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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

Brooklyn Daily

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

Brooklyn Daily

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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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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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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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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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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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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Gunman Fatally Shoots One Man, Wounds Another Outside Bushwick Houses: NYPD A 29-year-old man was fatally struck in the chest outside the Bushwick Houses on Wednesday, police said.
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14 Things To Do in Your Brooklyn Neighborhood This Weekend Options include roller disco, a game night and an all-night dance party.
Ex-Washington corrections boss up for NYC jail commissioner job

Dan Pacholke was given a tour of Rikers Island and met with top jail brass Wednesday.

Building superintendent charged with stealing over $18,000 from 8 apartment-seekers

A Cypress Hills man was charged with grand larceny and scheme to defraud Wednesday after he allegedly stole more than $18,000 from eight people by posing as a building management employee. Ruben Almeidas, 58, was arraigned before Judge Danny Chun at Brooklyn Supreme Court for grand larceny and scheme to defraud charges.
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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 dont feel too bad for us because there isas alwaysa 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 Stars 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 Kings 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, 25-31. Memorial Day weekend is here appeared first on Brooklyn Based.

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Its that time of year again, when you want to drink your favorite cocktail, spritzer or beer outside. Heres a selection of some of our favorite places in Brooklyn (and a couple in Queens) for sips in the sunshine. Coming Soon Parklife in progress: the brand-new bar and restaurant will be open year-round with indoor seating for 20 and a 4,000-square-foot lot for outdoor eating and drinking. Photo: Parklife Parklife Coming soon to 636 Degraw St. Gowanus When Julie Kim and Scott Koshnoodi were forced to relocate their beloved Gowanus venue Littlefield because the landlord wouldnt renew its lease, they not only found a great new warehouse around the corner, they got a lot of open space to work with4,000 square feet to be precise, directly in back of the new Littlefield. When it opens in June, next month, Parklife will become a year-round bar and restaurant featuring Mexican food from the geniuses working the kitchen at El Atoradero El Read MoreThe post Sips in the sunshine: Outdoor Drinks 2017 appeared first on Brooklyn Based.

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Mystery solved! Russian billionaires yacht cant dock because it is illegal

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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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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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“Fascist” is nowadays simply a term of abuse for people we do not like. It is without much meaning and is no longer even confined to abusing those on the far right whom we do not like.

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An epilogue to a series that began in 2012, Korakrit Arunanondchai’s with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4, boldly inhabits Bushwick’s C L E A R I N G gallery.

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Dance and visual art have a rich history of mutual influence and symbiotic exhibition. Dancers as visual art subjects have spanned the globe and the millennia—from Dehli to Dakar to Degas. “Dance-in-the-Museum,” as a concept and sub-genre, is probably not as old, but it’s older than you may think.

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You might call Hannah Lillith Assadi’s first novel, Sonora, a work of superstitious realism. Though the book’s events are grounded in reality and plausibility, its narrator, Ahlam, is a young woman of such elegiac, mystic perception that one comes away from her story as if awaking on a post-lysergic morning: memories feel slanted and opaque, scenes haunted and possibly dreamed.

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By NOAH BECKER, MAY 2017

Founded in October 2000, the Brooklyn Rail has seen an all-star group of writers contribute to its pages under the direction of Phong Bui.

To the surprise of many who had no idea that the Brooklyn Rail was not paying it’s writers, Ben Davis from our friends at Artnet News recently announced that a large group of employees had parted ways with The Brooklyn Rail. Artnet News reported on the change at the Rail and published the Rail’s announcement:

Well, big changes are afoot in the social fabric of the Rail, according to an announcement from the Rail today:

The independent members of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Rail, along with its day-to-day senior staff and six additional full- and part-time staff members, will part ways with the nonprofit publication, effective Friday, May 26, 2017.

Managing Director Sara Christoph was at the Rail for four years, guiding it to an unprecedented period of fiscal stability, initiating a thriving development program, and building the publication’s first structure to compensate all writers for their work. Managing Editor Laila Pedro was at the magazine for two years, overseeing refinements in editorial standards, diversifying coverage, and cultivating new partnerships with artists. Both will pursue independent projects as well as continuing their collaborative work with departing Art Director Maggie Barrett.

The June 2017 issue of the Brooklyn Rail will be the last produced by the current team, and will appear as usual at the beginning of the month.

Founded in 2000, the Brooklyn Rail covers art, culture, and politics. It has been recognized for its autonomously run sections led by passionate editors; its wide-ranging coverage of arts, culture, and politics; and its in-depth interviews with artists.

Davis at Artnet also reported: “What incited this “parting of ways” or what it might mean for the future of the publication beyond June was not immediately clear.” At that time Phong Bui had not commented on the shakeup at the Rail.

A follow up article was penned by Ben Davis at Artnet:

With no further information available from anyone involved with the publication, speculation about the future of the Rail filled the void, much of it centering on the idea that the publication was closing.

However, this weekend, Phong Bui—long the central figure associated with the venerable Brooklyn publication—sought to quell the rumors. In a statement, he described the break as amicable, growing from a “process of re-envisioning” the journal’s future.

The Davis article continued:

Bui would not say if any specific incident had precipitated Friday’s wave of departures. “I think people agree that stepping down is the way to let me rebuild the Rail the way I see it,” he said. “Hopefully, the new crew coming in will help build that collective vision.”

Artnet’s coverage seems light-handed considering the gravity of this situation, it leaves more questions than answers. Sources close to the Rail tell Whitehot Magazine that there was no pay for Brooklyn Rail writers for years on end. It’s best if a publication settles the old debts before moving forward and the new crew Bui speaks of is in peril of being strung along for the sake of some kind of “pie in the sky” art dream that never happens.
On the other hand if you look at the list of past contributors at the Rail, it’s a stunning accomplishment that so much was accomplished there under the alleged circumstances of no pay. The contributors list speaks of Phong Bui’s importance (and persuasiveness) and gravity of the publication. It’s not for Whitehot Magazine to suggest who was and was not paid but based on what we are being told, it was a large number. Other publishers have run into similar issues, for example the publication New York Arts which was notoriously wrought with problems under the leadership of Abraham Lubelski.

We love the Brooklyn Rail and it’s impressive what they have build through community but some of this rings hollow.

Whitehot’s Noah Becker said on Facebook: “What about all the years of unpaid writers? Is that just erased from the books? I am confused. I love the Rail and would love to see it prosper but this story is incomplete.”

Former Rail contributor and Phong Bui friend Loren J. Munk (Aka James Kalm), was quoted on Facebook: “I think all the writers understood that there was no compensation, were never told they were going to get paid, and freely worked as voluntary contributors. End of story…

According to the insiders Whitehot Magazine has been in touch with, the Rail’s writers were waiting and wondering about when payment would arrive, so this is perhaps not the end of the story.

Apparently Brooklyn Rail writers did in fact begin getting paid in 2016

Whitehot is a print magazine and mostly a constant international web based art magazine. We are sympathetic to the woes and difficulties of publishing about art and wish to see progress in the field.

Hopefully the Brooklyn Rail has a bright future.  WM

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Bay Ridgites assembled in front of Rep. Dan Donovan’s Dyker Heights office on May 11 to demand the lawmaker support a special counsel and the creation of an independent commission of experts to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia in the wake of the abrupt firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was leading the inquiry. But the congressman does not support the appointment of special counsel or the creation of any other groups to tag-team the investigation, because he has confidence in the existing probes, and is more interested with who will replace Comey at the bureau, said a rep for the legislator.

“The point of a special prosecutor is to make sure that an independent, unbiased investigation is taking place, and that’s already happening with the FBI investigation,” said Alexia Sikora. “Donovan’s biggest issue is who is running it, and that’s why he’s pushed for someone with a record of independence to replace Comey.”

On May 9, Trump suddenly fired Comey — who was leading an expanding criminal probe into whether Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 presidential election — immediately intensifying calls for a special investigator who would be independent of the Trump Justice Department.

But Donovan feels the bureau and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees’ investigations are up to the challenge, and would not join the call for an investigator who would give the president less power over the probe. Critics panned the Ridge-to-Rock rep for defending the status quo.

“I think he’s being a coward,” said Mallory McMahon, a lead organizer with Fight Back Bay Ridge. “Is he going to be remembered as someone who stood up early and said, ‘This is not normal,’ or as someone who got in line with Trump? He’s playing it very safe, and his voters will remember as this scandal potentially becomes something huge. I’m hoping he’ll grow a backbone like he did with health care.”

Donovan (R–Bay Ridge) was one of a handful of Republican House members who bucked their party and opposed the draconian “repeal-and-replace” healthcare bill that passed the House last month.

But the congressman quickly changed his tune late Wednesday after the Justice Department appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller Wednesday evening as a special counsel to oversee the allegations.

“I have complete confidence in the FBI and Justice Department, along with the House and Senate committees, to find out the facts,” said Donovan. “The public has a right to know what, if anything, happened, and if the appointment of a special counsel gets us there, then I support DOJ’s decision.”

The appointment came as a clamor on both sides of the aisle insisting that someone outside Trump’s Justice Department must handle the politically charged investigation. Muller is still ultimately answerable to the deputy attorney general for the Department of Justice, and by extension the president, but he will have greater autonomy than the U.S. attorney and be able to choose what extent to communicate with the agency as his probe moves forward.

Muller is viewed parties as one of the country’s most credible law enforcement officials, and Donovan is pleased that he is filling the role.

“Robert Mueller has an impeccable reputation and has served in administrations of both parties,” he said. “I trust that he will analyze the facts and reach an unbiased and objective conclusion based on the evidence.”

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Sweet talkie: An almost-silent romance in 1920s Coney Island

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It’s Sodom by the Sea on the silent, silver screen!

A bit of movie magic will bring the People’s Playground to Prospect Heights, for the final screening of this season’s Silent Movie Matinee series. “Lonesome,” showing on May 21 at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch, traces the clumsy romance of a couple who meet in Coney Island. The film was shot at the birth of talkies, and fuses silent and full-sound techniques into a unique hybrid, said the man behind the series.

“It’s a very strange out-of-body experience. You’ve seen these characters live and function in silence, but then for three scenes they speak, and the moment you hear their voices it’s a little awkward,” said Ken Gordon, a freelance film curator and historian. “But this awkwardness is fascinating because it puts us right at that intersection when silence turns into sound.”

The “part-talkie” film was shot in 1928 by director Paul Fejos, who used it to explore his anxieties of living in a modern city, being surrounded by crowds but never truly feeling connected. That sentiment still resonates with viewers nearly 90 years later, said Gordon.

“For him, it was a frenetic, urban city that was a little faster than his comfort level, and also filled with isolation,” said the Midwood film buff. “In a sense, he created a New York state of mind. It translates that experience that any New Yorker, any Brooklynite, grew up with, that’s in your blood.”

“Lonesome” follows Mary, a telephone operator, and Jim, a factory worker, who venture to Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend and meet by chance. Viewers watch the couple gradually tumble into love against the magical backdrop of 1920s Coney Island. The film serves up a delightful slice of old Brooklyn, said Gordon.

“There’s something about Coney back then that was just a breath of fresh air,” said Gordon, a Brooklyn native who frequented the shore while growing up. “I still love that place as a refuge, as a getaway without leaving the city. For me, if I can ever show anything that’s Brooklyn, that’s great. I like bringing it local.”

Gordon’s film series has been running since 1997, drawing crowds of all ages for the silent films with a live piano soundtrack. He showed mostly comedies in the early years, until Gordon got a better sense of what moviegoers fancied.

