Showing posts with label Urban Meadow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Urban Meadow. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

11th Annual Halloween Party and Parade

It's back! The annual Columbia Waterfront Halloween Party and Parade will be on Saturday, November 1st from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Mother Cabrini Playground on President Street. The Underground Horns will lead the costume parade around the block and there will be face painting, treats for sale, and other surprises. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Urban Meadow Membership Meeting - 4/6/14

You know Spring is in full swing when it is time to sign up or renew your membership at our local Urban Meadow.

As always, the Urban Meadow provides a peaceful and enjoyable spot in our community. But joining gives you the opportunity to help dig in, beautify and maintain a gem in our neighborhood. Membership is a paltry $25/year per household and membership requires a monthly gardening committment as well as a few other various requirements to keep the meadow functioning.

According to their website - two opportunities to renew or join are offered below:

The First Spring Membership meeting: Sunday, April 6, 1 PM - The House of Pizza and Calzone, 132 Union Street bet. Hicks and Columbia

The First Spring Garden Clean Up will be Sunday, April 13 10 AM-12 PM at the Urban Meadow (President St at Van Brunt) - there will be another meeting and orientation after the clean up from 12:30-1:30.

More info on how to join the Urban Meadow and membership committments can be found here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2013

The 6th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival comes back to our neighborhood at the Urban Meadow on June 9th and June 16th. Plenty of time for you to save the date and come out and enjoy not only the beautiful weather and the company of our lovely neighbors, but some wonderful sounds they have lined up for us.

Here are the details, but be sure to check back ( to ensure they haven't changed it up:



WHERE: in the Urban Meadow - on the corner of President & Van Brunt streets

HOW MUCH: $10.00 per day & kids are FREE

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 from 1pm - 6pm

Ben Street - bass
Adam Roger - guitar
Seamus Blake - sax
Clarence Penn - drums

Fay Victor – voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – guitar, effects
Ken Filiano – bass, effects

Willie Martinez - drums & vocals
Misha Tsiganov - keyboards
Jennifer Vincent - bass
Renato Thoms - percussion
J. Walter Hawkes - trombone
Maximilian Schweiger - baritone saxophone

Peter Epstein - soprano & alto sax
Ralph Alessi - trumpet
Tony Malaby - tenor sax (maybe)
Josh Roseman - trombone
James Carney - acoustic & electric piano
Chris Lightcap - bass
Mark Ferber - drums

Adam Kolker - sax
Andy Gravish - trumpet
Jeremy Manasia - piano
Carlo De Rosa - bass
Al Street - guitar
Richi James De Bonis - drums

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 from 1pm - 6pm

Rob Mosher - soprano sax & clarinet
Micah Killion - trumpet
John Marcus - violin
Stephanie Nilles - piano
Andrew Small - bass and fiddle

Kris Davis - piano
Ralph Alessi - trumpet
Ingrid Laubrock - sax
Tom Rainey - drums

Jon Irabagon- alto sax
Jonathan Moritz- tenor sax
Alexis Marcelo- piano / keyboard
Peter Bitenc- bass
Mike Pride- drums

Brandon Seabrook - guitar
Hagar Benari - bass
Allison Miller - drums

Loren Stillman - sax
Nate Radley - guitar
Gary Versace - keyboards/nord
Ted Poor - drums

Paul Kogut - guitar
Drew Gress - bass
Vinnie Sperrazza - drums

*RHJF is sponsored by the

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Bring your kids down to the cutest neighborhood egg hunt around - the Columbia Waterfront District's Annual Spring Egg Hunt. To accommodate more kids at this popular event, babies to age four will hunt for eggs in the Meadow and kids five and up will be in next door Mother Cabrini Playground. There'll be baked treats, and Urban Meadow t-shirts! So bring your baskets and don't be late. Those eggs go fast!

WHEN: Sunday, March 31 10 AM -12 noon
WHERE: Urban Meadow community garden and Mother Cabrini playground, corner of President and Van Brunt Streets. Contact with any questions. 

Urban Meadow Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Urban Meadow on President Street is hosting two membership meetings soon for the next season! Check out their blog to see all the perks of membership.

