Courtesy of Svetlana Negrimovskaya,, the supervisor at the Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn Public Library (2636 East 14th Street), here are March’s events at the local branch. Personally, I can’t wait for Intellectual Club “What? Where? When?”
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Svetlana Negrimovskaya,, the supervisor at the Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn Public Library (2636 East 14th Street), asked us to start passing along the monthly calendar of events for the local branch. Lots of good stuff to do at our local libraries, especially if you’ve got kids!
Libraries across the United States and the United States’ hat (a.k.a. Canada) will celebrate “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday, February 1, with family-friendly events that encourage reading and education.
The Brooklyn Public Library actually upped the ante on the national initiative and declared it “Take Your Child to the Library Week,” with events throughout the system from this past Monday until tomorrow (most of the events were at branches outside of our coverage area, which is why we didn’t write about it until now).
If you for some reason have not introduced your kid to the library (and, if that’s the case, wtf?), the event is meant to be an introduction to the wild, wondrous world of knowledge.
“Now is the perfect time to introduce your child to the incredible range of programs, materials and services available—all for free—at the library,” said Linda Johnson, BPL’s president and CEO, in a press release. “From afterschool homework help and computer access, to crafts, storytimes and concerts, our branches have everything children need to succeed in school, have fun and explore their interests. And with 60 locations throughout the borough, no matter where you and your family live, there is a library close by.”
To celebrate the culmination of the event, the following Southern Brooklyn libraries will hold family “storytimes” and other events at the time indicated:
- Bay Ridge (7223 Ridge Boulevard) – 11:00 a.m.
- Highlawn (1664 West 13th Street) - 1:00 p.m.
- Kings Bay (3650 Nostrand Avenue) – 1:00 p.m.
- Kings Highway (2115 Ocean Avenue) – 11:00 a.m.
- Mill Basin (2385 Ralph Avenue) – 11:00 a.m.
- Ulmer Park (2602 Bath Avenue) – 11:00 a.m.
Brighton Ballet Offers Southern Brooklyn Tweak To “The Nutcracker” With Emphasis On Cultural Diversity
by Jennifer Szulman
The 27-year-old Brighton Ballet Theater/School of Russian American Ballet (BBT) will be one of only three schools in Brooklyn this winter to perform a version of the classic ballet The Nutcracker, and theirs will offer a distinct telling featuring inspiration from the neighborhood’s various cultures.
Since 1995, BBT has remained the only dance school in Brooklyn to perform The Nutcracker. This year, however, they will be one of three local schools to perform the ballet, and will feature more than 40 young dancers alongside seasoned professionals. Cheographed by Edouard Kouchnarev, the 55-minute-long production draws nuanced inspiration from a Russian Nutcracker-inspired cartoon, and a heartwarming tale of diversity aimed at a young audience.
In this particular version, a young girl similar to Disney’s Cinderella becomes a princess. It is good to simplify an otherwise intricate plot for little children, BBT’s owner said, because they can understand what is happening. Most of the parts are danced by kids and instead of ending in The Land of Sweets, this version finishes in the Land of Cultures, where all the cultures flourish together – not unlike their adopted Southern Brooklyn community.
Founded in 1987, creating the prestigious school took perseverance, drive and the childhood dream of a young dancer.
As an immigrant from the Soviet Union, Irina Roizin aspired to open her own dance school. These dreams came to life when she saw a newspaper advertisement about a small ballet school open on Avenue M. Lessons were held in a quaint living room where three students were trained by a former student of Russian ballet teacher Agrippina Vaganova. At the time, the school had no owner and was funded by the parents of the three students. The teacher and Roizin eventually worked together to create a program for young children. In time, Roizin moved the school to Brighton Beach.
Roizin taught for nearly three decades, growing it to accommodate approximately 400 children per year.
“Our goal is to serve the community,” Roizin said. “Over 27 years, about 15 of our students became professional dancers. We do achieve our goal by bringing up professional dancers but the main thing is to give all children an opportunity to dance professional scale ballet. Even if they’re not going to become dancers, they will take something from this that they can bring to a different profession.”
For those who wish to become masters of the craft, ballet helps dancers develop a skill set used to shape not only themselves physically, but also emotionally and socially.
“This is disciplined, something that gives children an opportunity to be closer to arts, to change their personality, ideas, what music they’ll listen to,” Roizin said. “It’s not too many kids that understand classical music, can be disciplined about themselves, about what they eat. We realize that most of the kids that take ballet for a lot of years do better in school. It’s better attention, social skills and self-esteem. It helps them in a lot of ways.”
Professional dancers are invited to the school for young students to learn from, allowing the children to see what can come from their dedication and hard work.
The non-profit BBT continues to grow its services, recently opening up a pilot program for children with autism, and offers scholarships to students with need.
“We never turn a child away,” Roizon said.
For parents thinking this is just a place to drop their kids off for a play date, though, Roizon points out that she aims to train the best of the best.
“When kids come and parents tell the child, ‘Okay, go have fun!’ I always say, no, you can have fun at the park,” Roizin said. “You don’t have to pay money to have fun. They come here to work and learn something. Maybe this is a little bit of a different approach. The parents who understand stay with us and understand that whatever we do, we do to help parents raise intelligent, educated children. The kids need to understand that it’s fun when they dance and wear costumes and perform, but it’s also hard work.”
BBT will perform The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m. The performance will be held at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. For tickets, call (718) 769-9161.
