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Promenade Tree Lighting, Caroling and Shopping Wednesday

As you may have noticed, the Promenade Christmas Tree, located at the Montague Street entrance to the Promenade, is already lit (see photo, by your correspondent). Still, the official lighting will take place on this Wednesday evening, December 12 at 5:30. Carolers from the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will be there to add a festive […]

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Danish Christmas Fair Tomorrow

The Danish Seamen’s Church, 102 Willow Street (near Clark) will hold its annual Julemarked (“Christmas Market”) tomorrow, Saturday, November 17 (it’s always held the weekend before Thanksgiving, allowing you to get some shopping done before Black Friday) from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. At the church you may purchase “unique scandinavian design, knitware, gift items, […]

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Atlantic Antic This Sunday

The 44th annual Atlantic Antic will be this Sunday, September 23 from noon to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine, on Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and 4th Avenue. There will be live and DJ’d music, food, vendors, activities for kids, and special deals from merchants along Atlantic. More information here.

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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Open After Summer Vacation

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry), has re-opened following its customary summer break, occasioned by the fact that it is staffed by volunteers (disclosure: your correspondent’s wife is one of those volunteers), most of whom take summer vacations. It is a not-for-profit craft and gift shop that supports “craftspeople from […]

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Brooklyn Book Festival This Sunday

The Brooklyn Book Festival will be on Sunday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at Borough Hall and other nearby venues, and in Columbus Park (immediately north of Borough Hall). There will be readings by and discussions with writers, and books for sale. There’s more information here. There will also be a special […]

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Coming up: Stuff-A-Sack Sale at Underground Thrift Store

A couple of times a year, the Underground Thrift Store (which is upstairs at Plymouth Church) clears its shelves and you, dear customers, are the lucky recipients. On Sunday, June 17 and Sunday, June 24 from 12:30 – 4:00  pm, for $25 you can “stuff a sack” with clothes and shoes for men, women, and […]

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Willowtown Fair This Saturday, May 19

The annual Willowtown Fair will take place on Saturday, May 19 on Willow Place (between Joralemon and State streets) from noon to 5:00 p.m. This year’s fair will include: food from Iris Cafe; live music by the Willowtown Bluegrass Band; face painters; a plant sale; a baked goods table; games (including a three legged race […]

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The High Cost of Not Shopping Local

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal published a story about the effects of shopping online vs. shopping in our neighborhoods. The story focuses on our own Sammy Atef of Pet’s Emporium on Montague Street; the writer is, like many of us are or were, a loyal customer, one who had so far resisted, unlike many […]

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Grace Church WinterFair Saturday, February 3

This Saturday, February 3, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (between Grace Court and Joralemon) will hold its annual WinterFair. On sale will be men’s, women’s, and kids’ clothing, books, CDs and DVDs, housewares, furniture, plants, toys, and other goods. There will be a luncheon and a kids’ cafe.

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Court Street Office Supplies to Close in February

Brooklyn Paper reports that Court Street Office Supply, a “staple” of the neighborhood since 1982, will close on February 20th. Owner, Jacob Gutman explained, “Our challenge has been the shift in how people purchase things these days,” he said. “Our decision to close the store has nothing to do with rent.” Instead, the almost forty […]

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