Brooklyn Heights Blog » charity Dispatches from America's first suburb Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:08:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 You Can Help Estuary Feed Local Frontline Workers Wed, 15 Apr 2020 02:18:17 +0000

Estuary, the recently opened restaurant in One Brooklyn Bridge Park, near Pier Five, is providing free, hot meals to healthcare and other frontline COVID-19 workers in Brooklyn. They have a GoFundMe page.

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Pies, and Volunteers, Wanted for Heights and Hills Thanksgiving Mon, 18 Nov 2019 03:57:57 +0000

In an annual tradition that has continued for over 47 years, the Heights and Hills communities come together every year to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for older adults, and the wider community is called upon to bake lots of pies. There can never be too many pies!

A Thanksgiving luncheon is held in Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th. Volunteers are needed to bake pies, seat, serve & chat with the guests, and to help hand-deliver meals to those too frail to attend the luncheon. Many pies are needed so that each guest can take home a freshly baked pie.

The Cobble Hill Health Center cooks the turkeys and fixings. 84th Precinct officers help transport the food to the church. Hundreds of hard working volunteers lend a hand that morning and/or donate baked goods to complete the meal. Depending on the task, volunteers are needed between 10 AM and 3 PM. Those who can stay late and help with cleanup are especially appreciated.

To volunteer or to get more information, call Heights and Hills at (718)596-8789 or email them at On Thanksgiving Day, call (718) 625-8229.

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Organ Recital at Grace Church Sunday Evening Thu, 14 Nov 2019 04:58:08 +0000

On Sunday evening, November 17, starting at 5:00 p.m., Paul Richard Olson, Grace Church’s Music Director and organist, will present a recital of organ music, followed by a festive reception. Admission is a suggested donation of $20 to support Community Help in Park Slope (CHiPS), which “feed[s] the hungry in our soup kitchen and shelter[s] homeless young women & their infants.”

Grace Church is at 254 Hicks Street, at the corner of Hicks and Grace Court (between Joralemon and Remsen). There is an ADA accessible entrance on Grace Court, and another entrance off Hicks, through a courtyard.

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Irish Cyclist Ends Transcontinental Ride in Brooklyn Bridge Park Sun, 05 May 2019 01:55:15 +0000

The Irish Times reports that 26 year old Shane Finn, of County Kerry, Ireland, today completed a 36 day bicycle journey that began at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and ended at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where he was greeted by his cousin, Mary Evans, who flew over from Ireland for the event. Mr. Finn undertook the transcontinental challenge, as he has several marathon runs, to raise funds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland; spina bifida hydrocephalus is a condition with which Ms. Evans was born. See photos in the story linked above. There is a U.S. organization that also raises funds for the same purpose: see here.

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BloomAgainBklyn to Host Spring Fling at Plymouth Church May 7 Mon, 15 Apr 2019 02:53:46 +0000

BloomAgainBklyn is

a community-based, non-profit organization which repurposes unsold and once-used flowers into new arrangements which are distributed by volunteers to home bound seniors, local nursing home residents, trauma and homeless survivors, and others in need. The organization’s goal is to create an uplifting experience for those who may not regularly have visitors or receive flowers, and also facilitate positive interactions between volunteers and recipients.

BloomAgainBklyn will hold its “Spring Fling” gala event on Tuesday evening, May 7 from 6:00 to 8:30 at Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks Street. It is

an evening of music, food, drinks and flowers. Floral arranging and a flower crown bar, specialty cocktails and hors d’ouvres inspired by cultures around the world.

There’s more info and buy tickets here.

Image: Public Domain.

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Socks Sought; Get Selfie With Elves Tue, 20 Nov 2018 03:58:45 +0000

No, not the socks that went missing in the laundry. The Montague Street BID is celebrating Small Business Saturday this coming Saturday, November 24 from noon to 2:00 PM by collecting new socks, which are the item of clothing least donated to and most needed by the homeless. If you donate, you may take a selfie with an elf for free. Montague Street merchants “will offer special discounts, complimentary treats and holiday cheer, free gifts with purchase, and more.” There’s more information here.

