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Comedy Variety Spicy Medley Show at Dekalb Market


Spicy Medley Comedy Show

Spicy Medley is the HOTTEST comedy variety show in Brooklyn. Hosted by Tess Tregellas and Sara Bergmark who are iconically known as the “girls in the pepper suits.” Spicy Medley features a mixed bag of comedic acts including, Stand Up Comedians, Musical Comedians, Character Actors and always something SPICY. This show is perfect for a memorable night out in Downtown Brooklyn. Bring a group of friends, invite your visiting parents, or have a unique date night, without breaking the bank. Each show features new acts that are guaranteed to spice up your night, every other Wednesday at the Dekalb Stage.

Upcoming Shows:

When: September 1st, September 15th, September 29th!
Time: Doors at 730pm Show 800pm
Where: DeKalb Stage 445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Downstairs in the Markethall!)
Who: Acts from Comedy Central, Netflix, Broadway, and many more!

Sept. 1st Line Up

We’re Having Gay Sex Podcast, Comedy Central, Netflix is a Joke

Netflix, Vanity Fair, Comedy Central

A Little Late with Lilly Singh, ABFF Comedy Festival

Co-Host of The Clowncast Podcast, Comedy Album “Girls Don’t Twerk to Jokes”

Co-Host of The Clowncast Podcast, The Comedy Store

UCB, The Bell House, Union Hall

Hanfu x Chunky Sneaker art installation at Albee Square


Sarula Bao’s Hanfu x Chunky Sneaker installation

You may have noticed some really cool artwork in the windows of the former Century 21 (RIP). Award-winning artist Sarula Bao is a Chinese American illustrator and graphic novelist based in Brooklyn, and her Hanfu x Chunky Sneaker installation will be on display through the end of March.

From Brooklyn Paper:

The installation will feature twelve images from Bao’s Hanfu x Chunky Sneaker 2021 calendar as a tribute to the Lunar Year.

I wonder will will end up happening to the giant retail space that’s now sitting empty after Century 21 shut down. My biggest fantasy is that it will become a bowling alley. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Sarula Bao’s Hanfu x Chunky Sneaker installation Sarula Bao’s Hanfu x Chunky Sneaker installation Sarula Bao’s Hanfu x Chunky Sneaker installation

Huzzah! Year of the Ox celebration coming to Albee Square


Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn

Q: Will there be a traditional lion dance?
A: Hell yeah, there’s going to be a traditional lion dance!

Come and celebrate the Year of the Ox at Albee Square on Saturday, February 13th between 1:30pm and 3pm. There will be a traditional lion dance and a “selfie-station,” which honestly sounds like a fantastic reason to get outside and keep the days from all blending together due to the pandemic.

In terms of the lion dance performance, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership website claims (emphasis mine):

Tradition says that a good lion dance performance brings one good luck and happiness!

Note that they do not mention of what a bad lion dance performance brings. Crossing my fingers that the performance is good…

If you selfie-and-share (at a safe social distance, of course) you’ll get a traditional red envelope containing a small prize. The biggest of the small prizes is a gift card for food at Dekalb Market.

One day of free classes at City Point’s new fitness studio


At Your Beat Fitness Studio

You may have noticed a fitness studio had quietly opened in City Point. Well, that is to say it soft opened. The official opening day is October 13th, and they’re offering free classes all day to celebrate.

The City Point website has the class schedule, with classes starting at 10am and going til 5pm. At Your Beat is an import from London (this Brooklyn location is their first foray into the United States), and offers dance-infused fitness classes.

From their website:

Here at At Your Beat, we’re all about celebrating your individuality and personal growth. You’ll learn to dance and get fit with the most dynamic instructors within the most inclusive environment in the game! We’re about building STRONG BODIES and MINDS because when you’re feeling strong, the sexy will follow! Our principles are rooted in finding your own ‘BEAT’, whether that be learning a new dance style, learning to pick up choreography faster, or learning new, fun ways to get fit that don’t involve gym equipment.

With all the new high-rise residential buildings popping up in this neighborhood, I’m sure we’ll see a huge influx of trendy, niche fitness studios popping up soon. There will certainly be a market, and right now, the neighborhood is very lacking in that area IMHO.

If you wanna take a free class, you can book online at their website.

Free walking tours all weekend to honor public advocate Jane Jacobs


Jane Jacobs

Now in its 8th year, Jane’s Walk NYC, hosted by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), is a weekend-long celebration featuring 200+ free “walking conversation” tours throughout the five boroughs, led by urban enthusiasts and local neighborhood experts.

“There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.” – Jane Jacobs

Everything you know and love about contemporary urban life can be attributed to Jane Jacobs’ activism efforts to preserve New York City’s neighborhoods during the 1950s and 1960s. Jacobs, one of the early pioneers of collective efficacy, fostered the idea of community by galvanizing residents to actively participate in — and familiarize themselves with — the needs of their neighborhood.

She famously stood up to “master builder” Robert Moses, fighting back against the development of highways through bustling urban centers. Moses may not have been stopped completely, but his plans were largely impacted by Jane Jacobs and her work.

Jane Jacobs spent the greater part of her life living in Greenwich Village, advocating for the preservation of neighborhood urbanism. A sampling of tour offerings in Downtown Brooklyn and its surrounding areas this weekend, include:

For a full list of available tours throughout the city, click here.

