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POLICE OFFICER AWARDED FULL ASK IN MOTOR VEHICLE DAMAGES TRIAL: In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Carl Landicino listens as plaintiff's attorney Brian Hickey Jr. (standing), trial counsel to the law offices of Frank J. Laine, addresses the jury while explaining the contents of an evidentiary packet in the summary jury trial Brooklyn Eagle court sketch by Alba Acevedo Tovar v. Sinanan. At issue was the determination of damages due to a motor vehicle accident. See brooklyneagle.com

Justice D’Emic Explained His Road to the Bench At BWBA Meeting

Every month, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association hosts its “Lunch with a Judge” program, at which members get an opportunity to sit down with a judge and have an informal discussion with him or her. Above, Justice Matthew D'Emic, administrative judge of the Supreme Court, Criminal Term. See back page. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese

BROOKLYN JUDGES AND COURT EMPLOYEES STRUT DOWN THE RUNWAY FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH: After holding Black History Month events in the Brooklyn courts throughout the month of February, judges and court employees had some fun with a fashion show for the closing ceremony in the lobby of the courthouse. Pictured above, Hon. Kathy King struts the runway gripping the attention of all in attendance. See inside back page. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Hannah Grossman


BQX Streetcar Backers Showcase Other Urban Trolleys to Build Support

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Supporters of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) streetcar say the project’s viability depends on mobilizing neighborhood businesses, and they’re looking beyond New York City for a roadmap to success. Hundreds of residents and local entrepreneurs gathered at the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg on Tuesday to hear from small business owners and advocates from across the country about the benefits and challenges of introducing a streetcar into their communities. Friends of the BQX, a nonprofit founded to organize support for the $2.73 billion streetcar, hosted the event, dubbed “BQX Conversations: Real Impacts on Local Business.” The discussion sought to inform attendees on the potential impact of the BQX on their

neighborhoods, including benefits to small businesses — and potentially higher rents. “We had an increase [in rents],” said Isabel Chanslor, vice president of National and Special Projects at the Neighborhood Development Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, of their local streetcar program. “But we also have businesses that are making 40 to 60 percent more in sales then they did before. “Progress is progress, growth is growth, and with that comes rents that hike up every year, and that’s one of the reasons we develop properties in order to help newer business incubate.” Other panelists included Aaron Barthel, founder and owner of Intrigue Chocolate in Seattle, Washington; Chris Goode, owner of Ruby Jean’s Juice Shop in Kansas City, Missouri; and Rick Gustafson, strategic adviser for Shiels Obletz Johnsen, a Portland, Oregon-based urban design and development firm.

The speakers said streetcars enhanced their neighborhoods by bringing more foot traffic, which resulted in an increase in sales. They shared anecdotes suggesting local trolleys provide an opportunity to connect and beautify disenfranchised neighborhoods and moved their cities away from a reliance on cars. Whether Brooklyn and Queens will see those same positive impacts from the BQX remains to be seen, but the event was an apparent call-to-arms to neighbors and businesses along the streetcar’s corridor to take an active role in the process. “There’s no question with an already built environment [like the intended route for the BQX], it will be challenging to figure out how to build it effectively, and it can only be done effectively if you’re very much involved,” Gustafson, of the Portland urban design firm, said. The panelists provided tips and advice to business owners on how they can organize and work with the city, well in advance of the project’s groundbreaking. They also shared their experiences on how best to address concerns relating to construction, including mitigation strategies like using construction fences as art exhibits. Some drawbacks from streetcar construction, according to the speakers, included threats of gentrification, rising rents, loss of parking and displacement by construction. “We are worried about gentrification,” Chanslor said about St. Paul. “In many of our neighborhoods, we want to be sure that this investment is really truly benefiting the people that have been there, who have loved that neighborhood. “That’s always a challenge, but it takes an organization; it takes organizing; it takes a community working together to really, really prevent these things from happening but also finding opportunities from within, having your own ideas on how to redevelop.” To better facilitate that discussion, Friends of the BQX announced that it would be forming a Small Business Working Group made up of business owners along the corridor. The group will be tasked with leading efforts to organize business owners and liaising with city agencies and contractors throughout the reconstruction and construction stages. “Change is petrifying, but it’s about a conversation and a dialogue,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “We’re not going to understand the complexities of [the BQX] if we are yelling and screaming at each other. It’s a conversation. We’re not Trump — we’re Brooklynites and Queens-ites.”

