Recap: John Tebeau Artist Reception

John Tebeau, the artist behind Great Good Places- a series of drawings of great local bars around NYC (book forthcoming in the spring!) launched his art show in the BCL Lounge last Thursday evening. Our members joined John in this celebration of beloved bars and dives around town. Members in attendance chose their favorite pieces, and John shared his stories and experiences from each place. We're honored and thrilled to showcase his work for the next few months. If you're in our space, enjoy the art! 

One piece in particular stood out to two of our members. A drawing of Ruby's in Coney Island. Eric Safyan and Kevin Kehler are two architects who redesigned Ruby's after it was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. 

Check out John Tebeau here

Splash Parks

by Jenni Walkowiak

It’s hot outside, and your kids are getting antsy. You could head down to Coney Island or skip over to Rockaway beach, but sometimes that requires more planning and energy that you can muster on days where you’re too hot to function. Thankfully, New York City is full of splash parks and fountains where you and your little ones can cool off and have fun doing it! Just pack a swimsuit, water shoes, and a towel (and don’t forget sunscreen!) Here are three of them, right here in Brooklyn.

 

Photo source: http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/places/playgrounds

Photo source: http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/places/playgrounds

The Waterlab at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6

Beautiful views and so much more to do than just get wet, the Waterlab at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 features a water-jet field that will be sure to keep the kids entertained for hours. Dry off in the Sandbox village nearby!

 

Image Source: https://www.prospectpark.org/news-events/news/summer-water-play-lefrak/

Image Source: https://www.prospectpark.org/news-events/news/summer-water-play-lefrak/

The Splash Pad at the LeFrak Center Prospect Park Lakeside

In the wintertime, the Splash Pad is a second ice-skating rink in the heart of Prospect Park. But when the sun comes out in the summer, the splash pad is the place to be for kids under 12 and their caregivers/families. It’s exactly as it sounds, a designated area of the park with water jets that you and your kiddos can run around in.

 

Image source: https://brooklynbased.com/blog/2012/07/13/five-playgrounds-where-you-can-stay-cool-this-summer/

Image source: https://brooklynbased.com/blog/2012/07/13/five-playgrounds-where-you-can-stay-cool-this-summer/

J.J. Byrne Playground in Washington Park, Park Slope

Right next to the Old Stone House in Washington Park, the J.J. Byrne playground has a colonial theme and parts of the playground were designed by a local artist. The park is equipped with water canons, sprinklers, and other fun water activities. After you dry off, you’re in a family friendly neighborhood with great restaurants and shops that can easily eat a whole day with your kids.

Movies With a View: Brooklyn Bridge Park

by Jenni Walkowiak

Free movies with a fabulous view? Look no further than Brooklyn’s own backyard. Movies With a View has been bringing big screen fun to Brooklyn Bridge Park since 2000. Every Thursday in July and August, you can pack a picnic and catch any of these flicks all while enjoying some fresh air, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan Skyline.

July 6th Office Space

July 13th Pariah

July 20th Casablanca

July 27th The Lego Movie

 

August 3rd 9 to 5

August 10th 42

August 17th Mad Max: Fury Road

August 24th Public Vote

For more information, like how to get to the park

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2017: Mashrou' Leila & Maciste All'Inferno

by Jenni Walkowiak

Brooklyn Creative League is a proud sponsor of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. BRIC is “the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn” (www.bricartsmedia.org) and aims to make art and media accessible, support artists and offers education throughout Brooklyn. Celebrate Brooklyn! Is an annual music and media festival with free concerts all summer long on the Prospect Park Bandshell stage. All the concerts are free (with a few exceptions for benefit shows), all they ask if that you donate $5 at the door upon entry.

Every year, Brooklyn Creative League gives free VIP tickets to our members, we ran a lottery to dole out the loot back in June. I know that I personally, had a lot of fun looking up all of the artists I hadn’t heard of yet. Earlier this summer, Brittany and I shared some highlights of the acts we were looking forward to, but summer is still rolling along! Here are a few acts you can still catch down at the bandshell:

Mashrou' Leila | Photo courtesy of BRIC | source: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-celebrate-brooklyn-festival/mashrou-leila-dawn-midi-dj-khatir

Mashrou' Leila | Photo courtesy of BRIC | source: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-celebrate-brooklyn-festival/mashrou-leila-dawn-midi-dj-khatir

Saturday, July 22 @7PM

Mashrou' Leila/ Dawn of Midi/ DJ Khatir

Banned in several countries for their controversial themes regarding religion, sexuality and politics, Lebanese indie-alt rockers Mashrou’ Leila’s music is fun, sexy, dancy, and dark. They’ve been compared to Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys (two bands I love, obviously). Even though we speak different languages, their music resonates on a whole other level. The group experiments with non traditional instruments (like megaphones) and looping to create their unique and hauntingly beautiful sound. They are making music that is important and needs to be heard, I’m thrilled that they’re headlining right in my backyard this summer.

