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Brooklyn Historical Society Hosts Panel on Muslim Leadership in City Schools

Dr. Debbie Almontaser’s New Study Forms Basis For BHS Winter Series By Andy Katz Special to the Brooklyn Eagle

“We want to be provocative — but in the best possible way,” said Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz as she introduced the latest entry in the organization’s winter events: a roundtable discussion featuring Dr. Debbie Almontaser, founding principal of the Kahlil Gibran Academy in Brooklyn and author of the recently published “Learning While Muslim: The Experiences of Muslim Principals After 9/11.” “So much has changed since the September 11th attacks,” Schwartz continued. “Especially for the Muslim community here and around the world. It’s important that we come together as a community to relate our experiences.” Joining Almontaser onstage were Gary Anderson, professor of Educational Leadership at NYU; Zaheer Ali, oral historian at BHS; and Aymann Ismail, Slate columnist. At the discussion’s outset, Almontaser outlined the contents of her book, which includes case studies of individual Muslim principles that reflect distinct methods for adapting as a minority to a larger culture that often views them as adversaries. As the panel began, Ali brought up a recent study that counted about 9,500 Muslim teachers across the New York City public schools, where the estimated Muslim student body makes up 10 percent of the whole. “All of this is significant,” Ali said, “especially when you consider that it was only in 2016 that the New York City schools started recognizing Islamic holidays.” Ali compared the struggle of Muslim Americans with that of Roman Catholics in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when many

Protestants assumed their loyalty would be split between their country and the Roman pontiff. “So it often is for us today,” Ali said. “Yet, religious identity is often a source of strength,” Almontaser added. “In addition to stress or alienation from the larger society.” Born in Yemen, Almontaser came to the U.S. at an early age. Her son served in a National Guard unit that responded to the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. She played a key role in starting the Kahlil Gibran Academy, named after the famed Christian-Arab poet, but was compelled to step down shortly before its doors opened after an extended campaign against her leadership. The “Stop the Madrassa” campaign, led by commentator Daniel Pipes, labeled “anti-Muslim” by the SPLC, stirred controversy to the point where Almontaser was forced to step down from the school she founded. Khalil Gibran Academy is one of the city’s dual language schools, offering an Arab language program. Almontaser partnered so often with Jewish organizations that, according to a New York Times article by Andrea Elliott, efforts on the part of the Anti-Defamation League to defend her backfired, leading her to be characterized as a “sellout” by one Arab-language newspaper. The final straw came when the New York Post ran articles linking Almontaser to t-shirts with “INTIFADA NYC” printed on them, falsely implying her support for violence in the furtherance of Islamic goals. A federal appeals court acknowledged that the Post had quoted her incorrectly. “If there is anything I want people to remember,” said Almontaser, “it’s that I’m always grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here in the United States of America.” “[Almontaser’s] book is filled with data, but also very accessible,” Ali said. “It’s a great resource for anyone to use in conversing with school officials, principals, administrators and the like.”

BHS Oral Historian Zaheer Ali (left) sits on a panel with author and educator Dr. Deborah Almontaser.

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From left: Zaheer Ali, Dr. Deborah Almontaser, NYU professor Gary Anderson, BHS President Deborah Schwartz and Slate columnist Aymann Ismail. Eagle photos by Andy Katz Dr. Almontaser signs her book for Sabeeha Rehman, author of “Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim.”

Winterfest Organizer Allegedly Used Alias to Harass Vendors and Patrons

Millennial Entertainment Group Spokesperson “Jennifer Crosby” Is Fake, Merchants Say By Scott Enman Brooklyn Eagle

Lena Romanova, organizer of the botched Winterfest holiday market now facing scrutiny from the Brooklyn District Attorney, used a fictitious spokesperson named “Jennifer Crosby” to harass vendors and the press as the event unraveled, according to business owners who took part in the event. “There is no Jennifer,” said Jeff Golden, owner of Bear Hands & Buddies and a merchant at Winterfest, which was organized by Millennial Entertainment Group. “Jennifer was Lena; it was her alter ego.” Winterfest participants said Crosby engaged in a campaign of intimidation, terminating agreements on a whim and threatening legal action against those who spoke to the press about the event’s shortcomings. But Crosby was no more than an email address that provided Romanova anonymity to bully vendors when the festival collapsed, merchants told the Brooklyn Eagle. The Eagle contacted all 50 vendors and the Brooklyn Museum, which hosted the fair in its parking lot. Of the 21 merchants that responded, not a single person met or spoke with Crosby on the phone. Vendors who spoke to the press as the event struggled tell the Eagle they received emails from Crosby suddenly terminating their contracts. One Winterfest merchant shared an email with the Ea-

gle in which Crosby said the agreement was terminated for “making noise and false allegations.” The merchant later arrived at her booth to find the shop’s electricity outlets boarded up. “You have a very uneducated reading of the agreement,” Crosby wrote to the vendor. “I suggest you get advise [sic] from a lawyer. ... You are terminated and you need to leave the market immediately. This is not up for discussion.” Other vendors pleaded with the Brooklyn Museum for help: “We [and] the rest of the vendor[s] fear for our personal safety and the safety of our store,” Johanna Guevara-Smiley wrote. “We sincerely ask for extra security these following holidays,” she added. Another vendor told the Eagle, “I did not feel safe there.” Joann Montalto from Brooklyn Bar Body & Bath referred to Crosby as the “infamous, mysterious finger-pointing and threat-making voice behind the cowardly operators of Millennial Entertainment Group.” Neither Crosby, Romanova nor co-organizer Johan Rizki responded to repeated requests for comment, and an email sent to the spokesperson listed on Millennial’s contact page, Zane Friedman, bounced. The company’s Newtown, Massachusetts, phone number was disconnected, and the number listed on the Winterfest Vendor Agreement is also not in service. Romanova is listed on Millennial’s website as CEO and

One vendor arrived at her market chalet to find the shop’s electricity outlets boarded up. Photo courtesy of Johanna Guevara-Smiley

Vendors complained that Crosby harassed them, and many feared for their safety.  president, but her LinkedIn profile says she is cofounder of Momentum Leisure Group, a business with no website. Crosby’s name appeared on press releases promoting the event prior to negative publicity, and her email address is included on the contact page of Millennial’s website. Beyond that, Crosby lacks a meaningful digital footprint. There are no social media accounts or a LinkedIn profile belonging to her, and she is only mentioned in articles relating to Winterfest. Only a YouTube account under her name exists, with two videos from October and November promoting the festival. Several message threads reviewed by the Eagle show Crosby responding to emails addressed exclusively to Romanova and vice versa. In one instance, vendor Marty Krutolow of Marty’s V Burger asked, “Who are you?” after Crosby answered an email addressed only to Romanova. “As you may notice, I included the last email you sent to Lena and copied her,” Crosby responded. “It goes without saying that I work for the company that rented you the chalet.” Other vendors reported similar behavior. “The first-ever email I had from Millennial Entertainment Group, I got a response from Lena even though I sent it only to Jennifer,” said one vendor who asked to remain anonymous for fear of legal retribution. “We really don’t think she’s real. We think it’s a front.” Taylor Maatman, senior public relations manager at the Brooklyn Museum, told the Eagle that the museum only

had contact with Crosby “via email after the market opened” and that they were “primarily in touch” with Rizki and Romanova. Vendors soon began noticing similar writing styles between emails from Crosby and Romanova, most notably sentences formed in broken English with a threatening tone. “We got an email that was very much in Lena’s voice, and that was the moment it clicked for me that Jennifer was Lena,” said another vendor who also asked to remain unidentified. Crosby may not be the only fictitious person associated with Winterfest. The Eagle received an expletive-filled message written in the same syntax from a supposed “Jenna Raul,” who said she was a vendor. The Eagle, however, reached out to all of the merchants at Winterfest and found that none of them have an employee by that name. In addition, a Google search does not bring up any relevant results for Jenna Raul. Another employee, Zane Friedman, is listed on Millennial’s website as Director of Sales and Sponsorships — but Friedman also has no digital footprint beyond a LinkedIn profile. A search for similar images on the internet revealed Friedman’s profile photo is actually an image of Swedish model Frida Gustavsson. Members of the press were not spared from Millennial’s attempts to intimidate. Patrick Smith, a journalist for The Bridge who wrote about the event’s troubles, said he received a phone call from an unidentified man on a blocked number threatening legal action after the article

