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                               MESSAGE                                BROOKLYN’S ON THE MAP!
                               MARTY
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The days are longer, the winds are warmer, and Brooklyn is
springing to life—with plenty for those from Brooklyn and
beyond to enjoy.Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering meal
at Dine In Brooklyn, March 19-30. Spring is in the air, literal-
ly, when the Universoul Circus big top goes up at Prospect Park
(April 18-May 6), and there is no sweeter-smelling sign of
spring than the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Forsythia Day
(April 1), in honor of Brooklyn’s official flower, or the Sakura
Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (April 28 & 29). The fifth
annual Bklyn Designs exhibition kicks off in DUMBO (May
11-13) and BAM will bring the creative energy of the
Sundance Film Festival back to Brooklyn (May 31-June 10). It
wouldn’t be spring without the Green-Wood Cemetery
Memorial Day concert (May 28), and the Brooklyn
International Film Festival (June 1-10) enters its tenth year.
The season heats up when our BrooklynBest event comes to



                                                                      T        he word is out—Brooklyn has gone from best-kept secret to front
Grand Army Plaza (June 2 & 3), and the Coney Island beach-
es open (Memorial Day weekend). And don’t forget, Brooklyn                     page news! In addition to features in magazines like Travel +
Cyclones tickets go on sale the last week of April! As always,                 Leisure, the hip Lonely Planet travel guide, an international
please send any correspondence, including suggestions for
                                                                      authority on tourism and travel, has officially named Brooklyn one of the
                                                                      top destinations in the entire world for 2007. STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 2
future Brooklyn!! articles, to askmarty@brooklynbp.nyc.gov, or



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                                                                      In 2006, 44 million tourists visited New York City—a new record. One in
                                                                      four of those visitors came to visit friends or relatives, which means 11 mil-
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                                                                            HAMPTON JITNEY COMING TO BROOKLYN!                            (PAGE 5)

                                                                      A Courier-Life Publication
       DOUBLE THE ICE, TWICE AS NICE                                                                 LETTER FROM MARTY: ATLANTIC YARDS
    Move over Rockefeller Center—ice skaters                                                            The Atlantic Yards proj-
are already twirling with delight about plans to                                                     ect took an important step
spruce up Brooklyn’s wildly popular outdoor                                                          forward when the state ap-
skating rink, in the heart of Prospect Park!                                                         proved the project in
    In February, Marty joined Mayor                                                                  December.
Bloomberg, Parks Department Commissioner                                                                Atlantic Yards promises
Adrian Benepe, City Council Speaker Chris-                                                           not only the return of pro-
tine Quinn, Council Members Tish James and                                                           fessional sports to Brooklyn,
                                                                                                     but the creation of union
David Yassky, and Prospect Park Alliance Pres-
                                                                                                     jobs, affordable housing, and
ident Tupper Thomas to announce plans for a
                                                                                                     the kind of downtown our
$39 million state-of-the-art ice-skating facility 4 Prospect Park’s ice rink gets a makeover.        thriving and growing bor-              4 Model development: the future Nets arena.
to replace Wollman Rink, which after 46 years                                                        ough deserves. We will soon
of skaters gliding, twirling—and yes, falling—is ready for retirement. (Marty, Mayor                 be reaping these and other benefits, such as world-class architecture, an on-site school,
Bloomberg, and the City Council each contributed $7.5 million to the project, and the remain-        street-level shopping, and accessible open space, which will enhance Downtown
ing funds will be raised by the Prospect Park Alliance.)                                             Brooklyn, knitting together neighborhoods to create a vibrant new center of city life.
    The new Lakeside Center, which will be open year-round, will feature two regulation-size            During the project’s planning process, I suggested changes including a reduction in
ice rinks (also suitable for hockey), a café, gift shop, and space for events and educational pro-   size, asking that the “Miss Brooklyn” building not be taller than the Williamsburgh
gramming. During the warm-weather months, the facility will host outdoor activities and ped-         Savings Bank building, and that the project’s four tallest buildings be reduced in size. I
al boating on the beautiful park lake.                                                               am encouraged that my request to limit height was heeded. I also called for increased
    Construction of the center will conform to national green-building standards, and is             open space, and am pleased that a full acre was added to the plan.
                                                                                                        Mitigating traffic, parking, and construction and infrastructure issues will be a top
slated to begin in 2008 next to the site of Wollman Rink. The surrounding area will
                                                                                                     priority for my office in the days ahead, especially now that preliminary work on the site
also be landscaped according to the original designs of Prospect Park planners Freder-
                                                                                                     has started. I remain committed to resolving these issues efficiently and equitably.
ick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.                                                                       We must continue to engage the best minds to address quality-of-life concerns,
    Starting in 2010, New Yorkers will be flocking to Brooklyn’s signature park to do Salchows,      and work together to ensure that this project delivers on its promise of setting a new
toe loops, and double axles at the new rinks. And considering that Wollman Rink has long             standard for urban development across America—which I truly believe it will. At
been one of the borough’s most popular places to take a date, having two rinks instead of one        this phase of Atlantic Yards’ development, the more voices and energy dedicated to
might just signal a Brooklyn population boom! For more info, visit www.prospectpark.org.             these goals, the better.




  TURNING THE TIDE AT NEWTOWN CREEK                                                                                   MOTHERS KNOW BEST
                                                              By now the story should be fa-
                                                          miliar to Brooklynites: For half a
                                                          century, oil and other chemicals
                                                          have seeped into Newtown
                                                          Creek, the East River tributary
                                                          dividing Brooklyn and Queens, as
                                                          well as some 55 acres underneath
                                                          Greenpoint, degrading residents’
                                                          homes and businesses and poten-
                                                          tially threatening their health.
                                                              At an estimated 17 million gal-
                                                          lons, the Greenpoint Oil Spill is
   4 Marty and Basil Seggos of Riverkeeper view the 50% larger than the notorious
              pollution at Newtown Creek.
                                                         Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska,
 making it the largest urban oil disaster in North America—ever.                                              4 Martine Guerrier, the City’s new Chief Family Engagement Officer

    So why is the Valdez front-page news while Newtown Creek is still an eyesore? The
                                                                                                         Good news for Brooklyn and New York City public school parents, as we just got a pow-
 answer is ExxonMobil, which despite gushing corporate profits for the third straight year
                                                                                                     erful new advocate with Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s creation of a
 in 2006—with almost $40 billion!—can’t close the spigot on polluting Brooklyn.
                                                                                                     new Chief Family Engagement Officer position at the Department of Education.
    Luckily, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recently announced plans to add powerful                       As is so often the case when the City looks for commissioners, deputy commission-
 state-level muscle to a lawsuit to hold ExxonMobil accountable for the Greenpoint Oil               ers, directors, and “czars,” it has chosen a leader from Brooklyn—Martine Guerrier, a
 Spill, which was originally filed by the non-profit environmental organization Riverkeeper          proud Haitian-American who grew up in Queens and now lives in Park Slope. Her 10-
 with support from Marty and Council Members Eric Gioia and David Yassky. (Assembly                  year-old son, Domenic, is a fifth grader at P.S. 133.
 Member Vito Lopez and State Senator Erik Dilan also signed on in January.)                              As a school board chair, educational lobbyist, and Marty’s appointee to the influen-
    “ExxonMobil has proven itself far less than a model corporate citizen, placing its greed         tial Panel for Educational Policy, Martine has established a reputation as a frank and in-
 for windfall profits over public safety and the well-being of the environment,” said Cuomo.         dependent voice for parents. As Chief Family Engagement Officer, she will be working
    Marty and his staff continue to monitor the situation, with the intent of proving                to make the city more responsive to parents’ ideas and concerns regarding both depart-
 to Texas oil barons that “you don’t mess with Brooklyn.” And by keeping the pres-                   mental policy and decisions affecting their children.
 sure on, Brooklynites can transform Newtown Creek from a barrier to progress into                       “Martine proves you can be a can-do person without being a yes-person,” said Mar-
                                                                                                     ty, who has long pushed for parents to have more say in public schools. “And believe me,
 a clean and beautiful waterway tha all of Brooklyn can be proud of. Who knows,
                                                                                                     when it’s for the good of New York City, we’re always happy to export a little of our fa-
 maybe one day we’ll call it Newtown Beach! For more info, visit www.riverkeeper.org.
                                                                                                     mous ‘Brooklyn Attitude.’”


