Monday, August 31, 2015

Vision Zero Mural Ceremony on #theother5th

Artists from Groundswell

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID is pleased to have partnered with Groundswell in bringing the Vision Zero mural to the Park Slope community. The artists, led by Marc Evan and Adan Palermo, worked hard to support the students from planning to completion of this mural and 6 more around the City over the course of the summer.

Groundswell clearly and artistically asks New Yorkers to slow down and to stop texting while driving (in keeping with NYC DOT's Vision Zero message). It's a striking piece of community artwork that will be continuously evoke thought on vehicle safety on #theother5th and be enjoyed as a beautiful artwork by all whom pass by.

With thanks to Michael Chuisano who owns the property the mural is installed on and the Miti Miti team for their support on the whole project.

Friday, August 28, 2015

NYC DOT Vision Zero Mural Dedication on #theother5th

This morning, Friday August 28th, is the dedication ceremony for the wonderful mural that has been painted on the side of the Miti Miti building (138 5th Avenue) facing the Key Food Parking Lot. If you are in town today, drop by! Here's the program:

Starts 10am at 138 5th Avenue, near Douglas St, Brooklyn

Welcome and Introductions
Representative of NYC DOT

Overview and Background on Partnership
Rob Krulak, Executive Director, Groundswell

New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery

Council Member Rodriguez, Transportation Committee Chair

Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Youth Services Committee Chair

Representative of Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID

Michael Chuisano

Unveiling of Mural
Groundswell Lead Artist Marc Evan and Assistant Artist Adan Palermo

Select Youth Artists

Certificates to Youth Artists
Groundswell Lead Artist Marc Evan and Assistant Artist Adan Palermo

Thank You
Representative of NYC DOT

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fencing in Brooklyn

If you missed the demos and mini lessons from Brooklyn Fencing at Summer Strolls don't worry, here is some information about them and what they offer.

Fencing is great for kids who are bored with or uninterested in team sports. It appeals to really smart kids since a lot of the game is about outmaneuvering your opponent. In fact, fencing has often been called "physical chess." Kids can come in without knowing anything about fencing and over the course of the semester will get a taste of what happens in the Olympics!  They'll know the same basic moves and try out the same equipment as the pros.

The fall semester starts Sept 3 for ages 7 to adult. They have an open house on Sept 3 from 6-8 pm where folks can stop by to talk to a coach, watch some live fencing, and sign up for classes.  Group classes start at $199/month. 

Brooklyn Fencing Center
600 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Ms Ida Blue at Joe's Pub

This Saturday don't miss Freddy's Bar's favorite Ms Ida Blue performing a big show at Joe's Pub!

Ida channels the spirit of Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Robert Johnson, Sister Wynona Carr and others in her second appearance at Joe’s Pub. The first show, a tribute to Lady Day, was an absolute smash. Blue’s performance garnered the full attention of NYC’s music lovers and industry alike, and pulled multiple standing ovations from a full house that begged for more.

Get a chance to witness a repeat performance of this emerging Brooklyn monarch of song as she pays respect to the music that started it all. Featuring John Gill (Leon Redbone and Woody Allen’s Jazz Band) and Dan Block of HBO’s Grammy winning Boardwalk Empire Orchestra.

This is a show you should not miss!

Saturday, August 29th 2015
Doors at 9pm Show at 9:30pm, $15
Ida Blue: A Blues Debut
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St, NY 10003

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

$826 for 826 by 8/26

There's still time to donate to the 826NYC fundraiser, a goal to raise $826 by the 26th August.

In case you weren't aware 826NYC is behind a secret door in the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store between 5th and 6th Streets on 5th Avenue, Park Slope. They are "dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write." Their programs include after-school support, in-school help, field trips, workshops and college readiness.

$826 is not just a clever name but the cost of After-School Tutorting for one student! So reach into your pocket, if you can, and help 826NYC reach their goals!

Superhero Starter Kit

Find out more on their website and also learn more about how you can volunteer. You can also swing into the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store, whose profits support the non-profit, and transform yourself into a superhero!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer Strolls Success

Well, that's it for the 2015 Summer Strolls season. There are so many people to thank for the amazing success of the Summer Strolls series this July and August amongst our 5th Avenue community and beyond.
  • Erika Clarke for the photographs and assistance at every event. You can view all the photos here.
  • Joelle Gonzalez and the TD Bank Team from our 5th Avenue Branch for sponsoring the amazing Pop-Up Park.  It was one of the highlights of the events.
  • DoT and NYPD for the closing the streets and looking after us all!
  • South Brooklyn Shakespeare - 3 great performances of Much Ado About Nothing
  • Freddy's Bar - The always-entertaining Doggy Fashion Show
  • Tabeel Aromatherapy Gift and Salon - hosting our 5th Avenue Fashion Show
  • Puppetry Arts - For bringing their popular Bouncy House and Kid's activities.
All these #theother5th merchants helped us in some way and we wish to thank them for their support.

Leopoldis, Align Brooklyn, Capoeira Brooklyn, YMCA, Sidecar, Jake's Handcrafted, Tabeel Aromatherapy Gift and Salon, Slope Nutrition, Blackhorse Pub, Pizza Town, Eleven Consignment, Lenny's Pizza, Gorilla Coffee, Amerikick, La Casa Artesanal, Lulu's Cuts & Toys, R&A Hardware, 5th Ave Fitness, Bikram Yoga, Brooklyn Hearth, Yayo's Latin Cuisine, Flirt Brooklyn, 826NYC, Goorin Bros., South Brooklyn Shakespeare, The Old Stone House, Miriam, Peperoncino, McMahon's, Punta Cana, Wolf & Deer, Brooklyn Juice Co, Artichoke Pizza, Dearest, NY Kids Club, BK Bots, South, Subs n Stuff, Convivium Osteria, Blue Sky Bakery, Please NYC, The Chocolate Room, Prospect Bar & Grill, The New Stoop Diner, 

Other businesses that also supported us not on #theother5th.
Printutopia, Antique Automobile Association, Jen Slaw Juggling, Brooklyn Fencing, Leah Shaw, Shipwrecked NYC, the Mayor's Office, All Granola, Feed the Mind, Body and Soul, Green Mountain, L A Blacksmith, Christian Finger Band, Activation Trio, Sharon Enlow Face Painter, ICH Events, Ladder 122, NY Chess.
Next up Halloween!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tomorrow: The Last Summer Strolls Event of the Season!

The summer is almost over, but you wouldn't know it from the sticky weather we've been experiencing lately. It's time to come out for one more summer celebration before it starts to snow!

North Slope Summer Strolls 
Saturday, August 22 5-9 pm 
Sterling Place to Dean Street



- A Pop-up Park sponsored by TD Bank's 5th Avenue branch, featuring activities by Brooklyn Capoeira, Brooklyn Fencing, the Park Slope YMCA and more!

- Live jazz (Christian Finger Trio) and soul music (LA Blacksmith),

- Bounce House (Puppetry Arts) and Climbing Wall,

- Vintage Cars, - A Free Photo Booth, - Games and Activities,

- Al Fresco dining and drinking at Fifth Ave Restaurants and bars,

- A fashion show featuring clothes from 5th Ave boutiques,

- And Much, Much More!