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Your Ideal Week: May 25-31, Memorial Day weekend is here

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A carpet of bluebells is blooming at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo: BBG Memorial Day weekend is nigh, and if you are jetting off the Hamptons, the Catskills, the Shore, or somewhere even more exotic, well, good for you, lucky duck! The rest of us will be here holding down the fort, but don’t feel too bad for us because there is–as always–a lot to do around these parts over the course of the next week. On Friday night, lace up your skates and get ready to do the hustle at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco, which is doing Saturday Night Fever-themed version of its popular skate night at the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park from 7:30-10pm. After selling out a Friday night show at King’s Theater, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have added a second night on Saturday and there are still tickets available. If you happened to catch them… Read MoreThe post Your Ideal Week: May 25-31, Memorial Day weekend is here appeared first on Brooklyn Based.

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The Jehovah’s Witnesses have found a buyer for one of their last Brooklyn properties, The Real Deal has reported.

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Fleet Week NY: U.S. Navy divers swim with stingrays at New York Aquarium

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Fleet Week NY: U.S. Navy divers swim with stingrays at New York Aquarium

‘We do our part to keep the ships ready to fight at a moment’s notice’

This weekend, the Navy divers will perform tricks and showcase their skills in Times Square inside a portable tank.

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Norwegian Ridgites march in ‘17th of May Parade’

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

They were decked out in red, white, and blue — but not for the country you’d think.

An army of Norwegian Ridgites took to Third Avenue for the 65th-annual Norwegian Day parade on May 21. Once a bastion of Scandinavian culture, Bay Ridge’s Nordic community has since dwindled, but every year the parade draws out Norwegians eager to show off their pride for the land of the midnight sun, said one marcher.

“It’s a wonderful celebration that lets us share our traditions,” said Ridgite Anna Pederson, who marched in the parade in a traditional folk costume — known as a bunad — from the Bergen region of Norway, with her 4-year-old grand daughter. “It’s so exciting to see everyone so excited for Norwegian culture, and it’s a great way for me to expose the little one to her roots.”

Hundreds donned Viking garb and traditional Norwegian clothes, which differs depending on what part of the country folks hail from, for the procession that celebrates the signing of Norway’s constitution on May 17, 1814.

The parade is officially known as the 17th of May Parade but is traditionally held on the nearest Sunday. The vibrant march kicked off at Third Avenue and First Street whence it winded its way down to Lief Erikson Park.

Kristen Johnson, who was crowned Miss Norway in April, cruised along the thoroughfare greeting locals who lined the main street. Viking ships sailed behind her, along with a crew of marching bands, accordionists, and bagpipe players.

“I just loved it. There’s not enough events like these that celebrate our culture and to have this in our own backyard is just so cool,” said Bay Ridgite Maria Hagan, whose family is originally from Oslo and initially settled in Sunset Park, where thousands of Scandinavians emigrated stretching back to the 1890s.

And many of those Norwegians moved up to Bay Ridge by the mid-20th Century, which is why the procession is so crucial not only for its historic importance but for keeping the Norwegian traditions alive in Southern Brooklyn.

“It’s a really important celebration for our history,” said Hagan. “But I also think it’s great that people have managed to keep this parade going for so long because it keeps the culture alive in Bay Ridge.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.

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Mystery solved! Russian billionaire’s yacht can’t dock because it is illegal

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

A yacht owned by a Russian oligarch that has floated in Gravesend Bay for more than a month — and drifted there throughout President Trump’s first visit to the city since taking office — is sitting idle because it is illegal for the vessel to dock.

The massive German-made ship Le Grand Bleu is owned by Russian-born billionaire and oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler — who became a U.S. citizen in 1994 — flies Bermuda’s flag. And because the vessel is not a U.S.-flagged ship, was not constructed in the U.S., and is not crewed exclusively by U.S. citizens, federal law prohibits the boat from directly sailing from one American port to the next.

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, regulates maritime commerce on domestic waters and solely allows U.S. ships to sail from one local port to the next with ease. Originally intended to promote U.S. shipping, it is a law that has since rocked the boat for those who man foreign flagged ships to avoid steep U.S. taxes or sidestep regulations, according to maritime lawyer Jim Walker.

Shvidler’s ship set sail from Florida on April 13 and cast anchor in Gravesend Bay on April 16, where it has and will remain for as long as he’s in town, unless he wants to incur a hefty fine for docking in New York Harbor or run the risk of the government towing away his football field-length vessel.

Penalties for pulling up to a pier in violation of the Jones Act vary with the value of the merchandise the boat is carrying or of the cost of transportation — whichever tallies up to a higher sum — but can easily soar into the millions. In fact, in April the Department of Justice slapped an Alsakan company a whopping $10 million fine for using a Chinese ship to transport gear from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska — the fee is the largest in history of the Jones Act.

It is possible to get a waiver, but only in extreme circumstances where it is considered necessary in the interest of national defense. For the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, for instance, waivers were granted for foreign-flag oil skimming barges to help clean the mess until U.S. vessels could replace the ships.

But Shivdler can — and probably has — take his speedboat out for a spin and set foot in the city for a tamer $300 fee.

Le Grand Bleu was given to Shivdler in 2006 by his business partner and fellow billionaire Roman Abramovich who is pal to Russian President Valdamir Putin. The vessel comes complete with a 65-person crew, helicopter, aquarium, and speedboat.

It’s unclear how long Shivdler plans to anchor in the bay and what business has brought him to New York, and we could not reach him for comment or even to get a free tour of the yacht.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.