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SANFORD WURMFELD A solo exhibition of new work by NYC-based color painter Sanford Wurmfeld. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 20th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16 Main Street, Suite A)

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When: Saturdays through March 30th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Carroll Gardens/Court Tree Collective (371 Court Street)

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. Don’t miss it. When: Thursday, March 7th, 6 – 8 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Various Locations

HEADS This exhibition pays homage to Orazio De Gennaro’s experience as a sculptor, both in the images within the series and by the materials he uses, all made by hand. This series is inspired by ancient Roman mosaics of the heads of boxers and fighters and most importantly by the archaic stone carved heads of Gargano in Puglia dating from the 10th century BC.

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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)

ADAM SIMON, FROM THIS POSITION A solo show of new paintings by Adam Simon. When: Thursdays-Sundays through April 14th, 1 – 6 p.m.

CURATED BY HILARY DOYLE & REID HITT HR CURATING ALICIA ADAMEROVICH, DOMINIQUE FUNG, REBECCA NESS, PHYLLIS YAO, AND MARK ZUBROVICH This exhibition presents new figurative painting that hybridizes the uncanny with caricature, exaggeration, and invented mythologies. The artists included in this show have discovered new worlds that reveal anxiety, mystery, and eeriness that reflect our current state of political unrest. When: By appointment Where: DUMBO/Agency (20 Jay Street, Suite M14)

AT/AGAINST OUR WILL An exhibition of welded steel sculptures by artist Helene Brandt. At/Against Our Will includes works from Brandt’s signature “Cages” series and marks the artist’s first show at A.I.R. since her debut at the gallery in 1985. When: Wednesdays-Sundays

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“IT’S ‘SEINFELD’ MEETS RODGERS & HART!”

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Heads will be on exhibit through March 30th at Court Tree Collective. through April 14th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street)

INCEPTION Dionis Ortiz’ oneiric cyanotypes prints on fabric, and his moving vinyl tile inlays are two of the many media the artist uses to conjure conversations around his values, culture, and personal history. When: Thursdays-Sundays through March 17th, 1 – 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ FiveMyles(558 Saint John’s Place)

WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS

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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)

NICHOLAS GALANIN: THE VALUE OF SHARPNESS Nicholas Galanin offers perspective rooted in connection to land and an engagement with contemporary culture. For over a decade, Galanin has been embedding incisive observation into his work, investigating and expanding intersections of culture and concept in form, image and sound. For “The Value of Sharpness: When It Falls,” Galanin has created sixty porcelain hatchets, which are suspended from the gallery ceiling. When: Thursdays-Saturdays through March 23rd, 2 – 6 p.m, Where: Park Slope/Open Source Gallery (306 17th Street)

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KNOWING In our modern society, imagery is read instantly and without question. Other Ways of Knowing looks at how we see in order to challenge how we acquire knowledge. By questioning our relationship to images, we can look at the ways we’re fed imagery on a daily basis and teach us how to discern for ourselves what that imagery means to us. Other Ways of Knowing references illusion and misdirection traditionally designed to influence choice and transforms them into a new visual language. This digital iteration of Other Ways of Knowing features new additions to the series never exhibited before. The screens in the Made in NY Media Center will challenge the viewer to interact with a screen – a daily routine part of our lives – within a new context, one where you’re asked to stay for longer. This exhibition explores the narrative of the series in a new and refreshing way, accomplished by the unique collaboration of the space and the artist. When: Daily through March 31st, Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Made in N.Y. Media Center (30 John Street)

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Santos Briones has photographed undocumented migrants who face orders of deportation. By taking up asylum in houses of worship, often for indefinite periods of time, these individuals and their families have found both a refuge and a provisional prison. Santos Briones’ photographs are an intimate depiction of living in a state of uncertainty. Rather than present portraits of people in hopeless situations, she has chosen to convey the universal routines of their everyday lives. Birthdays are celebrated, siblings tease one another, and meals are shared. When: Daily through April 7th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Green-Wood/GreenWood Cemetery (500 25th Street)

FRIDA KAHLO: APPEARANCES CAN BE

DECEIVING Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954. They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To highlight the

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Regina Opera presents La Boheme, March 9th and 10th. collecting interests of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, works from our extensive holdings of Mesoamerican art are also included. When: Daily through May 12th, Times vary. Check

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RACE AND REVOLUTION: REIMAGINING MONUMENTS

The show questions the relationship between historical memory and historical monuments and what the underlying implications are for those histories that remain absent. Seventeen artists were asked to envision monuments that add depth and truth to New York’s compelling history. Exhibiting artists include Alexis Callender, Ayasha Guerin, Chip Thomas, Damien Davis, Emmaline Payette, Kamau Ware, Kimberly Becoat, Lyra Monteiro, Maureen Conner, Maureen McNeil, Marilyn Nance, Rose Desiano, Sal Munoz, Studio Darn, Zaq Landsberg and Jennifer Mack Watkins. When: 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 through Winter 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)

