word that is entirely too often though hundreds exactly what kind a we didn’t events. facturing in the 1970’s. 5th, see url: http://www.brooklyncb6. overlooked. And in society, it is a practice we have abandoned in so many areas of our lives. quite know. It’s doubtful that MOMA Thank you for your cooperation, I am Many today do not really underorg/announcements/?content_id=3895 So what does in allthe of this have withpeople gun control? Admittedly, not much. Violence is not spurred on by social media, the internet, or even video games. would open a branch lot on Co-to do sure that as a neighborhood newspaper standhumanity the important Respectfully submitted, Luis ifGonzalez But Sackett, maybe being so faritremoved is. Whatrole if wethat wereunions paying attention to the world? What this troubled young man in Colorado had reached lumbia and although would from youand willviolence? do your best the church. have and continue to play in bringing up out inafter needaand What if our youth had a constant mentor or family support to turn to instead of drugs Howfor powerful could be nice. Well, few someone more daysanswered? and the standard of living of average AmeriSincerely, Elside Parish theyconversations, be if they knew what they could make? What if you could have been involved in any of their lives? Would you have takenTweedy, time to make a some other it hit me a- difference as Overdue Thanks cans especially until the 1970’s, and Secretary. difference? usual the blueprint for the future can ofthe subsequent decline of unions that Dear Mr. Fiala, Editors ifNote: we have ten lie inMaybe the past. the world would be a healthier place. Maybe if we shift our focus just a little, we can achieve different results. Maybe we takeWhile a different route,written the paralleled the rise of developing nations Hello. This note is long overdue. Thank about Visitation in the past, including a world will begin to change. Banning restrictions never eradicated anything. The Prohibition led the way to speakeasies and increase in violence. The War When one thinks of the past and the around the world. you so much for giving my students the cover story about the new priest, we have Drugs hasour proved unsuccessful to play a part in the evolution future ofon Red Hook, situation along with at best mediocre results. And illegal guns will never cease to exist. We have a chance opportunity to learn about writing a as yet to initiate a church column. We are of society. the working waterfront is what makes Anyway, back to our topic of solidifying Red Hook as a destination, as a way of news article and the art of journalism still in our beginning stages as an commuus unique NYC.toWater is all around It in is time get involved in your own life because the world needs you. There are people happy to see your face in person. Someone would be touched by a bringing in outside dollars to help our lo- (Star-Revue, June 2011 issue). voice, on andyour restway assured that Make as soon us, and for much the 19th letter youofwrite. 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Blue Pencil Lunar Revue A spoof publication of the Red Hook Star-Revue, no information below is meant to be true or offensive.

Short & Stupid News Kool-Aid announces new flavors On July 29, the makers of Kool-Aid announced they would be adding new flavors to their line-up. In recent years they have been twisting flavor together like Strawberry-Kiwi. After exploiting all possible fruit combinations, they have decided to choose another food group – meat. The new inventory, set to hit shelves this September will include classic flavors like Beef Jerky, Thanksgiving Dinner and Mama’s Southern Fried Chicken.

In an exclusive interview with the Lunar-Revue, Kool-Aid’s spokesperson and logo, the pitcher infamous for busting through brick walls (Whose name we learned is Barry), spoke candidly about the new products. “All-Riiight!! Step into a Slim Jim,” he said before making his way back through the hole in the brick wall he had just created. The new flavor will not be available in Sugar-Free at this point. However, the new fangled beverages will be fat free, in accordance with the rest of the Kool-Aid flavors. It is believed that the company may continue to expand their family of radioactively flavored beverages. Rumors have been circulating that Kool-Aid may be experimenting with more unusual flavors. Mixologists for the company have been inspired by Jelly Belly and are working to create the perfect combination for non-edible flavors such as baby powder, transmission fluid and pencil sharpening. No word on when these new products will be released.

Leopard authentically devoided himself of spots

She is expected to make a full recovery, but will always be spotless. She was overheard chastising a zebra for his stripes and apparently attacked a cheetah, whose spots she wanted to steal. She is currently being treated for emotional distress

The Lunar Revue attempted to contact the Chinese embassy, but were unable to translate their comments before print deadline. No word on whether we will ever be able to translate. But what we can tell you is that the high pitch Chinese chatter on the other end of the phone sounded biased and offensive.

One a hot humid day at Prospect Park Zoo, a mother leopard dove into a shallow pool of water to cool herself. The temperatures had soared into triple digits. After striking the bottom of the pool head first, her spots were knocked off and quickly dissolved. In the aftermath a hyena laughed at her and asked what she could have possible been thinking, since cats despise water. She calmly replied, “but it was sooooooooooooo hot!”

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MJUBLE by David L Goyt & Ffej Runk Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square to form four ordinary words.


China to recall Uniforms; U.S. Olympians will perform naked Despite outrage among the general public over the U.S. Olympians wearing Chinese made uniforms, the scandal progressed. Outraged at the Americans outrage, the China based company, Sum Dum Wong, is recalling all uniforms they provided. Since the Olympic Games have already begun, retrieving the offensive wardrobe will be tricky. China has already invested thousands to sent midget ninjas to London. It is suspected that they will spend millions more breaching security to break into locker rooms and steal the garments. As the games progress more and more U.S. athletes will appear on International television completely unclad. The Chinese government is unsure if the entire process will be carried out before the Closing Ceremonies, but they have reassured sources that every American will fly home in their birthday suits.

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MISSING: Lost: BQE detour sign. Found: Dozens of disgruntled tourists. If found please contact hystericalprank@redhookstar. com Entire big toe nail on my left foot. But why would you care? It’s my own fault I hit it with a hammer. I’ll take out another classified to let you know if it grew back. Decent presidential candidate. If found, please stow away for safe keeping. We will need him or her in four years or so. My pen, STILL!!! I’ve asked nicely twice. But now I’m on a manhunt. I will find you, you thieving b*stard! Prosthetic foot. I look ridiculous hobbling around like this. Whoever stole it, please bring it back. You’ve made your point. WANTED: Twenty-six hours in every day. If you need more explanation than that, you’re not qualified. Email Tutor to assist bookkeeper with simple math. Must be able to comprehend negative balances. Experience with ill-mannered children a plus. Email Hypnotist to break a Spider Solitare addiction. User prefers to remain anonymous. Please meet on rooftop or Rocky Sullivan’s at 11 am any Sunday morning for brunch. All-in-one office supply. Would like utensil to cut, staple, tape, write and paper clip without assistance. Will purchase patent with company money. Reply to Age Reduction. I’m trading my car keys, monthly bills and facial hair for crayons, cookies and nap time.

The Lunar Revue attempted to contact the Chinese Embassy to discuss the shoddy uniforms but were met by this man who was unable to speak English, probably because it wasn’t invented when he was.

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Ride Red Hook with 61 Local

61 Local has got rides to Red Hook slated for the rest of the season. Join us the first Saturday of every month as we traverse through Red Hook for an inside look into the process and production of some of Brooklyn’s finest crafts people. Each tour will include two stops, with ample time to sample the goods at each location and buy some tasty treats to take home. Bring your own bike, or rent one from nearby establishments, like Bike Smith or Ride Brooklyn.

To RSVP visit BEDCSummer BEDC workshops are free and open to everyone.