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                                     SCENIC HASIDIC BROOKLYN                                                                                               MORE TOURS!
   You’re probably aware that Brooklyn is proud                                                   cially by the teachings of Rabbi Menachem
home to the largest Orthodox, Hasidic, and                                                        Schneerson (of blessed memory), that he launched                           Weeksville
Sephardic Jewish populations in America, centered                                                 a mission to share the richness and intellectual ex-   The inspiring “Weeksville Walkabout” tour
around         Crown      Heights,       Midwood,                                                 citement of Hasidism with the world.                   showcases the historical residences of one of
Williamsburg, Borough Park, and Gravesend.                                                            The Welcome Center leads visitors through          America’s first free African-American commu-
But you might not know that curious Brooklynites                                                  a Hasidic synagogue, a Jewish scholarship hall,        nities. Founded in 1838 by James Weeks,
and visitors alike can learn more about this won-                                                 a Hasidic library, and a scribe studio, where          Brooklyn’s Weeksville had its own businesses,
derful community through its very own tourism                                                     torahs from around the world are painstakingly         schools, and churches—even its own newspa-
outlet, the Chassidic Discovery Welcome Center.                 4 Frum here to there:             refurbished using a quill and ink. For the             per and baseball team. Tours start in May on
   Members of the Hasidic community can be                 Hasidic community courts tourism       Passover season, Rabbi Epstein and his tour            the third Saturday of each month.
very private, and beyond the black suits and hats worn by its guides will take groups to a matzoh factory.                                                   www.weeksvillesociety.org; 718-756-5250.
bearded men, outsiders often know little about the group. But                   Rabbi Epstein is quick to point out that his tours are not simply
since 1982, Rabbi Beryl Epstein has helped nearly 200,000 in- about observation; they also stress interactivity and engagement. “This                                 Levy’s Unique New York
trigued visitors immerse themselves in Hasidic culture.                     is a spiritual adventure,” says Rabbi Epstein. “We want to teach people      If you’re feeling LUNY, try the “Brooklyn Beat”
   It was when Rabbi Epstein, who grew up in a Jewish family in Ten- about the Hasidic lifestyle. Through education, we can build bridges                guided bus tour that has been thrilling out-of-
nessee, first came to Brooklyn to study architecture as a teenager that he and promote unity and peace in mankind.” L’chaim!                             towners for years. It includes trips to the Brook-
discovered the Hasidic Lubavitch movement. He felt so inspired, espe-           For more information,go to www.jewishtours.com or call 718-953-5244.     lyn Bridge, the City Reliquary, Williamsburg,



                       LIKE A BIG PIZZA PIE — THAT’S AMORE!
                                                                                                                                                         DUMBO, Prospect Park, Coney Island, and
                                                                                                                                                         other notable Brooklyn locales.
                                                                                                                                                             www.vintagenytours.com; 718-287-6177.

                                             When it comes to true piz-         Muia, a Bensonhurst native, has long been a connoisseur of the                         Bike the Big Apple
                                         za soul, nowhere beats Brook-       finer things in life—namely pizza. But it wasn’t until 2005 that he de-     Cyclists can take several themed Brooklyn
                                         lyn. Sure, Domino’s may have        cided to put his vast reservoir of Brooklyn pizza knowledge to profes-      jaunts, including “The Brooklyn Brownstone
                                         tried to invent a mass-pro-         sional use.                                                                 Tour—From Sheik to Shining Chic,” “The
                                         duced “Brooklyn-Style” pie,            “Pizza is something that most folks like,” says Muia. “And in            Great Brew, View, and Chocolate Tour,” and
                                         but in a borough that’s home        Brooklyn, we’re a little pickier about our pizza, so we’ve got the best.”   “The Affable Elephant and The Adorable
                                         to Totonno’s in Coney Island,          Although the world-class pizza is what draws people in, Muia             Lady.” Bike the Big Apple is sure to take you
                                         Di Fara in Midwood, Antho-          prides himself on the depth with which he covers the borough. “No           for a ride!
                                         ny’s in Park Slope, Franny’s in     other bus tour highlights Brooklyn the way I do,” he says. “We visit fa-        www.bikethebigapple.com; 877-865-0078.
    4 Pizza Tour’s Tony Muia gives       Prospect Heights, or any of         mous movie locations, Brooklyn landmarks, points of interest, and
         tourists a piece of the pie
                                        our delicious pizzerias, Brook-      even tucked-away neighborhoods few people know about.”                                   Green-Wood Cemetery
 lynites were quick to say, “fuhgeddaboudit.”                                   Muia also enjoys correcting wrongheaded notions about Brooklyn.          Green-Wood Cemetery historian Jeffrey Rich-
    Thanks to them, Tony Muia’s one-man company, “A Slice of                 “People are surprised by the beauty of Brooklyn and all that it has to      man has been leading tours of the Cemetery for
 Brooklyn” tour, is doing brisk business shuttling savvy (and hungry!)       offer,” he says. But one thing they’re always right about is the pizza—     over 17 years, bringing tourists and families to
 tourists to two of our borough’s legendary pizza spots: Grimaldi’s in       mangia!                                                                     the final resting places of some of the country’s
 DUMBO and L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst.                                  For more info, visit www.bknypizza.com or call 212-209-3370.             most intriguing characters, including Charles



                                           THIS LAND IS OUR LAND
                                                                                                                                                         Ebbets, Boss Tweed, Leonard Benstein, Henry
                                                                                                                                                         Ward Beecher, Susan Smith McKinney-Stew-
                                                                                                                                                         ard, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and others.
                                                                                                                                                               www.green-wood.com; 718-788-7850.
                                                                                 If you really want to get to know this goddess, and hear about the
                                                                             famous Brooklynites buried at Green-Wood, just ask Ruth Ede-                           Tours by Ron Schweiger
                                                                             bohls, tour coordinator for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Envi-         No one knows Brooklyn better than official
                                                                             ronment (BCUE), located in Prospect Park. (Green-Wood Ceme-                 Borough Historian Ron Schweiger, and his
                                                                             tery was named a National Historic Landmark in 2006.)                       guided tours of the historic architecture and
                                                                                 Through organizations like BCUE, visitors and Brooklynites are          homes of Victorian Flatbush reveal the heart
                                                                             discovering our borough’s historic sites. After years in Manhattan,         and soul of Brooklyn.
                                                                             Park Slope native Edebohls lives in her childhood home, and proud-               718-377-5527. By appointment only.
                                                                             ly touts Brooklyn’s treasures. “A lot of people are coming back to the
                                                                             old neighborhood,” she says. “They see how much it’s changed.”                       Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari
                                                                                 BCUE and Executive Director Sandy Franklin have offered more            Word of Brooklyn’s wild parrot population
                                                                             than 50 tours, covering every corner of Brooklyn, since 1976. In ad-        has flown around the world and back. Now
                                                                             dition to walking tours of Green-Wood Cemetery, DUMBO and                   you can see first-hand what all the squawking
                                                                             Bedford-Stuyvesant, BCUE has added a sustainable-building bike              is about with a guided tour led by Stephen
     4 BCUE’s headquarters are at the Prospect Park Tennis House             tour and popular boat cruises highlighting the natural and industrial       Baldwin, “the birdman of Brooklyn” himself.
                                                                             landscapes of places not usually considered tourist attractions, like                  www.brooklynparrots.com
   Have you met Minerva? She’s beautiful, and quite statuesque—
                                                                            Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal.
perhaps because she is in fact a statue! Perched atop a hill in Sunset
                                                                                “We want to give people a sense of their own community, to create           For a complete list of tour companies serving
Park’s Green-Wood Cemetery since 1920, Minerva is positioned to
                                                                            an attachment,” says Edebohls. “I get a kick out of people discovering            Brooklyn, go to www.visitbrooklyn.org.
face the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor far below while guard-
                                                                            all this history in their own neighborhoods.”
ing the graves of so many Brooklyn luminaries of yore around her.
                                                                                For more info, visit www.bcue.org or call 718-788-8500


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BROOKLYN NAMED HOTTEST DESTINATION OF 2007!
(STORY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1)
   In Bluelist 2007, its annual preview of cutting-edge vacation spots, the world’s                   Anticipating this influx, hotels are
largest independent travel publisher praised Brooklyn’s “hot art and restaurant                     going up across the borough, from
scenes” and its “neighborhood intimacy,” placing the County of Kings in high-class                  Downtown Brooklyn to Emmons
company with Hawaii and New Orleans as the hottest American places to visit in                      Avenue in Sheepshead Bay and
2007.                                                                                               beyond. In addition to the expanded
   “Of all the boroughs, none has exploded in popularity like Brooklyn,” said Brice                 Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge,
Gosnell, Lonely Planet’s American region publisher. “Brooklyn is the new down-                      visitors will soon have options
town—with urban hipsters, diverse communities still intact, its own parades and                     including a Sheraton on Willoughby
festivals, and a unique blend of small businesses and restaurants that make it a                    Street, boutique hotels on Fourth
must-see for any visit to New York.”                                                                Avenue, and the new Holiday Inn
   The Lonely Planet accolades add to the work Marty and Borough Hall have                          Express on Union Street near the
done to cultivate a vibrant tourism industry in Brooklyn, which not only attracts                   Gowanus Canal.
visitors but creates jobs and stimulates other sectors of our economy.                                Brooklyn has long been “proud
   In addition to opening the Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center in 2004,                         home to everyone from every-
Marty also worked to make the dream of the new cruise terminal in Red Hook a                        where,” and now we’re proud host
reality, is encouraging the revitalization of Coney Island (with Mayor Bloomberg                    too. And hosts should spread the
and Council Member Domenic Recchia), and is launching initiatives like “Dine in                     word about the “Brooklyn Pass,” a
Brooklyn” Restaurant Week (March 19-30) that put our culinary and cultural scene                    two-day economy ticket produced
on the national and international map.                                                              by Heart Of Brooklyn good for
   “The rest of the world is starting to recognize what Brooklynites have always                    entry into 11 of the borough’s
known,” says Marty. “Not only is our borough the best place to live, work, and raise                biggest draws, including the
                                                                                                                                             4 Brooklyn’s on the map: trusted guidebook calls
family—it’s also a world-class place to visit.”                                                     Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the                    Brooklyn a hip place for a trip.
   With so many Americans able to trace their roots to Brooklyn, it’s no surprise that              Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the
many Brooklyn visitors are friends and relatives of our residents. But thanks to all the            Jewish Children’s Museum, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the New York
publicity, the borough is also attracting tourists who simply want to see what all the              Aquarium. Passes are only $25 for adults and $15 for children.
hype is about—and if they want to take a day-trip to Manhattan, that’s OK too!                        For all Brooklyn visitor information, go to www.visitbrooklyn.org.