Lena Romanova.  was published. Emails from Crosby to the Eagle similarly warned of legal action if a video interview with Romanova was not taken down and was adamant that any mention of Romanova in articles be removed. The market, which was advertised as a 40,000-squarefoot “world of holiday joy and wonder,” collapsed after several promised attractions proved underwhelming and others were absent entirely. For example, the event did not feature an advertised snow globe or slide, and the immersive chocolate experience was merely a tent serving instant hot cocoa. Vendors complained of a lack of electricity in their booths, as well as rat and roach problems, and the organizers

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used bullying tactics. Some attendees began comparing the event to the now infamous Fyre Festival. When the event was cut from six to four days, many merchants asked for refunds, but their requests received no response. Attendees also demanded reimbursement to no avail after attractions they initially paid for were later offered for free. Helen Peterson of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office confirmed to the Eagle that the “complaints” against Winterfest are “being reviewed.” Millennial, through Crosby, said in December that Winterfest will not return for the 2019 holiday season. Additional reporting by Patrick Smith.

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Tenants Sign Leases for Grand St. Stores, Pointing to a More Active Shopping Street WILLIAMSBURG — Two retail store transactions point to Grand Street in Williamsburg becoming a busier commercial strip, especially with several large residential developments nearby. The first is Johnny’s Chop Shop, a London-based men’s hair salon, which is opening its first U.S. outlet here, according to Crain’s New York Business. The chain signed a lease at 154 Grand St., next door to the popular streetwear shop Supreme. The other is Kitsby at 136 Grand St., a company that sells prepackaged dessert recipes and ingredi-

ents, Crain’s reported. Both deals were arranged by Peter Schubert, a leasing broker at TerraCRG. Schubert said he was able to negotiate a roughly 15 percent discount for Kitsby because of the planned L-train closure. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo has since called off the shutdown, Kitsby’s lease was signed beforehand, Crain’s said. “These tenants definitely see a big rise in demand because of projects like the Domino Sugar Factory development,” Schubert told Crain’s. Both stores are expected to open in the spring.

The Value of Land: Analysis Uses Park Slope, B’klyn Heights as Examples PARK SLOPE AND BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — When analyzing a new study by the Federal Housing Finance Agency that examines the ramifications of land value, the Washington Post used two upscale Brooklyn neighborhoods as examples. The reason an acre of residential land in Brooklyn Heights or Park Slope costs about 7,500 times as much as an acre in Western Arkansas or Northern South Carolina is demand – the two Brooklyn neighborhoods are close to the subway, food co-ops and high-paying jobs. Areas like the Slope or the Heights also “tend to have higher taxes and zoning restrictions,” the Post reported. Nationwide, according to the federal study, the value of the land tends to appreciate faster than the structures on them. “When housing demand changes, you can build more structures but you can’t build more land,” the Post quotes William Larson, one of the authors of the study, as saying. The areas with the most valuable land also saw their land values grow fastest, the study says. “And those differences are responsible for many of the trends in inequality which have defined their era,” the Post reported.

Renderings Show How DOT Plan Would Block Views from Bridge BROOKLYN BRIDGE — The Brooklyn Heights civic group A Better Way has created computer-generated renderings of what the city’s plan to install a temporary roadway over and perpendicular to the pedestrian-bicycle path on the Brooklyn Bridge would look like. The renderings show the unsightly overpass blocking such landmarks as 1 World Trade Center and the bridge’s western suspension tower, according to the New York Post. Hilary Jager, a spokeswoman for A Better Way, told the Post, “The city’s ill-conceived closed-door plan won’t just dump pollution onto the doorsteps of thousands of families, it’ll desecrate two New York City icons.” The city’s $3.4 billion reconstruction plan would also construct a temporary six-lane highway on top of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a story the Eagle has covered numerous times. Actor Paul Bettany, who owns a townhouse in the Heights and portrays android superhero The Vision in the film “Avengers: Infinity War,” took part in a protest against the DOT’s plan.

Take the F Train—But It May Not Stop at Your Destination BOROUGHWIDE — Many F train riders in Brooklyn are saying that the train has been running express with little notice, inconveniencing people whose destinations are local stops. For example, one recent F train skipped stops from Jay Street-MetroTech to Seventh Avenue, then skipped more stops to Church Avenue, according to CBSNewYork. The MTA said this is done to shorten gaps in service after problems result in backedup trains. But Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Cobble Hill-Carroll Gardens-Park

Slope) told CBSNew York, “Every night it’s a different story. Tonight there was a police incident at this station, that night there was an unruly passenger at this station.” Furthermore, riders say that the announcements are often made when riders are already on the train. Local stop-bound passengers then have to get off at the next express stop and take a local train back in the opposite direction. Lander has created an F train express incident form. When enough are collected, he plans to give the results to MTA, reported CBSNewYork.

Real Estate Deals Increase in Dollar Value, but Transactions Are Fewer BOROUGHWIDE — Real property deals in Brooklyn, like those in the city as a whole, increased in dollar value last year. The borough saw approximately $7.4 billion in deals. This was a 15 percent increase from 2017, according to The Real Deal, which cited TerraCRG’s annual report on Brooklyn. Transaction volume, however, saw a 12 percent drop from 2017, meaning that fewer deals were made. Downtown Brooklyn saw the most activity by dollar volume, with about $2.2 billion in total. However, Central Brooklyn was the region that had the highest number of transactions at 233, according to The Real Deal. The biggest deal of the year in Brooklyn was the $870 million sale of 1155 Pennsylvania Ave. in East New York, part of the huge Starrett City Development. Starrett City Associates sold the building to Brooksville Company and Rockpoint Group. The second largest was the $303 million sale of 100 in Red Hook, which UPS purchased from the Sitex Group.

Prospect Park Zoo Starts Program To Help Preserve Rare Cat Species PROSPECT PARK — The Prospect Park Zoo has a new exhibit of Pallas’s cats and plans to start a breeding program for this at-risk species of felines. The Pallas’s cat, which is native to Central Asia, has been classified as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 2002. These cats are often hunted for their fur and organs or accidentally caught in traps, according to Metro. Pallas’s cats are small, about the size of a domestic cat, but are not closely related to the various familiar household breeds. This makes them a perfect size for the relatively small, 12-acre Prospect Park Zoo, Metro said. “We’ve been involved in breeding programs with many animals, from frogs to Hamadryas baboons,” zoo Director Denise McClean told Metro, “but this for us is very special, because it’s a really interesting cat and there are not a lot of zoos in the U.S. that have that [opportunity].” Pallas’s cats were discovered in 1776 by Peter Simon Pallas, a Prussian zoologist and biologist.

