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Local Food Pantry Makes Holidays Merry for Children in Need SEE PAGE 18

Suspect in Firefighter Road Rage Slaying Indicted • PAGE 13

SPECIAL SECTION: Holiday Guide • PAGE 19

City Council, Mayor Come to Agreement on Sign Violations • PAGE 8

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Rose Fundraising Letter Warns of Grimm 2020 Challenge BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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Democratic Congressmember-elect Max Rose hasn’t even been sworn into office yet and already potential Republican challengers appear to be gearing up to run against him in 2020. Rose’s campaign sent out a fundraising letter warning of potential challenges from Michael Grimm or other Republicans. Grimm, the former congressmember, recently told the Staten Island Advance that he is leaving the door “wide open,” confirming reports that he is strongly considering a run. Rose isn’t waiting for Grimm to make up his mind. He is busy lining up support. “Max hasn’t even been sworn in and the Republicans and special interests are already lining up to take him out. It truly speaks volumes about the absurdity of our broken campaign finance system that we have to get right back to asking folks like you to step up with a donation,” the fundraising letter reads in part. In a clever detail, the letter requests a donation of $11.00, a nod to the fact that Rose will be representing the 11th Congressional District. Rose, who defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan in the 11th Congressional District (Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) in November, becoming the first Democrat to win the seat in 10 years, will be sworn into office early next month at the start of the 116th Congress. A Rose-Grimm match-up would be intriguing for many reasons. Both men are military veterans. Grimm, a former

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U.S. Marine, served during Operation Desert Storm. Rose, a U.S. Army veteran, earned a Purple Heart in Afghanistan in 2013. Another name that has been mentioned in political circles as a potential Rose opponent is Republican Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who represents a district that covers parts of Bay Ridge and Staten Island. She won re-election in November. “There are always rumors and speculation in politics.

Right now, my focus is returning to Albany in January, and advocating for Brooklyn and Staten Island. 2020 is two years away,” she told this newspaper. Malliotakis had sought to run for the congressional seat in 2015, but halted her bid after Republican Party leaders made it clear they were backing Donovan. Grimm held the seat from 2010 to 2015, when he resigned after pleading guilty to income tax fraud. He spent

eight months in a federal prison. Donovan, the former Staten Island district attorney, won a special election in 2015 to fill Grimm’s House seat. Donovan was re-elected in 2016. Grimm tried to mount a political comeback earlier this year. He challenged Donovan in a Republican primary but lost by 30 percentage points. And then Donovan went down to defeat to Rose last month. Grimm, who now works as a consultant, told the Staten

ABOVE: Michael Grimm (right) has signaled a strong interest in running for his old seat in 2020. In June, he ran against U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (left) in the Republican Primary and lost. The two men are pictured at a debate hosted by WABC-Radio Political Editor Rita Cosby. AT LEFT: Max Rose, who won in November, could face former Congressmember Michael Grimm when he runs for re-election in two years. Island Advance that in the weeks after the Nov. 6 election, he received numerous phone calls from members of the Staten Island Republican Party and people associated with Donovan’s campaign telling him he would have defeated Rose if it had been him, not Donovan, running in November. Kevin Elkins, Rose’s campaign spokesperson, scoffed at the Grimm-Rose election talk. “I know Michael has a lot of free time on his hands, but

it’s a shame that he and others won’t even wait for Max to be sworn in before trying to take him out,” Elkins told this newspaper in an email. “But that shouldn’t be surprising as Max refuses to take money from federal lobbyists and corporate PACs which has pissed off a lot of people in Washington. So to those already contemplating running in 2020, Godspeed, but Max is focused on fighting for Staten Island and South Brooklyn.”

With Democrats Taking Power, Local Senators Head Committees BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

When incoming state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was deciding on committee chairmanships for the new legislative session, she must have had Brooklyn on her mind. Stewart-Cousins tapped several of the borough’s state senators, all Democrats, to serve as chairpersons of key committees and subcommittees, giving them the opportunity to have a hand in deciding which pieces of legislation make it to the Senate floor for a vote in the 2019 legislative session that begins in early January. She announced the committee leaders on Tues., Dec. 11 Two senators, Diane Savino — who represents Coney Island and parts of Bensonhurst — and Kevin Parker — who represents East Flatbush, Flatbush and Midwood — will be heading legislative panels dealing with technology. Savino will chair the Subcommittee on Internet and Technology. Parker has been named chairperson of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee. Savino said she is looking

forward to her new role overseeing a subcommittee that will deal with issues touching so many aspects of modern life. “With new innovative startups sprouting up everyday that change the way we live, we in the legislature must ensure that our laws here in New York keep up with those changes. Just over the last decade we have seen our entire way of life change dramatically thanks to these innovations, such as ride sharing, social media and mobile banking, all of which come with the growing privacy concerns we face constantly. We have also seen the growth of the gig economy that has had a profound effect on workers’ rights,” she said in a statement. Parker shared his reaction on Twitter. “This is a huge honor and I look forward to working with committee members on important issues #CleanEnergy and #GreenCollarJobs,” he tweeted. Stewart-Cousins will become the majority leader thanks to the Democrats winning the majority of seats in the Senate in the Nov. 6 election, wresting control of the

legislative chamber from Republicans. Many political pundits were surprised StewartCousins gave a subcommittee to Savino, given that Savino was a leading member of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of breakaway Democrats who sided with Republicans and denied Democrats control of the legislative chamber. State Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who represents Borough Park, was not an IDC member but also sided with the GOP in previous sessions. He was not given a committee chairmanship by StewartCousins. In the first real demonstration of her power, StewartCousins found a way to reward newcomers. Senator-elect Andrew Gounardes, who defeated Republican Marty Golden, a 16-year incumbent, in the Senate district covering Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and other Southwest Brooklyn neighborhoods, will chair the Civil Service and Pensions Committee. “Civil service is fundamental to how our state functions. For our valued state

employees who are now retired or have devoted a substantial portion of their professional lives to the public sector, pension payments must always be non-negotiable. In my role as chair, I will always stand up for our civil servants and put the people first to ensure that the choices we make today help to secure the financial security of all those who serve the public,” Gounardes said in a statement. Senator-elect Zellnor Myrie, who will represent Crown Heights, parts of Park Slope and Sunset Park, was rewarded for beating state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, an IDC member, by being named chairperson of the Elections Committee. Another member of the incoming freshman class, Senator-elect Julia Salazar, who will represent Bushwick, who ousted longtime incumbent state Sen. Martin Dilan, has been tapped to chair the Subcommittee on Women’s Health. State Sen. Roxanne Persaud — whose district includes Canarsie, East New York and Brownsville, will chair the Social Services Committee. State Sen.

State Sen. Diane Savino, a former member of the Independent Democratic Conference, avoided being shut out of committee assignments. She has been tapped to chair the Subcommittee on Internet and Technology. Photo courtesy of state Sen. Diane Savino

Velmanette Montgomery — whose district includes Bedford Stuyvesant, Fort Greene and Boerum Hill, will head the Committee on

Children and Families. State Sen. Brian Kavanagh — who represents Brooklyn Heights — will be the new chairperson of the Housing Committee.

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As the president finds it harder and harder to rationalize his direct lies and Robert Mueller gets ready a final report on the activities that tainted the 2016 presidential election, conservative forces are trying to reverse the gains made by Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. The Koch network led by billionaire boys, Charles and David Koch, is spreading its tentacles deeper into the American political process. They believe that billionaires know better what workingclass people need in America. The regular Americans who live and work and serve this wonderful country do live with legitimate fears about the future but the billionaires of America, due to a decision by the Supreme Court, are permitted to spend millions to goad, push and frighten regular Americans into believing

that any solution requires less taxes and fewer services for our citizens. Billionaires don’t have to worry about a pension or health insurance. The rest of America must worry about those things. The Kochs have already set aside $400 million to influence elections across America. Is that philanthropy? Is that patriotism? That $400 million isn’t even enough for them. They set up a new super PAC, called AFP Action, to sway Americans without them realizing who is doing the swaying. It should be called the “Billionaire Coal Mine Owners Organization to win Your Vote.” That would be an honest title. They are spending massively to try and take back the House of Representatives and keep control of the Senate for Republicans in 2020. They already have an “Americans

for Prosperity” organization but that is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit and it is constrained from outright urging of citizens to vote for or against a candidate. Their new PAC, AFP Action, without IRS limits on activity, can spend unlimited amounts on political activities. Some of the unlimited amounts could go to Michael Grimm, our former congressmember, who recently told reporters that he is leaving the door “wide open” to campaign as the Republican candidate against Max Rose in 2020. Grimm challenged Donovan in a Republican primary for that seat but lost handily to Donovan who was subsequently defeated by Max Rose in the general election. Congressmember-elect Rose hasn’t even been sworn into office, but he must already worry about potential

Billionaires don’t have to worry about a pension or health insurance. The rest of America must worry about those things. Republican challengers. Is the 11th Congressional district covering Staten Island and Brooklyn so special that candidates emerge from the woodwork before the campaign cycle has ended? No. This is about how the incredibly financed Republican war machine improves its odds in every race at every level. The Republican Party and its conservative leaders realized long ago that every victo-

ry can be used to create more electoral victories. Local and state victories assure that the electoral process is massaged so the influence and power of Republican voters is magnified. It’s smart. Democrats must fight fire with fire until we can enact real campaign finance reform. Max won’t wait for Grimm or another challenger to accept the red tide of billionaire financing to try and replace him after one term. His campaign already mailed a fundraising letter seeking small donations in anticipation of the challenges to come. Republican Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis was also been mentioned as a potential challenger for Max in 2020. Malliotakis, who 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 deserved criticism. It’s too bad we can’t use political lobbying money to actually help the people.

Fight Back Bay Ridge Pitches In to Clean Up Dyker Heights BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

Fight Back Bay Ridge is fighting back against garbage in Dyker Heights. Leaders of the grass-roots organization have stepped up to volunteer to fan put across their neighboring community of Dyker Heights over the next two weekends to pick up

trash tossed by tourists who come to view the famous Dyker Heights Christmas lights display. Sally McMahon, cofounder of Fight Back Bay Ridge, said group member Stephen Pickering came up with the idea for the garbage clean-up and that other members enthusiastically signed up for the mission.

“I remember bringing my children to see the Dyker lights when they were young and how delighted they were. It was a family tradition. It’s grown tremendously and has now brought problems for the homeowners and the neighborhood. So many people are not picking up after themselves. The trash is becoming overwhelming,” McMahon

With members of Fight Back Bay Ridge conducting cleanups of Dyker Heights, sights like this overflowing litter basket might become rare. Photo by Tom Hilton

told this newspaper in an email. “While planning to visit the Dyker lights for the first time with my family, I came across some articles describing the sanitation challenges faced by the residents. Why not grab a trash bag and help out our neighbors while enjoying the festivities? So I pitched it at a FBBR meeting and there was a really enthusiastic response,” Pickering said. McMahon and her daughter, Mallory McMahon, founded Fight Back Bay Ridge in 2016 following the election of President Donald Trump. The group has organized numerous protest demonstrations against elected officials like Republican state Sen. Martin Golden and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but has also taken part in non-political community improvement projects. “Fight Back Bay Ridge is collaborative action group and we are working towards community organizing and civic engagement for the betterment of our neighborhood. So we decided to help out our neighbors,” McMahon said. “We organized a clean up at Dyker Lights to support the homeowners who work so hard to make the neighborhood beautiful. They shouldn’t have to clean up after tourists on their own. They bring joy to so many people and this is our way of giving back.” In recent weeks, Dyker Heights residents have complained to local officials about overflowing trash cans and litter on the sidewalks and streets. Along with the tourists, vendors descend into

the neighborhood to sell ice cream, candy, hot chocolate and other treats from their food trucks. People purchase food items from vendors and then toss the containers on the sidewalks when they are done, residents said. Thousands of people visit the neighborhood every year during the holiday season to view the spectacular Christmas lights and figures homeowners display on their front lawns. The Fight Back Bay Ridge clean-up comes on the heels of Councilmember Justin Brannan’s effort to convince the Department of Sanitation to place more trash cans on

the sidewalks and to conduct more frequent collections of trash from the cans. Brannan, a Democrat who represents Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge and parts of Bensonhurst, said he’s delighted that Fight Back Bay Ridge is pitching in. “This is just another example of the long tradition we have in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights of civic minded groups and individuals helping their neighbors for the betterment of our community,” Brannan told this newspaper. Brannan urged others to “give them a hand and pick up any stray litter they might encounter.”

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Ocasio-Cortez Denies Targeting Jeffries for Primary Challenge BY PAULA KATINAS


One day after a firestorm of controversy erupted over a Politico report that Congressmember-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is looking to defeat Democratic colleague U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries in 2020, the soon-to-be lawmaker vehemently denied the explosive article. “One disappointment about DC is the gossip that masquerades as ‘reporting.’ This story has: - Not a SINGLE named or verifiable source - Only ONE onthe-record comment, which is a denial,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter after the article appeared on Politico’s website and tongues started wagging in the Capitol. And in case anyone didn’t get her point, Ocasio-Cortez added to her tweet. “My dad had a name for junk articles like this: ‘Birdcage lining,’” she wrote. A spokesman for Jeffries told this newspaper Wednesday morning that Jeffries would have no comment on reports that Ocasio-Cortez is gunning for him. But the spokesperson also pointed out, in an email, that Ocasio-Cortez had declared the Politico story to be untrue. Meanwhile, Politico isn’t backing down. Brad Dayspring, vice president of marketing and communications for Politico, told Fox News that the political news website stands by its reporting. “It’s hard to know what the criticism of the piece is since the congresswoman-elect doesn’t specify (nor has she or anyone from her staff asked for a correction). We stand by our story,” Dayspring told Fox News. The controversy erupted on Tuesday, when Politico reported that Ocasio-Cortez, who rocked the political establishment when she toppled long-

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was recently elected to serve as chairperson of the House Democratic Caucus, a high-powered position in Congress. Photo courtesy of Rep. Jeffries

time U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary in June, was setting her sights on Jeffries, another major figure in New York politics. Politico reported that OcasioCortez and a group of progressives called Justice Democrats are gunning for Jeffries and that the organization, with OcasioCortez’s blessing, had already recruited a candidate, an AfricanAmerican woman, to run against Jeffries two years from now. Jeffries, whose congressional district includes Coney Island, Canarsie and East New York in Brooklyn and Howard Beach and South Ozone Park in Queens, was recently elected to the coveted post of chairperson of the House Democratic Caucus, making him the fifth highest ranking member of the House. His name has been mentioned as a future Speaker of the House.

