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Live Action Peanuts Hits the Stage for Charity in Gowanus By Christina Carrega Brooklyn Eagle

A classic holiday cartoon, transformed into a live action musical for the eleventh year, opened this weekend in Gowanus, where actors will perform for a charitable cause. Justin Tyler, 39, and Mollie VogtWelch, 36, brought “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to life at the ShapeShifter Lab for families to enjoy this holiday season. “This special premiered in 1965, and the fact that kids now are still mesmerized by it — it’s very strange to us, but they are,” said Tyler, who plays Charlie Brown. “But there’s a lot of depressing themes and dark moments with other Peanuts characters, which are for the adults.” Vogt-Welch, the director and Tyler’s wife, was inspired to bring the show to Brooklyn after seeing the production at her alma mater, Pennsylvania State University. The cast acts out every word and gesture from the cartoon movie to the soundtrack of a live jazz trio playing the iconic Vince Guaraldi score. The proceeds will go to The Southern Poverty Law Center. “We used different venues throughout Brooklyn. We don’t do a ton of marketing. It’s word of mouth, under the radar and people find us — and that’s very Brooklyn,” said Tyler, who moved to Brooklyn 13 years ago with Vogt-Welch. Both are originally from Potsdam, N.Y. The cast is not made up of trained actors. Professionals in various fields — such as a lawyer and dental hygienist — from across New York City volunteer every year to put smiles on the faces of community theater aficionados

and their children. “It’s wonderful. It’s like my yearly festive thing,” said Gillian Smith, 36, who plays Lucy. By day, Smith is the director of supernumerary at The Metropolitan Opera. “Some of these people I only see once a year. It’s very special, like a little reunion, and the fact that we are giving to a charity — it’s so much fun.” The set was created with cardboard to give the effect that it was made by a child — an effect they could only get away with in Brooklyn, the couple said. “This show is so Brooklyn to me. It’s kinda catchy, it’s fun, it doesn’t have to have a super high budget to make it cool. It’s just about the show and the meaning of the show,” said Vogt-Welch. “If we did this show in Manhattan, the expectation of what the set and show looked like would be higher, and I feel like people in Brooklyn are just like, ‘This is great,’ and are happy to be here. No expectations — it’s raw.” “This is a Brooklyn show for people who live in Brooklyn. Families come here every year and we watched their children come up,” Vogt-Welch added. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was created by Charles M. Shultz and premiered on television on Dec. 9, 1965. The timeless classic was entered into the Emmy Hall of Fame and won a Peabody Award. “I loved it! It should have been longer!” said a 5-year-old boy who sat in the front row of the small audience. He ran for a photograph with Snoopy after the 45-minute show. The show is scheduled for seven more performances at the Whitwell Place venue from Dec. 14-16. Tickets are $15, and children under 2 go for free.

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Sales for former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019. Live Nation and Crown Publishing announced yesterday that Obama will have 21 events next year, six of them in Europe.

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Barnes & Noble the world’s largest retail bookseller, announced the Best Books of 2018 as chosen by the Company’s expert booksellers yesterday. The curated lists highlight books of interest to a wide range of readers, and include the year’s top books overall, as well as by category, including the best thriller and suspense books, history and current affairs, young adult, young readers and kids. “[This year] was a big year for books across all categories, including much-anticipated memoirs, political books that made headlines, and new thrillers by some of the world’s bestselling writers,” said Liz Harwell, senior director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble. “We hope the lists remind readers of some of the most popular books of the year, as well as introduce them to new and surprising titles.” “In the Kids and YA categories, 2018 was truly a blockbuster year, with the release of new editions to fan-favorite series, popular authors with new releases and debut authors making a name for themselves,” said Stephanie Fryling, vice president of Merchandising, Children’s Books at Barnes & Noble. “Readers of all ages will find a lot to love in this year’s lists.” The Best Books of 2018 as curated by Barnes & Noble are: • “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones • “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zora Neale Hurston • “Becoming” by Michelle Obama • “Calypso” by David Sedaris • “Circe” by Madeline Miller • “Educated” by Tara Westover • “Fire & Blood” by George R. R. Martin • “Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be” by Rachel Hollis • “Leadership: In Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin • “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah • “The President Is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson • “The Reckoning” by John Grisham • “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn • “There There” by Tommy Orange • “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver

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Sales for Michelle Obama’s memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019. “Becoming,” published four weeks ago, is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the best-selling political memoirs of all time.

Live Nation and Crown Publishing announced Tuesday that Obama will have 21 events next year, six of them in Europe. She has been appearing at such arenas as Barclays Center and Chicago’s United Center, with guest interviewers including Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. Her tour is now scheduled to end May 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

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When there’s a scientific breakthrough, Brooklyn-born Robin Cook doesn’t just stand up and cheer. He uses his fertile imagination and writes a novel about its possible perils. In his latest medical thriller, “Pandemic,” Cook dramatizes the scary side of a miracle molecule called “CRISPR/Cas9,” which can easily be custom-tailored to seek out and alter genes in humans and animals. The story begins when a seemingly healthy young woman with a transplanted heart boards the subway in New York City but suffers abrupt respiratory distress and dies before she reaches her destination. Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner who appears in 10 of Cook’s previous novels, does an autopsy. He suspects that an unknown, flu-like virus is responsible for her death. He is duty-bound to identify and stop the virus before it can cause a pandemic and kill millions. Stapleton welcomes the challenge as a “diversion” from his many personal problems. To name a few, his daughter

has just been diagnosed with autism and his mother-in-law is blaming his genealogy for it. His wife, Laurie Montgomery, has unexpectedly been named the chief medical examiner, making her his boss both at home and at work. Stapleton’s investigation reveals that a hospital in New York performed the woman’s heart transplant at the request of the Dover Valley Hospital in New Jersey. Dover also paid all her medical bills. Realizing that “something weird is afoot,” Stapleton drives out to Dover and receives a warm welcome from its owner, Wei Zhao, a Chinese billionaire businessman who holds a double Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics. Wei, a body-building enthusiast who admires Arnold Schwarzenegger, makes an intriguing villain. The novel also offers an intriguing look at the subterranean world of medical examiners, but “Pandemic” goes far beyond just entertainment. By graphically showing what could happen were CRISPR/ Cas9 to fall into the wrong hands, the author rings a much needed warning bell about gene editing technology. Thursday, December 13, 2018 • Brooklyn Eagle • 3


NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSBEAT Former Airbnb Exec Buys Cobble Hill Home for $4.6M COBBLE HILL — A former Airbnb executive and his wife recently bought a three-story Cobble Hill townhouse for $4.6 million. Buyer Shaun Stewart, former global head of Airbnb’s vacation rental business, is now CEO of New Lab, a technology hub for high-tech entrepreneurs based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, according to The Real Deal The $4.6 million cost of the house will certainly seem high to most people, but it’s

actually a discounted price. The original price of the house at 120 Congress St. when it was listed in February was $5.5 million, The Real Deal said. According to a recent report, 84 percent of high-end listings sold at a discount during the first three quarters of 2018. This represents a median amount of $500,000. The sellers of the house were Frank Cicero and Stacey Campbell, The Real Deal reported.

Heights Townhouse Overlooking B’klyn Bridge Park Sells for $11.75M BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — A single-family townhouse at 192 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights has been sold for $11.75 million, a price that few other Brooklyn homes have surpassed. The sellers are former Granite Broadcasting CEO W. Don Cornwell and his wife Saundra Cornwell. When they first listed their home for $16 million in 2014, they hoped to smash the borough’s current record price of $15.5 million for a townhouse set in 2015, according to The Real Deal. The townhouse was built in the late 1950s and occupies about 7,900 square feet, The Real Deal said. It has seven bedrooms and has a view of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the waterfront. The buyer was listed only as “192 Columbia Heights LLC,” The Real Deal reported.

