Thursday, May 26, 2016

Free Movies in Fort Greene Park Start Friday, Courtesy Alamo Drafthouse

BEST IN SHOW plays this Friday in Fort Greene Park.
 Three weeks of free movies with Fort Greene Park Conservancy and Alamo Drafthouse start Friday.
Alamo is bringing three distinct filmatic experiences to the park:

This Friday, May 27: 
Bring Your Own Dog Screening of BEST IN SHOW

Enjoy Christopher Guest’s uproarious mockumentary along with your pooch. Dog owners are welcome to bring their pets and will have the chance to parade them before the audience in a pre-movie dog show.

June 3: 
Quote-Along: LABYRINTH

Alamo’s version of LABYRINTH allows the audience to sing-along with the David Bowie tunes and quote the best lines of the movie. Free souvenir props will also be available for the first to arrive at the park.

June 10: 
Finding Nemo

One week before the release of FINDING DORY, kids big and small can revisit Pixar’s original aquatic adventure with the Tank Gang. Costumes are encouraged, and surprises are in store.

Screenings will take place at sundown on the Myrtle Avenue lawn and will be complimented by themed festivities before the show. DJ sets start at 7:30, with activities and films to begin at dusk.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Those Fireworks You Saw Over New Jersey, NYC & Brooklyn on Wed., May 25

Photo by MK Metz
Fireworks were shot off about 360 yards east of Liberty Island tonight at 9:25 p.m.

You could see the display from Brooklyn and the other boroughs of NYC, as well as New Jersey, as they went up over the Hudson River.

NYC could provide no details of the events sponsor. We're wondering it it had something to do with Fleet Week?


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Put in Your Two Cents About NYC's Planned Citywide Ferry Service, Tomorrow in Brooklyn Heights

Courtesy of NYCEDC
On Monday, May 24, a DEIS Public Hearing will be held in at 6:00pm at St. Francis College (Remsen St. and Clinton St.) in Brooklyn Heights to discuss Citywide Ferry Service.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is working with the Office of Mayor de Blasio to launch the service. It will consist of five new ferry routes in addition to the existing East River Ferry service, charging a fare of $2.75.

Meetings will be held in the other boroughs as well.

More here.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Oyster Party in Red Hook Thursday, and Immersive Oyster Installation Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park in June

Colleen Flanigan, To the Sea, 2014.
Two oyster-related events coming up in Brooklyn:

This week: 
The third annual Billion Oyster Party is taking over Pioneer Works in Red Hook on Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 10 p.m.  More than 40 oyster farmers will be shucking and serving up their delicacies and some of the city’s top restaurants will be presenting bites. More on the Billion Oyster Party here

In June:
From June 2 to June 30, NYC Oyster Project and Brooklyn Arts Council will partner with Brooklyn Bridge Park to present 'NYC Oyster Project.'

Inspired by Brooklyn's native oyster reefs, this immersive installation will feature color photographs of artist Colleen Flanigan's underwater sculptures and an installation of Judith Pleva's unbound multimedia scrapbook.

The show's opening will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 5 PM - 7 PM at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Room at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn.

A talk with the artists and curator will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 1 PM at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Room at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn. The talk is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.


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Go Michael Go! Michael Ring to Walk the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday

We've long followed the writings of Brooklyn runner/blogger (What You Do Not Know Because You Are Not Me) Michael Ring, who was paralyzed when he was struck down by Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Now, the Daily News reports,  he plans to walk the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday.

"That Ring, 52, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, is moving at all is a credit to savvy doctors and his own indomitable spirit," the News reports.

"'His mentality is unbelievable,' said Dr. Jung Ahn, director of rehabilitation medicine at NYU’s Rusk Rehabilitation."

The man is amazing. Good luck and godspeed in your race, Michael!

More here.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Violence in Brooklyn Bridge Park to Be Topic at 84th Precinct Council Tuesday

Police blockade at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by MK Metz
 Looks like it's going to be a long, hot summer at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Another evacuation of the park by police took place on Wednesday, May 11, after hundreds of young people gathered at Pier 2 and a brawl broke out, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

This is the fourth rumble in the park at Pier 2, and the pier -- where the basketball courts are located -- has been shut down by cops several times. The community is up in arms.

The Brooklyn Heights Association told the Eagle that the 84th Precinct now has 16 additional police officers assigned to the park.

BHA urged community members to attend the Tuesday, May 17th meeting of the 84th Precinct Community Council at 7 p.m., at 160 Schermerhorn Street, to discuss the problems.

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Prospect Park's Elegant Pop-Up Dinner Is Sold Out, Wait-list Still Open

Courtesy Handmade Events
A Pop-Up Dinner planned for June 11 is sold out, according to the Prospect Park Alliance. The wait-list, however, is still accepting names.

Pop-up dinners are elegant white-attire-only events that draw thousands. The venue, tables, chairs and entertainment are provided by organizers. Guests come dressed in all white and bring "inspired" culinary dishes, wine, table designs and table cloths.The exact location is revealed only at the last moment.

It's quite a sight to see a sea of white-dressed guests dining al fresco. 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

DA Ken Thompson 'Captain Queeg?' and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Ken Thompson’s "a regular Captain Queeg" when it comes to running the Brooklyn DA’s Office and it is leading to mass defections, the Post claims. [NY Post]

- Pit bulls maul owner in Brooklyn, nearly tearing off his arm. [Daily News]

- Inside Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum. [Gemstars]

- Luckyrice is throwing a big Asian feast in Brooklyn next month. [Gothamist]

- Photos: Lindsay Lohan at the Duran Duran concert in Barclays Center. [Lindsay Lohan]

- The NYPD has issued illegal parking summonses to thousands in Brooklyn and Queens over the past seven years, the department admitted on Friday. [Village Voice]

- Violent Femmes, Josh Ritter, Femi Kuti and more on deck for free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows.[Brownstoner]


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While Brooklyn Boulders Being Upgraded, Try DUMBO Boulders

Brooklyn Boulders in Gowanus continues to experience "capacity limitations" due to facility upgrades [i.e., building code violations], according to their website.

Seems like it might be a good time to visit DUMBO Boulders in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The facility specializes in bouldering (as opposed to roped climbing). It's the first outdoor climbing wall in the city.

The day pass ($9) includes shoes, the facility's front desk man told the Brooklyn Eagle. “It’s good for the whole day. You can come here and climb till your hands fall off."


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Thrills in NYC Harbor for the America's Cup

Photo copyright MK Metz.

The fastest sailboats in the world raced this past weekend in the America's Cup's New York City stop.

The boats were becalmed on Saturday, but the race went on as planned Sunday and the huge crowd in lower Manhattan was thrilled. The harbor was packed with boats filled with spectators.

Emirates Team New Zealand took first, while Oracle Team USA (shown above) came in second place and Groupama Team France third. The race continues elsewhere in June.


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