Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Brooklyn Collective's Holiday Bazaar

Shop local and find unique gifts handmade by local artists and designers at BROOKLYN COLLECTIVE'S HOLIDAY BAZAAR!

Friday, December 12th at 6:00 PM
Brooklyn Collective 
212 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eat Pie and Shop at PS 29!

Sunday December 7th is PS 29's annual 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 have their faces painted and do crafts.
Sunday December 7, 11am - 4pm

Eat Pie and Shop at Brooklyn’s PS 29
425 Henry Street, between Baltic and Kane

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, Gail Simmons, judge of “Top Chef,” Melissa Clark, food columnist for the New York Times, Kelsey Nixon, Host of Kelsey’s Essentials, Paulette Goto, host of The Cooking Channel'sf Unique Sweets and other kitchen pros will name the best pie of the pie contest. 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: Face painting, crafts and a 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.

For the homeowners out there...

Carroll Gardens Association, Inc. and Investors Bank have partnered together to present to you a free Homeowner Workshop. Join us to learn about refinancing opportunities on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at CGA’s office on 201 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231.

Please RSVP to info@carrollgardensassociation.com with your full name, phone number, and email address.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pumpkin SMASH this week!

Don’t Trash Your Pumpkin! Smash It to Green After Halloween! Until November 7th, the SBCG and the NYC Compost Project invites community members of all ages to bring their jack-o-lanterns and decorative gourds to Pumpkin Smash 2014.

Host: Shannon Mulholland
Time: Saturday, November 01, 2014 12:00PM until Friday, November 07, 2014 12:00PM
Location: South Brooklyn Children's Garden: 204 Columbia St

Two plastic barrels have been setup in front of the garden. Please bring buy your pumpkins, whenever you are free and throw it into one of the barrels.

The barrels will be emptied next week into our reinforced 3-bin compost bin, which will be open for community composting all winter!

New to composting? Here is a cheat sheet to get you started:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Storytime in Summit Garden canceled

Bummer once again. This weekend's weather is not cooperating with outdoor fun. Let's all have a storytime indoors today!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Storytime at Summit Street Garden

Photo from summer storytime at Summit Street Garden
Please join us for one last hurrah in our lovely Summit Street Garden for a Halloween-themed storytime and singalong!

When: Sunday, November 2nd, from 11:00am - 11:45am
Where: Summit Street Garden lawn, corner of Columbia and Summit
Who: Children of all ages and their families are welcome. Come in costume or come as you are. It's free to all! 
You may want to bring a blanket to sit on.

Stories will be read by garden member and Brooklyn Public Library children's librarian Andrea Vaughn Johnson, and music will be led by garden member Rob Jost of Little Folkies and the Sesame Street band! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

South Brooklyn Children's Garden Harvest Festival

So much autumnal fun happening in Columbia Waterfront this month! The South Brooklyn Children's Garden is having their third annual Harvest Festival this Saturday Oct. 25 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. (Rain date Sunday, October 26.) The festival will include pumpkin decorating, crafts, educational tables, hay bale rides, an apple press, and music from the Dad Beats. There will be a pie contest at 12:00, with a winner crowned at 12:30. Bakers are invited to bring pies to be judged by a panel of dignitary judges. The winner will receive a free 2015 garden membership with no watering duties or a case of wine and bragging rights!

South Brooklyn Children's Garden is located at 204 Columbia Street (Corner of Sackett and Columbia Streets)

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. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Summit Street Community Garden at the corner of Summit and Columbia streets will host its second annual Fall Bulb Bake Band Bonanza on Saturday, October 18 from 10 am–4 pm. Buy flower bulbs for your garden while enjoying snacks and music in the community garden. Baked goods and a selection of bulbs—including daffodils, tulips and crocuses—will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the garden. Live music from jazz-rock fusion trio City Samanas begins at 2 pm. Admission is free. The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 19.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grilled Sammy Competition Saturday!

The Amazing Garden is hosting their fourth annual grilled sandwich competition on Saturday, September 20th!

How it works: three chefs compete for the title of best grilled sandwich (meat) and best grilled sandwich (vegetarian).

This year's competitors: Henry Public, Vekslers, and Bar Bruno.

