Borough president allocates money for STEAM

Photo Credit: Erica Krodman/Brooklyn BP’s Office

Borough President Eric Adams has earmarked $15 million in capital investments to nearly 60 Brooklyn schools for STEAM programs.

The funding will help construct multiple hydroponic labs, computer labs and tech labs in those schools.

Six schools in north Brooklyn received funding as part of this allocation from Borough Hall:

  • Automotive High School (Williamsburg): $100,000
  • JHS 291 Roland Hayes (Bushwick): $300,000
  • IS 347 School of Humanities (Bushwick): $300,000
  • Brooklyn School for Social Justice (Bushwick): $250,000
  • PS/IS 45 Horace E. Greene (Bushwick): $350,000
  • Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology (Bushwick): $240,000

Have brunch with Santa on December 8

Town Square is hosting its annual Santa Brunch on Sunday, December 8 at the Polish and Slavic Center, located at 176 Java Street.

There will be seatings at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The brunch is $20 per person online or $30 at the door, if there are any seats available, that is! It includes a delicious homemade pancake brunch, fun crafts, live music, Queen Elsa, and of course, photos with Santa.

A cash bar with delicious holiday drinks will be available for mom and dad.

Bring your camera and take photos with Santa for free at the brunch.

It’s a fun, relaxing way to kick off your holiday season.

Last year, tickets sold out, so gets yours before it’s too late!

It’s My Park Day at Maria Hernandez Park

It’s My Park season is back!

On Sunday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clean Bushwick Initiative and Maria Hernandez Dog Run P.A.C.K. are hosting It’s My Park Day at Maria Hernandez Park.

Volunteer to help plant daffodil bulbs and more to beautify the Bushwick green space.

The event is free and open to the public. Meet at the park house at 10 a.m.!

One Night Only! Acclaimed pianist Paul Bisaccia comes to Greenpoint

Image courtesy of Town Square BK

For one night only, world-acclaimed pianist Paul Bisaccia will perform a special concert, “From Chopin to Gershwin: For Our Freedom & Yours, Za Wolnosc Wasza i Nasza.”

The concert of classical and jazz music celebrates the struggle for freedom and equality in Poland and America.

It takes place on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for seniors and children.

Proceeds will help support much-needed capital improvements at St. John’s Lutheran Church and programming like his one by Town Square.

For more information and to purchase tickets, see here.

Check out the first-ever Halloween Fest at 50 Kent

50 Kent. Screen shot via google Maps

This Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 50 Kent at Bushwick Inlet Park will play host to its first-ever Halloween Fest.

Enjoy an afternoon full of free performances, festivities and more, including musical performances by the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.

There will be art-making workshops for kids, face painting by Smudge Pudge, spooky musical puppet theater by Fairy Tale Marionettes, and other games by the Parks Department.

The Urban Park Rangers will also make a special appearance.

Following the afternoon of fun, catch a free open-air screening of Tim Burton’s 1998 classic comedy-horror, “Beetlejuice!”

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

Greenpoint is NYC’s 11th most expensive neighborhood, Williamsburg falls to 24th

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark

In PropertyShark’s latest report on the most expensive neighborhoods in New York City, Greenpoint placed 11th overall, just outside the top ten.

The area saw a 26 percent year-over-year increase. Based on 50 transactions in the third quarter, the neighborhood had a median sale price of $1,319,134.

That makes Greenpoint the third most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn behind Cobble Hill ($1,795,000) at 7th overall and Carroll Gardens ($1,431,250) at 10th overall.

Williamsburg ended up tied at 24th place in Q3, with a median sale price of $999,000 based on 134 transactions – the most on the list. It saw a 5 percent increase in year-over-year change.

According to the report, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens all had a decrease in the number of transactions year-over-year, with Queens dipping by 1.4 percent.

Here are the top 10 neighborhood by median sale price in Q3:

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark

See the full PropertyShark report here.

Watch “Pet Sematary (2019)” at McGolrick Park

McGolrick Park

NYC Parks and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment are hosting a free screening of “Pet Sematary (2019)” on Friday, October 18 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

The screening will take place on the lawn of Monsignor McGolrick Park in Greenpoint.

Here’s the IMDB description of the movie, which we should note is rated R!

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

Come before 6 p.m. to secure your spot for the movie. Bring your own picnic blanket and/or chair. Food is allowed, but alcohol and smoking are not.

Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade is on October 27

The 16th Annual Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War is scheduled for Sunday, October 27.

The costumed parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m. at 171 Java Street in front of the Polish & Slavic Center.

The Spooktacular Party will run from noon to 2 p.m., and the nerf war will follow that from 3 to 5 p.m.

The parade is free to join! The party and nerf war are $20 each online and $30 at the door.

Get your tickets and learn more at www.townsquarebk.org.

Newtown Creek Alliance to honor three at Tidal Toast

Image from Newtown Creek Alliance

On Thursday, October 3, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Broadway Stages (520 Kingsland Avenue), the Newtown Creek Alliance is hosting Tidal Toast, a celebration of the creek.

At the event, they will honor three people and organizations that have “made substantial contributions to reveal, restore and revitalize” Newtown Creek.

The honorees are:

  • Jim Pynn (Reveal Award)
  • NYC Audubon (Restore Award)
  • Boyce Technologies (Revitalize Award)

The celebratory event will include tours of the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof, local food and drinks, a silent auction and presentations about NCA’s projects and programming.

Get tickets to the Tidal Toast by clicking here.

Watch a free screening of “What We Do in the Shadows”

Image from the NYC Parks Department website

The Parks Department and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment are hosting a free screening of the film “What We Do in the Shadows” on Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at McCarren Park.

Here’s a description of the 2014 film, courtesy of IMDB:

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Please be aware that the film is rated R and features explicit content.

Come before 6:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Feel free to bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is allowed as well.