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Jump and Sway on Labor Day

Aug 27, 2008 5:07 PM | 0 comments

From the Parkway to Habana Outpost, Labor Day 2008 will be one for the record books. As Labor Day quickly approaches, it is only right for Brooklyn Public Library to let you in on all the fun and mayhem that will go down in Brooklyn.

For the party animals out there that would like to get a piece of the Caribbean without leaving the U.S, get ready to grab your flags, show your pride and jump and wave.  Eastern Parkway is the place to be for the largest street party in Brooklyn, the 41st annual Labor Day/ West Indian Carnival. The Brooklyn Public Library bookmobile will also be on hand to take part in the festivities.

If you’re a parent with tiny tykes and Steel Pans and soca music aren’t your cup of tea, make your way over to Habana Outpost, for BPL’s first ever eco-friendly Back to School Party. Kids of all ages will be treated to day of fun that is guaranteed to chase away the back to school blues. A dance party, face painting, story time, library card sign up and eco-friendly crafts are all part of the day's festivities.
Polish off your dancing shoes, and get ready to party.

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Dog Days

Aug 25, 2008 9:46 AM | 0 comments

It’s about that time to take advantage of all this borough has to offer by enjoying the last days of summer with free events. Check our BPL's online calendar with end of August events, as well as a sneak peak of fall fun, including the return of our popular outdoor concert series. 

But on to this week ... You're in luck if you’re a movie buff, as you can see a free screening of Blue Velvet on Monday the 25 or Rushmore on Tuesday the 26 at McCarren Park Pool. It’s also your last chance to visit this venue before it becomes an actual pool. 

Soothe the savage beast with a free concert by Patti Labelle, who will be performing tonight, Monday the 25 at Wingate Field.  

Shape up by visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park for a free exercise class on Tuesday the 26, or enjoy free kayaking through the end of September. 

Take a ride on the wild side on Thursday the 27 by taking your tot to the last day of free carousel rides at Prospect Park. Good news for nostalgia-seekers -- there’s no age limit for a free ride.

Have a happy and healthy Labor Day!

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The Waterfalls Are All Wet

Aug 22, 2008 10:32 AM | 1 comment

Have you seen the waterfalls yet? They’ve been stopping traffic for almost three months now, so you probably have. 


Do they bring to mind “the Cyclone of Coney Island and those towers from which daredevil riders and their hapless steeds used to jump, or to old Times Square with its ambitious billboards”? (The New York Times Art Review, June 27, 2008)


I must confess that something else comes to my mind: wet scaffolding. And The Brooklyn Paper reports that mist from Olafur Eliasson’s creation is killing trees at the River Café. (The trees are expected to recover, but not until the pumps are shut off in the fall.)


Still, do you think these majestic edifices are worth the $15 million price tag? Do they inspire and “embiggen” the smallest man? The New Yorkers on Yelp and The Brooklyn Paper’s Vox Pop certainly don’t think so.


But instead of being a humbug, I’ll recommend some waterfront art that’s not all wet. Through the end of August, Central Library is host to two photographic exhibits, Randy Duchaine’s New York Waters: Profiles from the Edge, featuring portraits from the world of waterfront trade; and Nathan Kensinger’s Twilight on the Waterfront: Brooklyn's Vanishing Industrial Heritage, documenting Brooklyn’s changing waterfront over the past five years.


Deadly mist not included.



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Celluloid Town

Aug 20, 2008 3:35 PM | 0 comments

This week, Brooklyn real estate blogs were abuzz with the news that the “Moonstruck brownstone” in Brooklyn Heights sold for a cool $4 million. I was reminded of another Brooklyn Heights brownstone with a starring role, in the 1977 film The Sentinel, although the mood is more evil than amore.


The borough, in every conceivable incarnation, has appeared on film: a gang from Coney Island is hunted by rival gangs in The Warriors, and in The Forgotten, aliens steal a Brooklyn Heights resident's kid. Smoke (along with the follow-up, Blue in the Face) and Do the Right Thing offer charming and sometimes anxious neighborhood portraits, revolving around the iconic corner shop.


Mobsters and dysfunctional families are always at home here, as Once Upon a Time in America, The French Connection, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Squid and the Whale will attest. And if you prefer Brooklyn classic—and Ol’ Blue Eyes young—there’s It Happened in Brooklyn.


However you like your Brooklyn—scary, political, romantic or quirky—BPL has a ton of DVDs and videos to choose from. So, snap out of it! and get to a library near you.


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Family Matters

Aug 18, 2008 12:57 PM | 1 comment

If you thought tracing your family history required a complicated worldwide journey and the scavenger skills of an action movie hero, guess again. Now you can explore your family’s story right from your own library.


Take a genealogy workshop with the esteemed African-Atlantic Genealogical Society at its new Brooklyn chapter—Macon Library’s new African American Heritage Center. Founded in 1994, the Society’s mission is to guide anyone whose ancestors have had an African and/or Atlantic-crossing experience. The workshop—on Saturday, August 23, at 1 PM—offers hands-on assistance by the experts as you learn how to use and search the appropriate databases to begin your family tree. Future workshops will be held on the fourth Saturday of every month, as well as other special events featuring speakers, films and more.


If your family’s roots are in Brooklyn, or you’re just a Brooklyn lover, check out Central Library’s Brooklyn Collection, which has historical books, maps, photographs and newspaper clippings that can be of assistance in research. Happy hunting!

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