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The case for complete streets: A Q&A with Danny Harris, the new leader of TransAlt “Regardless of the way you want to move in New York, it’s broken for you” By Jeffery Harrell Brooklyneagle.com

Danny Harris is taking the helm of one of New York’s most influential street-safety advocacy organizations at a particularly dangerous time for New York cyclists. Since the start of this year, 18 cyclists have been killed citywide — with 13 deaths in Brooklyn alone. The casualty count is a sharp uptick from the total of 10 killed citywide in 2018. Enter Harris, who will come onboard as the new executive director of Transportation Alternatives in early September, following the departure of longtime TransAlt leader Paul Steely White. The  Brooklyn Eagle caught up with Harris last week about his plans for expanding the group’s impact, tailoring streets to specific community needs, addressing the bikes vs. cars narrative, community board tensions — and a lot more. Brooklyn Eagle: What’s your overall vision for TransAlt? Danny Harris: Sure, the organization has an incredible track record: For 46 years of working across the city, bringing transformational change. My vision is to support and expand that. Our goal is to build the city for people, which means giving residents more options than just driving their cars. So, the vision is: How do we give people real options in terms of getting out of their cars and walking and biking, using public transit? Eagle: What’s your background in the world of transit advocacy? DH: I worked for the Knight Foundation for four years, which is a foundation that invests in cities around the country where the Knight brothers own newspapers. In my portfolio centers in California, my role was to help reshape a big California suburban city and reorient it around people. We were working to build one of the most ambitious better-bike-lanes projects in North America, building open-streets programs and empowering residents to demand that their neighborhoods be built for people, not cars. I’m a native New Yorker, I’m coming back home and very excited to take the work that I’ve had success with in San Jose and bring it to New York. Eagle: One of the biggest things on everyone’s mind right now is the uptick in cyclist deaths this summer. There’s a lot of momentum to change the city’s reliance on cars. Corey Johnson is calling to end car culture and people are out in the streets organizing around the cyclist deaths. How do you plan on harnessing that momentum moving forward? DH: Well, I think there’s two pieces to it. There’s the obvious anger of individuals who died while living in New York. It’s important to say that they were not were biking or walking, but they were living in New York and they were killed doing it. The city is duty-bound to protect them. We need to ensure that we get ahead of future deaths or fatalities by bringing in the systems, the infrastructure to save those people. The other side of it is the hope and vision for Mayor [Bill] de Blasio. If he wants to build the fairest big city in America, then he needs to start by building the safest big city in America. You have to create a vision for a city where people of all ages and abilities, from my 3-year-old daughter to my 95-year-old grandmother, can walk and exist and thrive in the city. And until we have those pieces of the vision of what we’re trying to create, we’re taking a piecemeal approach of bike lanes here, a project there. We need a comprehensive system that New Yorkers can believe in and they can get, even if they’re not excited about this. They can see it as a realistic alternative to just being stuck in the car. 2 • Brooklyn Eagle • Thursday, August 8, 2019

Eagle: Especially because of the recent spike in deaths, the tension between car drivers and pedestrians and cyclists has really escalated. How would you describe the climate of the attitudes of cyclists towards drivers and vice versa? DH: The truth is that New York fails everybody when they want to move. When I walk with the stroller, I deal with challenges of curb cuts or getting on the subway when I ride my bike. There’s the absence of protected bike lanes getting me where I want to go. And I don’t have a car. But if I have to take a taxi or drive, there’s endless gridlock. So regardless of the way you want to move in New York, it’s broken for you. It’s too myopic to see this as a zero-sum game where bikes win, and cars lose. The point is, we want all New Yorkers to win, and all New Yorkers win when they’re given options. So, if you’re stuck out in Bay Ridge and you only have a car, bikes haven’t failed you. The city has failed you because they couldn’t give you options. The car companies have failed you because they have created this system where you’re dependent on their automobile and you’re spending thousands of dollars on parking. The problem is we’re directing the fight against each other when there are these bigger players that have caused us to be in this situation. It’s city planning that creates a dependence and addiction to the automobile. This isn’t a fight between bikes and cars. Eagle: Right now, there’s a tendency on both sides to dig in. How do you see the organization soothing those tensions or making people realize that they’re in the fight together? DH: For Transportation Alternatives, our goal is to elevate people’s transportation alternatives. It’s in our name. Our goal is for people to know that when they walk out of their home that there are realistic other options for them. Even if they’re forced to be in a car, they still have to walk to the car where they park; they have to walk from there to somewhere else. New Yorkers need to demand better transportation, better mobility. And our job as Transportation Alternatives is to listen to residents — all residents. And help to not only translate their message to the elected officials, but also to share with them better options. Because I think our goal is to fight for every bike lane network across the city and also to work with people to have them see that this is not just about cycling. This is about the dignity of all New Yorkers. Eagle: That’s an admirable goal, but there are times when conflict is unavoidable. For instance, building up bike infrastructure will necessarily remove parking. In that sort of conflict, how can we meet the needs of everyone? DH: You need leadership to make difficult decisions. We have community boards and there’s a reason that we have them. But the point is that we have the directives and we have a vision of what we’re doing. If you look at the mayor’s Green Wave [plan] or what he wants to do, he said he was going to do something. Now we need the leadership and the backbone to actually do it and go into the communities and say, “This would be hard, but it will make the situation better for not just your neighborhood, but our city.” We need that leadership, and you need these leaders who will stand up with us to make the hard decisions. We’ve also seen how it’s played out positively in New York. Look at the decision to remove cars from Central Park or Prospect Park. Look at the decision about what to do with the High Line. Look at the decision bringing in the first set of bike lanes. These were not easy decisions, but we can work with New Yorkers to show them cases where we had to make diffi-

