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OUR WORLD IN PHOTOS CHINA —FINA World Swimming Championships: Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson gestures after winning the gold for women’s 100m breaststroke at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province on Saturday, Dec. 15. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan Atkinson won gold. Visit brooklyneagle.com for more Our World in Photos.
Judge Blocks Restrictions on Who Can Apply For Asylum
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Cuba—Saint Lazarus National Sanctuary Church: A pilgrim holds a candle and prays inside Saint Lazarus National Sanctuary church, the shrine of“San Lazaro,”where pilgrims complete self-imposed penances in honor of the religious icon revered as the protector of the sick, in El Rincon, near Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Dec. 16. The annual pilgrimage draws Roman Catholics, as well as followers of AfroCuban Santeria for whom Saint Lazarus symbolizes the deity of“Babalu-Aye,”introduced by African slaves brought to Cuba AP Photo/Desmond Boylan when it was a Spanish colony.
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Judge Blocks Restrictions on Who Can Apply for Asylum By Colleen Long Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence in their home countries or domestic violence from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan declared that some of the guidance that thenAttorney General Jeff Sessions issued this year cannot be used to determine whether an immigrant has a credible fear of persecution or torture in their home countries, the first step to making an asylum claim in the U.S. The judge said the administration's policy on asylum seekers violates federal immigration law and that “it is the will of Congress — not the whims of the executive” that sets the standards for expedited removal. It was yet another legal blow for President Donald Trump's efforts to harden immigration
policies without Congress changing laws. Another case involving whether migrants can claim asylum if they crossed the border illegally was in court Wednesday in San Francisco. A judge has temporarily stopped that November policy change, and Wednesday's proceedings were to determine whether that stay should be continued. The administration has asked the Supreme Court to allow that asylum policy to go forward. Trump administration officials say the asylum process is being exploited by immigrants who are counting on passing the initial credible-fear screening and being released into the country. Only about 9 percent of all people who initially claim asylum are granted it, and tens of thousands of families from Central America are coming to the U.S. every month. The immigration policy change had an immediate impact. Immigration lawyers say people whom they expected would pass credible-fear
screenings began to fail them, and lawyers say immigration judges are signing off on more denials during appeals, effectively ending what could have been a yearslong asylum process before it began. But Trump officials also say the number of people claiming credible fear has risen dramatically. Asylum can be granted to people who were persecuted in their home country or could be persecuted if forced to return. Thousands of people seek asylum each month at U.S. Customs and Border Protection stations along the southwest border. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the government over the June 11 change on behalf of 12 parents and children who were wrongly found not to have a credible fear of return. Sullivan's ruling impacts thousands of cases where immigrants are in expedited removal proceedings. Among the plaintiffs was a woman identi-
fied only by a pseudonym, Grace. The ACLU said Grace's partner beat her and her children, and sexually assaulted her and her daughter. Once, the ACLU says, her daughter suffered a miscarriage after he attacked her. The lawsuit says police did not act when she contacted them. The lawsuit says Grace was found not to have a credible fear of persecution. The judge also ordered the government to return any of the plaintiffs who may have been deported back to the U.S., and prevent further deportations. “This ruling is a defeat for the Trump administration's all-out assault on the rights of asylum seekers. The government's attempt to obliterate asylum protections is unlawful and inconsistent with our country's longstanding commitment to provide protection to immigrants fleeing for their lives,” said Jennifer Chang Newell, managing attorney of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, who argued the case.
In this Dec. 2, ﬁle photo, taken from the Tijuana, Mexico, side of the border, Honduran migrants react as they surrender to the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the border wall in to the United States. Federal judges in California have challenged more of the Trump administration's “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal immigration. Their decision in September to no longer accept pleas at initial appearances led to the dismissal of many cases because the government deported defendants before they could return to court. The judges’ stance is another example of how the judiciary, in ways large and small, has put the brakes on some of the administration’s eﬀorts to curb immigration. AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File
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Puerto Rico—Caribbean Cockfighting Ban: In this July 6 2012 file photo, an owner of a losing rooster pays his bet as the cockfight judge removes sharp plastic spurs from the defeated bird at Las Palmas, a government-sponsored cockfighting club in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Legislators approved a billWednesday, Dec. 12, shutting down legal cockfights in U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S.Virgin Islands, ending what many consider a cultural institution that generates millions of dollars and dates back to the colonial era. AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File Friday, December 21, 2018 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • 3
Ocasio-Cortez Denies She’s Gunning for Jeffries By Paula Katinas Brooklyn PHOENIX
In the wake of a firestorm of controversy that erupted over a Politico report, U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denied that she is looking to defeat Democratic colleague U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries in 2020. “One disappointment about D.C. is the gossip that masquerades as ‘reporting.’ This story has: — Not a SINGLE named or verifiable source — Only ONE on-the-record comment, which is a denial,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter on Tuesday after the article appeared on Politico’s website and tongues started wagging in the Capitol. And in case anyone didn’t get her point, Ocasio-Cortez added to her tweet. “My dad had a name for junk articles like this: ‘Birdcage lining,’” she wrote. A spokesman for Jeffries told the Brooklyn PHOENIX Wednesday morning that the congressmember would have no comment on reports that Ocasio-Cortez is gunning for him. But the spokesperson also pointed out, in an email to the PHOENIX, that Ocasio-Cortez had declared the Politico story to be untrue. Meanwhile, Politico isn’t backing down. Brad Dayspring, vice president of marketing and communications for Politico, told Fox News that the political news website stands by its reporting. “It’s hard to know what the criticism of the piece is since the congresswoman-elect doesn’t specify (nor has she or anyone from her staff asked for a correction). We stand by our story,” Dayspring told Fox News. Politico reported on Tuesday that Ocasio-Cortez and a group of progressives called Justice Democrats are planning to go after Jeffries in 2020 and that a candidate has been recruited to run against him. Jeffries, whose congressional district includes Coney Island, Canarsie and East New York in Brooklyn and Howard Beach and South Ozone Park in Queens, was elected to serve as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Ocasio-Cortez rocked New York’s political establishment when she toppled longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in June’s Democratic primary in a district that covers several Queens neighborhoods and a portion of the Bronx. She subsequently won election in November.
