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As part of the Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks exhibit, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting several panel discussions that will run through the summer. The first panel talk, Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods, takes place this evening and examines the relationship between historic preservation and affordable housing. The panelists include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Ingrid Gould Ellen, the director of the urban planning program at NYU Wagner.

Is Preservation Elitist? will examine the question of not just how to preserve buildings but how to preserve a “culturally distinctive” place. Tia Powell Harris, the arts director for the Weeksville Heritage Center; Nikolai Fedak, founder of New York YIMBY; Claudette Brady of the Bedford Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation, and others will examine the question of how to preserve more than just buildings in the city’s rapidly changing neighborhoods. (more…)

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Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a history-filled Memorial Day celebration this year. Musicians and reenactors will march in a parade through Green-Wood Cemetery to its Civil War Soldier’s Lot for a ceremony that will include an artillery salute and names read by descendents of Civil War veterans.

Then the ISO Symphonic Band will play. The band was founded in 1995 to sponsor talented New York City students. Local food and drink vendors will be on site all day. (more…)

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Congratulations to New York Road Runners and all the participants for making last weekend’s Airbnb Brooklyn Half the largest in the event’s history!

Humid weather and a 15-minute downpour didn’t stop 26,482 runners from crossing the finish line, after running 13.1 miles all the way from Prospect Park to Coney Island.

The first Brooklyn Half was held in 1981, and had about 1,800 finishers. Click through for more photos.

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If you’ve noted an above-average number of stylish types buzzing around Sunset Park’s industrial precincts this week it’s due to WantedDesign Brooklyn, a 12-day festival that runs at Industry City through next Tuesday.

There will be installations, pop-up stores, workshops, demonstrations, forums and other design-centric programming. There’s a daily exhibition whose offerings include an interactive mural designed by Dusen Dusen using magnetic wallpaper, above. Visitors can place magnetic geometric shapes anywhere on the wallpaper’s surface, creating a constantly shifting pattern. (more…)

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The Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Public Library each have fascinating collections of historic Coney Island artifacts. On Wednesday, May 13, representatives from both organizations will give a talk detailing the stories behind their respective collections. The items include a wax replica’s of Nat King Cole’s head, photographs of the night time Mardi Gras parade and so much more that the topic is a two-part series.

The first, titled “Brooklyn Collecting Brooklyn: Coney Island! Part 1,” takes place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 13 at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The second takes place on Wednesday, May 20 at the Brooklyn Public Library. Both are free. You can find out more information and register here.

Photo by Brooklyn Public Library — Brooklyn Collection via Brooklyn Historical Society

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Green-Wood Cemetery is offering one of its trolley tours of the 478-acre cemetery this Sunday. “Hidden Gems of Green-Wood” includes visits to a sculpture of a man’s last memory of his wife, a monument to Rex the dog, the tomb of Jean-Michel Basquait, 18th-century brownstone monuments in Ceder Dell, the open air mausoleum of the Pierrepont family and plenty more. (more…)

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Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will be honored at the Flatbush Development Corporation’s 40th anniversary gala at the recently restored Kings Theatre Wednesday night. Markowitz is a founding member of the organization and was instrumental in the restoration of the theater, which the Flatbush Development Corporation helped save from the wrecking ball in the 1970s.

The event is a fundraiser for the community organization, and tickets are still available. (more…)

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Tired of the usual Mother’s Day celebration options? The Brooklyn Museum has something a little different. Yes, there will be brunch — and also Mother’s Day-themed tours.

Brunch with pastry baskets, quiches, yogurt and granola parfaits, roasted salmon salad and seasonal champagne drinks will be served in the museum’s Beaux-Arts Court, pictured above. After, choose one of a number of tours that take a Mothers Day-themed look at the museum’s collections. The museum will also provide a complimentary shuttle to the WantedDesign and Bklyn Designs fairs. The brunch ticket includes free admission to both events and a gift bag. (more…)

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Spring is here, and the biggest annual plant sale in Brooklyn takes place next week at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The annual fundraiser for the garden has become a staple for Brooklyn gardeners and offers more than 20,000 plants of all kinds.

There will be a large selection of perennials and annuals for shade and sun, including roses, dahlias and many varieties of herbs and vegetables.

The garden’s staff members will be on hand to dole out advice, including the director of conservatories and horticultural programs, Mark Fisher; curator of the Shakespeare Garden and Fragrance Garden, Jennifer Williams; curator of the Bonsai collection, Julian Velasco, and others. During the sale there will be a number of workshops and demonstrations on everything from orchids, shrubs and herbs to vertical gardening.

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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…)