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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017Rendering by Paperfarm Inc., courtesy of Corcoran Group77TH YEAR, NO. 3,965TWO SECTIONS50 CENTSNew Condo Facade Is Revealed at 325 Henry St.THE NEW FACADE OF 325 HENRY ST. (shown in rendering at left), which is located in the Cobble Hill Historic District, was recently unveiled. See page 8.Brooklyn Heights Showhouse Opens Doors to Public SEE PAGES 2-4Heights Press photo by Lore CroghanInstagram-Worthy Sights in Brooklyn Bridge ParkSEE PAGES 6-7B’klyn Heights Showhouse Welcomes Public, By Jenny Powerslayered space that is full of personality,” shares Kiki Dennis, Brooklyn resident and principal at the firm. The borough’s inaugural Designer Showhouse has swung As for the art collection in the new space, Dennis says, “We open its mahogany doors to the general public, treating both curated a selection from emerging and mid-career artists. We local residents and out-of-towners to a rare glimpse of 21st cen- intentionally selected pieces that had a range of price points, typtury living inside a historic 19th century Brooklyn Heights ically between $700 and $7,000 per piece. We hope that this home. approach will be inspiring to visitors and convey our strong The Brooklyn Designer Showhouse, housed in a 150 year- belief that design vision is not limited by budget.” old, nearly 7,000-square-foot brownWhat’s remarkable is not only the stone located at 32 Livingston Street, artwork displayed on the walls but reflects the work of 16 interior design also the walls themselves which firms, each tasked with making their required that Showhouse vendor creative mark on a single room. Taffera Building and Finishes dediThe result of these design collabocate a crew of four to work nearly rations has managed to both honor 500 hours to carefully prepare, plasBella Mancini Design and capture the essence of the past ter and paint the room. Brooklyn Heights Gardens while simultaneously creating a livAccording to Showhouse Co-chair Ciuffo Cabinetry able, contemporary home for the Ellen Hamilton of Hamilton Designs, present. “The clever multi-purpose dining Deborah Berke Partners While the original floors, moldings room designed by Deborah Berke Doreen Chambers Interiors and overall footprint maintain the Partners brings the formal dining forFearins|Welch Interior Design character of the 1910 home, the forward decades, as does the front Parlor Frampton Co mal rooms of yesteryear have all but as imagined by Glenn Gissler. This vanished. Rooms traditionally imaginative and contemporary use of Glenn Gissler Design reserved for special occasions have what Parlor space is, is a must see.” Harry Heissmann Inc. been updated to reflect everyday In many brownstones, the Parlor Henry & Co Design spaces for the entire family. Floor has a sad empty feeling as if Jennifer Eisenstadt Design Manhattan-based Deborah Burke you are waiting for the guests who Partners had full reign over the transaren’t coming,” Hamilton explains. Kathleen Walsh Interiors formation of the dining room. “Our “Revitalizing the Parlor for modKyle Roberts Interior Design design for the Dining Salon reflects ern life means a small but highly The Rinfret Group contemporary ways of dining and functional kitchen like the entertaining. We imagined a space Showhouse kitchen designed by Seaport Flowers & Home that can be used throughout the day Ciuffo Cabinetry. A kitchen at Parlor 3Walls from coffee in the morning to afterlevel is not a compromise, it’s a smart noon tea to a relaxed dinner to a choice,” says Hamilton. nightcap. The high-quality, beautifully crafted furniture from “Ciuffo shows that you can have a functional trophy kitchen Avenue Road is combined with diverse works of art — includ- in a small footprint,” adds Co-chair Erika Belsey-Worth. ing paintings, photographs, and sculpture — to create a richly Both Kiki Dennis and Glenn Gissler embraced the original Special to Brooklyn Heights Press2 • Brooklyn Heights Press • Thursday, October 5, 2017Image courtesy of Bella Mancini DesignImage courtesy of Bella Mancini DesignPARTICIPATING BROOKLYN SHOWHOUSE DESIGNERS:detailing of their very formal rooms, but furnished them for the 21st century as flexible spaces. Positioned together with the kitchen these three rooms make a great case for dedicating the Parlor floor to everyday living.” The process of designating rooms to designers began with a lottery. Firms completed ballots listing their top three room choices to decorate. DUMBO resident Bella Mancini of Bella Mancini Design was assigned her first choice, the child’s room and got right to work on her vision to create a “real life room for a real-life little girl. “I wanted people who saw the room to believe a little girl actually lived there,” Mancini says whimsically. An unmade bed with crumpled pajamas on it, little toy treasures scattered on the carpet, Pez dispensers lining the mantelpiece and a bulletin board adorned with finger paintings and crayon drawings bring the room to life. “I want you to walk into room