Brooklyn Heights Blog » Sports http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Sun, 19 May 2019 23:28:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Brooklyn Nets At Pier 2http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84848 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/84848#comments Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:07:50 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=84848

On Saturday, October 14, the Brooklyn Nets will hold an open practice and block party at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. While tickets for the practice sold out within hours, tickets aren’t necessary for the block party. More tickets for the practice may be made available on the day of the event.

The event will begin at 11 am and include youth basketball games, fan activities, and food trucks.

 

The entire Brooklyn Nets team is expected to attend. The Nets will open their sixth season in Brooklyn on Friday, October 20 against the Orlando Magic.

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83622 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83622#comments Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:25:26 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83622

It’s a busy week coming at the Brooklyn Historical Society. At 6:30 on Monday evening, May 1, there’s a program for two wheel enthusiasts, “Bike Month: A Conversation with Paul Steely White and Mark Gorton.” White is Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives and Gorton is founder and publisher of Streetsblog and Streetfilms. Admission is $5, or free for BHS members; there’s more info and purchase or reserve tickets here.

On Tuesday evening, May 2, at 6:30 there will be a very timely discussion, “Bringing Truth Back: Reporting Facts in a Post-Truth Era.” It will feature a panel of distinguished political journalists, and will be moderated by Sopan Deb, “a culture reporter for The New York Times, writing about the intersection of politics and culture, among other topics.” Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; more information and purchase tickets here.

A book titled City of Dreams:
Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles
may seem to be an odd basis for a reading and discussion likely to appeal to Brooklyn baseball fans, especially on the sixtieth anniversary of the Dodgers’ departure. The book’s author, Jerald Podair, will be at BHS Wednesday evening, May 3 at 6:30, to read from and discuss his book. In it, he “challenges the narrative that owner Walter O’Malley happily abandoned Brooklyn and moved west,” and finds a villain familiar to Brooklyn Heights residents: Robert Moses. Admission is $5, or free for members; more information and purchase or reserve tickets here.

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83486 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83486#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:17:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83486

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening of part one of Ken Burns’s documentary, Jackie Robinson. This film focuses on Robinson’s early life, from his childhood in Georgia through his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It will be introduced by co-directors, producers, and writers Sarah Burns and David McMahon, and is presented in conjunction with BHS’s exhibition on Jackie Robinson and his historic breaking of major league baseball’s color barrier. Part two of the documentary will be shown the following Wednesday, April 19. The event is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

On Thursday evening, April 13 at 6:30, BHS presents Randy Cohen, of Person Place Thing, with award-winning novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; purchase tickets here.

Photo: jackierobinson.com.

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Coming at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83389 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/83389#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:38:16 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=83389

This coming Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will host a Family Play Day

where families get to try hands-on activities and games that will be featured in a new exhibition about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront.

The activities will include building puzzles, making postcards, drawing murals, and others, and are designed for children ages two to twelve. Participants will become important in deciding what becomes a permanent part of the Society’s exhibition when it opens later in 2017. Snacks will be served, and those who attend will receive a gift from BHS. Admission is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

Did you know that Brooklyn briefly had an NHL team before the Islanders? Word has it that the Isles stay here may be brief, but not so much so as the Brooklyn Americans, who had previously been the New York Americans, and who played under the Brooklyn name for one season (1941-42) that proved to be their last. On Monday, April 3, starting at 6:30 BHS will present a screening of Dale Morrisey’s new documentary, Only the Dead Know the Brooklyn Americans. The film will be followed by a discussion with Stan Fischler, MSG’s “Hockey Maven,” and Allan Kreda of the New York Times. Admission is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

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Coming Events at Brooklyn Bridge Parkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81031 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/81031#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:08:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=81031

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 20) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. there will be a free Pier 5 Family Field Day, with potato, sack, and Hula Hoop races, parachute games, soccer skills lessons, and scrimmage games. More information here.

On Sunday afternoon, August 21 from 2:00 to 5:00 the Nantucket lightship (photo), docked at Pier 6, near the foot of Atlantic Avenue, will be open for free public tours. More information here. At 4:00 p.m. there will be a special treat for kids, as Brian Floca, author of Lightship, reads from and discusses his book. More information here.

Monday, August 22 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and there will be a day and evening long celebration at Pier 1, with guests from Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey on hand to provide fun, games, and entertainment. The kid-friendly band Ramblin’ Dan will provide music, and there will be a free ice cream social during the afternoon hosted by Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. During the evening, Bill Nye the Science Guy will host an interactive game in which participants can control lights on the One World Trade Center’s spire, while DJ Questlove will provide ambient music. More information here.

Saturday, August 27 is the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, and as part of the Battle Week observances, the Park’s weekly Wednesday Night Tour, this time led by Robert Furman, author of Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb, will focus on the role of the East River in the early stages of the American Revolution. Tickets are $10, or free for Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy members; more information and purchase or reserve tickets here.

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Bridge Parkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/80271 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/80271#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 03:25:47 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=80271

There’s a wealth of free events at Brooklyn Bridge Park starting tomorrow (Thursday) evening and extending through the weekend. On Thursday evening, June 23, starting at 8:00, park partner BAMcinemaFest presents a screening of Sara Jordenö’s film Kiki on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1. Admission is free; there will be “curated food” for sale. More information here

The Harbor View Lawn is once again the venue on Friday evening, June 24, starting at 7:00, as park partner The Metropolitan Opera begins its Summer Recital Series, this performance featuring the dynamic young soprano Angel Blue (photo) along with several young Met stars. More information here.

