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                                MESSAGE                                          SHOP BROOKLYN
                                MARTY                                           FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

                           Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah,
                                                                            Brooklyn Retailers Offer Brooklyn Bonuses!
                           Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa greetings,
                           and best wishes in the New Year! •
                           Brooklyn is always special but there’s
magic in the air when Brooklyn sparkles with holiday spirit:
from trimmed trees and fir-scented wreaths to menorahs lit up
bright! • The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free on weekdays from
November 20 – February 27 • To really experience the Christmas
spirit, visit Dyker Heights between 80th and 86th Sts. and 10th
and 13th Aves. and enjoy all the holiday lights • and don’t miss
Frank Seddio’s Annual Holiday Lights Extravaganza, starting
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5pm, on Flatlands Ave. at 93rd St. in Canarsie
• At Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza the official Christmas tree
lighting starts at 5:30pm on Dec. 8 and the official Hanukkah
menorah lighting brightens the night at 5:30pm on Dec. 14 •
The Three Kings Day Parade, starting at Meeker and Graham
Aves. in Williamsburg, will inspire all on Jan. 10 • BAM pays trib-
ute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 18 • Don’t forget to
invest in Brooklyn by shopping Brooklyn this holiday season! •
Thank you for allowing me to serve you as borough president
for the next four years. I am confident that Brooklyn’s best days
are yet to come. And let the New Year bring peace, prosperity
and good health to you and your family • Send your story ideas for
Brooklyn!! to or call (718) 802-3700.

                                                                                  4   Shopping for a topper at Al’s Men’s Shop in Bed-Stuy is tops, especially during the holidays.
                                      Join Marty and Jamie to
                                      celebrate the New Year                    rooklynites already know that our borough abounds with great shopping
                                      with live entertainment,
                                      midnight fireworks and
                                      a toast at Grand Army
                                      Plaza. The festivities
                                                                        B       and dining. There are more than 200 shopping corridors here, full of bou-
                                                                                tiques, clothing shops, bookstores, pharmacies, restaurants, galleries, spe-
                                                                        cialty food emporia and gift stores, as well as all the services we can’t do with-
                                                                        out, like salons, spas, hardware, dry cleaners and shoe repair. All this retail vari-
                                      begin on New Yearʼs Eve
                                                                        ety right in your neighborhood gives new meaning to the phrase “One Stop
                                      at 11pm!
                                                                        Shop”—and can make holiday shopping a dream!
                                                                           Shopping in Brooklyn also means helping our Brooklyn economy. So this
                                                                        year, put down the car keys, take a break from the computer and head to that
                                                                        “little shop around the corner” where you’ll find a familiar face behind the
                                                                        counter, get personalized service, and keep your hard-earned dollars circulat-
                                                                        ing right here in Brooklyn. By using your feet instead of your car, you’re living a
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            THE BISHOP BEGETS A RABBI                                                                                        ROCK & BOWL
                                                                                                                                                      Spring 2008
                                      The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So when            Why didn’t anybody think of
                                  Heidi Hoover decided to become a spiritual leader, it        it before: a venue with the retro
                                  wasn’t surprising since her father had chosen a similar      fun of bowling and a live music
                                  life’s journey. The only difference is that her father, B.   club? Plus there’s gourmet food
                                  Penrose Hoover, is a Lutheran pastor and now bishop          and handcrafted Brooklyn
                                  of the Lower Susquehanna Synod in southeastern               brews. It all sounds like hook-
                                  Pennsylvania, and Heidi is becoming a rabbi.                 up central for hipsters.
                                      Her path to Judaism might not have been direct but           Founders Peter Shapiro and

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo by Adam Macchia
                                  it probably had more to do with family than you think.       Charley Ryan, both of Wetlands
                                  Growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, religion was          fame, are the brains behind
                                                                                               Brooklyn Bowl in Williams-
                                  important to Heidi, and both parents encouraged her to
                                                                                               burg, a 23,000-sq.-ft. shrine to
                                  “think critically.”
                                                                                               fun in a former iron foundry.
                                      Hoover’s college boyfriend, Michael Rose, brought
                                                                                               Brooklyn Bowl has room for                       4 Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg
                                  her into personal contact with Judaism by taking her to
                                                                                               600, with 16 bowling lanes, sur-
                                  meetings of the young professionals’ group at Central        rounded by pulsing speakers and giant projection screens, a live performance space, two large
                                  Synagogue in Manhattan. Hoover and Rose are now              bars, and a menu by Bruce and Eric Bromberg of Blue Ribbon food.
                                  married, but even he was not the single biggest catalyst         “We wanted to open something unique and truly different,” said Shapiro. “There are a
                                  to her conversion.                                           lot of great venues across NYC but no one had combined a restaurant, bowling alley and
      4 Rabbinical Intern
          Heidi Hoover                The recurrence of her mother’s cancer after an 18-       a live music stage. In fact, that didn’t exist anywhere in America.”
                                  year remission made Hoover realize something about               Shapiro and Ryan aren’t just pinsetters, they’re trendsetters! Not only does Brook-
 her own spirituality. “I had turned Jewish when I wasn’t looking. I automatically turned      lyn Bowl have a big, comfy lounge vibe, these lanes are L.E.E.D.-certified! They have
 to Judaism during this time of crisis,” she said, claiming that the prayer for the sick       eco-loving features like 100 percent wind-powered electricity, reclaimed cork floors in
 seemed both natural and deeply comforting. Although her mother has since passed,              the lounge and green room, repurposed wood on the bars and a stage made of recy-
 both parents accepted Heidi’s conversion, and her father is now even pleased that, in         cled truck tires. And ladies, check out the one-way mirrors in the bathroom that give
 some respects, they’re colleagues.                                                            you a bird’s eye view of the club!
    Hoover, a rabbinical intern at Temple Beth Emeth in Prospect Park South for                    So with bowling, great food, terrific brews, entertainment and even sustainability on
 three years, finds the temple’s Rabbi William Kloner and the congregation incredibly          the bill, be prepared to be bowled over.
 welcoming.                                                                                        Brooklyn Bowl, 61 W ythe A ve. btw. N. 11th & N. 12th Sts. in W illiamsburg; (718)
    Temple Beth Emeth is located at 83 Marlborough Road in Flatbush.                           963-3369; For hours of operation go to

                    68 YEARS AT THE TOP                                                                            BREAKING THE CYCLE
                                                          Mom and pop shops are alive and          Incarceration marks
                                                       well. Right here in Sheepshead Bay,     a heartbreaking loss of
                                                       the Cohen family has been doing the     potential for anyone,
                                                      family business proud since 1941.        but imagine what the
                                                          Walk into the 10,000-square foot     imprisonment of a par-
                                                       Tops Wine and Liquor Superstore,        ent means to a child?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo by Vincent Bryant
                                                                                               More than two million
                                                      and the enormous size may belie its
                                                                                               children in the U.S.
                                                       status as a mom and pop, but hold
                                                                                               have incarcerated par-
                                                       on: you’re sure to run into Howard,     ents and 72 percent of
                                                      Marilyn or Jeff Cohen—husband,           incarcerated women in
                                                      wife, and son respectively—the tire-     New York are mothers. 4 Opening Day of Summer Camp with Children of Promise NYC
                                                      less trio behind Tops who’ve been                                         founder Sharon Content (in picture at center, black sweater)
                                                                                                   In 2008, child advo-
                                                      filling Brooklyn’s “spirit”-ual bever-   cate Sharon Content
                                                      age needs for 68 years.                  founded Children of Promise NYC (CPNYC), a Bedford-Stuyvesant-based nonprofit that
                                                          The Cohens say they’re tops as       serves children of incarcerated parents and seeks to address the devastation that prison inflicts
  4 The Cohen family (from left) Marilyn, Howard,                                              on family life. By offering therapy, counseling, mentoring, academic outreach, connection to
           Jeff and granddaughter Emma
                                                       far as wine goes in Brooklyn—their
                                                       kosher selection alone features near-   the incarcerated parent and advocacy, Children of Promise takes a uniquely holistic approach
ly 500 wines—and Jeff Cohen is the family oenophile. After two decades as everything           and provides a welcoming environment where kids feel safe to share their experiences.
                                                                                                   “CPNYC wants to lessen the psychological and emotional burden that these children face and
from stockboy to buyer, Jeff knows the grape and shares his knowledge through adventur-
                                                                                               give them a positive environment where they can excel and discover new paths,” said Content.
ous buying, free tastings, hand-lettered signage and good, old-fashioned conversation. Per-
                                                                                                   Six-year-old Gabrielle signed up for CPNYC’s camp this past summer and is just one of 125
sonal service has always been the Cohen’s trademark; they help customers find a good bot-      children who hopes to maintain contact with a parent through planned correctional facility visits.
tle of kosher wine for the holidays, or advise on a tasty regional wine. Tops also stocks a        Last Father’s Day, CPNYC partnered with rapper Queen Pen to organize free parental
huge array of Scotch, bourbons and other distilled beverages.                                  visits and a free, first-of-its-kind eight-week day camp featuring sports activities, field
   But establishing an ongoing relationship with their customers is the bottom line. “We       trips, creative expression and other themed activities. Other programs pair 4th through
purchase in volume,” said Jeff, “which means we don’t have to pressure customers to            8th graders with mentors in professions of interest to kids, as well as tutoring, homework
spend more. We just want to make sure people go home with something that makes                 assistance, computer literacy and mental health based intervention. Children of Promise
them happy.” L’chaim!                                                                          is trying to keep its promise to children in need.
   Tops W ine and Liquor Superstore, 2812 A venue U, btw. E. 28th & E. 29th Sts., near             For more information, contact Children of Promise NYC at 600 Lafayette A ve., 6th
Nostrand A ve.; (718) 648-7590.                                                                Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11216; (718) 483-9290;

                        Fall 2009

   Shop Brooklyn for the Holidays                                       How do you know what bonuses are on offer in your