Saturday March 9 at 3:00 downstairs at the Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street on the corner of Union, and Sun March 17 at 3:00, at the House of Pizza and Calzone at 132 Union Street. They'll be talking about fees, membership rights and responsibilities, and plans for the season. If you wish to renew your membership or become a new member, please make sure to attend one of the meetings.

Write to the coordinators at with any questions.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Red Hook Jazz Festival June 10 and 17

Celebrating its fifth anniversary presenting the most forward-thinking musicians and composers in modern jazz, the Red Hook Jazz Festival, produced by big bang productions, will take place this year at its usual location, the Urban Meadow in Red Hook on two consecutive Sundays, June 10 and June 17 starting at 1 PM. Both days are sponsored as in years past by both the Urban Meadow and the venerable House of Pizza & Calzone which has also provided food and drinks for festival goers for many years. A suggested donation of $10 per adult per day for each day of the festival will be requested, and all children will be admitted free of charge.

[Update 5/10: The festival has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Contribute here: - ]

e Red Hook Jazz Festival prides itself on being a homegrown jazz festival featuring an amazing line-up of mostly local talent. Where other festivals rely on corporate sponsorships and donations, the RHJF is an all-volunteer event proud to support a wide variety of superb figures in NYC jazz, both young and old. The RHJF has truly developed a tradition of presenting great music with a laid back vibe, an outdoor setting, and a strong family-friendly focus, while striving to develop the next generation of jazz audiences.

Details, event schedule and directions follow below. For up to date announcements on the RHJF, visit: and the Urban Meadow's website: For more information about the Red Hook Jazz Festival and/or big bang productions, please contact Mike Golub at:917-751-9347 or golub.mike [at ]


Max Johnson Trio
Max Johnson, bass
Kirk Knuffke, trumpet
Jeff Davis, drums

The Flail
Dan Blankinship, trumpet
Stephan Moutot, saxophone
Brian Marsella, piano
Reid Taylor, bass
Matt Zebroski, drums

Nick Gianni's Evolution
Nick Gianni, saxophones, flute
Rick Bottari, keyboards
On Ka'a Davis, guitar
John Trent, bass
Dalius Naujo, drums

Hot Cup Chili Pepper 7 (aka: Mostly Other People Do the Killing + 3)
Peter Evans, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, saxophones
Dave Taylor, trombone
Brandon Seabrook, banjo
Ron Stabinsky, piano
Moppa Elliott, bass
Kevin Shea, drums

Travis Sullivan's BJORKESTRA
Travis Sullivan, saxophones
Shayna Steele, vocals
Ian Cook, laptop
Sean Nowell, tenor sax
Lauren Sevian, baritone sax
Ravi Best, trumpet
Eli Asher, trumpet
Alan Ferber, trombone
Andy Hunter, trombone
Art Hirahara, piano
Yoshi Waki, bass
Joe Abbatantuono, drums


Rick Parker Collective
Rick Parker, trombone
Yayoi Ikawa, keyboards
John O'Gallagher, saxophone
Sean Conly, bass
Ziv Ravitz, drums

Harris Eisenstadt's Canada Day Octet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Matt Bauder, saxophone
Chris Dingman, vibraphone
Garth Stevenson, bass
Ray Anderson, trombone
Jason Mears, alto saxophone
Joe Daley, tuba

Andy Hunter, trombone
Dan Loomis, bass
Justin Wood, saxophone
Danny Fischer, drums

Nate Wooley Quintet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Matt Moran, vibes
Eivind Opsvik, bass
Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Mike Baggetta Quartet
Mike Baggetta, guitar
Jason Rigby, saxophone
Eivind Opsvik, bass
George Schuller, drums

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Plant Sale in the Urban Meadow Today

Coreposis Creme Brulee will be one of the perennials available at the sale
It's a beautiful day for a plant sale at the Meadow! The Urban Meadow's plant sale will help you beautify your yards, window boxes and tree pits. 

It's today, May 5 from 11 AM - 3:30 (note the time change from 10 AM). 

The Urban Meadow folks say, "Kids can also come pick up plants and a pot for Mother's Day to decorate as a gift - if mom loves lavender or herbs, they'll be selling those along with beautiful annual and perennial flowers (and new Urban Meadow t-shirts)."