Kushner Firm Pays Heights Tenants $100K in Back Rent Overcharges BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Kushner Cos., the well-known real estate firm owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald’s Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, has paid approximately $100,000 in back rent overcharges after a class-action lawsuit by five Brooklyn Heights tenants. According to Crain’s New York Business, the payouts “appear to be admission that the landlord … skirted rent regulation laws” in raising rents at 89 Hicks St. Deborah Riegel, an attorney who is representing Kushner in the case, said that her client voluntarily made refunds to the tenants and also re-registered the units as rent-regulated. However, Lucas Ferrara, an attorney for the tenants, told Crain’s that Kushner likely knowingly deregulated the units to collect higher rents and “took a gamble that no one would notice what they were doing.” Kushner purchased 89 Hicks St. in 2014 from Brooklyn Law School, which had used it for student housing, then converted it to market-rate apartments, Crain’s said. But later that year, Housing Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization, discovered that the building had been rent-regulated before the law school bought it and that state law required it to be regulated again.

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The federal government has agreed to pay New York City $25 million toward a $337 million project to repair the Brooklyn Bridge’s approaches and towers. This is the first time such work will take place on the world-famous bridge’s Gothic arches, according to amNewYork. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

Former Altar Girl Accuses Church Custodian of Abuse FLATBUSH — A former altar girl at Holy Innocents Church in Flatbush told police on Saturday that a custodian there groped her between 2013 and 2015, which she was between 12 and 15 years old, according to the New York Post. The Brooklyn Catholic Diocese said in a statement, “We take every allegation of this na-

ture seriously. The case is now in the hands of the authorities. We await the conclusion of their investigation.” The pastor, the Rev. Saint Charles Borno, wasn’t available to comment on Sunday, the Post reported. The church at 279 E. 17th St. appeared in several episodes of the AMC television series “Mad Men.”

Actress Is Part-Owner of Park Slope Wine Store PARK SLOPE — Comedian-actress Amy Poehler, a former “Saturday Night Live” regular who is best known for her role on NBC’s sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” is one of the owners of a new Park Slope wine store called Zula Wines and Spirits. Zula opened several weeks ago at 487 Fifth Ave. between 11th and 12th streets, according to New York Eater. It offers free wine tastings every evening and has a big collection of wines for less than $13, as well as higher-end options. Zula sells red and white wines from several European countries as well as South Africa, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. Of course, it also sells craft spirits – i.e., vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila, rum, etc. Poehler’s two partners are Amy Miles and Mike Robinson, two musicians who also have extensive experience in wine retailing, Eater reported. “I’m more of a white-wine gal, but honestly, I’ll just drink whatever Mike recommends to me,” Poehler told Eater.

Collapsed NYCHA Ceiling Still Unrepaired After 2 Weeks BROWNSVILLE — A couple’s living room ceiling at a NYCHA project in Brownsville fell down two weeks ago, and no one has come to fix it as of press time. Kisha Hobgood said the city offered to send a repair crew on Christmas Eve, according to PIX11. However, she says this is unacceptable

because their two children are smelling the mold and possibly breathing in debris. After Hobgood called PIX11, NYCHA workers repaired a gaping hole in the ceiling and removed some water-saturated insulation. However, they said they couldn’t make permanent repairs immediately because of heavy water penetration.

Public Squash Court Coming To Brooklyn Bridge Park BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK — Brooklyn Bridge Park, in partnership with local nonprofit Publish Squash NYC, plans to open a publish squash court on the site of one of six handball courts on Pier 2. Park administrators have wanted to bring squash to park since they visited another public squash court that opened in April in Manhattan, according to Brooklyn Daily. “It’s to provide yet another amenity in the park,” BBP President Eric Landau told the Brooklyn Daily. There is only one other place we know of in the country where there is a free public outdoor squash court, we are working to do the same thing here.” Public Squash NYC coaches will also offer free clinics, geared toward underserved youngsters, at the court. “One board member said leaders should also find a partner organization willing to donate racquets and other equipment needed to play the sport, so those kids who can’t afford to buy their own gear can still play,” Brooklyn Daily reported.

Trade War Leads to Problems For B’klyn Christmas Tree Merchant PROSPECT HEIGHTS — As the U.S. Canada and Mexico continue to hammer out a new trade agreement, extra scrutiny at the Canadian border has caused a delay in some people – including Prospect Heights Christmas tree merchant David Sevigny – getting their holiday trees. Last week, Sevigny, whose company is known as Christmas Tree Brooklyn, was told by his customs broker that a thousand of his finest trees, worth about $100,000, were being held up at the border, according to PIX11. Since his customers were waiting for trees, he took his U-Haul, drove to Pennsylvania and bought several hundred trees to cover his customers, PIX11 reported. By that time, the Canadian trees had cleared the border. Sevigny plans to offer his customers a discount and, with every sale, make a donation to Covenant House, PIX11 said. He also plans to sell some of his excess trees to other vendors who are in need.

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HOLIDAY GUIDE Danish Club Hosts Annual Festive Scandinavian Christmas Ball By Jaime DeJesus INBrooklyn

Continuing a beloved Bay Ridge tradition, the Danish Club of Brooklyn, 741 65th Street, hosted its annual Scandinavian Christmas Ball on Sun., Dec. 9. The event featured tons of games, music, food and holiday spirit for attendees young and old. Coordinator and member of the band Smorgasbandet Jeanne Eriksson --who performs with Wayne Söderlund, Chad Widman and Johnny Söderlund -- described the day as fabulous. Among the highlights, she said, was the Lucia pageant, which features participants clad in white and wearing candle-studded crowns or carrying candles in a celebration of light during the darkest time of year. In addition, said Eriksson, there was traditional music and dancing around the Christmas tree. “It was a nonstop, high-energy Christmas party,” she added. “We had a lot of kids there. Santa was there. We do a traditional children’s game called the fishing game. They go fishing with a pole and they come up with goodie bags. It’s important to pass on these traditions to the next generation.” Over 100 people were in attendance. “We had people that came as far as Norway who attended,” recalled Eriksson. “We had people from Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s basically a cominghome-to-Brooklyn Scandinavian party because at one time the largest Scandinavian community in the United States was Bay Ridge and we try very hard to carry on the Scandinavian heritage and traditions, especially here in New York.” Eriksson -- who was born and raised in Bay Ridge -- was named Swedish American of the Year in 2005. “I’ve actually been knighted by the King of Sweden,” she said, citing her musical efforts. “It’s a pretty big honor.” The event is extra special to her and the community. “I’ve been doing this since I was a little girl,” she said. “People always compliment us and say thank you for keeping the traditions alive. I also hear a lot that it brings back memories from their childhood.”

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Local Law Firm Celebrates its 17th Annual Tree Lighting BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM

A local law firm was in full holiday spirits on Weds., Dec. 5 for its 17th annual tree lighting event. The staff of Strazzullo Law Firm, P.C. was once again joined by family, friends, clients and area residents as their festive Christmas tree was decorated and all lit up for the holidays. The event was hosted by Salvatore Strazzullo and featured a guest appearance by Assemblymember Peter Abbate. Monsignor David Cassato

brought 70 children with him from the St. Athanasius Church CCD program. Santa Claus stopped by as the Strazzullo staff gave gifts to the children, while music played courtesy of DJ Cousin Anthony. Gifts were also givenout to the children of the community. Games and food were catered by Lucy’s Sausage. “The tree lighting event was started  by t he f i r m’s president and founder, Salvatore Strazzullo, who continues to keep

this festive tradition going,” remarked Rosanne Miller of

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The Strazzullo Christmas tree is decorated and ready for the holidays.

