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Public advocate candidates blast mayor’s SHSAT plan BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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SHSAT as the sole criteria as it was a complicated issue,” Colton said. Williams and Espinal, who are both Democratic City Council members, are considered among the top tier candidates for support, public Golden for political advocate. may need to look for other opportunities in 2020. But the forum gave all of Max Rose is successful in theIf candidates an opporbuilding a war chest through tunity to get their points small donations, he may be across to voters. able to pass on PAC and corporate donations. His visionwhy will “I don’t understand improve theislives of regular the mayor messing with Americans living in the 11th great schools we have District but hewhile will need more so many failing schools,” than two years to do it. said Hopefully,a history his first profespriority Eisenbach, will be to tackle the problems sor at Columbia University. of our overburdened transit “This is not a solution.” system. Federal support could Instead help avert of an changing MTA toll the and fare hike. process The to agency admissions the announced it will likely raise city’s elite high schools, the bus and subway fares and mayor shouldhas be concentrattolls, which drawn well deserved criticism. too bad ing his efforts on It’s reducing we can’t use political lobbying class size and getting parmoney to actually help the ents more involved in their people. children’s schools, according to Eisenbach. Rich, a lawyer specializing in housing cases, called the SHSAT situation “a complex issue” and called for additional funding to pay for test prep courses for underprivileged students. The test shouldn’t be eliminated, said, the sidewalksheand to noting conduct more students frequent collections of that who work trash from the cans. hard and study for the exam Brannan, a Democrat who should be respected. “We’ve represents Dyker Heights, Bay got to reward the kids who Ridge and parts of Bensonhurst, said he’s delighted that have Fight work hard. But we Back Bay Ridge is pitching in. to acknowledge that some “This is just another examkids notlong havetradition the same ple ofdothe we have in Bay Ridge and Dyker advantage,” he said. Heights of teaches civic coding minded Yee, who groups and individuals helpand is the Democratic ing their neighbors for the district leader of communithe 66th betterment of our ty,” Brannan told this newsAssembly District in Greenpaper.Village, charged that wich Brannan urged others to de Blasio consider “give them should a hand and pick up changing the education any stray litter they might encounter.” system for the grades prior

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Benjamin Yee, Jared Rich and David Eisenbach all decried the lack of diversity in the city’s top high schools but all three said Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan is wrong. to high school. “You cannot fix outcomes in the high schools,” said Yee, who is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. It would be better for the mayor to “fix the funding formulas for elementary schools and middle schools,” Yee said. That would give students in all schools a chance, he said. In an effort to secure more racial diversity in the city’s top high schools, de Blasio has proposed eliminating the SHSAT as the sole standard to gain admission

and replace it with a system in which elite high schools would be required to reserve a certain number of seats for the top performers from each middle school. The proposal would give African-Americans, Latinos and other minority students a better chance of gaining admission, supporters of the mayor’s plan said. Currently, nine percent of the students in elite high schools are black and Latino. But those students make up 68 percent of all New York City high school students

and are under-represented in the top schools, according to the mayor’s office. But opponents have argued that many of the students getting into schools like Brooklyn Technical High School and Stuyvesant High School are Asian-Americans and that they gain admission by working hard and studying to prepare for the SHSAT. Changing the system would be unfair to them, opponents of the mayor charged. “The public advocate office

must be the voice to protect people to fight on issues like quality education for our children, including the fight to keep SHSAT, expanding gifted programs for all high performing children and quality remedial programs for underperforming children to ensure all children will achieve their highest growth of quality education,” of life for all New York City people,” Colton said. The United Progressive Democratic Club is Colton’s home club. Williams, Espinal, Eisenbach, Rich and Yee are five of the candidates in a crowded field of more than a dozen hopefuls running in the non-partisan special election on Feb. 26 to fill the public advocate’s seat left vacant when Letitia James won election as New York State attorney general in November. The field of candidates includes City Councilmember Eric Ulrich, Assemblymembers Michael Blake and Daniel O’Donnell and former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Treyger climate change bill aims to cool New York City streets BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is getting a lot of national attention, but closer to home, a Brooklyn lawmaker is proposing a climate change solution at the street level. Councilmember Mark Treyger has introduced legislation to require the Department of Transportation (DOE) to explore the idea of applying some type of light-colored substance to street asphalt to reflect sunlight and lower the temperature on the city’s roadways. The reason: Dark colored asphalt absorbs the sun’s rays, Treyger said. Specifically, Treyger’s bill, which he introduced on Weds., Feb. 13, would require DOT to conduct a feasibility study that would look at the types of materials that could be applied to reduce street surface temperatures. The study would also include cost estimates. Once completed, the study would be submitted to the mayor and the City Council speaker for review. New York City has more than 6,000 miles of roadways. Other cities are starting to explore street surface coatings, according to Treyger, who said preliminary testing in Los Angeles found that applying sunlight-reflective materials to street surfaces reduces temperatures by as much as 10-15 degrees.

To further bolster his argument, Treyger pointed to a phenomenon known as the Urban Heat Island Effect, which finds that urban areas like New York, with its prevalence of buildings, concrete and asphalt, and lack of vegetation, have significantly higher temperatures than surrounding rural areas. “Now more than ever, we need creative and practical solutions to combating climate change that can produce tangible results as soon as possible,” said Treyger, a Democrat who represents Coney Island, Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst. “Reducing the temperature of our street surfaces can lessen the impact of the Urban Heat Island Effect, lower energy consumption and cut energy costs. It can also protect more New Yorkers from extreme heat, which disproportionately affects our most vulnerable communities.” Ida Sanoff, executive director of the Natural Resources Protective Association, an environmental protection organization based in Brooklyn, said that while Treyger’s legislation sounds intriguing, she was reserving judgment. “I would like to know the cost. And I would like to know if the material they would apply would be as durable as what we have now,” she told this newspaper. Lowering the temperature on the street can also reduce healthcare

costs, said Treyger, who added that extreme heat is the top cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. New York City sees an average of 450 heat-related visits to emergency rooms every year, he said. There is another benefit to lowering street surface temperatures, according to Treyger, who predicted that it would lead to less reliance on air conditioning, which in turn would reduce energy consumption and decrease emissions. The city should be doing more to encourage energy conservation, according to Sanoff. “We are ignoring conservation. We should be promoting it. There are things people can do as individuals about energy consumption. Open your windows instead of turning on the air-conditioner in the summer. Turn off the lights when you leave the room,” she said. Climate change isn’t just a global issue, it also hits people at a grass-roots level, Sanoff said. As an example, Sanoff, who lives in Brighton Beach, said she and her neighbors have noticed a troubling shift in the winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean over the past five years. “We used to get a cool sea breeze at 2:30 in the afternoon. You could set your watch by it. But now, it’s not happening. We’re getting a hot, dry wind from the west,” she said. “Climate change is real and it’s not going away.”


