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Hurricane Irene has claimed it’s first victim.

Minutes after Sheepshead Bites posted that the Brighton Beach Neighborhood Association’s annual Brighton Jubilee would go forward despite the hurricane, executive director Pat Singer made a snap decision to call off the event for safety reasons.

Singer said she consulted with authorities at the 60th Precinct – as well as got an earful from worried vendors – and decided that calling off the event was in everyone’s best interest.

“It could be dangerous,” Singer said. “I don’t want to put people in danger. It’s just disappointing because I look forward to it as much as anyone else. But it’s the right thing to do.”

Since the BNA canceled the event and not the city, Singer isn’t sure the rain date is a definite. But she believes the city will honor their commitment, and she’s requesting a date in mid-September. Besides, she said, better weather will mean more attendees, and that’s what event vendors look forward to.

“It’s a win-win if I do it this way,” she said. “Everyone has a chance to make money.”

Brighton Jubilee 2010

UPDATE (3:25 p.m.): Organizers have made a snap decision to cancel the event. For full details, see our updated post.

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Organizers of the annual Brighton Jubilee aren’t relenting with their plans to press forward with the Sunday event, despite the threat of Hurricane Irene making landfall in the area on the same day. But the city may pull the plug anyway.

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Photo by Erica Sherman

It’s that time of year again, boys and girls: The 61st Precinct is inviting everyone in the community to attend its “28th Annual National Night Out Against Crime,” a family-friendly get-together with delicious food, giant inflatable amusements, music and entertainment.

The gathering, whose purpose is to show criminals that the streets belong to the people, will be held August 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. behind the precinct’s stationhouse, 2575 Coney Island Avenue. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, local elected officials and community leaders, and enjoy some fun in the sun.

The event is free and open to all ages. For more, call (718) 627-6847. Also, don’t miss all of our coverage from previous years’ events.

Photo from last year's event. (Source: Cymbrowitz's office)

From Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowtiz’s office:

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Community Health Fair, in conjunction with Maimonides Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and Kiwanis International on Sunday, June 12th, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The fair which will be held on Emmons Avenue from Sheepshead Bay Road to Ocean Avenue, includes free health screenings, health information, NYU’s Smiling Faces Dental Van and free give-a-ways. Children can explore a functioning ambulance and will be entertained with magic, a clown, face painting and a caricaturist.  Local schools are scheduled to perform and there will be a live band plus a DJ to keep things lively.  For additional information, please call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078.  In case of rain, the fair will be held in Bay Academy, 1401 Emmons Avenue.


The 29th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York drew throngs of revelers into MCU Park in Coney Island to enjoy local Irish bands, foods, crafts and… oh my, how can I forget… beer!

This reporter didn’t have a chance to get down there himself. Luckily photographer Erica Sherman was on hand to capture the event, presented by the Irish American Building Society Charities.

Here’s what Erica had to say:

There was constant live Irish music going on beneath a massive tent when you first entered the fair,
and on the main stage. I must have heard — in the less than three hours I was there — approximately five different versions of “Whiskey in the Bar” and “Wild Rover.”

In front of the main stage was a large square wooden “space” meant for use as a dance floor, but instead it became a play space for children, and that seemed to be OK with everyone. It was cute to see little red-haired, blue-eyed Irish faces running around, dancing, playing, and having a good time.

The music ranged from traditional Irish to Punk Irish…incredibly lively and uplifting.

The booths with unique souvenirs, food (corned beef and cabbage, of course, as well as reps from the Harkness Avenue Cold Stone Creamery – really nice guy named Hansel Lynch), clothing, beer steins, CDs,
house decorations with Irish sayings / blessings / proverbs, and more, were endless, and everyone — particularly the two gentlemen manning the FDNY booth with T-shirts and football jerseys (pictured) — was wonderful and in high spirits.

Lots of impromptu dancing, no one (except the children) without a pint or two of beer in their hand[s], which is dubious if you are carrying a camera not designed to be beer-proof.

It was my first time there…a fantastic event.

Enjoy her spectacular photos!

View the Great Irish Fair of New York photo gallery.

