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Atlantic Avenue Concludes its Holiday Season with Special Savings and Events for All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 14th, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, New York-December 14, 2017– As the wintry season continues, the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) celebrated with their annual holiday events along Atlantic Avenue between 4th Avenue to the breathtaking waterfront. From shopping to dining and everything in between, Atlantic Avenue was filled with special events & offers from local businesses while Santa strolled along during the ‘Walk the Windows’ event. Along with New York City experiencing its first snowfall of the season on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, patrons were able to spend a day traveling through Atlantic Avenue enjoying free holiday-themed events from merchants and spectacular outdoor performances by the Atlantic Avenue Official Holiday Tree. Free events included #germfree giveaway bags and snacks from CityMD at 457 Atlantic Avenue, Holiday Sing-along from Gumbo at 493 Atlantic Avenue and DIY all natural lip balm workshop from Earth Speaks at 139 Atlantic Avenue. Santa kept the holiday spirit merry and bright throughout the day as Falun Dafa and FogoAzul brought drumming performances to the avenue. Walk the Windows visitors were also able to view festive decorated windows from Atlantic Avenue merchants. This year’s Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition took place on November 29th with five local judges traveling along the avenue to choose this year’s winners.This year’s judges were Albert Chau, owner of Grumpy Bert Art Gallery, Roma Karas, Artist & Illustrator, Aaron Meshon, Artist & Illustrator, Donald Odell, Director of Brand Product Management at Calvin Klein and Debra Ziss, Artist & Illustrator. This year’s awards went to First Place, Arco New York located at 385 Atlantic Avenue, Second Place, Hunting with Jake located at 380 Atlantic Avenue and Third Place, Woolyn, located at 105 Atlantic Avenue. Honorable Mentions were given to Collier West located at 377A Atlantic Avenue an Collyer’s Mansion located at 179 Atlantic Avenue. Atlantic Avenue’s 2017 Window winners were announced during the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party on December 1st. Families, community leaders and more gathered at St. Cyril Belarusian Church from 6-8pm for a night filled with performances from local public schools, sponsor giveaways & prizes and a visit from the jolly old man in red, Santa Claus. Refreshments and small bites, all donated from local Atlantic Avenue business, were served to the guests as they enjoying a family dance party from DJ Frank Posa.. AALDC celebrates its Annual Holiday Toy Drive with supporting Providence Houses, local families living in homeless shelters. The AALDC also partnered with Councilman Stephen Levin for his Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Toy Donations will be given to children living in the Gowanus, Wyckoff and Warren House. Additional donations can be dropped off at Councilman Levin’s office located at 410 Atlantic Avenue until December 16th. A big thank you to our holiday sponsors & media partners: Verizon Fios, Out of the Closet, Con Edison, St. Francis College, Investors Bank, DeSales Media Group, Epoch Media Group, NTD.TV, NY Daily News, Fresh 102.7, WCBS FM 101.1, 92.3 AMP Radio, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn Downtown Star, YELP, BRIC and Metro NY. For a full updated list of sponsors, please visit http://www.atlanticave.org/holidaysponsors The AALDC invites all to enjoy special deals and promotions provided by local Atlantic Avenue businesses as part of the Shop & Dine Promotion. Explore the avenue and purchase any last minute gifts during this holiday season with 10 percent off and/or any other special deals until Saturday, December 16th. For more information about the AALDC’s holiday events, please visit www.atlanticave.org/holidays.   ###...

