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PERSISTING IN PARK SLOPE • FALL 2019 • ISSUE #70
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C O N T E N T S F A L L 2 0 1 9
11 [ Explore Brooklyn ] By John Major
111 Places in Brooklyn That You Should Not Miss
22 [ Brooklyn Comics ] By Dave Kelly, Katrina Lord and Brett
Tales of the Night Watchman: The Steam Banshee
28 [ Park Slope Lit ] By Robert Ayers
Brooklyn: The City Within - a review
34 [ Park Slope Politics ] By Julia DePinto
Brooklyn for Warren: She’s Got A Plan
38 [ Park Slope Art ] By Julia DePinto
Gowanus Open Studios
42 [ Park Slope Politics] By Sofi a Pipolo
The Reader Profile: Caroline P. Cohen -
46 [ Park Slope Lit ] By Zanthe Taylor
Meet the Writers
50 [ Dispatches from Babyville ] By Nicole Caccavo Kear
Becoming A City Kid
54 [ Eat Local ] By Viviane Eng
Rediscovering Runner and Stone: Homemade
Fare with a Twist
60 [ Park Slope Wellness ] By Swati Singh
It’s the Time of the Season for Yoga
66 [ Real Estate ] By Lindsay Owen
The Stoop: Call the Broker
71 [ Last Word ]
Slope Survey: Ervand Abrahamian
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[EXPLORE BROOKLYN ]
That You Should Not Miss
Salt Marsh Birdwatching
Gold medal nature center
When most people think of the 1936 Berlin Olympics,
it’s Jesse Owens who comes to mind. Only a few, however,
know that the first American medal of those games came
in the “Municipal Planning” portion of the “Arts” competitions:
a silver medal for architect Charles Downing Lay
for his redesign of the Marine Park neighborhood.
It’s true – from 1912 to 1948, athletics-inspired art and
poetry were also Olympic competitions, probably inspired
by the ancient Roman games. Emperor Nero added singing
and poetry to the competition in 66 a.d. He won gold
medals in both, no surprise to anyone.
Marine Park is home to the largest public park in
Brooklyn, and more than half of its 798 acres consists of
salt marshes like those that served as hunting and fishing
grounds for the earliest Native American settlers. (Fire
pits have been discovered that date from 800 to 1400 a.d.)
Later, Dutch settlers also settled here, the marshland
Though springtime is so often hailed as the season of
new beginnings, autumn can play much the same role.
Whether it’s back to school or the workaday grind after
summer’s offering of respite, relaxation, and recreation,
September offers up the chance to re-enter the fray, recharged
for the new challenges and opportunities that
await. “Autumn is the second spring,” French author Albert
Camus once wrote, the moment “when every leaf is
a flower.” In other words, it’s a time when the normal and
everyday can take on a new, even unexpected, beauty.
Seeing what lies near through fresh eyes is a central goal
of my book, 111 Places in Brooklyn That You Must Not
Miss (Emons Publishing). For this issue, I’ve chosen three
chapters that offer the opportunity to do just that.
Along Flushing Avenue, the Brooklyn Navy Yard can
seem like an industrial residue from another time. But step
into BLDG 92, and you’ll have offers the opportunity to
transform your appreciation of this space through a deeper
understanding of its fascinating history. Located over
three floors in the beautifully restored Marine Commandant’s
House, museum exhibits tell not just the story of the
ships built there and their centrality to national historical
chapters, but also the men and women whose toil animated
mammoth vessels like the USS Arizona.
Kings Theatre provides the opportunity to experience
first-hand, in Camus’ terms, an architectural “flower.” Located
along Brooklyn’s central artery, Flatbush Avenue,
the theatre is living proof that age is no barrier to beauty
- or vitality - with well-positioned resources and imagination.
Lying dormant and in decay for decades, the historic
Loew’s show palace has been beautifully preserved and renewed.
A wide range of programming - including Tchaikowsky’s
“Nutcracker” performed by the Moscow Ballet in
early December - offers the opportunity to take in shows
with the jaw-dropping beauty of the Kings as their stunning
Finally, a visit to the Salt Marsh Nature Center, adjacent
to Marine Park, provides a chance to experience the borough
as the indigenous Lenape and the immigrant Dutch
might have in centuries past. High grasses, tidal flows and
migrating birds all add to the atmosphere. Brooklyn moves
at a fast and furious pace, often causing us to focus our
energies on the here-and-now as it unfolds in constantly
changing constructed landscapes. How exhilarating it can
be, then, to pause and take in a parcel of earth in our midst
that preserves a sense of our home from another time.
By John Major with photographs by Ed Lefkowicz
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Movie palace grandeur returns to Flatbush
A magnificent vaudeville and movie palace that formed part
of a traveling MGM entertainment circuit in the New York City
area, the Kings Theatre opened in Flatbush on September 7, 1929
as one of the original five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres.” Changing
economic fortunes for the neighborhood brought gradual decay
until, in 1977, the Kings was closed and abandoned. Left to the
ravages of nature and looters, the Kings lay largely neglected until
2010, when Houston-based ACE Theatrical Group, LLC was
chosen to lead what eventually became a $95-million restoration
project. Vintage architectural elements, including ornate plaster
moldings, pink marble staircases, and the sumptuous honeycomb
ceiling, have been meticulously restored and recreated, and the
original pipe organ console, removed and preserved during the
closure by enthusiasts, is on display.
State-of-the-art stage and sound elements installed have transformed
the Kings into a 3,200-seat theatrical and musical venue
without peer. Largely still undiscovered by Manhattanites, the
Kings offers intimate and smartly curated concerts that will satisfy
baby boomers (The Temptations, The O’Jays), Gen Xers
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Local ships that sailed the world
closely resembling the coastal plains of their homeland.
Though more than three-quarters of Jamaica Bay’s
large estuary wetland has disappeared (mostly due
to development in the 1950s through 1970s), the remaining
18,000 acres play host to more than 325 species
of birds and 50 species of butterflies, including
many migratory birds passing through on their seasonal
Formed in 2000, the Salt Marsh Nature Center is
one of 10 Urban Park Ranger nature centers, making
it ideal as a weekend activity spot for families. Pack a
camera, binoculars, and a water bottle, and head out
onto one of the well-groomed trails, offering a chance
to experience the fragile ecosystem close up. Ramble
through the grasslands alongside briny Gerritsen
Creek. Well-placed benches provide perfect viewing
spots to observe the herons, cormorants, egrets,
ducks, and geese as they make their way among the
shallow waters, as red-winged blackbirds and marsh
hawks soar overhead.
The area along Brooklyn’s East River waterfront can seem to
the uninitiated like a drab expanse of warehouses and docks cut
off from the rest of the borough. Dubbed Vinegar Hill back in the
19th century, an allusion (in this largely Irish neighborhood) to
the Battle of Vinegar Hill that was part of the Irish Rebellion, the
area’s first commercial shipyards were established just after the
Revolutionary War. In 1801, the US government purchased 40
acres and established shipbuilding operations that were central to
the Navy for the next 160-plus years.
BLDG 92 offers a gateway to this fascinating history via a free
exhibit over three floors in the restored Marine Commandant’s
House. As you enter the Navy Yard through a pedestrian gate
along Flushing Avenue, pause to look at this red-bricked gem
originally built in 1857 and designed by Thomas U. Walter, fourth
architect of the US Capitol and responsible for the central dome.
A comprehensive timeline on the exhibition’s first floor frames
the Navy Yard’s history against the nation’s political and social
history. Production here ebbed and flowed alongside the intermittent
winds of war, and several craft help tell that story. Though
built in nearby
Greenpoint, the USS Monitor, the first ironclad steamship built
for the Navy fleet, was outiftted and commissioned here in 1862.
Built at the Navy Yard, the USS Maine was an armored cruiser
commissioned in 1895 but famously sunk during an explosion in
Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898. The battleship USS Arizona,
sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor, was built in Brooklyn over
a 15 month period in 1915 – 16, as was the USS Missouri, built
1941 – 44, where the treaty
to end war with Japan was signed in August 1945.
Don’t miss the third-floor displays, which tell the important
story of the men and women who worked at the Navy Yard. That
spirit of industry and innovation continues today with the 400
businesses now located there.
(Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Pixies), and millennials
(Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver) alike. Historic “happy hour” tours
offer visitors a chance to explore the Kings in more detail with a
glass of wine in hand.
