Future of Gowanus Discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society Wednesday Evening

On Wednesday evening, May 17, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society, in partnership with the Van Alen Institute, will present a panel discussion, “Gowanus’ Triple Bypass: Change Through Art, Design, and the Environment.” Once an artery of commerce and industry, the Gowanus neighborhood has become emblematic of change and the forces impacting the Brooklyn […]

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Fireworks Tonight; or, More Likely, Tomorrow

This in from Notify NYC: Notification issued 5/13/17 at 9:00 AM. There will be a fireworks display near the Statue of Liberty tonight, 5/13, at approximately 11:30 PM. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will take place on 5/14. Given the forecast, I’m betting on tomorrow. Update: Looking at the radar weather […]

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Shadows From My Past Screening at Cong. Mount Sinai Wednesday Afternoon

This Wednesday afternoon, May 17, starting at 3:30, Congregation Mount Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West (at Clark Street) will present a screening of Shadows From My Past, a documentary film by Curt Kaufman and Gita Weinrauch Kaufman that, based on letters from 1939 through 1941, tells the story of a Jewish family in Vienna struggling […]

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Vicinity

Okay, I told you last week that it was the last weekend that the 4/5 tunnel connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan would be closed for repair work. I was WRONG. My bad. From 11:45 PM Friday, May 12 to 5:00 AM Monday, May 15 there will be no service in either direction at the 4/5 platforms […]

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Bargemusic This Weekend

On Friday evening, May 12, starting at 8:00, Bargemusic presents “A Beethoven Odyssey,” featuring pianist Yael Weiss (photo) playing works by Beethoven, Paul Schoenfield, and Paul Chihara. On Saturday evening, May 13, at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, May 14, at 4:00, the Semplice Players, along with violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Nina Kogan, […]

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Some Highlights of the Brooklyn Folk Festival: Part III, Sunday, April 30, Including the Banjo Toss!

Early Sunday afternoon, April 30, your correspondent took the F train to the Smith-9th Street station, the highest elevated station on the New York City rapid transit system – it crosses the Gowanus Canal and had to provide clearance for ships to go under it – to participate in the fabled Banjo Toss Contest. After […]

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This Saturday, Rally & March Strives to Inspire Kids Towards Activism

This Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Cadman Plaza Park from 11:00 am — 2:00 pm, a new community group, Next Generation Now will hold a rally and march for children’s empowerment. Speakers include civil rights activists Melvin Todd and Janice Nixon, youth activists and social justice groups representing but not limited to NYCLU, Arab American Family Support […]

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Open Thread Wednesday

What’s on your mind? Comment away!

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A Walk Through Red Hook

This past weekend your correspondent participated in two Jane’s Walks, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York. The walks, which are free, are funded in memory of Jane Jacobs, an urbanist who lived for many years in the West Village and who advocated a community based as opposed to a centrally planned pproach […]

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Some Highlights of the Brooklyn Folk Festival: Part II, Saturday, April 29

The eighth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival continued on Saturday evening, April 29, at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. I first knew of Peter Stampfel as part of the Holy Modal Rounders (you can hear them here). On Saturday afternoon, April 29, Peter (second from right in the photo) took the stage with his […]

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