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HALLELUJAH! RENOVATED ST. BARBARA’S LOOKS DIVINE: It rises like a mirage on Central Avenue, a fantasy version of American Southwest architecture in Spanish Colonial times. Its 175-foot bell towers are pale white like confectioner’s sugar. So are the terra-cotta sculptures of Jesus and winged angels above the front door. The rest of the building is golden brick that catches the afternoon sunlight. See pages10-11INB. Greenpoint Gazette photo by Lore Croghan

Want to get high? Try hot sauce By Scott Enman Greenpoint Gazette

Ed Currie has been clean for many years. As a recovering addict, he can no longer indulge in drugs or alcohol, but he can turn to a different substance to get his fix: hot sauce. “I’m high as a kite,” the owner of Puckerbutt Pepper Company and cultivator of the world’s hottest peppers announced to an audience at the Brooklyn Historical Society last Thursday. The source of Currie’s euphoria was a few drops of concentrated chili oil from some of the spiciest peppers in the world. The liquid inside a small vile was a five-gallon pot of peppers diluted into oil.

Currie, known by many in the hot sauce industry as “Smokin’ Ed,” created the Carolina reaper pepper, which the Guinness Book of Records declared the hottest pepper in the world in 2013. It has a Scoville scale level of more than 1.5 million units. Not content with that record, Currie would go on to make an even hotter one: Pepper X with a Scoville scale of 3.18 million units. (For reference: Tabasco sauce scores 3,750 units on the Scoville scale. Pepper spray is 5.3 million.) He said that capsaicin, the active component of chili peppers, is the source of his high and replicates the feeling of illicit drugs. Continued on page 4

Capsaicin, the active component of chili peppers, can make people feel high.

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An anti-vaxxer organization representing the parents of five unvaccinated children in Williamsburg filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday, asking a judge to vacate a mandate put out last week requiring mandatory measles vaccinations for residents in certain Brooklyn ZIP codes. Robert Krakow, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Patricia Finn of Children’s Health Defense filed the litigation against the New York City Department of Health and Human Hygiene. It calls for a temporary restraining order, labeling the mandate “capricious, contrary to law” and exceeding “lawful authority.” On April 9, New York City declared a public health emergency, ordering mandatory measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations for residents in parts of Williamsburg as the number of confirmed cases for the infection rose to 285 since Sept. 30. Mayor Bill de Blasio said individuals and parents who ignored the order would be fined up to $1,000 and be questioned by “disease detectives.” The outbreak is primarily affecting the Orthodox Jewish community. “Rather than using available legal mechanisms such as isolation or quarantine under Public Health Law §2100,” the lawsuit reads, “respondents have imposed not only severe criminal and civil penalties for not vaccinating but have stated that persons not vaccinated ‘shall be vaccinated against measles,’ thus introducing the specter of unjustifiable forced vaccination to Williamsburg and the City of New York.” As part of the declaration, every unvaccinated person living in the ZIP codes 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249 — regardless of whether they have been exposed to the infection — are required to get vaccinated to stymie the outbreak. “Our goal is not to fine people or shut down schools,” de Blasio said last week. “Our goal is to vaccinate people. We have the tools available now because of this emergency order to fine —

“The national media frenzy over 159 measles cases left little room for attention to the autism cataclysm which has debilitated 1 million American children since the pandemic began in 1989, with 27,000 new cases annually,” the organization writes. “In defiance of hard science, and common sense, CDC and

The lawsuit filed against the city calls the mandatory vaccination order "capricious, contrary to law” and exceeding “lawful authority.” AP Photo/Seth Wenig The Children’s Health Defense website has produced literature discussing the “dangers” of vaccinations, claiming there are high levels of mercury and a risk of autism. “The measles scare was classic disaster capitalism, with media outlets dutifully stoking public hysteria on editorial pages and throughout the 24-hour broadcast cycle,” the webpage reads. “With Dr. [Paul] Offit leading the charge, [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], drug makers, and industry-funded front groups parlayed a gardenvariety annual measles outbreak into a national tidal wave of state legislation to ban religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions.” But Dr. Alan Kadish, a physician and president of the Touro College and University System, the largest institution of higher education under Jewish auspices in the U.S., says the website’s claims are absolutely false. “The CDC has studied mercury in vaccines extensively,” he told the Greenpoint Gazette. “There is no credible evidence of harm in the current vaccines.” The Children’s Health Defense also claims that the measles vaccines cause autism in children.

Offit have launched a denial campaign to gull reporters into believing the autism plague is an illusion created by better diagnosis,” the webpage adds. But Kadish firmly said that those claims are erroneous as well.

