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Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation Successfully Concludes Series of Holiday Events Promoting Business, Culture, Community and Charity

Release Date: December 21, 2015 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Telephone: 917-853-0433, Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com   Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation Successfully Concludes Series of Holiday Events Promoting Business, Culture, Community and Charity Brooklyn, New York – December 21, 2015 — On the heels of producing its 41st annual Atlantic Antic™, New York City’s largest street festival, this year the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. (AALDC) embarked on a series of additional holiday activities in line with its mission to support local economic development by showcasing and strengthening small businesses along Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue. The AALDC’s pro-active measures serve to motivate the more than 100 restaurants, boutiques and shops to get their holiday windows up early. In addition to beautiful holiday windows, incentives for shopping on Atlantic Avenue were created through a two-week Shop & Dine promotion that provided discounts on selected items and/or other specials at participating stores and restaurants.  And on December 12, from 11-7, the Walk the Windows activities created a big draw for shoppers, families and those eager to participate in the free activities and hear holiday carolers. These events, including the Holiday Windows Design Competition and the one-day Walk the Windows — with over forty businesses featuring in-store free events or complimentary holiday tasty treats or refreshments — gained the attention of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out, BRIC TV, as well as dozens of other prominent media. The AALDC also secured television interviews for some of the newest businesses along its stretch of Atlantic Avenue. The Walk the Windows event drew hearty crowds to the avenue’s charming shops and restaurants along its one-mile span through Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill where participating businesses were easy to identify via their red balloons and signs on their windows. “During Walk the Windows there was a great feeling of holiday and community spirit on the avenue.” exclaimed Karen Zebulon, owner of GUMBO children’s store, and board member of the AALDC. “Business was great with lots of foot traffic and sales, cheered Collier West owner, Suzi West, who served holiday treats and featured a special art exhibit. ARCO, a luxury boutique salon and spa, demonstrated an excellent use of the day’s increased shoppers by placing a table outside their salon with products, complimentary tasty treats, their price list, other info, and a mailing list with pen made available. ARCO’s manager reported that they drew in at least six new clients for immediate services that day. “We need more activities like this,” urged Lenny Finklestein, the owner of Grape Hill Liquor Traders, who held a complimentary Wine Tasting during Walk the Windows. “We were busy all day!” At the Tree Lighting Party, holiday window winners were announced and presented with framed awards or gift baskets: 1st Place: Dig garden; 2nd Place: Betty Bakery; 3rd Place: Collier West; Arco New York and Honorable Mentions: Grandma’s House; The Primary Essentials, Parlor, Kadampa Meditation Center, Inc. dba Vajradhara Buddhist Center, Ciao Bow Wow, and Nest Egg Kids. In their article, “Window Displays Put New Twist on Holiday Themes, Beyond Manhattan, holiday windows get a little more interesting,” The Wall Street Journal’s Anne Kadet, wrote that “Shops on the west end of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, meanwhile, feature elaborate holiday windows thanks to a contest sponsored by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation.” Kadet described the window of 1st place winner, DIG as “a dreamy snowflake, cactus and silver eucalyptus affair,” and also described some of the quirkier windows such as at pet boutique, Ciao Bow Wow, where they “…strung up a stuffed beagle in a stocking cap...

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“Walk the Windows” of Atlantic Avenue to feature dozens of free events and complimentary tasty holiday treats along the way

