Review: Brooklyn the Movie

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Every now and then a film comes along that offers a sense of connection and a reminder that it’s important to be happy where you are in life, with what you have, with whom you are. BROOKLYN the movie, which starts tomorrow, is one such film. It’s a story originally written by Com Toibin, with a deeper purpose, and its film adaptation by Nick Hornby does its story justice. I moved to New York City in my 20s, just as the main character, Ellis (pronounced Ay-liss) does. Her circumstances are very different to my own – I came to NYC as a theater lover who Read More


Hanging Out in Coney Island & Brighton Beach


Last week my family and I went for a day out at the shore in Coney Island and Brighton Beach. A long time favorite haunt of ours, I was eager for a dose of this very Southern part of Brooklyn. These coastal towns may have a kitsch way about them, but they are some of the most uniquely fun parts of the five boroughs. After enduring a bit of traffic to get there, we finally found ourselves on Surf Avenue, in the heart of it all.  Our first stop: Luna Park (Surf Ave at W 10 St; 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com. $35 for four hours of unlimited rides on Read More


Edible Brooklyn: Pazzi Pasta in Carroll Gardens


Pasta is one of  my kids' favorite foods, but I generally try to limit their intake due to its high calorie and high carb content. However, since it's usually on the top of their list, I'm always looking for ways to accommodate their request and I recently found one. It's called Pazzi Pasta, a Southern Italian restaurant in Carroll Gardens, one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn. "Pazzi" literally means "crazy" and I'm not kidding when I call their food crazy delicious! It's rare to find a restaurant that is so intent on using organic, locally grown, Read More


Shakespearean Ecstasy with Julie Taymor


    Julie Taymor is back.  After disappearing for a short period following the Spiderman on Broadway collision (she recently settled in court with the producers), she has returned to her Shakespearean roots with A Midsummer Night's Dream in the recently built  Polonsky Shakespeare Theater in the heart of BAM. The experience exceeded my expectations. Any theatergoer who is fascinated by Taymor's creative mind and passion will not be disappointed. Having just visited Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, I was happy to be to find a similar space Read More


Frolic-Palooza to Benefit Camp Brooklyn This Sunday

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Many children from low-income Brooklyn families seldom get an opportunity to leave their urban environment. The Camp Brooklyn Fund was created to give these children an opportunity to attend sleep-away camp and have the experience of a lifetime! Just $500 will send a child to camp for two weeks. Teamwork, loyalty, wholesome health habits, responsibility and personal respect and appreciation for nature are all a part of a child's education at summer camp.  Intensive camp experiences can truly open up a world of opportunities to young people. Sending Read More


Guest Post: Live Irene Field Report


By Lisa and Shay Zach   The following is a letter written by two very good friends of mine, a couple, living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  They sent this to me tonight, along with these fantastically poignant photographs.  For those of you not living in NY, I thought you'd really appreciate an honest look at the slight over-reaction - thus far, anyway - made by everyone, from media to the authorities, on Hurricane Irene.  Of course, we may wake up to an utter disaster tomorrow morning, but today was something very different.  Read on. Dear Read More


Brooklyn Discovery: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain


            Leave it to my Brooklynite sister to introduce us to FARMACY, the most amazing old-fashioned, but very hip, soda fountain in Carroll Gardens (513 Henry St., at Sackett St., Carroll Gardens; 718-522-6260).  It's total nostalgia - everything from egg creams to milkshakes and ice-cream sundaes, to the counter and leather seats where you can sit comfortably, to the girls wearing white hats, aprons and old-fashioned glasses.  You feel like you've gone back in time, but you can't help but remember Read More


FREE NYC with Kids: 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival

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The DUMBO Arts Festival returns this year to showcase local, national and international artwork amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the New York Cityskyline.  The multidisciplinary Festival will include visual and performance art, open studios, music and literature, family programming and more.  The Festival runs from September 23-25, 2011, in the DUMBO neighborhood ofBrooklyn, New York. The Festival, currently in its 15th year, will present artwork in DUMBO studios, galleries, storefronts, performances venues, Read More


Free Arts Programming in Brooklyn: Folktales, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and more

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The month of June is filled with kid-friendly events that are perfect for families as the Brooklyn Arts Council presents Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn: Traditional Tales and Their Tellers, a series of FREE public programs featuring folktales, fairy tales, ghost stories, and more from Brooklyn-based storytellers of every culture. The June full moon brings two special moonlight storytelling nights with stories under the stars.  On Wednesday, June 1, folk tales from Guyana will be featured outside St. Stephen’s Church from 6:30-8:30PM while Thursday, June Read More


Support Kid’s Arts Programs with Brooklyn’s Touch-a-Truck Street Fair

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  On Saturday, April 9th between 11am and 1pm, rain or shine, PS295: The Studio School for Arts & Culture will host Brooklyn’s first Touch-A-Truck street fair.  At this exciting family event – also a fundraiser to help support arts programs at PS 295 - kids will have a chance to climb inside, touch and explore some of the working trucks and vehicles they see in everyday life. Tickets are $5 per person (no charge for children under two years old). The fair will run the length of 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, next to PS 295, which Read More