06/26/09 8:45am

Buggin’ Out: Poetry Inspired by Spike Lee
bk-honors-spike-lee.jpgBrooklyn Honors Spike Lee is a tribute to the famous director. There are various events included in this tribute (including a Father & Son Basketball Tournament on Saturday, June 27). “Buggin’ Out: Poetry Inspired by Spike Lee” will use clips from Spike Lee joints and demonstrate the impact Lee’s films have had on the revived art of spoken word. For other events, click here.
Tonight. 7 p.m. Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street.

Walking Tour of Sunset Park
Join curator Andy Urban and tour guide Dave Madden for an informative walk through Brooklyn’s Chinatown. The walk is in conjunction with the exhibit, “Living and Learning: Chinese Immigration, Restriction & Community in Brooklyn, 1850 to Present.”
Saturday, June 27. 2-4 p.m. Free. Meet at 36th Street and 4th Avenue (SE corner near entrance to 36th St subway station).

Brooklyn Flea
The Brooklyn Flea takes place in Ft. Greene on Saturday and its historic Brooklyn Bridge location on Sunday. Both locations feature a great mix of vintage, antiques, jewelry, and food.
Saturday, June 27. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues. Sunday, June 28. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. In Dumbo underneath the Brooklyn Bridge at the corner of Water and New Dock Street.

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06/25/09 4:00pm

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Travelers on British Airways can read all about Bushwick in the latest issue of the airlines’ magazine, High Life. The neighborhood is recommended for those who want to experience the 1980s era of Manhattan and its underground vibe. The magazine claims that “Bushwick is just nine stops on the L train from Union Square, but it’s a 20-minute time warp to a golden age of New York cool.” Bushwick BK predicts that photos from a tourist’s visit to the ‘hood would probably include “self-portraits in front of the Boar’s Head Rock Street distribution plant, rainbow-colored puddles, skinny people on double-decker bicycles and maybe a shot of that creepy Santa statue on Bogart Street.”
New York: Get hip to Bushwick [High Life]
Bushwick Declared ‘Cool’ by Tourism Magazine [Bushwick BK]
Photo by Bushwick Culture.

06/24/09 4:00pm

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We wrote about the India Street Mural Project back in April when they were asking for artist submissions. Then the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) announced the project’s artists in May. Now the painting of the mural has begun (even despite the rain). Tonight at Gallery 1889 in Greenpoint, NbPac presents RE/PAINT RE/BUILD, a fundraiser to benefit the mural project. At the fundraiser, there will be an unveiling of each artist’s wall proposal as well as a silent auction with works by the artists. To RSVP and buy tickets, click here.

06/23/09 4:00pm

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The Brooklyn Kickball League has some stiff competition at McCarren Park. Reported by The Brooklyn Paper, this past Saturday, some Harry Potter-loving college students got together in the Park to play Quidditch, “a high-flying sport practiced by wizards and witches who ride magical flying broomsticks.” Obviously, there was no magical flying; feet stayed on the ground while running with the broomsticks. Definitely not something you see everyday in Brooklyn.
Photo by TrespassersWill.

06/22/09 4:00pm

nydn-90-bday-map.jpgAnother city guide but this one is different. In celebration of the NY Daily News’ 90th birthday, they asked 90 celebrities (and the News’ top writers) to name their favorite places in the city. Places and spots in Brooklyn got a mention from a few (and rightly so). Like actor Adrian Grenier loves Habana Outpost in Fort Greene and Sharon Carpenter, a BET anchor, loves Luz in Clinton Hill. Even Mayor Bloomberg’s favorite spot, it turns out, is in Brooklyn—Nathan’s in Coney Island.
We Love New York [NY Daily News]

06/22/09 8:45am

BQE-rehabilitation-map.jpgBQE Rehabilitation Meeting
The NYS Department of Transportation is beginning a project to rehabilitate the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street. This combined Public Information Session and Scoping Meeting will provide the public with information included in the Draft Scoping Document. NYSDOT personnel will be available to answer questions concerning the project.
Today. Session One: 3-6 p.m. Session Two: 7-10 p.m. Polytechnic Institute of NYU in the Pfizer Auditorium (Dibner Building), 5 MetroTech Center.

Public Hearing on Carroll Gardens/Columbia Street Rezoning
The Department of City Planning’s proposed plan is to contextually rezone neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Columbia Street. The plan consists of height limits that would preserve the existing built character while allowing for new development and modest expansions at an appropriate height and scale.
Thursday, June 25. 6 p.m. Long Island College Hospital, 339 Hicks Street.

Pratt Area Community Council’s Homeowner and Homebuyer Fair
PACC’s Homeowner/Homebuyer Night is a great opportunity to obtain information on affordable homes, grants for purchase and closing costs, foreclosure prevention, and more. Refreshments will be served.
Tonight. 6-9 p.m. Free. Concord Baptist Church of Christ, 833 Gardner C. Taylor Boulevard.

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06/19/09 8:45am

mermaid-parade-09-logo.jpgConey Island Mermaid Parade
The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air, and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island. This year King Neptune will be Harvey Keitel (yes, THE Harvey Keitel) and Queen Mermaid is Daphna. Special Appearances include recording artists They Might Be Giants and performers from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey’s Boom A Ring. The Mermaid Parade Ball 2009 is afterwards at Dreamland Roller Rink. The parade is rain or shine.
Saturday, June 20. 2 p.m. Starts at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2009 is back for its fifth year and is even bigger. The festival is a celebration of Hip-Hop music and culture. Main performances include Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier
, Torae and Marco Polo
, DJ Misbehaviour
, Metermaids, and more. Special guests are Tanya Morgan Homeboy Sandman, Kel Spencer, and Chip Fu.
Saturday, June 20. Free. 12-8 p.m. Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, 1 Main Street.

Brooklyn Flea
Thhe Brooklyn Flea takes place in Ft. Greene on Saturday and its historic Brooklyn Bridge location on Sunday. Both locations feature a great mix of vintage, antiques, jewelry, and food.
Saturday, June 20. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues. Sunday, June 21. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. In Dumbo underneath the Brooklyn Bridge at the corner of Water and New Dock Street.

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