                                                                     ‘hood? Just log onto, and check out the
             Spring 2008                                             Brooklyn Bonuses at your local stores, or when you’re out
little greener as well! Or hop on the subway and check               and about, look for the Shop Brooklyn logo in store win-
out some other Brooklyn shopping districts.                          dows—then walk in and ask, “What’s your Brooklyn
    “Let’s face it, there’s nothing like Brooklyn during the hol-    Bonus?” to find out what special incentives await.
idays when the lights and the festive spirit inspire us all,” said      “Every time someone shops locally, it helps the neighbor-
Marty. “I urge all Brooklynites to join a loved one, and ‘go to      hood flourish with busy stores and jobs for our residents,”
town,’ in this case, to the main shopping corridor in your           said Robert Howe of the Merchants of Third Avenue Civic
neighborhood—every neighborhood has one!”                            Improvement Association in Bay Ridge. In East Williams-
    According to Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID’s Irene LoRe,           burg, Betty Cooney of Graham Avenue BID advises, “Don’t
“Main Streets are alive and well and living in the heart of          max out your credit card! Shop locally and shop Brooklyn
Brooklyn. Supporting local shops encourages entrepreneur-            for the best selection and price right in the nabe!”
ship, innovation and says that you care about the unique                Caitlin Dourmashkin of the Northside Merchants Associ-
charm that small and family businesses represent. A thriving         ation and Michael Rafferty of the Bed-Stuy Gateway Busi-
business creates more jobs and contributes tax revenue, all of       ness Improvement District glow with neighborhood pride
which proves that small businesses fuel the economy.”                when they say, respectively, “I’m excited to bring Shop Brook-
    And of course, the Shop Brooklyn campaign means spe-             lyn to Williamsburg’s Northside retail community,” and
cial Brooklyn Bonuses! Participating Brooklyn retailers,                “I love the holiday season in Bed-Stuy!”
restaurants and service establishments will be showing their            The Shop Brooklyn campaign, coordinated by Marty, the
gratitude to customers by offering Brooklyn Bonuses start-           Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and local business im-
ing the day after Thanksgiving—“Brooklyn Friday.” And                provement districts, merchants associations and local devel-
the deals continue through December 25.                              opment corporations, is a simple reminder of all the great rea-
     “It’s a proven fact that dollars spent locally stay in the      sons to “shop local.” Last December marked the premier
community. What better way is there to celebrate the holi-           Shop Brooklyn holiday event, which was followed by a spe-
days and our beautiful borough?” said Carl Hum, president            cial Valentine’s Day Shop Brooklyn in February as well as
and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “After                  Shop Brooklyn Boutique Fashion Nights July 29th and 30th.
all, local shopping initiatives are among the most effective            “You could say I’m very vocal about shopping local!” said       4 For the kick-off Shop Brooklyn Marty joined Sunset Park
                                                                     Marty, “Shout it from the rooftops: “Brooklyn’s got the goods!””          BID Exec. Dir. Renée Giordano on Fifth Ave.
ways to promote and sustain our local economy.”

                                                                                                                                                                                 Fall 2009

                                       Ma rty’sON THE BLOCK                                                                                                                Spring 2008

4 Brooklyn College’s new West Quad building, its first in                                                                                           4 Marty joined Council Member Al Vann, Crown Heights
40 years, will house student services and facilities for ath-                                                                                       North Association’s Ethel Tyus and CHNA president
letics and exercise sciences. Among those joining newly                                                                                             Deborah Young, CB8 member Meredith Staton and CB8
appointed BC President Karen Gould to cut the ribbon were                                                                                           chair Nizjoni Granville for the 3rd annual Crown Heights
(from left) Vice Chancellor, Facilities Planning,                                                                                                   House Tour. The tour featured houses, buildings and
                                                                      4 Jamie and Marty welcomed the doyenne of disco, Donna Summer, who
Construction & Management Iris Weinshall; City Council                                                                                              churches praised by the Landmarks Preservation
                                                                      dazzled crowds at the 31st Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at
Member Kendall Stewart; State Senator and Senate                                                                                                    Commission as some of the finest in New York City. Bravo
                                                                      Asser Levy/Seaside Park in Coney Island this past August in her first
Conference Chair John Sampson; Assembly Member Alan                                                                                                 for the second phase of CHN Historic designation.
                                                                      Brooklyn appearance. Thanks for the ‘last dance’ of the summer!
Maisel; Assembly Member Rhoda Jacobs; Marty; Assembly
Members Helene Weinstein and Nick Perry; and City
Council Member Mathieu Eugene. Also present but not pic-
tured were Senior Vice Chancellor University Relations Jay
Hershenson and Exec. Vice Chancellor/COO Allan Dobrin.

                                                                             4 Stepping up to fight cancer! Marty joined members of the              4 For the first time ever, Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
4 Marty joined the reigning king of red velvet cake, Brooklyn’s              17th Street Cancer Crusade in Park Slope—including Executive            Bailey®, The Greatest Show on Earth®, performed in Coney
own Cake Man Raven, at his annual Cupcake Parade on Fulton                   Director Melissa Anceravige (left of Marty)—for the 5th anniver-        Island and Marty joined Feld Entertainment CEO Kenneth
St. in Ft. Greene. Watch out Marty—Jamie and the Cake Man                    sary of the group’s efforts to raise funds in support of the            Feld, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Member
make quite the couple! And he has a limitless supply of red velvet!          American Cancer Society.                                                Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. to welcome the audience to The
                                                                                                                                                     Coney Island Boom A Ring®. Here’s to a brand new
                                                                                                                                                     Ringling Bros. production next summer, which is in the
                                                                                                                                                     works! Children of all ages, keep your fingers crossed.

4 A dedication for St. Francis College’s new Academic Center on
Remsen Street—the Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic
Center, named in tribute to the Macchiarola’s commitment and
contributions to the college—brought together college luminaries            4 Miss M’s Divine Garden! Marty joined Bette Midler’s New York
and a few of its many supporters, including (from left): Trustee            Restoration Project (NYRP) for the opening of the new and refur-
Brother William A. Boslet, O.S.F.; Trustee Jesus Linares; Trustee           bished Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Garden—at Malcolm X
Hector Batista; Trustee Orville W. Dale; Chairman Emeritus of the           Blvd. between Greene and Lexington Aves.—designed by New York
Board of Trustees Thomas J. Volpe; Trustee Charles E. Williams;             landscape architect Ken Smith and underwritten by NYRP sup-
Chancellor Frank J. Macchiarola; Board of Trustees chair John F.            porter, Dr. Leslie Johnson. (Left to right): Drew Becker, executive
Tully; Mary Macchiarola; Barbara Dugan; Assembly Member                     director, NYRP; George Walker, resident; Marcus Calcador, com-
                                                                                                                                                  4 Hats on to president Toya Williford and the Madison Street #3
Alan Maisel; President Brendan J. Dugan; State Senator Daniel                                                                                     Block Association in Bed-Stuy, for organizing their 4th Annual
                                                                            munity gardener; Dr. Leslie Johnson; Father Mark Hummel; Ken
Squadron; Assembly Member Joan Millman; Marty; and Assembly                                                                                       Block Party and Hat Parade.
                                                                            Smith, architect; Bette Midler, founder, NYRP; and Marty.
Member Helene Weinstein.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo by Keith Forest

                                                                            4 A day of family fun, celebration and performance awaited             4 Come on Home to Bed-Stuy! The Brownstoners of Bedford-
                                                                                                                                                   Stuyvesant held its 31st Annual House Tour and free home-
4 You missed a spot, Marty! Members of the Brooklyn Board of                all who attended Chinese American Family Service Day in
                                                                                                                                                   owner workshop to continue its legacy to “restore, revitalize and
Realtors spent the day raising funds at neighborhood car washes in          Sunset Park. Marty joined Wei Jing Shi, executive director of
                                                                                                                                                   rejuvenate” the community. Marty joined Brownstoner presi-
two locations—18th Ave. and Ave. U—to send children of need to sum-         Chinese American Planning Council-Brooklyn Branch (left)—
                                                                                                                                                   dent Ava Barnett, holding proclamation; founding member
mer sleep-away camp. Bravo to Salvatore Calabrese, Frank Carone,            which spearheaded the event—and dance instructor Hong
                                                                                                                                                   Brenda Fryson; chair Marguerita Fletcher; Council Member
John Reinhardt and all who pitched in to support Camp Brooklyn!             Chen (right) and the splendidly costumed dancers of IS 220.
                                                                                                                                                   Albert Vann; and Brownstoner members.
                                                                            And kudos for 30 years to the group for their ongoing service.

                        Fall 2009

           MASTERS MAKE THEIR MOVE                                                                          CLIMBING IN BROOKLYN’S NO
                      Spring 2008
                                                            Christian Whitted’s giant sidewalk
                                                         chess board is a landmark of sorts,                                                         Rock climbing takes technique, en-
                                                         which passers-by use to give directions                                                  durance, strength and chutzpah, which
                                                         on Flatbush Avenue at Dean Street all                                                    makes it perfect for your average Brook-
                                                         the time. But Whitted thinks chess                                                       lynite. And if you think Brooklyn’s got it
                                                         provides more important directions for                                                   all, add one more offering to the mix: ur-
                                                         kids: a path to empowerment.                                                             ban mountains!
                                                            In 2008, Whitted and Dr. Kenneth                                                         With 18,000 square feet of space, over 30
                                                         Jones opened Park Slope’s New York                                                       foot heights—45 if you count the roof—
                                                         Chess & Game Shop; since then,                                                           loads of climbable terrain and 15-, 30- and
                                                         many young Brooklynites are learning                                                     45-degree overhangs, a new indoor climbing
 4 Christian Whitted (far right) and kids bustin’ a      and excelling at chess.
       move at New York Chess & Game Shop                                                                                                         gym called Brooklyn Boulders—located in a
                                                            Ten-year-old P.S. 315 student                                                         garage once owned by the Daily News—can
Vaughn Soso has played chess since second grade and is coached by Whitted. Although di-                   4 Soaring to Brooklyn “Heights”
                                                                                                                                                  give you a leg up. But here’s the kicker: there’s
agnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Soso has competed in 50 tournaments          even a Brooklyn Bridge tower that you can scale. Whether you’re a neophyte, or “gumby”
and recently won highest prize in the SuperNationals chess tournament in Nashville.                 who wants to take baby steps, or you’re belay-certified and “know the ropes,” Brooklyn
   Alexandre Lendermen, a 20-year-old from Brighton Beach, may be shy, but he’s reached             Boulders can show you the ups and downs. They haven’t just made a mountain out of a
the highest title in chess, Grand Master, and has also become a master instructor at the store.     molehill, they’ve made a mountain out of Boerum Hill.
   “Chess is a vehicle to self-esteem,” says Whitted. “Just because a kid may not relate to             Longtime climbers Jeremy Balboni and Stephen Spaeth thought it would be great to
others easily or has other social or developmental issues doesn’t mean they can’t play chess.       make climbing available close by to an urban audience. “Brooklynites are known for their
In fact, chess skills boost confidence.”                                                            curiosity and their penchant for offbeat, creative and intriguing activities,” said Balboni.
   James Madison High School sophomore Jasmin Fermin has made incredible strides in the             So violá! Brooklyn Boulders was born.
male-dominated world of chess, taking first place championships at the All Girls National               Both group and private lessons are available, and programs like a special yoga room for
chess tournament, including first in the Blitz speed chess and advanced sections.                   climbers and non-climbers alike, birthday parties, corporate outings and team building, and
   Whitted offers group and individual classes, after-school workshops, “chess by the hour,” sum-   field trips to outdoor areas can be arranged. And Brooklynites looking for love or a new pal
mer chess camp and all sorts of chess-related products. Future chess masters—make your move!        might just soar to new heights at Brooklyn Boulders!
   New York Chess & Game Shop, 192 Flatbush A ve.; (718) 398-3727;                                      Brooklyn Boulders, 575 Degraw Street at 3rd A venue; (347) 834-9066 or on the web                                                                     at

