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Brooklyn honors 105-year-old, declares â€˜Florence Bass Dayâ€™ Brooklyn Heights resident Florence Bass turned 105 on Monday and Brooklyn President Eric Adams proclaimed the day to be â€œFlorence Bassâ€™ 105th Birthday Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA.â€? SHOWN: A photo of Florence Bass as a young woman in uniform during WWII, juxtaposed with a recent photo supplied by her friend Toba Potosky. See page 2. Photos via Florence Bass / Toba Potosky
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Brooklyn Heights resident Florence Bass turned 105 on Monday, and the whole borough celebrated. By proclamation of Brooklyn President Eric Adams, the day was officially commemorated as “Florence Bass’ 105th Birthday Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA.” She also received a letter from Mayor Bill de Blasio recognizing her longevity. At a party in her apartment, with walls decorated by artwork she painted herself, Bass told stories from her remarkable past, blew out the candles on her cake and enjoyed a slice surrounded by best friends. Bass was born on April 1, 1914 in Brooklyn, in the days of dirt roads and horse-drawn wagons. She lived in Flatbush on Nostrand Avenue and Winthrop, above a candy store owned by her father. She recalls how the horses that drew fire engines were lined up three across, and that a blacksmith shop was always next to a fire house. After attending Girls High School, she went to New York University, and then Tulane University in New Orleans to complete her master’s degree in social work.
“Florence is a fascinating person,” Bass’ friend and neighbor Toba Potosky said. Bass has regaled him with stories of her life over their 20year friendship. “When FDR proposed the New Deal, the country needed social workers in order to run the new programs. Florence and two other women bought a car and drove to New Orleans, and enrolled in Tulane’s social work program,” he recalled. The first time Bass and her friend tried to find a place to stay in New Orleans, they were turned away because it was thought that three unaccompanied women driving by themselves must be prostitutes. The young women had to go back to the school and get written proof that they were enrolled in a program before anyone would rent them a room, Potosky said.
From left: Friends and neighbors Toba Potosky, Beverly Schnipper, Agnes Djaha, Veronica Goindoo, Felicia Birnel watch as Bass blows out the candles. Brooklyn Heights Press photos by Mary Frost
Military service Bass joined the Women's Army Corps (WACS) during WWII, but only after promising her father that she would remain stateside, since her brother was fighting overseas. She served as a social worker at the Auxiliary Military Hospital Services in New York City, was stationed in West Overfield, Massachusetts, and then did a stint at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Florence Bass’s birthday cake.
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Chris Coffey, chair of the board of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has elected Chris Coffey, who has served as the group’s vice chair for the past few years, as the new chair of its board of directors. He replaces Mark Baker, who has served as chair since 2016. The conservancy, which focuses on public programming, community outreach and philanthropic support, works in partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, which administers the park. Coffey leads the New York practice for Tusk Ventures and Tusk Strategies and has run successful political and legislative efforts in cities and states across the country. In New York City, he has run major media campaigns for such-wellknown organizations and entities as the Times Square Alliance, Uber and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. In 2017, Coffey served as a senior strategist to Corey Johnson’s successful campaign for speaker of the New York City Council. He also served on District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s transition committee and was an advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign in 2018. Prior to joining Tusk, Coffey worked for Michael Bloomberg for 12 years at City Hall, on Bloomberg’s three electoral campaigns and at Bloomberg L.P. He joined the Conservancy’s board in 2013, “Chris Coffey’s enthusiasm and vision will lead the Conservancy into the future,” said Baker. “His expertise, candor and wisdom will guide the organization through its next exciting phase, expanding and enhancing our programmatic work in Brooklyn Bridge Park." The board also elected longtime Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO community leader Michael Crane to be the next vice chair of the Conservancy. In addition, DUMBO resident Sanjay Mody was elected treasurer and Cobble Hill resident Sophie Ferrer was elected secretary.
