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New York City Ballet dancer Tiler Peck in “The Sleeping Beauty”
Photo: Paul Kolnik
Volume 17, No. 31
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017
Brooklyn-Bound Tiler Peck Will Bring
Ballet Family Includes Husband Robert Fairchild & NYC Ballet Principal Megan Fairchild By Peter Stamelman Special to Brooklyn Eagle
Justin Peck’s “The Times Are Racing,” and, for this writer, her most memorable role, the Sleepwalker in Balanchine’s “La Sonnambula,” in which she was partnered by her husband, Robbie Fairchild. If Zeus were to command a ballet performance on Mt. Olympus, this might well be it. In this role, Peck is required to execute runs on point, called bourrees, a series of very small, even steps, that make it seem like the dancer is almost floating. Peck’s flawless mastery of the bourrees, performed with her hair unbound and in a flowing, full-length white robe, combined with Mark Stanley’s eerie, chiaroscuro lighting
Before beginning the biographical and question-and-answer portion of my interview with New York City Ballet’s superb and sublime principal dancer Tiler Peck, let’s get any Abbott & Costello “who’s on first” confusion out of the way. To use biblical language, Tyler Angle did not beget Tiler Peck, nor did Justin Peck beget Jared Angle. The Angles and one Peck (Tiler) — a bushel and a peck? — are principal dancers with New York City Ballet (NYCB). Justin Peck is a soloist and choreographer with NYCB. (Don’t even ask about principal dancer Robert Fairchild, who is Tiler Peck’s husband or principal dancer Megan Fairchild, who is Robert’s sister.) If at times it seems like the names of the entire company, from corps de ballet to soloist to principal, were thought up by Edward Lear or Tom Stoppard just to confuse you, well, you might be right. There are so many colorful, distinctive names. Suffice Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild it to say, the subject of this profile-interin “Opus 19 The Dreamer” view is Tiler with an “i,” as in “incanPhoto: Paul Kolnik descent.” Tiler Peck is a Southern California girl, with a Pepsodent smile, a sweet, coquettish voice and a cheerleader’s enthusiasm. She began studying dance at the age of 7, in Hollywood, with the former Bolshoi Ballet principal Alla Khaniashvili. By 11, she was studying with former NYCB dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary at Conjunctive Point in Culver City. At the age of 12, she moved to New York and entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of the NYCB) for most of the 20002001 Winter Term. Somehow, before she formally began SAB she also found time to act in “Donnie Darko,” Richard Kelly’s cult classic with another brother-sister team: Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal and a plethora of young actors about to step into larger roles: Seth Rogen, Jena Malone, Noah Wylie and Drew Barrymore. Peck was also about to step into a larger role, although on a much different, more rarefied stage. During the summers of 2002 and 2003 she returned to School of American Ballet (SAB). In the fall of 2003, she became a full-time student, living in the NYCB dormitory in the Rose Building. After that her trajectory was swift and impressive: in September 2004 she became an apprentice with NYCB. In early 2005, she was promoted to a member of the corps de ballet. In December of 2006, she was promoted and the haunting music by Vittorio Rieti (after themes of to soloist and in 2009 she became a principal. Now, eight years Vincenzo Bellini) made for one of the winter season’s most later, Peck is ballet royalty. She has danced in almost the full striking productions. Peck was both ghostly and sensual — and repertoire, from “Allegro Brillante” to “Who Cares?” During the unforgettable. recently completed NYCB winter season her dance card includLuckily, I got to see Peck dance Princess Aurora in “The ed Aurora in “The Sleeping Beauty;” two world premieres on the Sleeping Beauty” (exquisite) same bill: Pontus Lindberg’s “The Shimmering Asphalt” and and in the two World Premieres mentioned above, plus the aforementioned “La Sonnambula” and “Carousel” (see below). All four performances highlighted Peck’s ability to segue from languid to exuberant with ease and confidence. Whether it’s Balanchine, Robbins, Martins or Wheeldon, Peck always dances with daring, elegance and aplomb. In the season’s final week, she danced as Julie Jordan in Christopher Wheeldon’s “Carousel,” a distillation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Broadway musical. From the second night of the winter season, Jan. 18, when she danced in “Allegro Brillante” to the closing matinee on Feb. 26, when she danced her final “Carousel,” Peck danced in 14 performances — 19 individual ballets — this season. She is the James Brown of ballet. Recently, at Indie Cafe, on the Lincoln Center campus, I sat down with Peck to talk about her career, the past season, what she has planned between now and spring season (lots!) and the direction she thinks she might go in once her dancing career ends. I began our conversation by asking her about that direction in the context of the activewear line she has designed for Body Wrappers. These are edited excerpts from our conversation.
entire life in a leotard, so I wanted to design something that’s comfortable, efficient, something that you’re not always having to tug it down — because there’s nothing more annoying for a dancer than having to always be adjusting your leotard. Eagle: So, you’re very “hands-on” with Body Wrappers. TP: Yes, definitely. In fact, I was there [at the showroom] earlier this week. I try on every garment. Even though they cut everything the same way, there are adjustments that often need to be made. For example, black always tends to make a garment seem smaller, so I’ll point out that there’s not enough lace here or the stitching is too tight at the butt. I get to pick out all of the fabrics and the colors, because if it’s going to have my name on it, I want it to be perfect. Eagle: Is fashion a direction you might take when your dance career ends? TP: Well I’ve always loved fashion. I always tell Robbie [husband Robert Fairchild] “Oh, it would be so much fun to be a stylist.” But, truthfully, when Body Wrappers first approached me about starting a line, I didn’t know if I’d be any good. I said “Listen, I’ll just start with one or two designs, see if they turn out well and then see if anybody likes them. And then, happily, everybody did like them and it’s just taken off. It does take a lot of energy, because we’re always working on the “next” design. In fact, I think right now we’re about a year out. Eagle: Putting aside for the moment the designing, are there other pursuits that interest you and Robbie collectively? TP: We talk about it all the time; we both know that once our ballet careers are over we definitely want to do Broadway. Musical comedies have a longevity that’s different from ballet. And we’ve both already done musicals and we love it. [From March 2015 to March 2016, Fairchild danced the Gene Kellyoriginated role of Jerry Mulligan in “An American in Paris” on Broadway. Peck has appeared in two Susan Stroman-directed and choreographed musicals “The Music Man,” when she was 11, and more recently, playing the young Marie van Goethem, who was immortalized in an Edgar Degas statue, in “Little Dancer,” which played the Kennedy Center in Washington in 2014, but has yet to come to Broadway]. We also want to choreograph, but only as a team. I’m also organizing an evening of dance in July at the Music Center [in Los Angeles] where I had to choose the repertoire, I had to pick the dancers. I’ve loved doing that and I could also see doing what Damian does at Vail [Damian Woetzel, former NYCB principal, who runs the Vail Dance Festival.]
“She is the James Brown of ballet.”
Photo: Daniel D’Ottavio
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Eagle: What was the genesis of your association with Body Wrappers? Tiler Peck: Body Wrappers reached out to me. It arose out of a photo shoot. Maria Kowroski [another NYCB principal dancer] had worked with them. Wendy Whelan [a celebrated NYCB principal, who retired from NYCB in 2014] had been working with them too, but there was a shoot when she couldn’t go due to injury and they asked me if I’d like to do the shoot. That was 2009, which was also when I was first on the Body Wrappers cover. Then it evolved from there, with my being asked for my ideas about design. Then they asked if I’d like to start my own line and be a brand ambassador. They wanted my expertise. You know, [laughing] I live almost my
Eagle: Let’s talk about your career with NYCB. You’ve danced featured roles in Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, Wheeldon. Any favorite ballets stand out? TP: Balanchine’s “Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux.” What’s interesting is that the music was originally part of “Swan Lake.” and Balanchine chose to take a small section of the score and make an amazing, 12-minute ballet. As I say on the NYCB website, every time I do it I find out something I didn’t know about my dancing. Also, what I love about “Tschai Pas” is that it takes a lot of risks and for me that means trust — how much you can trust your partner, how much you can trust yourself. I never get tired of dancing it. Continued on page 3
Ballet, Broadway Stardom in Her Wake Continued from page 2 Eagle: What are some other favorite roles? TP: Well, as I mentioned when you came backstage the other night, I love “Carousel.” That’s another role I never tire of dancing. The lyricism, the innocence, the beauty of Rodgers music. And, again, there’s that Broadway connection. Eagle: Speaking of Broadway, what was it like for you to watch Robbie in “An American in Paris.” TP: I was so happy for him. It was the perfect show for him because [laughing] he’s a real ham and there were two big production numbers that fit him perfectly — “Fidgety Feet” and “Beginner’s Luck.” What was difficult was the timing: we had gotten married in June of 2014. Right after our wedding I went to Washington to workshop “Little Dancer” and Robbie went to Paris for the pre-Broadway engagement of “An American in Paris.” That was challenging. Eagle: Because you had already been in “The Music Man” on Broadway before Robbie got “An American in Paris,” were you able to give him any pointers? TP: [Laughing] Well, when I did “The Music Man” I was 11 years old, so, for me, at that age, it was simply fun. But what I was able to help Robbie with, while he was rehearsing “An American in Paris” during the day and then rehearsing for City Ballet at night, was teaching him to balance his schedule, keeping him on course but also convincing him to allow himself downtime. Eagle: Regarding downtime, what do you and Robbie do on your days off? TP: Well, ironically enough, lately we’ve been spending a lot of time in Brooklyn. Several of our best friends have moved there, to the Heights in particular, so we’ve been discovering the borough and, in fact, the thought of moving there has crossed our minds! Eagle: If you do, you can and dance alfresco pas de deux on the Promenade! Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild can be seen in the New York City Ballet Spring season, which begins April 18 and runs through May 28. For more information go to www.nycballet.com.
