VOLUME 89 NUMBER 37 • SEPTEMBER 28, 2018-OCTOBER 4, 2018
PLAY BALL! Annual Coney Island Stickball Challenge pays tribute to fallen teammate. ebrooklyn media/Photo by Corazon Aguirre
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2• BROOKLYN SPECTATOR • Week of September 28-October 4, 2018
62nd Pct. Captain Says ‘Cops Are Risking Their Lives’ BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM
ensonhurst and Bath Beach are not known as neighborhoods with a great deal of gun violence. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t unsavory characters roaming around local streets with dangerous weapons, law enforcement oﬃcials warned. Cops at the 62nd Precinct had a busy July and August, making 13 arrests of individuals for gun possession, according to Capt. Anthony Longobardi, the commanding officer, who told residents at a Sept. 18 meeting that his oﬃcers are working hard every day to make sure the neighborhoods the precinct covers are as safe as possible. “Cops are risking their lives,” Longobardi told members of the 62nd Precinct Community Council at the organization’s monthly meeting, which took place at the Il Centro Community Center at 8711 18th Ave. Tuesday night. It was the council’s ﬁrst meeting since June. The group does not meet in July or August. Longobardi presented several Cop of the Month awards to oﬃcers involved in the gun-related arrests. Police Officers Thomas Macca, Juby Thomas and Stefan Seecharan conﬁscated two loaded guns from a suspect whom they stopped while he was driving a car in the vicinity of Quentin Road and West 12th Street on June 6. The suspect failed to signal at an intersection and when the oﬃcers ordered him to stop the car, they saw
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Sgt. Jose Alegre (seated second from left) and his team of Neighborhood Coordination Officers have gotten off to a good start, according to local officials. people’s front porches and to crack down on a proliferation of driving schools. “It’s really getting out of hand,” one resident said. Longobardi, who said he doesn’t have the power to shut down driving schools, urged residents to contact their elected oﬃcials. The police “don’t make
Police Officers Juby Thomas (left), Stefan Seecharan (center) and Thomas Macca were among the cops who earned applause at the precinct council meeting for outstanding police work. him reach into a backpack, Longobardi said. Inside the
backpack, “they saw the handle of a firearm,” the captain added. The oﬃcers quickly took the suspect into custody without a shot being ﬁred. A small amount of drugs was also discovered in the vehicle. The activity during the summer months included cops arresting a man who shot bullets into a door of a house; an incident in which officers chased a suspect through an alleyway and seized a semi-automatic pistol and marijuana; and a man who was taken into custody for possession of a switchblade and drugs after oﬃcers spotted him talking on his cell phone behind the wheel of his car. Many arrests take place as the result of residents
contacting police about suspicious activity they ey have seen or heard, accordcording to Longobardi. “It’s ’s all about the public and cops working together,” he told residents at the meeting. “You are a part of it.” Police Officer Thomas Mercado was lauded for an arrest he made while oﬀ-duty during the early morning hours of July 28. He was asleep when a suspect attempted to steal a car on his block. When a neighbor tried to stop the thief, he threatened to hit him with a baseball bat. Mercado woke up, ran out of his house and arrested the suspect. Residents who attended the meeting asked Longobardi to investigate reports of a bike-riding suspect stealing packages off
Police Officer Thomas Mercado woke up out of a sound sleep to arrest a suspected car thief on his block. He injured his arm in an unrelated incident. the laws,” he said. “We just enforce them.” The captain promised to look into complaints about large groups of people congregating at night and drinking in Garibaldi Playground at 18th Avenue and 82nd Street. The playground is supposed to close at dusk. Several oﬃcers from the precinct’s new Neighborhood Coordination Oﬃcers
(NCO) program attended the council meeting to meet local residents. The program, which the New York Police Department has placed in nearly every precinct in the city, came to the 62nd Precinct in the spring. Under NCO, cops are assigned small sectors within a neighborhood to patrol and work closely with a rresidents and merchants to solve quality of life issues. s Assemblymember William Colton, a Democrat representing Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst, attended a recent meeting the precinct had m tto introduce the NCO cops tto the neighborhood and ssaid the session was very productive. p “Most of the issues raised are considered minor. But they were not considered minor to the people who brought them up,” he said, adding that he was impressed that cops took all complaints seriously. Led by Sgt. Jose Alegre, the precinct’s NCO oﬃcers are P.O. Pavel Mashkov, P.O. Edward Boyle, P.O. Jean Innocent, P.O. Jelinson Martinez, P.O. Elias Khan, P.O. Michael Oggeri, P.O. Francisco Acosta, P.O. Danielle Valentine, P.O. Wendy Skupien and P.O. Roman Vilnyanskiy. All but Vilnyanskiy attended the precinct council meeting Tuesday night.
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Mathylde Frontus with supporters on the evening of the primary election.
Frontus Wins Hard-Fought Primary Fight for Assembly Seat
BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM
lthough the oﬃcial results for the 46th District Democratic Assembly Primary will not be released until Thursday, Sept. 27, the unoﬃcial ﬁnal tabulation for the closely watched race finds Mathylde Frontus, who holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Columbia University, the winner of the hotly contested primary. With 55 more votes than opponent Ethan Lustig-Elgrably, City Councilmember Mark Treyger has acknowledged Frontus as the winner of the razor-thin primary race that took place on Thursday, Sept. 13. On Friday night, Treyger and Councilmember Justin Brannan offered Frontus their congratulations on her pending victory. “I applaud Dr. Frontus and her team on a hard-fought win,” Brannan told this paper. “This is proof that every single vote counts – especially in local elections. So the next time someone says they don’t even bother voting because they don’t see how their one vote can make a diﬀerence, tell them
about Dr. Frontus, who just won by 50-something votes! I look forward to working hard to help Dr. Frontus win decisively in November and calling her a colleague come January. There is much to be done.” Defying all odds, Frontus succeeded in defeating Lustig-Elgrably without the support of elected oﬃcials and Democratic leaders within the 46th Assembly District, which includes Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Dyker Heights and Brighton Beach. Frontus succeeds former Assemblymember Pamela
Harris, who stepped down earlier this year, after being charged with defrauding various government entities of tens of thousands of dollars in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Harris pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud, making false statements to FEMA and witness tampering in connection. For the past week Frontus, who lives in Coney Island, had maintained a 70-vote lead over Lustig-Elgrably, with approximately 10 percent of the polling places failing to report the results. According to reports, the
“This is proof that every single vote counts – especially in local elections." -- Councilmember Justin Brannan scanners and ﬂash drives that preserve the information at the polling places in question were blank. The precincts that failed to report were from the Coney Island portion of the district. Further complicating matters was a letter that
NYCHA sent out telling residents at the Marlboro Houses, in Gravesend near the border of Coney Island, to stay home on Sept. 13 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a home inspection, hindering some from being able to go out and vote. A NYCHA representative told this paper that these inspections were standard procedure and that they were made in order to inspect apartments for lead. When asked at the time why they would schedule the inspections
on primary day, the NYCHA rep could not answer. "After a week of waiting for results, I was thrilled to finally hear the news on Friday that I won my primary race," Frontus told this paper. "I am eager to now focus on the general election and continuing to bring my platform of unity, aﬀordable housing, senior services, government accountability and funding our public schools across the district to voters." Frontus will face Republican Steve Saperstein in the general election on Nov. 6.
Cops Arrest Second Suspect in Bay Ridge Slaying BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM
ops have arrested a second suspect in connection with the murder of a man in Bay Ridge over two weeks ago. On Monday, Sept. 24, the NYPD arrested 46-year-old Bay Ridge resident Eric Cruz, who was charged with murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in connection to the Friday, Sept. 7 death of Grei Frasheri, 23. Frasheri was killed in the wake of a ﬁght that broke out at around 6 p.m. near the corner of 93rd Street and Fourth Avenue. Earlier this month, on Monday, Sept. 17,
authorities arrested 35-year-old Gravesend resident Anthony Valenti, who was also charged with attempted murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in connection to the crim. Cops initially said that Frasheri had been fatally shot in the neck or chest area, though a report in the Sept. 12 Daily News cited the cause of death as a stabbing, and noted that cops originally thought that Frasheri had been shot to death because of the presence of shell casings in the area. Frasheri was rushed to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn where he was pronounced dead. The victim, according to the News, died of his stab wounds.
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Grei Frasheri, 23, was killed after a fight broke out near 93rd Street and Fourth Avenue on Sept. 7.
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Bay Ridge Man Killed in Car Crash BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM
Bay Ridge resident was killed over the weekend in a vehicle collision close to home. According to authorities, on Saturday, Sept. 22 at around 12:45 a.m., a crash occurred at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 94th Street, after which 61-yearold Ronald Shammas was found by cops inside a 2017 Nissan Rouge, unconscious and unresponsive. Emergency Medical Services rushed Shammas to NYU Langone-Brooklyn where he was pronounced dead. The NYPD Highway Unit’s Collision Investigation Squad stated that Shammas was traveling eastbound on 92nd Street and, while making a right turn southbound onto Fifth Avenue, he suffered a medical episode, lost control of his vehicle and sideswiped a 2005 Nissan Murano in the northbound lane. Inset courtesy of GoFundMe After striking it, Shammas continued Ronald Shammas.
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The scene of the accident that killed a Bay Ridge resident. southbound on Fifth Avenue and struck a traﬃc light pole located on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 94th Street. No other injuries were reported. The Shammas family has created a GoFundMe page for the victim where all the donations will be put towards paying for his memorial service. For more information, visit www. gofundme.com/ron-shammas-memorial-fund. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus
68 TH PRECINCT The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton. BOTCHED BURGLARY: A man and woman attempted to burglarize a department store on 86th Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues on Sunday, Sept. 23. According to reports, at around 3:39 p.m., the two crooks entered the store and grabbed around $419 worth of scarves and tried to leave. When a security guard tried to stop them, cops say, the male perp pushed him, dropped the scarves and his cellphone and ﬂed the location. No arrests have been made. DRIVER HITS BIKER, DRIVES AWAY: Cops say a driver sideswiped a 54-year-old man riding a motorcycle on the northeast corner of Fort Hamilton Reservation and Shore Parkway on Sunday, Sept. 23. Authorities say that at around 2:50 a.m., the victim was traveling westbound on the Belt Parkway in the right lane when an unknown driving a vehicle in the same direction cut in front of him and sideswiped the motorcycle, causing the victim to lose control and fall oﬀ it, and sustain injuries. The driver left the scene. No arrests have been made. CAUGHT RED HANDED: A man was arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle belonging to
62 ND PRECINCT a 32-year-old male after parking it near 72nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on Sunday, Sept. 23. According to reports, at around 1:20 a.m., the victim parked the vehicle and left it running while he went into his home. While inside, the suspect allegedly entered the vehicle and drove away. The victim’s wife was tracking the whereabouts through a tracking app on an iPhone. Oﬃcers saw the suspect in the driver’s seat trying to restart the vehicle. FRIENDS TURNED ENEMIES: A 55-year-old man was arrested after allegedly attacking a 35-year-old man inside a home near 66th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Reports say that at around 9:36 a.m., the victim got into a verbal argument with the man when he allegedly punched him in the face resulting in injuries to his left cheek. BAD BURGLAR: A home on 79th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues belonging to a 36-yearold woman was burglarized on Wednesday, Sept. 19. According to reports, at around 1:20 p.m., the perp was in her basement and stole several items, including bracelets, earrings and gold coins. When he ﬂed the scene, he dropped the bag containing the stolen goods after being chased. No arrests have been made.
The 62nd Precinct serves Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend. KNIFE ATTACK: A 39-year-old was attacked and robbed by knife-wielding perps while walking near New Utrecht Avenue and 71st Street on Saturday, Sept. 22. According to reports, at around 6 a.m., the victim was walking to buy beer when three men approached him and yelled at him. Cops say that one of the perps punched the man while the other took out a knife and slashed his face, arm and chest and caused a small stab wound to the left side of his armpit. The perps stole $700 and jewelry before ﬂeeing the scene. BURGLAR NABS JEWLERY: A 44-year-old woman’s apartment near 84th Street and 25th Avenue was burglarized on Thursday, Sept. 20. Reports say that at around 7:40 a.m., the unknown perps broke in through the front door and stole jewelry and $64 before ﬂeeing the scene. No arrests have been made. FLYING BOTTLE: Cops say a 19-year-old woman had a glass bottle thrown at her face during an altercation inside a dry cleaner on 86th Street between 23rd and 24th Avenues on Friday, Sept. 21. According to reports, at around 8:30 p.m., the victim was inside the store when a female attacker yelled at her unprovoked. Authorities say the woman then took a glass bottle and threw it at the victim, resulting in injuries. The perp ﬂed eastbound on 86th Street. No arrests have been made. THREE CROOKS ROB TEEN: A 14-year-old male was robbed by three crooks on West Eighth Street and Highlawn Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 22. According to reports, at around 3:30 p.m., the victim was approaching the train station to go home when the three perps approached him. Cops say one of them asked to borrow his phone to call his mom, but ran away with it once it was in his hands. The second and third perps then stole items from his pockets and ﬂed the scene. No arrests have been made.