The Strazzullo family— Annuziata, Sal, Michele and Alison.

Msgr. David Cassato with children from CCD and Assemblymember Peter Abbate.

Strazzullo Law Firm. “He loves this time of the year and enjoys doing this for the children. He’s the father of two daughters and appreciates everyone’s support in the neighborhood. Overall, it was another successful tree lighting event.” Strazzullo Law Firm is located at 7101 18th Ave. and also at 8418 Third Ave.

Santa Claus, Annuziata, Sal and Alison Strazzullo.

Bay Ridge Artist to Host Art Exhibit to Raise Funds for Toys for Tots BY JAIME DEJESUS

Rexach was inspired at an early age to give back during COM the holiday season. “When I was at Fort HamUsing art to bring holiday ilton High School, we did an spirit to the less fortunate in outreach program kind of similar to the toy drive that we’re Bay Ridge. Freelance photographer, doing now,” she explained. business owner and Bay Ridge “We collected toys around the resident Tiffany Rexach is school and neighborhood and giving back to kids for the we all dressed up as elves and Christmas season with her Santa. We went to the comevent “Arts for Tots: An Art munity shelters and homeless Gallery Fundraiser.” shelters and we handed the To be held on Sat., Dec. 15 at toys out to kids. It really just Catch 22, 7221 Third Avenue kind of changed my view and from 2-6 p.m., the event will gave me a whole different showcase the work of seven perspective.” Now as an adult, she wants different artists, and three musical performance artists, with to continue to impact youngfunds raised going to Toys For sters and make their Christmas Tots, which sponsored by the day better. United States Marine Corps. “As a freelancer, I can JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER.

understand how hard it is to be able to financially get everything together to give someone else that holiday cheer,” Rexach said. “I want to be able to keep that cycle going and bring a whole community together so that way they can feel a part of a bigger purpose. In September, she hosted her first art event in Bay Ridge, called All Together Now, which met with great success. “It was a risk because I didn’t know the outpour of support from the community,” Rexach said. That said, “We saw at least 100 attendees rotating at the bar. The turnout was incredible. We had three different performers. We had a great outpour of support.

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A scene from Tiffany Rexach’s prior art event.

Everyone was buying artwork from different artists. Drinks were pouring. The owner said, I didn’t expect this turnout on a Thursday and he is very eager to do this again.” Because of the great turnout, Rexach got the idea to use art to hold a fundraiser. “I figured that art is universal and brings everyone together,” she explained. “What better way to bring the community together than having different people from all different walks of life come together and showcase their work for this great cause. If we had this many people come out and buy art last time, let’s help some people in the process.” For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2rny2Cs.

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Bay Ridge Jewish Center Celebrates Festive Chanukah Party BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

The Bay Ridge Jewish Center held its annual Hanukkah party on Sunday, December 9 to much fanfare. The celebration included a menorah lighting, latkes and

other snacks, arts and crafts, a toy and coat drive, a blood drive and more. “It was a phenomenal success,” said Rabbi Robert Judd. “We had a bunch of people that came and a lot of new faces, as well as members, just coming to celebrate the festival of lights. It was fun, food and

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fellowship. Everyone had a good time and we’ll be back next year.” Judd credited the Hebrew School Parents Association for putting the event together. “They’re in charge of planning and setting up and cleaning up and making sure everything runs smoothly,” Judd said. “Hebrew school parents really open it up for the entire community.” He added that the turnout was great. “We had a lighting towards the end of the program when we set up a lot of menorahs,” Judd explained. “Every family came up and I lit the first candle. Then we passed it to somebody and they passed the light on before they lit their menorah. As I taught last night, a candle can keep giving light and it’s never diminished.” Events such as this are important to the Jewish community, according to Judd. “It shows we are a viable presence and we want to be part of the larger Bay Ridge community,” Judd said. “We open our doors and anyone that wants to come in can.”

Jessica Kotler lighting the menorah.

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The Andrea Domenici Trio will perform on Friday, December 14th at St. Francis of Paolo.

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Brooklyn School of Music presents Home for the Holidays on Friday, December 14th.

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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 mechanised, 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 our 2018 Season IV artists-in-residence. 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: NARS Foundation (201 46th Street) HERE, RIGHT NOW. A new series of large format oil paintings by New York Artist member Jane Swavely. This new body of work functions as a vessel, carrying omens that mark the shifting landscapes we reside in. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through December 16th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) EMPATHY In an increasingly polarized political climate, empathy

has proven to be a challenging emotion to conjure for many Americans. Both the public and its leaders seem to show little interest in understanding the viewpoints and experiences of others across the divide. The disruptive rhetoric of the current administration, and of media pundits, has only exacerbated the disjuncture in this country. This exhibition features artists who reveal a capacity for empathy, a willingness to reflect on another’s point of view or to understand those whose backgrounds differ from their own. Through photography, video, sculpture, drawing, embroidery, installation, performance, and virtual reality, the artists engage in projects that employ deep listening, compassion, care ethics, and other empathic skills. Bundith Phunsombatlert collaborated with seniors at Rosetta Gatson Neighborhood Senior Center through a series of workshops, inviting senior residents to share their stories while teaching them the cyanotype photographic printing process. All of the participants were Caribbean immigrants and several of their migration narratives were collected into an artist book that is being published

by the artist. Appalled by news reports of immigrant children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Michael Kelly Williams was moved to create a new work for the exhibition, which addresses the immigrant crisis in this country. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through December 30th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) 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) 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 CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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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) HOLIDAY PARR-TY Food Photographs by Martin

Parr brings together the best of Parr’s food observations. Since 1995, when this “British Food” series originated, Parr has been capturing the delectable, the gross, the ridiculous, and the adorable in food and food consumption throughout the world. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through January 19th, 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Janet Borden, Inc (91 Water Street) PENELOPE UMBRICO: MONUMENT Penelope Umbrico’s MONUMENT explores the monolithic state of current technologies in relation to their obsolescence. Umbrico begins with the idea that all technologies–including the electronics we use at home and in the workplace– are in effect “black boxes” whose contents are largely incomprehensible to end users. Although we tend to think of screens as invisible and we never see the workings of our technologies, almost everything we learn and know these days is mediated through the filters of technology. Umbrico aims to demystify the black-box device and to engage the public in creative modes of transforming and visualizing the electronic detritus that accumulates in our homes

and in landfills. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through January 20th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun: 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Gallery at 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) SOUL OF A NATION: ART IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Black artists across the country worked in communities, in collectives, and individually to create a range of art responsive to the moment—

including figurative and abstract painting, prints, and photography; assemblage and sculpture; and performance. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through February 3rd, 11 a.m. 6 p.m., Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) TOM BENNETT: PAINTINGS AND MASTER PRINTS A solo exhibition and sale of Tom Bennett’s artwork. Tom Bennett’s artwork is recognizable for its impassioned brushwork, bold compositions, and rich subject matter. His work embraces art history, abundant with homages to heroic works, bucking horses and classical nudes. In addition to his dynamic paintings, Tabla Rasa will feature a series of unframed mono-types for acquisition by both the seasoned and novice collector. Among them are images of figures that seem to breathe with life force, and storms that roil on the horizon. Mono-types, a form of print in which an image is created on a plate and then transferred to paper, is an ideal vehicle for the spontaneity of Mr. Bennett’s drawing talents. The inked plate yields only one “unique” image, not

an edition of multiples as in other printmaking techniques. When: Thursdays-Saturdays through February 9th, 1 – 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Tabla Rasa Gallery (224 48th Street) PROCESSING: A GOWANUS SWIM SOCIETY EXHIBITION A n exhibition of current work by the eight members of the artist collective Gowanus Swim Society. Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro. Katherine Gressel, Curator. When: Fridays through February, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street) THE BUSINESS OF BROOKLYN In conjunction with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BHS presents The Business of Brooklyn, an exhibition exploring the past 100 years of business in the borough. The story spans booming factories, family shops, iconic innovation, and labor struggles. The exhibition showcases images and objects from companies large and small that thrived in Brooklyn, including Domino Sugar, Squibb Pharmaceuticals,