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Time to relax in the Ridge

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

Bay Ridge is gearing up to stay put!

Memorial Day weekend is here, and we suggest spending your extra-long break from work on a leisurely staycation right here in Brooklyn’s best neighborhood, where there are plenty of sights and new spots to visit.

Kick off your weekend with a relaxing stroll along Fifth Avenue for the Storefront Art Walk (Fifth Avenue between 68th and 83rd streets), featuring the work of 15 painters, photographers, craftsmen, and others artists, who have spruced up the window fronts of stores along the commercial corridor. Among the installations you’ll find comic book-inspired sketches, razor wire sculptures, and whimsical window murals.

After you’ve sated your appetite for culture, tour a few new-to-the-nabe joints and satisfy your hunger for good grub. Third Avenue has a collection of new spots that offer something for everyone in your crew.

Stroll over the Georgian Dream Cafe (8309 Third Ave. between 83rd and 84th streets) for a cozy space with Eastern European comfort food including khinkali, known as Georgian dumplings, and a bubbling cheese bread topped with runny egg called acharuli khachapuri that is perfect for sharing. Or sink your teeth into some souvlaki at the Blue Door Souvlakia (8413 Third Ave. between 85th and 84th), which has an atmosphere that will make you think you’re kicking back on the Greek island of Santorini. Then satisfy your post-meal sweet tooth with a smoothie or fruit bowl at the funky health food joint Baya Bowls (9417 Third Ave. between 94th and 95th), which serves cleverly named treats like the “Acai-U-Later” smoothie, the “Bella Nutella” shake, and — our personal favorite — the “Kale Mary.”

Finally, cap your weekend with a cruise on one of the city’s new ferries for a nautical view of your favorite nabe. Venture just north of Bay Ridge to Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Army Terminal (80 58th St. at First Avenue), where a mere $2.75 will score you a 45-minute spin to the Rockaways, complete with a cruise parallel to the Ridge and up close and personal view of the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.

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Light showers: Park gets lit with ‘Umbrella Project’ dance

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By Julianne Cuba

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Go dancing with the stars!

A sea of strangers will come together to light up Brooklyn Bridge Park with images of exploding stars and solar eclipses on June 3, as part of the World Science Festival. For the “Umbrella Project,” the dance group Pilobolus will distribute several hundred brightly-lit umbrellas and encourage people into cosmic formations, creating colorful images filmed from above and projected onto a giant screen. The crowd and the music will come together for a beautiful dance under the stars, said the group’s executive producer.

“They feel out the images together and it becomes this kind of wonderful, soothing, imaginative rave as you’re moving around in the music and looking up at these images,” said Itamar Kubovy.

The World Science Festival event will begin with star-gazing and an appearance by Bill Nye the Science Guy at 7 pm, followed by the “Umbrella Project.” Pilobolus has experimented with a wide range of patterns for the project before, but for this night it will focus on images of the sky, said Kubovy.

“Let’s try to makes shapes and images of things related to astronomy and science,” he said.

The umbrellas have three buttons that will light them up in red, yellow, and blue — or any combination of those colors. After a short video explaining how the umbrellas work, people usually start by creating small, simple patterns, and then grow into more elaborate designs, said Kubovy.

“They just start walking around looking up at the screen. They start to understand what is the relationship between their button pushing and moving around,” he said. “I think once we start to create a pattern — geometric lines, circles with concentric bands and rings around them — then try to create a shape that is referencing an object.”

It’s amazing to see how a crowd works together to turn a sea of of glowing umbrellas into recognizable shapes, said Kubovy.

“Getting people to build something together in great numbers, 200 people, making a beautiful image — a moon, astronomical concepts or images, eclipses — effectively reflecting the lights back to the stars, with some kind of empathy as a group of people.”

The project will prevail in clear skies or in rain — after all, everyone will already have a shield from the raindrops, said Kubovy.

“You have an umbrella, if it rains,” he said. “It’s amazing, it even becomes more intimate, everyone’s under a tent, their own little tent.”

Those who want to see more of Pilobolus can see five of the company’s newest collaborations on July 6 in Prospect Park, when the group performs for the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn Festival.

“The Umbrella Project” at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 (enter at Furman Street and Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, www.brooklynbridgepark.org). June 3 at 8:30 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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Sacrifices remembered: Bay Ridgites honor the fallen at Fort Hamilton

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By Caroline Spivack

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It was the wreath they could do.

Service members at Fort Hamilton held a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of those in law enforcement who were killed or disabled in the line of duty. The rite was held during National Police Week to commemorate the profound sacrifice service members give to protect their communities, said the director of the emergency services department at Fort Hamilton.

“It was important for the Fort Hamilton Department of Emergency Services to have a memorial ceremony to recognize those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to show a sign of solidarity with federal, state, and other law enforcement services,” said Michael Canter, the lead organizer behind the event.

Family members and colleagues came out to show their gratitude to three men in particular who died on the job: Deon Taylor, James McNaughton, and Joseph Lemm.

A trio of photographs of the men were placed near the lush wreath.

Fort Hamilton pulled out all the stops for the event with “Taps” on the horn, a line of speakers who offered personal and professional testimonies, and a bittersweet cake that celebrated local and federal law enforcement.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.

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Stepping up: Poly junior lift Blue Devils to semi win

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By Laura Amato

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He just kept throwing.

Poly Prep junior pitcher Ethan Ehrenberg didn’t worry about how tired he was, or if anyone got on base, he simply kept throwing, and lifted the Blue Devils to a 3–0 victory over Riverdale in the Ivy League semis on Tuesday. He tossed a complete game, striking out four, walking three and giving up just three hits.

