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Volume 45, No. 5

Friday, February 8, 2019

OUR WORLD IN PHOTOS ANTIGUA—Strong Arm Cricket Fan: Jewel Andrew plays cricket at a school yard in St. John’s on Sunday, the day after West Indies defeated England for 10 AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan wickets in their second Test match. INSIDE

Commissioner O’Neill: NYPD Will Accept Reforms Made By Panel He Created — See page 3 —

GUEST EDITORIAL: Endorsed by Publisher Terrence Lyght

Dying While Black: Perpetual Gaps Exist in Health Care for African-Americans — See page 2 —

HISTORIANS IRKED BY MUSICAL ‘HAMILTON’ ESCALATE THEIR DUEL— Lin-Manuel Miranda (center) and the cast of “Hamilton” perform at the Tony Awards in New York. Ever since the historical musical began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeably withheld its applause, historians. Many academics argue the onstage portrait of Alexander Hamilton is a Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File counterfeit. Now they’re escalating their fight. See page 4.


GUEST EDITORIAL

Dying While Black: Perpetual Gaps Exist in Health Care For African-Americans

This disparity in black patients’ pain management continues even as black patients are dying. Families often want to ensure that their loved ones are as comfortable as possible once patients reach the point where death is near. Racialized gaps in pain management lead to a denial of humane comfort care that contributes to unnecessary suffering for black patients and their loved ones.

By Yolonda Wilson | The Conversation

Symptoms Ignored

Several years ago, MapQuest directed me on a 10-hour drive to visit my father in a Florida hospital. Complications from diabetes, including blindness, kidney failure, congestive heart failure and a below-the-knee amputation, had taken their toll. This time my father, 69, was hospitalized for an infection of unknown origin that physicians could not name, despite their many attempts to grow cultures. I did not know it at the time, but my father was dying. Once I arrived at the hospital from Durham, North Carolina, I could hear his screams from the nurses’ station. “Never mind. I hear him,” I told the nurse whom I had just asked the location of my father’s room. “I’ll follow the sounds.” That any patient would be left in so much pain that his screams could be heard down the hall was unacceptable to me. That this patient was my father, a man I had always known as a big, strong former football player – the kind of man other men didn’t dare cross (but who was also loving and gentle) – was difficult for me to process. Yet, here I was, being guided to his hospital room by the sound of his cries. Despite being a trained philosopher with an interest in bioethics, I had not yet begun to think about the ways in which racialized health disparities manifest even at the end of life. My father’s excruciatingly painful process of dying was but one example.

Gaps While Living, Gaps While Dying It is well documented that African-Americans experience excess mortality, or deaths beyond the expected mortality rate. However, even if disparities in the mortality rate for African-Americans were rectified tomorrow, the fact remains that we will all eventually die. And how we die matters.

According to a 2013 Pew Research survey, 72 percent of American adults have given at least some thought to their end of life wishes, with 37 percent of American adults having given their end of life wishes a “great deal of thought.” Some of these wishes include decisions about pain management, maintaining quality of life, and whether to continue aggressive medical treatment for terminal illness. Additionally, research shows that people tasked with making treatment decisions for loved ones who cannot express their own wishes sometimes experience distress about watching their loved one suffer. Even months or years later, they wonder whether they made the “right” decision.

Pain Ignored Black patients generally receive worse pain management in primary care environments and emergency rooms. Even black children are not treated for their pain to the extent that white children are. Some attribute this to false beliefs about biological differences between black and white patients, including the belief that black people have “thicker skin” and, therefore, do not experience as much pain as whites. These false beliefs lead to inaccurate pain assessments by physicians evaluating black patients and an unwillingness to take the pain complaints of black patients as seriously.

Inadequate pain management is but one aspect of the lower quality of care that black patients report in general that affects when and how black patients die. In December 2015, 57-year-old Barbara Dawson was arrested and forcibly removed from Calhoun Liberty Hospital near Tallahassee, Florida, after she refused to leave without further treatment. Although she had been evaluated in the hospital, she was discharged despite her continued complaints of difficulty breathing. Hospital personnel apparently assumed she was faking her symptoms and called police to arrest her for being disruptive. Dawson collapsed before she could be placed in the police cruiser and was returned to the hospital where she died an hour later from an undetected blood clot in her lungs. Dawson may or may not have been at the end of life when she arrived at the hospital. However, hospital staff allowed her condition to deteriorate by not taking her complaints seriously. She died only feet away from people who could have, at minimum, eased her process of dying. The hospital was later fined $45,000, and Dawson’s estate settled a lawsuit against the hospital for $200,000 in 2017.

