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The new B82 Select Bus Service route won’t have as many bus-only lanes as originally planned, according to Assemblymember William Bill Colton. The photo shows the bus arriving at a stop on Bay Parkway and 86th Street.

Parking Spaces Restored in B82 Bus Plan, Brooklyn Pol Says BY PAULA KATINAS BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE


ew York City streets are becoming more and more crowded by the day with cars, buses, vans and ride-sharing services like Uber all jockeying for space on the

roadway. But drivers in the Bensonhurst-Gravesend area will be getting a break, according to a Brooklyn lawmaker, who said transportation officials are re-configuring a plan that would have eliminated nearly 200 parking spaces on Kings

Highway. Assemblymember William Colton, a Democrat representing Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst, said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is responding positively to residents’ concerns over plans to change the B82 Select Bus Service and is adjusting the plans. The MTA originally sought to have the city install bus-only lanes along several blocks of Kings Highway between Bay Parkway and Ocean Avenue. But the number of blocks that will contain bus-only lanes has been significantly reduced, according to Colton. In addition, the original B82 plan would have eliminated 169 on-street parking spaces on Kings Highway. The revised plan still eliminates parking spaces, but fewer than 100, Colton said. A proposal to ban left-hand turns on Kings Highway at West Seventh Street and West Eighth Street is being put on hold for additional study. New parking meters will be installed on Kings Highway between West 12th and West 13th streets. The new B82 plan will go into effect on Oct. 1, Colton said.

The B82 runs between Coney Island and Spring Creek Towers. The bus operates on Bay Parkway and on Kings Highway for a large portion of the route. After residents revolted against the original Select Bus Service plan for the B82 earlier this year, Colton started a petition drive to convince the MTA to take a second look at the project. Colton said he was pleased with the revised plan. “I thank the elected officials, the community and their leaders for coming together and speaking up, I look forward to continue working together on numerous issues,” Colton said in a statement. Under Select Bus Service, buses are used to connect neighborhoods to subway stations and major destinations, according to a description of the program on the MTA’s website. SBS features an off-bus fare payment systems, the installation of lanes dedicated to buses, which would take away parking spaces, traffic signal coordination and longer distances between stops. The MTA did not return messages from this newspaper.

A 15-member Charter Revision Commission led by Brooklynite Gail Benjamin is going to be looking at everything from how the city’s budget is organized to how land use decisions are made to how lawmakers are elected, with an eye toward making changes. The City Charter is the blueprint by which the New York functions. The duties of the mayor, the City Council and other officials are all spelled out in it. It also lays out how many city agencies there and what their functions are. The commission is going to be conducting a series of public hearings in all five boroughs starting in September. Residents can testify or submit proposals to or via Twitter at @charter2109nyc. A second set of public hearings will take place in the spring to gather more ideas. After that, the commission will draft a set of proposals to appear on the ballot on Election Day in 2019. The commission headed by Benjamin was created by a City Council resolution earlier this year and is not to be confused with the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission, which is preparing to submit its proposals to the Board of Elections to get them on the ballot Nov. 6.

SEA BREEZE TOWER COMING TO CONEY In another sign of Coney Island’s role as one of the city’s most resurgent neighborhoods, a Brooklyn-based developer has announced that construction has begun on a new commercial-residential tower on Sea Breeze Avenue that will contain more than 100 apartments as well as a fitness center and parking facilities. RYBAK Development is the firm behind Sea Breeze Tower, a 20-story, 179,863-square-foot building at 271 Sea Breeze Ave. Once it is completed, the building will have 114 residential apartments and 27,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The commercial space will be available for rent at $35 per square foot. The residential apartments will include studios, and one, two and three bedroom units. All of the apartments will boast 11-foot-high ceilings. The building’s amenities will include a 4-hour doorman, a stateof-the-art fitness center, a playroom, a tenant lounge, an outdoor recreation area, a bike storage area and a parking garage, according to RYBAK Development. The city approved the permits for Sea Breeze Tower on April 17. --Paula Katinas

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De Blasio greenlights $2.7 billion BQX proposal that removes Sunset Park from Route

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he city is moving forward with a proposal to connect waterfront neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with a streetcar. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the administration will proceed with revised plans for the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), the nearly $2.8 billion streetcar project that would stretch along the waterfront for 11 miles, connecting to nine ferry landings, 13 subway routes and 30-plus bus lines. However, there is a major change in the plan. The press release no longer includes Sunset Park as a stop along the projected route. The revised route will connect Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn and Red Hook. “The Brooklyn-Queens waterfront has experienced incredible growth. Now it’s time for our transit system to catch up,” said de Blasio. “The BQX is one of the biggest, most ambitious projects in a generation. It will be a challenge, but New York City is taking it on.” “The Brooklyn-Queens Connector will serve over half a million New Yorkers who live and work along

the East River waterfront and need modern transportation options that meet their everyday needs,” added NYCEDC President James Patchett. “The BQX will link long-disconnected neighborhoods, shorten commutes to school and work, and provide a 21st century solution to our city’s transit challenges.” The environmental impact study process will begin this winter, followed by the city’s mandated land use review, ULURP, in 2020. Construction is expected to begin in 2024 and end in 2029. The city will seek federal funding, among other sources, to deliver the project. First-year ridership is expected to be 50,000 per day; the cost of a ride is expected to be the same as subway and buses. “As the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront continues to grow, adding new residents and jobs each year, the city must pursue multiple transportation solutions,” said New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “The BQX has the potential to be an integral part of our city’s expanding transportation system. It will complement and connect to our subway and bus system, the NYC ferry, and bike share, while transforming city streets.” “With the BQX, New York City is taking an intelligent, 21st-century approach to

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infrastructure planning, demonstrating that our city can still take on big projects,” added President and CEO of the New York Building Congress Carlo Scissura. “The value capture model is a proven approach to reducing the budget impacts of largescale infrastructure construction. We are excited about how this project can create equitable, sustainable economic growth along the waterfronts of Queens and Brooklyn, as well as its ability to create a blueprint for other projects going forward.” Value capture is “public financing that recovers some or all of the value that public infrastructure generates for private landowners” according to Wikipedia. But not everyone is so enthusiastic. Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, for one, cautioned, “We must not forget that the BQX proposal was made by private interests who see an

opportunity to benefit their for two technical reasons– investments along the pro- the first the drawbridge over the Gowanus. I think posed route. Besides EDC taking up the cause, no oth- this was the fatal flaw. The er relevant entity – such as second was the narrowing the city DOT or MTA – has of the commuter vehicle route along Third Avenue weighed in on the economic [that would have resulted or environmental impact of from the streetcar being this project.” routed along the strip]. I “EDC has not established think they realized that loconvincingly enough why the streetcar is necessary,” gistically it would have been Menchaca added. “We know impossible to deal with the private property owners loss of two traffic lanes.” and other major waterfront Activist group UPROSE developments in North celebrated the elimination Brooklyn will benefit from of Sunset Park from the the streetcar. The question route. is whether the public will, or “CONGRATULATIONS to if it will just displace lots of @uprosebk and the volunpeople and businesses who teers, organizers, believers had no need of the streetcar in justice who have our to begin with.” back!” UpRose wrote in a Some Sunset Park res- statement via Facebook. idents are glad that their “This is a victory–let’s saneighborhood is being left vor it for a second–now we out. must stand with the work“I believe it is not because ing class along the corridor. Big ups to POWWA of public response, although that would be nice to be- coalition members and to lieve,” said Tony Giordano, our organizers that are out the founder of Sunset Park- when it’s hot, when it cold, er Facebook page. “I think it when it’s raining.” POWWA was doomed from the start is the Protect Our Working

Waterfront Alliance. The city hopes to generate $30 billion in economic impact from the project, with around $1.4 billion in value capture to help finance its construction. The administration also hopes to connect mixed-income neighborhoods to jobs and transit hubs; provide affordable, reliable, and accessible service; and support transit-oriented development and safer streets. “BQX taps into state-ofthe-art transit tech to respond to and build upon the evolution of the Brooklyn Queens waterfront,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen. “With more than half a million people now living and working along the projected line and further growth to come, BQX will transform how our city moves.” The BQX will also connect over 400,000 New Yorkers to emerging employment hubs along the corridor. Nonetheless, the mayor, speaking at a recent press roundtable with Brooklyn reporters said that it needs a federal subsidy to happen — and there’s no sign of that yet. “It’s a no-brainer,” de Blasio said during the Aug. 23 event. “The Brooklyn-Queens waterfront is so much of our future. Figuring out how to do it is what we’ve been focusing on.”

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Cops Seek Three Women Wanted in Assault in Bay Ridge BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM


ops are looking for three women wanted in connection to what they are terming a gang assault on a 24-year-old woman and her 48-year-old father in Bay Ridge. Authorities say that on Sunday, July 29 at around 3:48 a.m., nine individuals attacked the pair on Bay Ridge Parkway between Third and Fourth Avenues, punching and kicking them. EMS rushed the victims to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. The woman was treated for a broken nose, and received eight stitches above her eye and staples in her head. Her father sustained two black eyes and received four stitches above the lip. According to the New York Daily News, the altercation that led up to the attack allegedly began inside the Salty Dog. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www. or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Cops are looking for these women in connection to an assault on a father and daughter that occurred late last month.

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The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton.

The 62nd Precinct serves Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend.

FAILED BURGLARY: An unknown crook broke into a restaurant on the corner of Third Avenue and 86th Street and attempted to steal cash on Saturday, September 1. According to reports, at around 12:35 p.m., the thief cut the lock to the back door. Reports add that cops found a hole in the wall and damage to a fax machine that was near it. The crook tried to get into the safe but failed. Nothing was reported stolen. No arrests have been made.

PHONE HOME: An unknown crook broke into a cell phone store on 86th Street near 21st

COPS ARREST MAN FOR POSSESSION OF DAGGER: A 26-year-old man was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a weapon on Saturday, September 1 at Seventh Avenue and 65th Street. According to reports, at around 3 a.m., cops saw the alleged perp driving a Ford Fusion with tinted windows and a license plate cover. When police stopped the vehicle, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and saw a dagger in the front driver’s side door. The suspect also had a glass jar of marijuana in the vehicle, cops said.

ROBBERS NABBED: Two men were arrested by cops after allegedly committing a pair of

MAN ATTACKED BY PERP NEAR PARK: A 41-year-old man was beaten up by an unknown attacker near Leif Ericson Park on August 30. Reports say that at around 11:50 a.m., the victim was attacked on 67th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues by the unknown perp and sustained injuries to the face and a cut on his stomach. The victim was taken to NYU Langone Hospital- Brooklyn for treatment. No arrests have been made.

the floor, took the bag and fled towards 17th Avenue. Cops later retrieved a plastic bag that

STOLEN DOUGH: A 41-year-old woman had around $1,300 taken from her purse on Sunday, September 2 when she left it near 66th Street and 10th Avenue at around 12:24 a.m. When she returned, she discovered that the money was gone. No arrests have been made.

Avenue on Wednesday, August 29 at around 4:40 a.m., gaining access through the roof hatch. Once inside, the perp stole cellphones and other electronics. He then left through the roof hatch at the rear of the store. No arrests have been made.

robberies on Thursday, August 30. According to reports, at 1 a.m., the two suspects followed a 21-year-old woman home at West 11th and Avenue P. One of the men allegedly hit the victim with a hard metal object, then stole her phone and fled the scene. Later that night, near 73rd Street and 17th Avenue, one of the suspects approached the 52-year-old woman from behind and tried to steal her purse. When the victim resisted, he allegedly slammed her to had a loaded handgun inside that one perp allegedly threw on the ground. RED BULL THIEF: A 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly trying to steal 10 cans of Red Bull from a deli near 71st Street and New Utrecht Avenue on Wednesday, August 29. Reports say that at around 3:20 p.m., the suspect entered the store, grabbed the cans and tried to leave. When an employee tried to stop him, he allegedly pushed and scratched him. MAN THREATENS, ATTACKS WOMAN: A 37-year-old woman was allegedly attacked by a man known to her inside an apartment near Cropsey Avenue and 15th Avenue on Sunday, August 26. According to reports, the victim claims the man came home drunk at around 12 p.m., and started to look at her phone, then called her vulgar names because she has friends on a social media site. Following an argument, the man allegedly punched the woman, refused to leave, threatened to kill her and stole her cellphone before running out of the apartment. The victim sustained injuries to her jaw and eye. The man was later apprehended by police.


KNIFE FIGHT: A 23-year-old man was attacked with a knife by an unknown perp at a bar near Kings Highway and West Ninth Street on Wednesday, August 29. According to reports, at around 1:50 a.m., the victim called a friend telling him he had gotten into a fight at the bar, had been slashed and stabbed on both arms by unknown attackers, and was bleeding heavily. The friend took the victim to Coney Island Hospital via taxi. No arrests have been made.

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Gounardes Hoping for One-on-One Rematch with Golden BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


emocrat Andrew Gounardes, who ran against Republican state Sen. Marty Golden six years ago and impressed political observers with his strong showing in Bay Ridge, is itching for a rematch. But Gounardes’ attention these days is not solely focused on Golden. Gounardes, a lawyer, is running against fellow Democrat Ross Barkan, a political journalist, in the Sept. 13 primary to win the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 22nd State Senate District. G ounardes already has endorsements from the Reform Party and the Working Families Party, so he will appear on the ballot no matter what happens on Sept. 13. But a win in the Democratic primary would set up the one-onone rematch with Golden he wants. In 2012, Gounardes ran for Senate and received more votes than Golden did

in the Bay Ridge portion of Gounardes said, adding that the district. Golden won the he has endorsements from race because of his strength numerous elected officials in other areas of the dis- and labor unions. trict, like Marine Park Gounardes said he has and Gerritsen Beach. The been deeply involved in the district also includes Dyker community for many years Heights, Bensonhurst and “and not just at election time.” Gravesend. He is a former member of Community Board 10 Gounardes has raised $260,000 for his 2018 cam- and served as president of paign, he told this news- the Bay Ridge Historical paper in an interview on Society. A current member Aug. 21. He boasted that he of the Riders Alliance, he formed a group called has more in-district donors than either Barkan or Gold- Concerned R Train Riders en. More than 40 percent of to fight for better service on his campaign contributions the subway line that serves are from people who live Bay Ridge. He also started in the district and most of a group called Bay Ridge those are small donations, Advocates for Keeping Ev$25 or less, he said. eryone Safe, or BRAKES, to Gounardes, a lifelong Bay push for pedestrian safety Ridge resident who serves measures on streets. as chief counsel to Borough Gounardes is a graduate President Eric Adams, said of Fort Hamilton High there are two main reasons School and Hunter College. why Democrats should vote He earned his law degree at George Washington for him in the primary: the strong grassroots cam- University Law School. He paign he has built and his is a member of Holy Cross record of civic activism. Greek Orthodox Church. “I am the best candidate To Gounardes, the three to beat Marty Golden and biggest issues in the district flip this seat. I have built are education funding, pea strong coalition across destrian safety and the Metevery corner of the district,” ropolitan Transportation

Authority (MTA). “Albany shortchanges our schools,” he said, adding that he would fight to ensure New York City schools get their fair share of funding. His education platform includes a proposal for statewide pre-kindergarten programs. He said he wants to make quality education from pre-k to college a constitutional right in New York State. Gounardes supports the Cuomo administration’s Excelsior Scholarship program, which provides free tuition to students attending the State University of New York (SUNY) or the City University of New York (CUNY), but said the program has restrictions that prevent most students from enjoying its benefits. Because of the requirement that students take a full course load each semester, the program hurts students who have to work and do not take a full course load, he said. “I think people who need the assistance the most aren’t getting it,” he said, adding that he would

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Andrew Gounardes is hoping his record as a community activist in Bay Ridge impresses voters.

seek to expand the program to all CUNY and SUNY students. Pedestrians are in danger from reckless drivers, Gounardes said. To address the situation, he is calling on New York State to revoke the licenses of dangerous drivers who receive numerous speeding tickets. “If you

get five speeding tickets in a year, it should be grounds for license suspension,” he told this newspaper. Gounardes wants streets redesigned to make them pedestrian friendly, including installing large curbs at intersections. He also said there should be an education campaign aimed at drivers. “When you renew your license, you should take a refresher course,” he said. As he campaigns across the district, he has heard many residents express frustration with the MTA. “The biggest problem of the MTA is the lack of accountability to riders,” Gounardes said. His proposed solution is to reconfigure the MTA board to include five members of the riding public. “We should give riders from every borough a vote on the board,” he said. Looking ahead to Bay Ridge’s future, Gounardes is proposing the creation of a waterfront park along Shore Road Promenade. “It could be the crown jewel,” he said.

