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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.

61st Precinct's Night Out Against Crime

Children performers from 2009's Night Out Against Crime

The 61st Precinct is celebrating the 27th anniversary of the national Night Out Against Crime this evening.

There will be free food, children’s rides, performances, D.J. music and a celebration of our local law enforcers at the event. Night Out Against Crime kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs ’til 8 p.m. at the 61st Precinct on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue W.

The event is free to everyone of all ages.

Call (718) 627-6847 for more information. And don’t miss our coverage from last year’s Night Out Against Crime.

Vince Martell has headlined every BayFest in recent memory. It's time for a change.

Last night’s BayFest 2011 planning meeting kicked off without a hitch, but with only four people in attendance the group’s challenges for the “biggest BayFest ever” were clear.

Most of the evening was spent discussing how to rival their 10th anniversary bash. In 2001, the group had hundreds of members and more than 50 volunteers cobbled together to throw the biggest event Sheepshead Bay had seen in generations, with the entire waterfront down to Ocean Avenue shut off to traffic as tens of thousands of attendees flooded the streets. Fifteen bands played along the piers and the main stage, and entire blocks were dedicated to vendors, street performances and live demonstrations.

“Standing on the stage and looking all the way down to Lundy’s and seeing a sea of people” was an extraordinary feeling incomparable to recent events, said Bay Improvement Group President Steve Barrison.

Keep reading about the challenges BIG faces, and why you should help.

Last year's Kibbutz petting zoo - Courtesy of Kings Bay Y

And on the seventh day, the G-man ended his work which he had made; and he rested. Because the day after that, it was time to par-tay. Challaaah!

That’s how we did it back in Hebrew school. Judaica O.G., yo.

Anyway, enough of that silliness. The Kings Bay YM-YWHA is throwing their annual Israel Celebration this Sunday, June 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The group is inviting everyone from the community to eat, dance, rejoice and boogie down for free.

They’re featuring Israeli music and dance, children’s rides, arts and crafts tables, an “Israeli marketplace,” a kibbutz petting zoo, and more.

The celebration is going on in front of their building at 3495 Nostrand Avenue, and the entire Avenue will be closed between Avenue U and Avenue V. Elected officials and community leaders are scheduled to attend the event.

And then after the party, we shall look back at all that we’ve done, and we shall see that it was good. Real good.

View the Kings Bay Y’s flier.

Redhawk Native American Arts Council presents the Native American Festival at Floyd Bennett Field:

June 4-6, 2010 – Floyd Bennett Field
Gateway National Recreation Area
50 Aviation Rd., Brooklyn, NY

By Subway: Take 2 train to Brooklyn College Flatbush Ave. Take the Q35 Bus to Barron Island Marina.
By Car: Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S Flatbush Ave.
Follow signs into festival.

Dancer Contest Info
Adult 18+ (Traditional, Grass, Fancy, Jingle): 1st – $600, 2nd – $400, 3rd – $300, 4th – $200
Teen 13 -17 (Traditional, Grass, Fancy, Jingle): 1st – $250, 2nd – $200, 3rd – $100
Junior Boys / Girls 6 – 12 (Combined): 1st – $100, 2nd – $75, 3rd – $50
Tiny Tots

Trophy / Specials
$1000 Women’s Fancy Special
$1000 Women’s Jingle Special
$500 Men’s Southern Straight Special
$500 Men’s Grass Special (winner take all)
$500 Men’s Northern Traditional Special

View the flier

After a long week of the daily grind you might want to let go and party like free-spirited Gypsies. Now you’ll get your chance from Friday, June 11, to Monday, June 14, at Floyd Bennet Field for the Mehanata Gypsy Camp festival.

Live music from the Pan-Balkan region will be played continuously including acoustic Gypsy punk and klezmer music. Belly and fire dancers will show off their moves.  And, if you find yourself wanting to learn how to play the music or dance the dances, there will be workshops available.  Everyone is welcome to bring instruments and jam along with the performers. Charmers and enchanters will entertain. You could even get your fortunes told by psychics. Gypsy jewelry vendors will be on hand to sell their goods while tattoo artists will show off their ink. And for the adventurous types there will be various kinds of beach-side and water activities. Gypsy film screenings will provide some downtime entertainment.

If you want to take your getaway one step further you can purchase tickets to live on the campsite for the duration of the festival. Twenty dollars per tent will you buy you two nights. You’ll get to enjoy all the festivities during the day and sleep under the stars and moon on the beach at night.  A full list of the supplies you’ll need can be found on the camp’s website. The festival is free during the daytime for those who just want to look around.

All workshops and performances will start at noon each day. Check out the main website for a detailed schedule so you don’t miss anything you would want to see.

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz chats it up with a resident (Courtesy of the Assemblyman's office)

The Seventh Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Community Health Fair kicked off this past Sunday, connecting hundreds of attendees with medical providers.

We couldn’t make it down to the affair, which stretched along Emmons Avenue from west of Sheepshead Bay Road to the Ocean Avenue footbridge. But Cymbrowitz’s office says the event was a hit.

The fair included 45 tables providing health screenings, information and free giveaways. A functioning ambulance stood nearby to amuse adventurous children, and NYU’s Smiling Faces Dental Van privded free dental screenings.

“I am glad that so many people turned out. It was good to see our community come together to both enjoy the fair and receive important information – from both health screenings and printed materials – that could be lifesaving,” Cymbrowitz said.

To keep people entertained between discovering what new health problems they’re plagued by, Cymbrowitz’s office booked a DJ and featured performances from local schools, including P.S. 195. P.S. 255 and P.S. 206, as well as TKT Taekwondo USA, a caricaturist, face painters, jugglers and clowns.

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