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Enjoy Your Brooklyn Holidays!
Although it feels like summer just ended, another holiday season is here. This is the perfect time to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in the greatest city in this magnificent nation, Brooklyn, USA. As you enjoy this special time with your loved ones, I urge you to spare a thought for Brooklynites who could use some holiday cheer, especially those affected by the economic downturn. By all means, welcome the American Ballet Theatre to Brooklyn by attending a performance of The Nutcracker at BAM, imbibe some eggnog, play a spirited game of dreidle, but also look for ways you can make a difference in somebody’s life. In this issue of Brooklyn!!, you will find several examples of Brooklynites and organizations who have given of themselves to make Brooklyn a better place. I hope you are inspired by their stories. But remember that making a difference can be as simple as donating provisions to a food bank, donating new or gently used toys or clothes or volunteering for an organization that provides hot holiday meals to those who are alone or who cannot afford to celebrate the holidays. I like to remember the saying “there but for the grace of God go I.” Let’s not forget, many of us are just two or three paychecks away from severe financial hardship. It’s wonderful seeing the faces of family and friends light up when they see the perfect gift you got for them. But I have found that if you dig deep and give what you can to those in need, it can be the most satisfying gift of all. Once again, may you and yours have a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year. P.S. All of us at Borough Hall look forward to the new year and offer hearty congratulations to Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman—as well as all the newly elected and reelected members of the Brooklyn delegation in Congress, the State Senate and the Assembly.
“Presepio,” a miniature replica of the town of Bethlehem, is open to the public at the St. Athanasius Parish (Lower Church) in Bensonhurst. Anthony Vigilante maintains the exhibit.
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CALLING ALL SWEETHEARTS!
Are you and your spouse Brooklynites who have been married 50 years or more?
Join Marty and Jamie for a Valentine’s Day party to renew your vows and toast love’s eternal flame. February 14, 2011 1pm at El Caribe Country Club Call (718) 802-4488 to reserve a spot.
4 The lights are bright in Dyker Heights come Christmas time!
BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL
209 Joralemon Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
he holidays are the perfect time to leave cares behind and get into the holiday spirit by sharing some special moments with family and friends! Of course, there’s no reason to leave Brooklyn for all the pageantry and wonder of the season. So get out your calendars and make sure you find time to create tomorrow’s memories today in true Brooklyn style. See page 5 for a listing, although by no means all, of the many holiday events happening throughout the borough. And no matter what you do, have a happy and safe holiday season in beautiful Brooklyn!
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BRINGING UP BABY—AGAIN!
You raise your kids, and then your kids have kids. You don’t expect to be a parent again, but more grandparents are these days—83,946 grandparents in New York City according to the US Census. The reasons are complicated but include family crisis, a bad economy and even the fact that— in some cases—grandparents are better equipped to provide care. 4 GAMA members include, front row from In 1991, the Fort Greene-based Catholic left: Victoria Chase, Patricia Bell, Barbara Ensley, Gale Newton and Maria Lemons; Charities Brooklyn and Queens created a Back row from left: GAMA Group Facilitator SaddiQa Beyah, Elaine Manatu, Jacqueline safe, welcoming embrace for grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and other caregivers Edwards and Florine Bruce. who find themselves again in a parenting role. Called Grandmothers as Mothers Again (& Caregivers), or GAMA, it provides a place where members can share the pressures and challenges of parenting. “I have raised my five grandchildren since they were babies,” said GAMA member Victoria Chase, “and the group’s support lets you know you’re not alone when it feels like no one understands the emotional, mental and physical strength it takes to raise a family at our time of life.” GAMA offers other vital services like emergency food assistance, anger management workshops and individualized case management. GAMA staffers provide advocacy for their members with a network of social service agencies that offer legal advice, housing services, after school programs, recreational activities, counseling, parenting workshops and other kincare-related services. Support groups in both English and Spanish are available. If you or someone you know is caring for a young family member and needs some support, contact GAMA today.
To contact GAMA, call Erin Carmen, Catholic Charities Brooklyn West Community Center, (718) 722-6001; or SaddiQa Beyah, Catholic Charities Dr. White Community Center, (718) 875-8801.
COVERING THE WHITE HOUSE
When Alan Rada says he’s covered the White House, he’s not talking about the press corps, he’s talking wallpaper. Part of a dream team—including Mitchell Ehrlich and Anthony Bonino—Rada papered President Obama’s private study, the Presidential Dining Room and the Oval Office this past August. Rada learned the trade from his father, a professional installer for contractor Warner Krebs. Rada’s wild and wooly career also includes volunteer work at a kibbutz in 1973 at the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, and time as a jewelry importer, realtor, teacher and night-shift security guard. 4 Alan Rada of DecoRada In 1996, Rada and his wife opened DecoRada Wallpaper does the job right! Wallpaper Installation in their Flatbush/Midwood home, employing two full- and two part-time staff. Specializing in pristine applications of wallpaper, fabric and murals, Rada is quick to pass along industry secrets. “I’ve been installing wallpaper for more than forty years and I can’t stress enough the importance of preparation before you hang paper,” said Rada. “Walls must be prepared meticulously for good results, and I take the time to do that critical prep work.” And although do-it-yourself homeowners may be able to hang simple papers themselves, many of today’s wallpapers have raised or flocked patterns, or papers created from fragile grasses, barks or metallics. These exquisite—and often costly—papers need to be handled and applied by an expert. Which is why the beautiful bark skin wallpaper that now graces the Presidential Dining Room looks so good. When the White House beckons, who you gonna call? Brooklynite Alan Rada, that’s who!
DecoRada Wallcovering Installations, 1376 East 31st. St.; (718) 338-0645; www.decorada.com
THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Retirement no longer has to mean the end of a career or losing skills and expertise that took a lifetime to build. With the flood of nearly 80 million baby boomers diving into the retirement pool and record numbers of workers who will reach retirement age over the next decade, there is a reservoir of talent waiting to be utilized. That is where ReServe comes in. This nonprofit organization connects experienced adults, age fifty-five and older, with part-time compensated service opportunities. Re-serving, according to Ex- 4 ReServists David Krutchik (center) and ecutive Director Mary S. Bleiberg, “de- Nathan Fuchs (right) met with Assistant DA scribes the kinds of work that people Virginia Modest at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in 2008. Krutchik works as a pursue when they have finished their pri- marketing assistant and Fuchs served the DA’s office as an advocate for seniors. mary careers and want part-time work that will have a big social impact.” “ReServists” include artists, writers, teachers, lawyers and social workers, healthcare professionals, those in banking, advertising, government and manufacturing to name a few. These adults are matched with nonprofit organizations and public institutions that can benefit from a ReServist’s talents and experience. The program offers these boomers a chance to re-engage in the workplace and lend their talents and energies in the service of their communities. More than 170 ReServists have been placed in Brooklyn nonprofits and public institutions. ReServist Selma Jackson, former owner of 4W Circle of Art and Enterprise in Fort Greene said, “ReServe attracted me because it was part-time work and it was flexible. It allowed me to use some of my gifts to assist community organizations.” Do you still have more in your re-serve?
For more information, call: (212) 710-9221 or visit www.reserveinc.org
24/7 RX IN THE SLOPE
In a city that never sleeps, Brooklyn’s got the place that’s been awake the longest. The Neergaard Pharmacy on 5th Ave. in Park Slope opened its doors in 1888, when Brooklyn was still its own city. Founded by a Danish immigrant named Julius de Neergaard, the store remained in the de Neergaard family through three generations, until the Tomassetti family purchased it in 1987. Since 1901, Neergaard has been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week—except for a few days during World War I. 4 The Tomassetti family—Lisa Tomassetti Today, Neergaard is the oldest inde- Sutherland, Lisa’s husband Thomas Sutherland, Rosemarie Tomassetti and Diana Tomassetti— pendently owned pharmacy in Brookhas run Neergaard Pharmacy since 1987. lyn, and one of the oldest in the City— and one of the few pharmacies that are open 24 hours a day. “Doctors know they can send patients here at all hours,” store manager Tom Sutherland said. Neergaard is also uniquely set up to serve Brooklyn’s growing senior population, and even includes a surgical shop that sells everything from walkers to wheelchairs (Neergaard also operates a 7th Ave. location that is not open 24 hours). From the crash of a United Airlines jet in Park Slope in 1960 (a Neergaard employee is visible in the photo The New York Times ran the next day), to the attacks of September 11, 2001 (Brooklynites who walked home from Manhattan queued up for masks and other supplies), Neergaard has been there through the city’s most perilous times. “We endured through the Great Depression and two world wars and we’ve always kept up with the times,” Sutherland said. “Park Slope is still the place to be.”
