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                                                                                               CONEY ISLAND!
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                                                                                    A STELLAR SEASON AWAITS YOU
Why “summer” anywhere but Brooklyn? For the hottest music, there’s
the 31st Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy Seaside
Park and the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series at
Wingate Field (schedule inside), as well as amazing Celebrate
Brooklyn! concerts in Prospect Park Thurs.-Sun. till Aug. 15. Friday
night fireworks at 9:30pm light up Coney Island through Labor Day
(see cover story for more activities); The Fifth Avenue BID’s “Art Walk”
on 5th Avenue from Dean St. to 18th St. showcases over 50 artists July
4-Labor Day; Stroll the car-free “Williamsburg’s Walks” from noon to
sunset on Bedford Ave. between N. 4th St. and N. 9th St. every Sat.
through July 11; Rock out with Jelly NYC at East River Park between
N. 8th St. and N. 9th St. starting July 12; Attend the Feast of the Giglio
in Williamsburg July 8-19 and celebrate Bastille Day on Smith St
between Bergen St. and Pacific St. July 12; The Brooklyn Cyclones’
AARP Night is July 19; Brownsville Recreation Ctr. holds a Fish Fry
July 24 and Old Timers Day is July 25; Fashionistas unite at “Shop
Brooklyn” Fashion Boutique Nights July 29-30. Night Out Against
Crime at your local police precinct is Aug. 4; Check out the Universal
Hip-Hop Parade in Bed-Stuy Aug. 15 and Brighton Jubilee on
Brighton Beach Ave. Aug. 30; The Dominican Parade starts at
Debevoise St. and Graham Ave. Aug. 23, and WIADCA’s multi-day
celebration of Caribbean heritage culminates in the West Indian-
American Day Carnival and Parade on Eastern Pkwy Sept. 7; And, of
course, all over Brooklyn this summer: Block Parties! Send story ideas
to askmarty@brooklynbp.nyc.gov or call (718) 802-3700.



                                                                                               4    Young Brooklynites and their families don’t have to travel far to join the circus:

                 BROOKLYN U.S.A.                                                                        Coney Island Boom-A-Ring has come to America’s Playground.


     CONCERT CAPITAL!                                                                    oney Island and Brooklyn have always been known as a “circus,” where
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                                                                                 C       character and characters abound—now the real circus has come to town!
                                                                                         The one and only Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Coney
                                                                                 Island Boom-A-Ring is just one of the many attractions that make Coney
                                                                                 Island the hot place to be this summer.
                                                                                   Whether you want to catch a thrill on rides like the world-famous Cyclone
                                                                                 roller coaster and Deno’s Wonder Wheel, marvel at a freaky sideshow, savor a
                                                                                 Nathan’s hot dog, see the world-class exhibits at the NY Aquarium, soak up the
                                                                                 sun, build a sand castle, splash in the surf, stroll the Boardwalk, or cheer for
         SEAN PAUL          DONNA SUMMER            ROBIN THICKE                 Brooklyn’s minor league baseball team, the Cyclones, who are guaranteed to
                                                                                 trounce their arch-rivals the Staten Island Yankees this year—Coney Island is
                                                                                 where it’s at, with fireworks every Friday night through Labor Day.
                                                                                   “Coney Island is really fun and really open!” says Lynn Kelly, president of the
                                                                                 Coney Island Development Corporation. And it’s off to a great start with the
                                                                                 beach opening, the Cyclones’ victorious season opener, the Roadrunners’ Half-
                                                                                 Marathon, the Great Coney Island Tug-of-War and Transportation Alternatives’
                                                                                 “Tour de Brooklyn,” and the always exotic Mermaid Parade—and there’s so
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                         B & BEING THERE                                                                                       STOW IT GREEN
                                                                                                                                                            Winter 2008
   Clapboard houses with gingerbread trim; catching                                                  One customer stores fragile art so the
the breeze on a wrap-around porch; continental                                                    fewer chemicals the better. Another wants
breakfast in an antique-filled parlor. Whether you                                                to downsize the contents of her apartment
want to get away from the kids, the dog and the laun-                                             without contributing to the landfill. Others
dry, or you need a restful place for visiting family and                                          simply prefer sustainable businesses to
friends, there’s a group of well-established bed &                                                those that aren’t.
breakfast inns right here in Victorian Flatbush.                                                     That’s how owner Jeffrey Sitt explains the
   Never been to a B & B? You’re missing the chance                                               success of iStoreGreen, the nation’s first green
                                                                                                  storage facility located on Hall Street in Fort
to get the local perspective, from tips on what to do in
                                                                                                  Greene/Clinton Hill. Sitt’s business savvy,
the community and Brooklyn, to the best places to eat
                                                                                                  coupled with a desire to “do no harm” to the
in our borough. As one visitor from England said, “The                                            environment, culminated in a storage facility
owners couldn’t have been more helpful both prior to                                              that features not only a 1908 “recycled” ware-
our stay and while we were there.”                                                                house but a solar water heater, electricity from
   For those who can’t take another cookie-cutter motel                                           100 percent renewable resources and a Co-
room, B & Bs offer unique décor and other amenities                                               Gen system that uses excess energy to heat
like continental breakfast—some even offer organic                                                other parts of the facility.
food—wireless internet, or book-borrowing privileges                                                 “There’s green dry cleaning and even
from the family library. One Canadian called the expe-   4 Just one fine example of               green wines available today and I saw that             4 Owner Jeffrey Sitt at iStoreGreen
                                                           Brooklyn’s unique B&Bs.
rience “wonderful, comfortable, friendly; beats a                                                 self-storage needed to be greened,” said
cramped hotel room hands down.”                                                                   Sitt, “especially since it’s an industry that can use a lot of energy and materials.”
   Check out the offerings at www.bedandbreakfastsofvictorianbrooklyn.com, an associa-               iStoreGreen offers biodegradable packing materials, gently-used cardboard boxes and they
tion website of seven Brooklyn establishments, with links to member websites. Interior            even collect salvageable items that customers discard and donate to charity at no charge.
and exterior photographs highlight these Victorian gems, on tree-lined streets, with rates           Sitt also wanted to make sure that storing green didn’t cost a lot of green. With rates 50 per-
and locations listed.                                                                             cent lower than Manhattan storage facilities and comparable to, or less than, other Brooklyn
                                                                                                  storage spaces, customers don’t have to pay a premium to be good to the environment.
   So if you’re looking for R & R, complete with Victorian charm, you couldn’t do better
                                                                                                     So if you’re looking for a place to stow your stuff, store it green!
than a Brooklyn B & B!
                                                                                                    iStoreGreen is located at 12 Hall Street near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Visit
   For a listing of seven bed & breakfast inns in Victorian Flatbush, or to make
                                                                                                  www.istoregreen.com or call (718) 855-4477 for more information.
reservations, check out www.bedandbreakfastsofv ictorianbrooklyn.com.




          “DR. SHELLIE’S” IN THE HOUSE                                                                               LET THEM EAT LOBSTER
                                                            No, she isn’t an MD. But she’s a         Who says you can’t feast on lobster dur-
                                                         certified social worker with a mas-      ing an economic downturn? Certainly not
                                                         ter’s degree from Yeshiva University.    Ralph Gorham or Susan Povich, who do
                                                         In an age when people hop from job       their part to make fresh Maine lobster
                                                         to job and the very idea of “patient     available to Brooklynites at Red Hook
                                                         care” has been downsized, Shellie        Lobster Pound.
                                                                                                     Red Hook, with its storied history as a
                                                         Reiff has worked for the same
                                                                                                  busy port and active pier, is now the place to
                                                         physician, Dr. Austin Schlecker, for
                                                                                                  get fresh Maine lobster. On vacations in
                                                         30 years.                                Maine, Susan and Ralph always enjoyed the
                                                            Dr. Schlecker’s—and Dr. Jeffrey       “sweet and delicious” lobster they dined on,
                                                         Vorsanger’s—Sheepshead Bay prac-         while the crustaceans they ate in New York
                                                         tice serves young adults to octoge-      City were rarely as fresh, probably because
                                                         narians, and as office manager and       when it comes to lobster, the time spent get-
                                                         all around patient advocate, “Dr.        ting from sea to “thee” is important.
                                                         Shellie” is more or less the heart and      Being ingenious Brooklynites, they set
          4 The one and only “Dr. Shellie”
                                                         soul of the operation.                   up shop in a building they had planned to
   Born in Crown Heights, and East Flatbush bred, Shellie never studied to be a doctor            develop and rent before the downturn and
despite the fact that patient care is her true passion. She’s known many of the patients for      now offer shellfish that is “six hours from
                                                                                                  the Maine lobster boats to the Red Hook
decades, is well versed in their personal stories and is always quick to share a special mo-
                                                                                                  Lobster Pound,” according to their website.
ment with them or a family member. “I think it’s important to treat every single patient as
                                                                                                  No middleman means Brooklynites get “the 4 Lobster Pound’s Ralph Gorham and dinner!
a unique individual,” said Shellie, “that way you’re treating the person according to their       freshest lobster in New York City” at a good
specific needs.”                                                                                  price. But the early bird still catches the lobster. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s best
   Not only is Shellie familiar with the patient’s history, she discusses medication and in-      to get there early; Lobster Pound opens at noon on Fridays since Gorham makes the trip
surance options with them. She even helps families sort out the difficult task of finding         to Maine late Thursday night. Also on the bill are fresh Maine Jonah crab claws and Lob-
nursing care for elders. But along with her highly honed medical skills, Shellie also dispens-    ster Pound’s own homemade cocktail sauce. And one day soon, homemade lobster rolls!
es good old fashioned medicine. She’s been known to hold a patient’s hand and even deliv-            So get crackin’! According to Povich, “There’s no reason a lobster eaten in Brooklin,
er chicken soup to heartsick spouses left home when their loved one is in the hospital.           Maine should taste any different than one eaten in Brooklyn, New York!”
   They may call her “Dr. Shellie,” but the amazing Shellie Reiff is part doctor, part nurse,       Red Hook Lobster Pound is at 284 Van Brunt Street. Call (646) 326-7650 or visit
part social worker and 100 percent friend.                                                        www.redhooklobsterpound.com for more information.