On Saturday, June 25, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Fornino, on Pier 6, BBP Gardener Jessica Slade will lead a Pollinators Tour through the flower fields on Pier 6, during which you’ll see the work of various pollinating insects and learn about their habits and roles. More information here.

On Saturday afternoon, on Pier 2, the NY Red Bulls Street Team will show off their skills, lead soccer activities for kids and adults, and conduct a 5v5 tournament, the winners of which will get “a VIP experience at Red Bull Arena”. Registration starts at 1:00 at the site, and the tournament goes from 2:00 to 7:00. More information here.

Also on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., at 99 Plymouth Street in DUMBO, the park and the Brooklyn Arts Council will present “a curatorial talk with Larissa Simpson” concerning artwork on exhibit there for the NYC Oyster Project. More information here.

Sunday morning, June 26, at 11:00 is a most lively time in the park, as all of the following events begin then. You can take the young ‘uns to the Pier 6 lawns for the “Pier Kids” event “Wildlife Theater presents Butterfly Boogie”. Young or old, if playing good chess is your ambition, also on Pier 6 you can attend Checkmate 101 with Zeebedee Collins. Up for some water sport? Go to Pier 2 for Kayak Polo. Be there by 11:00 sharp to reserve your space. Want to learn about the origins of the park and the history of the waterfront that preceded it? Be at the Pier 1 entrance at 11:00 for a docent guided tour.

All of these activities are subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather.

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NYFEST 2016 Soccer Tournament at Brooklyn Bridge Park Saturdayhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79231 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/79231#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:09:19 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=79231

All day this Saturday, April 16, NYFEST 2016, a charity soccer tournament, will take place on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. The action starts at 8:00 a.m. when the first round of the Industry tournaments kicks off; these continue until 6:00 p.m. A Youth Soccer Showcase goes from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Starting at 1:00 p.m. there will be a “Heroes” exhibition game pitting the FDNY against the NYPD. Many other games and activities are planned; more information here.

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78675 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78675#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:41:55 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=78675

Sunset Park already has a large Asian population; now Bensonhurst has a rapidly growing Chinese community. How is this likely to affect local politics? On Wednesday evening, January 27, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a discussion on this topic, moderated by Jarrett Murphy, with panelists Paul Mak of the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association, professor Peter Kwong, and City Council Member Mark Treyger, whose district includes Bensonhurst. Admission is $5, or free for BHS and Green-Wood members; purchase or reserve tickets here.

Did you know that New York has a team in the National Women’s Hockey League, and that they play their home games in Brooklyn? They’re the New York Riveters, who play at the Aviator Sports & Events Center. They take their name from the World War II icon “Rosie the Riveter” (image). On Thursday evening, January 28, starting at 6:30, you’ll be able to meet some members of the team at BHS along with their coach, former New York Ranger Chad Wiseman and NWHL founder and commissioner Dani Rylan. Admission is $5, or free for BHS and Green-Wood members; purchase or reserve tickets here. This event is presented in conjunction with BHS’s exhibit Brooklyn Americans: Hockey’s Forgotten Promise.

Image: Wikipedia; public domain.

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Societyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78592 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/78592#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 03:42:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=78592

On Tuesday evening, January 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening and discussion of A Place at the Table, “which exposes the realities of hunger in the United States through the stories of three families who struggle daily to secure the source of their next meal.” Following the screening, director Lori Silverbush will discuss the film and its findings with the audience. This is being offered in conjunction with BHS’s exhibit Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC. Admission is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

Hockey fans should be delighted to know that on Wednesday evening, January 20, Pat LaFontaine (photo), whose NHL career started with the Islanders, went from there to the Buffalo Sabres, and concluded with the Rangers, thereby having been on all three New York State NHL teams, will be at BHS for a discussion of his career and the sport with Allan Kreda and Stan Fischler. This event is in conjunction with BHS’s exhibit Brooklyn Americans: Hockey’s Forgotten Promise (scroll down). Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS and Green-Wood members; buy tickets here.

Pat LaFontaine photo: Wikia; public domain.

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St. Francis College “Big Splash II” Friday Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/77874 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/77874#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 02:22:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=77874

Our local and highly regarded small college, St. Francis, is not only an academic powerhouse but also a contender to be reckoned with in basketball and in water sports. This weekend the college will celebrate “Big Splash II”, a celebration and reunion, and a fundraiser, for the Terriers’ men’s and women’s swimming, water polo, and diving teams. All are invited.

This Friday evening, December 11, from 6:30 to 9:30, at Founders’ Hall, 180 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Court) “Big Splash II” will give you an opportunity to meet current and former aquatic athletes and coaches at a gala event, and to contribute to the teams’ future success. Srdjan Mihaljevic, a 2001 St. Francis alumnus, vice president at Morgan Stanley and former member of the water polo team, as well as coach of the men’s team in 2012-13, when he took them to the NCAA Final Four, said “My association with the program shaped me into the man I am today, and much of my success I owe to St. Francis.” Friday evening’s festivities will be followed by an alumni water polo game on Saturday.

Admission to “Big Splash II” is $50 per person or $75 per couple; tickets may be purchased here. Questions? Contact Carl Quigley, St. Francis’ assistant athletic director, at cquigley@sfc.edu

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Watch the Mets’ Game 1 at Borough Hallhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/77270 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/77270#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:39:25 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=77270

From McBrooklyn: Borough president Eric Adams is opening up Borough Hall to watch tonight’s Mets’ game, the first in their World Series tilt against the Kansas City Royals.

In a neighborhood redolent with connections to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Borough Hall is just steps away from the old Trolley Dodgers’ offices, and the Dodgers celebrated their only World Series win at the Bossert Hotel.

Let’s go, Mets !

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More Height for Brooklyn Heights? Nets Star Thaddeus Young Settles Herehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76814 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76814#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 01:04:32 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=76814

Stories in both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times note that power forward Thaddeus Young, a Memphis, Tennessee native who recently signed a $50 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets, has become the first team member to move to Brooklyn, and specifically to Brooklyn Heights. Although the Nets became Brooklyn’s team and began playing home games in Barclays Center in 2012, basketball operations and training have remained in New Jersey. A new practice facility is scheduled to open in February in Industry City, on the Sunset Park waterfront. Young said he’s eager to have a shorter commute both to the practice facility and to Barclays Center. According to the WSJ and Times stories, other teammates are considering following Young to Brooklyn.

The WSJ article quotes Young about his new neighborhood:

“I’ve been welcomed to the neighborhood,” said Young, the first Nets player to move to Brooklyn. “I’ve walked the Brooklyn Bridge Park, all the piers. My kids hang out there every day, actually.”

Both stories tell of his frustration trying to drive on Atlantic Avenue the day of the Antic.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76445 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76445#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:03:23 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=76445

The Mets, to your correspondent’s satisfaction, are on a tear. You can join the celebration on Saturday, September 12, from noon to 4:00 p.m. on the play turf at the outer end of Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The event is free and will feature local radio DJs; Mets legends Edgardo Alfonzo, Darryl Strawberry, Howard Johnson, and Ed Kranepool(!); and swag bags. More information here. Love oysters, or just want to get to know them? Feeling flush? For $100 a person you can attend the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s “Oyster Shellabration” at the park’s newly opened John Street section in DUMBO. More information and buy tickets here. Don’t forget that Photoville will be open on the uplands near Pier 5 and the foot of Joralemon Street. Also, check out the Park’s new Environmental Education Center.

You may take a free guided Brooklyn Bridge Park tour by going to the Pier 1 entrance near the foot of Old Fulton Street at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. Looking ahead to September 16, there is the next Wednesday Night Tour, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to Pier 1 near the foot of Old Fulton Street. The subject of this week’s tour will be “Inside Public Hoticulture.” It will be led by Rashid Poulson, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Horticultural Supervisor. Tickets are $10, or $5 for Conservancy members. There’s more information and buy tickets here.

For other park activities this weekend and after, see their calendar.

Don’t forget Bargemusic’s free 9/11 Memorial Concert tomorrow (Friday, September 11) evening at 8:00. On Saturday evening at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 4:00 Bargemusic will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich performed by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, under the baton of Eli Spindel, along with soloists Mark Peskanov on violin and Steven Beck on piano. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated. There’s more information and buy tickets here.

If you know of any other events in or near Brooklyn Heights this weekend that should be mentioned, please let us know in a comment.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76179 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/76179#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:28:33 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=76179

Bargemusic has a full weekend of concerts, including music by classical, romantic, impressionist, and modern composers. On Friday evening, August 21 at 8:00, pianist Wayne Weng (photo) will play works by Ravel, Schubert, Medtner, Messiaen, and Liszt. On Saturday evening, August 22 at 8:00, pianists Michael Brown and Adam Golka will play works by Dvorak, Ravel, and Schubert, and a composition by Mr. Brown. On Sunday afternoon, August 23 at 4:00, cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws, along with Mr. Golka on piano, will play works by Schumann, Debussy, and Beethoven. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated. There’s more information and buy tickets here.

This weekend, for the third consecutive year, the Under Armour Elite 24, showcasing the talents of the top 24 high school basketball players in the country, will be held on Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park. There will be a skills competition Friday evening at 7:00 and an exhibition game Saturday afternoon at 4:00. Admission is free, but get there early to get a spot in the stands. On Sunday starting at 10:00 a.m. there will be a Family Field Day on Pier 5, near the foot of Joralemon Street. There will be lots of games and sports activities for kids. More information here. Sunday is also your last day to enjoy Smorgasburg on the Pier 5 uplands, before it decamps for the wilds of Prospect Park. You may take a free guided park tour by going to the Pier 1 entrance near the foot of Old Fulton Street at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. For other park activities this weekend and after, see their calendar.

If you know of any other events in or near Brooklyn Heights this weekend that should be mentioned, please let us know in a comment.

Wayne Weng photo: Sioux City Journal.

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Coming Up At Brooklyn Historical Society This Weekhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74771 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74771#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 03:11:43 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74771

Bike enthusiasts should enjoy Tuesday evening’s program, “Wheeling Through Brooklyn’s Past With David V. Herlihy, ” which starts at 6:30 at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

In celebration of National Bike Month, join the author of Bicycle: The History and The Lost Cyclist for a look back at Brooklyn’s rich and colorful legacy of cycling clubs and culture. From the “South Brooklyn Wheelmen” to the “Whirling Dervishes,” Brooklyn has long been a hotbed of cycling. Learn all about it and make your head spin! Offered in partnership with the New York Cycle Club.

The event is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

Part 2 of “Brooklyn Collecting Brooklyn: Coney Island!” will take place on Thursday evening, May 20, starting at 6:30, at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, Grand Army Plaza. There you can see BPL’s archival collection of Coney Island related memorabilia. Admission is free, but you must reserve tickets here.

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Bell House Derby Party to Honor Homer Finkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74480 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/74480#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:43:09 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=74480

This in from Tracy (“Mrs. Fink”) Zamot:

THE BELL HOUSE is dedicating this year’s Derby to the memory of John Loscalzo and his deep abiding love for the Derby and a strong mint julep. Please come out and honor my silly man and the great compassion of the organizers. Also – we can reminisce about the time John’s Dad won and was convinced there was a conspiracy theory to keep the winnings from him. Who’s my date?