Schaefer Beer, Drake Bakeries, Abraham & Straus, Gage & Tollner, and many others. It includes numerous artifacts from the Brooklyn Chamber’s history, including a gavel that the Chamber used to convene meetings in the 1920s, the telephone the Chamber used in its first offices at 75 Livingston Street, and a program for the Chamber’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, which honored entertainer Danny Kaye. It also includes treasures from BHS’s collections, including Eberhard pencil sets, Virginia Dare bottles and glasses, coasters and trays from Brooklyn’s illustrious beer brewing history. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Winter 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

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Columbian Lawyers Remember Justice Joseph Giamboi

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Each week children and caregivers explore art in the SPARK studio, experiment with materials, discover hidden objects from the BCM collection on scavenger hunt challenges and create masterworks in this onehour class When: Thursday, December 13th, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Where: DUMBO/Sparks by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (1 John Street)

MURDER MAYHEM AND DISASTER Serene, beautiful GreenWood is the final resting place for victims who met of violent ends. Join veteran tour guide Ruth Edebohls to hear some of their fascinating, and mostly tragic, tales, including the sinking of the SS Morro Castle and possible murder of her captain; the Malbone Street Wreck, the deadliest accident in New York City subway history; Evelina Bliss, whose poisoning by arsenic-laden clam chowder sent shock waves through the Gilded Age; the mass grave to the victims of the Brooklyn Theatre fire, and many more. When: Saturday, December 15th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Greenwood/GreenWood Cemetery (500 25th Street)

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Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association Honors Justice Jeanette Ruiz

The Brooklyn Women's Bar Association and other legal groups honored Justice Jeanette Ruiz, administrative judge of the NYC Family Court, during its annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Pictured from left: President Carrie Anne Cavallo, Hon. Jeanette Ruiz and Hon. Joanne Quinones. Visit brooklyneagle.com for story. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Mario Belluomo 16INB • INBROOKLYN — A Special Section of Brooklyn Daily Eagle/Brooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator/Brooklyn Record/Greenpoint Gazette • Week of December 13 - 19, 2018


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with Santa, craft making, face painting, and a free buffet with refreshments. The holiday celebration and toy distribution is one of the many ways that Healthfirst demonstrates its commitment to the community. When: Saturday, December 15th, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brownsville/ Van Dyke Community Center (392 Blake Avenue) 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 our 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)

Flea Markets MINI BOOK SALE If your holiday budget is stretched thin and you are still in the giving mood, the Library’s Mini Book Sale is the place to be. A small selection of curated books and media for people of all ages will be available for $3 and under. Cash only; all proceeds will benefit the Library. When: Sunday, December 16th, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Where: Grand Army Plaza/ Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza) BKLYN ARCTIC ADVENTURE The Holiday Virtual Reality Experience, created by the experts at YokeyPokey, offers something for everyone – from an excursion to a Winter Wonderland to real life snowball fights and a chance to meet Santa – virtually, of course. Plus, Holiday photos for avid VR fans and their families and a Joybird Lounge where parents can relax while their kids are traveling through time. When: Friday-Sunday through December 24th, 12 – 9 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Citypoint (445 Albee Square West)

Film EYES WIDE SHUT After a provocative Christmas party hosted by the wealthy and unconventional Victor Ziegler, Dr. Bill Hartford and his wife Alice (played by atthe-time real-life couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman) set sail on a psychosexual journey caught between reality and illusion, jealousy and obsession. When Alice admits to have sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes hell bent on having an illicit encounter but after he sneaks into a secret society sex party, he quickly discovers he’s in way over his head. With its intimate dialogue and sweepingly vibrant scenes, Eyes Wide Shut is a befitting finale to Kubrick’s stunning cinematic legacy. When: Friday & Saturday, December 14th & 15th, 11:45 p.m., Where: Williamsburg/ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue)

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Grand Canyon Restaurant owner Cesar tells Faces that it offers breakfast all day long. He says that Grand Canyon has the best Chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros in the borough. Oh, and Cesar, who was a waiter at Clark’s Diner for many years, says that the eatery also features a great vegan menu!

Clark’s Diner owner Mark tells Faces that customers keep back for his incredible breakfast menu including the pancakes with a variety of toppings. He showed Faces a picture of a mouth-watering stack with butter, blueberries and strawberries. The perfect way to start the day! www.Clarkdiner@gmail.com

Soigne Restaurant owner Gregg Berk told Faces that his passion is to feature locally sourced artisan ingredients of the highest quality. The restaurant strives for the best tasting meals using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. This holiday season, make plans to try the amazing four-course market-inspired Chef’s Tasting Menu! www. Soignebrooklyn.com

Tan at Wanisa told Faces that one of the most requested items on the menu is chicken breast, pork loin or tofu with green curry. He explained that Green curry is a Thai favorite that gets its color from the fresh green chilies cooked in coconut milk, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, eggplants and basil leaves! You can also enjoy it with top sirloin beef, tiger shrimp or a combo of four meats or mixed seafood! www. wanisahome­kitchen. com

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Tambour Wine Bar 652 5th Ave. at 19th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 917-1747 Chef Thomas Perone at Tambour Wine Bar tells Faces that one of the most popular items on its perfectly paired menu is Yuzu and Hoisin Glazed Salmon. The entrée includes roasted cauliflower, red quinoa, currants, pecans and scallions and pairs nicely with Valle De Yerri Immacula Viognier from Navarra, Spain! Call about Tambour's New Year's Eve menu: PreFixe, Four-Course ($95). www.tambourbar.com

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With the holidays fast approaching, Ella tells Faces that Jenara is the perfect place to help everyone look his or her best. Women can enjoy a variety of services including roots application, gloss, condition treatment, blowouts and various styles of haircuts. There’s an equal variety of services for men, and Jenara also offers kid’s cuts. So the whole family can look their best for the holidays! www.Jenarabarbershop.com

Three Guys from Brooklyn has everything you need for holiday cooking. Phil is proud of the incredible and always fresh produce that’s always in stock. For example, the Sicilian Eggplants are among the best we’ve ever seen and Phil assures us that they taste as good as they look. And Three Guys’ prices can’t be beat! www.3guysfrombrooklyn.com

Savarese Italian Pastry Shoppe carries traditional products that are reminiscent of holidays in Italy. Savarese’s exclusive recipe for its Christmas-time mostaccioli is famous for its authentic taste. The bakery also has gingerbread cookies with hand-painted chocolate coating, along with gift baskets that are ready to go! www.savaresepastry.com

Café Chili 172 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 260-0066 Court Street’s Thai restaurant favorite Café Chili has one spicy good special on its menu. Its Puff Pocket is a dumpling you can relish. . . and it’s even served with cucumber relish. It just might be the most delish dumpling of curry chicken and potato wrapped in puff pastry that we’ve ever tasted! www.cafechiliny.com

Leo’s Casa Calamari 8602 Third Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11209 (718) 921-1900 Leo at Leo’s Casa Calamari will tell you that his restaurant is known for some of the finest and freshest seafood in the neighborhood. He told Faces that customers keep coming for their oysters and clams on the half shell. He recommends customers try a variety platter with two Littleneck Clams, two Cherrystone Clams and two Oysters. Oh, and the calamari is among the best in the borough! www. Leoscasacalamaribk.com

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Eye on COBBLE HILL

Welcome to the Cobble Hill Historic District, which is full of eye-pleasing spots such as Verandah Place. INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan

COBBLE HILL This neighborhood was settled in the 1640s, when Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant, he of the artificial leg, began to allow farming north of Red Hook. The Dutch farmers originally called it Ponkiesbergh, meaning Cobbles Hill, because of the cobblestones then being dumped in the area. The cobblestones were used as ballast on trading ships arriving from Europe, South Brooklyn being a major cargo port and Cobbles Hill then considered a part of South Brooklyn.

