Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Happy holidays to you all!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
1. How did Brooklyn Collective come to be in the Columbia Waterfront District?
Rachel & I both live in the neighborhood. We met when I began selling my clothes to her other shop, Union Max in 2000. We became friends, often discussing how we loathe selling to boutiques as they tend to edit out all the good stuff! After several brainstorming sessions we came up with the Brooklyn Collective as an outlet for our work and other artists and designers in the same boat. We both love the neighborhood and really only considered Columbia Street for it's convenience (for us) knowing that the neighborhood was evolving and that we really liked the other small businesses around us.
3. What is your favorite spot in the Columbia Waterfront?
4. What's your favorite meal in the Columbia Waterfront?
5. Anything to add?
We feel fortunate to part of such a great community...and plan to be around a long time!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Plovgh, an online community where farms sell their harvest directly to individuals, will host an open house on Saturday, November 26, 12-3, at Dekalb Market. Plovgh is a marketplace where members place orders from farms for pick-up in their neighborhood, and Dekalb Market is the newest pickup point in the Plovgh network.
The event is being held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Stop by to sign up for the Downtown Brooklyn farm pickup, get information about starting a Plovgh pickup point in your neighborhood, and meet some of the farms and other communities that are part of Plovgh.
You can find Plovgh right next to Dekalb Farm at the Willoughby Street entrance to the market.
Go to www.plovgh.com to sign up or come visit Dekalb Market to learn more. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in starting a pickup point in our neighborhood? :)
Here is just a sampling of great shops from the District:
Drop in to Union Max to browse their eclectic mix of random bling, kitsch, postcards and more. 110 Union at Columbia.
At Brooklyn General shop fabric, yarn, notions and dry goods. Everything in the shop is 20% off tomorrow. 128 Union Street between Hicks and Columbia.
Old Brooklyn Wine and Liquor Company is a friendly place to stock up on wine and spirits for your parties and gift-giving. 145 Union between Hicks and Columbia.
At Bopkat Vintage find mid-century vintage clothing and accessories for reasonable prices. It's also a great place to find vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations this time of year. 117 Union between Columbia & Hicks.
Brooklyn Collective showcases jewelry, clothing, gifts, and home goods from an everchanging list of Brooklyn artisans. They're open Thursday to Sunday 1-8. 212 Columbia between Union and Sackett.
Don't forget these great shops further up Columbia Street:
Freebird Books is a cozy shop with an eclectic mix of books with a new emphasis on New York history and culture. 123 Columbia.
Winkworth's collection of lingerie will turn you into the adorable sex kitten you always knew you could be. Open 12-7 tomorrow. The owners encourage appointments for serious try-on sessions. 119 Columbia.
What are your favorite local shops?
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This Saturday evening, boats of all shapes and sizes will be parading in the harbor and East River for the 3rd Annual New York Harbor Lighted Boat Parade. The parade starts near Battery park at 7pm, makes its way along the Brooklyn side to the Manhattan Bridge before turning back. It looks like the best views might be from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Pier 1 in DUMBO. Does anyone know how good the view is from Pier 6 at Atlantic Avenue?
You can register to particpate with your boat, view from shore, or buy a ticket to ride a boat in the parade.(For you boaters, North Cove Marina is offering free dockage that day for boats in the parade up to LOA 180'. Contact mike <at> thenorthcove <dot> com.)
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|Carroll Gardens Patch|
Hey kids, meet in your costumes this Sunday, October 30 at the Urban Meadow for some Halloween fun.
From the site: "There'll be treats and Urban Meadow t-shirts for sale, a costume parade led by the Underground Horns band and a fire engine from a local FDNY ladder company, hula hooping in the Meadow and more!"
Sunday 10/30 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
President St & Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY
This event is brought to you by volunteers for the Urban Meadow. Contact email@example.com if you can help decorate/bake/volunteer in the morning.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Space // Out: Halloween Spooktacular!
