The third annual STooPS festival brings performance and art to the streets, stoops and gardens of Bed Stuy. Homeowners around the neighborhood are collaborating with local artists, bringing mini performances to their stoops and sidewalks.
The mediums will include dance, music, theater, visual art, spoken word and film/video. Local businesses will be involved too.
Enjoy free concerts every Thursday evening through October in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. Acts playing Live at the Archway include Nadia Ackerman and the Harold Pinter Orchestra this Thursday, June 25, and Jah Pan, pictured above, on July 9.
Other acts this month and next include an all-female worldbeat dance jam band called Paprika, the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, Throw Vision and more.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) is holding a board meeting Monday where the public can speak out on its plan to build a pair of residential towers – one 30 stories, the other 15 — at Pier 6.
The meeting is the result of a lawsuit the People for Green Space Foundation brought to quash the towers, which focused on their inclusion of affordable housing. While the group failed to derail the project in court, as we reported, they succeeded in making the BBPDC apply for a modification of the General Park Plan in order to move forward — allowing for public commentary on the plan.
Some of the best food trucks from around the city will gather at Grand Army Plaza for a Food Truck Rally later this month. Some of the trucks participating include DUB Pies, Carpe Donut NYC, Toum, Kimchi Taco Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Milk Truck, Phil’s Steaks and many more.
If you can’t make it Sunday, June 28, no need to worry. The event, with a rotating cast of trucks, continues through the fall on July 12 and 19, August 2 and 16, September 20 and October 4 and 18.
Hudson Companies today released new renderings showing a different, less glassy look for the wedge-shaped mixed-use tower it plans to build on the site of the Brooklyn Heights public library at 320 Cadman Plaza West.
The release of the renderings comes just before Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee plans to hold a public hearing on the redevelopment of the site Wednesday as part of the formal land-use review process the proposal must go through.
As readers will recall, Marvel Architects is designing a new 36-story building with 139 apartments at 280 Cadman Plaza West, the current location of the library’s Cadman Plaza branch. Hudson Companies is in contract to buy the site for $52,000,000 and the library will own a condo on the ground floor. The library will relocate during construction.
Photographer and urban explorer Will Ellis will lead a tour of Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay this week. The bay lies near the borough’s southeastern tip, across Flatbush Avenue from Floyd Bennett Field. It has been a city dumping ground for more than a century.
The bay earned its name as the final destination of the city’s carriage horses. Later, it was where the city’s trash was processed. Today the beach is filled with discarded objects from the 1930s and 40s thanks to an eroded landfill cap, according to the tour writeup.
The Flatbush Avenue Street Fair will take over nearly a mile of the thoroughfare from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road, in the heart of Flatbush. The event, put on by the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District, will feature carnival rides, games, live music, dancers, balloon art, face painting and plenty of food vendors.
This week the Brooklyn Historical Society opened its exhibit dedicated to one of the least examined but most important parts of our borough — the sewers. The exhibition, “Brooklyn Sewers: What’s Up Down There?” details the creation of the system with a look at four neighborhoods: Flatlands, Bushwick, Coney Island and Fort Greene.
Visitors can discover the challenges that each of these neighborhoods faced in creating their systems and why an integrated municipal system became necessary. Also, the exhibition was created by teen curators who participated in Exhibition Laboratory, a free after school museum studies program.
The Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy will be hosting free guided walking tours of Wallabout the last Saturday of each month through September 26. The walks will focus on the areas north of Myrtle Avenue that are on the National Register of Historic Places, exploring hundreds of years of history through the area’s architecture and landmarks.
These include the neighborhood’s pre-Civil War homes and late 19th century industrial buildings. Information on the area’s best-known resident, Walt Whitman, as well as a reading of some of his works, will be provided by the Walt Whitman Project.
Tugboat Tea Company will host a group show of artists who are friends with the Brooklyn-based artist Otto Neals or associated with Dorsey’s Gallery. The show, put on by community group PLG Arts, is timed to take place alongside a month-long retrospective of Neals’ work featuring over 200 of his paintings, sculptures, drawings and collages now under way at six galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Neals, a largely self-taught artist, rose to became the head illustrator at the Brooklyn General Post Office. And, of course, he has had a prolific career creating works for himself. He has created several commissioned public works, including plaques for Harlem’s Walk of Fame, a mural in Kings County Hospital and a sculpture in Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground. He is associated with Prospect Lefferts Gardens’ Dorsey’s Gallery, the oldest continuously run black-owned gallery in the city.