Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Finishing Touches Being Added to the Triangle Junction Mall Applebees.

I fanageled my way into a pre-opening visit of the new Applebees in the Triangle Junction Mall this morning. The development of the Triangle Junction was reported throughout the past year by the Brookyn Junction Blog. As you can see from the images, the construction is nearing completion as workman put the finishing touches on the monster chain restaurant.

Now Brooklyn can enjoy the same American standards as such high-brow cities as Deluth, Dayton, Tulsa and Hartford! And you know how us Brooklynites aspire to be just like everyone else!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Navigating the Fiscal Crisis in New York City:A Forum for Non-Profits 12.17.08

We Are All Brooklyn
Project CARE
Invite you to attend
Navigating the Fiscal Crisis in New York City:
A Forum for Non-Profits
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Office of the Brooklyn Borough President
209 Joralemon Street – Courtroom
RSVP: Contact Hoi Chan at 212-983-4800 x136

In cooperation with:
CAUSE-NY/JCRC – COPO – Crown Heights Community Mediation Center – Flatbush Development Corporation – Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition – Sovereign Bank – Independence Community Foundation

This forum is generously underwritten by Sovereign Bank.

We Are All Brooklyn and Project CARE receive technical and coalition consultation from CAUSE-NY, the intergroup relations division of the Jewish Community Relations Council-NY. The JCRC is a beneficiary of UJA-Federation of NY.



CAMBA is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTD/TTY equipment via the New York State relay number 1-800-662-1220.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Gloria Steinem to Speak at the Chilsolm Exhibit at the Brooklyn College Library

Brooklyn College Library announces the opening of the exhibit:
Shirley Chisholm
"A Catalyst for Change"
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
5:00 pm
Woody Tanger Auditorium
Keynote Speak
Gloria Steinem
"It is important right now to pay tribute to shirley and what she pioneered."
Brooklyn College Library
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Friday, November 14, 2008


November 22, 2008 - January 4, 2009
Artists' Reception: Saturday, November 22, 5-8 pm

Smack Mellon is pleased to announce solo exhibitions for three exciting and innovative artists working in performance and video.

Wayne Hodge
The Original Comedy

Joanna Malinowska
Les aventures dans le code § 120.45

Jessica Ann Peavy
Rituals of Consumption: Leviticus rowed the boat ashore

This exhibition is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Eve Sussman and Smack Mellon's Members.

Smack Mellon also receives generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Council Member David Yassky and the New York City Council, Bloomberg, Brooklyn Arts Council JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, Fifth Floor Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, Independence Community Foundation, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., Judith and Donald Rechler Foundation Inc., Lily Auchincloss Foundation Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., The New York Community Trust, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., The Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Inc., and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

Space for Smack Mellon's programs is generously provided by the Walentas Family and Two Trees Management.

Featured Brooklynites of the Week!

After a long hiatus, I've been inspired to resurrect the old "Featured Brooklynite of the Week" series by what would be the 108th birthday of one of Brooklyn's most undeniable greats; Aaron Copeland.

                                                                    Image courtesy of www.mansfieldisd.org

November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990

A city kid with a western heart,
From Buckaroo Holiday to Hoe-down
Your tempos evince you as 
a true "Urban Cowboy"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Brooklyn TKTS Now Open Saturday!

Image by McBrooklyn
Visit the McBrooklyn blog for more info:

Meet your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators at the Brooklyn Museum 11/15, 1-5.

Meet your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators.

Children's Book Fair
Saturday, November 15, 1-5 p.m.
The Rubin Pavilion of the Brooklyn Museum

Autographed books available as holiday gifts for family and friends.  Hands-on art activities.  Light refreshments available.

1:30 p.m.:       
Phil Bildner
Author of Turkey Bowl

2:30 p.m.      
Selina Alko
Author and illustrator of Greetings from the 50 States

3:30 p.m.      
Mike Herrod
Author and illustrator of Comics to Go!

Other Participating authors and illustrators:
Selina Alko, Gail Ablow and Kathy Osborn, Phil Bildner, Sophie Blackall, Jim Burke, R.Gregory Christie, Miriam Cohen, John Michael Cummings, Philip Dray, Keith DuQuette, Buket Erdogan, Melanie Hope Greenberg, Dennis Hasely, Mike Herrod, Paul Hoppe, John and Wendy with Nancy Krulik, Yukiko Kido, Laura Ljungkvist, Kam Mak, Meghan McCarthy, Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, Sean Qualls, Sergio Ruzzier, Mari Takabayashi, Lauren Thompson, and more.

The Brooklyn Musuem
200 Eastern Parkway 
Brooklyn, NY - 11238

2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum

Tango Fire & Chava Alberstein Grace the Stage of The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts This Weekend!