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Atlantic Avenue Brings Joy to the Holiday Season with Events & Offers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: November 28th, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, NY– ‘Tis the season to explore Atlantic Avenue! The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host their annual holiday events this upcoming holiday season! On Friday, December 1st between 6-8pm, families from the community are invited to enjoy the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party. This free event will take place at the St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, located at 401 Atlantic Avenue. The Tree Lighting Party will begin with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony officiated by New York City Council Member Stephen T. Levin promptly at 6pm. Attendees will be able to kick off the holiday season and enjoy live performances from local public schools including International Charter School of New York, P.S 38, P.S 261 and the Brooklyn High School of the Arts. With the arrival of Special Guest, Santa Claus, visitors will be able to enjoy the festive mood throughout the night. Music will be provided by DJ Frank Posa. This event is open to the public. Following the live musical performances, attendees will be able to enjoy refreshments and complimentary small bites donated by some of our local Atlantic Avenue Merchants: Sultan Restaurant & Cafe Lounge, Luzzo’s BK, Brado Thin Crust Pizza, Mitoushi Sushi, Sahadi’s, Trader Joe’s,The Soul Spot Restaurant, Betty Bakery, Hollow Nickel and Moon Cafe. During the party, the AALDC will announce the 2017 Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition winners. On Wednesday, November 29th five judges will travel along the avenue and view the wonderfully wintry designs from participating Atlantic Avenue merchants’ windows. This year’s judges will be Albert Chau, owner of Grumpy Bert Art Gallery, Roma Karas, Artist & Illustrator, Aaron Meshon, Artist & Illustrator, Donald Odell, Director of Brand Product Management at Calvin Klein and Debra Ziss, Artist & Illustrator. For photos & short bios of judges, please visit the Atlantic Avenue Holiday Blog at http://atlanticave.org/category/atlantic-avenue-blog/ Adding to the fun and excitement, the AALDC invites all to explore the avenue as they enjoy special deals & promotions from local businesses as part of the Shop & Dine Promotion. Beginning December 2nd-16th, Atlantic Avenue merchants will offer 10% off selected items and/or other specials within their business for any last minute gift ideas. As the festive windows decorate the avenue, patrons will be able to enjoy AALDC’s ‘Walk the Windows’ event on Saturday, December 9th. Visitors can enjoy 10 blocks filled with holiday spirit as participating Atlantic Avenue businesses host several free holiday themed events & offers such as workshops and holiday treats from 11am-7pm. Participating businesses will have red balloons within their storefront. For a full updated list of events & offers within the Walk the Windows event, please visit www.atlanticave.org/walkthewindows The AALDC continues to support the Providence House and the 84th Precinct Toy Drive this year for the Annual Holiday Toy Drive. This annual tradition will benefit women and children living in local shelters throughout the holiday season. Toys will also be donated to the Gowanus & Warren Street Houses in collaboration with Council Member Stephen Levin. Participating Atlantic Avenue merchants will have toy boxes throughout the season until December 7th 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 an unwrapped gift. For a list of all participating merchants who will have a Holiday Toy Drive Box within their business, please visit www.atlanticave.org/holidaytoydrive . A big thank you to our holiday sponsors & media partners: Out of the Closet,...

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‘The Pulse of Brooklyn’ Highlighted at Brooklyn’s Largest and Oldest Street Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 2nd, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communication & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, New York– The largest and oldest street festival, the Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival returned to Brooklyn on the hot afternoon of September 24th, 2017 from 12-6pm. This year’s festival celebrated its 43rd year highlighting the four beautiful neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn in which the festival spans through. With over 100 local merchants and over 500 vendors participating this year, the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival successfully was able to offer something for everyone. Visitors were able to enjoy a variety of products throughout the mile long festival such as international cuisines, handmade products and more. New attractions and additions added this year, including more activities within the Kids Zone, sponsored by NYU Langone Health and a dumpling eating contest, allowed visitors to enjoy the celebration of Brooklyn before the Fall season. For the first time ever, the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) partnered up with Chef One Foods in hosting their 14th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest. Thousands of attendees crowded the Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage to view amateur and professional eaters devour locally made dumplings in 2 minutes. This year’s male winner, David Brunelli, A.K.A  “Tiger Wings and Things”, demolished 84 dumplings while the female winner, Molly Schuyler, set a new record by eating an astounding 119 dumplings. For more information on this year’s contest’s results and winners please visit:http://chefonefoods.com/ Sticking with the theme, the 12 live entertainment stages were filled with performances for local musicians and acts. At this year’s welcoming ceremony, Mayor Bill De Blasio stopped by the Atlantic Antic™  Community Stage, sponsored by Weill Cornell Medicine, interacting with the crowd while supporting the Brooklyn staple event. Live performances including drumming performances from Batala New York, Grace Drums, R&B Soul Band, The Unique Band and many more had the festival goers dancing up and down the street on the Sunday afternoon. The Sixth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award was presented to New York State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon on this year’s Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage in recognition of her dedicated and diligent work within the Atlantic Avenue area and surrounding neighborhoods. Many elected officials came out to support the festival and interact with the crowd such as Public Advocate Letitia James and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh. With the theme still in action, the AALDC invites all festival goers to come back to Atlantic Avenue from October 1st-16th to shop, dine and explore all the avenue has to offer. Special giveaways and offers provided by some of the Atlantic Avenue local merchants will be available for all as part of ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn Post- Antic Promotion.’ For more details on offerings, please visit http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/the-pulse-of-brooklyn-theme/. The 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival was sponsored by NYU Langone Health, Chef One, Sixpoint Brewery, Con Edison, Weill Cornell Medicine, Crunch Fitness, Emblem Health, Advantage Care Physicians, St. Francis College, Geico, Avery Hall Investments, City MD, TF Cornerstone, NY Kids Club, NYC Ferry, Brooklyn SolarWorks, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and many more. This year’s Media Sponsors include NY Daily News, Topi, Metro NY, BRIC, Brooklyn Magazine, 92.3 AMP Radio, 1010 WINS, WCBS-FM 101.1, Fresh 102.7, TGI Office Automation, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, NTD.TV and Epoch Media Group. For full list of sponsors, please visit www.atlanticave.org  ...

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The ‘Mother of all Street Fairs’ Returns This Fall with Something for Everyone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 14, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, NY September 14, 2017- Celebrating its 43rd year, the Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival, produced by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), returns on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 from 12p.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. The largest street festival in Brooklyn goes along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the Waterfront, stretching over 10 blocks and spanning through four neighborhoods; Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights,and Downtown Brooklyn. ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn’ is highlighted as this year’s theme at the signature event to promote the beautiful Brooklyn communities the festival runs through. From the Atlantic Avenue local businesses to the stunning scenery in between, Atlantic Avenue showcases what Brooklyn has to offer. This year’s ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn’ Fall promotion welcomes back visitors after the festival to shop, dine and explore Atlantic Avenue. Festival goers can enjoy special promotions, giveaways and offers from October 1st to the 16th from local merchants. For a full list of discounts and offers, please visit  http://atlanticave.org NYU Langone Health will return as this year’s Kids Zone Sponsor where attendees will be greeted with more family fun entertainment. Activities such as pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, book readings, and face painters will be among the many attractions within the festival for kids of all ages. It’s a one of a kind event where more than 500 vendors, 100 local merchants and 12 live entertainment stages come together to celebrate the longstanding tradition as we welcome the first days of the Fall season. The addition of new attractions at this year’s Atlantic Antic™  festival include the Chef One 14th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest on this year’s Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  As 48 professional and amateur eaters compete to devour locally made dumplings in the fastest time, visitors will want to be sure to come and watch this spectacle. The celebration continues through Atlantic Avenue with performances from 12 live entertainment stages. This year’s stages’ line up include performances of all genres from R&B Soul to an all female drumming performance. Weill Cornell Medicine returns as this year’s Community Stage Sponsor featuring the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program Partners, Weill Cornell Medicine’s Jazz Ensemble and much more. For the full list of performances and schedules of the Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage and the Community Stage, please visit http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/schedule/ The 43rd Atlantic Antic™ Festival sponsors include NYU Langone Health, Chef One, Sixpoint Brewery, Con Edison, Weill Cornell Medicine, Crunch Fitness, Emblem Health, Advantage Care Physicians, St. Francis College, Geico, Avery Hall Investments, City MD, TF Cornerstone, NY Kids Club, NYC Ferry, Brooklyn SolarWorks, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and many more. This year’s Media Sponsors include NY Daily News, Topi, Metro NY, BRIC, Brooklyn Magazine, 92.3 AMP Radio, 1010 WINS, WCBS-FM 101.1,, Fresh 102.7, TGI Office Automation, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, NTD.TV and Epoch Media Group. For a full list of sponsors, please visit www.atlanticave.org. ###...

