Apple is “looking closely” at Two Trees’ BAM South site and a converted brick factory building on Bedford between North 3rd and North 4th for its first Brooklyn location, The Real Deal reported. Rumors have been flying about Apple’s first Brooklyn store since 2008, but so far none have come to pass, including a location on Bedford and North 7th. Neither Apple nor its brokers, Open Realty Advisors, commented on the story.
TRD quoted four anonymous sources who contradicted each other. Two said the tech giant is interested in the planned 381-unit rental at 286 Ashland Place known as BAM South (pictured), just a stone’s throw from the Barclay’s Center in Fort Greene. Another two “disputed that information,” said TRD, alleging the current frontrunner is 247 Bedford Avenue, owned by RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital.
The Two Trees development has the high-rise metal and glass aesthetic that Apple seems to favor, particularly in its 5th Avenue and Chelsea stores. However, the Soho store is in a converted loft building much like 247 Bedford.
Apple currently has five Manhattan stores: Soho, 5th Avenue, Chelsea, Upper West Side and Grand Central. And they have a sixth one in Staten Island. What do you think would be the ideal spot for them in Brooklyn?
Ever thought about joining your local community board? The community-minded folks over at nonprofit Transportation Alternatives are hosting an information session called Brooklyn Community Board Join-up Thursday evening on how to get involved with your local community board, where you can have an impact on everything from pedestrian and cyclist safety to development and new businesses.
Current community board members will be on hand to share stories of how they changed their neighborhoods, and officials from the City Council and the Borough President’s office will walk participants through the application process. They’ll even have a notary public there to certify applications, which you can download and fill out in advance if you’re really interested in joining up. Above, elected officials speak at a Community Board Six meeting about a proposed homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens last year.
Afterward, Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn Activist Committee will discuss their street safety campaigns for 2014. Also, they’ll have free snacks. Anyone who wants to attend can RSVP here on their website. The session will take place Thursday at 7 pm at the Brooklyn YWCA, located at 30 3rd Avenue just north of Atlantic.
Get into the Christmas spirit next Monday with the 24th annual Christmas tree lighting at MetroTech Commons. Visitors can expect Santa, Christmas carols, spoken word poetry and an appearance from Brooklyn Nets player Shaun Livingston. The Brooklyn Tech High School Chorus will sing carols, attendees can take pictures in a holiday-themed photo booth and Tony Award-winning poet and playwright Lemon Andersen will perform.
And everyone willing to brave the cold can fortify themselves with hot chocolate and cookies from Luciano’s and Starbucks coffee. Forest City Ratner is hosting the event, which will happen in front of 2 MetroTech Center next Monday, December 2 at 5:30 pm.
Gourmet grocery store The Greene Grape, which just re-opened in a larger location on Fulton Street, is hosting a tasting of fine wines and Thanksgiving goodies tonight. They’ll sample six different wines and sides made in the Provisions kitchen, including cornbread and kale stuffing, house made pork sausage and sage stuffing, and japanese sweet potatoes with maple syrup and nutmeg. The free tasting will happen from 6 to 8 pm at 767 Fulton Street in Fort Greene. Check out Greene Grape’s blog for all the details.
Build It Green NYC is hosting a holiday market featuring reused and upcycled crafts next weekend at their Gowanus location. Crafted at the Canal will kick off on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 9 pm with DJs spinning holiday tunes, complimentary beer from Coney Island Brewing Co. and local venders selling their crafts. And on Saturday December 7, the fair will continue from 10 am to 5 pm with free coffee from Stumptown. Expect crafts like recycled bicycle part jewelry, reusable holiday cards, New York sea glass jewelry, recycled art pieces and hand-crafted home decor and furniture. There will also be a vendor selling warm apple cider and fresh crepes. It’ll happen at Build It Green’s Gowanus Reuse Center, which is at 69 9th Street between Smith Street and 2nd Avenue.
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but lights are already appearing all over the city and the Christmas market is under construction in Union Square. If you’re in the mood for delicious holiday food and gifts here in Brooklyn, check out the Danish Christmas Fair this weekend at the Danish Seamen’s Church in Brooklyn Heights. They’ll be serving up Danish open-faced sandwiches, puffy pastries with jam and powdered sugar, hot dogs, and mulled wine and beer.