“Comedy is great, but man cannot live by comedy alone,” said Gordon. “My experience is they want something from the heart, so I started steering it toward more serious films, more dramas.”

The experience is completely different from today’s films, and will surprise those unfamiliar with silent movies, said Gordon.

“Many people who don’t know silent movies might think it’s hokey, but that really isn’t the case,” he said. “The acting and the visual camera work of silent films is of a very specific style that tells you the story without saying the words. They’re really trying to communicate something and that’s what the audience discovers.”

“Lonesome” at the Brooklyn Central Library Dweck Center [10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, enter at side entrance on Eastern Parkway, (718) 230-2100, www.bklynlibrary.org]. May 21 at 12:30 pm. Free.

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Clairvoyant con: Scammer convicted of swindling $140,000 from Bensonhurst senior

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By Caroline Spivack

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A Bensonhurst con artist who swindled an elderly woman out of $140,000 in cash and jewelry with an elaborate clairvoyant scam is going to prison for up to four and a half years, prosecutors announced on May 18.

The 44-year-old Bensonhurster Xuekun Su was part of a ring of scam artists referred to as the “blessing gang” who prey on superstitious Chinese immigrants. The conviction is a big win for those cracking down on the charlatans, said acting district attorney Eric Gonzalez.

“After targeting vulnerable immigrant women, this defendant stole the victim’s life savings by exploiting the fears and beliefs of the culture they shared,” said Gonzalez. “Her deplorable conduct more than merits the prison sentence.”

Su was sentenced to a year and half to four and a half years in prison after she plead guilty to grand larceny as a hate crime for targeting the victim based on her age and nationality.

The woman was one of a group of schemers who approached the 61-year-old Chinese immigrant last spring on Bay 22nd Street near 86th Street where she struck up a conversation with the victim — all while being dialed into partners on a concealed cellphone who listened in for key info.

Fellow hoaxers then appeared with a vision of impending doom for a family member — whose name was known thanks to that cellphone — that could only be avoided by the woman if she placed cash and jewelry into a bag to be “blessed.”

The tricksters assured the woman that the blessing would remove evil spirits plaguing her family, promising the items would be returned. But instead they fled with $140,000 worth of cash and jewels, officials said.

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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.

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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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Founded in October 2000, the Brooklyn Rail has seen an all-star group of writers contribute to its pages under the direction of Phong Bui.

To the surprise of many who had no idea that the Brooklyn Rail was not paying it’s writers, Ben Davis from our friends at Artnet News recently announced that a large group of employees had parted ways with The Brooklyn Rail. Artnet News reported on the change at the Rail and published the Rail’s announcement:

Well, big changes are afoot in the social fabric of the Rail, according to an announcement from the Rail today:

The independent members of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Rail, along with its day-to-day senior staff and six additional full- and part-time staff members, will part ways with the nonprofit publication, effective Friday, May 26, 2017.

Managing Director Sara Christoph was at the Rail for four years, guiding it to an unprecedented period of fiscal stability, initiating a thriving development program, and building the publication’s first structure to compensate all writers for their work. Managing Editor Laila Pedro was at the magazine for two years, overseeing refinements in editorial standards, diversifying coverage, and cultivating new partnerships with artists. Both will pursue independent projects as well as continuing their collaborative work with departing Art Director Maggie Barrett.

The June 2017 issue of the Brooklyn Rail will be the last produced by the current team, and will appear as usual at the beginning of the month.

Founded in 2000, the Brooklyn Rail covers art, culture, and politics. It has been recognized for its autonomously run sections led by passionate editors; its wide-ranging coverage of arts, culture, and politics; and its in-depth interviews with artists.

Davis at Artnet also reported: “What incited this “parting of ways” or what it might mean for the future of the publication beyond June was not immediately clear.” At that time Phong Bui had not commented on the shakeup at the Rail.

A follow up article was penned by Ben Davis at Artnet:

With no further information available from anyone involved with the publication, speculation about the future of the Rail filled the void, much of it centering on the idea that the publication was closing.

However, this weekend, Phong Bui—long the central figure associated with the venerable Brooklyn publication—sought to quell the rumors. In a statement, he described the break as amicable, growing from a “process of re-envisioning” the journal’s future.

The Davis article continued:

Bui would not say if any specific incident had precipitated Friday’s wave of departures. “I think people agree that stepping down is the way to let me rebuild the Rail the way I see it,” he said. “Hopefully, the new crew coming in will help build that collective vision.”

Artnet’s coverage seems light-handed considering the gravity of this situation, it leaves more questions than answers. Sources close to the Rail tell Whitehot Magazine that there was no pay for Brooklyn Rail writers for years on end. It’s best if a publication settles the old debts before moving forward and the new crew Bui speaks of is in peril of being strung along for the sake of some kind of “pie in the sky” art dream that never happens.
On the other hand if you look at the list of past contributors at the Rail, it’s a stunning accomplishment that so much was accomplished there under the alleged circumstances of no pay. The contributors list speaks of Phong Bui’s importance (and persuasiveness) and gravity of the publication. It’s not for Whitehot Magazine to suggest who was and was not paid but based on what we are being told, it was a large number. Other publishers have run into similar issues, for example the publication New York Arts which was notoriously wrought with problems under the leadership of Abraham Lubelski.

We love the Brooklyn Rail and it’s impressive what they have build through community but some of this rings hollow.

Whitehot’s Noah Becker said on Facebook: “What about all the years of unpaid writers? Is that just erased from the books? I am confused. I love the Rail and would love to see it prosper but this story is incomplete.”

Former Rail contributor and Phong Bui friend Loren J. Munk (Aka James Kalm), was quoted on Facebook: “I think all the writers understood that there was no compensation, were never told they were going to get paid, and freely worked as voluntary contributors. End of story…

According to the insiders Whitehot Magazine has been in touch with, the Rail’s writers were waiting and wondering about when payment would arrive, so this is perhaps not the end of the story.

Apparently Brooklyn Rail writers did in fact begin getting paid in 2016

Whitehot is a print magazine and mostly a constant international web based art magazine. We are sympathetic to the woes and difficulties of publishing about art and wish to see progress in the field.

Hopefully the Brooklyn Rail has a bright future.  WM

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Sweet talkie: An almost-silent romance in 1920s Coney Island
Clairvoyant con: Scammer convicted of swindling $140,000 from Bensonhurst senior
Inner child: Coney Island Childs restaurant reopens as funky food hall Sunday
A new mosque planned for Brighton Beach
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Overruled: Rock-to-Ridge Rep dismissed calls for special counsel, but Justice Department appointed one anyway

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

Bay Ridgites assembled in front of Rep. Dan Donovan’s Dyker Heights office on May 11 to demand the lawmaker support a special counsel and the creation of an independent commission of experts to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia in the wake of the abrupt firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was leading the inquiry. But the congressman does not support the appointment of special counsel or the creation of any other groups to tag-team the investigation, because he has confidence in the existing probes, and is more interested with who will replace Comey at the bureau, said a rep for the legislator.

“The point of a special prosecutor is to make sure that an independent, unbiased investigation is taking place, and that’s already happening with the FBI investigation,” said Alexia Sikora. “Donovan’s biggest issue is who is running it, and that’s why he’s pushed for someone with a record of independence to replace Comey.”

On May 9, Trump suddenly fired Comey — who was leading an expanding criminal probe into whether Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 presidential election — immediately intensifying calls for a special investigator who would be independent of the Trump Justice Department.

But Donovan feels the bureau and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees’ investigations are up to the challenge, and would not join the call for an investigator who would give the president less power over the probe. Critics panned the Ridge-to-Rock rep for defending the status quo.

“I think he’s being a coward,” said Mallory McMahon, a lead organizer with Fight Back Bay Ridge. “Is he going to be remembered as someone who stood up early and said, ‘This is not normal,’ or as someone who got in line with Trump? He’s playing it very safe, and his voters will remember as this scandal potentially becomes something huge. I’m hoping he’ll grow a backbone like he did with health care.”

Donovan (R–Bay Ridge) was one of a handful of Republican House members who bucked their party and opposed the draconian “repeal-and-replace” healthcare bill that passed the House last month.

But the congressman quickly changed his tune late Wednesday after the Justice Department appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller Wednesday evening as a special counsel to oversee the allegations.

“I have complete confidence in the FBI and Justice Department, along with the House and Senate committees, to find out the facts,” said Donovan. “The public has a right to know what, if anything, happened, and if the appointment of a special counsel gets us there, then I support DOJ’s decision.”

The appointment came as a clamor on both sides of the aisle insisting that someone outside Trump’s Justice Department must handle the politically charged investigation. Muller is still ultimately answerable to the deputy attorney general for the Department of Justice, and by extension the president, but he will have greater autonomy than the U.S. attorney and be able to choose what extent to communicate with the agency as his probe moves forward.

Muller is viewed parties as one of the country’s most credible law enforcement officials, and Donovan is pleased that he is filling the role.

“Robert Mueller has an impeccable reputation and has served in administrations of both parties,” he said. “I trust that he will analyze the facts and reach an unbiased and objective conclusion based on the evidence.”

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

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Sweet talkie: An almost-silent romance in 1920s Coney Island

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

It’s Sodom by the Sea on the silent, silver screen!

A bit of movie magic will bring the People’s Playground to Prospect Heights, for the final screening of this season’s Silent Movie Matinee series. “Lonesome,” showing on May 21 at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch, traces the clumsy romance of a couple who meet in Coney Island. The film was shot at the birth of talkies, and fuses silent and full-sound techniques into a unique hybrid, said the man behind the series.

“It’s a very strange out-of-body experience. You’ve seen these characters live and function in silence, but then for three scenes they speak, and the moment you hear their voices it’s a little awkward,” said Ken Gordon, a freelance film curator and historian. “But this awkwardness is fascinating because it puts us right at that intersection when silence turns into sound.”

The “part-talkie” film was shot in 1928 by director Paul Fejos, who used it to explore his anxieties of living in a modern city, being surrounded by crowds but never truly feeling connected. That sentiment still resonates with viewers nearly 90 years later, said Gordon.

“For him, it was a frenetic, urban city that was a little faster than his comfort level, and also filled with isolation,” said the Midwood film buff. “In a sense, he created a New York state of mind. It translates that experience that any New Yorker, any Brooklynite, grew up with, that’s in your blood.”

“Lonesome” follows Mary, a telephone operator, and Jim, a factory worker, who venture to Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend and meet by chance. Viewers watch the couple gradually tumble into love against the magical backdrop of 1920s Coney Island. The film serves up a delightful slice of old Brooklyn, said Gordon.

“There’s something about Coney back then that was just a breath of fresh air,” said Gordon, a Brooklyn native who frequented the shore while growing up. “I still love that place as a refuge, as a getaway without leaving the city. For me, if I can ever show anything that’s Brooklyn, that’s great. I like bringing it local.”

Gordon’s film series has been running since 1997, drawing crowds of all ages for the silent films with a live piano soundtrack. He showed mostly comedies in the early years, until Gordon got a better sense of what moviegoers fancied.

“Comedy is great, but man cannot live by comedy alone,” said Gordon. “My experience is they want something from the heart, so I started steering it toward more serious films, more dramas.”

The experience is completely different from today’s films, and will surprise those unfamiliar with silent movies, said Gordon.

