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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo by Ben Gabbe
Last Thursday, the ribbon was cut on a renovated affordable housing project at 271 and 291 Bainbridge Street. It was the work of HPD, Enterprise Community Partners, Low Income Investment Fund, NYS Housing Trust Fund and New Destiny Housing. New Destiny is a nonprofit that works with low-income families and individuals at risk of homelessness and domestic violence by connecting them to safe, permanent housing and services.
The four-building, 36-unit affordable complex got $9.4 million in upgrades. Each renovated building now contains six apartments set aside for formerly homeless families, with rents affordable to very low and low income tenants.
Renovations also included new roofs, joist replacement, new and improved lighting in hallways, masonry cleaning, new boilers, additional security cameras, renovated lobbies, new landscaping in all backyards, and new children’s play equipment. Apartment upgrades included new bath and kitchen fixtures, new appliances, floor replacements, tiling and painting. Check out the apartments below!
This Friday between 7 and 11pm, a pop-up art exhibit will be on view at The Malcolm, located at 106 Malcolm X Boulevard between Greene and Lexington. The show, “Pop Geometric” is by the artist Carlos Mateu. Here are more details on Carlos:
Carlos Mateu calls his art style “geometric realism”. His paintings fuse elements of cubism with realism, using straight lines and perspective to create a geometric and three-dimensional effect, while subtly deforming the images. Intense colors of acrylic are applied in layers like silkscreen, creating clean and precise divisions between tones, textured further with oil pastel. His subject matter incorporates surrealism and mysticism to reflect the Afro Cuban life and religions, memories of Cuba, his life in the United States and his own creative perspective on the world around him.
The event is being hosted by Art du coeur, which represents both emerging and established artists and shows their work in various venues around New York City.
This Saturday, June 2nd, there will be a a celebration of all things Atlanta at our local beer and wine bar Bed-Vyne Brew. The bar’s regular DJs will be playing tons of music from the ATL, including favorites like Outkast. Also, Atlanta’s craft beer king, Sweetwater, will be doing a tap takeover. Expect new beers alongside merch giveaways and prizes.
Interested? The tap takeover is from 4pm to 9pm and there’s no cover.