Just up the street, near Church Avenue, are two additional local
landmarks. Erasmus Hall High School (899 – 925 Flatbush Avenue),
founded in 1786, boasts a long list of notable alumni, including
singers Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, actress Mae
West, opera star Beverly Sills, and chess champion Bobby Fischer.
Meanwhile, the Tiffany-studio stained-glass windows of Flatbush
Dutch Reformed Church (890 Flatbush), founded in 1654, commemorate
the many early Dutch families who worshipped there.
The landmarked Art Deco Sears building sits just behind the
Kings on Bedford Avenue.
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Robert Ayers has been a Slope
resident for three years.. He was born
in Britain but he became a citizen
in 2017. He works as an artist and
writer, but devotes most of his time to
Zanthe Taylor is a mother of
daughters, freelance writer and lapsed
dramaturg who grew up in New York
City and has lived in Brooklyn for
15 years. Zanthe volunteers with the
ESOL program at the Brooklyn Public
LIbrary and writes a food blog on
celebratory meals from around the
world at The Festive Food Project.
Her writing on food and parenting
has been published on the Huffington
Post and the Washington Post, among
John Major writes about art and
culture, especially events and places
in Brooklyn, his home for the last
12 years. Originally from southern
Ohio, John is a dedicated explorer of
cities. Among his favorites are London
(which he called home for a dozen
years), Barcelona, Rome, and Paris.
He is determined to never lose the
sense of wonder from being a curious
explorer, both at home and abroad.
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Lindsay Owen Is originally from
London, she moved to Park Slope
in 2010. After delivering countless
babies (she’s a former midwife) she
now delivers homes, working as a real
estate agent with Compass in Brooklyn
and Manhattan. She can be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org for all
things real estate related and maybe a
cup of tea. Brits love tea.
Swati Singh writes on spirituality
that is interspersed in every element
around us. She has written for many
magazines and e-zines such as Science of
Mind, New York Spirit, Saevus Wildlife, Prana
World, Mind Body Green and more. When
she is not busy finding nothingness,
she is here-- swati2610.wordpress.
com, @swati2610 and fb.com/
Nicole Caccavo Kear contributes
regularly to Parents and American Baby,
as well as Salon and Babble in between
her dispatches at the Reader. You can
keep up with her misadventures in
Mommydom on her blog, A Mom
Amok (amomamok.com). A native of
Brooklyn, she lives in the Slope with
her three firecracker kids, one very
patient husband, and an apparently
immortal hermit crab.
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A native New Englander who
eventually moved to Brooklyn with
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that color life in the boroughs with his
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Brett Hobsen is a comic artist and
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He works mostly traditionally and
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THE CITY WITHIN
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Williamsburg, 2014 by Alex Webb
Any book with the word Brooklyn in its title is special for those of us who are fortunate
enough to live here. This one has particular relevance to readers of the Park Slope
Reader however not only because the couple who made it are our immediate neighbors,
but because The City Within that they refer to in their title is “the green heart of
the borough: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Green-Wood Cemetery”.
This is, almost literally, two books in one. Rebecca Norris Webb’s photographs and
words that focus on our green spaces are even printed on slightly smaller-sized pages
bound like a sandwich in the center of the volume, whereas Alex Webb’s rather bigger
share of the book takes him on forays across our entire borough.
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He returns repeatedly not simply to Brooklyn’s complex diversities,
but to the beguiling contradictions that are reconciled
here on a daily basis, or in
the case of his remarkable
photographs, in the blink of
an eye or a camera shutter. In
fact he goes out of his way to
accentuate what he calls the
“quotidian, yet sometimes
enigmatic, world around
me” in the images here. In
the visual cacophony of an
image captioned Williamsburg,
2014 for example, the space is
chopped up by construction
barriers, a lamp post, and the
entrance to Bedford Avenue
subway station, while it is simultaneously dragged back
together by the fragments of graffiti and stickers that cover
everything that has stayed still long enough to be covered in
them. And then, in a weird sort of pictorial alchemy, a shirtless
eighties-era muscle man pasted to the wall seems momentarily
the twin of a young guy striding determinedly out of the right
of the picture frame while he lifts his Nike t-shirt and scratches
his toned belly.
Gowanus, 2016 by Alex Webb
So this is more than a book
that confirms how remarkable
our borough is, it is a book that
makes us realize that Brooklyn
is even more than we imagined.
A few of Rebecca Norris Webb’s images are a little simpler.
There is for example her gorgeous Mute Swan, though even
here a strange rectangular
pink glow falls on the swan’s
back and makes the image
somewhat enigmatic. More
often she treats us to wonderful
through her use of deep
spaces filled with details at
different scales, some in and
some out of focus. And she is
a virtuoso of the bewitching
reflection in photographs
like Shimmering in which the
illuminated ceiling of the
LeFrak Center skating rink is
somehow seen as though floating in a spectacular evening sky.
Even if this was the only image in the book it would be well
worth the cover price.
Fortunately there are more than eighty other images here, a
number of which – like Shimmering – I cannot work out how
they were created, and one or two of which – like Alex Webb’s
view of Gowanus, 2016 – juggle fleeting reflections in an equally
entertaining way. Having enjoyed this photograph will make
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my F train ride into Manhattan forever a little different.
Reflections are also present in Rebecca Norris Webb’s poems
and short sections of prose: reflections of the work of other
writers, of their lives and
experiences, and – more
obviously – of the world that
is Brooklyn that she knows
as well as most of us do.
Sometimes the pages of text
that appears in books filled
with photographs are little
more than negligible footnotes.
That is far from the
case here, and Norris Webb’s
use of language is exquisite.
When she describes looking
down into the darkness
from an airplane and “Prospect
Park passes beneath
like a great dark ship,” or
asks “Can the rain multiply
anything that’s blue?” then it is obvious that hers is a genuinely
cross-disciplinary art in which, to quote Alex Webb’s brief
preface, “words and pictures create places where landscape
and memory, history and reverie meet.”
The recurrent delight that this book offers is the chance to
see things differently. Differently to how we had seen them
before, and even differently to how we imagined they were.
In its pages we find a building-wide mural weirdly echoed in
the Scotch tape wrapped around a telephone pole; a woman
dressed as a somewhat
fanciful version of a lobster
while another strips down
to her bathing costume; a
raccoon high in the branches
of a tree, its eyes glowing
ghostly in the darkness;
and two serious little girls
dressed for the Ragamuffin
Parade while behind them
on the sidewalk a couple of
bekilted gentlemen play the
So this is more than a book
that confirms how remarkable
our borough is, it is a
Shimmering by Rebecca Norris Webb
book that makes us realize
that Brooklyn is even more than we imagined. Or perhaps
for each of us our personal City Within is the mixture of what
we know and what we imagine. So, to give the final words to
Rebecca Norris Webb, “I wonder how many of us now – this
moment in Brooklyn – find ourselves inhabiting two worlds at
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“BROOKLYN FOR WARREN:
SHE’S GOT A PLAN.”
A local member
of Brooklyn for
Warren outside the
Park Slope Food Coop
“If you support Elizabeth Warren, what is your plan?
She’s got a plan; what is yours?”
This is the mantra of grassroots organization, Brooklyn for
Warren, a group of Brooklyn- based activists who are ALL IN
for a Warren- 2020 Presidency. The preliminary idea for the
canvassing chapter began in April 2019, not long after the
Massachusetts Senator brought her presidential campaign to
Long Island City. This is the same city where Amazon withdrew
their plans to build a corporate campus, a decision Warren
supported. Founder of Brooklyn for Warren, Milo, began
holding sessions in his Brooklyn home, inviting the public to
join in conversations regarding the need for structural change.
These conversations led to the discussions of a future- America
under a Warren Presidency. Networking with the digital
community of “All In for Warren” quickly spread the word to
Warren supporters living in
the five boroughs, that a local
group was organizing. By June
the small group was visible to
the public, in ways of canvassing,
marching in parades,
hosting happy hours events,
and spreading their work
throughout Brooklyn. They
are also visible on multiple
social media platforms and are
recognized for crafting “Elizabeth
Meme Plan,” a database of
appropriated images that pair
Warren’s policies with pop
“We are all about creating
visibility,” says Milo. “Warren
appeals to ALL people and protects
ALL people. This is why
we are building a community of her supporters. We want to
help her become the next President of the United States.”
