Learn about gardening and food policy at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend during its 33rd annual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference. The event, which is free with admission to the garden, includes workshops, networking lunches for gardeners and urban famers, walking tours and gardening how-tos. Workshops will cover topics like composting, soil contamination, nature walks and kitchen botany.
Attendees can take a seasonal guided walking tour of the gardens, visit the Rotunda and learn how to build an indoor terrarium. The conference will take place from 10 am to 4 pm, with workshops starting at 11 am and 3 pm. You can register the day of, and BBG suggests you arrive early to reserve space in your preferred workshops. Check out the full schedule here on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website.
Come out to Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend to enjoy spring temperatures and classical music played on a floating barge off Fulton Ferry slip. Violinist Mara Milkis and pianist Francine Kay will play tunes from Telemann, Prokofiev, Schubert and Schumann Friday evening at 7 pm.
Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $15 for students, and can be purchased through Bargemusic. Or attend a free performance Saturday at 3 pm, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the musicians.
Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen and commenter and fellow architectural history expert Morgan Munsey will lead a tour of the Stuyvesant Heights Expanded Historic District Saturday, March 15. Organized by the Municipal Arts Society, the tour will explore the area’s history and architecture.
Tickets cost $20 or $15 for Municipal Arts Society members. The tour starts at 2 pm.
A distinguished panel of architects and designers will discuss the virtues and challenges of adaptive reuse at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Thursday, March 6.
Panelists include Morris Adjmi, architect of the Wythe Hotel; Joseph Vance of Joseph Vance Architecture; Daniella Romano, Vice President of Programs, Research, and Archive at Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92; Bill Hilgendorf of Uhuru Design; and photographer and co-author of “Design Brooklyn” Michel Arnaud.
“Design Brooklyn” co-author Anne Hellman will moderate. A book signing and beer for sale will follow the discussion.
Anti-gun violence nonprofit Save Our Streets Crown Heights is hosting a happy hour fundraiser tonight at Catfish on Bedford Avenue. The community-based effort to end gun violence in Crown Heights will sell $5 tickets at the door, which can be traded for a po’ boy sandwich, cocktails or draft beer. Proceeds will benefit youth development program Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets. The fundraiser will happen from 6 to 9 pm tonight at 1433 Bedford Avenue between Prospect and Park places.
In the early 1800s, the first steam ferry ran from the old ferry slip (pictured) in what is now Dumbo to Lower Manhattan. All of downtown Brooklyn’s transit developed from that early beginning, which Transit Museum archivist Carey Stumm will detail in a free talk using photos and primary sources.
The lecture will cover “horse car, omnibus, trolley, elevated lines, the Brooklyn Bridge, and eventually the subway lines into Brooklyn — all stemming from this local ferry slip.” To attend the event on March 6 at 6:30 pm, reserve tickets here.
Irondale Ensemble’s “Color Between the Lines” is a musical playing through this Saturday that weaves together Brooklyn’s history leading up to the Civil War, the lives of the borough’s free African Americans, and the stories of New York’s courageous abolitionists. The performance group collaborated with Weeksville Heritage Center and the Brooklyn Historical Society on the production, which draws material from BHS’ recently opened “In Pursuit of Freedom” exhibit on Brooklyn abolitionists.
The original musical is “set in the tumultuous decade prior to the Civil War and explores the tension between Brooklyn’s phenomenal growth during the nineteenth century due to its intricate ties to slavery, and the moral imperative towards anti-slavery activism by a small group of residents,” according to Irondale Ensemble’s website. Tickets are $25, $15 for students, seniors or BHS members, and $15 for matinees. You can buy tickets here for Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, or here for a Saturday evening performance at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Brooklyn used to be home to 35 breweries, and soon-to-open Covenhoven beer bar in Crown Heights is giving you a chance to learn about some of them by hosting a panel on New York City brewing history and sampling some of the city’s best craft beers. The panelists will be Joshua M. Berstein, author of “The Complete Beer Course: Bootcamp for Beer Geeks;” David Naczycz, owner of Urban Oyster, which offers tours of New York City breweries; Sam Richardson, owner of Other Half Brewing in Carroll Gardens; and Ben Wiley, co-owner of Brooklyn beer bars Bar Great Harry, Mission Dolores, The Owl Farm and Glorietta Baldy.
Attendees will get to try beers from Kelso, Other Half Brewing Company, Finback Brewery, Peekskill Brewery and Barrier Brewing Company. The panel will take place tonight at 7 pm at Covenhoven at 730 Classon Avenue between Park and Prospect Place. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased here.
Architectural historian Matt Postal will lead a tour next month of new buildings in downtown Brooklyn, focusing mainly on the area around Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue. The tour will highlight the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the cultural district that’s growing up around it, the Barclays Center, as well as buildings designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Cook & Fox, and Hugh Hardy.
The Municipal Art Society is organizing the tour, which will happen Saturday, March 8 at 11 am. Tickets cost $20 or $15 for members.
Brooklyn Brainery is hosting another cool Brooklyn history class, this time on the rise and fall of Prospect Park, which planners Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned as a pastoral refuge. By the mid-1970s, the park had become a symbol of the borough’s urban decay and rising crime rates, and “the goddess driving atop the arch in Grand Army Plaza had fallen over in her chariot,” writes urban planning researcher Patrick Lamson-Hall in the workshop description.
“Prospect Park is the the heart and lungs of Brooklyn,” writes Lamson-Hall. “Its decay and subsequent revival showcase important lessons about urban public space, public safety and policing, and the powerful role of citizens in reclaiming their city.”
The workshop costs $10 and will happen from 6:30 to 8 pm on March 11. You can buy tickets here.
Have you ever wanted to host an event inside the old Court Street subway station that’s now the Transit Museum? Now you may finally get your chance with the museum’s new Platform program, which allows people to perform, present, or host a participatory event at the museum for an evening.
The museum is taking proposals for all kinds of programs, including art exhibits, live performances, film screenings, academic presentations or panel discussions. Whether it’s spoken word poetry, comedy or transit-themed art, Platform is meant to be “a new series of cross-disciplinary programs created by the public for the public,” according to the museum.
The first one will take place Thursday, April 10. Requirements for proposals are on the Transit Museum’s Tumblr, and the deadline is February 25 at noon.
Dive into Brooklyn’s culinary history with a food tour of East Williamsburg’s Graham Avenue, once known for its kosher delis and now a bastion of Caribbean and Latin American cuisines, according to Turnstile Tours. Based on archival research and interviews with local residents and store owners, the Immigrant Foodways walking tour will explore Graham Avenue, Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico,” and stop into the Moore Street Market, the old local standby for Puerto Rican ingredients and street food.
Attendees will get to taste morcilla sausage, green bananas and onions, tamales, sorullos (corn fritters), tembleque (coconut pudding) and several other Latin American dishes. They will also receive map of the area and recipes for some of the market’s products. Check out the full list of tastings and buy tickets here. Tickets cost $45, and the tour will take place March 8 from 11 am to 1:30 pm