Neergaard Pharmacy, 454 5th Ave. Open 24 hours every day; (718) 768-0600; or visit www.neergaardpharmacies.com
Winter 2010/11 Enjoy Your Brooklyn Holidays!
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy: Holiday Harmonies Concert at Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Brooklyn Heights. Dec. 17 and 18. Jingle Bell Jamboree: Holiday music, dancing and sing-a-long, the Old First Reformed Church in Park Slope, FREE (Suggested donations: $5 per child/$10 per adult). Dec. 18 at 7pm. The American Ballet Theater’s world premier of Alexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker: BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Dec. 22-Jan 2. Fulton Street Mall Holiday: Brooklyn Ballet’s “Hip Hop” Nutcracker. Dec. 3, 10, 17 & 21 from 12pm-4pm. Visit www.fultonstreet.org for other events. COME OUTSIDE! Wild Holiday Party: Watch baboons, red pandas and other Prospect Park Zoo inhabitants tear into holiday presents with hidden treats. Free with admission. Every Sat/Sun in Dec. 11:30am & 3:30pm. FIDO Bark! The Herald Angels Sing: A sing-along with dog-centric lyrics, hot beverages, plus Santa posing with your pooch! Long Meadow in Prospect Park. FREE. Dec. 11 from 8am-10am. Christmas Bird Count: Helps researchers track the long-term health of bird populations. Audubon Center in Prospect Park. Call (718) 287-3400 ext. 303 for more information. Dec. 18 at 12pm & 3pm. The Brooklyn Three Kings Day Parade: Starts at Meeker and Graham in Williamsburg. Jan 9 at 2pm. DEAR SANTA St. Nicholas: Visits the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park on Nov. 28 at 3pm. FREE. GO SHOPPING! Shoppers get a Brooklyn Bonus at Shop Brooklyn merchants. Visit ishopbrooklyn.com. Shop Brooklyn launches “Brooklyn Friday,” aka Black Friday, Nov. 26. NYCreates Seventh Annual 2010 Holiday Crafts Fair at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Dec 8-12, Weekdays 11am-7pm, Weekends 10am-5pm. Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday Market at Skylight One Hanson features 100 art, jewelry, antiques and food vendors plus a holiday tree! www.brooklynflea.com/gifted. Dec. 15-23, 11am-7pm. FOR THOSE IN NEED If you know someone in need, tell them about the free Annual Holiday Dinner at the Park Slope Armory, sponsored by the YM/ YWCA of Brooklyn. Dec. 25 at 11am-5pm. GET CRAFTY Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, Holiday Craft Sundays, 55 Pierrepont Street, (718) 624-3435, Dec. 5 & 12. The Dyker Library’s Holiday Arts & Crafts workshop at 8202 13th Ave. Call (718) 7486261. Dec. 23 at 3:15pm. LIGHT UP THE NIGHT! Menorah Lighting: Grand Army Plaza at sundown Dec. 1-8. Menorah Lighting: Columbus Park in front of the State Supreme Court, at sundown Dec. 1-8. FREE. Marty joins the lighting Dec. 2 at 5:30pm. Park Circle Menorah Lighting: Parkside Ave. Dec. 1-8 at sundown. Brighton Beach Menorah Lighting: Brighton Beach/Coney Island Aves. Dec. 1-8 at sundown. Atlantic Avenue LDC Tree lighting at the Belarusan Church, corner of Atlantic Ave/Bond St., FREE. Dec. 2 at 6-8pm. Frank Seddio’s Annual Holiday Lights Extravaganza on Flatlands Ave. at 93rd St. in Canarsie begins Dec. 6 at 5pm. Borough Hall Holiday Tree Lighting: Dec. 7 at 5:30pm. DUMBO Tree Lighting: The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. Dec. 8 at 6:30pm. Dyker Heights Neighborhood Lights: Between 80th and 86th Streets from 10th to 13th Avenues, begins after Thanksgiving. CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR! Join Marty to ring in the New Year with entertainment, refreshments and New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza. FREE. Dec. 31 at 11pm. THANK YOU VERY MULCH! Mulch your holiday tree into healthy ground cover. Two locations: Third St. & Prospect Park West or Park Circle Park entrance (Prospect Park Southwest & Parkside Ave.). For more info: www.nycgovparks.org/services/mulchfest/mul chfest.html Jan. 8-9.
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PERFORMANCE/CULTURAL EVENTS The Kings Bay Y’s Chanukah Extravaganza: Performances, menorah lighting, rides, games, music and kosher food. FREE. www.kingsbayy.org or call (718) 648-7703. Dec. 5 11am-2pm. The Marks JCH of Bensonhurst: Chanukah Celebration at 7802 Bay Parkway. For more info: (718) 331-6800, ext. 110. Dec. 5 at 12pm. Brooklyn College Chorale and Conservatory Chamber Choir: Holiday Concert at BC’s Gershwin Theater. FREE. Dec. 9 at 4:40pm. The Mark Morris Dance Group: The Hard Nut, at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Dec. 10-19. Bensonhurst’s St. Athanasius Church: “Presepio,” a miniature replica of Bethlehem, everyday 8am–3pm. Contact the church at (718) 236-0124 or Anthony Vigilante (718) 837-1682. Begins Dec. 12. The Brooklyn Heights’ Grace & Spiritus Chorale: Community Sing, Montague St. Promenade Tree Lighting Ceremony and caroling. Dec. 15 at 5:30-7pm. The 290-member Grammy-award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir: Borough Hall. FREE. Dec. 15 at 4:30pm.
BIG TASTE, SMALL PLACE
Abistro in Fort Greene is tiny and the tables fill up quickly. But the sound of chopping coming from the small kitchen means that big taste is on its way. Ever since Senegalese Abdoul Gueye opened Abistro in 2005, he’s been drawing crowds. His menu reflects the cuisines of Northern Africa, France and native ethnic groups like the Wolof. Trout, chicken, tofu or beef might end up in a bouillabaisse or stew or be drizzled with spicy vinaigrette. Big flavors like lemon, ginger, mustard and cinnamon figure prominently. Taste the Senegalese fried chicken with pineap- 4 Chef Abdoul Gueye’s cuisine at Abistro in Fort Greene ple scented jasmine rice cakes, salsa and dijonnaise is getting big raves. sauce and you’ll know it’s not like ordinarty fried chicken. It’s so popular both the brunch and dinner menu carry it. There’s also black-eyed pea fritters with codfish, West African spicy trout in soy sauce vinaigrette or Moroccan salmon with kale and couscous in peanut palm oil sauce. And it’s all exquisitely presented and served with a smile. This kind of food guarantees a chef ’s acclaim. Although Gueye cooked in Manhattan for 15 years, his location of choice for his own restaurant was Brooklyn. “I fell in love with my wife, Cassandra, in Fort Greene and wanted to create something special here that doesn’t exist in Manhattan,” said Gueye. “In my cooking, I try to reflect all the cultures that have influenced me.” Different ethnicities coming together and creating something unique? Kind of sounds like Brooklyn, don’t you think?
Abistro, 154 Carlton Ave., (btw. Myrtle/Willoughby); (718) 855-9455; Open TuesThur 6-10:30pm, Fri/Sat 6-12pm, Sat/Sun for brunch 10am-3:30pm, Sun 6-9:30pm; Reservations suggested.
FROM THE MESS HALL TO SpringWEDDING HALL THE 2003
When Marine Captain Matthew Turner and Emily Grant, then a second lieutenant, struck up an awkward conversation in a Camp Fallujah mess hall in 2006 in Iraq, it marked the beginning of a Brooklyn love story whose prologue was actually written in Brooklyn Heights. Although the couple grew up only a half block from one another and their parents were acquaintances, their paths never crossed. In fact, it was Cap- 4 Matthew Turner and Emily Grant Turner—both Marine captains—had to go all the way to Iraq to meet tain Turner’s mother who told her even though they grew up in Brooklyn Heights. son that a friend’s daughter had joined the Marines. Armed with her last name and information about her height (just over six feet), Captain Turner approached Lieutenant Grant a few months later. After that initial encounter, they were both unsure where the relationship would go, but soon were talking frequently about life back in Brooklyn. “At that point, I really had a crush on him,” said Emily. “But Fallujah is not a really good place to start dating, so we kept up a relationship that was appropriate for a combat zone.” After both were transferred to California’s Camp Pendleton the following year, they began dating regularly. Last month, the Turners were married at SS. Constantine & Helen Cathedral in Brooklyn Heights, far from the battlefields of Iraq. The reception was held at the Heights Casino, where they had both taken dancing and tennis lessons, but never at the same time. And, Emily is not only a Turner now, but a captain as well. Just one question: with two Captain Turners at home, who takes orders from whom?