“Many people who don’t know silent movies might think it’s hokey, but that really isn’t the case,” he said. “The acting and the visual camera work of silent films is of a very specific style that tells you the story without saying the words. They’re really trying to communicate something and that’s what the audience discovers.”

“Lonesome” at the Brooklyn Central Library Dweck Center [10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, enter at side entrance on Eastern Parkway, (718) 230-2100, www.bklynlibrary.org]. May 21 at 12:30 pm. Free.

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

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Clairvoyant con: Scammer convicted of swindling $140,000 from Bensonhurst senior

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

A Bensonhurst con artist who swindled an elderly woman out of $140,000 in cash and jewelry with an elaborate clairvoyant scam is going to prison for up to four and a half years, prosecutors announced on May 18.

The 44-year-old Bensonhurster Xuekun Su was part of a ring of scam artists referred to as the “blessing gang” who prey on superstitious Chinese immigrants. The conviction is a big win for those cracking down on the charlatans, said acting district attorney Eric Gonzalez.

“After targeting vulnerable immigrant women, this defendant stole the victim’s life savings by exploiting the fears and beliefs of the culture they shared,” said Gonzalez. “Her deplorable conduct more than merits the prison sentence.”

Su was sentenced to a year and half to four and a half years in prison after she plead guilty to grand larceny as a hate crime for targeting the victim based on her age and nationality.

The woman was one of a group of schemers who approached the 61-year-old Chinese immigrant last spring on Bay 22nd Street near 86th Street where she struck up a conversation with the victim — all while being dialed into partners on a concealed cellphone who listened in for key info.

Fellow hoaxers then appeared with a vision of impending doom for a family member — whose name was known thanks to that cellphone — that could only be avoided by the woman if she placed cash and jewelry into a bag to be “blessed.”

The tricksters assured the woman that the blessing would remove evil spirits plaguing her family, promising the items would be returned. But instead they fled with $140,000 worth of cash and jewels, officials said.

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

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Inner child: Coney Island Childs restaurant reopens as funky food hall Sunday

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

This space is all grown up!

The landmarked former Childs restaurant building on the Boardwalk will reopen Sunday as a massive food hall with “locally sourced” grub and plenty of Coney charm. The city recreated the crumbling structure at W. 21st Street as a high-end eatery dubbed Kitchen 21 that takes Boardwalk noshisg and flare of the People’s Playground to another level, said one community leader who fought to landmark the Spanish revival building.

“I sampled some incredibly delicious food that I can’t believe is in Coney Island,” said Dick Zigun, the unofficial mayor — and aspiring emperor — of Sodom by the Sea. “I’m in marvel that it has the vintage authenticity of a place like Gargiulo’s that has been there for 100 years when it’s been open for a couple of days.”

The grand opening comes on the heels of the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon that kicks off at 7 am and ends on the Boardwalk a short ways off from Kitchen 21. And runners who reward themselves with a visit get a voucher for 21 percent off their next visit.

The seaside food hall packs five eateries under one roof. Beach-goers can pickup made-to-order sandwiches and salads from The Cafe, dig into a seafood extravaganza at the Community Clam Bar, sun bath on the Boardwalk & Vine rooftop wine bar, and get a classy sit-down meal at the Test Kitchen — which will feature a rotation of celebrity chefs from Brooklyn and beyond who will serve experimental dishes.

And the Parachute Bar runs the length of the joint with 32 beers and a variety of Brooklyn-themed cocktails including the Not Your Father’s Egg Cream with Sunset Park’s Industry Vodka and chocolate syrup, the Brooklyn 75 with gin by Greenpoint’s Green Hook Ginsmith, and the Coney Island Fizz with vodka, saint germain, and lime.

An open floor plan encourages restaurant-goers to mingle and offers a seamless flow from one station to the next. Local conservationists restored or replicated the vibrant arches, mosaics, and nautical terra-cotta features in a $60-million project spearheaded by the city’s Economic Development Cooperation.

Behind the restaurant sits the Ford Amphitheater and a series of garage-like doors separate the spaces that mangers aim to raise for a dinner and show experience come winter. The venue also plans to offer picnic baskets for customers to cram with food before heading out for a day of summer fun, said officials.

Kitchen 21 [3052 West 21st Street in Coney Island, (718) 954–9801, www.kitchen-21.com]

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

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A new mosque planned for Brighton Beach

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

Brighton Beach’s newest house of worship may be a mosque.

Brooklyn-based congregation Masjid Al-Arqam aims to build a five-story mosque on Banner Avenue. Congregant leaders filed plans with the Department of Buildings last month to erect the house of worship in the residential neighborhood between Brighton Seventh and Brighton Eighth streets, as first reported by the real-estate website YIMBY.

Neighbors had fought every step of the way against a mosque going up on Voorhies Avenue in Sheepshead Bay back in 2010 through 2012, because they claimed it would bring unwanted noise and traffic to the area — but supporters fired back, accusing them of Islamophobia for rejecting a Muslim community center in the largely Jewish and Russian neighborhood. And this time around, critics may still oppose the Brighton Beach mosque out of fear it could bring excessive traffic and noise, but it will have nothing to do with Islamophobia, according to Yelena Makhnin, who heads the neighborhood’s business improvement district.

“What people are going to be concerned about from our point of view is traffic, and the sound if they have calls for prayers, because it’s a residential neighborhood. I don’t see any concerns with it being a mosque, but the only concerns might be its traffic and sound,” said Makhnin. “Any kind of religious or education or community center built is the same concern. There are people who are against any kind of construction, any kind of developments, regardless of its nature, because of traffic, because of construction.”

And Little Odessa is progressing — despite marchers choosing the conservative Russian enclave as the base for the country’s first Russian-speaking pride march on May 20 — and its residents are keeping up with the changing times, said Makhnin.

“It was expected because, it’s not the same neighborhood anymore. It used to be — years, years, years ago — Brighton Beach’s spoken language was Yiddish. It’s not as Russian as it was, and new communities are coming in and that’s what’s going on everywhere. I don’t see any opposition because lately everyone understands that it’s not the same,” she said. “Brighton, it’s a multi-ethnic, multicultural place, and many Muslims and Jews and Christians in the area. I hear nothing against it, I do believe that this is what the United States is all about, for people of all colors, religion, unity.”

And if history repeats itself, the anti-Mosque noise quickly quieted down as soon as the one on Voorhies Avenue opened its doors to worshippers, said the chairwoman of Community Board 15.

“I have not, since it’s been built and open, I have not heard one complaint,” said Theresa Scavo.

Developers plan to build a congregation hall on the first, second, third, and fourth floors, caretaker apartments and offices on the fifth floor, and a recreation area on the roof, according to plans filed with the Department of Buildings. But the city rejected the proposal for the Banner Avenue mosque on May 15 because of an incomplete application, according to a spokesman from the Department of Buildings. It is not uncommon for developers to go through multiple applications before getting approved, the spokesman said.

Congregant leaders declined to comment at this time.

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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Serial groper loose in Sheepshead Bay

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

Cops are searching for a serial groper who has grabbed five different lady’s behinds at the Avenue U subway station in Sheepshead Bay since December.

The most recent incident occurred on May 15 when the sleazeball grabbed a 27-year-old woman’s buttocks as she walked up the stairs to the Manhattan-bound Q train near E. 16th Street at about 7 pm, police said. The punk then fled the station, officials said.

The cad first struck on Dec. 4 aboard a Coney Island-bound Q train at about 4 am, when he grabbed a 27-year-old’s bottom. The perv hopped off the train when it got to West 8th Street, officials said.

The creep pulled the same stunt on Jan. 14, when he grabbed a 31-year-old woman’s butt as she waited for a Manhattan-bound train at about 4:20 pm, police said.

The slimeball attacked again on Feb. 1, when he grabbed a 36-year-old woman’s butt as she walked up the stairs to board a Manhattan-bound train at about 9:25 pm, police said.

And the next incident was just two weeks later on Feb. 13, when he shoved a 29-year-old woman from behind and fondled her against a wall inside the station at about 8:30 pm, police said. The good-for-nothing fled as the train pulled up, according to authorities.

Police caught a video of the slimeball smirking as he fled the station after groping the woman back in December — he’s about 25-years-old, about 6-foot, and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, a dark colored shirt, and grey and black sweatpants. The punk was carrying a duffle bag with red straps, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

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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What to read this week

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Greenlight Bookstore’s pick: “The Leavers” by Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko’s timely debut novel “The Leavers” examines the complex nature of assimilation and identity. The story follows Deming Guo, a boy abandoned by his undocumented immigrant mother, as he moves from the Bronx to upstate New York, changing his name to Daniel and occupying a dual-consciousness to cope with the muted, but persistent buzz of subconscious discrimination. This thoughtful portrait of a first-generation American thoroughly explores the impact of displacement and systematic racism — trauma without brutality — in both Deming and his mother, as she grapples with the mistakes of her past.

— Jean Lee, Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246–0200, www.greenlightbookstore.com].

Word’s pick: “Isadora” by Amelia Gray

Amelia Gray first novel, “Isadora,” a haunting portrayal of Isadora Duncan, the mother of modern dance, as she reels from the tragic drowning of her two young children. At the height of her career, Isadora is faced with this unimaginable loss and struggles to recover from the shock. Essentially abandoning her lover and family, Isadora turns to dance as a coping mechanism, becoming increasingly unhinged as she fuels her art with her despair. Gray’s feverish depiction of Isadora’s emotional upheaval is a visceral exploration into the effects of grief.

— Alison Gore, Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbrooklyn.com].

Community Bookstore’s pick: “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” by George V. Higgins

I’m a bit of a tenderfoot when it comes to crime fiction, so it was with some trepidation that I took up George V. Higgins’s minor masterpiece. Turns out, “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” is not only a nasty diamond of ’70s noir, but a formally daring piece of dialogue-driven modernism, like a Henry Green novel, if all the characters were cutthroats and crooks out for an easy buck. Peter Yates made it into a very fine movie with Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle, so double your fun some afternoon. As for me, I’m hooked.

— Hal Hlavinka, Community Bookstore [43 Seventh Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 783–3075, www.communitybookstore.net].

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Heal and toe: Dance Africa Festival celebrates Healing Light of Rhythm

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By Alexandra Simon

Brooklyn Daily

It’s 40 years old and dancing strong.

The country’s largest festival of African dance will return to the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month to celebrate its 40th anniversary. This year’s Dance Africa Festival, starting on May 26, has the theme “The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond,” will honor both the past and the present, looking at the origins of traditional dances and also showcasing what is happening in the dance world now, said the festival’s artistic director.

“We are celebrating the power of the traditional African dance as well as the contemporary voice of the diaspora,” said Abdel R. Salaam. “People will not only be entertained but be empowered by the experiences, and that is our the focus of program.”

This year’s show will feature a new twist — a collaborative performance between three dance companies, all of whom have performed at the Festival in previous years. The three groups — Bedford-Stuvesant’s Asase Yaa, Forces of Nature, and Illstyle and Peace Productions — will combine forces to present “The Healing Sevens,” a multi-genre piece that combines of hip-hop, African, contemporary, and modern dances. This combination dance, which will take up the first half of the evening, will also feature a rhythm that strays from the usual musical measurements, said the director of Asase Yaa.

“It involves a lot of different things — we took traditional African rhythms and put a twist on them, and we’re doing all in of our rhythms in sevens,” said Kofi Osei Williams,

The “healing” portion of this year’s theme will be highlighted in a performance from Guinean dance group Wula Dance and Drum Ensemble, with a piece in response to lives lost or destroyed by violence.

