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Is Greenpoint the next Williamsburg? By Alex Wieckowski

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Some call it growth. Others call it gentrification. Either way, Greenpoint is changing. A farewell banner hangs on a deli's storefront. A farewell banner hangs on a deli's storefront. With that evolution comes the loss of many neighborhood gems. Earlier this month, Greenpoint lost the American Deli Market. The bodega, located at 97 Franklin St., was a staple of the area, operating for 20 years. The owners, Dennis and Yvette Camacho, received a vacate notice in 2016 and spent years negotiating their lease and even offered to purchase the building more than once, Greenpointers reported. However, in the end, no deal was made. The Camachos are now trying to find a new home for their beloved deli, but are having trouble doing so due to the rising rents in the neighborhood. “The rents are extremely high … it’s much higher than we’re paying now,” Camacho said. “This makes me sad,” said Will Hernandez, a Greenpoint native. “This place is an institution. I can't tell you how many times I went to this place in between games of basketball and handball at the park.”

This storyline, however, is becoming all too common for Greenpoint. In the past few months, several mom-andpop stores in the neighborhood have closed their doors after decades of business, including Cheap Charlie’s at 712 Manhattan Ave.; Green Farms Supermarket at 918 Manhattan Ave., which opened in 1977; and Devito P Paint & Wallcovering at 113 Nassau Ave., which opened in 1972. “Green Farms was always the place to go for the best cold cuts and rolls, my grandmother would send us there all the time,” said resident Roxanna Agosto, echoing the sentiments of Hernandez. “Cheap Charlie’s gave me my first job at 16,” shed added. “I feel like it’s the end of an era and all our childhood places in Greenpoint are being closed or pushed out. “They had everything in that store” said 15-year Greenpoint resident Maggie Delgado of Cheap Charlie’s. “Sometimes things you wouldn’t find elsewhere.” Jennifer Quercia, who has lived in Greenpoint for more than 20 years, said she liked Green Farms Supermarket for their “fresh Polish food” and the fact that the business was family owned. She also misses Pit Stop Bar, a local watering hole that closed last year after 20 years.

On opening night at Eastville, Brooklyn’s only dedicated comedy club, the 120-seat venue was packed. See page 7.


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Former N.Y. Attorney General Won’t Face Abuse Charges By Michael Balsamo and Michael R. Sisak The Associated Press

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mitted for sexual gratification. Singas, who was appointed to conduct the investigation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in May, said investigators conducted an “exhaustive review” and that she personally interviewed each woman who had accused Schneiderman of assault. Investigators also spoke with mem-

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bers of Schneiderman’s security detail and people who worked for him in the attorney general’s office, she said. “I believe the women who shared their experiences with our investigation team. However, legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution,” Singas said in a statement announcing her decision. She said she found no misconduct by attorney general’s office staff. Schneiderman, 63, said he recognizes that Singas’ decision “does not mean I have done nothing wrong.” “I accept full responsibility for my conduct in my relationships with my accusers, and for the impact it had on them,” Schneiderman said through a publicist. “After spending time in a rehab facility, I am committed to a lifelong path of recovery and making amends to those I have harmed. I apologize for any and all pain that I have caused, and I apologize to the people of the state of New York for disappointing them after they put their trust in me.” Schneiderman, a Democrat, announced his resignation in May, hours after The New Yorker published an expose saying that four women had accused him of slapping or choking them. Some of the women said Schneiderman was a heavy drinker. Schneiderman at the time didn’t deny the allegations but implied in an initial statement his conduct was either welcomed or was not as the women described. Michelle Manning Barish, a Democratic activist and writer, said Schneiderman became controlling and abusive — slapping her hard across the face and choking her — soon after they started dating in mid-2013. Manning Barish said yesterday she felt “completely vindicated” by Schneiderman’s acknowledgement he had abused

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“It was a great small neighborhood bar,” Quercia said. “Greenpoint was great back in the day, she added. “Now it’s ruined.” The gentrification of Greenpoint can be tied back to 2005 when the area was rezoned for residential use by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. The Williamsburg-Greenpoint rezoning allowed private developers to build by the waterfront in exchange for creating publicly accessible space. It’s safe to say many developers jumped on that chance. There’s the 40-story tower called The Greenpoint at 21 India St. There’s also a 33story tower at 37 West St. Greenpoint’s most noteworthy development, however, is perhaps the Greenpoint Landing project site led by Park Tower. When completed, the 10tower mega-complex will have 5,500 apartments, 1,400 of which will be affordable apartments. As part of the concessions, Greenpoint Landing will also build four acres of waterfront green space, which includes Newtown Barge and Box Street Parks and a pre-K through eighth grade school. The expected population increase, luxury condominiums and waterfront views are all factors contributing to higher rent prices for both commercial and residential

Cheap Charlie’s closed its door earlier this year. A farewell banner hangs on a deli’s storefront.

Pit Stop Bar closed its doors for good last year after being in Greenpoint for more than 20 years.

users in Greenpoint. A market report by GFI Realty Services reported that from 2016 to 2017, yearover-year retail pricing increased by 42 percent, going from $63 per-square-foot to $89. The price, however, looks affordable when compared to the $295 per-squarefoot retail cost in Williamsburg. Yet, when looking at residential units, Greenpoint and Williamsburg are nearly the same. The GFI report said that last year, condos in Greenpoint were trading at $1,200 per-square-foot while apartments rented for $60 persquare-foot. In Williamsburg, condos went for $1,400 persquare-foot while apartments were $70 per-square-foot. The bad news, however, is that the residential figures GFI reported for Greenpoint are “numbers that we expect to continue rising” and that Greenpoint’s transformation is “likely playing a direct role in the rising retail rents that Greenpoint is seeing today.” In the meantime, many are wondering whether momand-pop store will be able to adapt to the changing neighborhood and rising residential and commercial prices. Only time will tell.

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Mysticism, adventure,, struggle and a family going beyond their t limits to survive — these are the subjects s readers can expect while readiing Neil Perrrry Gordon’s debut historicaal fiction release “A lease, A Cobbler’s Tale. ale a ” This is the story of a young Jewish immigrant, Pincus Potasznik, a cobbler who leaves his pregnant p wife Clara and children behin nd in Eastern Europe’s Galicia region in search of a better life on the Lowerr East Side of Manhattan. Complete with fastt-paced stoa rylines, “A Cobbler ’s Tale” immediately engages the reader on a wild ride as it begins with Pincus’ treacherous ride on the SS Amerika through the violent seas of the Atlantic. On the ship Pincus m makes the acquaintance of hooligan Jakob Adler, a risk-taker who beco omes Pincus’ partner in crime and chaanges the immigrant’s story forever. Attempting to make a life for himself in the U.S. and lateer resettle his family a y, Pincus is unawaree of the threats and adversity Clara and hiis children are facing back inn their shtetl during Woorld Waar I. As “A A Cobbler’s Tale” a weaves together two distinct storiies of struggle from r Clara to Pincus, the reader r can enjoy dual, yet connected pllot lines. Relatable to thhe preesent-day immigration crisis of separrated families escaping persecution for a better life, Gordon brilliantly expooses struggles any immigrant would facce immersing into a new culture and couunnttryy. Moshe Potasznik, Pincus and Clara’s oldest son, adds an a element of

Kabbalah, the anccient Jewish mysticism around the abbility to foretell dire events and to bringg peace to those sufffering. As the stoory is loosely based on true events, Pootasznik is Gordon’s grandfather. adds “M My A CobGordon adds, M voice in ‘A bler’s Taale’ came from growing up in a multigenerationaal Jewish family. The small day-to-day intricacies of living with grandparents,, who immigrated as children to Americca, provided me with a direct connectionn and an ability to tell their stories.” Born in the Broonx, Gordon and his family moved out of the city when he was 7 years old too the suburban community of Rocklaand Countyy. Gordon g g school class graduated in the fiirst high from the Green Meadow Waldorf a School in 1976. Shhortly after graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from m Pace Universityy, he moved to south F Florida and started a drapery business. In 1990, he reloocated back to New perates his business, Yoork and still op Decorating with Fabric. F He has two adult sons, Samu uel and Maximilian. Neil has written tw wo professional trade books, “The Desiigner’s Coach” and “An Architect’s Guide G to Engineered Shading Solutions..” “A Cobbler’s Taale” was released e last month and is available a on Amazon, IndieBound and wher w rever e books arre sold. In a Q&A A wiith Smith Publicityy, Gordon discussed the characters in his novel and the histoorical events that inspired “A A Cobbler’s Taale.