“It felt great,” Ehrenberg said. “The important thing was just to get to the championship game for our seniors. They all want it and we want it for them. We’re just really happy to come out here and get this win.”

Ehrenberg was dominant on the mound, but he almost didn’t get the chance to pitch. Poly was originally slated to play on Monday, and planned to pitch senior ace Oliver McCarthy, but a rainout that day led to a change of plans. Suddenly, the Blue Devils were forced to start Ehrenberg, but Poly Prep coach Matt Roventini insisted the team’s mindset stayed the same.

“We knew with Ethan on the mound, we’d still be exceptionally confident,” Roventini said. “It didn’t concern us that we didn’t have Oli to start. We had Ethan and he’s done exactly what he’s done all year, which is pound the strike zone and give us a chance. You can tell he wasn’t fazed by the moment at all.”

Ehrenberg kept Riverdale on its heels for most of the postseason tilt, but got into a jam in the top of the fifth, putting two runners on with no outs. He didn’t panic, though, just kept throwing strikes until a 1-6-3 double play got the Blue Devils out of the inning.

“[Bryan Padilla is] a great shortstop, so I knew all I had to do was get it, just throw it over the bag and he’d make the play,” Ehrenberg said. “That was a huge moment for us.”

The play was enough to take some of the wind out of Riverdale’s sails, and jumpstart a late Poly rally at the plate. The Blue Devils padded their lead in the bottom of the frame, adding two runs, and effectively seizing the game’s momentum.

“I think that moment changed the dynamic of the game,” Roventini said. “All the sudden a little more energy, a little more pep in our step and our bats come alive. Once we got the three [runs], we felt pretty comfortable.” Poly got production from its entire lineup, but the bottom of order grabbed a bit more of the spotlight, with the seventh, eighth and ninth hitters scoring all three runs.

“The majority of the pitches were early fastballs and I think that’s what led to the success,” said senior second baseman Nic Mulitz, who went 2-for-3 and stole three bases. “They weren’t going to blow by us, so we knew that swinging early, getting up on that fastball early in the count was vital to us getting on base.”

Seven out of nine Poly hitters reached base in the victory and the Blue Devils out-hit Riverdale eight to three. It’s another solid showing for a squad that now is looking to clinch yet another state championship. Winning is a tradition at Poly, but the Blue Devils aren’t getting too far ahead of themselves. Much like Ehrenberg, they’re just going to go out there and do their jobs.

“We’re used to being in this spot,” Mulitz said. “We know we need to come out on top and that’s what we’ve been doing recently. It’s not that different for us.”

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Back again: Poly softball rolls to another championship berth

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The outcome was never really in doubt.

The Poly Prep softball team cruised to a 7–1 victory over Horace Mann in the Ivy League semifinals on May 23, securing yet another championship berth for the squad.

“Overall, our team performance was really great,” said Blue Devils senior centerfielder Morgan O’Mara. “We came out here ready to win. This whole season we’ve been really working towards a championship so we couldn’t be more excited to be there now.”

Poly Prep jumped out to a 3–0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. They padded their lead with one more in the fourth, but Horace Mann managed to get on the board in the top of the fifth inning, making it a three-run game. That was, however, all the Lions would be able to muster.

The Blue Devils added another run in the bottom of the frame and then two more in the next to effectively wrap up the game and steal away any momentum from Horace Mann.

The game was all about senior Ava O’Mara. She was both the starting pitcher and the lead-off hitter for Poly Prep and she was nothing short of dominant in both roles.

O’Mara silenced the Lions’ batters with a complete game, allowing only three hits and just one run, striking out four, and walking only two. She says she expects nothing less of herself whenever she takes the mound.

“My job is just to focus on the batter, pitch my game, hit my corners, hit my spots,” O’Mara said. “Horace Mann is a good hitting team. They’ve hit before when we faced them two other times so it’s really about working ahead in the count, and those first pitch strikes are important.”

O’Mara also hit her stride at the plate. In four at-bats, she stroked two hits, stole three bases, scored three runs, and was able to get on base in every single at-bat. Offensively, she wasn’t alone, getting support from first baseman Nova Stoller, catcher Jane Malafronte, third baseman Chase Behar, and twin sister Morgan as Poly came out swinging from the beginning.

Despite her team’s strong performance against Horace Mann, head coach Mildred Piscopo hopes the team can do better when they face off against Fieldston in the state championship game.

“We didn’t swing the bats as well as I know that we can so I’m hoping we that we can pick it up for tomorrow,” Piscopo said. “We just have to relax when we get up to bat and just try to have some fun and not try to press and do too much.”

The title tilt will mark the third championship match-up between Fieldston and Poly Prep, so Ava O’Mara suspects that relaxation might be a little tough for some of these Blue Devils. Still, she says, the team has high hopes, and after taking down Fieldston last year, Poly is hoping for a repeat performance this spring.

“There’s a lot of nerves and you gotta find a way to cope with those nerves and play our game,” Ava said. “Every coach in the league has said we’re the better team so it’s just about playing like it.”

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Max & Murphy: Is a Healthy Discussion of NYC’s Transit Crisis Finally on Track?

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City Hall You must be this tall to ride this ride. You could feel it building for months. Long delays

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Man dies after being shot 7 times in Brooklyn

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Police on the scene on Moore St. near Humbolt St. in Brooklyn where a man was shot seven times – he later died at the hospital. A 29-year-old man has died after being shot seven times during a clash in Brooklyn, officials said Wednesday.