cult decisions. Not everybody was happy but look at how those neighborhoods are thriving now. Eagle: You mentioned community boards, and I wanted to talk about that a little bit. Commissioner [Polly] Trottenberg recently spoke about how community boards were one of the biggest challenges to building out the bike network. What’s your overall philosophy toward community boards? DH: We need to build coalitions. We need to work with neighborhood groups; we need to listen to those who are going to be unhappy and need the leadership that works with us to make difficult decisions. Community boards — our goal is not to dissolve them or to remove the notion of democracy at the local level. But a few loud voices can’t be the ones who keep creating a situation where cyclists and pedestrians are dying on the streets. How many New Yorkers will have to die before community boards, or the city, will start to make real decisions? We can’t wait for that moment. We have to get ahead of it. Eagle: What about car-heavy, working-class communities? In Brooklyn, Canarsie is a largely working-class neighborhood where more than 70 percent of households own cars. What is TransAlt’s role in a community like that? DH: I think those are the communities who should be fighting the most for options. If you’re looking at studies of economic mobility, there are studies that suggest that access to transit and the amount of time that you commute is the single largest indicator about elevating out of poverty. So when we look at the statistics — whether it’s that or if you ask a family in Canarsie, “How much money do you spend every month on your car?” — we’re crippling individuals with debt, with car payments, being stuck in a car with giving their children asthma because of pollution. These communities deserve better. So, we need to go and be a voice for all New Yorkers to help them. Eagle: In a community like Canarsie, a commute into Manhattan by bike is not feasible for most people. What should TransAlt be advocating there, is it building out the bike lanes or investing in mass transit? DH: We would advocate for what the community believes is right for them. So, in a community where we need public transit first, then in that case of course we would look out for public transit. But the truth is, with all of these things, what we’re really advocating is a network built around complete streets. Complete streets have places for buses, rapid transit, spaces for dedicated bike lanes, spaces for pedestrians. And yes, they have places for cars and for parking. We’re just sort of redoing the geometry to prioritize what’s most important. The goal is

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to say, yes, we want to protect a bike network across the city that can connect residents across all five boroughs. And at the same time, we have to understand the realities of distance and how people move and prioritize the options that work for them. Eagle: You mentioned focusing on what the community is asking for first. What if the community is adamantly attached to driving their cars? How do you combat that deep-seated attitude? DH: In my work in San Jose, we did a lot of work to help people reimagine the city. We would work with communities all across San Jose’s 188 square miles.  What was apparent was that when you would ask people — especially in lower-income neighborhoods — “What do you want?” or “What do you need?” they typically point to the rich neighborhood and say, “I want that.” Maybe they would want wider lanes. Maybe they’d want a nicer playground. But the truth is, when you actually go and you start to see some of the problems that you’re trying to solve, it helps you to understand what the pain points are and what your actual realities are. The outcomes are very different … We were able to create more custom stock options for neighborhoods that responds to their actual needs. Eagle: The MTA is in poor shape and needs a lot of work. Where does TransAlt start in fixing and growing public transit? DH: Well, we’ve obviously had a long relationship of working with and advocating for walking, biking and public transit. It will remain a significant part of how we think about the suite of options that we can provide New Yorkers. So, we can recognize where we have opportunities and where we have limitations.

Ghost bikes across the city mark the sites where cyclists have been killed. Eagle file photo by Todd Maisel


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Marking 41st anniversary of Waldbaum’s fire

By John Alexander Brooklyneagle.com

On August 2, FDNY members gath-

ered at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Midwood to mark the 41st anniversary of the Waldbaum’s supermarket collapse. The fire killed six firefighters who died when the roof of the burning building collapsed, plunging the firefighters

to their deaths. The fire began at 8:40 a.m. on August 2, 1978, in a hallway near a compressor room while 23 electricians, plumbers and contractors were renovating the store at 2892 Avenue Y and Ocean Avenue in Sheepshead Bay. Before long, it escalated to a fouralarm blaze and firefighters from neigh-

boring ladder companies rushed to the scene. Within an hour, 20 firefighters were working to secure the roof when the foundation gave way, causing 12 firefighters to fall into the flames below. Six were rescued and the other six died in the fire. Thirty-two FDNY units arrived to battle the fire with the end result being 34

firefighters, one emergency technician and one Emergency Services police officer injured. Lieutenant James Cutillo, 33rd Battalion, and firefighters Harold Hastings, 42 Battalion; James McManus, Ladder 153; George Rice, Ladder 153; Charles Bouton Ladder 156; and William O’Connor, Ladder 156, were killed that day.

Memorial baseball game honors murder victim Anthony Senisi By John Alexander Brooklyneagle.com

Good friends never forget one of their own and on Sunday, Aug. 4 friends and family gathered in Brighton Beach to remember Anthony Senisi, a young man who was tragically killed in a case of mistaken identity. Senisi lost his life on Aug. 4, 2007 when he was attacked and fatally stabbed in the chest after being mistaken for another man. The father of two was on his way home from picking up milk at a grocery store when he was stabbed in the back. He stumbled to his family’s Brighton Sixth Street apartment where he collapsed in his father’s arms. Authorities believe the attacker, who was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years in prison, had mistaken Senisi for someone else. So, every year on the first Sunday in August, friends and family gather for the annual Anthony Senisi Memorial Softball Game originally

organized by Senisi’s best friends Billy Fallon and Howard Sosner, because he loved the game and they all played softball together as kids. This year took another tragic turn for the group of friends when Billy Fallon died in March. The decision was made to also honor Fallon’s memory. “Antony and Billy were best friends. My brother and a couple of other guys started the memorial softball game in his memory on the first Sunday of August because his birthday is at the beginning of August,” Bobby Fallon told this paper. “So we’ve been doing it for 11 years. When my brother passed away in March on St. Patrick’s Day we decided to add his name to it and make it the ‘Anthony and Billy Softball Game.’ So we continue the tradition.” Fallon added that his son and daughter, Billy’s niece and nephew were there to play as well.

