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  • December | 2008 | Clinton Hill Blog
    will help us save the Sisters of Mercy Convent The Sisters of Mercy Convent is located in Clinton Hill at 237 Willoughby Avenue between Classon Avenue and Taafe Place The buildings represent an intact nineteenth century convent complex The motherhouse on the property was designed by Brooklyn resident Patrick C Keely the most important Catholic church architect in America in the mid nineteenth century The Sisters of Mercy first came to Brooklyn in 1855 and moved into the Willoughby Avenue building in November 1862 A substantial addition St Francis of Assisium Female Orphan Asylum was built in 1883 By 1891 there were 510 girls in residence Many were taught at St Francis Industrial School at Kent and Willoughby Avenues Now with dwindling numbers and an estimated 20 million in needed repairs the convent is closing This complex is an important part of Clinton Hill and Brooklyn s history Religious institutions across the city are being demolished and with their loss neighborhoods are losing significant community anchors The Sisters of Mercy Convent should not be demolished and can be adapted into any number of uses including housing educational facilities retail office medical and or community facilities including affordable housing The petition is sponsored by the Society for Clinton Hill and our friends the Historic Districts Council Please use the link below to sign our on line petition to LPC http www petitiononline com convent petition html This entry was posted in history press on December 19 2008 by lesterhead Neighborhood Christmas Caroling TOMORROW Leave a reply Christmas Caroling in Clinton Hill Friday December 19 6 30 pm Community Garden DeKalb Hall Join a 40 year tradition of song and celebration bring family friends and neighbors to share in the season sing to the residents of our neighborhood and share cookies and hot chocolate The route is not long the spirit will be high and the joy of song will go right into your heart Bring an instrument if you play Call Marge Othrow 718 789 1619 with questions or to volunteer with arrangements This entry was posted in holiday SCH on December 18 2008 by lesterhead Tonight on Grand 1 Reply Infrequent Seams Series A twice monthly series of edgy creative music co curated by James Ilgenfritz and Julianne Carney 8 Suggested but we re flexible 8 PM 11 PM First Third Thursdays www myspace com infrequentseams December 18 Nate Wooley Dan Levin A Mown Lawn Jacob Wick Judith Berkson Curtis Hasselbring Josh Sinton Jessie Marino We re taking January off so this is your last chance to visit Le Grand Dakar on Thursdays until February Some really fabulous musicians this month stop by to support local music This entry was posted in arts grand nightlife on December 18 2008 by lesterhead Buying Local 10 INEXPENSIVE GIFT IDEAS 8 Replies I ve been meaning to do a feature like this for the last few years but now it s more important than ever to shop locally I spent a few hours

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  • November | 2008 | Clinton Hill Blog
    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 This entry was posted in events kids on November 21 2008 by lesterhead TONIGHT SCH Meeting 3 Replies 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 AGENDA 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 This entry was posted in events SCH on November 20 2008 by lesterhead MTA Dicks Over Clinton Hill 8 Replies 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 This entry was posted in grrr transportation on November 20 2008 by lesterhead Fort Greene CSA Podcast Leave a reply Non profit e hub Idealist com offers

