Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

Bushwick Rallies for Better Parks

Bushwick Rallies for Better Parks

Advocates are pressing City Councilmembers and the mayor for repairs to two green spaces. Parks funding is set to increase, but not enough to meet community needs, they say.
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Details Delayed For Long-Stalled NYCHA Project

After being torn down for a redevelopment that proved too pricey to complete, Prospect Plaza is being replaced by a mix of public- and affordable housing. The metrics of that mix are still being worked out.

Tenants Form Union to Fight Gentrification

In the struggle to hold on to their places in neighborhoods where rents are rising rapidly, a group in Crown Heights is hoping there's strength in numbers.

In Sunset Park, Demise of Affordable Units Feared

Hundreds of apartments covered by Section 8—key anchors in a neighborhood where affordability is threatened by gentrification—are slated to leave the program.

Churches Become Housing in Bushwick

One former Lutheran church being converted to housing will include affordable units. It's unclear whether another former house of worship will offer non-market apartments as well.

Brownsville Board Says Home Runs Threaten Motorists

The local community board wants a higher fence at the Brownsville Rec Center to prevent softballs from striking cars on Linden Boulevard. But the center has a long list of other needs.

State Grant Helps 2 Sunset Park After-School Sites

The community school model—in which schools are used as a hub to address a range of community needs—is already in use in the neighborhood.

Report Sees Long-List of Post-Sandy Needs

A report from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund makes neighborhood-specific and borough-wide recommendations—both for action needed now, and for planning that's necessary before the next storm.

Brooklyn Members Get Key Council Posts

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito gave members from the borough control of 15 of the Council's 37 committees, including the powerful Land Use panel.

Sunset Park Cops Aim To Protect Lunar New Year Revelers

It's the time of year to exchange red envelopes containing cash—a signal to thieves and a focus of two Brooklyn precincts.

Frustration at Lack of Sites to Ease School Crowding in Sunset Park

Some parents are willing to look at locations on the west side of hazardous Third Avenue, while others want the city to consider using eminent domain.



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BLOG ENTRIES

Report: NYCHA Needs to Gear Up for the Next Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Better communication and more resilient power systems are necessary, says a new report.

Sandy Surge Covered A Sixth of the City - Jarrett Murphy

And it affected more renters than homeowners, and a disproportionately high number of low-income people.

Reporter's Notebook: Red Hook - Candace Amos

Just minutes before we arrived, an elderly woman living on the second floor tumbled down the stairs, back first, after tripping over her cane while bringing groceries into her apartment.

Post-Sandy Housing Crisis: 4 Years Ago, NYC Asked 'What If?' - Jarrett Murphy

In 2008 the city solicited designs for temporary housing for 38,000 households uprooted from a coastal neighborhood by hurricane flooding. Now New York may confront a very similar, and very real, scenario.

Report Slams Housing Court For Tenant Treatment - Milesska Contreras

Access to lawyers, translation services and childcare would make Brooklyn Housing Court a fairer forum, according to a coalition of community groups.

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MULTIMEDIA

Photo Slideshow: City Limits' 35th Anniversary Celebration

City Limits hosted Celebration! to honor its 35th Anniversary and the people who make a difference in New York City's civic and advocacy community. Hosted by CUNY-BMCC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed Wednesday, October 26, 2011 City Limits Day in honor of the non-profit investigative journalism organization.

Photo Slideshow: The Defining Brooklyn Issue Launch

On Monday, March 28, 2011, City Limits Magazine celebrated the launch of "Defining Brooklyn: The Borough Behind the Brand" at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Skylight Gallery.

Making the Connection to Care in Northern and Central Brooklyn

A comprehensive study by the Brooklyn Healthcare Improvement Project (anchored by SUNY Downstate Medical Center) on healthcare utilization and finance in Brooklyn.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Red Hook Brownfield Opportunity Area RFP

SBIDC is the recipient of a Red Hook Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant from the State of New York’s Department of State (DOS). The program supports a community-based planning process that seeks to reuse and redevelop properties in Red Hook’s industrial business zone (IBZ).