Less Interaction Dawson’s experience is a dramatic and appalling case. Nevertheless, one groundbreaking study revealed that physicians generally interact less — both verbally and nonverbally — with black patients who are dying than with white patients who are dying. At the end of their lives, black patients do not receive the same comfort care, including eye contact and touch, from physicians that white patients do. The U.S. health care system can improve care for all patients at the end of life. However, this system still denies black patients the kinds of interventions that white patients often take for granted. This denial contributes to more painful, horrific deaths of black patients and compounds the grief of their loved ones. In my father’s case, even as part of me still hoped for a miracle, the thing I wanted most in the world was for him to be as comfortable as possible. That this did not happen despite my best efforts still haunts me when I think about the end of my father’s life. ______________________________________ The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.

LEFT: The author with her father, John Wesley Wilson, on Easter Sunday, 1977. Photo courtesy of Yolonda Wilson, CC BY-SA

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Commissioner O’Neill Says NYPD Will Accept Reforms Made by Panel That He Created By Jonathan Sperling The PHOENIX

A report initiated by the NYPD commissioner is poised to make some significant changes to the way the department operates. Most notably, the disciplinary histories and personnel records of NYPD officers, previously hidden from the public and impervious to even Freedom of Information Law requests under state legislation known as 50-a, could soon become the first site of a new realm of transparency. In a statement last Friday, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the department will accept the findings of a panel hired to recommend reforms. O’Neill said he would roll out a series of modest changes to the agency’s dis-

ciplinary system over the next two months after the panel found “almost a complete lack of transparency and public accountability.” The three-member panel that recommended the reforms was appointed by O’Neill. “I offer my deep and sincere thanks to members of the panel, and their staffs, who have donated their valuable time, skills and efforts to perform a vital public service to New York City,” NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said. “A fair, clear and consistent discipline system is essential to the police and public alike, and the twin virtues of transparency and accountability are essential to building mutual trust and respect between cops and the communities they serve.” Last Thursday, the city released a report on

alleged NYPD misconduct matters and civil lawsuits from 2014 to 2018. The Legal Aid Society analyzed the information and found that there were 10,656 lawsuits brought against NYPD in that four-year period. The number of lawsuits decreased from 3,084 in 2014 to 1,586 last year. The city has also paid hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, including $57,246,531.58 last year alone. In 2017, the city paid out $142,677,568.24. “This reporting sheds some more light on the rampant problem of misconduct at the New York City Police Department,” said Tina Luongo, attorney-in-charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at Legal Aid. “In 2018 alone, New Yorkers brought hundreds of lawsuits against the Department over

Hundreds of Muslim New Yorkers gather to pray and protest a decade of NYPD spying on Muslim communities.

excessive use of force, assault, wrongful arrest and imprisonment, and malicious prosecution. We hope that this reporting helps to further the conversation to revamp the NYPD’s current disciplinary process, so that officers who commit these heinous crimes and who betray the public’s trust will receive more than just a slap on the wrist.” NYPD will improve its public reporting and bring it up to speed with other agencies, O’Neill said. Other recommendations made by the independent panel will be implemented over a longer period of time. NYPD said it will appoint a citizen liaison, take measures to expedite disciplinary adjudications, upgrade its case management system and adopt presumptive penalties in domestic violence cases.

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100 The 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birth was celebrated last week with the opening of an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend” runs through Sept. 15. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

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february Calendar of Events Week of the 7th to 13th

Art FIRST THURSDAY GALLERY WALK The first Thursday of every month‚ the galleries of DUMBO stay open late, hosting special events and receptions. Neighborhood restaurants and bars have specials for First Thursday patrons. When: Thursday, February 7th, 6 – 8 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Various Locations

CURATOR TALK: FRIDA KAHLO Discover the intersections of dress, disability, and politics within Frida Kahlo’s artistic practice through presentations by Circe Henestrosa, curator of Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A London, and Gannit Ankori, Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis University. Then, Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A.

