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The Miramar Yacht Club at 3050 Emmons Avenue has released their Sailing Basics programs for this spring and summer.

There will be an opportunity to explore sailing on Sunday May 1, at 11 a.m. There is also a free seek and sail event on June 18.

Prices for the program are $75 for students and $120 for couples who register together. To register email or call (718)743-5823.

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’s mobile community office will be visiting the Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library at 2115 Ocean Avenue, on Friday, April 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.

A staff member will be in attendance to discuss local issues and answer questions from the community.

Call (718) 743-4078 for more information.

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) is holding their meeting tonight, Monday, April 4, at 8 p.m. at P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).

Help make the roads of your neighborhood safer!

Transportation Alternatives, a transportation advocacy group, just released their “Neighborhood Traffic Monitoring Toolkit.”

The toolkit offers tips on choosing an intersection in a neighborhood to document, working with community boards, precinct community councils, and recruiting volunteers. There are also sample letters to send to community leaders, police precincts and elected officials.

“Everyone knows exactly where the most dangerous street corner is in their neighborhood. With this toolkit, community members can shine a spotlight on those lawless intersections,” said Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives Paul Steely White.

So… which intersection should we start with?

Here’s news that’s nice and sweet.

Arbuz, at 1706 Sheepshead Bay Road, is holding their very own happy hour where all frozen yogurt products will be 50 percent off. The happy hour will run every weekday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout April.

Oh, it’s April 1, eh? Looks like we know where we’re going when we get out of work. A tasty frozen yogurt, then downing some beers at Wheelers’ happy hour across the street.

(Note to self: invent alcoholic frozen yogurt.)

Here we go again. A new month means new Q train troubles.

Q train service will be suspended between 57 Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn during the times noted below. You can take the N train instead.

Trains will also run every 30 minutes between Atlantic Avenue and Stillwell Avenue.

These disruptions will go into effect:

  • Saturday, April 2 from 12:15 a.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 3 from 12:15 a.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Monday, April 4 from 12:15 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Joe with the recently posted Elizabeth Taylor pinup. (Source: Wandering NYC)

About a year ago, we posted about some of the best traditional barbershops for men in our area. Thanks to Wandering NYC, there’s another special one to add to the list.

This barbershop is called Joe and Bart’s Unisex Salon and is located at 2087 Haring Street, north of Avenue U.

Wandering NYC writes:

When you walk into Joe and Bart’s you may be greeted with a hot cup of espresso or directed to a box of Italian pastries taking up one of the chairs in their waiting area. You might be treated to some free entertainment by their cast of regulars. You could even run into Al Pacino stopping by to say hello in between filming scenes for a new movie around the corner. One thing that’s certain is you will experience a barber shop in much the same way New Yorkers have for generations.

If you visit them in the near future, you may see the centerfold they have on display commemorating the late Elizabeth Taylor.

Authentic Brooklyn barbershop with a cast of characters? Old guys who tell great stories? Haircutting/styling with Italian pastries? Sounds like they get the job done right.

Remember this idiot, who tore up a parked car because he didn’t know how to handle the plow?

If a snow plow truck damaged anything that you own in the wake of the December 26 storm, including your home, your car, or your self, you may receive compensation from the city if you haven’t already. According to Gothamist, the city has paid out $729,677 to people whose homes, cars, or selves were damaged by city crews responding to the snow.

Oh, but the city is far from done. Not even halfway done, actually. So far, the city has only paid 297 of the 842 claims.

Hopefully, those who suffered damages already filed their claims, since they had to be in by this week to meet the 90-day post-storm deadline. Obviously, most involve damaged vehicles or damaged property. However, the Gothamist found out that 65 have claimed personal injury. Some were cases where family members died because ambulances couldn’t reach them in the snow. Perhaps the price tag on this thing will encourage a better response?

An artifact from the Congress of Curious Peoples exhibit (Source: Coney Island USA)

If you think Coney Island is all sorts of wild now, you should have seen it 100 years ago. Coney Island was once a place filled with unforgettable freak shows and spectacles that would be controversial today.

A typical day in Coney Island between 1890 and 1915 would mean seeing shows that included everything from live fires to hundreds of midgets to real premature babies. A year long series of exhibitions, performances and lectures hope to capture everything that Coney Island was back then.

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You don't know what a kanun is?! Jeez, we have to show you everything around here.

The Turkish Cultural Center at 245 Avenue U will have a presentation on music’s healing powers tonight, March 30, at 7 p.m.

Julie Ann Cunningham, a freelance writer and musician, will discuss her recent article in The Fountain Magazine titled “Music of the Spheres,” which explored different cultures and their use of music to heal body and soul. From Ancient Greeks to Egyptians, Indians to Israelis and Europeans, mere sound waves have long been used to affect people’s health, and Cunningham will talk about the different traditions, notable figures and instruments used by various civilizations.

Oh, but it’s not all talkie-talkie. There will be musical performances with the kanun, a popular Turkish instrument, and light Turkish food will also be served.

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