Congressmember-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) denied a report that she is seeking to defeat U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries by recruiting a Democrat to challenge him in a primary in 2020. She is pictured with State Sen.-elect Julia Salazar at a campaign event in Williamsburg earlier this year. ebrooklyn media/File photo by Andy Katz Crowley was the previous chairperson of the caucus. A primary could lead to open warfare between OcasioCortez and Jeffries, two of the Democratic Party’s rising stars at a time when the Democratic Party would be seeking to unite to try and defeat Republican President Donald Trump in 2020. Jeffries isn’t progressive enough for some on the far left of the Democratic Party, who told Politico they are upset with the lawmaker’s ties to banking interests and charter school proponents. In addition, Ocasio-Cortez is said to be fuming over the fact that a contribution she made to U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (DCalifornia), the woman who ran

against Jeffries for the chairperson’s spot, was the subject of a whispering campaign against Lee, Politico reported. In a roundtable with reporters in his Brooklyn district office on Monday, Jeffries, 48, said he was looking forward to working with all of the newly elected members of New York City’s congressional delegation. “The Democratic Party is a big tent,” he said. Jeffries acknowledged that progressives “are the center of gravity” in the current Democratic Party. But he also added that the majority of Democrats who were able to flip Republican House seats from red to blue in the November election “are more centrist, moderate” than many realize.

In defeating Crowley, a man who had been in office for 20 years, in the primary and then winning the general election last month, OcasioCortez put herself on the map. Her every move is scrutinized by the media. And she has 1.6 million Twitter followers. Starting in January, she will represent the 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of Sunnyside, Astoria, College Point, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights in Queens and Morris Park, Parkchester, Pelham Bay and Throgs Neck in the Bronx. At the age of 29, she will be the youngest woman ever to serve in the U.S. Congress. Stephen Witt, founder and editor of Kings County Politics,

said Tuesday that knocking off Jeffries would be an uphill battle for Ocasio-Cortez. “It’s a huge hill to climb. It’s one thing to beat Joe Crowley, who didn’t even campaign to keep his seat. It’s another thing to try and beat Hakeem, who works hard, is well-liked and has deep roots in the community,” Witt told this newspaper. Another factor in Jeffries’ favor: the configuration of the congressional district. “Threequarters of that district is in Brooklyn. Only a small part of it is in Queens,” Witt said. With her upset win over Crowley, “Ocasio-Cortez became a national star,” Witt said. “But I don’t know how that’s going to play in Central Brooklyn.”

Jeffries Talks Prison Reform, Housing, Transportation

Brooklyn Rep Also Reflects on Big Democratic Gains in House BY PAULA KATINAS


Access to affordable housing and public transportation that runs on time are two of the items on the wish list of many Brooklyn residents, and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said he hopes to get to work on them when Congress goes into session in early January with the new Democratic-dominated House. During a roundtable discussion with reporters in his district office in the Shirley Chisholm Federal Office Building at 55 Hanson Place Monday morning, Dec. 17, Jeffries talked about a variety of issues facing the nation, including criminal justice reform and the Affordable Care Act. Jeffries, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Coney Island, Mill Basin, Canarsie, Brownsville, East New York, Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene, was recently elected to serve as chairperson of the House Democratic Caucus, making him the fifth highest ranking member of the House. He will also serve as a member of two

high-profile committees in the House: Judiciary and Budget. In the hour-long session with reporters, he reflected on the big gains made by Democrats in the House in the November election. The Democrats picked up 40 seats. Closer to home, Jeffries pointed to housing and transportation as issues that need to be solved. Brooklyn residents, like all New Yorkers, need “safe, affordable housing,” according to Jeffries, who added that his district has one of the largest number of public housing developments of any congressional district in the nation. “We need an all-hands-on-deck approach,” to solving the affordable housing crisis, he said. Among the steps he will push for, he said, is to revisit the federal government’s Section 202 program which offers vouchers to senior citizens to help them pay their rent. Jeffries said he is aware that the subways and buses are in sorry shape. “We have crumbling mass transportation in New York City. Everyone is suffering in dif-

ferent ways,” he said. He is hopeful that a $1 trillion infrastructure bill can make it through the House and Senate in the upcoming legislative session. The bill would include hundreds of billions of dollars to fix bridges and roads as well as $70 billion to make repairs to public housing developments across the country, he said. A major test of whether the House can pass bipartisan legislation will come as soon as this week, with Republicans still in the majority in the House, according to Jeffries, who pointed to the movement on both sides of the aisle toward criminal justice reform. The bill, which will be voted on this week, will save taxpayers money and reduce the rate of recidivism of ex-cons, Jeffries predicted. Democrats are seeking to roll back mandatory minimum sentences and provide retroactive “relief to the incarcerated who were sentenced under unjust crack cocaine laws,” he said. In many cases, inmates convicted of non-violent drug offenses would be released from prison.

If the legislation passes, it will be a good sign that Democrats and Republicans can work together to solve the nation’s problems, Jeffries said. The recent ruling by a federal judge in Texas that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional should cause congressional Republicans to sweat, according to Jeffries, who said the GOP pushed hard to repeal the law known as Obamacare and must now live with its actions. With any new bill in the wake of the Texas judge’s ruling, “The starting point has to be strengthening the ACA,” he said. Millions of Americans who have pre-existing medical conditions could lose their health insurance if the ACA goes out the window, he said. If that happens, “Republicans will be at risk for more dramatic losses in 2020,” he predicted. Polls showed that health care was at the top of the list of concerns of most Americans going into the midterm election. The seeds for the big gains Democrats made in November, when they picked up the largest

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries holds forth on a number of issues during a roundtable with reporters in his Brooklyn district office. ebrooklyn media/Photo by Paula Katinas number of House seats since the first post-Watergate election in 1974, were actually planted in November of 2016 with the election of President Donald Trump, Jeffries said. Following the 2016 election, Democrats had to decide if they were going to “fold like a cheap suit or fight back in a dignified and principled manner,” Jeffries said. The Democrats chose the latter, he said. Mindful of the long-held belief that “Republicans talk in headlines and Democrats talk in fine print,” House Democrats stopped getting lost in numbing

details of legislation and came up with a strategy to communicate to the American people with a clear, simple and concise message, he said. For example, Democrats talked about how the GOP’s efforts to gut the ACA would harm average Americans and how 83 percent of the benefits of the much-ballyhooed Republican tax cut would go to the richest one percent of Americans. The fight over the Republican tax cut “was a seminal moment,” Jeffries said. The tax cut proved to be unpopular with the public, according to most polls.




Cops Arrest Man on Murder Charges in Connection with Shooting Death of Bath Beach Man

Cops Arrest Three Suspects Wanted in Sunset Park Robbery BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM ebrooklyn media/Photos by Mark Mellone


olice have arrested three suspects in the robbery of a woman by four teenage girls in Sunset Park. The three suspects, all 14, were charged with two counts of robbery and grand larceny. According to authorities, on Weds., Nov. 14, at around 12:10 p.m., the four thieves approached the victim at 59th Street and Eighth Avenue. One of them allegedly tried to snatch her phone from her hands when it fell to the sidewalk. Cops say one of the other crooks


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Surveillance photos of the suspects. then picked the phone up, while the first girl shoved the victim in the face when she tried to chase the girl who had her phone, who

fled northbound on Eighth Avenue. The other two suspects allegedly acted as lookouts during the crime.

olice have arrested a man wanted in connection to the shooting and murder of a 23-year-old man in the Bath Beach area. Cops arrested 23-yearold James Raccagna, and charged him with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. According to authorities,

on Sun., Dec. 8 at about 6:31 p.m., 23-year-old Mohammad Grine was fatally shot in the torso near Shore Parkway and 20th Avenue. EMS transported Grine, a

Bath Beach resident, to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Raccagna was taken into custody at the scene of the shooting.

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The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton. ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT IN BAY RIDGE: A 30-year-old man was arrested for allegedly robbing a 23-year-old man at knifepoint on 78th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues on Mon., Dec. 10. According to authorities, at around 4:15 a.m., the victim was approached by two suspects who stole several of his possessions. When the man went after the suspects, one of the men allegedly punched him in the face and took out a knife. The victim was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn for treatment. MAN STRUCK BY METAL OBJECT: A 58-year-old man was assaulted by an unknown attacker on 65th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues on Weds., Dec. 12. Reports say that at around 1:40 p.m., the perp approached the victim and struck him in the head with a metal object resulting in cuts and bleeding. The victim was brought to NYU Langone Hospital- Brooklyn. No arrests have been made.

62 ND PRECINCT JOY RIDE: An unknown crook stole a car from an auto dealership near 65th Street and Seventh Avenue on Tues., Dec. 11, at around 5 p.m. Cops say that one of the dealership’s employees said that the car was in the prep room getting ready to be sold when it was taken. The employee said that when he last saw the car, the doors were locked. No arrests have been made. LIVING DANGEROUSLY: A motorcycle worth around $5,000 was stolen on Fri., Dec. 14 from the driveway in which it was parked near Bay Ridge Parkway and 12th Avenue. No arrests have been made. EMPTY HANDED: A burglar broke into a home at 12th Avenue and 74th Street on Fri., Dec. 14, but stole nothing. According to reports, at around 8:19 p.m., the victim, a 46-year-old woman, received a call from her security company that the alarm to her home had gone off. When she rushed home, she saw that the vestibule door had been broken. However, nothing was missing. No arrests have been made.

The 62nd Precinct serves Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend. DELIVERY GONE WRONG: A 27-year-old man was attacked and robbed by two crooks, one described as a 20-year-old man, at 15th Avenue and 79th Street on Thurs., Dec. 13 at around 8:30 p.m. while he was making a delivery to one of the perps. According to reports, during the delivery, a second crook appeared from behind and grabbed the victim’s bag, which included a phone, sneakers and cards. The first thief pushed the victim and fled the scene with the other perp. No arrests have been made. FRIEND FIGHT: A woman was arrested for allegedly attacking her friend at Shore Parkway and 15th Avenue on Fri., Dec. 14 at around 9:30 p.m. According to police, the suspect allegedly forcibly entered the victim’s apartment with a key. The victim, a 23-year-old woman, tried to block the door with a dresser. The suspect then took out a two-foot-long metal pipe and threatened to kill her. WOMAN SCAMMED OUT OF 1K: A 21-year-old woman who lives near 78th Street and 15th Avenue was scammed out of $1K on the chatting app WeChat on Sat., Dec. 15 at around 3:20 p.m. During a chat with someone she didn’t know, the victim agreed to send the money via Chase Quick Pay in return for Chinese currency. However, after she sent the money, the crook blocked her without giving her the promised exchange. No arrests have been made. SPA DAY: Two unknown crooks broke into a spa at 61st Street and 20th Avenue and stole around $1,881 on Sun., Dec. 16 at around 1:53 a.m. According to reports, the burglars broke into the businesses by lifting the front gate and crawling underneath, then entering through a door that was not locked. No arrests have been made.


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Hard Stop on Signage Fees as City Council Secures New Awning Act BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK MMCGOLDRICK@ BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM


wners of mom and pop shops throughout the city can sleep a little easier now that the City Council and the mayor have formalized a new Awnings Act which will waive fees which could be damaging for some smaller business owners. The agreement, just finalized by Brooklyn Councilmember Rafael Espinal and Mayor Bill de Blasio, comes on the heels of an emergency rally held earlier this month on the steps of City Hall. The presser spotlighted small businesses which have been blindsided by the Department of Buildings (DOB) for sign and awning violations that, politicians like Espinal claim, haven’t been enforced at this volume in years. According to city building codes, signs larger than six square feet require a special installation permit, though, electeds say, small mom-and-pop shops – many of which have had signs hanging for decades – are suddenly getting slammed by surprise fines. Under the new legislation, the hundreds of businesses that have been slapped with fines up to $6,000 for signs hung without permits will not have to pay a dime. Furthermore, those that have already paid the fine will be offered discounted rates on permits for installing a new awning or sign. According to

Councilmember Justin Brannan, those shops which have already paid will only need to fork up about 25 percent of the paperwork cost of their new signage. Brannan is no stranger to these types of fines. The pol once owned the Art Room, a fine art school for children on Third Avenue, alongside his wife, Leigh, who has carried the torch herself since his election — and just recently received her first awning violation. His district, which encompasses a swathe of southern Brooklyn including Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, had been hit hard by the recent spike in related 311 complaints. Just a few blocks away from his district office is United Home Center, a hardware store at 7905 Third Avenue which was recently slapped with a summons for signage that’s more than four decades old. “I was elected to fight like hell for the people who call my district home and that includes the many small business owners who keep our neighborhoods vibrant, unique and strong. Once I heard about this sign issue, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work,” Brannan told this paper. “The bottom line is this: Our government shouldn’t have an arrow in its quiver that can effectively close a small business with the stroke of a pen. Any fines to small businesses should be reserved exclusively for issues that put public safety at risk. To me, anything else is punitive and arbitrary.” The act will also allow for

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Mike Sinno of United Home Center at 7905 Third Avenue said the store has been in the family for more than 40 years and that there had never been a problem with the sign, but still got a summons. any general contractor to hang awnings or signs, expanding the market beyond the 20 to 30 previously approved and licensed hangers. This, Brannan noted, will cut costs dramatically for some businesses. Perhaps most notable, however, is the immediate moratorium the act establishes on the DOB’s ability to issue fines for the awnings, the key to immediate relief for businesses that have been impacted. When reached for comment for this paper’s previous reporting on the issue, Andrew Rudansky, the DOB’s senior deputy press secretary, had stressed that the agency only enforces what it’s tasked to by the City Council – and that it

doesn’t itself issue the fines; the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings does. “As laws are passed, we are legally required to enforce them,” he told this paper, pointing to two new laws passed by the City Council in 2017 pertaining to these types of violations: Local Law No. 188, which resulted in the creation of a real time enforcement unit within the DOB, and Local Law No. 156, which upped the penalties for work without a permit to its current minimum of $6,000. The latter, Espinal helped introduce. As did Brannan’s predecessor Vincent Gentile and another 29 councilmembers. (Espinal, in response, pointed fingers right back at the DOB, adding that an educational outreach program promised by the agency had failed, and that “the fact that awnings and signs that have been up for decades are now receiving DOB violations,” is only proof of that.) That said, signs have needed a permit since the 1968 building code came into being, according to Rudansky, who contended that the DOB was not doing anything differently in its recent spate of violations than it has done in over five decades, and that the majority of violations issued on signage are for not having

had a permit to put it up in craziness and give us time the first place (permits, he to work things out while said, are meant to discour- offering relief for small age shoddy workmanship business owners who are and corner-cutting which already getting squeezed from every angle,” Brancan prove dangerous). nan said. “With retail on Nor, he said, did the sudthe ropes and companies den focus on signs originate with the DOB. “In general, like Amazon cannibalizing we inspect business signs everything, shopping local when we receive complaints has become the conscienfrom the public about them,” tious thing to do but it’s not he stressed. always the most convenient That said, there has been thing. The last thing these small businesses need is a sizeable increase in the number of 311 complaints another fine to deal with it.” Espinal agreed. made about signage – most notably in Brooklyn. “The Awnings Act will put According to figures a stop to the signage fines provided to this paper by that have been causing so the DOB, there were 1,046 much pain for our small complaints made year-to- businesses, and provide redate re: illegal signage – up lief for businesses that have 736 complaints from 2017’s already been the victims of 310. Manhattan has seen unfair enforcement,” he said. 251 complaints year-to-date “The recent news about Am(down four, thus far, from azon serves as a reminder last year’s 255) while the that small businesses in Bronx racked up only 97 our city are under a treas of November – up only mendous amount of stress, slightly from last year’s with the rise of e-retailers and big box stores and end-total of 69. Both Brannan and Espi- skyrocketing commercial nal have alleged that the rents threatening their very spike in complaints could existence. The city should just be masked attacks on not be adding to their woes small businesses, many of by issuing exorbitant fines them immigrant-owned. based on laws they didn’t know existed. I want to With that in mind, the two are counting the Aw- thank my colleagues in the nings Act – which will also Council for supporting this legislation, and most imporinclude the creation of an awnings task force – as a tantly express my gratitude win for the city. to the business owners who “The Awnings Act will sounded the alarm when the effectively hit pause on this ticket blitz began.”