After the war, Bass worked for two years at the Jewish Family and Children’s Resettlement Program, helping to place refugees. “I remember one, she came for help,” Bass told the Brooklyn Heights Press. “She stood by the door and she was bent over. Her nose almost touched the ground. It was terrible to see. I looked at her … and very gently, I said, ‘Come in.’ And I said, ‘Come here and sit where I can talk with you.’ And I said, ‘Are you comfortable?’ “She knew that I was talking about how bent over she was, and I acknowledged her difficulty in standing up straight … And she said to me very nicely, ‘I have to bend over because the Germans used us to carry beams on our backs.’ “And I thought to myself, ‘My God. What people could do to each other!’” Another time, there were so many war casualties that Bass was asked to accompany a
blind soldier who wanted to go fishing. Being from Brooklyn, she said she didn’t know anything about fishing. “Don’t worry, he’ll teach you anything you need to know,” she was told. “I followed him as he pointed ahead,” Bass said. “We went down a little dirt road and finally he said, ‘Oh there it is, there is where we will go fishing.’ And there was the lake where the fish were.” The man directed her to a little cabin where they got two fishing rods and a tin box. He took care of the fishing rods, taught her how to bait the hook and cast out into the water. He also taught her how to take the fish off the hook and put it in the tin. “He caught some fish, and in a little while he said, ‘That’s it, the time is up,’” she said. By that time she had totally forgotten the man was blind. “It was something I never forgot,” she said. Continued on page 3
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Women's Army Corps (WACS) members during WWII. Florence Bass is second from right. Photo via Florence Bass
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The secret of her longevity? Bass painted the dozens of artworks that grace the walls of her apartment. During the last year or two she has been less energetic but still paints bookmarks, in collaboration with Veronica Goindoo, her aide. Goindoo owned a restaurant back home in Trinidad and prepares Bass’ favorite meals. “Everything is homemade. That’s why she is so healthy,” she said. Bass’ favorite food is mashed potatoes, shrimp and fish. “And the best thing she likes is the soup I make for her now. I make the chicken soup with all the vegetables and blend it, and she loves it. She drinks two bowls a day plus her food,” Goindoo said. “I love to cook, so I’m always in the kitchen and she gets fresh things all the time. That is the big secret, especially the soup. That gives her strength.” Joan Millman, former assemblymember and a member of the Major Steering Committee in the New York State Assembly, lived in the same co-op as Bass for almost 30 years. “Last year, I reached out to Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who was very excited to do something” for Bass’ 104th birthday, Millman said. “Nydia read her bio on the floor of the House of
One of the many original artworks painted by Florence Bass. Heights Press photo by Mary Frost
Representatives. This year we have a letter from the mayor and a citation from the Borough President commemorating this wonderful occasion, 105 years.” Bass received a hand signed letter from President and Mrs. Obama on her 103rd birthday, and she could not be more pleased, Potosky added.
