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Tour group Jane’s Walk will explore the architecture of Prospect Lefferts Gardens next month. “Must See PLG: The Prospect Lefferts Gardens Landmarked District in a Nutshell,” will focus on the landmark district, where neo-Renaissance, Romanesque Revival, neo-Federal and Tudor architecture abounds.

Local resident and tour leader Laura Charelian will also discuss controversial new construction, height limits, and new housing options as well.  (more…)

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The countdown to the Red Hook Criterium has literally begun: A timer on the event’s site lets visitors know exactly how many days, hours and minutes are left before the race kicks off this Saturday. The grueling and competitive track bike crit will draw entrants who run the gamut from professional road racers to bike messengers, all of whom will test their handling skills and fitness levels on fixed gear track bicycles.

“It’s the most exciting cycling event I’ve witnessed,” four-time champion Neil Bezdek told us. “It cuts across cycling subcultures by attracting all types of athletes and transcends cycling culture by appealing to a mainstream audience.” (more…)

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The Brooklyn Bike Jumble is back. The only flea market devoted exclusively to bikes in New York City, it’s where bike aficionados can get their summer gear fix.

New and used bikes, parts and accessories, clothing, collectibles, artwork and more will be available at bargain prices from a collection of east coast vendors. There is also a not-for-profit component: Bike organizations the Bicycle Messenger Foundation, Times Up! and WE Bike will be there to meet cyclists. (more…)

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Gardeners take note: The Cobble Hill Tree Fund is getting ready to host its annual plant sale next month. There will be perennials and plenty of annuals for both sun and shade, as well as herbs and vegetables.

Hanging baskets will also be available (hint: Mother’s Day is the weekend after the sale). And there will be a plant identification game for kids. (more…)

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Coming next month: Brooklyn’s juried design fair highlighting designers, architects, builders, consumers and other creatives in the borough. Bklyn Designs will showcase furniture, lighting and home accessories designed or made locally.

Now in its 12th year, the event will feature talks and panels on such subjects as residential design trends, emerging architects and preservation. By Brooklyn, CASA Kids, History + Industry and Reclaimed Home are some of the local makers and retailers who will participate. (more…)

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Arts in Bushwick’s “Making History” pays homage to local artists by featuring exactly 400 of them in a special exhibition at Storefront Ten Eyck. The show will survey the Bushwick arts scene by including diverse artists with studios in Bushwick, who have had studios in Bushwick over the past 10 years, or who have recently participated in Bushwick gallery shows.

The exhibition, which runs from April 19 through May 10, will culminate with a benefit event. Ticket sale proceeds will go towards publishing a book celebrating Arts in Bushwick and commemorating the tenth anniversary of its Bushwick Open Studios.

You can see the full list of artists here. Tickets to the May 10 benefit are $200 and include one piece of work from a local artist. For more information or to buy tickets, go here.

Image by Arts in Bushwick

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Newtown Creek Alliance Historian and Brownstoner Queens columnist Mitch Waxman will lead a boat tour of Newtown Creek, pictured above, next month for the Working Harbor Committee. The two-hour tour of one of the nation’s most polluted waterways will leave from Pier 11 in Manhattan at 11 am on May 31.

A collection of guest speakers will also help narrate the tour. A separate two-hour tour of Gowanus Bay will leave from Pier 11 at 1:10 pm the same day.

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