GREENPOINT | WILLIAMSBURG
VOLUME 46 | NUMBER 48
DECEMBER 20, 2018
INSIDE WILLIAMSBURG’S DOMINO PARK — The playground is a miniature version of a sugar refinery: Artist Mark Reigelman designed a children’s play Brooklyn Eagle photo by Lore Croghan space that is inspired by the sugar reﬁning process. Visit brooklyneagle.com for more Domino Park photos and reports.
Montessori Schools: What Are They and Why Brooklyn Parents Should Consider Them
New Greenpoint Montessori Brings Borough Total to 20
Dramatic Bushwick Anti-Gentrification Message Projected on Downtown Bank’s Facade A teacher observes her students. See page 3.
Photo courtesy of C’e Montessori
Slogans like “De Blasio, stop selling us out!” and others were projected onto the facade of TD Bank in Brooklyn Heights Monday night. Activist groups G-REBLS and Mi Casa No Es Su Casa say a plan to rezone Bushwick fails to protect existing tenants, many of them Brooklyn Eagle photo by Mary Frost people of color. See page 3.
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Measles Outbreak in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish Neighborhoods On Upswing By Mary Frost
The number of confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community increased to 42 last week, up from six cases in October, according to the NYC Department of Health (DOH).
The city has begun barring kids who haven’t had the required measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine from attending school, which includes Jewish religious yeshivas. The first Brooklyn child with measles acquired the infection on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak is occur-
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Forty-two cases of measles have been reported in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community, all stemming from AP photo by Bebeto Matthew one child’s trip from to Israel, where a large outbreak is occurring. ring, according to DOH. The highly-contagious disease has since spread among children (and a couple of adults) in Borough Park and Williamsburg. Dr. Joseph Kaplovitz, pediatric specialist at NYU Langone Stepping Stones clinic in Borough Park, told the Greenpoint Gazette that he expects to see more measles cases. “I do suspect it to go on for another month or two,” he said. “The problem is, it’s very contagious. There’s a 90 percent chance you’ll catch it if you’re
in a room with someone who has it and you’re not immunized.” It can be contagious even before the rash shows up, he added, so if the office suspects a child has the disease they will be met outside the office, outside in the fresh air, so they don’t bring the infection inside. Two of his patients have been confirmed as having the disease and he suspects he saw two more cases this week. While most of his Orthodox patients — roughly 95 percent, he estimated — have been immunized, there’s “lots of misinformation” still being spread by anti-vaxxers. “They may believe conspiracy theories, like [the vaccine] causes autism, even though that idea has been shot down. Mercury and preservatives are another reason — even though there’s more mercury in a can of tuna fish,” he said. “While they have some valid concerns, when we do a risk-benefit analysis we see that the side effects of the vaccine are exceedingly small compared to the bad the measles can do. Since the city starting requiring the measles shots, “We’ve had patients come in, and that the only vaccine the child has. But now they can go to school.” Kaplovitz said the closeness of the Orthodox Jewish community contributed to the spread of the disease. “We’re amongst each other,” he said. “We spend a lot of time together. In a way, that’s better; we don’t spread it to anyone else.” He said it was appropriate for the city to ban non-immunized children from schools. “It’s prudent to have kids stay home if they don’t have their two MMR shots.” To fight misperceptions, the city has reached out to the Orthodox community, and Kaplovitz’ office hands out a 30-page pamphlet prepared by a rabbinical organization that explains the benefits of vaccination, how vaccines are made and tested and other details. Vaccination is required for all children 2 months to 18 years old who go to child care, public school or private school.