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10• BROOKLYN SPECTATOR • Week of September 28-October 4, 2018
Family, Players Honor Raymond Goffio in Annual Stickball Tournament in Coney Island
BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM
t was a perfect day to pay tribute to a fallen teammate. The Third Annual Stickball Challenge was held at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park on Saturday, Sept. 22, featuring a tournament pitting teams from Sheepshead Bay, South Brooklyn and Harlem against each other. Though, the theme of the day was unity. While the weather was perfect and the games were fun, the annual competition served as a remembrance for former teammate and Softball Hall of Famer Raymond Francis Goffio who died unexpectedly earlier this summer. He was 60 years old. “It went really well and it was the best year yet for this tournament,” Jason Cusato, one of the event’s organizers and the creative force behind the celluloid tribute to the game, “When Broomsticks Were King.” “We had a really good crowd show up for the ﬁrst time. Usually there are just a few people watching us. This time, we had an actual big crowd.” Some members of the crowd, he said, were there
ebrooklyn media/Photos by Corazaon Aguirre
Scenes from the Third Annual Stickball Challenge in Coney Island.
to honor Goﬃo. “All of Ray’s family was there which was really nice,” Cusato said. “It was deﬁnitely the best tournament we’ve had to date.” Cusato spoke of the impact Goﬃo had on local stickball. “It made the day extra special,” he added. “You never get closure with people passing away but it felt really good to honor Ray by doing something he loved to do. He loved to play, he loved to talk about it. Whenever we do these events, a lot of times when we were asked, ‘Can we speak to someone
from the stickball team,’ Ray was always a good spokesman for the sport.” Goffio was inducted into the Stickball Hall of Fame in 2007. He talked to this paper in July about his love for the game. “I’ve been playing since nine years old,” he said. “I play with a guy named John Candelaria. He went on to play 22 years in the major leagues. I played my ﬁrst game on East 10th Street.” Candelaria pitched for several Major League Baseball teams from 1975-1993. At the end of the tournament, the Harlem team was victorious but all attendees and players understood the signiﬁcance of the game. “It was the perfect day to play and perfect time to honor him,” Cusato said of Gofﬁo, whose family donned shirts with his picture and name on them. It was also special for the teams to play in the historic Brooklyn amusement park. “It’s always cool to play in Coney Island, period,” Cusato said. “It’s a New York game but I feel strong ties to stickball in Brooklyn. IIt felt good to be there but because of Ray, it felt that much more special.”
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CB 10 Comes Out in Opposition to Mega-Development on Eighth Avenue BY HELEN KLEIN HKLEIN@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM
here are still many unknowns about the massive development proposed for Eighth Avenue and 62nd Street in Sunset Park — but what is crystal clear is the reaction of members of a local panel tasked with reviewing the project. Community Board 10 — in whose catchment area the 6208 Eighth Ave. project is located — is strongly in opposition to what has been proposed, believing it to be way too large. At its September general board meeting, held at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, the board voted “against the 6208 Eighth Ave. project as presented due to the overwhelming size, scope and impact it will have on the community.” The vote came at the end of the ﬁrst leg of an extensive public review process, just weeks after the Dept. of City Planning (DCP) held a public hearing in connection with the Environmental Impact State- A rendering of the proposed project. ment (EIS) currently being prepared that precedes “There are other devel- on both Seventh and Eighth opments in the pipeline. avenues. the mandated municipal "They have this really review process known as They know about them and The development largely lofty view of utopian ULURP. we know about them, and meets the requirements of society...It’s not going “We are basically saying they all have to be taken an upzoning for the site to happen.” it’s a non-starter,” Zoning into consideration.” that was approved back in and Land Use Committee The project, developed 2007 when a project that - CB 10 Zoning and Land Chair Brian Kaszuba told by 6208 Realty LLC and combined housing and a Use Committee Chair Brian Home Depot was planned Kaszuba this paper. Usually, boards designed by architect Rayweigh in on projects that mond Chan, is comprised of for the location. must go through ULURP a 12-story residential tower However, because of an analysis of the impact once ULURP has com- containing 250 apartments the site’s proximity to the on pedestrians at Eighth menced, but Kaszuba said (50 of which are aﬀordable subway and train tracks, it Avenue and 62nd Street. CB 10 wanted to get out in housing) facing Seventh must go through extensive Among the issues cited front of the process for this Avenue, a 12-story office review. Also requiring by CB 10 in its extended rectower facing Eighth Ave- review is the developer’s particular project, mainly ommendation is that, given nue, and an 11-story hotel because the area appears request to change the site’s the small scale of nearby to be in the crosshairs of with 200 rooms, also facing homes and businesses, zoning district, in order development, with the “This project does not to reduce the number of Seventh Avenue. MTA attempting to lease parking spots from 2,100 The towers, as designed, conform to neighborhood air rights over the tracks are situated atop a two- to 1,883. character, and will have a at Eighth Avenue for an- story-tall retail complex, Among the questions negative visual eﬀect.” with stores arranged, the EIS will attempt to another potentially massive Another major issue is project. according to Kaszuba “in a swer are the impact of the the strain the project could In addition, plans being market-style layout.” Also development on the area put on area infrastructure, as well as city services. the board said. As CB 10 pushed for changes in included in the plan are The study will include a the movement of freight, various garden areas, as points out, schools, roadparking analysis, traﬃ c utilizing the 65th Street ways, public transportawell as medical oﬃces, prirailyards, could result in a vate day care and pre-kin- analysis at some 25 diﬀer- tion and municipal services dergarten and a bookless signiﬁcant “uptick in truck ent intersections during are already stressed by traﬃc along 65th Street,” digital library. In addition, five different “peak ” overcrowding, thanks in time periods, as well as Kaszuba stressed. 1,883 parking spaces would part to illegal conversions, “You can’t do this in a be included, in an under- an analysis of available “and this development will vacuum,” he emphasized. ground garage with access public transit options and place a major strain on all
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city resources in this area,” the board contended in its resolution. In addition, the board contends that available public transportation would not be adequate to support the influx of residents, workers and visitors to the complex, which would also negatively impact an already crowded commercial area. The board also opined that the area does not need the hotel and additional stores included in the project, and questioned the accuracy of assumptions members believe are being made by the developer that those who live in the complex would also shop there, work there and send their children to school there. “They have this really loft y view of utopian society,” Kaszuba said. “It’s not going to happen.” The plan, Chan acknowledged to this paper in a 2017 interview, is something of a “social experiment,” explaining that one of the
goals of the developers was to consolidate housing, early education facilities and a variety of businesses in a single facility, to ease the burden on harried area residents, particularly single parents. At that time, Chan also noted that the development had been made smaller and less dense than what had originally been proposed in 2014. Once the EIS is completed, ULURP — which incorporates reviews at the community and borough level, followed by a review by the City Planning Commission (CPC) and the City Council, with each step required to be complete within a speciﬁed time frame — can begin. According to the presentation from the Aug. 30 Public Scoping Meeting held by CPC to help determine the direction of the EIS, the estimated build year is by 2023. The board’s vote is advisory only.
12• BROOKLYN SPECTATOR • Week of September 28-October 4, 2018
St. Nicholas Home Honors Three Community Leaders at its 36th Anniversary Gala BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM
n Saturday, Sept. 22, the St. Nicholas Home, a nonproﬁt interdenominational residence for senior citizens in Bay Ridge, hosted its 36th Anniversary Gala at the Staten Island Hilton. The event brought out elected oﬃcials, civic leaders and members of the clergy to help raise funds for the home located at 437 Ovington Ave. Guests included U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, state Sen. Marty Golden; state Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, realtor Aida Nicolaou, president of the St. Nicholas Ladies Auxiliary, attorney Joe Elhilow, Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Simon Shamoun and Golden’s Deputy Chief of Staﬀ John Quaglione. The St. Nicholas Home opened its doors in 1982. It was the dream of the late Rt. Rev. Gregory Abboud of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral on State Street to build a residence for elderly people in the Arab-American community. Abboud died in 1978, but not before he signed the contract to purchase the old Bay Ridge Hospital. Along with Richard Zarick and his wife Florence, the property was secured and Abboud’s dream became a reality. Edward Mafoud, chairman of the St. Nicholas Home board of directors, served as master of ceremonies. “When you come to one of these events and support the St. Nicholas Home you are part of our
family,” Mafoud said. “We cater to approximately 70 adult senior citizens. The residents range in age from 55 to 100, so we have several generations of seniors at the St. Nicholas Home.” Mafoud said that since its opening, the St. Nicholas Home has had hundreds, if not thousands of residents come through its doors. “We provide all our residents with a warm, comfortable bed, three meals every day, snacks, room service, laundry and security,” Mafoud said. “And we also provide them with social activity because we don’t want to have our seniors sitting on a couch all day long. We want to keep them active, healthy and provide them with the highest quality of life.” Right Rev. Thomas Zain of St. Nicholas Cathedral and Father Antoine Rizk, pastor at the Church of the Virgin Mary delivered the invocation. Elhilow presented the Community Service Award to Dr. John Ashkar, a pulmonary disease and critical care specialist who has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and owns a medical facility in Brooklyn. Elhilow read Ashkar’s impressive list of awards and achievements and explained that Ashkar is following in his father’s footsteps as a board member of the St. Nicholas Home and as its physician in residence. “Dr. Ashkar is listed in “Who’s Who in American Doctors” and his activities are a who’s who, literally, of community service and medicine,” Elhilow added. Shamoun introduced honoree Dr. Hassan
State Sen. Marty Golden and U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan present honoree Dr. John Ashkar with certificates of merit.
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U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, Edward Mafoud, Aida Nicolaou, Dr. John Ashkar, Dr. Hassan Wehbeh, Ralph Succar and state Sen. Marty Golden.
Honorees Dr. John Ashkar, Ralph Succar, Dr. Hassan Wehbeh and St. Nicholas Home Chairman Edward Mafoud. Wehbeh, director of the New Beginnings Perinatal Center of Bay Ridge. Wehbeh was previously named a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Shamoun said it was an honor for him to present Wehbeh with the award because “I love good people that do things for no reason other than to do good things and Dr. Wehbeh ﬁts right into that category.”
Elhilow returned to present honoree Ralph Succar with his award. Succar is a community leader who owns Empire State Development LLC, and resides on the boards of almost every community service group in Bay Ridge, including the Salaam Club of New York, the Bay Ridge Community Council and The Rotary Club of Verrazano. Elhilow called Succar a major force in Bay Ridge. “I don’t think
State Sen. Marty Golden, U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan and Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis present honoree Ralph Succar with certificates of merit.
State Sen. Marty Golden, U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan and Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis with honoree Dr. Hassan Wehbeh. there’s an organization that exists that he is not a member of, and more importantly president of,” Elhilow said. “He’s the type of person who simply rises to lead.” Each award recipient received a certiﬁcate of special congressional recognition from Donovan, and certiﬁcates of merit from Golden and Malliotakis. “The St. Nicholas Home has done so many great
things for our community over the years,” Golden said. “They allow our seniors to have the best living and care facility available and the best quality of life. They reach out and help families across Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. I also commend their choice of this year’s honorees and all the good work they’ve contributed to the St. Nicholas Home and to our community.”
Honoree Ralph Succar with his wife Joanna and daughter Karina.
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Brooklynites Sound Off On What Legal Weed Could Look Like By Michael Stahl The Bridge
While New York state seems likely to go the way of nine states and the District of Columbia in legalizing marijuana for recreational use, plenty of deliberation is happening first. Tuesday night was Brooklyn’s turn to sound off about how legal marijuana should be controlled — and who should profit from it. Last month, shortly after the publication of a multi-agency study that concluded the “positive effects” of marijuana legalization in New York (up to $678 million in tax revenue, depending on the pricing and taxation rate) “outweigh the potential negative impacts,” Gov. Cuomo pieced together a workgroup tasked with drafting legislation for a regulated, adult-use marijuana program. One of their initial steps is to hold 17 “listening sessions” across the state, giving local politicians and the public a chance to offer their input. One of those listening sessions took place last night at LIU Brooklyn, where about 200 attendees packed into the campus’s Kumble Theater. Though the moderator announced ground rules limiting microphone time to two minutes and a ban on cheering and jeering, they weren’t always observed. The roughly 50 speakers ranged from the thoughtful and precise to the spacey and bizarre — and not everyone who spoke was pro-pot. But a series of oft-repeated points emerged over the two-hour gathering — a few with significant business implications. Here are some of them: Minimize regulations Many of the speakers showed concern that future legislation might serve only the interests
of the state and not necessarily the individual smoker. If the government has complete control over the cannabis supply — its price, taxation and potency — that could mean that many users will go underserved. The black market wouldn’t go away, arrests will still be made and the people who utilize marijuana for a wide range of medical purposes will continue to suffer if basic access isn’t granted, some speakers asserted. A man who identified himself as “Deisel L.” said he moved from Brooklyn, where he was raised, to Washington, D.C., because there “you are able to grow: one person, six plants.” He said growing marijuana is a “God-given right,” a sentiment expressed by a few others, who wondered if the state’s legislation will be progressive enough to allow private production. Deisel L. and others also observed that the marijuana laws might need enough nuance to include pot-related products like THC vape oils and edibles, for example, and to clearly discriminate between criminal and legal use. However, one woman suggested that the laws be so general that they span no longer than two pages, while another woman said that the laws must be strong enough so that localities don’t have the power to supersede them. Provide business opportunities for everyone As to be expected, most of the attendees who spoke wish that the state would keep fees for opening dispensaries low, and hope that the new industry doesn’t become strictly a billionaire’s club. State Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley, who represents Brooklyn’s District 57, spoke on this topic at the meeting’s outset. “As we move from a vertical to a more horizontal
Gov. Cuomo organized a listening session for Brooklynites to voice their thoughts on legalizing recreational marijuana. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty economic structure of this industry,” he said, “creating more diversity, more opportunities for people of color and for women” will be an important step. Michael Zaytsev, who founded High NY, a pro-cannabis community, said that there must “especially [be] a consideration of how we’re going to transition people from the underground cannabis economy, who are making their living there, into the regulated economy.” “Those people shouldn’t be wiped out,” he continued, “because the ‘Big Pharmas’ and ‘Big Alcohols’ of the world want a piece of the cannabis dollars.” “We’re gonna have ‘Coors Weed,’ they’re
Though the moderator announced ground rules limiting microphone time to two minutes and a ban on cheering and jeering, they weren’t always observed. Photo by Michael Stahl
gonna take over, the money’s gonna be there,” said a man who did not identify himself by name, but claims to have opened a growing and recreational cannabis business in California. “We want to at least carve out a little bit of a niche for high-quality marijuana. … Make sure you’re getting a few high-quality [sellers] so when we go to the stores we have an option that’s not gonna be ‘Coors Light.’” Release those incarcerated for pot-related offenses Many at the meeting said that if the legalization of adult, recreational-use marijuana is pushed through, then those who have been incarcerated for pot-related offenses must be released. “When we’re talking about regulation we [must] talk about decriminalization,” Assemblymember Mosley said before posing the question: “How do we seal the records of those who have been impacted by their activities in this industry when it was criminalized?” A man identifying himself as a lifelong New York resident said the release of incarcerated people and the sealing of their records “should not be linked to the passage of a regulation and taxation scheme, they should just be done outright.” Catherine Gonzalez, an attorney with Brooklyn Defenders Services, an organization that provides legal representation to those who cannot afford it, said in her three years of working for the group she has represented only one white person who was arrested for a marijuana offense — the rest have been people of color. Gonzalez said the state’s new legislation must re-invest marijuana tax revenue into “communities that have been the most harmed under prohibition,” while Assemblymember Mosley himself also offered: “How are some of these revenues going to be re-invested in some of the communities that have been impacted [by pot-related arrests] the most?” Keep employers from testing their workers for marijuana A woman who identified herself as a Brooklynite said, “I’m a mom of two teenaged boys — I guess you can call me a soccer mom.” She said that she had just come from dropping them off at their practice sessions, and added: “I’m gonna go home and make some dinner and I’m gonna smoke some pot tonight,” at which the crowd applauded. “There are a lot of people like me, quietly at home smoking, and not out advocating for a change in laws in this state,” she continued. “I think if we thought about … restricting employers from testing for cannabis, that more people like me would come out and be open” about their pot use and the push for looser laws. “Let’s be honest, we need more friends and less enemies.”
