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Some Brooklyn residents say more and more homes in their neighborhood are being illegally converted to multi-family units. They’ve teamed up with their elected officials to try to tackle the problem. Borough reporter Jeanine Ramirez has the story.

The front window of a home in Dyker Heights is plastered with work permits and stop work orders. The Buildings Department says this renovation project racked up nearly 10 violations and more than 25 complaints.

People in the neighborhood are worried it’s an illegal conversion from a two family home to a multi-unit dwelling.

“On my block in particularly it’s happening very quickly. It’s becoming a big problem in the whole community,” says resident Jeannine Bardo.

“It happened right in front of my face. Right across the street from me when a house inside of two months was literally torn apart and put back together,” resident Bob Cassara says.

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rooklyn Residents Concerned Over Illegal Home Conversions

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Some Brooklyn residents say more and more homes in their neighborhood are being illegally converted to multi-family units. They’ve teamed up with their elected officials to try to tackle the problem. Borough reporter Jeanine Ramirez has the story.

The front window of a home in Dyker Heights is plastered with work permits and stop work orders. The Buildings Department says this renovation project racked up nearly 10 violations and more than 25 complaints.

People in the neighborhood are worried it’s an illegal conversion from a two family home to a multi-unit dwelling.

“On my block in particularly it’s happening very quickly. It’s becoming a big problem in the whole community,” says resident Jeannine Bardo.

“It happened right in front of my face. Right across the street from me when a house inside of two months was literally torn apart and put back together,” resident Bob Cassara says.

- See more at: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/news/213806/brooklyn-residents-concerned-over-illegal-home-conversions/#sthash.cSWJIEoM.dpufz

rooklyn Residents Concerned Over Illegal Home Conversions

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Some Brooklyn residents say more and more homes in their neighborhood are being illegally converted to multi-family units. They’ve teamed up with their elected officials to try to tackle the problem. Borough reporter Jeanine Ramirez has the story.

The front window of a home in Dyker Heights is plastered with work permits and stop work orders. The Buildings Department says this renovation project racked up nearly 10 violations and more than 25 complaints.

People in the neighborhood are worried it’s an illegal conversion from a two family home to a multi-unit dwelling.

“On my block in particularly it’s happening very quickly. It’s becoming a big problem in the whole community,” says resident Jeannine Bardo.

“It happened right in front of my face. Right across the street from me when a house inside of two months was literally torn apart and put back together,” resident Bob Cassara says.

- See more at: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/news/213806/brooklyn-residents-concerned-over-illegal-home-conversions/#sthash.cSWJIEoM.dpuf

Dining From Trash to Table in Brooklyn

Salvage Supperclubs Meals Are Served Inside a Scrubbed-Down Dumpster

Guests at Salvage Supper share a meal in a dumpster in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Salvage Suppers are six-course dinners made from food that is spoiled or past its prime to aid the hungry. Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal

Bruised apples, floppy herbs and moldy grapes might not be considered acceptable ingredients for most home cooks. But a Manhattan man is hoping to change New Yorker’s outlook on food freshness—one dinner party at a time.

Josh Treuhaft, a recent graduate of the design for social innovation master’s program at the School of Visual Arts, has hosted seven Salvage Supperclubs, where he served past-prime food to diners inside a scrubbed down dumpster.

In all, the dinner rescued 1.8 pounds of food per person that was otherwise destined for the landfill. Culled from farms, farmers markets, restaurants and home kitchens, the waste was still perfectly safe and nutritious, Mr. Treuhaft said—the chef just needed to be creative in its handling. Continued: http://online.wsj.com/articles/dining-from-trash-to-table-in-brooklyn-1408756306

Saving Brooklyn from itself

As a global wave rises, here’s how de Blasio can help New Yorkers stay afloat

NEW YORK DAILY NEWSPriced out? Joe Marino/New York Daily News

Priced out?

