Summer 2012





Brooklyn is the place for your summer fun! In addition to our concerts listed in the schedule inside, don’t miss: Fri night fireworks in front of Wonder Wheel in Coney Island, now thru Labor Day at 9:30pm • Celebrate Brooklyn! concerts in Prospect Park Thurs-Sat until Aug 11 • BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech Thursdays at noon June 7-Aug 9 • Feast of the Giglio in Williamsburg July 5-16 • Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Thurs eves July 5-Aug 30 • Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival July 9-14 at Brooklyn Bridge Park bkhiphopfestival.com • Bastille Day July 14 on Smith St bet Bergen/Pacific • Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Celebration in Coney Island July 14 more info at www.coneyislandfunguide.com • Lacoste L!ve Concert Series at Williamsburg Park 50 Kent Ave July 17-Oct 5 www.facebook.com/williamsburgparkbk • Friends of Carroll Park Kids Concert Series Wed July 18, Sat Aug 25 and Sat Sept 29 2-5pm in Carroll Park • NYPD Night Out Against Crime at your local precinct Aug 7 • Universal Hip Hop Parade noon at Tompkins & Lafayette Aug 11 • Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival Aug 18 • 36th Annual Brighton Jubilee on Brighton Beach Ave on Aug 26 • The Dominican Parade starts at Graham/Metropolitan Aves on Aug 26 at 1pm • The West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade on Eastern Parkway Sept 3 • The 7th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival Sept 23 at BH Plaza. Congratulations to Carlo Scissura for his appointment as president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. As my chief of staff—and prior to that, counsel—for nearly five years, Carlo demonstrated the kind of leadership and vision that brought positive change and I know that Brooklyn businesses will benefit from his expertise and dedication. Thank you, Carlo, for a job well done! As always, send story ideas to askmarty@brooklynbp.nyc.gov or call (718) 802-3700.


Barclays Center is ready for action!

or far too long, Brooklynites had to leave the borough to catch the hottest performers and the most exciting sports events, but those days are over! The curtain is rising on the borough’s biggest stage ever as the new Barclays Center welcomes an exciting roster of more than 220 events annually right here in Brooklyn. Barclays Center marks its premiere with a concert by Brooklyn’s own JAY Z on September 28, which will be followed by Brooklyn’s favorite daughter Barbra Streisand, who makes her triumphant return to her home borough for two shows, October 11 and 13. Barclays Center is also the new home to the Brooklyn Nets, who play their first game in late October/early November and will no doubt be wowing sports-lovers with all the spectacular action of major professional basketball.




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The first new indoor arena to open in New York City since 1968, Barclays Center is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue that can host 19,000 concertgoers and up to 18,200 basketball fans. In addition to JAY Z and Streisand, Barclays Center has booked a variety of programming including heartthrob Justin Bieber (Nov. 12), gospel great Hezekiah Walker (Dec. 10), The King’s Men (Oct. 14), innovative rockers Rush (Oct. 22) and Journey (Oct. 30), singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen (Dec. 20) and world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli (Dec. 5). Hockey fans can check out the pre-season Islanders vs. Devils matchup on Oct. 2. Family-friendly events will include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice. Horse lovers can enjoy a major equestrian show jumping event, the New York Masters. And there will be many more events to come.


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Summer 2012

Carousel lovers rejoice! The centuryold Prospect Park Carousel got a facelift this year just in time for its 100th birthday. Designed by famed carver Charles Carmel in 1912—creator of the exuberant “Coney Island-style” carousel—the merry-go-round was moved to Prospect Park in 1952. “The first capital project undertaken by the Prospect Park Alliance was the restoration of the Carousel in 1987,” said 4 The Prospect Park Carousel is a big hit Alliance President Emily Lloyd, “and it with children of all ages. has been drawing families to the Park ever since. Twenty-five years later, we’re proud to celebrate its 100th birthday and look forward to enthralling riders of all ages for the next 100 years.” Coney Island was once carousel central, home to 25 carousels plus the manufacturers and artisans who supported the industry. Originally located at Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, the Prospect Park Carousel reflects Charles Carmel’s boisterous style. Among its 56 carved wood figures are 53 horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer and two chariots pulled by dragons. Musical accompaniment is provided by an original Wurlitzer band organ. New York City has more than a dozen antique carousels and, naturally, Brooklyn hosts some of the most iconic. Along with Prospect Park, there’s the magnificent Jane’s Carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park and the 90-year-old Coney Island B & B Carousell, now being restored for its 2013 opening in the new Steeplechase Plaza adjacent to the famed Parachute Jump.
Prospect Park Carousel is located at the Children’s Corner, inside the Willink entrance (Ocean and Flatbush Aves and Empire Boulevard). Hours: July-Aug: Thur-Sun 12-6pm. www.prospectpark.org.


Summer 2012

Aladdin Bakers is already known for its Middle Eastern-style bread and pita. After all, Aladdin has been feeding Brooklyn and the nation behind the scenes for 40 years. But with Baked In Brooklyn in Greenwood Heights, Aladdin has opened its first retail store. It’s right across from Green-Wood Cemetery, one of New York City’s top tourist destinations. Now, lovers of Aladdin Bakers’ goods can enjoy freshly baked breads, 4 Baked In Brooklyn’s coffee, fancy cheeses, delicious Donald Guzzi and Joseph Ayoub. spreads—like red pepper walnut spread—gourmet sandwiches and bagels. What’s more, huge plate glass windows inside the retail shop let customers get a peek behind the scenes. A true Brooklyn success story, Aladdin began in 1974 with a single oven baking pita bread on Atlantic Avenue. After more than four decades of growth, the bakery now ships over 100 types of baked goods—including paninis, bagels, wraps and its special brand of pita chips—across America. Founder Joseph Ayoub, a true Brooklynite, made the conscious decision to keep his business in Brooklyn and eventually set up a large facility in Sunset Park that employs more than 300 people for Aladdin’s baking operation, and now, Baked In Brooklyn. “I’m extremely passionate about Brooklyn. I was born and raised here. The Brooklyn Dodgers, the Honeymooners and Coney Island are all important parts of my childhood,” said Ayoub. “I never moved my business from Brooklyn because I believe in this city and I know that it will continue to grow and prosper, and I wanted to be a part of its rise.”
Baked In Brooklyn, 755 5th Ave; Hours 7am-7pm Mon-Sat; (718) 788-3164.

It’s a digital age, where print media seems to be going the way of the dinosaur and Skyping, Facebooking and tweeting are how we connect. With Brooklyn emerging as New York City’s new tech triangle, it just makes sense that Big Spaceship landed in DUMBO and that companies big and small are calling on them to take on the digital frontier. Launched in 2000 by founder/CEO Michael Lebowitz, 4 DUMBO’s Big Spaceship is helping companies Big Spaceship is an über creative conquer the digital divide! production, technology and design team that takes a holistic approach to helping clients connect in the digital marketplace. Crayola tapped Big Spaceship for a touchscreen-friendly gift guide that brings their colorful products to life onscreen. Chobani Champions (Greek yogurt) built brand awareness through the imaginative concepts Big Spaceship created for their website and social media, including a smartphone app. The agency also conceived and launched its own IP, Taco Finder—a mobile app to help the hungry locate lunch. Advertising Age, the Bible of its industry, cited Big Spaceship as one of the best places to work for three years running. Partner and Minister of Technology Joshua Hirsch said, “It’s a really cool place to work. We’re a group of talented people who come to work and actually have a good time.” Big Spaceship is one enterprise that’s making the digital universe seem smaller, friendlier and more accessible and, of course, all that ingenuity is happening right here in Brooklyn!
Big Spaceship, 45 Main Street; (718) 222-0281; www.bigspaceship.com.

