Ever thought about joining your local community board? The community-minded folks over at nonprofit Transportation Alternatives are hosting an information session called Brooklyn Community Board Join-up Thursday evening on how to get involved with your local community board, where you can have an impact on everything from pedestrian and cyclist safety to development and new businesses.
Current community board members will be on hand to share stories of how they changed their neighborhoods, and officials from the City Council and the Borough President’s office will walk participants through the application process. They’ll even have a notary public there to certify applications, which you can download and fill out in advance if you’re really interested in joining up. Above, elected officials speak at a Community Board Six meeting about a proposed homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens last year.
Afterward, Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn Activist Committee will discuss their street safety campaigns for 2014. Also, they’ll have free snacks. Anyone who wants to attend can RSVP here on their website. The session will take place Thursday at 7 pm at the Brooklyn YWCA, located at 30 3rd Avenue just north of Atlantic.
Brooklyn’s top real estate developers, investors and lenders will gather on Wednesday at the New York Winter Apartment Summit to discuss multifamily real estate issues, with a special focus on investment and development in emerging areas of Brooklyn. The extensive speaker list includes Meir Milgraum, director of acquisitions at the Lightstone Group; Alan Washington, director of real estate and planning at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; Melissa R. Burch, executive vice president of Forest City Ratner; and Richard Katzenstein, managing regional director at Freddie Mac.
Marcus & Millichap is sponsoring the event, which will host more than 225 real estate execs at Skylight One Hanson (pictured) in Fort Greene. Panels will cover topics like the future of multifamily development in Brooklyn, what neighborhood will be the “next Williamsburg,” construction loans and eco-friendly construction. Those interested in attending can read the full agenda here and register here. The conference will run from 8 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, December 4.
Get into the Christmas spirit next Monday with the 24th annual Christmas tree lighting at MetroTech Commons. Visitors can expect Santa, Christmas carols, spoken word poetry and an appearance from Brooklyn Nets player Shaun Livingston. The Brooklyn Tech High School Chorus will sing carols, attendees can take pictures in a holiday-themed photo booth and Tony Award-winning poet and playwright Lemon Andersen will perform.
And everyone willing to brave the cold can fortify themselves with hot chocolate and cookies from Luciano’s and Starbucks coffee. Forest City Ratner is hosting the event, which will happen in front of 2 MetroTech Center next Monday, December 2 at 5:30 pm.
Gourmet grocery store The Greene Grape, which just re-opened in a larger location on Fulton Street, is hosting a tasting of fine wines and Thanksgiving goodies tonight. They’ll sample six different wines and sides made in the Provisions kitchen, including cornbread and kale stuffing, house made pork sausage and sage stuffing, and japanese sweet potatoes with maple syrup and nutmeg. The free tasting will happen from 6 to 8 pm at 767 Fulton Street in Fort Greene. Check out Greene Grape’s blog for all the details.
Build It Green NYC is hosting a holiday market featuring reused and upcycled crafts next weekend at their Gowanus location. Crafted at the Canal will kick off on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 9 pm with DJs spinning holiday tunes, complimentary beer from Coney Island Brewing Co. and local venders selling their crafts. And on Saturday December 7, the fair will continue from 10 am to 5 pm with free coffee from Stumptown. Expect crafts like recycled bicycle part jewelry, reusable holiday cards, New York sea glass jewelry, recycled art pieces and hand-crafted home decor and furniture. There will also be a vendor selling warm apple cider and fresh crepes. It’ll happen at Build It Green’s Gowanus Reuse Center, which is at 69 9th Street between Smith Street and 2nd Avenue.
Learn about the history and architecture of Sunset Park during a walking tour of the neighborhood’s most interesting historic buildings this Saturday. The Sunset Parks Landmarks Committee is leading the tour, which will begin at the landmarked courthouse at 43rd Street and 4th Avenue and conclude in Brooklyn’s Chinatown at 60th Street and 8th Avenue. Guides will explore the nabe’s history, architecture, development, ethnic diversity, and the potential to become a landmarked historic district. The tour will take place Saturday at 10 am. A donation of $10 is suggested. You can register for a spot here.