            SAVE LIVES, MAKE A SPLASH                                                                                       BROOKLYN JITNEY
    When Marty was growing up, he always envied the lifeguards at Coney Island because                                                                                  For too long, Brooklyn
they got all the action. There was nothing better, he figured, than getting paid to sit on a                                                                         vacationers headed for the
throne like King of the Beach, look good, and catch stares from all the girls.                                                                                       Hamptons had to trek into
    Some things never change, but some do. Like now, when Marty’s sunbathing, the girls                                                                              Manhattan to catch a bus
aren’t just ignoring him, they’re averting their eyes! Also, being a lifeguard is, of course, now                                                                    traveling to those beautiful
open to both men and women.                                                                                                                                          beaches—but that ritual is
                                                                                                                                                                     about to change.
    For a young man or woman who
                                                                                                                                                                        This spring, Hampton
loves swimming, earning good pay—
                                                                                                                                                                     Jitney, the seasonal coach
at least $11.72/hour—and perform-                                                                                                                                    company that has shuttled
ing a valuable public service at the                                                                                                                                 city sun-seekers to the
same time, a summer job as a life-                                                                                                                                   beach for 33 years, will be
guard is just the ticket. Most Brook-                                                                                                                                introducing direct service
lynites, like Marty, “summer” in                                                                                                                                     from Brooklyn to the
Brooklyn, and they join the 10 mil-                                                                                                                                  Hamptons and the North
lion visitors to Coney Island,                                                                                                                                       Fork of Long Island.
Brighton Beach, and Manhattan                                                                                                                                        What does that mean for
Beach each summer who make it the                                                                                                                                    our borough’s summer so-
most popular public beach on the                                                                                                                                     journers? Convenience,
                                                                                                         4 Life’s a bus to the beach: the Hamptons just got close to for sure, and hopefully,
Eastern Seaboard.                                                                                                                 Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                                                     more time on the beach.
    This year the Parks Department
                                                                                                          It’s also yet another example of how businesses are recognizing that to make it big-
and the City’s tourism bureau, NYC                                                                     time, you’ve gotta make it in Brooklyn. “Brooklyn’s resurgence has led to a spike in cus-
& Co., have launched a lifeguard-re-                                                                   tomer requests to provide service from there to the East End,” said Geoffrey Lynch, pres-
cruitment campaign called “Are you                                                                     ident of Hampton Jitney. “We are excited to start serving the borough.”
whistle worthy?” to keep all our                                                                          Schedules are not yet set, but passengers can expect to head eastbound on Friday
beaches fully staffed.                                                                                 evenings and Brooklyn-bound on Sunday nights.
    Brooklyn has beaches that rival           4 A wave of new lifeguards keeps Brooklyn                   Marty wants to know, with so many beautiful beaches in our borough, why any-
                                                               beaches open.
the Caribbean (OK, it takes a little                                                                   one would want to leave Brooklyn? In fact, with the plans for Coney Island and
imagination), so why not spend your summer getting paid to catch rays and turn heads? If               Brooklyn Bridge Park on the way, and Brooklyn’s unparalleled culinary and cultural
you’re a good swimmer and a potential hero, now is your chance to make a big splash! To                attractions, it won’t be long before the Jitney introduces another new route: from
sign up, call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/lifeguard.                                                      Manhattan or the Hamptons—to Brighton Beach and Coney Island!
                                                                                                          For more info, email brooklyn@hamptonjitney.com or call 631-283-4600.


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                      A BROOKLYN HERO                                                                          KUDOS TO STARRETT CITY!
                                                                                                                                                              On March 2, U.S. Housing
                                                                                                                                                           and Urban Development Secre-
                                                                                                                                                           tary Alphonso Jackson took ac-
                                                                                                                                                           tion to block the sale of Starrett
                                                                                                                                                           City, the largest federally subsi-
                                                                                                                                                           dized housing complex in Ameri-
                                                                                                                                                           ca, long hailed as a national mod-
                                                                                                                                                           el of successful, diverse, and
                                                                                                                                                           affordable urban living.
                                                                                                                                                              The action was hailed by op-
                                                                                                                                                           ponents of the sale, which includ-
                                                                                                                                                           ed a broad coalition of tenants, af-
                                                                                                                                                           fordable housing advocates, and
                                                                                                                                                           local, state, and federal elected of-
                                                                                                    4 Starrett City: a model of successful, diverse urban ficials, all of whom were con-
                                                                                                                     living in Brooklyn
                   4 Noe Santos-Dilone: proud Brooklynite and American                                                                                    cerned that the property transfer
                                                                                                   would threaten Starrett City’s status as an affordable haven for working-class families.
    Noe Santos-Dilone, a U.S. Army Specialist who lost his leg fighting in Iraq, was hon-             With rents continuing to rise, it is essential that we look out for those who form
ored for his bravery by Marty at his State of the Borough address in February. The 22-             the bedrock of this great borough—Brooklyn’s teachers, firefighters, nurses, police
year-old veteran, a native of the Dominican Republic who moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant               officers, day-care workers, and transportation and construction workers—those
                                                                                                   working people who keep this city safe, sound, and successful, and who deserve to
when he was 14, traveled all the way from Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington
                                                                                                   lead the good life we all share in Brooklyn.
DC to be the event’s guest of honor.
                                                                                                      Brooklyn applauds all of those who committed their time and energy to pre-
    Specialist Santos-Dilone was one of 33,000 soldiers in our military who are not yet U.S.       serving this New York City treasure, including President Marie Purnell and the
citizens. So last year when President Bush was working the rope-line at an event in Wash-          Starrett City Tenants Association, Senator Charles Schumer, Attorney General
ington and walked past him, Specialist Santos-Dilone grabbed the President by the arm              Andrew Cuomo, Congressman Ed Towns, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and
and told him—very directly—”I’m not a citizen of the United States—and I want to be                Council Member Charles Barron.
one.” As of July 24, 2006, Noe Santos-Dilone is a full citizen of the United States of                It’s as true today as it will be tomorrow—if it’s good for Starrett City, it’s good
America. That’s the “Brooklyn attitude” on display in all its glory!                               for Brooklyn!



                    SIGNS OF THE TIMES                                                                             A NEW CHAPTER IN
   When Roslyn Beck of Brooklyn Heights
                                                                                                                  BROOKLYN’S HISTORY
noticed that tourists and residents alike
couldn’t find the entrance to the Brooklyn
Bridge footpath, she used a little Brooklyn
chutzpah, and for the last 10 years she has
been tying her own handmade signs to trees
and street poles around Cadman Plaza with
directions to the bridge. She hung her signs
at night, for fear of being discovered, but
now that her altruistic efforts have seen the
light of day, they are much appreciated.
   Over time, Beck’s methods have changed:
for example, she uses vinyl lettering instead of
paint to make signs easier to read. “I’m not re-
ally a great printer,” she admits. But she is a
carpenter. Beck possesses her own saw and
drill, and her friends know to look out for any
spare white lumber. Not surprisingly, her fa-         4 Roslyn Beck shows tourists the way
ther worked in construction.
   Beck’s empathy for tourists stems from the lifelong Brooklynite’s world travels to
South America, Africa, Iceland, and Antarctica. And she’s always been an innovator:
as director of physical education at Long Island University, she founded the school’s
                                                                                                   The Brooklyn Historical Society’s gorgeous Othmer Library in Brooklyn Heights re-
Women’s Athletic Program, serving as the basketball and tennis coach and working
                                                                                                   opened in January to much fanfare, after seven years of renovations. The library’s
as a professional tennis umpire.                                                                   Brooklyn collection includes histories, biographies, almanacs, journals, books on de-
   Now, the City is heeding Beck’s innovative, tourist-friendly message. This year the             mographics and landmarks, newspapers, graphic images, manuscripts, and thousands
Metrotech Business Improvement District (BID) and DUMBO BID plan to install ap-                    of maps and atlases—all now accessible through the Historical Society’s new digital
proximately 120 permanent, orange and blue directories and signs throughout Downtown               catalogue system—from our Dutch roots up to the present. Kudos to new Society
Brooklyn, funded by Marty’s office, the City Council, and the Mayor’s office.                      President Deborah Schwartz for making it a reality. Talk about history in the making!
   Thanks to Roslyn Beck, it just got a little easier to take a stroll across the most beautiful   Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-4111;
bridge in Brooklyn, where New York City begins.                                                    www.brooklynhistory.org.