Farmers Market Open Sundays at Myrtle Avenue Lot

The Trilok Fusion Center for Arts and Education at the corner of Waverly and Myrtle avenues opened a plant nursery and farmers market on the adjacent lot along Myrtle Avenue. The nursery is open on weekdays from 4 pm to 8 pm and on weekends from 9 am to 6 pm. The market is open on Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. Local farmers are selling pickles,

Our next ride will be on August 4th. Meet up at 61 Local at 11am to check in and grab a quick cup ‘o joe and some


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What to bring: A bike, helmet (NO EXCEPTIONS), backpack to transport home any goodies you purchase along the way, water, sunglasses, and some cold hard cash for breakfast, tasty treats to take home from our visits, lunch at 61 Local, and tips for your hard working, cycling guides.


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Elsie called to let us know that on August 15th at 6 pm, they will be holding a healing mass on Valentino Pier.


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breakfast before we head over to our first stop, Cacao Prieto. You’ll get a tour and tasting of their chocolate wonders, then we pedal over to Red Hook Winery for their barrel tasting and tour of local wines. We will even sprinkle in some pauses so you can take in the waterfront views and history that make this area of Brooklyn so special. We will round out our day of two wheel transit back at 61 Local for lunch, beers, and good conversation sparked by a day of exploration.




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Underneath A Red Hook Sky Mary Anne Massaro It was underneath a Red Hook sky, Where a young girl watched the years go by. Where she learned to pump a swing up so high, And fall in love with a handsome young guy. Where she spent long, hot summer days, With her friends out on the stoop, Where she holds memories of Sunday afternoons, Above the roof with Dad’s magical pigeon coop. And it was underneath a Red Hook sun, Where she learned the true meaning of fun. Always outside with friends playing Barbies and Jacks, Practicing Double Dutch and the old Klik-Klaks. School years that passed by so fast, Wishing the moments could always last. But it was underneath a Red Hook moon, That she saw her childhood go by too soon!

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Occupy the coal mines of West Virginia, by Abby Savitch-Lew (continued from page 8)

coal exports, including the coal that powered industry on the banks of the Gowanus Canal at the turn of the century. Take a walk along the Gowanus and you can see what little remains of this era. The silos on 6th street once stored coal; they now store large lumps of recycling. The brick building on 2nd street once housed the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Power Station. At three sites of former manufactured gas plants on Degraw Street, 5th Street, and 11th Street, National Grid is in the process of investigating coal pollution.

able to take care of my kids and put them through college, like my Dad put me through college on a miner’s pay,” she said, before warning us that families were angry, and protestors were likely to get hurt. She is not the only West Virginian who views EPA oversight and R.A.M.P.S.’s activities as a threat to the region’s jobs. Since the mechanization of the coal industry, Appalachian coal jobs have dwindled from over 125,000 in the 1950s to under 16,000 today. Environmental regulations, a major downturn in the market for coal, and the cheap availability of natural gas has further impacted the industry, with the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicting a 60% decline in Appalachian coal production by 2020.

Appalachian coal once fueled New York’s industrial revolution, but today, most of it goes to Asia to power developing countries like China and India. When coal companies in Appalachia mechanized in the 1950s, they adopted a technique called strip mining, using large machines to remove overlying rocks, trees, and soil in order to access seams of coal. Mountaintop removal, a type of strip mining that involves using explosives to blow up mountaintops, has already leveled over 500 mountaintops and buried about 2,000 miles of streams. Since the 1960s, communities across Appalachia and their allies have used direct action to protest strip mining’s impacts on the health, safety, and economy of Appalachia. Calling upon this tradition, R.A.M.P.S. would act to demand that coal companies end stripmining, repay their debts to Appalachia, and create a just transition to a new economy. My friend Junior Walk is a 22-year-old native of southern West Virginia, former prep plant worker and mine security guard, and has been personally impacted by the coal industry. “Surface mining poisoned my water as a child. It has done the same thing to countless other families throughout Appalachia. I’ve watched my friends, family, and neighbors get sick and die because of what these people have done around here, for nothing more than money,” said Walk, who suffers from hernias and a severe case of gastritis. He thinks his condition is related to the tap water his family uses for cooking and bathing, which he says carries contaminates from a nearby coal sludge injection site holding the toxic waste products of coal processing. In recent years, numerous studies have shown links between strip mining and high rates of cancer, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses – including black lung disease, which many erroneously believe only affects underground miners. A Harvard University study recently totaled the public health costs of coal in Appalachia at $80 billion a year. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also recognized the variety of effects that mountaintop removal can have upon quality of life. “The impact of mountaintop removal on nearby communities is devastat-

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Coal Tar Sheens on the Gowanus (courtesy of Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club)

In a press release, R.A.M.P.S. said they were fighting not only for cleaner and healthier communities, but also to se-

rally of miners entered the forest at another entrance. Meanwhile, over 50 protestors walked onto Hobet Mine, a strip mining site owned by Patriot Coal. Ten protestors boarded a rock truck and dropped a banner that said “Coal Leaves. Cancer Stays.” One protestor climbed a tree; three miners stood below, threatening to chop it down with a chain saw. Operations on the site were shut down for three hours. Twenty-five protestors who escaped arrest said they were harassed by miners in cars as they drove away. R.A.M.P.S. drivers reported that miners sprayed them with pepper spray before the State Police intervened. Twenty others were detained by the police in Danville, West Virginia, and then sent to Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia. West Vir-

ing. Dynamite blasts needed to splinter rock strata are so strong they crack the foundations and walls of houses. Mining dries up an average of 100 wells a year and contaminates water in others. In many coalfield communities, the purity and availability of drinking water are key concerns,” wrote the EPA in its Mid-Atlantic Regional Assessment. Last year, the EPA created non-enforceable guidelines to “clarify” permitting issues related to mountaintop removal. Vernon Halton, executive director of Coal River Mountain Watch, said that while the EPA had taken a step in the right direction in the face of overwhelming political opposition, Coal River Mountain Watch wanted the EPA to take a stronger stance. Environmental organizations are calling on the federal government to place a moratorium on mountaintop removal strip mining. In the past decade, the direct action resistance movement against strip mining and mountaintop removal has gained traction. Hundreds of people have participated in various types of protests, including marches, blockades against coal transportation equipment, sit-ins at government offices, and lock-downs to strip mining equipment. “Mountain Mobilization” signifies R.AM.P.S.’s latest effort to escalate the campaign. Early in the summer, R.A.M.P.S. made a public broadcast to invite activists from across the country to join the action. As the day of the action approached, West Virginia’s pro-coal population rose up to vocalize their anger with outside interference in the region’s economy. On Wednesday July 25, I sat with a friend who was operating the R.A.M.P.S. registration phone line. That evening, she received dozens of calls condemning the action. One woman, a miner’s wife, asked my friend to get out of West Virginia. The caller said that if her husband lost his job at the mines, their family would have to move elsewhere. “I’d have to leave because I won’t be

Protestors on the strip mine. (Courtesy of RAMPS)

cure workers rights – including sustainable pensions for retiring workers and a just transition for current workers – who are affected by what some regard as the coal industry’s impending collapse. “Coal companies must employ their surface mine workers in reclaiming all disturbed land to the highest standards. Instead of arguing about the ‘war on coal,’ political leaders should immediately allocate funds to retrain and re-employ laid off miners to secure a healthy future for the families of this region,” said spokesperson Mathew Louis-Rosenberg in a R.A.M.P.S. press release.

ginian native Dustin Steele said he was beaten by the police, and R.A.M.P.S. says witnesses report police brutality against the other arrested protestors. As of press time, each protestor was being held at $25,000 bail charge on charges of trespassing and obstruction. The story continues to unfold, and the latest updates can be viewed at

Saturday, July 28 was deployment day, a dangerous day to be driving out of Nicholas County with an out-of-state license plate, with pro-coal advocates felling trees to block the roads out of the R.A.M.P.S. training camp. From the safety of another activist’s apartment, I sat with the media team, waiting for incoming news from the activists at the frontlines. In Kanawah State Forest, where protestors were gathering before disembarking to other sites, police confronted protestors and told them to leave the forest or risk arrest. One protestor was temporarily detained, one was arrested on charges of lying to an officer and another was arrested for taking pictures of an officer. At the same time, a pro-coal

MTR Site Shutdown (courtesy of R.A.M.P.S.)