Brooklyn Ballet Announces Roots & New Ground 2 Spring Season

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Brooklyn Ballet announces its spring season, Roots & New Ground 2, sequel to its outstanding 2015 Roots and New Ground season. A multidisciplinary Dance Company rooted in ballet and dedicated to the vibrant diversity of both Brooklyn and the dance world, Brooklyn Ballet continues to present artists working in an array of movement forms.

Brooklyn DA Gonzalez Indecisive Over Puerto Rican Day Parade Controversy

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Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez – a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association – is refusing to take a stand on the Puerto Rican Day Parade’s controversial honoree, Oscar Lopez Rivera , the former leader of an extremist group believed to be responsible for the deadly bombing of Fraunces Tavern. Gonzalez – who became the borough’s district attorney following the death of Ken Thompson last year – will not attend the parade, campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd-Medina said, declining to comment on whether Gonzalez supports the choice of organizers to honor the FALN radical separatist.

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Brooklyn Today May 24: The Danes are Coming, Without the Danishes

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THE LEDE: Hello, and happy Fleet Week ! This morning, we see the effects of the opioid epidemic seep into a specific Crown Heights community, and the Danes are filling a niche in the borough . Then, several high profile NYC organizations are pointedly RSVPing in the negative to the Puerto Rican Day Parade , and more than one change is afoot for the NYPD these days.

Jewelry store robbed at gunpoint in Downtown Brooklyn by men dressed as construction workers – WABC-TV

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Student Brought Loaded Gun to Brooklyn School, Police Say – New York Times

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A 17-year-old student in Brooklyn brought a loaded handgun to his high school on Thursday, theNew York Police Department said. A teacher at New Utrecht High School confronted the student, Daniel Barrow, at the school around noon after the teacher had …
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NYC Restaurants To Try This Weekend – Patch.com

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Planting a new Rose Garden! Prospect Park officials call for ideas to revive forgotten patch of greenspace

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By Colin Mixson

Brooklyn Paper

Everyone is invited to this garden party.

Caretakers of Prospect Park are asking community members for ideas to revive the Rose Garden, a once-vibrant patch of Brooklyn’s Backyard that has withered due to years of neglect.

“It was almost a botanic garden before the Brooklyn Botanic Garden opened,” said Prospect Park Alliance spokeswoman Deborah Kirschner. “But the park went through periods of decline, and the Rose Garden fell into disuse.”

The agency, working with local environmental planning group Hester Street Collaborative, will host a workshop on June 10 at which park lovers can tour the garden and suggest new plans for the space, which sits near the Vale of Cashmere, inside a 26-acre parcel that is now being revitalized with the help of four weed-munching goats.

The barren Rose Garden will then, according to another Prospect Park Alliance rep, be planted with 7,000 pinwheels for an exhibit that opens July 7.

“There will be an art installation as a way of getting people up to the area,” Lucy Gardner said.

The garden’s use has varied since the Prospect Park opened 150 years ago. The green space’s designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, designated the area as an oasis for borough tots named the Children’s Playground and for years it was filled with Victorian-era playthings that included the park’s first carousel, which was drawn by real horses.

Park honchos then hired the architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White around the turn of the 20th century to transform the playground into the Rose Garden, which was then the park’s crowning botanical achievement.

The city built fountains in the garden in the 1960s, but they quickly broke down and the area began its decline into disuse.

The space is now a garden in name only, and while park workers diligently maintain the quiet patch, it does little to attract patrons, according to Kirschner.

“A lot of people don’t even know it’s there, and that’s what made us interested in making it more amenable to the public,” she said.

The agency will identify which new Rose Garden ideas it will move forward with in the next few months, then move on to the design phase, Gardner said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

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Friday

May 26

Comic strip

Thrill to an evening of stupendous striptease at the annual Wasabassco “Super! Heroes vs. Villains” show. The gloves will come off (and so will the capes, the tights, and the boots) as heroes with fantastic figures — including host Nasty Canasta, pictured in easily-removed armor — bare it all to battle a colorful collection of burlesque baddies!

8 pm at Littlefield [622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Gowanus, (718) 855–3388], www.littlefieldnyc.com]. $25 ($15 in advance).

Saturday

May 27

Dead beats

It’s the club people are dying to get into! Party in the cemetery by joining Green-Wood Cemetery’s “Secret Mausoleum Club,” an intimate late-night experience that will involve exploring two mausoleums, and celebrating figures in amusement park history through music, dance, drinks, and stories of those entertainment impresarios buried nearby.

9 pm at Green-Wood Cemetery [enter at Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place in Kensington, (718) 768–7300, www.green-wood.com]. $100.

 

Monday

May 29

Hot diggity!

Chow down on the original hot dog! Feltman’s of Coney Island returns to the spot where it originated the sausage-in-a-bun 150 years ago — just down the street from newcomer Nathan’s. The first 150 people in line will get a free dog — the rest will have to shell out $4.25 for the eight-inch, all-beef frankfurters.

Noon at Feltman’s of Coney Island (Surf Avenue at W. 10th Street in Coney Island, www.feltmansofconeyisland.com). $4.25 (free for the first 150 people).

 

Tuesday

May 30

Against the wall

Grab a margarita and settle in for the latest edition of Jamie Hook’s live talk show “The Hook.” Tonight’s guest will be Mexican-born Greenpoint conceptual artist Jorge Cruz, discussing his plan to build “The Phantom Wall,” a wall made out of light along the US-Mexican border — and have the Mexican government pay for it!

7 pm at Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. between Frost and Richardson streets in Williamsburg, (718) 302–3770, www.petescandystore.com]. Free.

 

Thursday

June 1

Black in style

Your summer wardrobe could use some sprucing up, so get inspired at the Brooklyn Museum’s celebration of black dandies, men with an eye for bright colors and retro, fabulous fashion. The night will feature film, music, and a panel discussion with Shantrelle P. Lewis, author of the photo collection “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style” (pictured).

6:30–9:30 pm at Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Crown Heights, (718) 638–5000, brooklynmuseum.org]. $16.

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Light showers: Park gets lit with ‘Umbrella Project’ dance

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Paper

Go dancing with the stars!

A sea of strangers will come together to light up Brooklyn Bridge Park with images of exploding stars and solar eclipses on June 3, as part of the World Science Festival. For the “Umbrella Project,” the dance group Pilobolus will distribute several hundred brightly-lit umbrellas and encourage people into cosmic formations, creating colorful images filmed from above and projected onto a giant screen. The crowd and the music will come together for a beautiful dance under the stars, said the group’s executive producer.

“They feel out the images together and it becomes this kind of wonderful, soothing, imaginative rave as you’re moving around in the music and looking up at these images,” said Itamar Kubovy.

The World Science Festival event will begin with star-gazing and an appearance by Bill Nye the Science Guy at 7 pm, followed by the “Umbrella Project.” Pilobolus has experimented with a wide range of patterns for the project before, but for this night it will focus on images of the sky, said Kubovy.

“Let’s try to makes shapes and images of things related to astronomy and science,” he said.

The umbrellas have three buttons that will light them up in red, yellow, and blue — or any combination of those colors. After a short video explaining how the umbrellas work, people usually start by creating small, simple patterns, and then grow into more elaborate designs, said Kubovy.

“They just start walking around looking up at the screen. They start to understand what is the relationship between their button pushing and moving around,” he said. “I think once we start to create a pattern — geometric lines, circles with concentric bands and rings around them — then try to create a shape that is referencing an object.”

It’s amazing to see how a crowd works together to turn a sea of of glowing umbrellas into recognizable shapes, said Kubovy.

“Getting people to build something together in great numbers, 200 people, making a beautiful image — a moon, astronomical concepts or images, eclipses — effectively reflecting the lights back to the stars, with some kind of empathy as a group of people.”

The project will prevail in clear skies or in rain — after all, everyone will already have a shield from the raindrops, said Kubovy.

“You have an umbrella, if it rains,” he said. “It’s amazing, it even becomes more intimate, everyone’s under a tent, their own little tent.”

Those who want to see more of Pilobolus can see five of the company’s newest collaborations on July 6 in Prospect Park, when the group performs for the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn Festival.

“The Umbrella Project” at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 (enter at Furman Street and Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, www.brooklynbridgepark.org). June 3 at 8:30 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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Fort Greene inferno! Broken water pipe forces firefighters to use handheld extinguisher to battle blaze

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By Lauren Gill

Brooklyn Paper

Firefighters struggled to battle a blaze at a Fort Greene public housing complex on Monday after a broken water pipe forced them to use an extinguisher to stop the inferno, which burned for 36 minutes before they put it out.

Sixty of New York’s Bravest responded to the mattress fire on the 13th floor of the building in the Walt Whitman Houses on Cumberland Walk near Park Avenue at 1:07 pm and plugged their hose into the pipe, only to find that nothing came out, according to a witness.

“They were desperately trying to put a fire out for 15 minutes and they couldn’t get the water out of there,” said photographer Paul Martinka, who was at the scene.

The responders found water after moving to another floor in the building, Martinka said, but not before they resorted to fight the flames with the extinguisher. The blaze injured no one, but the building sustained damages.

The fire department could not connect its hose to the pipe because someone damaged it between monthly inspections, according to a rep for the New York City Housing Authority, who praised the firefighters for their quick thinking.

“A standpipe was vandalized causing a malfunction when it was needed most and we are grateful for our partners in the fire department for their quick action,” said spokeswoman Zodet Negron.

The housing authority reported the damage to the police department and the pipe is now fixed, she said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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Towering animal sculptures take over B’Bridge Plaza

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By Matt John

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Octopus and orangutan and eagle — oh my!

Twenty-four foot likenesses of the a mollusc, a great ape, and a bird of prey towered over a paved section of Brooklyn Bridge Park last weekend as part of a temporary exhibit, and one Brooklyn Heights resident who witnessed the larger-than-life critters said they stopped her in her tracks.

“The sculptures powered over me. They were spectacular,” said Alison Blackman. “It was like selfie heaven! I’m sure people were standing in front of them taking pictures.”

The menagerie was installed in the public space by Lysol, along with information about how each species cares for its kids. The weekend-long exhibit — part of a campaign by the corporation that examines maternal instincts of all creatures great and small — was a reminder of the important role a mother of any species plays in her child’s life, according to Blackman.

“Some animals do remarkable things to protect their kids,” said Blackman. “That’s a really positive message, that mothers care for their families.”

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What’s going on Friday?

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Tonight’s shows include: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Piebald, Pixies, Kirin J Callinan and more.

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Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

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Amid reports that the FBI is investigating meetings Trump son-in-law had with Russians, Jared Kushner’s lawyer says he is willing to cooperate with investigators.

Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

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Donald Trump’s administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban.

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Trump, G7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

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The differences are well-known: climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations off its consensus game with U.S. President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief.

