The lovely annual Memorial Day concert at Green-Wood Cemetery is a great way to spend the holiday — you’re in a beautiful setting, on what is looking like will be a nice day, listening to great music:
The concert features the ISO Symphonic Band, founded in 1995 to sponsor talented students throughout New York City and led by ISO’s inimitable founder and conductor Brian P. Worsdale. Each year we feature the works of Green-Wood’s permanent residents Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, and many others.
People generally bring blankets or folding lawn chairs to sit on, and they will have food and drink for sale. The concert is on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at 2:30pm, and it’s free (though you can make a donation to help keep the concerts free in the future).
Following the concert, Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman will lead a special trolley tour (tickets are $5 for Historic Fund members, $10 for non-members), and they may sell out, so grab them while you can!
Photo via Green-Wood Cemetery
According to the city’s 311 system, the two sinkholes that we spotted last week, one on Caton and one on East 2nd, will be looked at by the DEP. After we filed our service requests, we got a follow-up:
The City inspected the condition you reported and asked the Department of Environmental Protection to address the issue.
Let us know if you notice that they’ve been repaired. And if you see any others in the area, do report them to 311, either by phone or online.
Do you love your local library? Think it could use $10,000 to make it even better? The Charles H. Revson Foundation and The Brian Lehrer Show‘s NYC Neighborhood Library Awards will give $10k to five exceptional branches whose patrons, staff, local elected officials — and anyone else — can share how much their library means to them.
Everyone is welcome to fill out the contest entry form until Monday, July 1. Especially with the proposed 36% budget cuts to libraries this year, the Brooklyn Public Library system could use the support.
The Kensington branch is shiny and new — but perhaps there are still things needed there? The Windsor Terrace branch got support from Participatory Budgeting for new computers, but we’d bet patrons would like to see some additional improvements there, as well. So help give back what your branch has given to you, and let’s see if we can win this thing.
A school bus crash on East 5th and Avenue C this morning at about 7:30am injured six people, the FDNY tells us.
Four people were seriously hurt, and were transported to Kings County, Lutheran, and Maimonides hospitals, one suffered minor injuries, and another was taken to a hospital by Hatzolah.
The FDNY was unable to provide the ages of those injured, or to note the cause of the crash.
We hope everyone involved is okay. If we hear any additional information, we will update.
Neighbor Troy noticed this awesome version of a local supermarket:
Did you see the Lego Foodtown this weekend at the customer service desk at Foodtown. There’s a deli, fish counter, customer service desk, cashiers, bubble gum machine and KWT shoppers.
Anyone know who built it? Ah-ha! We figured that fella in the photo might be behind this excellent creation. Troy has the update:
Yes, that is the architect. Bence Martin 10 years old P.S. 230 4th grader.
Noticed anything cool in the neighborhood lately? Send photos to email@example.com and we’ll post them on the site.
Beverley Pizza & Cafe opened the week before last at 358 East 2nd Street, just off of Beverley Road. Like many of the pizza places it joins in the area, it’s got some space for seating inside if you want to grab a quick slice, but they’re also set up a couple tables outside if you’re feeling like going al fresco.
We haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but the pizza looks pretty good, and delivery seems like a good bet (with just an $8 minimum for delivery). The one review it’s got so far on Yelp is guardedly enthusiastic, saying “the crust was nicely crisp and had a good chew to it,” but noting that the sauce was “a bit bland.”
Anyone try it out yet? Like it better than the other options for pizza in Kensington?
Brooklyn’s sport-loving kids and their parents lost an enthusiastic leader when Barbara Marucci Henderson, a lifelong Park Slope resident, SFX Youth Sports treasurer, and co-commissioner of SFX Flag Football, passed away on April 21, 2013. Beginning her coaching career when her son joined pee-wee baseball at age 4, Barbara had been a familiar face at games in Prospect Park for many years.
Friends and family shared remembrances over at Park Slope Stoop — be sure to check out the lovely thoughts that they shared.
All you late night subway riders are used to this by now, right? For those who haven’t experienced it yet, here’s how the changes to the G train work this week:
No G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts and Church Av
Late Nights, 11pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, until June 28*
Service operates in two sections:
1. Between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs
2. Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts
No G service at Bergen, Carroll Sts, Smith-9 Sts, 4 Av-9 St, 7 Av, 15 St-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, and Church Av. Take the F instead.
• Transfer between G trains at Bedford-Nostrand Avs.
• Transfer between A and G trains at Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts.
• Transfer between A and F trains at Jay St-MetroTech.
*Except 11pm Monday, May 27 to 5am Tuesday, May 28
*Except 11pm Monday, June 10 to 5am Wednesday, June 12
And a reminder that the same changes continue on the weekends (starting at 11pm Friday and going straight though until Monday at 5am) through May 20.
These schedules sometimes change, so check mta.info for the latest information.
Volunteer group Solarize Brooklyn will be holding meetings about adding solar panels to your home this Wednesday, May 22, and next Saturday, June 1. The meetings will be held at:
All Souls Bethlehem Church
566 East 7th St. (between Cortelyou and Ditmas)
Wednesday, May 22
1305 Cortelyou Road (on the corner of Argyle)
Saturday, June 1
The group will be offering information about installing solar panels, a free cost/benefit analysis of adding panels to your home, and group discounts on panels. Register for either meeting by clicking here, and join the Solarize Brooklyn Google group to receive daily updates.
Image via Solarize Brooklyn
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Here’s a look back at some stories from the past week:
• We peek behind the walls at the progress at Prospect Park’s Lakeside project.
• What renovations may (or may not) be coming to Dome Playground.
• LOOK! Those markings are now spraypainted, and hopefully more permanent.
• What businesses would you like to see in these renovated storefronts on Church?
• Photos from a recent mela on McDonald Avenue.
• Two sinkholes need repair in the area before they get any worse.
• Church Avenue is getting a new pet supplies store.
• Kensington librarian Sarah Tilevitz talks kids books and tacos.
Looking for something to do in the neighborhood this weekend? No need to travel too far for these events:
Saturday, May 18
• The Brooklyn Half Marathon runs through our area this morning.
• The Great GoogaMooga descends on Prospect Park all weekend.
• Learn about the teacher training program at Jaya Yoga East (2902 Ft Hamilton), 12:30pm.
• Meet and speak with authors of teen novels at the Kensington Library, 3pm.
• Sustainable Seafood Super Club at Brooklyn Commune (601 Greenwood Ave), 6:30pm.
Sunday, May 19
• The Greenmarket at PS 154 returns for its first day of the season, 9am-3pm.
• Flatbush Jewish Center (327 E 5th St) is hosting a flea market starting at 10am.
• Help build benches at the Green Triangle (Church/35th St), 10am.
• With GoogaMooga going on, this guided hike of Prospect Park at 1pm may not be peaceful, but the music might put a bounce in your step.
• Spring planting and compost sifting party at Compost for Brooklyn, 2-5pm.
The Brooklyn Half Marathon kicks off at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, May 18 at 7am, and the course takes runners through Prospect Park and down Ocean Parkway to the finish line at Coney Island. They’re expect a large number of runners, greater security precautions, and, as always, several street closures.