The seven members of the New Moon All Stars Party Band, a group based in Crown Heights, have some serious musical chops. The pianist has played with and composed scores for major contemporary dance companies. The percussionist is the former drummer and backing vocalist for ‘90s psychedelic rock band Hopewell. The cellist has a Master’s degree in cello performance and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Their influences are as varied as their musical backgrounds, with a repertoire that includes Brazilian bossa nova, jazz and Motown classics. But it’s not for everyone. Men aren’t allowed to watch them perform, and…
Rising rents in a gentrifying neighborhood forces small businesses to shutter; it’s a recurring story throughout New York City. But while the economics of gentrification and its impacts on small businesses are often talked about, there’s a different kind of story playing out on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. Tabeel Rush, owner of Tabeel Aromatherapy, is leaving after twenty-one years not because of the rent, but because the culture of the neighborhood has changed too much. Rush, 60, is originally from Grenada, and first came to Park Slope in 1982. She opened her business in December of 1996 on the corner of 5th Avenue and St. Marks Street. The neighborhood was different then. “Most of the businesses …
On Sept. 13, Community Board 2 of Brooklyn overwhelmingly approved a $10.5-million-dollar plan by the Parks Department to renovate the northwest entrance of Fort Greene Park. It is the kind of investment that most neighborhoods would welcome, yet around Fort Greene, the plan sparked opposition that was only resolved when city officials made a concentrated effort to meet community leaders and citizens halfway. Fort Greene, it seems, doesn’t take changes to its beloved park lightly. Last year, after a formal nomination process, Fort Greene Park was awarded a grant via Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $50 million dollar Parks…
Axel Hedman-Designed Bed Stuy Corner Limestone Overflowing With Details Asks $2.75 Million Here’s an interesting investment property: a sprawling, Axel Hedman-designed 1899 Bed Stuy house with nine units and a storied past. A four-story corner house with a bowed front, it’s at 139 Bainbridge Street, in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District. _ Four… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Creative Family Makes a Colorful Brooklyn Home appeared first on Brownstoner.
Fashion and Garment Industry Companies Speak Out as Politicians Spar With its whoopee pies and $18 cups of coffee, the 40,000-square-foot food hall will remind some visitors of Chelsea Market. In one corner is a stand boasting to be “the world’s first avocado bar,” selling smoothies, salads, and toasts. Down the hall, a “whole animal salumeria” makes sandwiches like pork pate and bacon with kimchi, cilantro, and red onion mayonnaise. At the taqueria, two small tacos and a bottle of water cost $9.12, which may seem high, but it’s just a …
P.S. 8 is under new leadership, with Patricia Peterson promoted to principal. (Daniel Ynfante/The Brooklyn Ink) On July 26, parents at Brooklyn Heights’ P.S. 8 Robert Fulton School finally got their wish, as Patricia Peterson was named the new principal by the Department of Education. For some time, it looked like she would not get the job, but the parents came to her rescue. Now the hard work begins. Peterson’s appointment did not come without some uncertainty. A 2016 article by the New York Post, headlined “Fariña ‘pushed’ rule-bending pal through ranks to tune of $118K salary,” accused Peterson of receiving numerous promotions throughout her career thanks to her close relationship with New …
Historic Clinton Hill Mansion, One-Time Civil War Veterans’ Spot, Coming Down for Apartments A curious survivor, a freestanding Second Empire mansion at 489 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill, will soon vanish, to be replaced by an apartment building. Workers were demolishing the upper floors of the already gutted house before Labor… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Matt Damon Is Brooklyn Bound, Could Set Record appeared first on Brownstoner.
Is this a guerrilla art installation? We noticed this going up last week on Front Street in Dumbo between Pearl and Adams streets. No signage has appeared for it — just color photographic portraits in small plexi frames marked with the #backtothestreet. A couple of the images disappeared from… Read More >The post Mini Art Installation Pops Up in Dumbo appeared first on Brownstoner.
A massive celebration of photography is coming to the base of the Brooklyn Bridge this month as Photoville returns to Brooklyn for its sixth consecutive year. The festival will include more than 55 shipping containers turned into galleries featuring work from photographers around the globe. The exhibitions this year cover a… Read More >The post Check Out Some Photography Under the Brooklyn Bridge at Photoville appeared first on Brownstoner.
Atlantic Avenue has been a significant commercial corridor in Brooklyn for over a hundred years, and you can learn a little more about its history and architecture on a walking tour this month with the Municipal Art Society of New York. Atlantic Avenue was once home to a number of… Read More >The post Explore Atlantic Avenue With the Municipal Art Society of New York appeared first on Brownstoner.