“One Incredible Entrepreneur Saved This Struggling Neighborhood By Replacing Everyone In It With Affluent Twentysomethings.”Hours after the parody website Clickhole posted that headline, the New York Times ran the latest in its years-long series on Times-reader-types getting priced out of Brooklyn (or, more accurately, the parts of the borough they’d care to live in):“We weren’t sure there was anyone like us in the neighborhood,” one subject said of his family’s new digs in Jersey City, until what the paper describes as “a Brooklyn-style coffee shop arrived.” Then, said the exile, he was home: “The line down the street was all people like us. We could have been in Williamsburg. It was all, like, expats.”So “Brooklyn style” spread and another neighborhood was “saved.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/saving-brooklyn-article-1.1916508#ixzz3BWzqLCQJ

Turns Out Nobody Wants to Shop at J. Lo’s Brooklyn Viva Movil Phone Store

I love ya Viva Movil – said nobody, ever.

By Jordan Valinsky

Miss you. (Photo: Instagram)It was only a year ago that Jennifer Lopez marched into Brooklyn and heralded a new era of being ripped off by your cell phone provider. Dubbed Viva Movil, it’s a joint venture between the American Idol judge and Verizon Mobile to lure Latino shoppers to the brand. But it looks like its customers have hung up on it.

Last week, we noticed that the shop on Flatbush Avenue across from the Barclays Center shuttered. Gone are the shrine-like pictures of Ms. Lopez smiling and giggling about Otter cases and data plans, and instead sits an empty storefront. It’s probably not what she was hoping for with the chain’s flagship location.

So, what went wrong? About six months ago, we noticed the Viva Movil signage was flipped with your run-of-the-mill Verizon Wireless logos because even with pictures of Ms. Lopez holding a cellphone, people probably didn’t know what Viva Movil was.
Read more at http://betabeat.com/2014/08/turns-out-nobody-wants-to-shop-at-j-los-brooklyn-viva-movil-store/#ixzz3AwimXAos

Food for Thought
Aug 21- Sept 14
Opening reception, Thursday, August 21, 6:00-9:00 PM

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Ever since our ancestors depicted the hunt for dinner on the walls of caves, cuisine and its culture have always met in the visual arts. 440 Gallery hosts their annual summer theme show Food for Thought, a national juried exhibition exploring food in all its manifestations. For many of the selected works the cliche “starving artist” has less to do with physical hunger and more to do with the disconnection between nourishment and the food we eat: a photograph of a blue-tinged chicken carcass, a mosaic made up of brightly colored cereals, and a cake made of cement. They suggest metaphysical starvation in a land of plenty. The following 26 artists have been selected by the juror Jennifer Coates: Elizabeth Albert, Alan Alejo, Sarah Allen, Eric Banks, Zel Brook, Mitsuko Brooks, Bill Cullen, Patricia Denys, Mary DeVincentis, Andrew Francis, Lauren Garfinkel, Neal Levin, Brooke Marcy, Tali Margolin, Laura Murray, Lucas Novaes, Gun Roze, Toni Silber-Delerive, Frances Sniffen, Dani Steele, James Strong, Meagan Thompson, Lisa Tubach, Melissa Walker, Hyeonkyeong Yeo, Rachel Youens. The exhibition will run from Thursday, August 21, through Saturday, September 13, 2014, with an opening reception on Thursday, August 21, 6:00-9:00 PM.

440 Gallery was named “Best Gallery” by The L Magazine in their February 27, 2013, issue featuring The Best Stores in Brooklyn. More recently, 440 Gallery and Shanee Epstein’s solo exhibition were reviewed by Art in Limbo in their series on Brooklyn galleries.

Yes, you're in Brooklyn.Camping at Gateway

Camp overnight at all three units of Gateway

In 2011, Gateway expanded campgrounds at Floyd Bennett Field from four to 38 sites. In 2012, overnight tent camping has been expanded to select areas of Sandy Hook, New Jersey and Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. Reservations are available now at www.recreation.gov under “Camp Gateway.” Most camping at Gateway is “primitive” tent camping, but different areas offer different anemities.

