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Coney Island Fireworks Kick Off the New Year with Pizzazz SEE PAGE 4

Polar Bears Take New Year’s Plunge PAGE 6INB

86th Street Nathan’s to Close on Jan. 6 • PAGE 3

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ra n k s for t he memories. After more than four decades on 86th Street, the storied Nathan’s Famous franchise on the Bay Ridge/ Dyker Heights border will serve its last meals on Sun., Jan. 6. The nearly 20,000-squarefoot property, 650 86th Street, has been a Nathan’s since the late ‘70s, before which it was a fast food burger chain named Wetson’s and prior to that, Mitchell’s Drive-In. It also includes an Arthur Treacher’s, which specializes in fast food fish and chips, and which will close this weekend, too. The eateries’ closing will mark the end of an era in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. “The only place to go for a hotdog in Brooklyn is Nathan’s,” said Lisa Farruggio-Marino, a local resident and teacher at P.S. 180 who

occasionally shared a lunch with friends at the local chain. “The convenience of it being on 86th Street was great since going to Coney Island in the winter isn’t always ‘fun’ to do. “I’m sorry it’s closing,” she added. Ted General, a local historian and columnist for this paper, called the eatery “legendary.” “Coincidentally, the closing will also mark the end of the last drive-thru restaurant in the Bay Ridge/ Dyker Heights area,” he said. The space was sold in late October to “660 86 LLC,” according to the sale’s Acquisition of Assets, with sources connecting that to Efthimios Zisimopoulos, a.k.a. Tim Ziss, of Allied Properties. “Ziss,” a source told this paper amidst the sale, “has been buying up whatever’s big and becomes available in Bay Ridge for quite some time.” News of the transaction, which this paper first reported in June, raised

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It’s official — the 86th Street Nathan’s will serve its last hot dog on Jan. 6. questions of its replacement as pre-tax gross proceeds of the sale of the significantly underbuilt lot came in at $12.25 million. “It’s always unfortunate when a business goes out in the community, especially when, in cases like this, it’s a business that has been there for many, many years,” Dyker Heights Civic Association President


there. Top contenders include Shake Shack, Trader Joe’s and a resurrection of Nathan’s predecessor, Mitchell’s. There have also been talks of a potential deal with the School Construction Authority (the site’s school district is among the most overcrowded in the city, so much so that building new schools in it have become a prime concern for local electeds like Councilmember Justin Brannan). However, an unofficial, proposed rendering of a three-floor shopping space making its rounds on social media also raised eyebrows. Either way, locals maintain, the sale reflects the end of an important chapter in southern Brooklyn history. One Facebook user responded to news of the closing date with a line from a classic Joni Mitchell song: “They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.” A sign on the business’ front doors thanked patrons for “40 years of friendship and great memories.”



Fran Vella-Marrone told this paper this summer, “but there’s also the concern of what’s going to go there.” And, what could go there is quite large. As this paper previously reported, the vast majority of the site is zoned C4-2A, which is the equivalent of a R6A district, according to the Department of City Planning’s Zoning Handbook. Buildings in R6A districts can rise to 70 feet as of right, with a setback required above a base height of 40 to 60 feet. The C4-2A designation also brings with it significant density with a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 3.0, with FAR being a measurement that reflects the ratio between the total floor area of the building and the square footage of the lot on which it is built. While rumors of its replacement have been limited, residents have been very vocal about what they’d like to see

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ry can be used to create more BY PAULA KATINAS electoral victories. Local and PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM state victories assure that the electoral process is massaged so the he influence power of street and corner outRepublican voters is magniside the Bensonhurst fied. It’s smart. Democrats elementary school must fight fire with fire until Mafalda DiMango spent we can enact real campaign most of her life serving finance reform. will bewon’t officially Max wait fornamed Grimm in her honor by New York or another challenger to accept the after red tide of billionaire City the City Council financing legislation to try and on replace approved Dec. him after one term. His 20 clearing the way forcamthe paign already mailed a re-naming. fundraising letter seeking The donations intersection of 15th small in anticipaAvenue 81st to Street tion of theand challenges come. outside of P.S. 204 will be Republican Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis was named for DiMango, a Benalso beenicon mentioned sonhurst who diedasona potential challenger for Max Aug. 2 at the age of 91. in 2020. Malliotakis, who Councilmember Justin leaned heavily on Marty


Golden for political support, may need to look for other opportunities in 2020. If Max Rose is successful in building a war chest through small donations, he may be able to pass on PAC and corporate donations. His vision will improve the lives of regular Americans living in the 11th District but he will need more than two years to do it. Hopefully, his first priority will be to tackle the problems of our overburdened transit system. Federal support could help avert an MTA toll and fare hike. The agency announced it will likely raise bus and subway fares and tolls, which has drawn well ebrooklyn deserved criticism. It’s too bad media/File photo by Paula Katinas we can’t use political lobbying The late Mafalda DiMango’s last public appearmoneytook to actually the 204 in June. ance place help at P.S. people.

Brannan, a Democrat representing the area, sponsored the street naming bill. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the legislation. There will be a public ceremony to celebrate the street corner designation sometime in the spring, according to Brannan. “Our community benefits each and every day from the neighborhood to sell ice Mafalda DiMango’s efforts cream, candy, hot chocolate and in educaand achievements other treats from their tion. streetpurchase named food Having trucks. aPeople food from vendors in heritems honor is not onlyand a then toss the containers the tribute to her amazingonlife sidewalks when they are done, and tremendous accomresidents said. plishments but will serve as Thousands of people visit athe reminder that a great neighborhood every eduyear cation theholiday great equalizer during isthe season to for no matter viewall children, the spectacular Christmas andparents figures where theylights or their homeowners display on their come from,” Brannan told front lawns. this newspaper in an email. The Fight Back Bay Ridge DiMango had a long histoclean-up comes on the heels ry P.S. 204. She attendof with Councilmember Justin ed the school as a child in the Brannan’s effort to convince 1930s and years of later, when the Department Sanitation

her two daughters, Patricia and Joanne, were students there in the mid-1960s, she served as Parent-Teacher Association president. She then went on to serve for decades as a member of Community School Board 20 and its successor, the Community Education Council of District the sidewalks and to20.conduct All frequent throughout those more collections of years, she the maintained her trash from cans. close ties to aP.S. 204, attendBrannan, Democrat who represents Bay ing schoolDyker playsHeights, and dance Ridge and parts of Bensonhurst, festivals, and speaking at said he’s delighted that Fight graduations. Back Bay Ridge is pitching in. Her last public appear“This is just another examance the school ple oftook theplace longattradition we she earlyand June, Dihaveloved. in BayInRidge Dyker Mango a ceremony Heightsattended of civic minded groups and individuals helpduring which Principal ing their Tomasuolo neighbors forsurthe Nancy betterment communiprised her of by our announcing ty,” Brannan told this newsthat the school auditorium paper. would be named Brannan urged after othersher. to School officials lured “give them a handhad and pick up DiMango the any stray there litter under they might

