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TH 77th year, no.NO. 3,973 77TH YEAR, NO. 3,971 77 YEAR, 3,971THURSDAY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 30, 16, 2017 2017 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 201750 CENTS CENTS 50TWO SECTIONS SECTIONS TWOPhoto Photoby byJordan JordanStrauss/Invision/AP Strauss/Invision/APScaling the Heights: Arts Patron Shen Embracing Brings Fashion Into Unique Perspective The Season At Brooklyn Bridge Park See Page 4Watch the Watchtower While You Still CanBrooklyn Kid Is Now a Star In Supporting Roles & LeadsSee Page 2Lucas Hedges Excels, First In Squash & Baseball, Now On Broadway & in HollywoodRemembering ‘The Barber Of Brooklyn Heights’ Artist: Yayoi Yayoi Kusama; Kusama; Gallery: Gallery: Hirshhor Hirshhor Museum Museum Artist:Photo courtesy courtesy of of Carla Carla Shen Shen PhotoSEE EE PAGES AGES 6-7BBP Study: Expand Waterfront Activities EE P PAGE AGE 3 3 SSEEHeights Press photo by Lore CroghanSee Page 7EE P PAGE AGE 5 5 SSEEBBP Study: Expand Waterfront Activities The Watchtower sign lights up the night in Brooklyn Bridge Park.Heights Press photos by Lore CroghanPossibilities Include More Kayaking, Cruises, A Jitney or Maybe a Summer Camp By Mary FrostBrooklyn Heights PressWhere cargo ships once docked, the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park has drawn millions to Brooklyn’s shoreline. The park’s efforts to find ways to do more along the water have been lauded by numerous organizations and the maritime community. Park visitors can launch a kayak, take sailing lessons or cast a fishing line directly into the East River. Now, after a year of study, the nonprofit Waterfront Alliance has released a Maritime Activation Plan, which suggests new ways to expand the park’s waterfront offerings. Since last year, the Waterfront Alliance staff have been cataloguing the park’s maritime assets. The organization says it interviewed almost 50 stakeholders as part of the process, including the park’s managers, outside vessel operators, cultural and environmental programmers, teachers, boating enthusiasts and officials. Released Nov. 2, the plan reports on the suggestions of these stakeholders. The Waterfront Alliance says the park can use the findings to help develop its strategic priorities.Some of the SuggestionsMore swimming, sailing and kayaking opportunities, particularly at the community dock at Pier 5, were requested by participants. Rowboat rentals were also suggested. Owners of excursion vessels and historic ships voiced an interest in expanding docking at the park and increasing educational and environmental boat programs for the public. These might include ecological cruises out into the harbor and other nature excursions. Dinner or theater cruises were also on the list of suggestions. Another idea included opening up the park’s docks to commercial cargo carriers at night as a source of park income. “The city is short on functional waterfront, with proper docking hardware where there is deep enough water and the ability to have gangway access. Here at the park is an opportunity that’s rare in the city,” Capt. Jonathan Kabak, department of waterfront Hark! It’s the Watchtower operations and training at the United States Merchant Marine sign, seen from Pier 1 in Academy, said in the report. Brooklyn Bridge Park. Some participants requested a waterfront restaurant, perhaps located on the upper floors of the existing park office building. (A floating restaurant boat is already being tested.) Another suggestion is to utilize the new boathouse building on the Pier 5 uplands as a home base for a waterfront summer camp. While East River ferries already visit the park, some participants suggested an additional 20-passenger jitney ferry, to be owned by the park, which could inexpensively provide quick intra-park connections. Other suggestions include hosting a Tall Ships Brooklyn festival and creating a South Street Seaport Museum annex. The area around Piers 5 and 6 — with the cargo cranes on the docks of Red Hook visible — could be the site of a “hands-on working waterfront maritime heritage center.” until he stepped aside to serve as senior adviser By Lore Croghan "Since opening to the publicPress in 2010, Brooklyn Bridge has Brooklyn Heights to hisPark father-in-law, President Donald Trump. to the inaccessible East River drawn Get amillions good look. Its previously days are numbered. The shorejoint venture is currently working to Both through the park's design and public transform programming line. The iconic Watchtower sign, whose reditselecthe old Watchtower property into an approach, we be have worked hardBrooklyn to reconnect the city to its complex water- called Panorama. It will have tric glow can seen from the Bridge office front,the and our work not done yet,” Eric president of square feet of Class-A office and shoreline of isLower Manhattan, is Landau, still about 635,000 Brooklyn Bridge Park, said in a statement last Thursday. standing atop the former world headquarters of space and about This 35,000 square feetsome of stores map shows of the