Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play By Smith Street Stage Opens Tomorrow

Smith Street Stage, the wonderful theatre group which has brought Shakespeare to Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens for the last few summers, is presenting A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play at the Pearl Theatre on 42nd Street in Manhattan.
Smith Street Stage has performed the play in 2012 and 2013 in Carroll Park's park house, but got the opportunity to perform in a bigger venue in Manhattan this time around.  But don't worry, the group will be back for some more Shakespeare in our park in 2015.
As a special nod to the Carroll Gardens community, Smith Street Stage is offering a special 20% off the ticket price with the promo code "CARROLL".
Below please find all the information o the play. 

Smith Street Stage presents
CHRISTMAS CAROL: A RADIO PLAY
By Charles Dickens
Adapted & Directed by Beth Ann Hopkins

WHERE:
The Pearl Theater Company
555 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

WHEN
December 18, 19, & 20 at 8:00 p.m.
December 21 at 3:00 p.m.00 p.m.
December 21 at 3:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICE: $30
TICKET LINK: http://www.smithstreetstage.org/
(20% OFF Coupon Code: CARROLL)

FEATURING
Patrick Harvey, Jonathan Hopkins, Charlie Kravits, Eleanor McCormick, Pete McElligott, Elliot Roth, Leigh Ellen, Corey Whelihan, Jessica Lane Weiss, Katie Willmorth

"A troupe of 1940’s radio actors meet in the studio on Christmas Eve to bring to life the characters and soundscapes of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. The audience is invited to engage on two levels: Watch the goings-on at the 1940’s radio studio as this group of actors must work together to create a very special Christmas Eve radio performance; or listen to the world of 19th Century London come to life and get swept up in Scrooge’s miraculous Christmas transformation.

Set in the 1940’s, a time when radio was reshaping imaginative storytelling, Smith Street Stage’s production of A Christmas Carol brings to life multiple layers of Christmas cheer and nostalgia. The setting of the 1940’s radio studio will deliver the spirit and glamour of Christmas Eve in New York City. The retelling of Dickens’ story will inspire the warm feeling of a family Christmas around the fireplace."



The Story Behind The Small Gingerbread House At 351 Court Street in Carroll Gardens

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For the past few years, a small gingerbread house has been displayed in front of 351 Court Street between Union and President Streets during the holiday season. I have taken photographs of it and posted them on PMFA in the past, wondering who had made it.
Well, I now have the answer.  A few days ago, I received an email from Carroll Gardener Gordon Hawkins, the person behind this charming little house, which is his "Christmas gift to the kids...young and old."
He writes:
"I've done it for a few years. The past few years, it had its roof smashed, then repaired and hit again. So I retired it. Undaunted, I made a new one, more intricate and elaborate.
This year's version has a lit Christmas tree inside and tiny colored lights around the eves of the roof. Check it out at night.
The kids were great.   I'd hang about and listen. I didn't have the clear skylight last year and the kids would look into the windows and see the scene inside. The parents, unaware of it, had to be brought up to speed by the kids. "But Mommy, look in through the windows. Santa is inside." It was heart warming.
Something about looking in through the windows at it.. makes it more real in a voyeuristic way for them. Hence more house items this year... couch and fireplace and art on the walls, curtains.
Maybe we can get through the holidays with out the Grinches bothering it.  HA ha …"

Thank you, Gordon, for bringing joy and wonder to the kids in the neighborhood.  The house is absolutely adorable.  I hope it makes it through the season without damage.




Community Board 6 Celebrates The Holidays

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Monday night at Bahche on 7th Street in Gowanus
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CB6 staff members  Craig Hammerman with Sarah Phillips, Helena Miskel,
Liza Santiago-Sierra, Leroy Branch
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David Mazzuca, Community Boar 6 Manager Craig Hammerman, Glenn Kelly and Suzanne TuretIMG_2375
New CB6 treasurer Jerry Armer with Tom Miskel
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New CB6 Chair Gary Riley with new First Vice-Chair Sayar Lonial
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Bob Levine with Anthony Vigilante
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Ariel Krasnow with CB6 Chair Daniel Kummer
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Rick Luftglass and Ben Solotaire
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Josh Levin of Comptroller Scott Stringer's office with Sarah Phillips
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Tyler Maganzini and Regina Myers
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Democratic District Leader Paige Bellenbaum and Bob Levine
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New CB6 Chair Gary Riley
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Tamar Smith, Assemblywoman Joan Millman with CB6 Chair Daniel Kummer
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Council member Stephen Levin
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Councilman Brad Lander presenting a Proclamation to CB6 Chair Daniel Kumer
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Council Member Brad Lander, Assemblywoman-Elect Jo Ann Simon, outgoing CB6 Chair Daniel Kummer, Council Member Stephen Levin, 
Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Assemblyman Jim Brennan.

