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The party will be back on the streets tonight with the return of the popular Vanderbilt Ave. Open Street!! Will you be h...
04/01/2022
Vanderbilt Ave Popular Open Street to Return April 1 - BK Reader

The party will be back on the streets tonight with the return of the popular Vanderbilt Ave. Open Street!!

Will you be heading down to celebrate the end of the week?

#openstreets #party #friday #weekend

The party will be back on the streets this summer with the upcoming return of the popular Vanderbilt Ave. Open Street. Starting Friday, April 1, Vanderbilt Ave. will close to […]

Hear ye, hear ye: Bushwick’s reigning queen of soup, Sarah Khoshaba (aka Soup Queen BK), is opening her first brick-and-...
04/01/2022
Bushwick's 'Soup Queen' to Open New Soupery

Hear ye, hear ye: Bushwick’s reigning queen of soup, Sarah Khoshaba (aka Soup Queen BK), is opening her first brick-and-mortar location on Troutman Street.

The new location, named after Khoshaba’s dog Gunther, will operate out of the to-go window at Farewell, a popular Bushwick watering hole. Khoshaba started selling soups through her Instagram account during the start of the pandemic lockdowns when her nightlife job at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg came to an abrupt halt... And the rest is history!

#soup #restaurant #smallbusiness #brooklyn #food

The new location will operate out of the to-go window at Farewell, a popular Bushwick bar.

In a mark that summer is well on its way and darker days are behind us, Coney Island — Brooklyn’s beacon of wonder — is ...
03/31/2022
Thrill Seekers, Rejoice: Coney Island Is Opening Its Gates - BK Reader

In a mark that summer is well on its way and darker days are behind us, Coney Island — Brooklyn’s beacon of wonder — is opening its gates to the public.

This Saturday, April 2, at 11:00am, Luna Park Brooklyn will reopen with the annual egg cream christening of the Coney Island Cyclone, which turns 95 this year. Then, the following Sunday, April 10, the doors to Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park will open with its decades-long tradition of the “Blessing of the Rides” ceremony.

#summer #brooklyn #amusementpark #rides #coneyisland #lunapark

In a mark that summer is well on its way and darker days are behind us, Coney Island — Brooklyn’s beacon of wonder — is opening its gates to the […]

Broadway Junction, the busy yet infamously underutilized area surrounding the Broadway Junction Subway station, may need...
03/31/2022
4 20-Story Developments Planned for Underinvested Broadway Junction Face Community Backlash

Broadway Junction, the busy yet infamously underutilized area surrounding the Broadway Junction Subway station, may need to brace for a big change.

The area, which sits between several neighborhoods including East New York, Bed-Stuy and Brownsville, has become the center of a private developer’s new vision for East Brooklyn.

Totem Group, a Brooklyn-based real estate development firm, shared preliminary plans to build a large mixed-use building complex adjacent to the busy station at a virtual town hall held on March 22.

#development #housing #brooklyn #EastNewYork

Totem Group has introduced plans for the high-rise towers and has promised they would provide affordable and senior housing. However, not everyone in the community is buying it.

An 83-year-old parolee, who has twice been convicted for murder, has been charged with murdering a Brooklyn woman and di...
03/31/2022
Parolee Charged With Murder After Torso, Head Found on BK Streets, Other Body Parts Found in Apartment: District Attorney

An 83-year-old parolee, who has twice been convicted for murder, has been charged with murdering a Brooklyn woman and dismembering her body, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced.

Harvey Marcelin, 83, is facing the charges after she was caught on video leaving her apartment with 68-year-old victim Susan Leyden’s leg and torso in a bag, which she left on the streets of East New York, and later Leyden’s head and other limbs were found in her apartment, Gonzalez said.

An 83-year-old parolee has been arraigned on first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the death of a Brooklyn woman

The beloved First Saturdays festival is returning to Brooklyn Museum this Saturday, April 2, for a night of joy, celebra...
03/30/2022
Beloved First Saturdays Festival Returns to Brooklyn Museum

The beloved First Saturdays festival is returning to Brooklyn Museum this Saturday, April 2, for a night of joy, celebration and liberation.

It’s the first full-fledged First Saturdays program since March 2020, when the pandemic hit, and follows a ‘lite’ version of programming in 2021.

