We’re only just on the brink of fall, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about next spring! And if you’re anything like us, one of the best indications that winter’s over is the appearance of daffodils all over the neighborhood, from tree pits to community gardens. Want to help make that happen? It’s easy, and it’s free!
New Yorkers for Parks’ Daffodil Project, which was founded in 2001 as a living memorial to those lost on September 11, is still going strong. Last year volunteers around the city planted about 450,000 daffodil bulbs, and they’re hoping to top that number this year.
Registration for bulbs for the 2014 Daffodil Project is now open, and will end at 5pm on Wednesday, September 3. Pretty much anyone can sign up — bulbs are free to civic organizations, individuals, corporate volunteer groups, schools, and community leaders who commit to planting them in parks or public spaces like schoolyards, street tree pits, and community gardens.
There are pick-up locations around the city in September and October. So get to it, and thanks in advance for helping to make our neighborhood more beautiful!
Local pols are joining forces to host the “Pre-Labor Day Summer Senior Concert” tomorrow, August 27 at Amersfort Park, located on Avenue I between East 38 Street and East 39 Street. The concert will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by Councilman Jumaane Williams, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Golden Crust, Chef’s Choice, caribBEING, Millenium Development, Emblem Health, and Sesame Flyers.
Free and open to the public, the concert will feature musical performances by East Flatbush Village Performers, Remsen Zumba Dancers, the IET Band, and the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra. Each year, this concert has been a way to thank elders of the 45th District.
“Our elders are the backbone and the brain trust of this community,” Williams stated in a press release. “This concert is but one expression of how much we care and how committed we are to their well-being. It’s even better that we were able to do so with the music of our shared Caribbean heritage, a heritage that fills my Grenadian heart with deep pride.”
For more information about the concert, contact Farah Louis, director of community outreach for Williams at (718) 629-2900.
We apologize for the totally inappropriate video, but we just couldn’t resist.
Is your kid the next Roger Federer or Anna Kournikova? They could be, and now there are free programs at local schools to help them get there.
The New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) organization launched their free community tennis summer programs for kids earlier this month, and registration continues to be open.
The program provides free use of tennis racquets, qualified instructors and lessons to kids ages 5 to 18. Participants will learn the basics of tennis strokes and how to rally, and then be put to the test in competition with others of similar skill levels.
The summer season kicked off July 7, but there are no deadlines to register and no wait lists to slog through. Registration is done on-site, and parents or guardians must accompany the child during the registration process. It’s a six to eight week program which runs three to six hours a day, five days a week – although schedules vary from site to site.
Locally, kids can sign up and begin playing at the following area schools during the days and times indicated:
- Andries Hudde Junior High School Playground – 2500 Nostrand Avenue – Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Bob Spigner
- P.S. 238 – 1633 East 8th Street - Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Colin Clarke
- P.S. 229 – 1400 Benson Avenue - Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Site director: Colin Clarke
- McDonald Park – McDonald Avenue at Avenue S – Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Gennady Shuminov
More information can be found here. The full list of sites citywide can be found here.
The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:
State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force, today has announced the complete lineup of summer concerts set to take stage in our local parks this Summer. The concert series kicks off on Tuesday, July 8th when Head Over Heels and special guests play Shore Road Park at 79th Street.
The series of fourteen concerts will feature an array of musical acts, Alive N Kickin’, Carl Thomas, Frankie Marra and His Band, and a special “Irish Night on Shore Road” featuring the Canny Brothers.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “After a long, cold winter, I am sure the residents of Southwest Brooklyn are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2014 summer concerts which I will again be hosting in our local parks. We have a great lineup of entertainment, so mark your calendar, bring a chair, or a blanket, and make your way to our scheduled fourteen shows in our beautiful parks. I guarantee you will enjoy the entertainment that will feature classic rock, the greatest hits of all time, disco, blues and dance.”
2014 SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE
- July 8 Head Over Heels & Special Guests ……..….…..…………79th St & Shore Road
- July 9 Out Of The Blue (Classic Rock & Dance) ……….…Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
- July 15 Radio Daze (70’s & 80’s Party Music)…….…………………….79th St & Shore Road
- July 16 Yesterday & Today (Beatle Tribute Band)….……..Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
- July 22 Generation Gap (60’s through 90’s)……………Dyker Park (86th St. & 14th Ave.)
- July 23 Carl Thomas (Sinatra, Darin, Dean)……………………Avenue U & Van Sicklen St
- July 29 Blues Circus (Improvisational Blues Rock)….………………79th St & Shore Road
- July 30 Alive N Kickin’ (Hit song “Tighter & Tighter”)….Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
- Aug. 6 Brooklyn Keys (Oldies through 90’s)…………..….. Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
- Aug. 12 Disco Unlimited (Best of the 70’s Disco)……..………………79th St & Shore Road
- Aug. 13 Radio Daze (70’s & 80’s Party Music)…………..….. Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
- Aug. 19 Frankie Marra & His Band (Classic Rock)…………………79th St & Shore Road
- Aug. 20 On A Good Run (Classic Rock)…………………………Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
- Aug. 26 The Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Parade presents “Irish Night on Shore Road,” Featuring The Canny Brothers…..….…..79th St & Shore Road
All concerts are free and open to the public and all shows begin at 7pm. All events are subject to change. In case of poor weather or for more information please call 718 238-6044, or check Martin J. Golden on Facebook or follow @senmartygolden on Twitter.
