Thursday, September 30, 2010

BNS/BCS Apple Fest 2010!

BNS Apple Fest 2010 :

A big, beautiful, fundraiser & community building, educational celebration!
Proceeds to benefit the Brooklyn New School & the Brooklyn School for
Collaborative Studies.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 am - 5 pm (Rain or shine)

WHERE: School yard behind our building at 610 Henry Street and 2nd Place


Game booths, raffle, huge inflatable obstacle course, spin art, dunking booth,
frame-making, recycle arts, beading, composting, cider pressing, delicious
home-made food, smoothie booth; pumpkin decorating;, Live music (bands to be
announced), plant and compost sale; and more!

A Taste of Red Hook - 10/6/10

The fourth annual A Taste of Red Hook is on 10/6/10 ! Come join the Red Hook Initiative and enjoy some of the best food and drink in Brooklyn, while supporting a great cause. Featuring these great establishments:

5 Burro Cafe
Bait and Tackle Bar
Birdie & Sage Foods
Blue Marble Ice Cream
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Ice House
Country Boys
Dry Dock
Fort Defiance
Frankies 457
The Good Fork
Home/Made Wine Bar
Margaret Palca Bakes
Mark's Pizza
Nine Cakes
Nunu Chocolates
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Red Hook Winery
Sixpoint Craft Ales
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Steve's Key Lime Pie
Tom Cat Bakery
Verity Wine Partners

The event is being produced by Roquette Catering and is sponsored by Phoenix Beverages.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
6pm - 9pm
Kidd Yellin Gallery, Red Hook, Brooklyn
133 Imlay Street
Tickets: $100 online; $125 at the door.
To purchase tickets, send check to Red Hook Initiative, 767 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 or click here.
All proceeds go to support the work of the Red Hook Initiative.
For more information, contact 718-858-6782

Salsa party at 5 Burro Cafe - TONIGHT!

5 Burro Cafe will be hosting a salsa dancing party tonight in their back yard (and it will go on rain or shine due to their large tent!).

Entry is free, food and drinks are available for purchase.

Check out their site below for directions and a map to the Brooklyn location:

(image above from 5 Burro website)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New wine bar on Henry and 1st Place

Catering spot Crave is to be a wine bar.

Join them at their opening on Oct 1st.

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A Neighborhood Historical Talk

Come meet native resident, Ms Anna Patrone

At the Summit Street Garden

When: Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

At: 3:30 pm

Ms. Anna Patrone, at 93 years old, is very excited to come back and visit her old home, adjacent to the Summit St Garden. Her father formerly owned that building as well as the building (now demolished) that rested on the site of the Summit Street Garden. Please join us to learn more about the history of our neighborhood. She also has pictures (pre-BQE!) that she will bring!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Greenway Workshops Round 2 kickoff 9/30!

NYC DOT Greenway Workshops, Round 2: Route Selection

The second round of community planning workshops for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, led by NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), will kick off on Thursday, September 30th at Brooklyn Borough Hall. At each workshop, DOT will present route options and gather feedback as to the community’s preferred alternative. Route options will reflect information gathered at DOT’s first round of community planning workshops, which were held in March/April 2010.

These planning workshops will continue to inform DOT’s master plan for constructing the greenway, so please mark your calendars and tell your neighbors. Four workshops will be held, one in each broad geographic area along the planned 14-mile route. Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and Regional Plan Association are co-sponsoring the workshops.

Please RSVP to Make sure to specify which workshop(s) you plan to attend:

Downtown Brooklyn (CB2)
Thursday, September 30th
Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

Sunset Park (CB7)*
Thursday, October 7th
St. Michael’s Church
352 42nd Street
*UPROSE is also a co-sponsor of the Sunset Park workshop.

Red Hook (CB6)
Thursday, October 14th
Red Hook Recreation Center
155 Bay Street

Greenpoint/Williamsburg (CB1)
Thursday, October 21st
Brooklyn Brewery
79 N. 11th Street

Upcoming Cora Dance events for October and November

Cora Dance has some very interesting and exciting programming planned for the next couple of months! Go check them out to celebrate local talent while also supporting a great cause (Cora offers pay-what-you-can dance classes to the community).

Here are the details and descriptions of upcoming events, according to their most recent email blast:

Cora Dance has two exciting events for the month of October-
First, an informal performance in Coffey Park!

October 5-6, (Raindate, Thursday October 7)
Cora Dance presents Prey

The center of the green space in Coffey Park
50 Dwight St
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance presents informal performances of excerpts from the company's latest work-in-progress “Prey” in Coffey Park. Cora is building this eerie and elegant piece to travel over a mile through the diverse landscape of Red Hook at twilight into nighttime, meandering from the urban forest that is Coffey Park to the streets, playgrounds, shop windows and waterfront areas of the neighborhood... lit by the audience. For these informal showings, the company will present two sections, discuss the process and take audience members on a guided tour of the intended list of sites where the work will fully premiere in October 2011.

