Thursday, May 5, 2016

America's Cup Racing Comes to Lower Manhattan This Weekend

Want to see some crazy fast sailing? America’s Cup racing will return to New York for the first time since 1920 with Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing on May 7-8.

Six America’s Cup teams, with the top sailors in the world, will vie for points that count towards the final competition for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

Practice racing is on Friday, May 6, with point-scoring races on the weekend of May 7-8.

The Event Village will be in the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, while the racing will be on the lower Hudson River off the Battery Park City Esplanade (between the Pier 25 basin to the north and The Battery to the south).

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings so far (after three events):

Emirates Team New Zealand – 122 points
ORACLE TEAM USA – 112 points
Land Rover BAR – 109 points
Artemis Racing – 105 points
SoftBank Team Japan – 100 points
Groupama Team France – 82 points


From 1870 through 1920 racing took place off New York. Beginning in 1930, the competition was moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where it remained until the United States finally lost the Cup in 1983, ending the longest winning streak in sport.

Since that time, racing for the America’s Cup has taken place in Perth (Australia); San Diego (USA); Auckland (New Zealand); Valencia (Spain); and San Francisco (USA).

In May/June 2017, the next America’s Cup will be raced in Bermuda.

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CB2: How to Get Into the Lottery for 461 Dean St. in Brooklyn

Courtesy SHoP Architects
Elizabeth Canela, a senior project manager with Forest City Ratner Companies, and Ismene Speliotis, executive director of the Mutual Housing Association of NY, will present to Community Board 2 and guests on the open lottery for affordable apartments at 461 Dean Street. 

The presentation takes place at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, May 11, 2016; Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue at Prince Street, in Fort Greene.

461 Dean is the first residential building to break ground at Pacific Park Brooklyn. The 346,000-square-foot, 32-story tower will be the world’s tallest modular building. With 363 rental apartments, 50 percent of all units will be affordable to low- and middle-income households.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 4: City Council Hearing on Landmarking the Coney Island Boardwalk

From the Coney Island History Project:

On May 4th, the City Council's Land Use Committee will be hearing testimony on Councilman Mark Treyger's resolution calling for Coney Island's Riegelmann Boardwalk to be designated an official scenic landmark.

"The landmarking process in this city needs to be an equitable process, because the history and tradition of all of our city's neighborhoods must be preserved," says Councilman Treyger. "Too much has been lost already. The Boardwalk is a quintessential part of Southern Brooklyn's history, and I am encouraging all residents of Southern Brooklyn, as well as any New Yorker that remembers walking down the Boardwalk, feeling the cool ocean breeze embracing them, to join me on May 4th at City Hall. Let your voice be heard! Testify at this hearing and make sure the city administration and the Landmarks Preservation Commission know how much the Boardwalk means to you and to our city."

In February, Treyger introduced the resolution to the City Council where it received the support of all but one of the City's Council Members, as well as Public Advocate Letitia James. The resolution will be discussed at the Committee's May 4th 11:00 AM hearing in the Council Committee Room at City Hall.

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New Marina Opens at Brooklyn Bridge Park; but Now There's a Sailing Area Fuss

Bay Ridge Flats, by NOAA
 ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina has just opened at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It's the first new marina in the NYC area in years, and will provide docking for yachts as well as community boating programs and lessons.

But some boaters are "up in arms" because a maritime company wants to install a barge mooring close by, putting a prime sailing area at risk, reports the Brooklyn Eagle.

A moored barge would affect boaters’ ability to race in the harbor, a marina official said. More than 100 sailors from the ONE15 Marina already race weekly in the flats.

A representative from the maritime company told the Eagle, however, that the mooring would be Just one of many.  “I have no idea why they’re so upset," he said.

See the Brooklyn Eagle for more.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Perfect Weather for Brooklyn Public Library's 'Bike the Branches 2016' this Saturday

Photo courtesy BPL
 Brooklyn Public Library's "Bike the Branches 2016" takes place on Saturday, May 7.

The fun day draws hundreds of riders. The library provides everything you need—including free bike rentals through Citi Bike, free family cycling lessons and free activities at every branch.

Biking forecast: partly cloudy with a high near 70° !

