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Heights Promenade Volunteer Is Dedicated to Gardening Year-round

This photo of Grace Gutman was taken during the Promenade Partnership’s first Saturday workday two years ago. Photo by Jonathan Landsman.

By Jonathan Landsman

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Almost exactly two years ago, I met Grace Gutman, the volunteer with the Promenade Partnership who has the most relentless hand for weed pulling and most years of life experience. “I came to plant pretty things for the spring,” was how she greeted me then.

I know our meeting was two years ago because it is easy to mark time by garden work. We were planting bulbs that day, an autumn task that will begin anew very soon this year. Bulb planting, it turned out, was Grace’s favorite job.

“You anticipate the pleasure they’ll bring. It’s so glorious to go down and see them,” she said. Certainly spring, the time of our tulips and daffodils, is when I see the most cameras pointed at the gardens, including that of one local resident who took more than 300 photos of our bulbs last fall.

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Earthquake in Brooklyn — Markowitz: ‘We Need This Like a Hole In the Head’

Workers at the renovation site at 20 Henry St., known locally as the “Candy Factory” building, gather across the street after the building was evacuated in the aftermath of yesterday’s surprise earthquake. Photo by Mary Frost

Unnerved pigeons in Greenpoint huddled together after the quake. Photo by Camilla Maxwell

Residents and office workers — and even pigeons — in Brooklyn were rattled by the Tuesday’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake, which was centered in Louisa, Virginia and was felt up and down the East Coast around 1:50 p.m.

Many Downtown Brooklyn government and private office buildings were evacuated, at least temporarily, and people at Coney Island and Brighton Beach started running from the water to the shore.

Brooklyn didn’t suffer much serious building damage, fire or utility outages, however. That was the word from Chris Gilbride, press representative of the Office of Emergency Management in Downtown Brooklyn. Representatives of several of the borough’s community boards, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the MetroTech BID and the Fire Department concurred. There were reports of some minor damage, including to a chimney in Red Hook.

Some people reported items shaking on their tables and shelves and their furniture moving. So many people made cell phone calls that Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint reported congested circuits.

At the construction site at 20 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights, steam fitter John Pabon was working on the third floor when he felt the shaking. “The whole building was swaying,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Everybody evacuated.”

The roughly two dozen construction workers ran downstairs and gathered on the sidewalk across Henry Street. Steamfitter Pete P. said the workers were going home for the day. “They’re going to have an engineer check the building,” he said.
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Top Chef at Colonie Opening New restaurant in DUMBO

Brad McDonald, the new Executive Chef at Colonie on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights (he replaced Alex Sorenson), will be opening a small, “kitchen-focused” restaurant in DUMBO, according to Grub Street.

“It’s currently unnamed, but the place has been floating around under the alias ‘No Name Hunt Club’ and will launch in January 2012.”

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St. George Dorms Get Greened

Photo by Mary Frost

The planters in front of the Hotel St. George dorms on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights are full of  lush greenery and the benches provide a welcome place to relax.

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Workers Injured at Montague Building

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An FDNY spokesperson says two electricians suffered burns to their face, hands and arms while doing electrical work in a building in Brooklyn Heights. They were injured, he added when a fuse box “popped” around 8 a.m. Monday at the 15-story building at 195 Montague St. He added that they were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were listed in serious but stable condition.

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