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Smith Pu ublicity: What are the real-life, histoorical aspects of “A A Cobbler’s Tale” a ? Neil Perrry Gordon: Many of the i the book, including the characters in protagonist,, Pincus Potasznik, were, in fact, family. Pincus and his wife Clara, were in facct, my great-grandparents, and Moshee was my grandfather. Although Pinccus did leave his pregnant wife Clara, and three small children behind when he immigrated to America, for he h didn’ did ’t acctually t ll return t f them th until til after the waar ended in 1920, unlike the story told inn the book. Pincus was indeed a cobbblerr, as well as the founder of the Landdsman Society of Krzywcza, which helpeed people from his village establish neew lives in the America. During WW W1, the fighting between Russia and the central powers in Galicia was extrraordinarily bloody. By the end of 1914, the Russians controlled almost all oof Galicia only to be pushed out in 19155 by the combined German German, Austro-Hunngarian and Turkish u forces. Tooday the aarea is split between Poland and Ukraine. The Jewish immigration to the Lower East Side is also histor-

icallyy accurate; their influence is still preseent today. mith Publicity: What process did Sm you ggo through to understand 1910 — m the Lower East Side to living in a from shtetl? Gordon: G Fortunately there is a good unt of information online describamou ing how h people lived in shtetls in Galicia reegion. It was important for me to fully y understand how they described istence and what hat was as importtheir eexistence ant to t them. I used the same process the Lower East Side for researching r in thee 1910s. In addition, I visited Ellis nd to provide an understanding of Islan immigration story. This inthe Jewish J cludeed a private tour of the abandoned pital facilities on the island, which hosp offfer f red insights to the immigration experieence. Sm mith Publicity: What is the signifficancce of the Kabbalah references? G Gordon: An important part of the storyy, revolves around the spiritual figure kknown as the tzaddik. According to Kabbbalah, there are only 36 tzaddikim

on earth at any one time. A person n who is considered tzaddik, is also refferred to as the “righteous one.” As in many m spiritual practices, as a counter-baalance to the tzaddik, there is the rasha, or o the “evil one.” The story of the tzaddiikk and the rasha, are drawn upon from iinspirational readings from Kabbalah mysticism. Smith Publicity: Teell readers a little bit about the courage and fortituude of your characters, and what o r characters hat influe infl enced e the development of their personaliities? Gordon: The particular strengtths of each character revolve around sstrong archetypical qualities. Pincus, foor instance, realized his personal ambiitions put his family at risk, and therrefore needed to save them from the raavages of warr. Clara displayed increedible strength and fortitude, made ev vident by her willingness to do anythinng to protect her children. Moshe was a spiritual figure who provided divine inspi i ration to those in need. Jakob’s lo oyalty to Pincus was unmatched, his ennerrgy g unequaled, and was the impetus oof the story’s fast pace.


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The History of Black Friday

Black Friday marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Come Black Friday, shoppers strive to get the lowest prices on gifts for their loved ones. Much of the focus of Black Friday is on finding the best deals, but it can be interesting to take a breath and learn how this phenomenon developed and how it has evolved over the years. The term Black Friday was originally associated with gold prices and manipulation on the part of speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk. This scandal occurred in September, 1869. Commodity prices plummeted 50 percent as a result, and the term Black Friday was coined to refer to that drop. The phrase Black Friday also became famous for all the wrong reasons in 1966. Philadelphia police used it to refer to the Friday traffic jams and crowding in downtown stores from tourists and shoppers who flooded into the city in advance of the Army-Navy football game held the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year. Bigger crowds and rowdiness contributed to long hours and stressful shifts for local police. The retail industry started using the term Black Friday in the late 1980s. Spin doctors turned previously negative connotations into positive

ones by associating the phrase with stores turning a profit and moving accounting ledgers from red to black thanks to big year-end sales. Retailers and consumers rallied around low-cost doorbusters and other discounted prices.

Interestingly enough, according to the National Retail Federation, Black Friday really hasn’t been the most lucrative day for retailers over the years. In fact, greater profits and larger crowds are often seen on the last Saturday preceding

Christmas. While Black Friday may have been the catalyst, in recent years shoppers have made the entire weekend of Black Friday a lucrative one for retailers. Many stores now open on Thanksgiving and

extend sales through the entire weekend. Small Business Saturday and Sunday promote patronizing mom-and-pop stores. Cyber Monday emerged when online shopping became a popular way to grab deals, and it

marks the close of the opening weekend of the holiday shopping season. In 2017, Black Friday weekend attracted 174 million shoppers who spent an average of $335.47, according to the NRF.

A Tasty Take on Turkey Just in Time for Thanksgiving Perhaps no day is more synonymous with a certain dish than Thanksgiving is with turkey. As tasty as turkey can be, this flavorful fowl doesn’t find its way onto many families’ dinner tables unless it’s Thanksgiving day. Secret family turkey recipes may reign supreme in some households, but holiday hosts with no such resources can consider this unique recipe for Holiday Turkey from Andrew Schloss’s “Cooking Slow” (Chronicle Books). By slow cooking the turkey, cooks can ensure it’s evenly cooked.

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ground black pepper Remove the giblets from the turkey and discard (or save for another use). Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Rub it all over with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours. During that time, the surface of the turkey will become visibly dry and the skin will tighten; this encourages a nice crisp skin on the finished bird. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator one hour before you plan to start roasting. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Put the turkey on a rack set in a large, flameproof roasting pan. Drizzle the oil over the top. Roast for one hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 175° F. Pour the cider into the roasting pan and sprinkle the poultry seasoning in the liquid. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part

of a thigh (but not touching bone) registers to 170° F. Transfer the turkey to a carving board, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for about 15 minutes (see tip). Meanwhile, skim the fat from the surface of the liquid in the pan. Put the roasting pan over two burners and bring the pan drippings to a boil over high heat. Cook until the juices reduce and thicken slightly, enough to coat a spoon, about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Carve the turkey and serve with cider pan juices. Resting tip: Slow-roasted meats need far less resting time (pretty much none) than those that are traditionally roasted. The reason for resting meat that has been roasted at a high temperature is to allow juices that have collected in the cooler center time to migrate back into the dryer (hotter) exterior sections after it comes out of the oven.

Because slow-roasted meats are cooked evenly and at a temperature that keeps most

of the juices in place, a resting period is largely unnecessary. A brief resting time does allow

the meat to become a little firmer as it cools, making it easier to carve.

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The moment Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Macy’s CEO Jeffrey Gennette, Macy’s Downtown Store Manager Kizzie Tunson and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce COO Rick Russo cut the red ribbon, a flood of eager shoppers filled the venerable Fulton Mall retailer’s renovated main floor. Led by the Soul Tigers Marching Band, the first 100 customers were presented with $10 gift cards by store staff, while Macy’s executives stood nearby, beaming like proud parents showing off their newborn. “The renovation of Macy’s Downtown Brooklyn illustrates our firm commitment to

the Fulton Street retail community and our loyal customers,” said Tunson. “We are proud to present our customers with an updated store environment, enhanced merchandise offerings, and an elevated level of customer service.” The Fri., Nov. 9 ribbon-cutting capped a three year, topto-bottom renovation aimed at opening up spaces that had previously seemed dark and slightly claustrophobic when compared to Macy’s flagship Herald Square store. Elevations in some of the floors have been removed, creating a unified level surface throughout. The sense one might have had in the past of Macy’s Fulton being comprised of separate retail outlets under one roof is gone. In fact, viewing the main sales floor from the Fulton Street entrance, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the Downtown Brooklyn and Herald Square locations, at least at first blush. “We want our customers to be able to focus on the shopping experience,” said Emily Hawkins, Macy’s media relations director. In 2015, Tishman Speyer

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After a wait of more than two years, customers fill Macy’s Fulton Mall as retail staff plan their strategy.