Campground at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Residents Concerned With Uptick In Gun Violence As Stop And Frisks All But Disappear

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Stop and frisks are down dramatically in two of New York City’s toughest police precincts, but gun violence is on the rise.

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, police in East New York and Brownsville have basically done away with the controversial and polarizing police tactic in the first half of 2014.

According to the New York Daily News, the 74th and 75th Precincts have recorded a 99 percent drop in stop and frisks.

However, Brownsville resident Kim told Miller she hasn’t noticed a change in police behavior.

“Not really. Not really. They target who they want to target,” she said. Continued: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/08/16/brooklyn-residents-concerned-with-uptick-in-gun-violence-as-stop-and-frisks-all-but-disappear/

‘Panic in a Suitcase’ is a story of Odessan émigrés in Brooklyn, told with humor and catharsis

A Brighton Beach family’s saga bends Russian literary tradition into mordant modern comedy.

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 11.18.33 AMReviewed by Tobias Carroll for The Barnes & Noble Review

Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase, has numerous elements that might seem familiar to certain readers. At its center is the Nasmertov family, émigrés from Odessa to Brighton Beach. Pasha, the late-30s son whose 1993 visit to New York opens the novel, is a poet; Esther and Robert, his parents, ponder life in their adopted country even as Esther struggles with cancer. What makes “Panic in a Suitcase” so memorable, then, is the way that it avoids the clichéd routes any of these elements could have prompted. Instead, this is a novel of family that remains true to its sometimes stubborn, sometimes endearing, and sometimes unknowable characters.

At the center of this is Pasha. Viewed from the perspective of his family, he seems an irresponsible figure, his refusal to join his family in the United States a source of constant frustration, his presence in writing circles out of sync with the rhythms of his parents and sister. There’s also the matter of his conversion from Judaism to Christianity:

Recommended: How well do you know Russian literature?

At 20, he’d inflicted the injury. There has been the technicality of the process – an elaborate theater of spite, as Esther called it, convinced that every step of it was being done to undo her. The catechumen period had been auspiciously brief.

Continued on: http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2014/0818/Panic-in-a-Suitcase-is-a-story-of-Odessan-emigres-in-Brooklyn-told-with-humor-and-catharsis

Backpacks needed for kids from low-income families

Golden teams up with Catholic Charities for donation drive

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Parents struggling to make ends meet often don’t have the money after paying the rent and the bills to indulge their children by buying a new backpack for school. As a result, children of low-income households arrive for the first day of school in September and find that they stick out like a sore thumb in a classroom where everyone else has a new backpack.

In an effort to save children from embarrassment in front of their peers, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens is conducting a donation drive to collect backpacks, notebooks, pencils, rulers and other school supplies for underprivileged children. Read more: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014/8/14/Golden-leads-Brooklyn-school-supply-drive

Beyoncé For Brooklyn And Backpacks: Superstar Supports Children By Partnering With School Supply Buy-One-Give-One Company

By Ashley Griggs | August 14, 2014 08:03 PM EDT

Beyonce Gives Back for Back to School(Photo : Twitter)

Queen B is ready to take the kids back to school. Singer Beyoncé Knowles recently launched a partnership with the Brooklyn-based company STATE Bags to create a limited edition BeyGOOD X State Union backpack. What’s better, with every purchase a child in need will receive one as well.

The sturdy yet sleek black backpack comes embroidered with a BeyGOOD patch. The exclusive bag includes a 15″ laptop sleeve and an iPad pocket, and can be found on STATE Bags‘ website for $125.