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Small Business Saturday-Shop Montague, Donate New Warm Winter Items, Take An “Elfie” Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:12:45 +0000

If you want to guarantee a spot on Santa’s “Nice” list, shop our local merchants on Montague Street this weekend during American Express’ Small Business Saturday, November 25th.  Businesses will offer special discounts, complimentary treats and holiday cheer and free gifts with purchase. Participating vendors include City Chemist, Lassen & Hennings, Montague Wines & Spirits and more.

The Montague BID also invites you to donate new warm winter items such as socks, gloves, scarves and hats. Donations will benefit children and families at Brooklyn’s The Family Center.  Last year, The Family Center provided more than 4,000 New Yorkers with hands-on support from health services to legal support and beyond.  “We are so grateful to the Montague Street BID and all Brooklyn residents willing to donate items to keep our children and families warm this winter.  Over 95% of our client families live on incomes below the federal poverty threshold and sometimes, a new pair of gloves is just not in the budget.  Thanks to the Montague Street BID and those who donate and take “Elfies,” our kids and their parents will be warm this winter,” says Ivy Gamble Cobb, The Family Center Executive Director.

Everyone who donates can take a free “Elfie,” a selfie with an elf between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. “Selfies with Elves was such a success last year, that we hope all New Yorkers will come out again to support small businesses on Montague Street and generously support members of our community in need by donating cold weather gear for the children and families at The Family Center,” said Kate Chura, executive director, Montague Street BID. “Now more then ever, we all need to show each other more kindness. On behalf of the businesses on Montague Street, we hope that everyone will show Brooklyn’s families in need that we support them and believe in a sustainable, brighter future for them,” Chura added.

Shoppers are encouraged to post their “Elfies” on social media using hashtags #ElfiesOnMontague, #ShopMontague, #ShopSmall.  Tag @AmericanExpress, @ShopSmall on Instagram; @SmallBusinessSaturday and @MontagueBid on Facebook.

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This Saturday evening, March 11, starting at 7:30 the Brooklyn Folk Festival will present a benefit for the restoration of the beautiful St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, at Clinton and Montague streets (photo), at which the event will be held. On the program are Eli Smith, playing American folk and banjo tunes; Eva Salina and Peter Stan doing Serbian accordion and singing; and a chance to swing your partner and do-si-do with Dave Harvey and the NYC Barn Dance.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person; $50 gets you into the event plus the final day (Sunday, April 30) of the 2017 Brooklyn Folk Festival, and $100 gets you all that as well as the first two days (Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29) of the Festival (Festival schedule here). You may buy tickets here.

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Housing Works Thrift Shop Closing March 13 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:24:26 +0000

The Housing Works Thrift Shop, which has graced the spot between Kiehl’s and Haagen-Dazs on Montague Street just off Henry for some years, and which has provided your correspondent and his wife many bargains as well as a place to donate gently used but no longer needed items to serve the cause of the homeless and people with HIV, will close for business at the end of the day, Monday, March 13. The store is still accepting donations and is having a clearance sale, with all items marked down 50%. It will be closed on Wednesday, March 8 to prepare for a final spring event on the 9th, and will remain open for business through the 13th.

A staff member said the store is closing because the building has been sold “and the new owner doesn’t want us here.” There are no plans to relocate the store in the neighborhood.

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Reminders: BHA Annual Meeting Monday; Plymouth Stuff-A-Sack Sale Continues Sunday Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:23:01 +0000

As we previously reported, the Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual meeting, to which all are invited, is this coming Monday evening, February 27, at St. Francis College, starting at 6:30. It will feature awards to those who have contributed significantly to the Heights community, as well as a discussion of the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector light rail line, led by veteran New York Times journalist and transportation specialist Jim O’Dwyer.

Also, don’t forget that Plymouth Church’s “Stuff A Sack” Sale continues this Sunday afternoon, February 26, from 12:30 to 4:00, in Plymouth’s Underground Thrift Shop, at 65 Hicks Street. All proceeds go to help stop human trafficking and aid its survivors.

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Elves on Montague Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:33:36 +0000

These two very cheerful elves greeted my wife and me on Montague near Henry as we headed for the Greenmarket this morning. They were there as part of the Selfies with Elves promotion, part of the Montague BID’s “Small Business Saturday”. They were handing out “Shop Small” shopping bags; the cardboard bins were for donations of winter clothing.