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“The myth that measles vaccines are associated with autism has been thoroughly debunked by scientific research,” he said. “Measles is far more dangerous than many parents understand and has the potential to be fatal. “We in the Jewish community must unite to unmask this hoax once and for all,” Kadish added. “Not vaccinating children is reckless and potentially deadly. There is no justification medically, socially or religiously for not vaccinating.” De Blasio, appearing on Inside City Hall on Monday, said that the city is aware of the antivaxxer group seeking to undermine the city’s public health emergency. “There is a small, I think very — angry if you will — loud, antivaxxer group that keeps trying to convince parents not to have their kids vaccinated,” de Blasio said. “The anti-vaxxer movement grew in recent years, but it’s not based on science — and this is the danger we now see,” he added. The lawsuit came on the same day that the city shut down the United Talmudical Academy in Williamsburg for refusing to hand over records showing whether it was excluding staff and students with measles.

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Mathew Barzal, Adam Pelech (center) and Jordan Eberle celebrate as the Islanders completed their first four-game playoff sweep since the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals against Edmonton Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. AP Photo by Gene J. Puskar

Isles sweep their way back to Brooklyn Eliminate Penguins in four to assure playoff round(s) at Barclays By John Torenli Greenpoint Gazette

The last time the New York Islanders swept away a playoff opponent, they celebrated by skating the Stanley Cup around the Nassau Coliseum for the fourth time in as many years. If they are fortunate enough to continue and ultimately complete this year’s startling postseason run toward a fifth title, they could be drinking from Lord Stanley’s coveted chalice right here in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. By finishing off their first four-game postseason sweep since 1983 with Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Penguins in front of 18,609 fans at PPG Paints Arena, the Isles assured our fair borough that it would re-open the Barclays Center ice for the first time since Feb. 16. Though many in and around Uniondale, N.Y., home of the renovated Nassau Coliseum, will likely cry foul at the NHL’s decision to have the Isles host their remaining playoff games on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, New York players aren’t concerned with the switch in venues. “I’ll be honest with you, I enjoyed Barclays Center in the playoffs,” veteran forward Matt Martin, who helped the Isles win their first post-

season series since 1993 here back in 2016, noted. “Our fans filled it up and made the noise and made it loud,” he told the New York Post moments after New York had jettisoned Sidney Crosby and the Penguins into the offseason. “They’ll be doing that again, I guarantee it.” There was never any guarantee that the oft-criticized Brooklyn arena would be relevant on the NHL scene following the Isles’ 5-2 win over Edmonton at Barclays just over two months ago. But buoyed by their league-leading defense, the brilliance of goaltender Robin Lehner, Mathew Barzal’s deft passing, and some timely goals from Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson, the Isles stifled Crosby and shattered Pittsburgh’s dream of a third Stanley Cup crown in four years. “Early on, a lot of people wrote us off and were shocked,” said Eberle, who scored a goal in each of the four games, including the tying tally in the first period of Game 4. “We’re confident in the way that we play, the way that the group is here, and this is one of the tighter-knit teams that I’ve played on. We love

battling and playing for each other. If you do that every night on a consistent basis, you can go places.” While their next opponent hasn’t been determined yet, as Washington and Carolina are still locked in a tough first-round series, the Isles know they will host at least two home games in Brooklyn during the second round. On Feb. 15, the NHL announced that following the first round at NYCB Live, Brooklyn would be the home for Islander hockey for the remainder of the playoffs. With a greater amount of luxury suites and a slightly larger seating capacity, Barclays will provide the league with a greater revenue stream when the Isles return to the ice next week. Between now and then, many will point to the Isles’ two home playoff wins in Uniondale as a sign that the team should remain on Long Island as the postseaThe Islanders hope to skate the Stanley Cup around Barclays son continues. Center next month, the same way former team captain DeHowever, the numbers tell a nis Potvin did at the Nassau Coliseum 36 years ago following far different story. New York’s previous four-game postseason sweep. New York went 12-7-1 in AP Photo by Richard Drew Brooklyn this year while posting ricanes duke it out for the right to play New York. a 12-7-2 mark at the Coliseum. First-year Isles head coach Barry Trotz, who The Isles also boast an impressive 78-4818 record at Barclays since moving in back in guided Washington to its first-ever Stanley Cup title last season before inking a four-year deal 2015. So, the arena doesn’t figure to be much of a to coach here, believes his team’s dogged, deproblem, or an adjustment, for the Isles, though termined nightly approach will serve them well it may impact those on Long Island who will going forward. have to take the LIRR or drive into Downtown “[The series] got a little hairy at times and to see their team in action. our bench didn’t go emotionally off the rails,” “I don’t think it matters where we play, our he said after winning his fifth consecutive postfans will be there,” Martin insisted. season series behind the bench. “They’ll show up and they’ll be loud. And “We stayed pretty composed and I liked that. we’re excited for it.” We focused in on the right things and guys had As they should be. moments when they almost came off the rails, By knocking off the Pens, the Isles provided if you will, and everyone around them pulled themselves with a well-earned rest while the de- them back in. To me, that’s how we will have fending Stanley Cup champion Capitals and Hur- success.”

