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,FOUEPUIBU Two workers claim they were fired just for trying to organize a union By Aaron Short

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Two former employees at a luxury rental building on the posh Williamsburg waterfront say they were fired for trying to organize a union among coworkers to improve their working conditions. Jose Guzman, a concierge who earned $14 an hour, and Peniel Martinez, a handyman who worked $18 an hour, worked at 184 Kent, the former Austin Nichols warehouse, until May 20, when the building’s management laid them off. Guzman, the head concierge since the building opened in January, regularly worked 10- to 13-hour days without receiving overtime pay. When he got sick, he took the day off, at his own financial expense. He began inquiring about improving working conditions when he noticed workers being exposed to paint fumes and cement dust from construc-

THE GIRLS OF SUMMER: (from left) Sophia Dvorkina, Alexandra Cherkas, Adelynn Vazrai, Isabella Vinokurov, Frances Levin, Natalia Volisova and Rachel Broytman, all from Brighton Beach, enjoyed a hot day at Coney Island before last weekend’s official opening.

CONEY (ALMOST) READY TO PLAY Coney Island’s new amusement park made its brief debut this weekend, before closing for more renovations. Luna Park, the first new amusement area to open in the hard-luck “People’s Playground” in almost 50 years, entertained and thrilled the public for the first time on Saturday, one day after the politicians and the well-connected got their first brief looksee. The sneak-peak last Friday gave some families a chance to try out the muchanticipated amusement park, but only allowed visitors on a handful of rides — most of the “kiddie” variety. Brian Gotlieb, a member of Community Board 13, said the preview was still a success. “I saw lots of smiling face, children

#0"3%8"-, 034*%&8"-, SEE PAGE 2 that were there seemed to be very happy, enjoying the rides. That’s what Coney Island’s all about.” Officials had just 14 out of the 19 rides open to the public on Saturday, including Wild River and The Tickler, a twisting coaster with rapid-fire drops. And that good news gave Borough President Markowitz a chance to do what he does best: “Back at the turn of the 20th century, people called the amazing Luna Park an ‘Electric Eden’ — and now

after 66 years, we’ve got a new Luna Park for the 21st century,” said the irrepressible Beep. For now, Luna Park will be closed until mid-June, before maintaining a seven-day-a-week schedule through Labor Day. The three-acre park will be open on weekends after that, through Columbus Day. Once completed, the amusement park’s rides will also include: sAir Race — This thrill ride simulates the experience of fighter pilots and sends riders upside-down at up to 4Gs of force. sBalloon Expedition — This family-friendly ride allows visitors to explore Coney Island from 40 feet in the air. sBeach Shack — This family ride See CONEY on page 14

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Staten Island’s Republican Party has finally settled on a candidate — and it’s the guy from Brooklyn! One day after the county party organization was snubbed in its effort to draft disgraced former Rep. Vito Fossella to face Rep. Mike McMahon (D–Bay Ridge), party members nominated Bay Ridgite Michael Allegretti to be

ize was I was looking for better conditions and my health was questionable breathing in fumes,” said Guzman. See KENT on page 5

Dog danger Garbage, charcoal dumped in Park makes pet owners livid By Stephen Brown The Brooklyn Paper

park employees had managed to gather much of the trash and pile it up for collection, but a small group of activists from FIDO, a dogadvocacy group, still managed to fill up at least six bags of trash at the peninsula near the northwestern portion of Prospect Park lake. “There is no enforcement [of park regulations],” said Angelo Izzi, who See PARK on page 14

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Dog lovers were barking mad on Tuesday morning as they arrived in Prospect Park to find their beloved meadow peppered with chicken legs and charcoal — though park officials say the post–Memorial Day litter could have been much worse. The swaths of rubbish on the green meadows were nowhere to be found —


Prospect Park groundskeeper Dwayne Anderson worked all day on Monday cleaning up after everyone else’s fun.


SI Republicans pick Allegretti By Helen Klein

Handyman Peniel Martinez says he and concierge Jose Guzman were fired from 184 Kent Avenue after trying to organize a union. tion work inside the building. None of the workers have health benefits or paid sick leave. “The reason why I wanted to union-

On the street, Advocate plays therapist to an anxious public By Alex Rush for The Brooklyn Paper

the standardbearer. Allegretti — who is battling Michael Grimm for the right to take on McMahon — had previously been endorsed by the Kings County Republican Party. As such, he thinks he’s on a roll. “There was an overwhelming outpouring of support for me from [Staten Island] Republican grass roots advocates last week,” he said. “It comes See GOP on page 14

Just call him Dr. DeBlasio. Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio doesn’t have a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis, but his street-side appearance on Tuesday afternoon — billed as his “Public Advocate on the Street” initiative — ended up being more of a therapy session than an exercise in public policy. DeBlasio and his staff set up a table on Flatbush Avenue in front of the Atlantic Terminal Mall — the Crossroads of Brooklyn, if we have such a thing — to allow random pedestrians to speak with their advocate about any issue. DeBlasio was looking forward to

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CAN WE TALK?: Darryl Roberson (left) and James Doe (no, really, that’s what he said), bent the public advocate’s ear on Tuesday.

mowing those grassroots. “When you do these set-ups, you hear about problems that you didn’t know about and perhaps some solutions you didn’t think of,” DeBlasio said. “You can use this experience to help people.” But things didn’t exactly go as planned. Instead of hearing broad community concerns, DeBlasio spent most of his time playing therapist. Katherine Brann Fredericks whined about her cellphone contract (it really is unfair, the advocate said). Richard Gill complained about the BP oil spill (it really is a major ecological disaster). And Lurender Brown is worried that New York State is wasting all the lottery money (that’s a bit outside the advocate’s juSee DEBLASIO on page 5

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THE BROOKLYN ne of America’s true sports legends has just been tossed into the dustbin of history at Coney Island. Last week, the organizers of the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest hung a new “Wall of Fame” above the hallowed ground where the annual maneat-dog war is waged — and Ed “The Maspeth Monster” Krachie has been edited out. Krachie’s not the only competitive eating giant who ended up on the scrap heap. Mike “The Scholar” Devito, who earned his nickname because of his scholarly approach to the game of champions, also didn’t make the final version. Nor did “Hungry” Charles Hardy, Eric “Badlands” Booker or even Amos Wengler, the “Bard” of Coney Island. See NATHAN’S on page 2







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By Joe Maniscalco The Brooklyn Paper

Concrete is beating out wood at the Coney Island Boardwalk. A high-ranking Parks Department official said this week that the city is leaning toward replacing the worldfamous Riegelmann Boardwalk’s wooden planks — which have been marched on for more than 70 years — with concrete. Even though Parks says it is exploring three different options for rehabilitating the nearly three-mile long boardwalk — wood, concrete, and a synthetic material — concrete clearly has the edge for a typical reason: money. h7HENYOULOOKATTHEFInances of it, concrete is the cheapest to do,” said Martin Maher, the Brooklyn chief of staff for the Parks Department. “I’m completely convinced that at least the substructure needs to be concrete.” According to Maher, replac-

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ing the Boardwalk with concrete would cost the city about $70 per square foot — half of what it pays when rebuilding sections with wood. But critics say that more concrete slabs are the last thing they want to see. “I see them as a melanoma on the face of the Boardwalk,” Robert Burnstein said. “My fear is that it will spread.” Already, traditional wooden planks are being ripped out and replaced with concrete slabs between Ocean Parkway to Brighton First 2OAD ANDFROM7ESTRD 3TREETTO7ESTTH3TREETˆ something critics think will make the Boardwalk too hot This concrete substructure by Stillwell Avenue will be topped with wood. But in the summer and perilously sections of the Riegelmann Boardwalk in Brighton Beach and Sea Gate will be icy in the winter. replaced with concrete slabs. Eventually, the whole thing might be paved.

NATHAN’S Continued from page 1 That lump in my throat isn’t my 23rd hot dog of the day repeating on me — it’s genuine disgust. Say what you will about competitive eating — that it’s repulsive, that it wastes otherwise important hot dogs, that it encourages inner-city kids to neglect schooling in favor of a shot at glory — but one thing you could never say about the game was that it chewed up and spit out its heroes. Until now. International Federation of Competitive Eating President George Shea always maintained the highest level of integrity, carefully keeping the sport’s dizzying oral history from that very first contest in 1917 to the “dead dog era” of the 1970s (when nine hot dogs and buns was enough to win the coveted Mustard Yellow Interna-

tional Belt) to the Japanese invasion of the 1990s all the way through to the current reign of American legend Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. But I never thought I’d see the day when Shea would bury his heroes under a pile of gristle. Heroes? You betcha: s+RACHIE WAS THE FIRST American eater to consistently break “the Deuce,” the 20 HDB mark that, like the four-minute mile, was thought to be insurmountable. He also revolutionized the game by publishing a scientific paper called “The Belt of Fat Theory” that predicted the rise of a generation of thin eaters. The paper was submitted to the Journal of the American Medical Association, which foolishly passed on it. It was eventually published in The Brooklyn Paper. Naturally. s$EVITOWASATWO TIME

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Drivers on Livingston Street were blanketed with tickets and some had their vehicles towed after the city changed parking regulations overnight, yet left parking meters in place with no notices that they were no longer in operation. Signage stating the new regulations — no parking or standing from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday — was installed on the north side of Livingston between Court and Flatbush avenues, but many motorists ignored the subtly altered signs and fed the existing parking meters anyway. “This is foul,” said motorist Kareem Tyree, who received a ticket and barely missed being towed. “How do you give a ticket [when] Kareem Tyree thought they still have meters here? he had parked legally on Livingston Street. It makes no sense.” City officials say there is a good reason for the change in signage. “The Department of Transportation studied the area last year for opportunities to reconfigure the street to improve mobility for buses,” said an agency spokeswoman. “As part of the project, we will install painted bus lanes with expanded hours.” The old regulations restricted parking or standing on the nor th side (westbou nd t raf f ic) from 7-10 am. Metered parking is now available on the north side weekday nights and weekends. Business owners on the strip said the city needs to better inform the public. “They have made it a ‘No Standing’ zone just like that,” said Peter Sperry, owner of Trophy World on Livingston Street between Boerum Place and Smith Street. “I’ve already had four customers have their cars towed without the benefit of being told about the new regulations if that is what they are.”

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#LMZOUPQTDJUZ JOEFSFMJDUTJUFT North Brooklyn especially hard hit North Brooklyn has been hardest hit by the downturn: Of the 264 stalled Brooklyn sites in April, 73 were in Williamsburg and Greenpoint — neighborhoods that were the stars of the boom, thanks to a 2005 rezoning that had facilitated new residential and commercial development. Report author Barbara Denham, chief economist at Eastern Consolidated, blamed the “herd mentality” on North Brooklyn’s struggles. “I just think the assumptions were a little too bold,” she said, suggesting that any improvement might be a year away. One of the most notorious abandoned sites is the massive lot on Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street, which is usually so filled with water that locals call it “Hot Karl

By Gary Buiso The Brooklyn Paper

The Borough of Churches is fast becoming the Borough of Empty Lots. Brooklyn is pockmarked by a disproportionate number of abandoned development sites compared with the rest of the city, according to a report released last week by Eastern Consolidated, an investment services firm in Manhattan. The boom years of 2005-7 went bust when the global financial crisis hit, causing financing for new development to dry up, leaving half-started brick husks and empty lots as a lasting reminder of the blind exuberance that characterized the boom. As of May 25, there were 279 stalled sites in the borough out of 615 citywide.


/FXMPPLGPS£/FX¤UIFBUFS Theater for a New Audience builds its dream house By Stephen Brown A renowned — but itinerant — Shakespeare company will soon have a permanent home across the street from the Brooklyn Academy of Music where the poor players can strut and fret their hour upon the stage. A towering swath of vines will be the most striking feature of the new home for The Theater for a New Audience, a company that specializes in plays by the Bard of Avon. That “green curtain,” which could be as high as 57 feet, will abut the theater and loom over the new plaza at the entrance to the building, which will be on Ashland Place between Fulton and Lafayette streets. Tall lightpoles — about the height of a flagpole — will also illuminate the plaza in a spotlight-like pattern, reinforcing the theatrical aesthetic. “It will be like being in the theater, being in the spotlight, outside the theater,” said the architect of the plaza, Ken Smith. The designs, revealed last Wednesday to Community Board 2, did not radically stray from the original Frank Gehry and Hugh

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Last Wednesday night, architects of the proposed Theater for a New Audience to be built next to the Brooklyn Academy of Music showed off their renderings to Community Board 2. Hardy design, which featured the starchitects’ familiar predilection for glass structures. But the new design — by Hardy alone, now that Gehry has been axed —features some compelling new elements. The entrance to the auditorium itself is inset below the second floor. Once inside, ticketholders will walk up a flight of stairs to the lobby, which will be on the second


floor. From the lobby people will enjoy an expansive view of Fulton and Lafayette streets through a three-story glass façade. Architect Geoff Lynch of H3 Architecture said that the three-tiered, 299-seat theater would give theatergoers a sense of being close to the stage, regardless of whether they are in the pit with the hoi polloi or in the balcony seats with aristocrats, just like in the glory days of the origi-


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nal Globe Theater. The managing director of the Theater for a New Audience, Dorothy Ryan, said that she expected to break ground this year. Community Board 2’s Public Safety Committee greeted the designs with enthusiasm — it was only last year that the project came back from the brink after a ballooning budget and Gehry’s withdrawal. Yet the positive news was undermined by bureaucracy run amok. Though they presented the renderings to CB2, architects refused to make the renderings viewable by anyone who could not attend, or chose not to attend, the meeting — a blatant disregard for the public’s right to know. Lynch even refused to give his card to a reporter and did not even offer the spelling of his name, directing all inquiries — spelling?! — to the Economic Development Corporation. Lynch may be pressshy, but he’s obviously not so shy about revealing intimate details online, such as the fact that his “favorite spot” is “The Pantheon in Rome, when the choir is singing.”

Beach,” in honor of project architect Karl Fischer. A few blocks away, at Driggs Avenue and N. Ninth Street, a developer bailed on his plans for a $25-million, six-story rental building and put up a parking lot instead. “We saw the handwriting on the wall,” said Neil Dolgin, president of Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates. “It could be temporary or it could be for the next 10 years.” He blamed the situation on a unbridled enthusiasm facilitated by citywide rezonings. “When you bring on board 10,000 units at the same time, and have an economy that was only going upward, people started to get carried away and thought it would never come to an end,” he said. Dolgin concluded that many of the “holes in the ground” would be resold by banks, repurchased and repurposed to fit leaner times. “They won’t use granite and high-end appliances,” he said. “People will just change the way they design.” Downtown avoided much of North Brooklyn’s trauma because its rezoning passed in 2004, early enough that

a “critical mass of projects [got] financing and got well into the construction process early,” according to Joe Chan, the president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a quasi-governmental group. He noted that Downtown’s lone stalled development, a condo project at Schermerhorn and Hoyt Streets, was recently completed. Fallow sites might do little for the local economy, but they can also pose serious health hazards, according to Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who created an interactive Web site, www., to track the zombies lurking in his district. “Unfortunately, Brooklyn will continue to grapple with the detritus of failed development for some years to come,” he said. But the sites — even the most egregious examples, like a foul-smelling Fourth Avenue lot where oil was reported bubbling from the ground, or a Friel Place property in Kensington where squatters offered the only signs of life — also represent a not-yet-realized opportunity. “I would rather have them benefit the community than stand as dangerous eyesores,” Lander said. Lander said that he supports a plan to encourage the construction of afforable housing at derelict locations by giving developers subsidies and other incentives. There was some good news in the construction reporter: Buildings Department data show that the borough has the most restarted construction sites — 108 projects, with 31 completed.


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The empty lot at N. Ninth and Roebling streets in Williamsburg should have been a 204-unit condo — instead it is a danger to the community. Its neighbors are highend condominiums and luxury rentals such as Ikon and Warehouse 11, but the property is a vacant lot with no sidewalk that is strewn with garbage. The property, owned by Menachim Stark has amassed 17 violations with the city, which has halted further work on the site and classified the lot as vacant. It is anything but, with several open Dumpsters, rusted and abandoned cars, and even a couple of suitcases. Most troubling is the sidewalk, or lack thereof. A makeshift barricade of orange and white striped wood marks an area in the street that is set aside for pedestrians, but has instead become the repository of dead birds and broken glass.

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The abandoned site on N. Ninth Street. With the Giglio Feast coming to the neighborhood in July, tens of thousands of visitors will head towards McCarren Park, so neighbors and local business owners are concerned about an inevitable accident. “I think that as many stalled development sites as there are in Williamsburg, certain sites should be on a very short list for more acute attention between city agencies,” said Meredith Chesney. “Not all stalled sites put public safety at such an exponentially increase risk [as this one].” When reached for comment, Stark hung up the phone.

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Brooklyn has had its first reported iPad theft — a swipe that occurred near Fort Greene Park on May 28. The 23-year-old victim told police that he was playing on the revolutionary tablet computer near the corner of Park and Waverly avenues at 7:45 pm when someone ran up behind him and snatched the device out of his hand. The thief was last seen running down Park Avenue toward Clinton Street, obviously looking forward to checking out his new toy. When contacted, the victim said that he had bought the computer a few weeks ago, but this was the first time he had taken it outside. Still, he said that he is not too bummed by the theft, which he called a “fluke thing.” “It was insured,” he said.

Rough return A thief was arrested after swiping a woman’s iPhone from her hand on May 27. The victim told police that she was nearing the corner of Clinton and DeKalb avenues at 1:20 pm when a 16-yearold girl approached, asking her for directions. When the woman pulled her phone out to check her map app, the girl thief grabbed it and ran off, but the woman wasn’t about to let her prized possession go without a fight. After a brief pursuit, the thief turned around and swung at her victim, but missed, police were told. The teen then threw the phone at her, hitting her in the forehead, before police officers took her into custody. A source said that the teen was disappointed in the quality of the phone because its glass screen was cracked.

No direction Two muggers pounded and robbed a friendly Fort Greene guide on May 28 — but they couldn’t get out of the neighborhood before being arrested. Police said the suspects approached their victim on Hanson Place between S. Oxford Street and S. Portland Avenue at 3:15 am and asked him for directions to a local bar. The victim readily agreed, but the thugs followed him around the corner and attacked, beating him and running off with his jewelry, wallet, cash — even his shoes. But they didn’t get far. When they entered the nearest subway station, they were nabbed by cops.

Tracked down A heavy-handed thug trailed a 28-year-old man for several blocks before mugging him of his wallet and cellphone on May 24. The victim told police he was nearing the corner of Carlton Avenue and Fulton Street at 12:30 am when the thief pounced, using enough force to cause a trip to Brooklyn Hospital.

Roll-by robbery A thief on a bike threatened to shoot a woman if she didn’t hand over her valuables on Adelphi Street on May 25 — though it is unclear if he actually had a weapon. Not taking any chances, the 35-year-old handed over $10 and her cellphone to the pinching pedaler during the 2:50 am hold-up between Park and Myrtle avenues, cops were told.

Pretty pinch A jeweler selling baubles at the Atlantic Center Mall lost several pricey pieces on May 24 — and his own employee may be to blame. The shop owner in the Bruce Ratner-owned mall on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and S. Portland Avenue said the employee put the bling in the safe right before closing on May 22. But when the safe was opened on May 24, six diamond rings, five chains, four pendants and four bracelets were missing. So was the employee, who didn’t show up for work that morning — and his phone number was suddenly disconnected.

Car loot A thief broke into a car parked on S. Elliott Place on May 27, taking two computers, a navigation system and a Blackberry. The 28-year-old motorist said that he left his 2009 Ford F150 between Hanson Place and S. Portland Avenue at 12:15 pm before running a few errands. He returned 45 minutes later to find his driver’s-side door popped open and his property missing. — Thomas Tracy

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McCarren mess A group of ruffians stabbed a 19-year-old and brutally assaulted a 15-yearold kid at McCarren Park on

May 28. The kid told police that he was hanging out at the park, near Roebling and Bayard streets, at about 4:45 pm when the group surrounded him. The boy tried to run, but one of the perps hit him in the back of the head and shoved him to the ground. Two other goons punched and kicked him in the head before the three fled. Others in the group then chased down the 19-year-old, apparently at random, and stabbed him four times with a “sharp object.” That victim told cops that he was simply sitting in the park when the jerks approached him, completely unprovoked. The group scattered shortly after the stabbing, and cops couldn’t find them.