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Long Island College Hospital announces layoffs Long Island College Hospital (LICH) announced the termination of 150 workers on Friday June 20th. Ian Taylor, officer in charge of SUNY Downstate Medical Center released a statement saying the hospital is “undergoing serious financial pressure,” and “making the changes necessary to achieve financial stability while continuing to serve its mission of education and provide high quality, safe patient care services.” They layoffs are disperse throughout the hospitals, but none of the departments will be closing. The 300 bed hospital will be downsized to a 220 bed facility, but “services will remain intact,” said Zipporah Dvash, spokeswoman for LICH. “How we arrange the beds is not what’s important to the community, but that we retain services.” Workers were given 30 days notice of the termination. The layoffs are due to changing healthcare, not unskilled employees, according to Dvash. It was reported that some would receive severance, while others might not, but the Star-Revue could not confirm that statement. LICH has been restructured since their merger with SUNY Downstate last year. Prior to that the were partnered with Continuum Health Partners (CHP). Dvash told the Star-Revue that the split from CHP was mutual because the Manhattan based institution “no longer suited their goals or ours.” The $170 million debt LICH was left with initiated rumors that the hospital would collapse, but so far they have kept their promise. “I remain confident we will continue to provide outstanding care to our patients, education to our students and commitment to our research and surrounding communities throughout this process,” commented Taylor. - by Kimberly Gail Price

Family Day August 18th 12-7

Organized by Dorothy Shields to send them back to school Talent Show: 4-6 pm Coffey Park (Richard & Verona) •book give-away, blood-pressure screenings, rides, maybe other stuff like speakers, •If you want a table you can contact Ms. Shields Talent Show: •auditions held early June. •rehearsal June 26 4-8 pm •the talent show will be produced and filmed by People’s Urban Films c/o PUF Foundation •it’s for 6-80+ year olds •there are different levels: children, juniors, adults, and then a fourth group that includes dance groups/duos/ bands/musicians/vocalists – you must be over 14. There is also a fifth group for actors/entertainers/comedians/ poets/lyricists/spoken word artists/variety talent Contacts Ms. Catherine Johnson 718 522-5261 Mildred Boyd 718 643-0482 Dannelle Johnson (sp?) – from PUF – 347 772-6772 Questions: What else is happening on Family Day? contact Shields (718) 522-1452 How many people are in the talent show? What kind of acts will there be? - Ms. Catherine Johnson 718 522-5261 What is People’s Urban Films (research)

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Red Hook hits the big time with Openhouse NY by George Fiala


penhouse NY is a non-profit started in 2001 to increase awareness of NYC’s distinct architecture, engineering and design. Since 2003, they have hosted an annual event to open up rarely seen spaces to the public. Over the years the event and organization has grown, adding educational and cultural events to the mix. This year they have expanded again, and in addition to their annual fall weekend, they have added a series of small open house events throughout the boroughs. OHNY Red Hook Studios was the fourth in this series and took place on Saturday, July 29. The genesis of their focus on Red Hook began when Lindsay Crozier, Product/ Material Researcher and Specifier at MADE Architecture was contacted by The Architect’s Newspaper to be part of the already planned DUMBO open house. She convinced them of the burgeoning mass of creative endeavors occurring here. They agreed to include Red Hook in the series. Visitors signed in at the Beard Street Warehouse building and were given a map of the self-guided tour. The first stop was around the corner where Pier Glass, an artisan glass studio has operated for the past 18 years, making them an original tenant in the O’Connell Organization’s Beard Street Warehouse complex of restored Civil War buildings. Owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Kevin Klutch and Mary Ellen Buxton, they produce hand-blown glass works of art for gift shops and museums around the country. A colorful array of vases, cups, and sculpted bowls and animals were displayed in the front. The rest of the large space is taken up by all the apparatus to create these items. Kevin was taking glass from a cooler to the heat, creating new objects as he answered questions graciously. He spoke only positively about his experience at the Beard Street Warehouse space. Constructive Display was the next stop, located a few doors down. The small front office featured photo display of their projects, as well as some small

sized strand of Christmas lights was most prominent. Banner explained that these lights had hung near Radio City for many years. They were recently bought by a store in Washington DC, and returned to his shop - where they were originally created - for refurbishing. He explained the process in which the plastic bulbs were created, and one was free to wander around the workspace, examining all sorts of industrial machines and other works in progress, including meticulously crafted leaves for a fall display as well as a wooden Christmas tree in an early phase of creation. After a detour through the BWAC show “Colors”, which opened the same day, one was led to the next stop, Atelier de France. Once again, signs and volunteers aided navigation. Camille Wiart, wife of Pierre Bourdel, one of

models. People were invited into the back, which opened up to a huge workspace that is necessary for manufacturing the large-scale projects. Owner, David Banner offered guided tours. A giant

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David Banner of Constructive Display

pointing out the current exhibition by Adam Green. She also discussed how Intercourse plans to utilize rainwater for a renewable garden and invited us to visit the residency spaces upstairs, which serve as studio spaces for artists.

Dustin Yellin greeted visitors at his new Intercourse center

opportunity to not only design, but also execute the designs in the workroom, which Landry says is a growing trend among young architects. The workshop includes machine tools for both wood and metal working. Landry mentioned that they work closely with another nearby fabricating firm, and went on to say that a number of Red Hook small design and manufacturing firms become collaborators, exchanging ideas and innovating together.

The building itself is a huge brick structure that was originally home of Pioneer Ironworks, an important part of the shipbuilding that took place in the 19th century. Remnants of this past are being preserved, making it a perfect exhibition space for all sizes of art. Bigprototype is a Brooklyn-based design firm and fabrication lab founded by Yale School of Architecture graduates, John Nafziger and Sarah Strauss. John showed examples of furniture prototypes that they design. Just as most of the other businesses on this eye-opening Red Hook tour, they have enough space to actually fabricate the full size pieces.

Break for art Machines were on display throughout the day (photos by Fiala)

the Atelier partners met guests at the entrance. Atelier is a fine French upholstery studio which both builds and renovates high-end custom furniture in the classic French style. Principals of this company demonstrated all the intricacies that go into making what appears to be a simple chair comfortable. They use techniques dating back to the 17th century and their ample space is large enough to store the raw materials needed to fill the couches and chairs they work on. Camille moved here from Westchester with her husband last April and is an enthusiastic supporter. “We are so happy to live where we work, and we discovered Red Hook to be a charming and close-knit community.”