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Robin Lehner was just as tough outside his net as he was while limiting Pittsburgh to four even-strength goals during the Islanders’ recently completed four-game sweep of the Penguins. AP Photo by Gene J. Puskar

Barzal finished with five assists in the series, registering a helper in each of the four games, and Bailey and Nelson notched three goals apiece as New York outscored Pittsburgh, 14-6, in the series while limiting Crosby, arguably the best player of his generation, to a single point. … The time off between series may benefit a couple of players who left

Game 4 with undisclosed injuries. Both veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk and longtime Isles forward Cal Clutterbuck left the ice in the second period Tuesday and did not return. … The Capitals, who ended the Penguins’ bid for a third straight title last year, were leading the Hurricanes two games to one entering Thursday night’s Game 4 in Carolina.


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Attendees try out various hot sauces and the Carolina reaper pepper.

Brooklyn Eagle photo by Scott Enman

“Capsaicin fills the dopamine receptors in your brain like narcotics do,” he said. “They release endorphins and dopamine into your body in a huge amount. So not only is eating hot food delicious, it’s pleasurable to your body too, and you crave it more.” Currie recalled the first time he tried a hot pepper from St. Vincent island in the Caribbean. “This thing turned out to be really, really hot,” he said. “I hadn’t been high in about four years at that point, and it knocked me to my knees because it made me high right away. Being the idiot that I am I tried another one.” Erica Diehl, a Boerum Hill resident and owner of Red Hook-born Queen Majesty Hot Sauce, told the Greenpoint Gazette that there is an addictive quality to the spiciness. “I’ve definitely gotten lightheaded,” she said. “I’ve had to sit down from eating some hot peppers. I felt like I was going to pass out. But once I have that feeling, it doesn’t actually stop me from wanting to try it again. “There is definitely something that must be pleasurable about it. Once you get over the pain and survival mode, the endorphins kick in, and you definitely want to seek out that heat again.” Currie and Diehl, along with historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman, came together for a discussion on the condiment for an event dubbed “Heating up History: An Exploration of Spice, Hot Sauce, and Immigrant Foods.” The panel was moderated by Steve Seabury, the charismatic owner of High River Sauces and the organizer of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, which takes places this weekend in Greenpoint. Entering its seventh year, the event brings together hot sauce connoisseurs from all corners of the country and features free hot sauce tastings, a hot sauce hall of fame and the Guinness Book of Records Reaper Pepper challenge. Samples of the Carolina reaper pepper were also available for daring audience members to try on Thursday. Currie said that, contrary to popular belief, neither milk, water nor alcohol will cut the spice.

Only time will help the burn pass, he said, so it’s better to embrace it. Currie touted the health benefits of peppers, which, he said, contain properties that can kill cancer and microbes. “All of the indigenous populations around the equator, they roll their own cigarettes and make their own alcohol and consume vast quantities of both, but they have no heart disease or cancer,” he said. “One of the things that I could standardize from what they were involved in was using hot peppers in everything.” Lohman, a food journalist, spoke about the stigma surrounding Americans in other parts of the world as conservative eaters unwilling to take risks. “One of the most prominent stereotypes about Americans is that they don’t like spicy food,” she said. “That idea is xenophobic — because that sentence is defining Americans as white, as people who don’t traditionally cook with chili peppers, and that is not only very narrow, but an incorrect definition about who Americans are. “I’m sure there are some Americans out there that don’t like spicy food,” she added, “but they certainly don’t represent us all. So let’s get rid of that myth.”

Did you know? • Tabasco was originally made for Confederate soldiers stationed in the north who needed a little extra kick in their food. • Cuisines that are traditionally known for their use of hot peppers — like India, China and Thailand — didn’t start using peppers until the 16th century. Before that, the spiciest ingredients those countries could use were garlic, ginger and black pepper. • Hot sauce is the fastest growing food segment in the U.S., according to Currie, and it’s a $9 billion industry. It overtook mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup as the most-sold condiment in the country, and over the next five years, it’s expected to become a $25 billion industry.

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Art LINDSAY PACKER: CALL AND RESPONSE: DEPTH OF FIELD WITH MELANIE MAAR Lindsay Packer premieres Depth of Field, her first commissioned work as an Issue Artist-In-Residence. Collaborating with dancer and choreographer Melanie Maar, the artists use light, color, repetition, movement & the reverberations that emanate from their movements to define and redefine the space around them. When: Thursday, April 18th, 8 p.m. Where: Cobble Hill/Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Place)

DIGITAL FAIRYTALES: VENGEANCE IS MINE When one encounters the term “Vengeance,” it is with excitement, suspicion and dread. For vengeance to exist, there must be a prior

perception of victimhood, a grievance. The scale of which is determined by the protagonist, but the roles can quickly be flipped. And flipped and flipped again. The chain of vengeance can go on and on and, unless broken, lead to ever escalating levels of calamity. When: Through April 30th Where: DUMBO/Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street)

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE/SHADOW LAKE Smack Mellon announces two solo exhibitions, Katie Bell: A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place and Austin Ballard: Shadow Lake. Both artists create work inspired by the designed and built environment but adopt their own unique approaches. Katie Bell takes discarded and readymade objects to construct immense assemblages that match the industrial scale

