Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Little Buddie Cookies
-- List composed by Michael Sorgatz.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Where else can you watch cricket, soccer, kites flying AND smell goat being barbecued?
For me, the museum embodies civic pride for the city of Brooklyn.
The neighbors :
The diversity, the unique character of each 'hood, and the places that time has forgot.
The spot where pretty much everyone I know who moved to Brooklyn made that decision.
Dennet Place in Carroll Gardens:
The little street that seemed to have been transplanted from Europe. I love the street. It's where I got married on my stoop, with 250 close friends and neighbors.
The Boat Bar on Smith St.:
A great bar where I have met some amazing people over the years. The ever changing jukebox and the decor that never changes.
Parties & Gatherings:
Having a party in a one bedroom apartment and hearing Russian, French, Spanish and several dialects of English while trying to maneuver to the fridge.
The Creative Spirit:
Knowing writers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, musicians, designers, architects, and...
The Kick-A** Music Scene:
Yeasayers, Regina Spektor, Jay Z, MGMT, Antibalas, Vampire Weekend, Lil'kim, Animal Collective, Matisyahu, Dirty projectors, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Slavic soul party, Grizzly Bear, Chicha Libre, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Naysayers, and well to many more to mention here
Working in Dumbo and living in Carroll Gardens:
Never having to leave Brooklyn unless I want to.
David H Castillo is a third generation cinematographer and an owner of Blue Barn Pictures Inc., an international multimedia production company based in Dumbo, Brooklyn. When David is not behind the camera, he is biking through Brooklyn exploring its neighborhoods, updating The Barn (the company blog), and searching for new music and food. David dwells in Carroll Gardens ,where he lives his mantra "It's all about lighting; it's all about the sauce, and it's all about moments."
Tuesday, May 20th 2008, 4:00 AM
When Petra Symister moved from Chelsea to Bedford-Stuyvesant she lost her sense of community - but blogging cured her loneliness. "I feel more connected to this neighborhood by blogging than I did in nine years living in Chelsea," she said.
Symister created the Bed-Stuy Blog 14 months ago, joining a Brooklyn-based network of citizen and professional writers, photographers and videographers who leave the comfort of their computer desks to meet in person every year at the Brooklyn Blogfest.
Last week, the Brooklyn Lyceum hosted the third annual event, which was started by Louise ("Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn") Crawford in 2006 to put virtual names to actual faces.
"We were calling each other by our blog names," said Crawford, whose blog is four years old. "We're not that sort of cyber-weird. People come out from behind their computers and meet up."
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
WHAT I LOVE TO DO AND AM GOOD AT DOING:
Meeting, interviewing, writing about, and bringing together writers, artists, entrepreneurs, parents, philanthropists, community-minded folks.
Bringing people together for a common purpose or cause.
Introducing people to each other.
Connecting people to tools and resources for personal and professional development.
Choreographing, conceptualizing, and collaborating.
Making people laugh.
OTHER SKILLS & INTERESTS:
Team-building * Going Behind the Scenes and Getting the Scoop * Muppets * Comedy* Dance Facilitating Group Workshops * Client Relations * Children’s Literature * Theatre * Pageantry
IDEAL WORK SETTINGS:
New York-based publications (blogs, newspapers, magazines)
Local radio, television, or film
Organizations related to culture/the arts - museums included
A place where creativity, human relations, collaboration, and a sense of humor are valued
THIS WOULD BE GREAT:
If you hear of or know of a person, job opening, or organization that you think would be a good fit for me, let me know via email or phone. 917 499 7395 or ETraubman@aol.com
My undying gratitude!
Monday, May 19, 2008
It's a great chance for folks to meet each other, share tips, etc. It's a diverse group of people -- parents, artists, bakers, photographers, teachers, environmentalists, community activists, etc.
The next Brooklyn Blogade will be hosted by Adrian Kinloch of Brit in Brooklyn.
June 22, 2008 at noon at Root Hill Café on 262 Fourth Avenue at Carroll Street.
For more info: a...@adriankinloch.net
Saturday, May 17, 2008
2. People see the streets as their living room. They bring chairs out onto the sidewalk and sit on stoops.
3. People tawk so good and have their hearts in the right place.
4. Great bargains.
5. The norm is not to be normal.
6. It has its own beating heart and can also piggyback onto Manhattan's.
7. Everybody is a minority in this borough.
8. We all love to eat.
9. The whole nation came through here.
10. We are so damn modest!
Barbara Ensor, (pictured cheek to cheek here with Hans Christian Andersen) recently collaborated with that legendary storyteller in a retelling of one of his well-loved tales. Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride, is due in bookstores in mid June. Her previous book Cinderella (as if you didn't already know the story), was enthusiastically received by critics and children alike. Ensor, a former journalist, is also an artist and teacher. She lives in Park Slope with her children, Georgia and Dexter.
Photo Credit: Ariel Orr Jordan
Friday, May 16, 2008
PS - The Julie Saul gallery regularly shows Maira's work. Maira Kalman is a children's book author, designer, painter, illustrator, and editor. Her most recent book is called The Principles of Uncertainty and is based on the work she did as a guest blogger for The New York Times.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
2. BAM and BAM Rose Cinema.
3. Allan's Bakery.
4. The churches.
5. The Cyclones
6. The library at Grand Army Plaza on a hot summer day.
7. The Brooklyn Museum.
8. The history - real Brooklynites know incorporation in 1898 was a mistake.
9. The people.
10.The possibilities for the borough's future.