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BRIEFS Gounardes denies ‘Golden Rule’ bill aimed at rival BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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emocratic state Sen. Andrew Gounardes denies that an anti-corruption bill he has introduced that has been nicknamed the “Golden Rule” is aimed at punishing Marty Golden, the Republican incumbent he defeated in November after a bitter and bruising campaign. But two Golden supporters, Fran Vella-Marrone, chairperson of the Brooklyn Conservative Party and Ted Ghorra, chairperson of the Brooklyn Republican Party, issued a joint statement on Wednesday accusing Gounardes of “using his government office to settle petty political scores.” The legislation, which would prohibit lawmakers and candidates from using campaign funds to pay for services provided by a business owned by a close family member, would prevent Golden from booking campaign-related events at the Bay Ridge Manor, a catering hall at 476 76th St. owned by one of his siblings, should he decide to run for state Senate again. Golden held numerous events at the Bay Ridge

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State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (right) and Assemblymember Robert Carroll. Manor during his 16 years in the state Senate, including his Election Night party on Nov. 6 for which he paid $4,738.78, according to the New York State Board of Elections (BOE). Golden also used campaign funds to pay the $15,542 bill for a holiday party at the manor, according to the BOE. Under current state election laws, Golden was not violating any rules by employing his sibling’s business. At a press conference Weds. Feb. 20, Gounardes denied that he was targeting Golden and said the legislation isn’t aimed at any particular individual, but instead is an effort to prevent campaign finance corruption.

The bill’s name is derived from the “Golden Rule,” the old maxim about fair play, Gounardes said. The legislation was introduced last week in the state Senate by Gounardes, a Democrat who represents Bay Ridge and other neighborhoods in Southwest Brooklyn, and in the state Assembly by Assemblymember Robert Carroll, a Democrat whose district includes Park Slope. Under the bill, candidates for state offices in New York would be prohibited from using businesses in which at least 35 percent of the business is owned by a close relative such as a parent or a sibling. Golden said he did not know if the “Golden Rule” is aimed at him. But the former lawmaker was highly critical of the bill and said Gounardes should be concentrating his efforts elsewhere. “I’m not beating him up. But there are more things to get done in state government today than this bill,” he told this newspaper. Lawmakers should be concentrating on job creation and economic development, according to Golden.

Rose leads outreach to House freshmen in 9/11 fund fight BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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rookie Brooklyn lawmaker is being tapped by his veteran colleagues to lead the effort making the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act a permanent government fund before its 2020 expiration date. U.S. Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat who represents Southwest Brooklyn and Staten Island, will spearhead an initiative to educate Capitol Hill newcomers about the Zadroga Act, which doles out settlements through the 9/11 Victims

Compensation Fund (VCF) to families of victims of the September 11 attacks, ahead of a legislative battle to make the fund permanent. The bill to save the VCF, the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, will be introduced later this month, according to Rose, eliminating the need for the fund to undergo periodic renewal. The VCF was originally put in place following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King were the original co-sponsors of the Zadroga

Act, which was signed into law in 2011 by then-President Barack Obama. It provided health care for first responders and others whose health was severely affected by the toxins at the World Trade Center, and contained language that re-authorized the VCF. To date, the VCF has paid out approximately $4 billion of the $7 billion originally appropriated. But officials in charge of the VCF warned that payments to victims might have to be cut by as much as 50-75 percent due to a flood of claims that has come in from victims eager to beat the 2020 deadline.

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Pols push city to control Dyker Christmas Lights in 2019 BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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t feels like Christmas just ended, but for elected officials and community leaders in Dyker Heights, it’s not too early to plan for the 2019 holiday season. The Dyker Heights Christmas lights display was the main topic of a recent meeting organized by Councilmember Justin Brannan to review the city’s response to the 2018 event and come up with ways to make it better and safer this year. Lawmakers and residents alike said they want to see the de Blasio administration do a better job of policing the month-long event next time around. The Dyker Heights Christmas lights display is an extravaganza put on

by scores of homeowners in the neighborhood who erect giant Santas, dancing reindeer, enormous “Nutcracker Suite” fig ures, illuminated snowflakes, moving angels and other elaborate decorations in front of their homes and play pre-recorded Christmas carols from sophisticated sound systems. Thousands of people come to Dyker Heights each holiday season to see the lights. Tourists from all over the country board buses to take the trek to Brooklyn to enjoy the show. But some longtime homeowners have complained in recent years that the event has gotten out of control with hordes of visitors clogging their sidewalks and treating Dyker Heights like it’s an

amusement park. Residents said they’re tired of putting up with litter-filled streets, ear-splitting noise, food vendors parking their trucks in local driveways and a constant flow of traffic that often prevents them from getting their cars out of their driveways. The Feb. 7 meeting, which took place at the office of Community Board 10 on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, was attended by Brannan, state Sen. Andrew Gounardes, Board 10 Chairperson Doris Cruz, Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann and representatives from the city’s Street Activity Permit Office, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Buildings and the New York Police Department.

Storied Ridge model railroad club being evicted from longtime home BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM

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he days are numbered for Bay Ridge’s b elo v e d Mo d el Railroad Club which, for more than half a century, has entertained children and adults of all ages with its elaborate model train ebrooklyn media/Photo by John Alexander exhibit at 28 Marine Ave. Originally organized in The train tunnel built beside the intricate mod1946 as the merger of two el village. former model railroad clubs, the Brooklyn Model Rail- the letter addressed to the on the steam pipes. road, founded in 1932 and the Model Railroad Club is that “They said they couldn’t Shore Haven Central found- “Landlords need to access get to the pipes because of ed in 1936, the club — whose tenants space to make the train layout,” Stensholt sprawling masterpiece is a certain repairs to the heat explained. “They needed us virtual replica of towns and system for the property.” to get out so that they could villages mirroring those The three members of fix the pipes in the proper along actual train lines the club, Arthur Stensholt, way.” That changed when that ran across the country Adam Wanio and Hank An- Stensholt received the letter open to view for a nominal germann, immediately met from Adam Nagin, assistant fee between Thanksgiving to try to figure out what can vice president of Superior and Christmas — now faces be done with all the railroad Management Incorporated. a Mar. 31 deadline to pack up equipment on such short no“We need a new home for and get out. tice. Their hope was to find a the layout. If we could find a The club — which has new home for the trains and new home for it, where there been coping, over the past continue the legacy of the Bay would be more people and few years, with an aging Ridge Model Railroad Club. younger people that would membership and dwindling According to Stensholt, like to work on it, then it can volunteers — got its eviction the club was originally told be brought back to its origin a phone call to vacate the inal glory and enjoyed by notice on Fri., Feb. 15. The reason for their premises by summer in or- future generations,” noted termination according to der for the building to work Stensholt.


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Cops arrest four suspects during car chase in Bay Ridge BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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our suspects were apprehended by police and hit with a variety of charges -- including drug possession -- following a police pursuit after they allegedly stole a car during the late night hours in Bay Ridge. According to authorities, on Thurs., Feb. 14 at around 2:06 a.m., police responded to a report of vehicle break-in on the northeast corner of Ridge Boulevard and 86th Street. When cops arrived, they saw the four suspects inside a

light-colored sedan which took off upon their arrival. As cops followed the vehicle, the driver sped past a red light. The police then activated their turret lights and sirens. The suspects allegedly continued to flee, and the one behind the wheel allegedly committed several driving violations. Once the car came to a stop, the four suspects allegedly opened all four doors and ran away; they were arrested shortly thereafter. An investigation revealed that the vehicle, a Toyota Camry, had been reported stolen from Suffolk County. Glassine envelopes and drug paraphernalia were recovered inside of

the vehicle. Thirty-six-year-old Howard Daniels was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property, obstructing governmental administration, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, being an aggravated unlicensed operator, and traffic device violation of a red light. Thirty-six-year-old Kathlene White, 44-year-old Julian White and 25-year-old Rafael Rodriguez were each charged with criminal possession of stolen property, obstructing governmental administration,

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Cops apprehended four suspects for car theft and drug possession after a high-speed chase through Bay Ridge.

unauthorized use of a vehicle, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Daniels, and Kathlene and Julian White were arrested at 2:13 a.m. at the northeast corner of Ridge Boulevard and 86th Street. Rodriguez was arrested on 98th Street between Harbor Court and Shore Road.