Friends share memories Agnes Djaha has known Bass for 21 years. “She has some wonderful stories to tell about her vey extraordinary life,” Djaha said. “She remembers before trolleys, before the cars. “She has a story that when she was stationed in Massachusetts, a young boy nine or ten years old snuck onto a bus with inductees and the police had to take him back,” Djaha said. “But she said to him, ‘Don’t worry about it. You’re young now to join the army. But they’ll be more wars coming.’” Carmela Cohen used to live in Bass’ Flatbush neighborhood. “But 30 years apart,” she said. “The world did not change that much in those 30 years. We could talk about the same cinema, the same Jewish deli, the same ice cream parlor.” Felicia Birnel said she lives in the same building, “But more than anything, Florence and I were really good friends with real give and take on both of our parts.” Beverly Schnipper is one of the original cooperators from their building. “A lot of my co-operators mistake me for her,” she laughed. “Sometimes after they greet me I realize they think I’m Florence. Linda VanderWoude said, “I’ll be here ten years tomorrow, and Florence is a wonderful neighbor and just a joy to be around.” Laura Gold, a fellow social worker, said she was born in Rome, Italy. “And then I lived in Israel because I personally couldn’t stay after the persecution. I lost family there,” Gold said. “So I went to Israel, and from there I came to study here. And then I met Florence. I’ve known her since 1966, when I received placement in the office where she was working, the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services.” Over all those years, Bass came to her house for birthdays, weekends and the Jewish holidays, Gold said. “We have been very close for a long time. She knows all my family by name, she knows my friends by name. “Florence has been really important because as a social worker she knows how to respond to your difficulties, and even if you don’t see them, she sees them,” Gold said. “She’s a terrific person. I miss her a lot because now she’s not in the same shape she was a few years ago. But that’s the way we go. 105 is very good.” Thursday, April 4, 2019 • Brooklyn Heights Press • 3
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An art auction that will benefit Chionesu Bakari. When: Sunday, April 7th, 5 – 9 pm. Where: Weeksville/Weeksville Heritage Center (168 Buffalo Avenue)
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SANFORD WURMFELD A solo exhibition of new work by NYC-based color painter Sanford Wurmfeld. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 20th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16 Main Street, Suite A)
UNCANNY TALES CURATED BY HILARY DOYLE & REID HITT HR CURATING ALICIA ADAMEROVICH, DOMINIQUE FUNG, REBECCA NESS, PHYLLIS YAO, AND MARK ZUBROVICH This exhibition presents new figurative painting that hybridizes the uncanny with caricature, exaggeration, and invented mythologies. The artists included in this show have discovered new worlds that reveal anxiety, mystery, and eeriness that reflect our current state of political unrest. When: By appointment Where: DUMBO/Agency (20
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A passionate group of accomplished mid-career artists are mounting an exhibit in Brooklyn Heights to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition. The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to preserve family unity. The grass roots organization has grown from a half-dozen congregations to a City-wide Movement in only a few years. Fifty percent of sales will go to the New Sanctuary Coalition. When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays through April 28th Where: Brooklyn Heights/
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NYC TRASH!: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE SCULPTURE GARDEN The City Reliquary’s sculpture exhibition — in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future — presents the work of ten local trash artists whose works will be on display in the Reliquary’s backyard garden. When: Thursday-Sunday through April 29th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The City Requilary Museum (370 Metropolitan Avenue)
GOYA IN TIJUANA A collection paintings by modern contemporary surrealist painter Tony Geiger. Geiger’s work encompasses both classical surrealism with modern contemporary concerns. When: Satudays through May 4th, 12 – 6 p.m. or by appt Where: Carroll Gardens/Court Tree Collective (371 Court Street)
A CERTAIN SET OF DYNAMICS Curated by Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer Featuring the work of Embodied Empathy, Christopher Mahonski, Valerie Shusterov, and Kristen Neville Taylor. Jurors: Will Hutnick and Gaby Collins-Fernandez Selected
through UrbanGlass’ open curatorial call, a certain set of dynamics looks at artists using glass as a literal and metaphorical lens through which to explore human interconnection. When: Daily through May 10th, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene//Agnes Varis Art Center (647 Fulton Street)
THE OUTSKIRTS, EXPOSED AND PUNCHED
A solo exhibition of new work by Odette England. This will be the artist’s second solo show at the gallery, and brings together a selection of artworks from three recently completed and ongoing projects. Home is the center-weight of England’s artistic practice, with memory and forgetting being the counterbalances. Her photographs are fragile, contemplative and temporal spaces. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through May 11th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street)
RACE AND REVOLUTION: REIMAGINING MONUMENTS