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olice are investigating the deaths of a Bedford-Stuyvesant teen and a 59-year-old man whose bodies are linked to two separate public housing rooftops. On Tuesday evening, Dec. 19, at the Marlboro Houses in Gravesend, police responded to a burglary on the seventh floor of the Avenue V building. When the officers investigated, they realized no burglary had actually taken place; instead, they found the body of a 59-year-old man, who possibly fell from the roof, police said. The unidentified man — whose name was not released pending family notification — was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The city’s medical examiner will determine

The Marlboro Houses. the cause of death as the police continue their investigation. Across the borough, a pair of police officers were conducting a vertical patrol inside the Brevoort Houses on Bainbridge Street when they found the body of 18-year-old Ihuoma Uchanma on the roof. Emergency personnel

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‘FAIR PLAY LOBBY DAY’ BROUGHT NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CITY HALL TO DEMAND EQUITY IN ACCESS TO SPORTS TEAMS Brooklyn councilmembers including Justin Brannan (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Height-Bensonhurst), Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) showed their support for ‘Fair Play Lobby Day.’ Impatient with the slow progress to counter racial discrimination by the Department of Education, Black and Latino High School students from across New York City spent Tues., Dec. 11 at City Hall, lobbying city councilmembers to support a bill that would require transparency in how the Public School Athletic League allocates sports teams and resources. Fair Play Lobby Day kicked off with a rally on the steps of City Hall at 9:30 a.m. “Team sports is a great way for students to grow and learn lessons they will carry throughout their life,” said Brannan. “Unfortunately, not all public school students are currently given this opportunity. This is wrong and we must act to make sure that all students are afforded the same athletic opportunities no matter where they live or what the economic status of their neighborhood is.” Lander echoed Brannan’s comments. “The importance of access to sports for kids cannot be overstated,” said Lander. “Sports help promote the health and wellbeing of students, both physically and emotionally, and they can open the door to increased college opportunities. Treyger, a former educator, knew precisely how valuable these programs are for students. “I’ve seen firsthand how school athletic programs benefit students’ physical and mental wellbeing, provide students with valuable life skills, and help open doors toward the pursuit of postsecondary studies,” he said. “No student in our city’s school system should be denied access to these programs and the positive impact they can have on the life of a child or young adult.” -JA

DEUTSCH HOLDS SECURITY MEETING FOR NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP In response to frustration about the process of obtaining security bollards (steel posts) to protect non-public institutions, District 48 City Councilmember Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay-Brighton Beach), held a public meeting last week, bringing together city officials, NYPD counterterrorism experts, and representatives of schools and houses of worship from throughout the five boroughs. In 2017, an ISIS terrorist used a truck to mow down nearly two dozen pedestrians and bike riders on a bike path in Lower Manhattan, ultimately taking out eight bollards, which help prevent vehicle rammings. Bollards are in high demand given ongoing terror threats and a worrisome spike in hate crimes in New York City and throughout the country. “This meeting was an opportunity to get all the relevant parties into one room, in order to ensure that there is an open line of communication, that questions were answered, and that the process was explained clearly,” said Deutsch, who serves as the chairperson of the NYC Council’s Jewish Caucus. “Usually, the problem is funding, but in this case, the money is there, but institutions needed help understanding how to spend it in the most efficient way possible.” Addressing a room filled with representatives from some of the largest faith-based schools and houses of worship in New York City, NYPD Counterterrorism Division commanding officer Deputy Chief John O’Connell explained his unit’s procedure for reviewing and affirming the need for security in applicant organizations. Representatives of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker

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City Councilmember Chaim Deutsch holds meeting concerning security in public schools and houses of worship. Corey Johnson helped to facilitate the meeting and were in attendance as well. Both offices expressed their intention to assist in ensuring that bollard requests are taken extremely seriously, and handled as such. They pledged to continue to enable communications between applicants and agencies . –JA


ADAMS LIKES CUOMO POT IDEA, BUT… Borough President Eric Adams has endorsed a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to legalize marijuana in New York State for recreational use, but he expressed concern over how a new law would be implemented to protect the health of residents. “A legal marijuana market requires setting stringent health standards, just like recommended dosages for alcohol and warning labels for cigarettes,” Adams said in a statement on Monday, the same day Cuomo announced his proposal to legalize pot. “Without these kinds of advisories and protections, we risk exposing our communities to lifelong health damage, which could also lead to an increasing burden on our health care system. We cannot have legalization lead down a path toward irresponsible use of marijuana that exacerbates health disparities in poor, urban communities of color,” Adams said. “There must be mechanisms in place that ensure the public is protected from recreational marijuana’s harmful effects, as well as that create truly meaningful pathways for historically disadvantaged and persecuted communities to be uplifted out of the shadows and into the bright light of a new economic and social opportunity for themselves, their families and the communities in which they live” Among his recommendations is the idea of expunging the records of individuals convicted of low-level marijuana-related crimes. Adams also called on the state to spread the wealth when it comes to deciding where licensed pot shops can operate. “We must also empower disadvantaged communities to actively participate in a newly regulated market that would eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities. Licensed vendors should be able to open new establishments in disadvantaged communities through the promotion of local entrepreneurship, particularly in communities of color,” Adams said. – PK

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Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (third from right) congratulates doctors and medical staffers at NYC Health + Hospitals / Kings County on the acquisition of a new Da Vinci Surgical Robot System.

EUGENE INSPECTS KINGS COUNTY HOSPITAL ROBOT Councilmember Mathieu Eugene recently paid a visit to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County to get a close-up view of the hospital’s new Da Vinci Surgical Robot System. The robot will enable the hospital to expand its use of minimally invasive surgeries, according to Eugene, who secured city funding to enable the hospital to obtain the robotic system. Kings County is the third hospital in the NYC Health + Hospitals healthcare network to get a surgical robot, Eugene said. Eugene (D-Flatbush, Kensington, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens) is also a medical doctor. – PK

Brooklyn District 37 City Councilmember Rafael Espinal (D-East New York-Bushwick-Cypress Hills-Bedford Stuyvesant) helped secure $1.25 million for the first-ever New York City electric school bus pilot program. The City Council Environmental Committee held a public hearing on Weds., Dec. 17 that was sponsored by Espinal and Councilmembers Danny Dromm (D-Queens) and Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) to discuss the replacement of gas-powered school buses with electric buses by 2020. The legislation is a complement to $1.25 million in funding Espinal secured in conjunction with the Department of Education for an electric school bus pilot program to start in September, at beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. According to the Daily News, initially four buses will replace the gas-powered vehicles. “At a time when climate change is upon us, the city has to be aggressive on all fronts,” Espinal told the Daily News. “Investing in electric school buses will help get us there in reducing our carbon emissions.” -JA





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OPINION Muffin’s Bay Ridge Celebrates Muffin’s Pet Connection Pet Connection its 165th Birthday

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I love be affectionate, play with toys; you would think dinner dance on through the pathways, there Thursday evewere uniformed re-enactors Bay Ridge, which was also held adjacent to the large Boulevard near 73rd rector of Christ Church Bay ent to raise theirs as he City Councilmember Justin am spayed with my vaccinations and micro chipped.” Sherman Silverman at 718-748friend. affectionate, play mythe toys; you would think was a kitten. I and will give with you all love and attention uniformed re-enactors 2,eveat Brannan gave some brief bronze plaque on the Ibe --were soldiers standing guard, founded in 1853, Rector Ridge. offeredning, aThursday toast June in tribute of Street. 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, library wall which was remarks including adding * * * Wearing my hat as society perBay Ridge’s birthday. DeLion spoke about the key 7:30165th p.m., at the musicians and singers 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 perhis cheers for the commuhistorian and trustee, I gave Jack LaTorre, a past socierected and dedicated back role of Weir, the church’s Best wishes for a blessed 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 famous vestry member, a briefevent narrative noting that ety president, immediately in 2003 when Bay Ridge and Merry Christmas. 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Mysterious BayMan Ridge ‘Bing’ Attributed to Verizon-Sanctioned Liftboat Staten Island


