Thursday, March 29, 2012

Brooklyn Girl Film Film Festival Starts TONIGHT at LaunchPad


It's short notice, but you've probably seen the posters lining the avenue: the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival starts tonight at 5pm at LaunchPad and runs through the weekend with great events and tons of films from woman artists. Check out their site for tickets and info.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Eat to Give on Franklin This Thursday

Check out this great opportunity to dine locally and help raise funds for agricultural and environmental education programs at the Bushwick Campus Farm and Greenhouse:

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Bushwick Campus Farm & Greenhouse – Eat to Give Fundraiser
Thursday March 29th
Participating Restaurants in Brooklyn – Varying Locations.

Support
Bushwick Campus Farm & Greenhouse, the innovative sustainable urban agriculture program serving the four high schools of Bushwick Campus!
Visit participating venues in Brooklyn on Thursday, March 29th  and a portion of their proceeds for the day will go to support local agriculture and environmental education.

Local Confirmed
Venues include:
Bushwick

Arepera Guacuco
Brooklyn Fire Proof East
Café Ghia

Momo Sushi Shack
Northeast Kingdom
Verde Coal Oven

Crown Heights
The Breukelen Coffee House
Candy Rush
Kelso Restaurant

Little Zelda Cafe
Veggies Natural Juice Bar

Prospect Heights
Abigail Cafe and Wine Bar
Colala

Glass Shop
Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center

A partnership between Bushwick Campus, local hydroponics experts Boswyck Farms, and EcoStation:NY,
the folks behind Bushwick Farmers' Market, Bushwick Campus Farm & Greenhouse is nurturing the minds
of the next generation of environmental and food justice leaders.
 
For details,  visit http://ecostationny.org/ or on Daceor call 646-393-9305
Follow us at @BushwickCampusF  on Twitter.



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Addresses and Phone Numbers for participating restaurants:
EAT TO GIVE • THURSDAY MARCH 29, 2012
PARTICIPATING VENUES
- Bushwick -
Arepera Guacuco  - 44 Irving Avenue
(347) 305-3300
Brooklyn Fire Proof East - 119 Ingraham Street
(347) 223-4211 www.brooklynfireproof.com
Café Ghia - 24 Irving Avenue
(718) 821-8806  www.cafeghia.com 
Momo Sushi Shack - 43 Bogart Street #2
(718) 418-6666  www.momosushishack.com
Northeast Kingdom - 18 Wyckoff Avenue
(718) 386-3864  www.north-eastkingdom.com
Verde Coal Oven - 254 Irving Avenue
(718) 381-8800

- Crown Heights -
The Breukelen Coffee House - 764 Franklin Avenue
(718) 789-7070  www.breukelencoffeehouse.com
Candy Rush - 733 Franklin Avenue,
(718) 676-2028  www.thecandyrushnyc.com
Kelso Restaurant - 648 Franklin Avenue
(718) 857-4137  www.kelsorestaurant.com 
Little Zelda - 728 Franklin Avenue
Veggies Natural Juice Bar - 785 Franklin Avenue
(347) 627-3247  www.veggiesnaturaljuicebar.blogspot.com
 
 - Prospect Heights -
Abigail Café & Wine Bar - 807 Classon Avenue
(718) 399-3200   www.abigailcafeny.com
Colala - 791 Washington Avenue
(718)399-7999 
Glass Shop - 766 Classon Avenue
Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center - 367 St. Marks Avenue
(718) 622-9956  www.shambhalayogadance.com

The Latest Business Openings (and Coming Soons) around Crown Heights

 
Stork
 
Puerto Viejo (Dean and Grand)
 
a new space for Interlink on Franklin
 
CH Cycles (537 Empire btw Brooklyn and Kingston)

Time was when a blogger could do individual posts about events and new businesses along Franklin, but that time has passed, and in lieu of writing several posts a day, here's an omnibus roundup of updates that have come ILFA's way over the last week or so.

- Stork had a lovely ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday, complete with cupcakes from BCakeNY over on Washington, food from Chavela's, and lots of local merchants popping in to wish them well.

- Reader Joshua passed along the photos of  "Dominican bistro" Puerto Viejo, which is under construction and aiming to open soon over on Dean and Grand (in the space that housed a "Spanish-American" take-out place until the fire a year or so ago). According to him, the space looks great and the owners seem excited to bring their take on this now-classic NYC cuisine to the area.

