IT MAY BE SAFE TO SAY THAT WITH UNEMPLOYMENT affecting New Yorkers across the financial spectrum, this year’s Brooklyn Public Library PowerUP! entrepreneurial competition will receive even more applications than last year’s record number. In 2008 PowerUP! received 461 participants representing 378 different business ideas. Seventy-five submitted final plans. Program leaders, including MAUD ANDREW, manager..
Month: February 2009
IT IS LAURA CANTY-SAMUEL’S job to play like a kid — a costumed, well-rehearsed, hilarious kid — up to eight times a week. With her ensemble cast, the Paper Bag Players, the grown-up actor plays a polar explorer, a nervous student, a tree and a bathtub, all to engage the very youngest of audience members in theaters..
AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of St. John’s Bread and Life, ANTHONY BUTLER has a passion for finding a need in the Brooklyn community and filling it. Although Bread and Life in Bed-Stuy is Brooklyn’s largest soup kitchen — serving more than 1,000 meals five days a week — it prides itself on offering many social services..
SOMETIMES AN INTIMATE performance space, like the historic 19th-century chapel at the First Unitarian Church, can be downright explosive when it is filled to capacity with an audience moved to standing ovations and cheers. Such was the case on Friday night, Feb. 13, when the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society (BCMS) played a program of octets…
WELL OVER A HUNDRED PEOPLE were in attendance Wednesday night as the third annual Block Institute Art Expo opened with an artists’ reception. Brooklyn artist DAVID PIERCE spoke about the importance of art and the Brooklyn community, and visitors browsed a juried art exhibit and silent art auction of donated pieces. The exhibition, which will..
SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT CLOTHES HAS LONG FRUSTRATED DEB MALKIN. As a plus size woman, finding something in a store that she both liked and fit was a challenge, and sometimes worse — she has been told after walking into a shop, “We don’t have anything that fits you.” “I’ve had too many experiences like..
HARRIET WOHLGEMUTH IS EXCITED about the next Wednesday Music Club meeting, as she always is about each of the club’s five annual events. As program chair, she has arranged for fellow Sarah Lawrence alum Carol Hall, composer of the score and lyrics of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, to perform for an hour in..
ON JAN. 28, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS and independent wine sellers throughout the state of New York announced the formation of a new coalition called The Last Store on Main Street to stop the state’s legalisation of wine sales in places other than licensed liquor stores. “Basically we believe that it would put mom-and-pop retail stores..
EACH VALENTINE’S DAY, a few lucky couples say their ‘I Do’s’ on the Empire State Building’s observation deck after winning the opportunity through Brides.com. This Feb. 14, for the first time, the back-to-back private ceremonies will include a same-sex commitment ceremony in which Park Slope women JESSICA CHESNUTT and NATALIE SAURO will declare their love..
BEST FRIENDS NICOLE KELLY and CYNTHIA STODDARD have much in common, although Kelly lives in Georgia and Stoddard in Park Slope. Top priorities for both women include raising their children, living each day fully and positively, and fighting against their chronic illnesses. Although still fighting, Stoddard has begun to lose her battle. “She’s on borrowed..