About This Blog

Most of the photos in Blather From Brooklyn are also posted in Flickr. If you’d like to purchase a print of any photo, please let me know.

Blather From Brooklyn originally appeared on blogspot.com. It moved to WordPress in February, 2007. Click here to see the old blog.

52 Responses to About This Blog

  1. Can’t wait to have some extra time to explore your blog further.
    Cu,
    Merisi

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    • rosemary says:

      I have an event I want to tell you about –Dutch Day at Old First Reformed Church, where we are having a 17th Century Dutch Dinner. Its part of the Dutch Day festival. How do I tell you about it? cannot find your email.
      rosemary

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      • Christy Sacks says:

        Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn is pleased to announce our upcoming Winter Concert
        Our January 2010 concert,” Praise & Lamentation”, conducted by our music director, James Busby, features two early baroque composers: Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and Henry Purcell (1659-1695). The first half of the program features a motet, Beatus Vir, a setting of Psalm 112 that is a superb example of Monteverdi’s dramatic style.

        The second piece, an anthem, O God, Thou Art My God, is a setting of Psalm 63 that was composed by Purcell while he was the organist of Westminster Abbey during the early years of the English Restoration.

        The second half of the program, Dido and Aeneas, considered Purcell’s “true opera” – is based on Virgil’s tragic love story of a queen and Trojan refugee. This miniature masterpiece stands as a significant contribution in the development of the operatic form. Harkening to ideas of classicism in its subject matter and the use of the chorus, it is nonetheless entirely of its time. The overall effect is one of efficient, elegant and ultimately heartbreaking storytelling.

        Soloists will perform the major roles of Dido, Queen of Carthage, Aeneas the Trojan hero, Dido’s confidante Belinda, and the evil Sorceress: Dido: Sarah Nelson Craft, Aeneas: Nicholas Filzen, Belinda: Rachel Arky, Sorceress: Emily Serotta

        Concert Dates: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 7 PM: St. Ann & the HolyTrinity Church, 157 Montague Street at Clinton, Brooklyn Heights

        Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 4 PM: Old First Reformed Church, 129 Carroll Street at Seventh Avenue, Park Slope

        Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, available at the door or at Smarttix, through the following links:

        For the January 9th concert: https://www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=PRA1

        For the January 10th concert: https://www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=PRA2

        There will be a reception following each concert.
        Lorrie Bonaventura, President
        Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn
        http://www.graceandspiritus.org

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  2. uncutdiamond says:

    I miss living in Brooklyn. I can’t wait to move back there to Bay Ridge.

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  3. My book “Coney Island” is a history and profile of the amusement area (which is about to be leveled for condos and such). The book is available as a free PDF download.

    For reviews, go to:

    http://www.boingboing.net/2007/04/03/professor_solomons_c.html

    http://coneyislandreport.blogspot.com/2007/03/coney-island-by-professor-solomon.html

    To download the book, go to:

    http://www.professorsolomon.com/cibookpage.html

    Professor Solomon
    Baltimore

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  4. Thanks for visiting NYDP.

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  5. Re the mistake on the Martin Luther King Jr. monument. It was a mistake, and that section was extracted and replaced with a different stone. I haven’t yet found out what the mistake was, but probably an incorrect date. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  6. Andy says:

    Hi: I’m the owner of the Metrocard bike and I left some comments. I love your piece on the bike! Andy

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  7. Katia says:

    I truly enjoy your Brooklyn Blog and its always a treat to come “visit”

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  8. Harriett T. says:

    I love your blog. Very nice! I went to NYC this past summer and your blog was very helpful.

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  9. Vincenzo says:

    Hey !
    cool blog. i visit NYC pretty often, and only recently have been venturing around brookly.. great town!
    i recently read an interesting ( older ) post about brighton beach
    i am headed to Brighton beach next week , for …gulp, a photo assignment.
    You seem to stress that the shopkeepers were pretty anti-photo. how much of a hard(or easy) time will i have to convince the folks to have their pictures taken?
    any help would be greatly appreciated.
    vincenzo

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  10. jessica says:

    I really like both of your blogs and have them both bookmarked on google :) My aunt owns a high-end furniture shop in Manhattan (www.devonshops.com) so I’m in NYC occasionally–love it!

