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Last year a group of Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighbors banded together to launch a contest inviting people to come up with new ideas for Parkside Avenue between Flatbush and Ocean. The busy intersection has a rundown subway entrance and plaza in front of the park, as well as a storefronts and buildings that have seen better days. The grand prize of $1,000 went to In Cho, of the Brooklyn architecture studio ChoShields. Here’s the citation about Cho’s design, which is shown above: “By providing a green space in front of the Parkside Avenue subway entrance…the design encourages both social interactions, and an appreciation of nature. Increased greenery, combined with even minimal updates to storefront awnings and signage and subway renovation, will all strengthen community identity.” Two other entries tied for first place; click through to see them. There will be an exhibition and awards ceremony for the winners this Sunday, March 4th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Details here.
The Winners [The Parkside Prize]


A group of Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighbors have banded together to launch a contest that will award a $1,000 prize for a concept to redesign Parkside Avenue between Flatbush and Ocean. The contest invites participants to come up with new ideas for the stretch, which can include traffic calming (“Thousands of cars speed through the intersection of Ocean and Parkside every hour. What can be done to pacify this hazard?”); giving the subway entrance a new look (“Ailanthus trees grow from its roofs, its ceilings are collapsing, its paint is peeling, its exits smell like a sewer”); refreshing the “derelict” plaza in front of the park; and imagining a new use for 205 Parkside, the building on the block that is “in shambles.” One of the folks behind the contest says the idea for it came out of community meetings about what could be done about 205 Parkside, and everyone from local Kindergarteners to Daniel Libeskind is encouraged to apply.
The Parkside Prize [Official Site]

Far from the streets of Brooklyn, in the year 1893, the World’s Columbian Exhibition, named in honor of Christopher Columbus, opened in Chicago. It would prove to be one of those pivotal moments in the world’s history; quite a statement in talking about a world’s fair. More new inventions and products were introduced at this fair than any other; the people of the late 19th century saw more countries and their cultures represented than many world travelers would ever see; and the wonders of electricity lit the fair with the brilliance of the sun, rendering the night as clear as day. As fair goers wandered the well-lit streets, strolled by the lagoons, and gazed in amazement at the magnificence around them, they were enjoying life in a gleaming white city with fine classical buildings: a Mount Olympus on the shores of Lake Michigan.

This was the White City, the City Beautiful made real; a finer, better place, worthy of civic pride, awe and amazement. A new kind of city for a new century. A citizen of such a city would be proud to be there, and even the poorest and most humble of people in such a city would be inspired to great enterprise, hard work and lawful behavior, because how could they not in the face of such magnificence?


ImagineConey Initial Presentation at BAM
Municipal Art Society will present their initial results of ImagineConey, ideas created by designers for Coney Island’s future. The presentation is free, but reservations are recommended due to limited space. RSVP online or call 212-935-2075.
Monday, November 17. 6:30-9 p.m. BAM Cafe, 30 Lafayette Street.

Benefit for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
The Benefit for Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will be an evening of music and program shorts from some of Galapagos’ resident artists. Proceeds support the development of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile off-street bike and pedestrian route.
Tuesday, November 18. 8 p.m. $20. Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street.

A Forum with Amanda Burden
The Executive and Landmarks/Land Use Committees of Brooklyn Community Board 6 host a forum with Amanda Burden, the Chairperson of the City Planning Commission. The forum will be an informational update by Burden on the department’s land use activities related to the Gowanus Canal corridor.
Monday, November 17. 6:30 p.m. P.S. 32, 317 Hoyt Street.

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Ocean Avenue Landmarking at CB9 Meeting
Tonight, Community Board 9 will hold a public Hearing on the proposal being submitted to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission by Mr. Edmund Fanning, et al, Ocean on the Park Houses, for historic district designation of thirteen houses on the east side of Ocean Avenue between Parkside Avenue and Lincoln Road (across from Prospect Park.) The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Middle School 61, 400 Empire Boulevard.

A Brooklyn Affair Networking Event
Tonight, Rebar, along with All About Brooklyn, hosts its monthly networking event, “A Brooklyn Affair.” Meet entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals from various industries while enjoying “2-4-1” drinks, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and raffle prizes. Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $20 in advance. 147 Front Street, between Pearl and Jay Street.

Charles London Reading
Today, Barnes and Noble presents a reading with author Charles London. He reads from his book One Day the Soldiers Came. Proceeds from the book benefit Refugees International. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Free. 267 Seventh Avenue. (718) 832-9066.

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