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  • October | 2008 | Clinton Hill Blog
    Home Base 1 Reply Received a blog post notice from the fine floral plant gurus at Root Stock and Quade on Myrtle It seems their Park Slope headquarters were damaged in a fire and they re making Myrtle their official home base Sad to hear about the original store but nice to know they ll be investing even more into their gorgeous Clinton Hill shop This entry was posted in myrtle outside the hill services on October 30 2008 by lesterhead 313 Ready for Halloween Leave a reply If you ve walked down Clinton this week you ve seen the set at 313 Clinton Avenue You may have even seen a rehearsal or two Shows start Friday at 5 30 and run every half hour or so until 9ish The theme High School Musi Ghoul You ll want to catch the dance finale choreographed by yours truly This entry was posted in haunted holiday kids on October 29 2008 by lesterhead Polish Bar of Brooklyn on CNN Thursday Morning Leave a reply Congrats to PBB for this exciting opportunity This entry was posted in myrtle politics press on October 29 2008 by lesterhead NYC Marathon SUNDAY NOV 2 5 Replies Anyone who s lived in the hood for more than a year should be eagerly anticipating this Sunday s big neighborhood event The NYC Marathon The marathon runs straight down Lafayette Avenue through Fort Greene and Clinton Hill into Bed Stuy from Ashland to Bedford Crowds fill the streets high school marching bands replay the Rocky theme people wave signs and call out the names of the runners people blast sound systems It s really quite inspiring especially to me this year nursing a sprained ankle Lots of people have Marathon brunches for friends it s a great day to invite people out to Clinton Hill This entry was posted in events on October 29 2008 by lesterhead Shooting at Ft Greene Hair Salon 11 Replies Breaking news and the gunman has not been caught Info City Room Brownstoner Gothamist This entry was posted in crime fort greene on October 27 2008 by lesterhead Updates at Il Porto 9 Replies Il Porto the tremendously tasty new brick oven pizza outfit on Washington near Flushing now has a beer wine license to fill out that huge bar they have in the sit down dining room I checked out brunch a few weekends ago and it was delish The portions were ginormous And there is absolutely no reason why you can t have the dessert pizza after the crabmeat eggs benedict Didn t have the camera as I was meeting friends with a new baby and just wanted to socialize but trust me Giant Portions This entry was posted in dining wallabout on October 27 2008 by lesterhead Haunted House of the Week 2 Leave a reply Halloween is one week away and I couldn t help but share a few more HHs Fulton bt Clinton and Waverly This entry was posted

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  • September | 2008 | Clinton Hill Blog
    from a reader yesterday There was a shooting last night outside our apartment Tuesday on Monroe Street between Franklin and Classon Avenues in Clinton Hill Brooklyn between Midnight and 1 00am Police arrived promptly and soon after arriving taped off the street until early this morning around 6 30am or so I have been checking various News Outlets and blogs but haven t been able to find out anything more about the story I realize it may have happened too late to make today s papers but was wondering if this was something you might have heard about or may have seen a posting about or if you know a good resource to follow up on such a story The crime scene at least per my inbox has been awfully quiet lately Which is nice Though it seems those cheerful new recruits were gone from walking the beat as soon as they arrived This entry was posted in crime from the readers on September 25 2008 by lesterhead Names Needed 3 Replies We re finishing up the PUPS Calendar and are missing names for a few of the dogs If one of these is your dog or if you know its name PLEASE leave a comment so we can accurately label them This entry was posted in pets on September 23 2008 by lesterhead Crown Heights House Tour 1 Reply This October Crown Heights North Association Inc is hosting its 2nd Annual House Tour on Sat Oct 4 2008 Opening ceremonies will begin at 11 15 a m in front of St Gregory s R C C School at 991 St Johns Pl between New York and Brooklyn Avenues Self guided tours will start at noon and end by 5 p m The tour is preceded by a free homebuyer s workshop with info on mortgages avoiding predatory loans and financing from 9 30 to 10 30 a m Attendees will have a once yearly opportunity to enter and view some of Brooklyn s finest residential and sacred architecture Among the homes this year we are featuring a Romanesque Revival mansion restored from ruin a period perfect Renaissance Revival limestone a thoroughly modern townhouse as well as homes with enviably large landscaped gardens We are also highlighting our newly renovated Children s Museum designed by world class architect Rafael Vign oly three remarkable houses of worship and our entire neighborhood of architecturally significant free standing houses row houses apartment buildings and churches that have been praised by the Landmarks Commission as some of the finest in New York City The recent designation of the Crown Heights North Historic District Phase 1 has sparked enormous interest in Crown Heights North not only for its history but for its housing stock and business opportunities As Brooklyn real estate values skyrocket the beauty of this neighborhood and its local attractions such as the Brooklyn Children s Museum the world famous West Indian Day Parade as well as the close proximity of the Brooklyn