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  11. jessica says:

    Hmm…that webaddress is totally wrong. It’s http://www.devonshop.com !

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  12. Jeff says:

    I found your blog on outside.in, and want to add it on our site, which lists local blogs: http://www.wikimetro.org

    Would that be ok? We’re in a beta version now, so we have are some errors. Thanks and sorry to bug you with a unsolicited email question!

    Jeff Brauer, jeff.brauer@wikimetro.org

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  13. MizB says:

    Thanks for your comment on the “Let All People Go” post on my Views from the Tower blog. As a former Brooklynite (1962-1979) I enjoyed browsing your blog. Your photos are very nice; I look forward to seeing more. Good luck with your assorted projects!

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  14. bknesto says:

    I like the blog and would like to add it to my blog roll, if you do the same. My blog was started about a month ago.. clintonhillchill.com

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  15. thanks for visiting hania, crete, greece
    i must admit new york is on the top of our list in terms of forthcoming holidays – i hope we get the chance to see your city one day

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  16. emily says:

    thanks for the comment on my blog! i know, it’s almost like blasphemy to hate m.cho but i totally do. i think it actually stems from high school when someone told me i looked like her and then i found out what she looks like. oh well.

    i like your pics – would it be okay if i linked to your blog from mine? cheers!

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  17. mod*mom says:

    I can’t find your email address. Thank you for entering my Whole Foods podcast giveaway, but I need your email address to enter you. It will not be used for anything other than this giveaway, but I have to show Whole Foods that these are real separate entries + I have to be able to contact you if you win.

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  18. andy padre says:

    Hi: You featured my Metrocard bike last year and I wanted to follow up and tell you I had a story/photo in the NY Times recently. (Metrocards are the Medium, No Particular Message( During my interview the reporter mentioned your blog/article!
    Andy

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  19. moxie says:

    HI,

    I’m interested in potentially purchasing one of the photos posted on your blog. Please let me know how to proceed.

    Thanks!

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  20. andy padre says:

    Hey Blather, Metrocard bike guy again. The NY Times recently ran a story on my bike and the reporter mentioned your blog in our conversation. i’m guessing she googled metrocard bike and found your site. Andy

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  21. karen says:

    Hello again,

    I tried to reach you through the Flickr account regarding a few of the photos you posted of our Phoenix House staff. We had approximately 700 folks participate in the Rally and are eager to show share some pictures from this event on our website. Can you please contact me by email directly. Thank you so much.

    Warm regards,

    Karen

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  22. Mary says:

    Do not buy tickets from Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas show. Captial One Bank, Radio City Music Hall and Ticketmaster are scalping the public scalping the public by adding 66% as a surcharge to the face value of the tickets.

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  23. Dear Annula, I am a spanish writer. I write a book ‘The Entity. Te history of the Vatican Secret Service’ (St. Martin’s Press,2008). I read in the web page bookcrossing.com, you have one book with the title ‘I Have To Tell This Story!’ of the Leon Hayblum. I want to know if its possibly send me one copy. I pay all the cost (book+shipping). I need this book because I prepair one book over the history of John Paul II.

    I am sorry for my english. Thank you very much for all and I waiting your news….

    ERIC FRATTINI
    eric_frattini@yahoo.com
    +34 619420209 (Movil)
    +34 917671862 (Home)

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  24. Corinne Kotler says:

    CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION:
    GRACE CHANG TO PERFORM AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
    WITH SPECIAL GUEST: JIN JIN THE DRAGON
    January 18 2009, 2:00 PM

    NEW YORK, January 18, 2009 — Based on her professional experience as an international Chinese ringmaster Grace Chang will showcase magical illusions, puppetry, mime and acrobatics at the Brooklyn Public Library, touching the hearts of children and the inner-child within all of us.