“When Justin posted about the bing BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK Photo courtesy of Matthew Kabel weeks ago, I said it sounded exactly like when I was a kid in Buffalo and we had to The elusive Bay Ridge “bing” may be a bang poles into the ground for our snow mystery no more. fences,” he told this paper, adding that, A three-legged liftboat spotted over the I read countless Unfortunately, whatever In the meantime, the only when going for a run by the water Sunday, weekend in theattempts waterstonear the Verrazstate one’s contempt for is thethe efforts made then and in words that come to mind conthe structure stopped him in his tracks. zano-Narrows Bridge cause were of the shooter the‘round anti-semitic years to address cerning the Pittsburgh massacre “[I had a real] WTF moment,” he said. soundand heard the hood,subsequent Councilmemviews heldBrannan that resulted in theSunday, hate and often mental ill- are, May Those who Perished According to Levingston Offshore, “The ber he Justin proclaimed Nov. CHRISTINA CARREGA the18. massacre thatBY occurred in ness behind the hate have fall- Rest In Peace. May those There are literally thousands  Worldwide Pioneer of Liftboat,” the Pittsburgh at the-Tree of Lifeby local en short. I would like to injured make a full recovery. of new jobs in the There are multi-purpose, many other eleccraftregion is athat “self-propelled, The noise described residents A Staten Island man pleaded not guilty on Tues., Dec. Congregation. thatthe the Tree of Life And may all the affected famionly exist because of the film vessel” tions on theoften ballot.used Locally, self-elevating most to as an ominous “bing” whichbelieve mirrored 18 Occasionally, for brutally cracking of an firefighter there is the anskull is off-duty an isolated event, but lies and friends find some level and television tax credit that Republican/Conservative carry equipment in support of mineral exsound of “metal on metal” -- attack became a hot I would like to believe and causing his “almost instant death” during a road rage event so on horrific therewhen are Brannan, as I mentioned Golden wrote. All sorts of senior Steve Saperstein is in a accomor other offshore construction topic socialthat media earli- history has of comfort in knowing millions that the Tree of Life citizen programs ploration no words to describe your shown that it is not. incident. are praying for them. only kept pace petitive election for State tivities. er this month, asked community members attack is an isolated with economic changes due to Assembly against Democrat feelings. You try Joseph and youDesmond, try, We react as been a society and as If convicted, who has charged  one in particular, Community also heard the “mysterious bing.” We pass some event, but as I men- the senator’s efforts.This butif they’d you cannot fully wrap a government. Last week, the Home Hospitals in Mathylde Frontus in a district with murder, faces up to 25 years to life in prison in the Board 10 beDistrict Manager Josephine “[It]around sortait with sounds like an enormous yourself words. new laws and create some new Reporter endorsed State Brooklyn that seem to always tioned history has shown that stretches from Bay Ridge death of 33-year-old Faizal Coto on Dec. 9 around 4:40 Beckmann said, had been contracted by grommet banging on a giant flagpole,” he Pittsburgh attack on programs. It is a Band-Aid Senator Marty Golden (whom in financial trouble benefited by to Seagate. Congressmember that it is not. a.m.The on the Belt Parkway. Verizon to determine whether or not itoff wrote on Facebook. many levels crossed into this approach that at best has resultI serve as chief of staff) for reGolden’s work at the budget Dan Donovan faces Desmond, 29 of Staten Island, used an unknown blunt drill of fiber-optic the JustItone of Brannan’s posts questerritory. is one of aleft growing ed--inthe the useviolently, of bigger causBand- election. Of course, I do not negotiating table could and billions againstcables Max there Rose. inRepubobject to strike the side of Coto’s head future. made lican/Conservative Assemblytion was posted to various group pages essentially a civic activist connumber of what has become a Aids as the years have gone by. claim to be non-partisan when new dollars for education ing his temple to fracture, after getting into a fender-bendin StatenNicole IslandMalliotakis and they’ll is -- has since garnered over 150 responslong andthe continuing string I do not know the solution. comes to the re-election of stantly looking for new ways to their way into the “They city to started help member er with firefighter, saidofAssistant District Attorney An- postiton Russo, who lives in the 90s, said she has only I saw the BRP I felt better that it assist beseats hereinfor running a few more days,” she es, the better part of them To a resounding and improve the neighborpremeditated actions designed put us on the right trail, we state Sen. Golden. create thousands of new in a very quiettold race dres Palacio in Brooklyn Supreme Court. heardhe it represents. more than once in a given wasn’t this paper Monday morning, Nov. 19. Adam to “yes.” tear through the very fabric first need to accept thatonly our me.” Regardless, the Home hoods ourday. end of Brooklyn. against Democrat “There is no place on the streets of Brooklyn for such was funny, I would earlyis in Theduesound -- which allege I“Itwould add, asasthe stafferhear itThere of what America is about. problems to Reporter — residents which serves priasked if she, herself, had heard Local resident Donna Russo told are thissystemic, a lot moreWhen to be done. Baumel. mindless violence. We will seek to in getsociety justice for have the timed also oversees Albany the mornings andhis then again when I got toof opioid seems eerily all over like conAttacksthat, against blacknow changes that marily(“not the 90,000 people who who The tragedy affliction November the bing, BeckmannNext saidTuesday, no, but that it was 6 paper until Brannan’s post in a group victim and his heartbroken ones,” said Brooklyn Dis- wrote that no one churches, againstParents,” teach-loved been aggravated by breakreside the Bay Ridge and legislative work lateragenda, in the day,” she said.has “I was one in resident on Facebook) once like, again raise its evil head. is board’s important clear by the floodisofelection phone day. callsItthe called attacks “Bay Ridge she’d thought struction,” trict Attorney Ericschool, Gonzalez. passed more legislation ersshe and students for- downs in the nuclear family. Dyker Heights communities Golden a package that you that markmost it on of your cal‘Oh I truly am losing my mind, and has nowauthored -- is loudest in the early morning hours, district office received Bay might be at going crazy. Coto’s coffin was carried fromhas theno, Coto, who was a firefighter for threebreakdown years and does was iton signed into lawme!’” by the gover- of bills to deal with eign terrorist attacks not —funeral in its heard editorial made some this issue. endardid. and make a commitment it’s following has also been night. It has Ridge most certainly “That bing droveagainst me nuts!” This she said. “I though homeatatop a fire truck. the brink of restarting hisall music career, leftalso deadrecorded in the past Russo’s eight years. ordinary at work cause theitwas hate orforbeen mental excellent points regarding the And 9/11 Karemains current for all that to vote. are open from 6 ebrooklyn media/Photo MaiselnorThe sound, neighbor Matthew by residents onbyallTodd ends “I’m happy the Polls mystery is finally had toAmericans ask my daughter if she heard as near Exit 4thing in Bath Beach with bleeding to the brain which course, passing have one in common – issues, but can lead to such senator’s long tenure in office. belOf too many families of she first said, brought him bills backthat to his childhood. solved,” said.a.m. to 9 p.m. There are countwell. I thought I was losing my mind. When of the nabe. caused “almost instant death,” Palacio said. unadulterated hate. hate going unaddressed festerThe bottom line for the Home the governor signs is not the true responders. No one has done and less examples of how one vote Coto taken call to Coney The was wake-up cameIsland ing Hospital for long where periods he of was time Reporter was that Golden has measurement of a senator’s suc- continues to do more on this made a difference. Do not be immediately after pronounced dead.Columbine. until it bubbles over. the one vote that did not vote. been for decades and remains cess. It is what the new laws do. issue than Sen. Golden. Desmond jumped back into his 2006 Infiniti G35 and fled to the Circle Motor Lodge in South Amboy, N.J. where he was arrested on BY a parole PAULAwarrant, KATINASaccording to newly released court documents obtained by this news zation. One of the most closely watched races in New York State “Wow, I was goingmorning to surrender Wednesday,” Descame to an endjust Monday as incumbent Republican BY PAULA KATINAS mond saidMarty to detectives on Dec.the 10. “Man,toI Democratic was gonstate Sen. Golden conceded contest candidate Adam Baumel, I nomically viable and appeal- specious by her failure to identhe same. DEBATE OVER IN MARTY’S na surrender Wednesday. My nearly car has been all after over Electhe challenger Andrew Gounardes, two weeks In response to complaints from leaders tify the source of the partisan Why?community Is sitting down with ing for advertisers. was there when the debates THE DEBATE CORNER news and I was going to visit parole on Wednesday anytion Day in Southwest Brooklyn’swere 22ndover Senate about a proliferation of unlicensed vendors Dykerto I have been to every forum raucous yelling and chanting. your food opposites andintrying andDistrict. heard a lot of I read disappointment A drowning man grab ways.” “As the with Board of Elections completes itsfrom final the count of this Heights during thewill busy hourscompromise of the neighborhood’s so difficult?fa-As and debate and they have not Bob Capano who was next to comments senior citJerry Kassar’s column inI which bladeChristmas of a sword. I don’t Desmond on parole for a September, 2012, assault-asyear’s close is election, congratulate Gounardes and mous lights spectacular, the Obama commanding President once ofsaid, been pleasant experiences. me later agreed that it was 80 izensAndrew who attended the the he criticized Peter Killen’she said thisPrecinct first, butsaid“Elections a-hate-crime up toofathe man22nd at Gates wish him wellduring in his which service towalked the people State know ficer who of the 68th his officers andconsequences” other city Only the Malliotakis-Baumel percent Gounardes backers, have debates. chairing of theAvenues, debates thein a astatement. perfect for this piece. and Fairview “shoved black object to his chest” agencieshave been cracking down onunderstand the sidewalk Senate District,” Goldenat said I don’t howsalesanyone debates were civil, but that is in and he supports Gounardes. Andrew Gounardes is a it’s Interagency Council of theof Election State Sen, Marty Golden has can believe that free education part because Nicole is all but The Xaverian debates were and a the homophobic slur, according court docpeople. Atcalled presshim time, Board was stilltocounting ab“gentleman’s gentleman,” Aging’s debates of the vilified byatextremist over or uments. will be free! untouchable politically and closer to 55-45 Gounardesa joint meeting offree the health Dykercare Heights Civic sentee ballots, a processcandithat began oncoupled Nov. 16,with but his withintellimost beenSpeaking who dates. black object let out electric current into the middle last severaland months and itPrecinct is Who’s ethically, and very respected. Golden supporters in terms of going to pay for it?last Association the 68th Community Council of The the ballots counted, Gounardes maintained lead of more gent way of adiscussing an the I consider Jerry a friend, a shame, misstating his record The leftChurch keeps in saying the Mr. Baumel, I believe, after screaming. The tone had been week at Redeemer-St. John’s Lutheran Dyker of the1,000 man’svotes chest, theGolden court documents read. than over with a dwindling few election issue, would represent us with and while we represent two inHeights, the Senate, in top percent have Capt.particularly Robert Conwell saidone police are will taking theto talking to him, is a nice fellow, set at Dyker Heights. Desmond sentenced to onebento the demeanor2014, that would district left towas count. different political parties, andin September, regards to school speed camNow, the "Golden support pay. They already pay more and he knows that about her. complaints seriously. efit Bay Ridge greatly. three years in prison. Golden realized he was running out of room to make up the may disagree with some of his eras. By the way, he sponsored than 50 percent-plus of the The other debates were Nazis" graffiti appears at his “We’re really looking into vending, and have enforced However, the hecklers in the In the current murder case, Brooklyn Supreme Court difference in a vote count and decided to concede, a source these bills, I believe twice. party’s positions, I also agree revenue when entirely uncivil, raucous and office in chalk on the sidewalk. audienceDesmond did a disservice what can be enforced,” he toldgovernment’s residents at the meeting. Justice Vincent Del issues. Giudice remanded to Rikersto told newspaper. with this him on several Back when the senator ran 50 percent of the people pay outrageous. The moderator at Of note, the Donovan-Rose Andrew, because they didn’t “We issued a few summonses. If you see them now, they Island. The who disapwas trailing by more than 1,000 on against Vincent Gentile they nothing. That lawmaker, is why I was the end of the Golden- debate at Xaverian was not “read” their Precinct, audience. Senior have found spots record where and they can be.” Desmond had been ledpreviously out of therefused 62nd 1925 Election Night, Nov. 6, to concede, opt- attacked pointed about what hehad wrote. his police The social programs the left Gounardes debate at Xaverian nearly as bad, perhaps in part do not like bad man- whenConwell had his officers go out one night Bath Ave., earlier theallafternoon, while a crowd of firePeter Killen a in gentleman ing instead to is wait until of thecitizens paper ballots were counted. the factsalso camesaid out,he Marty are saying they will instill will sarcastically thanked the audi- due to the questions asked, ners, Golden, whether ain retired a debatepolice or on won with of the Department Environmenwho doneSenate a greatDistrict, job of which fighters watched. Thehas22nd byrepresentatives a pretty big margin. bankrupt theofcountry. JFK said, ence for being so “civil.” which were local in nature, and a food buffet line. I heard, not tal Protection the NYPD’s Peddler Task and moderating debates the first Last has week, friends,infamily and fellow firefighters officer, represented since winning election incame 2002, I am hoping (DEP), that Andrew The Frontus-Saperstein as supporters and plants were “Ask not what thisForce country can several, but many, seniors say the NYPD’s does Legal Bureau “to see there was anything wefor debate at Xaverian ended in a past. He that together at or both aresponsibilwake and a Southwest funeral held at Leone Funertakes in takes all parts of several Brooklyn neighborGounardes not hide doiffor but what you can do not very active no doubt as that the hecklers wereBath so behind ityHome seriously andBay isPark. therefore missed.” al in Sunset left-wing trolls, and the country.” The present near fight off stage involving directed by the campaigns.. hoods, including Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, annoying that they might conimpartial. Intoa the single night last week, DEP issued violations to anthe her campaign manager, Joe sticks issues at hand. Coto Gravesend, was remembered “everybody’s best friend,” “the Democratic Party is not Beach, Marine as Park and Gerritsen Beach. MY POINT? All sides sider voting Republican. I think Since worker I am male ice cream truck andTexeira a food truck, according to Conwell. same as it was. For the In first Herrera, and Golden supporters deserve opprobrium for this — Dan hardest in the the firehouse” andBorough a “phenomenal huGounardes, chief counsel to Brooklyn President Eric that Jerry’s anger should be Democratic leader of the 64th addition, the Peddler Task Force issued to such as Jerry Kassar. It was but Gounardes does especialtime, I can’ttwo seeviolations voting for one. man being.” Adams, released a statement soondirected afternoon Golden towards theconceded. hecklers. AD, and campaign managone truck owner and several other trucks — were hitPanico with equally uncivil, mostly from ly. I voted for him in 2012 and Bob He wasthe off-duty at the time of his death. “I look forward to coordinating with Senator Golden on a — Ralph Perfetto FROM er for Democratic Assembly THE RIGHT summonses. the audience. Saperstein was know him as a good guy. Why Additional reporting contributed Meaghan McGoldrick. smooth transition between now andbyJanuary so that our comThe question forChristmas the CHANGE The Dyker Heights lights display is ISa dynamic, GOOD especially aggressive on stage. he allows this I do not know. upcoming election is: Are that you features community-wide event scores of homeownThe Dyker Heights debate But, although there may be I agree totally with this better offantoday you were ers in areathen stretching fromchange 10th to[in13th Avenue editorial and who politi- was the worst of all, causing a some middle ground left, the the last larger-than-life 10 years? I am! holiday cal St Philip's church leader addressing to divergence is so of great erect displays, Robert Conwell, members thepolitifocusincluding for theSantas, Home Captain I understand the giant left was demand decorum saying "This cally seen Precinct also on social dancing reindeer, “Nutcracker Suite” illumiDyker Heights Civic Association and — theas68th Reporter andfigures, the Spectator], upset bysnowflakes, the results of the last and media — thatmeeting. what you did is a House Council, of God!.”atEighty nated super-sized snow globes their front allow me on to say why. Community their joint December presidential election. There with the Home Reporter ebrooklyn media/Photo by Helen Klein and Despite some apparent percent of the screaming there lawns and house facades. wereThe some on the lights right that was from "Team Gounardes" Spectator is justified. efforts draws by [Bob] Capano, Christmas extravaganza visitors from Photo ofalso, Andrewbut Gounardes by Jordan ebrooklyn media/file photo were without the Rathkopf I expect few "tart initiated it and did [Craig] Eaton, [Ralph] which assigned toall theofneighborhood atSo, night. all over theAndrew world. Sen.-elect Gounardes celebrating onto establish Election cops State Marty Golden conceded tofrom Andrew helpBut of the politicians on the tweets" at you. I do so earlySen. on with rude andthe has Perfetto and others “That’s where I have seen biggest directed difference the success of the event has spawned traffic jams Night. Gounardes. left we now have the best hope in coming years and mocking the some ground, there year tocomments this year,” about she said. and a sharp increase in litter on the middle streets, according to last economy, maybe ever, the campaigns all sides can rein Conservative candidate chalreally is virtually none. The Conwell confirmed at the meeting that traffic control in leaderscan of come the Dyker Heights Civic Association Community together and move forward,” theand statement an evenPeter better place to live, work raise a and family,” Golden lowest unemployment for all theand fanaticism attacks. But divergence is extreme, politi- was lenging Abbate. a top priority. munity Board 10 officials. read in part. I doubt it, sadly. groups, and more jobs than cally. Changes had to be made stated. I will say bluntly that Paula “We’re turning out the troops, and making sure the TheGolden, problemthe comes when visitors candy, For concession was anpurchase admission thatice his Katinas's Gounardes, who will take office in early—January, is looking people. Thomas Hilton to make the papers more ecoreport this wasthem know whatofwe want to do, which is traffic cream and hot chocolate fromservice food vendors andPrior then to care21-year-long in public was over. win- officers ahead to starting his new life as an elected official. I am a fiscal career conservative, not We’re fighting the fight for you guys,” he told resilessly drop or the wrappers on theserved sidewalk, election toa the State Senate, Golden as a acCity control. aning Republican Democrat. Iand cups “Now that the election is over, I am grateful to people of dents. cording to fed-up residents. Council member from 1997 am a registered independent thatto 2002. Southern Brooklyn for Brannan, their support and humbled by their Councilmember Justin a Democrat whose disDuring oftook Dec.the15-16, members of theon his statement, Golden opportunity to reflect hasInvoted for the bothweekend parties at one trust in me to be our community’s voice in Albany. I look includes Dyker Heights, said he will work with city forgroup Fight Back Baywho Ridge time or in another and for I came into Dyker Heights to trict his life politics. ward to to Albany to lights fight for affordable for young attorney, so going that the Christmas event could be health better care, pick litter as athe neighborly gesture. believed would be bestsoper“Onup many levels, I am proud of what I have accomplished officials a livable wage, a world-class education system, pedestrian in 2019. 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I strove each and every- statement. sources, we will have resources allocated,” he said. a real problem,” shesaid told this on Tuesday. with left.a positive HRC we newspaper day tothe make difference for someone,” he said.“I ap-commensurate TheChristmas victoriouslights Gounardes also thattohebehold, doesn’t insalary with experience. The display is ahinted wonder preciate the efforts made by the 68th Precinct. It has made can’t have civility until they “Although we came up just short this election, I am grateful Brannan tend to waste any time. said. “It’s pretty cool to have people coming to a difference. But the problem still persists.” win. Maxine has incitmy career in Waters public service has been full of much success as a Dyker Send resume toto check “InHeights the days sinceEurope the election, my team andlights,” I have he worked from out the The police presence has made a major difference in trafed lack of civility by demandebrooklyn media/Photos by Todd Maisel police officer and as an elected official. As I think of the future, said. closely with Democratic leadership and my colleagues in the ing be confronted ficRepublicans control, according to Vella-Marrone, who said traffic has my supporters, neighbors and friends can be sure that I will State Senate to ensure that I’m ready to hit the ground Suspect Joseph Desmond being walked out of Additional reporting contributed by Helen Klein runwherever theymore can.smoothly Cory been moving thanks to a large number of still always look for opportunities to make our neighborhoods ning,” he stated. Booker (Spartacus) has done the 62nd Precinct on Tues., Dec. 18.