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Local Boy with DMD Donates Underage Gambling Hair to Kids with Cancer FACT SHEET
39.5% of NYS youth between the ages of 12 and 17 have gambled in the past year. Nearly 30% of these youth state they began gambling at age 10 or younger. Past 30 day use of alcohol, being drunk, use of marijuana, and drinking energy drinks is higher among youth who are
Source: OASAS, 2014-15
Top 3 Past-Year Gambling Behaviors
• Playing lottery, lotto, and scratch offs • Betting money on raffles or charity games • Betting money on sports
*Source: OASAS, 2014-15
Consequences of Underage Gambling • Increased risk for DELINQUENCY & CRIME • Increased risk for SUBSTANCE USE & ABUSE • Increased risk for ADDICTION • DAMAGED RELATIONSHIPS • Poor academic performance • Mental health issues including DEPRESSION & ANXIETY • Overall, POOR GENERAL HEALTH *Source:s: Wynne, et. al. (1996); Hardoon, et. al. (2002); Gupta & Derevensky (1998); Potenza, et. al. (2002).
YOU(th) Can Help!
• Learn more about the dangers of underage gambling at www.YOUthDecideNY.org • Talk to your children today about the dangers of underage gambling • Use teachable moments (ads, movies, etc.) to teach your children how to analyze media
• Know all of the facts before you DECIDE • Learn more about the dangers of underage gambling at www.YOUthDecideNY.org • Be a positive peer influence by choosing NOT to gamble • Get involved in preventing underage gambling by partnering with a local prevention agency.
• Go gambling free with your family and youth events • Publicly express your support for gambling-free events for youth and families • Learn more about the dangers of underage gambling at www.YOUthDecideNY.org
www.YOUthDecideNY.org Giving teens the power to decide! Learn more about the dangers of underage gambling at www.YOUthDecideNY.org
Nine-year-old Pietro Scarso says goodbye to his long locks. By Meaghan McGoldrick INBrooklyn
A local boy is ditching his “boy”-bun for a good cause. Nine-year-old Pietro Scarso, a Dyker Heights kid who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) at age three, is raising awareness for a different cause, and on Wednesday, Sept. 19, donated his hair to children with cancer. According to Pietro’s parents, Dayna and Manni, Pietro – the driving force behind Pietro’s Fight, a nonprofit focused on finding a cure for DMD – came up with the idea himself. “When Pietro was home from school on Christmas break, he saw a commercial for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital on one of the kid’s channels,” said Dayna who, alongside her husband, co-founded Pietro’s Fight. “He’s such a compassionate boy, so naturally he started asking things like, ‘Why does it happen?’ and ‘What do these kids do when they don’t have hair?’” Dayna told Pietro, “Well, some kids donate their hair and then they make wigs out of it for the children who are sick.” And so, Pietro formed a plan and, after 10 months of trading in haircuts for what his mother described as a “miniature man-bun,” Pietro stopped by Salon Gio in Dyker Heights to finish what he’d started. His hair was donated to Wigs for Kids in memory of his cousin Frank Giunta, as well as Francesco Loccisano, Olivia Boccuzzi, Gianna Nicole and Orazio Arrabito (the brother of Pietro’s longtime barber, Alessandro) -- all of whom have died from cancer. Paying it another step forward, Pietro raised funds while growing out his locks for Gianna Nicole’s Heart of Hope, an organization whose mission is to assist other families battling pediatric cancer in honor of its namesake angel. To date, Pietro’s GoFundMe page -- dubbed “Hairraising Boy” -- has raised $4,395. The money, Dayna said will be split amongst two families in need. As for his salon appointment, Pietro sat like a champ. “He was so excited, almost to the point where he didn’t want to cut it anymore, he wanted to go another two months so he could give it to two children,” Dayna said, adding that the family chose September in collaboration with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. “Now he’s like, ‘Mom, I’m growing my hair again.’” “He was really happy with the turnout,” she
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went on. “It’s amazing coming from a fundraising family how much even our children, Pietro and his brother Nico, pick up. Just the idea that he wanted to do this on his own and give a kid some confidence really resonated with our whole family.” Pietro was diagnosed with DMD, a recessive X-lined form of muscular dystrophy that affects one in every 3,500 to 5,000 boys, at just three years old. Pietro’s Fight was founded in hopes of helping to find a cure and has rallied around him ever since. “Pietro has had a support system since the age of two and a half. Pietros Fight is his normal, so he understands the importance of family and even strangers standing by our side to help, and he wanted to do the same,” said Dayna, who added that Pietro just started the fourth grade and is doing well. For more information on Pietro's Fight, visit www.pietrosfight.org.
Pietro Scarso with his full head of hair Photo courtesy of the Scarso family
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Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine will be on exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum through June 2019.
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The Binary Code Series will be on exhibit through October 26 at Klompching Gallery.
BROOKLYN BEFORE Photographs,1971–1983 will be on exhibit through October 27th at Tabla Rasa Gallery.
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Art BROOKLYN COLLAGE COLLECTIVE X BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS The exhibition welcomes newcomers, Stephanie Cortazzo and Justin Aversano to the collective. The collective aims to bring credibility to an otherwise under-recognized medium, elevating the art forms limitless ability to create a dialogue through assemblage. When: Friday, September 28th, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, September 29th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, September 30th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Brooklyn Collage Collective (37 Troutman Street) (DIS) PLACED IN SUNSET PARK New York City has experienced accelerated gentrification in the last fifteen years, with working class and immigrant communities being displaced and uprooted from their homes and communities. Brooklyn’s Sunset Park is one of the many diverse communities that is rapidly changing and being homogenized by waves of gentrification. (Dis)Placed in Sunset Park is an interactive multimedia project that features Sunset Park residents drawing on people’s recollection of the past as they live in the present and articulate their hopes for the future of the neighborhood. The common theme among their stories is the shared narrative of migration to the U.S., their journey to Sunset Park and the fear of displacement as a result of gentrification. When: Thursdays-Saturdays through September 29th, 2 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Open Source Gallery (306 17th Street) DIAMONDS A new exhibition from New York based artist Catherine Mosely. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through October 7th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) BRINGING BACK THE CITY: MASS TRANSIT RESPONDS TO CRISIS A new exhibit offering a
unique perspective on the vital, often unseen, work of New York’s transit employees. Using the events of 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather events as examples, the exhibition reveals the critical role that mass transit personnel play in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Through a vibrant display of objects, photographs, media, and personal accounts, the exhibition highlights the technical and professional skills needed to restore public transportation service and get New Yorkers moving again after crisis strikes. When: Tuesdays-Sundays through September, Mon-Fri 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ NYC Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn St) FIVE CENTS TO DREAMLAND: A TRIP TO CONEY ISLAND This special exhibition brings together highlights from both permanent collections to explore Coney Island’s history from a new and unique perspective. When: Saturdays & Sundays, Saturday: 12 – 6 p.m., Sunday: 2 – 6 p.m. Where: Coney Island/ Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Avenue) SIZE MATTERS Curator William Norton has assembled artists from Japan, China, the USA and the UAE to get to the heart of the issue that keeps artists up every night: Does Size Matter? Asian cultures conceive the importance of scale in relationship to value differently than Western artists. Participating Artists: Yukari Edamitsu / Yuki Okamoto / Marcela Silva / Sonomi Kobayashi / Koto Takei /Melissa Stern / Noriko Nokano / Millicent Young / Xiaowei Chen / Miwael / Camelia Mohebi / Chris Ketchie / Michael David / Daniel John Gadd / Peter Hopkins / William Norton / Cake Hara Performances by: Jonah Bokaer / Dirty Churches / Yannah Paradise / Lisa Levy / Plus Surprise Guests. When: Daily September 29th – October 7th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/100 Bogart Street Gallery (100 Bogart Street)
LOOK AROUND, ROUND, ROUND, ROUND, ROUND Caroline Cox’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. For this exhibition, Cox presents a group of immersive installations built from monofilament, crystal balls, horsehair fabric and glass lenses. These materials are used in ways that employ their unique capacity to interact with light, gravity and space. When: Thursdays-Sundays through October 7th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/STUDIO10 (56 Bogart Street) JAMEL SHABAZZ This journalistic timeline documents almost 40 years of historical moments photographed by Jamel Shabazz. These include images of the hip hop culture, the Native American community, the Masonic experiences, the Rastafarian Family and Shabazz’ iconic subway rides. When: Tuesday-Sunday through October 14th, TueSat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) The Least Orthodox Goddess IV Curated by Jasmine Wahi. A group exhibition curated by Jasmine Wahi featuring works by Felipe Baeza, Darío Calmese, David Antonio Cruz, Delano Dunn, Jonathan Gardenhire, Billy Ray Morgan, Zachary Richardson, and Kiyan Williams. When: Tuesday-Saturday through October 20th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by appt Where: Prospect Park/ Jenkin Johnson Gallery (207 Ocean Avenue) FOR WHICH IT STANDS Participating Artists: Simone Bailey, Christina Barrera, Andrew Demirjian, Stephan Jahanshahi, Vandana Jain, Katarina Jerinic, Jeff Kasper & Christopher Spinozzi, Josh MacPhee & Jesse Purcell, Sal Muñoz, Iviva Olenick, Manju Shandler, Athena Soules– NYC Light Brigade, Katherine Gressel, Curator For Which it Stands is a contemporary art exhibition at the Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH) offering a fresh take on the flags of the American Revolution and today, including the contradictions inherent in their symbolism. Select artists reinterpret flags associated with OSH’s history as the site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn, to consider how their values are being upheld today. Others envision bold new flags for contemporary local and global communities. When: Fridays through October 24th, 3 – 6 p.m. or by appt only Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street) EMPIRE SKATE: THE
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Regina Opera presents the “Regina Opera + Pops” Concert on Sunday, September 30th. BIRTHPLACE OF ROLLER DISCO Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco brings the world of Empire to life, exploring its role as a cultural icon and a community hub. Artifacts, archival materials, video, and first-hand interviews, come together to share the stories of the people who skated at Empire during the 70s and 80s and will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the rink. Through the examined histories of and around Empire, connections between roller skating and larger narratives of race, class, and urbanization in America are uncovered. Beyond the roller disco movement, the exhibit traces the history of roller skating in the United States, highlighting the diversity of rinks around the country and the unique history of skating in New York City, which was home to over 20 rinks at its skating peak When: Thursdays-Sundays through October 14th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The City Reliquary Museum (370 Metropolitan Avenue) MAX DE ESTEBAN The Binary Code series are a colorful concoction of collages that excite our imagination and send the viewer on a trajectory of multiple narratives. When: WednesdaysSaturdays through October 26th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street) BROOKLYN BEFORE Photographs,1971–1983 An exhibit of 18 South Brooklyn photographs selected by Joseph and Audrey Anastasi from the 126 images in Mr. Racioppo’s new book. These new digital prints express a cross section of the ongoing themes in Larry’s work – family, neighborhood, and religion. He scanned and printed over six hundred of his earliest 35mm and 120mm black and white negatives for this project. When: Thursdays-Sundays through October 27th, 1 – 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Tabla
Rasa Gallery (224 48th Street) BLANKET STATEMENTS A group exhibition of three contemporary Native American women abstract artists — Gina Adams, Maria Hupfield, and Marie Watt — organized in collaboration with Accola Griefen Fine Art. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through October 27th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16A Main Street) QUIETER PLACES Marshall LaCount’s Quieter Places paintings are a collective approach to places quieter than the city; quieter than a mind treading in traumas; quieter than political despondency. These Quieter Places are beyond certain borders. They are elsewhere, for they are not places, they are images. In this case, they are images constructed by aching hands and sore arms which have managed to pull away from other work, made in less quiet places. Plaster is shaped alongside acrylic paint, wallboard, spray paint. Graffiti and the constant buffing of graffiti get a nod. The works are playful: primary colors occupy measured spaces in largely white fields of textured plaster. This play is a renegotiating of borders. When: Daily Through October, 12 – 9 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Exhibit Salon (182 Driggs Avenue) BRIDGING TWO WORLDS: THE LAND OF THE LIVING AND THE LAND OF THE DEAD The exhibition brings together artworks and artifacts that speak to the universal question: “what happens to us after we die?” When: Saturdays & Sundays through December 2nd, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Green-Wood/ Green-Wood Cemetery Fort Hamilton Gatehouse (500 25th Street) TOWARDS A NEW ARCHEOLOGY This group show brings together artists who reevaluate the history of material culture— presenting installation and
sculptural works that speak to a mystical, transcendent, and visionary future. Towards a New Archaeology features work by Amy Brener, Leeza Meksin, Sheila Pepe (NWA’02), Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Ester Partegàs (NWA’09), Jean Shin (NWA’07), and Rachel Eulena Williams. When: Daily through January 2019, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Street) THE BUSINESS OF BROOKLYN: AN EXHIBITION ON THE OCCASION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BROOKLYN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE An exhibition exploring the past 100 years of business in the borough. The story spans booming factories, family shops, iconic innovation, and labor struggles. The exhibition showcases images and objects from companies large and small that thrived in Brooklyn, including Domino Sugar, Squibb Pharmaceuticals, Schaefer Beer, Drake Bakeries, Abraham & Straus, Gage & Tollner, and many others. It includes numerous artifacts from the Brooklyn Chamber’s history, including a gavel that the Chamber used to convene meetings in the 1920s, the telephone the Chamber used in its first offices at 75 Livingston Street, and a program for the Chamber’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, which honored entertainer Danny Kaye. It also includes treasures from BHS’s collections, including Eberhard pencil sets, Virginia Dare bottles and glasses, coasters and trays from Brooklyn’s illustrious beer brewing history. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through January 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street) SOMETHING TO SAY: BROOKLYN HI-ART MACHINE The Brooklyn Museum highlights the work of four Brooklyn artists with Something to Say, a yearlong activation of the Museum’s public spaces emphasizing the institution’s important role as a place for civic discourse. Bringing together existing works and new, site-specific commissions by Brooklyn HiArt! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through June, 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Books & Readings