First Time Candidate Hopes Beginner’s Luck Helps Him Win BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


oss Barkan, a journalist-turned-candidate, is part of a wave of newcomers that have stepped forward in communities across the country to run for political office in response to the controversial tenure of President Donald Trump. “There is great fear out there. But there also great hope,” said Barkan, an award-winning political journalist who is running against Andrew Gounardes in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13 for the state Senate in the 22nd Senate District. The winner of the primary will be the Democratic Party’s nominee to run against Republican incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden in a district that runs from Bay Ridge to Marine Park and includes parts of Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend. Barkan isn’t shying away

from the fact that this race marks the first time he is running for public office. On the contrary, he is using his newcomer status as his calling card. “I’m an outsider who knows the system inside and out,” he told this newspaper, adding that as a journalist who has written for publications like the Village Voice, the Guardian, the New York Observer and Gothamist, he has covered city, state and federal government issues and has seen how all levels of government have failed everyday citizens. “We can’t keep doing politics the same way it has always been done before,” he said. “The status quo is not working.” Barkan said his Senate campaign is exciting and energized, and is getting help from hundreds of eager volunteers. The salaried workers on the campaign recently unionized. Barkan filed more than 6.100 petition signatures

with the New York City Board of Elections to get on the ballot, far more than the amount needed. Barkan, who vowed to be a watchdog in Albany, said he has raised more than $150,000 in campaign contributions, mostly from small donors. He does not take money from corporate interests or from real estate developers, he said. Barkan said he is running because the problems that have hit the city and state have grown too big for lawmakers to stick stubbornly with ideas that don’t work, he said. “Our transportation system is falling apart. Our health care is in crisis. Our quality of life is not getting better. People don’t want to be stuck in the same place forever,” he said. “We should not have to live in a city where we have to struggle for the basics of life,” he added. Why does Barkan believe that he would be a better candidate than Gounardes to go up against Golden in

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Democrat Ross Barkan says he is running for state Senate because “I’m an outsider who knows the system inside and out.” November? “Andrew ran before. He did not win,” Barkan said. Gounardes, who currently serves as chief counsel to Borough President Eric Adams, ran against Golden in 2012 and lost. Gounardes

did capture more votes than Golden did in the Bay Ridge portion of the district, a feat that impressed many political observers. Barkan said he is eager to defeat Golden but added that he is stressing issues, not personalities, on the campaign trail. “It’s not just a matter of saying ‘I don’t like Marty Golden.’ You have to offer a vision for the district,” he said. To fix the subway and bus system, Barkan vowed to overhaul the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to ensure that repairs are fully funded. Barkan, who did some substitute teaching before becoming a journalist, also has ideas on improving the education system. “I am a former educator. I understand how important it is to prepare students for the future. The state has underfunded our city schools for a long time. I will fight to reclaim those funds,” he said. Barkan also wants to expand the state’s free tuition

program to all students attending SUNY and CUNY schools without stringent qualifications. He argued that the state can afford it. “The state is wasting a tremendous amount of money. If we cut out the waste, we will find that we have enough funding to provide free tuition,” he said. Barkan was born and raised in Bay Ridge. When he was a child, he attended P.S. 185, P.S. 176, the Brooklyn Friends School and Poly Prep Country Day School. After high school, Barkan attended Stony Brook University, earning a BA degree in English Education. His favorite parts of campaigning are the visits he makes to subway stops, where he chats with voters on their way to work in the morning. “I love meeting voters and talking to them. People are very afraid right now. But they are also very hopeful. I love seeing the diversity in this district,” he said.

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Frontus Vows to Bring Government Closer to Citizens BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


r. Mathylde Frontus said she’s not afraid of competition, even if it means grooming her eventual replacement. Frontus, an educator and Coney Island civic activist running in the Democratic primary in the 46th Assembly District (A.D.) on Sept. 13 for the right to run as the party’s nominee in the general election in November, said she is on a mission to bring government closer to the people. As a way to encourage citizen engagement, she plans to sponsor workshops for people interested in running for public office, even if they want to run for her Assembly seat someday. “I’m cut from a different cloth,” Frontus told this newspaper. Among the projects she

would start if she wins election is the creation of a Southern Brooklyn Community Think Tank to promote inventive new ideas on improving the quality of life for residents. Frontus vowed to bring participatory budgeting to the Assembly district if she becomes the next assemblymember. A popular program in New York City, participatory budgeting allows everyday citizens to vote on which capital budget projects they would like to see in their neighborhood. Speaking of budgets, Frontus said she would also push for more transparency in the state budget process. She is floating a proposal to list the discretionary budget items of every lawmaker online. “I don’t want to go to Albany and do business as usual,” she said. Frontus comes from the world of academia.

She earned a Master’s degree in social work at NYU. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Prior to running, Frontus was an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University, where she taught a course in advocacy. She has also taught courses in advocacy and social justice at New York University (NYU). Eager to give the Assembly district a fresh start, Frontus has been touting her credentials as a community activist on the campaign trail. “A lot of people wanted to leave Coney Island. But I couldn’t wait to come back

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Assembly candidate Mathylde Frontus.

after college. I made the choice to come back and work to make Coney Island a better place to live. I have worked hard and I have a record of leadership and service that the voters can look at and judge me on,” she told this newspaper. Frontus founded Urban Neighborhood Services,

a social services agency, started a project to help local military veterans, created an LGBT Outreach program, organized the group Coney Island College Bound, which offers free SAT prep for high school students and founded the Coney Island Anti-Violence Academy. The 46th A.D. is diverse, “but there are issues facing the entire district,” Frontus said. Housing is one. “One universal issue is affordable housing and the lack thereof. There is a shortage of affordable apartments for regular people to find,” Frontus said. She also questioned the criteria used by the city to determine what constitutes affordability. “What is affordable is questionable,” she said. Frontus called for larger

Lustig-Elgrably Says Government Experience Gives Him Advantage BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


hen Ethan Lustig-Elgrably is out on the campaign trail, he talks about what he has already done for the residents of the 46th Assembly District (A.D.) as well as what he plans to do for them if he wins the seat. Lustig-Elgrably, former chief of staff to Councilmember Mark Treyger, is touting his experience in government as a reason his fellow Democrats should vote for him over his opponent Mathylde Frontus. “I have the background and experience. I have gotten real, tangible results for the community,” he told this newspaper. In addition to working for Treyger, he recently worked for the Parks Department. Among the projects he worked on as Treyger’s top aide was Hurricane Sandy relief. A year after the storm, many residents had still not received help, Lustig-Elgrably said. So Treyger and staff got to work. “We delivered billions of dollars to the district. We secured grants for public housing,” Lustig-Elgrably said, adding that several New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings in Coney Island sustained significant damage in the storm. Treyger, chairperson of the council’s Recovery and Resiliency Committee, held a hearing in Carey Gardens in Coney Island to hold the city’s feet to the fire. Lustig-Elgrably helped set up the hearing. “We shined a light on the issue,” he said. He vowed to have the problem-solving attitude as a lawmaker. “I will go up to Albany

system so that the trains can run more frequently, he said. That will take lots of money. He called on the state to establish “some sort of dedicated revenue stream” for the transit system. Education is another important issue. Elementary and middle schools in District 20 have a “large overcrowding problem,” Lustig-Elgrably said. “We need to site new schools in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. We have to make this happen.” Lustig-Elgrably pointed to housing as a key issue. The 46th A.D. contains thousands of public housing units as well as numerous co-op apartment buildings constructed under the state’s Mitchell-Lama law many of which are badly in need of major renoPhoto courtesy of Ethan Lustig-Elgrably Ethan Lustig-Elgrably. vations, he said. “The only option now is for the co-op to take and fight for the community,” he said. out loans,” he said, adding that loans are a Lustig-Elgrably said he realizes that he financial burden on the shareholders. has a special responsibility to restore public He called for the creation of a “dedicated trust in the Assembly office. He has released capital funding stream” to give buildings a seven-point plan to eliminate corruption access to capital to make repairs. in government including a ban on outside Over 60 percent of the residents of the 46th income for lawmakers. It would avoid conflict A.D. are renters. “And rents keep rising,” he of interest situations, he said. said, calling on tenant protection laws to be As he travels from one end of the Assembly strengthened. district to the other, one of the issues he hears Lustig-Elgrably has lived in Brooklyn all of residents talk about is transportation. It can his life. He attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush take 90 minutes to get from Bay Ridge to mid- and is a graduate of Brandeis University. town Manhattan, he said, adding that such a He studied political science and anthropollong commute is a disgrace. “Something has ogy at Brandeis. His anthropology studies to give on this issue,” he said. have helped him in his work in politics and The Metropolitan Transportation Au- government, he said. “It helps you to underthority (MTA) needs to modernize its sig- stand somebody’s unique perspective,” he nals and switching systems in the subway said.

investments in housing vouchers to help lower income people find homes. “These programs have to be fully funded. These programs fall into bureaucracy,” she said. She also charged that local schools are not properly funded. “Millions of dollars are sitting on the table. There is state funding that has not being distributed. We have to do better for our public schools. I will be fighting in Albany for every single cent owed to each one of our schools,” she said. Schools are also lacking in essential, life-saving programs, according to Frontus. “The lack of mental health services in schools is appalling to me,” she said. “We have a community where children hear gunshots. You have a community hit by Hurricane Sandy. These things have an effect on children,” she said.



than Lustig-Elgrably and Mathylde Frontus are running against each other in the Sept. 13 primary to see who will be the Democratic Party’s candidate in the Nov. 6 election. The winner of the primary will face Republican Steve Saperstein. The 46th A.D. includes Coney Island, Sea Gate, Brighton Beach, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. The district has had a troubled history in recent years. The two previous people who held the assembly seat, Democrats Alec Brook-Krasny and Pamela Harris, were both immersed in scandal. Both were indicted on corruption charges. BrookKrasny was hit with fraud and other charges stemming from a medical lab he worked in after he left office in 2015. Harris, who won BrookKrasny’s seat in 2015, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a slew of charges, including fraud and witness tampering. She admitted illegally diverting funds mean for a non-profit organization to her own personal use. She resigned from office. --Paula Katinas

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Speeding Drivers Beware: Cameras Back in School Zones BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


ust in the nick of time, before 1.1 million students return to school, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill on Tuesday, Sept. 4 allowing the city to hit drivers once again with tickets for speeding in school zones. Under a law that went into effect immediately after de Blasio signed it, the owners of vehicles caught by a camera in a school zone exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles an hour will be slapped with a $50 ticket. The bill was signed one day before the opening of city schools on Sept. 5. The law is currently enforced at 140 school zones. De Blasio announced that the city will be expanding the use of speed cameras to another 150 school zones, bringing the total number to 290. Tuesday’s bill signing was the result of an agreement brokered by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson between de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to

reactivate speed cameras after a state-sponsored pilot program authorizing the use of the cameras expired on July 25. During the 2017-2018 legislative session, the Democratic-controlled state Assembly passed a bill to extend the pilot program until 2022. But the Republican-controlled state Senate did not take a vote on the bill. The legislative session ended in June. An emergency declaration signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Aug. 27 paved the way for the city to take action. In the executive order, the governor authorized the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to permit New York City to have access to records kept by the agency on drivers recorded speeding on camera. The council then took a vote authorizing the cameras to operate and de Blasio signed the council’s bill. The two actions, the governor’s emergency declaration and the council’s vote, amounted to an end-run around the state Senate.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and council Speaker Corey Johnson with supporters of speed cameras at the emergency bill signing. Normally, state legislation would be required to issue summonses to speeding drivers caught on camera. Cuomo’s emergency declaration changed that equation, giving the city the green light to take action. “The clock has been ticking, and the state Senate has refused to provide speed cameras to protect the lives

of our school children,” de Blasio said. “We refuse to let their politics endanger our children, so the city is stepping up to provide these life-saving tools just in time for when 1.1 million children return to school.” Educators, police officials, transportation safety advocates and health care experts all expressed relief

that the speed cameras were back in operation. “As 1.1 million students return to school for the start of a new year, I’m relieved that this life-saving safety measure will be in place in more school zones than ever before,” Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said. NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan added,

“Speed cameras play a critical role in keeping students, school staff and families safe, and losing them would have been devastating.” Speed cameras have reduced traffic injuries by 17 percent, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. Speeding in schools zones has decreased by 63 percent since the cameras were installed. And 81 percent of drivers who received one speed camera-related ticket never get another summons. “The issue of pedestrian and bicyclist safety on our city’s streets must be viewed and treated as a public health crisis,” said Dr. Nicholas Gavin, chief of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. “When we have chosen to address public health issues in the past, whether it be smoking or the opioid crisis, we have chosen to use multi-faceted interventions that are proven to be effective. Speed safety cameras around our schools are proven solutions that make the streets safer for our children.”


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Coney Island Parachute Jump Lights T.E.A.L. for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK MMCGOLDRICK@ BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM


or the fourth year in a row, Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation, also known as, T.E.A.L., kicked off the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by lighting up a beloved Brooklyn landmark. On Saturday, September 1, the non-profit organization joined friends, family and supporters at the foot of Coney Island’s storied Parachute Jump, 1000 Surf Avenue, to light it teal in the name of ovarian cancer awareness. T.E.A.L. CEO Pamela Esposito-Amery and her sister, the late Louisa McGregor, co-founded T.E.A.L. in 2009. “We’re both born and raised in Brooklyn so it’s always exciting to have anything lit up in the borough of Brooklyn,” said Esposito-Amery after last year’s lighting. “It’s really nice just to have Brooklyn shine for ovarian cancer.” According to Esposito-Amery, events such as the lighting help spread

the word. “The mission is to spread awareness of ovarian cancer, raise funds for medical research and support survivors,” she explained. “By lighting a monument, it might get women to a doctor earlier and save lives. We had lots of volunteers, survivors and families affected by diseases.” The landmark’s LED technology also allowed the Parachute Jump to spell out T.E.A.L. Special to this year’s lighting was a partnership with the Brooklyn Cyclones – and an award for the group’s fearless leader. “This year we also had the support of the Brooklyn Cyclones,” Esposito-Amery said, adding that, alongside allowing T.E.A.L. to have a table at the Saturday night game, the CEO herself was given a “Winning Woman” award on the field. Teaming up with the Cyclones was extra special to Esposito-Amery, who also threw out the first pitch. “They made announcements during the first inning and when the Parachute Jump was lit, the announcer told everybody to look,” she said. “I was very honored to be a part of that.

The Brooklyn Cyclones really went above and beyond to help spread our message.” September, she said, is just as special. “September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month so it’s really great to be able to kick that off in Coney Island,” she said. “It helps us raise awareness for all women and men affected by it.” “This is an extraordinary organization made up of courageous people that has turned pain into purpose in order to save li ve s ,” w rote Councilmember Mark Treyger on social media after attending the lighting, which he said he is “honored” to do each year. “Ovarian cancer is a disease that is rarely detected early and has plagued too many families,” he went on. “That’s why it is so important to raise awareness and educate families The Parachute Jump lit teal. about early detection measures.” weapon in the fight against According to Esposi- ovarian cancer is education. to-Amery, the strongest “There’s no screening

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Supporters of the effort. test,” she stressed. “So, one of the most important things is education and awareness.” Esposito-Amery urges everyone to visit T.E.A.L.’s website,, for a list of signs and symptoms. “Our message is in our name,” she said. “It’s all about telling every amazing lady.” T.E.A.L. will also be hosting its milestone 10th annual Walk/5K Run on Saturday, September 8, beginning at

the Prospect Park Bandshell, Ninth Street and Prospect Park West. For 5K runners, the cost to participate is $30; $25 for walkers. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.tealwalk. org/brooklyn. The group has already raised more than $100,000 towards its $250,000 goal. In addition to the Parachute Jump, Brooklyn Borough Hall will be lighting teal for T.E.A.L. through the night of the walk.

Brooklyn Hospitals Treat Opioid Addiction in Emergency Rooms BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


omeone dies from a drug overdose every seven hours in New York City. That sobering statistic comes from the city’s Department of Health (DOH) to illustrate New York’s drug crisis. In 2017, there were 1,441 overdose deaths with 80 percent of them involving opioids. But important progress is being made in the effort to save lives, according to DOH. DOH announced on Aug. 21 that two Southwest Brooklyn hospitals are among the handful of medical facilities around the city that have been named by the agency as medical centers now able to treat opioid-addicted patients right in their emergency rooms with a powerful drug called buprenorphine. Maimonides Medical Center at 4802 10th Ave. and NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn at 150 55th St. in Sunset Park are part of the DOH’s anti-drug HealingNYC program. As part of HealingNYC, Maimonides and NYU Langone can now offer buprenorphine to patients to enable them to begin treatment of their opioid addiction before they leave the hospital. The emergency is key because many patients are rushed to a hospital’s ER with drug overdoses, according to DOH. Buprenorphine is an effective tool that not only treats opioid addiction but reduces the risk of a patient suffering

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Dr. Samuel Stroupe, director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn, says the new program should be expanded to all hospitals in the city.

an overdose, DOH officials said. By administering buprenorphine in the emergency room, doctors can immediately treat patients experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms. “By offering buprenorphine in the emergency department, patients and providers can seize the moment and begin this essential medication,” said Dr. Mary Bassett, the city’s health commissioner.