“The second half of the show focuses on healing in the community and makes some choreo-commentary on gun violence within not just inner cities but at large,” said Salaam. “I wanted to do something to focus on the healing of our young men because I think our young men need a lot of support and focus, so this year we going to attempt to send this message that we need to work together to make this world better for all of us.”

The festival, the longest-running one at the Brooklyn Academy of music, has evolved of the years, adding theater and storytelling elements to pure dance performances, said Salaam.

“I added an element of theater and shifted it somewhat,” he said. “Being a choreographer and artistic director who is impassioned by story and dance, theater adds more of that and provides a more creative festival.”

The festival’s founding director Chuck Davis, better known as Baba Chuck, passed away recently, on May 14. His dedication to the festival is and work connecting it to the Brooklyn community allowed it to last for so long, said Williams — and his work will continue.

“Baba Chuck Davis is very big influence for us and he taught us a lot about African culture and dance. The show is here because of the words he lived by,” he said. “DanceAfrica is one of the biggest African shows in the world and it always raises the bar to show people how to celebrate African culture.”

DanceAfrica Festival at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House [30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org. May 26 at 7:30 pm, May 27 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and May 28–29 at 3 pm. $25.

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Mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis takes on DeBlasio at CNG

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

Bay Ridge and Staten Island assemblywoman and New York City mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis met with the editors of Community News Group and NYC Community Media at our office Downtown on May 18 to discuss her campaign to unseat Mayor DeBlasio in November. During wide-ranging discussion, Malliotakis — who has amassed $94,624 in her war chest since announcing her campaign less than a month ago and has the backing of the state’s Conservative Party — had a lot to say about her disagreements with Hizzoner, including his stance on destroying information obtained by those applying for the city’s identification cards, undocumented immigrants, closing the Rikers Island jail, how he handles the city’s failing transit system, quality of life issues, and homelessness.

Transportation

Malliotakis’ claimed Mayor DeBlasio’s is incompetent when dealing with the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which she said can never get a job done on time or on budget, citing the Second Avenue Subway as an example. If elected mayor, she would ensure her representatives on the MTA’s board would fight for the city, and not just rubberstamp everything put in front of them:

“Transportation is one of my biggest issues. I’m someone who has been very vocal against the MTA and the Port Authority. These projects, there’s no excuse for a project being $6-billion over budget, and 10 years over schedule. If I had four members at the MTA, I would make sure they are challenging the status quo, that they are trying to get to the bottom of why all this mismanagement is taking place and really looking to make some serious changes. But also I vote with respect to holding the MTA accountable. I’ve voted against increasing the MTA debt limit repeatedly, as long as they continue to be a runaway train, we will never be able to lower tolls and fares or at least keep them flat. The subways, how crowded the trains are, many of them don’t come on schedule.”

Identification cards

Malliotakis also challenged Hizzoner’s promise to destroy records obtained through New York City’s identification card program because she believes it could lead to public safety problems. But the seven-year state legislator said she agrees with the premise of the program and would reason with the Feds if they came knocking on City Hall’s door for the records, instead of just handing them over.

“We should not be destroying city records, period. You don’t go get a driver’s license and destroy all the records. It’s not what government should be doing. I don’t believe that the federal government would request those records, but we would negotiate that. We would definitely sit down with them and tell them the reasons why we don’t want to see individuals who have been here contributing to our society a long time deported if they have not committed a crime, but we would certainly comply with detainer requests for individuals who have committed crimes. I also think that as a Republican, I would be best positioned to negotiate with this administration.”

The sanctuary city

Malliotakis said she disagrees with DeBlasio’s stance on shielding illegal immigrants who committed “minor” crimes from federal authorities, claiming she favored the policy of former Democratic Mayor Ed Koch, who had a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it came to illegal immigrants seeking city services.

“He believes we should not be complying with federal detainer requests in the incidence of individuals who commit crimes like grand larceny, sexual abuse, forcible touching, patronizing a child for prostitution, identity theft, welfare fraud — all crimes in which the city will not comply with detainer requests. I have to make the distinction because I am the daughter of immigrants and I understand the aspirations of the American dream and I understand that we are a compassionate city who has welcomed immigrants from all over the world as my parents were able to come to this city and create a better life for themselves. Now we have had policy in this city going back to Ed Koch that says if you’re here and you’re undocumented but you come forward to a city agency, we are not going to ask you your status, and that was put in place to incentivize victims of crimes to come forward to report those crimes. We want that to continue that policy.”

Quality of life issues

Malliotakis also brought up many quality of life issues she said impacted her constituents in Brooklyn and in Staten Island, including how many women don’t feel safe while walking the streets of the city due to a recent uptick in sexual assaults.

“He can tout crime is low but if you look at the murder rates, it’s actually the same, it’s been flat since Bloomberg left — rape and sex crimes are up 15 percent. So I think women in this city generally don’t feel safe especially walking around at night in different communities. I know I don’t feel safe when I’m walking alone down a street in the city.”

Illegal home conversions

Illegal home conversions, in which homes are illegally converted from one- or two-family homes to those housing many more people, is one of the biggest development issues facing Brooklyn today, Malliotakis said, especially in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.

“In Brooklyn you see a lot of illegal conversions. The laws are not being enforced with the Department of Buildings so those are issues that I think need to be addressed. They are not enforcing the laws when it comes to the DOB in regards to illegal conversations, which is adding even more congestion because you have multiple families living in a one-family house.”

Homelessness

Malliotakis added that DeBlasio’s wasn’t tackling homelessness at its root, she said, instead deciding to build shelters across the city in neighborhoods where nobody wants them.

“There’s an obvious problem when you walk through the city and you see poor individuals who are sleeping on the street and they have an underlying issue, whether it’s domestic violence, substance abuse, whether it’s mental illness, whether they are a veteran or [have] PTSD — whatever the issues are I think it’s very important we try to be a little more proactive in finding out. What are the core problems so we can help them address — we cannot allow the subway station to become a homeless shelter and his answer is just to build 90 homeless shelters across the city instead of trying to help these people either remain in their homes to begin with or try to address the underlying issues. But certainly the idea of building 90 homeless shelters across the city will be heavily rejected by the communities and I don’t think that that’s what people feel the solution should be.”

Rikers Island

Malliotakis also took umbrage with DeBlasio’s pledge to close Rikers — she believes it’s possible to reform the current system. And she thinks the mayor shouldn’t stand behind Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte, who she thinks isn’t doing his job.

“Rikers Island is a mess, everybody knows it. And this mayor says that his commissioner is doing a great job. He’s still defending his commissioner even after the commissioner says he’s going to resign. If he’s doing such a great job then why do we need to close Rikers Island and build jails in all the communities across the city? We have 10 jails in Rikers Island, why can’t we just reform those jails and make them more humane for the inmates, try to make them safer. Whatever you were going to do in the boroughs with those five jails let’s just do it, revamp the 10 jails that are already there and do something to make it better. I don’t think anyone’s going to want a jail in their neighborhood.”

Gender equality

And the editors of Gay City News and Chelsea Now got into a heated debate with Malliotakis over how someone who voted against the state’s Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act could ask for votes from the LGBTQ community. The bill passed in the Assembly in 2007 despite her “no” vote, but has never come to the floor in the Republican-controlled Senate. Malliotakis said she agrees with the bill, but voted against it because of its wording.

“I feel that it was a loophole — the way it’s written, I really have no issue with the overall bill but what I’ve expressed to the groups that have come to see me, is the way it’s written, it gives an individual a defense to say I was somewhere because of their identity. I feel like there needs to be some type of component that does not allow that to be used as a criminal defense should they be using it to exploit the law. I believe that there is a loophole in the law that allows it to be exploited for individuals who want to exploit the law to commit a type of sex crime and that’s my belief.”

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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Suicide in the Ridge

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

A Bay Ridge man shot himself in the head after a heated argument with his son on May 18.

The 63-year-old man and his son had a screaming match in his 71st Street apartment near Third Avenue at 7 pm, according to police.

After the fiery exchange, the senior pulled out a gun and said, “You want to get rid of me? Ok,” and shot himself in the right temple, according to a community affairs officer with the 68th Precinct.

Friends and neighbors embraced the man’s distraught son outside the victim’s home, an eyewitness said.

Police later discovered a note in the man’s apartment, suggesting that the Bay Ridgite had been contemplating suicide for some time, according to a police spokesman.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273–8255; and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

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Your guide to the best summer concerts

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By Lauren Gill

Brooklyn Daily

Time to get out and get down! This summer, you can bask in Brooklyn’s full program of outdoor concerts! So say goodbye to the air-conditioner for an afternoon — or an evening — and head out to the parks, where the music will be hot, hot, hot! There are more concerts happening than you can shake a tail feather at, but we have put together a list of some of the season’s must-see performances:

Celebrate!

Brooklyn’s beloved quartet Lake Street Dive will kick off the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival with its ’60s inspired sounds at a free show in Prospect Park’s bandshell. The concert will mark the beginning of the summer series, which boasts free and ticketed gigs.

Prospect Park Bandshell (enter at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, www.bricartsmedia.org/cb). June 7 at 8:15 pm. Free.

Cool like dat

Old school hip-hop trio Digable Planets, best known for its mega-hit “Rebirth of Slick,” will make its return to the stage in a Red Hook park. The band will be joined by disc jockey Natasha Diggs.

Coffey Park (85 Richards St. at Verona Street in Red Hook, www.cityparksfoundation.org). June 8 at 6:30 pm. Free.

Get dirty

Spend a night on McCarren Park’s hardtop with indie rockers the Dirty Projectors, jazz virtuoso Kamasi Washington, and dream pop artist Jay Som — all performing on the opening night of the Northside Festival music series.

McCarren Park (N. 12th Street at Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, www.northsidefestival.com). June 8 at 5 pm. $35–$39.

Punked

Rock out at Northside Festival’s free afternoon concert with emo bands Thursday and the Hotelier and punk outfit Pup, who will be joined by Jeff Rosenstock and Tony Molina.

McCarren Park (N. 12th Street at Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, www.northsidefestival.com). June 11 at 2 pm. Free. RSVP suggested.

Star power

The Metropolitan Opera’s biggest stars will perform an evening of arias and duets under the stars in Kings County’s front yard.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 [enter at Furman and Old Fulton streets in Dumbo, www.metopera.org). June 14 at 7 pm. Free.

Genuine good time

Smooth crooner Ginuwine will sing his many hits, including “Pony” “Differences,” and “In Those Jeans” at a free show in Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park.

Betsy Head Park (Dumont Avenue and Strauss Street in Brownsville, www.cityparksfoundation.org). June 30 at 7 pm. Free.

Party Up

Bad boy rapper DMX headlines this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, alongside fellow ’90s phenomenons The Lox. The supergroup of wordsmiths will take over Brooklyn Bridge Park for the annual beat bonanza.

Brooklyn Bridge Park (On Water Street between Old Fulton and Dock streets in Dumbo, www.bkhiphopfestival.com). July 15 at 1 pm. $65.

Blown away

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and his band will pay tribute to jazz great Louis Armstrong as part of Kingsborough Community College’s Hot Summer Nights series.

Kingsborough Lighthouse Bandshell (2001 Oriental Blvd. at Decatur Avenue in Manhattan Beach, www.onstageatkingsborough.org). July 18 at 8 pm. Free.

N’awlins in MetroTech

New Orleans horn outfit the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will blow MetroTech away with tunes straight from the French Quarter when it performs a free concert as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s weekly rhythm and blues summer series.

MetroTech Commons (Myrtle Promenade at Bridge St. Downtown, www.bam.org). July 20 at noon. Free.

Turn around

Folk hero Conor Oberst will perform songs from his new album “Salutations” and deep cuts from his Bright Eyes days at this fund-raising concert for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Philadelphia indie rock band Hop Along and Brooklyn’s Big Thief will be on opening duties.

Prospect Park Bandshell (enter at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, www.bricartsmedia.org/cb). July 20 at 7 pm. $40–$46.

Burn baby burn

Pull your jumpsuit out of the mothballs and head on down to Coney Island for to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Fever.” The disco shindig will feature appearances from Karen Lynn Gorney — the film’s choreographer — and performances from the Trammps, Tavares, Yvonne Elliman, France Joli, Harold Melvin’s Blues Notes, and many more.

Coney Island Amphitheater (3052 W. 21st St. at Surf Avenue in Coney Island, www.coneyislandlive.com). July 29 at 8 pm. $35–$250.

Roof party

Dance the afternoon away to the eclectic sounds of Dutch disc jockey Young Marco and Australian producer Andras on the roof of Williamsburg club Output. Make sure to grab one of the signature frozen cocktails to beat the heat.

Output (74 Wythe Ave. at N. 12th Street in Williamsburg, www.outputclub.com). July 30 at 1 pm. $20.

Old school

Sing along to Motown hits like “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” with superstars the Temptations in the People’s Playground. The hit machine will share the stage with the Four Tops, a blast from the past that will get you up and grooving.

Coney Island Amphitheater (3052 W. 21st St. at Surf Avenue in Coney Island, www.coneyislandlive.com). August 24 at 8 pm. $20–$50.

Guitar hero

Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will shred the Afropunk stage when he headlines the festival’s 17th incarnation in Fort Greene. The yearly celebration of music and art will also boast performances from singer Macy Gray, singer-songwriter Sampha, rapper Dizee Rascal, and loads more.

Afropunk Festival at Commodore Barry Park (Flushing Avenue between Navy Street and N. Elliott Place in Fort Greene, www.afropunkfest.com/brooklyn) Aug. 26 and 27 starting at 11 am. $45–$90.

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All the worlds a stage! Your guide to this summers outdoor theater

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By Matt John

Brooklyn Daily

Brooklyn is double, double, toil and trouble-ing down on “Macbeth!” Summer is here, and so is Shakespeare in the parks! This year, two theater companies in Kings County will take on the tragic tale of Scottish king Macbeth as part of their al fresca entertainment, while a third tackles the bloody history of Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” But it is not all serious this summer! Piper Theatre Productions will present a show with even more cross-dressing than “As You Like It” — the musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” and the company will recount the tale of some other classic writers in its musical “The Brontës.” So bring a blanket to the park and get ready to get (classic) lit!

Summer of our discontent

The Smith Street Stage upholds its tradition of gender-neutral casting in its latest production “Richard III,” a tale of a tyrant who will do anything to attain the power he desires. In the outdoor show, coming to Carroll Park on June 7, female actors will take on the traditionally male roles of villainous Buckingham and the heroic Earl of Richmond.

“Richard III” at Carroll Park (237 Carroll St. between Smith and Court streets in Carroll Gardens, www.smithstreetstage.org). June 7–11, 14–18, 21–25 at 7:30 pm. Free.

Double trouble

This year the Piper Theatre will pipe up with two musical productions at the Old Stone House in Park Slope. First up is the fabulous “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” adapted from the gender-bending film filled with disco hits. Alternating with the drag queen travelogue will be “The Brontës,” a contemplative musical about the three literary sisters.

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” at the Old Stone House (336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, www.pipertheatre.org). July 6–8, 13–15, 20–22 at 8 pm. Free.

“The Brontës” at the same location, July 9, 16, 23 at 8 pm. Free.

Shakespeare in the street

The theater troupe South Brooklyn Shakespeare will tell the tragic tale of the rise and fall of the corrupt King of Scotland in two locations this summer. First, the group will perform “Macbeth” in front of South bar in Park Slope — the sponsor and namesake of the company — followed by another production at the Old Stone House.

“Macbeth” at South (29 Fifth Ave. between 15th and 18th streets in Park Slope, www.southbrooklynshakespeare.com). July 29 at 6:30 pm. Free

“Macbeth” at the Old Stone House (336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope). August 2–5 at 8 pm. Free.

Birnam Wood comes to Brooklyn

Your final chance to catch the Scottish play this summer comes from the New York Classical Theatre, which brings its show to Brooklyn Bridge Park in August. This panoramic production of “Macbeth” offers no chances to rest — not only is there no intermission, but the action will range all over the park, sending the audience scrambling to catch up with the witches and Scottish armies.

“Macbeth” at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier One (enter at Furman Street and Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, www.newyorkclassical.org). Aug. 22–23, 25–27 at 7 pm. Free.

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On the run! Brooklynites burn rubber in half marathon

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

They hit the ground running!

More than 27,000 runners wound their way through the borough for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 20. The race sliced through eight neighborhoods and exposed runners to some lesser-known nabes. Even Brooklyn-born joggers discovered new bits of the borough, said one runner.

“It forced me to slow down and actually look at all the neighborhoods,” said Carnise native David Yung who runs for fun and clocked a respectable 2:09:09. “I’m used to driving around, so I really got to experience the neighborhoods and see them change. It was awesome.”

The 13.1-mile run kicked off in Prospect Heights and raced down to Coney Island’s Boardwalk where thousands cheered the runners in an over-the-top extravaganza packed with live music, stilt walkers tricked out in hand-made costumes by Modern Gypsies Productions, and a post-run party on the field of MCU Park.

Runners trekked from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and as far away as Texas to burn rubber in Brooklyn. Some joined in for kicks with friends, one couple took the chance to tie the knot, and for some it was another notch on their belt to help qualify for the big kahuna — the New York City Marathon.

“I heard it was a great race and I’m trying to fulfill the requirements so I can make it into the New York City Marathon,” said Emily Taddei, from the distant borough of Queens. “It was so cool, and I love running by the ocean in general, so it was fun to finish at the Boardwalk.”

After crossing the finish line, the athletes indulged in classic Coney antics with a spin on the Wonder Wheel, a dip in the water, and a Nathan’s Famous hot dog.

“I know it kind of defeats the purpose but I ate, like, three hot dogs afterward,” said Greenpoint resident Ray Simon. “Why not indulge a little after an accomplishment like that?”

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R-evolting! Southern Brooklynites to lose overnight cleaners at nine R stops

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

Don’t call it a clean sweep.

A new Metropolitan Transportation Authority program will cut the number of overnight janitors at Bay Ridge and Sunset Park subway stations from four to one, not nearly enough hands to clean the nine R train stops that some degenerate riders use as a public toilet each night according to a rep with the union behind the custodians.

“That line is crazy when it comes to sanitation. It’s a cesspool,” said Joe Bermudez, the chairman of the stations division at the Transport Workers Union Local 100. “It stinks of urine because it’s a neighborhood where people do what they gotta do and keep moving. That’s just the way people are there.”

The pilot program, which will begin early this summer, designates just one of the city’s 1,740 subway scrubbers based out of the 36th Street station to the nightly task of cleaning debris, vomit, and feces from stops beginning at Prospect Avenue, near the Park Slope-Sunset Park border, through 95th Street in Bay Ridge — a route that Bermudez says workers notoriously try to avoid because of its trashy reputation. Graveyard shifts at the nine stations are being phased out this summer in favor of repositioning workers’ shifts after rush hours, according to Bermudez.

Bay Ridge Avenue and 53rd Street are closed for renovations until the fall and the Prospect Avenue station is slated to close June 5 for another six months-worth of upgrades, but Bermudez still has reservations about how feasible it is for one person to spruce up the stations, especially with revolting straphangers stinking up the place.

“I used to clean there and behind a column someone was taking a dump and urinating all the time,” said the Gravesend native who has since settled in bucolic Staten Island. “It is a lot of ground to cover.”

On top of cleaning up after riders, the workers populate stations and provide a layer of protection for late-night commuters. And some locals fear the shift in service could empower opportunists.

“It would worry me that someone might take advantage of that there’s even less people around,” said Bay Ridgite Margaret Agan, who works as a nurse at Lutheran Medical Center. “I work crazy hours and I’m on the train at all hours of the day. Sometimes I only see MTA workers around and it makes me feel a little safer when I have to take the train late.”

Removing overnight cleaners from the desolate stations could result in behavior far worse than public defecation, according to Bermudez.

“In my 23 years of service for the transit authority I cannot believe that they are opening the door to such uncertainty and security risks,” he said.

The authority and union reps are in the process of hammering out the details, but Bermudez says the arrangement is essentially a done deal.

“This is happening,” he said. “The only people who can stop it are the customers in the community letting people know they don’t want to be subject to a Russian roulette travel to work.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority did not respond to requests for comment.

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Pride marched into Brighton Beach!

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

They made history in Brighton Beach!

Hundreds of marchers descended on Little Odessa for the first-ever Russian-speaking Pride March on May 20. Brighton Beach is known for its conservative values that many of its immigrant residents brought with them from the former Soviet Union, but marchers proudly stood tall as they walked along the boardwalk to show their neighbors that they refuse to hide, said Luis Santiago, from the group ACT UP New York, which is committed to ending the AIDS crisis.

“There was a great spirit of stepping up and coming out. We are here, and you have to deal with it. We are never going to be invisible,” said 60-year-old Santiago, who came out as gay back in his hometown in Puerto Rico at age 17. “I think it went pretty well. As part of our work, we also support fights against different acts of discrimination that make the fight against AIDS more difficult. Homophobia is one of them.”

Santiago said he has hope for the Russian community, because the overwhelmingly Catholic and Spanish-speaking neighborhoods that he is familiar with have recently come a long way with their tolerance toward the LGBTQ community.

“It reminded me a lot of when I came out in the Hispanic community, Puerto Rico in particular, there was that initial reaction of people. But time goes by, and they learn more about what it is to be gay. Barriers are broken down,” he said. “So I did talk to some of the Russian-speakers — just trust that this is going to change because it happened to us. So I hope the same happens with the Russian-speaking communities.”

Marchers were prepared for the few intolerant slurs they received — and many police officers were standing by in case of trouble — but the pride parade went off without untoward altercations, said organizer Lyosha Gorshkov, from RUSA LGBT, a U.S.-based network of Russian-speaking LGBTQ immigrants and their allies.

“We are making some history there in Brighton Beach. We expected some provocation, but thank God it didn’t happen, and we were well-protected by the police,” said Gorshkov, who identifies as queer and moved from Russia to Midwood in 2014.

And the historic day drew important guests — Public Advocate Tish James marched in support, and Broadway star Josh Daniel from the musical Book of Mormon powerfully sang “We Shall Overcome,” said Gorshkov.

“It was great. He showed up, it was amazing and everybody was very excited,” he said.

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A change in the wind: Clippers wrap up season with impressive turnaround

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They turned it around, and took off.

Not too long ago, the Xaverian High School baseball team was struggling, managing only an under-.500 record with just a few weeks left in the season. The team knew something had to change — quickly.

Fast forward to May 17. Xaverian wrapped up the regular season with a 12–5 victory over St. Edmund, and clinched the Brooklyn-Queens title as well, capping a turnaround that has the squad practically bursting with confidence.

