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77TH YEAR, NO. 3,981

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018

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HERE’S A GLIMPSE OF JANE'S CAROUSEL IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK, AS SEEN from a ferry boat deck on a winter day. See brooklyneagle.com for more great sights from Brooklyn Heights.

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Brooklyn Friends School Celebrates ‘150 Years of Light’ SEE PAGE 2


Brooklyn Friends School Celebrates ‘150 Years of Light’ By Mary Frost

soon afterwards. In 2015, BFS cut the ribbon on a new, 40,000square-foot facility for the Upper School at 116 Lawrence St. A blowout celebration held at the Brooklyn Historical Society Among interesting tidbits found in the archives is the fact that on Jan. 29 honored the 150th anniversary of Brooklyn Friends the outdoor education movement led to BFS’s philosophy of outSchool (BFS). In attendance at the reception and historical door learning from roughly 1910 to 1932 or so, after which the exhibit (with music provided by the Middle School Chamber rooftop classrooms were converted to recreational space. Pupils Orchestra) were decades of alumni, joining sat in padded “sitting-out bags” during icy winter months. former and current instructors, students With a strong commitment to tolerance and equality, BFS and parents. began enrolling its first African-American students in 1945. BFS, located in Downtown BFS was the second private school in Brooklyn to Brooklyn, was founded in the enroll black students, joining the Ethical Culture Quaker tradition in 1867. The School. The school's first African-American motion to start the school was graduate, Camilla Church Greene ’60, who passed two weeks after John became an educator, entered Kindergarten in Roebling was given his 1947. She attended the Jan. 29 event. commission to build the Other African-American pioneers at the Brooklyn Bridge, school include Dena Douglas, ’83, now Head of School Dr. a judge, and community activist Freddi Larry Weiss told the Brown Carter, ’73. They also attended large crowd. the event. Weiss, a longtime In the 1960s, Friends Field student and teacher was sold to New York City. of history, drew With the sale, trustees were connections beable to purchase the tween earlier genBrooklyn Law School erations at BFS building at 375 Pearl and the school St. in 1969, allowing today, as illusenrollment to more trated by the than double to 700 many antique students. photos re“Anything searchers unbuilt right before covered in the the depression archives while Student historians Salma McLaughlin and Lily Edelman conducted the oral his- had the best of evpreparing for the tories for the museum project. erything,” BFS Photo by Gregg Martin, courtesy of BFS sesquicentennial Director of Comexhibition. Desmunications Joan pite the numerous changes in political, social and economic condi- Martin told the Brooklyn Heights Press. “Brass doors, high wintions, Quaker values live on, Weiss said. dows, beautiful architecture.” Quakers see a divine light in everyone, hence the “150 Years The law school moved to its current location on Adams Street, of Light” name for the celebration, which continues all year. and the former BFS school building was leased to the city. It curBFS first opened in the basement of the Brooklyn Meeting rently houses a small alternative public school. House on Schermerhorn Street. Tuition was $12 per quarter for the Oral History Archival Project and Historical Book younger children and $15 for the older ones, both boys and girls. The celebration was marked by an oral history and archival The school expanded from 1877 to 1925 to the adjacent lots at 112, 114 and 116 Schermerhorn to include an upper division project called “All That Dwell in the Light,” conducted by in 1907, with a new high school building in 1920 and the acqui- students Lily Edelman ’20 and Salma McLaughlin ’20, as well sition of Friends Field (on Fourth Avenue near Ocean Parkway) as history educator Rebecca Krucoff and graphic designer Brooklyn Heights Press

Photo by Gregg Martin, courtesy of BFS

The Book Team: (from left) Parents Helene Benedetti, Melanie Rehak and Karen Edelman, who worked for two years on the Brooklyn Friends School history book. Carl Petrosyan. In the spring of 2017, the students conducted videotaped interviews of five alumni from the 1940s through the 1980s, as well as research in the Brooklyn Friends School archives. They interviewed Henry Altman, ’40; Charles Rosenthal, ’53; Greene, ’60; Carter, ’73; and Douglas, ’83. A carefully researched and beautifully designed book on BFS’s history was put together by parents Helene Benedetti, Melanie Rehak and Karen Edelman, who worked for two years on the project. Katie Bednark organized 150 years of archives; Susan Price, ’86, assisted as the school’s first historian. Lekeia Varlack Judge, ’99, reached out to alumni. Emily Cowles coordinated all of the resources to make the book a reality. Much of the information for the book came from a school publication called “The Life,” which was published from 1930 to 1970, Martin said. “It’s all primary source material,” she said, calling the book “a labor of love.” BFS has continued to evolve, Martin said. “We adapted the International Baccalaureate and became the first NYC school to partner with Horizons, which gives public school kids an enriched summer educationally and recreationally,” she said. BFS works with five public schools in the program.

Brooklyn Friends School’s Head of School Dr. Larry Weiss spoke about the institution’s history.

Heights Press photo by Mary Frost

Assistant Head of School Seth Phillips, a parent and graduate of Brooklyn Friends School; with (from left) parent Savitha Reddy, grandparent and alumna Marjorie Bhavnani, and parent Raoul Bhavnani. Photo by Gregg Martin, courtesy of BFS

Camilla Church Green of the Class of 1960, one of the subjects of the oral histories (right) with Salome Galib, a BFS trustee and chair of the school’s Sesquicentennial Committee. Photo by Gregg Martin, courtesy of BFS 2 • Brooklyn Heights Press • Thursday, February 8, 2018


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Sunlight illuminates building facades on Pitkin Avenue at the corner of Rockaway Avenue. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Clinic and Other Historic Sites in

e l l i v s n w ro B By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

It’s an address every feminist should know: 46 Amboy St. Margaret Sanger opened America’s first birth control clinic on this Brownsville street a century ago, in the storefront of a rowhouse near the corner of Pitkin Avenue. The other day, we were thinking about the status of women’s reproductive rights in America, which prompted us to make a pilgrimage to the clinic site. We wound up spending the whole day walking around Brownsville and looking at beautiful old buildings. There was so much to see. When real-estate nerds think of Brownsville, New York City Housing Authority developments are the first thing that come to mind. There are 18 different NYCHA properties in the neighborhood. About onequarter of Brownsville’s residents live in them. There’s also a lot of oldfashioned architectural eye candy. Commercial corridor Pitkin Avenue is lined with landmarkworthy buildings including the

impressively renovated and adaptively reused Loew’s Pitkin movie theater. See related story. Brownsville also has a landmarked century-old library, a landmarked swimming pool and bath house at Betsy Head Play Center and handsome rowhouses with eyecatching porches on numerous streets.

