Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Markets Open Tomorrow!

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Starting tomorrow, Saturday, the annual Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Markets are open at Cliton Place and Marcy Avenue. The markets come from an initiative in 2009 when community advocate Yonnette Fleming led gardeners to revitalize and reclaim an abandoned parcel used to dump toxic materials for over twenty years. The space is now beautiful, thanks to thousands of volunteer hours from the community.

The markets feature a variety of community programs, including fresh local food (of course), mixed veggie basket pickups, compost drop off, cooking demos, youth programming, food for sale, a smoothie bike, fresh eggs and food justice education.

For more information on the markets, how to volunteer, or to learn about programs like the food basket, go here.

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Neighborhood News: A Tenants Rights Workshop This Week and a Scholarship Opportunity

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A few things of note in the nabe!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11th at 6:30pm, the Brooklyn Movement Center is hosting its first-ever tenant’s rights training. Here are details:

Maybe you’re a tenant whose landlord is making it more and more difficult for you to live in your Central Brooklyn apartment.

Or maybe you’ve wondered how to go about getting repairs and improvements made in your building, or whether the rent you’re paying is legal.

The Brooklyn Movement Center, in partnership with the Community Development Project, is offering a training on tenants’ right so that you can answers these questions. During this session, we’ll also discuss BMC’s early efforts to strengthen the ability of long-time Black residents to remain in Central Brooklyn, and how you can possibly play a role in building tenant power in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

It will happen at the BMC’s headquarters at 375 Stuyvesant Avenue. RSVP here.

Secondly, applications are open to graduating high school seniors in Central Brooklyn for the Elsie E. Richardson Scholarship. Here are details on that:

Elsie E. Richardson was a community activist in Bedford Stuyvesant for a number of decades. She was born in 1922 in New York, NY and following high school, where she developed secretarial skills, she put these skills to work to serve her country in Washington D.C. during WWII. Following the war she married and relocated to Brooklyn. Elsie’s involvement and activism placed her in the forefront in supporting and/or forming the following well known organizations: Crown Heights Health Center, St. John’s Recreation Center, Pratt Institute Center for Community Development, Medgar Evers College, Boys and Girls HS, Weeksville Society, and Magnolia Tree Earth Center.

Elsie, a strong supporter of education, earned her BA from Pratt Institute and her MA from the New School for Social Research. As the Co-Chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant Housing Committee in the 1960s she escorted Senator Robert F. Kennedy on a tour of the area. Following the tour upon his recommendation she formed a committee which led to the formation of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

Her tireless energy led to her employment as a Broadcaster on Medgar Evers College Radio and a position with the NYC Board of Education. Her family is paying tribute to her commitment to community by offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who meet the criteria identified below.

To check out that criteria and submit an application, go here.

New Nonprofit Playground Youth is Hosting an Art Fair This Weekend

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Playground Coffee Shop is a local community space and cafe focused on “social and conscious awareness,” according to its website. It’s located at 1114 Bedford Avenue, between Lexington and Quincy. Here are more details: “In our neighborhood, we provide a space for local activists to organize around poignant issues. In aiding the community we exist in, we not only want to alter the thinking of the community but of the entire culture.”

If you’re interested in getting involved or seeing what they’re about, there’s a chance this weekend. Playground Youth, a nonprofit associated with the cafe, is hosting an event to promote the organization’s goal to “exchange art, cultural knowledge, and strategies for healthier, safer lives.”

An art fair — “A Midsummer Playground Art Fair” — is kicking of this Saturday the 7th, featuring work by local artists. Details are listed in the flyer above.

Then, this Sunday the 8th, they’ll host a night of art, tattoos, wellness, apparel and performances. They’ll also pass out information about Playground Youth’s work. Those details are below, or you can read more here.

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Bed-Stuy Stories: Annika Kaye of the Howard Avenue Playgroup

Bed-Stuy Blog contributor Mikhal Weiner is profiling interesting residents from our community for her column, Bed-Stuy Stories. Next up is Annika Kaye, who has started the Howard Avenue Playgroup, a creative summer program for kids in the neighborhood.

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I met with Annika Kaye on a recent Sunday morning to talk about Brooklyn, being neighborly, educational philosophy, but especially about her new initiative – The Howard Avenue Playgroup, a creative summer program for kids in Bed-Stuy. As Kaye pushed open the glass door, she smiled broadly, making her way out of the June sun to join me at a back table. She folded her sunglasses and set them on the table, looking positively joyful.