Atelier chairmaker demonstrates his craft

resident of New Orleans, who came to Brooklyn in May. After ten years of teaching school in New Orleans, Landry went to Tulane where he received a Masters in Architecture. He met MADE founder, Ben Bischoff, who was giving a lecture at Tulane. The two became friends. When Landry finished school, he was offered a job with Bischoff and also at a larger New Orleans firm where he had interned. He chose Brooklyn mostly because of the

MADE Architecture, the next stop, is a company founded in 2002 by three graduates from Yale School of Architecture. Their space incorporates not only a design studio with the cad/cam computer capabilities that architects use today, but also a fully functional fabrication workshop where architects ensure the viability of their designs by making them. Mike Landry a newcomer to the firm, met us at the door. Landry is a life-long

Artist Scott Pfaffman was next on the map. Pfaffman occupies Studio 16 at the Sweet Lorraine Gallery, part of Screwball Spaces. The storage facility was once a factory, but is now a collection of artists who have created working places out of storage spaces. Pfaffman greeted visitors with conversation and jokes from his native South Carolina. Four large walls were filled with 300 watercolors on paper - his current show called “Hair Cuts.” Fellow artist, Fernand Barbot showed primitivist paintings and sculptures from his studio. Barbot proved to be a fascinating conversationalist. He was born in France in 1930, immigrated to Brooklyn in 1957 and has lived in the borough ever since. Our discussion was free-ranging, covering topics from living in France during WWII to US politics, science and art, including tidbits from his 45 years spent as an electrician. The Intercourse, Dustin Yellin’s emerging space, is a work in progress. Yellin is famous for his strip of glass creations, in which pieces of pictures are placed in layers, creating a 3D effect. Managing Director, Katie Cooper explained that the space will eventually serve as a sanctuary for artists, philosophers and scientists where interdisciplinary ideas will be discussed.

Mike Landry, stands next to an electric sanding machine at MADE.

Uhuru Design specializes in wood furniture made from scrap or found wood. Their current showcase piece is a chaise lounge called “Cyclone,” created from actual wood from the Coney Island boardwalk. After completion, this piece of furniture is destined for the permanent collection of Washington’s Smithsonian Institute. Other stops on the tour included the Waterfront Museum, She-Weld, Look North Gallery, Liberty Warehouse, Pelle Showroom, Norbert Kimmel and Richard Gins. Due to time constraints, we were not able to visit every location. For more information about their fall tour October 6-7, visit

Katie led groups through the space,

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Red Hick Initiative celebrates 10 years by Kimberly Gail Price

In honor of their 10th anniversary, Red Hook Initiative held a summer block party to celebrate. The festivities included barbeque, a bake sale, Double Dutch competitions and a special dance performance by Cora Dance. a DJ played music that could be heard down the block; young and old were dancing in the streets. Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings were provided by Joseph P. Addabbo Health Clinic. The general merriment was enjoyed by friends and families, all wearing bright and happy grins!

Congratulations to RHI for their accomplishments. We wish them many more years of success and growth!

Red Hook’s youth play games on Hicks Street in front of RHI

Maria Lufvalas, Hiram Rodriguez, Tito Gillette and Ray Gomez enjoy the summer festivities, and maybe a cold beer or two.

RHI founder, Jill Eisenhard, and Senior Editor, Kimberly G. Price, enjoy a moment of laughter.


Red Hook Initiative’s doors were open to one and all in their 10th anniversary celebration


Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings were available, thanks to Joseph P. Addabbo’s Family Health Clinic.



A fierce Double Dutch competition underway

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Guide to area restaurants

Carroll Gardens/ Red Hook BAKED 359 Van Brunt St., (718)222-0345. THE BROOKLYN ICE HOUSE 318 Van Cobble Hill Brunt St., (718) 222-1865. BOTANICA 220 Conover St (at Coffey St), (347) 225-0147. DEFONTE’S SANDWICH SHOP 379 Columbia St., (718) 855-6982. DIEGO’S RESTAURANT 116 Sullivan St., (718) 625-1616. F&M BAGELS 383 Van Brunt St., (718) 855-2623. FORT DEFIANCE 365 Van Brunt St., (347) 453-6672. THE GOOD FORK 391 Van Brunt St., (718) 643-6636. HOME/MADE 293 Van Brunt St., (347) 223-4135. HOPE & ANCHOR 347 Van Brunt St., (718) 237-0276. IKEA One Beard St., (718) 246-4532. JOHN & FRANKS, 367 Columbia Street, (718) 797-4467 KEVIN’S 277 Van Brunt St., (718) 5968335. MARK’S PIZZA 326 Van Brunt St., (718) 624-0690. NEW LIN’S GARDEN RESTAURANT 590 Clinton Street, (718) 399-1166 RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND 284 Van Brunt St., (646) 326-7650. ROCKY SULLIVAN’S 34 Van Dyke St., (718) 246-8050. STEVE’S AUTHENTIC KEY LIME PIE, 204 Van Dyke St, (718) 852-6018 SUNNY’S BAR IN RED HOOK, 253 Conover Street, (718) 625-8211

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ALMA 187 Columbia St., (718) 643-5400. BAGEL BOY CAFE 75 Hamilton Avenext to Chase, (718) 855-0500. CALEXICO CARNE ASADA 122 Union St., (718) 488-8226. CASA DI CAMPAGNA 117 Columbia Street (718) 237-4300. CASELNOVA 214 Columbia St., (718) 522-7500. FERNANDO’S FOCACCERIA RESTAURANT 151 Union St., (718)855-1545. HOUSE OF PIZZA & CALZONES 132 Union St., (718) 624-9107. JAKE’S BAR-B-QUE RESTAURANT 189 Columbia St., (718) 522-4531. KOTOBUKI BISTRO 192 Columbia St., (718) 246-7980. LILLA CAFE 126 Union St., (718) 8555700. MAZZAT 208 Columbia St., (718) 8521652. PETITE CREVETTE 144 Union St., (718) 855-2632. TEEDA THAI CUISINE 218 Columbia St., (718) 643-2737.

ABILENE, 442 Court Street, 718-5226900, ANGRY WADES, 222 Smith Street, (718) 488-7253 BACCHUS, 409 Atlantic, (718) 852-1572 BAR BRUNO, 520 Henry St., 347-7630850, BAGELS BY THE PARK, 323 Smith Street, (718) 246-1321 BAR GREAT HARRY, 280 Smith Street (718) 222-1103 BOMBAY DREAM, 257 Smith Street (718) 237-6490 BOURGEOIS PIG, 387 Court Street, (718) 858-5483 BROOKLYN BREAD CAFE, 436 Court Street (718) 403-0234 BUDDY’S BURRITO & TACO BAR, 260 Court Street, 718-488-8695, BUTTERMILK CHANNEL, 524 Court Street (718) 852-8490 CASA ROSA, 384 Court Street, 718-7971907 CHESTNUT, 271 Smith St., (718) 2430049 COBBLE GRILL, 212 Degraw Street, (718) 422-0099 COBBLE HILL COFFEE SHOP, 314 Court Street, (718) 852-1162 CODY’S ALE HOUSE GRILL, 154 Court Street, 718-852,6115 COURT STREET GROCERS, 485 Court Street, (718) 722-7229 CRAVE, 570 Henry Street, (718) 643-0361 CUBANA CAFE, 272 Smith Street (718) 718-858-3980 DOWNTOWN BAR & GRILL, 160 Court street, 718-625-2835 DUBUQUE, 548 Court Street, (718) 5963248 EM THAI KITCHEN, 278 Smith Street, (718) 834-0511 ENOTICA ON COURT, 347 Court Street, (718) 243-1000 F LINE BAGELS, 476 Smith Street (718) 422-0001 FIVE GUYS, 266 Court St., 347-799-2902 FRAGOLE, 394 Court Street, (718) 6227133 FRANCESCO’S RESTAURANT, 531 Henry Street, (718) 834-0863 FRANK’S LUNCHEONETTE, 365 Smith Street, (718) 875-5449 GHANG, 229 Court Street, 718-875-1369 GOWANUS YACHT CLUB, 323 Smith Street, (718) 246-132,Closed til spring HANA CAFE, 235 Smith Street, (718) 643-1963 LE PETITE CAFE, 502 Court street, 718596-7060 LING LING YOUNG, 508 Henry Street, (718) 260-9095 MARCO POLO RISTORANTE, 345 Court Street, 718 852-5015 MAMA MARIA’S RESTAURANT, 307 Court Street, (718) 246-2601

