Monthly Archives: April 2007

May Events @ Tillie's

May 07 Events at Tillie’s of Brooklyn
248 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 783-6140

Open Mic


Hosted by Conquest
Cover: $2


Music and Me
Photographs by Jennie Baptiste

May 14th – June 16th 2007

Jennie Baptiste was born in London, where she still lives. Hailing from the Caribbean island of St Lucia, her parents came to London in the sixties. She attended the London College of Communication and received a B.A. with Honors in Photography at the University of Westminster.

As a photographer, her work is inspired by youth culture and music in relation to her identity. She has documented the music phenomenon dancehall, as well as the rise and influence of hip-hop and tattoos — the latest fashion accessory within the hip- hop culture. Artists she has photographed include Nas, Mary J. Blige, Mos Def, and De La Soul, for clients that ranged from Nike to Virgin Airways to Sony Music.

“Music and Me” is about her influences and the subject matter that has helped define her photography within portraiture overall.

“I continue to be fascinated by the influence of black youth culture in London. I wish to use my work to inform and educate people beyond the stereotypes, so that our history is also their history, creating a greater understanding of the different cultural diversities that makes up British society, here and beyond.”

Her photographs have been exhibited widely in Paris, Berlin, and London, including the show “Black British Style” at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In addition, her work is included in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Jennie is also curator of a photographic exhibition on the Maroon People of Jamaica, which will tour London and Jamaica.

Reception: Friday, May 18th
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Friday, 5/11/07
8 p.m.
An exciting and eclectic Berlin-based ensemble that seamlessly blends mesmerizing vocals by Iranian-born Cymin Samawatie, who is inspired by 11th century Persian poetry, and modern European jazz. With:
Benedikt Jahnel, piano (from France)
Ralf Schwarz, bass (from Germany)
Ketan Bhatti, drums (from India)

Cyminology has shared stages all over Europe with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin and has recorded three CDS, all to warm acclaim. Said one German critic: “Cyminology shows that it is possible to glow without exploding.” Tillie’s is a Brooklyn stop on a tour that includes an appearance at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan.
Cover: $5

For more information, click here.

Saturday, 5/19/07
8 p.m.
Indoda Entsha Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Preston Riddick
A terrific crew of local talent raises the roof with drumming, singing, and sometimes dancing inspired by African rhythms — always a delightful evening.
Donation: $6

Friday, 5/25/07
ElastiCity Festival
Brooklyn’s only ongoing new music festival

7 p.m. Shimmer
Rob Mosher, saxophone
Zach Brock, violin
Evan Mazunike, accordion
Matt Wigton, bass

8:15 p.m. UBUNTU!
Rick Stone, saxophone
Evan Mazunik, keyboard
Alex Foote, guitar
Jay Foote, bass
Jason Nazary, drums

9:30 p.m.
The Adventure Club
Justin Wood, saxophone
Adam Schneit, saxophone
Tyler Wood, keyboards
Devin Gray, drums

Cover for all shows: $5

An Addtract Inititative

For more information about events at Tillie’s, please call Patricia Mulcahy at 718 783-6140, or email her at See our website for location, hours, etc.

local sauce returns!


i just received word that the latest batches of devil’s doodad are in the bottles and ready for distribution.

you can read all about the doodad and its creator here.

and you can find him at the fort greene farmer’s market, until the stock runs out…..

Vanderbilt Yards: An Alternative

UNITY 2007 –  Community Planning Workshop
Contact: Rebecca Ferguson (917)348-3741

Community to Develop Alternative to Atlantic Yards Plan

UNITY 2007
Saturday, April 28
10 am – 4 pm
Registration opens at 9:30 (free & open to the public)
Hanson Place United Methodist Church
144 Saint Felix Place
Brooklyn, NY

Looking to the future, community members create
UNITY 2007, a Community Development Plan.

Brooklyn, NY – As developer Forest City Ratner (FCR) makes plans to start demolition and clear the way for a planned sports arena and multiple high rise towers in Brooklyn, and as two law-suits that could stop or radically alter the project hang in the balance, an alternative development plan for the neighborhood is gaining steam.  Local residents, politicians, neighborhood organizations, churches, architects and planners will gather on Saturday April 28th for a one day community workshop and design charrette to create the UNITY 2007 Community Development Plan.

