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Brooklyn Shares and Shares Alike with Yerdle

By , 9 March, 2013, No Comment

As parents in the city, we understand the concept of sharing. Sure, it’s something we work hard to teach our offspring–but it’s also a great tenet of our overly-cramped community.
From stoop sales to leaving treasures on curbs and brownstone steps, we here in BoCoCa are always sharing our gently used stuff, in the hopes someone will be able to use it and pay it forward. And now, a new social sharing platform called yerdle is here to manage all this good will.
The point of yerdle is to allow folks to get what they need from others in the community–for free. “We built yerdle to create a new way of getting the things you need without creating more waste,” said Co-founder Andy Ruben. “If you need a tent, a circular saw, kids soccer cleats, or thousands of other items try sharing through yerdle.”
Americans generate over 250 million tons of trash each year. “If you want to get rid of the clutter of items you barely use, try sharing through yerdle. Saving money and space doesn’t suck,” said Co-Founder Adam Werbach.
We tend to agree. And we’re interested in seeing what kind of online community can be built by founders Adam Werbach, author of Strategy for Sustainability; Andy Ruben, Former Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart; and Carl Tashian from the founding team of Zipcar. That’s a pretty heavy duty brain trust. So here’s what to do if you’d like to check it out:
(1) Log on:
(2) Post an item (feel free to ask for something you need or give something you don’t)
(3) Spread the word. Tell your friends, like them on Facebook, etc. and grow your sharing circle.
Think digital spring cleaning folks! And good luck.

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Registration Info for Brooklyn Bridge Park Soccer Leagues

By , 1 February, 2013, No Comment

As we recently reported, Brooklyn Bridge Park has announced its very own soccer leagues to take place at the new Pier 5 athletic fields. There will be two leagues, one for children 6 to 12 years and one for adults. The kids league will cost just $25 and will be subsidized by the adult league. Register here for youth leagues and here for adults. We’d guess this will fill up quickly, so better get to it!

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Mount Sinai’s New Medical Practice in Downtown Brooklyn: Open Weekends!

By , 31 January, 2013, 1 Comment

Late last year, our pediatrician, who was part of LICH Pediatrics, informed us that the entire practice would be moving to a whole new facility and breaking its ties with the troubled hospital. Their home would now be The Mount Sinai Medical Center at One Pierrepont Plaza (entrance on Court St.).
Open since early January, this facility is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood. We may be biased, since we’d be crushed to have to find a new pediatrician, but in addition to a full pediatrics staff, it also houses a family practice for teens and adults, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, hematology/oncology, nephrology, neurology, OBGYN, ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, podiatry, rheumatology and vascular surgery. And there will be a radiology suite as well. Talk about one-stop shopping.
Oh, and get this: An urgent care center–available to treat non-life-threatening medical needs–will also be on-site to provide walk-in extended hour access, seven days a week. Weekend hours! Woo hoo! So while we can’t promise you’ll never have to head to the emergency room again, the chances will be a lot less likely.
With the weather fluctuating from bone chilling cold to balmy, it’s no surprise that we made both a child and adult visit to the facility this month. Both times, we waited less than 5 minutes to see a doctor–though you will have to call and register before heading in, which will take some time on the phone. And as an adult, they ask that you come in for a physical for the first time.
The waiting room is large, bright and comfortable. And, you know, new. If you’re taking kids, bring your own books or toys because there’s nothing there to play with–though there’s two large LCD screens showing colorful nature landscapes which might keep them occupied for a bit. We were also very happy with the staff, who were friendly and helpful.
Want to get in touch? For pediatrics, call 929 210-6040 and for family practice, call 929 210-6010.

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LICH Closing: Take Two

By , 25 January, 2013, 3 Comments

Once again, rumors of the demise of Long Island College Hospital, better known as LICH, are swirling. After getting a stay of execution in 2011 with $62 million worth of grants and a merger with SUNY Downstate in Albany, the hospital is once again on the chopping block. According to the NY Times,

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Mr. Doyle said that H. Carl McCall, the chairman of the SUNY board, and Dr. John Williams, president of Downstate, had met with “stakeholders” in Brooklyn recently to explain that SUNY Downstate faced severe financial hardship, and that the money-losing LICH was part of the problem. He said the closing could be put to a vote of the board in “the near future,” as part of a plan to ensure that SUNY Downstate, a major teaching and hospital center in Brooklyn, could survive.

Seems the hospital has been losing money, and patients, for nearly 17 years. And the gentrification of the neighborhood is being named the culprit–with officials claiming “affluent newcomers” are heading to Manhattan for care. If it does close, will you miss it?