Tango Fire

Tango Fire features ten torrid dancers in a seductive journey through the history of tango, from its origins in the red light district of Buenos Aires to the dazzling world of contemporary ballroom. Accompanied live by the fiery Quatrotango, the ensemble sets the stage ablaze with its passion and precision.
Date: November 15, 2008
Time: 8 PM
Gold: $75*
Single Ticket: $45, $30

Multibuy Price
: $40, $26

For Tickets go to:

*Gold seating constitutes the first ten rows of the center
orchestra - Multibuy and other dicounts do not apply.

Chava Alberstein

With over 50 recordings since the late 1960s, many of them now gold or platinum, Chava Alberstein is undoubtedly one of Israel’s greatest singers. She brings her warm, soulful sound to Brooklyn Center in a program of Yiddish, Hebrew, and English songs ranging from traditional Jewish melodies to her own poignant originals.

Date: November 16, 2008
Time: 2 PM
Single Ticket: $25

Multibuy Price: $22

For Tickets go to:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This Weekend at BC: Support Student Artists!

BC Art Department MFA Open Studios
11.14.08 6:00 - 10:00 pm
11.15.08 2:00 - 8:00 pm
5th Floor Boylan Hall
2900 Bedford Ave

Urban Sportsman and the Ingenious Mobile Billboard

Image shamelessly lifted from Copyranter

Drats! I forgot my camera!

As usual, after dropping my youngin' off at school this morning I got stuck behind a truck just like the one displayed above. I was so emamoured by its brilliance that nothing at that moment nothing could have moved me to my usual state of chagrin.

Sure, all of us NYers have come across clever messages scrawled into the street grime that collects on our once-white commercial vehicles. But this cost-free form of broadcast for this kind of organically-grown urban pastime reinforces my hope that the masses can in fact change the world..one dirty little truck at a time!

The result of this experience, FP has had an epiphany. Flatbush Pigeon is now waging a dirty truck inscription campaign for the promotion of her blog. Any reader who sends in an image of flatbushpigeon.blogspot.com scrawled on a dirty truck along with another of their soiled fingers to prove they produced it, shall be promoted as a honorable guerilla campaigner on my blog in the upcoming weeks.

* Rules of entry; FP loyalist, good handwriting skills. The use of
is strongly prohibited as they are they instruments of sissies!

Btw, visit them!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Heart of Brooklyn Introduces Free Shuttle to Cultural Destination


November 10, 2008

Ellen Salpeter esalpeter@heartofbrooklyn.org
Amy Atticks aatticks@heartofbrooklyn.org
(718) 638-7700

New FREE Cultural Connection to Brooklyn: Heart of Brooklyn Introduces Free Shuttle to Cultural Destination

Brooklyn, NY--Heart of Brooklyn is pleased to introduce The HOB Connection, a new FREE shuttle bringing cultural enthusiasts to central Brooklyn's world-renowned institutions: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo.
The HOB Connection includes three programs: Target First Saturdays Shuttle, Saturday Scene, and Museum Mile to Brooklyn Style. All programs are FREE hop-on, hop-off rides featuring tour guides, coupon books offering discounts and special values at Brooklyn restaurants and shops, and maps and brochures from Brooklyn cultural attractions.
Museum Mile to Brooklyn Style picks up passengers each Sunday outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art (at 10am, 1pm and 3:45pm), and on 42nd Street at Bryant Park (at 10:15am, 1:15pm, and 4pm). It then makes its way to central Brooklyn’s cultural destination, stopping at the main entrances of each of Heart of Brooklyn's member institutions.
Saturday Scene provides free transportation to the cultural destination from select neighborhoods in Brooklyn on Saturdays, running continuous loops between 10am-6pm from Bay Ridge (second Saturdays), Red Hook (third Saturdays), and Williamsburg (fourth Saturdays).
Target First Saturdays Shuttle carries riders on the first Saturday of each month from 5-10pm between FREE Target First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum and places to eat, drink and shop in surrounding neighborhoods.
For more information on these programs, and for an up-to-date list of routes and times, visit The HOB Connection webpage or call (718) 638-7700, x22.

Heart of Brooklyn (HOB) is a partnership of the leading cultural institutions located near Grand Army Plaza in central Brooklyn: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, and Prospect Park Zoo. Heart of Brooklyn encourages tourism and learning by making its world-class collections and historic treasures more visible and accessible. As an integral part of Brooklyn’s renaissance, Heart of Brooklyn is committed to strengthening the future of its neighborhoods.

The HOB Connection is a new initiative funded by the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The Arts & Business Council of New York, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Department of Small Business Services to serve Brooklyn residents, merchants, tourists and visitors and to showcase some of the borough’s unique, authentic neighborhoods and cultural treasures.