Started in Israel, Spread to New York The disease, which causes fever and a rash from head to toe, has been nearly eradicated in the U.S. but still exists in other countries. The initial Brooklyn case was acquired by a child on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak was taking place. Besides Borough Park and Williamsburg, the infection has been spreading in Hasidic villages in upstate New York — New Square and Monsey — and in the Orthodox community in Lakewood, New Jersey, Kaplovitz said. Other cases have broken out at a related Orthodox community in Rockland County. While not as deadly as now-eradicated smallpox, which looks similar to measles in its early stage, many do not realize how serious measles can be. In the pre-vaccine era, roughly 6,000 measles deaths were reported in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Young children, the immunocompromised and nonimmune pregnant women are
at highest risk for severe complications, including pneumonia, brain damage, deafness or even death. The vaccine was introduced in 1963, and measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. But as vaccination rates have dropped, the disease has experienced a comeback, particularly in Orthodox and other ultra-religious communities such as the Amish. The number of parents against mandatory vaccines has also increased, especially in the western states. The Los Angeles Times estimates that 10 percent of children in private and religious schools in California go without protection from childhood diseases. The decline in vaccination rates across communities has led to the resurgence of diseases like measles and mumps, and recent outbreaks “have demonstrated the importance of an integrated infection prevention response,” according to research presented in June at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
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Dramatic Bushwick Anti-Gentrification Message Projected on Downtown Bank’s Facade “The Department of City Planning is right here, and so we’re here to send a message: ‘Bushwick is not for sale,’” Ariella said. “Don’t come to our hood. We didn’t want you; we didn’t ask for you.” She added, “The Community Board  started this whole study, and we are here as a community to say, ‘CB4, show DCP the door. We don’t want you here.’” As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to rezone 15 rapidly growing neighborhoods, the Bushwick Community Plan is meant to give neighborhood stakeholders input into planning where development and infrastructure improvements should happen while preserving low-income housing and neighborhood character. But G-REBLS and Mi Casa No Es Su Casa say the plan doesn’t go far enough to protect existing tenants, many of whom are people of color.
By Mary Frost Greenpoint Gazette
“The Bushwick ‘Community Plan’ is a sham!” and “De Blasio, stop selling us out!” were two of the messages projected in giant white letters on the facade of TD Bank on Montague Street Monday night. The illuminated slogans were meant to be seen by staffers at the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP), with offices across the street from TD Bank on the seventh floor of the Montague-Court Building. “How do you spell racist? DCP!” chanted Ariella (she did not provide her last name), a spokeswoman for G-REBLS. G-REBLS and Mi Casa No Es Su Casa, two activist groups from Bushwick, are “fighting for our neighborhood,” Ariella told the Greenpoint Gazette. The groups feel a planned rezoning of the neighborhood threatens longtime residents.
The illuminated facade of TD Bank in Downtown Eagle photo by Mary Frost on Monday night.
Montessori Schools: What Are They and Why Brooklyn Parents Should Consider Them By Alex Wieckowski
Special to the Greenpoint Gazette
Greenpoint is receiving a new school — just not the one residents thought they were getting. While plans for a public school slated to be built near a toxic Superfund site have stalled, one resident is opening up a different type of insti-
tution in the neighborhood. Greenpoint Montessori, located at 288 McGuinness Blvd., is set to open its doors to the public in January. “I have been living in Greenpoint long enough to know that the neighborhood doesn’t have that many highquality options,” Kat Walker, the school’s lead teacher and director, told the Greenpoint
Gazette. “I am a true believer in the Montessori philosophy, and I have long dreamed of starting my own school, so it made sense to build a program here.” Walker hopes her Montessori program will “provide an experience for families that is both more intimate and more affordable than preschools in typical commercial spaces.”
Unlike a standard classroom, which has rows of desks with children all facing the front, Montessori schoolrooms look much different. In a Montessori school, students of varying ages engage in different activities simultaneously and are encouraged to pursue projects that interest them — much of it being hands-on — with the teacher serving as a guide to their learning rather than an authoritative voice. Children are also encouraged to go at their own pace, work collaboratively and individually, and spend time working on projects they enjoy. continued on back page
Bushwick rents increased almost twice as fast (60 percent) as the borough as a whole (38 percent) from 2000 to 2016, according to DCP. More than half of Bushwick households have a hard time making rent, meaning they spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Half of these households spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The Bushwick Community Plan grew out of a community planning process spearheaded in 2014 by Brooklyn Community Board 4 jointly with Councilmembers Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal. The lighting expertise for the projections was provided by The Illuminator, an art-activist collective that has staged hundreds of projections in public spaces. “Our work calls attention to the many urgent crises that confront us, in support of the ongoing struggle for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world,” the group says on its website, theilluminator.org.
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Right before the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, Coney Island’s world-famous Parachute Jump will begin the countdown to the new year. When the clock strikes midnight, the skyline will illuminate with vibrant colors launched from Steeplechase Plaza for a dazzling 10-minute fireworks display. Pictured are scenes from last year’s celebration.
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Art TECHNO LOVE ACTIVATION WITH ARTIST CYNTHIA ALBERTO The Techno Love Series is inspired by the euphoric feeling of connecting with a community through music. It is comprised of 30 woven “cocoons” which are pieces of wearable art. This curatorial approach references Cynthia’s desire for her work to remain inclusive to all communities, rather than an untouchable object. When: Friday, December 21st, 7 – 8 p.m.Where: Greenpoint/ Arete Venue & Gallery (67 West Street) TEXTS/TRACES/FACES This exhibition presents new work by young, self-taught artist John Valembrun, whose interest in finding ways of transforming and representing language, as well as his search to balance negative space and
color are palpable across the different media he uses in his work. His visual vocabulary includes the representation of human faces within or around abstract, colorful structures, as well as truncated words, often spelled backwards or up-side-down. His work invites the viewer not only to observe but also to decipher. When: Thursdays-Sundays through December 22nd, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Heights/ FiveMyles (558 St. John’s Place) EMPATHY This exhibition features artists who reveal a capacity for empathy, a willingness to reflect on another’s point of view or to understand those whose backgrounds differ from their own. Through photography, video, sculpture, drawing, embroidery, installation, performance, and virtual reality, the artists
engage in projects that employ deep listening, compassion, care ethics, and other empathic skills. Bundith Phunsombatlert collaborated with seniors at Rosetta Gatson Neighborhood Senior Center through a series of workshops, inviting senior residents to share their stories while teaching them the cyanotype photographic printing process. All of the participants were Caribbean immigrants and several of their migration narratives were collected into an artist book that is being published by the artist. Appalled by news reports of immigrant children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Michael Kelly Williams was moved to create a new work for the exhibition, which addresses the immigrant crisis in this country. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through December 30th, 12 – 6 p.m.Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) ANNE PEABODY A site specific installation by Anne Peabody. When: Daily through January 4th, 2019 Where: DUMBO/Main Window (One Main Street) SUBVERT CITY Conceived by gallery artist Vincent Como, this exhibition brings together
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Techno Love Activation will be on exhibit on December 21st at Arete Venue & Gallery. their obsolescence. Umbrico begins with the idea that all technologies–including the electronics we use at home and in the workplace– are in effect “black boxes” whose contents are largely incomprehensible to end users. Although we tend to think of screens as invisible and we never see the workings of our technologies, almost everything we learn and
know these days is mediated through the filters of technology. Umbrico aims to demystify the black-box device and to engage the public in creative modes of transforming and visualizing the electronic detritus that accumulates in our homes and in landfills. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through January 20th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun: 12 – 6 p.m. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Where: Fort Greene/Gallery at BRIC House (647 Fulton 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. Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart is curated by Aysin YoltarYıldırım, Hagop Kevorkian Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum, as part of the Arab Art & Education Initiative, and generously supported by MISK Art Institute. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through January 30th, 2019, 11 a.m. 6 p.m., Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) 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) TOM BENNETT: PAINTINGS AND MASTER PRINTS A solo exhibition and sale of Tom Bennett’s artwork. Tom Bennett’s artwork is recognizable for its impassioned brushwork, bold compositions, and rich subject matter. His work embraces art history, abundant with homages to heroic works, bucking horses and classical nudes. In addition to his dynamic paintings, Tabla Rasa will feature a series of unframed mono-types for acquisition by both the seasoned and novice collector. Among them are images of figures that seem to breathe with life force, and storms that roil on the horizon. Mono-types, a form of print in which an image is created on a plate and then transferred to paper, is an ideal vehicle for the spontaneity of Mr.
Bennett’s drawing talents. The inked plate yields only one “unique” image, not an edition of multiples as in other printmaking techniques. When: Thursdays-Saturdays through February 9th, 1 – 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Tabla Rasa Gallery (224 48th Street) PROCESSING: A GOWANUS SWIM SOCIETY EXHIBITION A n exhibition of current work by the eight members of the artist collective Gowanus Swim Society. Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro. Katherine Gressel, Curator. When: Fridays through February, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street) NAVIGATING NEW YORK New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system. Indeed, mass transit helped CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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make the greater New York region what it is today. Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development. When: Tuesdays – Sundays through September 8th, 2019 Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ New York Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn St) THE BUSINESS OF BROOKLYN In conjunction with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, BHS presents The Business of Brooklyn, an exhibition exploring the past 100 years of business in the borough. The story spans booming factories, family shops, iconic innovation,
and labor struggles. The exhibition showcases images and objects from companies large and small that thrived in Brooklyn, including Domino Sugar, Squibb Pharmaceuticals, Schaefer Beer, Drake Bakeries, Abraham & Straus, Gage & Tollner, and many others. It includes numerous artifacts from the Brooklyn Chamber’s history, including a gavel that the Chamber used to convene meetings in the 1920s, the telephone the Chamber used in its first offices at 75 Livingston Street, and a program for the Chamber’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, which honored entertainer Danny Kaye. It also includes treasures from BHS’s collections, including Eberhard pencil sets, Virginia Dare bottles and glasses, coasters and trays from Brooklyn’s illustrious beer brewing history. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Winter 2019, 12 – 5
p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)
Books & Readings MAGPIE MURDERS After working with bestselling crime writer Alan Conway for years, editor Susan Ryeland is intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries in sleepy English villages. His traditional formula has proved hugely successful, so successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job. Conway’s latest tale involves a murder at Pye Hall, with dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects. But the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. When: Thursday, December 20th, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Where: Bay Ridge/Bay Ridge Library (7223 Ridge Boulevard)
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Enjoy Seasonal songs / members Good Shepherd choir Refreshments Invited Elected Officials & Representatives NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Introduce NYS Sen.-elect Andrew Gounardes Meet Your Neighbors. Also: try luck at 50/50. When: Thursday, December 20th, 7:30 -9 p.m. Where: Marine Park/Carmine Carro Community Center (Fillmore Ave. – bet. Madison Pl. & Marine Pkwy)
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INTRO TO WATERCOLOR (PARK SLOPE) In this two-hour workshop, students will learn basic watercolor techniques. Then complete a series of watercolor paintings using these techniques. Techniques such a dry brush and wet into wet will be demonstrated by our teacher, followed by ample time for students to experiment with the materials and techniques on their own. The class will also demonstrate how to set up a drawing from life, from set up and sketching and how to structure your painting. Feel free to bring inspirational images for your watercolors. All materials provided and no experience with watercolors in necessary. When: Thursday, December CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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outdoor adventures. When: Friday, December 21st, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Where: DUMBO/Sparks by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (1 John Street)
