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A Brooklyn Christmas Tale Of the Borough’s ‘Geppetto’
Lou Nasti is often referred to as the “Geppetto of Brooklyn,” for his profession and character.
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By Liliana Bernal Special to the Brooklyn Eagle
A blue-lit entranceway leads to Lou Nasti’s showroom.
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Camouflaged within the industrial streets of East Flatbush stands a workshop where Lou Nasti, an engineer of the holidays, creates Christmas fairy tales. A troupe of gray synthetic mythical creatures, an elephant and two old skeletons guard the main entrance. The inside of the 15,000-squarefoot factory looks like any other workshop. Carpentry and machinery areas are displayed along with painting, costume and set-up rooms. However, after crossing a blue-lit entranceway vitalized by harp-melodies, there stands a door that reads “Welcome to my world.” Enchanting scenery awaits behind the door. Christmas-themed little creatures come to life around the room. Dozens of pointyeared elves dance and bounce while a family of teddy bears woodwork at a carpenter shop and dressed-up figurines dance at a music saloon. Nasti, a small-framed man, runs the show here. Brooklyn-born, gray-haired and exhibiting a sizable mustache, he is known as “Geppetto” for his many similarities to the fictional woodcarver. He has been creating eye-popping Christmas displays for more than 50 years. “I can be called worse with a name like Nasti,” he joked, showing his natural talent for laughing at himself. “I guess I’m the real Geppetto of Brooklyn.” Lou Nasti Mechanical Display started as a small shop on Flatbush Avenue not long after the 17-year-old Nasti was featured in the New York Times in 1965 for building a six-foot-tall robot. “I love mechanical mechanisms. I could not leave the house without coming back with a piece of junk, a television, wheels, gears, something, so I had to understand how things work,” he said. “I wanted to build a robot as a hobby and it turned out to be the stepping stone in my life.”
Nasti’s showroom is filled with various figures and projects to show clients.
About six years after he started his small enterprise, it became a promising company with a 90,000-square-foot factory and 63 employees that created Christmas windows for New York flagship stores like Gimbels, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Saks, Best & Co. and B. Altman, many of which went bankrupt long ago. However, Nasti was very unhappy. “I realized that what I was selling wasn’t the quality that I wanted,” he said. Trusting the reputation he had built during almost a decade of work, Nasti decided to take the company down. With almost a quarter of the space and 12 employees, he devoted his renovated business to creating custom displays, not only for department stores but for casinos, theaters, amusement parks and houses around the globe. At Nasti’s workshop, Christmas runs yearround. The day after Thanksgiving, he and his five men unpacked a truck with the decorations for the famous three-story Polizzotto house at 1145 84th St. in Dyker Heights that Nasti has been dressing up for the holiday season for more than three decades. Continued on page 3
A Brooklyn Christmas Tale of the Borough’s ‘Geppetto’ Continued from page 2 “A friend of mine called Frank Leone said to me ‘I want you to decorate my lawyer’s house,’” Nasti recalled, explaining that it was Leone’s gift to Alfred Polizzotto, who was at the time in Florida. “I decorated the house [and] it looked like Rockefeller Center,” Nasti said cheerily. Hanging from the second floor of the white-stucco house, Nasti led the team to hoist the 15-foot-tall wooden mechanical soldiers that every year rise gracefully on either side of the front door. In the early morning, the group mounted two carousels and a troop of small soldiers. By the end of the day, a 350-pound Santa, two epic white mechanical horses, six large pedestals and a cast of elves completed the display, a tradition that Florence Polizzotto continues in honor of her husband, who died 17 years ago. “Santa gets a new coat every year and he gets a new beard. Sometimes the pigeons sit on top of his head and mess him up a little, so we have to make sure he doesn’t go out looking like an old dirty Santa,” Nasti said, chuckling. After decades in the Christmas business, Nasti considers the holiday’s original meaning to have changed. “There is less religion in it,” he said. “It’s very
Nasti’s workers begin hoisting a toy soldier next to the columns of the Polizzotto house in Dyker Heights so Nasti can tie it off.
Bears hard at work in Nasti’s showroom. difficult to celebrate the tradition of Christmas, the birth of Christ, because a lot of people who celebrate Christmas don’t believe in Christ.” For Nasti, details like replacing the word “Christmas” with “holidays” on written contracts or having to take away the rising star from Christmas trees, reflect how companies want to avoid the religious tone of the season. “The feeling of Christmas has changed,” he said. “But if you really look at it you can’t see the difference; it’s still Christmas.”
Nasti pulls a toy soldier up to the column and ties it off.
Nasti and his workers have been decorating the Polizzotto house in Dyker Heights for more than three decades. Thursday, November 29, 2018 • Brooklyn Eagle • 3
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Former Pavilion Theater in Slope Set to Open as Nitehawk Cinema PARK SLOPE — The landmarked former Pavilion Theater in Park Slope, vacant since 2016, is set to become a new location for the Williamsburg-based Nitehawk Cinema chain. A representative for Nitehawk told Brownstoner in an email that the chain is getting close to opening, but an official date has not been set. Nitehawk recently posted ads for four jobs at the location — two for servers, one for a busser and another for a line cook. While Nitehawk is known
for serving cocktails and dinner during films, a liquor license is still pending, Brownstoner said. The original opening date, scheduled for early 2018, was moved up several times. As the Pavilion, the theater was plagued with many problems, including a lack of heat, bedbugs and incorrect movie times, Brownstoner said. The building, on Bartel Pritchard Square, was built as the Sanders Theater in 1928, but the Sanders closed in 1978 and remained vacant until reopening as the Pavilion in 1995.
L-Train Shudtown to Put Increased Burden on the Williamsburg Bridge WILLIAMSBURG — North Brooklyn residents have already begun counting down to April, when the L train will cease running between Manhattan and Brooklyn for approximately 15 months. When that happens, the Williamsburg Bridge is expected to take up much, if not most, of the burden, according to The New York Times. Approximately 72,000 L-train riders are expected to switch to the J, M and and Z trains, which go over the bridge. Another 38,000 L riders are expected to ride the new L1, L2, L3 and L4 buses, which will also use the bridge. Finally, cycling on the bridge’s two-way bike path, which already sees 7,300 trips a day, is expected to double and possibly triple, the Times said. To make room for all these commuters, city officials are creating new bus and protected bike lanes near the approaches to the bridge in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. This is expected to produce a “spillover effect,” with traffic jams on both sides of the bridge and increased air pollution, the Times reported. However, experts believe that the Williamsburg Bridge, which was built in 1903, is up to the challenge. They point out that it was originally built to fulfill a similar role – to divert excess traffic from the higher-profile Brooklyn Bridge.
Saint Julivert, Cobble Hill Seafood Restaurant, Gets Times’ Stamp of Approval COBBLE HILL — Saint Julivert Fisherie, a seafood restaurant that opened in Cobble Hill in September, has a “commitment to exceptional seafood” and draws upon several culinary traditions, The New York Times said in a review. The restaurant, the Times said, “occupies a niche between a casual raw bar and a full-on seafood restaurant.” Dishes singled out for
praise by the Times include skate wing, which is “sautéed to a golden shimmer”; mackerel, which is “whipped with piri-piri chili into a rough, spicy spread”; and crispy tuna bake, which has “some Indian ingredients and a finishing spritz of Texas hot sauce.” The restaurant, owned by chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero, is located at 264 Clinton St.
