Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival comes to Albee Square, Crown Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is throwing a party this week that includes a film festival, the Juice Hip Hop Exposition, a free block party, talks and, on July 15, the grand finale concert.

The Hip-Hop Institute takes place on July 12, 10am-7pm, at Medgar Evers College. The theme of the day/conference is “Speak The Truth." Discuss issues of empowerment, social justice, health & wellness, as well as entrepreneurship. The programming consists of lectures, panels, and various workshops.

On Thursday, July 13th*, stop by Albee Square for the Spread Love Block Party from 4-9pm. Dance as DJ Spinna and DJ Uncle Ralph McDaniels spin on the 1s and 2s; hang in the beer garden, and stick around for some giveaways from the festival.

The big highlight comes on July 15, with the grand finale concert in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Full schedule here.

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Have You Seen Missing Brooklyn Man Victor Kruglyak?

Photo courtesy NYPD
A Silver Alert has been issued for Victor Kruglyak, an 82-year-old white man from Brightwater Court and Brighton 5th Street in Brooklyn. The missing has Alzheimer’s and dementia and may be in need of medical attention.

Kruglyak is 5'4" tall, 150lbs, with white hair. He is wearing a yellow t-shirt, brown shorts and a blue baseball hat.

Last Seen: Near Corbin Place and Oriental Boulevard in Brooklyn at approximately 10:00 AM on 7/10.

If you see him, call 911.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Dunkirk in 70mm Coming to Brooklyn

Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn
Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn will be installing a new 70mm projector in their largest theater, with Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK as the inaugural film to be presented in 70mm on July 20th. The Alamo Brooklyn is one of just six New York City theaters presenting DUNKIRK in 70mm, and the only Brooklyn theater to show in the format.

From Alamo:
DUNKIRK tells the true story of “The Miracle of Dunkirk” and the unparalleled heroism and selflessness that saved the lives of 330,000 Allied soldiers. Following the earliest disastrous British invasion of Europe, hundreds of thousands of Allied forces and members of high command found themselves trapped, surrounded by German forces and with the sea to their backs.

Enter the “Little Ships of Dunkirk,” a flotilla of 800 privately owned ferries, fireboats and fishing boats, which helped pluck the soldiers from the beaches and evacuate them safely across the Channel to Dunkirk.

DUNKIRK opens theatrically on July 20th. Tickets for DUNKIRK in 70mm are on sale now and can be purchased via the Alamo Drafthouse website .

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Climbing Drills at Ladder Co. 118 in Brooklyn Heights

Photo by MK Metz
 Ladder Co. 118 practiced their ladder climbs at the Brooklyn Heights firehouse over the weekend.

The drill followed the very real July 4 fire in DUMBO when firefighters from Ladder Co. 118 scaled a six-story loft building at 57 Jay St. to extinguish a fire reported on a lower floor.

You can see photos showing just how dizzyingly far the ladders extended at that fire here.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Coney Island Flicks On the Beach

Here's fun summer entertainment, and free: Coney Island Flicks on the Beach (presented by Alliance for Coney Island, and Amazon Studios).

On Mondays at 8:00 P.M. during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater.

Come on down and see a mix of modern, classic and indie movies.

For directions, maps, and full schedule head to coneyflicks.com

July 17: Landline

July 24: Finding Dory

July 31: La La Land

August 7: Get Out

August 14: The Lego Batman Movie

August 21: Crown Heights

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What the July 4 Fireworks Looked Like from Brooklyn Heights

Photo by MK Metz
See the little red oval? If you look hard, you can see a little bit of New Jersey's fireworks, as seen from Brooklyn Heights.

The Jersey City Freedom and Fireworks Festival was supposed to take off from Liberty State Park, which would have made it visible from the Promenade and BBP. But those plans were changed when NJ's government shut down, along with its parks and beaches.

The NJ display was moved to Exchange Place, sadly out of sight from Brooklyn Heights.

Those lucky Heights folks with balconies facing north (on an upper floor) had views of the Macy's display, but since it was moved north to Midtown Manhattan, it couldn't be seen from the Promenade or Brooklyn Bridge Park, prime viewing in years past. It was visible from Greenpoint and Williamsburg, however.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fireworks Tonight at Ellis Island: Best Viewing from Brooklyn, NYC (6/27/2017)

Photo: MK Metz
There will be a fireworks display near south Ellis Island tonight, 6/27, at approximately 10:15 p.m.

The best viewing points in Brooklyn are the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Bridge Walkway. In Manhattan, the best place to see them is Battery Park. (In New Jersey, go to Liberty State Park.)

The display's sponsor is Briggs Inc. Briggs oversees projects including product launches, sales meetings and other corporate functions.

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New Public Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn at 300 Ashland to Be Unveiled Wednesday

Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
A new public plaza at Two Trees' 300 Ashland will be unveiled on Wednesday, June 28th.

The celebration includes music by JahPan and special guests, food by Habana Outpost, and more on this 15,000 square foot landscaped plaza at the corner of Fulton and Lafayette.

The terraced plaza was designed by Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos and Grain Collective, and will be programmed by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

More on this event here.

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Free Outdoor Movies at MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn

Courtesy of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Join the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership every Wednesday in July for free outdoor screenings of four furry Blockbuster films.

You bring the blanket, DBP will hand out the free popcorn. Movies start at sundown at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn.

July 5: Madagascar
July 12: Finding Dory
July 19: A Bug's Life
July 26: Zootopia

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Monday, June 19, 2017

People's Champs Playing at C-mon Everybody

Indie Pop/Soul/Afrobeat collective People's Champs from Brooklyn are playing a Single & Music Video Release show at C’mon Everybody in Bed-Stuy with Kalbells (members of Rubblebucket) on Friday, 6/23, 8 p.m.

Feat. Starr Busby (Esperanza Spalding) & Melanie Charles (Gorillaz)


From the release:
People’s Champs is an all-star collective featuring some of the most creative and original musicians in Brooklyn. They blend indie pop, afrobeat and retro-soul into a “dance party waiting to happen, always changing and always excitable.” (Consequence of Sound). Their horn section moonlights as The Superpower Horns, studio section for none other than BeyoncĂ© and touring horn section for Boy George & Culture Club.

On June 23rd, the band releases brand-new single & video, ‘Hostages Remix’, a reimagined version of the lead single from their 2015 debut album ‘American Dreamers’. The new track is a duet featuring vocalists Melanie JB Charles and Starr Busby who both sing with the collective. Melanie & Starr are great friends and are a force in their own right — the duo recorded on Gorillaz’ 2017 full-length release and will perform with them this summer. Ms. Busby also tours with Esperanza Spalding.

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