Sackler Center for Feminist Art, joins Henestrosa and Ankori for a conversation about the organizing of the special exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving. When: Saturday, February 9th, 2 – 4 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

TANGIBLE A solo exhibition of Min Liu’s animations and installations. Curated by Thomas D. Rotenberg, Tangible examines the format of animation/ moving image by exploring the relationship between its digital representation and analog and physical experience. Blurring the boundary between the visible and the tangible, Min Liu offers her unique styles and fresh perspectives on what animation is, and could be. When: Daily through February 28th, Mon-Fri – 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat – Sun: 10 a.m. – 6

p.m. Where: DUMBO/Made in N.Y. Media Center (30 John Street)

BRIC BIENNIAL: VOLUME III, SOUTH BROOKLYN EDITION This third iteration of the BRIC Biennial presents artists living and working in South Brooklyn, including the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge, highlighting the significance of Brooklyn as a place where artists create work and develop their careers. When: Tuesdays-Sundays through April 7th, Tue-Fri: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat – Sun :11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/ BRIC House Gallery (647 Fulton Street)

ROUGH EDGES: ELISE SIEGEL A solo show of ceramic sculpture by Elise Siegel. In this exhibition, a large gathering of Siegel’s idiosyncratic and psychologically expressive portrait busts inhabit the gallery. Although each bust is a distinct individual, they are not portraits of specific persons. Rather, they are embodiments of familiar emotional states — fleeting moments of inner conflict, disquiet, ambivalence and unease. As such, they exude an uncanny sense of

vulnerability and project an interiority that creates a psychological tension. When: Thursdays-Sundays through February 10th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/STUDIO10 (56 Bogart Street)

ALITA BATTLE ANGEL: PASSPORT TO IRON CITY Guests explore the movie’s Iron City, which has been recreated down to the last detail by the film’s production designers, where they interact with the City’s gritty residents, earn credits by completing puzzles and challenges, experiment with custom technology built for the retro-future Alita aesthetic, and uncover hidden clues to determine their fate with the city’s controlling force. Passport to Iron City fully immerses travelers into the world of Alita’s touching cyberpunk story, and is unlike anything else. When: Daily through February 13th, see http:// alitaexperience.com for schedule Where: Williamsburg/470 Driggs Avenue

JULIAN DASHPER: THE FUTURE MINUS SPACE presents the solo exhibition Julian Dashper: The Future. This is the late artist’s second solo

Image courtesy of Alita Experience

Come to Williamsburg for Alita Battle Angel: Passport to Iron City through February 13th. exhibition at the gallery and commemorates ten years since his passing. The exhibition will highlight select art works produced during the 1990s and early 2000s. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through February 16th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16 Main Street, Suite A)

POP PORN Curated by Matt Myers, aka Eronin, Pop-Porn spotlights five artists working with modern concepts of eroticism and desire, and how it is essential to us right

now. When: Through February 17th Where: Gowanus/MF Gallery (213 Bond Street)

ARCHITECTURE OF MEMORY: CHERYL MOLNAR SOLO The artist’s process begins with documentation: Molnar photographs locations newly traveled and wellknown and loved.  These photographs are digitally stitched together, combining landscapes with structures from various “memories.” This is the way we experience memories: we confuse the place and time, the

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structures bleed together, places patched together in our minds the way Molnar collages photographs, like concretized memories. These are the improbable landscapes of our memory, given physical shape. On view for “The Architecture of Memory” will be recent collaged paintings on panel as well as small-scale editioned work that reveal much of the early stages of her process, much like “sketches” but done through photographs and digital manipulation. When: By appointment only through February 22nd Where: Greenpoint/Arete Venue and Gallery (67 West Street)

BONNIE COLLURA: PRINCE Bonnie Collura’s sculptural installation Prince critiques our culture’s pattern of repeating iconic characters, gestures, and polarizing traits to create heroes. In her ongoing project, Collura interprets the Prince figure as an amalgamation of four archetypal male characters from history, religion, and popular culture: Jesus, St. Sebastian, C-3PO (the droid from Star Wars), and Abraham Lincoln. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through February 24th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Smack

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ONLY THE BEST

Part of this season’s exploration of thematic approaches to collecting, Only The Best highlights new or unexhibited pieces by gallery artists, and takes its name from the wonderful Baron Von Fancy piece that both announces and critiques the exhibition. There are certain qualities particular to photography, and each of these artists is addressing one if not more. Fred Cray uses the photographic materials to confound and to repeat elements. This piece is literally collaged, with a cutout moon placed adjacent to the original print. Both hover over a silhouetted dog. David Brandon Geeting continues his still lifes that look like collages, but aren’t. S.B. Walker’s contribution is a landscape that persists in appearing like something else. These are qualities that make photography particularly enticing, appealing, and different from other art. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through February 28th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Janet Borden Inc (91 Water Street)