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Cutting the ribbon. purchased the building at 422 Fulton Street with plans to transform the upper five floors into offices for tech and creative businesses. Macy’s retains the lower four stories, affording some 278,000 square feet for retail operations. A Fulton Street fixture since 1865, Macy’s Downtown began as Abraham and Straus, the latter representing the Straus brothers, Isidor and Nathan, who had also acquired ownership of R.H. Macy. In 1928, A&S underwent a massive expansion of 422 Fulton, including excavating a new basement. Its grand reopening took place just 10 days before Black Thursday, when Wall

Street crashed. Economizing by putting employees on commission, A&S weathered the Great Depression without laying off a single worker. The current Art-Deco façade along Fulton Street was completed in 1929. According to published reports, Macy’s strategic vision for the Downtown Brooklyn store includes establishing a fashion hub that will serve neighborhoods from Manhattan Beach to DUMBO. Brands such as DKNY, Patricia Nash, Brahmin and Radley fill the main floor. The cosmetics department has been expanded to 18,000 square feet, featuring Dior, Bobby Brown,

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams greets constituent after cutting ribbon to open Macy’s Fulton Mall. Kiehl’s, Urban Decay, NYX, IT and Juicy Couture. The lower level is dedicated to furniture and home goods; menswear occupies the second floor—with a big and tall department for good measure, women’s ready-to-wear fills the third, and the fourth floor rounds out with children’s clothing, intimate apparel and outerwear. In addition to Starbucks, a LensCrafters has been added

to the main floor, near the Livingston Street entrance. Now that the Downtown Brooklyn Macy’s is every bit as bright and spacious as the Herald Square flagship, only time will tell if it draws the crowds for which 34th Street is renowned. For the moment, it seems as though the chance to browse unimpeded by mobs of tourists will be one few Brooklyn residents will willingly pass up.

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Target Cuts Ribbon on its Newest Store in Midwood BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

Right on Target! The retailer cut the ribbon on its newest Brooklyn location, 1712 East 14th St., in Midwood, in an invite-only store preview event on Wed., Nov. 7. The store — which is near Kings Highway — is one of the new small-format stores the chain has been opening in urban areas, dense suburban neighborhoods and near college campuses. Last fall, Target launched a 20,400-square-foot location at 6401 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst. The store opened unofficially on Fri., Nov. 9, with its official grand opening on Sun., Nov. 11 at 8 a.m., but Team Leader Shena Pender told this paper about the excitement the latest iteration of Target has already brought to the neighborhood. “I think what makes this Target location unique is that it’s a small format store, but the size of it is 37,000 square feet so it’s not the usual small format store that you’re used to seeing,” she said, pointing out that the Bensonhurst store is “a little bit smaller.

“We have a great assortment that we are going to offer for our community,” Pender continued. “They’re just excited that Target is here and we also have a Starbucks. A lot of guests have been knocking on our doors wanting to come in.

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The new Midwood Target. “They’re really excited it’s really close,” she added. “Typically, they’re a train ride away.” Pender said she anticipated “a lot of great foot traffic from the people that live in the neighborhood and don’t have to take that long train ride to get there.” That was one of the goals of building owner Infinity Real Estate, according to

Steve Kassin, a founder and managing partner. With roots in the neighborhood, Kassin told this paper, “We hope residents and those who work here will welcome the convenience and accessibility Target’s new small format store will provide to all.” The Midwood store — in an area that Infinity Investment

Director Daniel Gluck called a “vibrant, high-density and convenient neighborhood in the heart of Brooklyn” — offers a product selection that is familiar to Target shoppers, but tailored for local residents and commuters. “One of the special areas is electronics,” Pender said. This includes Plus Mobile for cell phones. In addition, she said, staffers in the store’s beauty department have had extra training “to be able to support the guests in any way they can.” The Midwood Target’s grocery department is also a specialty area.

“Being that there are no bigger grocery stores in the area, I’m really excited that we offer that to our guests,” said Pender, who also singled out the store’s apparel department. “They’re going to love the stuff that we have for them,” she said. Merchandise at the store includes a curated assortment of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, as well as clothes and accessories for infants and children, home and decor essentials, health and beauty products, toys and sporting goods, and more. It will also offer a quick-trip selection of food and beverages.

Community outreach is typically an important part of what Target does and this location is no exception. “We pride ourselves on volunteering,” Pender said, adding that she was “looking forward” to being contacted by local organizations about volunteer opportunities for Target staff. In addition, she noted that the store had given a grant to a local not for profit, Imagine Academy, whose mission is for to help families of children that have been diagnosed with autism. “It’s a new partnership,” Pender added. “I’m looking forward to seeing what we can create in the relationship and how we can help them spread the message and also any activity we can be supportive in. We would love to be a part of that.” The new Midwood Target is the third small-format store to open in Brooklyn. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.11 p.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. The Starbucks hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Additional reporting by Maria DeVito.

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Art ENGAGED EDITIONS A group exhibition of artists’ books, creative publications, and prints used to promote collaborative advocacy, foster community engagement, and address social justice issues. When: Saturday, November 17th, 5 – 8 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Brooklyn Army Terminal (140 58th Street) ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS Visit the art studios of over 30 artists who live and work in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace. The annual Open Studio Weekend is a chance to meet them up close and personal and get to see and learn about the artwork that the artists and people love, make and share. There’s a range of art that includes traditional and contemporary painting, printmaking, drawings, mixed media, plus ceramics

and sculpture–and other unexpected surprises. Most art is for sale, at all price ranges. When: Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & 18th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Windsor Terrace (Various locations See: https://artspswt.com) DESTRUCTION OF PLEASURE Destruction of Pleasure brings together eight artists that play with feminism, corporeality, illusion and surrealism in their work in order to create a perspective that complicates traditional expectations of the viewer. In her 1975 essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Laura Mulvey called for the destruction of the traditional male-oriented gaze and the cultivation of alternative perspectives. When: Through November 29th, by appt only Where: DUMBO/ Meta Meta Meta (20 Jay Street)

JINX 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 in which we reside. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through December 16th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R Gallery (155 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/

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FiveMyles (558 St. John’s Place) IBOU NDOYE: FAMILY The work of glass painting artist Ibou Ndoye of Senegal. The exhibition, entitled “Family,” shows the characteristics of the strong family relationships that exist in Senegal. In Ibou’s work, through the fragility and transparency of glass, we see the ethics of Senegalese families, bounded by love, understanding, and blood.  When: Tuesdays-Sundays through November 30th, 3 – 7 p.m. Where: Boerum Hill/Gumbo (425 Atlantic Avenue) WALKIE TALKIE DREAM GARDEN An interactive soundwalk by sound artist (and Greenpointer) Dafna Naphtali. With music from and about the waterfront delivered via in a free iOS and Android app and audio augmented reality. The app uses location tracking and GPS to allow the experience to change depending on where you decide to walk. When: Daily through December 1st, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Between North 15th and North 7th streets, from Kent Street to the waterfront The Point of Water: Janet Golder The Point of Water is a

wall installation that uses fabricated, recycled, and found steel objects. In Bamana thought in addition to north, south east and west there is a 5th cardinal point: the point of water. Access to water determines where villages are located. The circle can be like a drop of rain, a symbol of water.  And the ellipse can symbolize a body of water. When: Daily through December 2nd, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Bedford Stuyvesant/ Calabar Imports (351 Tomkins Avenue)

Cardozo, Odette England, Diane Meyer and Ben Marcin. When: WednesdaysSaturdays through December 7th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street)

BRIDGING TWO WORLDS: THE LAND OF THE LIVING AND THE LAND OF THE DEAD The exhibition brings together artworks and artifacts that speak to the universal question: “what happens to us after we die?” When: Saturdays & Sundays through December 2nd, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Green-Wood/ Green-Wood Cemetery Fort Hamilton Gatehouse (500 25th Street)

VITTORIA CHIERICI: THE PHILOSOPHER’S CLOTHES The artist presents large paintings she has dedicated to Raphael’s famous fresco School of Athens.  When: Thursdays-Sundays through December 15th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ FiveMyles (558 St. John’s Place)

COMMORANCY Featuring contemporary photographs utilizing architecture across a range of visual and theoretical concepts. Artists include Niv Rozenberg, Krisa Svalbonas, David Trautrimas, Joana P.

WILLIAM NORTON In his first solo exhibition in over a decade William Norton presents his highly personal “Myth of the Manhood.” When: WednesdaysSaturdays through December 9th, 1 p.m. Where: Bushwick/M. David & Co. (56 Bogart Street)

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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) SUBVERT CITY Conceived by gallery artist Vincent Como, this exhibition brings together a group of five artists, each of whom are engaged in varied yet distinct forms of painterly heresy. Apophatic meditations on the modern canon which endeavor to honor tradition by undermining, over-saturating, or inverting

it. From the subtle to the sublime, that which was once deemed non-objective by Malevich, has become radicalized into a planar lucidity of the material object-in-itself. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through December 22nd, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16A Main Street) JOHANNAH HERR: YOUR COMFORT IS ATTENDED BY PERMANENT VIOLENCE Using cut vinyl and wall paint, Johannah Herr’s monumental text-based murals simultaneously create a dazzling surface of metallic and glitter elements that seduces viewers into engaging in the polarizing discussions of these urgent

issues, from women’s rights to climate justice and the value of Black lives. When: Daily through January 20th, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) TOWARDS A NEW ARCHEOLOGY This group show brings together artists who reevaluate the history of material culture — presenting installation and sculptural works that speak to a mystical, transcendent, and visionary future. Towards a New Archaeology features work by Amy Brener, Leeza Meksin, Sheila Pepe, Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Ester Partegàs, Jean Shin, and Rachel Eulena Williams. When: Daily through January 2019, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Street) SYRIA, THEN AND NOW: STORIES FROM REFUGEES A CENTURY APART Features highlights from the museum’s collection of thirteenth century Syrian ceramics alongside work by the contemporary Arab artists Ginane Makki Bacho, Issam Kourbaj, and Mohamed Hafez. The juxtaposition between these works highlights the ongoing struggle to find home during tumultuous times and the commonalities between refugees throughout history. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through January 2019, 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) PROCESSING: A GOWANUS SWIM SOCIETY EXHIBITION A n exhibition of current work by the eight members of the artist collective Gowanus Swim Society. Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro. Katherine Gressel, Curator.