Prospect Heights resident Jay Ruiz wanted to do something about women being assaulted in Park Slope. So Brooklyn Bike Patrol—a group of bike volunteers who escort women home from their subway stop—was born. Since September 2011, Ruiz and 11 volunteers have escorted nearly 100 women. Women call Brooklyn Bike Patrol before they board their train for home and let them know their final subway stop. The bike patrol goes to more than 45 Brooklyn stations, with volunteers covering subway stops closest to their homes. They bike to 4 Jay Ruiz and his Brooklyn Bike Patrol the station in time to meet their “escortee” are helping to keep women safe. and see her home safely. NYPD’s 72nd Precinct vets volunteers, whose photographs appear on the Brooklyn Bike Patrol Facebook page. Neon yellow shirts make volunteers easy to spot at night. “My love of biking and, frankly, my concern for the safety of my wife and other women, sowed the seeds for this initiative,” said Ruiz. He made flyers to promote the service but many Brooklynites walked on by. “Then I came up with the catchphrase, ‘We’re dedicated to the safety of the women of Brooklyn,’” said Ruiz, “and when they heard it, people were lining up to take a flyer.” The Brooklyn Bike Patrol is looking for volunteers. If you love to bike and want to give back to the community, why not join our resident cyclers for safety?
Brooklyn Bike Patrol operates Sun-Thurs 8pm-12midnight, Fri-Sat 8pm-3am; but escorts beyond those hours can be accommodated. To reserve an escort, call (718) 744-7592; visit them at www.facebook.com/brooklynbikepatrol or email them at brooklynbikepatrol@gmail.com.


Summer 2012

“Barclays Center will be unlike any other sports and entertainment venue in the world,” said Bruce Ratner, Barclays Center majority owner and developer, and chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. “We will offer something for everyone by delivering programming that’s unique and diverse, reflecting the population within Brooklyn.” But let’s get back to b-ball! The Brooklyn Nets bring major professional sports back to Brooklyn for the first time since the Dodgers decamped for “La La Land” in 1957. For more information on purchasing tickets, fans can visit brooklynnets.com. Fifty percent of Nets tickets will be $55 or less and 2,000 tickets will be $15 per game. Fans who buy All Access Brooklyn Nets season tickets will receive free food and non-alcoholic beverages and first rights to buy tickets for all other events. Barclays Center is having Disney Institute train its employees to provide the best customer service. The venue will also feature the finest amenities, including eleven JAY Z-inspired Vault Suites that offer dedicated concierge service by Luxury Attache in a premium event-level location with an exclusive Armand de Brignac Champagne Bar. In addition, the arena will offer 100 luxury suites, four bars and lounges, three clubs, The 40/40 Club as the restaurant and the Brooklyn Nets Team Shop by adidas®. Luxury suites can be booked on a per-event basis. Private functions, receptions, charity and corporate events or graduations can also be booked within the smaller spaces.

“We want our guests to have a preeminent customer experience,” said Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark. “From street to seat, Barclays Center will offer fans great mass transit access, unparalleled sightlines, the best food from popular Brooklyn eateries, the finest customer service and programming that’s unrivaled in volume and variety.” One look at the arena’s weathered steel façade—tough and beautiful just like Brooklyn!—and its grand, canopied entrance, sets the stage for a great night on the town. The excitement builds just inside the entrance, where visitors can see the entire arena and center-hung scoreboard 4 No need to leave Brooklyn for the best in sports, music and performance! before them. Even passersby get a taste of the action on the plaza, where a spiral LED At the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, board oculus broadcasts scores and upcoming events. Barclays Center is one of the easiest venues to reach in the Driving the arena’s design was the commitment to keepCity, with 11 subway lines, 11 bus lines and the LIRR to ing every patron close to the action, with an intimate seating choose from. configuration. Barclays Center will also include a cut-down From basketball to boxing, horses to hockey, rockers to theater with between 3,500-6,000 seats to provide an ideal rappers—and everything in between—it’s all happening at environment for theatrical performances, small venue conBarclays Center. So fuhgeddaboud leaving the borough certs, music festivals, select boxing events and comedy acts. and stay right here in Brooklyn, U.S.A.! Along with pumping up Brooklyn’s reputation as the Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. For more information place for sporting and entertainment events, Barclays about Brooklyn Nets ticket sales, visit brooklynnets.com or Center is its own economic engine, providing 2,000 full- call 1-877-77BKTIX. For schedule and ticket informaand part-time jobs, plus a shot in the arm to the ancillary tion on other events at Barclays Center, visit businesses around the arena. www.barclayscenter.com.

Companies like MakerBot (3D printers) and Aereo (online television) prove that New York’s tech and manufacturing future is in Brooklyn. And with the new NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) slated for Downtown Brooklyn, the borough will soon be the birthplace for innovative strategies to benefit New York City and beyond. New York University, Polytechnic In4 Innovation’s new home will be at stitute of NYU, the MTA and the City CUSP in Downtown Brooklyn. are transforming shabby 370 Jay Street—former NYC Transit headquarters—into an applied science and engineering campus to draw top educators, students and entrepreneurs. “With CUSP, New York will be a living laboratory, a test-bed for new ideas, and the economic beneficiary of our researchers’ discoveries,” said NYU President John Sexton. “Under Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership, Downtown Brooklyn has become one of the fastest growing, most dynamic neighborhoods in New York City,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel. “With the addition of CUSP, Downtown Brooklyn is poised to become a global hub for innovation.” World-class institutions like CUNY, Carnegie Mellon, University of Toronto, University of Warwick and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay will join NYU and NYU-Poly to offer graduate degrees in engineering and sciences starting September 2017. Renowned theoretical physicist and Brooklyn native Dr. Steven Koonin has been tapped as CUSP director. CUSP will also be a business incubator, where startups and private sector partners, like IBM and Cisco, can support and draw tech research and development from one another. As the world continues to urbanize, cities must become the new models for sustainability and CUSP Brooklyn will lead the way.

When it comes to getting kids to read, children’s book author and Midwood resident Artie Bennett has a dirty little secret: derrieres both human and otherwise, no butts about it! Bennett has delighted children with The Butt Book and his latest, Poopendous!, illustrated books for kids that take a funny yet factual look at all things “excremental.” Bennett is an executive copy editor for Random House Children’s Books, but in his spare time, his passion for words and rhymes inspires the laugh-out-loud tales he writes for the wee set. The Dinosaur Joke
Book: A Compendium of Pre-Hysteric Puns excavated the humor of early life, but

4 Artie Bennett’s most recent book,

Poopendous!, is getting a “load” of attention.

with 101 Ways to Say Vomit, Bennett summoned his inner first grader, turning vocabulary from serious to hilarious. Early on, Bennett had a thing for words. When he was just fifteen, The New York Times published his original crossword puzzle in its prestigious Sunday issue. Since then, Bennett has worked a banana orchard on a kibbutz, sold cookware, written for Georgia’s Athens Banner-Herald and peddled knishes and Poconos real estate. But writing for kids has its own satisfaction. “To give the gift of laughter to children is immensely gratifying,” said Bennett. “And to hear that my books can jumpstart a lifelong love of reading, as youngsters experience how much fun a book can be, fills me with bottomless delight.” So next time your little darlin’ says reading’s for “poopy heads,” get off your backside and get a copy of The Butt Book. Bottoms up!
Visit artiebennett.com for more information.

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4 The Harbor Fitness Race to Combat Autism in Bay Ridge benefitted the HeartShare School, an enhanced educational program for children 5-21 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Among those gathered before the race were, from left, Lisa Lekacos, Harbor Fitness; State Senator Martin J. Golden; HeartShare Human Services President/CEO William Guarinello; Marty; Harbor Fitness Owner Chris Ganim; and Jodi Heywood, Harbor Fitness.

4 For 30 years, the Bed-Stuy Family Health Center (BSFHC) has
served residents with primary health care needs regardless of income or health insurance coverage. BSFHC recently celebrated the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art facility at 1456 Fulton Street. Gathered for the ribbon cutting were, from left, NBC News President Steve Capus; Assembly Member Annette Robinson; City Council Member Al Vann; BSFHC Board Chair Jean Black; BSFHC CEO Patricia Fernandez; Primary Care Development Corp CEO Ronda Kotelchuck; Marty; and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah.

4 Isaak Vaynshelboym (holding proclamation) is a Ukrainian artist, writer, lawyer and human rights activist whose work was recently exhibited at the Jewish Folk Art & Craft Guild. Joining the artist for the exhibit and celebration of his 90th birthday were, from left, Odessa Community of New York President Valeriy Savinkin; Marty; Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny and 46th AD leader Mark Davidovich.