FRESH MASTERS: THE URBANGLASS MFA EXHIBITION

Curated by Ben Wright, with jurors Graciela Cassel and Graham Caldwell. Featuring work by: Evan Burnette, Anna Parisi, James Ronner, Kristine Rumman, and Heather Sutherland. When: Daily through March 9th, Saturday hours: 11 a.m. – 7:30p.m. Sunday hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ Urban Glass (647 Fulton Street)

HEARTS AND STEMS A solo show of sculpture by John Monti. In this exhibition, Monti brings the entire gallery space into play with a profuse installation of wall-mounted sculptures of hearts and flowers When: Tuesdays-Thursdays through March 10th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/STUDIO10 (56 Bogart Street)

EVERY 16 HOURS A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Every 16 Hours, an exhibition by artist Kadie Salfi. Salfi will be showing a new body of work including paintings that put American gun culture in the crosshairs. This is Salfi’s first solo exhibition in New York City. When; Wednesdays-Sundays through March 10th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street)

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Showcasing the photographs of Max de Esteban and Doug Fogelson. Doug Fogelson’s ‘Forms and Records’, explores the physicality and science of the photograph, through a formal exploration of objects, and their representation as photograms. He works with objects that either have a link to the natural world, or with outmoded technology such as vinyl records and architectural forms. The exhibition includes seven unique silver gelatin photograms and 6 color, limited edition prints made from color transparency photograms. The photograms are created through a series of carefully considered multiple exposures, with the color work incorporating additive color mixing, and blending of light. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 10th, 11 a.m.

– 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street)

A SOUND OF LIGHT, APPEARING AT THE BEND In this all-encompassing maze-like installation by Barbara Campisi, LEDs form colored lines of light when reflected off translucent ‘walls,’ confounding any sense of orientation. The viewers, as they walk inside the piece, complete it through their process of discovery. During performances, dancers wearing lights move through and activate the light-based artwork, creating moving lines of light. When: Thursdays-Sundays through March 16th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/FiveMyles (558 St. John’s Place)

UNDERGROUND HEROES: NEW YORK

New York’s transportation system plays a starring role in comics and graphic novels. Drawing on satirical cartoons, comic strips and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries, Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics is a raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers. The exhibit includes such luminaries as Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, Roz Chast, Ronald Wimberly and Julia Wertz whose work demonstrates the influence that mass transit has on the stories that are irrevocably woven into the cultural fabric of New York City. When: Tuesdays – Sundays through March 17th, TuesdayFriday: 10am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm Where: Downtown Brooklyn/ New York Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn St)

WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS

What does it mean to be in love? For eight years, in images, writing and life, plain and simple, we have tried to tease out the answer. Love is a cliche, an idea so easy to imagine but impossible to grasp. Like an overripe fruit, it collapses with a bit of pressure into cloying sweetness and the faint

sense of something lost. At its most basic, falling in love means cleaving away something of yourself and becoming something else. It’s painful and hard, but also carries the potential for profound transformation. When We Were Strangers is the first part of a lifelong project deconstructing love through the prism of our relationship. This first chapter is a love poem of sorts, one that charts what happens when two people attempt to become something more and less than that, when we are more unknown stranger to each other than anything else. But love is an ouroboros that eats the past that came before it. Who was I before you? We are interested in the frayed edges, the messy intersections, the elements of ourselves lost and new facets gained in the process, and the limits to all of that. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 22nd, 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/United Photo Industries (16 Main Street)

ENRICO RILEY: NEW WORLD

The paintings are part of an unfolding and evolving cycle that investigates themes of historical and contemporary violence, martyrdom, grief, and the middle passage within a spatial domain. Enrico Riley challenges

THE OLD STONE HOUSE: WITNESS TO WAR

Image courtesy of the artist and STUDIO10

Rough Edges: Elise Siegel will be on exhibit through February 10th at STUDIO10. viewers to decipher and contextualize his work’s fractured narratives. For many Americans, exposure to the plethora of recent media examples of reflexive violence perpetrated on African-Americans has blurred the boundaries between the historical record with which our country is so familiar and the problems still facing contemporary culture today. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 23rd, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/Jenkins Johnson Projects (207 Ocean Avenue)