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                                                                 BROOKLYN MOURNS
    Terry Alexander, longtime Brooklyn activist and Lion’s      restaurant in Brooklyn Heights; Rev. Fr. Simon Joseph,         of Flatbush by way of Haiti; Robert L. Rozzi, decorated dis-
Club International member; Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph       beloved associate pastor of Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen R.C.   abled WWII veteran, lifelong Brooklynite, and father of Best
Alomar, Brooklyn soldier lost in Iraq; Charlie Alston,          Church; Peter Kokolis, Greek-American activist and loving      of Brooklyn Board of Directors President Bob Rozzi;
African-American real estate pioneer who helped open the        husband of Community Board 10 member Stella Kokolis;           Sergeant Yevgeniy Ryndych, Brooklyn soldier killed in Iraq;
Fort Greene-Clinton Hill neighborhoods to people of color;      Siegfried Landau, founding conductor of the Brooklyn           Milton Schulkin, community activist and tireless supporter of
Kermit Augustine, longtime advocate for people with disabil-    Philharmonic; John Lavelle, Staten Island Assemblyman and      Kingsborough Psychiatric Center; Zacharias Stavroulakis,
ities; Vincent Badalamenti, lifelong Bensonhurst resident and   Democratic Chairman who was a state leader on gun control;     district governor of the PanCretan Social Club; Betty Trezza,
community activist; Joseph Cincotta, WWII veteran and           Vernice Lundy, deaconess of Evening Star Baptist Church        women’s baseball pioneer; Maria Wilhelm, loving mother of
founder of Glenwood Mason Supply Company; Jeff Ennis,           and executive secretary of Church Women United; Joseph         Council Member Bill de Blasio; Joan Chequet-Wright,
loving husband of Brooklyn Youth Chorus Director Dianne         Miloni, loving partner of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership        mother of Carver Bank CEO Deborah Wright and the
Berkun; Thomas Guidice, active member of Community              Executive Director for Planning and Policy Michael Burke;      Brooklyn Museum’s Schawannah Wright, and loving wife of
Board 1; Daisy Hsu, longtime owner of Su Su Yum Yum             Louicasse Pierre, New York City police officer and proud son   former Cornerstone Baptist Church Pastor Harry Wright.

                                                                                                                                 JEANNETTE GADSON, 1945-2007
                                                                                                                                                     Jeannette Gadson served as a State
                                                                                                                                                     Assembly Member, District Manager
                                                                                                                                                     of Community Board 16, and com-
                                                                                                                                                     missioner of the city’s Board of
                                                                                                                                                     Elections. Jeannette was also the first
                                                                                                                                                     African-American Brooklyn Deputy
                                                                                                                                                     Borough President, working alongside
                                                                                                                                                     Borough President Howard Golden
                                                                                                                               from 1993 to 2001. Jeannette Gadson was a dedicated fami-
                                                                                                                               ly woman—a family that included everyone in Ocean Hill-
                                                                                                                               Brownsville, Crown Heights, and Brooklyn, whom she rep-
                                                                                                                               resented with great passion and warmth for over 35 years.

                                                                                                                                    CARLOS LEZAMA, 1923-2007
                                                                                                                                                       West Indian-American Day Carnival
                                                                                                                                                       founder and community leader Carlos
                                                                                                                                                       Lezama transformed the parade from
                                                                                                                                                       a five-block celebration into the largest
                                                                                                                                                       and most colorful public event in New
                                                                                                                                                       York City. His daughter Yolanda
                                                                                                                                                       Lezama Clarke is working to establish
                                                                                                                                                       New York’s first Caribbean-American
                                                                                                                                Museum in his memory. Carlos was “Trini” to the bone, and
                                                                                                                                his legacy will live on in the celebration he built, here in the
                                                                                                                                Caribbean capital of America.

                                                                                                                                      GILBERT RIVERA, 1957-2007
                                                                                                                                                            Visionary entrepreneur Gilbert
                                                                                                                                                        Rivera’s pride in his Puerto Rican her-
                                                                                                                                                        itage and generosity with his resources,
                                                                                                                                                        time, and creativity made him a role
                                                                                                                                                        model of citizenship. Gil founded his
                                                                                                                                                        first business in Bedford-Stuyvesant
                                                                                                                                                        two decades ago, turning a small hard-
                                                                                                                                                        ware store on Park Avenue into one of
                                                                                                                                the most successful building supply companies in America.
                                                                                                                                As his company grew, providing materials for landmarks like
                                                                                                                                the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and Brooklyn’s
                                                                                                                                new Federal Court House on Jay Street, Gil continued to
                                                                                                                                invest in Central Brooklyn, recently opening a 132,000
                                                                                                                                square-foot headquarters for Park Avenue Building and
                                                                                                                                Roofing Supplies on Atlantic Avenue in Ocean Hill-
                                                                                                                                Brownsville, which will spur the local economy and create
                                                                                                                                jobs. Almost 1,000 people attended the store’s opening, a
                                                                                                                                worthy testament to the many positive relationships Gil
                                                                                                                                established in Brooklyn. Gil’s legacy as a Hispanic-American
                                                                                                                                success story is an inspiration to us all.




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  BROOKLYN’S GOLDEN SWEETHEARTS                                                                        MAKING BROOKLYN HIS-STORY
                                                                                                                                                          Just after graduating from Yale Law
                                                                                                                                                       School in 1956, Otis Pearsall returned
                                                                                                                                                       to his native Brooklyn. “I married my
                                                                                                                                                       wife a week after the bar exam and
                                                                                                                                                       moved to a basement apartment on
                                                                                                                                                       Willow Street in a Greek Revival
                                                                                                                                                       house,” he said from his Midtown of-
                                                                                                                                                       fice. “I’m obviously enormously flexi-
                                                                                                                                                       ble: I was able to move twice—both
                                                                                                                                                       times about 200 yards.”
                                                                                                                                                          Pearsall is not only celebrating 50
                                                                                                                                                       years as a Brooklyn Heights resident,
                                                                                                                                                       but 50 years of helping preserve the
                                                                                                                                                       historic beauty of the neighborhood,
                                                                                                                                                       and all of Brooklyn. Pearsall led the
                                                                                                                                                       effort to designate Brooklyn Heights
                                                                                                                                                       as the city’s first Landmark District,
                                                                                                     4 Otis Pearsall, preservationist extraordinaire in 1965. “Since we passed the land-

                                  4 Their love is here to stay
                                                                                                                                                       marks law, we haven’t lost a single
                                                                                                   building to development,” he says. “Though one building fell down.”
   On Valentine’s Day, Marty and his wife Jamie welcomed Brooklyn couples married 50                  Pearsall has kept many others standing, and his efforts aren’t limited to preserva-
years or more to the Grand Ballroom of the Brooklyn Marriott to renew their vows, dance,           tion. He helped stop the former Fort Greene fish market from relocating to DUM-
and enjoy wedding cake and a champagne toast. Despite heavy snow and freezing tempera-             BO, which would have stunk up the neighborhood, and he’s worked with or against
tures, more than 130 couples—including Semen and Rita Vaidman, married an impressive               some of New York’s most famous—and infamous—luminaries, from Mayor Robert
68 years—came to celebrate their enduring romances, proving that nothing can stop Brook-           Wagner to Robert Moses.
                                                                                                      The more popular Brooklyn becomes, the harder Pearsall works. These days, his
lyn lovers! Although Marty and Jamie have a long way to go until their own 50th anniver-
                                                                                                   sights are set on rescuing a Federal Frame house in Downtown Brooklyn and the old
sary (at which time Marty will be 105 and Jamie will, of course, be a spry and radiant 21),
                                                                                                   Mason Mints candy factory, low-cost artists housing in Brooklyn Heights now known
the two were getting tips from the experts on lasting love. If you or someone you know has been    as Henry Street Studios.
married for 50 years or more, call Jessica Blum at 718-802-3794 for an invitation to next year’s      Still, he’s not worried about Brooklyn. “It’s got more unbroken rows of brownstones
event.                                                                                             than any other city,” Pearsall says. “And it’s a remarkable survivor.”




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                                        Marty’s ON THE BLOCK


                                                                                                                                                       4 Marty wished Brooklyn’s Hispanic community a Feliz
                                                                                                                                                       Año Nuevo and a Happy Three Kings Day, celebrating
                                                                                                                                                       alongside Commissioner of Immgrant Affairs Guillermo
                                                                           4 In February, Marty toasted with Chinese Consul General in New             Linares, Brooklyn Three Kings Parade President
                                                                           York Liu Biwei at Best of Brooklyn’s annual Chinese New Year event,         Radames Millan, Bishop Octavio Cisneros, and
4 Marty helped cut the ribbon on the Bedford-Stuyvesant                    which ushered in the Year of the Boar. The two-night fundraiser for         Telemundo personality and Parade Godmother Maria
YMCA’s spiffy new digs. From left: Bedford-Stuyvesant                      Camp Brooklyn was held at Pacificana, a luxurious new restaurant in         Antonieta Collins.
Capital Campaign Chairman Alan Fishman, Marty, Council                     the heart of Brooklyn’s own Chinatown, Sunset Park!
Member Al Vann, Board Chair Glen Breedy, Council Member
Tish James, and YMCA of Greater New York CEO and
President Jack Lund.




                                                                                                                                                        4 Marty joins Richard and Jane Yee in honoring the 53-
                                                                                                                                                        year history of Richard Yee’s Chinese Restaurant, on Avenue
                                                                                  4Marty explains to the mayor of Jerusalem, Uri Lupolianski—           U, now drawing to a close. He already reminisces about his
                                                                                  and he’s sure developer Shaya Boymelgreen agrees—that whenev-         favorite dish, hung shoo guy (breaded chicken, sauce, and
                                                                                  er we leave Brooklyn, we always say “Oy vey!” and when we return      vegetables), and all the patrons, many of them Jewish and
                                                                                  we say “How sweet it is!”                                             Italian, who relished traditional Sunday dinners at Yee’s for
                                                                                                                                                        over a half-century.
4 Brooklynites looking for a local beer with international flavor have
cause to celebrate. Marty recently joined Brooklyn Brewery co-founder
Steve Hindy and brewmaster Garrett Oliver at the launch of its first
Belgian-style beer, Brooklyn Local 1. Cheers!