Community Board 6, which represents  Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Gowanus and the Columbia Street District, gathered this past Monday night at Bahche on 7th Street for its annual holiday party.
In addition to celebrating the season, CB6 members were able to thank out-going Chair Daniel Kummer for his four years of service.  Kummer received well earned accolades from his fellow board members.  Council Member Brad Lander, Assemblywoman-Elect Jo Ann Simon, Council Member Stephen Levin, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Assemblyman Jim Brennan presented him with several proclamations.

Community Board 6 members just voted in Gary Reilly as the new chair earlier this month.  It is the first time in about 30 years that a resident from Carroll Gardens will lead the Board.

The holiday party was also a fundraiser for Friends Of Community Board 6, a non-profit organization established to support our community Board by providing resources to improve the quality of life in the community.  Local merchants donated some great prizes that were raffled off.

Click here to learn more about getting more involved in our local community board.






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Say Good-Bye To Assemblywoman Joan Millman At An Open House On Friday

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Assemblywoman Joan Millman with her successor, Assemblywoman-elect Jo Ann Simon

Since 1997,  Joan Millman has been representing District 52, which includes our neighborhood, in the New York State Assembly. Earlier this year, the Assemblywoman announced that she would not seek re-election. This Friday, December 19 will be her last day in the office at 341 Smith Street at the corner of Carroll Street. She and her staff will be hosting an informal open house on that day from 10am to 5pm to "say good-bye with cookies."
Everyone in the neighborhood who would like to stop by is welcome to do so.

December 19th is also the last day to donate socks to the drive Joan is doing "to help a local middle schooler collecting donations of new, packaged socks for men, women, and children which will be distributed to shelter residents throughout Brooklyn. Donations are being accepted at the office all week too. Last year the student collected 800 pairs - we'd like to help him collect even more to make homeless shelter residents more comfortable this winter!"


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Take a look at this very cute 'good-bye" video made by Tamar Smith of Joan's office.



Sing-It-Yourself Messiah At St. Paul's Church In Carroll Gardens

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Like me, you probably don't have a particularly great singing voice, but that won't matter at all on Sunday, December 21 at 4 pm.  That's when St. Paul's Church at the corner of Carroll Street and Henry Street will once again encourage all to sing along to Georg Friedrich Händel's Messiah.

Here is more information:
"Join St. Paul's Church for their Annual Messiah Sing at 4pm on Sunday, December 21st. This lively performance of Handel's masterpiece will be conducted by Music Director, Vince Peterson, and sung by YOU. Hear top notch soloists sing Recitatives and Arias from parts 1 and 2 of Handel's unparalleled masterwork, and then sing the choruses yourself with other Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Basses in your section. Bring your own score or borrow one from us! Bid on your chance to take the podium and conduct the great Hallelujah Chorus. Afterwards join us in our Parish Hall for light refreshments."

Tickets are $20
Children under 12 tickets are $10 online /$15 at the door.
For advance tickets please click here.
St. Paul’s is located at 199 Carroll St. (Corner of Carroll and Clinton Sts.)




Lola's Tapas Bar On Smith Street Now Closed And For Sale

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I just noticed that Lola's Tapa Bar at 221 Smith Street near Butler Street has closed its doors.  I must admit that I have never eaten there, but was told by a neighborhood friend that the food was actually quite good and that it was reasonably priced.
This location has gone through quite a few chanced one the past few years.  It was first  Caserta Vecchia, then TJ's Wood Burning Oven Pizza before it became Lola's.
Smith Hanten Realty his currently selling the business for $120,000.00.  The remaining lease can be taken over at $7,500 a month.




Monday, December 15, 2014

Picture Of The Day: For Rent

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Seen on Carroll Street between Hoyt and Bond Streets.





Have A Drink For A Good Cause! Bar San Miguel To Contribute Proceeds From This Tuesday To CHIPS.

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Here is a perfect excuse for having a Margarita. I just heard from Regina Myers, co-owner of Bar San Miguel at 307 Smith Street, that the establishment will contribute proceeds from Tuesday, December 16th's sales to CHIPS, a local soup kitchen and shelter. Please stop by for dinner or drinks and help make a contribution!

I'll see you there.


El Milagro Opens Pop-Up Store On Smith Street. Will Get Permanent Home Across the Street In Spring

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El Milagro, a jewelry, gift, and home decor store has opened a Holiday pop-up location that will remain open throughout December at 180 Smith Street.
The merchandise is sourced from around the world by owner Roberto Lopez, who already owns similar store on 5th and 7th  Avenues and  Park Slope.  Come April, Lopez will be taking over Tony's Hardware Store at 181 Smith Street as a more permanent home for El Milagro in Boerum Hill.
You can follow El Milagro on Facebook here.