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GUMBO, 493 Atlantic Avenue, btwn Third Avenue & Nevins Street


Out of the Closet Thrift, 475 Atlantic Avenue, btwn Third Avenue & Nevins Street


Planet Brooklyn Academy, 517 Atlantic Avenue, btwn Fourth & Third Avenues


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Local shops and restaurants donated delicious holiday treats, refreshments and ice cream! Many thanks to The Moxie Spot, Sahadi’s Fine Foods, Betty Bakery, Pete’s Waterfront Ale House, Sottocasa Pizzeria, Trader Joe’s & Moon Deli for your contributions to the Atlantic Avenue Annual Tree Lighting Party held on December 5, 2014 at Belarusian Church on Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 

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Photo by Michelle Karshan for AALDC

Atlantic Avenue Annual Community Tree Lighting & Holiday Party, December 5, 2014 * Santa, Assembly member-elect JoAnne Simon, Councilmember Stephen Levin (officiated the tree lighting), Sue Wolfe, Co-Vice President of Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. at Belarusian Church on Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  Produced and hosted by AALDC, Sponsored by New York City Council, Investors Bank, Consolidated Edison. Media Sponsor: Yelp!

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By Anna Spivak | editorial@homereporter.com

See photos and full article at http://homereporter.com/atlantic-avenue-celebrates-with-annual-tree-lighting/

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hollow nickel color

Winners of the AALDC 2014 Annual Holiday Windows Design Competition Announced

This year, we suggested that merchants incorporate the theme “Holiday Bling” into their window designs.

We are pleased to have a distinguished group of judges made up of prominent artistic individuals and business representatives specializing in community affairs. We thank them for their generous time and expertise.

A special thank you to our judges: Oasa DuVerney, a Brooklyn-based artist and video performance artist, Justin Hohn, Public Affairs Manager for Con Edison in Brooklyn, Kianga “Kiki Kitty” Peterson, clothing designer to the stars and creator of the K.Milele collection, Brooklyn-based Mac Premo, Artist, Stuffmaker, Commercial Director, and Annette Strawder, Assistant Vice President and Bank Manager at Investors Bank Boerum Hill branch.

The Winners this year are:

1st Place – Hollow Nickel, 494 Atlantic Avenue between Third Avenue & Nevins Street

2nd Place – Betty Bakery, 448 Atlantic Avenue, between Nevins & Bond Streets

3rd Place – Dig Garden Design/Landscaping Shop, 479 Atlantic Avenue, between Third Avenue and Nevins Street

Honorable Mention:

Roc n’ Sole, 492 Atlantic Avenue, between Third Ave & Nevins Street

Floral Heights, 107 Atlantic Avenue, between Hicks and Henry Streets

Congratulations to all our winners!

Be sure to check out the winning windows as well as the many other creative holiday windows along Atlantic Avenue. We hope you will support all our wonderful shops and restaurants during this festive time!


Betty Bakery




Roc n’ Sole


Floral Heights

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AALDC Atlantic Avenue Community Holiday Tree  


Visit the Community Holiday Tree @ corner Atlantic Avenue & Bond Street.

The AALDC Holiday Tree exemplifies Holiday Bling while being Green!

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. used 800 LED lights with a timer to decorate the community holiday tree this year in support of being green while also celebrating and incorporating the holiday bling theme through the re-purposing of items that are bright and delight.

In the spirit of being Green combined with this year’s theme of Holiday Bling, the AALDC Board of Directors Holiday Committee took part in upcycling for this year’s holiday tree decorating.  Using discarded computer compact disks (CDs), they decorated them with beautifully designed sparkly glitter and shiny bows to hang as ornaments on the 12-foot community holiday tree.  They also used old paper clips to hang them instead of ornament hooks.

The result was an amazing display of upcycled bling on Atlantic Avenue!

We hope you will support all our wonderful shops and restaurants during this festive time!

Shop, Dine and Celebrate along Atlantic Avenue from the arena to the waterfront!


The process used by the AALDC to make the holiday bling ornaments out of discarded CDs:

  • Gather used/discarded CDs
  • Paint modge podge on the CDs
  • Apply and design glitter to the CDs (some had actual designs like stars and swirls with both gold and silver)
  • Dry the glitter
  • Spray clear paint sealant spray on the glittered CDs before hanging on the tree as a waterproofing for outdoor use
  • Apply bows
  • Used paper clips to hang the ornaments

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I have set up my studio as a showcase for my stitched artworks which, for over the past forty years, I’ve created for galleries, corporations, private clients, magazines, etc. I hope you will come by for a visit.

Recently, I invited two art curators to see my images and it occurred to me that if you, fiber artists, neighbors, fellow artists, neighbors and friends, would also like to see this display of my artworks, please call me to arrange a day and time to stop by and see my studio exhibition on December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20. Groups and students are definitely welcome.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Since 1972, my stitched images have been used primarily for illustrations and large-scale hangings, but I have also created stitched props, costumes, quilts and portraits that have been used in children’s books, posters, advertisements, magazines, etc. My book, Picture Your World in Appliqué, published by Watson-Guptill Publications, includes galleries of my stitched artwork, as well as step-by-step projects that explain my techniques.

Since 1972, I’ve been a self-employed artist/illustrator using fabric and thread to create realistic imagery. I don’t sew buttonholes… hems, or zippers. However, I have designed and stitched Broadway show posters, a Time Magazine cover, even soft sculpture fish for “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

My samplers, soft sculpture, quilted hangings, props, and portraits  have warmed up the images of many clients: from AT&T to Aunt Millie’s Spaghetti Sauce. From Harcourt, Macmillan and Random House to Absolut Vodka, The Village Voice and Vanity Fair.

Best wishes,


Margaret Cusack

124 Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill

Brooklyn, NY 11217-2215

email:  cusackart@aol.com

website:  http://www.MargaretCusack.com

phone/fax:  718.237.0145

cell:  718.909.4402

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