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As of last year, the local Toys for Tots drive has collected 55,430 toys for needy children.

The 41st Assembly District Democratic Club has organized the largest Toys for Tots drive in New York City for eight years straight, and they’re aiming to make it nine this year.

Help keep the title in Southern Brooklyn by bringing new, unwrapped toys to the club tomorrow night, from 7:30pm to 9pm at 2952 Avenue R.

Sandy the Seagull will be in attendance, and there will be food, music and lots and lots of happy kids. Also, plenty of elected officials, if that’s what does it for you.

If you can’t make it but want to make a donation to purchase toys for needy children, send a check to the address listed in the flier above.




Under the direction of Conductor Mark Mangini, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus — together with The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Raymond Wheeler — will be performing their annual holiday concert this coming Sunday, December 14 at 2:00pm.

Among the selections being performed by the chorus will be a medley from Jerome Kern’s “Show Boat,” as well as other holiday favorites.

Admission is free to the public, and parking is free on campus. No tickets are required, and seating is first come first served. The performance will be held at Kingsborough Community College’s Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

For more, call the Kingsborough Community College Box Office at (718) 368-5596.

The annual fall “Music from Good Shepherd” classical music series, under the musical direction of Michael Fontana, concludes this Sunday, December 14, at 6:00pm with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring a full orchestra, choir and soloists.

While admission is free and open to the public, donations for the performers are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Good Shepherd Church is located on Avenue S between Brown Street and Batchelder Street.

For more information, call (718) 998-2800.

Polina Groman and her husband Elliot. Source: SpinGreen via Forbes.

Polina Groman and her husband Elliot. Source: SpinGreen via Forbes.

Free coats – and free food – are coming to the Kings Bay YMCA this Sunday, December 14, courtesy of a community coat drive organized by SpinGreen, a 1733 Sheepshead Bay Road-based textile-recycling company, and Investors Bank.

The event is set to run from 11am to 3pm outside the Y at 3495 Nostrand Avenue, off Avenue V, and is the culmination of a six-month-long coat drive effort at all 13 Investors Bank branch locations in Brooklyn, said Investors Bank’s Assistant Vice President Branch Manager Gene Svetnikov.

“We get involved with the community a lot and [this year] we partnered with SpinGreen because especially with winter, [our donation trunks] have a good surplus and we’ve been getting a lot of coats, so we wanted to help families in need,” said Svetnikov.

“If anyone needs a coat, they are welcome to come or just stop by to see what we are doing,” added Elliot Groman, director at SpinGreen, which was founded in February 2013, by his wife, Polina. 

“We’re accepting sweaters and jackets and have contacted churches and synagogues in the area, so we’re hoping we’ll have around 150 coats and 50-60 sweaters of all sizes,” Groman said.

Groman and Svetnikov don’t anticipate having any coats left over after the event, but if there are, then the clothing will either go towards SpinGreen’s next coat drive in the Bronx or be recycled as textiles to be used as stuffing for toys, seat cushions and other items.

As noted in a Forbes profile this past August, SpinGreen works with reputable charities to donate all wearable items to local families in need, with the remainder being sold to to recyclers and the profit going back to charity and the property owners who host the bins.

“Our main thing is to keep clothes out of landfills [because] the U.S. wastes over 13 million tons of clothing a year,” said Groman. “And Americans only recycle about eight percent of that.”


buildbackBuild It Back and a handful of non-profit organizations will be on hand at the Ancient Order of Hibernians tomorrow night, December 12, to assist those affected by Super Storm Sandy.

The eight-hour long event, hosted by State Senator Marty Golden, will be held from 12pm to 8pm. This is a good opportunity to keep up with your application to Build It Back.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is located at 2750 Gerritsen Avenue.

To learn more, call (212) 615-8329 between Monday and Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, email or go to

If you have any questions or need additional information, call Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044 or email

Vanilla Fudge's Vince Martell. Source: Wikipedia

Vanilla Fudge’s Vince Martell. Source: Wikipedia

The Bay Improvement Group (BIG) is teaming up with Councilman Chaim Deutsch to sponsor BIG’s 24th Annual Celebrity Holiday Caroling Free Concert and Toy Drive for Battered Women, Needy and Terminally Ill Children.

The yearly outreach event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Baron Dekalb, 3000 Emmons Avenue at Nostrand Avenue, Sunday, December 14 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. From a press release sent out by BIG:

Join in HOLIDAY CAROLING with Vince Martell – Vanilla Fudge “You Keep Me Hanging On”; US Navy Vet; Denver recording artist Peg Pearl of PBS “Love-In: A Musical; Dom “Randy” Safuto original lead singer of Randy and the Rainbows (“Denise”); Celebration with Ben Vereen, and others to be announced!