Prey is being developed through the support of a generous gift from Robert and Mary Beth Aberlin; through the 2008 Artist-in-Residence program of BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange; through the artist residency program of Vermont Performance Lab, with assistance from Marlboro College; and through the support of the 92nd Street Y.

Next, a fun fundraising afternoon for families! • Saturday, October 30, 2-4pm
Storytelling and Facepainting Bake Sale
The Cora Studio
201 Richards Street, Buzzer #5, Studio 205,
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Suggested Donation $10 per family or Pay-What-You-Can.

Join Cora for this fundraising afternoon at the Cora Studio, complete with
facepainting and storytelling with reknowned artist Robin Bady. Bake sale
and proceeds from door go to fund the Pay-What-You Can dance programs
offered by Cora School for Dance to the Red Hook Community.

AND- Stay tuned for next month's "A Little Something From Cora" , a showcase on November 13 which highlights the choreographic work of the dancers of Shannon Hummel/ Cora Dance and teachers of Cora School for Dance. Set in the cabaret stage of Rocky Sullivan's, an Irish bar complete with darts, pool tables, and Guinness on tap, this eclectic night of mini works highlights the diversity of styles and expressive range of the collaborators of Cora Dance. Rocky Sullivan's is located at 34 Van Dyke Street (at Dwight Street) in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Show begins at 8pm. There is a $10 donation or Pay-What-You-Can.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Brooklyn Collective 's Grand Re-Opening - 10.01.10

The Brooklyn Collective Grand Re-Opening Event
Please join us to celebrate our brand new 1500 square foot location
More artists and designers than ever before!
Over 30 brand new collections!

Friday, October 1st

212 Columbia Street
(between Union and Sackett)

Featured Artists
Melangerie, Plane Jane Project, Lauren Simkin Berke, Jenny Belin, Alexandra Batsford, Design and Labor, Sam Phillips, Lewis Henry Nicholas, Ink and Joy, Twig Terrariums, Sunghee Bang, LanVy, Rachel Goldberg, SKT Ceramics, Brooklyn Pottery, Oh Clementine, Lauren Denitzio, Mina Georgescu, Munstre, Catherine Hnatov, J.Cravata,
elle s'appelle, AshiDashi, Near Modern Disaster, Johnny Sparks, Nancy Waller Handbags, Whimsiology, Patrice Yourdon, Jess Yam, Courtney P. Hewitt

Complimentary cocktails will be served throughout the evening
PLUS! A surprise musical performance!

For further info please visit

Mazzone's 6th Annual Pumpkin fest - Saturday, 10/2

*Join Us At the corner of Court St. & 4th Place.

Saturday, October 2nd.

Mazzone True Value
6th Annual PumpkinFest

Clown Music Face Painting PonyRides
Free Refreshments.... And Much More
Choose From Over A Thousand Pumpkins
Design Your Own Pumpkin*

Sponsored By
A-One Locksmith Alkamar Travel & Realty American Beer Distributing
Art Outside The Lines Benjamin Moore Paints Court Street Car Service
Carroll Gardens Wines & Liquors Caputo’s Fine Foods Capital One Bank
Citibank D’Amico Foods Excel Builders Families First Chiropractic
Gourmet Fresh If I Were A Toy Jitterbugs NYC Moon Maintenance
Monteleone’s Pastry Shop Nine D Thai Cuisine PJ Hanley’s Tavern
Ridgewood Bank Scotto’s Wine Cellar Starting Artists Toddler Tom Tom
2 Silhouettes On The Shade Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation
Court Street Merchants Association
Gowanus Canal Community Development Corp.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nest Egg Kids

A new kids store on Atlantic and Henry.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The 2$ van is here

Making the connection from Red Hook to Crown Heights and anything in between.

6am to 10pm daily!
At the corner of Union and Columbia.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

BWAC Fall Art Exhibition - 9/25 to 10/31

Charlie Smith Jewelry Sale @ Everyday athlete - Thursday, September 30th

The Everyday Athlete invites you to a
Charlie Smith Jewelry Sale
On Thursday, September 30th
From 7pm to 10pm

An eclectic mix of vintage, natural bone, horn and crystal jewelry
by London designer Charlie Smith

The Studio is located at 136 Union St

Party with the Gowanus Dredgers today - 9/23

The Gowanus Dredgers are having a SuperFUN party, this Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 5-9pm at 400 Carroll St / Gowanus Canal. Tickets are selling quickly for this annual festival, so please visit: for additional information and to purchase tickets.