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pretext of bestowing the honorary title of Principal for a Day on her. In addition to her long career as an education advocate, DiMango was also a member of Community Board 11 in Bensonhurst. The idea to name the corner outside P.S. 204 was first brought up by members of the DiMango family, according to Carlo Scissura, president of the New York City Building Congress. Scissura had served on Community School Board 20 with DiMango. Mafalda DiMango is survived by her husband, Anthony DiMango, a retired dentist, and her two daughters, Hon. Patricia DiMango, a judge who stars in the CBS reality show “Hot Bench,” and Joanne DiMango-Orr, a retired educator. “The family mentioned it

and I thought it was great idea,” Scissura told this newspaper. “This news about the City Council vote is a fitting Christmas present for her family.” The street corner naming is a fitting tribute, according to Scissura, who said DiMango has an important

place in New York City’s education history. “She spent decades helping to build up the school system. If anyone deserves to have a street named after them, she does,” Scissura said. DiMango’s membership on the local school board



imes Square wasn’t the only New York City hotspot to brave the rain on New Year’s Eve. Brooklyn’s own Coney Island rang in 2019 with its usual blowout on Mon., Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve event typically features fireworks, an illuminated Parachute Jump that counts down to midnight, free admission to the B&B Carousell in Luna Park and live music in Steeplechase Plaza. This year, the complimentary rides on the B&B Carousell went off without a hitch; however, due to weather being below 38 degrees, the Thunderbolt, Wonder Wheel and 7D Stop the Zombies were not open for the festivities.

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Fireworks brightened the sky over Coney Island as 2019 began. The fireworks, however, stunned as promised. “We are proud to have once again produced a New Years Eve celebration for our community and visitors in partnership with our sponsors and particularly Luna Park and the Red Apple Group,” said Alexandra Silversmith, executive director of the Alliance for Coney Island. “Despite the rain, we partied on and rang in the New Year as a community the only way know


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how: with fun, music and fireworks” The celebration, organized annually by the alliance, was still well attended despite the downpour. Luna Park and the Red Apple Group sponsored this year’s celebration. Adams, Councilmember Mark Treyger and the One Brooklyn Fund also provided funding for the event. Additional reporting contributed by Paula Katinas

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Warmer Temperatures Help Coney Island Polar Bears Welcome in the New Year BY JOHN ALEXANDER

cause can be enjoyed in many locations throughout the country, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the U.S. The seasoned members of the Polar Bear Club enjoy swimming in the Atlantic every Sunday from November to April. There was no fee for swimmers or observers, although there was a suggested $25 donation to benefit local Coney Island organizations including the New York Aquarium, the Alliance for Coney Island, Coney Island USA, the Coney Island History Project, and other local arts and history organizations. All participants


Nearly 4,000 brave-hearted individuals helped welcome in 2019 by running into the cool surf in Coney Island on New Year’s Day. Thankfully, this year’s Polar Bear Plunge was decidedly warmer than last year’s frigid swim. In fact, the temperature was a balmy 59° after last year’s frosty 37° and the water was a veritable sauna compared to 2018’s icy 17° temps. Some hardy souls were dressed in colorful swimsuits and headwear, while others brought their pets along for the plunge. There were revelers of BY ROB ABRUZZESE all kinds including dancers, ROB@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM drummers and puppeteers, oseph Giamboi, former New York along with represenstate Supreme Court Justice and one tatives from Girl of the of the earlythe founders Columbian Lawyers Association, Scouts of America and died on Sept. 27. other organizations. Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Thursday, Oct. 4 and Vito Suzie on Sims FletchCannavo, past president of the Columbian er came dressedofinBrooklyn, a Lawyers Association also shared few words about the judge at a bluea polar bear suit, recent meeting. claiming shetruly wasa sad a occasion,” “His wake was Cannavo said. “He lived a full “Mer-Bear” searching and distinguished life of public service.” for a polar bear. Cannavo remembered the judge, who most“I've recentlyattended served in thethe Bronx after he took senior status,Parade as a fair judge, Mermaid for who made people feel happy with his positive attitude 20Cadillac. years but this —almost and his red wasfirst a decent kind man, a generis“He my timeandattending ous guy who was happy when he made you the Polar Bear she happy,” Cannavo said. swim,” “There was always a smile on his“When face and aIword of encouragesaid. heard the ment for anyone who greeted him. He had a temperature great sense of humor.for He Sunday was alwayswas smiling, laughing. a dapper dresser. You going to He bewas 59°, I said, ‘hey, didn’t live until you took a ride with him in why not, I’m going.’” his big red Cadillac, flying along on the Kermit the Frog was held roads.”The event brought out revGiamboi, in 1925, went elers of who all was agesborn ranging fromto by his buddy who flashes New York Law School prior to being admitto served salt waa peace for the tedtoddlers to the NYSand Bar inteens 1955. He as a Judge Joseph sign N. Giamboi (left) joined the Supreme Court judge from 1995 until 2004 Cannavo after he left the bench in 2004. ter-loving seniors. A shirtless camera.