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of Smack Mellon’s building. Austin Ballard, on the other hand, turns his focus onto household objects, specifically light fixtures and lampshades, to create a more intimate setting that resembles a suburban domestic interior. In both of these projects, however, the artists call attention to the way that architecture and design objects shape — whether dramatically or subtly —how we see and respond to the world. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through April 21st, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street)

BLUE MOUNTAIN GALLERY AND FRIENDS: EXHIBITION TO BENEFIT THE NEW SANCTUARY COALITION A passionate group of accomplished mid-career artists are mounting an exhibit in Brooklyn Heights to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition. The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to preserve family unity.  The grass roots organization has

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grown from a half-dozen congregations to a City-wide Movement in only a few years.  50% of sales will go to the New Sanctuary Coalition. When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays through April 28th Where: Brooklyn Heights/ McKinney Chapel Theater (119-121 Pierrepont Street)

TRANSCENDENTAL PATHWAY Featuring work by Rachel Cohen, Deanna Lee, Christina Massey, Elizabeth Riley, Christine Romanell, Linda Schmidt, Transcendental can be described simply as abstract. It has other definitions though from mathematical use, such as incapable of being the root of an algebraic equation with rational coefficients, (π for example), or as relating to an experience determined by the mind’s makeup. Six artists in this exhibit take on different approaches to that definition through their individual styles of abstraction, be that from their intuitive creative approaches to inspiration from mathematical equations. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 29th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Gallery 55 (55 Water Street)

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HAGGARTY- BENCHED An exhibition of site-specific work. When: Daily through April 29th Where: DUMBO/Main Window (1 Main Street)

NYC TRASH: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE SCULPTURE GARDEN

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The City Reliquary’s sculpture exhibition — in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future — presents the work of ten local trash artists whose works will be on display in the Reliquary’s backyard garden. When: Thursday-Sunday through April 29th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The City Requilary Museum (370 Metropolitan Avenue)

GOYA IN TIJUANA A collection paintings by modern contemporary surrealist painter Tony Geiger. Geiger’s work encompasses both classical surrealism with modern contemporary concerns. When: Saturdays through May 4th, 12 – 6 p.m. or by appt Where: Carroll Gardens/Court Tree Collective (371 Court Street)

LEA THOMAS– CURRENTS A drop of dark blue

Kitchen Still Lifes by Jan Groover will be on exhibit at Janet Borden through May 11th. appears, its stain spreading over the surface. Tendrils stretch across, their circuits entwining and dispersing, carving lucid pathways in their wake. The deepest blue requires more than just one application, it is a multitude of layers blended into one another, with slightly different circumstances and results each time, as sapphire streams ebb and flow concurrently. The azure currents of time, energy, and memory upwell and merge in union. Lea Thomas applies this aesthetic philosophy in her practice, creating a pool of the deepest blue for her hand-woven textiles. With a lineage harkening back to the traditional use of Japanese indigo in its process and symbolism, Thomas’s work echoes the motion of her predecessors, diving far under the waves of deep time. As the fibers submerge

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into a vat of natural dye, so does one’s consciousness surge in connection to our environment, our humanity, and the depths of our psyches. When: Through May 8th Where: Sunset Park/Trestle Gallery (850 3rd Avenue)

A CERTAIN SET OF DYNAMICS Curated by Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer Featuring the work of Embodied Empathy, Christopher Mahonski, Valerie Shusterov, and Kristen Neville Taylor. Jurors: Will Hutnick and Gaby Collins-Fernandez Selected through UrbanGlass’ open curatorial call, a certain set of dynamics looks at artists using glass as a literal and metaphorical lens through which to explore human interconnection. When: Daily through May 10th, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene//Agnes Varis Art Center (647 Fulton

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KITCHEN STILL LIFES BY JAN GROOVER Jan Groover created her famous Kitchen Still Lifes in 1978 and 1979. Using a large-format camera, she transformed colanders, knives, spatulas and baking pans into objects of beauty that still hold a visual interest that transcends their common use. Her seductively modern color palette of greens, pewter, bronze and brown tonalities permeates the space dissected by kitchen paraphernalia. These take on a new visual meaning as a result of Groover’s juxtaposition of the elements. Although never unrecognizable as everyday objects, these utensils float into an abstract amalgam of planes and shapes. When: Tuesdays-Sundays through May 11th Where: DUMBO/Janet Borden, Inc

THE OUTSKIRTS, EXPOSED AND PUNCHED

A solo exhibition of new work by Odette England. This will be the artist’s second solo show at the gallery, and brings together a selection of artworks from three recently completed and ongoing projects. Home is the center-weight of England’s artistic practice, with memory and forgetting being the counterbalances. Her photographs are fragile, contemplative and temporal spaces. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through May 11th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street)

THE 2018 FEATURE SHOOT EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, United Photo Industries is exhibiting the work of two artists, Amelie Satzger and Lauren Menzies, in a dual exhibition at the UPI Gallery. When: Through May 31st, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/United Photo Industries (16 Main Street/ Suite B)