Still haven’t filed your taxes? Me neither. Fortunately, qualifying applicants can have it done for free at the Sheepshead Bay library this Saturday. See the flier above for details.
I wonder if there’s a policy about taking trees on the subway… (Source: NYRP/Flickr)
The New York Restoration Project, a non-profit dedicated to building greenspaces and the lead partner of the MillionTreesNYC initiative, is going all out this spring with a huge giveaway of 12,000 trees distributed directly to residents throughout New York City.
Here are some details from the group:
NYC home and property owners can choose from over 90 events where they can pick up trees to bring home and plant in their front or back yards. Participants can visit www.nyrp.org/treegiveaways to check out dates and locations and find out more. They can register online approximately two weeks in advance, to reserve a tree. If registration is full, a limited number of trees is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. We’re offering popular tree species, including various dogwood, fig, magnolia and serviceberry trees to New Yorkers. Aside providing cleaner air, planting trees has many benefits, including enhanced curb appeal, offset of climate change, cooler temperatures, and more.
Giveaways are scheduled between March and May for Marine Park, Coney Island, Gravesend, Borough Park, Bay Ridge and elsewhere – so there’s no shortage of nearby locations to pick one up in the coming months. Just check their schedule and register in advance.
The MillionTreesNYC program is a public-private initiative. Seventy percent of the trees will be planted in parks and public spaces, while 30 percent are being given to private organizations, homeowners and community groups. More than 800,000 trees have been distributed to date.
A Ranger educates the public at the Ryan Visitor Center. Photo by Ned Berke
Two exciting, historical presentations will be taking place this Sunday, December 15 at Floyd Bennett Field’s Ryan Visitor Center.
- Famous First Flights: Jamaica Bay has had its fair share of famous first flights taking off and landing from its shores. Join a park ranger from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a slideshow about these flights, and many others.
- Civil War or Civil Rights – A Century of Change: Explore the major events of the civil rights continuum during the pivotal years from 1863 to 1963, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Anyone can come to both events — reservations are not required. To get there by public transportation, take the Q35 bus [PDF].
For more information, call (718) 354-4606.
No, this is not from today.
The following is an unaltered press release from the offices of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:
The thought of paying home heating costs this winter is enough to send a chill through many low-income seniors and families in Brooklyn.
Fortunately, help is on the way thanks to Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) and the Heartshare Neighborhood Heating Fund (NHF).
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road is once again an official NHF application receiving site. Applications are available at the office now and his staff will assist constituents in his district in completing them. NHF will begin accepting completed applications on Monday, December 16.
Eligibility is based on household size and gross monthly income. To see if you are eligible and for more information, call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078.
The Neighborhood Heating Fund is run under the auspices of Heartshare Human Services of New York, which receives both grants and private donations. National Grid is a major sponsor of the program.
The NHF program runs until funds are depleted, so constituents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
“The winter is a particularly difficult time for low-income residents who must struggle to cover their basic needs,” said Assemblyman Cymbrowitz. “I am pleased that the Neighborhood Heating Fund is available to lend a much-needed helping hand.”
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office is open Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 5 p.m. on Fridays.
Steve Lin demonstrates his Tai Chi mastery.
Looking to decrease stress and get into shape without burning out your body or wallet? A local Tai Chi master is offering free classes to neighbors on the sidewalk in front of his home.
Steve Lin, a championship-level master of the ancient Chinese tradition, gives free Tai Chi lessons every Monday at 10 a.m. in front of his home at 2672 East 21st Street. He’s been offering the classes to friends and neighbors for the past decade.
Lin welcomes students of all ages and experience, including beginners, and no special equipment is necessary.
Bay Improvement Group Acting Executive Director Laura McKenna brought the story to our attention and asked that we share it. She met Lin in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, when he came with his son and grandchildren to volunteer in the bungalow courts.
Lin and his son Moses are both Sandy survivors as well, living in a flooded home. But despite that, they pitched in to help their neighbors.
Lin continues to give back with the free lessons. Tai Chi is a low-impact form of exercise that won’t leave you sore, but is acknowledged to decrease stress and anxiety, increase flexibility and stamina, and tone up the body over time.
In conjunction with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s (AICF) Free Mobile Mammography Program, State Senator Marty Golden will host free mammography screenings outside of his district office, 3604 Quentin Road, this Friday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Staffed completely by women, the mammography screenings take about 30 minutes to complete inside the 37-foot mobile mammography van.
The AICF’s Free Mobile Mammography Program aims to break down the barriers to breast cancer screening, which results in many underserved women losing their lives to breast cancer due to advanced disease at diagnosis.
Women interested in appointments must be over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram in the past year. Results will be sent to you and/or your doctor within 10 business days. Uninsured women will be covered by the AICF’s funding.
An appointment, which is necessary, can be made by calling (718) 238-6044.