When a civic association celebrates “83 years of democracy in action”, it’s a testament to the strength of the association that many of its leaders have been around for that long. Well, not quite that long. Last Thursday the Dyker Heights Civic Association honored James F. Clark at its annual Testimonial Dinner at Sirico’s on 13th Avenue. When the welcome speech was given by Mafaldo DiMango, let’s just say the she and Jim Clark, combined, could have boasted more than 100 years of community service as adults in Dyker and Bay Ridge. While the legendary Mafaldo chaired the dinner and served as 1st Vice President of the Dyker Civic Association, it was Jim Clark’s night , and the spotlight shone brightly.
More than 120 people attended to support the association and honor Jim Clark, and official proclamations came from numerous elected officials, including Congressman Grimm, Assemblyman Abbate, State Senator Golden, Councilman Gentile and Borough President Marty Markowitz, with a special message delivered by Carlo Scissura (sp?) . As one observer said later, “The evening was peppered with praise for salt of the earth,” referring to Jim Clark’s quiet and steady devotion to whatever the job at hand might be.
Native sons and daughters of Brooklyn who have moved up and out to fame and fortune in the entertainment industry are legendary. Think Barbara Streisand, Danny Kaye and Mary Tyler Moore, the Neils ( Diamond and Sedaka) just to name a few who did not return to live here. But one show biz family, though residing in Manhattan as a base for their globe-trotting careers, often refer with pride to their Brooklyn roots. Fyvush Finkel , the patriarch star of stage, screen and television, was born the son of a tailor in Brownsville and ‘made his bones’ in show biz by performing in Yiddish theatre on the lower east side, as well as variety stand-up in the Catskills.
Praised for his role in Sidney Lumet’s movie Q&A, Fyvush was casting Picket Fences television series, for which he won an Emmy. Still the most beloved Jewish character actor ever (“…the face that launched a thousand schticks”), Fyvush (nee Philip) recently appeared in the Coen brothers movie, ‘A Simple Man’. On Broadway he played several characters in Fiddler on the Roof, then lead in the national tour company. Continue reading
The venerable man of letters, Dr. Samuel Johnson, said in 18th century England, “Men need not be told as much as reminded…”
One interpretation is that educated people of good will know what should and shouldn’t be done, but often — human nature being what it is — they need to be reminded.
Notify NYC, the city’s official hotline, sent email warnings early today (Thursday) about temperatures between 100 and 110 F. Outdoor events all over the borough and beyond were being cancelled via email. Bay Ridge-based Narrows Botanical Garden cancelled their outdoor film program tonight. A group in influential lawyers who hoped to sneak away to a Nassau County golf course this afternoon decided to call off the outing. And Starbucks, brilliant purveyor of hot drinks with fancy names, still had long lines because of one simple marketing tool:’ just add ice.’
One of our contributors spotted this promobile for Jekyll & Hyde restaurant at a Manhattan gas station….
Only four blocks long, with a civic center at one end and a tourist attraction at the other, Montague Street is completely unique in New York City…but sometimes it’s gritty.Commercial establishments require deliveries, commercial streets require traffic to survive. In the face of these facts of life, the Montague Street Business Improvement District, run by Brigit Pinnell, works overtime to enhance and , yes, improve the historic commercial strip. (see their website at www.montaguebid.com). Continue reading
Friends and readers have raved about the Henrik Krogius photo of setting sun that became the cover of INBrooklyn supplement to Brooklyn Eagle and Brooklyn Heights Press. Also moved by that same sunset, at slightly different moment, was reader Will Hasty, who sent this photo from his iPhone.
In the fall of 2010 many Brooklyn friends of BAM, including Chairman Alan Fishman,gathered at this famous house—70 Willow Street—to celebrate the impendingfive-year partnership with American Ballet Theatre.ABT would be coming to BAM each holiday, it was announced, to present the exciting new choreography ofAlexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker. The dinner at 70 Willow Street, hosted by Claire Silberman and Stuart Leaf, was designed to bring together Brooklyn-based support for the ABT/BAMNutcracker partnership. Inattendance were many leaders , past and present in the arts world.Kevin MacKenzie, Artistic Director of ABT , gave a stirring speech about the power of Ratmansky’s vision, and noted that ABT and BAM had actually worked together in the past.But it was the presence of Seth Faison, former chairman of BAM who had recruited and hired the legendaryHarvey Lichtenstein, that reminded all present of the significance of 70 Willow Street. It had been for many yearsthe home of ABT co-founder and set designerOliver Smith. Faison could recall personally the collaborations with ABT and BAM in the 1960s, when Oliver Smith, in the very same house, had hosted parties similar to the one last fall. (Indeed, the current 2011 ABT season at the Metropolitan Opera House features a popular Coppelia, with production notes in the program that refer to a premiereat BAM in December, 1968, danced by Carla Fracci andReik Bruhn.) Continue reading
Bake Sale Turns Flour into Flowers
by Neil Calet
If you were on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade two Saturdays ago at about 10:50AM, you might have noticed an excited cluster of people gathered just north of the Montague St. entrance. Their buzzing chatter in German, French, English and one or two unidentifiable languages probably gave you no clue to what these folks were waiting for; but one deep breath would have told you all. The aroma of home-baked cakes, cookies, fruit tarts, scones, pies, spread over three long trestle tables could only mean … a Bake Sale! And not just any bake sale but the second annual sale by, and for the benefit of, the Promenade Partnership.
|Several Brooklyn members of the Civil War Round Table helped honor award-winning actor Sam Waterston as the recipient of the Barondess/Lincoln Award on Feb.16. Shown left to right, Liz Lushpenko, attorney and associate at Connors & Sullivan, Michael Connors, CWRT board member and partner at Connors & Sullivan, Sam Waterston, Dozier Hasty, publisher of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Photo by Kate Attardo
Brooklyn members of the Civil War Round Table helped fill a packed house at the Three West Club on 51st Street off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan recently. The star attraction of the evening was not a scholar or writer covering the formative event in American history, as is often the case. Instead it was one of the most well-recognized and respected actors in the universe.