4 Bullish on education! The new Trading Room Floor at Brooklyn
Academy of Global Finance in Bed-Stuy recently opened, and among those gathered for the ribbon cutting were New Visions for Public Schools President Bob Hughes; Marty; BAGF Principal Kavita Gupta; BAGF Asst. Principal Edwin Hankerson and students. The school prepares students to excel in college and the workplace through rigorous academic and career-related coursework with concentration in the financial industry.

4 The Brooklyn Historical Society’s Eighth Annual Library Dinner raised funds for the Othmer Library collections and Archive. Gathered for the event were, (from left), Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz; and, flanking Marty, David and Janet Offensend. The Offensends were the evening’s honorees and have been generous supporters of many Brooklyn institutions, including the Society, for the past three decades.

4 Waving bravely from the sidelines, Marty cheered on those
courageous souls willing to take the first ride on the opening day of the legendary Cyclone, a sure sign that summer is on the way. Among those joining Marty for the festivities were Coney Island Development Corp’s Nathan Bliss, Central Amusement International’s Valerio Ferrari and CB13 Chair Eddie Mark.

Photo by: C. Zawadi Morris

4 Bed-Stuy residents Shatia Jackson and Kristen Bonardi Rapp
(next to Marty) transformed—with the help of volunteers—a vacant lot at 462 Halsey Street in Bed-Stuy into a community garden, and Marty was pleased to join them at the opening event. Rainfall couldn’t diminish the smiles on that happy day, especially since it was good for the veggies that now grow there!

4 “Friends, Brooklynites, countryman, lend me your ears!” Marty helped introduce some young readers to Shakespeare’s Seasons by doing a reading from the book at Greenlight Bookstore. Among those gathered for event were, from left, illustrator Shannon Whitt; author Miriam Weiner; and Greenlight’s Rebecca Fitting. The Greenlight Bookstore is an independent bookstore located in Fort Greene.

4 Students from the High School for Public Service on Wingate campus recently participated in Global Youth Service Day, a campaign that encourages kids around the world to volunteer on community service projects. Students focus on helping neighborhoods, taking classes and volunteering for internships. Marty joined student participants as well as (far left) Nirvani Bissessar, director and teacher, Service Learning; and (far right) Natalie Knight, Global Studies teacher and Kate Cook, Language teacher.

4 Colonel Donald Cook was the first Marine captured in Vietnam and the only Marine posthumously given the Medal of Honor as a prisoner of war. The Col. Donald Cook Memorial Triangle—at McDonald Ave. and Fort Hamilton Parkway at Caton Ave.—was rededicated after being refurbished. Among those gathered for the ribbon cutting were, from left, Congress Member Michael Grimm; Assembly Member James Brennan; Marty; Colonel Kenneth DeTreux; Operation Warrior Wellness Co-Chair Ed Schloeman; Commander Jim Kenny; and City Council Member Brad Lander. WWW.BROOKLYN-USA.ORG

4 Clinton Hill resident Kimberly Wallace published her first children’s book, Grandma’s Chocolate Cake, and Marty helped to celebrate this “delicious” offering that will help many children become lifelong readers. The event was held at Cake Man Raven’s in Fort Greene.

4 Officers and members of the Gerrittsen Beach Property Owners
Association were recently sworn into office and Marty was on hand to congratulate them. President of the Association, George Broadhead, is right of Marty.

Summer 2012

Since New York State adopted marriage equality last July, same-sex couples tying the knot have faced a “taxing” dilemma: because the federal government doesn’t recognize their nuptials, how do they go about filing returns in a state that does? The tax system has never been known for its simplicity—and inconsistent marriage laws have made it even more convoluted—but don’t get your 1040’s and IT-201’s all in a bunch. The 4 Park Slope accountant Giacomo Campinoti specializes in preparing taxes for same-sex couples. taxman—Park Slope accountant Giacomo Campinoti—cometh. Campinoti, who worked this past filing season at H&R Block at 281 Atlantic Avenue, received special training in the complex world of same-sex tax filing, which can include head-of-household deductions, credits for children and other unique circumstances. Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, which only recognizes a marriage between one man and one woman, same-sex couples in New York must prepare three federal tax returns. Two are filed for each partner, who must declare themselves as single taxpayers, and a third—a “dummy” return—is never filed but allows the couple to use “as if married” numbers and deductions to fill out their New York State return and take advantage of tax benefits traditional couples like Campinoti and his wife receive automatically. “Tax software programs don’t always do the job when it comes to same-sex couples,” said Campinoti, “so a qualified tax preparer may be the best route for couples who want to be sure they are receiving everything they are entitled to.”
To contact Giacomo Campinoti, visit http://campinoticpa.com, call 646-981-8902 or email giacomo.campinoti@gmail.com.

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When Hollywood wants to channel oldschool Brooklyn, Fuller Place between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace gets the action. From Angie starring Gena Davis, to Boardwalk Empire, to The Amazing Spider-Man, Fuller Place wins the award as an urban, middleclass enclave of attached brick houses where stickball once ruled and elders sat out the summer heat on the front porch. 4 One hundred years of loveliness on This year, the Fuller Place Block AssociaFuller Place in Windsor Terrace. tion celebrates the 100th anniversary of these lovely homes built around 1912. Developed on Howard & Fuller Brewery land by Congressman William Calder, the homes featured “massive porches, deep terraces, Pompeian brick” plus “electric lights, artistic chandeliers, art glass and beautiful stair work,” according to a 1913 classified ad, which included prices: $6,000 a pop! But put away the checkbook; when the rare Fuller Place house comes on the market today, that’s seven figures not four! Today, the neat facades and colorful gardens continue to reflect pride of ownership. Fuller Place has frequently won awards at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Greenest Block contests and the sense of community doesn’t stop there. Neighbors plan parties and stoop sales, baby clothes are shared and a trusted sitter is a phone call away. “The Fuller Place Block Association proudly celebrates the 100th birthday of a community that’s been home to many generations,” said FPBA president Abby Moskowitz. “And many future families will be just as charmed by Fuller Place as we are.” There are older homes and more prestigious addresses but Fuller Place singlehandedly reminds us of why we love Brooklyn.
Former Fuller Place residents can email fuller.place.party@gmail.com for information about the Block Party.

Fort Greene resident Sandie Trombert is doing something about the children and families living below the poverty level in Brooklyn, and you can help! Trombert and her husband, Fabrice, a professional photographer, started an organization called Little Essentials, a 501(c)(3) not for profit, to provide free baby and toddler clothing to impoverished Brooklyn families, many of whom live in East New York, Brownsville and Bed-Stuy. Operating from their home, they collect donated items and distribute them to social service and City agencies, community groups and spiritual institutions that serve low-income families with children under four years of age. “By making quality, gently-used items available to parents in need, we provide a network of support during 4 Sandie Trombert founded Little Essentials to help families struggling economic crisis,” said Trombert. with poverty. The community response to donations of clothing and other necessities has been so great that Trombert wants to take Little Essentials to the next level. A warehouse space to stockpile donations, and a van to transport goods to the agencies that distribute them, could increase the organization’s good work exponentially. You can support their efforts by donating space or even a vehicle or by making a tax deductible donation. Financial contributions will help them move this operation out of their home and enable them to assist even more families. A little bit of help can put a big smile on the face of a child in need.
To make a donation, contact Little Essentials at www.littleessentials.org.

Groups like Mark Morris Dance, Streb Lab and Ronald K. Brown Evidence helped secure Brooklyn’s status as the Cultural Capital of New York City. With Gallim Dance claiming permanent digs in Clinton Hill, it’s fair to call the borough the epicenter of dance ensembles! Founded in 2007 by artistic director and choreographer Andrea Miller, Gallim Dance is a contemporary dance company that performs Miller’s original work, nurtures the careers of young artists and captivates diverse audiences of more than 15,000 people annually. An internationally acclaimed company, Gallim Dance and 4 Movers and shakers! Andrea Miller and the Gallim Dance company are perMiller recently landed the cover story in the manently headquartered in Clinton Hill. prestigious Dance Magazine. “We were thrilled to present the world premiere of SIT, KNEEL, STAND at the Joyce Theater this month,” said Miller. “In this piece, I’m exploring the human experience as an act of heroism. It’s been exciting creating this work in our new home. And it’s just the beginning of a full season of performances and events that reflect the shared passions of Gallim Dance and the surrounding community.” Miller and Gallim Dance are currently artists-in-residence at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew (520 Clinton Ave.), where they will co-host a summer intensive for young dancers with longtime collaborators, Dancewave. Gallim Dance will also participate in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Professional Development Program, which culminates in a performance at BAM’s intimate new theater, the Richard B. Fisher Building. So thanks, Gallim Dance, for showing us how to bust a move in Brooklyn!
More information about upcoming performances is available at www.gallimdance.com; (718) 622-2165.

