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77TH YEAR, NO. 3,966THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017TWO SECTIONS50 CENTSSearch Begins for New CB6 District Manager Following Craig Hammerman’s ResignationPhoto by Julienne SchaerSEE PAGE 2Celebs, Biz Leaders Gather For Brooklyn Black Tie BallACTOR JON HAMM, GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER NORAH JONES AND ACTORS MATTHEW RHYS AND KERI Russell (above) added plenty of star power to the annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball held near Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 basketball courts, which raised a record $1.35 million for the park last Thursday night. Hank Gutman (inset), chairman of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, was one of the evening’s honorees. For the full story and more photos, see INBrooklyn, inside.Photo by Alexa HoyerBrooklyn Bridge Park Waterfront Gala Raises Record $1.35MPoll: Majority of Brooklynites in Favor Of Leaving Columbus Statues Standing By Scott EnmanBrooklyn Heights PressThe results of the poll were overwhelmingly in support of leaving statues of Christopher Columbus, like the one outside Kings County Supreme Court (at right) standing. the Twitter and Facebook Eagle pages with numerous readers posting in the comments section. One person suggested moving the statues to a museum. Another wrote, “Leave them up, put up others near them with historical context.” A third person wrote, “After all this time why do some people want to take it down? That’s the question. The public square is not the most appropriate location. There are more suitable locations!” A fourth reader said, “Always wondered what Columbus was doing in front of the [Downtown Brooklyn] courthouse, though... like he stood for justice or something?”Search Begins for New CB6 District Manager Following Hammerman’s Resignation By Mary FrostBrooklyn Heights PressLongtime Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman has submitted his resignation from his $121,000-ayear position, which will go into effect on Oct. 20, according to Hammerman’s attorney and published accounts. Now the board is faced with hiring its first new district manager in 27 years. In that position, Hammerman represented the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook. While board members are appointed by the borough president (half of whom are nominated by their district’s City Council members), the board itself is charged with the responsibility of appointing a district manager and other professional staff, according to the borough president’s website. Hammerman was arrested two times in April on charges ofCommunity Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman.Heights Press file photo by Mary Frost2 • Brooklyn Heights Press • Thursday, October 12, 2017stalking and harassing an ex-girlfriend, who is unnamed in court papers. He went on medical leave for roughly five months following the arrests. Joyce David, Hammerman’s attorney, told the Brooklyn Heights Press that she expects the charges against him to be dropped when the case next comes to court on Nov. 1. According to court papers, Hammerman was arrested on March 26 and charged with stalking and harassment after downloading his ex-girlfriend’s Uber account onto his phone and using this information to locate her at a Brooklyn hotel. He allegedly asked for her room number and tried to speak with her. He was also arrested in early April after allegedly violating an order of protection by sitting next to the woman in a Park Slope bar. David said that the court proceedings had nothing to do with Hammerman’s decision to submit his resignation. “He was upset and distracted at work,” she said. “He didn’t want anything to reflect negatively on the community board. He was in the same job for 27 years — since his early 20s.” She added, “He has a couple of job offers [which are] quite good.” A spokesperson for CB6 was not immediately available for comment. According to DNAinfo, CB6 recently held a performance review for Hammerman. The Finance, Personnel and Law Committee consulted with the New York City Law Department after the arrests, CB6 Chair Sayar Lonial told the Heights Press in May. “The FPL Committee is reviewing all issues with regards to the district manager of BKCB6, including how these incidents have affected job performance, in addition to reviewing job performance in general.”Heights Press file photo by Scott EnmanA daylong poll hosted by the Brooklyn Eagle in partnership with the Brooklyn Heights Press on Columbus Day revealed overwhelming support for leaving the Christopher Columbus statues across the city intact. After 24 hours, 365 people took part in the vote, which posed the question on Twitter, “Should NYC’s Christopher Columbus statues be removed?” Ninety percent of participants selected “No, keep them standing” and 10 percent chose “Yes, remove the statues.” Following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a 90-day review of every statue and monument on city property that may incite racism, anti-Semitism