Tiler Peck in “Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux” Photos by Paul Kolnik
Tiler Peck in “Apollo”
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Why the Fearless Girl Statue Will Stay Put on Wall Street By Weston Williams
The 50-inch bronze Fearless Girl statue, which currently stands in front of Wall Street’s famed Charging Bull sculpture, will be allowed to stay — at least until February 2018. The statue was installed on the eve of International Women’s Day earlier this month as a commentary on the lack of gender diversity in the workplace. Initially, the statue was supposed to stay facing down the bull for a week, but in light of the popularity of the ﬁgure, the permit allowing the temporary art installation to stay was extended until April 2. On Sunday, City Hall announced that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had agreed to allow Fearless Girl to remain in position until at least next year. Despite the statue’s growing popularity across the country, many have voiced objections to the Fearless Girl sticking around, including Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who created the Charging Bull statue. Critics have called the newer statue a publicity stunt by State Street Global Advisors, a large investment company that commissioned the art installation, saying it unfairly alters the meaning of the world-famous bull sculpture. But many supporters of the Girl, much like the statue itself, are refusing to back down. “Works designated as ‘public art’ always have multiple meanings and controversy can follow when additions to the original work are made by later artists,” Lynette Bosch, professor of art history at the State University of New York at Geneseo, tells The Christian Science Monitor in an email. “It isn’t surprising that such additions increase controversy and evoke critical receptions from the artists who contributed the original work that was changed by an addition.” The Charging Bull, also known as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, was installed in 1989, following the 1987 stock market crash, as a symbol of American resilience and ability to rebound in times of struggle. The bronze piece was put in place by Di Modica without permission, but the striking statue soon gained enough public interest to become a permanent resident of Bowling Green, a small public park in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. It has since become a tourist attraction and one of the most recognizable symbols of New York’s ﬁnancial district. In the decades since, however, the 11-foot-tall, 7,100-pound bull has come to represent other things as well. In art, bulls are often associated with themes of masculinity, a fact that does not sit well in a ﬁnancial atmosphere where only 5.4 percent of Fortune 500 chief executive ofﬁcers are women. And that’s to say nothing of the pro-capitalist sentiments the bull represents for many people, with the sculpture becoming a center for protests during the Occupy Wall Street movement. "[Fearless Girl] explodes the idea of the male bullﬁghter standing in a ring surrounded by assistants and gear and a sword as he displays his courage and, as such, is a spoof on ‘machismo’ and high-testosterone, ritualistic displays,” says Bosch. “In replacing the male bullﬁghter with the little girl, [artist Kristen] Visbal is witty, satirical and ironic.” But some have argued that the statue is hypocritical, she adds. “The statue’s feminism has been questioned because it was commissioned by corporate ﬁrms which have predominantly male personnel; hence a charge of hypocrisy can be leveled at the commission, as a statue is not enacted corporate policy.” Di Modica has himself dismissed the newer statue as “an advertising trick.” Despite how some may interpret her statue, however, Visbal, a Uruguayan-born American artist, said she had no hard feelings against Di Modica’s work. "I love Charging Bull!" Visbal told the Associated Press on Sunday. “But women are here, and we’re here to stay.” But others, including George Speer, an art history professor and director of the Northern Arizona University Art Museum in Flagstaff, say Fearless Girl falls a bit short of genuine artistic expression. “I think the statue’s popularity arises from the same properties that exist in Charging Bull — both are instantly legible works that suit the simplistic appetites of the web; and, too, the moment is perfect, when we have an alpha male in the White House who defeated a 'fearless woman' of recent political history,” Speer tells the Monitor in an email. "The Fearless Girl isn't, feminist, in my view,” he adds. “Feminism in art is a complex, thoughtful engagement with structures of power and language, whether in texts or images. The statue is of little artistic value and will be of only transient 4 • Brooklyn Eagle • Thursday, March 30, 2017
interest, serving for the moment to create a meme, an image/ idea for a society that has lost its ability to concentrate.” Bosch, however, disagrees. “The statue has power,” she says. “It is a Latina girl defying the establishment that has denied women hiring and power, even as women represent a signiﬁcant economic force … Among women, minority women are regularly the most disenfranchised, so Fearless Girl speaks for all women, while re-
minding the spectator that even the most disenfranchised, minority women can stand their ground.” “This universality within speciﬁcity is what has caused Fearless Girl to get so much attention and support and what makes works of art memorable and voices for their time, and across time,” she adds. This article contains material from the Associated Press. © 2017 The Christian Science Monitor
In this March 22 photo, the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues sit on Lower Broadway. Since 1989, the bronze bull has stood in New York City’s financial distri t as an image of the might and hard-charging spirit of Wall Street. But the installation of the bold girl defiantly standing in the bull’s path has transformed the meaning of one of New York’s best-known public artworks. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
David Byrne To Feature at BRIC’s Inaugural Free Arts Festival Scottish-born American musician and co-founder of the Talking Heads David Byrne will lead a discussion at BRIC OPEN Festival called “Reasons to be Cheerful.” He will examine the many reasons to be happy, inspired and optimistic despite the current contentious political climate.
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By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Since its inception, award-winning nonprofit arts and media organization BRIC has publicized and exposed the lesser-known issues affecting Brooklyn. From fighting against segregation in schools to LGBTQ civil rights to the effects of gentrification, BRIC has provided a voice for those who often cannot be heard. Founded in 1979, BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn and one of the largest in New York City. The company received 19 nominations for the 60th Annual New York Emmy Awards this year. Keeping its promise to present innovative content to Brooklynites, the company recently announced that it would be hosting its inaugural BRIC OPEN Festival, a weekend-long series of events featuring dance classes, community discussions and interactive performances. The festival will take place from April 27-30 in BRIC’s Fort Greene headquarters at 47 Fulton St. next to the BAM Harvey Theater. The festival will “illuminate the power of inclusive, participatory arts and media,” while also “testing ideas about the creation and consumption of culture,” according to the BRIC website. The opening event will feature a talk from
co-founder of the Talking Heads David Byrne called “Reasons to be Cheerful.” He will articulate the many reasons to be happy, inspired and optimistic despite the current contentious political climate. A dance party featuring DJ Geko Jones will follow the discussion, where attendees can converse over drinks. “As the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, BRIC knows that access to arts and media requires much more than a low price point,” President of BRIC Leslie G. Schultz told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Active participation by the public in the arts being presented and developed takes accessibility to a whole new level. “The BRIC OPEN Festival is programmed to make clear that both the meaning and the impact of art are greatly enriched by public participation.” On April 28, BRIC will host a special #BHeard Town Hall called “The People, The Press and The President.” Speakers on the forum will attempt to answer how the American people can begin to bridge the divide between the public and the press while also keeping the government accountable. It will be presented in partnership with Columbia Journalism Review and will be hosted by BRIC TV Senior Correspondent Brian Vines. BRIC “#BHeard Town Halls” are gatherings
DJ Geko Jones will perform at a dance party following Byrne’s talk. where the network hosts local politicians, activists, journalists and community members to discuss important, often contentious issues facing the borough. During these meetings, “no topic is off-limits, and no viewpoint is ignored.” “At BRIC, we’ve made a commitment to truly opening our doors — to bold and courageous artists and to diverse audiences of all kinds — to come together for shared experiences and meaningful exchange,” said Deputy Director for Programming Initiatives of BRIC Emily Harney. “The BRIC OPEN Festival aims to bring our fundamental values to life.” On April 29, attendees can take part in the “Dance = Freedom” series, where free dance classes will be offered to people of all ages. Companies participating in the dance series include Ronald K. Brown/Evidence with Annique Roberts, Ballez with Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot, Urban Bush Women and Arielle Rosales. On April 30, festivalgoers can attend “Beyond Sacred,” an interview-based theatre production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim Americans. The five performers in “Beyond Sacred”
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vary greatly, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City where Islamophobia is more rampant than ever. “The BRIC OPEN Festival will reflect the essence of BRIC, with works across performing arts, contemporary art and media that are simply not complete without creative input from the public, or that highlight the essential role that the public already plays in the development of creative and journalistic work,” said Schultz. “It’s a unique twist on a festival and we are thrilled to add it to the rich landscape of New York City festivals.” To see a full schedule of the festival’s events, go to bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bricopen-festival.