                       Fall 2009

                 ALL ABOUT BROOKLYN                                                                     EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
                     Spring 2008
   One in seven Americans has roots in Brook-                                                      You don’t have to be related to the Collyer
lyn. And many Brooklyn expats dot the globe.                                                    Brothers to have boxes of family photographs
For them or even for current residents, the                                                     in the closet or under the bed; you know
books of Brian Merlis and Lee Rosenzweig                                                        someday you’ll get organized. Today’s the day.
make great gifts.                                                                                  Martie McNabb and Memo ries O ut o f
   Merlis and Rosenzweig’s books span the bor-                                                  the Box, the three-year-old business she runs
ough’s history and character, from Bensonhurst                                                  out of her home in Prospect Heights, helps
to Williamsburg. With 15,000 images—includ-                                                     clients edit their photographs and create
ing vintage photographs, posters and antique                                                    unique photo albums.
maps—to choose from, and assiduously re-                                                           “People take lots of photographs of the im-
searched texts, their books are a treasure trove of                                             portant events in their lives but don’t seem to
all things Brooklyn, and a great fix for anyone                                                 enjoy them with friends and family,” said Mc-
‘jonesing’ for a little Kings County lore.                                                      Nabb. “My job is to help organize and edit
                                                         4 Authors Lee Rosenzweig
   Among their ten co-written books is Brook-                and Brian Merlis                   hundreds, if not thousands, of images so to-
lyn’s Bay Ridge and Fo rt Hamilto n, with more                                                  gether they tell a more focused story.”
than 150 photos, including a 1952 shot of Lohse’s Scandinavian Deli on Third Avenue                Two hundred fifty projects and 50 clients                4 Martie McNabb
and the Dyker Theater circa 1971, where the marquee cites W illard as the featured film.        later, McNabb has helped a Westchester
   Canarsie on Jamaica Bay features more than 500 photos, including a Canarsie chicken
                                                                                                mom “storyboard” the life of her daughter from cradle to college; she refurbished a disin-
farmer surrounded by fowl and the Savran’s Coffee Shop on Rockaway and Ditmas Av-
                                                                                                tegrating scrapbook for the nephew of a WWII airman, including the letters and Valen-
enues around 1950. Their latest, East Flatbush: Rugby and Pigtown Communities, takes
                                                                                                tine’s Day card he received from his new bride; and she made the often heartbreaking
you from the Holy Cross Cemetery to Vanderveer Park.
                                                                                                journey through photographs with a former Austrian who had escaped the scourge of the
   Pick your ‘nabe’—Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Park Slope, Flatlands, Brooklyn Heights,
                                                                                                Nazis and wanted finally to document the chronology of an astonishing life.
Williamsburg, Borough Park, Flatbush, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, or New Utrecht.
                                                                                                   Rates for McNabb’s services vary. Do-it-yourself classes/workshops run $15-$20/hour;
Merlis and Rosenzweig go on a trip down memory lane, or more accurately, down Flat-
                                                                                                do-it-with-you rates (think personal trainer) run $65/hour; and do-it-for-you run
bush Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Linden Boulevard, Grand Street…
   The books are available at the Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center, 209 Joralemon           $10-$35/page. With McNabb’s help, you can get those memories out of the box.
St.(at Court St.) in Downtown Brooklyn. To see a complete list of the books or purchase            Memories Out of the Box. By appointment only. Call (718) 398-1519 or visit
online, visit or email                        

                                THINK PINK!                                                     MEET YOUR NEW ELECTED OFFICIALS!
                                               Sipping cocktails at a trendy spot with your                         City Council Member-elect Brad Lander: Brad Lander will repre-
                                           BFFs; sunning in the Hamptons with other                              sent residents in Council District 39 in the position formerly held by
                                           bright, young things; joining the throngs at the                      Council Member Bill de Blasio—including Cobble Hill, Carroll Gar-
                                           New York City Marathon. Think working for a                           dens, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Borough Park.
                                                                                                                 Council Member-elect Lander formerly served as a Senior Fellow and
                                           good cause means long banquets and dull
                                                                                                                 Director at the Pratt Center for Community Development from 2003 to
                                           speeches? Think again.                               2009, as well as executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee for a decade. As a
                                               Like other nonprofits, The Pink Agenda is        community activist, Councilman-elect Lander fought for affordable housing, promoted
                                           dedicated to raising awareness about breast can-     small business and spearheaded efforts to bring living wage jobs to low-income commu-
                                           cer, but this group likes to party: its membership   nities. Along with teaching community planning, housing and urban policy at the Pratt
                                           is chock full of twenty and thirty somethings and    Center, Councilman-elect Lander has served as housing chair on CB 6 and on the board
                                           many of its fundraising events take place at loca-   of directors of the Jewish Funds for Justice. He lives in Park Slope with his wife, Meg
                                           tions befitting an episode of Sex and the City.      Barnette, and their children, Marek and Rosa.
                                               Brooklyn Heights resident Jaquelyn Schar-                            City Council Member-elect Stephen Levin: Community organizer
                                           nick, 25, joined The Pink Agenda’s board in                           Stephen Levin won the race in the 33rd Council District—a seat held by
                                           2007, eager to prove that young people could be                       Council Member David Yassky—and will represent constituents in Brook-
4 Jaquelyn Scharnick and her mother, philanthropic and—as a two-time cancer survivor
                                                                                                                 lyn Heights, Greenpoint and parts of Williamsburg, Park Slope and Boerum
     Patricia Scharnick, pictured left     herself—committed to fighting a disease with                          Hill. Before winning the district race, Councilman-elect Levin ran an anti-
                                           which she was all too familiar.                                       predatory lending program in Bushwick and also placed families whose chil-
                                                                                                dren tested with high rates of lead poisoning in lead-safe housing. He also served as Assembly
    Scharnick was only five when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and 12
                                                                                                Member and Housing Committee Chair Vito Lopez’s chief of staff from 2006 through 2009.
when her mom was stricken again. Scharnick’s own diagnosis of leukemia came a year lat-
er, and even though treatment interrupted high school, she graduated from Harvard.                                  City Council Member-elect Jumaane Williams: Former tenants’
    Scharnick’s expertise as an executive at Brunswick Group, the global critical communi-                       rights advocate and community organizer Jumaane Williams will repre-
                                                                                                                 sent Council District 45—a seat held by Council Member Kendall
cations firm, helps in her role as secretary and director of The Pink Agenda. Said Schar-
                                                                                                                 Stewart—which includes the neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush,
nick, “For all the strides made in the fight against breast cancer, young professionals have                     Midwood, Canarsie and Flatlands. Councilman-elect Williams has been
remained largely unengaged and underutilized in finding a cure. The Pink Agenda is                               fighting for affordable housing throughout his career, as reflected in his
changing that by hosting great events across the country. We’re bringing our message—                            service as executive director of New York State Tenants and Neighbors
and a whole lot of fun—to a new generation of philanthropists.”                                 and as housing director for the Flatbush Development Corporation. The councilman-
    Contact The Pink A genda at or by mail at The Pink A genda            elect also served as vice president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,
at P.O. Box 594, New York, NY 10008                                                             Brooklyn chapter, and as a board member of CB 18.

                                            Fall 2009

                                                                                                BROOKLYN BEAT
                                          Spring 2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by CaribWorldNews/Hayden Roger Celestin
                      4 Read this! The fourth annual Brooklyn Book Festival honored          4 Dr. Bernard E. Metrick (right)—a life-long Brooklynite and mem-
                      acclaimed author and one-time Brooklynite Edwidge Danticat with        ber of the East Midwood Jewish Center, married to his beloved bride
                      the “BoBi” Award for outstanding contributions to Brooklyn and                                                                                  4 Jamaica’s triple Olympic gold medalist and world track cham-
                                                                                             Irene for 70 years—was presented France’s highest civilian award,        pion Usain Bolt was honored by the Consulate General of Jamaica
                      the literary community. Joining Danticat in celebration were St.       the “Chevalier” in the French Legion of Honor, by French Consul
                      Francis President Brendan Dugan, Brooklyn Literary Council                                                                                      and the Jamaican Tourist Board. Brooklyn’s deputy borough presi-
                                                                                             General Philippe Vinogradoff for his service in the 8th Armored          dent, Yvonne Graham, also a Jamaican national, was there to cele-
                      Chair Johnny Temple, of Akashic Books, and Marty. The festival         Tank Division during WWII.
                      brought 30,000 booklovers to Borough Hall this past September.                                                                                  brate Mr. Bolt’s visit to Brooklyn.

                      4 Finally, a hipster’s haven for fresh food! Celebrating the opening   4 Principal Fred Walsh (left), City Council Member David Yassky,         4 Mazel tov to lifelong Sheepshead Bay resident William Glassman,
                      of Fresh Fanatic in Wallabout at Park and Washington Aves.—            Marty and students from the School for International Studies in          83 years young, who marked the occasion of his second bar mitzvah—
                      which specializes in fresh and organic foods made to order—were        Cobble Hill celebrated their new state-of-the-art Culinary Arts class-   a special ceremony afforded those who reach the age of 70—at
                      COO Joshua Niamehr, Marketing Director Jake Bernstein,                 room with a ribbon cutting. Get ready Brooklyn foodies for some new      Congregation Pri Eitz Chaim on Ocean Avenue.
                      Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, President/Owner David Goldin,           “Top Chefs!”
                      Marty, and CEO/Owner Andrew Goldin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Inna Smirnova
                                                                                             4 Bellissimo! The Federation of Italian American Organizations
                                                                                             (FIAO) held a groundbreaking ceremony for “Il Centro,” the first
                                                                                             Italian American cultural community center in New York City,
                                                                                             which will be located at Benson & 18th Aves. in Bensonhurst.             4 Kudos to Director Claire Beckman and Brave New World
                      4 Now tat’s Brooklyn attitude! Canarsie resident Patrick King                                                                                   Repertory Theatre for bringing Shakespeare’s Tempest to Coney
                      wears his love for Brooklyn on his sleeve—umm, make that arm and       Joining them to celebrate were (left to right): Carlo Scissura, chief
                                                                                             of staff, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office/FIAO’s vice president;     Island, more proof that Brooklyn is indeed the creative capital of
                      shoulder. His tattoos depict a map of the borough on his arm and                                                                                New York City. Bravo for bringing the Bard to the Boardwalk and
                      the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on his shoulder.                        State Senator Martin Golden; Marty; Mayor Michael Bloomberg;
                                                                                             Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.; Congress Member                  matching the fabled lore of Coney with classic theater newly
                                                                                             Jerrold Nadler; Congress Member Michael McMahon.                         wrought! Merrily, merrily, shall they live now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Canarsie Courier
Photo by Bob Marvin

