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Senegalese Summer at Le Grand Dakar

Le Grand Dakar chef Pierre Thiam is getting all sorts of acclaim these days – in addition his cookbook, he’s making an appearance on Iron Chef America opposite Bobby Flay!

In celebration, Le Grand Dakar is throwing a celebration on Thursday, June 24.  Attendees will enjoy unlimited food/sangria and live Afrobeat music, including Jojo Kuo’s band (he’s a Cameroonian drummer who recorded with Fela back in the day).  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Sounds like a good way to spend a summer evening, and support a local business on Grand Avenue.

Clinton Hill Blog is giving away a free ticket to the event! Want to enter?  Email us and tell us why you want to attend.  The best entry will be posted on CHB and the winner will enjoy a free evening of food and drinks. (email your entry to clintonhillblog-at-gmail-dot-com).

Free Yoga in Fort Greene Park Begins Tomorrow!

Last year,  yogi Lindsay Sage offered free yoga in FG Park.  I went a few times and it was amazing – there is nothing like spiritual exercise outside.  Thankfully, she’s back starting tomorrow.  See you there!

Hari Om Brooklyn Yogis!

Yoga in Fort Greene Park is eager to start its second season!  I hope you are as excited as I am to soak up the warmth of an outdoor practice.

Begins this Tuesday — May 4 (until mid-July)
Weather permitting
Fort Greene Park — near the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument
Bring mat (or use the grass)
There is no charge but this year I will be accepting donations

Please feel free to pass this along to your friends that live or work in Brooklyn.  Also — FYI — I teach Yoga in Riverside Park (my other home — at 115th Street) on Wednesday evenings (6-7) and 6:15PM every other Sunday at my studio (, though that’s indoors and not nearly as fun).

Looking forward to seeing you!


Free DOT Bike Helmet Giveaway at Grand Earth Day Block Party!

The NYC DOT will be on hand this weekend at the Grand Ave Block Party fitting and giving away free bike helmets for all attendees, 12-4pm.  Kids under age 18 need a parent to sign a waiver for them and those 18 and over sign their own waiver.  Come pick one up while supplies last – helmets aren’t cheap!

FDNY will also be on hand with free coloring books for kids and free smoke alarm batteries for adults.

Still Hip Grand Earth Day Block Party
April 24, 11am-8pm
Grand Avenue bet. Lafayette + Clifton
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Free Tree Giveaway, This Saturday

The MillionTreesNYC Initiative is awesome!  This Saturday, pick up a free tree to plant on your private property as part of the plan to plant one million new trees in NYC at the “Putnam Triangle.”  Love that they are making use of an interesting place that could function better as a community space. Sponsored also by the FAB Alliance and Greene Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, and the NY Restoration Project. Here are the details:

Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill and the FAB Alliance, in partnership with MillionTreesNYC and the New York Restoration Project, are giving away 200 FREE TREES on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18th from 10am-3pm. Bring your friends and family to the “Putnam Triangle” in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Fulton St and Grand Ave) and leave with a tree to plant at home, at your business, at church, at school (as long as it’s private property).

Are you planning your spring garden? Do you have an open spot for a tree? Plant a tree that will grow as your kid grows. Commemorate a loved one. Come to the Tree Giveaway and walk away with a FREE TREE!

All trees will be first-come, first-served. All you need is a place to plant and access to water. Free trees will be available to individuals, families and community groups for planting on private property only, and not in containers or on rooftops. Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until supplies run out. Limited quantities of the following species of trees are expected to be: Eastern Redbud, Dogwood, Cherry, Oak and Sweet Gum.

Need a hand or a shovel? We will have tools for you borrow. We will have help for those who need it to get a tree home and have people to lend a hand with planting if you (or the senior next door) need it.

Trees are renewable resources that benefit the entire community. They reduce air pollution, beautify the neighborhood, slow traffic and teach important environmental values.

Not sure what type of tree you want? Horticulture specialists will be on hand to answer questions and provide species selection recommendations. Simple tree planting and care instructions come with your tree.

Do you want to help out? Volunteers are needed to give out trees, transport trees, help neighbors plant their free trees, publicize the event in surrounding neighborhoods and answer questions about tree planting. To volunteer, contact Marilyn Shaw at

Presented by Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill and the FAB Alliance in partnership with New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC and through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and David Rockefeller

About MillionTreesNYC:
Led by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project (NYRP), MillionTreesNYC is a citywide, public-private initiative that recognizes the benefits trees provide New York City’s residents, neighborhoods and environment, through an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs by 2017.

About Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill: Green Fort Greene & Clinton Hill is a volunteer project of the Fort Greene Association. It is reducing the neighborhood’s contribution to global warming and lessening its use of non-renewable resources through projects created and staffed by neighborhood residents and others called to our cause.

About the FAB Alliance: The Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance is a newly formed Business Improvement District working on behalf of property owners, merchants, residents and stakeholders along Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill – from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue (plus adjacent blocks of Lafayette, Greene and Putnam Avenues). Goals are to retain current businesses and improve the atmosphere to make this area of Fulton Street a clean, safe and retail diverse environment that is a destination for people work, shop, dine and play.