When: Fridays through February, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street) BROOKLYN: A NEW HOME, A NEW LIFE As they watched the Trump administration’s Muslim ban and subsequent restraining orders move closer to the Supreme Court, outgoing Teen Council Members identified immigration as the timely and broad topic for 2018. In responding to their mandate, 2018 Council Members analyzed how concepts of “us” and “them” lead to stereotypes of immigrants and considered how race and immigration have intersected differently across eras. They sought to strike a delicate balance between the range of immigrant experiences across time, culture, and individual life trajectories. Council members grappled with ongoing, unifying themes related to living away from the land of one’s birth— language, cultural fluidity, code switching, and American immigration law and policing. The resultant exhibition, Brooklyn: A New Home, a New Life, features stories about historical Brooklynites: Harriet Judson, John Roebling, Nathan Handwerker, and Shirley Chisholm, as well as Ravi Ragbir, a contemporary immigration activist. The

people featured are not all immigrants, but each represent a different lens into the story of American immigrants, and show, without a doubt, how Brooklyn has been shaped by the many international ties within its vibrant and varied communities When: Wednesdays-Sundays through May 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

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when issuing green cards and certain visa applications. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs estimates that as many as 475,000 New Yorkers could be affected by the new immigration policy. Unfortunately, there is a lot of uncertainty and misinformation regarding the proposed rule’s scope and effects. These town halls will educate the public as to exactly what the proposed rule entails before the public comment period ends December 10. When: Thursday, November 15th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Our Lady of Perpetual Help (5902 6th Avenue) TODDLER YOGA & DANCE CLASS 2S & 3S This program is being offered by BMS and MUSE Academy for parents who want their little ones to explore dance, yoga and music starting at an early age. When: Thursday, November 15th, 10 – 10:45 a.m. Where: Fort Greene/Brooklyn Music School (126 St. Felix Street) FIGHT GLOBAL POVERTY Want to Help Fight Global Poverty? The Borgen Project is a nonprofit organization that builds support for poverty-reduction legislation. Come and learn CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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MUSICAL SHABBAT Get ready to sing and clap to the beat of the music under the direction of Cantor Meyerson. All ages welcome. When: Friday, November 16th, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Bay Ridge Jewish Center (405 81st Street)

DANCE, DRUM & PLAY AROUND THE WORLD (2-4YR) Through play, games, drum, dance, call and response, students will learn how to dance styles and play rhythms from Africa and its Diaspora (Congo, West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, to name a few) This fast paced, interactive class engages toddlers with creative dance movements from Congo, West Africa, Brazil and more. Students will develop balance, flexibility, strength, positive self-esteem, and learn group dynamic skills. When: Sunday, November

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BIG TRIP!: A MUSICAL JOURNEY AROUND NYC Big Trip is a highly interactive class featuring original and classic songs about transportation, the natural world, landmarks and other topics familiar to even the youngest New Yorkers. Children and their caregivers will explore imaginary play through seated and standing movement, musical instruments, dance, and lots of sing-a-longs. Ages 0-4 When: Thursday, November 15th, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Where: DUMBO/Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (1 John Street) PAINT TO PREVENT PREMATURITY One hour of instructed painting and you get to take home your cute penguin masterpiece. After painting you can enjoy refreshments

with your friends and family. This is a great opportunity to bring your family and friends together in celebration and remembrance of all babies and families that have been touched by prematurity. Plus, you will feel great knowing a portion of the proceeds goes to March of Dimes. When: Saturday, November 17th, 12:30 – 1 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Pinot’s Palette (382 5th Avenue)

Film WAVES OF BLACK Waves of Black (a night of short films.) is an event curated and hosted by Thomas Duverné. The event features six films by Black creators. Each short demonstrates different narratives of the black culture. After each screening, attendees will be able to ask questions regarding the film. Waves of Black is created to express, and celebrate the many facets that make up the Afro-American experience. When: Monday, November 19th, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Starr Bar (214 Starr Street)

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church tables, gift raffles, 50/50 raffles, Italian Cafe. When: Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & 18th, Saturday: 10a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Gravesend/Our Lady of Grace Academy (385 Avenue W) SIP. SHOP. EAT! Food, Style, and Drinks intersect at the Collective Pop-Up Market. SIP: Custom Drinks SHOP: a curated selection of indie Brands: EAT: fresh food and desserts from local food vendors.  When: Saturday & Sunday, November 10th & 11th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Beyond Studios (272 Seigal Street)

Food & Drink AF POP UP MARKET AF is on a mission to make shopping fun again by helping to build relationships between the world’s best brands and the consumers who love them. From food and fashion to music and art, AF offers something to excite all senses. When: Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & 18th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Industry City (274 36th Street) BRAIN FREEZE

SkyIce is inviting ice cream lovers to put their passion to the test at the THIRD annual BRAIN FREEZE Ice Cream Eating Contest. Nine contestants chosen from more than 50 applicants will devour SkyIce’s acclaimed Thai Tea flavor. When: Saturday, November 17th, 1 – 3 p.m. Where: Park Slope/SkyIce (63 Fifth Avenue) MCGOLRICK PARK FARMERS MARKET Expect to find fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats and eggs, pickles, artisan breads and baked goods, Hudson Valley cheeses, and much more. Green Tree Textiles is at the farmers market each week to collect old clothing for recycling. When: Sunday, November 18th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Down to Earth McGorlick Park Farmers Market (150 Monitor Street) BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL GREENMARKET Buy fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables and more. When: Tuesday, November 20th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Borough Hall/Borough Hall Plaza (209 Joralemon Street)

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Arthritis exercise classes for seniors. When: Thursday, November 15th, 10 a.m. Where: Sunset Park/Sunset Park Neighborhood Center (4520 4th Avenue) FITNESS: SHAPE UP NYC – ZUMBA A free 12-week Zumba fitness class. Walk-ins welcome, registration not required. No class on October 8. Best parking is on 2nd Avenue. When: Monday, November 19th, 6 – 7 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Industry City (274 36th Street)

Nightlife COME SEE IF THIS WORKS OR NOT Jon Glaser tries out some classic bitz to see if they might work for a live special. Come help him decide if it’s a great idea or a misguided attempt. When: Sunday, November 18th, 12 p.m. Where: Gowanus/Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) TWO GUYS TWO GIRLS What does it look like when two men write a play for two women, and vice versa? In this original double feature presentation, two guys — Thomas Fricilone and Justin Linville — and two girls CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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— Kelly Cooper and Caitlin Dullea — have written plays for their counterparts to perform. Together, these two plays, which were written independent of each other, are a comedic theatrical experiment that aims to explore and satirize gender behaviors and norms. When: Friday, November 16th, 8 – 10 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Vital Joint (109 Meserole Street) ASK ME ANOTHER W/ VIP GUESTS MICHELLE RUFF & ANNA RUFFIN Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me Host Peter Sagal walk into a bar… No, it’s not the start of a joke. It’s the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton. When: Tuesday, November 20th, 7 p.m. Where: Gowanus/The Bell House (149 7th Avenue) JUST COME Fearsome duo Pamela Ross and Kendall Farrell host a rip roaring evening of jokes, music, and banter featuring some of the city’s most celebrated performers. With the illustrious Sami

Schwaeber on piano. When: Tuesday, November 20th, 8:30 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The Graham (151 Meserole Street)

