Posts tagged ‘Parks’

Holland Center Stage

By , 15 November, 2010, No Comment

As part of the citywide Five Dutch Days/Five Boroughs, our corner of Brooklyn will be center stage for at least two very cool events. The Prequel And Sequel of the Half Moon’s Voyage into American History takes place Thursday 18 November at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) from 4pm to 5:45pm, featuring 70 slides on 70 years starting with an English Captain on a Dutch ship and ending with a Dutch king on England’s throne. Images include Hudson’s voyage, American liberty, the Dutch Republic and stock trading origins. Register by emailing atan.naf@verizon.net. The weekend brings The Gardens of New Netherland on Saturday 21 November at the Lefferts Historic House. At 2pm, Historian Firth Fabend describes the orchards, produce gardens, flower gardens, and crops that were planted when New York was a Dutch Colony. Afterwards, you can walk through the Lefferts garden to see what’s growing now.

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Coney Island is Movin’ On Up

By , 2 November, 2010, 1 Comment

After checking out Coney Island’s new Luna Park amusement area this summer, it was pretty clear that operators Zamperla USA meant business. Now, in addition to a whole new look and feel to the rides, the company is also looking to gentrify the boardwalk–and has asked nine longtime businesses to pack their bags by 15 November. According to the NY Post,

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Only three mainstays will remain, mingling with new tenants like a sit-down restaurant and a sports bar. Out are beachfront bastions like Ruby’s Bar and Grill, Shoot the Freak, Cha Cha’s Bar, Gregory & Paul’s, Grill House, Coney Island Souvenirs and Gyro Corner, as well as newer concessions like Beer Island and the Pio Pio Riko Peruvian food stand. The surviving businesses are a boardwalk satellite of Nathan’s Famous, The Beach Shop and the Lola Staar Souvenir Boutique.

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Looks like nostalgia’s getting traded in for some fancy digs. Does that mean they’re going to clean up the beach too? If I’m paying $8 for a beer, I’d like to know the cigarette butts and hunks of broken glass aren’t on full display in the sand. What do you think? Psyched or fuming? And more importantly, do you think they can pull it off?

Can We Do BBP Without Housing?

By , 25 October, 2010, 2 Comments

Can Brooklyn Bridge Park go forward without new housing to fund it? Though there have been plenty of meetings dedicated to this burning question–no answers have been forthcoming. We know most folks in the community would prefer more park–less condos, but where exactly is the money coming from? In order to help find alternative sources of cash, a consultant has been hired by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp., according to the NY Post.

The subcommittee tapped Bay Area Economics, which has offices in New York and California, to evaluate over the next few months if other sources can be relied upon to help finance the planned 85-acre park’s anticipated $16.1 million maintenance budget besides housing set for John Street in DUMBO and by Pier 6 in Brooklyn Heights. This evaluation will include public hearings to be held later in the fall.

Because the city has total control of the park, rather than the state, it will allow up to $100,000 to be spent on this service. Cross your fingers, let’s hope that kind of cash buys us a new swimming pool.

Halloween List!

By , 22 October, 2010, No Comment

Didn’t get much help from you dear readers, but I did my homework best I could. This is what I gots for you–please click on the links for more info. If I couldn’t find one, I tried to include everything I know about the event. Boo!

23-24 October
Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6

New York Aquarium: Halloween at the A-Scarium


Brooklyn Botanical Garden: Ghouls and Gourds

27 October
Dodge YMCA Halloween Family Fright Fest!! Stop in from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for an evening of free family fun. Enjoy healthy treats, scary stories, arts & crafts, face painting and take your picture in the Harvest Patch.

29 October
P.S. 58 is having a Costume Carnival in its schoolyard from 4pm-6:30pm. It’s a fundraiser for the PTA so admission is $6 (under 2 years is free). Includes music, crafts, games and food.

30 October
Brooklyn Heights Halloween Parade starts at 10am at the Pierrepont Playground

All Hallows Eve Bash at One Brooklyn Bridge Park

Costume Karaoke Party in Carroll Park

8th Annual Brooklyn Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Parade/Contest on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, 1pm to 3pm. If you want to be part of this bow-wow, the pre-registration is at Perfect Paws, 102 Hicks St, for $25.00 per dog–however it is free to watch. Parade participants will gather by the Brooklyn Heights Promenade’s Remsen Street entrance at 12:45pm and starting at 1pm promenade to the costume judging table, which this year for the first time will be at the circular north end of the Promenade. Local area celebrity judges will be charged with selecting the best dog costume ensembles.

The Brazen Head, 228 Atlantic Ave, will celebrate from 8pm onward with Halloween Punch, three Great Halloween Beers (Post Road Pumpkin, Young’s Double Chocalate St & Coney Island Sword Swallower), complimentary sweets & treats and $50.00 Bar Tab for Best Costume at Midnight.


Doggie Costume Parade in Cobble Hill

An abundance of Halloween activities at Prospect Park. You can find them all listed here.

31 October
Per usual, the Halloween Parade in Cobble Hill Park starts at 4pm!


Carroll Gardens Halloween Parade begins at 12:30

Halloween Bash at Mother Cabrini Park

Hairy Scary Tales from around the world with Tammy Hall takes place at GUMBO (493 Atlantic Avenue) from noon to 12:45pm.

DPO’s annual Halloween Party at the Archway Under The Manhattan Bridge includes free craft activities and games. Lunch will also be sold in case your goblins get hungry. Goes from 1pm to 3pm.

Festivities at Garden Place-I know there’s some great activities here but don’t have the info. If you know what’s doin’–give me a yell.