Books & Readings

T KIRA MADDEN: LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS W/ RICK MOODY Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden’s raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hide in plain sight. As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophies and designer shoe-brand name. But under the surface was a wild instability. The only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, Madden confronted her environment alone. Facing a culture of assault and objectification, she found lifelines in the desperately loving friendships of fatherless girls. When: Friday, March 8th, 6:30

– 8:30 p.m. Wshere: Cobble Hill/Books are Magic (225 Smith street)

BOOK LAUNCH: NEGROPHOBIA BY DARIUS JAMES

NEGROPHOBIA begins with the blonde bombshell Bubbles Brazil succumbing to a voodoo spell and entering the inner darkness of her own shiny being. Here crackheads parade in the guise of Muppets, Muslims beat conga drums, Negroes have numbers for names, and H. Rap Remus demands the total and instantaneous extermination of the white race through spontaneous combustion. By the end of it all, after going on a weird trip for the ages, Bubbles herself is strangely transformed. When: Monday, March 11th, 7 p.m. Where: DUMBO/The PowerHouse Arena (28 Adams Street)

Educational BLUE YORK AT THE ZOO

Water, water every weekend in March at Prospect Park Zoo. Whether it is the rain splashing across our windows or bubbling through the streams, Brooklyn is wet, wild and surrounded by the ocean! Come to the zoo to enjoy science experiments, learn about the amazing species that inhabit New York’s waterways, and find out what you can do to protect their critical waterway habitats. When: Sunday, March 10th, 10 a.m. – 4:30p.m.

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DEATH CAFÉ

The Death Café is inspired by centuries-old European salons where people gathered informally to discuss philosophical, political, or scientific ideas. The first Death Café was started by British entrepreneur Jon Underwood in 2010 as a way to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.” To date, over 5,000 of these meetings have taken place in countries around the world. Green-Wood’s death educator Amy Cunningham, an independent funeral director, leads the Death Café. When: Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 p.m. Where: Greenwood/GreenWood Cemetery (500 25th Street)

ARTS, CULTURE & FUN: MAKE YOUR MARK: CREATE YOUR OWN GRAPHIC NOVEL

A series of art workshops where you will learn the foundations of what makes up a graphic novel or comic. We will cover

composition, image, and text relationships as well as lighting. All supplies will be provided. No experience necessary. Please note: Space is limited so please RSVP to reserve your spot. When: Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Sunset Park Recreational Center (7th Avenue & 43rd Street)

Family Fun BROOKLYN BICYCLE CO. WAREHOUSE SALE

Their first ever warehouse sale at their showroom. When: Daily through March 11th, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Brooklyn Bicycle Co (61 Greenpoint Avenue/Suite 410)

Film FRANCO ROSSO’S BABYLON

A portrait of Caribbean youth, racism, and the dub and roots reggae scene in Thatcher-era London. Banned from the New York Film Festival for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension” (Vivien

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Goldman, Time Out) and never released in the US, Franco Rosso’s incendiary 1980 film follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British reggae group Aswad) in Thatcher-era South London as he pursues his musical ambitions while battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) with beautiful, smoky cinematography by two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields), Babylon is fearless and unsentimental, tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall and set to a blistering reggae, dub, and lovers rock soundtrack. World Premiere at Cannes Critics’ Week. When: Daily through March 14th Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue)

CARTOON CARNIVAL 77: LUCKY STARS

16mm screening showcasing selected animated shorts from the 1920s through the 1940s. Hosted by Tommy Jose Stathes with live musical accompaniment by Charlie Judkins. When: Saturday, March 9th, 6 – 8 p.m. Where: Bushwick/389 Melrose Street

Food & Drink THE NOTORIOUS BRUNCH AT SCHIMANSKI

To pay homage to the late great Biggie Smalls on the anniversary of his passing, Saturday, March 9th. BIG BEN and MFUSCO will DJ, playing all of B.I.G.’s greatest hits. Doors open at 2pm, brunch will be served from 2pm – 6pm and the party will go on till 10pm. When: Saturday, March 9th, 2 – 10 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Shimanski (54 N11th Street)

GREENMARKET AT GRAND ARMY PLAZA

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn’s favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market. When: Saturday, March 9th, 8 a.m,–4 p.m. Where: Grand Army Plaza

Health CREATIVE AGING: ACTIVE & MOVING – SALSA – THE RHYTHM OF PASSION

Enjoy this eight-week workshop introducing you to the exciting world of Latin American dances. Dancing can be great exercise for the body, mind and soul. Come join us as instructor Myrna Caceres demonstrates how to move your body to the rhythms of Salsa dancing. The workshop series will end with a culminating celebration, where you will be able to show off what you learned to your family and friends. When: Friday, March 8th, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Where: Bushwick/Bushwick Library (340 Bushwick Avenue)

