Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jalopy to Expand to become Jalopy Tavern!

A message from our friends at Jalopy:

We’d like to let you in on a little secret…
The Jalopy Theatre is expanding. As of two days ago, Jalopy and some of our friends
got our hands on the building next door, and will be expanding into Moonshine Bar!


We’ll keep you posted on our progress. We will invite you all down for a holiday toast.

Also, join us on Sunday for a special blues session led by Pat Conte, Show starts at 7 pm.

And…look for a special trivia question in tomorrow’s email and win a pair of tickets to JALOPY’s 5th Anniversary Party!

Congrats to Geoff, Lynette, and the whole Jalopy team! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Let's get in on this Bike Share!

A bike share station in Barcelona
The city is introducing a bike share and wants to know where the bike share stations should be.

Go to this site to vote for sites in the Columbia Waterfront:

The bike share will be privately operated. Users can rent a bike with a membership card or credit card and return it to any bike share station.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

An incident on the F Train last night

Tonight we received this message from Peter from Just Another Brooklyn Blog:
Hi there, 

I'm trying to get the word out about an incident that happened on the F train last night.  My neighbor was hit on the head in a crowded train.  I would appreciated it if you'd mention it on your blogs.

Granted, the real problem is bystander inhibition, but the cops could have sent an officer to pick up the assailant.  The story is briefly summarized here.     


A few years ago I worked in a neighborhood in Queens where I saw many loud, aggressive teen girls like this one, and there were incidents where they screamed at me and threatened to kill me. Once one of them smacked my coworker in the head in front of the police. I was told that girls like these would cut me with a knife or worse. I left that job as soon as I found a better one.

I have to admit that if I witnessed what happened to our neighbor on the train, I don't think I would be brave enough to say anything. What would you do?


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:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fall Classes at Clayworks on Columbia

Haven't you ever wished you could throw a pot like Demi in Ghost? (Just admit it.) Well fall classes have just begun at Clayworks on Columbia, Inc. Below are the days and dates.

Fall Class Schedule


Thursday evening – 7pm-10pm                  9/8 thru 11/17 (no class 9/29)

Saturday morning - 10am-1pm                  9/10 thru 11/19 (no class 10/8)

Monday morning – 10am-1pm                  9/12 thru 11/21 (no class 10/10)

Wednesday evening – 7pm-10pm             9/14 thru 11/16

Sculpture with Clay

Monday evening -7pm-10pm                   9/12 thru 11/21 (no class 10/10)

For more information about our classes and studio visit

Register now by calling 917 428 3128 or 718 694 9540 or  email Deb directly at

A $50 deposit will be required to hold you place since spaces are limited.

A Simple Memorial at Hamilton and Van Brunt

New Upholstery Class at Brooklyn General

Friends of mine have had great things to say about the sewing classes at Brooklyn General, so I was interested to see that they are adding an Intro to Upholstery class. The five-session $325 course starts Monday, September 12th and runs from 6:30-9 pm. Here's a description:

"In this five-session class, you will learn the methods of professional upholstery for furniture. We will be covering upholstery methods for reupholstery, including basic sewing techniques, working with different densities of foams to create forms, stretching webbing, selecting, stretching, and tacking fabric, and covering finishing methods such as piping, tufting, tacking, and general tricks of the trade. By the first day we will complete an upholstered slip seat by utilizing webbing on frames, and by the end of the class everyone will have completed a small re-upholstery project. Preliminary woodworking, sewing, and general furniture construction skills are not necessary, but be prepared to work with sewing machines and staple guns."

Sign up here. They're also holding a Back to School sale right now -- 30% off all yarn and fabric Sunday September 4th through Sunday September 11th.

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

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Summit Street Community Garden Tag Sale

The Summit Street Community Garden is having a tag sale this Saturday September 10 to benefit the garden.
"Find new & pre-read books (fiction, self-help, cookbooks & more), clothing, jewelry, electronics, assorted home items, baked goods and more. Everything priced to sell!"
Summit & Columbia Sts
9 /10 from 9 am - 2 pm

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Changes on Columbia Street

We're seeing some new businesses opening soon in the Waterfront District, and one sudden and sad closure.

First, the good news.
The long-closed Waterfront Restaurant
space will soon be a new diner called
Water's Edge Diner.

We hope it will be a 24-hour diner!

What WILL be open 24 hours is a new
bagel shop on Summit and Hamilton.
New signage was posted this week and
a neighbor says the opening is imminent.
I also recently passed by the space on Union and Hicks which housed
The Coffee Den (RIP). A few gentlemen were seated around the bar tasting wines, and they told me the bar will have an excellent wine list and will be opening

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And I'm told the space on Columbia St next to Margaret Palca will be a ballet school!

The windows were uncovered last week to reveal the interior. It looks almost ready to open!

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And the sad news. Many of you know that Moonshine's last night will be September 17. The bar's owner wanted to move on. Rumor has it that the new owner plans to keep the space a bar but with a new look and new staff. We will miss the friendly bartenders and unpretentious, friendly community that gathers there. The Columbia Street News wants your stories,  photos, and memories for a tribute they are putting together. Send them to columbiastreetnews <at> gmail <dot> com.

If you have more of a scoop on these openings and closings than I do, please share in the comments.

Monday, September 5, 2011

ClockWorks Puppet Theatre September Performances

Our new local puppet theatre is back with an evening series for grownups and weekend afternoon shows for kids.

Go to for details.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Columbia Street Waterfront Festival this Saturday

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It's time again for the annual Columbia Street Waterfront Festival! The street fair takes over Columbia Street from DeGraw to Union, and  Union Street from Columbia to Hicks. This year’s event features the North Shore Animal League Adoption Trailer, live music, rides, games, and shopping.

Saturday, September 10, 2011 
11:00am to 6:00pm