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PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP: LUCY DISALVO HELPS TO PROVIDE
THE BACKBONE FOR MANY LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS By Rob Abruzzese The Record For her work, Lucy DiSalvo has been honored by most of the local bar associations, including the Catholic Lawyers Guild, which recognized her on Shrove Tuesday in 2016. From left: Monique Holaman, Lucy DiSalvo, Hon. Ellen Spodek and Hon.
Lawrence Knipel. See page 3. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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Hon. Jeffery Lebowitz was a judge for 20 years and now serves as special counsel to Jaspan Schlesinger LLP in the firm's Matrimonial and Family Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups. He previously presided in the Queens Supreme Court Matrimonial Part for six years before taking over the first Criminal/Civil hybrid court in NYC history. Visit brooklyneagle.com
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QUARTER CENTURY CLUB: In Kings County Supreme Court, the busiest court in the United States, the Quarter Century Club is a periodic Brooklyn Eagle tribute to those vital workers in the criminal justice system who are too often unheralded and unknown to the public they serve. In the courts if there isn't a public record of something, it's like it practically never happened. Clerks are responsible for maintaining these records, but the civil servants entrusted with creating record of spoken and recorded speech inside the courtroom are the court reporters. Pictured above, from left: Senior court reporter Jennie Fantasia working in the court system since 1987; and principal court reporter Keith Olarnick, showing off the judges assignment board. YOU MAY READ THEIR PROFILES ON THE Brooklyn Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese VITAL SERVICES THEY PROVIDE AT brooklyneagle.com.
L-R: Adam Gilbert, a partner at Nixon Peabody, joins the VLP's board of directors. Alexander Kaplan, a partner at Proskauer Rose. See page 3. Photos courtesy of the Volunteer Lawyers Project
55 child abuse suits filed in Brooklyn as lookback window opens
Jeff Herman, left, and Krisel McSweeney, right, of Herman Law on steps of New York County Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon.
By Emma Whitford The Record
Fifty-five survivors of childhood sexual abuse filed lawsuits in Brooklyn on Wednesday, marking the opening of a year-long window for New Yorkers of all ages to file civil lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions they say turned a blind eye. The Brooklyn cases constitute one third of 169 cases filed on that day in New York City, according to a spokesperson for the New York Unified Court System. Plaintiffs filed 94 cases in Manhattan, 11 in the Bronx, six in Queens and three in Staten Island. Statewide, 427 cases were filed. “Today is a day of reckoning,” said attorney Jeff Herman of the Herman Law firm, standing outside of New York County Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon. His office filed three cases in Brooklyn and plans to file cases at the same rate daily for the rest of the month. These cases seek monetary damages and allege abuse by individuals, as well as negligence by institutions including the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America.
“Unfortunately, the leading offender of not protecting children in New York, by far, is the Catholic Church,” Herman said, adding that he expects to reach settlements in the vast majority of cases. The lookback window is one key element of the Child Victims Act (CVA), statewide legislation passed in January after years of opposition from the institutions expected to be primary defendants, including the Catholic Church. Previously, survivors had only until age 21 to bring criminal cases alleging abuse, and until age 23 for civil cases. The CVA extends the statute of limitations to age 26 for criminal cases and 55 for civil cases. The lookback window extends civil filing to survivors of all ages for one year. Advocates have pointed to research that shows the average age for adults to disclose abuse is 52. Herman said Wednesday that his oldest client is 90 years old. Another client is 51-year-old William LaRocca. The late Father Francis Gillen of St. Theresa of Lisiuex in Flatbush allegedly assaulted LaRocca when he was 12 years old. Gillen, who died in 1997, allegedly brought LaRocca to a party with other
priests at a lake house in Lake Ronkonkoma in Long Island in the early 1970s. LaRocca says he was fondled and penetrated by Gillen. “Being able to name your abuser in a court of law, to say that what happened to you as a child was horrifically wrong and that the person who did it ought to be held accountable can be very powerful and very healing for survivors,” said Michael Polenberg, vice president of government affairs for Safe Horizon, which fought for the passage of the CVA. The Brooklyn Diocese did not immediately comment on the Gillen suit specifically, though Gillen’s name appears on a 2019 list compiled by the diocese of priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. In a prepared statement, Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio said, “Today we stand with victims who were sexually abused as children.” DiMarzio also referenced the Brooklyn Diocese’s Independent Compensation and Reconciliation Program, which he said has settled with 500 people to date, as well as survivor support groups and an annual “Mass of Hope and Healing.”