BROOKLYN’S LOOKING GOOD
WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
Does Brooklyn inform the way we dress? For Robert Rossicone it does. What’s more, Rossicone’s Brooklyn-inspired fashion sense earned him the title 2010 Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real
First off, Rossicone is passionate about all things Brooklyn—he named his daughter “Breuckelen” after all. He credits Bay Ridge, where he lives and teaches, as having a gutsy, blue-collar edge that not only keeps the community from being sanitized but inspires some of his sartorial choices, like dark, work-wear denim and sturdy, well-made shoes. Also inspiring are Rossicone’s students, whose streetwear fashions often predate the Milan and Paris runway looks. Rossicone thinks our residents dress better than Manhattanites because few Brooklynites were born with “silver spoons.” “That sense of frugality,” said 4 Robert Rossicone—with daughter Rossicone, “prevents us from buying one cookieBreuckelen—is one of Esquire cutter look from an expensive boutique. We’re Magazine’s best dressed “Real Men!” prone to experiment, to match a thrift store jacket and custom trousers with a tie purchased on eBay. That all makes for an interesting look.” Men looking for fashion advice, hear this: Rossicone’s three “must-haves” include a classic navy blue blazer, which goes with everything from grey flannels to jeans to khakis. Next, a great-fitting pair of raw denim jeans. And finally, an expert tailor. Most clothing is made for an average fit, which few men are, so a good tailor can take an off-the-rack suit to the next level. Rossicone says his Dyker Heights tailor makes him look like “a million bucks!” So follow Rossicone’s lead and get yourself a classic blazer, and while you’re at it, get yourself a Brooklyn tailor too!
SINGING FOR YOUR SUPPER
If you long for a place in which a 50-year-old is considered youthful, and you also want a comfortable place with delicious food and great live music in a mature setting, Il Posto in Bergen Beach is for you. Owner Tony Evangelista, manager Nicky and Chef Nino—famed, former executive chef of Nino’s Restaurant in Coney Island Avenue in Midwood for 35 years—are the welcome wagon, dispensing charm, efficiency and fabulous Italian specialties. Foodies love the Nino 4 When Alfio croons, the ladies swoon! Combo: chicken francese, veal and filet mignon; or the mouth-watering fresh figs stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto. But Il Posto also packs ‘em in for live music and even dancing. And those who like their pasta fagioli and fettuccini bolognese served to the tune of Pavarotti, Roy Orbison, or other adult contemporary standards, can’t wait to hear the Australian-born singing sensation, Alfio, perform. “Alfio has an incredible voice,” said Evangelista. “He gets the women crying and the men sighing just by turning a phrase. And even though he was born in Australia, he’s Italian through and through!” For 13 years, Il Posto has been drawing locals, but with Chef Nino cooking, the music humming and the beautiful neighborhood of Bergen Beach/Mill Basin here to discover, it’s no wonder folks from all over Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey and even the outer borough of Manhattan are making the trip.
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Il Posto, 7409 Avenue U at E. 74th St; (718) 241-4317; Open Tues-Thurs noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-11pm, Sun 1pm-9pm; There is no cover charge for the Friday night performance but reservations are a must!
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Photo by: Ronald L. Glassman
4 Marty, the BP’s Chief of Staff Carlo Scissura (second from
left) and Education Policy Analyst Margaret Kelley (right of Marty) were on hand to commend Brooklyn’s Community Education Council (CEC) appointees. CEC members are appointed by Marty to help improve our Brooklyn schools.
4 Marty and Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham joined Nick
Emerson, Jed Levine, Christina Keller, Board Member Jack Kamin and the Brooklyn Memory Walk Volunteer Committee, as well as supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association of New York City who participated in the 2010 Memory Walk at the Coney Island Boardwalk. The event raised funds for research and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, which affects 250,000 New Yorkers.
4 Some of Brooklyn’s little rockers gathered for the Carroll Park
Summer Concert Series and joining them were (left to right), Joyce Seares, PS 29 PTA co-president; Simmi Malhotra Degnemark, Carroll Park Summer Concert Series director/PS 29 parent; children’s performer Audra Rox; Marty; and PS 29 parent Randi Song.
4 For 144 years, the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services has
been building a better Brooklyn through a comprehensive array of social service programs. Taking note of the organization’s new name, Brooklyn Community Services (BCS), as well as its long record of social responsibility were BCS Chair Jerrold Mulder; Marty; Asst. Exec. Director Norma Martin; Marketing & Communications Director Jill Jefferson and Board Member Dan Ross, Wechsler Ross & Partners president. Best wishes for Exec. Director Alan Goodman’s full recovery!
4 Fulfilling youth’s hope. Marty joined Sharon Content,
founder/president of Children of Promise NYC—a nonprofit that provides after school programs and summer camp for kids with incarcerated parents—to celebrate the organization’s one year anniversary of serving families in Bedford Stuyvesant and beyond. Ms. Content was also recently recognized as a recipient of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s “Brooklyn Do Gooders” award.
4 Edible Schoolyard—a program that integrates sustainable gardening and cooking into the City’s public school curriculum—chose Brooklyn for its first NYC school location. Gathered at PS 216, the Arturo Toscanini School, in Gravesend were the program’s founder, world famous chef and author Alice Waters (center); along with Edible Schoolyard NYC Board President John Lyons; Edible Schoolyard Executive Director Christiane Baker; PS 216 Principal Celia Kaplinsky; award-winning actor Jake Gyllenhaal; Marty; Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.; PS 216 students and others.
Photo by: Arthur Da Gaeta and the Canarsie Courier
4 Three cheers for affordable housing! The Bradford, a new residential 4 Marty joined ice cream lovers at Cold Stone Creamery in Sheepshead Bay off Knapp Street for Make A Wish Foundation’s 9th annual “World’s Largest Ice Cream Social.” Cold Stone Creamery owners Eric Steinweiss and Joseph Scuteri were glad to support efforts that help the wishes of children with terminal illnesses come true. Marty selflessly offered to scoop ice cream for the good cause and was even willing to sample the wares—especially when his wife, Jamie, isn’t around!
and retail development in Bedford Stuyvesant, will offer 105 apartments for low- and middle-income families in the summer of 2012. Among those celebrating this significant revitalization in the Bed Stuy community were, from left, Council Member Al Vann; Julian Phillips, representing Congress Member Ed Towns; BRP Managing Director Geoff Flournoy; NYCHDC President Marc Jahr; HPD Commissioner Rafael Cestero; Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. President/CEO Colvin Grannum; Brooklyn born and bred Goldman Sachs Chair/CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein; Marty; BRP Managing Director Meredith Marshall; and Carver Bancorp CEO and former HPD Commissioner Deborah Wright.
4 The 32nd Annual Brownstoners House Tour benefitted the McDonald/Glee Jr. and Joan Maynard Memorial Scholarship Funds. Celebrating the group’s distinguished history of community service to Bedford Stuyvesant were, among others, Brownstoners President Ava Barnett, Chair Marguerita Fletcher, Co-chair Chana Wells, and founders Brenda Fryson, Clarence Jones and Reggie Shell. Marty was also on hand to commend the group as well as scholarship recipient, Cathy Anne Matthews.
Photo by:Waleed Cope
4 The 6th Annual Bed-Stuy Alive! Celebration and Tohma Y. Faulkner
Awards on Fulton St. included cultural performances and brought much deserved recognition to community leaders. Marty joined some of the organizers of the event including, from left, Robert E. Cornegy Jr; Bill Wren; BedStuy Restoration Corp’s Colvin W. Grannum; Brownstoners of Bed-Stuy Founding Member Brenda Fryson; Planning Committee Chair Anna Bloodworth; and honorees Joeletha Ferguson, Margo Lewis, Daphnee Surpris, Eddie Freeman, Dr. Sam Pinn, Wilma E. Maynard, Minnie Laura Jones and Laurie Cumbo.
4 Marty joined Brooklyn Borough President Emeritus
Sebastian “Sam” Leone (center) at Borough Hall to unveil the 35-year-old “Welcome to Brooklyn, 4th Largest City in America” sign, as celebrated in the opening sequence of “Welcome Back, Kotter,” starring Brooklynite Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta. Nino Russo, owner of Coney Island’s Gargiulo’s Restaurant was also present; Russo generously loaned the sign for display at Borough Hall. “Welcome Back, Kotter” co-creator/producer Alan Sacks also sent a video greeting for the event.