After leaving the hospital, the patient can obtain a buprenorphine prescription containing enough medication to last until he or she is able to see a doctor for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Samuel Stroupe, director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn, said the buprenorphine program should be expanded to all hospitals in New York City. “Timely interventions like these are saving lives and significantly increasing our patient’s ability to recover from opioid addiction. We feel strongly that these programs should be expanded everywhere,” Stroupe said. Kenneth Gibbs, president and CEO of Maimonides called buprenorphine “a valuable tool” in treating drug addiction. “Providing buprenorphine to appropriate patients is another valuable tool in helping our diverse patient base find the addiction treatment that will become a lasting solution for each of them,” Gibbs said. Maimonides is also a participant in the NYC Relay Program, an effort that connects drug overdose survivors to social service agencies that can help them. The stakes couldn’t be higher, according to DOH, which said that more than 10,000 non-fatal opioid overdoses take place in the city each year. In 2017, more than 14,000 New York residents received buprenorphine to treat their opioid addiction. For more information on the city’s efforts to help drug addicted patients, visit

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Demand Exceeds Supply in Charity Group’s Back-to-School Giveaway BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


ore than 800 families, hundreds more than expected, signed up to get free backpacks and school supplies for their children as part of a giveaway program sponsored by a charitable organization in Bensonhurst on Aug. 23. Thomas Neve, executive director of Reaching-Out Community Services Inc., said that he and his volunteers were able to purchase supplies for 500 kids as part of the group’s annual backpack giveaway giveaway, but that more than 800 families registered for the distribution. “We had to put people on a waiting list,” Neve told this newspaper as the backpack giveaway event was getting started on Thursday afternoon outside the offices of Reaching-Out Community Services at 7708 New Utrecht Ave.

tables piled high with backpacks, ready to hand each child one. Other tables were filled with boxes containing school supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, loose leaf paper and rulers. “We’re not looking to give the kids designer sneakers. We’re talking basic

Reaching-Out Community Services is a grassroots organization that operates a food pantry and offers social service referrals to residents having trouble making ends meet. Neve, a retired New York City sanitation worker, founded the organization in 1992. The group has been conducting backpack giveaways for eight years. The distribution is not open to the general public. Parents must have been previously regebrooklynmedia/Photos by Paula Katinas istered as clients Executive Director Thomas Neve (center), staff members and of Reaching-Out volunteers gave out hundreds of backpacks to children from Community low-income families during the annual school supply distribuServices. tion event. T here are are struggling currently 9,000 As Neve spoke to a report- purchase 300 additional er, parents and their chil- backpacks and enough financially the The giveaway also included piles of families regischance to start school supplies to make sure kids enter tered with the dren patiently formed a line school supplies to fill in the school fully prepared. organization to that stretch down the block gap. “I hope somebody steps the school year off in anticipation of the start of forward,” he added. right, Neve said. receive assistance on a regular basis. the backpack giveaway. The goal of the backpack The giveaway was an supplies,” Neve told this orderly affair. Dozens of Neve said he hoped for distribution event is to give newspaper in an interview For more information, volunteers stood behind earlier this month. donations to enable him to children whose parents visit

Life in Coney Island: Beach, Boardwalk, Rides and GED Classes BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


oney Island is world famous for its glorious beaches, its landmark Boardwalk, the Cyclone and Nathan’s Famous. But beyond the tourist attractions, Coney Island is also a vibrant neighborhood whose residents work hard, pay their taxes and who sometimes need extra services to help them move their lives forward. Residents who never graduated from high school are getting a second chance in life thanks to an innovative new program championed by a local lawmaker who has teamed up with a city agency and two non-profit organizations to bring free high school equivalency classes to the neighborhood. Councilmember Mark Treyger worked with officials from the NYC Sandy Workforce1 Center in Coney Island and representatives of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and Brooklyn Community

Services to bring General family obligations and work Equivalency Diploma (GED) schedules. Yet the lack of a classes to the neighborhood. high school diploma is often What makes the Coney an impediment to gain full Island program different employment, according to is that residents taking the educators. “A high school diploma is high school equivalency classes can also make use of a non-negotiable credential a full complement of other necessary to obtain better social services, including jobs with better wages food, childcare, case man- and benefits,” Treyger agement and job placement said. “There have been assistance – all under one many economic and social roof. barriers and pressures Treyger, a Democrat who holding many people back represents Coney Island, from reaching their full Gravesend and parts of potential, but we are in the Bensonhurst and a former business of breaking those high school teacher, called barriers.” the program “a sledgeLiliana Polo-McKenna, hammer paving the way CEO of Opportunities for a for opportunities for our Better Tomorrow, said the community’s residents.” “unprecedented investment” The new schedule of that the city is making in the classes begins on Sept. 24. new program demonstrates The classes take place at a strong commitment. the O’Dwyer Community “Opportunities for a BetCenter, 2945 West 33rd St. ter Tomorrow is proud to (between Mermaid and partner with CouncilmemSurf avenues). ber Mark Treyger’s office, GED classes have long Brooklyn Community been available in Coney Services and the Coney Island but many residents Island Workforce1 Center could not take advantage to offer a comprehensive of the free help because of program that includes high

school equivalency classes, job readiness skills, job placement assistance and critical family supports for residents of Coney Island,” she said in a statement.

“A high school diploma is a non-negotiable credential necessary to obtain better jobs with better wages and benefits. There have been many economic and social barriers and pressures holding many people back from reaching their full potential, but we are in the business of breaking those barriers." -- Councilmember Mark Treyger

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, which is headquartered in Sunset Park, offers high school equivalency classes in several parts of Brooklyn, including Sunset Park, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Other organization and adult education called agencies, including Cath- “Investing in Quality – A olic Charities of Brooklyn Blueprint for Adult Literand Queens, the Federation acy Programs.” of Italian American OrThe study’s findings were ganizations of Brooklyn, eye-opening, according to the Chinese-American Ira Yankwitt, executive Planning Council and the director of the Literacy New York City Housing Assistance Center. Authority (NYCHA) offer “Today in New York City, GED classes. there are more than 2.2 The new Coney Island million adults who lack a program came about after high school diploma, EnTreyger looked at previous glish language proficiency education programs and re- or both,” Yankwitt said. alized that many of the local “Limited skills and a lack of residents who registered credentials impact almost for the classes were unable every aspect of their lives, to complete the courses most especially, the ability because of family or job to secure and retain living obligations. wage jobs.” Treyger started workOnce the plan was drawn ing with the not-for-profit up, Treyger went about groups involved in the ini- seeking city funding for it. tiative, as well as adult liter“It is never too late to get a acy advocates from the NYC diploma, to empower yourCoalition for Adult Literacy, self and your family, and to come up with a solution to build greater capacity to get more residents into for a successful and lasting career,” Treyger said. the classroom. Much of the program is For more information, drawn from recommenda- call the O’Dwyer Communitions made by the Literacy ty Center at 718-310-5677 or Assistance Center, which Opportunities for a Better issued a 2017 report on Tomorrow at 718-387-1600.

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PAL Touts Success of Early Childhood Education Program BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


he Police Athletic League is famous for the recreational programs it runs for children during the summer as well as for the “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest it sponsors every spring. But the 104-year-old organization also operates a program that doesn’t get much notice: an early childhood education program with sites in Brooklyn and Queens. “Preparing our children and families for success through quality early education is our priority,” said Dr. Asneth Council, PAL’s director of Child Care and Nutrition. More than 600 children attend classes at PAL’s Early Childhood Education Centers including Brooklyn’s PAL Carey Gardens, PAL La Puerta Abierta, and the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Early Learning Program in Coney Island; PAL World of Creative Experiences in Brownville and PAL Roberta Bright in East New York. PAL centers incorporate educational ideas that are used in Head Start as

well as in universal pre-kindergarten classes. The children get the opportunity to learn the alphabet and how to count. Science and music are part of the curriculum and the students take part in dance programs in class. The youngsters also learn about nature by planting their own gardens. PAL, which has been providing early childhood education for more than 40 years, encourages parents to be deeply involved, according to the organization’s representatives. Parents accompany classes on trips, attend monthly family workshops and participate in programs to increase literacy. As part of a program called the Bridging the Achievement Gap Literacy Initiative, children and parents read a minimum of 15 books. The books are then incorporated into lesson plans in classrooms. New York City’s PAL, funded in 1914, serves more than 30,000 youngsters a year with recreational, educational, cultural and social programs. For more information, visit: www.

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BAM presents I am Not a Witch daily through September 13th at BAMRose Cinemas.

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Roulette will feature the Resonant Bodies Festival 2018 September 11-13th.

Prospect Park will host the Martha Stewart Wine and Food Experience New York on Saturday, September 8th.

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A rt FIRST THURSDAY GALLERY WALK The first Thursday of every month‚ the galleries of DUMBO stay open late, hosting special events and receptions. Neighborhood restaurants and bars have specials for First Thursday patrons. When: Thursday, September 6th, 6 – 9 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Various Locations

earnest in the late 1860s and 1870s, gravitating toward marine and coastal scenes that were well suited to the fluid and transparent qualities of the medium. The innovative works on view reveal the artist’s remarkable technical facility and range, as well as his significant contribution to the evolving and enduring role of American watercolor practice in the late nineteenth century. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through September 9th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

SONGS IN THE KEY OF ART: BLACK MUSICIANS BY JIMMY JAMES GREENE This exhibition speaks to the focal interest of Jimmy James Greene in capturing black musicians across the decades in America and across the world. From Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Miles Davis, and JayZ, Greene documents these prolific artists through sketch, drawing, paint, collage and more mediums to tell the story of black music through portraiture. When: Closed Tuesdays only, through September 24th, 12 – 7 p.m. Where: Clinton Hill/Calabar Imports (351 Tomkins Avenue) (DIS) PLACED IN SUNSET PARK New York City has experienced accelerated gentrification in the last fifteen years, with working class and immigrant communities being displaced and uprooted from their homes and communities. Brooklyn’s Sunset Park is one of the many diverse communities that is rapidly changing and being homogenized by waves of gentrification. (Dis) Placed in Sunset Park is an interactive multimedia project that features Sunset Park residents drawing on people’s recollection of the past as they live in the present and articulate their

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WILLIAM TROST RICHARDS: EXPERIMENTS IN WATERCOLOR Inspired by a trip to London in 1855 and a landmark exhibition of British oil paintings and watercolors that traveled to Philadelphia in 1858, Richards began working in watercolor in the late 1850s, producing outdoor studies of landscapes and still lifes grounded in careful observation of nature. He took up watercolor again in

MIE YIM SFUMATO Artist Mie Yim’s first solo show in 10 years. Ground Floor Gallery will showcase the artist’s recent abstract paintings and drawings as the summer draws to a close and the fall season looms ahead.  When: Thursdays-Sundays Where: Park Slope/Ground

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hopes for the future of the neighborhood. The common theme among their stories is the shared narrative of migration to the U.S., their journey to Sunset Park and the fear of displacement as a result of gentrification. When: Thursdays-Saturdays through September 29th, 2 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Open Source Gallery (306 17th Street) TRIDENT VIBES America’s #1 gum brand is bringing its newest product, Trident Vibes, to the streets of Williamsburg. Trident is teaming up with Miami native and local NYC artist, D’ana, to create a painted wallscape inspired by the Trident Vibes flavor journey, the tropical paradise of Miami and the hustle and bustle of New York City.   When: Daily through September 30th Where: Williamsburg/Corner of Grand & Metropolitan Avenue DIAMONDS A NEW EXHIBITION FROM NEW YORK BASED ARTIST CATHERINE MOSELY. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through October 7th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) BRINGING BACK THE CITY: MASS TRANSIT RESPONDS TO CRISIS

A new exhibit offering a unique perspective on the vital, often unseen, work of New York’s transit employees. Using the events of 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather events as examples, the exhibition reveals the critical role that mass transit personnel play in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Through a vibrant display of objects, photographs, media, and personal accounts, the exhibition highlights the technical and professional skills needed to restore public transportation service and get New Yorkers moving again after crisis strikes.  When: Tuesdays-Sundays through September, Mon-Fri 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ NYC Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn St) FIVE CENTS TO DREAMLAND: A TRIP TO CONEY ISLAND This special exhibition brings together highlights from both permanent collections to explore Coney Island’s history from a new and unique perspective. When: Saturdays & Sundays, Saturday: 12 – 6 p.m., Sunday: 2 – 6 p.m. Where: Coney Island/ Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Avenue)

TATIANA AROCHA’S: NIGHT MOUNTAINS Inspired by her childhood journeys into Colombia’s rainforests with her anthropologist father, Tatiana Arocha’s multidisciplinary work stems from a desire to celebrate the landscape’s astounding biodiversity. Her immersive murals surround the viewer with nature rendered in monochromatic tones, a color palette that references historic naturalist engravings and warns of a future in which the rainforest exists only in the past. By installing depictions of nature in urban settings, Arocha’s murals draw parallels between the diverse ecosystems of Colombia and the cultural flourishing of her current Brooklyn neighborhood. When: Tuesdays-Sundays through October 2nd, 10 a.m. 6 p.m.; Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House Hallway (647 Fulton Street) LOOK AROUND, ROUND, ROUND, ROUND, ROUND Caroline Cox’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. For this exhibition, Cox presents a group of immersive installations built from monofilament, crystal balls, horsehair fabric and glass lenses. These materials are used in ways that employ their unique capacity to



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interact with light, gravity and space. When: Thursdays-Sundays through October 7th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/STUDIO10 (56 Bogart Street)

skating peak When: Thursdays-Sundays through October 14th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The City Reliquary Museum (370 Metropolitan Avenue)

THE LEAST ORTHODOX GODDESS IV Curated by Jasmine Wahi. A group exhibition curated by Jasmine Wahi featuring works by Felipe Baeza, Darío Calmese, David Antonio Cruz, Delano Dunn, Jonathan Gardenhire, Billy Ray Morgan, Zachary Richardson, and Kiyan Williams.  When: Tuesday-Saturday through October 20th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by appt Where: Prospect Park/ Jenkin Johnson Gallery (207 Ocean Avenue)

BLANKET STATEMENTS A group exhibition of three contemporary Native American women abstract artists — Gina Adams, Maria Hupfield, and Marie Watt — organized in collaboration with Accola Griefen Fine Art. Additional information forthcoming. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through October 27th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16A Main Street)

FOR WHICH IT STANDS Participating Artists: Simone Bailey, Christina Barrera, Andrew Demirjian, Stephan Jahanshahi, Vandana Jain, Katarina Jerinic, Jeff Kasper & Christopher Spinozzi, Josh MacPhee & Jesse Purcell,, Sal Muñoz, Iviva Olenick, Manju Shandler, Athena Soules– NYC Light Brigade Katherine Gressel, Curator For Which it Stands is a contemporary art exhibition at the Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH) offering a fresh take on the flags of the American Revolution and today, including the contradictions inherent in their symbolism. Select artists reinterpret flags associated with OSH’s history as the site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn, to consider how their values are being upheld today. Others envision bold new flags for contemporary local and global communities.  When: Fridays through October 24th, 3 – 6 p.m. or by appt only Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street) EMPIRE SKATE: THE BIRTHPLACE OF ROLLER DISCO Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco brings the world of Empire to life, exploring its role as a cultural icon and a community hub. Artifacts, archival materials, video, and first-hand interviews, come together to share the stories of the people who skated at Empire during the 70s and 80s and will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the rink. Through the examined histories of and around Empire, connections between roller skating and larger narratives of race, class, and urbanization in America are uncovered. Beyond the roller disco movement, the exhibit traces the history of roller skating in the United States, highlighting the diversity of rinks around the country and the unique history of skating in New York City, which was home to over 20 rinks at its

QUIETER PLACES Marshall LaCount’s Quieter Places paintings are a collective approach to places quieter than the city; quieter than a mind treading in traumas; quieter than political despondency. These Quieter Places are beyond certain borders. They are elsewhere, for they are not places, they are images. In this case, they are images constructed by aching hands and sore arms which have managed to pull away from other work, made in less quiet places. Plaster is shaped alongside acrylic paint, wallboard, spray paint. Graffiti and the constant buffing of graffiti get a nod. The works are playful: primary colors occupy measured spaces in largely white fields of textured plaster. This play is a renegotiating of borders. When: Daily Through October, 12 – 9 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Exhibit Salon (182 Driggs Avenue) BROOKLYN: A NEW HOME, A NEW LIFE This exhibition features stories about historical Brooklynites: Harriet Judson, John Roebling, Nathan Handwerker, and Shirley Chisholm, as well as Ravi Ragbir, a contemporary immigration activist. The people featured are not all immigrants, but each represent a different lens into the story of American immigrants, and show, without a doubt, how Brooklyn has been shaped by the many international ties within its vibrant and varied communities. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Spring 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