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Mark Twain I.S. Students Play Judge, Jury in New Courtroom BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


rder in the court! Ladies and gentlemen, court is now in session at Mark Twain Intermediate School for the Gifted and Talented. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the grand opening Fri., Dec. 14 of a student courtroom at Mark Twain I.S. at 2401 Neptune Ave. in Coney Island as a group of guests that included Councilmember Mark Treyger were invited to see members of the school debate team demonstrate their debate skills in front of the bench. Treyger, a Democrat whose district includes Coney Island, Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst, secured $180,000 in city funding toward the project. Located on the first floor, the courtroom/classroom has already been put to good use. Darren Kessler, the school’s law and justice instructor, has led sixth grade students in mock trials, taught the basics of the American justice system and helped the debate

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Law instructor Darren Kessler and four members of the Debate Team, Chloe Nudelman, Chiara Giardina, Kitty Wang and Victor Schacher (left to right) helped prepare the program for the ceremony. team prepare for citywide debates. The mock trials took a page out of fairy tales and included “Village of

Councilmember Mark Treyger and Principal Karen Ditolla cut the ribbon to the new courtroom. Sheepfield v. Joey Wolfcryer,” a civil case in which sheep farmers sued the Boy Who Cried Wolf. Friday’s ribbon cutting

ceremony gave the school a chance to show off the new facility to the community. The courtroom, complete with a judge’s bench, a jury

box, and tables and chairs for the defense and prosecution, was built in the school’s former printing shop. “The printing press is in the basement,” Principal Karen Ditolla told the guests. “This is part of our mission here at Mark Twain, taking things from the past and then evolving and creating a different and more modern use for it,” Ditolla said. The courtroom contains several touches designed to educate students. A bulletin board depicts prints of drawings of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. On a back wall, a list of courtroom terms, like bailiff, due process, cross-examination, deliberate and verdict, is prominently posted. A highlight of the ceremony came when Chloe Nudelman, Chiara Giardina, Kitty Wang and Victor Schacher, who are all members of the debate team, demonstrated their skills. Giardina and Nudelman took opposite sides on the question of whether the U.S. government should institute price controls on

pharmaceuticals. The courtroom will prove to be valuable to Mark Twain students, Schacher predicted. “It exposes these kids, us, to the world. We actually get to say something. We learn how to solve problems and learn to come up with ideas for new solutions,” he said. “Life is about being able to present your ideas clearly,” Ditolla said, adding that learning about the law and taking part in mock trials will help students become better public speakers. Treyger, who taught civics at New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst before he entered politics, said he was impressed by the debate the students presented. “As a former high school civics teacher, this was heaven for me,” he said. Treyger applauded Ditolla and the school’s administration for creating the courtroom. “They’re not required to teach law or debate. They choose to do it,” he said. “These are skills young people will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”


“Champ Up!” echoed through the gymnasium of St. Ephrem’s. On Thurs., Nov. 15, students learned how to “Champ Up” and overcome difficulties from retired Muay Thai champion Chris Romulo. Contracted by the Program for the Development of Human Potential (PDHP), Romulo gave the middle schoolers an intense speech on bullying, overcoming feelings of self-doubt and creating a better life for themselves. He emphasized the importance of “Champions Uprising” which means to stand up, accept challenges of life and fight to win. “Fall seven times, stand up eight,” he told the youngsters. “We all have a fighting spirit buried deep inside of us and all it takes

is for you guys to figure out. I’m here today because I want to take you guys on a mission, a mission I’ve been on for a while, and I believe you guys are on right now. So I want to make you guys aware of the mission, and the mission is called Champions Uprising.” The PDHP was founded in the mid-’70s and operates under the Department of Education and the Diocese of Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide drug, alcohol and gambling prevention services to students attending Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens. In recent weeks, spurred by National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Romulo has spread the message at several schools in Brooklyn and Queens, including also St. Patrick Catholic Academy, Holy Angels Academy and St. Bernadette School

During his speech, Romulo spoke about his struggles growing up. Being a Filipino kid growing up in Queens Village was rough, he said; he was bullied and discouraged from opportunities based on what other people thought of him, and what he thought of himself. He found solace, as it turned out, in Muay Thai. Twenty years of his life were spent training, fighting and coaching. He fought in many cities, including New York City, and became the first ever North American Super Middleweight Champion. Romulo now lives with his wife Sarah and their family in Rockaway Beach, where they own a gym called Crom Physical Culture. Romulo emphasized to the students the importance of believing in themselves, of not letting negative thoughts get to them and of facing their fears.

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Chris Romulo with St. Ephrem students. Romulo also showed off his basketball and breakdancing skills and invited students to play and dance. A surprise Fortnite dance by one of the students took over the gymnasium. Because some of the

students are going to high school in the following year, the importance of following the advice throughout life’s challenges was emphasized. Vanessa Ciaccia, booking director of Romulo, reiterated this point.

“Everyday they’re going to be up against different challenges,” she said. “Not knowing what you’re coming up against, if you’re well-educated in that field, it would help you to make better decisions.”

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ransparency and accountability. Those were the words used often by Assemblymember William Colton outside the Kings Highway Station on Kings Highway between West Seventh and West Eighth Streets on Weds., Dec.19 when discussing the MTA’s proposed fare increase. During the conference, Colton called upon New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and New York State Comptroller T homas Di Napoli to launch an audit of the expenditures of the MTA and New York City Transit Authority (NYTC). Calling it a “crisis,” Colton contended, in front of dozens of protestors, “The history of the NYCTA and MTA has been when you give it billions of dollars, the money ends up being wasted and we cannot afford to repeat that history. “The system is not safe or reliable and it is not able to maintain itself without a large amount of money, yet there is a fear that the money will be wasted and it will be the riders that will end up having to pay the price in bad service,” he went on. “We need to provide billions of dollars to make up for the past lack of repairs, but we also need to guarantee that that money is going to be used wisely and in a way that is transparent and accountable to the people of New York.” Local stations serve as case studies in the MTA’s incompetence, Colton contended. “Kings Highway on the N line was part of a $379 million renovation of seven stations,” he recalled. “ Nonet hele ss , de spite the renovations, which date back only about six months, “When you go in, this station has leaks, it has mold growing on the wall. Yes, it has very new and expensive monitors and cameras and sensors and countdown clocks, and right on top

of them are leaks. Now I have been assured by the Transit Authority that they are going to repair those leaks by February. But how can we spend $379 million on seven stations and find them in this condition? That is a total waste of money.” It’s that sort of waste that Colton hopes to short-circuit by involving the two comptrollers. “Currently, under state and city law, the New York City comptroller and the New York State comptroller have the power to audit the MTA,” Colton said. “They have performed audits in the past but they have done it after the money has been wasted. I am calling on both comptrollers to audit the MTA on an ongoing basis before the money is wasted in bad projects, bad ideas, bad contractors, and bad decisions.” He added that if the comptrollers are unwilling or don’t have the resources to do it, then in any bill which provides any more money for the MTA, there must be an alternative. “There must be a group set up that will audit the MTA on an ongoing basis,” Colton asserted. “Whatever money is taken from the city and the state must be spent wisely and that must include a mechanism that prevents the waste of those moneys before billions of dollars have been lost and the system is still not reliable or dependable.” Locals also chimed on the possible fare hikes. “I’ve lived in this neighborhood for about 45 years,” said Tim Law. “I’ve been using this subway station almost every day. It is in bad shape. Now, in March, they want to raise our fare to $3. Five days, it would cost $30. That’s a lot of money.” He contended that straphangers should know where the money is being spent, and suggested a town hall or public hearing. Ansen Tang stressed that the stations were particularly dangerous for older residents. “They fall down because they step on water,” he said. “It’s too dangerous to go downstairs.”

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Assemblymember Bill Colton addressing the crowd.

Sunset Park Theater among Arts Groups Adams is Funding BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


hen Borough President Eric Adams announced the cultural institutions he is providing funding for out of his capital budget, a Sunset Park theater company had a prominent place on his list. Target Margin Theater, a performing arts space at 232 52nd St., will be getting $66,000 to pay for a lighting and sound system, according to Adams, who recently announced his budget allocations for the arts for Fiscal Year 2019. Target Margin moved into Sunset Park last year. The organizations receiving funding include the Brooklyn Historical Society ($53,000 for telephone technology system upgrades); ISSUE Project Room, an avant-garde performing arts space in Downtown Brooklyn ($455,000 for renovations);

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David Herskovits, artistic director of Target Margin Theater, says Borough President Eric Adams “walks the walk” when it comes to recognizing the importance of the arts in the borough. Brooklyn Museum in Crown Heights ($181,000 for a conservation X-ray system) and Roulette Intermedium, Inc., a performing arts space in Boerum Hill ($42,000 for a video server, editing stations and a moveable seating system). “Brooklyn’s cultural institutions are second to

none. Our artists are on the vanguard of what is next in the arts, pushing the boundaries of expression and bringing people together. I’m proud to have invested close to $800,000 in this latest capital budget cycle to make our theaters and museums stronger,” Adams said in a statement.

David Herskovits, artistic director of Target Margin Theater, said the funding allocations demonstrate the importance Adams places on the arts in Brooklyn. “Borough President Adams demonstrated again how vital Brooklyn’s culture is. Investing in our local cultural organizations will bring a richer experience to all of us and Borough President Adams walks the walk,” Herskovits stated. Target Margin Theater, which was founded more than 25 years ago, spent five years performing in temporary spaces and searching for a new home before moving into a permanent performance space in Sunset Park in 2017. There are exciting times ahead for the borough’s arts scene, according to Deborah Schwartz, president of The Brooklyn Historical Society. “Brooklyn has exploded as a center of new and exciting cultural organizations,” she stated.

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All Star Lincoln QB Repeats for PSAL Honors BY JIM DOLAN


or the second year in a row, Lincoln quarterback Tylik Bethea stood at midfield in Yankee Stadium during halftime of the 2018 City Conference Championship Game to accept two more PSAL high school football awards. Last season, Bethea, who is now a senior, earned awards for the most passes (101) completed and the most (1,680) yardage passing. This season, Bethea was again the completion leader with 98 passes and the PSAL Week 5 Player of the Week. In addition to repeating for two more post-season PSAL awards, Bethea was recently notified that he had been offered college football scholarships at both Delaware State and Morgan State. With a 96.8 percent academic average, Bethea is on track to graduate early this January from Lincoln so that he can enter the school of his choice to join spring workouts in order to make his collegiate team as a

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Accompanied by Lincoln High School Media Manager Vinny Aceto, senior All Star quarterback Tylik Bethea earned awards for the Passing Completions Leader (98) and as the Week 5 PSAL Player of the Week during halftime ceremonies at the 2018 City Conference Championship at Yankee Stadium. freshman. “He just couldn’t throw it up there and expect the ball to be caught like last year,”

said Lincoln Coach Shawn O’Connor. Even though Bethea can make excellent reads on defenses and has

the ability to hit his secondary receivers routinely, this season he had to become “the stabilizing element” of

a new offense throwing to less experienced receivers. Noting that Bethea is adept at making adjustments,

this basic “handoff and passing” quarterback was called upon to run in key situations to surprise the opposition to get critical first downs according to Coach O’Connor. “With a group of new young receivers, Tylik had to be more efficient this season to keep us in the game,” he said. “We just couldn’t make the same drives that we did before.” Even after his appearance at Yankee Stadium and two scholarship offers, Bethea earned two more honors. First, the talented senior earned the Offensive Player of the Game in this year’s Brooklyn-Staten Island All Star Game in which he threw for two touchdowns in a 26-20 losing effort to Staten Island. For the second honor, Bethea earned the PSAL Coaches Award for the 2018 Brooklyn Offensive Player of the Year. “Tylik comes from a long tradition of great Lincoln quarterbacks,” concluded Coach O’Connor. “He has a bright future ahead of him.”

Sunset Park Interim Library Celebrates Art Created by Local Teens BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM


ringing art to Sunset Park. On Thurs., Dec. 13, the interim Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library branch unveiled a new sculptural window shading system created by local teenagers from Sunset Park’s Center for Family Life (CFL). This past summer, New York-based architects Leroy Street Studio (LSS) helped the youngsters work on their various designs with teaching artist Mauricio Trenard as they created their vision for the community, the environment and the importance of lifelong learning. During the event, held at the interim library, 4201 Fourth Avenue, BPL president Linda Johnson honored the students’ work. “A successful library reflects the community it serves. We are delighted to present the artwork of the

student-designers from Sunset Park’s Center for Family Life, which captures their vision for the neighborhood today and in the future,” she said. Trenard shared his pride in his students and discussed what the art means to the Sunset Park community. “As an immigrant and Sunset Park resident myself, it has been an honor and source of pride to have worked on this project with students from the Sunset Park immigrant community,” he said. “This beautiful art installation shows us once again the potential that the young people of this community have and what can be achieved when we involve them in the process of transforming the public spaces of their neighborhood. I hope that this new space and its art—imbued with their imagination, innovation and creativity—continue inspiring Sunset Park youth to become wonderful

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Working on the project. creators of beautiful and only embodies an element transformative things.” of curiosity and joy but, inLSS converted the former spired by the neighborhood courthouse into an interim and their own experience, home for the Sunset Park also creates an imprint of Library. Sunset Park itself.” “This is an example of The project brought how community members applause from elected offican have a direct hand in cials representing the area. creating their public space. “Public spaces should reflect As designers, we are moved the spirit of their communiby the life and energy these ties, so who better to design students brought to the them than the next generaproject,” said Shawn Watts, tion,” said Councilmember a partner in LSS. “They are Carlos Menchaca. “The representative of the local creativity, foresight and expertise that helped craft intelligence of young peothis library—their work not ple never ceases to amaze

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A teen-designed window shade. me. These teens are the future of our communities, and I thank the Center for Family Life, the Brooklyn Public Library, and Leroy Street Studios for giving them this opportunity.” “As a long-time supporter of art and our library system, I welcome the Brooklyn Public Library’s sculptural

window shading system at Sunset Park Interim Library,” added Assemblymember Felix Ortiz. “I commend the Center for Family Life and the Leroy Street Studio for promoting a wonderful program for our children, adults and families through neighborhood-based family and social service efforts.”

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Right before the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, Coney Island’s world-famous Parachute Jump will begin the countdown to the new year. When the clock strikes midnight, the skyline will illuminate with vibrant colors launched from Steeplechase Plaza for a dazzling 10-minute fireworks display. Pictured are scenes from last year’s celebration.