The show questions the relationship between historical memory and historical monuments and what the underlying implications are for those histories that remain absent. Seventeen artists were asked to envision monuments that add depth and truth to New York’s compelling history. Exhibiting artists include Alexis Callender, Ayasha Guerin, Chip Thomas, Damien Davis, Emmaline Payette, Kamau Ware, Kimberly Becoat, Lyra Monteiro, Maureen Conner, Maureen McNeil, Marilyn Nance, Rose Desiano, Sal Munoz, Studio Darn, Zaq Landsberg and Jennifer Mack Watkins. When: Fridays through June 14th, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street)
One: Egúngún tells the life story of a twentieth-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (egúngún), from its origins in Nigeria, to its current home in Brooklyn. Composed of over three hundred textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Centuries old, egúngún is still practiced in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora. When: Daily through August 2019, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)
BROOKLYN ABOLITIONISTS/IN PURSUIT OF FREEDOM
This major, long-term exhibit explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement — ordinary residents, black and white — who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn›s abolition movement in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Winter 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)
AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR KRIS FRIESWICK AND JASON FEIFER
Journalist, humorist and author Kris Frieswick will talk about her new book, “The Ghost Manuscript,” a suspenseful quest for King Arthur’s tomb, written in the spirit of great thrillers with fascinating female protagonists, that takes readers to Wales, Boston and eventually to Cape Cod. When: Thursday, April 4th, 7 p.m. Where: DUMBO/PowerHouse at the Archway (28 Adams Street)
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The Rally is continuing its second season with three leading literary warriors of the resistance. It will feature Kaitlyn Greenidge, author
of We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin), Meakin Armstrong, Senior Fiction Editor at Guernica, and Brendan Kiely, author of Tradition (Simon & Schuster). When: Friday, April 5th, 7 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street)
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LEFT: This is 7604 Fourth Ave., which housed Grace Nursery School. RIGHT: Victoria Hofmo of the Bay Ridge Conservancy is sounding the alarm about the looming demolition of 7604 Fourth Ave. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan
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The wrecking ball is headed for a beloved Bay Ridge Victorian house where a nursery school was located. A grassroots preservation group wants to save vacant 7604 Fourth Ave., which was the Masonic Club before it became Grace Nursery School in the mid-1990s. Bay Ridge Conservancy President Victoria Hofmo said the situation is dire for residents of the grand Victorian house’s block – for a reason beyond the threatened loss of a piece of Bay Ridge’s architectural and cultural history. Next to the turreted wood-frame home there’s an enormous, boarded-up piece of land where a developer demolished Waldeck Funeral Home more than a decade ago. If the Victorian house is torn down, there will be only one building left on the west side of Fourth Avenue between 76th and 77th streets. That’s the United Korean Church of New York, which is at 371 77th St. “How much more can this block take?” Hofmo asked in a recent interview. “I don’t want to see another mess — another empty lot just sitting there,” she said.
There is no legal time limit to how long developers can wait to start construction after demolishing buildings on a site. “The law allows property owners to impact our quality of life and erode the neighborhood,” Hofmo said.
SOLD FOR $3.5 MILLION IN 2017 Hofmo first realized something was up with the Victorian house when she saw workers digging in its front yard a couple weeks ago. She checked with Community Board 10 and was told the owner of 7604 Fourth Ave. plans to construct condos on the site. There are no construction plans to be found on the city Buildings Department website. The public record does show the Buildings Department approved a demolition application for 7604 Fourth Ave. in June 2018. The application describes the property as a three-story frame and masonry building with a cellar. It identifies the property owner as Grace Holdings BK LLC. An agent for this entity didn’t respond to a request for comment by deadline.
Tan Development LLC of Manhasset, Long Island is listed on the demolition application as the filing representative. That’s someone who is involved in a project but might or might not be an owner. A rep for Tan Development said she’s not allowed to speak for the developer and he wasn’t available. City Finance Department records show that Grace Holdings BK LLC bought the Victorian house for $3.5 million from Yumin & John Inc. in September 2017. The Brooklyn Masonic Guild had sold 7604 Fourth Ave. to Yumin & John Inc. in 1995.
OTHER OPTIONS BESIDES CONDO DEVELOPMENT Hofmo said she hopes to involve elected officials and other preservationist groups in a campaign to save the Victorian house. Instead of being torn down, 7604 Fourth Ave. could be used once again as a school, she said. Or it could be somebody’s home. Or it could be turned into a Bay Ridge cultural center. “We see this as a perfect opportunity for adaptive reuse,” she said. — Continued on page 11INB —
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LEFT: This is Bennet-Farrell-Feldmann House, which preservationist groups fought to save in INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan the 1990s.