Whippoorwill (JOHN LEPORE, PAUL CASSONE AND MATT D'EMIC)

A self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world. When: Saturdays & Sundays through August, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street)

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

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through Winter 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

Books & Readings THE SWINDLER OF BROOKLYN HEIGHTS: THE FAMILY HISTORY OF THE GREATEST CON MAN OF THE GILDED AGE

There is a bad apple on the family tree of writer and historian Geoffrey C. Ward: his great-grandfather was Ferdinand Ward, whose meteoric rise to become “The Young Napoleon of Wall Street” and sudden, shocking fall he chronicles in his book A Disposition to be Rich. Join Ward as he shares his nefarious ancestor’s story from his small-town boyhood, to his brief heyday in Brooklyn’s most exclusive neighborhood, to the crash that ruined U.S. Grant, took down Wall Street, and made him “the most hated man in America.” When: Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

ECLIPSED READING SERIES PRESENTS: STRANGE LOVE READING

Expect poems and stories of bizarre attachments and odd infatuations from awesome local writers Amy Lawless, Bob Raymonda, Molly Tolsky, and Joseph Capehart. There’ll be interactive activities (think: crowdsourcing absurd love notes), hosted by the actual mostest duo: Chelsea Fonden & Janelle Greco. Writers and non-writers alike are welcome to help celebrate Strange Love. When: Thursday, February 7th, 7 – 9 p.m. Where: Bedford-Stuyvesant/ Pelican Bar (382 Marcus Garvey Blvd)

RALLY READING SERIES: BUNTIN, ROYCHOUDHURI, AND PRABASI

The Rally continues its new season with three leading literary warriors of the resistance. It will feature Julie Buntin, Marlena Onnesha Roychoudhuri, The Marginalized Majority; Sarina

Prabasi, The Coffeehouse Resistance. Come see the terrific slate of readers perform, and offer them your questions, comments, and reactions. Be part of the heart of a march in the body of a reading series–a whole new helping of overtly political discourse When: Thursday, February 7th, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street)

Educational HOUSING AFFORDABLE FOR US Join Assemblymember Charles Barron and Councilmember Inez Barron for a forum on affordable housing available to the residents of East New York. When: Thursday, February 7th, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Where: East New York/PJAAC (876 Schenck Avenue)

OPEN STUDIOS: BUBBLES Hands-on activities for all ages exploring glass. Learn about the ways that glass – particularly glass bubbles – are used in art and design, and why molten glass loves this shape! Demonstrations will include glassblowing, flameworking, and neon tube bending. When: Saturday, February 9th, 1 – 5 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Urban

Cannavo, past president of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn, also shared a few words about the judge at a recent meeting. “His wake was truly a sad occasion,” Glass (647said. Fulton Street) Cannavo “He lived a full and distinguished life of public service.” WINTER ID the judge, who Cannavo TREE remembered recently served inyou the Bronx Formost this program, will after he took senior status, as a fair judge, who made explore Prospect Park while people feel happy with his positive attitude learning to identify — and hishow red Cadillac. “Heby wasthe a decent andbuds, kind man, a genera tree bark, ous guy who was happy when he made you and other distinctive happy,” Cannavo said. “There was always a smile on his face and a wordthe of encouragecharacteristics. Enjoy ment for anyone who greeted him. He had a subtle beauty of trees in great sense of humor. He was always smilwinter. ing, laughing. He was a dapper dresser. You didn’t live until youFebruary took a ride 10th, with him in When: Sunday, his big red Cadillac, flying along on the 11roads.” a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Giamboi, who wasCenter/ born in 1925, went to Where: Audobon New York Law School prior to being admitProspect Park ted to the NYS Bar in 1955. He served as a Supreme Court judge from 1995 until 2004

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Explore the rich history and CANDIDATE FORUM social impact of businesses Assemblyman William owned by and serving black Colton (D – Gravesend, communities in Brooklyn. Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Historian Jason Bartlett is and Dyker Heights) will joined by Cynthia Gordy be sponsoring a Public Giwa, editor-in-chief of the Advocate candidate online publication Blackforum. Many issues have Owned Brooklyn, and Jyll become critical in our Hubbard-Salk, founder of neighborhood. The role Crown Heights yoga studio of the Public Advocate is and Judge Joseph N. Giamboi (left) joined the firm Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Urban Asanas, to discuss the Cannavo after he left the bench in 2004. primarily Brooklynto Eagle file photoand by Rob Abruzzese watch challenges and triumphs of the network of black business owners then and now, and how growing economic empowerment has tied directly to the struggle for equality. Moderated by Digital Editor at Black Enterprise and host of What’s Eating Harlem?, Selena Hill. When: Monday, February 11th, 8 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

