Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Links: Stoop Series, Affordable Housing, Food Mapping, LaunchPad & More

Pedro Marti, "To Gather," Five Myles, 2010

Some events this evening and coming up, and more updates from various efforts to preserve affordable housing in Crown Heights:

- Five Myles hosts the first of three events in their "Stoop Series," outside in front of their space on St. Johns, tonight at 6:30.

- The Crown Heights Assembly has won the notice of the press for its petition demanding mandatory inclusionary zoning in Crown Heights West. DNAInfo covered their efforts yesterday, and the New York Observer picked up the link later in the evening. 

- Brownstoner reports that the Housing Partnership, which helps coordinate and facilitate the construction of affordable housing, has purchased lots in Crown Heights (to the east of the rezoning area in question). 

- The question of affordable housing and developer influence has entered our 35th Council race in a big way, as reported by Prospect Heights Patch on Monday, with Laurie Cumbo winning the endorsement of real-estate/developer/insurance PAC "Jobs for New York," who plan to spend about $10 million to influence council elections this fall. Ms. Cumbo has responded to the outcry that followed, including criticism from others in the race, by noting in an email to her mailing list that she has participated in NYC campaign finance reform and that, as Jobs for NY's spending "erodes the goals that program was intended to advance," she has "officially and respectfully asked Jobs for NY to immediately discontinue spending any independent funds in support of my campaign."

- The Affordable Housing Working Group of the CHCA will be meeting for the first time since last May's Town Hall II on Thursday, August 1st. Complete information from them is copied below:

We'll be gathering this Thursday at Lily & Fig, 6:30-8P, 727 Franklin Ave (between Park Pl & Sterling Pl) so folks can share their concerns AND learn more from their neighbors and folks in the know about how to address the issue of affordable housing in Crown Heights. We'll mostly be planning the future activities of this group during the meeting but we'll also include: 
  • Information for folks who are facing immediate displacement 
  • Representatives from different neighborhood groups to talk about some of the work that's already
  • Updates about some of the zoning changes and pending construction in the neighborhood.
We hope you'll join us!  Either way - please help us spread the word and let us know if you want to stay connected to this group by emailing housingcrownheights@gmail.com to get on the update list.  

Two other ways to get involved:

- Crown Heights Prospect Heights Food Allies are putting together a food map for the neighborhood and planning a Health Fair for September (they did one last September as well). If you're connected to a CSA/Farm Share, local garden or farmer's market, or emergency food supplier, let them know so Food Allies can put them on their map.

- Finally, LaunchPad has a great slate of events this week as always, including a reading from MadHat Press tonight:

Wednesday, July 31st @ 8pm
MadHat Press: A Reading


Join the editorial staff of MadHat Press and MadHat Annual (formerly Mad Hatters' Review), along with some of our Maddest authors, for a night of poetry and prose! MadHat editors Marc Vincenz, Susan Lewis, Jonathan Penton and Jeff Davis will join MadHat Wild & Wyrd Chapbook Contest winner Lysette Simmons and MadHat contributors (and esteemed guest editors) Alexander Cigale and Dana Golin! Open mic to follow.

LaunchPad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C to Franklin Avenue station
8p, $5 suggested donation

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Thursday, August 1st @ 8pm
Another Round Storytelling


The August edition of Another Round Storytelling is upon us! On Thursday, August 1st, we welcome featured storyteller Susan Kent, cohost of “Tell It: Brooklyn" and veteran of “The Moth" StorySLAM. Listen to her story "Baby Girl" on a recent edition of “The Moth" podcast.

Another Round Storytelling is a monthly open mic series that takes place at LaunchPad (721 Franklin Ave.) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, at 8:00 p.m. The show features five 10-minute open mic slots followed by a special guest, plus a free cocktail to fuel the storytelling fire. So bring your best tales of drunken disorder and toss your name into the cocktail shaker! The $5 suggested donation benefits LaunchPad, a nonprofit arts and performance space.

Susan Kent is from a small town in South Georgia and currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She tells stories at events like “The Moth" StorySLAM, 826 NYC’s “Knight of Time" and "Tell It: Brooklyn," a storytelling series that she hosts with Victoria Scroggins. Her favorite drink is a bottle of Bud, because she’s classy.

LaunchPad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C to Franklin Avenue station
8p, $5 suggested donation

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Saturday, August 3rd @ 3:30pm
Sustainable Cycles


Join Rachel Horn as she arrives to Brooklyn by bicycle from San Francisco -- living on $4 a day, talking about sustainable approaches to menstruation, and giving away free menstrual cups along the way!

Don't know about menstrual cups? Or don't know why we'd need to think about sustainability and menstruation? Join us for discussion, stories, and more!
www.SustainableCycles.org

LaunchPad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C to Franklin Avenue station
3:30p, Free

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Saturday, August 3rd @ 8pm
The Family Repertory Company Presents: A Mid Summer's Cabaret


Come join The Family this glorious Summer as we set forth to entertain you with our any talented Ladies and Gentlemen. There will be the presentation of:

- A monologue written & directed by Marvin Camillo Valentine Jr. (Exec,/Artistic Director of The Family)
- A monologue from "Throw Down" an original and last piece written by the Late Marvin Felix Camillo (founder of The Family)
- Belly Dance by Tribal Intergrate
- Stand up Comedy acts with Johnny Shkreli and La Nena
- The Sultry Sounds of Chewy Choo
- The Poetry of Mia Anderson
- One act Monoloue of Cesar Alvarez


The Time: Door opens at 7:45pm Show starts 8:15pm
Tickets: $13 at the door
$10 Seniors 60 and up (@ door)
Your ticket includes food and 1 free drink.

LaunchPad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C to Franklin Avenue station
8p, $13 suggested donation

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Sunday, August 4th @ 1pm
NYC Physics and Math Self-Learners Group


At the NYC Physics & Math Self-Learners, we basically work our way through graduate physics materials, and meet on the first Sunday afternoon of each month to discuss what we've learned and to answer one another's questions.  The emphasis is on intuition rather than problem-solving methods, but we do both.

LaunchPad
721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
2,3,4,5,C to Franklin Avenue station
1p, Pay what you wish

3 comments:

  1. Hey Nick,

    Wanted to let you know that it looked like Pulp and Bean II was open when I walked by today. Also, I was curious whether you've heard anything about what's happening with the old Maiman's pharmacy on the southwest corner of Franklin and EP. They took the scaffolding down and it looks like they redid the space. The exterior makes it look like a medical clinic or something like that. Figured I'd pass along the info.....

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  2. Southeast corner that is....

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  3. It is supposed to become an upscale deli

    http://brooklynian.com/forum/crown-heights-and-prospect-lefferts-gardens/maimans-pharmacy

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