Read more: http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/104162/20140814/beyonc%C3%A9-backpacks.htm

8 New Plays To Premiere in 4 Brooklyn Community Gardens – Saturdays and Sundays: August 30 & 31, September 6 & 7, 13 & 14

Now in its fourth year, The Communal Spaces Festivalwill premiere eight new short plays inspired by and performed in community gardens in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The festival will take place on the last weekend in August and the first two weekends in September. Previous festivals have included site specific performances in community gardens on the Lower East Side, East Village, Upper West Side and Harlem. In the past four years 27 new works have been presented. This year’s titles include Washougal My Heart, COMPETE ME and ALTHEA THE GARDEN CANTATA.

The Communal Spaces Festival is being produced by The Motor Company, Co-Artistic Directors Lillian Meredith and Christopher Norwood. Admission is free, no reservations required. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis and all plays run approximately 30 minutes.

More information is available at www.communitygardenproject.wordpress.com

Hamas Terror Trial Opens In Brooklyn

Arab Bank is target in first-ever suit against an institution under Anti-Terrorism Act.

Scene of the 2001 Sbarro’s massacre in Jerusalem, which figures in the Arab Bank trial. Wikimedia CommonsScene of the 2001 Sbarro’s massacre in Jerusalem, which figures in the Arab Bank trial. Wikimedia Commons

Hamas, the Islamic terrorist organization that has waged a month-long war against Israel in the Gaza Strip, is now under legal attack in a Brooklyn courtroom.

A lawsuit by 297 Americans alleges that Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups financed 24 terror attacks in Israel between 2001 and 2004 with the help of Arab Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle East. The suit alleges the Jordan-based bank “knowingly and willfully” provided and distributed money and financial benefits to “terrorists who have killed, injured and maimed civilians” — as well as to charities controlled by Hamas — and by so doing “aided and abetted and conspired to commit said acts of international terrorism. …”

In particular, it is alleged that the bank assisted the Saudi Committee for the Support of Intifada Al Quds, which allegedly provided millions of dollars in death benefits to the families of terrorists from all different terror organizations.

“The family of [terrorist] Wafa Ali Khalil ldris was compensated for blowing up bystanders on a Jerusalem street, including four members of the Sokolow family from New York, notwithstanding her being dispatched by the PLO,” the suit said.

The suit claims that by its actions, Arab Bank has violated America’s Anti-Terrorism Act and names as plaintiffs Americans who were injured in those attacks, as well as families of those killed.

It is the first trial against an institution under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act. Continued on http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york/hamas-terror-trial-opens-brooklyn

Grand jury to probe former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has convened the panel in Brooklyn Supreme Court on allegations Hynes misappropriated public funds

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Former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is the target of a grand jury probe over allegations of misusing public funds. New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images Former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is the target of a grand jury probe over allegations of misusing public funds.

The state’s top lawman has empaneled a grand jury to probe possible criminal charges against former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and some of his office staff, the Daily News has learned.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has convened the grand jury in Brooklyn Supreme Court, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

The Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office is also investigating, after a bombshell city report found that more than $200,000 seized from criminals may have been used to pay longtime Hynes media consultant Mortimer Matz, 90, for political work.

The Department of Investigation report cited emails allegedly showing that Matz, a former DA employee who began working for Hynes in 2003, focused on his boss’ reelection bid last year.

The 27-page report, drawing on information culled from 6,000 emails — including one in which Hynes called opponent Kenneth Thompson a “lowlife” — was forwarded to the AG’s office, according to sources. Thompson beat Hynes in the November election and is now DA.

Hynes could face theft charges on allegations of misappropriating public funds.

Asked about the grand jury, Schneiderman spokeswoman Melissa Grace declined comment.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/grand-jury-probe-brooklyn-hynes-article-1.1901435#ixzz3AJhfQbgt

Historic U.S. Navy Vessel Open To Public For First Time At Future Site Of Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina

285330An historic U.S. Navy vessel that was originally deployed during Vietnam and later used to train U.S. helicopter pilots will temporarily dock at Pier 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) and for the first time be open for public tours, organizers announced today. In advance of construction of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina, The Baylander IX-514 will open for tours as part of a larger program designed to highlight the history of the ship and its extraordinary background, as well as facilitate the Marina’s community boating program.