Theatre & Music THE WIZARD OF OZ Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and some enchanting munchkin puppets, as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz. Meet the Cast After the Show. Ages 4 & Up When: Saturday, November 17th, 2p.m. Where: Manhattan Beach/On Stage at Kingsborough (2001 Oriental Boulevard) VOYAGE OF TIME A psychedelic supernova explodes across the cosmos; electricorange lava erupts like a fireworks display; a constellation of jellyfish ripples diaphanously in an azure ocean; and across the globe— from Austin, Texas, to the Australian Outback— human life buzzes and swarms. In his breathtaking, decades-in-the-making dream project, cinematic philosopher Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, Days of Heaven) presents an aweinspiring vision of Earth: an elemental wonderland where the process of creation that began with the

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Big Bang never really ended. Alongside these ecstatic images of destruction and renewal, the Wordless Music Orchestra and Chorus perform the exultant sounds of Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, and others. When: Saturday-Sunday, November 17th & 18th, 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Avenue) BAND WITH MMDC MMDC will present a first look at new material as well as excerpts from dialogue, alongside four selected artists per show. Each curated artist, presenting work of 10 minutes or less, was selected through a diverse panel of judges including dancers and non-dancers of different ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. When: Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & 18th, Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old First Reformed Church (729 Carroll Street) CERDDORION: AND LOVE WAITS American composers and American poets, including music by Elliot Carter, William Schuman, Aaron Copland, Eric Whitacre, and Elliot Levine, as well as a world premiere by New York composer Susan Kander, featuring the poetry of

William Carlos Williams. When: Friday, November 16th, 8 p.m. Where: Carroll Gardens/St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (199 Carroll Street) THALIA ZEDEK An unparalleled voice in rock music. Her music straddles the line between intimate and visceral. Zedek has received wide acclaim for her intense vocal performances and guitar playing in past projects Come, Uzi, Live Skull, and most recently her new trio E with Gavin McCarthy (Karate) and Jason Sidney Sanford(Neptune). Since the dissolution of Come, Zedek has focused her solo efforts on more vulnerable, stripped back arrangements. Her new album Fighting Season combines the grit of her past with the fragility of her solo releases, spinning tales of discord and struggle from the personal to the political and featuring performances by old friends Chris Brokaw (Come) and J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.). Through her exceptional songwriting and performances, Thalia Zedek’s fervent passion can be felt more than ever on Fighting Season, from blustering swirls of dissonance to hushed whispers. When: Friday, November 16th, 8 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Union Hall (702 Union Street)

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Play Nice Theatre has begun its season of lighthearted musicals with positive, life-affirming messages about cooperation and kindness. And they’re looking for their July/August cast, musicians, and backstage helpers. Relocated from Manhattan, this all-volunteer company’s rehearsals and meetings reflect their mission and message by encouraging its mixed-generation cast and crew (ages 6 to 106) to interact socially and share stories of their own lives on and off stage. In a welcoming atmosphere, the experienced and new Play Nice actors and crew are encouraged to come early and linger after assigned rehearsal slots in order to get to know each other, help each other memorize their lines, do school homework and play games. Some may choose to help with scenery painting or prop-making. All ticket sales from main stage shows ($10 admission) is donated to local charities, a prime motivation for many participants who find it rewarding to help raise money for those less fortunate through donating their time and talent. According to theatre founder Rob Lester, the cast and crew are like a second family. “Working on a show with

friendly people is fun and satisfying,” he says. The Brooklyn Eagle stopped by the new location at 89 Fourth Avenue, five blocks from Barclays Center, where the two-act musical “The Three Little Pigs Buy a Brownstone in Brooklyn” is running on weekends (2 p.m. Saturdays, 3:30 p.m. Sundays, through July 1). The Eagle is mentioned prominently in the Brooklyn-centric script in Scene 6 and the newspaper is used as a prop as well. The show’s target audience is ages six and up, with plenty of humor adults will appreciate. “Two six-year-olds are among the actors, with the oldest member more than ten times their age, and the family idea is reflected literally: the cast includes two brothers who play two of the pigs; a mother and her son have a scene together as an older pig

and hedgehog; two actors are cousins,” we’re informed. Original lyrics are set to public domain melodies including old folk songs and classic children’s tunes. The show, which emphasizes “being a good neighbor,” plus patience, perseverance, and pig puns runs through July 1, will be followed by show after show, starting with the summer musical about kids and counselors at an unusual summer camp, titled “Not a Happy Camper.” The theatre welcomes audition appointments, visits, donations of costumes and supplies, and all inquiries throughout the year. Acting classes, puppet shows, concerts, one-day free workshops, variety shows, and special family events are planned and a fundraising concert on July 20. For more details, show times, tickets, and contact information, go to www.PlayNicePeople. com.

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Steve Casa and his wife Lucia prepare for the ribbon-cutting at Vesta Furniture. By John Alexander INBrooklyn

Steve Casa has a fascinating story to tell about how his whole life has revolved around furniture, even before he came to own and operate Vesta Furniture at 1647 Bath Avenue. But clearly, the family-run business is his passion and the culmination of a dream. Casa emigrated to America from Italy in July, 1968, with his parents and seven siblings. In 1973 when he was a sophomore in high school, his brother helped him land a job with John Turano and Sons, a wholesale furniture distributor in Greenpoint. Casa’s job was to sandpaper the chairs to get them ready to go into the finishing department. On weekends he would deliver furniture for the business.

Casa was living in Bensonhurst at the time and learned that Turano had another furniture store called Gemma Furniture, located on 18th Avenue. Turano offered Casa a job in the retail store to set up and clean the furniture. Casa worked there during his junior and senior years in high school when he was the captain of the soccer team. He proudly recalls leading his team to the New York City finals one year. Born and raised in Sicily, Casa was 11 years old when his family settled on Bath Avenue in Bensonhurst. Now, he runs the family business with his wife Lucia, who helped encourage Casa to open Vesta Furniture. “My wife, who came here from Naples, and I met through the furniture industry,” Casa told this paper. “While I worked for John Turano and Sons, she worked for Seaman’s Furniture and Levitz’s

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Furniture. That’s how we made our connection. We were both divorced and each had two kids, a boy and a girl.” Casa places a strong emphasis on family and says that everything he and his wife do is for their children, Vincent, Joseph, Grace and Jennifer. Three of their children are married and Joseph is preparing to wed in April. Casa shared a charming anecdote about how he and Lucia came to select the name Vesta for their business. “We have five grandchildren, Vincent, Emma, Samantha, Tyler and Antonio and we took the first letter from each their names for Vesta.” And while not officially working for Vesta, all of the couple’s children and their spouses help out whenever they can. When asked what makes Vesta Furniture stand

out from other furniture stores, Casa again emphasized the importance of it being a family-run business. “Aside from the fact that we only sell quality furniture, we sincerely care about our customers,” Casa said. “I treat every customer who comes through the door with golden gloves. My wife and I are friendly people and we are very people-oriented so we make all our customers feel at home.” Casa proudly recalls a recent customer coming back just to tell him and his wife that they not only helped him with his furniture purchase but made him feel like family in the process. “He said I went other stores and they just didn’t seem to care, but you made me feel so comfortable here,” Casa recalled. “Well, he’s come back three times and that says it all.”

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Shining a light on lung cancer. To mark the beginning of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Maimonides Medical Center, 4802 10th Avenue, held a flag-raising ceremony on Fri., Nov. 2. President and CEO of Maimonides Medical Center Kenneth Gibbs discussed the challenges in the treatment in lung cancer, starting with the allocation of government funding essential to providing quality care. Citing the “tremendous amount of challenges in health care,” Gibbs said, “We witness it very visibly with our political system that can’t really handle the issue of how to correctly allocate resources for the benefit of our population with regard to healthcare. “It’s an incredibly serious issue,” he stressed, “and part of that issue is having the resources for wellness and prevention so we aren’t at the back end treating problems when they’re too late. Lung cancer is one of the illnesses

that cries out for that.” those whose lives are affected According to Gibbs, lung by lung cancer, not just the cancer represents about 25 patients but the families.” This percent of cancer in the United includes, he said, not only “the States. The five-year survival best, most innovative ways to rate is about five percent if the detect lung cancer early,” but alcancer is found late, but it ap- so treating patients “with some proaches 60 percent if it’s found of the new, exciting things that early. Yet, only a little over 15 we have going on out there.” percent of the population in “There’s been a transformation in how we treat lung Brooklyn has been screened. “Here at Maimonides, in cancer so that a patient with spite of the challenges we advanced lung cancer, seeing face in funding for prevention me and starting treatment and wellness and screening, today, gets treatments that we have a history of great were not available even two commitment to serving the years ago,” added Dr. Kevin community and funding the Becker, chief of the Division outreach to create awareness,” of Hematology & Medical he said, emphasizing “Mai- Oncology. “This means the monides’s commitment that, if prospects of patients facing you are eligible, we will screen this horrible disease are better you, no matter your financial than they’ve ever been. circumstance.” “Things are so different Dr. Jason Shaw, the director now from when I started,” of General Thoracic Surgery Becker went on, noting that and Maimonides’s Lung the question posed by those Screening Program, discussed with advanced lung cancer, the progress the hospital has “How long do I have?” is “a made in curing the disease. terrible question that I’ve had “I’m here not just as a chest to answer almost every day surgeon but as someone that I’ve been doing this. Just in has had two very good friends the past couple of years, a new ebrooklyn media/Photo by Jaime DeJesus whose lives were affected by question has come up -- ‘How lung cancer,” he said. “We are long do I have to keep doing Representatives of Maimonides Medical Center raise a flag for Lung Cancer very committed to treating this treatment?’” Awareness Month.