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and had a private practice for 40 years prior to joining the bench. “Truly we lost another of the greatest generation,” Cannavo said. “He lived through the depression, World War [II], he ebrooklyn media/Photos by Arthur de Gaeta worked very hard to get where he was. He showed us whatthe true American grit and determination Roberto Velazquez proudly carries was really about. He’s truly a great American flag while attending the annual New Year’s and I’m going to miss him.” Day Polar Bear Plunge at ConeyCannavo’s Island.eulogy came at a Columbian Lawyers meeting on discrimination against Italian-Americans, which seemed appropriBrooklyn Borough Pres- ate Fogo keptefforts a steady as heAzul recalledNYC the judge’s to build the association. ident Eric Adams took a upbeat as the polar bears lined “He was one of the founding members of brief dip into the waves, what up at starting line[Association] for the the the Columbian Lawyers said. “He was always and yes, even Elvis was was,” signalCannavo to begin. liked to be the trementhere to get “All Shook involved Thebecause event he began at 1 p.m. on dous force that he was. He was a great supUp.” Jan.for 1 everyone. as swimmers gathered porter He understood what this was about andat howStillwell important it For the big dip, folks organization on the Boardwalk was for professionals of Italian-American came to Coney Island from descent Avenue. to have a forum where they could and get resident the support theyJon needall over the city, and places far feel welcome Brooklyn ed to continue in this profession. Mostly, he Rosenblum, who makes the away. They were encouraged to was a guy who stood for the dignity and yearlyof pilgrimage Coney bring warm clothes, surf boots integrity Italian Americansto in any walk of life. We should be proud of what he stood Island, called the plunge a or old sneakers, towels and a for. camera to record their dive for priority. missed “When he“Iranhaven't for Assembly his one slogan was ‘Atta-boy Giamboi,’” posterity. yet,” he said. “I loveCannavo it.” continued. “Judge, I just want to say to you, from Roberto Velazquez proudly all ofStanding on the boardwalk us, that you did good. Thanks for sharcarried thePapain American flag into in such his bathing a good lifetrunks, with us. RosenAtta boy, firm Sullivan Block McGrath and ing Eagle file the photodrum by Rob Abruzzese the Brooklyn surf, while band Giamboi.” blum rubbed himself down

Suzie Sims Fletcher, dressed in a blue polar bear suit, has been attending the Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge for 20 years. with Vaseline. “This helps when you come out of the water because that's when you feel the chill,” he added. While icy dips for a good

were required to register in order to swim. This was the 115th annual Polar Bear Plunge, a tradition that began in 1903.

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The Brooklyn Women's Bar Association and other legal groups honored Justice Jeanette Ruiz, administrative judge of the NYC Family Court, during its annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Pictured from left: President Carrie Anne Cavallo, Hon. Jeanette Ruiz and Hon. Joanne Quinones. Visit for story. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Mario Belluomo

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Tambour Wine Bar, one of the best wine bars in the city, not only has an extensive list of wines to choose from and a world-class pairing menu, but it also has live entertainment on various nights. Chef Thomas Perone told Faces that it recently held a local artist night that packed the restaurant. So, for premier food, wine and entertainment, check out Tambour!

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Eye on Williamsburg’s Domino Park

Lounge chairs line Domino Park’s esplanade.

INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

Come Take a Winter Stroll Through Williamsburg’s Domino Park By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

Here’s a sweet way to start 2019: Stroll around the scenic new park that surrounds the landmarked Domino Sugar Refinery. Brooklyn’s expected to have a significant stretch of 40-plusdegree weather, which is a treat this time of year. Warmish temps make a walk on the East River’s shoreline sound like great fun. Six-acre Domino Park will keep your eyeballs engaged. The park’s got a quarter-mile-long shoreline expanse with an esplanade alongside it. This waterfront walkway offers great views of the Empire State Building and the rest of Midtown’s iconic skyline. You can see the World Trade Center, too.

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Williamsburg Let’s see now, Williamsburg. "Burg," we know, means a town or village. But who was the "William" who gave this neighborhood — once a town — his name? To begin, this area was originally bought from the local Indians by the Dutch West India Company in 1638 and became part of the town of Boswijck. After the English took New Netherland in 1664, the name of the town was Anglicized to Bushwick; the townspeople generally called it Bushwick Shore.

It was a rural area until in 1810 a real-estate speculator, Richard Woodhull, acquired 13 acres in the area where there was a ferry service from what is today Metropolitan Avenue to Corlear’s Hook in Manhattan. He named the area after Col. Jonathan Williams, a U.S. engineer who had originally surveyed the site. It was incorporated as the Village of Williamsburgh within the town of Bushwick in 1827. Williamsburg rapidly expanded during the first half of the 19th century and separated itself from Bushwick. The population in the area continued to grow until, in 1855, Williams-

burg was annexed along with the town of Bushwick by what was then became the City of Brooklyn — and the “h” in the name was dropped. The construction of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903 opened up the area to immigrants seeking to get out of the tenements of the Lower East Side in Manhattan. Today, its neighbors are Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick and, farther east, Ridgewood in Queens. Interestingly, 27 of the streets in Williamsburg are named with the last names of signers of the Declaration of Independence. —Norm Goldstein

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Eye on Williamsburg’s Domino Park

Lights in Domino Park punctuate this view of the sugar refinery, which will be turned into an INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan office complex.

Come Take a Winter Stroll Through Williamsburg’s Domino Park

— Continued from page 10INB — If you’re wearing a warm coat, you might want to try out the lounge chairs lined up

along the esplanade where you can sit and watch the river flow, as Bob Dylan would say. The park, which stretches from Grand Street to South 5th Street, is open to the public, free of charge. Two Trees Management spent $50 million to build it.

You’ll want to stay in Domino Park long enough to see the setting sun drop behind the

Williamsburg Bridge and paint a silvery stripe on the waters of the East River.