Kyron Rogers worksfor a non-profit social services agency serving Bed-Stuy, Bushwick and South Williamsbug in the school programs department. He's a lifelong New Yorker, born in Queens, raised in Crown Heights and living in Bed-Stuy.
He aims to start a blog of his own in the coming weeks.
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Monday, May 12, 2008
Gersh: I love the blogs, but I don't think blogs are creating READERS. I think blogs are creating chatter. Now, chatter is GOOD. It is. But the entire industry — newspapers, books, blogs, too — will disappear if people stop wanting to take the time to READ. And my point that night was that some blogs are hurting their own efforts to create and nourish READERS.
Creative Times: So what does it take to create and nourish READERS?
Gersh: I'm a newspaper man, so I'm the last to know! But I think blogs do a GREAT job of creating a modern readership that likes an insidery, gossipy take on the issues of the day. Readers who pick up the Daily News and read a story about, say, a local issue, say to themselves, "Man, that paper doesn't know my community at all." That's where the blogs and, I'd like to think, The Brooklyn Paper, come in. (And that's why I started my speech by saying that we're all in the same game.) The idea is to tell the reader, "Listen, sister, here's the real story." Readers love that. But if it gets too insidery, new readers are alienated. It's a fine line.
Photo Courtesy of Dope on the Slope
Saturday, May 10, 2008
1. The natives! My tribe.
2. The Stoops. Nothing like hanging out and kibbutzing with my neighbors and passers by.
3. Sahadis. Can't live without it.
4. Coney Island. Best in winter when it's desolate.
6. Egg Creams. Go to the old school diners for the best ones.
7. Brooklyn Flea. It's brand new, but I think it's a great addition to Brooklyn.
8. Brighton Beach Russian restaurants. Great night out!
9. Brooklyn Museum
10. Prospect Park and Botanic Gardens
- Phylliss Bob writes the blog Reclaimed Home: Low Impact Housing and Renovation Options for Thrifty New Yorkers. To see a short video about Phyllis' work, Click Here.
Union Market, where I can get a baguette, my favorite cheese, aged sirloin, sorrel lemon verbena pesto, and milk all in one stop
Blue Ribbon Restaurant. Try their Chilled Lobster with a White Burgundy. The crowd rocks.
Starbucks, for making me feel like I live in a small town even though they are a big chain.
Park Slope Seafood, for being so kind when I can't make up my mind and then get salmon again.
Old First Church, for sharing their wonderful kitchen and making consistent contributions to C.H.I.P.S.
El Gran Castillo on Flatbush Avenue, for feeding me great Dominican food since 1989.
Coney Island Nathans, for making it still worth while to go to the boardwalk for a Hot Dog.
The Cafe at the Botanic Gardens is an oasis where I can get a great Tuna Sandwich with iced tea.
Heather Johnston writes the blog So Good: Food and Wine with Heather Johnston. She is a chef, wine professional, mother, wife and indie filmmaker.
Friday, May 09, 2008
For two years, Louise held the event in the Old Stone House. Last year, people had to be turned away from the door because of the risk of exceeding maximum capacity. This year, to accommodate the growing number of Blogfest participants, Louise chose the Brooklyn Lyceum as the venue.
The event started with a video montage of Brooklyn Bloggers from Bluebarn Pictures, followed by an official welcome from Louise. From there, a lineup of bloggers and guests from other medium – print, television and radio – spoke about different aspects of blogging.
I spoke about blogging as a vehicle for putting down roots and building community. Petra Symister of Bed-Stuy Blog talked about the importance of diversifying the blogging community in terms of race and class and geography. "We definitely need more place bloggers," she said.
Gersh Kuntzman, Editor of the Brooklyn Paper, asserted that bloggers need to moderate their readers' comments more carefully so that people don't have to sift through pages of hate-filled, purposeless stuff.
Brooklyn Optimist showed his Tribute to Brooklyn's Photobloggers.
Heather Johnston of So Good presented Top Ten Tips for New Bloggers.
Chris of Flatbush Gardener (the photographer of this post's photo) invited all bloggers to participate in the Brooklyn Blogade – a monthly gathering of Brooklyn bloggers who meet in the various neighborhoods of the borough.
The evening concluded with the Shout Out, where roughly 60 bloggers from the audience came to the mics up front to introduce themselves.
People stayed well past the ending of the program to dine on the donated edible goodies, mingle, and get their portrait taken by Hugh Crawford of No Words Daily Pix from Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn.
A personal highlight from Blogfest was being part of the team of bloggers and non-bloggers who pulled together as Staff to make every aspect of the event go well, from the food to the DJing, to the sound system. It definitely takes a village to raise a Blogfest.
FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE BLOGFEST CLICK HERE.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The Third Annual Brooklyn Blogfest 2008 is an event for bloggers, blog-readers, those interested in Blogging, those passionate about Brooklyn. It is open to one and all. Everyone is warmly welcomed.
Poster designed by Michael Sorgatz.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
- let your mom know that you love her
- thank someone who refers customers, clients, or patients to you
- express gratitude to a mentor who has given you good advice
- tell your aunt what a good friend she has been to you
- send your nephew a news article about something he is interested in
- let your brother know what you've been up to
- send someone an apology
- comfort someone who is sick or who has lost a loved one
- send some cool stickers to a young person
- send some photos to your grandparents
- send a check to pay a bill
- share a poem you've written
- send money to an organization or person who has inspired you (a twist on tithing)
- MAKE SOMEONE'S DAY!
To order stamps via internet, click here!