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Rain or shine, Domino Park draws a crowd When you want to watch the weather put on a show, Domino Park is the place to go. There’s a quarter-mile stretch of shoreline in the Williamsburg waterfront recreation area. It affords a front-row seat for observing summer storm clouds as they gather above Manhattan’s skyscrapers and advance across the East River towards Brooklyn. Pictured: Kids are splish-splashing in Domino Park’s fountain. SEE LORE CROGHAN’S “EYE ON REAL ESTATE” COLUMN ON PAGES 16-17 OF OUR INBROOKLYN MAGAZINE SECTION. Greenpoint Gazette photo by Lore Croghan
New head of North Brooklyn Parks Alliance speaks about issues facing area’s green spaces By Trey Strange Special to the Greenpoint Gazette
It can be tough to manage a park. Taking care of one requires maintenance, repairs and a whole lot of gardening and weeding. And opening a park can cost millions from both the government and private donations — take, for example, Williamsburg’s new Domino Park, which opened last June after an investment of $50 million by Two Trees, a DUMBOnative developer. If it’s difficult to maintain just one park, as most conservancy projects do, then the work North Brooklyn Parks Alliance does might just be crazy. The nonprofit is the only one in the city that oversees an entire area of green spaces — all of the parks across the seven square miles of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bush-
LEFT: Katie Horowitz is NBPA’s new executive director.
wick — and raises funds to supplement city funding. “It takes a lot,” said Katie Horowitz, NBPA’s new executive director and a longtime Greenpoint resident. “The Parks Department is a large city agency, but the demands are too high for the resources in the agency.” Since 2003, NBPA has raised private funds to manage the more than 100 parks and green spaces in North Brooklyn. Having begun as the Open Space Alliance in North Brooklyn, the group announced its rebrand last October at its Party in the Park gala, which raised more than $160,000. The group’s mission mirrors those of other park conservancy organizations, which have a long history in New York City. Throughout the second half of the 1900s, communities around the city organized park committees to advocate for their park needs. In the ’60s, Harlem resident Hilda Stokely founded the “Friends of Mt. Morris Park,” which set the foundation for what is now the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.
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Along those lines, other organizations that formed became nonprofits and public-private partnerships in the following decades. In 1980, the Central Park Conservancy program began, and later that decade, the Prospect Park Alliance followed suit. Today, the NBPA’s work managing multiple parks poses unique problems, which means Horowitz and her team have to stay flexible. Last year, instead of buying repair equipment for any single park, they bought a trailer so that mechanic staff could travel from Greenpoint to Bushwick and back again, making stops along the way to work maintenance and keep the parks functioning. The NBPA office sits right on Keap Street at the entrance to Bushwick Inlet Park — named after the sharp turn inward that the riverfront takes just north of the park. (Deceptively, it’s actually in Williamsburg.) This cityowned park is the newest ad- Katie Horowitz is NBPA’s new executive director. dition to a row of waterfront spaces: State-run East River But Bushwick Inlet 2015 destroyed the home State Park, Grand Ferry Park, Park has a complicated re- and office of its owner, and Domino Park all feature cent history: It’s on the site Norman Brodsky. Commugreat views of Manhattan of the old CitiStorage nity members pleaded for across the river. building, where a fire in the city to buy the property
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— Mayor Michael Bloomberg had promised to turn it into the park — but the Mayor’s Office and Brodsky couldn’t agree on
a price. Finally, in late 2016, under Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brodsky sold the city the building for $160 million.
The park will expand to become the largest new space in north Brooklyn. At 25 acres, it will fall just short of taking the throne — McCarren Park will still be 10 acres larger, with its baseball diamonds, soccer field, exercise equipment and running track. But the CitiStorage sale didn’t end the problems for Bushwick Inlet or the other waterfront parks. In 2005, the Bloomberg administration rezoned the Williamsburg waterfront, which had traditionally been an industrial area, for residential development. The area’s history of factories has had a residual effect — literally, in the soil, having spilled chemicals into the ground. Environment threats don’t just exist near the water; an early study by NBPA and El Puente, an environmental justice group, shows that areas of Williamsburg’s South Side around the BQE might be getting polluted and asthma-inducing air from the traffic below. “The community here is very unique,” Horowitz said. “It’s very well-versed in environmental issues, because they’re not these faraway concepts — they affect our everyday lives.”
