Marine Park nature conservancy
celebrates fall with harvest event
BY ROSE ADAMS
Jitterbugs, native performers, and
local fun seekers rang in the fall
with an annual harvest festival at
the Salt Marsh Nature Center in
Marine Park on Oct. 6, in a event
featuring song, dance, and good
times, according to one organizer.
“It was great,” said Gail Kroog,
who helped organize the event with
her dance company, the Brooklyn
Dance Center. “Over 80 people
Attendees celebrated the new
season by taking a stroll down the
center’s nature trail, which snakes
through the park along Jamaica
Bay, before watching Brooklyn
Dance Center’s troupe perform a
“It’s a beautiful thing to dance
outside,” Kroog said.
And back at the center, Roman
Redhawk Perez accompanied by
drummers and two dancers recited
stories about the earth’s creation,
sharing the myths developed by the
Taino people indigenous to Carribean.
After the story, Perez conducted
an age-old blessing of the
four cardinal directions.
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Roman “Redhawk” Perez tells Taino stories about the earth’s creation (left) while a woman
dances during a blessing ceremony (right) Photos by Derrick Watterson
According to Kroog, the event
helped celebrate the natural revival
of the salt marshes, which, up until
the early 2000s, were dumping
grounds for abandoned cars and
“Now it’s all cleaned up and it’s
a beautiful reserve,” she said. “It’s
a pure example of what humans
can do to turn around the environment.”
in grope case
Wanted: Police were seeking this man in
connection with a home invasion where a
25-year-old woman was molested. NYPD
BY AIDAN GRAHAM
Police arrested a 30-year-old man
who allegedly broke into a neighbor’s
home and molested a sleeping
woman on Oct. 6.
The suspect allegedly entered the
victim’s home near Sixth Avenue
and 40th Street through an unlocked
door leading into a basement apartment
at around 3:30 am, and proceeded
to grope the 25-year-old woman’s
gentiles, according to police.
The victim awoke as the man
was touching her, causing him to
fl ee the apartment toward Fifth Avenue,
Police arrested the man, who
lives just feet away from the allged
crime, on Oct. 8, slapping him with
felony charges of burglary, sexual
abuse of a physically helpless victim,
and criminal tresspassing.
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