and picture a little girl who got up late for school, threw off her pajamas, got ready quickly and hurried out the door, leaving her scattered toys and books in her wake,” she adds. Mancini, whose firm handles everything from straightforward redecorating to ground-up construction from New York to Texas, shared that having “pure creative freedom” had its plusses and minuses. “There’s no client per se, so you can do absolutely anything you envision but that can be scary too,” she adds laughing. Until the Brooklyn Designer Showhouse, Mancini swears, “I have said no to every other Showhouse I have ever been asked to do. Between the fact that I thought it would cost a million dollars along with all the required time and the strict parameters, I wasn’t interested, but this time I was interested. I feel so lucky to live in such a tight-knit Brooklyn community, this just felt like giving back, this time it made sense,” Mancini says. Mancini has a point. While traditional design jobs can be spread over months, a Showhouse timeline is reminiscent of the home improvement shows we see on television. As Kiki Dennis of Deborah Berke explains, “Designers are required to mobilize very rapidly, execute quickly and have quick production turn-arounds. Instead of months, we are now talking days.” That’s where partnering the right vendors to source and outfit the space come into play, Dennis explains citing a number of custom pieces for the Dining room, in particular the carpets by Crosby Street Studios and the custom fabricated light fixture they designed in conjunction with Bone Simple. Continued on page 3Hand-Picked Designers Create Heights GemBella Mancini DesignPhoto courtesy of The Rinfret GroupContinued from page 2 Although the designers did not discuss their design plans with one another, the house has a natural flow to it as if they did all collaborate. Showhouse Co-Chair Erika Belsey-Worth attributes that synchronicity to the Showhouse partners like British-based Farrow and Ball whose local showroom on Atlantic Avenue provided their historic palette of paint colors as well as handcrafted wallpaper. As for the overall flow of the house itself, Belsey-Worth says, “ From the first time we crossed its threshold, we knew that this house would inspire our designers in challenging, unpredictable ways. From the grand proportions of the Parlor floor to the rough garret art studio, we had here the raw material to bring out the best of the best, each room providing a different space for the exciting conversation between Old Brooklyn and new design.” Continued on page 4Photo courtesy of Seaport Flowers & HomeDenise Rinfret and Missy Rinfret Minicucci, The Rinfret GroupStephanie Woodmansee, Henry & Co DesignJennifer Eisenstadt, Jennifer Eisenstadt DesignBella Mancini, Bella Mancini DesignDoreen Chambers Doreen Chambers InteriorsPhoto by Michael BenabibPhoto courtesy of Jennifer Eisenstadt DesignKathleen Walsh, Kathleen Walsh InteriorsKyle Roberts, Kyle Roberts Interior DesignSerhiy Mshanetskiy, Brooklyn Heights GardensPhoto courtesy of Bella Mancini DesignPhoto by Michel ArnaudPhoto by Frank MullaneyPhoto by David BostromElena Frampton, Frampton CoPhoto courtesy of Frampton Co.Harry Heissmann, Harry Heissmann Inc.Photo by Nacho GuevaraGary Ciuffo, Ciuffo Cabinetry©JonsarStudios 2017Photo courtesy if Glenn Gissler DesignPhoto courtesy of Henry & Co DesignAmy Gardella, Seaport Flowers & HomeGlenn Gissler, Glenn Gissler DesignThursday, October 5, 2017 • Brooklyn Heights Press • 3B’klyn Heights Showhouse Welcomes Public, Hand-Picked Designers Create Heights GemContinued from page 3 Like the Showhouse’s charitable benefactor, The Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) exists to honor the past while celebrating the future in their mission. The welcome mat is out until Sunday, Nov.5. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for BHA members. All proceeds benefit the BHA. For more information on tickets, visit Carr, Macon Jessop, Bevin Cline and Eliza Alsop of 3walls Deborah Berke Partners (left to right): Caroline Wharton Ewing, Stephen Brockman and Kiki Dennis Photo courtesy of Deborah Berke PartnersErin Fearins, Ward Welch, Amy Courtney, Cheryl Settino Mosher and Margaret Hu of Fearins|Welch Interior Design Photo by Rachael Stollar4 • Brooklyn Heights Press • Thursday, October 5, 2017Photo by Jason WychePatrick Owen Burns, 80, Dies, Devoted Life to Social Change By Francesca Norsen Tateas MECCO. Becoming its CEO, he focused on investing in variety of minority-owned businesses, including Essence magazine. Patrick Owen Burns of Sheffield, Massachusetts, a native While running MECCO, he also served as a governor of the New Yorker and resident of Brooklyn Heights for more than 50 SBIC Association in Washington, D.C. and testified before conyears, died on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the age of 80, from compli- gress multiple times regarding issues of capital formation and its cations of Parkinson’s disease. He dedicated his life and career power to effect social and economic change. to bring about social change, particularly improving life and Ever civic-minded, Burns served on the board of directors of opportunity to the impoverished. several medical facilities and health centers around New York, A native of Fieldston, Bronx, Burns received his undergradu- including Long Island College Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical ate degree from Dartmouth and his law degree, cum laude, from Center, Beth Israel Foundation, Cobble Hill Health Center, Harvard in 1962. Heights and Hill Community Soon after graduation, Burns Center and Resources for spent a year in Africa, serving Children with Special Needs. as the legal advisor to the nation Dr. Morrell Avram, a noted of Lesotho. Returning to New Heights specialist who practiced York City, he worked for at Long Island College Hospital Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and during the time Burns served on McCloy. During his tenure at its board, said: “I’m very shocked Milbank, his interest in political by the passing of Patrick Burns. I and social change grew. He was worked with him for 20 years, program and borough coordinaand I’ve known him as an incredtor for Robert F. Kennedy’s ibly dedicated volunteer. He campaign for Senate, and was a spent a lifetime helping with the special investigator and attorLong Island College Hospital ney for the OEO’s (Office of board. He was one of the most Economic Opportunity) Head active members of that board. Start Project in Louisiana, creAnd I have to say that Patrick ated to address the effects of (Sr.) was one of a handful of poverty in the U.S. by intervenregents (board members) of Long ing to aid children. He was a Island College Hospital who volvolunteer defense attorney in unteered put in almost full-time Jackson, Mississippi for the job — in addition to his daytime ACLU, an assistant to Edward job — to improve this communiKennedy in his campaign for ty. And they had an incredible Senate and a legal consultant to attachment to Cobble Hill and the Warren Commission invesespecially to Brooklyn Heights.” tigating President John F. Dr. Avram added, “Patrick Kennedy’s assassination. (Jr.) to this day has emulated his Frederick Kneip, a longtime Patrick Owen Burns, Sr. as pictured during his campaign father by being very active in neighbor and colleague of for New York City Council in 1968. the community, and promoting Burns, said, “Patrick has been the development of housing my close friend for over 50 years, beginning with our days appropriate for the poor and rich alike. He’s involved in many together at Milbank Tweed. He was a man of great intellect and ways, with accommodating everybody who needs help in wit, with a genuine concern for others less fortunate. Susan and Brooklyn Heights, and he has done this by Patrick Sr., who has I will miss him greatly.” spent a lifetime giving us back his love for his fellow people.” In 1968, Burns ran for City Council in the 18th district of Mr. Burns dedicated his life to helping others through his proBrooklyn. While this campaign was unsuccessful, it served to fessional and volunteer work and continued to work in venture nurture his commitment to public service. He eventually left capital as a fund manager, board director and consultant until he Milbank to become a Deputy of ICBO (Interracial Council for retired in 2011. Business Opportunity) where he had been working pro bono on After health issues required a move to Sheffield, behalf of the firm. He soon became ICBO’s president and Massachusetts, he continued to be active in his community, formed a Minority Enterprise Small Business Company known working as president of The Friends of Bushnell-Sage Library in Brooklyn Heights PressHeights Mourns Bill Newbury, 69, For Whom Brooklyn Offered Joy By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Heights PressBill NewburyPhoto courtesy of the Newbury familyThe Brooklyn Heights community last weekend paid tribute to William Kellogg Newbury, 69, who died on Sept. 24 of complications from cancer. The funeral took place at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, where Newbury, along with his family, was an active parishioner. Born in Concord, Massachusetts, Newbury was nonetheless a son of Brooklyn, where he lived with his wife, Priscilla, and three daughters. He was an ever-present and smiling face on his block, and took comfort and community from his membership in many local organizations. He was a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and Trinity College, the Yale School of Forestry and NYU’s Stern School of Business. He had retired from a long career at the financial services firm TIAA-CREF. In addition to his wife and daughters, Newbury is survived by a son-in-law, family and friends. The family wrote on, “Bill loved Brooklyn and his neighborhood, so we hope you will remember him by enjoying Brooklyn Heights and all it has to offer.” Some particular favorites were the newly built Brooklyn Bridge Park, ferry trips to Governors Island, and eating at Vinegar Hill House, Frankies 457, and Buttermilk Channel (the Court