                      4 Painting the town red…and yellow, green and blue! Twenty
                      Brooklyn visual artists, teens and preschool-age children from the     4 Hooray for Juneteenth Freedom Day! Members of the George               4 There’s gold in them thar mangos! Francisco Jin (center), owner of
                      Maple Street School created a colorful mural in Prospect Lefferts      Walker Jr. Community Coalition, Inc., including executive director       the new Golden Mango Fresh Meat & Produce Market at 1871
                      Gardens on Lincoln Rd. btw. Ocean and Flatbush Aves. The project       Carolyn Walker-Diallo—an organization dedicated to serving resi-         Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie, received a proclamation from Marty
                      was sponsored by PLG Arts, a community organization that pro-          dents of East New York and Cypress Hills—gathered for the 2nd            and Assembly Member Alan Maisel. Kudos for bringing fresh pro-
                      motes the arts.                                                        annual Juneteenth Celebration, which marks President Lincoln’s           duce to a neighborhood in need of a quality supermarket.
                                                                                             historic signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Fall 2009

                                                      Marty’sON THE BLOCK                                                                                                               Spring 2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 Celebrating the “Cynthia
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reich Era” in the Republic of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brooklyn were Marty and—in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      spirit—about 2.6 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brooklynites. In her two
                                                                                                                                                                                                      decades as deputy director of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the New York Aquarium, Ms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reich spearheaded the growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                      of one of New York’s most pop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ular cultural institutions and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      worked tirelessly on efforts
                                                                                                                                                                                                      like Sea Cliffs, the Aquatic
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Animal Health Center, Alien
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stingers and the Seaside
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Café. Ms. Reich recently
     4 Brooklyn is home to the largest Panamanian community in                 4 The NAACP celebrated the organization’s centennial year as a cham-                                                   announced her retirement,
     NYC! Marty was thrilled to join the celebration at the Annual             pion of social justice. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin T. Jealous;                                                   and she will be deeply missed.
     Panamanian Day of Independence Parade. With Marty were (from              President NYS chapter Hazel Dukes; President Brooklyn Branch Karen
     left) Lola Kent, sales & marketing manager from Morton’s The              Boykin-Towns; and Marty were among those who joined Mayor
     Steak House, right next to the Brooklyn Marriott—yes, she’s               Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion to applaud the NAACP’s distinguished
     Panamanian!—Grand Marshal Jose Brereton, Professor Dorotea                history of advocating for a better America.
     Small, Grand Marshal Frederick “Sarge” Thomas and Panamanian
     Independence Committee President Cynthia Brown Franklin.

                                             4 Canarsie resident
                                             Michelle Harris, who
                                             works     with    hospice
                                             patients in the palliative
                                             care unit at a Brooklyn
                                             nursing home, was award-
                                             ed Utopia Caregiver of the
                                             Year 2009, and Marty
                                             enthusiastically under-
                                             scored the award by pre-
                                             senting Ms. Harris with a
                                                                                                                                                                   4 “Like No Other Face Off!” Firefighters Nick Miller and Joe
                                             proclamation citing June                                                                                              Costa from Engine 202 Ladder 101 in Red Hook, aka the Red
                                             30th as Michelle Harris                                                                                               Hook Raiders, won the Fairway FDNY Face Off, in support of
                                             Day in Brooklyn USA!                                                                                                  the FDNY Foundation. Joining them were judges Fairway’s
                                                                             4 Gathered for the annual Italian American Heritage Month celebrazione at             Dan Glickberg, Marty, Assembly Member Joan Millman and
                                                                             Borough Hall were (back row, left to right): Executive Chef/Managing                  Fairway Market CEO Howard Glickberg,.
                                                                             Partner of Porter House New York Michael Lomonaco; Enzo Venuto; Liana
                                                                             Venuto-Amodeo; District 20 Supervisor Karina Costantino; Marty; Francesco
                                                                             M. Talò, Consul General of Italy in New York; Carmelo Venuto; (front row, left
                                                                             to right): Salvatore Venuto; Giovanni Venuto; Lorenzo Venuto; Angelo Venuto.

4 Yiasou! Tom’s Restaurant has been an institution and tourist
attraction in Prospect Heights since the 1940s. Marty joined (front
row from left) matriarch Stella Vlahavas, her son Constantine                                                                                                 4 Marty and Brooklynite Adam Richman—host of Travel Channel’s
“Gus” and his wife Nonie; and (back row from left) Vasilios               4 Hooray for more affordable housing! Cutting the ribbon at Prospect                “Man vs. Food,” which filmed at one of Marty’s favorite haunts, Brennan
Tourloukis, Kelly Kokotas and Jimmy Kokotas. Gus’s father, Tom            Plaza, brand new affordable rental units for Brooklyn, were Gregory                 & Carr in Sheepshead Bay at the corner of Nostrand and Ave. U, and will
Vlahavas, of blessed memory, founded the restaurant, which Gus            Watson, asst. commissioner, NYS Division of Housing and Community                   air November 11 and be repeated over the next few months—shared a
has run for 30 years. Nephew Jimmy Kokotas is taking over the             Renewal; Holly Leicht, deputy commissioner, HPD; Latrice Walker; staff              similiar passion: B & C’s famous roast beef double-dipped sandwiches—
biz. Foodies celebrate, it’s finally open on Sundays!                     counsel to Congress Member Yvette Clarke; Caroline Saunders, communi-               oh, the things he has to do for Brooklyn!
                                                                          ty affairs, Mayor’s office; Priscilla Almodovar, president/CEO, NYS HFA;
                                                                          Lisa Gomez, exec. VP, L&M Development Partners; and Marty.

                                            4 Marty and Jamie
                                            marched in the Park
                                            Slope Civic Council
                                            annual Halloween
                                            Parade and guess
                                            who they ran into?                                                                                                4 Marty joined representatives from the national convention
                                            King Triton (from                                                                                                 of the Little People of America, held for the first time in
                                                                                  4 Eat your vegetables! Finding a source for fresh fruit and veg-
                                            The Little Mermaid)!                                                                                              Brooklyn at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge. (Left to
                                                                                  etables in Bed-Stuy got a little easier since the Hattie Carthan
                                            Look closely and                                                                                                  right): Richelle Thornberg, Jim Kay, Joe Zrinski; (Middle row,
                                                                                  Community Market opened at the corner of Marcy Ave. and
                                            you’ll see it’s                                                                                                   left to right): Gary Arnold, Anthony Connor, Leigh Ann Breen,
                                                                                  Clifton Pl. this past summer. Marty joined residents and mem-
                                            Brooklyn’s own                                                                                                    Lydia Graber, Marty; (Front row, left to right): president of the
                                                                                  bers of the Hattie Carthan Community Garden—including VP
                                            District Attorney                                                                                                 group Lois Gerage-Lamb; Bill Bradford; Clinton Brown.
                                                                                  Yonette Fleming—to celebrate the grand opening.
                                            Charles “Joe” Hynes.

                           Fall 2009

                                                                                             Greetings from Marty
                                                                                             This year’s smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop will take place on the weekend of November 21st and
                         Spring 2008                                                         22nd from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and feature visits to Brooklyn’s unique art galleries.

                                                                                             Free smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop buses will run from five different hub locations. Each bus will
                                                                                             be staffed with art docents to inform you about Brooklyn’s art scene and to discuss and distribute
                                                                                             smART tip sheets containing important information about buying and collecting art.

                                                                                             I welcome you to take a ride and become art smART! See what Brooklyn art galleries, some of
                                                                                             the best in the world, have to offer to enhance your art collection or start one!

                BLUE LOOP – SATURDAY                                                                                                                                                         RED LOOP – SATURDAY
       Bushwick • Greenpoint • Williamsburg                                                                                                                             Bedford-Stuyvesant • Clinton Hill • Fort Greene
                                                                                                                                                                                                         HUB: MoCADA
          HUB: Williamsburg Art and Historical Center                                                                                                                                        80 Hanson Place (at South Portland)
                    135 Broadway (at Bedford)                                                                                                                                                  2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q to Atlantic Avenue
                     J, M, Z to Marcy Avenue                                                                                                                                                       D, M, N, R to Pacific Street
                                                                                                             KENTLER INTERNATIONAL DRAWING SPACE                                          C to Lafayette Avenue • G to Fulton Street

