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Earth Day Spring Cleaning 2014: Electronics Recycling Events in Brooklyn

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Looking to get rid of some old computers, printers and the like? You can recycle at these 2014 springtime events in Brooklyn thanks to the Lower East Side Recycling Center.† More about recycling electronics in Brooklyn.

  • Flatbush Food Coop Cortelyou Road between Rugby & Marlborough Roads
    Sunday April 27, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Cobble Hill PS 29, Baltic Street between Henry & Clinton Streets
    Sunday May 4, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Bay Ridge Poly Prep Country Day School, 7th Avenue at the baseball field, south of 92nd Street
    Sunday May 4, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Windsor Terrace Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Prospect Park West between Windsor Place & Prospect Avenue
    Saturday May 10, 10:00AM - 4:00PM


Missed an event? Drop-off 5 days a week!

∑††††† E-waste Warehouse

  • 469 President Street (at Nevins Street), Brooklyn
    Tues/Th/Fri | 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Wed | 12:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sat | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sakura Matsuri: With 60 Events, Brooklyn Botanic Gdn Hosts CoSplay, 60 Events

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Hot off the press, from the BBG: ; Japanese Kimono and Parasol Fashion Show

Sakura Matsuri 2014 features a focus on Japanese fashion, with runway shows of the BBG Parasol Society and cosplay enthusiasts and presentations of traditional kimono wear. BBG's Cosplay Fashion Show--the only outdoor cosplay fashion show in the country--presents more than 20 of the city's most extravagant and talented cosplayers.

Taking place during Hanami, the Japanese tradition of enjoying each moment of cherry blossom season, Sakura Matsuri festivities hosts 60 ]performances, demonstrations, and exhibits, many† showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.


Boston Marathon Anniversary, A View from Brooklyn

Monday April 21, 2014

Today is the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. At 3:40 PM, April 15., 2013, we posted this note "condolences from Brooklyn to Boston" on the day of the Boston Marathon bombing: 6 Things the Boston Marathon Bombings Mean for Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Pizza? Interview with Rosanna Scotto, Brooklyn born TV Anchor

Sunday April 20, 2014

Brooklyn Pizza? Interview with Rosanna Scotto, Brooklyn-born† Fox TV Anchor

As Much Fashion as Faith, Fab Hats at NYCís Easter Parade

Sunday April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! There's no major Easter parade in Brooklyn...So..go see the wonderful hats on display at the† Easter Parade in Manhattan. It runs all day, so there's still time to get a glimpse. On† Fifth Avenue, 47th to 57th Streets.† 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The City is reframing the Easter Day Parade as New York's latest free, extravaganza costume event --† not just a religious event, but a mega-event† in the same category as our city's famous Halloween costume parades and even Brooklyn's Caribbean ethnic Labor Day West Indian Day Parade. So, hop on the subway, Brooklyn fashionistas!

The following is† excerpted from NYC.gov, New York City's official† website.

  • The NYC Easter Parade begins at 47th Street and Fifth Avenue, near St. Patrick's Cathedral.
  • The Easter Day Parade in New York has been a tradition since the late nineteenth century.
  • Admission to the Easter Parade NYC is free.
  • 5th Ave-53rd St (E, V); Lexington-3rd Aves-51st St (6, E, V); 47-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center (B, D, F, V) . How to get there from Brooklyn

Event Overview: The NYC Easter Parade is a lavish, family-friendly event that spans the length of Fifth Avenue between 47th Street and 57th Street. The Easter Day Parade in NYC used to be a strictly religious event, but is now known for the latest fashions of Easter bonnets, costumed pets and family fun.

What to Expect: While not as popular as New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Easter Day Parade is still crowded - attendees in a typical parade number well over 30,000.

  • Hats and Finery: Fashion is becoming an increasingly significant part of the NYC Easter Parade .... Participants often dress in new and fashionable clothing, donning elaborate hats and accessories. In recent years,...the parade has taken on some of the novelty of Halloween, with participants dressing in gaudy costumes meant to parody the extravagant outfits of times past.
  • Mixed Crowd: Originally a purely religious event, the NYC Easter Parade now draws people of all religious beliefs, most of whom attend the parade to check out the latest fashions. For every person observing the religious holiday you're likely to find one satirizing its extravagances - some go so far as to don mesh, flower-adorned hats filled with live birds.