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Banned! Floating billboards flushed from New York City waters
A ﬂoating billboard under the Brooklyn Bridge. By Paul Frangipane Greenpoint Gazette
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that bans floating billboards from New York City waterways. Legislators and locals alike have been railing against the floating ads — projected from 60-foot-wide and 20-foot-high LED screens atop barges — since last year. Complaints ranged from the “eyesore” nature of the billboards to the potential danger their presence could cause to passing distracted drivers. “We go to the waterfront to find peace of mind, not a neon sign,” State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, who represents a swath of southern Brooklyn, told the Greenpoint Gazette earlier this summer. The bill, signed Tuesday morning, will fine barge operators $1,000 on first violation and $5,000 for all subsequent offenses. “Floating billboards are an unsightly public nuisance and public safety hazard,” said Assembly Member Richard Gottfried in an
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email, who sponsored the bill in the State Assembly. “They can be distracting to boaters and mar the otherwise beautiful environment of our local waterways with unwanted advertisements.” The digital billboards, which advertised everything from the Brooklyn Nets to Heineken to “The Grinch,” have been spotted marring the waterfront from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge and up and down the Hudson River. “Billboards belong in Times Square, not in the middle of the Hudson and East Rivers,” said Manhattan State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who sponsored the bill. “New Yorkers deserve to have a respite on our waterfront from the barrage of modern life.” A legal battle began in March between the city and Ballyhoo Media, the Miami-based advertising company responsible for the floating ads. The city argued the company was violating zoning laws, but attorneys for Ballyhoo contended that the waters were under state jurisdiction. The new state legislation cedes authority around advertising in local waterways to municipalities —making Ballyhoo’s argument moot. Ballyhoo did not respond to a request for comment. Members of the New York City Council are looking to ratchet up enforcement against would-be waterfront ad exhibitionists and are currently considering a bill that would quadruple the fine from $25,000 per violation, per day, to $100,000. “When kids in Bay Ridge go to Shore Road park, they don’t need to be barraged by flashing lights advertising the latest video game,” said Councilmember Justin Brannan, who introduced the Council bill with Councilmember Mark Levine. “I applaud Albany for taking action to make these monstrosities a thing of the past by making it clear they are not allowed and with steep fines to back that up.” The state law goes into effect immediately.
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One of Brooklyn’s oldest public markets is getting a major makeover. City officials announced Tuesday that they’re pumping $2.7 million into the Moore Street Market, a 15,000-square-foot shopping center at 110 Moore St. also known as “La Marqueta de Williamsburg.” Dating back to 1941, Moore Street Market houses more than a dozen vendors of all sorts — a fish market, a thrift shop and a barbershop, for example — and offers year-round events like cooking classes, holiday celebrations and even small business seminars. The funding — allocated by the New York City Council and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office — will be used for repairs to the facility’s roof, the installation of street-level windows, updates to heating and cooling systems and other enhancements to the East Williamsburg staple. “Moore Street Market has been a community cornerstone for decades,” NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett said in a statement. “The market is an important part of our city’s cultural fabric, and with this investment, we can ensure it meets the needs of local businesses and shoppers.” Patchett thanked City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Borough President Eric Adams and Councilmember Antonio Reynoso for their hand in securing the funding. Adams — whose office shelled out $700,000 specifically for the roof and window repairs — called the market a “beacon of
opportunity” for people all over Brooklyn. “Its existence is a testament to the power of grassroots organizing and civic engagement in a community that has long lacked access to resources,” he said in a statement, adding that, with this capital funding, “we are making long-term investments in the vitality of a true neighborhood amenity.” NYCEDC has overseen Moore Street Market since 2015, before which it was owned by the Brooklyn Economic Development Corp., and its future was oft-questioned. Doubling down on its commitment to keep the space up and running, the agency recently partnered with El Puente de Williamsburg, a local human rights group and the hub’s new “community partner.” The group, whose mission is to promote peace through community engagement, will help coordinate weekly and monthly cooking classes, sewing seminars, reading workshops and more for Moore Street Market, according to NYCEDC. Frances Lucerna, the group’s co-founder and executive director, said local businesses like those inside Moore Street Market the “backbone” of the community. “El Puente remains committed to cultivating resources for the Market so that it continues to serve its mission in promoting local businesses that are the backbone of our community and be a cultural hub that not only celebrates our Latino culture, but aims to continue bridging all cultural practices of Williamsburg’s diverse population,” he said in a statement. NYCEDC will contract a designer to oversee the full scope of upcoming and future renovations later this year.