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In a statement, the Boy Scouts of America said that “we care deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting.” They also cited “concerns with reforms that impose retroactive liability on organizations that did not have actual knowledge of the specific misconduct underlying an allegation of abuse.” The New York State courts system has made special preparations for the flood of civil suits, training and designating 45 judges statewide to handle them exclusively. Three judges have been assigned specifically to Brooklyn: Justices Ellen Spodek, Edgar Walker and Devin Cohen. Court rules recommend a preliminary conference for each case within 30 days of filing, and for discovery to be completed within a year. “The revived Child Victims Act cases are critically important cases, raising numerous challenging legal issues, that must be adjudicated as consistently and expeditiously as possible across the State,” said Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks in a statement. “We are fully committed to providing appropriate and sufficient resources to achieve that goal.”
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Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project adds two new board members By Rob Abruzzese The Record
The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) announced on Thursday that it has added two new members to its board of directors after they were elected at the August board meeting. Adam Gilbert, a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, and Alexander Kaplan, a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, will join the board after they were voted in on Tuesday. Both were thrilled with the news. “I am proud and delighted by my appointment to the VLP’s board of directors and eager to participate both meaningfully and impactfully in the advancement of the organization, helping to close the justice gap for thousands of Brooklynites,” Gilbert said. “I am truly excited and honored to join the board of this fantastic, Brooklyn-centric organization and look forward to contributing all I can toward the VLP’s goal of providing critical legal services to those most in need,” Kaplan said. Members of the board voted in the new members because, they said, they felt that the
Hon. Steven Mostofsky.
Hon. Rosemarie Montalbano.
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new additions would improve the organization’s presence in Brooklyn and across the city. “We are thrilled to welcome both Adam and Alex to the VLP’s Board of Directors,” said Stephen Williamson, a board member chair of
the VLP’s nominating committee. “Their enthusiasm, creativity, and expertise will not only help strengthen our capacity to serve our community, but also contribute greatly to the organization’s expanding profile and growth.”
The VLP was created in 1990 and aims to help provide access to justice for the indigent population of Brooklyn. It does this by providing free training to attorneys in exchange for them taking on pro bono cases, and it heavily relies on the networking and fundraising of its board members. In 2018, the VLP assisted over 19,000 Brooklynites with their legal matters, and more than 500 lawyers donated more than 12,000 hours of their time on a pro bono basis. The association estimates the value of this time to be over $3 million. The other board members include VLP President Lynn Judell, vice president Lawrence DiGiovanna, treasurer Gregory Messer, Stephen Williamson, Rachel Blumenfeld, Caroline Conway, Jeffrey Gewirtz, Sean Mikala Gray, Colin Kelly, Mark Lande, Michael Leahy, Manas Mohaptra, Martin Needelman, Adam Shepherd, Michael Watson and Steven Zelkowitz.