“We have two dear friends that we lost and we’re here to pay our respects and show how much we care and remember these guys,” William Tainowitz told this paper. “I went to junior high school with Anthony and Billy and we’ve played softball since we were 12 or 13 years old at P.S. 63. We all grew up together playing ball and hanging out. We were all very close.”

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House of Solutions is fighting the climate crisis with drag queens and plant parties By Scott Enman Brooklyneagle.com

A new cultural space on Governors Island is taking a different approach to fighting the global climate crisis: art and performance. House of Solutions, located within a historic 19th-century building in Nolan Park, routinely hosts exhibits, workshops and residency programs with the goal of building solutions through innovative means. Its motto: “Where creativity sparks environmental action.” The museum, on view through October in collaboration with the Climate Reality Project, is the brainchild of Tara DePorte, a Brooklyn resident and founder of the Human Impacts Institute, a Williamsburg nonprofit. The organization, created in 2011 to generate new approaches to tackling social and environmental issues, has hosted exhibits in Berlin and Marseille and is located at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Williamsburg branch. “I was starting to see a lack of effective action on climate change,” DePorte told the  Brooklyn Eagle. “There was a communication gap that we needed to experiment

with how to fill.” In an effort to fill that void, DePorte created HII, which uses levity, inspiration and creativity — rather than fear-mongering — to make the climate conversation “approachable, not apocalyptic.” She said that she hoped to shift the conversation away from the direness of the climate crisis. “We’re really trying to get people to speak creatively about solutions and not just the problem,” she said. “When we talk about solutions, particularly when it’s for the general public, we try to give different options. “Not everyone wants to be a protester. Maybe they would do it in very rare occasions, but that’s not their preferred method of engagement.” One alternative option to demonstrating was House of Solutions. The concept was simple: host unique, fun and approachable events with the goal of bringing the average person — not just environmentalists and policy experts — into the climate discussion. The opening party, dubbed “Climate is a Drag,” featured a climate-themed drag competition in which

Tara DePorte (second from right) addresses the crowd at House of Solutions. participants performed skits about plastic pollution, the Green New Deal and becoming a climate activist. “We need big, bold and beautiful climate action, and who’s better to communicate that then drag queens?” DePorte said. On Friday, the museum hosted a dance party in a plant-filled room. It was aptly named “Dance Your Plants Off.” The music played mimicked the conversations that trees have between each other with their root structures. Flyers were also passed

out with information on how people can help with reforestation efforts in New York City and around the world. With an ongoing exercise called “Dear Tomorrow: Letters to the Future,” participants write to their future selves, children or grandchildren, about what they did personally to fight the climate crisis. The prompt asks: “What did you do to ensure a safe and secure future?” Contributors are also encouraged to

record how they think about climate change and what new personal actions they promise to take now. The space will host a “Wild Walk,” an animal nature workshop and a lecture on the “Intersectionality of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, Human Justice and Resilience” on Saturday, Aug. 10, as part of their programming. DePorte argued that even in a concrete jungle like Brooklyn — where access

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to nature can be restricted — it is still important to have conversations about how to solve the climate crisis. “I love the idea of being able to create that harmony and make a city as big and crazy as Brooklyn — and also New York City — really work with our natural systems,” she said. “It’s such an amazing challenge. People treasure their access to nature here in a different way because it is special and limited.”

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BROOKLYN AND ITS COMMUNITY BOARDS Community Board #1 435 GRAHAM AVE., Brooklyn, NY 11211 Phone: 718-389-0009 Fax:718-389-0098 Email:bk01@cb.nyc.gov Flushing Ave., Willamsburg, Greenpoint, Northside, Southside Chairperson: none District Manager:Gerald Esposito Regular monthly board meetings held the 2nd Tuesday of the month/ 6:30pm.

Community Board #6 250 BALTIC ST., Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone:718-643-3027 Fax: 718-624-8401 Email:info@brooklyncb6.org Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Gowanus, Cobble Hill Chairperson: Peter Fleming District Manager: Michael Racioppo Regular monthly board meetings held the 2nd Wednesday of the month/6:30p.m.

Community Board #2 350 JAY ST., 8THFLOOR Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: 718-596-5410 Fax:718-852-1461 Email:cb2k@nyc.rr.com Brooklyn Heights, Fulton Mall, Boerum Hill, Ft.Greene, BK Navy Yard, Clinton Hill Chairperson: Lenue H. Singletary, III District Manager:Robert Perris Regular monthly board meetings held the 2nd Wednesday of the month/ 6:00pm.

Community Board #7 4201 4THAVE., Brooklyn, NY 11232 Phone:718-854-0003 Fax: 718-436-1142 Email:bk07@cb.nyc.gov Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace Chairperson: Cesar Zuniga District Manager: Jeremy Laufer Regular monthly board meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of the month! 6:30p.m.

