Sunday, August 31, 2008
Creative Arts Studio
Ballroom dancing, tap, ballet, and Awareness through Movement.
Everyday Athlete Studio
Yoga, mommy and me classes, and boot camps.
The General Store Brooklyn
Knitting, crochet, sewing, spinning, quilting, embroidery and appliqué.
The Jalopy Theatre
Guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and vocal harmony.
And just beyond the border:
Mission Martial Arts
Tae Kwon Do (Korea), Muay Thai (Thailand), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Brazil), Veejitsu Jiu Jitsu (Japan), Filipino Kali (The Philippines).
The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, flash-fiction, daytime fiction, MFA application prep workshop.
Aunt Bee's Backyard (formerly known as Bija Backyard)
20 Tiffany Place, between Kane and Degraw
On top of the indoor play space, Aunt Bee has added a Preschool Enrichment Program starting on September 8. Ages 18 months to 4 years.
Creative Arts Studio
119 Union Street, between Columbia and Van Brunt
They offer of wide array of dance, theatre and art classes: from tap and hip hop to creative movement and musical theatre. For ages 3 and up.
Everyday Athlete Kids (formerly known as Bija)
273 Columbia street, between Carrol and Summit
Mason offers high quality gymastics and tumbling classes for children from 18 months to 12 years, as well as ballet and hip hop.
111 Union street, between Columbia and Van Brunt
They have karate, ballet and fit play. Call for more information.
And right beyond the borders of the district, I would like to add:
The Artistry Project, an Art Studio for Kids
185 Sackett street, between Henry and Hicks
Amazing and inventive art classes for children from 2 to 12.
Mission Martial Arts
517 Henry Street, between Union and Sackett
Tae kwon Do is probably the most popular martial art for children.
So get out there and get busy!
Friday, August 29, 2008
The following events and classes are scheduled for September at the Moxie Spot at 81 Atlantic Avenue (near Hicks)
Back-to-School Concert with The Deedle Deedle Dees: Saturday September
6 at 11am. Including making instruments from recycled materials.
Family Disco Night: Saturday, September 13th at 5:30pm (every 2nd
Saturday of the Month)
Family Movie Night: Fridays at 6:15pm (with a replay Saturday morning
at 9:15am for those who missed it).
Singalong w Lloyd (of the Deedle Deedle Dees) Tuesdays 11:00 am
Storytime w Emily Mon/Fri 11:30, Wed 1:00
The Kid's Music Underground with John Carlin: Wed/Fri 9:30 & 11:30
Baby Fingers with Eva: Thursdays 9:30
Downtown Babies with Maria: Tuesdays 12:30
Please visit their website at www.themoxiespot.com for more details and
This September, the Vertical Players Repertory will be opening up the gates (once again) to the Red Hook Terminal on Pier 9 and performing an opera. This time around, the opera will be"The Tales of Hoffman," also known as "Les Contes D'Hoffman," by Jacques Offenbach.
This will be not only a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the neighborhood's waterfront, but also to experience some artistic performance in the process. It's really great that American Stevedoring was able to work with VPR to host such an event.
September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21, 2008
All shows at 8pm
Red Hook Marine Terminal
70 Hamilton Ave. (at Van Brunt St.)
Tickets are $35 and $50 and can be purchased at Smarttix.com
Photo ID required for entry
More info at http://www.vpropera.org/
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Visit Goodman Gallery at 311 Columbia St (we're not sure about the hours - sorry!)
Check out more details of their most recent exhibit called "Face First" here
Artists in this photography exhibit include Danielle Dorrian, Stephanie Black, Alan Winslow, and Benjamin Harlow
Text from Cobble Hill Association:
The Cobble Hill Association and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative are hosting a 12-mile casual bike ride that will start at Cobble Hill Park and pass through the Columbia Waterfront District, Red Hook, Park Slope, Prospect Park, and Gowanus, and loop back to Cobble Hill.
There will be several scenic rest stops as we ride along mostly calm streets with some light vehicular traffic. Several Bike Marshals will travel alongside as well as a mechanic for any urgent bike repairs needed. Light snacks and water will be provided, but riders should be prepared with sunblock, plenty of water, and ready for a light pace that will include some cobblestone streets in Red Hook and the 9th Street hill in Park Slope, with an option to also ride hill within Prospect Park's car-free loop.
Both articles include Marty Markowitz's non-committal statement: “Red Hook — and Brooklyn — are open for business, but while welcoming major retailers to our borough could bring economic vitality and much-needed jobs to previously underserved and underutilized areas, we must also be sure to ‘grow smart’ and preserve a neighborhood’s character."
Where is Brooklyn Brewery? Where is the promised Red Hook Winery?
On the upside, a 68-year-old Manhattan landmark will be moving in on Reed street, the Cheyenne Diner.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29th
The Introduction of HELLO BROOKLYN
Kick-off Labor Day Weekend right with a
sneak peek of Red Hook, Brooklyn's newest
event / performance space, HELLO BROOKLYN!