Car prowl A hooligan stole a purse containing about $800 from a parked car on May 26. The victim told cops that she was inside a store at Nassau Avenue and N. 14th Street, but she left her purse inside. When she returned at about 4:40 pm, she found her window smashed and an empty space where her purse, credit cards, keys and cash used to be.


Two thieves snatched a man’s iPhone while he walked his dog in the bucolic park at the foot of Main Street in DUMBO on May 23. The victim told cops he was in the park near Plymouth Street at around 9:15 pm when the pair of thugs approached him from behind, grabbed him, and snatched the popular cellular device.

Shake down Three thugs mugged a guy walking on Front Street on May 26. The victim told cops he was between Bridge and Gold streets at around 12:30 pm when one of the three troublemakers said, “Hey, you! Come here!” The brigands then snatched their quarry’s bag and began rummaging through it. During a scuffle over the victim’s iPhone, he was pushed to the ground, and the jerks swiped his computer bag, which included an assortment of credit cards and an ID.



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Purse snatch A gunman snatched a woman’s purse on May 24 at the Flushing Avenue station. The perp approached the woman at 11:35 am as she was walking on Marcy Avenue and Wallabout Street, flashed a handgun, and said, “Give me your purse.” She obliged, and he fled down Marcy Avenue.

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A burglar broke into a Morgan Avenue apartment on May 22, stealing two roommates’ things while they were on vacation. The thief climbed into the apartment’s rear window near Harrison Street between 9 Vehicle thefts Three vehicles went miss- am on May 22 and 9:50 pm ing this week in Green- on May 25, rounding up $4,699 worth of computers point: s3OMETHUGSTOLEA*EEP and cameras. Cherokee from its parking Jeep gershed spot on Dupont Street at !THIEFSTOLEA*EEPTHAT Manhattan Avenue on May had been parked on S. 11th 24. The victim returned to Street and Wythe Avenue on the spot at about 7:30 am the May 18 at 9 am. When the next day and noticed the car driver returned to the scene at missing. 7 am the next day, she found s!THIEFTOOKA3ATURNSE- her car was missing. dan from its spot on N. Sixth Street near Wythe Avenue Toyota taken A thief stole a Toyota that on May 26. The victim noticed that it was missing at had been parked on Middleton Street on May 27 at 7 pm. about 7:30 am. s!JERKSTOLEA&ORDFROM When the driver returned 12 ITSSPOTON*ACKSON3TREETBE- hours later, he found that his tween Kingsland Avenue and car was missing. Woodpoint Road on May 28. L-train larceny The victim noticed it missA perp snatched a woming at about 7:15 pm — only an’s phone while she was ridan hour after he’d parked it. ing an Eighth Avenue-bound He told police that he may L train on May 22. have left the keys in the igThe victim told cops that nition. the thief made his move at — Andy Campbel around 7:20 pm, when the doors 84TH PRECINCT Street. opened at Grand Brooklyn Heights– He fled into the gloamDUMBO–Boerum Hill– ing.

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A burglar forced his way into an 88th Street home on May 27, taking a laptop computer and a necklace. The homeowner said that he left his apartment between Gelston Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway at 1:30 pm to pick up his wife and child. He returned about two hours later to find his door damaged and his stuff gone. — Thomas Tracy

went down in the 78th Precinct last week. s!THIEFBROKEINTOA3IXTH Avenue apartment on May 24 and stole two laptops. The tenant told cops that she was last at her place, which is between First Street and Garfield Place, at around 11 am. When she returned seven hours later she discovered that the two computers, valued at $2,500, had been stolen. s! THIEF BUSTED INTO A Fourth Street apartment on May 25 and stole an assortment of electronics and jewelry. The tenant told cops that she was not in the home, which is between Sixth and Seventh avenues, from 1 pm until 5 pm, when she discovered the missing laptops, digital cameras and bling. Infernal combustion Park Slopers, keep an eye on your autos, because at least four cars were stolen last week: s!THIEFSTOLEAN YEAR old Ford van from Fourth Avenue between Second and Third streets overnight on May 23. The owner told cops that he had parked the car at 8 pm, but it was gone by morning. s!(ONDA#IVICVANISHED from Sixth Avenue. The owner told cops that he had last seen his ride between 11th and 12th streets on May 9, but it, along with a navigation system, an iPod, and an assortment of tools, was gone three days later. s!$ODGE#ARAVANWAS stolen from Sterling Place sometime within two weeks before its owner discovered it gone from the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues on May 28. s!THIEFSTOLEA6OLVO from Montgomery Place on May 27. The owner told cops that he parked his ride between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West at around 2:30 pm, but it was gone six hours later. — Stephen Brown


Triumph lost A thief rode off into the sunset on a Triumph motorcycle that he swiped off S. First Street on May 27. The owner told cops that the crime must have occurred between 3 pm and 8:30 pm near the corner of Bedford Avenue.

Camera seize A burglar broke into a S. First Street apartment on May 31, getting thousands in fancy stuff. The resident told cops that he was not in the unit, which is near Bedford Avenue, from 12:15 pm to 4:55 pm, when he returned to find $3,900 worth of property missing.

Follow him Two perps choked and mugged a man in the hallway of his Manhattan Avenue apartment building on May 29. The perps followed their victim into the building, which is near Montrose Avenue, at 10:25 pm, then

grabbed him and removed his property. — Aaron Short

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Club carnage Two men were stabbed near Club F1 on 65th Street after a night of partying on May 30. The victims, both 21, said that they had just left the nightspot at 4 am and clashed with another club hopper when they reached Eighth Avenue. The stranger pulled out a knife and attacked, leaving one of the victims with cuts to his head, neck and shoulder. His companion sustained a deep cut to the neck and was taken to Lutheran Medical Center.

BB sting A 44-year-old woman was shot in the head by a B.B. sniper on Bay Ridge Avenue on May 24. The woman said she was walking near Fort Hamilton Parkway at 9 pm when a B.B. struck the right side of her head, leaving her with a cut. She did not know where the B.B. was fired from, she told police.

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Pranked and robbed Two creeps robbed a woman at Ozzie’s cafe on Seventh Avenue after kicking out the chair from underneath her on May 27 — but one was quickly arrested. The victim told cops that she was drinking coffee at the popular coffee bar between ,INCOLNAND3T*OHNSPLACES at around 5:30 pm when the jerks approached and pulled their outrageous move. After the 40-year-old lady hit the floor, the pair snatched her Blackberry and laptop computer. Officer Michael Furia managed to arrest a 17 year-old suspect, but his fellow prankster remains at large.

Gershed Some jerk stole a bicycle locked up on Fifth Avenue on May 24. The owner of the cycle told cops that he had parked his $1,400 ride between President and Carroll streets at around 7 pm. When he returned from grocery shopping 15 minutes later, it was gone.

Broke-in At least two break-ins

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Smith snatch A thief knocked down a woman and stole her bag at the Carroll Street F train station on May 25 — but he didn’t get far before he was nabbed. The victim told cops that she was waiting on the Manhattan-bound platform underneath President Street at around 2:25 am when a 22-year-old man approached, knocked her down and took her bag. He ran away with the contents — a cellphone, an iPod, a laptop and $20 — but was quickly apprehended by Officer Aldo Gil.

Slice and dice A thief with a boxcutter robbed a man on President Street after threatening to slice his belly early on May 24. The victim told police that he was at the corner of Court Street at around 5 am when a perp approached, put the blade of the boxcutter against his abdomen and said, “Give me some money or I am going to hurt you.” The victim took out $270, and an accomplice grabbed it. — Gersh Kuntzman

Cell swipe A thief snatched a Blackberry from a woman’s hand while she rode the bus on May 28. The victim told cops she was texting as the bus reached Livingston and Bond streets at around 3:10 pm when the thief struck. As the doors opened, the cell-snatcher grabbed the phone and burst onto the street, with two cronies following along.

Blinged out Three thugs snatched some bling from around a guy’s neck on May 27. The victim told cops he was at Fulton and Lawrence streets at around 7:30 pm when the trio of troublemakers grabbed him and yanked HIS*ESUSCHAINRIGHTOFFHIS neck. Within two hours, Officer Suranjit Dey busted the brigands.

Roughed up A thug beat up a guy walking on Front Street on May 26 and stole his bookbag. The bruised and battered victim told cops that he was between Bridge and Gold streets at around midnight when his attacker approached from behind, threw him to the ground, and began punching and kicking him the head. The thief then snatched the victim’s backpack, which contained a laptop, portable hard drive, an iPod, and a digital camera. — Stephen Brown


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State says fowl is fair! Ag agency: Key Food chicken relabeling is OK By Andy Campbell The Brooklyn Paper

A Brooklyn Heights Key Food that has been repeatedly accused of changing the “sell-by” date on meat is off the hook this week after the state revealed that the relabeling practice is completely legal. The Atlantic Avenue market was under state scrutiny last month after customer Marie Viljoen took pictures of a spoiled D’Artagnan chicken, which appeared to have a new “sell by” date placed over the 11-day-old original. The store has been smacked with some serious food safety violations over the past few months, but the state now says that there’s no problem. “ ‘Sell by’ dates are nothing but a tool for store managers,” said Jessica Ziehm, spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture and Markets that inspected the Key Food after Viljoen’s claims. “It’s not illegal to re-

date or re-package, though they’re still required to sell safe, wholesome products. We went there and found no problems.” Ziehm said the department followed up on Viljoen’s May 13 claim mainly because her chicken had spoiled — but inspectors couldn’t find any “critical deficiencies” in the store’s practices at that time. That said, reports obtained by The Brooklyn Paper revealed that this particular Key Food walked a thin line last month after inspectors found back-to-back food deficiencies of the worst grade. In April, inspectors found a significant “buildup of old encrusted meat residues on food contact surfaces,” and in May, they found flies in the basement kitchen — problems that were resolved in front of inspectors. If the Key Food had failed a third inspection on May 13, its license could have been revoked, Ziehm said. Viljoen isn’t the only one complain-

ing. On Monday, after the Cobble Hill Blog reprinted our original story, a commenter provided a shocking picture of a package of meat labeled “octopus” that clearly contained some octopus, but mostly imitation crab. Still, the store is exonerated in the eyes of the state, at least until the next inspection. A manager who asked not to be named denied having ever tampering with the labels — though he extended an apology to Viljoen. “We want our customers coming back,” the employee said. “We want to do a service to this community.” He even offered Viljoen a free chicken, but she won’t accept, saying that the store’s previous complaints and inspection failures are telling. “I read labels because I want to know what I’m eating — I think this is a systematic problem,” Viljoen said. “[The workers] seem to do whatever they can get away with. I won’t shop there anymore, based on principle.”

