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As part of its “Crossing Brooklyn” exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum is holding a slew of film screenings, musical performances and author talks tomorrow from artists based in the borough. The schedule for tomorrow’s Target First Saturday includes a hip-hop-inspired brass band, a screening of Union Docs’ “Living Los Sures” film about the South Williamsburg neighborhood, and a talk from Brooklyn-based author Bridgette M. Davis. They’ll have interesting events all evening long from 5 to 11 pm. Check out the schedule as well as the two pieces of performance art (pictured above) planned for Saturday evening.

Photo by Xiaotian Yang via Brooklyn Museum

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It’s almost Halloween, and there are parties and parades taking place in just about every corner of Brooklyn. Whether it’s a haunted canoe tour of Dutch Kills or a dance party at BAM, everyone can find something delightful and spooky to do this weekend. Here’s a quick roundup of events:

Halloween Parade and Harvest Festival on Pitkin, Mother Gaston Boulevard and Pitkin Avenue, Friday, October 31, 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cobble Hill Halloween Parade, Cobble Hill Park, Friday, October 31, 4 pm
BOOgie Down: Late Night Halloween Dance Party, BAM’s Peter Jay Sharpe Building, Friday, October 31, 10:30 pm
Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade, 14th Street and 7th Avenue, Friday, October 31, 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Town Square Parade and Party, throughout Greenpoint, Saturday, November 1, 12 to 4 pm
Haunted Canoe Tours to Dutch Kills, 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Friday, October 31, 7 pm to 12 am

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As real estate firm REQX Ventures and gym chain Equinox prepare to take over troubled Citi Bike, the bike share program has announced a big expansion into Brooklyn and Queens, adding 6,000 bikes and 375 stations by 2017. Next year, stations will come to Greenpoint, north and east Williamsburg and eastern Bed Stuy, according to this map released by Citi Bike earlier this afternoon. After that initial expansion, stations will be added in Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens.

Citi Bike also confirmed the price of a yearly membership will rise from $95 to $149, but hasn’t revealed when. Riders can still get a $95 membership for now.

Map via Citibike’s Tumblr

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The Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a panel on Bushwick’s 1970s arson wave, when the FDNY battled 100 fires a month, moderated by Jonathan Mahler, a New York Times reporter and author of “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning.” The panel, called “Brooklyn’s on Fire: Bushwick Is Burning,” will feature photographer Meryl Meisler, a tenant lawyer, an FDNY fire marshal, a community board manager and a displaced resident, who will recount their memories of a neighborhood scarred by fire, bankruptcy and urban neglect.

Meisler, who taught in Bushwick during the ’80s, recently published a book with photos of the ‘hood from the late ’70s and early ’80s. The panel will take place at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Monday, November 17 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5 or free for members.

Meisler will also discuss her book, “A Tale of Two Cities, Disco Era Bushwick,” at the Brooklyn Central Library on Grand Army Plaza from 7 to 8 pm this Wednesday, October 29.

Photo by Meryl Meisler

Ft Greene Park Halloween

This weekend Halloween and fall festivals are taking place all over the borough. From costume clad dogs at the Great PUPkin Festival (contestant pictured above) in Fort Greene Park to the Puppetry Arts Haunted Halloween Carnival in Park Slope, there is something for just about anyone who wants to celebrate. Here’s a list (likely incomplete) of some of this weekend’s events in Brooklyn.

Boo at the Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, 11 am to 4 pm
Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival, Fort Greene Park, Saturday, October 25, noon to 3 pm
Ghouls and Gourds, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Saturday, October 25, noon to 5 pm
Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest, Fort Greene Park, Saturday, October 25. Registration at 11 am
Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival, Prospect Park, Saturday, October 25, noon to 3 pm
Harvest Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Saturday, October 25, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Haunted House at Brownsville, Brownsville Playground, Saturday, October 25, noon to 5 pm
Puppetry Arts Haunted Halloween Carnival, 1st Street Recreation Center, Park Slope, Saturday, October 25, 11 am to 3 pm

Photo: Photo by Jasmin Chang for Fort Greene Pups via NYC Parks Department

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On Friday night The Inkwell Cafe at 508 Rogers Avenue will host the local jazz band Prospect Quartet. Your $5 donation will go to both the musicians and to fund PLG Arts, which promotes and supports the arts in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Frequent Brownstoner commenter Bob Marvin is on the board. The show is from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, October 24.

