Monthly Archives: May 2008

TONIGHT: Film in Fort Greene Park

Rooftop Films is an organization dedicated to showing independent films in unique outdoor locations throughout NYC. While their summer season officially kicks off June 6, tonight’s warm-up film will be shown in Ft. Greene Park at 9pm:

This Saturday, May 31st, at 9:00pm we will be holding a free screening of the film “At the Death House Door” in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn.

The film: Pastor Carroll Pickett oversaw 95 executions at a Texas prison, but the experiences changed his views forever. The makers of “Hoop Dreams” examine this contentious issue through the story of this unique anti-death penalty activist. The filmmakers (Steve James & Peter Gilbert) will also be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

The film was reviewed in this week’s TimeOut Magazine and sounds really interesting. Sorry for the late notice!

NOTE: Raindate is June 6 at 9pm. These thunderstorms are supposed to continue all day, even though the sun is out now.


A friend of mine who has recently moved to London desperately needs to find a home for her adorable cat ASAP. Here are the details:

Boris — fantastic, smart, loveable Boris — lived in Clinton Hill from 1999 until this month, when his mom (Clintoncentric) moved to London because her husband took a job there. It was too hard to bring Boris with them, not knowing where they would live, or whether their new apt would allow cats, so she found him a new home and mom in Williamsburg.

The problem is, Boris has warmed up to his new mom, but she’s realized she doesn’t have the time to take of him, and wants to get rid of him by this coming Wednesday, June 3.

Boris is a fantastic cat for the right owner — i.e., one who has the time to love him. He’s also famous (as you can see from the video in this link So if you are interested in adopting him, or know someone who would be, email asap. Thanks!


Catering at Pillow Cafe

A co-worker of mine recently needed to order sandwiches for a training class near Fort Greene Park. I suggested Pillow Cafe on Myrtle and she was extremely pleased.  The folks at Pillow packed up a variety of gourmet sandwiches, snacks and fun sodas into easy-to-carry crates and I’m told they were super nice and reasonably priced.

A good thing to keep in mind if you’re having a party or large event!

Pillow Cafe
505 Myrtle Avenue

Indie Movie House on Washington Ave Screens Doc on Former Local Biz

I feel like I’ve been living under a rock having not known about this. Over at Embora Studios (Fulton near Washington), the Brooklyn Indie House offers independent film makers a chance to show their short or long films and allows them a percentage of box office sales. In return, they must be available for post-screening Q&A. The MySpace site says they have 15 large screens and seating for up to 100!

Currently showing is If You Succeed, a documentary following the trials and tribulations in marriage and business of the couple who once owned the wildly popular Liquors restaurant on DeKalb Ave in Fort Greene (now Kif) and Bodegas, a great neighborhood space formerly on Fulton and Clinton (now home to Autour du Monde). When the businesses closed, rumors swirled about the couple’s financial difficulties and their crazed landlord on DeKalb.

I am psyched to hear about both the movie house AND this particular film. I went to Liquors for brunch on my very first outing in this area, and Bodegas opened up around the time I moved to Clinton Hill. Bodegas especially has a permanent place in my heart, as I often frequented it on snowy days when I was visiting the neighborhood waiting to close on my place more than four years ago. I’m glad someone took the time to preserve the story (which focuses on the process of opening Bodegas).

Here’s a flier and more info on the showtimes:


May 23 at 8pm
May 24 at 8pm
May 30 at 8pm
May 31 at 10pm
June 6 at 10pm
June 7 at 10pm

The film follows restaurateurs Christian Dennery and Dolores Lagdameo as they risk everything to expand from their original restaurant, Liquors on DeKalb Avenue, to a second bistro called Bodegas in a much bigger storefront at the corner of Clinton and Fulton. Throughout this intimate verite documentary, the main characters struggle with the question of what success really means, and what they’re willing to do to attain it.

We’re very excited to finally screen this version of the film – complete with new ending
and an amazing original score by Greg Karnilaw – for a New York audience! Come and check out this film about a very local subject: the screening venue is only two blocks from the storefront where much of the film is set.

More info on BIH from the NYT here!

Wildflower Seed Giveaway at Ft Greene Artisan's Market

The Artisan’s Market often sets up adjacent to the Ft. Greene Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9am-5pm. This coming Saturday. they’ll be giving away free wildflower seeds!

More info from Natasha Harsh, market organizer:

Wildflower Seed Give-Away on Saturday, May 31 at Ft.Greene Park’s Artisan Market
Bees are responsible for pollinating 30% of our food crops. If they become extinct- much of the world’s food supply will disappear with them. Haagen-Dazs is supplying 2,000 packets of wildflower seeds for plants favored by foraging honey bees. Fort Greene resident and beekeeper,John Howe of Brooklyn Bee Apiary,is coordinating this effort and will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have about bees and their role as part of our ecosystem. Artisan Market is located on the DeKalb Avenue sidewalk perimeter of Fort Greene Park starting at the intersection of DeKalb Avenue and Washington Park. Saturdays 9AM-5PM
John Howe contact info: 718-858-6891 or

Are there any bees making honey in the neighborhood? When I lived in Hell’s Kitchen several years ago, the Clinton Community Garden harvested honey from their hives and sold it as a fundraiser at garden events. Might be a good idea for Hollenback!