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First Presbyterian Launches Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:33:57 +0000

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn is accepting donations of clothing and toiletries through the end of October for the people of both Cuba and Haiti. Donations can be sent directly to the church at 124 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, or dropped off during normal business hours.

Here are more details from the Church’s recent Instagram post:

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. -Luke 6:38

Good morning friends. We all saw the devastation hurricane Matthew left in its wake in Cuba and Haiti. We at #firstchurchbrooklyn are collecting clothing for the men women and children of these islands. As you switch your wardrobe from summer to fall/winter we ask you to donate any of your summer items to those on these islands. We ask for new and/or gently used summer clothing. Also we are asking for new underwear and socks. Many of the people on these islands lost everything so we are asking for your help. Any and every size are more than welcome ❤️ Also toiletries are necessary items. Toothbrushes/paste, lotion, brushes, soap etc. are also being collected (new of course 😊) For more info on how you can help contact us #youareloved  #brooklynheights #brooklyn #pcusa #newyork #prayersforhati #prayersforcuba #clothingdrive #donate #helpout #riseandgrind #mondaymotivation #morning #morningmotivation #mondaymorning #donate #helpothers (@firstchurchbrooklyn)

*Photo Credit: Twitter/@1stChBrooklyn

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What’s With the Cat Café on Atlantic Avenue? Fri, 03 Jun 2016 02:41:51 +0000

There are two types of people in this world. People who love cats… and the rest of us. Count me among the rest of us, with the added bonus of an acute allergy to cats.

So when I heard that a cat café was opening on Atlantic Avenue, I was befuddled. People want to go and drink coffee with cats circling their feet? A kitten to go with your cappuccino? People who love cats are an interesting bunch, I thought. I’ll stick to Tazza for sit down, or Cranberry’s to go.

But I went to the Cat Café. I didn’t mean to go to the Cat Café. I was on my way to Chez Moi (for the happy hour $1 oysters – highly recommended!) and passed by this adorable, inviting storefront at 149 Atlantic Avenue.

Catfront2Outside, there was a group of people clamoring to get inside, so I couldn’t resist peeking in to see what all the fuss was about. There was a lovely greeter at the door who asked guests to sign a waiver and pay a $5 donation for half an hour of cat browsing and petting. You see, the Cat Café is a front for the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition. It’s not about the coffee at all, it’s about rescuing cats and finding them good homes.


Inside, there’s a couch, a coffee table, cute knick knacks, space in the back for events, and lots of cats. A group of four cats partying in a cage were named Sheila E, Dr. Fink, and Wendy & Lisa. (R.I.P. Prince.) Elsewhere, in a glass terrarium were a mother cat (Grizabella), and her three kittens (Rumple, Jelly, and Jem) romping around. (If you get the reference, first to comment wins a prize – a free subscription to BHB.)


There were cats lounging on ledges on the wall, and one spread out on the coffee table. There were cats everywhere. And there were the happiest, smiliest people I’ve ever seen crowded into a space in this cranky city. After lingering far longer than I had planned, my face was itchy and my eyes were stinging, but I couldn’t help but be thoroughly charmed and happy that there is a cat café in our neighborhood.

(Cat lover or not, if you find yourself in a bad mood, just watch this kitten livecam from the Cat Café. I’ll bet you’ll smile too.)

To donate to BBAWC, click here. For more info on Brooklyn Cat Café, click here.

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Grace Church Spring Gala Saturday Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:13:07 +0000

This coming Saturday evening, April 23, starting at 6:30 p.m., Grace Church will present its annual Gala and Silent Auction. The Gala, for which “festive attire” is appropriate, will feature food and drink and an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction which, in previous years, have included fine clothing; jewelry; artwork; china and silver; tickets to musical, theater, and sporting events; and gift certificates from local merchants and restaurants. Tickets for the gala are $35 if purchased in advance (come to the Parish Office, 254 Hicks Street, between Grace Court and Joralemon Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or $40 at the door. If you have something that you would like to donate to the silent auction, please call the Parish Office, 718-624-1850, or e-mail

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Two Events at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week Tue, 29 Sep 2015 01:49:44 +0000

On Wednesday evening, September 30, starting at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will present New York Times antiques columnist Eve Kahn moderating a discussion among a panel of distinguished scholars and writers on the topic “Lost, Found, and Stewarded: Collecting Stories of African American Civil War Soldiers.” Admission is $5; free for BHS and Green-Wood members. You may purchase or reserve tickets here.

