Thursday, May 27, 2010
Secondly, Susan Boyle (no, not her) posted this excellent comment today recommending that we all get on the phone to the 77th Precinct and let them know we want this crime wave addressed. I should add that contacting local pols (did anyone get to Councilwoman James's Informational Meeting tonight?) is another good way to encourage people with power to invest in keeping our neighborhood safe.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
"the man that was murdered wasnt a drug dealer nor was he a violent person he was a father of a 4year old daughter he was MY BROTHER, he was gunned down senselessly and cowardly while on his way to pick me up so we could make the final payment on my mothers tombstone, now i have the burden of adding his name to that tombstone burying him and explaining to my 4year old niece that her father isnt coming to pick her up ever again..." - Nigel Glover
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
On Brooklynian, one poster referred to Franklin and Lincoln as "the drug dealing/sexual harassment/violence capital of Franklin," while others worried about escalating violence this summer. While its true, as another poster mentioned, that the vast majority of these shooters don't target strangers, flying bullets remain dangerous, as the Sushi Tatsu deliveryman who was hit in a drive-by last summer can attest. What the police response will be (Franklin's already an impact zone, but I suppose they could bring back the Skywatch) remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, over on Classon and St. Marks, the tiny urban park is gone as quickly as it arrived, as the management company at the old Jewish hospital makes way for a new coffee shop. Apparently Classon was feeling a little jealous, with only the Glass Shop to compete with the Franklin quadrumvirate (Pulp and Bean, Breukelen, Bristen's, and Lily & Fig).
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Brooklyn Brainery hosts cheap, collaborative classes on anything and everything, and this Saturday we're throwing a party with LaunchPad to kickoff our new semester and the fact it's officially spring! Everyone's welcome to attend, whether or not you've ever taken a class or ever even plan on it. All proceeds will go toward helping us find a permanent space for the Brainery.
WHAT: Crawfish Boil and Barbecue
WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 2-7pm
WHERE: At Launchpad, 721 Franklin Avenue, between Park Place and Sterling Place, Brooklyn
WHAT: $5 or a dish to share (salads, sides, stuff to BBQ, or desserts)
Along with our fresh-faced semester you can also claim to celebrate such amazing May 15th happenings as:
• 392 years ago Johannes Kepler called takebacks after rejecting his third law of planetary motion: The square of the orbital period of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit. YES OF COURSE.
• In 1536, Anne Boleyn: ON TRIAL. Do you want a picture of her looking wicked with a crossbow? It's right here! http://bit.ly/9JWN7W
• Happy Birthday, Treaty of Westphalia! Let's establish our sovereign rights to eat a bunch of crawfish and party down.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Meanwhile, Jae of the Breukelen Coffee House will be appearing in "East of Main Street: Asians Aloud," a new HBO documentary that premieres this Friday in celebration of Asian-American Heritage Month. Catch Jae in the trailer here.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Speaking of former FP readers, another alumna, Victoria Cho, is launching a Crown Heights Writing Workshop at LaunchPad! More information below:
Crown Heights Writing Workshop
Crown Heights' very first writing workshop is for any writer, professional or blossoming, interested in receiving additional feedback on his or her work.
The workshop will address short fiction pieces and meet weekly at LaunchPad community center (721 Franklin Ave.) on a weekday evening. The exact day and time will be determined based on participants' availability.
Please be able to commit for the entire duration (approximately 6 - 8 weeks). We expect to begin the first session in the next few weeks. Prior workshop experience is not necessary.
The workshop will be free!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
After talking to police about the checkpoint with another passerby, I turned and asked if she'd heard about the shooting (I hadn't, and I still haven't seen anything about it). She said she had not, and with a nod to the scene, quipped "Here we go again, more police harassment." Drivers, unsurprisingly, were equally displeased with the rush-hour checkpoint, and horns and shouts rang down the Avenue.
Checkpoints, like stop-and-frisks, are essentially an exercise in playing the percentages, allowing police to trawl through the citizenry in hopes of nabbing someone on the lam. These "random searches" often risk violating 4th Amendment protections against unlawful searches and seizures, though the Supreme Court has allowed certain types, including sobriety checkpoints, on the grounds that the benefit to society from these actions outweighs the damage to individual liberty (a police website reviews different standards for searches here, and the constitutional history can be found here). Nonetheless, arguments about the societal benefits of capturing criminals might be weighed against the fact that such searches are never truly "random," but rather conducted in neighborhoods that are primarily poor and/or non-white. As Bob Herbert, who has been waging a crusade in print against stop-and-frisks, points out, such practices perpetuate tensions and conflict between the police and the young Black and Hispanic men who are the targets of most of these actions.