Photo by: Fabrice Trombert


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4 CBS TV show, Survivor: One World,
participant and North Crown Heights resident Sabrina Thompson stopped by Borough Hall and Marty presented her with some official Brooklyn gear. Although she didn’t win the role of “sole survivor,” Sabrina made it to the final episode and is tops in Brooklyn!

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4 Marty, dressed as Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam, joined Council Members Stephen Levin (General John Sullivan) and Brad Lander (General William Alexander); Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey (General George Washington); Old Stone House Executive Director Kim Maier and area children for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the third phase of renovation to Washington Park. Marty supported the project, which included new play equipment in the J.J. Byrne Playground. The Old Stone House marks the site at which the Battle of Brooklyn culminated in 1776. Another great Marty Maher (Parks Dept. chief of staff) production!

4 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was recipient of the Century Award at the New York Women’s Foundation Breakfast and Marty was on hand to give Madam Secretary all of Brooklyn’s best wishes. The NYWF is a cross-cultural alliance that leverages human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls.

Photo by: Steven Rosen

4 Marty joined (from left) Raven Patrick De’Sean Dennis III, better
known as Cake Man Raven; Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas and his wife; and the Consul General of Turkey Levent Bilgen for dinner at Noodle Pudding on Henry Street. Restaurateur and extraordinary chef Antonio Migliaccio (not pictured) was, as always, the consummate host. Cake Man Raven delivered his usual scrumptious Red Velvet cake with the addition of a special acknowledgement—in frosting—to Türkiye!

4 Brooklyn’s big stage! The South Shore Educational Complex
Auditorium in Canarsie is one of the largest such venues in New York City and serves Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, Brooklyn Bridge Academy, Academy of Conservation and the Environment High School, Brooklyn Generation School, GED High School and Victory Collegiate High School. A recent renovation equipped the theater with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and acoustic systems. Marty was thrilled to support the renovation and joined the grand opening featuring student performances.

4 The Hellenic Classical Charter School in Park Slope South is dedicated to a classics-based education for grades K-8. The school’s new state-of-the-art learning center and gymnasium will double the existing facility. Gathered for the ground breaking were, from left, Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church President Angelo Mallas; Very Rev. Damaskinos Ganas, Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church; Marty; Consul General of Greece George Iliopoulos; New York City Comptroller John Liu; HCCS Student Body President Deena Kontzamanis; HCCS Director of Operations Joy Petrakos; HCCS’s visionary principal, Christina Tettonis; HCCS Chair Charles Capetanakis; CEI-PEA President & Senior Gilder Fellow Seymour Fliegel; HCCS Treasurer Nikolaos Leonardos; HCCS Secretary & Educational Chair Harvey Newman; Senator Martin Golden; and Hudson Valley Bank’s Paul Ulrich and Lynn Bagliebter.

4 Outstanding moves! Students from P.S. 503 in Sunset Park recently won first place in the “Rookie Division” of the National Chess competition in Nashville, Tenn. Marty joined the chess champs and Principal Bernadette Fitzgerald (to Marty’s left, rear) to congratulate the chess club members, who not only won the competition, but raised money for their trip!

4 National winners? Check! The chess team at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg recently became the first middle school to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship in Minneapolis. Team members, who are mostly eighth graders, defeated some top high school players from schools around the country as well as Stuyvesant in the “outer” borough of Manhattan. Among those celebrating the team’s victory were Assistant Principal John Galvin; Chess teacher Elizabeth Spiegel; Marty and some very brainy middle schoolers!

4 Just finishing its fourth year, the Northside Festival is Brooklyn’s preeminent music and emerging culture festival, showcasing the next generation of artists and innovators, all within the walkable radius of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Marty joined Northside Media Group President Daniel Stedman and CEO Scott Stedman as well as Brooklyn-born special guest GZA (to right of Marty), founding member of legendary NYC rap group Wu-Tang Clan. GZA made Marty an honorary emcee of the group, dubbing him “Marty-Wu.”

4 Mazel tov! Borough Park
resident and businessperson Yidel Perlstein is the newly elected chair of Community Board 12, the first Chasidic Jew to ever serve in that position in this community. Marty congratulated the new chair when he visited Borough Hall.

Photo by: Donald Christensen

4 The 35th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament—
held for the fifth year at the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge— brought 1,000 crossword puzzlers to Brooklyn. Founder and New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz once again hosted the event. And since Shortz has a passion for both puzzles and ping pong, Marty, along with his crossword puzzle-loving wife, Jamie, presented Shortz with a symbol of his two loves.

4 Members of the National Council of Negro Women, Brooklyn section, gathered for their Annual Harambe Celebration, at which young people from the community were honored for their scholarship, spiritual and community activism. Marty was pleased to join, from left, front row, Judge Robin Sheares, co-chair; Christy Hemphil-Cameron; Sasha-Lee Barton; Kymbia Bobb; Courtney Payton; Jaheel Humphries Hills; President Melissa-Denise Hayes; Jennifer LeGrand, chair; from left back row, Clinton Moore Jr.; Isaiah Frection; Isaiah Gabriel Johnson; Bryan Brown and Brandon Brown. WWW.BROOKLYN-USA.ORG

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Craving fresh seafood in a beachy atmosphere? Forget schlepping to the Jersey shore! In Red Hook you can dine on steamed crabs, lobsters, raw oysters and clams, fresh grilled fish, steam pots and other fare, all while enjoying breathtaking views of New York Harbor. Owners Jamie Vipond and Matthew Bohner channeled “fishing, family and seafood” to create Brooklyn Crab, a new eatery across from Fairway with a relaxed vibe and all the fresh tastes of summer. From seafood to a full service bar and roof 4 Brooklyn Crab’s deck with amazing water views, Brooklyn Jamie Vipond and Matthew Bohner. Crab’s got it all, including family fun! An 18-hole miniature golf course, three bocce courts, a bean bag toss—aka “cornhole”—and a sand-filled outdoor play area will soon be up and ready. “We wanted to create the kind of environment that was missing in New York City, a comfortable place where the whole family can not only have a great seafood experience, but a relaxing time out,” said Vipond. Along with fabulous seafood, Brooklyn Crab’s pier-like decks give diners expansive views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, as well as sea-going boats. From the freshest seafood—and steaks for you carnivores—to open air dining and fantastic views, plus family fun for a lifetime of memories, a trip to Brooklyn Crab is like a mini vacation!
Brooklyn Crab, 24 Reed St.; (718) 643-CRAB; Hours: Sun-Thurs 4-10pm; Fri-Sat 411pm. Free shuttle is available to/from the Carroll St. Station of the F and G trains. www.brooklyncrab.com.

If you love art, then head over to Bushwick’s 56 Bogart Street (at Harrison Place). It’s an entire art district under one roof! Art lovers can wander from gallery to gallery without ever leaving the building. More than a dozen of the city’s hottest and most respected galleries have moved into the cavernous five-story warehouse and more keep popping up every day. Momenta Art: Since 1986, Momenta, one of the most renowned non-profits in the art world, has helped broaden horizons by promoting the work of emerging and underrepresented artists, particularly pieces with strong 4 Who needs Chelsea when there’s social commentary. www.momentaart.org Bushwick’s 56 Bogart Street? Nurture Art: Its name is its mission. Nurture Art is a non-profit gallery dedicated to nurturing novel contemporary art by providing exhibition opportunities and resources to emerging artists and curators. www.nurtureart.org Slag Gallery: Within the walls of Slag Gallery, artists working in all media have the freedom to experiment and create some of the world’s most progressive art. Featuring the work of contemporary Eastern European artists who have minimal exposure in America, Slag pushes the envelope with artists whose work explores political, social and economic issues. www.slaggallery.com These are just three of the galleries at 56 Bogart; many more are on-site and throughout the neighborhood. And since gallery hopping is bound to make you hungry, Roberta’s— home to some of the best pizza anywhere—is right around the corner.
The galleries at 56 Bogart Street are located across the street from the Morgan “L” subway stop. Most are open Thur-Mon from noon-6pm.


