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Brownstone Movement Seen Anew

By Trudy Whitman

Whether they’re tucked under arms, stashed in briefcases, or lighting up tablets, copies of Suleiman Osman’s The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York (Oxford University Press, $29.95) can be seen all over the neighborhood.

Osman is a Park Slope native. The book began as his doctoral dissertation at Harvard, so don’t expect an easy late summer read, but do expect to get hooked. It begins at State and Nevins in 1966. The neighborhood had recently carved itself out of South Brooklyn by giving itself a name — Boerum Hill. And members of the Boerum Hill Association, placards and bullhorns in hand, were on the corner on November 22, 1966, with the intent of blocking the destruction of an abandoned townhouse.

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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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Popular Eatery’s Mysterious Closing

Hills & Gardens
By Trudy Whitman

Some open prematurely — without a liquor license or ability to accept credit cards or with untrained servers. Not Breuckelen. Chef/proprietor Andrew Karasz had the whole package in place when the restaurant at 268 Clinton Street opened last year after a massive renovation. The food preparation, service, and décor indicated a true labor of love, and customers came in droves. No matter what night of the week or what the weather, it was difficult to get a table at Breuckelen.

So when the restaurant shut down two weeks ago, neighbors were mystified. A sign on the window said that Breuckelen was “taking a breather.”

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