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 grange beekeeper

Tour some Brooklyn apiaries and learn how to infuse your own honey in honor of NYC Honey Week, which has a whole host of programs on nature’s great pollinators. The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is hosting a free lecture tonight at 6:30 on the role bees play in urban areas, in FIND Home Furnishings at 43 9th Street. It’s also giving a tour of its apiary on Sunday, September 14 at 11:30 am. For more details, you can RSVP by emailing kimberly@boroughbees.com.

There are classes in beekeeping and honey infusion at the Brooklyn Grange‘s Navy Yard rooftop farm, pictured above, this Sunday afternoon. And, although technically it’s after Honey Week officially ends, Brooklyn Queen beekeeper Margot Dorn is offering a tour of her Brownsville bee hives on September 27 at noon. You can RSVP by emailing brooklynqueenhoney@gmail.com.

To see the whole schedule of events, check out NYC Honey Week and the Brooklyn Grange.

Photo via Brooklyn Grange

crown heights carnival

If you live in Crown Heights, you’ve seen the bright, elaborate costumes, the stiltwalkers and the steel drums that herald the coming of the West Indian Day Parade, which happens Monday along Eastern Parkway. There’s a full schedule of events happening all weekend at the Brooklyn Museum, starting tonight with a “Caribbean Woodstock” concert featuring a long list of popular Caribbean and West Indian musicians. Tomorrow there’s a free showcase of young reggae, steel-pan, rap, dance and spoken word performers in the afternoon, and a big brass and reggae concert is slated for the evening. (more…)

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Pratt is kicking off the launch of its new MFA writing program with performances and readings from local artists tomorrow. Performers include Jacques Servin, cofounder of the Yes Men; LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, interdisciplinary poet and sound artist; Celina Su, author and Associate Professor of Political Science at CUNY; Mendi Obadike, poet and a member of Pratt’s writing faculty; and Keith Obadike, composer and sound designer teaching at William Patterson University. The event will take place tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 pm at the auditorium in Pratt’s Higgins Hall at 61 St James Place (pictured).

Photo by Bryan Chang

south brooklyn shakespeare

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.

brooklyn museum

Tomorrow is Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, and the museum is hosting a series of “Caribbean Community” events that range from a West Indian steel pan orchestra performance to a workshop on traditional Jamaican weaving. The free activities start at 4:30 pm with a performance from the Flatbush-based Crossfire Steel Orchestra. Other performers include a Haitian jazz flutist and the Request Band, which plays a mix of dance hall, funk, reggae and calypso. (more…)

restoration plaza crop

The Marcy Plaza farmer’s market is kicking off its second season in Bed Stuy tomorrow with a full day of cooking demonstrations, music and dance performances, exercise classes and health screenings. The market will run from 10 am to 5 pm every Wednesday through the end of October. Shoppers can expect vendors from Bed Stuy Farm, Afrikan Zion Organic Roots Farm, Trinity Farms, and Abu’s Bakery.  (more…)

niblo's garden

Theater owner William Niblo was known for throwing parties at his Green-Wood mausoleum, and this Saturday, the cemetery is re-creating one with outdoor performances and a picnic. Guests can bring blankets and snacks and  enjoy watching fire jugglers, singers and a knife thrower. “A Night at Niblo’s Garden” will take place this Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, and tickets are $30 for members of Green-Wood or Brooklyn Historical Society and $35 for the general public.

Photo via Green-Wood Cemetery

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Brooklyn entreprenuer Andrew Tarlow is sitting down for an interview with former New York Times “The Ethicist” columnist and broadcaster Randy Cohen tomorrow at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Cohen will interview Tarlow about a person, place and thing that have been meaningful to him for Cohen’s public radio show Person Place Thing.

Tarlow, pictured at right, helped pioneer locavore dining in Brooklyn with his Williamsburg restaurants Diner and Marlow and Sons and butcher shop Marlow and Daughters; he recently opened the Wythe Hotel and its restaurant, Reynard, and publishes quarterly magazine Diner Journal.

The event is free for BHS members and costs $5 for everyone else, and tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. It takes place tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Photos via Brooklyn Historical Society

hoop house

If you’re involved with a community garden or happen to have a sizable backyard, you might want to learn how to build a hoophouse, a simple, low-cost type of greenhouse. Citizens Committee for New York City is hosting a hands-on workshop next weekend in East New York that will lead participants through the basics of building one.

Hoophouses can be made of wood, metal or plastic and will help extend the growing season of plants by protecting them year round. The workshop takes place Saturday, June 28, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at an as-yet-undisclosed location in East New York. To RSVP and find out more, head over to Citizens Committee and download the flyer.

Photo via Little House on the Urban Prairie

PLATFORM

The Transit Museum is hosting another night of subway and bus-inspired performances, writing and films in their Brooklyn Heights headquarters, a decommissioned subway station on Court Street. In the latest edition of “Platform,” writer Anne Born will present her collection of stories written while commuting on buses in Manhattan and the Bronx, artist Jon Burgerman will discuss his subway interventions, and artist Ryan Seslow will present animated gifs based on the city’s transit system. There will also be improvised dance, an ambient sound installation, and bicycle-powered cinematography. You can read about the whole program and buy tickets on the Transit Museum’s Tumblr. And Brownstoner readers can get $5 tickets by entering promo code BWCREATE14. It’s all happening next Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 pm at the museum, which is on the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street.

Photo by Marc A. Hermann for the Transit Museum