Cops seek duo in connection to mosque break-in in Bensonhurst BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM

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olice are looking for two suspects wanted for burglarizing a mosque in Bensonhurst. Authorities say that on Sun., Feb. 3 at around 4:50 p.m., the suspects, a man and woman, forced the door open to a mosque on West Eighth Street between Bay Parkway and Avenue O. When inside, the burglars ransacked the office, stole unknown items and fled. Cops say the man they’re looking for is

around 30-40 years old with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a red baseball hat, and carrying a black book bag. The other suspect is a woman with a thin build who was last seen wearing dark-colored clothing. Anyone with information in regard 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 CrimeStoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter

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Surveillance photos of the suspects. @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Racist graffiti found in Shore Road Park BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK MMCGOLDRICK@BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM

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etectives from the 68th Precinct and the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force are investigating graffiti that was found just before the weekend scrawled on a storage container inside a Bay Ridge ballpark. According to police, a call came in Friday afternoon, Feb. 15 that the words “F—- White People” was painted on a storage container inside Shore Road Park. The container, used by Xaverian High School sports teams, is located near 75th Street and Shore Road, facing the Belt Parkway. Cops say that there was no video recovered. The graffiti was written in blue and included a smiley face. Local elected officials were quick to respond to the incident. “Acts of hate, no matter what form they take, cannot be ignored. These acts must be swiftly condemned, denounced and rejected,” Councilmember Justin Brannan wrote on Facebook. “Vandalism motivated by hate will not be tolerated here or anywhere. We will work with the 68th Precinct to find those responsible.” Congressmember Max Rose shared similar sentiments. “Hate is hate and it’s unacceptable,” he tweeted as news of the defacement spread. “We’re fortunate to live in an incredibly diverse community. Let’s fight back against the division and celebrate what unifies us.”

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68 TH PRECINCT The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton. MAN BUSTED FOR COCAINE POSSESSION: A 46-year-old man was arrested and charged with being in criminal possession of a controlled substance at Fourth Avenue and Senator Street on Thurs., Feb. 14. According to reports, at around 5:55 p.m., officers saw the suspect driving a car with a black plate covering the license plate. When they approached him, they allege he had a small ziplock bag containing cocaine residue on the driver’s seat. After searching further, they found 18 grams of cocaine. OUT OF CONTROL: A 38-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested and charged with being in criminal possession of a controlled substance at Fourth Avenue and 76th Street on Weds., Feb. 13. Reports claim that at around 6:34 p.m., officers stopped the suspects’ car — which lacked a front license plate — after it failed to yield to signal. When they approached the car, the cops allegedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana. After searching the car, police say they found cocaine, and 114 clonazepam, 47 morphine and 14 oxycodone pills.

SMALL HAUL: A nicotine patch and eye drops were taken from a livery car at 83rd Street and Fourth Avenue on Thurs., Feb. 14 at around 6:40 a.m. Cops say that four people were involved; they gained access after one of them broke the front driver’s side window. No arrests have been made. THIEF NABS 40K WORTH OF JEWELRY: Over $40,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from an apartment at 74th Street and Ridge Boulevard on Weds., Feb. 13 at around 4:40 p.m. Cops say the victim, a 69-year-old woman, believes the thief was one of her health aides who works weekends, The jewelry that was taken, including a diamond and platinum bracelet from the 1800s worth $30,000 as well as several rings, was taken from inside the victim’s lock box. There was no sign of forced entry to the lock box. No arrests have been made. WATCH SHOPPING: Over $1,000 worth of electronics was stolen from a cell phone store at Fifth Avenue and 85th Street on Sun., Jan. 6. According to reports, at around 6:19 p.m., the perp went inside the store and stole two Apple Watches and fled the scene. The store has footage of the incident. No arrests have been made.

The 62nd Precinct serves Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend. MAN ROBS TEEN AT KNIFEPOINT: A 15-year-old boy was robbed at knifepoint by a man at 25th Avenue and 86th Street on Mon., Feb. 11. According to reports, at around 2:34 p.m., the teen was walking home from school when he was accosted by the crook, who showed him a silver pocket knife and took his iPhone from his hand, before demanding he empty his pockets. The perp then fled eastbound on 86th Street. No arrests have been made. WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY: A crook broke into a home near 64th Street and 24th Avenue and stole jewelry and pharmaceuticals on Thurs., Feb. 14 at around 11 p.m., gaining access through the unlocked living room window. No arrests have been made. UNPLEASANT DISCOVERY: A total of $8,000 was stolen from a home on Bay 16th Street between Cropsey

Avenue and Bath Avenue. The victim, a 65-year-old woman, discovered the loss on Fri., Feb. 15 at around 3 p.m. She said the cash had been stored inside a lock box under her bed. The last time she saw the money was Dec. 15 of last year. The victim told cops her daughter-in-law was told by her son that he may have taken the money. No arrests have been made. HOODWINKED: A 62-year-old man who lives near West 13th Street and Avenue U was tricked out of $3,000 worth of gift cards by a man pretending to be a Social Security investigator who called him on Thurs., Feb. 14 at around 8:55 p.m. The victim told cops he received a phone call from a man who called himself Mario Luis. After claiming to be investigating the use of the victim’s Social Security number, the perp told the victim to send him the gift cards in order to complete the investigation. The victim bought the gift cards and also provided the perp with the information needed to use them. No arrests have been made.


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Eighth Ave. is focus of de Blasio’s Vision Zero expansion BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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rooklyn’s Eighth Avenue is one of the busy traffic corridors that will be getting extra attention from the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) as part of an expansion of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities on the streets of New York. The mayor came to McKinley Intermediate School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., on Tues., Feb. 19 to announce the start of the next phase of Vision Zero, which includes a new round of Borough Pedestrian Safety Action Plans, a key part of Vision Zero in which traffic-calming measures and other safety features are installed at dangerous intersections where numerous crashes have taken place. The previous set of Borough Pedestrian Safety Action Plans was launched in 2015. This time around, a nearly two-mile stretch of Eighth Avenue running from 39th Street to 73rd Street has been put on DOT’s list of Priority Corridors. The DOT will be changing the timing of traffic lights, altering pedestrian signals to give