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In a surprising reversal, the founder of a public school with a controversial Arabic curriculum announced that she will not pursue a lawsuit against the city for wrongful termination — despite a recent report from a federal agency that she was deserving of financial reparations and reinstatement. The former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, Debbie Almontaser, said that the prospect of a protracted court case that would have thrust her back into the spotlight was too much to bear. “I have decided that it is time for me to move on with my professional and personal life,” said Almontaser. “Additional litigation of the discrimination claim would mean re-living the unfortunate and painful events of August, 2007, when news stories daily distorted my words and attacked my work, my integrity, and my reputation.” Almontaser’s decision to withdraw the suit comes only two months after the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the Department of Education “succumbed to the very bias that creation of the school was intended to dispel” when it

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For the second time in as many months, a woman has complained to the state that the Key Food on Atlantic Avenue has relabled chickens. In this photo, the sell-by date is June 10. But closer inspection revealed that the original date was apparently June 2.

The opening of the Khalil Gibran International Academy attracted considerable attention in 2007 — but founder Debbie Almontaser (left) was long gone by then. forced the Muslim educator to quit her job as principal of Khalil Gibran. City officials reiterated their stance that Almontaser’s firing was legal. “As we’ve stated previously, the [federal] finding was without any basis whatsoever, and the [Department of Education] in no way discriminated against Ms. Almontaser,” said Michael Best, a lawyer for the city. The whirlwind of controversy surrounding Almontaser began back in February, 2007, when the educator unveiled an innovative English and Arabic curriculum that would, she said, foster greater understanding between two cultures that are often perceived as be-

ing at odds. But right-wing bloggers got wind of the new school, and labels like “madrassa” and “jihad school” began circulating in the media. During the furor, Almontaser appeared in a New York Post article about a line of T-shirt designs that read, “Intifada NYC.” Almontaser failed to renounce the shirts in the article, and resigned in the subsequent firestorm. The school opened without her. In the wake of the federal ruling in March that vindicated Almontaser, Khalil Gibran’s then-principal, Holly Anne Reichert, abruptly resigned and Beshir Abdellatif took over, making him the

first Muslim-American to run the school in its brief history — a coincidence that did not elude the embattled educator. “While it is shameful that it took a finding of discrimination by an independent federal agency to force the city’s hand, I hope that this appointment will bring the stability and leadership to the school that it so badly needs,” Almontaser said. Almontaser currently works as a special education coordinator at a high school in Brooklyn, and is still awaiting a decision by the US Court of Appeals on another lawsuit charging that her First Amendment rights were violated by her firing.

KENT… Continued from page 1 “I have five kids and I’m the breadwinner of the family. I needed to improve my financial status.” After Guzman spoke with several co-workers and did his own research about how to organize them to ask for better wages and health benefits, a representative from the building’s management company, Roseland Properties, questioned him about his activities — then delivered the news. “I asked them why I was being fired and they said because I was rallying for the union,” said Guzman. Martinez also received notice from his employer, Lifestyles Services, that he had been laid off, but he says he hasn’t even been told why he has been fired or received his checks from previous work. “I haven’t told my son. I don’t know what to do,” said Martinez. “I may need to seek some kind of help. Right now I’m going crazy with this.” Labor disputes have been rare in Williamsburg over the past five years during the real estate boom. Many of the new developments along the waterfront, including The Edge on N. Fifth Street, use union laborers, as stipulated by the city during its 2005 waterfront rezoning. But 184 Kent is a renovated property, which was exempt from the rezoning agreement. Still, the building management company, Roseland Properties, likely did not have the legal recourse to terminate the workers’ contracts. Federal law prohibits employers from discharging or disciplining anyone who seeks to be represented by a union. “If the employees are trying to organize and they are dismissed for that rea-

son, that’s an unfair labor practice,” said Al Blyer, the Brooklyn regional director of the National Labor Relations Board. “The remedy is to offer their jobs back, with some back pay.” That’s what Guzman and Martinez want — as long as they are unionized. The average salary for a unionized concierge is between $19 and $22 an hour, while a handyman would earn almost $20 an hour, numbers based on last month’s apartment building workers settlement. The men have contacted the SEIU-32BJ, a service workers union, to handle their labor case. So far, 14 workers have signed cards saying that they want to join a union. “We hope to get the men working again and get their jobs back,” said Kwame Patterson, a spokesman for SEIU, which has already filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Roseland Properties, Lifestyles Services, and the building’s developer, JMH Development, for “interrogation, threats and wrongful termination.” For now, the fired workers handed out fliers outside their former employer’s building last week informing tenants about the firings. On Wednesday afternoon, as tenants were returning from work, some took the flyers, cheering “right on.” Others reacted with surprise, promising to call the building’s developer with complaints. “We’ve been getting a good response,” said Martinez. “People are calling and e-mailing the management.” Calls to Roseland Properties were not returned and a spokesman for JMH Development declined to comment.

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Happy bee-day! On June 12, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates its 100th birthday the sweetest way it knows possible. From bee-made and -inspired products to honey taste tests from local beekeepers, it’s an apiary extravaganza. Fill up on honey products made by Liddabit Sweets and Sugarbuilt and the sweet stuff itself made by local rooftop beekeepers, who got a boost after the city made the practice legal in the city this past March. Throughout the day, sample sounds from local bands including soul revival act the Sweet Divines, performing with the queen bee herself, Maxine Brown; Brooklyn’s own kings of a cappella, The Persuasions; the gypsy jazz of Stephane Wrembel and his Django Experiment; as well as a special performance by Hiten Marimba Duo of — what else — “Flight of the Bumblebee.” There’s a lot to bee excited about.

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emorial Day is behind us, so it’s officially summer in our book. But summer gets hot, so we’ve prepared a package of stories around the universal

concept of staying cool when everyone around you is melting. So in this special section, you’ll find tips on making your own ice cream, shaking a perfect summer


cocktail and even advice on making your own beer (first piece of advice? Grab a beer before reading the advice on how to make your own beer). Enjoy!

It’s the Sundance that spans the seas. More than 100 cutting edge films lensed from as far away as Uruguay and as close as Union Street will premiere from June 4 to June 13 as the Brooklyn International Film Festival celebrates its 13th year. There’ll be the requisite dramas, documentaries, eye-popping animation and short films of every stripe — and there’s even a flick about bloggers. Hey, what would a Brooklyn-based film festival be without “Colin Hearts Kay” a delightfully wacky live action/animation comedy set in Park Slope that exposes the true danger about blogging — it’s hell on relationships. Festival screening director Nathan Kensinger said that more than 2,400 submissions from throughout the U.S. and more than 90 other countries were sent in for consideration. “It was an extremely tight competition, but we picked the ones that stood out, the ones that expressed the most current, exciting and newest ideas,” he said.

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Frosty: Crista Freeman (left) and Jess Eddy are making gourmet ice cream out of their Montrose Avenue apartment. “We’ve been making ice cream together since about February — just for fun,” said Freeman. “Then it became this crazy obsession. We were prototyping two flavors a weekend. One time, we even made four.” For many of the flavors, the two take inspiration from their childhoods growing up in Maine (Eddy) and the south (Freeman) — like for instance the Fluffnut, which was

#SPPLMZO¤T OFXESJOL Manhattan has its own cocktail. So does Singapore, Russia and even freakin’ Long Island. And now, thanks to us, our worthy borough finally has a drink to call its own. Meet “The Brooklyn Summer,” a mintylemony-bourbon classic crafted exclusively for our readers by Luke Wheeler, the general manager of DUMBO hotspot reBar. Wheeler’s blend offers a hint of sweetness that never fully overwhelms the bourbon bite. “The simple syrup and mint leaves give it a bright, summery flavor,” said Wheeler, who used bourbon in a nod to the classic

5IF#SPPLMZO4VNNFS Created by Luke Wheeler INGREDIENTS 4 mint leaves Simple syrup 1 lemon 2 ounce Maker’s Mark bourbon Crushed ice DIRECTIONS

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summer cocktail, the mint julep. “And everyone likes lemonade.” reBar [147 Front St. near Jay Street in DUMBO, (718) 797-2322]. Look out in mid-June for the bar’s new summer cocktail menu. — Meredith Deliso

inspired by fluffernutter sandwiches their moms used to make them as kids. This spring, they decided to take their obsession mainstream, bringing it to fairs, like one at the Brooklyn Lyceum. For now, the duo is working in home kitchen-sized four quart “nano batches,” but an expansion is on the horizon. Eventually, they’ll sell it in stores, and per-

By Meredith Deliso The Brooklyn Paper

o you’re thinking about brewing beer at home? Lucky for you, many before you have adventured into homebrewing, pioneering the way for beer enthusiasts to start making their own brew in bathtubs. “Anybody who homebrews likes to craft things from hand,” said Kevin Avanzato, general manager of Union Hall, which is hosting a homebrewing competition on June 15. “To be able to make your own beer is magical.” Here’s a look at stores where you can buy tools and ingredients (where would one buy hops, anyway?) as well as find friendly advice and classes.