FBI probes Kushner-Russia meetings; more documents sought

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The FBI says it needs more time to consider a request by Congress to turn over memos and other documents related to meetings between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

Facing anxious European leaders, Trump goes on offensive

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President Donald Trump has faced a much cooler reception in Europe than the welcome he received in the Middle East.

AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

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AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurances from Trump budget chief.

Report: 3 correction officers accused of sex crimes against inmates

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Three federal correction officers at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center have been accused of committing sex crimes against female inmates in their custody.

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader _ who calls it natural

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President Donald Trump’s push to get in front of the pack at a NATO summit generated indignation in the Balkans and garnered attention on social media _ but the man he shoved aside took it in stride.

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Organizers push for donations for annual Mermaid Parade

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For more than three decades, hundreds of thousands of people have participated in the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, but the cost of production has gone up.

Police: Student in custody after reportedly punching his teacher

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An 18-year-old is in custody after being accused of punching a teacher in the face.

Health officials warn public about Zika virus

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The city’s health department is warning the public Thursday about the dangers of contracting the Zika virus.

NYPD school safety agent allegedly beat daughter, 14, with belt

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His daughter’s left arm was bruised from the beating, sources said.

Summer Movie Preview: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Dunkirk’ set to thrill

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Summer is heating up — and that means red-hot movies are on the way.

Community group votes to co-name BK Heights street after female B’Bridge mastermind

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By Lauren Gill

Brooklyn Paper

Don’t call it a “miss”-nomer!

Community Board 2’s transportation committee voted to co-name a Brooklyn Heights street for Emily Warren Roebling, who helped oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge from her house in the Heights after her husband, chief engineer Washington Roebling, was stricken with the bends.

“She is very brave and a wonderful woman,” said Boerum Hill resident Bill Harris. “She deserves this and I think it would be a wonderful thing.”

The committee voted 9–0 with one abstention (due to lateness) to approve the application to co-name Columbia Heights between Pineapple and Orange streets “Emily Warren Roebling Way.”

The Roeblings lived nearby while Washington was working on the bridge, but when he got a case of what was then called Cassions Disease that confined him to his bed, Emily assumed her husband’s duties and became the face of the project, overseeing construction and schmoozing with journalists and politicians during a time when women, who still couldn’t vote, were kept in the background.

People gossiped that she was the true genius behind the Brooklyn Bridge and when construction finished in 1883, she was the first person to cross the span.

Silhouettes of Emily, her husband, and her father-in-law John Roebling form a sculpture at the foot of the bridge and a plaque on the landmark also honors the trio.

But the street co-naming would be the only known tribute to Emily and will ensure her legacy lives, according to a local pol who endorsed it after his former employee suggested the idea.

“Emily Warren Roebling is an integral figure in our borough’s and our city’s history and this street co-naming will honor her enduring and ever-developing legacy,” said Councilman Steve Levin (D–Boerum Hill).

Local civic group the Brooklyn Heights Association also supports the co-naming, according to a rep from Levin’s office.

It will move onto a full board vote at Community Board 2’s general meeting on June 14.

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Brooklyn Ballet Announces Roots & New Ground 2 Spring Season – BroadwayWorld.com

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Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive

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TAORMINA, Italy (AP) — In the Middle East, President Donald Trump was feted with pageantry, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel seemingly in competition to outdo the other with the warmth of their welcomes and the depth of their pledges of cooperation….

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Ten things you should eat in Bay Ridge

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Food, glorious food.

There are scores of palate-pleasing treats in Bay Ridge restaurants and bakeries. To whet your appetite for the culturally diverse fare in the southwest Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood, we’ve made a short list of 10 things you should try.

Our list is lacking in leafy green vegetables — but we promise you, plenty of salad is served in Bay Ridge. For instance, Nature’s Grill (7417 Third Ave.), a health-conscious restaurant that’s everybody’s go-to place for fresh juices and smoothies, dishes up a really good pear salad.

When you’re not noshing, you’ll need a nice long walk to work off some calories. See related story for suggestions about where to go and what to see in the neighborhood.

* Middle Eastern: Try the cauliflower steak at Tanoreen (7523 Third Ave.) — which was rated New York City’s Number 1 Middle Eastern restaurant by Zagat in 2013. The prestigious Michelin Guide has included chef/owner Rawia Bishara’s restaurant in its Bib Gourmand list of top-quality restaurants with two-course meals plus a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.

The crave-worthy cauliflower, covered in a crunchy coating of panko and Parmesan cheese, is jazzed up with tahini sauce, sweet pomegranate molasses and harissa.

Beloved Bay Ridge restaurant Tanoreen serves up cauliflower steak.

Beloved Bay Ridge restaurant Tanoreen serves up cauliflower steak.

* Turkish: There’s tasty chicken doner, also called chicken gyro, at Hazar Turkish Kebab (7224 Fifth Ave.) — the chicken is cooked on a rotating spit and well-seasoned.

Chicken doner from Hazar Turkish Kebab.

Chicken doner from Hazar Turkish Kebab.

* Scandinavian: The cakes at Leske’s (7612 Fifth Ave.) are tempting.

The bakery was launched a half-century ago, when a heavy concentration of Norwegian-Americans lived in Bay Ridge. It closed in 2011 but was reopened the following year by new owners, one of whom was a baker who had worked at Leske’s.

Let Them Eat Cake. This one's from Scandinavian bakery Leske's.

Let Them Eat Cake. This one’s from Scandinavian bakery Leske’s.

* Greek: Order the baklava at Omonia Café (7612 Third Ave.), a Zagat-listed Greek dessert mecca.

