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LEGAL COMMUNITY SURPRISES RICHARD FODERA WITH RETIREMENT PARTY AFTER THREE DECADES AT FIRM: More than 150 people packed into Marco Polo Restaurant recently for the surprise retirement party for attorney Richard J. Fodera, who left the law firm Correia, King, Fodera, McGinnis & Liferiedge after more than three decades. ABOVE: From left: Richard Fodera; Brooklyn Bar Association President Frank Carone; Hon. Frank Seddio; former State Sen. Marty Golden and Kings County Democratic Party Executive Director Jeffrey Feldman. See page 3. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Arthur De Gaeta

State Bar Association creates task force to study parole reform

New BLS Dean Michael Cahill officially takes over

CHIEF CLERK CHARLES SMALL HONORED AT CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION: Michael Cahill spent more than a decade at Brooklyn Law School before he left to be codean at Rutgers University Law School in 2016. Now he has returned as dean and president of the school. Visit brooklyneagle.com Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese

Chief Clerk Charles Small, from the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Civil Term, was honored by Borough President Eric Adams during the 14th annual CaribbeanAmerican Heritage Month Celebration held on the steps of Borough Hall on Thursday. Small (center) is pictured here with Hazra Al (left), chair of the Caribbean-American Heritage Committee, and Sandra Chapman (right), chief program officer. Visit brooklyneagle.com. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese

Former Legal Aid Society attorney Seymour James will be one of the co-chairs of the State Bar Association’s Task Force on the Parole System. It will study the parole system to suggest changes to courts and the state legislature. It is made up of two cochairs, 23 members and an advisor from the John Jay School of Criminal Justice. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Mario Belluomo See page 2.


State Bar Association creates task force to study parole reform DA Eric Gonzalez and retired Administrative Judge Barry Kamins on task force By Rob Abruzzese The Record

When the New York State legislature passed criminal justice reforms earlier this year, Kings County Criminal Bar Association President Christopher Wright remarked that he never thought he would see the day when such sweeping reforms were enacted. However, one major reform that advocates were seeking that got left out was parole reform. Now, the New York State Bar Association announced on Tuesday that it will establish a task force to study the state’s current system of parole.

“The state legislature has undertaken wideranging criminal procedure reform in areas of bail, speedy trial guarantees and the discovery process,” said New York State Bar Association President Hank Greenberg. “However, these reforms have focused on issues that arise prior to the trial, conviction and sentencing. The task force will do a deep dive into the state’s parole system and propose reforms to ensure due process and fairness for the thousands of parolees statewide.” The task force will be led by past NYSBA President Seymour James Jr., a criminal defense attorney and partner at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, and William Russell Jr., a

State Bar Association executive committee member and partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, as the co-chairs. There are 23 members of the Task Force on the Parole System including District Attorney Eric Gonzalez; Hon. Barry Kamins, the former administrative judge of the Kings County Supreme Court, Criminal Term; David Condliffe, executive director for the Center for Community Alternatives; and Kwesi Ako Dash, from the Alliance of Families for Justice. The mission of the task force will be to study the current parole system including its release practices, revocation and reincarceration. The idea is to find problems in the sys-

tem and propose alternative solutions. It will also make recommendations for changes in the law. In its announcement, the state bar association cited U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice statistics that indicate that New York has the second-most defendants in the country who are in jail for technical parole violations. According to the stats, as of 2016, 29 percent of the state’s prison population, approximately 7,000 people, are in jail for things like missing a parole meeting, staying out past curfew or drinking alcohol, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Brooklyn Bar Association offers free advice for those looking to get divorced By Rob Abruzzese The Record

The Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Law Committee hosted a “Basics of Uncontested Divorces: Know Your Rights” event at the Bar Association in June. The event was free, open to the public and meant to help Brooklynites looking to represent themselves in an uncontested split from their spouse. “Our programs include landlord-tenant programs, consumer debt and bankruptcy, elder law, what to do if you’re arrested,” said Fern Finkel, co-chair of the BBA Foundation Law Committee. “They’re all in the format of know-your-rights. If there is any program in particular that people and the community are interested in, we try to accommodate that. “All of our programs are free, we have attorneys here, we have non-attorneys who are in related fields, and everyone is invited,” Finkel said. “You can bring your family and friends. We do this just to give something back to the community.” The event, which was co-sponsored by the BBA Lawyer Referral Service, was hosted by Finkel, and fellow Foundation Law Committee Co-Chair Hemalee Patel, a special referee in Staten Island who served as the moderator. The other speaker was Stephen Rossini, a special referee in the Kings County Supreme Court, Matrimonial Part.