                                                                                 4 Surf was up when Marty stopped by Pollo Tropical, the new         4 Is Brooklyn the new South Beach? A building on Avenue
                                                                                 restaurant making waves in Bushwick. For their grand opening,
                                                                                                                                                     M in Midwood stands out from all the others on the block.
                                                                                 Pollo Tropical offered a free meal to anyone who showed up in a
                                                                                                                                                     The President of Tricon Development, Rafi Weiss, built it two
4 Marty and Assistant Police Chief Gerald Nelson, the new com-                   bathing suit…Marty was happy to pay.
                                                                                                                                                     years ago, proving that no one ever has to leave Brooklyn,
manding officer of NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, attended                                                                                      even to get a taste of Florida.
BAM’s 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute. Nelson assumes
the position as Brooklyn’s first African-American police chief in either
Brooklyn North or Brookly South command.




                                                                                 4 Marty presented Crain’s NY Small Business Award                   4 Marty and board member Mary Lanning of the NYC
4 Marty traveled to Albany on New Year’s Day to attend the                       recipient, Jeffrey Smalls, of Smalls Electrical, with a cer-        Clothing Bank and Peter Young Housing, Industries and
momentous inauguration of new Governor Eliot Spitzer, joining                    tificate to further honor the successful Brooklynite. Both          Treatment announce an expanded program to provide the
his wife Silda Wall Spitzer. They call Spitzer the “Sheriff of Wall              Smalls’ physical stature and his entrepreneurial achieve-           neediest New Yorkers with donated clothing from high-end
Street,” which might make Marty the “Marshall of Junior’s!”                      ments belie his name.                                               retailers and offer job-seekers professional training.




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                  Call any of the participating restaurants and make a reservation—
                              make sure to mention “Dine In Brooklyn.”
                                 (Availability is limited, so please cancel any reservations you can’t keep.)
                                                      Go to www.visitbrooklyn.org for directions by train.
 .S.:
P email your feedback to: DineInBrooklyn@brooklynbp.nyc.gov. Did you get what we advertised, “Quality food with no attitude on the side?” Name names and let us know!


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                                                                             Pazzo Restaurant       D             Bacchus   LD                             Shinjuku Japanese Restaurant             L
                                                                             Italian                              French                                   Japanese
                                                                             10007 4th Avenue                     409 Atlantic Avenue                      177 Atlantic Avenue
                                                                             718-238-4747                         718-852-1572                             718-935-1300

                                                                             Pietr o’s Trattoria   D              Downtown Atlantic                        Taze    D
                                                                             Italian                              Restaurant & Baker y       D             Mediterranean and Turkish
                                                                             8727 4th Avenue                      New American                             142 Montague Street
                                                                             718-238-8600                         364 Atlantic Avenue                      718-875-2211
                                                                                                                  718-852-9945
                                                                             Restaurant 101      LD                                                        The River Café      L
                                                                             Italian/Asian                        Jolie Restaurant     LD                  American
                                                                             10018 4th Avenue                     French                                   One Water Street
                                                                             718-833-1313                         320 Atlantic Avenue                      718-522-5200
                                                                                                                  718- 488-0777
                                                                             Ristorante Vaccaro        LD                                                  Bushwick
                                                                             Italian                              Lunetta   D
                                                                             6718 Fort Hamilton Parkway           Rustic Italian
                                                                             718-238-9447                         116 Smith Street                         Nor theast Kingdom              D
                                                                                                                  718-488-6269                             American
                  Miriam • Park Slope & Cobble Hill                          Saint Ger main     D                                                          18 Wyckoff Avenue
                                                                                                                                                           718-386-3864
                                                                             French                               Mai Restaurant     D
                                                                             8303 3rd Avenue                      Southeast Asian                          Canarsie
                                                                             718-745-8899
Key:                                    Elia Restaurant    D                                                      497 Atlantic Avenue
                                                                                                                  718-797-3880

D
                                        Greek
                                        8611 3rd Avenue
                                                                             Samm’s Restaurant      D                                                      FootPrints Café          L
    Ser ving Dinner
                                        718-748-9891                         New American                         Stan’s Place    LD                       Caribbean American
L t Ser ving Lunch e                                                         8901 3rd Avenue
                                                                             718-238-0606
                                                                                                                  New Orleans
                                                                                                                                                           5814 Clarendon Road
                                                                                                                                                           718-451-3181
Bay Ridge
                                        Embers    D                                                               411 Atlantic Avenue
                                                                                                                  718-596-3110
                                        American                             Sancho’s    LD                                                                Carroll Gardens
                                        9519 3rd Avenue                                                           Borough Park
Ar eo   L                               718-745-3700                         Spanish
                                                                             7410 3rd Avenue                                                               Alma Restaurant            D
Italian
8424 3rd Avenue                         Emi   D                              718-748-0770                         China Glatt (Glatt Kosher)     LD        Mexican
718-238-0079                                                                                                      Chinese & American                       187 Columbia Street
                                        Italian American
                                        8905 3rd Avenue
                                                                             Sofia Ristorante Italiano       LD   4413 13th Avenue
                                                                                                                  718-438-2576
                                                                                                                                                           718-643-5400
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse          D   718-748-8070                         Italian
                                                                             8406 3rd Avenue
                                                                                                                                                           Café Scaramouche              L
Japanese                                                                                                          Brighton Beach                           Argentinian, French, American
                                                                             718-680-4242
8814 4th Avenue
718-238-9880
                                        Gino’s Restaurant      D                                                                                           524 Court Street
                                                                                                                                                           718-855-9158
                                        Italian
                                        7414 5th Avenue
                                                                             Tanor een   L                        Tatiana Restaurant     LD
Austin’s Steakhouse         L           718-748-1698                         Middle Eastern                       Russian
                                                                                                                  3152 Brighton 6th Street
                                                                                                                                                           Caser ta Vecchia          D
American                                                                     7704 3rd Avenue                                                               Italian
                                                                             718-748-5600                         718-891-5151
8915 5th Avenue
718-439-5000
                                        Goodfella’s Restaurant & Bar    D                                                                                  221 Smith Street
                                                                                                                                                           718-624-7549
                                        Neapolitan                           The Pearl Room        LD             Tatiana Grill   LD
Bally Bunion      D                     9606 3rd Avenue
                                        718-833-6200
                                                                             New American                         Russian                                  Ceol    D
                                                                             8201 3rd Avenue                      3145 Brighton 4th Street                 Irish
American                                                                     718-833-6666                         718-646-7630                             191 Smith Street
9510 3rd Avenue                         Greenhouse Café     LD                                                                                             347-643-9911
718-833-2801
                                        American                             Tuscany Grill   D
Canedo’s Restaurant         LD          7717 3rd Avenue
                                        718-833-8200
                                                                             Italian                              Brooklyn Heights                         Chestnut       D
                                                                             8620 3rd Avenue                                                               American
Italian                                                                      718-921-5633                         Ar mando Ristorante        LD            271 Smith Street
7316 3rd Avenue                         Henr y Grattan’s Bar &                                                    Italian                                  718-243-0049
718-748-1908                            Restaurant    LD                     Vesuvio Restaurant         LD        143 Montague Street
                                        Continental
                                                                             Italian                              718-624-7167                             Crave      LD
Cappuccino Café        LD               8814 3rd Avenue
                                                                             7305 3rd Avenue
                                                                             718-745-0222                                                                  New American
American Bistro                         718-833-6466                                                              Caf fé Buon Gusto      LD                570 Henry Street
7721 3rd Avenue                                                                                                   Italian                                  718-643-0361
                                                                             Bedford-Stuyvesant
718-238-8700                            Hunter’s Steak & Ale House      LD                                        151 Montague Street
                                                                                                                  718-624-3838                             Hana Café, Inc.         LD
Casa Pepe Restaurant        LD          American
                                        9404 4th Avenue
                                                                             Soule Restaurant       D                                                      Japanese
Spanish & Mexican                       718-238-8899                         West Indian/American                 Eamonn’s Irish Bar &                     235 Smith Street
                                                                             920 Fulton Street                                                             718-643-1963
114 Bay Ridge Avenue
                                                                             718-399-7200                         Restaurant    D
718-833-8865                            J.T.’s Restaurant   D                                                     American
                                        American                             Bensonhurst                          174 Montague Street
Cebu Bar & Bistr o      D               9703 3rd Avenue                                                           718-596-4969
                                        718-238-8781
American
8801 3rd Avenue
                                                                             L & B Spumoni Gar dens          L    Le Petit Mar che   D
                                                                             Italian
718-492-5095                            La Maison Du Couscous       LD       2725 86th Street                     French
                                        Moroccan                             718-372-9258                         46 Henry Street
Chadwick’s Restaurant           D       484 77th Street                                                           718-858-9605
American                                718-921-2400                         Villa Paradiso Restaurant       LD
8822 3rd Avenue
718-833-9855
                                                                             Neapolitan                           Pete’s Waterfront Ale House    LD
                                        Mambo Italiano Restaurant            1969 Bath Avenue                     American

Chianti Restaurant      D               LD                                   718-837-2696                         155 Atlantic Avenue
                                                                                                                  718-522-3794
Italian
                                        Italian
                                        8803 3rd Avenue
                                                                             Shiki Japanese Restaurant       LD
                                                                             Japanese
8530 3rd Avenue
718-921-6300
                                        718-833-4432                         1863-67 86th Street                  Queen Italian Restaurant        L
                                                                             718-837-1586                         Italian
Colandr ea New Cor ner
                                        Nouvelle Restaurant        LD                                             84 Court Street
                                                                                                                  718-596-5955
                                        Fusion                               Boerum Hill
Restaurant, Inc.       LD               8716 3rd Avenue
Italian
7201 8th Avenue
                                        718-238-8250                         Apar tment 138     D
                                                                             New American                                                             D o w n t o w n A t l a n t i c • B o e ru m H i l l
718-833-0800                                                                 138 Smith Street
                                                                             718-858-0556