#festival #music #art #museum #brooklyn

Saturday, April 2, will mark the first full-fledged First Saturdays program at Brooklyn Museum since March 2020

Check out our exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author of more than 30 books, Karen Hunter, who...
03/29/2022

Check out our exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author of more than 30 books, Karen Hunter, who will be one of 50 esteemed featured guests at the 16th Annual National Black Writers Conference starting tomorrow! Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
https://bkreader.com/2022/03/28/karen-hunter-is-code-switching-for-no-one/

If taking a swig of whiskey before embarking on a twilight walk through a cemetery to the Catacombs for an acclaimed cla...
03/29/2022
Acclaimed Music Series Returns to Green-Wood Cemetery

If taking a swig of whiskey before embarking on a twilight walk through a cemetery to the Catacombs for an acclaimed classical concert sounds up your alley, Green-Wood Cemetery is the place for you.

The cemetery has partnered with Death of Classical for the fourth time to produce the much-lauded The Angel’s Share classical concert series, taking place between May 27 and October 6.

#concert #classicalmusic #cemetery #brooklyn

Green-Wood Cemetery has partnered with Death of Classical for the fourth season of The Angel's Share, a much-lauded classical concert series

R train riders say they risk being stranded at stations in coming months if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority - ...
03/29/2022
‘Don’t Leave Us Stranded:’ Pols, Riders, Advocates Rally in BK as Changes to R Train Service Approach

R train riders say they risk being stranded at stations in coming months if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority - MTA doesn’t implement public transport improvements while the line is facing service cuts.

For two months starting Monday March 28, the R train will be out of service overnight and on the weekends while the line undergoes improvements.

#subway #brooklyn #rtrain #bus #publictransport

The R train will be going out of service at night and on weekends for two months as it undergoes improvements

Nicole “Soul” Creary has had a long career in social work and education, but over the years she noticed something was mi...
03/28/2022
Soul2Soulz Is Empowering Brooklyn Youth to Help Each Other

Nicole “Soul” Creary has had a long career in social work and education, but over the years she noticed something was missing from efforts to help young people overcome obstacles in their lives: their own perspectives.

In 2007, Creary, who has a master’s degree in public administration and another in social work, built Soul2Soulz to address that issue, centering the voices of the 12-24-year-olds she serves in every aspect of the organization’s programming.

#youthwork #selfconfidence #socialwork #education #youth

Nicole “Soul” Creary founded Soul2Soulz to engage, enlighten, energize and empower youth to live up to their full potential

Back in 2020, Tim Zhou could only run two miles before he felt tired.But today, the 21-year-old is set to run 55 miles a...
03/27/2022
BK Student to Run 55 Miles Around Prospect Park to #StopAsianHate

Back in 2020, Tim Zhou could only run two miles before he felt tired.

But today, the 21-year-old is set to run 55 miles around Prospect Park — that’s 18 laps of the park, or just over two marathons.

While the distance makes many people’s feet ache just reading it, it’s not the physical impact Zhou is worried about — it’s him seeing the same scenery over and over.

#running #brooklyn #longdistance #prospectpark

Tim Zhou, who lives in Downtown Brooklyn, went from getting tired after running two miles, to now training for a 100 mile race in May.

River Birch, Hornbeam, Redbud, and Persimmon are just some of the types of trees New Yorkers can add to their backyard o...
03/24/2022
Nature Nonprofit to Distribute 2,000 Native Trees to New Yorkers

River Birch, Hornbeam, Redbud, and Persimmon are just some of the types of trees New Yorkers can add to their backyard or block thanks to a free native tree giveaway.

New York Restoration Project will be giving away 2,000 trees across the five boroughs in April and May to help the city increase its environmental resilience by providing shade, creating wildlife habitat, reducing temperatures, improving air quality and mitigating storm water run-off.

#trees #giveaway #climatechange #garden

New York Restoration Project will hold four Brooklyn tree giveaways with local partners

Janet Elise Johnson, an author and professor of political science, attributed the invasion of Ukraine to four factors: P...
03/24/2022
BK College Professors Discuss Russia's 'Catastrophic' War on Ukraine

Janet Elise Johnson, an author and professor of political science, attributed the invasion of Ukraine to four factors: Putin’s own personality, internal regime dynamics, performance anxiety over declining economic improvement and Putin’s neo-colonial desire to remake Russia’s former empire.

