Neighborhood News | 2/22 | A Child Grows

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    New Parks in Downtown Brooklyn

    by Sarah on 7/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    For all the hype downtown Brooklyn gets, it isn’t exactly a beautiful place to be. Camden Plaza has its merits (in a certain peaceful, post-apocalyptic way), but stray far from there and you basically feel like you are a prisoner hemmed in by traffic jams and someone is projecting the movie Brazil directly into your […]

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    Parent Camp: What to Do When You’re Running the Show

    by Sarah on 7/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Alice Kaltman, parenting coach and founder of Family Matters NY, gives us parent camp how-to guide. Alice is THE voice of experience, so take notes.    Ah, the lazy days of summer. No more teachers, no more books. No more lunches to pack, no more mad dash to get to pre-school or grade school on time […]

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    Pool Profile: Sunset Park Pool

    by Sarah on 7/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Sunset Park pool often feels like the neglected younger sister of the far more enticing Red Hook Pool. Sunset Park is also Olympic size, and has the advantage of being in the center of one of the loveliest parks in the city with a view that will make you wonder why you are paying […]

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    Hotel Transylvania at Red Hook Flicks

    by Sarah on 7/21/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Tuesday, July 22nd the Red Hook Flicks will be screening Hotel Transylvania. The movie starts at 8:30, but as with all things in New York, you want to get there early if you want a space away from the trashcans and the port-a-potties. And because God loves you, the sponsors for this film are Fort […]

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    The World Cup is over, but the soccer fun never stops! Join Super Soccer Stars in August. Don’t miss a goal!

    by Shayna Gehl on 7/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      SUMMER SOCCER IN BROOKLYN – JOIN SUPER SOCCER STARS IN AUGUST! Locations in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Williamsburg – Both indoor and outdoor options! Weekly Classes – Ages 2-8 years old Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Pier 5 – Brooklyn Heights - Thursday and Sunday mornings Ages 2-8 years old Bushwick Inlet Park – […]

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    Pool Profile: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop Up Pool

    by Sarah on 7/17/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    I love pools. I love swimming. I don’t say these things lightly. I am obsessed. I will take any chance to swim. When at the beach I am the first person in the water, when visiting relatives I’m in the pool before all the bags are out of the car. I do not mess around. […]

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    Still Searching? Here Are More Open Pre-K Spots for Fall 2014!

    by Sarah on 7/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    More open pre-k spots for fall 2014 at PS 307 in Vinegar Hill are still available. Why were we so panicked again? Yes, there are seats. Is this exactly where you wanted to be? Maybe, maybe not. The real question is, does it matter? A good community is what matters most. The most important thing for your […]

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    Everything You Need for The Perfect Family Beach Day

    by Sarah on 7/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Jeanene Mack, wellness coach and stylist, breaks down the essentials to pack for the perfect family day at the beach, plus a few key secrets like how to easily get sand off and how to keep a toddler happy and out of the sun.  It is summer. It is hot as Hades and most of us […]

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    Baseball Book Review Contest: For The Little Critic in Your House

    by Sarah on 7/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Are you a baseball fan? Have you spawned a baseball fan? Does your baseball fan participate in meta- fandom, reading books about baseball? Would he or she like to review said books to delve further into his or her devotional baseball writing? Then here is the perfect thing for you, a kid’s baseball book review contest […]

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    Adopt a Tree with MillionTreesNYC: Are You In?

    by Sarah on 7/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We’ve all seen the MillionTreesNYC signs posted on slim, new trees in our neighborhood. The goal of the program is pretty self-explanatory: plant a million trees in the five boroughs of New York City over the next decade in an effort to “increase the urban forest…by 20%.” The phrase “urban forest” weirdly reminds me of […]

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    Pool Profile: The Red Hook Pool

    by Sarah on 7/09/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Of all the Brooklyn public pools Red Hook Pool  (technically the Sol Goldman Pool at the Red Hook Recreational Center) is my favorite. First of all it is huge, Olympic size. Now, this may not seem like it matters, but if you’ve ever gone to family swim at the Prospect Y (before the new pool!) or […]

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    Adventures with Food: Take Your Kids Crabbing!

    by John on 7/08/14 | 3 Comment(s)

      With Independence Day now behind us, we can now safely pronounce it High Summer in Brooklyn. The fountains are sprinkling, farmer’s markets are bustling, parking spots are comparatively plentiful with everyone taking their respective vacation shifts, the crabs are out… Oh, wait. Perhaps that last one bears explanation. You may or may not know, […]