NYRR OPEN RUN: CANARSIE PARK

Open Run is a communitybased, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long. When: Saturday, March 9th, 9 – 10 a.m. Where: Canarsie Park

Nightlife STAR WARS: A COMEDY SHOW

This week will feature Ana Fabrega , Sam Taggart , ‘Reveries’ by Matt Barats & Anthony Oberbeck , the premiere of a new #epicsauce Tony Zaret skit and a special surprise guest. Hosted by Steven DeSiena, Nick Naney and Tony Zaret. When: Thursday, March 7th, 8 p.m, Where: Williamsburg/Kinfolk (90 Wythe Avenue)

OPEN MIC – MUSIC/ POETRY/SPOKEN WORD/COMEDY

French restaurant/bar that has the feel of being a secret, oldtime speakeasy. Music. Poetry. Spoken Word. Comedy. Age limit: 18+. (under 18 with parental supervision)  

HOROSCOPES march 7 - march 13, 2019 ♈ ARIES  Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, there’s always ample opportunity to learn from past mistakes. You can make amends for previous miscues this week when you're reunited with someone from the past. ♉ TAURUS  Apr 21/May 21 Others seem to be feeding you information on a need-to-know basis. This may be frustrating, Taurus. But a little extra patience is required for the time being. ♊ GEMINI  May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, the need to delegate will present itself throughout the week. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Trust that those around you are up to the task. ♋ CANCER  Jun 22/Jul 22 The image that you project can be much more important than the work you actually do, Cancer. Have a good public relations team in your corner. ♌ LEO  Jul 23/Aug 23 The good will you demonstrate will come around in time, Leo. Continue to be generous and help others whenever possible. Karma is on your side. ♍ VIRGO  Aug 24/Sept 22 It is not easy to admit when you are wrong, Virgo. When the need to do so arises, be gracious and offer your apologies in a heartfelt way that will resonate with others. ♎ LIBRA  Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, support is a twoway street. If you boost the confidence of a friend or loved one, in return he or she may help you in big ways. Work as a team to foster communication. ♏ SCORPIO  Oct 24/Nov 22 Take a step back from the rush and pressure that has surrounded you lately, Scorpio. You can use the rest to clear your mind. This break will help you tackle new things. ♐ SAGITTARIUS  Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you may be eager to step into a new job right when another is finished. While this can be good for productivity, make sure you avoid burnout. ♑ CAPRICORN  Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, sometimes you are acutely aware of details that others readily miss. This trait comes in handy when you are asked to advise others. ♒ AQUARIUS  Jan 21/Feb 18 It is important to be self-aware of the way you communicate with others, Aquarius. Pushing too hard might shut some people off. Adjust your approach accordingly. ♓ PISCES  Feb 19/Mar 20 Psychic feelings are pronounced this week, Pisces. Try to hone in on what these sensations are attempting to tell you.

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When: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 Where: Williamsburg/ Hellphone (247 Varet Street)

MOURNING COFFEE LIVE

Comedian Chris Calogero brings you a live edition of his podcast MOURNING COFFEE. It is a show where Chris has conversations about mourning, grief, loss, and death and how people, comedians in particular, deal with it in their everyday lives. This show will feature: Ben Wasserman, Mara Wiles and Shalewa Sharpe. When: Friday, March 8th, 8 p.m. Where: Prospect Heights/ Friends & Lovers (641 Classon Avenue)

THE SKETCH BLACKLIST IV

The Sketch Blacklist is a recurring sketch comedy show comprised of sketches from sketch writers all over

the city. But these aren’t just any sketches, they’re the sketches rejected by places such as The Upright Citizens Brigade, The People’s Improv Theatre and Clip Show for being “too” weird/scary/ smart/sexy etc. Watch these bizarro rejects lovingly brought to life by a cast of talented comedians. When: Saturday. March 9th, 7 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer Street)

THE LESBIAN AGENDA

Did you hear that lesbians are taking over the world? Well, when they’re not getting killed off on TV shows or busy playing with their hairless felines. Sophie Santos and Jess Salomon bring you their Agenda with this banging variety show featuring the best lez, bi and queer comedians of all time. Buckle up those Birkenstocks ladies… they’ve got big

plans. This month’s lineup includes: Ana Fabrega, Lucas Connolly, Tessa Skara, and Scarlett Snow. When: Tuesday, March 12th, 7:30 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Union Hall (702 Union Street)