5SZJU In January, Benjamin Stutz and Danielle Cefaro opened Brooklyn Homebrew

Beer guru: Brooklyn Homebrew owner Benjamin Stutz shares with us how you make beer at home. in Gowanus, a space devoted to DIY brewing. Begin your adventure in homebrewing with a $75 introductory kit, which includes a fermenting bucker, bottling bucker, air See BEER on page 9

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Brooklyn International Film Festival at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema [70 Henry St. between Cranberry and Orange streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 596-7070] and indieScreen [285 Kent Ave. between S. First and S. Second streets in Williamsburg, (718) 388-4306]. For info, visit www. — Thomas Tracy

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ometimes you leave it to the experts. Sometimes — particularly when ridiculously amazing ice cream from Phinizy and Phebe is involved — you don’t. With flavors like Check goat cheese caramel out the and fluffnut — studded with Ritz crackrecipe on ers, Marshmallow page 9 Fluff, peanut butter, caramel and chocolate — do-it-yourself ice cream masters Jess Eddy and Crista Freeman, aka Phinizy and Phebe, have managed to introduce something shiny and new to an ice cream scene already packed with inventive flavors from folks like Blue Marble and Van Leeuwen. Better yet, they’re doing it all from the confines of their teeny Williamsburg kitchen. DIY, indeed! The confections aren’t in stores yet, but watch out, these ladies are on fire. After debuting earlier this month at the Brooklyn Lyceum, the duo has already found itsdelf bombarded with e-mails, clamoring for more. Web gurus by day, the pair started off innocently enough, taking up ice cream making as a fun indoor hobby over the winter. Soon though, they were hooked.

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Get ready for your best night ever. On June 13, Paul F. Tompkins, best known as the irreverent, gap-toothed host of “Best Week Ever,” as well as a cast member on “Mr. Show,” comes to the Bell House for a night of comedy. Tompkins has local fans to thank for the show. As part of an ongoing bit about social media, Tompkins has vowed to perform wherever 300 online admirers demand it. It’s a modest number for the dapper comedian, who’s gained fans for his three-piece suits, as well as his kingly storytelling, which delves from the personal (his mother’s death) to the silly (cake vs. pie). “There has been a debate raging in our society for many, many years,” says Tompkins in the latter bit. “People are on one side or the other. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. “Some people like cake more than pie, some people like pie more than cake,” he continues, building momentum. “We’ve never been able to agree which one is best — until this historic night!” Paul F. Tompkins at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], June 13 at 8 pm. Tickets $20. For info, visit www. — Meredith Deliso

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Call it a hipster’s paradise in Brooklyn Heights! More than 60 local works of art will be on display at Cadman Towers — an apartment complex-gone-studio — along with the facility’s version of a garage sale. It’s the perfect opportunity to ponder the urban art scene, while sporting those rad skinny jeans and scarves you found.

You’ve heard all our talk about Norah Jones’s window war with the neighbors — but now we finally get a chance to appreciate the girl’s pipes. Celebrate Brooklyn opens tonight, and silky smooth Jones is the headliner. She may not be the best at community relations, but a free concert goes a long way towards soothing any lingering hurt.

Noon-6 pm. Art show and garage sale at Cadman Towers [101 Clark St. at Monroe Place in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522-1900]. Free.

Playground: Brooklyn Sure, you’ve had fun on the monkey bars, but have you ever tried surviving a live zombie outbreak and finished a scavenger hunt in one day? With games galore, the “Come Out and Play” festival promises to please all ages (it’s got drinking games, too!), so head to the Brooklyn Lyceum.

7 pm. Norah Jones at the Prospect Park band shell (Enter park at Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Prospect Park). Free. For info, visit www.

9:30 am–6 pm. “Come Out and Play” at Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 8574816]. Free. For info and a list of games, visit www.

7 pm. “Declaration” at BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875-3677]. Free. For info, visit www.


Become a Hack! It’s like a live-action episode of “The Office,” except everyone’s a bit, well, geekier. “Hack! An I.T. Spaghetti Western” features our own Impetuous Theater Group in a slapstick comedy about computer nerds and their daily dealings (and dramas) as employees at a Hedge fund. Mainframe encryption decoder not required. 7 pm. “Hack!” at Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189]. Tickets are $15. For info, visit

NINE DAYS IN BROOKLYN FRI, JUNE 4 NATIVE AMERICAN CELEBRATION: The Redhawk Arts Council hosts “Gateway to Nations” featuring authentic cuisine, demonstrations and music. $12, $7 seniors and children, children 6 and under free. 10 am–5 pm. Gateway National Recreation Area at Floyd Bennett Field [50 Aviation Rd. near Flatbush Avenue in Marine Park, (718) 686-9297], www. LIBERTY WEEKEND: Features a George Washington re-enactor and the firing of a Civil War cannon. free. 10 am–4 pm. New Utrecht Reformed Church [1831 84th Street in New Utrecht/Bensonhurst, (718) 2567173], RED HOOK FESTIVAL: Music, facepainting, kayaking and more. Free. 6–9 pm. Coffey Park [Richards Street and Pioneer Street in Red Hook, (718) 643-6790 x113]. MUSIC, CAROL LEVEN: CD release party. $10. 6–8:30 pm. Puppet’s Jazz Bar [481 Fifth Ave. at 11th Street in Park Slope, (718) 4992622], ART OPENING, “JACKPOT”: 7–9 pm. PowerHouse Arena (37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO), www. TOUR, VICTORIAN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS: Includes hundreds of pre-Civil War buildings and lots of history. $15. 7 pm. Brooklyn Borough Hall [209 Joralemon St. between Court and Adams streets in Brooklyn Heights, (917) 803-8551], MUSIC, THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS: $10. 7:30 pm. Southpaw [125 Fifth Ave. at St. Johns Place in Park Slope, (718) 230-0236], MUSIC, ONE WORLD SYMPHONY: Playing the music of Ravel, Berlioz and Piaf. $40 ($30 seniors and students). 8 pm. St. Ann’s Church [157 Montague St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 707-1411], COMEDY NIGHT: Hosted by Nick Turner (College Humor) and Jason Saenz (DC Comedy Festival). Free. 8 pm. Coco66 [66 Greenpoint Ave. between Franklin and West streets

Find lots more listings online at delicate vocals to make you think of summers past. 10 pm. Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. at Richardson Street in Williamsburg, (718) 3023770], Photo by Bruno Bollaert


/…>ÌÊLi>Ì\ Bed-Stuy-based drummer Neil Clarke leads a drumming extravaganza on the plaza of the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch on June 5. in Greenpoint, (917) 807-6045], MUSIC, CLASSICAL CONCERT: With FLUX Quartet. $25 ($20 seniors, $10 students). 8 pm. Bargemusic [Fulton Ferry Landing, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street in DUMBO, (718) 624-2083], FILM, BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT: The first night of the week-long festival includes two independent films: “Gabi on the Roof in July” and “The Welfare Worker.” $25. 8 pm. Brooklyn Heights Cinema [70 Henry Street at Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 596-7070]. THEATER, A PREVIEW AND POST‡ MORTEM FOR THE TOO SOON FESTIVAL: Free. 8 pm. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189], MUSIC, DEAD COPYCATS: 8 pm. Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. at Richardson Street in Williamsburg, (718) 302-3770], DANCE SHOWCASE: Directed by Hellen Tocci. $8 general, $5 low-

CIVIC CALENDAR MON, JUNE 7 ÀœœŽÞ˜Ê i“œVÀ>ÌÃÊœÀÊ …>˜}i° Membership and petition training meeting. 7:30 pm. Union Church of Bay Ridge [8101 Ridge Blvd. between 81st and 82nd streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 745-0438], www.


œ““Õ˜ˆÌÞÊ œ>À`Ê£° Combined public hearing and full board meeting. 6:30 pm. Swinging 60s Senior Center [211 Ainslie St. at Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 389-

0009], ގiÀÊiˆ}…ÌÃÊ ˆÛˆVÊÃÜVˆ>̈œ˜° Monthly meeting. 8 pm. St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church [1072 80th St. between 10th and 11th avenues in Dyker Heights, (718) 748-1797].


œ““Õ˜ˆÌÞÊ œ>À`ÊÓ° Full board meeting. 6 pm. Brown Memorial Baptist Church [52 Gates Ave. between Washington and Waverly avenues in Fort Greene, (718) 596-5410].

œ““Õ˜ˆÌÞÊ œ>À`ÊÈ° Monthly full board meeting. 6:30 pm. John Jay

income. 8 pm. Brooklyn Arts Exchange [421 Fifth Ave. at Eighth Street in Park Slope, (718) 8320018], MUSIC, AYAKO SHIRASAKI TRIO: $12. 9–11:30 pm. Puppet’s Jazz Bar [481 Fifth Ave. at 11th Street in Park Slope, (718) 499-2622], MUSIC, CHRIS MASTERSON AND ELEANOR WHITMORE: 9 pm. Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. at Richardson Street in Williamsburg, (718) 302-3770], MUSIC, MILTON: Traditional folk, blues and country songs with old time harmonies. $10. 9:30 pm. Jalopy [315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in Columbia Street Waterfront, (718) 3953214], THEATER, INTERNATIONAL TOY THEATER FESTIVAL: Colossal celebration of tiny art. $75. 10 pm. St. Ann’s Warehouse [38 Water St. at Dock Street in DUMBO, (718) 2548779], MUSIC, ABANDONDED LIGHT‡ HOUSE: Ambient guitar with HS building [237 Seventh Ave. between Fourth and Fifth streets in Park Slope, (718) 643-3027].

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OUTDOORS AND TOURS RED HOOK FESTIVAL: Music, facepainting, kayaking and more. Free. 11 am–7 pm. Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier [Coffey Street and Ferris Street in Red Hook, (718) 643-6790 x113]. ARTWALK: Showcasing more than 200 artists along dozens of surrounding blocks in an interactive celebration. Free. 1–6 pm. [Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Bond streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 875-8993], www.

PERFORMANCE DANCE, LE CIRQUE FERRIQUE: Reimagining of favorite childhood fairy-tales. $30 ($25 children). 2 pm and 7 pm. 303 Bond Street Theatre (303 Bond St. between Sackett and Union streets in Carroll Gardens), THEATER, INTERNATIONAL TOY THEATER FESTIVAL: 11 am. See Friday, June 4. MUSIC, QUINTET OF THE AMERI‡ CAS MANNAHATTA CONCERT: 2 pm. Waterfront Museum Barge [290 Conover St. near Reed Street in Red Hook, (718) 624-4719], THEATER, “RIP JD — A CELEBRA‡ TION OF DEATH”: As part of the Too Soon Festival. $15. 3 pm. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189], OPERA, “CARMEN”: Regina Opera presents Bizet’s classic opera. $5-$20. 3 pm. Regina Hall [1230 65th St. at 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights, (718) 232-3555], ART, TARGET FIRST SATURDAY: Music, dance, films and books, featuring JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Evidence Dance Company and House of Ninja. Admission free after 5 pm. 5–11 pm. Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 6385000], MUSIC, GARY BROCKS GROUP: $6. 6–8:30 pm. Puppet’s Jazz Bar [481 Fifth Ave. at 11th Street in Park Slope, (718) 499-2622], www. THEATER, “REDBEARD AND DOMI‡ CELLA”: As part of the Too Soon Festival. $15. 6 pm. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189],

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4. Chill the wort to prevent any contamination and to ensure a clear-colored beer. 5. Cool wort to about 72 degrees (though this temperature can vary depending on whether you’re making ale or lager). 6. Once cooled, pour wort into fermenter and add yeast. 7. Vigorously shake or rock the fermenter for five to 10 minutes.