“We started off slow, and we just kept telling them [that] it’s not how you start,” said Xaverian coach Frank Del George. “It’s how you finish, and we finished on top. They did a great job. They pulled themselves together. We won 11 out of the last 13 games, and that put us right where we wanted to be.”

Xaverian led St. Edmund by just one run after the first two innings, but the Clippers’ bats erupted in the third. Junior center fielder Jared Lerner and senior first baseman Xavier Vargas each hit triples, sparking a five-run rally that padded the squad’s lead. The Eagles refused to fold, however, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to four.

That was as close as St. Edmund would get. Xaverian scored six more runs in the last four innings, while St. Edmund was only able to plate three more. The loss eliminated St. Edmund from playoff contention.

Lerner, Vargas, and junior right fielder Thomas Papadoulos combined to knock out seven hits, score a total of eight runs, and drive in another five.

“I started off a lot of rallies when I got on base,” said Lerner, who had two hits and three runs scored. “(Papadoulos) and I are the fastest two on the team, so getting on base and stealing bases is the way we have to win games.”

Xaverian’s offense stole the show, but the Clippers pitching did its job down the stretch as well. Senior starter Pedro Fortoso, and relievers Joseph D’Amato, Shamus Connolly and Derek Lugewicz — all juniors — gave up eight hits, but only five runs, and kept the Eagles hitters at bay.

Xaverian won in convincing fashion, but their coach said there was still room for improvement.

“I thought we hit the ball pretty well today, but our defense was a little shoddy,” Del George said. “Our pitching was so-so — could be a lot better — but our offense was the key to the game.”

Despite whatever issues they had earlier on in this season or during this game, the Xaverian squad feels good about its chances heading into the playoffs.

“We started off really slow, like 2-3, but then we won 11 of 13, so if we get hot at the right time then hopefully we’ll bring it to the playoffs,” Papadoulos said.

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Police: Duo viciously beats woman and leaves her for dead

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By Caroline Spivack

Brooklyn Daily

60th Precinct

Coney Island—Brighton Beach—Seagate

Family feud

Police arrested a man and woman for viciously beating a woman on W. 19th Street on May 18.

The duo — the victim’s brother and sister-in-law — ambushed the woman between Neptune and Mermaid avenues, said authorities. They punched her in the face, whipped her with a leather belt, and struck her in the head with crutches, according to a police report. The sister-in-law even bit the woman on the stomach and then grabbed the belt, striking her inner thighs several times with the makeshift-whip.

The nail in the coffin was when the sister-in-law struck the victim in the head with a pole, causing a deep gash, cops said. The pair left the woman laying in the street for dead, until police discovered her, officials said.

Nice to meat you

A psycho chopped a man with a meat cleaver on Boynton Place on May 19.

The crazed cleaver-wielder got into an argument with his roommate near 86th Street at 6 pm, said police. But the fight quickly escalated when the man pulled out the blade and began hacking away at the man’s left arm and the left side of his chest, according to a police report.

The maniac also pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at the man’s face, demanding he move out from their apartment or he’d kill him, said officials.

Food fight

Police arrested a pair of goons who were throwing food at a woman on the Boardwalk on May 20.

The woman was near W. 21st Street at 11:30 pm when the rowdy baddies started tossing food and heckling her. But when she asked them to stop, the pair kicked her and struck her in the head with a white object, according to a police report.

Ambush

More than a dozen louts brutally beat a man on Surf Avenue at W. 16th Street on May 20.

The victim told police that while walking up the stairs toward the Boardwalk at 10 pm he was jumped by roughly a dozen teens. The baddies punched him in the back of the head and struck him in the face with a belt, which knocked a few teeth loose, according to a police report.

The man suffered a broken left thumb, a deep gash to his face, and bruises all over his body, said police.

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Knife-toting villains slice mans forehead

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

61st Precinct

Sheepshead Bay—Homecrest— Manhattan Beach—Gravesend

Cutting deep

Three brutes slashed a man in the forehead with a knife on Quentin Road on May 14, landing him in the hospital for treatment, police said.

The 50-year-old victim was near Ocean Avenue at about 8:30 pm when the trio attacked with the blade, according to a Coney Island Hospital worker who called police telling them about the incident, which left the man with a gash that required nine stitches, officials said.

The goons also stole $200 from the victim, according to authorities.

Big haul

Some jerk stole more than $2,000 worth of disc jockey equipment from a guy’s garage on Coleridge Street sometime between April 28 and May 13, police said.

The guy returned to his home near Oriental Boulevard at about 11:30 am to find his garage door was halfway open and that his Pioneer-brand mixer, black controller, case, microphone, and lights were gone, officials said.

Drugs and theft

Cops cuffed a guy for swiping electronics and jewelry from a woman’s E. 12th Street home on May 15.

The suspect broke into her house near Quentin Road while she gone from about 10 am to noon and ran off with her tablets, a pearl ring, necklace with pearls, and cash, according to authorities.

The suspect broke in through the basement window and fled through the front door, leaving it open, according to authorities. Police found a bag of crack and a crack pipe on the suspect, officials said.

Shopping run

A baddie stole a bunch of over-the-counter drugs from a Sheepshead Bay Road store on May 17, police said.

The nogoodnik went down to the basement of the store near Avenue Z at about 8 am and grabbed packs of razors, Prilosec, Zantac, and Nexium worth $571, according to authorities.

Pocketed merchandise

A lout swiped a few items from a store on Kings Highway on May 16, police said.

The jerk was in the store near E. 18th Street at about 5 pm when he put a tube of Abreva cream and a pack of Febreze plug-ins his pockets and left without paying, officials said.

Aspiring tattooist

A knave stole equipment from an E. 12th Street tattoo parlor sometime between May 2 and May 20, police said.

The lawbreaker broke into the parlor near Kings Highway by forcing open the door and went upstairs to the third floor that had been vacant for two weeks and fled with a Cheyenne-brand tattooing power supply, a tattoo machine, and an outdoor surveillance camera, officials said.

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Police: Suspect ambushes and stabs man in bar bathroom

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Dive bar

Police arrested a man for ambushing another man in a New Utrecht Avenue bar’s bathroom on May 18 and slicing his arm open with a broken bottle.

The manager of the watering hole between 72nd and 73rd streets told police that he was in the restroom washing his hands at 1:45 am when a man approached him from behind. The man then lunged at the manager with a bottle in hand, and slashed his left arm, according to officials.

Emergency responders took the victim to Lutheran Medical Center, said police.

Knife to meet you

A baddie slashed a woman with a pocket knife on 23rd Avenue on May 19.

The victim told police that the woman was between Bath and Cropsey avenues at 2 pm when the malefactor approached with the blade, then suddenly sliced her across the left hand.

The victim called police but refused medical attention when the cavalry arrived, said officials.

Sketchy landlord

A landlord and his buddies crept into a woman’s Bay 22nd Street apartment on May 19 and swiped her wallet.

The woman told police that she rents a room on the first floor of an apartment between Cropsey Avenue and 19th Lane. She stepped outside for a smoke at 6:30 pm, leaving her door unlocked. While she was having a smoke she spotted her landlord and two of his friends go into the house, police said.

Moments later the landlord left, and when the woman checked her bag she left in her pad, she discovered her wallet lush with cash and bank cards was gone, according to a police report.

Bad deal

A crooked mugged a pre-teen on 16th Avenue on May 20.

The victim told police that he was meeting a man between 79th and 80th streets to “trade bags” at 1 pm, according to a police report. But the youngster was punched in the face and his bookbag swiped by his supposed friend, authorities said.

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The Peoples Clay-ground: Historic terra cotta images on display in Coney

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The king of the sea is re-surfacing at the People’s Playground!

The Coney Island History Project’s latest exhibit, “Neptune Revisited,” opening on May 27, will showcase weathered clay images of the oceanic deity and other nautical figures from the early 1920s. The artifacts once graced the walls of the historic, recently-restored Childs Restaurant on the Boardwalk, and the mini museum will offer visitors a unique, up-close look, said the project’s executive director.

“We have a small space, so it’s an intimate look at some of the original pieces that were beyond repair after a century of exposure to salt water air. They’re extraordinary craftsmanship,” said People’s Playground historian Charles Denson.

When the Childs Restaurant opened in 1923, it sported numerous nautical terra cotta images along its facade. Many of those clay creations crumbled over the last century, and the building’s new owners, who re-opened the space last week as Kitchen 21, worked to restore what they could. But some pieces that were irreparably damaged had to be replaced by painstaking replicas, and Denson finagled an indefinite loan of the original, weather-beaten artifacts for his exhibit at the Coney Island History Project, where they hang alongside a photographic timeline of the rise, decline and rejuvenation of the Childs building.

The terra cotta pieces include vivid beach scenes, an intricate tangle of sea creatures, and a vibrant portrait of the restaurant’s facade. But the show’s main draw is a striking ceramic medallion of King Neptune himself rising from the sea, holding a trident dripping with seaweed.

“King Neptune is the symbol of Coney Island. He’s kind of the guardian of the Boardwalk watching over us,” said Denson. “It’s an iconic image and he’s sort of the centerpiece of the show.”

The size of the hulking works will surprise visitors, said Denson.

“When they’re up on the building you can’t see the scale, but when you’re up close you see how massive they are,” he said. “So you can really get a good look.”

“Neptune Revisited: Terra Cotta Relics from the Childs Building, Last of Coney Island’s Boardwalk Palaces,” at the Coney Island History Project [3059 W. 12th Street, between Bowery Street and the Boardwalk, (347) 702–8553, www.coneyislandhistory.org]. Open weekends and holidays, 1–7 pm. Free.

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Velkommen! Norsemen seize Owls Head Park for Viking fest

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By Caroline Spivack

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They took Bay Ridge by storm!

Norsemen invaded Owl’s Head Park for the 17th annual Viking Fest on May 22. The raiders sailed into the park on a giant Viking ship bringing Scandinavian art, medieval weapons demonstrations, and traditional music to the Ridge. It was a Nordic extravaganza that brought revellers from across the borough and city to celebrate all things Viking, said one fest-goer.

“There’s something really pure about the festival,” said Karen Dahlberg O’Connell, who is originally from Norway and has trekked to the fest from the distant isle of Manhattan with her husband and two young daughters for the last four years. “It’s a nice vibe, and we keep coming back, year after year, not so much for new stuff that we’re dying to see, but because we love what they do every year.”

Raiders from the 11th century clashed swords and shields during three different medieval re-enactments that pummeled Nordic history into the heads of gawking youngsters. Horned-helmet enthusiasts from the groups Historic Arms, Medieval Scenarios and Recreations, and the Brooklyn chapter of the Society For Creative Anachronism took to the field of faux-battle in their fiercest Viking garb.

And some inspired locals took the chance to dress as their favorite historical figures, said one cosplayer who dressed as Alric I King of the Visigoths.

“I’m into warrior culture, and I enjoy events that let me dress as different historical characters,” said Irving Morales, from the far-off realm of Queens who has previously dressed as Vlad the Impaler, Roman General Marc Antony, and as pirate captains at similar historic shindigs.

Tykes played traditional ring toss games, learned about Nordic crafts such as stick weaving, and of course, there were Swedish Meatballs — both the Nordic delicacy, and the guitar-and-accordion musical duo.

Bay Ridge’s Norwegian Constitution Day parade came the day after Viking Fest and revellers appreciated the Norwegian emphasis with flags peppered across the park and locals dressing up in their best bunads — a Scandinavian term for traditional garb.