Lena Dunham Leaves Brooklyn Amid Medical and Personal Problems BOROUGHWIDE— Lena Dunham, the creator of the Brooklyn-based TV series “Girls,” has announced that she’s left Brooklyn for the West Village. Apparently, according to the New York Post’s Page Six, one of the reasons was to avoid Brownstone Brooklyn’s focus on mothers with strollers. “I just wanna live around old people who are not reminding me every day of my infertility and loneliness,” Page Six quotes her as saying
in a New York Magazine interview. In addition to infertility, she suffers from fibromyalgia, a disease characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue. In the New York interview, she also speculated on the reasons between her rifts with former professional associates, friends and romantic partners. She has said that she “won’t go to parties if there are more than five other people in attendance,” Page Six reported.
Woman Threatening to Jump Rescued from BQE Overpass COBBLE HILL -- A woman who threatened to jump off an overpass on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Sunday morning was rescued by police who found her with her feet dangling over the busy expressway. The woman climbed over the railing at Congress Street in the Columbia Waterfront District around 10:30 a.m., according to the Daily News. Officers from the NYPD Emergency Service Unit and Technical Assistance Response Unit talked her down from the ledge within 15 minutes, the News reported. Traffic in both directions was stopped while the incident was in progress.
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CONEY ISLAND — Brownstoner has written a feature article on the late Brooklyn street photographer Arlene Gottfried, whose photo collection “Sometimes Overwhelming,” originally published in 2008, was reissued this September by powerHouse books in DUMBO. Gottfried, who died last year at age 66, was born in Coney Island and grew up in Crown Heights. While working as a typist in her youth, she purchased a camera and immediately fell in love with
it, according to Brownstoner. She later studied photography formally at Fashion Institute of Technology and got a job at an advertising agency, but continued to photograph the passing scene in her spare moments, Brownstoner said. Many of her photos were taken on or near the boardwalk in Coney Island and Brighton Beach. “My photographs were like souvenirs; I liked to collect moments and remembrances of the people in the places that I visited,” she wrote.
Conversion of Historic Weir Greenhouse To Green-Wood’s Visitor’s Center Under Way GREENWOOD HEIGHTS -- The historic Weir Greenhouse across from Green-Wood Cemetery at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue is being restored to its former glory in preparation for use as a visitor’s center for the cemetery. The cemetery purchased the former greenhouse, which had rotting wood and broken glass, from McGovern Florist Inc. in 2012, according to Brownstoner. In 2013 it received a restoration grant from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council. In 2015, it presented plans to convert the building into a visitor’s center, including the addition of a new building, to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Brownstoner said. While Landmarks didn’t allow the new building, it gave a thumbs-up to the visitor’s center plan. There’s no date for the completion of the project yet, but the former greenhouse has a gleaming new copper dome, as Brooklyn Eagle reporter Lore Croghan reported last year. In addition, a plain-looking nearby building that once housed a monuments office was demolished in 2016, also part of the overall plan. The greenhouse was built in 1880 by Brooklyn florist James Weir Jr. The Weir family owned and operated it until they sold it to McGovern Florist in 1971. As part of the renovation, a sign with the name “Weir” and a weathervane on top of the dome are once again in place.
Fifth Avenue Named as One of Best Small Business Shopping Districts in U.S. PARK SLOPE — Fifth Avenue in Park Slope was recently recognized as one of the country’s best small business shopping districts, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News. The avenue is dominated by small businesses, and Eyewitness News visited it on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, also known as Small Business Saturday. Eyewitness News stressed that Fifth Avenue is all about relationships with customers — for example, Good Wine at 327 Fifth Ave. displays pictures that local kids draw while their parents are shopping for wine. Sam Tse, who manages Park Optics at 337 Fifth Ave., is quoted as saying, “I think the dynamics of the neighborhood are changing right now, and in order to keep us here, everyone should support our small businesses.” As recently as 10 years ago, Fifth Avenue was regarded as a new, upstart shopping district, while Seventh Avenue was considered Park Slope’s major shopping street.
Storied Lights Shine on in Dyker Heights
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The houses in Dyker Heights are already alight for the holidays.
By Meaghan McGoldrick
All is merry and bright and ahead of schedule in Dyker Heights. The small south Brooklyn nabe — lauded as “Con Ed’s warmest heartthrob” and the “undisputed capital of Christmas pageantry” by the New York Times — has begun to deck its halls with this season’s round of larger-than-life holiday displays that, neighbors say, only get bigger and brighter each year. According to local resident Renea Gargiulo, lights – which typically make their debut Thanksgiving weekend – were starting to be hung this year as early as mid-November. “Everyone started decorating early in the main area,” said Gargiulo, who started the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Facebook page “on a whim” five years ago. “The rest of the houses should be lit by Dec. 1.” A yearly staple since sometime in the late ‘80s – though no residents are really sure of when the lights sparked such a buzz – the decorative, dazzling and sometimes over-the-top lights recruit visitors from neighboring communities along with travelers from other states and even countries (some of them even utilizing ticketed tour buses). Many of those admirers keep up with the festivities via Gargiulo’s page, which as of this season has more than 17,000 followers. “It’s been doing phenomenal,” said the Dyker native of the Facebook page. “I keep getting more and more people liking the page from around the world. They always have great things to say after they’ve visited.” Since its creation half a decade ago, Gargiulo said, her page has become a go-to for information and live-time updates on the annual event. She said she most often has to reiterate to out-of-towners that Dyker Heights is just your regular neighborhood. “They think it’s an amusement park with admission and that there are bathrooms,” she laughed, “so it’s just a constant updating of information.” Gargiulo stressed that her intention with the page is to “support the community at large.” “I don’t make any money for running this page,” she went on. “It’s not a business for me. It’s just something that I do in my spare time because I love the tradition so much.” Gargiulo isn’t alone. The tried-and-true tradition draws packedto-the-gills crowds each year. However, as can be expected, the growing displays do come with their fair share of criticism – much of it sparked by the congestion. To address concerns, the Dyker Heights Civic Association (DHCA) has partnered with the New York City Police Department (and, most notably, the 68th Precinct) to come up with a detailed safety plan that includes traffic enforcement to keep the tour buses and private cars moving as well as enforcement by the New York City Department of Health to crack down on unlicensed vendors selling cider and hot chocolate on the streets. Arguments aside, the lights can be seen now through early January, with the area from 10th Avenue to 12th Avenue across the 80s particularly dramatically lit. When asked if she, herself still loved the lights, Gargiulo didn’t hesitate. “I can’t live without them,” she said. “Each year it brings such great energy and Christmas spirit to the community and to my family because it’s something that’s been a part of our lives for so long.” Still, she is hopeful that more can be done to ease congestion. “I really feel like this is the year where there’s going to be some serious action taken to get some support for the people that live in the area,” Gargiulo said. “It’s just too good of a tradition not to.” Additional reporting by Paula Katinas
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Fifth Avenue BID Celebrates Small Business Saturday in Style BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK MMCGOLDRICK@ BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM
The Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue BID celebrated Small Business Saturday in style on Sat., Nov. 24 with a complimentary trolley ride for families, and an extra special visit from Santa. Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday first observed in 2010. Held Thanksgiving weekend and sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday weekend shoppers to patronize brick and mortar and mom-and-pop stores closer to home. To mark the occasion, Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement
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The Fifth Avenue Trolley.
Afran, Adam, Amal and Manyann Ali pose with Santa and his helpers
Logan Rodriguez with Santa.