4 The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce (CACCI) met to
explore economic opportunities in Grenada. Among those gathered were Dr. Eda Hastick; CACCI president Dr. Roy Hastick; the Prime Minister of Grenada Tillman Thomas; Acting Secretary International Trade/Environment Sally Anne Bagwhan Logie; Marty; Greg Bishop, assistant commissioner DSBS; City Council Member Jumaane Williams; and CACCI Board member Patricia Sampson, managing director, Bank of New York Mellon. Grenada is the birthplace of Slinger Franciso, aka the Mighty Sparrow.
Photo by:Jill Hoffman
When Thomas Roma was recuperating from a car accident, instead of feeling sorry for himself, he picked up a camera and started shooting. To say that Brooklyn became his muse is an understatement. “I love everything about Brooklyn,” said Roma. “The sound of the name, the shape on the map. From the neighborhoods to the architecture to the width of the streets and the people who live there, it’s impossible to be bored in Brooklyn.” Despite seemingly ordinary moments and backdrops, Roma’s photographs are timeless: children playing, families worshipping; abandoned buildings, city playgrounds and pools. All captured in the rare 4 The photographer, Thomas Roma, Brooklyn light and—like all great photographs— as subject. emblematic of a period but still resonant today. Roma’s talent has led to two Guggenheim Fellowships, one-person exhibits at MOMA and the International Center of Photography, teaching stints at Yale, Fordham, Cooper Union and The School of Visual Arts and, since 1996, an appointment as director of Photography at Columbia University School of the Arts. His next book of photographs, his twelfth, is a photographic record of Army National Guardsmen as they prepare for deployment to Iraq called Dear Knights and Dark Horses. In the Greenwood Heights home he shares with his wife, Anna, and son, Giancarlo, Roma not only develops his own film, but designs and makes his own cameras. Inventor, artisan, renowned educator and critically-acclaimed photographer, no matter what you call him Thomas Roma masters them all.
Visit www.thomasroma.com for more information about the photographer and to see examples of his work.
WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
Did you know that along with being beautiful in a home or office, aquariums can reduce stress and lower blood pressure? You may also be surprised to learn that Brooklyn has the oldest aquarist organization in the country. The Brooklyn Aquarium Society (BAS) has been educating hobbyists 4 This tropical fish is aptly named the “Peacock” fish. since 1911 about freshwater and marine fish, corals, invertebrates and plants. Along with helping beginners establish healthy aquariums and providing a forum for long time fish enthusiasts, BAS donates and installs aquariums in Brooklyn schools and advances our understanding of how important it is to protect wild aquatic environments. From monthly educational programs and lectures, to discounts and auctions, plus a website that links to all sorts of fish-related information, BAS members really channel their inner Jacques Costeau. “When the seas are threatened by global warming and many species of aquatic life are on the verge of extinction,” said BAS president Joe Graffagnino, “societies like BAS offer a ray of hope that endangered species can be bred in a captive environment and, in the future, released into the wild.” Graffagnino and BAS’s 300+ members look forward to celebrating the Society’s 100 year anniversary in February at its headquarters at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. So if you want to experience the joy of tropical fish, from angels to zebras, or learn more about how we can all protect aquatic life, the Brooklyn Aquarium Society can help you get your feet wet!
Brooklyn Aquarium Society, PO Box 290610, Brooklyn, NY 11229-0011; Hotline: (718) 837-4455; or visit www.brooklynaquariumsociety.org
Photo by: Anna Roma
WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
4 Brooklyn’s own Dancewave from Park Slope won a coveted spot— and the only invitation extended to an American group—to perform at the prestigious Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland. Pictured in front of Aberdeen Mercat Cross were Dancewave Company Director Diane Jacobowitz and her “bonny” company.
4 Homecrest Community Services in Sheepshead Bay held its annual Homecrest Senior Health Fair, offering health screenings and workshops in both Chinese and English. Gathered for the event were, among others, from left, Homecrest Board Member Lisa Eng; Senate Finance Chair, Senator Carl Kruger; BP Asian Liaison Alice Wong; Assembly Member Helene Weinstein; Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz; Assembly Member Peter Abbate; Council Member Michael Nelson; NYC Comptroller John Liu; Homecrest Chair Don Lee; Executive Director Richard Kuo; Program Director Tiphaine Tsang; and CB15 Chair Theresa Scavo.
4 Friends and supporters of Cypress Hills Community School, PS/IS 89 were on hand to cut the ribbon for the brand new building, considered one of NYC’s first “green” schools and one that provides a high-tech greenhouse, science lab, art room, music suite, 1,000-sq.- ft. library, 4,000-sq.-ft. gym and cafeteria. Among those gathered for the festivities were Principal Irene Leon; CHLDC Executive Director Michelle Neugebauer; Senator Martin Malave Dilan—who provided a large portion of funding; Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber; Council Member Erik Martin Dilan; Council Member Brad Lander; Parent Co-Director Maria Jaya-Vega; and many of the parents and teachers who have worked so hard to make the new facility a reality.
4 Oh shucks! Who better than Brooklyn’s own Paul Randazzo of Randazzo’s Clam Bar—the “Pride of Sheepshead Bay”—to show Manhattan and the Grand Central Oyster Bar how the shuck it’s done. Guest chef Randazzo had them “clamoring” for more with his “Baked Oysters on the Half Shell Italian Style” at the annual “Oyster Frenzy” at the Oyster Bar, an all day public event of shucking, slurping and downing our bi-valve friends.
4 Net’s new coach Avery “Little General” Johnson (center, back row) met with students of MS 51 in Park Slope to talk about positive choices and let kids know that they can “get to the next level.” He also encouraged his future fan base in Brooklyn to get ready to cheer for future NBA champions, the Brooklyn Nets!
4 The Borough President’s Latino Heritage celebration brought some of Brooklyn’s distinguished movers and shakers of Latino descent. Joining the celebration were, from left, honoree Irma Garcia, director of Athletics, St. Francis College; Marty’s Latino Liaison Italia Guerrero; Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham; honoree Norberta Diaz of Asociacion de Mujeres de Brooklyn; honoree Luis Garden Acosta of El Puente; and Jason Otano, the borough president’s counsel.
4 Saluting our seniors! Assembly Member Peter Abbate and Council Member Vincent Gentile continue their tradition of hosting picnics at the Fort Hamilton Army base in tribute to Brooklyn’s senior citizens. Marty was thrilled to join them, as well as Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny; new commander of U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Hamilton Col. Michael Gould; Command Sergeant Major Sylvia Laughlin and Brooklyn seniors.
4 Japan’s love affair with all things Brooklyn is ardently represented in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Prefecture at the new Brooklyn Parlor, a bar, restaurant, café and bookstore featuring the beer and ales of the Brooklyn Brewery and a genuine “Brooklyn burger,” as well as other Brooklyn-inspired experiences. From left, Satoshi Togano, BP manager; Rio Natsume, talent coordinator, The Blue Note and the Cotton Club in Japan; Toby Ludwig, entertainment director of the Seaside/MLK Summer Concert Series; and Takanori Matsuuchi, BP manager.
4 Down south this past summer, Brooklyn really showed ‘em that we’re all that! Brooklynite Vivian Salvano, aka Mrs. Plus New York 2010, left, placed 6th in the Mrs. Division at the 2010 Miss Plus America Pageant in Louisiana. Pictured with her are Ashley Nicole Focer, Miss Plus America 2010; and Tiffany Braxton Belvin, Ms. Plus New York America 2010, both from Queens. Vivian does Brooklyn proud by not only her pageant wins, but her efforts to raise funds for cancer research and other good causes.
4 Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation’s 15th Annual Walk for Hope was dedicated to the memory of police officer Vito Mauro, who served for 18 years in the 67th Precinct. Proceeds fund programs for the terminally ill at Calvary Hospital’s Brooklyn campus housed in Lutheran Medical Center. Among those attending were Marty; Congress Member Anthony Weiner; Geraldine Madonia president, Circle of Hope; Dan Foster, “Fun Run” founder; Vito Maruo’s widow, Ronnie Mauro; daughter Eden Mauro; Bob Turner; and Circle of Hope secretary Anna McCormack.
4 More than 25,000 walkers came out to Prospect Park and raised $1,070,000 in the fight against breast cancer during the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Brooklyn NY sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham joined many breast cancer survivors along the walk, which Marty also participated in. Kudos to ACS’s Sally Cooper.
4 Students from Packer Collegiate Institute—the oldest independent school in Brooklyn, located in Brooklyn Heights—visited Borough Hall, Brooklyn’s City Hall, for some face time with the BP. Marty encourages young people to participate in the democratic process or even enter the field of government and become the future leaders of Brooklyn. Packer social studies teacher George Boutis accompanied the group.
AUDRA ROCKS, KIDS FLOCK!