#russia #ukraine #war #brooklyn

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine drags on, Brooklyn College professors held a panel to discuss the historical context of the war.

Meagan King first saw Alvin Ailey dancers in YouTube video at middle school, and immediately she knew she wanted to be o...
03/23/2022
3 Brooklyn Dancers Take to the Stage as Part of Prestigious Ailey II

Meagan King first saw Alvin Ailey dancers in YouTube video at middle school, and immediately she knew she wanted to be one of them. So when she was announced as a new company member, it was like a dream being fulfilled.

“To finally realize it for myself and step into that power and ignite this new journey is super special for me."

King will be one of 12 dancers taking to the stage as part of the Ailey II dance company — and one of three that hail from Brooklyn — when the company returns to the stage March 23 for a two-week season.

#dance #brooklyn #dancers #art

Meagan King, Nicholas Begun and Amar Smalls will be performing as part of the iconic Alvin Ailey’s Ailey II dance company

The owner of a Nassau County construction company has been charged with manslaughter after a wall he built in Bushwick c...
03/23/2022
The owner of a Nassau County construction company has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after a wall he built in Bushwick collapsed on a child, killing her.

The owner of a Nassau County construction company has been charged with manslaughter after a wall he built in Bushwick collapsed on 5-year-old Alysson Pinto-Chaumana, killing her.

Pinto-Chaumana was with her mother and several friends visiting a friend at the three-story building in Bushwick. The group was outside waiting near the front door on an enclosed patio next to a heavy stone wall that fenced in the patio. Suddenly, the pillars and a horizontal plate fell inward onto Alysson, crushing her skull.

#Arrest #Crime #building #wall #collapse #bushwick #brooklyn

The owner of a Nassau County construction company has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after a wall he built in Bushwick collapsed on a child, killing her.

It’s Thursday after school at P.S. 130K in Brooklyn, and while the energy levels of most adults are depleted by now, a g...
03/22/2022
After School Program Builds BK Girls' Confidence at Critical Stage

It’s Thursday after school at P.S. 130K in Brooklyn, and while the energy levels of most adults are depleted by now, a group of 15 girls from 3rd to 5th grade are just warming up with a vigorous round of Would You Rather.

“Would you rather only be able to whisper, or only be able to shout?” Girls On the Run: NYC Coach Theresa Bulman asks the kids.

The exercise is just the beginning of a 75-minute session packed with physical activities and thought-provoking exercises to grow girls’ social and emotional awareness.

#running #girls #brooklyn #social #emotional #learning

Girls on the Run NYC combines fitness activities with life skills lessons, building up to girls doing a 5km run and a community project.

Emelyn Stuart got into the film industry 12 years ago when someone handed her their film script to read. Fast forward to...
03/22/2022
Brooklyn's Women History Maker: Emelyn Stuart

Emelyn Stuart got into the film industry 12 years ago when someone handed her their film script to read.

Fast forward to 2022, the Bay Ridge local owns Stuart Cinema & Cafe, has produced a number of independent films and television shows, founded The Oktober Film Festival to support upcoming filmmakers of color, and provided for her Greenpoint community through the pandemic.

“I’m one of the few Black businesses in the area, and they have always rallied around me. When I built this place I knew I wanted to serve, not just my people, but I wanted to serve this community and the people here — and we’ve done that.”

On top of all the work Stuart does at the cinema, she mentors aspiring, local entrepreneurs around opening their own small businesses.

“I may be the first Black Latina woman to own a movie theater,” Stuart said, “but I know I won’t be the last.”

#smallbusiness #cinema #film #filmmaker #Brooklyn

The Greenpoint movie theater owner and film producer who leverages her business for indie filmmakers and community aid.

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music has opened applications for Black women and Black non-binary jazz musicians for a yea...
03/21/2022
Applications Open for Black Women, Non-Binary Jazz Musicians for Yearlong Fellowship - BK Reader

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music has opened applications for Black women and Black non-binary jazz musicians for a yearlong fellowship, midway through the inaugural year of the program.