Williamsburg was originally part of the Dutch town of Boswijck (Bushwick). Dutch, French and Scandinavian farmers settled in the area with their African slaves in the late 1600s and the land remained rural until 1802 when Richard Woodhull envisioned a residential area for Manhattan workers. Woodhull began a ferry service from what is today Metropolitan Avenue to Corlear’s Hook in Manhattan and purchased 13 acres around the landing, naming it Williamsburgh after Col. Jonathan Williams, who had originally surveyed the site. His service lacked interest though and Woodhull went bankrupt in 1811. David Dunham then tried his luck with a steam ferry that became largely successful. Industry soon poured into the neighborhood in the form of distilleries and sugar refineries along the shore. Some of the largest firms in America, including Pfizer Pharmaceutical and what is today the Domino Sugar Refineries, were all launched in Williamsburg during the mid-1800s. Population grew so large that the neighborhood was chartered as a city in 1852 before it was annexed by the City of Brooklyn in 1855. The face of Williamsburg changed in 1903 when the Williamsburg Bridge opened and Eastern European immigrants left the crowded Lower East Side of Manhattan to come to Brooklyn. Sixstory tenements were built and brownstones and wood frame houses were turned into multiple dwellings. By 1917, the population had more than doubled and the area had the most densely populated blocks in Brooklyn. Jewish immigrants fleeing Nazism settled in what is today called Southside but after a large Latin American influence, the section of the neighborhood is now referred to as Los Sures. The Northside, filled with a mix of artists and young professionals, was separated from the rest of Williamsburg when the BrooklynQueens Expressway was built in 1957.

—Norm Goldstein


It’s part of the developer’s Domino Sugar Refinery residential, office and retail megadevelopment. James Corner Field Operations designed Domino Park, which opened in June. Brooklyn artist Mark Reigelman designed its playground equipment, which looks like a miniature version of an old-fashioned sugar refinery. The place to go for a bird’s eye view of the park is up a staircase to an elevated walkway made of salvaged bits of refinery equipment. Two Trees culled the equipment from Domino factories it demolished to make way for new buildings such as 260 Kent Ave., which is rising skyward. The Walentas family’s company of course left the landmarked Havemeyers & Elder Filter, Pan & Finishing House standing. The American round-archstyle refinery at 292-314 Kent Ave. was constructed in the early 1880s. Two Trees plans to construct modern, glass-walled office space with a barrel-vaulted roof inside the brick refinery.

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ON JAN. 3, 1944, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “With a series of terrific blasts which rocked the entire metropolitan area, a United States destroyer blew apart and sank early this morning a few miles off the shore of the Rockaways. Latest Navy Department reports said at least 170 survivors had been accounted for out of a crew of at least 200. The Navy, refusing to divulge the name of the ship pending notification of next of kin of the missing, released the following official description: ‘The ship had anchored in her position (given as six miles northeast of Sandy Hook) at 0330 (3:30 a.m.) and was making ready to move out at 0700 (7 a.m.). There was a terrific explosion. There was no indication of the cause. All communications on the ship were disrupted. The mast toppled. The bridge buckled and collapsed, and one man said that he saw the barrel of the forward 5-inch gun whirling through the air. Many men were blown overside into the water by the blast. There was no disorder and firefighting parties were organized.” The USS Turner was commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1943. More than 130 sailors were killed during its destruction.  ON THIS DAY IN 1846, the Eagle reported, “Texas — A State in Full. — The Resolutions for the admission of Texas into the Union; the act to extend the laws of the Union over the state of Texas; and the act to establish a collection district in the state of Texas, and for other purposes, have been duly signed and transmitted by the president of the United States to the president of Texas, by Capt. Todd, of the Texan Navy.”

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ON JAN. 6, 1919, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Oyster Bay, L.I. — Colonel Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep early today at his home on Sagamore Hill in this village. The exact time of Colonel Roosevelt’s death was 4:15 a.m. as nearly as can be determined, for there was no person at his bedside at the moment he passed away. A minute or two before, his attendant, James Amos, the young colored man who has been in the employ of the Colonel ever since he left the White House, noticed that the patient was breathing heavily in his sleep and went to call a nurse. When he returned with her the former president was dead ... [Roosevelt] came to his home on Sagamore Hill from the Roosevelt Hospital on Christmas Day, but a week later — on New Year’s Day — was stricken with a severe attack of rheumatism and sciatica, from which he had been suffering for some time ... Flags were placed at half mast in Oyster Bay today ... The Colonel’s death came as a shock to the people of Oyster Bay, as friends knew that he was about the house the greater part of yesterday, reading and doing some writing ... His two sons abroad, Kermit and Theodore Jr., are, respectively, officers with the American Forces in France and the Army of Occupation in Germany.”

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Fontbonne Edges St. Joseph for an OT Win BY JIM DOLAN FONTBONNE 43 ST. JOSEPH 42 f ter winning two games over Christo Rey and St. Edmund’s Prep, the 2-0 Bonnies played last season’s 2018 GCHSSA Division A Champion St. Joseph Cougars at St. Francis College. With Fontbonne having beaten St. Joseph’s twice during last year’s regular season, the Cougars caught fire, winning three straight playoff games to beat the undefeated Bonnies for the 2018 title. Gone was last season’s Cougar leading scorer and playmaker Raven Pitt, while Fontbonne was now without two of its four-year Varsity standouts, Katie Marquardt — who scored over 1,000 points — and her backcourt mate Breanne McDonnell, who was the team’s top three point shooter. Along with an infusion of new talented players at St. Joseph, Chelsea Reeves was the Cougars’ new ball handler at the point, while senior Jill Howard (center), senior Winter Charles (forward) and sophomore Chloe Murphy (point guard) now formed a new nucleus for Fontbonne. Charles (13 points) helped Fontbonne to take the lead in the first half as the senior forward controlled the boards and scored eight points to put the Bonnies ahead 22-18 at the half. The Cougars came back in the third quarter as Reeves scored 10 of her 15 points in that period to put St. Joseph up 31-28. After watching St. Joseph go on a 16-8 run to take over the third quarter, Fontbonne Coach Steve Oliver challenged the members of his team to elevate their energy level to start the fourth quarter. As a result, the team responded and tied the game at 34-34 with four minutes remaining. After Fontbonne tied the game, St. Joseph crept ahead with a minute and a half left for a substantial 40-35 lead when Reeves converted on a lay up. With 52 seconds left, Murphy followed with a key three-point shot to put the


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In the fourth quarter, Fontbonne’s new sophomore point guard Chloe Murphy dribbles down court against St. Joseph defenders to sink a three-point shot to send the game into overtime eventually for the Fontbonne 43-42 win. Bonnies within two points of the Cougars, 40-38. Finally with the clock down to 10 seconds, Sabrina McCarthy charged the basket to score on a lay up for a 40-40 tie to send the game into overtime. In a hard-fought overtime period that only yielded just five points, Fontbonne’s Howard quickly got open and sank a three-point basket which proved to be the game winner as the Cougars could only score on a two-point basket from Karimata Diallo. After the narrow 43-42 win, Coach Oliver stated that, with the effort displayed in the fourth and overtime periods, he hopes his team now understands what it takes to win a really competitive game. Oliver reminded his team that he expects the same type of consistent effort in practice as well as for the games left in the rest of the season.