Family Fun MUSIC & MOVEMENT STORYTIME Storytime packed with live music and early literacy skill-building movement activities. Recommended ages 1-5 and caregivers. When: Thursday, December 20th, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Flatbush/Clarendon Library (2035 Nostrand Avenue) MAKE MUSIC WINTER SOLSTICE PARADE AND MG CLUBHOUSE HOLIDAY MARKET The Parade will begin at Osborn Street Plaza at 3pm and end at Marcus Garvey Youth Clubhouse’s Holiday Market. One of BCJC’s economic development strategies is to use placemaking activities to encourage local business support. The Parade will engage residents in the arts & culture of Brownsville with music selections from local public schools and BCJC’s Sounds of Brownsville music program. The parade will culminate at the Clubhouse Holiday Market with opportunities to shop local for the holidays. Please share this event within your networks. All are welcome. When: Friday, December 21st, 3 p.m. Where: Brownsville/Osborn Street Plaza CAROLING AND HOT CHOCOLATE Caroling, cookies, and hot chocolate will be served on Christmas Eve. When: Monday, December 24th, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Shore Hill Neighborhood Center (9000 Shore Road) TODDLER AND ME YOGA With Salvador Martinez. Now that your Lil’ One is up and walking, it’s time to explore from a whole new perspective. In this joyous class, they will move, communicate, and explore. Good times. Cobra Club’s totcentric yoga poses can help support motor coordination, cognitive development, and socialization, all the
while these Cobra Kids learn about the wonders of their body and of their world. For walkers up to 3 and a parent or caregiver. When: Wednesday, December 26th, 10 – 11 a.m. Where: Bushwick/The Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Avenue)
Film FEATURE FILM: LARRY CROWNE An unemployed Navy veteran enrolls in community college and falls for his public-speaking teacher. After some time, the married instructor gradually begins to feel as if her problems fade away whenever she’s with her amiable student. When: Thursday, December 20th, 2 – 3:45 p.m. Where: Borough Park/ Borough Park Library (1265 43rd Street) NAUGHTY NOT NICE MOVIES FOR ADULTS This week- Bad Santa When: Friday, December 21st, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Bath Beach/Ulmer Park Library (2602 Bath Avenue)
together a selection of our favorite local crafts and artisan spirits makers for a pop-up within the farmers market. Get ready for holiday entertaining and gift giving and support local makers all in one fun shopping event. When: Sunday, December 23rd, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Down to Earth Park Slope Farmer’s Market (296 4th Street) BKLYN ARCTIC ADVENTURE The Holiday Virtual Reality Experience, created by the experts at YokeyPokey, offers something for everyone – from an excursion to a Winter Wonderland to real life snowball fights and a chance to meet Santa – virtually, of course! Plus, Holiday photos for avid VR fans and their families and a Joybird Lounge where parents can relax while their kids are traveling through time. This experience is free with an extended 30 min adventure, the Winter Smorgasbord. When: Friday-Sunday through December 24th, 12 – 9 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Citypoint (445 Albee Square West)
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When: Sunday, December 23rd, 10 – 11 a.m. Where: Clinton Hill/ Clinton Hill Library (380 Washington Avenue)
METAL YOGA With Saskia Thode. Metal Yoga is not just a vinyasa class. You will move and breathe while listening to your favorite bands. Salute to the moon and connect to the dead, raise your metal mantras, and offer your practice to the darkness, and most importantly have some fun during your practice. The intention of the practice is to be grounding and at the same time uplifting for your spirit by enjoying your favorite music. We will be holding poses until we are feeling their hellish fire creeping into our bodies and rest in peace in Corpse Pose in the end of the class. The class is open level classes and all beginners and everyone else who always wanted to try Yoga but never liked the idea of a regular yoga studio environment are welcome. When: Sunday, December 23rd, 3 – 4:30 pm. Where: Bushwick/The Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Avenue) LINE AND BALLROOM DANCING CLASSES Line and ballroom dancing classes for seniors. When: Wednesday, December 26th, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Shore Hill Neighborhood Center (9000
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Eye on CROWN HEIGHTS How High Are House Prices in Crown Heights North? By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn
Houses in Crown Heights North are selling for a pretty penny. We’re talking about the part of Crown Heights that’s located between Eastern Parkway and Atlantic Avenue. In the past decade, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission has created historic districts that protect 19th- and early 20th-century properties on many of its blocks from demolition or exterior alteration without the agency’s approval. We love Crown Heights South, too. Property pricing in that section of the neighborhood, between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard, is a story for another day. We put together a sampler of 2018 multi-family house sales in Crown Heights North. Take a look.
ST. MARKS AVENUE MANSION WITH A CARRIAGE HOUSE IN THE BACK
An LLC with Sergio Cucci as authorized signatory paid $3.25 million for 669 St. Marks Ave., city Finance Department records indicate.
