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Pilar Montero, The Doyenne of the Dock, passes at 90

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by Eric Ruff

osily ensconced in the glass bricked corner, Pilar Montero held court at Montero’s Bar and Grill, (located at Atlantic Avenue & Hicks Street), for 65 years. She and her husband, Joe, served and cared for the dock community of Brooklyn for that long. When the ships came in, the seamen came in droves for drinks, food, mail and, sometimes, a loan. The Monteros acted as a post office, a bank and a community bulletin board for the many sailors who streamed from their ships to the bar. She was there every day. Immigrating from Livas, Spain, in the province of Galicia, Pilar’s parents, Francisco and Rita Rivas, settled on the Lower East Side in the early winter of 1921. Her mother was pregnant with her during the crossing and Maria Pilar Rivas came into the world on December 2, 1921. Her father, who made his living from the sea, found employment as a dock worker and deckhand on the ferry boats. He grew tired of family life and left Rita and her three children to fend for themselves. Rita opened a boarding house in Manhattan and that was their mainstay throughout Pilar’s early life. In the early forties, Pilar met a dashing young seaman whose family was also from Galicia, Joseph Montero. They married in 1943. In the ensuing fifty-six years, she bore him three sons, Joseph, (also known as Pepe), Frank, and Ramon as well as a daughter, Josephine. In turn, they provided her with the delights of her life: seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In 1947, the Monteros opened what would become the center of her life: Montero’s Bar & Grill. While her husband, Joe, pursued a career in shipping, rising to the rank of Chief Engineer, Pilar concentrated on raising a family and running the bar. It soon became the hub for news, work and gossip, attracting the Irish and Italian longshoremen as well as sailors of all nationalities. They were as much her family as her husband and children. Indeed, she was the heart and soul of the dockyards. In return, their customers brought them the gifts and treasures of their ocean going lives. Cork life-saver rings drip from the ceiling. Portholes, photos, model ships and cautionary signs, (“Company and Fish Stink after Three Days”), festoon the walls and shelves of this mini-marine museum. A particular favorite is the 18 inch by 24 inch iridescent Montero’s Bar sign made of butterfly wings hanging over the cash register.

Upon entering, on the right is a framed article about the Danish seaman who, stranded in New York City, turned to the Montero’s for help. They gave him light bar duties to keep him in pin money until, finally, they found him a ship to sail out on. Included in the framed article is his heart felt thank-you note. Montero’s is a look into Red Hook’s rough and ready past. In her last days, she never missed a beat. With clear mind and acerbic wit she gossiped, reminisced and followed the three subjects she held dear: politics, sports, and the stock market. She could talk endlessly of the politicians, old and new, good and bad, who ran this city and this country. Of sports, she was an ardent follower of all New York teams, without prejudice, preferring neither the Mets nor the Yanks, the Jets or the Giants. She followed the stock market Pilar Montero, photo courtesy of Montero Bar every day, and over the years she made sevage complicated cardiac arrest. Her last wish was to eral small fortunes, turning her into a mini-mogul. make it home the following day to watch the Giants/ She died on Saturday, January 14 of this year at Suny Downstate Medical Center (LICH), across the street from her beloved bar, during a routine procedure, of

Packers game and root on her Giants. She would have been ecstatic at the outcome. One can only hope they have box seats in heaven.

Pressure on Bloomberg to ease up on fingerprinting food stamp recipients by Curtis Skinner

With a number of states recently overturning standing requirements on fingerprinting food stamp applicants, the pressure has been growing in the city and Albany for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to follow suit. Opponents contend that fingerprinting food stamp applicants is a stigma that deters qualifying individuals and families from receiving the assistance they need. Some, like Governor Andrew Cuomo, estimate that 30% of those who qualify for assistance simply do not apply due to the degradation of fingerprinting.

“One of the things that we do now, which makes the stigma actually worse and creates a barrier for families coming forward to get food stamps, is we require fingerprinting,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo in the state of the state address earlier this month. And since 40% of Brooklyn’s over 650,000 food stamp recipients are under the age of 18, according to statistics obtained from the Human Resources Administration, it seems likely that

many more children are not receiving the aid they need. “Don’t make a child go to bed hungry because your government wants to come up with a fraud program that requires fingerprinting,” said Cuomo. Supporters argue conversely that requiring such thorough identification deters fraud in the system and is better for the city as a whole. “Good fences make good neighbors,” said Bloomberg. “There’s (continued on page 3)

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Growing Up Red Hook

Love Meant to Be

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by Danette Vigilante

ince Valentine’s Day is upon us and love will be on the minds of most everyone, I’d like to share with you the following tale.

Some years ago, two Brooklyn women with the same first name, went into labor around the same time. They both wound up in Methodist Hospital where one gives birth to a boy, and the other, a girl. The two babies share the same nursery where one, most likely the boy, (based on his future loudness levels), keeps all the other babies awake, including the girl baby. Both babies go on with their lives growing into curly headed kids. Both are string bean skinny and share a love of pizza. When it comes time for High School, both babies attend the same school. This is when worlds begin to collide for the second time. The babies, now teenagers, find their way to each other and begin to date. It doesn’t last long. Just enough time to spark something in their worlds. Again, they go on with their lives until years later, when they meet again. The boy asks the girl for a date; she agrees. Later, the boy thinks about canceling but doesn’t. The date goes on as planned though the girl has a hard time keeping her mouth closed. She talks and talks and talks. He listens. And listens some more. All the while, he’s thinking yes, she’s got the gift of gab but somehow, I like all she has to say. Her thoughts are on his handsomeness and how she wishes she could stop her uncontrollable … blabbing. But, try as she might, it was no use. It was as though she’d been silent for years only now allowed to speak. Two years go by when, on a Brooklyn beach, he asked her to marry him by way of an airplane. The banner waved for all to see: “Danette, will you marry me?” The baby boy had always been mine, and I, his. All those years ago, when we first breathed life, it was meant to be. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! May you treasure the love you have or find the love that puts a spark in your world.

Danette Vigilante is a children’s author living in New York City with one husband, two daughters, Mr. Noodle, her love hog Yorkshire terrier and Daisy, a cat with a seriously bad attitude. Her newest book, The Trouble with Half a Moon, is in local bookstores and available for purchase online at Amazon and other booksellers. Welcome to YOUR community newspaper!

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Focus on Education:

Two teachers per class at Red Hook’s PAVE Academy By Elizabeth Graham

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ikayla Greene can explain why magnetic forces work like they do, and she understands how electricity powers light bulbs. The fourth-grader loves science, especially the hands-on experiments she and her classmates get to do at PAVE Academy in Red Hook. Mikayla, who lives in Red Hook, enrolled at PAVE in first grade, and plans to return next year when the charter school expands to include fifth grade.

The curriculum’s focus on higher education – each classroom bears the name of a college and its mascot – has already inspired Mikayla to set her sights on Harvard. The 9-year-old wants to study science, medicine, singing and dance, and says that she loves to learn because of the way her teachers run their classrooms.

Another of Mikayla’s favorites is Friday activities, with programs like step dancing, rap, cooking, science, arts and crafts, checkers, bucket drumming and theater. The programs are offered as rewards to students who earn points for good behavior during the week. About 70 percent of the academy’s 230 students are from Red Hook, development and recruitment manager Ali Donovan said. Kids at PAVE are in school for 202 days a year, and spend more hours in the classroom each week than students in regular public schools. Each classroom is staffed by two teachers, who divide kids into groups to focus on lessons like phonics, sentence construction and math problems. On a recent visit to a second-grade classroom, students wait for their teacher’s cue to get up from their desks and sit on a rug on the floor in rows. They pass out whiteboards and talk about phonics and spelling, discussing the sound “ive.”

“I like that we learn a lot, and we get to have a lot of time to understand it,” she said. The teachers “help us when we need help, but they tell us to try it out first and think about it before we ask for help.” The school, which has been housed on the second floor of P.S. 15 on Sullivan Street since it opened in 2008, will move to a new building on the corner of Henry and Mill streets in about a year and a half. PAVE bought the property, the former site of an old furniture warehouse, in October 2010. Construction is underway, and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2013. The new 40,000 square foot building will accommodate 370 students as the school adds a grade each year until

Fingerprinting (continued from cover) just no reason that I know of why you shouldn’t […] to ensure the public that the only people who are getting benefits that the public are paying for are those that deserve it.” Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar has stated that the procedure saves New York City taxpayers about $5 million in otherwise defrauded and wasted government spending while costing short of $200,000 a year to operate and maintain. All costs which ultimately come out of the taxpayer’s pocket.

Good results in California But that has not followed for some of the 48 states that recently eliminated the policy. California was the most recent state to stop the practice and anticipates $850 million more federal aid due to increased membership in the program. Furthermore, food stamps purchases are projected to generate $1.5 billion for the State’s heavily indebted economy, according to the spokesperson for the lead sponsor of the bill. But underneath the political crossfire, food stamp recipients at the 257 Bergen Street center—across the street from

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the Wyckoff Gardens Houses and across town from the Red Hook Houses—worried less about stigma and fraud than about feeding their families. Many said that they had waited hours to be seen, only to find that their cases had been closed, or that they had not applied properly or any number of other problems barred them from receiving aid.

PAVE Academy kindergartner Jakhai Harden does his work in the Syracuse Orange classroom. (photo by Elizabeth Graham)

it includes eighth grade. The $39 million project will feature art and music rooms, a science lab, playground and gym. PAVE founder and executive director Spencer Robertson believes it will be the first elementary school built in Red Hook in more than 60 years. The new building, he says, will represent a chance to expand not only the student body, but also a rigorous curriculum that’s designed to prepare students for admission into competitive high schools and colleges. “We founded PAVE… after two years of studying top public and public charter

schools in the northeast. We’ve aggregated some of the best practices across those schools and have incorporated them into our model,” Robertson said. The school’s core standards - perseverance, achievement, vibrancy and excellent character – define its academics and general rules of the road, principal Jeremy Abarno said. “PAVE teachers expect all of our students to be successful and do everything they can to ensure it. We have two dedicated teachers in every classroom who work tirelessly to make each scholar reach their full potential,” he said.

EPA presents Gowanus Canal cleanup study to PS 58 audience

The auditorium of Carroll Garden’s PS 58 was full of concerned citizens, local business owners and avid politicians on Tuesday, January 17th to listen to the EPA’s Walter Mugdan, the director of the Superfund program and ChrisAfter two hours of interviews, tos Tsiamis, the project manmost refused to offer comment ager supervising the Gowanus and the dozen that did refused Canal cleanup project. The to reveal their names. Fin- Gowanus was declared a federgerprinting or not, receiving al Superfund site in May 2010, public assistance is a difficult the EPA declaring it among subject to talk about openly es- the most highly contaminated pecially in a country that pro- sites in the country, making motes the idea that everyone it eligible for federal funds to can be successful with enough study and enact a cleanup prowork. After years of living be- gram. This designation was low poverty, most seemed sim- made against the wishes of the Bloomberg administration, ply inured. which had hoped to affect their “It’s the law,” said a Creole own cleanup making the site woman from nearby Flatbush available to the Toll Brothers walking with her son. She to build luxury condos on the would not give her name and site. Toll Brothers forfeited a spoke in a rushed tone. “They $5 million deposit and then won and it’s the law.” walked away from the condo project. The city’s position was Read it in the that the Superfund designation Star-Revue before was a “stigma.” CB6 District Manager Craig Hammerman you read it in disputed that statement, saying the Times. ‘everybody knows the GowaAvailable for free at select locations throughout nus is contaminated.’ Prior to the opening of the South Brooklyn.

by Kimberly Gail Price Gowanus Canal in 1868, the area was home to the Gowanus Creek and surrounding marshland. The canal was completed in 1869 and became a major transport in New York and Brooklyn. As Brooklyn was undergoing rapid industrialization at the time, the marshland was considered a hindrance to commercial development. The Canal enabled barges to operation, and removed much of the marshland providing land for factories to operate. At the same time, however, these same companies began dumping industrial wastes into the canal, one source of today’s problems. In addition, sewage from nearby housing developments, storm water runoff, non-permitted pipes, damaged bulkheads and discharge were released into the canal. 101 years of frustration

The pollution problem soon became evident, and many methods were attempted to clean up the canal, the 1911 flushing tunnel being the most ambitious. However, a series of miscalculations and lack of proper funding prevented the tunnel from being very effective. The canal remains contaminated with sev-

eral extremely toxic chemicals including polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, (PAHs), coal waste and non-aqueousphase liquids, (NAPLs). The Gowanus Canal is considered to be one of the country’s most highly polluted bodies of water, and on March 2, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added it to the Superfund National Priorities List. The Feasibility Study, (FS), set three main objectives for the cleanup. First, the canal must become ecologically safe by reducing toxicity to acceptable levels and protect herbivorous birds from dietary exposure. EPA also aims to protect human health from “incidental ingestion” and “dermal contact”. Lastly, steps must be taken to prevent recontamination after the cleanup is complete and to prevent the surrounding landmasses from being contaminated in the process. In order to put together an effective plan for the cleanup, the EPA screened potential remedial processes in accordance with effectiveness, the capacity to execute and cost. Any op(continued on page 16)

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B61 Movement

Brad Lander presented his B61 study at the January 19th meeting of CB 6’s Transportation committee meeting. At the meeting he stressed that the hold-up to any improvements on the beleaguered line - the only one serving Red Hook proper, was the upcoming decision of the MTA at an upcoming board meeting. The committee, which met in a crowded first floor room under the stairs at the community center at 250 Baltic Street, approved the report unanimously. Over the summer Lander and Nydia Velaszquez’s office coordinated volunteers who kept track of the on-time record of the bus line along Van Brunt Street. They found that the buses kept to the written schedule only 43% of the time during rush hours. In addition, overcrowding of many of the buses was report. The report, well reported in the press, spurred the MTA to make their own study, which verified these numbers, and at a board meeting the following

Monday voted to increase the number of buses running during evening rush hour. The new buses are scheduled to be added in April.

pull him out of a personal crisis. The room was silent for almost five minutes as the speaker composed himself and continued.

The complete report, which includes additional recommendation can be viewed online at http://bradlander.com/b61.

Carey Monserrate took his own life December 28, 2011, at the age of 42.

Carey Monserrate, Red Hook resident, was well known in the community for his work at the Red Hook Community Farm, the Wobblies softball forays and his work to bring the excessive helicopter noise to the notice of the city. He was memorialized January 17th at Fort Defiance, which closed for business that the evening to host a packed house of mourners.

for the upcoming swimming season at pools and beaches through the NYC area. The Red Hook Recreation Center currently has openings for some of these positions. The season will start in late June and the lifeguard position will include a 48-hour work week, with a weekly salary starting at $650.

Lifeguards Wanted Carey Monserrate Remembered The city is now looking for lifeguards

It was a somber and emotional evening, as a series of friends and acquaintances testified to Carey’s depth of character, humor, and occasionally his personal demons. A man who introduced himself simply as Wilson broke down during a description of how Carey had helped

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, pass a qualifying swim and vision test, and if accepted, attend a 40-hour training program as well as passing a final swim test. More information can be found at the Parks Department website at: http:// www.nycgovparks.org/opportunities/ jobs/lifeguards.

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Biting and Punching at CVS

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“I didn’t need a motherf*cking studio telling me about Red Hook!” he told Chris Rock who asked about the selffinancing. “They know nothing about black people! And they’re gonna give me notes about what a 13-year-old black boy and girl do in Red Hook? F*ck no!” Red Hook Summer tells the story of a young boy who is brought from his home in Atlanta to Brooklyn to spend the summer with his grandfather in the Red Hook Houses.The film is scheduled to open for nationwide release this summer. Spike Lee is a native of Atlanta but grew up in Brooklyn and attended St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights.

Luquer Again

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Spike Lee marked his return to independent film in January with Red Hook Summer, which was shot in and around Red Hook Houses last year. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where it received mixed reviews. During the Q&A session following the premier, Lee, who funded the film on his own dime, was his normal provocative self.

to believe that the thief climbed into the building through an unlocked window in the financial office. An envelope containing $4,800 was taken from a drawer, and the window was left wide open.

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Outlandish Spike

A 29-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly biting and punching a customer inside CVS on Court Street, making off with $79 worth of merchandise that the 33-year-old victim had just purchased. Police arrested Iris Chico of Brownsville shortly after she attacked the man, taking his bags filled with items including baby shampoo, lotion and baby powder. Chico was charged with robbery, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and criminal possession of stolen property.

Overnight Robbery

A woman woke up in a room in the Brooklyn Motor Inn on Hamilton Avenue and noticed she was missing a few things, including her engagement and wedding rings. The 50-year-old woman told cops she agreed to go to a bar for a drink with a man she did not know, and woke up the next morning with no memory of the rest of the night. Her credit card and a necklace worth $500 were missing, along with her engagement ring worth $1,000 and wedding ring worth $1,800. She described the man as white, about 31 years old, 5’6” with brown eyes.

Wide open

Someone entered L&K Distributors on Dykeman Street sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 a.m. the next day and made off with thousands in cash. No sign of forced entry was found, leading police

An assault in the 100 block of Luquer Street resulted in the arrest of Christopher Dibendetto, 19, who lives on the street. Police say at 6:15 p.m., Dibendetto and another person allegedly punched the victim in the face and body. The victim identified Dibendetto as one of the attackers, and he was arrested a short time later on the corner of Henry and W. 9th streets.

More Biting

Two men got into an argument in an apartment building on the 100 block of Columbia Street at 4:35 a.m., when one of the men punched and bit the 54-year-old victim on his hands, cops say. Irving Miles, 41, was arrested on January 23 for the attack.

He wanted more

A woman was grabbed by a thug who demanded money on the corner of Fourth Place and Court Street at 6 a.m. as she was walking from the Carroll Street subway station. Police say the robber grabbed her by the neck, forcing the woman to hand over $20, then held onto her hand, walked her to an ATM machine, and forced the victim, 20, to withdraw another $60. The assailant is described as a black man, 6 feet tall, about 180 pounds, wearing a black jacket with a hood and a black skullcap.

Hold onto your bag

A woman, 40, who left her purse unattended in a classroom about 12:30 p.m. at a school on Henry Street says her wallet containing her driver’s license and credit cards was taken.

Foot fetish

Someone spray painted the word “foot” and a drawing of a foot on the side of a grocery store at 52 Lorraine St. between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Civic Association talks traffic by Matt Graber

Roughly 20 people made it to the auditorium at Patrick Daly School on a cold and windy Wednesday night for the endof-month Red Hook Civic Association meeting headed by John McGettrick, president of the neighborhood group. The topic that seemed to be on everybody’s mind: lousy traffic conditions.

dance came specifically to vent about the volume of trucks passing through the neighborhood. “There has got to be some way to relieve Van Brunt Street!” said a woman who claimed to have lived on the street for more than 50 years. “You can’t have so many trucks going both ways so close to parked cars!”

“We need a better coordinated truck route in the community,” McGettrick said. “We have to alleviate truck traffic in order to facilitate better movement of the buses.” One idea that McGettrick plans to propose to the NYC Department of Transportation at the upcoming February meeting, which several members of the DOT are expected to attend, is to reroute much of the car traffic to Richards Street and much of the truck traffic to Conover Street. The fence that dead-ends Conover Street at the corner of Pioneer Street should be torn down, he said, allowing easier passage toward Hamilton Street.

“Some of us have cars being banged up badly,” she went on. “Sullivan Street is supposed to be ‘Delivery Only’ but trucks drive up that street all the time.”

Several of the people in atten-

Guidance counselor Susan MacDonald of Patrick Daly School highlighting upcoming events at PS 15 (Graber photo).

“Beard and Van Brunt Street has become this confluence of trucks, buses and people coming to and from Fairway,” another woman added. “My car got $5,000 worth of damage from a truck while it was parked.”

Red Hook tradition On a positive note, McGettrick pointed out that the a traffic light is finally getting installed at the corner of Van Brunt and Wolcott Streets. “In the tradition of how Red Hook gets things done: slowly.” Other ideas thrown around were lowering the speed limit on Van Brunt Street to 20 miles per hour as well as putting in cross-walk near the entrance to Valentino Park and at the intersection at Van Brunt and Pioneer. (The Red Hook Civic Association meets on the last Wednesday of every month, at PS 15.)

Council Members Levin and Ignizio look to remediate dangerous PCB’s in city schools

by Curtis Skinner Keeping the lights on in Red Hook’s public schools might be making the students sick, and one Brooklyn councilman is helping to turn them off. Decades-old lighting fixtures found in over 700 New York schools are suspected of leaking polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCBs), according to studies by various city agencies. These compounds are carcinogenic, (any substance directly involved in causing cancer), and their production was banned in the United States over 30 years ago. While scientific studies have yet to conclude exactly how dangerous PCBs are to children, preliminary studies show that they likely disrupt proper immune and nervous system functioning and pollute the blood with prolonged exposure. In a bi-partisan effort, Brooklyn Councilman Steve Levin, (D—district 33), and Staten

Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio, (R—district 51), produced two successful bills to remedy this issue. The first requires the New York City Department of Education to investigate and report leaks on a publicly available online database. The second requires the department to submit quarterly timetables to the City Council detailing cleanup efforts. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed both bills last December, but they will not go into effect until April 12th of this year. “We support these bills as an important first step,” said Dave Newman, an industrial hygienist at New York City Occupational Safety and Hazard. The group testified at the December hearing in support of the bills.

Needed immediately Last summer the city approved a 10-year plan to reduce PCBs in schools, granting the DoE $708 million to investigate and remove the compound. Shortly after, advocacy group New York Lawyers for the Public Interest filed suits against both the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority. Citing federal mandate, the group demanded that the decade-long effort be streamlined for immediate implementation. “The gravity of health risks associated with PCB exposure […] and the plain illegality of the current situation prompt the filing of this suit,” reads part of the group’s lawsuit against

the city. Both cases are still pending decision. The DoE maintains conversely that the measures are sufficient. “As part of our comprehensive plan to replace all lighting fixtures in more than 700 school buildings within 10 years, we notify parents and the school communities where we have observed leaks and about the progress in removing the fixtures,” said Marge Feinberg, a DoE spokeswoman. “We are committed to updating this material on the DoE website and keeping parents and school communities informed about this issue.” Both bills were included as part of the “NYC Schools Comprehensive Plan: Greener, Healthier Schools for the 21st Century”, which would remove the hazardous lights and replace them with safer and more efficient fixtures. The city projects that the more efficient lights will save nearly $100 million a year in energy costs. School District 15 hosts dozens of potentially contaminated schools that are attended by over 12,000 students daily. But until the DoE or Environmental Protection Agency takes more comprehensive action, the school district’s hundreds of teachers and thousands of students will have little recourse. “I’m not aware of any particular situation that warrants immediate removal of kids from schools,” said Newman from the health and safety group. “But the risks are cumulative.”

Brooklyn Dockworkers

applaud the hard work of our elected officials in suspending the decision of U.S. Customs to relocate from Red Hook to Staten Island, imperiling jobs on the Brooklyn Waterfront.

Thanks to: Peter King Jerrold Nadler Charles Schumer Michael Grimm Marty Golden Nydia Velazquez

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Reg Flowers

Occupy the Hook Radical as Apple Pie A

block party is a radical act. It is. It requires organizing neighbors, going door-to-door and building a base of support. It involves volunteers, coordinated resources, setting dates and permits. Most impressively a block party confronts the status quo which says that streets are for driving and for parking cars—not for people and festivals. Streets get you quickly from where you are to where you need to be—not provide neighbors a place to listen to music and eat together. A block party challenges perceptions, reclaiming the community for the people who live

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there. That’s a pretty radical idea. Community gardens are another example of taking radical action. Unused lots are a signal of urban decay. Abandoned property can send a message that no one cares what happens in an area. Radically transforming a neglected space into living gardens secures the community. It may mean challenging a property owner who is just as happy leaving the lots vacant, but it is everyday people who have taken on that fight with positive results. Like the block party it only takes one person to get it started. Radical is, essentially, growing from the root. It means radiating from the base. Democracy is radical because it means power from the people. It could be a very cool thing, but it’s become a bad word, or at least a controversial idea. It has come to mean the type of people who want to change everything simply for the sake of change. It’s a word that frightens some people and I do not blame them when many radicals seem to have forgotten where the word comes from. Today’s radical seems to come from the fringe rather than from the base. That’s a shame because the political use of the word radical ties back to the struggle between the American colonies and Great Britain. This radicalism eventually led to the founding of our country. We need more radicals. We need more citizens who understand that change happens because everyday people get involved in the process and make it happen. Being radial does not have to be a scary thing or require violent acts. You can be radical without leaving your house. You can write a letter to a public official letting them know your thoughts on a certain issue; sign an on-line petition; or educate yourself about something that could affect your community. Even conserving energy can be considered a radical act since it is accepting the average person’s role in the environment. It is up to us to create the vision for the world we want to live in and to take measures to make that vision a reality. We do that in community meetings. We do it when we invite the neighbor over for dinner. We do it when we throw a block party. “The Citizen’s Handbook” (http://www.vcn.bc.ca/citizens-handbook/) is a how-to for people who want to see change in their community but do not know how to start. It explains how one person or a handful can take small steps that lead to major transformation. If starting on your own seems intimidating you can bring your idea to one of the regular Occupy Red Hook meetings. These meetings are structured so that anyone can make a proposal and we practice a form of direct democracy that allows everyone an opportunity to be heard. American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Consider this your official invitation to the future of Red Hook. Do something radical.