Photo by Inkwell Cafe

Ghouls and Gourds

On Saturday the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will host its annual Ghouls and Gourds festival. There will be tons of activities and entertainment for everyone: stilt walkers, giant puppets, crafts (make a potato person and drop him or her off at the Potato People Resort and Spa), live music and more. Children’s book authors will be reading stories and signing their books. The day will culminate with a costume parade at 4:30.

The event runs from noon to 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 25. Tickets are $15. Children under 12 are free. Click here for more details.

Photo: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Prospect Heights

NYC Service and the Citizen’s Committee for New York City are giving out grants to help neighborhood groups spruce up their communities. The Love Your Block program awards $1,000 grants and allows groups to partner with the departments of transportation, sanitation and parks to beautify streets. The city will help with things like graffiti removal, repairing signs and streetlights and free mulch for tree pits.

Applications are due by November 7 and projects need to be started between April and June. Since the program began in 2009, 225 grants have been given out. Find out more about the program here.

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The Brooklyn Historical Society‘s annual fundraising event, Brooklyn Bounty, will showcase food, drinks and dessert from more than two dozen borough purveyors. The evening will include the 4th Annual Brooklyn Food & Heritage Awards, honoring innovators in the world of Brooklyn cuisine.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, Scratch Bread, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbeque, Brooklyn Farmacy and more will be serving up tasty treats.

Tickets start at $200 per person and can be purchased here. The event will be held at 26 Bridge Street in Dumbo (pictured above) and runs from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Wednesday, October 22.

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Beginning Monday, the Brooklyn Public Library debuts a series of panel discussions, oral history recording sessions, film screenings and workshops about gentrification in the borough. Brooklyn Transitions aims to start a dialogue about changes both good and bad as many once affordable neighborhoods become expensive, the resulting displacement of many longtime residents, and what people can do to remain where they live.

The first panel will look at the history of gentrification in Brooklyn. Sharon Zukin, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and City University of New York; Sulieman Osman, assistant professor of American studies at Georgetown University and author of “The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn”; and Isabel Hill, an architectural historian, urban planner and filmmaker will speak October 20 at 7 pm.

A panel on November 17 will address gentrification in Brooklyn today and one on December 15 will ponder the Brooklyn of the future.

For the Brooklyn Transitions Oral History Project, the library is looking for people to tell stories about the neighborhoods where they were born and raised and how they have changed. Recordings will be archived in the Brooklyn Collection.

Find out more on the Brooklyn Transitions website.

Photo by gigi_nyc

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This weekend is the 18th annual Gowanus Open Studios, when neighborhood artists open their doors to allow the public to visit their studios, learn about their art and the creative process and to buy artworks. This year 315 artists and arts organizations are participating, including a huge range of types of artists: painters, sculptors, performers, printmakers, photographers, installation artists and many more.

Those planning to attend can check out a list of participating artists here and can find a map of studio locations here. In addition to visiting studios, those attending can sign up for curated tours which will take place on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. There will also be a panel discussion on how to build an art collection on Saturday and a walking tour of murals on both days. For more information about the event, visit the Arts Gowanus Open Studio page.

Photo by Arts Gowanus

Sunset Park 47th Street

This Saturday the Sunset Parks Landmarks Committee is hosting a party to raise money for its preservation work and for the tenant advocacy organization Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The $20 admission ticket will help both these worthy causes and it includes two drinks, light food, live music, a dance performance and prizes made in Industry City. The proceeds will be split equally between the groups.

In an email, Lynn Massimo, the committee’s project manager, said that both preservation and affordable housing are important to the future of the neighborhood. “Together we, the community groups and our electeds, must keep Sunset Park viable for a diverse population. That doesn’t have just one answer. It has multiple answers. Affordable housing, safe streets, cultural diversity, economic diversity, local jobs, and yes, preservation of historic rowhouses,” she said.

The event will be held at Irish Haven at 5721 4th Avenue at 58th Street this Saturday, October 18, from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are only available at the door.

Photo by Sunset Park Landmarks Committee