District (BID) Amanda Zenteno and her team handed out bags full of special deals along the strip for the big shopping weekend. The trolley event was used as a means to promote Small Business Saturday, a day of the year, Zenteno said, that is what Fifth Avenue is all about. “Something like Small Business Saturday is so important
Passersby get into the Christmas spirit.
Giving out candy canes.
because Fifth Avenue is all and lots of people go out for mom-and-pop shops,” she said, Black Friday but remembering “so when people talk about to come and visit your neighsmall neighborhood business borhood store is important,” – this is exactly what they’re Zenteno said. “It’s then that talking about.” you realize that your dollars are As for the event itself, Zen- going so much further.” teno said, “I thought Saturday Those dollars, she said, are went very well. We had a going right back into Bay packed trolley, we had kids Ridge. with Santa – we also brought “One of the values of shopElmo along. It was a great day.” ping local is that the people Beyond the wonderful who own these businesses are weather, Zenteno said the giving back to the community annual event benefited from all the time,” Zenteno told this a partnership this year with paper, adding that she and her Investors Bank. team have been working on “We had Investors Bank a “Meet the Merchant” video sponsor the trolley so we had series. a table out where they were “One of the things that just giving out information and keeps coming up in all of goodies,” she said, “and we these videos is how much were next to them doing the these merchants are the fabric same thing for Small Business of our community,” she went Saturday.” on. “Their kids go to school She hopes that, for years to here, they’re involved in local come, the calendar day will charities, and they give back.” serve as an encouragement for All in all, Zenteno said, people to “shop small.” “their success is Bay Ridge’s “Lots of people shop online success.”
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Sunset Residents Brave Cold for BID’s Annual Tree Lighting BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM
It was a winter wonderland in Sunset Park. Despite frigid temperatures, the Sunset Park Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District hosted its annual tree lighting ceremony on Thurs., Nov. 23 in front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, complete with entertainment, pictures with Santa Claus, and gifts, all for free. Executive Director for the BID David Estrada — part of the event for the first time under that title — called it a major success. “Aside from being freezing, it was fantastic,” he said. “The proof for me was when I saw the clown on stage. It was freezing cold yet these kids were so zeroed in on the entertainment.” He was grateful to the church for hosting the beloved event. “It’s a 20-year tradition and I’m just thankful that the tradition can continue through their generosity,” Estrada said. In addition, Estrada praised the local talent. “We have a
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marching band, a magician, a clown, a jazz combo,” he noted, adding “The combination of the talent and then being able to carry on the tradition was great.” When Saint Nick arrived, thanks to planning by the BID’s own Cathy Williams, he was inside the BID’s historic trolley. “It became Santa’s workshop and when the kids wanted to come and take their photo with Santa, instead of having to stand outside shivering the whole time, they had a nice,
warm trolley,” Estrada said. “It was a fun place to go in, take their photo with him and get a free gift.” Local businesses also were critical to the success of the event. “A couple of the sponsors like Cricket Wireless did giveaways and they raffled off a phone,” Estrada said. “Part of what makes me happy is that the BID isn’t looking outside the neighborhood to support these kinds of events. Local merchants see value in
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BAM presents Elemental on December 5th – 8th at BAM Fisher.
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New Utrecht Reformed Church presents The Italian Music Heritage on Saturday, December 1st.
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Nenah Cherry will perform at National Sawdust on Sunday, December 2nd.
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Barclay’s Center presents Michelle Obama: Becoming on Saturday, December 1st.
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Art SCHOOL OF PAIN The exhibition School of Pain draws on the work of Leopold von SacherMasoch and Marquis de Sade, the first two thinkers of economies of desire. Sade with his ironic demonstrations may be seen as a predecessor to the attitudes of twentieth century modern and conceptual art. The libidinal economy, unleashed by modern reason, turned out to easily adopt such subversions in the constant mutations of advanced capitalism. The originally subversive imagery of Sade’s mechanized, accelerating and coldly executed desire therefore turned out to be a very literal image of our time. The exhibition poses the question of whether the related but oppositional position of Masoch, based on suspension and
humor, couldn’t be the answer to both a return of contemporary art from theory to the sensual, but also meaningful art’s attitude towards an overly alienated world. The exhibition features work by artists Than Hussein Clark, Anna Daučíková, Chiara Fumai, Mark Ther and BRUD (Aditya Mandayam) and is curated by Michal Novotný, Director of Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA in Prague. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through December 16th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Art in General (145 Plymouth Street) SIXTEEN MEMOS FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM An exhibition featuring the works of NARS Foundation’s 2018 Season IV artists-inresidence. The exhibition takes its title from Italo Calvino’s ‘Six Memos for the Next Millennium,’ a series of Charles Eliot Norton Poetry Lectures he was invited to
give at Harvard University over the course of the academic year between 1985-1986 regarding the literary values he identified as being of most importance for the coming millennium. He had intended to deliver eight lectures in total, but at the time of his departure to Massachusetts, he had written only five of them, which are teeming with references to stories of folklore, mythology, philosophical thought, etc. The sixth, his wife Esther Calvino revealed in the forward of the book, was planned to refer to Herman Melville’s story of ‘Bartleby,’ the scrivener who ‘preferred not to.’ When: Daily through December 16th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/NARS Foundation (201 46th Street) SOUND WORDS Sound Words, a solo exhibition of new works by Joo Yeon Woo. Through the body of work presented in the exhibition, Woo seeks to relate a sense of identity and place with her physical and psychological experiences of displacement. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through December 16th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) EMPATHY
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Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) FIVE CENTS TO DREAMLAND: A TRIP TO CONEY ISLAND This special exhibition brings together highlights from both permanent collections to explore Coney Island’s history from a new and unique perspective. When: Saturdays & Sundays through December, Saturday: 12 – 6 p.m., Sunday: 2 – 6 p.m. Where: Coney Island/ Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Avenue) ANNE PEABODY A site specific installation by Anne Peabody. When: Daily through January 4th, 2019 Where: DUMBO/Main Window (One Main Street) MASCULINEUS Photographs by Sheba Legend. When: Thursdays-Sundays through December 18th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Heights/ FiveMyles (558 St. John’s Place) IBOU NDOYE: FAMILY The work of glass painting artist Ibou Ndoye of Senegal. The exhibition, entitled “Family,” shows the characteristics of the strong family relationships that exist in Senegal. In Ibou’s work, through the fragility and transparency
of glass, we see the ethics of Senegalese families, bounded by love, understanding, and blood. When: Tuesdays-Sundays through November 30th, 3 – 7 p.m. Where: Boerum Hill/Gumbo (425 Atlantic Avenue) WALKIE TALKIE DREAM GARDEN An interactive soundwalk by sound artist (and Greenpointer) Dafna Naphtali. With music from and about the waterfront delivered via in a free iOS and Android app and audio augmented reality. The app uses location tracking and GPS to allow the experience to change depending on where you decide to walk. When: Daily through December 1st, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Between North 15th and North 7th streets, from Kent Street to the waterfront THE POINT OF WATER: JANET GOLDER The Point of Water is a wall installation that uses fabricated, recycled, and found steel objects. In Bamana thought in addition to north, south east and west there is a 5th cardinal point: the point of water. Access to water determines where villages are located. The circle can be like a CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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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.