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The show questions the relationship between historical memory and historical monuments and what the underlying implications are for those histories that remain absent. Seventeen artists were asked to envision monuments that add depth and truth to New York’s compelling history. Exhibiting artists include Alexis Callender, Ayasha Guerin, Chip Thomas, Damien Davis, Emmaline Payette, Kamau Ware, Kimberly Becoat, Lyra Monteiro, Maureen Conner, Maureen McNeil, Marilyn Nance, Rose Desiano, Sal Munoz, Studio Darn, Zaq Landsberg and Jennifer Mack Watkins. When: Fridays through June 14th, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street)

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Art in General is proud to present a major solo exhibition in New York by Tokyo-based collective Chim Pom (Ryuta Ushiro, Ellie, Yasutaka Hayashi, Masataka Okada, Toshinori Mizuno, and Motomu Inaoka), whose work traverses geographies to engage trans-historical moments that shape our conflicted present. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through July 13th, 12 – 6 p.m.

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ONE: EGÚNGÚN One: Egúngún tells the life story of a twentieth-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (egúngún), from its origins in Nigeria, to its current home in Brooklyn. Composed of over three hundred textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Centuries old, egúngún is still practiced in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora. When: Daily through August 2019, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

BROOKLYN ABOLITIONISTS/IN PURSUIT OF FREEDOM This major, long-term exhibit explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement–ordinary residents, black and white–who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn’s abolition movement in

partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Winter 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

BOOKS & READINGS Cellar Nights: Music & Poetry Edition An evening of music and poetry. When: Friday, April 19th, 8 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The Brooklyn Cellar (367 Bedford Avenue)

Educational HOW THE PENTAGON ROBS OUR CITY Bill Hartung’s talk will focus on the war economy, specific ways it drains our city’s resources, and what the public can do to turn it around. Two campaigns are already underway. Christine Lewis will present the NYC campaign to Move the Money and Jan Weinstein will discuss CodePink’s Divest from War Machine. Later, working groups will form to plan follow up actions. When: Thursday, April 18th, 7 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Friends Meeting House (110 Schermerhorn St)

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t is easy to take vision for granted. However, it’s important for everyone to pay attention to their eye health. During April, Lighthouse Guild, the leading organization for vision and health, is sharing valuable information about women’s eye health and safety. Dr. Susan Weinstein, low vision optometrist at Lighthouse Guild, says, “The most important step every woman can take to protect her eye health is to get regular, comprehensive, dilated eye exams. If you notice any sudden changes in your vision, you should seek care immediately.” Weinstein offers some pointers to help women take care of their eyes: •Eye Disease Is More Common in Women. Studies have shown that women are at increased risk for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. These disorders can lead to vision loss if left unchecked. The good news is they may be effectively treated if detected early. •Pregnancy. Physiological changes during pregnancy can impact vision, leading to a change in prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses. These changes are usually temporary and return to normal after pregnancy. •Menopause. With aging, vision change is common. For women, the fluctuations in hormones during and after menopause can cause dry eye. Common eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration all increase with age. •Dry Eye. Medications, hormonal changes and aging can lead to dry eye. Artificial tears, purchased over-the-counter, or

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QUINOA SALAD WITH GREENS INGREDIENTS FOR THE DRESSING: • 2 scallions, minced (white and light green parts only) • 1 large ripe avocado, flesh only • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar • 2 to 4 tablespoons of water • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped • Kosher salt to taste

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Journey is a one-year-old Labrador mix. She just arrived about two days ago from North Carolina. Journey is just the happiest girl and loves everyone she meets including other dogs. Sean Casey Animal Rescue (718-4365163) is located at 153 East Third St.

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Eye on REAL ESTATE

LEFT: The wood-frame home on the corner of Greene Avenue and Goodwin Place is the landmarked Doering-Bohack House. RIGHT: St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church is an eye-popping Bushwick landmark. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

See ten terrific Bushwick landmarks Hallelujah! Renovated St. Barbara’s looks divine

By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

It rises like a mirage on Central Avenue, a fantasy version of American Southwest architecture in Spanish Colonial times. Its 175-foot bell towers are pale white like confectioner’s sugar. So are the terra-cotta sculptures of Jesus and winged angels above the front door. The rest of the building is golden brick that catches the afternoon sunlight. This is St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church, Bushwick’s most eye-popping city landmark. Scaffolding obscured the facade for years. Now the towers’ exteriors have been renovated. They look so beautiful. Helmle & Huberty, a distinguished Brooklyn architecture firm of yesteryear, designed the century-old church, whose address is 138 Bleecker St. Landmark designation was proposed in 1980, then postponed and postponed and postponed. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission revisited the issue a couple years ago when it made a herculean effort to clear a backlog of 95 designation proposals that had sat on its calendar, some for a half-century. The commission voted to designate St. Barbara’s as an individual landmark in December 2016. It’s worth a visit to Bushwick just to see this Spanish Colonial Revival-style church.