The Jazz Leaders Fellowship provides support to emerging jazz musicians through a $12,500 award, teaching and performance opportunities, access to BKCM’s rehearsal spaces, participation in BKCM’s Jazz Program advisory panel, and more.

#fellowship #jazz #brooklyn #music

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music has opened applications for Black women and Black non-binary jazz musicians for a yearlong fellowship, midway through the inaugural year of the program. The Jazz […]

Nilsa Figueroa says food insecurity is an issue that affects many families at Bushwick's P.S. 150K. Many parents lost jo...
03/18/2022
A Recipe for Fighting Food Security Is Being Served at This BK School

Nilsa Figueroa says food insecurity is an issue that affects many families at Bushwick's P.S. 150K. Many parents lost jobs during the pandemic, and others are working multiple jobs to get by.

“We have families that are in temporary shelters, temporary housing; families that are doubled up in one apartment. The rising prices of food now, it’s really difficult to get nutritious food."

That's why Figueroa gets tears in her eyes when she talks about how much a fortnightly distribution of fresh fruit and veggies at the school, that comes by way of City Harvest and Brighter Bites, helps the families.

#food #foodinsecurity #brooklyn #family #pandemic #recipes

Bushwick’s P.S. 150K works with City Harvest and Brighter Bites to bring free food, and recipes for how to use it, to families and the neighborhood at large

The Ukrainian city Aleksandr Krapivkin grew up, Kharkiv, in is now in ruins.“That’s my city being bombed. If I can’t fig...
03/18/2022
BK Queer Club Hosts Fundraiser for Ukrainians in 'Imminent' Danger

The Ukrainian city Aleksandr Krapivkin grew up, Kharkiv, in is now in ruins.

“That’s my city being bombed. If I can’t fight on the ground, I have to do everything in my power to fight back from here," he told BK Reader.

Krapivkin is one of a roster of speakers and performers booked to appear at a fundraiser for Ukraine this Sunday, March 20, at Bushwick queer club 3 Dollar Bill, hosted by the queer collective WE Together.

The fundraiser brings together diverse performers from the post-Soviet region, including a Ukrainian folk artist, Russian drag artists, and other musicians and activists, in order to raise awareness about the need to help the queer community in Ukraine.

#ukraine #russia #fundraiser #brooklyn #gaybar

All event proceeds will go to aid organizations supporting Ukraine, with two non-profits focused on helping those in the LGBTQ community.

Renderings have been released of a new seven-story apartment building being built on Bushwick’s Weirfield Street. The bu...
03/17/2022
Seven-Story Apartment Building Coming to Bushwick’s Weirfield St

Renderings have been released of a new seven-story apartment building being built on Bushwick’s Weirfield Street. The building, which is near the corner of Weirfield St. and Broadway, will include ten apartments, lower-level commercial space and a community facility.

#development #brooklyn #apartment

A new building permit was filed earlier this year, and renderings have been released for the new development

A Flatbush man has pleaded guilty to stabbing a police officer in the neck and taking the injured officer’s gun to shoot...
03/17/2022
BK Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting, Stabbing NYPD Officers in ‘Terrorist Inspired’ Attack: Feds

A Flatbush man has pleaded guilty to stabbing a police officer in the neck and taking the injured officer’s gun to shoot two other officers, while firing at many more, in a “terrorist inspired” attack. He is set to be sentenced to 30 years in prison.

#crime #brooklyn #nypd

The man allegedly stabbed a police officer in the neck and took the injured officer’s gun to shoot his partner in the hand and to fire at other officers