“As a Norwegian citizen, I think it’s really important to celebrate the culture,” said O’Connell, who regularly visits her home country with her family, and whose daughters — Wren and Ronan — donned bunads and horned Viking hats during the affair. “There aren’t that many Norwegian celebrations, and it’s just a great opportunity to celebrate the culture.”

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Construction boom in Southern Brooklyn continues.

Construction boom in Southern Brooklyn continues.

Ocean rising! Tide of development sweeps Ocean Avenue

Builders have broken ground and are busy erecting a nine-story apartment building on Ocean Avenue thats part of a wave of new development making its way south to Sheepshead Bay.

Meet the members of Coney Island’s Sideshow Hall of Fame.

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A magical Easter in Bay Ridge

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Egg-travaganza! Ridge parks draw droves for Easter egg hunts

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Fire! Fire! Fire!

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Cars go up in flames in Gravesend

Fire Marshals are investigating what caused two cars parked on E. Fifth Street to go up in flames early in the morning on April 15.

 

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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.

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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 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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An epilogue to a series that began in 2012, Korakrit Arunanondchai’s with history in a room filled with people with funny names 4, boldly inhabits Bushwick’s C L E A R I N G gallery.

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You might call Hannah Lillith Assadi’s first novel, Sonora, a work of superstitious realism. Though the book’s events are grounded in reality and plausibility, its narrator, Ahlam, is a young woman of such elegiac, mystic perception that one comes away from her story as if awaking on a post-lysergic morning: memories feel slanted and opaque, scenes haunted and possibly dreamed.

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By NOAH BECKER, MAY 2017

Founded in October 2000, the Brooklyn Rail has seen an all-star group of writers contribute to its pages under the direction of Phong Bui.

To the surprise of many who had no idea that the Brooklyn Rail was not paying it’s writers, Ben Davis from our friends at Artnet News recently announced that a large group of employees had parted ways with The Brooklyn Rail. Artnet News reported on the change at the Rail and published the Rail’s announcement:

Well, big changes are afoot in the social fabric of the Rail, according to an announcement from the Rail today:

The independent members of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Rail, along with its day-to-day senior staff and six additional full- and part-time staff members, will part ways with the nonprofit publication, effective Friday, May 26, 2017.

Managing Director Sara Christoph was at the Rail for four years, guiding it to an unprecedented period of fiscal stability, initiating a thriving development program, and building the publication’s first structure to compensate all writers for their work. Managing Editor Laila Pedro was at the magazine for two years, overseeing refinements in editorial standards, diversifying coverage, and cultivating new partnerships with artists. Both will pursue independent projects as well as continuing their collaborative work with departing Art Director Maggie Barrett.

The June 2017 issue of the Brooklyn Rail will be the last produced by the current team, and will appear as usual at the beginning of the month.

Founded in 2000, the Brooklyn Rail covers art, culture, and politics. It has been recognized for its autonomously run sections led by passionate editors; its wide-ranging coverage of arts, culture, and politics; and its in-depth interviews with artists.

Davis at Artnet also reported: “What incited this “parting of ways” or what it might mean for the future of the publication beyond June was not immediately clear.” At that time Phong Bui had not commented on the shakeup at the Rail.

A follow up article was penned by Ben Davis at Artnet:

With no further information available from anyone involved with the publication, speculation about the future of the Rail filled the void, much of it centering on the idea that the publication was closing.

However, this weekend, Phong Bui—long the central figure associated with the venerable Brooklyn publication—sought to quell the rumors. In a statement, he described the break as amicable, growing from a “process of re-envisioning” the journal’s future.

The Davis article continued:

Bui would not say if any specific incident had precipitated Friday’s wave of departures. “I think people agree that stepping down is the way to let me rebuild the Rail the way I see it,” he said. “Hopefully, the new crew coming in will help build that collective vision.”

Artnet’s coverage seems light-handed considering the gravity of this situation, it leaves more questions than answers. Sources close to the Rail tell Whitehot Magazine that there was no pay for Brooklyn Rail writers for years on end. It’s best if a publication settles the old debts before moving forward and the new crew Bui speaks of is in peril of being strung along for the sake of some kind of “pie in the sky” art dream that never happens.
On the other hand if you look at the list of past contributors at the Rail, it’s a stunning accomplishment that so much was accomplished there under the alleged circumstances of no pay. The contributors list speaks of Phong Bui’s importance (and persuasiveness) and gravity of the publication. It’s not for Whitehot Magazine to suggest who was and was not paid but based on what we are being told, it was a large number. Other publishers have run into similar issues, for example the publication New York Arts which was notoriously wrought with problems under the leadership of Abraham Lubelski.

We love the Brooklyn Rail and it’s impressive what they have build through community but some of this rings hollow.

Whitehot’s Noah Becker said on Facebook: “What about all the years of unpaid writers? Is that just erased from the books? I am confused. I love the Rail and would love to see it prosper but this story is incomplete.”

Former Rail contributor and Phong Bui friend Loren J. Munk (Aka James Kalm), was quoted on Facebook: “I think all the writers understood that there was no compensation, were never told they were going to get paid, and freely worked as voluntary contributors. End of story…

According to the insiders Whitehot Magazine has been in touch with, the Rail’s writers were waiting and wondering about when payment would arrive, so this is perhaps not the end of the story.

Apparently Brooklyn Rail writers did in fact begin getting paid in 2016

Whitehot is a print magazine and mostly a constant international web based art magazine. We are sympathetic to the woes and difficulties of publishing about art and wish to see progress in the field.

Hopefully the Brooklyn Rail has a bright future.  WM

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E! Brooklyn ebklyn.com: Loosies Café, sibling of mainstay Loosie Rouge, has it all: 2:24 PM 5/25/2017

Loosies Café, sibling of mainstay Loosie Rouge, has it all: http://bit.ly/2rUfhp7 

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Saved Stories – 1. New York and Brooklyn
Construction boom in Southern Brooklyn continues.
Meet the members of Coney Island’s Sideshow Hall of Fame.
A magical Easter in Bay Ridge
Fire! Fire! Fire!
Congressman Dan Donovan on why he likes secret meetings.
Kitties saved from fire, not happy about it.
Something to bark about in Manhattan Beach.
Grimm casts shadow over Ridge Council race
New Eagle Scout is soaring high
These seniors are rocking 100 years and counting
Dead beats: Music and story series rises in Green-Wood Cemetery
Safety dance! Locals want Barnes Dance at dangerous intersection
Booze boat backlash
NYPD Should Reveal Protester Surveillance Tactics, Lawsuit Says
Big Apple Barbecue to Host 10 Free Concerts in Madison Square Park
City Beaches to Open Saturday as Some Offer Free Sunscreen All Summer
Jim Henson Exhibit to Open at Museum of the Moving Image This July
Staten Island Deer Killed in New Jersey Over Fear of Mad Cow-Like Disease
3 Teen Boys Stabbed in Daylight Attack Outside P.S. 35, Police Say
Artist Slams NY Times Michael Brown Coverage with Posters in Bed-Stuy
Ex-Teacher Faces Hate Crime Charge for Ripping Hijab Off Student, NYPD Says
Advocates ‘Triumph’ as City Vetoes Underground Railroad Home Roof Addition
He’s Not Old Enough to Vote, but This Teen Is Running to Replace Peralta
Shake Shack Coming to Astor Place This Fall
WATCH: City Launches Anti-Discrimination Ad Blitz Amid Surge in Bias Crimes

 

Saved Stories – 1. New York and Brooklyn
Construction boom in Southern Brooklyn continues.

Construction boom in Southern Brooklyn continues.

Ocean rising! Tide of development sweeps Ocean Avenue

Builders have broken ground and are busy erecting a nine-story apartment building on Ocean Avenue thats part of a wave of new development making its way south to Sheepshead Bay.

Meet the members of Coney Island’s Sideshow Hall of Fame.

Meet the members of Coney Island’s Sideshow Hall of Fame.

Super freaks! Sideshow Hall of Fame honors carnie history

Take a deep drink of sideshow history!

A magical Easter in Bay Ridge

A magical Easter in Bay Ridge

Egg-travaganza! Ridge parks draw droves for Easter egg hunts

Call it a three-egg omelet!

Fire! Fire! Fire!

Fire! Fire! Fire!

Cars go up in flames in Gravesend

Fire Marshals are investigating what caused two cars parked on E. Fifth Street to go up in flames early in the morning on April 15.

Congressman Dan Donovan on why he likes secret meetings.

Congressman Dan Donovan on why he likes secret meetings.

Checkin in with Rock-to-Ridge Rep. Dan Donovan

The Republican Rep talks healthcare, oil spills, town halls, and the need for secret meetings.

Kitties saved from fire, not happy about it.

Kitties saved from fire, not happy about it.

Cat-astrophe averted

Firefighters rescued two cats from a Fifth Avenue blaze on Thursday, and our photographer Paul Martinka was there!

Something to bark about in Manhattan Beach.

Something to bark about in Manhattan Beach.

City to makeover Manhattan Beach dog run

Grimm casts shadow over Ridge Council race

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

Bay Ridge Republican Council Candidate Bob Capano applauded disgraced former congressmanMichael Grimm for calling on President Trump to go on the attack in the face of condemnation from the public and the media.

Grimm, who has been out of jail for about a year following his seven-months behind bars for tax fraud, released a statement last week calling much-needed unity and support for the countrys Commander in Chief.

The President is under heavy attack with every element of opposition power against him, and from every angle: the media, the Democrats, Hollywood, the Establishment and the deeply rooted bureaucrats in every agency that actually regulates the entire country, the ex-con ex-congressman wrote in the statement. However, after a deep breath and employing a little introspection, then accepting that they must right their ship, the White House needs to deploy every tool and arsenal at its disposal to go on offense.

And Capano the self-proclaimed leading candidate, despite having the least cash in his campaign coffers, with $38,021 on hand was quick to agree and applaud Grimm for his words.

Congressman Grimm upset the status quo during his time in office, and President Obamas administration made him pay for it, Capano said in his statement. I am pleased that Michael Grimm is still standing up and being vocal in our community. Republicans need to step up and fight for their President instead of playing it safe.

But Capano should be more focused on City Hall than the White House, his Republican rivals charge.

He can talk about Donald Trump all he wants, but the City Council is the most local form of government, said John Quaglione. The election is based on who the people believe, and who best understands the issues, and would best be able to do deal with them. The City Council is so far from the White House, to be even talking about Trump is absurd in the city council race. Im focused on city hall.

Fellow candidate Liam McCabe who worked for Grimm agreed, suggesting Capano should run for congress instead.

Im running for City Council as a Republican because I want to turn our city away from the disastrous policies of Mayor DeBlasio, McCabe said in a statement. If Bob Capano wants to talk about national issues, he ought to seek federal office.

But Capano fired back, accusing both McCabe and Quaglione of being political hacks who have to toe the party line and play it safe since as career politicians theyve never collected anything but taxpayer money.

Thats exactly the political hacks that voters are tired of, Capano said. They cant be afraid to speak out if somethings not politically correct. I am the only candidate in the private sector whose life isnt dependent on a government salary.

McCabe currently has $49,784 in his war chest, and Quaglione leads with $68,974, according to city records.

The state Senates rogue Democrats are scrambling for position now that Tuesdays victory by Democratic candidate Brian Benjamin to fill a vacant seat in Harlem, giving the party a chance for a 32-seat majority if all nominal Dems came onside.

