Tuesday, September 17, 2019

IFP Week 2019


Two days ago saw the beginning of the 41st annual IFP Festival. The Independent Filmmaker Project seeks to “foster the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.”  It is the “largest and longest running not-for-profit dedicated to independent film,” and is dedicated to the indie filmmaker.

Taking place in Brooklyn, some of the events that are taking place until 19th September include:

1.       Screening: The Report (CIA agents’ interrogation following 9/11 attacks)
2.       New Voices! Reading Series Sponsored by Sagindie
3.       Screening: Knock Down the House (four women taking on the establishment)
4.       Screening: American Factory

This week long event has been lauded as being the “premiere place to meet bold talent and learn about exciting projects through curated meetings with 150 new feature, documentary, series and VR projects from over 22 countries.”

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Citizens For A Better Community


2019 Children’s Entertainment. The Artistic Talents Show with Producer Melvin Isaac, blessings from: Rev Doctor Brenda Lyken, Father Gopaul and many others.  Featuring the following vendors: FDNY, East Flatbush Villages Inc., Brooklyn Voter Alliance (Census 2020), Candice Reid of the Dept. of Health, Sharon Pence of Healthy Homes Program, Astascend Latoya Jones of the East Flatbush Community Partnership Program Public School Charter among many others.


There were also many generous donors for this event and elected officials in attendance.




Sunday, August 18, 2019

“You’re Hungry Again?” Kids and Summer!


how many times have your kids just sensed you were nearby and said “mommy I’m hungry” during the seemingly endless summer vacation?  Thankfully, Brooklyn Public Library has that covered.  Well, at least some of it. Children and teenagers can get a free lunch meal Monday through Friday.  So that’s a start!

Other free stuff to do locally is happening at The Plaza, primarily on Mondays.  Located at 300 Ashland, on the first Monday of each month you can join a high intensity interval training workout.  The Chelsea Piers BK Burn  is a core-tightening workout utilizing strength exercises and cardio.  On the second Monday of each month, try out the Bollywood star dance.  BollyX is a great way to unleash the star in you! On the third Mondays there is a great way to sweat and have fun with the Beyonc√© Dance Workshop. So if you want to get moving and in shape this summer, The Plaza is the place to do it.

For other fun stuff that don’t include strutting your stuff take your families to Albee Square for movie showings. And next Sunday go have fun at the BK Block Party.

You don’t have to spend a fortune in the summer.  You just have to plan well.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Local Culture


Each year on the last weekend of July, Governors Island is home to the New York City Poetry Festival.  For two days, 14,000 people enjoy the poetry of 250 poets.  Only July 27th and 28th, starting at 11am (and ending the first day at 7pm and the second at 5pm), this spectacular event is free and open to the public. 

Some of the big names this year include:
1.      Chen Chen (currently a Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University);
2.      Dorothea Lasky (currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts)
3.      Lynn Melnick (currently teaches poetry at Columbia University and the 92Y, and works with saferLIT)

Mark your calendars for September 6 – 8 for a cultural connection closer to home.  Launched by Marsha Massiah of The Idea Room Corp., this unprecedented festival seeks to “deliver a product that truly reflects the dynamic relationship between the borough of Brooklyn and its Caribbean inhabitants and the unique personality.”

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Brooklyn’s Books


Books have not necessarily been synonymous with Brooklyn historically. But things can change and with the summer upon us, why not use this opportunity to encourage our kids to get off their devices and open a book?

Brooklyn’s Public Library has a wonderful summer reading program.  Developed in an effort to encourage young readers to take advantage of the library and not stop their reading once school is out, this year’s theme is “Universe of Stories.”  According to CEO and President of Brooklyn Public Library, Linda Johnson said:

“Being away from school over those months really can result in children losing some of the skills they’ve gained over the school (year), so we are here with our librarians and our staff helping children read all summer long and giving the incentives to read all summer long.”

Brooklyn’s Public Library is doing more than just encouraging kids to read over the summer.  It recently revealed design plans of its smallest (and newest) addition: the Adams Street Library in DUMBO.  This will be the first new branch of the library in 36 years.  Featuring a meeting room, multipurpose space and different sections for adults, teens and children, as well as suggestions put out by community members.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Brooklynites at BK9


Love food?  Love Brooklyn?  Then the next step has to be BK9.  Check out this video in which BK9 owners give a little tour of this hidden gem located at 62 5th Avenue, Brooklyn.



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Basking in Brooklyn’s Scenic Summer

Summertime in Brooklyn is spectacular.  There is even a song about it (by Aloe Blacc) describing it simply as “the subtleties that only you’ve ever seen.” Photographer  Mozes Victor Konig is hoping to learn more about exactly that. This year he is gearing up to leave his Tel Aviv studio to take in some of the wonderful sights in the area.  He explained:
“For so many years I’ve heard about Brooklyn in the summer.  This year I decided to pack up my camera, rent out my apartment and check it out for myself.  I’m very excited about my upcoming trip.”
Konig has many reasons to be excited about this trip.  It is a well known fact that New York is full of a whole slew of fun activities, but what about those highlights which are slightly off-the-beaten track that hopefully will not be quite as crowded?  What kind of advice could we give to an individual like Konig seeking out Brooklyn’s true “subtleties”?
Attending a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game on the boardwalk is a very traditionally-Brooklyn thing to do. Known as “a single A affiliate of the New York Mets,” the minor league baseball team is about as Brooklyn as you can get.  While there, if Mozes Victor Konig is not afraid of heights, he should check out where the team got its namesake from – the Coney Island Cyclone Roller Coaster.
For nature lovers (and photographers who love to capture animals), Kensington Stables should make the list as well. Watch kids take pony rides, teens enjoy horseback riding lessons and more.  Simply take in the views of this spectacular diversion from all that’s buzzing in New York at 51 Caton Place, Kensington.
Konig is right to be excited for his trip.  Kensington truly is a wonderful, scenic and delightful place in the summer and he’ll be sure to hone in on all its “subtleties.”