INSET: Ballez with Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot will perform at BRIC OPEN festival as part of the Dance = Freedom series. Free dance classes will be offered to people of all ages. Photo courtesy of Ballez
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Pushing The Envelope in 1913: Culture Shock In N.Y. MODERN ART: DOODLINGS OF LUNATICS? On March 30, 1913, the Art Institute of Chicago opened an exhibition of either “advanced artist works” or “the insolent doodlings of lunatics,” depending on one’s view of modern art. The International Exhibition of Modern Art is popularly called the “Armory Show” after its original home at the 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in Manhattan, where it had its premiere on February 17. Though the show was organized by the artist Walt Kuhn and the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, and a majority of its works were American, it highlighted European trends, from older Post-Impressionists such as Gauguin, Cezanne and van Gogh to the new generation featuring Picasso, Matisse and Duchamp. Many Americans who preferred pleasantly realistic scenes were offended by the Cubists’ geometric deformantiona and the strident colors of the fauvists (from fauves, wild beasts), many of whose works were in
Organizers created this button to promote the show. Artwork like Picabia’s Dance at the Spring, (detail) and Brancusi’s sculpture, The Kiss, were typical of new, radical ideas in art that confused much of the public. America for the first time. To citizens of a country that regards itself as dedicated to progress, the intentionally crude technique and unnatural colors of these “apostles of ugliness” represented the decadence
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and degeneration of Europe. Singled out for derision were Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, mocked by a contest to “find the nude,” and Matisse’s Blue Nude, which Chicagoans burned in effigy. The effects of the
“topsy-turvyists” on American art remained to be seen. In case you missed our earlier column here is a reprint of the historic report on the “Armory Show” mentioned above: MODERN ART COMES ACROSS. On February 17, 1913, “Modern art” was introduced to Americans officially as an exhibition of contemporary French painting was opened at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. Most viewers were puzzled by the canvases of Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and Marcel Duchamp, but the latter’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” evoked the greatest comment. Critics referred to it as “baffling,” “scandalous,” “ridiculous,” “meaningless.” In 1913, Americans were not prepared for “modern” art. Theodore Roosevelt condemned all “modernists” as lunatics. And Enrico Caruso went to the Armory show where he drew caricatures of the cubist paintings on display there and then scattered them to the boisterous crowd.
MIDWEST ILLINOIS BANS ‘IMMORAL’JAZZ On March 30, 1921 the powers that were in Zion, Illinois, banned the playing of jazz. Along with the speakeasy and the hip flask, jazz had quickened America’s postwar pulse. To some, such as temperance people, its genesis in saloons and bordellos smacked of moral decadence. The city fathers claimed jazz was best kept in hothouses like Kansas City, where Benny Moten (a protege of ragtime composer Scott Joplin) and his group played. Some said his jazz was livelier than that of the all-white Original Dixieland Jazz Band. In New York, the immensely popular all-black Broadway show Shuffle Along, with music by Eubie Blake, was building a demand for such musicals.
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Celine Dion, pop singer, Grammy winner, born in Charlemagne, Canada. Richard Dysart, actor (Leland McKenzie on “LA Law,” Wall Street, Back to the Future 3, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, The Day of the Locust, Pale Rider, The Terminal Man), born in Augusta, ME. Frankie Laine, actor, singer (“Frankie Laine Time,” Viva Los Vegas), born in Chicago, IL. Lane passed in 2007. Peter Marshall, TV host (“Hollywood Squares”), born in Huntington, W.V. Paul Reiser, actor (Diner, “Mad About You,” Aliens, Beverly Hills Cop), born in New York, N.Y.
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Bennie Moten succeeded in developing the “Kansas City” sound in big-band jazz. (Top, with his KC Orchestra). Moten had a long career as an innovator and as a sideman. He continued performing nearly up until the time of his death.
Hans Hansen Bergen, early Norwegian settler, receives large waterfront grant in Breuckelen and Boswijck (Bushwick). A map drawn c. 1776 corresponds to the waterfront grant.
Brooklyn Still-Life: Fire Rescue This 1910 photo shows a group of New York City Fire Department workers sitting in front of the fire department headquarters at 365 Jay St., which was designed by architect Frank Freeman and built in 1892. Courtesy of Old Brooklyn in Early Photographs by William Lee Younger
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The Stoothoff-Bergen House seen here in a 1924 photo was on the south side of Avenue V, between East 72nd and East 73rd Streets. The Dutch West India Company built it in 1656 as a trading post. It later became a summer resort hotel but was razed “in the name of progress.” Brooklyn The Way it Was
Brooklyn Race Tracks By John B. Manbeck Special to Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Years ago, the word “races” referred to a different topic than it does today. And Brooklyn was famous for its horse races in the 19th century and automobile races in the 20th. The most popular horse racing tracks were in Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and Gravesend. The sport of racing in Brooklyn goes back to 1781 at Ascot Heath in Flatlands. Richard Nicholls, the British governor, encouraged horse racing to foster breeding of superior animals. In England, horses participated in fox hunts along with track racing. But corruption caused laws against betting on the races to be passed. So racing in New York City was allowed as long as no money changed hands. Most races took place in driving parks for carriages; any wagering was private. One such park was Prospect Park Fairgrounds — off Ocean Parkway and Kings Highway, nowhere near today’s park — where the rich competed. John Y. McKane, the political ward boss of the independent Town of Gravesend, noted the park’s popularity and encouraged wealthy investors to build official race tracks in his backyard. McKane’s construction company would be glad to assist. The offer was accepted by August Belmont and Leonard Jerome who formed the Coney Island Jockey Club in 1880 and opened the Sheepshead Bay Race Course. Over in Brighton Beach, William Engeman, owner of the Hotel Brighton, formed the Brighton Beach Racing Association in 1881. In 1886, the third race track opened in Gravesend when the old Prospect Park Fairgrounds was purchased by two butchers, the Dwyer brothers, and renamed Gravesend Race Track. In 1899, William Whitney, ex-secretary of the Navy, purchased a Gerritsen farmhouse and estate behind the Sheepshead Bay track for his stable of horses. These successful tracks encouraged railroad owners to expand their routes. Austin Corbin extended the Manhattan Beach Railroad to Sheepshead Bay and beyond; Henry Murphy modernized his Brooklyn, Flatbush and Coney Island Railroad; Andrew Culver further developed his Prospect Park and Coney Island line. Most of the jockeys at these tracks were from the South and black, descended from former slaves. The first winner of the Kentucky Derby was black. The jockeys competed in Brooklyn races: Tony Hamilton, Edward “Brown Dick” Brown, Shelby “Pike” Barnes and “Honest Ike” Murphy. Murphy had won three Derby races and was selected to race in the new Futurity, a matched two horse race. His opponent, Edward “Snapper” Garrison, a spunky Irishman, had a similar reputation as a winner. Murphy, riding Salvator, won by a nose over Garrison’s Tenny, increasing Murphy’s popularity. In Sheepshead Bay, descendants of these jockeys and stable boys live in a section off Gravesend Neck Road and East 16th Street, near where the former stables were. Later many also worked in Lundy’s Restaurant as waiters. By 1906, Brooklyn’s popularity as a racing destination attracted more than 40,000 fans. The purse at Sheepshead was the largest in America at the time. But corruption of the bookies reigned and this behavior aroused political reformers who entered the New York gubernatorial race. By 1910, betting on race horses became illegal in New York state. But that was not the end of racing in Brooklyn. Harry Harkness — a horse breeder — invested in the Sheepshead Bay Speedway, a board track, for automobiles in 1917 at the old race track (until 1919 when Harkness died) following an automobile and motorcycle track at Brighton Beach that had opened in 1907. Manhattan Beach built a bicycle track while Bay Ridge waited until 1938 to build their Oval track; a year later the popular Coney Island Velodrome opened for daredevil stunt motorcyclists. Off-season, these tracks hosted aviation exhibits and military parades. The grounds became picnic destinations. Names of
celebrities continued to be associated with Sheepshead Bay, such as Enrico Caruso who sang there, Eddie Rickenbacker who raced there, and Arnold Rothstein who gambled there. While horse and car racing never returned to Brooklyn,
marathon racing at the Brooklyn Marathon, the Coney Island Marathon and the New York Marathon introduced foot races. But that’s a race of a different color.