None of the information provided at the meeting was personal legal advice, and there is no attorney-client privilege extended. But the presenters were able to go through instructions on how to file for an uncontested divorce, including filling out all the paperwork, including child support agreements when there are children involved. “We’re honored and thrilled to have Stephen A. Rossini, who is a special referee here in Kings County Supreme,” Patel said. “He is a New York Law School graduate in

RIGHT: The Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Law Committee events are not only free and open to the public, but they are also streamed live on Facebook by the Brooklyn Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service. Pictured in this Facebook Live screenshot are (from right) Fern Finkel, Hemalee Patel and Stephen Rossini. Screenshot via Facebook

2005 and was in private practice until 2006, when he became law secretary to thenSurrogate Hon. Frank Seddio. “In 2008 he joined the Supreme Court Kings County Law Department. There he has worked diligently. He does a bit of everything. He’s known as ‘The Fixer.’ He covers parts, he does contested divorces, he conferences cases and this is his specialty. By his estimation, he has done about 6,500 uncontested divorces.” Both Patel and Finkel remarked at the tremendous amount of paperwork, including

all necessary forms, Rossini provided. The forms, which are available online, can also be obtained at the Kings County Supreme Court’s Office for the Self Represented, located in Room 122c at 360 Adams St. Rossini explained how to fill out the paperwork and exactly which forms need to be filled out. He said the biggest thing to consider is if there are children involved or not, because then more documents need to be filled out, including child-support agreements. “The package like this, if you follow the instructions, you’ll have a perfect set of papers ready to be submitted to the court,” Rossini said. He pointed out that because child support is the right of the child and not the right of either of the litigants, a child support agreement is required. However, he said that the court doesn’t enforce the agreement unless one of the parties complains so that many divorcing couples getting an uncontested divorce can come to a side agreement that works for them that doesn’t necessarily rely on the state’s guidelines. “When I say child support must be awarded, it must,” he said. “But in the real world, sometimes the husband and wife come to an arrangement where the children are covered, they’re provided for and they get along. “Whatever you guys do, the papers must reflect the proper child support,” Rossini continued. “We want people to be able to live together. If you have children, you need to deal with each other. You will never be able to get rid of each other, so we want you to come to an agreement that allows you to deal with each other.” The Foundation Law Committee hosts regular know-your-rights events that are free and open to the public. At this time, no immediate events are planned, but Finkel said that the committee will begin hosting more events in September.

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From left: Richard Fodera; Hon. Marsha Steinhardt; Brooklyn Brandeis Society From left: Carlo Scissura, president of the New York Building Congress, Frank Carone and Roseann Paradiso Fodera. President Hon. Ellen Spodek and Joyce Seddio.

Legal community surprises Richard Fodera with retirement party By Rob Abruzzese The Record

More than 150 people packed into Marco Polo Restaurant recently for the surprise retirement party for attorney Richard Fodera, who left the law firm Correia, King, Fodera, McGinnis & Liferiedge after more than three decades. “It was a great night and incredible to see so many people there,” said Fodera’s wife, Roseann Paradiso Fodera. “This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of the new.” Fodera, a graduate of Fordham University and Brooklyn Law School, began his legal career in 1985 as a law clerk at Diamond, Paino, Cardo and King at 26 Court St. in Downtown Brooklyn. He later had a clerkship for the U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, and later for the New York State attorney general. With Correia, King, Fodera, McGinnis and Liferiedge, Fodera served as both a managing attorney and a trial attorney who handled primarily negligence litigation. The party was packed with Fodera’s family and friends as well as dozens of local dignitaries including Borough President Eric Adams, who presented Fodera with a citation on behalf of his office. Of course, there were dozens of judges and attorneys in attendance as well including Hon. Frank Seddio, Hon. Ellen Spodek, Hon. Marsha Steinhardt, Hon. Kenneth Sherman, Hon. Gina Abadi and Hon. Kathy King. Brooklyn Bar Association President Frank Carone was also on hand, as was past President Gregory Cerchione and his wife Lisa. Cerchione escorted Fodera to the surprise party. Former State Sen. and City Councilmember Marty Golden and Kings County Democratic Party Executive Director Jeffrey Feldman were also in attendance. While Fodera is retiring from his firm, he is not leaving the legal profession. Instead he has taken a job as a “neutral” with alternative dispute resolution firm SSAM (Settlement Services Arbitration and Mediation), which recently opened a Manhattan office.

From left: Ingrid Lewis Martin, Alessandra Fodera, Borough President Eric Adams, Richard Fodera, Roseann Paradiso Fodera, Ariana Fodera and Richard Fodera II. Brooklyn Eagle photos by Arthur De Gaeta

Carlo Scissura (left) and Gregory Cerchione.