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Thanks to BK Reader for shining a light on Brooklyn Conservatory of Music's Jazz Leaders Fellowship! Applications are open now until May 15 for this amazing opportunity.
Check out the news: BK Reader visited a Girls on the Run practice and highlighted our program! Their reporter Jessy visited one of our twelve program sites in Brooklyn this spring, and you can learn about what girls throughout NYC will be doing in GOTR over the next few months. Read their article here: bkreader.com/2022/03/21/the-after-school-program-building-bk-girls-confidence-decision-making-skills/
Thank you for the coverage of our free tree giveaways, BK Reader! 💚 Brooklyn: have you reserved yours yet?! 👀 https://bkreader.com/2022/03/24/nature-nonprofit-to-distribute-2000-native-trees-to-new-yorkers/?fbclid=IwAR0Yjf6BdkbbUDpLORKBAhAYu6CrA2J-YmAHdOOAwgwvNONP8wUwL46-qOc
“Nonprofits helped me succeed and I know they can and will support many other youth. Being part of the advisory council gave me the opportunity to be part of the solution to a more just world that creates opportunity for all.” - Brayan Pagoada, Invest in Youth Advisory Council Member BK Reader recently covered Brooklyn Community Foundation's #ParticipatoryGrantmaking as conducted with our Invest in Youth Advisory Council, which works alongside the Foundation’s programs staff to inform grantmaking strategy, review grant applications, conduct site visits, and make funding decisions—including our distribution of $2.5 million in grants in late 2021. 📰 Read the article today: https://bkreader.com/2022/01/27/brooklyn-youth-give-2-5m-in-grants-to-bipoc-led-groups-supporting-young-people-in-the-borough/ 📷: Members of Kings Against Violence Initiative - KAVI, one of our Invest in Youth grantee partners. #RacialJustice #Brooklyn #ParticipatoryGrantmaking #ParticipatoryGrants #Community #PowerSharing #InvestInYouth #Youth #BrooklynYouth #Brooklyn #BrooklynNY #BrooklynNewYork #NYC #SocialJustice #Philanthropy
Clean transportation options must be prioritized for the communities most impacted by environmental injustice. That is why I sent this letter, along with my friend and colleague Rep. Ritchie Torres and 12 of my NYS colleagues, calling on New York State Department of Transportation to center equity in their upcoming EV Charging Infrastructure Plan. Thank you BK Reader for highlighting this priority on behalf of our constituents.
loving this write up about the #versfashionshow by Miranda Levingston for the BK Reader https://bkreader.com/2022/02/15/the-bushwick-design-hub-disrupting-nyfw/ #nyfw #fashionshow #inlclusive #disruptive #designhub #q***r #fashionweek #brooklyn #independentdesigners #indiefashion #runway #review #models #wespeak #moonrise #vers #versbk
FINDING AN OUTLET FOR HER CREATIVITY AND HER BIG IMAGINATION: Last year, Tiffany Depeña was a Youth Apprentice in the first Creative Art Works Character Design program with FunPlus. We are revisiting Tiffany's 2021 interview because we are excited to announce we are once again offering this program at five New York City Department of Education Career and Technical Education (CTE) High Schools. #CTE schools focus on ensuring students with disabilities, Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners, and students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are offered equitable access to high-quality internships. We will be posting interviews with Youth Apprentices from our current Character Design Program soon. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this profile from 2021. "I am interested in many aspects in the cartoon industry including Character Design. I am always creating new characters and fantasies for them. I wanted to learn more, and I thought this internship was a great opportunity for me. I also wanted to get feedback from different people who are at different levels with their art." -- Tiffany Depeña New York City Department of Cultural Affairs New York City Council ManhattanTimes New York Amsterdam News The Brooklyn Rail BK Reader City Limits WNYC Gothamist Uptown Birdies
The local nonprofit, GrowNYC is bringing a free Stop ‘N’ Swap community reuse event to East Flatbush.
BK Reader recently featured our 2022 Spark Prize winners - check out the article today: https://bkreader.com/2022/01/13/5-brooklyn-nonprofits-dedicated-to-racial-justice-win-100k-each-in-spark-prize/ 🎟️ You can join us in celebrating our Spark Prize winners at the Spark Breakfast on March 8, 2022 (8-10am) at the #Brooklyn Museum - tickets are on sale now: https://www.classy.org/event/spark-breakfast-2022/e384458 ✶ ✶ ✶ The 2022 Spark Prize winners are: ✶Arab American Association of New York ✶Black Women's Blueprint ✶Brooklyn Movement Center ✶Groundswell Community Mural Project ✶Weeksville Heritage Center
BK Readers, attend this virtual workshop on how to start a block or tenant association where you live! There's money to be given, voices to be heard and progress to be made!!! Take action! Bridge Street Development
THE 16TH NATIONAL BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE CALL CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO : January 14, 2022!!! Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY