Archive for November, 2013

Support the businesses along Atlantic Avenue on Black Friday.

Hollow Nickel, a restaurant/bar located at 494 Atlantic Avenue between Third Avenue & Nevins Street says:

“For our Black Friday shopping special we have our very own Hollow Nickel Hot Cider Toddy. Nothing better to rejuvenate and warm you up from a long day of shopping than warm apple cider.”

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Jonathan Adler store boasts a “Swanky Holiday”  at 378 Atlantic Avenue.

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Jonathan Adler store in holiday spirit with peace & love pillows at 378 Atantic Avenue.

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REVISED November 27, 2013

2013 Atlantic Avenue Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Window Design Competition 

Celebrating the holidays from the waterfront to the arena

with this year’s theme: Favorite Holiday Songs!

  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party– Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
  • Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition – Nov. 26, 2013
  • Performances by Rolie Polie Guacamole, Dancewave  & Public School 38
  • New Toy/Book Drive for distribution via Councilmember Stephen Levin
  • Special Guests include Santa Claus
  • Favorite Holiday Recipes available at participating stores

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will once again host its Annual Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony and festivities at the Belarusian Church, at 401 Atlantic Avenue, corner of Bond Street, in downtown Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood.  This year’s event is being made possible by sponsorship from Con Edison and Investors Bank and is free and open to the public.

While doing your holiday shopping this year, sing and dance your way along Atlantic Avenue to the theme of Favorite Holiday Songs. This year merchants, from the waterfront to Fourth Avenue, are encouraged to play their favorite holiday tunes and to include the theme in their holiday window designs — weaving a tapestry of traditional and contemporary holiday songs typically heard at this time of year.

The AALDC invites all to “”Shop…Dine…& Celebrate…from the Waterfront to the Arena at Atlantic Avenue’s Specialty Stores and Restaurants.  Collect complimentary Holiday Recipes along the way at participating stores.

Follow the AALDC holiday blog for updates and images of holiday shopping and events at https://atlanticavenuebrooklyn.wordpress.com

The Tree Lighting Ceremony & Activities

The annual tree lighting ceremony is a fun and popular holiday event bringing neighbors, families, merchants and local representatives together from the various neighborhoods (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn and Boerum Hill) along the avenue.

Councilmember Stephen Levin, whose office is located on Atlantic Avenue, will officiate the treelighting at 6:00 pm promptly. Other local representatives and special guests will also be present including the judges of the annual holiday window design competition who will announce this year’s winners. Santa Claus will make a guest appearance to participate in the festivities, greet children and receive their Dear Santa letters.

Back by popular demand, Rolie Polie Guacamole, the award-winning Brooklyn-based jam band, will engage the audience with their popular dance-and-sing-and-jump along to children’s songs.

Dancewave’s Rachel Easton, Celinna Haber and Chandra Kelly will perform their title piece TRIO, an excerpt of Pupil Suite choreographed by Andrea Miller of GallimDance, with accompanying music by Balkan Beatbox.

Children from local Public School 38 will perform holiday songs and a dance piece.

Sharing joy with Brooklyn’s children. During the annual Tree Lighting Party on December 3rd children’s gifts will be collected to contribute to Councilmember Stephen Levin’s toy and book drive for children living in Gowanus Houses (Gowanus) and Independence Towers (Williamsburg). Please bring a gift-wrapped new toy or book and mark the wrapping with the appropriate age and gender.

Complimentary holiday treats and refreshments will be provided by local Atlantic Avenue restaurants and shops: The Moxie Spot, Sahadi’s, Betty Bakery, Pete’s Waterfront Ale House, Trader Joe’s, Moon Organic Café and Sottocasa Pizzeria.

Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition

Awards, in various categories, are given to merchants for their aesthetic contribution to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn and Boerum Hill. Competitors must have their window designs installed by 6 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013 when the panel of judges will walk along the avenue to view and judge individual store windows based on the following criteria: original creative concept; use of materials; display technique; merchandising acumen; execution on a holiday theme and eye catching appeal for pedestrians.

The judges will meet on December 2nd at 6pm at Hollow Nickel at 494 Atlantic Avenue (between Nevins & Third Avenue) and walk the Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront to view store windows. Stores are encouraged to take into consideration this year’s theme of Favorite Holiday Songs when planning their holiday windows.

This year’s windows will be judged by prominent representatives of local entertainment and cultural organizations and personalities: Fred Brown (Associate Producer of Public Affairs at BRIC), Diane Jacobowitz  (Founder & Artistic Director of Dancewave), Terence Kelly (Community Affairs Manager for Barclays Center), Strafe (Composer, Producer, Musician), and Dexter Wimberly (Art Curator).  See post below for full details on this year’s judges.

Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC)

The mission of the AALDC is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, and produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities.


(2,3,4,5 to Nevins Street, A, C to Hoyt Street, R to Lawrence Street, F to Jay Street/Metro Tech or to Bergen Street, Any train to Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center. Buses 61 or 63 to corner of Atlantic Avenue & Bond Street.

