Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Shop P.S.58's Holiday Book Fair To Support Visiting Authors Program

After the very sad news that Book Court, the beloved independently owned bookstore in Cobble Hill, was closing its doors after 35 years, it is more important than ever to support events like the one that P.S. 58 will be hosting Thursday and Friday of this week.

This fundraiser will benefit the school's wonderful Visiting Authors Program, which gives "students in all grades get a chance to hear a published author or illustrator talk about their work."

The sale is open to the public, so stop on by, shop, and enrich a child's life through literature.
Come shop the PS58 Annual Holiday Book Sale
Thursday 12.8 and Friday 12.9, at pick up and drop off in the lobby.
1000s of brand new books at great prices. (Most hardcovers $6 / Paperbacks $3)
PS 58 is located at 330 Smith Street. The main entrance is on Carroll Street

Monday, December 05, 2016

When Santa Came To Visit! Annual Tree Lighting In Carroll Park A Great Success

Bruce McDonald of Friends of Carroll Park
Joan d'Amico of Court Street's Merchants Association
Senator Daniel Squadron, his son, and former Assemblywoman Joan Millman
It is all too easy to forget what the Holidays are all about, but the magic of the season was restored in Carroll Park this past Friday night as neighborhood children greeted Santa Claus during his annual stop in the neighborhood.  The look on their faces was priceless and it was wonderful to witness their delight.
It was all part of the Holiday Tree Lighting, which has become a beloved tradition here in Carroll Gardens.  It brings the community together for caroling and refreshments, and of course a chance to meet Santa. The event is organized every December by the Court Street Merchants Association with the help of Friends of Carroll Park.
The highlight for many little ones was a chance to greet Santa and his elves personally back in the park house to share cookies with him.
Doesn't get any better than that, does it?
Where you there?

Friday, December 02, 2016

Santa Claus Is Coming To Carroll Park Tonight. Don't Miss Him!

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Carroll Park has become a beloved tradition in the neighborhood. Organized by the Court Street Merchants Association with the help of Friends of Carroll Park, the gathering is a perfect way to get into the Holiday spirit.

Tonight at 6pm, bring the kids and friends for some caroling, refreshments, and most important, a chance to say hello to Santa Claus while he is in town.

This is also an opportunity to drop off some canned goods to help feed New York' neediest children. After all, it is the season of giving.

See you in the park tonight? I'll be the one with the camera...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Friends Of Carroll Gardens Library Hosting Book Sale On December 10

Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library will be hosting a large Book Sale at our local branch at 396 Clinton Street on December 10, 2016 from 11am to 4 pm. Book donations are currently being accepted at the reception desk during regular library hours. (see here)

On the same day, the group also plans on unveiling a large painting that was created at the library by children with New York-based artist Maria de Los Angeles.

Friend of Carroll Gardens Library is an all-volunteer group, which supports our local library branch by fundraising to make it the center of the community. Please help them in their efforts.

Did you know that our wonderful library is one of over 2,500 world-wide that was built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie? Designed by William B. Tubby, it was built over 100 years ago and is still serving the neighborhood.
Carroll Gardens Library March 3, 1905
the inside of our library in 1905
historical photos courtesy of the Brooklyn Library

Shop Locally: F.A.D. Holiday Market Comes To St. Paul's On Court Street

photo credit: f,a.d.

Fashion, Art + Design, or simply f.a.d., is a roving indoor maker's market that pops up seasonally in various locations in South Brooklyn.  This December, f.a.d. will once again bring a Holiday market on three consecutive weekends the Basement of St. Paul's Church on 190 Court Street.
The Holiday Market dates are:
December 3 + 4
December 10 + 11
December 17 + 18
Opening hours from 11am to 6pm.
The event is free to the public.

From f.a.d.:
"This curated indie market will showcase over 45 independent artists, designers and makers every weekend, rotating vendors each week. Discover local handmade goods directly from the makers and one of a kind gifts for this holiday season. There will be jewelry, accessories, vintage finds, fashion, art and photography, home and kitchen items, bath and body essentials, and much more. Don’t miss out on this hip retail outpost. There will be something for everyone on your gift list."

In addition, there will be holiday craft workshops, amazing food and a holiday selfie photo booth
To see a complete of this week's exhibitors, click here and here is a list of activity and workshop schedule.
This holiday market is a perfect way to shop locally and to support or awesome Brooklyn artists and artisan community.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On This Rainy Day, Third Street In Gowanus Floods Once Again

Photo credit: Friends and Residents go Greater Gowanus

We just heard from a reader that there was quite a bit of flooding near the Third Street Bridge on this rainy afternoon. This was confirmed by Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus (FROGG) which posted the photos above on its Facebook Page. Police had to actually close the street and tell everyone to turn around at about 2:30pm. They are now letting cars through again.

FROGG, whose mission it is to "work towards an eco-safe and healthy Gowanus Canal" writes :
"There has always been ponding on the south side of 3rd Street here, and cars would take the north side of the street to pass through, but since the large 700 unit Lightstone development has opened, the street drain just up the hill at 3rd & Bond fails to drain. Water now stands a good foot deep over that street drain when it rains preventing any drainage at this location which is now ponding like never before.
Clearly the area now needs new (or additional) infastructure to support new development, unfortunately, the tax payers will have to cover on that as the developers have been granted tax brakes that extend for more than 25 years."