200 Columbia Street (between Degraw & Sackett)
Friday, October 21, 2011
|Dancers perform on the grounds of Red Hook's Visitation Church. (Brooklyn Based)|
"Shannon Hummel, artistic director of Cora Dance says that when she created Prey, the music–Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light–called for an extreme environment."
Red Hook is getting an encore performance of Prey at the historic Visitation Church October 27 and 28. Admission by donation online.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Calling all boys...BOYS HIP HOP WITH MASONAGE 8yrs & up
Starts this coming Friday - Oct 21st- Nov 18th6.45-7.30pm5 classes $75At Cobble Hill Ballet Studio- 193 Columbia St (Sackett / Degraw)No need to pre register, just come on by. Cash or cheque acceptedCall 347 889 7354 for more info
Friday, October 14, 2011
The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has advised us of an upcoming Night Work Operation that will involve a Night Street Closure of Van Brunt Street from Union Street to President Street (Southbound traffic).
Southbound trucks on Columbia Street will be detoured onto Congress Street, then Hicks Street.
This street closure/detour will be in affect on or about Wednesday, October 19, 2011 through Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 9:00pm to 5:00am.
NOTE: Van Brunt Street will be open to all traffic during the day and non-construction hours.
Click here for more information, or use the following link:
As for the balance of the Reconstruction of Columbia Street (HWK700A) Capital project, DDC reports that they are anticipating the completion of work on the Sewer Chamber at President and Van Brunt Streets by the end of October.
Other remaining work includes: the Completion of the Sewer along Van Brunt Street (between Degraw Street and Hamilton Avenue), which should be completed by the end of December 2011.
The Completion of the Water Main along Van Brunt Street (between Degraw Street and Hamilton Avenue), which should be completed by the end of February 2012.
The Completion of Curb, Sidewalk, and Roadway surface of Van Brunt Street (between Degraw Street and Hamilton Avenue), which should be completed by the end of April 2012.
The Re-opening of Van Brunt Street, which involves the removal of the detour at Van Brunt Street/Hamilton Avenue/Summit Street and the restoration of two-way traffic along Van Brunt Street, which should occur by the end of April 2012.
Lastly, the Completion of work on Summit Street (between Columbia and Van Brunt Street), which should occur by the end of June 2012.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available to us. Please bear in mind that work schedules are susceptible to slippage due to weather, field conditions, and other variables.
Craig R. Hammerman
District ManagerBrooklyn Community Board 6
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Tonight, Friday October 7, 8:30-10 p.m.
botta di vino
357 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Thursday, October 6, 2011
|Wil Blanche, flickr|
Did you know that electronics recycling in NYC is now required by law? Old computers, monitors, and other electronics must be recycled at a dedicated eWaste recycling facility.
At this event there will also be free shredding and you can learn about composting. Check the links for details.
Sun October 23, 10:00AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Dog Day Cyclery Fills a Void
"The small store has so far has been working mostly in repairs, with sales of accessories like bike lights, streamers and seats going steady. Nesbit hopes to soon sell bikes, too, and is open to discussing with customers what else they'd like to see on the shelves."
Dog Day Cyclery just opened on Van Brunt between Union and President and the owners sound like nice folks. Welcome to the neighborhood, Damien and Bill!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
|A bike share station in Barcelona|
Go to this site to vote for sites in the Columbia Waterfront:
The bike share will be privately operated. Users can rent a bike with a membership card or credit card and return it to any bike share station.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I have to admit that if I witnessed what happened to our neighbor on the train, I don't think I would be brave enough to say anything. What would you do?