From left: Richard Fodera, Gigi Coffinas and Roseann Paradiso Fodera.

Bruno Codispoti (left) and Brooklyn Guest of Honor Richard Fodera being Borough President Eric Adams. escorted by Gregory Cerchione, Esq.

From left: Ingrid Lewis Martin, Richard Fodera and Hon. Kathy King. Week of Thursday, July 11, 2019 | The Record of Law and Commerce | 3


BWBA paint and sip event draws in younger and new attorneys

Pictured from left: Sue Novick Wasko, artist R.T. Morgan, Hon. Genine Edwards, Natoya McGhie, Meryl Schwartz, Hon. Marsha Steinhardt, Zoila Del Castillo, Danielle Ciraola, Marea Wachsman, Dwayne Allen Thomas, Susan Master, Madeline D. Kirton, Judith Aarons and Ieshah Mapp, from Music Paint Sip. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese

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News Around the Boro

BAY RIDGE — A new ramp to Shore Road Park at 97th Street in Bay Ridge has finally been finished, according to the Brooklyn Reporter. The previous ramp at that location collapsed in April 2016. Earlier this year, Councilmember Justin Brannan (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) threatened to sue the Parks Department if the ramp, which provides access to ballfields in the park below, wasn’t opened by the end of June. Parks finally opened the ramp on June 30. 

BENSONHURST — Assemblymember William Colton (DGravesend-Bensonhurst-Bath Beach-Dyker Heights) has demanded that the city Department of Transportation repave the crosswalks at Bay Parkway and 86th Street. “The asphalt at that location is dangerously cracked, potholes are all over the roadway and this is unsafe,” Colton said in a news release. “These conditions are hazardous to the pedestrians, individuals crossing with strollers, children and especially the seniors with the shopping carts.” 

BOROUGHWIDE — Brooklyn-born poet Marie Ponsot, who won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert Frost Poetry Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation and several other awards, died on Friday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at age 98. When she was a child, some of her poems were published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and earned a master’s degree from Columbia. She wrote several collections of poetry, most notably “The Bird Catcher,” and translated 69 children’s books from French. She also taught poetry at NYU, Columbia University and the YMCA. BROWNSVILLE — An argument between two women turned deadly Monday night at the Sutter Avenue subway station in Brownsville, and a suspect is now in custody, according to CBSNewYork. The victim was identified as LaTanya Watson, who worked at Fairway in Red Hook. She was stabbed in the neck, face and arms. Police said the suspect accidentally stabbed herself in the arm during the struggle, and investigators were able to follow the trail of blood to her grandmother’s house. Watson was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

BUSHWICK — Honig Capital Partners and Brickman Real Estate have received $15.2 million in refinancing for the Box Factory, a creative office and entertainment space at 1519 Decatur St. in Bushwick. Until 2017, the building served as a warehouse, according to Commercial Property Executive. Now, the three-story property features office spaces on each floor, an outdoor courtyard, a bike storage room, new windows, new restrooms and a new elevator. Mission Capital provided the loan. 

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Representatives of the city’s Economic Development Corp., the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Community Board 2 joined Councilmember Stephen Levin at the opening of temporary green space at Willoughby Square in Downtown Brooklyn. The temporary park will be open until summer 2020, when construction of a permanent park is expected to begin. “I’m thrilled to open this space for the community to enjoy this summer,” Levin said. Planning for the development of Willoughby Square has been under way since 2010. 

EAST FLATBUSH — A motorist who was rushing to the hospital, trying to save a friend who had a gunshot wound, crashed his car two blocks away from Kings County Hospital, according to the Daily News. The driver and his passenger had been sitting in the driver’s car on Union Street and Utica Avenue when an attacker blasted eight or nine bullets at them, police said. The driver floored the gas, driving as fast as possible, running red lights, until he inadvertently slammed into a Nissan Altima. Medics rushed the wounded man the rest of the way to the hospital.

Thousands will flock to Downtown Brooklyn this weekend to celebrate the rich culture and influence of Caribbean and Latinx culture and music in Brooklyn — and to dance late, late into the night. The seventh annual Afro-Latino Festival begins on Friday. This year’s theme is Reclaiming Spaces & Culture, a tribute to Brooklyn’s own Caribbean and Afro-Latino communities. Photo by Mario Ruben Carrion off the 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program in his district. The initiative, made possible by a partnership between Eugene and the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush, will help local youth ages 14-24 gain valuable work experience in the summer. “I have first-hand experience with providing opportunities to young people through my work running a non-profit organization, so I understand how crucial these programs are to our students, and to the families who need to place their children in a safe and structured environment when they are out of school,” Eugene said. 

