Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here's Lori's description of the FJBID's Storefront Improvement Grant Program:
I took a for pictures of these new projects to give readers a few visual examples of just what has been accomplished recently through the FJBID's Storefront Improvement Grant Program:
Forget the gourmet coffee at Conn. Muffin. or the champagne at Pomme de Terre. The real thirst-quencher is found at the youngster’s local stand.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This just in from Flatbush Junction BID:
The 70th Precinct & 70th Precinct Community Council
invites you to a its night out against crime located at the Parade Ground(Caton Avenue & Argyle Road)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us for an evening of fun and festivities, such as:
Blood Pressure Screening
Bike, Cellphone and iPod Etching
For more information, contact the 70th Precinct's Community Affairs
Office at 718-851-5557.
Flatbush Junction Bid alerted some of us about the availablity of this house a few days ago and I completely forgot about it until...I was lucky enough to just be walking past this open house tonight. So, of course, I snooped! It offers some really sexy details and great space! Great price...it ought be stolen immediately! BTW, this is really a four bedroom converted to a three.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Please e-mail Steve Baldwin, Webmaster, BrooklynParrots.com firstname.lastname@example.org 646-361-2879 (phone)if you want to attend.
Wild Parrot Safari -- First Section (Brooklyn College): 12:00 Noon to 1:45PMAt noon, we'll inspect the Brooklyn Parrots' "Ellis Island." Their large nests around the soccer field represents the first major colony in Brooklyn. The site is easy to get to via public transportation. Just take the Number 2 train (Seventh Avenue IRT) to the end of the line, walk one block Southwest on Hillel Street past the new Starbucks, and look for the main Brooklyn College date. The tour begins at the entrance at Noon sharp. Allow some extra time, given that the MTA is doing lots of construction/train re-routing on weekends. Driving instructions are available at Brooklyn College's main Web site. Parking is fairly easy to come by in the neighborhood. If you're late, just call me: I'll give you directions so that you can meet up with us if the tour is already in progress.
What to Bring/What to WearPlease bring a photo ID (this is required by Brooklyn College Security). Bring binoculars and a camera if you'd like to immortalize your wild parrot-watching experience. The weather will be warm if not hot, and we'll be exposed to the wind and possibly strong sun, so bring a hat/sunscreen if you have sensitive skin. I ordinarily do not cancel the tour unless the forecast is for sustained rain in which birds will not fly.
Please feel free to wear anything except bright orange (Monk Parrots freak out when you show them something orange: in fact orange tags are one of the best ways to convince Monk Parrots to build away from electrical infrastructure). Wear green, blue, white, but orange will drive away the birds. This Tour is Free, But the Parrots Are Hungry!The Wild Parrot Safari is free - if you wish to help your hungry urban feathered friends, bring some bird seed: trust me, the parrots won't soon forget the gesture. Wild monk parrots also appreciate "real parrot food," especially unshelled peanuts, sliced apples, and raw sunflower seeds. Finch food or millet are always welcomed by our hungry urban "peeps."
See you in wild, exotic Brooklyn!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Since that magic number is not very far off for me at all, I am well aware of that and have absolutely no shame nor fear about that. In fact, I feel the same about being a Hazbin. (Hazbin demigoddess here, btw. Inducted 6/1993) I've welcomed many a Hazbin to the Hall at the annual induction galas known as Seaside, Wingate and formerly the Midwood field concerts.
Now back in the day when acts like "Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge" and the like were headliners at those shows - sure, I perceived the term "Hazbin" as pejorative. But as over the years my grays multiplied and the bands moved from Do-whoop local acts to the likes of Jefferson Starship, KC and the Sunshine band, Rev. Al Green, the B52s and now Frampton! it's pretty damn clear to me that their - and my - "hazbinism" is something to be aspired too.
Of course, one person's Frampton is another person's Johnny Maestro...but I'm not one of those people! I'm a hazbin now! I've worked long and hard for this status! And, I have a little ditty to express my pride in this. So, Anonymous poster, if as I suspect you're a hazbin too, I invite you to meet me out at the Frampton concert this week where you can join me in leading the crowd in singing the "Hazbin Anthem." Now if you're truly a hazbin I can simply give you the words. I'm sure you'll know the melody. So practice up this week so we get it right at the show, 'K?
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
East 27th Street and Campus Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Chamber Members: FREE
Non-members: $300 (includes a 1-year Entrepreneur level membership)
RSVP: (718) 875-1000
Join us for an evening of fun, food, drinks and great networking!
Member Highlight:Prior to the evening's door prize drawing, four Members will be randomly selected via a business card drawing to pitch their business in 15 seconds or less.