Sunday September 18 Red Hook Star Revue Music Fest
Noon - 6 PM
$10 at the door
Saturday September 24 Super Sonic Kindie Music Fest
Noon- 4:30 PM
tickets available in advance and at the door http://www.tonickids.com/
Sunday October 30 9th Annual Columbia Waterfront Halloween Party and Parade
10 AM - 1 PM
More details on the Urban Meadow blog: http://urbanmeadowbrooklyn.blogspot.com/
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Fall Class Schedule
Thursday evening – 7pm-10pm 9/8 thru 11/17 (no class 9/29)
Saturday morning - 10am-1pm 9/10 thru 11/19 (no class 10/8)
Monday morning – 10am-1pm 9/12 thru 11/21 (no class 10/10)
Wednesday evening – 7pm-10pm 9/14 thru 11/16
Sculpture with Clay
Monday evening -7pm-10pm 9/12 thru 11/21 (no class 10/10)
For more information about our classes and studio visit clayworksoncolumbia.org.
Register now by calling 917 428 3128 or 718 694 9540 or email Deb directly at
A $50 deposit will be required to hold you place since spaces are limited.
"In this five-session class, you will learn the methods of professional upholstery for furniture. We will be covering upholstery methods for reupholstery, including basic sewing techniques, working with different densities of foams to create forms, stretching webbing, selecting, stretching, and tacking fabric, and covering finishing methods such as piping, tufting, tacking, and general tricks of the trade. By the first day we will complete an upholstered slip seat by utilizing webbing on frames, and by the end of the class everyone will have completed a small re-upholstery project. Preliminary woodworking, sewing, and general furniture construction skills are not necessary, but be prepared to work with sewing machines and staple guns."
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tonic Kids presents
The Super Sonic Kindie Music Fest Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell, Jon Samson,
Karen K and The Jitterbugs and The New Raspberry Bandits
Saturday September 24th Noon - 4:30pm
at the Urban Meadow in Brooklyn's Columbia Waterfront District
Drum lessons, arts-and-crafts and food!
Former owner of the renowned venue Tonic, Melissa Caruso-Scott has shifted her focus from avant garde jazz to outstanding kindie music. She and Karen Kalafatas, founder of Jitterbugs music classes, local mom & kindie musician herself, have teamed up to present a full-fledged kindie music festival on Saturday September 24th at The Urban Meadow, a community garden in Brooklyn's Columbia Waterfront District. Four top children's music performers share the bill on what is sure to become a most anticipated annual event.
Elizabeth Mitchell - Winner of the Amazon Critic's Award for Best Children's Album of the Year and won the Parents Choice Gold Award. An Elizabeth Mitchell performance is a warm, family style hootenanny that engages everyone, parent and kids alike, in a fun, all ages interactive event that is part celebration, part learning adventure. “Elizabeth Mitchell has bridged the gap between independent rock and
post cradle kiddo-core…Gorgeously lucid.” - Chicago Reader
The New Raspberry Bandits -
This children's music debut with luscious vocals performed and written by Vanessa Saft boasts folk roots but covers a lot of ground. Rockin' whippersnappers will be head bopping to "Big Trucks" and seemingly angelic types will soon be belting out "Lula". "Like Bob Dylan for Kids". - John Zorn
Karen K & the Jitterbugs -
A musical theater veteran, Karen began teaching her Brooklyn-based Jitterbugs kids classes in 2008, but later expanded her classroom to the stage with her warm, funny, and utterly delightful original songs. Called “one of the starts of the local kindie scene” by the Brooklyn paper, Karen K & her Jitterbugs have been featured in New York Magazine's Best Of 2011 issue and Time Out NY Kids.
Jon Samson -
South African native and local favorite, Jon Samson produces and
performs "alternative family music" for kids of all ages and has been
featured in Time Out NY Kids and Parenting Magazine.
The Urban Meadow
Corner of President & Van Brunt Streets
in the Columbia Waterfront District
F train to Carroll Street
Tickets: $12 adults, $8 kids in advance
$15 adults, $10 kids at the door
Ages: Best for ages birth - 8 years old
For more information and photos contact:
Melissa Caruso Scott
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
First, the good news.
