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Move About Myrtle Returns!

Car-free Sundays are returning to Myrtle Avenue starting this weekend, as part of the DOT’s Weekend Walks program.  Each of the four Sunday events will feature programming, art, fitness, activities for kids and more.

The Myrtle Minutes blog has all the details for this Sunday, which will include mural-making with Ellie Balk (yay!), food prep classes, free yoga.  Come on out and enjoy streets as public space, hang out with neighbors, enjoy free stuff.

Food Access on Myrtle Avenue

Another great program from MARP!  Here’s the press release:

Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project Receives
Community Experience Partnership Grant to Fund Food Access Initiative
Weekly Thursday Farm Stand Kicks Off on July 8th from 4-7pm in Front of Ingersoll Community Center

FORT GREENE and CLINTON HILL, BROOKLYN, June 29, 2010—The Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC (MARP) received a three-year grant through the ‘Community Experience Partnership’ to support and expand its Food Access Initiative. The $210,000 grant over 3 years will support projects under MARP’s new Myrtle Eats Fresh program, which aims to engage community members of all ages in activities to improve access to healthy, affordable food on Myrtle Avenue, and in the surrounding neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Projects include a community-run farm stand, creating and expanding community gardens on public housing grounds, a community chef program, and the formation of a hyper-local food policy task force.

The Community Experience Partnership (CEP), a national initiative, aims to support projects that specifically engage the talents and energy of older adults for the benefit of their communities. In New York City, The Atlantic Philanthropies is partnering with the New York Community Trust and United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH) to develop new program models that engage older adults to increase access to healthy food in low-income communities.  “Over the last few years, older adults in Ingersoll and Whitman Houses have emerged as natural leaders in local efforts to get more fresh food in the neighborhood. We are thrilled to be able to support this trend by establishing community-based projects that address the serious need for more fresh food options on Myrtle Avenue,” commented Michael Blaise Backer, Executive Director of MARP.

With the CEP grant, MARP has hired Kassy Nystrom, formerly of GrowNYC, to manage and expand programs under its food access initiative, which started with seed funding from the Brooklyn Community Foundation in 2008 with the founding of the Fort Greene CSA, and grew to include the creation of the Ingersoll Garden of Eden in 2009. Myrtle Eats Fresh will expand that community garden, built in collaboration with Ingersoll residents, and start new gardens at both Whitman and Farragut in the following years.  A community-run farm stand will be held every Thursday in front of the Ingersoll Community Center (177 Myrtle Avenue) from 4pm-7pm from July 8th through October 28th, and will be staffed by three youth and two elders from the neighborhood. MARP has also launched a ‘Community Chef’ program, whereby several residents who have a passion for healthy cooking have been trained as certified Community Chefs and will now conduct cooking demonstrations at neighborhood events. In fall 2010, MARP will begin the process of forming a neighborhood ‘Healthy Food Task Force’, bringing together representatives from interested organizations and other groups to help synergize efforts around improving food access in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

A Bistro: YUM

Abistro on Carlton in Fort Greene is one of the tastiest restaurants in the area.

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Hidden behind a simple white gate, you might have just passed by without noticing.  Don’t let the exterior fool you.  This tiny, cozy space offers some of the most interesting food around, not to mention  some of the friendliest service. It’s a family affair – chef and co-owner Abdoul Gueye mans the kitchen, while his wife serves patrons.  The couple’s young daughter is often on hand, too.

It’s also BYO, which helps save some cash, and communal table often spark discussion between diners who didn’t arrive together.

I’ve recommended this place to many locals and people visiting from other neighborhoods who are looking for a unique dining experience. What’s your favorite dish?

Abistro
154 Carlton at Myrtle

Local Muralist

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After NYC Pet on Myrtle and Washington opened back in 2008, we wondered who painted the beautiful mural on the exterior of the building.  Now we know- it was Lisa K. Hokans, professional muralist and portrait painter.

Lisa was also the muralist at iStore Green, the green storage facility on Hall between Park and Flushing.

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Where else could we use a mural in the neighborhood?

Make Music New York Comes to Clinton Hill!

Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21 — the longest day of the year. Today, hundreds of public spaces throughout the five boroughs — sidewalks, parks, community gardens, and more — become impromptu stages for over 1,000 free concerts.


Eleven participating venues are located on Myrtle Avenue!

