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Cobble Hill’s PS 29 Pie and Shopping Extravaganza

By , 26 November, 2012, No Comment

It’s back: the 4th annual Eat Pie and Shop at PS 29 (Henry St. between Baltic and Kane St.) will be held this Sunday, 2 December, from 11am to 2pm. In addition to the anticipated pie social and celebrity-judged baking contest, there will also be an artisan holiday gift fair, professional portrait booth and free arts workshops to keep the kids busy while you shop and stuff your face.
This year’s pie judging panel includes Gail Simmons, an editor at Food & Wine and judge of “Top Chef,” as well as Melissa Clark, food columnist for the New York Times; Gia Giasullo, co-founder of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain; Steven Gutterman, Executive Chef of Gastronomie 491; and local restaurateur Jeff Lederman of Strong Place, Bocco Lupo and Nectar. Interested in trying your hand for bragging rights and a gift package from Food & Wine? Get your home-made pie to the school by 10:15am.

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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.

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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.

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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 Bridge Park Updates

By , 22 June, 2012, No Comment

Before the weekend begins, and this heat wave threatens to break (we hear this evening will bring KINDA cooler temps), wanted to update you on a few things going on in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Firstly, the Pier 2 wading pool is still on schedule to open in July, according to our source at the park. No exact date yet, but it’s a good start. Secondly, this week, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board of Directors voted to approve a mixed-use development including residential and hotel units, restaurant and retail space, as well as a banquet hall and fitness center on Pier 1. Brought to you by Toll Brothers and Starwood, the 550,000 sq. ft. complex will house the 10-story, 1 Hotel with 200 rooms and 159 residential units. Ground-breaking is expected to begin in 2013.
As for more timely events, Saturday brings the Brooklyn Kite Festival at Pier 1 from 10am to 2pm. Kites will be available for purchase on site, or you can bring your own. The same day also finds the opening of Photoville, a mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, nighttime projections, a photo dog run, and a summer beer-garden at Pier 3 Uplands. In addition, THE FENCE at PHOTOVILLE will become a public photographic installation and outdoor photo gallery, celebrating the essence of “Community: Home/Street/People/Creatures/Play.” Photographers of all levels are invited to submit images that fit into the “Community” theme.

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.

Spring Photog Mini-Sessions in Prospect Park

By , 8 May, 2012, No Comment

Though the cherry blossoms came a little early this year, spring has sprung in Prospect Park. So why not use this foliage to your advantage and hit the Sweet Pea Photography Spring 2012 Mini-Session Day for some colorful family photos. Taking place 3 June from 9am to 6pm, this is simply a 1/2 hour photography session with Sweet Pea Photographers for your children and family. For $115, you’ll get about 30 images in a private password-protected online gallery, including 3 image files of your choice in high resolution digital format. To book, please email or call:; Alexandra 646-596-6747.

PS 29 Wants YOU to Eat Pie and Shop for the Holidays

By , 23 November, 2011, 1 Comment

Come for the pie, stay for the shopping

Sure, there’s other holiday shopping events in the hood. But none come with the same bold promise of pie. That’s why the PS 29 Eat Pie and Shop event has always been one of my faves (even before my son started attending). So mark your calendars now, because it’s coming up on 4 December from 11am to 4pm at the Cobble Hill school (Henry St. between Kane and Baltic).
As mentioned, all types of pie will be available throughout the day–including fruit, creamy, savory and nut. And to make things more exciting, there will also be a pie competition with a panel of judges consisting of celebs like Gail Simmons, an editor at Food & Wine magazine and judge on Bravo fave “Top Chef,” and Danielle Kyrillos, from “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” as well as local restauranteurs like Marc Anthony Bynum, chef at the new MooBurger (fast turning into one of our faves) and Jeff Lederman, of Strong Place, Bocca Lupo and Nectar. The winner will receive a gift package from Food & Wine and bragging rights for the year. Judging will take place at 1pm.
In addition, as a special culinary treat, Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack will also be in attendance, doling out its signature frozen custard (the new storefront will open in Downtown Brooklyn by end of year), and Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain will be serving its ‘Grumble Grumble’ grilled cheese sandwiches.
Of course, after all that pigging out you simply must do some shopping, so stay for the gift fair overflowing with local artisans, craftspeople and merchants. Kids will be lured away from your efforts with holiday craft workshops hosted by art teachers from Children’s Museum of the Arts and face painting by Mini Max Toys & Cuts. And lastly, if you need the perfect shot for your holiday cards, professional photographers will be on hand for family photo shoots. Proceeds will go to PS 29, but this is the perfect event for anyyone with a sweet tooth and a gift list.