Although there aren’t any 5year-olds slamming each other mosh pit-style, pint-sized rockers can be found all over Brooklyn, swaying to Audra Rox. Like many aspiring performers, Rox was drawn to the bright lights of Broadway, up until the birth of her children. “I needed a job so I started doing music for kids,” said Rox. “I discovered that, not only was I good at it, but it was a joyous way to make a living.” Proof that neces- 4 Audra rockin’ in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge! sity really is the mother of invention. It started when Rox performed in a friend’s Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals program, where tots explored music through song, dance and rhythm. Twelve years later, Rox has become Pied Piper to children and infants, along with their older sibs and parents, who follow her wherever she goes. Rox offers classes in seven different Brooklyn neighborhoods, from Bed-Stuy to Williamsburg, including the Red Hook community she calls home. At an Audra Rox concert, you’ll see hordes of pogo-ing moppets with their equally captivated parents bobbing to tunes like the punkish “I Like to Pretend with You” and the country-inspired “I Hope Mama Says Yes!,” as well as eleven other songs from Rox’s fun CD, “I Can Do It By Myself.” Rox and her band have also appeared on Nickelodeon’s Jack’s Big Music Show and Sesame Street. No matter where she performs, Audra Rox is parent approved, kid friendly, but most important, just downright cool!
For more information about class schedules and CDs, visit the Audra Rox website at www.audrarox.com
SERVING THOSE IN NEED WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS WITH DIGNITY
Help Tom Neve feed the hungry! Reaching Out Community Services (RCS), the nonprofit Neve founded in Bensonhurst, helps feed the working poor, the unemployed, seniors and others from Bay Ridge to Gravesend to Flatbush. But with state and city funding shrinking and demand at food pantries at an all time high, RCS— already on a shoestring budget—is fighting for survival. Sanatation Dept. retiree Neve began serving hot meals out of his van to the homeless 4 Tom Neve needs your help to help others! in 1989. By 1992 he added emergency food support for the working poor and low-income families. Four years later RCS offered a supermarket-style food pantry, and today RCS serves more than 3,400 people every month. Those in need “shop” the pantry for a large selection of nutritious food much like a supermarket, offering families a dignified way to get the help they need. But record levels of unemployment have increased demand. “Not long ago our clients were seniors and single mothers; now we’re serving people in their 30s and 40s,” said Neve. Neve—who draws no salary for his ten-hour days—has been forced to close the pantry on Fridays and fears even more cutbacks or even closure altogether. Is there anything greater than offering a family the blessed gift of a meal this holiday season? Please find it in your heart to contribute, because RCS and needy Brooklyn families can really use your support.
Send contributions to Reaching Out Community Services, 7708 New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214; (718) 373-4565; or visit www.rcsprograms.org and click on the Donate Now button.
HELP A TREE GROW IN BROOKLYN
The storms that hit Brooklyn in March and September felled 750 trees, with BedfordStuyvesant, Bushwick, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill hard hit. New trees are expensive, especially during challenging times. But you can help by making a donation to the Mayor’s Storm Damage Fund. The recently appointed Brooklyn Borough Park Commissioner, Kevin Jeffrey, and Marty want to make sure that any contributions 4 Brooklyn Borough Park Commissioner from Brooklynites benefit Brooklyn. Kevin Jeffrey is calling all Brooklynites to help a tree grow in Brooklyn! “The first thing Brooklynites see when they step outside are Brooklyn’s beautiful trees,” said Commissioner Jeffrey. “We’re calling all block associations, school groups, BIDs, community-based groups and tree lovers to send donations today!” “Brooklyn contributions to the Storm Damage Fund specifically aid Brooklyn’s urban forests,” said Marty. “Turn your green into Brooklyn green by helping replace trees on our Brooklyn streets.” Even a Manhattan-based theater group, The Peccadillo Theater Company, is raising funds for Brooklyn through their upcoming production of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (visit: www.thepeccadillo.com to find out more). That’s thanks to Dyker Heights residents Marvin and Laura Reiskin, who work with Peccadillo. As Betty Smith wrote, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” and with your help, Brooklyn can always be the borough of trees.
To make a contribution to replace Brooklyn trees, visit www.nyc.gov/html/fund/html/donate/donate.shtml. Check the box next to Storm Damage Fund, then follow directions to make donations electronically. Or you can send checks directly to: Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Be sure to write “Brooklyn-specific tree fund” on the front of your check!
RECIPES FOR BROOKLYN’S CULINARY SUCCESS
So how did Brooklyn become one of America’s premier culinary destinations? In The New Brooklyn Cookbook, husband and wife Brendan and Melissa Vaughan of Park Slope trace Brooklyn’s epicurean evolution from the opening of Al di Là in 1998 to today’s offering of international establishments (many participate in the annual Dine in Brooklyn event), food trucks, bakers, cheesemakers, picklers, chocolatiers and artisanal food producers. 4 Authors Brendan and Melissa Vaughan This unique cookbook presents colorful of Park Slope photography, stories, interviews and more than 70 dishes. “We worked with each restaurant to choose recipes that the chefs and owners were excited about and felt best represented their approach to food,” said Melissa. “The result is, we hope, a balanced collection of recipes that are approachable and delicious.” Home-tested recipes include Buttermilk Channel’s duck meatloaf, The Good Fork’s steak and eggs Korean style, Prime Meats’ beef sauerbraten with red cabbage and pretzel dumplings and Vinegar Hill House’s cast-iron chicken with caramelized shallots and sherry pan sauce. And to wash it all down, you can even brew up some American Brown Ale from Sixpoint Craft Ale right at home! “We’re thrilled to have such an incredible range of dining options just steps or a short subway ride from home,” said Brendan, “and we wanted to bottle the culinary energy that’s coursed through the borough in the last decade or so.”
“The New Brooklyn Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 31 Restaurants that Put Brooklyn on the Culinary Map” (William Morrow, $40). Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other retailers.
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BROOKLYN BEAT II
WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
4 Doing Good in Brooklyn and beyond! Under the leadership of Marilyn Gelber, the Brooklyn Community Foundation recognized exemplary individuals with its “Do Gooders” awards, including, The Noel Pointer Foundation’s Chinita Pointer; Children of Promise NYC’s Sharon Content; United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park’s Murad Awawdeh; Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger’s Melony Samuels; Arab American Association of New York’s Linda Sarsour; and Bay Ridge activist and Shore Road Park Conservancy’s Chip Cafiero.
4 The 29th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) brought out members of our esteemed Italian-American community—and those who wish they were—including parade grand marshals Vito and Joanne Marienelli, District Leader Frank Seddio and Joseph Andriano; as well as Judge Robert Miller; Dr. Sudha Patel; Lina Bennardo; Assembly Member William Colton; Charles Candela; Congress Member Mike McMahon; Marty; City Council Member Vincent Gentile; FIAO President Frank Naccarato; Senator Marty Golden; City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia Jr.; FIAO Chair G. Jack Spatola and Judge Arthur Schack.
4 Play’s the thing! Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined
Windsor Terrace Alliance President Lauren Collins, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio—who allocated $1.8 million for the project when a member of City Council—Marty; Council Member Brad Lander; Assembly Member James Brennan; CB7 Chair Randy Peers and Prospect Park Alliance President Tupper Thomas to celebrate the newly renovated Vanderbilt Street Playground in Prospect Park.
4 Kings County Hospital’s renovated Cancer Care Center (CCC) offers services in oncology, chemotherapy, surgery, medical screening, treatment and social and psycho-social support. Ribbon cutting participants included, from left, patient Joanne Joseph; Dr. John R. Maese, HHC Board; Auxiliary President Mary Walters; Josephine Bolus, HHC Board; Assembly Member Felix Ortiz; Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham; Council Member Mathieu Eugene; KCHC COO Roslyn Weinstein; KCHC Med. Dir. Dr. Abha Agrawal; KCHC CCC Med. Dir. Dr. Theophilus Lewis; CCC Administrator Varina Deonarinesingh; KCHC Exec. Dir. Antonio Martin; and Congress Member Yvette Clark.
4 At the annual Italian American Heritage & Culture Month celebrazione at Borough Hall, Marty honored the beloved Alaimo Family, of Villabate Pasticceria & Bakery and Europa Restaurant. Marty, his wife Jamie and Chief of Staff Carlo Scissura—who served as emcee—joined Emanuele and Lina Alaimo and their children to admire and enjoy their delicious fare (not pictured Europa’s Nino and Cathy Alaimo). Also honored that evening were Joseph Esposito, chief of department, NYPD; and Jeanette (Gina) Argento, president, Broadway Stages.