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BRIEF HISTORY: Bedford-Stuyvesant The site of Bedford was acquired by the Dutch West India Company in the 1630s and 1640s from the Canarsee Indians, but as early as 1790, more than a quarter of its residents were of African descent. The area was primarily used for farming throughout the 18th century and was occupied by British troops after the Battle of Brooklyn in the Revolutionary War. When slavery was abolished in New York State in 1827, blacks still found it difficult to buy land, but their persistence

made them successful in eventually buying.

subway reached the area in 1936.

William Thomas and James Weeks, both African-Americans, bought land in the 1830s that would eventually become the settlements of Carrville and Weeksville, encompassing an area almost as large as modern-day Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The increased population made housing scarce and unemployment prevalent with landlords lacking the funds for upkeep on their buildings.

Transportation innovations of the Brooklyn and Jamaica Railroad in 1836 brought in Irish, German, Jewish, Scottish and Dutch Americans. New immigrants from Europe, the south United States and the Caribbean then moved in after the

With grassroots advocacy in its roots though, BedfordStuyvesant picked itself back up with the help of the BedfordStuyvesant Restoration Corporation and other advocates who created a legacy of landmarked historical sites. — Norm Goldstein

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It starts with a Shake Shack and ends with a cemetery. How can you resist? If you want to walk to Queens from Downtown Brooklyn, Willoughby’s a fine way to go. For part of your stroll, you’ll notice this photogenic thoroughfare is called Willoughby Street — which begins as a pedestrian plaza alongside the 409 Fulton St. Shake Shack. On the far side of Fort Greene Park, Willoughby Street becomes Willoughby Avenue.

Eye-catching new apartment towers and landmarked houses line Willoughby Street/Avenue. It slices through Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick. We split our story of our walk into three parts so we could show you as many photos as possible. This is the final installment, Part Three.

inscribed on a Lewis Avenue building facade. According to a 2015 DNAinfo story, Mike Kohn’s Alliance Private Capital Group plans to convert the portion of the property that had been St. John’s College into a 120unit apartment building.

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Development Planned at St. John the Baptist Site The Prince of American Catholic Architects left an impressive legacy. Revered 19th-century architect Patrick Charles Keely designed an estimated 700 religious buildings in his long career. One of the Irish immigrant’s finest creations is St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church on Willoughby Avenue in Bed-Stuy. The Romanesque-style granite beauty’s cornerstone was laid in 1888. The years have not been kind to St. John the Baptist. These days, Masses are celebrated in a small chapel that has been carved out of the church’s sanctuary. The rest of the church’s interior is open only on special occasions. The church property at 75 Lewis Ave. also includes a mammoth building that housed St. John’s College for many decades, until that institution moved to Queens. The Vincentian Fathers established the parish and the college. Their name is

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT As the hyphenated name implies, the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, more commonly referred to as Bed-Stuy, has a dual history. In the 1630s and 1640s, the Dutch West India Company acquired woodlands from the Canarsie Indians and named it Bedford. Also known as Bedford Corners, it was the first major settlement east of what was then known as the Village of Brooklyn. Neighboring Stuyvesant Heights, farmland that became a community after the Revolutionary War, was named for Peter Stuyvesant, the last governor-general of New Amsterdam before it was ceded to the English. The neighborhood was an agricultural area through most of the 18th century, aided by black African slaves who helped the Dutch farm the lands. In 1827, when slavery was officially abolished in New York State, Brooklyn became a popular settlement area for free blacks from the South. William Thomas and James Weeks, both free blacks, pur-

chased adjoining property in the neighborhood from Henry C. Thompson, another free black property owner. Thomas’ land eventually became Carrville, which no longer exists. Weeks cut up his property into plots to sell to other blacks. This area became known as Weeksville and was home to more than 800 residents. Weeksville had its own school, churches, and its own abolitionist newspaper, The Freedman’s Torchlight. The completion of the Brooklyn Bridge and the elevated subway in the 1880s made the area more accessible and new immigrants poured into the neighborhood. Weeksville, a key part of what became BedfordStuyvesant, was largely forgotten in the 1930s. The last of its dilapidated houses were set to be demolished before they were rediscovered and restored in 1968 and the area opened for public tours as the Weeksville Heritage Center. Today, Bedford-Stuyvesant, in north-central Brooklyn, is the largest black neighborhood in New York. —Norm Goldstein

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A developer plans to do a residential conversion at 75 Lewis Ave.

Take a Stroll to Queens From Downtown Brooklyn, Part Three — Continued from page 28INB — We looked at city Finance Department records and found a memorandum of lease Kohn and church rep Paul A. Michels signed. The lease, which began in March 2014, has an initial 49-year term plus two renewal options, each 25 years long. If reading this gives you a sense of deja vu, it’s because a church mentioned in Part Two of this story is also planning residential development on part of its property. As for St. John the Baptist, the church and Alliance Private Capital Group jointly applied to the city Board of Standards and Appeals for a waiver so the developer wouldn’t have to build 60 parking spots. In May, the board dismissed the waiver application.

A Wedge-Shaped Apartment Building

As you continue your Willoughby Avenue stroll, you’ll soon see a recently constructed, wedged-shaped rental-apartment building beside the overhead train tracks on Broadway. Its addresses are 1000 Broadway and 865 Willoughby Ave. Yoel Goldman is a member of the LLC that did the development — and bought the site from the Rose of Sharon Church of Christ Disciples of Christ Inc. for $1,237,500 in 2013, Finance Department records show. Goldman is a Brooklyn real estate investor and developer whose firm is called All Year Management.

Long Live Theobald Engelhardt

After you cross Broadway, you’re in Bushwick. At the end of the first Willoughby Avenue block in the neighborhood, you’ll find landmarked Catherina Lipsius House at 670 Bushwick Ave.

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Lipsius and her family owned a brewery in the area. Her American Round-Arched-style mansion, built in 1889 and 1890, has a mansard roof and a skinny rounded turret topped by a pointy roof like a witch’s hat. The red-brick house is trimmed with stone and terra cotta. Theobald Engelhardt designed Catherina Lipsius House. The Brooklyn-born, Cooper Union-educated son of German immigrants was the architect for numerous Brooklyn mansions, churches and industrial buildings.

A Statue with a Hollywood Actress’ Face

Across the street from Catherina Lipsius House, there’s a tiny city park called the Freedom Triangle. A stunning bronze World War I memorial statue graces the .004-acre greenspace. The statue designed by sculptor Pietro Montana is called Victory with Peace. It was erected in 1921. It’s an early 20th-century version of Nike, the classical Greek winged goddess — with a Hollywood actress’ face. The actress, Claudia Deloney, was a friend of more famous movie star Gloria Swanson, the city Parks Department’s website says. Once you walk past the Freedom Triangle, Willoughby Avenue crosses Myrtle Avenue, which, like Broadway, has overhanging train tracks. The first thing you’ll see is Charles Place, a picturesque dead-end street. On one side of it, there’s wedge-shaped 1215 Myrtle Ave., where a bar called Birdy’s is located. On the other, there’s 941 Willoughby Ave., a mural-covered brick rowhouse where coffee shop Little Skips can be found.

Willoughby Avenue resumes on the far side of the park, which is bordered by Irving Avenue. There are beautiful rowhouses on this corner.