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A STELLAR SEASON AWAITS YOU
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    As always, music fans can flock to free events like the Siren
Music Festival ( July 18th) and the Thursday night Seaside
Concert Series in Asser Levy Park (beginning July 16th),
hosted by Marty himself, or purchase tickets to see to see
popular indie-rockers Wilco and Yo La Tengo at KeySpan
Park on July 13th. You can applaud the “fab four” Osbourne,
Duke, Nav, and Diego, the world’s smartest performing sea
lions at the New York Aquarium, walk on the wild side with
Dick Zigun’s Coney Island Circus Sideshow, and learn about          4 The most popular beach on the East Coast? Where else but Coney Island, baby! Swimmers, volleyball players, thrill-seekers and sand-
Coney history at the Coney Island Museum. You can also                    castle architects of all ages enjoy world-famous hot dogs, amusements and guaranteed fun in the Brooklyn summer sun.
satisfy your inner Michelangelo at the 19th Annual Sand
Sculpting Contest and Coney Island Unity Day ( July 25th),          playground,’ I believe this is going to be the most exciting        ‘one-ring’ show, so every seat is the best seat in the house.
held by the Astella Development Corporation. Every Friday           summer season in recent memory.”                                    “We’ve played Madison Square Garden for 139 years, but
night at 9:30pm, you and your family can “ooh” and “aah” on             This year there are some new additions to the mix—like          we’ve never played Coney Island, so this is a historic show
the boardwalk as fireworks light up the sky (with the best
                                                                    Festival by the Sea. “Festival by the Sea is a collection of the    for us,” says circus rep Stephen Yaros. “We haven’t been un-
views on the Boardwalk right in front of Deno’s).
                                                                    world’s best freaks, hundreds of local and regional vendors         der a tent since 1954.” (For info on group rates for non-
    Of course, the view from the top of Deno’s Wonder
                                                                    and more than two dozen rides—growing each week,” says              profits and other groups, call 800-223-7565).
Wheel is reason alone to visit Coney. “The magic of the
Wonder Wheel is really unexplainable until you’re up there          Joe Sitt of sponsor Thor Equities. “Already, the Festival has          By the way, that circus tent is air-conditioned—so you not
and can experience it for yourself,” says owner/operator            become an integral part of Coney, and we know it will be            only get two hours of entertainment (plus, for early arrivals,
Dennis Vourderis. “People fall in love at the top.” (Vourderis      the place in Coney for great food, fun rides and some of            an hour of pre-show hanging-out with the animals, handlers,
is living proof; that’s where his parents fell in love!)            Coney’s greatest entertainment.”                                    and performers), you also get a respite from the heat.
    “We have a full slate of events planned for Coney Island            And of course, the Greatest Show on Earth has planted              The heat of the excitement in Coney Island, however,
this summer, and I couldn’t be happier,” says New York City         its tent-posts here for a glorious season. The Coney Island         will last all summer long!
Council Member Domenic Recchia, who represents the                  Boom-A-Ring is just the kind of clowning around Brook-                For more info on all things Coney, visit
neighborhood. “With all the activities available in ‘America’s      lynites and their giggling little ones crave. It’s an intimate      www.ConeyIslandFunGuide.com




                      SAY “CHEESECAKE”                                                                          BIG FLAVOR, SMALL PACKAGE
                                                    You never know where life will take                    They call it Petit Oven. Petit is
                                                 you. For Windsor Terrace resident                      French for “small,” but the flavors
                                                 Marc Kantor, a pink slip from Wall                     that come out of this Bay Ridge
                                                 Street meant a new fork in the road.                   women-owned restaurant are any-
                                                    Everyone knows that Brooklyn is fa-                 thing but diminutive.
                                                                                                           The restaurant calls itself
                                                 mous for cheesecake; Junior’s rules here
                                                                                                        French/American—but counts
                                                 after all. And Kantor adds his own twist
                                                                                                        among its robust specialties Kore-
                                                 to the beloved dessert by offering a                   an barbecue duck breast with or-
                                                 whole new range of flavors at Anything                 ganic swiss chard and kakdooki in
                                                 Cheesecake, his two-year-old handcraft-                spiced soy jus. “I believe that is
                                                 ed cheesecake business.                                what American food is, a mix of
                                                    It all started a decade ago, when Kan-              cultures, such as this dish,” says
                                                 tor was asked to bring a cheesecake to a               Chef Katarzyna Ploszaj. As for
                                                 family function. Kantor wanted it to be                French dishes, they also include
                                                                                                                                                 4 Chef Katarzyna Ploszaj and “front of house”
      4 Marc Kantor of Anything Cheesecake       perfect, bite after bite. His handmade                 such classics as Duck Confit and                  Nicole Guarino of Petit Oven
                                                 concoction substituted almonds for the                 Spiced Foie Gras with Rhubarb-
starch in the crust and everyone raved that the crust was as good as the cake itself. And               Ginger Compote.
                                                                                                           Chef Kat is a dedicated “locavore,” meaning her ingredients are purchased locally, in
rather than laying the fruit on top, Kantor blended it throughout the cake. The cheese-
                                                                                                        season. “You won’t see any tomatoes on the menu until they’re available here,” said
cake quickly disappeared and left guests wanting more. A business was born!
                                                                                                        Ploszaj, who grew up on the family farm in Poland and was raised eating fresh, local pro-
    Anything Cheesecake makes homemade, made to order desserts, which are not taken                     duce. Her partner, both in life and in business, Nicole Guarino, couldn’t agree more.
off the shelf. You can create your own with more than 14 different crusts and 73 different              Guarino, who runs the “front of the house” and acts as the restaurant’s official taster, is
fillings available, including tantalizing combinations like Golden Oreo™ cookie crust                   quick to tout the homemade Charcuterie, pastas and desserts. Petit’s wine list also has
with almond/amaretto cake. You can invent adventurous combos like peanut butter and                     some great values, a few even produced by women vintners.
white chocolate cake with a Nutter Butter™ crust. The cornucopia of flavors available                      Along with fresh ingredients and a seasonally-changing menu, this bistro strives to cre-
plus the finest and freshest ingredients make “the cheesecake of your dreams,” according                ate the ambiance of a friend’s dinner party. Kat and Nicole both reside in Bay Ridge and
to Kantor, “and the creamiest cheesecake you can imagine.” So if you’re someone who will                are “passionate about making Bay Ridge a go-to destination for all that this great neigh-
do anything for cheesecake, Anything Cheesecake is for you!                                             borhood has to offer.” Be sure to check out Petit Oven’s special Wednesday tasting menu
   Anything Cheesecake is currently available online, with a retail store and café in                   throughout the summer at just $25.
Downtown Brooklyn planned. Order online at www.Anythingcheesecake.com for delivery                         Petit Oven, 276 Bay Ridge Ave. (718) 833-3443; Open Wed-Thur, 5:30pm-10pm;
or call (718) 832-5604.                                                                                 Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 5pm-10pm. www.petit-oven.com.



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                                           BRAD IS TO BRANDON                                                                                     KEEPING HOPE ALIVE
                                                                                                                                                                                    Winter 2008
                                            AS PING IS TO PONG                                                                                                                                 Being diagnosed with the
                                                                                                                                                                                            AIDS virus is not the death
                                                    Successful twins in sports are few and
                                                                                                                                                                                            sentence it once was in
                                                 far between—former NFL football stars
                                                                                                                                                                                            America, but in Africa, resi-
                                                 Tiki Barber and brother Rondell may
                                                                                                                                                                                            dents haven’t fared as well.
                                                 come to mind—but 14-year-old table ten-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Medicines exist to save lives,
                                                 nis phenoms Brad and Brandon Belle of
                                                                                                                                                                                            but poorer nations aren’t get-
                                                 Canarsie hope spectators will be seeing
                                                                                                                                                                                            ting access to treatment.
                                                 double at the 2012 Olympics in London.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Keep a Child Alive (KCA),
                                                 That’s the dream of these favorite sons of
   photo by: Erin Kornfeld