Jail and Eviction for Margaret Sanger So. Here’s the story of activist Margaret Sanger’s Amboy Street clinic, which opened in October 1916. Sanger — who coined the expression “birth control” — was from an Irish-American Catholic family in Corning, New York. She was one of 11 children. As an adult, she lived in Greenwich Village. But conversations she’d had with Brownsville residents made it clear they would welcome a birth control clinic, so that’s why she opened one there, a posting on the Margaret Sanger Papers Project’s website says. Sanger’s sister Ethel Byrne, who was a nurse, and a Yiddish interpreter named Fania Mindell opened the clinic with Sanger. They operated the clinic for 10 days.

Then they got arrested by vicesquad cops and a female undercover police officer. Hundreds of women went to the clinic during its brief existence. They received instructions on how to use contraceptives and got a pamphlet Sanger wrote called What Every Girl Should Know. After the clinic’s closing Sanger tried to reopen it twice. But the police made 46 Amboy St.’s landlord evict her. The website TheClio.com has a good photo of 46 Amboy St.’s exterior that was taken when Sanger’s clinic was open. The building doesn’t look like that now. Either the facade was radically altered or the building was torn down and a new one constructed in its place. The property currently belongs to Princeland Realty LLC with Raymond Zaytoune as member, city Finance Department records indicate. Though 46 Amboy St. looks different than it did a century ago, standing beside it made us feel awed and thankful for badass women like Sanger, Byrne and Mindell who worked to change America for the better.

The ‘Jerusalem of America’ Back when Sanger built her Amboy Street clinic, Brownsville was heavily populated by Jewish immigrants.

A dramatic statue graces Zion Plaza in Brownsville. In the late 19th century, a developer named Aaron Kaplan started building tenements in Brownsville and marketing them to Lower East Side garment workers, Kenneth Jackson and John Manbeck’s book “The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn” says. Brownsville became known as the “Jerusalem of America.” Today, one visual reminder of that heritage is a plaza called Zion Triangle, which stands alongside the former Loew’s

Pitkin movie palace. This park has a World War I memorial with a winged victory statue by sculptor Charles Cary Rumsey, meaning a goddess with wings who holds a sword and shield. Other visual reminders that Brownsville was the Jerusalem of America include former synagogues that have been converted to other uses. One former synagogue, which belonged to Congregation Chevra Torah Anshei

Radishkowitz, is located at 139 Amboy St., a couple blocks away from the site of Sanger’s birth-control clinic. There are Hebrew inscriptions and a Star of David on the former synagogue’s facade. The building now belongs to St. Timothy Holy Church, which purchased it for $50,000 in 1968 from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, Finance Department records show. Continued on page 4INB

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The LLC is controlled by Aslan Bawabeh, who owns numerous Banco Popular buildings, Finance Department records show. P.S. Near the corner of Pitkin Avenue at 107 Watkins St., there’s a nifty firehouse that was constructed in 1905. It’s the home of Engine 231 and Ladder 120. If the commercial corridor were to be turned into the Pitkin Avenue Historic District and included on the National Register of Historic Places, property owners would benefit, a 2015 Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development study suggests. The study notes that this type of historic-district designation would enable landlords to obtain federal and state income-tax credits for building renovations.

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A Carnegie Library Designed By William B. Tubby A few blocks away from the old State Bank, there’s a castle plucked from a fairy tale and dropped onto a street corner. Or that’s what it look like. The Stone Avenue Library is a Jacobean Revival city landmark. That’s an architectural style we don’t often encounter in Brooklyn. The library was designed by distinguished architect William Tubby This is Congregation Chevra Torah Anshei Radishkowitz’ former synagogue on and built in 1913-1914. It is located Amboy Street. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan at 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard on the corner of Dumont Avenue. It was conceived as a library for children. To this day, much According to the book “Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, of the space in the branch is devoted to children’s books and Jews, and the Changing Face of the Ghetto” by Wendell Pritchcomputers for kids’ use. ett, Catholics bought the synagogue building for $45,000 in The Stone Avenue Branch is one of the many Brooklyn li1965 from Congregation Chevra Torah Anshei Radishkowitz. braries whose construction was funded by philanthropist AnIts sanctuary had more stained-glass windows than any other drew Carnegie. synagogue in the neighborhood, Pritchett notes in the book.

A Tale of Two Bank Buildings The buildings on Pitkin Avenue are terrific. The former Loew’s Pitkin at 1501 Pitkin Ave. is a dazzling anchor to this commercial corridor. Our favorite property on the avenue is a centuryold building that wraps around the corner of Mother Gaston Boulevard. It’s red brick with wonderful windowsills and has bow windows right above the street corner. The name of a prior occupant, the State Bank, is inscribed over a doorsill. Its address is 1797 Pitkin Ave. It’s being renovated and turned into a medical center. According to Finance Department records, it belongs to Doral Realty Holdings LLC with David Lipschitz and Ruchy Lipschitz as members. The LLC paid $3.2 million for the building in 2014. Another beautiful building is the former East New York Savings Bank at 1620 Pitkin Ave. on the corner of Thomas S. Boyland Street. The white stone building, which was constructed in the 1930s, now houses a Banco Popular branch. In 2006, Banco Popular North America sold the building to Urban-Scape LLC for $2.2 million, Finance Department records indicate.

This mural can be seen on Strauss Street in Brownsville.

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This is Brownsville’s former Loew’s Pitkin movie theater, which sold recently for big bucks. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

Revamped Loew’s Pitkin Movie Theater is a

i l v l e s n w o r B Treasure By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

Oh, the nostalgia. Nothing beats the glamour of the old-time picture palaces where our grandparents went to the movies. The Loew’s Pitkin, which opened in 1929 at 1501 Pitkin Ave. in Brownsville, was one of the great ones. It was designed by Thomas Lamb, who was a big name in theatrical architecture. Brownstoner.com writer Suzanne

Spellen identifies the architectural style of its exterior as “Art Deco with Mayan and Art Nouveau touches.” After sitting vacant and deteriorating for decades, the movie theater was brought back to life by developer POKO Partners and rebuilt as the Brownsville Ascend Charter School. There are commercial spaces on the first floor of the 164,000-square-foot building with a Dollar Tree store, a Sub-

way sandwich shop and a Pizza Hut restaurant as tenants. In late December, POKO Partners sold the property for $53 million to Pitken Terrace LLC with Shulem Herman as member, city Finance Department records indicate. He’s a Brooklyn real estate investor. The Real Deal, which was the first publication to report the transaction, said it might be the priciest single-building sale ever in Brownsville.