FULTON FERRY LANDING — The Ample Hills Creamery, a popular ice cream shop, has opened in the former Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory space near Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, according to News 12 Brooklyn. The chain has about a dozen locations. The shop already has long lines of people waiting for ice cream. The owners say the location, on a pier with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge, is an ideal place to enjoy ice cream. 

GOWANUS — A woman was slashed by a stranger outside Whole Foods in Gowanus after he greeted her with a “hello,” according to the New York Post. The suspect, identified as Rodney Robinson, a Philadelphia resident, approached the woman from behind as she was loading groceries into her sister’s car on Monday night, the Post said. After being slashed, the woman jumped into her car and fled the parking lot. A security guard pulled his gun on the suspect and held him there until police arrived. 

GREENPOINT — Vinnie’s Pizzeria at 253 Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint announced recently on Instagram that Park Slope-based De Nonna Rosa will take over the store. De Nonna Rosa plans to retain the entire staff, according to Greenpointers, a local blog. Vinnie’s will retain its store on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. “Greenpoint has always been a blessing, a peaceful slice of Brooklyn that seems so different than anywhere else in New York,” a spokesperson for Vinnie’s wrote online. 

EAST NEW YORK — A subway commuter was slashed in the neck, arm and face during an argument at the East New York-Broadway Junction subway station, according to NY1 News. They argued in the early morning hours of Friday, then their argument got physical. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for his wounds.

MILL BASIN — A knifepoint robbery and beating in Mill Basin last month was caught on video, and now police are looking for the perp, according to NY1 News. A 56-yearold man was walking on Strickland Avenue near Avenue V when a man in a white shirt approached him, took out a knife and demanded money. The assailant threw the victim to the ground and hit him in the face several times. He was able to steal a cellphone and $130 in cash.

FLATBUSH — Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (D-Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, East Flatbush) has kicked

NORTH BROOKLYN — Assemblymember Joe Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) and U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and

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Kirsten Gillibrand have asked the U.S. Post Office Inspector General to conduct an audit of mail delivery in the North Brooklyn ZIP codes 11211, 11222 and 11259. “New Yorkers deserve better than the inadequate mail delivery service that many Brooklyn residents in Williamsburg, East Williamsburg and Greenpoint are getting right now,” said Schumer. “Not only are these problems, including missing and late mail, an inconvenience to residents, but they could pose real problems for people awaiting critical and time-sensitive personal and professional mail.” 

PROSPECT PARK — Three people were robbed at gunpoint while relaxing in Prospect Park in the early morning on Sunday. Two women, ages 20 and 21, and a 20-year-old man were “just chilling” in a field in the park near Third Street in Park Slope when two men walked up to them, according to the New York Post. One of the men pulled out a handgun and demanded their wallets and cellphones, police said. The park-goers gave up their property, whereupon the thieves fled. 

RED HOOK — A Brooklyn toddler became sicker as NYCHA sought to avoid cleaning out lead contamination in his family’s home, according to the New York Post. “He probably wouldn’t have been sick,” if NYCHA had addressed the issue the first time that lead was found in Red Hook East, the boy’s mother, Sherron Paige, said. Elevated lead levels were first found in Kyan’s blood in 2017. The city Health Department sent its own inspectors to the apartment, and they found four “hot spots” there. However, NYHCA then sent its own inspectors, who said the amount of lead wasn’t enough to justify a cleanup. After persistent complaints, the city finally ordered NYCHA to clean the apartment, the Post said. 

WEEKSVILLE — Black VegFest, a two-day outdoor vegan festival, will take place at Weeksville on Aug. 10-11. BlackVeg Fest is a vegan festival focused on black culture, animal welfare, health and wellness. The festival will include a workshop room dedicated to exercise, yoga and mental health. It will also include entertainment for children and adults, including food and fitness demonstrations, virtual reality, double-dutch, chess, games and an outdoor fitness competition. 

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg pizza shop Best Pizza has just opened a new location in Montauk, and an Instagram post calling for “experienced NY pizzamen only” as staffers has been getting some flak, according to New York Eater. Several women complained that “pizza maker” would work as well. A spokesperson for the restaurant responded, “Men, women, Martians, I don’t care as long as you can make 20 pizzas.”