The Shorefront Y is hosting a Children’s Book Fair on Sunday, November 24, from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to help raise money for the institution’s special needs children, seniors and early childhood programs.
There will be tons of kids books, as well as readings, raffles, arts and crafts and a special performance by an Israeli dance troupe. No kids event would be complete without photo opportunities with Cinderella, Harry Potter, Iron Man and Shrek.
The fair will have specially priced books and educational product including from popular series, award-winning titles, new releases and best sellers from more than 100 publishers.
If you can’t make it, you can still help the Shorefront Y raise some much-needed money for their programs by making purchases through their online book fair, available until December 7. Just visit please visit www.scholastic.com/bookfairs, click “FIND A FAIR” and enter 11235 in the zip code field.
The Shorefront Y is located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue, and the rair runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
State Senator Marty Golden honored P.S. 222 (3301 Quentin Road) for its recognition as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School winner. Brooklyn News is reporting that the school won for “Exemplary High Performing.”
The award is presented by the US Department of Education and was given out to 236 other public schools across the country this year. Officials from P.S. 222, including Principal Theresa Oliveri and former Principal Louise Blake, will be on hand for the ceremony in Washington D.C. in November.
Golden said he was proud to honor the Marine Park school in his remarks.
“It is an honor to represent such an outstanding school and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire Public School 222 community on this honor. Together, students, parents, teachers and administrators, have made this great honor possible. This is a great day for School District 22 and a great day for Marine Park,” Golden said.
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commented on prestigious nature of the award.
“National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education,” Duncan said.
Congratulations to P.S. 222 on the impressive honor.
The Marine Park Halloween Walk, an event that has taken place for nearly 30 years, has come to a halt at the orders of the Marine Park Civic Association. Brooklyn Daily is reporting that the event was canceled this year over a lawsuit stemming from an unspecified incident that occurred at last year’s walk.
The day-time event draws children and adults, decked out in their favorite Halloween costumes, to the park every year with promises of candy, contests and all-around good fun. Marine Park Civic Association members were mum on the details of the incident that led to the lawsuit, but stated that overall monetary considerations led to the cancellation as well:
The lawsuit was the primary reason for canceling the Halloween Walk, although financial concerns factored into the decision, according to [Jim] Ivaliotis.
“It’s not purely monetary, but that’s a big part of it. In case this thing goes far, and we have to entertain more legal representation than just the insurance company lawyers representing us, there’s going to be a large cost of event insurance,” Ivaliotis said. “It’s too risky to do it and we had to make that decision.”
That being said, Ivaliotis is reluctant to institute a fee to attend the event, which the civic has provided free of charge since its debut.
“I’m really sorry,” said Ivaliotis. “This had become an institution, but it has to pass this year.”
Well, I guess just because the event itself is canceled, it shouldn’t stop people from dressing up and walking around Marine Park on Halloween anyway. Still, it is always sad when an organized and fun community based event is canceled over money, lawsuits and lawyers.
Sorry for the short notice, but if you’re looking for a fun and educational activity for your four- or five-year-old this afternoon, head on over to the Golden Age Discovery Room in the recently restored Ryan Visitor Center at Floyd Bennett Field from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Home to New York City’s first municipal airport, children can learn all about airplanes during a fun story teaching session. The event is free — anyone can come — and reservations are not required. To get there by public transportation, take the Q35 bus [PDF].
For more information, call (718) 354-4606.
In Midwood, the tree-lined streets are cherished for the touch of nature they bring to the otherwise concrete jungle known as New York City. Still, they do need to be properly maintained for safety’s sake and the Parks Department’s apparent failure to do so has angered Midwood residents worried that their children might get hurt by falling limbs. The New York Daily News is reporting that residents that live on East 17th Street by Avenue M and Avenue N have been complaining to the Parks Department for years to manicure the trees, but have received little help.
Judy Barides, who has eight children, is one of the parents who fears for her children’s safety.
“I’ve been after the city for over a year now. Four massive branches have fallen on this block. It wasn’t rainy, it wasn’t windy, just out of the blue. I don’t let my kids play there anymore,” Barides told the Daily News.
The trees have already caused their fair share of damage, striking fear in strolling pedestrians:
The leafy, tree-lined block between Aves. M and N has several massive, 100-year-old Dutch elms, says Anne Marie Sabol. She guesses she’s complained to the city at least 15 times in the past four years as have other neighbors, “So many times, it’s ridiculous,” she said.
In February, a 33-foot limb crashed down onto a neighbor’s car, totaling it. The branch wasn’t removed for weeks. Last week, a 9-foot long limb came crashing down just as two women walked by, stunning them Sabol says.
“Someone will have to die in front of my house or my neighbor’s house before someone comes and they act on it,” Sabol said.
She called 311 immediately after the most recent incident and filed two more complaints about the dangerous tree limbs. The city told her to expect an inspection within 30 days.
The Daily News noted that, in Brooklyn, there are 2,200 outstanding tree complaints. Prompted by the Daily News, the Parks Department claims that they will be visiting East 17th Street within 30 days for the first time in five years to remove dangerous trees and prune others.
Despite all the promised action, not all residents are convinced that their requests will be heeded. Irwin Sternglantz, another East 17th Street resident, expressed such cynicism to the Daily News.
“The city’s attitude is ‘yeah, okay, we’ll see,’ and when there’s a tragedy, then everybody gets revved up and they do something. Until a tragedy occurs, they sleep,” Sternglantz said.