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES in Make Music New York:
Anima Italian Bistro
458 Myrtle Avenue Anthony Cedras Global soul and R&B 1:00pm-8:00pm
Brooklyn Junior 150 Clinton Avenue
-PEMG, a community based program focused on teaching young people about Hip Hop from a cultural and Indie perspective. -Jesse Goldman (http://www.myspace.com/Jessesamgoldman), Experimental / Swing / Americana 2:30-5:00 pm.
Castro’s Mexican Cuisine 511 Myrtle Avenue
5:30p-10pm -DJ Fuerte
Chez Lola 387 Myrtle Avenue
7:30p to 10:30 pm Sedric Choukroroun Brazilian Jazz Trio Shukroon, Smith & and Monaco are a joyous trio, playing their own blend of Samba-Jazz-Pop: acoustic harp-guitar, saxophones-flute and percussion
Chez Oskar 211 DeKalb Avenue
7:30p to 10:30pm The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn consists of: Billy Nemec-guitar/lead vocals, Chris Pistorino-bass/vocals, David Langlois-washboard percussion/vocals, Sam Hoyt-Trumpet/vocals
The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, an early jazz, swing, and blues band, composed of acoustic guitar/vocals, upright bass, homemade washboard percussion, trumpet and saxophone, plays its’ repertoire of witty songs from 1920’s and 30’s, along with its’ augmented original tunes and often bawdy lyrics sung in catchy 4 part vocal harmony.
Fort Greene SNAP 324 Myrtle Avenue
-Anisa Fujah from 3 to 5 (Jazz) -Soulfolk Experience 5 to 6 (also jazz) -Jesse Goldman from 6 to 7 (experimental jazz)
Gnarly Vines 350 Myrtle Avenue
-Carolyn Leonhart and Jay Leonhart (daughter and dad)—vocals and bass (jazz, soul, standards) 1:30pm-3:00pm and Claire “Raji” Rodriguez folk, indie, pop 5p-6p
Green in BKLYN 432 Myrtle Avenue
Carolyn Leonhart and Jay Leonhart (daughter and dad)—vocals and bass (jazz, soul, standards) 12p-1:15p and Claire “Raji” Rodriguez folk, indie, pop 4p-5p
Los Pollitos III 499 Myrtle Avenue
-5:30pm to 9pm Edwin Vasquez Band, Live Latin band
Move with Grace Yoga, Dance & Pilates Studio 469 Myrtle Avenue
-Nucomme – rock/soul artist 8pm -Cavalier – Hip Hop/Soul artist 8:30pm -The Outabodies – Hip Hop/Jazz/Rock artists 9pm
Sans Souci Restaurant 330 Myrtle Avenue Metric Man aka The Freedom Fighter (reggae) 1pm-9pm
Fort Greene Park (Myrtle Avenue entrance)
All day Upright piano (Sing For Hope): all day (on-site)
12p-1pm WATCH High School
2p-3:00p JHS 185 Drumline [note: I wish this was after work! Damn.]
3:00pm-4:00pm Ronald Edmonds Middle School 113 Choir
6p-7p Maracatu New York (Brazilian Percussion)

Bird Town

On Saturday, I checked out the birdhouse-making event that was part of Myrtle Avenue Bird Town.  It was awesome!  The artists were on site constructing bird houses and feeders, and when I arrived around 11:30, the tables were packed with kids.

That didn’t stop me, though, from sitting down myself to paint a house.  And a handful of adults followed once I started.

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While there, I got to see some of the actual bird houses that are a part of the installation.

This (above) is a bat house!  Awesome.

Bird Town on Myrtle Avenue

(image from MARP’s blog)

Now this is an awesome public art project- an eclectic collection of bird houses! The houses appear at Myrtle and Carlton (apparently that little traffic triangle is called Person Square Triangle), and at Myrtle and St. Edwards at the entrance to the park.  Plus, the artists will be doing an interactive workshop during the SONYA stroll next weekend!  Rad.

Here is the info from MARP (long, but worthwhile):

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and the New York City Parks Public Art Program present Myrtle Avenue Bird Town, a temporary installation by artists Daniel Goers and Jennifer Wong. From May 1st through December 2010, dozens of playful birdhouses will live in trees at the Person Square Triangle (Myrtle and Carlton Avenues) and the northwest corner of Fort Greene Park (Myrtle and St. Edwards). An opening reception for the installation will take place on Thursday, May 6th at Sans Souci Restaurant (330 Myrtle Avenue) from 6-8pm, and an open workshop with artists will take place on Saturday, May 15th from 10am-4pm.