The Brooklyn College Conference Center is a newly refurbished state- of-the-art meeting complex available for rent for your next social or business gathering. They cater to conferences, meetings, wedding receptions, parties and other special events. The Center offers multipurpose rooms that can accommodate 150 to 200 persons and smaller rooms for breakout sessions. Additionally, the 1,600-square foot terrace offers views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn College campus.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Music, fun and much more!
Tree Care Workshop
Date: Friday, July 25, 2008
Time: 10:30 am
Place: PS 217 playground (Newkirk and Coney Island Avenues)
Hosted by Flatbush Development Corp., PS 217 and Trust for Public Land
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Hey this is Big Flatbush News! The Cornbread Cafe Folks (from 7th Ave) are Opening a New Joint on Flatbush Ave!
The Cornbread Diner (formerly Park Slope's Cornbread Cafe) is opening at 1436 Flatbush Avenue (btwn Farragut and Glenwood)on Monday August 4. Cornbread will be open for three meals a day serving Chef/Owner Bettina Harris's signature southern style diner food. Cornbread will feature seasonal garden dining and delivery service, in addition to table service in its dining room. Stay tuned for more details.
Three cheers to Bettina Harris for gracing one of Brooklyn's most
"epicuriously challenged" strips with some comfort food. We need it out here!
Thanks to Astoria Federal Savings
“Enjoying the cool breezes and joyous music while riding the Prospect Park Carousel is a perfect family outing,” said Prospect Park Alliance President, Tupper Thomas. “It’s wonderful that Astoria Federal Savings is making it possible for even more people to experience this great treasure of the Park.” Restored in 1990 by the Prospect Park Alliance, the Carousel has 51 hand carved horses, as well as a giraffe, lion, deer and two dragon-pulled chariots. The Carousel’s melodic Wurlitzer organ with 141 pipes and 16 bells is dedicated in honor of philanthropists Peter and Isabel Malkin.
The Carousel is open Thursdays through Sundays, from 12 – 6 p.m. (5 p.m. after Labor Day). Rides cost only $1.50. Books of 6 tickets are available for $8. Children under 3-years-old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Carousel is wheelchair accessible. Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the $100 level and your family (up to 4 people) will receive unlimited rides on the Carousel for a full year. The Carousel is also a popular place to hold birthday parties, complete with food and party favors in a scenic, kid-friendly setting. Please call the Rental & Event Planning Office at (718) 287-6215 for more information.
For more information on Astoria Federal Savings, visit http://www.astoriafederal.com/.
Dial 311 for all Parks & Recreation information
Photo Credit: Prospect Park Alliance
Monday, July 21, 2008
Well, I'm not usually one of those people who suffers from an excessive degree of real estate envy. But there is a one day a year exception to that assertion. Each summer, on the evening of the NY Philharmonic's Prospect Park performance, I usually find myself in the throws of the deepest, most heinous resentment of fellow concert goers who intentionally taunt me with their gourmet spreads, fine wines and, most importantly, their prime Longmeadow real estate.
Sure, they arrive much earlier and are much more prepared for the need for land, food, refreshments, insect protection and light. I bet they even keep an Excel spreadsheet towards this end. Still their organizational skill shouldn't afford them this shameless consumption of land and sustenance products. But it's clear that on this one night of the year Brooklynites can be transformed into these odd, backbiting, (however bucolic) homesteaders. A rookie might be surprised to learn that attending a free park concert can be an extremely competitive endeavor.
Perhaps, you're getting my drift; I’m not one of these people. In fact, I hate them and I enjoy hating them. Each year, I leave the park determined that I will be they envy of ALL next year. I contemplate:
I'll take the day -- maybe even several days -- off work next year to prepare for the picnic-to-end-all-picnics. I will invite only my most attractive friends. Everyone will desire to be invited to my blanket. They'll want to exchange numbers with me so that I can share some tips on how to prepare for summer concerts. I will reject them and I TOO SHALL BE HATED!
But each year, I take note of the NY Phil performance schedule several weeks before with some semblance of that determination but it fizzles out to a mere iota when the time rolls around. I usually end up getting to the park 10 minutes into the show with something like a bottle of tap water and a half bag of Fritos that's been sitting on top of my fridge for the past week.
I guess I’m just not cut out to be a hyper-camper. What’s worse is that neither are any of my friends.