Bay Ridge Conservancy sounds the alarm about Victorian house demolition threat — Continued from page 10INB — Hofmo’s family has lived in the Bay Ridge area for more than a century. “Maybe that’s why I take things so seriously,” she said.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS ‘GALVANIZED’ The Bay Ridge Conservancy got its start in the1990s as a group that fought alongside other preservationist organizations to save the Bennet-Farrell-Feldmann House at 119 95th St. and an adjacent wood-frame farm building from demolition.
The threat “galvanized” the neighborhood, Hofmo recalled. “People came together,” she said. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the house as an individual landmark in 1999. The developer who owned it sold it to a family that has restored it. The Bennet-Farrell-Feldmann House is a Greek Revivalstyle villa constructed in 1847, a Landmarks Preservation Commission report about it says. The farm building next door was not landmarked. The developer tore it down and constructed an apartment building. Hofmo thought the preservationist groups’ partial victory was bittersweet. “I feel like every time a preservationist compromises, they lose. And every time a developer compromises, they win,” she said.
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But back to demolition-threatened 7604 Fourth Ave. The empty lot next to the Victorian house formerly belonged to Mousa Khalil, who for a while was known in Bay Ridge for owning properties he either tore down or kept vacant. The lot’s address is 7614 Fourth Ave. In 2018, an entity called 7614 LLC bought Khalil’s lot for $4,893,687 in a foreclosure sale, Finance Department records indicate. Efthimios Zisimopoulos is the sole managing member of 7614 LLC, those records show.
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JOHN PATRICK MCPARTLAN, SR.
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ohn Patrick McPartlan, Sr, aged 97, resident of The Hideout in Lake Ariel, PA, died Sunday morning at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore, PA., surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Sally Ann O’Connor McPartlan. Born in Drumkeeran, Leitrim, Ireland, he was the son of the late James and Mary McVey McPartlan. He came to the United States in 1947 where he settled in Jackson Heights, Queens with his sister Molly and her family. He was employed by the NY Railroad for several years, and prior to his retirement, he was employed by Sunnydale Farms in Brooklyn, New York. He was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Parish in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NY prior to becoming a parishioner of St. Thomas Moore Church in Lake Ariel, PA. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He grew up playing traditional Irish tunes on the flute and accordion and would occasionally entertain family and friends. He liked to play a round of golf with his sons and was a long suffering, yet loyal New York Mets fan. Surviving are his daughter Terry McPartlan of Brooklyn, NY; his son, John Patrick McPartlan, Jr. and his wife Karen Chizmar McPartlan of Scotch Plains NJ; his son, Dennis James McPartlan and his wife Eileen Dowd McPartlan of Milltown NJ; his son-in-law, Martin Bajo of Staten Island, NY; grandson Jeffrey Michael McPartlan and his wife Stacey De Torres McPartlan; granddaughter Christie Lynn McPartlan Fitzpatrick and her husband, Kevin Fitzpatrick; granddaughters, Caitlin Ryan Bajo and Heather Rose Bajo, grandson Sean Patrick McPartlan, and granddaughter Colleen Mary McPartlan, and great-granddaughter, Lily James McPartlan, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special Thanks to Jessyka O’Heren long-time caregiver, friend, and someone we all consider a family member. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Ann O’Connor McPartlan, his daughter Mary Ann McPartlan Bajo, and siblings, Molly McPartlan Kelly, Annie T. McPartlan, Thomas McPartlan, Bridget McPartlan Carney, Edward McPartlan, and Josie McPartlan. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, PA and Wednesday morning, March 27, 2019 from 9 to 10:30 am. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 26, 2019 at 11 am at St. Thomas Moore Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, PA. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, 220 Church Street, Moscow, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. To leave an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.
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