* Italian: Have the sweet capicollo, mozzarella and long-stem artichoke sandwich at Paneantico  Bakery Café (9124 Third Ave.), a hugely popular Bay Ridge eatery that’s also Zagat-listed. The server will bring out a bottle of Roso Balsamic Glaze reduction — a sauce that’s thicker than salad dressing and instantly addictive. Be sure to use it.

The umbrellas are out at Paneantico Bakery Café.

The umbrellas are out at Paneantico Bakery Café.

* Central European: The Korzo Burger at farm-to-table restaurant Brooklyn Beet Company (7205 Third Ave.) has langoš, which is Slovak bread, wrapped around it instead of a bun. This meat lover’s entrée was on the Village Voice’s 2011 list of New York City’s best hamburgers.

* Vietnamese: The beef pho — which is rice-noodle soup, as of course you know — at Pho Hoai (8616 Fourth Ave.) was on the Daily News’ 2012 list of the best pho in New York City.

Time for lunch at Pho Hoai, a Bay Ridge Vietnamese restaurant.

Time for lunch at Pho Hoai, a Bay Ridge Vietnamese restaurant.

* Irish pub: The chicken pot pie at the Wicked Monk (9510 Third Ave.) is really good.

Behold the chicken pot pie at the Wicked Monk.

Behold the chicken pot pie at the Wicked Monk.

* Italian: Have the Nutella-banana pancakes at Pasticceria Rocco (9402 Fourth Ave.), an offshoot of an Italian pastry shop in the West Village.

Pancakes at Bay Ridge's Pasticceria Rocco.

Pancakes at Bay Ridge’s Pasticceria Rocco.

*  American: Try the bagel with fresh lox and cream cheese at Bagel Boy (8002 Third Ave.), which is  another hugely popular neighborhood institution. By the way, the shop’s rainbow bagel is a big seller.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow. From Bagel Boy in Bay Ridge.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow. From Bagel Boy in Bay Ridge.

This handsome Harley-Davidson is parked outside the Wicked Monk.

This handsome Harley-Davidson is parked outside the Wicked Monk.

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Jared Kushner scrutinized in Trump-Russia investigation: reports

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President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has been identified as a person of interest in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to reports.

The 36-year-old former real estate developer is not a target of the investigation, but officials told both the Washington Post and NBC that he is believed to have relevant information to the ongoing probe.

A Post report last week that a current White House figure was a “person of interest” in the Trump-Russia investigation, now spread between the FBI, Senate, House and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, sparked speculation that the person was Kushner.

The extent to which his activities are being scrutinized was not immediately clear, though part of the inquiry is believed to focus on a meeting he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at Trump Tower in December.

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Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka and was a key figure in the transition, also met that month with Sergey Gorkov, the chairman of Russian state-owned VneshEconomBank.

VneshEconomBank has been under sanctions since 2014.

“Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry,” the adviser’s lawyer told the Post and NBC.

Unreported meetings and calls with Kislyak brought a quick end to Flynn’s time on the National Security Council after he allegedly misrepresented whether the chats had included talk of sanctions.

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Kushner did not disclose the meeting with Kislyak on a security clearance form that required a list of meetings with foreign officials, though his lawyer said that the form was simply submitted early and that more information would be provided.

Flynn, who declined to answer a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena for information earlier this week, is believed to be one of the focuses of the Russia-Trump investigation, along with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Manafort previously spent time in Ukraine working for a pro-Kremlin party before joining the campaign.

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Say hi to a sailor! It’s #FleetWeekNYC with events & ship tours in #Brooklyn & Manhattan #NYC. Details here. http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/5/23/fleet-week-new-york-kicks-parade-ships …pic.twitter.com/lkbuJl1dLs

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Say hi to a sailor! It’s with events & ship tours in & Manhattan . Details here. http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/5/23/fleet-week-new-york-kicks-parade-ships …

The deadline to enter the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest coming up fast, only one week away. More info: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/5/25/deadline-enter-greenest-block-brooklyn-contest-coming-fast …pic.twitter.com/VDl6V9SHZw

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Mystery solved! Russian billionaire’s yacht can’t dock because it is illegal

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Paper

A yacht owned by a Russian oligarch that has floated in Gravesend Bay for more than a month — and drifted there throughout President Trump’s first visit to the city since taking office — is sitting idle because it is illegal for the vessel to dock.

The massive German-made ship Le Grand Bleu is owned by Russian-born billionaire and oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler — who became a U.S. citizen in 1994 — flies Bermuda’s flag. And because the vessel is not a U.S.-flagged ship, was not constructed in the U.S., and is not crewed exclusively by U.S. citizens, federal law prohibits the boat from directly sailing from one American port to the next.

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, regulates maritime commerce on domestic waters and solely allows U.S. ships to sail from one local port to the next with ease. Originally intended to promote U.S. shipping, it is a law that has since rocked the boat for those who man foreign flagged ships to avoid steep U.S. taxes or sidestep regulations, according to maritime lawyer Jim Walker.

Shvidler’s ship set sail from Florida on April 13 and cast anchor in Gravesend Bay on April 16, where it has and will remain for as long as he’s in town, unless he wants to incur a hefty fine for docking in New York Harbor or run the risk of the government towing away his football field-length vessel.

Penalties for pulling up to a pier in violation of the Jones Act vary with the value of the merchandise the boat is carrying or of the cost of transportation — whichever tallies up to a higher sum — but can easily soar into the millions. In fact, in April the Department of Justice slapped an Alsakan company a whopping $10 million fine for using a Chinese ship to transport gear from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska — the fee is the largest in history of the Jones Act.