And you can buy Christmas decorations, hand-knitted clothes, and Danish design items as Christmas gifts. All the purchases go toward supporting the church and its activities. The gift shop and courtyard serving food and drinks will be open at the Danish Seamen’s Church at 102 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday. More food and drink will be served on Saturday nearby at Plymouth Church at 75 Hicks Street.
Doctor Who fans from across the city will descend on Supercollider in South Slope tomorrow to test their knowledge of the long-running BBC cult classic. Pub trivia company Geeks Who Drink is hosting Don’t Blink: A Doctor Who Quiz at bars all over the U.S. in anticipation of the series’ 50th anniversary special, which airs next Saturday, November 23. Questions will range from the modern version of the series to its original incarnation, which debuted in 1963 and ran for 26 seasons. Sadly, Prospect Heights’ Doctor Who-themed bar The Way Station didn’t have enough space to host the event, but they will be screening the anniversary special and hosting a Doctor Who tribute band next Saturday. Whovians who want to prove their knowledge should bring a couple of their friends and a $5 admission per person to Supercollider on 4th Avenue at 7 pm tomorrow.
The new ice-skating rink that’s been carved out of part of McCarren Pool in Williamsburg will open tomorrow at 11 am, Free Williamsburg reports. The 7,200-square-foot rink will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 10 pm until the first week in January. It can accommodate up to 300 skaters, who can use the pool lockers and other facilities in the locker rooms.
The Hanson Brothers will provide offbeat concessions, like hot dogs with pulled pork and pickled jalapeños, black bean burgers, a “pot roast” melt with brisket, mirepoix relish and sour cream potato sauce, and red eye chicory coffee. Head over to Grub Street to see the whole menu. Ticket prices will be $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $4 for children. Skate rentals will cost $5. The rink will also host a pro shop and skate sharpening, as well as skate classes, clinics and demonstrations.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is officially opening Piers 3 and 4 this Saturday with music and kid-friendly activities. The new piers add six acres of park land, the final connection of the parkwide greenway, a granite terrace and the first of the park’s “sound attenuating hills” (presumably to block the noise from the BQE directly behind the park). The festivities will run from 10 am to 1 pm and feature music from the Hungry March Band and staff-led tours.
The Black Urban Growers association is hosting a conference this weekend in Bed Stuy that aims to “enhance the critical relationship between food and health in the Black community by empowering growers, eaters and activists,” according to their website. The Black Farmers and Urban Growers Conference offers networking events, roundtables and panels for those interested in improving the health and well-being of black communities through better food choices.
The first event is tonight at COLORS, the only cooperative restaurant in New York, and the rest of this weekend’s sessions will take place at Boys and Girls High School at 1700 Fulton Street. The conference will tackle topics like community gardens and at-risk youth, new farmer development, unhealthy food marketing and agricultural co-ops. Those interested in attending can check out the full schedule here and buy tickets here.
Ben Snead’s fish heads sculpture at the corner of Prospect Place and Washington Street in Dumbo was packed up last month, but a new piece of public art has arrived to replace it. Two Trees, which manages the corner, has brought in a tall, white triangular sculpture created by British artist Nick Hornby. The 12-foot-tall sculpture, called “Bird God Drone,” is a robotically carved outline of Michelangelo’s “David.” Also part of the installation is this aerial video of the piece, which is supposed to reveal that David’s silhouette is lying horizontally on the ground. We’ve included a picture after the jump!
And a much more colorful installation has appeared at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn. Public Art Fund has installed Katharine Gross’s “Just the Two of Us” (pictured), “a mass of jutting, brightly painted forms that transform the wooded space in the middle of MetroTech Commons into an undulating sculptural landscape,” according to the description. The exhibition also includes a smaller work at the entrance to the Jay Street-MetroTech subway, on the corner of Myrtle and Jay Streets, that “hints at the much larger installation only steps away.”
The Crown Heights Film Festival kicks off six days of events tonight with a roundtable discussion on music and film featuring several local filmmakers and musicians. Tonight’s panel will include director and musician Dan Eberle, composer Luis Miguel Gil, Primary Wave partner and music licensing expert Robin Joseph, director and producer Chidi Ozieh, and director Manu Di Feliciantonio.
The festival will screen a mix of short and feature-length films every night this week at Five Myles Gallery at 558 St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon. The fourth annual festival highlights films that were made in Crown Heights, as well as others shot around the world in locations like Iran, Germany, Italy and France. Above, a still from ”The Words I Love.” Tonight’s discussion and meetup starts at 6:30 pm.