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Are You Ready for Some Flying Fish?

Aug 31, 2009 12:27 PM | 0 comments

I hope you like jerk chicken, beef stew, oxtail, rice and peas, macaroni pie, fried flying fish, curry goat, callaloo, souse, salt fish, fried bake and coconut bread because the West Indian Carnival Festival & Parade descends on Eastern Parkway this weekend!

New York City’s largest street fair and cultural festival is more than just eating, though. There’s plenty of music, dancing and colorful costume displays for all ages. Check out the
official site for all the details.

If you want to learn more about the history of the festival, visit our
website. Or stop by the Caribbean Literary & Cultural Center (CLCC) at Flatbush Library. For 14 years, we’ve been preserving and presenting the cultures of the peoples of the Caribbean through art exhibitions, film festivals, community planning, immigration assistance and much, much more.

See you at the roti stand!


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Books from Her Heart

Aug 28, 2009 3:17 PM | 0 comments

Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman, author of Dating from the Inside Out: How to Use the Law of Attraction in Matters of the Heart, knows a thing or two about giving advice. So it’s not surprising that she was eager to dole out a few recommendations to us on what she thinks you should be reading. Take her advice to heart:



Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach



Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery

Blubber by Judy Blume

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter




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Shake it Up, Baby

Aug 26, 2009 9:09 AM | 0 comments

August has sure heated things up weather-wise, but when you can’t get to a pool or a beach to cool you down, a milkshake works nicely. With so many comfort-food spots around the borough, you can find one anywhere from Bay Ridge to Brooklyn Bridge. So here are our staff’s picks for a sweet treat.


Hinsch’s Confectionary Shop in Bay Ridge. This old-time soda shoppe makes their milkshakes with “all pure ingredients.”


Junior’s “has so many flavors and variations of milkshakes, egg creams and ice cream sodas there’s no need to go anywhere else.”


L&B Spumoni Gardens is best known for their grandma slice, but apparently the chocolate chip cookie dough shake is top notch.


The Moxie Spot, a new family-friendly diner on Atlantic Avenue, makes a vanilla milkshake that’s "super smooth and creamy."


Tom’s Diner in Prospect Heights is also a Central Library staff favorite. This old-school diner has all the 50’s-style treats you seek, including a killer black -and-white milkshake.


If you prefer to enjoy your milkshakes at home, check out our cookbook selection, which has titles on frozen desserts and more. (Or visit the Wimpy Kid ice cream truck at Central TODAY, the 26th, from 11AM-1PM to get your frozen treat on.)






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Neighborhood Know-It-All: Dancing (and Eating) in the Streets

Aug 25, 2009 9:26 AM | 0 comments

Something great happens when people take over the streets—especially in celebration with a festival. During late summer and early fall, Brooklyn plays host to several cool street fairs. BPL staffers recommend:

Santa Rosalia Festival, aka the 18th Avenue Festival: From August 28 to September 6, this street fair takes over 18th Avenue between 67th Street and 75th Street in Bensonhurst, with a celebration of all things Italian. Says a BPL staffer, “it reminds me of when I was a kid, and you can eat zeppoles all day.”

West Indian Day Parade: On Labor Day, roughly 3 million people will throng Eastern Parkway to watch and be watched at this huge festival—the culminating event of a week of festivities. BPL will be there, parading alongside dancers and musicians in jaw-dropping costumes.

Atlantic Antic: On October 4, when the weather has cooled a little, it’s a perfect time to go to this miles-long street fair on Atlantic Avenue, featuring 10 entertainment stages, over 600 vendors and rides. Atlantic Antic is a winning street fair, “for the great cakes baked by the church ladies,” commented one BPL staffer.


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Bad Guy, Good Books

Aug 21, 2009 12:35 PM | 1 comment

Truth be told, Jamie Hector hasn’t always played the “nice guy.” As a gang leader on HBO’s The Wire, a recurring villain on NBC’s Heroes and a crime boss in the 2008 film Max Payne, you’d think he’s too busy figuring out new ways to be villainous on screen to have any time to pick up a book. You’re wrong! He exclusively shared his favorite books with me, and I’ll share them with you. Just don’t tell him I did.



The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind



The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

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