Opinion:

Two Uses by Michael Racioppo

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ome people think that most politicians do nothing but serve their own interests and that a lot of what they do can easily be described as “useless”. Others believe politicians, for the most part, go in to public office and try to do what they can for their constituents and would likely see what they do as “useful”. Both perspectives are right, and the previous edition of this paper offered two excellent examples of just that. Kimberly G. Price’s cover story “Local politicians keep container terminal viable by staying Federal budget cuts” highlighted what can be done, even in a partisan and cynical environment, by politicians looking to serve their constituents. The potential of deep cuts in the funding to the Red Hook Container Terminal funds in the name of efficiency, as the article shows, represent a threat to the economic health and safety of the Brooklyn Waterfront. But thanks to the efforts of members of congress these cuts, and the negative effects that would soon follow, have been averted for now. It was even done in the increasingly rare bipartisan fashion that everyone seems to want, but nobody knows how to get. Democratic Representatives such as Nydia Velasquez, Jerome Nadler, Senator Chuck Schumer along with Republicans Peter King and Michael Grimm pushed back hard against these cuts and insist they will continue to do so. Sure, part of every politicians thought process relates to how things will be portrayed in public and this would be no exception. Regardless of the reasoning, protecting the economic health and safety of a community is always “useful”. Curtis Skinner’s “On Politics” segment ended with a mention of City Council Members sending out a press releases concerning the council’s attitudes toward the Supreme Court decision known as “Citizens United”. What this Supreme Court decision did was grant personhood to corporations by allowing them to spend unlimited sums of money on political campaigns. What the City Council did was vote to oppose, (by a tally of 41 to 5), the Supreme Court’s decision. It was even covered by some national media, (NY Times, Huffington Post), and scored some points with the large majority that oppose the court’s decision. This then begs the question - should a vote to oppose something the City Council can do nothing about be on its agenda? The answer is no. Even if the people of the city were not suffering from an 8% percent unemployment the place of the city council is not the Federal Government and there are more important things to do besides hold protest vote. When the people of New York City vote for its Council representatives, they are voting with the hope that they will serve the interests of the district and city they represent. If serving these interests requires standing up to the Federal Government, it means implementing legislation that can circumvent the Federal Government, not protesting a court above their reach. A great example would be the way New York City has more restrictive gun laws then the federal government requires or maybe someday in the future raising the minimum wage. The council vote against the Supreme Court was a “formal disapproval”. It can also be considered a “formal” act of useless. Michael Racioppo teaches Political Science at Brooklyn College.

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Overcrowding to release grip on B61 bus line: The MTA approved sweeping changes to 82 schedules on 63 routes to reduce overcrowding on busy lines earlier this month. Most notably Red Hook’s B61 line will receive additional service. The changes are predicted to reduce evening traffic on the line by 15% and reduce the average time between buses by a minute on average by rerouting buses from less traveled lines, according to the minutes of the MTA meeting. The policy was approved following a report on bus inefficiency produced by Councilman Brad Lander, (D—district 39), and supported by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, (D—NY), and Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez, (D—district 38). The report highlighted the B61’s regular tardiness and overcrowding, stating that only 43% of peak hour buses arrived on time and that certain stops were routinely skipped.

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Redistricting woes in Albany Following legislation that barred prisoners from being counted as natives of upstate prison counties rather than from their home neighborhoods, certain Republican districts have fallen beneath the population requirement for congressional districts. In response, Republican state legislators have proposed adding an extra seat to the state’s existing 62 and rearranging others to maintain the slight Republican majority in Albany. In a GOP plan published earlier this month for instance, exstate senator Carl Kruger’s (D—NY) seat was simply erased. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently vowed to veto any proposal based on partisan agendas; a practice also known as gerrymandering. But this could prove impossible as redistricting—no matter how noble the intent—invariably devolves into political bickering. In New York, the process occurs every 10 years as either a way to more accurately account for communities, (which one contends if they are in the majority), or to draw lines that favor incumbents, (which one argues if they are in the minority). Despite campaign promises over the years from both sides, no independent commission has been established to oversee the process.

More problems for School of Global Studies Despite the receiving a B grade on the most recent city-issued progress report card, the School for Global Studies in Cobble Hill is slated for “transformation” under orders from the New York State Education Department. Transformation requires the school to replace its principal, reform its curriculum and subject teachers to evaluations, according to the New York State Education Department website. This after Eva Moskowitz’s proposal to co-locate Success Academy Cobble Hill into the same building was approved unanimously by the SUNY board of trustees despite vehement public outrage.

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s I grew up in Red Hook, music was a big part of my life. On any given summer afternoon, my friends and I were out on the stoop listening to the old 45’s on the old record player. As soon as we got the latest Billboard list of number one records, we were off! Onto the B77 bus to 5th Avenue and 9th street to Tony The Record Man’s store. Tony Mignone, known to all as “The Record Man,” hails from Red Hook and has been selling records from his little shop for over 42 years now. Tony has seen so many changes in music over the years and has been around since I used to buy the latest releases from the Jackson 5 and the Osmond Brothers. Even today you can still see Tony in his shop where he works with his son, Benji, selling old school music in the form of vinyls, LPs and CDs. His store is also loaded with VHS tapes and music from the days of classic rock, hip hop, R&B, salsa and many other music genres. Tony and his son still buy and trade old music. They also put old music onto CDs and old VHS movies onto DVDs. For me it is like a trip down old school lane whenever I walk into Tony’s shop. The walls are lined with old school music and movie memorabilia. The records are stacked in cardboard boxes, ready for visitors to flip through, pick up, and of course read the back cover. It’s so good to find something that hasn’t changed! February 1-15, 2012


Star-Revue Lover’s Scavenger Hunt

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illions of people worldwide celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate, flowers

and other loving presents, all indulgences of romance. Lovers express themselves through tokens of admiration, while singles hope that Cupid has his bow strung for them. Where did this tradition come from? Who inspired such a day of adoration and remembrance? And why do we carry on his tradition centuries beyond his existence?

“Valentine” is a name derived from the word valens, meaning powerful, strong and worthy. Saint Valentine was a Roman priest of whom very little is known. He fell under persecution around 270 A.D. and was put to death for his crime. His existence was proven when archeologists unearthed a Roman tomb as well as an ancient tomb dedicated to him. Writings found there indicate he became a martyr at the hands of Claudius Gothicus. There is great mystery surrounding the reason for his execution. He may have been marrying Christian couples at a time when aiding Christians was a crime. Others believe he was imprisoned for refusing to deny his Christian faith. Another story says Saint Valentine was killed for helping Christians escape torturous Roman prisons.

Saint Valentine was born on April 16th and was executed on February 14th. This day in February became the feast of Saint Valentine in 496 A.D. when Pope Gelasius I dedicated a celebration in his honor. Two Roman churches were dedicated to him in the Middle Ages. He became the patron saint of love, lovers, bee keepers, happy marriages, epilepsy, greetings, plagues and travelers. Pictures of him depict roses and birds. His feast day first became associated with romantic love in England in the fourteenth century when Geoffrey Chaucer perpetuated the legends in Parliament of Foules. February has since become a month known for romance. Saint Valentine is said to have sent the very first “valentine.” According to legend, he fell in love with his jailor’s daughter and restored her sight. She began visiting him while he was imprisoned. On the eve of his death, Saint Valentine wrote her a farewell letter, signed “From your Valentine.” Thus beginning the tradition of notes passed between lovers on this day. Although the actual truth is unknown, the stories of Saint Valentine create an image of heroism, valor and romance. The Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are traded each year, topped only by Christmas when 2.6 billion cards are sent out. Women purchase 85% of all valentines. The oldest known valentine, written by Charles, Duke of Orleans for his wife during his imprisonment in the Tower of London, is on display in the British Museum.

by Kimberly G. Price, George Fiala & Elizabeth Graham

Welcome to your Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt.

The Star-Revue hopes you enjoy your Romantic Red Hook evening we have designed for you.

The Rules

1. You cannot contact the Red Hook Star-Revue 2. You must have at least one picture with both of you in it. 3. You are allowed to ask others for help with the clues. 4. The hunt has been timed out, and while you should have ample time for each adventure, you must stay on schedule. 5. Present your name to someone at each venue as they are involved. They will be guiding you. 6. GPS, Google and other internet options are forbidden!!! 7 Have fun and enjoy your evening.

The Star-Revue wanted to take a different approach to Valentine’s Day other than sending out well wishes and fancily flourished cards. A Lover’s Scavenger Hunt was set up and Elizabeth Graham, along with her husband, Craig, agreed to participate. A very special night was set up with specific guidelines. Special sights were chosen for their romantic qualities and lover’s appeal. Laid out in this section is a step-by-step guide to treat that special someone with surprises and wonder while remaining in your own backyard. Photos on this page were taken in front of 239 Sackett Street

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ince our 21-month-old son’s arrival, Valentine’s Day has been a non-event for my husband and I, mostly due to the fact that we tend to let things like significant dates sneak up on us now. Since our move to Brooklyn, we’ve had a lot of nights in, and by a lot I mean all but one of them. Really. Accordingly, the Star-Revue Co-Publisher Kimberly recruited Craig and I for an early Valentine’s Day date around South Brooklyn. In an effort to reintroduce us to society and familiarize us with the nooks and crannies of Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, she created a romantic scavenger hunt with clues leading us to food, drink and dessert, spiced up with a few surprises. The night started with the George from the paper appearing on our stoop, ready to babysit. The rules of the hunt forbid him to speak with us, so he handed over the first clue and we headed out into the icy darkness. Clue 3: Known for its romantic ambience, this little cafe is located near Star of the Sea and Buttermilk Channel. you will know you have found the perfect spot when you encounter Buddha and the laughing fountain in the back. Time frame: 9:45-10:15

Clue 2: Nearer to the Star Theater, an adorable eatery sits on Hicks Street faces the highway. Locate the "small shrimp", and Ulli will be waiting for you. Be sure to ask about their vegetarian options. Time Frame: 8:30-9:30

Clue 1: Your first stop is named for something you eat, but actually something you wear. Find Rae, but go next door. Clue 2: Nearer to the Star Theater, an adorable eatery sits on Hicks Street facing the highway. Locate the “small shrimp.”

Clue 3: Known for its romantic ambience, this little cafe is located near Star of the Sea and Buttermilk Channel. you will know you have found the perfect spot when you encounter Buddha and the laughing fountain in the back.

Petite Crevette translates in French to “little shrimp.” They are well known for a variety of fresh fish and exquisite service. The menu changes daily and much thought and care are put into the day’s selection. The space is small, but well planned out to create a lovely dining atmosphere. Petite Crevette was extremely flexible with their menu and were so eager to be involved.

Olives Very Vintage lies on the well known strip of Court Street offering pieces from the late 1800s through the 1980s. Store owner, Jennifer McCulloch, says “vintage fashion offers limitless potential for creativity and has a great sense of sustainability. Olives was chosen for its uniqueness in inventory and a perfect little surprise for Elizabeth to start her night with. This one was easy – Rae, as in Try Rae’s First, was a dead giveaway. On Court Street, we pulled up in front of Olive’s, a cozy, quirky vintage boutique. Inside, Ricky was waiting behind the counter. He handed me a bag containing a beautiful beige silk scarf, and our next clue. More than a few colorful items in the store caught my eye, but the night’s rules included a strict timetable, and we had to leave without browsing.

