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Atlantic Avenue promises festive fun this holiday season

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Holiday Events in Brooklyn Revitalizing Economic Development for Local Small Businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 15th, 2016 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Holiday Events in Brooklyn Revitalizing Economic Development for Local Small Businesses Brooklyn, New York- December 15, 2016– The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) hosted their annual holiday events along Atlantic Avenue, between 4th Avenue and Hicks Street. With its mission to spread holiday spirit around the community, the AALDC kicked off the season with showcasing several local businesses, special events and savings for all visitors. Atlantic Avenue merchants decorated their store windows as they lined up and down the avenue for the chance to win monetary prizes this year. With this year’s judges representing five different local non-profit organizations, winners were chosen on December 6th.  Mariela Estrella, Director of Brooklyn Tourism & Business Relationships from Brooklyn Chamber and one of these year’s judges explained “I found the stores’ windows to be a reflection of what each store is and their style.” Holiday window winners were announced and presented with awards and prizes during the AALDC Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party on Thursday, December 8th: 1st place awarded to Brooklyn Cat Café, 149 Atlantic Ave; 2nd place was awarded to Hunting with Jake, 380 Atlantic Ave: 3rd place was awarded to Collier West Gallery, 375 Atlantic Ave. Honorable mentions from the competition included Betty Bakery, 448 Atlantic Ave; Opalia Flowers, 377 Atlantic Ave; Collier West, 377A Atlantic Ave and Earth Speaks, 139 Atlantic Ave During the AALDC Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party, held at the St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, families, community leaders and many more were able to enjoy local performances from P.S. 38, P.S. 261, Brooklyn High School of the Arts and The Unique Band. Visitors were able to enjoy a dazzling tree-lighting ceremony officiated by Councilmember Stephen Levin along with special guest, Santa, while the student choir of the Brooklyn High School of the Arts serenaded the crowd with performances of “Oh Christmas Tree” and “Joy to the World.” Along with the appearance of Santa, many community leaders attended and welcomed the crowd before the performances begun. Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon; Gabriel Lewenstein from the Public Advocate Letitia James office; Councilmember Stephen Levin; Deputy Inspector Sergio Centa of the NYPD’s 84th Precinct and Weill Cornell Medicine-Brooklyn Heights rheumatologist Dr. David Goddard.  Visitors were able to take home red-colored promo bags filled with Holiday Sponsor information and many other treats from other organizations. Performances from local schools P.S. 38, P.S. 261, & Brooklyn High School of the Arts set the festive mood for the night as the crowd enjoyed singing and tap performances. P.S. 38’s performances led by Choir Director Laura Chzaszcz and Dance Teacher Andria Devito brought the night before Christmas alive as they sung and performed a tap piece all dressed in the Christmas pajamas. P.S. 261’s performance led by Music Teacher Rocco Oppedisano entertained the crowd as they performed “We need a little Christmas.” Brooklyn High School of the Art’s performance led by Choir Director Christian McLeer serenaded the crowd with a Christmas Melody ending their performance with “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” as the crowd sang along. The evening concluded with donated holiday treats and refreshments from Atlantic Avenue merchants along with a special performance from The Unique Band. This year’s  Atlantic Avenue  food donations were Atlantic Bagel Café, Pair Wine & Cheese, Luzzo’s BK, Key Food, Beasts & Bottles, Brado Thin Crust Pizza, Mitoushi Sushi, Sahadi’s, Della Pietras, Trader Joe’s, Sottocasa Pizzeria, The Soul Spot Restaurant, Betty Bakery, Nevins Gourmet Deli, and Moon Café. In addition to the Annual Holiday Tree-Lighting Ceremony & Party, the AALDC hosted...

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Atlantic Avenue Welcomes the Holiday Season with Special Events and Savings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: November 28th, 2016 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Atlantic Avenue Welcomes the Holiday Season with Special Events and Savings It’s a Happy Holiday Season as you can SEE, FEEL & HEAR on Atlantic Avenue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York! The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host their annual holiday events with its first event being the Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party. On Thursday, December 8th between 6-8pm, families from the community will gather at the St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, located at 401 Atlantic Avenue, for an evening filled with holiday spirit and festive fun. The tree-lighting ceremony will be officiated by New York City Council Member Stephen T. Levin, promptly at 6pm. To kick off the holiday season, AALDC’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party will showcase live performances from local public schools including P.S 38, P.S 261 and the Brooklyn High School of the Arts with a special musical performance from The Unique Band. With the arrival of special guest, Santa, attendees will be able to enjoy the festive mood throughout the evening. This event is free and open to the public. Following the live musical performances, visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments and complimentary small bites donated by some of our local Atlantic Avenue Merchants- Atlantic Bagel Café, Pair Wine & Cheese, Sultan Restaurant & Café Lounge, Luzzo’s BK, Key Food,  Beasts & Bottles, Brado Thin Crust Pizza, Mitoushi Sushi, Sahadi’s, Della Pietras, Trader Joe’s, Sottocasa Pizzeria, The Soul Spot Restaurant, Betty Bakery, Nevins Gourmet Deli and Moon Café. The AALDC will announce the 2016 Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition Awardees during the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party. On Wednesday, November 30th, five judges, all representing local non-profit organizations will view participating Atlantic Avenue Merchants’ windows decorated with eye-catching holiday displays. This year’s five judges will be Mariela Estrella, Director of Brooklyn Tourism & Business Relationships at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Mickey Heller, Co-Chair of Board of Directors at Brooklyn Pride Inc., Kimberly Maier, Executive Director of the The Old Stone House, Andrea Parker, Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, and Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. The AALDC continues to support the Arbor Inn and Providence House this year for their Annual Holiday Toy Drive. This annual tradition will benefit women and children living in these homeless shelters throughout the holiday season. Participating Atlantic Avenue Merchants will have toy boxes throughout the season until December 8th where visitors will be able to bring unwrapped toys for the Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Attendees for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Party are asked to contribute by donating a wrapped gift while indicating the age and gender appropriate for the gift. For a list of all participating merchants and sponsors contributing to the AALDC Annual Holiday Toy Drive, please visit http://atlanticave.org/holidaytoydrive. Throughout the month of December, the AALDC will present the Atlantic Avenue Shop & Dine Promotion, from December 3rd– 17th. Over 40 participating merchants will offer 10 percent off selected items and/or other specials within their business. On Saturday, December 10th from 11-7pm, patrons will be able to enjoy AALDC’s Walk the Windows event. With over 40 Atlantic Avenue merchants participating, visitors will be able to enjoy holiday themed events such as workshops and holiday treats as they view the festive decorative windows throughout the Avenue. For more information about the upcoming Atlantic Avenue Holiday events, please visit www.atlanticave.org/holidays. A big thank you to our holiday sponsors: Weill Cornell...

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Want the ‘Real’ Brooklyn? Go Cheap

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THE KING OF STREET FAIRS RETURNS TO BROOKLYN

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Eureka! Bargain hunter strikes gold at Atlantic Avenue street fair

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