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Critically Acclaimed Park Slope Cartoonist to Speak at Books Are Magic

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Brooklyn Eagle Adrian Tomine is a Park Slope resident who has garnered critical acclaim for his drawings. He began self-publishing his comic book series “Optic Nerve” when he was 16. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeny’s Best American Comics and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel “Short-comings” was a New York Times Notable Nook of the year. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker. His latest book “Killing and Dying” has enjoyed more than six months on the New York Times Bestseller list and received a rave review from the same institution. “Killing and Dying” is now available in paperback, with an updated cover and French flaps. As part of his 2018 winter tour, Tomine will be in conversation with New York Times critic Jason Zinoman on Feb. 6 at Books Are Magic. With this work, Tomine reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics, but as one of the great voices of modern American literaAuthor Adrian Tomine

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A panel on page 79 of “Killing and Dying.”

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ture. His gift for capturing emotion and intellect resonates: the weight of love and its absence, the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive in the 21st century. In six interconnected, darkly funny stories, Tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life. Each of the six stories in “Killing and Dying” is unique and visually arresting. “Amber Sweet” shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper connected world; “A Brief History of the Art Form Known As Hortisculpture” details thee invention and destruction of a vital new art form; “Translated, from the Japanese,” is a lush, full-color display of storytelling through still images; the title story, “Killing and Dying,” centers on parenthood, mortality and stand-up comedy. Tomine is a master of the small gesture, equally deft at signaling emotion via a subtle change of expression or writ large across landscapes illustrated in full color. “Killing and Dying” is a fraught, realist masterpiece.

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Couple enjoying a romantic dinner at Café Chili.

Brooklyn Eagle photo by Bonnie Meeg

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Question of the Week: Did the Philly Eagles win in the Super Bowl boost sales of Lioni’s great cheese steak sandwich . . . with an Italian touch?

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A neighbor tells me: No way am I going to South Korea. It’s just a little too close . . . but I can’t resist watching the Olympics in PyeongChang. I want to go to a place that has the best screens and The Kings Beer Hall has 7, plus more beer choices than you can count.

• • • Bareburger has an array of great protein entrees including Brussels Sprouts with bacon, Buttermilk buffalo bites and an all-natural bison burger - all put together by manager Matt Moore who is also a Certified Cicerone (that’s a beer Giant screen TV’s at The Kings Beer Hall are perfect for watching the Olympics. Photo courtesy of expert) for one of the most King’s Beer Hall unusual pairings you have How much more dedicated to Valentine’s Day can ever been to. Oh, and the Cicerone has chosen beers you be than if you create heart-shaped rice? That’s what from countries participating in the Olympics! Café Chili has done. Can’t wait to taste it!!!

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••• For those readers who are FEELING the Valentine spirit, here’s what you do: Walk into Damascus Bakery and demand that they make you a heart-shaped loaf. If they are sold out, just fill your bag with their Middle Eastern snacks and sweets!

••• Readers feeling extra romantic on Valentine’s Day should try the amazing oysters on the half shell at Chadwick’s, or their top-grade calamari. Not only a Valentine’s Day delicacy but guaranteed to give you the protein boost you might need.

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Lioni’s Brooklyn Italian Cheese Steak sandwich.

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Overheard in NY State Supreme Court Jury Room: “I think they’re letting us go to lunch . . . I want that place that has “Nuts” in the name . . . Pine nuts? . . . what is it? Check the paper . . . “  She was talking about Lichee Nut at 162 Montague Street . 

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Wall or no wall, we’ve always loved Mexico and the rest of their culture gets shown off every day at Rocco’s Tacos. Tequila Rose and her cousin greet you when you walk in.

If you’ve been to Nanatori you know how striking the all wood interior is to behold. With a wall full of collectibles, you’ll have plenty to look at while dining on sushi and sashimi.

••• For over 60 years now- D’Amico Coffee Inc. in Carroll Gardens has been bringing you the freshest roasted coffee. That’s nearly 7 decades of Brooklyn brewing. And D’Amico’s is preparing to celebrate that seventh decade with their milestone 70th Anniversary Blend that’s available now!

••• Kitchen 21 has a mission! They aim to create legendary experiences for all those stopping in. And speaking of legendary, Kitchen 21 is located in the historic Childs Restaurant building on the Coney Island boardwalk, a genuine New York City designated landmark! The Parachute Bar at Kitchen 21 on Coney Island. See more inside!

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6 reasons to dine out this Valentine’s Day 5. BEAT THE WINTER BLUES. For much of the country, Valentine’s Day occurs during a time of year when winter is at its most harsh. Wintertime can be isolating as many people spend increased hours indoors to avoid inclement weather. Dining out gives couples the opportunity to get some fresh air and dine in a social environment that can help buoy spirits.

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Valentine’s Day is celebrated in various ways throughout the world. One of the more popular methods of spending time with a romantic partner is over a delicious meal at a nice restaurant. Statistics Brain says that 34.6 percent of Valentine’s Day celebrants in the United States dine outside of the home, making this day dedicated to couples one of the most popular days to dine out all year. Dining out on Valentine’s Day helps to make the day more special, and the following are a number of additional reasons why couples should enjoy a meal out on the town this Feb. 14. 1. EMBRACE THE CHANCE TO TRY NEW FOODS. Dining out gives individuals the opportunity to try new cuisine they may not attempt at home. This is a chance to expand flavor profiles and give something new a chance. 2. ENJOY CREATIVE PLATING. Many restaurants expend extra effort on presentation on Valentine’s Day, dressing the plates with special garnish or with a unique presentation of the foods. ValentineÕs Day meals are often as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat. Experiencing such visual masterpieces can add to the enjoyment of the night out. 3. ENJOY A NIGHT OFF FROM COOKING. One of the biggest benefits of dining out on Valentine’s Day is enjoying an evening away from the kitchen. Heading out for a restaurant meal means no stressing over what to cook for dinner, no wrangling with ingredients and no post-meal cleanup. 4. LEARN SOMETHING NEW. Chefs and restaurants may pull out all the stops for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day. Diners may learn more about exotic foods and wine pairings on Valentine’s Day than they might when dining out on less popular nights.

6. JUMP START OTHER ACTIVITIES. Dining at a restaurant may be the precursor to other things to come on Valentine’s Day. While out, couples may opt to head to a movie, enjoy some local live theater or stroll through a museum gallery. A good meal can make for the perfect starter to a memorable Valentine’s Day. Dining out on Valentine’s Day is a tradition that can benefit couples in various ways and make an already special holiday that much more memorable.