A rich bottle of wine was provided from around the corner at Old Brooklyn Wine and Liquor.

Le Petit Café was chosen for its interesting décor and their romantic ambience. A quiet little table in the back garden sits beside an intoxicating fountain adorned with a peaceful Buddha statue. Serenity is the tone; dessert is the objective. Charming and peaceful, the space provides opportunity for lovers to engage in quiet conversation and loving gazes.

After a series of wrong turns and Craig’s realization that Hicks Street runs both ways along the BQE trench in Carroll Gardens, we walked into the cozy candlelit atmosphere at Petite Crevette on Union Street and immediately knew that dinner was going to be amazing. We sat at a table for two in the corner, next to the menu, which was written on brown paper and pinned to the wall. We didn’t even bother reading it, though, because our waitress Ulli sold Craig on the swordfish, and offered me a vegetarian plate that included mashed potatoes, roasted mushrooms, salad, and green beans and carrots.

Floral Heights owner, Charlotte D’Costa Taylor, helped select a beautiful rose, called “free spirit” to accompany dessert. Free spirit roses are multi-colored varietal with an unusual blend of red, yellow, pink, peach and fuchsia. The spires of St. Mary Star of the Sea pointed us to Le Petit, an inviting, intimate café serving dinner, dessert, coffee and wine in the evening. Our waitress presented us with a sweet-smelling flower as she led us to the candlelit dining room, where fountains trickling down stone walls flank an old brick chimney that’s been reworked to hold candles and Buddha statues.

The small candlelit dining room, with its eclectic antique and nautical décor, created the feeling of a shared experience with other diners, but our cozy corner table for two was the perfect little enclave for sharing conversation and wine. The restaurant is BYOB, but as part of our adventure, there was a bottle of red awaiting our arrival.

It was nearly impossible to choose from the list of homemade desserts, which included apple pie, crème brulee and cheesecake. Equally difficult was deciding whether to order coffee or wine from the café’s extensive list. Finally, I settled on cheesecake and a cappuccino and Craig opted for apple pie with a chai latte.

Clue 4: Named for a fallen firefighter, this romantic Red Hook spot is a lovely night view of the Statue of Liberty, the Verazzano Bridge, as well as the Manhattan skyline. Follow Coffey Street, (aka Red Hook Lane), until you find the clover leaf.

At the end of the meal, Ulli tempted us with the restaurant’s flourless chocolate cake, but it was time to head to our third destination.

Louis J. Valentino, Jr. is honored at this small isolated pier behind Red Hook’s industrial buildings. He joined the New York City Fire Department in 1984 serving Engine 281 and later Ladder Company 147. In 1993 he was accepted into Rescue Company 2 until 1996 when he was killed in the line of duty. He was honored twice for his bravery in 1987 and 1990. The pier “preserves the memory of a man who demonstrated selfless devotion to fighting fires and saving lives.”

Clue 7: Let’s test your math skills: AVENUE: Avenue2 + 10 = 19

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A lovely place, we think, to have a nightcap is one of Gowanus’s first upscale establishments. Bar Tano has become a place of distinction in the Cobble Hill area. Their bar selection includes ten different beers on tap, a large variety of wine by the glass specialty house cocktails and an enormous selection of spirits. The menu is light, a perfect spot for a late night cocktail accompanied by a midnight snack. This is a perfect spot to end the evening with a glass of bubbly and idle reminiscences of a romantic evening. Metal and Thread is owned by Denise Carbonell and Derek Dominy. All of their inventory is handmade either by themselves or other Brooklyn designers. “The sometimes awkwardness of a stitch that is slightly crooked…a weld on an iron shelf that lets you see a bit of the person who forged it. All of the goods could be made somewhere else for far less money. And far less sweat and tears.” Craig’s calculations brought us to our final stop, Bar Tano on Third Avenue at 9th Street in Gowanus. A surprise awaited me here – a sleek pair of handmade teardrop earrings from Metal and Thread. They shone in the warm light of the charming old-world retreat we’d just walked into, which offered the perfect ending to a wonderful night. A peek at Bar Tano’s Italian menu was incentive to return hungry another time, and my attention soon turned to the bottles behind the bar. The bartender, RJ, poured us a lovely champagne, and our toast was to the romance that we’d found in South Brooklyn.

Clue 5: Take a lover’s stroll down the end of the pier. Under a bench, on your way down, your next clue is waiting. Valentino Pier shows a remarkable view of several of New York’s most beautiful landmarks. Tucked behind industrial work areas, the water lies just beneath, erasing the hustle and bustle of the active community behind it. The view remains remarkable no matter the season or time of day. This secluded Red Hook novelty is a must-see. Fortified by sugar and caffeine, we crossed back into Red Hook, finding our fourth destination at the end of Coffey Street. Somehow, I’d never known about Valentino Pier, with its views of the Verazzano Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. It’s a lovely, quiet spot, especially at night, with the city lights gleaming on the water and sleepy Red Hook in the background. On this 14-degree night, however, Craig and I traded a lover’s stroll for a frigid sprint to the end of the pier and hasty agreement that the view was beautiful and we should come back when it’s warmer. I snatched the envelope waiting for us under a bench by the water and we were back on our way.

Clue 6: Your next stop is one of distinction and loved by Oprah. One might overlook this tempting threat on his way to the movies. Look for this sweet treat between a well known abolitionist and Mr. Belvedere’s profession. Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher, owners of the Chocolate Room, have created a haven for chocolate and coffee lovers. The couple moved to Park Slope in 2003 and opened their Fifth Avenue location in 2005. Three years later, they added a second location in Cobble Hill. Although this aromatic store specializes in chocolate, coffee, desserts, wine and beer from around the globe and ice cream, their success lies in their customer service. “We have a passion for people. We enjoy seeing people happy.” The extremely helpful and incredibly patient staff of the Chocolate Room crafted an entire basket of goodies for the Scavenger Hunt. This one was a stumper, mostly because I was mistakenly sure that the Cobble Hill Movie Theater was on Smith Street. We also failed to remember that Frederick Douglass was a famous abolitionist. We got stuck at Smith and Butler, (Mr. Belvedere’s profession), and as the minutes ticked by, gradually got our bearings thanks to a few people on the street who were familiar with American history and a helpful bartender and patron at Angry Wade’s. Finally headed in the right direction, we arrived at The Chocolate Room just before closing time. The smell of the sweet confection enveloped us as we hastened inside, and I was immediately distracted by the little pieces of chocolate heaven in the display case. Turkish coffee ganache wrapped in white chocolate, burnt caramel and Hawaiian sea salt in dark chocolate, and dark rum, honey and orange ganache stared back at me, daring me to find room in my overfull stomach for a midnight indulgence. It was a quick stop, but a rich one. Although there was a gift basket waiting for us filled with truffles, coffee and various other chocolate treats, I couldn’t resist one of the café’s dense brownies, and the Antoinette, a heart-shaped truffle filled with rose water ganache, was also too much of a temptation. Craig was eyeing the chocolate layer cake, but decided on a brownie and a piece of dark chocolate almond bark.

We certainly hope you have enjoyed your evening. Have a great night and a safe trip home whenever you are ready. With no idea of what the night would hold, we’d made flash visits to some of the cutest, sweetest and most beautiful local spots to spend a special date. The exploratory experience was not only palate-pleasing, it was proof that this area is scattered with gems tucked into street corners, industrial avenues and down dead-end cobblestone streets. We at the Red Hook Star-Revue hope that you will be as adventurous as Elizabeth and her husband. Follow our scavenger hunt through the lovely neighborhoods that lie just beneath your feet for a rich experience awaiting in your own backyard. Please share your experience with us: editor@redhookstar.com


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Hello Dearie, Happy Valentine’s Day from your secret lover. Love, Greta To the 68 staff members of the Red Hook Initiative- Thank you for the LOVE that you give to our participants and show for your community 365 days per year. You’re all the perfect Valentine for me! With love, respect, and appreciation, Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director Dear Joe, Happy Valentine’s Day! Love you bunches you sweet thang. XoXo, Jana To my sweetest, darling boy, Sasha. All my love on this day, Mimi. “If from my side one hundred times you run, May you return to me one hundred and one.” I will, Folkhero, I will. Jezibelle Grace Trouble, though you’re so far away, I dream of the next time I can put my arms around you and make you feel adored. Happy Valentine’s Day! xo Jack For Grandpa Phil, on our 30th Valentine’s Day together: You are the love of my life and the music in my heart! Grandma Beth Happy Valentine’s Day to Ian Savage from your wife, little girl and #2! We love you to bits this Valentine’s Day and the other 364 days of the year! Dearest Beth, Here’s to our 30th Valentines Day together!!! I love you madly, Phil.

Ricky,Dom,John and Jay Jay, where would I be without all of the men in my life? Happy valentine’s Day to you all! To Daniele - I love you Mucho, Be my Valentine, Rich. Sylvie - I’m so glad that we have Columbia Street together. - Michael Will, Thank you for being you; generous, funny, supportive, and above all, loving. From Boston to Detroit to Brooklyn--you’ve always been there and I hope you always will be. Love, Adrienne Dear Mykel, Love is like a golden chain That links our hearts together And if you ever break that chain You’ll break my heart forever Love is like a cloud Love is like a dream Love is one word And everything in between Love is a fairytale come true I found love when I found you! Happy Valentine’s Day, TARA RENEE My Dearest Moonshine, Our love will never die-Jay Danger Trixie~ There is such a gentle kindness Glowing behind your eyes. I feel your intoxicating warmth Flowing into me when you are near. ~The Kidd

Love On A Two Way Street In Red Hook Back in the 1960’s and 70’s Van Brunt Street was the main street of Red Hook. It was always hustling and bustling with busy shops like bakers, grocers, butchers, and other family owned businesses. Now, above most of those shops were apartments where families lived, played, learned and loved. One family I had the privilege of growing up with was the Palacios family that lived above a shop on Van Brunt Street. It was there that Mr. and Mrs. Palacios raised their 7 children. Diana was their second born daughter. While in school her parents felt she needed a little help with her math and so along came Gary Burkhard who grew up on Coffey Street. He became Diana’s math tutor and soon they became friends. The after passing her state exams, Diana agreed to go out on a first date with Gary. And so off Diana and Gary went on their first date to Coney Island with the rest of the Palacios family as chaperones, and of course the rest is history. Gary and Diana became one of Red Hook’s greatest love stories. Today you can find Gary and Diana happily married after 34 years with five daughters. And though they do not live in Red Hook anymore, they still come in every now and then to see family. And if you ask them how they met, I am sure they will tell you just as the famous song goes, “It was love on a two-way street.”— Mary Ann Massaro

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ear readers, this is an important message to all parents who may have children who suffer from some form of addiction. The message conveyed here is a strong one, and it comes from my heart as a saddened father. I urge every one of you fathers and mothers to never give up on your child. Because my son Richard passed away on January 6 after suffering a heart attack, I had no time to prepare my usual column. Instead I will report on the spectacular display at Raccuglia Funeral Home on Court Street and a repeat of this display at Visitation Church at the next day’s 10 a.m. funeral Mass. I have learned a magnificent lesson as a result of his untimely demise. My wife, who is also Richard’s mom, and I were overwhelmed by the outpouring of testimony, love and affection, and admiration, for Richard that had grown over the past three to four years after a complete transformation in his self confidence. It was standing room only at Raccuglia Funeral home when the Tabernacle people arrived Thursday evening, and it did not take very long for every chair in the funeral home to be occupied. To fully understand his transformation, I must reveal some family history relating to Richard. In the 1970’s, my son as a youngster fell victim to the devilish scourge that afflicted Red Hook: drug addiction. It started in grade school with

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By John Burkard him using marijuana, followed by a long series of denials whenever he was confronted with evidence of his misdeeds. These denials are a surefire symptom of any addict’s guilt, and they increase in intensity as the addiction becomes more powerful. They reach a point whereby a parent or sibling cannot trust the addict to speak honestly about any topic that would arise. Strange occurrences began to happen in our home. I would find the front entrance door with markings on the lock indicating attempts to open it. I found his school hours did not jive with his real hours off. When I took him to school again to question school officials, they told me he had not attended classes since school first opened for the semester and that they had been sending official notices to my home which I never received. It certainly was time for some tough love. Tough love is a phrase coined by some which supposedly instills a better sense of responsibility. It supposedly makes the addict afraid of the consequences they may suffer as a result of their addiction. Unfortunately, tough love does none of these things. In actual fact, the only ones who suffer as a result of tough love are the parents who are determined enough to try it. The addict could not care less while the parents suffer the pain of guilt for rendering this form of punishment.