Release Date: December 7, 2015 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Telephone: 917-853-0433
, Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com “Walk the Windows” of Atlantic Avenue to feature dozens of free events and complimentary tasty holiday treats along the way On December 12, from 11-7pm, more than forty stores and restaurants along Atlantic Avenue, from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, will participate to hold free events, serve complimentary holiday treats or refreshments, or offer special discounts. Brooklyn, New York – December 7, 2015 — Downtown Atlantic Avenue is undergoing enormous and exciting changes. The sprawling waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park on one end and Barclays Center on the other has made the area a major tourist attraction. “New residential and commercial properties have brought thousands of new potential customers in close proximity,” explains Christian Haag, President of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. (AALDC). “The AALDC has come up with an innovative, creative and engaging way to draw shoppers, and diners, to our one-mile stretch of Atlantic Avenue during this holiday season,” offers shopkeeper, Karen Zebulon, who serves as the AALDC Secretary. On December 12, from 11-7pm, more than forty stores and restaurants on Atlantic Avenue, from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, will join together to hold free events, serve complimentary holiday treats or refreshments, or offer special discounts. “Building on the AALDC’s traditional Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition, geared towards encouraging stores to get their holiday windows up early to attract shoppers, this year the AALDC joined together dozens of businesses along the avenue to participate on another level to introduce potential shoppers and diners to all that Atlantic Avenue has to offer,” stated Sue Wolfe, Vice President of the AALDC, and past president of the Boerum Hill Association. On Saturday, December 12, from 11-7 pm, Walk the Windows will draw shoppers from near and far to stroll in style along ten-blocks of Atlantic Avenue, from Hicks Street to 4th Avenue, through the charming, historic brownstone neighborhoods and storefronts of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. Shoppers will enjoy the dazzling and celebratory holiday windows showcasing more than one hundred quality and inviting restaurants, boutiques, and shops that sell a wide range of products and specialty items. Atlantic Avenue is also well known for its extraordinary bakeries, specialty delis, bars and cafes as well as its flavorful international restaurants — some with Zagat and other prominent recognitions – also features popular Brooklyn artisanal beers and wines. Walk the Windows activities include live music; tribal rugs exhibit with talk; holiday terrarium workshop; cheese & wine pairing class; storytime; art lectures; book making craft; intro to meditation; Strafe signed CD and art raffle; drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic – including a whiskey knowledge tasting); ski and snowboard tips and tricks; holiday makeup tips; gift wrapping and goodies party; meet Santa, the Snow Queen (photo ops/bring your camera) and more! Holiday carolers, free tasty treats and refreshments, and fun events, will keep you in the holiday spirit. For a complete list of free activities during Walk the Windows, see www.atlanticave.org/walkthewindows Rain or shine. Watch AALDC President, Christian Haag, and two Atlantic Avenue businesses, Brado Thin Crust Pizza and Evolution the Green Room Salon, talk about upcoming Walk the Windows on Buy Local on Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue on BRIC TV www.Atlanticave.org/holidays Additionally, from December 5th through 19th the Shop & Dine promotion provides 10% off selected items and/or other specials at participating stores and restaurants. For further details and updated list of activities during Walk the Windows as well as Shop & Dine 10% discount, please check for participating businesses at www.atlanticave.org/shopanddine Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC). The mission of the AALDC is to further economic development,...

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Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation Holiday Happenings from Fourth Avenue to Hicks Street

