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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crown Heights "Stop Shooting, Start Living" Talent Show this Saturday

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center is hosting the "Stop Shooting, Start Living" Talent  Show this Saturday March 28th from 3:30pm - 5:30p

From the CHCMC website:

It's a chance to showcase singers, rappers, dancers, drummers, poets, actors, and many more talented members of Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, all united to stand against violence. In addition to great entertainment, members of the S.O.S. team lead the audience in anti-violence cheers and raffle off prizes from local businesses and restaurants throughout the event. View a video of the 2014 Talent Show here.

Doors open at 2:30 and the show begins at 3:30. Admission to the Talent Show is free. To pick up tickets in advance, please contact Jazzi Zzaman at zzamanj@crownheights.org or call or call 917-244-7185

For any unfamiliar the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center has been a neighborhood institution and ally for nearly two decades. Throughout the year they work with the community to produce opportunities for adults and children to build positivity in Crown Heights and neighboring Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Below is one such example the "Arts to End Violence" Contest.

Check their site for more details http://crownheights.org

Arts to End Violence 2015: Call for Submissions and Partnership

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center requests that you join us in our efforts to stop shootings and killings in Brooklyn and beyond.  In 2015, we encourage you to dedicate some classroom time towards discussion of gun violence and the creation of art that explores the epidemic that is destroying so many lives.  For those of you who are adult artists- please consider submitting a piece for our gallery exhibit. 

CHCMC is pleased to announce our fifth annual Arts to End Violence contest. Artists, merchants, schools, clergy, youth, and neighbors are all collaborating and organizing to make gun violence unacceptable in our city, instead of a regular and “normal” event. Each year Arts to End Violence hosts a series of inspiring and educational events, including a gallery exhibition to display antiviolence art from adults and youth and a block party where children can create their own art and celebrate each other’s talents.

We are seeking the help of local artists, schools, and art-related organizations to maximize our impact on the community. You can get involved in the following ways:
· Invite our staff to facilitate a workshop/presentation at your school focusing on anti-gun violence
· Submit your art or your students’ art into our contest (submissions of all ages are welcomed)
· Attend the Arts to End Violence events (Calendar below)
· Display winning artwork at your site

Submissions of 2-D artwork including prints, photography, paintings, drawing and collages will be considered. Click here to see submissions from previous years. Submissions can include art made specifically for this contest or previous works that connect to the theme. All submissions should be accompanied by an artist statement.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

FUN, FREE, FAMILY Event by FES this Sat, Marcy Playground

Just found out about a fun, free community event in Brooklyn THIS Saturday, 12/6 in support of #DontStealPossible —  a movement created to raise awareness of the NYC education crisis and the 143,000 students stuck in failing NYC schools. 

In celebration of this one-of-a-kind campaign, there will be a #DontStealPossible neighborhood block party on Saturday, December 6th at Marcy Playground (corner of Myrtle and Nostrand, in Bed-Stuy) from 12-3pm that features family-friendly entertainment and activities including music, arts & crafts, face-painting and storytelling, as well as complimentary bites, drinks and snacks.

Here's a map to get your orientated, check googlemaps for specifics.
Local area favorites such as artisanal handcrafted donuts from Dough, tacos from Tacombi, hot apple cider, hot cocoa, and more will be available to attendees, at NO CHARGE.
Kids and parents will also have the chance to sign and complete the #DontStealPossible mural by renowned New York native artist, Greg Lamarche, created last month for the #DontStealPossible rally in Foley Square that brought over 1,000 parents, teachers and kids together.

And for the event, see the flyer above for further details:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CrowHill Comm Assoc Meeting tonight 11/18

The meeting will be held at the Gospel Tabernacle Church 725 Franklin Ave
Between Park Pl and Sterling Pl in Crown Heights to discuss local issues, all are welcomed especially Crown Heights residents.

This is the tentative agenda:
  1. Opening statement from CHCA Vice President Paul Carson
  2. Report on Halloween Parade by CHCA President Frank Esquilin
  3. Status of children’s workshops & Scholar’s Program by CHCA President Frank Esquilin
  4. Community Survey by CHCA President Frank Esquilin
  5. Community Information by CHCA Project Manager Constance Nugent-Miller
  6. Thanksgiving Food Basket cost approval by CHCA Treasurer Joanne Crispe
  7. Report on CHCA website by CHCA Secretary Josh Thompson 
  8. Guest Speaker: Mr. Mathew Pitt from Councilwoman Cumbo’s Office                     
  9. Guest Speaker: Mr. Harold Lutchman, Capital One Manger
  10. Guest Speaker: Mr. Guillermo Phillips, President of the Panama Assoc.                              
  11. "Did You Know?" by Mike Fagan
  12. Guest Speaker: Ms. Jennyfer Bagnalli, President of the PTA for P.S. 316
Check their website for more information: 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Successful talk about renters rights in the wake of Gentrification

Before the event (I'll post a better photo later)

Last night's talk about Gentrification was better than I'd hoped. The organizer of the meeting Neta Alexander screened two films "Rent Freeze" which documented the struggle to install a five year rent rate freeze for all stabilized and rent controlled apartments in New York City. And "A Snowboarding Day in Brooklyn" by Jason Scott Jones, which captured a moment of bless ruined by the inequity certain New Yorkers often face.

The event was well attended with an active audience and four guest speakers Donna Rachel and the filmmakers. Topics of renters rights were heavily discussed. I met great people and came away more optimistic and with specific ideas on what we can all do to increase the sustainability of longstanding communities while uniting with new comers to the neighborhood to make Crown Heights in particular and the once neglected neighborhoods of New York city as a whole, vibrant functioning places again.

I'll post more about the discussion event, and some inspired thoughts that came out of it, and hopefully some new ongoing reporting that may be featured on this blog.