suggestions for expanded waterfront activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park listed in a plan He added, “We will continue to find ways to maximize opporthe Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brooklyn Heights. and public space for arts and culture. tunities for park users to engage with the water and strive to be developed by the Waterfront Alliance. Map courtesy of the Waterfront Alliance a model For now. The new owners haven’t revealed what name for other public waterfronts." In June, the city Buildings Department will replace the than Watchtower’s atop would their Co50 passengers, be preferable. Space in the park for floating docks and staff. A permanently docked historic work okayed a plan by the old headquarters’ Pluses and Minusesnew lumbia Heights property. deliveries and tour passengers would be necessary. boat would require pier utilities, sanitation services and internet owners to remove the 15-foot-tall letters thatFor example, They paid for the former A number of the suggestions include caveats. one$340 million In another case, usingheadthe boathouse as a base for a summer access on the pier. spell out the word “Watchtower” from the roof quarters complex, city could Finance Department re- uses planned for the building. consideration in establishing excursions from the park would be camp interfere with other The ideas are not all meant to be implemented, but the findof 25-30 out Columbia Heights. cords show. working acceptable park signage — not “intrusive billboards.” The cost of some of the suggestions could be prohibitive. A ings will help the park develop its own maritime plan, the Limiting They will leave sign's framework intact,boats, holding Kushner Cos. jitney, and various partcrowd sizethe is also priority, so smaller less beyondinvestment the cost of the boat itself, would require new Waterfront Alliance says. Buildings Department records indicate. ners have spent about $1 billion to buy Brook“Without a maritime plan, future programming is difficult to The religious organization’s former head- lyn Heights and DUMBO properties from the prioritize and implement,” the Waterfront Alliance wrote in its report. “The Maritime Activation Plan will support the park’s quarters now belongs to a joint venture called Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Watchtower has been management in articulating its priorities for maritime use and Columbia Heights Associates that’s made up of selling off its real estate in the two neighborprogramming, allowing the park to proactively seek out waterthe Kushner Cos., CIM Group and LIVWRK. hoods because it has moved its world headquarfront partners and expand its own maritime vision.” Kushner Cos. was headed by Jared Kushner ters to upstate Warwick, New York. The Waterfront Alliance says Brooklyn Bridge Park’s success inspired it to produce similar plans for waterfront management Here’s Pierhouse with the Watchtower sign at other public shorelines around the region. tucked behind it, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park. The entire study may be found at the Watchtower Sign Before It’s Removed By Kushner Cos.More swimming, sailing and kayaking opportunities were requested by some of those surveyed by the Waterfront Alliance for its Brooklyn Bridge Park Maritime Activation Plan. Heights Press file photo by Will Hasty Brooklyn Heights Heights Press Press ••Thursday, Thursday,November November30, 16,2017 2017 22 •• BrooklynChild’s Play: Using Shakespeare to Help Kids Get in Touch with Their EmotionsFree Performance in Brooklyn Heights By Mary FrostBrooklyn Heights Press A theater ensemble is using the works of the Great Bard to help kids get in touch with their feelings. Shakespeare’s plays portray emotions ranging from rage to love and from grief to joy. Using this great art as a springboard, Child’s Play NY has put together workshops built around a 45-minute version of the comedy “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” performed by classically trained actors/teaching artists. The troupe uses the play as a basis for role playing, movement and conversations to help young folks explore their own emotions. In educational lingo, it’s called Social and Emotional Learning. To give the public a chance to sample the work the theater company does in New York City schools, the ensemble will perform a free performance of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” on Dec. 2 in Brooklyn Heights at St. Francis College. The performance will be followed by a hands-on workshop for kids and youth ages 6-16 and their families. Using the play’s plot and charac-ters as a lens, the post-show workshop will explore relationships, conflict, empathy and perspective. Child Play NY founder and Executive Director Jocelyn Greene lives in Brooklyn with her actor-husband and 5-year-old son. “I — and the teachers — have an evolved understanding of why studying Shakespeare can make us better people,” she said in a statement. The series combines the talents of the actor/ teachers “with the mission of exploring the human condition,” she said. The