pedestrians more time to cross the street and installing other safety measures on the roadway. Eighth Avenue was one of dozens of roadways named to the Priority Corridors list. The roster was composed after DOT discovered that a small number of all intersections in New York City, seven percent, are responsible for nearly 50 percent of the crashes resulting in pedestrian fatalities or serious injuries. Other Brooklyn streets ebrooklyn media/Photo by Paula Katinas named to the Priority Corridors list are Surf Avenue Mayor Bill de Blasio chats with Bay Ridge traffic safety advocate (Ocean Parkway to Atlantic Maureen Landers at the press conference. State Sen. Andrew Gounardes Avenue), Linden Blvd (Flat- and Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus came to express support for bush Avenue to Sapphire the mayor’s Vision Zero program. Street), and Bedford Avenue (Manhattan Avenue to Flat- Another factor is drivers interventions have worked,” far in 2019 than there were who don’t watch out for Trottenberg said. bush Avenue). during the same time peripedestrians while making The city will also be doing Since its inception five od last year. The city will be left-hand turns, Chan said. years ago, Vision Zero has looking into it to determine an educational outreach to been responsible for a communities and beefing “Left-hand turns cause three why the uptick is taking sharp decrease in traffic up enforcement of danger- times as many injuries,” he place, he said. fatalities, according to ous driving. said. Another troubling statisDOT, which reported that DOT Commissioner Polly “Whatever it takes, we tic: 17 car crashes took place will do it immediately,” de Trottenberg said the success fatalities are down nearly a in the course of a single day, Blasio said at the press of the Borough Pedestrian third compared to the year Jan. 14, 2019, in the 68th conference. Safety Action Plans can be before Vision Zero was Precinct (Bay Ridge-Dyker The city will be looking at seen in the statistics. The implemented. Heights). several factors involved in agency has addressed safety The mayor said 2018 was Elected officials at the causing crashes. issues in 90 percent of the “the safest year in more than press conference said they Speeding is a problem, Priority Corridors and, as a century” on the streets of were pleased to see the next according to NYPD Chief New York City. “You have to a result, there has been a 36 phase of Vision Zero taking Thomas Chan, the chief of go way back to 1910,” he said. shape. percent decrease in crash transportation, who called fatalities at those locations, But de Blasio also admit“The numbers are in and it, “a major factor in terms she said. ted that there have been Vision Zero is working,” said of injuries and fatalities.” seven more fatalities so Assemblymember Mathylde “We’ve seen that our

Frontus, a Democrat who represents Coney Island and parts of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, a Democrat who represents Bay Ridge and other parts of Southwest Brooklyn, talked about the need to “change the driving culture” and said he would fight for state legislation to expand the speed camera program. “It’s okay if you don’t get someplace five minutes earlier. You are getting there alive,” he said. Councilmember Justin Brannan, a Democrat whose district includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and parts of Bensonhurst, said changing the habits of drivers will be difficult but worth it. “It’s harder to get people to think when they’re behind the wheel of a car,” he said. One speaker, Maureen Landers, had first hand experience with dangerous drivers. Landers was struck by a car on a Bay Ridge street in 2009. Nine years later, her son was hit by a car. “I support any and all traffic calming measures,” said Landers, who went on to co-found a grass roots group called Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe (BRAKES) with Gounardes.

After almost two years, Fatty Daddy Taco opens in place of Zeke’s BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK MMCGOLDRICK@ BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM

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atty Daddy Taco has finally opened up shop in place of the old Zeke’s in Bay Ridge. The new Third Avenue taqueria debuted earlier this month, almost two years after it first announced it would be taking over the storied space. A “coming soon” sign teasing the third-coming of Fatty Daddy – a taco shop with roots in both Cobble Hill and Park Slope – went up at 7720 Third Ave. in early 2017, not too long after its predecessor, Zeke’s Roast Beef, served its last meaty melts in October, 2016. Now, “exactly 23.5 months later,” according to a manager named Tom, Fatty Daddy is open for business.

Zeke’s Roast Beef was a southern Brooklyn staple. The eatery, which first premiered more than 30 years ago at the corner of 65th Street and Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, where Park Asia now stands, relocated to Bay Ridge in 2010. Known for its burgers, fries, fried chicken and its fan-favorite roast beef, the Third Avenue Zeke’s shuttered with barely any public notice at the end of 2016. Fatty Daddy had remained “coming soon” since then, leaving residents wondering what was happening with the prime piece of Ridge real estate. Merchants of Third Avenue President Bob Howe said he couldn’t know for sure, but chalked the delay up to the occasionally back-breaking process of bringing a new business to life. A manager of the new Bay

going, there are still some positions to be filled. “I can only imagine that, for anyone opening up a business, there are probably about 20 steps before you do anything,” Howe said, adding also his joy that Fatty Daddy Taco has finally crossed the finish line. “People love tacos,” he laughed, “and taco places themselves are wildly popular. You can have a variety of food that’s relatively inexpensive, quick and easy” – sort of like its predecessor. The new business – at home now for just over a ebrooklyn media/Photo by Meaghan McGoldrick week – describes itself as a “Cheerful storefront for Fatty Daddy Taco is now open on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. tacos, burritos, quesadillas [and] other Mexican bites, “We just never found the ordered at the counter.” Ridge location who’s been with the business since right staff and we wanted When first reached for its inception confirmed to do it right,” Tom, a comment on Zeke’s closing Howe’s theory, and said the Bensonhurst native, said, in 2016, Howe said that he stall had to do, mostly, with adding that, while they’ve and other Third Avenue staffing. secured a team to get things businesspeople hope that

whatever business goes in its place “will have at least as long of a run as Zeke’s did.” Howe’s sentiment holds true today. “We welcome them to Third Avenue,” Howe said. “We’re happy to be here,” added Tom. When asked what he wanted local residents to know about the new business, the manager said simply, “that we’re open and we’re ready to go.” For now, Fatty Daddy Taco is open part-time from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays. Owners hope to be open full-time (the other stores are open for lunch) in the next few weeks. The Park Slope location at 310 Ninth Street first opened in October, 2013; the Cobble Hill shop at 152 Smith Street following suit in December, 2015.


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72nd Precinct top cop accused of threatening 50 Cent, attorneys speak out source of this is some disgruntled employee, a civilian employee within the precinct,” he said. “I’m not going to go further into it but the source of that I think is not credible.” Valdes said that he believes the rapper/actor has a vendetta against Gonzalez due to the closure of Love and Lust last year. When it pulled the club’s liquor license, the New York State Liquor Authority cited the “sheer number of violations and repetitive nature of the

violations.” “What Inspector Gonzalez is guilty of is enforcing the law on an establishment in which [Jackson] invested who knows how much money, leaving it up to nincompoops to run it, and which had numerous incidents over the last couple of years,” Valdes said. “This is all going back to that same old dispute. [Jackson] invested a lot of money in this club. It got shut down. He’s suffered financial loss and now he wants to take it out

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Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez. BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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he feud between 72nd Precinct commanding officer Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez and rapper Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, appears to have intensified. The New York Daily News has reported that Gonzalez told officers during roll call last June to “shoot him on sight,” referring to Jackson, if they saw him at an NYPD boxing charity event held in the Bronx last summer. “The inspector just said that at roll call,” a source told the Daily News. “I’m like WTF.” While, according to the News, Gonzalez has laughed the comment off as a bad joke, it’s not the pair’s first time in the ring. Last year, a $125 million notice of claim was filed against the city by a club Jackson frequents, Love and Lust, 225 47th Street, whose owner Imran Jairam has alleged that Gonzalez demanded contributions to Puerto Rican relief efforts to forestall enforcement of violations at the bar. Jairam blames a raft of violations that led to his club losing its liquor license and closing down on retribution from Gonzalez, who was miffed that he had turned down the commander’s request. Subsequently, Jackson posted a televised report of the story on Instagram and wrote, “Get the strap” on the post, referencing Gonzalez. Allegedly, the phrase translates to “Get the gun.” As a

result, many of Jackson’s followers wrote threatening comments on the post, such as “Blast this fool.” Now, Jackson is taking to social media to express his fear regarding the alleged threat. “I’m afraid for my life, I haven’t been able to sleep since I heard of this,” he posted on his social media account. “The cops never notified me of the threat. I’m closing all my business in New York. I may have to sue the city.” He also said, “Keep in mind there are some good people working in Law Enforcement. Like the officers that reported what he said to them. Emanuel Gonzalez is Gangsta with a badge.” Jackson’s not the only one taking to social media on the issue. Jairam’s attorney Eric Sanders recently tweeted, “So, we confirm with ‘documentary evidence’ the conversation about the so-called 50 Cent hit ‘joke.’ Notice the time, June 8, 2018, 0717 hours = Roll Call for the 72nd Precinct B Squad. Now, why is this ‘unhinged’ Gonzalez not relieved of his command? A lot of questions here!!!” He then posted a text message from the source. “For some strange reason no service at t/a but no one recorded it he said it as a joke and yea but idk if they heard he was telling perigne,” the text message read. Attorney Delvis Valdes, who is representing Gonzalez, spoke to this paper about the allegations. “We believe that the

