mapping matters gala

Gowanus-based nonprofit 596 Acres, which helps transform vacant lots across all five boroughs into community gardens, is hosting a fundraising gala in Dumbo this Thursday, complete with a pig roast, live music, tattoos and palm readings. After three years of helping communities navigate city agencies and approvals, the 596 Acres is in danger of shutting down, an organizer told us. The nonprofit has fostered gardens in 28 vacant lots, including 10 this year.

The “Mapping Matters” gala will feature a pig roast by chef Erika Nakamura, veggie sandwiches from Foragers, pita and salads from Sahadi’s, an open bar and Latin Balkan music from Consumata Sonidera. Guests can enjoy a raffle, dance party, palm readings, tattoos, hair trims and ‘dos, and personal map creations by artist J MacDonald. The party will happen this Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. Tickets are $50 and up.

Flyer via 596 Acres

forgotten new york tour flatbush

See the oldest Brooklyn subway station house, gravestones in Dutch and the original Ebinger’s Bakery plus, of course, historic neighborhoods and houses on a tour of Ditmas Park and Flatbush tomorrow led by Kevin Walsh, who blogs at Forgotten New York and Brownstoner Queens.

The tour starts at noon at Avenue H station house for the Q train (on the Manhattan-bound side of the station), located at Avenue H and East 16th Street. Tickets are $20 or $15 for members of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, which helps fund the tour. More details here or RSVP by emailing info@astorialic.org. 

Image by Forgotten New York

clinton hill society walking tour

Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen will lead a walking tour of Clinton Hill this weekend covering the neighborhood’s rich history and unique architecture. She’ll discuss everything from 19th century mansions to elegant apartment buildings. The Society for Clinton Hill is organizing the tour, which will run from 11 am to 1 pm this Sunday, September 28. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Photo via Society for Clinton Hill

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With live bands and art set in a field with a beautiful garden next to great architecture AND historic houses open for tours, the opening party for “Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn” at the Weeksville Heritage Center Saturday was pretty much the most exciting couple of hours we have experienced in Brooklyn. Enjoy the photos and try to catch some of the exhibits, which will be running at several sites around Bed Stuy and Crown Heights for a month.  (more…)

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…)