- In a (regionally) similar vein, Kelso is planning to collaborate with Ginger Root Cafe to bring a buffet-style Caribbean-fusion brunch to the Avenue very soon.

- Brooklyn Inkspot has a great new website, and both they and sister shop Bella Greens are now on Twitter (@BrooklynInkSpot and @BellaGreens1, respectively).

- Thanks to reader John, who passed this one along: Interlink, who are leaving their current space to make way for the new Pulp & Bean across Eastern Parkway, have found another space just a little further south on Franklin, which keeps their translation and legal services in the neighborhood for those who need them.

- Finally, Crown Heights has a new bike shop, CH Cycles, now open at 537 Empire Boulevard. They, too, can be found on Twitter (@CH_Cycles). Anybody been in yet?

It's an ever-expanding scene in Crown Heights. NYRR's Brooklyn Half-Marathon, which sold 15,000 entries in one day today, now starts at Washington and Eastern and heads south to Empire before heading back up Flatbush. Meanwhile, the ol' Google Alert for "Crown Heights" turned up an pair of laudatory articles about the area from a pair of websites that likely don't end up in the same feed all that often, one from queer blog Autostraddle that proclaimed CH "Park Slope's queer, quirky half-brother" and another from the buttoned-down folks at Real Estate Weekly that called the area "up and coming" but then included an inexplicable quote from a broker who claimed the neighborhood "benefit(s) from being close to waterfront neighborhoods." Come again? Still, always interesting to see who's watching Crown Heights (and keep those reader updates coming!).

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Seeds in the Middle presents a Crown Heights soccer rematch, tomorrow at 2pm

 
This event sounds like a lot of fun - check out their press release below, and their website for more information about the work Seeds in the Middle is doing to bring communities together in Crown Heights. 


SOCCER FOR HARMONY TOURNAMENT - REMATCH - SUNDAY, MARCH 25!

Orthodox Jews from Mendy's Deli and Caribbean players in Crown Heights face off again after the Jews surprised the islanders in their first match in December. Twenty years after Crown Heights riots, soccer is bringing the diverse Crown Heights communities together. The tournament supports soccer programs for underprivileged youth in central Brooklyn, a zone in middle of obesity epidemic lacking access to fresh food and fitness where bored youth can also be lured into violence. Donations welcome!

On Dec. 18 - in their unprecedented first game -  Mendy's Deli trounced two Caribbean teams. Now the islanders want a rematch! "We thought they just studied all the time!" grumbled one player on the losing team. Now they're prepared.

 The tournament also honors Christopher Rose, killed at 15 over an iPod by a gang his own age in 2005. Organizers are Errol Rose, Christopher's dad, Josef Cabral - coach of Crown Heights Soccer Eagles youth league and Seeds in the Middle. Soccer for Harmony was named by Rabbi Eli Cohen of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and is supported by the NYPD 71st Precinct, the 71st Precinct Community Council and the Crown Heights Mediation Center.

WHAT: Soccer for Harmony Tournament between Orthodox Jewish team led by Mendy's Deli co-owner and Caribbean players from the Brooklyn league.  After the game, pick-up games with adults and kids to advertise neighborhood children and families for youth soccer.

Orthodox Jewish and Caribbean players from Crown Heights set for ...


WHERE: Hamilton Metz Field, Albany/Lefferts Avenues in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

WHEN: Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm

CONTACT: Seeds in the Middle - 917-697-3745 or Errol Rose 917-559-6915 

Seeds in the Middle, named by fourth graders, partners with students, schools and the community to empower all to get access to all they need to get healthy. We teach how to grow edible gardens, how to market healthy food, how to cook nutritiously, how to exercise - all elements needed for lifelong well-being. Seeds in the Middle opened the Crown Heights Farmers Market last fall (re-opening June 7) -  and started the first organized youth soccer in the neighborhood. For more info, go to seedsinthemiddle.org.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Saturday: Help Art Not Arrests Clean Up the Crow Hill Community Garden from 12-3pm



It's short notice, but if you're around the neighborhood tomorrow afternoon, swing by the Crow Hill Community Garden and help Art Not Arrests clean things up in preparation for the beginnings of their installation project.