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Prospect Park Marks 150th Anniversary This Weekend With Blowout Party From Ice Disco to Bird Watching to Smorgasburg By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Get ready to party in the park this weekend, when Brooklyn’s fabulous Prospect Park celebrates its 150th anniversary. Since its opening in 1867, Prospect Park — designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after their completion of Manhattan’s Central Park — has been a beloved space for Brooklynites of all stripes to play, relax and enjoy nature. In honor of this milestone, the Prospect Park Alliance has put together a weekend of special events. The fun kicks off Friday, March 31, when Coney Island’s magical Lola Star brings the Dreamland Ice Disco to LeFrak Center at Lakeside. Star’s famous roller disco parties, known to attract dancers, hula hoopers, party kids and everyday fun seekers, are not to be missed. An ebullient Star told the Brooklyn Eagle via email that she is “thrilled to introduce the world’s first ever Ice Disco!!! Ice disco is like roller disco but on ice skates!!! “Dreamland Ice Disco will be an immersive skating experience,” she explained. “We will transport you into a magical ice disco Dreamland. In addition to ice skating to retro tunes from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s spun by DJ Momotaro, you will be dazzled by our fabulous lead hula hoopers, poi and figure skating performers. Your mind will be blown watching the best ice skaters in NYC compete during our skate dance competition! “Dress in themed costumes, have your photo taken by our professional photographer on our red carpet and participate in our costume contest!” Star added. (This event for those 21 and older.) On Saturday, enjoy the start of the park’s spring season with an Opening Day Parade (followed by a ceremonial first pitch to start 8 • Brooklyn Eagle • Thursday, March 30, 2017
the baseball season), the Opening Day Fair, an exhibition 1860sregulation ballgame in period costume featuring the Brooklyn Atlantics, plus running and walking tours. Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and Borough President Eric Adams will join other officials and thousands of players and their families from the Prospect Park Baseball Association for the game on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Long Meadow Ball Field 1. Dogs are in on the fun, of course, with a morning Coffee Bark, including free goodies for dogs and their owners, and a special 150th anniversary cake. The schedule of events also includes the 150th Anniversary Bird Watching Walk, a Prospect Park Running History Tour, Grill Out at Greenmarket and Campfire Conversations at Lefferts Historic House. The fun continues on Sunday with the 150th Anniversary Run through Park Slope, the first Smorgasburg (think foodie heaven) of the season, a walking tour through the park, nature exploration and crafts for kids at Lefferts Historic House. Also on Sunday, Brooklyn Public Library and Prospect Park Alliance invite you to share your Prospect Park story, to be archived in the Brooklyn Collection. These events are in addition to the weekend’s usual ice skating, carousel rides, the Prospect Park Zoo and more. For the full schedule of events, visit eventbrite.com/e/prospectpark-150th-anniversary-opening-weekend-tickets-32605024506.
TOP: Coney Island’s fabulous Lola Star will kick off a celebration of Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary this weekend with a Dreamland Ice Disco party Friday night. AT RIGHT: Star at LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park. Photos courtesy of Lola Star
TEXAS — Statue Illuminates Highway: A dinosaur statue stands outside a store off the highway in Terlingua near the U.S.Mexico border on Monday. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
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Our World In Pictures SPAIN — Crossing a Bridge: The silhouette of a pedestrian is refle ted in the water of the Arga River while crossing a bridge in Pamplona on Tuesday. AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos
MOROCCO — Resident Rides Cart: A man rides a horse cart in the Old Medina of Marrakesh on Tuesday.
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NEPAL — Community Holds Festival: Devotees participate in the Panch Areh chariot festival in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Three different chariots of Hindu deities Kankeshwori, Shankata and Bhadrakali are taken through the streets during the festival celebrated by Nepal’s AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha Newar Community.
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NETHERLANDS — Models Promote Flower Show: Models wear floral arrangements at Central Station in Utrecht on Wednesday. About 20,000 spring fl wers were used to promote Keukenhof, the AP Photo/Peter Dejong largest fl wer show in the world.
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METAL PORCHES SEEM TO STRETCH TO INFINITY ON THIS EAST 89TH STREET BLOCK IN REMSEN VILLAGE, AN EYE-CATCHING SECTION OF EAST FLATBUSH. FOR more sights from East Flatbush, see EYE On REAL ESTATE, pages 7-9INB. INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan
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DUMBO’s La Catrina Flower Studio Is in Full Bloom ‘Not Your Ordinary’ Flower Shop Has Unique Arrangements for All Occasions By John Alexander INBrooklyn
If you visit DUMBO’s beautiful historic neighborhood, you will discover a hidden gem — La Catrina Flower Studio, located at 140-b Plymouth St. According to founder and creative director Magdalena Levy, “It’s a studio [not just a shop] because besides being open for walk-ins and taking phone orders for pick-up and delivery, we also offer floral classes. Just last week we had a terrarium class — refreshments and wine included — and it was great fun. People get chatty and seem to enjoy the creative process. We also offer floral projects/classes for private events and parties.” At La Catrina, they carefully select an inventory of seasonal,
domestic and imported fresh flowers and foliage. Levy is especially looking forward to the upcoming wedding season, as the events start to line up. She says, “We work with all budgets and can create everything from a centerpiece to full event design.” Levy has had a lifelong passion for creative and artistic pursuits. She found floral design to be a perfect fit for her talents. After leaving a career in television to focus on being a full-time mother, she continued to channel her creative energy into various projects in a volunteer capacity, but it was her love of flowers that drew her back to the professional world. “I love the fact that we already have a happy client base, we do weekly home and lobby decor. People come back and tell us that the flowers lasted a long time. People also like our designs when ordering arrangements and they trust our style and taste,” Levy notes. After completing a program at the renowned Flower School of New York, Levy went on to train with both an established florist and a high-end event producer. In 2016, Levy brought her creative vision to the art-centric DUMBO neighborhood when she opened La Catrina Flower Studio. She proudly explains that she is actively involved in the entire flower selection process, adding, “I personally go to the flower market at least four times a week to pick the flowers, branches and foliage that offer customers a good variety in color and texture. Being in a tiny nook in DUMBO, we pride ourselves on maintaining a wide array of flowers. Besides the typical flowers like roses, lilies and tulips, I specifically like to choose flowers and elements that are long-lasting, rare or extraordinary, such as craspedia, cabbage, pincushion, thistle, brunia, water lilies, leucadendron, etc. Our flowers will never be ordinary.” Levy is glad to be a part of the DUMBO community, where she has lived for 13 years. She explains, “Being in Brooklyn, I wanted a place that reflected this awesome borough! We are hip and chic with a touch of Mexican spice. I’m from Durango, Mexico. I spent half my life in Durango and the other half — up to now, knock on wood — here in NYC. I wanted a flower store that reflected both places.” It’s safe to say that there is no other place quite like La Catrina. All of its floral designs are made with great attention to detail and Levy is happy to fulfill all orders based on the customer’s specifications. Levy adds, “On one particular occa-
La Catrina Flower Studio founder and creative director Magdalena Levy INBrooklyn photos by Will Hasty sion, a customer requested a floral arrangement that was out of this world and we delivered it! The girl who received was thrilled!” By the way, the name La Catrina refers to Mexico’s Grande Dame of death and, as Levy explains, “The elegant, happy skeletal lady with flowers all around her is a Mexican icon that celebrates life and death. Flowers go through the cycle much faster, but in life they offer great beauty and happiness.”
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The house at left is 5224 Tilden Ave. in East Flatbush, where Brooklyn Dodgers superstar Jackie Robinson lived in the late 1940s. INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan
Jackie Robinson’s East Flatbush Home Sold for Nearly $1 Million By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn
Jackie Robinson’s East Flatbush house is now a MillionDollar Baby. Almost. The house where Robinson, who famously broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, lived in the late 1940s sold for nearly $1 million this past January. The exact price of the semiattached house at 5224 Tilden Ave. was $900,000, and the purchaser was Kimberly Mosley, city Finance Department records indicate. The seller was Hodaya Group LLC with Tommer Oscer as member, Finance Department records show. It was the second time in less than a year that the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers superstar changed hands. According to Finance Department records, Hodaya Group LLC had paid $421,000 for the house in May 2016. On that occasion, the seller was the estate of Eleanor Palin. The other day, we made a pilgrimage to the handsome two-story house, where the late, great Robinson and his wife Rachel had lived on the top floor.
INSET: The Brooklyn Dodgers’ legendary Jackie Robinson signs autographs in this 1948 photo. AP Photo
We went because we were seized with serious nostalgia for the days when Brooklyn had a Major League Baseball team to call its own.
Landmark This House, Please Robinson is one of the best things that ever happened to baseball. And there aren’t a lot of places in Brooklyn, other than the house in East Flatbush, where you can go to honor his memory. The Tilden Avenue property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Legions of preservation-minded Brooklynites and lifelong Dodgers fans feel it should be designated as a city landmark, too. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) decided in 2013 not to consider the redbrick East Flatbush house for designation. Robinson had reportedly lived there for only one year, from 1948 to 1949. The preservation agency’s reasoning was that this wasn’t a long enough time period to make the house eligible for landmarking. In 2014, City Councilmember Jumaane Williams (D-East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands and Midwood) said National Historic Landmarks Program records indicate that Robinson had moved into 5224 Tilden Ave. in 1947 — meaning his residency in the East Flatbush house was longer than the LPC had believed. Continued on page 8INB
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Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House in East Flatbush Is Oldest Building in NYS By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn
turies. “Wyckoff House’s archeological value would be greatly reduced if it were removed from its original foundations which are essential for confirming its architectural significance,” the report says.
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Put this East Flatbush home on your list of must-visit sites this spring: Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House, the oldest building in New York state. Luckily for preservation-minded Brooklynites, there’s public access to the oh-so-old farmhouse, which was partly constructed during Dutch Colonial days. And luckily, Wyckoff House Museum, as it’s called, is situated in a city park. The gates of Fidler-Wyckoff House Park are open on most weekdays. So it’s possible to get an up-close look at the exterior of the venerable farmhouse at 5816 Clarendon Road even when the interior is closed. See wyckoffmuseum.org for dates and times of public tours inside Wyckoff House Museum and family-friendly events such as an Easter Egg hunt scheduled for April 15. The other day, we visited baseball great Jackie Robinson’s house at 5224 Tilden Ave. in East Flatbush. See related story. While we were in the neighborhood, of course we walked several blocks further to see Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House as well. The farmhouse is one of our favorite places in Brooklyn, because of the miracle of its continued existence after three and a half centuries. Another reason it’s dear to our heart is that it was the very first building the city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated as an individual landmark after the agency was created in 1965. The LPC’s designation report written that year says the onestory wooden farmhouse that constitutes the western end of the property was built before 1641, and “is an example of the Flemish Medieval Survival and the Dutch Colonial styles of architecture.” Interestingly, the report says that at a public hearing prior to
the designation, a Department of Highways rep asked that Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House be moved so Ditmas Avenue could be extended through its site.The newly created Landmarks Preservation Commission defended the historic farmhouse from this threat and left it standing right where it had been for cen-
When warm weather arrives in earnest, East Flatbush’s Wyckoff House Museum will be a fun place to visit.
Jackie Robinson’s East Flatbush Home Sold for Nearly $1 Million
Continued from page 7INB Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is one of many other Brooklyn politicians who also believe that Number 42’s Tilden Avenue home should be granted individual city landmark status.
Ebbets Field Is Gone, And So Is Branch Rickey’s Office The LPC designated Addisleigh Park, Queens, where Robinson later lived, as a historic district. Thanks to its location in that historic district, the baseball great’s house there is now a protected landmark. It cannot be demolished, nor can its exterior be altered, without the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s permission. We have visited Robinson’s Addisleigh Park home. We love Robinson’s Addisleigh Park home. The whole neighborhood is beautiful, a piece of living history. But landmarking shouldn’t be an either/or proposition. Surely there’s room for two landmarked Jackie Robinson homes in this
city of 3 million households. Landmarking the Tilden Avenue house where he lived would be an especially fitting tribute when you consider that other Brooklyn buildings which were important to his historic baseball career are gone, gone, gone. This is obvious, but we’re going to say it anyway: Ebbets Field, where he played, was torn down after the Dodgers left us in the late 1950s and headed to California. The ballpark was at 55 Sullivan Place in Crown Heights South. Ebbets Field Apartments now stand on that site. And in Brooklyn Heights, the building at 215 Montague St. where Branch Rickey’s office was located also fell victim to the wrecking ball a long time ago. That’s where the Dodgers’ president and general manager and Robinson signed the contract that made Robinson the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. The commercial building that now stands on that site has a different address — 205 Montague St.
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Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, who’s stealing home plate in this 1948 photo, lived in East Flatbush in the late 1940s
A Fine Old Firehouse, and Other East Flatbush Sights
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The grand old house at 8807 Avenue B (center of photo) is one of the niftiest properties in the Remsen Village section of East Flatbush. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn
You folks in Brooklyn Heights probably think Remsen Street is the only Brooklyn road named after the Dutch family that was among the early settlers of our borough.
But in East Flatbush, a few blocks beyond Kings County Hospital, there’s a big, busy thoroughfare called Remsen Avenue. It originates at an intersection where Empire Boulevard, Utica Avenue and East New York Avenue can also be found, and runs southeast to Canarsie. The avenue runs through a section of East Flatbush that’s called Remsen Village. “The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn,” the ever-helpful book edited by Kenneth T. Jackson and John B. Manbeck, says that the brick attached and semi-attached houses in Remsen Village were constructed in the early 20th century. Remsen Village is adjacent to the section of East Flatbush where Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson’s late 1940s home, 5224 Tilden Ave., is located. History buffs and long-time residents call Robinson’s old neighborhood Rugby. Continued on page 10INB
This firehouse on Snyder Avenue, which is used by Engine Company 310-Ladder Company 174, is one of many fine sights to be seen in East Flatbush.
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Easter egg-hued houses on East 55th Street in the Rugby section of East Flatbush. Continued from page 9INB During a recent pilgrimage to Robinson’s landmark-worthy house — see related story — we walked up and down many Rugby and Remsen Village blocks. Houses and apartment buildings in both mini-neighborhoods are charming in subtle ways, and were interesting to look at even on an unseasonably cold March day. A grand old house at 8807 Avenue B in Remsen Village was one of our especial
favorites. The Engine Company 310-Ladder Company 174 firehouse at 5105 Snyder Ave. in Rugby also caught our eye. The dignified red-brick structure was built in 1927, when James J. Walker was New York City’s Mayor and John J. Dorman its Fire Commissioner, a plaque on the building notes. See brooklyneagle.com for additional photos we snapped in East Flatbush.
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Arts Immersive Art Experience More than 100 Brooklyn-based visual artists are contributing their work to the fifth annual Brooklyn Art Spring Event (BASE), a large-scale immersive art experience and auction that gives residents of the borough and New York City the opportunity to view singular installations, see and purchase works in a wide range of mediums and styles below their market value and hear live music by Enrique Iglesias drummer Gilmar Gomes and DJ J Nyce. When: Saturday, April 1, 6-10 p.m. Where: Gowanus/Brooklyn Art Space (149 Seventh St.) Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty Marilyn Minter’s sensual paintings, photographs and videos vividly explore complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the feminine body in American culture. Note: This exhibition contains sexually explicit content and may not be suitable for all audiences, including minors. Viewer discretion is advised. When: Wednesday through Sunday, through April 2, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Heights/Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) Priscila De Carvalho: Before Now An installation inspired by encounters with nature, the environment and the past, represented by Brooklyn Bridge Park. De Carvalho’s work offers a dynamic landscape narrative, an abundant fantasy garden of intricate flora, based on her own photographs and explorations of the park, as well as historical images of the area. When: Daily, through April 4, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Brooklyn Bridge Park (99 Plymouth St.) Liinu Grönlund: It Could Have Been “It Could Have Been” is a video essay — an associative collection of ideas, diary notes and dreamy images combining environmental issues and politics of recent years. The rat — an animal that is controversial, hated, feared and scientifically used — is in the spotlight. When: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Open Source Gallery (306 17th St.) Freedom See Sunok Chun’s first solo exhibition. When: Thursday through Sunday, through April 8, (Thursday hours, 6-9 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m.) Where: Bedford Stuyvesant/Welancora Gallery (33 Herkimer St.) Susan Silas In this exhibition, titled “The Self-Portrait Sessions,” Susan Silas will present photographs, bronze and beeswax sculptures and two video works. When: Tuesday through Sunday, through April 9, 1-6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Studio 10 (56 Bogart St.) Foundations A new sculpture by two mid-career Brooklyn artists for whom architecture has been a source of inspiration for many years. When: Thursday through Sunday, through April 9, 1-6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Five Myles (558 St. John’s Place) Moving On Sara Erenthal shows paintings that illustrate seminal moments in her life. To the artist, the vividness with which her memory recalls them means that they were clearly central experiences in the making of the woman Sara Erenthal. When: Thursday through Sunday, through April 9, 1-6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Five Myles ( 558 St. John’s Place) Hervé Tullet: This Isn’t Trash Wildly imaginative illustrator Hervé Tullet — best known for the beloved children’s book “Press Here” — opens the 2017 Tilt Kids Festival with the first-ever exhibition of new works in New York. When: Thursday through Sunday, through April 15, 1-7 p.m. Where: Cobble Hill/Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen St.) Wait Watchers For this work, Haley Morris-Cafiero set up her camera in public areas and photographed herself performing mundane tasks, later examining the images for critical or questioning body language from passersby. Morris-Cafiero considers this work to be
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a social experiment, engineering a moment when curious strangers become the object of scrutiny. When: Tuesday through Saturday, through April 21, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/United Photo Industries (16 Main St.) Do What I Want: The Experimental World of Arthur Russell Twenty-five years after Arthur Russell’s death, BAM Visual Art, Russell’s estate and Tom Lee (Russell’s partner) present a selection of materials belonging to the late composer, cellist and electronic music pioneer. This first-ever public exhibition features more than 150 pieces of original ephemera and reproductions, including a selection of Russell’s own notes, scores, photos, test pressings, show fliers and album covers alongside never-beforeheard recordings from the artist’s personal working tapes. When: Daily, through May 14 Where: Fort Greene/BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Ave.) Multilocational See multilocational artworks by Natalia Nakazawa and Cecile Chong. Multilocational is defined as “of, pertaining to, or being present in more than one location.” It subtly plays on the words multicultural or multinational, or “of mixed ancestry or residence.” When: Fridays, through June 25, 3-6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 Third St.) Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern This exhibit takes a new look at how the renowned modernist artist proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a selfcrafted public persona, including her clothing and the way she posed for the camera. The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe by focusing on her wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs. It confirms and explores her determination to be in charge of how the world understood her identity and artistic values. When: Wednesday through Sunday, through July 23, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.) Where: Prospect Heights/Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) Forged Worlds This outdoor photography exhibition showcases work by seven artists whose photographic practices revolve around the physical construction of fictional landscapes. Installed on a fence beneath the Manhattan Bridge, this photo installation invites viewers to take a closer look and perhaps allow themselves to be carried away — if even for a moment — in thoughts and lands so strange, yet so familiar, so close to home. When: Daily, through July 31, 2017 Where: DUMBO/Manhattan Bridge (Adams Street, Plymouth Street and Anchorage Place) Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: The Lost Photographs of David Attie In the spring of 1958, a young photographer named David Attie was led through the streets of Brooklyn Heights and to the Brooklyn waterfront by an unexpected guide: 33-year-old Truman Capote. The images Attie took that day were to illustrate Capote’s essay for Holiday magazine about his life in Brooklyn. Decades later, these largely unseen photographs are being exhibited for the first time. When: Wednesday through Sunday, through July 31, 12-5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St.) Next Stop: Second Avenue Subway Tracing nearly 100 years of history, the New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibit explores how the Second Avenue line fits into New York’s past, present and future transportation landscapes. When: Tuesday through Sunday, through Sept. 3, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday hours, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Where: Downtown Brooklyn/New York Transit Museum (Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street) Infinite Blue The works of art in “Infinite Blue” feature blue in all its variety — a fascinating strand of visual poetry running from ancient times to the present day. In cultures dating back thousands of years, blue — the color of the skies — has often been associated with the spiritual, but also signifies power, status and beauty. The spiritual and material aspects of blue combine to tell us stories about global history, cultural values, technological innovation and international commerce. When: Wednesday through Sunday, through Nov. 5, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Where: Prospect Heights/Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents “Step Afrika!” on Saturday, April 1. theme. When: Monday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. Where: Gowanus/The Bell House (149 Seventh St.) Eat, Drink and Be Literary A look at Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming.” Woodson is also the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, including “If You Come Softly,” “The Other Side” and “Miracle’s Boys.” When: Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAMcafé Live (30 Lafayette Ave.) Stoop Series BRIC’s “Stoop Series” illuminates the arts and life around us in Brooklyn through artistic performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. Explore music, visual art, film, media, storytelling, comedy and other creative fields. There’s something different every week. When: Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House (647 Fulton St.)
Educational The Truth About Sugar Current panelists include St. Joseph’s College professors. This panel will explore what various sugars do to our bodies and the overall societal impact of sugar consumption. When: Thursday, March 30, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/St. Joseph’s College (245 Clinton Ave.) 150th Anniversary Bird Walk Join the Brooklyn Bird Club to welcome the earliest migrants of the year and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park with special prizes. Please note: this tour leaves promptly at 8 a.m. and participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. Rain or shine. When: Saturday, April 1, 8-11 a.m. Where: Prospect Park/Entrance (Parkside and Ocean avenues) NYTM Train Operators Workshop Drop by the computer lab to take control of a New York City subway car and operate it across virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10 and up. When: Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/New York Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn St.) Continued on page 12INB
Books & Readings
The Moth Story Slam The Moth Story Slams are storytelling competitions in which the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening’s
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On Stage at Kingsborough presents “Broadway Backstage Cabaret” on Saturday, April 1.
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Continued from page 11NB Death Café Green-Wood Cemetery is proud to host monthly gatherings of the Death Café inside its beautiful, modern chapel. Amy Cunningham, death educator and creator of the Brooklyn-based blog TheInspiredFuneral.com, invites participants to share their thoughts and feelings on death. It’s an opportunity for safe and open exchanges, without an agenda. Coffee and light snacks are provided. Where: Tuesday, April 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Greenwood Heights/Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th St.) Creative Writing for Kids NY Writers Coalition invites you to write and share your story in this one-of-a-kind creative writing workshop. Participants discover the power of their own stories, gain confidence and a stronger sense of self and become part of a creative, socially conscious community. Writing prompts and other materials are provided; just bring yourself (for ages 7-11). When: Friday, March 31, 2:45 p.m. Where: Flatbush/Cortelyou Library (1305 Cortel-you Road) Community Dance Class All ages and skill levels are welcome to join this series of community dance classes taught by Ronald K. Brown and members of his company, Evidence, A Dance Company. When: Monday, April 3, 6:30-8 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House (647 Fulton St.)
Family Fun 150th Anniversary Ice Disco Celebration To kick off the 150th anniversary celebration, skate lovers 21 and older can enjoy an ice skating disco party with a DJ, live performances and special prizes. When: Friday, March 31, 7-10 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/Lefrak Center at Lakeside MMDG Family Fun: Afro-Haitian Accompanied by live drumming, this immersive class lets you and your family explore traditional Haitian folklore and celebrate life, beauty, and the power of culture. When: Saturday, April 1, 4:30-5:30p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave.) Sing-Along Shabbat Experience Shabbat morning with singing, guitar, puppetry and musical prayer. Families with 0-5-year-olds, siblings and caregivers participate in a playful setting and form friendships. Followed by challah and grape juice with the Bay Ridge Jewish Center community. When: Saturday, April 1, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Bay Ridge Jewish Center (405 81st St.) Little Scientists: Science Kits For Toddlers and Preschoolers Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for Continued on page 13INB 12INB • INBROOKLYN — A Special Section of Brooklyn Daily Eagle/Brooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Brooklyn Record/Bay Ridge Eagle/Greenpoint Gazette • Week of March 30-April 5, 2017
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Opening Weekend 150th Anniversary The Prospect Park Alliance kicks off the 150th anniversary celebration of Prospect Park, “Brooklyn’s Backyard,” with a full weekend of special events and festivities. When: Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, All day Where: Prospect Park
NYRR Open Runs Whether you’re a first-time runner, a seasoned mara-thoner, or you prefer to walk, you’re welcome. There is no need to register in advance; sign-in takes place on-site. Open to all ages. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome. When: Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/Pier 6
Family Bowl Bring the whole family and get your bowl on. When: Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.)
Film Screening: “Only the Dead Know the Brooklyn Americans” Brooklyn hockey fans cheered when the Islanders moved to Barclays, but few realized that the borough was home to an earlier, little-known professional hockey team named the Brooklyn Americans. Join the Brooklyn Historical Society for the premiere of Director/Producer Dale Morrisey’s new documentary about this forgotten story, followed by a talk back with MSG sportscaster Stan Fischler and New York Times hockey reporter Allan Kreda. When: Monday, April 3 Where: Downtown Brooklyn/Brooklyn Historical Museum (128 Pierrepont St.) Major League: Wesley Snipes in Focus Wesley Snipes burst onto the scene in the 1980s and quickly became one of America’s most charismatic, versatile and eminently quotable screen actors. Equally convincing as a powerful dramatic force, comedy whirlwind or action dynamo, Snipes has amassed a remarkable body of work, from much-loved blockbusters to lesser-known indie gems. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of “White Men Can’t Jump,” BAMcinématek highlights a selection of his greatest leading performances. When: Daily, March 31 through April 9, various times and films Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.) Leslie Thorton A full-career retrospective of American filmmaker and artist Leslie Thornton. When: Mondays, through May 8, Various times Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.) Fool’s Gold Men’s Market Personal, premium and luxury brands in men’s fashion, grooming, and lifestyle. When: Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Dobbin Street
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Welcome to Night Vale This is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, darkhooded figures with unknowable powers and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. When: Thursday and Friday, March 30-31, 7 p.m. Where: Gowanus/The Bell House (149 Seventh St.) DJ Questlove Presents: Bowl Train American music legend Quest-love is continuing his Thursday night residency at Brooklyn Bowl, accompanied by throwback “Soul Train” videos. His vinyl collection contains more than 50,000 records, giving him the ability to tear up the dance floor with the most eclectic sets of hip-hop, house, ’80s, rare grooves and a mix of everything in between. When: Thursday, March 30, 11:30 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.)
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Regina Opera’s 47th Anniversary Gala Concert will take place on Sunday, April 2 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Italian songs and Broadway tunes. When: Sunday, April 2, 3-5:15 p.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Our Lady of Perpetual Help (5902 Sixth Ave.) Puss in Boots Adapted for the marionette stage, “Puss in Boots” is the tale of a cat whose master buys him magical boots, enabling him to speak. The production is performed in elegant 18th-century French style, costumes and settings. It also features an original song score. For ages 3 and up. When: Saturday and Sunday, through April 8, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Puppetworks (338 Sixth Ave.)
Game Table Being an adult is pure chaos. Escape all your problems and come for an evening of foodrelated board-gaming all night. When: Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Archestratus Books & Foods (160 Huron St.)
Becca Stevens Stevens’ style has always evaded categorization and with “Regina,” even more so. One hears pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that work their way into your brain. When: Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House (647 Fulton St.) Doug Varone and Dancers Doug Varone and Dancers return to BAM to celebrate 30 years of visionary work with three dances representing the past, present and future of the company. The program comprises a revival of the Philip Glass-scored “Possession” (1994) and the New York premieres of “ReComposed” (2015) and Varone’s latest work, “Folded” (2016). When: Thursday through Saturday, March 30, through April 1, 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAMHarvey Theater (651 Fulton St.)
BAMcafé Lineup: Graham Haynes Graham Haynes has been a professional cornetist, trumpeter and composer for more than 35 years. He is known for his work in nujazz, fusing jazz with elements of hip-hop and electronic music. Graham has worked on many critically acclaimed multimedia projects and has lectured at New York University. When: Friday, March 31, 9 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAMcafe (30 Lafayette Ave.)
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Immigration Law Expert Will Discuss Immigrants’ Rights, Ways for Citizens, Refugees to Join Forces Panel to Include Representative from Mayor’s Office on Immigrant Affairs In the wake of arrests and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the presidential executive orders banning refugees from entering the U.S., First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights has organized a forum that will examine the rights of immigrants and those who work alongside them to protect the rights of their friends’ and neighbors. First Unitarian Church, known for its commitment to social justice, has assembled a panel to discuss the realities behind the immigration headlines. Hofstra Law School Professor
Patrick Young will explain the latest legal developments. Young also heads the legal team at the Central American Refugee Center. Francis Madi, a young beneficiary of the DREAM Act, will talk about the impact of President Trump’s initiatives on her life and how immigrants are organizing to oppose mass deportations. Radio commentator Roger Leduc will discuss the impact of the new administration on Brooklyn’s Haitian community. Dr. Debbie Almontaser and Naji Almontaser of the Muslim Community Network will explain how the tar-
geting of Muslims by the Trump administration has long-term consequences for Muslim New Yorkers. A representative from the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs will outline ways that immigrants’ allies can help their communities during this time of great stress. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 3 to 5 p.m., at the McKinney Chapel at First Unitarian Congregation of Brooklyn on Pierrepont Street between Clinton Street and Monroe Place.
Trailblazer and pioneer Judge Rachel Freier, was set to speak at her alma mater, Brooklyn Law School, on Wednesday, March 29 as this column went to press. Judge Freier, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2005, was to address more than 100 invited
guests including clergy, public officials, fellow judges and community leaders, describing her extraordinary journey to judgeship, which successfully blends both traditional Hasidic beliefs and customs and her professional law career. Topics they planned to explore included lessons from law school, raising five children and being a recently elected judge. They also
planned to examine attending college when it was not common for women in Borough Park to do so; what it was like to be the only Hasidic woman in the law school, balancing law school, family, and the constraints imposed by Orthodox Judaism, living the American Dream as an ultra-Orthodox woman, and the responsibility of being a role model for Orthodox girls and girls of other backgrounds.
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Community to Join Together For Interfaith Unity Seder Judge Rachel Freier Eagle file photo by Andy Katz
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New York City’s diverse communities will join together at The Bridge Multicultural & Advocacy Project (MCP) for a mock Interfaith Unity Seder on Sunday, April 2. The event will take place at MCP’s flagship location at 1894 Flatbush Ave. near Kings Highway. “The Interfaith Unity Seder will host diverse religious leaders, dignitaries and representatives of all faiths united at one table. The evening will include official greetings and teachings from the
Passover Seder, focusing on the theme of PEACE”, said Mark Meyer Appel, founder of The Bridge MCP. The organizers emphasize that sharing the Passover tradition is an outstanding way to unify people of all beliefs. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis, will present the opening seder, which begins promptly at 6 p.m. The meal portion will be a way for participants to explore each other’s rich culinary history.
Guests will enjoy FREE hot international gourmet foods and live music performed by Zach Fredman and the Epichorus Band. The entire event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. this Sunday, April 2. For the past five years, The Bridge MCP has served as the epicenter for various communities of New York City to join forces in pursuit of common ground and unity. The evening’s honorees were set to include Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, Brooklyn Acting DA Eric Gonzalez, Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams, Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, state Sen. Jesse Hamilton and state Sen. Kevin S. Parker. “It is an honor to be part of this community Interfaith Seder. Our focus and passion is to bring people together, people of different faiths and cultures to share experiences and grow in friendship,” said Abu Khaliquzzaman, a prominent leader in the Muslim community and the President of The Interfaith Dialogue Project Peaceheals. “We are delighted to partner with The Bridge MCP on this endeavor.” Bridge founder Mark Meyer Appel said, “We are excited to united New Yorkers as we celebrate Passover, Easter, Ramadan and all faiths as we unite through hope. The Bridge MCP is founded on unity for all. We are blessed to live in a nation that not only celebrates but guarantees us so many liberties. I cannot think of a better theme for coming together as diverse communities during this moment in our nation's history.” The leadership of The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project has played a historic role advocating for social change in our nation during the past two decades. That impact has been most evident in its ability to petition and legislate social issues and health initiatives into laws. Its strong advocacy movement has met high success in bringing about positive change for the local community. The Bridge has supported many effective laws to protect children from sexual abuse as well as leading an aggressive push for expanding services for children of special needs. Its work in fighting serious health issues including diabetes, asthma and obesity has resulted in changes and the expansion of citywide programs in addressing these issues.
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Beyond the Headlines: Multifamily Real-Estate Investor By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Eagle
Silvershore Properties owns 56 Pierrepont St. (center of photo), which was built in 1840. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
Ka-ching! A residential landlord with small rental buildings in Brooklyn Heights and other Brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods hit the headlines recently because it’s selling roughly half of its big property portfolio. The real estate firm is Silvershore Properties, headed by two entrepreneurs in their 30s, Jason Silverstein and David Shorenstein. They’ve been buying small multifamily buildings under the Silvershore banner since 2010. These “deal junkies” — which is how Shorenstein described himself and his business partner in a 2013 interview in the Mann Report — have kept up a busy pace with their acquisitions. They have amassed nearly 100 small multifamily properties, principally in Brooklyn. Some of their holdings are in Manhattan and Queens. Now, Silvershore Properties is asking more than $200 million for a portfolio of 44 Brooklyn rental-apartment buildings, The Real Deal was the first to report. They’re located mostly in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick and Crown Heights. There are also buildings in Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Sunset Park. Brokerage Cushman & Wakefield is handling the marketing of the buildings. The Brooklyn Eagle reached out to the two entrepreneurs to ask what was their rationale for their big Brooklyn property sell-off. They declined to comment through a spokesman. Silvershore Properties sold a smaller property portfolio in 2015 — to a prestigious buyer.
The third-from-left building on this Boerum Hill block is 251 Hoyt St., which Silvershore Properties sold a bit more than a year after purchasing it.
Related Cos. paid $39.4 million for the 10building package, New York Real Estate Journal reported. Seven properties were located in Brooklyn neighborhoods including Greenpoint, Clinton Hill, Carroll Gardens and Prospect Heights. The other three buildings were located in Queens. High-profile Related Cos. was the developer of Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.
An Atlantic Avenue Building For Sale Through a Separate Offering So what about the buildings Silvershore Properties owns in our neighborhood? Online sources indicate that one of the firm’s Brooklyn Heights Historic District multifamily buildings, 77 Atlantic Ave., AKA 331 Hicks St., is for sale. It is being marketed separately from the 44building portfolio that Silvershore Properties is selling. Eastern Consolidated is the exclusive agent for the Atlantic Avenue property sale offering. The four-story retail and residential building is located across the street from a development site where Long Island College Hospital (LICH) formerly stood. At that site, whose address is 339 Hicks St., bulldozers were parked atop massive mounds of dirt and rubble when the Eagle stopped by on a recent rainy day. But more about 77 Atlantic Ave. According to Eastern Consolidated’s online marketing material, the asking price is $5.45 million, reduced from $5.85 million. The online posting has other salient details about the property. For instance, it notes that Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co., the building’s corner storefront tenant, has a lease through January 2023. The building’s second retail space is vacant. Brooklyn Heights residents will recall it was occupied by Heights Apothecary — whose name is on a marshal’s legal possession notice attached to its front door. The property’s six apartments are all leased. Two market-rate units have average rents of $4,200 per month. Three rent-stabilized units go for $1,296 per month on average. A rentcontrolled apartment has an average rent of $735 per month. Silvershore Properties has owned 77 Atlantic Ave. since February 2014 — when Silvershore Properties 56 LLC and Silvershore Hicks LLC bought it for $3 million from Josephine Montero Gomez, city Finance Department records indicate. Jason Silverstein signed a mortgage on behalf of both purchasing LLCs.
Silvershore Briefly Owned 115 Atlantic Ave. Silvershore Properties owned another nearby Brooklyn Heights Historic District building, 115 Atlantic Ave., for about a nanosecond and then sold it for a hefty markup. In June 2013, Silvershore Atlantic LLC bought the property for $1.99 million from G.V.C. Realty Ltd. with Gerard V. Cafaro as president, Finance Department records indicate. At that time, the commercial space was occupied by Heights & Hill Funeral Directors. There were two apartments in the building. In November 2013, Silvershore Atlantic LLC sold 115 Atlantic Ave. for $3.4 million, Finance Department records show. David Shorenstein’s name appears on the deed for this transaction. The buyers were Luigi Arlia, Filippo Arlia and C and A Properties LLC. By the way, in October 2016, Luigi Arlia and Filippo Arlia, who each had a one-third interest in the property, transferred their ownership stakes to C and A Properties LLC. City Buildings Department filings identify Filippo Arlia as president of C and A Properties LLC and Luigi Arlia as vice president. They filed plans with the buildings agency to turn the first-floor and cellar funeral-parlor space into a store, renovate the second, third and fourth floors as a single and duplex apartment and build an addition on the back of the building. Also, signs they’ve hung on the building indicate that 115 Atlantic Ave.’s ground floor and finished basement are for rent. Continued on page 15 14 • Brooklyn Eagle • Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Silvershore Properties and its Brooklyn Heights Holdings Continued from page 14
Pierrepont Street Property Built in 1840 A Brooklyn Heights Historic District building Silvershore Properties currently owns is 56 Pierrepont St. It was built in 1840. A mansard roof was added in the late 19th century. There are nine apartments in the building, which has a Flemish-bond brick façade. Silvershore Properties 33 LLC purchased the Pierrepont Street building in December 2012 from Richard Montag and Carol Lynn Rifkin for $3.17 million, Finance Department records indicate. Jason Silverstein and David Shorenstein signed a mortgage on behalf of the purchasing LLC. Apartments previously listed for rent at 56 Pierrepont St. include a onebedroom penthouse loft with a home office for a net rent of $3,850 per month when one month’s free rent was factored in, and a onebedroom unit with an asking rent of $2,850 per month, online postings indicate.
Repair Work at 293 Henry St. Another Brooklyn Heights Historic District building that belongs to Silvershore Properties is 293 Henry St., a five-floor building with five apartments. Silvershore Properties 21 LLC and RBJ Brooklyn LLC bought 293 Henry St. in March 2012 from Edgardo Macalino and Aurea Macalino for $1.25 million, Finance Department records show. Jason Silverstein and David Shoren-stein signed a mortgage on behalf of Silver-shore Properties 21 LLC. The Buildings Department has issued a permit for Silvershore Properties to replace a broken stone ledge and patch a parapet wall at 293 Henry St. There is a construction shed on the building’s lower floors.
Some past listings for apartments at 293 Henry St. were for three-bedroom units, one with an asking rent of $4,700 per month and another with a $3,600 per month asking rent.
Nearby Boerum Hill Buildings Other multifamily buildings that belong to Silvershore Properties can be found in Boerum Hill, within walking distance of Brooklyn Heights. Here are fast facts about a few nearby buildings that were gleaned from Finance Department records. Silvershore Properties paid $1.2 million for 278 Dean St. And 372 Baltic St. cost $1.46 million. The purchase price of neighboring 208 Hoyt St., AKA 386 Baltic St., was $1.72 million. Silvershore Properties bought 251 Hoyt St. for $1.15 million — then sold it a bit more than a year later for $1.975 million.
Brokers Who Longed To Own Buildings Silvershore Properties’ founders worked at real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap as investment sales brokers at the outset of their careers. Silverstein stayed there for just a year because he wanted to be a property owner. Shorenstein stayed longer and racked up big sales numbers. After launching Silvershore Properties, they focused heavily on our borough — though “we didn’t know anything about Brooklyn,” Silverstein told Real Estate Weekly in a 2014 interview. Their acquisition statistics suggest they were fast learners. From January 2012 through September 2016, Silvershore Properties spent $75.2 million on 52 multifamily buildings of 10 units or less in Brooklyn and Queens, The Real Deal reported. The real estate firm was the secondbiggest spender in that property category during that five-year period.
ABOVE: Multifamily real-estate investor Silvershore Properties is offering Brooklyn Heights Historic District residential and retail building 77 Atlantic Ave. (the property on the corner) for sale. INSET: Here’s a look at 77 Atlantic Ave.’s retail tenant, Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
Silvershore Properties’ 293 Henry St. is the building with the construction shed.
Bulldozers at 339 Hicks St., a former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site that’s across the street from 77 Atlantic Ave. Thursday, March 30, 2017 • Brooklyn Eagle • 15
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Irish Eyes Smiling at Bay Ridge St. Patrick Parade By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Eagle
The skies over Bay Ridge were cloudy but the smiles were sunny as the community played host to the 24th Annual Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. Luckily, it didn’t rain on the parade! The big march honoring the patron saint of Ireland always draws hundreds of enthusiastic participants eager to show their Celtic pride as they march up Third Avenue to the cheers of spectators waving Irish flags. This year was no exception. Everyone seemed to be having fun. There were bagpipe bands, Irish step dancers with colorful costumes and curly tress-
es, members of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 22, wearing green, white and orange scarves in the colors of the Irish flag, cheerleaders, floats and lots of children. The Rev. Msgr. Kieran Harrington, the parade’s grand marshal, walked the entire route with a friendly dog. Wearing a broad smile, Harrington frequently stopped to wave at spectators. Harrington is the vicar of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, as well as the rector of St. Joseph’s CoCathedral in Prospect Heights. Right behind him were the parade’s deputy grand marshals, Brian G. Xuereb, Mary Malloy Donnelly, Kevin Anderson, Christopher Byrne, Brendan Lally, Kelly MacLellan Byrnes, Frances Gillen and Kristen Hayes, all wearing their sashes and
The deputy grand marshals make their way up Third Avenue.
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enjoying the cheers from the crowds. The parade route started on Third and Marine avenues and extended 31 blocks to Third Avenue to 67th Street. After they completed the march, Harrington and the deputy grand marshals sat on the official reviewing stand located on Third Avenue and 77th Street and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the parade. The 2017 parade was dedicated to the memory of Bay Ridge civic activist Larry Morrish, who was one of the founders of the march and who served as the event’s chairman for nearly two decades. By tradition, parade day began with a Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 9511 Fourth Ave. The parade is organized by a committee headed by President Linda Gallagher-Lomanto and Vice President Denise Frederick.
The Rev. Msgr. Kieran Harrington, the parade’s grand marshal, walked the parade route with a friendly dog.
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Bagpipers make their way down Third Avenue. See related story on page 16.
Councilmember Vincent Gentile and City Council hopeful Justin Brannan stand in front of a horse-drawn carriage at the parade.
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City Council candidate Liam McCabe introduces his beloved husky Barrow to Johnny Alexander.
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