St. Nicks to host 2018 Awards Benefit & 43rd Anniversary Celebration

St. Nicks Alliance runs a job training program in north Brooklyn.

St. Nicks Alliance is celebrating four decades of strengthening north Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m., the nonprofit organization is hosting its 2018 Annual Awards Benefit and 43rd Anniversary Celebration at 64 Dobbin Street.

The north Brooklyn group will share its accomplishments over the past year and more.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit their site here.

Town Square’s Santa Brunch

Santa Claus is coming to brunch!

Town Square Inc. is hosting its annual Santa Brunch event on Sunday, December 2nd at Greenpoint Beer & Ale, located at 7 North 15th Street.

There will be seatings for three times: 9:30 a.m. for the early risers, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Tickets cost just $15 online and includes a French toast brunch meal, crafts, live music and, of course, pictures with Santa!

Bring your camera and your whole family for this fun event.

Get your tickets online here.

See these street closures for the NYC Marathon

Screen shot from TCS NYC Marathon website

Sunday is the New York City Marathon, and that will mean street closures throughout the race course.

The following streets/intersections in north Brooklyn will be closed from car traffic at different times:

  • Bedford Avenue between Wallabout Street and Lynch Street: from 7:35 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
  • Bedford Avenue and South 3rd Street: 7:35 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
  • Manhattan Avenue past Bedford Avenue: 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • Manhattan Avenue before Greenpoint Avenue: 7:45 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • McGuiness Boulevard approaching the Pulaski Bridge: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

If you’re in the area, check out the marathon. It doesn’t hurt to give them some words of encouragement!

L train shutdown to begin on April 27

The L train shutdown will officially begin on Saturday, April 27, MTA officials say.

The Canarsie tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan will be shut down for 15 months for reconstruction. There will be no L line service between 8th Avenue in Manhattan to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.

L trains WILL run between Bedford Avenue and Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway.

The MTA and DOT have planned the following as alternative options for riders: five additional bus routes, a new M14 Select Bus Service on 14th Street, and ferry service, all set to begin on Sunday, April 21.

Subway lines like the G, J and Z will make an additional 1,000 roundtrips, the MTA says, beginning April 28.

For more information on the L train reconstruction project, visit the MTA’s site here.

Give your input for these local parks

This week, you’ll have a chance to give your input for a few local parks in North Brooklyn.

Tonight, NYC Parks is hosting a visioning session for William Sheridan Playground in Williamsburg.

That meeting will be at PS 84 (250 Berry Street) at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Community Board 1’s Parks and Waterfront Committees will present the designs for both Box Street Park and Bushwick Inlet Park.

Again, residents can chime in with their thoughts at that meeting. It’ll be at the park house at Bushwick Inlet Park (86 Kent Avenue) at 6:30 p.m.

Stay involved and updated on the latest meetings for North Brooklyn’s open green spaces!

Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War are back

With Halloween around the corner, all of the neighborhood’s fun festivities are coming back!

On Sunday, Town Square will host the 15th annual Greenpoint Children’s Halloween parade.

The free parade will assemble at 11:30 a.m. on Java Street between Manhattan and Norman avenues. Kids must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Following the parade at noon, there will be a Spooktacular Party, with a live performance by Songs for Seeds.

At 4 p.m., older kids can participate in the Zombie Nerf War.

See the poster above for prices for the party and nerf war.

For more information and tickets, visit

94th Pct Community Council’s Halloween Party

Celebrate Halloween with the 94th Precinct Community Council today from 2 to 6 p.m. at the station house (100 Meserole Ave).

Children are encouraged to come in their best costumes.

Activities will include pumpkin painting, face painting, games and prizes.

The party is free, and includes snacks and drinks.

Broadway Stages is the co-host of the event.

For questions, contact

Schoolfest 2018 set for this Saturday

North Brooklyn parents, here’s your chance to get to know the schools in your district.

Schoolfest 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, October 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at MS 126 (424 Leonard St.)

Inside, you’ll find public, private, charter, magnet, dual language and all sorts of schools that north Brooklyn has to offer.

You’ll get a chance to meet the teachers, administrators and other educators who can speak about the programs and activities they offer.

Joyce Szuflita of New York School Help will also provide free workshops to help navigate the admissions process for public school.

For a full list of schools that will be exhibiting at Schoolfest, see here.

Learn about the ecological history of the Bushwick Inlet

Ever wanted to learn about the ecological history of the Bushwick Inlet area?

Well, here’s your chance.

On Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m., Dr. Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society is discussing his latest research of historical ecology of the inlet.

The talk will put into context the nature goals for the city, and how everyday people can help improve the future ecology of their neighborhoods.

Here’s a brief description from the event page:

“Given the rush to develop the East River shore, one might think the high rises sprouting like mushrooms are inevitable, even natural, but that would be to misread the long-term history of this precious and productive part of the shore. There were times when reeds were more populous than people and migrating waterfowl rather than millennials flocked to Greenpoint. Although those times may be passed, the ecology of that time helps us understand what the future could be.”

The event will be hosted at A/D/O, located at 29 Norman Avenue. RSVP on the Eventbrite page here.

Party4Parks will be hosted at the Wythe Hotel

The 7th annual Party for the Parks, hosted by Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, will be at the Wythe Hotel on Thursday evening.

Originally set for the rooftop meadow at Vice headquarters, the venue changed due to what’s expected to be cold temperatures.

The event will honor Councilman Antonio Reynoso, and Jed Walentas and Two Trees Management.

Guest DJ Talib Kweli will also be at the party.

To purchase tickets, click here.