End a Valentine’s Day meal dinner with homemade dessert

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Valentine’s Day is synonymous with many things, including chocolate. Many sweethearts exchange chocolate on Valenne’s Day, making chocolate confecons as essenal to a successful holiday as flowers and romance. Men and women who want to make this Valenne’s Day extra special can forgo store-bought chocolates in favor of homemade confecons. The following recipe for Swiss Mountain Ice Cream from Maxine Clarks Chocolate: Deliciously Indulgent Recipes for Chocolate Lovers (Ryland, Peters & Small) is a great way to end a romanc holiday dinner.

Swiss Mountain Ice Cream Makes about 2 quarts White Chocolate Sauce (see below) cups whole milk cup sweetened condensed milk cup granulated sugar tablespoons unsweetened cocoa ounces premium milk chocolate (over 32% cocoa solids), chopped 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups whipping or heavy cream, chilled 6 1/2 ounces white nougat, roughly chopped 2 1 3/4 2 14

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ice cream maker (oponal) freezer‐proof tray or container mountain‐shaped mold (oponal)

Put the milk, condensed milk, sugar, and cocoa in a pan, bring to a boil, then simmer gently for 5 minutes, srring constantly. Sr in the chocolate and let melt, srring occasionally. Let cool completely, then add the vanilla essence and refrigerate for about 1 hour. Sr the cream into the mixture, then churn-freeze in an ice cream maker in two batches. This will take 20 to 30 minutes. It will increase in volume as it thickens and freezes. Stop churning when thick and smooth, add the nougat, and churn to mix, then transfer to a chilled freezer-proof tray, cover, and freeze. If you donÕt have an ice cream maker, put the mixture in a freezerproof tray or container and freeze unl it is frozen around the edges. Mash well with a fork and return to the freezer. Connue mashing with a fork and freezing the mixture unl thick and smooth, about 2 hours. Sr in the nougat. At this stage, you can pack it into a mold and return to the freezer.

If the ice cream is in a mold, remove from the freezer and dip briefly in hot water to melt the outside. Invert onto a chilled plate, liing off the mold. If the ice cream is in a container, transfer to the refrigerator to soen for 20 minutes before serving in scoops. Drizzle with White Chocolate Sauce and serve.

White Chocolate Sauce Makes about 21Ú2 cups 1 6 8

cup light or heavy cream tablespoons milk ounces white chocolate (over 25% cocoa buer), chopped

Put the cream and milk in a small pan and bring to just below boiling point. Remove from the heat and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the white chocolate and sr unl completely melted. Serve warm. If reheang, do so over gentle heat. Do not allow to boil or the sauce can thicken and seize.

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents its Fifth Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Kumble Theatre for Performing Arts.

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VALENTINE’S DAY BOUQUETS Join Brooklyn-based expert florist Mindy Cardozo for an evening workshop to learn how to make a truly unique floral arrangement. When: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:308:30 p.m. Where: Greenwood Heights/ Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th St.)

F A rts EARTH LINE This new, site-specific installation by artist Claudia Bitran was created using ordinary household refuse. It is composed of a 3-D representation of the New York City skyline as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park, plus a series of photographs highlighting the intricate detail of the work. The New York-based artist’s installation reveals the impact of the city landscape as well as the objects the same city discards. When: Daily, through Feb. 17, 8 a.m. -11 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Brooklyn Bridge Park (99 Plymouth St.) JOHN ZINSSER: OIL PAINTINGS This is the Brooklyn-based artist’s first solo exhibition at the Minus Space gallery. When: Wednesday-Saturday, through Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16 Main St.) TERRESTRA Lisa M. Robinson’s new work “Terrestra” is seven years in the making and continues the artist’s reverence for the natural landscape.  When: Tuesday-Saturday, through Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water St.) BREAK THE SKY See the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Jeanne Liotta, who works in film and other mediums with thematics often located at the intersection of art, science, natural philosophy and ephemerality. When: Thursday-Monday, through Feb. 25, 1-6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Microscope Gallery (1329 Willoughby Ave., 2B) REENACTMENT This group exhibition looks at the aesthetic and political implications of historical reen-

actment in contemporary art. Artists include Ken GonzalesDay, Crystal Z. Campbell, Marisa Williamson, Maria Hupfield, Alicia Grullón and Farideh Sakhaeifar. When: Tuesday-Sunday, through Feb. 25 (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12-6 p.m.) Where: Fort Greene/BRIC Arts (647 Fulton Ave.) NANCY BAKER See this site-specific, large-scale installation with mixed-media collage. When: Daily, through Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m. Where: DUMBO/1 Main (1 Main St.) HISTORIC NYC ARTISTS ORGANIZATION EXHIBIT The exhibition includes water colors, pastels, prints and collages by 11 members of the Historic NYC Artists Organization , which was founded in 1940. When: Daily, through Feb. 27, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/St. Francis College (180 Remsen St.) AMUSEMENT PARK See works from “Amusement Park,” by David Brandon Geeting. When: Tuesday-Saturday, through February, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Janet Borden, Inc. (91 Water St.) WATERFRONT This immersive multimedia exhibition brings to life the vibrant history of Brooklyn’s coastline through interwoven stories of workers, industries, activists, innovators, families, neighborhoods and ecosystems. “Waterfront” is the first major exhibition on the history of Brooklyn’s coastline. The culmination of four years of development and research, “Waterfront” blends the Brooklyn Historical Society’s acclaimed approach to historical interpretation

“Terrestra” will be on exhibit through Feb. 24 at the KlompchImage courtesy of the artist and Klompching Gallery ing Gallery.

with forward-thinking design to feature 12 concept areas that will engage visitors of a variety of ages and interests. When: Tuesday-Sunday, through March 25 (Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) Where: DUMBO/Brooklyn Historical Society (55 Water St.) FROM FULTON FERRY: BUILDING DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN This exhibit traces the roots of Downtown Brooklyn all the way back to 1642, when the first commercial ferry slip between Long Island and New Amsterdam opened at the end of Old Fulton Street. Using archival photographs and objects from the New York Transit Museum’s extensive collections, this exhibit celebrates the centuries of investment and innovation in transportation that made the evolution of Downtown Brooklyn possible, as well as transportation’s key role in the commercial and residential development of Brooklyn and the Greater New York region. When: Through Spring 2018 (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ New York Transit Museum (Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street)

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RED INK SERIES: Envy, hosted by Michele Filgate with Jamie Quatro, Taylor Larsen, Rachel Lyon, Kate Tuttle and Min Jin Lee “Red Ink” is a quarterly series curated and hosted by Michele Filgate. The series focuses on women writers, past and present. “Red Ink” makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history and making a mark on the world. When: Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Where: DUMBO/PowerHouse Arena (28 Adams St.) LITERARY HEROES (POETRY) This is a celebration of past literary heroes, bringing their voices into the present. Poets Roberto Carlos Garcia, Keisha Gaye Anderson, Sokunthary Svay and Randall Horton will read pieces by poets whose work inspires them and also share their own works speaking to the Sankofa theme. When: Friday, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Where: Clinton Hill/Leisure Life NYC (559 Myrtle Ave.)