4 How sweet it is! Junior’s Restaurant, Brooklyn’s legendary eatery,
celebrated its 60th anniversary with slices of its world famous cheesecake selling for a mere 60 cents. Suzanne Banfield was the winner of the Next Great Junior’s Cheesecake Flavor Recipe Contest; she won $1,800 and a coveted spot for her new cheesecake flavor on the Junior’s menu. As borough president, Marty was forced to sample cheesecake in the contest and is seen here struggling with the demands of his office with Junior’s owner, Alan Rosen.
HEALTHY COOKIN’ IN BROOKLYN!
Brooklyn’s reputation as a culinary capital is built by our award-winning chefs and restaurants, the growing number of organic food markets and rooftop farms, plus products like cheese, honey and wine that are made right here. And now there’s Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Park Slope, where food lovers, educators, farmers, chefs and restaurateurs come together to learn, cook, taste and talk about food. Ger-Nis founder Nissa Pierson is a life long foodie, whose experiences around the 4 Nissa Pierson and tomorrow’s chefs at globe—she’s lived in California, Central Ger-Nis in Park Slope. America and the Northwest—are reflected in the holistic approach she’s developed for growing, cooking and consuming food, something she calls “seed to mouth.” “To me, Brooklyn represents the diversity that I find in my travels,” said Pierson. “Brooklynites also ‘get’ our commitment to community and planet, and like me, want to understand the origin of food and healthy and delicious ways to prepare it.” At Ger-Nis, fresh herbs and organic, fair-traded fruits and vegetables are the rule, and cooking classes offer simple, healthy menus for children and regional cooking for adults. You can also meet local experts like Park Slope cocktail specialist and New York Times contributor Justin Briggs or Executive Chef Rafael Hasid, who shares his secrets for Middle Eastern treats. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, young or old, an exciting new world of food awaits you at Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center.
Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, 540 President Street, Suite 2E, Brooklyn, NY, 11215; (347) 422-0037; Visit http://culinaryherbcenter.ger-nis.com/ to see a current schedule of upcoming cooking classes and events.
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4 Marty was on hand to salute the latest crop of green thumbs
from the 16th annual 2010 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest, the residents of Vanderveer Place, between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street in Flatbush. Joining the winning residents were Brooklyn Botanic Garden President Scot Medbury, Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber, Marty and Greenbridge Director Robin Simmen.
4 Participants gathered for the 5th Annual Liz Padilla Memorial 5K Run, sponsored by the Brooklyn Bar Association and the Volunteer Lawyers Project, and in memory of the young lawyer who was killed tragically on 5th Avenue in Park Slope while riding her bike to work in 2005. From left were David and Kathy Padilla (Liz’s parents); Andrea Bonina, president, Brooklyn Bar Association; Marty; and Jeannie Costello, executive director, Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project.
4 Here she comes! Christina Moore, aka Miss Brooklyn, was welcomed to Borough Hall by Marty. Ms. Moore is the reigning Miss Brooklyn, and if all goes well for this Bensonhurst-born beauty and she takes the New York State title like we know she will, she’s on to the Miss America pageant. Miss Brooklyn is a student at Wagner College in Staten Island.
4 Where’s the beef? And ham, chicken, veal, lamb? For the past 80 years
the Bova family has been the source for quality meats and other items at Bova’s Meat Market on 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights. Marty joined Joseph and Vincent Bova to help celebrate Bova’s dedication to personal service and that old-world attention to detail. Only in Brooklyn!
4 Brooklyn came out to honor the heroic Detective Feris “Jonesy” Jones, who prevented an attempted robbery at Sabine’s Hallway hair salon in Bedford Stuyvesant. Attending the ceremony were, from left, Jim Vogel, representing Senator Velmanette Montgomery; Assembly Member Joseph Lentol; Assembly Member Karim Camara; Assistant Chief Gerald Nelson, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North; Marty; Detective Jones and Sabine Bellevue, owner, Sabine’s Hallway hair salon.
4 The Bay Ridge Community Service Center sponsored its 16th Annual Miles for Meals Walkathon to support home delivered meals in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach. Among those showing support were Marty, Council Member Vincent Gentile, Assembly Member Janele Hyer-Spencer, Senator Martin Golden; (middle row) Patricia Killen, Joan Dalton, Donna McClellan; (front row) Rev. Paul H. Knudsen, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Joann Mason and Peter Killen.
4 Crown Heights North Association’s 4th Annual House & Garden Tour raises awareness about the community’s architectural and cultural treasures, as well as supports the organization’s ongoing efforts. Pictured were CHNA members including, from left, Deborah Young, CB8 Chair Nizjoni Granville, Veronica Nero-Reid, Consuela Lawless, Carolyn Sanders James, Suzanne Spellen, Deborah Jackson, Valerie Nero Reid, Diana Foster and Gail Branch Muhammad, as well as Marty, who was thrilled to join them.
4 Marty welcomed two home grown success stories to Borough Hall: award winning actor and star of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” Steve Buscemi and the Brooklyn born Emmy-award winning “Sopranos” writer/producer and “Boardwalk Empire” creator/exec. producer Terence Winter. Mr. Buscemi also starred in HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
Photo by: Ethel Tyus
4 The ever young "Rhythm and Style Tappers” performed at Our Lady of Grace RC Church in Gravesend (and elsewhere) led by the inimitable Betty Markowitz, Marty’s own Aunt Betty. The group is more proof that the best time of life begins at 65. Tappers, you do Brooklyn proud!
Photo by: Photography In Style
4 St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Crown Heights celebrated its
50th Anniversary of providing comprehensive educational programs for the deaf and for those with multiple disabilities from infancy to eighth grade. Among those joining the festivities were director Ed McCormack, Principal Maria Bartolillo and Marty, pictured with founder and first superintendent of the school, Sister Anne Behre, CSJ, as well as faculty and staff.
4 The 2nd Annual TEAL (Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer) Walk brought out over 1,000 supporters and raised more than $55,000 in financial support to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Marty and Senator Martin Golden were honored to join TEAL founder Louisa M. McGregor, her husband John, and children Spencer and Ashleigh. McGregor started the organization in 2008 with her sister Pamela Esposito to raise awareness about the disease and increase funding for research and treatment.
4 From firehouse to town hall! Engine 212 in Williamsburg, aka the People’s Firehouse, will become a public meeting and arts space known as the Northside Town Hall and Community Center. Celebrating were many whose support was critical, including, from left, Town Hall Board Member Paul Veneski, son of Adam Veneski—a neighborhood leader who fought to keep the Firehouse open 30 years ago; Assembly Member Joseph Lentol; CB1 and Northside Board Member Del Teague and Marty, who allocated funds for the project. Also pledging future support was Council Member Steve Levin. WWW.BROOKLYN-USA.ORG
GOING WITH THE FLOW
A Regular Brooklyn!! Feature!
STROLLING RED HOOK’S WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS VAN BRUNT STREET
Longing for the streets of Paris, the shops on London’s Portobello Road or for the artisanal goods at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar? Save the airfare and head over to Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. You’ll discover an afternoon of shopping, noshing and people-watching without changing time zones! Start with good coffee and just try to resist a little something more from 4 A stroll down Red Hook’s Van Brunt Street is sure to raise your hip factor. Baked at 359 Van Brunt. Pop into 388 Van Brunt and the slightly aged-looking Erie Basin, where the ever-changing assortment of vintage engagement rings, Native American silver and Art Deco and contemporary pieces make each visit a scavenger hunt. Drop into Red Lipstick at 390 Van Brunt and try on a frock or pick out a one-of-akind sweater, scarf or other accessory. Stop in and see printmaker Jane Buck at 392 Van Brunt at Foxy and Winston,where she sells her handmade, silkscreened stationary, wall art and organic baby tees and onesies. Head next door to Tiburon and pick up a Red Hook souvenir or some other musthave tchotchke. Don’t miss Metal and Thread at 398, where the exquisitely hand wrought jewelry, furniture and objet d’art—all of it of copper, steel, leather, enamel or fabric—bring the arts and crafts movement magnificently to life. Pop back down to 357 and botta di vino for a special bottle of wine or even one of the shop’s special wine tastings.
These are only a few of the fascinating shops and restaurants of Van Brunt St. Visit www.redhookbrooklyn.net for more information on one of Brooklyn’s most unique communities.
SPOTLIGHT ON SERVICE!
Meet a Brooklyn city agency manager who improves our quality of life every day.