The long-closed Waterfront Restaurant
space will soon be a new diner called
Water's Edge Diner.
We hope it will be a 24-hour diner!
bagel shop on Summit and Hamilton.
New signage was posted this week and
a neighbor says the opening is imminent.
The Coffee Den (RIP). A few gentlemen were seated around the bar tasting wines, and they told me the bar will have an excellent wine list and will be opening
|image by http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiarescott/|
The windows were uncovered last week to reveal the interior. It looks almost ready to open!
|image from http://barsinbrooklyn.com|
If you have more of a scoop on these openings and closings than I do, please share in the comments.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Go to cosmicbicycle.com for details.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
|Photo from http://www.carrollgardensassociation.com/|
Saturday, September 10, 2011
11:00am to 6:00pm
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thanks again to all of those who joined us at Carroll Park last week for the Karen K & the Jitterbugs concert. Over 300 people came out, and we had a ball! Check out photos on Facebook at Jitterbugs NYC!
FALL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Classes offered with Karen & Aaron in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook! Check out the Schedule & Register at www.jitterbugsnyc.com. Classes are already filling up, so be sure to register soon! 10 weeks for $225 / Classes begin Sept. 19th. $25 / siblings. Remember, Stroller Strides participants get $10 off. (Sing, wiggle, shake and...exercise with baby!)
LATE SUMMER / EARLY FALL DROP-INS! $20/family, and FREE if you've never been to a Jitterbugs class before! Classes offered the weeks of September 6th-9th & 12th-16th. Check www.jitterbugsnyc.com for details.
FAQ: Who's teaching what? Karen will be co-teaching the Wednesday and Thursday morning classes with Aaron this fall, so you'll see her often. And you'll see Aaron more often on Mondays, Thursday afternoons and Fridays!
|Minor flooding at Van Brunt and Union St|
I didn't see any businesses open. If you see a local business open today, post in the comments.
Glad our neighborhood was not too badly damaged. I hear that there is some bad flooding on Imlay Street in Red Hook and other neighborhoods.
Now the wind is picking up and the sun is coming out. What a crazy weekend.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Inquiries can be made to the 76 Precinct at (718) 834-3211, if that number is busy try (718) 834-3231. The mayor has requested that evacuees ride out the storm with friends or family. For those requiring shelter, the nearest evacuation centers are NYC Technical College located at 300 Jay Street, John Jay HS located at 237 4th Avenue , Brooklyn Tecnical HS located at 29 Fort Greene Place and Cobble Hill High School at 347 Baltic Street.
There will be increased patrols by the 76, to deter crime and aid those in need thoughout the duration of the storm.
Those requiring routine Police assistance are asked to call the numbers above, as well as utilizing the 311 system. As always, emergency situations should be called into 911. Be safe.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
How do you Southern Fry your Wine?
Menu: Southern Fried Chicken with Fennel & Grapefruit Salad.
botta di vino
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Monday, August 22, 2011
A message from your local women's rugby club:
Join the Brooklyn Women's Rugby Club on August 27th as we celebrate our 5th birthday at PJ Hanley's! Have some cake, dance the night away and party with the Brooklyn Women's Rugby Club as we celebrate our 5th year as a club!
Specials at PJ Hanleys (449 Court Street, BK, NY)
- $20 for all you can drink
- $25 for all you can drink plus a birthday t-shirt
- Fun rugby-themed birthday games
(Pin the scrumcap on the rugger, Sir Says, Bobbing for mouth guards and many more!)
- Birthday cake!
We have come a long way since 2007 and aren't stopping now!
Our home games are coming up so please check out our website for the complete schedule!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or if you would like to get in touch about another project!
Sasha De La Cruz
Public Relations Chair
Brooklyn Women's Rugby Club
Follow us on Facebook! <http://www.