SOS Crown Heights Shooting Response TODAY: 6pm at the corner of Prospect and Schenectady

 
As papers across the city noted, the first day of Spring was a very sad one for residents of Brooklyn and the Bronx, with five shootings in just a few hours late Tuesday evening. Here in Crown Heights, one teen was killed and another seriously wounded. SOS Crown Heights, who are working daily to put an end to gun violence in Crown Heights, use "shooting responses" to ensure a) that these incidents of senseless violence do not go unreported or unnoticed and b) to bring community members together to re-commit to safer communities. If you can, I urge you to join them tonight at 6pm.

More info from their website:

Dear Community,

We are saddened to inform you that on Wednesday evening, two teenagers from our neighborhood were shot outside of St. John's park. An 18-year-old boy was fatally wounded, and a 15-year-old boy was injured. Please come together with us to respond to this tragedy and to ask our community to put down the guns. 

We will gather to respond 6 PM on Friday, March 23rd at the corner of Schenectady Avenue and Prospect Place. Please be prompt. 

We respond to every shooting that occurs in the S.O.S. target area to ensure that these tragedies do not pass unremarked as though they are normal and acceptable. We create a safe space on our streets, at the site of the shooting, where neighborhood residents can raise their voices in protest. 
Stop Shooting. Start Living.  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tell Pinnacle to take down their sign and stay away from Franklin Avenue - Updated



Update: There are a lot of rumors swirling about this group's involvement with the site, and until I get a document or something clearer in my hands, I'll freely admit that I don't exactly know what their connection to it is (some even say this group may be unrelated to the awful landlord). Still, I think can revise this post by simply saying "If these are the Pinnacle guys you've read about, then . . ."

If you've walked by the corner of Eastern Parkway and Franklin in the past week, you've probably noticed a pair of giant vinyl banners from Pinnacle Realty covering the the Crow Hill Community Association murals at the corner lot (341 Eastern Parkway). Many people on the Avenue have hoped to see this site developed for a long time, but the appearance of Pinnacle's signage is NOT good news. For starters, someone in the know says that Pinnacle doesn't actually have any relationship with the current owners or prospective buyers, and have just thrown up their signs illegally in an attempt to attract buyers for other properties in the neighborhood. While ILFA hasn't yet been able to confirm this with Pinnacle, such bad behavior would be no surprise coming from one of NYC's worst landlords. A rapacious, unscrupulous company that took out massive mortgages on properties in rapidly changing low and middle-income neighborhoods before the crash, Pinnacle has been sued for using illegal intimidation and harassment to drive rent-regulated tenants from their homes, often through such nefarious tactics as shutting off heat and water, "losing" rent checks, and failing to conduct basic maintenance. Ben Sacks of StableRenters, a startup that aims to inform potential tenants about the trustworthiness of NYC landlords, suggested what ILFA thinks is an effective analogy: If a teacher strikes a child in school, they don't just lose their job, but they're barred from ever working with children again. Pinnacle, despite routine attempts to destroy the lives of law-abiding New Yorkers, on the other hand, gets to keep running around wreaking havoc. (Sacks notes that he was inspired to create StableRenters in part because of the misbehavior of landlords like Pinnacle).  

Recently, it seemed that Pinnacle might have been reaping what they sowed, as the crash made many of their redevelopment plans untenable and has forced them to sell or lose several of the properties where they hoped to double (or quintuple) rents. Like Freddy Krueger, however, they just won't go away, and now they've most likely broken the law by putting up a banner illegally. Even if they are involved with the lot, we don't want them hanging around Franklin making another mess.

How to respond? Well, they've got their number right on that sign - 718-784-8282. Why not give them a call and ask them to take that banner down. While you're at it, let them know that their typical tactics will meet with stiff resistance in Crown Heights. As a reader below notes, you can also call 311 and register a formal complaint about illegal signage.

"Brownstones to Red Dirt" and Big Bird, Tonight at LaunchPad

BROWNSTONES TO RED DIRT 

Very cool event at LaunchPad tonight from the folks at Kings County Cinema Society:

THIS THURSDAY 3/22 AT LAUNCHPAD: SPECIAL SCREENING OF COPPER POT PICTURES’ “BROWNSTONES TO RED DIRT” and sneak peek at new doc “I AM BIG BIRD”

Greetings!