Brooklyn Farmacy: More Than Just Eggcreams

By , 17 November, 2011, No Comment

Cartoonist Mark Alan Stamaty to sign copies of "WHO NEEDS DONUTS"

Recently, I’ve been stopping in at Cobble Hill’s old-timey soda shop Brooklyn Farmacy (513 Henry St.) for the orange-tinged pumpkin ice cream my son’s been craving. And in addition to the ever-changing, seasonal ice cream flavors, the menu also reflects a heavier focus on savories and a fairly new lunch menu–featuring a potato knish, black bean empanada and grilled ham and cheese sandwich. This weekend though, there will also be a few interesting things going on so feel free to stop in for a nosh or a little bit of culture.

This Saturday morning (11.19) at 11 am, NY author and cartoonist, Mark Alan Stamaty will be in for a meet and greet and to sign copies of his book, “Who Needs Donuts”. Many may know Stamaty’s work from the Village Voice, and some may even have one of his children’s books on your shelves. (Minnie Malony & Macaroni, comes to mind!). Brooklyn born, and a real New Yorker, this is going to be a special morning at the Farmacy. And of course, come for the Peter Pan Donuts.

This Sunday afternoon (11.20), from 1-3, meet Brooklyn based illustrator, Claudia Pearson. Claudia’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times and Elle —and Farmacy has carried her beautiful, useful creations from the get go. She will be in-store on Sunday for a meet and greet with 2012 calendars, Tea towels and Children’s Coloring Books, each with an Eat local/ Seasonal focus. Great for children with a leaning towards art, and for parents who are visiting from out of town. Pick up a gift for the Thanksgiving host!

And finally, Farmacy WILL BE OPEN on Thanksgiving Day from 9-3PM. Once you officially get ‘kicked out of the kitchen’, don’t spend the day wandering around the neighborhood in the cold. Stop in for a cup of coffee and a light lunch.

Oprah Stops By Kiddie Korner for New OWN Show

By , 26 October, 2011, 2 Comments

So, I’m picking up my son at Kiddie Korner preschool (117 Remsen St.) this afternoon and lo and behold, who was hangin’ with the rabbi? Queen Oprah herself. Turns out, she’s in NYC to film her new TV series “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” premiering in January. In addition to sitting down with two Jewish families in Borough Park and Crown Heights for a look into the daily life of Chasidic Jews, the talk show maven came by Brooklyn Heights to have a look at the synagogue’s mikvah, a Jewish bath used mainly for ritual purity.

ABC’s Pan Am Pilot Being Filmed in Cobble Hill

By , 1 September, 2011, No Comment

Walking down Clinton St. yesterday with my kids (around Degraw St.), we suddenly came upon the set of ABC’s new period drama, Pan Am. When a nice young man with a headset asked us to stop as they filmed a scene, my son eagerly ogled the classic cars littering the street. At which time, said man with headset smirked and told us how they stalled out in the middle of the street every five minutes. Oh well. The show premiers in the fall starring Christina Ricci and according to the NY Times, the pilot cost $10 million to shoot.

View from Around Bococa

By , 29 August, 2011, No Comment

Tree down on Aitken and Clinton

Here’s a few pictures from around the hood. Doesn’t look too bad, and the kids were loving all the branches on the ground in Cobble Hill Park! Again, feel free to send in anything you’d like to share.

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145 Hicks St. gets an 80-year old elm right in the kisser. Image via Scott Alexander on Facebook

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Another tree down on Warren St. and Henry St.

Cobble Hill Park this morning