Admission is free with your donation of new and unwrapped toys, which will be distributed locally prior to Christmas. Toys can be dropped off at the Knights of Columbus, from now until Sunday between 12:00pm and 8:00pm.

For more information, call BIG President Steve Barrison at (212) 750-5560 or (718) 646-9206, email or visit BIG on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and on and

Source: Flickr/haagenjerrys

Source: Flickr/haagenjerrys

As we reported last month, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) plans to raise the cost of unlimited MetroCards by 4% over the next two years, and the Verrazano toll is expected to jump an entire dollar. When it comes to single MetroCards, it gets a little complicated:

The 30-day MetroCard will definitely jump from $112 to $116.50, but the MTA is deliberating on whether to raise the price of the single ride MetroCard to $2.75, or keep it the same, effectively eliminating the bonus on the 30-day card.

Well, now is your chance to take action! Come out to Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College this Thursday at 6pm (2900 Campus Road, near Nostrand Avenue and Avenue H) and give the MTA a piece of your mind. You can register to speak at the location on Monday between 5pm to 9pm, or in advance by calling (646) 252-6777 between the hours of 6am and 10pm.

The hearings, which will take place in all five boroughs, will run until ending time or until all registered speakers have spoken – whichever is later. The MTA requests that all comments be kept under three minutes so that everyone gets a chance to speak.

Comments can also be submitted online through the MTA website, or by letter to MTA Government Affairs, 347 Madison Ave., New York, 10017.


The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, December 10, at YDE School, 2533 Coney Island Avenue.

The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.

For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Nutcracker (via Center for Performing Arts)

The holiday season in Brooklyn is a great time to be a kid (and a parent!), with the flurry of tree and menorah lightings, abundance of hot chocolate, and, of course, strings and strings of dazzling lights. Here are 15 of our favorite upcoming events around the borough:

Sinterklaas at The Wyckoff House Museum
When: Saturday, December 6 from 1-4pm
Where: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road
What: Celebrate Sinterklaas (otherwise known as St. Nicholas Day) at the city’s oldest, and first, official landmark, where you can explore how the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas evolved into the American tradition of Santa Claus. There will be traditional music, treats, stories, crafts, and more. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Kids 2 and under are free.

Free Christmas Concert at New Utrecht Reformed Church
When: Saturday, December 6 at 7:30pm
Where: The Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
What: The Grand Street Community Band, led by its artistic director and conductor Brian Worsdale, will perform a free Christmas concert from members of the all-volunteer symphonic wind ensemble. Audience members will also have a chance to purchase holiday baked goods to benefit the church’s restoration fund, which will help to restore the church that was founded in 1677 and is in need of significant repairs.

Family Holiday Party & Tree Lighting at Greenwood Park
When: Saturday, December 6 from 3-6pm
Where: Greenwood Park, 555 7th Avenue
What: While your kids see Santa, you can grab a beer (or hot chocolate!) at this free holiday soirée that includes music from Frank Gallo of Rolie Polie Guacamole, gift bags, and free face painting. Plus, powerHouse Books will be on hand with gifts, and there will be an outdoor market with trees, wreaths, and other decorations for sale.

Alden Moves Performs The Nutcracker
When: Sunday, December 7 at 5pm
Where: East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue
What: Students and company dancers from the Alden Moves Dance Theater take on an immersive production of The Nutcracker, during which audience members will be guests at the Silberhaus holiday party, as well as courtiers in the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Land of the Sweets. Advance tickets (which are available until December 5 and which you can buy here) are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets at the door will be $25 for adults and $18 for students.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Brooklyn Lyceum
When: Saturday, December 13; Sunday, December 14; Saturday, December 20; and Sunday, December 21 at 1pm and 4pm
Where: The Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
What: This may be your last chance to see this annual tradition at the former bath house, which was recently sold at auction. It’s a sweet adaptation of the animated classic featuring a live jazz trio. Tickets are $12 each, or $40 for four.

Free Performance of ‘Scrooge’ The Musical at Brooklyn Central Library
When: Saturday, December 13 at 1pm
Where: Brooklyn Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: You’ll be putting aside all bah-humbugs after you see this musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Plaza Theatrical. Free admission.