The Gowanus Dredgers are inviting all who have canoed on the Gowanus, Kayaked on the East River or camped on Governors Island to attend ($25 for adults and kids are free) and meet / greet other kayakers from our other programs.
Pirate Mary arrives at 5:30 for the kids and Red Hook Ramblers will play music 7:00-8:30.

Thursday will be a full, moon, crisp, but no rain as we celebrate the close of our 11th season! The Dredgers are the not-for-profit of the Red Hook and Brooklyn Bridge Park kayaking so if you want to see those programs flourish in 2011, now is the time to show your support!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wine and Chocolate... for free! Hurray for Botta Di Vino and Baked!

Who doesn't like this combination?

Join Botta Di Vino and Baked for an evening of chocolate and red Italian wine.
Thursday, September 30th, 7-9pm
At 357, Van Brunt Street


Friday, September 17, 2010

Backyard film (barring any other monsoons) at Freebird on Friday night

Friday, September 17, 7 pm
The horror of the great New York tornado is over. Join us outdoors for another film (likely the last this season).

Books through Bars presents its third and final installment in their Summer in the City film series. This one looks beyond pissed off, overheated New Yorkers to our pissed off, overheated brethren in the City of Angels. In Falling Down (1993), Michael Douglas does his best slow burn as L.A.'s famous gridlock sends him over the edge.

$5 suggested donation. Beer and Food available.
Freebird Books
123 Columbia Street (between Kane and Degraw streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
New hours: Sat-Sun 11 am-10 pm (def); Thurs-Fri 6 to 10 pm (mostly); the rest of the week (by chance)
Learn more about our post-apocalyptic book club where it's never too late join:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Deliciousness at the Farm City Fair on Bergen st

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Live at Farm City Fair

The Farm City Fair is off to a great start with live music in the street, farm fresh produce, workshops, local Brooklyn foods and more!

Located on Bergen st. Between Smith and Boerum place at the Invisible Dog gallery

Location:Bergen St,Brooklyn,United States

Today: Farm City Fair at the Invisible Dog

Farm City Fair
Sunday, September 12, 2010
from 11am–5pm

Artists, Chefs, Musical Performances, Gardening Workshops, Amazing Food, and a Food Growing Competition. Enough said!

For a complete schedule click here.

The Invisible Dog Art Center is located at 51 Bergen Street, between Boerum Place and Smith Street.

See you there!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Open House at Cora Dance - Sat 9/11

Join Cora Dance this Saturday, September 11 from 12:30-2:30pm for their education open house - you can take a free sample class, meet the teachers, and register for Fall Semester classes!

For a complete schedule click here.

Cora is located at 201 Richards Street, Buzzer #5, between Van Dyke and Coffey Streets in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Kick off event for families at Kentler - Sat 9/11

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Open House at Everyday Athlete this Saturday!!!


Fall Tumbling session with MASON starts at Everyday Athlete!

Join us for an OPEN HOUSE

September 11th, 2010

10:30 am - 5:30 pm.

Snacks and fun will be provided.

Open House Schedule (30 minutes sample class)
10:30 am Tumble Tots (2 yrs)
11:30 am Tumble Cubs (3 yrs)
12:30 pm Tumble Bears (4 yrs)
1:30 pm Kangaroos (5 yrs)
3:30 pm Rec Boys and Girls (6-8 yrs)
4:30 pm Rec Boys and Girls (8-10 yrs)

FALL SESSION 9/13th - 12/11th (12 classes) $360+tax
Visit us
online for full class description.

When you enroll your child mention the Word on Columbia Street Blog and you will get a free Mommy (or Daddy) Boot Camp Session!!!!

Goodbye 215, hello Caselnova

Realty Collective reports (via Twitter) that the sign is now up on the new restaurant moving into the former 215 Cucina Napoletana space. It is called Caselnova - the neighborhood trattoria. Its so exciting to see progress being made so quicky!

Image from @realtycollectiv on Twitter

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New at the Art Lot on Columbia and Sackett

Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Babs Reingold, John Roach, Mary Schiliro
September 12, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Opening reception: Sunday, September 12, 2–5 p.m.

