Friday, May 10, 2013

Keeping Up With Crown Heights (+ Weekend Links)

(Not quite as bad as last year's truck v. bridge incident, but still, yowch. Photo taken by Lev of Mayfield at 8:25 this morning)

Sometimes, all it takes is a Google alert to capture the many different worlds that collide in Crown Heights. Four links, as delivered to my inbox yesterday at 3:52pm:

New York Times (blog)
Lilith Spencer, the cheesemonger at Wedge, during the store's opening. Uli Seit for The New York Times Lilith Spencer, the cheesemonger at Wedge, during the store's opening. The new cheese shop in Crown Heights may be called Wedge, but Sliver would ...

On any afternoon in Crown Heights on Kingston Avenue, there are sliver sightings of forearms, the sounds of heels clacking, the humming of stroller wheels, and tribes of young mothers wearing long, tressed wigs. The Brooklyn enclave is home to the ...

News 12 New Jersey
Police are trying to piece together what happened during a double stabbing in Crown Heights early this morning. According to neighbors, two men stabbed each other following some sort of dispute inside 852 Saint John's Pl., near Nostrand Avenue, at ..
Enterprise has opened a CarShare location on St. Johns Place and Classon Avenue, just over the border in Crown Heights. Enterprise's rates are lower Than Zipcar with the first year's membership fee waived and just $25 application fee. (Zipcar's rates ...

An artisanal cheese shop, the latest in Lubavitch fashion, a knife fight, and a new car-by-the-hour service, just in time for summer, and that's only one day's worth of news from our little corner of the universe. Brooklynian has already covered three of these four stories, of course (I don't think they jumped on the Lubavitch fashion piece), but they're crowdsourced/managed by the tireless whynot/MikeF. At any rate, on to the weekend's events:

- Speaking of Brooklynian, they're hosting a spring get-together tonight at the Nostrand Avenue Pub at 8pm. Not a bad way to start the weekend off - interesting conversation is almost guaranteed. Amother other things, you can chat about all the new businesses popping up (and old ones closing - JamRock is gone, while Yogumoo looks closer and closer to opening).

- The Haiti Cultural Exchange Film Festival screens work from emerging filmmakers, tonight at Five Myles from 6-9pm. 

- LaunchPad has a typically-fascinating lineup of things to do this weekend, starting tonight:

Friday, May 10th @ 8pm
What The Night Demands Book Release Party

Miles Walser wrote a book. World-famous independent poetry press Write Bloody decided to publish it. Here's your invitation to come to the party where he reads from his first collection of poetry, "What the Night Demands" for the first time.

There will be food! There will be beverages of the buzz-inducing variety! There will be music you can show your moves or awkwardly head-bob to. There will be other poetic guests who will make your heart swoon.

Hosted by James Merenda, and performances by Jon Sands, Aaron Samuels, Megan Falley, and of course...

MILES WALSER reading from his book, "WHAT THE NIGHT DEMANDS."

Leave with an autographed copy of this much-anticipated collection and fond memories of poetry and friends!


Saturday, May 11th @ 8pm
Sounds and Sounds

Sounds & Sounds is a concert series at LaunchPad that explores new music and new forms of improvisation.


Sunday, May 12th @ 3pm
Brooklyn Draw Jam

Come hang with your friends at LaunchPad and take part in some fun, low-key collaborative drawing games like exquisite corpse, drawing telephone and more. Feel free to come by and work on your own drawings as well. BYO drinks, snacks and drawing materials. Drawers of all levels welcome! ( sugg. donation $5)

- Don't forget to call your mother on Sunday, and if she lives nearby, Park Delicatessen's got you covered: 

- And finally, when the week starts, the fun doesn't stop: on Monday night, the second consecutive week of Franklin Park Reading Series readings kicks off at 8pm.


  1. Nice juxtaposition of articles! It's a fascinating place to live, for sure.

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