BUSHWICK                                                                                                                                                                                             BEDFORD-STUYVESANT
                                                                  Cinders                                                           Parker’s BOX
                                                                  103 Havemeyer Street                                              193 Grand Street                                                 Afroart - Designs
English Kills
                                                                  (between Hope & Grand)                                            (between Bedford & Driggs)                                       316 Stuyvesant Avenue
114 Forrest Street, alley entrance
(between Flushing & Central)                                      718-388-2311 •                                 718-388-2882 •                                    (between Hancock & Halsey)
917-375-6266 •                         An artist-run gallery that specializes in showing new             Parker’s BOX represents recognized and emerging artists          718-573-6110 •
Paintings by Carter Davis; a sound video piece, and wall          underground artists whose work is challenging and exciting                                                                         A fine art gallery with a tactful blend of African mask and
                                                                                                                                    from Brooklyn, the USA, and Europe.
                                                                  while fostering a community of art lovers in a warm and                                                                            other crafts from the continent of Africa.
pieces by Andrew Hurst.
                                                                  friendly space.                                                   Pierogi
                                                                                                                                    177 North 9th Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                     George Washington Carver Gallery
Norte Maar
                                                                  Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery                                          (between Bedford & Driggs)                                       677 Lafayette Avenue
83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B
(at Suydam)                                                       38 Marcy Avenue                                                                                                                    (Between Marcy & Tompkins)
                                                                                                                                    718-599-2144 •
646-361-8512 •                                      (at Hope)                                                         A fine art gallery exhibiting primarily solo shows of            718-387-2116 •
Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects In The Arts                 646-671-3775 •                                                                                                  The gallery displays hand-painted works of art, hand-made
                                                                                                                                    contemporary artists in a variety of media including,
encourages, promotes and supports innovative collabora-                                                                                                                                              crafts, and jewelry by various artists of the community.
                                                                  Dam, Stuhltrager is known as an incubator for emerging            drawing, painting, sculpture, video, photography and
tions between the visual, literary, and performing arts.          artists and for groundbreaking exhibitions that incorporate       installation.                                                    House of Art
                                                                  technology or utilize mediums in a new, fresh way.
NURTUREart                                                                                                                                                                                           373 Lewis Avenue
910 Grand Street                                                                                                                                                                                     (between Macdonough & Macon)
                                                                  Figureworks                                                       319 Bedford Avenue
(at Waterbury)                                                                                                                                                                                       347-663-8195 •
                                                                  168 North 6th Street                                              (between South 2nd & South 3rd)
718-782-7755 •                                                                                                                                                                        Contemporary art gallery that represents artists of African
                                                                  (between Bedford & Driggs)                                        718-486-8180 •                               descent. Original and select limited editions.
Non-profit gallery promoting emerging artists and curators        718-486-7021 •                                    Sideshow is one of the largest and oldest artist run galleries
through gallery programming, artists registry, education,         Fine art gallery representing 20th century and contempo-          in Brooklyn, showing the work by known, as well as, artists      Skylight Gallery
and professional development workshops.                           rary figure-based artists.                                        that should be known.                                            1368 Fulton Street
GREENPOINT                                                                                                                                                                                           (between Brooklyn & New York)
                                                                  Fleetwing Gallery                                                 Slate Gallery
Janet Kurnatowski Gallery                                                                                                                                                                            718-636-6949 •
                                                                  111 Grand Street                                                  136 Wythe Avenue                                                 “Jewels” the current exhibition, presents the work of
205 Norman Avenue                                                 (between Berry & Wythe)                                           (between North 8th & North 9th)                                  Vincent Smith, Jackie Peters Cully and other gifted,
(at Humboldt)                                                     718-388-0044 •                               718-387-3921 •                                  contemporary black artists.
718-383-9380 •
                                                                  Contemporary art gallery focusing on emerging artists from        Slate Gallery shows emerging and mid-career artists in a
Janet Kurnatowski Gallery integrates emerging and
                                                                  around the globe in all mediums.                                  variety of mediums. Currently showing Karen Margolis.            Zion Gallery
established non-representational painters and sculptors
                                                                                                                                                                                                     152 Macdonough Street
into exhibitions and cultural events in Greenpoint.
                                                                  Front Room                                                        Southfirst                                                       (between Throop & Marcus Garvey)
WILLIAMSBURG                                                      147 Roebling Street                                               60 North 6th Street                                              718-919-8014 •
                                                                  (at Metropolitan)                                                 (between Wythe & Kent)                                           The gallery is located in the historic district of Bedford-
A.M. Richard Fine Art                                             718-782-2556 •                                      718-599-4884 •                                    Stuyvesant on the garden-level of a brownstone.
328 Berry Street, 3rd Floor
                                                                  The Front Room Gallery has been dedicated to exhibiting           Established in Nov. 2000, showing international emerging
(between South 4th & South 5th)
                                                                  artwork with a concentration on photography, conceptual           artists. Focus on solo and two–person shows and artist           CLINTON HILL
917-570-1476 •
                                                                  art, sculpture, painting, drawing, video art, and installation.   curated group shows.
Contemporary art gallery, painting, sculpture, photogra-                                                                                                                                             Clinton Hill Simply Art & Framing Gallery
phy, lens-based art, ceramics. Now showing Susan                                                                                                                                                     583 Myrtle Avenue
Wanklyn: Paintings in a Room Part II.                             Gitana Rosa Gallery                                               Spread Art                                                       (at Classon)
                                                                  19 Hope Street                                                    104 Meserole Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                     718-857-0074 •
ART 101                                                           (between Havemeyer & Roebling)                                    (between Manhattan & Leonard)                                    A neighborhood gallery featuring original art and specializ-
                                                                  718-387-0115 •                                     347-526-2737 •                                     ing in Brooklyn painters.
101 Grand Street
(between Berry & Wythe)                                           Williamsburg’s first green gallery adopting sustainable           An artist-run creative incubator designed to foster new
718-302-2242 •                                 responsibility in our business model. Representing                works through collaborations with emerging artists and           EX Galleries
ART 101 was founded upon the love of art and is                   contemporary and emerging artists. A portion of proceeds          curators through group exhibitions and performances.             872 Kent Avenue
committed to providing a venue for fine art for its own sake.     are donated to local charities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     (at Myrtle)
                                                                                                                                    The Boiler                                                       718-783-0060
Black & White Project Space                                       Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery                                    191 North 14th Street                                            Represents individual artists; one man/woman exhibitions.
483 Driggs Avenue                                                 438 Union Avenue                                                  (between Berry & Wythe)
(between North 9th & North 10th)                                  (between Metropolitan & Devoe)
                                                                                                                                    718-599-2144 •                                   The Rising Arts Gallery
718-599-8775 •                      718-383-7309 •
                                                                                                                                    Video installation/sound piece by Doug Henderson: “Music         35 Claver Place, #1
A non-profit art organization committed to production,            Celebrating our fifth year of showcasing an international
                                                                                                                                    for 100 Carpenters,” a choreographed sound piece employing       (between Fulton & Jefferson)
presentation and promotion of innovative and audience-            program of emerging artists.
                                                                                                                                    100 carpenters and 10,000 nails.                                 718-498-6082 •
engaging site-specific installations otherwise in danger of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     A unique gallery space that hosts exhibits for local and
under-representation.                                             Like the Spice Gallery
                                                                                                                                    The Hogar Collection                                             national artists.
                                                                  224 Roebling Street
Capricious Space                                                                                                                    362 Grand Street
                                                                  (between South 2nd & South 3rd)                                                                                                    FORT GREENE
103 Broadway, Ground Floor                                                                                                          (between Havemeyer & Marcy)
                                                                  718-388-5388 •
(between Bedford & Berry)                                                                                                           718-388-5022 •                               Jon Frum Art Foundation
                                                                  Like the Spice artists are encouraged to push their limits
718-384-1208 •                                                                                                  Showcasing emerging and mid career American and                  66-68 Washington Avenue
                                                                  and find new directions, from pencil and oil to sculpture
Dedicated to presenting photo-based work by emerging                                                                                international artists working in all contemporary mediums.       (between Flushing & Park)
                                                                  and video.
artists. Established as an offshoot of Capricious Magazine.                                                                                                                                          646-895-6368 •
                                                                                                                                    Williamsburg Art & Historical Center                             Jon Frum Art Foundation is committed to the advance-
Causey Contemporary                                               Momenta Art                                                                                                                        ment of the serious, innovative forms of contemporary art.
                                                                  359 Bedford Avenue                                                135 Broadway
293 Grand Street
                                                                  (between South 4th & South 5th)                                   (at Bedford)                                                     MoCADA
(between Havemeyer & Roebling)
718-218-8939 •                             718-218-8058 •                                     718-486-6012 •                                     80 Hanson Place
Causey Contemporary represents technically and conceptu-          Non-profit providing exposure for emerging and underrep-          Presenting art exhibitions, performances and cultural            (at South Portland)
ally challenging art. The gallery exhibits the work of its core   resented artists.                                                 events as well as lectures, seminars and educational             718-230-0492 •
group of artists and hosts special exhibitions by other                                                                             programs of local, national, and international interest.         “They Wont Budge: Africans in Europe.” Focuses on the
critically recognized artists.                                                                                                                                                                       risks African migrants will take to work in the factories and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     farms in Europe in search of a better life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fall 2009

                                                                                                                              s m A RT • N o v e m b e r 2 1 & N o v e m b e r 2 2 , 2 0 0 9
                                                                                                                              REGISTER FOR THE smART BROOKLYN GALLERY HOP • IT’S FREE, FUN AND EASY!
                                                                                                                               • Register by phone: 718-802-3530 or email:
                                                                                                                                 You must give your name, phone number or email, and specify which hub and time you want (e.g. 2pm Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spring 2008
                                                                                                                                 loop). Please note that you may only make reservations for 2 people. Seating is limited – we will accommodate
                                                                                                                                  people without reservations only after seating people with reservations first!
                                                                                                                               • Buses leave on the hour: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm*
                                                                                                                                  Please arrive at the hub location at least 15 minutes before departure.
                                                                                                                                  Schedules for each loop will be handed out on the bus.
                                                                                                                                 *The 5pm bus is the last trip for the day – please be advised it has NO return loop!
                                                                                                                               • Enjoy hopping on and off the bus within each line’s loop!
                                                                                                                               Please note: This is not a door-to-door service. Galleries are within 3 blocks of each stop. You may visit the
                                                                                                                               galleries on your own! Each gallery has a map of participating galleries in its loop. You only need reservations to
          SURFACING BENEATH, BY LISA KELLNER, PHOTO COURTESY OF BROOKLYN ARTS COUNCIL                                          take the free smART event buses!      Designates wheelchair accessible galleries.