44th Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade Sunday, March 17th, 2019

LET ME BREAK YOU UP: AN ANTI-DATING GAME SHOW

Let’s be honest, love doesn’t exist, couples suck, and Valentine’s Day is bullshit. Join your host Carly Ann Filbin as she tests real life couples to see if they are meant to be together (they aren’t). The couple with the least amount of points at the end of the night will have to break-up because we all die alone anyway and what’s the point of anything really? It’ll be FUN! When: Tuesday , March 12th, 8 – 10 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue)

Theatre & Music

Christopher Coughlin Irish Culture, Drummer, Clann Eireann Pipe Band

Rita Donlon Education, Teacher P.S. 230, Brooklyn

Martin Dunne U.I.C. Assn of NY, Tipperary County

Parade Grand Marshal Bernadette Buckley Kash BROOKLYN IRISH AMERICAN PARADE COMMITTEE CONGRATULATES the 44th ANNUAL BROOKLYN ST. PATRICK’s PARADE HONOREES 9am Mass at Holy Name, Park Slope Parade opening Ceremony at 12:30 PM At the Circle Parade Step-off 1:00 PM ================ This year’s Parade is “In Memory” of Past Grand Marshals John Riordan & Willian J. Burke ================= Parade Theme is Salute to Irish Dance. ================= After Party Music by BROOKLYN BARDS RSVP for availability, NO Payment at door BrooklynStPatricksParade@gmail.com

Ann Duffy Dolan Aide-at-large, Holy Name of Jesus Parish

Scott Richard Lloyd United Emerald Soc, Police Dept NYC

Mary Nolan Gaelic Sports, Camogie

DANIEL SILVA BRAZILIAN TRIO. LIVE AUTHENTIC BRAZILIAN JAZZ.

When: Thursday, March 7th, 7:30 – 10 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ fourfivesix (199 Richardson

James Hart Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Kings County

Audrey Mullins Ladies Ancient Order Of Hibernians Kings County

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An Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013, 47SOUL’s members are rooted in Bilad Al-Sham, spanning the divides from Amman to the Galilee to Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian Diaspora. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality. When: Thursday, March 7th, 7 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House Ballroom (647 Fulton Street)

FONTAINES D.C WITH BODY TYPE

The last six months have seen Fontaines D.C. release three hotly received double A-side singles, both of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish publication. Now they’re back with the release of ‘Too Real,’ the fourth two-track and 7″ release from the Irish quintet. Fontaines D.C. met in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counterculture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears. The band have gone from strength-to-strength with each release, and with a vast array of critical acclaim, renowned live shows, a series of sold out releases behind them and their recent signing to Partisan, the new single and forthcoming dates stand as a huge statement of intent, which is not to be ignored. When: Thursday, March 7th, 8 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Union Pool (484 Union Avenue)

Join Andy Borowitz for an evening of conversation, storytelling, and addressing what the @#$ is going on. When: Saturday, March 9th, 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue)

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LA BOHÈME

A fully staged performance of Puccini’s “La Bohème”. The opera, a  timeless story of love and loss  among the impoverished artists of Paris in the 1830’s, will be sung in Italian with English supertitles, and presented with a 35-piece orchestra.  The conductor is Gregory Ortega and stage director is Linda Lehr. When: Saturday & Sunday, March 9th & 10th, 3 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Our Lady of Perpetual Help (5902 6th Avenue)

INTO THE WOODS

Where the characters in the fairy tales of Grimm, come alive wishing for a better life, first looking out only to their own self-interest, but learning in the end that true happiness comes from a collective caring about others. Told in a hilarious book by James Lapine with glorious music and lyrics by the master Stephen Sondheim, we discover that while we may lament our lot, we can do something about it, just remembering “No One Is Alone!” Award-winning Producer/Director David Fuller sets this production in a refugee resettlement camp, somewhere in the world today. When: ThursdaysSundays

NICK MILLEVOI / RON STABINSKY DUO

Nick Millevoi and Ron Stabinsky play a new set of music composed by Millevoi that references American popular music from the middle of the 20th century. Leaning heavily on surf, country, and rock and roll, this guitar and organ duo reconstructs elements of those genres through a lens indebted to artists as far out as Thelonious Monk and Captain Beefheart. When: Friday, March 8th, 9 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Arete Venue and Gallery (67 West Street)

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Tours DEAD DISTILLERS TROLLEY TOUR

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At/Against Our Will will be on exhibit through April 14th at A.I.R. Gallery. through March 17th Where: Brooklyn Heights/St. Francis College (180 Remsen Street)