or bigotry. Since then, de Blasio has been working to create a task force that will evaluate each memorial and to make criteria for the erection of future statues. Columbus discovered the Americas after he was hired by Spain in 1492 to sail west. While he was an ambitious pioneer, Columbus was also known for his violent tactics used to colonize and oppress Native Americans. Monday’s poll elicited a discussion between readers on bothPulitzer Prize Winners Discuss Reporting In Age of Trump at B’klyn Historical Society By Scott EnmanBrooklyn Heights PressDeputy Managing Editor of ProPublica Eric Umansky has overseen two Pulitzer Prize-winning projects. Photo courtesy of BHSPhoto by Josh ShayneIt’s not often that one gets to pick the brain of a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist, let alone an editor who has overseen two projects that won the prestigious award. On Oct. 3, Brooklynites had the distinct privilege of doing just that when the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) hosted David Fahrenthold, a reporter for The Washington Post, and Eric Umansky, a deputy managing editor at ProPublica. Fahrenthold won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for unearthing the “Access Hollywood” tape that depicts Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women’s private parts and for exposing discrepancies in Trump’s charitable giving. Umansky oversaw a project on “nuisance abatement” laws that won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The two journalists were invited to speak at BHS for an event dubbed “Transparency, Journalism, and the White House.” Lizzy Ratner, senior editor of The Nation and daughter of Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner, moderated the sold-out event. Fahrenthold and Umansky not only fielded questions from Ratner, but they also responded to inquiries from the audience. Questions included “Is journalism making a difference?”, “What is it like covering Donald Trump?” and “How has journalism evolved since Trump took office?” Fahrenthold articulated the difficulties in covering the president given that Trump’s campaign and how his administration rarely ever respond to a request for comment. His team will, according to Fahrenthold, ignore emails and phone calls rather than saying “no comment.” “The challenge becomes trying to find out things about the campaign, about Trump’s charitable giving and now about the Trump organization from other people, from other sources,” said Fahrenthold. “Trump has always seen his relationship with the media as [him being] the only arbiter of facts about himself.Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The Washington Post David Fahrenthold spoke at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Oct. 3. Photo courtesy of BHS “Why he did that, or why that happened, or how much money I have: ‘I'm the only person that can tell you.’ So, if I don't want to tell you, then you can’t write a story. For me, it's been a lot of work to find a lot of other sources of information about Trump.” Umansky expressed how, as a nonprofit, ProPublica has the privilege of not covering the news everyday. This allows his news organization the ability to pinpoint certain aspects of the “noise” surrounding Trump and dig deeper. When asked if journalism is making a difference, Umansky unquestionably said yes. “I think there’s a lot of evidence that journalism is still having a very clear effect,” said Umansky. “The truth is, a lot of the facts that journalism organizations have put out have not reflected well on the administration. “The fact that the president has the lowest approval rating in modern history, the fact that we are telling the truth about what is happening is probably a proponent of that. The notion that facts don't matter or uncovering facts don't resonate anymore is simply not true.” Umansky also said that journalism is working effectively, given that Tom Price is no longer Secretary of Health and Human Services and that Trump’s administration has not achieved a major legislative victory. “We don’t do this to change elections,” added Fahrenthold. “Between ‘Access Hollywood’ and charity reporting, we gave people a real sense of who Donald Trump was. Now, our job isn’t to take Trump out of power, it’s to show people what’s really going on. “Whether you love him or hate him, you need to know what’s actually happening, and he himself is such a poor source of information of what’s actually happening in his administration. I don’t think about my job in terms of political outcomes, butThe Brooklyn Historical Society at 128 Pierrepont St. about how close I can get to the truth about this man and his government.” Fahrenthold and Umansky also discussed how the 2016 election was a humbling experience for journalists, since many of them predicted Hillary Clinton to win. Fahrenthold was on election coverage and was responsible for writing Trump’s victory story, which he never thought would be published. “Based on the polling data, it felt fantastical and pointless, like designing a Super Bowl ring for the Cleveland Browns,” wrote Fahrenthold in an article for the New York Post. “I thought a guy who can’t seem to read from a teleprompter, a guy who has bragged about sexually assaulting women, a guy who’s race baited, a guy who has had to pay tens of millions of dollars in settlements around Trump University off and on, I thought it’s just not possible to be honest,” Umansky said. The two journalists also discussed Trump’s use of Twitter. Both believe that Americans are adjusting to his tweets and that the media will eventually not give as much coverage to his posts. Umansky referenced Trump’s tweet about Boeing. When the president lambasted the aerospace company in a tweet, the business’ stock fell significantly. Now, according to Umansky, when the president writes about a company, its stock barely fluctuates. “To me, the interesting thing about Trump is we sort of came in thinking he was going to be this very strong figure,” Fahrenthold concluded. “He said, ‘Only I can fix it. I’m going to change all of these things.’ But actually, what he’s done is, he’s pretended to be the mouth of government, but he doesn’t want to be the brain.”Thursday, October 12, 2017 • Brooklyn Heights Press • 34 • Brooklyn Heights Press • Thursday, October 12, 2017BROOKLYN EAGLEVolume 18, No. 9Two SectionsTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017$1.00Photo by Dana MacriGirls on WheelsBrooklyn Motorcycle School Empowers Women SEE PAGE 4Comic Con Returns To Fort HamiltonS u p e rh e ro e s d e sc e n d u p o n th e F o r t H am i l t o n A r m y B as e i n B a y R i d g e a t l as t y e ar ’ s C o m i c C o n . P h o t o s c o u r t e s y o f F o r t H a m ilt o n C o m ic C o nBy John Alexander Brooklyn EagleThe Fort Hamilton Comic Con is back for its second year, bringing all the fun and excitement of the world-class pop culture convention to Brooklyn. It takes place in Bay Ridge at the Fort Hamilton Army Base Community Club at 207 Sterling Drive on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comic Cons are among the largest fanbased pop culture conventions in the U.S., and they usually draw fans from all over the country who want to meet their favorite TV and movie celebrities. There will be panel discussions and attendees can browse through tables of comic books and collectible trading cards. They will also find all genres of entertainment, including video games, science fic-tion, horror, fantasy, anime and illustrated novels. The Fort Hamilton Comic Con is a large-scale event organized by the group Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) to benefit service members, retirees, veterans, families, Brooklynites and guests from neighboring boroughs and states. Some of this year’s celebrity guests include “Gotham” stars Sean Pertwee and David Mazouz, Ed Lover, DJ Wiz, the Saviors from “The Walking Dead,” Leslie Carrera Rudolph from “Sesame Street” and Edwin Freeman of “Luke Cage.” Comic Con attendees will need a valid picture ID and a ticket for the event. A single-day pass is $20 and a two-day pass is $35. A military single-day pass is $15 and a two-day pass is $25. Children under 6 enter for free.W C eleb M u s ic A n dit h r i t i es , , F o o d F u nChildren en oy meeting t h e ir fa v o r it e M u p p e t s a t C o m ic C o n .G r o f f an l as c o2 • Brooklyn Eagle • Thursday, October 12, 2017o u p p h o to c o stu m e d s a t t y e ar ’ s m ic c o n .C o s t u m e d f an s e n j o y l as t y e ra ’ s C o m i c C o n e v e n t a t F o r t H ma i l t o n .A Special Section of BROOKLYN EAGLE PublicationsOctober 12-18, 2017Norah Jones Serenades Stars At B’klyn Bridge Park Waterfront GalaPhoto by Alexa HoyerSEE PAGES 3-4INB 4-5INBWHAT’S INSIDE • New Season for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts .............................. pg. 2 • Eye on Real Estate ... pgs. 6-7 • My Brooklyn Calendar Highlights ................ pgs. 8-12 • Horoscopes ................. pg. 9 • Brooklyn’s BEST Goods & Services .......................... pg. 15 • Crossword/Sudoku .. pg. 16Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Releases Season Calendar By John Alexander INBrooklynThe Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will open its 201718 season at the Kumble Theater in Downtown Brooklyn on Oct. 21 with eight-time Grammy-nominated jazz artist Tierney Sutton, according to a release. Praised by The New York Times as “a pure jazz spirit,” Sutton and her band will perform their 2017 Grammy Award-nominated project “The Sting Variations.” The show celebrates Sting, the British rock icon who is best known for his time as the front man and bassist of The Police. “The Sting Variations” delivers unique arrangements of both familiar and lesser-known gems. Songs include “Driven to Tears,” “Shadows in the Rain,” “Fields of Gold,” “Every Breath You Take” and “Message in a Bottle,” the release states. “[The Police] were part of my teenage DNA,” Sutton said in a 2016 interview with Jazz Times. “It was before I was introduced to jazz, and it was interesting to do research on Sting and learn how much jazz influence and jazz background he had.” In an interview with Billboard, she adds, “[Sting’s] autobiography is full of references to Miles and Coltrane and the Great American Song tradition,” making the choice to explore his work a natural one. In fact, he earned the nickname “Sting” (he was born Gordon Sumner) from the black and yellow striped sweater that he wore while playing with a group called the Phoenix Jazzmen be-fore forming The Police. “This is an exciting and different kind of season for Brooklyn Center as we will be doing the bulk of our programming Downtown Brooklyn at the Kumble Theater at One University Plaza, LIU Brooklyn,” said Jon Yanofsky, director of the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. “Our main theater here at the Brooklyn College campus, The [Walt] Whitman Theater, is closed for repairs all year so we will be doing our fall and winter seasons down at the Kumble and then be back here on the campus in the spring when our beautiful new state-of-the-art Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts opens.” The Brooklyn Center organized two programs at the Kumble Theater last February. “We knew we were going to be back this year, so we wanted to test-drive it. We had a really positive experience both from just our work with the facility and the venue, as well as our audience response.” Yanofsky said that they were bringing in seven very diverse programs for a total of nine performances, starting with the Tierney Sutton Band. “Kicking off with Tierney Sutton is a real coup for us,” said Yanofsky. “She is an incredibly accomplished jazz vocalist who really brings a personal signature style and touch to everything. This project in particular was exciting for us where she takes on doing her own interpretations and arrangements of songs by pop icon Sting, and really makes them her own.” Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn Collegehe ierney u on Band will per orm at umble heater, presented by Brooklyn enter or the er orming rts. hotos courtesy o the ierney utton Bandoffers performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. As part of its season at Kumble Theater, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts will also present Afro-Puerto Rican group Los Pleneros de la 21 (Dec. 10, 2017), NaiNi Chen Dance Company (Feb. 11, 2018), Daniel Beaty’s solo theatrical tour-de-force “Emergency” (Feb.17-18, 2018), NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron (Feb. 24, 2018), Brooklyn-based jazz artist Alicia Olatuja (March 10, 2017) and Step Afrika! (April 28, 2018). One of the unique things that Brooklyn Center also does, according to Yanofsky, isbring up to 45,000 schoolchildren from more than 300 schools to attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. “They bring in children from local schools to enjoy performances during the day as part of a field trip to the center,” said Yanofsky. “And it’s really important to be able to introduce school children to a whole world of cultures that are not only part of the global mix but essential and integral to the landscape here in New York.” For more information, visit brooklyncenter. org for ticket prices and a complete season lineup.The Tierney Su on Band will perform The Sting Variations, which will e plore the music of Sting at the Kumble Theater on Oct. .2INB • INBROOKLYN — A Special Section of Brooklyn Daily Eagle/Brooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Brooklyn Record/Bay Ridge Eagle/Greenpoint Gaze tte • Week of October 12-18, 2017Week of October 12-18, 2017 • INBROOKLYN — A Special Section of Brooklyn Daily Eagle/Brooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Brooklyn Record/Bay Ridge Eagle/Greenpoint Gazette • 3INBBrooklyn Bridge Park Waterfront Gala Raises Record $1.35 MillionThe crowd listens to speeches during the dinner portion of the event.Photo by Etienne FrossardBy Paul Frangipane INBrooklynIn a night full of celebrities and New Yorkers alike, the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball near Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 basketball courts raised a record $1.35 million for the park last Thursday night. The event, organized by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, was hosted by television and film star Jon Hamm with a musical performance from Grammy-winner Norah Jones. The fifth annual event of its kind raised money to support more than 600 activities and events at the park, which include kayaking, waterfront workouts and environmental education, according to a statement. The park’s international acclaim has brought 170,000 visitors to Conservancy events in 2017 so far, with a total of 1.6 million people taking advantage of the programs. The Conservancy honored Douglas Durst, chairman of The Durst Organization, for his longstanding commitment to sustainability and the environment. The Conservancy also honored Hank Gutman, chairman of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, who has been deeply involved in the effort to build Brooklyn
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