This Saturday, May 2, starting at 2:00 p.m.and going to 8:00 there will be live music, a best Derby hat contest, “Homer Fink’s Honorary Best Dressed Man Contest” (he was a snappy dresser), and, of course, lots of mint juleps. Oh, yeah, and that horse race on TV. More info and buy tickets here.

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St. Francis Women Advance to NCAA Tournamenthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73945 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73945#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:58:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73945

Brooklyn Heights will be represented in an NCAA basketball tournament this year: the women’s tournament. While the St. Francis men’s team fell to Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference tourney final (they will, however, play in the NIT), the women Terriers reversed this, defeating the Robert Morris women on the Colonials’ home court 77-62. They now advance to the first round of the women’s tournament, and face the top seeded University of Connecticut team Saturday.

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It’s “Wait ’til Next Year” for St. Francis, as Terriers Fall to Robert Morris in NEC Finalhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73876 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73876#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:11:03 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73876

“Wait ’til next year!” was a familiar cry in Brooklyn as the Dodgers fell short year after year, until 1955 (a Series your correspondent, then a fourth grader, watched from the piney woods of the Florida Panhandle) brought, in the words of Brooklyn poet Marianne Moore, “‘Millennium,’ yes; ‘pandemonium’!”*

We had hoped that 2015 would prove magic for Brooklyn Heights’ own St. Francis Terriers as ’55 did for the Dodgers. Alas, it was not to be, as the Terriers fell to the Colonials of Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University 66-63 in the Northeast Conference Final at St. Francis’ Pope Arena tonight. The Terriers thus remain one of the few Division One teams never to have made it to the NCAA Tournament. But Coach Glenn Braica has developed a strong program, and the Terriers stand to lose only four players to graduation, so perhaps Brooklyn Heights, along with St. Francis, can say “Wait ’til next year!” with some confidence.

*Marianne Moore, “Hometown Piece for Messrs. Alston and Reese.”

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Can Terriers Dance? Brooklyn Heights in March Madness?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73485 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/73485#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:04:57 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=73485

It’s a strong possibility that Brooklyn Heights will be represented in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, a.k.a. “The Dance,” a.k.a. “March Madness.” The St. Francis College Terriers now hold first place in the Northeast Conference; if they can hold that lead through the remainder of the regular season (the worst they could do now is end in a tie with last year’s NEC champ, Bryant) they will be the top seed, and therefore have home court advantage, in the three round NEC Tournament, which has its opening quarterfinal round on Wednesday, March 4. If the Terriers win the Tournament, they get invited to The Dance, which begins on March 17.

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Running Up Jehovah’s Hillhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71769 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71769#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:41:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=71769

Racked recently profiled a woman named Beth Weinstein who launched a clothing line for runners called Only Atoms. In the Q&A she was asked, “What’s the city’s most challenging route?”

Jehovah’s Hill in Brooklyn Heights! That’s not the official name, but since the hill is near the Jehovah’s Witness building, that’s what I call it. Sure, it’s a short hill, but it’s one of the steepest in New York City—great for hill repeats.

Daunting, to be sure. And while I’ve run down Jehovah’s Hill, I guess the true test is up. Have you run up that hill? Kate Bush has.

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Weekend Offers Tough Home Matchups for St. Francis Brooklyn Water Polohttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71676 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71676#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 15:34:49 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=71676

Riding a five-game winning streak that has pushed their record over the .500 mark for the first time this season, the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s water polo team (10-9; 8-1 CWPA Northern Division) closes out its Collegiate Water Polo Association’s (CWPA) regular season schedule at home this weekend with key matches against Brown, Harvard and M.I.T.

At stake for the Terriers is a possible fourth straight Northern Division title and ninth in the last ten years.

First up today at 4pm for St. Francis, ranked 17th in the latest CWPA Men’s Varsity poll, is 19th ranked Harvard College (17-6; 5-3 CWPA Northern Division). Last season the Crimson became the first team to beat the Terriers in the Generoso Pope Center pool in almost a decade as Harvard dealt St. Francis a 14-11 defeat.

At 8pm tonight SFC will face M.I.T (12-11; 4-5 CWPA Northern Division). Under first year head coach David Andriole, the Engineers have played well against Northern Division foes, including a competitive 14-8 loss to the Terriers at Harvard on September 27.

St. Francis will certainly be motivated today to avenge their lone home blemish in years and to defeat a conference foe that it has dominated in recent years. Wins over the Crimson and the Engineers will almost certainly set the Terriers up for a winner-take-all match tomorrow morning at 10am against Brown (19-6; 8-1 CWPA Northern Division) for the division’s regular season title and top seeding at the Northern Division Championships next weekend at Harvard.

The 13th ranked Bruins come into Brooklyn riding a four game winning streak, and own a 10-6 win over the Terriers on September 21 at Brown’s Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.

The Terriers are led on offense by junior Bora Dimitrov, who’s netted 30 goals in his first season in Brooklyn Heights.

Sophomore Ilija Djuretic has 30 goals for SFC, while junior co-captain Liam Veazey leads St. Francis with 11 assist to go along with 19 goals.

All matches are free and open to the public. For more information about this an other St. Francis Brooklyn athletic events, please visit www.sfcathletics.com or call 718-489-5490.

PHOTO CAPTION: St. Francis’ Liam Veazey in action earlier this season against Iona
PHOTO CREDIT: St. Francis Athletics.

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Hot Time at the Pope Center! St. Francis Water Polo Opens at Home with a Win Over Iona Collegehttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71346 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71346#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:56:42 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=71346

Last night the hottest spot in Brooklyn Heights was underground. It was standing room only on the deck of the Generoso Pope Center pool at St. Francis College as its men’s water polo team played their first home match of 2014 against Iona College.