In addition, the developers of Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina, the largest recreational marina to be developed in New York Harbor in 50 years, is excited to announce an array of programming goals for the summer of 2014 associated with the arrival of the Baylander, which will further BBP’s goal of promoting recreational boating and on- water educational programming, and provide New Yorkers even more opportunities to actively connect with their waterfront.

The development team currently anticipates an open date of April 2015 for the marina. Prior to the start of construction, it is bringing the Baylander to BBP to serve as the platform for other vessels to access the park.  These will include, amongst other historic vessels, the Lettie G. Howard, a wooden Schooner built in 1893, owned by South Street Seaport and operated by the Urban Assembly Harbor School, as well as the John J. Harvey a retired FDNY fireboat built in 1931.

Free walk-up tours of the Baylander are currently scheduled for weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning July 26 through Labor Day.

The Baylander IX-514 131-foot vessel began its service in Vietnam in 1968.  In 1986 the Baylander was transformed into a helicopter trainer for the U.S. Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. For more than 10 years the ship provided a cost-effective training platform for single-spot deck landings, covering both day and night operations.  Since 1986 the Baylander completed 120,000 error-free helicopter landings with a record of 346 landings in one day in June 1988.

West Elm chosen by di Blasio family to redesign private spacs of Gracie Mansion

Brooklyn-Based Retailer Integrates First Family’s Personal Style Into Historic Residence

 7-28-gracie-LIST“West Elm is thrilled to work with the First Family of New York City and the Gracie Mansion Conservancy to redesign the private spaces of Gracie Mansion,” said Vanessa Holden, Creative Director of West Elm. “We partnered with the First Lady to create spaces that are beautiful and functional, using a base of calming neutrals with accents of rich colors and global influences. Together, we worked to maintain and highlight the integrity of Gracie Mansion, while reflecting the personal style of the First Family. West Elm’s furniture and accessories have been donated to the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and will remain in the historic residence for future First Families. As a Brooklyn-based company, we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this historic move, bringing a bit of Brooklyn style to the First Family’s new home.”

“Gracie Mansion will always be the People’s House, but Bill, Chiara, Dante, and I are excited to call it home. With assistance from West Elm, we are honoring and preserving one of the nation’s great historic residences, while turning Gracie into a modern living space that fits our family. We’ve moved to a new borough, but we brought some Brooklyn flavor with us,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray.

The design process was a true partnership completed over the past two months. The formal sitting room features a large sectional sofa with accent pillows that highlight the colors in the room’s classic wallpaper. Box Frame Coffee Tables ground the space, accent chairs are updated with new pillows and the room is tied together with a natural jute rug. In the office, matching Mid-Century Desks provide ample room for the Mayor and First Lady. Mid-Century Task Lamps and desk accessories are added and the central seating is defined by a Cadiz Rug and flanked by a built-in bookshelf. In the attic, West Elm’s Retro Tillary Sofa creates a seating area along the entire wall that can be transformed into beds for guests. A gallery wall featuring family photos anchors one end of the room, and a seating nook can be used for meals or reading. Lastly, an unused space in the attic was transformed into a sewing area adding storage and workspace.

More information and photos can be found on West Elm’s blog, Front + Main .

St. Ann’s Warehouse Announces 2014-15 Season

Renovations are currently underway at the theater company’s future permanent home in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

An image of the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park where St. Ann's will take up residency in the fall of 2015.
An image of the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park where St. Ann’s will take up residency in the fall of 2015.

St. Ann’s Warehouse has announced the production lineup for its final season before taking up permanent residence at the site of the Tobacco Warehouse on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The season kicks off with Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis, adapted and directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna. The production will feature a performance by Polish actress Magdalena Cielecka. The TR Warszawa production will run from October 16-26.

Cabaret icons The Tiger Lillies will then offer a “Halloween performance of deranged hits,” Songs of Horror and Havoc, running from October 30-November 1.