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50 Cent.

on the inspector. Suddenly, he wants to jump on another allegation that Inspector Gonzalez threatened him, which is pure nonsense and fabrication.” President of the NYPD Captains Endowment Association Roy Richter told CNN that the allegations against Gonzalez were “completely false.” “It was 50 Cent who put the safety of the inspector and his family in jeopardy by publishing a threatening tweet that called for violence last year,” he said. The NYPD told this paper in a statement that, “The matter is under internal review” “This is nonsense,” Valdes said. “I don’t know to what credibility, it is being investigated by the higher-ups. That is yet to be determined. No matter what, we are countering it. If need be, we will do it in the courts as well.” When asked if they were worried about the charges, Valdes added, “There’s no validity. We are not concerned in the least. It’s a shame they’re going to spend taxpayer dollars on this but there’s due process. Let them investigate. I’m not concerned in the least that they’ll come up with anything.” A rally — led by Valdes and attended by residents of Sunset Park, — will be held outside the precinct in the coming days to show support for Gonzalez.

Cops seek man wanted in Gravesend deli burglary BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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olice are seeking a man wanted for burglarizing a Gravesend bodega. According to authorities, on Tues., Feb. 5 at around 10 p.m., the suspect broke through the front door of the deli, located on Avenue T near West Ninth Street, and stole $4,250 in cash before taking off. Cops described the

suspect as a white/Hispanic male, around 5’10” and 170 pounds. He has a tattoo on his right arm. 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 CrimeStoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers. com, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their

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Art TANGIBLE

A solo exhibition of Min Liu’s animations and installations. Curated by Thomas D. Rotenberg, TANGIBLE examines the format of animation/ moving image by exploring the relationship between its digital representation and analog and physical experience. Blurring the boundary between the visible and the tangible, Min Liu offers her unique styles and fresh perspectives on what animation is, and could be. When: Daily through February 28th, Mon-Fri – 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat – Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Made in N.Y. Media Center (30 John Street)

JOHN MONTI: HEARTS AND STEMS

A solo show of sculpture by John Monti. In this exhibition Monti brings the entire gallery space into play

with a profuse installation of wall-mounted sculptures of hearts and flowers. When: Thursdays-Sundays through March 10th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/STUDIO10 (56 Bogart Street)

BRIC BIENNIAL: VOLUME III, SOUTH BROOKLYN EDITION This third iteration of the BRIC Biennial presents artists living and working in South Brooklyn, including the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge, highlighting the significance of Brooklyn as a place where artists create work and develop their careers. When: Tuesdays-Sundays through April 7th, Tue-Fri: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat – Sun :11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/ BRIC House Gallery (647 Fulton Street)

THE FUTURE MINUS SPACE present the solo exhibition Julian

Dashper: The Future. This is the late artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and commemorates ten years of his passing. The exhibition will highlight select art works produced during the 1990s and early 2000s. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through February 16th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16 Main Street, Suite A)

ARCHITECTURE OF MEMORY: CHERYL MOLNAR SOLO The artist’s process begins with documentation: Molnar photographs locations newly traveled and well-known and loved.  These photographs are digitally stitched together, combining landscapes with structures from various "memories." This is the way we experience memories: we confuse the place and time, the structures bleed together, places patched together in our minds the way Molnar collages photographs, like concretized memories.  These are the improbable landscapes of our memory, given physical shape. On view for “The Architecture of Memory” will be recent collaged paintings on panel as well as small-scale editioned work that reveal much of the early stages of her process, much like

“sketches” but done through photographs and digital manipulation. When: Through February 22nd Where: Greenpoint/Arete Venue and Gallery (67 West Street)

UNCANNY TALES This exhibition presents new figurative painting that hybridizes the uncanny with caricature, exaggeration, and invented mythologies. The artists included in this show have discovered new worlds that reveal anxiety, mystery, and eeriness that reflect our current state of political unrest. When: By appointment Where: DUMBO/Agency (20 Jay Street, Suite M14)

METAMORPHOSIS OF FAILURE Rachelle Mozman Solano takes on iconic artist Paul Gauguin by casting him as a self-doubting disappointment in his own biographical story, seeking affirmation from the ambivalent women who he aims to dominate. By putting forth alternative narratives, Collura and Mozman Solano envision women as empowered protagonists of their own storylines. For her film and photography project Metamorphosis of Failure, Mozman Solano takes as a point of departure

the Museum of Modern Art’s 2014 exhibition of Paul Gauguin’s works on paper that he made in the South Pacific toward the end of his life. Mozman Solano was impressed by the mythology perpetuated by the museumography and curation of the exhibition, particularly the narrative about Gauguin’s work based on identity transformation during his immersion in Polynesian culture. Rather than rehashing this account, Mozman Solano instead explores the history of Gauguin’s mixed background (French and Peruvian). The work probes Gauguin’s obsession with racial purity, which she speculates may have stemmed from his multiethnic identity and created a conflicted sense of self. Mozman Solano’s film is based on fantasies of Gauguin’s five-week stay in Panama before his journey to Polynesia. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through February 24th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street)

ONLY THE BEST As soon as you walk in, what seems like a particularly melodious cacophony of photographs, gives way to a configuration that takes the spectator through them organically. Each artist’s

unparalleled point of view comes through. Part of this season’s exploration of thematic approaches to collecting, Only The Best highlights new or unexhibited pieces by gallery artists, and takes its name from the wonderful Baron Von Fancy piece that both announces and critiques the exhibition. There are certain qualities particular to photography, and each of these artists is addressing one if not more. Fred Cray uses the photographic materials to confound and to repeat elements. This piece is literally collaged, with a cutout moon placed adjacent to the original print. Both hover over a silhouetted dog. David Brandon Geeting continues his still lifes that look like collages, but aren’t. S.B. Walker’s contribution is a landscape that persists in appearing like something else. These are qualities that make photography particularly enticing, appealing, and different from other art. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through February 28th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Janet Borden Inc (91 Water Street)

IN WHICH WE ALL KISS SOMETHING SECRETLY A collaborative exhibition, this show combines photo

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light-boxes, created by photographer Maria Mercedes Martinez, with poetry by Denver Butson. When: Saturdays through March 2nd, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Carroll Gardens/Court Tree Collective (371 Court Street)

FRESH MASTERS: THE URBANGLASS MFA EXHIBITION Curated by Ben Wright, with jurors Graciela Cassel and Graham Caldwell. Featuring work by: Evan Burnette, Anna Parisi, James Ronner, Kristine Rumman, and Heather Sutherland. When: Daily through March 9th Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ Urban Glass (647 Fulton Street) Bridging the Gap: Postcards of the All Nation of Art Bridging the Gap: Postcards of the All Nation of Art is the complex diversity that is the Art in America today. When; Wednesdays-Sundays through March 10th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street)