While writing this blog post, I pulled up Dawn of Midi on Spotify, listened for a moment and thought of how to describe this sound. I thought “oh this is a fun kind of electronic music”... looked them up and discovered that they are an ACOUSTIC ensemble based right here in Brooklyn. They opened for Radiohead for two sold out Madison Square Garden concerts, and I can hear why. Seriously, give them a listen. It’s intoxicating.

Maciste in Hell Poster| Image source: http://inprincipioerailmale.blogspot.com/2016/04/maciste-allinferno-1925.html

Maciste in Hell Poster| Image source: http://inprincipioerailmale.blogspot.com/2016/04/maciste-allinferno-1925.html

Maciste All'Inferno w/ live score by Sexmob

Maciste All’Inferno (Maciste in Hell) is a 1926 Italian horror film. One of the last of a series of films featuring the character of Maciste, during the silent era. Maciste the strongman was, in his time, a superhero. A loyal slave of tremendous strength , Maciste is described as Herculean, and in his twenty seven silent films, is put in different situations which he must overcome using his otherworldly strength. The character of Maciste was revived in the 60’s and briefly in the 70’s. Maciste in Hell was particularly controversial, as images of the devil and Hell were deemed blasphemous. The film is said to have been what inspired legendary director Federico Fellini to get into film in the first place. The film is described as niche, fantastic, and bizarre and I for one, cannot wait to see it.

Scoring the film live will be grammy nominated NYC jazz quartet, Sexmob. This is an original score from them for this film, which should make for quite an interesting evening. I’ll be there-- who’s bringing the popcorn?

Here's a List of All The Cyclone's Home Games

by Jenni Walkowiak 

Have some time to kill some this night? Why not head down to MCU Park just off the Coney Island boardwalk for a good old fashioned baseball game? Sure the Yankees and Mets are major league, but The Brooklyn Cyclones are just as much a part of New York baseball, and it’s right on the beach! And it’s Brooklyn. This minor league team is named after the infamous wooden roller coaster just down the boardwalk. Brooklyn Creative League has a baseball night with the Cyclones once a year, and we’re stoked about it. Mark your calendar because this year we’re going August 17th!!! Here’s a list of every home game this summer:


Saturday, August 5th, 6:00 PM

Sunday, August 6th, 4:00 PM

Monday, August 7th,7:00PM

Wednesday, August 16th, 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 17th, 7:00 PM***

Friday, August 18th, 6:40 PM

Tuesday, August 22nd, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 23rd, 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 24th, 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 26th, 6:00 PM

Monday, August 28th 7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 29th, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 30th, 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 31st, 7:00 PM

Friday, September 1st, 6:40 PM

Saturday, September 2nd 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 7th, 6:00 PM

 

Tuesday, June 20th, 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 24th, 6:00 PM

Sunday, June 25th, 4:00 PM

Monday, June 26th, 7:00 PM

Saturday, July 1st, 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 2nd, 1:00 PM

Monday, July 3rd, 7:00 PM

Friday, July 7th, 6:40 PM

Sunday, July 9th, 4:00 PM

Friday, July 14th, 6:40 PM

Saturday, July 15th, 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 16th, 4:00 PM

Monday, July 17th, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 18th, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 19th, 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 23rd, 4:00 PM

Monday July 24th, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 25th, 11:30 AM

Wednesday, August 2nd, 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 3rd, 7:00 PM

Friday, August 4th, 6:40 PM

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2017

by Jenni Walkowiak

Two years ago, my friends and I were camping out on a giant blanket in Bryant Park, reserving a spot for a few other people. We had wine, cheese, fruits, and cured meats. My mom calls it a “peasant dinner”, even though it cost me an arm and a leg from Whole Foods. That night, we were all settled in to watch the classic dance musical, Footloose, when I got a text from my friend KT that I’ll never forget.

Maybe the flower crown compromised my decision making skills that summer? This selfie was taken moments before I received that fateful text. 

Maybe the flower crown compromised my decision making skills that summer? This selfie was taken moments before I received that fateful text. 

 She had just won the ticket lottery for the smash Broadway musical, Hamilton, and she asked me to go with her. If you don’t know this already, I should tell you that a regular priced ticket to Hamilton can put you out $400 (at a minimum) and the likelihood of you winning the ticket lottery is slim to none. And remember, this was two years ago, when Hamilton was fresh and new, and the cast was original. It was also so new, that I didn’t realize the scope of what was being offered to me. … and I was very comfortable laying on the lawn, with my friends, laughing, eating grapes. So, I told her “thanks but no thanks, I already made plans and I’m going to honor that commitment.”

 “Okay, you’re seriously so dumb but I understand, love you anyway!”

 I stayed in Bryant Park and watched Footloose with my friends. We laughed, sang along, danced around and I didn’t regret it one bit. Okay that’s a lie, I should have definitely gone to see Hamilton, but what isn’t a lie is that I DID have a great time, and going to movies in the park is one of my all time favorite summer traditions in New York.

I mean it was good. Not Hamilton good, but fun. 

I mean it was good. Not Hamilton good, but fun. 