    As January 26, the Chinese New Year, draws near, Chang, a Chinese New Yorker who seeks to give back to her community and to bridge US and Chinese cultures will perform with her fabled dragon star Jin Jin the Dragon, star of Chang’s children’s book, Jin Jin the Dragon (published by Enchanted Lion Books).

    In addition to having recently written her first children’s book, Jin Jin the Dragon, Chang has also worked tirelessly to help thousands of American families adopt Chinese children. With live performances featuring Jin Jin, Chang brings Chinese culture and her themes of unity and tolerance to younger audiences across the country.

    WHO: Grace Chang & Jin Jin the Dragon
    WHAT: Bringing in the Chinese New Year with magic, puppetry, acrobatics and more
    WHEN: January 18, 2:00 PM
    WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    ABOUT GRACE CHANG
    Chang’s gift as a storyteller stems from her unique upbringing as the child of one of China’s most famous entertainers Chang Bao Ting. His variety shows were the first of their kind in China and his comedic acts were similar to that of Abbott & Costello.

    Continuing her family’s legacy as entertainers, Grace has appeared in both Chinese and American movies including The Joy Luck Club and was trained at a very young age to be a professional illusionist; a feat that earned her the role as ringmaster in an internationally acclaimed Chinese circus.

    In addition to her unique talents as a performer, Grace is actively involved in the adoption of Chinese babies to Americans—a cause that spoke strongly to her after visiting orphanages in China that operated under unsanitary conditions. Her dedication to providing better lives to young, poverty stricken Chinese children was rewarded in 2006 when she was honored with the Adoption Pioneer Award.

    Grace is available to discuss the following topics:
    • The meaning behind the Chinese New Year
    • How she became involved in the adoption of Chinese babies to Americans and why she believes this is such a valuable cause
    • Why writing a children’s book about identity was so important to her as a mother
    • What it was like to grow up in a famous family of entertainers in China
    • What it takes to be an illusionist and the many tricks she has mastered
    • How the Chinese dragon differs from the Western dragon and how she hopes her book will change that

    Please contact Corinne Kotler at 646.247.7636 or cek316@gmail.com if you would like to speak to Chang about any/all of the above topics.

    # # #

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  25. Marcus says:

    I wanted to let you know about an upcoming free seminar, “Managing Your Emotions and Your Money in a Volatile Market”, being held at the NY Historical Society on March 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm, which I think many Brooklynites would be interested in attending. The event, hosted by Kelleher Family Wealth Management, is designed to help people make critical financial decisions based on facts and reason, not emotion. The evening will include an educational seminar from psychologist Dr. Eric Dammann on a rational approach to managing family finances, and a presentation by Kelleher’s Director of Research, Tom Burnett, who will provide a historical perspective on turbulent markets and recovery. We’d love for you to let folks know about this on your site.

    Kelleher Family Wealth Management is a firm dedicated to helping families deal with money and the issues surrounding it while maintaining a “family first” mindset. Over the past few decades, the strong economy gave rise to a large population who never considered themselves to be well off, suddenly having more money for their families to enjoy. But in the current economic environment, these folks are now being squeezed and are looking for help to safeguard their families’ futures. Kelleher FWM specializes in helping these families and this seminar is a great opportunity for them–or anyone–to get sorely needed advice free of charge.

    NY Historical Society
    170 Central Park West

    March 12, 2009
    6:00-8:00 PM

    Free

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  26. Elizabeth Dehart says:

    Hope you are well – lizdehart OLS

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  27. Kristie Gitnesq says:

    You have a false story posted about me on August 10, 2008. Please remove it. I can’t get a job with this posted as it appears one my name is Googled. Since you got it from an incorrect source, I do not hold you responsible. Perhaps in the future you should check your sources more carefully for accuracy. The source from which you took it is currently in a lot of trouble for publishing it. I don’t hold you responsible, but you do need to take it down. Thank you for doing so immediately.