The largest mass of cobblestones was dropped at the corner of present-day Atlantic Avenue and Court Street, making it a cone-shaped hill that was later known by the British as Bergen Hill. Because of the commanding view of the harbor from there, Gen. George Washington built Fort Cobble Hill there to help protect against the British invasion in the Revolutionary War. Fort Cobble Hill was also called the “Corkscrew Fort,” after the spiral road that was paved to move cannon to its top. Washington used it as an observation post when the British invaded Brooklyn in 1776. The defenders of the fort were routed, the Americans retreated from Brooklyn, and the top of the hill was torn down by the British.

The area remained mostly rural until 1836 when the South Ferry started running between Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue and Manhattan’s Whitehall Street. The neighborhood then developed rapidly, but it wasn’t until the 1950s — when a real estate broker saw the name on a 1766 map — that Cobble Hill was really reborn. Situated between Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights, its boundaries are considered to be the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Hicks Street on the west, Court Street on the east, Atlantic Ave. on the north and Degraw Street on the south. —Norm Goldstein

Come See the Cobble Hill Historic District By Lore Croghan Once upon a time, novelist Thomas Wolfe lived in the Cobble Hill Historic District. Recently, James Bond actor Daniel Craig and “The Favourite” co-star Rachel Weisz reportedly bought a brownstone there. The landmarked Brooklyn neighborhood is full of old-fashioned architectural eye candy, much of it built before the Civil War.

LEFT: Celeb couple Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig reportedly own a brownstone in Cobble Hill. RIGHT: Here's novelist Thomas Wolfe, who lived at 40 Verandah Place for a couple years. This picture was taken in Berlin in 1935.

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One of its many Instagramworthy spots is Verandah Place, which is lined with brick carriage houses and former stables. It's where Wolfe lived. Another photogenic location is the Cobble Hill Towers complex at 431 Hicks St., a cluster of thoughtfully designed apartment buildings for workers that philanthropist Alfred Tredway White constructed in the 1870s. There was a toilet in every apartment, which you wouldn't have expected in tenements of that era. See brooklyneagle.com to find out more about this historic neighborhood.

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Eye on COBBLE HILL

Here’s The Cobble Hill House, right, a 27-unit condo building constructed by Vega Management. The Cobble Hill House, left, is located on Hicks Street, right beside the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Swift Sales for Condos on a Corner of the LICH Site Developer Duo Built The Cobble Hill House Beside Fortis’ River Park Project By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

Silence is golden. It’s pin-drop quiet inside The Cobble Hill House — although the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway runs right past it. The condo building’s developers have an acoustical consultant to thank for that. Married business partners Brandon Hornbeck and Yvonne Lee hired the consultant to help them soundproof the new building on the corner of Amity and Hicks streets in Cobble Hill. It’s located on a small corner of the mammoth former Long Island College Hospital site. The sound that needed to be blocked out is the constant rumbling of trucks on the highway. “It’s not the sirens that you worry about, it’s the low rumble,” said Lee, who like Hornbeck is a principal of Vega Management. A machine outside The Cobble Hill House’s windows recorded noise from the BQE for 24 hours. The acoustical consultant used the playback to test the building’s custom-designed windows in a sound booth, Lee and Hornbeck told Eye on Real Estate in a recent interview. The windows muffle sound thanks to the differences in thickness between the two panes of glass they’re made of, the size of the air gap between the panes and the window frames’ design. The developers’ engineering team also put heavy insulation behind the walls of the five-story, 27-unit building at 78 Amity St. to help keep things quiet.

COBBLE HILL: Brief History

The area that is Cobble Hill was first settled in the mid-17th century when Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant began to allow farming north of Red Hook. The location played an important part in the Revolutionary War, with the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street offering a commanding view and becoming the site of Cobble Hill Fort. By the 1800s, the neighborhood’s name died out and it became considered part of Brooklyn Heights until the 1950s when a realtor gave the name back after seeing it on a map from 1766. Cobble Hill’s connection with the financial center of New York City prompted its development, with middle-class residents moving into its row houses. In the 1950s, brownstone enthusiasts moved into the area and renovated it block by block. The neighborhood now boasts an activist spirit to preserve its low-rise identity, reminiscent of a Cobble Hill community that once blocked construction of a supermarket, leading to the construction of Cobble Hill Park. —Norm Goldstein

Sixty Percent Sold in Two Months

Deborah Rieders of the Corcoran Group, the project’s broker, convinced Hornbeck and Lee to hold off on The Cobble Hill House’s sales launch until the building’s construction was far along. Instead of opening an off-site sales office, they waited until they’d constructed a model apartment with the soundproof windows. They also installed the soundproof windows throughout the floor on which the model apartment was located so visitors’ walk to it wouldn’t be noisy. The model unit overlooked Hicks Street and the BQE — so potential buyers got an eyeful of the apartment’s views of the waterfront and Manhattan and also heard how quiet it was. The condos on that side of the building were the first ones to be sold, Rieders said. In just two months since the sales launch, contracts have been signed for 60 percent of the units.

Brandon Hornbeck and Yvonne Lee of Vega Management show us a terrace view at The Cobble Hill House. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan Construction at The Cobble Hill House is nearly finished. Move-ins are expected to start in early 2019.

Fortis Is Building a Skyscraper Nearby

The Cobble Hill House caught our attention because it’s a jewel box of a building surrounded by the nearly 1 millionsquare-foot residential project called River Park that Fortis Property Group is constructing on the LICH site. The Cobble Hill House is a completely separate, independent project from River Park. The Fortis project includes a new glass-clad skyscraper and the residential makeover of the landmarked Polhemus Building. In 2015, Fortis bought LICH’s property portfolio on Hicks, Amity, Henry and Pacific streets for $240 million. Afterwards, Fortis sold several brownstones. The developer also sold a package of four decrepit low-rise buildings at 385 Hicks St. and 74, 76 and 78 Amity St. to Vega Management for $18.25 million. This is the site where Hornbeck and Lee have built The Cobble Hill House. They and their four children live near the new condo building. “We’re here all the time,” Lee said. “We see every screw that goes into the walls. For us, this is a labor of love.”

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Here's a glimpse of the spacious living room in a model apartment at The Cobble Hill House.

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Momentary sunshine brightens our view of Cobble Hill Towers. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

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A Second-Generation Cobble Hill Architect

Lee and Hornbeck wanted the apartment house to be contextual with the Cobble Hill Historic District although their property is located outside the landmarked area’s boundaries. No glassy towers for them. They hired a second-generation Cobble Hill architect, Brendan Coburn, to design The Cobble Hill House. His firm is called CWB Architects. “This building could be here for the next 100 years,” Lee said. “Our kids go to school here. We have neighbors here,” she said. “We wanted to walk by and be proud, not embarrassed.” The developers started demolishing the old buildings on their construction site in summer 2016. They began foundation work in February 2017. They poured the concrete on the first floor in November 2017. Several years ago, LICH’s threatened closure caused protests by many Cobble Hill residents, by LICH doctors, nurses and other workers, by community activists, union leaders and politicians. At the time, Hornbeck and Lee lived further away from the hospital site than they do now. Their immediate neighbors didn’t get caught up in the controversy surrounding LICH and neither did they, they recalled.