Kneehigh’s New York premiere of Tristan & Yseult, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, will be next, with performances running from November 13-December 7. The new take on the epic tale is is written by Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy.

Carmina Slovenica, a Slovenian “vocal theatre” company, will then present Toxic Psalms as part of the Prototype Festival. The North American premiere will be performed by the company’s ensemble of 34 young women, invoking Africa, the Middle East, Pussy Riot, weapons, extinctions, contaminations and abuses of religions. Directed by Karmina Šilec, performances will run from January 8-11, 2015. Continued on http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/07-2014/st-anns-warehouse-2015-season_69397.html

The Free Public Kayaking Program

Want to go kayaking for free with an amazing view of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty?

Then you’ve come to the right place, from June 7th to August 31st, 2014! Every Saturday (from 10:00AM to 3:00PM) and Thursday (from 5:30PM to 6:45PM), Brooklyn Bridge Park has walk-up kayaking, between Piers 1 and 2. Everything is first come, first serve, but don’t worry—the wait time is usually no more than an hour at their busiest. They’ll get you in a life vest, explain the basics of kayaking, and keep watch over you in embayment while you paddle. (No, you cannot go across the East River to Manhattan!)

Tips
  • Show up at least 45 minutes before closing, since that’s when we cut off the line and when the last boats go out.
  • Not sure where we are? Here’s how you can find them.
  • Want to know what you should wear? Or how long you can kayak? Check out the FAQs to get the answers to these and any other questions you might have!

Pull an all-nighter for kids and arts education!

EVENT DATE: SEP 05, 2014 8PM
EVENT REGISTRATION

290AECFD6-AF35-A436-87AE9F5B9FEE2FC6Cozy up in Brooklyn’s largest movie palace for a 24-hour cinema extravaganza in support of kids and arts education.

Join the borough’s most celluloid-hungry movie lovers as you tackle a full curriculum of contemporary and classic films in this back-to-school-themed marathon event: a lesson in English literature with Clueless, an immersion in the Mesozoic era thanks to Jurassic Park, and much more.

Participants can partake in a range of complimentary activities—from happy hour to an epic yoga stretch to late-night snacks—and the event features an appearance by Taylor Schilling from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Proceeds from this marathon directly benefit students K—12 through BAM Education’s in- and after-school programs in dance, theater, poetry, film criticism, and more.

Arts education programs have suffered nationally—and are typically the first to go in schools faced with budget cuts. In response, BAM has significantly expanded its education programs to meet an ever-increasing need.

Show your support for creative kids and register today. If you can’t attend in person, don’t worry! You can still benefit kids and arts education by donating to a marathon participant.

How the marathon works:

  • Participants (that means you) are invited to pull an all-nighter by raising money from friends and family. The minimum fundraising goal to participate in the event is $250.
  • We’ll reward our all-night participants with prizes based on how much they’ve raised, from movie passes to round-trip airline tickets from Jet Blue
  • Like we said, there’s lots of treats in store, from guest celebs to massage tables to three (plus snacks) free meals.

About BAM Education:

  • BAM is Brooklyn’s most established and adventurous  cultural center (check out BAM.org for a closer look), situated at the heart of a global creative hotbed.
  • More than 30,000 kids, teachers, students, and families every year enjoy BAM Education’s range of adventurous arts-based programs, both in Brooklyn and around the world.

Water, Water Everywhere!

lake-lpSummer is heating up in Prospect Park, and with plenty of water-filled fun, it is the perfect place to cool off. At the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, boat rentals will make their maiden voyage this month. Enjoy a serene afternoon exploring Brooklyn’s only lake and take in scenic views of the White Levy Esplanade and Chaim Baier Music Island. Rather explore the Lake from afar? The LeFrak Center will also offer bike rentals for a loop around the Park’s south end.