But in fact there are numerous city landmarks in this funky hipster-and-Hispanic neighborhood if you know where to look for them — enough to make a spring stroll worth your while. I’ve made this checklist for you to pull up on your phone when you’re taking your walk. DOERING-BOHACK HOUSE Nothing else in Bushwick looks like this building. The standalone 1880s wood frame mansion at 1090 Greene Ave. reminds me of a farmhouse — if the farmer was rich and had a taste for neo-Grec and Queen Anne-style architecture. Prominent Brooklyn architect Theobald Engelhardt designed Doering-Bohack House. One of the people who lived there over the years was Henry Bohack, who owned a chain of grocery stores that was named after him. The buttery-yellow clapboard house on the corner of Greene Avenue and Goodwin Place was renovated a couple years ago. It looks terrific. Daffodils were blooming in the yard the day I strolled over to see it.

CATHERINA LIPSIUS HOUSE This is a brewer’s mansion to be reckoned with. The red-brick house at 670 Bushwick Ave. has a round turret

with a pointy roof on one corner of it. On a dark and stormy night, it would be a suitable setting for a spooky Halloween film. Catherina Lipsius, who owned a brewery with her family, commissioned the American Round-Arched style house in the late 1880s. Architect Theobald Engelhardt designed this home, too.

THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY’S DEKALB BRANCH The flowering trees on the lawn are stunning this time of year. And what a beautiful building. The borough of Brooklyn will forever be thankful for funding that philanthropist Andrew Carnegie provided for 20 libraries at the very beginning of the 20th century. If you know your public buildings, you recognize Carnegie libraries the moment you see them. They are stand-alone buildings made of brick and limestone on corner lots. Their architectural style is Classical Revival. The DeKalb Branch at 790 Bushwick Ave. is one of the Carnegie libraries. A 2004 designation report the city Landmarks Preservation Commission wrote about this branch says William Tubby was the architect. This library was built in 1905.

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Eye on REAL ESTATE The one at 617 Central Ave. is really something. Engine Company 252, which was built in 1896 and 1897, is a Flemish Revival-style design. It is made of brick, red sandstone and terra-cotta. The architects were the Parfitt Brothers, who were a powerhouse Brooklyn firm in that era. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 1995 designation report says it is “one of the finest firehouses ever erected in Brooklyn.”

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The second house from the right is landmarked Peter P. and Rosa M. Huberty House on INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan Bushwick Avenue.

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THE REFORMED CHURCH OF SOUTH BUSHWICK

This Greek Revival-style wood frame church at 855 Bushwick Ave. was built in the early 1850s, but its steeple harkens back to 17th-century London. I’m not knowledgeable enough about ecclesiastical architecture to know things like this. But the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report about the Reformed Church of South Bushwick, which was written in 1968, says steeples with octagonal belfries and octagonal spires populated London’s skyline after the Great Fire of 1666.

Christopher Wren designed churches with these signature steeples to replace houses of worship that the conflagration destroyed.

PETER P. AND ROSA M. HUBERTY HOUSE

William Tubby, the DeKalb Branch’s architect, designed a fabulous Romanesque Revival-style police station at 179 Wilson Ave. that was built in 1894 and 1895. The 83rd Precinct Police Station and Stable has a corner tower and looks like a fantasy castle. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 1977 designation report told me something I did not know about Bushwick, which was heavily populated by German immigrants at the end of the 19th century. It’s that Wilson Avenue was originally called Hamburg Avenue, which of course is the name of a city in Germany. The avenue was rechristened in honor of President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, after World War I ended, the report said.

PUBLIC SCHOOL 86 When Brooklyn was an independent city, Irish immigrant James Naughton was its Board of Education’s Superintendent of Buildings. This meant he was the architect who designed Brooklyn’s public schools. One of his Bushwick designs is a designated city landmark — Public School 86 at 220 Irving Ave. The brick and stone schoolhouse was constructed in 1892 and 1893. Its architectural style is Romanesque Revival. It is laid out in the shape of the letter “I,” the 1991 designation report about it says.

What a wonderful son. Ulrich Huberty, an architect who did great things in Brooklyn before he died tragically at age 33, designed the house at 1019 Bushwick Ave. for his parents. It’s Colonial Revival in style and has smart touches like a widow’s walk. It was built in 1900, an auspicious year at the dawn of a new century. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s 2017 designation report about the handsome home says typhoid fever killed Huberty. He was so young. Huberty was the co-founder of Helmle & Huberty, the architecture firm that designed St. Barbara’s. RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE This Masons’ lodge has been converted to an apartment building — and it looks pretty great. Architecture firm Koch & Wagner designed the Ridgewood Masonic Temple at 1054 Bushwick Ave. It was built in 1919 and 1920. The low-rise building, which is made of buff-colored brick and rusticated stone, was designated as a city landmark in 2014. Look at those multistory arched windows above the front entrance. So dignified and restrained. Don’t you love Bushwick Avenue?

ENGINE COMPANY 252 Public School 86 is an Irving Avenue landmark.

Some of Brooklyn’s most eyecatching buildings are its old-fashioned firehouses.