Willoughby Avenue Ends at a Cemetery

When you continue strolling, there’s an especially finelooking cluster of golden-brick rowhouses with windowsills arched like eyebrows on the corner of Wyckoff Avenue. The address is 1318-1328 Willoughby Ave. As Finance Department records indicate, the property belongs to Wyckoff Heights Realty Inc., whose president is Solomon Jacobowitz. In 2006, this entity paid $4.8 million for a package of buildings on Wyckoff and Willoughby avenues that includes 1318-1328 Willoughby Ave., the records show. On the final stretch of Willoughby Avenue, the terrain is hilly. Willoughby Avenue’s last Brooklyn block runs between St. Nicholas and Cypress avenues. Then you cross Cypress Avenue, and you’re in Ridgewood, Queens. Willoughby Avenue continues into Ridgewood for a couple blocks. It ends at Woodward Avenue, which borders Linden Hill United Methodist Cemetery. The cemetery was founded in 1842 and is now nonsectarian, its website says.

This handsome apartment building is on the corner of Willoughby and Lewis avenues.

A Park Named after a Bushwick Activist

Modern apartment buildings and old-fashioned houses mingle on the next several blocks. Iglesia San Jose Patron has eye-popping murals with Biblical figures on walls surrounding a parking lot. Willoughby Avenue temporarily disappears at Knickerbocker Avenue because that’s where Maria Hernandez Park is located. The City Council named this greenspace in 1989 for a Bushwick activist who fought to get drug traffickers off the streets of her neighborhood — and was shot dead.

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earing loss can lead to many difficulties in everyday situations. The ability to understand a speaker can depend on factors other than hearing sensitivity. A normal hearing listener would struggle in a situation with background noise, competing signals, and lack of visual or contextual cues. These effects are magnified for a listener with impaired hearing. As approximately 37.5 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, according to the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), here are some common signs of hearing loss to look out for:

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1) constantly asking for repetitions, 2) feeling that others are either speaking softly or mumbling, 3) difficulty hearing at a party or in a restaurant, 4) missing parts of a word or sentence, and 5) turning up the television volume. Unmanaged hearing loss can lead to a higher risk of isolation, social withdrawal, anxiety, depression, fatigue, memory loss, and is shown to have a higher correlation with the development of dementia. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that the rate of cognitive decline was slowed by 75% following the use of hearing aids to manage a hearing loss. While cognitive decline cannot be stopped, this rate of reduction is considered to be significant and substantial. It is important to remember that hearing loss can affect our pediatric population as well. Universal newborn hearing screenings (NBHS) are now mandatory for all newborns. Early detection and intervention of hearing loss in newborns is essential in promoting speech, language, social, and cognitive development. The University Physicians of Brooklyn (UPB)-Brooklyn ENT-Audiology Division offers a variety of audiological and electrophysiological testing, including comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluation and hearing tests for adults and children, auditory brainstem response testing, balance assessments, newborn hearing screenings, and hearing aid evaluations and fittings through N.Y. Audio Associates Inc.

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and had a private practice for 40 years prior to joining the bench. “Truly we lost another of the greatest oseph Giamboi, former New York generation,” Cannavo said. “He lived state Supreme Court Justice and one through the depression, World War [II], he of the early founders of the worked very hard to get where he was. He Columbian Lawyers Association, showed us what true grit and determination died on Sept. 27. was really about. He’s truly a great American Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual and I’m going to miss him.” Help Church on Thursday, Oct. 4 and Vito Cannavo’s eulogy came at a Columbian Cannavo, past president of the Columbian Lawyers meeting on discrimination against Lawyers Association of Brooklyn, also Italian-Americans, which seemed approprishared a few words about the judge at a ate as he recalled the judge’s efforts to build recent meeting. up the association. “His wake was truly a sad occasion,” “He was one of the founding members of Cannavo said. “He lived a full and distinwhat the Columbian Lawyers [Association] guished life of public service.” was,” Cannavo said. “He was always Cannavo remembered the judge, who involved because he liked to be the tremenmost recently served in the Bronx after he dous force that he was. He was a great suptook senior status, as a fair judge, who made porter for everyone. He understood what this people feel happy with his positive attitude organization was about and how important it — and his red Cadillac. was for professionals of Italian-American “He was a decent and kind man, a generdescent to have a forum where they could ous guy who was happy when he made you feel welcome and get the support they needhappy,” Cannavo said. “There was always a ed to continue in this profession. Mostly, he Contact us about seasonal promotions online and in print. For three decades, we’ve represented the interests of thousmile on his face and a word of encouragewas a guy who stood for the dignity and ment for anyone who greeted him. He had a sands of your New York and New Jersey neighbors, injured by integrity of Italian Americans in any walk of great sense of humor. He was always smilAsk for a consultation: life. We should be proud of what he stood ing, occupational laughing. He was exposure a dapper dresser. You to asbestos, defective medicines or for. didn’t live until you took a ride with him in medical devices, general negligence or environmental pollu“When heQUEENS: ran for Assembly his slogan BROOKLYN: his big red Cadillac, flying along on the was ‘Atta-boy Giamboi,’” Cannavo continroads.” jdh@queenspublicmedia.com jdh@ebrooklynmedia.com tion. We would be honored to discuss your potential case with ued. “Judge, I just want to say to you, from Giamboi, who was born in 1925, went to all of us, that you did good. Thanks for sharin School the strictest of confidence. Our over 100 attorneys Newyou York–Law prior to being admitted to the NYS Bar in 1955. He served as a Judge Joseph N. Giamboi (left) joined the firm Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and ing such a good life with us. Atta boy, and 400 support professionals stand ready to go to the end Thursday, August 23, 2018 • BQ Daily Eagle • 17 Supreme Court judge from 1995 until 2004 Cannavo after he left the bench in 2004. Brooklyn Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese Giamboi.” ROB@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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Pet Adoption Corner

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FAITH IN BROOKLYN NYC College of Technology Marks 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Tragedy Recent Acts of Violence Against Jews Underscore Lessons of Kristallnacht By Francesca Norsen Tate Religion Editor

The annual Kristallnacht observance that New York City College of Technology’s Jewish Faculty & Staff Association has sponsored for 30 years focuses on the night of violence against the Jewish communities and businesses

NYC College of Technology President, Dr. Russell K. Hotzler, with honorees Edith Everett and program coordinator, Dr. James Goldman.

across Europe. The year 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the atrocities and a turning point in the Nazis’ rise to power. Many concerned citizens of Jewish and other faiths today see a new resurgence of neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups. This year’s City Tech observance, which took place on Nov. 7, paid homage to the 11 people killed at Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27 and emphasized the urgency of educating the next generations on the Holocaust and the factors that led to the genocide. Dr. Russell Hotzler, president of the college, provided background on Kristallnacht, also known as “Night of the Broken Glass,” calling it a plundering of synagogues, homes and Jewish homes, with the intention of driving Jews out of Germany. “The timing of today’s program could not be more pointed, given recent acts of hatred and bigotry … Clearly the worst anti-Semitic act that has ever taken place in this country,” he said. Extending condolences to the victims and their families, Hotzler said, “We condemn the hatred and the violence which counter the American principles of inclusion and religious freedom as embedded in our Constitution. We stand together in condemning these actions and those who violate those values. “As an educational institution, we hold an obligation and a responsibility to instill in our students and ourselves, a fundamental understanding of right and wrong, of common respect, of justice,” Hotzler continued, with passion in his voice. “And one of the ways we do that is ensuring that we learn about and from history; that we protect the validity of that history; that we pass it on, and that we draw strength and wisdom

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Suzanne Loebl was the guest speaker at this year’s Kristallnacht observance Photos courtesy of Bess Adler

from it to ensure a better world,” he added. “Today’s program — our distinguished speakers, our honorees and presenters — all help to fulfill that responsibility. I sincerely welcome them and look forward to learning from them.” However, the Kristallnacht observance also paid tribute to the survivors, and to the people who — notwithstanding great risk to themselves — hid and protected Jews. One of the beneficiaries of this protection, Brooklyn Heights resident Suzanne Loebl, a Belgium Holocaust hidden child, received the City Tech JFSA Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. Edith Everett, an educator, community leader, philanthropist and humanitarian, received the college’s 2018 Distin-

guished Humanitarian Award. As the gathering celebrated those who saved the Jews saved during the Holocaust, another dramatic moment developed during the Nov. 7 program when a quick-acting City Tech student named Raven Hampton came to the rescue of Loebl’s husband when he fell unconscious during the program. Hampton, who has experience as an EMT, resuscitated Mr. Loebl and administered CPR. Dr. James Goldman, representing the Jewish Faculty & Staff Association, commended Hampton in an email distributed to the college’s president and administration, writing, “You are an exemplar for City Tech students and for all EMS individuals.”