For further information please contact the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation at 718-875-8993 or http://www.Atlantivave.org

Learn more about activities and shopping along Atlantic Avenue by checking out the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation Blog at https://atlanticavenuebrooklyn.wordpress.com

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Fred Brown

Fred Brown, Jr. is BRIC’s Associate Producer of Public Affairs since 2011. Fred originally joined the family in 2006 as a freelance field reporter/producer for Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT). His background as a journalist and media professional include professional experience at CNN, C-SPAN, The Washington Post Newspaper Company, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), Thirteen/WNET Public Broadcasting and The New York Times. Fred also serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Fred’s personal motto: “Live and let live.”


Diane Jacobowitz has a long history of performing, teaching and arts administration. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Dancewave; a non-profit organization founded in 1985 currently composed of various youth programs. It’s D-Wave In Motion program focuses on arts in education in New York City public schools and serves thousands of young people in the metropolitan area each year. Ms. Jacobowitz directed her own dance company for over 20 years and performed in many important venues including a season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She taught at public and private schools including Hunter College, NYU, LIU, Brooklyn College and Berkeley Carroll School for six years. Ms. Jacobowitz has an undergraduate degree in dance (BFA) from Ohio State University, a graduate (MFA) degree from Connecticut College and also graduated from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies.

Terence Kelly is Community Affairs Manager for Barclays Center, serving as a liaison between the arena and the surrounding neighborhoods. Working with local stakeholders on matters related to quality of life, government relations, and economic development, Terence also assists with outreach initiatives focused on local hiring, strategic partnerships, charitable giving and community service. Before working at Barclays Center, Terence worked at the NYC Coalition Against Hunger on benefits outreach & enrollment assistance, communications and capacity-building for emergency food programs across the five boroughs. He is an MPA candidate at CUNY-Baruch’s School of Public Affairs and helps his friends organize Hillstock Festival – an annual all-ages, affordable arts & music showcase featuring 50+ acts at 5 venues over three days every June in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn where he resides.

Strafe – composer, producer, musician, arranger and recording artist – has rocked the underground club world for the past two decades with his signature masterpiece “Set It Off,” hailed “the most sampled song of all time” by Billboard Magazine.  The song, its catchphrases, and beat have been used by dozens of famous singers, Hollywood films and television shows. Set It Off also appears on numerous dance compilations internationally. Raised in downtown Brooklyn, Strafe started playing guitar when he was a teen in his father’s band, Mr. Steve & The Young Ones. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, joined the Odessa dance band on guitar and vocals, and in 1984 he toured as a guitarist/backup vocalist with recording artist Shannon. In 1985 Strafe released three songs on A&M Records. In 1989 he formed the Hard Soul® brand and later the recording company.  He performs as a DJ under the name S.t.d.

Curator, Dexter Wimberly was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Wimberly’s curatorial work is focused on contemporary urban history. “I love art that reflects our times, and I am excited to be in the position to work with artists who are shaping contemporary culture and bringing the beauty of under-exposed aspects of modern life to a greater public. I feel that this is my calling within the arts.” A passionate collector and supporter of the arts, Wimberly has personally exhibited the work of over 150 individual artists. His recent exhibitions include Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process at Mixed Greens gallery and Pattern Recognition at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Fort Greene.

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“Favorite Holiday Songs”

Save these dates!

Atlantic Avenue Holiday Windows Design Competition. Judging will be held Tuesday, November 26th. Prominent representatives of local community and cultural organizations will meet at 6pm at Hollow Nickel at 494 Atlantic Avenue (btwn Nevins & Third Avenue) and walk the Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront to view store windows. Stores will be encouraged to take into consideration this year’s theme of Favorite Holiday Songs when planning their holiday windows. Judges include (list in formation): Diane Jacobowitz, Executive Director of Dancewave, Mac Premo, graphic artist/animator, Strafe, musician/songwriter best known for his hit, Set it Off, and producer Fred Brown of BRIC.

Annual Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting & Party. Tuesday, December 3rd, 6 – 8:00 pm at Belarusian Church at 401 Atlantic Avenue, corner of Bond Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

Free and Open to the public.

  • Annual Tree Lighting at 6pm SHARP to be officiated by Councilmember Stephen Levin
  • Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition winners to be announced
  • Holiday Party with special performances to include Rolie Polie Guacamole, Dancewave, and children from P.S. 38
  • Special guest Santa will greet the children
  • Toy & Book collection to contribute to Councilmember Stephen Levin’s toy and book drive for children living in Gowanus Houses (Gowanus) and Independence Towers (Williamsburg). Bring new toy or book fully wrapped with written note on wrapping paper indicating appropriate gender and age group.

During holiday season look for these along Atlantic Avenue:

  • Favorite holiday recipes shared at participating stores. In the last two years more than 100 different recipes have been made available

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