CINDERELLA

Adapted by Puppetworks’ Artistic Director, Nicolas Coppola, “Cinderella” includes a cast of handcarved, wooden Marionettes in the elegant costumes and lavish settings of 18thCentury France, and features the magical construction of

Cinderella’s ball gown, the pumpkin coach, and “Ombres Chinoise,” French Silhouette Figures, in a ball-arrival sequence. The play is accompanied by music of Jules Massenet. Recommended for ages 3 and up. When: Saturdays & Sundays, January 26 through April 20, 2019 Where: Park Slope/ Puppetworks (338 Sixth Avenue)

Green-Wood is teaming up with our friends at Kings County Distillery to delve into the storied past of distilling in Brooklyn. The afternoon kicks off with a trolley tour of the cemetery’s “permanent residents” with whiskey connections, including the one and only casualty of the Brooklyn Whiskey Wars of the late 1860s and early 1870s. Afterward, the trolley will head to Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where visitors will see first-hand how whiskey is made and enjoy a tasting of four delectable varieties. This tour is based upon the newly published book “Dead Distillers: A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws who Made American Spirits” by Colin Spoelman, co-founder and Master Distiller at Kings County Distillery. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the distillery. When: Saturday, March 9th, 2 – 5 p.m. Where: Greenwood/GreenWood Cemetery (500 25th Street)

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Grand Canyon Restaurant 143 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 499-3600

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Damascus Bakeries is always finding new ways to use its legendary bread. Well, this week the Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are certainly a winner. The simply delicious sliders are made with four Brooklyn Bred Bistro Buns, three cups shredded rotisserie chicken, Swiss cheese and any other fixin’s you have to make the perfect pulled chicken sandwich. For the complete recipe go to the website. www.Damascusbakery.com

Grand Canyon Restaurant has been serving the best breakfast, lunch and dinners since 1983. It also serves incredible appetizers, desserts and salads. Victor wants Faces to know about the Sliced Steak Salad, a customer favorite that’s perfect for lunch or dinner. That’s grilled sliced steak, avocado, sautéed mushrooms with lettuce, salsa and rice!

Clark’s Restaurant is known as a local hometown diner located at 80 Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights. It welcomes all customers to stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner to enjoy a wide variety of soups, salads, entrees and sandwiches including the mouthwatering Applewood Smoked Ham Sandwich served with lettuce and tomato on your choice of bread! www.clarksdiner.com

Wanisa Home Kitchen on Smith Street has one mission, to serve the best homemade Thai food anywhere. This week, Chef Tan wants Faces to know about one of the eatery’s most popular specials, Pork with Basil Sauce. He calls it a true classic and one of the most popular Thai dishes on the menu. It’s pork with stir-fried spicy basil sauce and bell pepper, chili, garlic and onion! www.wanisahomekitchen.com

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LEFT: Here's a close look at arched windows on the Spice Factory's facade. RIGHT: Take a good long look at the Spice Factory. Developers plan to demolish it. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

Here’s Your Chance to Speak Up About the Spice Factory March 12 Meeting About Crown Heights South Development By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

Will you miss the Spice Factory when it’s gone? On weekdays, the powerful scent of Morris J. Golombeck Inc.’s herbs and spices fills the air outside 960 Franklin Ave. If you’re strolling by, you may feel a sudden urge to take a gourmet cooking class so your dinners will smell half this great. The spice importer’s Crown Heights South factory is pleasing to the eye as well. The austerely beautiful redbrick complex has magisterial arched windows and a smokestack. Plus, if you’re a beer drinker, 960 Franklin Ave. is sacred ground. It began its existence as an enormous brewery called the Consumers Park Brewing Co.

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So. If you think the Spice Factory should be adaptively reused and a new apartment building should be constructed on adjacent vacant land, this is your moment to share your opinion with city officials. If you support Ian Bruce Eichner’s plan to tear down the Spice Factory and build a 1.37 million-square-foot development with two towers, each 39 stories tall, now is the time to speak up. If you think Eichner’s firm Continuum Co. and development partner Lincoln Equities should build a more modestly sized apartment complex in accord with current zoning, it’s time to say so. At 1 p.m. on March 12, the City Planning Department will hold a public scoping meeting about the proposed development at 960 Franklin Ave. The meeting room is on the concourse level of 120 Broadway in Manhattan.

If you can’t attend, you can send written testimony to the City Planning Department.

A 1,578-UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE A BREWERY STOOD The meeting is a step in the uniform land use review procedure, or ULURP, the Spice Factory project is required to undergo because its developers are seeking zoning changes for it. A draft scope of work for 960 Franklin Ave. says their proposed rental-apartment complex would have 1,578units, 789 of which will be affordable housing if zoning changes are made. There would also be retail space and a community facility. In Community — Continued on page 13INB —

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Here’s a glimpse of the Spice Factory with subway tracks in the foreground..