The Brooklyn Historical Society presents “Cheryl Wills: A Family Story of Slavery and Freedom” on Feb. 12.

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CHERYL WILLS: A Family Story of Slavery and Freedom In her book “Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale,” news anchor Cheryl Wills traces the powerful story of her enslaved great-great-greatgrandfather, who ran away from a Tennessee plantation to join the fight for freedom. From the Civil War and Jim Crow to the Great Migration, Wills’ story is as sweeping as it is personal. When: Monday, Feb. 12, 6:308:30 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St.)

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THE GREAT EXPERIMENT: QUESTIONING DEMOCRACY BAM announces a new seminar series with Think Olio composed of intimate lectures and discussions on one of the thorniest issues of our time — the nature and execution of democracy. The series includes close examination of vital historical texts on democracy and discussions of their contemporary relevancy, led by scholars in the field. The series starts with “Democracy Without Truth” with Manuel Rodeiro of Baruch College. Does truth exist independently in the Realm of the Forms, as Plato argued, or is it what our peers will, ceteris paribus, let us get away with saying, as American philosopher Richard Rorty suggested? This is an issue many of us have grappled with on a daily basis. This seminar will explore how we navigate a middle path between Plato’s complete reliance on expertise at the expense of democratic decision-making and allowing public opinions to dictate our policies When: Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Fishman Space (321 Ashland Place) Creative Writing for Kids The New York 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, Feb. 9, 2:453:45 p.m. Where: Canarsie/Cortelyou Library (1305 Cortelyou Rd.) COUPLES AND MONEY Money is a common cause of conflict in relationships. According to a Money magazine survey, couples argue more about money than sex. But financial issues don’t have to kill Cupid. When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 9:30-11 a.m. Where: Prospect Heights/ Brooklyn Brainery (190 Underhill Ave.) AUTHENTIC CHINESE COOKING Court Tree Collective co-founder Amy Kar Yee will be teaching classes out of her gallery space in Caroll Gardens to educate people about Cantonese cooking and to show them how to make specific authentic dishes. When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m. Where: Carroll Gardens/Court Tree Collective (371 Court St.) SURVIVAL SKILLS: FIRE MAKING Urban Park Rangers will offer tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world and might just save your life. Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, a wilderness survival program is perfect. All programs are family-friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 and older. When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 11a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Where: Marine Park/Salt Marsh Nature Center (Avenue U and East 33rd Street)

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LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Celebrate the Lunar New Year with“Four Treasures: A Bounty of Traditional Chinese Performing Arts,”which includes a broad cross-section from Chinese operas, music and dance. When: Friday, Feb. 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Where: Borough Park/Mapleton Library (1702 60th St.) TOTS 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, Feb. 10, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Bay Ridge Jewish Center (405 81st St.) FIFTH ANNUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts invites you to celebrate the oncoming arrival of spring with an all-new festival of Chinese music and dance commemorating the Year of the Dog — faithful guardian and loyal friend to mankind. This family-friendly event includes graceful dancers, a colorful Chinese marketplace, red lions and golden dragons frolicking to the lilting sounds of traditional instruments and more. When: Sunday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Kumble Theatre for Performing Arts (One University Plaza) BROOKLYN NETS VS. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS The Brooklyn Nets take on the Los Angeles Clippers.  When: Monday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave.) CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents its Fifth Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Kumble Theatre for Performing Arts. Image courtesy of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

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Where: Greenpoint/P.S. 110 (124 Monitor St.) BAMKIDS THEATER — THE MAGIC CITY Nine-year-old Philomena’s inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of Edith Nesbit’s 1910 fantasy novel. With the help of toy theater, shadow puppetry, live music and live actors in silhouette, she copes with the loss of her parents and the challenges of her new blended family, eventually finding a way to reconcile her Magic City with the reality of the world outside it. Includes pre-show workshop and post-show Q&A session. When: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 9-11 (Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.) Where: Fort Greene/BAM Fishman Space (321 Ashland Place) BAM presents the BAM Black Comix Expo on Sunday, Feb. 11. Image courtesy of BAM

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STORYTIME AND SENSORY LOUNGE Children and caregivers explore their senses in this interactive class that includes song, storytelling, dramatic roleplay and an art project with different materials to explore every week. The class is taught by Tirzah Jane Baker. When: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10-11 a.m. Where: DUMBO/Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (1 John St.) BAM BLACK COMIX EXPO BAM and the Black Comics Collective present a free daylong expo celebrating comics of color. The showcase features comic exhibitors, a panel discussion,

a children’s art workshop and a superhero cosplay showcase for fans of all ages. When: Sunday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Lepercq Space (30 Lafayette Ave.)

F ilm TALES OF THE NIGHT (IN ENGLISH) From animator and storyteller Michel Ocelot (“Kirikou and the Sorceress,” “Azur & Asmar”) comes a new film for all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2-4:30 p.m.

FIGHT THE POWER: BLACK SUPERHEROES ON FILM This 28-film series examines an entire alternative cinematic history of black screen heroes who challenged establishment power structures through their sheer existence. From blaxploitation icons to supernatural avengers to anti-colonial outlaws, this series spotlights industry-defying images of black heroism and empowerment in films that are as socially and politically subversive as they are downright fun. When: Daily, Feb. 2-17 (See www.bam.org for schedule, films and times, as they vary) Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave.)

F ood WINTER FLEA MARKET & SMORGASBORG See Brookyn’s largest flea market for vintage, design, antiques, collectibles and food. When: Saturday-Sunday, through Winter, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Industry City (241 37th St.)

H ealth VALENTINE’S DAY WORKSHOP Kick off Valentine’s Day with a high-energy salsa class and move to the rhythms of passionate Latin music. Class will include a focus on footwork and basic partnering. When: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 5-7 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave.) METAL YOGA Move and breathe while listening to your favorite bands. Salute to the moon and connect to the dead, raise

your metal mantras and offer your practice to the darkness; most importantly, have fun. When: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 3-4:30 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Ave.)

N ightlife THIRD ANNUAL IT’S FRIDAY, I’M (NOT) IN LOVE: ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY Hug yourself and sway as the aptly named DJ Gordon Gloom spins songs of heartache and desire from the ’80s through present day. Purge your emotional baggage with our cleansing anti-love ritual. Dress in black. All black. Only black. Creativity will be rewarded. When: Friday, Feb. 9, 10:30 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Littlefield (622 Degraw St.) SUPER NARCOLEPTIC GIRL A web series created by Chicago comedians Sarah Albritton and Catherine Povs Povinell. It’s “Broad City” meets “The Incredibles” as Keelyn Klein and her non-super best friend Lee navigate

their day-to-day lives dating, rescuing people and trying to make rent. There will also be stand-up comedy and music. When: Friday, Feb. 9, 7-11 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The Twenty (177 Grand St.)

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ONE BREATH RISING: JULIA OGILVIE Julia Ogilvie is a poet, actor, playwright and comedian. When: Sunday, Feb. 11, 4:405:40 p.m. Where: Park Slope/440 Gallery (440 Sixth Ave.) I LOVE BUTOH Enjoy an evening of contemporary dance influenced by Butoh, featuring Japanese dancer Mari Osanai from Aomori, Japan, and contemporary dancer/choreographer Madelyn Sher. Complimentary chocolate delicacies will be served. When: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Trilok Fusion Center for Arts and Education(143 Waverly Ave.) CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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RETURNING TO REIMS An actress and her director are working on the narration for “Returning to Reims,” a documentary adaptation of Didier Eribon’s memoir about his homecoming after coming out as a gay man and years of estrangement. Through the text, they confront Eribon’s painful discovery upon his arrival — the traditionally leftwing parties and the liberal middle-class with which he now identifies are perpetuating the marginalization of the working-class to which he once belonged, sending the workers running into the arms of the right-wing National Front. When: Daily, through Feb. 25 (Weekdays, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.) Where: DUMBO/St. Ann’s Warehouse (45 Water St.) THE PRINCE AND THE MAGIC FLUTE Adapted for children by Nicolas Coppola from Mozart’s opera, ”The Prince and the Magic Flute” is set in mystical Egypt and tells the comical adventures of a prince and a bird catcher as they try to rescue a princess. Puppetworks’ production features traditional, handcarved wooden marionettes, accompanied by children’s songs culled from the Mozart score. When: Saturday-Sunday, through March 31, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Puppetworks (338 Sixth Ave.)

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Janet Borden, Inc. presents “Amusement Park,” on exhibit through February. Image courtesy of the artist and Janet Borden, Inc. educators on a journey through the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the city’s surface transportation and a collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904. When: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 10-11, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ New York Transit Museum (Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street) BROOKLYN NAVY YARD TOUR Learn all about New York’s naval and maritime history from your guide. Visit a

19th-century dry dock that’s still used today for ship repair, check out the country’s first multi-story “green” industrial building and its first wind- and solar-powered street lamps, see historical photographs and listen to audio clips of World War II-era workers, manufacturers and farmers. This tour is great for history buffs, urban planners and people interested in sustainable architecture and industry. When: Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard/ Bldg 92

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SAGITTARIUS • NOV. 22 -DEC. 21 Sagittarius, getting your point across may seem like your primary goal, but you can let things simmer for a little bit. Others have things that they want to share as well.

CAPRICORN • DEC. 22 -JAN. 20 Capricorn, romantic notions are popping into your head lately, and they may only be spurred on by the ValentineÕs Day magic. A relationship gets to the next level. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS : FEB.11 Jennifer Aniston, Actress (49) FEB.12 Tara Strong, Actress (45) FEB.13 Robbie Williams, Singer (44) FEB.14 Danai Gurira, Actress (40) FEB. 15 Alex Borstein, Actress (45) FEB. 16 Elizabeth Olsen, Actress (29) FEB. 17 Billie Jo Armstrong, Singer (46)

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Academy Award Winner Stars at Summit on Political Solutions By Paula Katinas INBrooklyn

The current political system in which Democrats and Republicans fight like cats and dogs and nothing gets done can be changed, but only if Americans are willing to roll up their sleeves and work on a grass-roots level to make those changes. That was the takeaway from a unique three-day conference called the Unrig the System Summit, which was sponsored by the organization Represent.Us and brought hundreds of political activists from communities across the country to New Orleans to talk about opening up the political process by changing campaign finance laws and making it easier for people to run for public office. The summit, which took place at Tulane University, featured a variety of speakers, including Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer and Fox News Channel personality Steve Hilton. There were also panel discussions on topics such as “How to Launch a Local Group or Campaign” and “Putting Small Donors in Charge,” as well as workshops focusing on building political coalitions across race and class lines. The idea of the conference, according to Kulpreet Rana, chairman of the Board of Directors of Represent.Us, was to encourage change from the grass-roots level. It won’t be easy, but with patience and hard work, it can be done, Rana told the audience at the summit’s opening event. “There’s no silver bullet that’s going to fix the system,” he said. “A coordinated effort has been missing.

We need to do a better job of working together. This conference is a great place to start.” Reaching out and engaging the public is key, according to Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause. “We will never win if we don’t have people join us. We need donors and funders to support our work. We can learn some lessons from the far right,” she said, adding that the reform movement doesn’t yet have a solid infrastructure in place. Hobert Flynn pointed to the example of the billionaire Koch brothers who, she said, put serious money behind right wing think tanks and other political causes to move their agenda forward. “We need to break out of our echo chambers. It isn’t just progressives that support this work,” she said. Lawrence, who is a member of the Board of Directors of Represent.Us, appeared at the opening event and found an entertaining way to shed light on the need to change country’s byzantine campaign finance laws. Lawrence got her point across by conducting a comical interview onstage with Trevor Potter, the former chairman of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) who often appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” after the comedian launched a political action committee (PAC). After jokingly deriding herself as a member of “the Hollywood elite,” Lawrence listened as Potter explained how the FEC limits the amount of money donors can give to individual candidates but allows unlimited amounts of cash to flow to PACs. Lawrence pointed out that the system could, hypothetically, allow her to buy off politicians. “So, can I just get you a Rolex and pay for your daughter’s wedding?” she asked Potter. It was a reference to former

Information tables were set up by various good government groups to give summit participants the chance to learn about ongoing efforts. Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, who was convicted of accepting bribes from a rich donor and who was later cleared when the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the conviction. “It’s not a bribe if it’s in the service of a constituent,” Potter told Lawrence. The conversation turned serious. “This is all really disturbing. Are we at a tipping point?” Lawrence asked Potter. “The good news is, it’s not too late,” Potter answered. Roemer, who served as governor from 1988 to 1992 and who ran for president in 2012, also talked about the corrosive effect of big money on politics. “I never took PAC money in any of these races. And I never took contributions of more than $100. Money works against honesty.