Please join us this Thursday at LaunchPad in Crown Heights for a free screening of the recent Bed-Stuy-shot doc Brownstones to Red Dirt, the moving story of a pen pal program that connects kids in Bed Stuy with children of refugees in Sierra Leone. The film has played at fests around the world and premiered locally at the 2010 Brooklyn Int’l Film Festival. Happy to show this one in central BK for a hometown crowd. Trailer here

Brownstones director Dave LaMattina will join us and premiere the brand spanking new kickstarter appeal for the production company’s new project I AM BIG BIRD...new amazing-looking feature doc about Carroll Spinney, the last of the original muppeteers and the actor who’s been playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch in EVERY episode of Sesame Street since 1969.

I AM BIG BIRD

Thursday 3/22 7:30pm
At LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave btw Park Pl and Sterling
2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave
Free, free popcorn, BYOB
Family friendly show



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Crown Heights Farm Share Looking for Members

Crown Heights CSA 

Back in the summer of 2009, ILFA participated in the inaugural year of the Crown Heights Farm Share (then the Crown Heights CSA), and I'm happy here to give it a full-fledged endorsement. For a decent sum of money up front (a few hundred bucks), you get an enormous amount of farm-fresh, delicious produce every week from June - November. While the price sounds like a lot up front, it works out to something like 8 bucks a week for an enormous bag of vegetables that would cost three times as much and taste half as good at any local grocery store. In addition, it forces you to eat your vegetables, you get to meet interesting neighbors at the pickup, and because you don't want it to go to waste, you learn how to cook new and interesting dishes that involve whatever random combination of produce the green earth has provided that week. Worst comes to worst, you eat a lot of delicious raw vegetables.

The Crown Heights Farm Share folks came by the CHCA meeting tonight (additional updates coming soon) to announce the opening of their registration for the summer of 2012. They've expanded their options this year - in addition to tasty veggies from Sang Lee Farms, they also offer fruit, cheese, butter, and yogurt shares - and they're looking to expand the size of the CSA, too (in years past, it filled up very quickly). They've also got subsidized shares and pay-as-you-go plans available for those who qualify, so if the up-front costs sound like a lot, there are ways to work around it.

Weekly fresh veggies are one great way to enhance a hot Brooklyn summer - if you're not one of the one-percenters who jet to the Hamptons to avoid paying NYC taxes, join today!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Crow Hill Community Association Meeting Tonight at 7:30pm

CHCA logo 
Come on out to the Gospel Tabernacle Church (725 Franklin) tonight at 7:30pm to hear the latest news and notes about our little corner of Crown Heights. For more information, check out the CHCA website.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What Does a Just Crown Heights Look Like To You?

As passed along by the Crow Hill Community Association:

A group of Crown Heights residents who are inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement have come together to work towards a more socially, environmentally, and economically just Crown Heights. We are working with community organizations to build on the momentum of the Occupy movement and solve some of the most pressing issues in our neighborhood. Some of the issue areas we have been discussing so far include:
  • Racial justice- police brutality, selective enforcement of laws, immigrant rights, voter registration, communication & dialogue
  • Housing- high rents, displacement, foreclosure, vacant buildings, senior housing
  • Education- school closings, programming for youth
  • Services- community gardens and parks, halfway housings, better transportation, cleaner streets, health care, elder care, firehouse closing
  • Jobs and the Economy- unemployment, access to food, gentrification

If any of these issues speak to you, we invite you to join us at our next meeting to further envision this initiative. We invite you to come share what a "just" Crown Heights means to you and talk about possibilities for action.

Sunday, March 18
4-7pm
Five Myles Gallery
558 St Johns Pl (between Franklin and Classon)


Questions or comments? Please email elana.bulman [at] gmail [dot] com.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

You'd Think It Was Summer: Franklin Hopping Today





It's a perfect St. Patrick's Day on the Avenue, but the foot traffic up and down would make you think it was June. At About Time Boutique, their blowout, everything-must-go sale is offering t-shirts for $10, hoodies for $15, and jackets for $35 until 9pm tonight (ILFA scored some limited-edition Franklin Avenue tees for friends and family). A few doors down, Stork is all decked out for the holiday, and across the street, the Built in Brooklyn Craft Fair is rocking for at least another hour, featuring perennial favorites from Planet Ert, Servus Cookies, and We've Got You Covered, as well as some new vendors. Perhaps the most surprising and fascinating of the new arrivals are the folks from Loomi, who've created an assemble-it-yourself paper light that looks like something that should cost about $300 at a design store, but can be bought for a fraction of that at the fair or from their website. For those who can't make it out today, the fine folks at Owl & Thistle have begun stocking many of these locally-made crafts in their shop. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