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Here’s Your Chance to Speak Up About the Spice Factory — Continued from page 12INB — Board 9 meetings last year, numerous neighborhood residents voiced their disapproval of proposed high-rise development at 960 Franklin Ave.

• Morris J. Golombeck Inc. Importers of Spices moved into 960 Franklin Ave. around 1955, the draft scope of work says.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS AT THIS INTERSECTION

The intersection of Franklin Avenue and Montgomery Street, where the Spice Factory is located, is quite the development node. On the opposite corner from the Spice Factory, there’s a vast, rubble-strewn site at 40 Crown St., aka 902 Franklin Ave. Last year, Cornell Realty Management sold the site for $41.025 million to an entity led by Dennis Markus, Finance Department records show. He’s the chief financial officer of San Franciscobased Carmel Partners. The site is made up of properties with 135 Montgomery St., 149 Montgomery St. and 40-64 Crown St. as their addresses. The developer got the property rezoned so it can build a 16-story tower. Behind the vacant site, construction is well underway on a 12-story residential building at 109 Montgomery St. Brooklyn Botanic Garden sold this site for $24.5 million in 2015, Finance Department records show. Here’s a glimpse of the Spice Factory with subway tracks in the foreground. According to the state INBrooklyn photo by Lore Croghan Attorney General’s Real Estate Finance Bureau website, there will be 163 The developers own part of the Spice Factory site and agreed apartments in this condo development, which is called the 111 to buy the rest. Montgomery Street Condominium. In 2017 they bought 962 and 972 Franklin Ave. for $33 million A 2016 DNAinfo story identifies the developers as LIVWRK from HPG Associates, whose president is Zev Golombeck, city in partnership with First Market Properties. Finance Department records indicate. We checked in with Golombeck employees the other day, and they’re still occupying the factory — for now. In 2017 the developers also signed a contract to buy 124 and 130 Montgomery St. from HPG Associates. The memorandum of contract filed in Finance Department records doesn’t reveal the Special price they agreed to pay for these properties.

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SOME HISTORICAL TIDBITS ABOUT THE SITE: • Consumers Park Brewing Co. opened in 1900 with a brewery, a beer garden, a restaurant, a hotel and concert facilities on the property, Suzanne Spellen wrote in Brownstoner.com.

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+++ O’CONNOR, Constance - On Feb. 22. Hailed from Brooklyn and Queens Village. Beloved sister to Patsy, Maureen, Mallon and Judy. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Long time dedicated New York City educator. Connie was loyal to family and friends alike. With a quick wit and smile, she loved a good party and merriment. She will be greatly missed by all. All arrangements handled by Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home, Hicksville. Funeral mass St. Pius X RC Church, Plainview. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery Westbury.

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THOMAS, John Alfred -- Born on June 21, 1925 in Brooklyn, the child of Alfred and Alice (Caulfield) Thomas. He died peacefully at home on February 13. John was predeceased by his son, Drew J. Thomas, and his sisters, Elizabeth Riley and Mabel O’Berg. He is survived by his wife of 65

years, Jean Theresa Thomas, his daughters, Laura and son-in-law, Thomas R. Pietro, Allison Leonardo and her fiancé, Kevin Foley, son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Renata Thomas, grandchildren, Justin and Kristina Pietro, Juliette, Adrianna, Olivia and Robert Leonardo, Taylor and Brittney Thomas, Carolina, Mariana and John Thomas, and great-granddaughter, Addison Pietro. John attended St. Francis Preparatory High School and earned his B.S. degree in Accounting from Pace University. A member of the “Greatest Generation,” John served his nation in World War II, enlisting in the Army in 1943 at the age of 18. He served with the elite 10th Mountain Division’s 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment and attended Ranger School. He fought in the Po Valley campaign in Italy, knocking elite German units out of the northern Apennine Mountains and breaking a long stalemate in the Italian campaign. Jean and John

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(Never known to fail) O, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, Splendor of Heaven Blessed Mother, of the Son of God. Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O, Star of the Sea help me and show me, herein you are my mother. O, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. (Make Request) There are none that can withstand your power. O, show me herein you are my mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3X). O Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (3X). Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3X). Thank you for your mercy to me and mine. Amen. This prayer must be said for three days and after three days your request will be granted and the prayer must be published. Grateful thanks.

(Never known to fail) O, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, Splendor of Heaven Blessed Mother, of the Son of God. Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O, Star of the Sea help me and show me, herein you are my mother. O, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. (Make Request) There are none that can withstand your power. O, show me herein you are my mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3X). O Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (3X). Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3X). Thank you for your mercy to me and mine. Amen. This prayer must be said for three days and after three days your request will be granted and the prayer must be published. Grateful thanks.