Kaye is a lifelong New-Yorker, born in Stockholm, Sweden but raised in Chelsea in a bustling apartment building. “As a child, my concept of community was saying hello to people in the elevator and that was kind of it. We didn’t know anyone else on the block or surrounding our own building,” she told me. Nevertheless, even as a child she found herself creating mini-communities – getting to know her neighbors and babysitting younger kids in the building, even though she herself was, at the time, quite young. “Now, as a mother, I can’t imagine leaving my kid with a ten year old, but back then…” she chuckles. It was another time and another place. Brooklyn is different, though, she says, “Slower pace, greater space, community…it’s a very noticeable difference. Neighbors saying hello to each other, kids coming over for spontaneous playdates, that’s what I appreciate about Brooklyn.”

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ArtLinks 3: A New Kind of Art Exhibition

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Imagine a game of telephone that uses works of art instead of a phrase or word. That’s what ArtLinks is – an ongoing collaborative project that brings together over 20 artists across disciplines and countries to create a continuous thread of innovation and artistry. Six months in the making – this is a one of a kind event.

Twenty three artists from across the globe have been working together to create one unending chain reaction of creativity. Every pair or trio of artists, in turn, had ten days to create something new inspired by the work of the pair that preceded them. None of the artists had worked together in the past, and all of the works are multidisciplinary.

The ArtLinks 3 Exhibition is presented by Salomé ArtHaus, a local artist collective, on Saturday, June 23rd from 6-11 pm in Bushwick, Brooklyn at Powrplnt (562 Evergreen Ave). Tickets are available online ($10 –> includes a free drink) or at the door ($12)

Featured artists:
Yaniv Glaser & Benjamin Furman
Sasha Daniel & Maha Alasaker
Tongues Unknown & Jared Rosen
Mor Cohen & Darryl Blake Rahn & Michal Hidas
Taylor Bradshaw & Sienna Rose Kat Blaw & Devon Yesberger
Sebastian Chiriboga & Laura Gatti
Pamela Hersch & Maya Valentine
Kieran Murray & Ronit Levin Delgado Rojas & Astrid Kuljanic
Evan Tyor & 魯千千 (Chien Chien Lu)
Tom Vizel & Mikhal Weiner

Bed-Stuy’s WOC Book Club Will Meet June 20th and 23rd

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Bed-Stuy’s WOC (Women of Color) Book Club is an initiative led by local resident Beatriz Kaye. For the past few months, the Book Club has been gathering monthly to discuss timely and pertinent books by Women of Color. According to Kaye, “the meetings are open to WOC and Queer Trans People of Color – it is a safe space to discuss books, literature, and more.”

This month, the Book Club read ‘Not That Bad’, essays about rape culture edited by Roxane Gay. Join the discussion! This month’s meetings are either on Wednesday the 20th, 7pm at Nostrand Cafe (261 Nostrand Ave.) or Saturday the 23rd, 1pm at MacDonough Cafe (83 Saratoga Ave.) Find out more about upcoming events by following the Book Club on Instagram @bedstuybookclub

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UPDATED: Bedstuy Flea Kicks Off June 23rd

UPDATE: The dates of this event have been changed, and reflected in this post.

Bedstuy Flea is kicking off next weekend and for the following eight weeks! It’ll be located at 380 Tompkins Avenue, between Jefferson and Putnam. Here’s what you can expect, from the event organizers:

Eight weeks, Two days of scavenger fun – featuring over 30 vendors of sustainable goods, eclectic vintage, handmade items, jewelry, wellness products, arts and crafts, and wares from the five boroughs and beyond weekly.This curated experience is immersed within exposed brick walls opening into a whimsically garden filled with a diverse and vibrant shopping experience that will tantalite all of your senses in the heart of Bedstuy, Brooklyn. Bring your inner child out to mingle, get a tarot reading, eat, dance and shop for a good cause. Meet fellow global citizens, community members, influencers, and bloggers. Let your money make a difference! Your participation goes to support the Audre Lorde Project, NAACP, and Peace Boat – all community based organizations who make a significant difference.

It’ll go down every Saturday and Sunday between June 23rd and August 11th, between 11am and 7pm. Admission is free.