Communi Board #8 1291 ST.MARKS AVE., Brooklyn, NY 11213 Phone: 718-467-5574 Community Board #11 Fax: 718-778-2979 2214 BATH AVE., Email:info@brooklyncb8.org Brooklyn, NY 11214 North Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Phone:718-266-8800 Weeksville Fax: 718-266-8821 Chairperson: Ethel Tyus Email: info@brooklyncb11.org District Manager: Michelle George Bath Beach, Gravesend, Mapleton, Regular monthly board meetings held the Bensonhurst Chairperson: William Guarinello 2nd Thursday of the month/ 7:00pm. District Manager: Marnee Elias-Pavia Regular monthly board meetings held Community Board #9 2nd Thursday of the month/7:30p.m. Community Board #4 890 NOSTRAND AVE., Communi Board #12 1420 BUSHWICK AVE., SUITE 370 Brooklyn, NY 11225 5910 13THAVE., Brooklyn, NY 11207-1422 Phone: 718-778-9279 Brooklyn, NY 11219 Phone: 718-628-8400 Fax:718-467-0994 Phone:718-851-0800 Fax:718-628-8619 Email: bk09@cb.nyc.gov Fax: 718-851-4140 Email:bk04@cb.nyc.gov South Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Email: bk12@cb.nyc.gov Bushwick Boro Park, Kensington, Ocean Parkway, Gardens, Wingate Chairperson: none Midwood Chairperson: Fred Baptiste Chairperson: none District Manager:Celestina Leon Regular District Manager: Currently Vacant monthly board meetings held the 3rd Regular monthly board meetings held the District Manager: Barry Spitzer Regular monthly board meetings held the Wednesday of the month! 6:00pm. 4th Tuesday of the month! 7:00pm. 4th Tuesday of the month/ 7:00pm.

Community Board #3 1360 FULTON ST. Brooklyn, NY 11216 Phone:718-622-6601 Fax:718-857-5774 Email:bk03@cb.nyc.gov Bedford-Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights, Ocean Hill Chairperson: none District Manager:Henry Butler Regular monthly board meetings held the 1st Monday of the month! 7:00pm.

Community Board #5 404 PINE STREET, Brooklyn, NY 11208, 3RD FLOOR Phone: 929-221-8261 Fax:718-345-0501 Email:bk05@cb.nyc.gov East New York, Cypress Hills, Highland Park, New Lots, City Line, Starrett City Chairperson: Andre Mitchell District Manager:Melinda Perkins Regular monthly board meetings held the 4th Wednesday of the month! 6:30pm.

Community Board #10 8119 5THAVE., Brooklyn, NY 11209 Phone: 718-745-6827 Fax: 718-836-2447 Email:bk01O@cb.nyc.gov Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton Chairperson: Lori Willis District Manager: Josephine Beckmann Regular monthly board meetings held the 3rd Monday of the month! 7pm. except during January and February

CommuniJy Board #13 1201 SURF AVE., 3RD FLOOR Brooklyn, NY 11224 Phone:718-266-3001 Fax: 718-266-3920 Email: edmark@cb.nyc.gov Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Seagate Chairperson: Joann Weiss District Manager: Eddie Mark Regular monthly board meetings held the 4th Wednesday of the month! 7:00pm.

t Commun· Board #14 810 EAST 16TH ST., Brooklyn, NY 11214 Phone: 718-859-6357 Fax: 718-421-6077 Email: info@brooklyncb14.org Flatbush, Midwood, Kensington, Ocean Parkway Chairperson: Ed Powell District Manager: Shawn Campbell Regular monthly board meetings held the 2nd Monday of the month/ 7:30pm. Community Board #15 KINGSBORO COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2001 Oriental Blvd., Cluster Room C124 Brooklyn, NY 11235 Phone: 718-332-3008 Fax: 718-648-7232 Email: bklcb15@verizon.net Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Kings Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Kings Highway, Madison, East Gravesend Chairperson: none District Manager: Laura Singer Regular monthly board meetings held the last Tuesday of the month/ 7:00pm. Communi Board #16 444 THOMAS BOYLAND ST., ROOM 103 Brooklyn, NY 11212 Phone: 718-385-0323 Fax: 718-342-6714 Email: bk16@cb.nyc.gov Brownsville, Ocean Hill Chairperson: none District Manager: Viola D. Greene-Walker Regular monthly board meetings held the 4th Tuesday of the month! 7:00pm.

Community Board #17 4112 FARRAGUT ROAD Brooklyn, NY 11210 Phone: 718-434-3072 Fax:718-434-3801 Email: bk17@cb.nyc.gov East Flatbush, Remsen Village, Farrgut, Rugby, Eramus, Ditmas Village Chairperson: Aaron Ampaw District Manager: Sherif Fraser Regular monthly board meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of the month/ 7:00pm. Community Board #18 1097 BERGEN AVE., Brooklyn, NY 11234-4841 Phone: 718-241-0422 Fax:718-531-3199 Email:bkbrd18@ogtonline.net Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Flatlands, Marine Park, Georgetown, Mill Island Chairperson: Gardy Brazela District Manager: Dorothy Turano Regular monthly board meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of the month/ 7:00pm.

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News Around the Boro STROKES TO PLAY BARCLAYS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The Strokes, a well-known indie rock band, have announced a New York Eve concert at Barclays Center. The band was scheduled to play this year’s Governors Ball on Randall’s Island, but its set was canceled due to severe weather. Fans who had tickets to see the band there are getting earlier access to buy tickets for the New Year’s Eve show. 