B ooks & Readings BOOK LAUNCH PARTY – “DOING LINES WITH DAVID CRAIG ELLIS” Join ELLIS Studio/Gallery for the launch of David Craig Ellis’ new book of drawings, “Doing Lines with David Craig Ellis”. Signed copies of

the book will be available for purchase along with free beer and wine, karaoke, and tarot card readings. When: Thursday, September 6th, 6 – 10 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Ellis Studio Gallery (68 Jay Street) THE 5TH ANNUAL BROOKLYN ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR Book lovers by the hundreds, will be heading to Brooklyn this fall for what has become one of the largest and most popular literary events in the country. Brooklyn Book Week, as it is informally known, is a week-long celebration of books both old and new. 100-exhibitor Fair is the largest regional book fair of its kind.  The depth and diversity of exhibitors, talks and galleries makes it a showcase for the best of the best in vintage and rare books; prints, photos and ephemera.  This is the Fair where rare book librarians from top libraries and museums mix with collectors and fair-goers of all ages.  Exhibitors, heralding from 20 states, Italy, England and Canada, will have on display and for sale over 50,000 items. When: Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th, Saturday: 12 – 7 p.m., Sunday:11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Brooklyn Expo Center (79 Franklin Street) BOOK FORUM PRESENTS BACKLASH: THE LEGACY OF 1968, A BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT Join panelists Andrea Long Chu, Elizabeth Schambelan, and Charlotte Shane, moderated by Bookforum editor Michael Miller, as they discuss the political reverberations of 1968. A year of radical hope, groundbreaking art and literature, and passionate activism, 1968 left a longstanding legacy of reactionary movements and counterrevolutions, galvanized by political uprisings of the time. Based on articles in the “1968 Now” Bookforum issue about Yukio Mishima’s ideological impact on today’s white nationalists, Kristin Ross’s book May ’68 and its Afterlives, Gore Vidal’s Myra Breckinridge, and the generative conflicts of second-wave feminism, this panel will explore how the books of the time heralded a backlash that continues to shape our culture and politics today. When: Monday, September 10th, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Gowanus/Books are Magic (225 Smith Street) UNBOUND: JOSÉ ANDRÉS Launch of We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time When: Tuesday, September 11th, 7:30p.m.


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Where: Fort Greene/BAM Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue)

E ducational SD-19 SENIOR RESOURCE DAY Every Year Senator Roxanne J. Persaud brings seniors from across SD-19 together to access resources; discuss their concerns; socialize with their peers and celebrate this important phase in their lives. When: Thursday, September 6th, 11 a.m. – 2p.m. Where: Canarsie/Senator Persaud’s District Office (1222 East 96th Street)

Health Act left unpassed in Albany, join Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of NYC, Inc.; New York State Senator Liz Krueger; Irin Carmon, author of The Notorious RBG and senior correspondent for New York Magazine; and Lynn Roberts of CUNY School of Public Health, for a discussion about the state of reproductive health, rights and justice locally and nationwide. The program is preceded by video segments from NO CHOICE, a series that, through personal stories, reminds us of preRoe v. Wade United States. When: Thursday, September 6th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

snails, spiders, and stick insects. Children will learn about their habitat and have the opportunity to plant a mosquito-repellent seedling to take home. This workshop is suggested for children aged 5-7.   When: Sunday, September 9th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Where: Boerum Hill/North Pacific Playground (Pacific St. between Nevins St. and 3 Ave.)

F amily Fun BROOKLYN FLEA A mix of vintage, repurposed, handmade, and food vendors in a town-square environment. A decade later the Flea still features many of the same vendors from the original 2008 market, who have become fixtures of Brooklyn culture. When: Saturday, September 8th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Industry City (274 36th Street)

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NEW YORK STATE, REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, AND THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS What’s at stake for abortion access in New York State this November? On the eve of September’s primary, and the Reproductive

CHILDREN’S GARDENING WORKSHOP: CRITTERS OF THE GARDEN Children will meet garden critters such as worms,

GOWANUS BLOCK PARTY A Celebration with all things Gowanus. This event is in conjunction with the Bell House’s 10th anniversary concert series features Ex Hex, Shellac, Waxahatchee, Hot Snakes and more. They are partnering up with a local nonprofit: Gowanus Canal Conservancy, to raise awareness of environmental issues in the neighborhood. The

Block Party will feature local artists, businesses, games and activities. When: Saturday, September 8th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Gowanus/7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Ave, Brooklyn BACK TO SCHOOL BBQ Bbq food, beer, wine,  picnic games, A to Z Party inflatable rides, pony rides, face painting, pie eating contest, hair braiding, antique cars and much more. When: Saturday, September 8th, 12 – 7 p.m. Where: Gravesend/Our Lady of Grace Academy (385 Avenue W) 11TH ANNUAL CONEY ISLAND BEARD AND MOUSTACHE COMPETITION The strangest and most extravagant beards and moustaches descend upon Coney Island to see whose facial hair reigns supreme. Founded in 2008, the Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition has grown to become one of Coney Island’s most unique evenings of entertainment. Over the past 10 years, hundreds of bearded men (and women) have competed to take home the much coveted Beard & Moustache Fez trophy and other great prizes. When: Saturday, September 8th, 6 p.m. Where: Coney Island/

Sideshows by the Seashore (3008 W 12th Street) TODDLER YOGA & DANCE CLASS FOR 2S & 3S This unique program is being offered by BMS and MUSE Academy for parents who want their little ones to explore dance, yoga and music starting at an early age. When: Mondays-Fridays through December 18th, 10 – 10:45 a.m. Where: Fort Greene/Brooklyn Music School (126 St. Felix Street)

F ilm I AM NOT A WITCH A darkly comic fable set in contemporary Zambia, Rungano Nyoni’s acclaimed debut feature is a bold satire of the often contradictory nature of traditional beliefs and modern culture. After a minor incident in her village, nine-year-old Shula (Mulubwa) is exiled to a traveling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates her new life, Shula must decide between accepting her fate or risking the consequences of seeking freedom. When: Daily through September 13th, Fri - Sun – 2 p.m. 4:30 p.m.  7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mon - Thurs 4:30pm 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue)


ood & Drink

MARTHA STEWART WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE NEW YORK Features Martha Stewart as she shares a showcase of renowned bites, fine wines & craft beers to sample, savor and discover. It’s a Brooklyn culinary scene from gourmet trends to regional traditions. The culinary entertainment includes Martha Stewart and other chefs on The Culinary Stage, and a Grand Tasting featuring the region’s gourmet leaders & purveyors. When: Saturday, September 8th, 1 – 4 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/Lefrak Center at Lakeside (171 East Drive) EAST NEW YORK FARMERS MARKET A community-run market and includes 23 local gardeners, 3 regional farmers, and 11 local vendors. They have been providing fresh produce, homemade crafts, and a safe public space for families in East New York, Brooklyn. Their market is the only place in East New York to find local and organic produce and Caribbean specialty crops like karela, bora, and callaloo. When: Saturday, September

The Bay Ridge HS Alumnae Association is holding its 23rd Annual Reunion Luncheon on Saturday,

September 22, 2018 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

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8th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: East New York/East New York Farmer’s Market (Schneck Ave & New Lots Ave)

H ealth YOGA IN THE PARK Get moving in the Park this summer. Join Prospect Park Alliance, Bend + Bloom Yoga and lululemon Brooklyn for free, community yoga classes in the beautiful Long Meadow.  When: Thursday, September 6th, 7 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/Long Meadow (18 East Drive) THE WEST AFRICAN SERIES DRUM CLASS Embark on the latest dynamic series of classes with world renowned drummer and dancer, Vado Diomande. Students will have the chance to learn both West Explore the heart of all West African musical traditions: the drum. Learn to play the many parts of djembe, doundoun, songbas and kenkenes with Vado Diomande, life-long drummer, drum-maker and repairer. Learn to play accompaniment lines to Kookoo, Temate, Katana, Bolohi, N’Goron and more as you build up to playing lead drum.  When: Thursday, September 6th, 6:30 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance (1368 Fulton Street) TAKE A SICK DAY FOR WELLNESS/ONE DAY RETREAT Moved LA offers a nonexercise workout that uses movement as a tool to facilitate self-expression. It doesn’t require training, athleticism, or even rhythm – just a willingness to move and have FUN! The retreat will include an array of incredible classes to stimulate your mind, body and soul, including yoga, meditation, barre, breath work and more.  When: Saturday, September 7th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard/ Roof Top Reds (299 Sands Street/Bldg 275) NYRR OPEN RUN: CANARSIE PARK Open Run is a communitybased, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and three miles long. When: Saturday, September 8th, 9 – 10 a.m. Where: Canarsie/Canarsie Park (Seaview Ave. bet. Paerdegat Basin and E. 93 St., E. 102 St. and Fresh Creek Basin)

10TH ANNUAL BROOKLYN TEAL® WALK/RUN The 10th year of connecting families and individuals touched by ovarian cancer, honoring survivors, crossing finish lines, achieving personal goals, spreading awareness, fundraising for medical research, and making unforgettable memories! Rain or Shine we’ll be at the Prospect Park Bandshell, this event is family friendly. Register individually or with a team as a walker, runner, or virtual participant at Brooklyn. When: Saturday, September 8th, 7:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Where: Prospect Park Bandshell (62 West Dr) ‘WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES” CHARITY WALK FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 6, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, organizes this walk annually to contribute to the lifesaving services provided by Solace House a suicide Prevention Center. ‘Walk a mile in their shoes’ is an annual one-mile walk that raises crucial funds for Solace House- suicide prevention center. When: Sunday, September 9th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ McCarren Park (Lorimer Street between Driggs & Bedford) YOGASOLE’S 10TH

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION To commemorate achieving a decade of yoga and community, YogaSole has planned a special weekend filled with live music, refreshments and yoga. When: Saturday, September 8th, 7- 8:30 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/ Yogasole (254 Windsor Place)

N ightlife DREAMLAND DISCO Every Friday Lola Star hosts a themed DJ roller disco party at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside. Each event showcases a new theme from 70s Glitter Rock to 80s Glam, as well as dazzling performers, kitschy contests, giveaways and more. This Friday: Rihanna When: Friday, September 7th, 7:30 – 10 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/Lefrak Center at Lakeside (171 East Drive)


heater & Music

LIVE AT THE ARCHWAYSHANGHAI MERMAID Shanghai Mermaid creates an intoxicating mix of hot jazz and live performance that transports guests to the 1920s and 1930s. Created by Juliette Campbell in 2007, Shanghai Mermaid started as an underground, time-traveling speakeasy in a basement in DUMBO,

which is now in its 11th year, and is credited with helping to kick off the current hot jazz, vintage, and immersive party scenes. When: Thursday, September 6th, 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/ The Archway (Water Street and Anchorage Place) KID CONGO & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS TOUR WITH SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB Guitar slinger and singer, the legendary Kid Congo Powers, bassist Kiki Solis, drummer Ron Miller, Mosrite-playing guitarist Mark Cisneros are heading out on tour with Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. The band’s last album, La Araña Es La Vida, received acclaim across the board When: Thursday, September 6th, 7 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue) GODSPELL Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, GODSPELL is one of the most successful musicals in history. It follows Jesus and his followers and disciples as they re-enact parables and scenes from Jesus’ life with great energy. When: Friday-Sunday, September 7th – 9th, Friday 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 2 p.m. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

HOROSCOPES September 6 - September 12, 2018 ♋ CANCER  Jun 22/Jul 22 Sometimes going about the same schedule day after day can put you in a rut, Cancer. Change up one aspect of your daily life, and you may notice a big difference in your mood. ♌ LEO  Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, if you have been mulling over going back to school, then now is your opportunity to enroll in a vocational class or take college courses for more credit. ♍ VIRGO  Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, your creative side will be on display this week as you can showcase crafts or artwork that is inspired by the colors of autumn. Put your thoughts in motion. ♎ LIBRA  Sept 23/Oct 23 You are very good at compromising, Libra. This is one reason why people like you as a friend. However, do not compromise your own ideals to go along with every plan. ♏ SCORPIO  Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, enjoy socializing with your friends this week. You have been on the go so much that it is time to settle down and enjoy a break and some good conversation. ♐ SAGITTARIUS  Nov 23/Dec 21 Try your best to turn a situation that could easily get out of control into one you can manage more easily, Sagittarius. It will probably require some quick thinking. ♑ CAPRICORN  Dec 22/Jan 20 Family matters come to the forefront this week, Capricorn. You may find yourself in the middle of a siblings squabble. Fortunately, things will blow over quickly. ♒ AQUARIUS  Jan 21/Feb 18 A series of events at work may have you thinking about a change in position and/or career, Aquarius. DonХt make any rash moves just yet. ♓ PISCES  Feb 19/Mar 20 Try to take emotion out of all your decisions this week, Pisces. Lead with your head instead of your heart, especially where work is concerned. ♈ ARIES  Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, surround yourself with people who have more experience than you and can offer advice. Listen to the pearls of wisdom they may share with you. ♉ TAURUS  Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, a new coworker may come to you with questions because you are an expert in a particular area. This presents a good opportunity to serve as a mentor. ♊ GEMINI  May 22/Jun 21 Expensive items have been on your mind, Gemini. However, this may not be the best time to make big financial decisions. Give them a little more thought.

This week’s birthdays: SEPTEMBER 2 Keanu Reeves, Actor (54) SEPTEMBER 3 Jennie Finch, Athlete (38) SEPTEMBER 4 James Bay, Singer (28) SEPTEMBER 5 Michael Keaton, Actor (67) SEPTEMBER 6 Idris Elba, Actor (46) SEPTEMBER 7 Kevin Love, Athlete (30) SEPTEMBER 8 Pink, Singer (39)

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Where: Dyker Heights/ Redeemer St. John (939 83rd Street) FEMMELODY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Femmelody Chamber Music Festival will offer an afternoon of music, art, and poetry in Park Church’s beautiful Sanctuary. A concert will feature a diverse array of music from as early as the 16th century to a premiere of a new duo by Kate Amrine. It will explore women’s contributions to the baroque, contemporary, and popular music styles through the musical works of Concetta Abbate, Kate Amrine, Anna Bon, Whitney George, and Missy Mazzoli performed exclusively by women. Art installations by Dorothy Rojas in the church’s Sanctuary will be available for viewing before, during, and after the performances. Poetry from women and non-binary community members will be featured throughout the festival. Food and drinks from local vendors will be offered. This festival is open to all genders and ages When: Sunday, September 9th, 2 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/ Park Church Co-op (229 Russell Street)

blanche to curate their repertoire. Tues, Sept 11 • Resonant Bodies Festival 2018: Paul Pinto, Helga Davis, Lucy Dhegrae Wed, Sept 12 • Resonant Bodies Festival 2018: Jen Shyu, Caroline Shaw Thurs, Sept 13 • Resonant Bodies Festival 2018: Sarah Maria Sun, Pamela Z, Gelsey

ten male servants of Haile Selassie, among them his pillow-bearer, purse-bearer and dog-urine wiper, creating complex human portraits. Hunter, who with Colin Teevan and Walter Meierjohann were the acclaimed team in the Young Vic production of Kafka’s Monkey presented at TFANA in 2013, is here joined by Ethiopian musician Temesgen Zeleke.   Kapuściński, who many considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize, slyly used The Emperor to illuminate corruption and political power in his native Poland. This adaptation resonates with the world’s growing and disturbing fascination with despotism. When: Tuesdays – Sundays through October 7th, 7:30 p.m. And certain days there

are matinees at 2 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place)


T ours PROSPECT PARK HISTORY WALKING TOUR Explore Prospect Park with a season of special guided walking tours of this iconic park in the heart of Brooklyn, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. These twohour tours will examine the Park’s many layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology to the architectural eras visible in the built environment. When: Sunday, September 9th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Where: Prospect Park

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RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL 2018 RBF features nine of the contemporary music world’s most virtuosic, innovative vocalists, giving them carte


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THE EMPEROR The Emperor, Colin Teevan‘s adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński‘s celebrated and controversial 1978 book of the same title, is a parable about power set at the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. Kathryn Hunter astonishingly shapeshifts, portraying

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Picnics were all the rage at the end-of-summer Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island during the last weekend in August.