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New York State Assembly Member is honored as the Sixth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 6, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn, New York–September 6, 2017- Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon will be named the Sixth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador at the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival. The award is presented annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) and this year’s ceremony will take place on September 24th, 2017 on the Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage at 4pm. A former sign language interpreter and disability civil rights attorney, Assembly Member Simon is a nationally recognized expert in her field with her work featured in the New York and National Law Journals. Since 1981, Assembly Member Simon has made her home in Brooklyn, where she has served as President of the Boerum Hill Association and chaired its Traffic & Transportation, Land Use and Atlantic Yards committees. She has worked to give Brooklyn’s communities a voice in the decisions that affect their lives, increase environmental justice, increase affordable housing, reduce firearm violence, and improve street safety and access to education. As the founder and co-founder of organizations including BrooklynSpeaks.net, Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Hoyt-Schermerhorn Task Force, the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming Task Force, she has earned a reputation as an effective community leader. She is a founding member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and the former President of Everyone Reading, which advocates on behalf of individuals with dyslexia and related learning disabilities. In 2004, she was elected as the District Leader and State Committeewoman for the 52nd Assembly District where she put principle over politics. She has fought for election and campaign finance reform and increased voter participation. Assembly Member Simon was elected to represent the 52nd District of the New York State Assembly in 2014 where she was in the forefront of the movement to bring new leadership and reforms to the political party. She also serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Tuition Assistance. The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award is presented annually by the AALDC to a community leader or businessperson who has contributed outstandingly in enhancing the cultural and economic development of Atlantic Avenue and its surrounding areas. The First Annual Ambassador Award honored Atlantic Avenue business owner Charlie Sahadi in 2011, followed by District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013, Assembly Member Joan L. Millman in 2014,  AALDC Co-Vice President and Community Leader Sue Wolfe in 2015 and Council Member Stephen T. Levin in 2016. The AALDC is a nonprofit organization committed to the economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area and surrounding community. For more information on the AALDC, please visit http://www.atlanticave.org or call 718-875-8993.  ...

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Local Brooklyn Organization Celebrates Third Year Expansion of Youth Scholarship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: August 21st, 2017 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org   Brooklyn, New York- August 21, 2017- The  Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is pleased to announce the completion of its Youth Community Scholarship Program’s  third year in providing  local youth opportunities to attend enrichment programs throughout the year.  The AALDC granted scholarships to 66 local children to attend programs located in five Brooklyn neighborhoods- Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. Through the mix of arts and educational programs, families who were low-income eligible or lacked financial resources were able to apply. An addition of three program partners for the 2017 scholarship cycle allowed parents of children ages four to 18 years old to chose an assortment of local enriching programs for the summer, fall and winter season. This year’s AALDC program partners are Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium of Brooklyn Heights, Mark Morris Dance Center, World Martial Arts Center, Read 718, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Music Factory, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Creative Arts Studio, Gotham Archery and Rent Ride Return. The children will be able to attend hands-on enriching programs such as dancing, archery and rock-climbing within their local community. With the increase of programs aimed for adolescents, the local awarded children will be able to experience new adventures, learn and master new skills, while sharing and trading interests with their fellow peers along the way. New programs partner Gotham Archery allows children to channel their inner Hunger Games character while learning the craft of a bow and arrow.  Darlene C. Samuels, Co-Vice President of the AALDC & Chair of the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Committee expresses how significant the Youth Community Scholarship Program is within the community, “The youth program is very important to me.  It gives inner city children a chance to experience adventures they may never imagine. They get a chance to participate in archery, ballet, rock climbing and even ski.  This program gives then the opportunity to dream higher.  For that I am extremely grateful to our program partners for giving them the opportunity to dream higher, and for the AALDC to impact and change lives”. The AALDC is committed to providing funding for children within Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15 the opportunity to attend enrichment programs within the community.  Priority funding is provided to low-income families.  The Youth Community Scholarship Program aims to provide local youth a chance to experience opportunities to explore, grow, create and learn. Come by and watch some of the 2017 AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program partners perform live at the Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage at the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 from 12pm-6pm on Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to Hicks Street- rain or shine. For more information on how you can donate to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and application information for the 2018 scholarship cycle, please visit gofundme.com/aaldcscholarships, contact scholarships@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993. Help us shape the minds and hearts of our local youth! ###  ...

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