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News Around the Boro DI FARA PIZZA SEIZED FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES
MIDWOOD — Di Fara Pizza on Avenue J, named the best pizzeria in New York by New York magazine, the Village Voice and the Daily News, has been seized by the state government for non-payment of taxes, according to the New York Post. A photo posted on Twitter shows a locked gate with a sign, “Warning: This property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in the possession of the State of New York.” On any given day, you could see lines of people outside the store waiting for pies and slices. This isn’t the first time Di Fara has been in trouble: in May of this year, it was shut down temporarily because it failed a city health inspection. BROWNSVILLE — Water has been pouring from the walls and ceiling every day for two weeks at Moet Smith’s NYCHA apartment in Brownsville, and the family had enough. She reached out to PIX 11’s Monica Morales for help. Smith’s 83-year-old father and 4-year-old nephew live with her at Seth Low Houses, and she’s worried about the slipping and getting hurt. “Every time I try to mop up the water, more water comes,” she said. NYCHA officials said they are investigating Smith’s complaints.
DEP, ENVIRONMENTALISTS CLEAN UP JAMAICA BAY
JAMAICA BAY — Jamaica Bay is home to many species of marine life and birds and has been a favorite destination of boaters, bird watchers and fishers. However, pollution and development have taken its toll on the bay. Now, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has been working with environmental organizations to help the bay bounce back, according to NY1 News. One of the main issues is that of combined sewer overflows during storms, which can release untreated wastewater into the bay. Don Reipe of the American Littoral Society, who has been involved in restoring marshes, told NY1 News, ““An easy thing to do is to come out and take something off the beach. You’ve done something, you can actually see the results of your work.”
COPS FIRED UPON WHEN RESPONDING TO CALL
BED-STUY — Shots were fired early Sunday morning at officers who were responding to an early morning call in Brooklyn, according to New York 1 News. Shots rang out around near Saratoga Avenue and Bainbridge Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to authorities. Witnesses told NY1 it happened during a neighborhood cookout. “I think this is part of a trend. It’s a little disturbing,” one member of the community told NY1. Police say five people were arrested for disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.
DEVELOPER SAYS HE’LL PUT MUSEUM IN BUILDING
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The owner of a Downtown Brooklyn house associated with the city’s abolitionist movement said he plans to build an African-American museum as part of his plan to redevelop 227 Duffield St. into an apartment building. Samiel Hanasab, who in June applied for a demolition permit, told Gothamist he had consented to creating a museum under an agreement with the previous owner. His plans call for a 13-story mixed-use building with 21 residential units. “I have a high respect for African-Americans,” Hanasab said. “This project will be in the basement.”
BROOKLYN AND CATSKILLS ORAL HISTORIAN DIES
BOROUGHWIDE — Myrna Katz Frommer, who channeled the voices of comedians and busboys in the Catskills and teachers and rabbis in Brooklyn through vivid oral histories she created with her husband, died on Aug. 8 at her home in Lyme, N.H. at the age of 80. Ms. Frommer edited her husband’s many books, which were frequently about baseball, before he submitted them, according to The New York Times. When they began to work on oral histories in the late 1980s, they found common ground. Their first book, “It Happened in the Catskills” (1988), started as a conventional narrative history of the fastfading world of summer resorts and bungalow colonies known as the borscht belt. “To capture a phenomenon shortly before it disappears into the mists of memory,” they wrote, “there may be no medium more effective than oral history.” They followed that book with “It Happened in Brooklyn” (1993), in which they wrote about many things that were once shared by people from the borough, including a love of “a half-sour pickle straight from the barrel, a charlotte russe from the bakery in the wintertime” and “lime rickeys and malted milks.”
BROOKLYN MAN REUNITED WITH SICK WIFE FROM EGYPT
BAY RIDGE — Congressmember Max Rose (D-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) and the Yemeni-American Merchants Association recently helped bring Ahmed Nagi Almulaiki’s wife, Gaini, to the United States after she fled the war in Yemen. She went to Egypt, but then became sick, suffering from kidney failure.
