Monthly Archives: November 2008


I’m headed out of town tomorrow for the holiday and am taking a much-needed week off from CHB.

I’m at a crucial juncture with the site, and am trying to evaluate what needs to be done to make improvements for the readers and to make it easier for me to run!

Please help me out by taking a short survey.


If you are a local business, click here! (to sweeten the pot, one lucky business survey participant will receive a free one-month ad on CHB!)

Thanks, and have a happy Thanksgiving.  (Anyone going to wait on line at Jive Turkey?  Reviews are welcomed!).  See ya on December 1!

NOTE: Thanks for the overwhelming response thus far!

Swimming at LIU!

Received this from a swimming friend of mine.  A great opportunity if you’re interested in using the LIU pool and joining up with some like-minded people.

Long Island University has kindly opened its doors to the Brooklyn Masters Swimming program, a division of Team New York Aquatics. For those of you who are not familiar with Masters Swimming, we’re part of the United States Masters Swimming program and they’re devoted to getting more people swimming.  We have swimmers of all ranges looking for many different things out of the program.  There are people who compete (swim meets, open water, and triathlons), and those who never do and just like swimming with a fun group of people and like having coaching to give them a good workout or improve their stroke. We have four lanes at LIU, so we can accommodate a wide range of speeds.

Currently, our practice times are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 7-8:30am (with some holiday changes – check the website for those details).  The locker rooms open before 7 so we can hop in the pool at 7 on the dot. All you need to bring with you other than your swim gear (cap, suit, goggles) is a towel and a lock if you need a locker.

LIU requires everyone who uses the pool to be on a list with the security guard at the front desk, so if you’d like to try it out, email to get your name on the list.

Now is a great time to try out the pool.  Because of the holiday season and the start of the team, we have a discount rate for members of $75/month for three workouts a week, or less if you’re going to swim fewer than three a week.  Starting January, when our schedule will be uninterrupted by the holidays, the price will increase to $114/month.  Or if you’re not sure how often you’ll swim, you can pay $15 per workout or you can purchase a 6-workout Splash Card for $80 or a 12-workout Splash Card for $160.  You can try out one workout for free so no need to make a commitment right away.

***Brooklyn Masters Swimming is on a special holiday schedule this week, and as a special holiday bonus, you can join us for a FREE trial workout!  The normal cost for a drop-in is $15, but this Monday and Tuesday you can swim with us at Long Island University from 7:00 – 8:30 am at absolutely no cost.  The only thing you need to do is contact our head coach, Conrad Johnson ( or 917-446-0595) to get your name on the security list at LIU.  YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TO ATTEND YOUR FIRST WORKOUT.

For more info contact or, or check out our website at***

See you in the pool!

Neighborhood Deals

Holiday Sales abound!

Collecther – Cool vintage store on Franklin south of Lafayette:
NOV 29
Re-opening Saturday 12-8 join us for hot cider and 25% off

NOV 29-30
Saturday and Sunday 25% off your purchases

Tessan Boutique – tiny shop on Clinton at Lafayette that’s gorgeously curated:
Holiday Sale: Up to 50% off!

Fort Greene Artisan’s Market – two indoor locations!
Two Real Estate Offices have provided an indoors venue for Fort Greene Park’s Artisan Market. The Artisan Market,an outdoor art&craft venue on the DeKalb Avenue sidewalk perimeter of Fort Greene Park,is the Fort Greene Park Conservancy’s weekly fundraiser for the Park mid-April to mid-October.
Natasha Harsh, a local artist, produces the Artisan Market and has organized the 3DaysOnly@2Locations Holiday Sale to promote both this seasonal fundraiser on the park plus create a sales opportunity for some of the artist and designer “regulars” during these very difficult economic

Come on over and support your local Artists/Artisans and Musicians.
Free and open to the public.
3 Days Only @ 2 Locations– Nov.28/29/30 Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Sale in Fort Greene features Artist/Designers from Fort Greene Park’s Artisan Market: Angeline Roth, Kevin Barry, Citybitz, PJ Cobbs, Jacobs Eye,Jessica DeCarlo and others at Fillmore Real Estate, 75 Lafayette and Location/Location, 88 South Portland. Located just two blocks from BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) both locations will be open Fiday – Sunday 10AM – 5PM with Artists selling their original and unique creations at wholesale prices.
4PM Performance 11/28- SPOKE Jazz Quartet at Fillmore Real Estate, 75 Lafayette Ave. 3PM Performance 11/29- SPOKE at Location/Location, 88 South Portland.
SPOKE’s latest recording of their original music will also be available for sale.
For additional info call (718) 855-8175.

Day Care Fair at LIU

Check out local day care options and register your children at this upcoming Day Care Fair!

Council Member Letitia James and Council Member Bill de Blasio Host a Brooklyn Day Care Fair on Saturday, November 22nd, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus

Do you need Day Care for your child?  Want to learn about affordable and subsidized day care centers in and near your neighborhood?


At the Brooklyn Day Care Fair you can:

 Meet local Day Care Centers Director

 Enroll your child in Day Care

 Learn about eligibility for subsidized Day Cares

 Obtain information about immigrant needs

 Learn about options for newborn and infant care, as well as special needs

 Find out about care during non-traditional hours

ON-SITE enrollment for the child care centers through the Administration for Children’s Services [ACS] – in order to enroll you will need:

• Proof of Residence

• Proof Reason for Needing Child Care

• Legal Residency for Non Citizen Children

• Proof of Income

• Family Members

Door Prizes!!!  Door Prizes!!!  Door Prizes!!!