We connected with the leaders of Brooklyn for Warren’s Policy
and Social Media Teams to discuss the fundamentals of grassroots
organizing, and to learn more about Warren’s plans for
structural change. We wondered how her plans might affect
the five boroughs.
*As a note, Brooklyn for Warren is not part of Senator Warren’s
official campaign and cannot speak directly for her or
her campaign. They do not have insider knowledge into policies
that have not already been made public. The following
questions and answers include policy proposals that Warren
has publicly discussed.
(PSR): In a little over four months time, Brooklyn for
Warren has grown from an idea to a dynamic grass-
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roots organization with seven teams, 17 team leaders,
and an email list t with over 1,300 subscribers. Can
you tell me how the policy team evolved?
(BFW) I attended the second house party hosted by Milo, back
in April. As we began to grown, we developed our “Policy of
the Week” segment for our biweekly happy hours. These sessions
teach volunteers about one of Senator Warren’s policy
proposals and give them talking points for how to discuss
them when they are out canvassing, phone banking, or tabling.
As the program quickly developed, it became clear that
we should have a dedicated policy team, which I now co-lead.
We organize the policy of the week segments and are working
on additional tools to give volunteers easily digested summaries
of Warren’s policies.
(PSR): What is the impact social media can have on
a campaign? Do you have any examples of how social
media has increased awareness of Senator Warren’s
presence, policies, and presidential campaign in
(BFW): It helps us organize events and get people involved
and active. Warren herself tweeted out about our presence in
Prospect Park with Cardboard Liz a couple of months ago. It
definitely helped raise attention to what we’re doing here in
Brooklyn. I have great conversations via DM (direct message)
on a daily basis with people wanting to not only get more involved,
but also wanting learn about her plans. Some of these
people reach out because they feel more comfortable with
one-on-one conversations. Also, people have been offering
to send homemade Warren merchandise including buttons,
stickers, and bath towels as a token of appreciation for our
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(PSR): How is Senator Warren going to help rebuild
state and local infrastructure? Are there any plans to
rebuild infrastructure in NYC?
(BFW): Senator Warren has not released an infrastructure-specific
plan, but a number of her plans
address infrastructure in various ways.
For instance, her plan for rural America
invests $85 billion to create a public
option for Broadband Internet access.
Her green manufacturing plan invests
$2 trillion over the next ten years into
green energy research, green energy
manufacturing, and exporting that
technology around the world. Much
of this, necessarily, would be devoted
to infrastructure in various ways. Her
plan for economic patriotism would
create millions of good-paying domestic jobs.
(PSR): There are massive shortages of affordable
housing across the country. NYC’s affordability crisis
affects New Yorkers of nearly every income group in
every community across the five boroughs. Does Senator
Warren have a plan to combat high rent and lack
of affordable housing in NYC?
(BFW): Her plan is a national one, not specific to NYC, but
it would certainly help the severe lack of affordable housing
we face here. The plan would make a historic investment in
affordable housing that would bring rent down by 10% across
America. It also creates 1.5 million new jobs through construction
and rehabilitation of affordable housing and addresses
the historic impact of the racist and discriminatory policy of
redlining, where the government subsidized mortgages for
white families, but not black and brown families. Warren will
subsidize down payments for first time homebuyers in historically
redlined communities, which will help close the wealth
gap between black and white families. It is fully paid for by
imposing an estate tax on inheritances over $7m.
(PSR): Warren’s own story is not unlike the stories
of many working- class Americans and single- parent
families who struggle economically. How does she
appeal to voters differently than her opponents?
(BFW) Warren’s approach and tactics become a part of every
conversation. She is able to communicate through ideas, not
guise or rhetoric. Current and previous Presidents have based
their politics on slogans like “hope” and “great.” Warren’s
politics are based on ideas and plans, not slogans. She’s really
in charge of the conversations, and if you have something that
is consistent and tangibly sound, then you can speak to all
(PSR): There are a number of Democratic presidential
candidates who effectively speak to core American
values and present a strong vision for the future of
our country’s economy. What makes Senator Warren
especially unique to the other presidential candidates?
(BFW): The thing about Senator Warren is that, although it
looks like she has all these plans to solve
all these different problems, at their
core, every single one of her plans is
addressed at fixing one core problem--
the vast inequality in American society.
It’s the problem that she has spent her
entire career studying and trying to
remedy. What makes her array of plans
different than in any other campaign
we’ve seen is that they resonate with
people--they’re not just a disparate
array of white papers--they show that
she has a deep understanding of all the
different ways people are hurt by inequality, whether it is the
racist history of redlining, the huge power imbalance between
the 1% and everyone else, the ways corporations have changed
the rules of the game to their advantage, the ways working
mothers are held back by the lack of child care, and so many
more. And they present an optimistic vision of how our
society can be equal. While her plans are bold and visionary,
they are also very practical. They are fully paid for, and she has
talked about the need to eliminate the filibuster, so that they
can actually become law.
I believe down to my toes (to borrow Warren’s phrase) that
once people get to know Senator Warren, those who are open
to having their minds changed will become convinced that
she is an exceptional candidate who really stands out from the
rest. There was some interesting polling earlier this summer
that measured how closely people were paying attention to the
primary--among those paying the closest attention, Warren
was in the lead. To me, that says that once people have the
opportunity to learn about her, many of them will end up
supporting her because of the strength of her ideas and conviction,
her toughness, her record of getting things done, and
her innate goodness that just shines through.
(PSR): How can our readers contribute to your cause?
(BFW): We welcome anyone of any ability. Everyone has
something to give for the fight-- we see it daily in our group.
From broke students to those who are able to do more than
their $2,800 campaign limit. We welcome those in Park Slope
and elsewhere who want to use their energy to support the
strongest economic and social justice candidate to represent
ALL of Brooklyn. Our success is based on community- building
around Elizabeth Warren, and our team members are all a
reflection of her. It’s a further testimonial to her inspirational
personality and candidacy, and to the people who have come
together to build something. It’s a positive reinforcement
For more information on Brooklyn for Warren, including upcoming
events and ways to contribute, please visit: brooklynforwarren.org.
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PARK SLOPE ART
GOWANUS OPEN STUDIOS
Kevin R. Frech, Commune, Video
The first time I spoke with Johnny was to confirm my participation in Gowanus
Open Studios, a wonderful yearly event sponsored by Arts Gowanus. The annual
mid-October event draws people of all ages and backgrounds from all five boroughs.
It provides artists opportunities to network, while giving the public access to
creative interaction in their spaces.
As a visual artist who occupies a 96 square-foot studio space in an old industrial
warehouse, I’m new to the Gowanus art scene. I moved to Brooklyn in the spring of
2018, but like many artists, I was unable to secure a studio space until the following
year. “You’re not alone,” Johnny later told me. “The scene is always in flux. Artists
have occupied industrial and commercial buildings in our neighborhood for many,
many years, but have also been continually pushed out of their spaces due to new
development and the ever-evolving gentrification of our community. But artists are
resourceful; we’re good at finding new spaces for creating, regardless of whatever
barrier is holding us back.”
Johnny Thornton is the Program Director of Arts Gowanus, a nonprofit organization
that advocates for local artists by organizing events to promote and sustain the
multi-disciplinary art communities of Brooklyn. Part of their mission is to keep
artists in Gowanus and neighboring areas through artist-toartist relationships,
monthly networking, workshops, fundraisers, exhibitions, and collaborations.
Johnny spoke about a small group of artists in the 90s who revolutionized the event
long before Arts Gowanus became the organization it is today.
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For decades, New York City artists have struggled to
find affordable studio spaces; usually seeking unused
spaces in vacant buildings in disused neighborhoods.