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Norton presents his highly personal “Myth of the Manhood.” When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through December 9th, 1 p.m. Where: Bushwick/M. David & Co. (56 Bogart Street) VITTORIA CHIERICI: THE PHILOSOPHER’S CLOTHES The artist presents large paintings she has dedicated to Raphael’s famous fresco School of Athens. When: Thursdays-Sundays through December 15th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ FiveMyles (558 St. John’s Place) BEACH AND QUIET (A REST STOP) Coaxing the unnameable. A room, an actual condition. Dubious utility. Situated images, objects, events. Ambiance, silence, vibration. Wind, clay, trees, cloth. Without the synthetic, the rote, the mannered, the cautious, the mercenary, the logical. Inclination towards still. Liberated assumptions, hovering reference. Delight in the role of delivery. Pause, option, breath, freedom. Friend as unguarded recipient. When: Thursdays-Sundays through December 16th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Bushwick /STUDIO10 (56 Bogart Street) GRISELDA SAN MARTIN THE WALL
United Photo Industries is proud to announce our fourth collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and the DUMBO Business Improvement District to display the powerful work of photographer Griselda San Martin’s very powerful project on the already existing wall that divides the United States and Mexico, as a large scale photographic public art exhibition in DUMBO Brooklyn at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian entrance. When: Daily through December 20th Where: DUMBO SUBVERT CITY Conceived by gallery artist Vincent Como, this exhibition brings together a group of five artists, each of whom are engaged in varied yet distinct forms of painterly heresy. Apophatic meditations on the modern canon which endeavor to honor tradition by undermining, over-saturating, or inverting it. From the subtle to the sublime, that which was once deemed non-objective by Malevich, has become radicalized into a planar lucidity of the material object-in-itself. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through December 22nd, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space
(16A Main Street) JOHANNAH HERR: YOUR COMFORT IS ATTENDED BY PERMANENT VIOLENCE Using cut vinyl and wall paint, Johannah Herr’s monumental text-based murals simultaneously create a dazzling surface of metallic and glitter elements that seduces viewers into engaging in the polarizing discussions of these urgent issues, from women’s rights to climate justice and the value of Black lives. When: Daily through January 20th, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) 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) 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. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through January 2019, 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) 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) BROOKLYN: A NEW HOME, A NEW LIFE As they watched the Trump
administration’s Muslim ban and subsequent restraining orders move closer to the Supreme Court, outgoing Teen Council Members identified immigration as the timely and broad topic for 2018. In responding to their mandate, 2018 Council Members analyzed how concepts of “us” and “them” lead to stereotypes of immigrants and considered how race and immigration have intersected differently across eras. They sought to strike a delicate balance between the range of immigrant experiences across time, culture, and individual life trajectories. Council members grappled with ongoing, unifying themes related to living away from the land of one’s birth— language, cultural fluidity, code switching, and American immigration law and policing. The resultant exhibition, Brooklyn: A New Home, a New Life, features stories about historical Brooklynites: Harriet Judson, John Roebling, Nathan Handwerker, and Shirley Chisholm, as well as Ravi Ragbir, a contemporary immigration activist. The people featured are not all immigrants, but each represent a different lens into the story of American immigrants, and show, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Library (2035 Nostrand Avenue) BOOK LAUNCH: THE LABYRINTH BY SAUL STEINBERG Discussion w/ Liana Finck, Bill Kartalopoulos, Françoise Mouly, and Joel Smith Liana Finck, Bill Kartalopolous, Françoise Mouly, and Joel Smith will discuss the importance of Saul Steinberg’s The Labyrinth, first published in 1960 and now back in print from New York Review Books. In his books, Steinberg used drawing as a kind of thinking without words. When: Tuesday, November 27th, 7 p.m. Where: DUMBO/ Power House Arena (28 Adams Street)
Educational BROOKLYN ROBOTICS LEAGUE Wanna build a robot? Try your hand at coding? Well we might have just the thing for you... Kids & Teens, ages 9-17, work with our TRS Genie and register for our lego robotics league at the Mill Basin Library. Build & program a small robot to do some awesome stuff. When: Thursday, November 29th, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Where: Mill Basin/Mill Basin Library (2385 Ralph Ave (near Ave N))
TODDLER YOGA & DANCE CLASS 2S & 3S This program is being offered by BMS and MUSE Academy for parents who want their little ones to explore dance, yoga and music starting at an early age. When: Thursday, November 29th, 10 – 10:45 a.m. Where: Fort Greene/Brooklyn Music School (126 St. Felix Street) OPEN LEVEL LAB: COMPUTER BASICS New to computers? Want to get more familiar with using the mouse, typing, navigating the screen and going online? Drop in to an Open Level Lab for one-onone assistance with basic computer use. When: Saturday, December 1st, 12 – 2 p.m. Where: Grand Army Plaza/ Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza) HAPPY ZOO YEAR Science experiments based on the exciting things WCS researchers are doing around the world to make our planet a better place for wildlife. When: Saturday, December 1st, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/ Prospect Park Zoo (450 Flatbush Avenue) SALSA & BATCHATA CLASSES
No partner or experience needed. All are welcome. Meet new people and make new friends as you learn the art and skill of salsa dancing & Bachata dancing at Dance Fever Studios. Salsa dance classes & Bachata dance classes are fun, creative and a great way to get in shape and stay in shape. When: Saturday, December 1st, 8 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Dance Fever Studios (159 20th Street) SOLAR ASTRONOMY Join the Urban Park Rangers and the Owl’s Head Park Volunteers for an afternoon of learning about the daytime sky. When: Sunday, December 2nd, 1 – 2 p.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Owl’s Head Park (67th Street & Colonial Road) THERE’S MORE TO JUDAISM 101? Come to Bay Ridge Jewish Center for a refresher course in Judaism and for those interested in becoming Jewish. Class will meet once a month. When: Monday, December 3rd, 7 – 8 p.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Bay Ridge Jewish Center (405 81st Street) BABY SIGN LANGUAGE In this playful and educational program, students and caregivers CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Family Fun TODDLERS EXPLORE: EXERCISE PLAY Come to library for toddler arts and crafts sessions. When Thursday, November 29th, 12 – 1 p.m. Where: Brownsville/ Brownsville Library (61 Glenmore Street at Watkins St) TARGET FIRST SATURDAY Join Brooklyn Museum for engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment. See www.brooklynmuseum. org When: Saturday, December 1st, 5 – 11 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) WINTERFEST Celebrate the holiday season with the whole family. Wander inside the Holiday Market, and sip a hot chocolate or mulled wine. Buy a day pass for the whole family which gives you access to all attractions. Start with visiting the Maze and playing the scavenger hunt, slide down Snowzilla, get a thrill at bouncy, take a family photo inside the giant snow globe, visit Santa and go inside the beautiful dome to experience our Chocolate story. When: Daily through December 31st, Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)
Film MAKING WAVES ROMANIAN CINEMA The Romanian cinema renaissance continues as seen in the thirteenth edition of this annual showcase, screening at BAM for the second time. This year’s program celebrates a new wave of films by women directors, including a Golden Bear-winning exploration of intimacy and desire; a groundbreaking gay love story; and documentaries that confront Romania’s turbulent 20th century. In addition, the festival highlights the darkly satirical work of internationally acclaimed auteur Radu Jude, whose career-long concerns CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
HOROSCOPES november 29 - DEcember 5, 2018 ♈ ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Try to avoid overindulgence, Aries. Too much of a good thing can start to turn sour. Learning moderation in all things is a valuable lesson to remember. ♉ TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, honesty with the people you care about is important, but work to avoid being too blunt when getting your point across. Try tempering the information shared. ♊ GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, your home can seem like a major travel hub at times, with people coming and going at all hours. Find your quiet zone and retreat there when you need to recharge. ♋ CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you probably have a lot of running around to do this week and wonder how you are going to meet all of your obligations. Delegation can help with that. ♌ LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Do not be surprised if many visitors pop in to say hello, Leo. Impromptu social events can be enjoyable and even perk you up when you could use a smile. ♍ VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Spend time exercising at the gym or go on a hike this week to relieve some feelings of anxiety, Virgo. This will help calm you down and refocus. ♎ LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, an exciting communication could come your way in the next few days, sparking all sorts of changes in your life. Just weigh through all the options first. ♏ SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you may want to participate in group activities or make a few new friends but do not know where to start. It’s all in the way you present yourself. ♐ SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 A powerful burst of energy has the potential to turn you into a workaholic this week, Sagittarius. You must keep yourself in check so you do not burn out quickly. ♑ CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, frustration can rear its ugly head when you don’t need it to visit. You’ll overcome this obstacle if you focus on positivity and the light at the end of the tunnel. ♒ AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 A busy week is ahead and you will need to put your head down and get to work, Aquarius. Rest, exercise and time spent with the ones you love can make it all worthwhile. ♓ PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, there’s a lot of work to do at home, but right now you may not be in the right frame of mind to start. Wait to start until you’re ready.
