Friday, April 26, 2013

New trivia night at The Roebling Inn

The Roebling Inn on Atlantic Ave is starting a new trivia night on Monday (4/29) at 8pm. If they get a good turnout, they plan to keep it going once a month. The hosts say this trivia night will stand out. "No annoyingly specific categories and way too difficult questions allowed! Our trivia rounds will be clever and fun." The winning team will get a $50 bar tab and there will be other free beers given away throughout the evening. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brooklyn’s Waterfront Development: A Discussion May 10th

Ever want to know more about our waterfront? Join Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center as they offer a chance to delve into how it runs and what has changed and what will change in a breakfast talk with Richard Bearak, Director, Land Use, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office on May 10th from 8:30am to 10:00am at CityTech (CUNY): 300 Jay Street, Room N119.

Eventbrite - Breakfast Talk

While the event is free, reservations are required. More info can be found on Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center's website.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A new CSA in town...

From the El Poblano Farm website
El Poblano Farm CSA will have a weekly pickup on Tuesday evenings in the Columbia Waterfront! They are a "beyond organic" farm in Staten Island. Can't get much more local than that! Here are the details and how to join:

SEASON: 20 weeks for the season starting June 1st. We will run for 22 weeks to give share holders a option of skipping 2 weeks any time. We will not keep track of individual member's pick-up and will leave it as an honor system since we are a community group.

FEES: $490 for a full share, $280 for half a share. Full payment due April 15th. Go to to sign up.

New Amsterdam Market, Manhattan
South Street Seaport
Saturdays 9am to 3pm

Socrates Sculpture Park
3205 Vernon Blvd
Astoria, Queens
Saturdays 9am to 3pm

Brooklyn Pick-up (Columbia Waterfront)
106 Union ST
Columbia Waterfront District, Brooklyn
Tuesdays 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Worm Festival at South Brooklyn Children's Garden

Come one, come all to the Worm Festival on Saturday, April 20th at the new South Brooklyn Children's Garden on the corner of Columbia Street and Sackett Street. Bring your compost-able items to feed to the "wormies" and enjoy the festivities:

Activities will include:
Arts& crafts activities for kids
Music provided by The Dads Beats- with songs about worms and gardens!
Compost drop off
Bake sale and lunch
Book reading – worm-related books will be read to the kids


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring pottery classes at Clayworks

Clayworks on Columbia Street is registering for spring classses:

Wheel/handbuilding sessions:
Monday am May 6 thru July 15 no class 5/27
Wednesday pm April 24 thru June 26
Thursday pm April 18 thru June 20
Saturday am April 20 thru June 29 no class 5/25

Monday evening sculpture class May 6 thru July 15 no class 5/27

All morning classes are from 10 am to 1 pm
All evening classes are from 7 pm to 10 pm

Our classes include 3 hours of instruction per week & unlimited open studio time during our scheduled open studio hours.

For more info or to register for a class please email or call 718 858 9256 or 917 428 3128

Monday, April 8, 2013

Red Hook Prom Fundraiser

ok now this sounds really fun... 

Saturday, May 11 is the Red Hook Prom!
For more information, email Katie Dean at kdean (at) or call 718-858-2520

A Benefit for Cora Dance
Saturday, May 11 at 7pm
at South Brooklyn Community High School, 173 Conover Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Tickets $100 or pay-what-you-can (suggested minimum: $20)
Voluntarily produced by home/made

Fasten your corsage, put on your dancing shoes, and come celebrate the start of summer and show the invincible Red Hook the love (and party) it deserves. On Saturday, May 11 at 7pm, Red Hook, Brooklyn is having a prom like you’ve never seen. Come to South Brooklyn Community High School at 173 Conover Street, walk up to the gym and help us celebrate this amazing neighborhood.

The event, voluntarily produced by Red Hook’s own home/made (a restaurant and catering company), features delicious food, punch (spiked, just like we remember), sweet tunes by DJ Body Rock (yes, you read correctly) spinning 80’s jams and requests, dance lessons from Cora Dance pros, a photo booth, the knighting of Prom King and Queen- nominations are local "celebrities" including Dana Athens, Stella Dora, Reg Flowers, Solomon Goodwin among others, and many more surprises!!!

The evening’s performances include excerpts of Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance’s newest work "Bench" (with dancers Solomon Goodwin and Sarah Burke) part of a larger work to premiere in Spring 2014 in Red Hook.

In addition to performances, the evening will include a silent auction, with beginning bids ranging from $5 up to several hundred. Items include tickets to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, spa packages, classes for kids and adults, vacation packages to the Berkshires and Disneyworld, and much much more!

The Red Hook Prom is the annual gala benefiting Cora Dance, a vital arts organization keeping Red Hook strong. We hope you will join us. All the proceeds of the evening go to support our 7 days a week of pay-what-you-can dance classes for ages 4 to 94+, as well as supporting the development of Red Hook’s first studio theater where the community can see our work, the work of other community artists and beyond.

So doubleknot your scrunchie, tighten your bowtie, and help us celebrate a neighborhood that just won’t quit!

Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $100 (suggested minimum $20) and can be purchased online at or at the door.

Table reservations for companies or groups- COOL KIDS’ TABLE for $1000: A limited number of seated prom tables will be available. Tables seat six and include VIP entry, commemorative table photos, and corsages/boutonnieres.

For more information, email Katie Dean at kdean [at], call 718-858-2520 or

Preliminary Results in for Participatory Budgeting

The preliminary results are in for our district's (District 39) participatory budgeting vote. A whopping 2,812 votes for our district was a new PBNYC record! Here are the prelim winners:

1) Tech - PS 230 ($180,000)
2) Bathrooms - PS 58 ($110,000)
3) Computers - Carroll Gardens/Windsor Terrace libraries ($75,000)
4) Safety Improvements - Church Ave ($300,000)
5) Tech - PS 179 ($115,000)
6) Green Corridor - 3rd Street ($170,000)
7) Safety Improvements - Hicks Street ($350,000)

Here is a link to the sample ballot & Brad Lander's announcement.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cast your vote for neighborhood projects!

New York City Council member Brad Lander wants to spend 1 million dollars on neighborhood projects for the 39th district and he wants our input! There are at least two projects on the table that will directly impact the quality of life for residents in the Columbia Waterfront District. Community members are asked to vote for their preferred project and the voting is happening at Brad Lander's office from April 2nd - 4th and at community locations on April 6th-7th including the Carroll Gardens Library on April 6th from 12pm - 7pm. Please follow the link below for more information on the voting locations and the projects proposed.

The projects proposed in our neighborhood include a community/green plaza at the intersection of Van Brunt & Hamilton and a pedestrian safety initiative which would make it safer for pedestrians crossing Hicks from the foot bridge. Take a few minutes and cast your vote!

Summit Street Community Garden Spring meeting Sunday

Summit Garden March 2012
One of our local community gardens is getting ready for the 2013 season with a meeting on Sunday morning. Summit Street Community Garden, on the corner of Summit and Columbia, has friendly members and fun events and parties. Here's the info:

Summit Street Community Garden will hold the first meeting of the season this Sunday, April 7th at 11 a.m. Current garden members and interested community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

On the agenda:
Welcome new members
Treasury report
Gardening, maintenance and work days
Open hours
Box usage, membership, Green Thumb info
Job sign-up
Anything else that needs discussing

The meeting will be followed by an optional work day and walk through for new members. Looks like the weather will be beautiful! We look forward to spending some of it together in such a calming and beautiful space. See you there!