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The 30th Anniversary Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series is every Monday at 7:30pm at Wingate Field, which is located on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street opposite Kings County Hospital. Possible rain date on Tuesday night. The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs. A limited amount of general seating is available on a first come first served basis. Performers are subject to change without notice.

General Rules: NO cameras, NO audio or video recordings, NO alcohol, NO pets, NO bottles, NO smoking. All persons and packages are subject to search prior to entry.

Call the concert hotline for updates at 718-222-0600 or visit www.brooklynconcerts.com. Also listen to WBLS-FM 107.5

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The 34th Annual Seaside Summer Concerts are every Thursday Night at 7:30pm except for Friday night July 20th at West 21st Street and Surf Ave. in Coney Island - next to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Limited amount of $5 rental chairs in a specially designated area are available on a first come first served basis. Performers are subject to change without notice. General Rules: NO cameras, NO audio or video recordings, NO alcohol, NO pets, NO bottles, NO smoking. All persons and packages are subject to search prior to entry.

Call the concert hotline for updates at 718-222-0600 or visit www.brooklynconcerts.com.


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Photo by: Misha aka Michaela Michajlova

4 Windsor Terrace residents Carmela and Reva SeneseGrossberg—pictured here with their daughter Zoe—were recently married in Carroll Gardens surrounded by friends and family. The Honorable Judge Bernie Graham presided. Twelve-year-old Zoe and Reva’s 82-year-old mother both marched earlier for marriage equality and the entire family was delighted when the New York State Legislature finally made their dreams come true!

4 Brooklyn is the Jamaican Capital of America so it just makes sense that we join with residents of Jamaican descent to take note of the island’s 50th anniversary of independence. The Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica, was among the distinguished guests gathered at the Lenox Road Baptist Church—led by Rev. Dr. Kirkpatrick Cohall—to celebrate. The Borough President’s CB17 representative—and proud Jamaican—Sophia Jones presented Prime Minister Miller with a proclamation and an official replica of the Brooklyn Bridge.

4 Williamsburg’s City Reliquary has grown from a ground floor apartment window of curated urban objects for passersby to a nonprofit museum and civic organization at 370 Metropolitan Ave. with more formal exhibits of city memorabilia and programming. Celebrating their tenth anniversary were City Reliquary President Bill Scanga; Managing Director Jay Chen; Gift Shop Director Shannon Herman; Founder Dave Herman; and Vice President Matt Levy. The Lucky Chops Brass Band provided musical accompaniment.

4 The League Education & Treatment Center is one of the State’s largest treatment and education centers dedicated to helping children and adults with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. The Center recently celebrated a ribbon cutting for its new facility at 470 Vanderbilt St. in Ft. Greene and gathered for the event were, from left, City Council Member Tish James; Event Chair Elaine Brodsky; Marty; CEO Hannah Kinn; Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries; District Leader Walter Mosley; and Board Chair Julie Ratner.

4 Brooklyn is home to a growing tech triangle where tech entrepreneurs, designers and developers come to innovate. The DUMBO Startup Lab is just one more example of why the borough is at the center of tech development, providing co-work space, classes and events in a 2,300-sq.-ft. corner loft. Gathered with Marty were, from left, David Patrillo, cofounder of Coffee Joulies; Michael Geer, cofounder of Cause Cart/founding member of Badoo.com; Freddie Pikovsky, founder of DUMBO Startup Lab and cofounder of Off Track Planet; Victoria Tsiganenko, COO at Matchpuppy.com; and Michael Chiang, founder/CEO at Matchpuppy.com.

4 The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene—a cultural organization committed to celebrating the Jewish experience through the performing arts for nearly 100 years—recently honored legendary singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka, and Marty was invited to present the award to the Brooklyn-born artist. Also presenting was the acclaimed writer, political activist and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. Pictured from left were National Yiddish Theatre Board Chair Jeffrey Wiesenfeld; Elie Wiesel; Neil Sedaka and Marty.

4 Brooklyn is home to the largest population of Caribbean-Americans in America and as a proud “Trini from Tuna Puna,” Marty was pleased to host an event to promote the Caribbean-American Heritage Month celebration. Among those gathered were Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman (at podium); and, from left, former NYC Council Member Una Clarke; CACCI President/CEO/Founder Dr. Roy Hastick; Healthfirst VP George Hulse; Congress Member Yvette Clarke; Preferred Health Partners’ Dr. Lesly Kernisant; Consul General of Jamaica Herman Lamont; Deputy Consul General of Antigua & Barbuda Omyma David; Barbados Consul General Lennox Price; Representative for Governor Cuomo Greg Smiley; Grace Kennedy Products’ Garfield Comrie; Honorable Judge Sylvia Ash; District Leader Walter Mosley; City Council Member Jumaane Williams; Elmy’s Services Executive Director Ray Knights; Caribbean-American Heritage Committee members and Marty.

4 Moffat Gardens is a new residence for low-income seniors that includes 26 Medicaid-funded assisted living units. Marty was pleased to support this Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council-sponsored initiative. Gathered for the ribbon cutting were, from left, Sarah Thornton; Bessie Thompson; Lerayne Craft; Deborah Dilan of the State Comptroller’s Office; RBSCC Asst. Exec. Director Angela Battaglia; Maritza Davila; RBSCC Exec. Director James Cameron; Peter Hansen, Monodnock Cosntruction; Barbara McFadden; Frank DeVito, Monodnock Construction; Arvette Segar-Osby, US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Bob Lowe, RBSCC; Virginia Torres, RBSCC; RBSCC Director of Housing Scott Short; Peter Karow, RBSCC; Ryan Cassidy, RBSCC; architect James McCullar; and Emily KarpelKurtz, RBSCC.

4 The new Brooklyn Nets logo was unveiled at Modell’s Sporting
Goods on Flatbush Ave. with great fanfare. Designed by Brooklyn’s own JAY Z, the logo is just the beginning of Brooklyn’s new status as a major league city! Gathered were, from left, Nets General Manager Billy King; Head Coach Avery Johnson; NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver; Modell’s CEO Mitch Modell; Brooklyn Nets Public Address Announcer David Diamante; Marty; Forest City Ratner Board Chair/CEO Bruce Ratner; Onexim Sports & Entertainment President Irina Pavlova; Nets Center Brook Lopez; Nets President/CEO Brett Yormack and Maimonides President/CEO Pam Brier.

4 Brooklyn champs! The Boys and Girls High School Boys Basketball Team was the winner of PSAL AA City Championship for three years in a row as well as New York State champions for 2012. Gathered with the team in celebration were, from left, Principal Bernard Gassaway; Assistant Coach Elmer Anderson; Marty; and Head Basketball Coach Ruth Lovelace, who has coached at the school, located in BedfordStuyvesant, for 19 years. WWW.BROOKLYN-USA.ORG

4 Oh, how lucky can one man be? Marty was thrilled to pose with
members of the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which has been empowering the local community through committed service since 1949 and recently celebrated their 61st anniversary. The president of the Brooklyn chapter is Eleanor Rollins.

4 Congress Member Jerrold Nadler; acclaimed chef, restaurateur, author and television personality Mario Batali; Congress Member Nydia Velázquez and Marty were among those gathered for the announcement at Borough Hall that the world’s largest rooftop farm, BrightFarms, will be built on Federal Building #2’s 100,000-sq.-ft. rooftop in Sunset Park. One million pounds of local produce— including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs—will be produced annually, creating a new national model for urban agriculture. Marty proved that imitation is the highest form of flattery by wearing Crocs, although his were blue while Chef Batali sported his usual orange!

