Brooklyn Love

February 1, 2013




In honor of the forthcoming holiday, all month long we’re paying tribute to the borough we love by celebrating our valentines—the nonprofit organizations doing their part to make Brooklyn a better home for all.

We’re continuously impressed by the new ideas, determination, and compassion that spring forth from Brooklyn’s oft-unsung nonprofits and volunteers. We’re privileged to be a catalyst for their work, and to draw to new resources and support to help their activities reach more of our neighbors. 

This week, we’re recognizing the organizations supported by our Arts for All Fund. They bring an essential part of Brooklyn life to each corner of our borough. From a nationally recognized youth choir to an opera company in Dyker Heights; a rock music camp for young women to art classes led by seniors; a professional-led dance program for Parkinson’s patients to writing workshops for the formerly incarceratedthese are just a few of the brilliant Brooklyn-based arts projects we’ve supported.

To further celebrate their contribution to Brooklyn life, we’re throwing a party and you’re invited!

Join us Thursday, February 21st at Five Myles gallery in Crown Heights for the first annual “Brooklyn Love” benefit for our Arts for All Fund.

From 7-10PM, you’ll enjoy performances from a selection of our arts grantees, including the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Urban Word NYC, and Reel Works Teen Filmmaking. Brooklyn’s own Haitian rara band, DJARARA, will close it all out with a joyful jam session.

In addition, we’ll have complimentary local bites from Baked in Brooklyn and JoMart Chocolates, as well as wine, beer from the Brooklyn Brewery, and sodas from Q Drinks.

Tickets start at just $20 and are on sale now! All proceeds will benefit the Arts for All Fund. We have a feeling this is a party you won’t want to miss, so get your tickets today – and help us spread love the Brooklyn way. 

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This week, Mayor Bloomberg announced a new program to address water damage and mold in neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, and affiliate of LISC, will coordinate mold treatment that will be performed at no cost to the homeowner by private contractors and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to direct mold treatment program, the Mayor's Fund is sponsoring new free training sessions to educate homeowners and volunteers on how to effectively treat mold. The first series of free trainings starts this week. More information at

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New Brooklyn Recovery Fund RFP
Help spread the word! The next round of grants will support physical improvements to homes and buildings located in Brooklyn’s coastal communities. Priority will be given to proposals from community development and non-profit housing corporations and other qualified organizations with deep knowledge of and experience with mold removal, mold remediation, and housing and building repair/maintenance. The deadline to apply is February 4, 2013. Application details and instructions