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any of our readers may be wondering why the weekly Faces Behind the Food column is not appearing in this week’s InBrooklyn. Well, the reason is simple, we want to explain exactly what Faces is and why it has become a destination for our readers and how it benefits the people we cover in the column. First of all, the heart of any establishment is the people who work behind the scenes to make it what it is. That would be everyone from the passionate owner of a restaurant to the wait staff, bartender and customers who loyally frequent their favorite dining and entertainment establishments. Faces loves to share the weekly happenings that range from a co-owner of a popular restaurant who just happens to be an award-winning basketball coach in his spare time, to the owner of a nationally known baking brand that started out in 1930 as a small, family-owned Middle Eastern bakery. From Bay Ridge to Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint to Williamsburg, there are so many stories to tell and Faces is the place to find out what makes a bar, restaurant, bakery, pizzeria or beer hall a place someone would want to discover and ultimately frequent. Those who live in Bay Ridge know that Chadwick’s is one of the finest restaurants in the neighborhood, but they also might want to venture out to Brooklyn Heights to enjoy a meal at the River Café, especially when they learn that Buzzy O’Keeffe, the restaurant’s owner, is being awarded the prestigious Concierge Choice Award in October for having built an attraction that brings people to New York. That’s just some of what Faces offers. It’s a virtual culinary trip across Brooklyn as you find out what makes a restaurant a true destination spot. So, keep talking to Faces and letting us share your stories with our readers . . . or should we say, your potential loyal customers.

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Take a Ferry Ride to Greenpoint As an Antidote to Angst TOP: Brooklyn Bridge Park is the place to go for a fine late-summer NYC Ferry ride. RIGHT: A ferry glides past 420 Kent Ave., a development that consists of three glass towers. See next page. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

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O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet. — Gerard Manley Hopkins

the far horizon. If your eyesight’s sharp, you can find the iconic Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. You will see numerous Long Island City towers as well.

Native Plant Species and Visiting Geese

The Department of Environmental Protection, which constructed the nature walk more than a decade ago, landscaped a healthy dose Urban wilderness takes some funky forms. And one of the funkiest bits of urban wilderness you’ll find in the of nature into it. Masses of plantings grow in wild, weed-like profusion along the entire borough of Brooklyn is on the shoreline of Newtown Creek — quarter-mile-long-nature walk, which was designed by environmental a staggeringly polluted Superfund site. The Newtown Creek Nature Walk, as it’s called, is situated along artist George Trakas. The landscape architect was Quenelle Rothschild & Partners LLP. the perimeter of the Newtown Creek Wastewater The plants chosen for the nature walk are Treatment Plant. It’s a quirky spot for a nature native species such as swamp white oak, walk, to say the least. sweet gum and sawtooth oak trees, to name a The plant’s eye-catching “digester eggs” are few. part of the scenery. They stand on the opposite side Plaques explain the ways bygone generaof Whale Creek, which is one of the nature walk’s tions of Brooklynites used various plants. boundaries. For instance, the wood from pitch pine The digester eggs process sludge, which is ortrees served as dock pilings. Its bark was ganic material that has been removed from boiled into a tonic that soothed stomach pain. sewage. Additional processing steps turn digested Some of the plantings have delicate flowsludge into fertilizer. ers this time of year. Others have bright Speaking of sludge, sometimes a city Departberries. ment of Environmental Protection ship that transThe Newtown Creek Nature Walk is not ports sludge to the wastewater treatment plant a big visitor draw on weekdays, even in the docks in Whale Creek. summer. You might spend an entire afternoon The day we stopped by to stroll around the nathere with nobody but a flock of geese to keep ture preserve, a $35 million sewage tanker called you company. Port Richmond was there. On the opposite shore of Newtown Creek from The Newtown Creek Nature Walk’s adthe nature walk, at a metal-recycling facility, gidress is 100 Paidge Ave. gantic machines pluck crushed cars out of piles By the way, don’t send your kids there for and load them onto barges. a walk without you. Minors are not allowed Other views from the Newtown Creek Nature on the premises unless they’re with adults. Walk are scenic, but not in the way you’d expect ABOVE:These Newtown Creek Nature Walk Also, don’t bring booze with you. Drinkwhile standing in a nature preserve. Midtown posies are an unusual shape. ing is not allowed on the property — and there Manhattan’s dazzling skyline is spread out along are security cameras all over the place.

Are you angst-ridden because summer’s ending soon? A ferry ride to Greenpoint is a fine antidote. A sunny day, a gray day — either one will do. A trip on any NYC Ferry route will make you smile. But the North Brooklyn shoreline route is especially beguiling. Start your ride in Brooklyn Bridge Park — where the famed Fulton Ferry service launched in 1814. Robert Fulton’s newly invented steamship took just 12 minutes to cross the East River — which made it eminently practical for people who worked in Manhattan to live in Brooklyn. In present-day Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, where the NYC Ferry landing is located, is a visitor magnet. It’s an ideal spot to snap selfies with the World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge as backdrops. Of course, you could spend an entire day strolling around the park and hanging out in 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s rooftop bar. That’s a story for another day. After you step onto the ferry, you get an eyeful of the former headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The red electric letters atop 30 Columbia Heights that famously said “Watchtower” for a half-century have been removed from the building. Current property owner Columbia Heights Associates is pursuing a challenge it filed with the city Board of Standards and Appeals to a surprising city Buildings Department decision that says nope, you can’t put new letters on the old sign’s frame.

Spitzer Enterprises’ Shimmering Towers

As the ferry heads up the North Brooklyn shoreline, it travels past Instagram-worthy landmarks such as the DUMBO Clocktower and Jane’s Carousel. Near the Manhattan Bridge, an old DUMBO factory, 10 Jay St., has a new glass facade whose design is evocative of sugar crystals. The property is being converted into an office building. You get a distant This waterfront apartment tower is called glimpse of the fabled Brooklyn Navy Yard, The Greenpoint. You probably can guess which has been in exiswhat neighborhood it’s in. tence since 1801. In recent years, the famed shipbuilding facility has been reinvented as a hub for manufacturers, tech companies, filmmakers and entrepreneurs. At the South Williamsburg ferry stop, glass facades gleam on the three apartment towers in Spitzer Enterprises’ 420 Kent Ave. complex. The development is being spearheaded by the “Luv Gov,” aka former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He rejoined his family’s company in 2014. He had resigned as New York’s governor in 2008 after his flings with prostitutes were publicized. On the ferry ride, you pass Williamsburg’s landmarked Domino Sugar Refinery. It’s surrounded by recently opened Domino Park — which is another spot where you could spend an entire day. The Edge and Northside Piers apartment buildings at North Williamsburg’s ferry stop look terrific when seen from the boat’s deck. As the ferry ride continues, you’ll be able to fit the entire Williamsburg Bridge into your iPhone picture frame if you take the photo at the right time. All too soon, you arrive at the Greenpoint ferry dock. The Greenpoint, an aptly named new residential tower, rises above the pier. Disembark here. One of our very favorite neighborhoods awaits you.

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Greenpoint Landing’s new mini-park has a grassy lawn with a great view of the Empire State Building and the United Nations.

Come See Greenpoint Landing’s New Waterfront Promenade

Here’s a long view of Greenpoint Landing’s new promenade.

Plantings are lined up with mathematical precision in flower beds beside Greenpoint Landing’s promenade.

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struct a public park as part of its 22-acre, multi-building project along Commercial and West streets. The first piece of Greenpoint Landing’s waterfront After we read about the August debut of the first snippet promenade is open to the public. of Greenpoint Landing’s promenade in BKLYNER and the So far, so good. Greenpoint Post, we had to go see it for ourselves. The 2005 rezoning of Williamsburg and Greenpoint reWe found the completed section of the park by walking quires developer Greenpoint Landing Associates to con- down Franklin Street to where it ends at Commercial Street and turning right. In short order, there’s a newly created cul-de-sac called Bell Slip running along the edge of new Greenpoint Landing apartment buildings. At the end of this cul-de-sac, a fine grassy lawn stands next to a shoreline esplanade. There’s an excellent view of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the United Nations and other Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers. The vista looks pretty great even when dark clouds loom. On a sunshiny day with blue skies, the promenade will be a prime spot to sit on brand-new benches and soak up the scenery. Thanks to picnic tables arrayed here and there, it will be a nice place to nosh. Along the mini-park’s walkways, plantings are lined up with mathematical precision on swaths of soil. James Corner Field Operations designed the new promenade. Readers with good memories will recall that this landscape architecture firm also designed Domino Park on the Williamsburg waterfront — and the popular High Line in the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. A stroll through Greenpoint Landing’s new park also gives you the opportunity to see the East River-facing side of one of its new apartment towers, 37 Blue Slip. Don’t expect the promenade to be 100 percent tranquil. On weekdays, you can hear construction work going on at another Here’s a glimpse of 37 Blue Slip from Greenpoint Landing’s new prom- Greenpoint Landing tower, 41 Blue Slip, INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan that’s rising at the edge of the park. enade. INBrooklyn

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Former Postal Worker Charged in B’klyn Court With Lying to Obtain $160K in Workers’ Comp A complaint charging Joseph Penatello, a former driver for the U.S. Postal Service and a Brooklyn resident, with falsely claiming injuries to receive more than $160,000 in disability payments was unsealed last Friday in federal Eastern District Court in Brooklyn. “As alleged, the defendant was employed at flea markets at the same time he falsely claimed to be incapable of working for the Postal Service due to a medical condition,” said Richard Donoghue, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Such disability scams are nothing less than stealing from our taxpayers and will not be ignored.” “The federal Workers’ Compensation program was created to help those who are recovering from injuries obtained on the job,” stated USPS Inspector General Special Agent-inCharge Matthew Modafferi. “When a Postal Service employee defrauds the Workers’ Compensation program, the special agents of the U.S. Postal

In this courtroom sketch, entrepreneur and former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli (second from left) appears in court for his arraignment on fraud charges in 2015. From left are defense attorney Baruch White, Martin Shkreli, defense attorney Jonathan Sack and co-defendant Evan Greebel, who was charged with conspiracy. Elizabeth Williams via AP

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The Brooklyn General Post Office building at Cadman Plaza. Eagle photo by Mary Frost Service Office of Inspector General will work tirelessly with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.” According to the complaint, Penatello began receiving workers’ compensation benefits in 2001, after he sustained a neck and back injury while working for the USPS. In order to continue receiving those benefits, between March 2014 and April 2018, Penatello submitted documents to the Department of Labor falsely claiming that he was totally disabled and unable to work due to his medical condition. Penatello also claimed that he was not earning any income, according to the Attorney General’s office. However, on more than 20 occasions between 2014 and 2018, special agents videorecorded him working as an organizer at flea markets in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The video also showed Penatello engaging in strenuous activities, such as carrying heavy objects, standing for long periods of time and driving a motor vehicle. On one occasion, Penatello allegedly told an undercover special agent that he runs flea markets five days a week and up to 12 hours per day. The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Section. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Reid is in charge of the prosecution. Penatello was scheduled to make his initial appearance Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon. —Information courtesy of U.S. Attorney’s Office for The Eastern District

Recently in Brooklyn federal court, Evan Greebel, a former partner at the New York office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP who served as outside counsel to Retrophin, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, was sentenced by Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto to 18 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, to be followed by three years’ supervised release. The court also ordered Greebel to pay $116,462.03 in forfeiture and $10,447,979 in restitution. Greebel was convicted by a federal jury in December 2017, following an 11week trial, for his role in two interrelated fraud schemes with Retrophin CEO Martin Shkreli and others, in which Greebel, Shkreli and others stole millions of dollars in cash and stock from Retrophin and manipulated the price and trading volume of Retrophin stock. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; and William F. Sweeney Jr.; assistant director-in-charge, FBI, New York Field Office, announced the sentence. “[The] sentence reinforces our message that attorneys who facilitate crimes will be held accountable for their actions,” Donoghue said. “Evan Greebel leveraged his legal training and the trust placed in him by Retrophin’s Board of Directors to commit serious crimes, including the theft of millions of dollars in cash and stock from the very company he was hired to represent. In doing so, Greebel broke the law and violated the ethical duties he owed to his client.” Between 2011 and 2014, Greebel conspired with Shkreli and others to misappropriate Retrophin’s assets in order to pay off defrauded investors in Shkreli’s hedge funds, MSMB Capital Management LP (MSMB Capital) and MSMB Healthcare Management LP (MSMB Healthcare). Specifically, Greebel negotiated and prepared so-called settlement agreements with various of the defrauded investors, causing Retrophin to reimburse them more than $2 million in cash and stock. Greebel also arranged for other defrauded investors to enter into sham consulting agreements with Retrophin as a means to settle liabilities owed by Shkreli and the hedge funds.

In addition, between 2012 and 2014, Greebel and Shkreli schemed to defraud investors in Retrophin by attempting to control illegally the price and trading volume of Retrophin’s stock. As part of the scheme, they concealed Shkreli’s beneficial ownership and control of most of Retrophin’s free-trading shares, recruited associates of Shkreli to be nominee holders of those shares and prevented the nominees from selling the shares. Some of the shares were used to settle liabilities owed

by the MSMB hedge funds and Shkreli. “As an attorney well-versed in the law, Greebel was expected to abide by it — not violate it,” Sweeney stated. “Instead, he used his professional expertise to prepare illegitimate agreements, allowing him and others to carry out their illegal activity. His sentencing today serves as a reminder to others that there are consequences for this type of behavior.” —Information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office

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Landmark Heights Church Will Be Rededicated As a Pro-Cathedral By Francesca Norsen Tate Religion Editor INBrooklyn

It is a story of heritage and tenacity. Back in 1868, the Rev. Dr. Abram Littlejohn, the rector of Holy Trinity Church at Clinton and Montague streets, was named the first bishop of the newly formed Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. The Diocese of Long Island was created that year a special convention hosted at Holy Trinity Church, which became the pro-cathedral for the diocese, while the new cathedral in Garden City was built. Bishop Littlejohn’s

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, which celebrates its sesquicentennial.

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consecration service took place on January 27, 1869. As the diocese begins its 150th anniversary celebration, the eighth and current bishop, the Rt. Rev Lawrence Provenzano, wanted to honor the heritage of Holy Trinity Church, which is now St. Ann & Holy Trinity Church. Holy Trinity Church, constructed between 1844 and 1847 and officially opened on April 25, 1847, is known worldwide for its Bolton stained glass windows. Neighboring St. Ann’s Church, named for benefactor Ann Sands, was originally on Washington Street. before construction of the Brooklyn Bridge forced its move to Clinton and Livingston streets, just three blocks away from Holy Trinity. The merger of these two churches— and reopening of Holy Trinity—during the 1970s brought each a new chapter of ministry. Holy Trinity had closed after the famous scandal involving the Melish father-son priest duo during the height of the McCarthy era. St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church will again become a pro-cathedral during a festival celebration on Sunday, Sept. 16, that is open to the public, and which will begin with a procession from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, along Montague Street, to St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church for a 5:30 p.m. liturgy. Bishop Provenzano said, “As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the diocese this year, this pro-cathedral designation is both a recognition of the historic role of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in our diocese and a mission-focused strategy to reinvigorate our ministry to the people in the City of New York, especially the five million people who call Brooklyn and Queens home. St. Ann & the Holy Trinity will become the official place from which the bishop of the diocese can speak to the people of New York City.” The diocese now includes Nassau and Suffolk Counties, stretching from western Brooklyn out to Montauk Point. Bishop Provenzano clarified that, “We will not be replicating at all the primary seat of the bishop here in Garden City.” Rather, having the Pro-Cathedral in Brooklyn “is a strategic move in the sense of the ministry of our diocese.”

Forum @ St. Ann’s Panels Explore ‘Manuals for Living,’ Citizen Activism The Forum @St. Ann’s, a regular series at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, will continue as the landmark parish again becomes a pro-cathedral. This month, the forum presents “Manuals for Living” and “Women and Citizen Activism,” taking place on Sept. 13 and 15, respectively. During “Manuals for Living (Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.), the Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons of neighboring First Unitarian Church offers a fresh reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments; author Michael Robbins suggests a highbrow/ lowbrow mixture of poetry and pop music; lawyer and writer Justin Jamail draws upon the New York School poets; and medievalist Jacqueline de Weever captures something paradoxically ephemeral and pragmatic in images of exquisite flora.

Fr. John Denaro, rector of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, will moderate the program. During “Women and Citizen Activism” (Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m.), a group of notable women writers engage the phenomenon of emerging citizen activists. The panelist roster includes Eliza Griswold, author of the acclaimed recently published book, “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America;” Mona Eltahawy, a reporter who was brutally attacked in Egypt in 2011—an experience that shaped her life as an activist; and Anastasia Higgenbotham, who covers social justice issues and writes children’s books. Reproductive rights activist, writer, and filmmaker. Jennifer Baumgardner will moderate this discussion.