4 DEP’s Tom Marrama keeps Brooklyn water flowing.
You may not think about water when you turn on the tap, but Tom Marrama sure does. As Brooklyn borough manager for the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations, Marrama makes sure that the water supply and sewer systems operate smoothly and safely. Marrama started with DEP 30 years ago as a water plant operator, a hands-on job that coupled with his experience in every borough makes him an expert on the system’s 7,000 miles of water mains and tunnels as well as the 7,400 miles of sewer lines. Maintaining our borough’s lines is critical to daily operations— including FDNY’s access to water—and the environmental protection of waterways. Brooklynites, you can help! Avoid using fire hydrants—it is illegal to use them without a
sprinkler cap—so if you must during hot summer weather, use sprinkler caps available from the FDNY. Another thing to avoid is pouring household grease down the drain. As it cools it solidifies and clogs residential lines as well as sewer lines, ultimately causing SBUs, or sewer back ups, something we all want to prevent. (Pour cooking grease into a used can and discard with your regular garbage.) Even though he works “under the radar,” Marrama loves his job. “Our work may be unseen to the public but the results sure aren’t,” said Marrama. “Without a way for you to get water and get rid of wastewater, the city simply can’t function. Everyday I get to use my experience to solve a new problem.” And boy, are we glad he does!
For more information about the DEP, visit www.nyc.gov.dep
CONVENIENCE, COMFORT Fall AND CARE 2008
Fifteen percent of the Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center’s patients live in Brooklyn and now they have a convenient treatment facility to help them on the road to a greater quality of life. The Center—which has provided treatment to patients and compassion to families since 1884—has opened the borough’s first facility in Downtown Brooklyn for patients currently being treated in Manhattan. The new Brooklyn Infusion 4 Patients at the Brooklyn Infusion Center can receive treatment in private suites, Center is a 7,745-sq.-ft. street-level facility where innovative chemotherapy that accommodates up to 30 patients a day to include Internet-ready interactive chairs systems. receive chemotherapy treatment. With its central location, it provides leading-edge chemotherapy treatment to current patients of Memorial Sloan-Kettering in a convenient and comfortable setting. In taking on a project of this magnitude, many issues were brought into consideration, primary of which was to insure a positive patient experience, efficient care delivery and controlled healthcare costs. “Cancer chemotherapy treatment typically spans a lengthy period during which convenience and reduced wait time are critically important to patients,” said Wendy Perchick, MSKCC’s director of Strategic Planning and Innovation. The use of technology, innovation in design and streamlining the process all contribute to the success of that objective. In addition, the Brooklyn Infusion Center serves as a community resource and neighborhood partner, providing cancer education and wellness promotion. Those interested in seeking care may contact the Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225.
Brooklyn Infusion Center, 557 Atlantic Avenue; Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Or visit www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/100011.cfm
Photo by: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
A GRANDMOTHER’S LEGACY
It started with Bobbie Schick, beloved grandmother and one of Borough Park’s guardian angels, who always had a kind word or a gentlyused sweater for anyone in need. “Bobbie was the most generous person I’ve ever known,” said grandson Avi Schick. “She wanted to help the needy but with dignity.” Bobbie’s good deeds motivated her grandkids, who wanted to honor 4 Bobbie’s Place gives kids in need the joy her memory and continue her legaof picking out new clothing. cy of kindness. So, eleven years ago in Midwood, Schick, wife Michal, and some cousins opened Bobbie’s Place. It’s a unique children’s store that looks like any retailer: rows of crisp new clothes, mothers combing racks for a new Rosh Hashanah dress or suit, and kids anxious to try on and take their selections home. But despite the dressing rooms, shopping bags and polite service, despite brand new merchandise complete with price tags, all the clothing is free to people in need. Growing families who are unemployed or struggling to make ends meet in this predominately Orthodox Jewish neighborhood rely on Bobbie’s Place for new kids’ clothing either donated by manufacturers or purchased wholesale by the Schicks. But kids are kids, ever alert to the “stigma” of buying used or accepting charity. So Bobbie’s Place takes the retail part seriously, logging and bagging items carefully at checkout, just minus the bill. Kids know they’re getting something new but they may not know it’s free. And that’s the beauty and spirit of Bobbie’s Place.
Bobbie’s Place, 1243 East 14th St; (718) 677-4399; Visit www.bobbiesplace.org
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
From designing stage sets for Whitney Houston, Kiss and David Bowie, to creating unforgettable backdrops for partiers at Studio 54, Palladium and the Brooklyn Museum, to producing paintings, sculptures and installations, Park Slope resident Mark Ravitz is one reason Brooklyn’s known as an incubator for the arts. Born and bred in New York City, Ravitz moved to Brooklyn in 1972, purchased the building he shares with wife, Jo Beth (herself an artist) and son, Miles, and created a space conducive to the life of a family man and artist. When he’s not creating award-winning sets for superstars or exhibits for heavy weights like IBM, Nis4 Artist Mark Ravitz’s Park Slope san or AT&T, Ravitz follows his own quirky muse, house only has eyes for you! even using his 7th Avenue house as a canvas. A series called “drips”—bright urethane forms that seem to ooze from the windows—have made the building a local landmark. From images of cows and brains to the current installation called “Four Eyes,” Ravitz animates his art with color and wit. “I see set design as three-dimensional painting,” said Ravitz. “From the beatnik 50s, hippie 60s and disco 70s, my mind and heart were opened to the variety of expression surrounding me and made a formative impression upon me.” That vision is also on display in the drawings and paintings on exhibit in Ravitz’s popup gallery on 200 7th Avenue. His next exterior installation will be based on a series called “Hairy Nests.”
You can check out Mark Ravitz’s work by visiting his website: www.MarkRavitzArtandDesign.com or stop by his studio and home at 200 7th Avenue in Park Slope.
THE LAST BROOKLYN FRONTIER
WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
One of America’s most unique natural parks sits at the end of Flatbush Ave. (or the beginning, depending on your perspective) in the Marine Park neighborhood, a stone’s throw from Kings Plaza, Nick’s Lobster and Toys “R” Us. Floyd Bennett Field opened in 1931 as New York City’s first municipal airport. Today, the National Park Service (NPS) oversees the 1,400-acre parcel of land, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area that surrounds Jamaica Bay. Floyd Bennett Field may take some effort to reach, but it’s worth 4 An aerial view of Floyd Bennett Field it. You’ll find bike paths, hiking trails, pristine in Marine Park. bird-watching areas, and the only year-round camping in the five boroughs—plus the Aviator Sports and Events Center. For the first time in 30 years, NPS is revising its general management plan for Floyd Bennett Field. Senator Charles Schumer and Congress Member Anthony Weiner have assembled a blue-ribbon panel, with representatives from Brooklyn and Queens civic groups, to make recommendations for the park’s future. The large cleared space and intact runways offer unlimited possibilities for events and gatherings—anything from art/antique fairs to, as crazy as it sounds, drive-in movies—that respect both the park’s fragile ecosystem and the needs of neighboring communities. “It’s the last frontier on the Brooklyn waterfront,” said Robert Pirani, vice president for environmental programs at the Regional Plan Association, the group organizing the advisory panel. “We have a unique opportunity to connect people to a part of Brooklyn they didn’t know existed.”
Gateway National Recreation Area, (718) 338-3799; www.nyharborparks.org/visit/flbe.html. If you have suggestions regarding the future of Floyd Bennett Field, contact Elizabeth Ernish at email@example.com
WORTH THEIR “WAIT” IN GOLD
Name: Giovany Rivera Age: 42 Restaurant: Queen (84 Court Street) Brooklyn Heights Cuisine: Italian Lives in: Park Slope Hails from: Honduras Interests/Hobbies: Giovany is a big sports enthusiast; he loves everything from baseball to football to soccer. Trademark: Giovany’s middle name is “friendly;” Giovany even learned to speak Italian so that he could communicate better with his customers. Why he likes waiting tables: Actually, Giovanny serves at the bar, and the only way you can do a job as well as Giovany for as long as he has—18 years—is if you enjoy making people feel good and seeing them leave as “happy customers.” Giovany makes sure that his customers are happy from the time they walk in until the time they leave. Favorite Dish: Chicken Scarpariello Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on: Actor Matt Dillon and actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
Name: Moon Leong Age: 36 Restaurant: Fushimi Japanese Cuisine and Lounge (9316 4th Avenue) Bay Ridge Cuisine: A modern fusion of traditional Japanese with whispers of French cuisine. Lives in: Sunset Park Hails from: Malaysia Interests/Hobbies: Moon enjoys exercising; her favorite hangout is the gym. Trademark: Known for her immaculately done nails, Moon loves to adorn her tips with crystals. Why she likes waiting tables: Moon knows her stuff— she makes sure to be well informed about the specials— and she prides herself on making great suggestions to her customers. She gets a kick when customers return because of the great recommendations she has made. Favorite Dish: Grilled Chilean sea bass with bay scallops and a sweet and spicy sauce. Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on: Moon’s most interesting customer is the one who comes the most often. Peter comes with his entire family and they always order many, many items on the menu. If Moon is working in the restaurant when Peter and his family come, he always asks to sit in Moon’s section.