SPANISH STORYTIME WITH TOC A fun mix of story time, sing-along, dancing, games and puppet show. It’s great for kids with any level of Spanish. Don’t worry if you don’t speak the language, you can even learn with your child. When: Thursday, September 27th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Where: Cobble Hill/Books are Magic (225 Smith Street) POP-UP MAGAZINE’S FALL ISSUE TOUR This acclaimed “live magazine” show will feature new, live, multimedia stories from Rebecca Skloot, Ann Friedman , Ed Yong, Yowei Shaw , Emily Dreyfuss , Jason Parham, Meg Smaker , and NYC’s own Landon Nordeman , plus others. This is the biggest tour yet. And they are reinventing journalism and storytelling in new ways this fall: The show will travel to changing small-town America, go inside a controversial terrorist rehabilitation facility, consider the ethics of being mean to robots, attempt to bring a flower back from extinction, look at thirst traps through the ages, and more. When: Thursday, September 27th, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fort Greene/BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue) STORY TIME FOR KIDS Authors and illustrators of picture books visit both Greenlight locations on Saturdays to present their new books with readings and art. There are always great stories, activities and crafts. Ages 3 to 8. When: Saturday, September 30th, 11:30 a.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Greenlight Bookstore (632 Flatbush Avenue) RIVERHEAD POP UP READING ROOM The latest installment of Riverhead’s open-air, thematically curated reading rooms will celebrate the freedom to read by featuring books and authors from the Riverhead collection that have been challenged in schools and libraries around the country, or address themes or topics that ignite controversy, from depictions of sexual violence in Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed novel The Kite Runner to LGBTQ content in Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased. Throughout the day, visitors can stop by and pick up a book or two, engage with fellow readers about the vital need for books that generate debate and deeper reflection, and take part in Banned Books Week
activities that amplify the stories and voices of those that need to be heard most today. When: Friday, September 29th, 1 – 4 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park/ Pier 3 (Greenway Terrace) NEW YORK’S GARGOYLES: THE IMMIGRANTS WHO MADE THEM AND THE HUNTERS WHO SAVED THEM From the 19th-century European artisans who incised their imaginations into NYC’s ever-taller edifices, to the obsessive gargoyle hunters who rescued this distinctive American art form from ruin in the postwar period, John Freeman Gill tells a sweeping story of the creation, near demise, and ultimate salvation of some of the city’s most extraordinary visages. Join Gill, author of The Gargoyle Hunters: A Novel, for an illustrated talk about this quintessential New York adventure story. Moderated by journalist and documentary filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro. When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)
Educational NOT FOR PROFIT SUMMIT Strategies for growth featuring key note speaker Charles Archer Co-founder and CEO of the Thrive Network. Followed by a post lunch workshop “How to take Charge of your Social Media.” When: Thursday, September 27th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m./ Workshop: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/St. Francis College (180 Remsen Street) FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR Free legal immigration screenings, social services, and counselor services. When: Friday, September 29th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Public School 24 (427 38th Street) MUSIKIDS This class focuses on basic development and cognitive skills, socialization, cooperation, and always a sense of play Call to register: (718) 638 5660 When: Sunday, September 30th, 3- 4 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Brooklyn Music School (126 St. Felix Street) FERN TALKS & EATS BROOKLYN What does #MeToo mean for chefs, servers, and restaurant culture? FERN Talks & Eats
will tackle that question, where author and former Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Ruth Reichl and Dirt Candy Chef Amanda Cohen join other panelists in discussing #MeToo’s role and influence in the restaurant business. When: Monday, September 30th, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Carroll Gardens/Green Building (452 Union Street) BABY SIGN LANGUAGE In this playful and educational program, students and caregivers will learn the basics of the language, including numbers, colors, greetings, family terms and more. Students can practice and grow their new language skills through a variety of fun activities such as songs and games. When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Where: DUMBO/Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (1 John Street) IPAD BASICS Learn the basics of how to use an iPad to browse the internet, use email, download apps, watch videos, take pictures, connect online and more. iPads will be provided for this class. When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 2nd & October 4th, 1:30–2:45 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Park Slope Center for Successful Aging (463A 7th Street)
Family Fun BROOKLYN FLEA Brooklyn Flea remains the pioneer in creating a curated, high-quality, community-oriented outdoor market for locals and visitors alike. With its mix of vintage, repurposed, handmade, and food vendors in a town-square environment now replicated around the world, a decade later the Flea still features many of the same vendors from the original 2008 market, who have become fixtures of Brooklyn culture while emerging as world-class dealers in their individual niches When: Saturday, September 29th, 10 a.m. – 5 pm, Where: Industry City/Industry City (274 36th Street)
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cast is a moving reflection on history, memory, and the ways in which one generation’s joys and sorrows are transmitted to the next. When: Thursday, September 27th Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue) WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor hidden dimensions drives this thrillingly unpredictable, bloodstained fear trip. Jackie (Hannah Emily Anderson) and Jules (Brittany Allen) are a couple celebrating their one year anniversary at a secluded cabin in the woods belonging to Jackie’s family. From the moment they arrive, something changes in Jules’ normally loving wife, as Jackie (if that even is her real name) begins to reveal
a previously unknown dark side—all building up to a shocking revelation that will pit Jules against the woman she loves most in a terrifying fight to survive. Defying expectations at every turn, Director Colin Minihan delivers a nerve-twisting cat and mouse thriller built around a shattering tale of heartbreak and betrayal. When: Friday & Saturday, September 28th & 29th, 12:30 a.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue) CONTEMPORARY ARAB CINEMA Contemporary Arab Cinema includes Beauty and the Dogs (Ben Hania, 2017—Sep 29), a feminist cri de coeur about a Tunisian college student pitted against a patriarchal bureaucratic system that seeks to silence her following her rape. Also featured in the series: Palestinian director
Muayad Alayan’s The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018—Sep 29) about a casual extramarital affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man that snowballs into a political crisis; acclaimed Lebanese director Philippe Aractingi’s Listen (2017—Sep 30), a sexy, sophisticated romance about lost love; The Journey (Al Daradji, 2017—Sep 30) about a young woman who arrives at Baghdad Central Station prepared to carry out a suicide attack; and Zagros (Omar Kalifa, 2017—Oct 1), about a Kurdish wife and mother who starts a new life in Belgium only to be followed by her jealous husband. The series also includes the documentaries Les Petits Chats (Nakhla, 2015—Sep 29), which follows the Egyptian rock band Les Petits Chats and celebrates a golden age in Egyptian culture when music, art, and cinema flourished; The Man Behind the Microphone (Belhassine, 2017—Oct 3), which looks at Tunisia’s cultural evolution through a revealing portrait of the “Frank Sinatra of Tunisia;” and Investigating Paradise (Allouache, 2017—Oct 2), a documentary-narrative hybrid that investigates how “the theology of death” is used in jihadist recruitment in Algeria.
Other features in the series include Lucien Bourjeily’s Heaven Without People (2017—Oct 3), about a sprawling Lebanese family’s contentious Easter lunch celebration; The Blessed (Djama, 2017—Oct 4), which traces the reverberating effects of Algeria’s 1990s civil war on two generations of Algerians living in the country’s present day police state; and Induced Labor (Diab, 2017—Sep 30), a dark comedy about an Egyptian couple who plan a takeover of the American embassy in order to secure an American passport so their children can be born US citizens. When: Daily through October 4th Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue) FROM SHOCK TO AWE (2017) — EAST COAST PREMIERE Synopsis: An intimate and raw look at the transformational journey of two combat veterans suffering from severe trauma as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief from the mindexpanding world of psychedelics. Recent scientific research coupled with a psychedelic renaissance reveals that these substances can be used to heal PTSD for individuals and their families. Beyond the personal
stories, the documentary also raises fundamental questions about war, the pharmaceutical industry and the U.S. legal system. When: Monday, October 1st, 7:30 – 9:45 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/UA Court Street 12 & RPX (106 Court Street)
Food & Drink NEW YORK FARMERS MARKET A community-run market and includes 23 local gardeners, 3 regional farmers, and 11 local vendors. They have been providing fresh produce, homemade crafts, and a safe public space for families in East New York, Brooklyn. Their market is the only place in East New York to find local and organic produce and Caribbean specialty crops like karela, bora, and callaloo. When: Saturday, September 29th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: East New York/East New York Farmer’s Market (Schneck Ave & New Lots Ave) SIP SHOP EAT POP UP Food, Style, and Drinks intersect at the Collective Pop-Up Market! SIP: Custom Drinks SHOP: a curated selection of indie Brands. Free DIY cotton candy & Popcorn Tarot Readings. When: Saturday, September
29th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Beyond Studios (272 Seigel Street) PUMPKIN PATCH FARMERS MARKET Selling apples, corn, pumpkins, cotton candy, candy apples, and coffee. When: Sunday, September 30th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Gravesend/Our Lady of Grace Academy (385 Avenue W) MCGORLICK PARK FARMERS MARKET Expect to find fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats and eggs, pickles, artisan breads and baked goods, Hudson Valley cheeses, and much more. Green Tree Textiles is at the farmers market each week to collect old clothing for recycling. When: Sunday, September 30th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Down to Earth McGorlick Park Farmers Market (150 Monitor Street) SMORGASBORG A range of cuisines from local and regional food purveyors. This highly regarded outdoor food market features 100 vendors offering packaged and prepared food and beverages. When: Sunday, September 30th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Park CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Health NYRR OPEN RUN: CANARSIE PARK Open Run is a communitybased, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and three miles long. When: Saturday, September 29th, 9 – 10 a.m. Where: Canarsie/Canarsie Park (Seaview Ave. bet. Paerdegat Basin and E. 93 St., E. 102 St. and Fresh Creek Basin) FITNESS: SHAPE UP NYC – LIFT AND MOVEMENT A free 12-week fitness class covering lift and movement. Walk-ins welcome, registration not required. No class October 8th, When: Monday, October 1st, 6 – 7 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Trinity Church (411 45th Street) AFTERFLOW Come experience joy and elation through movement and sound. Afro Flow Yoga infuses electrifying dance movements of the African Diaspora that flow into a meditative yoga sequence of gentle yet powerful stretches. When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:30– 9 pm. Where: DUMBO/Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance (1368 Fulton Street)
Nightlife BUTTERSCOTCH: COMEDY SHOW Line up: Calise Hawkins, Shanes Torres, Mamoudou N”diaye, Ahri Findling, Joe Larson, Charlie Kasov, and Wilfred Padua. When: Thursday, September 27th, 7:30p.m. Where: Fort Greene/ Green Grape Annex (753 Fulton Street) WET CASH Wet Cash is a weird, fun, free standup show that’s been running successfully in Chicago for the past two and a half years. And now it’s coming to Brooklyn. As if that weren’t enough, during every show there are giveaways of real money that’s been soaking in a fish bowl to one lucky audience member (and free beer is available for the rest of the audience). Wet Cash is committed to doing the unexpected, ranging from trying to book an ‘80s metal band to play our fifteen second long theme song to
having an audience member drink a gallon of milk live on stage. Mike Lebovitz, Carmen Lagala and Tom Thakkar. When: Thursday, September 27th, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Haven Cycles (1546 Dekalb Avenue)
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LIVING ROOM SHOW The longest running standup and sketch comedy show in Brooklyn presented by Aaron Kominos-Smith and Turner Sparks Every Friday night, come see some of TV’s funniest comedians and hear jokes they’re working on for their next TV appearances. When: Friday, September 28th, 7–9:30 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Postmark Café (326 Sixth Street) SUNSET FRIDAYS WITH DJ COLLEEN CRUMBCAKE Start your weekend with Sunset Fridays Happy Hour in Courtyard 1/2 at Industry City. When: Friday, September 28th, 2 – 9 p.m. Where: Industry City/ Courtyard 1-2 (274 36th Street) TUESDAY TRIVIA This new 2.0 version of trivia is moving to Tuesdays and will be hosted by TriviaNYC. They’ll be several exciting rounds, great host and super prizes. There are drink specials to help squeeze on the thinking caps and get those brains in gear. When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:30 -10 p.m. Where: Bedford Stuyvesant/ Fulton Ale House (1446 Fulton Street) FULL MOON COMEDY W/ TIM BARNES, KATE WILLET & MORE Bathrobe-clad Carmen Lagala, Kendall Farrell, and Sam Evans welcome New York City comedians on stage for this musicallyinfused show, complete with a marshmallow toast and howling at the moon. Full Moon is all the fun of camping with your funniest friends, without sleeping on the ground. FEATURING: – Tim Barnes – Rebecca Vigil – Kate Willett – Steph Tolev and special guests. When: Wednesday, October 3rd, 8 – 10 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Starr Bar
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The Black Madonna with Honey Dijon as Black Honey. This tour-opening set marks their second time performing as Black Honey ever, and is one of only two
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shows being performed in this way on the We Still Believe tour. When: Friday, September 28th Where: Williamsburg/99 Scott Avenue
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This week’s birthdays: SEPTEMBER 24 Ian Bohen, Actor (41) SEPTEMBER 25 Jamie Hyneman, TV Star (61) SEPTEMBER 26 Jim Caviezel, Actor (49) SEPTEMBER 27 Anna Camp, Actress (35) SEPTEMBER 28 Hilary Duff, Actress (30) SEPTEMBER 29 Alfie Boe, Singer (44) SEPTEMBER 30 Ezra Miller, Actor (25)
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show where our goal is to make the guests and audience parts of the show all the while providing top quality shtick, bits, heated panels, and side-acts. Featured guests will include newsmakers, entertainers and political players, to name a few. It will have something for everyone. When: Friday, September 28th, 8 p.m., Where: Carroll Gardens/ Jalopy Theater and School of Music (315 Columbia Street)
