Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Mary Whalen in Danger

PortSide has been holding a variety of great events and tours on their restored tanker, the Mary Whalen since 2005. They are an organization devoted to the revitalization of Red Hook and our nautical history.

But now The Mary Whalen needs a home confirmed by April 30 or PortSide will close and the ship will be scrapped.  

PortSide asks concerned community members to meet them Monday, February 27 6:30-8:30pm at Long Island College Hospital to get your endorsements, your ideas, and your help joining action committees. 

Meeting Address:
Long Island College Hospital 
339 Hicks Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Corner of Atlantic Avenue & Hicks Street, Brooklyn
Enter from Hicks Street (some raised steps) 

If you can't make the meeting, join PortSide at salty Montero's Baracross Atlantic Avenue from LICH just south of Hicks. They will be there until 10:30pm. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Keep the Columbia Street Post Office Open!

If you've visited our little Post Office on Columbia Street this week you'll know that the USPS plans to close it at the end of March. Owner Rita Farone, who has been running the contracted Post Office for 17 years, is collecting signatures on a petition which she plans to send to the American Postal Workers Union soon.

Carroll Gardens Patch reports that calls to Community Board Six prompted District Manager Craig Hammerman to send a letter to the Postmaster General, asking for the decision to be reversed. He added this advice:
"It may be worth the effort for interested parties to reach out to their federal elected officials to see if they would be willing to intervene on the neighborhood's behalf. I suppose additional letters to the Postmaster General couldn't hurt either."

Here is where to contact our Representatives and Senators to ask for their support!

Contact Congresswoman Nydia Velázques:
Contact Senator Gillibrand:

Send a letter to the Postmaster General: 
Pat Donahoe
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington DC 20260-0010

Want to do more to help? There's some advice here for organizing the community to save a Post Office. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Author Patrick Taylor Appearing at the Carroll Gardens Library Feb 29

 This just in from the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library: 

February 29, Leap Day, is a rare date which occurs just once every four years. Rarer still is a Brooklyn appearance by New York Times bestselling author Patrick Taylor (the “Irish Country” series) – but that’s exactly what’s scheduled for Wednesday, February 29 at 7 p.m. when the author visits the Carroll Gardens branch of the Brooklyn Public Library for a discussion and signing of his novels. It will be the author’s exclusive New York appearance.

 “We are so excited that Patrick Taylor will be visiting not only the library, but Brooklyn for this event,” says Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library secretary and event organizer Diane Saarinen.  “We can only hope our ‘little village’ of Carroll Gardens is half as interesting as the Ballybucklebo that Taylor depicts in his colorful novels.”

Taylor , author of the bestselling An Irish Country Village, A Dublin Student Doctor and more, is also looking forward to the February 29 event: “Although I have visited New York often, I am really looking forward to my first visit to Brooklyn--even if Ebbets Field is gone and the Trolley Dodgers who hired Jackie Robinson in 1947 have long been in LA,” the author says. “And where better to go than a library in a borough that has 58 branches of its Public Library system? I hope what I have to say will be interesting and entertaining.”

Seating is limited and those who wish to attend this exciting event must register for tickets at  A donation of $10 per person at the door is suggested. Signed books will be available for purchase. 

“An Evening with Patrick Taylor” Wednesday,  February 29, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Carroll Gardens Library, located at 396 Clinton Street, on the corner of Union Street, Brooklyn New York. Subways: F and G train to Carroll Street.

About the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library: The Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library was chartered early in 2011 and hosts their book sale fundraiser each May, in addition to organizing dynamic programs at the library. Its goals are to support the library by helping to make the Carroll Gardens branch a hub of the community with programs for children, youth and adults all year round. Visit their website at, friend them on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter at