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Relocated Activist Celia Cacace Says Hello From Wisconsin

"I miss my Brooklyn. I miss my turf,” the Carroll Gardens native told The New York Daily News.


You can take the girl out of Brooklyn. But you can't take Brooklyn out of the girl.

Lifelong Carroll Gardens resident Celia Cacace misses her friends at the Happy Pants Cafe, going to Caputo's for bread, and patrolling the old familiar sidewalks, she told The New York Daily News. But she is slowly trying to adjust to her new life out in the country.

After being forced to leave her $500-per-month rental when the building was sold last month, the community activist and unofficial 'mayor' of Carroll Gardens moved in with her son and daughter-in-law, who live in Waterford, Wisconsin, a rural town. She's been there now for three weeks.

“You don’t hear the buses or the garbage trucks in the morning. I miss the sounds of my turf. I miss the sounds of New York,”  Cacace told the News. "It’s as if I was a truck driver and I had to put my foot on the break right away. I’m trying to adjust. It’s a different way of life.”

Some friends in the neighborhood still hold out hope they can find a hidden real-estate deal nearby and coax Cacace back. But the 76-year-old says she is grateful to her family.

“I’m ever so grateful for my son and daughter in law. They opened their home and their hearts to me,” said Cacace in the article. “It’s nice but it’s not my Brooklyn. I miss my Brooklyn. I miss my turf.”

Ann Sisto-Stuto February 07, 2013 at 03:58 PM
We Miss You Too!
Laura Eng February 07, 2013 at 04:25 PM
This is too sad.
Rose Marie February 07, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Sorry, it is sad, but even more so since Ceclia was so very involved in our community for many years with many connections and NOBODY COULD help her! Tells you something doesn't it????
Old Timer February 07, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Did Celia try to get an apartment in the projects?
Louise February 08, 2013 at 01:52 AM
I think of Celia everyday and think how sad it was for to have to leave her home town.Wisconsin has got to be so different for her coming from Brooklyn being born here in Red Hook. If anybody belonged here, she did... After all she has done for so many people and being at the Community Board 6 for 20 years AND they couldn't help her with something? Maybe they were a little afraid of her? She said what she had to say and didn't bite her tongue. Maybe she will help some folks in Wisconsin...and it would be great if she could come home!!!!
Beverly DiCovello February 10, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Miss you Ceceila. Or seeing you on Court Street chatting with locals. Or stopping in by Dunkin Donuts or Happy Pants Cafe. Or our Current Events hour with seniors. At our last group meeting, Joe N. Mentioned how we missed you and that their were several, who tried to find an apartment.

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