“REGINA OPERA + POPS” CONCERT Enjoy some of your favorite Broadway, opera, and Italian songs at Regina Opera Company’s “Regina Pops” Concert. This twohour program will feature show-stopping classic and contemporary Broadway and operatic selections. When: Sunday, September 30th, 3 – 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Our Lady of Perpetual Help (5902 6th Avenue) Music Performance: A Psychedelic Happening with Psychic Ills and Heaven Let the music take over when New York City’s hottest psychedelic rock bands, Psychic Ills and Heaven, collide for a night of intense and powerful tunes. About Psychic Ills: The seekers in New York City’s Psychic Ills have spent more than a decade following their muse wherever it takes them. When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 7 p.m. Where: Gowanus/The Bell House (149 7th Street) HUMANS Humans is circus in its purest form—a bare stage, no sets, just 10 acrobats in black/ muted-colored costumes displaying world class acrobatic sequences. They jump, somersault, stand on hand(s), toss and catch each other, balance on one another, and twist their bodies in every direction. In the process, they explore the physical limits of their own bodies and rely on the strengths of their teammates. Humans is a theatrical demonstration of our physical vulnerability as individuals and our strength when working together. When: Daily from October 3rd through October 7th, Oct 3—6 at 7:30; Oct 7 at 3pm Where: Fort Greene/BAM Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue) THE SNOW QUEEN &
author Francis Morrone has been named by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the thirteen best tour guides in the world. Join him for his wit, wisdom and unique perspective on Green-Wood. When: Saturday, September 29th, 1 – 3 p.m. Where: Greenwood/GreenWood Cemetery (500 25th Street)
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Two classic stories from Hans Christian Andersen: “The Snow Queen” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Both will be presented at each performance. Adapted for the Marionette stage by Puppetworks’ Artistic Director, Nicolas Coppola, “The Snow Queen” tells the story of a mysterious lady who throws ice into the heart of a child, making him cold and mean, and of his friend Gerda who sets out to rescue him from the Snow Queen’s Ice Palace. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is the tale of a foolish Emperor who buys invisible clothes from a clever tailor, only to march down the street in his underwear. When: Saturdays-Sundays through December 16th, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Where: Park Slope/ Puppetworks (338 Sixth Avenue)
PROSPECT PARK HISTORY WALKING TOUR Explore Prospect Park with a season of special guided walking tours of this iconic park in the heart of Brooklyn, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. These twohour tours will examine the Park’s many layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology to the architectural eras visible in the built environment. When: Sunday. September 30th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Where: Prospect Park
THE EMPEROR The Emperor, Colin Teevan‘s adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński‘s celebrated and controversial 1978 book of the same title, is a parable about power set at the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. Kathryn Hunter astonishingly shapeshifts, portraying ten male servants of Haile Selassie, among them his pillow-bearer, purse-bearer and dog-urine wiper, creating complex human portraits. Hunter, who with Colin Teevan and Walter Meierjohann were the acclaimed team in the Young Vic production of Kafka’s Monkey presented at TFANA in 2013, is here joined by Ethiopian musician Temesgen Zeleke. Kapuściński, who many considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize, slyly used The Emperor to illuminate corruption and political power in his native Poland. This adaptation resonates with the world’s growing and disturbing fascination with despotism. When: Tuesdays – Sundays through October 7th, 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place)
WATERFRONT WALK: GUIDED PARK TOURS A tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, BBP’s sustainable design, and how the Park came to life. When: Sunday, September 30th, 11 a.m. Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park/ Pier 1
It’s back! One of GreenWood’s most popular events returns with an afternoon of exploring some of the Cemetery’s most impressive and elaborate nineteenthcentury mausoleums. Peek inside the elaborate gates of these ancient stone structures to view stunning examples of Green-Wood’s distinct architecture. At each location, docents will offer a glimpse into the lives of the personalities who now rest in these opulent edifices. When: Sunday, September 30th, 12 – 4 p.m. Where: Greenwood/GreenWood Cemetery (500 25th Street)
HARVEST SEASON IMMERSION TOUR The Harvest Season Immersion Tour focuses specifically on the details of production at an urban winery during the busiest time of year. It’s a great introduction to the facility if you’re visiting for the first time. You’ll hone in on some of the more technical aspects of the wine making process, such as fermentation techniques, large equipment and machinery and the aging process. When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 7 – 9 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Brooklyn Winery (213 N 8th Street)
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Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “hunger games,” the 2018 Vendy Awards, which took place on Governor’s Island Saturday, September 22, brewed up strongly flavored competition and wowed foodies from all five boroughs for the 14th year. Pictured here, New York City-based food truck Nansense took home “Rookie of the Year.” Week of September 27-October 3, 2018, 2018 • INBROOKLYN — A Special Section of Brooklyn Daily Eagle/Brooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator/Brooklyn Record/Greenpoint Gazette • 11INB
Damascus Bakery 56 Gold St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 855-1456
Tambour 652 Fifth Ave. at 19th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 917-1747
Damascus Bakery is proud that all of their breads are baked the old-fashioned, time-honored way. Ed Mafoud will proudly tell you that they still follow his grandfather’s original pita recipe, but with some exciting new varieties including the classic original, whole wheat, whole grain and flax and chia. Since 1930 they’ve been baking the best pita on the planet! www.Damascusbakery.com
Chef Thomas Perone tells us that Tambour Restaurant and Wine Bar is known for its wine and food pairings. They have the perfect wine to go with starters and entrees. For example, their Lemon Herb Chicken Breast entrée with farro, lardons, shaved Brussel sprouts and chives is perfectly paired with Pittacum Menci, Bierzo from Spain! www.tambourbar.com
Russ Pizza 745 Manhattan Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11222 (718) 383-9463
Taheni Mediterranean Grill 224 Fourth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 522-2083
Russ Pizza looks like a typical old-school Brooklyn pizzeria on the outside (and inside), but their Italian pies and specialties set them apart from everyone else. And Sal loves to brag about their chicken and parm sandwiches and bursting at the seams calzones, which alone are well-worth a trip down to Russ Pizza! www.russpizza.com
If there’s a Mediterranean dish you crave, Taheni Mediterranean Grill is ready to do their best to satisfy your cravings. Malek Deib is proud to tell you they specialize in offering customers the best service possible. And Malek told us about their incredible Kunafah, a cheese filled pastry that originated in the city of Nablus! www.taheni.com
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Island Glamping at the Delaware Water Gap By John B. Manbeck Special to INBrooklyn
Ever heard of “glamping”? Translated into English, it’s slang for “glamour camping.” Glamping smooths the edges from the rustic outdoors: no more sleeping on the hard, uneven, cold ground; no fighting for a campsite; no cooking in the dark over a smoky fire. But you can still enjoy nature on the placid banks of the Delaware River under the majestic Delaware Water Gap, one of America’s scenic wonders. Island Glamping, a recent attraction at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, has drawn urban campers to Pennsylvania from May to October to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while retaining the pleasures of civilization. The camp grounds, located on a huge island in the Delaware, are secreted in a grove near the famous golf course of The Shawnee Inn. The river runs through the middle of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. On arrival, guests follow the guides over the hotel’s lawn to the canoe beach. Canoes transport guests to the island campsite. (Non-swimmers can ride a golf cart to the camp grounds but cars are not permitted on the island.) This type of camping differs radically from your typical KOA sites. Four large waterproof tents transform the glade into a communal site, close but not on top of each other. All tents face a fire pit where evening snack and breakfast are prepared by the glamping concierge. Each tent has a carpeted entrance, a queen-sized bed, side tables, a lamp, alarm clock, coffee maker, lantern, fan, refrigerator and heater powered by electricity. Oh, yes, and Wi-Fi. A separate building houses showers with hot and cold water and real bathrooms. The natural setting of the campsite encourages guests to relax in hammocks and enjoy the trees and surroundings. Animals natural to the environment include deer, rabbits, chipmunks
and a resident eagle family high in a tree over the golf course. River transportation to the tents is by canoe but kayaks often drift past the glamp. Brooklyn visitors are the most enthusiastic guests of The Shawnee Inn, a 20th century Pennsylvania marvel, just across the New Jersey border. The classic hotel not only offers a most idyllic location but also boasts a 27-hole
award-winning golf course. The links have been famous since 1910 and have attracted celebrities like President Dwight Eisenhower, comics Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball and Bob Hope, bandleader Fred Waring (who owned it at one time), singers Perry Como and Eddie Fisher, TV star Ed Sullivan, baseball’s Mickey Mantle and golfer Arnold Palmer. The hotel
also features an indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. The weekend glamping experience offers a unique mini-vacation for those wishing for a day in the relaxing countryside. Robert Howell is the general manager of The Shawnee Inn at 1-800-SHAWNEE (1-800-742-9633). Photos courtesy of The Shawnee Inn
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Express Shoes 429 Seventh Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 725-4400 Express Shoes is a one stop destination. Owner David is a jack-of-all trades who’ll tell you that Express Shoes offers a variety of services including shoe repair and dry cleaning. And if you need a new set of house keys, David can do that too!
Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness 474 Bay Ridge Parkway Brooklyn, N.Y. 11209 (347) 560-6920 201 E. 69th Street, Suite 2C New York, N.Y. 10021 Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness treats all their patients like family, and families get headaches. In fact, Marcello will tell you that headaches can be debilitating and a nuisance whether they are caused by stress, vitamin and mineral deficiencies or poor eating and sleeping habits. If you suffer from headaches, Marcello and his staff can help you manage the pain. Sarricapt.com
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BUSHWICK ABOVE: This is the L train’s stop at DeKalb and Wyckoff avenues. See next page. INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan
In 1638, the Dutch West India Company purchased this area of northwest Brooklyn from the local Canarsie Indians, but it wasn’t settled until 1660 by some Frenchmen and Huguenots and a freed slave named Franciscus the Negro. In 1661, it was chartered as the Town of Boswijck — Dutch for “heavy woods” — and included land that would later become Williamsburg and Greenpoint. After the English takeover of New Netherland, the town’s name was anglicized to Bushwick. During colonial times, villagers called the area “Bushwick Shore.” This name lasted for about 140 years. It was cut off from the other villages in Bushwick by Bushwick Creek and by Cripple-
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bush, a region of thick, boggy shrub land which extended from Wallabout Creek to Newtown Creek. At the beginning of the 19th century, Bushwick consisted of four villages: Greenpoint, Bushwick Shore (later to become Williamsburg), Bushwick Green and Bushwick Crossroads. In 1854, Bushwick became part of the City of Brooklyn and was still primarily a farming community until heavy industry was introduced in the mid-19th century — including a glue factory built by Peter Cooper, who was to be the founder of the New York college, Cooper Union. The extension of the Broadway and Myrtle Avenue elevated railway also spurred the growth of the neighborhood. With a majority population of German-Americans, the neighborhood’s biggest industry was beer.
At one time during those years, there were 11 breweries in an area known as “Brewer’s Row.” In 1904, there were 44. But Bushwick fell on hard times with Prohibition and the Depression in the 1920s and 1930s and virtually all of the breweries shut down. (The last two, Rheingold and Schaefer, closed in 1976.) During the citywide blackout in 1977, Bushwick stores were looted and arsonists burned down entire blocks of the neighborhood’s shopping district. (Because of this, the Bushwick area called Ridgewood decided it would rather be considered a part of Queens.) Today, crime is down and new residents are working on the renewal of Bushwick. —Norm Goldstein
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Eye on Bushwick That’s Wyckoff Heights Medical Center at left, as seen from the corner of Stanhope Street and Wyckoff Avenue. INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan
Come See Bushwick, Before or After the L-Pocalypse Starts By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn
The L-pocalypse is coming. Oy vey. There’s something Brooklynites should keep in mind amid the planning for mitigative measures to deal with L-maggedon, as the looming L train line shutdown is also called. When the rightfully dreaded 15-month closing of the train between Williamsburg and the West Village commences next April, the hexed, vexing subway line will keep operating within our borough. You’ll still be able to ride it to various fascinating Brooklyn neighborhoods. We’ve decided to show you some of them. It would be nice if Brooklynites visit them next year when day-trippers from Manhattan are likely to be in short supply. The other day, we rode the L train deep into the heart of Bushwick. We fought our instinct, which was to make a beeline for beautiful Bushwick Avenue. We’ve photographed the historic properties on that stellar street many times. See brooklyneagle.com for our past stories about it.
Instead, we decided to show you a different slice of the neighborhood. So we hopped off the train at the DeKalb Avenue stop on the corner of Wyckoff Avenue.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry on Wyckoff and Irving Avenues
It’s thoroughly entertaining to walk in a loop down Wyckoff Avenue to Myrtle Avenue, past the White Castle, up Irving Avenue and back to the DeKalb Avenue train station. Picturesque rowhouses with storefronts populate many of the blocks. You can eat and drink yourself silly at Colombian bakeries, shops with specialty foods from Mexico and Ecuador, Thai and Caribbean restaurants and hipster-friendly coffee shops. Wyckoff Heights Medical Center at 374 Stockholm St., which is topped by a tower, is a key part of the streetscape. You’ll notice white-coated doctors with stethoscopes draped around their necks strolling along Wyckoff Avenue during their lunch breaks. As you of course know, Bushwick was one of Brooklyn’s original six towns. Trailblazing Peter Stuyvesant chartered Boswijck, as it was called, in 1661, Kenneth Jackson and John Manbeck’s book “The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn” notes.
Stately Buildings Across from the Hospital
As you stroll along Wyckoff Avenue, you’ll notice that many picturesque rowhouses with storefronts are three stories tall. But on the corner of Stockholm Street, across from Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, there’s a quartet of stately fourstory, creamy-colored brick multifamily buildings with storefronts at 131 to 137 Wyckoff Ave.
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BUSHWICK: HOW IT GOT ITS NAME At one time, Bushwick was home to “Brewer’s Row,” a 14-block stretch that hosted 11 breweries. This mid-1800s glow of beer gardens, oompah bands, sauerkraut and family entertainment by the plenty eventually diminished before the neighborhood landed in its modern renewal. Peter Stuyvesant chartered Bushwick in 1661 with a notable signer of its patent being Francisco de Niger, a freed African who was previously enslaved in New Netherland. Under the Dutch name Boswijck, or “heavy woods,” in English, the area produced food and tobacco for local consumption and export to New York City. Its heavy brewing history started to come to life between 1840 and 1860 when more than a million German-speaking immigrants moved to the U.S., many settling in Bushwick. To accommodate an increased population, Adrian Martenses Suydam began to subdivide his family farm and by 1884, 125 residences had been built in the area while breweries were popping up. Development may have boomed after 1888 when the Broadway and Myrtle Avenue elevated railway reached the area, but Prohibition, the Depression and a long strike by brewery workers closed down many of Brooklyn’s 45 breweries, most of them in Bushwick. German-Americans thus left and during the 1930s and 1940s, Bushwick had a greater amount of Italian-Americans than any other Brooklyn community until after World War II when they moved out, giving room for African-Americans and immigrants from Puerto Rico. Small apartment buildings were built to accommodate the population change but housing began to deteriorate and city services were reduced. During the electrical blackout in 1977, entire blocks of the once-thriving Broadway shopping district were burned to the ground. The housing crisis only got worse when more immigrants moved in but in recent years, hundreds of housing units and dramatic development changes have come to Bushwick, throwing the neighborhood into a modern renewal. —Norm Goldstein
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ABOVE: This newly renovated commercial building stands on the corner of Irving and DeKalb avenues. RIGHT: There’s a diner and a Colombian bakery on this Wyckoff Avenue block. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan
Come See Bushwick, Before or After the L-Pocalypse Starts Continued from page 16INB They have window arches with keystones decorated with human and animal faces. Two of these beautiful buildings, 131 and 133 Wyckoff Ave., belong to 133 Wyckoff Holding LLC with Jacob Aini as managing member, city Finance Department records indicate. The LLC bought the properties in 2006 for a combined $1.575 million in a package deal; they were sold due to Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, Finance Department records show. The third building, 135 Wyckoff, belongs to Barberan Properties LLC with John Barberan as member. He had owned the property for two decades before transferring the title to the LLC in 2012, Finance Department records indicate. The fourth building, 137 Wyckoff Ave., has belonged since 1999 to 137 Wyckoff Avenue LLC with Ann Nasary as president, Finance Department records show.
This Rowhouse Sold for $2.225 Million
Almost every storefront we saw is filled with tenants. There’s a rare retail vacancy at 205 Wyckoff Ave., a handsome old-fashioned rowhouse near the corner of Harman Street. The asking rent is $3,750 per month for the ground-floor space, a posting by leasing agents Olga Pidhirnyak and Kimberly Fong at Coldwell Banker Commercial Reliable Real Estate notes. That’s $60 per square foot per year for the 750square-foot space. The space is newly renovated and has an exposed brick wall, their marketing material says. There are also five apartments in the three-story rowhouse. It belongs to an LLC with Haim Zarif as sole member, Finance Department records indicate. The LLC bought 205 Wyckoff Ave. for $2.225 million last year, Finance Department records show.
Eye Candy All Over the Place
Eye-pleasing sights are everywhere. At 146 Wyckoff Ave. on the corner of Himrod Street, a blade sign spells out the name Variety Coffee Roasters in neon letters. On the corner of Bleecker Street, there’s an especially handsome grouping of rowhouses at 229 to 235 Wyckoff Ave. Three cheers for St. Brigid’s Immigration Services, which is on Wyckoff Avenue. A snapshot-covered poster in its window says, “Congratulations to our new U.S. citizens.” Wyckoff Avenue has been turned into a pedestrian plaza between Gates and Myrtle avenues, with food vendors and outdoor seating. The next stop on the L train, namely the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues station, is located on this plaza. The M train also uses this station.
A Movie House and a Knitting Factory
The walk up Irving Avenue is scenic as well. An eye-catching commercial property at the intersection of Irving and DeKalb avenues was recently renovated. The old-fashioned 25-foot-tall building has small crosses embedded in its brown-and-gold-brick facade and a stylized tower on its corner. It has a ground floor, a mezzanine and a cellar. According to certificates of occupancy in city Buildings Department records, the property was a “motion picture theatre” in the late 1920s and the 1930s and a “light knitting works” in the 1940s. A certificate of occupancy issued in 1962 says it was a retail store with a stock room on the mezzanine. Today, the various tenants in the building have individual addresses. They include a wine store called Irving Bottle at 155 Irving Ave., a bar called Carmelo’s at 1544 DeKalb Ave., Haven Cycles at 1546 DeKalb Ave. and a salon called Power Hair at 1548 DeKalb Ave. The building belongs to an LLC with Angelo Grasso Sr., Angelo Grasso Jr. and Giovanni Grasso as operating managers, Finance Department records indicate.
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Hon. César Quinones Remembered as Humble, Great Temperament for the Bench By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Record
Friends and family members of the late Justice Cesar Quinones held a memorial service in his honor at the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term, on Friday, Sept. 14. The event was meant as a way to highlight Quinones' career achievements and to let his colleagues and family members get a chance to remember him and his contributions to the bench. Nearly 10 people spoke on Friday night and nearly all of them described Quinones as a judge with excellent temperament who was extremely humble and a loyal friend. “The inspiration for this event came from two people who knew Uncle Cesar very well. That's Judge Ciparick and his former law partner Joseph R. Erazo,” said Susan L. Quinones, the judge's niece. “My uncle was a very private person and he would be very humbled by all of you being here, especially knowing that some of you came from very far distances,” Susan continued. “Many of you only had an opportunity to get a limited glimpse of my uncle and who he was, but he was a renaissance man.”
Hon. Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (right) and Joseph R. Erazo (left) hosted a memorial service for the late Hon. César Quiñones with the help of his niece Susan L. Quiñones (second from right) and family members including Josie Quiñones (second from left).
Hon. César Quiñones, a Brooklyn Law School graduate who died at the age of 93, served as a judge in New York City and Brooklyn for 25 years and was a founding member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage (now the Latino Judges Association).
Quinones, a prolific piano player, was often known to joke that he played on the same bandstands as Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, just not at the same time. His law practice also represent-
ed neighborhood groups like the Puerto Rican Community Development Project and worked to support then Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Quinones was also the founding member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, which is now known as the Latino Judges Association. He served as chairman of the board of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services Corporation and was on the board of other local organizations including Medgar Evers College. He served as an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law and was a member of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commision on Minorities. “Justice Quinones was very kind and always listened to you and made you feel important,” said Justice Margarita Lopez Torres. “To be a kid from East New York and to have a person like that care about me — it made such a big impact on my life.” Hon. Carol Sherman (left) and Hon. Jeanette Ruiz.
From left: Mercedes Fernandez, Hon. Ariel E. Belen, Hon. L. Priscilla Hall and Jeanette Torre. Eagle photos by Paul Frangipane
Hon. Margarita Lopez Torres.
Hon. Joseph A. Zayas, the administrative judge of the Queens County Supreme Court, Criminal Term.
Judge Ciparick and Erazo were the first to speak about Justice Quinones. The two recalled his 25-year career, where he was known as a compassionate judge who believed in reparative justice. Quinones was installed to the NYC Family Court bench in 1970 under Mayor John V. Lindsay and appointed by Mayor Abraham D. Beame in 1976. In 1987, Gov. Mario Cuomo appointed Quinones to the Court of Claims and assigned him to the Supreme Court, Criminal Division, where he served until his retirement in 1995. “He has been consistently described as a fair, effective, knowledgeable, timely, committed and enthusiastic judge,” said Justice Ciparick. “What more do we want from a judge?” Erazo, Quinones' law partner, explained that while Quinones was advancing the cause for Puerto Rican people as a judge, their law partnership allowed Erazo himself to get involved in community activism. “Cesar let me loose,” Erazo said. “We had a law firm and he let me out to do a lot of community stuff. I was a rabble rouser and a troublemaker, because it was a time where Puerto Ricans struggled for community recognition.” Other speakers included Hon. Jeanette Ruiz, administrative judge of the NYC Family Courts, Hon. Joseph A. Zayas, administrative judge of the Queens Supreme Court, Criminal Term; retired Justice Lewis Douglass; Stephanie R. Correa; and a handful of family members including E. Ricardo Quinones. “He was so humble, had a great temperament and always wanted to do justice,” Justice Ruiz said. “He was a law professor who taught juvenile justice and he would be so happy with the Raise the Age programs we are implementing. He would be really cheering us along. But I stand on his shoulders and would not be able to do this if not for the work he had done before.”
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Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church Celebrates Its Heritage at Steuben Parade
Members of Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church pause for a group photo before heading to the Steuben Parade in Manhattan, where they marched with other German-Americans. INBrooklyn Photo by Francesca N. Tate
By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor INBrooklyn
September is Steuben month, celebrating German heritage in New York City and around the United States. Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church (Zionskirche) in Brooklyn Heights joined many other congregations recently for the 61st annual German-American Steuben Parade, which marched up Manhattan’s Fifth Ave. between 68th and 85th Streets. German hospitality, mission and outreach are vitally important to Zionskirche, located at 125 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights. The church’s
commitment to the German language and culture in all facets of congregational life has kept it strong, affirmed several speakers at last spring’s installation service for Pastor Klaus Dieter Gress. The parade is named for Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who served in the American Revolutionary War as Inspector General and later Major General. An honorable man, Steuben is credited with having instilled a higher standard of discipline in the Continental Army from the time he arrived in 1778, from hygiene standards to training Gen. Washington’s troops and leading them to victory. The Steuben parade, when first organized, fell close to his birthday of Sept. 17. (He was born
in 1730 in Magdeburg, Prussia, a region now in central Germany, roughly midpoint between Hanover and Berlin.) Steuben died in Oneida in upstate, New York. An historic site was named in his memory. Grand Marshals for this year’s Steuben Parade, this year on Saturday, Sept.15, were world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn, and German Bundestag Member and Transatlantic Coordinator Peter Beyer. This celebration of German-American friendship continues through the first week of October, with the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Bruckner’s 8th Symphony at Lincoln Center on Sept. 27 and a German wine-pairing din-
ner on Oct. 2. Friends and neighbors who may have missed out on this year’s Steuben Parade can still look forward to Zionskirche’s hospitality, whether visiting and attending worship services or the upcoming Oktoberfest, a beloved tradition in Brooklyn Heights. The Oktoberfest runs from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and features live music, dancing, and a traditional German dinner of bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage, potato salad beer and other beverages. Dinner itself begins at 4 p.m. Admission: Adults: $25; Seniors $20; Children: $15. For more information call 718-852-2453 or click facebook.com/ ziongelc.
DeSales Catholic Media Group Announces Editors’ Promotions
Move Places Talented Editor at Helm Of Two-Award Winning Newspapers The Editor of Nuestra Voz, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s Spanish-language newspapers, Jorge I. Domínguez-López, has been promoted to editor-in-chief of publications for DeSales Media Group. The move puts Domínguez-López at the helm of the two award-winning newspapers of the Brooklyn Diocese, which also publishes the English-language The Tablet. “Jorge was the clear choice for this new role,” said Vito Formica, executive director of news content and development. Formica leads the DeSales Media Group’s news department, which also includes the nightly newscast Currents News. He added, “Jorge’s impressive credentials and his deep understanding of the Church will play a critical role in our strategy to provide all readers in the diocese and beyond with even more high-quality, faith-based journalism across all media platforms.”
A Cuban-American editor and writer, Domínguez-López was born in Havana. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from St. John’s University. In the early 1990s, he was one of the founders of the Studies Center of the Archdiocese of Havana, Cuba, and Vivarium magazine, the first independent and Catholic publication in Cuba since 1959. After immigrating to the United States, Jorge worked as a translator, editor and writer for the Education Department at McGraw-Hill Companies. He has worked as a freelance writer, translator and editor for book publishers HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Little, Brown and Company among others. In New York, he was the founding editor of Béisbol Mundial, a sports magazine with a monthly circulation of one million copies. Since May 2015, he has been the editor of
Nuestra Voz. During this time, Nuestra Voz has become one of the leading Spanish Catholic newspapers in North America, with 51 Catholic Press Association awards, including second place for Spanish Publication of the Year, Best Spanish Editorial Page and Editor of the Year. Nuestra Voz has evolved from a monthly print newspaper to a daily online source of Catholic news in Spanish with an international audience. Recently, Nuestra Voz became the most followed page among the Brooklyn Diocese social media pages. Moreover, Formica announced that long-time reporter for The Tablet, Brooklyn native Marie Elena Giossi has been promoted to managing editor. Giossi reports to Domínguez-López, and assists him in overseeing the day-to-day operation and production of the newspaper. Highlights of her Tablet career include covering two papal visits to New York, 2008 and 2015; two World Youth Days, Germany, 2005, and Australia, 2008, and the National Catholic Youth Conference in Ohio, 2007. Former editor of The Tablet, Ed Wilkinson, who was honored at the World Communica-
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tions Day in May, will stay on staff as editor emeritus. In his expanded role, Wilkinson will serve as an editorial advisor, he will create a detailed newspaper archive, and he will work directly with Chief Operating Officer of DeSales Media Group William Maier.
