SchoolFest 2019 set for September 21

Save the date!

Town Square’s 12th annual SchoolFest is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 at MS 126, located at 424 Leonard Street.

The one-of-a-kind school fair for north Brooklyn families offers a unique opportunity to meet representatives from all kinds of schools, including public, private, charter, magnet, dual language and other types.

The open house will allow parents to learn more about enrichment and after school programs, daycare choices, application processes and more.

There will even be workshops to help answer parents’ questions.

To secure your ticket for parents and students, click here.

Moods & Modes mural completed

Local artist Ellie Balk, along with students from Williamsburg High School of Arts & Technology, have completed their new mural at 772 Grand Street.

The piece, entitled “Moods & Modes,” is an artistic visualization of data collected by the students, who mapped their emotional reactions to interactions that happened in person or across digital platforms.

Each participating student conducted research for two weeks, and also contributed to the painting the final work.

The piece is located on the southwest corner of Grand Street and Humboldt Avenue.

Revel to expand e-moped fleet in Brooklyn

If you live in Greenpoint, Williamsburg or Bushwick, you’ve likely seen these electronic mopeds on the streets.

Now you’re likely to see even more of them.

Last week, Revel, the company behind these blue e-mopeds, announced that it will expand its fleet to 1,000 vehicles.

After a pilot program in north Brooklyn with just 68 of them, Revel will disperse them throughout 20 neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.

The new e-moped fleet is now built for two riders, and will have a simple kickstand for parking.

Each ride will cost a flat rate of $1 to start, with 25 cents per minute thereafter. The first minute of every ride, called the “safety minute” is free.

Revel has also created a new “Equitable Access Program,” giving riders who use public assistance programs or live in NYCHA housing 40 percent off.

Measles outbreak grows to 535 cases

New York City’s measles outbreak has ballooned to 535 cases, the majority of which have occurred in Williamsburg.

By the department of health’s count, 78 percent of cases are in the Williamsburg ZIP codes of 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249.

Since April 8, people who live or work in these ZIP codes were required to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

But there have been 40 hospitalizations and 11 admissions to the ICU due to complications since the outbreak began last October.

Ecology Tour at Kingsland Wildflowers

Join NYC Audubon ecologists Kaitlyn Parkins and Dustin Partridge on Thursday, May 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. for a special sunset roof tour and lecture.

The ecologists will present findings from two years of monitoring and research at the Kingsland Wildflower green roof.

They will discuss green roofs are habitats for birds, bats and arthropods in urban environments, and the benefits of native plants as a way to attractive biodiverse pollinators, and more.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

$40. RSVP here.

Public paddle event on Memorial Day Weekend

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is continuing its public paddle series on Saturday, May 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at Manhattan Avenue Street End Park, near the shores on Newtown Creek.

This free outdoors/community event is in collaboration with NYC Parks.

NBBC’s public paddles fulfills the group’s mission to enable access to New York City waterways for the local community.

Canoe tours will feature spectacular views of Manhattan, beverages, snacks and fellowship with neighbors.

Walk-up participants are welcomed to join NBBC guides for the trips.