As of today, there was no word on whether the checkpoint resulted in any arrests. With that, I kick this one to the able comment-writers: Do you approve of checkpoints/stop-and-frisks? Do you think they work? If so, should they be used as often as the NYPD does?
Monday, May 10, 2010
Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin
Bus: B44, B48 from Williamsburg and Bed Stuy
DANI SHAPIRO (Devotion, Black & White, Slow Motion)
DAVID GOODWILLIE (American Subversive, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time)
ELICIA BERGER (Huffington Post, The Liar Show)
HEATHER KRISTIN (Huffington Post, memoirist)
This is a night for radicals, seekers and believers (and their friends):
DAVID GOODWILLIE exposes the chilling world of underground radicals in his new novel American Subversive.
DANI SHAPIRO reveals her spiritual odyssey in her latest memoir, Devotion.
ELICIA BERGER shares stories from her multi-culti childhood.
HEATHER KRISTIN recounts a gritty urban upbringing by a Christian fundamentalist mother.
DANI SHAPIRO's most recent book is the memoir Devotion. She is also the author of five novels, including Black & White and Family History, and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Elle, Vogue, Bookforum, Oprah, and Ploughshares, among others, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and guest editor of Best New American Voices 2010. She lives with her husband and son in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
DAVID GOODWILLIE is the author of the new novel American Subversive and the memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, for which he was named one of the “Best New Writers of 2006″ by the PEN American Center. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and web sites, including New York, Men’s Health, Black Book, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Rumpus, and Deadspin. He has also played professional baseball, worked as a private investigator, and been an expert at Sotheby’s auction house. A graduate of Kenyon College, he lives and works in New York City.
ELICIA BERGER is a freelance writer, editor, and storyteller. By day, she writes smart-sounding things for the United Nations and the Huffington Post. By night, she spews her various neuroses onto the page to delight and appall readers and audiences alike. She can be seen performing in various storytelling shows throughout the city such as RISK!, TOLD, and The Liar Show. To learn about Elicia's upcoming shows, check her out at eliciaberger.com.
HEATHER KRISTIN, a graduate of The New School, was born and raised in New York City. She studied at the Summer Literary Seminars in Russia and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Kirkus Reviews, the L Magazine, New York Press, West Side Spirit, the Russian St. Petersburg Times, on J.T. Leroy’s website, and in other places. She is a two-time recipient of the SAG and AFTRA personal essay awards and is a mentor at Girls Write Now. Currently, she is working on a memoir about being a homeless child and street performer from Hell’s Kitchen.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Things kick off Friday, May 7, with the second opening at the Breukelen Coffee House, Breukelen Rebuilt, featuring drinks, tunes, and local artists, while down the block LaunchPad hosts 12 Soloists, a three-hour run of 12 solo performances, each 10 minutes long, from 8pm-11pm. LaunchPad keeps the music playing the next night with Second Saturday Sounds and Songs, a new performance series pairing singer-songwriters with improvisational specialists. This month's iteration features Alex Mallett on the banjo and Josh Sinton on the reeds (you can catch a sneak peak of them rehearsing together here). All three events are free and open to the public, and you can BYOB at LaunchPad.
Take mom out to a Dutch Boy Burger Brunch on Sunday and then pick her up some flowers at the Walt L. Shamel Community Garden. Get some sleep, but remember, Franklin Avenue weekends don't end until Monday nights, when the Franklin Park Reading Series, once again a Time Out New York critic's pick, returns!
I used to write a post like this once a month, maybe, and if there was an event, it was the only thing happening. Now I have to do a weekend run-down every week, and I can never get to everything. Thanks to all the great people who are making this happen!
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Meanwhile, Nostrand Park reported today on Lag BaOmer celebrations in Crown Heights, which one could reasonable compare to the West Indian American Day Carnival, only for the Chabad-Lubavitch crowd. For more photos of the festivities, which included a massive bonfire last night and a parade in costume today, click here.