Coworking Firm to Open Space in DUMBO Building DUMBO — Soho Works, a coworking firm owned by members-only club and hotel Soho House, is opening its first location in New York City at 10 Jay St., DUMBO. Coworking usually involves an organization that rents desk space to independent professionals or freelancers, who then share amenities such as printing, internet access and so on. The Jay Street workspace is close to the Empire Stores, the 19th century former warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront where Soho House also

opened DUMBO House, an exclusive hotel with a rooftop pool and restaurants, according to Crain’s New York Business. Rents at 10 Jay St. range from $70 to $85 per square foot. Soho Works will occupy the building’s second and fifth floors, Crain’s New York Business reported. The coworking concept is reported to be growing nationally. Here in New York City, another coworking firm, We Work, is close to leasing the entire Flatiron Building on 23rd Street in Manhattan, Crain’s said.

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New Headaches for L-Train Riders Announced by MTA NORTH BROOKLYN — While the 15-month shutdown of the L train’s East River tunnel has been canceled, L-train riders must now deal with MTA stopping weeknight service for eight straight weeks. And while the planned 15-month shutdown only affected the line west of Bedford Avenue, this latest shutdown, which will take place every weeknight between 10:45 p.m. and 5 a.m., will stop all trains west of Broad-

way Junction-East New York, affecting more than two-thirds of the line. MTA says the new arrangements are necessary to prepare the line for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new plan, which would repair the tunnels one at a time on weekends and at night, according to the Brooklyn Paper. In addition to the weekday closures, L train service will be stopped on seven weekends in February ad March between Manhattan

and Broadway Junction, the Brooklyn Paper reported. The work includes installing new rail in the tunnel and in other sections of the L line. “For you, this means our track will be safer and trains will run faster and smoother,” an MTA release read. For riders’ convenience, MTA will run two shuttle bus routes on weeknights and three routes during weekend closures.


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Art FOR THE LOVE OF ART: LITTLE SKIPS WINTER ART SHOW This season, Brooklyn based multi-media artist Annabelle Weatherly and Harlem-based painter Kiyomi Taylor are on the walls at Little Skips. Both women incorporate a vibrant expression of their emotional and spiritual inner lives drawing from fantasy, mythology, and individual identity. Little Skips will be kicking off this season’s art show with a party. Free and open to the public When: Friday, February 1st, 8 – 11 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Little Skips (941 Willoughby Avenue)

TATIANA AROCHA: NIGHT MOUNTAINS Inspired by her childhood journeys into Colombia’s rainforests with her anthropologist father, Tatiana Arocha’s multidisciplinary work stems

from a desire to celebrate the landscape’s astounding biodiversity. Her immersive murals surround the viewer with nature rendered in monochromatic tones, a color palette that references historic naturalist engravings and warns of a future in which the rainforest exists only in the past. By installing depictions of nature in urban settings, Arocha’s murals draw parallels between the diverse ecosystems of Colombia and the cultural flourishing of her current Brooklyn neighborhood. When: Daily through February 6th, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/ BRIC House Cafe (647 Fulton Street)


A solo show of ceramic sculpture by Elise Siegel. In this exhibition, a large gathering of Siegel’s idiosyncratic and psychologically expressive portrait busts inhabit the gallery. Although each bust is a distinct individual, they

are not portraits of specific persons. Rather, they are embodiments of familiar emotional states — fleeting moments of inner conflict, disquiet, ambivalence and unease. As such, they exude an uncanny sense of vulnerability and project an interiority that creates a psychological tension. When: Thursdays-Sundays through February 10th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/STUDIO10 (56 Bogart Street)


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

When: Through February 17th Where: Gowanus/MF Gallery (213 Bond Street)


The artist’s process begins with documentation: Molnar photographs locations newly traveled and wellknown and loved. These photographs are digitally stitched together, combining landscapes with structures from various “memories.” This is the way we experience memories: we confuse the place and time, the structures bleed together, places patched together in our minds the way Molnar collages photographs, like

concretized memories. These are the improbable landscapes of our memory, given physical shape. On view for “The Architecture of Memory” will be recent collaged paintings on panel as well as small-scale editioned work that reveal much of the early stages of her process, much like “sketches” but done through photographs and digital manipulation. When: By appointment only through February 22nd Where: Greenpoint/Arete Venue and Gallery (67 West Street)

BONNIE COLLURA: PRINCE Bonnie Collura’s sculptural


Curated by Matt Myers, aka Eronin, Pop-Porn spotlights five artists working with modern concepts of eroticism and desire, and how it is essential to us right now. After opening night, the show will be open by appointment only, until February 17th, 2019.

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installation Prince critiques our culture’s pattern of repeating iconic characters, gestures, and polarizing traits to create heroes. In her ongoing project, Collura interprets the Prince figure as an amalgamation of four archetypal male characters from history, religion, and popular culture: Jesus, St. Sebastian, C-3PO (the droid from Star Wars), and Abraham Lincoln. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through February 24th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street)

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

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BAM Gilman Opera House presents Bach & Gira through February 2nd. 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)

FRESH MASTERS: THE URBANGLASS MFA EXHIBITION Curated by Ben Wright, with jurors Graciela Cassel and Graham Caldwell. Featuring work by: Evan Burnette, Anna Parisi, James Ronner, Kristine Rumman, and Heather Sutherland. When: Daily through March 9th, Saturday hours: 11 a.m. – 7:30p.m. Sunday hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ Urban Glass (647 Fulton Street)

EVERY 16 HOURS A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Every 16 Hours, an exhibition by artist Kadie Salfi. Salfi will be showing a new body of work including paintings that put American gun culture in the crosshairs. This is Salfi’s first solo exhibition in New York City. When; Wednesdays-Sundays through March 10th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street)

the natural world, or with outmoded technology such as vinyl records and architectural forms. The exhibition includes seven unique silver gelatin photograms and 6 color, limited edition prints made from color transparency photograms. The photograms are created through a series of carefully considered multiple exposures, with the color work incorporating additive color mixing, and blending of light. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 10th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street)

UNDERGROUND HEROES: NEW YORK TRANSIT IN COMICS New York’s transportation system plays a starring role in comics and graphic novels. Drawing on satirical cartoons, comic strips and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries, Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics is a raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers. The exhibit includes such luminaries as

Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz whose work demonstrates the influence that mass transit has on the stories that are irrevocably woven into the cultural fabric of New York City. When: Tuesdays – Sundays through March 17th, TuesdayFriday: 10am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ New York Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn St)

WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS What does it mean to be in love? For eight years, in images, writing and life, plain and simple, we have tried to tease out the answer. Love is a cliche, an idea so easy to imagine but impossible to grasp. Like an overripe fruit, it collapses with a bit of pressure into cloying sweetness and the faint sense of something lost. At its most basic, falling in love means cleaving away something of yourself and becoming something else. It’s painful and hard, but also carries the potential for profound transformation. When We Were Strangers is

ENRICO RILEY: NEW WORLD The paintings are part of an unfolding and evolving cycle that investigates themes of historical and contemporary violence, martyrdom, grief, and the middle passage within a spatial domain. Enrico Riley challenges viewers to decipher and contextualize his work’s fractured narratives. For many Americans, exposure to the plethora of recent media examples of reflexive violence perpetrated on African-Americans has

blurred the boundaries between the historical record with which our country is so familiar and the problems still facing contemporary culture today. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 23rd, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/Jenkins Johnson Projects (207 Ocean Avenue)

FRIDA KAHLO: APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and

ephemera. To highlight the collecting interests of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, works from our extensive holdings of Mesoamerican art are also included. When: Daily through May 12th, Times vary. Check Showclix for times and tickets Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