Keeping Common Charges Low

Rieders said condos at The Cobble Hill House have sold swiftly thanks to a combination of factors.

She said the building’s mix of layouts appeals to buyers, as does its amenity package, which includes onsite parking, a gym and a children’s playroom. Also, it has low monthly common charges because the building will have a virtual doorman instead of a full-time door staff. This will reduce the common charges by about $1,500 to $2,000 per month for a twobedroom or small three-bedroom apartment, Rieders said. A virtual doorman is an off-site person watching the apartment building’s door with a camera, who can let in delivery workers and dog walkers and contact the police if necessary. A list Rieders gave Eye on Real Estate says asking prices for condos that are still available at the building range from $1.645 million for a two-bedroom unit to $3.675 million for a three-bedroom penthouse.

‘A Very Methodical and Go-Slow Approach’

Over time, the couple searched for small buildings to buy in Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. They began fixing up their rental units. They started small — a kitchen here, a bathroom there — then graduated to full-scale interior renovation of entire townhouses. Later, they began constructing new buildings from the ground up. The Cobble Hill House is the fourth such project they’ve done. Previously, their largest new development was a 17-unit apartment building. “We’ve always had a very methodical and go-slow approach,” Lee explained. “We just

wanted to make sure that we could always maintain control with every single subsequent project. We didn’t want to bite off more than we could chew.” Hornbeck quit his day job a decade ago to work full-time at Vega Management. Until last year, Lee worked on Wall Street during trading hours and focused on real estate at every other possible moment. “Yvonne would be pregnant and we’d be at some tile distributor at 6 a.m. And we’d pick out tile and then she’d go to work,” Hornbeck recalled. “No one would ever say that I’m lazy, that’s for sure,” Lee said.

Sunlight and Herringbone Floors

Our meeting with Hornbeck, Lee and Rieders took place in a three-bedroom model apartment facing the back side of Fortis construction sites on Amity Street. The apartment was very quiet. Enormous windows let in lots of light. It had a balcony that will be a welcome amenity in less wintry weather. The bathroom connected to the master bedroom was as big as some Manhattan studio apartments we’ve seen. The kitchen was a substantial size, too. Lee pointed out herringbone floors, which are an old-fashioned touch. Rieders pointed out a spacious front entrance, like you’d find in a brownstone.

From Tokyo to Cobble Hill

A block from The Cobble Hill House, work is underway on Fortis Property Group's 5 River Park development.

Now, some details of how Hornbeck and Lee built Vega Management. They grew up in different New Jersey towns. He graduated from Princeton, she graduated from Cornell. They met in Tokyo while she was doing a project for her job as a Price Waterhouse technology consultant and he was an IT employee at Japanese company NEC Corp. They got into real estate after moving to New York City, where Hornbeck was a web developer for a digital advertising firm and Lee had a tech job for a Wall Street firm. The couple started small — by renting out their Greenwich Village condo after moving to Cobble Hill in 2003. They’d fallen in love with the Brooklyn neighborhood when a friend invited them to dinner there. “It had a good vibe,” Hornbeck said. In 2004 they bought a Cobble Hill brownstone as an investment property and rented out the units in as-is condition.

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When It Comes To Multifamily Properties, The Sun Is About To Shine Brighter On Sunset Park By Stephen Vorvolakos, Director – Investment Sales

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Brooklyn is undeniably one of the hottest destinations for multifamily properties, with the asset classes’ steady returns and capital preservation being significant draws. As some regions become overwhelmed with supply, investors will likely turn their attention to neighborhoods that are poised to become the “next big thing,” and Sunset Park is high on their list. In the first three quarters of 2018, New York City’s biggest borough recorded 284 multifamily transactions consisting of 372 properties, totaling approximately $2.75 billion in gross consideration, according to Ariel Property Advisors’ Investment Research Division. On a year-over-year basis, transaction and building volume held steady, but dollar volume soared 71% due to a noticeable increase in large and institutional caliber sales. For the past three years, Brooklyn has comprised almost 50% of NYC’s multifamily transaction volume. So far in 2018, the borough has constituted roughly 46% of NYC’s 500 multifamily sales. After an active 2017, investors took a breather from Sunset Park’s multifamily market this year, a trend likely to prove transitory given the area’s slew of amenities and attributes. From its proximity to Manhattan and favorable zoning to its huge industrial waterfront, rapid population growth and strong retail landscape, multifamily buildings are poised to appreciate. And Sunset Park’s spectacular hillside views of Manhattan are icing on the cake. Nearby Gowanus is in the midst of a major transformation, with Whole Foods, Royal Palms Shuffle Board, Dino BBQ and Ample Hills Creamery all planting their flag in the area. Residential demand followed, so it is no surprise that real estate developers, restauranteurs and artists have turned

the once working class neighborhood into a trendy hot spot that is comparable to Williamsburg just ten years ago. Now investors are searching for the “Next Gowanus,” and their answer lies squarely on Sunset Park, which is quite similar in demographics and scenery. Gowanus is awash with new development, with 1,650 new residential units in the pipeline, according to data collected by Recity. Sunset Park, on the other hand, is just getting started. Last year, Fairstead Capital purchased a 42-building portfolio comprised of 403 total units for north of $100 million. In mid-August, New Empire Corp. revealed plans for three mid-rise towers totaling well over one million square feet across multiple blocks, spanning from 8th Avenue to Fort Hamilton Parkway. The sheer size and scope of this massive complex is unprecedented for Sunset Park and is likely a sign of more to come. Flurry Of Favorable Factors Sunset Park is located within the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. This zoning provides firms with economic incentives for relocation to the area, including business income tax credits of up to $3,000 per employee, property tax abatements and reduced energy costs. With these improvements, major technology/advertising/media/information (TAMI) businesses have moved into the area. The decline in brick-and-mortar retail demand due to the rise of e-commerce continues to take a toll on retailers, namely in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. As a result, stores have increasingly set their sights on more affordable rents, which can be found Sunset Park. The Brooklyn Nets’ practice facilities, Bed Bath & Beyond, Saks Off 5th, Five Borough Brewing Company, Brooklyn Kura Sake Distillery and World Market are all situated in the area. The above attractions should continue to bring new residents. Since 2000, Sunset Park’s population has grown 7.2%, sharply above Brooklyn as a whole, which grew