                                                                                                                                                                                            with offices in DUMBO—
                                                 Brooklyn by way of Guyana, who plan to
                                                                                                                                                                                            as well as London and Dur-
                                                 compete at the United States Open and
                                                                                                                                                4 Leigh Blake and friends                   ban, South Africa—is mak-
                                                 the national championships this year.
                                                                                                                                                                                            ing a difference, providing
                                                    Brad and Brandon are identical twins—
                                                                                                                              treatment, care and support to children and families with HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.
         4 The twin champs of table tennis       both 5 feet 4 inches and 105 pounds—and
                                                                                                                                 KCA creator Leigh Blake, an art, music and film producer, witnessed the toll AIDS
                                                 hard to tell apart except that Brandon is
                                                                                                                              took on the arts community here in the ’80s. Blake’s AIDS activism raised money to sup-
 left-handed and Brad is a righty. Brad is also ranked number four in New York State in
                                                                                                                              port research and created awareness of the epidemic, in particular its consequences for
 the USA Table Tennis Juniors Under-15 division while Brandon is ranked fifth.
                                                                                                                              African children.
    Observers believe that Brandon and Brad could be the first in a long line of Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                 In 2003, Blake founded KCA to provide anti-retroviral medicine in the developing
 ping-pong champs. “Along with the famous Belle twins, more than 40 kids are learning
                                                                                                                              world, with the aim of providing immediate, life saving care. “My short term goal is to
 table tennis here at Brownsville, and we hope to have more top ten winners in the fu-
                                                                                                                              provide treatment to as many with AIDS as possible, to care for as many AIDS orphans
 ture,” said Greg “Jocko” Jackson, executive director of the Brownsville Recreation Center,
                                                                                                                              as possible and to build more support for what we do. Long term, I wish there will cease
 where the brothers practice.
                                                                                                                              to be a need for our services,” said Blake.
    With their world-famous Brooklyn attitude, you can bet the Belles would bring to
                                                                                                                                 Why Brooklyn? Blake says DUMBO reminds her of Soho back in the ’70s, filled with
 London some “in your face” forehands and backhands, Brooklyn style. “Many people are
                                                                                                                              artists, entrepreneurs and the feeling any minute something special was about to happen.
 looking to us as the next Williams sisters [tennis superstars Venus and Serena                                                  Keep a Child Alive is located at 45 Main Street, #720, Brooklyn, New York 11201. Sup-
 Williams],” said Brad. According to Brandon, “we just want to be the best table tennis                                       port KCA’s efforts by sending donations to that address, visiting www.keepachildalive.org
 doubles players in the world.”                                                                                               or calling Director of Donor Relations Cheryl Keller at (718) 965-1111.
                             The Brownsville Recreation Center is located at 1555 Linden Blvd. Phone (718) 345-2706.




                                                                                  ALL HAIL HUDSON’S SAIL
    From Brevoort to New Utrecht, Bedford-Stuyvesant to                                                                                                        • Waterfront Museum in Red Hook: Henry Hudson
Vlackebos—now Flatbush—many of Brooklyn’s storied                                                                                                           and His River. Opens July 16. NY400 Holland on the
names retain traces of its Dutch influence.                                                                                                                 Hudson: The US and the Netherlands. Opens August 13.
    September 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Captain                                                                                                   More information at www.waterfrontmuseum.org or at
Henry Hudson’s sail on behalf of the Dutch West India Com-                                                                                                  (718) 624-4719.
pany, so from Albany to the New York Harbor, and especially                                                                                                    • The Brooklyn Museum: an ongoing exhibit features
here in “Breukelen,” the year is full commemorative events.                                                                                                 the Jan Martense Schenck house, Brooklyn’s second old-
    Although he was a Brit, Henry Hudson was on the                                                                                                         est example of Dutch-American architecture. Ongoing.
Dutch payroll in search of a water route to China. When he                                                                                                  More information at www.brooklynmuseum.org or at
reportedly came, on “as fine a river as can be found, “ Hud-                                                                                                (718) 638-5000.
son sailed up the mile-wide river as far as Albany, later                                                                                                      • In October, Borough Hall Plaza will be planted with a
telling his Dutch sponsors that the tidal river’s banks were                                                                                                thousand tulip bulbs donated by the Dutch government, and
highly cultivable. The tri-state area was then claimed by the                                                                                               Borough Hall will host an event along with the Brooklyn
Dutch, and the river named after Hudson. Of course, the                                    4 Queen Beatrix, of the Netherlands and the Brooklyn pin
                                                                                         Marty and his wife Jamie (dig her hat!) presented to Her Majesty   Historical Society during Five Dutch Days in November.
Dutch gave us more than place-names, their influence
                                                                                                                                                               • Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park: Period rooms
played a role in forming our modern concepts of civil rights,
                                                                                                                                                            reflect family life in Brooklyn’s Dutch settlement period.
religious freedom and free trade as well.
                                                                                                                                                            Ongoing. Sewing the Threads of New York: The 400 Year
    Marty was thrilled to visit the original Breukelen and
                                                                                                                                                            Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s Voyage features Hudson-
Amsterdam in the Netherlands this past March, marking
the celebration of Brooklyn’s—and New York’s—ties with                                                                                                      inspired work by the Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Opens
the Dutch and the quadricentennial celebration of Henry                                                                                                     November 1 and runs through November 29. More infor-
Hudson’s voyage.                                                                                                                                            mation at www.prospectpark.org/calendar/lefferts or at
    Don’t miss the chance to attend some fascinating activi-                                                                                                (718) 789-2822.
ties and events throughout the borough that explore the in-                                                                                                    • Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum: Demonstrations of
delible influence the Dutch have had on Brooklyn:                                                                                                           household and farm activities bring early Dutch family life
    • Brooklyn Historical Society: Pages of the Past, The                                                                                                   alive at the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House, the oldest build-
Breukelen Adventures of Jaspar Danckaerts, a Brooklyn                                                                                                       ing in New York City. Ongoing. More information at
high school student-curated exhibit featuring Dutch explor-                                                                                                 www.wyckoffassociation.org or at (718) 629-5400.
er Jaspar Danckaerts’ journals from the late 1670s. Now                                                                                                       For information on celebratory events taking place
                                                                                               4 Marty in Breukelen with Mayor Ger Mik at the
through January 2010. More information at                                                               original “Breukelen Bridge”                         across New York State, visit www.exploreny400.com and
www.brooklynhistory.org or at (718) 222-4111.                                                                                                               www.5dutchdays.org.



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                                                 Spring 2003
                                                                          Ma rty’sON THE BLOCK                                                                                   WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
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                                                                                                             4 How fitting that the street where the late Bill Reinhardt founded
                                   4 Rededication, repairs and restoration at Congregation                   Fillmore Real Estate 43 years ago has been dedicated to his memory. His         4 It’s an Open Book—Café that is! Restaurateur Spencer
                                                                                                             beloved wife Pat Reinhardt (center) and son John (left of Pat) were             Rothschild, BPL’s Deputy Director for Public Service Mary
                                   Beth Shalom of Kings Bay. From left, Rabbi Alter
                                                                                                             joined by Assembly Member Alan Maisel, Marty, Senator Martin Golden             Graham, and Chef Alex Garcia look on as Marty cuts the rib-
                                   Shaulson, Marty, Congregation President David Tauzowicz
                                                                                                             and members of the Reinhardt family at the dedication. Thanks to City           bon at the opening of the Open Book Café by Mambo, a
                                   and Rabbi Moshe Klein, commemorate the Torah repair,
                                                                                                             Council Member Lew Fidler who sponsored the street co-naming bill.              Mexican-inspired eatery on the new plaza of the central
                                   which is the first of three planned.
                                                                                                                                                                                             branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Grand Army Plaza.




                                                                                                                                                                                              4 The Brooklyn Club of the National Association of Negro
                                                                                                                                                                                              Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. held their
                                                                                                                                                                                              Founder’s Day Luncheon attended by Iona Thomas-
                                                                                                                                                                                              Connor, Marty, Conna Cook, President Ella Gardner,
                                   4 The Brownsville Recreation Center and President Greg “Jocko”                                                                                             Congressman Ed Towns, Reverend Dr. David Hampton of
                                   Jackson gathered for the 1st Annual Cancer Walk in the East New                   4 Celebrating the place where Century 21 all began, Bay Ridge!           the Bethany Baptist Church and 1st VP Ethel Thompson.
                                   York/Brownsville community and to pay tribute to community advo-                  Gathered to celebrate the expansion and new parking facility of the
                                   cate Al Dixon, of blessed memory. Marty presented a posthumous                    Bay Ridge store were, (Left to right) Assembly Member Dov Hikind,
                                   proclamation to his wife Cheryl Dixon, with Assembly Member Inez                  Century 21’s Eddie Gindi, Marty, Assembly Member Peter Abbate,
                                   Barron, City Council Member Charles Barron and District Attorney                  Jr., Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny, and Century 21’s
                                   Charles “Joe” Hynes.                                                              Raymond Gindi.