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An American flag cascaded down the Brooklyn Bridge, rainbows above and cheering crowds below, as the nation’s biggest Fourth of July celebration took to the East River. The 43rd annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display returned to south of the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time since 2014, with more than 70,000 shells from four barges and 100 spots on the bridge itself, kicking off at 9:30 p.m. This year’s theme was “American cinema,” featuring scores from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars” and “The Godfather.” But from Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, no music could be heard over the explosions. “I love the show, and I always say I want to

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ringing back a popular game from yesteryear, MCU Park will once again play host to the annual Stickball Hall of Fame Game and Stickball Day in Brooklyn U.S.A. on Sunday, July 14 before the Brooklyn Cyclones game. Now in its fourth year, the tradition that has grown among players and fans will have special meaning as this year the honoree will be former stickball player Raymond Francis Goffio. Goffio ebrooklyn media/Photo by Jaime DeJesus died last summer, according to Jason Cusato, organizer A look at last year’s game at MCU Park. of the event and director of the documentary “When was also the guy that helped think they’re going to do a my whole life,” Cusato addBroomsticks were Kings,” set this whole thing up with moment of silence for him.” ed. “We grew up in the same which pays tribute to the the Cyclones,”said Cusato. Cusato also said that Gof- neighborhood, Windsor “When we had the tourna- fio had played a big role in Terrace. I’m really happy game ment in Coney Island, we “Ray was not only one creating the Wall of Remem- that they’re going to be honoring him, not only us of our teammates on the honored him a little bit. This brance at MCU Park. but the Cyclones. It’s real Brooklyn stickball team, he year we hope to do more. I “I knew him pretty much nice to be recognizing him.” The documentary will be screened as part of the

event, to jog memories of the Sheepshead Bay Sticksimpler times for older fans, ball Team. as well as to create new ones. “A guy named Nick reached out to me after “One of the biggest things is to get the game out there,” seeing an article and said Cusato said. “Every year, we he had his own team in the are getting younger kids neighborhood,’ Cusato said. involved, which is really “These guys are younger, in cool. Every year, it seems their twenties. We’ve played like more stickball games together ever since.” happen throughout the Participants in Saturday’s summer. game will range from eight years old to 70. “When we first started, we Gates open at 2 p.m. with played once or twice and now we play around nine the stickball game and times,” Cusato added. “It’s screening as the gates open. really starting to pick up.” The Cyclones game is at 4 pm. For tickets, visit www. This year, the Brooklyn Stickball Team will take on brooklyncyclones.com.

Actor Vincent Pastore to be celebrated at a block party on July 13 BY GABRIELLE GUZ EDITORIAL@ BROOKLYNREPORTER.COM

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ctor Vincent Pastore, who played Salvatore Bonpensiero in “Sopranos,” is headed back to Brooklyn on Saturday, July 13 for his birthday celebration, at an Photo by Evan Agostini/ old-school block party, in Invision/AP Gravesend, beginning at 8 p.m. Actor Vincent The party is being Pastore will be thrown by William DeMeo, the guest of honor a Gravesend-born actor, at a block party filmmaker and entrepre- in Gravesend on neur, who said that he and Saturday, July 13. Pastore, with whom he worked in the “Sopranos” Lady of Grace Church. and “Once Upon a Time in “Through the years, Brooklyn,” are very close. Brooklyn block parties Also hosting the party were everywhere. People is Michele Frantzeskos, couldn’t wait for them in Entertainment and Con- the summertime. I feel like they are thirsting to sulting, Inc. “And he’s in my [forth- get together, and instead of coming] TV series, ‘Gra- it being about social media, vesend.’ He’s respected they can be talking and by so many people in hanging out,” said DeMeo. Brooklyn,” DeMeo added. “People who moved away “Vinny’s a very private guy, from Brooklyn would but he accepted my invita- love to reminisce, to think tion to have his birthday about how it used to be. at our block party, and I’m And for the people who grateful for his doing that.” do still live in Brooklyn, The event is at 385 Ave. they’re happy to have the W. Admission is $20, with opportunity just to see all proceeds going to Our everybody. That’s kind of

all what it’s about.” To kick off the event, other celebrities — who, said DeMeo, could include Federico Castelluccio, Joe D’Onofrio, Steve Schirripa and Paulie Malignaggi, some of whom will represent DeMeo’s clothing line, Brooklyn Brand, and his perfume and cologne line, Wise Guy Wear & Wise Girl Wear — are expected to make appearances on a red carpet to meet and greet attendees. As for music, dancing and food, it’s promised there will be no shortage. Among the confirmed sponsors are DJ Lenny Santawasso from Zazz Radio; Isabella’s Creations, winner of Brooklyn’s best cake in 2018; Maria “The Ice Cream Girl” Campanella; A&S Porkstore; John’s Deli and Brooklyn’s Finest Pizzeria. “We’re just happy that we can bring people together,” DeMeo said. “It’s a great feeling to see people you haven’t seen in years. Lots of those who moved on have come back because they want to feel like they did when they were younger. We want to remember how we grew up.”