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A section of the BQE from Sands Street to Atlantic Avenue is so decrepit it needs to be replaced before 2026, or tens of thousands of trucks daily will be rerouted through Brooklyn’s residential streets. This 1.5-mile section of interstate runs along the two lower levels of the triple cantilever supporting the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The city’s Department of Transportation came up with two proposals. The one it prefers, backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, was so shocking to local residents that protests were held in the streets, lawsuits were threatened and civic groups, private citizens and officials came forward with their own alternative plans. As it stands now, besides the city’s two proposals, five alternate BQE renovation plans have come out of the woodwork. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of a BQE panel, chaired by Carlo Scissura, to study all incoming proposals and make recommendations. To help keep them all straight, the Brooklyn Heights Press has put together a roundup of the seven proposals on the table thus far.

DOT’s two proposals The proposals: NYC DOT has put forth two proposals — but is only backing one. In their preferred plan, which they call the “Innovative Plan,” DOT would tear down the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to build a sixlane bypass, which could take about a year and a half to install. BQE traffic would move up to the Promenade level, opening up the levels below for construction. The bypass could be converted into a new, wider Promenade after the reconstructed BQE is complete. DOT’s second proposal, which it uses mainly to boost their preferred plan by contrast, is an incremental, lane-by-lane repair approach. DOT says this, the “Traditional Plan,” would be more expensive, would reroute more traffic onto local streets and could back traffic up for miles.

Pros: • DOT says its Innovative Plan would allow the rehab of the roadway to be completed in six years, as opposed to eight or

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more years using the Traditional Plan • It would route less traffic onto local streets than the traditional method and experience fewer backups.

Cons: • The Innovative Plan would bring the noise and pollution of 153,000 vehicles a day up to street level, in some case inches away from residential windows and air ducts. This includes toxic airborne particles known as PM 2.5. • The Promenade, a major tourist draw, would be out of commission for a minimum of six years. • Businesses along Montague Street and nearby would suffer a loss of foot traffic. • A number of schools would be subjected to noise and pollution for a minimum of six years. • Harry Chapin Playground would be demolished during construction. Sections of Van Voorhees Park may be affected as well. • Some Columbia Heights properties might have to be vacated. • Property values in the Heights would take a major hit. Green score: Very low. The Innovative Plan would bring very negative short-term environmental consequences: It would subject the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to six years of construction dust, noise and a toxic cloud of particulates tied to asthma, diabetes and other diseases. Long-term, the plan would do nothing to encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective. Cost: From $3.4 to $4 billion. Who is backing: DOT and Mayor Bill de Blasio. DOT says that it is open to considering other suggestions.

••• The ‘Parallel Highway’ plan The proposal: Brooklyn Heights Association’s alternative plan, conceived by Marc Wouters Studios, would move traffic to a temporary two-level structure west of the existing triple cantilever along the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park, below the level of the Promenade. Continued on page 7

Rendering courtesy of Marc Wouters Studio.


The BQE rehab: All seven plans, explained Continued from page 6

Pros: • Keeps construction noise, dust and pollution further away from residential areas than in DOT’s Innovative Plan. • Preserves the Promenade and much of its landmarked views (though this would eventually have to be reconstructed in sections). • Preserves Harry Chapin Park and residences along Columbia Heights. • Maintains existing economic benefits brought in by visitors. • BHA’s plan calls for prefab, offsite construction of highway components and construction techniques that could accelerate the project. • Real estate values along the waterfront would take less of a hit than they would under the DOT’s Innovative Plan. • According to Wouters, this plan “Offers easier access to rebuilding the triple cantilever because there’s not a six-lane highway on top of it.”

Cons: • Creates more temporary lane closures at certain locations than DOT’s Innovative Plan, necessitating traffic management techniques. • Impacts Brooklyn Bridge Park’s soundattenuating berms — steep, grass-covered hills — to some extent. • Subjects the Heights to a degree of noise, dust and pollution — though not as much as DOT’s Innovative Plan. Green score: Medium-low: Brooklyn Heights would be spared the toxic cloud of dust and pollution that would be brought on by DOT’s Innovative Plan. There would be noise and dust to the east edge of the park during Parallel Highway construction and to the Heights during BQE reconstruction. Longterm, the plan would do nothing to encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective. Cost: Unknown. Who is backing: The Brooklyn Heights Association.

Pros: • Eliminates the need for any temporary highways. • The tunnel would be tolled, and construction could be financed with bonds. • Benefits the entire borough, cutting travel time from Gowanus to the Brooklyn Navy Yard by 10 to 30 minutes per trip. • With less weight and a lower speed limit, the triple cantilever could possibly be rehabbed in place, reducing cost and impact. The six lanes of the BQE would be maintained during the construction period. Sloane says his tunnel plan “survived the City’s 2016 feasibility study.”