There was however one occasion in my free Philharmonic concert history that should have wiped out all potential for all future resentment (It didn’t only because my revelry in hatred of humans is so enjoyable to me.) It was some 15 or so years ago when a few friends and I showed up with a greasy bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and, I don’t know, maybe some Gatorade. We unknowingly plopped ourselves right next to a crowd of Pinot Grigio-sipping, citronella-burning, caviar-consuming, havarti-sampling BASTARDS! We all looked at each other, rolled our eyes and attempted to enjoy the show…But that was too much for me. How could I focus on the show when there were such hate-worthy creatures right next to me? I loathed them from the deepest reaches of my psyche. I was distracted throughout the performance;
How did they pull all of these goods together on a week night? When did they have time? Didn’t they have jobs? Did stay up the night before preparing all of this just so that I could hate them? Did they adhere to the conviction to be loathed by the other audience members that they had when they left the park last year?
I was engulfed in the ugliness. I refused to even look in the direction of that attention-seeking party! They were dead to me!
It was probably around intermission when one of them had the nerve to tap me on the shoulder. My peripheral vision had confirmed that it was one of THEM! – One of the epicurean elitists had touched me! I was convinced…this meant WAR! I expected that this person would antagonize us by asking that we cover the fast food because everyone on their blanket was getting sick from our second-hand-fried-chicken-fumes –or something ridiculous like that. I was aware of the real objection. Fried-chicken eaters in a caviar neighborhood deflated property values. I suspected that they would stop at no length to have unfashionable KFC patrons removed from their presence. But they weren’t going to torment me! So, I summoned my best scowl and turn toward the bastard to hear his request.
To my astonishment, “the bastard” appeared to be a meek, somewhat bumbling young guy who delivered on behalf of his party the most outlandish request. To this day, my prejudices have never been so challenged.
You know, of course, I wasn’t going to let these people off so easily. They had to be chided! I mean, I did just sit through half the concert preoccupied with their ability to evoke my envy. Really, I did my best not to laugh but I wasn’t going to make this a piece of cake for him either.
I summoned the compassion to plop a few pieces on to a plate and told him;
UNDERSTANDING COMMERCIAL LEASING
As a small business owner it is imperative that you understand how
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help you avoid some of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs and
small business owners make when negotiating office and retail leases.
What can be negotiated in a lease?
Understanding the tenant vs. the owners responsibilities
What happens if I break my lease?
What are the differences between leasing office and retail space?
What is a transferable lease?
Commercial lease real estate property tax
DATE: Thursday, August 14, 2008
PLACE: Capital One Bank
33-45 Fulton Street • Brooklyn , NY 11208
Train: "J" to Crescent Street
Bus: "B13" to Crescent and Fulton Streets
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AS SEATING IS LIMITED
CONTACT: 718.797.0187 or E-mail: RAstorga@CityTech.Cuny.Edu
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The contest runs from July 16 – July 20 and is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation.
For more information on Prospect Park events, programs, membership and volunteering at the Park, call the Park Hotline at (718) 965-8999 or visit www.prospectpark.org
Monday, July 14, 2008
8:00 pm, on the Long Meadow
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Featured Artists: Alan Gilbert, Conductor · Sheryl Staples, Violin · Michelle Kim, Violin
For weather updates, call the Parks Hotline: (212) 875-5709.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Ditmas Workspace (http://www.ditmasworkspace.com) occupies a beautiful professional office space on the corner of Ditmas Avenue and East 17th Street, a short walk for Ditmas Park residents and just two blocks from the Newkirk Avenue B and Q stop, and three blocks from the Cortelyou Road stop.
Full-time and part-time members have access to all the amenities of an office: a desk, chair, wireless Internet, printer/scanner/copier/fax, tea and coffee, a quiet space to work, and a community of writers, editors, telecommuters, bloggers, graphic designers, and other professionals.
We're also considering making the space available in the evenings for meetings, classes, and other gatherings.
For tours, rates, and other membership information, please contact Liena by emailing LZS@ditmasworkspace.com
Ditmas Workspace LLC, 535 E 17th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Sunday, July 6, 2008
According to the "Save Brooklyn Now" blog a neighbor who resided on E. 22nd Street near Cortelyou Road met her end allegedly at the hands of another Flatbush resident:
AT APPROX 0650 HRS ON 07-06-08 AT 330 E.22 ST. IN THE CONFINES OF THE 70 PCT. POLICE RESPONDED TO A F/B/30 WHO HAD SUFFERED MULTIPLE STAB WOUNDS. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO KCH IN CRITICAL CONDITION WHERE SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DOA. ID PENDING FAMILY NOTIFICATION.
A F/B/30 WAS ARRESTED AT THE SCENE:
HABIKA HICKMAN, F/B/30
330 E.22 ST. APT.3A