Photo by: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo by: Nik Sokol

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Mejlander & Mulgannon, the venerable delicatessen and caterer on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, has satisfied the hungry with hearty breakfasts, made-to-order sandwiches and weekday dinner specials over the years, but that doesn’t mean owner Tommy Mulgannon Stramka isn’t open to change. In May, Stramka celebrated 20 years of delicious service, marking the occasion by adding gourmet coffees and a cupcake café (cupcakes provided by Bay Ridge’s Ivy Bakery). “It’s my way of giving more choices to our customers, who include old-timers as well as a lot of young folks moving in,” said Stramka. The neighborhood once had a large Scandinavian influence, so Stramka also carries traditional crispbreads, crackers and other European products. Regulars flock to M & M for favs like baked 4 Tommy Mulgannon Stramka, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, mac ‘n cheese or corned longtime Bay Ridge resident and owner of Mejlander & Mulgannon beef and cabbage, which include two sides and are Deli & Caterers, on 5th Avenue. homemade on site—a bargain starting at $9 each! Come lunchtime, M & M’s combo sandwiches, paninis and wraps, as well as grilled sandwiches and soups, are enough to fortify the hungriest. M & M also does a healthy amount of catering, from family get-togethers to neighborhood barbeques. Tommy’s grandfather, Tommy Mulgannon, owned a bar on 5th Avenue and his father, Richard Stramka, was a New York City firefighter. His mom, Maureen Stramka, is a well known Bay Ridge activist and “Brooklyn Sweetheart.” So the Mulgannon/Stramka clan has been serving, saving and satiating Bay Ridgers since time immemorial!
Mejlander & Mulgannon Delicatessen & Caterers, 7615 5th Ave, (bet.76th/77th); Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 7am-6pm, Sun 7am-5pm; (718) 238-6666; www.mejlandermulgannon.com.

In 1952, about 70 Jewish families moved to Mill Island and needed a spiritual leader. David Halpern, newly ordained from the Rabbinical School of Yeshiva University, was elected to fill the role. After 60 years of extraordinary leadership, Rabbi Halpern is retiring from the Flatbush Park Jewish Center (FPJC), which he helped build from the ground up. A congregation of 450 families today, FPJC is the heart of Mill Basin’s Jewish 4 Rabbi David Halpern, rabbi emeritus of community. In 1954, Rabbi Halpern spearthe Flatbush Park Jewish Center. headed the purchase of the Avenue U property on which facilities for worship, study and outreach were built, including the Dr. David & Dorothy Schachne Synagogue School for Torah education, as well as an indoor basketball court and facilities for summer day camp. While serving as rabbi, Halpern married Sheila Lifschitz, had three children and later became proud grandfather to eleven. From 1954 to 1962, he served as Jewish chaplain of the 71st Infantry, 42nd Division of the N.Y. National Guard. Halpern was active in “Let My People Go,” the movement to free Soviet Jews, and led drives to purchase bonds in support of the State of Israel. Rabbi Halpern’s service has touched the lives of many. FPJC Board President Charles R. Harary said, “There’s no one like Rabbi Halpern; he’s a source of strength for everyone. His knowledge of the Torah and his insight about world events is unsurpassed and he has the ability to make the Bible relevant in the modern world.”
Rabbi Halpern became rabbi emeritus on retiring. Flatbush Park Jewish Center, 6363 Avenue U (btw. E. 63rd/E. 64th); (718) 444-6868; www.fpjc.org.

When more than 15,000 City teachers were evaluated based on student performance in state and citywide tests, East New York resident and teacher David Padarathski ranked as one of the best! Padarathski has taught at P.S. 289 in Crown Heights for 26 years and uses “differentiated lessons” to make an impact 4 David Padarathski is teaching our children well. on students who, like many in New York City, represent varying skills and abilities. “All students can learn,” said Padarathski. “My job is to figure out what works best for each student.” After introducing lessons to his fourth grade class, Padarathski breaks students into three groups based on their strengths. Moving from group to group, he then mentors individuals or the group at large. Many experts agree that some individuals process information visually, while others use auditory stimulus or even tactile experience. Padarathski tries to approach each student based on his or her learning style. Padarathski knows that learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum. “Schools are communities,” said Padarathski, “and I rely on parents, other teachers and the administration as partners in how best to reach our kids.” A role model to many, Padarathski wears a suit and tie and is known for being both strict and kind. Students often run up to him for a hug. And in the last 20 years, none of his students have failed a state test. Brooklyn teachers like David Padarathski are helping their students make the grade and getting their own high marks along the way.
P.S. 289 is located at 900 St. Marks Ave. and the principal is Dennis Jeffers.

The New York City Transit Authority counts 6,000 buses in its fleet, but lucky is the commuter who boards the B25 with Jefrick Dean, Sr. at the wheel. During his 22-year career as a bus operator, the Bedford-Stuyvesant resident has driven every bus route from the East New York depot to Downtown Brooklyn and along the way riders are charmed by Dean’s consistent kindness and civility. Dean believes that going the “extra mile” with riders is worth the time. 4 Jefrick Dean, Sr. is “transporting” commuters He welcomes commuters in Spanish, with his positive attitude. Arabic, Hebrew, Haitian Creole and Swahili with phrases like “peace be with you” or “have a blessed day.” Riders appreciate the personal touch. During the holidays Dean gets cards and even gift bags, but it’s the positive atmosphere he’s after. “I’m the public face in a system that serves millions,” said Dean. “Setting the right tone and atmosphere on the bus helps everyone’s attitude, and that isn’t just good for the soul, it’s a safety issue, too.” His goal is to get riders to their destination in time, safely and in a better mood when they get off. And it’s working: Dean has received more than 132 commendations during his career, far above the average dozen that a handful of operators receive. In the age of road rage, loud cell phone conversations and spam, sometimes common courtesy seems out of fashion. So the next time you feel the anger rising from some small slight, why not take a page from Jefrick Dean’s book and try a little tenderness?


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Strivright/Auditory Oral School of New York (AOSNY) in Midwood is like any school: artwork fills the walls and children eagerly await their next activity. But something extraordinary is happening at the school that Pnina Bravmann founded in 1999. There’s the new state-of-the-art facility on Avenue M, a demonstration of how successful Bravmann has been since starting the school in her home. More important are the nearly 3,000 4 Strivright/Auditory Oral School of New York in Midwood is making a differ- hearing–impaired and speech-language-delayed ence in the lives of hearing–impaired and children Strivright has taught to speak, listen, speech-language-delayed children. play and eventually enter mainstream schools. The mother of a hearing-impaired child herself, Bravmann takes a “yes we can” approach to helping children live without limitations and reach their educational, social and career aspirations. It’s hard work but with early involvement, parental intervention and specialized programs, nearly 97 percent of Strivright’s students enter mainstream schools. “Lessons and speech, auditory, physical occupational and music therapies are oriented for each child’s needs,” said Bravmann. “We help parents realize their dreams for their children. They can do whatever every typically developing child is doing in kindergarten.” Accommodations like rounded hallways and classrooms with customized acoustics help students differentiate sounds. Teachers are equipped with FM systems that amplify and transmit their voices to their students. Special efforts like these increase listening capability for children with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Students learn age-appropriate material but what’s obvious on a visit is the care that teachers take toward every child and how enjoyable they make learning and living life to the fullest.
Strivright/Auditory Oral School of New York, 3321 Avenue M; (718) 531-1800; www.strivright.org.

That sweet scent of marinara sauce you may catch in Canarsie is probably from Victoria Fine Foods, a family company since 1929. Pathmark, Waldbaum’s and many other stores call on Victoria for hundreds of products, including premium pasta and cooking sauces, marinated vegetables and spices. In 1923, Maria and Pelligrino Aquilina left Sicily for Brooklyn and established a storefront featuring the canned eggplants, peppers and pickles for which Maria was known. The Aquilinas expanded, brought their son on 4 Gerald Aquilina board and established a factory in Canarsie, Foods, a family-ownedis CEO of Victoria Fine Canarsie biz since 1929. where Victoria continues to operate. From the start, Maria used the freshest and best tasting ingredients in her time-tested family recipes. Quality and consistency have been Victoria’s watchwords ever since. Victoria’s branded sauces are prepared with natural ingredients like imported Italian plum tomatoes, fresh garlic, onion and basil and pure Italian olive oil. They also do a sizeable private label business, with all major certifications such as GFSI, Kosher, USDA and Organic Certified. “While our company has undergone changes over the years, we’re happy to continue doing business in Brooklyn,” said CEO Gerald Aquilina. “We have leaders that worked hard to make the climate more favorable for businesses like ours, as well as provide access to a strong, capable workforce.” Operating 24/7 with 200 full time employees producing 250,000 jars a day, Victoria is one of the largest specialty foods manufacturers in America. So next time you’re hungry for some great sauce, Victoria’s all natural marinara sauce is as Brooklyn as it comes!
Get Victoria’s products at most supermarkets or order online at www.victoriafinefoods.com. Victoria’s corporate office is located at 443 East 100th Street.


