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Double Dutch and hoops: PAL’s Summer Playstreets open Monday

The Police Athletic League (PAL) will be launching its 2014 Summer Playstreets program in Brooklyn on Monday, July 7th. … Full Article

‘Las Bicicletas’ ride into Brooklyn parks

Cheerful metal bicycle sculptures by famed Mexican artist and cycling enthusiast Gilberto Aceves Navarro, 83, are being installed in 10 locations across the city, with the help of the city’s departments of Transportation and Parks. … Full Article

Lifelong Brooklynite Hank Blaustein presents new sketchbook diary

Hank Blaustein, a native and lifelong Brooklynite, born in 1937 in Crown Heights, has been drawing the world around him since he could hold a pencil. His work illustrates the people, places and things that he finds captivating; his goal is to capture their essence and personality on paper. … Full Article

PHOTOS: Shaggy, Olivia, others draw crowd to Brooklyn Borough Hall

Grammy Award-winning superstar Shaggy thrilled a lunchtime crowd at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday at the kickoff to the Summer Music Series and blood drive sponsored by Music Brings Life, working to boost summer blood donations with the Red Cross. … Full Article

Ignite Gala celebrates BAM’s education programming

The second annual BAM Ignite Gala celebrated the expansion of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM’s) education programming on June 30, raising $850,000 in funds and awareness to ensure their continued impact in the community. … Full Article

Schooner helps Bay Ridge celebrate eco dock opening

It’s not every day you get to board an historic schooner and it’s certainly not a common occurrence in Bay Ridge. But on Saturday, people lined up for the chance to board the Lettie G. Howard, an 1893 fishing schooner that was docked at the 69th Street pier for the day. … Full Article

Rooftop venues, waterfront residents ecstatic over return of 4th of July fireworks

The views are spectacular from the Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm within the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Unfortunately, they haven’t fulfilled their potential for the fourth of July since 2008. … Full Article

‘Mutual Friends’ filmed in Brooklyn, stars Brooklyn-based actors

“Mutual Friends,” which was released online on July 1, intertwines 10-plus New Yorkers and at least five complicated relationships into an 85-minute, Brooklyn- and New York-based movie that Director Matthew Watts said originated two years ago as he was watching “Pulp Fiction.”      … Full Article

Spike Lee, cast of ‘Do the Right Thing’ celebrate anniversary in BK

On the 25th anniversary of the Academy Award nominated film “Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee was joined with some members of the movie's cast at Brooklyn Academy of Music's (BAM) Harvey Theater in Fort Greene on Sunday night to reflect back on the film that is as relevant today as it was bac … Full Article

‘Taste of the Caribbean’ celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Caribbean-American Heritage Month wrapped up with a festival at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, with a Grand Bazaar featuring Caribbean businesses, art and heritage, a “Taste of the Caribbean,” and a concert on Borough Hall Plaza showcasing English, French and Spanish talent from the Caribbean … Full Article

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