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


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ON PLANE VIEW Showcasing the photographs of Max de Esteban and Doug Fogelson. Doug Fogelson’s ‘Forms and Records’, explores the physicality and science of the photograph, through a formal exploration of objects, and their representation as photograms. He works with objects that either have a link to

the first part of a lifelong project deconstructing love through the prism of our relationship. This first chapter is a love poem of sorts, one that charts what happens when two people attempt to become something more and less than that, when we are more unknown stranger to each other than anything else. But love is an ouroboros that eats the past that came before it. Who was I before you? We are interested in the frayed edges, the messy intersections, the elements of ourselves lost and new facets gained in the process, and the limits to all of that. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 22nd, 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/United Photo Industries (16 Main Street)

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Books & Readings DANA CZAPNIK: THE FALCONER Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, providing a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes.  When: Thursday, January 31st, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Cobble Hill/Books are Magic (225 Smith Street)

Educational FUNDAMENTALS OF ASTROLOGY Immerse yourself in the enriching, fun and dynamic world of Astrology. In this 2-hour session we’ll discuss all the basics one needs to read an astrological chart. Understanding how to read a chart can uncover

your potential and will expand your capacity to tap into the universal energies to shape and direct your future as you envision it. We’ll discuss each of the major components that comprise a chart – signs, planets, houses and aspects as well as look at the patterns and cycles these things signify in our lives. No prior knowledge or experience in astrology is required. When: Thursday, January 31st, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Prospect Heights/ Brooklyn Brainery (190 Underhill Avenue)


Join the library for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) themed story time and activity. Recommended ages 2-5 and caregivers. When: Thursday, January 31st, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Flatbush/Clarendon Library (2035 Nostrand Avenue)

TARGET FIRST SATURDAY Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday kicks off Black History Month by celebrating the closing weekend of the special exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power with a packed evening of music, artmaking, poetry, discussions, and films. Highlights include a visual storytelling project with Black Gotham Experience, a learning session with Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and music from YahZarah. When: Saturday, February 2nd, 5 – 10 p.m. see website for schedule Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

POSITIVE AGING: BRIDGE CLUB Enjoy playing bridge in a company of your peers. The program takes place at the Meeting Room. When: Thursday, January 31st, 1 – 4 p.m. Where: Sheepshead Bay/Kings Bay Library (3650 Nostrand Avenue)

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Join Author Grace Young for a cooking demonstration of her famous Stir Fry Noodles



with Chicken and Ginger Mushrooms. Then join the Wan Chi Ming Dragon Dance Team for a Lunar New Year Parade. When: Saturday, February 2nd, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Beyond at Liberty View (850 3rd Avenue)


For families of children 0-5 years of age and their siblings. Sponsored by PJ Library and music by Tkiya. BRJC is here to make Judaism joyful and accessible, and intellectually stimulating and welcoming. When: Saturday, February 2nd, 4 p.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Bay Ridge Jewish Center (405 81st Street)


At Lefferts Historic House, welcome the Year of the Pig with paper-lantern making and good luck paper crafts. Plus, learn more about the Lunar New Year while enjoying traditional New Year treats. At the Prospect Park Audubon Center, enjoy indoor and outdoor nature programs all afternoon long: • 12–3 pm, Discovery Pack: Bundle up and explore Prospect Park with our ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families. • 1-2 pm, Bird Nerds Game Hour: Test your knowledge of birds and other animals in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more! • 2-3 pm, Nature on the Go! An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is around in winter. • 3-4 pm, Animal Encounter: Join Alliance Naturalists to learn more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program begins promptly at 3 pm. When: Tuesday, February 5th, 12- 4 p.m. Where: Prospect Park




Westside Theatre, 407 W 43rd St.


The debut feature from Bertrand Mandico tells the tale of five adolescent boys (all played by actresses) enamored by the arts, but drawn to crime and transgression. After a brutal crime committed by the group and aided by TREVOR – a deity of chaos they can’t control – they’re punished to board a boat with a captain hell-bent on taming their ferocious appetites. After arriving on a lush island where dangers and pleasures abound the boys start to transform in both mind and body. Shot in gorgeous 16mm and

HOROSCOPES january 31 - february 6, 2019 ♈ ARIES  Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, save up your energy because you might need it for a difficult project on the horizon. This could mean you have to keep socializing to a minimum. ♉ TAURUS  Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you have been on a stable path, and this is a good thing. Wasting time floundering will get you nowhere fast. Keep up the good work and momentum. ♊ GEMINI  May 22/Jun 21 A rough patch or string of bad luck will soon pass, Gemini. Focus on the positives in your life and give them all of your energy for the time being. Gray skies will clear up. ♋ CANCER  Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, a great opportunity is coming your way and you are eager to dive right in. Write down the pluses and minuses of this endeavor before getting too deep. ♌ LEO  Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, ensure that your voice is heard on a particular matter; otherwise, you may regret not speaking up. Wait until others are quiet to get your point across. ♍ VIRGO  Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, if you’ve been looking for a new career, you may be pleasantly surprised with the news coming your way. Opportunity knocks, but you must be paying attention. ♎ LIBRA  Sept 23/Oct 23 Extra spending on essentials may have you reevaluating your budget this week, Libra. You might need to cut corners to make everything work, or find new income. ♏ SCORPIO  Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, it seems the bumpy stretch in your life has been long, but you’re finally able to see that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Keep your head high. ♐ SAGITTARIUS  Nov 23/Dec 21 A relationship may be blossoming and you won’t be sure which direction it will go for a little longer. If you trust your instincts on this and be yourself, things will work out. ♑ CAPRICORN  Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you will prove your mettle and show everyone just how tough you can be with a surprising announcement this week. Be prepared for some applause. ♒ AQUARIUS  Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, even though many things are changing in your life right now, you’ll probably find that you welcome change wholeheartedly. It’s time to shake things up. ♓ PISCES  Feb 19/Mar 20 Moving in a new direction can mean many things to you, Pisces. A change of address, a vacation, a new career, or even a new style fit the bill.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS: JANUARY 27 Patton Oswalt, Actor (50) JANUARY 28 Sarah McLachlan, Singer (51) JANUARY 29 Justin Hartley, Actor (42) JANUARY 30 Brooke Hyland, Dancer (21) JANUARY 31 Justin Timberlake, Singer (38) FEBRUARY 1 Ronda Rousey, MMA fighter (32) FEBRUARY 2 Gerard Pique, Athlete (32)

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brimming with eroticism, genderfluidity, and humor, THE WILD BOYS will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget. When: Friday & Saturday, February 1st & 2nd, 12:10 a.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue)

can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn’s favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market. EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round. When: Saturday, February 2nd, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Grand Army Plaza (by the fountain)


BAM presents the east coast premiere of Xavier Burgin’s Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019), a new documentary exploring a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced Black Americans in Hollywood, tracing a secret history through their connection to the horror genre. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with author, educator, and Horror Noire executive producer Tananarive Due, filmmaker R. Shanea Williams, comics author Greg Anderson Elysee, and Horror Noire co-writer/producer and Graveyard Shift Sisters founder Ashlee Blackwell, as well as a screening of Rusty Cundieff’s classic urban horror anthology, Tales from the Hood (1995). When: Monday, February 4th,

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Puppetworks presents Cinderella through April 20. 7 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue)