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An anterior (in the front) tongue tie is often readily visible as a thin band of tissue that tethers the tongue to the lower gum, causing the tip of the tongue to indent (heart-shape) when protruded. A posterior (inbethe back) tongue tie is problems, MRI may recommended. harder to see,with and often requires Many patients parathyroid tumors lifting elect undergo surgery so that they do the to tongue with fingers to appreciate the not develop complications from their tightness disease. and restriction. parathyroid Active surveillance for noncancerous tumors isto some Upper (in lip the tie,parathyroid whichtongue is present An anterior front) tie is another option. This approach involves often readily as a thin band degree in visible all newborns, can ofbe seen close monitoring. In general surgery is tissue that tethers the tongue to whentolifting the upper offthe the offered the patients who arelip young in gum. lower gum, causing the tip of the tongue age (lessupper than 50), havegoes osteoporosis or its own Most lip tie away on to indent due (heart-shape) when protruded. fractures to decreased bone density, and does not affects feeding. For Ahave posterior back) tongue is some history (in of the kidney stones, verytie high babies, however, lip cannot calcium and havethe reduced kidney harder tolevel see, and often requires lifting form a function. the tongue with fingers appreciate the good seal with theto breast, causing the Parathyroid surgery takes place in the tightness and restriction. motherroom to keep rollinganesthesia. it out. Other operating under general Upper lip tie,may whichinclude is presentclicking to some problems Surgery involves removing parathyroid noises degree in all newborns, can be seen tumor while protecting nervesair that cause withlifting feeding, excessive entry, seepage when the upper lip off the gum. movement of vocal cords. The “gold stanof milk out the sides of the mouth, Most lip tiefor goes away on its own and a dard”upper operation primary hyperparathyroidism for affects almost one hundred years callous (hard skin)feeding. forming the central and does not Forinsome has been four-gland parathyroid explobabies, however, the lip cannot form a lip or along the whole edge. ration.seal Thiswith surgery involvescausing examining good the breast, the Now for the good news: if your baby all parathyroid glands. Once identified, mother to keep rolling it out. Other abnormally enlarged parathyroid glands has breastfeeding problems caused by problems may noises are removed andinclude wound isclicking closed with sutongue tie, upper lip tie, or both, these with excessive airparathyroid entry, seepage tures.feeding, Minimally invasive surproblems safely, and of milk out thecan sides be of the mouth, and a gery was introduced in 1980’s and quickly, gained acceptance during 1990’s. Currently the callous (hard skin) forming in the central painlessly fixed during a brief office visit. success ratethe forwhole minimally invasive paralip along edge. Inorabout 80-90% of will thyroid equalsnews: thatcases themothers more Now surgery for the good ifofyour baby notice an four immediate and significant imconventional gland exploration when has breastfeeding problems caused by performed appropriately. 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Instead There is antoprior excellent chance weofcan help There is little no discomfort afterwards. looking at all four glands, PTH is measured improve the quality ofthe lifegland. for on both you Bottom line: before of giving up before and after removal If breastfeeding your newborn baby, please and your baby. PTH level decreases appropriately, sugcall us for expedited appointment. gesting thatan other glands are normal, the —— is concluded. is Thereoperation is an excellent chance weSurgery can help Dr. only Richard Rosenfeld is board certified the cure for primary improve the quality of life forhyperparaboth you thyroidism. high success rate, is by your the American of Otolaryngology and baby. It hasBoard low risk, and very well tolerated. ——trained in Pediatric Otoand is fellowship If you are diagnosed with elevated Dr. Richard Rosenfeld board certified calcium dueHis to parathyroid disease, laryngology. UPBis offices are located in by theweAmerican Board of Otolaryngology will work with you to determine Downtown Brooklyn atand 185 Montague St., 5th best diagnostic treatment and isthe fellowship trained in Pediatric OtoFloor, Brooklyn, NYoffices 11201are (718-780-1498) and approach. laryngology. His UPB located in in Park Slope Sixth Ave., Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklynatat376 185 Montague St., 5th Dr. Chernichenko, MD, FACS is board Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-780-1498) and NY certified 11215 (718-499-0940) by the American Board of in Park Slope at 376 Sixth Otolaryngology. She isAve., theBrooklyn, Assistant —— Professor of Otolaryngology and Chief NY 11215 (718-499-0940) Richard Rosenfeld, MD,DownMPH, MBA of Head &M. Neck Surgery at SUNY —— state Medical Center, Brooklyn 11203. Distinguished Professor and Chairman Richard M. 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By Natalya Chernichenko, MD, FACS difficulties in my office sessions. Now arathyroid glands are four tiny hardly a day goes by without at least glands, each about a size of a grain one referral, of with some sessions having rice, located in the neck behind 10-20% of the breastfeeding the visits thyroidforgland. Parathyroid By: Richard M. important Rosenfeld,role MD,inMPH, MBA glands play an regulating problems. the amount of calcium in the body by pros a newly-minted pediatric ear, Why the dramatic Because ducing parathyroid change? hormone (PTH). When nose, and throat (ENT specialist) when parathyroid the right office procedure is done gland becomes overactive, it who entered practice in 1992, produces too much PTH which leads eleon the right baby, breastfeedingto can Ivated rarelycalcium saw newborns level. with breastfeeding change from ainnightmare (withdue pain, Overactive parathyroid gland to difficulties my office sessions. Now tumor isa known asprolonged primary hyperparathynipplehardly cracking, or dayand goes by without at interleast roidism. Most tumors (adenoreferral, some sessions having ruptedone feeds) towith aparathyroid joyous and pleasant mas) are not cancerous. Parathyroid cancer 10-20% of the visits for breastfeeding experience benefits both is a rare that condition and occurs onlymother in about problems. one percent of absolutely people with no primary hyand baby. There is reason Why the dramatic change? Because perparathyroidism. Hyperparathyroidisim that new mothers should have toissuffer when theon right procedure done brought by office another condition, such when on breastfeeding, worse yetDhave to as kidney failure ororlow Vitamin level, is the right baby, breastfeeding can called secondary hyperparathyroidism. change from a nightmare (with pain, stop entirely. Symptoms of elevated calcium are classinipple cracking, and prolonged orby interBreastfeeding is recommended the cally summarized “stones, bones, abrupted feeds) to aby joyous and pleasant American Academy Pediatrics and dominal groans andof psychiatric overtones”. experience benefits both mother “Stones” experts, referthat to kidney stones. “Bones” reother and health because itno reduces baby. There is absolutely reason fer to bone-related complications, such as the frequency ofosteoporosis colds,should ear infections, and that have to pathosuffer bonenew pain,mothers and even logical fractures.while “Abdominal refer breastfeeding, or boosting worsegroans” yet have to sinus when infections, your to gastrointestinal symptoms of indigesstop entirely. child’s immune system and reducing the tion, constipation,is recommended nausea and vomiting. Breastfeeding by the need for antibiotics. Unfortunately, some “Psychiatric overtones” to fatigue, American Academy of refer Pediatrics and depression, memorybreastfeeding loss, problems with mothers have trouble beother health experts, because it reduces concentration and even psychosis. causethe their baby’s upper lipand or frequency oftongue, colds, ear infections, We diagnose parathyroid disorders sinus infections, while boosting your both are restricted (“tied”). through comprehensive testing that starts with complete history and physical exam. child’s immune system andaffect reducing the Tongue tie, which can up to Diagnosis of type of Unfortunately, hyperparathyroidism need for antibiotics. some 10% ofis newborns, iswork the that most common based on blood includes levels mothers have trouble breastfeeding becausecause ofcalcium, breastfeeding difficulties, of PTH and Vitamin D, and a betheir baby’s tongue, upper lip 24or hour urine test. the Imaging testsfrom that we may causeboth it prevents baby lifting are restricted (“tied”). recommend include thyroid and parathyand sticking out tongue, both of tie, the which canscan affect to roidTongue ultrasound, sestamibi andupa CT 10% of newborns, is the most common When intravenous contrast cannot which scan. are needed for effective feeding.

