Our readers have spoken and our editorial team has weighed in on the BHB Ten for 2013. In no particular order, here’s the list of the people who made a difference in (or from) Brooklyn Heights last year:
Michael DD White – White, via his blog Noticing New York and Citizens Defending Libraries, the organization he co-founded with his wife Carolyn Mcintryre, has kept the drum beating to save the Brooklyn Heights library. Agree or disagree with his group’s position, you cannot deny the fact that they’ve been responsible for keeping the dialogue about the issue in the public eye.
How tall will buildings be to replace Brooklyn Heights Library? Read Latest Noticing New York article to explore! pic.twitter.com/vHY0fjdF62
— Michael D. D. White (@WhiteMdd) December 17, 2013
Sue Raboy and the #SaveLICH movement – Raboy, whose life was saved at LICH, organized and spearheaded the community effort to save the embattled hospital. BHB reader “-j” nominated Raboy, noting: “She has led the group in vigils outside the hospital, in front of the Supreme Court & in collecting petition signatures all over the area – in all kinds of weather & even with a cast on her leg. Her efforts & dedication of this grass roots group of neighbors and LICH patients resulted in media attention for the community & the hospital & thousands of petition signatures that will be handed over to Governor Cuomo along with NYSNA’s. Sue Raboy, retired librarian turned into a community advocate to help save her hospital & so far has helped manage to do just that.”
— Sue Raboy (@incasue) January 2, 2014
Francesco Nuccitelli: Almost singlehandedly (with a major assist from owner Michael Keefe who also owns the building), Sociale manager Nuccitelli instantly created a comfortable and wildly popular eatery on Henry Street. While others tried to change the Henry Street restaurant game this year, Sociale truly did. No doubt it will join Henry’s End and Noodle Pudding as one of the street’s culinary stars.
Captain Cleanup – While his identity remains a secret, the man known as “Captain Cleanup” fought against lame graffiti on mailboxes, fireboxes and the like in his own special way. Who needs to obey the law when you have such style?
Roberto Gautier – He organized the 140 CPW Peace & Quiet Committee to fight construction noise coming for Brooklyn Bridge, drawing citywide attention. Score one for the little guy who just wants some peace and quiet.
Residents of 150 Joralemon – Speaking of fighting back, the spunky bunch at 150 Joralemon didn’t like the placement of a Citibike rack in front of their building. With some guerilla tactics (throwing garbage on the bikes) and a lawsuit against the city they embodied the late Bob Grant’s catchphrase “your influence counts….use it!”
New York can't have nice things pic.twitter.com/wWWIQOxXVy
— Nick (@duckumu) June 2, 2013
Mary Frost – The veteran Brooklyn Eagle reporter’s coverage of the #SaveLICH movement was best in class citywide this year. We’ve always been a fan and in 2013 she brought her “A” game.
Hamid Rahmanian – The Brooklyn Heights based author spent three and a half years working on the English translation of the epic Persian poem Shahnameh, bringing what is widely regarded as a centerpiece of Persian culture to a broader audience.
Fabien Cousteau – The State Street resident will attempt to break his grandfather Jacques’ record by living underwater for 31 days this spring.
Alexis Ohanian – The Reddit co-founder stepped up his game in 2013. With the publishing of Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed he gained attention outside of the tech world, spreading his message about the importance of the open Web.
— Alexis Ohanian (@alexisohanian) December 28, 2013