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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
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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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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 flowers, 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.
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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. Duffy 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 five 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.
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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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Judge and Court Employees Take Part in East New York School Career Day
A few members of the Brooklyn court system took part in the first-ever career day at Achievement First East Brooklyn High School. Pictured are court employees Yvonne Pritchett (third from left), Hon. Robin Sheares (center with red glasses) and Charmaine Johnson (sixth from right) with students and faculty from Achievement First East Brooklyn High School. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn PHOENIX
A charter school in East New York held its first-ever career day on Friday, Dec. 7. The school invited a Brooklyn judge and a few other members of the Kings County Supreme Court to speak with the children about potential jobs in the court system.
Hon. Robin Sheares, attorney Yvonne Pritchett and Charmaine Johnson were a part of the cohort of professionals who took a couple hours out of their day to speak with the juniors at Achievement First East Brooklyn High School. “I remember [my first professional job], feeling over-
whelmed and insecure,” said Giovani Escudero, the dean of college services at the school. “This event is so important because our students need to see themselves represented in different career fields. They need to see themselves represented at the table — whatever table that might be.” There were a variety ca-
reers represented, including a few attorneys, at the event. Many of the students were excited to hear about Pritchett’s career as a prosecutor and the summer internship program that Johnson runs through the courts. “After graduating college I worked for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office as
a prosecutor,” Pritchett explained to the students. “I was also a defense attorney for several years and then became a court attorney for a Supreme Court judge in the Brooklyn Supreme Court. [I am] a prosecutor that focuses on criminal law, but there are different areas of law. There is civil law. No matter what business you
get into, you always run into a lawyer.” Johnson, who went to high school at William H. Maxwell just a few blocks away, described some of the jobs available in the court and explained how the students can be successful if they are interested in Continued on page 8
Hon. Robin Sheares asked the students to guess what she did for a living before revealing that she’s a judge in the Kings County Supreme Court. Friday, December 21, 2018 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • 7
Judge and Court Employees Take Part in East New York School Career Day Continued from page 7 an internship. “What I’ve seen in the past is students come in and they don’t know how to act,” Johnson said. “There are certain things that you should know — how to come in on time, how to listen to instructions and how to attire yourself when you come into the court system. “Students try to come in with colorful hair, ripped up jeans — we don’t accept that in the court,” she continued. “When you come for an interview, you should have a resume. Even if you’ve never worked before, you can go online and see what a student resume looks like.” The students responded enthusiastically to Justice Robin Sheares, who made them try to guess what she did for a living before draping herself in her black judge’s robe. “I grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and there were eight children, two parents and one bathroom,”
Justice Sheares said. “We were ‘po.’ P-O. We could not afford the O and the R. Now I have three bathrooms just to myself. It’s funny to joke about now, but to live it wasn’t that fun.” Justice Sheares explained that the biggest thing that the students can do to get a good career is continuing their education after high school and to listen to their teachers. “You all know the saying, ‘I started from the bottom now I’m here,’” Justice Sheares said. “It’s a song, but it’s also a declaration. It doesn’t matter where you come from — it’s where you go. So how are you going to get there? You’re going to follow instructions. It doesn’t matter which school you go to. If you don’t learn how to follow instruction you’re not going to get where you have to go.”
TOP: Charmaine Johnson (left) and Yvonne Pritchett. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
RIGHT: Hon. Robin Sheares, who grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, talks to students about how they can get on the path to becoming a judge.
Charmaine Johnson and Yvonne Pritchett pose with juniors from Achievement First East Brooklyn on career day. 8 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • Friday, December 21, 2018