performance takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1-1:45 p.m.; the workshop runs from 2-3 p.m. in the Maroney Theater, St Francis College, seventh floor, 182 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights. RSVP is required. To register visit: Child’s Play NY currently partners with more than 20 public and private schools throughout New York, including Avenues the World School, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn Preschool of Science, P.S. 29, P.S. 58, P.S. 133, Williamsburg Northside and others.The cast of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” The troupe will be putting on a free performance and workshop designed to help kids T:10” get in touch with their feelings on Dec. 2 in Brooklyn Heights. Photo courtesy of Child’s Play NYIntroducingnewyork-presbyterianbrooklyn methodist hospital. We’re bringing the people of Brooklyn the type of care that comes from being part of NewYork-Presbyterian. We’ve expanded our services and added more world-class specialists from Weill Cornell Medicine. They join the skilled doctors already here serving the community. Learn more at T:7”Thursday, November 30, 2017 • Brooklyn Heights Press • 3NYBM4547 BrooklynMethodist Announcement Ad 10x7 composite Re-CompositeFall’s Finale In Brooklyn Bridge Park By Lore CroghanBrooklyn Heights Press Winter, spring, summer or fall, All you have to do is call. In every season, Brooklyn Bridge Park calls out to be seen. Sounds like Carole King’s old song, doesn’t it? The park’s shoreline vistas are always eye-pleasing. But they are particularly poignant as fall draws to a close. Selfie snappers are swathed in scarves and winter coats. Gauzily garbed brides suppress shivers as they pose for photos with Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Center as their backdrop. The last leaves on the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO park’s trees are tinged with somber autumnal hues. The rooftop of the historic Empire Stores re-tail and office complex is a good place to go for a bird’s-eye view of Jane’s Carousel and the World Trade Center. Luckily for lovers of aerial views, the rooftop of Empire Stores, a former coffee warehouse built in the 19th century, remains open in chilly weather. The rooftop bar at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge does not. When the weather’s warm, the top of the recently constructed hotel is also a popular place to see aerial views of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sailboats that spend their summers moored alongside the park’s Picnic Peninsula have departed. Nevertheless, there’s some aquatic activity nearby since the NYC Ferry makes stops at Pier 6. By the way, Pier 6 is a good spot to snap photos at sunset, which of course happens really early this time of year.Here’s a glimpse of autumn leaves in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Heights Press photos by Lore CroghanFrom the rooftop of Empire Stores, there’s a great view of Jane’s Carousel and the Brooklyn Bridge.As fall draws to a close, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s visitors are swathed in scarves and winter coats.There are new plantings on Pier 4’s beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 4 • Brooklyn Heights Press • Thursday, November 30, 2017Here’s sunset seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6.Brooklyn Heights’ Big DigHere’s a glimpse of The Towers, which the Jehovah’s Witnesses sold just last week for $202.5 million.Pulling Out of B’klyn Watchtower Garage In Dumbo Frees Up Mixed-Use SpacePhoto courtesy of Jehovah's WitnessesKushner Cos. and various Department records, indicates Columbia Heights now belongs to a joint venture investor partners have paid that the real-estate investor Sale of The Towers for called Columbia Heights around $1 billion for paid $202.5 million for The Associates that includes the Watchtower property purchas- Towers. $202.5 Million Before the Watchtower Until recently, the Jehovah's Kushner Cos. The company es in Brooklyn Heights and owned The Towers, it was an Witnesses had a major presence was headed by Jared Kushner DUMBO. A different investor made a elegant hotel where the topin DUMBO and Brooklyn until he stepped aside to Heights. But they've been sell- become a senior advisor to big Watchtower property pur- paid players on the Brooklyn Dodgers stayed during the ing off their holdings in the two his father-in-law, President chase just last week. Kayne Anderson Real baseball season. neighborhoods because last year Donald Trump. The new owner of the stoThe former headquarters Estate Advisors bought The they moved their world headquarters to upstate Warwick, complex has an iconic red Towers at 21 Clark St. in ried property plans to turn it into a seniors-housing com"Watchtower" sign on it that Brooklyn Heights. New York. A deep crater appears at 280 Cadman Plaza West, the site of theTheir redevelopment of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Publicwhich Library tower 134 conplex called Thewith Watermark at The deed, hasinto justa 36-story the new owners plan to Brooklyn former Brooklyn dominium units and two retail spaces on Clinton Street. The Heights site willheadquarters also house aatnew 26,620 square foot library branch. appeared Completion is tentatively forHeights. 2019 - 2020. Brooklyn in online Financescheduled remove. 25-302 • Brooklyn Daily Eagle • Thursday, November 9, 2017Continued from page 1Heights Press photo by Mary FrostThursday, November 30, 2017 • Brooklyn Heights Press • 5LIU-Brooklyn Women's Volleyball ‘Kill it’Again in NEC Tournament Blackbirds Outlast CCSU in Thrilling Final to Grab NCAA Tournament Spot By John Torenli, Sports Editor Brooklyn Heights Press Freshman volleyballer Piper Matsumoto kept setting them up, and her LIU Brooklyn teammates kept delivering kill after kill. Matsumoto had a Northeast Conference Championship performance for the ages last Saturday at Downtown Brooklyn’s Steinberg Wellness Center, recording a rare triple-double to pace the dynastic Blackbirds to a thrilling five-set (25-20, 24-26, 26-24, 21-25 and 15-12) triumph over Central Connecticut State. The first-year setter from Fort Myers, Florida, was in the middle of it all throughout the epic back-and-forth affair, recording 10 kills of her own to go with 15 digs and a whopping 55 assists for the first-ever triple-double in an NEC Final since 1997. “It’s amazing,” said Matsumoto after helping LIU grab its second straight NEC title, fifth in six years and a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. “It’s great that I know when I set them I can rely on them to get the kill.” Sophomore Natalia Rivera grabbed tournament MVP honors by amassing 38 digs during the marathon match, which also saw NEC Player of the Year Viktoria Fink register 15 more kills and 18 digs for the Blackbirds, who were waiting to find out their first-round NCAA matchup during Sunday’s Selection Show. Sophomore middle blocker Filippa Hansson benefited most from Matsumoto’s setting prowess, collecting a match-high 19 kills as top-seeded LIU (20-9, 11-3 NEC) needed all 74 of its finishing slams to repeat as conference champions. “I couldn’t be prouder,” gushed LIU head coach Ken Ho. “My hat’s off to CCSU. But I am extremely proud of our team.” By winning their NEC-record 11th tournament championship overall, the Blackbirds also extended their streak of capturing either the regular-season or postseason crown for seven consecutive years. Last season, the Blackbirds also needed five sets to knock off top-seeded Sacred Heart in the NEC Finals in Fairfield, Conn. But this time, LIU was on its home floor, where it went a perfect 11-0 this year, including a four-set triumph over Robert Morris in Friday’s semifinals. Matsumoto, Rivera and Hansson were selected to the NEC All-Tournament team, and with all three having at least two more years of eligibility remaining, Ho figures to put a couple of more NEC titles in the LIU trophy case before they graduate. “It’s been a body of work and a process throughout the whole season,” he said. “We’ve been working to have a performance like this.” *** In other local college sports news, the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s basketball team, coming off its first victory in 19 games, announced the inking of a pair of new recruits this week during the early signing period. Head coach Glenn Braica revealed that guard Larry Moreno, formerly of Brooklyn Law and Tech, and center Christian Rohlehr (Jefferson Community College) have signed national letters of intent to join the Terriers’ program for the 2018-19 season. “Both players have tremendous potential, are student-athletes of high caliber, and fit in well with our program,” Braica said. “They come from two programs that we trust and we appreciate their confidence in us.” Moreno, a 6-footer who set his school’s alltime scoring record this past season with 1,330 points, guided Law and Tech to the PSAL “A” Championship Game. He was also named to the first-team All-State squad. More importantly, he will remain in the borough where he emerged as a college prospect, providing a feather in Braica’s recruiting capIt took five grueling sets, but LIU Brooklyn once again emerged as the best women’s volleyball team in the Northeast Conference last Saturday at Downtown’s Steinberg Wellness Center. Photo courtesy of LIU Brooklyn Athletics as he continues to keep local talent here on the Downtown college hoops scene. “Larry is a true New York City guard who plays both backcourt positions and can really score,” Braica said. “He's got the ability to create shots for himself and for his teammates, can shoot the three and puts up points very quickly,” he added. “We feel that he can be a dynamic player in the Northeast Conference as he gets stronger and gains experience.” Rohlehr, a 6-foot-10 pivot man, averaged 20.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks pergame last season at Jefferson Community College, which is located in Watertown, N.Y. The native of Ontario, Canada led all of Division III in blocked shots during each of his first three seasons before jumping to the Divis
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