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Eye on REAL ESTATE Celebrate Sunset Park landmarking with a summer stroll STELLAR ARCHITECTURE FOR WORKING-CLASS IMMIGRANTS OF YESTERYEAR By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

They used aristocratic architectural styles to create working-class housing stock. Three cheers for the developers of yesteryear who constructed beautiful, beautiful rowhouses in Sunset Park for waves of immigrants to live in.

Sunset Park’s new historic districts are full of rowhouses built by immigrants for immigrants. The builders deployed Renaissance Revival and Romanesque Revival design aesthetics — with some Queen Anne and neo-Grec flourishes thrown in for good measure — like you’d find in rich Brooklyn neighborhoods. But they made Sunset Park’s brownstone, limestone and brick rowhouses smaller and set them up as more economical two-family homes. Those builders from bygone days are on my mind because present-day Sunset Park residents finally won a long battle, led in recent years by the Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, to get those beautiful homes landmarked. Three decades of perseverance paid off when the city Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted last month to create four small historic districts in their neighborhood. Why not celebrate the grassroots activists’ victory by spending the day in Sunset Park and strolling around the newly landmarked areas?

INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan

This flowery stoop is on 54th Street in the Sunset Park South Historic District.

A PICNIC IN THE PARK AND TEA TIME IN CHINATOWN Of course, when you’re done with your self-guided house tour, you’ll want to pick up lunch from one of the Mexican, Dominican or Peruvian restaurants on Fifth Avenue and have a picnic on the hilltop in the park that’s called Sunset Park. Later, there are a zillion places to have dinner in Sunset Park’s Chinatown on nearby Eighth Avenue. Or at the very least, you should have boba tea at Ten Ren, a highly regarded seller of Chinese tea and ginseng. By the way, the LPC’s creation of the Sunset Park historic districts means people can’t tear down buildings in them without the preservation agency’s permission. This gives the residents a measure of protection against the proliferation of finger buildings. You know what finger buildings are. You’ve seen them on non-landmarked low-rise blocks in numerous Brooklyn neighborhoods. These skinny, newly constructed mid-block edifices are considerably taller than the homes on either side of them. This makes the block look like a hand that’s flipping the bird.

THE SUNSET PARK SOUTH HISTORIC DISTRICT A good place to start a landmarked Sunset Park stroll is in the Sunset Park South Historic District at 59th Street and Fourth Avenue. There’s an N and R subway station on the corner and

the NYC Ferry’s Sunset Park dock is a few blocks away. Walk up and down each side street between Fourth and Fifth avenues from 59th through 54th streets. The corner buildings you’ll see are not part of the landmarked area. The historic district consists of more than 280 buildings constructed between 1892 and 1906. Nearly all of them are rowhouses that are two stories tall above basements. Just look at them. Such eye candy. On blocks including the even-numbered side of 58th Street and the odd-numbered side of 55th Street, the brownstones are chocolate, coffee and vanilla-colored, like ice cream. On the even-numbered side of 55th Street one rowhouse is the color of strawberry gelato. The LPC’s designation report about this district says many early residents of these blocks were immigrants from Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. Some worked on the waterfront as ship brokers, ship carpenters and iron-foundry foremen. Some were skilled laborers in other types of businesses. Some did office work or owned small businesses. Later waves of immigrants turned the area into a Scandinavian-American stronghold. Houses in the Sunset Park South Historic District were constructed by speculative developers such as Charles and Alfred Hamilton, a pair of brothers who owned a barge and steamboat company before getting into the real estate business. Various architect-builders in the area were immigrants, such as William Hassan, who was born in Ireland. Another architect-

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Cloth awnings hang over the doors of some 48th Street homes in the Central Sunset Park Historic District.

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Celebrate Sunset Park landmarking with a summer stroll STELLAR ARCHITECTURE FOR WORKING-CLASS IMMIGRANTS OF YESTERYEAR — Continued from page 14INB — builder, Thomas Edwards, was the son of an Irish immigrant. As you stroll around these streets admiring the builders’ work, you’ll notice gardens and stoops lined with pots of flowers.

THE SUNSET PARK 50TH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT A short walk away from the Sunset Park South Historic District, you’ll find the beautiful brownstones of the Sunset Park 50th Street Historic District, which is between Fourth and Fifth avenues. Once again, buildings on the corners of the two avenues are not part of the landmarked area. The 50 rowhouses in the 50th Street district — is there an echo in here? — were constructed between 1897 and 1899. LPC’s designation report about the Sunset Park 50th Street Historic District calls it “one of the neighborhood’s finest historic blocks.”

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There was some drama during the development of this block. The Waldron Brothers, who were builders, constructed 10 houses and then went broke and fled to Canada, the designation report says. The Hamilton Brothers, whom I mentioned a moment ago, built the other 40 houses.