IN PLANE VIEW Showcasing the photographs of Max de Esteban and Doug Fogelson. Doug Fogelson’s ‘Forms and Records’, explores the physicality and science of the photograph, through a formal exploration of objects, and their representation as photograms. He works with objects that either have a link to the natural world, or with outmoded technology such as vinyl records and architectural forms. The exhibition includes seven unique silver gelatin photograms and 6 color, limited edition prints made from color transparency photograms. The photograms are created through a series of carefully considered multiple exposures, with the color work incorporating additive color mixing, and blending of light. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 10th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street)

A SOUND OF LIGHT, APPEARING AROUND THE BEND In this all-encompassing

maze-like installation by Barbara Campisi, LEDs form colored lines of light when reflected off translucent ‘walls’, confounding any sense of orientation. The viewers, as they walk inside the piece, complete it through their process of discovery. During performances, dancers wearing lights move through and activate the light-based artwork, creating moving lines of light. When: Thursdays-Sundays through March 16th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ FiveMyles (558 St. John’s Place)

connection to land and an engagement with contemporary culture. For over a decade, Galanin has been embedding incisive observation into his work, investigating and expanding intersections of culture and concept in form, image and sound. For “The Value of Sharpness: When It Falls,” Galanin has created sixty porcelain hatchets, which are suspended from the gallery ceiling. When: Thursdays-Saturdays through March 23rd, 2 – 6 p.m., Where: Park Slope/Open Source Gallery (306 17th Street)

ENRICO RILEY: NEW WORLD

The paintings are part of an unfolding and evolving cycle that investigates themes of historical and contemporary violence, martyrdom, grief, and the middle passage within a spatial domain. Enrico Riley challenges viewers to decipher and contextualize his work’s fractured narratives. For many Americans, exposure to the plethora of recent media examples of reflexive violence perpetrated on African-Americans has blurred the boundaries between the historical record with which our country is so familiar and the problems still facing contemporary culture today. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 23rd, 11 a.m.

– 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/Jenkins Johnson Projects (207 Ocean Avenue)

LIVING INSIDE SANCTUARY For two years, Brooklyn-based photojournalist Cinthya Santos Briones has photographed undocumented migrants who face orders of deportation. By taking up asylum in houses of worship, often for indefinite periods of time, these individuals and their families have found both a refuge and a provisional prison. Santos Briones’ photographs are an intimate depiction of living in a state of

uncertainty. Rather than present portraits of people in hopeless situations, she has chosen to convey the universal routines of their everyday lives. Birthdays are celebrated, siblings tease one another, and meals are shared. When: Daily through April 7th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Green-Wood/GreenWood Cemetery (500 25th Street)

FRIDA KAHLO: APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her

WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS

What does it mean to be in love? For eight years, in images, writing and life, plain and simple, we have tried to tease out the answer. Love is a cliche, an idea so easy to imagine but impossible to grasp. Like an overripe fruit, it collapses with a bit of pressure into cloying sweetness and the faint sense of something lost. At its most basic, falling in love means cleaving away something of yourself and becoming something else. It’s painful and hard, but also carries the potential for profound transformation. When WAWere Strangers is the first part of a lifelong project deconstructing love through the prism of our relationship. This first chapter is a love poem of sorts, one that charts what happens when two people attempt to become something more and less than that, when we are more unknown stranger to each other than anything else. But love is an ouroboros that eats the past that came before it. Who was I before you? We are interested in the frayed edges, the messy intersections, the elements of ourselves lost and new facets gained in the process, and the limits to all of that. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 22nd, 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/United Photo Industries (16 Main Street)

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ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To highlight the collecting interests of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, works from our extensive holdings of Mesoamerican art are also included. When: Daily through May

12th, Times vary. Check Showclix for times and tickets Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

THE OLD STONE HOUSE: WITNESS TO WAR A self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world. When: Saturdays & Sundays through August, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street)

BROOKLYN ABOLITIONISTS/IN PURSUIT OF FREEDOM

This major, long-term exhibit explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement–ordinary residents, black and white–who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn's abolition movement in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Winter 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

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BEAUTY, MEDIA, MONEY, AND MORE: A CONVERSATION WITH TRESSIE MCMILLAN COTTOM In her new book “Thick and Other Essays,” Tressie McMillan Cottom — award-winning professor and acclaimed author of “Lower Ed” — embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is

wrong with this thing we call society. She is joined in conversation by Harlembased writer, Morgan Jerkins, author of “This Will Be My Undoing.” When: Monday, February 25th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

wholeness after shattering loss. And ultimately, it is an aching observation of the human heart across time and culture. When: February 25, 7:30 p.m. Where: Clinton Hill/Books are Magic (225 Smith Street)

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Mother Winter is the story of Sophia’s emotional journeys as an immigrant, an artist, and a woman raised without her mother. Born to a Russian mother and an Azerbaijani father, Shalmiyev grew up under the stark oppressiveness of 1980s Leningrad. An imbalance of power and widespread anti-Semitism in her homeland led her father to steal Shalmiyev away, emigrating to America and abandoning her estranged and alcoholic mother, Elena. At age 11, Shalmiyev found herself on a plane headed west, motherless and terrified of the new world unfolding before her. Mother Winter depicts in urgent vignettes Sophia’s years of travel, searching, and forging meaningful connection with the worlds she occupies. The result is a searing meditation on motherhood, displacement, gender politics, and the pursuit of

Educational Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon and learn about eagles, hawks, and owls, and the important role they play in nature. When: Thursday, February 21st, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Where: Marine Park/Salt Marsh Nature Center (East 33rd Street and Avenue U)

TOMATO HEAVEN Hard-to-find, heirloom, tomato varieties — like Pole Moneymaker, Amish Paste, and Black Cherry — are luscious globes of food history and chock full of vitamins. Learn handson how to successfully start tomatoes from seed. Everyone will create a tomato six-pack to take home. Pre-registration is required at bbg.org/learn/ community. When: Thursday, February 21st, 6 – 8 p.m. Where: Prospect Heights/ Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Avenue)

Sidewalk Café Public Hearing When: Thursday, February 21st, 6 p.m. Where: Flatbush/Long Island University Humanities Building (1 University Plaza)

CREATE>>ACTIVATE A four-part art-making workshop starting this month focusing on human rights and the visual arts. This workshop is an opportunity to create awesome art that will be compiled into a human rights zine. This is also a chance to make new friends from across New York City, eat snacks, and have fun. When: Sunday, February 24th, 2–4 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Arte (248 Roebling Street)

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING The New York Times’ Ginia Bellafante will engage in a conversation with three distinguished individuals who bring deep planning experience and different perspectives to this year’s theme: Who is Planning Brooklyn’s Future?  When: Tuesday, February 26th, 7 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/St. Francis College (180 Remsen Street)

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Victor and Cesar at Grand Canyon Restaurant always have something special on their loaded menu. It’s the place to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner and this week they’re raving about their turkey legs entrée. It’s just one of dozens of items available at one of Montague Street’s most beloved eateries. And make sure to tell them that you read about them in Faces!

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Clark’s Restaurant 80 Clark Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 855-5484 Clark’s Diner’s breakfast menu has an incredible variety of egg dishes to choose from. In fact, there are omelets for all your cravings Greek omelets, German omelets and Italian omelets. The Italian omelet is loaded with sausage, mozzarella and onions, and comes with your choice of toast. Owner Mark tells Faces that the omelets are among the best in Brooklyn! Clarkdiner@gmail.com DAMASCUSBAKERY.COM

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Stroll with us through the Prospect Park South Historic District.