When a Terrier meets a Gael, guess what happens? The Terrier kicks butt, as SFC cruised to a 17-7 win over their beleaguered guest to improve their Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division record to 4-1.

St. Francis—5-6 over all and winners of four straight—was led by four goals from senior defender Balint Toth. Senior driver Vuk Vujosevic and junior defender Nathan Kotylak contributed three goals each, while junior center Bora Dimitrov chipped in two goals to up his team-leading total to 25.

The Terriers received a strong performance in nets from junior goalie Zack Cleveland, who stopped 10 Iona shots including a big save on a Gael breakaway early in the third period.

An overflow crowd loved every minute of it. Nestled in the basement of St. Francis’ athletic center on Remsen Street, the small, humid aquatics center was filled to the brim with fans with a blowout win by the home team lifting the collective spirits of Terrier faithful.

Wednesday’s match was an ideal tune-up for the Terriers as they travel today to Los Angeles to participate in the prestigious SoCal tournament, which pits the best teams from the East against the country’s best water polo programs. Hosted this year by UCLA at the Spieker Aquatics Center, a state-of-the-art outdoor aquatics facility (this is LA, after all) on Saturday the Terriers will face the Bruins, the country’s top-ranked squad.

Also included in the tournament draw are Princeton—the 10th ranked Tigers are the East’s highest ranked team—#2 Stanford, # 3 University of California, Berkeley, #4 USC, the nation’s reigning NCAA champion the past six seasons, #5 Long Beach State, #6 University of California-Santa Barbara, #7 University of the Pacific, #8 University of California-San Diego and others.

Facing the best teams in the country will be a daunting task, but SFC head coach Srdjan Mihaljevic has a simple goal for his team: be competitive.

“I want us to play strong games,” said the Terrier’s second-year coach. “I’m not focusing too much on results. Playing outdoors in the open air, first game in their pool… I can’t say I have an expectation results-wise but I want us to play well.”

Juggling three goalies who will all see playing time this weekend and leading a team that is still rounding into shape, Mihaljevic acknowledged that playing in SoCal is “as tough as nails. We’ll definitely be challenged.”


A young fan taking in the match from poolside.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Randazzo for BHB

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St. Francis Men’s Water Polo Opens Home Slate Tonight at 7:30pmhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71250 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/71250#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:43:29 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=71250

St. Francis Brooklyn men’s water polo squad opens the home portion of their 2014 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division schedule tonight with a match against local rival Iona College (2-11; 2-3 Northern Division) at the Generoso Pope Athletic Center.

The Terriers (4-6; 3-1 Northern League) are led by newcomer Bora Dimitrov, a junior transfer from Diablo Valley College who has compiled 23 goals in his first season wearing SFC red, white and blue. Junior co-captain Liam Veazey has registered 14 goals and 8 assists, while sophomore Ilija Djuretic has registered 19 goals.

Home cooking has been extremely favorable to the Terriers; over the past eleven years they’ve dropped only one home match, a 14-11 loss to Harvard last year which snapped a string of 31 consecutive home wins. Harvard will return to face St. Francis on Saturday, November 1st at 4pm.

Acknowledging what St. Francis opponents likely already know, that the particular confines of the Generoso Pope pool—one end is shallow enough to stand in—are anything but hospitable, SFC head coach Srdjan Mihaljevic said “It’s always difficult playing in shallow deep pools. Anything can happen in those settings.”

“Iona is a team that takes the best out of these situations and will look to maximize the pool size to their advantage.
However, if we keep our composure and execute our game, I believe that we have enough quality to handle anything that they may throw at us tomorrow.,” said Mihaljevic, now in his second year leading the Terriers.

Besides defending their home pool, a winning home record will help St. Francis in its pursuit of a 10th Northern division title in the past eleven years. The Terriers—ranked 20th in the latest CWPA 2014 Men’s Varsity Poll—look to capture their third straight CWPA Championship and winning their division will greatly assist in that effort. Winners of the CWPA’s three divisions—Northern, Southern Division East and West—receive higher seeding at the Eastern Championships to be held on November 21, 22 and 23 at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

In addition to Wednesday night’s match, St. Francis has five other matches at home:
October 29: vs. Fordham 7:30pm
October 31 vs. Connecticut College 8:00pm
November 1 vs. Harvard 4:00pm
November 1 vs. MIT 7:00pm
November 2 vs. Brown 10:00am

All matches are free and open to the public. For more information about this an other St. Francis Brooklyn athletic events, please visit www.sfcathletics.com or call 718-489-5490.

PHOTO CAPTION: The St. Francis Brooklyn men’s water polo squad preparing to face Harvard College in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Blue Vision Workshop).

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St. Francis Volleyball Hangs Tough with LIU Brooklyn In NEC Openerhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70752 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/70752#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:28:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=70752

On Sunday afternoon in front of a raucous Genovesi Center crowd, the St. Francis Brooklyn women’s volleyball team faced the behemoths of Brooklyn, Long Island University. The Blackbirds have not dropped a Northeast Conference (NEC) match in more than two years and have dominated the host Terriers over the last decade.

Despite a spirited effort that saw new Terriers perform well, the results were the same as they’ve been since 2002. Visiting LIU (10-5; 1-0 NEC) captured a 3-0 win (25-14, 25-13, 25-16) over SFC (2-15; 0-1 NEC) to run its NEC winning streak to 36 straight—including the last two NEC women’s volleyball titles—and has now won 20 consecutive matches over its crosstown rival.