Prospect Park: Water Wars at LeFrak Center Two sisters, thick as thieves, draw water into their buckets and wait in the August heat, at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, to ambush passersby. (Aysha Choudhary/The Brooklyn Ink) Two sisters, thick as thieves, draw water into their buckets and wait in the August heat, at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, to ambush passersby. The older girl tries her best to scoop the shallow puddle into a plastic cup. The younger, a bit more savvy, siphons it through her water gun. They spend long minutes filling these tiny vessels. But finally, when they launched their attacks, they fail to drench their victims completely. They can’t seem to reach above anyone’s knees. In the Splash Pad, everything seems to …
With the sun ready to set on summer, we take a look back at some of the Brooklyn scenes captured by photographers during this warm weather season. The heat brought residents out to lounge on stoops, stroll the tree-shaded sidewalks and generally enjoy the borough’s architectural splendor bathed in the… Read More >The post Brownstoner’s Top 10 Instagram Photos of the Summer appeared first on Brownstoner.
This October, you can experience the scenic Brooklyn waterfront and get your daily steps in at the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s half marathon and 5k event. In a route that journeys along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway from Red Hook to Greenpoint and back, participants in the half marathon (13.2 miles) may… Read More >The post Race Along the Waterfront at the 5th Annual Brooklyn Greenway Half & 5K appeared first on Brownstoner.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is fast approaching, and the annual Bookend Events have been announced for the 2017 edition of the largest free literary event in New York City. The festival, which is in its 11th year, kicks off September 11 with Bookend Events, the weeklong series of literary happenings taking… Read More >The post Bookend Events Announced for the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival appeared first on Brownstoner.
The Curious Tale of Williamsburg’s Historic Abate Grotto At the intersection of Woodpoint Road and Conseylea Street in Williamsburg sits a 20th century curiosity built on a tiny plot of ground with a centuries-old significance in the history of Brooklyn. The Vito Abate grotto at 219 Woodpoint Road was built in… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Grotto in Williamsburg, Patti Smith in Brooklyn Heights appeared first on Brownstoner.
Singer, songwriter and artist Patti Smith is set to read from her new book Devotion at the upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival. The festival, which is in its 11th year, kicks off September 11 and begins with Bookend Events, a weeklong series of literary happenings taking place throughout the five boroughs in… Read More >The post Patti Smith to Speak at Brooklyn Book Festival in September appeared first on Brownstoner.
Brooklynites poured outside to view the partial solar eclipse as it hit the city Tuesday afternoon. Although the boro wasn’t in the path of the total eclipse, Brooklynites were still treated to a partial eclipse — about 70 percent of the sun’s visible disk was covered. Some viewers took the warnings to… Read More >The post Brooklynites View the Eclipse (Photos) appeared first on Brownstoner.
Bay Ridge Bungalow-Style Row House With Details, Front Porch, Garage, A/C Asks $1.1 Million This early 20th century brick row house at 343 79th Street in Bay Ridge isn’t exactly palatial, but it does have a coveted Brooklyn amenity — a garage. It also appears to be in excellent condition, and… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Danish Design Company Hacks IKEA, Viewing the Eclipse appeared first on Brownstoner.
J’Ouvert, the festival that brings a Carnival-like atmosphere to Brooklyn’s pre-daybreak streets each summer before the West Indian Day Parade, is fast approaching. At Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch, you’ll be able to learn more about the festival’s origins, its artistry and have a chance to take in the art… Read More >The post Learn About the History and Artistry of J’Ouvert at Brooklyn Public Library appeared first on Brownstoner.
Afropunk Fest is returning to Fort Greene, bringing a vibrant weekend of music and art to the borough. This year’s lineup includes acts such as Solange, Gary Clark Jr., Raphael Saadiq, Macy Gray and many others. Started in 2005, the festival is a celebration of alternative black culture known for its… Read More >The post Afropunk Fest Returns to Commodore Barry Park This August appeared first on Brownstoner.
Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates will spend an evening talking over the themes of his new book here in Brooklyn at Flatbush’s Kings Theatre. Coates will discuss his latest book We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, alongside Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg at the Kings Theatre on Wednesday, October… Read More >The post Ta-Nehisi Coates to Talk New Book at Kings Theatre in October appeared first on Brownstoner.
Hidden from view, Green-Wood Cemetery’s atmospheric catacombs are rarely open to the public. The vaulted space, originally created in the 19th century, happens to provide an ideal acoustic environment — a unique studio of stone — and a concert series is providing an unusual musical opportunity. … Read More >The post Enjoy a Concert in the 19th Century Catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery appeared first on Brownstoner.
Carroll Gardens Duplex Condo With Beamed Ceilings, Exposed Brick Asks $875K Here’s a Carroll Gardens condo with a loft-like feel that’s a “rare treat for a creative soul,” according to the listing. To put that another way, the unit — one of 12 in a former milk factory at 395 Smith… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Quirky Carroll Gardens Condo, a Chic Clinton Hill Reno appeared first on Brownstoner.
Red Hook, with its somewhat isolated waterfront location, has managed to keep some of its gritty industrial character amidst lots of change in Brooklyn. An upcoming tour will explore the history that transformed it from a small Dutch village to a 19th century working waterfront, and now to… Read More >The post From Gritty Waterfront to Art Hub, Explore the Past and Present of Red Hook appeared first on Brownstoner.