                                                                                                                                  GREEN LOOP – SUNDAY                                                     Under Minerva Art Gallery
                                 GOLD LOOP – SUNDAY                                                                                                                                                       656 5th Avenue
                     Brooklyn Heights • DUMBO • Red Hook                                                                       Boerum Hill • Gowanus • Park Slope                                         (between 19th & 20th)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          718-788-7010 •
                 HUB: Brooklyn Borough Hall/Tourism Visitors Center                                                                                                                                       This art gallery/event space was opened with the objective
                                                                                                                                          HUB: Brooklyn Lyceum
                                                                                                                                                                                                          of providing the local community with an artistic hub.
                    209 Joralemon Street (between Court & Adams)                                                                        227 4th Avenue (at President)
  2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall • A, C, F, to Jay Street/Borough Hall • M or R to Court Street                                                   M or R to Union Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                TOUR OF FOUR – SUNDAY
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS                                            LAND - League Artists Natural Design                                BOERUM HILL                                                          VISITS FOUR UNIQUE ART GALLERIES
BRIC Rotunda Gallery                                        67 Front Street                                                     Clover's Fine Art Gallery & Cafe, Inc.                                 THAT ARE OFF THE BEATEN PATH
33 Clinton Street                                           (at Main)                                                           338 Atlantic Avenue
                                                            917-670-9322 •                                  (between Smith & Hoyt)                                                      BUT WORTH THE TRIP!
(between Pierrepont & Cadman Plaza West)
718-875-4047 •                            League Treatment Center’s studio/gallery features adult             718-625-2121 •                     THIS IS A 4-HOUR TOUR – NOT A LOOP.
                                                                                                                                Clover’s Fine Art Gallery & Café is a newly renovated
The contemporary art space of BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn,        disabled artists and helps develop talents in a nurturing
                                                                                                                                multifaceted contemporary art space that hosts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1PM - 5PM
BRIC Rotunda Gallery is the oldest contemporary art         environment while marketing art in a vibrant, inclusive manner.
                                                                                                                                exhibitions by established and emerging artists of diverse
exhibition space in the borough.                                                                                                backgrounds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                HUB: Brooklyn Museum of Art
                                                            Randall Scott Gallery                                                                                                                            200 Eastern Parkway (at Washington)
DUMBO                                                       111 Front Street, Suite 204
                                                                                                                                Metaphor Contemporary Art                                                 2, 3 to Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum
A.I.R. Gallery                                              (between Washington & Adams)                                        382 Atlantic Avenue
111 Front Street, Suite 228                                 212-796-2190 •                              (between Hoyt & Bond)
(between Washington & Adams)                                Randall Scott Gallery exhibits established and emerging             718-254-9126 •                                  BAY RIDGE
212-255-6651 •                               contemporary artists working in photography, painting, film         Metaphor exhibits artwork of exceptional quality by
                                                            and installation/mixed media.                                       emerging and mid-career artists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gallery 364
A.I.R. Gallery is a non-profit cooperatively run gallery,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            364 72nd Street
advocating for women in the arts since 1972.
                                                            Smack Mellon                                                        Micro Museum                                                                (between 3rd & 4th)
                                                            92 Plymouth Street                                                  123 Smith Street                                                            917-767-3848 •
BAC Gallery                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gallery 364 offers monthly art competitions, group art
                                                            (at Washington)                                                     (between Dean & Pacific)
111 Front Street, Suite 218
                                                            718-834-8761 •                                      718-797-3116 •                                              sessions and art sales.
(between Washington & Adams)
                                                            Supporting artists in the creation and exhibition of new            Micro Museum is a living art center that hosts national
718-625-0080 •                                                                                          artists and resident artists in an exhibit entitled “Magic                  CROWN HEIGHTS
                                                            work by providing exhibition opportunities, studio
BAC Gallery exhibits the work of Brooklyn-based artists.                                                                        Numbers”.
                                                            workspace and access to equipment and technical                                                                                                 Chassidic Art Institute
Currently on view is “Surfacing Beneath,” a site-specific
                                                            assistance for the realization of ambitious projects.                                                                                           375 Kingston Avenue
installation by Lisa Kellner.                                                                                                   Shop Art                                                                    (between Carroll & Crown)
                                                                                                                                51 Bergen Street
                                                            Spring design & art                                                                                                                             718-774-9149
Central Booking                                                                                                                 (between Smith & Boerum)
                                                            126A Front Street                                                                                                                               Brooklyn art gallery showing the work of Chassidic artists.
111 Front Street, Suite 214                                                                                                     718-858-4535 •
                                                            (between Jay & Pearl)
(between Washington & Adams)                                                                                                    Shop Art is a new concept of an art gallery, resolutely
                                                            718-222-1054 •                                         engaging with an ability to recognize new artistic talents at               FiveMyles
347-731-6557 •
                                                            Spring is an exhibit space and store with curated shows that        affordable prices.                                                          558 St. Johns Place
Brooklyn’s own space focusing on the art of the book and
                                                            feature some of the best contemporary art and design.                                                                                           (between Classon & Franklin)
its fuller integration into the mainstream art world.
                                                                                                                                The Invisible Dog                                                           718-783-4438 •
                                                            The Giacobetti Paul Gallery                                         51 Bergen Street                                                            Contemporary art exhibitions, performances, community
DUMBO Arts Center
                                                            111 Front Street, Suite 220                                         (between Smith & Boerum)                                                    involvement, frequent spoken word and music events.
30 Washington Street
                                                            (between Washington & Adams)                                        718-858-4535 •
(between Plymouth & Water)                                                                                                      The Invisible Dog hosts exhibitions organized by guest                      SUNSET PARK
                                                            917-548-8107 •
718-694-0831 •                                                                                              curators from around the world.
                                                            Exhibits new works by emerging and established painters,                                                                                        Tabla Rasa Gallery
A non-profit contemporary arts organization which
                                                            sculptors, videographers and photographers.                                                                                                     224 48th Street
catalyzes interaction between visual artists, the local                                                                         GOWANUS
                                                                                                                                                                                                            (between 2nd & 3rd)
community and the wider public, in order to preserve the                                                                        Brooklyn Artists Gym
                                                            Umbrage Gallery                                                                                                                                 718-833-9100 •
neighborhood of DUMBO as a springboard for new art.                                                                             168 7th Street
                                                            111 Front Street, Suite 208                                                                                                                     Primary and secondary market artwork by emerging,
                                                            (between Washington & Adams)                                        (between 2nd & 3rd)                                                         mid-career and established artists in painting, sculpture,
Farmani Gallery                                                                                                                 718-858-9069 •
                                                            212-796-2707 •                                                                                                                 installation, drawing, prints, photography, digital, film & video.
111 Front Street, Suite 212                                                                                                     Brooklyn Artists Gym is dedicated to the contemporary
                                                            Umbrage Editions strives to be a leader in the presentation
(between Washington & Adams)                                                                                                    artist and making it affordable to show work in New York.
                                                            of contemporary visual arts and to provide a voice for
718-578-4478 •                           photographers.
The Farmani Gallery discovers and cultivates emerging                                                                           Proteus Gowanus
                                                                                                                                                                                                PHOTO COURTESY OF TABLA RASA GALLERY

artists working in the contemporary photography genre.      RED HOOK                                                            543 Union Street
                                                            BWAC - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition                        (at Nevins)
Henry Gregg Gallery                                         499 Van Brunt Street                                                718-243-1572 •
111 Front Street, Suite 226                                                                                                     An interdisciplinary gallery and reading room that links the
                                                            (at Beard)
(between Washington & Adams)                                                                                                    arts to other disciplines and to the community through
                                                            718-596-2507 •
718-408-1090 •                                                                                            exhibits and programs.
                                                            An 8,000 sq ft. Civil War era warehouse on the Red Hook
The Henry Gregg Gallery specializes in the fine arts and
                                                            waterfront used as an exhibition space.
                                                                                                                                                                                                I, BY ALEXANDRA LIMPERT

photography.                                                                                                                    PARK SLOPE
                                                            Kentler International Drawing Space                                 440 Gallery
Klompching Gallery                                          353 Van Brunt Street                                                440 6th Avenue
111 Front Street, Suite 206                                                                                                     (between 9th & 10th)
                                                            (between Wolcott & Dikeman)
(between Washington & Adams)                                                                                                    718-499-8543 •
                                                            718-875-2098 •
212-796-2070 •                                                                                                   An artist run gallery and alternative venue for thirteen
                                                            A non-profit gallery presenting innovative drawing and
The Klompching Gallery is described as ‘dynamic’ and one                                                                        Brooklyn artists seeking to present art to the community
                                                            work on paper by local, national and international artists.
of the galleries to watch in NYC.                                                                                               through exhibitions, talks, readings and events.
                                                            WORK Gallery                                                        Open Source
Kris Graves Projects                                        65 Union Street
111 Front Street, Suite 224                                                                                                     255 17th Street
                                                            (at Van Brunt)
(between Washington & Adams)                                                                                                    (between 5th & 6th)
                                                            646-460-5425 •
212-796-7558 •                                                                                           646-279-3969 •
                                                            WORK Gallery hosts dynamic exhibitions of contemporary              Open Source is a participant-driven art initiative in
Represents new and emerging artists and exhibits
                                                            art by visual artists working in 2-D, 3-D, film, music, and         Brooklyn that provides space, community and conceptual
contemporary photography.
                                                            performance.                                                        context for creative play and critical commentary.

                       Fall 2009

                 LYONS AND THE RABBIT                                                                              PONY EMPOWERMENT!
                     Spring 2008
    When it comes to brawn, we                                                                       Horses and humans go way back. Maybe it
all know that movers got game.                                                                    comes down to equine versatility: horses are
But are ample abs and art mu-                                                                     strong and smart, trainable, adaptable and gen-
tually exclusive? Brooklynite                                                                     tle. No one knows that better than the 15
Shawn Lyons doesn’t think so.                                                                     founders of GALLOPNYC, a group that pro-
    In 2004, Lyons had a van and                                                                  vides therapeutic horseback riding lessons to
a plan. If he could make a living                                                                 people with disabilities.
during the day, he’d finish his                                                                      Co-founder, president and longtime horse
novel at night. Rabbit Movers,                                                                    lover Alicia Kershaw is convinced of the benefits
his Brooklyn moving business,                                                                     of teaching people with disabilities to get up on
was born and it became so suc-                                                                    a horse, in a safe and supportive setting. “Horse-
                                                                                                  back riding promotes good muscle tone, balance
cessful that he needed to hire                  4 Rabbit Movers Makes Your Move!
                                                                                                  and posture, and can improve both cognitive
more ‘might.’ Then he confront-
                                                                                                  skills and emotional well-being,” said Kershaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Keith Forest
ed the issue that many entrepreneurs face: finding people who understood the importance
                                                                                                     GALLOP—short for Giving Alternative
of service in a service business.
                                                                                                  Learners Uplifting Opportunities—taps the Kens-
    On a whim, Lyons began hiring people like him: brawny types who were, at their core,          ington Stables in the southern tip of Prospect Park
artists. He paid better than minimum wage and cut some slack for things like auditions            for its riding facility and in 2008, GALLOP pro-
and performances. Lyons discovered that ‘like minds’ worked well together, resulting in           vided more than 850 lessons to 80 riders. Those           4 Kate rides a mare called Emma
glowing customer referrals and a growing business.                                                riders include people with physical and learning
    Not only can Rabbit Movers ‘move’ your stuff, they can also individually—and even col-        disabilities, emotional problems, cognitive disabilities such as autism, as well as kids in family
lectively—’move’ you with their art. Lyons counts photographers, musicians, novelists, song-      counseling and at-risk teens. Learning to mount a horse and walk and trot can provide a real
writers and rappers among his able-bodied staff and he’s even created a performance space         sense of empowerment. And let’s not forget that horseback riding is just plain fun!
in DUMBO—dubbed the Rabbithole Studio—where artists gather for performances.                         Although GALLOPNYC is a nonprofit organization, lessons for people with disabili-
    “I wanted Rabbit Movers to be more than a moving company,” said Lyons. “I wanted it           ties are not free. GALLOP relies on donations and fees for operational costs, so please,
to be a way station for creative people struggling to live the life they imagine. Then I wanted   consider making a donation.
it to be a springboard toward that life, and with Rabbit Movers, we’re building a catapult.”         The best review and last word goes to GALLOP client, 11-year-old Gabe, who says,
    Contact Rabbit Movers via email at, visit their websites at             “When I ride Marshmallow, I feel free!” or, or call them at (718) 852-2352 or toll                 To arrange lessons, for more information or to make a donation, visit
free at (888) WA BBITS.                                                                           or call (646) 413-0469 and leave a message.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Fall 2009

                                                                           BROOKLYN BEAT II
                                                                                                                                                                          Spring 2008

4 Govenor David Paterson was a guest of Senate Finance Chair Carl
Kruger, who led the passage of a bill that required voting materials be
translated into Russian, an idea whose time had come since Russian                                                                                  4 All of Brooklyn celebrated one of America’s most dynamic spiri-
is NYC’s third most spoken language and Brooklyn is the Russian-                                                                                    tual leaders, Reverend Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, pastor emeritus
speaking capital of America. Celebrating the bill signing at the                                                                                    of the St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church and pastor of Mount
Shorefront Y in Brighton Beach were (from left) Dr. Susan Levit,          4 Presidents three! Marty welcomed newly appointed CUNY presidents        Pisgah Baptist Church. Marty proclaimed the day “Reverend
Senator Martin Golden. Marty, Council Member Mike Nelson, Deputy          Dr. William L. Pollard of Medgar Evers College and Dr. Karen L. Gould     Youngblood’s Rites of Passage Community Gala Celebration Day in
Mayor for Legal Affairs Carol Robles-Roman, Assembly Member Alec          of Brooklyn College, proof that Brooklyn’s CUNY institutions will con-    Brooklyn, USA.”
Brook-Krasny, Governor Paterson, Comptroller-elect John Liu,              tinue the borough’s tradition of academic excellence.
Senator Kruger and Assembly Member Helene Weinstein.