On Thursday evening, October 1, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (photo) chamber ensemble will present, as part of their “Subway Series,” a free concert at BHS. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. If you can, please bring new or slightly used art supplies to donate to Cool Culture’s drive to provide art experiences to city kids. Melt Bakery will provide ice cream.

There’s more informtion here about both of these events.

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Ken Burns at Brooklyn Historical Society March 10 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:28:45 +0000

Ken Burns, the Oscar nominated producer and director (Baseball; The Civil War; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History), who is now working on a documentary about Brooklyn Dodger great Jackie Robinson, will be at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Tuesday evening, March 10, where he will discuss is work with New York Times arts writer Randy Kennedy. The event will begin with an “intimate cocktail reception” in BHS’s Othmer Library. Tickets are $100 for the general public; $80 for BHS or Green-Wood Cemetery members, and may be purchased here, by calling Daisy Lee at 347-381-3717, or by emailing

Proceeds from this event will be used to sustain BHS’s free educational programs that serve New York City public school students and teachers.

Photo: Jim Wallace for Smithsonian Institution.

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Plymouth’s Underground Thrift Store “Stuff a Sack” Sale This Sunday and Next Sat, 14 Feb 2015 02:58:26 +0000

Plymouth Church’s Underground Thrift Store (despite its name, located upstairs at the Church; enter at 65 Hicks Street, between Orange and Cranberry) will have its winter clearance “stuff a sack” sale this Sunday, February 15, and the following Sunday. February 22. It’s $25 per sack stuffed with clothing. The store is open from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Plymouth Church’s Yankee Fair Saturday, November 8 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 04:07:55 +0000

Plymouth Church’s annual Yankee Fair will be this coming Saturday, November 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be lots of activities for kids, available for the purchase of a $20 wristband per child (if there are three or more children in your family the flat rate is $50), including bounce houses, a Ferris wheel, carnival games, arts and crafts, a magic show, a concert, face painting, and one popcorn or cotton candy. Pony rides and a dress-up photo booth are available for an additional $5 each. You can reserve wristbands here. All proceeds from the Fair benefit the restoration and maintenance of the Church’s historic buildings, improvements to its playground, and to St. John’s Bread and Life, “the Brooklyn-based initiative that fights hunger and poverty right here in our community.”

Adults as well as kids will be able to browse the many items on sale at the Fair, including the Underground Thrift Store, and food will be served, featuring a chili bar. There’s more information here.

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Shoppers’ Alert: Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Re-Opens Tomorrow; Underground Thrift Store Sunday Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:43:33 +0000

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange (photo above), 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry) re-opens from its annual summer closure tomorrow (Saturday, September 6) and will be celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. Store hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

On Sunday, Plymouth Church’s Underground Thrift Store (photo above), located upstairs at the Church, re-opens, and will be open every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A portion of the store’s net proceeds will benefit ECPAT-USA, a Brooklyn based organization with a mission “to end slavery at the source.”

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Stuff-a-Sack Winter Clearance Sale on Sunday Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:58:46 +0000

The Underground Thrift Store at Plymouth Church (65 Hicks St) is having its semi-annual Stuff-a-Sack winter clearance sale this Sunday from 12:30-4 p.m. $25 gets you a bag to stuff with as much winter inventory as you can fit. And 25% of the profits fund organizations that fight human trafficking—last year the store donated $4,000 to Free the Slaves, and in 2012 they donated $5,000 to the Somaly Mam Foundation. For more information visit their Facebook page.

Photo: Underground Thrift Store Facebook Page

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Toys for Tots Drive a Success For Custom House And St. Charles Borromeo Church Sun, 15 Dec 2013 21:33:17 +0000

Representatives of Custom House, which hosted the event, the Salvation Army, and St. Charles Borromeo Church hold toys donated to Toys for Tots yesterday. A burgeoning pile of toys is behind them; as the afternoon progressed more and more were brought in. Your correspondent enjoyed holiday cheer with Homer and Mrs. Fink and their delightful daughter (Toddler Fink– ed.), Heather Quinlan, Qfwfq, Mrs. Qfwfq, and their baby boy, and other BHB readers and fans.