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EVENTS

Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition at Pierogi

John Phillip Abbott • Meredith Allen • Noriko Ambe • Justin Amrhein • Reed Anderson • Janine Antoni • Karen Arm • Michael Ashkin • Olive Ayhens • Phyllis Baldino • Michael Ballou • Ron Baron • Gregory Barsamian • Lothar Baumgarten • Louise Belcourt • John Berens • Elena Berriolo • Jean Blackburn • Matt Blackwell • Stefan Bohnenberger • Lee Boroson • Nadja Bournonville • Leslie Brack • Katherine Bradford • Rick Briggs • David Brody • David Henry Brown Jr. • Phong Bui • Tom Burckhardt • Bruce Busby • Luisa Caldwell • Beth Campbell • Scott Campbell • Francis Cape • Steven Charles • Charles Clary • Dawn Clements • Brian Conley • Kevin Cooley • Caroline Cox • Hugo Crosthwaite • Jennifer Dalton • Adam Dant • Daniel Davidson • Kirsten Deirup • Dan Devine • Brian Dewan • Leon Dewan • Don Doe • Joshua Dorman • Peter Dudek • Miriam Dym • Leif Elggren • Lori Ellison • James Esber • Lee Etheredge IV • Rochelle Feinstein • J. Fiber • Jane Fine • Amanda Finn • Tony Fitzpatrick • Matt Freedman • Peter Garfield • Rico Gatson • Andrea Geyer • Graham Gillmore • Kate Gilmore • Tamara Gonzales • Stacy Greene • Donald Groscost • Rachel Harrison • Ellen Harvey • Carl Michael von Hausswolff • Isabelle Hayeur • Lisa Hein • Eric Heist • David Henderson • Douglas Henderson • Jonathan Herder • Linda Herritt • Elana Herzog • Robert Hickman • Peter Hildebrand • Jen Hitchings • Chan Kok Hooi • James Hyde • Yoko Inoue • Johanna Jackson • Patrick Jacobs • Xylor Jane • Yun-Fei Ji • Chris Johanson • Kim Jones • Mary Judge • Dana Kane • Sermin Kardestuncer • Darina Karpov • Nina Katchadourian • Lisa Kereszi • Miru Kim • Kim Kimball • Wendy Klemperer • Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky • David Kramer • Larry Krone • William Lamson • Robert Lazzarini • Simon Lee • Yoon Lee • Maria Levitsky • Mark Lombardi • Ati Maier • Matt Marello • Chris Martin • Bob Marty • Carey Maxon • Maix Mayer • Alicia McCarthy • Nat Meade • Shari Mendelson • Valerie Merians • Katie Merz • Ander Mikalson • Andrew Moszynski • Ryan Mrozowski • Lutz-Rainer Mueller • Itty Neuhaus • Jessica Nissen • Johan Nobell • Nicky Nodjoumi • Thomas Nozkowski • John J. O’Connor • Andrew Ohanesian • Gene Oldfield • Roxy Paine • Marilla Palmer • Gary Panter • Laura Parnes • Bruce Pearson • Joyce Pensato • Liza Phillips • Ann Pibal • Shannon Plumb • William Pope.L • Katherine Powers • William Powhida • Susan Rabinowitz • Mark Reynolds • Joyce Robins • Carol Saft • Karin Sander • Katia Santibanez • Michael Schall • Jef Scharf • David Scher • Jonathan Schipper • Bill Schuck • Bob Seng • David Shapiro • Ward Shelley • Kenneth Shorr • James Siena • Amy Sillman • Adam Simon • Michael Smith • Bob & Roberta Smith • Robert Smithson • Tim Spelios • Charles Spurrier • Jason Starkie • Lisa Stefanelli • Cathy Stone • David E. Stone • Greg Stone • Les Stone • John Stoney • Tavares Strachan • Kurt Strahm • Eve Sussman • Lynn Talbot • Jude Tallichet • Fred Tomaselli • Jim Torok • Fred Valentine • Sarah Walker • Andrea Way • Ken Weathersby • Lawrence Weiner • Alun Williams • Martin Wilner • Hans Winkler • Charles Yuen • HK Zamani • Daniel Zeller • Mary Ziegler Pierogi is proud to present our Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, opening September 5th 2014. We would like to thank everyone who made Pierogi what it is today by presenting works by many of the artists who have participated in exhibitions over the last twenty years. It is an eclectic group of work by over one hundred seventy artists and will be installed salon style. Pierogi opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on North 9th Street September 1994, where it remains today. Williamsburg doesn’t look the same as it did twenty or thirty years ago but it was around that time that