Release Date: Nov. 24, 2015 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Tel/email: 917-853-0433, Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com PRESS RELEASE Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation Holiday Happenings from Fourth Avenue to Hicks Street Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Party, (Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m.) Shop  & Dine (Dec. 5-19) and Walk the Windows (Dec. 12, 11-7 p.m.) Annual Toy/Book Drive to benefit Brooklyn homeless shelters Brooklyn, New York – Nov. 24, 2015 – On Friday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m., the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host its Annual Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Party at the Belarusian Church, at 401 Atlantic Ave., corner of Bond Street. The tree lighting, to be officiated by New York City Councilmember Stephen Levin, will start at 6 p.m. sharp. Community leaders, representatives, and Santa Claus will be present. The holiday party will follow with live performances, the announcement of the holiday windows competition winners, and the toy/book drive. AALDC President, Christian Haag, and local officials will give special holiday greetings and AALDC Board Director Eileen Trilli will MC the event. This event is free and open to the public. Performers. Carolers, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Hard Nut Singers, will sing holiday tunes on the avenue from 5-6 p.m. and at the tree lighting at 6 pm. The holiday party features Brooklyn Music Factory’s Big City Country Band; local Public School 38 performing a chorus and tap number; the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Suzuki Violin Ensemble; and the Brooklyn Ballet accompanied by rising star, opera vocalist, Sara Stevens. Frank Posa of Powerhouse Entertainment and Rockland Sound & Lighting will DJ. Following the entertainment, complimentary holiday treats and refreshments donated by Nunu Chocolates, Ganso Yaki, Moon Café, Hollow Nickel, La Flor Del Paraiso, Betty Bakery, Bacchus, Grandma’s House, The Soul Spot Restaurant, Sottocasa Pizzeria, Two 8 Two Bar & Burger, Sahadi’s, Brado, Pair Wine & Cheese and Luzzo’s BK will be served. Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Design Competition Awards, in various categories, are given to stores and restaurants based on original creative concept; use of materials; display technique; merchandising acumen; and holiday-oriented and eye-catching appeal for pedestrians. Window designs need to be installed by 6 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when the panel of judges will set off from Hollow Nickel restaurant at 494 Atlantic Ave. to judge windows. This year’s window judges are Arlene Kriv, Director of Marketing, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music; Carol Leven, Assistant Vice President of Communications, Fashion Institute of Technology; Dalibor Porcic, Creative Director, Illustrator, Photographer; Terry Urban, Artist and Curator/Board member of Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC); Brian Vines, BRIC-TV’s Senior Producer of Community Affairs Programming and producer/host of BK Live. The Annual Toy/Book Drive will benefit two local mother and child homeless shelters: the Arbor Inn and Providence House (for women transitioning back into society following incarceration). Guests are asked to contribute by bringing a gift-wrapped new toy or book and marking the wrapping with the appropriate age and gender. Sponsors of the toy drive are NYU Langone Medical Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, St. Francis College, Grandma’s House, Fillmore Real Estate and Dodge YMCA. From Dec. 5-19 a Shop & Dine promotion provides 10 percent off selected items and/or other specials at participating stores and restaurants. On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11-7 p.m., Walk the Windows to view more than 100 quality and inviting restaurants, boutiques and shops with extraordinary gifts for all ages. Enjoy Shop & Dine discount incentives and various activities in participating stores and restaurants. Get in the holiday spirit with carolers (3-6 p.m.), Santa,...

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This Year’s 41st Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival declared biggest and best street festival in New York City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 1, 2015 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Cell & Text: 917-853-0433 Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com This Year’s 41st Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival declared biggest and best street festival in New York City Continues to be one of the most vibrant, fun, multi-cultural and artistic street festivals in New York City Brooklyn, New York – October 1, 2015 – The 41st Atlantic Antic™ Festival, held September 27, 2015 from noon to 6pm, was an overwhelming success and testament that, “the Atlantic Antic continues to be one of the most vibrant, fun, multi-cultural and artistic street festivals in New York City,” explains Christian Haag, President of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) that produces the annual event.  “It is the annual go to event celebrating Brooklyn and its neighbors and even draws visitors from other states and countries. During our one-mile long festival, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages, side by side, share laughs, learn, dance, sing, eat great foods, and shop,” Haag continued. The Atlantic Antic™ stretches along Atlantic Avenue through Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill with the harbor at one end and the Atlantic Terminal on the other. All musical genres were represented across 15 stages of live music and dance, including funk, a marching band, rock, world, jazz, folk, gospel, R&B, hip hop, middle eastern accompanied by belly dancers and a piece from Wicked the Musical. Local trendy restaurants and hundreds of merchant booths sold food for every taste and Brooklyn artisanal beer was in demand. Shoppers enjoyed the local upscale boutiques and shops, while merchant booths sold a wide-range of international and local products – many Brooklyn-based. Tammy Ben-Eliezer-Baxter, Executive Director of the AALDC summed it up, “the 41st Annual Atlantic Antic Festival was a huge success and brought together a beautiful array of diverse people from all ages and ethnicities creating the cultural display of Brooklyn!” This year’s theme The Youth Are Our Future was well represented with numerous performances by local youth organizations including showcasing program partners to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program which provides opportunities for local youth to attend educational and cultural enrichment summer programs. Read about the success of this summer’s program made possible by its first program partners, Mark Morris Dance Center, Mathnasium, Brooklyn Ballet and WMA Karate/Mission Martial Arts. See AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program for more info and how you can donate. At the AALDC Welcoming Ceremony on its Main Stage, Haag continued, “Thank you once again Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation for producing this annual biggest and best street festival in New York City. And it is the best because all of us are here together – our local merchant shops and restaurants, vendors, performers, sponsors, community organizations, clergy, elected officials and all the wonderful people who come out to have fun together with their friends, families and neighbors! For us, Brooklyn has long been the hippest place to be, and we are proud to showcase its growth and beauty.” Many elected officials attended the Welcoming Ceremony to show their support. New York State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, New York State Assembly member Jo Anne Simon, New York City Public Advocate the HONORABLE Letitia James, Kenya Handy for New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Daniel Abramson, the Brooklyn Borough Director of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, Lisa Bloodgood, the Constituent Liaison and Environmental Advisor for Councilmember Stephen Levin, Councilmember Brad Lander, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams all spoke and some presented proclamations in recognition of the 41st Atlantic Antic™ Festival. The fourth annual...