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WATER POURING FROM WALLS, CEILING AT NYCHA APARTMENT
What was still a basketball court in disrepair just over two months ago was transformed Tuesday night and drew a crowd of dozens. Fresh paint, renovated bleachers and a stage equipped with a sound system turned the Bedford-Stuyvesant Tompkins Houses into an impromptu hip-hop concert for the development’s youth. For the full story, visit brooklyneagle.com. Rose and YAMA worked together to get a waiver to allow her to obtain a visa to come to the U.S. to receive medical treatment, NY1 News said. “This is a tool to reunite families, and it’s one that everyone should be pursuing,” said Rose.
NORTH B’KLYN TENANTS WANT A TRUSTEE
NORTH BROOKLYN — Tenants of 12 rent-stabilized buildings in North Brooklyn want the bankruptcy court to appoint a trustee who would oversee the buildings, which they say are plagued by chronic leaks, mold and infestations. The tenants say they have been failed by the nonprofit that manages the building, Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp., according to Crain’s. The buildings have blocked fire exits, doors that don’t lock, collapsed ceilings, and rats, bed bugs and roaches, Crain’s said.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING LOTTERY OPENS IN CLINTON HILL
CLINTON HILL — Last week, an affordable housing lottery opened for 114 newly constructed units in two nine-story buildings in Clinton Hill. One is located at 909 Atlantic Ave., the other at 1043 Fulton St., according to the Brooklyn Paper. Together, they are known as the Athena Apartments. The buildings are part of the redevelopment plan for the Brooklyn Heights Library, in which the developer, Hudson Companies, struck a deal to build affordable housing at two off-site locations in Clinton Hill. The buildings include 55 studios, 32 one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units and five three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $896 and top out at $2,952, the Brooklyn Paper said.
BED-STUY MAN DEVELOPS APP TO HELP B’KLYNITES
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Mark Macias has developed a new app, named Brooklyn Bound, that helps people find some of the best restaurants, bars and venues to seek out in five neighborhoods, according to the Brooklyn Paper. “You Can’t Google every single place, so we thought it would be good to have one single spot for everything,” he told the publication. Macias and his wife moved to the neighborhood three years ago and soon found that finding favorite destinations in Brooklyn took a lot of work. So he started going on Yelp to find restaurants, bars, and businesses with good reviews. The app already has hundreds of downloads.
STATE SEN. PERSAUD SPONSORS FAMILY FUN DAY IN CANARSIE
CANARSIE — Hundreds of families turned out for State Sen. Roxanne Persaud’s (D-Canarsie-East New York-Brownsville-Starrett City) annual Family Fun Day at Canarsie Park. The families enjoyed a wide range of activities, including a rock-climbing wall, life-sized board games, carnival attractions, raffles and giveaways, according to Kings County Politics. The event was held in partnership with ASPCA, Broadway Stages, Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn USA Basketball, FDNY, the NYC Parks Department, the NYC Department of Education and many others.
RAPPER CREATES PANDEMONIUM WHEN VISITING HIS OLD SCHOOL
WILLIAMSBURG — When rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine visited his former middle school in Brooklyn last year, he gave a performance that quickly became a “dangerous situation” when he threw cash at students, according to the New York Post. Tekashi shouted, “This used to be my school!” at the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Williamsburg. When he started flinging cash in the air, taller teens jumped up to snatch the bills as smaller kids scrambles on the floor to scoop up more money. Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was expelled in the eighth grade and later joined a street gang. In a federal case, Tekashi, now 23, admitted that he took part in shooting a rival rapper, gunpoint robberies and heroin sales, according to the Post.
CYCLIST’S DEATH SPARKS CAMPAIGN FOR SAFETY
MIDWOOD — Southern Brooklyn residents are calling on the city to redesign Coney Island Avenue in the wake of the tragic death of cyclist Jose Alzorriz. The petition, created by Sandra Cortona, asks the Department of Transportation to build a protected bike lane that uses planters, curbs or posts to separate the bike and automobile traffic, according to amNewYork. The petition also argues that the street should be redesigned in a way that would slow vehicles down, and that cameras should be used to monitor speeding, illegal parking and right-of-way violations. Alzorriz, of Park Slope, was struck and killed in a chain-reaction crash in Midwood on Sunday.
