Monthly Archives: December 2011

Fireboat Display Seen From Promenade

Eagle photo by Henrik Krogius

There was no snow on Sunday, Dec. 18, but there was quite a chill nonetheless. Those who were willing to brave the cold weather could visit the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and see a spectacular display of Fire Department fireboats off the Battery.

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Students Explore Brooklyn’s Past

St. Francis College Teams With B’klyn Historical Society

A student at St. Francis College examines documents at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s library.

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — In the dark, wood-paneled library of the Brooklyn Historical Society, students in Eric Platt’s history class pulled on pristine white gloves and began to pore over delicate black-and-white photos laid out on long tables.

Some of the photographs — dating back to around 1900 — are grainy family portraits taken on the Coney Island boardwalk and printed on iron sheets. Later photos, taken in the 1980s in the same location, show graffiti-scarred, dilapidated buildings.

“How does this reflect the time when it was taken?” Platt, an assistant professor of history, recently asked a group of students as he pointed to one of the more current photos. “Is Coney Island in better shape today?”

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Partial Collapse On Columbia St.

A partial collapse took place at a low-rise commercial building at 185 Columbia St. around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning. A small apartment building next door at 183 Columbia St., which also contains a live poultry market, was temporarily evacuated, but no firefighters or civilians were injured, according to an FDNY spokesman. The building is on the corner of DeGraw Street, which has been closed for more than a year between Columbia and Hicks streets due to construction work on the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel. The closed-off street is also home to a colony of stray cats, who are no doubt attracted by the presence of the chicken market.

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Markowitz Hands Out Toys, Books to Tots

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Borough President Marty Markowitz turned the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall into a festive holiday toy store and distributed hundreds of new toys and books collected during the annual Borough Hall toy drive.

Brooklyn-based service organizations, including churches, youth groups, and women’s shelters, received an amazing selection of new toys and books donated by scores of individuals and corporate sponsors.

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Pete Hamill Speaks at St. Francis College

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — “Reading is active, watching television is passive,”acclaimed novelist and essayist Pete Hamill told a standing-room-only crowd in St. Francis College’s Founders Hall, Dec. 1, as the 2011 speaker for the Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series.

The legendary Brooklyn born journalist emphasized the importance of reading, shared stories of his life growing up in Brooklyn and discussed his travels abroad.

“It [reading] was essential to the making of my life … and essential to millions and millions and millions of my generation,”said Hamill. He explained that even though his family was poor he was not deprived because books such as Babar allowed him to experience a world outside of the “urban hamlet”he lived in. A chair, lamp and book were all he needed to time travel to any destination his imagination desired. “The reason to read doesn’t go away as we get older,”said Hamill. He encouraged the audience to make lists of books they should read or re-read, noting that life’s experiences often tend to change our insight on stories. After all, he questioned, who would want to reach the end of their lives and realize they never read Moby Dick?

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Would Be Ideal Component In Tech Map of Brooklyn

This rendering, released to the Eagle in October, shows the NYU-Polytechnic proposal for the former MTA headquarters building at 370 Jay St. (center). Notice that the façade of the building would be completely redesigned. Photo courtesy of New York University-Polytechnic Institute.

By Raanan Geberer

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — “Let’s give the city three cheers for the plans for the city’s new applied science campus on Roosevelt Island, but we’ll give it five cheers when the city decides to support NYU and Polytechnic’s proposal for an applied science campus here.”

These words, spoken by Assemblywoman Joan Milllman (D-Downtown Brooklyn/Heights) in front of the nearly vacant former MTA headquarters building at 370 Jay St., captured the mood of Wednesday’s press conference.

Sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Downtown Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan) and Borough President Marty Markowitz, the rally was called to emphasize that the NYU-Polytechnic proposal, which would use the Jay Street building for classrooms and offices, is still on the table.

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