visual artists flooded in to Brooklyn and created multiple communities and an international destination for savvy art viewers. Pierogi’s reputation for a unique unconventional approach is grounded in this context. Over time Williamsburg’s example fostered numerous artist communities throughout Brooklyn and Queens which continue to expand to this day. Pierogi represents the work of emerging, mid-career, and established artists engaging in conceptually driven, process oriented work in a wide range of media: from the diagrammatic drawings of Mark Lombardi, the large-scale, nuanced still life drawings of Dawn Clements, and the interactive installations of Andrew Ohanesian, to the historically significant work of Kim Jones (who began his career as a performance artist in LA in the early 1970’s), as well as curated exhibitions such as the award-winning Dead Tree installation (a recreation of the Robert Smithson work originally shown in Dusseldorf’s Kunsthalle, 1969). From early 2006 through 2008, Pierogi operated a second gallery in Leipzig, Germany, which allowed us to expand an international audience and artist base. In 2009 we opened a second space in Williamsburg, The Boiler, which is a more expansive space in a former factory boiler room that allows us to mount ambitious installations, performances, and other events such as Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder’s In Orbit, a large wheel that the artists lived on for ten days in early 2014. Pierogi’s Flat Files, part of the gallery since its inception, are ever-changing with new work added regularly and have traveled to many locations, including: Gasworks (London), Cornerhouse (Manchester), Kunstlerhaus (Vienna), Brooklyn Museum, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The Andy Warhol Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bard and Vassar Colleges, and Kent State University, among others. As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration, we will also hold a Brooklyn Gravity Racers event at The Boiler in mid-September. This is an exhibition and event that Pierogi has put on every five years or so and is about having some fun. It was the brainchild of Gary Bachman who, unfortunately, passed away in 2012 and this race is dedicated to his memory. Artists and art lovers of all sorts are invited to make a racer. They are made from small kits purchased from the Cub Scouts of America that include a block of wood, a set of wheels, and regulations that, in our race, are followed by some and completely disregarded by others. We will have four categories and trophies: the Speed Award, the Heavyweight Division (how many artists really follow the weight restriction?), the Aesthetic Award, and the What Were You Thinking? Award. We expect to have around 350 unique entries that will be raced from September 16th through the 19th. Preliminary races will be held September 16th through 18th with finals held on September 19th. The cars will be on view at The Boiler from September 11th through the 21st. As always, works held in the Flat Files will be available for viewing at Pierogi during the anniversary exhibition.

The Barbie & CFDA Fashion Inspiration Lounge

When: Friday, September 5 | 11am – 6pm Saturday, September 6 | 11am – 4pm Where: 14th St. & 9th Ave. in the Meatpacking District – North Plaza New York, NY 10014 ? (@ the intersection of “Silicon Alley” (Google headquarters) & Fashion (Milk Studios)) Who: Barbie & all of her fabulous fashion friends What: The Barbie & CFDA Fashion Inspiration Lounge will serve as an inspiration station where the public and fashion elite can recharge, relax and be inspired while viewing fashionable creations from some of CFDA’s most famed designers.

The Living Room

The longest running stand-up and sketch comedy show in Brooklyn! Absolutely FREE!

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