                                                                                                                                                                                           4 Joining the borough president’s annual Greek Heritage
                                                                                                                                                                                           Festival were (left to right, front) Haeda B. Mihaltses, special
                                                                                                                                                                                           recognition, director of the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental
                                                                                                                                                                                           Affairs; honoree Asimina Delengos; honoree Anastasia Venetoklis;
                                                                                                                                                                                           Marty; and Jamie Markowitz; (Left to right standing) Sophia
                                                                                                                                                                                           Dede, representing the Consul General of Greece; honoree Louis K.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Vellios; honoree Vasilios Crokos; Master of Ceremonies Very
                                   4 Under the leadership of City Council Member Lew Fidler, a regu-               4 In the swim! The Ft. Hamilton Boys’ Swim Team was lauded              Reverend Eugene Pappas; Greek Organizing Committee member
                                   lation-sized cricket pitch was spearheaded at Canarsie Park. Marty              for its victory over Stuyvesant in the PSAL Finals. Marty joined        Zoe Koutsoupakis; honoree Paul N. Stathoulopoulos; honoree
                                   was thrilled to join in that effort and attended the opening along with         Coach David Richards, Assistant Coach Shawn Forthofer,                  Basil Capetanakis; honoree Gregory Rigas; and Greek
                                   NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Borough                      Principal Jo Ann Chester, Asst. Principal of Physical Education         Organizing Committee member Stella Kokolis.
                                   Parks Commissioner Julius Spiegel, Assembly Member Alan Maisel                  Susan Russo and Athletic Director Anthony Tolento.
                                   and members of Brooklyn’s cricket teams.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Lauryn Jackson




                                                                                                                                                                                            4 Brooklyn has always been the jazz capital of New York
                                                                                                                    4 The Coney Island-based Greater NYC Stars hockey team                  City! At the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & Museum induc-
                                                                                                                    claimed the state title championship of the New York State              tion ceremony at the Brooklyn Historical Society were (Left
                                   4 On your mark! Marty urged on the elite runners—including                       Amateur Hockey Association’s Ten and Under Tier Two                     to right) Elaine Applin; Darrien McKnight, niece of Freddie
                                   Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan—at the                          Division. Marty was thrilled to commend the team along                  Hubbard; Ahmed Abdullah, Wade Barnes for Leonard
                                   onset of the NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix. 11,800 runners                       with Assistant Coach John Scaccia (left) and Head Coach                 Gaskin; Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium Chair Jitu
                                   took the 13.1 mile run from Prospect Park to the world-famous                    Adam Moloney (right).                                                   Weusi; Marty; Cyril Greene; BHS president Deborah
                                   Coney Island Boardwalk.                                                                                                                                  Schwartz; and CBJC’s Bob Myers.




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               NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S                                                                                          TOGS FOR TOTS
                                                                                                                                                         Winter 2008
                  MAC ‘N CHEESE                                                                                                                          Who doesn’t want the best for their
                                                                                                                                                      baby? But finding the best takes time,
   Take beloved family recipes, cut the salt and
                                                                                                                                                      something that mothers of newborns or
sugar and trim the fat and what do you have?
                                                                                                                                                      infants rarely have. Enter Bay Ridge
Cooked to Perfection—Cherished Family
                                                                                                                                                      native Marisa Perez and My Little
Recipes That A re Good for You, a unique
book in both English and Spanish cooked up                                                                                                            Stork, offering all the items a new baby
by Woodhull Medical Center in Bushwick.                                                                                                               needs at www.mylittlestork.com, as well
Collaborating with the NYC Department for                                                                                                             as free one-on-one concierge service.
the Aging, seventy seniors shared cherished                                                                                                              From christening gowns to sleepers,
recipes, modified without the gut-busting in-                                                                                                         blankets to bibs, My Little Stork has
gredients with help from students from the                                                                                                            high quality clothing made by envi-
Department of Hospitality Management’s                                                                                                                ronmentally-aware companies, many
Culinary Arts program at Downtown Brook-                                                                                                              of whom use organic cotton, grown
lyn’s NYC College of Technology.                                                                                                                      without pesticides. Pima cotton—
                                                             4 Healthy and tasty
   For your culinary consideration, there’s                                                                                                           famed for its luster, softness and dura-
Linda and Ambrosine Lythcott’s “slimmed down” recipe for Mac and Cheese, made with                                                                    bility—is also available and a good
reduced fat cheddar cheese and skim milk, or Elsie Stubbs’ recipe that takes the “devil”                                                              choice for hand-me-down items since
                                                                                                         4 Marisa Perez of My Little Stork            it gets better with age.
out of deviled eggs with low fat or fat-free mayonnaise. According to Carmela Rubino of
Greenpoint, her brother’s oatmeal peanut butter cookie recipe with reduced-fat peanut                                                                     Along with offering products that
butter “tastes just like the cookies he used to send me during the holidays.”                  keep your baby safe and warm, not to mention adorable, Perez makes house calls, giving
   Woodhull is piloting a promotional program in cooperation with local restaurants and        picky mothers and fussy babies the chance to check out the merchandise in person. Delivery
the Graham Avenue Business Improvement District and Woodhull Community District                is free in Brooklyn and the concierge service is free in all five boroughs. “I started this busi-
Management Association. Restaurants adding a dish to their menus include Tower Café,           ness for moms. Women today have a lot going on and I believe the retail industry doesn’t do
Big Apple Donut Shop, Chimu Peruvian Cuisine, Jou Jou Café, Manna’s Soul Food                  enough to cater to this customer,” said Perez. “My mission is to offer newborn essentials all
Restaurant and Pizza DiNapoli.                                                                 in one place, along with helpful advice for the brand new mother, who may not know the
   “I hope everyone will share the book with the next generation in their family,” said Iris   difference between a footie and a gown. I walk them through those types of questions.”
Jimenez-Hernandez, executive director of Woodhull North Brooklyn Health Network,                   So for all your baby essentials, turn to My Little Stork, for the next nine months.
“and help them hold on to traditions while teaching them to eat healthier.”                       Contact Marisa Perez and My Little Stork with questions about products or services
  To order the cookbook, contact Woodhull Medical Center at 718-963-8499.                      at www.mylittlestork.com.




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          THIS BLOG’S GOT BARGAINS!                                                                                NEED FOOD ASSISTANCE? —
                      Spring 2003
   Tired of being depressed by the recession? So                                                                          DON’T BE SHY!
                                                                                                                       WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS

was Ditmas Park resident and journalist Faye
                                                                                                            With unemployment nearly twice what it was
Penn. Her solution? Start an upbeat blog for                                                             just last year, many Brooklyn families who never
Brooklyn bargain-hunters: Brokelyn.com.                                                                  had to worry about where the next meal was
   “Brooklyn is a great place to live in a downturn,”                                                    coming from are struggling to put food on the
says Penn, “because there are so many cheap finds here,                                                  table. We must be sure Brooklynites who qualify
from free salon blowouts to $17 manicure-pedicure                                                        for food benefits know how to get help—and
deals.” For example, she says, “We did a story on fab                                                    don’t feel shy about registering for it.
$10 bouquets, which are absolutely gorgeous. People                                                         Brooklyn Food Summer ’09, part of the
really crave moments of luxury, and we try to find                                                       Brooklyn Healthy Food Campaign partnership
those, whether it's a beautiful dress for $29 or a dinner                                                of the borough president’s office and community
entree under $15 that feels like a real splurge.”                                                        groups is organizing volunteers to convey this
                                                                                                         message: “If you qualify for food assistance, regis-
   Penn is currently a columnist for InStyle Maga-                                                                                                                    4 Healthy food for all!
                                                                                                         ter now!—It is your right!” A call to 311 or the
zine and a contributing editor at Wall Street Jour-
                                                                                                         Food Bank For New York City can help deter-
nal Magazine—but the seed money for her blog                                                             mine eligibility. For example, a family of four, with a monthly income of $2,297 before
came from an entirely different source, a surprise in-     4 Brokelyn.com’s Faye Penn
                                                                                                         taxes qualifies for food stamp benefits. You can have money in the bank and qualify. Food
heritance left to her by an “angel investor”—a fe-                                                       stamps do not affect your credit rating, and recently unemployed people can be eligible.
male cab driver named Susan she once profiled for the New York Post. Cabbie Susan was                       “Growing up in poverty, I wish we had the programs that exist today,” says Marty, “and
also a writer, a salty character who harbored literary dreams and felt a special bond with               I urge everyone who is eligible or knows families that are eligible, to register or help that
Penn. When Susan died about a year ago, she left some money to Penn, who decided to                      family get the information they need to start getting help right away”
honor her legacy by funding a blog designed to combat recession blues.                                      And as Lorrie Clevenger from Brooklyn’s Bounty explains, “Food Summer will not only
   Penn’s Brooklyn-based writers and photographers have lots of money-saving savvy.                      promote access to healthier foods, but is working to expand EBT benefits to all farmers mar-
“You’d be amazed how many people have secret inner reserves of cheapskate brilliance to                  kets and stores borough-wide, and encouage all to eat more locally-grown food.”
draw upon!” We concur, and advise all Brooklynites interested in “living big on small                       Access to healthy and affordable food is not a luxury—so don’t be shy—if you’re eligi-
                                                                                                         ble, sign up, and if you know someone who is, spread the word!
change” to check out the brilliant Brokelyn.com today.
                                                                                                           For pre-screening, please contact the Food Bank For New York City at (212) 894-
   For the latest bargains in Brooklyn, visit www.Brokelyn.com. Or to share your own pen-
                                                                                                         8060. For further information and to volunteer on this campaign please visit
ny-pinching wisdom, you can contribute to the site’s comments or email tips@brokelyn.com.
                                                                                                         www.brooklynhealthyfoodcampaign.org.




                    RED HOOKED ON ART                                                                                    TWILIGHT, WINE, CHEESE
                                                 It’s no secret that Brooklyn is the creative and
                                              artistic capital of New York City. So when it comes
                                                                                                                              ...AND BATS?
                                              to getting work seen and heard by the public, we               What’s more romantic in the
                                              think big. For the Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coali-         summer activity than enjoying a
                                              tion (BWAC), that means commandeering 25,000               little wine and cheese and tak-
                                              square feet of space in a Civil War-era warehouse on       ing a twilight boat ride and
                                              the East River in Red Hook. “Art In Changing               stroll through the nature paths
                                                                                                         of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park,
                                              Perspectives,” BWAC’s summer show, features more
                                                                                                         admiring the mysterious noc-
                                              than 800 works. While virtually every style of
                                                                                                         turnal fauna—including the
                                              artistry is represented, the nearly 200 artists all live   beautiful bats flying overhead?
  4 Artist Audrey Anastasi’s Deep Forest      and work in Brooklyn, or have Brooklyn roots.                  Wait a minute—bats? Yes,
                                                  “Art In Changing Perspectives” is organized            bats. As any sunset naturalist
around artworks that “interpret and reveal the world in novel and interesting ways.” The                 knows, bats are as much a part
setting is itself a novel way to look at art, with breathtaking views of the New York Har-               of Brooklyn and New York City               4 Prospect Park’s bats have Brooklyn attitude!
bor and the Statue of Liberty. BWAC president John Strohbeen describes curating the                      nightlife as any jazz musician or
show as a labor of love. All the artists also volunteer their time to put the show together.             club DJ, and on Twilight Tours
    BWAC has been running shows for 30 years, but Strohbeen notes an uptick in interest.                 offered by Prospect Park Alliance and the Audubon Society, you get a chance to spend a
“Ten years ago, we made virtually no sales,” he says. Today a BWAC show is seen by many                  little extra time getting to know them.
patrons as the perfect one-stop-shopping venue for Brooklyn art. “There’s always been a                      And appreciate them! Quite contrary to their vampire-like bad rap, each one of the
                                                                                                         500 or so bats living in Prospect Park during the warm months performs a great public
constant flow of artists coming to Brooklyn,” Strohbeen says. “But if anything, there’s been
                                                                                                         service, they each catch and eat up to a thousand mosquitoes an hour! Paul Keim, the
an increase in the quality of art they create.”
                                                                                                         naturalist who leads Twilight Tours defends the clean, gentle creatures, “They’re some-
    Strohbeen credits developer Greg O’Connell, who donated the warehouse space to                       thing you don’t usually see, so people start thinking untrue things about them.”
BWAC 17 years ago, with giving the organization the means to stage such a large, ambi-                       Truth is, they will not fly in your hair. And “blind as a bat” has no connection to reali-
tious event. “There’s no other art show in Brooklyn that exists at this scale,” he says. “This           ty—their eyesight is quite good. When summer is over, says Keim, Prospect Park’s bats
is a bigger exhibition of Brooklyn artists of any location, ever.”                                       head out of the city, probably to caves in western New York or Pennsylvania, where they
    Can you think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon?                                           hibernate through the winter. So come see them soon—on your own or as part of the $30
  “Art In Changing Perspectives” is free and runs from July 11th through August 16th,                    Twilight Tour “wine, cheese and bats” package. If you want to take the tour, make reser-
Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 6pm. Saturdays feature films/videos, and Sun-                          vations early—bats have more fans than you think!
days feature music. 499 Van Brunt St., opposite Fairway. For more information, visit                       Twilight Tours: Thursdays July 2, 9, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27, from 6:30-9pm.
www.bwac.org or call (718) 596-2506.                                                                     For reservations call Prospect Park Audubon Center (718) 287-3400.



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          BROOKLYN’S GOT IT NAILED
                                                                                                              Winter 2008
   Beyoncé wore gold metallic.
Mariah Carey? Last seen wearing sil-
ver lightning. And edgy Christine
Aguilera sported chrome. We’re not
talking frocks but fashion—nail fash-
ion—and to get the look that celebri-
ties crave there’s no need for LaLa
Land when you’ve got Brooklyn!
   They’re called Minx nails and un-
like polish, these micro-thin layers of
film are available in a huge variety of
colors, patterns and images that are
cut, applied to the nail bed and
sealed with a heat lamp. The look is
glossy, long-lasting and up-to-the-
minute, and “Honey”—aka Audra                         4 Honey is your linx to Minx!
Hinds—is Minx central. The Flat-
bush native is the only one in Brook-
lyn trained to apply Minx, which is increasingly popular not just for the glam factor but also
because it dries super quick and has no fumes.
   Honey works out of the De Lux Gallery Salon in Fort Greene but that doesn’t stop her
from “doing digits” elsewhere, including Manhattan. Both the current Minx craze and Hon-
ey’s fierce nail expertise means she’s in constant demand. “This technology became popular
because it’s unique yet performs well. Minx give nails a futuristic look in a short amount of
time and that’s why people are lining up for it,” said Honey.
   Whether you’re looking for a little metallic sheen, want to walk on the wild side with
leopard print, or give a thumb’s up to the current president by sporting his image on your
pinkie, Honey is your link to Minx, and she’s doing it right here in Brooklyn.
  To make an appointment with Honey, call (212) 920-1066, or visit honeybunniekat.com.




            YES WE CAN... START A BIZ!
                                               Tired of peeling paint? Desperate to take a
                                            bath in a spotless tub? Looking for a babysitter
                                            you can trust?
                                               Look no further than the Worker-Owner
                                            Cooperative Project, an initiative of the Center
                                            for Family Life in Sunset Park, a small business
                                            incubator which helps highly skilled residents,
                                            mostly immigrants, start their own businesses.
    4 Beyond Care’s Beatriz Puebla
  (center) with her son and Center for         Its success stories include Si Se Puede
   Family Life’s Vanessa Bransburg,         Women’s Cooperative We Can Do It Inc., a
  at the Worker-Owner Coop’s 10-week
         orientation graduation             women-run, women-owned eco-friendly house
                                            and office cleaning business founded in 2006,
Beyond Care, which provides babysitting, child care and rapid care either full or part
time through its 20-member service, and the We Can Fix It! cooperative, a home fix-it
hub, with services like painting, plumbing, tile work and masonry.
   Worker-owned businesses provide the best possible service. And since 100 percent of
the fee goes to the worker, it’s given them the opportunity to make a living wage, some
for the first time in their lives. “Since I became part of the cooperative, my self-esteem
has increased and I feel more secure,” said Luz María García, mother of two. “Our ideas
about work have changed. We’re not employees but businesswomen.”
   So if you need child care or help around the house, look no further than the Worker-
Owner Cooperative. You’ll be supporting democratically-run small businesses in Brook-
lyn and get the best possible service at a reasonable price.
  For more information, visit their websites or call them directly: Si Se Puede We Can
Do It Cooperative; www.wecandoit.coop; (718) 633-4823. Beyond Care Child Care Co-
operative; www.beyondcare.coop; (917) 463-0399. We Can Fix It! Cooperative;
www.wecanfixtit.coop; (917) 463-0403.




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              SUMMER’S HERE!                                                                                Winter 2008

          LET’S GET FIT TOGETHER!!




          Announcement and lunch time walk with Marty!
                    12:00pm on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
                        Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza
                           209 Joralemon Street
                               718.802.4488



                           FIVE STAR FARE
   Hungry on Hoyt and Scher-
merhorn? Downtown Brooklyn
residents have a new place to
shop, and they sure couldn’t fare
better than Brooklyn Fare.
   Owner Moe Issa, whose pas-
sion for the borough is palpable,
wanted to offer high quality pre-
pared foods and groceries. “I love
Brooklyn and grew up here, so my
goal was to both set up shop in
the borough and offer a service             4 New foodie market downtown: Brooklyn Fare
that residents really needed.”
   From butcher to baker to sushi maker, he’s brought in the heavyweights for take-out
that’s sure to please the picky gourmand and the comfort-food-seeker alike. Former
Bouley and Bar Blanc star Chef Cesar Ramirez heads efforts in the kitchen, taking fresh
ingredients from market to table in savory treats like miso-marinated salmon, fresh green
beans with pistachios, pasta with sundried tomatoes and artichokes, fingerling mashed
potatoes and that old fav, meatloaf.
   Home chefs who prefer to whip up their own courses can get fresh herbs, organic pro-
duce, imported cheeses, gorgeous cuts of beef and handmade sausage and baked-that-day
bread. Of course, everything from condiments to soft drinks, cereal to paper towels is
available, including tasty java at their coffee bar.
   Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Chef Cesar serves a four course meal, where din-
ers not only eat well, but get to watch the cooking and learn some new skills. Seats, limit-
ed to 12, must be reserved and are $70 per person.
   Brooklyn Fare, in the Renaissance building on 200 Schermerhorn St.; Open Mon-Sat
from 7am-9pm and Sun from 7am-7pm. (718) 243-0050.




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27TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CONCERT SERIES
WINGATE FIELD, EVERY MONDAY NIGHT @ 7:30 P.M. ALL SHOWS FREE! BEGINS
 Spring 2003                                    WHERE NEW YORK CITY
LOCATED ON BROOKLYN AVENUE BETWEEN RUTLAND ROAD AND WINTHROP STREET



                                                                                                                              JULY
                                                                                                                              13
                                                   KEYSHIA COLE
                                                   LYFE JENNINGS



                                                                                                                              JULY
                                                   LOVE TRAIN THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA
                                                   THE O’JAYS

                                                                                                                              20
                                                   RUSSELL THOMPKINS JR & THE NEW STYLISTICS
                                                   JERRY BUTLER
                                                   HAROLD MELVIN’S BLUE NOTES

                                                   AN EVENING WITH
                                                                                                                              JULY
                                                   ANITA BAKER
                                                   CHARLIE WILSON                                                             27
                                                                                                                             AUG
                                                   ROBIN THICKE
                                                   JAZMINE SULLIVAN
                                                                                                                                 3
                                                   TEENA MARIE                                                               AUG
                                                                                                                              10
                                                   JEFFREY OSBORNE
                                                   SPECIAL GUEST
                                                   RUBEN STUDDARD


                                                   GOSPEL NIGHT
                                                   DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF REVEREND TIMOTHY WRIGHT
                                                                                                                             AUG
                                                   YOLANDA ADAMS
                                                   ISRAEL HOUGHTON AND THE NEW BREED                                          17
                                                   CARIBBEAN NIGHT                                                           AUG
                                                   SEAN PAUL
                                                   THE KING OF CALYPSO
                                                   THE MIGHTY SPARROW                                                         24
The 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concerts are 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 because seating is limited. For information regarding disabled seating/parking please call 718-222-0600. Performers are subject to
change without notice.

General Rules: NO cameras, 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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31ST ANNUAL SEASIDE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
ASSER LEVY/SEASIDE PARK, EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT @ 7:30 P.M. ALL SHOWS FREE!
                                                                 Winter 2008
WEST 5TH STREET & SURF AVENUE – OPPOSITE THE NEW YORK AQUARIUM



                                                   BROOKLYN’S SALUTE TO THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK                   JULY
                                                                                                                             16
                                                   CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED
                                                   MOUNTAIN
                                                   JOHN SEBASTIAN



                                                                                                                            JULY
                                                                                                                             23
                                                   GLADYS KNIGHT
                                                   THE O’JAYS


                                                   FRANKIE VALLI & THE                  FOUR SEASONS                        JULY
                                                                                                                             30
                                                   CONNIE FRANCIS
                                                   STEWIE STONE




                                                   DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES                                                  AUG
                                                                                                                               6
                                                   UP CLOSE & PERSONAL TOUR




                                                   BLONDIE                                                                  AUG
                                                   PAT BENATAR
                                                   WITH SPECIAL GUEST
                                                   THE DONNAS                                                                13
                                                   SALSA BY THE SEA                                                         AUG
                                                                                                                             20
                                                   BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES!
                                                   TBA

                                                                                                                            AUG
                                                                                                                             27
                                                   DONNA SUMMER


The 31st Annual Seaside Summer Concerts are every Thursday Night at 7:30pm at Asser Levy/Seaside Park at West 5th Street and Surf
Avenue in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium. The public is encouraged to bring their own
chairs. Limited amount of $5 rental chairs in a specially designated area are available on a first come first served basis. For information
regarding disabled seating/parking please call 718-222-0600. Performers are subject to change without notice.

General Rules: NO cameras, 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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                  Spring 2003
                                                                          BROOKLYN BEAT                                                WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS




4 Renowned cardiac surgeon and Oprah Winfrey Show regular Dr.          4 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cobble Hill Association at   4 Cut the Salt, Brooklyn, and live healthier! Dr. Lynn Silver, Asst.
Mehmet Oz joined students at Bushwick High School Campus for the       Borough Hall were Jo Weber, Anne Renda, Linda Blyer, Marty,            Commissioner for Chronic Disease Prevention, NYCDHMH; Dr. Anthony
Highway to Health Festival he founded to reach teens with positive     Deborah Schenk, President Jeff Strabone, Francis Morrone and           Tortolani, NYC Division of the American Heart Association board mem-
health messages. Congrats to Enterprise, Business and Technology       Franklin Stone.                                                        ber; Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham; and Pastor Brian
High School principal Juan Mendez (not pictured), who has lost 32                                                                             Carter, Borough of Brooklyn Ecumenical Advisory Group, gather at
pounds after being inspired by Dr. Oz at the event last year!                                                                                 Borough Hall for the 3rd Annual Cut the Salt Day.




                                                                                                                                              4 Fort Greene’s Brooklyn Flea is proud parent to a brand new
                                                                                                                                              healthy Flea, which now lives under the Brooklyn Bridge! Founders
4 The Junior League of Brooklyn is all decked out at their fundrais-   4 The 13th annual Brooklyn Pride Parade kicked off from Prospect       of the hip marketplace Jonathan Butler and actual new papa Eric
ing Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Brooklyn Marriott. Marty takes his hat     Park West, featuring Marty’s float, on which Marty, Jamie and LGBT     Demby, got a visit from Marty in DUMBO on the new Flea’s first
off—or rather, puts his huge hat on—to the group and its president     Borough Hall staff members proudly waved the rainbow flag.             day. Hours for Brooklyn Bridge Flea (Water St. and New Dock St.)
LaSeanda T. Covington and president-elect Dayna Weinberg-                                                                                     are Sundays 11am-6pm, Fort Greene Flea (Lafayette Ave at
Starkweather. Keep up the good work!                                                                                                          Clemont Ave.) hours are Saturdays 10am-5pm.




4 Marty hosted the 7th annual Russian Heritage Celebration at
Borough Hall. Honorees were Eugene Shkolnikov, Danial Jacobson,
Malka Budilovstaya, of blessed memory (daughter Galina accepting)
Kingsbay YM-YWCA (Leonard Petlakh accepting), and Germina
                                                                       4 Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay turned up the heat at Mojito
Khoruozhaya (not present). Others at celebration included Marina                                                                              4 Jamie helps strike newly minted coins at the Royal Dutch Mint in
                                                                       Cuban Cuisine on Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill for the film-
Kovalyov, president, Russian American Foundation; Council Council                                                                             Utrecht with Joan Davidson, chair of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain
                                                                       ing of the Fox TV hit “Kitchen Nightmares”. Owners Maria K. Velez
Members Michael Nelson and David Weprin.                                                                                                      Quadricentennial Commission, during their cultural trip to The
                                                                       and Marcelo Arias certainly have a few culinary tricks up their
                                                                                                                                              Netherlands for NY400.
                                                                       sleeve–Marty gave Chef Ramsay his very own Brooklyn shirt–and
                                                                       Marty, as always, is happy to sample the results.




4 While Marty was in Vienna, he and Jamie represented Brooklyn
and NYC at the 17th Annual Life Ball, the largest HIV/AIDS
fundraiser in Europe. The event brought a fantasmagorical array of     4 Marty was honored to visit Vienna’s historic Jewish center,          4 Marty was thrilled to cut the ribbon opening a new floor of the
celebrities, artists and 40,000 other guests, including speaker        Leopoldstadt. While visiting with Vienna Deputy Mayor Renate Brauner   recently expanded Lauder Chabad Campus in Vienna, the largest
President Bill Clinton, Fran Drescher, Eva Longoria, singer Katie      and Leopoldstadt District Mayor Gerhard Kubik, Marty presented         Jewish school in Europe. The school reflects the enthusiastic support
Perry, Pamela Anderson and The Blondes, to the aquatic-themed          Mayor Kubik with a ceremonial Brooklyn Bridge.                         that city government provides for Jewish culture and education.
Vienna Town Hall.




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                                                    WORTH THEIR “WAIT” IN GOLD
                     Spring 2003                                                                                            WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS

                                 Name: Jennifer Forbes                                         Name: Ahmed Belaid                                                  Name: Monica Hayes
                                 Age: 32                                                       Age: 33                                                             Age: 32
                                 Restaurant:                                                   Restaurant: Sofia Ristorante                                        Restaurant: Acqua Santa
                                 Gialeti’s Café                                                Italiano (8406 3rd Avenue )                                         (556 Driggs Avenue)
                                 (1658 8th Avenue)                                             Bay Ridge                                                           Williamsburg
                                 South Slope                                                   Cuisine: Northern Italian                                           Cuisine: Italian
                                 Cuisine: European                                             Lives in:                                                           Lives in: Williamsburg
                                 with an Italian flare                                         Dyker Heights                                                       Hails from: Los Angeles
                                 Lives in: Bensonhurst                                         Hails from: Tunisia                                                 Interests/Hobbies:
                                 Hails from: The Outer                                         Interests/Hobbies: Ahmed                                            Monica loves singing, do-
                                 Banks, North Carolina                                         loves to swim and play soccer.                                      ing voice work for com-
                                 Interests/Hobbies:                                            Trademark: He’s a solid fellow,                                     mercials, traveling and
                                 Jennifer enjoys attending                                     both personally and athletically.                                   camping.
                                 social gatherings; loves to   Why he likes waiting tables: “I like to talk to people; I                                           Trademark: Red Lipstick!
spend her free time with children and is a dog lover.          guess you could say I’m a people guy. I like to help people         Why she likes waiting tables: Enjoys getting to chat with
Trademark: “I like to have my customers feel like they         find the perfect dish.”                                             people she wouldn’t otherwise hang out with. She is very
are #1.”                                                       Favorite Dish: Everything is so good; the pastas are home-          interested in meeting people with different lifestyles.
Why she likes waiting tables: “Brooklyn is such a diverse      made. Fish is a real specialty of the house and is very, very       Favorite Dish: Beet Gnocchi!
city and meeting nice people of all ages and interacting       fresh. The wide selection of fish and seafood often includes        Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on:
with families makes my day pleasant at the café. Since the     things like Mediterranean Sea Bass, Red Snapper, sword-             “All my customers are famous. I especially enjoy families
café opened, I have built a bond with my repeat customers.”    fish, Chilean Sea Bass and shellfish.                               with children and couples on romantic dates.”
Favorite Dish: Gialeti’s Panini & The Death by                 Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on:
Chocolate Cake                                                 “My favorite customer is Mr. Howard. He comes to the
Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on:          restaurant 2-3 times a week. In fact, many of our customers are
John King and his Malamute dogs named Cub and Tonka.           repeat customers who enjoy coming with their family.”




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                                                                                                                                                  4 Heroic Make-a-Wish child, six-year-old Kayla Zanders of Ocean
                                                                                                                                                  Hill-Brownsville, and her parents Keith and Shakima Zanders rep-
4 Members of the National Council of Negro Women, Brooklyn sec-       4 Violinist and Bargemusic founder Olga Bloom was feted at her 90th         resented our borough with Marty at the christening of the new ves-
tion, gathered for their 24th Annual Harambe Celebration, at which    birthday celebration and concert on April 2 at Fulton Ferry Landing, fea-   sel, Circle Line Brooklyn.
young people from the community were honored for their scholarship,   turing the music of Bach, Beethoven, Borodin, and of course Bloom.
spiritual and community activism. Marty was pleased to present cer-   Marty celebrated Olga Bloom’s virtuosic performance as both a musi-
tificates in recognition of the achievement of our youth.             cian and as a beloved promoter of chamber music performance.




                                                                      4 How green it is! At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Marty joined Mayor
                                                                      Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development                    4 Bravo to Brooklyn Ballet Founder and Artistic Director Lynn
                                                                      Robert Lieber, Navy Yard Development Corporation Chairman                   Parkerson and the Brooklyn Ballet Company! At the ribbon cutting
4 Tied to Greatness—an organization that fosters pride in and         Alan Fishman and President Andrew Kimball, as well as photo-                for their new home, performance space, school and offices at
empowers young men of color—touched down in Brooklyn on its           graphic innovator and entrepreneur Baldev Duggal, Assembly                  Schermerhorn House, a unique partnership with Common Ground,
National Tour where many young men participated in the “Tie           Member Joseph Lentol and Council Members Leticia James and                  Ms. Parkerson (center) was joined by Executive Director of the
Tying Ceremony.” Each tie is donated by sponsoring corporations       David Yassky to open the Perry Avenue Building, the nation’s first          Actor’s Fund Joe Benincasa, Common Ground Director of Housing
and businesses. Celebrities attending included NBC broadcast          multi-story green industrial facility, and to announce the creation         Operations Brenda Rosen, Marty, Common Ground Director of
journalist DeMarco Morgan, actor Lamman Rucker, David                 of Duggal Greenhouse, a manufacturing space and incubator for               Real Estate Development David Beer and Brooklyn Ballet school
Clowney of the NY Jets, journalist Touré and others.                  new sustainable products.                                                   director Caridad Martinez.




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                                                                  BROOKLYN MOURNS                                  WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
                         All of Brooklyn mourns the loss of its                     member of the Sisters of Good                                     member; Louis Valentino Sr., Carroll
                      poet laureate since 2002, Ken Siegelman                       Shepherd and tireless supporter of                                Gardens community activist, union
                      of Gravesend, a wordsmith, former                             those in need; Carol Jayson, wife of                              leader and father of fallen FDNY
                      teacher at Abraham Lincoln High                               Brooklyn Housing & Family                                         firefighter Lou Valentino, Jr; Miles
                      School and subject of the movie Fading                        Services executive director Larry                                 Whitehurst, Wayside           Baptist
                      To Zero who also shared his love of the                       Jayson; Karen Patricia Johnson,                                   Church trustee; Harold Williams,
                      written word with aspiring poets at                           dedicated staff member at the Bed-                                active member of the Sullivan,
                      Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, a monthly                           Stuy Restoration Corporation; Dr.                                 Ludlum and Stoddard Neighborhood
       Ken            gathering at the Park Slope Barnes &           Rabbi Aaron                                                  Louis
   Siegelman                                                          Pomerantz     Lorna Scott McBarnette, acting             Valentino Sr.          Association, the United Coalition of
                      Noble. Ken is survived by his loving wife                     commissioner       of   health    in                              Block Associations and Grace United
                      of 45 years, Pearl, daughters Karen and     Governor Cuomo’s administration and former CEO of                                   Methodist Church and longtime staff
Tara, and a legion of fans who have been inspired by his words.   the Community Health Care Association of New York                                   member with the New York City
                      Robert Buonvino, president of the           State; Ralph Mercado, Brooklyn-born Latin music                                     Transit     Authority;    Reverend
                   Friends of Historic New Utrecht                impresario; Kathleen Myers, executive director of                                   Timothy Wright,           Brooklyn’s
                   Church and member of CB10; Edie                Brooklyn-Wide Interagency Council on Aging; Rabbi                                   “Godfather of Gospel,” pastor of
                   Bonavita, Bensonhurst activist and                               Aaron Pomerantz, ritual director                                  the Grace Tabernacle Christian
                   chair/co-founder of the Brooklyn                                 and rabbi of Congregation Shaare                                  Center Church of God in Christ
                   Columbus Parade Committee; Dom                                   Torah and associate rabbi of East                                 and husband of the late Reverend
                   DeLuise, comedian, actor and chef;                               Midwood Jewish Center since                 Reverend              Betty Wright.
                   Omar Edwards, NYPD PSAS detec-                                   1978; Beldon Rasperry, former vice       Timothy Wright
    Sister Mary
                   tive and Brooklynite who was tragical-                           president for government and com-
   Paul Janchill                                                                    munity affairs at the Brooklyn
                   ly killed; Reverend James Eggleston,                                                                        Correction: The editor regrets an error in the spring issue which cited
pastor of the Cappadocia Ministries; Aldo G. Frustaci,                              Children’s Museum; Jim Sempepos,       Eleanor Rollins among those in Brooklyn Mourns. Our profound apologies
Gift of Life president and prominent attorney; Theresa                              Bay Ridge activist and former presi-   for this egregious error and for the pain it no doubt caused both friends and
                                                                    Joyce Shelby
                                                                                    dent of the Bay Ridge Community        family members. Eleanor S. Rollins continues her good work as president of
Gentile, mother of City Council Member Vincent                                                                             Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, as a member of
Gentile; Anna Gonzalez, Former chair of CB4; June                                   Council; Joyce Shelby, Daily Ne ws
                                                                                                                           CB9 and as a board member with the Weeksville Heritage Center.
Gunn, CB4 member; Eugene Hanley, longtime owner of                journalist whose human interest stories captured the         Eleanor M. Rollins, her daughter (same name), formerly president of St.
P.J. Hanley’s on Court Street; Sister Mary Paul Janchill,         character and characters of Brooklyn; Alan Staub,        Marks Day School PTA, now serves on the St. Marks School Board.

co-founder of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park,          Society of Old Brooklynites and Steuben Society




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     4 The reopening of the Kings Highway Library—the 2nd largest
     branch in the Brooklyn Public Library system—after a 4-year ren-
     ovation brought out children from PS 197 and BPL board mem-                                                                                                     4 Celebrating kids! Marty joined parents, teachers and chil-
     ber Mable Robertson; Jason Koppel, chief of staff for Senator Carl            4 Pass me an “everything” with a schmeer! Celebrating the brand new relo-         dren at the Maple Street School in Lefferts Manor to celebrate
     Kruger; Marty; City Council Member Mike Nelson; BPL Board                     cation of La Bagel Delight in Park Slope were, (Left to right) Dino Bavaro,       the “Week of the Young Child.” Maple Street’s director Wendy
     Chair Anthony Crowell; Independence Community Foundation’s                    Michael Vasquez, Marty, Victor Carino, Frank Bavaro and Dominick                  Cole is left of Marty.
     Marilyn Gelber; BPL Executive Director Dionne Mack-Harvin;                    Orlando, still on 7th Avenue opposite from Methodist Hospital.
     NYC Dept. of Design/Construction Commissioner David Burney;
     City Council Member Vincent Gentile and City Council Member
     Domenic Recchia.




                                                                                                                                                                      4 Step right up for the “Greatest Show on Earth®.” City
                                                                                                                                                                      Council Member Domenic Recchia, Marty and ringmaster
                                                                                                                                                                      Johnathan Lee Iverson look on as State Senator Diane Savino
                                                                                                                                                                      takes a liking to Minnie the elephant. Looks like love at first
                                                                                                                                                                      sight! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is presenting a
                                                                                           4 Brains and beauty! Edward R. Murrow grad and                             Boom-A-Ring for the very first time in Coney Island.
4 Newly appointed NYCHA Chairman John Rhea (second from left)                              Bensonhurst resident Julia Mitelman was accepted at five Ivy
is welcomed by Assembly Member and Assembly Housing Committee                              League schools; her choice? Harvard!
Chair Vito Lopez, City Council Member and City Council Housing and
Buildings Committee Chair and leader of the Brooklyn Council dele-
gation Erik Martin Dilan and Marty. Chairman Rhea will head the
largest public housing authority in the nation.




                                           4 Brooklyn Attitude
                                           starts young! Sophia
                                           Antoniades, 5 1/2
                                           years old, lifelong                                                                                                   4 The American Heart Association and supporters gathered to
                                           resident of Fort                                                                                                      promote the inaugural Brooklyn Start! Heart Walk October 11
                                           Greene, Brooklyn!                                                                                                     in Prospect Park. Present were volunteer Barbara Williams;
                                                                              4 City Council Member Lew Fidler and Marty were pleased to support                 Greg Sutton, director, BRIC Community Media; volunteer
                                                                              efforts at the High School for Medical Professions in Carnarsie. Laptops,          Stephanie Chan; Marty; Dr. Anthony Tortolani, Brooklyn Heart
                                                                              small ports and a mobile science lab cart were purchased. Also present             Walk co-chair; Michael Harrell, AHA NYC board member;
                                                                              but not pictured was Principal Joseph Scarmato.                                    Steve Cohen, AHA Brooklyn Heart Walk Leadership Team
                                                                                                                                                                 member and AHA VP Helaine Baruch.




                                                                                                                                                                 4 Family, friends, and church members gathered at the
4 Civil right pioneers put their stamp on history: Marty joined U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                 street co-naming honoring Reverend Arthur Crayton, of
Postal Service officials and NAACP officials for the unveiling of a special
                                                                                                                                                                 blessed memory, who built and served as Pastor to Calvary
“Civil Rights Pioneers” commemorative stamp. Joseph Chiossine,                        4 Everyone is a champion! More than 400 Special Olympics                   Baptist Church of Red Hook for 25 years. Present were his
Postmaster of Brooklyn; Karen Boykin-Towns, president of the NAACP                    Brooklyn athletes competed in various events at the 2009 Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                                                 wife Jean Crayton and daughter Tanya (not pictured), his
Brooklyn Chapter; Marty; Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New                      Spring Games at Wingate Park. Marty cheered for all athletes
                                                                                                                                                                 son, Brother Hylton Crayton (in rear with gray hat), his
York Chapter; Dean Richard Jones, Medgar Evers College; Vito J. Cetta,                including (front row) Jerry Dotson, Michael Payne, Julio Colon,
                                                                                                                                                                 nephew and current Senior Pastor Reverend Dr. John A.
USPS, District Manager/Executive-in-Charge, Triboro; Robert                           Quentina      McNeal,    Nancy       Espada,     Gary    McNair,
                                                                                                                                                                 Credle Jr. (front center) and wife Cheron (not pictured),
Trombley, USPS, Public Affairs & Communications; Andrea Burrows,                      Coach Carl Smith, and (in back row) Francisco Cordeo, Daniel
                                                                                                                                                                 Deaconess Betty Moorning, Brother George McCorkle,
Customer Relations Coordinator, USPS, Triboro District.                               Nerestant, Kenyetta Wigfall, Lincoln Bunch, and Christopher Greif.
                                                                                                                                                                 Deaconess Johnnie Mae Brown, and Sister Winnie Isaac.




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               HER PLAY TAKES THE PRIZE!                                                               WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE SUN
                     Spring 2003                                                                                          WHERE NEW YORK CITY BEGINS
   Pulitzer Prize winners Norman Mailer and                                                            Shocked by your utility bills? Why not
Arthur Miller wrote some of their best work in                                                      reduce use or even create an energy bank to
Brooklyn. What is it about the County of Kings                                                      draw on later? No matter what you call
that creates such writing royalty?                                                                  them, photovoltaic, pv, or solar panels all
   Take Lynn Nottage. Her play Ruined—                                                              do the same thing: turn the rays of the sun
                                                                                                    into electricity. And Brooklyn just happens
about the devastating effects of the civil war in
                                                                                                    to be sun-central. Many buildings in
Congo—won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for
                                                                                                    Brooklyn receive southern exposure, plus
Drama this year. The play’s setting may be far                                                      the lack of skyscrapers means they get
flung but Nottage cut her teeth right here in                                                       loads of direct sun.
Brooklyn. Born in Boerum Hill, Nottage likens                                                          Just ask Peter Landy of Windsor Ter-
Brooklyn’s diversity and multiculturalism to a                                                      race. Landy’s two-family home has photo-
kind of “petri dish” for the creative mind.                                                         voltaic roof panels, which allow him not
    “Brooklyn is part of my creative core. It is the                                                only to avoid those pesky electric bills—
place where I heard my first stories and ultimately                                                 but also draw energy from the cleanest 4 Sun-sational solar panels are good for the
                                                                                                    source there is. Landy sings the sun’s prais-       environment and your electric bill too!
learned to be a storyteller. I am a stoop sitter, and on
a good Sunday afternoon, the street provides some                                                   es. “I’m making electricity as we speak,” he
of the best theater in the world,” said Nottage.                                                    says, “and as my daughter Maya said, ‘Our neighbor Mrs. Martin can use the extra elec-
                                                                   4 Lynn Nottage                   tricity we produce.’” After rebates and tax abatements Landy paid about $8,000 for his
   Another huge influence was Nottage’s mother
                                                                                                    panels, and is confident he will recoup his investment after eight years.
Ruby, of blessed memory, whose Dean Street home
                                                                                                       Landy does warn that certified solar installers for residential homes are still hard to
was filled with art and artists, laughter and love. Ruby Nottage was a passionate community ad-     come by, especially for residents in New York City, since few companies currently provide
vocate and more proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Lynn Nottage returned to       the service, and those that exist are busy with a waiting list of larger commercial projects.
that house to care for her mother, and continues to live there with her husband, filmmaker Tony        Hear that, Brooklyn entrepreneurs? Clearly, this is the future. We all know Brooklynites
Gerber, and daughter Ruby.                                                                          want to do right by the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. There’s a real market
   So young writers take some advice from the best. Who needs an MFA degree or a fancy              of residential sun-worshippers out there just waiting to be tapped! Now that’s a bright idea.
writer’s workshop when you’ve got the storied streets of Brooklyn, where all the world’s a stage!      For more information or to find out if solar works for you, contact Brooklyn’s own
  Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Ruined” is currently running at the                   New York Solar Systems, Inc. in Canarsie at (347) 803-3812 or (516) 318-1172. Or for
Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Stage 1, 131 W. 55th Street, Manhattan.                         a list of certified installers, contact New York Energy and Research Development Au-
                                                                                                    thority (www.nyserda.org).



                WINDSOR TERRACE OASIS                                                                               MUSIC TO YOUR
                                                     Bahija Elmourabit, owner of Fez Café                       HIGH-FASHION WARDROBE
                                                  in Windsor Terrace spent the first half of
                                                                                                       They say that jazz music is an American
                                                  her life in Morocco. After college, she           original. The same could be said about
                                                  traveled to the U.S. to visit friends who         Jazz, the women’s clothing boutique in
                                                  lived in Brooklyn, and never left. For 17         Gravesend. Jazz features contemporary
                                                  years, she worked in restaurants, doing           women’s sportswear from some of Ameri-
                                                  everything from waitressing to cooking to         ca’s hottest young designers—and better
                                                  bartending. Along the way, she married,           yet, they’re 20 percent off retail prices
                                                  started a family, and got divorced. Today            Although Jazz has been in business for
                                                  she raises her 16-year-old son and 14-            28 years—first on Sheepshead Bay Road
                                                  year-old daughter, while running what is          and for the past 11 years on Avenue U—
                                                  fast becoming a Windsor Terrace favorite,         owner Lee Spielberg stays one step ahead
                                                                                                    of the latest trends. “My customers are
                                                  one of only about three Moroccan restau-
                                                                                                    knowledgeable, fashion forward, savvy
   4 Get a taste of Morocco Brooklyn style        rants in all of Brooklyn.
                     at Fez                                                                         shoppers who wouldn’t accept anything
                                                     “A lot of chefs move here because it’s         less. Plus who doesn’t like cutting edge
cheaper [to open a restaurant],” Elmourabit says of Brooklyn’s famous culinary scene. “But          fashion at a discount?”
for me, it’s different. If you come to Fez, you’ll see me saying hello to everyone, because I          One trip to Jazz and the hip aesthetic of
know so many people from the neighborhood.” They come for delicacies like couscous,                 the clothes can transform any closet from 4 Jazz’s Lee Spielberg with longtime employee
lamb shank, organic falafel, and homemade merguez (Moroccan sausage). They also come                                                                             Vera Benjaminson
                                                                                                    ho-hum to red carpet ready. Peak inside any
for the lush garden, filled with trees Elmourabit planted herself. And they come from               garment and you’ll find some of the fashion
points far beyond Brooklyn, including one couple who make a weekly pilgrimage from                  world’s most fabulous labels: Alexander Wang, Chelsea Flower, Seneca Rising, and the
“Brooklyn Northeast” (a.k.a Queens).                                                                3.1 line by Phillip Lim, as well as many others, all American designers. Spielberg recently
   Even as the Fez Café’s reputation grows, Elmourabit continues to do almost everything            opened a second Jazz boutique in Williamsburg where, at a slightly more affordable price
herself, from cooking to painting. So if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by, sit back, and let     point, fashionistas can get the same modern silhouette that the original Jazz offers
                                                                                                    women in and around the Ocean Parkway community.
her take care of you. “It can be hard, being a single mom and a businesswoman, trying to
                                                                                                       So with a snazzy new item from Jazz, you’ll be sure to be a “fashion do.” And check
make it in [the restaurant business],” she says. “But I love it. It’s where my heart is.”
                                                                                                    out their new fall collection coming soon in July. Call either store for details.
   Fez Café 240 Prospect Park West (between Windsor Pl. and Prospect Ave.).
                                                                                                      Jazz, 432 Avenue U, Gravesend, Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm (718)
(718) 369-0716. Sun, Tue-Thur: 11am-10pm, Fri, Sat: 11am to 11pm, Mon: 5pm- 10pm
                                                                                                    627-0100; Jazz, 132 N. 5th St., between Bedford & Berry Aves.,Williamsburg, Open
                                                                                                    Tues-Sun noon-7pm (718) 388-8338.



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