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What do you get when you combine the aspirations of a Top Chef, a punk rock photographer and a savvy restaurateur? You get Talde in Park Slope, a restaurant that ticks all the boxes on your culinary wish list. Named after owner/Executive Chef Dale Talde—of Bravo’s Top Chef fame—the Asian-American menu reflects the chef ’s Filipino heritage as well as the local products and seasonal ingredients he insists on using. Joining the 4 John Bush, Dale Talde and David Massoni venture are photographer/bar manager are the “foodies” behind Talde in Park Slope. John Bush and restaurateur David Massoni. Bush brings extensive beverage experience and Massoni’s success running popular eateries like Thistle Hill Tavern, co-owned with Bush, goes without saying. Chef Talde’s creations summon the flavors of Asia with his own delicious spin. Saigon crepes are studded with smoked shrimp; Chinese bacon and mint conjure French/Vietnamese cuisine; and the Korean fried chicken with yogurt-kimchee may not be like grandmother’s but she’ll find it just as yummy. Chef Talde’s crispy oyster and bacon Pad Thai takes that ubiquitous Thai staple to a whole new level. “We envisioned Talde as a neighborhood restaurant and we’re blessed that Park Slopers—and Brooklynites in general—are supportive,” said Talde. “We’re proud to be here, and plan to feed, care for and have fun with you for a long time.” Talde is more proof that the hottest restaurants and the freshest flavors are happening right here in Brooklyn, where the culinary arts are king!
Talde, 369 7th Ave. (at 11th St.); Open for dinner daily 5pm-midnight; Brunch is served Sat-Sun from 11am-3pm; (347) 916-0031; www.taldebrooklyn.com.


Brooklyn has 170 subway stations—more than any other borough—and keeping them clean and safe isn’t easy. But with 27 years of dedicated service with New York City Transit, Sheila Hutson is keeping New Yorkers on track! As an assistant chief officer in the division of Stations Environment and Operations for the MTA, Hutson—a Brooklyn native—is responsible for 250 subway stations in Brooklyn and Queens. Hutson started out as a railroad clerk and ultimately rose to the senior position responsible for approximately 2,300 employees, those who clean subway stations and cars, serve the public as station agents as well as their supervisors/managers. Cleanliness and booth transactions are a big part of the consumer experience so imagine the pressures of the job!

In this position, you have to make things happen,” said Hutson. “A key component to a successful operation is being responsive to our customers’ needs and I enjoy working with riders every day. Teamwork within the divisions and departments at MTA is also key. I am thankful to the managerial, supervisory and hourly personnel who work diligently everyday within the subway system.” Approximately 14,000 tons of trash was collected last year system-wide and although the MTA recycled 7,000 tons, trash is one of the biggest challenges of the job. Hutson reminds commuters that they can help by putting trash in its proper place. An avid cook, Hutson enjoys spending free time with her husband of 17 years, James Bailey, and sons, James III and Michael.


Photo by: Anne Massoni

MTA Assistant Chief Officer in the Division of Stations Environment and Operations Sheila Hutson.

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Who doesn’t get cranky from a sleepless night? For most, a quick nap or an early night to bed does the trick. But up to four percent of the population suffers from serious sleep disorders that disrupt sleep and/or seriously impair the ability to do a job or go about daytime activities. Residents of Kensington/Prospect Park and beyond are getting a little more shut eye thanks to Sunset Sleep Diagnostics (SSD), a group of board certified physicians and technologists 4 Dr. Mujibur R. Majumder and Dr. Diego A. who specialize in diagnosing and treatDiaz of Sunset Sleep Diagnostics. ing problem sleepers. “Mr. S.” became an SSD patient when sleep deprivation affected his job performance and even caused him to fall asleep while driving. After performing a sleep study, the SSD team diagnosed him with sleep apnea, a sleep disorder of shallow or interrupted breathing. They recommended a tonsillectomy and the procedure resolved the patient’s sleep apnea. Other treatments include weight loss, breathing apparatus and masks and dental aids that improve air passage. SSD also treats narcolepsy, insomnia, pediatric sleep disorders and other sleep issues. SSD Medical Director Dr. Diego Diaz enjoys helping patients improve their daily lives. “Poor or interrupted sleep can cause or worsen hypertension, diabetes and heart disease,” said Dr. Diaz. “It can also affect concentration at work as well as sexual function.” A good night’s sleep is essential—not just for quality of life, but life itself—and Sunset Sleep Diagnostics is making sure Brooklynites get their ZZZs!
Sunset Sleep Diagnostics serves both adult and children; 651A Coney Island Ave, 2nd Fl; (718) 676-6455.

Free exercise and dance demos

July 19
11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Healthy walk with Marty Free t-shirts for walk participants
(while supplies last)

Special Guest

Ben Vereen
(performing at 54 Below, July 10-21. www.54below.com)

Location: Borough Hall Plaza (Joralemon & Court Streets)

NYC Parks & Recreation and NYC Dept of Health

For more information: www.brooklyn-usa.org or call 718.802.3530


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4 Brooklyn is proud home to the fastest-growing Chinese community in New York. So it was fitting that Brooklyn host the Beijing Guo Sheng Peking Opera Troupe’s first performance in the United States at Roulette on Atlantic Ave. Pictured with Marty are Deputy Consul General Xiaojun Dong; Deputy District Mayor of Chaoyang District People’s Government of Beijing Municipality Wang Yang; and Winnie Greco, American Asia Economy & Culture Development Association president.

4 Midwood resident and Yeshivah of Flatbush High School senior
Akiva Abramowitz won first place (among students of the diaspora) and second place (internationally) in the 49th International Bible Contest for Jewish Youth. Congratulating Akiva was Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who praised him for receiving these coveted titles, an outstanding effort since it is quite unusual for a nonIsraeli to place among the top three champions.

4 Atlantic Terrace at 212 S. Oxford Street in Fort Greene provides affordable homes in one of Brooklyn's first LEED Gold certified buildings for mixed-income residents. Among those gathered for the ribbon cutting were Fifth Ave. Committee’s Heather Gershen; FAC Board Chair Jamie Torres Springer; Map Architects’ Petr Stand; NYC Deputy Mayor Robert Steel; HDC President Marc Jahr; Marty; Mega Contracting President Hercules Argyriou; Citi Community Capital’s Andy Ditton; FAC Executive Director Michelle de la Uz; Citi’s Steve Hall; HPD Commissioner Mathew Wambua; NYC Housing Partnership President/CEO Dan Martin; Citi North America CEO Bill Mills; NYS Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner/CEO Darryl Towns; and Hirschen, Singer & Epstein Principal Alan Epstein. 4 A Brooklyn power couple makes it official! All of Brooklyn joined in spirit when Peter Meyer and Denise Arbesu recently married. Guests were asked to make contributions to the American Cancer Society rather than bring wedding gifts. Peter is Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce board chair as well as TD Bank’s NYC market president, and his lovely bride, Denise, is the Chamber’s vice chair as well as a Citibank senior VP; both are also actively involved in countless Brooklyn charitable events. Congrats to the happy couple!

Photo by: Brion Price

4 The duties of a borough president are demanding but Marty’s on the job! At the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton—with the VerrazanoNarrows Bridge in the background—Marty was surrounded by the bevy of beauties who competed in the Miss New York 2012 State pageant. Marty was thrilled to learn that Park Slope’s Mallory Hagan, who won the Miss New York City crown in March, beat out 25 other contestants, was crowned Miss New York and will now compete for the title of Miss America! Hagan is pictured second from left of Marty.