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                                                    Maggie Br own Restaurant                     D   Downtown Brooklyn                    Los Pollitos III    LD                        Marine Park
                                                    American                                                                              Mexican
                                                    455 Myrtle Avenue                                Archives Restaurant        LD        499 Myrtle Avenue                             Buckley’s Restaurant      D
                                                    718-643-7001                                     American                             718-636-6125                                  American
                                                                                                     333 Adams Street                                                                   2926 Avenue S
                                                    Mojito Cuban Cuisine                 LD          718-222-6543                         Loulou Restaurant        D                    718-998-4222
                                                    Cuban                                                                                 French
                                                    82 Washington Avenue                             Junior’s Restaurant       D          222 DeKalb Avenue                             Salvi Restaurant     LD
                                                    718-797-3100                                     New York Deli                        718-246-0633                                  Italian
                                                                                                     386 Flatbush Avenue Extension                                                      4220 Quentin Road
                                                    Cobble Hill                                      718-852-5257                         Luz Restaurant      D                         718-252-3030
                                                                                                                                          Nuevo Latino
                                                    BarTabac        D                                DUMBO                                177 Vanderbilt Avenue                         Midwood
                                                    French                                                                                718-246-4000
                                                    128 Smith Street                                 Bubby’s Brooklyn       D                                                           Bar toluccis Ristorante    D
                                                    718-923-0918                                     American
                                                                                                     1 Main Street
                                                                                                                                          Madiba Restaurant      LD                     (Kosher)
                                                                                                                                          South African                                 Italian
 Grille De Paris Resaurant •                        Bocca Lupo          LD                           718-222-0666                         195 Dekalb Avenue                             1969 Coney Island Avenue
          Midwood                                   Italian                                                                               718-855-9190                                  718-382-5559
                                                    391 Henry Street                                 Five Fr ont   D
Mar co Polo Ristorante            LD                718-243-2522                                     American                             Mullanes     D                                Grille De Paris Restaurant
Italian                                             Miriam       D
                                                                                                     5 Front Street
                                                                                                     718-625-5559
                                                                                                                                          Irish/American                                LD
345 Court Street                                                                                                                          71 Lafayette Avenue                           (Kosher)
718-852-5015                                        Mediterranean                                                                         718-797-7606
                                                    229 Court Street                                 Pete’s Downtown Restaurant      LD                                                 French
                                                                                                                                                                                        904 Kings Highway
Mazzat   LD                                         718-522-2220                                     Italian
                                                                                                     2 Water Street
                                                                                                                                          Olea Mediterranean Taverna           D        718-336-1588
Mediterranean                                                                                                                             Mediterranean
208 Columbia Street
                                                    Quer cy Restaurant              LD               718-858-3510                         171 Lafayette Avenue                          Michael’s       LD
718-852-1652                                        French                                                                                718-643-7003
                                                    242 Court Street                                 Tor o Restaurant & Spanasia                                                        Italian
                                                                                                                                                                                        2929 Avenue R
Panino’teca 275        D                            718-243-2151                                     Ballroom    D                        Scopello Ristorante Bar       D               718-998-7851
                                                                                                     Spanish/Asian                        Italian
Rustic Italian                                      Columbia Waterfront
275 Smith Street
718-237-2728
                                                                                                     1 Front Street
                                                                                                     718-625-0300
                                                                                                                                          63 Lafayette Avenue
                                                                                                                                          718-852-1100
                                                                                                                                                                                        Taci’s Beyti Restaurant    LD
                                                    Bouillabaisse 126             LD                                                                                                    Turkish
                                                                                                                                                                                        1955 Coney Island Avenue
                          D
                                                    French                                           Water Str eet Restaurant &           Thomas Beisl       L                          718-627-5750
Patois Restaurant                                   126 Union Street
                                                    718-855-4405
                                                                                                     Lounge     D                         Austrian
French                                                                                               American                             25 Lafayette Avenue                           Mill Basin
255 Smith Street                                                                                     66 Water Street                      718-222-5800
718-855-1535                                        Coney Island
                                                                                                     718-625-9352                                                                       Mill Basin Kosher Deli and Ar t
Pr ovence en Boite         LD                       FootPrints Café South                    LD      Dyker Heights
                                                                                                                                          Veliis   D                                    Galler y     LD
                                                    Caribbean/American                                                                    Ecletic                                       American
French                                                                                                                                    773 Fulton Street                             5823 Avenue T
263 Smith Street                                    1521 Surf Avenue
                                                    718-265-2530
                                                                                                     La Sorrentina        LD              718-596-9070                                  718-241-4910
718-797-0707                                                                                         Italian
                                                                                                     6522 11th Avenue                     Gravesend                                     Park Slope
                                                    Gargiulo’s Restaurant                LD          718-680-9299
Royal’s Downtown            D                       Italian                                                                               Sahara Restaurant        L                    12th Str eet Bar & Grill   D
New American
215 Union Street
                                                    2911 West 15th Street
                                                    718-266-4891
                                                                                                     Mama Rao’s        LD                 Mediterranean/Turkish                         New American
718-923-9866                                                                                         Italian                              2337 Coney Island Avenue                      1123 8th Avenue
                                                    Crown Heights                                    6408 11th Avenue                     718-376-8594                                  718-965-9526
                                                                                                     718-745-2269
Clinton Hill
                                                                                                                                          Greenpoint                                                   D
                                                    Brooklyn Exposure, Inc.                  D                                                                                          200 Fifth
Five Spot   D                                       American                                         Flatbush
                                                                                                                                          Park Luncheonette        D                    American
Soul                                                1401 Bedford Avenue                                                                                                                 200 5th Avenue
                                                                                                                                          New American                                  718-638-2925
459 Myrtle Avenue
718-852-0202
                                                    718-783-8220                                     Bermuda Restaurant (Kosher)      l   334 Driggs Avenue
                                                    Ditmas Park                                      Thai
                                                                                                     1635 Coney Island Avenue
                                                                                                                                          718-383-0925                                  Alchemy Restaurant & Tavern     D
Le Grand - Dakar Restaurant             LD          Picket Fence Restaurant                  D       718-336-8900                                                                       New American
African                                                                                                                                                                                 56 5th Avenue
285 Grand Avenue                                    American                                         Fort Greene                                                                        718-636-4385
718-398-8900                                        1310 Cortelyou Road
                                                    718-282-6661                                     Chez Lola     D
                                                                                                     French
                                                                                                     387 Myrtle Avenue
                                                                                                     718-858-1484

                                                                                                     Chez Oskar       D
                                                                                                     French
                                                                                                     211 DeKalb Avenue
                                                                                                     718-852-6250

                                                                                                     iCi   LD
                                                                                                     French/American
                                                                                                     246 Dekalb Avenue
                                                                                                     718-789-2778

                                                                                                     June Restaurant       D
                                                                                                     American
                                                                                                     229 Dekalb Avenue
                                                                                                     718-222-1510