According to Johnny, “The problem with this pattern
is that new developments come in and raise the rent
so much that artists cannot afford to stay. Economic
growth and gentrification tend to follow artists, but then
push them out, creating a destructive cycle. This is how
Open Studios was formed. Artists were seeking to form
a community in a developing city that was also forcing
background. The drawings and paintings were on various
sizes of paper and canvas and covered every inch of the
space, from the corners of the ceiling to the cracks in the
floor. Stools, chairs, and easels were also painted, getting
lost in the mammoth installation. I felt I had entered a
dreamscape or memory. But it wasn’t my memory; it was
Johnny’s. I stood in silence for a few minutes, trying to
make sense of my surroundings. To contextualize the
immersive installation and my immediate reaction is to
say that it was quite unsettling. It was a meditation of a
medical document, drawn in visual language, void of any
Soon after relocating to New York for graduate school,
Johnny was diagnosed with an illness that changed
the trajectory of his art career. As a once active, hyperrealistic
portrait painter, he was suddenly limited to
create within the barriers of physical mobility. Though
his health began to deteriorate, he found catharsis in the
repetitive act of drawing the circular cells. In his words,
“My illness changed the way I work entirely.” This too
made me look differently at Johnny’s art. His health has
since improved, and I can now look at the artworks as a
Gowanus Open Studios is now celebrating 23
successful years. This year’s Open Studio event takes
place the weekend of October 19 & 20 from 12:00
pm- 6:00 pm. The event is open to all ages and
welcomes those who are interested in the process of
art-making, collecting, or simply want to get a
glimpse into the lives of local artists. Take time to
come and explore the arts during this magical fall
weekend. You’ll be glad you did!
Johnny Thornton; Studio View & Installation of Cells
them out.” This problem is not unique to the majority of
New York residents. We live in a city where housing costs
rise much faster than incomes. Massive shortages of
affordable housing have affected many communities in
the five boroughs.
I met Johnny outside of his studio, which is housed in a
restored factory building that hosts private and shared
spaces for artists to create, collaborate and exhibit. He
walked me through a gated back entrance, through a
long hallway, and into his studio-- a space that I was not
entirely prepared to enter. Narrow and rectangular with
tall ceilings, it was filled with paintings of overlapping
red blood cells, loosely rendered and aggressively
outlined in a thick, black paint against a white
In the corner of Johnny’s studio, placed casually
against the sea of blood cell paintings, are stacks of
painted canvas. These highly emotive paintings depict
human forms, contrasting elements of physical and
psychological identities. The gray figures are vulnerable;
they open themselves up to the artist, but gaze past the
viewer, attempting to avoid eye contact. Thick, black
gestural marks lie on top of the figures, loosely outlining
the contours of the body. Johnny describes the new
works as“explorations of the constructed self through
the lens of corporeal degradation and contemporary
I asked Johnny what viewers could expect to see this year
at Open Studios. He responded by showing me a largescale
painting of gestural blacks lines juxtaposed a white
Johnny isn’t the only artist preparing for Open Studios.
Brooklyn-based, multi-disciplinary artist,
Jenn Schmidt and video artist, Ken Frech are also
preparing their studios for visitors this fall.
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and all too relatable. Technology is meant
to connect us but it also has the potential to
isolate us. I watched the video several times
through before being interrupted by my own
Another piece, Foundation and Empire,
features a single-channel HD video that
speaks to issues of global warming and ways
that money reshapes our world. In the video,
Frech suspends ten, $100 bills in a block of ice
and uses time-lapse to capture the melting.
Unmistakenly paralleling climate change;
as the cash becomes exposed to warmer
temperatures, the ice melts, causing the entire
structure to become unsustainable.
Jenn Schmidt; Studio View
Jenn works in print-media, graphic design, sound, video,
and site-specific installation. Entering her studio feels like
entering a memoir of the natural world, albeit wrapped
in patterns of psychedelic color and phenomenon.
Her work questions the role of visual iconography and
repetitive actions within a given environment. Prints
on cotton fabric reference the physical body and are
reminiscent of long walks through fields in Belgium,
which is where she connects ideals of femininity and
Jenn showed me multi-faceted images of weeds,
flowers and pinecones; all are elements of nature
that find balance between echo and ecofeminism.
The performative act of collecting weeds encouraged
Jenn to consider ways in which women identify with
nature. “It’s like a protection of self,” she explained.
“The persistence of weeds is a global concept. Often
overlooked, they exist in space and in between spaces.”
Viewers can expect to see Jenn’s newest monumental
artworks, completed recently at an artists’ residency in
Belgium. They may even hear echoes of Corita Kent’s
famous words, “Flowers grow out of dark moments.”
When I visited Kevin Frech, he was arranging monitors
and sets of headphones. Kevin’s work examines the
social practices of Western contemporary society. As
technology improves communication, it also alienates us
from one another and our natural world; regardless, we
continue consuming its resources. Commune involves
a single-channel HD video with stereo sound, and
depicts an assemblage of adults consumed by their
smartphones. The piece is compelling, mesmerizing,
I spoke with Kevin about his work and what he
hopes his art will convey to visitors. He stated
that the videos function on multiple levels,
and that he tries to make art that everyone
can relate to. He noted that in previous years,
children and youth have identified with his
work and understood the difficulty and
absurdity of the pieces.
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PARK SLOPE PROFILE
Caroline P. Cohen
When I spoke with Caroline, she was in the midst of another busy day, riding in the car with her familyhusband,
Steve, and two children, Daschel and CiCi. And even over the phone, I could tell she was full
of energy, inspiration, and self-assurance. Back in April, Caroline won first out of four in the Primary
Election for Civil Court Judge. Now, she running unopposed in the November General Election. She
contributes this major achievement to her honest engagement with the Brooklyn community.
— By Sofia Pipolo, pics by Julia DePinto —
For the past two years, Caroline has been a trusted Civil Rights
Attorney, working for a small, “Feminist Litigation Firm.” What’s
that mean? Well, exactly what you would hope. A legal firm
that advises and represents those that have been discriminated
against in the workplace - be it sexually harassed, because of their
status as a caregiver, or for their maternity status. Caroline sites
this leap into law and politics as the best professional decision
she has ever made.
She then quotes Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in
the world.” After the 2016 election, Caroline, like many others,
felt a call to action. “I couldn’t be as mad as I was and not
try to move into a
position that could
affect greater good.”
many of Caroline’s
about how she
and takes things
Ironically, these are
often the excuses
people have for not
electing women into
positions of power.
But Caroline is
her feelings. Aside
from showcasing a
sense of humanity,
them as an opportunity
to translate emotions into a passion and dedication for positive
change. “I was filled with rage. But still, you turn that into
something else. It would be a greater tragedy just to take those
feelings and be like ‘Oh well, this is the world we live in now.’ No,
you take it and you do more with it.”
Soon after, she called her brother saying, “Well, I guess I am
running for office now.”
Similarly, Caroline’s desire to move into law came from
her own mother’s inability to pursue higher education and
a professional career as an attorney. Caroline states that the
death of her mother, Carol, was the most defining moment
of her life, because of the parallel similarities she saw between
her moment of loss and her mother’s. Carol had applied to law
school, but ultimately her father did not support it, saying “You
have been educated enough. That’s it. Hard stop.” In the end,
she moved on to be a successful businesswoman, but still, this
loss was continuously prominent in the determination to pass
on strength to her children. Caroline says, “She saw a lot in me
what she saw in herself - a focus, and dedication, and just a belief
that you can do it.”
Amongst the great values inherited from her mother is the
belief that “you don’t take shit from anybody.” Caroline too
wishes to deliver this energetic self-assurance to others. She
speaks to me about the need to claim your identity and power.
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“Be fearless when you’re speaking with people who are dismissive
of you.” I can image Caroline working with her clients, giving
them the same spirited motivation that her words project;
providing them the opportunity, access, and tools to pursue that
which other’s have tried to take away. And Caroline brings this
ferocious devotion to all aspects of her life.
“This cycle I hope to give to my clients, that I hope to give to
my children, that I hope to give to my constituents is that if you
come before me as a judge you will be heard, if you are my client
I will fight for you, if you’re my child I will empower you to speak
for yourself and speak for others.”
Of course, the
transition has not
always been easy.
It continues to
involve months of
long days as it was
never an option to
take off of work for
Caroline - she says,
“My ladies need me.”
So while holding
her 9 to 5 hours, she
on the subways in
the morning, knock
on doors in the
evenings, and end
her day with team
9:30 and 11 PM. An
work schedule for a
mother raising a 6
and 4 ¾-year-old. But
as Caroline states, “I
am the definition of ‘It
takes a village.’ And when I ask her children if they think it’s cool
to see their mom talking with all these people and doing this big
job for the city, rising pre-schooler CiCi replies, “Pretty much.”