Is water play more your family’s speed? In addition to the great water features located in the Park’s playgrounds, there’s a new place for children to soak up the summer fun. Open seven days a week, the new Splash Pad at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside has more than 40 sprays to cool down on a hot day. Before cooling off, work up a sweat roller skating around the covered rink, with new programs this summer including Toddler Tuesdays. Afterwards, enjoy some frozen treats from the LeFrak Center’s Bluestone Café and take in the park views and lake breeze.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, families can also enjoy the Pop-Up Audubon Macy’s Fishing Clinics at the White Levy Esplanade at Lakeside and across the Lake at Wellhouse Drive. This family-friendly clinic will teach children how to tie a fishing knot, cast a line, and even collect their own bait.

For more info click here.

Here’s What You Can Buy At Brooklyn’s Superhero Supply Co. – And How The Store Is Secretly Saving The World

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Besides toys, there are also collections of students’ writing available.

Besides being a place to gather items for a homemade superhero costume, the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. is part of best-selling author Dave Eggers826 National, a nonprofit that uses wacky stores like this one, the original Pirate Store in San Francisco, the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute, and others to mask full-fledged tutoring centers.

Behind a secret door in the Superhero Supply Co. is a spacious learning center where students ages 6 to 18 participate in creative writing programs and get homework help. Even though the company’s main purpose is education, as part of the 826 network, it is not a typical nonprofit.

“We want people to get lost in the idea of a superhero store,” says store manager Chris Molnar. “We don’t want to beat them over the head with our programs. We want to keep the magic.”

By adding a level of mystery and fun to the nonprofit model, Molnar explains, the store draws in potential students and volunteers intrigued by a superhero supply company and manages to make seeing a tutor a fun experience for kids.

Continued on: http://www.businessinsider.in/Heres-What-You-Can-Buy-At-Brooklyns-Superhero-Supply-Co–And-How-The-Store-Is-Secretly-Saving-The-World/articleshow/38503006.cm

Pier 2 Roller Rink Opening Celebration

Celebrate the opening of the Pier 2 Roller Rink! On Friday, July 11 from 3 to 6 pm, enjoy FREE admission to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s newest addition: a full-size roller skating rink at the recently opened Pier 2.

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The rink, operated by New York Skating, LLC, has hockey boards running the perimeter, multiple entrances and player boxes, and will provide opportunities for roller and in-line skating, roller hockey and roller derby.

The operators, who were selected last year as a result of an RFP process, will rent skating equipment and manage the rink schedule to allow for a mix of public skate time, recreational league play, and special events including free skate sessions on Mondays and Fridays from 3 to 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to noon.

In addition to the rink, Pier 2 features five acres of active recreation courts for basketball, handball, and bocce, swings, picnic tables, half an acre of play turf, restrooms and fitness equipment.

Much of the amenities are covered by the pier’s original storage shed structure to provide shading and rain shelter.

This new addition was unveiled in May, along with the Pier 4 Beach, an accessible area for non-motorized boat launching and educational boating programs.

Brooklyn’s Museum of Death: Inside Morbid Anatomy’s House of Intriguing Horrors

1404985529836.cachedFrom death masks to Mexican saints, human hair to a mummified cat’s head, the newly-opened Museum of Morbid Anatomy aims to demystify death—with a planned bar on the roof.

She’s known as the Mona Lisa of death masks.

In the 1880s, the body of an unknown young woman was found floating in the Paris waterway. Her face was cast into a plaster mold, preserving her shy smile for posterity. This was a traditional practice of those days, but the peaceful look on her resting features so captivated the French public that her death mask was mass-produced and soon hung in well-furnished parlors across the country.

And now one adorns a corner wall in Brooklyn. At the new Morbid Anatomy Museum and Library, a mold of the young woman, dubbed L’Inconnue de la Seine (“The Unknown Woman of the Seine”), shares display space with spirit photography, elaborate wreaths made from human hair, and other paraphernalia of grief in its inaugural exhibit: The Art of Mourning.

Continued: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/10/brooklyn-s-museum-of-death-inside-morbid-anatomy-s-house-of-intriguing-horrors.html