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Anthony’s    LD                    Magnolia Restaurant & Bar      D   Prospect Heights                          For nino - The Ar t & Science    Fort Greene
Italian                            American
                                                                                                                of Pizza   LD
426A 7th Avenue                    486 6th Avenue                     Aliseo Osteria del Bor go         D       Italian
                                                                                                                187 Bedford Avenue
                                                                                                                                                 RICE      LD
718-369-8315                       718-369-4814                       Italian                                                                    (for 2)
                                                                                                                718-384-6004
                                                                      665 Vanderbilt Avenue                                                      Fusion
applewood     D                    Maria’s Mexican Bistro    D        718-783-3400
                                                                                                                Giando on the Water      LD      166 Dekalb Avenue
New American                       Mexican                                                                                                       718-858-2700
501 11th Street                    669 Union Street                   Gen Japanese Cuisine          D           Italian
                                                                                                                400 Kent Avenue                  The Smoke Joint         LD
718-768-2044                       718-638-2344                       Japanese                                  718-387-7000                     (for 2)
                                                                      569 Washington Avenue
Aunt Suzie’s Restaurant      D     Melt   D                           718-398-3550
                                                                                                                My Moon Restaurant       D
                                                                                                                                                 Barbecue
                                                                                                                                                 87 South Elliot Place
Italian                            New American                                                                                                  718-797-1011
247 5th Avenue                     440 Bergen Street                  Sheepshead Bay                            Mediterranean/Turkish
718-788-2868                       718-230-5925                                                                 184 North 10th Street
                                                                                                                718-599-7007                     Park Slope
                                                                      Baku Palace   LD
Bar ToTo Italian Bistro      LD    Miracle Grill   D                  Mediterranean
                                                                                                                N.6 enoteca.wine bar     D       Cantina Restaurant & Bar         D
Italian                            Southwestern                       2001 Emmons Avenue
                                                                      718-615-4700                              Italian                          (for 2)
411 11th Street                    222 7th Avenue
718-768-4698                       718-369-4541                                                                 263 North 6th Street             494 4th Avenue
                                                                                                                718-384-1311                     718-369-5850
                                                                      Clemente’s Mar yland
Belleville   LD                    Miriam     D                       Crabhouse     D                           P.T. Restaurant     D            Luscious Food    L
French                             Mediterranean                      American
330-332 5th Street                 79 5th Avenue                      3939 Emmons Avenue                        Italian                          (for 2)
718-832-9777                       718-622-2250                       718-646-7373                              331 Bedford Avenue
                                                                                                                718-388-7438                     American
                                                                                                                                                 59 5th Avenue
Beso   D                           North of New Orleans (NoNo         Il For netto Restaurant       LD          Planet Thailand     LD
                                                                                                                                                 718-398-5800
Latin                              Kitchen)   D                       Italian
210 5th Avenue                     Louisiana/American                 2902 Emmons Avenue                        Thai
                                                                                                                133 North 7th Street
                                                                                                                                                 Mulino Ristorante Italiano   LD
718-783-4902                       293 7th Avenue                     718-332-8494                                                               (for 2)
                                                                                                                718-599-5758
                                   718-369-8348                                                                                                  Italian
Blue Ribbon      D                                                    Istanbul Restaurant       L               Windsor Terrace                  133 5th Avenue
Eclectic                           Palo Santo     LD                  Turkish                                                                    718-398-9001
                                                                      1715 Emmons Avenue
280 5th Avenue
718-840-0404
                                   Eclectic Latin
                                   652 Union Street                   718-368-3587
                                                                                                                Da Vincenzo     D                Park Slope Chipshop      LD
                                   718-636-6311                                                                 Italian
                                                                                                                256 Prospect Park West           (for 2)
Blue Ribbon Sushi    D                                                La Trattoria Italian Restaurant       D   718-369-3590                     British
Japanese                           Red Café   D                       Italian                                                                    383 5th Avenue
278 5th Avenue                     New American                       2811 Avenue U                                                              718-832-7701
718-840-0408                       78 5th Avenue
                                   718-789-1100
                                                                      718-648-0334
                                                                                                                2 for $21.12                     Prospect Heights
Bogota Latin Bistr o     D                                            Liman   L                                 at these restaurants
Latin                              Rose Water      D                  Mediterranean                                                              Joy Indian Restaurant        D
141 5th Avenue                     New American                       2710 Emmons Avenue                                                         (for 2)
718-230-3805                                                          718-769-3322                              Bay Ridge
                                   787 Union Street                                                                                              Indian
                                   718-783-3800                                                                                                  301 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn Fish Camp       LD                                           New York Steak House          L           First Oasis    LD                718-230-1165
American                           Sakura Café     D                  American                                  (for 2)
162 5th Avenue                     Japanese                           2007 Emmons Avenue                        Middle Eastern                   Red Hook
718-783-3264                       388 5th Avenue                     718-440-8080                              9218 4th Avenue
Cocotte Restaurant       D         718-832-2970                                                                 718-238-4505                     Liber ty Heights Tap Room        D
French                                                                Osaka Japanese Restaurant         LD      Bedford-Stuyvesant               (for 2)
337 5th Avenue                     Santa Fe Grill   D                 Japanese                                                                   Italian/American
718-832-6848                       Tex-Mex                            2805 Avenue U                                                              34 Van Dyke Street
                                   62 7th Avenue                      718-891-6200                              Food 4 Thought Café      LD      718-246-8050
                                   718-636-0279                                                                 (for 2)
                                                                      Sofia on the Bay      D                   Vegetarian                       Williamsburg
                                   Scottadito Osteria Toscana     D   Italian                                   445 Marcus Garvey Boulevard
                                   Italian                            3202 Emmons Avenue
                                                                      718-934-0004
                                                                                                                718-443-4160                     Zipi Zape Tapas Bar      D
                                   788A Union Street                                                                                             (for 2)
                                   718-636-4800                                                                 Boerum Hill
                                                                                                                                                 Spanish
                                                                      W.Wineoteca       L                                                    D   152 Metropolitan Avenue
                                   Sette Enoteca e Cucina    D        French/Japanese
                                                                                                                Dhaka Indian Restaurant          718-599-3027
                                   Rustic Italian                     2812 Ocean Avenue                         (for 2)
                                   207 7th Avenue                     718-769-2222                              Indian
                                   718-499-7767                                                                 148 Atlantic Avenue
                                                                                                                718-858-4340
                                                                      Williamsburg
                                   Sotto Voce Restaurant     LD                                                 Brooklyn Heights
                                   Italian
                                   225 7th Avenue                     Aur ora   L
                                   718-369-9322                       Italian                                   The Atlantic Chipshop    LD
                                                                      70 Grand Street                           (for 2)
                                                                      718-388-5100
        Melt • Park Slope          Stone Park Café      L                                                       British
                                   American                                                                     129 Atlantic Avenue
                                   324 5th Avenue                     baci & abbracci       LD                  718-855-7775
KitchenBar   D                     718-369-0082                       Italian
American                                                              204 Grand Street                          DUMBO
687 6th Avenue                                                        718-599-6599
718-499-5623                       Tempo Restaurant & Wine Bar    D                                             RICE      LD
                                   Mediterranean
                                   256 5th Avenue                     Bamonte’s Restaurant          LD          (for 2)
Long Tan     D                     718-636-2020                       Italian                                   Fusion
Thai                                                                  32 Withers Street                         81 Washington Street
194 5th Avenue                                                        718-384-8831
718-622-8444                       Trattoria Mangia     LD                                                      718-222-9880
                                   Italian
                                   119 5th Avenue                     Dumont    D
Los Pollitos II   LD               718-636-5259                       New American
Mexican                                                               432 Union Avenue
148 5th Avenue                                                        718-486-7717
718-623-9152


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                    BE SEAFOOD SMART                                                                        BROOKLYN WINE LOVERS
   Wondering what’s making all                                                                    Tom and Sara Matthews traveled to Europe look-
those waves on Avenue N in                                                                     ing for adventure, discovered wine in France, and
                                                                                               found happiness in Brooklyn.
Mill Basin? It’s Sea Tide
                                                                                                  Tom left New Haven, Connecticut, to write a
Gourmet, where brothers Paul
                                                                                               novel in Spain. Sara left Atlanta to study architec-
and Tony Oliveri are causing a                                                                 ture in Paris. They met in 1980, and fell in love in
big splash by offering every                                                                   the vineyards of Bordeaux. They spent four years
kind of fresh fish in the sea, as                                                              in Manhattan, then returned to France to write
well as prepared fish meals and                                                                and photograph a book on life in a small wine
gourmet imported products like                                                                 town called Ruch.
coffee beans, olives, gelati, and                                                                 Tom got a job writing for Wine Spectator magazine
their delicious salmon cakes                                                                   in London, and when they needed an editor to move             4 Tom and Sara Matthews
                                                                                               to New York in 1989, the Matthews crossed the pond            wouldn’t trade Brooklyn for
(Marty’s favorite).                                                                                                                                                   Bordeaux
   The original Sea Tide in                                                                    again. But this time, Manhattan just didn’t do the trick.
Queens, which Paul has owned                                                                      “We looked in all the usual places,” says Tom, who’s now the magazine’s executive
                                      4 Sea Tide’s Oliveri family nets the gormet food crowd   editor. “The east side of Manhattan, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village—but none
for 19 years, sold only fresh
                                                                                               had what we were looking for.” That’s when they discovered Brooklyn. “We saw it,
fish. But the Brooklyn Sea Tide, which opened on Valentine’s Day 2006, has ex-
                                                                                               and we immediately fell in love,” Tom says.
panded on that concept, and added catering to the mix.                                            After a stint in Park Slope, they found their dream house in Windsor Terrace, a
   Sea Tide’s owners know home-cooking can be as rare as seared tuna these days,               brick three-family built in 1897. “We basically bought the biggest garden we could
so they hired a former Balducci’s chef to prepare specialties that work for both               find that had a house attached,” Tom recalls.
everyday and special occasions. Says Paul, “What we do here is we make it a lot                   Under Tom’s guidance, Wine Spectator is the most widely-read wine magazine in
easier for people.” For evidence, look no further than the customers streaming like            the world. Sara has published seven books of wine and vineyard photography, while
salmon into the store.                                                                         mounting exhibitions in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Napa Valley.
   Paul travels to the fish market, now in the Bronx, every morning at 1 a.m. to se-              Today, the Matthews wouldn’t trade Brooklyn for the world. “I work in France,
lect only the freshest seafood for his retails shops and wholesale business, Central           Italy, Chile, and Argentina, and people ask me where I would live if I had my
Seafood, which supplies many of Brooklyn’s finest eateries, including El Caribe in             choice,” Sara says. “I always tell them Windsor Terrace.”
Mill Basin and Il Posto on Avenue U in Bergen Beach.                                              “Our neighborhood is a lot like Ruch,” Tom says. “Everyone knows and looks after
                                                                                               everyone else. And everything we need is within a two-block walk. Plus we have all the
   Among Sea Tide’s signature dishes are the Italian roasted salmon, shrimp risotto,
                                                                                               energy, diversity, and creativity of a place like Manhattan.”
and seafood fradialo. Although brother Tony is partial to the bronzini and the grey
                                                                                                  There are no great wines made in Brooklyn, at least not yet. But these two wine lovers
sole, he’s quick to point out that he loves everything that swims: “I wouldn’t be doing        tend a grapevine in their garden that’s perfect for jelly, and plan to sit in its shade and en-
this if I didn’t love it.” Like a tasty lobster, they’re on a roll! Sea Tide, 5914 Ave. N at   joy great bottles with friends for many years to come. Cheers! For more info, visit
E. 59th St., Mill Basin, 718-209-3474.                                                         www.winespectator.com and www.saramatthews.com.




