PS 196 to host Magnet Showcase tomorrow

Come watch the amazing 5th graders of PS 196 in East Williamsburg show off their moves in their last performance of Rosie’s Theater Kids.

The Winter Magnet Showcase will also feature the PS 196 chorus, and art and science projects as well!

The festivities kick off at 12:30 p.m. at PS 196, located at 207 Bushwick Avenue.

RSVP to Roseann at

Travel advisory issued for tonight, Wednesday

With a wintry mix of snow and rain expected in the next few days, the city is issuing a travel advisory for commuters.

Light snow is already coming down today, which will transition into rain in the afternoon.

The temperatures are expected to plummet Tuesday night, causing for a messy commute.

The cold could produce spots of black ice on the road.

“We advise New Yorkers to take mass transit where possible, exercise caution and allow for extra travel time,” said Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito. “Frigid temperatures will also return. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you have to go outdoors, limit your time and bundle up.”

Temperatures are expected to go back to the 40s by Sunday, and even 50 on Monday.

Greenpoint House of the Week 1/19/19

The Greenpoint House of the Week is a Victorian home that checks off everything on your “forever home” list.

The home is light and airy with beautiful architectural features and stunning windows.

There are nine bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a breakfast room with views of the lush rear garden. You have to see this place!

There’s also a huge fully finished English Basement complete with a wet bar, wine cellar and a full resort styled bathroom as well as a large “Costco” pantry with an extra refrigerator.

The property is listed by Halstead Real Estate for $3,000,000.

TONIGHT: Loft tenants host political rally

Loft tenants are seeking to strengthen protections for their live-work spaces, but it will require political will to get it done.

Tonight at 8 p.m., New York City Loft Tenants (NYCLT) is hosting a political rally at San Damiano Mission Church at 85 North 15th Street to kick off their push in Albany.

Among those expected to attend are City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, State Senator Julia Salazar, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Councilman Stephen Levin and Councilman Antonio Reynoso.

The first Loft Law was passed by the state in 1982 , but was amended in 2010 with some exclusions.

Now, they’re hoping to go back to Albany with a Democratic majority in both chambers and expand those protections.

Keep in mind that north Brooklyn has many loft spaces, which would benefit from increased protections.

Free massages for furloughed government workers

Photo courtesy of Massage Williamsburg

Three massage parlors in north Brooklyn are offering free, one-hour massages to any government worker furloughed as part of the government shutdown.

Massage Williamsburg, Massage Greenpoint and Massage Outpost in Dumbo are offering these massages to thousands of employees who have gone without a paycheck .

“It’s a really stressful time for furloughed government employees who just missed their first payday,” says Rachel Beider, owner and CEO of the three studios. “We want to do our part in supporting these folks by offering free 60-minute massages this week at any of our locations.”

The one-hour massage is valued at $120. Furloughed workers can schedule the session through the studio website or by calling a preferred location.

Please present ID prior to the session.

The massages are by appointment only. This promotion runs through January 20.

Offer valid at any location, one per client per location.

Rest in peace, Luis Garden Acosta

El Puente founder Luis Garden Acosta passed away on Tuesday night, the organization shared on their website.

Acosta, 73, was surrounded by friends and family when he passed away peacefully.

The longtime community leader co-founded El Puente in 1982 to address the violence crisis happening in the Southside.

Nearly four decades later, El Puente has become a community staple, still doing important work on education and youth development, the environment and more.

Elected officials remembered Acosta as a visionary and transformative leader in Brooklyn.

L train shutdown to be averted

The L train shutdown is no more.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced just hours ago that the L line will not undergo a 15-month closure between Brooklyn and Manhattan as planned.

Instead, Cuomo has unveiled a new plan – never before used in the United States – that will secure the Canarsie tunnel and all of the electrical work using nights and weekends only.

According to reports, the new plan would be completed in the same timeframe as the previous shutdown plan.

The news came after the governor toured the L train tunnel with a hand-picked panel of experts and engineers late last year. Cuomo held the announcement close to the chest, as the announcement reportedly came as a shock to even city and MTA officials.

What does this mean for L train riders? There will still be headaches, especially during nights and weekends, but the 225,000 daily commuters who travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan will be spared.

Advocates are already demanding that the governor released the full plan and details of his new plan. But for now, it seems the L train shutdown is cancelled.

What does this mean for your commute? Is this good news, or bad news? Let us know in the comments below.

Here are the most popular baby names for 2017

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New York City’s most popular baby names in 2017 were Emma and Liam.

According to the city’s Health Department, there were 571 Emmas and 734 Liams born in 2017.

Liam was also the top name for boys in 2016, and Emma rose from third to first. Olivia, 2016’s top name for girls, fell to second.

Here are the top 10 names for girls in 2017:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Mia
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Ava
  7. Leah
  8. Emily
  9. Sarah
  10. Abigail

And here are the top 10 names for boys in 2017:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Jacob
  4. Ethan
  5. David
  6. Lucas
  7. Matthew
  8. Jayden
  9. Aiden
  10. Daniel

Other fun facts:

  • The number of NYC births fell 2.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.
  • The most births took place in Manhattan, followed by Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.
  • Among the top celebrity names in 2017 were: Penelope, Daisy and Margot, as well as Ryan, Chris, Luke and Harrison.
  • Some favorite geographic names include: Austin, Hudson and Kingston for boys, and Charlotte, Savannah and Catalina for girls.
  • Rare names, defined as 10 or fewer children with those names, were Artemis, Tzippy, Reizy, Azriel, Zeus and Thaddeus.

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens House of the Week 12/22/18

The Prospect-Lefferts Gardens House of the Week is a special gem.

Situated on a corner 30′ by 100′ lot, this 25′ x 50′ limestone townhouse faces all four directions for amazing light no matter the time of day. The home was originally built in 1901 and features a number of beautiful details.

Located at the corner of Bedford Ave and Maple St. it is two blocks from Prospect Park and minutes to B & Q trains and the Flatbush Avenue commercial strip, hosts to numerous cafes, restaurants and shops.

The home features 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is listed by Halstead for $3.5 million.

Lorimer Street lit up for the holidays

Photo courtesy of Jay Hirsch

One of our readers, Jay Hirsch, sent us this great photo of the Salerno Service Station on Lorimer Street in Williamsburg.

He informs us that the station has been around since 1959. Every year, they do a holiday display for the neighborhood.

It’s the little things like this that make a neighborhood great. The lights bring holiday cheer to the community.

We salute the Salerno Service Station for their great work!