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at their monthly Brewing Salon. But first, the basics; homebrewer extraordinaire Dan Pizzillo leads the spot’s homebrewing crash course (the next one’s up on June 10), where you can learn all about malt, yeast, and tools to brew at home, as well as get your own equipment kit.

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8. Attach an airlock. 9. Let beer sit at a consistent temperature (between 62 and 75 degrees, depending on style) in a dark space for one to two weeks. 10. Once fermentation is complete, keg or bottle the beer. 11. Enjoy.


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It’s the closest thing to beer school you can find. Brooklyn Kitchen [100 Frost St. near Leonard Street in Williamsburg (718) 3892982]. Upcoming homebrewing classes are on June 10 and 23 at 6:30 pm and cost $125. For info, visit


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Fluffnut ice cream is Phinizy & Phebe’s signature flavor, inspired by the peanut butter-and-fluff Ritz cracker sandwiches we used to eat as kids. The ice cream smiths added a twist by covering the delicious sandwiches in caramel and chocolate. Nice.

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SALES AND MARKETS BAY RIDGE GREENMARKET: Food vendors galore. 8 am-3 pm. Walgreens parking lot [9408 Third Ave. at 94th Street, (718) 748-5200]. PARK SLOPE GREENMARKET: 9 am–4 pm. Grand Army Plaza [Union Street at Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope, (212) 788-7900], *-ÊÎÓ£Ê Ê, /\ Free. 9 am–5 pm. PS 321 schoolyard (Seventh Avenue and First Street in Park Slope), www. GIANT TAG SALE: Free. 9 am–5 pm. Cadman Towers Building (101 Clark Street, Between Henry Street and Cadman Plaza West in Brooklyn Heights). SPRING TAG AND BAKE SALE: To benefit Park Slope Child Care Collective. Free. 10 am–3 pm. Iglesia Presbyterian [186 St. Johns Pl. at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 399-0397]. ARTISTS AND FLEAS: Free. Noon–8 pm. Artists and Fleas (129 N. Sixth St. between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg), www.artistsandfleas. com. FULTON FLEA: Free. 11 am–7 pm. [650 Fulton Street in Fort Greene, (917) 3645648], RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR: Annual outdoors craft market. Free. 11 am–5 pm. McCarren Park [Bedford Avenue at N. 12th Street in Williamsburg, (773) 227-2707], brooklyn.

OTHER ART, “NAILED”: More than 1,200 paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media and sculptures by 250 artists are on exhibit and up for sale. 1–6 pm. Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition [499 Van Brunt St., near Reed Street in Red Hook, (917) 655-2980], LIBERTY WEEKEND: See Friday, June 4. ELECTRONICS WASTE COL‡ LECTION: Residential waste only will be accepted. Free. 10 am–4 pm. First Unitarian Church [Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 624-5466]. NATIVE AMERICAN CEL‡ EBRATION: 11 am–7 pm. See Friday, June 4. ARTWALK: See Friday, June 4. FILM, HISTORY AND PRAC‡ TICE OF AFRICAN DRUM‡ MING TRADITIONS: Four Brooklyn drummers talk about the history and practice of Afro-diasporic drumming in Brooklyn. Free. 4 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope, (718) 230-2100]. READING, ANDREW RICH‡ MOND AND CLIFF BEN‡ STON: 5 pm. Barbes [376 Ninth St. at Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 965-9177],




Funny girl: Ophira Eisenberg hosts a comedy night at BAM Cafe on June 11. TOY THEATER FESTIVAL: 11 am. See Friday, June 4. THEATER, “THAT OLD SOFT SHOE”: As part of the Too Soon Festival. $15. 2:30 pm. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189], THEATER, “STOOP‡ DREAMER AND OTHER BROOKLYN STORIES”: Full cast reading directed by Ed Dennehy. Free. 3 pm. Rocky Sullivan’s [34 Van Dyke St. at Dwight Street in Red Hook, (718) 246-8050], 1- ]Ê -- Ê " ‡ CERT: With FLUX Quartet. $25 ($20 seniors, $10 students). 3 pm. Bargemusic [Fulton Ferry Landing, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street in DUMBO, (718) 6242083], OPERA, “CARMEN”: 3 pm. See Saturday, June 5. THEATER, “CHEMISTRY”: As part of the Too Soon Festival. $15. 5 pm. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189], THEATER, “RIP JD — A CEL‡ EBRATION OF DEATH”: 7 pm. See Saturday, June 5.

SALES AND MARKETS *-ÊÎÓ£Ê Ê, /\ 9 am–5 pm. See Saturday, June 5. ARTISTS AND FLEAS: Noon–8 pm. See Saturday, June 5. FARMERS MARKET: Free. 11 am–5 pm. J.J. Byrne Park (Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street in Park Slope). FULTON FLEA: 11 am–7 pm. See Saturday, June 5.

OTHER ART, “NAILED”: 1–6 pm. See Saturday, June 5. LIBERTY WEEKEND: 10 am–4 pm. See Friday, June 4. NATIVE AMERICAN CEL‡ EBRATION: 11 am–7 pm. See Friday, June 4. ELECTRONICS WASTE COL‡ LECTION: Noon–2 pm. See Saturday, June 5. ISSUE PROJECT ROOM BENEFIT BRUNCH: With actor Steve Buscemi. $95 (includes three-course brunch). Noon–2 pm. Bussaco [833 Union St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Park Slope, (718) 330-0313],

MON, JUNE 7 GREEK FESTIVAL: Annual feast of Sts. Constantine and Helen. Free. 11 am–9 pm. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Church [64 Schermerhorn St. between Court Street and Boerum Place in Downtown, (718) 624-0595], www. WILLIAMSBURG SPELLING BEE: The first 18 people get to play. Three strikes and you’re out. Free. 7:30 pm. Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. at Richardson Street in Williamsburg, (718) 302-3770], www. BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS: Variety stage show. $5. Galapagos Art Space [16 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 222-8500], www.


“ Every American owes it to him or herself to see the Ailey company perform Revelations.” OPRAH WINFREY

WED, JUNE 9 SPRING TAG AND BAKE SALE: A fundraiser by Park Slope Child Care Collective. Free to enter. 10 am–3 pm. Iglesia Presbyterian Church [186 St John’s Place at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 399-0397]. FESTIVAL, GREEK FESTIVAL: 11 am–9 pm. See Monday, June 7. TOUR, HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS: Explore GreenWood Cemetery’s history, grounds and bird life, enjoy views of Manhattan’s skyline, and more. Reservations are not required, but recommended. $20 ($10 for Historic Fund members). 1 pm. Green-Wood Cemetery [25th St. at Fifth Avenue in Green-Wood Heights, (718) 768-7300], TALK, “UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA” SEMINAR: Hosted by Prospect Park Residence. Free. 6:30 pm. Prospect Park Residence [1 Prospect Park West at Union Street in Park Slope, (718) 622-8400], www. prospectparkresidence. com. THEATER, “HAPPILY AFTER TONIGHT”: As part of the Too Soon Festival. $15. 7 pm. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189], THEATER, INTERNATIONAL TOY THEATER FESTI‡ VAL: 7:30 pm. See Friday, June 4. TALK, “EVERYTHING LOVELY, EFFORTLESS, SAFE”: Launch Party for Jenny Hollowell for her new book. 7:30–9 pm. Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383-0096], wordbrooklyn. FILM, “CYRUS”: Film takes an insightful, funny and refreshingly naturalistic look at love and family in contemporary LA. 7:30 pm. BAM Rose Cinema [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4129], MUSIC, NORAH JONES: Opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn. Free. 8 pm. Prospect Park band shell (Enter park at Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Prospect Park),


TUES, JUNE 8 FESTIVAL, GREEK FESTIVAL: 11 am–9 pm. See Monday, June 7.


BROOKLYN BLOGFEST: Borough bloggers and surprise guests step away from their keyboards to sound off about why the County of Kings remains such a rich source of material and inspiration. Free. 7 pm. Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816], THEATER, “REDBEARD AND DOMICELLA”: 7 pm. See Saturday, June 5. /]ʺ6 Ê1 , Ê{x-Ê — A GRAPHIC HISTORY "Ê/ Ê- 6 ‡ Ê, ‡ CORD”: A discussion and show-and-tell of the artwork collected in this new book. 7:30–9 pm. Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383-0096], wordbrooklyn.