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Flea Markets FAD MARKET HOLIDAY POP-UP: MAKERS MARKET This holiday season find the perfect gift for everyone at FAD Market. Stroll through the gorgeous Romanesque Revival building of Brooklyn Historical Society and meet over 40 thoughtfully selected independent designer makers showcasing handcrafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. Discover unique holiday gifts and snag one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers at FAD Market this winter. There’s something for everyone. When: Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street) BKLYN ARCTIC ADVENTURE The Holiday Virtual Reality Experience, created by the
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Theatre for Kids and Families Opens in Park Slope By John Alexander INBROOKLYN
Play Nice Theatre has begun its season of lighthearted musicals with positive, life-aﬃrming messages about cooperation and kindness. And they’re looking for their July/August cast, musicians, and backstage helpers. Relocated from Manhattan, this all-volunteer company’s rehearsals and meetings reﬂect their mission and message by encouraging its mixed-generation cast and crew (ages 6 to 106) to interact socially and share stories of their own lives on and oﬀ stage. In a welcoming atmosphere, the experienced and new Play Nice actors and crew are encouraged to come early and linger after assigned rehearsal slots in order to get to know each other, help each other memorize their lines, do school homework and play games. Some may choose to help with scenery painting or prop-making. All ticket sales from main stage shows ($10 admission) is donated to local charities, a prime motivation for many participants who ﬁnd it rewarding to help raise money for those less fortunate through donating their time and talent. According to theatre founder Rob Lester, the cast and Photos courtesy of crew are like a second family. “Working on a show with
friendly people is fun and satisfying,” he says. The Brooklyn Eagle stopped by the new location at 89 Fourth Avenue, ﬁve blocks from Barclays Center, where the two-act musical “The Three Little Pigs Buy a Brownstone in Brooklyn” is running on weekends (2 p.m. Saturdays, 3:30 p.m. Sundays, through July 1). The Eagle is mentioned prominently in the Brooklyn-centric script in Scene 6 and the newspaper is used as a prop as well. The show’s target audience is ages six and up, with plenty of humor adults will appreciate. “Two six-year-olds are among the actors, with the oldest member more than ten times their age, and the family idea is reﬂected literally: the cast includes two brothers who play two of the pigs;Medina a mother and her son have Christine a scene together as an older pig
and hedgehog; two actors are cousins,” we’re informed. Original lyrics are set to public domain melodies including old folk songs and classic children’s tunes. The show, which emphasizes “being a good neighbor,” plus patience, perseverance, and pig puns runs through July 1, will be followed by show after show, starting with the summer musical about kids and counselors at an unusual summer camp, titled “Not a Happy Camper.” The theatre welcomes audition appointments, visits, donations of costumes and supplies, and all inquiries throughout the year. Acting classes, puppet shows, concerts, one-day free workshops, variety shows, and special family events are planned and a fundraising concert on July 20. For more details, show times, tickets, and contact information, go to www.PlayNicePeople. com.
CHANGING THE BRANDING GAME The CM Agency Founder and CEO Christine Medina working on a recent project.
By John Alexander
Photos are from the current production of “The 3 Little Pigs Buy a Brownstone in Brooklyn”
The CM Agency Founder and CEO Christine Medina.
The two-time award-winning CM Brand agency -- which has continPhotos by Jarrett Scott ually been rated among the best marketing, branding and design agencies in Brooklyn -- is at the forefront of helping to change the way businesses market and brand their products and services. Born and raised in Brooklyn, CM Brand Founder and CEO Christine Medina opened her agency in 2016 and has quickly acquired a reputation for innovative designs and all-around excellence. “I wanted to create a one-stop shop agency,” Medina said. The CM Brand has successfully transformed businesses from the 14INB •ground INBROOKLYN — A Special Section up. With over seven yearsofofBrooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator/Brooklyn Record/Greenpoint Gazette • Week of June 14-20, 2018 marketing experience, begun when she was an undergraduate, Medina was able to use her expertise to launch her own marketing and brand agency. Medina began her career in 2014 as a struggling college graduate trying to make it in the corporate world. After countless interviews, reality set in for the then 23-yearold, but she knew it was a challenge that she had to face. “If no company will hire me then I would create my own,” Medina said. Her agency offers a wide-array of services for its clients including brand and web design, content creation and calendar, photography, copywriting, logo design, branding and marketing strategy, brand identity package, graphic design services, print marketing services, marketing consulting, management consultant, social media consulting, brand consulting and business consulting. CM Brand clients range from real estate firms like Wire Reality to financial companies and well-known restaurants like Calexico NYC. “Working with the CM Brand has helped my business grow and has become a top brand in my industry,” said Oneida Franco of Franco Blueprint. This year alone, the CM Brand has won two awards, become a corporation, and was featured in two podcasts. It has also expanded its team and Medina hopes to open an office in Manhattan in the near future. The agency hosts a group of business consultants (Franco Blueprint) and a management consultant (Lenny Pesce) along with marketing and branding consultants. “We enjoy working with our clients and helping make their businesses successful,” Medina said. “Every client we work with becomes part of the team. Together we face the challenges and celebrate the victories.” of November 5, 2018 of • INBROOKLYN — AEagle/Brooklyn Special Section ofEagle/Heights Brooklyn Eagle//Heights Press/Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator/Brooklyn Record/Greenpoint Gazette• •17INB 17INB Week of November 29 - December 5, 2018 • Week INBROOKLYN —29-December A Special Section Brooklyn Daily Press/Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator/Brooklyn Record/Greenpoint Gazette
A Look at the Books that have Inspired Literary Classics By Hillel Italie
The Associated Press