Caroline with her campaign team including NYS Senate Candidate Josue Pierre
In the same way that the community has supported her,
as Civil Court Judge, Caroline is focused on giving back and
engaging the community. “And not just during the campaign,
I think that’s a bunch of garbage. You have to be dedicated to
reach out to all the corners of the community if you are going be
a public servant and seek to represent them.” Caroline has made
a major effort to connect with Brooklyn individuals in order
to understand the nuances of each community. For example,
providing comprehensive relief to the multi-decade affordable
housing crisis or directly dealing with Islamaphobia in the
Muslim community. She has been endorsed by Brooklyn Young
Democrats, LGBTQ organizations- the Lambda Independent
Democrats of Brooklyn and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic
Club, and the Shirley Chisholm Democratic Club. “What I
can bring [to Civil Court Judge position] is a perspective and
understanding of whom my constituents are. And it comes from
living here. I have lived in Flatbush for 10 years. It’s a great joy to
me and my family to continue to be involved in the community.”
As part of her community engagement Caroline co-founded
Ditmas Art, a mixed media arts organization focused on political
discourse. So, we wrapped up our conversation with a question
that as a media creator I often ask others: What do you believe
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the goal of art and media should be? For
me, the goal is to create work the provokes
empathy. Caroline began by telling me a
story of a former Art History professor
who hated Steven Speilberg films, because
“They told you how to feel.” However, she
finds a distinction between this control
and engaging one’s audience to make them
think in a new way. She states, “It’s all about
opening up dialogue. And that was really
the point of opening up this art salon in our
house. Because we were a community who
were bereft from the 2016 election. And I use
that word purposefully.”
She again recalls the night of the 2016
election with the deeply personal memory of
retreating to her upstairs bathroom, so her
son would not have to see her cry. In those
moments, fear took hold equivalent to that
when she learned her mother had stage four
metastatic cancer. “It felt like the world had shifted under my
feet. So I wanted to create a space for people to bring their ideas…
And to allow them to begin to formulate thoughts. Because
people were grieving. And it was an opportunity for people to
“So, I think, in its best form art is just an opportunity for
people to allow their thoughts to flow.”
Caroline’s thoughts, too, flow from her with purpose
and energy as she speaks with me about these challenges,
accomplishments, and sentiments. All which motivate her to
bring that same confidence to others- confidence not only that
she will fulfill her role as Civil Court Judge, but promise that
in doing so every individual will gain a stronger, louder, and
recognized voice. In our conversation, again and again, Caroline
would proudly proclaim, “I love what I do!” Indulging in stories
of the people, places, and experience that brought her to where
she is today.
“I am very aware that I am indebted to the community. I owe
everything to this community. It is helping me raise my children.
It provided me a platform to meet my boss- who I met in my
oldest child’s moms group. It has given me a spiritual stronghold
in moments of political disbelief. And that love and dedication
will translate to love and dedication on the bench.”q
To learn more about Caroline’s Campaign go to cohenforjudge2019.
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PARK SLOPE LIT
Across New York City, Students
George O’Connor poses with 6th graders at Hamilton Grange Middle School in Harlem.
MEET THE WRITERS
Jacqueline Woodson greets middle school fans at Seth Low IS 96 in Brooklyn.
By Zanthe Taylor
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Meet the Writers, which began with a single school in the spring of 2015, has so far reached 12,000
New York City preK-8th grade public school children in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan,
with a particular emphasis on Title 1 schools, where a majority of students live in low-income homes.
Michele Weisman can remember back to a time before she became
show O’Connor their work.
a book person. Growing up, her family preferred watch-
The Olympians school visit is a perfect illustration of how
ing TV to turning pages. But in seventh grade at Baltimore’s Meet the Writers excels: Weisman works in close partnership
Pikesville Junior High she encountered books like Animal Farm with each school to find a writer who matches both the students
and experienced the joys of critical reading for the first time. and the setting. “There’s no one formula I follow,” Weisman
Books became central to her long career as a graphic designer
and art director for many prestigious children’s publishers demographics with her extensive rolodex of writers and illus-
explains. Instead, she pairs her knowledge of a school and its
including Children’s Television
Workshop, Time For Kids,
through visits to book festivals
and Highlights for Children.
and contacts with publishers--to
make each match. She’s
“Middle school can change
your direction,” Weisman says
brought authors of all races,
now, reflecting on how much
ages, and genders into schools;
changed for her when she began
loving books. She’s made
Cam Jansen series, David A.
from the author of the popular
that realization her life’s mission,
spending the last four
and author Sonia Manzano.
Adler, to Sesame Street actress
years connecting 12,000 New
Setting also dictates her planning.
York City schoolchildren with
books and authors through
students encounter a writer in
Meet the Writers, Inc., the
an auditorium, a big personality
like O’Connor goes over like
non-profit organization she
founded in 2015.
gangbusters; for kindergarteners,
In the auditorium at Hamilton
Grange Middle School
on West 138th Street one fall
morning there’s a buzz in the
air, the slightly unruly kind of
noise particular when groups
of tweens gather. As students
pour in, each clutching a volume
from the Olympians series
of graphic novels about
Greek mythology, they curiously
eye the man on stage
next to a blank sketchbook
on an easel. Once they’re seated
Illustrator Bryan Collier engages 3rd graders in the Bronx.
an author may travel
from classroom to classroom,
speaking to small groups sitting
on the rug and answering
questions the children have
prepared in advance. Whether
discussing a sweet picture
book or a challenging young
adult novel, coming face-toface
with its author piques the
students’ interest in a more
personal way from words or
pictures on the page. For many
of these students, Meet the Writers
and the chatter settles to a low hum, George O’Connor, the
author and illustrator of the Olympians, launches into a bravura
presentation. Gesturing energetically, joking around, soliciting
provides their first introduction to a real-life writer or artist
and expands their world of role models to include the creators
responses from the students, and sketching virtuosically,
Weisman also works hard to choose authors in whom the
O’Connor quickly has the whole auditorium in the palm of his students can see themselves, whether because of their background
or subject matter, and the writers in turn emphasize
hand. Students are laughing and nodding along with his rapid-fire
banter, and even the teachers, staff, and administrators how to pursue a creative passion and turn it into a job. Authors
standing in the back are charmed and entertained. With plain describe their different writing styles in accessible, entertaining
paper and a black Sharpie, O’Connor brings Greek mythology
to life. After his presentation, he stays for almost two hours, and emphasize the hard but essential work of editing. Students
ways-some are planners, while others are more spontaneoustalking
with every student and signing every single book with are fascinated not only by each book’s content, but by the life
a sketch of each student’s favorite god or goddess. Some more and career of the author, and often by the publishing process
extroverted students joke around with him, while a few quieter as well: “How much money do you make?” they ask, or “Did
children confide how much they also like to draw and ask to
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Ruth Chan meets 1st graders and signs books at Sunset Park School in Brooklyn.
you choose the picture on the cover?” The authors’ generous and
honest answers clearly set wheels turning in the students’ minds.
Perhaps some will become writers or artists themselves, while others
are sparked by thinking about the business of books for the
first time. Whether students consider themselves nascent authors
or not, there is value in these visits for each of them.
Meet the Writers, which began with a single school in the
spring of 2015, has so far reached 12,000 New York City preK-
8th grade public school children in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx,
and Manhattan, with a particular emphasis on Title 1 schools,
where a majority of students live in low-income homes. It has also
helped provide 4,000 signed books: one of Weisman’s main goals
for the future is to be able to hand a book to every student she
serves. From that first school visit in 2015, the program now has
forty events scheduled for the 2019-20 school year, and Weisman
expects that number to grow. Because Meet the Writers operates
with extremely low overhead cost, it has relied so far on small
grants and prize money, as well as the generosity of individual
small donors. Weisman hopes an increase in funding will help
her grow the program, not only in numbers of books but also in
increasing the number of schools and students it reaches. In addition
to the strong presence in elementary and middle schools,
she recently began discussions with a high school, which would be
Meet the Writers’ first. They are also hoping to add Staten Island
and complete the mission of reaching New York students in all
five boroughs. Meet the Writers is now actively looking for strategic
partnerships with complementary organizations focusing on
literacy and education--a recent collaboration with Read Alliance
brought author/illustrator Ruth Chan to meet elementary students
and their high school reading buddies.
“This feels like my small way of moving the needle,” Weisman
explains. It’s creative act of social activism in a climate that too
often feels hostile to the needs of children and the less privileged.