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    PAL Playstreets Open Today!: Let Someone Else Entertain Your Kids

    by Sarah on 7/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    PAL, the Police Athletic League, will be opening their annual PAL Playstreets program today, Monday July 7th a program they have been operating for the last hundred years. Playstreets typically consists of a block closed to traffic where area kids can participate in structured, supervised activities. This is both one of the wonderful and terrible things […]

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    Assault in Prospect Park: Time to Be Smart and Be Brave

    by Sarah on 7/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There are times when I think I live in the most perfect place on earth. Brooklyn, with its parks, museums, brownstones, even the hipsters and the superfund site, can feel idyllic. I sometimes forget that this is a city. I don’t mean that in the epic Roman, center of the universe sense, but in the […]

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    Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks 2014

    by Sarah on 7/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is our year, Brooklyn! Macy’s 4th of July fireworks will be on the East River this year. After five years on the Hudson, Macy’s finally got on the Brooklyn bandwagon, right behind the Eastern Bloc and that third-rate tv network. So now you will have a host of optimal viewing options right in your […]

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    Philharmonic in Prospect Park 2014: Class Up Your BBQ

    by Sarah on 7/01/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Despite spending over a decade living in this borough, last summer was my first time attending the Philharmonic insanity in Prospect Park. I suppose many of the previous years I was out of town or too lazy or not particularly plugged into all the wonderful things that were happening right outside my front door (this […]

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    Because You Aren’t Anxious Enough: Hurricane Preparedness and More

    by Sarah on 6/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    [If you missed this readiness workshop, fear not (well, fear a little or you won't bother packing a "go bag"). All the details you need to get your ducks in a row--your granola bars and batteries and cat food and appropriate sized diapers all packed in a small bag that is not in your way […]

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    I Scream You Scream: Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream

    by Sarah on 6/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There is some decent food in Brooklyn, there is even some pretty awesome ice cream, but not as much as you might expect from our DIY, small batch, food truck congested neighborhood. Adding to the wondrous choices of Blue Marble and Ample Hills Creamery comes Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Company. Now I’m sure we […]

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    Brooklyn Pools Open 2014!

    by Sarah on 6/26/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Friday June 27th Brooklyn’s outdoor pools open for the summer! Pools will be open from 11:00 am to 7:00pm with an hour break for cleaning between 3:00 and 4:00pm. It’s easy to forget some of the tricks, tips and arcane rules you had down last summer. Here is a quick refresher: Things to Bring: While […]

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    Get Some Culture: Shakespeare in Prospect Park 2014 for Free!

    by Sarah on 6/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    All the city will be a stage this summer when New York Classical Theatre celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, as well as its own milestone 15th Anniversary Season, by touring a free production of As You Like It to multiple boroughs and a trio of New York City’s premiere parks. New York’s only […]

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    Free Rowing in Prospect Park!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Want to live out your English countryside holiday fantasy?  You bring the parasol and fringed shawl and Village Community Boathouse will provide the rest.  From 12-4 on Saturdays, June  21 and 28, July 12,19 and 26, and August 2, 9, 16 and 23. And from 4 to 7 on Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25, […]

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    Notes From A Blended Family: The MILF

    by Sarah on 6/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      By: Rebecca Cooney I am fascinated by mothers.  As a seasoned observer, I do much of my field work in the wilds of the urban rubber-tiled jungle gyms. My safaris allow me to watch undetected the many species of moms brought together by the climbing structures, slides, and rows of black bucket swings.  I […]

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    Camp Fort Greene: Finally a Cost-Effective Day Camp

    by Sarah on 6/16/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Parents searching for a cost-effective local Summer Day Camp need to look no further than Camp Fort Greene! Brooklyn mother Eisa Ulen Richardson searched just for this for her son and ended up organizing Camp Fort Greene with the partnership of children’s shop owner, Andriana Spence of Hank & JoJo and Chloe Taylor, Head Teacher […]

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    Even More Available Pre-K Seats and How to Get One

    by Sarah on 6/13/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    According to DNAinfo, there are still 715 available pre-k seats in New York City. Some of those must be in Brooklyn (we hope?!). To achieve his campaign promises Bill De Blasio is set on getting as many New York City kids into pre-k as he can. Apparently, summer in the city means a long, protracted […]

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    The New Kid-Built Pratt Towers Playground!

    by Sarah on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      On Thursday, June 5 over 200 volunteers from Forest City Ratner Companies, Pratt TowersCommunity Space, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Brooklyn community braved the rain to build a new playground at Pratt Towers for neighborhood kids. Pratt Towers, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, had been without a proper playspace for over 20 years. The design was based on children’s drawings […]