Or on Twitter! <http://twitter.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
RED HOOK FALL FLEA
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011, 10AM-5PM
LOCATED IN THE PS 15 SCHOOL YARD, along Van Brunt between Sullivan and Wolcott
**OPEN CALL FOR VENDORS OF ALL STRIPES**
Red Hook's local community school PS 15 (Patrick F. Daly School) in conjunction with Red Hook Economic Development (RHED) will host the first annual Red Hook Fall Flea on September 25th in the PS 15's school yard from 10am-5pm. Attendees will enjoy diverse vendors, a variety of activities and entertainment including children's music fave Audra Rox, Added-Value's green-market, and so much more!
The Red Hook Fall Flea is currently accepting applications for vendors of all kinds, from food to clothing, antiques to crafts & collectibles, and services to community groups. The modest commercial vendor fee of $40 to $75 will go to benefit the PTA-sponsored programs at PS 15. Special consideration for nonprofits! Early confirmed vendors include The Good Fork, Metal and Thread, Tiburon, and more! Vendor confirmations are due by Friday, September 2.
Additionally, RHED will operate a 'Made in Red Hook' themed booth for local artists and artisians. Ideal for those who want to participate in the flea on a smaller scale. No upfront fee; but 15% of booth sales will go to benefit RHED'S activities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about the 'Made in Red Hook' booth.
To apply for a vendor booth, or to get more information,
CORRECTION: info email PS15flea@gmail.com
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
“Replacing 11 trucks out of a fleet of more than 7,000 does nothing to reduce diesel pollution, eliminate childhood asthma, prevent heart disease and clean the air in New York and New Jersey and it certainly didn’t create any jobs for our residents – instead it created more hardships for the drivers who are already overburdened by debt and low wages. This is an environmental injustice for both the drivers and community residents impacted by port pollution every day.” - Ana Baptista with the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark
Amen to that.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
- The number of riders that use the B61;
- Which bus stops have the highest and lowest ridership;
- Which buses are the most chronically delayed;
- How the closure of the F train is impacting B61 riders’ commute; and,
- Where “bunching” most frequently occurs among buses along the route
Volunteers will collect data Monday-Thursday. Morning shifts are 7-9am and evening shifts are 4:30-6:30pm.
Bus Stop Monitoring: Volunteers will collect data at several major bus stops, including the 4th Ave/9th Street and Atlantic Ave/Hicks bus stops, among others. Our volunteers will count the number of riders at each bus stop for roughly 2 hour shifts. We will collect data at peak hours of bus service in both the morning and evening.
Ride the Whole B61 Route: To help us know more about B61 ridership characteristics, volunteers will also ride the complete B61 route and count the number of passengers who get on and off the bus at each bus stop. We would like volunteers to ride the complete bus route both northbound and southbound so we know more about ridership levels throughout the B61 route.
Rider Surveys: During August, we will get a more detailed picture of who is riding the B61 bus by conducting a survey of passengers who board the B61 at the Park Slope 9th Ave / 9th in the Red Hook direction. Contact Matt Green at MGreen@council.nyc.gov or 212-788-6969 to volunteer!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Every Friday Saturday and Sunday wild flowers are for sale outside the Pharmacy at Henry and Sackett. Maria will make you a bouquet with your choice of colors or style. Or you can pick a lovely already assembled bouquet. Priced by the stem. For me it fills a real void in the hood. Thank you Maria.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Jalopy is located at 315 Columbia Street b/w Woodhull and Rapelye (Carroll St. F/G stop)
Sunday, July 24 at 7:30pm
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Traffic Safety on Columbia Street
Some improvements have been made, like daylighting (removing parking spaces at an intersection to increase visibility) and striping, but more substantial and effective improvements are still needed. A more comprehensive analysis of the traffic patterns in the neighborhood is the first step. Some large trucks are still using Columbia and we would like to press for more enforcement. Phoenix Beverage trucks have also been seen driving through. State Senator Dan Squadron, who attended the meeting, will continue conversations with Phoenix Beverage. Wondering when the Van Brunt Street project be finished? No one seems to know, and the last completion date given was in February. A rep from NYS Assemblywoman Joan Millman's office described the work they have been doing to support traffic safety measures.