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Michele Weisman, Founder and
Meet the Writers has also
been a way to distill her
life’s experience, from a career
focused on educational
publishing, to her time
volunteering with P.S. 321’s
author visits, to her term as
PTA co-president at Hunter
College High School. Weisman
found herself craving
both new challenges and
new meaning in her work,
and the timing seemed ideal
as her children approached
the end of high school. “I
turned fifty, started running,
and wanted to reinvent
and recharge myself,” Weisman says, and with Meet the Writers,
she has turned that extensive energy and dedication to the
service of New York City’s children. Whether meeting award-winning
authors like Jacqueline Woodson or Elizabeth Acevedo, both
of whom grew up in New York City themselves, or writers who’ve
traveled- sometimes across the country- to speak with them, New
York’s public school students are enriched by one woman’s mission:
to help them find the joy of becoming book people themselves.
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[ DISPATCHES FROM BABYVILLE ]
BECOMING A CITY KID
I hover. As a mother, I mean. Sometimes I try not to, and sometimes I lean into it
but either way, it’s my instinct. I was raised by hoverers. I was also raised in Staten
Island. These facts are unrelated but relevant to my point which is: I grew up in the
city but was not a city kid – at least not until I started high school in Manhattan. I was
neither sophisticated, nor saavy, nor independently mobile.
Even as a little girl. I loved Manhattan – the lights! the smells! the
people everywhere! – but I didn’t develop a borough inferiority
complex until later, when I was in middle school. This, of course, is
when one is most susceptible to developing complexes.
My parents would drive me over the Verrazano into Bay Ridge every
morning, and I would dream we’d keep going until we crossed that
cathedral of bridges, with its twinned arches, into the glittering
metropolis of Manhattan. I had a small town girl’s adoration of
the city, which was stoked by my favorite sitcom, Mad About You.
Nothing could be better, I thought, than to live in a doorman
building and order Chinese food every other night. That was the
life I wanted.
And that life was mine, every time I visited my aunt, uncle and
two cousins in their apartment on East 78th Street. I visited them
frequently, for weeks at a time in the summer, like some kind of
reverse Fresh Air Kid. When I was in high school, for almost three
years, I lived with them Monday through Friday, because it took
me just thirty minutes to get to school instead of an hour and a
half and three modes of public transportation – bus, train and,
Staying at my aunt’s apartment was like living in a Mad About You
episode. I would greet the doorman on my way in, take the elevator
sixteen stories up and gorge myself on Chicken Chow Fun and
Moo Shu Pork from takeout containers.
I even had a building bestie, Leah Goldstein. Leah was just my age
and lived four floors below us. Leah was a city kid. She enjoyed an
independence I dared not dream of. She walked places by herself.
She took buses unsupervised. She had HBO and was permitted to
watch anything she wanted, including Fatal Attraction.
I was fairly successful at fitting in with Leah and her savvy,
independent friends, but a close look would have revealed I was an
impostor. For example, I made it through all of Fatal Attraction
without closing my eyes, but had nightmares for months afterward.
If I’m being honest, my palms still get a little clammy when I look
in a bathroom mirror.
One weekend afternoon, when I was about eleven, I was hanging
out at Leah’s apartment, with her and her friends, when someone
suggested we go out for lunch.
“Ooooh, we should go to Hard Rock,” said a girl with killer bangs.
There were murmurs of agreement and within minutes, feet were
being shoved in shoes.
“Let me just go grab my wallet,” I said. “Don’t leave without me.”
I raced upstairs, beginning my begging before the door was even
closed behind me. My mother was called. My request was denied.
I implored my mother. I bargained with her, I appealed to her basic
“You can go,” she said. “As long as your aunt goes with you.”
It was a preposterous idea. It was like offering someone a freshlybaked
chocolate cake that was full of dysentery. I told her as much,
and amped up the waterworks. I was then, and am now, a fast and
“What if,” my aunt chimed in. “What if Harry and I just happen to
have lunch at Hard Rock too? At the same time? We won’t sit with
you. We’ll just be there, on our own.”
“Because the food is so good,” my uncle Harry said. “And not at all
Beggars can’t be choosers. People who have never been to the
mysterious but inarguably incredible place called “Hard Rock”
must find a way there, even if they are accompanied by a secret
“All right,” I agreed, grabbing my wallet. “Just walk really far
behind us. And don’t- you know- talk to me. Or look at me too
much. From now on, we’re strangers.”
I still don’t understand why they caved to my outrageous demands,
but a few minutes later, we were taking separate elevators down to
the lobby, where I rejoined the group. To my horror, they’d decided
in my absence we were going to take a cab to the restaurant. Which
was not part of the plan I’d thrown together with my aunt.
But, I reasoned, this is what city kids do. They probably come out of
the womb hailing taxis. And so, throwing a discrete and apologetic
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[ DISpatches from babyville ]
glance at my aunt and uncle, who were waiting in the lobby, I piled
into the taxi with the other kids.
I wasn’t privy to the part where my aunt and uncle raced for the
next taxi and yelled, “Follow that cab!” All I know is that soon after
our group was seated at a large round table in the big, boisterous
dining area of the Hard Rock Café- every bit as cool as I’d imaginedmy
aunt and uncle walked in and were ushered to a table on the
I followed suit as Leah and the other kids ordered burgers, fries,
milkshakes. It was, I thought, the best meal I’d ever eaten. The
burgers were juicier, the fries crispier, the milkshakes creamier
than their outer borough counterparts. I felt so suddenly grownup.
I was keenly aware that I was in the middle of an important
I would never be the same after dining (mostly) unsupervised at
the coolest restaurant in the coolest city in the world. After this
meal, I’d be an adult. A saavy, sophisticated adult. I’d be ready to
pay rent for a studio apartment and tell tourists the fastest way to
get to Bleecker Street from anywhere. It was a straight shot from
here to Mad-About-You city -iving bliss.
And then the waitress brought our bill.
We were short. Significantly so.
“You guys, we forgot about tax!” shrieked Leah.
“Well, isn't that, like, optional? Like a tip?” one of her friends
Panic percolated among the group as it was concluded that tax was
not optional. What would happen to us now? Would the waitress
call the police? Would we have to wash dishes?
I glanced up and found my aunt and uncle paying their own bill.
They’d just turned from a liability to an ass-saving asset.
“Oh my God, you guys!” I exclaimed to the group. “This is so crazy
but . . . I think that’s my aunt and uncle up there.” I pointed to
their table. “How weird is that? They must be eating here too!”
“Can you ask them to lend us some money?” Leah asked.
“Yeah, sure,” I agreed.
My aunt and uncle did not bother to mask their delight at this
“Sorry,” my uncle teased. “But we have no idea who you are. We’re
just perfect strangers enjoying a delicious lunch at the worldfamous
Hard Rock Café.”
Back then, I didn’t understand this delight. Now that I’m a mother
of kids around this age, I understand it all too well. It’s not just the
simple satisfaction of being able to wield an, “I told you so.” It’s the
desperately-needed confirmation that you, the parent (or parent
proxy) know what you are doing. That, despite all the misgivings
and mistakes, the bad calls, the wrong-headed battles waged (and
lost), that you still possess enough parental instinct to get the job
done. More specifically, it’s a welcome reminder that your kid (or
surrogate kid) still needs you, even when they insist they don’t —
and never will again.
So it was with immeasurable pleasure that my aunt and uncle
descended the stairs to serve as a real-life deus ex machina.
“Hi guys,” my uncle said. “I hear you’re a little short? We can cover
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e a t I N G l o c a l
Rediscovering Runner and Stone’s
with a Twist
Not much has changed at Runner & Stone, a Gowanus based restaurant, bar, and
retail-wholesale bakery that’s been in operation for the last seven years, and no one
seems to want otherwise. According to general manager Julio Herencia, the restaurant
was among the first to open in the area, back when New Yorkers complained about
how smelly the canal was, and the warehouses of the neighborhood weren’t known
for housing breweries and barbecue. In spite of this fairly long history and dramatic
neighborhood change, locals are rediscovering Runner & Stone, something Herencia
attributes to the great care that the restaurant devotes to sourcing and preparing
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It’s so wonderful to have created
a business where the employees
like to spend time, and where
I frequently see customers and
employees getting together and
collaborating. The inter-personal
exchange that occurs around
and because of food is truly
inspirational on a daily basis.
together when they opened Runner & Stone in
“Since he is a chef and I’m a baker, we
discussed how to combine those two crafts to
create an all-day business that would help us
diversify in terms of business, as well as give us
both the creative outlet we were hoping for. We
came upon Gowanus as a kind of geographical
compromise, with me coming from Lower
Manhattan and Chris coming from Bay Ridge,”
wrote Endriss in an email.