To keep your job, you don’t follow your values. You follow the money,” he said. Another speaker, Renaldo Pearson, senior adviser to faculty deans at Harvard University, discussed how many of the problems in politics stem from how congressional and state legislative districts are drawn, a process that gives lawmakers the chance to draw maps putting voters of their party together into certain districts to ensure re-election. “It is the process of politicians picking their voters,” Pearson said, adding that it should be the other way around. The New Orleans get-together marked the first time Represent.Us organized an “Unrig the System Summit.” Participants were encouraged to return to their communities and get to work.

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In Time for Valentine’s Day: Brooklyn’s Ultimate Chocolate Tasting Trail Map By Mary Frost

Brooklyn Heights Press

Map courtesy of the Brooklyn Chamber’s Explore Brooklyn

For more than a century, Brooklyn has been home to some of the city’s finest chocolatiers. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Explore Brooklyn, part of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, has released its first Chocolate Tasting Trail Map. The self-guided tour brings chocolate lovers — and maybe sweethearts — to a dozen local chocolatiers, factories and tasting rooms across the borough, from Sunset Park to Greenpoint. The map includes addresses, websites, hours and the closest subway stations. Brooklyn has a long history of chocolate-making that began in the early 20th century, and New York City has been a major trading point for cocoa since the 1700s. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan said the group hopes the map will encourage more people to explore the thriving industry. One thing to notice about the chocolate makers is that each specializes in a slightly different aspect of the craft. Some include organic, gluten-free or kosher confections. All offer tours or tastings (call first for tour hours). Red Hook’s Raaka Chocolates, for example, specializes in “raw” chocolates, somewhat reminiscent of the cocoa consumed by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, who considered chocolate to be “food of the gods” and an aphrodisiac. (Which is why it might be a good idea to take the tour on Valentine’s Day.) Raaka starts with the raw cocoa beans, and winnows,

grinds and mixes them from scratch. In a different vein, Li-Lac Chocolates (founded in 1923) is renowned for small-batch, handmade artisanal delicacies. At its chocolate factory at Industry City (Sunset Park), customers can look in through picture windows and see the chocolate-making underway. Cacao Prieto, in Red Hook, produces organic chocolate bars in a variety of cocoa percentages, and all-natural bonbons, starting from the pod. It also brews cacao-based rums and liqueurs, so you can drink your chocolate. Speaking of drinking your chocolate — master chocolatier Jacques Torres crafts fresh, handmade chocolate truffles and bars, and killer hot chocolate so thick it stands up to a spoon. Chocolates are now produced in his 40,000square-foot state-ofthe-art factory at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, but they can be purchased at the DUMBO shop. No Brooklyn chocolate tour would be complete without a visit to one of the borough’s Chocolate Rooms (Park Slope and Cobble Hill) — chocolate-infused cafes where you can dine on chocolate cake, cookies, candies and brownies, along with chocolate fondue, chocolate stout and more. The complete list of chocolate stops includes Cacao Market by Maribelle, Cacao Prieto, Chocolate Works, Chocolicious, Fine & Raw, Jacques Torres, JoMart Chocolates, Liddabit Sweets, Li-Lac Chocolates, Raaka, The Chocolate Room and Tumbador Chocolates. Many of the stops in the guide are also available through A

ABOVE: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s Brooklyn’s new Chocolate Tasting Trail Map. INSET: Raira Klein, Bruno Lunkes and Julia Klein, who are visiting from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, enjoy hot chocolate at Jacques Torres in DUMBO on Monday. INSET: Heights Press photo by Mary Frost Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours, a Brooklyn-based company (asliceofbrooklyn.com) partnering with the Chamber to publicize the chocolate map. The slogan for the bus tour is “Hershey’s? FUHGETTABOUDIT!” Slice of Brooklyn CEO Tony Muia said in a statement.

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Bishop of Long Island Diocese Honors Immigration Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir By Francesca Norsen Tate