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  28. daschneider says:

    An essay on the atmosphere of New York circa April, 2009 (with observations on advertising, marketing, business, art, architecture and design) is up at 3quarksdaily.com. Think you may enjoy it.

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  29. James says:

    Get your camera out to Montague Street and see the parking meter polls with their sweaters on. i enjoy your blog.

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  30. dan says:

    I would like to get copies of the photos you posted of the Schapiro winery sign? Thank you.

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  31. [b]WHO REMEMBERS
    THE ST GEORGE HOTEL
    IN IT’S GOLDEN YEARS? [/b]

    So do we.

    A website has been created to collect the photos, clippings, and long-held secrets of this famous New York landmark. It is generating some great stories.

    [b]CLICK HERE:[/b]  www.TheStGeorgeTower.2ya.com

    As one of the more technically able members of your family, please subscribe in order for your senior members to share their memories, listen to others with memories like theirs, and see wonderful photo albums uploaded by our nearly 200 members in a half dozen countries and 18 states (plus DC).

    MOST important, talk to your parents and grandparents–they have great stories and we want to hear them!!!

    They have PHOTO ALBUMS and SCRAP BOOKS and we want to “sit with them” as they tell their stories!

    By participating in this online oral history experiment, their histories will be archived in a way that they will live on forever. Tell them THAT. See? Why not tell them they can have those memories live forever on the internet?… See what happens… We’re waiting! (And raid the photo albums while you are at it!!!)

    In a few clicks you can show them marvelous snapshots, gorgeous formal portraits (typically done by Nickerbocker Photo Studio on Clinton Street), charming first person memories, sensational newspaper stories and clippings, a growing collection of memorabilia, a catalog of interesting facts, a ton of fun trivia (which famous people stayed here, for instance) and a few “secret stories”. The current topics being discussed:

    The Clark Street / Brooklyn Heights subway station

    The 1995 Fire (one of the largest in New York history–18 alarms)

    Rocky’s barber shop

    And, as always, The Pool

    That ought to trigger some memories! : )))

    Do you or your relatives have a secret story that took place here?

    Maybe it was the war years. Did you say goodbye or hello here?

    Perhaps they had your wedding here. Click on the link above if you love Brooklyn history, or know someone who does.

    Tell your senior family members that their entire photo albums will be scanned for them if they send an email to StGeorgeTower_photos@mac. Their memories are important history and need to be recorded…

    Those who remember the St George Hotel in the 1930s, when the tower first opened, are slipping away. We want to reach out to them especially!!! Time is of the essence! Were they one of the jazz babies dancing at the open air rooftop nightclub? (AND DO THEY HAVE PHOTOS???? )

    See you there.

    Best,
    The Dragon Slayer
    Webmaster

    Remember, this is the link to the experiment. Bookmark it to show your grandparents the next time they are visiting:
    [b]
    http://www.thestgeorgetower.2ya.com/b

    :lol: :lol:[size=24][/size]

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  32. Elizabeth says:

    Hi,

    Great pics from the NY 400 week! Did you get any from Governors Island?

    I wanted to let you know about a cool event coming up on Governors Island on Thursday, October 8.

    The Governors Island Alliance and the New York Harbor School will be honoring our arts, programming and cultural partners at Governors Island’s Water Taxi Beach. The party is from 5:30 – 8 pm. It costs $25 and includes one free drink and free transit.

    Any chance you could post something in your blog about this? I can email you the formal invitation if you like.

    Thanks!

    Elizabeth
    Elizabeth@rpa.org
    Governors Island Alliance

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  33. LoutubeJazz says:

    Helo Blather from Brooklyn!
    You might like this link to clip/song celebrating the 400th anniversary of NYC and Brooklyn (Breukelen). Sorry I missed you at the New Amsterdam Village! Nice pictures of Dynamo (the p in Dynamp was a typo)!