As sandwiches come off the grill, ticketholders get to sample them and vote on which was tastiest.

Entry: $15 (kids are free). It's a fundraiser, and all revenues will be used for maintenance and repairs of one of the most popular community gardens in our part of Brooklyn.

Benefits: continuous delicious food, live music, WNYC's Amy Eddings, friendly faces

Time: 3 pm, Saturday September 20th

Location: The Amazing Garden, at the corner of Carroll St. & Columbia St. in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Collective Party Friday Night!

These soirées are always a good time.

Brooklyn Collective's 10th Anniversary Event
Friday, September 19th 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Brooklyn Collective
212 Columbia Street

Monday, July 14, 2014

Brooklyn Collective Friday Night

Shop the new collection while enjoying cocktails and live music at the Brooklyn Collective Summer Event!

Friday, July 18th at 6:00 PM
Brooklyn Collective
212 Columbia Street , Brooklyn , NY

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Garden Party Fundraiser for Brad Lander Tuesday evening

Neighbor Wylie Goodman shared this invite to a garden party fundraiser for Brad Lander. We here at Word on Columbia Street are big fans of Councilperson Lander and hope some of you can spring for a ticket for this special event.

Here is Wylie's message:
After working for three years for Partnerships for Parks, volunteering with Participatory Budgeting, and becoming more involved with our Community Board, I've come to appreciate what it means to have a Councilperson like Brad Lander on our side as a community. Brad is smart, hard-working, and, most importantly, dedicated to progressive causes and to improving the quality of life of the residents he serves. 
He helped fund the renovation of the DiMattina Dog Run.  He’s long supported the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.  He spearheaded Participatory Budgeting, which allows locals to meaningfully contribute to capital projects for their community.  He’s helped foster the growth of our neighborhood’s small businesses. He’s advocated consistently and diligently for the creation of affordable housing.  And that’s just the beginning. 
On July 15th, there will be a garden party and fundraiser for Brad in honor of his 45th birthday.  Tickets are $100.  I know that may be a lot for some people.  It was for me, too. But in the end, I decided that all politics is local.  And if you want to have a voice in the politics of your community, you need to be at the table with the people who are representing on your behalf. 
If you can afford that amount, please consider attending what should be a truly special event.  And when you register, tell them you were referred by me.  I decided to go a step further and serve on the Host Committee.

Here are details on the event and how to RSVP:

Garden Party to Celebrate the 45th Birthday of City Council Member Brad Lander

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
At the home of Kathleen Gerson and John Mollenkopf

174 Eighth Avenue at Garfield Place

Tickets are $100
$250 Supporter
$500 Sponsor
$1,000 Host
$2,750 Chair

To RSVP please contact Adam Nashban and say you were referred by Wylie Goodman.
(212) 213-2660 Adam@NashbanMansur.com
Online at: http://www.lander2017.com/july15

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Waterfront Museum Red Hook History Puppet Show

SATURDAY & SUNDAY JULY 12,13,19 & 20 at 3 pm.
"Out of the Box" A multi-discipline show using maps, historic images & puppets.
Advance Tickets: Adults $13, kids $10.
Tickets at door: Adults $15, kids $12.

This year, the floating home of the Waterfront Museum turns 100. By following her history, the saga of commerce, transportation and the lives of the people of the working harbor unfold. "Out of the Box" tells the story of this bustling era in NYC history before bridges and tunnels. Based on true stories using maps, models, and puppets, the show aims to entertain and enlighten audiences about what this last-surviving wooden barge carried through the eyes of a barge captain's daughter who grew up on it.

Maritime scholars and almost a dozen old-timers add their oral histories and historical accuracy to the project. The leaders of "Out of the Box" are Deborah Kauffman, a physical actor and puppeteer, Stephen Kaplin director and puppeteer, Alma Sheppard-Matsuo, puppeteer and David Sharps, captain of Lehigh Valley #79 and a former entertainer aboard cruise ships.  

The project is funded in part by the NY Council for the Humanities and the Brooklyn Arts Council NYSCA Regrant Program.