Cannavo’s eulogy came at a Columbian Lawyers meeting on discrimination against Italian-Americans, which seemed appropriate as he recalled the judge’s efforts to build up the association. “He wasthat one ofall theNew founding members of ensure Yorkers what the Columbian Lawyers [Association] receive the City services was,” Cannavo said. “He was always they deserve. Public involved because he The liked to be the tremendous force that hejob was.isHetowas a great supAdvocate’s review porter for everyone. He understood what this the performance of the organization was about and how important it Cityforagencies, was professionalsdevelop of Italian-American descent to haveand a forum where they could proposals improve feel welcome and get the support they needessential that Mostly, he ed to continueservices in this profession. many New depend was a guy who Yorkers stood for the dignity and integrity of Italian Americans in any walk of on. The Public Advocate life. We should be proud of what he stood must be the voice for our for. children, working families, “When he ran for Assembly his slogan was Giamboi,’” Cannavo continand‘Atta-boy the poor. ued. “Judge, I just want to say to you, from When: Wednesday, February all of us, that you did good. Thanks for shar13th, p.m.life with us. Atta boy, ing such6:30 a good Giamboi.” Where: Bath Beach/29 Bay

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Come get crafty with StuyDYED’s Nadia Pinder working with one of Brooklyn’s craft beer breweries, Strong Rope Brewery in Gowanus. You’ll learn about the craft of tie dye and experience wellmade craft beer during this afternoon session. Make something beautiful for your Valentine OR something lovely for yourself. Love (and tie dye) know no bounds. When: Sunday, February 10th, 2 – 4 p.m. Where: Gowanus/Strong Rope Brewery (574 President Street)

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Chef Thomas Perone at Tambour Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar wants Faces to know about the delicious Ravioli on the menu. It’s just one of the homemade pasta platters including Chef’s Special Lasagna Bolognese, Rigatoni Pomodoro, Penne Vodka and Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage. And Tambour can suggest the perfect wine that goes best with each entrée, making for a truly memorable meal! www.tambourbar.com

Clark’s Diner has something special on its breakfast menu. Owner Mark tells Faces that people come from all over to enjoy the New Yorker. It is poached eggs on an English muffin, hollandaise and smoked salmon served with a huge portion of home fries. And you can order breakfast all day long at Clark’s! Clarkdiner@gmail.com

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A sewage treatment facility has some of Greenpoint’s best waterfront views.

The good thing is that the public can see them, too. The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is right on the shoreline of the toxic waterway.

It has billion-dollar vistas of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, whistle-shaped Citigroup Center and an eye-catching array of Long Island City towers. We know this because the city Department of Environmental Protection built a pocket park on a sliver of the site more than a decade ago. As long as you resist the urge to wade or fish in the poisonous creek, which is a federal Superfund site, you’ll have a great time at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, which is what it’s called. The nature walk is a quarter-mile long. But fear not — if you need exercise, it’s a hike from the nearest subway station and ferry dock to 100 Paidge Ave., where it’s located. Environmental artist George Trakas designed it.

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Native plants grow on the site. In the summer, they’re green, lush and flowering. Just FYI: In winter the trees are leafless, the grasses are sere and brown. The waterfront views are your reason to be here. In addition to the iconic skyscrapers, you’ll see a barge being loaded with crushed cars on the Queens shoreline. And on the far side of Whale Creek, which is one of the nature walk’s boundaries, you’ll see the sewage treatment plant’s digester eggs. The gigantic metal spheres process organic sludge but look glam.