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  34. LoutubeJazz says:

    Well this is the link I am referring to:

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  35. GSCB PREMIERES GRIFFITH’S “THE REED” WITH BARBER, BOULANGER,MONTEVERDI, SCHUBERT & STROZZI BROOKLYN – MAY 2010

    “The Reed,” a new composition by New York composer Jennifer Griffith, will premiere in Brooklyn this May, performed by Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn in their upcoming concert “Realms of Power and Desire: A Choral Celebration of Women.”

    James Busby directs the Chorale, which is in its 34th year. Grace & Spiritus Chorale commissioned the new work assisted by a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. ”The Song of the Reed” is the prologue to the Masnavi, an epic narrative poem written by the 13th century Persian poet, Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi (1207-1273). This beautiful new English translation of the text is by the Iranian-born writer/translator and filmmaker Zahra Partovi.

    “Listen to the Reed,” it begins, “How it tells a tale complaining of separation: since they cut me from the reed bed, my cry has caused men and women to moan.” “The Reed”, sung in both Persian and English, is written for four mixed choral voices, narrator, mezzo and tenor soloists, viola, cello, clarinet, piano and percussion. Sarah Craft will sing the mezzo solo; James Ruff is featured as tenor. Jason Asbury, Grace Chorale’s assistant director, plays piano. Also performing will be clarinetist Anna Maria Baeza, violist Erin Sykes, cellist Joachim Woitun, and percussionist Cory Bracken. Griffith’s music expresses our common struggles and pleasures, which Rumi’s verses convey so expansively, with chant-like episodes sung freely and serenely alternating with homophonic choral writing.

    Two other composers were on James Busby’s mind as he planned this concert: Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) because her brilliance has been long underappreciated, and Samuel Barber (1910-1981) because it is the 100th anniversary of his birth. Then, he commissioned a new piece from Jennifer Griffith. Now there were three elements in search of a theme…what story does this music tell? Composers who are women…then the French composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) came to mind. He thought then of pieces about women in love: Lamento Della Ninfa by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and La Pastorella al Prato, by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and the theme developed from there.

    The chorale will also sing Under the Willow Tree from the opera Vanessa and Take up her bed, she looks like sleep, the final chorus of the opera, Antony and Cleopatra, two pieces by Samuel Barber that are not often performed. Barbara Strozzi’s piece is Gli amanti falliti, included in her first book of published madrigals. Hymne au Soleil was one of the first pieces Lili Boulanger composed for mixed chorus. Les sirénes was composed for women’s chorus and soprano in 1915, two years before she won the Prix de Rome.

    Join us for this exciting world premiere on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7 pm Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 7 pm at Saint Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn Heights, and Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 4 pm at Old First Reformed Church, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Info & tickets: 718 707-1411, info@graceandspiritus.org & Smarttix, http://www.smarttix.com, http://www.graceandspiritus.org, http://www.jennifergriffith.com, http://www.zahrapartovi.com

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  36. Bianca says:

    SUMMER STREETS:

    Vanderbilt Avenue Trades Honking Horns for Dancing Beats

    NEW YORK, May 26, 2010 – Saturday, June 12th, and Sundays June 20th and 27th from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Vanderbilt Avenue between Dean Street and Park Place will trade cars for pedestrians, and honking horns for dancing beats. Presented by the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District (VAMD) and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC, http://www.phndc.org), 2010 will mark the second annual Summer Streets on Vanderbilt. Says Latisha Daring, VAMD Vice President and local business owner, “This year, expect more! More music, more dancing, and more art, and as always, there will be plenty of surprises!”

    Vanderbilt Avenue, gaining popularity as a Brooklyn mecca for good food and hot trends, may be going car-free for Summer Streets, but expect buzzling traffic as local regulars and first-time visitors gather for outdoor dining, live music, people watching and recreation. Whether pint-sized, or of pint drinking age, there will be attractions for the entire family. Expect an inflatable soccer shooter and Fuse Ball games to the World Cup screening, face painting and henna art, hula hoop contests, African dance, capoiera, and hip hop tutorials, cooking demonstrations and even a kids fashion show. While local bands and DJs take center stage, restaurants will flood into the streets as passersby stop to sample the complimentary local cuisine or sit to enjoy an outdoor dining experience. Daring reiterates the emphasis on family-fun at Summer Streets, “all activities are designed to strengthen the community and bring our children together.”