“We make our own butter, our own ketchup—
we’ve never bought a sausage. We make our own
sausages. You name it, we make it. It’s borderline
annoying,” said Herencia with a smile.
In a time when restaurants are scrambling to
maintain quality amidst new minimum wage laws,
increasing food prices, and skyrocketing rents,
Runner & Stone has stayed true to its commitment
to sourcing locally when possible, developing
relationships with organizations like the Park
Slope Food Co-op (which sells Runner and Stone
bread), and, simply, spending time with their food
to make it as delicious as it can possibly be.
“Both of the owners are often in here for 18
hours a day,” said Herencia. “Peter’s hands were
in the dough until about four o’clock today and
Chris works 10 to 14 hour days. I think that shines
through with the product.”
Chef Chris Pizzulli (Blue Ribbon Brooklyn) and
Head Baker Peter Endriss (Per Se) are cousins and
had long been discussing plans to start a business
It turned out that Gowanus was an apt place for
Runner and Stone to make a home for itself. The
identity mirrors that of the restaurant, which
has become a local favorite for families, young
couples on date night as well as regulars who are
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Rediscovering Runner and Stone
content sitting on their own at the bar. In a way,
Runner & Stone is also part industrial, part trendy.
There is somebody in the bakery at all hours of
the day, a small room that is mostly ovens. These
bakers and their apprentices prepare bread to be
packaged and sold to places like The Park Slope
Food Co-Op, while also kneading dough that
will become their signature Bolzano miche, or a
Chef Chris Pizzulli and Head Baker Peter Endriss
baguette, sliced and served onsite with a creamy
herb-infused chicken liver pate.
In the candlelit dining room, surf rock plays
in the background as the dinner crowd enjoys
a selection of pastas, all made in-house from
scratch, paired with wine from a mostly Italian
selection. Unbeknownst to some, Runner & Stone
also serves its own original cocktails, often infused
with syrups from the lavender, dandelion, and
rosemary grown in their small rooftop garden.
From the dining room, where the mood is relaxed
and slow, it’d be impossible to tell that the
nighttime baker hasn’t even started his day’s
The dining room at Runner & Stone looks like
many others in Brooklyn, it’s a little dim, there’s
exposed brick, and wine bottles line one wall
from floor to ceiling. But if one looks a little
closer, on the wall near the entrance, the exposed
brick isn’t really brick at all. Rather, the wall
is made from the first 1,000 bags of flour that
the restaurant used, which were then filled with
concrete. They look pillow-like and many first
time visitors, including myself, feel inclined to
touch them. The pub tables along the same wall
are made from reclaimed Brooklyn water towers,
a fact that is nearly undetectable, unless Herencia
comes by and tells you firsthand, which he
probably will. Though he is the general manager,
he enjoys socializing with the customers and
taking orders when the pace is slow. He tells me
that he’s been invited to customers’ birthday and
Christmas parties. They ask about his family and
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“The highlight of operating the restaurant is
definitely the community that Runner and Stone
has become, a community of both customers and
employees,” said Endriss. “It's so wonderful to have
created a business where the employees like to
spend time, and where I frequently see customers
and employees getting together and collaborating.
The inter-personal exchange that occurs around
and because of food is truly inspirational on a
daily basis.” q
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PARK SLOPE WELLNESS
“Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?” -Vernon Duke
THROUGH EARLY PARENTHOOD
It’s the Time of the Season for Yoga
Is it the awe-inspiring blend of amber-gold foliage beneath the blue sky, the crisp breeze, and the scent of
pumpkin-everything? The energy reforms every season and autumn prepares us for the transition for chilly
winters ahead. What doesn’t serve us need to bid adieu to create space for forthcoming new energies.
This is a good time to begin with practices that align our mind, body and spirit. What could be better than
yoga then? While collecting multi-hued leaves, we found beautiful yoga studios along our way. Have a look
and decide what’s best for you.
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Prospect Heights Yoga
184 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights
A short walk from Park Slope towards Underhill Ave and you
will find a turquoise board catching your attention. Prospect
Heights offers a wide range of practices for various levels from
basics and foundations to faster flows. Meditation, dynamic
and Vinyasa, restorative and alignment-based classes and
Pilates is on their rich platter. Experienced teachers, friendly
atmosphere, no-frills attitude, and their sliding scale model
makes sure that they are accessible to all. An unlimited intro
month for $75, intro week for $25. They partner with different
social justice organizations and causes each month; aditionally
partnering with Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard for
Wednesday and Sunday evening classes.
They offer a unique karma yogi program where students can
support in-studio maintenance and projects in exchange for
By the community and for the community!
579 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Park Slope
Align Brooklyn extends a warm welcome on the 5th Ave. Owned
by a chiropractor who is a specialist in posture, myofascial
therapy, exercise rehab and movement, adds unique services to
exhaustive list of their offerings. Hands-on teachers and a balanced
approach with focus on vitality make this a great place.
Yoga classes include practices of Vinyasa Flow, Restorative,
Therapeutic, Iyengar, Hatha. Apart from that, Pilates and barre
and functional fitness classes are also in their schedule.
One-week unlimited trial membership is for $35. They also offer
a monthly Unlimited Wellness Membership Giveaway. Apply
on thier website. And do not miss their Yin series and Yoga
Wall workshop this Fall.
Yogis and Yoginis
432 6th Avenue, Park Slope
A red-brick building adorned with Buddhist prayer flags welcomes
you on 6th Ave. Yogis and Yoginis shares its space with
the Shantideva Center, a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.
They believe in the symbiosis of meditation with yoga and
reserves time for Samatha meditation (calm abiding) in every
Beginners can opt for Starter and Basic yoga classes. Intermediate
yoga and open level yoga classes are for those who already
know basics and want to step up a rung. The uniquely offer
Kundalini Yoga, Qi Gong, Yoga for individual attention. Y&Y
also offers children classes that correspond with adult classes
for parents or caregivers who want to practice while their kids
A new student special offer is 3 classes for $30.
Y&Y will have a Restorative Sound Journey on Friday, September
20 at 7:45 pm. It’s a 75-minute immersion in devotional
song, healing sounds, and profound relaxation. They believe
the voices generate collective energy; so then they lie down
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YOGA FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
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(new student special 3 classes for $30)
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for deep relaxation with the healing sounds of gongs, singing
bowls, chimes, and other sacred instruments. Space is limited
and the cost is $ 25.
What are you waiting for?
1626 8th Avenue, Park Slope
A red brick building on the 8th Ave curtained by Pin Oak tree
is a spacious and radiant yoga studio, aged over 20 years. They
offer Hatha yoga in all levels, including special offerings such
as Restorative Yoga, Kids Yoga, Prenatal, Meditation, Yin Yoga
and 200/300 Hour Teacher Training. Additionally, they conduct
workshops in chanting, yoga philosophy, anatomy, individualized
aspects of vinyasa, and private classes. Reiki treatments
and massages are also available.
Knowledgeable instructors and a community vibe make it a
great place to practice. They strive for an intentional harnessing
of energy, a dedication to continuous learning, and a series of
movements to strengthen and calm the body, mind, and spirit.
This fall season, they are reintroducing their 10-series kids
classes, 30-hour yin immersion workshop, and Pranayama
training for teachers.
Third Eye Yoga
433 7th Avenue, Park Slope
Located on 7th Ave, Third Eye Yoga is about a physical & mental
lifestyle, not a complicated shape or a stressful workout.
They are not interested in large crowded classes where everyone
gets lost in the mix, rather they offer personalized programs
built upon evidence-based physiology and biomechanics. With
over 10 years of existence, the place has garnered more than 100
five star reviews and all for good reasons. This place is peaceful,
welcoming, and more than willing to listen to you and your
From handstand to savasana, from sitting to standing, they
break it down to the core building blocks that lay the groundwork
for all body movement.
Guess what, Park Slope Reader gives you one more reason to try
this place. They will give you $50 off on any of their program
of your choice if you mention this article. Maybe, show them
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254 Windsor Place, Windsor Terrace
Neatly tucked in a quiet corner in Windsor terrace, wearing a
green canopy shed, Yoga Sole welcomes you with open arms
and promises to change your perspective if you think yoga is
not for you. They offer Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Tune Up, different
speeds of flow classes and Stretch and Strengthen classes.
