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Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award Honors NYC Council Member for the Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 7, 2016 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award Honors NYC Council Member for the Community Brooklyn, New York–September 7, 2016– Council Member Stephen T. Levin will be honored with the Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award. The award is presented annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) and this year’s ceremony will take place at the Atlantic Antic™ Festival, September 25, 2016 at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage. A New Jersey native, Council Member Stephen T. Levin moved to Brooklyn to work as a community organizer after he graduated from Brown University. He has organized numerous programs such as the Lead Safe House Program, which helped to relocate families of lead-poisoned children out of hazardous apartments, and an anti-predatory lending program, both programs based in Bushwick. Working with New York City elected officials and local advocacy groups, Council Member Levin successfully impelled the community to fight against the lending practices within the neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Council Member Levin was elected in 2009 to represent the 33rd District of the New York City Council, which includes the diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, Downtown Brooklyn and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Within his first term as a Council Member, he proved to be a leader on education and early childhood issues. He advocated for kindergarten to be mandatory for children as well as breakfast to be allowed within classrooms. AALDC Vice President and the Fourth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador recipient, Sue Wolfe, praises Council Member Levin for his diligent work within Brooklyn. “Council Member Levin works hard for the people of our district and for greater New York City and we feel he is very deserving of the Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award.” Council Member Levin is one of thirty-one NYC council members who have chosen to allocate part of capital funding towards Participatory Budgeting NYC (PBNYC). This year, he will be allocating $1.5 million in capital funds towards projects identified and developed by the public within District 33. Between the years of 2015 and 2016, five projects won funding in district 33: STEM Labs at IS 318 and PS 34, upgrades to PS 261 computer carts, air conditioner repair and upgrades at MS 126, a community sound studio at Taylor Wythe and safety improvements onto McGolrick Park sidewalks. Council Member Levin continues to fight for the neighborhoods within Brooklyn on lead and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) within homes and schools and intends to increase the safety of children. Serving as the Chair of the General Welfare Committee, Council Member Levin currently serves on the Cultural Affairs, Education, Environmental Protection, Land Use, and Transportation Committees, as well as the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award, presented annually by the AALDC, is presented 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 and AALDC Vice President and Community Leader Sue Wolfe in 2015. The AALDC is a nonprofit organization committed to the economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area and surrounding community. AALDC was established in 1986, for its annual Atlantic Antic™Festival. For more information on the AALDC, please visit https://atlanticave.org or call 718-875-8993. ### *PBNYC projects can be submitted by anyone living in New York...

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Brooklyn Scholarship Program Committed to Youth Enrichment Succeeds At Second Year Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: August 10, 2016 Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org Brooklyn Scholarship Program Committed to Youth Enrichment Succeeds At Second Year Expansion Brooklyn, New York- August 10, 2016 —The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) Youth Community Scholarship Program has successfully completed its second year of providing local children a chance to explore their talents. This year the AALDC has granted scholarships to fifty local children to attend both summer and fall programs located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. Families who applied were either low-income eligible or showed lack of financial resources to afford local enrichment programs. Evaluating success– With the increase of program partners from four in 2015 to ten this year, scholarship recipients were able to choose from a variety of program classes such as swimming, dancing, singing, rock-climbing, and much more. This year’s AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program partners are Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium, Mark Morris Dance Center, World Martial Arts Center, Read 718, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Music Factory, and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The children will gain artistic, scholastic, and physical skills through non-competitive programs throughout the summer. Jahlil Murray, age 8 received his summer AALDC scholarship for the first time this year to attend Brooklyn Boulders– Climbing Community, a dedicated rock climbing facility and dynamic, creative program in the heart of the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, New York. Jahlil was able to experience a week of their Summer Adventures Program and challenge himself in learning the ropes of climbing and strength-training all while creating memories with the other children within his class. Jahlil enjoyed this unique climbing experience as he stated “I have never tried this before, but grew to like so much.” For some children this will be their second time attending programs through the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program. Valedia Fleming, age 8 will be attending Summer Camp at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Within this camp, she will learn professional dance technique within a progressive and non-competitive environment where all classes are instructed with live music and nurturing instructors. The AALDC is committed to providing funding for children within Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15 to attend local programs and activities that allow them to explore their creativity. With the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program expansion, the organization strives to award more qualified scholarship applicants a chance to experience local youth programs. To see several of the 2016 AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program partners and its scholarship recipients perform live, visit the Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage at the 42nd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival on Sunday, September 25thfrom 12pm-6pm on Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and Hicks Streets–rain or shine For more information on how you can donate to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and application information for the 2017 scholarship application cycle, please visit https://atlanticave.org, contactscholarships@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993....

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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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