June 23, 2010

Save our Buses!

Yeah!  The community came out to tell the MTA where to go and to stop the cuts to the B71 bus and all the bus lines slated to be restructured or totally eliminated next week. Kids came with signs saying where they take the B71: to schools, to doctors and dentists, to libraries, museums and parks. Representatives of the disabled came to remind the MTA how essential buses are for mobility. The rally was attended by residents and organizations from the Columbia Waterfront district, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Letitia James and representatives from Assemblywoman Joan Millman and State Senator Daniel Squadron's offices, all of whom represent areas served by the B71.  All hail to local resident Marta Heilborn who organized the rally and has gathered hundreds of signatures to stop the elimination of the B71. More good photos and details at the Word on Columbia Street blog including a student-made video on the importance of the B71 bus.

Further action: Write to Jay Walder, MTA Chairman and CEO, 347 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10017 to let him know what you think of these cuts.

 Councilmembers Brad Lander and Leticia James
Students from M.S. 51, P.S. 372, P.S. 58, The Brooklyn New School, Hannah Senesh, Berkely Carroll and many more take the B71 to school

June 21, 2010

Red Hook Jazz Festival Day 2

HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT - that went for the weather and the music on the second day of the Red Hook Jazz Festival.

Sunday June 20 featured some of the best local jazz musicians around and attracted a crowd of music lovers who stayed despite blistering temperatures for a serious Father's Day musical treat!

James Carney Group with Tony Malaby, Chris Lightcap and Dan Weiss opened the show.

Then came Chris Lightcap's Big Mouth with Chris Cheek, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver. 

Neighborhood bassist Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors with Jonathan Goldberger, Mike Gamble, John Ellis, Alan Ferber & Ches Smith. 

Lastly the rain held off for the Canadian born now Brooklynite Harris Eisenstadt's Canada Day with his own incredible line up of Nate Wooley, Matt Bauder, Chris Dingman, & Eivind Opsvik

More pictures from a great day:

Thanks to everyone who came to see the music and all the many Urban Meadow members and friends who made the shows happen. Stay tuned for more great jazz in September!

June 18, 2010

Community Rally to save the B71 Bus

WHEN: Wednesday, June 23rd at 5 PM
WHERE: Union and Smith Streets Bus Stop

The MTA has declared the Union Street B71 Bus over, but our Brooklyn communities say NO!

We need this bus: to get our kids to schools, connect our neighborhoods, serve the elderly, protect the environment by providing an alternative to cars, and access to Brooklyn's cultural institutions like the Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Museum and the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Show the MTA, Mayor Bloomberg and Albany how we feel about cutting our VITAL public services

Bring signs that show all the places you travel to using the B71!


June 15, 2010

CSAs are healthy AND fashionable!

An Urban Meadow CSA member posted the above picture to the Urban Meadow's facebook page. This proves that CSAs are not only healthy and environmentally friendly, but also fashionable!

Red Hook Jazz Festival Day 1

Take some jazz, a friendly neighborhood Assemblywoman, music lovers and some rain and what do you get?  Good times on the first day of the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 13th!  Gray skies were threatening all day and rain finally started around 3 PM but not before listeners got a good taste of three amazing bands - Dave Sewelson's BQE laid down some great bluesy jazz.  Sewelson himself is the quintessential blues man in his long beard and dark glasses - as you can see, some of our smallest fans bellied up to the stage to enjoy his music:

June 11, 2010

Reminder: Red Hook Jazz Fest this Sunday!!!

Kids are free, suggested $5 donation for adults

There will be snacks, drinks, and t-shirts on sale at the event, with all proceeds supporting the Urban Meadow!

June 8, 2010

Ommmmm - Yoga at the Meadow starts this Thursday!

As the sun sets over the waterfront and the air cools down, come enjoy yoga classes at the Urban Meadow. Starting June 10 and for every Thursday in June at 7 PM,  instructor Anna Mumford will be offering yoga for a pay-as-you-will donation. Anna has a studio in Red Hook and has been teaching for several years after training in the Forrest yoga method.  We are so excited that Anna is coming to the Meadow!

June 7, 2010

Red Hook Jazz Fest coming up this weekend!

We're getting very excited for the 2010 Red Hook Jazz Festival coming up this weekend at the Urban Meadow, Sunday June 13th. And on June 20th it's "Take Your Dad to a Jazz Show Day" as the RHJF continues on Fathers Day, Sunday June 20th. See the RHJF page for all the details.

New page for Urban Meadow CSA members

We've started a special page on the website for Urban Meadow CSA members which will include announcements, information and recipes.  See here: Urban Meadow CSA. The page will always be available on the website sidebar.

The recipes are also good for anyone interested in cooking with fresh summer foods!

June 4, 2010

Pier 6 Opens

Hurray!  Pier 6 - our neighborhood's most immediate part of Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street, is opening Saturday, June 5.  Pier 6 will include an incredibly fun sounding playground with special areas like Slide Mountain and Swing Valley.  There will also be planted spots with marsh plants, lawns, benches and places to hang out and look at the beautiful view of the water and Lower Manhattan.  Aside from all the wonderful features of the Pier one of the coolest additions is the water taxi to Governors Island, only a 3 minute ride from Pier 6 - and it's free.

This view of one of the playgrounds at Pier 6 is from the top of a giant slide:

Urban Meadow CSA Begins

Saturday June 5, 2010 is the first day of the new Urban Meadow CSA, administered by Just Food.  The CSA is partnered with the Anthill Farm, which describes itself as a small family farm committed to organic farming practices. 

The distribution point will be in the Urban Meadow on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM through the end of October.  The first day will be especially fun as the farmers will be there to mingle with the members of the CSA.  It's always great to see the Meadow being used for community events like this.  We will post with pictures of the first day soon.