Behind every great book are the books which influenced it. The “micro-learning” app and platform blinkist.com has been compiling literary sources for such classics as “A Clockwork Orange,” ‘’Oliver Twist” and “1984.” Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was inspired by each of her parents — William Godwin’s “An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice” and Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Women.” One of the defining novels of the Civil War era, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” drew in part upon one of the defining memoirs, “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” Douglass’ book, which remains standard reading in many schools, also was cited by Toni Morrison for her Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel “Beloved.” “We were noticing the attention around the 200th anniversary of ‘Frankenstein’ and got to thinking about the nonfiction works which help author of fiction,” says Blinkist writer-editor Tom Anderson. “We think of those books as the unsung heroes.” Charles Dickens’ portrait of extreme wealth and poverty in London in “Oliver Twist” was in part modeled on Edward Gibbon’s “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” Anthony Burgess drew upon fiction and nonfiction for his terrifying “A Clockwork Orange,” his sources including Aldous Huxley’s futuristic classic “Brave New World” and B.F. Skinner’s landmark of psychology “Science and Human Behavior.” Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” reflected the
This combination photo shows, from left, covers of classic books “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy and George Orwell’s “1984.” Knopf/Signet Classics via AP author’s reading of the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, along with works about Napoleon and French history. According to Tolstoy scholar Ani Kokobobo, the author was “captivated” by Schopenhauer and his belief that “death is the only reality,” a viewpoint expressed by the cerebral Prince Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky in “War and Peace.” Kokobobo also noted that “War and Peace” was a response in part to such French
scholarship as Adolphe Thiers’ “History of the Consulate and the Empire of France Under Napoleon,” which Tolstoy believed exaggerated Napoleon’s stature and military ideas. “Tolstoy did not believe in this ‘great man’ theory, also propagated by Thomas Carlyle, and thought that victory and defeat were not determined by a sole heroic leader, but rather by the collective align-
ment of the will of thousands,” said Kokobobo, editor of the Tolstoy Studies Journal. George Orwell’s 1984, the dystopian political novel which has become a best-seller again during the Trump administration, reflects in part the British author’s reading of two nonfiction studies: James Burnham’s “The Managerial Revolution” and Halford Mackinder’s “Democratic Ideals and Reality: A Study in the Politics of Reconstruction.” In a recent telephone interview, Orwell’s son, Richard Blair, said his father was “the most voracious reader” who “absorbed enormous amounts of books.” Orwell Society committee member Les Hurst said that “1984” shows how Orwell adapted the ideas of others to his own. He noted a passage from the Mackinder book, which came out just after World War I: “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island; who rules the World-Island commands the world.” Orwell borrowed Mackinder’s framing for one of the most famous epigrams from “1984”: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” “The Mackinder book sat in Orwell’s mind for several years,” Hurst said. “Orwell was able to translate those words, able to extend Burnham’s concepts of power and power worship and to take ideals of geopolitics and perform this great imaginative leap, from geography and cast into the past and into the future. He takes something with two dimensions and turned it into something that is three dimensional.”
Many elected ofﬁcials, community activists and artists are speaking out against Optimum Cable for not carrying OVATION TV.
"We pay a lot of money for Optimum. We are asking you to please consider Ovation Network for the value they bring to our communities” - NYC Councilmember Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) “The fact that Optimum Cable doesn’t carry the arts network Ovation TV to some of the most diverse arts communities like the Bronx, Brooklyn and Long Island sends the wrong message" - Steve Cas, Illustrator, Brooklyn NY “I use my art form to help homeless children and Ovation lets me tell my story on their channel" - 8 year-old Miracle Robinson, Designer, Bronx NY “Art is a form of healing I want to lift those people up when they're feeling down. Optimum needs to open their eyes and see the bigger picture” - Kim “Good Look” Seabrook, Poet, Bronx NY “It is truly an injustice that the only ones who don’t have an opportunity to see these diverse and talented artists featured on Ovation TV, are the Optimum customers in these communities. - Bertha Lewis, President of the Black Institute "I'm here to tell Optimum to get it right, and provide access to the arts to people from all communities and walks of life" - NYC Councilmember Donovan Richards (D-Queens)
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Take a Stroll on Marcy Avenue, Part Two ABOVE: Construction is well underway at 277 South 5th St.
INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan
BRIEF HISTORY: williamsburg Let’s see now, Williamsburg. “Burg,” we know, means a town or village. But who was the “William” who gave this neighborhood — once a town — his name? To begin, this area was originally bought from the local Indians by the Dutch West India Company in 1638 and became part of the town of Boswijck. After the English took New Netherland in 1664, the name of the town was Anglicized to Bushwick; the townspeople generally called it Bushwick Shore. It was a rural area until in 1810 a real-estate speculator, Richard Woodhull, acquired 13 acres in the area
where there was a ferry service from what is today Metropolitan Avenue to Corlear’s Hook in Manhattan. He named the area after Col. Jonathan Williams, a U.S. engineer who had originally surveyed the site. It was incorporated as the Village of Williamsburgh within the town of Bushwick in 1827. Williamsburg rapidly expanded during the first half of the 19th century and separated itself from Bushwick. The population in the area continued to grow until, in 1855, Williamsburg was annexed along with the town of Bushwick by what then became the City of Brooklyn — and the “h” in the name was dropped.
The construction of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903 opened up the area to immigrants seeking to get out of the tenements of the Lower East Side in Manhattan. Today, Williamsburg’s neighbors are Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick and, farther east, Ridgewood in Queens. Interestingly, 27 of the streets in Williamsburg are named with the last names of signers of the Declaration of Independence. — Norm Goldstein
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Part Two: Take a Stroll on Marcy Avenue By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn
A Montrose Morris mansion and a NYCHA project where Jay-Z grew up. You can find both on Marcy Avenue. This historic road runs through the heart of BedfordStuyvesant and zigs and zags through the south end of Williamsburg. It was named after 19th-century politician William Learned Marcy, Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss’ book “Brooklyn by Name” says. Marcy was a U.S. Senator from New York, our state’s Governor and the U.S. Secretary of State under Franklin Pierce. Marcy Avenue is an excellent route for an autumn walk, which you’ll enjoy a great deal more if you bundle up. ‘Tis the season for down coats and UGG boots. We’ve split our story into two parts. This is Part Two.