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Countdown to Brooklyn’s 41st Annual Atlantic Antic™ Street Festival Fun for Everyone at One of the World’s Best Festivals*

For Immediate Release Date: September 21, 2015 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Cell & Text: 917-853-0433 Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com Countdown to Brooklyn’s 41st Annual Atlantic Antic™ Street Festival Fun for Everyone at One of the World’s Best Festivals* This year’s Atlantic Antic™  Theme — The Youth Are Our Future — to Shine Through Showcases of Local Talented Youth & Youth Programs Brooklyn, New York — September 21, 2015 – The Atlantic Antic™ Street Festival, produced by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. (AALDC), will be held this Sunday, September 27, 2015, from 12 to 6pm (rain or shine) along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront spanning 10 blocks through the brownstone neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Boerum Hill. Famous for being a free-spirited celebration of culture and community with a longstanding tradition of food, art, music, shopping, and festivities, it is the largest street festival in New York City and showcases 500 craft, food and other exhibitors together with 100+ local trendy merchant restaurants, boutiques, and antique stores. All information is available at www.AtlanticAve.org The AALDC sponsored Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage (corner of Clinton Street) will hold a Welcoming Ceremony at 2pm attended by city and state elected officials, where the fourth annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award will be presented to AALDC Vice President, Sue Wolfe, in honor of her vast community work. The Youth Are Our Future is the theme of this year’s Atlantic Antic™ and the AALDC will celebrate its recent initiative – the creation of  the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program, which provides opportunities for local youth to attend educational and cultural enrichment summer programs. Read about the success of this summer’s program made possible by its first program partners, Mark Morris Dance Center, Mathnasium, Brooklyn Ballet and MASI Brooklyn from WMA Karate/Mission Martial Arts.  In addition to other youth program performances, the children who received AALDC scholarships will participate in performances by the AALDC program partners on the Main Stage. For full details on all stages, see http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/schedule/ For the first time, the AALDC will host a Community Stage (Nevins Street & 3rd Avenue), together with Hard Soul Recordings, showcasing the talent of local youth organizations, and a special performance by Broadway’s WICKED the Musical between 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Strafe, of Hard Soul, best known for his hit single, “Set it Off,” will DJ throughout the day. Travel the world of music and dance. The Atlantic Antic™ continues to serve as a living tribute to the myriad of heritages that make Brooklyn so unique and the coolest place to be. This year there will be 15 stages of live music, dance, and other activities providing a mile of entertainment of all genres including Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band, DJ Robbie Cee, Riva Precil & Bohio Music, Pepe Castillo, DJ Hard Hittin Harry, House of the Lord Church Choir, Charanga Soleil, and dozens of others.  Full details: http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/schedule/ Best known for its eclectic delicacies, the Atlantic Antic™ highlights an array of scrumptious international foods, and local craft beers, in addition to street fair favorites. Amongst food vendors you will find Donna’s Italian Sausage, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Bev’s West Indian Cuisine, and The Cronut King – Jolie’s Sweet Creations and all your favorites including bubble tea, crepes, roasted corn, mozzarepas, and gyros. A block-long Kids Zone (Boerum Place & Smith Street), sponsored by Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, features pony rides, bounce houses, a photo booth, face painting, many more children and family activities. Clean Energy Zones, sponsored by Green Mountain Energy Company, provide mobile device charging areas via solar energy at Clinton & Court, Bond & Nevins Streets, and 3rd & 4th...