This attached house at 855-857 St. Marks Ave., which was designed by beloved architect Montrose Morris, is a good example of the 19th-century INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan charm of Crown Heights North. Cucci is identified on the deed as the buyer’s lawyer. He’s an attorney at law firm Reinhardt LLP. The LLC’s address is “in care of VPM NYC Inc.,” the deed says. That’s a property management company. The seller, an entity whose president is Alexandre Lacroix, had purchased the house for $1.5 million in 2015, Finance Department records show. The combination Queen Anne-Romanesque Revival mansion is semi-detached. The brick and stone house has a sharply peaked roof and a front porch with columns. The property is on a non-landmarked block. A posting on the Brownstone Detectives website says a builder named Stephen Morehouse Randall constructed the mansion for his family in 1891. Previous owners of 669 St. Marks Ave. include “a doctor who prescribed whiskey during Prohibition,” the Brownstone Detectives posting notes. A listing posted on Brownstoner.com says there’s a twostory carriage house behind the mansion.
CROWN HEIGHTS Crown Heights, which lies in east Brooklyn on both sides of the ridge of Eastern Parkway, was first settled in the 1660s by the Dutch, who farmed the area with the help of African-American slaves. The names of three hills in the area became names of neighborhoods: Prospect Hill, Ocean Hill and Crow Hill. Crow Hill evolved into Crown Heights, but the origin of Crow Hill is itself debatable. Most accepted is that it was derived from the crows who preyed on the neighboring farms and found a retreat in the trees scattered over the ridge. (An 1877 article in the Brooklyn Eagle went with that explanation.)
TWO ST. MARKS AVENUE BUILDINGS BOTH SOLD FOR $2.9 MILLION
Across the street from 669 St. Marks Ave., a townhouse made of butter-colored brick and brownstone with chocolatecolored trim also changed hands. An LLC with Alexandre Guillot as a member bought the beautiful townhouse, whose address is 688 St. Marks Ave., for $2.9 million, Finance Department records show. This side of the block isn’t landmarked either. An online posting about the rowhouse says it was built in 1905. Several blocks away, in the Crown Heights III Historic District, an LLC with Edmund Soleymani as sole member bought 907 St. Marks Ave. from Andrew David Black for $2.9 million, Finance Department records indicate. The seller is a doctor whose office was located there, online records indicate.
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Others believe that the inmates of the local Kings County penitentiary were referred to as crows. And still others say it was a derogatory term for the residents of the black communities of Weeksville and Carrville in the southern portion of the neighborhood. In any case, the name was changed in 1916 when Crown Street was cut through the neighborhood, the “crown” being the top of the hill. Eastern Parkway, at one time a grand tree-lined boulevard, was laid out in 1868 and attracted new arrivals in the early 1900s. Many upper-class buildings, including brownstones, were built on the parkway, which in effect separated northern and southern sections. The area also benefited from
several IRT subway lines, which made commuting to and from Manhattan much easier. That development peaked in the 1920s. The 1960s and 1970s were marked by turbulent race relations in racially mixed Crown Heights, which also had been declared a primary poverty area. These tensions occasionally broke out in violence between blacks and Jews, especially during the New York City blackout in 1977, and again in 1991. But urban renewal and gentrification have since resulted in a revival of the neighborhood.
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Eye on CROWN HEIGHTS How High Are House Prices In Crown Heights North?
The small brick building at left, which is Greater Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, stands INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan beside a row of limestone houses on St. Marks Avenue. THE BREAD IN A ROWHOUSE SANDWICH
— Continued from page 12INB — The Renaissance Revival-style flats building, as the historic district’s designation report calls it, stands on the corner of Kingston Avenue. It was constructed around 1908. Architect Frank S. Lowe designed it. The windows on the second, third and fourth floors of the four-story building are boarded up or filled in with painted concrete blocks. NMI Architecture filed plans with the city Buildings Department to turn the office property back into a residential building. In November, Community Board 8 voted down Soleymani’s renovation plans for the building — he intends to turn it into a coliving apartment facility, Bklyner.com reported. Online records show that shortly afterwards, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved his proposed alterations of 907 St. Marks Ave.’s exterior.