An aerial view of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church and its tower.

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The pro-cathedral will serve as an official “seat” or cathedra of the bishop and it will host special services on occasion as well as ministry events and programs. The rector of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, the Rev. John Denaro, said, “The designation of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity as a pro-cathe-

dral is a privilege that affirms our church’s enduring significance as a house of prayer and community resource. We joyfully accept our new responsibilities to the bishop, fellow Episcopalians and neighbors, and embrace this larger opportunity to extend Christian hospitality.”

‘Godspell’ Original Cast Member Peggy Gordon Will Speak at BrooklynONE Productions An acclaimed run earlier this summer of brooklynONE Productions’ “Godspell,” has brought new performances dates this weekend, with an appearance by original cast member Peggy Gordon. “Godspell,” composed by Stephen Schwartz with a libretto adapted from the Gospel of Matthew by John-Michael Tebelak, originated in 1970 as Tebelak’s master’s thesis project in Pittsburgh. “Godspell” opened off-Broadway in 1971, and has been produced in many regional, school and church community theatres since. BrooklynONE’s production, directed by

bkONE Founder and Artistic Director Anthony Marino, sets “Godspell” in a Lutheran church reimagined as an abandoned 1990s-era New York City punk club and features musical performances by punk band the Government. The venue is Redeemer-St. John’s Lutheran Church, 939 83rd Street in Dyker Heights. Gordon will participate in post-show talkback at the September 8 matinee. Performances will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. All seats are $20. Tickets are available via

Heights Clergy Will Lead 17th Sept. 11 Promenade Service “Down to the River to Pray,” is the focus of this year’s 9-11 Remembrance that the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association is organizing. The service takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., around sunset. All ages and all faiths are invited to join the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association in remembering 9/11 with rituals of water and release.

This communal moment of “letting go” will make space for participants to release what needs releasing into a vessel of living water. Participants will share from a variety of faith traditions that look forward to what the months ahead hold for the community as neighbors and as people of faith. In case of inclement weather, First Presbyterian Church (124 Henry St., near Clark) will host the service.

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aby boomers have been planning and saving for retirement for decades. They are also planning their legacy–creating wills, trusts and other sophisticated estate planning strategies to transfer their wealth to the next generation. However, most people may not realize their IRAs and qualified retirement plans–a large part of their estate–are not subject to probate nor affected by the terms of a person's will. These assets will pass to the next generation determined solely by the client's beneficiary designation form. Accordingly, the beneficiary designation form is one of your most important estate planning documents but it is often overlooked when creating a legacy plan. Here are some common beneficiary designation mistakes to avoid:


Many people unintentionally name their estate as beneficiary of their retirement accounts. Some people will actually direct their retirement assets to be paid "pursuant to the terms of my will." Others simply fail to complete their beneficiary designation form or forget to name a new person's estate by default, which is probably the worst beneficiary for IRAs and retirement plans. IRAs and qualified retirement

plans–assets that normally avoid probate– will become subject to probate when paid to the estate. The probate process can be long, cumbersome and expensive. Further, these assets may have to be liquidated and paid to the estate within five years after the person's death. While individual beneficiaries can elect to have IRA assets paid over their lifetime, thereby "stretching" their tax liability over many years, estates cannot. Finally, estates are subject to a much higher income tax rate than individuals. This can result in more money going to the IRS than necessary. To avoid this mistake, make sure you have an up-to-date primary and contingent beneficiary designated for all your retirement accounts.


Many attorneys like to use trusts to facilitate an effective transfer of wealth and maximize all available gift, estate and generation skipping tax exemptions. However, there are several dangers to having retirement assets paid to a trust. First, the IRS generally requires the assets to be paid to the trust within five years after the death of the client. The "stretch" rules generally do not apply to trusts unless the trust is drafted to be a "look through" trust. If the trust is a "look through" trust, the

IRS permits you to "look through" the trust and "stretch" the IRA to the trust over the life expectancy of the oldest trust beneficiary. Trusts that fail to be a "look through" trust include those that have beneficiaries that are not individuals, such a charity, estate or another trust. Second, it can be expensive to establish and maintain these trusts. If an IRA is "stretched" to a "look through" trust, a lifetime of legal, trustee and administrative fees can significantly reduce the amount the ultimate beneficiaries will receive. Unless there is a compelling non-tax reason to name a trust as beneficiary of an IRA or retirement plan, you should avoid making a costly mistake. Speak with your estate planning attorney about the pros and cons to naming a trust as a beneficiary of a retirement account.


Few people rarely intend to leave IRA and retirement assets to an ex-spouse, but this happens all the time. People fail to update their beneficiary designation form after a divorce. Often, they are under the mistaken belief the divorce decree will automatically negate their prior beneficiary designations. Divorce decrees, court orders and wills

generally have no affect on a beneficiary designation.


IRA and retirement assets are not always distributed as intended. Most IRAs will allow the owner to designate multiple beneficiaries. For instance, it is common for an IRA owner to designate his or her children as equal beneficiaries. If one beneficiary predeceases the owner or "disclaims" the inheritance, the remaining primary beneficiaries will generally receive the balance of the IRA and not the children of that deceased beneficiary. For instance, assume Dad has an IRA he wants to leave to his two children Sue and Tom. Sue and Tom also have children of their own. If Tom were to die before Dad, Sue would inherit Tom's share and nothing would go to Tom's children. This is called a "Per Capita" distribution. If Dad wanted to make sure Tom's share would benefit Tom's family, Dad should make a "Per Stirpes" designation. This means Tom's half will be shared equally by Tom's children. By conducting a review of your IRAs and retirement plans, you can avoid costly mistakes and assure the right beneficiaries inherit these hard-earned assets. (BPT)

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you may have seen a collage of photographs, a memorial video, personal items of the deceased on display, special mementos, eulogies from close friends or family, special life tribute ceremonies, balloon releases or any other number of unique tributes. All of this is done to help make the funeral more personal, to illustrate that which was unique about the person’s life, and to help those who have lost someone special begin to heal. If the funeral service you are planning will be following a prescribed religious ritual, your priest, rabbi or minister can advise as to when any personalized tributes can be incorporated into the events leading up to or during the funeral service, if appropriate. To help you begin the process of planning a unique tribute, think of your answers to the following questions: *What could your loved one do better than anyone else? *When you think of your loved one, what do you think of? *What were your loved one’s hobbies or special interests? *What were some of your fondest memories of your loved one? *What was your loved one passionate about? The answers to these and similar questions will help you pinpoint those qualities and activities that are most identifiable with your loved one. Your funeral director can help guide you in this process and share ideas and make recommendations to help you plan a special and fitting tribute.

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New etiquette for paying your respects


century ago, most funerals took place in the home. Families lived close together and were part of a tight-knit community, making it possible for friends and relatives to attend funeral ceremonies and make personal visits to console the bereaved. Word-of-mouth was sufficient to advise neighbors and friends that someone had died. Etiquette for those in mourning was strict. Custom dictated wearing black for immediate family members, even children, for lengthy periods following the death. Social activities were severely restricted and condolence or thank-you notes were written on black-bordered, white stationery. Over the years, funeral etiquette has evolved to keep pace with changing lifestyles. Today’s funeral etiquette recognizes the need to express grief and sympathy but in a more individualistic and practical way. For instance, black is still most appropriate for funerals, but gray, navy


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blue and other subdued colors are also acceptable. Those in mourning go back to work or resume social activities just days after a funeral. Today, families often write a short message on a thank-you card provided by the funeral director. Communication features provided by the Internet have made even more dramatic changes in the ways we memorialize loved ones and participate in funeral ceremonies. A funeral home in North Syracuse, New York was the first to broadcast funerals live on the Internet to accommodate shut-ins or distant relatives who couldn't attend the service in person. Families give written permission to have any portion of the funeral service transmitted. Proper etiquette dictates that we treat grieving friends and family with kindness, dignity and consideration. Social and technological changes just give us another way to memorialize loved ones and offer our condolences. From the New York State Funeral Directors Association

St. Joseph Chapel & Columbarium is the first of its kind in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. The columbarium project went into effect after Pope Benedict XVI designated Regina Pacis as a Basilica about six years ago, in October 2012. The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, celebrated a Solemn Mass - on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2012 - inaugurating Regina Pacis as a Minor Basilica. When Regina Pacis was originally built in 1950, it had a completely functioning lower church, the same size as the upper church, and necessary because of the large numbers of parishioners in the area at that time. Over the years, as people moved away, the lower church became unnecessary. The space was emptied and used for many functions, including sports. Monsignor Ronald Marino, current Pastor of Regina Pacis Church, envisioned utilizing the space in the lower Basilica, to give a sacred burial place to Catholics who choose cremation. Brochures from the parish explain that Regina Pacis is a Papal Basilica which cannot be merged with another church or closed down. Basilica status provides families with the security of knowing that their loved ones’ remains will be secure here for the future. Theresa Grillo-Landy, manager of the St. Joseph Chapel and Columbarium, recalls being easily able to sell columbarium niches with only a map and architectural rendering at hand. People were eager to purchase niches before all were sold. As word spread about the columbarium’s availability, many former parishioners who had moved away wanted to come home for their final resting place. People who grew up, went to school, got married, and received their sacraments at Regina Pacis, all wanted to be part of this amazing and beautiful Chapel, and cannot imagine being inurned anywhere else. During the year of Mercy in 2015, the Basilica of Regina Pacis was one of the Churches that represented the Holy Door. Through that year Regina Pacis hosted many pilgrimages from other parishes throughout the tri-state area and further. This was a great way to introduce the Columbarium to many more people. The response was amazing, and niches were sold to so many who are not parishioners here.



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The Roman Catholic Church forbade cremation up until 1963. Catholic belief in the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, and faith in the Resurrection of the body, places a strong preference for entombment - burying the body intact. In addition, the Catholic Church took the verse from Genesis (3:19) – “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” as a literal instruction prohibiting cremation and mandating that the body be given a proper burial. This prohibition was also a response to an Early Pagan practice of cremation as a denial of Christ’s Resurrection. However, recognizing the increasing and sometimes burdensome costs of funerals and burials, the Catholic Church in 1963 began allowing the more - affordable cremations, on the condition that a person’s choice of cremation was not based a reflection of doubt or disbelief about Catholic teachings about death, resurrection, and the rebirth to eternal life. Moreover, the Church instructs that reverence be given to the body of the deceased. While cremains are now allowed to be present during the funeral Mass, they must then be interred properly. The Catholic Church still prohibits the scattering of ashes or the practice of keeping them in a family member’s home or even a bank vault. The cremated remains should rest in an urn, to be placed in a (preferably Catholic) cemetery or placed in a niche in a columbarium.

The Chapel opened and was Blessed and dedicated on November 1, 2015 by the Bishop of Brooklyn, Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio. Theresa Landy has been the manager since June 2015. Once, even the most hesitant persons enter this beautiful Chapel, their perspective on cremation is changed forever! The sound of the beautiful music and the running waterfall fountain give the chapel a sense of serenity and peace. The columbarium offers four sub-chapels of niches, each adorned by a stained glass Blessed Mother as she appeared to different groups over the centuries: Our Lady of China, Our Lady of Pompeii, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of Grace. Some people select their niche based on which image of the Blessed Mother they resonate with. Others choose their niches based on the proximity of etched glass saints. The chapels have benches for praying and meditation. Mass is celebrated daily in the Chapel, and Regina Pacis parishioners pray for the deceased. On Fridays the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is offered for adoration. St. Joseph Chapel and Columbarium offers Memorial walls and cenotaphs for those who have family members buried elsewhere, in a section named “We Unite in Prayer for Those Resting Elsewhere”.

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YC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island has been receiving high praise for its health services since its rebuilding and rebirth after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. The former Coney Island Hospital has been recognized as a “High Performing” hospital in heart failure according to a ranking by U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year. The recognition signifies that the hospital performed significantly better in heart failure than the national average for hospitals. “It is an honor to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our high-quality care for heart failure,” said William Brown, chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. “We see the recognition in our patients’ faces for the compassionate and expert care we provide every day.

This external recognition reaffirms the high quality of our care.” And this all follows the Aug. 22 opening of a new state-of-the-art outpatient diagnostic center and women’s health imaging suite. Brown had hosted the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony explaining that it had taken a long time for the hospital to recover from Hurricane Sandy and how the new suite represents the resiliency of the hospital and the community as a whole. “NYC Health + Hospitals/ Coney Island has been committed to providing high-quality medical care since the hospital initially opened and served as a first aid station in 1875,” said Brown. “We have never veered from that commitment, even when tested by natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy, which flooded the hospital and devastated the surrounding areas in 2012.” The Outpatient Diagnostic Center/Women’s Health