$10 Yoga Classes at Lucky Lotus through April

Recently received this April promotion for $10 classes at Lucky Lotus Yoga on DeKalb.  I’ve actually caught a few classes here recently and liked it a lot.  And check out a post on Lucky Lotus from the Local here. (No, I have not done “death yoga.”  Not my bag.  But the non-death yoga classes have all been enjoyable!)

WHAT:           $10 Yoga Classes at Lucky Lotus Yoga

FOUR WAYS to GET LUCKY – The Lucky Lotus 4 Leaf Clover:
·      Every Day one $10 Class is Offered on the Schedule
·      APRIL: Stop in to LuluLemon Brooklyn and pick up a $10 Lucky Lotus Card for ANY Class
·      APRIL: Bring in your April receipt from LuluLemon to Lucky Lotus and attend ANY class for $10
·      APRIL: Attend a FREE CLASSES at LuluLemon Brooklyn, taught by a Lucky Lotus teacher, and you next class with that teacher is $10.

WHEN:                 The Month of APRIL

WHERE:               Lucky Lotus Yoga in Ft. Greene
203 Dekalb Avenue (btwn Carlton & Adelphi)
Brooklyn, NY 11205

C to Lafayette Avenue
G to Clinton/Washington
N/R, B, Q to Dekalb Avenue

Free Bike Helmet Giveaway a Pratt's Green Week

Every year Pratt Institute holds its annual Green Week celebration, promoting green design, sustainable living, and environmentally conscious community.  As part of Green Week and for the last three years in a row, student group Envirolution has invited the Department of Transportation to give away FREE bicycle helmets.  This event is free and open to the public, as with all of this year’s Green Week events.

The details:

DOT Free Helmet Giveaway
Next Tuesday March 30th 11am – 3pm
Center of Pratt Campus
** In the Student Union in case of rain
A parent or legal guardians must come with children under 18 to receive a free helmet

For more information about Green Week and the DOT Free Helmet giveaway – please take a look at

Helmets can be expensive, and this event is a great all-ages stop for a free helmet and some cycling safety tips.

Dine in Brooklyn: Starts Tonight!

I’ve heard varying opinions on the Dine in Brooklyn promotion, mainly that the portions are small and you don’t get to try the best stuff from the regular menu.  Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s a good reminder of what’s available right down the street.  (Or hey, be adventurous and try a different neighborhood!)

Here are the participating restaurants in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene (I have bolded my personal favs):

B = breakfast

L = lunch

D = dinner


Amina Italian Bistro BD
458 Myrtle Avenue

Autour du Monde D
860 Fulton Street

Five Spot Soul Food
Restaurant D
459 Myrtle Avenue

Il Porto Ristorante & Brick
Oven Pizza
37 Washington Avenue

Kush Café D
17 Putnam Avenue


Aqualis Grill D
773 Fulton Street

Caffe e Vino BLD
112 Dekalb Avenue

Chez Lola D
387 Myrtle Avenue
718-858-1484 American

Chez Oskar D
211 DeKalb Avenue

Dajeh Restaurant LD
919 Fulton Street

Graziella’s Italian Restaurant LD
232 Vanderbilt Avenue

iCi D
246 Dekalb Avenue

Luz Restaurant BLD
Latin American
177 Vanderbilt Avenue

Madiba Restaurant BLD
South African
195 Dekalb Avenue

Mullanes Bar & Grill BLD
71 Lafayette Avenue

Olea Restaurant D
171 Lafayette Avenue

Scopello Ristorante Bar BD
63 Lafayette Avenue

Thomas Beisl D
25 Lafayette Avenue

*As always, disappointed that Locanda Vini e Olii is not participating (again)

FAB Fridays on Fulton!

The new Fulton BID is starting a new local business promotional program, offering special discounts at select retailers on Fridays.  Tomorrow will be the first “FAB Friday.”  Eight retailers on two blocks of Fulton are offering specials (and since these two blocks are near me, it’s a good excuse to check it out).

Chance 11
895 Fulton Street
“Happy Hour” with 20¢ buffalo wings, from 4:30-8pm
Bar Olivino
Wine Bar
899 Fulton Street
Free bar snacks from 6-8pm, and wine specials by the glass
Just Taste It
901 Fulton Street
Take-out Lunch specials ($6 or less ) extended to 7pm
You-Niques Salon
903 Fulton Street
Special prices from 5-8pm (first-time customers only)
Olivino Wines
905 Fulton Street
Free in-store wine tasting from 6:30-8pm
Autour du Monde
Restaurant & Bar
860 Fulton Street
Selected dessert on the house with dinner
Dajeh Restaurant
919 Fulton Street
Menu of small plates for $6-10 each, as well as $3 beers and $5 wine specials

Cure Beauty Bar

921 Fulton Street
10% all services all day

FAB Alliance / Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill /Tel: 718-928-3322 /
More FAB FRIDAYS along other parts of Fulton Street