Celebrating Red Hook, Saturday July 12

A lot of fun stuff happening in Red Hook this weekend! Saturday, July 12th from noon to 10 pm there's the Celebrating Red Hook festival, a day of "Music, Art and Red Hook Manufacturing" in Erie Basin Park, behind IKEA. Admission is free!

The Red Hook Star-Revue, South Brooklyn's community newspaper, in collaboration with IKEA and Fairway Markets present "Celebrating Red Hook" featuring over thirty local Red Hook businesses showing off their work. In addition, there will be a stage where a full day of music and dance will be presented. Finally, at dusk, IKEA's annual fireworks display will dazzle the Brooklyn waterfront. All performers live or work in the Red Hook area, and participating merchants and institutions include NY Water Taxi, the Carroll Gardens Association, Red Hook Initiative, Fleisher's Pasture-Raised Meats, Leicht German Kitchen Center, Casa Kids, Art & Anvil Liberty, Fairway, Pitt Cooking Display, Red Hook Winery, and Nat Sherman tobacconists, who operate a pop up store in Red Hook every summer. There will be plenty of sampling as well as items for sale.

Live Music all day featuring:
Noon: Union Street style jam
2 00 pm: Cora Dance, "Common Dances"
2:30 pm: Happs
3:00 pm: The Paisley Fields
4:00 pm: The Chocolate Cuckoo Clocks
5:00 pm: Berst
6:00 pm: Running Thoughts
7:00 pm: The John Baab Trio
8:00 pm Union Band
With Special Guests, Nick Messitte and Jay Tanner

For more information see the Red Hook Star-Revue's website www.star-revue.com. 

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 http://makemusicny.org/summer-schedule/, 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 urbanmeadowbrooklyn.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mixed-meter music in Red Hook Friday night

An Ode to Odd Rhythms (Selective Truths Series at New Amsterdam Records)

Join the Selective Truths series at New Amsterdam Records for an evening of eclectic mixed-meter music. Get your groove on to TIGUE's percussive timbral kaleidoscopes, Balkan party band Tipsy Oxcart's funky Mediterranean madness, and the "avant-prog bumping insect rock" stylings of Cloud Becomes Your Hand. Each group presents a unique take on engaging and complex rhythmic music.

Take the B61 down to Van Dyke \ Van Brunt streets. $10 pay-what-you-can suggested donation.

Tigue presents presents original music through a lens of percussive elements. With inspiration by artistic contemporaries, TIGUE works to generate music that represents their affinity for both pop and the avant-garde. www.tigue.com

Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin’ Balkan music, channeling the spirit of 36 hour weddings to keep the crowds dancing until the sun comes up. Serving up originals and fresh, upbeat arrangements of urban dance tunes, the band deviously infuses the sounds of South-Eastern Europe with elements of jazz, funk, and more. Dig naughty violin solos, atomic accordion grooves, freak-me-out clarinet, and the baddest rhythm section this side of the Mediterranean. A party with Tipsy Oxcart is guaranteed to shake the dance floor all night long! www.tipsyoxcart.com

Cloud Becomes Your Hand is the live manifestation of a recording project started by Stephe Cooper in 2010: "avant-prog bumping insect rock & roll" (or) "a renaissance faire acid trip underwater in grandma's winnebago." www.cloudbecomesyourhand.com

May 23rd. 8:00pm doors 8:45pm start
New Amsterdam Records: 98A Van Dyke St. Brooklyn, NY. 11231.
$10 suggested donation
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/661034033950797

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.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How would you spend one million dollars in our community?

All three of Brooklyn Community Board 6's City Council Members - Hon. Stephen Levin (33rd C.D.), Hon. Carlos Menchaca (38th C.D.) and Hon. Brad Lander (39th C.D.) are giving their constituents an opportunity to determine how to spend $1 million in Capital funds.

If you live in one of these three council districts you are eligible to vote, even if you are not a U.S. citizen. The Columbia Waterfront District is represented by Brad Lander. If you are unsure who your Council Member is, use this online address translator to find out, or call 311.

To learn more about Participatory Budgeting, click here.