MEZCALS Restaurant, 522 Court Street, 718-783-3276 NATURES GRILL, 138 Court street, 718852,5100, NINE-D, 462 Court Street, 718-488-8998, OAXACA TACOS, 251 Smith Street (718) 222-1122 OSACA RESTAURANT, 272 Court Street (718) 643-0055 P J HANLEYS, 449 Court St, 718- 843-8223 PALO CORTADO, 520 Court St, 718407-0047 PRIME MEATS, 465 Court Street, 718254-0327 or 0345, PALMYRA, 316 Court street, 718-7971110 RED ROSE RESTAURANT, 315 Smith Street, (718) 625-0963 SALS PIZZA, 305 Court Street, (718) 852-6890 SAM’S RESTAURANT, 238 Court Street, 718-596-3458 SOUL SPOT 302 Atlantic Ave 718 5969933 SAVOIA, 277 Smith Street, 718-797-2727 SEERSUCKER RESTAURANT, 329 Smith Street, (718) 422-0444

SMITH & VINE, 268 Smith Street (718) 243-2864 SOUTH BROOKLYN PIZZA, 451 Court Street, 718 852-6018 STINKY BROOKLYN, 261 Smith Street, 718 522-7425 SWEET MELISSA, 276 Court Street, (718) 855-3410 TRIPOLI, 156 Atlantic Ave, 718 596-5800 VINNY’S OF CARROLL GARDENS, 295 Smith Street, 718 875-5600 VINNY’S PIZZERIA, 455 Court Street, 718 596-9342 VINO Y TAPAS, 520 Court Street, 718407-0047 VINZEE’S, 412 Court Street, 718 855 1401 ZAYTOONS, 283 Smith Street, 718 875-1880


MICHAEL AND PINGS, 437 Third Avenue, (718) 788-0017 COTTA BENE PIZZA, 291 3rd Ave, 718 722-7200 LITTLENECKS, 288 3rd Ave., (718) 522-1921 CANAL BAR, 270 3rd Ave, (718) 2460011

Hours: Noon to 10:30 pm Tues. to Thurs. Noon to 11pm Friday. 4pm to 11pm Saturday & 4pm to 10:30pm Sunday.

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he Gallery Players of Park Slope has the reputation of being Brooklyn premier Off-Off Broadway Theatre Company and given the high level of Mark Harborth’s excellent production of “Othello, the Tragedy of the Moor of Venice” it’s easy to see why. Founded in 1967, the company has continually produced work of this caliber and delighted Audiences from nearby Park Slope, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook to the more discerning Theatregoers across the Brooklyn Bridge for nearly a half century now. In that time it has been a mainstay of the New York theatre community and received the Off-Off-Broadway Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. And now that the one negative point of attending a Gallery Players production has been rectified, there is no excuse not to treat yourself to a night of excellent first class theatre. That’s right! Those who endured last season Macbeth in the stifling heat will be pleased to know that the theatre is now air-conditioned and Othello’s running time of just over 3 hours passes surprising quickly. Of course, this is also due in no small part to the solid performances of a wonderful ensemble cast who skillfully employ Shakespeare’s language and fully embody each of the play’s characters. Othello tells the story of a Moorish General in the Venetian army who becomes consumed by jealousy and rage when his trusted ensign, Iago manipulates him into believing his wife Desdemona has been unfaithful. Like all Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes, Othello has a fatal flaw. His being jealousy. This production wonderfully showcases

“Brooklyn Museum starts Art Capital” by Roy Belkin The Brooklyn Museum’s Go! open studio project has registered 1854 artists living and working in Brooklyn in nearly every neighborhood and every medium thinkable. The immense and easily navigable online catalog is available by simple going to the website and signing in as a “voter”. This project is unprecedented in it’s scale and is very much in the modern museum mode of extending the gallery walls into the community. In contemporary American society it is no longer enough to provide a scholarly safe haven for masterworks. The people must be engaged and education must be undertaken. To this end the museum has constructed a competition whereby voter/viewers visit studios and select artists to be considered for an exhibition in the Museum, AKA “the big fossil hall”, on Eastern Parkway. This aspect of the project is the least important to my mind. Any show in the Museum will overshadowed by the vast range of work available on the streets within the many communities of Brooklyn. Think of the impact of a giant swarm of voters and viewers seeking out art all over the borough, exploring spaces and neighborhoods and speaking first hand

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The Gallery Players stage an inspired Othello by Brian


some fine Shakespearean actors. R.J Foster exudes the gravitas of a Military Commander and his protrayal of Othello is masterful, from the subtlety of his underlying jealousy masked behind that

this pestilence into his ear” while spitting in a chalice and then emptying the contents onto the castle floor. A skillful metaphor employed by the director as Iago himself, is Othello’s poisoned chal-

“The clever usage of exits and entrances and different levels on the set coupled with atmospheric lighting brilliantly set the different places and times.”

gravitas and composure in the earlier scenes when Iago first sows the seeds of suspicion in his mind to the violent and powerful fitful expressions of anger at the Play’s Climax. Lauren Sowa as Desdemona, torn between outrage at her undeserved, incomprehensible treatment and loyalty to her lord and husband, gives a wonderful depiction of a woman punished for her caring nature towards others while incapable of extending that same virtue to herself due to her devotion and sense of duty even when the ultimate is at stake. Her goodness is her undoing. Indeed there are many great performances in this production, however, it is David Patrick Ford that stands out with a tour de force performance as Iago. Driving the action of the play he delivers his text with the ease and clarity and his characterization is chilling. His asides to the audience with his face starkly lit in greens and reds as he divulged his schemes to destroy the lives of others were spine chillingly evil. Never does he embody this evil more when he informed the audience that “I’ll pour

to practicing art workers This aspect of community building and artists sharing on this scale could likely lead to a reevaluation of the economics of the contemporary art scene and help create the basis for new artistic and cultural industries. To register as a voter and viewer go to:

B77 Rally (cont. from page 1) ing Fellow” of the Rider Alliances says, “we believe that when transit workers are organized, they have the power to pressure elected officials and the MTA to solve transit problems.” (Rider’s Association is New York’s first grass-roots community membership organization of subway and bus riders.) Union workers have been getting involved to create an alliance with the community of Red Hook. They are experiencing verbal abuse from commuters because of the insufficient service of the B61. JP Patafio says, “ Service is not good and there is a lot of tension in the air with the community and bus drivers... we don’t need tension.” The union wants to be a part of reforming transportation in Red Hook to make their jobs easier and safer. In 2010, Red Hook bus service was cut by almost one third. The community was isolated and had very few options. The B77 was cut because the transit

ice for Othello initially perceives Iago to be honest as he continually professes him to be and Iago turns out to be the architect of Othello’s downfall. Ford’s depiction of Iago as an unremorseful sociopath who cares nothing of the addi- Lauren Sowa stars as Desdemona and R.J. tional lives he destroys to get to Othello Foster as Othello in the Gallery Player’s is what makes his performance superb. production (photo by Meg Goldman) Othello is one of Shakespeare’s darker tragedies and while this production is set coupled with atmospheric lighting indeed very dark, Harborth masterfully brilliantly set the different places and makes the most of the play’s few comic times. It therefore came as a surprise in moments to offer some relief from all the final act of the play that the penthe deception, betrayal and murder. ultimate scene set in a street involving Mark Cajigao’s money obsessed Clown the fight between Cassio (Montogomis brilliant, particularly in a funny scene ery Sutton) and Rodrigo (Ray Crisara) where he debates the merits of playing became muddied with the setting of the music versus the merits of not playing scenes that preceded and followed it. music came with the musicians hilari- And again, in the final scene, many of ously played by Louis Lavoie and Mark the cast seemed uneasy with the setting up of the imaginary wall and door that A. Klinch. Andrew Lu’s sparse set design and Scott separated Othello and Desdemonda’s Andrew Call’s lighting design comple- Bedchamber from the rest of the castle mented each other wonderfully allow- so when they found her in her deathing a fluidity in the action on stage bed, their reaction of horror seemed which has multiple scenes and settings. somewhat phony. However, this is just Indeed the clever usage of exits and one minor quibble in an underwise masentrances and different levels on the terful production. agency faced a $900 million monetary gap. This cut led to overcrowding of buses during morning and evening rush hour. AM Goodridge states, “see people with wheelchairs during rush hour with the buses being crowded.” Over crowding of buses leads to people missing work and school, which jeopardizes their employment. In Red Hook, 57% of people do not own a vehicle to commute with, so they rely solely on the B61 and Smith and 9th Street station. Currently, the station has been under construction for more than a year now. There is not a specific date to when it will be available. However, to make up for the lack of service in Red Hook, the MTA came up with a plan to extend the B57 into Red Hook. This is expected to be in full affect in January 2013. The expanded route of the B57 has been controversial and said to not be enough for the community of Red Hook. Robert Berrios states, “Our motto was ‘one bus is not enough’ but now it is ‘two buses are not enough.’” The B57 is not dedicated to the community of Red Hook. The bus would be driving its usual Flushing Avenue passengers and the new Red Hook commuters, which may make the bus crowded, pack, and off schedule. MTA executives are taking the initiative in restoring lines for neighborhoods in the Bronx and Brooklyn because those were impacted the most in 2010.

Red Hook is one of the few neighborhoods that will get restorations back. Extending the B57 and creating more stops on the G line “have been positive steps,” that the MTA is taking to resolve this problem, says Representative Nydia M. Velázquez. In addition, the community of Red Hook does not want to stop at restoring the B77 or accepting the extension of the B57. They are going to continue on rallying for restoration of B71, trolley lines, buses that run from Red Hook into Manhattan and direct lines specifically for Red Hook. At this point the community of Red Hook waits to experience the impact of the B57. Patafio says, “lets see how many runs they make with the 57.” No rallies are scheduled to take place in the future unless the impact of the B57 has a negative response from the commuters or union. But too many commuters are still frustrated with these very few options. With the support of local politicians and union, the community may attract enough attention to get better transportation.Velázquez states, “More must be done to ensure working families and commuters have adequate service in this community.” To add, Lillie Marshall, a commuter from Red Hook, wants to deliver one question to the MTA. In a determined voice and eyebrows arched, she asks, “Why take away service in the community?”

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Art & Community Calendar If you have an event you would like listed in the Red Hook StarRevue calendar, please email redhookstarcalendar@gmail. com.


Bethel Baptist Day Care Center 242 Hoyt St. (718) 834-9292 ACD funded Early Childhood Education Programs, Family Services, and Day Care Services for the Gowanus Community. Call for more info. Kentler International Drawing Space—353 Van Brunt St. (718) 8752098, FREE Weekend Art Workshops for Families. Ages 4 & up. Every 1st & 3rd Sat. Sat. 8/2 Noon1:30pm register in advance: sallie@


Kane St. Synagogue 236 Kane St. (718) 875-1530 Torah Study every 2nd Shabbat of the Month 11am-Noon. Every Fri. &/or Tues. St. Stephen’s R.C. 108 Carroll St. (718) 596-7750 & Every Wed. 6:30pm Choir rehearsal, if interested contact or Visitation of Our Blessed Virgin Mary R.C. 98 Richards @Verona (718) 6241572 Every Thurs. 6pm Choir Practice w/ Emiliana In-Home Blessings and Masses, by appointment. Languages available: English, Spanish, Italian, German. Contact: Lori Burkhard at (917) 971-5522


Brooklyn Collective Gallery 212 Columbia St. (Union/Sackett) (718) Gallery Hours: Thur.- Sun. 11am-8pm Over 40 Artists on Exhibit through Augusr. Brooklyn General—128 Union St. (718) 237-7753 Classes and Workshops for all things Sewing.

Thing, Live Trivia Extravaganza $12. Thu. 8/16 6pm Counting Sheep & Cutting Roots: Art Reception FREE.


440 Gallery 440 6th Ave. (Park Slope) (718) 499-3844, Gallery hrs. - Thurs., Fri. 4-7pm, Sat., Sun. 11am - 7pm, or by appointment. Closed through August. Brooklyn Collective Gallery 212 Columbia St. (Union/Sackett) (718) 5966231 Gallery hrs. Thur. - Sun 1pm-8pm through 8/31 30 New Collections of Local Artists FREE. Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition 499 Van Brunt St. (718) 596-2506 Open every Sat. & Sun 1-6pm WHAT IS COLOR: A Juried Art Show: Exhibition: 7/28-8/19. Special Events on everyday of the Show! Falconworks Kidd Studio 135 Richards St. (718) 395-3218 falconworks. com - Now accepting Applications for Fall 2012. For Kids 1114yrs. who want to write & act in their own play. Through 9/7. Gallery Small New York---416 Van Brunt, (347) 782-3729 smallnewyork. com Gallery hours are Thurs. - Sun. 11am - 6pm. Gallery Small closes for the summer on 7/24 and re-opens 9/15.

Rocky Sullivan’s—34 Van Dyke St., (718) 246-8050. Every Mon, Tues, Wed 8pm Live Irish Music Every Last Wed 8pm Readings By Authors.Every. Thurs. 9pm Rocky’s World Famous Pub Quiz.

Invisible Dog---51 Bergen Street, (347) 560-3641Gallery hours Sat.-Thu. 1-7pm. Sun 1-5pm. Through 8/5 Siamese Connection: 3012 Thai Artists Alliance’s 3rd Multidisciplinary arts showcase.

