Tonight: Pizza Fundraiser for a Bed-Stuy Nonprofit

Tonight, don’t miss the chance to eat a lot of pizza and support local organization Children of Promise, NYC. This is an award-winning organization nationally recognized for its work of empowering children of incarcerated parents–and a lot of the work happens right here in Bed-Stuy. To support its work, Children of Promise is hosting a pizza fundraiser from 7pm to 10:30pm. Here are details:

The event will include all-you-can-eat gourmet pizza and your choice of two free drinks with every $20 ticket. Enjoy slices of Margherita, pepperoni and Sicilian style cheese pizza all night thanks to Fortina Pizza, as well as complimentary soda and water. $4 drinks specials throughout the evening.

100% of proceeds benefits Children of Promise, NYC, the first and only after-school program and summer day camp in NYC specifically designed to meet the needs, interests and concerns of children left behind by parents serving time in prison.

Seems like great Friday night plans to me. Purchase tickets here.

Biggie Bags Available Today at Met Foods

Today is the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death, and the musician is being honored in an inventive way at the Met Foods on Fulton. Here are details:

As a kid, The Notorious B.I.G. bagged groceries at the Met Food Supermarket at 991 Fulton St. in Brooklyn. As a tribute, a limited edition of 100 custom-stenciled grocery bags were made for the family-owned grocery store to remember his legacy.

They will be available to the first one-hundred customers on Thursday 3/9.

Check out more photos of the project here. Beautiful work!

Biggie Bags

Stacked Yoga to Celebrate its One Year Anniversary this Weekend

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This Saturday Stacked Yoga will celebrate one year in the neighborhood at 405 Tompkins Avenue, between Jefferson and Hancock. The studio offers all types of classes including basic, restorative and “power remix” yoga. A drop in class costs $19, while new students can get two weeks of unlimited classes for $45.

Saturday, from 2 to 6pm, there will be music, food and yoga going down in the studio. If you’d like more details about the event, feel free to email Stackedyoga@gmail.com. And be sure to check out Stacked’s full class calendar on the website.

Two New Cafes Open on Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X Boulevards

Milk and Pull, 307 Malcolm X Boulevard

Two new cafes that have opened up in the neighborhood: the first is Milk and Pull, at 307 Malcolm X between Decatur and Bainbridge. The mini chain also has locations in Bushwick and Ridgewood. That’s a photo of their newest Bed-Stuy location above, where they’re serving coffee, tea, pastries, snacks, bagels and sandwiches.

Everyday Cafe, Bed-Stuy

Then there’s Everyday Coffee, now open at 380 Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Jefferson and Hancock. A Yelp review reports that the new spot offers baked goods from Bien Cuit, cookies from Ovenly, bagels, sandwiches, coffee and wifi.

Photos via Milk and Pull and Everyday Cafe

Nine-Year-Old Bed-Stuy Resident Wins Service Award from NYMetroParents

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At the beginning of 2017 NYMetroParents, the parenting division of Davler Media Group, announced its first-ever “Caring Kids Awards.” According to the publication,”the honor was established to celebrate children and families who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities via a wide range of volunteer and community service efforts.” And a young Bed-Stuy resident was honored! Her name is Taelynn-Marie Porter, age nine, and she was selected from over 100 submissions for volunteer and community service projects undertaken by kids in NYC, Rockland and Westchester counties and Long Island. She has won a framed certificate, a $500 award and editorial coverage in the magazine. Here’s what she has been up to in Bed-Stuy:

Nine-year-old Taelynn-Marie has been volunteering with her family’s nonprofit foundation GOTI since she was six. Her mother founded GOTI three years ago, and Taelynn-Marie has been a vital part of its success and impact on her Brooklyn community ever since. Each year, the young girl and her family feed families at the Albemarle Family Shelter Thanksgiving Dinner, and also provide Christmas gifts and breakfast to all 200 children there. Taelynn-Marie has served food, wrapped gifts, decorated trees and donated time and service to the homeless families year after year without complaint. She even traveled with her family to Haiti on a mission trip to paint houses and plant trees when she was seven. Taelynn-Marie has served others without expecting anything in return and finds joy in doing so. She is shaping up to be a true servant leader.

Michael Kress, editor of NYMetroParents, called all seven winners “extraordinary role models, ones who demonstrate the true value and rewards of giving back to others.”

News From Around Bed-Stuy

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*Some tense signage appeared on the former Rabbit Moon storefront at 334 Marcus Garvey Boulevard. The cafe closed last year and is now up for rent again. I heard they got booted after the landlord jacked the rent–a story that this sign certainly supports.

*Down the block, on the corner of Putnam and Marcus Garvey, pizza spot Bravi Ragazzi Pizzeria is moving into the old sports bar. The pizzeria is from South London (hmmmm) and serves Neapolitan style.

*Cakeboi Shop is now open at 624 Throop Avenue, right outside of the Kingston/Throop subway. The space used to be a hair salon. The cake looks amazing!

*A gigantic Bed-Stuy rental is planned for 553-569 Marcy Avenue, 833-869 Myrtle Avenue and 90-134 Stockton Street. According to The Real Deal, the “340,000-square-foot complex would include two 10-story buildings, one nine-story building, one eight-story building and three six-story buildings. The inclusion of a 20,000-square-foot supermarket allowed the developer to expand the residential component by that much space through a city incentive.” The first three buildings are expected to be complete in the next six to eight months and the rest of the project should wrap by the end of 2018.

And get this: the developers plan to ask between $1 million and $2 million for the majority of all 301 apartments! Holy cow.

*Finally, don’t miss this Brokelyn interview about a new documentary now in the works: The Scooter Cops of Bed-Stuy. The doc will chronicle two beloved beat cops, Joe Willins and Kenny Kaufman, who “used their relationships with the community to make the 78th a safer neighborhood for all — and without once firing either of their guns in their 20 years of service.”

This Week: Local Art Auction at Kava Shteeble

Kava Shteeble, art auction

Coming up on Thursday, February 23rd, the local art collective Salomé ArtHaus is hosting an art auction at Kava Shteeble, a cafe located at 94 Ralph Avenue. Through the event, Salomé ArtHaus hopes to “create a platform for people to purchase art by local artists in the neighborhood.” I’m all in support of that. If you are too, you should attend the auction this week, which is coinciding with the cafe’s Kava Musik night. The evening will include performances by local singers Eleni Arapoglou and Shilpa Ananth, followed by a silent auction of the works on display at Kava Shteeble right now.

Also, there’s another Salomé ArtHaus event to look forward to next month, on March 31st. The group paired over 20 artists of varying disciplines to create a chain of art–meaning that each pair created a piece that was inspired by the work of the preceding link in the chain. These works will premier at a gallery in Bed-Stuy on March 31st. Stay tuned for more details!