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One end to the Flatbush eruv on McDonald Avenue and Avenue J. Photo by James Bursa via Flickr

If you’ve ever walked around Flatbush, Williamsburg, and Crown Heights, you probably haven’t noticed the small, thin extra wires suspended between the telephone poles that mark the spiritual perimeters for Orthodox Jews living within their boundaries.

Known as an eruv (ay-roov), each wire creates an area of spiritually private space from Friday night to sundown on Saturday, the period known as Shabbat.

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City Building 90 “Curbside Gardens” to Help Clean Gowanus Canal [DNA]
Leaky Pipe Alert: The Insurance Option All Brownstone Owners Should Know About [BU]
Smorgasburg Vendors Launch Shuttle Bus During Weekend L Train Shutdowns [Gothamist]
Adams Proclaims April as Brooklyn Landmarks Month [Eagle]
Bringing Community, and Nature, Back to the Banks of Newton Creek [Curbed]
San Francisco-Based “Marine Layer” Open Its (Very Blue) Store in Cobble Hill [PMFA]
Habana Outpost Reopening Signals the Start of Spring in Fort Greene [DNA]

Photo by Axel Taferner

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Arts in Bushwick’s “Making History” pays homage to local artists by featuring exactly 400 of them in a special exhibition at Storefront Ten Eyck. The show will survey the Bushwick arts scene by including diverse artists with studios in Bushwick, who have had studios in Bushwick over the past 10 years, or who have recently participated in Bushwick gallery shows.

The exhibition, which runs from April 19 through May 10, will culminate with a benefit event. Ticket sale proceeds will go towards publishing a book celebrating Arts in Bushwick and commemorating the tenth anniversary of its Bushwick Open Studios.

You can see the full list of artists here. Tickets to the May 10 benefit are $200 and include one piece of work from a local artist. For more information or to buy tickets, go here.

Image by Arts in Bushwick

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Artists Demand Police Return Edward Snowden Bust [DNA]
East New York, Bed Stuy “Most At-Risk” Brooklyn Areas for Tax Lien Sale [DNA]
Roomies for Toomey’s [Q Parkside]
Playful Brooklyn Loft Comes With Its Own Treehouse and Cabin [Curbed]
Save The Date! The Church Avenue Street Fair Is Sunday, April 26 [DPC]
Garden Apothecary Invites Carroll Gardens Families to Grand Opening [PMFA]

Photo by Megan Cerullo

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Brooklyn Hit With Anti-Hillary Street Art [Weekly Standard]
Landmarked Vinegar Hill Townhouse Sells for Record-Breaking $3.35 Million [DNA]
Developers See Opportunity at Site of Seven-Alarm Fire in Williamsburg [Crain’s]
Brooklyn Bridge Park Commits to Pursuing $700,000 Cost to Repair “Bouncy” Squibb Bridge [Eagle]
Cast Your District 39 Participatory Budgeting Vote Starting Tuesday [KensingtonBK]
Portokali, a New Organic Market, to Replace 7-Eleven on Sheepshead Bay Road [Sheepshead Bites]

Photo by Megan Cerullo

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Newtown Creek Alliance Historian and Brownstoner Queens columnist Mitch Waxman will lead a boat tour of Newtown Creek, pictured above, next month for the Working Harbor Committee. The two-hour tour of one of the nation’s most polluted waterways will leave from Pier 11 in Manhattan at 11 am on May 31.

A collection of guest speakers will also help narrate the tour. A separate two-hour tour of Gowanus Bay will leave from Pier 11 at 1:10 pm the same day.

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This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.


7 Arlington Place | via PropertyShark

No image of Brooklyn is more iconic than that of a family or a group of friends hanging out on their front stoop on a sunny day. In a borough full of front stoops, here are five of the most historic.

7 Arlington Place, Bedford Stuyvesant
7 Arlington Place is the famed Bed Stuy townhouse where Spike Lee shot Crooklyn in 1994. The film takes place during the summer of 1974 and centers around a family living in the neighborhood. The theatrical release poster features the family all gathered on the brownstone stoop. But the neighborhood has dramatically changed since Spike Lee lived here: this Bed Stuy brownstone last sold for $1,700,000.