It is possible to get a waiver, but only in extreme circumstances where it is considered necessary in the interest of national defense. For the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, for instance, waivers were granted for foreign-flag oil skimming barges to help clean the mess until U.S. vessels could replace the ships.

But Shivdler can — and probably has — take his speedboat out for a spin and set foot in the city for a tamer $300 fee.

Le Grand Bleu was given to Shivdler in 2006 by his business partner and fellow billionaire Roman Abramovich who is pal to Russian President Valdamir Putin. The vessel comes complete with a 65-person crew, helicopter, aquarium, and speedboat.

It’s unclear how long Shivdler plans to anchor in the bay and what business has brought him to New York, and we could not reach him for comment or even to get a free tour of the yacht.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.

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The Brooklyn Bridge is 134 years old.pic.twitter.com/F466Sln3da

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The Brooklyn Bridge is 134 years old.

And What Shall I Love? Looking at Giorgio de Chirico

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In 1969 a young artist in Turin named Giulio Paolini took as his personal motto the Latin inscription—itself a quotation from Nietzsche—at the foot of an early Giorgio de Chirico self-portrait: Et quid amabo nisi quod ænigma est [And What Shall I Love If Not the Enigma]. He made the phrase into his own business card and transformed it into a public manifesto by placing it on an enormous banner hung across the main piazza in Como. This was his contribution to Campo Urbano, the public art intervention staged that year by Luciano Caramel in collaboration with Ugo Mulas and Bruno Munari, which invited artists out of their studios and galleries to engage directly with the urban environment, the spaces of daily life. For Paolini, it was the beginning of a decades-long fascination with de Chirico’s oeuvre, which Paolini has referenced, cited, and interrogated in his conceptual practice—artwork that is now the subject of the fourth season at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), which places paintings spanning much of de Chirico’s career together with works by Paolini from the 1960s to today.

This phrase “And What Shall I Love If Not the Enigma” was a touchstone as well for Philip Guston—Dore Ashton said he quoted it all his life; and it was a prompt for Sylvia Plath, too, who wrote several poems inspired by de Chirico paintings, as did Mark Strand, John Ashbery, and others (Ashbery also translated parts of de Chirico’s surrealist novel Hebdomeros). I love that Louise Bourgeois and her husband, the art historian Robert Goldwater, together dedicated themselves to translating some of de Chirico’s writings. De Chirico’s work has beguiled and bedeviled a surprising number of artists and writers.

Many—most famously the Surrealists—focused only on the output of that brief decade of the 1910s, de Chirico’s Metaphysical period—the fertile musings of an artist profoundly connected to dreams and existential questions of being. It is, in fact, hard to think of another artist so heralded as a genius whose subsequent half-century-plus output has been so creatively and derisively condemned. André Breton wrote in 1928 that he and other the Surrealists “[having had] spent five years now despairing of Chirico, forced to admit that he no longer [had] the slightest idea of what he is doing.” William Rubin, in his 1982 MoMA catalogue, called the later work “a tragedy that turned into a farce.” And in the Brooklyn Rail in 2004, Robert C. Morgan speculated about a “weird, uncanny disorder” that the artist must be suffering from:

“With the unbelievably stupid characterizations of Titian, Rubens, Watteau, Corot, and Hals, one can only ask: where is this artist going? What is the work really about? Had the biochemical industry been more advanced at mid-century, perhaps the master might have benefited—Prozac by day, Viagra by night, or vice versa.”

And yet for many artists, such as Guston or Warhol or Paolini, de Chirico’s later work has been a vital source. His practice of self-citation, copying, and appropriation or pastiche, his flamboyant self-portraits in Baroque costume, appeal to our postmodern sensibilities, our fascination with camp and the “bad painting” that emerged in the 1980s—observations first brilliantly articulated by Emily Braun in her essay “Kitsch and the Avant-Garde: The Case of de Chirico.”

There are still few opportunities in the United States to see any of de Chirico’s post-Metaphysical paintings, however—a legacy of the canonical narrative first shaped by the Surrealists and reinforced in the U.S. by exhibitions such as Alfred Barr’s Dada, Surrealism, and Fantastic Art at MoMA in 1936 and William Rubin’s Giorgio de Chirico at MoMA in 1982. Likewise James Thrall Soby’s 1941 book on de Chirico treated only the early works, disregarding his subsequent career—“left it out of the family album,” as artist Lisa Yuskavage succinctly put it.

CIMA was created to engage fresh narratives, to draw attention to 20th-century Italian artists who have generally remained outside the canonical accounts of modern art, accounts that, in the U.S., have historically tended to the Franco-centric. Exhibitions at CIMA are laboratories for an art history fellowship program and platforms for programming that offers other points of access to the works—through artists, writers, scholars, and the like. Most of all, the hope is to offer a different experience of great art, one based on the idea of close looking and engaging with the works in an intimate, contemplative space, over a period of time. Looking opens us to transformation, roots us to the present, while opening windows to other moments in history, to a thread of common humanity and creation. The act of close looking makes us better critics, better historians, and maybe better humans. In these pages are contributions from some of our fellows, and from the poets, painters, and scholars who have looked to de Chirico and who have participated in this season, wrestling with “the enigma” and helping us to see in new ways.

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Helène Aylon with Ann McCoy

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Helène Aylon sat down with Ann McCoy at the Brooklyn Rail’s Industry City headquarters to discuss her upcoming traveling exhibition, Afterword: For the Children (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Kniznick Gallery, Waltham, Massachusetts, March 20 – June 16, 2017; Jerusalem Biennale, October 2017).

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