mapping matters gala

Gowanus-based nonprofit 596 Acres, which helps transform vacant lots across all five boroughs into community gardens, is hosting a fundraising gala in Dumbo this Thursday, complete with a pig roast, live music, tattoos and palm readings. After three years of helping communities navigate city agencies and approvals, the 596 Acres is in danger of shutting down, an organizer told us. The nonprofit has fostered gardens in 28 vacant lots, including 10 this year.

The “Mapping Matters” gala will feature a pig roast by chef Erika Nakamura, veggie sandwiches from Foragers, pita and salads from Sahadi’s, an open bar and Latin Balkan music from Consumata Sonidera. Guests can enjoy a raffle, dance party, palm readings, tattoos, hair trims and ‘dos, and personal map creations by artist J MacDonald. The party will happen this Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. Tickets are $50 and up.

Flyer via 596 Acres

forgotten new york tour flatbush

See the oldest Brooklyn subway station house, gravestones in Dutch and the original Ebinger’s Bakery plus, of course, historic neighborhoods and houses on a tour of Ditmas Park and Flatbush tomorrow led by Kevin Walsh, who blogs at Forgotten New York and Brownstoner Queens.

The tour starts at noon at Avenue H station house for the Q train (on the Manhattan-bound side of the station), located at Avenue H and East 16th Street. Tickets are $20 or $15 for members of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, which helps fund the tour. More details here or RSVP by emailing info@astorialic.org. 

Image by Forgotten New York

dumbo arts fest

The Dumbo Arts Festival transforms the normally sleepy streets near the waterfront into a celebration of art and performance this weekend. The free event is expected to draw over 200,000 people to Dumbo, where they’ll find installations tucked into every corner and more than 100 open artist studios. Highlights include Dumbo’s industrial history explained through stencils on the railroad tracks, a hydroponic tomato plant sculpture paying tribute to Dr. Seuss’s Trufula Tree, and a traveling dance party with music played from a street vendor cart. It starts Friday evening from 6 to 9 pm and runs through Sunday at 6 pm. Head over to Dumbo Arts Festival for more details or download the full festival guide for the schedule of events and a map.

Photo via Dumbo Arts Festival

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In response to Eric Garner and Ferguson, BRIC and Brooklyn Independent Media are hosting a community town hall on how race and policing affect the civil rights of Brooklynites. Panelists include Councilmember Jumaane Williams; Esmerelda Simmons, Executive Director Center for Law & Social Justice at Medgar Evers College; Lumumba Bandele, Senior Community Organizer for Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Rinku Sen, Publisher of Colorlines and Executive Director of Race Forward; and Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of Arab American Association. 

Brian Vines of Brooklyn Independent Media will moderate, and the event takes place from 7 to 8:30 pm in the 240-seat BRIC House Ballroom at 647 Fulton Street on Tuesday, October 14. The free event will also be broadcast on Brooklyn Independent Media.

And next week, two demographers from the City Planning Department will come to Brooklyn Historical Society to explore our borough’s shifting racial and ethnic groups. Joseph Salvo, Director of the Population Division at City Planning, and his colleague Peter Lobo will talk about the major demographic changes in recent years, as well as the challenges Brooklyn will face in the coming decades. It’s happening next Thursday, October 2 at BHS at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 or $5 for members.

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Get ready for Open House New York, two days when hundreds of sites across the city are open for visits, talks, performances and other special events with designers, architects, preservationists and others.

The full schedule for events taking place the weekend of October 11 and 12 will not be public until September 30, but we already know about several very exciting site visits planned for Brooklyn:

*Crowdfunding startup Kickstarter will throw open the doors on its renovation of the landmarked Eberhard Faber pencil factory, above, in Greenpoint. Architects Ole Sondresen Architect will discuss the design and construction process.

*Architects Caples Jefferson will lead a tour of the new Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights the firm designed and explain the symbolism of the building.

*Turnstile Tours will give free tours of Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Army Terminal, the U.S.’s largest military supply base through the end of World War II, whose staggered balconies in its iconic atrium were designed by Cass Gilbert.