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This patient was hit in the nose with a soft ball. She had a closed nasal reduction to straighten the bridge of the nose that was deviated to the right. By: Sydney C. Butts, MD

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think I broke my nose!” These words may be uttered after a sports injury, fall, car accident or an assault. Though nasal fractures are the most common of all facial fractures, determining the presence of a fracture and the possible need for surgery require the guidance of a surgical specialist and is a common reason a patient will see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist). It is important to be informed about how to get timely evaluation and treatment. Delays can result in complications and deformities that negatively affect nasal shape and breathing. Any severe blow to the nose should raise the suspicion of a break or fracture of the bones. Patients may experience pain, bruising, swelling, a nose bleed and difficulty breathing through the nostrils. Change in the shape of the nose, with twisting or flattening/widening of the bridge of the nose are signs of a fracture. Evaluation should be sought the day of the injury. This will usually be with an emergency physician or a primary care physician. A broken nose may also result in soft tissue injuries, including a hematoma(blood clot) of the nasal septum inside the nasal cavity. This is an emergency that must be drained promptly to prevent permanent damage to the septum. In situations where a hematoma has developed or there is a bad nose bleed

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associated with the injury, an otolaryngologist will often be called to assist in management. Imaging-plain xray or CT scan-is sometimes ordered but not required when the diagnosis is apparent. All patients with severe nasal trauma should be referred for follow up with an otolaryngologist or other facial trauma surgeon 3-5 days after the injury, because significant swelling at the initial evaluation can obscure changes in the shape of the nose (and this is where imaging can be of assistance). With a decrease in swelling, the decision will be made if surgery is needed. Healing in children is faster than in adults so it is especially important that they have prompt follow up. A closed nasal reduction is a procedure done to realign the fractured nasal bones. The nose bones are still mobile during the first 7-10 days and can be manipulated back in place and stabilized with a nasal cast worn for 7 days. This procedure generally takes 15 minutes and is done as an outpatient surgical procedure. If surgery is not done within this time frame, the bones begin to heal. To straighten the nose at this point, the bones have to be rebroken — a procedure called a septorhinoplasty — usually several months after the injury. A treatment delay is more serious in young children (less than 13 years) because the kind of extensive nasal procedures used after bone healing has occurred can disturb facial growth. Nasal fractures are readily treated but patients should ensure they seek medical attention right away and have prompt follow up so that if surgery is needed, there are no delays and the shape of the nose is restored. —— Bio — Dr. Sydney C. Butts is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. She is fellowship trained in Facial Plastic Surgery and board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her two primary offices are located in Brooklyn Heights at 185 Montague St., 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-780-1498) and at SUNY Downstate Medical Center at 470 Clarkson Ave., Suite H, Brooklyn, NY 11203 (718-270-4701). —— For more information on our providers, services, location, and initial registration forms to make your first visit more convenient, please visit our website at upbrooklynent.com Follow us on Facebook! Search Brooklyn ENT

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In Freezing Temperatures, Public Advocate Race Heats Up Ten candidates for public advocate competed for votes at an Astoria forum last Wednesday night. Eagle photos by Victoria Merlino

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Councilmember Jumaane Williams

Ten public advocate candidates braved the freezing temperatures last Wednesday to appeal to voters at a public forum in Astoria, each fighting to stand out in the crowded field of 16 in the upcoming election. The number of applicants for the public advocate position stems in part from the reputation it’s garnered in recent years as a stepping stone for greater political ambitions. Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Attorney General Letitia James both served in the role before seeking higher offices. James’ move to Albany in January is, in fact, the reason for this particular special election. The candidates were spread across three rounds of the forum, answering questions about city schools, transportation, Vision Zero and what they might do as public advocate. Many candidates were not keen on Amazon’s imminent arrival to Queens, especially Assemblymember Ron Kim, who is running under the No Amazon party. Candidates for the special election cannot run under traditional party lines, and many created party names to serve as slogans and summarize their ideas. “How many people have shopped at the Astoria bookstore down the block? When you buy a book at the Astoria bookstore, every dollar you spend there, it gets recirculated in the local economy,” said Kim. “When you spend a dollar on Amazon on the same product, that dollar is gone.” Kim argued that the money should be put back into small business. “I simply can’t accept that this deal is done,” Councilmember Jumaane Williams said of Amazon building a campus in Long Island City — though he said that if it were completely done, Amazon should contribute to fixing infrastructure in Queens. Former Obama administration lawyer Dawn Smalls and Manhattan Assemblymember Daniel J. O’Donnell agreed with this sentiment, with Smalls adding that she wants the mayor to be held accountable for the 1,500 affordable housing units that were originally going to be built on the Ama-