To raise $$$ for the library, you donate $20 for adults and $10 for kids—with discounts for families and teams. Every dollar goes back to Brooklyn Public Library branches.

The event features curated neighborhood tours—including a kid-friendly, Dora and Friends-themed ride around Prospect Park, in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance.

Prizes include entries into the 2017 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, Citi Bike Annual Passes or a Brompton folding bike.

After the ride, there's a Bike the Branches Block Party on the plaza. Celebrate with live entertainment and post-ride refreshments from Smorgasburg and Sixpoint Brewery.

Register Here.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Atlantic Ave. Sidewalks to Become Pop-Up Apartments and Workshops in NYCxDESIGN

Map data copyright Google.
 The Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District will host “Design Walk” -- an interactive design experience involving more than 30 businesses -- on Saturday, May 7, from 3 to 8 p.m.

The sidewalks and side streets of Atlantic Avenue will transform into a series of pop-up apartment rooms, workshops and showcases as part of the 4th Annual NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official celebration of design.

A full list of activities and workshops at “Design Walk” is available here.

Activities include:  Learn home whiskey distilling at the Brazen Head Bar and taste artisanal bourbons and rye from Red Hook distillery Widow Jane; see artists paint delivery trucks at Grumpy Bert; sculpting and painting demonstrations by Clover’s Fine Art Gallery; hear permaculture expert Dwaine Lee at The Commons: bee keeper and green roof expert... and much more.

The action takes place on Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Smith Streets in Boerum Hill. It's free.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stanley Cup Mayhem; Restaurant in Brooklyn Bridge Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Marina operator adds restaurant to Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman Street. [Commercial Observer via BHB]

- Goodbye views and reasonable rents: 'Supertall' tower Is Bloomberg's parting finger to Brooklyn.[Village Voice]

- Harley Quinn beats up the ‘Hipster Mafia’ at Smorgasburg in her new comic. [Brokelyn]

- Ex-con from Baltimore representing himself at trial is convicted for Brooklyn shootings. [Daily News]

- There's an illegal art installation in an abandoned subway station in Brooklyn. [Gothamist]

- Can a Brooklyn chocolate maker with a social mission stand out from the crowd? [Forbes]

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Monday, April 25, 2016

VIDEO: Springstein Plays 'Purple Rain' at Barclays, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn drug kingpin gets 3 life terms in Colorado's Supermax prison. [Daily News]

- VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen opened his 'River Tour' date at Barclays on Saturday night by playing "Purple Rain" in honor of Prince. [Gothamist]

- Sure, Bill: Mayor de Blasio says that allegations of illegal fundraising are "politically motivated." [ABC]  (And two community activists called on him to step down Sunday. [NY Post])

- Some highlights of the Brooklyn Folk Festival. [BHB]

- Talib Kweli and others toast late rapper PH at Park Slope street renaming. [Billboard]

- NYS Health Department awards $500G grant to examine health care improvements in central and northeastern Brooklyn. [Daily News]

- Ted Cruz and John Kasich have teamed up to stop Trump. Trumps calls it "desperation." [Politico]
(Says Elon Green on Twitter: "would be great if Cruz double-crossed Kasich. There's gotta be at least an outside chance of this happening.")

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Nine People Injured in Six-Alarm Brooklyn Fire Sunday Night

ABC News is reporting that nine people, including seven firefighters were injured in a six-alarm fire in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, Sunday night.

The fire broke out in a three-story residential home on 270 Arlington Avenue, according to ABC. It then spread to five houses and a nearby church.

More here.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Last Week to Register for Make Music New York

 Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, with over 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs.

Musicians -- this is the last week to register to be part of this fantabulous event!

Anyone and everyone can participate. Amateurs, part-time professionals, and established artists are all welcome.

If you have an outdoor location where you’d like to host a concert (such as the sidewalk outside of your building), this is also the last week to register. Event organizers will match up venues with musicians.

Musicians can also join a “Mass Appeal” event. MMNY organizes hundreds of musicians to band together to perform massive pieces written for a single type of instrument. Each performance works differently, depending on the genre, the instrument, and the location.

In another offshoot, MMNY will present Sousapalooza, a massive, brassy tribute to the March King in Bryant Park. They’ll be running through all the best-loved marches and fanfares by Philip Sousa and his contemporaries.

More information here.

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