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BROWNSVILLE HIT-RUN DRIVER SOUGHT

BROWNSVILLE — Police are seeking the hit-and-run driver who struck a 66-year-old woman in a crosswalk on Monday morning, according to CBS New York. The woman was crossing the intersection of Belmont and Rockaway avenues in Brownsville when she was hit by a driver who didn’t stop. She was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where she remained in critical condition as of press time. Many residents say that traffic lights are needed at the intersection, which is heavily traveled by cars, buses and trucks. Police are still seeking the burgundy SUV that fled the scene. 

DAY CARE EMPLOYEES CHARGED IN GIRL’S DISAPPEARANCE

GRAVESEND — After a 4-year-old girl who was found wandering alone in Gravesend was reunited with her family, day care driver Anatoly Elkin and matron Galma Zabamaya of the Bim Bam’s Playhouse day care center were charged with failing to exercise control of a minor, according to CBS New York. The girl had fallen asleep in the back seat, and Elkin apparently parked the car near his home after his route was finished. Police said. The girl got out of the van and wandered around before she was found walking around 27th Avenue and Shore Parkway on Monday morning. 

10,000 JOBS AT NAVY YARD

BROOKLYN NAVY YARD — The Brooklyn Navy Yard has surpassed 10,000 jobs for the first time since the city took control of the former U.S. Navy campus in 1966, according to amNewYork. At its peak during World War II, the Navy Yard employed 70,000 workers, many of them in shipbuilding-related jobs. The city reopened the Navy Yard as an industrial incubator in 1969. “It was in the 2000s when the city started investing pretty significant amounts of money in the basic infrastructure that created the conditions that we have today where private companies can and want to establish themselves at the yard,” said David Ehrenberg, head of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. 

BED-STUY, BAY RIDGE, PARK SLOPE HOMES FEATURED ON BROWNSTONER

BOROUGHWIDE — The most popular listings on Brownstoner this week include a renovated wood-frame house in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a brick row house in Bay Ridge and a small co-op in Park Slope. The wood-frame house, at 47 Chauncey St., was built between 1867 and 1870 as a single-family home. Its porch is one of the three oldest in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District. The Bay Ridge row house, at 574 76th St., is located near the new Bay Ridge Parkway-Doctors’ Row Historic District. And the Park Slope co-op, at 305 Eighth Ave., is only two rooms but, according to Brownstoner, “has some well-designed aspects to recommend it.” 

STUDY EXAMINES WHY LOW-INCOME CHILDREN, FAMILIES MOVE OFTEN

CITYWIDE — An article on the City Lab website says low-income children “move around a lot,” whether the neighborhood they’re born in gentrifies or doesn’t gentrify. The article quotes a study conducted by researchers at New York University. Still, low-income families who leave a gentrifying neighborhood “are more likely to change boroughs or change ZIP codes” than families who leave an apartment in a non-gentrifying neighborhood. In any neighborhood, families who live in supported housing are less likely to move. In general, many factors go into why low-income families move around often. 

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CARROLL GARDENS — News 12 Brooklyn, on its website, recently profiled Brooklyn Farmacy in Carroll Gardens. Neither a drugstore nor an outlet for farm products, Brooklyn Farmacy is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Owner Peter Freeman and his sister, Gia, seek to introduce people to treats they may not

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CROWN HEIGHTS — An Amber Alert was canceled Monday night after a 1-year-old boy who had been inside a stolen SUV in Brooklyn was found safe, according to PIX11. Sincere Gilchrist, who was in a car seat in the back of the SUV when it was taken, has been reunited with his mother and father. The SUV, a white Mitsubishi, was taken at Kingston Avenue and Dean Street around 6:50 p.m., police said. The boy’s mother apparently left the SUV running while she went inside a store to buy groceries. 

Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park will have protected bike lanes by the end of the year. The city’s Department of Transportation has made significant progress on the project, according to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg (right) and Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (second from right). “We asked DOT if it can be expedited, and DOT responded with good news,” Menchaca said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. have had before. “I realized there was a whole generation of kids and people who were growing up in New York” who had never had an egg cream, Freeman said. The store was once a pharmacy, and many years ago pharmacies indeed had soda fountains. 

NIGERIAN-AMERICANS GRAVITATE TO BECOMING ENTREPRENEURS

BED-STUY — Nigerian immigrants in New York City often become entrepreneurs, according to BK Reader, and some of the businesses they found are food- and beverage-related. A case in point is Oluwarotimi Akinnuoye, co-owner of the Bed-Vyne Corporation in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Akinnuoye and several partners founded the corporation, which has three subsidiaries, Bed-Vyne Wine, Bed-Vyne Brew and Bed-Vyne Cocktails, at separate locations in the neighborhood. Akinnuoye told BK Reader that many Nigerian immigrant parents want their children to become either lawyers, doctors or engineers, but Nigerians born in the United States “are a little different. We’re more entrepreneurial, so we believe in trying to figure it out on your own. 

EAST FLATBUSH BUILDERS USE LOOPHOLES TO AVOID PARKING SPACES

EAST FLATBUSH — Many of the developers who are building apartment houses along New York Avenue in East Flatbush are avoiding the city’s requirement to provide parking for residents by using the loophole of assigning two addresses to a single building, according to the Brooklyn Reporter. According to the city’s Zoning Resolution, residential buildings constructed on small lots are required to provide parking for at least half of the units in the building. However, if that amounts to five or fewer parking spaces, the parking requirement can be waived. By using two numbers for each building, developers basically split the building in half — for example, splitting 15 units into two groups of eight. And half of eight is four, which, of course, is within the “five or fewer parking spaces” category. 