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  • August | 2008 | Clinton Hill Blog
    months ago Now a local advocacy group is working with BK Library Power Up winner Jennifer Stockton Bagnulo to make this happen here FORT GREENE INDIE BOOKSTORE INITIATIVE Press Contact Steve Sachs fortgreeneshopping gmail com Bookstore Entrepreneur Plans a Store in Fort Greene Fort Greene Indie Bookstore Initiative to host Bookstore Kickoff Event on September 16 Last year the Fort Greene Association s retail committee surveyed 380 locals about their shopping preferences 75 percent of respondents 281 cited bookstores as a category in which they wanted more choices To meet this need the Fort Greene Indie Bookstore Initiative FGIBI embarked on a campaign to find an independent bookstore After months of talking with Brooklyn based bookstores the group met Jessica Stockton Bagnulo a Brooklyn entrepreneur who won the 2007 Brooklyn Public Library PowerUp Competition for her business plan to open a bookstore in Fort Greene To raise community awareness and rally support for Jessica s independent bookstore FGIBI is hosting an event in Fort Greene at the Cumberland Greene 237 Cumberland Ave on September 16 2008 from 7pm to 9pm The event will feature local Brooklyn authors Complimentary beer wine and hors d oeuvres from local businesses will also be served RSVP required email rsvp fortgreeneindie hotmail com to be added to the guest list About the Fort Greene Indie Bookstore Initiative The Fort Green Indie Bookstore Initiative FGIBI is an all volunteer non profit organization that seeks to attract small business owners to Fort Greene to open a bookstore and other stores in response to the community s needs The group also encourages current retailers to open new businesses locally and seeks to help local residents open their own businesses To contact the Fort Greene Indie Bookstore Initiative e mail fortgreeneshopping gmail com About Jessica Stockton Bagnulo Jessica has worked in New York City independent bookstores for the past eight years and is currently the events and publicity coordinator at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan She is active in numerous book industry organizations and is often called upon to speak and write about independent bookselling Her business plan for an independent bookstore in Brooklyn won the grand prize in the 2007 Brooklyn Public Library PowerUp business plan competition in January 2008 She lives in Park Slope Brooklyn and blogs at www abookstoreinbrooklyn blogspot com To contact Jessica Stockton Bagnulo e mail booknerdnyc earthlink net This entry was posted in arts events services on August 29 2008 by lesterhead L epicerie Closed 74 Replies I was surprised to hear that the polarizing L epicerie either you loved it or you hated it on Vanderbilt near DeKalb closed A friend and neighbor who knows the owner of the space said he s curious to know what we d like to see there He s thinking a restaurant type place open from 8am 1am maybe a new Grand 275 type joint This is a rare opportunity to have a say so leave your requests here I ll have my friend direct the