On Marcy Avenue, new apartment buildings like 633 Marcy Ave. have sprung up among old-fashioned rowhouses. INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan ings Department to enlarge three-story 586 Marcy Ave. with OLD AND NEW TOGETHER A good place to start is the intersection of Marcy Avenue a horizontal extension and a one-story addition. The day we took our stroll, Marcy & Myrtle Cafe at and Hart Street, where there’s a mix of old and new housing 574 Marcy Ave. had a sidewalk signboard that made us stock that’s common at this end of Bed-Stuy. On one corner, at 633 Marcy Ave., a recently constructed do a double-take. “Would you like DREAMS of IMPEACHMENT with eight-story rental-apartment building stands. The developer is an LLC with Zelig Weiss as a member, city Finance your COFFEE?” it said in huge letters. A bit further up the street, the front of a rowhouse at 527 Department records indicate. The site where it stands is an assemblage consisting of Marcy Ave. is covered with a mural of a yellow, green and properties acquired in three transactions, Finance Department blue parrot set against the backdrop of a purple and yellow sky with palm trees in silhouette. Danish graffiti artist records show: Andreas Welin painted it. • The 2001 purchase of 633 Marcy Ave. • The $90,000 purchase of 631 Marcy Ave. in 2003. This — Continued on page 21INB — property was sold after a foreclosure on a tax-lien certificate. • The $470,000 purchase of 629 Marcy Ave. in a 2006 foreclosure sale. Rows of classic brownstones can be found Domino Sugar Refineries, were all launched in near two other corners of Williamsburg during the mid-1800s. Marcy Avenue and Hart Street. Williamsburg was originally part of the Population grew so large that the neighborhood
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There are numerous eye-catching things on nearby blocks. For instance, a mural depicting giant pills is painted on the security gates of shutdown El Miste Deli Grocery at 588 Marcy Ave. This building stands on the corner of Vernon Avenue. A street artist called Dirt Cobain, who was originally from the San Francisco Bay area, painted the mural. On the opposite corner of Vernon Avenue, an old fashioned rowhouse at 586 Marcy Ave. nestles up against a taller apartment building. The rowhouse belongs to an LLC with Max Jacobs as a member, which bought the property for $1.15 million in 2015, Finance Department records indicate. The owner has filed plans with the city Build-
Dutch town of Boswijck (Bushwick). Dutch, French and Scandinavian farmers settled in the area with their African slaves in the late 1600s and the land remained rural until 1802 when Richard Woodhull envisioned a residential area for Manhattan workers. Woodhull began a ferry service from what is today Metropolitan Avenue to Corlear’s Hook in Manhattan and purchased 13 acres around the landing, naming it Williamsburgh after Col. Jonathan Williams, who had originally surveyed the site. His service lacked interest though and Woodhull went bankrupt in 1811. David Dunham then tried his luck with a steam ferry that became largely successful. Industry soon poured into the neighborhood in the form of distilleries and sugar refineries along the shore. Some of the largest firms in America, including Pfizer Pharmaceutical and what is today the
was chartered as a city in 1852 before it was annexed by the City of Brooklyn in 1855. The face of Williamsburg changed in 1903 when the Williamsburg Bridge opened and Eastern European immigrants left the crowded Lower East Side of Manhattan to come to Brooklyn. Six-story tenements were built and brownstones and wood frame houses were turned into multifamily dwellings. By 1917, the population had more than doubled and the area had the most densely populated blocks in Brooklyn. Jewish immigrants fleeing Nazism settled in what is today called Southside but after a large Latin American influence, the section of the neighborhood is now referred to as Los Sures. The Northside, filled with a mix of artists and young professionals, was separated from the rest of Williamsburg when the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was built in 1957.
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Here’s Marcy Avenue where it intersects Flushing Avenue. BELOW: Marcy Armory is an architectural treasure.
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‘I’M FROM MARCY SON, JUST THOUGHT I’D REMIND Y’ALL’
You’ll walk past the Marcy Houses complex, which is located on Marcy Avenue between Myrtle and Flushing avenues. Music mogul Jay-Z famously grew up in this New York City Housing Authority project, which opened in 1947. So did actor Tracy Morgan. North of Flushing Avenue, the neighborhood changes from Bed-Stuy to Williamsburg. Marcy Avenue veers slightly left at the intersection of Flushing Avenue. Adjacent Union Avenue is angled slightly to the right at this complicated intersection, and Gerry Street
is further to the right. For several blocks, Marcy Avenue runs through an area where many Hasidic residents live. As you keep walking, you’ll notice a development site at 415 Marcy Ave. on the corner of Walton Street. An apartment building is planned there. The fenced-in site has been bulldozed in preparation for construction. The property belongs to an LLC with Ezra Unger as authorized signatory, Finance Department records indicate.
AN ARMORY AND A YMCA ROOMING HOUSE
The magnificent New York State Armory stands at 355 Marcy Ave. It was built in 1883, an inscription over one of the doors indicates.
INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan
The Marcy Avenue side of the former National Guard armory looks like a red-brick castle with austere, lean lines. The other side of the building, which is on Harrison Avenue, has rounded turrets. The 47th Regiment Armory, as it was originally known, cost $125,000 to build — and had eight rifle galleries in the basement, a posting on the Forgotten New York website says. The armory closed in 2011. Now it is rented out as a venue for community events and film shoots under the name Marcy Armory. Another fab old-fashioned building is located at 185 Marcy Ave. It’s an office building now. When it was constructed back in 1905, it was a YMCA rooming house, the Real Deal reported last year. An LLC with Elliott Neumann as president bought the building for $29.95 million in 2017, Finance Department records indicate. Neumann is the CEO of Acuity Capital Partners. According to Buildings Department filings, the new owner is renovating 185 Marcy Ave.’s public areas and some tenant areas and relocating the building’s main lobby.
WHO IS CHRIS RIGGS FOR MAYOR?
Marcy Avenue runs beneath elevated subway tracks as it crosses Broadway. One of the buildings at this intersection is covered with a mural with flowers and the words “love” and “peace” in overlapping patterns. The artist who made this mural uses the name Chris Riggs for Mayor. His paintings and sculptures are in museums, galleries and private collections in more than 50 countries, his website says. After you walk beneath the subway tracks, you’ll see the Marcy Avenue frontage of a development whose address is 277 South 5th St. It’s going to be a 23-story apartment tower. Landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, which is located right next door, will be incorporated into this project that Tavros Development Partners and Charney Construction & Development are building. See brooklyneagle.com to read about the century-old bank building. Marcy Avenue passes beneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at South 3rd Street. From this point until it ends, the avenue runs alongside the highway — but it has lots of scenic spots. For instance, there are handsome old rowhouses at the Marcy Avenue corners of South 3rd Street, South 2nd Street and Grand Street. At 38 Marcy Ave. on the corner of Hope Street, there’s an eye-catching abstract mural painted by D. Addison. Marcy Avenue ends at Metropolitan Avenue. The last building on Marcy Avenue is a Capital One Bank branch that was constructed several years ago. Its address is 416 Metropolitan Ave. Week of November 29 - December 5, 2018 • INBROOKLYN — A Special Section of Brooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator/Brooklyn Record/Greenpoint Gazette • 21INB Week of November 29 - December 5, 2018 • INBROOKLYN — A Special Section of Brooklyn Daily Eagle/Brooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator/Brooklyn Record/Greenpoint Gazette • 21INB
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Pet Adoption Corner
Sean Casey Animal Rescue has shared these photos of pets up for adoption with us. Lena is a five-year-old German Shepherd mix. Lena is a bit shy at first but is warming up to everyone rather quickly and is a total sweetheart.
Sweet Potato is a one-year-old Domestic Shorthair. His name really fits him since he is the sweetest. He also loves to play. Sean Casey Animal Rescue (718-4365163) is located at 153 East Third St.
Photos courtesy of Sean Casey Animal Rescue
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Members of First Presbyterian Church and visiting congregants from the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue join hands in singing “We Shall Overcome,” at their January 16, 2018 Martin Luther King Day service. INBrooklyn file photo by Francesca N. Tate
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The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, which is nearing its bicentennial in four years, is among several Brooklyn churches named in the radio station and website 1190 WLIB Top 10 ‘Most Gospel Churches.” 1190 WLIB identifies itself as “New York’s Gospel, inspiration and information station.” First Presbyterian Church joins the Brooklyn Tabernacle (Downtown Brooklyn), the Temple of Restoration (Boerum Hill), the Christian Cultural Center (East New York) and United Pentecostal Deliverance (East Flatbush) in the Top Ten. First Presbyterian Church attributes much of this accolade to its longtime minister of music, Amy Neuner, whom Pastor Adriene Thorne credits for having shaped the church’s music ministry and choir over many years. The Brooklyn Tabernacle also is known for its choir ministry as well as its graceful sermons, according to WLIB. The six-time Grammy Award-winning choir, under the direction of Carol Cymbala, sang at President Obama’s 2013 inauguration. The Temple of Restoration, a Pentecostal Ministry, also restored a former Lutheran church building at 490 Pacific St. Restoration’s ministry started off with just a handful of people and currently has multiple locations, including at 490 Pacific St., with
Beloved ‘All-Of-A-Kind Family’ Featured in New Hanukkah Book With Art by Heights Illustrator Just in time for Hanukkah, which begins on Mon., Dec. 3, comes a new picture book by Emily Jenkins with artwork by Brooklyn Heights book illustrator Paul Zelinsky. Readers may remember the original Allof-a-Kind family books that Sydney Taylor wrote from the 1950s to the 1970s. Taylor based her much-loved books on her own experiences growing up in the early 1900s in a large and loving Jewish family living on the Lower East Side. This new “All-of-AKind Family,” book theme has the five girls helping their mother prepare their Hanukkah dinner, but one of them feels left out. Paul Zelinsky, who received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, gave a presentation on the creative process and challenges of illustrating a children’s book, including his exploration of Photoshop in select instances. He is pictured here autographing books.