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Pastor, Monsignor Joseph start ofJune the monthly Civil War On Memorial Day, was the ledNagle, who just marked his Brooklyn historian Ronald Schweiger. special salute to the PTA/PAs that serve all start Sunday of the Civil this cemetery On Memorial Day,13th the 40th Nagle, who just as marked his past with War a posse hosted its anniversary a memOnitsSunday, atclergy. 12:30 p.m., sothe public schools in foot District The laudatopast Sunday with a posse cemetery 13th June 40th anniversary as athe memof mounted cavalry, sol- 20.annual freehosted concert with ber of22, the ciety will be celebrating its 134th anniversary session will take place on Wednesday, June of mounted cavalry,bayonets, foot sol- the annual concert Band with ber of the clergy. diers with muskets, ISO free Symphonic ••• ry atdirector, the Bay Ridge 476 76th Street. 11, at with 7 sabers, p.m., at color P.S./I.S. 30, 7001 Fourth Avediers muskets, bayonets, the Symphonic Band ••• swords, guards, led byISO founder and The Manor, Fort Hamilton High The keynoter for the occasion will be society nue. swords, sabers, color guards, led by founder and director, The Fort Hamilton High drummers and ladies in Civil Bay Ridge Maestro Brian School Alumni Association courtesy of the U.S. Navy member and New York State Supreme Court ItPhoto an opportunity for parents drummers andbe Bay Ridge Maestro Brian School Alumni Association W a will r McCain - also r a Photo Worsdale. Several members held its recent pre-show John asladies in eCivil courtesy of the U.S. Justice Arthur Schack will be from other schools to see interior of Senate. young Wa a r - Navy e rthe a of Worsdale. Several members held its recent pre-show the band are current and annual dinner atwho Chadwick’s Senator John McCain. talking about the history of the the district's newest school that was Lieutenant. of the band are current and Restaurant, annual dinner 8822 at Chadwick’s former graduates of Fort Third Boy Scouts, prominent Eagle built on the former site of the Bay former of Fort Avenue. Restaurant, 8822 Hamiltongraduates High School. The dinner was Third hoste join the nation- Church couple of appearances in Scouts, and since he was Ridge United Methodist Hamilton High Avenue. TheAlice dinnerFarkouh, was host-a •••School. ed by Dr. held a press wide mourning former attorney for Major (aka the Green Church). Bay Ridge. HeMichael ••• Connors, the ed past by Dr. Alice of Farkouh, principal FHHS conference which we atfor Arizona Baseball, a few *** Michael partner Connors, theLeague past principal of FHHS founding and and the current president Senator Johnabsolute McCain. He tended with local business hits, runs and strikes. What an terriffounding partner and and the current president president of the Connors of the Alumni Association. a great American, leaders in the Windows We Also the proic was turnout for the street president of law the firm, Connors of the Alumni Association. and is Farkouh is on gallant patriot, naval hero Are Showroom atSullivan 9110 Third gram will be former co-naming ceremonies in and Sullivan law firm, is new Kings com-is Farkouh and truly “an officer and Avenue, the where his focus County Brooklyn Borough Preshonor of the late, great the new County War comof Kings the Catholic was onmander federal assistance gentlemen,” in every sense ident Marty Markowitz Tom Kane. The block that mander of theyear, Catholic War Veterans. Last Connors of the words. for homeowners. discussing his new role Kane grew up on 88th Veterans. Last year, Connors received the “Veteran of dress. Back in April of 2008, After the presser conas vice president of borstreet near Colonial Road received the “Veteran of dress. Year”walked Award from reenactors. We along cluded, for the British duringtagged his presidential the senator ough promotion and enwas formally dedicated the Year”corner Award from We tagged for BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/ the New York State the grand procession campaign as the GOP along nom- that up to the southwest gagement for NYC and Tom Kane Way and was Photos by Ted General the New York State the procession that ofFourth the CWV. passed throughout the acemeinee,grand Sen. McCain made of 91st division Street and Avenue with state Sen. 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Patrick's Church and a personal dinner dance on through the pathways, there anniversawere uniformed re-enactors Thursday eve- reportedly ordered a $3 hosted a 242ndContact Sherman Silverman at 718-748friend. pizza, ry commemoration of the Thursday were uniformed re-enactors June 2,eveat slice of pepperoni -soldiers standing guard, ning, 3165 or send him a check payable to the A host of dignitaries were on hand to join handed the pizza maker a Battle of Brooklyn which ning,p.m., Juneat2,the at -- soldiersand standing musicians singersguard, per- 7:30 of Old Brooklynites, 340 aMarine Kane's family, friends associates on this $20 bill and told him to keep included parade toAvethe top 7:30 p.m., at theSociety musicians singers Polonaise Terrace, forming Civiland War songs.andpernue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. auspicious occasion. City Councilmember the change. of Battle Hill. The parade Polonaise Terrace, forming Civildrew War thousands songs. 150 Greenpoint The event * * * was led by the United States Vinnie Gentile -- who ensured full Coun150 Greenpoint Our heartfelt condolences The event drew thousands Avenue. of relatives, Civil War buffs, the Former Science Assistant Principal and a cil approved the co-naming, wrote in the proAvenue. of relatives,historians Civil War buffs, This year, the group amateur and past Bay Ridge Community Council Presigram, "A lifelong Bay Ridge resident, Tom's Thisbeyear, the group amateur historians and will honoring its genealogists, local residents dent, Tom Greene was back at Denyse Wharf tremendous contributions and achievements be honoring its genealogists, residents willNational Commander and hundreds local of out-ofand the adjoining small beach under the left an indelible mark on the community he National and hundreds of out-ofFredCommander Schwally, towners. According shadow of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for loved so much." Fred Schwally, According New York State totowners. cemetery hishis group's 25th Bi-Annual Wharf and Beach Close friend Frankie Marra sang and New York State to cemetery Commander torian, authorhisCleanup. he was joined played "Forever torian, author Young" by Bob Dylan. Kane Commander J o h This n year, and attorney the Principal of by 75 high BY AMY COHEN, COUNCILMEMBER MARK TREYGER school and grade school volunteers. was a big, big Dylan fan! J o h n and attorney the Principal of Keyes and the A. Fantis parochial Jeffrey school & COUNCILMEMBER JUSTIN BRANNAN Greene continues to press efforts to estab* * * Keyespast and on Jeffrey theSchermerhorn A. 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Please call our mommy Stephanie 732-864-5990.” animals they save, their rescue creates space at Stephanie 732-864-5990.” the shelter—thus giving another shelter cat or JASPER, DARWIN, AND VESTA – three year old, dog an opportunity to await a chance for adoption JASPER, DARWIN, – three year old spayed, neutered with AND shots,VESTA affectionate cats need or rescue and thereby potentially saving yetThese anbattle for children’s safety isn’t fully over. spayed, neutered with shots, affectionate cats need new home due to legal action against a tenant. other life. loving Thehome Senate still job towhich do, and Senator Golden has a new duehastoacats, legal action against aare tenant. These wonderful, are loved, white with The group’s mission is to would help you find the particular responsibility to ensure the Senate passes thewhite wonderful, loving cats, which are loved, with some black or gray, and two love toare go toperfect a good furry companion forin your and to legislation is sitting front offamily it.would some black or gray, and two love to help go toevery a good home as athat pair. They are brothers and sister rescued as animal they rescue find forever it deserves. The senator's (or refusal) to dateaisand ahome permanent home as a pair. They arethe brothers sister rescued as kittens from afailure backyard. Mistie, tuxedo cat, is a big The foster home network allows itTroyens44@ to become staingroup’s on his legacy, and therelaid can be no full redemption kittens from a backyard. Mistie, aContact tuxedo cat, is a big couch potato and very back. fully with each of back. the City available cats and at thisfamiliar stage. Still,and he owes it tolaid New York kids, even couch potato very Contact Troyens44@ belatedly, to do the right thing. There is some virtue in a dogs and helps ensure the best possible match with mitigating the damage he’s already caused.Friends is a memadoptive families. Zani’s Furry “Hi, I’m Tali, a gorgeous, white long-haired cat in search and it’sAlliance we need to write this, Partner ber of thehome Mayor’s and a 11 New Hope “Hi, I’m Tali, a gorgeous, white long-haired cat search of aAdditionally, new to callshocking my own. I’m years old in but still he needs toAnimal show thatCare he actually understands whyYork this City. with the & Control of New of a new myleft. own.I’m I’mstrictly 11 years old butcat. stil have quitehome a lot to of call spunk an indoor fight is important to many He needsSunday are Cat and Dog New Adoptions Every at have a lotyour ofsospunk left.Yorkers. I’mI strictly anItoonly indoor cat IThere won’tquite scratch furniture up, promise. have demonstrate this by stoppingAvenue, his own reckless driving Petco, 1280 Lexington between East 86th I won’t scratch yourbeen furniture I promise. have back claws. I have livingup, with my momI only all these in the neighborhood. and 87th Streets in Manhattan from 12:30backEast claws. I there have been living withbaby my is mom all these years, but now is a toddler. The sweet, but I Murad Awawdeh recently tooksoon. to social media to let the 5:30pm. Hope to see you years, but now there is afingers toddler. Thegrab babymy is sweet, but I am not used to pinching that tail. I need community know that Senator Golden almost hit one of not where used toI pinching fingers that grab my tail. need aam space can be the queen. Can you find a Iplace his family members. This is (at least) the third time in the ***queen. a space where I can be the Can you find a place for me in your quiet home?” last few months that the senator was publicly HEY JUDE...WOOF WOOF: “I am identified heartbroken to for me in your quiet home?” Kim 718-344-9697 endangering our neighbors with his driving. give up my two half-Pointer-mix, 10-month-old pups. Kim 718-344-9697 Add thisand ontoTyson his already long record of reckless driv- around. Sabrina love to play ball and run PURRFECT All of Jenny’s rescued kitties ing and we start toMEWS: get a sense of thelap scope of thelove problem. Both pups love people, are dogs, to sit with PURRFECT MEWS: All of Jenny’s kitties have been adopted into loving homes. TheSabrina message togives Senator Golden and his colleagues isrescued clear: you. kisses but sometimes gives a lithave been adopted into loving homes. go back to Albany and pass the speed camera bill — and when tle love bite before kisses. She hates the vacuum you’re in the nabe, drive like kids live here, because they do. and barks at it. Tyson loves people, loves to play and Amy Cohen is a founding member of Families for Safe watch his sister play ball. He loves to play tug of Streets. Councilmember Mark Treyger represents the 47th war. They are lap pups. He also makes noises like Council District. Councilmember Justin Brannan represents Chewbacca from ‘Star Wars.’ It is very cute. I am in the 43rd Council District. Lynbrook, New York.” – Jackie, 516-6980-5669.




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Focus on Bay Ridge By Charles F. Otey

Golden, Gentile Started Out As Bay Ridge Civic Leaders Lesson for Political Newcomers: Serve Community Before You Serve Yourself

Now that we’re heavily into the political season and there are some fine candidates whose names appear on the primary and regular November election ballots, potential voters may be looking for a way to evaluate those who seek their support. Maybe we can help. Some candidates are self-minted — then self-cheered — due to the often-misleading magic of the internet, where everyone is allowed to say just about anything about themselves or each other.

Bay Ridge remains the city’s premier volunteer neighborhood and this characteristic helps to explain why this it has been cited as the best place for families to live and raise children. That said, this week I’m going to go to my Bay Ridge volunteer photo album and present some images of two outstanding volunteers who went on to extended and successful careers as elected officials — former state Sen. and Councilmember Vincent Gentile and former Councilmember and current state Sen. Marty Golden.

Volunteer Vincent Paints Hydrant in Early Clean-Up: Then-civic volunteer Vincent Gentile (right) takes a paintbrush to a rusty fire hydrant on 13th Avenue along with civic leaders (left to right) Jane Kelly, Anthony Ceretti and Gloria Melnick at a Greater Bay Ridge Clean-Up back in 1994. Photos courtesy of Chuck Otey

Councilmember Golden Forms Massive Food Convoy to Aid 9/11 Workers: Capitalizing on his NYPD and catering backgrounds, then-Councilmember Marty Golden (left) organized a “Food to the Workers on the 9/11 Pile” effort that helped send tons of food and other necessities to first responders working at Ground Zero. Volunteers from as far away as the Carolinas drove up to his office on Third Avenue to join in the convoys. At far right is NYPD Lt. James Woods. Gentile, Golden Join in a Third Avenue Clean-Up: Often, as shown above, state Sen. Marty Golden (standing, far right) and Councilmember Vincent Gentile (at left of emcee Chuck Otey) would get together for clean-ups and other civic endeavors for the good of the community. Gentile served as councilmember until he was turned out by term limits in 2017. The careers of both men underscore the Greater Bay Ridge community’s preference for true local leaders with solid civic records. Also shown (left to right) are then-Bay Ridge Community Council President Gloria Melnick, Cheryl Kamen, James Vavas, then-Assemblymember Joan Millman and Merchants of Third Avenue President Bob Howe. Marty Helped Launch Bay Ridge CleanUps: As shown at left, then-civic leader Marty Golden (far left) helped launch the popular Bay Ridge Clean-Up Campaign with (left to right) retired Justice Gerard Rosenberg, Merchants of Third Avenue Vice President Jay Sessa, Merchants Executive Secretary Chuck Otey, then-U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari and Ralph Perfetto, who, by the way, at the age of 83 announced his re-entry into party politics.

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erry Kassar is the latest member of Sen. Marty Golden’s Many of us, myself included, have lived here for decades. Perhaps if Kassar chose to leave his political bubble, he staff to mischaracterize Fight Back Bay Ridge, a group I belong to. Golden’s office often attempts to silence our would realize this; instead, he criticizes us for not belongfree speech because we operate outside of the frameworks ing to the same system—swamp, if you will—as him and for politics Golden controls. his friends. Kassar spent nearly 40 percent of a recent column detailDemocracy doesn’t require established political clubs, ing his political pedigree. This demonstrates that Kassar channels, or mentors. What upsets Kassar, it appears, is thinks there’s a “right way” to engage in community politics: the participatory democracy our group stands for. We distribute literature, pay your dues, rise through the ranks. organize collectively and non-hierarchically, decide on This is one way, but not the only way. It’s not even the projects that we deem worthy, and work to enact them. most democratic way. Kassar describes a proverbial Good Some of these actions are political; many are not. Ol’ Boys club of folks who “all knew each other,” which There’s no hostility in our approach. We pass out free leaves no space for anyone outside their friend group to items and flyers. We have organized peaceful demonstraparticipate. tions, community town halls, trainings and other events. We Our group is comprised of residents, and though Kassar talk to our neighbors about their concerns in the community presumes otherwise, most aren’t new to the neighborhood. – something Kassar and his friends might want to try.

We had no scuffle with a hair salon; John Quaglione fabricated this to distract from the materials we distributed about Golden’s driving record. Colleen Golden, realizing this, publicly apologized to our group. Because Golden’s office cannot address the veracity of our message, they attack the messenger. What’s truly uncivil and undemocratic is Golden’s staff’s attacks on a group that is just—as he acknowledges—working for change in our neighborhood. Kassar feeds the divisive fire, under the guise of calling for civility. Perhaps he should stop writing columns designed to turn neighbor against neighbor, and instead address the concerns that cause our group to exist in the first place. If he shoved over, he’d find there’s room at the table for everyone. Mallory McMahon Fight Back Bay Ridge

Arrest in Wrong-Way Crash on Verrazano; Two Police Officers Injured BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM


ops a rreste d a 47-year-old man on multiple charges following a vehicle pursuit that involved the alleged perp driving against traffic on the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. According to the police, the alleged perp faces a laundry list of charges including possession of drugs and assault on a police officer. Authorities say that on Monday, August 27 at

around 5:07 p.m., the sus- charged with two counts of assault on a police offipect, Staten Island resident Peter Guarneri, was driv- cer, two counts of felony assault, reckless endaning a 1999 Ford Econoline van which was allegedly germent, three counts of stolen in the wrong di- assisting arrests, three rection in the upper-level, counts of obstructing govStaten Island-bound lanes ernmental administration, when he crashed into an unmarked NYPD car, injuring two police officers that were inside. The officers are currently hospiebrooklyn media/Photos by Loudlabs NYC talized in stable Traffic was delayed on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge after condition and the the collision. collision led to significant delays motor vehicle, criminal of a controlled substance three counts possession of stolen propof fleeing an during rush hour. and aggravated unlicensed A scene from the Monday evening crash officer in a Guarneri has been on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. erty, criminal possession operator.




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Officials Celebrate Agreement To Bring Friendship Archway to Sunset Park BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM


he wait is finally coming to an end. On T u e s d a y, August 29, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Borough President Eric Adams held a ceremony that cemented a formal agreement that will bring the long awaited Friendship Archway in Sunset Park, making it the first of its kind in New York City. The archway is slated to be installed across Eighth Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets, in the neighborhood’s Chinatown. During the ceremony, Adams was joined by former Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brookly n Borough Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Keith Bray, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York Qiang Wang, Sino American New York Brooklyn Archway Association Corp. President Winnie Greco and others. “This is not merely a statue or monument. It is a coming of age for the Chinese community,” Adams said. “It is a symbol of strength and respect for your community.” At times, he added, the process was “extremely challenging. There were days we were frustrated. There were days we wanted to give up.” The archway will be 40 feet tall and 12 feet wide, and the name of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed in the line of duty in 2014, will be inscribed upon it. “We will always remember Officer Liu and his family for their commitment

The group gathered for the ceremony. and dedication to this city,” added Adams. “No one will visit Sunset Park without seeing his name and no one will visit the city without understanding how proud we are to be proud of your community.” Liu’s widow, Pei Xia Chen, was at the ceremony, with their daughter Angelina. “Having my husband’s name displayed on this archway will make the Liu family very proud of the sacrifice their son, my husband, made in keeping the city of New York safe,” she said. “Anytime my daughter and I pass it, I’ll remind her of how this is dedicated. She will know and understand the honor that has been bestowed upon her father.” The arch, speakers said, is an important symbol of diversity. “All of us who celebrate diversity in Brooklyn and in New York City and in our United States of America as opposed to the current occupant that sits in the White House believe in the diversity of America,” noted

A rendering of the archway.

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Markowitz. “We are fortunate to have a mayor in Bill

de Blasio who also understood the importance of this

archway and providing the kind of cultural celebration that the Chinese-American community deserves.” Assemblymember Felix Ortiz agreed, telling this paper that the archway, “Represents that Sunset Park has become the second largest Chinese community outside of Chinatown. I believe this community deserves the respect. They are hardworking immigrants that come to this country like any other immigrant looking for a dream and the opportunity and democracy we provide.” The idea of the archway dates back to the late ‘90s, he added. “Borough President Marty Markowitz and I, at that point, joined forces with the people of the Asian

community not just in Sunset Park, but throughout the city in order to begin to have a conversation about this,” he said. “It is just amazing that it took that long to see the light at the end of the tunnel but I’m very pleased and proud.” Although there is no set date for when construction will begin, Adams stressed the significance the future landmark will have. “This archway will be the gateway for all who visit New York City, a symbol of your strength,” he said. “When you build a monument of this magnitude, you will leave a symbol for generations to come. This is a very important moment for America, for Brooklyn and for the Chinese community.”