All three Council Members are hosting PB Project Exposwhere the public can learn more about the proposed projects:

Hon. Stephen Levin, 33rd Council District:
When: Wednesday, March 19th, 5-9pm
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street

Hon. Carlos Menchaca, 38th Council District:
When: Saturday, March 15th, 12-3pm
Where: Sunset Park Rec Center, 7th Avenue & 43rd Street

Hon. Brad Lander, 39th Council District:
When: Wednesday, March 19th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street

Voting will take place late March through early April.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Help for Sandy-impacted Residents

We got this message from Council Member Carlos Menchaca about resources for Sandy-impacted residents:

Red Hook,

Our community is still rebuilding seventeen months after Hurricane Sandy and I am committed to making sure our neighbors get the resources they need and deserve. In partnership with the NYC Recovery office, I am proud to be sponsoring a workshop to provide comprehensive updates on the Build It Back program.

Here are the details:

NYC Build it Back Program Information Session

P.S 15

71 Sullivan Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Thursday, March 6th 7pm-9pm

As many of you know, NYC Build it Back program offers support for those living in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The Deputy Program Director for Build it Back will be discussing assistance for single and multi-family homeowners.

Representatives from NYCHA will also be available to give updates on planned improvements

Please see the accompanying flyer for complete information.

Carlos Menchaca
Council Member, 38th Council District

Jorge Muniz
Office of Councilman Carlos Menchaca
O: (718) 439-9012 | C: (312) 608-1265

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Columbia Waterfront food pantry

Since having my first child a year ago I find myself not only worrying about the comfort and safety of my child but of all children. I know this is a common thing with parents. It's given rise to many mother activist movements, and it has hit me pretty hard. Late at night, as my baby sleeps, warm and fed, I am kept awake by the thought that there are children who are hungry and cold at that moment. Probably a few blocks away from my apartment. And I wish I could bring over a hot pizza and a space heater, if I only knew how to find them.

Then I remembered the food pantry at the church around the corner. Every Sunday there is a line of people with granny carts who leave with groceries. Even with all the work and baby care I juggle these days, I could manage dropping off a few things around the corner. So I contacted the Reverend Rene Baez at the Christian Pentecostal church on Summit Street. They have been operating the food pantry for over 15 years and are happy to accept donations of food, clothes, school supplies, and bags. Here is a list of what they are seeking this month:

canned goods and other nonperishable food items
baby food
garbage bags
plastic "t-shirt" shopping bags or heavy duty bags to pack the groceries

They are also in need of monetary donations to for expenses to keep the operation going.

Donations can be dropped off at 90-92 Summit Street on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between the hours of 7-10 pm and Sundays between 9am-2:30pm. The church usually receives deliveries on Thursdays and Fridays between 7am-1pm and during those times the church is open to receive any donations as well.

If you are looking for a way to help neighbors who are struggling, this may be an easy way to help. I plan to post an update here monthly to let you know what is most needed. 
 Thank you Rev. Baez for all that you do.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

It's Gonna Be a Love Fest Friday Night

NYC renowned D.J. John Swan will be spinning his magic on Valentine's Day at MikNic Lounge, 200 Columbia St! Come shake a leg, drink some "Love Me Tender" champagne and "Cupid's Arrow" shots and let loose. Share and keep your memories by getting your picture taken at the Valentine's photo booth. Friday at 9:00pm, cover is only $5. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hear New Music in Red Hook

Musician Ben Seretan let us know about a show happening in Red Hook tomorrow night on Van Dyke Street at the home of New Amsterdam Records. Described as happening in Van Dyke Park, this warehouse show is part of a series called Selective Truths, a showcase curated by Matt Evans. Check out their shows and explore new musical territory!

Tomorrow's show features saxophonist David Lackner, smooth FM mutants Blue Jazz TV, and Ben, a singer with "the voice of an angel and sheets of electric guitar waterfalls."

David Lackner: 8PM
Blue Jazz TV: 9PM
Ben Seretan: 10PM

Thursday 1/23 in Van Dyke Park
98A Van Dyke Street in Red Hook between Van Brunt and Richards

Here's the facebook event:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Business Proposed for 257 Columbia Street

Next Monday, January 27th at 6:30pm will be the Community Board Committee Meeting at which locales can comment on the proposed business at 257 Columbia Street. Whoever is interested, I look forward to seeing you there!