Thursday, April 12, 2018

2018 Participatory Budgeting - Voting Open

PBNYC - Voting Now Open

Though not a lot on the ballot for our neighborhood this year, the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden is on the ballot for funding Solar Panels for the garden and PS 146 (along with 2 other schools) is also looking for funds for a coordinator in order to accomplish their Outreach Plan for Elementary School Diversity. 

Nonetheless, there are plenty of other worthy projects on the list this year. Check out what is on the ballot here

Voting is open to anyone 11 years of age and older even if they haven't registered, as long as they live in District 39 and they made it very easy to Vote Online, as well as, giving locations to vote in person. 

Voting Ends Sunday.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

S.A.F.E. Disposal Event - April 8th

Spring Cleaning? Disposal event - April 8th

April 8th from 10am to 4pm the NYC Department of Sanitation will be holding a S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics) Disposal Event at Prospect Park Park Circle, corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW. 

So take the time to start your spring cleaning and pull out all those dusty cans and items that have been hanging around! They say you can bring a variety of items such as: 

  • Automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and batteries
  • Personal care items like unwanted medicines or cosmetics
  • Thermometers
  • Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container)
  • Household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, compact fluorescent lightbulbs
  • Electronics – check the list of items that are considered electronics
The Dept of Sanitation has a more complete list here

Be sure to bring ID though, as this is only for NYC residents and for NYC residential waste!


  • Appliances (Appliances with CFC/Freon (refrigerators, air conditioners & dehumidifiers): Contact 311 to make an appointment for CFC removal, then recycle curbside. 
  • Household Appliances: Remove batteries and recycle curbside. (Alternatively, for small working household appliances consider taking them to the Downtown Brooklyn Stop 'N' Swap on April 19th)
  • Tires: Bring back to businesses that sell them, bring to a DSNY Household Special Waste Drop-Off Site, or to any DSNY garage.

Refer to:

Volunteers Needed - Billion Oyster Project

Billion Oyster Project - Volunteers Needed

Billion Oyster Project is looking for volunteers - do you have a flexible schedule to help out?

Their 2018 Public Volunteer Season is now open and accepting applications. Volunteer days are every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am on Governor's Island.

Volunteers must be 13 years or older and will help build wire mesh reef structures, oyster cages, wash and prepare recycled shells, maintain the oyster nursery, monitor oyster reefs and more.

#restoreourharbor #governorsisland #billionoysterproject

And for those interested, here is an Ask Me Anything thread with an ecologist, Dr. Liz Burmester, with the Billion Oyster Project. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

5th Annual Red Hook Prom - Saturday May 6th

Cora Dance presents the 5th ANNUAL RED HOOK PROM - UNITED IN LOVE

What: A throwback prom for adults sponsored by Elements Hair Studio
When: Saturday, May 6th from 7pm - MIDNIGHT
Where: South Brooklyn Community High School
             173 Conover St in Red Hook, Brooklyn
How Much: Tickets are $100 or pay-what-you-can

Begun in 2013 as a much needed, community wide spirit lifter following Hurricane Sandy, the Red Hook Prom has brought together more community members, fly moves, sassy outfits and love than any other Cora event over the past five years. 2017 is RHP's 5th Anniversary and this dance party, and silent auction for grown-ups, supports the pay-what-you-can dance programs of Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance.
The evening is sponsored by and features a beauty station by Elements Hair Studio, performances by Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance students and professional dancers, a silent auction, and a photo booth by MVS Studios. Libations and snacks are provided by local Red Hook favorites - spiked punch and wine from dry dock and beer from Sixpoint Brewery.