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Great Irish Fair Celebrates Culture in Coney Island BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM
large group of attendees gathered at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 West 21st Street, for the 37th Annual Great Irish Fair. Held on Saturday, Sept. 22, the event, hosted by the Irish American Building Society (IABS), is a family-friendly d ay w h ic h ebrooklyn media/Photos by Arthur De Gaeta celebrates New York City’s great Scenes from this year’s Great Irish-American Irish Fair. heritage and the best culture. was a great celebration “This year’s we’ve seen of the roots of Irish fair was a great in recent music, while the main y e a r s , stage hosted some of success thanks once again the best Irish music to all those who Abby Swenson p a r t i c i p a t e d ,” shows off her face than ks to bands in the area.” all of those said IABS Prespainting. Cottingham noted who contrib- the signiﬁcance the event ident Martin uted to the Cottingham. “We has on the culture and had awesome vendors experience.” borough. from all over the area, an Entertainment included “The fair is a longstanding amazing lineup of talented Shilelagh Law, The Canny tradition for the Brooklyn Brothers Band, Andy Irish community giving musicians on both our traditional stage and our Cooney, The Narrowbacks folks the opportunity to get main stage, and a great team and Unforgettable Fire. out, eat some corned beef, of volunteers who helped it “The performances were have a cold beer and listen all go without a hitch. This top of the line, he said. “The to some of the best Irish year’s turnout was one of traditional tent, as always, music the Northeast has
New York. “The most important part of this, though,” he went on, “is that it’s all done for charity. All of the money raised by this great tradition beneﬁts Catholic Charities, who provide aﬀordable housing, nutritious meals, recreation for seniors, residences for the developmentally disabled, and assistance to neighbors in need. It is important to remain focused on this great cause, as that’s why we have the fair. That’s what it’s truly about. “I really think this year we hit the triple crown,” Cottingham added. “I can’t choose one aspect of the fair The Caney Brothers Band’s to call the highKeith Fallon and Thomas Caney light as the food and drink, music performing. enter t a i n m ent to oﬀer,” he told this paper. and vendor options were all “For 37 years the fair has exceptional this year, and been a celebration of the that was evident in the great Irish culture we are all so turnout. It really does take a proud to be a part of, and village and I think everyone gives us the opportunity to who pitched in really added share that with our friends great value for attendees.” Among the honorees this and neighbors from all over
year were Ed Wilkinson, who was presented with the Al O’Hagan Community Leadership Award. Other honorees included Peggy Smyth for Chief Brehon; MacKenzie Mooney Iburg for The Colleen Queen; Sheila O’Hagan McGirl for Kathleen Slattery Woman of the Year; Rev. Msgr. Joseph P. Nagle for the Bishop Joseph Sullivan Memorial Award; Paul A. Michels for the St. Thomas More Award; Commissioner Eileen Flannelly Mackell for the Paul O’Dwyer Memorial Award; Brother Leonard Conway, OSF for the Father Mychal Judge O.F.M. Memorial Award; Chief Joseph Duggan for the Captain Timothy Stackpole Memorial Award; Kassie Bracken for the Bard of the Fair Award ; Mark Edwards for the Thomas Cuite Memorial Award; The Phelan Family for The Round Tower Award; Margaret Minson for The Celtic Cross Award; Patrick Donohue for the Edward Byrne Memorial Award, James McDonagh for the Jerry Forest Memorial Award, Sister Kathleen McKinney, CSJ, Ed.D. for the St. Brigid Award and Tom Duﬀ y for the Irish Man of the Year Award.
Massive Turnout in Sunset Park for Annual Autumn Moon Cultural Festival BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER
elebrating culture in Sunset Park. Thousands of people gathered for the neighborhood’s annual Autumn Moon Cultural Festival on Sunday, Sept. 23. Held along Eighth Avenue between 66th to 49th Streets, several organizations and elected oﬃcials showed up to take part in the festivities, which included a lantern parade, dancing, giveaways, food and more. The Autumn Moon Festival is marked by the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It’s also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. At this time, the moon is at its fullest and brightest, making an ideal time to celebrate the abundance of the summer’s harvest, according to event organizer
Better Chinatown USA. Other organizers included Brooklyn Asian Communities Empowerment (BRACE) and Asian Child Care Resource & Referral Program (ACCR). “The Autumn Festival is huge cultural holiday for Chinese Americans in particular,” Director of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) in Brooklyn Community Services Steve Mei told this paper. “I think the environment was very festive. There were a lot of folks, vendors and sponsors involved. I think it’s a great way to support our community and our culture.” Both Chinese ﬂags and the American ﬂags were given out by Assemblymember Peter Abbate, who also helped sponsor the day’s events. “I think it was a mesh of diﬀerent cultures and just being appreciative
of one another,” Mei added. “I am so proud to sponsor the Autumn Moon Festival and parade down Eighth Avenue,” Abbate said. “It’s a celebration of the Chinese culture ure in Sunset Park.. This event, which is the largest in Brooklyn, is such an important event for the commuunity as a way y to come together and keep the traditions alive.” “The Autumn Moon Festival is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the rich diversity in our borough, reﬂected in the heritage of Brooklynites hailing from China, Vietnam, Korean and elsewhere in Asia,” added Councilmember Justin Brannan. “Cultural celebrations are also a great way to bring Brooklyn
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Scenes from the 2018 Autumn Moon Cultural Festival in Sunset Park. together and teach t h o u s a n d s each other about the tra- that showed ditions that enhance our up,” he said. “It’s important. The Sunlives.” Mei credited the huge set Park community is a turnout to the celebration’s thriving one and it really significance in Sunset is a very robust immigrant Park and within the Chi- community. We have our nese-American community. Latino neighbors, we have “I can’t give the exact our Chinese-American count, but I was watching neighbors and it’s awesome. with some colleagues I think it’s a great celebraand community leaders tion of culture and heritage. and there were probably I think there are certain
things that you have to hold onto as a piece of where you come from.” Mei pointed to the lion and dragon dances as highlights of the day. “It’s a celebration of culture,” he said. “There are certain holidays very important and I think this festival is one of them.”
14• BROOKLYN SPECTATOR • Week of September 28-October 4, 2018
Pets Receive Blessings at New Utrecht Reformed Church BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM
eloved pets from all across the borough gathered outside the historic New Utrecht Reformed Church on Saturday, Sept. 22. They came to the sacred site at 8301-8323 18th Ave. to receive a blessing from Pastor E.J. Emerson. Dressed in a corded brown robe, Emerson greeted each animal with a special prayer and anointed them with holy water. And through the ceremony, ﬂuﬀ y white Princess was on her best behavior as her owner Colleen Patti brought her up for her blessing. Phyllis Capuano said that she brought her best friend Peanut every year for Emerson to bless. The “Blessing of the Animals” is an annual event inspired by St. Francis of
Assisi, a Catholic saint who was born in the 12th Century, and known for his love of animals. The New Utrecht Reformed Church is one of the oldest churches in Brooklyn. Established in 1677, the church building was originally located on what is now 16th Avenue and 84th Street. In 1828, a new church was constructed at the present site; 18th Avenue and 84th Street. The foundation of the “new” building contains stones from the original church. The church was declared a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1966 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Emerson referred to a pet’s love as unconditional. “Our pets love us unconditionally,” Emerson said. “They love us the same way that God loves us.” Princess waiting to be blessed.
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THE CONSTELLATION COLLECTIVE LLC
Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: THE CONSTELLATION COLLECTIVE LLC. Articles of Organization ¿led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 8/7/2018. NY of¿ce location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post of¿ce address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is The Constellation Collective LLC, 47 Bergen Street, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY, 11201. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. #163249
NAMB’S CLUB LLC
Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: NAMB’S CLUB LLC. Articles of Organization ¿led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/10/18. NY of¿ce location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post of¿ce address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Nam Nguyen, 970 Kent Ave, Apt 112 Brooklyn, NY, 11205. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. #162738
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BEVIN KENNY LLC, Arts. of Org. ¿led with the SSNY on 06/13/2018. Of¿ce loc: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 239 Bergen St., Apt. #1, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Reg Agent: Bevin Kenny, 239 Bergen St., Apt. #1, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. #163155
SHILOH FAMILY AND GROUP DAY CARE LLC Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: SHILOH FAMILY AND GROUP DAY CARE LLC. Articles of Organization ¿led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 7/9/2018. NY of¿ce location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post of¿ce address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Itohan Holmes, 1181 East 92 Street Apt B Brooklyn, NY, 11236. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. #163112
MICK ENTERTAINMENT LLC Notice of Quali¿cation of MICK ENTERTAINMENT LLC Appl. for Auth. ¿led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/07/18. Of¿ce location: Kings County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/13/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. ¿led with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. #163608
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ARKILO PEST MANAGEMENT LLC
Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: ARKILO PEST MANAGEMENT LLC. Articles of Organization ¿led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/15/2018. NY of¿ce location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post of¿ce address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Spiegel & Utrera P.A., P.C., 1 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor New York, NY, 10038. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. #163088
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312 GROUP LLC. Arts. of Org. ¿led with the SSNY on 01/17/17. Of¿ce: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Oren Hakim 14 Bond Street, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. #163243
File No. 2017-1758/A PA. No. 140279 SURROGATE’S COURT, KINGS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Jefferson Springer, Attorney General of the State of New York, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, New York City Human Resources Administration. The Spouse if any, and any and all unknown distributees and creditors of MARGARET POND, deceased, whose whereabouts are unknown and if any of the aforesaid persons be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if the persons died subsequent to the decedent herein, to their executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of MARGARET POND, the decedent herein, whose names and, places of residence are unknown and cannot after due diligence be ascertained, A petition, and an account having been duly ¿led by the Public Administrator of Kings County, who has of¿ces at 360 Adams Street, Room 144A, Brooklyn, New York 11201, United States. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Kings County, at 2 Johnson Street, Room 319, Brooklyn, New York, on October 23, 2018, at 9:30 o’clock in the fore noon of that day, why: (a) The account of proceedings of the Public Administrator of Kings County as Administrator of the estate of MARGARET POND, a Summary of which has been served herewith, should not be judicially settled; (b) The Public Administrator of Kings County should not be paid his commissions pursuant to SCPA Sec. 2307 in the amount of $4,326.96, as set forth in Schedules C-1 and I of the Account; (c) The Public Administrator of Kings County should not be paid his administrative expenses pursuant to
SCPA 91106(3) in the amount of $865.39, as set forth in Schedule: C-1 and J of the Account; (d) The Court should not ¿x, determine and approve the legal fees of Cullen and Dykman LLP, counsel to Petitioner, in the amount of $5,192.36 as set forth in Schedules C-1 and J of the Account; (e) The Court should not ¿x, determine and approve the disbursements of Cullen and Dykman LLP in the amount of $286.00 as set forth in Schedules C-1 and J of the Account; (f) The claim of New York City Human Resources Administration, in the amount of $41,778.29 should not be allowed, to the extent of the net estate after the payment of administration expenses and any creditor claims which have priority of payment; (g) The claims of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Jefferson Springer, if any, should not be ¿xed and determined (h) The Petitioner should not be permitted to distribute so much of the net estate to the decedent’s distributees, as now known or hereafter determined, as their interests :may appear, and to deposit any amount not so distributed with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York to be held for the bene¿t of decedent’s unknown distributees or for the bene¿t of any distributees of the decedent who are under disability for whom no guardian of the property has been appointed; (i) The Petitioner, upon fully complying with the Decree to be made in this proceeding, should not be released and discharged of and from any and all liability, responsibility and accountability with respect to the Petitioner’s acts and proceedings as Administrator as set forth and embraced in said account and the Court grant such other and further relief as it deems just and proper; Dated, attested and sealed August 30, 2018, Hon. Margarita Lopez Torres, Surrogate, Doreen C. Quinn, Chief Clerk. Cullen and Dykman LLP, 44 Wall Street, New York, NY 100052407 Joseph J. Borges, Esq. (212) 701-4175 NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not re-
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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF MASTR ASSET BACKED SECURITIES TRUST 2006AM3, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-AM3, V. CORDELL MATTHEWS; ET. AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 31, 2014, and entered in the Of¿ce of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein U.S. BANK N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF MASR ASSET BACKED SECURITIES TRUST 2006-AM3, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-AM3 is the Plaintiff and CORDELL MATTHEWS; ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the KINGS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 360 ADAMS STREET, ROOM 224, BROOKLYN, NY 11201, on November 1, 2018 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1706 DEAN STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11213: Block 1348, Lot 30: ALL THAT PARCEL OF LAND IN BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, KINGS COUNTY, STATE OF NEW YORK, Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ¿led Judgment Index # 012915/2010. Lyle F. Silversmith, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. #163400
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2018 Ragamuffin ‘Men of the Year’ Mike Esposito and Ted Fleetwood Nugent.
he Bay Ridge-based Ragamuffn Parade Committee will honor the 2018 Grand Marshal and two prominent Third Avenue business leaders as “Ragamuﬃn Men of the Year.” Grand Marshal Leo Lykourezos, Mike Esposito and Ted Nugent will receive special recognition at the youth group’s annual fundraising luncheon on Sunday, September 30, in the Grand Ballroom of the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street, at 1 p.m.
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Hamilton Senior Center which starts at 9 a.m. Actually, there are three contenders for the 11th congressional seat. They include incumbent GOP Cong ressmember Daniel Donovan, Democrat Max Rose and Green Party candidate Henry Bardel. All three are residents of Staten Island. The bulk of the district covers Staten Island, with the rest of the catchment area encompassing Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, Dyker
Heights, Fort Hamilton, Gravesend and a small part of Bensonhurst. *** Brooklyn’s 37th annual Columbus Day Parade hosted by the Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO) of Brooklyn will take place on Monday, October 8 along 18th Avenue from 61st Street to Benson Avenue, starting at 1 p.m. Grand Marshals include Former New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Bruno, NYPD
62nd Precinct Detective Stephen Agosta, FIAO Board Officer Frank Naccarato and Public School 748 Principal Ursula Annio. However, its much older big brother, the New York City Columbus Day Parade, will proceed on the same date along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street, commencing at 11:30 a.m. Guy Chiarello has been tapped as the Grand Marshal for the 74th Annual parade.
