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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, April 22, 2010

Earth Day at Habana Outpost (my weekend pic)

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Habana Outpost is had it's annual Earth Day opening last weekend, I missed it but I'm picking it as the place to be this Saturday in Fort Greene, Bklyn. Here's a previous post about Habana if you're not in the know.


That is all folks!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

FREE TREES ALL GONE! No Trees Sunday (an update)

I hope you got yours 'cause a lot of people got theirs!
The 2Day free tree giveaway got such a tremendous response there will be no trees to give away on Sunday. In fact the 200 trees given out on Saturday were gone in 2 hours!
 
Thank you Fulton Business Alliance (FAB) for giving me the heads up, you can see their thankful response below:

FAB Alliance said...
All Sold Out - No Trees Sunday. The turnout Saturday was overwhelming, so instead having of a two-day event on Fulton Street at the Putnam Triangle, all 200 trees were gone in less than 2 hours! Apparently, a lot of you agree that TREES ARE FAB. For a schedule of other tree-giveaways, see the "Community Calendar" at milliontreesnyc.org DID YOU GET A TREE? If so, send a photo of you and your tree to: info@greenfgch.org Thanks to all who came out Saturday... see you soon again on Fulton Street in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene! The FAB Alliance www.faballiance.org
This was the previous post:

City Council Member Letitia James wants you to know a green tree can be yours to grow in Brooklyn, for free!


How?


From their press release:
Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill and the FAB Alliance in partnership with the New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC and through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and David Rockefeller present...


200 FREE TREES!


Come to Fulton St and Grand Ave in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, from 10AM-3PM and leave with a FREE TREE!


Trees will be available to individuals, families and community groups for planting on private property only. First come, first served. If you need it, we will provide advice, lend a shovel, help you bring home a tree, or help you plant. Small decorative flowering trees will be available - perfect for front and rear yards!

For more info, contact Jed Marcus at tree@greenfgch.org

To volunteer, contact Marilyn at volunteer@greenfgch.org

You know, I wrote this entire post with a pure heart and clean mind, then I realized where the trees are being distributed and thought, "this ain't the first time you could pickup some trees there."


Yeh I'm crude, happily so.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Go Green, Get Free Trees, This Sat & Sun on Fulton

City Council Member Letitia James wants you to know a green tree can be yours to grow in Brooklyn, for free!

How?

From their press release:
Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill and the FAB Alliance in partnership with the New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC and through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and David Rockefeller present...


200 FREE TREES!

Come to Fulton St and Grand Ave in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, from 10AM-3PM and leave with a FREE TREE!

Trees will be available to individuals, families and community groups for planting on private property only. First come, first served. If you need it, we will provide advice, lend a shovel, help you bring home a tree, or help you plant. Small decorative flowering trees will be available - perfect for front and rear yards!

For more info, contact Jed Marcus at tree@greenfgch.org

To volunteer, contact Marilyn at volunteer@greenfgch.org

You know, I wrote this entire post with a pure heart and clean mind, then I realized where the trees are being distributed and thought, "this ain't the first time you could pickup some trees there."

Yeh I'm crude, happily so.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Photo Wednesday 04/14/10 : Guard Your Grill Edition

Taken on Franklin Avenue near corner of Lincoln. (No bailout here)

Franklin Avenue in the (say it with me) Crown Heights section of Brooklyn has had a lot of rough and occassionally violent goings on lately. To be fair, ten years, twenty years, even thirty years ago, this would not have been news. But the Ave has been getting noticeably better, garnering news coverage, blog posts, and a neat crop of new businesses especially eateries, so it can be shocking to hear about rooftop snipings (I'm sure they were targeted, but still) and brutal slashings (again targeted but still..) Anyway, we live in a big city, not everyone in this and often other city neighborhoods beamed down from college, loaded with dreams and a taste for IPAs. There's at least two worlds existing side by side, with some broad overlap but not alot.

Some people (especially young ones) are living in a state of mind that offers extreme views and more extreme choices. Last night while I was sitting at Franklin Park (a fave) on St. Johns, a series of loud screams erupted outside in the street. Suddenly a line of figures went sprinting horizontally like two-dimensional characters in a Scooby-Doo episode. They were teens, across the street, running top speed, police officers followed right behind, and inexplicably another line of teenagers ran after the cops. All of them yelling at each other.
After, I and the rest of the outdoor beer garden patrons of Franklin Park watched the HDTV like scene and then turned back to our beers and socializing.

It's logical to fear random violence, which by definition can happen anywhere to anyone but these recent acts aren't random. Sad but not random. A friend living on Crown St. is considering a move after hearing about the rooftop shootings, and I can understand that. I would say that you generally can't escape New York's mean streets entirely, but staying aware is a big part of not being a victim.

UPDATE* Media reports the rooftop shooter suspect apprehended by Police (according to reports the 21 year old was a "rival" of the intended victims and was found hiding under the bed of his sister's apartment. Classic.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Photo Wednesday 04/7/10 : Spring Blossoming Edition

Do yourself a favor and find some flora!

Easter Sunday in Brooklyn 2010

Spring is blooming as we speak, and today's forecast of 85° is only going to bring blossoms faster(and make the 50° weather this weekend a real downer).

Between flower boxes on Franklin, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Borough Hall Park and all the rest of the borough the time for nature local color is here. As I mentioned in my last "Missed it Mondays" feature, I meet up with spring at the Botanic Gardens and here's more of what it looked like:
Easter Sunday in Brooklyn 2010

Easter Sunday in Brooklyn 2010

Easter Sunday in Brooklyn 2010

Just another reminder while people are currently enjoying a casual 花見 or "Hanami" which means "cherry blossom viewing", the big BBG festival "Sakura Matsuri" which features music, crafts, snacks (is specific areas) and in the last few years Japanophile teens in costume, is scheduled for May 1-2nd. For specific deets, click here.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Missed it Monday: Easter Sunday Edition

Easter Sunday in Brooklyn

I got around yesterday but not over to "Ch'uch" which I guess was just as well that I didn't because none of my clothing even comes close to the finery that families were styling all over the borough. I caught up with one of those families after making a painful dash in search of a B45 bus stop (resulting from another Atlantic Yards failure, which I will be raising the ruckus about soon) anyway once I was on the bus, and basic levels of oxygen returned to my mind I met the Vann family, fresh from Church full of the Eucharist Spirit and they were kind enough to pose for this picture.

Easter Sunday in Brooklyn 2010

Apparently sunday was also an unofficial day of 花見 meaning Hanami" which means "cherry blossom watching". Even though the official Hanami is a month away and the dense grove of cherry trees which produce near firework like bouquets were not in bloom there was still a lot of color to see.

(My apologies for this post being up without photos, I tried to blog it from a moving subway train on Manhattan Bridge, and it worked, but not so much.)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I Wouldn't Fool With You Burger : Dutch Boy Burgers Open Today

Burgers? Not yet

According to my sources Dutch Boy Burgers (pictured above) the joint Crown and Prospect Heightsers alike have been salivating after on Franklin Av, is set to open today after delays due to building permit issues.

Folks in the know told me the joint which in addition to Burgers will offer up Milkshakes and other like food fun, will also have booze available for order since it is actually part of two year old Franklin Park Bar, but the larger of the two bars that make up Franklin Park will remain closed until some other issues are completed.

Granted this is small foodie business Brooklyn I'm talking about, and the debut date of this place has jumped around like grease on a hot skillet but despite all that an the current date I'll be at Dutch Boy's tonight cause I can't believe they'd fool with my appetite.