If you want to know more about Jane Jacobs and her battle against Robert Moses, check out the IFC film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

TD’s Five Boro Bike Tour is coming our way


Five Boro Bike Tour race 2018

Image via Bike New York

The 41st annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour is back this Sunday, May 6th. Around 32,000 cyclists will gear up this year and ride through New York City on car-free streets and highways for 40-miles.

Organized by Bike New York, the tour is a fun way for people to enjoy the city and raise money for the nonprofit organization’s bike education programs. The event will start off with an expo on Friday & Saturday at Pier 12, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook with exhibitors, food and beer. And on Sunday, the bike tour begins at 7:30 am, in four waves at lower Manhattan, and moves its way through Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and finally ends in Staten Island with a Finish Festival (registered participants only) featuring local food vendors and live music.

Official 5Boro Bike Tour route map

Image via Bike New York

It’s probably a good idea not to drive on Sunday, but if you must, here is a full list of all the street closures. The ones near Downtown Brooklyn are:

  • Navy Street (btw Flushing Avenue & York Street)
  • York Street (btw Navy Street & Gold Street)
  • Gold Street (btw York Street & Front Street)
  • Front Street (btw Gold Street & Old Fulton Street)
  • Old Fulton (btw Furman Street & Prospect Street)
  • Cadman Plaza West (btw Prospect Street & Tillary Street)
  • Tillary Street (btw Cadman Plaza West & Adams Street)
  • Brooklyn Bridge Promenade (btw Tillary Street & Centre Street)
  • Furman Street (btw Old Fulton Street & Atlantic Avenue)
  • Joralemon Street (btw Furman Street & Atlantic Avenue)
  • Atlantic Avenue (btw Furman Street & Columbia Street)
  • Columbia Street (btw Atlantic Avenue & BQE West Entrance Columbia Street)

TB Five Boro Bike Tour 2018 Google Map

Good luck on Sunday, and ride safe!

Free Dance and Yoga Classes at Albee Square in May

Free dance and yoga classes at Albee Square
Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash

City Point and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership have teamed up to offer free workouts to the neighborhood. For the first three Saturday mornings in May, take your pick of yoga and dance classes including hip-hop, jazz funk and Broadway dance, or do all three if you’re feeling ambitious. Music will be provided by DJ Mike-Doelo.

Bring your own mat. Water will be supplied.


9AM Yinsa Flow Yoga with Daniele Gates
Combination of slow-flow vinyasa and Yin yoga.
10AM At Your Beat
May 5: FitBEAT Dance & Tone
May 12: BoxBEAT – Hip Hop Boxing
May 19 BashmentBEAT Dance
11AM Dance with the Dodge YMCA
May 5: Jazz Funk with Victoria
May 12: Retro Dance Party with James
May 19: Broadway Dance with James

Discounts at Dekalb Market Hall for National Small Business Week


Dekalb Market Hall Nobletree

We’re smack dab in the middle of National Small Business Week, which spans April 29th through May 5th this year. To celebrate, our favorite local food court, Dekalb Market Hall, has several vendors offering discounts.

Vendors with sales include Cuzin’s Duzin and Paella Shack, with many others also participating in the ten-percent discount promotion. There’s no doubt you’ll be able to find something to fit your tastes and mood down there.

Dekalb Market Hall opened last year, and has quickly become a destination for all of Brooklyn. With over 40 vendors to choose from, there’s certainly something for everyone. And if nothing strikes your fancy, you can always grab some groceries at Trader Joe’s.

New York City’s Small Business Services helped several of the food vendors in Dekalb Market Hall open earlier than planned, by helping with the regulatory paperwork and scouting of locations. This is the vendors’ way of giving back to the community.

If you want the discount, you’ll have to mention National Small Business Week to the cashier at checkout. Bon appétit!

Meeting tomorrow to fight against high rise planned at 80 Flatbush


80 Flatbush MockupImage via 80 Flatbush

Not everyone is happy with all the high rises coming to the neighborhood. Members of our community have banded around stopping the two towers coming to 80 Flatbush Avenue, right across from Atlantic Terminal.

The main argument against this building, as far as I can tell (the official Block 80 Flatbush Towers website is currently down for me, is it working for you?) is that this giant tower will drastically alter several neighborhoods. The tower will be imposing to Boerum Hill, Ft. Greene, Park Slope, Gowanus, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens, all of which consist mostly of brownstone buildings.

This is totally fair. Most of the new Downtown Brooklyn skyscrapers are clustered in the downtown area. Planned buildings like Brooklyn Point, 11 Hoyt, and 9 Dekalb are all in the same general vicinity, none of which looming over other neighborhoods (although 11 Hoyt is pretty close to Boerum Hill).

These new 80 Flatbush towers are creeping farther south, having a much larger impact on people in brownstone Brooklyn.

If you’d like your voice to be heard, you can join the community meeting on Wednesday, April 18th at St. Francis College at 180 Remsen St from 6pm to 9pm.

Brooklyn Neighbors Stop 80 Flatbush Flyer

City Council meeting for Downtown Brooklyn today


84th precinct brooklyn

Looks like the 84th Precinct (which covers Downtown Brooklyn) is having a city council meeting today at 7pm.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it. Will anyone reading this be there? I’d love to post about it on the website.

I’d love to find someone who regularly goes to community events such as these to share their perspective. I love the type of coverage on the Carroll Garden’s blog Pardon Me for Asking, and would love to have the same type of thing here.

Either way, I’m going to try to make it to the next City Council meeting.