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Local Children Complete Intensive Summer Courses Made Possible by the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 10, 2015 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Cell & Text: 917-853-0433 Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com Local Children Complete Intensive Summer Courses Made Possible by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation’s Youth Community Scholarship Program Brooklyn, New York – September 10, 2015 – The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) successfully completed its first year of their Youth Community Scholarship Program. The AALDC granted scholarships to twenty-three local children from low-income families to attend summer programs based in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and downtown Brooklyn. For many of the children it was their first time attending activities outside of their schools. The value of the scholarships represent otherwise unattainable tuition costs. Evaluating success. The four partner programs, Mark Morris Dance Center, Mathnasium, Brooklyn Ballet and MASI Brooklyn from WMA Karate/Mission Martial Arts are committed to enriching the lives of community children. In a non-judgmental environment, the children gained scholastic or artistic skills, as well as life skills that will help them in any future endeavors. Eleven-year old Michio Gayle received a summer scholarship from the AALDC to attend Mathnasium of Brooklyn Heights – Boerum Hill, a neighborhood math-only learning center. After taking an assessment test, Michio received individual instruction and his mother, Charlene Dougan, was confident that Michio had sharpened his skills. Michio appreciated the math tutoring as he was preparing to go to a Cobble Hill middle school in the Fall. Nyla Frazier, age 7, and her sister, Niya, age 6, both received summer scholarships from the AALDC to attend Creative Dance classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Observing the girls’ end of semester performances, it was obvious by their smiling faces how much they enjoyed their classes. Niya proudly showed off her artwork – a happy collage character she created based on herself. Their mother, Lourdes De La Cruz, could not conceal her excitement and pride seeing how happy her girls were. Young teens who received summer scholarships from the AALDC to attend the Next Step Summer Intensive Program at the Brooklyn Ballet were pleasantly surprised to find themselves in a serious, but fun, comprehensive dance program that is part of a classical ballet conservatory and community dance center. Daisha Goodwin, age 13, proudly said this was the hardest thing she has ever done. Children who received AALDC summer scholarships  for The Martial Arts Seasonal Intensive 2015 (MASI) Brooklyn, a collaborative program from WMA Karate and Mission Martial Arts, learned discipline, responsibility, and concentration and were introduced to various forms of martial arts. Owner/Instructor of WMA Karate Corp, Howard F. Latting, explained that martial arts training provides three tracks: self-defense, health and wellness. The number of scholarships awarded was greatly related to the degree of funding donated, and program space availability. The AALDC is appealing for donations for summer 2016 where it hopes to grant a greater number of scholarships and to partner with more local programs. For information on how you can donate to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and applications for the 2016 Summer Scholarship sessions, please either visit http://www.atlanticave.org, send an email to Scholarships@atlanticave.org, or telephone 718-875-8993. The theme of this year’s 41st Atlantic Antic™ Street Festival, which is produced by the AALDC, is “The Youth Are Our Future” and the program partners will be amongst those youth groups performing. The Atlantic Antic™ will be held on Sunday, September 27th from 12 – 6 pm on Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and the waterfront in downtown Brooklyn – rain or shine. Note to Editors: For further information and high-resolution images accompanying this press release please call or text 917-853-0433 or email Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com or atlanticave@atlanticave.org...

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