Halloween Stuff in BoCoCa/South Brooklyn

By , 23 October, 2012, No Comment

Yup, it’s that time again. Cotton spider webs, pumpkins carved like presidential candidates, kids getting hyped up for sugar. Want to know what’s going on in the hood in the run-up to Halloween? Here’s a few thoughts.

Sugar Shop’s 1st Annual Halloween Monster Mash: Saturday, October 27th from 11am to 7pm, there will be crafts all day and other cool stuff like face painting 3pm to 6pm, cotton candy, costume contest, glitter tattoos, make your own Trick or Treat bag, candy Lego, make a candy bracelet, ghoulish guessing game, make a lollipop ghost, and Halloween coloring pages.254 Baltic Street between Court and Clinton St.

Families First Annual Halloween Party and Parade: Sunday, October 28, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Expect games, Halloween crafts, face painting, snacks, baked goods and drinks, Sing-A-long with Ted Stafford, professional Halloween costume portraits, goodie bags and balloons for all kids. $10 per family, $8 for Families First members. 250 Baltic Street – auditorium.

Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee Annual Halloween Parade: Saturday, October 27 at 10am. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to join in the fun and show off their best costumes. A bake sale will be held to benefit the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee. Pierrepont Playground (the rain date is Sunday the 28th).

All Hallows Eve Bash fundraiser, hosted by the BBPC Junior Committee: Attendees will enjoy music from DJ Soulstatic, spooky Halloween-themed hors d’oeuvres from Benchmarc, and an open bar all night. Brooklyn Bridge Park’s neighbors at Waterfront Wines will also be hosting a Pre-All Hallows Eve Bash Wine Tasting at 7 pm. Buy your tickets here. One Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Story Time with Carol and Friends-Halloween: Author Mari Takabayashi (author of the popular favorite I Live In Brooklyn) reads from her book Yume’s Halloween from 10:30am to 11:30am on Saturday Oct 27th, written to teach Japanese children about how kids in the United States celebrate our most delightfully ghoulish holiday. Published only in Japan, the book features illustrations of Carroll Gardens. At the event, Ms. Takabayashi will read the book in Japanese, and Cobble Hill Playschool director Carol Troha will read it in the English translation. The reading will be followed by a discussion with children about Halloween customs and the art of illustration. The author is happy to sign copies of any of her books. Carroll Gardens Library (396 Clinton St. @ Union Street).

Cobble Hill Halloween Parade: October 31. Dress up those kids and bring them to the Halloween event that has become a Cobble Hill Tradition.The fun starts at 4pm with trick or treating on Clinton St. directly after.The parade is led by Brooklyn’s own JahPan Steel Drum Band. Cobble Hill Park

Brooklyn Rocks Carnival and Atlantic Antic

By , 24 September, 2012, No Comment

It’s now officially fall. And in our opinion, the best time to hit the carnival/street fair circuit in BoCoCa. This weekend will offer a plethora of fantastic events to check out, beginning with PS 29′s Brooklyn Rocks carnival at Carroll Park. The fun takes place on Saturday 29 Sept with Gymstars Hoopa Palooza at 2pm, The Kidville Rockin’ Railroad Band at 3pm and the Deedle Dee’s at 4pm. And of course, there will be the usual accoutrements of food, crafts and raffles to keep the whole family busy. All proceeds will benefit the arts at PS 29 so it’s a great cause as well as a great autumn activity.
Then, on Sunday 30 Sept, the 38th annual Atlantic Antic is back! This gigantic street festival goes from noon to 6pm (rain or shine) and highlights local businesses, food, crafts, shopping and music. But before you head out into the insanity that is the Antic, make sure to check this schedule of events:

Moxie Spot – 81/83 Atlantic Ave
12:00pm: Ivan Katz Drum Along
1:30pm: Liam the Magician
3:00pm: Jammin with You Music School Superjam!
4:00pm: NikoKids featuring Nikolai Moderbacher

Chip Shop – Across from 129 Atlantic Ave
The Winsor Terrors

Last Exit – 136 Atlantic Ave
All Day: DJ Momotaro
1:30pm: Les Sans Culottes
3:45pm: The Get It
6:00pm: Antic After Party with DJ Mr. Lee

Waterfront Ale House – 155 Atlantic Ave
12:00pm: Son De Caney
1:30pm: Love Funk
3:00pm: Black Coffee Blues Band

Amer-Aba – 175 Atlantic Ave
Strictly Belly Dancing presented by Eddie “The Sheik” Kochak

Brazen Head – 228 Atlantic Ave
The Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band

Pacheco & Lugo – 340 Atlantic Ave
Latin Jazz Band

Khamit Kinks – 400 Atlantic Ave
12:00pm-5:00pm: DJ Hard Hittin Harry

Hollow Nickel – 494 Atlantic Ave
1:00pm: The Officials
2:00pm: Luminous Flux
3:00pm: BR & Timebomb
5:00pm: Isaac