CITY SEEKS TO IMPROVE B’WAY JUNCTION TRANSIT HUB
EAST NEW YORK — The city’s Economic Development Corp. on Thursday introduced a plan to transform Broadway Junction — which brings together five subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road and six bus routes — into an accessible transit hub, according to 6sqft.com. Councilmember Rafael Espinal, who represents the area, said that “Broadway Junction is an area that has been overutilized and underinvested in for decades.” At the present time, the station is inaccessible for people with disabilities, and a lack of investment has caused major congestion problems and crumbling infrastructure.
GOILDEN OPPORTUNITY AT LOBSTER ROLL RESTAURANT
CROWN HEIGHTS —A new restaurant in Crown Heights plans to offer a $100 lobster roll infused with 24-carat gold, according to Patch. BK Lobster opened its doors at 535 Nostrand Ave. on Saturday in Crown Heights. The menu also includes more reasonably priced lobster rolls that cost $20 each. These rolls are named after different Brooklyn neighborhoods and have different recipes. For example, the Flatbush Roll comes with jerk sauce and the Bay Ridge Roll is served with roasted peppers and Italian dressing.
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chapter in its drive for independence. “As always, we are hosting a variety of Green-Wood Cemetery, the Old Stone House events during Battle Week that explore both the and Washington Park have announced some historic impact of the battle and why it’s relespecial events to commemorate the anniversary vant today,” Kim Maier, executive director of of the Battle of Brooklyn throughout the month the Old Stone House, told this newspaper. The popular Park Slope destination will of August, culminating with a reenactment of host a series of celebratory events that will run the battle at Green-Wood. The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on through October. Both adults and children can land that is now part of the cemetery, was the learn about Brooklyn’s rich and entertaining first battle of the American Revolution to occur history. Thursday, August 15, is the opening of ‘No after the signing of the Declaration of IndepenMore Water,’ a contemporary art exhibition at dence. Green-Wood hosts a day of commemoration the Old Stone House featuring work by Tahir on Sunday, August 25, to honor all those who Carl Karmali and Justin Sterling and curated by defended the young republic, with parades, can- Katherine Gressel. The exhibit is from 7 to 9 non fire, horses and reenactments of the battle. p.m. and will be on view through October 12. From Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August It all starts at 11 a.m. with a trolley tour that visits Revolutionary War sites hosted by author 25, there will be a display of 85 Revolutionary and historian Barnet Schecter and Green-Wood War flags and their history at the Green-Wood Cemetery on Fifth Avenue and 25th Street. historian Jeff Richman. On Sunday, August 18, from noon to 2 p.m. Visitors can witness life on the battlefield, and meet soldiers, their horses and famous the Old Stone House & Washington Park in colonial Americans. Historic re-enactors will partnership with the Michael A. Rawley Amerdemonstrate revolutionary weapons and tactics. ican Legion Post will host the Maryland 400 Author Christopher Formant will discuss and Remembrance Ceremony. sign copies of his book, “Saving Washington: The Battle of Brooklyn neighborhood walk The Forgotten Story of the Maryland 400 and will take place Tuesday, August 20 from 6 to 9 the Battle of Brooklyn,” at noon. p.m. It’s led by Old Stone House board memThe Battle of Brooklyn Parade takes place ber and Hunterwith College Archaeology Professor Includes FREE consultation, screening, and an x-ray one of our surgeons. at 12:30 p.m. Attendees can follow the Revolu- William Parry. Those interested are asked to tionary regiment and march to Battle Hill with wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Grand the Regimental Band of the United States Mer- Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. The cost chant Marine Academy. is $12, which includes light refreshments. The event concludes at 1:15 p.m. with a comOn Wednesday, August 21, the Gowanus memoration ceremony honoring the spirit and Dredgers will host a “Battle Paddle” event. heroes of the Battle Brooklyn on Battle3rd HillFloor, Guests can Island, join the NY Dredgers 256-Cof Mason Avenue, Staten 10305for a canoe tour overlooking New York Harbor. of the canal’s famous Battle of Brooklyn escape The events are free, except for the trolley route. tour. The Prison Ships Martyrs Memorial CereThe Old Stone House & Washington Park mony will take place on Saturday, August 24, have also announced some special events and at 10 a.m. at Fort Greene Park. The event is coexhibits to commemorate the 243rd anniversary ordinated by the Society of Old Brooklynites, of the Battle of Brooklyn, America’s opening the American Merchant Marine Association and www.statenislandoralsurgery.com
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the Navy Armed Guard. On Saturday, August 24, the Battle of Brooklyn Bike Tour runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at the Old Stone House and ending at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk follows from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and begins at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. It’s led by the Old Stone House’s William Parry. The cost is $12 and includes light refreshments. The Brooklyn Historical Society presents “A Founding Martyr: Dr. Joseph Warren and the Early American Revolution,” a talk with historian Christian De Spana on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. at 128 Pierrepont Street. General