With the Blackbirds returning to Brooklyn for the first time since toppling 25th-ranked Michigan State last week in East Lansing—the program’s first ever win over a nationally ranked opponent—the Terriers gave their guests all they could handle.

St. Francis open strong, trailing LIU by 12-7 midway through the first set. Led by Domenique Gerard, a 5-9 sophomore from Newark, St. Francis was able to counter the powerful shots of LIU’s experienced hitters senior Annika Foit—the NEC’s player of the year the last two season—and redshirt junior Nicole Okeke, a 5-7 middle blacker from Destoa, Texas.

But it was LIU junior Tamara Ignjic of Belgrade who inflicted the most damage to the Terriers’ hopes, leading all players with 14 kills.

When SFC’s Maggie Niu, a 5-11 junior from San Tan Valley, Arizona, hammered a kill over the outstreched arms of Mengdi Zhao, the Blackbird’s 6-3 middle blocker from Bejing, the crowd erupted. Perhaps the upstart Terriers could hang with Brooklyn’s best volleyballers. But LIU quickly reasserted its dominance, pulling away for a 25-14 first set win.

The second set saw the home team keep things interesting, as St. Francis was within striking distance of LIU at 8-10. But the Blackbirds proceeded to take 11 of the next 15 points for a commanding 21-12 lead on their way to a 25-13 win.

Midway through the third set, with LIU holding a 14-10 lead, Gerard hit for a soaring slam that delighted the Terrier faithful. St. Francis stayed close due to a couple of kills by 6-1 freshman Brooke Haliscak of La Vernia, Texas, but LIU closed out the match with a flourish, winning 25-16 to complete the sweep.

“I knew coming into this match that they were a top-tier team,” said SFC head coach Abra Rummel, in her first taste of the schools’ Battle of Brooklyn rivalry.

“I told the girls that playing a top-level team like this is going to show us exactly what we have to work on.”

“We have a good foundation here… [w]e just need skill development,” added Rummel, in her first year coaching the Terriers. “Volleyball is a combination of athleticism and skill but we’re not quite there in terms of skill. We’ll get there because [we have] a very athletic group of girls.”

Despite the 3-0 drubbing, it’s clear that the Terriers are a different team from years past, when the Blackbirds—and many other teams—simply had to show up for an easy win. SFC went a combined 12-85 the past three seasons.

LIU head coach Kyle Robinson acknowledged the improvement.

“They [St. Francis] are consistent about growing their program, which is good and bad for us,” said Robinson, in his seventh season at LIU. “It means we have to work harder but it builds volleyball in Brooklyn, and we really want that.”

Besides Niu (4 kills) and Gerard, who led SFC with 5 kills, junior Leah Zitting, a 6-0 middle blocker from Huntsville, Alabama, registered 4 kills on the day. Unlike the Blackbirds, whose starting lineup has stayed intact the past two seasons, the Terriers are a young team that will have to grow together to challenge the NEC’s best.

“Our goal is to make it to the conference championships [this year],” said Rummel. “I think we can do it; we just have to keep the upwards trajectory that we’ve had all season.”

NOTES: Sunday’s win increased LIU’s all-time dominance in this rivalry to 33-9. The teams will meet again at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, October 25 at 1 p.m. St. Francis will host Central Connecticut State, last year’s runner up to LIU in the NEC tournament, on Saturday, October 11 at 1 p.m.

PHOTO CREDIT: Bob Dea

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On The Day Jeter Celebrates Retirement, BH Softball Starts Anewhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69926 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69926#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 11:18:33 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=69926

Yes, sports fans, it’s true: the Yankees #2 man (sorry, no one can ever supplant the immortal Babe!) will celebrate his imminent retirement tomorrow.

You could pay your respects at the Stadium [Tickets range from $90 to $3,562 on StubHub] and sit passively as “El Capitán” receives an assortment of inane gifts [How many remember that the Yankees gave Phil Rizzuto a cow when his number was retired? Where is that cow now?].

Or, you could do what Jetes does: play. And “The Commish”—Tony Lacitignola—has just the thing for you, frustrated athlete who works too much: The Brooklyn Heights Athletic Club Coed Adult Softball League.

Opening Day for the league is tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Brooklyn Heights’ own Van Vorhees Park. For those few who haven’t yet joined the fun, the first day is a way for Commissioner Lacitignola to evaluate his rosters, checking out hot prospects so as to balance each team’s talent for optimal competition.

Games are Sunday mornings in the fall and spring starting at 9:30 a.m.–not much of a commitment if you think about how hard “our guy” worked to come all the way back from that terrible ankle injury in 2012.

According to Lacitignola, his league, now in its 25th year is “fun, it’s friendly, it’s for all those over-the-hill athletes or those soon to be who can’t get the idea of competing out of their systems.”

“Our league has players from their 20’s to their 60’s,” said Lacitignola. “We have teachers, business people, cops, fireman, artists, movie makers, cooks and bottle washers.”

Most important it’s coed, so nobody’s gonna get all jerky out there [like that Canseco guy who tried to ruin baseball]. The Commish strives to keep couples together [unless they don’t want to].

$120 gets you on a team and includes team shirts, balls, umps, field permits, and a league party at season’s end.

Don’t just take Tony’s word on this: Jason Harvey—when he’s not pumping out commercials, music videos and corporate films for clients—has been pumping out batters at Van Vorhees for many years.

“This is a great league. I’ve been playing in it for at least 9 years now and every season is memorable. You can play positions you are comfortable with or challenge yourself at a new one. It’s a hitters league, so you always feel pretty good about your skills.”