Brooklyn Couples Celebrate New Year’s With Newborns BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM


t was an especially happy new year for several Brooklyn couples as they welcomed their newborns into the world. New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital welcomed its first baby of the new year, Joseph Patrick Bernstein, at 12:44 a.m. on Jan. 1. Joseph weighed in at seven pounds, three ounces; he is 20 inches long. His parents, Jennifer and Jonathan Bernstein, are from Bensonhurst. Jonathan, a first time father and Xaverian High School alum, was thrilled to welcome their bundle of joy into the world. “We were the first couple to have a baby at Methodist Hospital in 2019,” he said. “The whole experience is amazing and words can’t describe the joy and emotion you feel. There’s no better way to start the New Year than adding the newest member of the Bernstein family. Every birthday (New Year’s Eve) Joseph is going to be told that the countdown is a countdown

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Jennifer and Jonathan Bernstein with their newborn son Joseph. for his birthday rather than the New Year.” At NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn, the first baby of 2019 arrived at 1:40 a.m., as new mom Brucha Teitelbaum and father Yisroel Avrum Teitelbaum, both of Williamsburg, welcomed a baby boy. The newborn weighed in at eight pounds, two

Joseph Bernstein was the first baby born at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in 2019.

ounces, and was 21 1/4 inches long. The first mother to give birth in the city was Brooklyn resident Nexhmije Balanca, who delivered at 30 seconds after midnight at Staten Island University Hospital. She and husband Rinush welcomed a son, Dion Karpuzi. The baby weighs 7 pounds, 7 ounces.


OPINION New Year/Old Story


ast weekend’s revelation that funds raised by the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators on its “Caucus Weekend” held in Albany annually were being mismanaged is likely to grow into a full-blown scandal. Here’s why: The Association, a 501(C4) charitable organization, raises money from sponsors for scholarships for minority youth. Sponsorships, mostly from corporations, can run as high as $50,000. The sponsorships, in being provided to a charitable organization, are not covered by the state election law, which allows the corporate sponsors, under the umbrella of funding educational scholarships, to make what would otherwise be an excessive political contribution. If the funding actually went to scholarships, it would be fine. Unfortunately,

as the New York Post’s investigation showed, for the past two years there has been no record of scholarships being awarded. In the two years previous to those, only six percent of the money raised went to scholarships. It appears almost all the funding -- including the significant corporate funding -- was going to throw the legislators, all of whom are Democratic, a big weekend party. There were some forums and panels, but mostly the “Caucus Weekend” was just a big, multi-day party in which large groups, including lobbyists, could mingle in a setting they paid to produce. The investigation claims, among other things, that $6,000 was paid one year for transportation, $3,000 for a Sunday preacher, plus concerts and parties that literally cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. There are only a few possibilities for the funds

raised: All of the $500,000 raised was eaten up by the event, some of the money is sitting somewhere unaccounted for, or it disappeared. What is certain is the primary purpose of the donations -- scholarships -- never happened. Worse yet are the answers or lack of answers New York State legislators offered.

Since legislators are involved, both the Senate and Assembly legislative ethics committees as well as the Joint Committee on Public Ethics (JCOPE) should look into the matter.

The treasurer of the organization, Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, a Democrat from Mount Vernon (a hotbed of scandals all by itself), said “I do not know what happened. I just sign the

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that I believe need to happen. First, it is important to understand that this group checks they give me to sign.” has a 47-year history of That is possibly the poor- mostly doing exactly what est answer the treasurer of its mission claimed – providan organization, who has a ing scholarships to minority fiduciary responsibility to youth. oversee finances, could give. It’s the last several years The president of the group, that the group apparently Brooklyn Democrat Latrice got off track. Since legislaWalker, said she knew noth- tors are involved, both the ing about the issue. Senate and Assembly legisIt happened their own re- lative ethics committees as cords and or lack of records well as the Joint Committee proves it, but she knows on Public Ethics (JCOPE) nothing. Walker, by the way, should look into the matter. is running for New York City Additionally, as a 501 public advocate. It would be (C4), the activities of this orfunny, if not simply sad, ganization come under the that a candidate for public jurisdiction of the Charities advocate would claim that Bureau of the New York State she knows nothing about attorney general’s office. The important questions being new Attorney General, Tish asked about a not-for-profit James, should not wait for a she heads. complaint or referral. She • to JUNE should GROUP act quickly clear5 There areBROOKLYN several things MEDIA

this group of any wrongdoing or take appropriate action to close it down. The legislature might also want to look at possible election/ethics reform for groups that are established and consist primarily of New York State legislators claiming to do charitable work. Make no mistake about it -- this is a big deal. Public concern about the legislature, governor and former attorney general with respect to ethics, as well as possible criminal activity, has been a dominating aspect of the news for at least the past eight years. The actions of this organization -- which interestingly took down its website a few days ago -- can only further destroy public trust in our elected bodies and - representatives. JUNE 11, 2014


