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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…)

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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

06/23/14 4:00pm

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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

06/19/14 4:00pm

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

06/18/14 4:00pm


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

06/16/14 4:00pm

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Local photographer Randy Duchaine will sit down with several Brooklyn food business owners featured in his photography series, “Created in Brooklyn,” at the Brooklyn Public Library on Wednesday. Gia Gasullo of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, Emily and Elizabeth Elsen of Four & Twenty Blackbirds and Viraj Puri of Gotham Greens will speak about how their businesses began and the challenges they’ve faced.

The talk will take place on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Information Commons Lab at the Central Library on Grand Army Plaza.

Photo via Four & Twenty Blackbirds

05/21/14 4:00pm

bos-cropped-052114It’s going to be much easier to navigate Bushwick Open Studios this year because it looks like almost every artist has uploaded photos of their work on the schedule and map.

The ever-growing event takes place over the May 30 to June 1 weekend. In addition to hundreds of artists studios open to the public, there are always lots of parties, events, panels, group shows and performances. For the complete schedule — there are 557 events and locations to visit this year — and interactive map, see the Arts in Bushwick directory.

At left, a section of “Let’s Hang Out” by Peter Shear, part of a group show, “Do It Yourself,” at 195 Morgan Avenue.

05/14/14 4:00pm


A food and wine event inspired by the famous Judgement of Paris wine tasting in 1976 takes place at Skylight One Hanson this Saturday, May 17. Attendees at the Judgement of Brooklyn will sample and vote on wine, beer and food pairings via an electronic voting system that will compare their opinions to that of a panel of judges.

There will also be live jazz and a “sneak peak” of an upcoming Broadway production, Bottle Shock. Brooklyn bars and restaurants, including Spuyten Duyvil, Buttermilk Channel and Roberta’s, helped select the tastings. The event is being organized by Bed Stuy wine store Bed-Vyne Wine and will benefit God’s Love We Deliver. Tickets are $65 and $90 through Eventbrite.

05/13/14 4:00pm


Get a free bike helmet today and bike around Brooklyn’s historic landmarks this weekend with Brooklyn Public Library’s Bike the Branches event. BPL is hosting a helmet fitting and giving away free helmets today at the Central Branch at 10 Grand Army Plaza from 4 to 6:30 pm.

And on Saturday, kids and adults can bike to all 60 of BPL’s neighborhood libraries and participate in various special events. African dancing and folk tales at Clarendon Library in Flatbush, puppet-making for children at the Brower Park branch in Crown Heights, and a Slavic Soul party in Sheepshead Bay are just a few on the long list of events taking place all over Brooklyn.

The library has also posted 12 themed bike routes that highlight Brooklyn’s historic places, including landmarked architecture, breweries and distilleries, literary sites, and early settlements. You can register for Saturday’s bike tour here — tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children or seniors. All the proceeds go towards maintaining and upgrading the library’s branches.

Photo by Brooklyn Public Library via Brooklyn Based

04/29/14 4:00pm


Architectural historian, tour guide and writer Suzanne Spellen, aka Brownstoner columnist Montrose Morris, will give an illustrated talk on Brooklyn architecture at the New York Public Library Thursday. “The Architects and Architecture of Brooklyn: 1870-1930″ will focus on the borough’s best architects, builders and buildings.

Spellen will explore their lives and times, including how society and technology shaped their work. The event takes place Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 pm at the Mid-Manhattan Library. For more information, see the library’s events pages.

04/18/14 4:00pm

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Two of Brooklyn’s most influential figures in art and real estate, choreographer Elizabeth Streb and developer Jed Walentas, will discuss the borough’s evolution and the importance of supporting artistic ventures next month at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The MacArthur Genius Award-winning choreographer started the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) in a Williamsburg warehouse in 2003, and she has since built the space into a creative and educational center that offers classes, workshops, demonstrations and rehearsal space.

Walentas, one of the principals of Two Trees Management, has been one of the driving forces in transforming Dumbo from an industrial ‘hood into one known for million-dollar condos, art galleries and coffee shops. Two Trees is also demolishing much of the old Domino Sugar Refinery complex and constructing a large mixed-use development that incorporates the factory’s landmarked main building as office space.

“Both have transformed community through art: Streb by creating an artistic home — whose doors are always open to passersby — in a  formerly industrial neighborhood; Walentas by providing free and low-cost space to artists and arts organizations,” BHS writes in the event description. The talk will take place Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 pm at 128 Pierrepont Street. You can grab tickets on Eventbrite, and the event is free for members and costs $5 for everyone else.

Photo by Simon Collison

04/17/14 4:00pm


Preservationists Elizabeth Finkelstein and Chelcey Berryhill will teach a class next week on how to research the history of any wood frame, stone or brick townhouse or apartment building in Brooklyn. Making use of digitized, online resources as well as other repositories in Brooklyn and Manhattan, “Research Your Historic Brooklyn House” will cover how to research the history of a building and find what it looked like originally and who lived there. Renters and homeowners both welcome.

Particular attention will be paid to finding historic photographs to show to an architect or contractor for an exterior restoration. The class costs $25 and takes place at 67 West Street, Studio 612, in Greenpoint at 7 pm Wednesday, April 23. For more information or to buy tickets, go to The Wooden House Project.