News and Notes: October 2010

Thanks for the Help

Our thanks go to City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin and Public Advocate Bill deBlasio for recent grants to the Park Slope Civic Council. The general-purpose grants — $3,500 from each councilmember, $1,000 from the public advocate — demonstrate these elected officials’ ongoing support of the Civic Council’s many activities.


Council Discount for Atlantic Yards Play

In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards, a new play with music, examines the conflicts over Brooklyn’s largest-ever development project in an attempt to discover how the fate of the city is decided in present-day New York. The play is being presented by The Civilians, a Fort Greene-based center for investigative theater, in association with the Irondale Center.

Steve Cosson wrote and directed the play. Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) wrote music and lyrics. Performances run Nov. 12-Dec. 11, 2010, at The Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St., in Fort Greene.

Friends of the Park Slope Civic Council can receive a special rate when ordering tickets. Visit or call Ovationtix at 866.811.4111, and use the code “Footprint” for $25 tickets (a $10 discount). More information about the play is available at


Holidays Are Just Around the Corner, Part 1

Thursday, Dec. 2, is the date, and the Novo at Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street is the place for this year’s Civic Council holiday party. Admission is free and open to all members. All partygoers should also bring a dish to share for this potluck event.

The party will also include a special general meeting to vote on some changes to the Civic Council’s by-laws. (The Council Trustees approved these changes at their July 2010 meeting.) More details will be posted to the Civic Council’s online calendar ( as the date draws near.


Holidays Are Just Around the Corner, Part 2

The Civic Council is once again a major sponsor of the Jingle Bell Jamboree, the annual local showcase of holiday song, music, and dance. Launched in 2001 to help heal the community after the tragedies of Sept. 11, the festivities bring together people from all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the season in a great family event. The 10th edition of the Jamboree will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Old First Reformed Church, Carroll Street and Seventh Avenue.


Obituary: Robert M. Makla, Fierce Advocate for City Parks

Robert Makla at a 2003 book fair; photo from the Greensward Foundation

Robert M. Makla, a strong advocate for city parks who founded several park conservation organizations including the Greensward Foundation, passed away on Oct. 14, 2010.

Makla was a regular attendee of Brooklyn Community Board 6 meetings. “Bob’s message was often simple, and eloquently delivered, said Craig Hammerman, district manager of CB6. “To paraphrase … Parks are special places, where people of all races, incomes and interests mix. They reconnect people to nature. They feed the soul serving as inspiration to artists and dreamers, poets and planners. … Of course, his favorite spot was his beloved Prospect Park, the crown jewel of all of New York City’s parks.”

Born in Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, Makla graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School, served in World War II and the Korean War, and was a devoted partner at the law firm of D’Amato & Lynch.

“Bob’s presence was electric, his words were stirring, and he will be sorely missed,” Hammerman added. Contributions can be made Prospect Park Alliance or The Tree Trust, Central Park Conservancy. [add links]

from the October 2010 Civic News