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Art TECHNO LOVE ACTIVATION WITH ARTIST CYNTHIA ALBERTO The Techno Love Series is inspired by the euphoric feeling of connecting with a community through music. It is comprised of 30 woven “cocoons” which are pieces of wearable art. This curatorial approach references Cynthia’s desire for her work to remain inclusive to all communities, rather than an untouchable object. When: Friday, December 21st, 7 – 8 p.m.Where: Greenpoint/ Arete Venue & Gallery (67 West Street) TEXTS/TRACES/FACES This exhibition presents new work by young, self-taught artist John Valembrun, whose interest in finding ways of transforming and representing language, as well as his search to balance negative space and

color are palpable across the different media he uses in his work. His visual vocabulary includes the representation of human faces within or around abstract, colorful structures, as well as truncated words, often spelled backwards or up-side-down. His work invites the viewer not only to observe but also to decipher. When: Thursdays-Sundays through December 22nd, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Heights/ FiveMyles (558 St. John’s Place) EMPATHY This exhibition features artists who reveal a capacity for empathy, a willingness to reflect on another’s point of view or to understand those whose backgrounds differ from their own. Through photography, video, sculpture, drawing, embroidery, installation, performance, and virtual reality, the artists

engage in projects that employ deep listening, compassion, care ethics, and other empathic skills. Bundith Phunsombatlert collaborated with seniors at Rosetta Gatson Neighborhood Senior Center through a series of workshops, inviting senior residents to share their stories while teaching them the cyanotype photographic printing process. All of the participants were Caribbean immigrants and several of their migration narratives were collected into an artist book that is being published by the artist. Appalled by news reports of immigrant children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Michael Kelly Williams was moved to create a new work for the exhibition, which addresses the immigrant crisis in this country. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through December 30th, 12 – 6 p.m.Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) ANNE PEABODY A site specific installation by Anne Peabody. When: Daily through January 4th, 2019 Where: DUMBO/Main Window (One Main Street) SUBVERT CITY Conceived by gallery artist Vincent Como, this exhibition brings together

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Where: Fort Greene/Gallery at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) SYRIA, THEN AND NOW: STORIES FROM REFUGEES: A CENTURY APART Features highlights from the museum’s collection of thirteenth century Syrian ceramics alongside work by the contemporary Arab artists Ginane Makki Bacho, Issam Kourbaj, and Mohamed Hafez. The juxtaposition between these works highlights the ongoing struggle to find home during tumultuous times and the commonalities between refugees throughout history. Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart is curated by Aysin YoltarYıldırım, Hagop Kevorkian Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum, as part of the Arab Art & Education Initiative, and generously supported by MISK Art Institute. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through January 30th, 2019, 11 a.m. 6 p.m., Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) TOWARDS A NEW ARCHEOLOGY This group show brings together artists who reevaluate the history of material culture —

presenting installation and sculptural works that speak to a mystical, transcendent, and visionary future. Towards a New Archaeology features work by Amy Brener, Leeza Meksin, Sheila Pepe, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Ester Partegàs, Jean Shin, and Rachel Eulena Williams. When: Daily through January 2019, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Street) TOM BENNETT: PAINTINGS AND MASTER PRINTS A solo exhibition and sale of Tom Bennett’s artwork. Tom Bennett’s artwork is recognizable for its impassioned brushwork, bold compositions, and rich subject matter. His work embraces art history, abundant with homages to heroic works, bucking horses and classical nudes. In addition to his dynamic paintings, Tabla Rasa will feature a series of unframed mono-types for acquisition by both the seasoned and novice collector. Among them are images of figures that seem to breathe with life force, and storms that roil on the horizon. Mono-types, a form of print in which an image is created on a plate and then transferred to paper, is an ideal vehicle for the spontaneity of Mr.

Bennett’s drawing talents. The inked plate yields only one “unique” image, not an edition of multiples as in other printmaking techniques. When: Thursdays-Saturdays through February 9th, 1 – 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Tabla Rasa Gallery (224 48th Street) PROCESSING: A GOWANUS SWIM SOCIETY EXHIBITION A n exhibition of current work by the eight members of the artist collective Gowanus Swim Society. Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro. Katherine Gressel, Curator. When: Fridays through February, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street) NAVIGATING NEW YORK New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system. Indeed, mass transit helped CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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make the greater New York region what it is today. Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development. When: Tuesdays – Sundays through September 8th, 2019 Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ New York Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn St) THE BUSINESS OF BROOKLYN In conjunction with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BHS presents The Business of Brooklyn, an exhibition exploring the past 100 years of business in the borough. The story spans booming factories, family shops, iconic innovation,

and labor struggles. The exhibition showcases images and objects from companies large and small that thrived in Brooklyn, including Domino Sugar, Squibb Pharmaceuticals, Schaefer Beer, Drake Bakeries, Abraham & Straus, Gage & Tollner, and many others. It includes numerous artifacts from the Brooklyn Chamber’s history, including a gavel that the Chamber used to convene meetings in the 1920s, the telephone the Chamber used in its first offices at 75 Livingston Street, and a program for the Chamber’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, which honored entertainer Danny Kaye. It also includes treasures from BHS’s collections, including Eberhard pencil sets, Virginia Dare bottles and glasses, coasters and trays from Brooklyn’s illustrious beer brewing history. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Winter 2019, 12 – 5

p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

Books & Readings MAGPIE MURDERS After working with bestselling crime writer Alan Conway for years, editor Susan Ryeland is intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries in sleepy English villages. His traditional formula has proved hugely successful, so successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job. Conway’s latest tale involves a murder at Pye Hall, with dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects. But the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. When: Thursday, December 20th, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Bay Ridge Library (7223 Ridge Boulevard)


Enjoy Seasonal songs / members Good Shepherd choir Refreshments Invited Elected Officials & Representatives NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Introduce NYS Sen.-elect Andrew Gounardes Meet Your Neighbors. Also: try luck at 50/50. When: Thursday, December 20th, 7:30 -9 p.m. Where: Marine Park/Carmine Carro Community Center (Fillmore Ave. – bet. Madison Pl. & Marine Pkwy)

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When: Thursday, December 20th, 3 – 4 p.m. Where: Red Hook/Red Hook Library (7 Wolcott Street)

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY This is the perfect photography course for anyone new to photography and for anyone already engaged with photography and wants to learn new techniques. Kids (Ages 6-12) Young Adults/Adults (Ages 13 and above).

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INTRO TO WATERCOLOR (PARK SLOPE) In this two-hour workshop, students will learn basic watercolor techniques. Then complete a series of watercolor paintings using these techniques. Techniques such a dry brush and wet into wet will be demonstrated by our teacher, followed by ample time for students to experiment with the materials and techniques on their own. The class will also demonstrate how to set up a drawing from life, from set up and sketching and how to structure your painting. Feel free to bring inspirational images for your watercolors. All materials provided and no experience with watercolors in necessary. When: Thursday, December CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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outdoor adventures. When: Friday, December 21st, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Where: DUMBO/Sparks by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (1 John Street)

Family Fun MUSIC & MOVEMENT STORYTIME Storytime packed with live music and early literacy skill-building movement activities. Recommended ages 1-5 and caregivers. When: Thursday, December 20th, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Flatbush/Clarendon Library (2035 Nostrand Avenue) MAKE MUSIC WINTER SOLSTICE PARADE AND MG CLUBHOUSE HOLIDAY MARKET The Parade will begin at Osborn Street Plaza at 3pm and end at Marcus Garvey Youth Clubhouse’s Holiday Market. One of BCJC’s economic development strategies is to use placemaking activities to encourage local business support. The Parade will engage residents in the arts & culture of Brownsville with music selections from local public schools and BCJC’s Sounds of Brownsville music program. The parade will culminate at the Clubhouse Holiday Market with opportunities to shop local for the holidays. Please share this event within your networks. All are welcome. When: Friday, December 21st, 3 p.m. Where: Brownsville/Osborn Street Plaza CAROLING AND HOT CHOCOLATE Caroling, cookies, and hot chocolate will be served on Christmas Eve. When: Monday, December 24th, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Shore Hill Neighborhood Center (9000 Shore Road) TODDLER AND ME YOGA With Salvador Martinez. Now that your Lil’ One is up and walking, it’s time to explore from a whole new perspective. In this joyous class, they will move, communicate, and explore. Good times. Cobra Club’s totcentric yoga poses can help support motor coordination, cognitive development, and socialization, all the

while these Cobra Kids learn about the wonders of their body and of their world. For walkers up to 3 and a parent or caregiver. When: Wednesday, December 26th, 10 – 11 a.m. Where: Bushwick/The Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Avenue)

Film FEATURE FILM: LARRY CROWNE An unemployed Navy veteran enrolls in community college and falls for his public-speaking teacher. After some time, the married instructor gradually begins to feel as if her problems fade away whenever she’s with her amiable student. When: Thursday, December 20th, 2 – 3:45 p.m. Where: Borough Park/ Borough Park Library (1265 43rd Street) NAUGHTY NOT NICE MOVIES FOR ADULTS This week- Bad Santa When: Friday, December 21st, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Bath Beach/Ulmer Park Library (2602 Bath Avenue)

together a selection of our favorite local crafts and artisan spirits makers for a pop-up within the farmers market. Get ready for holiday entertaining and gift giving and support local makers all in one fun shopping event. When: Sunday, December 23rd, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Down to Earth Park Slope Farmer’s Market (296 4th Street) BKLYN ARCTIC ADVENTURE The Holiday Virtual Reality Experience, created by the experts at YokeyPokey, offers something for everyone – from an excursion to a Winter Wonderland to real life snowball fights and a chance to meet Santa – virtually, of course! Plus, Holiday photos for avid VR fans and their families and a Joybird Lounge where parents can relax while their kids are traveling through time. This experience is free with an extended 30 min adventure, the Winter Smorgasbord. When: Friday-Sunday through December 24th, 12 – 9 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Citypoint (445 Albee Square West)

Food & Drink HEALTH Shape Up Cardio Sculpt Come exercise with the Library’s popular local volunteer. No registration is needed.

When: Sunday, December 23rd, 10 – 11 a.m. Where: Clinton Hill/ Clinton Hill Library (380 Washington Avenue)


METAL YOGA With Saskia Thode. Metal Yoga is not just a vinyasa class. You will move and breathe while listening to your favorite bands. Salute to the moon and connect to the dead, raise your metal mantras, and offer your practice to the darkness, and most importantly have some fun during your practice. The intention of the practice is to be grounding and at the same time uplifting for your spirit by enjoying your favorite music. We will be holding poses until we are feeling their hellish fire creeping into our bodies and rest in peace in Corpse Pose in the end of the class. The class is open level classes and all beginners and everyone else who always wanted to try Yoga but never liked the idea of a regular yoga studio environment are welcome. When: Sunday, December 23rd, 3 – 4:30 pm. Where: Bushwick/The Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Avenue) LINE AND BALLROOM DANCING CLASSES Line and ballroom dancing classes for seniors. When: Wednesday, December 26th, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Shore Hill Neighborhood Center (9000


Flea Markets RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR A festive weekend of contemporary handmade crafts. Warm up with a seasonal cocktail while getting your holiday shopping done with 200+ of the very best emerging and established Makers, grooving to Black Gold Brooklyn DJ sets, getting your Auradome photograph taken, and so much more. When: Saturday & Sunday, December 22nd & 23rd, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Brooklyn Expo Center (79 Franklin Street) HOLIDAY MARKET A special holiday market in partnership with Stuyvesant Indi Baazar for an afternoon of specialty pop up vendors, live music, and delicious food and drink for sale. When: Saturday, December 22nd, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Flatbush/Stuyvesant Indy Bazaar (2184 Clarendon Road) HOLIDAY POP UP For one day only, Down to Earth Markets will bring

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Eye on CROWN HEIGHTS How High Are House Prices in Crown Heights North? By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

Houses in Crown Heights North are selling for a pretty penny. We’re talking about the part of Crown Heights that’s located between Eastern Parkway and Atlantic Avenue. In the past decade, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission has created historic districts that protect 19th- and early 20th-century properties on many of its blocks from demolition or exterior alteration without the agency’s approval. We love Crown Heights South, too. Property pricing in that section of the neighborhood, between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard, is a story for another day. We put together a sampler of 2018 multi-family house sales in Crown Heights North. Take a look.


An LLC with Sergio Cucci as authorized signatory paid $3.25 million for 669 St. Marks Ave., city Finance Department records indicate.

This attached house at 855-857 St. Marks Ave., which was designed by beloved architect Montrose Morris, is a good example of the 19th-century INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan charm of Crown Heights North. Cucci is identified on the deed as the buyer’s lawyer. He’s an attorney at law firm Reinhardt LLP. The LLC’s address is “in care of VPM NYC Inc.,” the deed says. That’s a property management company. The seller, an entity whose president is Alexandre Lacroix, had purchased the house for $1.5 million in 2015, Finance Department records show. The combination Queen Anne-Romanesque Revival mansion is semi-detached. The brick and stone house has a sharply peaked roof and a front porch with columns. The property is on a non-landmarked block. A posting on the Brownstone Detectives website says a builder named Stephen Morehouse Randall constructed the mansion for his family in 1891. Previous owners of 669 St. Marks Ave. include “a doctor who prescribed whiskey during Prohibition,” the Brownstone Detectives posting notes. A listing posted on says there’s a twostory carriage house behind the mansion.

CROWN HEIGHTS Crown Heights, which lies in east Brooklyn on both sides of the ridge of Eastern Parkway, was first settled in the 1660s by the Dutch, who farmed the area with the help of African-American slaves. The names of three hills in the area became names of neighborhoods: Prospect Hill, Ocean Hill and Crow Hill. Crow Hill evolved into Crown Heights, but the origin of Crow Hill is itself debatable. Most accepted is that it was derived from the crows who preyed on the neighboring farms and found a retreat in the trees scattered over the ridge. (An 1877 article in the Brooklyn Eagle went with that explanation.)


Across the street from 669 St. Marks Ave., a townhouse made of butter-colored brick and brownstone with chocolatecolored trim also changed hands. An LLC with Alexandre Guillot as a member bought the beautiful townhouse, whose address is 688 St. Marks Ave., for $2.9 million, Finance Department records show. This side of the block isn’t landmarked either. An online posting about the rowhouse says it was built in 1905. Several blocks away, in the Crown Heights III Historic District, an LLC with Edmund Soleymani as sole member bought 907 St. Marks Ave. from Andrew David Black for $2.9 million, Finance Department records indicate. The seller is a doctor whose office was located there, online records indicate.

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Others believe that the inmates of the local Kings County penitentiary were referred to as crows. And still others say it was a derogatory term for the residents of the black communities of Weeksville and Carrville in the southern portion of the neighborhood. In any case, the name was changed in 1916 when Crown Street was cut through the neighborhood, the “crown” being the top of the hill. Eastern Parkway, at one time a grand tree-lined boulevard, was laid out in 1868 and attracted new arrivals in the early 1900s. Many upper-class buildings, including brownstones, were built on the parkway, which in effect separated northern and southern sections. The area also benefited from

several IRT subway lines, which made commuting to and from Manhattan much easier. That development peaked in the 1920s. The 1960s and 1970s were marked by turbulent race relations in racially mixed Crown Heights, which also had been declared a primary poverty area. These tensions occasionally broke out in violence between blacks and Jews, especially during the New York City blackout in 1977, and again in 1991. But urban renewal and gentrification have since resulted in a revival of the neighborhood.

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Eye on CROWN HEIGHTS How High Are House Prices In Crown Heights North?

The small brick building at left, which is Greater Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, stands INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan beside a row of limestone houses on St. Marks Avenue. THE BREAD IN A ROWHOUSE SANDWICH

— Continued from page 12INB — The Renaissance Revival-style flats building, as the historic district’s designation report calls it, stands on the corner of Kingston Avenue. It was constructed around 1908. Architect Frank S. Lowe designed it. The windows on the second, third and fourth floors of the four-story building are boarded up or filled in with painted concrete blocks. NMI Architecture filed plans with the city Buildings Department to turn the office property back into a residential building. In November, Community Board 8 voted down Soleymani’s renovation plans for the building — he intends to turn it into a coliving apartment facility, reported. Online records show that shortly afterwards, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved his proposed alterations of 907 St. Marks Ave.’s exterior.