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Coney Island celebrates 29th annual sand sculpting contest By Paul Frangipane Brooklyneagle.com
The sand on Coney Island’s beach went vertical on Saturday when dozens of amateurs, professionals and semi-pro sculptors poured their creativity into it for the 29th annual Sand Sculpting Competition. In addition to classic castle designs, sculptors took creative approaches in building human and animal figures, symbolic scenes and political art pieces (one artist crafted the scene of a hand holding a sign that said, “Abolish ICE”). “I think every year more and more people know about it, the crowds are bigger,” said Kristina Reintamm of Brooklyn Community Services, the group that hosted the event with the Alliance for Coney Island. “It seems to be becoming more and more of a real Coney Island signature event.” The event was free and open to the public, accessed from the boardwalk at West 12th Street. Sculptors had four hours to craft their design. As the clock ticked closer to the cutoff time, swarms of beachgoers flocked to the sand to appreciate the art and take selfies in front of the pieces. Joe Sloboda, 58, who took first place in the Family category with his cousin Frank Russo, said he and Russo hadn’t touched sand in more than two years, but they quickly constructed their version of Hogwarts from Harry Potter, drawing crowds almost immediately after they started. “We’ve been doing this for years, we started with our kids when they were very very small and now they’re adults and we still come to the beach as a family to enjoy the time together and make castles,” Sloboda said. “We enjoy the contest, we enjoy the camaraderie and most importantly, we enjoy the summer.” This was the first year the contest gave out cash prizes for three contestants in each category, family, individual and adult group. The prizes were $250, $100 and $50. Sculptures were judged based on theme and creativity, according to Reintamm. John Woodard, a client success manager who took second in the individual adult category, was fielding questions about his Two Thoughts piece all day. The sculpture featured a manic face inside of a cage and, according to Woodard, represented the thoughts a person has when they’re trying to
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remain calm and be polite, even though they may be screaming in their head. Because of the open nature of the event, passers-by could register on the spot and compete. Gary Feliciano was watching the news in the morning, saw the contest was being held in a few hours and ran over from Sheepshead Bay to take part. He won in 2017 as well as this year in the individual adult category for his Climbing Woman, a figure of a woman
climbing a mountain. But Feliciano takes pride most in the influence he had on a little girl last year when he told her to join and she ended up taking first place. He smiled and looked back on it saying, “The most important thing to me was that I planted a seed.”
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Mermaid Avenue to be setting for education fair BY PAULA KATINAS
Coney Island civic leaders and local lawmakers are helping to usher in the start of the school year by giving children free backpacks, notebooks and other classroom supplies at a festive, family-oriented street fair. The Alliance for Coney Island, a non-profit organization that promotes the neighborhood, will be hosting the Second Annual Coney Island Back to School Community Fair on Saturday, Sept. 7, on Mermaid Avenue from noon to 4 p.m. Four blocks of Mermaid Avenue, between West 25th Street and West 29th Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic to give families a chance to stroll on the avenue and stop at booths that will be set up along the route to give out free backpacks and school supplies and prizes. The event will feature live entertainment, games and prizes. Mermaid Avenue is Coney Island’s main commercial street. There will also be booths manned by health care
providers, tenant advocacy groups and civic organizations to offer Coney Island residents up-to-date information and assistance. In addition, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island will be offering free blood pressure screenings. Project Street Beat at Planned Parenthood will have its mobile unit on hand to offer health services that do not require insurance. The CAMBA Homebase mobile unit will assist residents with housing issues. The Alliance for Coney Island created the fair to provide assistance to families who are having trouble making ends meet financially. “This event brings the community together and we are ecstatic to be able to bring school supplies and backpacks directly to families to help kick-off the school year in a fun and informative way,” Alliance Executive Director Alexandra Silversmith said in a statement. Last year’s inaugural backto-school event was a major success, according to Alliance leaders, who said more than 700 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to kids.