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Five Fab Spots to See in Landmarked Prospect Park South Developer Dean Alvord Invented the Neighborhood By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

Viva Las Victorians. Did you know America’s largest concentration of Victorian houses can be found in Flatbush? They’re in a cluster of mini-neighborhoods, one of which is Prospect Park South. What a picturesque place. Right before the turn of the 20th century, Dean Alvord bought 50 acres of land from the Dutch Reformed Church and an old-line Brooklyn family, the Bergens. He turned this tierra into Prospect Park South. According to the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 1979 designation report about the Prospect Park South Historic District, Alvord wanted to incorporate “rural beauty” into the city blocks of the neighborhood he was creating. Alvord was born in Syracuse and developed several neighborhoods in Rochester before moving to Brooklyn. The stand-alone houses he and other builders constructed in Prospect Park South epitomize gracious suburban living — though they’re located deep in the heart of busy Brooklyn. Most of the homes have lots of bedrooms. And pretty porches for enjoying the soft spring air. And lush, landscaped lawns. And driveways and garages. One great way to savor the sights of this Instagram-worthy corner of Victorian Flatbush is to walk up and down every street in the landmarked district. It’s not very big. Its boundaries are Church Avenue, Buckingham Road, Beverley Road and Stratford Road. We picked out five fab spots to look for on your stroll. We could have picked out 50 spots — and that wouldn’t begin to cover the neighborhood’s architectural eye candy.

Which Way to the Japanese House? Such a pretty pair, these two. They’re situated on the shortest street in the Prospect Park South Historic District — Buckingham Road.

On one side of the street, there’s a grand, oldfashioned mansion with two-story Ionic columns flanking the front door. On the other side of the street, there’s the beloved Japanese House, as it’s nicknamed. The mansion with the columns, which is 104 Buckingham Road, was designed in 1901 by an architect on Alvord’s staff named Carroll H. Pratt. The last time the house was sold, which was 2008, the price was $1.85 million, city Finance Department records show. The wood and stucco Japanese House, at 131 Buckingham Road, resembles a pagoda. Alvord had the unusual house designed as a three-dimensional advertising tool to promote the neighborhood. It was featured in a 1903 ad in a magazine called Country Life in America. Architecture firm Kirby, Petit & Green designed the house. An often-repeated story about the house is that it was built for the Japanese Ambassador of that era — but that’s an urban myth, a 2014 posting on Untapped Cities’ website says.

On one side of the street, there’s a wooden Swiss chalet. Or, more precisely, 100 Rugby Road is Petit’s architectural interpretation of a chalet that’s on a flat lawn on a city street instead of in an Alpine meadow. He designed the house for Alvord. On the other side of the street, there’s hand-

some 101 Rugby Road. It has a big, round front porch and a circular turret with a row of windows on its second floor. The top of the turret looks kinda like it’s wearing a crown.

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A Marvelous Marlborough Road Trio We’ve never seen any other house that looks quite like lemon-hued 215 Marlborough Road. Prospect Park South’s developer would love to hear an observation like that if he were alive. Alvord wanted all the houses in Prospect Park South to look unique and special. The concept of cookie-cutter homes was anathema to him. John J. Petit designed French Gothic Revivalstyle 215 Marlborough Road for Alvord in 1901, the designation report about the Prospect Park South Historic District says. Petit was of course a partner in the firm that designed the Japanese House. The house at 215 Marlborough Road is part of a terrific trio of eye-pleasing homes. The home next to it, 203 Marlborough Road, is painted deep green. By the way, Petit designed this house, too. This house changed hands in a 2015 estate sale. The price was $2.03 million, Finance Department records indicate. The third house in the trio, 197 Marlborough Road, is partly painted a blue hue. The bottom floor of the house is made of red bricks. The turret on one corner of the property is very photogenic.

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Another spot that shows off the historic district’s eye-pleasing architectural variety is in the middle of Rugby Road.

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The house at 1305 Albemarle Road is one of the Prospect Park South Historic District's great sights. This is 131 Buckingham Road, whose nickname is the Japanese House. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

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We didn’t pick out a preponderance of Petit’s designs on purpose for this list of dandy eye candy. We took photos in Prospect Park South first, then looked up historic-house info afterwards. It turns out that Petit designed another house we want you to see.

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It’s at 1306 Albemarle Road, on the corner of Argyle Road. The Colonial Revival-style home has a curvy front porch topped by a turret that wears a witch’s hat. Right across the street, there’s another iconic house, 1305 Albemarle Road. The architect who designed it was H.B. Moore. It was built in 1905. It’s got grand, two-story pillars at the front door and porches on its first and second floors. An architect bought 1305 Albemarle Road for $2.75 million in 2017, Finance Department records show. He has done beautiful exterior restoration work on the house. “Reversal of Fortune” was filmed in this house. That’s the movie that stars Jeremy Irons as Claus von Bulow, who was tried for the attempted murder of his wife, Sunny von Bulow. Irons won an Oscar for this role.

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You might get so wrapped up in the neighborhood’s northand-south-running streets that you forget to stroll along east-andwest-running Beverley Road on the edge of the historic district. Don’t make that mistake. You’ll miss intriguing-looking 1205 Beverley Road. It’s in the middle of the block between Argyle and Westminster roads. This house has a skinny tower rising up on one corner of it and porches stacked on top of one another on another corner. Developer George T. Moore hired architect Henry A. Stunek to design the house in 1899, the Prospect Park South Historic District’s designation report says.

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Bay Ridge embraces winter again BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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etting people out of the house to revel in winter. That was the goal as the Bay Ridge Arts and Cultural Alliance (BRACA) hosted Bay Ridge’s Seventh Embrace Winter Festival. Held this year on Sat., Feb. 16, inside stores along Third Avenue, from 69th to 89th streets, the event was designed to link area businesses with local arts and cultural organizations and individuals, to support each other and offer the community a fun event that also works to promote all participants. “It went really well,” said founder of BRACA Victoria Hofmo. “I was really happy with it because we had new people, new businesses and new artists that joined. We had arts and crafts, and the Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge and Real Celtic performing. Of course we did opera [thanks to Regina Opera]. Everyone was really pleased with how it went. The response was great.” The day also included art displays, and appearances by favorite children’s characters like Olaf from “Frozen.” Businesses and organizations that participated included Salty Dog, Green Spa and Wellness Center, Circles Cafe, the Guild

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Scenes from the Embrace Winter Festival hosted by BRACA. for Exceptional Children, Cosentino’s​, the Scandinavian East Coast Museum and more. “Businesses can promote their own things as well,” Hofmo said. “That’s the idea and people enjoyed it. I think it’s an easy thing to be a part of. it doesn’t cost anything. You promote what you have. It’s a time

of year that’s not very busy and you don’t have to shut down streets or anything like that so it’s made very simple.” Artist and participant Aeilushi Mistry, a professional dancer as well as a professionally trained folk artist practitioner, was really pleased with the event.

She shared Shubhakamana. Noting that the name means “many best wishes,” she said that it was “a tradition from my culture and a composition inspired by my work, paying homage to the journey. I’m

honored to put all this together in one plane.” The event, stressed Hofmo, draws on everything Bay Ridge has to offer. “We’ve done different things but one thing I really wanted to do was hold an event at a time of the year when it wasn’t

very busy and support businesses and different cultural groups,” she told this paper.“We’re just kind of forgotten, but it’s a very old neighborhood with a lot of rich culture so I thought we should support each other and it should encompass everyone.”