Cora Dance is a small non-profit dance company and school that has been located in Red Hook for eight years. All of the dance programs and performances we offer are pay-what-you-can, providing all residents of the Red Hook community with access to dance experiences. Our mission: Through its company, studio and school, Cora creates exceptional dance experiences while addressing the impediments that restrict individuals from accessing the art form. Cora fosters common ground among diverse people, allowing all involved — artists, students, audiences and community members — to connect more deeply with one another through the arts. For more information about Cora, visit

Monday, October 10, 2016

Rummage Sale and Recycling Event at PS 29


Cobble Hill rummage sale and electronic and textile (clothes and shoes only) recycling event at PS29 schoolyard (425 Henry St) on Sunday, October 23 ​from​ 11am ​until​ 4pm. 

The Rummage Sale Flyer touts $1 for all items!

Sheet Drive for Haiti Extended


Update: The Sheet Drive for Haiti's hurricane victims has been extended through the weekend. You are welcome to drop off today, Thursday or Friday or over the weekend at the Brooklyn Workshop Gallery (393 Hoyt between 2nd and 3rd).

Today, the Brooklyn Workshop Gallery on Hoyt Street in Red Hook will be gathering both FLAT sheets (used ok as long as they are clean) as well as feminine hygiene products for Haiti from 2pm to 9pm. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Free Movie Night - King Kong (1931)


The Backyard Garden will be showing King Kong (1931 Version) this Saturday, July 23rd at 8:30pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and your popcorn and ENJOY!!



Yesterday, the de Blasio Administration and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced that one of the 21 Citywide Ferry Service's stops will be located at Atlantic Basin. The Red Hook Ferry Landing will be on one of five routes, the South Brooklyn route, that are due to start launching next summer, with all routes expected to be fully operational by Summer 2018.

Fares will be equal to the price of one subway ride, $2.75, with free transfers to any other ferry route within the system. The Mayor's office estimates the ferry service will generate at least 155 new jobs in the New York Harbor.

Links to details and more info below. 

More info:

Job opportunities:

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Sunday, December 6, 11am to 4pm
425 Henry Street between Baltic and Kane

Come out on Sunday, December 6th for PS 29's Eat Pie and Shop holiday event. Enjoy delicious homemade pies, enter a celebrity judged pie contest, shop more than 30 artisans at the gift fair, have your child’s portrait taken professionally, and hang out while your kids do crafts.

It’s a holiday tradition and the more, the merrier!

•      Pie Social: Taste delicious homemade and premium pies for $5 a slice or 5 for $20. Both sweet and salty options, so come for lunch and desert.

•      Celebrity-judged pie contest:  At 2pm Paulette Goto, host of The Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets, Gia Giasullo, cofounder of Brooklyn Farmacy, Pat Moncure of Pat’s Pies, Nicholas Morgenstern of Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, and other kitchen pros will name the best pie of the pie contest. Come taste the winning pie.

•      Artisan Holiday Gift Fair: Take care of your holiday shopping while the kids do crafts. More than 30 of Brooklyn’s best artisans are selling their wares, including jewelry, clothing and beautiful paper products as well as books and classic toys from fork + pencil.

•      Children's Crafts and Activities: Make holiday cards, picture frames and enter a vote in the Kids Choice pie contest of kid baked pies. Your kids will have a blast!

•      Professional Portrait Studio: You can get a beautiful portrait of your child/children taken during the event. $30 for one high-resolution image which you can print, email, gift to grandparents, etc.

•      Toys for Tots:  U.S. Marines will be on hand to pick up all donations of holiday gifts.

All proceeds go to PS 29 programs. For more information, contact or visit

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Fifth Annual Grilled Sandwich Competition at the Amazing Garden!

Next Sunday, 9/20, The Amazing Garden at the corner of Carroll St. and Columbia St. will host its fifth annual grilled sandwich contest fundraiser! All proceeds go to support the garden.

This year's contest will feature chefs from Egg, Strong Place and Jalopy Tavern. Tickets are $15 (kids free!) and attendees will get to sample 6 sandwiches, enjoy live music, and vote for their favorite chefs - MC'ed by NY1's Roger Clark.

Hope to see you there!