Release Date: November 25, 2014
Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications
Atlantic Avenue Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony &
Holiday Party to be held December 5, 2014 at 6-8 pm
Annual Holiday Window Design Competition Winners to be Announced
Brooklyn, New York – November 25, 2014 – On Friday, December 5, 2014 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host its Annual Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Party at the Belarusian Church, at 401 Atlantic Avenue, corner of Bond Street, in downtown Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood. The tree lighting, to be officiated by NYC Councilmember Stephen Levin together with local schoolchildren singing holiday songs, will occur at 6:00 pm sharp. Winners of the Annual Holiday Windows Competition will also be announced. Live entertainment will be provided by Rolie Polie Guacamole and school children from public schools 38 and 261. Collection for toy drive will be held as well. Holiday treats and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s holiday events are made possible by Sponsorship from the New York City Council, Con Edison and Investors Bank with Media Sponsorship by Yelp! and is produced and hosted by the AALDC.
Holiday Season on Atlantic Avenue. This year’s theme for the avenue is Holiday Bling! Walk the avenue to shop, dine and celebrate this holiday season from the arena to the waterfront (Fourth Avenue to Hicks Street) to enjoy holiday windows, music gently played by individual stores for passersby, and shop the specialized boutiques, galleries, antiques and gift stores unique to Atlantic Avenue. Stop along the way for great dining at any of the many highly-rated restaurants. Thanks to Home Depot’s generous discount to the AALDC, 800 LED lights and timer will decorate the tree this year in support of being green while also celebrating and incorporating the holiday bling theme through the re-purposing of items that will bright and delight. Follow the AALDC holiday blog for updates and images of holiday shopping and events at https://atlanticavenuebrooklyn.wordpress.com
Entertainment. This cherished annual event brings together neighbors, families, merchants, and local representatives from Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, and Downtown Brooklyn. Entertainment by Brooklyn’s own — and now loved nationally — Rolie Polie Guacamole, the award-winning jam band, that never fails to liven up the youngest of crowds to jump and dance while acting out the songs. Children from local Public School 38 and 261 will perform holiday songs and a dance piece. Community leaders and representatives, as well as Santa Claus will be present.
Complimentary holiday treats and refreshments will be provided by several favorite and yummy local Atlantic Avenue restaurants and shops including: The Moxie Spot, Sottocasa Pizzeria, Betty Bakery, Sahadi’s Fine Foods, and Pete’s Waterfront Ale House.
Toy Drive to Benefit Local Children. During the annual Tree Lighting Party on December 5th, gifts for local children living in city housing will be collected for distribution by Councilmember Stephen Levin’s office. Please bring a gift-wrapped new toy or book and mark the wrapping with the appropriate age and gender.
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 Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 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 Wednesday, December 3rd 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 Holiday Bling! when planning their holiday windows.
This year’s windows will be judged by prominent artistic individuals and business representatives specializing in community affairs: Oasa DuVerney, artist and Smack Mellon Studio Artist Residency (2014-2015), Justin Hohn, Public Affairs Manager for Brooklyn Public Affairs team at Consolidated Edison, Kianga “Kiki Kitty” Peterson, clothing designer to the stars and creator of the K.Milele collection, Mac Premo (Artist, Stuffmaker, Commercial Director), and Annette Strawder, Assistant Vice President and Bank Manager at Investors Bank Boerum Hill branch.
Oasa DuVerney is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Queens, New York. DuVerney received her B.F.A. from the Fashion Institute of Technology and her M.F.A. from Hunter College, CUNY. DuVerney was awarded the Smack Mellon Studio Artist Residency (2014-2015), the LMCC Workspace program residency (2012-2013), the Tony Smith Award by Hunter College (2011), a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council (2011), a grant award from the Citizens Committee For New York City (2010, 2013), and the Aljira Emerge Fellowship by the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (2007). Publications include The New York Times (2012, 2011), and the New York Daily News (2010).
Selected exhibitions include Thanks For Writing, 601 Artspace, NYC (2014); Crossing the Line, Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC (2013); MYLFworks Revenge, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY (2013); Through A Glass Darkly, Postmasters Gallery, NYC (2012); Superheroes and Antiheroes, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Old Westbury, NY (2012); Crown Heights Gold, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2011); and Planet of Slums, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ (2010).
Justin Hohn is a member of the Brooklyn Public Affairs team for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States. As Public Affairs Manager, his primary areas of focus include strategic giving, community outreach, media and government relations, employee communications, and volunteerism. Hohn currently manages community stakeholder relationships throughout the diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn and implements strategies and programs that contribute to and maintain the educational, environmental, cultural, and economic vitality of Brooklyn.
Hohn is a Board Member on both the DUMBO Business Improvement District and Court Livingston Schermerhorn BID. He is also a member of the Boerum Hill Neighborhood Association, where he resides in Brooklyn.
Kianga “Kiki Kitty” Peterson, a 21-year fashion veteran, launched her contemporary collection, K.Milele, in 2012. Kiki Kitty has enjoyed more than two decades of success, designing for Rocawear (Jay Z), Sean John (Puffy), Festish (Eve), Baby Phat (Kimora Lee Simmons), Chic (Nicky Hilton), William Rast (Justin Timberlake), Peoples Liberation, Dollhouse, Heatherette, Dereon (Beyonce) and the Nicki Minaj Collection for Kmart.
The core aspects of fashion, originally stirred Kiki Kitty’s passion for design, draping, dress making, sewing and pattern making. The result…..K.Milele. This contemporary collection represents the powerful, savvy woman. Kiki Kitty has become intertwined with the bold, sassy girl she has always been and her true voice breathes life into the new K.Milele collection. You will see bold prints, color and hand beading, as an added flair, to make every piece in this collection memorable, fashionable and wanted by all. http://www.kikikitty.com
Mac Premo, b. 1973: American artist, stuffmaker, commercial director, NYFA fellow. Mac graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. He has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Miami, London and PS1 MOMA in Queens, and has initiated and participated in several public art projects in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His fine art sculptural and collage work is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York. Mac has won 7 New York Emmy® Awards for his video and animation work, including awards for best commercial, best photography, best set design and best public service announcement. He currently makes art, video, illustration, wooden things, noises and dinner, most nights. Mac lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two totally radical daughters.
Annette Strawder joined Investors Bank on March 3, 2014 as the Assistant Vice President. and Branch Manager of the bank’s retail banking location at 399 Atlantic Avenue, in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Strawder is a longtime Brooklyn resident and community activist and oversees business development, client relations and day to day operations at the branch. Her banking career started at Citibank where she spent 20 years in roles that included personal banker, business banker and branch manager, winning numerous awards for performance.
Given Strawder’s role as an active volunteer treasurer for a local food pantry in her community, she was attracted to the position at Investors Bank that focused on community outreach. Since joining Investors Bank, Strawder has participated in the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ Financial Literacy workshops addressing topics such as Financial Planning for Seniors and preventing identity theft, and coordinated an Estate Planning and Living Will session. Strawder is a new board member of the Atlantic BID board.
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 images of this year’s holiday poster for this event please contact Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com or see holiday poster at https://atlanticavenuebrooklyn.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/2014-hoiday-poster.jpg
Please contact Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com for images of unique holiday gifts available on Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and Hicks Street.
For further information please contact the AALDC 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’s holiday blog.
Follow our holiday blog at https://atlanticavenuebrooklyn.wordpress.com