In summing up the league’s spirit of camaraderie—which the Yankee Captain would surely appreciate—Harvey said: “I’ve made good friends on every team I’ve been on and have brought in some of my own who also love it.”

Convinced? Contact Lacitignola at 917-714-5966 or by e-mail at commishna@yahoo.com.

Or just show up tomorrow at Van Vorhees Park tomorrow ready to play. You KNOW it’s what Jetes would want you to do!

PHOTO CAPTION: Jason Harvey toes the rubber [Editor’s Note: El Capitán did NOT approve this headgear]

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SFC Water Polo Opens Defense of 2013 Eastern Title Saturday at Princetonhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69913 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69913#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:42:42 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=69913

Less than a year ago the St. Francis Men’s water polo team delivered perhaps their finest performance of the season in beating Princeton University 11-9 to capture their second-straight College Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship and advance to the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Tournament for the send year in a row.

A lot has changed since the Terriers big win last November 24 at Brown University.

Five players have been lost to graduation, including three-time All-American goalie Igor Mladenovic, —now an assistant coach on head coach Srdjan Mihaljevic’s staff—and center Bosko Stankovic, the Terriers’ number four scoring option last year and, like Mladenovic, one of the program’s all-time greats.

But—as they say—the more things change, the more they stay the same. Tomorrow in the DeNunzio Pool St. Francis will open the defense of its 2013 Eastern title against Princeton in the Princeton Invitational

St. Francis is the country’s 12th ranked team, according to the CWPA’s 2014 Men’s Varsity Preseason Poll, the highest ranking for any Eastern squad. Right behind the Terriers at #13 are the Tigers.

So it’s fitting that the East’s two best squads face off in their respective seasons opening matches in what might be a preview of the 2014 Eastern championship.

While St. Francis’ roster has undergone a significant turnover, the 2014 squad returns three of the team’s top four scorers, including seniors Vuk Vujosevic (51 goals, 24 assists) and Lazar Komadinic (48 goals, 19 assists) as well as sophomore Ilya Djuretic (46 goals, 11assists). The Terriers will likely need all the offensive firepower they can muster to compensate for Mladenovic’s absence in goal.

Newcomer Bora Dimitrov, a Serbian who played the last two years for Diablo Valley Junior College outside of San Francisco, will look to provide offense at center lost with Stankovic’s graduation.

“It’s going to be hard to replace Bosko,” acknowledged St. Francis coach Mihaljevic. “But we did bring in a new center who has a similar type of skill set as Bosko, so I expect him to slide into [Bosko’s] slot and provide us that kick in the offense.”

There’s no question that goal is the primary question mark for the Terriers this season.

Aleksandar Gavric, Mladenovic’s understudy in 2013, has the inside track to start at Princeton tomorrow. But given last year’s 2-3 record Gavric will be pressed by newcomer Nikola Zivkovic and red-shirt sophomore Zack Cleveland.

Coach Mihaljevic was blunt in assessing his team’s goalkeeping situation.

“We don’t have Igor and there’s no point in living in the past,” said Mihaljevic, now in his second year as Terriers coach. “We have three goalies on the roster, two of them are coming back, one red-shirt, [the other] the back-up goalie from last year. They’re not Igor, but they’re definitely good, solid goalies. We put them in the rotation, test them out and see what we get from them.”

Princeton, hoping to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011, has a lot to play for tomorrow but their coach downplayed the significance of the match-up with his squad’s main rival.

“We’re looking forward to our season opener against St. Francis,” said Tiger head coach Luis Nicolao. “Obviously last season ended in a tough loss in the championship game, but we return a good nucleus of guys.”

“Its a new year and a new team and… it should be a good early test for our team.”

The Terrier coach also sought to downplay expectations in the first of what could be 30 matches for his team.

“It’s Princeton at Princeton, but it’s just another game,” said Mihaljevic “It’s the first game of the season, but it won’t make or break us”

“I just want to see our guys fight, no matter what the score is, until the very end.”

PHOTO: Igor Mladenovic, SFC assistant coach, keeps a watchful eye on goalie Zack Cleveland during the Terriers’ training session at the US Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69891 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69891#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 05:17:17 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=69891

On Saturday, September 6 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park will host a “Mets Jam Music Festival” on the Pier 2 uplands.

Head to Pier 2 for an afternoon of activity including a live performance by Oh Honey and appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Met, John Franco, Edgardo Alfonso, Doc Gooden and Ed Kranepool. Free fun family activities include batting cages, speed pitch, dunk tank, and more! Win Mets tickets and sports memorabilia!

There’s more information here. Meanwhile, Smorgasburg will migrate to the Pier 2 uplands on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the U.S. Open Viewing Picnic will continue on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1.

On Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Bargemusic will present clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and pianist/composer Michael Brown performing works by Bernstein, Brahms, Poulenc, and Weber. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 the Cassatt Quartet, joined by pianist Ursula Oppens, will play works by Dvorak, Beethoven, and Franck. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

The Heights Players continue their performance of The Great Gatsby Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon; more details here.

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69767 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69767#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:18:43 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=69767

In town for the long weekend? You can watch live U.S. Open tennis action on a big screen while picnicking on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The action starts at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, August 30), and will continue each day so long as match play continues or until Monday, September 8. The first 500 families or groups to arrive on weekends will get free picnic baskets “specially curated” by “famed chefs.” All this is courtesy of American Express. There’s more information here. Other events in the Park over the holiday weekend include Baylander tours, a docent tour of Pier 1 on Sunday, and, also on Sunday, Smorgasburg will be on the Pier 5 uplands. Looking ahead to the following week, the St. Francis College Terriers mens’ soccer team will play their home opener against the Manhattan College Jaspers at Pier 5 on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30, there will be a “Blooms and Bugs” tour of Pier 1 led by naturalist Matthew Wills. More information and RSVP here.