Celebrate everything you love about winter in one delicious festival. Join Cannonball Productions at the Brooklyn Expo Center for unlimited spiked drinks, craft beer, & free-flowing bubbly. Top local chefs will be on-site serving up your favorite winter comfort foods – truffle mac n’ cheese, anyone? The music, games & seasonal comfort foods will bring you that just-offthe-slopes feeling without

all the windburn. General admission ticket holders can choose between afternoon and evening sessions at 1:30pm or 5:30pm respectively. General admission includes a commemorative tasting glass for craft beer, spirits and wine tastings. Top local restaurants will be there selling an array of comfort food like chili, grilled cheese, waffles and more. The boozy wonderland will feature games, live music, and plenty of festive antics too.  When: Saturday, February 2nd, 1 – 8 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street)

Guests for ‘Hot Glass Cold Beer’ will receive a unique handmade drinking glass, which will overflow with free beverages, while they watch our talented team of artists show off their glass manipulation skills. Demonstrations in glassblowing, neon bending and & flameworking. Advance purchase guarantees you a handmade glass blown drinking glass, otherwise, first come first serve while supplies last. When: Saturday, February 2nd, 7 – 11 p.m. Where: Gowanus/Brooklyn Glass (142 13th Street)


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This class is open to all adults and no registration is required. When: Thursday, January 31st, 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Eastern Parkway Library (1044 Eastern Parkway)


Come join this Latin Dance Class where you will learn Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha, Cumbia and Tango and the cultural history that is embedded in each dance. When: Friday, February 1st, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Where: Bensonhurst/New Utrecht Library (1743 86th Street)


Open Run is a community-


based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and three miles long. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome When: Saturday, February 2nd, 9 – 10 a.m. Where: Canarsie Park


Come exercise with our popular local volunteer! No registration is needed. When: Saturday, February 2nd, 10 – 11a.m. Where: Clinton Hill/Clinton Hill Library (380 Washington Avenue)


Introduction to simple mindfulness techniques, exercises, and digital apps. When: Saturday, February 2nd, 11a.m. – 12p.m. Where: Brownsville/ Brownsville Library (61 Glenmore Avenue)


Reduce Stress and gain flexibility in a safe and fun environment. Beginners are


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Calendar of Events

Nightlife YOUNG ADULT FRICTION: AN INDIE + ALT DANCE PARTY A dance party celebrating indie and alternative music both new and old — where headphones can be unplugged and bedroom dancing can be brought onto the floor. Are dark winters wearing you down? Well, grab your worn sweatshirt and your mother’s old skirt and come down to Brooklyn Bazaar for a night of indie pop ecstasy. When: Saturday, February 2nd, 11 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Avenue)

OASIS SINGLES ANNUAL VALENTINE’S EVENT This uplifting evening will feature catered dinner and dessert, music and discussion. OASIS Director Cindy Galdal-Ruperto will share a timely message entitled “Living Out Love.” When: Sunday, February 3rd, 6 p.m. Where: Dyker Heights/ Leffert’s Park Church (7524 14th Avenue)

Theatre & Music BACH & GIRA Returning to BAM with its

undulating physicality and fluid footwork, Grupo Corpo brings a pair of dramatically contrasting works— Bach and Gira. Initially created for the 1996 Lyons Dance Biennial, Bach is a playful exercise in perception of what one hears and what one sees. Pederneiras fuses contemporary kinetic movements with flares of regal, classical form. As dancers clad in gold, black, and blue ascend, drop, and hang from giant steel tubes resembling organ pipes, Marco Antônio Guimarães’ score reimagines Bach’s meticulous majesty. Then the ensemble transports the audience to its home country with the dynamic Gira, featuring a first-time collaboration with São Paulo punk-jazz-rock band Metá Metá. The work honors Brazil’s diaspora by invoking potent ritualistic rhythms and movement rooted in the rites of Umbanda—one of the most widely practiced Brazilian religions which combines Candomblé with Catholicism and Kardecism— and serves as the primary source of inspiration for the Gira’s aesthetics. When: Daily through February 2nd, 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue)



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Damascus Bakeries 56 Gold St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 855-1456 Damascus Bakeries has found a way to combine two American favorites -- pizza and grilled cheese. The delicious Grilled Cheese Italiano uses Brooklyn Bred Pizza Crust. Owner Ed Mafoud has the recipe on the website. Just brush the Brooklyn Bred Crust Pizza with olive oil. Place sliced mozzarella on it and sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with grated cheese, bake until the toppings are melted and enjoy!!! www.Damascusbakery.com

Tambour Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar 652 5th Ave. at 19th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 917-1747 Chef Thomas Perone at Tambour Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar tells Faces that he has a new dessert item on the menu – S’mores Double Belgian Chocolate - Toasted Marshmallow, Dulce de Leche, and Graham Cracker. It’s the perfect final course and goes well with a nice dessert wine! www.tambourbar.com

Grand Canyon Restaurant 143 Montague Street Brooklyn, New York (718) 499-3660

Clark’s Restaurant 80 Clark Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 855-5484

You can enjoy breakfast all day long at Grand Canyon Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. Owners Victor and Cesar are proud of their entire menu and told Faces that customers can enjoy an incredible variety of eggs and omelets made to order. Any style of eggs you want is served with a large portion of home fries and bacon or sausage.

Owner Mark at Clark’s Diner told Faces that one of the most popular items on his menu is a Clark’s Wrap, made with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and avocado. And customers can choose from a variety of cheeses and can even substitute egg whites if they like. And it’s a wrap you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Clarkdiner@gmail.com



THE BIZ By John Alexander

Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines flies to popular destinations like London, Germany, Greece and Italy. One of its spotlight destinations from New York is Tirana, Albania. If you’re looking for a beautiful spot by the Adriatic Sea, Tirana is the perfect destination for you. Albania’s capital city is located at the foot of the Dajti Mountains with many historic landmarks to visit. Turkish Airlines is ready to fly you from everywhere to anywhere! www.turkishairlines.com

Three Guys from Brooklyn 6502 Fort Hamilton Parkway Brooklyn, NY (718) 748-8340 Three Guys from Brooklyn has freshly made fruit and vegetable platters! Phil tells us that they are offered in a variety of sizes customized to your needs. And only the freshest seasonal fruits and veggies are used in the platters. Three Guys also can fulfill special requests for exotic and tropical items depending on availability. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. www.3guysfrombrooklyn.com

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Start the New Year off on the right foot.


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Onyx the cat is exhausted from holiday fun!

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Pet Adoption Corner

Sean Casey Animal Rescue has shared these photos of pets up for adoption with us. Sierra is a one-year-old Alaskan Malamute. Sierra was surrendered to us because her owners were unfortunately being evicted. Sierra is a sweet girl that love going out for long walks in the park. Libya is a two-year-old Domestic Short

hair. Libya was found as a stray that was very sick and hungry. She is now all better and ready to find the loving home she deserves. Sean Casey Animal Rescue (718-4365163) is located at 153 East Third St. Sean Casey Animal Rescue (718-4365163) is located at 153 East Third St.



Photos courtesy of Sean Casey Animal Rescue

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Shore Road Promenade is so serene though it's right next to the Belt Parkway.


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Come See Shore Road Promenade in Winter By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge never looked so good.

So what if it’s winter? This is an icon for all seasons. You get the best views of the eye-catching steel span when you’re strolling on Shore Road Promenade.

Bay Ridge’s combination walkway and cycling path runs beside New York Harbor, right along the water’s edge. The promenade is a terrific recreation space. The air smells salty. The scene is serene despite the Belt Parkway’s proximity. There are always plenty of passing ships to scrutinize. You’ll be just fine as long as you bundle up — but we’re not kidding about dressing warmly. It’s often much windier down by the riverside than in the rest of the neighborhood. You can catch glimpses of the VerrazzanoNarrows Bridge from lots of spots in Bay Ridge and random locales further afield, like the Fifth Avenue sidewalk in Sunset Park. The bridge’s towers are 70 stories tall, so they’re hard to miss. Nevertheless, Shore Road Promenade is the ideal place for good long looks at the halfcentury-old bridge. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, as it was called when it opened in November 1964, is named after Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. In 1524, he became the first European to see New York Harbor. Last year, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation that changed the spelling of the bridge’s name to match the explorer’s.

Shadows stripe the steps of a pedestrian overpass that connects Shore Road Promenade to Bay Ridge residential streets.


The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the United States. Its main span extends for 4,260 feet. The bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Staten Island, was one of the Power Broker’s projects. You’ve read the blockbuster biography Robert Caro wrote about New York infrastructure czar Robert Moses, so you know who we mean. Three workers died during its five-year construction, whose intricacies are detailed in Gay Talese’s re-released book called “The Bridge.” The designer was Swiss-born structural engineer Othmar Ammann. He also designed the George Washington Bridge and was in charge of the construction of several other metro-area spans. “It is a crime to build an ugly bridge,” Ammann once said. Amen to that.

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Love locks hang on the protective fence of a pedestrian overpass above the Belt Parkway.

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Shore Road Park is quiet on a wintry day.


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Birds of a feather flock together beneath the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.

Shore Road Promenade has a couple pedestrian overpasses that allow you to cross the Belt Parkway and gain access to Bay Ridge’s residential streets. The staircases to the overpasses are good vantage points for photographing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, by the way. If you’re inclined to wander, stroll across one of these aerial walkways. You will wind up in Shore Road Park, which is silent in the wintertime but scenic. Various spots in the park are additional vantage points for looking at the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. You should return to Shore Road Promenade because of course you’ll want to walk to the end of it. There, you’ll find the 69th Street Pier. In warm weather it’s a popular fishing spot. It’s got a great view of the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan. Its official name is the American Veterans Memorial Pier. Out in the middle of it, there’s a 25-foot-tall bronze sculpture called “Beacon” by artist Robert Ressler. The work, made at Greenpoint’s Bedi-Makky Foundry, honors Brooklyn residents who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On 9/11, boats that evacuated survivors of the Twin Towers’ collapse took them to the 69th Street Pier.

Birds buddy up on the 69th Street Pier.

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• A secret doorway at the platform in the Times Square42nd Street station used to lead directly into the Knickerbocker Hotel, where party goers including F. Scott Fitzgerald attended lavish parties. Today the MTA owns the space behind the door, refusing to let the new owners of the Knickerbocker revamp it. • From end to end, the A train is the longest route. The 31-mile journey carries passengers from 207th St. in Manhattan, to Far Rockaway in Queens. • There are nine ghost stations in the NYC Subway system: The most beautiful is the abandoned City Hall station on the 6 line. It was in service from 1904 to 1945. • The 4 train was once nicknamed ‘mugger’s express’, a much more illustrative name than ‘Lexington Avenue Express’. • In the 1979 cult classic, “The Warriors,” the Brooklyn posse must battle rival gangs to move through New York’s boroughs back to their home turf, Coney Island. The film glamorized the NYC subway system, and was an adaptation from the Ancient Greek text Anabasis by Xenophon. The text told of Greek mercenaries stranded 1,000 miles behind Persian lines trying to fight their way back home.


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LIPIO, Kenneth V. -- Died peacefully in Lenox Hill Hospital on Jan. 18, 2019 in New York, New York at the age of 64. Ken is survived by his loving mother Elisa, his brothers Denis, Ronnie, Jong and Alan, and his sister Bet. Ken is also survived by six nieces and five nephews. He was born in Manila, Philippines in 1954. Ken graduated with a degree in interior design in Madrid, Spain and fashion design at the Accademia di Costume e Moda in Rome, Italy. He moved to New York City in the early 1980s to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Ken retired in 2018 from Gelmor Trading after a long and successful career as its director of sales. His interests included the opera, arts, jewelry, fashion, cooking, good food and travel. He is remembered as a loving and generous person who was a source of great strength to his family. He is also

O’ROURKE-DOMINIANNI, Ellen -- On Jan. 28, 2019. Beloved wife of Richard. Proud mother of Darcie and Riley. Loving daughter of Joyce and the late Thomas J. O’Rourke. Dear sister of Thomas O’Rourke (Maria), Jean Dropp (Eddie), Tara O’Rourke, Sheila Hall (Mike), Terence O’Rourke (Dickie Harper) and the late Michael O’Rourke. Cherished aunt to many nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday (2/1) 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at Clavin Funeral Home, 7722 Fourth Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday (2/2) 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Angels R.C. Church, 7320 Fourth Ave.

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One of Brooklyn’s longest serving district attorneys, Charles “Joe” Hynes, has died at 83. The former prosecutor served the city from 1990 to 2013. The Flatbush-born-andraised Hynes had a remarkable career, beginning as a reformer and ending amid controversy. His career as Brooklyn district attorney began in the wake of his successful prosecution of a notorious racial attack in Howard Beach, Queens, as special state prosecutor for the New York City Criminal Justice System, a position to which he had been appointed by thenGov. Mario Cuomo in 1985. That incident involved a car carrying four black men that broke down in the predominantly white Howard Beach neighborhood. A group of youths using racial slurs accosted the black men outside a pizza parlor. One victim was chased onto a highway where he was killed by an oncoming vehicle, while another was beaten by a bat.

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Late Brooklyn DA Charles “Joe” Hynes. 2013 re-election campaign. The probe was prompted by a scathing report by the city’s Department of Investigation that concluded that the misuse of funds, according to a report in the Associated Press, could amount to larceny. Hynes was also criticized by some for being soft on crime in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. He was accused of catering to the influential rabbis who did not want criminal cases, especially sex abuse cases, handled by secular authorities. Hynes denied the allegations. Hynes was a Democrat who lost the 2013 Democratic primary to Thompson, and then, running on the Republican and Conservative lines which he had previously secured, as he had in prior elections, lost again resoundingly to Thompson on election night, 2013. Hynes graduated from St. John’s University in 1957 and received his J.D. in 1961, also from St. John’s University. After working as an associate attorney in the early ‘60s, Hynes became an assistant district attorney in the Kings County district attorney’s office in 1971, before being named first district attorney in 1973.

In 1975, Gov. Hugh Carey and Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz appointed Hynes special state prosecutor for Nursing Homes and Social Services. Under Mayor Ed Koch, Hynes served as New York City fire commissioner from 1980 to 1982. Between 1983 and 1985 he served as commissioner for the New York State Commission of Investigation. Former Brooklyn Conservative Party Chair Jerry Kassar knew Hynes and was saddened by his death. “I always had a very good relationship with him and I thought from the perspective of public service he did a very good job,” Kassar told this paper. “I found Joe Hynes to be a very good district attorney. He had a very long public service career in a number of positions. I always found him to be dedicated, hardworking and honorable.” Hynes had an apartment at Oliver Street and Marine Avenue in Bay Ridge and a home in Breezy Point. He and his wife Patricia had five children. “I know some of his children and I’m very saddened for them,” Kassar added. “Joe and his family are in my prayers.”