The Fort Greene Association and Make Brooklyn Safer are organizing a march tonight to raise awareness about pedestrian safety. The march will begin at 6:15 pm at the Dekalb and Cumberland entrance to Fort Greene Park and end at the 88th Precinct Community Council meeting. The Fort Greene community has banded together in the two weeks since nine-year-old Lucian Merryweather was killed in a car crash at Dekalb and Clermont. All the information about tonight’s event and future ones is available on Make Brooklyn Safer’s Facebook page.
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but lights are already appearing all over the city and the Christmas market is under construction in Union Square. If you’re in the mood for delicious holiday food and gifts here in Brooklyn, check out the Danish Christmas Fair this weekend at the Danish Seamen’s Church in Brooklyn Heights. They’ll be serving up Danish open-faced sandwiches, puffy pastries with jam and powdered sugar, hot dogs, and mulled wine and beer.
And you can buy Christmas decorations, hand-knitted clothes, and Danish design items as Christmas gifts. All the purchases go toward supporting the church and its activities. The gift shop and courtyard serving food and drinks will be open at the Danish Seamen’s Church at 102 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday. More food and drink will be served on Saturday nearby at Plymouth Church at 75 Hicks Street.
Doctor Who fans from across the city will descend on Supercollider in South Slope tomorrow to test their knowledge of the long-running BBC cult classic. Pub trivia company Geeks Who Drink is hosting Don’t Blink: A Doctor Who Quiz at bars all over the U.S. in anticipation of the series’ 50th anniversary special, which airs next Saturday, November 23. Questions will range from the modern version of the series to its original incarnation, which debuted in 1963 and ran for 26 seasons. Sadly, Prospect Heights’ Doctor Who-themed bar The Way Station didn’t have enough space to host the event, but they will be screening the anniversary special and hosting a Doctor Who tribute band next Saturday. Whovians who want to prove their knowledge should bring a couple of their friends and a $5 admission per person to Supercollider on 4th Avenue at 7 pm tomorrow.
The new ice-skating rink that’s been carved out of part of McCarren Pool in Williamsburg will open tomorrow at 11 am, Free Williamsburg reports. The 7,200-square-foot rink will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 10 pm until the first week in January. It can accommodate up to 300 skaters, who can use the pool lockers and other facilities in the locker rooms.
The Hanson Brothers will provide offbeat concessions, like hot dogs with pulled pork and pickled jalapeños, black bean burgers, a “pot roast” melt with brisket, mirepoix relish and sour cream potato sauce, and red eye chicory coffee. Head over to Grub Street to see the whole menu. Ticket prices will be $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $4 for children. Skate rentals will cost $5. The rink will also host a pro shop and skate sharpening, as well as skate classes, clinics and demonstrations.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is officially opening Piers 3 and 4 this Saturday with music and kid-friendly activities. The new piers add six acres of park land, the final connection of the parkwide greenway, a granite terrace and the first of the park’s “sound attenuating hills” (presumably to block the noise from the BQE directly behind the park). The festivities will run from 10 am to 1 pm and feature music from the Hungry March Band and staff-led tours.
Brooklyn Heights Blog contributor Karl Junkersfeld has filmed the complete reconstruction of a 19th-century Greek Revival clapboard house at 55 Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights. Owner and architect R.A. Somerby gutted the interior of the decrepit house and re-created the exterior based on its 1920s tax photo, which is included around the 4:55 mark in the video.
Most of the home’s historic detail had been stripped over the years, and Somerby decided to build a stoop based on the building’s original design. He also added several more windows and installed round ones on the front of the house in an homage to the Greek Revival style. However, the interior of the new home is modern, with large front windows on the parlor floor and a relatively open-plan kitchen and living room.