Gumbo – 493 Atlantic Ave
12:00pm: Reading and Signing with Melanie Hope Greenberg
12:30pm: P for Puppets: A Magical Bilingual Puppet Show
1:00pm: Li, Li, Li! Reading
1:30pm: Rolie Polie Guacamole
2:30pm: Catahoula Cajun Band
3:00pm: Kevin Nathaniel and “Talking Gourds”
4:00pm: Tiga & Tchaka
5:00pm: Mamadou Waflash

Hank’s Saloon – 46 3rd Ave
12:30pm-1:15pm: Who Knew Crew
1:30pm-2:15pm: Lou Mass and his One Man Band
2:30pm-3:15pm: TBA
3:30pm-4:30pm: Andi Rae
4:45pm-5:45pm: Tri State Conspiracy

Maimonide of Brooklyn (M.O.B.) – 525 Atlantic Ave
12:30pm-2:00pm: DJ Dainja
2:00pm-3:30pm: DJ Negus Korby
3:30pm-5:00pm: DJ Sambarella
Live stage hosted by Rabbi Darkside
1:00pm: Max Caddy
2:30pm: Brother Hamm & The Pentecostal with Gypsy George
4:00pm: Inky Jack

Music Together: For Big Kids

By , 6 September, 2012, No Comment

In 2010, Naomi, of Naomi’s Music Together at 117 Remsen St., started offering a family music class in the evenings. Called Pajama Class, it starts at 6:30pm and allows parents who work to get some funky time with their kids. Now she’s come up with a new innovation which we think is kind of genius. Most music classes (not including instruments) are aimed at kids under 5. This Big Kids Class is for children 5,6 and 7 years old, blending the elements of Music Together with new activities, skills and challenges which are developmentally appropriate for this age group.

Big Kids classes lay the foundation for Basic Music Literacy, complementing music instruction in school or instrument lessons, and leading to a lifetime of joyful music-making. The curriculum includes solfège, solos and ensembles, folk dances, harmony singing, vocal development, and drumming. In a safe, fun environment, your child can experiment with new activities like conducting and improvisation, story songs, and game songs.
Parent attendance is welcome but not required. Each family receives a Big Kids songbook, CD, solfège cards, and HomePlay activities, so that the entire family can continue the fun and learning at home and parents can stay connected with what the child is learning in class.

A free demo class will be held next Monday, 10 Sept, from 4pm to 5pm. Feel free to stop in and check it out.

Pier 2 Pool Open in Brooklyn Bridge Park

By , 9 July, 2012, No Comment

True to their word last December, the bureaucrats at Brooklyn Bridge Park did indeed open the very blue, very clean looking Pop-Up Pool at the uplands of Pier 2 on Friday. Measuring 50′ x 30′ x 3.5–about the size of your grandparents pool in their senior citizens community–it can hold about 60 people at a time, is just 3.5 feet deep, and has an adjoining beach area with concessions. The pool is open from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. all other days. To make sure everyone gets some splash time, wristbands are given out up to one hour before each 75 minute chunk of pool time. The good news? Once you have one, you can go frolic in the sand or head somewhere else in the park to wait your turn. No standing in line with whining children like we did with the ultra-popular floating pool back in 2007.

Atlantic Ave. Restaurant Hop to Help Dodge Y Kids

By , 18 June, 2012, No Comment

The Dodge Y on Atlantic Ave between Court St. and Boerum Place is launching a new program to help raise cash for it’s Strong Kids Campaign. Beginning this Friday, 22 June, a Restaurant Hop will last until Sunday the 24th, allowing consumers to purchase a wristband for $15 and receive discounts at restaurants participating in the event. The Y partnered with the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation and Con Edison for the event and hopes to increase customer traffic on Atlantic Avenue while raising money for the campaign. A few participating restaurants include Henry Public, two8two burger and Waterfront Ale House.

Use Stroller as Excuse to See Art: Really

By , 11 June, 2012, No Comment

Brooklyn moms, here’s your chance to grab a little culture and get baby out for a walk. A.I.R Gallery (111 Front St.) in DUMBO is offering an event called Stroller Days for parents who would like to check out some art, meet some new folks and have a little nosh.
Taking place on 28 June, from 11am to 2pm, the day promises tours of current exhibitions, insightful discussion, adult conversation and a bit of artistic fun with local parents and art enthusiasts. The tour will take approximately 45-60 minutes and will focus on introducing the diverse programs found at the 111 Front Street Galleries such as contemporary photography, art collectives, street art, minimalist art, non-profit spaces and more. You can pre-register here to guarantee yourself a spot. The charge is $20 for each adult–children go free.