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Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
Frank Gallo, 23 and Andrew Tuzhilin, 24 spend almost every day together, they aren’t brothers, although people ask them almost every day. These two friends from northern New Jersey spend their time entertaining children and parents across New York as Rolie Polie Guacamole. They appear at schools, libraries, private parties and music festival to perform [...]
Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
Opalia Flowers When Phoebe Crary looked around Boerum Hill four years ago, she noticed that the neighborhood needed a flower shop. Tapping into her creative juices and knowledge from studying at the Flower School NY, Crary launched Opalia Flowers on Atlantic Ave. The store offers fresh cut flowers by the stem or in arrangements, and [...]
Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
On a dark street in Manhattan, amid a sea of camouflage prints, navy blues, and deep greens, a rainbow flag provided a burst of color to the otherwise dreary November morning. It’s not the type of banner one is used to seeing at a Veterans Day Parade, but American Veterans for Equal Rights is not [...]
Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
New York, New York. If you can buy it here, you can buy it anywhere. Rarely has the brute power of money been so apparent than in the recent World Series win by the Yankees and in the mayoral election in NYC this past week. These two contests prove once again that while money may [...]
Posted on 01. Nov, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
On the north side of Atlantic Ave. in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, mothers, nannies and a daddy or two are jostling with each other to get their strollers into the door of Gumbo. They have arrived to participate in “Music for Aardvarks,” a sing-along that celebrates children growing up in an urban environment. Gumbo offers many [...]
Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
Outside a rundown bar on a blighted Brooklyn street, a man grabs a megaphone and jumps up on a green metal mailbox. Crowds of people holding banners and signs gather close around him. A drummer strikes up a low marching rat-a-tat-tat on his snare, and the man begins to speak. “We’re outside Freddy’s Bar and [...]
Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
Looks like the economy has been a little too ‘taxing’ for the H&R Block on Atlantic between Court and Boerum Pl. The business has emptied its storefront as of this week. This marks the fifth store closing on just one side of this block in the past year. 1. Adam’s by Design – replaced by [...]
Posted on 08. Oct, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
The city has added new sidewalk extensions along Bergen st. in Brooklyn, making the BoCoCa neighborhood just a little bit more pedestrian friendly. However, residents are now complaining about the giant swaths of gray concrete blah-ness on each corner. Artist Christina Kelly is aiming to do something about it. She has submitted plans to the [...]
Posted on 03. Oct, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
Kids pledge to do the darndest things. Like save the environment. This fall, thousands of students around the world will participate in designing patches for the Climate Quilt, a global project that encourages kids to help prevent global warming. The children, hailing from countries such as Australia, Russia, Honduras and the United States, will make [...]
Posted on 25. Sep, 2009 by Jonathan Balthaser.
Earlier this month Anthony Tasso, Commanding Officer of Brooklyn’s 88th police precinct, reported that crime is down 12% year to date, but also said that burglaries have spiked over the summer. Most the of the crimes have been around Fort Greene Park, and they usually involve thieves sneaking through open windows, usually to steal laptops. [...]