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.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New York City Market


Time Out Market – a cultural dining experience that was set up in Europe four years ago already – has just arrived in the big city.  Today what visitors get in Lisbon’s Mercado da Ribeira is an amalgamation of 12 stores, 8 bars, 24 restaurants and a high end music venue. It’s become the place to see and be seen.

Now, New York is following suit spreading 21 eateries, 3 bars, demo cooking area and video-installation wall over 21,000 square feet. What is the thinking behind Time Out Market New York and its predecessors in Portugal and Miami?  Simple: if it’s all the rage and people are talking about it and it’s really a great place, then it’s there.  You actual get the opportunity to enjoy the best dishes NYC has to offer, prepared by the city’s most exceptional chefs, all under one roof.  According to Didier Souillat, CEO of Time Out Market:

“We couldn’t be more excited to open Time Out Market New York and introduce a new and unique food and cultural destination to this incredible city. Imagine a place where you get a true taste of the city: you can choose from culinary masterpieces, Tonkotsu ramen, pizza, Middle Eastern cuisine, vegan fare, juicy burgers, Kosher deli, tacos, chocolate babka and more. The variety is amazing and there will be something for everyone, from morning through night. When Time Out Market New York opens, the hottest tables in town will be communal.”

Friday, May 31, 2019

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2019


Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival – an annual event put on by BRIC– begins on June 4 this year.  Kicking off this year’s event is a ticketed fundraiser (prices ranging from $750 to $40,000 sponsorship) paying tribute to Hilary Ackerman, Chair of the BRIC Board. Attendees will fittingly be subject to the dulcet tones of humanitarian entertainer Patti LaBelle who has over the years supported a slew of worthy organizations including Bells for Peace, the HollyRod Foundation and Clothes off our Back. This part of the event is free and open to the public.  Since a party really is not a party without an after party, this opening event has that too from 9.30-11.30 featuring DJ Natasha Diggs and is free for fundraiser attendees as well as Friends members.

And that is just the beginning.  For more information on all the featured events at the festival, click here.