Started in 2004 with the support of Council Member Letitia James, and under the leadership of local architect, Marshall Brown, the original UNITY Plan (UNITY stands for Understanding, Imagining and Transforming the Yards), endeavored to bring community stakeholders and professionals together to plan for the development of the 8.5 acre Vanderbilt Rail Yards–a key piece of public land within the Ratner proposal–and promote affordable housing, small businesses and open space without the excessive density of the FCR Plan.  The UNITY 2007 Workshop will revive and expand the original UNITY plan.

Project watchdogs, critics, and opponents are convinced the project will not happen as proposed and want to be prepared with an alternative plan under anticipated scenarios. Participants in the day long planning meeting will discuss housing, jobs, design, open space and transportation.  They will talk about options for the neighborhood if some, all or none of the FCR project is completed.  The result will be an updated set of plans for the future of the Vanderbilt Yards.

“The Forest City Ratner project is definitely not a done deal.  New York development history shows that mega projects like this often die in the final stages.  The UNITY Plan will show New York some real and exciting options for development of the site.”
Tom Angotti, Director, Center for Community Planning and Development

“Given the Mayor’s release of his PlaNYC 2030 environmental sustainability strategy and the failure of the FCR plan to address environmental, traffic and fundamental community needs the UNITY charrette will address how we can properly plan and develop the “yards” to meet our city’s present and future needs.”
Ron Shiffman, Former New York City Planning Commissioner

The UNITY 2007 effort is sponsored by the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development, and the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods.

Clinton Hill: Blog Central

I know everyone and their mom had posted this already, but Clinton Hill was named the “Bloggiest neighborhood” in the USA! Here’s an article from the Post:


April 25, 2007 — Brownstone Brooklyn, and especially up-and-coming Clinton Hill, is the busiest blog zone in the country, according to a new study that tracks the most blogged-about neighborhoods.

Steven Johnson, founder of the Web site, looked at the location and subject matter of more than 100,000 posts involving blogs in more than 3,000 neighborhoods to come up with a top 10 “bloggiest” hot spots during the past six months.

Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, home to two colleges, and bursting with artsy young people, took first place.

Park Slope and other brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods were almost as bloggy, Johnson said, although the official second place went to Shaw, D.C., followed by downtown L.A.

Another rapidly developing nabe, Harlem, ranked No. 8, after areas of Newton, Mass., Chicago and Portland, Ore. “There are far more active bloggers writing about Harlem than the Upper East Side,” Johnson said. “There are a lot of people interested in what’s happening to Harlem.”

“Brooklyn in general lends itself to blogging because it’s a borough of neighborhoods,” said Jonathan Butler, 37, founder of the Brownstoner blog, which boasts a readership of 100,000. “Unlike Manhattan, people feel connected and empowered to do something about the changes happening in their neighborhoods.”

CHB has been a lot of work on my end, but thanks to everyone who reads, comments and sends tips. It’s really a group effort. Cheers to neighbors!

Cherry Blossoms at BBG

I’m working on a comprehensive post about the area’s community gardens. In the meantime, check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s famous cherry trees.


This weekend:

Sakura Matsuri
April 28, 29
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s peerless collection of cherry trees—-the largest and most diverse outside Japan—-creates a canopy of blossoms in the spring worthy of celebration. Over the past quarter-century, BBG’s Sakura Matsuri has evolved into one of the city’s most anticipated weekend events, as hundreds of thousands of visitors have experienced the breathtaking beauty of the cherry tree’s fleeting blossoms and learn about Japanese culture. Again this year, visitors from around the world and the New York metropolitan area alike will enjoy a dynamic weekend of music, dance, food, workshops, demonstrations, art exhibits, and guided tours of the Garden’s plant collections.

Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All activities are free with Garden admission and take place rain or shine, with indoor locations provided for all activities in the event of rain. Tickets are available through; for same day ticket information, visit or call 718-623-7200. A detailed schedule of the festival is available by visiting Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s website, and additional information is available by calling the public events hotline at 718-623-7333.

If the weather’s nice, you can walk right down Washington Ave, all the way to the Garden.