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  • July | 2008 | Clinton Hill Blog
    Myrtle Here are some related links with more info BK Urban Arts Market Hits Myrtle This Summer Myrtle Minutes Market Begins This Sunday Myrtle Minutes B rooklyn Urban Arts Market This entry was posted in arts events myrtle on July 26 2008 by lesterhead Friday Photo 3 Replies north of Myrtle This entry was posted in friday photo observations on July 25 2008 by lesterhead Intriguing Loft Condos 8 Replies There s a lot of action up on Grand between Myrtle and Park Most intriguing is the Retro Loft Unlike the other stuff flying up nearby this building was already here and is being repurposed Directly across the street we have this dorm like building with a wonky awning and a nice parking lot What do these places look like on the inside Brownstoner coverage here This entry was posted in development grand intriguing mysterious real estate on July 24 2008 by lesterhead The Never Ending Construction Work 7 Replies I noticed this nicely designed sign on Fulton and Putnam over the weekend and I hadn t noticed it before This is a shockingly pretty sign coming from the city Additional irony is earned from the crappiness of Fulton Street and the ridiculousness of the street renovations that have been going on now for oh two or three years I have high hopes now that we ve been afforded a city B I D Thanks to the Pratt Area Community Council for their hard work on making this happen This entry was posted in fulton grrr press services on July 23 2008 by lesterhead Status Check at Il Porto 8 Replies The brick oven pizzeria and sidewalk cafe on Washington near the Navy Yard is chugging along to opening Several people have emailed me with details on how good it looks inside I checked it out on Sunday and I wasn t able to see much Of course no one was doing any work The boys at RePop tell me they hope to be open within three weeks August is generally a slow time for local businesses so let s make sure to check them out when they open the doors This is horribly old news but here is a short piece that Brooklyn Independent Television did on me back in January where I interviewed the owners to be This entry was posted in coming soon dining tv film wallabout on July 22 2008 by lesterhead Friday Photo late Leave a reply Was on vacation Friday clinton ave at dekalb This entry was posted in friday photo observations shopping on July 21 2008 by lesterhead Hood in the News 1 Reply Clinton Hill chef discusses African cuisine NY Times Suspect identified in local robbery NY1 Afro Punk the Next Great Music Genre PSFK All You Need is Love Slow Burn Solo Picnic in Fort Greene Park Eat Out More Often Gentrification in Bed Stuy LA Times Fort Greene high school providing lots of personal attention NY Times Walt Whitman s

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  • June | 2008 | Clinton Hill Blog
    C or the G train Description Come help us bake back the Whitehouse one cookie at a time Sunday 22 Jun 2008 1 00 PM Movin On Up with Barack Bakesale 0 miles away Clinton Ave bet Fulton Atlantic Brooklyn 2 registered participant s 100 maximum 538 Clinton Ave on our stoop Brooklyn NY 11238 Directions Clinton Ave between Fulton and Atlantic Right off the Clinton Washington C train stop Description We re hosting a bake sale on our stoop to support MoveOn s campaign to support Obama for president There is no maximum number of attendees but please let me know if you ll be bringing baked goods Otherwise feel free to swing by and do good by Barack and your tummy This entry was posted in politics volunteer on June 20 2008 by lesterhead Historic Fort Greene Clinton Hill Walking Tour Leave a reply Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have been selected to have their very own Big Onion Walking Tour And it starts this weekend There has long been a BK Heights Fort Greene tour run by a local resident but it was very BK Heights centric I m really psyched to try this new tour out and see what I learn Here is the press release Fort Greene Neighborhood Groups Win Big Onion Walking Tour BEDC Announces Winner of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative First Tour held on Saturday June 21st Brooklyn NY May 16 2008 The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation BEDC announced the winning neighborhood for the first ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative And the winner is Fort Greene Clinton Hill This heterogeneous community just east of downtown Brooklyn boasts majestic brownstones pre Civil War frame houses lively shopping areas historical churches and world renowned cultural institutions and will now feature a series of walking tours to present these treasures to visitors Joan Bartolomeo President of BEDC announced Fort Greene is a community that is both unique and quintessentially New York We are excited to partner with Big Onion Walking Tours to make this vibrant Brooklyn community a primary destination for tourists and New York residents alike Big Onion Walking Tours in business for over fifteen years is among New York City s leading tour groups Big Onion Walking Tours President Seth Kamil said Fort Greene lends itself perfectly to the breed of tours we offer Our guides specialize in peeling back the many layers of history that make up the fabric of our city Fort Greene is rich with cultural literary and architectural record as well as unknown treasures we plan to reveal I look forward to working with the winning community organizations to create a tour that is thought provoking and exciting The Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative Contest was open to more than 100 community organizations served by BEDC s Re NEW Brooklyn Program which works to promote strong and vibrant commercial corridors as the backbone of Brooklyn s neighborhoods Applicants were asked to demonstrate that their community is of historic and architectural

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  • May | 2008 | Clinton Hill Blog
    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 This entry was posted in myrtle services on May 29 2008 by lesterhead Indie Movie House on Washington Ave Screens Doc on Former Local Biz 1 Reply 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

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