This evening (Friday, August 29) at 7:00, Saturday evening at 7:00, and Sunday afternoon at 4:00 Bargemusic is presenting a Labor Day Festival of premiere performances of works by many contemporary composers. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 3:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert. Doors open at 2:45; first come, first seated.

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St. Francis Men’s Soccer Looks To Repeat Last Year’s Successhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69698 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69698#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:19:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=69698

When the St. Francis Brooklyn men’s soccer team opens their season tomorrow in Philadelphia against St. Joseph’s University, head coach Tom Giovatto will field a radically different lineup from the 2013 Northeast Conference title champions that captured the Terriers’ first NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament berth since 1998.

Gone is a majority of the offense that in 2013 powered the Terriers to a 12-6-1 record, most notably Kevin Correa, who transferred this summer to the University of New Mexico.

Correa, the Terrier’s leading scorer last year with 13 goals, was a third team All-American selection as well as Big Apple Soccer’s 2013 men’s college player of the year. The Queens-born senior was recently tabbed by the Missouri Athletic Club as one of 32 players on the club’s Hermann Trophy men’s watch list.

Although this represents a major blow for a St. Francis’ team that last year captured the attention of local fans, the Terrier’s head coach is realistic about his star player’s defection.

“We’re going to play a different style because of losing Correa,” said Giovatto, Big Apple Soccer’s 2013 Coach of the Year, “but we’re excited for the challenge. Everybody’s counting us out because he’s gone.”

As if losing a candidate for intercollegiate soccer’s most prestigious individual award wasn’t enough, the Terriers also lost their next two leading scorers, midfielders Gabriel Bagot and Viktor Bakkioui, to graduation.

Just like that the players responsible for 24 of St. Francis 31 goals scored in 2013 are no longer suiting up for the Terriers. No wonder SFC is picked to finish fifth in the NEC preseason coaches poll—and out of the NEC playoffs—a development which Coach Giovatto says has no bearing on how his team approached their season.

“We know those numbers don’t matter,” he stated flatly.

They certainly didn’t last year when the Terriers were picked to finish sixth. All SFC did was stun the conference by sweeping to the program’s fifth NEC title on the strength of Correa’s four tournament goals and an overtime tally by Andy Comack that gave St. Francis a 3-2 win over Bryant College in the NEC final.

Luckily, netminder Jack Binks and All-NEC defender and co-captain Comack, who were both named to the NEC All-Tournament team a year ago, return to anchor a strong SFC defense along with senior back and co-captain Riccardo Milano, who Giovatto called “an unbelievable defender.”

Players like junior midfielder Sal Barone will be key to ensuring that St. Francis relatively young squad (more than half are underclassmen) claims one of four NEC tournament spots.

“We have a good group of young guys from last year who didn’t get a lot of minutes,” said Giovatto. “We also brought in a couple of junior transfers; new guys with some experience who will hopefully get us back to where we were.”

Most notable of those additions are Philip Shafer, a 6-4 striker from Florida, who will be asked to supply some of the scoring lost to Correa’s transfer, and John Makaya, a 5-9 midfielder from Spain. Makaya is expected to provide the ball movement and midfield play that was essential to the Terriers’ recent success.

What will also give a boost to the returning Terriers is the experience gained from playing in the NCAA tournament.

“It’s huge,” said Giovatto, now in his eighth season at St. Francis. “They got that hunger [for success]. All the guys think about now is to get back to where they were [last season].”

“The feel like they’re the team to beat. They know everyone’s coming for them and they’re ready for the test.”

A repeat of last year’s home field advantage—where the Terriers compiled a 4-1-1 record—will also go a long way towards getting SFC back to the NEC tournament.

“It was incredible last year,” Giovatto said about the program’s move to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. “The support we got was just amazing. It makes the guys so excited to play there.”

St. Francis opens its home schedule on Tuesday, September 2, 7 p.m. at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Terriers’ defense of their 2013 NEC title begins on Friday, October 10 in against Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Key NEC matchups at BBP include preseason favorite Central Connecticut State on Friday, October 24 at 7 p.m. and the Terrier’s season finale against arch-rival LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, November 9 at 1 p.m. For more information about St. Francis Athletics, please visit their website.

PHOTO CREDIT: SFC’s Andy Comack in action last year at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69525 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/69525#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:33:21 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=69525

This Friday and Saturday Under Armour is bringing its Elite 24 Basketball Tournament back to Brooklyn, this year at Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The tournament features top high school hoops stars from around the country (see roster here). The action starts at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, August 22) and continues on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. There’s more information here.

Also at the Park this weekend: another Pier 6 Family Field Day, along with Seining the River Wild on Saturday (unfortunately, the re-enactment of Washington’s crossing of the East River, scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled). On Sunday Smorgasburg will be on the Pier 5 uplands (near the Joralemon Street entrance), Brooklyn Bridge Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and, starting at noon, there will be a free Docent Tour of Pier 1. Baylander will be open for tours Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Brooklyn Heights Cinema, which will be closing its doors on August 27 pending a move to DUMBO, is showing Magic in the Moonlight and A Most Wanted Man. On Saturday evening at 11:30 there will be another “almost midnight” showing of Willow Creek. More information and showtimes are here.

On Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Bargemusic will present works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert performed by violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Edward Arron, and pianist Jeewon Park. On Sunday at 4:00 p.m. cellist Jeffrey Solow will have his second, and concluding, performance of Bach’s cello suites, with commentary. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 3:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert. Doors open at 2:45; first come, first seated.

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