I tried regular love, slightly tougher love, and really tough love until I was fearful I may inflict permanent mental or physical damage on my son Richard. I had to discontinue this method. Each time he was punished, he would become more daring, and each time he became daring, I came down harder. It just was not working. Richard was not the apple of his father’s eye during those trying times. It could be truthfully said he was a parent’s worst nightmare. I began to give up my attempts and just accept that nothing would save Richard after all the wasted energy and failures through his childhood and teenage years into adulthood. The frustration was taking its toll on me. It was then I realized that I did not really know my own son. Oh, I certainly loved him, and surely wanted to see him live a normal life, and I would financially help him occasionally, as did some of his siblings, especially his sister Lori. My biggest realization was Richard was feeling the same frustrations. He was ashamed to be a drug addict. We could have claim to the best drug rehabilitation center in New York City right here in Red Hook, and Richard would not have gone because he was too ashamed. Then, the transformation began that would bring my son Richard to back to myself, his mom, his sister, his brothers and the rest of society. While at the Red Hook Methadone Center he met Lor-

raine, a spunky girl with a childhood so miserable, one would wonder why she was still alive. She was hopelessly infected with HIV, and there was no cure in sight. Her mother was murdered while she stood and watched. Her immediate family was decimated with drug addiction and involvement in unlawful and dangerous activities. She wanted, as did Rich, to leave the methadone treatment center. They made a pact, they would live together and help each other. Eventually we accepted them into our family, and she showed remarkable progress with her treatments. She related to me, and for the first time in her life she felt like a human being. For 12 years, when Richy showed signs of going astray, Lorraine would step in and steer him right. The same would happen if she was tempted and began to weaken. They lived in an immaculately clean apartment. But this was not to last. Sadly, after 12 years, Lorraine succumbed to an AIDSrelated illness. This event devastated Richard, leaving him despondent. Lorraine and Richard had agreed on cremation and the urn was kept in his apartment. But that did not ease his pain. A friend brought him to the Gospel Tabernacle Church on Fulton Street downtown Brooklyn. It was there that my son Richard began to re-enter the world once more. He met (continued on page 16)

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Editorial: A bonehead decision revealed

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s recounted two weeks ago in this paper, Bay Ridge’s Home Reporter, and last week in the NY Times, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, (CBP), of the federal government decided to close their facility at the Red Hook Container Terminal, (RHCT). This decision was ostensibly made after over a year of careful research by what they called a ‘stakeholder’ committee including representatives of the trade. The reason for their research was to find ways to cut down on government spending. This newspaper has learned that the ‘representatives of the trade’ consisted solely of two low-level employees of the now defunct American Stevedoring company, which until late last year was operating the container terminal. However, over the last year of their existence they were frantically negotiating the best deal possible with the Port Authority before their eventual eviction. The future of the RHCT was obviously the last thing on their minds. Politicians get involved As word of this committee’s existence slowly leaked out, probably during regular hearings of congressional committees, two Congressmen, Jerry Nadler, (who has been involved in NY waterfront issues for more than 30 years), and Michael Grimm, (representative from Bay Ridge), asked to be involved with this committee, and were barred. Barring a congressman from issues involving their constituencies is not something these politicians take easily, and they pushed to find out what their decision would be. It turned out that they decided that since the percentage of business done in Red Hook is tiny, compared to hubs such as San Diego and Newark, the small amount of money spent in Red Hook could be done away with, and the containers needing inspection could be hauled to Staten Island where another station is maintained.

to quickly inspect these containers, some of them possibly containing illegal drugs, laundered cash or even terrorist weapons threatens the viability of the whole Red Hook operation. Our container terminal, the only in Brooklyn, exists for three reasons. One is the fact that the whole reason the NYC Economic Development Corporation was able to convince Phoenix Beverage to remain in New York, as well as investing in the city, was a 20 year lease at a facility where they could receive their shipments. The second is that the International Longshoreman’s Association, (ILA), is able to offer excellent loading and unloading services, most importantly quick service. The longer a ship has to stay in port the more costly it is for them. Higher labor costs are offset by the quicker service. Finally, the Staten Island and New Jersey ports are running to capacity, and the barging of goods back and forth to Brooklyn is a big advantage for carriers.

Losing Customs would imperil the Container Terminal Losing the customs service would greatly affect the ability of the dockworkers to provide this efficient service. Trailers would back up, and the cost of shipping trailers back and forth to Staten Island would make the shippers have second thoughts about coming to Brooklyn. Adding to this the sensational aspect to the public of having ‘dirty boxes’ meaning containers possibly containing bombs and such, as well as the supposedly higher cost of bananas and beer to the public, as humorously reported in the Times article makes the closed decision of Customs untenable.

The decision was made sometime in December to close Customs on January 6th. Nadler and Grimm, along with other local politicians, including Nydia Velazquez, Marty Connor, Charles Schumer and Peter King, began writing letters to the bureau. Probably when they realized what a short-sighted and politically damaging decision they had made, a 90 day moratorium on the closing was quickly decided upon. Customs is meeting with these politicians on Friday in D.C. We can only assume that the reason for this meeting is to figure out a way for Customs to graceful bow out of their bonehead decision. At least we hope so.

B61 gets a bit of help, hopefully

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b o u t a year and a half ago, the MTA, facing deficits in an era where deficits are now a politically charged issue, thanks in part to the loudmouthed Tea Partiers, cut bus service citywide. One of the easy ways to get to Park Slope, the B 77 bus, was completely closed down. And B61 service, the only piece of the public transportation system that reaches into the neglected area of Red Hook, specifically by the Red Hook Houses suffered from the lack of new buses available, as the

older ones suffered breakdowns and Red Hook was left with terrible rush hour bus service, as many of our readers know from personal experience. It has been only through the mildly extraordinary efforts of Nydia Velazquez and Brad Lander, with an assist from Christopher Hrones of the Department of Transportation that we are finally receiving some recognition from the MTA. And that is but a pittance - a promise of some more buses added to the route, not now, but in April. We hope that is merely the beginning of better city services in Red Hook.

Letters:

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Good Story!

Hey George, I thought you’d want to know I really enjoyed the article on the Justice Center initiative in the recent issue of the RHSR. Regards, Rob Goodman, Columbia Street

Good Coverage! To the Editor:

Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association wants to thank you for the timely and detailed coverage your paper has given to events at the Red Hook Container Terminal. We believe it has helped raise awareness among our many new residents about the potential critical changes taking place on the edge our neighborhood. We look forward to more reporting as the story unfolds. Norman Cox Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association contact@cowna.org Editors Note - COWNA together with Brad Lander is hosting a community meeting on the waterfront on February 9th. See the Public Meeting section of the calendar on the back page for details.

In the Nabe.... by Vince Musacchia

Looking at such a situation from an office armed with spreadsheets, one might understand this decision. However, the fact is that losing the ability

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Holidays Explained Department: by Kimberly Gail Price February 2, 2012: Groundhog Day, An American Tradition

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roundhog Day is recognized across the country as an avid forecast of how the remainder of winter will shape up. Many believe it to be a superstition. However, there are those who put much stock in this special critter’s prediction. Every year on February 2, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow. Originally named Br’er Groundhog, he was later named Phil after King Philip. If he sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter are expected. If not, spring is sure to begin quickly and Phil stays above ground. It is said that Phil is the only real weather forecasting groundhog, while the others are merely “imposters.” It is also believed that Phil’s prediction has never been wrong.

Religious origins The tradition of Groundhog Day dates back to early Christianity in Europe known as Candlemas Day. Clergy would bless candles and distribute them to the people. On that day, the weather was important. An old English song says:

known as “Groundhog Day-half your hay.” In the coldest part of winter, farmers knew they should have at least half of their hay remaining; if not, lean times for the livestock were ahead before spring replenished their supply.

shadow. He then speaks his response in “groundhogese” to Groundhog president of the Inner Circle. The president, who is the only person who can understand this language, then announces the translation to the world.

Germans, then known as Teutons, learned of the tradition from Roman legions during the conquest of the northern country. The Germans decided that if the sun shone on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would predict the “Second Winter,” or six more weeks of dreadful weather.

An average groundhog is 20 inches long and weighs approximately 12 to 15 pounds. They are covered with course gray fur with brown tips. Their ears, tail and legs are all short, but they are surprisingly quick. Groundhogs eat greens, fruits and vegetable. Most of their liquid comes from water-enriched leaves. Groundhogs whistle when they are alarmed and also in the spring during mating season.

For as the sun shines on Candlemas day, So far will the snow swirl until the end of May. The celebration was brought over to Pennsylvania by the Germans who first settled there. They exchanged groundhogs for hedge hogs. The animals were considered to be far superior because of their intelligence and sensibility. Thus began the ritual in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in the 1800’s.

Gobblers Knob is the place

If Candlemans be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight; If Candlemans brings clouds and rain, Go Winter, and come not again.

The first official observance was made in 1886, though the meetings were held in secret until 1966. The early ceremonies were held secretly in a wooded knoll at Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney. The first recorded journey to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887. Though the early observations of Phil’s forecast were originally private, thousands now gather to await the famed prediction.

American farmers in the late 19th century also had a February superstition,

Today, Phil comes out of his electronically heated burrow and looks for his

Kits or cubs, as they are called, are born in April and May and are mature enough to go out on their own by July. There are generally four to nine kits per litter. They live to be six to eight years old. Groundhogs are also one of the only animals to truly hibernate, establishing a coma-like sleep in which their body temperatures drop significantly, their hearts beat very infrequently and breathing slows drastically.

Long life Punxsutawney Phil is 22 inches long and weighs 20 pounds. He is said to be 125 years old, being the only Phil ever. His longevity is credited to the “elixir of life,” which he takes a sip of at the Groundhog Picnic every summer. This one sip gives him seven more years of life. Over the years, Phil has had several

noteworthy appearances. He threatened to create sixty weeks of winter during Prohibition if not allowed a drink. He dubbed the name “United States Chucknik” for the first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth instead of Soviet Sputnik in 1958. In 1981, he honored the American hostages in Iran by wearing a yellow ribbon. He met President Reagan in 1986. In 1995 Phil was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show. His prediction was shown live in Times Square in 2001. On Punxsutawney Phil’s Facebook page he lists his personal interests as, “I like eating, sleeping, climbing and making appearances.” Phil will ascend from his dark winter chamber of dirt on the morn of Thursday, February 2, 2012 at exactly 7:20 a.m. At that time, the fortune of the following six weeks will be revealed depending on the arrangements of the clouds and the brightness of the sun.

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This angry face is an example of Inuit sculpture (photo by Graham).

