Saturday, June 28, 2014

Story time and music at Summit Street Garden Sunday afternoon

Please bring yourselves and your little ones by Summit Street Garden tomorrow from 1:30pm - 2:30pm for story time and music making!

Children's librarian and garden member Andrea Vaughn Johnson (that would be me!) will perform a story time beginning at 1:30pm. Story time will be followed by an interactive music class for the children led by Sesame Street bass player and garden member, Rob Jost. The music class will be suitable for children of all ages.

This will be a very informal event for garden members and our community at large; simply some Sunday neighborhood fun. Bring a blanket and your favorite little ones (and if they have an instrument, bring it along!).

Summit Street Garden
Corner of Columbia St and Summit St
Sunday, June 29 1:30-2:30pm

Monday, June 16, 2014

Local Make Music New York Events

Make Music New York is a free one-day music festival that takes place all over the city on June 21st. Anyone can take part or attend this Do-It-Yourself style festival. The goal is to get as many people outside, making music together, as possible.

There will be over 1,000 events this Saturday, June 21st. You can find the complete listings here, but here are two in Red Hook:

Baked (1-1:45p) 359 Van Brunt St, Red Hook
Enjoy the old-timey sounds of trio Sycamore Hollow comprised of Laurie Woods, guitar, Jeremy Smerd, fiddle, and Deborah Fausch, banjo.

Coffey Park: Park House Plaza (2:15-2:45p) Coffey Park, Red Hook
Dave Lippman performs singalong parodies for human rights and social and planetary survival. Some are challenging, some are singable, all are welcome.

Also, Jalopy Theater is hosting the first annual Make Music New York Porch Stomp on Governors Island from 1:00 – 5:00pm!
With over 30 performances, jams and workshops by artists ranging from bluegrass and old-time to folk and roots, this is a hootenanny you won’t want to miss. Make your way to the porches of Governors Island’s historic Nolan Park, and don’t forget to bring an instrument to play along.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summit Garden Tag Sale June 21

Support one of our local community gardens and find some treasures at the Summer Street Garden Tag Sale June 21 10:00am - 3:00pm. (rain date: Sunday, June 22).

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Donations for the family of Nicholas Soto

We received this message from the office of City Council Member Carlos Menchaca:

We were all affected by the heartbreaking tragedy that unfolded this Monday when fourteen year old Nicholas Soto passed away after being fatally struck by a vehicle as he tried to catch his school bus.

To support the family at this time, Ms. Frances Brown—Tenant Association President for Red Hook East—is coordinating donations at this time.

Donations: If you’re interested in providing support to the family at this time. Please contact Ms. Brown at (718) 765 1682

Jorge Muniz

Office of Council Member Carlos Menchaca | 38th District

Friday, June 6, 2014

Red Hook Jazz Fest at the Urban Meadow June 8 and 15

One of our great local events and organized by residents of the Columbia Waterfront District, the Red Hook Jazz Festival is this Sunday, June 8 at the Urban Meadow Community Garden, 1 pm - 6pm. David Adler, at the Village Voice jazz blog just called it One of the 10 Best Jazz Shows This Month and wrote that "The lineup seems to get better every year at the Red Hook Jazz Festival. These bands have widely varying instrumentation but a shared independent spirit, an ethic as purposeful and rigorous as it is experimental."

The shows will be this Sunday, June 8th and next Sunday June 15. Bring your picnic blankets and your kids and hang out to listen to some of the best music around! There's something for everyone - Time Out NY's listing says the Red Hook Jazz Festival is the "rare music fest that's both family-friendly and cutting-edge"

The Urban Meadow is at the corner of President Street and Van Brunt Streets in Brooklyn. Shows are 1pm-6 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, kids are FREE. For directions to the Urban Meadow go to