Street restaurant named for the strait between Brooklyn and Governors Island). Newbury derived joy from his regular treks to the Sahadi Importing Company for snacks, and to the Wilklow Orchard stand at the Saturday farmers’ market at Borough Hall. He also enjoyed working his garden plot next to Adam Yauch Park on the corner of State Street and Columbia Place. Newbury was active in the Willowtown Association and the Heights Casino as well as at Grace Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Church Brooklyn Heights Music Fund or the Appalachian Mountain Club, where he worked summers as a young man.Patrick Owen Burns, Sr.Photos courtesy of the Burns familySheffield, as a member of the Sheffield Historical Society and its finance committee and the Sheffield Land Trust. He remained active for 42 years on the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Burns is survived by his wife of 50 years: Barbara Hope Van Riper Burns; his children, Patrick Owen Burns Jr. and Elizabeth Willett Burns Secchia; and grandchildren Emma, Patrick III, Zachariah, Massimiliano and Rose. His funeral in Sheffield will be held at Christ Trinity Church, 180 Main St., this Saturday Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. A memorial service in Brooklyn will also take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m., at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, 245 Hicks St. Donations in his memory can be made to Heights & Hills Community Council or Americares (, a disaster relief and global health organization that provides immediate response to emergencies.The Rev. Dr. Donald W. McKinney, 90, Served First Unitarian Church for 35 Years Word reached the Brooklyn Heights Press of the death on Sunday, October 1 of the Rev. Dr. Donald W. McKinney, senior minister of First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn from 1957-1992. Dr. McKinney’s tenure was a time of innovation that not only nurtured the church’s commitment to social justice, but also built and expanded its religious education program. Dr. McKinney was a widelyrespected preacher. Funeral services for him are still being planned as of press time. Details will follow in a later edition.The Rev. Dr. Donald W. McKinney (at right) is pictured with longtime friend and congregant Seth Faison, during a family Thanksgiving celebration on Long Island. Photo courtesy of Sara Faison Thursday, October 5, 2017 • Brooklyn Heights Press • 5Selfies at Sunset in Brooklyn Bridge Park Plus Other Instagram-Worthy Shoreline Sights, Illuminated by October Light By Lore CroghanBrooklyn Heights PressThey are sun worshippers in this Instagram era. On these early October afternoons, crowds are gathering on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s shoreline to photograph the sun as it sets behind the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. They’re sitting on the stone steps of the cove that faces Jane’s Carousel and the EmpireStores complex. Some people make the sunset their sole focus. Others snap selfies with the setting sun and the bridge serving as backdrops. In everyone’s photos, the sun looks like a golden disc snuggled up against the bridge and the water is lit with a path of gold. Brooklyn Bridge Park is quite the visitors’magnet these days. Unseasonably warm temperatures,Selfie snapper at sunset in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Empire Stores can be seen in the background.which predicts will last at least through Oct. 11, make the park especially alluring. Folks sit on benches on Pier 1, catching some rays and gazing at Lower Manhattan’s skyscrapers. October Light (yes, that was the title of a 1970s novel by John Gardner) adds a patina to the sunshine that illuminates the green lawns of the Pier 5 uplands and brightens the autumnflowers on landscaped Pier 6. Sailboats’ reflections are visible in the waters of the park’s marina. In a New York minute, the leaves are going to change colors and drop off the trees. In another New York minute, snow will suddenly show up. It always happens that way. So carpe diem. Stroll in the park while you can still wear sandals and sleeveless shirts.Sailboats in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s marina seem so serene.Heights Press photos by Lore CroghanBlue umbrellas stand tall on the Pier 5 picnic peninsula in Brooklyn Bridge Park.6 • Brooklyn Heights Press • Thursday, October 5, 2017Sunset in Brooklyn Bridge Park — it’s irresistible this time of year.Heights Press photos by Lore CroghanPathways thread through Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 uplands. The properties in the background are situated on the Promenade.Berries growing on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 uplands look good enough to eat — but leave them alone, please.Thursday, October 5, 2017 • Brooklyn Heights Press • 7New Condo Facade Revealed at 325 Henry St. There Was a Gas Station on This Cobble Hill Historic District SiteHere’s a rendering of 325 Henry St., which is located in the Cobble
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