The ART LOT is proud to present “MEDIA MIX x 4” featuring the work of Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Babs Reingold, John Roach and Mary Schiliro.
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo starts with the notion of photography that can capture and freeze time. As a starting point, she photographs urban spaces such as airport terminals, busy city streets or any place that has a flow of people. She then layers images on Plexiglas, subtly capturing the flow of time.
Babs Reingold has made a large structure reminiscent of a clothes line, but suspended are not clothes but a variety of materials that act as signifiers for memory and time. The piece is a beautiful metaphor on the relationship of support and the supported.
John Roach has a long history with combining materials, processes and light/sound to create three-dimensional collages. In some way, his work is a comment on and a foil to the extraordinary mash-up of contemporary life, with no small dash of humor.
Mary Schiliro’s work poses the question, what is a painting? How does it work? And how far can one push that definition before it becomes something else? Her installation, a hanging plane of Mylar that she perforates and dips in paint, is sited in the corner, which is transformed into more than the meeting of two planes. The painting hangs like a three-dimensional object demonstrating gravity, all while inconspicuously functioning as her picture plane.

The Art Lot is located at 206 Columbia Street, corner of Columbia and Sackett Streets in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The exhibition is on view 24/7. Rain date for the opening is September 19.

Wine School with Botta di Vino

Bourbon and Cheese tasting

Heaven Hill Distilleries and BKLYN Larder Specialty Cheeses pairing at Char No. 4

September 14th, 2010

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month and dry dock wine+spirits is celebrating with Heaven Hill Distilleries and BKLYN Larder at Char No. 4 in Brooklyn, NY with an intimate American whiskey and cheese pairing on Tuesday, September 14th.

Featured whiskeys will include Elijah Craig, Evan Williams and Bernheim Wheat Whiskey. Sergio Hernandez, cheesemonger from BKLYN Larder and Jessica Butts, representative from Heaven Hill Distilleries, will be leading the cheese and whiskey tasting.

Tickets are $40 per person and space is limited.

Two sessions are available, 7pm and 9pm; please contact Char No. 4 for tickets at 718.643.2106.

dry dock wine & spirits, located at 424 Van Brunt Street in Brooklyn, is Red Hook's neighborhood wine & spirits store, offering outstanding value and high quality from smaller vintners, producers and importers from around the world. We offer over 400 hand picked wines with 50 choices priced $12 and under, as well as a beautifully edited selection of spirits. dry dock has been featured in both Imbibe and Out magazines as a destination shop with an eclectic collection of craft-distilled spirits including over 75 whisk(e)y choices.

Wine & spirits tasting weekly; open m-w 12-9, th-sat 12-11, sun 12-8.

BKLYN Larder, located at 228 Flatbush Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn specializes in hand crafted cheeses, homemade prepared foods, and special and sustainably produced grocery items.

Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar inspired by a passion for bourbon. It features over 150 American whiskeys and serves a menu of American fare with a Southern influence. Char No. 4 is located 196 Smith Street in Cobble Hill.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Brooklyn Book Fest event at Adam Frank Studio

As part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, Freebird and impresario Kevin Maher host a "bookend" event this coming weekend at the neighboring Adam Frank studio on Columbia Street, with refreshments from Calexico:

An evening with GENRE BUSTERS: Writers who refuse to phone it in

Saturday, September 11 @ 8pm

Cost: FREE

The Studio of Adam Frank Incorporated
203 Columbia Street (between Sackett and DeGraw)
Brooklyn, NY

Freebird Books and Kevin Maher present an evening with four authors doing amazing work in disrespected genres.

The presenters include:

Award-winning cartoonist TED RALL talks about cartoons, showing some of his favorite work. He's authored several comics collections, experimental graphic novels, a post-modern "classics illustrated" re-telling of George Orwell's nightmarish distopia , and the no-holds-barred illustrated memoir The Year of Loving Dangerously. After the show, Ted will be signing copies of his new book.'s LIZZIE SKURNICK talks about the history of Y.A. books. She knows a lot about the subject, having written 10 teen novels, including Sweet Valley High, Love Stories and Alias. She is also the author of Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading. Her literary blog, Old Hag, is a Forbes Best of the Web pick. She's on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and has writen on books and culture extensively for the New York Times Book Review, LA Time and

REBECCA ROGERS MAHER embraces the melodrama of Romance Novels. Critics described her new book (I'll Become the Sea) a "beautiful heart-wrenching and heart-warming story." Rebecca will read an excerpt and talk about writing a traditional love story that includes family violence, urban school decay, Jungian psychology and heavy metal.

MIKE EDISON shares true-life tales from his days of editing wrestling magazines and writing 28 smut books. Edison will look back on his career exploits, bringing to life passages from his autobiography I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World.

And host KEVIN MAHER geeks out about his favorite genre busters in B-grade monster movies, gimmicky kids' records and 1950's pulp paperbacks.

The 90-minute variety show will include readings, mini-lectures, live music, video clips, audience Q&A, and more.

Plus prizes from local Brooklyn businesses, including food from CALEXICO (2008 Vendy Award Winner for Best Street Food in NYC).