Election Open House: State Senate Candidate Criticized for Entering TwoFamily House Uninvited in Search of Votes BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK & HELEN KLEIN MMCGOLDRICK@ BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM


local candidate is coming under fire on Facebook after one potential constituent posted that the hopeful himself walked into his Bay Ridge home uninvited late last week. On Friday, August 24, Ridge resident Amir Noor alleged in a Facebook group called “The One and Ross Barkan. Only Bay Ridge, Brooklyn” that Ross Barkan – one of on to explain that, instead two Democratic candidates of ringing the doorbell or hoping to unseat State Sen- knocking on the door, the ator Marty Golden come candidate simply let himNovember – simply walked self in. Noor told this paper into his two-family home that Barkan had turned the hoping to score his vote. doorknob on the closed “[Ross Barkan] just let but unlocked door to gain himself into my house access to the home. to ask me to vote for him. “I asked [what] he was Didn’t even ring the door- doing and he handed me a bell,” Noor wrote. flyer and said he’s looking The resident – who, for someone. Presumably while speaking to this whoever was on his campaper about the incident, paign list,” Noor wrote. referred to the definition “And I told him to leave.” of the word “trespassing” Noor told this paper that – called Barkan’s unexpect- he thought it was his little ed drop-by “insane.” brother coming home, and In the comments section that he instead found Barof Facebook, Noor went kan standing in his second

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floor hallway. “He left right away but how do you trespass and expect to get votes?” Noor asked. In the follow-up to Noor’s post — which evoked extended commentary on Facebook — Barkan messaged Noor to apologize, writing, “I saw your message and wanted to sincerely apologize for coming up to your door unannounced on Friday. While I did ring the doorbell, I did not wait long enough and took advantage of an open door to walk up the stairs. This was wrong on my part and I am very sorry for intruding on

your time. I was hoping to introduce myself and tell you about my campaign... but this was not the way to do it. I am hoping we can meet again under different circumstances. Again, I am very sorry.” Barkan’s campaign manager, Zohran Mamdani, contended that the candidate did ring the bell and knock on the “main door” of the home. “Last week, Ross was knocking doors as he always does. He rang the bell and knocked on the main door of a walk-up apartment. The main door was open and Ross walked up to the second floor so he could knock on the actual apartment door, as often times these bells are broken,” Mamdani told this paper in a statement. “Once he knocked on the apartment door, the voter expressed displeasure and Ross apologized and left.” The Democratic primary is Sept. 13. The contest in the 22nd Senate District will pit Barkan against Andrew Gounardes, with the winner taking on Golden on Nov. 6. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Barkan, Gounardes Battle over Campaign Financing

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Democrats Andrew Gounardes (left) and Ross Barkan each sought to portray himself as the true grassroots candidate in the primary race as they debated in Bensonhurst on Aug. 28. BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


emocrats Ross Barkan and Andrew Gounardes sparred over campaign financing and other issues at a Bensonhurst debate as each man sought to portray himself as the candidate with the strongest grassroots support heading into the Sept. 13 primary that will determine which of the two will be the party’s standard bearer against Republican incumbent Marty Golden in the 22nd State Senate District in November. Barkan, a political journalist making his first run at public office, charged that Gounardes has accepted campaign contributions from fat cats, something that Barkan said he has refused to do. “You take money from the kind of people who profit from a broken system,” he told Gounardes during the debate, which took place at

the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn at 1787 Stillwell Ave. on Aug. 28. Gounardes, a lawyer who serves as chief counsel to Borough President Eric Adams, shot back that a sizeable number of his donors, 41 percent, live in the 22nd District and said that the vast majority of his donations were $100 or less. By contrast, Gounardes said, Barkan has raised money from donors in Manhattan. “My opponent is the Park Avenue candidate. I’m the Bay Parkway candidate,” Gounardes said. The winner of the primary will be the Democratic Party’s nominee and will run against Golden in the Nov. 6 general election. The 22nd District runs from Bay Ridge to Marine Park and includes parts of Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend. Golden, a retired cop, won the Senate seat in November of 2002, took office in January of 2003, and is running for

re-election. The debate, which was moderated by Kadia Goba, senior political reporter for BKLYNER, drew a large crowd comprised largely of partisans from the Barkan and Gounardes camps. On major issues facing the district, including speed cameras in school zones, senior housing, mass transit and immigration, Barkan and Gounardes were in agreement. Both men support reactivating speed cameras, building more senior housing units, overhauling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and combating hateful rhetoric aimed at immigrants. The debate came down to contrasting styles. Throughout the evening, Barkan tried to paint Gounardes as the establishment, big money candidate hopelessly out of touch with grassroots Southwest Brooklyn politics. Gounardes has raised more money than Barkan

and enjoys the lion’s share of endorsements from citywide and local elected officials. At the same time, Barkan sought to present himself as the true grassroots candidate un-tethered to the political establishment and said that he will be able to act independently in Albany. Barkan also pointed out that Gounardes ran against Golden in 2012 and lost to the Republican incumbent in a year in which Barack Obama was at the top of the Democratic ticket. “We can’t keep doing what we have been doing before and expect a different result,” Barkan said. Gounardes fought back by pointing to his history of grassroots activism in Bay Ridge. Gounardes is a co-founder of Bay Ridge Cares, an organization that helped victims of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and holds fundraising events for cancer patients. He also

founded Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe, or BRAKES, a group that pushes for pedestrian safety measures on streets. In addition, Gounardes is a former member of Community Board 10 and is a past president of the Bay Ridge Historical Society. “Judge me on my record,” he said. G ou na rdes vowe d that if elected to the state Senate, he would work to come up with solutions for problems like health care, student debt, overcrowded schools, mass transit and traffic safety. He proposed a G.I. Bill for senior citizens to enable older adults to return to college and said he would push for tax credits for caregivers of senior citizens and disabled people. Barkan said he would also work to solve issues like health care, overcrowded schools and the deteriorating subway system. He vowed to help clean up corruption in the state capital by sponsoring legislation

to ban lawmakers from earning outside income while in office and banning corporate campaign donations. “There’s a lot we can do to get money out of politics,” he said, adding that big bucks can have a corrupting influence. Gounardes boasted that he has built a strong coalition of support, not just from elected officials and unions, but from everyday citizens of the 22nd District and predicted that he can topple Golden. “After 15 years of the status quo, enough is enough. We demand new leadership. It’s time to take our community back,” he said. Golden figured prominently in Barkan’s remarks, too. He recalled that he made his decision to run for state Senate on Election Day, 2016. “On the same day Donald Trump was elected president, Marty Golden had no opponent. It got me thinking something is wrong here,” he said.

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Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams Wants to Make a Difference in Albany BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM


rooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams is running for lieutenant governor with gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, hoping to defeat incumbent Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in the Sept. 13 primary. Williams, a Democrat representing Flatbush and part of Canarsie, has earned the support of progressive groups including the Working Families Party and the New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN). Williams, a long-time advocate for affordable housing and gun control, was elected to the 45th City Council District in 2009, defeating incumbent Kendall Stewart in a six-way race, then re-elected in 2013 and 2017. He has served as deputy leader of the New York City Council, and chaired the Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings. He also co-chaired the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, and was a founding member the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. Williams took the time to answer some questions for this newspaper. Spectator: Do you think the recent attacks directed at you by Hochul are because they are really taking your challenge seriously in Albany? Williams: I believe that the establishment, corporate Democrats, realize the way they have done things for too long is out of favor. And now that that’s out of favor, they are trying to show that they are activists and are a part of the resistance which is quite amusing to those of us who have long been part of the resistance. Spectator: Lieutenant Governor Hochul has said that you have not consistently supported women’s rights. How do you respond to that? Williams: I think when people don’t like the information they have, they use their imagination.

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City Councilmember Jumaane Williams. Thankfully, my voting record and everything I’ve done on women’s reproductive justice is public information and we’re proud to have a lot of pro-choice supporters supporting me because they know that I have always supported a woman’s rights to seek a legal abortion. Spectator: Are you encouraged by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent win over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley? Williams: I really believe that everybody of moral conscience would be excited about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ win, except for those Democrats who were about incumbency protection over actually protecting the people. I believe that we don’t have Donald Trump now because of Republicans. They voted for a bigot and that’s what they were supposed to do. The Democrats did not do what they were supposed to do and so those Democrats tried raising

money for incumbency protection. Because if it was left to them we would not have an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But those of us who have been trying to change the dynamic of the Democratic Party are all very excited because leadership takes vision, it takes risk and it takes courage. And we haven’t seen much of that in the Democratic Party in a very long time. Spectator: Please explain your views on the best way to stop gun-related violence. Williams: Most of what we hear politicians like the governor speak about are about stopping the flow of guns in our communities. That’s very important but that’s a very easy talking point because the governor has a favorite enemy, the NRA, and particularly the leadership of the NRA and people like Trump. That’s an easy target, even for the lieutenant governor who got an A

rating from the NRA and voted for reciprocity for concealed carriers. The hardest part people talk about is the demand side [which] deals with the underlying issues that are causing gun violence. To begin with, treating it like a public health crisis takes resources and dedication. The governor has pretty much done none of that and the lieutenant governor doesn’t even speak of it because of her lack of knowledge of what it actually means. In New York City where we took a direct role in addressing the demand side of violence by looking at it differently, treating it holistically, and putting resources on the ground, we’ve seen marked results in dealing with gun violence and even how policing is dealing with gun violence. That hasn’t happened on a state level. So you don’t see the same improvement or the same results in the rest of the state.

Spectator: You have loudly voiced your opinion standing up against Trump’s aggressive deportation agenda. Please explain your views on this. Williams: Last year, on Jan. 20 at 12 noon, I invited everyone to join me in front of Trump Tower. I said we have to resist from day one. Most Democratic elected officials did not come. A few did and I thanked them. Donald Trump was clear in what he wanted to do. And we’ve seen this throughout history where they come for one person and then it branches out. We were going after the “bad hombres,” and then we were going after legal immigrants and even stripping people of their natural citizenship. And that’s the way fascism works; that’s the way this kind of regime works. Spectator: You were recently found guilty of obstructing an ambulance during a protest involving immigration activist Ravi

Ragbir. You were afraid he would be deported so you stood in front of the FDNY vehicle which was transporting him. Why was it so important for you to put yourself on the line in this matter? Williams: That wasn’t a planned act. That was a moment in time when something illegal and immoral was happening, and if you did not act something bad was going to happen. And thankfully 18 of us did that. I thought it was important to take it to court because of that. Spectator: You’ve been in the news recently regarding $10,000 in back taxes you owe. Would you want to clear this matter up? Williams: We have been talking about what our campaign is and making contrast with who the lieutenant governor is. And in one fell swoop, they proved it with an ad basically saying that the mere existence of debt disqualifies you from being able to run for office. I think that three quarters of Americans are in debt. I’ve been open and honest about these issues for years. A lot of what they are saying is exaggerated and we plan to explain it all at some point, but I think it’s very interesting just to have it out there because it really shows who the lieutenant governor is. Spectator: Recent polls have you in a near tie with Hochul. If you win, how would you turn the role of lieutenant governor, which some people view as ceremonial, into a more active position? Williams: The current lieutenant governor has treated the job as primarily ribbon-cuttings and showing up to events. I want to be an active part of government in this state. You know, there’s a public advocate in New York City but there is nothing like that in Albany and I think people are suffering because of that. I want to fundamentally change what the role of the lieutenant governor does in the state of New York.

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Brooklyn 62nd Precinct Police Officer Chris Matthews Participates in NYPD Boxing Benefit BY JOHN ALEXANDER

to participate because it was a fundraising event to raise money for the Cops and Kids program. “It’s a great opportunity for inner city kids to have a place to go to in order to stay off the streets,” Matthews said. “They get to learn discipline and showcase the talents that



o Adrian! Rocky has nothing on Police Officer Chris Matthews of the 62nd Precinct, who competed in the 2018 Brooklyn Brawl Smoker held in the parking lot of Gargiulo’s restaurant and catering hall on West 15th Street between Surf and Mermaid Avenues in Coney Island on Thursday, August 23. Matthews is following in the footsteps of his father, retired Captain Charles Matthews. His father, a captain with the New York City Department of Correction’s Emergency Service Unit and helped found the department’s “Boldest Boxing” team in 2010. He was also the first boxer to represent the Department of Correction in the 2010 championship at Madison Square Garden. “My father had started the Corrections boxing team, so when I joined the NYPD I wanted to box on the NYPD side,” Matthews told this paper. Matthews, who works

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Al Schneider ready to make contact with Chris Matthews in boxing match. in the precinct covering Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend, won his bout against challenger Al Schneider from Ozone Park, Queens’ 106th Precinct. This was Matthews’ second boxing bout for the NYPD. The Brookly n-bornand-raised 23-year-old Matthews, who’s been on the force for a year and a half, was especially happy

NYPD 62nd Precinct Police Officer Chris Matthews in boxing ring with Al Schneider of the 106th Precinct.

Al Schneider lands a punch with Chris Matthews during their boxing bout.

they have.” Cops and Kids currently has a gym in Bedford-Stuyvesant and is planning to open another one in the Bronx.

NYPD 62nd Precinct Police Officer Chris Matthews holding trophy after winning boxing match with Al Schneider of the 106th Precinct. Over 1,000 spectators crowded the parking lot’s makeshift boxing ring with all four of its corners lit by police floodlights. Spectators came to watch members of the NYPD, ESU and Department of Corrections and Police Academy cadets, as well as two police officers from Great Britain, participate in the eight bouts. There were raffles, a hot dog eating contest, and live music. But the best prize of all was watching one of Brooklyn’s own claim victory in the boxing ring.

Cyclones Finish Strong but Miss Playoffs by Half a Game BY JIM DOLAN “I want these guys to finish strong,” said Cyclone Manager Edgardo Alfonzo as the season was winding down to a close during the last week of the schedule. However after taking “one step forward and two steps back” for the last two weeks of the season, the Cyclones faced an uphill battle “to finish strong” against the first place Hudson Valley Renegades and the third place Staten Island Yankees for a wild card spot for the playoffs. After the Renegades beat the Cyclones in two of three games during a Coney Island home stand in which 45-29 Hudson Valley clinched first place in the McNamara Division, Brooklyn had to close the season with rival Staten Island in another three-game set. Fortunately, the Cyclones did play “strong” to end the season, winning two of their last three games, but came up short by half a game when the 41-35 Pinckney Division Auburn Doubledays beat out 40-35 Brooklyn for the wild card playoff spot on Labor Day, the last day of the season. Reiterating that he wanted his players to improve so that the team would get better with the playoffs perhaps a bonus, Fonzie was pleased with the effort that his team showed during a very tight race for the last playoff spot. “These guys showed that they can play at the next level for a full season team,” said Fonzie referring to the Mets’ Low-A team, the Columbia Fireflies in South Carolina of the South Atlantic League. As far as team pitching is concerned, the Cyclones came in second in the New York Penn League with a team ERA of 3.23, just in back of Staten Island with an impressive 2.59 ERA for first place. Oddly enough, the Cyclones had the top-winning pitcher in the league, middle inning reliever All Star Billy Oxford

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The 2018 Brooklyn Cyclones finished in second place in the New York Penn League’s McNamara Division, just a half of game shy of making the playoffs as a wild card with a record of 40-35. with a record of 8-1 and a 1.34 ERA. On his fortuitous finish as a relief pitcher over all the other starters in the league, Oxford exclaimed, “It’s really wild to think that as a reliever, I finished with the best record; it’s just crazy!” In addition to Oxford, the Cyclones also had All Star Jaison Vilera finish at the top of the league with a first place finish in three pitching categories with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP along 78 strikeouts. Close to Vilera for the best ERA was Christian James (4-2) who finished with a 2.01 ERA

for second best in the league. In the category of team batting, the Cyclones finished first in the league with a team batting average of .258, just one point ahead of Staten Island at .257. In particular, Cyclone All Star outfielder Ross Adolph finished “strong.” He raised his batting average to .276 as he smacked his 12th league-leading triple in his last game of the season as the outfielder from Toledo went three for four in the Cyclones’ 5-4 finale over Staten Island.

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Our Living History: Green-Wood Celebrates the 242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM


he American forces were ready for battle against the British redcoats on Sunday, August

was the first battle of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The yearly reenactment at Green-Wood pays tribute to the 2,000 brave American

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26 as Green-Wood Cemetery commemorated the Battle of Brooklyn by staging a stunning reenactment of the events that took place upon Battle Hill. Green-Wood Cemetery hosted an entire day of events and activities celebrating the heroes of the August, 1776 battle that raged across Brooklyn. It

troops who fought a British army three times their size in the open field. The greatest triumph of the Battle of Brooklyn, the Revolutionary War’s largest battle, took place on what is now Battle Hill in Green-Wood, where patriots pushed British forces off the summit and held it against two counter attacks despite being badly outnumbered. “It is an honor to pay tribute to the heroic soldiers who

fought here,” said Richard Moylan,

president of Green-Wood. “We join with the greater Brooklyn and New York City communities today in remembrance of the sacrifices made for our freedom 242 years ago.” Despite their valiant efforts, the patriots ultimately lost the battle, though a small regiment known as

the Maryland 400 were able to distract the British as George Washington’s Continental Army made its escape and eventually went on to win the war. Spectators at GreenWood also witnessed living history programs, including military drills and a weapons demonstration featuring reenactments of battles with actors dressed as American and British soldiers meeting on the battlefield. There were rifle and cannon demonstrations, along with reenactors

intermingling in character with those in attendance while happily posing for photos. The day’s events also included a trolley tour of Green-Wood’s notable Revolutionary War-related sites, led by GreenWood historia n Jef f Richman and independent historian and author Barnet Schecter. The commemorative ceremony took place in front of the monument and Altar to Liberty, which was presented to the people of Brooklyn by donor Charles Higgins. The monument stands atop the highest point in Brooklyn where the battle was fought. “It’s always a memorable and dramatic experience to attend Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn,” Ted General, first vice-president of the Society of Old Brooklynites, told this paper. “The re-enactors do a remarkable job making early American history come alive! It makes us all remember the sacrifices of our early patriots to secure freedom for this great nation.”

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