Frank S. Lowe also designed a trio of stone and yellow-brick Renaissance Revival-style flats buildings further down the block at 939 to 947 St. Marks Ave. Eisenbach Realty Co. built them around 1907, the designation report about the Crown Heights III Historic District notes. The building in the middle — we think of it as the filling in this rowhouse sandwich — is a residential condo property. Its address is 943 St. Marks Ave. The two buildings on either side — the two slices of bread in this rowhouse sandwich — are rental-apartment properties that both belonged to one owner until their sale this year. The purchasers were two LLCs with slightly different names and the same managing member, CH North Realty II LLC, whose managing member is Shmuel Lang, Finance Department records show. Finance Department records show the price paid for 939 St. Marks Ave. was $3,379,310, and 947 St. Marks Ave.’s sale price was $3,620,689.


The area that is Crown Heights was first settled in the 1600s and was farmed by African-American slaves for their Dutch owners. After emancipation, some purchased property in the earliest free black communities of Weeksville and Carrville. During the second half of the 19th century, the northern section of the neighborhood developed with mansions and limestone row houses. Then after Eastern Parkway was completed, the northern area became even more of a desirable residential area and large houses sprang up. The southern section eventually developed and by the early 20th century, immigrants from the Caribbean began to settle in what was then a largely Protestant, Catholic and Jewish area. Walk-up apartments were soon built for large numbers of Lubavitch Hasidim who had emigrated from the Soviet Union in the 1940s. The nation fixed its eyes on Crown Heights during the summer of 1991 when a Guyanese child was killed by a car driven by a Lubavitch Hasid. Riots followed and a Hasidic student was killed, creating an image of polarized violence for the neighborhood. Neighborhood organizations and grassroots groups sought to fix this by providing an opportunity to respond to the racial tensions with community-building projects like anti-bias initiatives. —Norm Goldstein

The handsome house at left is recently sold 669 St. Marks Ave. The seller was the New Gethsemane Baptist Church, which retained ownership of the building next door, 209 Rochester Ave., Finance Department records indicate.

The new owner of 203-205-207 Rochester Ave. plans to construct two stories on top of the three-story buildings and expand them horizontally, Buildings Department filings indicate.


Now let’s head to Dean Street. An LLC with Matthew Kern as member bought 1437 Dean St. for $1.155 million, Finance Department records show. The designation report about the Crown Heights North III Historic District says architect Henry L. Spicer designed the Renaissance Revival-style stone townhouse, which was built around 1900. It’s situated in a row of five houses built at 1431 to 1439 Dean St. for Benjamin C. Raymond. Several blocks away, in a non-landmarked Crown Heights location, an LLC with Melissa Goldberger Neuman as sole member paid $2.675 million for 203-205-207 Rochester Ave., Finance Department records show. The rowhouses were part of a church complex.

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ADAMSKI, Lillian Bowman -- On Dec. 7, 2018. Born June 1, 1926. Graduated with the last eighth grade class at P.S. 170 in 1939 (McKinley opened the next year). Graduated from Bay Ridge H.S. in 1943. Worked in the insurance and banking industry while mothering Robert, Richard and Adele (McMahon). Den mother at Cub Scout Pack 18. Leader at Girl Scout Troop 2-213. Founding member and longtime board member of the Bay Ridge Festival of the Arts. Served on the boards of the Union Church of Bay Ridge and Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Predeceased by her parents Marie and Frank Bowman and her husband Edward. Grandmother to Patrick, Brendan, Megan and Kyle. Great-grandmother to eight. Instead of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund. ( All services arranged by Clavin Funeral Home.

FABER, Bruce J. -- 1952 – 2018. All arrangements handled by Marine Park Funeral Home. Burial Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.


GOONAN, Dennis -- 71, on Dec. 8, 2018. Loving husband of Donna (Reilly) and devoted father of Elizabeth. A graduate of Marist College and Columbia University, he was a dedicated social worker and amateur historian, with a keen sense of humor and a generous heart. He will be deeply missed. All arrangements handled by Joseph G. Duffy Funeral Home, 255 Ninth Street.


MELNYK, Cathryn Dennis -- Age 100, of Brooklyn, passed away Sat., Dec. 15, 2018. Cathryn was born August 21, 1918 in Innenstetten, Germany. She will be remembered by her loving husband Michael of 69 years and her three children, John (Paula), Maria and Cathy (Randy). She will also be fondly remembered by her five grandchildren, Matthew (Elizabeth), Melanie (Steve), Emma (Ben), Sarah and Michael, along with her three great grandchildren, Annabel, Stella and Stephen. All arrangements handled by Marine Park Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial St. Rose of Lima Church. Interment Hackensack Cemetery.


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Raphael A. Adinolfi, DDS, 75, of Mt. Carmel, PA passed away on Tues., Dec.18, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Born in Brooklyn, NY on March 1st, 1943 he was the son of the late Arthur and Carmella (Fabrizio) Adinolfi. He was a graduate of St. Peter’s H.S. in S.I, Brooklyn College and New York University School of Dentistry. He was married in Bklyn., NY in 1973 to Maureen (Hines) Adinolfi who survives. Raphael was a retired dentist. He had practiced in Bay Ridge, for 38 recording-studio years before his retirement. In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by one son, Steven Adinolfi and his wife Jenna of Queens, NY; one daughter, Kathleen Adinolfi of Queens, NY; two grandchildren, Hally and Quinn and one sister, Frances Adinolfi. Services were held on Friday, Dec. 21st. at the Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 South Market Street, Mt. Carmel, PA. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made to the Mt. Carmel Public Library, 30 South Oak Street, Mt. Carmel, PA 17851 or the First Baptist Church, 10 East Lincoln St, Shamokin, PA 17872.

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DEROSE, Dominic -- 1924 – 2018. Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather Funeral Mass Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church. All arrangements handled by Marine Park Funeral Home.

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ON DEC. 17, 1950, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “Washington, Dec. 16 (U.P.) — The government cut off all U.S. trade with Communist China and North Korea tonight and also blocked their financial assets in this country. The economic sanctions will remain in effect so long as Red China continues its intervention in the Korean War, a State Department announcement said. The orders prohibit any American ship or aircraft from entering any port or city under Chinese Communist rule. The blocking decree puts assets of Red China and North Korea under rigid control of the U.S. Treasury. United States trade with Communist China probably would add up to millions of dollars. The precise figures were not revealed in the official announcements. There also was no estimate of the Communist financial accounts here although the North Korean accounts were said to be ‘negligible.’ In addition to the outright trade ban, a Commerce Department order forbids American ships and planes from carrying any cargo anywhere in the world if there is reason to believe it is destined ‘directly or indirectly’ for Red China.”  ON DEC. 17, 1897, the Eagle reported, “Mayor [Frederick W.] Wurster today sent out letters to about a hundred prominent citizens, asking them to confer with himself and the Society of Old Brooklynites at his office tomorrow afternoon, in relation to the proposed celebration of the end of Brooklyn’s existence as a separate municipality.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1942, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “Expect to see New York’s streets turn, overnight, into motorless highways and New York’s subways, buses [and] trolley cars constantly jammed with crowds such as they have never known before. Gasoline rationing, it was predicted, would bring the city subways a traffic rush-hour almost every hour of the night and day. As the rationing order goes into effect it was estimated 500,000 automobiles, or 70 percent of motor vehicles still in use, will be forced off the city’s streets, with ‘T’-coupon trucks, delivery wagons and taxicabs alone remaining. It will be the age of the pedestrian again — the pedestrian and subway rider.”  ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “The name of the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been changed again in the interest of ‘better efficiency.’ The new name, ordered in a telegram from Washington, is: ‘The New York Naval Shipyard, Naval Base Station, Brooklyn 1, N.Y.’ Seven Brooklynites picked at random and as many Manhattan men-in-the-street, asked for directions to the New York Naval Shipyard, Naval Base Station, Brooklyn 1, N.Y., responded in unison: ‘I don’t know, Bud, but why don’t you go over to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They ought to know.’ At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, actually, they were too busy to answer. They were too busy putting up new signs, with the new name. The most recent official name had been the United States Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn. And before that the official name was the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn … What the new official name of the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be this afternoon was not known at the time this edition went to press.”

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Xaverian Students Bring Wreaths to Barkaloo Cemetery for Annual Veterans Remembrance BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK MMCGOLDRICK@ BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM


hanks to the Xaverian Key Club, Wreaths Across America – the national movement that sees volunteers and communities coming together to remember the nation’s fallen by funding wreaths for the graves of veterans – was commemorated at the borough’s smallest cemetery on Dec. 14. Barkaloo Cemeter y, which shares a block with the co-ed Bay Ridge high school, is home to two headstones that mark where Revolutionary War soldiers were buried over 250 years ago. The small, grassy site is renowned as a local landmark. With help from the community and support from local elected officials like state Sen. Marty Golden, Xaverian students worked hard to raise funds to ensure that the cemetery would be adorned in wreaths – and that those who served to protect America’s freedoms

William Ameneiros, representing the Navy, adjusts wreath on one gravestone. ebrooklyn media/Photos by Steve Solomonson

will never be forgotten. Barkaloo was one of almost 1,500 participating locations where volunteers placed wreaths. “We are forever grateful for the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time and effort to fulfilling our mission on a local level,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “These individuals and their communities know the value of remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve and teaching

the next generation about the sacrifices made for our freedom every day, and without their continued support, Wreaths Across America would not exist.” National Wreaths Across America Day took place on Sat., Dec. 15, and saw more than one million volunteers. Barkaloo Cemetery is located at 34 Mackay Place. Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road. For more information on Wreaths Across America, visit

Veteran Ray Aalbue salutes.

Sgt. Robert Hernandez places a wreath.

One grave, with a freshly placed wreath.

Riders Alliance Pushes de Blasio to Release Fair Fares Plan BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM


ransit advocates are expressing concern that the city isn’t doing enough to let the public know about the reduced Metrocard program known as Fair Fares that is coming in January and are calling on the mayor to use his bully pulpit to get the word out. The Riders Alliance is one of 38 organizations that signed a Dec. 12 letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio demanding that he release a detailed plan on how his administration intends to let low-income New Yorkers know that starting in January, they will be able to purchase Metrocards to ride the city’s buses and subways at half-price. An exact date for the launch of Fair Fares has not been announced. The Fair Fares program is costing the city

approximately $100 million, yet few people know about it, advocates said. And those who are aware of the program are waiting to learn the details of how they can go about purchasing halffare Metrocards, according to the Riders Alliance. Nearly 800,000 New Yorkers, including tens of thousands of Brooklyn residents, will be able to take part in the Fair Fares program, according to most estimates. “As January 2019 fast approaches, all the low-income New Yorkers we promised to help are eagerly waiting to learn how they will be able to sign up for and start benefitting from their reduced-fare MetroCard. Among them are: the working poor, especially immigrants who do not qualify for public benefits or are fearful of accepting federal program that might put themselves or family members at risk; the unemployed searching

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Starting in January, low-income New Yorkers will be able to purchase Metrocards at half-price, thanks to a new city program. Advocates are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to release details of the program. for work; and low-income college students struggling to get the education they need to get ahead,” the letter reads in part. In addition to the Riders Alliance, the groups that signed the letter include 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; 32BJ SEIU; RWDSU; Legal Aid

Society; Bronx Defenders; Brooklyn Defender Services; Regional Plan Association; New York Communities for Change; Latino Justice PRLDEF; Make the Road-New York and the Community Service Society of New York. Councilmembers Justin Brannan, who represents

Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and parts of Bensonhurst, and Mark Treyger, whose district includes Coney Island and Gravesend, were among the elected officials who came out strongly in favor of the Fair Fares program. Some of the details about the program’s launch have already been made public. For example, in order to get the reduced price, riders will have to buy seven-day unlimited or 30-day unlimited Metrocards. The Community Service Society (CSS) helped launch an effort back in 2016 to convince the city to sponsor a Fair Fares program. That same year, CSS released a study which found that one in four low-income New Yorkers could not afford subway and bus fares. The lack of affordable transportation options stymies economic growth, since people could not afford to take jobs outside

of their neighborhoods, the CSS study found. In June of this year, the mayor and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced that the Fair Fares program would be included in the city budget. “We have to make New York City a city that works for all 8.6 million New Yorkers, because at the end of the day, fairness will determine our future,” de Blasio said in a statement issued at the time the announcement was made. Jaclyn Rothenberg, a spokesperson for the mayor, told this newspaper on Tuesday that the de Blasio administration is preparing to inform the public about the reduced Metrocard program. “We hear the advocates’ concerns and are taking them seriously. We’re prepared to launch the program in January and will have details to announce soon,” Rothenberg said.

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hristmas came early for over 500 Brooklyn children. Thanks to Reaching-Out Community Services, it was all smiles for less fortunate children just in time for the holidays. On Sat., Dec. 15, the non-profit organization held its 13th annual Operation Christmas Smiles at St. Mary Mother of Jesus Lower Church Community Center, 2311 85th Street, complete with a 27-character show, face painting, magic show, many arcade games, coloring station and refreshments, plus gifts for all the children. Founder of Reaching-Out Tom Neve deemed this year’s event another success. “It went wonderfully,” he said. “Everyone had a great time. It was another great event, thank God. “Seeing the kids enjoy the event was just phenomenal,” Neve went on. “The whole show was just great, a Broadway type of thing. It amazes the adults just as much as the children. It just worked out wonderfully.” Neve also thanked volunteers, who stepped up at the last minute. “We had a couple of key clubs from certain schools

come,” he said. “Another organization came in from another state -- they were here visiting -- so we are thankful for them. At the last minute, we had a nice crowd of students.” He was also thankful for the sponsors. “We are an anti-hunger organization so if it weren’t for all the sponsors and volunteers, it wouldn’t happen,” he said, mentioning the Rotary Club of Verrazano. “I applaud them. That’s teamwork.” And, the fun’s not over. To accommodate more children, on Sat., Dec.

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Kids got to meet Santa and a cast of characters during the afternoon party.

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Starting the holiday season right in Brooklyn. Borough President Eric Adams hosted Borough Hall’s annual Christmas tree lighting on Weds., Dec. 12 at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street. Attendees braved the cold to savor musical performances by children, refreshments and giveaways before the lighting of the borough’s tree. “This is an event that we really love,” Adams said. “It’s an opportunity to bring in the holiday season. My ask of you today as Brooklynites is not only to think about our immediate family but our extended family: Those who have lost loved ones, those who are going through a terrible time during this time of the year. We should look under the tree and not only have a gift for those who are a part of our immediate family but also give to those in need in homeless shelters, and in hospitals.” That something that has been a family tradition for Adams. “My son as a child, before opening gifts at home, we would spend time at a homeless shelter or visit one of the local hospitals, and I believe it helped him grow to be a young man that understands what it means to give back,” Adams said. “There’s something special about being in this borough where

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Eric Adams and Peter Meyer with a wagon of toys inside Borough Hall. Louis Gilbert and Everlyn Phels. 47 percent of the people speak a language other than English at home. We are the United Nations of America and the way that we do it right ensures that the entire country can do It right.” NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher agreed. “This is the nexus of

Migdalia and Noah’Isaiah Pietro.