Assemblymember Ron Kim zon site before the deal was struck. Another highlight of the event came when Bronx Assemblymember Michael Blake was asked what he would do to fix the problems happening in NYCHA. “People need to go to jail,” Blake said immediately. “If you were to lie about kids having lead, if you were to lie about repairs, if you were to lie about work orders, it would be absolutely unacceptable.” Manhattan Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez voiced his support for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, a bill being floated by the City Council that is designed to support small businesses around the city. He also suggested that Amazon use CUNY colleges to find employees for its campus. Rodriguez came under fire last August for agreeing to a major rezoning in his district that some advocates say would gentrify the neighborhood faster but that Rodriguez claimed would protect an important commercial area full of small businesses. Other candidates at the event included Astoria-based activist Nomiki Konst, Councilmember Rafael Espinal Jr, attorney Jared Rich and Columbia University professor David Eisenbach. The election will be held on Feb. 26. The winner will need to run again in the fall to hold the spot for the remainder of the fouryear term.

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From left: Hon. Lisa Ottley, Hon. Michelle Weston and Hon. Deborah Dowling.

The Brooklyn Courts system has celebrated Black History Month for each of the last 21 years. It continued this year with an opening ceremony at the Supreme Court on Friday. Pictured from left to right: Hon. Lawrence Knipel, Hon. Deborah Dowling, Dr. John Flateau and Leah Richardson Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese

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From left: Leah Richardson; Chris Wright, president of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association; Natoya McGhie; David Chidekel, president of the Brooklyn Bar Association; Chief Clerk Charles Small; Hon. Lawrence Knipel; Dr. John Flateau; Hon. Deborah Dowling; and Chief Clerk Daniel Alessandrino. By Rob Abruzzese The PHOENIX

February is Black History Month, and there are not many places in Brooklyn where the month is celebrated more thoroughly than in the court system. The Kings County Courts have maintained an annual celebration of Black History Month for 21 years, which continued on Friday in an opening ceremony celebration at the Supreme Court, Criminal Term, where Hon. Lisa Ottley served as the master of ceremony. “We are proud and honored to host this event each year now for more than 20 years,” said Hon. Lawrence Knipel, the administrative judge of the Supreme Court, Civil Term. “It’s just wonderful. It’s often said that black history is a significant part of American history, and it’s very important to all of us. If we don’t learn from history, we are condemned to repeat it. Enjoy these ceremonies. It will be a very interesting month.” Dozens of judges and court employees filled the ceremonial courtroom of the Supreme Court on Friday to listen to Dr. John Flateau, a professor and chair of the Department of Public Administration at Medgar Evers College, give a speech on this year’s theme: “Black Migrations.”

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grandparents and our great grandparents, aunts and uncles. We need to preserve that oral tradition of passing down our knowledge and history.” Flateau explained that he struggled to come up with something to do with the theme and mentioned three books that he used as inspiration — “Migrations of the Heart” by Marita Golden; “Brown Girl, Brownstones” by Paule Marshall; and “The Boss of Black Brooklyn,” by Ron Howell. “I realize there is a larger truth even than the individual histories of migration,” Flateau said. “There are several migrations that come to mind — forced journeys, brutal journeys, flights from oppression to the promised land. Four hundred years and 16 generations out of Egypt and Africa. Throughout our history there are so many painful migratory narratives.” Flateau then discussed the trans-Atlantic slave trade in Brooklyn and Manhattan. “New York was and is a global financial and trading port of the new world,” he said. “Financiers, shippers, traders and warehouses of slave-produced goods were right on the Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfronts. We have heard of Eagle Warehouse right down the block. That was one of the largest warehouses for tobacco and sugarcane — and we don’t grow that in Brooklyn.

“Kings County was the largest slave-holding county in the state of New York. Right here in Brooklyn, 60 percent of white families owned slaves.” The professor was presented with the Kings County Courts Black History Month Committee’s Distinguished Service Award by Justice Deborah Dowling. Justice Dowling then presented the Izetta Johnson Award for Excellence to Justice Robin Sheares. “This is a person who has given her time [and] her talents and will do whatever you ask her to do,” said Justice Dowling. “She is a person who is really special to me, and she exemplifies everything Izetta stood for. We always have to remember that Izetta set that bar, that standard, for everyone.” The event featured speeches by David Chidekel, president of the Brooklyn Bar Association; Natoya McGhie of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association; and Christopher Wright of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. Cassandra Allen performed the national anthem and the black national anthem, as well as an additional musical selection, and a moment of silence was held for the late Hon. William C. Thompson, Brooklyn’s first black state senator and administrative judge.

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