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Improve life expectancy with some healthy habits “Who Wants to Live Forever” is a song that appeared on the 1986 album “A Kind of Magic” by the rock band Queen. The song often sparks conversation about the potential benefits of immortality . Immortality may not be possible, but many people aspire to improve their chances to live a long and prosperous life. A study published in the journal “Lancet” analyzed data from the 2016 Global Burden of Diseases project to generate life expectancy predictions from 2017 to 2040 for most countries. The United States saw the largest decline in ranking among high-income countries, as life expectancies in the United States are projected to fall from 43rd in 2016 to 64th by 2040, with an average life expectancy of 79.8. Life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped in each of the past two years, according to annual reports by the National Center for Health Statistics. But there may be hope for Americans yet. Doctors and scientists continually study the

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It’s easy to fret about the upcoming holiday menu if you care for an elderly loved one who manages chronic medical conditions or simply needs to keep an eye on what he or she eats. As a registered nurse at Partners in Care, a licensed home care agency affiliated with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, I communicate often with concerned family caregivers while providing care for their loved ones at home. During the holiday season, two pieces of advice often come up: 1) Facilitate incremental changes in loved ones’ diets, giving them a chance to get used to each change before making a new one and 2.) Don’t skip out on holiday treats – but do moderate! In the spirit of the holidays, here are some suggestions for healthier versions of favorite celebratory dishes! • Did you know that one cup of mashed potatoes made with butter and whole milk contains about 240 calories, nine grams of fat and 35 grams of carbohydrates? With all their flavor and creamy, rich texture, mashed potatoes may seem like a holiday staple, but there is a healthy alternative growing in popularity that is sure to be just as popular at your holiday dinner: mashed cauliflower. The mashed vegetable has the same texture and similar flavor and is loaded with Vitamin C! • Skip the high-sodium dips and the crisp-fried and salty chips! Greek yogurt and hummus are delicious and much healthier substitutes for mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese dips. On the chip front, try switching it up with your favorite vegetable. If carrots or celery sticks don’t appeal, try bell pepper strips, broccoli florets or

grape tomatoes. • The bad news is that the traditional green bean casserole found on so many “favorites” lists, despite its name, is mostly made from overly processed foods that are high in sodium and fat. The good news? There are delicious alternatives to getting creative and cooking greens. Kale and collards, in addition to brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli, are all high in sulfur compounds that provide many health benefits and taste best roasted! • In Latin cooking, food is highly seasoned – but not necessarily salty or spicy. Take, for instance the popular dish sofrito (also popular in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese cooking), which is made from tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro and is used in just about everything, from rice to seafood! Adding seasonings and skipping salt to add flavor to your favorites will still taste delicious and your heart will thank you. • When it comes to cookies, cakes, and pastries, you face the double-whammy of sugar and trans fats. Trans fats can raise cholesterol and put you at risk for heart disease and diabetes, so do your loved one a favor and skip the cake – and most pies – for a (surprisingly) healthier alternative: pumpkin pie. Because the seasonal favorite is missing the top layer that most pies have, it is, in fact, lower in saturated fats. For an even more nutritious alternative, try instead making the pie crust from dates and nuts and eliminating butter altogether. For year-round recipe ideas, check out https:// bit.ly/2SHDHPi. Jennifer Brullo is an RN, senior vice president and the leader of Partners in Care, an affiliate of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

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FAITH IN BROOKLYN Clergy Offer Ways for Coping, Helping Others Through Grief During Holidays By Francesca Norsen Tate Religion Editor

Christmas is not merry for everyone. The holidays can be emotionally difficult and sorrowful for those who have lost a loved one, whether recently or in the more distant past. Two local clergywomen with experience ministering to the bereaved offer insights on how to cope, and how to help others through their grief. The Rev. Erica Cooper, assistant minister at Plymouth Church, brings her experience in hospice care to her work here. And the Rev. Erika Meyer, associate rector for pastoral care and community life at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, brings personal experience and wisdom from dealing with the challenges of widowhood. Cooper, who has now served at Plymouth for about a year and a half, told INBrooklyn that she found her niche in hospice care. “It was really a very special time in my life,” she said. “I could help hundreds of people by just being there—by listening.” The ability to listen without interrupting, and to give one’s full attention to another person’s story, is a pastoral gift. And Cooper gained several valuable insights from those she helped. “When you’re grieving, you don’t want a pep talk. You want to recognize the pain. You want other people to realize, you’re hurting. Everyone grieves differently. We want to give a map: ‘Here’s how to grieve.’ All griefs are different, even within the same person.” But it isn’t always easy for the person who is trying to offer comfort to the bereaved. “We want to make it better,” says Cooper. “We’re uncomfortable with death and dying. We’re uncomfortable with grief. So you hear a lot of platitudes. You hear: ‘Time will make you better.’ You hear things like, ‘Stay busy.’ Or ‘Don’t be sad.’ These expressions are just not comforting for most people.” Being patient with someone who’s grieving is also important. “Do not expect them to be cheery during the holiday season. They might not want to decorate the house this year. Don’t pressure them to do that. It’s okay for them to change traditions—to do things differently the holiday season when they’re grieving.” Cooper said, “Last year, we actually taught a class on how to help those who grieve in your faith community. We talked about how a lot of people will say religious phrases to comfort somebody: ‘You have another angel in heaven.’ Or, ‘It’s all part of God’s plan,’ or ‘It’s God’s will.’ Those kinds of religious phrases can actually be spiritually and emotionally damaging to people. “Also, offer some tangible help to that person,” she continued. “Saying, ‘Let me know what I can do’ is a very vague phrase, and it puts more work on top of the griever to come up with ideas of how people can help them. You can say something like, ‘Look, I’m going to provide you dinners. I’m going to bring it over.’ Be specific in your ideas for helping them, especially during the holidays, which are so hard, and it’s exhausting. Offer to go shopping for them. Say, ‘Give me a list. I’ll do your Christmas shopping for you this year.’” Grace Church’s Meyer arrived here in November. When her husband died 15 years ago at age 38, Meyer was a priest serving a parish in Colorado. Her ability to talk about her experience actually created common ground with others. She emphasizes that she is not a grief counselor, but is available to listen whenever needed. “I was both grieving as a wife, and was offering up my experience of grieving with the congregation to help them, and to receive help from them,” she said. “So when Carl died, a lot of folks came to me with their stories of loss. I found that leading into a deeper connection with each other. Loss is a part of life.” Meyer preached her first Grace Church sermon as a widow’s testimony of God’s intervention in her life. She offered suggestions on offering one’s sympathies and help. “Just being able to say, ‘I’m thinking of you,

I know this is a hard time,’” she stressed. “They don’t realize they can make it better simply by saying, ‘I see you, I see your grief.’ That’s all you have to do. You just have to reach out to somebody.” Meyer says, “I find the faith rituals of the season helpful but even home rituals work. This could be as simple as lighting a candle next to a photograph, putting up a special decoration, and calling someone who also knew and cared about my husband to tell them what I was doing and to share a memory or story.” Both Cooper and Meyer emphasize the importance of protecting one’s health and being flexible with oneself or another grieving person. In 2017, Plymouth started offering a Blue Christmas service, a liturgy that churches across several denominations have developed and customized to meet the needs of the bereaved. “That came out of an idea of trying to help people during the holidays who were grieving, who were depressed, maybe had a job loss…just to recognize that sometimes Christmas is not all full of joy, and love and peace for some,” Cooper explained. “That special worship took place on Dec. 5 and will become an annual tradition at

The Rev. Erica Cooper

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Plymouth.” Plymouth will also be offering a grief support group starting in January. The group will convene for four consecutive Thursday evenings. A video presentation on recognizing the signs of grief and self-care will begin the talks. “These short video clips are conversation start-

ers,” said Cooper. “Then I’ll ask some helpful questions, and then allow people to respond. I’ll make it clear in our group session that it’s not our job to help fix people’s pain. We’re not there to give advice, or tell someone a right or wrong way to grieve. We’re just there to be listening ears to one another in a confidential setting.”

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