Jingle Bell Jamboree in Park Slope
When: Saturday, December 13 at 7pm
Where: Congregation Beth Elohim, 274  Garfield Place
What: This fun, festive and family-friendly concert will feature the PS 38 pop chorus, kid-favorite Rolie Polie Guacamole, and more. There will also be a Toys for Tots collection site, so bring any new and unwrapped presents you’d like to donate. There is a suggested admission donation of $5 for children and $10 for adults.

Children’s Book Fair at the Shorefront Y
When: Sunday, December 14 from 2-5pm
Where: Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue
What: Take care of your holiday shopping while your kids have a blast during the event that includes children’s book readings, face painting, menorah-making, a large selection of Scholastic books, raffle prizes, photo opportunities with book and movie characters, and more. Admission is free.

The Colonial Nutcracker at Brooklyn Center For The Performing Arts
When: Sunday, December 14 at 2pm
Where: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Campus Road at Nostrand Avenue
What: This annual holiday favorite features the Dance Theatre in Westchester performing its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic. You’re also invited to a pre-show holiday card decorating workshop at 1pm. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here.

Holiday Flea Market and Cookie & Latke Party at The Bensonhurst Jewish Center
When: Sunday, December 14 from 9am-4pm
Where: Shore Parkway Jewish Center, 8885 26th Avenue
What: Get some great holiday gifts at this flea market, which will include household items, jewelry, children’s items, and much more. The event will include kosher homemade latkes with apple sauce and will feature holiday cookie decorating for people of all ages. Vendors are wanted for the event, and you can rent a table for $35. For more information, call 718-449-6530 or email

The Muppet Christmas Carol at BAM Rose Cinemas
When: Sunday, December 14 at 2pm
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas, 651 Fulton Street
What: This adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas classic includes the whole Muppet gang, who will perform alongside a scowling Michael Caine as Scrooge. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for cinema club members, and $7 for children 12 and under.

Chanukah Party at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay
When: Wednesday, December 17  at 7:30pm
Where: 3903 Nostrand Avenue, Sheepshead Bay
What: The annual Chanukah Family Fun Party, featuring menorah lighting, chocolate gelt, donuts, dreidels and more – for free! For more information, call (718) 934-5176.

“The Ugly Duckling” Holiday Special, Performed by the Galli Theater
When: Saturday, December 20 at 10:30am to 12:00pm
Where: 330 Neptune Avenue
What: Learn & Explore Preschool brings in the Galli Theater troop for a dance and music-packed rendition of the children’s classic. After the show, there will be a 15-minute actor’s workshop where kids can participate in warm-up exercises and act out characters in the show. Adults $8, children $4. Call (718) 513-3600 to RSVP. Space is limited.

Chanukah Extravaganza at The Kings Bay Y
When: Sunday, December 21
Where: Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, between Avenue U and Avenue V
What: One of the largest holiday events in Sheepshead Bay, this Chanukah party features a huge array of activities for the entire family, including a symbolic menorah lighting ceremony, arts, crafts, rides, performances, and more.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets
When: Friday, December 26; Monday, December 29; Tuesday, December 30 at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm, and on December 27 & 28 at 12:30&2:30pm
Where: Puppetworks, 338 6th Avenue
What: These two fun puppet shows (both are shown at each performance) are adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale and Tchaikovsky’s Land of Sweets dances. Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Tickets are $8 for children and $9 for adults. Reservations are suggested; call 718-965-3391.

Holiday Lights Spectacular in South Slope
When: To be announced here; the shows typically start the second weekend in December.
Where: 310A 22nd Street
What: Several years ago, two friends rigged up some lights for a show outside their house, and now it has grown to be an incredibly popular interactive show that includes music. Plus, other neighbors on the block are getting involved with their own light extravaganzas!

Tour of the Dazzling Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
When: Any time before the New Year.
Where: Dyker Heights neighborhood (around 83rd through 86th Streets, between 11th through 13th Avenues)
What: If you haven’t checked out the Christmas lights bonanza that happens each year in Dyker Heights, you’re missing out. The neighborhood has drawn national attention for its wild holiday decorations, which include 30-foot tall toy soldiers, glowing nativity scenes, motorized displays and more. Grab a coat, a cup of hot chocolate and join the rest of the city as we all gawk at the displays.

Photo by Margarita Corporan, via Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.


The Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association will meet tomorrow, December 7, at 7:45pm at Waterford on the Bay (2900 Bragg Street).

The group plans to discuss the homeless shelter that has opened in the former Windjammer motel, as well as other local issues.

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