In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland, Green-Wood Cemetery is presenting “Dark Wonderland,” nighttime performances every Thursday and Friday from 7:30 pm to 10 pm for the entire month of June.

The evenings begin with twilight refreshments followed by a candlelit walk through the cemetery’s paths. At the walk’s end, artists selected by MAPP International Productions will “hold a modern-day looking-glass to New York City through stunning presentations, music, dance and theater.”


As if Bushwick Open Studios weren’t enough, Williamsburg’s SXSW-style culture festival begins on Monday, June 8. The Northside Festival features a huge lineup of bands, films, panels on innovation and technology, and art walks.

The film festival begins on Monday, June 8th and runs through Wednesday, June 10. Click here for a schedule of film times and locations.


As the demographics of central Brooklyn have changed over the years, synagogues in once heavily Jewish areas have gone on to have other lives. Ellen Levitt, author of “The Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn” will lead a bike tour of former Jewish houses of worship in Crown Heights, Brownsville and East Flatbush next Sunday.

Many are now churches and retain many of their original details. Participants will visit the former Shaari Zedek at 221 Kingston Avenue (pictured above) and the former Congregation Men of Justice at 1678 Park Place, a Building of the Day last year.


The First Saturdays Bed Stuy Art Walk takes place this Saturday — and every first Saturday of the month. Five galleries and several other locations are participating.

Spots to visit include Welancora Gallery on Jefferson Avenue,  the Restoration Center for Art and Culture’s Skylight Gallery on Fulton Street, and the House of Art on Marcus Garvey Boulevard (pictured above). The walk includes exhibitions and short films at Vodou Bar at 95 Halsey Street.


The votes have been tallied in all the City Council districts taking part in the City’s participatory budgeting process — where citizens get to develop and then vote on projects in their neighborhoods that will be paid for by the city. And now the results can be seen on an interactive map. City Council districts are clearly marked, and by clicking on each project, you can find out how much is being spent to do what.

When we last checked in on the process, votes had been tallied only in districts 33, 39 and 45. Now results are in for the rest of the borough’s participating districts: 34, 44, 47 and 38 (not all council members participated in the process).

In District 34, which includes Bushwick and Williamsburg, $700,000 will be spent to upgrade the playgrounds at the Williamsburg Houses and at Brooklyn Arbor School and pedestrian safety will be improved on Meeker Avenue, among other projects.


It’s that time of year again: Bushwick Open Studios, one of the largest open studio events in the country, kicks off on Friday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 7. The event, organized by Arts in Bushwick and now in its ninth year, is a chance for anyone to visit artists in their studios, see new work and learn more about the arts community in Bushwick.

In addition to open studios, several events take place throughout the weekend. The launch party and Seeking Space exhibition — the official group show of the open studio event — begins at 8 pm on Friday, June 5 at Be Electric at 1298 Willoughby Avenue.

The family-friendly Community Day event takes place on Saturday, June 6 starting at 11 am at Maria Hernandez Park. There will be visual arts, dance, hip hop, spoken word, theater, performance art and more.


Summer is officially here, and with that comes Brooklyn’s bounty of outdoor movie options. Here’s a roundup of organizations that have published their schedules.

Rooftop Films has been showing movies atop Brooklyn buildings and in parks since 1996. This year it will screen films on top of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts in Clinton Hill, in Industry City in Sunset Park, in MetroTech Commons and more. Click here for a full schedule of films.

SyFy Movies With a View screens films every Thursday night in July and August in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Click here for a full schedule.

SummerScreen shows free movies in Williamsburg’s McCarren Park every Wednesday in July and August. The events start at 6 pm. There are also food vendors and live music. Movies begin at sunset. Find a full schedule here.

Click through for lots more….


As part of the Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks exhibit, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting several panel discussions that will run through the summer. The first panel talk, Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods, takes place this evening and examines the relationship between historic preservation and affordable housing. The panelists include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Ingrid Gould Ellen, the director of the urban planning program at NYU Wagner.

Is Preservation Elitist? will examine the question of not just how to preserve buildings but how to preserve a “culturally distinctive” place. Tia Powell Harris, the arts director for the Weeksville Heritage Center; Nikolai Fedak, founder of New York YIMBY; Claudette Brady of the Bedford Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation, and others will examine the question of how to preserve more than just buildings in the city’s rapidly changing neighborhoods.