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                               GYM DAN-DY                             Giving even our most active seniors a run for their money—
                                                                  literally—81-year-old Danny Vinson of Brighton Beach has
                                                                                                                                   only wish is that I started as a youngster,” he says.
                                                                                                                                      Vinson is a model of Brooklyn fitness and senior activity,
                               The message out there is           turned “working-retirement” into “work-out” retirement. Four     and it’s in that spirit that Aviator Sports and Recreation
                            that when we get to retirement        times a week, this octogenarian athlete travels by bus to the    Center at Floyd Bennett Field recently sponsored “Seniors
                            age, we should all be vegging         YM-YWHA on Nostrand Avenue in Kings Bay to do at least           in Shape: Fitness for Life,” an expo encouraging exercise.
                            out somewhere in Florida. But         two-and-a-half hours of cardiovascular and weightlifting exer-   The February event, which was open to members of local
                            active seniors prefer to spend        cise, putting men half his age to shame.                         senior centers and included yoga and ballroom-dance class-
                            their golden years right here in          A pitcher on his U.S. Navy baseball team during World        es, was so successful that organizers hope to establish a per-
                            Brooklyn, where leading an en-        War II, Vinson only started hitting the gym about 10 years       manent program at Aviator. (A pilot program will run on
                            gaging lifestyle is as easy as tak-   ago, after retiring from his job at a Downtown Brooklyn          Thursdays, April 12-May 31.) Who knows, maybe Danny
                            ing the bus to a museum or            parking garage. His routine includes the treadmill and bike,     Vinson will end up leading a class!
4   Danny Vinson pumps iron
                            dining out at a nice restaurant.      free weights and machines, and three sets of 25 dips. “My           For more info on “Seniors in Shape,” call 718-758-9800.



          BROOKLYN GETS
            HAMMERED




4 The DiResta brothers give it their awl on HGTV’s “Hammered”


   What do you get when you combine comedy, carpentry,
two brothers, and Brooklyn? Apart from potentially haz-
ardous nail-gun gags, you get Hammered, a hit Brooklyn-
centric building show on HGTV.
   With its second season starting this spring, Hammered
features standup comic and ex-NYC Transit cop John
DiResta and his mechanically-inclined younger brother
Jimmy as they tackle unique carpentry projects in some of
Brooklyn’s most recognizable locations.
   “We made an art table for the Brooklyn Children’s Mu-
seum, a wood duck house for Prospect Park, and a cool doll
house—a replica of a Bed-Stuy brownstone—for a woman
who had never owned a doll house as a kid,” says John.
   Asked whether it’s difficult working alongside his wise-
cracking older brother, Jimmy says they have a strong rela-
tionship. “We always get along,” he says. “The good thing
about working together is we don’t overlap. He does his
thing, I do mine—and we have fun.”
   So do viewers. After the success of their first season, the
boys were signed on for another 26 episodes, which means
Brooklyn will be front and center for another full season of
Hammered. And that’s a-OK for the brothers DiResta, par-
ticularly John.
   “I worked under Brooklyn for 12 years,” says John of his
days policing the subways. “Now I get to see what it looks
like above ground.”
   “Hammered” airs Tuesday nights at 11 p.m. on HGTV,
beginning April 24. For more info, visit www.hgtv.com.



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                       WORTH THEIR WAIT IN GOLD!




                       Name: Vincent DiMartino
                       Age: He feels 20
                       Restaurant: La Sorrentina (6510 11th Ave. at 65th St.), Bay Ridge
                       Lives in: Bay Ridge
                       Hails from: Capri, Italy
                       Interests/Hobbies: Vincent is a lifelong model-airplane builder and can be found flying
                       his constructions at Floyd Bennett Field in his free time. He also loves cooking home-
                       made Italian food (his specialty is macaroni with eggplant sauce).
                       Trademark: Vincent is renowned for his magnificent singing voice. His passionate ren-
                       ditions of old-time Neapolitan classics are favorites with the La Sorrentina crowd.
                       Why he likes waiting tables: “I’ve been doing it forever, about 45 years. I have met a lot
                       of very nice people.” That includes many priests of the Brooklyn Diocese, including
                       Monsignor David Cassato of St. Athanasius, who says of Vincent, “I love Vinny’s warm
                       and brilliant sense of humor and his entertaining way of waiting.”

                                                       Name: Jennie Green
                                                       Age: 24
                                                       Restaurant: Melt (440 Bergen Street, btw. Fifth Ave.
                                                       and Flatbush Ave.), Park Slope
                                                       Lives in: Crown Heights
                                                       Hails from: Seattle, Washington
                                                       Interests/Hobbies: When she’s not waiting tables at
                                                       Melt, Jennie is pursuing her acting career or hang-
                                                       ing out with friends at the Black Sheep Pub, her fa-
                                                       vorite Park Slope haunt. Trademark: Jennie is
                                                       known as a fun waitress who will kid around with
                                                       you, get your order right, and give you honest menu
                                                       recommendations.
                       Why she likes waiting tables: “The money is good if you know what you’re doing and
                       you get to meet a really good mix of people, both co-workers and customers. Plus the
                       restaurants always feed you!”

                                                               Name: Peter Tyson
                                                               Age: 53
                                                               Restaurant: Junior’s (386 Flatbush Ave. Ext. at
                                                               Dekalb Ave.), Downtown Brooklyn
                                                               Lives in: Crown Heights
                                                               Hails from: Saint Lucia
                                                               Interests/Hobbies: Although he used to be a
                                                               competitive bodybuilder, these days Peter stays
                                                               fit by running (and watching what he eats at
                                                               work).
                                                               Trademark: Peter has been serving at Junior’s
                                                               for over 25 years and is well-known for his
                                                               cheerfulness and sense of humor.
                                                               Why he likes waiting tables: “I’ve been waiting
                                                               tables since I was a young guy in Saint Lucia. I
                                                               worked in hotels, cruise liners, everywhere. I
                       like cooking, being around food, and I enjoy meeting different people. I’ve made a lot of
                       friends and met a lot of people.”



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  DAISY MARTINEZ’S BUENA COMIDA                                                                                     HERE’S THE BEEF!
                                                  Ask Daisy Martinez, Brooklyn-born               Brooklyn restaurants can satisfy any craving, espe-
                                              chef, author, and host of the PBS Create        cially for great roast beef. Legends like Brennan &
                                              TV show Daisy Cooks!, what inspires her         Carr, on Avenue U and Roll N’ Roaster on Emmons
                                              and she’ll conjure up images of Puerto Ri-      Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, and neighborhood fix-
                                              can family gatherings, heaping platters of      tures like Defonte’s Sandwich Shop in Red Hook all
                                              home-cooked Latin food, and her abuela’s        offer delicious choices. If you’re in Bensonhurst, how-
                                                                                              ever, you definitely want to visit John’s Deli, owned by
                                              (grandmother’s) smile. As she relates family
                                                                                              John Cicero and his son Robert.
                                              tales spanning three generations, you can al-
                                                                                                  As a relative of former Brooklyn Borough Presi-
                                              most smell the steaming cups of café con        dent Sebastian Leone (Robert calls him “Uncle
                                              leche, or the aroma simmering from her fa-      Sam”), who held the position from 1970 to 1976,
                                              vorite dish, the lamb stew sanchocho.           this family’s got clout. But make no mistake: their
                                                  Born in Williamsburg and now a resi-        customers are here for the chow. Some of John’s loy-
                                              dent of Prospect Park South, Daisy says her     al patrons have been eating here for 30 years—since
4 Daisy Martinez values family, friends, and Brooklyn upbringing has been a huge inspi-       they were kids. Now, they bring their own kids.
               food over fame.
                                              ration. She recalls the food scene of her            “It’s the gravy,” says Robert, when asked about
childhood: “Brooklyn was a great place for anything, from the Jewish deli on Church Av-       their famous roast beef sandwich. “There’s definitely 4 John’s Deli has the roast with
                                                                                                                                                                      the most.
enue to old-fashioned Chinese in Gravesend to fabulous Italian in Coney Island.”              secret ingredients in it.” Customers call it “black
    It was these neighborhood streets, chock-a-block with restaurants of every kind,          gold,” and it’s so popular that the Ciceros sell it by the container. “I got people dipping
                                                                                              everything in it,” Robert says. Every year, a good number of customers even cook
that led to Daisy’s love of eclectic cooking. But if she has one constant requirement
                                                                                              John’s roast beef in place of a Thanksgiving turkey. (Note that roast beef sandwiches
for happiness, she sums it up this way: Latin food and abondansa, which means “fam-
                                                                                              are only available Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.)
ily and friends, laughter and love.”                                                              That magic gravy is matriarch Maria Cicero’s recipe—according to Robert, her son,
    Good food was always plentiful when she was growing up, and a knock on the door           “She’s the boss.” Other recipes come direct from Sicily, where the family returns annu-
meant “a pot went on the stove.” For Daisy’s abuela, cooking was not only nourishing—it’s     ally, returning with new dishes like the pistachio rice-ball.
what drew the family together in conversation and community. Maybe that’s why now                 Nearly 40 years after it opened as a modest grocery store, John’s is still all in the
when Daisy cooks on her show, offering recipes for chile rellenos, Mexican flan, or pasta     family—in fact, Robert’s teenage daughter Priscilla will start working at the deli next
latino, everybody seems to gather around for a pinch of food, laughter, and love.             year. Just don’t lose that recipe!
    “Daisy Cooks!” airs on the PBS Create channel Tuesdays at noon and 6 p.m. For more            John’s Deli, 2033 Stillwell Ave. at Ave. T, Bensonhurst, 718-372-7481;
info, visit www.daisycooks.com.                                                               www.johnsfamousdeli.com.




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