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Justice D’Emic Explained His Road to the Bench at BWBA Meeting

Members of the Brooklyn Bar Association, including attorneys, judges and court employees, got a chance to sit with Justice D'Emic in his chambers located at 320 Jay St. By Rob Abruzzese The Record

Every month, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association hosts its “Lunch with a Judge” program at which members get an opportunity to sit down with a judge and have an informal discussion with him or her. A lot of times, the topics involve the judge’s court, its rules and how lawyers can thrive there. A lot of times, attorneys are able to give the judges feedback too. Last Wednesday, members sat down with Justice Matthew D’Emic, administrative judge of the Supreme Court, Civil Term, in his chambers, where he discussed his path to the bench. “We have 25 judges in the Criminal Term and we have about 500 employees,” Justice D’Emic said as he explained his court. “It runs the gamut from law secretaries, interpreters, court reporters and court officers. It’s a busy courthouse. We currently have an inventory of about 3,000 cases. We’re trying to keep the old cases down, but that’s boring.” Justice D’Emic is a Xaverian High School graduate who grew up in Bay Ridge. Brooklyn’s top criminal judge graduated with his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1977 and didn’t practice criminal law for the first 15 years of his career. Instead, he worked for a Manhattan firm doing mostly corporate law and estates. He eventually opened a practice in Bay Ridge to be closer to his family, but shortly after that he interviewed to become the law secretary for Hon. Ronald Aiello, the administrative judge for the Brooklyn and Staten Island Supreme Court at the time. “It intrigued me because it gave me an opportunity to meet a lot of people and do different things, so I took the job,” Justice D’Emic said. “I worked for him for three years. He left the administrative position and went to the Criminal Term after about a year. One year, we did 40 criminal trials if you can believe it.” That was Justice D’Emic’s first taste of criminal law, but he decided to go back to civil law and ran for Civil Court in Brooklyn against Hon. David I. Schmidt and Hon. Arthur Schack in the Democratic primary. D’Emic lost, but running on the Conservative Party ticket, he was the party’s first judge in New York state history to beat a Republican in the primary. This endeared him to the Conservative Party and its chairperson Mike Long, which eventually helped him get a foot in the door with Gov. George Pataki, who helped him get a seat on the Court of Claims bench.

“There were people saying that I would never be backed by anybody to get a judgeship after I lost the primary and people were telling me that as I was up in Albany interviewing with the governor,” D’Emic said. “So the governor nominated me, I was assigned to Brooklyn Supreme Court and I started out as a Criminal Term judge.” For nearly five years now — it will be exactly five on March 13 — Justice D’Emic has served as the administrative judge for the Criminal Term. However, he also has two other big duties as he serves in the Domestic Violence Court and the Drug Treatment Courts as well. Justice D’Emic recalled joining the Domestic Violence Court about 20 years ago when he joined Hon. John Leventhal on that bench a year after it was created. The court is a dedicated felony part with a resource coordinator and a social worker on staff.

“My theory of the judgeship changed as a result of taking that job,” D’Emic said. “As an arraignment judge, I wanted to be an efficient docket manager, basically, but in domestic violence cases, since you have a targeted victim and complex emotional circumstances on both sides, I decided it was important to throw efficiency out the window. “It became more important to make sure that if a defendant was out on bail that he came back to me on a regular basis so that nobody was being hurt, the order of protection was being complied with and if it wasn’t that I had to have an immediate hearing to see whether or not I had to remand the defendant for violating the order of protection,” he continued. The Mental Health Court opened about 16 years ago in Brooklyn, modeled after a court in Florida. Since Justice D’Emic had experience working with a so-called prob-

lem-solving court, he was asked to sit in that part as well. The judge explained that while the courts were very different in a lot of ways, he would ask defendants in the court to make regular appearances similar to the way he did it in Domestic Violence Court. “The violation rate was 12.5 percent in Domestic Violence Court so compared to the general violation rate that was over 50 percent we thought it worked — strict judicial monitoring — so that’s why we decided to do it in the Mental Health Court,” Justice D’Emic said. “The secondary benefit of it is that everybody gets to know each other. The defendants see each other in court, they know each other, they know who is doing well, doing poorly, and we give out certificates for the people who are doing well. So a community has been developed, and 16 years later we have about an 86 percent graduation rate.”

President Carrie Anne Cavallo and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association recently sat down with Justice Matthew D’Emic, administrative judge of the Supreme Court, Criminal Term. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese

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