Lucy DiSalvo helps to provide the backbone for many local bar associations By Rob Abruzzese The Record
There are plenty of people with the first name “Lucy” in the Brooklyn legal community. However, if that name is spoken on Court Street, in a courthouse or at a bar association meeting, people are most likely referring to Lucy DiSalvo. DiSalvo has worked in the legal community for nearly 30 years: first as a paralegal for the law firm Fixler and Associates for seven years, then as the principal secretary to two different Supreme Court justices, Hon. Anthony Cutrona and Hon. Ellen Spodek, for another 22. What DiSalvo is perhaps best known for, though, is the fact that she helps to run four separate local bar associations — the Columbian Lawyers Association, the Brooklyn Brandeis Society, the Nathan R. Sobel Inns of Court and the Catholic Lawyers Guild. “I was a political science major in college and I wanted to go to law school after that,” DiSalvo said. “The funny thing is that I never went to law school, but I ended up being surrounded by lawyers and judges anyway.” DiSalvo explains that she simply loves giving of her time to help and assist others. In addition to the four bar associations for which she serves as executive secretary, she also assists other local bar associations, such as the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, from time to time; helps out at Xaverian High School, where her son Dominic DiSalvo is a sophomore; and assists Justice Spodek in her own organizations. “She’s sort of the backbone and structure for a lot of these organizations,” said Joe Rosato, the current president of the Kings County Inns of Court and past president of the Catholic and Columbian Lawyers associations. “I don’t even know how she does it all, but I think she has the personality where she makes it work. She’s a tough cookie who doesn’t take anything from anyone. And she’s certainly right a good portion of the time.” DiSalvo was born in Brooklyn and raised in Brooklyn Heights, the same community that her entire family is from. She went to St. Joseph’s High School and then St. Francis College, both within walking distance of her Joralemon Street home. After college, she briefly lived in Staten Island, but then moved back to Brooklyn and 84th Street in Bensonhurst. DiSalvo worked at a law firm doing part-time work in college and then became a paralegal at the law firm Fixler and Associates. She was single and the money was good at the time, so she decided against going to law school because she didn’t want to take out loans. When the firm decided to move to Westchester, she realized that she couldn’t leave Brooklyn or commute that far. So she decided to apply to work in the court system, where her mother Lucinda Consentino and uncle Leo Consentino both worked.
DiSalvo said she never felt regret not going to law school, and the biggest reason is because the job she landed in the court system was working for the late Justice Anthony Cutrona. “Judge Cutrona was a compassionate person,” DiSalvo said. “He was a fatherly figure to me. He could be stern, like most bosses can be, but we had a great rapport together. We did our work. He had me on call 24/7, which I never minded.” Justice Cutrona was a giant in the local legal community, especially among Italian-Americans. He lost his own father at an early age and wound up following in his father-in-law, Philip DiCostanzo’s, footsteps. His father-in-law was one of the founding fathers of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn, and Justice Cutrona eventually took on such a vital role in that association that in his death his is always referred to as “the heart and soul of the Columbian Lawyers” for his huge contributions. Naturally, Justice Cutrona’s right hand would become involved with the Columbian Lawyers in a major way, and that’s exactly what DiSalvo did. As executive secretary, DiSalvo is involved with all of the administrative aspects of the bar association. She organizes meetings and events and takes care of so much behind the scenes stuff that new presidents are often shocked at how many responsibilities that she has. “Lucy has the same institutional knowledge that makes the association successful,” Rosato said. “If every year you start from scratch, you won’t be successful because there are growing pains and manipulations. She has already gone through all of these. She’s the backbone, the structure. She points us in the right direction and keeps us on track.” When Justice Cutrona died in January 2013, it was DiSalvo who kept things running smoothly and people took notice. It was around that time that she started getting more involved in the Catholic Lawyers Guild. When there was a retirement in the Inns of Court, she was asked to step in. Then, of course, when her new judge, Hon. Ellen Spodek, got involved with helping to create the Brooklyn Brandeis Society, DiSalvo volunteered her time as well. “I can’t turn people down,” DiSalvo said. “I keep slowly gain responsibility. You know what it is, you give the work to a busy person because busy people can’t say no and the work gets done.”