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Brooklyn Holiday Events Galore This Weekend and Next Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:48:35 +0000

Besides the tree lighting and caroling on Wednesday, December 18, there are other local seasonal events coming up. If you know of anything not listed here, please add a comment.

Today (Friday, December 6) until 3:00 p.m. Plymouth Church School is having its Holiday Bazaar, with lots of gifts for sale. Enter through the Beecher Garden (Orange Street between Hicks and Henry). Grace Church School’s (254 Hicks Street, between Grace Court and Joralemon) annual Book and Toy Fair opens today until 5:00 p.m. and continues tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 7 P.S. 8, 37 Hicks Street, will present its “Holiday Craft Fair: ReCycle, ReImagine, ReCre8″ from noon to 5:00 p.m. More information here. Brooklyn Friends School, located on Pearl Street between Willoughby and the Brooklyn Marriott Plaza, will have its annual Winter Festival and Artisanal Crafts Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Details here. The Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, located at 185 Court Street (between Dean and Bergen in Cobble Hill) will present a Book Fair and Artisan Market from 10:00 a.m. TO 2:00 p.m. More info at here. Also (we learned about this late) the UniFair at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (please enter through the chapel on Pierrepont Street between Clinton Street and Monroe Place) will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, December 8 P.S. 29, 425 Henry Street (between Baltic and Kane, Cobble Hill) will host a Holiday Gift Fair and Pie Social from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can shop, eat pie, and donate to Toys for Tots. More info here.

Looking ahead to the following weekend, on Saturday, December 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral (enter at 109 Remsen Street) will have a Holiday Bake Sale and Christmas Boutique “featuring Lebanese and other ethnic pastries, flowers and raffles” and sponsored by the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception. Also, on Saturday only, First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry Street (between Clark and Pierrepont) will host a “Breakfast with Santa” event, featuring pancakes, crafts for sale, and a chance for kids to meet, and be photographed with, Santa. There will be two seatings: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Admission is $10/person or $40/family.

Finally, again on Saturday the 14th, don’t forget the holiday celebration from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Custom House, 139 Montague Street (between Henry and Clinton).

For information about these and other events happening around Brooklyn, see the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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Danish Christmas Fair Coming November 23-24 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:29:08 +0000

This year’s Danish Christmas Fair, presented by the Danish Seamen’s Church, will be on Saturday, November 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 24 from noon until 3:00 p.m. At the Church, 102 Willow Street (just south of Clark) you can shop for gifts, decorations, candles, festive foodstuffs, Danish clogs, and other holiday delights, and in back of the Church will be a tent where you can snack on hot dogs and other goodies washed down with soft drinks, beer, or Glögg. On Saturday only, there will be a restaurant serving open-faced sandwiches, side dishes, and desserts, as well as beer, soft drinks, and coffee. The restaurant will be at Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks Street (between Orange and Cranberry).

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Luke’s Lobster Roll Promotion to Benefit Sandy Victims Thursday Wed, 26 Jun 2013 02:36:26 +0000

This in from Ben at Luke’s Lobster:

I wanted to make sure you knew that Luke’s Lobster’s Brooklyn Bridge Park location will be selling $10 LOBSTER ROLLS this Thursday as part of a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy Relief. We hope a lot of BK Heights folks come by to enjoy the discount and help the cause!

Luke’s Brooklyn Bridge Park location is at 11 Water Street, in the “smokestack” building between River Cafe and the Tobacco Warehouse, in the Fulton Ferry Historic District. The photo of the lobster roll was supplied by Luke’s.

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EHS Volunteers Tidy Up Cadman Plaza Park For Earth Day Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:15:34 +0000

Those damn water-balloon dropping neighborhood college kids! No, wait… those lovely, responsible pillars of tomorrow’s society. Yeah, that’s it… Educational Housing Services (EHS) roused 40 area students to help tidy Brooklyn Heights’ Cadman Plaza Park last Sunday, April 21, Earth Day eve. Volunteers represented neighborhood institutes Baruch College, Berkeley College, John Jay College, Long Island University, New York Career Institute, St. Francis College, and St. Joseph’s College.