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Art:

Mark Premo turns unfortunate situation into an artistic statement

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aced with the prospect of downsizing, a wrenching task for a collage artist whose creative process revolves around the use of objects, Mac Premo created a self portrait of sorts, and put it in a dumpster. Carefully arranged and mounted, objects that were piled in his studio now form a confetti landscape of weird, old and interesting things that share no connection other than they represent slivers of Premo’s life, tangible reminders of time periods, events and people. “It’s basically a taxonomy of my existence,” Premo said. The project sprang from practical roots. The 467 numbered objects in the dumpster are there because Premo no longer had room for them after moving out of a shared 2,000-square-foot studio and into a 200-square-foot space at The Invisible Dog in Cobble Hill last spring. Inevitably, a lot of his stuff was headed for the trash, so Premo decided to put it there on his own terms. He purchased a dumpster with the help of Frank Collective, a Brooklyn-based creative production company, and got advice and a place to store the giant receptacle from David Belt, the creator of the dumpster pools in Gowanus. A tongue and groove wood floor that Premo, 38, created from scrap pieces covers the floor of the 22-foot long dumpster. Objects are mounted in various angles from a framework of studs covering the walls. Even the bones of the project bear

A life remembered (continued from page 13)

so many fine people who cared for him. The children called him Uncle Richy, and the others even sought him out for spiritual advice. He would challenge the Bible class teacher. He asked hard questions, according to the pastor of the church. But he was loved and respected, and seemed to have found a replacement for Lorraine in these wonderful, friendly, holy people. A few months ago I asked Richard if he would help me with some necessary work around the house. I said I would compensate him since his work was slow at the time. He agreed. These past few months were truly a bonding experience for both of us. We laughed about the past, his lost childhood, and I was just amazed at this complete turnaround. These same people from the Tabernacle Gospel Church came in droves to the wake on January 12, and testified to their love for Richard. His mother Lucille and myself, and each and every member of the family, could not have been prouder. The Mass at Visitation Church was beautifully performed. Visitation’s new Pastor Fr. Claudio Antecini, who was away on Mission in Mexico, sent a letter to be read at the service. He addressed

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photo and story by Elizabeth Graham

the stamp of his experiences. A piece of the stage he got married on forms part of the floor, and shelves he built for the Brooklyn Circus now hold objects inside the dumpster.

Almost overwhelming The hodge podge plastering the walls is too much to take in quickly. There is an array of old cell phones, a series of wallets, empty seafood cans, baseball cards, tools, belts, pants and T-shirts folded into frames. A bandage from a drunken night in college when he rode a shopping cart down a steep hill is mounted near a Redskins patch from a hat Premo wore when he was three years old. School IDs from middle and high school document his experiments with hair styles, and a bag of salt and vinegar “Tayto” chips is a memento from the night he first told his wife that he loved her. There are Premo’s daughter’s baby shoes sitting under an image of Mao Zedong, and several rotary phones tucked onto a bottom shelf. In another corner hangs a keychain from Beer World, an artifact from the summer he and a friend painted an old Victorian mansion during the day and spent their nights drinking beer from Beer World on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Even wisdom teeth A ticket stub for a Yankees game against the White Sox on 9/11 that never took place sits near a Yankees yearbook from 1983. Across the space, the wisdom teeth from a friend who had them pulled gleam in a plastic box. “I’m kind of a repository for weird Richard, asking him to embrace God for him and to pray for him to make him a better pastor. Then after I made some remarks, Fr. Johannes Siegert invited others who desired to say a few words. One by one, starting with the Gospel Tabernacle Church pastor, they mounted the pulpit to express their gratitude for Richard’s presence among them these past three years and to bear witness to how much their brother Richard’s untimely loss affected them. Parents, remember, get to know your children. Not from your viewpoint, but from your children’s. Study their personality, find out what makes them tick. The more you know them, the more you will love them and the less chance of them being caught up in some crazy fad or addiction that may be going around. Richard truly went home to his Father. He did not have too much time for accomplishments, because of the difficulties in his life. But what time he did have was certainly used wisely. Happily, his family remembered Lorraine and saw fit to enclose her ashes in the coffin that they may be peacefully together until God sees fit to end our world as we know it. I am indeed a blessed man and a lucky man who finally met my son

Collage artist Mac Premo inside The Dumpster Project , which sits next door to the Invisible Dog in Cobble Hill.

things,” Premo said. Mounted on the opposite wall is a tiny skateboard made from a ruler by one of his friends in seventh grade. Premo kept the metal shape, which became imbued with a deeper meaning when that friend died at age 19.

“People come in here and they all find something to relate to… it’s a portrait of an existence, it just happens to be mine,” he said. “This is not a concept unique to me, but this is a process unique to me.”

“I’ve always collected stuff. Things help me think,” he said. “Collecting is when you keep stuff for a reason. Reason is at the crux of it.”

The project debuted at the DUMBO Arts Festival, spent some time at the DeKalb Market and was shipped to Miami for the Pulse Art Fair before it landed in the lot next to the Invisible Dog. It will remain in Cobble Hill until mid-March.

The project, which began as an extremely personal display of things that only meant something to Premo, becomes almost anonymous at times as he sees visitors explore the dumpster’s contents.

Premo, who lives in Park Slope with his wife and two young daughters, is steadily photographing and cataloguing each object in the dumpster on thedumpsterproject.com.

A collector

Gowanus (cont. from page 3) tions that did not meet this criteria were eliminated; technologies that did were carried on for further development as possible alternatives. At the Tuesday meeting a long series of slides presenting statistical facts and seven possible remediation methods were presented. From those seven alternatives, three have been retained for further development and detailed evaluation. The fist is Alternative 1 - No Action, scoring high on the charts for easily implementable, short term effectiveness, (meaning if nothing is done, nothing will change), and cost effective. The second is Alternative 5 - dredging all of the soft sediment and applying treatment, isolation and armor layers in the canal. The third is Alternative 7 - employing Alternate 5 plus solidifying the top three to five feet of native sediment in specific areas. Disposal options for the toxins was also evaluated. The EPA is considering several beneficial uses for the toxins and dredged sediments. Among the possibilities are off-site disposal, (landfills), mixing the sediment with fuels to produce electricity, mixing the chemicals with concrete for stabilization and creating a confined disposal facility, (CDF), to contain chemicals. The presentation was concluded with EPA’s next steps are moving forward with treatment studies/pilot testing. They are

involved in ongoing conversations with NYCDEP, NYSDEC, National Grid as well as other responsible parties . EPA is meeting with the city on February 2 to discuss solutions to the combined sewer overflow and ground wter overflow, which the city has proposed to take action on beginning in April. Of the over 200 unpermitted pipes, only a dozen or so still must be dealt with, and EPA will be taking a second look at those. EPA will be proposing a plan by late mid-summer and should begin working towards that by the end of the year. After the presentation, Mugdan led a lengthy questions and answers section voiced by the attendees. Many concerns were expressed and EPA answered each with a knowledgeable statement. Topics the community brought up were the effectiveness of the project, the proposed versus the actual time schedule, total costs, employment within the community for the cleanup and the overall goals. Among those asking questions were City Councilmen Brad Landers and Steve Levin. This was the first in a series of public meetings discussing the future of the Gowanus Canal. Years of cleanup followed by years of overseeing long-term effectiveness may follow in the next decade. Or, if proposed Alternative 1 is enforced, Brooklyn may have front row seats to the second Love Canal Disaster.

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Dining: I

A meat eater’s heaven at Court Street’s German-style Buschenschank by Erik Penney

pretzel as a bar snack each time I visited, and with good reason. Made to order from the same dough that they make pizza from, these arrive piping hot, chewy and salty, and come with a small dish of mustard that is so spicy each bite seems to explode through your sinuses in a slow-building mushroom cloud of horseradish in a way that is oddly addicting. For a little extra you can get a bowl of bier cheese dip, which we were told is a creamy amalgam of brie, cream cheese and good German beer and acts as a welcome, cooling counterpoint to the napalm mustard. Another excellent salty bar snack are the homemade potato chips. Also made in-house, they have been drizzled with truffle oil and shaved grana padano cheese. Come to the Bartender Carrie Jordan with mugs of Paulaner Salvator (photo by Elizabeth Graham). bar with your group, try to snag Officially, the restaurant is Italian, but Buschenschank for staying true to form There is a burger on the menu that defrom a politically autonomous region a spot close to the fire and order these two with a few beers, and you will on this one. serves mention, if for no other reason of Italy at the northernmost tip on the realize why the Germans have this beerWiener Rindgulasch is a fortifying bowl than it is so over-the-top that I simply Austrian border, a region that seems vidrinking thing down to a science. of oxtail stew with German-style po- could not remain silent. It is called the sually, culturally and even linguistically A meat and cheese plate is Buschentato dumplings called “Knödel”. The Buschenschank burger, and like the beer more German than Italian, and the food is reflective of this as well. So pic- schank’s version of a rotating charcute- stew was rich, and I could taste the boot, I recommend it only if you have ture this: it is cold outside, but warm in rie platter. On my visits, I had sorpres- contribution that was being made by someone to share it with or if honor rehere. The fireplace makes it seem warm- sata, Wesphalian ham (which is akin the oxtail, particularly the slick mouth- quires you to eat it all on a dare or a bet. er, and the flames flicker their light and to proscuitto), Chiantino and hiber feel from the marrow that obviously The meat is hand-ground dry-aged ribeye shadows off the stone walls. The blond käse, both of which are regional Ger- made its way into the soup, though I and bison. It comes topped with foie gras, wood frames the windows. There are man cheeses that are not often found left wishing there was more meat, that shaved black truffles, pickled vegetables, great mugs of cold German beer and in restaurants, and which makes experi- this resembled more of a chunky stew (so all four food groups are represented, heaping plates of sausages and kraut in menting with the meat and cheese plate than a stew-flavored soup. The Knödel apparently), and a fried egg. At $35 I will front of you. There might even be some interesting here. There is also fondue, are tennis ball-sized dumplings made of leave it to you to decide if this is a good David Hasselhoff euro-cheese-pop on made from Tyrolean cheese and paired potato flour and water and left to steam deal or not, but I can tell you that it is easwith pieces of bread, fruits and vegeta- in the stew; they go a long way towards ily the richest, most decadent hamburger the stereo. That’s Buschenschank. I have ever set my lips upon. Absurdly so. They have a wonderful beer selection. bles with steak tips or farmhouse brat- stretching this into a satisfying meal. Who would conceive of a burger like this? Fifteen or so on tap, priced for either wurst for a modest upsell. A chocolate You can get these dumplings as a side dish as well, including one with bits of Dennis Kozlowski, the jailed former CEO half- or full-liter sizes, and spanning the version is available for dessert. speck, (a kind of Austrian cured ham, of Tyco International who gained fame full spectrum from Pilsener to Doppel- Entrees rule both for using his company’s treasury as bock with a healthy representation of Snacks, however, will only get you so again, not unlike prosciutto). They a personal slush fund and for spending all major German styles. Half liters are far at Buschenschank. While all of these make for a very authentically regional, $6,000 on a shower curtain. He would oreither $6 or $7, and full liter maß sizes are very delicious, the really good stuff Germanic carb-dish and are great for der this burger. Or Siegfried and Roy. Or are $11 or $12. Though not listed on comes as you move up the food chain sopping up gravies. a butch version of Liberace. I think the the menu, Buschenschank will also sell into the main courses – the meats. They It’s the drippings! best way to handle this burger is to order three liters of beer in a massive boot- have several different types of sausages, There is a terrific roasted chicken enit for a table of four people and divide it. shaped glass for $30, something that and the best way to sample them is to trée, cooked to a perfect juicy tenderThat way you can all enjoy a taste withshould only be done either with lots simply sample them all. There is a würst ness and served with pureed parsnips out being overwhelmed by the richness. of friends or if you are answering some platter, with one each of Bratwurst, and incredibly good wilted kale. This kind of drinking challenge, and only farmhouse smoked Bratwurst, Bock- chicken was so tender and juicy that This type of food is admittedly a bit then if your calendar has been cleared wurst and Weisswurst, the last comes we felt something must be up, some heavy, what with all the drippings and of any obligations for the next couple floating properly in warm broth. Weiss- further explanation was required, some- starchy sides. But if you are into an ocof days. There are many more beers in wurst is the mildest of all German sau- thing was going on here that we were casional meat ‘n’ potatoes meal in the sages, made of not seeing. After voicing our concerns German style all washed down with veal and gen- to our server she let us in on the secret great mugs of cold beer, then this might erally with no to Buschenschank’s success with their be the place for you. It will be interestpreservatives chicken (and, as it turns out, several ing to see whether their food is as apadded. They other things as well), - drippings. In pealing in the summer, when its 90 deare histori- the same way that French chefs have grees and humid outside, and whether cally made “cheated” for years, making food taste under those conditions the idea of pork each morn- better by adding butter to nearly ev- drippings on everything will sound as ing and eaten erything that leaves the kitchen, so appealing as it does now. It might not, for lunch that have German cooks by adding pork but we have a long way to go until we same day and drippings. In this case, speck and other reach that point. Until then you are by kinds of pork are rendered and the fat is likely to find me by the fireplace with a The dining room at Buschenschank is family-friendly without losing any cooked letting them used as a cooking medium and flavoring big beer and lots of good food. character (photo by Elizabeth Graham). bottles, and wines tend to come from steep in warm water or broth for just a agent in a lot of what Buschenschank Buschenschank, 320 Court Street far northern Italy and Rhineland Ger- few minutes before serving. This sausage serves, usually with spectacular results. (corner of Sackett Street) many. All of these continental options is rarely seen in restaurants because of The food tastes better, richer, rounder www.brooklynbuschenschank.com make this an interesting place to drink, this, and rarer still is seeing them served and leaves you feeling more satisfied and the sturdy, stick-to-your-ribs menu correctly. All of the sausages on the than without. So there’s your lesson: if Recommended dishes: house-made pretzel, potato chips, Würst platter, roasted chickmakes it a great place to eat as well. platter were delicious, but the Weiss- you want your food to taste better, add en, Buschenschank burger I was steered towards their house-made wurst was special, delicate, and kudos to some pork fat. t is a little dark inside Buschenschank, and a little medieval, like eating inside a dungeon, (the castle kind, not the bondage kind), or possibly somewhere from the Lord of the Rings. This new German, Austrian, Italian hybrid on Court Street in Cobble Hill has big, heavy stone walls and arched passageways that open into its bright kitchen, and a large dining room with both small tables and Hofbrau Haus-style picnic tables where a couple or small group might be seated next to each other in friendly, Germanic camaraderie. The focal point of the room is, however, the horseshoe-shaped bar that greets you as you enter, and more specifically, the roaring fireplace built into one of the stone walls opposite the bar that understandably had a crowd around it each time I went.