Come by and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

Society for Clinton Hill

General Meeting

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 7-9 pm

Saint Joseph’s College, Saint Angela Hall, 267 Waverly Ave. (DeKalb/Willoughby)


7-7:30         *Food by Grand Dakar – Chef Pierre Thiam will be available with his  new book of recipes.  Signed copies available for sale.

*Re-live Halloween in Clinton Hill, slides and video

7:30            Welcome, Jim Barnes, President

7:40            Arts & Artists in Clinton Hill, local photographer, and Pratt professor,  Bill Kontsias will show and discuss his BAM-sponsored art exhibit “The Face of Tillie’s,” which features candid portraits of neighborhood residents.

Introduction: Ken Korman, SCH Board Member

8:00            Greening Clinton Hill, greening professionals
There are so many interesting and economical things we can do to reduce our individual carbon footprint.  Come and learn from the experts.

Introduction: Sunny Argan, SCH Board Member

8:30            Committee Reports – Dave Haberer & Suzanne DeBrango

8:40            House Tour –  May 3, 2009 – Linda Scher & Brett Truit

8:50            Neighborhood Development

The contractor for 271-275 Washington Ave., the site next to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, will discuss his development plans.  Q&A to follow.  Introduction: Mary Cole

8:55                 Make Your Own Holiday Wreath – Brent Porter

9:00                 Adjourn

MTA Dicks Over Clinton Hill

g train flooded

Most people write about this two days ago, but I was toiling away at work and didn’t have time to get a post up.

The MTA, in its monthly meeting today, will present a “Doomsday Scenerio” budget and plan that calls for reduction in service on the G line by 50%!

I’ve never heard anything more ridiculous.  Most neighborhoods serviced by the G have seen population increases, and transit ridership is at an all-time high.

In difficult economic times, it’s best practice to increase funding for public transit infrastructure, which bioth creates jobs and reduces reliance on cars.

And aside from that policy stuff, the G train has been awfully crowded lately as it is.

Fort Greene CSA Podcast

Non-profit e-hub offers a podcast on the formation of the new Fort Greene CSA:

Real Food and the Fort Greene, Brooklyn CSA

In recent years, communities across the five boroughs have become more concerned with eating “locally” and developing a sustainable food system for all New York City residents.  Community Supported Agriculture–the model of pairing groups of community residents with small local farms–continues to gain in popularity all over the city as an alternative to supermarket shopping.  But how exactly does CSA work?  What does membership in a CSA model mean for community residents?

In the latest Community Podcast, guest contributor Cambra Moniz-Edwards follows Fort Greene CSA Coordinator Jen Datka as she explains the ins and outs of one of Brooklyn’s newest CSAs.  For more information on CSAs in the five boroughs, and on developing a sustainable agriculture system in New York City, visit

Myrtle Ave Holiday Windows Contest!

From MARP, who has extended their entry deadline for this program:

We’re still looking for artists for our inaugural Holiday Windows Contest! We’ve added a prize to sweeten the deal: the winning artist/team of artists will receive a packet of gift certificates totaling $250, valid at participating Myrtle Avenue businesses! See below for details on how to apply. Send us your holiday window ideas!
_____________________________________ Calling all artists, art teachers, art students, and other artistically talented folks! This is a fun and simple way for you to share your talents with the entire community during this holiday season! We re starting a new holiday tradition on Myrtle Avenue the Myrtle Holiday Windows contest! We re looking for local artists who are willing to help us bring some holiday cheer to the avenue by using temporary paint and holiday lights to create festive storefront windows. We ll supply up to $100 for paint, brushes and lights. The art-making is as much part of the excitement as the final product! All the painting will take place on Saturday, 12/6 from noon to 5pm, and we ll invite visitors and shoppers to come out and watch the storefronts come to life! People will be able to vote via text message for their favorite, and the winning designers will be featured on our website. The art will be displayed until early January 2009. See details on how to apply below. Applications are due by Sunday, November 16th. Please share with others who might be interested! Guidelines: -Preference will be given to local artists.
-Artists muse use the removable paint and LED lights provided by the Partnership (all products applied to the windows must be removable and must not damage the glass in any way). Painting will take place on the INSIDE surface of the storefront window.

-The Partnership will supply lights, paint and brushes totaling no more than $100 per storefront.
-If selected, artists must commit to painting their assigned window on Saturday, December 6 between 12 and 5pm.
-Final designs must be approved by the participating merchant, and artists are strongly encouraged to communicate with merchants during final design process (we’ll facilitate communication).
How to apply to become a Myrtle Holiday Windows ARTIST: Please send the following VIA EMAIL to

1. Name, address, telephone and email contact information
2. Select up to three Myrtle Avenue businesses that you would like to work with (or you can let us pair you with a Myrtle merchant if you don t have a preference)
3. In 350 words or less, tell us about your proposed design ideas for the storefront window. All designs must be done using temporary paint and incorporate holiday lights, and should reflect a holiday theme. Sketches are not required, but feel free to send one. Be creative!
4. Photos or links to examples of your past work
Please apply ASAP! We hope to confirm all artists by Friday, November 21st.

Skinny Condos on Fulton

Last year, I briefly noted the new building of skinny condos on Fulton between Clinton and Waverly.  Now, they’re ready for purchase!

condos for sale

I couldn’t imagine what the apartments must look like in such a narrow building, so I jumped at the chance to stop into an open house last weekend while walking by.

They aren’t huge, but felt surprisingly spacious.  The model unit I saw even had 2 full baths!

However, I noticed one glaring problem.  The stairs leading up to the loft area were so narrow and steep that they may as well have been a ladder!  One too many cocktails and I’d come tumbling down immediately.  (Though at least the loft has a bathroom, eliminating the potential need to go up and down the stairs in the middle of the night.)