“More than 40 volunteers helped clean up Brooklyn Heights, which was a great way to support our planet during Earth month,” says Maria Giraldo, EHS Student Life Coordinator. “All were inspired by a common will to clean up the beautiful neighborhood and give back to our earth.”

Brooklyn Heights is home to hundreds of EHS residents, particularly with the EHS St. George Residence at Henry and Clarks streets.

The non-profit Educational Housing Services Inc. has provided off-campus housing in NYC for college students and interns since 1987.

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Brooklyn Public Library Hosts ‘Bike The Branches’ Fundraiser Thu, 25 Apr 2013 04:30:59 +0000

The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting “Bike the Branches,” a day-long bike tour through BPL’s network of 60 neighborhood libraries, on Saturday, May 11 (rain date: May 18). Proceeds will support Brooklyn library services, including programming, technology and collections.

Riders set their own route and pace, although BPL will offer suggested routes that focus on the waterfront, literary history and library architecture. Select branches along the way will offer programing and activities, including music, magic shows and a transportation workshop.

The tour ends at the Central Library Branch in Grand Army Plaza, with music, entertainment and prizes from 5-7 p.m.. Registration for the tour is $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. Sign-up is available at BPL.

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Gala Benefit for Christ Church Cobble Hill at Plymouth This Saturday Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:36:30 +0000

There will be a gala benefit event at Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks Street, starting at 7:00 p.m. this coming Saturday evening, April 27, to raise funds for the restoration of the historic Christ Church in Cobble Hill, which was severely damaged by a lightning strike last August. The benefit will feature performances from Bizet’s Carmen. More details at CHB.

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Zion Church Presents “Kids For Kids” Concert Next Saturday Mon, 22 Apr 2013 02:27:56 +0000

Next Saturday, April 27, starting at 3:00 p.m., the Sunday School of Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church, 125 Henry Street (between Clark and Pierrepont) is presenting “Kids For Kids,” a concert featuring vocal and instrumental performances by local kids to benefit local kids afflicted with pediatric cancers. The suggeated donation for admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12 or seniors over 65. You may donate for tickets here, or at the door.

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‘Cotton Patch Gospel’ Comes To St. Ann & Holy Trinity April 21 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 17:47:54 +0000

Off-Broadway musical “The Cotton Patch Gospel”—with music by Harry Chapin—will be staged at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. The one-man show, performed by Phillip Kaufmann, will raise money for programs to help fight hunger. Admission is $10 plus goodwill offerings at the door, with 100% of proceeds going directly to charity. St. Ann’s is located at 157 Montague Street.

“The Cotton Patch Gospel” was written by Tom Key and Russel Trez, featuring music from singer/songwriter, activist and Brooklyn native, the late Harry Chapin. The story, inspired by Koinonia Farm founder Clarence Jordan’s translations of the Gospels, imagines what it would be like if Jesus were born in Gainesville, Georgia, in the 20th century.

The St. Ann webbie notes, “Through the use of audio and video technology, Phillip portrays over 20 characters, plays 11 musical instruments and sings his own backup vocals.”

Proceeds from the event will be divided as such: 50% to the Hunger Outreach Project of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 25% to WhyHunger (founded by Harry Chapin and New York radio host and Catholic philanthropist Bill Ayres) and 25% to Mennonite Central Committee food program.

Kaufmann has taken his one-man show on the road and raised nearly $80,000 to combat hunger over the past two years.

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Brooklyn Community Pride Center Hosts Founders Ball April 4 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:55:21 +0000

The Brooklyn Community Pride Center, located in Boerum Hill at 310 Atlantic Avenue, is hosting its Founders Ball on Thursday, April 4 from 6-9 p.m. at Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street. The Ball is the organization’s major, annual fundraising event commemorating its 2008 launch and Fifth Anniversary.

This year’s event includes a two-hour cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and the first ever Founders Ball Awards honoring Tom Smith, Reg Flowers and Suzanne St. Pierre. Preceding the event is a VIP cocktail hour with celebrity guests; and following is the Junior Board’s after party.

The Brooklyn Community Pride Center is the only community center in Brooklyn dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community, with a mission to provide support & services to the borough via original programming and partnerships with like-minded organizations.

For information about the Founders Ball, contact Development Director Todd W. Fliedner at 347-889-7719 or Tickets may be purchased online. General admission is $125.

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