DiSalvo said that when she first went to work for Justice Spodek following the death of Justice Cutrona, things seemed strange at first, mostly because after 16 years of working with one judge, any new judge would have been strange. She said that the two justices, despite working in different areas, have similar personalities, and she has found that she works as well with both. DiSalvo said, “It feels good to have a judge who takes you into their confidence, really wants you to be there with them and who looks forward to seeing you every day. I love working with her.” DiSalvo’s said that part of the reason she helps out with so many associations is because she can’t say no, but another big part of it is the friendships and the comradery she has within the legal community. A big part of that is the three other women who are a part of her “Fab Four.” The Fab Four includes DiSalvo plus Kristen Borruso, who is Justice Spodek’s law clerk; Dawn Sajecki and Monique Holaman. The four of them are often seen together at events either checking people in, taking care of any tasks that need to be done, or just enjoying each other’s company. DiSalvo doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. She has made a lot of friends in the legal community, some of whom she even considers family, and said that it’s just in her nature to give of her time. Mostly, though, she feels that she can’t let down Justice Cutrona and must keep his legacy alive. “He was so important to me,” DiSalvo said. “He was a boss, but he was a father too. He was my friend. I didn’t just work with him five days a week, I was with him seven days a week. The Columbian Lawyers are his legacy, and I feel like I have a responsibility to keep it going.”
Lucy DiSalvo with her uncle Leo Consentino and mother Lucinda Consentino.
The “Fab Four” (pictured from left): Kristen Borruso, Dawn Sajecki, Monique Holaman and Lucy DiSalvo.
Lucy DiSalvo got involved with the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn after she got a job with Justice Anthony Cutrona. Now she has taken that experience, helps to run four different local bar associations in Brooklyn and has a monopoly on the name “Lucy” on Court Street. Eagle file photos by Mario Belluomo
Lucy DiSalvo with Justice Ellen Spodek (left), who she went to work for after Justice Cutrona died in 2013. Eagle file photos by Rob Abruzzese
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A 20,000-Sq. Ft. brewery is set to rise in Gowanus By Meaghan McGoldrick The Record
Start spreadin’ the brews — a new 20,000-square-foot brewery/taproom is coming to Brooklyn. Sixpoint Brewery will construct a “state-of-the-art” establishment at the corner of Ninth Street and Second Avenue in Gowanus, the business announced last Thursday. The new beer plant — slated to open next May — will makeover a warehouse that dates back to 1904 and feature a production brewing system, a full-service kitchen and bar, a streetlevel outdoor beer garden and a yearround rooftop beer garden. The project is a second-coming for the company, which got its start near the waterfront 15 years ago.
A rendering of the 20,000-square-foot brewery/ taproom to be built at Ninth Street and Second Courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery Avenue in Gowanus.
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Sixpoint has its roots in Red Hook, where founder Shane Welch opened an 800 square-foot brewery in a garage on Van Dyke Street in 2004. It went on to release cans in 2011 and has become a staple at bars across New York City. “This has been a long time coming, and we’re making sure we do it right,” he said in a statement. “It truly is a world class facility equipped with everything a brewer could dream of. The basics of the system are all there, but we added components to this buildout that allow us to push the boundaries of innovation.” Those components, Bachli stressed, will allow Sixpoint to brew “an expansive range of ales and lagers,” and give its team “great flexibility in style and taste profiles” as they expand their collection. The company is working with acclaimed brewing equipment manufacturer Braukon. (Sixpoint’s new outpost will be Braukon’s first New York City brewery installation.) The new space was designed by Sixpoint and Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, the architecture firm behind such past projects as the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island and the Beekman Hotel in Manhattan. For more of this story visit brooklyneagle.com.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Savino, Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus and Councilmember Mark Treyger, to organize the event. Coney Island Cathedral and the New York City Department of Transportation are also lending a hand. The fair is part of DOT’s Weekend Walks program, a citywide initiative in which streets are closed to
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
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Rain or shine, Domino Park draws a crowd By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn
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The Domino Sugar Refinery and One South First (the tower at left) are located at the edge of Domino Park. Even when the clouds grow darker and the not-sodistant air turns gray with rain, Domino Park visitors are reluctant to abandon the six-acre park’s esplanade, or its wooden lounge chairs that
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.
These syrup tanks in Domino Park are artifacts from the site’s long history of sugar production.
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Two Trees Management plans to create office space inside the 1880s refinery by demolishing its roof and constructing a glass-walled building inside the brick factory walls. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission approved this design in November 2017. The architecture firm that designed the refinery’s makeover plan, PAU, returned to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Aug. 13 to ask for permission to tweak the plan. It was granted.
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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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