THE CENTRAL SUNSET PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT A few blocks away, 47th Street and 48th Street blocks between Fifth and Sixth avenues comprise the Central Sunset Park Historic District. A stretch of Sixth Avenue from 47th Street to nearly 49th Street is also part of the district. Neo-Gothic-style Iglesia Presbiteriana Sion, which is on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 48th Street, is the only house of worship in Sunset Park’s four historic districts. It was built in 1921 and was originally called the Park Presbyterian Church. The LPC’s designation report about this new historic district says Eastern European Jewish families and immigrants from Italy, Germany, England, Scandinavia and Syria were the early inhabitants of its 140-plus, two-story rowhouses and small multifamily buildings. They were constructed between 1897 and 1907. Later, Norwegians became the area’s biggest ethnic group. And there was a large group of Syrian residents, “with many involved in the importing and retailing of lace, linens, kimonos and rugs,” the designation report notes.

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The neighborhoods where Brooklynites live the longest — and the shor test Data from community boards show complete picture: ZIP codes affect longevity By Meaghan McGoldrick INBrooklyn

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esidents of Borough Park live longer, on average, than most New Yorkers, while people who live in Brownsville live more than half a decade less, according to recently released Community Health Profiles from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The average life expectancy for New York City is 81.2 years, according to the data — 2.5 years higher than the nationwide average. Life expectancy in Brooklyn varies by neighborhood, with some doing better than the city average — and others falling startlingly short. Residents of Borough Park live an average of three years longer (84.2 years), Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay following close behind (both neighborhoods land at almost 84). Meanwhile, Brownsville residents live 6.1 years less, on average (75.1).

Dr. Torian Easterling, acting deputy commissioner for the Center of Health Equity, told INBrooklyn that while it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why a neighborhood’s average life expectancy falls where it does (there are “multiple factors,” he said), the inequity in and of itself is something worth stressing. “I think what it means is that we need to have a full picture of why certain communities, certain neighborhoods and certain people are not able to achieve full optimum health on their own,” he said. “From a general standpoint, our agency has always said that social and economic indicators play a large part in the life expectancy, good health and wellbeing of a neighborhood,” Easterling said, pointing to specific components affecting communities like affordable housing, access to city parks and a neighborhood’s incarceration rates. According to the profiles, per 100,000 adults ages 16 and older, just 155 people were incarcerated in Borough Park from 2015 to 2016. In Brownsville, 1,698 were imprisoned. (The average borough-wide is 460).

Borough Park, a neighborhood where people in Brooklyn live the longest.

In both parts of the borough, however, the same percentage of people — 28 — live in poverty. The unemployment rate is higher in Brownsville (14 percent, compared to 6 percent in Borough Park), but more residents are rent-burdened in Borough Park (65 percent, compared to 57 percent in Brownsville). “What we need to look at, as a society, is how are we reinvesting in communities that have had long-standing disinvestment,” Easterling told INBrooklyn. At the end of the day, the majority of adults in both neighborhoods reported that their own health was good, according to the profiles — a good sign, according to the agency, which claims that how residents feel about their own health can be a good measure of both mental and physical wellness. Here’s how the rest of the borough compares in terms of average life expectancy: • Borough Park: 84.2 years (above average) • Bensonhurst: 83.8 years (above average) • Sheepshead Bay: 83.7 years (above average) • Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights: 83.1 years

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(above average) Sunset Park: 82.6 years (above average) East Flatbush: 82.6 years (above average) Flatbush and Midwood: 82.4 (above average) Flatlands and Canarsie: 82 years (above average) Park Slope and Carroll Gardens: 81.4 (above average) South Crown Heights and Lefferts Gardens: 81.2 years (on average) Greenpoint and Williamsburg: 81.1 years (less than average) Fort Greene and Brooklyn Heights: 80.6 years (less than average) Bushwick: 80.4 years (less than average) Coney Island: 80.4 years (less than average) Crown Heights and Prospect Heights: 79.3 years (less than average) East New York and Starrett City: 78.6 years (less than average) Bed-Stuy: 76.8 years (less than average) Brownsville: 75.1 years (less than average)

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‘Close the camps!’ Protesters target federal lawmakers for failure to protect migrants Immigrant rights advocates demand better treatment for refugees.