Democratic state Sen. Simcha Felder (DMidwood) who took home an award for being one of New Yorks top conservative pols and caucuses with the Republicans told Party Line back in March that he would be happy to rejoin his Dem colleagues if the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference did so as well.

The day after Benjamins win, Fleder penned a letter to the ringleader of the eight rogue Democrats, state Sen. Jeffrey Klein (DBronx) urging the group of eight to sit back down with the Dems where they belong to bring the party a majority.

But Felders letter was a response to a campaign Klein launched a earlier this week called Call the Roll, calling for all Senate Dems to pledge to back a package seven bills boosting progressive causes such as abortion rights, immigration reform, and gender equality putting the conservative Felder, who opposes abortion, in an awkward spot.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 2604577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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New Eagle Scout is soaring high

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By Joanna DelBuono

Brooklyn Daily

Mill Basin

Eagles wings

This new Eagle Scout received Scoutings most distinguished honor at a ceremony on April 22, at St. Bernards Parish, and our roving photog Sean Murphy was there to capture the flying-high moment for proud borough son Michael Gidiuli, family, fellow Scouts, Scoutmaster John Farrell, and Councilman Alan Maisel (DMill Basin).

Michael received his rank by earning a minimum of 21 merit badges, as well as planning, developing, and leading a service project that illustrated both leadership and commitment to duty. Michaels project consisted of providing child identification kits, assisting them in filling them in, and providing a brief explanation. As part of the kits, he photographed and fingerprinted the children. His project will help parents have all information readily available in one place for police in the event that a child is missing.

And if all that wasnt enough, he had to pass an Eagle Scout board of review, to boot.

Standing O stands and salutes Michael, and wishes him luck and success as he soars forth as an Eagle Scout.

Boy Scout Troop 76 at St. Bernards Parish [2055 E. 69th St. and Veterans Avenue in Mill Basin, (718) 7635533].

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These seniors are rocking 100 years and counting

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By Joanna DelBuono

Brooklyn Daily

Sheepshead Bay

Put your hands together forBlanch Sutterman (age 102), Frieda Henenson (100), Walter Merwin (102), and Rosalyn Sanders (102). The fab seniors at The Waterford on the Bay celebrated their longevity and milestones with families, friends, staff, and even an elected pol on May 18.

The rocking centenarians enjoyed being feted by Assemblywoman Helen Weinstein (DSheepshead Bay), who handed out proclamations, and being entertained by Bella Mandzukas.

Standing O asked what their secret to long life is.

Roslyn said, I enjoy exercise and walks, along with lots of sleep and watching movies with friends.

Blanch explained she drinks a glass of milk a day, and my mom made lots of spinach when I was younger. She added, I never looked for a long life, I just wanted one full of cheerfulness and happiness.

Frieda enjoys her meals of fruits and meats, along with lots of dancing. I am always cheerful and respectful, she said.

Walter, the man of the hour, summed it up best, Its just luck, he said. But he also listed kindness, courtesy, and cheerfulness as secrets to a happy life.

Standing O wishes all many more birthdays.

Waterford on the Bay [2900 Bragg St. at Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 8918400].

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Dead beats: Music and story series rises in Green-Wood Cemetery

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By Alexandra Simon

Brooklyn Daily

Its the club people are dying to get into.

Brooklyns largest graveyard will welcome a select group of visitors through its southern-most gate for the first in a series of late-night performances this weekend. Members of The Secret Mausoleum Club, starting May 27 at Green-Wood Cemetery, will sip drinks, listen to music, and step inside some classic crypts while hearing stories about those buried on the grounds. The new, bi-monthly performance series is designed to introduce more people burial places illustrious past, said the cemeterys programming manager.

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Secret mausoleum clubs have been around for a long time and only a select number of members could come into the cemetery to discover mausoleums because theyve not been open to public, said Harry Weil. We are opening this to a larger audience because this type of experience is a great way to discover history. Its also a way for history to come alive and learn more about the people buried there.

The first session will open two of Green-Woods mausoleums for a celebration of figures in amusement park history, featuring musical performances and dances, along with some stories

There wont be re-enactments but there will be a retelling of stories, he said. The history is important to this, and recounting the history of those buried.

The night will also feature an open bar provided by the Sea Witch Tavern in Greenwood Heights, which will also host an after-party for members.

Because of the warm forecast for this weekends show, all performances will happen outdoors.

Visitors are encouraged to dress in cocktail and vintage summer looks, but this is not a Halloween event, said Weil.

We try to distance from that because its important that we never do ghost theme tours we are still a working cemetery, and we respect the space of the buried and try not to make fun of it, he said. Things like Halloween play into the stereotypes.

Weil says that those who enjoy an evening of dance and music in the boneyard make walk away with a different perspective on the space.

I think when people leave they wont have the same stereotypes about cemeteries being dark and creepy, said Weil.

The cemetery will welcome guests back for more Secret Mausoleum Club events in July, September, and November. And another series of lower-key, literally underground music events called Concerts in the Catacombs will begin on June 15 and continue every month in the summer.

The Secret Mausoleum Club at Green-Wood Cemetery [Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place in Kensington, (718) 7687300, www.green-wood.com]. May 27 at 9 pm. $100 ($350 for all four events).

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Safety dance! Locals want Barnes Dance at dangerous intersection

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

Theyre Barnes-storming mad that the city wont listen.

Locals are flabbergasted that the Department of Transportation has excluded a notoriously dangerous intersection near Kings Plaza from a new bill requiring the city to study implementing a Barnes Dancewhere all vehicular traffic stops at once so pedestrians can cross in all directions at high-crash junctions. The intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U definitely needs to be included, said one Marine Parker.

Oh good grief, how do I get it included? Im not happy, thats wrong. Its the most dangerous corner, said Robin Sherman-Epstein, who pushed for the idea last year. Its silly, they are the ones who declared it a dangerous intersection yet they ignore it. Its so sad because its so simple, so cheap.

The Department of Transportation dubbed the Mill Basin crossing the 16th worst in the city in a 2013 study but that was the last time the agency ranked high-crash intersections. It now uses Mayor DeBlasios Vision Zero traffic-safety program instead to determine where additional safety measures are a priority, according to a department spokesman.

The original wording of the bill required the city to look at the top 25 dangerous intersections, but the most recent version which passed the Council on May 10 with 39 sponsors and is now just awaiting Hizzoners signature omitted the top-25 rule, and only mandates the department to study high-crash corridors generally. And Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U where four people have died since 2014, according to Vision Zero doesnt make the cut, said an agency spokesman.

Council members changed the wording so as to not limit the project to just 25 crossings, said a spokeswoman for Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (DManhattan), who introduced the legislation.

To give the DOT more flexibility to look at even more intersections to take on even more intersections, said Sarah Crean.

Two people have died at the crossing since 2016, according to Vision Zero statistics. But injuries have declined there have been 63 since 2012, with none in 2014, 2016, or 2017, according to the city data.

And the department touts its 2015 safety enhancements when it installed pedestrian safety islands, a median in the buffer at the bus terminal, and an enlarged center median to make it easier for pedestrians to cross as the for the drop in injuries, said the spokesman.

We implemented a project at this location in 2015, and the statistics show it has been effective. We took a comprehensive look at the intersection, which entailed a detailed evaluation of the local context, traffic and pedestrian usage, he said.

But the intersection is still a dangerous mess the local community board has even pushed for a pedestrian bridge over the two busy thoroughfares and it still needs major improvements, such as a Barnes Dance, said the district manager of Community Board 18.

I think its a fabulous idea. Something has to be done there. We had suggested an overpass bridge, which would help the pedestrians, said Dottie Turano. I was part of the Barnes Dance generation, and at first we laughed about it. People would stop at the corner and do a little dance. I would like to see it there only if they could work out all the kinks. We will keep on top of it.

And the local pol, who was a sponsor on the bill, supports any additional safety enhancements a Barnes Dance has value if it gives pedestrians enough time to get to the other side, said Councilman Alan Maisel (DMill Basin).

Anything that could cut down on accidents involving pedestrians would be greatly appreciated, he said. If all the cars had to stop, I mean the big question is how much time will people have to cross the street, thats always the issue. If they give people a good amount of time to cross that would be helpful.

The Department of Transportation will look closely at the intersection for possible future improvements, the spokesman said.

We approach intersection design with an open mind and design to the context of each intersection, he said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 2604577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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Booze boat backlash

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

Oh buoy, not again!

The city must crack down on the party boats cruising in and out of Sheepshead Bay for the upcoming summer season because residents are fed up with trash left behind the next morning, loud noise late at night, and increased parking problems in an already parking-starved neighborhood, locals say.

Sheepshead Bay becomes inundated with double parking. These people that go on dump a lot of garbage all over Sheepshead Bay you cant believe the trash, said one local familiar with the boating community but who asked to remain anonymous. Sheepshead Bay has no capability to deal with this capacity.

The boozey bashes, which set sail from the Emmons Avenue piers for Manhattan with hundreds of passengers, have plagued the former fishing neighborhood for years.

Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz (DSheepshead Bay) even proposed legislation in 2015 to ban the liquor-slinging vessels from the pier, but skippers fought back, accusing the boat-banners of racism, since most of the party-boat passengers are black. The bill never reached a vote in the chamber, and Cymbrowitz applauded the captains in 2016 for a calm start to the summer.

But things havent gotten better trash piles up at the pier between Ocean Avenue and E. 26th Street, and passengers treat the neighborhood with disrespect when they pregame for the cruise during tailgates on residential streets, said one nearby resident at a Community Board 15 meeting last month.

We are having a little problem with this tailgating in front of our homes, not only the mess, of course, of the obvious, and the food and the drinks all over the street, but people parking in your driveways and urinating in your front yard, said Jack Spadaro. Its getting worse, its not getting better.

And the nearby restaurants opposite Emmons Avenue are frustrated with the hundreds of passengers taking up parking spots that should be left for loyal restaurant-goers, according to the owner of Yiasou.

Seven, eight years ago, they never were here, this port was for fishing boats for fisherman but lately they take it out from Manhattan and they bring heavy traffic on the weekend in summer time. Thats our problem, the area doesnt have enough parking, not enough parking for the restaurants, said Peter Katsichtis. Our biggest problem is the parking we have no parking. They do noise but our biggest problem is the traffic.

Twenty boats currently dock along the Emmons Avenue piers, though two will be departing this summer, according to information from Parks Department, which has jurisdiction over the piers and issues permits for the boats to dock. Quiet times commence at 10 pm on weekdays, and at midnight on the weekends, and boats cannot depart during quiet times, but locals say party boats routinely flout the rules.

The Parks Department does monitor the boats to ensure they comply with the regulations, said a spokeswoman for the agency.

Parks has a significant amount of rules and regulations in place to keep our docks and waters safe for everyone, she said. Parks works closely with NYPD to monitor the docks.

The local pol is aware of the concerns and is working with the local precinct to monitor the piers, said Councilman Chaim Deutsch (DSheepshead Bay).

I spoke to the 61st Precinct, they told me they will be monitoring when the boats depart and the boats arrive, he said. They are anticipating once the season begins. And again, Im very accessible if anyone has complaints they should reach out to my office.

And the precinct will keep a close eye on the pier, said a spokesman for the police department.

The 61 Precinct Commanding Officer and his staff have established a relationship with the businesses and boat operators who dock on Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, the spokesman said. The Commanding Officer will continue to maintain this relationship over the coming summer months, during which time the precinct will be provided with docking schedules in order to establish a police presence in the area at the appropriate times.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 2604577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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