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Fontbonne Varsity Head Coach Steve Oliver (center) and staff hosted the Bonnies’ traditional Senior Night as Jill Howard (#12), Allie Bartholomeo (#13) and Winter Charles (#50) played their last game of the regular season in a 56-49 loss to Staten Island’s first place Notre Dame Academy.

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t’s always a bittersweet night when the seniors of the Fontbonne Varsity Basketball Team take the court at home for the last regular season game before the playoffs. For this 2019 season, the Bonnies celebrated the contribution of three seniors who were essential

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and already has a scholarship offer from the College of Mount St. Vincent. Second, shooting guard Allie Bartholomeo is a player that Coach Steve Oliver “will miss very much” since she was so helpful as a steadying influence on the team. Incidentally, Bartolomeo is Oliver’s

goddaughter; and she will be pursuing a nurse practitioner career with two scholarship offers from Delaware and South Carolina. Finally, forward Winter Charles was the most improved player of the team who repeatedly recorded “double-doubles” in highly contested games. Charles

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Eighth-grade students at Saint Ephrem Catholic Academy received their school rings during Catholic Schools Week. The week ended with a dress-down day and the first Saint Ephrem Catholic Academy student vs. faculty hockey game. Principal Craig Mercado and student Peter Mignone were the goalies. Loud cheers filled the gym, and the faculty won 3-0. It was a fun way to end a week of Catholic school spirit!

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as an aide to Charles Barron when Barron was a Democratic city councilmember representing East New York. McCall moved steadily up the ladder and eventually became the deputy chief of staff in Barron’s office. Barron is currently a member of the New York State Assembly. While housing will be the main focus of the Crisis Action Center, McCall still plans to fight against racial inequality and promote equality in education. On Feb. 4, McCall led students, teachers and parents in a protest march from Middle School 35 to Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant for a rally for Black Lives Matter for Schools Week. The speakers at the Restoration Plaza rally called for the establishment of a black history curriculum in schools and demanded that the New York City Department of Education hire more teachers of color. “We want to send the message that black lives matter and black students matter,” McCall said after the protest march.

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Mid-East Bakery in Bay Ridge continues family legacy BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM

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classic Bay Ridge bakery is being reborn. While the neighborhood has recently seen a rash of store closures, one that is definitely staying open, and retooling for the future, is one of the neighborhood’s most beloved mom and pop shops, now known as the Mid-East Bakery and Grocery, at 7808 Third Avenue. The bakery has been a staple in the community since 1976, serving some of the most sought after bread in Brooklyn. Taking over the shop are Tony and Marie Aflak, with their sons Alex and Thomas. Marie is the daughter of original owners Antoine and Frangie Tabet. Her parents were contemplating closing the store last December. Both had worked hard over the years and were looking forward to retirement. Marie’s brother Michael, who had been managing the shop for 17 years, had accepted a job

opportunity in New Jersey and could no longer oversee the bakery. “Dad came here in 1970 from a small town in northern Lebanon where the Cedars grow and worked at Damascus Bakery,” Marie told this paper. “After six years of working there, he had the opportunity to open this store. He had a cousin of his help him out and it’s just been a family business since then.” When her parents made the decision to close up shop, Tony and Marie expressed their desire to take over the business. Marie had learned to cook all kinds of Middle Eastern specialties from her mother and works as a chef at Xaverian High School. She had also opened her own shop, Grapevine, a few years ago. “When my parents decided to retire, we decided not to let the legacy of 43 years close down, because that was an option,” Marie said. “My brother decided in October that they’d be closing at the end of the year, so Tony and I approached my mom

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Tony and Marie Aflak holding their freshly baked pita bread. and dad with our desire for the store to continue.” And that it will, but under the Aflaks, the bakery’s popular pita bread will be available all day, said Tony. In the past, it would usually sell out by 11:30 a.m. In fact, Marie’s father — a fixture at the bakery who could always be found

sitting in a chair by the store’s entrance — was known to ration bread in favor of his regular customers. “It’s very important for us that the people know that the bread is available in any quantity that they need all day long,” Tony added. “If customers want

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some of the best tabbouleh in the borough, Tony and Marie will be introducing gluten-free and vegan items along with prepared foods and more groceries for selfserve grab and go. In addition, the couple said, “We’re also going to be wholesaling our bread and servicing restaurants. We’re already servicing Tanoreen (7523 Third Avenue), one of the best restaurants around. We will be expanding and hoping to wholesale our items into the city and New Jersey.” Marie is proud of her parents’ legacy and hopes her children will carry on the family tradition. She also shared that they will be in the store occasionally to greet their old customers and help out. “We were blessed to be given the life we’ve had because of my parents’ hard work,” she told this paper. “My father came to this country with $50 in his pocket. He opened a business, sent his four kids to good schools and stayed in one neighborhood. That was his version of the American Dream.”

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City’s Valentine’s gift to Coney Island: Renovated Asser Levy Park BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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alling it “one of the hidden gems of Coney Island,” City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver came to Asser Levy Park on Thurs., Feb. 14 to lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling a new version of the popular recreation

space following a $4.75 million renovation project. “What could be a sweeter Valentine’s Day gift than cutting the ribbon on the beautiful renovations at Asser Levy Park? The park is one of the hidden gems of Coney Island, and thanks to these improvements, it has been renewed for generations to come,” Silver said

Joined by police, the city officials and elected officials lined up to cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the $4.75 million playground renovation.

in a statement. Asser Levy Park, a 21-acre recreation space known for its famous bandshell, is located at 302 Sea Breeze Ave., near the Coney Island Boardwalk. The park now boasts a completely reconstructed playground with separate play areas and swing sets for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds, as well as a spray shower, adult and tot-sized tables, pathways and lighting. A new drainage system was also installed. The Parks Department is also planning to install adult fitness equipment in another section of the park. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, according to the agency. The funding for the renovation project was put into the city budget at the urging of Mayor Bill de Blasio and

He may be a grownup, but City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver indulged his inner child by sliding down the new slide. Photos by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Children had a ball with the new play equipment that was recently installed. Councilmember Chaim Deutsch, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Coney Island. Silver was joined at the ceremony by Deutsch, Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, City Council Parks Committee Chairperson Barry Grodenchik and Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Marty Maher.

“Today’s ribbon cutting was the culmination of years of working to improve Asser Levy Park for our community,” Deutsch said. “Parks are the center of any neighborhood, where families, seniors, and schoolchildren can gather together to enjoy each other’s company.” Frontus, a Democrat who

represents Coney Island, said she was thrilled to see the new playground. “Our local families and individuals will be able to enjoy this jewel in our community thanks to the hard work of my colleague Councilman Chaim Deutsch and Mayor de Blasio who secured the necessary funds to make these updates a reality,” she said. Following the ribbon cutting, Silver playfully tested out the new slide.

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“Everything else we do throughout the years is always to give, but sometimes in order to give, you need to receive. If we can get people in our community to keep the good going and attend, that would be a beautiful thing.” Last year marked the first time Reaching-Out didn’t host its dance. “We skipped it because the effort was greater than the return,” Neve said. In addition, he stressed, “There was a lot going on. We were overwhelmed with the increase of people needing our services. And we just didn’t have the time.” This year, there will be three honorees.

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