Atlantic Avenue Blog

A Special Thank You Goes To…

As we are counting down the days until our Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party on December 8th, we would like to say thanks to Miss Jessie’s LLC. Miss Jessie’s was able to provide us with an in-kind donation of hair products for our visitor promo bags to be given during our Holiday Party. Thank you Miss Jessie’s and Happy Holidays from the AALDC team!  ...

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Gearing up for our 2016 Holiday Window Judging Competition

The Holiday Season has taken over Atlantic Avenue and we can’t contain our excitement for our first event. On November 30th, participating merchants’ decorative holiday windows will be judged by our five judges, all representing different local non-profit organizations within Brooklyn. We can’t wait to see what our merchants have in store for us this year! Let’s go back in time to 2015 and enjoy some the holiday windows our merchants created. Betty Bakery, 448 Atlantic Avenue  Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Avenue Nest Egg Kids, 109 Atlantic Avenue  Parlor, 527 Atlantic Avenue Sahadi’s, 187 Atlantic Avenue ...

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Meet the 2016 Judges for the AALDC Atlantic Avenue Merchant Holiday Window Judging Competition

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation’s (AALDC) first event along Atlantic Avenue will be our Merchant Holiday Window Judging Competition. Our local merchants along Atlantic Avenue ,between 4th Avenue and Hicks Street, will be decorating their store display windows with their holiday finest of decorations for the community to view. Our  five judges this year will be representing five different non-profit organizations locally throughout Brooklyn.   Mariela Estrella– Director of Brooklyn Tourism & Business Relationships, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Mariela Estrella is the Director of Tourism and Business Relationships at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. As the leader of the Brooklyn Tourism and Hospitality Council, she oversees an industry devoted to showcasing the world’s greatest borough. A born-and bred New Yorker, she dedicated her time to Explore BK, the borough’s dedicated tourism website. Explore BK is a complete source for Brooklyn dining, events, shopping, attractions, and more!   Mickey Heller– Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Brooklyn Pride INC. Mickey Heller, a Native New Yorker originally from the Bronx, has spent the last 32 years in Brooklyn. A graduate of the HS of Music & Art, Hunter College and Brooklyn Law School, Mickey has been practicing law for approximately 25 years and says that he will continue to practice until he gets it right! An expert on for your workers compensation claim and a smooth listener. A founding board member of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Mickey has done volunteer work for a number of non-profit organizations, and will be the Park Slope Santa for the 5th Avenue BID again this year, but says he is proudest of his work with Brooklyn Pride, Inc. He became involved with Brooklyn Pride, Inc. by driving former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’ parade float in 2007 & 2008. That led to volunteering in 2009 on the parade and 5K Run, and in 2010 he became, and currently serves, as the Parade Coordinator. Mickey became Co-Chair of Brooklyn Pride in 2012, Chair from 2013-2015 and is thrilled to be working with Jamie Farnam as Co-Chairs in 2016 and again for 2017 which will be June 5-10, 2017.   Kimberly Maier– Executive Director, The Old Stone House Kimberly Maier is the Executive Director of the Old Stone House & Washington Park – a community-based education, environmental and cultural organization that is the conservancy organization for Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  OSH produces or presents nearly 100 cultural events annually, ranging from outdoor festival programming to the monthly new music series,  Musical Ecologies.  Last year, OSH provided programs for 7,000 schoolchildren, hosted nearly 47,000 visitors and more than 400,000 park users .  Kim is on the board of the Park Slope 5th Avenue Business Improvement District, as well and as a Trustee of the Park Slope Civic Council.  She has lived in Park Slope with her family since 1983.   Andrea Parker– Executive Director, Gowanus Canal Conservancy Andrea Parker is the Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, where she works to empower a community of environmental stewards and design advocates in the Gowanus Watershed.  Her background as a landscape designer and gardener provides an invaluable pragmatic understanding of how landscapes are built and maintained.  She received a BA from the University of Chicago, studied Landscape Horticulture at Merritt College, and received a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia.   Nancy Webster– Executive Director, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Nancy Webster is Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which produces diverse and innovative programming for park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront.In 2015, Webster spearheaded the opening...

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2016 Holiday Events are on their way!

  2016 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE Wednesday, November 30th: Atlantic Avenue Merchant Window Judging Competition December 3rd to 17th: Shop & Dine Promotion Thursday, December 8th – 5 to 8 PM: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party (At the Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Ave.) Saturday, December 10th – 11 AM to 7 PM: ‘Walk the Windows’ KEEP VISITING THE OFFICIAL ATLANTIC AVENUE BLOG FOR MORE ATLANTIC AVENUE HOLIDAY EVENTS...

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