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Star-Revue Restaurant Guide Red Hook

BAKED 359 Van Brunt St., (718)222-0345. THE BROOKLYN ICE HOUSE 318 Van 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.

KOTOBUKI BISTRO 192 Columbia St., (718) 246-7980.

Fall Cafe, 307 Smith Street, (718) 4030230

Palmyra, 316 Court street, 718-7971110

LILLA CAFE 126 Union St., (718) 8555700.

Five Guys, 266 Court St., 347-799-2902

Red Rose Restaurant, 315 Smith Street, (718) 625-0963

MAZZAT 208 Columbia St., (718) 8521652. PETITE CREVETTE 144 Union St., (718) 855-2632. South Brooklyn Bagels 75 Hamilton Ave - next to Chase, (718) 855-0500. Sugar Lounge, 147 Columbia Street, 718 643-2880 TEEDA THAI CUISINE 218 Columbia St., (718) 643-2737.

Carroll Gardens/ Cobble Hill Abilene, 442 Court Street, 718-5226900,

Fragole, 394 Court Street, (718) 6227133 Francesco’s Restaurant, 531 Henry Street, (718) 834-0863 Frank’s Luncheonette, Smith Street, (718) 875-5449

Seersucker Restaurant, 329 Smith Street, (718) 422-0444

Ghang, 229 Court Street, 718-875-1369

Smith & Vine, 268 Smith Street (718) 243-2864

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, 260-9095 Marco Polo Ristorante, 345 Court Street, 718 852-5015

IKEA One Beard St., (718) 246-4532. John & Franks, 367 Columbia Street, (718) 797-4467

Bar Bruno, 520 Henry St., 347-7630850,

KEVIN’S 277 Van Brunt St., (718) 5968335.

Bagels by the park, 323 Smith Street, (718) 246-1321

MARK’S PIZZA 326 Van Brunt St., (718) 624-0690.

Bar great harry, 280 Smith Street (718) 222-1103

New Lin’s Garden Restaurant 590 Clinton Street, (718) 399-1166

Bombay Dream, 257 Smith Street (718) 237-6490

Oaxaca Tacos, 251 Smith Street (718) 222-1122

RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND 284 Van Brunt St., (646) 326-7650.

Brooklyn Bread Cafe, 436 Court Street (718) 403-0234

Osaca Restaurant, 272 Court Street (718) 643-0055

ROCKY SULLIVAN’S 34 Van Dyke St., (718) 246-8050.

Buddy’s Burrito & Taco Bar, 260 Court Street, 718-488-8695,

P J Hanleys, 520 Court St, 718- 834-8223

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie, 204 Van Dyke St, (718) 852-6018

Buttermilk channel, 524 Court Street (718) 852-8490

Columbia Waterfront District

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,

Palo Cortado, 449 Court St, 718407-0047 Prime Meats, 465 Court Street, 718254-0327 or 0345,

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 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

Gowanus Michael and Pings, 437 Third Avenue, (718) 788-0017

We, at the Red Hook Star-Revue are working very hard to keep our restaurant guide up-to-date. If your restaurant is not listed or is listed incorrectly, please contact us at Kimberly@Redhookstar.com

Chestnut, 271 Smith St., (718) 2430049 cobble grill, 212 Degraw Street, (718) 422-0099

ALMA 187 Columbia St., (718) 643-5400. CALEXICO CARNE ASADA Union St., (718) 488-8226.

Casa Rosa, 384 Court Street, 718-7971907

Savoia, 277 Smith Street, 718-797-2727

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Angry Wades, 222 Smith Street, (718) 488-7253

Sunny’s Bar in Red HOok, 253 Conover Street, (718) 625-8211

Sals Pizza, 305 Court Street, (718) 852-6890

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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.

Cobble Hill Coffee Shop, 314 Court Street, (718) 852-1162 Cody’s Ale House Grill, 154 Court Street, 718-852,6115 Crave, 570 Henry Street, (718) 643-0361 Cubana Cafe, 272 Smith Street (718) 718-858-398 Downtown Bar & Grill, 160 Court street, 718-625-2835 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

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Star-Revue Classifieds Help Wanted

Freelance Writers: The Red Hook Star-Revue is looking for freelance writers for both the arts and news sections. We want to buttress our news as well as local theater and arts coverage. Email Kimberly@ redhookstar.com Outside Salesperson: The Red Hook Star-Revue seeks an ambitious person who likes to walk, talk and make friends in the neighborhood to sell display advertising. Commission to start - work around your hours, no pressure. Call 718 624-5568 and speak to Kimberly or George.

Neighborhood Services Classes/Workshops

Glass Art of Brooklyn www.ernestporcelli.com 718596-4353 Glass Fusing Workshop every Wednesday Evening 7 -9 Beginners to Advanced Students welcome. Maximum 6 students per class. Classes are ongoing. Monthly fee $175, includes most materials, and firings.

Laundry Service

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Movers

COOL HAND MOVERS Friendly local guys that can relocate your life, or just shlep your new couch from Ikea. We’ll show up on time, in a truck or van if necessary, and basically kick ass -- you might even have a good time! Call for a free estimate at (917) 584-0334 or email at coolhandmovers@gmail.com Customer reviews on YELP.COM

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The Red Hook Star-Revue now publishes twice a month - classified advertising is one of the best and least expensive ways to get your message across. Special yearly contracts available for service businesses such as plumbers, electricians for as little as $500 annually. Email Kimberly at kimberly@redhookstar.com or call 718 624-5568

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Things To Do Feb 1 - 15 If you have an event you would like listed in the Red Hook Star-Revue calendar, please email redhookstarcalendar@ gmail.com.

for weekly listings.

EXHIBITIONS

440 Gallery 440 6th Ave. (Park Slope) (718) 499-3844, 440gallery.com

CHURCH/ SYNAGOGUE

Gallery hrs. - Thurs., Fri. 4-7pm, Sat., Sun. 11am - 7pm, or by appointment. Through 2/19 Imagined Light: the Paintings of Ellen Chuse.

Kane St. Synagogue 236 Kane St. (718) 875-1530 kanestreet.org Annual Auction “Midnight at the Oasis” 5pm Online tickets $60/Family, $30/Ind. Torah Study every 2nd Shabbat of the Month 11am-Noon

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition 499 Van Brunt St. (718) 596-2506 bwac. org Spring of ‘12 “Wide Open 3” TBA

St. Stephen’s R.C. 108 Carroll St. (718) 596-7750 delvecchiorc.com & brooklyncatholic.blogspot.com Every Wed. 6:30pm Choir rehearsal, if interested contact jlake@delvechiorc.com or evelyntroester@gmx.net Fri. 2/3 8:30pm Feast of St. Blaise, Blessing of the Throat after Mass Visitation of Our Blessed Virgin Mary R.C. 98 Richards @Verona (718) 6241572 Every Thurs. 6pm Choir Practice w/ Emiliana Fri 2/3 7-9:30pm, Sat. 2/4 & Sun. 2/5 9am - 5pm Introduction to Personal Prayer @ Holy Family Rectory, 205 14th St., Park Slope. In-Home Blessings and Masses, by appointment. Languages available: English, Spanish, Italian, German.

Tilghman. A tongue-in-cheek journey through America on a campaign to end Black History Month. Presented @ LIU Kumble Theater Flatbush, Dekalb/Willoughby.

FOOD/DRINK

Botta di Vino—357 Van Brunt St., (347) 689-3664. Friday night candle light blind tasting. “Discuss what you smell, taste and feel with your own palate. a group forum for wanna be wine geeks” Admission requires one purchase.

Gallery Small New York---416 Van Brunt, (347) 782-3729 smallnewyork. com Feb.15 Opening “Smalls: Fine 19th Centurty European and American Oils and Drawings”.

Botanica—220 Conover St (at Coffey St), 347-225-0147. Fine cocktails, specialty liquors & Cacao Prieto Chocolate. Tue: Film screenings, Wed: Board game night, Thu: Poker night, Sat-Sun: Afternoon cocktails.

Invisible Dog---51 Bergen Street, theinvisibledog.org (347) 560-3641 Wed. 2/1 7pm Why I make Live Art. Mulimedia artist makle prepared statements and manifestos followed by discussion moderated by Jess Barbagallo. Thurs. 2/2 6:30pm A Night Of Mash-Ups, Old music, new word featuring Sonambula, composer Elizabeth Weinfield’s viol consort. Joined by poet Adam Fitzgerald,

Dry Dock Wine+Spirits---424 Van Brunt St., (718) 852-3625, drydockny. com Fri. 2/3 5:30-8:30pm red green & white: organic Italian wines, FREE. Sat. 2/4 4-7pm ooh la la: wines from France, FREE. Sun. 2/5 3-6pm Hooker’s Choice, FREE. Fri. 2/10 5:30-8:30pm A Sip of the South: Bourbon Tasting, FREE. Sat. 2/11 4-7pm Ooh La La: Ayala Champagne FREE. Sun. 2/12 3-6pm

Brooklyn General—128 Union St. (718) 237-7753 brooklyngeneral. com Classes and Workshops for all things Sewing. Call or contact their website for more info.

Fitness Collective 278 Court St (718) 971-6178 www.fitnesscollective.com Love Your Body: A PreValentine’s Day Wellness Event. Sat 2/11 Noon-2pm. An event that will allow men and women to celebrate self-acceptance and promote a healthy and positive body image, both inside and out. FREE and open to the public. For more info, contact Dawn (917) 306-5056 Jalopy School of Music 315 Columbia St. (Hamilton Ave/Woodhull St.) (718) 395-3214 jalopy.biz Class schedules: Mon. 2/6-3/26: 7pm Country Harmony Singing I, 8pm Country Harmony II, 7pm Banjo III-Fingerpicking. Tues 2/73/27: 7pm Mandolin I, 7pm Banjo I, 8pm Banjo II, 7pm Ensemble 1 Class, 8pm Ensemble 1 Class. Wed 2/8-3/28: 7pm Exploring Your Voice, 7pm Fiddle III, 8pm Banjo I, 8pm Banjo III - Clawhammer, 8pm Guitar III, 8pm Clogging Class. Thurs 2/9-3/29: 7pm Mandolin II, 7pm Fiddle I, 8pm Fiddle II, 8pm Nuts & Bolts Music Theory. Fri 2/10-3/30: 7pm Ukelele I, 8pm Ukelele II. Sat 2/11-3/31: 1pm Guitar I, 2pm Guitar II, 3pm Finger Style Guitar I, 4pm Guitar Finger Style II, 5pm Guitar Finger Style III. $225 for 8 weeks. $275 w/intrument rental. Register for 2 classes for $50 discount. Call to confirm. In addition to the above: Sat. 2/4: 1pm Shaky Dave’s Harmonica for Beginners, $20; 2pm Pat Conte’s Kentucky Fiddle Part 2 Workshop, $25. Sat. 2/11: 2pm Pat Conte’s Old Masters: Banjo Stylings of Uncle Dave Macon Part 1, $25. Sun. 2/12: Noon Vocal Harmony Basics $20; 2pm Vocal Harmony Duos & Trios, $25 ($40 total if you attend both workshops).

