Only in Brooklyn

September 14, 2012


A Summer Evening in Sunset Park. Image courtesy of sukhchander/Flickr.

In the spirit of the first day of school, last week we told you how we spent our summer. And even though many of us look forward to summer for much needed R&R, the truth is that it’s often the busiest time of year—and the most fun! Brooklyn is a special place, and the warm weather has a way of pulling us out of our homes, bringing neighbors together, and making us feel even more in love with the place we call home.
Here are a few more of our favorite “only in Brooklyn” summer moments, from Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees. We recommend saving this email and revisiting it in the cold months ahead, to remind you that another great summer is just around the corner!

NY Writers Coalition: Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival

“Parents and grandmas; picnickers and lovebirds; strangers and friends—all gathered at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument on August 18 to hear stories written by the young writers of our summer youth workshops and from acclaimed authors Tayari Jones, Earl Lovelace, and Jessica Hagedorn. Above, young writers enjoy with MC Laurie Cumbo.” [Photo credit: Melvin Reeves]

Red Hook Initiative: 10th Anniversary Block Party

“Our favorite moment was our 10th anniversary block party on August 4th, celebrating a decade of working for positive youth development and community building in Red Hook!”

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Exploring Our Environment

“Only in Brooklyn can you be so close to nature while still in sight of an urban landmark! On July 30th, campers from the Cypress Hills Development Corp summer program, which is based at PS 65 in East New York, visited the park to take part in the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s environmental education program. They investigated the living creatures of the river and roved the park’s natural cove, all in the shadow of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge.” [Photo credit: Alexa Hoyer]

Stoked Mentoring: Stoked to Serve


“One of our favorite moments of the summer was our Stoked to Serve event on August 23rd at Fort Greene Park with Kate Upton and Chaz Ortiz. Only in Brooklyn can you get a pro-skateboarder and a supermodel to pull weeds and skate with kids!

CAMBA: Summertime Poetry Slam

“Brooklyn has become the epicenter of New York City arts and literature. So it’s no surprise that a number of talented poets are among the once-homeless men and women now living at CAMBA’s Rev. Dan Ramm Residence supportive housing. With creativity flourishing in their new, permanent homes, about a dozen poet-residents gathered on a recent evening to host a lively poetry slam. Among them was Dreamer, pictured here with her poem “Family,” a celebration of her new home.” [Photo credit: Sanura Weathers]

What's "Good" in Brooklyn

Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week. Don’t miss a thing! Like us at and follow us at

We are proud to sponsor the 7th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival through our Arts for All Fund, and bring its Bookend Events to more Brooklynites throughout the borough. Here are a few highlights of what’s on offer starting Monday, September 17th through Sunday, September 23rd; see the complete schedule at And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Brooklyn’s biggest all-day literary fest on Sunday, September 23rd!

Mon, 9/17 at 7PM (Free): Opening Night Party presented by Tumblr, Electric Literature, The New Inquiry & LA Review of Books at Public Assembly, 70 North 6th Street. Meet your Internet friends in person for chatting, drinking, and dancing to kick off the most bookish week in Brooklyn. Guest DJs and free drink specials enhance the East Coast vs. West Coast faceoff, and everybody wins!

Wed, 9/19 at 1:30PM (Free): Photographic Journey of Brooklyn at Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center (Ball Room), 9941 Fort Hamilton Parkway. Photographic books by Israelowitz Publishing on Brooklyn’s history including author Leslie Arlette Boyce with special guest Ron Schweiger, Brooklyn Borough Historian.

Thurs, 9/20 at 7PM (Free): Young Writers Night presented by Brooklyn Reading Works at The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street. Featuring fiction, poetry and song by New York City teenagers, the event celebrates writers with fresh insight, candor and guts. A preview into the next generation of published writers, this event is hosted by Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang.

Fri, 9/21 at 7:30PM ($5): Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime presented by the Caribbean Cultural Theater at St. Francis College – Maroney Theatre, 180 Remsen Street. An inviting opportunity for audiences to engage Caribbean and Caribbean American fiction writers and poets, positioning the writers’ work as part of a larger conversation on issues of identity, aspiration, heritage and the immigrant experience.

Sat, 9/22 at 11AM ($7.50): Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Birthday Party at 145 Brooklyn Avenue.
A party for Peter, beloved children’s book character from The Snowy Day and Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats with readings by TROUPE actors.

Sun, 9/23 at 6PM (Free): Phillip Lopate: Living in Brooklyn presented by Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1. Phillip Lopate joins Brooklyn Philharmonic Concertmaster Deborah Buck and pianist Molly Morkoski for a concert exploring Brooklyn’s development over the past 200 years, from a bedroom community to a major city. Music includes repertoire by great Brooklyn composers like Gershwin and Copland, as well as contemporary composers in the borough.