4 In Brooklyn, the force is always with you! Marty joined Darth Vader
and friends at Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn held near Park Slope adjacent to the Old Stone House and MS51. Puppetry Arts is dedicated to bringing the art of puppets into the classroom, community and theaters by spearheading productions, event and workshops for kids and families. The executive director of Puppetry Arts is Tim Young.


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Name: Olga Potap Age: 27 Restaurant: Karloff (254 Court Street) Cobble Hill Cuisine: From Eastern European to South American Lives in: Carroll Gardens Hails from: Russia Interests/Hobbies: No, Olga is not an aspiring actor or singer—she’s actually interested in the restaurant biz. She also makes jewelry in her spare time. Trademark: Olga’s trademark is her friendly, bubbly personality! Why she likes waiting tables: Olga finds waitressing interesting because of all the conversations she gets to have with people she wouldn’t ordinarily meet. Favorite Dish: It’s a tossup between the latkes with mushroom gravy and the lobster mac ‘n cheese. Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on: Most interesting had to be the guy who made the entire wait staff nervous because they thought he was a restaurant critic. He ordered multiple dishes and jotted down notes about each one. Turns out he was simply doing research for the new restaurant he was planning to open. And he was too nice to be a critic! Name: Carlos Aquayza Age: 47 Restaurant: Colandrea New Corner Restaurant (7201 8th Ave.) Bay Ridge Cuisine: Italian Lives in: Williamsburg Hails from: Ecuador Interests/Hobbies: Carlos enjoys music and playing the bass guitar in his spare time as well as working construction projects. Trademark: Carlos is a poised and efficient server whose experience puts everyone at ease. Why he likes waiting tables: Colandrea is like a second home to Carlos and he considers his colleagues like family. Favorite Dish: Chicken Valdostana (boneless chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella, breaded and baked, and topped with mozzarella and marsala mushroom sauce). Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on: Jackie Mason and Rudy Giuliani—not at the same time!

Name: Marcos Luis Age: 32 Restaurant: Cheryl’s Global Soul (236 Underhill Avenue) Prospect Heights Cuisine: World fare: food and spices from all over the world Lives in: Ft. Greene Hails from: Chicago Interests/Hobbies: Marcos is an artist at heart; he’s a photographer, musician and an actor Trademark: There’s no act to Marcos’ smooth, courteous style and his “go with the flow” sense of ease. Why he likes waiting tables: Because of its location—and no doubt because of the homemade global cuisine—Cheryl’s draws an interesting array of people. Marcos is thrilled to be a part of that thriving community. Favorite Dish: Soy Sake Glazed Salmon served on a bed of jasmine rice with sautéed spinach and a garnish of Nori…or the signature Sea Bass Escavitch…or the…oh, it’s so hard to choose! Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on: Marcos just can’t pick one since all of their customers become part of the community. By the end of the meal, the great food and the comfortable, casual family atmosphere makes everyone want to come back for more.

Jerome Albert, founder of Astroland, led the restoration of the Cyclone roller coaster, husband to Carol Albert and one of Coney Island’s biggest boosters • Bernice Brown, past president of Key Women of America and a CB3 board member for three decades • Dr. Jerry Burns, pastor of Open Door Church Of God In Christ • Charles Davis, active Bernice Brown member of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats • Leo Dillon, children’s book illustrator • Ellis S. Franke, former Conciliation & Appeals Board of NYC executive director, Housing Court judge and Borough Hall’s Mitchell Lama Housing specialist volunteer • Lawrence Frost, former president of Temple Beth Emeth v’ Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek • Warner Fusselle, the voice of the Cyclones since 2001 aka “The Fuse” • Anthony Gigantiello, father of Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello • Dennis Holt, “Dean” of Brooklyn reporters and one of the most talented in the business, co-founding editor of the Brooklyn Phoenix, longtime columnist and senior editor for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle • Aaron Ingram, actor, director and founder of ActNow Foundation • Greg “Jocko” Jackson, longtime Brownsville Recreation Center manager, founding Greg Jackson director of Community Solutions Brownsville Partnership, a former Knick and beloved Brownsville activist • Harold “Hal” B. Jackson, a living legend, noted broadcaster, civil rights leader and the first African

American inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame • Anna Jefferson, former state senator who served Bed-Stuy with distinction, and longtime resident of Clinton Hill • Josephina Johnson, Brooklyn activist and CB17 board member • Phyllis Lichtenstein, wife of Harvey Everett Ortner Lichtenstein, legendary BAM president emeritus • Nick “Buff” Maglio, longtime Brooklyn Kiwanis Baseball League president, founder of the Kiwanis Flag Football League and activist who promoted safety and served youth through sports • Donald Marchese, Royal Plastics founder and member of Miramar Yacht Club in Sheepshead Bay • Kathleen Morrison, director of Crown Heights Community Center and a Crown Heights activist • Lt. Richard Nappi, firefighter at Engine Company 237 who gave his life serving Brooklyn • Everett Ortner, community activist who—with wife Evelyn—led the restoration of the Brooklyn brownstone by purchasing and renovating a Park Slope home in 1963 and later founded the Brownstone Revival Committee • Shirley E. “Joe” Payne, former Atlantic Ave. Local Dev. Corp. president, CB2 member, WWII Elsie Richardson veteran and baseball player in the Negro League • Elsie Richardson, tireless civil rights leader who also, working with Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, helped establish Medgar Evers College, Bed-Stuy Restoration and the

Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce • Alan Rodus, father of Jeff Rodus, deputy director, Finance, NYC Council • Fortunato “Fred” Rubino, longtime administrator/educator at IS 318 in Williamsburg who was recently appointed superintendent of District 14 • Maurice Sendak, Brooklyn-born, multiple award-winning children’s book author Beatryce Tillman and illustrator who penned Where the Waters Wild Things Are, among others • Mildred Silverstein, an original member of CB15 who was also known as “Mrs. Kings Highway” for her service to the Kings Highway Board of Trade • Carmen Luisa Velázquez, mother of Congress Member Nydia Velázquez • Annie Walkes, CB 16 member • Beatryce Tillman Waters, member of Key Women of America since 1973 and Grace Baptist Church member • Barry Weinbrom, environmental educator who taught science in the NYC public school system for more than three decades, cofounded Saving Earth Every Day (SEED) to involve kids in safeguarding the planet’s resources and founded the educational consulting company, ASAP • Major General Enoch H. Williams, former City Council member who served the 41st Council District for 19 years and Major General served for more than 30 years in the miliEnoch H. Williams tary retiring as commander of the New York Army National Guard • Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of the Beastie Boys.

Summer 2012

Summer 2012
For 14 years, Our Place has helped young Jewish men facing the challenges of adolescence. Founded in 1998 by Moishe Binik, Our Place helps Jewish youth sidelined by substance abuse, school expulsion, family issues or emotional or learning disabilities. With four Brooklyn locations in neighborhoods like Flatbush and Midwood, troubled teens can get a warm welcome from a nonjudgmental adult. Our Place Youth Center offers young men 4 1815 M drug counseling and therapy with li- offers Our Place Youth Center atJewishAvenuecan a welcoming place where youth censed social workers; there’s also a gym, get counseling, advice or just hang out with new pool tables and kids can get a hot meal. friends. Site manager Mark Schickler pictured in back row, sixth from the left. Our Place Girls Center provides at-risk females with emotional support and offers classes and activities in a secure environment. The Living Room is a structured substance abuse center. Support groups, counseling, job placement and vocational training help get young men back on track. Yeshiva Simchas Chaim offers classes and GED accreditation for teenaged boys who struggled in other schools. “Our Place offers whole life therapy for kids in trouble. Whether they need schooling, home therapy or help with substance abuse, we have a team of health professionals who get young people the help they need,” said Our Place spokesperson, Joe Yurowitz. Like many not for profits, Our Place exists on the financial donations, so if you want to help Jewish youth face some of life’s difficulties, please consider a tax-deductable donation.
Our Place Youth Center, 1815 Avenue M, (718) 692-4058; Our Place Girls Center, 990 E. 12th St., (718) 692-4058; The Living Room, 2974 Nostrand Ave., (917) 596-0784; Yeshiva Simchas Chaim, 510 Ave M, (646) 671-3587; Yeshiva applications: (917) 751-2021.


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