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Started seven years ago in Massachusetts, Rock Voices provides a safe space for self expression and community in an increasingly disjointed world; an outlet for the soul. The mission of Rock Voices is “to heal ourselves and others through song.” Therapists often “prescribe” the group as a road back to wellness for clients who are struggling with depression and anxiety, and with good reason. There are precious few opportunities for adults to nd community and make new friends. Rock Voices adds the healing power of music to that mix, and magic happens. Friendships are forged, community forms, and members ride the wave to lives changed for the better. The Brooklyn Heights group will be directed by local performer and music educator Marianne Cheng and will meet Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm at First Unitarian Congregational Society, with the rst rehearsal January 29. Enrollment continues throughout February. Prospective members can sing for up to three weeks before committing. Tuition fees each season are comparable to other classes in the arts, and scholarships are available to those who demonstrate need. Every effort is made to make the choir accessible to all who want it in their lives. Curious? Go to a rehearsal and try it out. Find out if Rock Voices is what has been missing from YOUR life. (Brooklyn not convenient? If you live near Syosset, you can join the brand new chapter there on Thursday nights, starting January 31!) Learn more and pre-register at:  www.RockVoices.com

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FAITH IN BROOKLYN Religious Leaders Hail Albany’s Passage of Child Victims Act By Francesca Norsen Tate Religion Editor

Victims of child sexual abuse and their advocates praised the New York State legislature’s passage of the Child Victims Act this week. Several religious leaders, including Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, also praised the passage of this bill. On Monday, both houses of the New York State legislature passed the bill that will increase the statute of limitations for cases of child sexual abuse. The Child Victims Act will allow child victims to seek prosecution against their abuser until the age of 55 in civil cases, a significant increase from the previous limit of age 23. For criminal cases, victims can seek prosecution until they turn 28. The bill also includes a one-year window during which victims of any age or time limit can come forward to prosecute. DiMarzio issued a statement on Jan. 29. “Today the New York State Legislature passed, and Governor Cuomo is expected to sign into law, the Child Victims Act,” he said. “We pray this landmark legislation will help bring some measure of healing to all survivors of child sex abuse by offering them a path of recourse and reconciliation. This legislation is another important step to aid all victim-survivors, not just in the Church, but across all of society as we work to address this terrible evil. “Within the Church, we all know the devastating toll child sex abuse takes on its victims and its effects throughout adulthood,” DiMarzio continued. “We have taken steps to assist survivors in healing from the damage. We have

offered outreach to victims and provided them with numerous resources such as therapy provided by independent licensed mental health practitioners and varying support groups. We have also offered our Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) which has provided for many victims an important acknowledgment they wanted from the Church that this did happen to them.” SNAP, the Survivors Network that provides support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings, issued a statement on Tues., Jan. 29: “We applaud the New York State Assembly for taking this much-needed step towards prevention, justice and accountability. The passage of the Child Victims Act sends a strong signal to survivors that their experiences have not been forgotten and that preventing future cases of abuse is critical. By opening this civil window and allowing cases to proceed, survivors of sexual assault now have a chance to expose their abusers in court and help ensure other children are safe, something that would not have been possible but for this much-needed reform. “We hope that other states will follow the lead of New York and make efforts to reform statutes of limitation in their own states,” the statement concluded. Mark Meyer Appel, founder of the Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project, expressed joy at the passage of the Child Victims Act. His organization works “to unite and energize people of every racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious group across New York City and the United States to address social issues facing society today.” Advocates who assembled in Albany on Monday to witness the passage of the bill were

Mark Meyer Appel, founder of the Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project, celebrates the passage of the Child Victims Act. Photo courtesy of Mark Meyer Appel in tears as reality settled in with the historic bill’s passage. Appel issued a statement on Tuesday. “After years of lobbying by advocates and survivors The New York State Legislature has passed ‘The Child Victims Act’ which gives victims of sexual abuse a chance to sue their attackers and the institutions that harbored them, regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred,” he said. “Over fifteen years ago, Assemblywoman Marge Markey initiated the battle in New York to reform the statutes of limitation for child sex abuse,” Appel continued. “New York has been one of the worst states in the country for access to justice for victims, alongside Alabama and Mississippi.”

Plymouth Church’s New Abolitionists Ministry Works to End Trafficking, Supports Survivors By Francesca Norsen Tate Religion Editor

Plymouth Church has an established history, since its founding in 1847, of fighting slavery. Whereas, in the 19th century, it fought the enslavement of blacks, today, it is fighting the sex slave and prostitution industry through a recently-established ministry called the New Abolitionists. As Plymouth’s anti-trafficking ministry, the New Abolitionists works to free those trapped in modern day slavery, and to provide support to the victims so that they can begin new lives. On Sunday, Jan. 27 as part of Anti-Trafficking Month, the New Abolitionists sponsored “Sex Is Not Work,” a presentation and discussion by Chris Muller of Restore NYC. This organization’s “mission is to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors.” Chris Muller immediately brought attendees into the discussion on some of the root causes of systemic trafficking and the thriving of the prostitution industry. Writing on a dry-erase board, he charted out many of the attitudes that have been held against women throughout time: for example, that they are held to be of less value, expendable, disposable, powerless—and at the same time, attractive, desirable, possessing “sex appeal”—and very lucrative. The chart also spelled out the relationship between the seller, the buyer (patron) and the provider (the one who is coerced into providing such services). Muller noted that the power here rests with the buyer and the patron. He said that what many call “the world’s oldest profession” is in fact “the world’s oldest form of oppression.” Muller pointed out that “it’s necessary to

Chris Muller of Restore NYC leads an active discussion of the root causes and attitudes toward victims of trafficking.  Eagle photo by Francesca N. Tate talk about prostitution and sex trafficking together because they are two sides of the same coin. Both thrive because they are fueled by the same toxic market-- the consumer demand for sex and the industry desire to profit off of selling sex.” He told the Eagle later, “As mentioned in my presentation, the demand for this is incredible but the supply of those willing to provide sex services for money is nearly non-existent. Hence, traffickers and pimps use tactics like force, fraud and coercion, to fill the supply chain in attempts to meet the demand. This is where you see the intersection of sex trafficking-- when force, fraud and coercion are used to get an individual to provide commercial sex for someone else’s financial benefit.” Muller also devoted much time to what he and many believe is a misguided effort to decriminalize prostitution and sex trafficking

with the idea that its appeal will decrease. He said, “Amnesty International released a policy recommendation back in 2016 to decriminalize all parties involved in prostitution. This pro ‘sex work’ viewpoint has been given a lot of press in the last couple of years. But, as discussed yesterday, to fully decriminalize the commercial sex industry would be a tragedy because it would protect the wrong people. Restore NYC opposes such a measure. “At Restore, we believe if the industry was fully decriminalized for those involved, meaning specifically the seller (pimp), the buyer (patron) and the provider, then it would only cause more harm to victims. We see through our work on the front lines and hear through the voices of survivors across the globe that those providing sex are driven to the industry because of a lack of choices and an overwhelming intersection of vulnerabilities. This is why many survivors and advocates have historically called prostitution the ‘choice-less’ choice.” Muller and Beth Fleisher, head of Plymouth Church’s New Abolitionists, said that, to the best of their knowledge, there is currently no such decriminalization law being proposed. However, online articles show the push to decriminalize to be as recent as last year. “As we’ve seen in other countries in Europe and elsewhere, legalizing prostitution or fully decriminalizing the industry only leads to further harm and exploitation of victims, who the overwhelming majority are women and girls, and it creates legal protection for those who buy sex and those who profit off of it, who the overwhelming majority are men,” they said. “This must be stopped.” Plymouth Church’s Underground Thrift Store is part of the church’s ongoing anti-trafficking ministry. It donates about 25 percent of its proceeds to partners such as Restore NYC to help the survivors.