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A scene from last year's Back to School event. This year, the Alliance expects to give out 1,000 backpacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult in order to receive a backpack. The Alliance is working in partnership with elected officials representing the area, including U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, State Sen. Diane
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cars to allow pedestrians to roam free. The back-to-school fair provides a valuable service, according to Treyger, who is chairperson of the Council’s Education Committee. “This community-driven event provides valuable services free of cost to any child that needs a backpack. I commend the
Alliance for Coney Island and our small businesses in Coney Island for organizing this important event to guarantee that every student succeeds in the classroom,” he stated. The free distribution of school supplies also helps teachers, Frontus said. “We all know teachers are stretched to the limit setting up their classrooms, to provide an environment where students are focused and prepared to learn. It’s a pleasure that my colleagues and I can help families and teachers alike, so that they can concentrate on the lessons that will help our students succeed,” she said. Savino said she appreciates the fair’s holistic approach. "As we approach the beginning of the school year, it's especially important that all students have the supplies they need to have a successful year. This annual event helps accomplish that with not only backpacks but resources to ensure that students are healthy and ready to learn on day one," she said. For more information, visit www.AllianceforConeyIsland. org.
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face the Empire State Building or the spots they staked out with blankets on the green lawns. I was there the other day when a tempest blew in. I too found it impossible to leave the park — though I could see the downpour was nearby, and logic dictated it was headed in our direction. The purple clouds boiling over Manhattan were hard to turn away from. Before I enthuse further about the visual drama of rain sweeping over the mighty river, I need to say, emphatically, that you should not stay in the park if you think there’s lightning in the oncoming clouds. The park’s got towering gantry cranes, salvaged from the site’s long years as a sugar refinery. There are mammoth metal tanks in which syrup was stored. And 21 metal columns from Domino’s Raw Sugar Warehouse form the framework of an elevated walkway. These beautiful historic artifacts could turn into gigantic lightning rods.
JAMES CORNER FIELD OPERATIONS WAS THE PARK’S DESIGNER Anyway. The reason I went to Williamsburg on that stormy day was to check out the progress Two Trees Management is making on construction at the 11-acre Domino Sugar Refinery development. The park opened in June 2018. It takes up six of the site’s 11 acres. James Corner Field Operations designed the park, which cost $50 million to build. This landscape architecture firm was the project lead for the popular
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SHELTER FROM THE STORM The Domino building I most wanted to see on my rainy-day visit is One South First, aka 260 Kent Ave., whose construction is ongoing.
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— Continued from page 16INB — down from North Williamsburg’s ferry landing to Domino Park’s Grand Street entrance, dark clouds had formed a shelf over the Lower East Side and Lower Manhattan. I kept strolling around the park, snapping photos, as the rain got closer and closer and closer. All of a sudden, gusts of wind whipped in and tossed a torrent of precipitation at all of us who hadn’t left the park. The rain felt cold as snow. Everybody ran for a sidewalk shed attached to the landmarked Domino Sugar Refinery buildings. I was sorry I’d stopped doing wind-sprint workouts years ago.
People pose for pictures on Domino Park’s esplanade while a dark cloud looms. AN APARTMENT BUILDING DESIGNED BY SHOP ARCHITECTS
Domino Park’s gantry cranes stand tall as a storm approaches.
A few details about One South First’s design: The shorter tower is 22 stories tall and will contain 150,000 square feet of office space. The taller, 42-story building will have 330 rental apartments, 66 of them affordable units. There will also be 15,000 square feet of retail space. Highprofile Bushwick pizzeria Roberta’s is opening a second restaurant in about 2,300 square feet of that space, food-focused website Grub Street recently reported. When I checked One South First’s website the other day, listings included studios with asking rents of $3,356 or $3,373 per month and one-bedroom units for $4,084 or $4,120 per month. As for the rain, it poured down so hard that some of it came through the top of the sidewalk shed where we took refuge. After a while I dashed (meaning my slow-motion version of dashed) across the street to Mekelburg’s, a specialty food store/craft beer bar at 325 Kent Ave. SHoP Architects designed this new apartment building at the Domino complex. It has a zinc and copper facade and is shaped like a squared-off donut. The 16-story building has 522 rental apartments, 104 of them affordable units. Asking rents for available market-rate apartments recently posted on 325 Kent Ave.’s website range from $3,185 per month for a studio to $5,289 per month for a two-bedroom unit.