The St. Patrick's Weekend: Built in Brooklyn, HERStory, Keith Haring

It's a little dreary today, but Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be gorgeous again, which should make this feel like the first truly spring weekend on Franklin. If you're not planning to go nuts for St. Patrick's Day (a perfectly good use of a sunny spring weekend, I should say - does anyone know if there are shamrock-y events at any of the local bars?) there's a lot to do in and around the neighborhood:

- Built in Brooklyn returns to LaunchPad on Saturday for their first Craft Fair of 2012, offering local goodies of all sorts from 12-6pm.

- The late, great, Keith Haring is the subject of a big retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, opening today (more photos of Haring's iconic work here).

- The Brooklyn Children's Museum has a whole lot of events planned for Saturday for kids and adults, some with an Irish theme, some with a Women's History Month bent. From their press team:

Events for this Saturday March 17, featuring a variety programs for all: As we continue our Women’s HERstory month celebrations and explore literacy with WORD UP!, a meet and greet and fashion transformation with Jennifer Crane, United States Army Veteran http://www.fatiguestofabulous.com/ and a reading by renowned fashion designers Shane & Shawn http://shaneandshawn.com/press_sub.html and their new SHOE REVEAL (ssssomething in honor of our slithery BCM diva and our 113th birthday).

- Reader Ben reports that the new 3D's space looks fantastic - the folks working on it let him peek in, and they've expanded the dining space, exposed brick walls, and generally seem to be designing a great corner spot. They also confirmed that the location will remain 3D's. Glad to see a longtime anchor persevering on the Avenue. A Slice of Brooklyn, however, has officially closed, but the owners say they're already in talks with someone who'd like to re-open the space as a pizza joint again sometime soon.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tonight: Prospect Heights Democrats For Reform Host Candidates Forum on Sterling and Underhill

It's easy to feel both overloaded with election-year information and a very long way from November, but in Brooklyn, Democratic Primaries ARE the election, and they're being held early this year (as early as June in some cases). It's short notice, but if you're around tonight, Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform are hosting a candidates forum to see what some of those vying for local office have to offer our communities

Join Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform
For A
CANDIDATES FORUM

 Thursday March 15th
7-9pm

 Duryea Baptist Church
362 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Candidates will be given the opportunity to speak and then eligible club members will vote on endorsements. Also get more information about how to run for County Committee; it’s fun and a great way to get involved with your community.  RSVP HERE.

INVITED GUESTS:

10th Congressional District:
Hakeem Jeffries
Charles Barron
Edolphus Towns

57th Assembly District:
Olanike Alabai
Walter Mosley
Martine Guerrier

57th AD District Leader
Walter Mosley
Olanike Alabai
Renee Collymore

18th Senate District:
Velmanette  Montgomery
20th Senate District:
Eric Adams

52nd Assembly District
Joan Millman

52nd AD District Leader
Chris Owens
JoAnne Simone
Debra Scotto

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Secondary Sound Jam Night TONIGHT at BCH

Apologies for the last-minute update, but if you're around and looking for people to jam with, head over to Breukelen Coffee House tonight. From the Secondary Sound folks:

Tonight, 9pm at Breukelen Coffee House (764 Franklin Ave - 2, 3, 4, 5, to Franklin stop) is yet another Secondary Sound Jam.  We will have a drumset (Fernanda, the Ludwig 3 piece), amps and DI boxes to plug in electric guitars, bass, violin, keyboard and the like, as well as mics for vocalists to do their thing, all brought to you by the boys and girls at Five Block Sound.  So bring your friends, bring your instruments, byob, and meet the creative folks of Crown Heights.  We'll have some laughs, have some drinks and make some music.  See you tonight and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday! 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Celebrate Three Fantastic Years with the Franklin Park Reading Series Tonight

FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES 3/12: AUSLANDER/WILSON/BRODER/WOODS/TOWNSEND
It's been three whole years since journalist, author, and local literary booster extraordinaire Penina Roth first hosted the Franklin Park Reading Series, and what an impressive run it's been. The series has grown from a local event to a white-hot-must-see-mentioned-in-all-the-right-places literary salon that's hosted winners of every prize from the O. Henry to the Pulitzer, but it still holds its Crown Heights roots dear, showcasing local authors every month. Tonight's event promises to be a great show, complete with hilarious readings of prose and poetry, screenings of illustrated stories and comics, candy donated by The Candy Rush, and of course, the always popular $4 pints. See you there!