The Urban Meadow is on the corner of President and Van Brunt Streets. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Urban Meadow CSA 2012 Season Beginning Soon

The bounty of  last year's first pickup + eggs!
Last year from June through October my household received super-fresh and organic vegetables and fruit every week direct from a Pennsylvania farm. It was our first time taking advantage of a Community Supported Agriculture program (or CSA) and we are excited for the new season.

This year the season will start on June 2 and will end October 27. A full share is $525 for the season and volunteering for one morning to help with the pickup. (You can make arrangements on your own with a neighbor to split the cost of a full share, but you both have to work a pickup shift.) Pickups will be at the Urban Meadow on President and Van Brunt every Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm and offer a wide selection of vegetables from week to week. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 18.

We'll get our veggies from the same farm as last year, Ant Hill Farm, located in Honesdale, PA. ( Check out their site to see gorgeous photos of the farm, learn about their methods and the produce they offer, and events for CSA members like tours, music festivals, canning workshops.

If you're interested in becoming a member or have any questions, email Also check out

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Coming up at the Urban Meadow

Good times ahead! Here are the upcoming events at the Urban Meadow.

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

Sunday October 30 9th Annual Columbia Waterfront Halloween Party and Parade
10 AM - 1 PM
More details on the Urban Meadow blog:

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Super Sonic Kindie Music Fest September 24

Mark your calendars for this music fest for kids! Sounds super fun.

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

Monday, July 4, 2011

Beautiful Veggies

This summer I joined a CSA group for the first time. The Urban Meadow partnered with Just Food to provide fresh produce direct from a local farm. We've also been getting eggs and there has been talk of cheese and coffee. Here are my photos from the first pickup day two Saturdays ago.

For more information check out the Urban Meadow Community Supported Agriculture program site.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sat, April 23rd - 3rd Anunual Egg Hunt at the Urban Meadow

Join us for our biggest hunt yet!

100 eggs and 2 hunting grounds:
- For little ones (0 to 4), the hunt will take place at the Urban Meadow
- For big kids (5 and up), the hunt will be next door, at Mother Cabrini Park

Both hunts will start promptly at 10:30, so get your basket and be on time!!

After enjoy some baked goods, coffee and face painting.

This free event is open to all and brought to you by the members of the Urban Meadow, local businesses and neighbors like you. Thank you!

The Meadow is located at the corner of President and Van Brunt streets.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

4th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival in the URBAN MEADOW

Once again the Urban Meadow will be hosting the Red Hook Jazz Festival in June 2011. This is the fourth year of a homegrown jazz festival featuring an amazing line-up of mostly local talent. When we say local we mean they mostly live and work in NYC but these musicians regularly play all over the country and the world - and we love that they also play in their own backyard. The RHJF is known for great music, a laid back vibe, an outdoor setting, and family friendly good times. Adults pay $5 for 5 hours of music each day and kids are free.
Come out for two days of musical fun in the sun. Link to the Urban Meadow website for complete details on this and other activities at the Meadow this year.

Sunday, June 12 1PM - 6 PM
pete barr (drums), nick gianni (baritone sax & flute), welf dorr (alto sax), cavassa (bass), ibrahiim muhamad (percussion)
vinnie sperrazza (drums), matt blostein (sax), jacob garchik (trombone), geoff kraly (electric bass)
james westfall (vibraphonist), dan loomis (bassist), jared schonig (drummer)
andrea wolper (vocals), ken filiano (bass), michael howell (guitar), michael T.A. thompson (drums)
jeff newell (sax), isrea butler (trombone), dan peck (tuba), brian woodruff (drums)

Saturday, June 18 - 1PM - 6 PM
michael atias (sax), john h├ębert (bass), satoshi takeishi (percussion)
stephane wrembel (guitar), koran hasanagic (guitar), richard lee (percussions), ari folman cohen (bass)
oscar noriega (alto sax/clarinet/bass clarinet), kirk knuffke (cornet), jon goldberger (guitar), matt pavolka (bass), jeff davis (drums/compositions)
josh sinton (sax), jon irabagon (sax), jonathan goldberger (guitar), peter bitenc (bass), mike pride (drums)
ingrid laubrock (sax), tom rainey (drums), dan peck (tuba)

For up to date announcements on the RHJF, visit Facebook/ For directions to the Urban Meadow go here

Image above from the Urban Meadow blog

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Urban Meadow CSA registration is open for the 2011 season!

The Urban Meadow Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) is pleased to announce share availability for the 2011 season, which will run from the first Saturday in June through the last Saturday in October. If you're interested, please hurry and get in contact, because we expect slots to fill up quickly!

The cost of a share is $450 for the season and includes a delivery of vegetables each week from Ant Hill farm. Please note that a small number of subsidized shares are available. Inquire about membership or any other details using the links and information below.

Check out the new Urban Meadow CSA website here for more information.

The membership flyer link, including contact info, is here

Info on our partner farm is here

The new Urban Meadow CSA twitter account is here

And finally, more info on CSAs can be found here at Just Food's website

Friday, August 27, 2010

Red Hook Jazz Festival at the Urban Meadow - Sept 19 - 12 to 6

Ideal Bread plays the music of Steve Lacy
josh sinton - baritone saxophone kirk knuffke - cornet

Marco Cappelli Trio
Marco Cappelli – guitar Ken Filiano - bass

Satoshi Takeishi - percussions

Ben Perowsky Trio

Chris Speed - saxiphone Ben Street - bass

Paul Kogut & Sheryl Bailey guitar duet

Willie Martinez La Familia Sextet


Dan Loomis Quartet

$5.00 per adult/Free for Kids

The Urban Meadow is located at the corner of President St and Van Brunt St

For more info go to:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yoga at the Urban Meadow

Yoga at the Meadow
June & July 2010

All classes begin at 7 pm
(pay-as-you-will donation to the instructor)

The sun setting on the New York harbor, the majestic cranes, and the soft grass...

June 17, June 24, June 28, July 5, July 26

Don't forget your bug spray!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It's coming! Red Hook Jazz Festival - June 13th and 20th

Save the date - The Red Hook Jazz Festival is coming up in the Urban Meadow June 13th and June 20th from 1 PM- 5 PM both days. Suggested admission at the door is $5 for adults, kids are free. (All proceeds go to support the Urban Meadow garden and activities)

It will be two days of great music on the Columbia Street Waterfront, right under the cranes in a beautiful outdoor spot. Many of the musicians who'll be playing the RHJF live in Brooklyn - from Carroll Gardens to Park Slope to Ditmas Park, Brooklyn is represented (and there will even be a few guests from Manhattan!)

This is the line-up for the RHJF - see the Urban Meadow website for more information about the shows and the Urban Meadow including directions

Sunday, June 13th 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Dave Sewelson's BQE with Bobby Radcliff, David Hofstra & Richard Dworkin

Welf Dorr with Tom Zlabinger, Dalius Naujo & On Davis

Nick Gianni's Evolution with Rick Botari, On Davis & Dalius Naugo

SPOKE with Andy Hunter, Justin Wood, Danny Fischer & Dan Loomis

Sunday, June 20th 1:00pm – 5:00pm

James Carney with Tony Malaby, Chris Lightcap, Dan Weiss

Chris Lightcap with Tony Malaby, Chris Cheek, Craig Taborn & Gerald Cleaver

Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors with Jonathan Goldberger, Mike Gamble, John Ellis, Alan Ferber & Ches Smith

Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day with Nate Wooley, Matt Bauder, Chris Dingman & Eivind Opsvik

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's Official: The Urban Meadow has its own site!!!

Up until now, the Urban Meadow has never had its own website - instead functioning through posts on this blog, facebook, and myspace. The time has now come for it to get a site of its own. Check it out to see more in depth posts about all things Meadow related, including events, pictures, programming, membership information, and much more!

While you can still expect to see posts here announcing events and such, you can always get more information from that site. For example, the recap and pictures of last weekend's Folk Festival on the new UM website are much more detailed. Here's just one example:

The full Folk Fest recap is here and a live video of one of the performers is here

The OFFICIAL Urban Meadow site is here