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FLOYD BENNETT FIELD — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel (D-Brownsville) joined the Young Airmans Association, a nonprofit group founded by three African-American members of the NYPD who earned pilot’s licenses, to announce a major grant for United Youth Aviators, an aviation summer camp that the group started this year. The ceremony was held outside the hangar for the NYPD Aviation Unit at Floyd Bennett Field, a historic airfield in Marine Park, according to Kings County Politics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 92 percent of America’s professional pilots and flight engineers are Caucasian. 

VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT COMING TO DUMBO

DUMBO — Em Vietnamese Restaurant, whose main location is on 86th Street in Bensonhurst, plans to open a second

location this fall at 57 Front St. in DUMBO, according to New York Eater. Among Em’s best-known dishes are beef pho, banh mi burger, mango smoothie and hu tieu Nam Vang, a noodle soup with pork, seafood broth and other ingredients, Two Trees Management, which was responsible for the revitalization of DUMBO, is behind the restaurant’s expansion, New York Eater said. 

TIMES EXPLORES BROOKLYN TAILOR SHOPS

BOROUGHWIDE — There are still tailor shops that make custom-made suits in Brooklyn, and The New York Times recently looked at some of them. One such store is that owned by Yosel Tiefenbrun of East Williamsburg, who is both a Chabad rabbi and a tailor. Most of his clients, he says, are in their 30s, and they range from Orthodox Jews to jazz musicians. Another store is Mi Montuno in Prospect Heights, owned by Antonio Brown. “I look at myself as an artist,” said Brown. “I like to mix colors and fabrics to make one-of-a-kind garments. Once I make a design, I don’t do it again.” 

FREEK’S MILL IN GOWANUS SHUTTERED

GOWANUS — Though Freek’s Mill was a Gowanus favorite, the restaurant closed its doors last week, citing staffing issues. The eatery at 285 Nevins St. lost its wine director, general manager and two chefs since opening in 2016. Owner J.T. Stewart, who also runs a construction company full time, says he’s unable to continue on his own, Eater reported. Since its opening, Freek’s Mill’s farm-focused menu won rave-reviews from critics and a two-star review from the Times. 

THE FRANKS TO OPEN PIZZERIA

CARROLL GARDENS — The Franks of Brooklyn and Manhattan restaurant fame are adding a pizzeria to their culinary empire next month. F & F Pizzeria plans to open in a space between Frankies 457 Spuntino and Franks Wine Bar on Court Street in Carroll Gardens, according to The New York Times. Since pizza is not their area of expertise, they are working with baker Chad Robertson, who will be responsible for the dough, and Chris Bianco, of Pizza Bianco in Phoenix. “Everybody is a pizza expert in Brooklyn. We want to do something that is sustainable, delicious, healthy,” said Frank Falcinelli, one of the two Franks, along with Frank Castronovo. 

MINI-POLICE STATION IN HASIDIC WILLIAMSBURG

WILLIAMSBURG — In a traffic island on Lee Avenue in the heart of Hasidic Williamsburg stands a tiny, square-shaped building with a sign saying “Police.” According to Untapped City, the NYPD no longer uses this structure, but in the 1980s it was an official NYPD watch post. The station was established by the local community to have a police presence on the Sabbath, when Orthodox Jews cannot use phones. If there was a problem, community members could walk over to the building and speak to the officer on duty. While the NYPD no longer uses the one-person police station, it may still be used by the Hasidic community for other purposes, since the Untapped Cities author recently saw the lights on at night.

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Peter Pan, the boy who didn’t want to grow up, is ready to charm you in a brand new production from Narrows Community Theater’s summer youth program. The show opens Friday, Aug. 16 and will run for two consecutive weekends. “Peter Pan” is Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie’s most famous work. He wrote it in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous yet innocent little boy who can fly, and has many adventures on the island of Neverland that is inhabited by mermaids, fairies, Native Americans and pirates. The Peter Pan stories also involve the characters Wendy Darling and her two brothers, Peter’s fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and the pirate Captain Hook. The play and novel were inspired by Barrie’s friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Barrie continued to revise the play for years after its debut until publication

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Cast of “Peter Pan the Musical.” of the play script in 1928. The play’s lyrics are by Carolyn Leigh with additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Morris (Moose) Charlap. It was originally choreographed and adapted by Jerome Robbins. The Narrows Community production is directed by Jason Santel with music direction by Payton Millet and is choreographed by Annie Ester. “Peter Pan has always been

a character and a story towards which I’ve had an affinity,” said Santel. “The boy who won’t grow up, the girl who’s enamored with him, the pirates, the fairies, the mermaids and more. There’s something for everyone! When I joined the incredibly talented team, I knew that we would have to do something unique to make others see the magic on stage.” Santel explained that “‘Peter Pan’ isn’t your typical youth

summer theater experience. “It’s not just kids in oversized suits and dresses reproducing carbon copies of Broadway shows,” he explained. “Our mission has been to create our own show, one that has to be told by young performers. And Neverland is the perfect place to do that.” He said that he was very impressed and surprised every day by the cast’s creativity and skill.