The complete invite, via FB:

Hope you can join us on March 12, when we celebrate three great years of prose and poetry in Crown Heights -- NYC's hottest literary community! The event features comic novelists SHALOM AUSLANDER, described in the NY Times as "an absurdist with a deep sense of gravitas" and ADAM WILSON, whose debut novel FLATSCREEN was praised by Time Out NY as "depressingly hilarious and undeniably real." At this multigenre event, poet MELISSA BRODER (Meat Heart) will share her incendiary work, and acclaimed graphic novelist JOHN DERMOT WOODS (The Complete Collection of People, Places and Things) will screen his illustrated stories and comics. We'll also be showcasing up-and-coming Crown Heights author BEN TOWNSEND (Stonecutter Journal).

Featuring:

SHALOM AUSLANDER (Hope: A Tragedy)
ADAM WILSON (Flatscreen)
MELISSA BRODER (Meat Heart)
JOHN DERMOT WOODS (The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things)
BEN TOWNSEND (Stonecutter Journal)

SHALOM AUSLANDER was raised in Monsey, New York. He is the author of the novel Hope: A Tragedy, as well as the short story collection Beware of God and the internationally bestselling memoir Foreskin’s Lament, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Slate. Nominated for the Koret Jewish Book Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Tablet and has had stories aired on NPR’s This American Life. He lives in upstate New York.

ADAM WILSON is the author of the novel Flatscreen. His fiction has appeared in many publications, including The Paris Review,Washington Square Review, New York Tyrant, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, The Coffin Factory, and elimae, as well as the anthology Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging. A founding editor of the The Faster Times and former culture critic for Blackbook, he is currently a regular contributor to Bookforum and The Paris Review Daily. His essays, journalism and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Forward, The Rumpus, and the anthologies Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas. He holds an MFA from Columbia University, where he received a fellowship, and teaches creative writing at NYU and the Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat.

MELISSA BRODER is the author of two poetry collections, Meat Heart and When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Redivider, Court Green, The Missouri Review online, Barrelhouse, The Awl, Drunken Boat, and other places. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cakeshop in New York. By day, she is a publicity manager at Penguin.

JOHN DERMOT WOODS draws comics and writes stories in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things. The image-text novel he wrote with J.A. Tyler, No One Told Me I Was Going to Disappear, has recently been published by Jaded Ibis Press. A collection of his comics will be released by Publishing Genius Press later this spring, and a collection of his illustrated stories, The Baltimore Atrocities, is forthcoming. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Fairytale Review, The Collagist, Hobart, Caketrain, Opium, The Salt Hill Review, The Indiana Review, and 3rd Bed. A professor of English at Nassau Community College, he is also the editor of the arts quarterly Action, Yes and co-curator of the Soda Series readings in Brooklyn.

BEN TOWNSEND grew up in a brown house on a small hill overlooking a very large cornfield. He has since lived in a few different places and still owes library fines in Ann Arbor, MI, Lexington, VA, and New York City, where he currently resides. He holds a Comparative Literature degree from the University of Michigan, and has published fiction in Stonecutter Journal. He now calls Crown Heights, Brooklyn home.

Friday, March 09, 2012

The Museum Museum, Tonight at LaunchPad


Tonight (Friday) at LaunchPad - complete press release below:

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN: New York City has a world-class set of cultural institutions, but it is widely understood that to take it all in would be a superhuman endeavor. Therefore, The Levys’ Unique New York! is offering, for one night only, the chance to absorb the highest quality exhibits on art, history, science and car service, including a spectacularly unqualified docent-led tour.
LaunchPad will be hosting The Museum Museum, a one-night only curated experience where visitors can explore the microscopic world of amoebas through 2D viewing platforms; where guests will be thrown into the past by the City Reliquary’s traveling suitcase of antiquity; where modern-day curiosity seekers can experience the world-renowned Museum of Car Service, from the inside to the out. The Museum Museum’s main exhibit will be a documentary, The Quest for Cameltoe, featuring Rev Jen, the zany, wry and irreverent Lower East Side Art-Star who may be one of NYC’s last living eccentrics. The Quest for Cameltoe shows Reverend Jen creating mystifying works of art, traveling to exotic European cities, getting sloshed on wine and creating the only Troll Doll Museum in the world.
Doors open at 8pm. The Quest for Cameltoe runs sixty-four minutes and will begin promptly at 9:30pm. Works by TJ Hospodar, Wendy Chan, Jason Thompson, 0h10 M1ke and The City Reliquary. Wine and cheese will be served. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. LaunchPad is located at 721 Franklin Avenue and is accessible via the 2,3,4,5,A,C trains at Franklin Avenue and the Shuttle train at Park Place.
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The Levys’ Unique New York! New York’s First Family of Tour Guides hosts fun and unique New York themed events, including Freeze Tag on Wall Street, the Panorama Channel at the Queens Museum of Art and the Official V Train Funeral Party, “We Hardly Knew V.”
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LaunchPad is a creative gathering place focused on the arts, community programs, technology and anything else that captures the imagination.
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The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization, located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, provides a wide array of services to the community. As a certified 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, we are committed to serving the people of New York City – natives, newcomers, and passersby. The City Reliquary’s hours are: Saturday and Sunday: 12pm – 6pm. Admission to the museum is by suggested donation. For general information, please visit the Museum’s website www.cityreliquary.org or call 718. R U CIVIC.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Two events exploring our changing neighborhood tonight


As mentioned in the post below, Safe in This Place is putting on a public performance for community members tonight at 7:30pm at St. Teresa's, where they'll tackle questions of safety and security in the changing area along Franklin Ave. ILFA will be there, but I also wanted to pass along another event that's tackling similar questions tonight in Bed-Stuy, a Pratt Area Community Council Happy Hour discussion with the theme of "Neighborhood in Flux" at The Outpost (whose name alone suggests a certain vision of urban pioneering that's worth unpacking). Read on for more info (copied from their blog):

FOP happy hour at outpost

Neighborhood in Flux
A Happy Hour Discussion at Outpost Lounge
Thursday, March 8, 2012 (7pm-9pm)
click here to see all upcoming events


Come join us for happy hour and an informal panel discussion around the changing character of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Bed Stuy and surrounding neighborhoods. Panelists include writer Naima Coster, whose writing on gentrification in Fort Greene was published in the New York Times; visual artist and photographerValerie Caesar, whose work was shown in MOCADA's "The Gentrification of Brooklyn;" and Deb Howard, PACC's Executive Director and neighborhood resident for 38 years; moderated by Lincoln Restler, Committeeman for Brooklyn's 50th Assembly District.

Enjoy happy hour beer/wine specials and hors d'oeuvres from Outpost. This event is free and open to the public.

Friends of PACC Presents
Neighborhood in Flux: A Happy Hour Discussion 
at Outpost Lounge
Thursday March 8, 2012 (7-9pm)
Outpost Lounge - 1014 Fulton Street
between Classon and Downing
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

RSVP by email or on our Facebook Event
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Safe in this Place Public Performance Tomorrow


Safe in This Place, a Franklin Avenue Theater and Dialogue Project that has been bringing residents together to talk about the meaning of safety and security in Crown Heights for the past eight weeks, hosts their public performance tomorrow night (Thursday) from 7:30-9:30pm at St. Teresa's (563 Sterling at Classon). Read on for more information:

Safe in This Place: A Franklin Avenue Theater and Dialogue Project

invites you to join us for a public performance and dialogue about what it means to be safe in this neighborhood



Thursday, March 8, 7:30-9:30pm

at St. Teresa of Avila church, 563 Sterling Pl. (at Classon) (map)



For 8 weeks, residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn have used theater to engage in dialogue about what it means to be safe. They have raised questions about community, race, class, gentrification, power, police, diversity, and change. In this interactive public sharing of the project, the group members will perform pieces of theater and engage the audience in a continued dialogue about these questions. 



Free! Refreshments will be served.



RSVP or questions to safeinthisplace@gmail.com or 347-762-9439


Please pass the word along to anyone you know who might be interested in attending.