FESTIVAL, SONIA MAN‡ ZANO: The actress/author better known as “Maria” from Sesame Street will emcee BPL’s Summer Reading block party. Free. 10 am–4 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope, (718) 230-2100]. FESTIVAL, GREEK FESTIVAL: 11 am–9 pm. See Monday, June 7. / / ,]ʺ t»Ê Ê°/°Ê SPAGHETTI WESTERN: As part of the Too Soon Festival. $15. 7 pm. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189],

FRI, JUNE 11 THEATER, “ALICE…ALICE… ALICE!”: An environmental excursion into Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. $35. 8 pm. Irondale Center [85 S. Oxford St. in Fort Greene, (718) 488-9233], FESTIVAL, GREEK FESTIVAL: 11 am–1 am. See Monday, June 7. THEATER, INTERNATIONAL TOY THEATER FESTI‡ VAL: 7:30 pm. See Friday, June 4. THEATER, “CHEMISTRY”: 7:30 pm. See Sunday, June 6. COMEDY NIGHT: 8 pm. See Friday, June 4. MUSIC, CLASSICAL CON‡ CERT: With Pavel Haas Quintet. $35 ($30, seniors, $25 students). 8 pm. Bargemusic [Fulton Ferry Landing, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street in DUMBO, (718) 624-2083], www. MUSIC, BROOKLYN WOM‡ EN’S CHORUS: $10 ($6 for children). 8 pm. Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture [53 Prospect Park West at Second Street in Park Slope, (718) 768-2972], MUSIC, BROOKLYN CON‡ SERVATORY COMMU‡ NITY ORCHESTRA: Featuring works by Dukas and Beethoven. $15. 8 pm. St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church [157 Montague St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 6223300], COMEDY NIGHT: Featuring local and national talent. Free. 9 pm. BAM Café [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 230-4100], THEATER, “DEATH IS A SCREAM”: As part of the Too Soon Festival. $15. 9:30 pm. Brick Theater [575 Metropolitan Ave. at Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189],


OUTDOORS AND TOURS HEALTH, COMMUNITY HEALTH DAY: Have fun and get healthy, with screenings, demonstrations, and entertainment for all. Free. 10 am–12 pm. Long Island College Hospital [Henry St. between Pacific and Amity streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 780-2860]. TOUR, WILLIAMSBURG — HISTORY, ART AND BEER: $15. 1:30–4 pm. Williamsburg Art & Historical Center [135 Broadway at S. Sixth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 486-6012],

PERFORMANCE THEATER, INTERNATIONAL TOY THEATER FESTIVAL: 1 pm. See Friday, June 4. OPERA, “CARMEN”: 3 pm. See Saturday, June 5. THEATER, “RIP JD — A CEL‡ EBRATION OF DEATH”: 4:30 pm. See Saturday, June 5. THEATER, “REDBEARD AND DOMICELLA”: 7 pm. See Saturday, June 5. MUSIC, PARK SLOPE SING‡ ERS SPRING CONCERT: Night of classical choral music. $10. 7 pm. St. Saviour Church [611 8th Ave. at Sixth Street in Park Slope, (718) 788-2282], / / ,]ʺ tÊ Ê°/°Ê SPAGHETTI WESTERN”: 8:45 pm. See Thursday, June 10. THEATER, “CHEMISTRY”: 10:45 pm. See Sunday, June 6.

SALES AND MARKETS PARK SLOPE GREENMAR‡ KET: 9 am–4 pm. See Saturday, June 5. *-ÊÎÓ£Ê Ê, /\ 9 am–5 pm. See Saturday, June 5. GIANT TAG SALE: 9 am–5 pm. See Saturday, June 5. ARTISTS AND FLEAS: Noon–8 pm. See Saturday, June 5. FULTON FLEA: 11 am–7 pm. See Saturday, June 5.

OTHER ART, “NAILED”: 1–6 pm. See Saturday, June 5. FESTIVAL, GREEK FESTIVAL: 1 pm–1 am. See Monday, June 7.



ART, ARTWALK: 1–6 pm. See Saturday, June 5.

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Continued from page 8 MUSIC, CLASSICAL CON‡ CERT: The Orchestra of St. Luke’s featuring Stephen Taylor, Naoko Tanaka, Eriko Sato, Louise Schulman, David Cerutti, Myron Lutzke and John Feeney. Free. 7 pm. Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000], MUSIC, BROOKLYN COM‡ MUNITY CHORUS: Singing selections from Baroque to Broadway. $10 ($5 for seniors and students). 7 pm. Old First Reformed Church [729 Carroll St. at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638-8300].


JUNE 10-20 Tickets start at $20 718-636-4100 BAM Howard Gilman Opera House Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn




READING, HANK O’NEAL: Author of “The Ghosts Of Harlem.” Free. 7 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope, (718) 230-2100]. WORKSHOPS ON NATIVE AND AFRICAN CULTURE: Cultural education series. $25. 7 pm. Brooklyn Masonic Temple [317 Clermont Ave. between DeKalb and Lafayette avenues in Fort Greene, (917) 743-2835], THEATER, INTERNATIONAL TOY THEATER FESTIVAL: 10 pm. See Friday, June 4.

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Seersucker [329 Smith St. between Carroll and President streets in Carroll Gardens, (718) 422-0444]. Closed Mondays.

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he concept at Seersucker is much like the Carroll Gardens restaurant’s name — a polished southern classic. Seersucker is a dressed-up homage to Chef Robert Newton’s Arkansas childhood, a collaboration between Newton, a Le Cirque veteran and private chef, and his girlfriend, Kerry Diamond. “When Rob came to New York, he was so surprised to find that everyone thinks Southern food is something that’s deep fried and covered in gravy,” said Diamond. “He wanted to show people it doesn’t have to be like that.” Yes, you’ll find items like the prerequisite shrimp and grits ($18), but here it’s accented with tomatoes and mushrooms from the Carroll Gardens farmers’ market rather than smoth-

¼-ÕVŽiÀ½Ê«Õ˜V…\ Chef Robert Newton has opened Seersucker, a new take on Southern cuisine, on Smith Street. ered in cheddar. Newton has a strong sensibility of fresh and local, using much of both in his cookery.

A hearty country cassoulet was a hit at the restaurant’s “friends and family night” last week — served


alongside a perfectly tender duck leg and topped with cornbread crumbs. The roasted Vidalia onion ($17), with shiitakes and wheat berries, was juicy, sweet and strangely decadent; a surprisingly thoughtful vegetarian option for a Southern joint. The beer and wine list is refreshingly all-American, and coffee, of course, comes from Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, North Carolina. We can’t wait for those big breakfasts — but for now, Seersucker serves dinner only. “It’s still Southern classics,” said Diamond, “but with a much lighter hand.”

5IFIPUEPH After conquering mile-long beer lists at Spuyten Duyvil and barbeque at Fette Sau, Joe Carroll decided that the next thing the intersection of Havemeyer and Metropolitan needed was organ meat, and lots of it — from calves’ heart jerky to beer-battered brain. Owing to inevitable liquor license snafus, though, for now St. Anselm, Carroll’s newest venture, is serving only house-made sodas and a limited menu, consisting primarily of hot dogs. These hot dogs, though, do not by any means underwhelm. On a menu that oddly takes many of its cues from New Jersey culinary tradition, the star is undoubtedly the Newark dog ($11), easily the


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henSmartmomand Hepcat found out they were pregnant with Teen Spirit in July, 1990, they were terrified. “We can barely take care of ourselves,” Smartmom remembers saying. “How are we going to take care of a little baby?” Smartmom and Hepcat were sitting on the futon couch in the East Village co-op they shared. She started to cry, Hepcat looked very pale. Very.

But Smartmom knew she wanted a baby. And so did Hepcat. It was just going to take some getting used to. Until then their lives had been so simple. They worked; they spent time with friends. They went to Alphabet City bars and restaurants; went out to clubs to hear bands, galleries to see art, movie theaters to see movies. Now their life was getting complicated and grown up. And at that moment of reckoning on the futon couch, they

long to adjust. The pregnancy took over their lives and so did S m a r t m o m’s morning sickness, which would hit like clockwork at 6 By Louise Crawford pm every night that first trimesweren’t sure they were up for ter and end just as punctually the task — they weren’t sure around at midnight. She’d be starving and they were ready to let go of they’d go to Florent on Gantheir carefree married life. Truthfully, it didn’t take sevoort Street and share an order of Steak Frites and Evelyn’s Goat Cheese Salad. Food never tasted so good. The restaurant was always packed with arty Lower Manhattan types and drag queens. Music blaring, conversations swirling, it was a fun place The Brooklyn Fencing Center opened in Carroll to be pregnant at midnight just months before becomGardens, Brooklyn, in January 2003. We are ing parents. proud to be Brooklyn’s first competitive The day after Teen Spirit fencing club, and our mission is to make was born Smartmom had that the excitement and joy of fencing more terrified feeling again. accessible to Brooklynites of all ages! “What do we do now?” she remembers saying to Group Classes Hepcat as they sat alone in beginner to advanced, 7 years to adults the hospital room. All their *ÀˆÛ>ÌiÊiÃܘÃÊUÊ-Փ“iÀÊ >“«Ã family members and friends had left after a day of celeWE DO FENCING BIRTHDAYS! bration, of oohing and ahhParties up to 20 kids ing, of gifts and joy. There are pictures of them from that night. Smartmom 62 Fourth St (corner of Hoyt) in a nightgown, her belly still (718) 522-5822 swollen from pregnancy. Hepcat looking so boyish and handsome. They really were young and the rest of their lives had just begun. “He snores,” Hepcat said



staring lovingly at Baby Teen Spirit’s face as he slept in the plastic bassinet. “And loudly,” he added. Smartmom listened. He was right. Their baby was snoring with every inch of his being. It was unbearably cute and poignant and real. Just as Smartmom’s fear of pregnancy abated, so did Smartmom fear of motherhood as the daily details of life with Baby Teen Spirit took over. Within days, it was like they’d been parents forever. Actually, it took Hepcat less time to adjust. “I was raised on a farm,” he used to say. “I know all about baby cows. What’s so different about humans?” Indeed, Hepcat’s experience with dairy cows also helped them deal with the challenges of lactation. He was great partner those first months of Teen Spirit’s life, and Smartmom appreciated his sense of adventure and fearlessness when it came to Baby Teen Spirit. For instance, he insisted on bathing Teen Spirit not in one of those small plastic baby tubs, but in a real porcelain bathtub holding him in one hand and gliding him from one end of the tub to the other on his back. Teen Spirit was so little he could fit on Hepcat’s hand… Smartmom stops typing long enough to wonder why she is focusing on that period of their lives all those years ago: Before Brooklyn. Before the Oh So Feisty One. Before

any of them were the people they have now become. For Buddha’s sake, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why she is waxing nostalgic. It’s the transition, stupid. Clearly, Smartmom is feeling much more emotional about Teen Spirit’s leaving for college than she ever imagined she would. And she’s terrified. “We’re too young to have a kid in college,” she says to Hepcat who is in the next room staring at his computer. “How are we going to adjust to life without him?” There is no answer. “Did you hear me?” “What?” “Do you feel like we’re too young to have a kid in college,” she asks again realizing how silly this sounds. “Not really,” he replies after a long silence and then goes back to whatever it is that he’s doing. Smartmom decides not to pursue it. They’re both going to deal with this in their own way. And just like she managed to adjust to all those other life changes, she’s going to do it again. She doesn’t have much choice does she? Join Smartmom (and Spike Lee and Lemon Anderson) at the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Blogfest at the Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816] on June 8 at 7 pm. Visit for info.




