08/21/14 4:00pm

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Young artists from Brownsville teamed up with local muralist Esteban del Valle to paint a mural about the “prison industrial complex” on the side of a supermarket on Junius Street. The all-male crew of teen artists spent three weeks in July developing the mural’s themes and designing it, and then another three weeks painting the wall with del Valle’s help.

Arts non-profit Groundswell organized the project as part of its Summer Leadership Institute, which brings together young artist and professional muralists to create powerful murals in neighborhoods across the city. This mural “aims to inspire a sense of self-empowerment and agency by engaging youth as agents of social change and active community contributors,” according to Groundswell. The young artists and del Valle will gather to dedicate the mural on August 28 at 2 pm at 417 Junius Street.

08/20/14 4:00pm

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Brooklyn Bridge Park and Green-Wood Cemetery are both holding re-enactments and activities to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolution. On Saturday afternoon, reenactors from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment will show how sailors saved George Washington’s army during the battle. You can watch them from 12 to 2 pm on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  (more…)

08/19/14 4:00pm

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When we biked down Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn Heights today, Department of Environmental Protection workers were tearing up the road to repair the sewers. Workers onsite told us that they expect the project to take anywhere from three to six months. They also said they’re going to repaint the bike lane that runs next to the courthouse.

Later in the year, they plan on doing work on Red Cross Place and the southbound section of Adams Street, next to the Brooklyn Bridge approach. This section of Cadman Plaza East is closed to traffic. Cyclists who take it to get out of Dumbo will have to find an alternate route for the next few months.

08/15/14 4:00pm

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Developer Caerus Group is in contract to buy one of the landmarked Eberhard Pencil Factory buildings at 74 Kent Street in Greenpoint for “close to” $8,000,000, according to a company spokesperson. They plan to restore the vacant building and convert it to office space, much like the Kickstarter HQ next door at 58 Kent.


08/14/14 4:00pm

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Take a walk down 5th Avenue in Park Slope Friday night, and you’ll find a free performance of Romeo and Juliet, lots of food and drink from local restaurants, live music and sales at shops on 5th and 7th avenues. The Park Slope 5th Avenue BID is hosting a Summer Stroll between Dean and Sterling Streets from 5 to 9 pm tomorrow and next Friday. And South Brooklyn Shakespare will perform Romeo and Juliet for free at 5th and Dean, tomorrow at 7 pm.

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Green-Wood Cemetery will host an exhibit next month celebrating the life of William F. Mangels, the master mechanic and designer of several turn-of-the-century Coney Island rides, including The Whip, The Tickler, The Wave Pool, and The Human Roulette Wheel.

“William F. Mangels: Amusing the Masses on Coney Island and Beyond” will feature plenty of historical Coney Island artifacts, such as a Marcus Illions carousel horse, original sketches and vintage photos,  a 22-foot-long shooting gallery, a Whip car, a Pony Cart, a Speed Boat, and fire engines. The exhibit will open September 7 in Green-Wood’s chapel and run through October 26.

Image via Green-Wood Cemetery

08/12/14 4:00pm

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Trader Joe’s is supposedly planning to open in the old Greenpoint Savings Bank building at 856 Washington Avenue between Lincoln Place and Eastern Parkway, according to an anonymous source in the neighborhood who blabbed to FIPS. Apparently the Capital One there now is closing.

As well, Key Food across the street will become a Duane Reade, the source told FIPS. Trader Joe’s does love an old bank, as FIPS points out — its Cobble Hill location is in the former South Brooklyn Savings Institution on Court Street. What do you think? Have you heard anything?

Rumorsville: Trader Joe’s Coming to Washington Avenue? [FIPS] GMAP
Photo by Google Maps

08/11/14 4:00pm


Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen and longtime commenter Morgan Munsey will explore Clinton Hill’s architectural history and discuss its many noteworthy buildings in two walking tours taking place later this month and in September. They will point out 19th century mansions, gracious row houses, stately churches and apartment buildings designed by some of Brooklyn’s most well-known architects.

The two-hour Society of Clinton Hill tours will take place at 11 am on August 23 and September 28. Afterward, tour participants can attend a reception at a home in Clinton Hill. Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Photo by Society for Clinton Hill

08/08/14 4:00pm

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One of the landscape architects who helped transform Brooklyn Bridge Park will lead a tour of the park next Wednesday, discussing the design and planning process behind the urban oasis. Matthew Urbanski, a principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Architects, will talk about how the firm created a welcoming community space with elements that allow the park to remain sustainable — like a rainwater collection system used to water the lawns and prevent flooding. The tour meets at 6:30 on August 20th, at the entrance to Pier 1.

Photo by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

08/07/14 4:00pm


In an unexpected move, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. Regina Myer announced at yesterday’s board meeting the firm plans to hire consultants to perform further environmental review to determine whether an additional Environmental Impact Statement is needed for the controversial housing on Pier 6. If the park goes forward with a new EIS, it could take the teeth out of a neighborhood group’s lawsuit, which is trying to block the development by demanding a new environmental review to replace one from 2005. (more…)

08/06/14 4:00pm

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A group of filmmakers working on a documentary about South Williamsburg, “Living Los Sures,” are hosting a walking tour of the neighborhood this Sunday to celebrate the launch of their audio tour, which features interviews with longtime Southside residents. The walk will take place this Sunday at 6 pm, but you can do it on your own by downloading the audio tour, titled “Southside Stories.”

The tour highlights the hood’s positive and negative changes, as well as its gritty past. Stops include Espiritu Tierra Community Garden on South 2nd Street, a real estate brokerage on Bedford Avenue, a rehab center, and the last remaining Puerto Rican social club in Williamsburg. The group will meet at Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street on Sunday evening, and you can check out all the details on the Facebook event.

Photo via Southside Stories

08/05/14 4:00pm

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Local blogger Tim Thomas, who writes the Q at Parkside, is raising money to refurbish the dented and aging “Flatbush Trees” at the corner of Flatbush Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard. Thomas and the artist behind the sculpture, David Eppley, are seeking $10,000 for materials and equipment to build the project, which is called “Spring Comes to the Flatbush Trees.” (more…)