The Star Theater Acoustic Jam & Hootenanny 101 Union St. btwn Columbia and Van Brunt (718) 624-5568 Every Monday Night 8pm. C&W to Jazz (with

Look North Inuit Art Gallery—275 Conover Street, Suite 4E, (347) 7213995, Polar Light: Greenland. The Greenland photography of Rena Bass Forman and the Greenland drawings of Zaria Forman. A climate change awareness exhibition held in conjunction with Al Gore’s ‘The Climate Project’. Look North Gallery will be closed 7/9-7/21.

Cora Dance 201 Richards St. (Coffey St./Van Dyke St.) #15 (718) 858-2520 Registration for Cora Dance School begins on 8/27.



Littlefield—622 Degraw St littlefieldny. com Every Monday 8pm: Hot Tub w/ Kurt & Kristen $5 adv. $8 drs. Thu. 8/2 8pm Big Mean Sound Machine, Beyondo $12. Fri. 8/3 8pm The Sons & Heirs (tribute to the Smiths & Morrissey) Green Shirt (tribute to Elvis Costello), DJ set w/ Spencer Corbin $8 adv. $10 drs. Tue. 8/7 7:30pm Punderdome 3000. Punning Contest ALL invited to compete. $6 adv. $7 drs. Wed. 8/8 7:30pm Diamond Terrifier Release Party w/ Diamond Terrifiers (Zs), Laurel Halo, Slava, Bubbles $10 adv. $12 drs. Fri. 8/10 10pm The Midas Touch: An Olympic Dance Party $3 adv. $5 drs. Sun. 8/11 1:30pm Hip Tot Music Fest w/Suzi Shelton Band. Music, arts & crafts, face painti8ngs local food & giveaways $8. Tue. 8/14 7pm The Big Quiz

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a healthy dose of Blues in the middle). Bring your Axe & Your Favorite Beverage! The Star Theater Electric Jam 101 Union St., Columbia / Van Brunt Every Thur. Night 8pm Hard rock, Jazz, Blues. Full Back Line. Refreshments provided. Donations accepted. Sunny’s Bar 253 Conover St. (Beard/ Reed St.s) (718) 625-8211 & Sunny’s Bar on Facebook. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, live local roots music.. Every Sat. 10pm Bluegrass/Folk Country Jam. Union Hall 702 Union Street @5th Ave (718) 638-4400 Every Sun. 7:30pm Pretty Good Friends. Comedy host by Eugene Mirman $7. Every Fri. Midnight Karaoke Killed The Cat FREE. Every Sat. 11pm CRAZY $INCE DA 90$ FREE.


Brooklyn Greenway Initiative 153 Columbia St., Kane/Degraw St. (718) 522-0913 The Ceramic Arts of Kathryn Robinson-Miller. 30% of the proceeds will go to support BGI’s work. Tue. 7/17 6pm Public Workshop: Reconstruction of DUMBO/ Vinegar Hill Streets & Pearl St. Plaza. Held @ DUMBO Loft 155 Water St. In conjunction w/NYC DOT & DDC and the DUMBO Improvement District



Community Bookstore 143 7th Ave. (718) 783 3075 Mon 8/5 7pm Book Beneath The Brooklyn Bridge @ Brooklyn Bridge Park: Patti Smith! FREE.


Botanica—220 Conover St (at Coffey St), 347-225-0147. New cocktails, specialty liquors & Exotic Chocolates featuring Cacao Prieto Chocolate. Sat-Sun: Afternoon cocktails. Now Open!!


61 Local 61 Bergen St. (Boerum & Smith St.) (347) 763-6624 Sat. 8/4 11am-4pm Ride Red Hook w/61 Local $15. Tickets available @ A Tour grows in Brooklyn 1212 64th St.(212) 209-3370 brooklynwalkingtour. com A historical walking tour of Brownstone Brooklyn featuring the childhood home of Al Capone, the history of the Williamsburg Bank, and the Revolutionary War battle site The Old Stone House. Real Brooklyn Pizza Lunch included. Daily 10am-1pm, $40 Urban Oyster (347) 618-TOUR (8687) 6/2, 9, 16 Noon-3:30, Brewed in Brooklyn Tour (Williamsburg) Brewing, Bottling, & bootlegging in historic Williamsburg. Samples, pizza and fresh lager lunch included. $60 Sat 6/2, 9,16, Sun 6/3, 10, 17 Every Sat. & Sun Navy Yard Full Tour 2:30-4:30pm


Sweet Lorraine Gallery 183 Lorraine St. (Clinton & Court St) (347) 409-8957 Sat. 8/4-8/26 Opening 8/4 5-8pm Fernand & Gerard Barbot. Painting & Sculpture. Sunny’s Bar Backroom 253 Conover St. (Beard/Reed St.s) (718) 625-8211 & Sunny’s Bar on facebook. Open Wed. Fri. Sat 8pm-4am.

Red Hook Boaters P.O BOx 24403, Brooklyn, NY 11202-4403 Summer Kayaking Program. Every Sun. 1-6pm Every Thu. 6-8pm @ Valentino Pier/Park Everything you need will be provided. Dress To Get Wet! FREE! Sat. 8/4 9am-4pm Paddle for Autism Awareness 2012. Shuttles will be provided from the corner of Court & Atlantic 3 times an hour

Montero’s Bar 73 Atlantic Ave. @ Hicks St. (718) 534-6399 Karaoke w/Amethyst w/ the beautiful Andy @ the bar. every Fri. & Sat. 10pm. Every Wed. after. 8pm - Midnight. The raucous musical concoctions of The Red Hook Irregulars. All Acoustic. Guest Players invited. The Rock Shop—249 Fourth Ave. (President St./Carroll St.) (718) 2305740 Thu 8/2 8pm Zeus, Robbers on High St., Country Mice $12. Fri 8/3 8pm Old Adam Brown, Whales & Thieves, Dahm of Phantom, Family Halo $80. Sat 8/4 8pm Justin Jones, Queen Orlenes, Yoni Gordon $8 adv. $10 drs. Mon 8/13 8pmThe Gowanus Allstars FREE. Thu 8/16 7:30pm Chris Bathgate, Two Man Gentleman Band $10 adv.

Carroll Gardens Association 201 Columbia St, Sackett/Degraw (718) 243-9301 carrollgardensassociation. com Mon/. 9/10 Microsoft Office 7 Week Computer Training Course $10.