This in from Sustainable Flatbush: Flatbush FreeMeet - 11/22/08 PS 217 Playground.

Flatbush FreeMeet, November 22 2008!
By anne • November 10, 2008
sponsored ny Sustainable Flatbush


sponsored by
Sustainable Flatbush
and Freecycle™ New York City

Saturday, November 22, 2008
12 noon - 3pm
P.S. 217 Playground
(1100 Newkirk Avenue at Coney Island Avenue)
Flatbush, Brooklyn

Directions: Q train to Newkirk Ave or F to 18th Ave, or B68 bus to Coney Island Avenue and Newkirk. You will find the FreeMeet underneath the scaffolding next to the playground.

New Yorkers discard some 12,000 tons of waste each day that is exported to landfills and incinerators in other states! Here’s your chance to help NYC reduce waste and keep our environment clean by finding new homes for your old stuff, and getting some things you can use in the process. Leftovers will be donated or recycled to every extent possible.

Bring unwanted clothing, housewares and other reusable items to share* or simply bring a tote bag to fill. Bring friends and family too!

Electronics Recycling!
Bring electronics to be reused, recycled and redistributed through Rattech, who will accept old computers, electronic equipment, printers, monitors, CD’s, toner / ink cartridges, etc.

Got wire hangers?
Bring ‘em to the FreeMeet so we can hang clothes and recycle the hangers afterwards.

Bring used BRITA FILTERS to donate to the Take Back the Filter campaign


*please bring portable items only and log on to www.Freecycle.org to give away furniture and other heavy stuff.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Images of a Phenomenal Week in American History!

Image from the NY Times Cityroom
NY Times Cityroom shows us what it looked like out there during this week in history!  (The image at the Apollo Theater is amazing.) See the slideshow here.

The Annual Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Drive

The Annual Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Drive
October 8th to November 14th

After 20 years of serving hungry individuals and families in Flatbush, CAMBA’s Food Pantry has become a Choice or Supermarket style pantry. Since that time, we have seen our utilization increase by over 300% ata time that our funding has been cut!

Please go through your cupboards and remember us when grocery shopping over the next month. We are in need of non-perishable canned and packaged foods to keep the pantry doors open. In particular, we’re looking for the following:

Items Needed:

Rice • Beans • Fruit • Vegetables • Pasta

Canned Tuna/Salmon • Canned chicken • Canned or dried milk

100% Fruit juice • Cereal • Peanut butter

Holiday items including: stuffing mix, cornbread mix, yams, etc

Drop off locations:

1720 Church Avenue, 2nd Floor

885 Flatbush Avenue, Room 202

19 Winthrop Street

2103 Kenmore Terrace

Park Slope Shelter – 1402 8th Avenue

Please contact Janet Miller @ 718-287-0010 x224 for further information

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Flatbush Daffodil Project Continues...

Flatbush Daffodil Project
Plant flowers on your street!

We have 1650 daffodil bulbs and they are going in the ground! Come do some real community gardening with your neighbors, plant daffodil bulbs in tree pits and along the streetscape.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: meet in front of P.S. 217, Newkirk Ave btw Stratford and Coney Island Ave
Street: Newkirk Avenue
Contact Info: info@sustainableflatbush.org

Here's the complete schedule:
11/1 - Beverley Road
11/2 - Cortelyou Road
11/8 - Newkirk Avenue
11/9 - PS 139 and PS 217

Late Notice: Smack Mellon Presents First Thursdays


First Thursdays at Smack Mellon
Live Music, Beer & Art

Smack Mellon presents great new sounds by local musicians every first Thursday of the month. Come and enjoy the great view and beer tasting, courtesy of Kelso of Brooklyn.

This month's featured musicians:
Kevin Congelton TrioPerformance starts at 7pm.

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street,
Dumbo, Bklyn

Vendors needed for the Newkirk Holiday Vendor Market

For sponsor or vendor opportunities contact Mannix Gordan at 718.859.3800 or mgordan@fdconline.org

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Salute Salud!

A great little culinary addition to the neighborhood has opened its doors this week.

1308 Avenue H
Brooklyn, New York 11230
Touting itself as "A Latin Take on organic goodness" Salud offers fresh juices, signature smoothies, homemade soups and sandwiches. As a neighborhood family owned business, the owners and all the staff are friendly people and invite FP readers to come on down and give them a try.

Salud wall mural
See menu below (and FP recommends the Mexican Hot Chocolate!)

Flatbush Pigeon is Now On Facebook

Her virtual self-esteem has now risen exponentially as she now has 8 friends...She even met 3 of them once!

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