Columbia University student journalist Ryan Maye Handy got in touch with us to show off a recent creation: an audio postcard from the 34th Annual Brighton Jubilee. As we reported in words and photos last week, the seaside market brought tens of thousands to Brighton Beach to enjoy the weather and shop, sometimes for some really weird stuff. Well, Handy caught the sounds of the event, and created a little guide to Brighton Beach culture. We’ve embedded the audio below.

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When most hear Brighton Beach, they think “Russians.” But the annual Brighton Jubilee, now in its 34th year, proves that the neighborhood is far more of an ethnic medley than many know.

I paid my first visit to the annual Brighton Jubilee yesterday, and was fired up to find a vibrant market fair as diverse as it was enormous. It wasn’t all kebabs and pirozhi, as I was expecting, but a five-block stretch of Latino, African, Caribbean, Arab and, yes, Russian immigrant vendors (not to mention old-school Brooklynites) selling some the strangest assortment of products I’ve ever seen at a street fair.

Used and new clothes, toys, gag items, jewelry, hand-made crafts, artwork, fur hats, sheets (!) – this wasn’t your usual “I ♥ [enter ethnicity]” fair, ringed with the ubiquitous Italian sausage-mobiles (though they made an appearance). It was far more complex, and vastly more intense – it was easily the most interesting neighborhood festival I’ve visited in Brooklyn.

And it was packed. Tens of thousands of people flooded Brighton Beach Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Brighton 14th Street. In between picking through the odd assortment of goods, sun-drenched visitors watched performers brought in by Radio Pzitiv and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, played on inflatable rides or did a bit of Rock Band karaoke.

No word yet on how much money it raised for the event’s organizers, Brighton Neighborhood Association. The money goes to fund all the groups activities, including senior services, tenant services, social services, youth services and quality of life programs. We’ll let you know when we hear the final numbers.

Enjoy the photos of the fair, and if you have any to add just e-mail them to us at nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

View photos from the Brighton Beach Jubilee 2010.

The Brighton Neighborhood Association is gearing up for the 34th Annual Brighton Beach Jubilee, a multi-block festival and fundraiser to celebrate the neighborhood.

The neighborhood tradition features multiple entertainment stages and blocks of merchandise and informational booths, as well as kiddie rides and delicious food. Established 34 years ago, the Jubilee now attracts more than 125,000 people every year and is dedicated to bridging the communication gap through the international language of music.

Organizers of the event, the BNA, use the festival to raise funds for to underwrite programs throughout the neighborhood, including their senior services, tenant services, social services, youth services and quality of life programs.

The group is advertising shopping bargains, international foods, kiddie attractions and lots of giveaways. Two live stages will entertain visitors along Brighton Beach Avenue down Coney Island Avenue to the boardwalk. Enjoy Russian performers from radio pzitiv and the great music of brooklyn including frankie marra and his band, pranha bros. And the ridge.

When: Sunday, August 29, 2010
Where: Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue
Contact: (718) 891-0800

View the flier for the event.

From State Senator Marty Golden’s office:

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) this weekend will host the 2nd Annual Mid-Summer Festival in Marine Park which will feature rides, games, food, entertainment, merchandise vendors, public service information and more. All proceeds will benefit the Marine Park Civic Association.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 8, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance to the event in Marine Park is located at Avenue U and East 33rd Street.

More than 300 people packed into the yard behind the 61st Precinct yesterday to celebrate the 27th National Night Out Against Crime.

Kids played on giant inflatable amusements, while their parents devoured food supplied by Cherry Hill Gourmet Market. Performers from Lezginka NYC regaled the crowd with traditional Pakistani dances, and a troupe of young Asian-Americans also put on a show. Deborah Lynn Bridges, a former Broadway performer and singer for the NY Knicks, sang the national anthem.

A mainstay of Night Out Against Crime? Awards! Officers, politicians and members of the Precinct’s Community Council exchanged plaques and certificates. Some of the politicians in attendance, who also gave speeches, were Councilman Lew Fidler, Councilman Domenic Recchia, Jr., and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz.

Fidler took the opportunity to remind revelers of the event’s purpose, to show criminals that the “streets belong to us … the people” and that’s demonstrated by “neighbors coming together and helping each other, standing together.”

(Photos and information provided by Erica Sherman for Sheepshead Bites.)

View the 61st Precinct Night Out Against Crime 2010 photo gallery.

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