Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Egg Hunt April 8

Kiddos! Get ready for the Fourth Annual Columbia Waterfront Spring Egg Hunt! Babies - 4 year olds hunt in the Urban Meadow, kids 5 and up hunt in the playground. Don't forget to bring a basket. There’ll be baked treats to buy and Urban Meadow t-shirts for sale. Brought to the neighborhood for the fourth year by volunteers with the Urban Meadow garden.

For more information on the Egg Hunt and other events in the Urban Meadow go to

Sunday, April 08, 2012, 10:00AM
Urban Meadow/ Cabrini Playground
Corner of President and Van Brunt Streets
Free admission

Thursday, March 29, 2012

HOME/MADE Damaged in Fire

We were sorry to hear about last week's fire at HOME/MADE on Van Brunt Street. It's a lovely little place and it is run by nice folks who contribute a lot to the Red Hook community. Thankfully no one was hurt, the damage was minor and they think they will only be closed for a couple weeks while they repair the damage. Want to help out? The Red Hook Economic Development Corporation newsletter reported that we can make an online donation at If you have questions or want to make a cash or check donation email

We hope they are back in action soon as we can't go too long without that grilled bread they do at brunch. So, so good...

Summit Street Garden Meeting this Sunday

Interested members and current members are invited to attend a Summit Street Community Garden meeting this Sunday morning. The meeting itself will last about 60 minutes, followed by at least an hour of workday for anyone interested. Anyone who wishes to be a member should attend the entire meeting and will get a walkthrough at the end. Happy gardening!

Sunday, April 01, 2012 11:30AM
Summit Garden, Corner of Summit St and Columbia St

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jalopy Tavern is Now Open!

The Big Time Jalopy Palookaville Tavern and Last Chance Bar and Grill is now open! The owners of Jalopy Theater have been renovating the former Moonshine space next door, and had their soft opening last week. The new floors, booths and tables gleam, and the patio is done up in the trademark Jalopy red lights.

Jalopy Tavern will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 4pm until late. This week they're trying out a different dinner each night starting at 4pm, and in about a week they should have a menu available. So far the kitchen has offered home-style meals like meatloaf and spaghetti and meatballs. Last week a friend and I previewed a dinner of roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans with sliced almonds. We cleaned our plates in no time! Our moms would have been proud to see it. We were glad to hear that the kitchen sources local ingredients, grass-fed meats and poultry and organic produce whenever possible. Congratulations to the Jalopy crew on expanding the Jalopy empire! 
Jalopy Tavern is located at 317 Columbia Street between Woodhull St and Rapeleye St.

Booths built by Mr. Jalopy himself.
Blurry pic of my roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans dinner
Jalopy Tavern patio

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Help Keep Portside NY Open

Portside needs a new home confirmed by 4/30 or they will close and their historic ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN would likely be scrapped.

To help, sign their petition to Mayor Bloomberg here and forward the petition link! (link is 

Portside is a young non-profit organization that run programs to educate the community about waterfront history and promote waterways. Check out their site for more ways you can help!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Free Community Yoga at Element Natural Healing Arts

Just over the highway there is a calm oasis called Element Natural Healing Arts. I recently tried a massage and a yoga class at Element and both were heavenly. Here's a list of holistic therapies they list on their website: acupuncture, herbology, massage, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, Thai bodywork, rolfing, chiropractic, European & Ayurvedic facials and skincare, nutrition, ear candling, reiki, Alexander technique, craniosacral, yoga, meditation, personal training, pilates mat, Tai Chi and martial arts. 

They've recently added a free community yoga class to their schedule and changed the prices of all classes. Drop-ins are now just $12/class, a 6 Class Card is $66 ($11/class; expires 10 weeks)  and a 10 Class Card is $100  ($10/class; expires 15 weeks). Not too shabby.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Urban Meadow Planning Meeting

The Urban Meadow community garden is holding its first planning and membership meeting of the year. Renew memberships or join, get information about the season, help plan events and activities.

The Urban Meadow, on the corner of President and Van Brunt, hosts lots of fun events like jazz concerts, yoga classes, and Easter egg hunts. It's the backyard you always wish you had.

Event: Planning/Membership Meeting for the Urban Meadow Community Garden
Host: Urban Meadow coordinators
Time: Sunday, March 25, 2012 4:00PM
Location: back room of the House of Pizza and Calzone, 132 Union Street.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Grand Opening

You are invited to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative's "grand opening" open house. Event sponsors include: Brooklyn Brewery; Waterfront Wines & Spirits; Nine Cakes and Fairway.

Event: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Open House

Host: Brian McCormick, Meg Fellerath, Milton Puryear
Time: Thursday, March 22, 2012 05:00PM
Location: New Greenway Office
Address: 153 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

RSVP to Brian at 

Screening events coming to Jalopy

ExScEX (Expanded Screening Experience) events will include the projection of a film plus a short, live music, or an activist presentation, or a panel. Each event will have a theme: activism, fashion, or music. 

Two events are coming up at our own Jalopy Theater on March 20 and April 24. The film Vodka Rocks! will have its Kickstarter Premiere at  in Brooklyn on March 20, 7:45. Free to Kickstarter donors and crew & cast,  the screening will be accompanied by a performance by G.R.A.S.S., the ska and reggae band featuring on sax Michael Blake who wrote the score for Vodka Rocks!, a vodka tasting, Twitter competition, and Q&A with director John Rubino, DP James Callanan, Music Composer Michael Blake. 

Jalopy, 315 Columbia St
Tuesday March 20 at 8pm. $10 

The second event's theme is "actitainment." It will look into the expansion of a movement which joins entertainment with performance: adbusters, Yes Men, Reverend Billy, etc. There will be a panel discussion, a band, and a screening. Plus Twitter competition & vodka tasting! April 24, 8pm, also at Jalopy. 

Reverend Billy is a hero of mine (neighborlujah!) so I'll be sure not to miss that one.

Monday, March 12, 2012

New Show Opening at Clayworks

News from Clayworks...

We are excited to announce the first joint exhibition of drawings and sculptures by Bonnie Levine and Naomi Hudson-Knapp on March 24th from 4-8pm. Mark your calendars and join us at Clayworks on Columbia! Preview our work by going to Naomi's blog, 

bonnie levine
naomi hudson-knapp
paper and clay

opening reception
saturday, march 24, 4-8pm

Clayworks on Columbia
195 columbia street
brooklyn, ny 11231

gallery open by appointment or during studio hours
contact bonnie or naomi at or

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Bonnie and Naomi

Monday, March 5, 2012

Parents Needed for Transportation Survey

Transportation Alternatives is NYC's leading advocacy group for pedestrians, cyclists, and mass transit users and they are now beginning a street study comparing Brooklyn neighborhoods, one of which will be the Columbia Waterfront. T.A. is seeking parents for a 15-25 minute survey about themselves, their physical activity, and their neighborhood. Participating families will receive a small gift in appreciation of their time and input. Full details are available by clicking on the  adjacent flyer or contacting Stephanie Kneeshaw-Price,

Meet Your Neighbors NextDoor

There is a new online group for residents of the Columbia Waterfront on Think of it as an online bulletin board and discussion for the neighborhood. Share your experiences with local businesses, hear about local events. It's also a mini-Pennysaver where we can buy and sell things without leaving the neighborhood. 

Go here to join the conversation:

Thanks to Meredith Johnson for getting our NextDoor group started.