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Pastor,who Monsignor Joseph start of Street, the between Civil War On Memorial Day, the Nagle, just marked his have the softest Brooklyn historian Ronald Schweiger. special salute to the PTA/PAs that serve all enthSunday and Avenues, New overhead digital screens on NYCTA’s B1 anniversary start of Battery the Civil War this On Memorial Day, the 40th Nagle, who just as marked his past with a posse cemetery hosted its 13th a memfur and am very ismounted shutting down forever on bus20. line. OnitsSunday, 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 cavalry, solannual freehosted concert with ber of22, the sweet, but a litJan. 6,muskets, 2019. ciety will be celebrating 134th anniversary session will take bayonets, place Wednesday, ofSun., mounted cavalry, foot on solannual free concert with ber of theits clergy. diers with the ISOJune Symphonic Band ••• tle shy. Once I like the MTA has finally the first time we’re seeing Coincidentally, the closry atdirector, the Bay Ridge 476 76th Street. 11, at 7 sabers, p.m., at color P.S./I.S. 30, 7001 Fourth Avediers with muskets, bayonets, the Symphonic Band ••• swords, guards, led byISO founder and The Manor, Fort Hamilton High warm up to you, started adding the new ing will also mark the end them installed on a bus line The keynoter the occasion will be society nue. swords, sabers, color inguards, led by founder and director, The Fort Hamilton High drummers and ladies Civil Bay Ridge Maestro Brian for School Alumni Association I like to read, Via-nova overhead elecof the last drive-through that serves Bay Ridge. member and New York Supreme Court Ita will an opportunity for parents drummers andbeladies in eCivil Bay RidgeSeveral Maestro Brian School Alumni Association W r - also r a Worsdale. members held itsState recent pre-show watch TV, surf the * * * the Bay Ridge/ screens Justice Arthur Schack will be from to see interior of that Wrestaurant a other r - in schools etronic rthe a digital Worsdale. Several members held its recent pre-show of the band are current and annual dinner atwho Chadwick’s net and most of the Dyker Heights area. show the bus route in progCongratulations to Fran talking about the 8822 history of the the district's newest school that ofwas the band are current and annual dinner at Chadwick’s former graduates of Fort Restaurant, Third time will even help Ebrooklyn media/Photos by Ted General * * * also displaying Vella-MarroneBoy who Scouts, was Eagle built on the former site ofress thewhile Bay former of Fort Avenue. Restaurant, 8822 Hamiltongraduates High School. The prominent dinner was Third hostyou theseshow things. and announcing each bus recently appointed as the This past Methodist week, we Church Baysince Ridge he AARP officers andwith directors some of the toys from their Scouts, and Ridge United Hamilton High School. Avenue. TheAlice dinnerFarkouh, waswas host-a ••• ed by Dr. new leader of the Kings hopped aboard the B1 bus annual collection. I can also be hapformer attorney for Major (aka the Green Church). stop. ed past by Dr. Alice of Farkouh, Michael ••• Connors, the principal FHHS Photo courtesy of Jude Lassow which runs * from The system has been Count y Conser vative pily by myself for League Baseball, a few * * Fourth Michael Connors, the past principal of FHHS founding partner and and the current president Panela needs a loving home. Heights Civic Association. Party, and more recently Avenue and 86th Street to deployed in Manhattan president; JoAnnbut DiMeglio, secretary and Sandy Vallas, long periods, I hits, runs and strikes. What an absolute terriffounding partner and and the current president president of the Connors of the Alumni Association. Other officers re-elected elected for a new term as Kingsborough College in and elsewhere for the past corresponding secretary; treasurer. am always availAlso on the proic turnout for the street president of the Connors ofDyker the Alumni Association. and Sullivan law firm, is Farkouh is Gussie president of the Manhattan Beach. It looks *** couple of years, but this is were Sichenze, vice Gloria Calicchia, recording able for play time at a moment’s gram will be former co-naming ceremonies in JACKSON GALAXY: “My Cat notice. From Hell” TV proand Sullivan law firm, is the new Kings County com-is Farkouh The that Bay Ridge AARP “Myisoutstanding quality I am super melBrooklyn Borough Preshonor of the late, great JACKSON GALAXY: “MyisSaturday Cat From Hell” TV pro gram seen on Animal Planet nights showing the new County War commander of Kings the Catholic chapter headed by Peter low, and a very low maintenance kitty. I am okay ident Marty Markowitz Tom Kane. The block that gram is seen on Animal Planet Saturday nights showing a calm behaviorist at a cat’s worst! His unique methods mander of theyear, Catholic War Veterans. Last Connors Killen concluded itsIannuwith cats, dogs children. However, would esdiscussing his new role Kane grew up on 88th a calm behaviorist atsaved a cat’sfrom worst! His to unique methods work. Many catsand are a toy trip aatkill shelter. Veterans.the Last“Veteran year, Connors received of dress. al holiday drivehouse. the That pecially enjoy being the only cat in the as vice president of borstreet Colonial Roadfor the work. Many cats biting are saved from a trip a kill shelter Hissing, spitting, cats make eyetocontact with received “Veteran dress.near Year” the Award from of We tagged along Shore Hill Neighborhood would beand my preference. ough promotion and enwas formally dedicated Hissing, spitting, biting cats make eye contact with Jackson, trust and hope begin... the New Year”York Award from We grand tagged alongthat for the BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/ State the procession Center. TheI toys, “I am an easy cat to take, as am games, meticulousgagement for NYC and Tom Kane Way and was Photos by Ted General Jackson, and trust and hope begin... the New York State the grand procession that division of the CWV. passed throughout the cemedollsa and plush animals ly clean. I am“Even looking for newlive home, a life-long Co. even blessed by Reverend Tom Kane’s parents holding HEY JUDE: though we together, we do division of County the CWV. passed throughout the cemeKings tery and by candlelit graves of The were delivered to the Bay friend. I am looking for YOU. Would you like to come The event is open Gerard Sauer, theboth pastor new sign. HEY JUDE: “Even together. though we live together, weold. do not have to be adopted We are nine years Thethe Kings tery and by candlelit graves of Chapter is County holdfallen soldiers from sidesof Ridge Corps of the Salvation and meet me? Look into my stunning yellow eyes, to the public. Reservations St. Mel's Church, a former asnotwill have toscratch be adopted together. Wefurniture. are nine years old We not or damage your Hi, I am Chapter is holdsoldiers As from sides ing its annual offallen the conflict. weboth trekked Army on 86th Street for disand I’llacapture youror loving heart. This could be the are only $46 which includes sociate pastor at Ridge's We will not scratch damage your furniture. Hi, I am Raven, sweet, little girl who is half Siamese. I love to ing itsdance annual of the conflict. AsBay we trekked dinner on through the pathways, there St. tribution to disadvantaged start of aa sweet, new and friendship. I my am purrfect for you. Ito a full sit-down dinner. Contact Patrick's Church and athere personal Raven, little girlwith who is half Siamese. I love be affectionate, play toys; you would think dinner dance on through the pathways, Thursday evewere uniformed re-enactors children. am spayed with my vaccinations and micro chipped.” Sherman Silverman at 718-748friend. affectionate, mythe toys; would think Ibe was a kitten. I and will play give with you all and attention Thursday uniformed re-enactors June 2,eveat --were soldiers standing guard, ning, * *love * you Please contact 3165 or send him a check payable to the A host of dignitaries were on hand to join I was a kitten. I will give you all the love and attention you seek. I am spayed, housebroken. Unfortunately we ning, June 2, at -soldiers standing guard, Here’s wishing one and all musicians and singers per- 7:30 p.m., at the Society of Old Brooklynites, 340 Marine AveKane's family, friends and associates on this you seek. I am spayed, housebroken. Unfortunately we are seeking a new home because my mommy has severe 7:30 p.m., at the musicians and singers perThe hot dog grill at Nathan’s Famous on 86th a healthy, prosperous and Polonaise Terrace, forming Civil War songs. *** to keep nue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. auspicious occasion. City Councilmember are seeking a new home because my mommy has severe allergies and is no longer able us. I hope to join The 86th Street Restaurant to close on Jan. 6. Street. Happy New Year! Polonaise Terrace, forming Civil WarNathan’s songs. Famous 150 Greenpoint The event drew thousands

*** Vinnie Gentile -- who ensured full Coun150 Greenpoint 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. This year, he was joined by 75 high a played "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan. Kane ast issue, in his Com- aware of this fact. In fact, I for speaker Commander torian, author J critic o ofhthenmayor. and attorney the Principal of after making school and grade school volunteers. was a big, big Dylan fan! Also, of course, I will not coined “parttime maybackroom her, de JKeyes o the hand n the theA. Principal of deal with Jand e f fattorney r mon e y Sense column, Fantis parochial school continues to Fantis press efforts to estab* *Cos- Greene or” andpast “dope from Park Blasio and the Progressive Keyes and J e f f rJerry e y Kassar dis- co-host the “Curtis*and theSchermerhorn A. parochial school the Richman, on Street in cussed my “moving in the by” show on WABC radio Slope” descriptions of him. Caucus. Ulrich got a comlish a Marine Environmental Science Lab at Among the marching groups in the recent the past Richman, on Schermerhorn Street in National Downtown Brooklyn. 4,600 Civil direction of running for during the short sprint to mittee chairmanship and Republicans and Inthe site. He is also currently a professor 147th annual Brooklyn Memorial Day PaNational 4,600 Civil Downtown Brooklyn. Chaplain, War vetAmong the attendees wereat the dependents can unite lulu that went along advocate,” to replace special election in Feb-Kingsborough rade was the Society of Oldthe Brookynites. The Warpublic vetattendees were FChaplain, a t h e r College. erans are twoAmong past the FHHS Assistant and the public the prior office-holder, now ruary when petitioning bewith it after providing the Maria the new president of the civic organization has been marching in evF aelect t hMakrinos, e r next erans are two past FHHS Assistant Anthony buried in Principals David Whitebook New York Attorney Gener-Day gins. Therefore, theits threat Fort advocate becauseHigh of all the key vote to make her speakHamilton School Alumni Associaery Brooklyn Memorial Parade since Anthony and buried in Principals David Whitebook Dell’Anno. Green-Wood, Tom Greene. Both are al Letitiain James, but made a of any type of “complaint”tion, Democrats running, and erfree overdoughnuts a more moderate stopped, bringing for founding 1880. Dell’Anno. Green-Wood, and Tom Greene. are Tickets are by making it the former presidents of Both the Bay couple of false statements seems like a blatant attempt allmost agree that I would be councilmember. the volunteers. are Ridge making it Civil the formerCommunity presidents ofCouncil, the Bay $75Tickets per person. largest his vote for that must be corrected. to intimidate my candidacy. de Blasio’s worst nightmare * * Community * In defending $75••• per person. and largest Ridge Council, War burial Civil site in Whitebook serves as a First, Kassar states that Secondly, Kassar writes The as public advocate. Mark-ViveritoParty at the time, Kings County Republican ••• Warnorth, burialeven site surpassing in and Whitebook serves as is a Congressmember Michael the t r u s t e e and scholarit is “a guarantee that some- that Queens GOP Coun-holding Manyits local GOPers I Ulrich called this champion 2014 Lincoln Day Reception and Congressmember Michael the north, Pennsylvania. even surpassing Grimm trustee and scholarwill be the guest Gettysburg, s h i p have spoken to in Brookone will file a complaint” cilmember Eric Ulrich,Dinner FALN terrorists on Sunday, June of 22, from noons and toi p3an Grimmatwill the guest Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. h the be next meeting Also as part of the com- speaker lyn and throughout theConey with the NYC Campaign another candidate in this p.m., officialIsland. who refuses to stand at Gargiulo’s in Among at theMen’s next meeting Also as partthere of the were com- ofspeaker St. Patrick’s Club, on memoration city have questioned how befor Finance Board and the FCC race, and I “have similar the the Pledge of Allegiance honored guests will Westchester Counof St. Patrick’s Men’s Club, on memoration there were Tuesday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m., encampments of Union and appeal and would certainUlrich can be an effective because of my radio show a “very fair-minded person. Executive Rob Astorino, the state GOP’s Tuesday, June 7,ty atcheck 7:30on p.m., encampments of Union and in the other club room adjacent Confederate and weeklyre-enactors spot on Newwho ly cancel each out as candidate Mayor de Blasio or I think that a lot of people for governor. in the club room adjacent Confederate who St. Patrick’s school gympitched near the main York 1.tents re-enactors viableto candidates for the attack the lead Democrat in would make her out to be a He has tapped as the county’s “Man to St.also Patrick’s gympitched near the atincludes 97th school Street andbeen gate, on tents both Sunday and For the record, my seg-main office,”nasium which this race, radical progres- bogeywoman here, to scare of the Year.” Other honorees include former nasium at 97th and Mark-Viverito. gate, ononboth Sunday and Avenue. Memorial Day. 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Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst Family Stars in “Family Feud” BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM


t’s a Family Feud, Brooklyn style. A local family from Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst traveled to Los Angeles to compete in one of the longest running game-shows in television history, “Family Feud.” In November, the Estevez family, which consist of five members, battled it out against three families to take home cash prizes and be a part of a once in a lifetime experience. Contestant Angie Santamaria, who lives in Bensonhurst, told this paper how she and her family ended up on the competitive show, which has been on air since 1976. “We’ve always been fans of the show and it’s kind of everyone’s dream to be on one of those shows,” she said. At the beginning of the year, Santamaria’s sisterin-law set up a group text and told the family that the show was having auditions in Connecticut. The Bensonhurst resident encouraged her family to go for it. “We filled out the application. They asked us to say something that will make