“This show would only be possible if we had a cast of ferociously talented and determined actors, musicians and dancers,” he said, “and I’m so proud to report that this is exactly who we have. “I can guarantee that they will give you a one-of-a-kind performance when you come to see it,” he added. Performances are at the Fort Hamilton Army Base Theater at 101st Street and Fort

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A pilgrimage to Walt Whitman’s Clinton Hill home By Lore Croghan brooklyneagle.com

Preservation advocates are using the co-naming of a Clinton Hill street as Walt Whitman Way as an occasion to spotlight their campaign for city landmark designation for the poet’s home, which stands nearby. “This humble house is the birthplace of our cultural Declaration of Independence,” New York University Professor Karen Karbiener, who’s the president of the Walt Whitman Initiative, told INBrooklyn. After the City Council’s July 23 vote to put Whitman’s name on the corner of Ryerson Street and DeKalb Avenue, she led a pilgrimage to Whitman’s house at 99 Ryerson St. for her Columbia University summer students. Whitmanites call it Leaves of Grass House because the poet and his family lived there in 1855, when he published the first version of this now-famous poetry collection. “You guys are about to see the mother lode,” Karbiener told her students on Thursday as they stood up the street from the 1850s wood-frame Italianate home, which is covered with aluminum siding. “He became a poet in this house,” she said. “For many reasons, we would like to make sure it stays here.” Karbiener said a big residential development on the block where Leaves of Grass House is located is a reminder that “these houses can come down.” When she led her students to 99 Ryerson St., she made everybody stay on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street from it. She didn’t want to upset the house’s residents, who don’t like to have people stand right outside the property. From a polite distance, the students scrutinized 99 Ryerson St.

“It looks like any other house. It’s not ostentatious,” said Columbia undergrad Noah Kulick. “Inside, all this creativity emerged from nowhere.” Whitman, who’s widely considered to be one of America’s greatest poets, was an editor of the Brooklyn Eagle in the 1840s. The Ryerson Street house is one of 30-plus places in Brooklyn and Manhattan where he lived. It’s the only one that’s still standing. The Coalition to Save Walt Whitman’s house is campaigning to get the property landmarked this year because it’s the bicentennial of his birthday — and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots, which launched America’s gay civil rights movement. Whitman’s candidly sensual poems made him “iconic in the United States and Europe as one of the first people to openly express the concept of men loving men,” according to a posting on the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project’s website. His Clinton Hill house is one of the oldest buildings in the city that’s associated with a person who would now be considered LGBTQ+, the website says. Both the Walt Whitman Initiative and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project are members of the Coalition to Save Walt Whitman’s House, along with a team of preservation experts.

A look inside the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument The students’ pilgrimage to 99 Ryerson St. started on the corner of DeKalb Avenue and traffic-heavy Flatbush Avenue Extension. “Whitman’s Brooklyn had some of the energy we feel now,” Karbiener told them.

Professor Karen Karbiener stands in front of 99 Ryerson St., where Walt Whitman lived. INBrooklyn photos by Paul Frangipane

The group made two stops before heading to Leaves of Grass House. First, they walked down DeKalb Avenue to the Brooklyn Hospital Center, which opened as Brooklyn City Hospital in 1845. Whitman, who famously worked as a male nurse during the Civil War, was a volunteer at the hospital in the late 1850s. Right about then, the hospital built a Pathological Hall, which had an operating theater where people could watch surgery being performed.

Up in Fort Greene Park, the Walt Whitman Project’s Greg Trupiano talks about the Revolutionary War.

Professor Karen Karbiener and her students stand in front of the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Fort Greene Park.

In his work in the hospital, “Walt Whitman really learned to love the body from the inside out,” Karbiener said. Next, she led the group to the top of the hill in Fort Greene Park, which is next to the hospital. There, Greg Trupiano, artistic director and founder of the Walt Whitman Project, talked about the thousands of Colonial patriots who died during the Revolutionary War because they were imprisoned on British ships in Wallabout Bay. A Prison Ship Martyrs Monument to honor them opened in 1908. It’s a 149-foot Doric column. Urban Park Ranger Chris Wood took the students inside the column through a bronze door that’s normally locked up tight. A park for shantytown residents During the students’ visit to the park, operatic tenor Daniel Noone sang the aria “La donna e mobile” from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” which premiered in 1851. Whitman loved Verdi’s works. Fort Greene Park exists because while Whitman was the Eagle’s editor, he relentlessly wrote editorials calling for its creation. He argued that a park was needed to promote the health of the residents of the heavily populated area, including Irish immigrants who lived in a shantytown along Myrtle Avenue, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report about the Fort Greene Historic District says.

Dillon Porter performs excerpts from “Song of Myself.” There were dangerous outbreaks of cholera in the summertime. The 33-acre green space was established in 1847. ‘I stop somewhere waiting for you’ Another high point of the visit to Fort Greene Park was performance artist Dillon Porter’s recitation of excerpts of “Song of Myself,” Whitman’s famous poem. “I am the mate and companion of people, all just as immortal and fathomless as myself,” he said. “I stop somewhere waiting for you.” Before the students left the park and headed to Whitman’s house, they walked down stone stairs to a crypt where the prison ship martyrs’ remains are entombed. Trupiano said only the descendants of the dead are allowed inside the barrel-vaulted chamber filled with caskets. More than 5,700 people have signed a petition calling for Whitman’s Clinton Hill house to be landmarked. Landmarks Preservation Commission staffers turned down Whitmanites’ request to have 99 Ryerson St. calendared for consideration as an individual landmark in 2017. Preservation advocates responded with a 13-page rebuttal. Elected officials including City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo wrote a letter asking that the house be landmarked. It’s located in her district.

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haven’t seen the other buildings that have been constructed in the 22-acre Atlantic Yards/ Pacific Park mega-development that the arena anchors. One condo building and three rental-apartment buildings can now be found on the mammoth site at Flatbush and Atlantic avenues. The project is in the news again. There’s controversy over a 105,000-square-foot field house and gym planned for the basements of two as-yet unconstructed Atlantic Yards/ Pacific Park buildings because a full-scale environmental review is not planned. Advisory group Atlantic Yards Community Development Corp. will vote on this issue later this month. Grassroots groups such as Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn fought about many aspects of the Atlantic Yards project, as it was originally called. It received government subsidies. And developer Forest City Ratner got the go-ahead from New York State’s Court of Appeals in 2009 to use eminent domain to take over neighborhood properties and incorporate them into the project site. Currently Greenland USA, an entity largely owned by the government of Shanghai, is the principal owner of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park. Greenland transferred development rights to the sites where the field house and gym are planned to TF Cornerstone.

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According to city Finance Department records, a couple of the highest-price condo sales in this building have been a $4.227 million transaction in December 2017 and a $3.9 million transaction in February 2018.

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Come stroll around Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park — Continued from page 12INB — When I checked the building’s website the other day, asking prices for available apartments ranged from a $1.5 million twobedroom unit to a $7.715 million four-bedroom penthouse. One of the building’s retail tenants is Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, which does its manufacturing in Greenpoint.

EIGHT ACRES OF GREEN SPACE? NOT YET COOKFOX Architects’ description of 550 Vanderbilt Ave. on ArchDaily.com mentions “eight acres of new, publicly accessible green space that defines the site.” If you expect to see this landscaped acreage, you will be sorely disappointed. Most of it hasn’t been built yet. To find the public space that has been created at 550 Vanderbilt Ave., leave the ice cream shop, turn onto Dean Street and head towards Barclays Center. At the edge of the condo building, there’s an asphalt-covered span beside a construction fence. A small stand of trees provides shade for wooden benches. And in front of 550 Vanderbilt Ave.’s back entrance, there’s landscaping and a reflecting pool with a small waterfall.

A RENTAL BUILDING FOR HOUSEHOLD INCOMES AS HIGH AS $173,415 PER YEAR When you gaze past the construction fence behind 550 Vanderbilt Ave., the next building you can see is on the corner of Dean Street and Carlton Avenue.

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SHoP Architects also designed this 32-story, 363-apartment For three-bedroom apartments, a six-person household could have an annual income as low as $29,863 for an $817-per-month rental building, whose address is 461 Dean St. Half the apartments are affordable, and half are market-rate. rental or as high as $173,415 for a rental priced at $3,716 per The tower is composed of modular units that were constructed month, the posting shows. at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, brought to the site and stacked on top of one another. ‘SOUND SCULPTURES’ IN I was there in December 2013 when the first unit — which the THE PUBLIC SPACE project architect referred to it as “Mod One” — arrived. It was a The lower floors of 535 Carlton Ave. are clad in red pre-fab studio with a washer and dryer and wood flooring already brick. The facades on the upper floors and the center installed. The modular apartment weighed 30,000 pounds. Spectators of the building are white. There’s a bite-sized piece of publicly accessible cheered when a crane hoisted it into the air and workers set it in space next to a construction fence behind this building, place. too. There are entrances to the green space on Dean Street and Carlton Avenue. Strictly speaking, much of it isn’t green. The public space has wooden benches but no shade trees overhanging them. There’s a small grouping of trees, but there aren’t any benches beside it. And there’s a reflecting pool — sound familiar? Tables and chairs are set up on a blacktopped area. When I was there the other day, the heat was so intense, it left me breathless. There is something nifty on the asphalt-covered area — a set of outdoor musical instruments, or “sound sculptures,” as manufacturer Freenotes Harmony Park calls them. They’re tall aluminum chimes that make lowpitched sounds like gongs when you hit them with mallets, which hang beside them.

There’s a reflecting pool in the publicly accessible green space behind 550 Vanderbilt Ave.

WORK IS UNDERWAY AT SIXTH AVENUE DEVELOPMENT SITES When you’ve seen the public space, return to Dean Street and once again walk towards Barclays Center. In a couple of minutes, you’ll come upon a construction site with frontage on Dean Street, Sixth Avenue and Pacific Street. Its address in city Buildings Department records is 37 Sixth Ave. But architect Jonathan Marvel refers to it as 664 Pacific St. So does The Brodsky Organization, which has the development rights to the site. Marvel Architects’ plan calls for a 26-story, 323unit apartment tower with a 100,000-square-foot public school in the base of the building, as I reported when the firm first unveiled its design. At nearby 18 Sixth Ave. on the corner of Atlantic Avenue, The Brodsky Organization began work in the spring on an 859-unit, mixed-income rental apartment building designed by Perkins Eastman, Real Estate Weekly reported.

These handsome rowhouses stand on the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street across from Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park. When you stroll down there, you will discover its address is 535 Carlton Ave. It is part of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project. COOKFOX Architects also designed this 18-story building, which has 298 apartments. All of them are rentals, designated as affordable units for low-, moderate- and middle-income residents. This is important because when Atlantic Yards was in the planning stages, Forest City Ratner agreed to build 2,250 units of affordable housing by May 2025. The Carlton Avenue apartments were offered through a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corp. Income levels ranged from $20,126 per year for a studio with a rent of $548 per month to $104,775 per year for a $2,137-permonth studio, an online posting indicates.

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There is a completed Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park building on Sixth Avenue. It is on the corner of Dean Street, right next to Barclays Center. SHoP Architects designed this 23-story, 300-apartment rental property, whose address is 38 Sixth Ave. It looks like it’s made of giant blocks, some patterned with red and gray, some silver, others white. All the apartments at 38 Sixth Ave. are affordable units.

A MODULAR TOWER ON FLATBUSH AVENUE A little bit further down Dean Street, you’ll find a tower with a shiny red facade. It’s on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and is surrounded on both sides by Barclays Center.

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