C2C4FSHD team set to arrive back in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on July 19

After a grueling 4,200-mile, 54-day journey across the United States, the C2C4FSHD team is preparing to make its triumphant return to Brooklyn.

The Chris Carrino Foundation for FSHD is extending an invitation for everyone to join us as we celebrate the team’s arrival at the Barclays Center on Wednesday, July 19 at 2 p.m.

There are two exciting, free opportunities to be part of this special day.

The first is by joining the team at the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge (near City Hall) and bicycling over the bridge to help “break the tape” after a short, 3-mile ride to the Barclays Center promenade.

All you need to do is bring a bike and a helmet, and you are welcome to ride with the team.

The second is by simply joining us at the Barclays Center and cheering for the team as they complete the final few minutes of their 4,200-mile odyssey. Once at the Barclays Center (near the Flatbush Avenue subway entrance), the celebration continues with a huge party, complete with food, beverages and entertainment.

Here is the projected event schedule (which is subject to change, please check www.chriscarrinofoundation.org for complete details) for Wednesday, July 19:

  • 2 p.m. – Gates will open for all event guests at the Barclays Center Promenade. Food and refreshments will be available.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Meet the team at the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge (near City Hall plaza). This will be for all potential bicyclists. There will be a complete police escort to ensure the safety of all riders from any traffic.
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m. – Team arrives at the Barclays Center. The party will last until at least 6 p.m. Food, beverages and entertainment will continue to be served.

Please remember that while all of these events are free and open to everyone to share in this wonderful celebration, we encourage you to RSVP to Daniel Ferrity at 917-836-2022 or Kristin Healy-Haufmann at 347-723-8281 by Tuesday, July 18.

In addition, we would appreciate your consideration to help us support the C2C4FSHD team’s efforts and assist the foundation in its fundraising to fight and find a cure for FSHD by making a donation.

Simply text C2C to 71-777 or visit the foundation’s website at www.chriscarrinofoundation.org. No donation is too large or small. Every dollar counts.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at either the Brooklyn Bridge or the Barclays Center on Wednesday, July 19.

Los Sures Block Party this weekend!

Los Sures and the South 5th Street Bock Association are throwing a block party this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at South 5th Street between Hewes Street and Union Avenue.

The event will feature zumba, DJs, face painting and other kids’ activities.

You can also chat with Open Space Alliance volunteers about efforts to build BQ Green, a new park over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

There will be food, games, dancing and other fun times at the block party!

TONIGHT: McGolrick Playground Meeting

Screen shot via Google Maps

McGolrick Playground is closing this year for renovations to install new new play equipment, spray showers, pavement, fencing benches and plantings.

The design is already set, and according to the Parks Department, the project has already been awarded to a contractor. It’s now undergoing approval by the comptroller’s office.

The project, with funding from the mayor’s office, borough president’s office and the City Council, will take 12 to 18 months to complete.

Rendering courtesy/NYC Parks

Where will local kids play in the meantime?

The McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance is organizing a meeting tonight to bring together parents, volunteers and children together to discuss alternative play spaces.

With the Greenpoint Library branch also closed for renovations, kids in north Brooklyn will surely need a place to keep busy and active.

The meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell Street).

For more information, see here.

Grand Street BID to launch savings card next week

The Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID) is unveiling its new savings card next week at a launch party.

The free savings card lets residents snag deals and discounts at local stores, bars and restaurants on Grand Street. You can save 20% on purchases like groceries, vodka/drinks and more.

All deals and discounts are available for viewing at GrandStreetBK.org/Deals on July 12.

To introduce the new card, Grand Street BID is hosting a launch party on Wednesday, July 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Forcella, located at 485 Lorimer Street.

The launch party will feature free pizza slices from Forcella. The first 20 people  to come will get a free Grand Street tote bag as well.

And if you can’t make the party, the savings card will be available for pickup at the BID’s office at 246 Graham Avenue. You can also request a card via mail by filling out a form on the website.

Bushwick Beer Walking Tour

Photo courtesy/NYC H2O

Beer aficionado Chris Heuberger is hosting a walking tour of Brewers Row, a historical site that explains why Bushwick used to be the brewing center of America, according to NYC H2O.

Bushwick’s proximity to the Ridgewood Reservoir and hops in upstate New York made it a success.

You’ll hear stories about the people who made the neighborhood a beer destination.

The tour will take place on Saturday, July 15 at 4 p.m.

Buy your tickets here.

BP unveils recommendations for education equity

You may have heard that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. put together a task force to study the future of gifted and talented education in NYC.

Last week, they came out with their report, called “Fixing the Pipeline: Solutions to Disparities in Gifted Education in New York City.

Recommendations in the report include:

  • Requiring that all communities have equal access to Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs in kindergarten
  • All students in public pre-k programs be tested for G&T programs
  • Citywide and other middle school G&T programs be expanded across the city
  • Expand test prep programs for specialized high schools
  • A single test should not be the only source of admission to the city’s specialized high schools.

“When it comes to gifted and talented education in New York City, the math does not add up,” Adams said .”Our analysis clearly shows a historical inequity in delivering high-quality educational opportunities across the five boroughs.”

“Access to G&T programs and specialized high schools can no longer be allowed to be dictated by one’s zip code; parents who live in Belmont and Brownsville should expect the same grade-A programming and enrichment as parents in Tribeca. We don’t need small changes, we need bold changes.”

What do you think about the recommendations?

SummerStarz Movies are back!

The 13th annual Free SummerStarz Movie series at Transmitter Park is back.

From July 7 to August 11, you can watch fun, family-friendly movies, starting at 8 p.m.

Be sure to come early, bring a picnic blanket and invite some friends.

There’s no better way to enjoy the summer than to kick back with a flick outdoors.


Kiwanis Club Presents the 2nd Annual Maspeth Craft Beer Festival


On Friday, June 23rd the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth is hosting its 2nd annual Craft Beer Fest. The event takes place from 6-10pm at the Knockdown Center at 52-19 Flushing Avenue. The event will feature live music, local breweries, food vendors, and representatives from North Fork Vineyards. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door and $10 for designated drivers. Tickets can be purchased at www.knockdown.center.