                                                                                                                                                                                               4 The Man in the Mirror?
                                                                                                                                                                                               Mini-Michael! Ikim Whitley,
                                                                                                                                                                                               II was such a thriller that
                                                                                                                                                                                               the crowds at Spike Lee’s
                                                                                                                                                                                               tribute to Michael Jackson
                                                                                                                                                                                               in Prospect Park couldn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                               get enough. Ikim’s mother,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Kynda McQueen, (not pic-
                                                                                                                                                                                               tured) said five-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                               Ikim has been doing
                                                                                                                                                                                               Jackson impersonations for
                                                                                                                                                                                               more than a year. Just can’t
                                                                                                                                                                                               stop lovin’ you, Ikim!
4 The iceman came…to the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.              4 So he’ll live to love you longer! Joining Marty and Jamie to kick off
Summer Concert Series at Wingate Field. Cool crooner and song-            the annual Take Your Man to the Doctor campaign—with free health
writer Jerry Butler, the original lead singer from The Impressions        screenings at Borough Hall—were (left to right): “Real Housewives of
and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, wooed audiences with his         New York City” stars and Boerum Hill residents Simon van Kempen
soulful interpretations of his many R&B number one hits. Jamie            and Alex McCord; and “Biggest Loser: Couples” stars and Crown
and Marty were thrilled to welcome him back to Brooklyn.                  Heights residents Nicole Brewer and Damien Gurganious.

                                                                                                                                                    4 As the “Caribbean Capital of America,” Brooklyn is the place to be
                                                                          4 Get on board! Members of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino               for the 42nd Annual West Indian American Day Parade. And as a
                                                                          community-based organization, including executive director                proud “Trini from Tunapuna,” Marty was thrilled to join (left to
                                                                          Elizabeth Yeampierre (4th from right), celebrated the unveiling of        right): Senator and Conference Chair John Sampson; Governor
                                                                          its new hybrid electric bus, which will tour the Sunset Park com-         David Paterson; NYPD Chief of Department Joseph Esposito; Mayor
4 This Old Dutch House! One of the nation’s oldest wooden struc-
                                                                          munity advocating for environmental justice. Also present were (far       Michael Bloomberg; Yolanda Lezama-Clark, president, West Indian
tures, the Wyckoff Farmhouse, was the scene as third graders from
                                                                          right) Gil Quinones, COO, New York Power Authority, which pro-            American Day Carnival Association; Colin Powell; Congress Member
P.S. 119, the Amersfort School in East Flatbush, welcomed Dutch
                                                                          vided funding for the bus; and Raymond Figureroa (far left), exec-        Yvette Clarke; Mark Cornell, president, Moet Hennessy.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and Dutch Ambassador to
                                                                          utive director of Turning Point.
the U.S. Renée Jones to Brooklyn. NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian
Benepe and Marty were also among the greeters! Also present but
not pictured was Consul General of the Netherlands in New York
Hugo Gajus Scheltema.

                                                                          4 Safety first! Security cameras—funded by a bill backed by
                                                                          Senator Charles Schumer and from the financial support of
                                                                          Council Member Darlene Mealy and Marty—will help prevent
                                                                          crime in the Brownsville and Tilden Houses. With Marty were (left         4 Anything but idle. AARP Chapter 5055’s Senior Idol Contest proves
4 A little rain couldn’t dampen spirits at the Turkic and Balkan          to right): Senator Charles Schumer; Laura Morgan, president,              that Brooklyn seniors got talent! (Front row from left) musical director
Park Festival in Prospect Park, part of “Turkish Days in New York,”       Brownsville Houses Tenants Association; Marie Boone, president,           at Xaverian High School/Senior Idol judge Joseph Loposky, Irene
the nation’s largest Turkish festival which offered eight days of         Tilden Houses Tenants Association; Greg “Jocko” Jackson, executive        Dobronski, Celeste C. Tommasi, Kathy Bistreich, David Vann, Margie
events that showcased the Anatolian civilizations and Turkic and          director, Brownsville Partnership; Council Member Mealy; NYPD             Shore-Dubin and Lorraine Ross; (Back row from left) Last year’s winner
Balkan cultures and traditions. Senator Eric Adams, Turkish               Housing Chief Joanne Jaffe (hidden); NYPD Deputy Inspector                Tommy Andersen, Gianvito Bottalico, Richard Geiser, Randy Litz,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu, Marty and the                Samuel Wright, commanding officer, 73rd precinct; NYCHA                   Florence Irving, Fran Lucenti, Winner Tina Salerno and Matt D’Emic.
Consul General of Turkey, the Honorable Mehmet Samsar were all            Chairman John B. Rhea; and tenants and patrol volunteers of the           Not pictured were AARP president Al Asfazadour, pr/outreach guru
on hand to cheer for the rich traditions of Türkiye.                      Tilden and Brownsville Houses.                                            Gail Asfazadour and Memory Lane’s radio host Joe Franklin.

                      Fall 2009

       KEEPING HOUSE AND KEEPING                                                              UNCOMMONGOODS IN THE HOOD
           READERS SINCE 1875
            Spring 2008
                                                                                                                                       Brooklyn’s creativity is represented in everything
                                                                                                                                    from art to entrepreneurism. Now former Goldman
   The venerable monthly Good Housekeep-
                                                                                                                                    Sachs analyst David Bolotsky has put a whole ware-
ing has been a constant in American lives, of-
                                                                                                                                    house of creative ideas in one spot.
fering recipes sure to become family favorites
                                                                                                                                       In 1999, Bolotsky founded a catalog and web
and protecting consumers with the Good                                                                                              site business called UncommonGoods that offered
Housekeeping Seal. With a circulation of                                                                                            quirky, affordable products, plus great service and
more than 4,600,000—one out of every five                                                                                           a large selection of recycled or organic objects.
American women reads GH each month—                                                                                                 Their first big sellers were bottle openers made
the publication continues its spot-on read of                                                                                       from recycled bicycle chains, and the company
the nation’s collective psyche.                                                                                                     catalog is printed on Forest Stewardship Council-
   You might think—with its homespun                                                                                                certified paper.
viewpoint and rock solid advice—that Good                                                                                              In 2007 Bolotsky—the sole member of the origi-
Housekeeping issues from a Midwest locale,                                                                                          nal partners—moved operations to the Brooklyn
but its editor-in-chief since 2007 is Brooklyn’s                                                                                    Army Terminal in Sunset Park, where 50 are em-
                                                                                                  4 David Bolotsky with his
own Rosemary Ellis. A Cobble Hill resident                                                             UncommonGoods                ployed year-round and even more during the holi-
                                                      4 Good Housekeeping’s Rosemary Ellis
originally from Arkansas, Ellis hit New York                                                                                        days. Committed to keeping operations under one
right after college and within six months moved to Brooklyn, where she’s been ever since.    roof, Bolotsky wanted to stay in New York, and Brooklyn beckoned.
   In Cobble Hill, Ellis found a “storybook” red brick house in the Queen Anne style that       “Getting talented employees and drawing from the creative brew that is Brooklyn is
                                                                                             important to me,” Bolotsky said. “Everything is headquartered here and that sort of cohe-
she shares with husband Jim Anderson, director of technology at Packer Collegiate Insti-
                                                                                             sion makes for a customer-oriented business.”
tute, five-year-old daughter Lucy and a one-eyed cat. She also found “a hometown where
                                                                                                Bolotsky wants to design more in-house and hopes additional local artisans can come
shopkeepers and restaurateurs know my name and neighbors have time to stop and chat.”
                                                                                             aboard. What sort of products attract his eye? UncommonGoods currently features
   Maybe a similar vibe keeps readers coming back to G o o d Ho usekeeping, where the        bracelets crafted from antique buttons; official 2008 general election ballot necklaces; so-
pleasures of an old-fashioned tomato sandwich are recounted and a column called “Bless-      lar-powered garden lights; and a map of the U.S. made completely out of old license
ings” recently tallied up the virtues of friendship. Yes indeed, Brooklyn and Good House-    plates. So listen up Brooklynites, if you’ve got uncommon talent, maybe David Bolotsky
keeping have a lot in common—love of family, an appreciation for good value, and then,       will help sell your uncommon goods!
of course, there’s Rosemary Ellis.                                                              UncommonGoods; www.uncommon; (888) 365-0056. To pitch product
   Good Housekeeping is published monthly; subscriptions are available at                    ideas, please contact To inquire about a seasonal job, or by calling (800) 888-7788.                                   contact

                      Fall 2009

                                                WORTH THEIR “WAIT” IN GOLD
                     Spring 2008

                               Name:                                               Name: Michelle Zirpoli                                                         Name:
                               Bartolomeo Pascale                                  Age: 28                                                                        Ryan Sanborn
                               Age: 42                                             Restaurant:                                                                    Age: 26
                               Restaurant:                                         DeStefano’s Steakhouse                                                         Restaurant:
                               Il Colosseo                                         (89 Conselyea St.)                                                             Barrio
                               (7704 18th Ave.)                                    Williamsburg                                                                   (210 7th Ave.)
                               Bensonhurst                                         Cuisine: Steak; it’s a carnivore’s paradise!                                   Park Slope
                               Cuisine: Italian                                    Lives in: Williamsburg                                                         Cuisine: Mexican
                               Lives in:                                           Hails from: Long Island                                                        Lives in:
                               Bensonhurst                                         Interests/Hobbies: She loves to work                                           Sunset Park
                               Hails from: Italy                                   and just hang out but a vacation to any-                                       Hails from: Maine
Interests/Hobbies: Bartolomeo loves jazz music      where hot where the sand is white and the water is crystal blue is her         Interests/Hobbies: Ryan is a writer and a film buff.
and has facinating hobby: growing bonsai.           idea of relaxing.                                                              When he is not waiting tables, he can often be found
Trademark: “I’ll be back in 60 seconds.”            Trademark: Colleagues call her “Zippy,” because “once I start I can’t stop!”   writing and watching films.
                                                    Why she likes waiting tables: “I like making people feel comfort-              Trademark: Ryan cuts his own hair which gives him
Why he likes waiting tables: “It’s a great chance
                                                    able and at home. As soon as you walk into DeStefano’s, you feel               his own unique style.
to meet a whole lot of different people and
                                                    comfortable, but I like to expand that feeling with attentive and              Why he likes waiting tables: “I like collecting peo-
you’ re constantly learning new combinations of
                                                    excellent service.”                                                            ple’s stories for my writing. Brooklynites are real
food pairing.”
                                                    Favorite Dish: Filet mignon, medium rare, with garlic mashed pota-             characters when it comes to telling tales.”
Favorite Dish: Branzino with porcini mushrooms      toes and maple glazed carrots.                                                 Favorite Dish: Yucatan Shrimp.
Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever          Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited on: The mayor of             Most interesting/famous person you’ve ever waited
waited on: Jason Patrick, actor, who played Cary    Omaha, Nebraska, whose name she can’t recall. (It’s Mayor Jim Suttle,          on: John Hodgeman, a humorous writer and editor, also
in Neil LaBute’s Your Friends and Neighbors.        Michelle!) She’s hoping to wait on someone famous soon.                        known as the “PC” guy from the Mac commercials.