The Christmas tree lit outside of Borough Hall.

Brooklyn which is the nexus of the world,” he said. “Like the borough president said, this is where all cultures could come together and celebrate as a Brooklyn family and give an example for the world.”

Borough President Eric Adams addressed the group before the tree was lit. Towards the end of evening, Adams had help

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Brooklyn Nets Host Holiday Party at Barclays for 200 Underprivileged Children BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

Nets for the holidays! Two hundred underprivileged second and third grade students were treated to a holiday party hosted by the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Mon., Dec. 10. The kids enjoyed games, arts and crafts, dancing, music, basketball drills and the chance to mingle with the Brooklynettes as well as Nets players, including Jarrett Allen, Ed Davis, Joe Harris, Shabazz Napier, Rodions Kurucs, Dzan Musa, Theo Pinson and Alan Williams. The youngsters interacted with the players as they played games such as Jenga, air hockey, and of course, basketball. The day was meaningful for the players that participated. “It’s awesome,” said Harris, who is currently tied for 11th in the NBA in three point shooting percentage this season. “Obviously any time we get an opportunity to do events like this, we jump at it. It’s fun for us just to come and see the kids. We enjoy it just as much as the kids do. We know they

have a good time. It’s really special and we’re lucky to be a part of it. At the end of the day, we play in Brooklyn and we need to be a part of the Brooklyn community, be impactful and involved, and try to do our best to give back.” Allen, who is in his second year in the NBA and continues to be an integral part of the team’s season, said it was nice to hang out with the excited students. “Just seeing the smiles on their faces that we can bring to them, nothing beats that,” he said. He added that the Nets organization is always up to giving back. “I don’t know what other teams are like but this is what I’m used to,” Allen went on. “I’m used to giving back and the Nets are a perfect example of what I like to do. [The highlight of the afternoon was when] I was drawing with a group of kids from one school and their faces lit Ed Davis up when they knew with I was a special guest. Chelsea G.

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Nets players with 200 second and third graders around the borough.

Rodions Kurucs playing Jenga with kids. I enjoyed it as much as them.” Kurucs, who is in his rookie season, agreed.

“I really love the kids and like to spend time with them,” he said. “I enjoy seeing them happy, seeing them smile. It means a lot to me because it reminds me of myself when I was a kid. We didn’t have a lot. I know it means a lot to them and gives them motivation to work harder.” The children’s’ parents were grateful that the Nets organization hosted the event. “It’s groundbreaking,” said mother Heather

Flewellen, whose six-yearold son Cameron was posing for photos with players. “It gives kids opportunities they didn’t ever believe they would have. Just to come out and meet the Nets players is amazing. It’s priceless to me as a mother.” “It shows that they love the community,” William Wickland said as his son David was all smiles. “It gives the kids encouragement and hope that they can do everything or anything. It doesn’t have to just be about sports. It can be education;

that’s what these players are telling them.” The children were chosen through the Ingersoll Community Center, the Brookly n Communit y Services Beach Program at P.S. 11 and Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, the CAMBA after-school program at P.S. 3, and in partnership with the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance: Imagine Me Leadership Charter School, P.S. 11, P.S. 206, and What About the Children, Inc.

Islanders Players Spread Holiday Cheer at Maimonides BY JAIME DEJESUS

but especially sports play- playroom, greeted the kids ers because of their public and presented them with COM status. It’s very uplifting toys, games and Islanders for the kids and so much of apparel. “It’s obviously something Giving back the Brook- what we know about chillyn way. dren healing has to do with that means a lot to us to be On Thurs., Dec. 13, New their emotions and moods. able to do this, especially York Islanders defensemen That is what we try to do during the holiday season, Luca Sbisa and Adam Pelech here in general at Maimon- to come here, give some showed up at Maimonides ides Children’s Hospital gifts, t-shirts, hats and auMedical Center, 4802 10th -- create an environment tographs,” said Pelech. “If Avenue, to provide some to promote healing -- and I we can put a smile on their holiday cheer to pediatric think this plays into that.” faces in any way, it’s huge patients by giving out presIt was all smiles as Sbisa for us, especially during ents, mingling with them and Pelech walked into the the holiday season. That’s and helping the patients make some holiday crafts. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Dr. Jeffrey Avner was delighted to welcome them. “I think it is great support for the kids to see visitors come,” he said. “It’s very difficult to be a child in a hospital, especially at this time of the year, and it’s very encouraging and uplifting to have anyone visit, Luca Sbisa and Adam Pelech with patients.

here and having the chance to meet these kids is pretty special because it puts everything into perspective. These kids are going through a really hard time. They’re all smiles. It’s pretty cool to see and for us, it’s an easy thing. It’s a few hours out of our day and if we’re able to do something special for them, I think it’s a win for both. I’m very grateful to have the chance to come and meet these kids. I’m very impressed how they fight this fight.”


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Islanders players Luca Sbisa and Adam Pelech with Dr. Jeffrey Avner and patients. when it’s toughest on everyone for these kids that are in the hospital.” After visiting the game room, the players went to several rooms where the pediatric patients in bed

were thrilled to see them with presents in hand “It’s a special day,” added Sbisa. “Coming

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rian Gotlieb believes in giving back. The Coney Island resident, who is extremely active in his community, started the Shorefront Toys for Tots organization to help brighten the lives of sick and underprivileged children in his neighborhood. When he was a child, Gotlieb’s mother instilled in him the importance of giving back and being active in the community. When his mother died in 1993 at the age of 52, Gotlieb decided to honor her memory by creating Shorefront Toys for Tots. On Tues., Dec. 18, Gotlieb, along with other civic leaders, brought the collected toys to the children at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. Assemblymember William Colton, Gotlieb, Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Warren Siegel, hospital CEO William Brown and other

Mohammad Amir, Iesha Yasim and Saray Peralta with Dr. Warren Siegel.

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NYC + Health Care/Coney Island Hospital CEO William Brown, Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Warren Siegel, Brian Gotlieb, Assemblymember William Colton and Alex Gershman with little Ilsa and Zayan Butt. doctors and volunteers brought the bundles of toys to the hospital’s pediatric department, going room to room to distribute them to the children. “I was very honored to participate with Toys for Tots and to see the smiles

on the faces of the children when they received the toys, and the faces of the parents as their child received a toy,” Colton told this paper. “I especially enjoy being with Brian Gotlieb to see the gifts distributed to the children each year.”

Shorefront Toys for Tots founder Brian Gotlieb with Ms. Ramirez and her children Jacquelyn and Percy.

Gotlieb explained that the organization also sponsors child safety and anti-bullying programs in conjunction with the district attorney, as well as blood drives with Coney Island Hospital. He added that the success of the organization involves a lot of people who contribute in a variety of ways including monetary donations or volunteering their time. “Since we started in 1995, the organization has reached out to approximately 40,000 kids,” Gotlieb told this paper. “We’ve had the honor and privilege of

helping put 40,000 smiles on the faces of children who need it most.” Apart from distributing toys to Coney Island Hospital during the holidays, the group also gives gifts to underprivileged children in schools within District 21, which includes Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gravesend and Bensonhurst. “This is a labor of love for me,” Gotlieb said. “I’m just walking in my mother’s footsteps and trying to put forward what she tried to teach me before she passed away.”

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New Utrecht Reformed Church Reopens after Major Restoration on the organ alcove, the congregation and community are now able to worship in the Georgian-Gothic church, 1827 84th St. W hile the current church was built in 1828, the New Utrecht Reformed Church dates back to the 17th century. It was founded by Dutch settlers in 1677 and was originally located on what is now the corner of 16th Avenue and 84th Street. “The congregation is 341 years old this year,” said Susan Hanyen, vice-president of the Consistory at New Utrecht Reformed Church. Services at the church ended in 2003 when the

roof of the building began and it was difficult, but the showing serious signs of de- amazing thing is that we terioration. “They directed never lost hope.” us to close the building and The church’s pastor, the we moved to the parish hall Rev. E.J. Emerson, said that until all the repairs were it felt “absolutely awesome” completed,” Hanyen said, to reopen the church finally. adding that this was the “It was closed when I first church she was baptized in. started coming here as a pastor,” she said. “When Hanyen called the church a community trea- I first went up there this sure. She said that the goal morning, I just stood there in rebuilding was to keep in amazement. It’s just beauthe church’s structure tiful. It’s a comforting sancspecific to the time and tuary in every meaning of place it was built in. “The the world.” wish was to make it as close Guests were invited to walk through the refurto what we had before, but we never realized how bished red front doors and difficult that would be,” join the congregation for she said. “We actually had Sunday worship. After the to recreate what was here service, there was a fellow-

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Living Nativity Held at New Utrecht Reformed Church BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM


n iconic biblical scene came to life at the New Utrecht Reformed Church where the annual Living Nativity scene took place on the front lawn. The landmark church,

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at 1827 84th St., hosted the annual event on Sat., Dec. 15, the day before the building’s re-opening for services after 15 years of restoration and renovation on Sun., Dec. 16. There was a manger filled with straw and actors portraying Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men, and the little shepherd boy. They were all surrounded by goats, sheep and a little gray donkey as they watched over baby Jesus in his bed. The New Utrecht Reformed Church is part of

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n old children’s story was brought to life by Regina Opera Company during two weekends in November, when the beloved local troupe staged a version of “Hansel and Gretel” that was as colorful as it was charming. Stage Director Linda Lehr guided the production, which dazzled the audience with a powerful orchestra conducted by José Alejandro Guzmán, compelling performances and music by composer Engelbert Humperdinck. Kudos to Hansel (Perri Sussman) and Gretel (Elisha Sunshine), who were mischievous and child-like throughout the show. Particularly impressive was the scene in which they fool the witch (Heather Antonissen), pretending Hansel’s finger is a twig, with Gretel taking the magic wand and then both siblings pushing the evil crone into the oven, for the happy ending the audience wants and needs. In designing the sets, Lehr and Wayne Olsen created the perfect ambience. They designed three

separate scenes — Hansel and Gretel’s house, the forest and the witch’s candy house, where a bunch of gingerbread children, decorative through most of the performance, come alive once the witch is dead. Lighting designer Stephanie Lim outdid herself with color shifts echoing dramatic changes in the plot. Blue/green tones are used to showcase happier moments; the use of red intensifies dire situations such as when the witch dragged Gretel into her house. Lim used spot lighting to signify the angel’s presence, with muted side lighting coming into play when the characters pray. Overall, Regina Opera did an impressive job of telling the story through music, dancing and design. Coming up next will be a classic opera, “La Boheme,” on March 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2019. Tickets are $25, general admission, $20 for students and seniors (plus $1 fee for credit card charges if purchased on line). For more info, go to

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Scenes from Regina Opera’s recent production of “Hansel and Gretel.”



he Hour of Code has come to Brooklyn again. This movement aims to introduce the concept of coding to students of all ages, all over the world. At William McKinley Intermediate School, 7201 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., 70 classes — with a total of 1,873 students — participated in the event during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15, this year, receiving coding instruction. In order for students to learn in the most efficient way, the school uses “code squads” to help whenever they’re needed. The code squads consist of students who are proficient in coding and are willing to help others. The code squads visit classrooms and members walk around assisting

students in need of help. The programs they use, like Scratch, for example, provide learning instructions for both regular ed and special ed students. Margarette Desilus-Lacon has been teaching coding for three years now, and created a group of students, also known as

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Students helping other students is a key element in the way McKinley Intermediate School observes Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.

her “followers,” who are dedicated to the learning process. The program is only for sixth graders, but many of the older students are still committed. “It’s the length of coding

that amazes me with them, that they have the patience to sit there and do it because they actually enjoy it.” she said. “You know, when you’re a teacher, you don’t really know who’s listening

and wh’s grasping it until you see their work and you’re like ‘Wow!’” The subject of coding not only benefits students in high school or future careers, but provides a creative space for students to enjoy. These students are

also learning patience and attention to detail when they’re creating extravagant projects. According to, there are 34,117 computing jobs available alone in New York, but only 3,801 computer graduates. There

is enough funding for computer science education, but not all high schools require it, and there is no computer science curriculum for grades K-12. Naomi Lehrer, a UFT Teacher Center site staffer, is an avid believer in teaching coding to children of all ages. Lehrer believes the concept of coding is important for future careers in this technological age. “As we move forward there is more and more automation, cars driving themselves, smart homes, space exploration, medical robots. How can we survive without learning what makes them work?” said Lehrer. “These kids are our future engineers, doctors, mechanics. Even working at fast food chains, somebody programs the register. To be successful in any industry, they need to understands the components behind it.”

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HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services Receives $20,000 Donation from Bay Ridge Bank BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM


hristmas came early to HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services as the Northfield Bank Foundation awarded a $20,000 check to the organization that currently serves over 34,000 children, adults and families throughout New York City. HeartShare, headquartered at 12 MetroTech Center, provides housing, education and job training programs for developmentally disabled and autistic people. In 2014, St. Vincent’s affiliated with the 150-year-old HeartShare Human Services of New York, which is the third largest children’s services provider in New York City. “We are so thankful to the Northfield Bank Foundation for its generous contribution to the HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services’ Pathways to College Program,

Photo courtesy of Northfield Bank

Brian Chin, vice president and branch manager, Northfield Bank; Brooke Rosenthal, vice-president, HeartShare St. Vincent’s; Diane Senerchia, executive director, Northfield Bank Foundation; Dawn Saffayeh, executive director, HeartShare St. Vincent’s; and Adeola Palmer, assistant branch manager, Northfield Bank. which supports youth in foster care to graduate

from high school,” Dawn Saffayeh, executive director,

HeartShare St. Vincent’s told this paper.

“We thank Northfield Bank for its partnership

and for their commitment to the Brooklyn community.” The Northfield Bank Foundation awarded the $20,000 to HeartShare for the American Dream Program–- Pathways to College, a program designed to help seventh graders in foster care prepare and develop a plan to graduate from high school, not just college-bound, but college-ready.  The program provides academic coaching and inhome tutoring to students to make sure they stay on track and graduate high school. “Since 2008, Northfield Bank Foundation has awarded $7.5 million dollars in grants to many nonprofit organizations throughout Brookly n, Staten Island and several counties in New Jersey,” Northfield Bank VP and Bay Ridge Branch Manager Brian Chin told this paper.  “The foundation has donated $2.1 million for educational programs.”




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11235 DALA GROUP LLC Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: DALA GROUP LLC. Articles of Organization led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/14/2018. NY ofce location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post ofce address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Dala Group LLC 2908 Emmons Ave Suite 2940 Brooklyn, NY, 11235. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. #165117

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Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: SCIENCE PROJECTS PRODUCTIONS LLC. Articles of Organization led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/10/2017. NY ofce location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post ofce address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Legalinc Corporate Services Inc. 1967 Wehrle Drive Suite 1-086 Buffalo, NY, 14221. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose.





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