The Intercourse 159 Pioneer St. (718) 596-3000 Tue.7/31, 8/7 7-9pm From Tesla to Transistors: Introduction to Electronis & Cicuitry $75 + $30 materials fee. Thu 8/2, 8/9 7-9pm Taming the Steel Horse: Bike Miantenance & Repair $75 + $50 materials fee. Sun. 8/5 2-5pm Mixological Methods for Beating the Heat w/St. John Frizell $45. Sun 8/12 2-6pm Radial Family Charts: Poster Making w/Joey Frank $40. Tue 8/14/21/28 8-9pm DNA, Disease & Dollars: The Future of Genetics w/Andew Kern Enrollment by donation. Every Wed. 9pm Roots & Ruckus w/Feral Foster FREE. Fri. 8/3 9pm Who Dat Loungers, The Boo Boo Danger $10. Sat. 8/4 9pm M Shanghai String Band & Friends $10. Sun. 8/5 9pm Red Hook Rambelrs w/ Silent Films $10. Fri. 8/10 8pm Sam Reider w/Friends. The Dillionaires $10

Red Hook Flicks Performances @ Valentino Pier b’twn Coffey & Dikeman, west of Connover, on the waterfront. All Performances Free. Tue. 8/7 Zombieland.Tues. 8/14 Blade. Tue. 8/21 E.T. Tue. 8/28 Young Frankenstein


Micro Museum—123 Smith Street, (718) 797-3116 . Above and Beyond, a three-year retrospective of the art of William and Kathleen Laziza, every Saturday from 12-7pm, refreshments from 5-7pm,. Admission by donation, suggested donation $2. Say you like “Red-Hook Star Revue” and get a free gift bag. Sat. Noon - 7pm through 9/14 Lovey + Dovey = Forever $2 The Waterfront Museum Lehigh Valley Barge No.79, 290 Conover Street. (718) 624-4719 ext. 11 Free boat tours & open hours all through the year. Thursdays 4 - 8 pm and Saturdays 1 - 5 pm. Juggling For Fun Wkshp. Call (718) 624-4719 x.11 or email David Sharps at the above address. Through 10/27Life on the Water: oil paintings by Odd Andersen. Wed. 8/15 8pm LAVA Takes to the Water. Music, Dance, Theater & Acrobatics $10 adv. $20 drs.


Bait & Tackle 320 Van Brunt Street (718) 451-4665 redhookbaitandtackle. com Fri. 8/3 9pm 41 Players. Sat. 8/4 9pm Natalie York. Fri. 8/10 9pm Tim Perkins. Sat. 8/11 Old Tire Swingers. Sun. 9pm Carolyn Mark. Hope & Anchor 347 Van Brunt St., (718) 237-0276. Every Wed. 7pm, Jazz Jam w/The H & A House Band! Every Thurs. through Sat. from 9pm-1am Karaoke. Jalopy Theatre and School of Music 315 Columbia St., (718) 395-3214,

Twenty nine year-old Akiko Chubachi crowned Miss Japan in 2007, paid a visit to the Columbia Street Waterfront District last week. Martin Snaric, 1970’s mail supermodel who now creates silk floral arrangements as well as a teacher of movement and modeling, hosted Akiko at a luncheon in his Carroll Street home. Ms. Chubachi has been on a five year world tour doing charitable work and learning how different people live. Chubachi hopes to build a school in Mali as the logical conclusion of her experiences. She has also acted in a documentary about her beauty contest experiences and has acted in Japanese TV. In Snaric’s living room, she watched as he demonstrated movement techniques in preparation for possible modeling assignments here in New York. Snaric was obviously taken by the statuesque 5’ 8” beauty, but told her that she had to get down to at least a size 6 if she would be considered for a top modeling career in the US. “Look - she’s got curves!” the always effusive Martin exclaimed. - George Fiala

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Red Hook Old Timer’s Day by Delia Garnes


or many of us, the summer is especially jam-packed and collectively vivacious in August. On the second Sunday, we stop and celebrate the day that so perfectly embodies family, love & togetherness: grilling burgers, listening to good music, playing Bid Wiz, and enjoying an iced cold summer drink. Most of us, will be partaking in all four of these activities, thus proving that we are all dedicated to Old Timer’s Day (OTD). OTD has come a long way since 1984. In 28 short years, we’ve all seen a lot of positive changes from the big stuff, like moving to a bigger area to accommodate the amount of people to the small stuff like seeing which stars will participate each year. Some are still with us, some are not, but we should all be thankful and mindful of the Founders of Red Hook Old Timer’s Day. It’s time to honor the RHOTD Founders for bringing us together on a constant family basis. The “first ever” Red Hook Old Timers Day surfaced as an entire Projects barbeque, highlighted by music and filled with good vibes and good food. The Founders of Red Hook Old Timer’s Day intended it to become a social event; They were inspired by a club they created called the “Yacht Club”. They’d host cookouts at Tea Park. Raymond Corbin, founding member, described the Yacht Club as a bunch of poor guys living it like rich ones. They’d sit on benches on the side lines and watch everyone enjoy themselves. Word of mouth took on a shape of its own over the years. The event got so big they had to re-route the B77 coming down Lorraine Street. After six or seven years, the Founders started moving away finding their own pathways in life; thus handing the baton over to future OTD committee members. OTD, now held in Coffey Park, has evolved to a star showcased event. We hold this day in tradition to celebrate friends and family from past to present. Red Hookians travel from as far as Greece, Saudi Arabia, England, Africa, and Hawaii as well as within the 50 states to return to the 2nd Sunday in August every year! SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST 12TH, COFFEY PARK CHUBB ROCK JIMMY SPICER (SUPER RHYMES) T-SKI VALLEY(CATCH THE BEAT) REGGIE REG(CRASH CREW) CUTMASTER DC/DJ HAKIM(BROOKLYN’S IN DA HOUSE) GRAND WIZARD THEODORE THE MIGHTY COLD CRUSH BRO’S RED HOOK’S OWN..’’DJ DESIRE & MC ENIQUEITY


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Red Hook StarªRevue Turning a tragedy into a positive force BrotherMelo combines basketball and books by George Fiala


riving by the basketball courts on Bush and Henry Streets on a recent weekend, we encountered a boisterous crowd of young athletes intently competing in a basketball game. Surrounded by a crowd of parents and friends, and refereed by a uniformed ref, we stopped, watched and were introduced to the founder of the BrotherMelo summer basketball tournament. Karl Sanders, born in Red Hook and currently a teacher and basketball coach at Grady High School, began this tournament four years ago. The inspiration for this project - which incorporates sports with academic, was the tragic killing of Marquise “Brother” Sanders, who was, as his uncle stated “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The organization, which began as an after-school program and summer basketball tournament, was created with the assistance of NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony, who was also born in the Red Hook public houses.

Founder Karl Sanders not only operates BrotherMelo, teaches at Grady High but starred in a German documentary about international basketball.

BrotherMelo’s objectives include lowering the high school drop-out rate, sending more youth to college or employment, engaging parents to be more involved in their children’s education, improving the community literacy rate, and creating a more posi-

A talented youngster lunges for a rebound.

tive climate within the public housing community through the building of social capital. Co-founder Damon Lawrence explains “We’re really pushing our Literacy Art Program.” He encourages kids and adults to visit the library or read a book at home. “We focus on enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.” BrotherMelo is a six week program and the league is divided into 5 age categories ranging from 5 - 17. In addition to his work with Brother Melo, and his fulltime teaching position, Karl Sanders was recently featured in a German documentary, Sneaker Stories. The movie is about three basketball players Adrian, Karl and Aziz. The 2008 movie had a theatrical release in this country last February.

Youngsters get ready for a free throw. BrotherMelo receives some funding from Carmelo Anthony, the NY Knicks star who grew up in the Red Hook Houses before moving with his family to Baltimore at age 9

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According to the publicity sheet for this movie, the three basketball players “struggle to find a place for themselves within an international cycle of control and commodification. In this trans- global documentary, the protagonists live somewhere between fantasies of sports fame and an inglorious everyday reality. Bewitched by the marketing images and advertisements which dazzle young athletes all over the world, they follow impossible dreams, and lose sight of their more realistic choices....

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