The Waterfront Museum Lehigh Valley Barge No.79, 290 Conover Street. (718) 624-4719 ext. 11 www.waterfrontmuseum.org. Free boat tours & open hours all through the year. Thursdays 4 - 8 pm and Saturdays 1 - 5 pm in Red Hook.

MUSIC

Bait & Tackle 320 Van Brunt Street (718) 451-4665 redhookbaitnadtackle.com Fri 2/10 9pm The 41 Players, Sat. 2/11 9pm The Flanks, Sun 2/12 4pm Matt Parker & Max Johnson, 9pm Jim McCray & Joe Cantor. Bargemusic Fulton Ferry Landing, 2 Old Fulton St., (718) 624-2083, bargemusic.org Fri. 2/3 8pm Masterwork Series; Sat. 2/4 8pm Masterworks Series $40, ($35 Senior, $15 Student); Sun. 2/5 3pm Masterworks Series $40, ($35 Senior, $15 Student); Fri. 2/10 8pm Here & Now Series; Sat. 2/11 8pm Masterworks Series; Sun. 2/12 3pm Masterworks Series.Unless otherwise noted, all performances are $35, ($30 Seniors,$15 Students). The Bell House 149 7th St, (718) 643-6510, thebellhouseny.com. The Bell House has a full calendar of music, comedy and film events. Please check website.

CLASSES/ WORKSHOPS

Cora Dance 201 Richards St. (Coffey St./Van Dyke St.) #15 (718) 858-2520 coradance.org New Adult Classes. Every Sun: 5:30-6:45pm Restorative Yoga w/Jolene Festa (child care available); Every Mon: 10-11am Yoga w/Tessa Wright 6:30-7:45pm, Yoga w/Jolene Festa (childcare available). Every Tues: 5-6:30 pm Company Class (rotating teachers). Every Sat: 10:30-11:30 Zumba w/Sarah Folland. Classes are pay-what-you-can. (Suggested donation: $10 per class, $15 per class w/child care.)

lation, Tributes to St. Valentine’s Day. Admission by donation, suggested donation $2. Say you like “Red-Hook Star Revue” and get a free gift bag.

Hope & Anchor 347 Van Brunt St, (718) 237-0276. Karaoke, Thursdays through Saturdays from 9pm-1am.

The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy ENVIROMEDIA MOBILE celebrates Black History Month with an annual traveling nautical exhibition “History of the Afro-American Seafarer”. This year, The Urban Divers (UDEC) in collaboration with CHE Nautical & Enviro Edutainment are presenting a unique and spectacular nautical exhibitions featuring a state of the art living history display that encompasses, nautical reenactor (s), with an impressive collection of artifacts, nautical props, historic naval armament, costumes, promising an enriching, entertaining, and interactive cultural & educational exhibit for children and parents to enjoy. The Afro-American Seafarer Living History Exhibit will be presented as an interactive public art installation with exhibit as a day long program at various public institutions and public buildings in the Borough of Brooklyn though out the month of February. NATIONAL GRID GALLERY, 2nd Fl, 1 Metrotech Center Wall Exhibit- Run thru the Month of February, Living History Exposition- , Wednesday Feb 15th-10am-4pm, (Made possible with the support of National Grid) The BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 128 Pierremont Street Living History Exposition- Sunday Feb 19th-1pm-4pm The OLD AMERICAN CAN FACTORY, 232 Third Avenue Living History Exposition

Prema Yoga 236 Carroll St. #1F Brooklyn 11231 .premayoganyc.com Check Website for full schedule and special programs Yoga Classes 201 Richards St. #15 www.tessamwright.com/yoga. Join Tessa with morning yoga for every one! Hatha style style for all levels. Mondays @10am. Suggested donation - $10.

COMEDY

Littlefield—622 Degraw St., littlefieldnyc.com. Every Mon 7:30pm Hot Tub w/ Kurt &Kristen $5-8 Please check website

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and soul/rock singer Liza Colby. Sat. 02/4 Noon - 8pm, American Realism. An investigation of the American worker through the medium of theater. Directed by Katherine Brooks. Thurs. 2/9 8pm Rehearsal: Works in Progress, a short piece by choreographer/dancer Tara Willis, followed by discussion w/ Tara Willis. Sat. 2/11 8pm, Catch 49: a multidisciplinary, rough & ready performance series hosted by Jeff Larson & Andrew Dinwiddie. Kentler International Drawing Space—353 Van Brunt St. (718) 8752098, kentlergallery.org. 2/3 - 3/25: The Influential Female, drawings inspired by Women in History 2/3 6 - 8pm Opening 2/19 4pm TIF Curator’s Talk Look North Inuit Art Gallery—275 Conover Street, Suite 4E, (347) 7213995, looknorthny.com. 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’.

FILMS

YWCA Brooklyn 30 3rd Ave (Atlantic Ave/State St). (718) 488-1624 ywcabklyn.org Thurs. 2/2 6:30pm Screening: More Than A Month by Shukree Hassan

Hooker’s Choice. FREE MikNik Lounge 200 Columbia St. (917) 770-1984 ‘Rebel! Rebel!’ (Gay Night) every first & third Thurs. 9pm - 2am Cheap Beer, $6 well drinks, friendly crowd.

FUNDRAISERS/ PARTIES

Brooklyn Collective Gallery 212 Columbia St. (Union/Sackett) (718) 5966231 brooklyncollective.com Fri. 2/10 6-10pm, Valentine’s Showcase! 30 new collections by local artists and designers Live Music & Cocktails! Raffles & Prizes! Park Slope Flea Market---Between 1st & 2nd street on 7th avenue, Brooklyn. “An urban adventure exploring diverse people’s crafts and collectibles, fabrics and fashions, notes and notables, all at bargain prices” Every Saturday and Sunday. All through the winter.

MUSEUMS

Micro Museum—123 Smith Street,(718) 797-3116 micromuseum.com . Above and Beyond, a three-year retrospective of the art of William and Kathleen Laziza, every Saturday from 12-7pm, refreshments from 5-7pm,. See their original interactive, media and visual art works. Sat. Feb. 11, 18, 25 5-7pm Lovey + Dovey = Forever & The Kissing Instal-

Issue Project Room @110 Livingston St. (718) 330-0313 issueprojectroom.org Fri. 2/3 8pm Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch: Concerning the Entrance into Eternity, (Record Release Party); Sat. 2/4 Species of Spaces, a multi-course feast exploring the unique foods of Brooklyn. Call for reservatuions. Fri. 2/10 8pm Composer Anthony Coleman performing original works; Sat 2/11 8pm Title TK & Architeuthis Walks on Land. Doors open a half hour before performance. Jalopy Theatre and School of Music 315 Columbia St., (718) 3953214, jalopy.biz. Every Wed. 9pm Roots & Ruckus, FREE. JTSM has an extensive calendar of live, eclectic roots music. Please go to website or call for more info. Also check CLASSES/WORKSHOP in this calendar. Montero’s Bar 73 Atlantic Ave. @ Hicks St. (718) 534-6399 monterosbar@facebook.com Karaoke w/Andy & Amber every Fri. & Sat. 10pm; Wed. 2/8 & 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 therockshopny.com Thurs 2/2 8pm Larkin Grimm, Cuddle Magic, Tall Tall Trees, $8, Sat. 2/4 8pm, Jenny Owen Youngs $12/14 Fri. 2/10 7:30pm Victor Villareal, Meryll, Matt LeMay $10 Sat. 2/11 8pm Medio, Lost Coves, Tenrec, Michael Edward Ross, $8. 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; Every Sat Live Rock ‘n Roll, Friday, February 3rd - Union, original Red Hook rock and country, 9 pm The Star Theater Acoustic Jam 101 Union St. btwn Columbia and Van Brunt (718) 624-5568 Every Monday Night 8pm. C&W to Jazz (with a healthy dose of Blues in the middle). Full back line. Bring your Axe & Your Favorite Beverage! The Star Theater Electric Jam 101 Union St. btwn Columbia & Van Brunt (718) 624-5568 Every Thursday Night 8pm. Rock, Blues & Jazz Madness. Refreshments served and Donations Graciously Accepted. Full back line. Bring your Axe! Union Hall---702 Union Street @5th Ave (718) 638-4400 unionhallny.com Union Hall has music, film, and comedy 7 nights a week. Please check website.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Brooklyn Public Library - Carroll Gardens 396 Clinton St. @ Union St. (718) 596-6972 brooklynpubliclibrary.org/ locations/carroll-gardens Knitting Club (all ages) Every Tues 4pm, mezzanine; Memoir Writing (adult) Every Wed. 6pm; Chess Club every Wed 6:15 pm (all ages). Play and improve your game. Bring your own clock. CoWNA (Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Asso.) & Brad Lander @ The Postgraduate Center, 177 Columbia St Thurs, 2/9 6:30pm. “An Overview of Port Changes”. A meeting of residents and concerned other covering the departure of American Stevedoring as operator, the possibility of the U.S. Customs refusal to serve the docks among other thing. All residents welcome. Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBDIC) 241 41st St., 2nd fl. Brklyn. (718) 965-3100 Tues, 2/7 9:30am SBIDC Orientation Session. Learn about the agency, staff & employment opportunities. 3 copies of updated resume, photo ID & proper business attire required. RSVP Required. YWCA Brooklyn 30 3rd Ave (Atlantic Ave/State St) (718) 488-1624 Thurs. 2/2 6:30pm Screening: More Than A Month by Shukree Hassan Tilghman. A tongue-in-cheek journey through America on a campaign to end Black History Month. Presented @ LIU Kumble Theater Flatbush, Dekalb/Willoughby.

READING & LITERARY EVENTS

The Gowanus Studio Space 166 7th Street (347) 948-5753 www.gowanusstudio.org

SCHOOLS

PS 15 71 Sullivan St. (Columbia/Van Brunt Sts.) (718)330-9280 schools. nyc.gov 1/20 (& every Fri.) 11am - Noon Toddler Time Programs: 1 hr of playtime & storytelling. Open to everyone. Mon. 2/13 10:30am-Noon The Market Place Project Fair. Products from student African micro-loans project. FREE Summit Academy NY 27 Huntington St. (718) 875-1403) summitacademycharterschool.org 2/1 - 2/17 Sharing The Love ONLINE BENEFIT AUCTION Exotic vacations, dance classes, luxury dining and more at biddingforgood.com/ summitacademyny Proceeds go to support Summit’s groundbreaking programs and work.

THEATER

The Heights Players 26 Willow Place, heightsplayers.org (718) 237-2752 Fri. & Sat. 2/3-4, 2/10-11, 2/17-18 8pm, Sun. 02/5, 2/12, 2/19 2pm. The Foreigner. A comedy written by Larry Shue, Directed by Noel MacDuffie. $15 adults, $13 seniors & children. Mon./Tues. 2/6-7 7pm Auditions: Sunrise at Campobello. The Clockworks Puppet Theater 196 Columbia St (212) 614-0001 cosmicbicycle.com Sat. & Sun. through 2/26 2&4pm KIDz Matinee Series - A different show each week! Mon - Fri. 1-4pm Junior Puppet Master Workshops: A week long day campfor kids ages 7-15 yrs. culminating in a performance. Mon- Fri 2/20-2/2410-11am KIDz Puppet Craft! Learn to build Puppets. w/puppets and songs thrown in! Ages 3-6 yrs.

WALKING TOURS

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) urbanoyster.com Sat. 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 Noon-3:30, Brewed in Brooklyn Tour (Williamsburg) Brewing, Bottling, & bootlegging in historic Williamsburg. Samples, pizza and fresh lager lunch included. $60 The Chassidic Discovery Welcome Center 305 Kingston Ave. (718) 9535244 jewishtour.com The Daily Hassidic Walking Tour. Sun-Fri 10am-1pm (Except Jewish Holidays). An intimate tour through the not often seen aspects Hassidic life & culture. Kosher NY Deli lunch & vendor discounts included. $42, Advance purchase required. Call or email for availability.

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