                                                                                                                                                               Fall 2009

                          MOVING ON UP                                                               PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS: ONE CALL DOES IT ALL!
    Brooklyn teens looking to earn a GED or                                                                                                Winter 2008
                                                                                                     One call to 3-1-1 connects you with public school
improve skills on the job need look no further                                                       experts and information about:
than the Sunset Park Alliance for Youth (SPA),
an organization established in February 2009 in                                                      •   Enrollment
Sunset Park that offers young people ages 16-                                                        •   Transportation
24 multiple opportunities to improve their lives.                                                    •   Admissions
    Paired with an Alliance caseworker from their                                                    •   Any other questions you have about your
first day of contact, young Brooklynites can gain                                                        child’s public school education
access to GED or work skills programs. SPA di-                                                      The DOE’s enhanced 311 service makes it easier for parents to get information and
rector Stacie Sanchez said, “Our case managers                                                      answers on New York City public schools, all by making one call. Hundreds of 311
really get to know their individual clients. In fact,                                               representatives have been trained to handle basic education inquiries and the DOE has
grants from JobsFirst NYC, the Clark Founda-                                                        enlisted specialists to handle an even wider range of questions. Calls to existing DOE
tion, the Tiger Foundation and funding from the                                                     hotlines are now routed to the education experts at 311, who are all Brooklyn-based.
Mayor’s Office of Adult Education allowed us to
expand services, allowing case managers to actu-                                                                      CALLING ALL POETS IN BROOKLYN
ally accompany a client to make sure that the                                                            BOROUGH PRESIDENT MARTY MARKOWITZ SEEKS POET LAUREATE
class or workshop is the right fit.”
    Not only are pre-GED, GED, ESOL pro- 4 Imee Hernandez, Alliance case manager,
                                                           with client Martin Williams                                                   The Poet Laureate must be a Brooklyn resident with
grams and job counseling available, but young
Brooklynites can also get assistance with housing, healthcare and psychological counseling. Al-                                          recognition as a poet and a commitment to promoting
liance partner agencies include Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Fifth Avenue Commit-                                                        poetry and literacy in Brooklyn.
tee-Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, Lutheran Family Health Centers, Opportunities for a                                                   Applicants should submit 5-10 pages of their work;
Better Tomorrow, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation and Turning Point.                                                    a two-page bio or resume and a cover letter
    The Alliance is always looking for job openings for the young folks they counsel, so if you                                            that describes their vision of engaging Brooklyn
have a business that could use a skilled and energetic young person, contact the Alliance today!                                           communities in writing and appreciating poetry.
    The A lliance welcomes young people ages 16-24 from throughout the borough, but
participants must be able to get to Sunset Park where the programs are located. For more                                                     Mail to:                Brooklyn, New York 11201
information, contact the Sunset Park A lliance for Youth; 783 4th A venue, Lower Level,                                                      Brooklyn Borough Hall   Att: Liz Koch
Brooklyn, NY 11232; (718)788-2305, visit or email them at                                                         209 Joralemon Street    or

                        THE LIVING TORAH                                                                          DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN
     “We are the only museum in the
                                                                                                                     GUITAR HERO
 world that allows you to touch an-                                                                                                                Roughly 20 years ago, William del Pilar, a
 cient items,” said Rabbi Shaul Shi-                                                                                                            guitar builder in downtown Brooklyn, went to
 mon Deutsch, owner/proprietor of                                                                                                               sleep and dreamed of a magic sound. “I could
 the Living Torah Museum in Bor-                                                                                                                hear myself playing, and it just sounded like the
 ough Park. The museum has been                                                                                                                 perfect guitar,” he said. “When I woke up, I was
 open for eight years and was in-
                                                                                                                                                frustrated, because most guitars don’t have that
 spired by the idea that reading the
                                                                                                                                                sound.” His pursuit of the sound of his dreams
 Torah ( Judaism’s holiest text) is
                                                                                                                                                eventually led him to create a new method us-
 only the first step in understanding
                                                                                                                                                ing wooden braces to support the guitar’s body,
 its wisdom. Deutsch’s museum
                                                                                                                                                which he says gives it a purer tone.
 contains nearly a thousand archae-
                                                                                                                                                   Del Pilar’s road to Brooklyn began in Que-
 ological artifacts similar to those
 mentioned in the Torah—every-                                                                                                                  bradillas, Puerto Rico, where his father,
 thing from ancient coins to every-                                                                                                             William, Sr., worked as a cabinet maker. Dur-
                                                                                                   4 William de Pilar, master guitar maker
 day household items. “I believe that                                                                                                           ing a bar fight in town, one combatant broke his
 if you touch history, history touch-                      4 Torah Animal World                    guitar over another man’s head. The guitarist asked the elder Del Pilar if he could fix his
 es you,” he said.                                                                                 damaged instrument, and a new craftsman was born. He eventually moved to New York,
     Earlier this year, Rabbi Deutsch took the Living Torah Museum to a new level by               and opened his own shop in Downtown Brooklyn. William, Jr., joined his dad in 1950,
 opening Torah Animal World right next door, which aims to provide a zoological com-               when he was six years old, and eventually took over the business.
 panion to the Torah. For example, the Torah has five different names for lion. And like              Today, del Pilar is one of the most sought-after guitar makers in the world, with an ex-
 many animals represented in the museum, there is a real, taxidermy-preserved lion. “You           clusive clientele that is willing to pay up to $4,500 for one of his instruments. Each one is
 can’t touch a lion in the Museum of Natural History,” Deutsch proudly notes.                      custom-built—sometimes using exotic rosewood that del Pilar’s father salvaged from the
     In addition to running two museums and presiding over rabbinical duties, Deutsch runs         Columbia St. piers 40 years ago—and requires up to a year to produce.
 City Harvest, which provides $5.5 million worth of food each year to New York’s hungry. For          Although New York City was once a haven for guitar makers, del Pilar is one of the
 him, museums are about providing intellectual sustenance. “I don’t want people to just study      few who still practice this increasingly rare art. “It’s like a museum,” he says of his shop. “I
 words,” he says. “I want them to be able to see, feel and understand what the words convey.”      want to educate people about how instruments should sound.” Who woulda guessed that
     The Living Torah Museum, 1601 41st St.; Torah A nimal World, 1605 41st St.                    this perfect guitar sound would come out of downtown Brooklyn, USA?
 A ll are welcome, but admission is by appointment only. (877) PLA N-A -TOUR;                         Del Pilar Handcrafted Guitars, 200 A tlantic A ve., (btw Boerum Pl. and Court St.);                                                                        (718) 858-6564

                       Fall 2009

                                                                BROOKLYN MOURNS
                     Spring 2008
                    Nasser Ahmed and Mousse Alsaidi,                                of Mahalia Hill, killed in combat in                          Mickens, celebrated principal of Boys
                    Coney Island residents (and cousins)                            southern Afghanistan • Dr. Charles                            & Girls High School in Bed-Stuy •
                    who were killed in service to our coun-                         Hughes, led municipal labor union                             Bay Ridge’s Rosemarie O’Keefe, for-
                    try as contractors with the 82nd                                Local 372 for 30 years • Stanley H.                           mer commissioner of the Community
                    Airborne Division in Afghanistan •                              Kaplan, founder of the renowned                               Assistance Unit under Mayor Giuliani
                    Angelo Alaimo, patriarch of the                                 Stanley H. Kaplan Educational                                 • Norm Ostrin, Coney Island born
                    Alaimo family and founder of Europa                             Centers, the nation’s first test prep                         and bred, Lincoln HS grad who
                    Restaurant and Villabate Pasticceria &                          company and a devoted supporter of                            worked tirelessly to improve stu-
                                                                  Frank Mickens
                    Bakery in Bensonhurst • Charles Bail,                           the Brooklyn Academy of Music •              Norman Reide
                                                                                                                                                  dents/athletes’ lives • Jackie Randazzo
    Suzanne Fiol    Pearl Harbor veteran and resident of                            Adelaide Kassenbrock, long time Bay                           Page, long time owner of Randazzo’s
                    Brooklyn for more than 70 years •                               Ridge community council leader and       Clam Bar in Sheepshead Bay • Al Puma, Brooklyn septua-
Melva Bailey, member of CB8 • Martin Becker, owner of                               civic activist • Norman Katz, Brighton   genarian who ran the Empire State Building race and par-
M&M Smoked Fish Co. at Brooklyn Terminal Market for                                 Beach/Coney Island activist and city     ticipated in 2007 Lighten Up Brooklyn • Norman Reide,
more than 50 years, father of Joyce Seddio and father-in-law                        marshall extraordinaire • John W.        aka “Old Granddad,” 24-year-record of service with the
to former Assembly Member Frank Seddio • Fran Berman,                               Kneller, former Brooklyn College         NYC Dept. of Sanitation and an active member of the Fort
life long educator, PS 201 assistant principal, and wife to                         president • Charles Krause, founder of   Green Youth Patrol, Manpower, Youth-in-Action, Bedford-
former City Council Finance chair Herb Berman • Stanley                             Skaffles Restaurant in Bay Ridge,        Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. and the Brooklyn Summer
Biesky, past president of the Brighton Atlantic Unit of B’nai                       founder of Charles Sally & Charles,                           Concert Series • Leonard Silver, CB6
B’rith • Philip C. Cox, principal of Boys & Girls High                              Inc. caterers at the Palm House at                            board member, 51st AD Republican
                    School from 1980-1986 • Andy                Rosemarie O’Keefe   Brooklyn Botanic Garden, loving hus-                          district leader and 5th Avenue busi-
                    DiOrio, first chair of CB7 • Bernard                            band to Sally, and father to Charlie,                         nessperson • Helen Sokoloski, CB10
                    Ehrlich, practicing architect and mem-                          Katherine and Ginny Krause • Brother                          member • Brenda Thompson, public
                    ber of the borough president’s Hoyt                             George Larkin, O.S.F., dean of                                school educator and mother of
                    Schermerhorn Task Force and the                                 Academics at St. Francis College for                          Comptroller Bill Thompson • Louisa
                    Atlantic       Avenue        Betterment                         more than 35 years, aka “Mr. St.                              Verito, CB11 treasurer • Jackie Ward,
                    Association • Jeremy G. Epstein, attor-                         Francis      College”    •    Dorothy                         active in Democratic politics including
                    ney with more than three decades of                             Littlejohn, business owner, member of        Jackie Ward      positions with Governor Cuomo,
                    legal experience including the U.S.                             CB3, and vp of Gates Ave/Bedford                             Bronx Borough President Fernando
   Frank McCourt    Attorney’s Office, the law firm of                              Ave Block Association • Frank            Ferrer, the New York State Assembly, the New York State
                    Shearman & Sterling and extensive                               McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning          Democratic Party, as well as Hillary Clinton’s Senate cam-
public and pro-bono service • Harold Fallick, loyal CB13         Jackie Randazzo
                                                                                    writer, wit, raconteur and one of        paign and long time member of the Christian Cultural
member • Suzanne Fiol, founder/director of the music                   Page         Brooklyn’s favorite sons • Harold        Center • Marcella A. Williams, CB17 member who
venue Issue Project Room • Spec. Kevin Hill, beloved son                            Meckler, CB15 member • Frank             worked to get truck traffic off Linden Blvd.