Frank S. Lowe also designed a trio of stone and yellow-brick Renaissance Revival-style flats buildings further down the block at 939 to 947 St. Marks Ave. Eisenbach Realty Co. built them around 1907, the designation report about the Crown Heights III Historic District notes. The building in the middle — we think of it as the filling in this rowhouse sandwich — is a residential condo property. Its address is 943 St. Marks Ave. The two buildings on either side — the two slices of bread in this rowhouse sandwich — are rental-apartment properties that both belonged to one owner until their sale this year. The purchasers were two LLCs with slightly different names and the same managing member, CH North Realty II LLC, whose managing member is Shmuel Lang, Finance Department records show. Finance Department records show the price paid for 939 St. Marks Ave. was $3,379,310, and 947 St. Marks Ave.’s sale price was $3,620,689.
CROWN HEIGHTS HISTORY
The area that is Crown Heights was first settled in the 1600s and was farmed by African-American slaves for their Dutch owners. After emancipation, some purchased property in the earliest free black communities of Weeksville and Carrville. During the second half of the 19th century, the northern section of the neighborhood developed with mansions and limestone row houses. Then after Eastern Parkway was completed, the northern area became even more of a desirable residential area and large houses sprang up. The southern section eventually developed and by the early 20th century, immigrants from the Caribbean began to settle in what was then a largely Protestant, Catholic and Jewish area. Walk-up apartments were soon built for large numbers of Lubavitch Hasidim who had emigrated from the Soviet Union in the 1940s. The nation fixed its eyes on Crown Heights during the summer of 1991 when a Guyanese child was killed by a car driven by a Lubavitch Hasid. Riots followed and a Hasidic student was killed, creating an image of polarized violence for the neighborhood. Neighborhood organizations and grassroots groups sought to fix this by providing an opportunity to respond to the racial tensions with community-building projects like anti-bias initiatives. —Norm Goldstein
The handsome house at left is recently sold 669 St. Marks Ave. The seller was the New Gethsemane Baptist Church, which retained ownership of the building next door, 209 Rochester Ave., Finance Department records indicate.
The new owner of 203-205-207 Rochester Ave. plans to construct two stories on top of the three-story buildings and expand them horizontally, Buildings Department filings indicate.
A CHURCH SELLS BUILDINGS ON ROCHESTER AVENUE
Now let’s head to Dean Street. An LLC with Matthew Kern as member bought 1437 Dean St. for $1.155 million, Finance Department records show. The designation report about the Crown Heights North III Historic District says architect Henry L. Spicer designed the Renaissance Revival-style stone townhouse, which was built around 1900. It’s situated in a row of five houses built at 1431 to 1439 Dean St. for Benjamin C. Raymond. Several blocks away, in a non-landmarked Crown Heights location, an LLC with Melissa Goldberger Neuman as sole member paid $2.675 million for 203-205-207 Rochester Ave., Finance Department records show. The rowhouses were part of a church complex.
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ADAMSKI, Lillian Bowman -- On Dec. 7, 2018. Born June 1, 1926. Graduated with the last eighth grade class at P.S. 170 in 1939 (McKinley opened the next year). Graduated from Bay Ridge H.S. in 1943. Worked in the insurance and banking industry while mothering Robert, Richard and Adele (McMahon). Den mother at Cub Scout Pack 18. Leader at Girl Scout Troop 2-213. Founding member and longtime board member of the Bay Ridge Festival of the Arts. Served on the boards of the Union Church of Bay Ridge and Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Predeceased by her parents Marie and Frank Bowman and her husband Edward. Grandmother to Patrick, Brendan, Megan and Kyle. Great-grandmother to eight. Instead of� owers, please make a donation in her memory to the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund. (www.fourthavenuepresbyterian.org). All services arranged by Clavin Funeral Home.
FABER, Bruce J. -- 1952 – 2018. All arrangements handled by Marine Park Funeral Home. Burial Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.
GOONAN, Dennis -- 71, on Dec. 8, 2018. Loving husband of Donna (Reilly) and devoted father of Elizabeth. A graduate of Marist College and Columbia University, he was a dedicated social worker and amateur historian, with a keen sense of humor and a generous heart. He will be deeply missed. All arrangements handled by Joseph G. Du�y Funeral Home, 255 Ninth Street.