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The Estevez family. you stand out,” she said. “My sister-in-law is Caucasian and she wrote this whole thing about being the only white girl within a Dominican family.” And so, the family booked an audition. “According to the scores they gave us, we had to wait to meet one of the producers and speak a little about ourselves,” Santamaria explained. “Once we did that, one of the producers said, ‘We’ll see you in LA.’ We weren’t sure if they just say that to everybody or if they really liked us.” Five months after the audition, the family thought

their chance of actually competing on “Feud” was a long shot. Then, the production company sent a postcard to the Estevez family telling them that they were chosen as one of the families to compete. Getting on the show was an absolute thrill for the family.

“We’ve been watching this for as long as I can remember,” Santamaria said. “Whenever we were having dinner, it was like, okay put on ‘Family Feud’ and to think you’re there sitting there thinking something someone said was a dumb answer and figuring out the answers. Clearly it’s not

the same thing as it is on the show. It was very exciting, but nerve wrecking.” The family was flown to Los Angeles, did some practice rounds and eventually participated in three episodes’ worth of games. “We won two games,” Santamaria said. “We didn’t win the $20,000, but at that point it almost didn’t matter. You’re on a high of being there and on TV and the whole experience.” Living in the moment is something the production staff encouraged, Santamaria added. “That’s something they tell you. Live the moment. Don’t focus on the money. It’s true,” she said. “The first game we were doing really bad and at the last minute, we were able to relax and steal it and win the game. The second game we were on a role. We didn’t let the other team score.” While their third game ended in defeat, the Estevez family had a great time. “The third game messed up our mojo. We didn’t do too well,” Santamaria recalled. “We lost to a very nice family. If you’re going to lose to somebody, it’s a nice, wholesome family.” No matter their winnings, Santamaria said, the crew

made the Brooklyn family feel right at home. “When you’re home you can think easier but when you’re there, your nerves can get to you,” she said, “but their staff and team is amazing. They make you feel like a family just having fun.” Meeting host Steve Harvey was also an exciting experience for the Brooklynites. “You would think once Steve Harvey comes on, you get nervous but that didn’t happen at all,” she explained. “He makes you feel at ease and like you’re hanging out. It was a really nice experience. The first game your nerves take over you. You’re over-analyzing everything and trying to still have a good time, but by your second game, it’s a breeze.” Above all else, Santamaria said, the Estevez family repped their hometown. “My brother and sisterin-law live in Bay Ridge and my husband and I live in Bensonhurst,” she said, adding that “most of the families there happened to be from California and west coast. We wanted to bring some Brooklyn attitude to the show and we hope we represented Brooklyn in a good way.”

Apartment Building to Replace Two-Family House on Bay Parkway BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


n a sign of major changes taking place in Southwest Brooklyn’s housing stock, a two-family home on Bay Parkway will be torn down to make room for a much larger structure, an apartment house containing residential units, it was recently revealed. The new seven-story building, slated to be constructed at 8800 Bay Parkway in Bath Beach, could help ease the housing crunch in the area, according to civic leaders. YIMBY was the first to report that the property owner has filed permits with the New York City Department of Buildings to construct the apartment house. But a demolition permit to tear down the two-family home has not yet been obtained, according to YIMBY, which reported that the dwelling was originally

built in the 1920s. The property owner is listed in Department of Finance records as B&J Bay Property Inc. The property was purchased on June 8, 2018 from the former owner, who is listed as NY Management “8” Inc. The new 47,525-squarefoot building, which will be 70 feet tall, will contain 40 apartments. There will also be an enclosed parking lot built on the property with room for 20 cars. The property at 8800 Bay Parkway is located between Bath and Cropsey avenues and offers transportation choices. The Belt Parkway is one block away. The Bay Parkway station on the D subway line is short walk from the site. The property is also close to Bensonhurst Park, which is located on Cropsey Avenue. YIMBY reported that the firm Angelo Ng & Anthony Ng Architects, a company

building is Hill West Architects, according to YIMBY. Bath Beach-Bensonhurst civic leaders are hoping the Shore Parkway building will help ease a housing crunch in the area. Community Board 11, which represents the two neighborhoods, has seen a population boom take place in recent years, District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia recently told this newspaper. “We have a large number of residents move into our Photo courtesy of Google Maps The two-family house that has been at 8800 Bay Parkway for nearly community,” she said. 100 years will be demolished to make way for a seven-story apartBut Elias-Pavia also expressed concern that ment building. the influx of new residents based in Maspeth, Queens, Parkway, the former site of The plans call for the isn’t being matched by an is listed as the architect for the Haym Salomon Nursing 278,344-square-foot build- increase in city services. the project. Home. The nursing home ing to have commercial “We need to have the moved to its current loca- space on the first floor and appropriate level of serThe Bay Parkway apartment building is the second tion at 2340 Cropsey Ave. apartments on the floors vices, including sanitation, major construction project approximately a dozen above. When it is complet- transportation, police and ed in the fall of 2020, the fire. The level of services to get under way in the Bath years ago building will have 243 has remained the same, deBeach-Bensonhurst area. The property owner of apartments and 165 en- spite the fact that we have A 30-story, mixed-use 1625 Shore Parkway is listed building is currently under as Cropsey Partners LLC, a closed parking spaces. many more people living construction at 1625 Shore company based in Flushing. The firm designing the here now,” Elias-Pavia said.

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