B61 Bus Service
Matt Green from City Council Member Brad Lander's office is still looking for volunteers to report on the B61 service. Write email@example.com if you are interested. They are also distributing a survey at bus stops and counting riders. Dan Squadron is asking riders to email his office when the bus is not on time or bunching. Email the bus stop, date, and time to squadron [at] nysenate [dot] gov. His office will pass the information to inspectors. A rep of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez explained that there was a meeting with the DOT to follow up on the Red Hook trolley connection study results. The trolley idea was rejected, but the study revealed some ways the bus route can be improved to be less circuitous.
"Noisecopter" Protests Continue
If you see a helicopter flying low over the pier or neighborhood, call 311 with the exact time. Get the tail number if you can. Check out Red Hook Noisecopters at http://www.facebook.com/public/Redhook-Noisecopters if you can't take the flyovers anymore.
Lowering Air Pollution from our Ports
CoWNA is part of the Coalition for Healthy Ports (http://healthyports.org/). Cruise ships will being plugging into shore power next spring or summer. Brad Kerr talked about his work in the Healthy Port Initiative to reduce port truck pollution. Diesel pollution from trucks is 40% of port air pollution. One goal is to ban old trucks from the port so they are replaced with newer, cleaner vehicles. The first step is to conduct a truck count. Volunteers are needed to hang out at Hamilton and Van Brunt to count how many trucks come out of the port and where they go. Contact contact bhkerr [at] gmail [dot].com to help. You can also ask your elected officials to support legislation that will get the neighborhood's air cleaner.
The federal bill is the Clean Ports Act of 2011:
The state bill is Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act:
Fix the Ditch
It's important that we keep up interest with the BQE enhancement project. EDC has done their study and DOT has showed willingness to take some first steps but we must keep the pressure on to get results.
CoWNA is seeking board nominations. Nominate yourself or a neighbor. Email a brief bio to contact [at] cowna [dot] org. Brooklyn Bridge Park is also seeking a new member for its Community Advisory Board.
And in other news… it was reported that a new bicycle repair and rental shop is getting ready to open on Van Brunt Street!
That's the short version, folks. Attend the next meeting of your local neighborhood association to get all the goodness.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Councilmember Brad Lander is looking for volunteers to help improve the service of the B61 bus. Our goal is to find easy ways to speed up the bus line and reduce travel time for those who depend on the B61, especially as the Smith-9th Street station closed for rehabilitation through March, 2012. As the MTA is advising riders to take the B61 bus to the 4th Ave-9th St station as an alternative, we are expecting heavier ridership on the route. By collecting data on B61 performance, Councilmember Lander’s office is seeking to determine what can be done to help improve the speed of the B61.
What We Are Doing We are collecting ridership data to assess:
· The number of riders that use the B61;
· Which bus stops have the highest and lowest ridership;
· Which buses are the most chronically delayed;
· How the closure of the F train is impacting B61 riders’ commute; and,
· Where “bunching” most frequently occurs among buses along the route.
This data will be used by the Councilmember’s office to identify issues with the bus line and recommend possible service changes to help improve the riding experience on the B61 bus.
How You Can Help!
We need volunteers to collect data about the B61, including rider count and bus arrival time, to help us know more about overcrowding and delays along the B61 route. Our office will provide volunteers with the necessary field sheets to record their data. Volunteers will collect data Monday-Thursday, starting July 11 and ending July 28. Morning shifts are 7-9am and evening shifts are 4:30-6:30pm. Thanks for letting me know if you, or other people you might know, would be interested in helping us collect data on the B61!
Feel free to write me an e-mail with the time and days you are available, or by calling me here in the office at 212-788-6969. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Office of Councilmember Brad Lander
212-788-6969 / 718-499-1090