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Rev. Dr. Storrs Marked 50th Jubilee As Church of the Pilgrims’ Pastor By Francesca Norsen Tate Religion Editor

The George R. Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competition winners for 2018, left to right: Roshan Chakane, Evan Currie and Austin Philemon. INBrooklyn File Photo by Francesca N. Tate

Earlier this year, the American Guild of Organists-Brooklyn Chapter awarded three young promising musicians prizes as part of its George R. Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competition. This Sunday, Nov.18, at 5 p.m., the Brooklyn AGO chapter will host the Scholarship Winners’ Organ Recital at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. This year’s winners are Austin Philemon, of the Manhattan School of Music; and Evan Wesley Currie and Roshan Chakane, both of

Rutgers University. These brilliant performers are preparing a banquet of organ works which they’ll perform on the church’s landmark 1925 Skinner pipe organ. The suggested donation for this concert is $20, all of which is applied to the George R. Mathison Memorial Scholarship Competition Fund for future years. As is always the case, when the term “suggested donation” is used, it is truly just a suggestion; the AGO will gratefully accept donations of any size.

The Brooklyn Eagle of Sat., Nov. 14, 1896 carried full page coverage of the anticipated “semi-centennial” of the Rev. Dr. Richard Salter Storrs, pastor of the Church of the Pilgrims. Storrs had been born in Braintree, Mass. on Aug. 21, 1821. At the time of this golden jubilee, he was in his 76th year. Situated at the corner of Henry and Remsen streets, Church of the Pilgrims actually pre-dated its sister Congregational community, Plymouth Church, which was established three years later, with the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher as its founding minister. The Church of the Pilgrims was formally established on Dec. 22, 1844, although a church building had begun construction just five months earlier. That building would finally be dedicated in May, 1846. But Storrs, like his colleague Beecher, would also gain renown, and would actually live to serve Church of the Pilgrim for 50 years. The full-page tribute to the Rev. Dr. Richard SaltThat Eagle edition, in addition to er Storrs, from the Sat., Nov. 14, 1896 edition of the describing Storrs’ expected historical Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Eagle archives sermon and the evening musical service, reported, “On Monday evening, him to remain in Brooklyn. the Manhattan Ministerial association will enThe article also gave an account from 1845 tertain Dr. Storrs, and a loving cup, executed by in which Storrs, preaching his first sermon folTiffany, and commemorating his long years of lowing his installation, announced the safe arwork in the ministry, will be presented to him rival of the ship Cornelia, following a stormy by his brethren.” and dangerous voyage. The full-page spread included a recounting He had his congregation pray for the passenof Storrs’ installation half a century earlier, gers, in particular for the Rev. Dr. Samuel Hanand his participation in Beecher’s silver jubilee son Cox, the well-respected pastor of First Preswedding to his own church. It also gave a syn- byterian Church of Brooklyn, just 3 1/2 blocks opsis of Storrs’ vocation and printed a letter that down Henry St. The two became close friends his fellow clergymen wrote at one point, asking over the years.

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On opening night at Eastville, Brooklyn’s only dedicated comedy club, the 120-seat venue was packed. By Michael Stahl The Bridge

After nearly a decade of running a successful comedy club in the East Village, Marko and Tia Elgart’s business needed a new home. Their lease was expiring, and they had been looking for a new spot in the obvious place, Manhattan. Then, one day while they were exploring the area around Barclays Center, the couple considered Brooklyn. They saw young people and tourists enjoying the new nightlife and shopping the Apple Store and Whole Foods. “And with the train station, it’s more accessible than almost anywhere in the five boroughs,” Marko told The Bridge in a recent interview. Plus, he and his wife already live in Park Slope, which they’ve called home the past eight years. Marko and Tia were also well aware at the time that Brooklyn did not have a dedicated comedy club. “Brooklyn has a lot of rooms that do comedy,” Elgart said. “There’s Union Hall, there’s also The Bell House, but those are event spaces,” he said, not the same type of venue as, say, Carolines, the famous comedy club in Times Square. Indeed, for all the culture in Brooklyn — from the mainstream events at Barclays Center to the popping parties at House of Yes to the fine art of the Brooklyn Museum —the borough hadn’t had a comedy club of its own… until now. In July, the Elgarts’ new venue, Eastville Comedy Club, opened its doors to paying customers for the first time at 487 Atlantic Ave., right on the edge of the Brooklyn Cultural District.

On opening night, in front of a 120-seat full house, revered performers like Janeane Garofalo (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Todd Barry (“Flight of the Conchords”) and Christian Finnegan (“Chappelle’s Show”) nailed their punch lines and sent drink-swigging comedy fans into convulsions. The new

spot is sleeker than the old one, with a freshly plastered subway-tile stage backdrop, high beamed ceilings and an exposed-brick bar area just past the all-glass facade. While the move seems like a natural migration now, the road from Manhattan to Brooklyn had its share of potholes. After

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founding their original club on East 4th Street in 2008 — Marko had started producing shows after a short stint as a stand-up performer — they had built up a loyal following, based on performances by rising stars and recognizable stage veterans like Sarah Silverman. continued on back page

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But it was time to go. The Elgarts had landlord troubles and felt the need for an upgrade. “The old space was kind of a shithole dive, which was cool 10 years ago, but not really anymore,” Marko said. “Our lease was expir-

ing. I started negotiations with my old landlord,” who he describes in colorfully unflattering terms. “He just wanted a lot of money, additional taxes. It was way more than we were willing to pay.” Finding a new place for a comedy club, however, is a lot harder than finding one

The comedy club has a bar in the front of the house, separate from the main room. for, say, a toy store. The Elgarts scoped out a new location on Avenue A, situated within the boundaries of Community Board 3, the same district as their old club. They crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. Elgart said CB3 had made

Photos by Adina Lerner, courtesy of Eastville Comedy Club

business at Eastville difficult within a couple years. Tickets the pay for stand-up performfor him over the years, for- for the shows are priced mod- ers ranges from notoriously bidding the front of the club estly, with a $20 cover charge little, sometimes $20 to $50 to operate as a full-time bar, for weekend shows, a buck for comics just starting out, to which meant the staff could cheaper than Eastville was hundreds or thousands of dolsell drinks only to show- charging in Manhattan. lars for headliners. goers. Weeknight shows are $12 per In Elgart’s case, he said he When the Elgarts pro- ticket, or roughly 20 percent pays a total of “thousands of posed their move to the less than the prices for many dollars a week” to the comeboard, Marko said they ap- such shows across the river. dians. “I like being a good proved it, but with impossiThe club’s cash cow, of boss to everybody. I want to bly burdensome stipulations. course, is booze. “Ticket make everybody as happy as “They were like, ‘You can prices are a low-revenue I can, but I also have to make only be open ‘til 12 a.m. on source; I would guess 10 per- smart business decisions beweekends, you can’t have cent or 20 percent, tops,” El- cause these comics aren’t any lines outside,’ just com- gart said. There’s a two-drink paying the huge rent that I’m pletely shitting all over the minimum during shows but paying; they’re not paying business we had for 10 Elgart says customers will the huge insurance I’m payyears.” buy more than that if the ing.” In an email to The Bridge, waiters work quickly enough. Spats with community Susan Stetzer, District Man- “We staff a little more, and boards, landlords, and perager of CB3, wrote that the people will drink more than haps the occasional comedian Elgarts wished to move the two, you’ve just got to get to aside, Marko Elgart says he club “to a very saturated them.” Drink prices are a bit and his wife — who have area,” when it comes to the higher in the main room than two young children — enjoy number of establishments those you’d find in your cor- running Eastville. “I love it,” owning late-night liquor li- ner watering hole, or even the he said. “I’m very fortunate censes. She also wrote that bar in the front of the club be- that I’m not stuck in a cubicle that part of the neighborhood fore performances begin. from 9 to 5; that’s not somewas home to “a great deal of Elgart said he compen- thing I want to do; I’m my noise complaints reported to sates the comics competi- own boss. It’s a lot of hard the community board,” tively, if not a little better work, but we’re lucky to be sparked by commotion on the than some other clubs, de- in the business.” sidewalk. “‘No wait lines’ is pending on the show’s date, Read the full story on a consistent stipulation for time, and roster. In general, www.brooklyneagle.com businesses in the area and the Comedy Club was not being singled out.” Once the Elgarts gave up on Manhattan, they found a place in Brooklyn with a lease that Marko said is much more agreeable than the one he was nearly forced into. After six weeks of renovation at the new space, the club reopened, retaining its original name because, Elgart said, most people don’t make the connection between the moniker and the original East Village location. Nor did he want to throw away a decade of branding efforts. Summer was a slow season to launch a new club, but Elgart expects Eastville to recoup the cost of the move Comic Akaash Singh performing on opening night.

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