18 Commerce St (btw Richards & Columbia St)
Trains: F or G to Carroll St / Bus: B61
10pm | $5 all night
rotating sets provided by DJs
GE-OLOGY | www.myspace.com/geologymusic
MISBEHAVIOUR | www.myspace.com/djmisbehaviour
DRINK SPECIALS ALL NIGHT!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31st
HELLO BROOKLYN's Labor Day BBQ
18 Commerce St (btw Richards & Columbia St)
Trains: F to Carroll St / Bus: B61
2pm - 8pm | $5 all day
Join us in the courtyard!
DJ BRAINCHILD (2pm - 5pm) www. onesoulfulnegro. com
DJ ELEVEN (5pm - 8pm) www. myspace. com/deejayeleven
and edible goodies provided by
LOVE YOU LIKE COOKED FOOD
(Ziti, cornbread and more!)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Parking just got a little easier in the area due to the city's recent change in parking regulation and the need to change all of the parking signs because of them. Here's whats relevant to this neighborhood via the NYTimes:
The New York City Department of Transportation announced on Monday that street-cleaning rules will be suspended in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and other neighborhoods west of Court Street starting next Monday in the third phase of a four-phase overhaul of parking regulations in much of Brooklyn. The project involves the gradual replacement of some 8,000 traffic signs, and alternate-side parking rules are being suspended in phases......
.....The Transportation Department announced today the boundaries of the third phase of the overhaul, which will include parts of Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Gowanus East. Alternate-side rules will be suspended there starting next Monday, Aug. 18, to allow for 1,600 new signs. The suspension will last for three to five weeks. The affected area is bounded to the north by Atlantic Avenue (included) from Columbia to Court Street; to the east by Court Street (not included) from Atlantic to Hamilton Avenues; to the south by Hamilton Avenue (not included) from Court to Van Brunt Streets; and to the west by Columbia Street (included) from Atlantic Avenue to Degraw Street; by Degraw Street (included) from Columbia to Van Brunt Streets; and Van Brunt Street from Degraw Street to Hamilton Avenue...The fourth and final phase will be in Red Hook, but the boundaries and dates have not been announced yet.
For the rest of the article, including more information on the new regulations and progress in other Brooklyn neighborhoods, click here.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I will be teaching a new class in September at Creative Cooks on Atlantic Ave and I am very excited about it. I hope many will come!
Tastemakers interested in practicing or learning basic French conversation can do so in this kitchen classroom while being taught to prepare French favorites, such as crepes, tartes, fondues, and much more. All class instruction will be taught in French by Jessie Barker, native speaker and teacher of the French After-School program at PS 58. Children of all levels are encouraged to register. Interested participants should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-227-2218. Space is limited.French Conversation Through Cooking classes will take place Saturday, September 6,13,20 and 27. Cost is $200/child.
For more information about Creative Cooks go to www.creativecooks.us
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Free outdoor movie night is back at the Backyard Garden with a showing of the hit 1968 movie "The Producers," as well as a cartoon, on August 16th at 8:30 pm. Bring the whole family out for a fun night, and don't forget to bring folding chairs or blankets.
The Backyard Garden is located on Hamilton Avenue and Van Brunt.
The Producers on IMDB
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I was sad to see yesterday, that one of the most interesting structures in the area has been torn down for something new to be built in its place. While I'm not quite sure what is going to be built there, here are a couple of ideas of what could have been an interesting use of the space as it was:
1) An outdoor market (that sells more than just chicken)
2) Community garden
3) Outdoor bar/cafe
4) An art space
5) Outdoor movie theater
Any other suggestions?
Friday, August 8, 2008
This just in from the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative:
It's not officially open yet, but a ½ mile off-street segment of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway along Columbia Street (just south of Atlantic Avenue) was paved this week and it’s being actively used by bicyclists, walkers and runners! Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, in collaboration with Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, will be holding a mini-clean up along the new route this Saturday, August 9th, 12:00-2:00PM to get the Greenway in tip-top shape for the anticipated rush of new users. Meet at BGI's office: 145 Columbia Street, and bring your garden gloves. Trowels are also welcome to pull up the most stubborn weeds. BGI will supply tools, trash bags, and water.
RSVP to Brian at email@example.com.
When: Saturday, August 9th, 12:00-2:00PM
Where: BGI’s Office, 145 Columbia Street (b/t Kane and Degraw)
Congratulations to Freebird Books for being listed as one of the best independent bookstores in NYC by L Magazine in the "Best of New York City" article
Here's what they had to say:
BEST INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES IN NEW YORK
Freebird Books, Red Hook When we saw the Craigslist ad announcing that Freebird was for sale, we figured it’d be purchased, gutted and turned into a frozen yogurt shop. Much to our relief, it’s still a bookstore, and a damned good one at that.
Freebird Books is located at 123 Columbia St. Also, check them out online here.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Here is the link:
Feel free to pass it along to others who may be interested!
Thank you so much,
Jessie (French, mom to Lucas - 2 years old) and Angela (German/Spanish speaking, mom to Ale - 3 years old)
Here is the schedule for August:
Monday 4, 18 and 25
Come enjoy the sunset, the incense, and the music!
According to Buddhist tradition, the teachers will give without
expecting any form of payment and if the students feel the inclination
to give back for the offering made, they may do so.
It is called « dana ».
Here's a link to a posting on Brownstoner about one of the past displays at the Art Space