    Home to the Brooklyn Museum, the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Prospect Park, and an extensive network of public transportation, Ellen F. Salpeter, director of Heart of Brooklyn, referred to Prospect Heights in a 2009 Newsday article as “the gold coast of Brooklyn.” With so many landmarks grouped together, the area is already a destination in the city, but with more restaurants, bars and trendy boutiques opening daily, many on Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights is becoming even more of a Brooklyn hotspot and middle class melting pot. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder celebrities have taken notice; Summer Streets’ very own Vanderbilt Avenue is just steps away from the homes of Entourage star Adrien Grenier, Batman’s Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dawson’s Creek alum Michelle Williams and it is rumored hip hop and pop power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé have purchased a penthouse overlooking Prospect Park.

    Summer Streets on Vanderbilt evolved after a similar program ran along Park Avenue in Manhattan in 2008. 2010 marks the second annual effort to bring the spirit of a healthier, more livable and sustainable city to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, NY. Summer Streets is sponsored by PHNDC and the Vanderbilt Avenue Merchants District, in cooperation with the NYC Department of Transportation, Heart of Brooklyn and the Independence Community Foundation.

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  37. lailani says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I am excited to find yours. I was treated to a trip to NYC last October and loved it! I want to go back again, but on my own, with my own agenda – this looks like a great spot to learn more about the area.

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  39. Not much better than a fishing joke. My dad just shared this joke with me: Fishing rules:Fishing rule #1: The least experienced fisherman always catches the biggest fish. Fishing rule #2: The worse your line is tangled, the better is the fishing around you. Fishing rule #3: Fishing will do a lot for a man but it won’t make him truthful.

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  41. Christy Sacks says:

    December 2011

    Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn is pleased to announce its 2011 Winter Concert, conducted by music director James Busby.

    In January 2011, we begin our program with the theme of remembrance with a new work by the British composer Julian Grant, entitled “In a Fog – Remember.” Grant’s music is set to two poems written by Brooklyn poet Anne Pierson Wiese. The chorus commissioned the new piece to commemorate the upcoming tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 assisted by a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Continuing the theme of remembrance, we will also perform Brahms’s “German Requiem” with piano four-hands accompaniment by Jason Asbury and Matthew Henning. The vocal soloists will be baritone Peter Kendall Clark and soprano Jeannie Im.

    The performance dates are Friday, January 21 at 7:00 pm at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, Saturday January 22 at 7:00pm at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene, and Sunday, January 23, at 4:00 pm at Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope.

    Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors, available at the door or at Smarttix through the following links

    For January 21: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=BRA18
    For January 22: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=BRA19
    For January 23: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=BRA21

    There will be a reception after each performance.

    Lorraine Bonaventura
    President, Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn

    facebook/grace & spiritus chorale of brooklyn
    http://www.graceandspiritus.org

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  42. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Brooklyn Musical Groups Join For Spring Performances

    Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra will be featured in two concerts on Friday, April 8 and Sunday, April 10, 2011, both at the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights. Nicholas Armstrong, Artistic Director, will conduct the joint concert. James Busby, the Chorale’s director, has prepared the Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn for the performance of the concert’s major work, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. The BSO is happy to welcome back soloists Matthew Garrett, tenor and Christopher Herbert, bass baritone, who our audiences heard singing works of Mahler during the last two seasons. Garrett and Herbert will also perform arias and duets by Rossini, Donizetti, Bizet and Puccini. The program begins with Ottorino Respighi’s scintillating symphonic poem The Fountains of Rome. The Friday, April 8 concert begins at 8 PM. The Sunday, April 10 concert begins at 3 PM.

