Brooklyn Life

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Book Talk: The Great Divorce
What happened to the three Chapman children when they disappeared from a New York Shaker village in 1815? Had they been “taken captive” by the Shakers, as their mother alleged–or was their unstable father responsible, as the Shakers claimed? llyon Woo will discuss the central mystery and sensational custody and divorce at the heart of The Great Divorce, as well as this frequently asked question: What became of the children? The answer involves adultery, bigamy, attempted murder, and other tabloid drama, staged in Brooklyn– a shocking turn of events for former Shakers. Thursday, March 31. 6 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Historical Society.

BBPC Conservancy Junior Committee Cocktail Party
A much-anticipated Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the annual Junior Committee cocktail party. At the cocktail party there will even be a raffle! Raffle items include prizes and gift certificates from FRESH, Superfine, OriginTwentyThree Eco Fashion Agency, yogamassagenyc.com, The Paper Source, Film Biz Prop Shop, Laura Remmert Flowers, Brooklyn Victory Garden, Henry’s End, Dodge YMCA, Tumeric Alive, Brooklyn Heights Cinema, Interview Magazine, and much more! The participant’s contribution supports free, public programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Monday, March 28. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. $25/$30 (to purchase tickets, use the link above). 126 Front Street, SUPERFINE.

Opening Reception: Greg Vore
Circa Trade and Asha Veza proudly present Rickshaw Wallah – Photographic portraits by Brooklyn photographer, Greg Vore. Meet the photographer, browse Asha Veza’s lovely dresses & Circa Trade’s global housewares, sip wine, sample Indian sweets and mingle. Thursday, March 31. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. 69 5th Avenue, Asha Veza.

Please send your events listings to events@brownstoner.com

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Wal-Mart’s Strategies for Entering NY Akin to a Political Campaign [NY Times]
N.Y. Budget Deal Cuts Aid to Schools and Health Care [NY Times]
For Schumer, a Bike Lane Far Too Close for Comment [NY Times]
After Suspicious Fire in Bedford Stuyvesant, Some Lose a Home [NY Times]
Final Sale for a Longtime Furrier in Greenpoint [NY Times]
Remembering a Publisher Who Kept the News Local [City Room]
Feds Designate Brooklyn a ‘Disaster Area’ Over Dec. Blizzard [NY Post]
Distraught Lover Dies Jumping in Front of L Train [NY Daily News]
Activist Busted for Threatening to Harm Councilman [NY Daily News]
Liquor License Fight at Greenpoint Community Center [BK Paper]
Brooklyn Flea Expands to Williamsburg This Weekend [BK Paper]
P.S. 29 Reciting ‘Pledge’ for First Time in a Decade [WNYC]
Jeffries Warns of Redistricting ‘Shenanigans’ Ahead [The Local]
House Next to Rat-Squirrel House Gets Renovated [Lost City]
The Ugliest Homes For Sale in Brooklyn [Curbed]
Carroll Gardens House Sells Over Ask [Curbed]
It Pays to Be a Lobbyist in Brooklyn [McBrooklyn]
Video: The Brooklyn Mutt Show [PS Patch]

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This weekend check out the Flea at Skylight One Hanson before it makes the big move outdoors to our old familiar in Fort Greene and our new location in Williamsburg. On Saturday, Ben Marcus will be selling caneles, a French treat, in the downstairs food area. Also keep your eyes peeled for this weekend’s Scavenger Hunt items. For a map and directions to Skylight One Hanson go here; the Flea is open from 10am to 6pm and is always free.
Photo by jillysp

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Another new Myrtle Avenue business is in the works at 474 Myrtle, between Hall and Washington, which we were told will soon be a bar. The storefront was previously an “Optimum Care Rehab.” A DOB application to convert the space into an eating and drinking establishment was approved a couple months ago. Anyone heard more details about the soon-to-be watering hole? GMAP

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As WNYC reported, the Brooklyn Brewery held a ribbon-cutting last month to celebrate the opening of its new $8 million expansion of its North 11th Street headquarters. We were lucky enough to get a tour from founder Steve Hindy earlier this week and managed to take a few photos of both the main brewery space as well as the highlight of the tour for us–the bourbon barrel room in the warehouse across the street. This is where Garrett Oliver and his crew of brewmasters store their most interesting experiments, like Brooklyn Black Ops, Brooklyn Local and Brooklyn Brown Ale. Most of these barrels come from Kentucky-based Woodford Reserve, though a few are from Pappy Van Winkle. Neato!

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The city is calling into question the 2010 Census numbers released yesterday, saying the population count, at a record high of 8,175,133, falls short of its projections. (The Observer reports the Census Bureau is standing behind its data). Meanwhile, here are some of the stats released about Brooklyn:
-The Local’s chart on Brooklyn’s stats show an increase of 39,374 people in Brooklyn between the 2000 and 2010 tallies, for a total of 2,504,700.
-According to The Times, “Manhattan and Brooklyn accounted for the only counties in the country with a million or more people where the white share of the population rose.”
-Also from The Times: “According to the census, Queens registered a net loss in occupied housing since 2000 and a 59 percent increase in vacancies. Brooklyn recorded a 66 percent rise in vacancies. In the eyes of the census, [Joseph J. Salvo, the director of the population division at the city’s Planning Department] said, ‘huge swaths of housing have essentially been depopulated.’ He added that in many cases, the neighborhoods where the census found high vacancy rates were not necessarily where new housing had been built, or where foreclosures had been rampant.”
-The screengrab above is from WNYC’s interactive map, which lets you zoom in on tracts to see the population increases and decreases that were reported.
Census: New York City’s Population Barely Rose in the Last Decade [NY Times]
Mapping Changes in the Five Boroughs [WNYC]
A Population Grows in Brooklyn [The Local]
Census Bureau Stands By Numbers [NY Observer]

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Tree Giveaway on Fulton
Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill and the FAB Alliance in partnership with New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC are giving away 300 FREE TREES on Saturday. Bring your friends and family to the “Putnam Triangle” in Clinton Hill and leave with a tree to plant in your front or back yard, at your business, or at your church, school or apartment complex (as long as it’s private property). The event is made possible by the generous support of Put Down Roots tree giveaway sponsor American Express, MTNYC lead sponsors BNP Paribas and Toyota and major donors, Bloomberg Philanthropies and David Rockefeller. Saturday, March 26. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. Putnam Triangle, Area between Fulton Street and Grand Avenue.

Panel: Re-Examining Carl Furillo
Ted Reed, a veteran reporter and author of the new book Carl Furillo: Brooklyn Dodgers All-Star, will speak about Furillo’s career and two little-explored events that have shaped perceptions of the Dodgers right-fielder: Furillo’s supposed opposition to Jackie Robinson joining the Dodgers and Furillo’s suit against the Dodgers for injuries. Judith Testa, a former college professor and author of Sal Maglie: Baseball’s Demon Barber, will speak about the twists and turns in the relationship between Furillo and Maglie. Carl Furillo Jr. will share memories of his dad. Saturday, March 26. 2 p.m. Free for members. $4/$6 for Non-members. 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Brooklyn Flea

The winter Flea is located at Skylight One Hanson (the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank across from the Atlantic Center mall) on Saturdays and Sundays. The Flea features over a 100 vendors offering a great mix of vintage, antiques, jewelry, and food. Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. One Hanson Place/Williamsburg Savings Bank.

Please send your events listings to events@brownstoner.com