Cons: • The plan would involve “considerable property acquisition to construct portals and one or more ventilation structures,” NYS DOT said in an earlier study. • Tunnel portals could impact minority or low-income populations. • A question exists about how many lanes a tunnel would handle. • The city lacks tunnel expertise. • Noise pollution and vibrations can arise during the construction. Green score: Depends on technologies used. The amount of energy consumed and pollutants produced during tunnel construction varies depending on management technologies. The possibility of carbon recapture from the tunnel and improved residential quality along with pedestrian and bicycle safety could yield a positive green score. Long-term, the plan would not by itself encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective. Cost: City DOT estimated the cost for a tunnel would range from $7 billion to $8 billion. Sloane said that much, if not all, of this cost would be financed for through tolls paid for by roadway users. Who is backing: While no organization is officially backing the plan, traffic advocates urge DOT to consider it as one possible option.

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The proposal: The BQE in the triple-cantilever section would be bypassed altogether by a permanent 3-mile-long tunnel, running from the Gowanus Expressway vicinity near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and the Prospect Expressway in the south to Flushing Avenue at the north end. It would handle truck traffic, bypassing local streets. The triple cantilever would remain in place as a local feeder road, with a lowered speed limit. The tunnel idea was revived by longtime Cobble Hill community leader and graphic designer Roy Sloane.

Brooklyn-Queens Park. Pros: • AllowBrooklyn-Queens Parks freight traffic to continue unabated while removing cars, allowing for a longer structural lifetime. • Eliminates the need for any temporary highways and preserves the Promenade. • Covers the long-despised BQE trench with a park and connects communities as far as Red Hook to Brooklyn Bridge Park. • Stringer says restricting access to the triple cantilever and the Cobble Hill trench would likely reduce car traffic, since drivers will find alternatives including mass transit. (Note: for some, this is a con.)

Cons: The roughly 144,000 passenger cars that currently use the BQE each day would have to use other routes, either through local streets or by taking the Hugh Carey Tunnel, the Belt Parkway or public transit instead of the Brooklyn or Manhattan bridges. (Note: for some, this is a pro.) Green score: Medium-high. The proposal would cut back on pollution in the area of the Triple Cantilever and in Cobble Hill. Longterm, the plan would encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective.

The proposal: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s proposal would eliminate cars along two miles of the BQE, run trucks along a two-lane thruway at the bottom level of the triple cantilever and turn the rest into a new linear park. The elevated park would run from the “newly pedestrianized” middle level of the triple cantilever in Brooklyn Heights to a green deck over the Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens BQE trench, and from there to an upgraded pedestrian bridge and new park in Red Hook. The Promenade would remain untouched.

Rendering courtesy of BIG

routed along a new, enclosed highway at ground level along Furman Street’s roadbed. Doing this would eliminate noise and pollution from the highway and enlarge Brooklyn Bridge Park by eight acres. It would also preserve the landmarked Promenade.

••• Brooklyn-Queens Park The proposal: In the most far-reaching proposal submitted so far, DUMBO’s Bjarke Ingels Group would move all six lanes of the BQE from the triple cantilever to a boxedover ground-level highway (incorporating Furman Street and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s sound-attenuating berms), topped by a deck. The deck would be covered with a 10-acre extension of Brooklyn Bridge Park. It could incorporate a meandering Furman Street with space for the potential BQX light-rail line. The deck portion would extend all the way to Atlantic Avenue, with a future extension to Red Hook. The triple cantilever could be transformed into terraced gardens with parklike amenities. One version of the idea includes parking under the triple cantilever.

Pros: • Since the roadway would be enclosed in a box at ground level and covered, noise would be greatly reduced and pollutants could be collected and treated. • Brooklyn Bridge Park could be enlarged and the city would gain a new multi-level park, which could extend beyond Atlantic Avenue southward if desired. • The plan would reintegrate the city with its waterfront. • Preserves the current capabilities of the BQE and improves design and safety. • It could include parking for the park and neighborhood — or even additional housing. • The base cost would be lower than that of DOT’s preferred plan, according to BIG, and the plan is less complex and less risky.

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Comptroller Scott Stringer’s elevated park plan. Rendering courtesy of Comptroller Stringer Cost: Unknown, though proposed designs for decking over the BQE trench in both Williamsburg and Cobble Hill have previously been assessed at roughly $125 million. Who is backing: The Cobble Hill Association praised the idea for addressing longterm community concerns and for its forward thinking. They gave Stringer kudos for consulting with them before releasing the plan.

••• Tri-Line Park

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The proposal: Mark Baker’s proposal would transform the triple cantilever section of the BQE into a three-level Tri-Line park, which would merge with Brooklyn Bridge Park. The BQE’s cars and trucks would be

• Given the tight deadline (trucks must come off the BQE by 2026), any delays or lawsuits could cause chaos. • As the most complex option with the most potential moving parts, the BQP faces greater hurdles in reaching a consensus before the 2026 deadline. Green score: Medium-high. The proposal would cut back on pollution in the area of the triple cantilever and in Cobble Hill and increase parkland. Safety lanes would reduce backups all along the BQE. Long-term, the plan would not encourage less dependence on individual vehicle use, which is a stated city objective. Cost: Unknown. Who is backing: The idea was met with great enthusiasm at a recent standing-roomonly town hall organized by the Brooklyn Heights Association and the advocacy group A Better Way NYC. Many attendees felt it incorporated many of the positive ideas that had arisen in earlier proposals.

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