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Focus on Bay Ridge By Charles F. Otey
Ragamuffin Leaders Look Forward to Sept. 30 Fundraising Reception Since 1967, Parade Has Defined Bay Ridge as a Family-Friendly Place This coming Sunday, Sept. 30, local leaders and Ragamuffin Committee members will be supporting the thousands of kids who will take part in the unique Ragamuffin Parade set for Oct. 14 — the day before the legendary Third Avenue Festival. Top honorees on Sunday will be Third Avenue businessmen Michael Esposito and Ted Nugent; the co-owners of CEBU Bar & Bistro are Ragamuffin’s “Men of the Year.” The parade’s grand marshal is another Third Avenue merchant: Leo Lykourezos, owner of Leo’s Casa Calamari. Also notable is that the emcee for this year’s Ragamuffin Parade is Merchants of Third Avenue President Bob Howe, stepping
in for Peter Clavin, who wasn’t available for this year’s venture. Ranking with all of the above are the members of the Ragamuffin Committee, led by President Arlene Keating. These dedicated volunteers perform hundreds of hours in service to the Ragamuffin cause each year. Among others serving on the Ragamuffin Committee are Past President Colleen Golden, Joann Monaco, Allison Greaker, David Annarummo, David Ryan, Ted General, Liz Amato, Ilene Sacco, Rose Gangi, Laurie Windsor and Sonia Abi-Habib. The event gets underway at 1 p.m. at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th St.
Shown (left to right) in this 1996 photo are Ragamuffin Man of the Year Chip Cafiero, who manages the Third Avenue Festival and a number of other valued institutions; Gloria Melnick, former president of the Ragamuffin Committee; and Ragamuffin Grand Marshal Bob Howe, who serves as president of the Merchants of Third Avenue. ebrooklyn media.archive photo
Home Reporter Has Backed Children’s Ragamuffin Parade From its Beginning
This newspaper has a long history of supporting the Ragamuffin Parade, all the way back to its inception in 1967. The above photo — taken at an early-2000s Ragamuffin Parade — shows late publisher Frank Griffin (left), columnist Chuck Otey (second from left), reporters Harold Egeln (fifth from left) and Paula Katinas (sixth from left) among others carrying the Home Reporter banner. ebrooklyn media.archive photo
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olice Commissioner O’Neill’s visit to the 68th Police Precinct’s Community Council could have hardly come at a better time. I think we would all agree that the police in our area do a great job and the new NCO program is a winner. Nevertheless, there have been several high profile violent crime incidents in the precinct over the past month or so. In several cases, arrests have occurred and greater attention to these problem areas given. Regardless, community residents are concerned. They do not live by statistics that show we reside in one of the city safest communities. Perceptions of public safety
are what drive most. If a violent crime occurs at 8 p.m. on a particular area of an avenue, a person is likely to avoid that stretch of blocks for an extended period. It is a result of the perception that the area is unsafe, even if arrests have been made and the police are giving the area special attention. To my point, having the police commissioner visit the local community council is an excellent way to reassure the community. David Ryan, the council president, told me that the planning for the visit was underway before the recent high proﬁle incidents. The commissioner apparently visits precinct councils on a regular basis.
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This visit, which attracted a large crowd, clearly helped alleviate community concerns.
To my point, having the police commissioner visit the local community council is an excellent way to reassure the community.
*** After just short of 30 years as Brooklyn Conservative Party chairperson, I have stepped down. My very capable Vice Chairperson Fran Vella-Marrone was elected to replace me at the county convention held last week.
BY JERRY KASSAR
I very much enjoyed my service. We elected, all in all, quite a few excellent candidates and continue to be served by a number of superior Conservative Party cross-endorsed elected oﬃcials. The bottom line is that 30 years chairing a county political party is long enough. In fact, with a handful of exceptions, I believe my tenure is the longest of any New York State political party county leader in recent history.
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his summer, a woman wrote a conﬁdential letter to Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were young, more than 30 years ago, in suburban Maryland. Christine Blasey Ford has now come forward and said that Kavanaugh and a friend of his trapped her in a bedroom during a party sometime in the early ‘80s. She accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down on a bed and groping her body through her clothes. Ford, a psychology professor in California, said that the young men were drunk but she feared Kavanaugh “might inadvertently kill me.” She said that she escaped when a third party-goer interrupted them.
Ford said further that during therapy she shared details of the incident. Now Republicans are rushing to defend Kavanaugh without any knowledge or inquiry into the allegation. The incident, if true, speaks to the character and temperament of the candidate. Kavanaugh bobbed and weaved throughout the entire Senate hearing without giving real answers as to why he made remarks in memos and decisions that evidencing a willingness to change landmark Supreme Court decisions. We need a Supreme Court which respects precedent. During the hearing process, Judge Kavanaugh’s comments and statements gave mere lip service to the rule of precedent. President Trump is allowing conservative ideologues
to preselect Supreme Court candidates for him based on political orthodoxy. Democratic candidate Merrick Garland was not even given a Senate conﬁrmation hearing because Republicans could block President Obama’s selection under the old rules of the chamber. Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination should receive at least a searching inquiry especially considering this accusation. The vote on this nomination should be delayed until Ms. Ford can testify and be questioned. Republicans justified their partisanship with Judge Garland by saying the presidential election was imminent. Well, now the midterm elections are imminent, and the American people deserve to have a voice in this vitally important selection. The
This past Saturday, I was re-elected the vice chairperson of the New York State Conservative Party and plan to remain active in the Brooklyn party, although not as an oﬃcial. I want to congratulate all of Fran’s officers — Vice Chairperson David Ryan, Executive Secretary Nanci Roden and Treasurer Ross Brady — and wish them success during their tenure. *** It is interesting how the leaders of the liberal political action committee Fight Back Bay Ridge respond to
criticism of them that has been growing throughout the Bay Ridge community. They simply call everything that is said a lie. They question the credibility of the writer, even if the person has long-standing community credentials. Then they make up their own set of “facts.” As the late Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, “You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own set of facts.” Fight Back Bay Ridge could learn something from Senator Moynihan.
WE THE PEOPLE BY BRIAN KIERAN
We need a Supreme Court which respects precedent. During the hearing process, Judge Kavanaugh’s comments and statements gave mere lip service to the rule of precedent. Kavanaugh appointment is intended to shift the ideological breakdown of the high court indelibly. Local Republicans toe the ideological line as set by the Trumpists, too. State Sen. Golden said, “Judge Kavanaugh is an eminently qualiﬁed jurist who will, I hope and expect, receive support from both Republicans and
Democrats in the US Senate. A foundational hallmark of American democracy is our independent judiciary, and … will be a credit to the SCOTUS" The Trump Republicans control of the White House and the Congress, and want to pack the Supreme Court with young ultra-conservative activist jurists. Judge Kavanaugh is their perfect selection. Mr. Golden is correct that we need an independent judiciary. The question is, how can the Supreme Court remain independent when one party can select a majority on the bench with no input from the people and no full and fair inquiry into the candidate’s judicial temperament?
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Republicans are clinging to a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and therefore want the selection made immediately while they still have complete and absolute power. Democrats cannot stop Kavanaugh’s conﬁrmation if every Republican votes the party line but there should be at least some time devoted to this news even though it was released at the last minute. We the people deserve to have pertinent questions asked and honest answers given by Supreme Court candidates. It is likely that the Kavanaugh nomination will aﬀect women’s rights, civil rights, gun rights and equal rights for the next 30 years.
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Ortiz Says Congress Shouldn’t Play Games with Taxpayers
Assemblymember Felix Ortiz (Red HookSunset Park) believes that House Republicans are playing games with taxpayers over state and local taxes. The GOP released details to create a second round of tax cuts they hope to pass before the November elections. The intent of the taxes is to protect middle and small business by extending individual tax cuts and encouraging new entrepreneurs to start up new businesses. Ortiz thinks the House Majority is seeking to force a vote before the midterms in order to place Democrats in a “catch 22” by forcing them to vote against tax relief for the middle class. New York provides employers the option of paying a five percent payroll tax on annual wages above $40,000 per employee. Employers providing this choice would likely reduce wages but workers would receive a tax credit to compensate them for any decline in their take-home pay resulting from the new payroll tax. New York’s 2018-19 budget sought to protect New York middle class taxpayers from the last federal cap on state and local tax (SALT) deduction on personal income taxes at $10,000, potentially leading to tax increases. “I expect the House Majority to include a permanent SALT cap,” Ortiz said. “This last minute attempt to madly enact more tax legislation only has a political purpose. Congress shouldn’t play games with American taxpayers.” — JA
De Blasio and Carranza Approve Plans to Increase Middle School Diversity in Brooklyn Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza have approved a diversity plan to increase middle school diversity in Brooklyn’s District 15 (Sunset Park, Carroll Gardens) after a year-long community-driven proposal. They’ve launched a $2 million school diversity grant program for other school districts and communities across the City to develop their own community-driven diversity plans. De Blasio and Carranza also announced that the City’s independent School Diversity Advisory Group will continue to advise the City after issuing its initial report this December. “We believe that our schools can reflect our whole city and we are proud to support and invest in the future of New Yorkers for generations to come,” de Blasio said. “This isn’t going to be one size fits all. This is a ripe moment and this community built a powerful grassroots plan. Now, we have to execute and deliver on it to show parents across the city this approach can work.” Carranza said that integrated schools benefit all students. “There’s a groundswell of support from parents, educators, and students across the City, and today, we’re taking a real step towards integration in District 15 and citywide,” Carranza said. “I’m going to be working closely with Districts 1, 3, and 15 to implement their plans, and encouraging superintendents and school leaders across the City to take on this work in their communities.” — JA
Clarke Mourns Slain Teen U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Central Brooklyn) released the following statement in the wake of death of Oluwadurotimi Oyebola, a teenager who was gunned down on a basketball court in Brownsville: “Oluwadurotimi Oyebola was shot and killed on a playground/basketball court at Chester Street and Sutter Avenue in the Ninth Congressional District. Timi, as he is affectionately known, was only 16 years old and a high school student at Brooklyn Ascend High School. It has been noted by the NYPD that Timi in all likelihood was not the intended target of this tragic act of senseless gun violence. It is crucial that those responsible for this heinous crime are apprehended and brought to justice.” Clarke urged residents to “keep the Oyebola family in our thoughts and prayers as they face this very difficult time of bereavement.” — PK
Now that the developer of 80 Flatbush has agreed to reduce the height and density of the proposed project, Councilmember Stephen Levin has signed on as a supporter.
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Levin Endorses 80 Flatbush Project Councilmember Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg-DUMBO-Downtown Brooklyn) stated his support for 80 Flatbush, a controversial development project, after the property developer, Alloy Development, agreed to make concession in the size and scope of the project. After Levin signaled his support, the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises voted to approve the project. In response to concerns about the project raised by local residents and after a series of meetings with Community Board 2 and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Levin said he successfully pushed for significant reductions in the height and density of the proposal and advocated for changes in the design to ensure that the new high-rise would have minimal impact on low-rise brownstones on nearby State Street. The development will contain 900 apartments and will consist of two towers. A tower that was originally proposed at 986 feet tall has been lowered to 840 feet, according to Curbed.com, which also reported that a second tower will be reduced from 560 to 510 feet in height. Two schools will also be built on the property. “The 80 Flatbush process has been among the most inclusive land use processes that I have had the privilege of being a part of,” Levin said in a statement. — PK
Malliotakis Blasts de Blasio’s Plans for Brooklyn Jail Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis came out swinging against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to open a new 40-story jail in Brooklyn. Malliotakis (R-Bay Ridge-Staten Island), who ran for mayor against de Blasio and lost in 2017, charged that he is sacrificing neighborhoods. “No New Yorker wants a jail in their back-
yard, much less a jail that will dwarf the neighborhood at nearly 40 stories high. Mayor de Blasio already sold out the neighborhoods of Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights when he broke his 2013 campaign promise and allowed Long Island College Hospital to be closed and replaced by high-rises a mere 4 blocks from the jail site. Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights,
Boerum Hill, Gowanus and Park Slope need to stand up and say ‘NO’ to Mayor de Blasio’s plans,” Malliotakis said in a statement. Under the mayor’s plan, the Brooklyn House of Detention would be replaced by a new jail on Atlantic Avenue. The proposal is part of de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island and build smaller jails around the city. — PK
Malliotakis Receives Verrazano Kiwanis’ Community Leadership Award Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-Brooklyn-Staten Island) was honored with the Community Leadership Award at the Verrazano Kiwanis’ Annual Dinner Dance and Award Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 20. Malliotakis has worked with the club extensively in the past year, in particular by offering ways to engage New Dorp High School students in local community service. The students participated in several cleanups she organized throughout the Staten Island portion of her district. Malliotakis said that the Verrazano Kiwanis Club has been at the forefront of community service supporting many local charities. “I thank its members for recognizing me and look forward to expanding our partnership to engage even more high school students to help prepare them to be New York City’s next generation of leaders,” added Malliotakis. — JA
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Brannan Says Pet Stores Should Only Sell Rescue Animals You might call it a pet project of City Councilmember Justin Brannan, who announced that he wants to introduce legislation requiring New York City pet stores to sell only cats and dogs sent from animal shelters or provided by rescue groups. “The puppy and kitten mill pet store connection creates lives of misery from begin-
ning to end,” Brannan posted on Facebook. He plans to introduce the legislation this fall, which is designed to crack down on inhumane puppy and kitten mills. “More than 20,000 animals enter the NYC shelter system every year,” Brannan said. “Why should pet shops be profiting off selling sick puppies and kittens while thou-
sands of healthy shelter dogs and cats need a home?” Brannan expressed his frustration that other cities are doing more for animal welfare. “Other cities are eating our lunch,” Brannan said. “We need to work harder to make New York City a more humane city.” — JA
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