Name: Sasha Teshebaeb Age: 23 Restaurant: Scopello Ristorante Bar (63 Lafayette Avenue) Fort Greene Cuisine: Italian Lives in: Brighton Beach Hails from: Kyrgyzstan and Russia Interests/Hobbies: Sasha is a foodie and enjoys eating the best, which makes his job at Scopello’s quite convenient. Other loves are computers and travel, and of course, sports, sports and more sports! Trademark: Known for his practical jokes, Sasha frequently targets his colleagues, but it’s all in good fun! The twinkle in his eyes confirms his status as a funny man and an inveterate jokester. Why he likes waiting tables: Scopello draws people from everywhere, from Italy, Germany, England, France and even farther. And that’s what makes Sasha’s job enjoyable; he loves meeting the variety of people that come from not only Brooklyn, but beyond. Many come before taking in a performance at BAM. Favorite Dish: Pennette Alla Norma: pasta with eggplant, fresh tomato and basil, topped with aged ricotta cheese Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on: Al Pacino, who ordered the chicken with a straight face.
Karen Barone, former PS 204 PA president and District 20 President’s Council leader • Sally Crane, one of the most active residents of Brooklyn Heights • John Davenport, CB7 member and former president of the 72nd Precinct Community Council • Native Brooklynite Bill Girasole, president of the Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst Preservation Alliance, Brooklyn Dreams Charter School chair and 13th Ave Merchants Association past president • Dorris Gaines Golomb, CB2 committee member, FGA member and Fort Greene preservationist • Robert Makla, long time parks and green spaces proponent as well as avid participant at CB6 and other community events • Marjorie Mills, wife of Lloyd Mills, former CB17 board chair • Anne O’Driscoll, long time advocate of waterfront preservation, past president of the Sheepshead Bay Fishing Fleet Assoc., BIG board member and daughter/niece to the founders of the famed Circle Line • Sandy Oquendo, aka “Sandy O,” teacher and jazz enthusiast who held a Jazz Jam annually before Labor Day in her Park Slope home • Lucy Richards, beloved mother of Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham • Sylvia Rinaldi, former Democratic district leader of the 49th AD • William “Bill” Saunders, former State Committee member/district leader of the 57th AD • Annlee Tendler, mother of NYC Transit Authority’s Gov/Community Relations director Lois Tendler • Reverend Jorge Vega, founding pastor of the Iglesia Cristiana Manantial de Vida • Reverend Icylee Williams, pastor of Jordan’s Holy Temple • and Monsignor Dino Zini, former pastor of Regina Pacis/St. Rosalia in Dyker Heights and St. Dominic RC Church in Bensonhurst.
A JUMP START FOR KIDS AND ART
One of New York City’s most exciting arts program for kids is easily accessible in Cobble Hill, where artist and educator Marisa Catalina Casey is helping kids “get inspired, get creative and get to work.” Casey founded Starting Artists (SA) to engage middle and high school students in everything from painting to photography to animation, as well as the business side to art. “I want kids to have the tools they need to be creative and entrepreneurial,” said Casey. “As a teen, I created my own photography project that raised money and made a difference for me and others. I 4 Gabbi Rutherford is one example want to foster that same spirit of achievement of how Starting Artists opens the among under-performing students.” door to art for kids! SA afterschool programs serve kids from ages ten to nineteen with sliding fees from $10 to $30 per afternoon. They also offer scholarships to students in need. Kids blossom in a welcoming place where they can paint, draw, photograph and even direct their own videos. At a recent photography exhibit at Papel New York on Court Street, SA student photographs were even for sale. “SA showed me how to be a professional artist,” said one 15-year-old participant who is thrilled that Starting Artists exists. Maybe you can help make sure they continue to exist. SA needs new digs in Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Red Hook, Gowanus, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill or Ft. Greene. If you know of affordable or even donated space, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting Artists, 211 Smith St; (718) 701-5483; email at email@example.com or visit www.startingartists.org
CUPFUL OF LOVE!
WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
Two years ago, Josh and Nicolette Sampson decided to create a live/work oasis where friends and fellow artists could hang out in Williamsburg. Since then, the Lovin’ Cup Café and Cameo Gallery has become a gathering place where locals enjoy a quaff, eat good food—including the popular sliders, made from grass-fed beef—and groove to everything from pre-big band jazz and ragtime to free-wheelin’ folk and rock ‘n roll. What’s more, the attached Cameo Gallery features impromptu exhibits, especially for 4 Nicolette and Josh Sampson created a up and comers who can’t get representation lovin’ vibe at their café in Williamsburg. in the more traditional art marketplace. “There’s a real sense of community under this roof,” said Josh Sampson. “People say the spot has a positive vibe and we really try to nurture that by welcoming the artists and musicians who make this their home away from home.” The vibe seems to spill out into the streets, where the couple takes community responsibility seriously. Along with some neighbors, they’ve created Make North 6th Green, and they’ve planted street trees and installed benches and hope to establish a business improvement district (BID). Sampson credits Brooklyn with providing just the right mix for a place like the Lovin’ Cup Café to succeed. “The best of the best live here,” said Sampson, “and we’re surrounded by so many gifted and dynamic individuals. But just like a small town, people look out for each other. So Brooklyn really gives you the best of both worlds!”
Lovin’ Cup Café and Cameo Art Gallery, 93 N. 6th St (btw Berry/Wythe); (718) 3021180; Open Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat/Sun 11:30am-2am; www.thelovincupcafe.com
BETWEEN THE PAGES
Crown Heights recently welcomed a new addition to its growing family of artists, educators, activists and entrepreneurs—Luc Josaphat and Shara Henry, the husband and wife owners of Daddy’s Basement, an independent neighborhood bookstore that has joined Brooklyn in reversing the trend of bookstore closings. Since opening in September, Daddy’s Basement has been a non-stop hub for literary activity: from author appearances, 4 Luc Josaphat and Shara Henry, owners of Open Mic nights, poetry jams and readDaddy’s Basement in Crown Heights. ings for children. Beginning in November, Daddy’s Basement launched an ongoing series entitled Emerging Authors partnered with Medgar Evers College’s Center for Black Literature, featuring Tanya Wright, one of the stars of True Blood and author of Butterfly Rises; Ernessa T. Carter, author of 32 Candles; and Tiphanie Yanique, author of Escape from a Leper Colony, with more to come. In addition, an upcoming Film Series will be kicked off by local filmmaker Bilge Ebiri. This young, dynamic couple re-energized the community’s love of the arts, making books a “hip” thing to do and making the store a showplace for Brooklyn-based artists. When asked about the name, Shara said, “Years ago my father, Paul Anthony Cover Henry, redid our basement. There he would cook, tell us stories and the funniest jokes and play a little music. It became a warm and welcoming community hub. He passed away in 2001. Now we foster new traditions by creating a new place to gather. A place we can be proud of.” It certainly is!
Daddy’s Basement, 327 Rogers Avenue (btw Montgomery and Sullivan); (347)7708114 or visit www.daddysbasement.webs.com
BUILDING BRIDGES ONE PANINI AT A TIME
Physical bridges carry us over water; the global kind can help us understand other nations. Olga Shraer wants to build bridges with food. Olga’s on Smith may be the only kosher, Jewishowned eatery in Carroll Gardens, in fact in all of Downtown Brooklyn, but Shraer doesn’t serve latkes, gefilte fish or any of the other familiar kosher food. But hear this: her food is certified kosher and there’s a rabbi on site, too. Olga’s fresh paninis and salads are all made without fleyshik—that’s Yiddish for meat. Since paninis traditionally contain deli meats and pork, Olga replaces them with innovative combinations like corn, black beans, cheddar and red onion or fennel, roasted peppers, arugula and mozzarella. From fish burgers with chipotle aioli to vegetarian paninis, Olga’s food appeals to modern tastes while still comforming to Cholov 4 Olga Shraer is taking kosher food to the next level at Olga’s on Smith. Yisroel, the strickest dairy supervision possible. “I’ve always believed that ‘kosher’ was a certification not a cuisine,” said Shraer. “Food can segregate if we’re not careful. By serving dairy as well as strictly non-dairy (parve) in exciting and fresh ways, I believe I bring people together.” Seventy percent of Olga’s customers are observant Jews who make it a destination for kosher, while 30 percent are locals looking for fresh, tasty food close by. So if you think kosher food means knishes, kasha or kugel, you haven’t been to Carroll Gardens, where Olga’s kosher food takes it to the next level!
Olga’s on Smith Street, 407 Smith St, (btw 4th/5th); Open Mon-Thurs 10am9:30pm, Fri 10am-3pm, Sun 10am-6pm, closed Sat; (347) 335-0981 or visit www.olgasonsmith.com