MELNYK, Cathryn Dennis -- Age 100, of Brooklyn, passed away Sat., Dec. 15, 2018. Cathryn was born August 21, 1918 in Innenstetten, Germany. She will be remembered by her loving husband Michael of 69 years and her three children, John (Paula), Maria and Cathy (Randy). She will also be fondly remembered by her �ve grandchildren, Matthew (Elizabeth), Melanie (Steve), Emma (Ben), Sarah and Michael, along with her three great grandchildren, Annabel, Stella and Stephen. All arrangements handled by Marine Park Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial St. Rose of Lima Church. Interment Hackensack Cemetery.
GARGIULO, Herbert -- Age 94, of Brooklyn, died Thurs., Dec. 13, 2018 at Coney
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Raphael A. Adinolfi, DDS, 75, of Mt. Carmel, PA passed away on Tues., Dec.18, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Born in Brooklyn, NY on March 1st, 1943 he was the son of the late Arthur and Carmella (Fabrizio) Adinolfi. He was a graduate of St. Peter’s H.S. in S.I, Brooklyn College and New York University School of Dentistry. He was married in Bklyn., NY in 1973 to Maureen (Hines) Adinolfi who survives. Raphael was a retired dentist. He had practiced in Bay Ridge, for 38 recording-studio years before his retirement. In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by one son, Steven Adinolfi and his wife Jenna of Queens, NY; one daughter, Kathleen Adinolfi of Queens, NY; two grandchildren, Hally and Quinn and one sister, Frances Adinolfi. Services were held on Friday, Dec. 21st. at the Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 South Market Street, Mt. Carmel, PA. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made to the Mt. Carmel Public Library, 30 South Oak Street, Mt. Carmel, PA 17851 or the First Baptist Church, 10 East Lincoln St, Shamokin, PA 17872.
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DEROSE, Dominic -- 1924 – 2018. Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather Funeral Mass Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church. All arrangements handled by Marine Park Funeral Home.
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Montessori Schools: What Are They and Why Brooklyn Parents Should Consider Them continued from page 3
“Generally, people gain an impression that our Montessori environment will offer young children freedom within structure, with unlimited opportunities to learn and grow in a caring community of friends,” said David Mandel, the executive director of the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn in Prospect Heights.
“Many — though not most — parents who apply to our program were Montessori children themselves and have strongly positive memories of those formative experiences,” Mandel added. Fernando Camberos, the founder and director of C’e Montessori Brooklyn, located in Williamsburg, shared a similar view.
Kat Walker observes students as they play in the Greenpoint Montessori backyard. “Many of our parents are hyper-aware of the benefits of a Montessori preschool education and having attended public school themselves, worked incredibly hard at putting their children in a better educational environment than they had for themselves,” Camberos said. “[Parents] want their children to be independent, to be self motivated, to love school
and enjoy learning,” he continued. “They can’t imagine their lively, curious children sitting at desks for hours on end.” The C’e in the school’s name is Italian for “there is.” “We are definitely traditionalists about the philosophy and believe in this type of organic classroom,” he said, “We focus on just developing a natural curiosity, a healthy love of learning and independence.” The Montessori education approach is based on the teachings of Maria Montessori, an Italian physician who studied special education and experimented with different teaching methods. She opened the first Montessori school in 1907 in Rome. Today, the teachings of Maria Montessori are taught in more than 22,000 Montessori schools across 110 countries, with over 4,000 of those schools located in the U.S., according to the American Montessori Society. In Brooklyn, there are roughly 20 Montessori schools, including Brooklyn Heights Montessori School; Elemental Arts Montessori; Lefferts Gardens Montessori; Montessori Day School of Brooklyn; Rivendell School; Luria Academy; Windmill Montessori School; C'e Montessori Brooklyn; Carrig
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Montessori School; LePort Montessori Cobble Hill; Williamsburg Montessori; Gold Material Montessori School; Bay Ridge Montessori School; Elite Minds; Seneca Village Montessori School; Montessori School of Midwood; Wortspiele; Stuyvesant Heights Montessori; and Ms Lam Montessori School.
A teacher observes her students. Photo courtesy of C’e Montessori
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