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larmed and disgusted by the Trump administration’s treatment of undocumented immigrants at the nation’s southern border, protesters on Tuesday held rallies targeting Brooklyn’s elected representatives to federal office — including outside the Bay Ridge office of U.S. Rep. Max Rose and the Park Slope home of Sen. Chuck Schumer. The protests were part of “Close the Camps,” a series of rallies held in cities across the U.S. to demand more humane treatment of undocumented immigrants. Hundreds gathered in front of Schumer’s Park Slope home to demand that he take action to shut down the detention facilities and make meaningful reforms. Protesters there held up placards in the shape of human eyes with the promise that they are watching him, and chanted “Close the camps!” and “Step it up, Chuck!” Activist Tom Gogan cited the humanitarian costs of the child separation as his reason for coming out. “[Schumer] is supporting more money to the border, which we do not trust is going to be used for humanitarian

purposes. The camps are an atrocity and an incredible, ongoing violation of human rights,” he said. “It’s a horrible blight on our whole country.” Another demonstrator, Theresa Mayer, said that Schumer must leverage his power as minority leader to push change. “It’s on [Schumer] to hold his caucus together and stop this from happening. He holds the power and he could something about this and he needs to listen to his constituents,“ Mayer said. “We are all here to tell [Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Schumer] to do their jobs; to fight against Trump’s racist fear mongering,” said another protester. An organizer said the protest was put together within 48 hours. Schumer’s office told INBrooklyn that the senator is working to address the crisis, and lauded protesters for using their voices. “Senator Schumer is deeply concerned with the unacceptable conditions at the border caused by Trump’s callous policies and commends New Yorkers who are raising awareness about it. He is pushing to do away with the horrible for-profit detention centers and delivering the resources to improve the deplorable conditions at non-profit and

government-run shelters,” Angelo Roefaro, a spokesperson, said. “He helped secure desperately-needed humanitarian aid to [the Department of Health and Human Services] and additional funding to safely house all those who are being processed, while inserting guardrails to prevent the funds from being used for ICE beds or the wall. He believes this humanitarian crisis demands commonsense solutions, including allowing people to apply for asylum in their home country, increased security assistance to Central American countries, and an increased number of immigration judges to speed cases.” Outside Rose’s office at 8203 Third Ave, protesters chanted, “No hate, no fear. Refugees are welcome here!” as they stood holding signs. The Bay Ridge demonstrators, some with their children in tow, said they are shocked by the Trump administration’s policies of separating children from their parents and holding migrants in cages in prison-like detention centers, which many of the protesters likened to concentration camps. “I am here because I am an immigrant myself. I am here to support immigrants. They are not criminals,” Mary Shehu told INBrooklyn Shehu, who

came to the U.S. from her native Albania years ago, took part in the protest with her children, Detion and Debora. The New York Times reported that inspectors from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General discovered squalid conditions in five detention centers in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas during inspection visits they paid to the facilities in June. The inspectors reported seeing overcrowded cells, children in dirty clothes who had not showered and no hot meals, according to the Times. Members of congress who visited a detention center were shocked by what they saw. U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat representing parts of Queens and the Bronx, said desperate migrants had no access to running water and were drinking out of toilets. Rose has not visited a detention center as of yet. The Bay Ridge protesters demanded that Rose, a freshman Democrat who represents several neighborhoods in Southwest Brooklyn and Staten Island, visit a detention center and work with fellow members of congress to cut off funding for detention centers and deportations.

Natalie DeVito, a member of Fight Back Bay Ridge, said Rose voted in favor of a bill to provide emergency funding for the crisis at the border, legislation that did not include oversight. “I won’t sit idly by while child abuse is being enabled, and the people of this community will do everything possible to stop it,” DeVito told INBrooklyn in an email. Rose, she said “should champion getting the camps shut down, because detention serves no purpose for asylees except to traumatize already traumatized people and squander taxpayer money to private companies who are getting wealthy from locking people up.” In a statement the issued after the vote, Rose said he wanted to get emergency funding in place but would have preferred a stronger bill. “[T]hat bill did not come to the floor and we were presented with a bipartisan Senate bill which possesses a large number of those protections, even if not all of the ones I wanted. But I’m here to make progress, which this bill does, and is why I voted in favor of it. I am disappointed, but I will not let the perfect be the enemy of the good, especially when the lives of children are

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on the line,” Rose stated. Mary Hetteix, a Bay Ridge resident, said she is heartbroken that children have died in detention centers and wants the facilities shut down. Those who seek asylum should be allowed to stay with relatives or friends in the U.S. while their cases are adjudicated in court, she said. The coalition of groups organizing the rally included the New York Immigration Coalition, Bay Ridge for Social Justice, Fight Back Bay Ridge, South Brooklyn Democratic Socialists of America, Yalla Brooklyn and South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance. Rose announced that he would visit a detention center this summer. Speaking at a press conference with fellow House members U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velázquez, and Carolyn Maloney, Rose called the conditions at the border unacceptable. “It is obvious that our system is broken right now and has been for a long time. Congress should confront this crisis with the urgency it deserves. Congress should cancel recess, and any future ones, because those suffering on the border cannot wait,” Rose stated. The White House Communications Office did not return messages.


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