Harvest Fest @ Pier 6

By , 19 October, 2010, 2 Comments

Now that the water park is closed for the season and kids may not be as keen to play in the sand, Pier 6 is making itself relevant in the cooler weather by hosting HARVEST FESTIVAL 2010. Taking place this Saturday, 23 October, 10:30am to 1pm, the park will be transformed into Halloween central, with a Halloween parade, face painting, storytelling, art activities and pumpkin decorating. Kids will also be able to pot their own plants and create Halloween masks. In terms of music, The Deedle Deedle Dees will be taking the stage twice over the course of the event and there will be storytelling in Swing Valley. Moxie Spot will also be on hand with Halloween bags for children to decorate and the Pier 6 dog run volunteers will host a fun activity for your four-legged friends. Here’s the schedule of events:
MUSIC
The Deedle Deedle Dee’s will play two sets: 11:00-11:45 and 12:00-1:00
PARADE
11:45: Halloween Parade – meet at music stage!
STORYTELLING IN SWING VALLEY

10:30-12:00: Join Linda White for stories on the lawn and create your own park out of found materials!
12:00-1:00: Claire Frossard, author of Emma’s Journey, will read from her story

Cobble Hill Park to Get Big Screen Time

By , 7 October, 2010, 2 Comments

I don’t get to the theatre as much as I used to, but last March I was lucky enough to land tickets for God of Carnage. The play is basically a throw down between two sets of parents as they discuss the behavior of their children in–wait for it–Cobble Hill Park. Originally written by Yasmina Reza and set in Paris, the manuscript was translated and the action moved to our little neck of the woods. Starting as a calm discussion about how to deal with one boy hitting another (and knocking out some teeth) the get-together slowly descends into anger, resentment and a little bit o’ crazy. I was lucky enough to see Lucy Liu, Jeff Daniels, Dylan Baker and Janet Mcteer on Broadway–but I recently read that Roman Polanski will begin working on a screen version of God of Carnage in January–starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christopher Waltz. Hmmm, wonder if Switzerland has any good parks?

Another Electronic Recycling Event

By , 27 September, 2010, 1 Comment

Back in April, the Cobble Hill Association threw a successful electronics recycling event at PS 29. I know I happily hauled a trunk-full of old, useless technology over to the schoolyard and felt relieved to see it go to a good, green place. Now Brooklyn Bridge Park, in association with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, will hold its first, free electronic waste recycling event on Saturday 2 October, from 10am to 4pm.

The event is rain or shine and will take place on Pier 1, at Furman Street between Old Fulton & Doughty Streets. Residents and small businesses (under 50 employees) are invited to bring their unwanted electronics, and the following items will be accepted: working and non-working computers (laptops, desktops, servers), monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, audio-visual electronic devices, and cell phones.

Come Sample Snacks at the Oscars of Street Foods

By , 21 September, 2010, No Comment

Some of the best food I remember comes from something on four wheels. That gyro I used to get with extra hot sauce after parties at college. The extra-long hot dog hanging out of a crusty baguette in a park in Paris. Those fish & chips leaking translucent grease on a brown paper wrapper in London. So what better way to pay tribute to all things yummy and awesome (and come from a food truck) than the Vendy Awards. Called “the Oscars of food for the real New York” by Chef Mario Batali, the website touts them as New York City’s annual competition for the title of Best Street Food Vendor, and a fundraiser to support the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a voice for the thousands of people who sell food and merchandise on the streets of our city. Sounds good to me. Finalists include Schnitzel & Things, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and Mexicue. Want to get in on the action and taste some of the city’s best street food? The Vendy’s are taking place this Saturday, 25 September on Governor’s Island from noon to 5pm. Many of the cheaper seats have sold out but click here to see the few tickets left over. And if you decide to head over just to spend the day, two past Vendy winners–Treats Truck and NY Dosa–will be selling to the general public.

Brooklyn Storm Stats

By , 21 September, 2010, No Comment

By now, we’ve all got our, “where were you when the tornado hit” stories. Thankfully, nobody in this neighborhood was seriously hurt–but just walking around alerts us to the damage done by the storm. I had a big old branch from a neighbor’s tree fall directly in front of my doorway and called 311 on Friday to find out when it might be cleaned up. Though I was told by a very nice man it would take at least 15 days and maybe up to 45 days for clean-up, a truck showed up the very next morning. How about that? Your tax dollars at work. Unfortunately, according to the NY Post , many were not so lucky. Here’s a general summery of how Brooklyn (especially our brownstone neighbors, Park Slope) took the brunt of what we can now call the Tornado of 2010.

• Totals Tree-Related Calls: 1750

• Trees Down: 849 citywide (182 in Brooklyn). That number was later upped to roughly 1,000 citywide.

• Parks Department completed 94 work orders regarding trees down

• Parks Department deployed 22 crews to work through Thursday night. FDNY provided 6 tree-removal crews. NYPD provided 14. The Sanitation Department provided five. The Transportation Department also provided five teams.

• Most power outages were due to downed overhead lines. Total customer outages are 28,324 (just 49 in Brooklyn).

• Number of reported buildings damaged was 45 (Brooklyn had 22).

• There were 27 schools reporting trees down.

Fundraiser Tix for Jane’s Carousel Going Fast

By , 17 September, 2010, No Comment

Want to get a sneak peek of the new Jane’s Carousel in the Empire-Fulton Ferry section of Brooklyn Bridge Park? A limited number of tickets are still available for the Preview Tour and Cocktail Party being held by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy on Tuesday 28 September from 6 to 9pm. The tour starts at 56 Water Street in DUMBO and ends at the River Cafe with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets start at $100 and go up to $250 each. Purchase yours here.