Mark Meyer Appel (right) with former state Assemblymember Margaret Markey, one of the sponsors of the Child Victims Act. Photo by GifterPhotos/courtesy of Mark Meyer Appel

Abortion Opponents Protest Passage of NY State’s Reproductive Health Act

Demonstrators gathered outside Fort Hamilton High School to protest newly-inaugurated State Senator Andrew Gounardes’ support of the Reproductive Health Act. Eagle Photo by Arthur DeGaeta By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Eagle

Anti-abortion demonstrators gathered across the street from Fort Hamilton HIgh School on Sunday to criticize New York state’s new Reproductive Health Act while state Sen. Andrew Gounardes, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, was inside the school celebrating his oath of office. Gounardes was a co-sponsor of the RHA, a bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 22. The new law codifies for New Yorkers the protections contained in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision allowing abortion. The RHA moves abortion from the state’s criminal law to its public health law, incorporates the protections of Roe v. Wade into New York state law, ensures that New Yorkers can access care throughout a pregnancy when their health or life is endangered or if the pregnancy is not viable, and clarifies that trained health care providers acting within their scope of practice can provide abortion care. But abortion opponents charged that the new law would allow abortions in the ninth month of pregnancy. The Sunday, January 27 protest branded itself as “Pro-Women, Pro-Child, Pro-Life” on a flier posted across social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Thursday, January 31, 2019 • Brooklyn Eagle • 5



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From the Original Eagle and Other Sources


Jackie Robinson, the first African-American man to play major league baseball in the 20th century and an important figure in the civil rights movement, was born on Jan. 31, 1919. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, made his debut on April 15, 1947, and was selected as baseball’s first Rookie of the Year at the end of the season. Although he logged time at first base, third base and in the outfield, he spent most of his prime years as a second baseman. He played in six World Series with the Dodgers, helping them to their only championship in 1955. He retired after the 1956 season and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility. Robinson died in 1972 at age 53. In 1997, his uniform number 42 was retired throughout Major League Baseball. He is the only player to receive this honor. The Eagle covered the bulk of Robinson’s career. Here are some highlights.

Oct. 24, 1945

From the original Eagle, Oct. 24, 1945 in the army. He was quietly brought to Brooklyn in August. Rickey explained what he had in mind and Jackie agreed to sign Nov. 1 Robinson was carefully scouted by Tom Greenwade, George Sisler and Clyde Sukeforth, the Rickey bird dogs. Jackie previously had received a tryout at Fenway Park, Boston, by the Red Sox. Of the three Negroes tried out on that occasion, Robinson received the most favorable attention from Manager Joe Cronin. But the Red Sox made no attempt to sign him and the Dodger scouts took over and reported to Rickey that he was the best of the Negro prospects.

April 16, 1947

From the original Eagle

Buddy Holly in Brooklyn By John Alexander

President Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers has broken through the color line in signing the first Negro ball player to appear in organized baseball in the 70 years of its life. The player who enters through the opened door is Jackie Robinson, shortstop and UCLA football star. During the 1945 season, Robinson was a member of the Kansas City Monarchs, hitting .340. He came to the Monarchs after serving as a second lieutenant

Jackie Robinson

That’ll be the day!

This was a historic occasion. For the first time ever, an acknowledged Negro played in a major league championship game. Jackie Roosevelt Robinson played at first base until the top of the ninth when [Clyde Sukeforth] sent in Steeple Schultz to finish up. He didn’t hit in his first three chances at the plate but in the seventh he played an important role. He bunted with a man on first, then had the presence of mind to be hit by the first baseman’s throw. Runners wound up on second and third and Pete Reiser won the game with a double off the wall.

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May 17, 1950 Jackie Robinson, the Dodgers’ star second baseman and the National League’s most valuable player, displays his blinding speed and smooth batting style in “The Jackie Robinson Story,” which arrived at the Astor Theater last night. This Eagle-Lion film, going most of the biographical films one better, stars Jackie himself as himself, and gives the lad who has already proved himself a star in many sports, in addition to baseball — football, basketball, tennis, the broad jump — the opportunity to show that he is also star material as an actor. Fans who will surely flock to the Astor to see this film may well be grateful to Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers’ president, who insisted that Jackie play the title role before he approved the plans to film the picture. “Jackie,” said Tommy Holmes, Eagle baseball expert, after seeing the film, “does a pretty good job of being natural.” That remark ought to take care of those who have been wondering whether a professional baseball player without previous screen experience could stand up against professional film actors. It describes Jackie’s performance perfectly. He doesn’t act in “The Jackie Robinson Story,” he’s just natural.

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There’s a reason February made Don McLean shiver in his epic saga “American Pie.” The entire song revolves around the impact Buddy Holly’s death had on McLean and all of popular music. It was on Feb. 3, 1959 that Holly perished in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of music icons J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens, a date immortalized by McLean as “The day the music died.” Holly’s star was on the rise AP file photo when he died, having charted Buddy Holly five top-20 hits including the No. 1 classic “That’ll be the Day,” which he recorded with his band the Crickets. The original group consisted of Holly, drummer Jerry Allison, bass player Joe Mauldin and rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan. Sullivan left the group after one year. What some people might not realize is that the Lubbock, Texas-born Holly had moved to New York City in the fall of 1958 and played successive shows at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre located at 1 University Plaza at the intersection of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues, the sister venue to the Paramount Theatre in Times Square. Holly first performed at the Paramount on Sept. 5, 1957 and then again on Apr. 28 and 29, 1958. By that time Holly had moved to an apartment in Greenwich Village with his wife Maria Elena Santiago. It was legendary radio disc jockey Alan Freed’s Great Holiday Rock and Roll Stage Show at the Paramount that first brought Holly to Brooklyn. The package show featured Holly (billed as the Crickets) along with Little Richard, the Del-Vikings, the Diamonds, the Moonglows, Mickey and Sylvia, and the Five-Keys, among others, with special guest Jimmie Rodgers. In fact, the Crickets’ 1957 “The ‘Chirping’ Crickets” album cover was shot on the roof of the Paramount. Charles Hardin Holly was born on Sept. 7, 1936 and exhibited a deep love of all genres of music including country, gospel and rhythm and blues. After graduating from high school in 1955, Holly decided to pursue a career in music after seeing Elvis perform live in Lubbock. Holly’s first single, “Love Me” in 1956, did not make the pop charts, but his third single, “That’ll Be the Day,” released in 1957, climbed all the way to No. 1 in both the U.S. and England. It was followed that year by a double-sided hit single containing “Peggy Sue” and “Everyday” which made it to No. 3. By 1958, Holly was already an acclaimed singer, songwriter and record producer. He returned to the Paramount in March to play a set of dates. This time he performed under his own name and the shows also featured stars including Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, the Diamonds, Danny and the Juniors, and the Crickets with their own separate listing, among others. That same year Valens also performed at the Paramount as part of Alan Freed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Jubilee. Country legend Waylon Jennings was a protégé of Holly’s and toured with him during that final year. In fact, Jennings recorded with Holly at a studio in Clovis, N.M. Holly had faith in Jennings and helped promote the future star. In early 1959, Holly embarked on the Winder Dance Party tour. It would be short-lived however. And so it was on that fateful February day when heating problems on his bus forced Holly to charter a small, single-engine plane to carry him and his band members at the time, including Allsup and Jennings, from an engagement in Clear Lake, Iowa. The Big Bopper, who was suffering with the flu, asked Jennings if he would let him have his seat on the plane. Allsup lost his seat in a coin toss with Valens. The plane crashed shortly upon taking off from the Mason City, Iowa airport. While Holly’s death remains a milestone event in popular music, at least those lucky enough to attend one of his shows in Brooklyn had the chance to briefly witness one of rock and roll’s true innovators whose legacy will certainly “Not Fade Away.”

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