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St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is celebrating both the renovation of its parish hall and its designation as Pro-Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island this Friday night, as the landmark parish hosts “GRATEFUL,” a fundraiser cabaret and dessert event. Attendees will enjoy homemade desserts and raise a glass to parish successes in ministry and service to its neighbors over the past year. St. Ann’s fundraising cabaret brings in some all-star performers. Award-winning instrumentalist Micah Young will accompany Broadway singers Michael Winther and Tracy Michailidis on the piano as they perform classics from the American Songbook. Stand-up comedian Diana Yanez will kick-start a fun evening. GRATEFUL takes place on Fri., Nov. 30, from 7-9 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague St. (just west of Clinton Street). Register through Brown Paper Tickets to attend GRATEFUL at any level.
Because of photo credit information that was not received in time for last week’s press deadline, the attribution was incorrect for the photo of singer Ronny Weiland, who gave a concert at a Brooklyn Heights church on Mon., Nov. 26. Although the official photographer’s name was not communicated to us, the photo of Mr. Weiland was supplied courtesy of Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church. INBrooklyn regrets the error.
thousands of visitors and members attending service weekly. Each day of the week has a different prayer and theme: For example, financial restoration on Mondays, health restoration on Tuesdays and family restoration on Thursdays. The temple also provides a 24hour prayer hotline. The Christian Cultural Center [incorrectly named in WLIB’s story as the Christian Culture Center] began 40 years ago as a small congregation in Williamsburg. The senior pastor, the Rev. A. R. Bernard, brought his experience from a banking career into his ministry. WLIB’s Melissa Gabriel writes that the CCC “is infamously known for vibrant, modern and energetic sermons normally led by Pastor A. Bernard,” and also notes, “This church is the middle ground between personal life and personal mission, which is spiritual growth.” United Pentecostal Deliverance is “an intimate church designed for all worshippers who enjoy shouting their love for Jesus to the heavens above. Providing a slew of passionate worshippers, United Pentecostal Deliverance encourages every visitor and member to leave their nerves at home and be prepared to dance their sins away!” writes Gabriel.
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Faith in the Brooklyn Eagle Archives German Lutheran Church In Heights Marked Its 35th Anniversary
The religion section of the Mo., Nov. 30, 1891 Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported the 35th anniversary of Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church. The congregation had been founded on the first Sunday in Advent, 1855, which in that year, fell on Dec. 2 (as it does in 2018). According to the church’s website, Zion Church was established “when twelve German immigrants together with Pastor Friedrich W.T. Steimle worshiped in small stable on Washington Street.” The article indicated that Zion was celebrating its 35th anniversary “by appropriate services, morning, afternoon and evening,” [although a count of the years between 1855 and 1891 would indicate 36 years]. “The Zion society is now a large one, but its growth has come from small beginnings. The present church building is capacious and is the original one erected in 1858. In those days, however, the congregation did
not nearly fill it. Now, while the edifice is not by any means too small, it is always well-filled, the list of church members is considerably over two thousand, and the society is free from debt. The present pastor, Rev. E.C.J. Kraeling, has been in charge about five years.”
Holy Trinity Church Memorialized Philanthropist George Peabody
The Brooklyn Eagle covered the installation and dedication of the Charles Jones Peabody Memorial Organ on Nov. 29, 1925. Built by Ernest Skinner that year, the organ was donated by George Foster Peabody, Charles’ brother. Peabody had died in February of the previous year. The Peabody Memorial Organ as it is called, “comprises 4,718 pipes, ranging from 2 inches to 32 feet in length, as well as 20 chimes and a 61-note celesta,” according to the website of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, which the parish is now named.
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The 1925 Eagle story begins, “As a monument memorial of a philanthropist, an active church worker and a devoted Christian, what could be finer than a great church organ in a place of worship he loved? That is the thought that actuated the $50,000 gift-installation by the heirs of Charles Jones Peabody in Holy Trinity Church. The dedication service yesterday was impressive. At the morning service, the pastor, the Rev. John Howard Melish, said of Mr. Peabody, ‘He was one of the foremost patrons of the arts, education and music that Brooklyn ever produced. It is indeed fitting that his memory be preserved through the universal appeal of music.’” Bishop Stires, preaching at the evening service, said, “Music is the only universal language in the world today. It is the best means known to man to symbolize his highest ideals both of mind and spirit. This instrument is the most appropriate instrument to commemorate the life of Charles Jones Peabody, for the beauty and power of his personality will continue to express itself through the organ.”
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• “Food & Drink Infographics: A Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures” by Simone Klabin, edited by Julius Wiedermann. Taschen. Butchery in France, the principles of molecular gastronomy, the health benefits of sweet cherries and everything you need to know about chewing gum, all represented in fun visuals that often double as art in and of themselves. Some are historical, others comical. Many may also be useful in the kitchen or at the bar. $70. • “Pantone Foodmood” edited by Guido Tommasi. Guido Tommasi Publishing/ACC Distribution. Drawing inspiration from the color experts at Pantone, these dishes urge home cooks to create with their eyes. Recipes are organized by color and each color is characterized by mood. Yellow includes mango pudding with panna cotta. Purple is beet and pumpkin ravioli. Savory asparagus tarts represent for green. $50.
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• “Vivian Maier: The Color Work” by Colin Westerbeck. Harper Design. Remember the Chicago mystery nanny whose cache of some 150,000 prints, negatives, transparencies and rolls of undeveloped film were discovered at auction after her death? Her name was Vivian Maier and this book brings her meandering to life in color. One self-portrait says it all with a sliver of her face reflected in a hand mirror that rests on a bunch of yellow flowers on street brick, from 1975. $80.
“Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop” by Vikki Tobak
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Wilkinson brought it to life. There’s the signature Duquette leopard-print carpet on the staircase leading down to the summer and guest bedrooms. $75. • “From the Earth: World’s Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables” by Peter Gilmore. Hardie Grant Books. With hundreds of varieties to choose from, Australian chef Gilmore has selected 50 heirloom vegetables and plants. In the process, he delves into the history of both common varieties and rare or nearly extinct ones. Interviews with farmers. Recipes on how to cook up his discoveries. $60.
1. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama 2. “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci 3. “Past Tense” by Lee Child 4. “Look Alive Twenty-Five” by Janet Evanovich 5. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham 6. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty 7. “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly 8. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens 9. “The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo 10. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis Monday, November 26, 2018 • BQ Daily Eagle • 15
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