Path-Blazing Pol Gets Street Honor

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant honored the legacy of Brooklyn’s first black politician: Bertram L. Baker.

Jefferson Avenue, between Tompkins and Throop Avenues, was designated Bertram L. Baker Way, after the late assemblyman and Bed-Stuy native, at an official street renaming ceremony.

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A New Twist on Yoga in Brooklyn

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Before starting their stretches and poses, each student in Third Root Community Health Center’s small yoga studio in Flatbush took turns saying their name.

Some were newcomers and others already knew each other well, but everyone participated in the weekly ritual.

These greetings are part of what make Betsy Shapiro a regular who is loyal to Third Root.

“In other classes,” she said, “you are one of many.”

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Alzheimer’s Robs Poet of His Words

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The memory of the New York poet Jack Agüeros is capricious nowadays. He remembers the lyrics of certain Puerto Rican folk songs and the name of his petite, growling dog: Nikki. He does not remember collecting the old radios, locks and cast-iron pieces that once decorated his bright Manhattan apartment on West 14th Street.

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