They have an introductory offer for 3 classes at $39 and
1-month-unlimited pass for $99. Supportive and friendly environment,
experienced teachers who bring their own unique
style makes this a must-try place.
For the Fall season, they will be offering a special Restorative
Yoga Series along with live music and yoga events. They are also
leading a 25-hour continuing education therapeutic teacher
Here are a few more yoga studios that are well worth checking
out as you decide which is the best fit for you this Fall.
Bend and Bloom Yoga
708 Sackett Street, Park Slope
Park Slope Yoga Center
837 Union Street, Park Slope
Juniper Yoga & Healing Arts
639 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights
So, where is the autumn breeze taking you today?
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PARK SLOPE REAL ESTATE
You know how nerve-wracking it can be to have a baby? Well buying or selling
a home can be just as scary. Putting your signature to a listing agreement
or submitting that offer is not unlike seeing that positive pregnancy
test. Things get real. Real fast.
Suddenly all those dreams you’ve had over the years about owning a home or starting a family collide
with reality. The journey to parenthood or homeownership is not without serious decisions to make or
emotional ups and downs, and can sometimes feel pretty exhausting.
As a former UK based midwife, I’m often asked why I went into real estate. It’s way too long a story
to tell here, but what I do always say is that they’re both helping professions and that they actually have
more in common than you’d think (although working as an agent is a little less messy!)
By Lindsay Owen
Here’s an example. As a midwife, I would always tell my clients
to try and relax and enjoy the process. I’d suggest they
write their birth plan as specifically as they could so we could
go through it and then advise them to ceremoniously burn
it. Why? Because nobody can predict what will happen during
labor any more than you can predict what will happen during
your journey towards buying or selling. All you CAN do is make
sure you have a truly wise and supportive advocate in your midwife
or doctor, and that that person will do as much as they can
to help you achieve your ideal birth.
As a real estate agent, I do much the same thing when advising
my clients. I’ll often ask “If you could wave a magic wand
and have this sale or purchase go exactly how you want it to,
what would that look like?” Making that happen then becomes
my top priority, but sometimes, as illustrated by that burned
birth plan I have to prepare
my clients for some little
bumps in the road.
So - to prove that being a
broker really IS kinda like being
a midwife, here are a few
examples of the advice I’ve
given to those on their way
to home ownership or parenthood...
TRYING TO GET
FIND A HOME
The Midwife’s Advice
Getting pregnant can take time, and that’s totally normal.
Try not to get despondent. Failing to see that blue line on the
pregnancy test month after month is super frustrating but try
to relax and stop thinking about it as much as you can (easier
said than done, I know). Enjoy your baby free time by doing
things that you may have to put on hold as parents to very
young children - a romantic vacation with just the two of you
springs to mind. Try for a year (using ovulation predictor
sticks might help as can quitting smoking) and then
change your approach - it might be time to talk to a fertility
The Broker’s Advice
Be comfortable with the possibility of looking for a while. It
takes 9 months to grow a small human and it may take just as
long to find and close on your perfect home. A good buyer’s
broker won’t tire of you or your search and will stick by your
side. And remember, it’s not you. It’s so much more likely to be
a lack of inventory or a competitive market. Believe that your
place is out there - my clients have often found their dream
home just as they’ve decided to give up their search.
Everyone needs a little love from
their midwife or broker. We all
need to have our fears understood
and appreciated and when
we choose someone to guide us
through our journey we’re all
looking for a little TLC and encouragement.
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The Midwife’s Advice
Morning sickness SUCKS, there are no two ways of saying it.
If you often feel worse first thing in the morning, it may be because
your blood sugar is low so it’s a good idea to keep a snack
by your bed and eat it before you get up. Ginger biscuits (sorry,
cookies!) are perfect for this as ginger is a natural anti-emetic
which can really help and the sugar in the cookies will give your
blood sugar a lift.
The Broker’s Advice
Once that offer is accepted, however excited you might be
it can literally be nauseating as you go through due diligence
in your race to sign a contract
and secure your deal. Here’s
when a great buyer’s broker,
inspector and in particular
a great real estate attorney
come in. It’s their job to
guide you through everything,
protect your interests
and help you make informed
decisions. Hopefully, with a
great team working on your
behalf, you’ll be able to keep
your nausea at bay!
YOUR DUE DATE
YOUR CLOSING DATE
The Midwife’s Advice
A baby will usually come when it’s good and ready so don’t
stress if you’re overdue. Remember 37 - 42 weeks is full term
(not 37 - 40), you can’t schedule a natural birth and only
around 5% of women actually deliver on their due date. Talk
to your doctor or midwife about the risk factors for you to go
over 40 weeks, but in my experience, healthy, fit and well women
with low-risk pregnancies are just fine to wait it out past
41 weeks. Both my babies were over 41 weeks, they were NOT
small at 9.5lbs each and they were just fine…
The Broker’s Advice
Understand that closing dates are often scheduled just a
week or two before the closing so it’s really hard to plan for
them or predict exactly when they’ll be. It’s just part of the process.
When submitting your offer, work with your broker to negotiate
an ‘on or about date’ for closing, (which gives you 30
days leeway past that date if necessary) and work out a backup
plan if you can’t close EXACTLY when you want to.
That might mean as a seller asking for the option of a
post-closing leaseback in your contract (where you can rent
the home back from your buyers for a short period until you’re
ready to move to your new place), or as a buyer that might mean
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and storing your furniture briefly to bridge the gap between
the end of your lease and your move to your new home.
It’s a royal pain, I know, but a good broker will help with all
of this - just another reason to have someone you trust and who
will advocate for you and guide you.
LOVE & DISCIPLINE
When I think about the convergence of my two careers, and
how midwifery has influenced the way I work as a real estate
agent, it comes down to two words: love and discipline.
Everyone needs a little love from their midwife or broker. We
all need to have our fears understood and appreciated and when
we choose someone to guide us through our journey we’re all
looking for a little TLC and encouragement.
I think that’s why I’ve formed such good relationships with
my clients. Because I get that. Because, as a midwife and a broker,
I’ve been honored to be with families at some of the most
important yet vulnerable moments in their lives. I know how
essential it is to be a calming, supportive and reassuring companion
and how taking the best care of my clients is incredibly
meaningful, not just financially but emotionally.
And the discipline? Well, giving birth or selling a home isn’t
easy. But in the most part, it’s a process that just takes some
self-belief and discipline. I have to be super disciplined in doing
the best job I can, but so do you.
Whether I’m guiding and encouraging you as you push that
baby out or telling you what you’ll need to do to prep your
home to sell, if you can trust me and be open to doing what I
need you to do - from changing to a new position to push to
painting your home prior to photography - if you can really be
disciplined despite your doubts and trepidation, then it can be
a lot easier than you think.
And on the other side of it all?
Oh wow, that really is the sweet stuff and it makes EVERY-
THING worth it.
Lindsay Owen is a real estate agent with Compass based in the Park Slope office
and can be contacted at email@example.com.
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What brought you to Park Slope?
My family grew overnight from 2 to 4--and then to 5.
We left Manhattan with few regrets in 1983. Before then, I had not
set foot in Park Slope, nor even in Brooklyn.
What is your most memorable Park Slope moment?
Taking kids and pet on walks in the park especially to the meadow.
If you could change one thing about the neighborhood, what would
Less gentrification. Less empty store-fronts. Less banks.
What do you think Park Slope will look like in 10 years?
More tall buildings- unfortunately.
The Slope Survey returns for its 14th installment
with author and educator Jed Abrahamian.
What are you reading, would you recommend it?
My work requires me to do too much reading. For relaxation I prefer
movies or tv mysteries, especially Vera, Midsomer Murders, and
Morse (Endeavor). Certainly not Downton Abbey.
Jed was born in Iran, grew up in Iran and England, and
moved to New York in 1963. He has lived in Park Slope
since 1984 and joined the coop in 1990.
Professor Emeritus of History from Graduate Center and
Baruch College in City University of New York. Jed is an
author on the history of modern Iran, his latest book is
“The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and the Roots of Modern
US-Iranian Relations” (New Press).
What is your greatest extravagance?
If you couldn’t live in Park Slope or in Brooklyn, where would you
I can’t imagine any other place with such a great park, neighborhood
feeling, and public transport- plus BAM.
Who is your hero, real or fictional?
Heros are to be avoided.
Last Word, What’s is turning you on these days?
The hope that Trump nightmare will have to end.
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