 Here’s what’s on the schedule for the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival this year ( I already know which movie I’m seeing this year-- unless of course another one of my friends winds the Hamilton lottery, then I’ll go see Hamilton...)

 

June 19 – August 21

Lawn opens at 5pm, films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm-9pm)

June 19 – King Kong

June 26 – On the Town

July 3 – The Muppets Take Manhattan

July 10 – Sabrina

July 17 – Wall Street

July 24 – Pillow Talk

July 31 – The Hustler

August 7 – All That Jazz

August 14 – North by Northwest

August 21 – Dirty Dancing

Central Park Summerstage

by Jenni Walkowiak

Just because Brooklyn Creative League is located in Gowanus, Brooklyn doesn’t mean we don’t like to explore everything that summer in New York City has to offer! Arguably the greatest city in the world, New York City is jam packed with fun, free/cheap events all summer long. One of the coolest ongoing events is Central Park Summerstage.

 Central Park Summerstage is a free concert series that takes place in an outdoor venue in Rumsey Playfield close to the 5th Avenue and 69th street entrance to the park. It features performances from international musicians, dancers, family programming and everything in between. The festival has been running every summer since 1986.

 There are a ton of great artists performing this summer. Here are two of them that I think are worth checking out!

Sasheer Zamata | Photo Courtesy JW Photography

Sasheer Zamata | Photo Courtesy JW Photography

 

Monday, July 10th @ 7:00 PM

UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata

 Maybe I’m a little biased, being that I come from a theatre background and that my boyfriend is a stand-up comedian who performed alongside Sasheer last March in LA, but few things are as fun as a good comedy/improv show. Sasheer Zamata in particular is a gem, a former SNL cast member, Sasheer left the show of her own accord because she was fed up with the way the show treats WOC. She’s fearless, funny, and an advocate. I for one, am thrilled to watch her career explode. Few people are as talented or deserving of fame as this badass lady. UCB is an iconic improv troupe that launched the careers of other fearless, funny women like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. You can catch shows every night at the UCB theatre, or you can check out this special event in the park in July. Are you a comedy fan? Check out this show that I produce once a month in Williamsburg! here

 

Regina Spektor: Image source http://the-indie-pendent.com/single-review-bleeding-heart-regina-spektor/

Regina Spektor: Image source http://the-indie-pendent.com/single-review-bleeding-heart-regina-spektor/

Thursday, July 27th @ 6:00 PM

Regina Spektor

 I first heard Regina Spektor when I was a junior in high school. Her voice was so unique and special, her songs were somehow fun and melancholy at the same time. She’s been around the block since then, perhaps not *most* notably, but a fun fact- she wrote and performed the only theme song I don’t skip over- “You’ve Got Time” for Orange is the New Black on Netflix. Russian born, Spektor and her family moved to America when she was 9 years old. Spektor’s music is described as being “anti-folk”, and draws influence from folk, punk, rock, Jewish, Russian, hip hop, jazz and classical music. She plays piano and guitar, and uses her huge vocal range to play with her voice in impressive, unique ways. As a singer, it’s refreshing and inspiring to hear someone use their voice in ways that most don’t think to do. Regina Spektor is a show not to be missed.

 

You can see the full line- up here

What to Do July 4th

by Jenni Walkowiak

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love ALL the Holidays. I love any excuse to dress for a theme, spend time with my friends and family, eat food that’s bad for me (but oh so good), and give or receive gifts. And Independence Day is no exception! Last year was my first July 4th with my boyfriend Lucas. Even though it was raining outside, we snuggled up on his roof in Bushwick and watched his neighbors fireworks while eating gummy worms.

 In a city like New York, there are no shortages of fun things to do on the Fourth of July. Here are just a few ideas to get your Independence Day plans started.

The biggest, most grand fireworks display is arguably the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show, set off from the East River starting at sundown. You can get a stunning view of the show from virtually anywhere along the East River on either the Brooklyn or Manhattan side. Bring a picnic blanket and get to Brooklyn Bridge Park early in the day to camp out the best spot for you and your family. Spaces fill up fast, but you won’t regret a second of waiting around once the show starts.

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Coney Island on America’s Birthday is a great way to fill your entire day with summer fun. Stop by the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, play around in Luna Park, splash about on the beach and settle in on the boardwalk to watch the Coney Island 4th of July Fireworks show.

There are plenty of cruise options in NYC, but one in particular are the Hornblower yacht cruises. You pay one price and get to spend the evening with the best views of the fireworks without having to battle crowded lawns. Check out different cruises to find the best package for you and your family.

Maybe you’ve lived in New York a long time. Maybe the last time you went to the Empire State building was with your visiting family and you’ve sworn you’d never go again. But hear me out- imagine the best view of the entire city, views of the Macy’s Fireworks, fireworks in NJ and all the fireworks being set off in neighborhoods across all boroughs. The Empire State Building 4th of July Celebration is an exclusive, especially New York, class-A way to spend your Holiday.

 

 

No matter what you do for America’s Independence Day, we hope you’ll share with us your photos and stories! And don’t forget to wear sunscreen.