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
Happy 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.
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?
Looking to have some family fun in Brooklyn this spring break? Whether you live in BK or are visiting from abroad for the holiday, check out these classic Brooklyn destinations for family fun:
Easter week is not just for Easter egg hunts! Tucked away in Brooklyn, you can hear marvelous Easter concert music, from bluegrass to gospel. Find out more.
LOOKING FOR AN EASTER EGG HUNT? You can download the app and join the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. Or, go local and join Brooklyn Republican State Senator Marty Golden, from Bay Ridge, who runs an active calendar of community events, including the popular Easter Egg hunts in Marine Park and Bay Ridge.
It's Cyclones season!
Brooklyn Cyclone tickets go on sale in May There are lots of options for purchasing them--and lots of freebies like "Grub Passes." But do it already because Cyclones tix are hotter than a Coney Island hot dog! About Brooklyn Cyclones schedule & tickets
Want to sing the National Anthem in Coney Island at a Cyclones Game? The date of the National Anthem auditions will be announced soon.
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman and baseball historian Tom Gilbert will lead a guided trolley tour of notable baseball sites. What's the occasion? Only at Green-Wood: "Green-Wood will rededicate the recently restored gravesite of baseball's first martyr Jim Creighton." If you aren't sure why he was a martyr, come and find out....
Here's the legend of baseball's first superstar, James "Jim" Creighton, credited with inventing the speedball (precursor to the fastball). "He is the first player paid (under-the-table) to play the game," according to Green-Wood experts. "And he is baseball's original, and perhaps only, martyr... Creighton purportedly swung so hard while hitting a home run that he ruptured his spleen, dying four days later of internal bleeding." He was buried here in Brooklyn of course.
Special guests include John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball, and other members of the Society for American Baseball Research.
This event is free. Reservations are recommended. www.green-wood.com/toursevents or 718-210-3080.
Public school students are on break starting this weekend! Happy vacation! When are they due back?
Here's the public school calendar.
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.