It is interesting to note that Third Street is still the designated Hurricane evacuation route for people in Carroll Gardens and Red Hook, and for the people who live in Lightstone's  365 Bond Street, who will need to follow mandatory evacuation orders during a hurricane.  (Read about the evacuation route here)
Today's rain was steady, but not actually torrential, so one can imagine what it is like during a heavy downpour or a Hurricane like Sandy.

It's Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas In the Neighborhood

Our Brooklyn neighborhood is beautiful all year around, but the Holiday season sure adds a touch of magic, don't you think?  Just in the past few days,  Christmas tree vendors have taken their usual spots on Court Street and Smith Street and local stores have begun to decorate their windows.
It is difficult to not get into the spirit, even if the temperatures are still rather mild for the season.

Perhaps this year, we can all make an effort to buy and to dine locally in order to support our local, family-owned  businesses.  Without them, the neighborhood would just not be the same.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Picture Of The Day: Laundry Day

On Hoyt Street on a crisp fall day.
The more things change in Carroll Gardens....

Gowanus Canal Superfund Clean-Up: Community Advisory Group To Meet This Tuesday

The Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group will be hosting its November general meeting on Tuesday, November 29th at 6:30PM. Find out the latest from the EPA Region 2 team responsible for the clean-up of our polluted waterway and connect with members of the CAG.
The meeting is held at Mary Star of the Sea, 41 1st Street. The meeting open to everyone.

PS29 Hosts Its Beloved "Eat Pie And Shop" Event This Sunday

Some fundraisers are more fun than others. Take the annual Eat Pie and Shop event organized by PS 29 scheduled for this coming Sunday, December 4, from 11am to 4pm. Now in its 8th year, this beloved event benefits the local school’s PTA funded arts and enrichment programs.
Take part in the pie contest, buy holiday presents from 30 local artists and/or have your child's photo portrait taken, or simply drop a gift off for Toys For Tots.  Doesn't get any better than this, does it?

Eat Pie and Shop at Brooklyn’s PS29 
Sunday December 4, 11am - 4pm
425 Henry Street, between Baltic and Kane

Pie Social: Taste delicious homemade and premium pies for $5 a slice or 5 for $20. Both sweet and salty options, so come for lunch and desert.
Celebrity-judged pie contest: Anne Burrell (Food Network and the upcoming Smith Street restaurant, Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge), Melissa Clark (Bestselling New York Times Columnist), Allison Kave, author of “First Prize Pies” and co-owner of Butter & Scotch, Brooklyn’s only bar and bakery, Gabriella Gershenson (Food Features Editor at Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine) and Nicholas Morgenstern (Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream) and other kitchen pros will name the best pie of the pie contest. Come taste the winning pie. Anyone can enter by bringing a pie before 11am. Winners announced at 1:30.
Artisan Holiday Gift Fair: Take care of your holiday shopping while the kids do crafts. More than 30 of Brooklyn’s best artisans are selling their wares, including jewelry, clothing and beautiful paper products.
Children's Crafts and Activities: Make scarves with Curious Jane, get free Tattly temporary tattoos and enter a vote in the Kids Choice pie contest of kid baked pies. Your kids will have a blast!
Professional Portrait Studio: You can get a beautiful portrait of your child/children taken during the event. $30 for one high-resolution image which you can print, email, gift to grandparents, etc.
Toys for Tots: U.S. Marines will be on hand to pick up all donations of holiday gifts.

All proceeds go to PS 29 programs. For more information, visit

Homestyle Japanese Family Cooking Workshop At Court Tree Collective

This holiday season, let us remember that it is more important to spend time together with loved ones than about finding that perfect gift.
In that spirit, you may want to sign up for Yumi's Homestyle Japanese Family Cooking Workshop at Court Tree Collective on December 18th, 2016 from 12 to 2:30 pm.
We can't think of a lovelier event for the whole family, and the gallery is located at 371 Court Street right here in Carroll Gardens. What could be easier?
Here are the details:

Yumi’s Homestyle Japanese Family Cooking Workshop
Court Tree Collective and Yumi from K-Seaweed present Yumi's Homestyle Japanese Family Cooking Workshop. Do you like Japanese food but never tried to make it at home? Yumi will share how she prepares some of the most popular Japanese dishes at home. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn all the skills needed to make Maki Sushi and Inside-out rolls (non-raw fish ingredients), two kinds of macrobiotic Seaweed Salads and deeply nourishing Miso Soup. You also learn how to source the best ingredients locally and how to work with the sweet and savory ingredients such as konbu & wakame seaweed, miso, soy sauce, mirin, bonito flakes that infuse unique umani flavor. After you have learned how to cook Japanese beautifully, you will be able to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You will most certainly walk away finding your kitchen a more inspiring place!

The cost is $45 per person or sign up for the $65 parent/child package here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Picture Of The Day: Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Readers,
Many of you are probably already preparing for tomorrow's turkey dinner or heading out of town to be together with loved ones.  Whatever you have planned this Holiday, I wanted to wish you love and peace.
Thank you for your encouragement throughout the year, your invaluable tips and comments along the way and your help in making this little blog site a place where the neighborhood can come together.
So, from my house to your house,  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!