06/05/13 11:36am


PaddleWheeler is PS8’s largest annual community event and will be held on Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights (right outside of the PS8 school). The event is scheduled for June 8, 2013, 12-4pm (rain or shine).

The family activities include:

  • Bouncy Castles
  • Dunk tank (dunk the principal!)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Thrift Market
  • Flea Market
  • Balloon Art
  • Food Court
  • Face Painting
  • and more!!!!!

P.S. 8 School
37 hicks Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

04/12/13 11:42am

Community Board 2 (CB2) will hold the following three committee meetings next week, all of which are scheduled for 6:00 pm. All committee meetings of Community Board 2 begin with the approval of the agenda and introduction of the committee officers. The meetings conclude with the approval of the previous month’s meeting minutes, a chairperson’s report, other business and a community forum during which the public may speak.

1) Parks and Recreation Committee (Monday, April 15, 2013; Dining Rooms A&B, Brooklyn Hospital, 121 DeKalb Avenue at St. Felix Street, in Fort Greene)

Frankie Rowland, marketing director for Down to Earth, an operator of farmers markets, will present its proposal for a market on the upland of Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The parks committee has also been invited to participate in a discussion about the design for a theater proposed to be operated by St. Ann’s Warehouse in the Tobacco Warehouse, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. That discussion will take place at the Land Use Committee meeting on Wednesday (see below).

2) Transportation and Public Committee (Tuesday, April 16, 2013; First Floor Board Room, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Court streets), in Brooklyn Heights)

Christopher Hrones, the DOT Downtown Brooklyn transportation coordinator, and Preston Johnson, a project manager with the agency’s bike program, will present “Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge Bike Lane Approach Improvements” (see above).

3) Land Use Committee (Wednesday, April 17, 2013; Room LC400, Dibner Building, Polytechnic Institute, 5 MetroTech Center (off of the MetroTech Commons), in Downtown Brooklyn)

The meeting will begin with an evaluation, to be conducted jointly with the community board’s parks committee, of the design for a theater proposed to be operated by St. Ann’s Warehouse in the Tobacco Warehouse, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. A recommendation to the Public Design Commission may result from the committee review.

For more information, see http://mad.ly/59f7a3 and Community Board 2 website.

04/10/13 9:51am

(Photo credit to Priscilla Fusco)

The results from last week’s Participatory Budget for City Council District 33 have been counted and announced on City Councilman Steve Levin’s blog. The winning projects for District 33 (Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and North Park Slope) are:

  • 1st – District-wide tree planting ($100k)
  • 2nd – MS 8 Technology Funds (MS8 announcement, 105 Johnson Street, $200k)
  • 3rd – East River State Park Dog Run (90 Kent Ave, $450k)
  • 4th – PS 31 Technology Request (PS31, 75 Meserole Avenue, $188k)
  • 5th – PS 34 Playground Renovations (131 Norman Ave, $120k)
04/02/13 11:00am

The City Council has allocated $1 million to District 33, and City Council Member Stephen Levin has solicited proposals from the community about how this money should be spent. Decisions will be made via voting by members of the community. One of the proposals is to allocate $200,000 to MS 8 (the new middle school extension of local school PS8) to fund the purchase of desperately needed laptops, laptop carts, and smartboards. The school opened this past fall with very little funding, and nothing allocated towards technology.

Please spread the word about this participatory budgeting process and MS 8’s proposal. You can vote on April 5 (this Friday) at PS 8 from 7:45am to 9:45am, or at MS 8 from 8am to 10am. If you are unable to vote on April 5, then you can vote at a variety of locations between April 1 and April 7.

Every resident (16+) living in District 33 can vote for up to five projects.

For more information, go to pbnyc.org/content/district-33-voting-dates-locations-2013.

Download flyer (1.1 MB pdf file)

04/01/13 1:44pm

The L Mag’s annual 50 Best Blocks in Brooklyn was posted last week. Among the best included a few in Dumbo, one in Vinegar Hill, and Brooklyn Heights:

Plymouth Street

Best Urban Palimpsest: Plymouth Street, between Washington and Main streets, DUMBO
“On one side are old Gairville warehouses, repurposed for start-ups and a (now out-of-business) restaurant; on the other, a mod Brooklyn Bridge Park playground. In the middle are belgian blocks cut through with decommissioned rails, driving over which you might spot an aughts-model sports car (as we did the other day).”

Miso Sushi

Best Honest-to-Goodness Alleyway: Howard Alley, DUMBO
“Watch a Hollywood movie set in NYC, and you’ll likely see at some point a character dash down an alley. But truth is this city ain’t got many alleys, at least not anymore. (It’s the one thing Chicago has on us.) But this back-passage in DUMBO looks just like the genuine article—much cooler than nearby Fleet Alley, a glorified driveway—complete with a scary door at its end we’d dare never approach, let alone pass through.”

Front Street

Best-Smelling Block: Front Street, between Adams and Washington streets, DUMBO
“We walk down this street to work almost every day and are greeted by olfactory goodness. First the smell of freshly made juices from Foragers, then the toasted bread from the panini grill at Al Mar, and finally the scent of bacon-y goodness from Peas & Pickles. Then, of course, you cross the street and get assaulted by the mysterious sewage smell outside of West Elm and are forced to recognize that happiness is fleeting and garbage is always around the corner. Such is life.”

Cutest Private Street: Harrison Alley, Vinegar Hill
“If you’ve never wandered through the strange few blocks that constitute Vinegar Hill, you really should. Like, just around the corner from the popular Vinegar Hill House restaurant is this alley, basically a driveway, long-since (always?) fenced off by the people who live in the house at its end. (A curious sculpture surrounds their mailbox on the public side of the fence.) Yet it still has an official city street sign, adorably hanging off a crooked pole.”

Best Bike Lane Block: Flushing Avenue, between Washington Avenue and Hall Street, Clinton Hill
“Just in general, Flushing is one of the borough’s most reliable thoroughfares for cyclists, but the stretch along the Brooklyn Navy Yards, starting at Washington? Pure bliss. Here, there’s an actual cement barrier separating you and your bike from oblivious drivers. It’s almost too good to be true!”

(One of) Five Best Blocks to Live On
College Place, Brooklyn Heights
“Love Lane is the one everyone knows, but it’s this side street off that side street that’s really where you’ll find some of the prettiest housing stock in Brooklyn. Get down to the end and it’s just ridiculously European—plus totally secluded, even though you’re a very short walk away from stores and subways.”

{4 of 50 Best Brooklyn Blocks in Dumbo, 03Nov2010}

03/01/13 3:32pm

The semi-annual Underground “Stuff-a-Sack” Winter Clearance Sale at the Underground Thrift Store at Plymouth Church on Sunday March 3, 2013. Store hours will be 12:30pm-4:00pm. Come early for the best deals. Prior Stuff-a-Sack sales have attracted a big crowd and a spot on the local news.

From the organizers:

Shoppers can purchase as many $25 Underground Thrift Store Totes (a $5 value) as they like and can then stuff them with our inventory of winter clothing for women, men and children. The more sacks you stuff, the more you save! Or, you can buy individual items at 50% off original prices. Help us make way for Spring merchandise.
The Underground Thrift Store features a curated collection of upscale and designer clothing and accessories for women, men and children and beautiful collectibles for the home, in the loft space in historic Plymouth Church.

And, you will be stuffing for a cause since the Underground Thrift donates 25% of its net proceeds to organizations that fight human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

All sales are final and accessories and housewares are not included.

The Underground Thrift Store, Upstairs at Plymouth Church, is located at 65 Hicks Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (between Orange and Cranberry Streets in Brooklyn Heights).