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Anniversary Events at Green in BKLYN Today

Please come out and help celebrate Green in BKLYN’s 1-year anniversary on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010.

Activities will take place between 11:30a and 7:00p at the store, which is located at 432 Myrtle Avenue

between Clinton and Waverly Avenues in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

April 22, 2010 is Green in BKLYN’s 1st anniversary and also marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  Come out

and celebrate with jazz, book signings, wine and workshops, all day long.  (Refer to schedule of activities below)

Green in BKLYN is a one-stop eco-friendly shop where neighbors can find information and products they need

to easily and innovatively green their home and daily lives.  Green in BKLYN offers eco-friendly solutions for

everyday living.

EARTH DAY 2010  – April 22, 2010

First Year Anniversary of Green in BKLYN

40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Green in BKLYN

432 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205

www.greeninbklyn.com

718-855-4383

Shop Owner: Elissa Olin

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

11:30am – 1:00pm

Leda Meredith, Author of The Locavore Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget

These days, nearly everyone wants to eat green and local, but tight schedules and even tighter budgets can make it seem like an unattainable goal. The Locavore’s Handbook: A Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget is here to help!

With practical, down-to-earth advice, Brooklyn-based Leda Meredith guides readers through the process of incorporating locally grown foods into their meals. In a concise book designed for mainstream readers, she discusses budgeting; sourcing, growing, and preserving food; shopping efficiently; and supporting local merchants and planet Earth. Everyone, including time-pressed, cash-strapped urbanites with mini-refrigerators and zero storage space, will find inspiration and a host of helpful, surprising ideas.

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Vandra Thorburn, Vokashi Composting

Clinton Hill-based Vandra Thorburn is the founder & pioneer of Vokashi, a new local business providing buckets and bran to households, small businesses and catering companies for EM Bokashi composting.  The system has no smell, no bad odors, no bugs, flies or pests & it’s easy to manage in your own kitchen.  Plus, it works months faster than traditional composting.

Vandra will answer questions & speak about this unique composting alternative.

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Claudia Pearson, Illustrator of Tribal Alphabet

In Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson’s debut creation for children, Tribal Alphabet, extraordinary illustrations come alive to celebrate the diversity of tribal communities and world’s indigenous heritages.

A is for Australian Aborigine , B is for Basque, C is for Cherokee are some of the names of the different tribes from different parts of the world that go alphabetically from page to page all the way till Z is for Zulu. The stunning artwork coupled with the names of each tribe and simple, informative text set in rhyme to describe tribal lifestyle and culture equals enchanting learning galore!

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Organic Wine Reception with from Gnarly Vines, Myrtle Avenue Wine Shop

Additional events: May include live acoustic jazz, face painting, FreeCycle treasures from trash & more…

Coffee for Fulton; Fashion for Myrtle

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is working with FAB, Myrtle Ave BK Partnership and PACC to bring new businesses to Fulton and Myrtle.  They have asked that as many neighbors as possible take the following surveys to help better assess the needs and shopping habits of neighborhood residents.  Here’s a chance to weigh in on new local services- jump on it!

Dear Friends,

BEDC (Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation) along with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, FAB (Fulton Area Business) Alliance, and PACC (Pratt Area Community Council) have partnered up to attract several new businesses to your area.

But we cannot do so alone – WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This week we have launched a survey of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill residents about their coffee drinking and clothes buying habits. We are committed to finding business that will complement the existing retail character and provide a much-needed amenity for the neighborhood.

It would be EXTREMELY helpful if you took 2 minutes to fill out the following surveys:

Coffee For Fulton:

www.surveymonkey.com/coffeeforfulton

Fashion for Myrtle:

www.surveymonkey.com/FashionforMyrtle

Clinton Hill Psychic Coming to Myrtle

Thanks to the awesome reader who sent in this scoop!

A psychic will be opening shop in the former home of Sushi Okdol on Myrtle Ave!

Our tipster spoke to a contractor working there, who said that there would be a store on site “selling all sorts of books / posters / cards associated with the psychic lifestyle.” Awesome.

I’ve always wondered how clairvoyants can afford to pay rent in NYC.  Do they have a regular customer base?  Also, there is a typo on this sign (unless “Taror” cards are different from Tarot cards).

I will gamely try this place out when it opens and assess for accuracy.

(Anyone sad about the departure of Sushi Odkol? I had always heard either really awesome or really bad reviews.)