    “It’s always a joyous occasion to bring the Orchestra and the Chorale together” said Nicholas Armstrong, Artistic Director. “with 60 singers and the full orchestra, it’s a musically moving experience for both the performers and the audience. This very early work of Puccini already shows his melodic genius.” Armstrong adds that his love of all things Italian inspired the programming of this harmonious and passionate program.

    A reception to meet the singers and musicians follows the performances.

    Admission to the concert is a suggested contribution of $15. Children are free.

    The Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity is located at the corner of Clinton and Montague Streets in Brooklyn Heights, next to the Court Street subway station (R, 2, 3, 4, 5).

    The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, comprised of talented amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians, is one of the New York area’s finest community orchestras. Founded 37 years ago as the “Brooklyn Heights Orchestra,” the group presents five symphonic concerts per season of classical, romantic and contemporary music. This concert is made possible, in part, with public funds.

    Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn is a community chorus of over 75 members. Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2011, the Chorale was founded as Grace Choral Society in 1976 at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights and joined forces in 2006 with Spiritus et Anima, begun at Saint Ann’s School. We present two or three concerts a year. The group is dedicated to performing a wide range of classic and contemporary choral music, with an emphasis on newly commissioned work. We are supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

    Program:
    RESPIGHI : The Fountains of Rome
    ROSSINI : “Largo al factotum” from Il Barbiere di Seviglia
    DONIZETTI : “Ah, mes amis!” from La Fille du Regiment
    BIZET “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pecheurs de Perles
    PUCCINI “Ah, Mimi, tu piu` non torni” from La Boheme
    PUCCINI: Messa di Gloria

    Website: http://www.brooklynsymphonyorchestra.org and http://www.graceandspiritus.org

    Contact: Nicholas Armstrong, Artistic Director, 718-852-0677

    Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra
    P.O. Box 020-334
    Brooklyn, New York 11202

    Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn
    254 Hicks Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Facebook / Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn

    FOR CONCERT INFO: 718 707-1411

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  43. Dylan says:

    Hey! I was wondering if you’d add Roadify to your How To Get Around section. We’re a local BK start-up that is crowdsourcing subway, bus and traffic delays. Learn more at http://bit.ly/RoadifyPR or email me dylan(at)roadify.com.

    Thanks,
    Dylan

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  44. Andrew says:

    On Monday, March 28, 2011, City Limits Magazine celebrated the launch of “Defining Brooklyn: The Borough Behind the Brand” at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Skylight Gallery. The Borough President Marty Markowitz proclaimed the day as City Limits Day in Brooklyn and more than 300 people attended the event.

    Sponsors included Berkeley College, Olivino Wines, Exclusiv Vodka, WABC Channel 7, Brooklyn Historical Society, Wildlife Conservancy, Amtrak, and Brooklyn Tourism.

    Event Photos

    http://bit.ly/gpQmhP

    Photos by Adi Talwar, Design by Smyrski Creative

    Event Photos: Flirkr City Limits

    http://flic.kr/s/aHsjugGkj7

    Photos by Walter Pofeldt

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  45. Vickie says:

    Hello,

    Can i use a screenshot of this picture : http://www.flickr.com/photos/annulla/2992547042/ to illustrate a newsletter article (France) ?
    Regards,

    Vickie

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  46. Marc Helfman says:

    I’d like to buy a copy of the photo at the bottom of your September 2, 2010 blog post of a tourist looking at Roman statue. The caption is: “Viewing a Roman Statue”

    Thanks,
    Marc Helfman
    Kenwood, CA

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  47. Shon says:

    You can use it to your advantage, especially if you have a business. The seven tips below will help drive web traffic to your movie blog.

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  48. Hello Sir,

    My website is related to diamond cutting and importing business (http://www.idealdiamond.com). I would like to generate more online presence, so would like to add my website listing on your website. I am ready for the link exchange and the paid listings as well. So please send me your price for linking my website to your domain..

    Sir could you please allow me for 1 DoFollow backlink on your website. This will help me a lot to get more and more traffic to my site…and thus we both would be benefited due to this solution.

    Thank you..

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