A FACTORY WITH A GLASS BUILDING INSIDE IT For a good long while, it seemed like the downpour was going to last forever. Then it was abruptly over. Some people took their kids back to Domino Park’s fountain to splash around in its 88 water jets. Other park-goers settled onto a turf field near the Havemeyers & Elder Filter, Pan & Finishing House. That’s the refinery’s formal name. Its address is 292-314 Kent Ave.
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NEW YORK — Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Some advocates say they’re already seeing the fallout even before the complex 837-page rule takes effect in October. President Donald Trump’s administration trumpeted its aggressive approach this past week as a way to let
only self-sufficient immigrants in the country, but health experts argue it could force potentially millions of lowincome migrants to choose between needed services and their bid to stay legally in the U.S. “People are going to be sicker. They’re not going to go get health care, or not until they have to go to an emergency room,” said Lisa David, president and CEO of Public Health Solutions, New York’s largest public health organization. “It’s going to cost the system a lot of money.” Immigrants who want permanent legal status, commonly called a green card, have long been required to prove they won’t be “a public charge.” The government announced Monday that would redefine the term to mean those who are “more likely than not” to receive public benefits over a certain period. U.S. Citizenship and Im-
migration Services will also now consider other factors, including income, education and English proficiency. “We want to see people coming to this country who are self-sufficient,” said Ken Cuccinelli, the agency’s acting director. “That’s a core principle of the American dream. It’s deeply embedded in our history, and particularly our history related to legal immigration. Two and attorneys general in 13 states sued, saying the changes will increase public health risks. There are signs that is already happening in cities across the country. Within hours of the announcement, a Minnesota immigration attorney said she received a flurry of calls from worried clients about whether to leave Medicaid. A Detroit nonprofit helping Latinos and immigrants with social services said its usually jam-packed lobby was empty the day after the rules were unveiled. New York’s largest public health organization, Public Health Solutions, which serves a large immigrant population, reported a 20 percent drop in food stamps enrollment since the rule was first proposed in the fall. There is precedent for such a chilling effect. After 1996 welfare and immigration changes that limited public assistance for some immigrants, the use of benefits dropped steeply among U.S. citizen children and refugees, groups who were still eligible. Studies based on data following that change showed people disenrolled from Medicaid at rates ranging from 15 percent to 35%, according to Harvard University’s François-Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights. And, it found, this came at a high cost: Asthma-related school absences in 1996 led to $719 million in lost parental productivity. Federico Mason, who emigrated from Mexico over two decades ago, said he is worried about the new criteria because he is low-income and doesn’t speak Eng-
lish well. The Chicago resident said he has no immediate plans to remove his 8- and 15-year-old sons, who are U.S. citizens, from Medicaid, but the new rule has made him more fearful about providing for his family and about applying for a green card. “If one day I want to adjust my status, it will be more difficult because of these unfair policies that continue to discriminate against me,” he said in Spanish. Overall, non-citizen low-income immigrants use public benefits at a much lower rate than low-income U.S.-born citizens, but there’s the possibility that millions of people could drop benefits out of fear or confusion. Estimates vary. It could be as high as 24 million people, according to the nonpartisan Fiscal Policy Institute, which includes in its count anyone in a family that has received food, health or housing support and where at least one person is a non-citizen. Dr. Deanna Behrens, a pediatric critical-care physician in suburban Chicago who wrote public testimony opposing the rule change, said children are the most vulnerable. She said non-citizen parents might hesitate to apply for their children who are U.S. citizens, mistakenly fearing that if their children get benefits it will destroy their own chances of getting a green card and tear their families apart. That will lead to people being unable to afford care for chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes, as well as preventative measures. Instead, they’ll rely on far more costly emergency rooms. “We’re condemning people to having a much more unhealthy lifestyles because we believe that there is something awful about their request for what we think for most people is a right and not a privilege: health care,” said Dr. Kenneth Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System, which covers eight hospitals in New York.
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