Photo via Open House New York

clinton hill society walking tour

Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen will lead a walking tour of Clinton Hill this weekend covering the neighborhood’s rich history and unique architecture. She’ll discuss everything from 19th century mansions to elegant apartment buildings. The Society for Clinton Hill is organizing the tour, which will run from 11 am to 1 pm this Sunday, September 28. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Photo via Society for Clinton Hill

coney island film festival

Tons of Brooklyn and New York City-themed films are screening at the Coney Island Film Festival this weekend, exploring topics from the history of the Thunderbolt to a 40-year-old pizza shop in Sunset Park. There will also be showings of horror movies, children’s films, experimental music videos and a documentary on the history of the drive-in movie. And of course, they’re screening the Warriors on Saturday and Sunday nights. You can also check out a live burlesque show and open bar on Friday night for $25 or attend individual screenings for $8. Head over to the Film Festival’s site to see the full schedule, which starts on Friday at 7:30 pm and runs through Sunday evening at 6 pm.

Photo via Coney Island Film Festival

Designer James Victore created this fascinating video tour of typography in Brooklyn and Queens, with a particular focus on signs in Williamsburg. He praises font choices at a few well-known ‘Burg restaurants, critiques the J.Crew mural painted by graffiti artist Greg LaMarche, and talks about why we use Helvetica. The video was made to promote three events for designers and font lovers at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn. The “Working Late” events will happen from 7 to 9 pm on October 2 and 14 and November 11 at 55 Hope Street.

Video: A Font Tour of Brooklyn and Queens [Gothamist]

From We Live in Brooklyn Baby.Photo by Nema Etebar

Photoville kicks off tomorrow evening in Brooklyn Bridge Park with 60 shipping container exhibits, photography workshops, artist talks and an exhibition showcasing 30 years of Brooklyn street photography curated by photographer Jamel Shabazz. United Photo Industries collaborated with Shabazz, a Red Hook and Flatbush native who’s been documenting the city’s street life for 30 years, to create a powerful collection of images depicting life in Brooklyn from the 1980s through today. (The photo above, by Nema Etebar, is part of the installation.)

The installation, “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby,” will open tomorrow at 7:30 during Photoville’s opening celebration. There will also be seven days worth of workshops and talks on topics ranging from how photographers can market themselves to photographing war zones. You can check out all the Photoville exhibits and events at the Pier 5 uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park through September 28.

Photo by Nema Etebar

brooklyn book fest

The Brooklyn Book Fest is descending on the park behind Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn this Sunday, and it’s bringing a full slate of Bookend events throughout the borough every night this week. Literary discussions and events on everything from comic books to parenting will take place from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. The slate of speakers includes Zadie Smith, James McBride, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates and Salman Rushdie. Check out the full list of Sunday’s festival events and Bookend events happening throughout the week.

Photo via Brooklyn Book Fest

church of the redeemer boerum hill

Real estate investment firm The Jackson Group has paid $20,000,000 for the Gothic Revival Church of the Redeemer in Boerum Hill, DNAinfo reported. Neighbors spent years fighting to preserve the 127-year-old structure at the corner of Pacific Street and 4th Avenue, but the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island began marketing the church as a development site last year. Church officials told DNAinfo that “mounting monthly costs” forced them to sell the building, which needs an estimated $4,000,000 in repairs.

The deal does not include space for the congregation, which was part of the church’s original plans to sell the property. The sale closed the week of September 5, but it hasn’t hit the public records yet. The Jackson Group hasn’t revealed whether they’re going to demolish the building, which sits on a lot zoned for a building as large as 70,000 square feet and up to 10 stories tall, a source told us.

Boerum Hill’s Church of the Redeemer Sells for $20 Million [DNAinfo]
Sale and Demolition Planned for 4th Avenue’s Church of the Redeemer [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

r train

The R train will finally run between Brooklyn and Manhattan on Monday morning, after 13 months of repairs following Hurricane Sandy, the Post and the Daily News report. The MTA shut down service in the Montague tube last August so workers could replace tracks, signals and communications equipment that was devastated by the storm. Since then, R trains have run only between Bay Ridge and Court Street in Brooklyn, and between Whitehall Street in the Financial District and Forest Hills-71st Avenue in Queens.

Photo by Alex