From Borough President Marty Markowitz
May 8th, 2002
Dear Brooklyn Rail,
I organized Lighten Up Brooklyn because many Brooklynites—myself included—would benefit from losing a few pounds. We’ve invited Brooklynites who want to slim down a bit to register and be officially weighed at one of over 150 weigh-in stations located all around the Borough. They’ll return to the same station to find out their new weight during the week of June 9th. It’s easy! And it’s never too late to join.
To help make it easier to shed those extra pound, we’ve organized a series of special events for May and June. These are in addition to:
Mondays, 7:30 a.m., Walk to Work. Join me starting at Prospect Park West and 9th Street as I walk to work. Or walk to work on your own. If you live too far to walk, get off the subway or bus a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way.
Wednesday, noon, Lunchtime Power Walks in the Borough Hall vicinity. Join me at noon at the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Saturdays, Brooklyn Park Walks. Walk in your neighborhood park or meet me at one of these parks at 10:00 a.m.: Fort Greene (May 11), Carroll Park (May 18), McCarren Park (June 1), Marine Park (June 8), Bensonhurst Park (June 15).
Hope You can join us!
From Pratt Area Community Council:
May 10, 2002
Dear Brooklyn Rail,
Displacement Watch, a campaign of the Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), has received the first batch of 500 posters of the Rent 2002 Campaign, a movement to persuade the State Legislature and Governor to renew and strengthen the rent control and rent stabilization laws in 2002, a year before they expire.
As the sampaign explains: “Tenants must hold our elected officals accountable and make them address this issue before the November 5, 2002 election, not after.” If we wait the politicians are free to do what they want; the time to mobilize is now. Tenant organizations, labor unions, and community groups are coming together—pushing for a goal that will help all working families.
The large black and yellow posters have a simple message: Stronger Rent Laws Now! We are trying to get as many tenants to put the posters in their windows as possible. For everyone wanting to support the campaign and fly your yellow and black colors of Tenant Power, stop by PACC’s office at 201 Dekalb Avenue and pick some up. We need help getting as many out there as possible in order to represent Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, and Williamsburg—as well as stand in solidarity with tenants state-wide.
Greenpoint YMCA June Events
Greenpoint YMCA located at 99 Meserole Avenue. For info call (718) 389-3700
June 8th: Father’s Day Gift Extravaganza. Children age 4–12 are invited to make gifts for their dads, uncles, or grandfathers. Parent must be present.
June 12th at 7 p.m.: Free Healthy Living Lecture. Talk will be on "The Art of Psychological Wellness." Advanced registration is necessary, call 389-3700.
Friday June 14th: Water Basketball on from 6-8 p.m. Refreshments.
Greenpoint YMCA Celebrates YMCA 150th Anniversary: Walking Tour sponsored by the Municipal Arts Society. Sunday, June 16 at 1 p.m. Join us for a walk through a neighborhood of enormous historical and architectural interest. We will wander into adjacent Northside, one of the city’s newly chic enclaves, and end up at the YMCA on Meserole Avenue. The Greenpoint YMCA will serve refreshments in the lobby and will offer tours of the branch. For info call 387-3700.
June 17th: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Greenpoint YMCA hosts Summer Camp Open House.
June 22nd from 2–4 p.m. A YMCA 150th Birthday Party and the unveiling of the capital campaign plaque. For info call 389-3700.
June 26th from 7 to 8 p.m: Free Healthy Living Lecture. Topic is Hip and Knee Problems. Advance Registration is necessary, 389-3700.
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The Brooklyn Presence at SXSWBy Nic Yeager
MAY 2022 | Film
Between March 11 and 20, four Brooklyn-based short films screened at SXSW, each shot in Brooklyn and made by and featuring Brooklynites. SXSW is known for celebrating innovation in tech and education, and these projects offer their own kind of innovation: namely, an irreplaceable artistic ingenuity that flows out of this borough.
from O.B.B.by Paolo Javier, with artist Alexander Tarampi
NOV 2021 | Poetry
The former Queens Borough Poet Laureate (2010–14), Paolo Javier was born in the Philippines and grew up in Las Piñas, Metro Manila; Katonah, Westchester County; El-Ma’adi, Cairo; Burnaby and North Delta, Metro Vancouver. He’s produced three albums of sound poetry with Listening Center (David Mason), including the limited edition pamphlet/cassette Ur’lyeh/ Aklopolis and the booklet/cassette Maybe the Sweet Honey Pours. The recipient of a 2021 Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Grant, Paolo Javier was a featured artist in Greater NY 2015 and Queens International 2018: Volumes. His fifth full-length book of poetry, O.B.B., a (weird postcolonial techno dream-pop) comics poem that also includes illustrations by Alex Tarampi and Ernest Concepcion, has just been published by Nightboat Books. He lives with his family in Queens.
sixBy Diana Rickard
MAY 2022 | Poetry
Diana Rickard is a poet and sociologist, and an Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. Her poems have recently appeared in a number of journals and magazines, and her book on documentaries about wrongful conviction is forthcoming from New York University Press.
66. (Brownsville, Midtown Manhattan, Tribeca)By Raphael Rubinstein
SEPT 2021 | The Miraculous
The New York years of this sound artist as he sometimes calls himself (declining the monikers musician or composer) begin in Brooklyn, the borough of his birth. He remembers how when he went to high school he was advised, dont tell them youre from Brooklyn, they will think youre an idiot. Musically gifted and growing up in a Jewish community in the Brownsville neighborhood, he begins to sing in synagogue choirs, often during services that run for hours at a time.