Established in the late nineteenth century, the NYC Easter Parade was for many years a symbol of American culture and prosperity. Once a purely religious celebration, the Easter Day Parade now draws people of varied beliefs; the parade itself has been, for the most part, secularized, as an increasing number of people attend the parade to see and be seen in (or parody) the latest fashions.


  • Use the subway, don't drive: Street parking near the Easter Day Parade is extremely limited and garage parking expensive,..
  • Bathrooms: Portable restrooms are not available at the NYC Easter Parade
  • Bring the kids: ... This is a family-friendly event, so don't leave the kiddos at home!


Not Too Late! Go See Fab Hats at All-Day NYC Easter Day Parade

Sunday April 20, 2014

Having a lazy morning? Don't worry. There's still time to go see the wonderful hats on parade at the† Easter Parade in Manhattan. It runs till late afternoon!


Basketball Schedule: Brooklyn Nets NBA Playoffs Tix

Sunday April 20, 2014

Get tickets to the NBA playoffs, held at Barclays Center. All games at 7 PM

Friday 25th: Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors:

Sun 27: Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors:

Easter Weekend Traffic Advisories in Brooklyn

Friday April 18, 2014

Easter Weekend Traffic Advisories

  • Brooklyn Bridge- Overnight Detours for Manhattan-Bound Traffic Friday night/Saturday morning Midnight* to 7 am; Monday - Thursday nights: 11 pm* to 6 am * To allow traffic to clear before the reversal begins, the eastbound BQE exit onto the bridge closes 30 minutes earlier and other Brooklyn ramps onto the bridge shut down 5-15 minutes earlier.

  • Williamsburg Bridge - One of four lanes eastbound to Brooklyn will be closed Saturday from 6 am to 2 pm to facilitate NYCDOT bridge maintenance.

  • Bridge Street between Fulton Street and Willoughby Street closed from 6 am to 9 pm on Saturday and/or Sunday to facilitate crane operation.

  • Nevins Street between Livingston Street and Schermerhorn Street will be closed from 7 am to 7 pm on Saturday and/or Sunday

  • Brooklyn West Cluster Parade- Friday from 8 pm to 10:30 pm for the Brooklyn West Cluster Parade : 18th Avenue between 65th Street and 75th Street; 75th Street (Bay Ridge Parkway) between 18th Avenue and 20th Avenue

Good Friday: Easter Procession over Brooklyn Bridge This Morning

Friday April 18, 2014

Today is Good Friday. It's a nice day and you can join an Easter procession over the Brooklyn bridge. Meet at St. James Cathedral Basilica at Jay and Tillary Streets in† Downtown Brooklyn this morning† and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan.

Correction: The original post used the phrase "Happy Good Friday," an inappropriate sentiment to the meaning of the day. Apologies.

Brooklyn's Local Restaurant Week, "Dine-In Brooklyn" On Temporary Hold in 2014

Thursday April 17, 2014

Did you notice? That† staple event of the March/April season, Brooklyn's own restaurant week, called Dine In Brooklyn, didn't happen this year. Yet, anyway. I checked with the Brooklyn Borough President's Office, whose spokesperson said that Dine In was under review, along with some other programs and annual events undertaken by the previous administration in Borough Hall. Stay tuned; we expect to hear more soon. (What is Dine In Brooklyn anyway?)

To be honest, Dine In Brooklyn has always been a mixed bag. On the plus side, it ran for ten days and many popular restaurants participated, which meant fun for locals and good news for local businesses. A lot of people went for the Dine In Brooklyn "two-fers," where two could lunch for the price of one. Dine In Brooklyn was a reminder to go try new restaurants in new neighborhoods, and another reason, however modest, to feel good about Brooklyn itself. And, after all, if Manhattan has its own Restaurant Week (in which, surprisingly,† almost no Brooklyn restaurants participate), well, why shouldn't BK, where so many great restaurants have made the borough a foodie destination?

On the minus side, even though a couple hundred local restaurants participated, many of the best known and most highly rated of Brooklyn's new foodie restaurants† -- including restaurants lauded by Zagat and others† -- didn't bother participating in Dine In, which meant for a sometimes lackluster selection. Further, depending on the restaurant,† it wasn't always such a bargain: last year Dine In promotion participants offered a three-course dinner for $25 and a three-course lunch for about $20.

Thanks to the gal at the Staten Island Advance for asking me about the fate of Dine In 2014.

Meanwhile: Do you have thoughts about Dine In Brooklyn and whether it should be continued -- and how it could be improved?

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