the statement issued in advance of Ragbir’s visit to St. Ann’s. “U.S. Immigration and Ravidath Ragbir, the immigration rights Customs Enforcement has focused in past leader who has personally faced imprisonment weeks on detaining and deporting leaders and and the threat of imminent deportation, activists within the growing immigrant rights received the Bishop’s Cross on Sunday in movement. At least five movement leaders Brooklyn Heights for his work in the commu- have been swept up recently by ICE in what is nity. Two days later, a member of Congress widely seen as an effort to silence popular serving Downtown Brooklyn took legislative opposition to the Trump administration’s antiaction to grant Ragbir legal permanent status. immigrant policies.” During a service at St. Ann & the Holy Ragbir, who identifies as a Christian and Trinity Church, the Rt. Rev. Lawrence lives in Brooklyn Heights, spent two weeks in Provenzano — bishop of the Episcopal Diocese federal custody. In his homily, Ragbir blended of Long Island — honored Ragbir for a lifetime his own experience with the message from the of service, capping off a week that began with day’s appointed Gospel selection: Mark 1:29the activist’s release from detention. 39, in which Jesus casts out demons and heals On Jan. 29, a federal judge in New York City illnesses in a community. ordered Ragbir’s immediate from immigration “We have a tangible sickness of fear,” jail, calling his detention “unnecessarily Ragbir said. “We have children who are scared cruel.” U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest of deportation. When you have children who read aloud a statement from the bench, are in school, crying because [they] don’t comparing U.S. Immigration and know whether their parents are going to Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) tactics be home when they get back home, they to those of regimes that the United cannot work, they cannot study, they States reviles as unjust. A group of clercannot focus, they cannot learn, gy and immigration advocates, includbecause every day they are worried ing Bishop Provenzano and many about their parents, about their in attendance at St. Ann’s on lives.” Sunday had marched in Ragbir said this is a fear protest, and believe that their through which he has personalaction helped pressure ly lived, calling it a public authorities to release him. health crisis. Then on Tuesday, Feb. “Our children and also our 6, U.S. Rep. Nydia adults are debilitated,” he said. Velázquez (D-NY) took leg“They are weak because of the islative action to grant legal fear.” status to Ragbir. RespondRagbir pointed out that it ing to his still uncertain isn’t just the shift of the future, Velázquez introimmigration policies since duced a private bill, President Donald H.R. 4937, that would Trump’s 2017 inauguragrant Ragbir legal pertion, but rather policies manent status and, in that date back as far the case of his deportaas the Clinton admintion, a legal right to istration in 1996. return to the U.S. But, referring often Bishop Provenzano embraces Ravi Ragbir. to the same scrip“The outrage after ICE detained Ravi is a ture passage in testament to his status as a community pillar,” which demons are driven out, Ragbir praised Velázquez noted. “Ravi poses no danger to any- the witnessing of the communities. He asked one and, in fact, has dedicated himself to helping the congregation why the ICE authorities had others. Threats to deport him are nonsensical and begun to fear him. inhumane. My bill puts our community’s sup“They were afraid of me because of you!” port into legislative action. If enacted, it would Ragbir exclaimed. “They were afraid of me allow Ravi to stay in the U.S. and, should he be because of the community of people who removed, establishes a legal mechanism for him stepped up to protect me and support me. The to return.” intention was to work in community and create Although Ragbir’s visit to St. Ann’s and the disciples.” invitation to preach had only been announced The Very Rev. Michael Sniffen, dean of the to the media the day before, there was another Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City on surprise in store, with Provenzano naming him Long Island, was among those clergy vested for as an ecumenical canon to the Diocese of Long the service. He explained the significance of Island, eliciting an extended standing ovation the Bishop’s Cross and the title of canon. from the congregation. Talking to the Brooklyn Heights Press after the “In recognition of the tremendous ministry liturgy, Sniffen said, “It’s the highest honorary that you have provided, your prophetic witness office that exists in the Church, and is given to and the sacrifice of your own life in the midst of people really for a lifetime of service in the this work, and that of your family, today it is my communities that the church serves. Ravi is privilege to name you an ecumenical canon for now a titled leader in the church. And in a very immigration work in the Diocese of Long real way, it gives the bishop an open end to be Island,” Provenzano said. “And with that title, able to say, ‘We need Ravi in this community. Canon Ravi, comes the privileges, the rights and He is one of us. He is one of our leaders. He is the protections of the Church. Sisters and broth- very important to our organization and the way ers, help me welcome Canon Ravi Ragbir.” we do work. It provides an opening to be able Ragbir, 43, from Trinidad and Tobago, is a to speak to us about integrated he is into the life known leader of the immigrant rights movement and ministry of the church.’” in the U.S. and executive director of the New The Diocese of Long Island convention last Sanctuary Coalition. He had been picked up by November overwhelmingly passed a resolution ICE during a routine check. Because he has a titled “On Long Island Becoming a Sanctuary prior conviction, he was detained and marked for Diocese” that urged all congregations “to condeportation, which could take place as early as sider providing sanctuary to immigrants and Saturday. migrants” who are “targeted by xenophobia, “His invitation to preach and the extraordi- racism and discrimination.” Moreover, Bishop nary recognition come as the escalating mis- Provenzano named St. Ann & the Holy Trinity treatment of immigrants in America has Church as a Pro-Cathedral during that same become a central national issue,” according to convention. The parish has a long history of Brooklyn Heights Press

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service to the diocese. In the past, old Holy Trinity parish even defied the government when its father-son pastoral team, the Revs. John Howard and William Howard Melish, resisted being removed because of the younger priest’s involvement with the Council on American-Soviet Friendship. 

Heights Press photo by Francesca N. Tate

Ragbir Also Named as Ecumenical Canon, Declared Essential to the Church’s Work

Church, Black History, Social Covenants ‘Together Bound’ in Feb. 11 Program

“Together Bound: Black History, the Church and Social Covenants in Brooklyn”will take place at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. The featured speaker at this Black History Month program is Professor Craig Steven Wilder, a Brooklyn native who teaches at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Wilder has written extensively on the impact of race on social relations and public institutions. Joining Wilder will be Charles Egelston, archivist of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, who will share the registers documenting slave marriages that took place in St. Ann’s Church, as well as a wealth of other historical records and information. 

Rare Heritage Edition Bible Comes to St. Ann’s Church

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity currently has on view a rare Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible, the first illuminated, handwritten version of the Bible to be produced in 500 years. The Bible, which is on loan from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island’s Cathedral of the Incarnation, is a fine-art replica of the Gospels and Book of Acts and will be used in worship and Lenten programs, such as the creation of an illuminated Psalter in Sunday School. The Heritage Edition Bible was part of the liturgy on Sunday, Feb. 4 when the Rev. Denise Galloway, a deacon in the Diocese of Long Island, read the Gospel from it. This Heritage Bible will be on display through Feb. 11. The breadth and scope of the Saint John’s Bible has been compared to that of the Sistine Chapel. An international team of calligraphers and artists spent 15 years creating this masterpiece. Though the team used medieval techniques, the illustrations incorporate modern elements such as DNA strands, images from the Hubble telescope and satellite photos of the Ganges River. Only 299 Heritage Edition Bibles were made. They are full-scale, fine-art reproductions of the original with hand embellishing — and no two are exactly alike. 

Pulpit Sharing: St. Ann’s Welcomes Senior Minister of Unitarian Church

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Ravi Ragbir at the high pulpit in St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. and the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn sit a short block away from each other. Each has its own history in shaping faith in the borough, but they will soon join forces when First Unitarian’s senior minister steps into the pulpit at St. Ann. The Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons, senior minister of the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, will preach at the 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist on the first Sunday of Lent, Feb. 18. She will also preside at a coffee hour forum on her soon-to-be-published new book “No Other God: The Politics of the Ten Commandments.” Levy-Lyons brings to her ministry a passion for social and environmental justice and a belief in the power of liberal religion to transform our world. She also brings a love of creative, embodied, music-centered worship from a previous life as a musician. 

Longtime Grace Church Leader Ordained as Vocational Deacon

Longtime Grace Church parish leader John Musco was ordained to the vocational diaconate recently at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. A large delegation from Grace Church Brooklyn was present for the ordination liturgy. A Brooklyn native, Musco was a member of Grace Church for 20 years as he began his process of discernment and diaconate training. While at Grace, he participated in and led several ministries, most notably 10 mission trips to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. He was also director of lay ministries and, concurrently, co-mentor of the deanery’s Education for Ministry (EfM) Program. Musco, who still mentors this EfM group locally, is also the diocesan coordinator of the EfM program. He serves at Church of the Nativity in Midwood.

The Rev. Deacon John Musco administers the chalice to Grace Church parishioner Allison Scott. Photo credit: Martin Friedman/Used with permission

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