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Spike Lee (pictured above with Clive Owen on the set on “Inside Man”) debuts his latest project, a borough-inspired vodka, at the Brooklyn BlogFest on June 8. Lee’s concoction our this video online at To help him bring it back to the stoop, Lee got design help from hiphop artist Lemon Andersen, a Brooklyn native and frequent collaborator of the filmmaker’s, who recently produced his off-Broadway show. At the Blogfest, Andersen will join Lee and perform new spoken word poetry. Thanks to the partnership with Absolut, the first major one for the annual event, the Blogfest will be free for the first time in its five-year history. It’s also given Crawford the opportunity to evaluate her event, which draws hundreds of bloggers from all across Brooklyn. “When you get bigger and have a sponsor and celebrities coming, it really forces you to crystallize in your mind: what is the essence of the event?” said Crawford. “You have to work that much harder to preserve the essence of this tribal gathering of people who believe in this democratic free form of expressions that’s very creative and limitless.” For their part, bloggers don’t seem to mind the new partner. “There’s such a cacophony of voices that I doubt it will change the char-


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Balan said he is pleased to see most of the wall is down, but complained that support poles remain moored in the ground, perhaps a sign that the structure may one day rise again. While the view has certainly improved for park-users, Quadrozzi says his own vista is now becoming X-rated. He claimed that since taking down a controversial wall on his property last winter, trespassers have had a field day — including a bawdy duo caught snapping nude photos. “The purpose of the fence was to keep out vandals, the drug trade, and other negative uses,” he said, adding that he was just following city zoning regulations when he

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diverse wildlife that call it home. Last week, a cygnet met its demise after it became entangled in fishing line. Sedna was wrapped and up

and wounded by a stray hook and line as well. Subsequent reports revealed that the swans’ violent nature was rearing its feathered head again, as a

cygnet mets its demise after running afowl of Jaws — a swan notorious for his short fuse. And it was only in December that a careless fisherman was considered the likely culprit for the plight of “Beaky,” the deformed goose missing the top half of its beak. The dog advocacy group, FIDO, has donated four fishing line recycling bins that are being installed around the lake — a measure that should help prevent wildlife entanglements. The discovery of the turtle trap is just the latest bizarre happening in Prospect Park so far this year — a year that has seen wounded ducks, the dumping of animal parts, the spilling of blood, and the death of beloved swan, John Boy, in an alleged act of swan-on-swan violence.

And it was the consequences of the lack of enforcement — though at least six park workers were doing outreach on Monday — that had the president of the dog group FIDO practically panting in anger. Tony Chiappelloni was especially upset because the peninsula — which is a dog run — is ostensibly offlimits for grilling, though the chicken bones and charcoalpiles proved that many parkgoers had ignored the small signs posted on the edge of the field. “Chicken bones splinter [in a dog’s stomach],” said Chiappelloni while picking up garbage. “Charcoal in the lake — that’s petroleum —

it’s toxic! “And more trash means more rats, and they carry diseases,” he added. As another dog-lover, Frances Brodeur, collected garbage, she lamented that some people just seem to have no respect for Brooklyn’s most-cherished natural area. “If the trash is in a bag, why not drag it out?” she asked. “You don’t have to leave it next to a trash can so that animals can tear it open overnight.” But as frustrated as Brodeur and her fellow dog-walkers were, Thomas expressed satisfaction in the aftermath the barbecue bonanza. “Years ago I never would

have come into the park after Memorial Day — I had a black lab that would eat anything!” Thomas said. “My understanding is it looks pretty good now.” Anticipating the occasional call for an all-out barbecue-ban, Prospect Park’s chief added that grilling is a ritual that all park-goers enjoy, no matter what their neighborhood. “Barbecuing is a part of everyone’s culture,” she said. “The summertime comes and you see people from every country in the world out there doing different types of barbecues — it’s a family activity and its part of why everyone loves the park.”

this ride are placed in a horizontal position, and after lifting off the ground, the ride begins an exciting double-oscillating wave-like motion. s Lunar Express — This family gravity coaster is making its North American debut in Coney Island. sLynn’s Trapeze — This flying carousel allows riders to glide at ease while viewing historic images of Coney Island. sMermaid Parade — This kid-size water flume allows young riders to join in on the famous Mermaid Parade. sSpeed Boat — This family ride feels like visitors are jumping the waves on a

brand new speed boat. sSurf’s Up — This oneof-a-kind stand-up ride lets riders “hang ten” and “catch a wave.” sTea Party — This family-favorite positions riders in an oversized tea cup to spin at their own speed. Just how amazing Luna Park will be remains in doubt, of course. The amusement area, operated by Central Amusement International, an offshoot of the Zamperla ride manufacturing firm that also operates the Victorian Gardens attraction in Central Park, is a temporary theme park that seeks to accomplish two goals: jumpstart the city’s effort to revive Coney in the

short term by giving thrillseekers a place to go this summer, and, more important, serve as a placeholder for the permanent 12-acre amusement park that, city officials promise, will one day occupy a swath of cityowned land between Keyspan Park and the landmark Cyclone roller coaster. The completion of that plan — which will be complemented by hotels, retail and other amusement-related attractions built by the area’s other main landowner, Joe Sitt — is at least a decade off.

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Turtles better hide in their shells — it appears someone is poaching the precious creatures from the lake in Prospect Park! Two regular parkgoers, Anne-Katrin Titze and Ed Bahlman, discovered the shocking trap in the water last Tuesday while cleaning the area around the nest of one

of their beloved swans. The trap, which is slightly bigger than a shoebox, had a long line tethered to it, which was secured under a fallen tree. Titze snared the line with a stick after noticing that Sedna, a mother swan, was nibbling at some odd debris — turned out to be a shirt — near the bank of the lake. “It was like she wanted

was trying to trap with it,” said Eugene Patron, a spokesman for the Prospect Park Alliance, who was shown a photograph of the apparent trap. But regardless, he added, “Trapping or capturing of wildlife is absolutely prohibited.” It is hard to imagine what other purpose the trap could have served. The basket is not meant to capture fish, and the area where it was found is preferred among turtles, which bask on the many fallen trees on the edge of the lake. “It’s clearly not a fish

us to clean up,” said Bahlman, explaining how they stumbled upon the shocking find. Bahlman and Titze even said they found another trap the day before. But park officials were hesitant to declare the traps a clear sign of poaching. “I can’t say [if that is] a turtle trap or what kind of trap it is or what animals someone

trap, because no fish could get caught in it,” said Max Gaspeny, a lifelong fisherman familiar with Prospect Park. “A turtle was not blessed with the grace of a fish, so it wouldn’t be able to get out of there quickly — it’s a crude trap, but I can’t imagine what else [someone] would be going after with that thing.” Gaspeny added that it’s not uncommon for people to eat the meat of turtles and or use the shells as decorations. The latest discovery only reinforced Bahlman and Titze’s concerns about the safety of the lake for the

PARK... Continued from page 1 was in the park with his Newfound-retriever pooch. “All this charcoal — it’s killing the trees.” But Prospect Park Alliance president Tupper Thomas sought to put the weekend’s revelry in perspective, and said that she had been in the area on Memorial Day doling out trashbags and spreading the word about proper charcoal disposal. “We’ve had much worse over the years,” said Thomas, who will be retiring at the end of the year. “In the early

years, we had random barbecuing with no enforcement and no designated areas. This was a great [improvement].” Thomas also touted the Alliance’s public awareness campaign about proper charcoal disposal. But she did concede that the park did not have many enforcement agents at its disposal on Memorial Day. “On Memorial Day enforcement is tough — beaches are open — so the amount of actual tickets being given is really small,” Thomas said.


Continued from page 1 simulates the feel of a beach shack that’s been caught in a hurricane. sBrooklyn Flyer — This thrill ride allows visitors to swing across the sky, 100 feet above Luna Park. sCircus Train — This children’s ride allows kids to hop aboard for a ride around the tracks. sConey Island Sound — This family-friendly ride bounces up, down, and around. sConey Tower — This family adventure ride bounces

visitors up-and-down from heights of up to 40 feet. sEclipse — This pendulum swing takes riders up to 50 feet in the air with nothing below their feet. sElectro Spin — This thrill ride consists of a giant, spinning disk that takes riders up and down a “half pipe” while rotating at high speed. sHappy Swing — This children’s ride allows adults to recall their favorite childhood swing sets, while treating young riders to the joys of swinging. sKite Glider — Riders of

Parkgoers Anne-Katrin Titze and Ed Bahlman continue to make unsettling discoveries at the lake in Prospect Park. Last Tuesday, they found what appeared to be a turtle trap.

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Continued from page 1 from over a year of working door-to-door, conversationto-conversation.” Perhaps, but Staten Island Republicans had few options. Grimm interviewed with party leaders but declined to appear at the county nominating convention on Thursday night, calling it “a sham convention that already has its ‘marching orders’ for a pre-determined outcome.” He vowed instead to take his candidacy “directly to the Republican voters in a Republican primary.” Jonathan Judge, the president of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, believes that the Staten Island GOP move may “split the rightof-center” vote, given that the Staten Island Conservative Party has backed McMahon while its counterpart in Brooklyn has endorsed Grimm. “It could give McMahon a pass to get re-elected in a year when he’s certainly most vulnerable to getting knocked out,” Judge said. “That’s disconcerting.” Typically, he said, the Republican and Conservative parties try to unite around one candidate. That would have been a lot easier had Fossella accepted the Staten Island Republican bid to draft him to run for his old seat, which he abandoned after a drunk-driving arrest in 2008 led to revelations that this family values politico valued families so much that he had two of them — one in Staten Island and another secret mistress and lovechild in Virginia. That bombshell paved the way for McMahon, who is enjoying solid approval ratings — and building a hefty warchest — in advance of his first re-election bid. But McMahon is still no shoo-in, despite the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district by a margin of three to two. The Bay Ridge-Staten Island district is friendly territory for the GOP. In 2008, Republican John McCain took it from future president Barack Obama, 52-48 percent. But McMahon has a clear fund-raising advantage. By the end of the first quarter of 2010, he had raised $1,490,302, compared to $497,321 by Grimm and $415,302 by Allegretti. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2.