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State Senator Marty Golden will be hosting a town hall meeting tonight, October 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U at East 33rd Street. Golden is inviting residents of the community to attend and discuss quality of life and legislative issues.

Representatives from the New York City Department of Finance, the Department of Buildings, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the New York City Police Department, the New York City Fire Department and the Department of Sanitation have confirmed their attendance.

“I look forward to leading these conversations with the community so to provide an update on a variety of neighborhood issues and important legislation which I have recently been working on,” Golden stated. “I am glad to join with representatives of key City agencies to work with residents to resolve local problems in an effort to improve our quality of life. I hope you will join me…”

For more information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044 or email at


The office of State Senator Martin J. Golden, in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, will be offering free flu shots at two separate events in our area throughout October.

The vaccines, which will be given by appointment only, are for senior citizens (65 and older), uninsured residents, and New Yorkers at high risk for developing influenza according to the Department of Health (pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions).

The free flu shots will be given:

  • Tuesday, October 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Simon and Jude, 294 Avenue T between Van Sicklen Street and Lake Street
  • Wednesday, October 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3301 Avenue U at East 33rd Street

“I am proud to once again partner with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York to make the flu vaccination available at no cost to residents of my district. I wish to remind everyone how important it is get a flu shot so to keep from falling ill this winter,” Golden stated.

An appointment can be made by calling Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

Investigators have identified the lifeless body of a man pulled from the Marine Park salt marsh on Friday, and they don’t suspect any criminality was involved.

Alex Bender, 45, was pulled from the waters behind the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, at Avenue U and East 33rd Street, by authorities after being discovered by a passerby. According to the New York Post, Bender’s parents reported their son missing earlier in the day, and sources told the paper he suffered from depression.

Though little details emerged in the hours during and after the recovery, neighbors described the scene and their concerns on‘s comment section.

Commenters wrote that sirens rang through the neighborhood for more than half an hour and were heard as far away as N&D Pizza on East 29th Street and Avenue U. Another commenter said he witnessed firefighters pulling the body from the water.

A generic photo of Canadian children participating in a potato sack race. Source: "My Delicious Autumn"

The NYC Parks Department is sponsoring a “Play Brooklyn” event, August 30 (Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U at East 33rd Street.

A Play Mobile and a Fitness Mobile will be on the premises, in addition to a wide variety of fun and games for kids of all ages, including potato sack races to “Dance Dance Revolution” on the Wii.

Parks also made a point to mention that:

  • Anyone wishing to skate must have socks
  • The smallest skates are size 13

For additional information, go to or call 311.

When we told you about the Pop-Up Piano at Marine Park’s Salt Marsh Center - on Avenue U and East 33rd Street – we asked readers to send in videos of themselves playing at the piano. We weren’t sure what we were going to get. Would it be 5-year-olds playing Chopsticks? A lovely couple mashing the keys for some fun? Or would we get a virtuoso giving an impromptu performance?

Luckily for us, the first videos that came in were from the latter. Professional pianist Mikhail Pais hit up the hidden venue to play some Chopin and Tchaikovsky to an audience of birds and grass.

Pais is a classical pianist born in Odessa, Ukraine and raised in Sheepshead Bay. A graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School, and attendee of the Boston Conservatory, he currently studies at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. As recently as June 26, Pais played the Davidzon Radio Theater Hall, performing pieces from Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and others. You can find more about Pais at his website.

Of course, you should also check out the videos above and below, to see his stunning performance at the Salt Marsh Center.

Oh, and this doesn’t mean the rest of you would-be pianists are off the hook. Don’t worry if you don’t stack up against Pais – we still want videos of your 5-year-old playing Chopsticks.

See Pais’ second Salt Marsh Pop-Up Piano video.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

You know those cool pianos that have been popping up all over the city? Well, the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center is playing host to one of only two pianos in Southern Brooklyn.

The Pop-Up Piano Project is organized by Sing for Hope, a non-profit organization that mobilizes professional artists in volunteer service programs that benefit schools, hospitals and communities.

Aside from the Salt Marsh – on Avenue U and East 33rd Street – the other Southern Brooklyn piano can be found in Coney Island, on the Riegelmann Boardwalk. But if you want to play these very public pianos in private, we strongly recommend the Salt Marsh. The place was empty when we stopped by for a photo, and the piano was still covered in a tarp (we uncovered it for the photos, and someone came by to play moments later).

Wondering about the moss on the side of the thing? No, it hasn’t been there that long. Here’s the description from the Sing for Hope website:

A tribute to nature and the piano’s wooden origins. The design means to emphasize the wood of the piano and capture the environment through moss and painted leaf, liana, xylem, and phloem cell patterns.

It’s got a name, too: Llana, designed by artist Jenn Wong.

Go check it out, and send us videos of your performance. We’ll post them on the site!

The Salt Marsh Alliance is presenting a fine craft show featuring 17 vendors all weekend long at the Salt Marsh Nature Center. If you’re looking to nab a few holiday gifts for friends and family, here’s a great way to get some unique presents and support local entrepreneurs.

The hours are as follows:

  • Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Salt Marsh Nature Center is located in Marine Park at 3302 Avenue U.

For more information , please contact the chair of the event, Ellen Hoyt at (718) 228-7281.

From the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association:

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s next meeting is set for Thursday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., at the King’s Chapel (Quentin Road and East 27 Street).  The program includes reports from the Park’s Department on the condition of Marine Park following the recent devastating storm, progress of construction of a new senior center, and activities at the Salt Marsh Nature Center.  Local elected officials and a 61st precinct officer also are scheduled.  Dues of $10 per household or business for 2010 may be paid at the meeting.  For more information, phone 718-375-9158.

Reader nolastname was wandering about yesterday morning, and watched as the beautiful weather kicked off with an awesome sunrise. She saw this crane at work in the Marine Park Salt Marsh. Snazzy…

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