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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 https://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: https://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 https://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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Atlantic Antic™ Festival Fun for everyone on Sunday, September 27, 2015, 12 to 6pm 41st Year for Largest and Most Celebrated New York City Street Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: August 27, 2015 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Cell: 917-853-0433 Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com   Atlantic Antic™ Festival Fun for everyone on Sunday, September 27, 2015, 12 to 6pm 41st Year for Largest and Most Celebrated New York City Street Festival Brooklyn, New York — August 27, 2015 – The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is proud to announce that its 41st Atlantic Antic™ Festival will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 12 – 6 pm – rain or shine — along Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue to the waterfront in downtown Brooklyn. The mile-long festival spans four neighborhoods, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and downtown Brooklyn, showcasing 500 craft, food and exhibition vendors together with over 100 local businesses and restaurants on the avenue. This year there will be 16 live stages of music, dance and programming. And, for the first time, complimenting the festival’s program map, the Atlantic Antic™ will go live on a downloadable event app making it easier to know when and where fun activities are happening. Additionally, the 10-block stretch will hold several special events and clean energy zones for solar powered cell phone charging sponsored by Green Mountain Energy. Atlantic Antic™ special zones will include a block long Kids Zone, sponsored by Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, that features pony rides, bounce houses and many more children’s activities. This year’s festival theme, “The Youth are Our Future,” will showcase performances by local youth programs such as Dodge YMCA and by the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program partners — the Brooklyn Ballet, WMA Karate/Mission Martial Arts, Mathnasium and Mark Morris Dance Group, with DJ Toro of 92.3 Amp Radio hosting. The Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage, located on Atlantic Avenue near Clinton Street, features Eddie “The Sheik” Kochak and The Amber-Aba Orchestra accompanied by belly dancers, as well as a performance by the soulful Akie Bermiss Trio — courtesy of BRIC TV. At 2 pm, the AALDC will present its fourth Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award to Sue Wolfe in honor of her community work on behalf of downtown Atlantic Avenue and its surrounding neighborhoods.  The Community Stage, located on Atlantic Avenue near Nevins Street, is sponsored by the AALDC and Hard Soul Recordings, and will also tie into the theme of youth and our community with performances by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn Music Factory, Wicked the Musical, Falun Dafa Meditation, and Hard Soul Recordings. The Atlantic Antic™ is the signature event of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC). The original street festival led to the creation of the AALDC, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. Sponsors: This year’s Atlantic Antic™ Festival is sponsored by Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, Green Mountain Energy, Fresh Direct, Sixpoint Brewery, Emblem Health, Advantage Care Physicians, Con Edison, Child Mind Institute, Zipcar, Crunch, Investors Bank, Avery Hall Investments, Wicked the Musical, CityMD, New York Life Insurance Company (leading provider of the best term life quotes for parents), Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Explore Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Borough President and SaveMor. Media Sponsors: BRIC TV, Metro, Topi, Tagboard, Brooklyn Magazine, NY Daily News, 92.3 AMP Radio, 1010 WINS, WCBS-FM 101.1 and YELP. For stage information and schedules: https://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/schedule/ For map of event and travel directions: https://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/street-map/ To get the Official Atlantic Antic™ event app: download using your mobile device at topi.com/app, sign up and use event code: AA2015 For more information on Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) and the 41st Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival, please visit atlanticave.org or call 718-875-8993. Note to Editors: For further press information call 917-853-0433 or email Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com Photo Editors: High resolution images are available upon request via Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com. Check the Atlantic Antic™ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/atlanticanticbrooklyn and https://instagram.com/atlanticanticbrooklyn/ for images of recent and historic Atlantic Antic™ festivals....

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Community Leader, Sue Wolfe, named to receive Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award at upcoming Atlantic Antic™ Festival on September 27, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: August 20, 2015 Contact: Michelle Karshan, Communications Consultant Cell & Text: 917-853-0433 Email: Michelle.Karshan@gmail.com Brooklyn, New York – August 20, 2015 – On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Atlantic Avenue’s Hollow Nickel restaurant, the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp. (AALDC) held a celebration for Sue Wolfe in honor of being named the fourth recipient of the Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award.  AALDC president, Christian Haag, congratulated Sue Wolfe and will present the Ambassador Award to her on the main stage of the upcoming 41st Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival at 2pm on September 27, 2015. The celebration was attended by New York State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, New York City Councilmember Stephen Levin, current and past Board Members of the AALDC, business and community leaders, friends, family and first recipient of the Ambassador Award, Charlie Sahadi. Councilmember Levin recalled fondly how kind and helpful Wolfe has been to him since the first day he took office. The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award, presented by the AALDC,  recognizes an exceptional community or businessperson who has made outstanding contributions to the economic and cultural development of Atlantic Avenue and the surrounding community. The inaugural Ambassador Award was presented to Charlie Sahadi in 2011, followed by District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013, and Assemblymember Joan L. Millman in 2014. The Fourth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award will be presented to Sue Wolfe in recognition of her vast activities in community development, preservation, beautification and recreation, particularly in Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Gowanus and the Brooklyn Bridge Park community. New York State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon presented a Citation to Wolfe honoring her as “an advocate on a broad scale for issues and activities affecting our communities including active leadership in the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation and the annual Atlantic Antic™ street festival, the Hoyt Street Association’s annual plant sale, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Council and Brooklyn Speaks.net, the bi-annual Boerum Hill house tour and Boerum Hill’s beautification efforts, including the addition of  commercial blocks to the ‘Greenest Block in Brooklyn’ contest, working to implement Residential Permit Parking, as well as a host of other neighborhood projects…” Further the Citation recounts that Wolfe also “…spearheaded renovations and advocacy for parks through her presidency of the Friends of Thomas Greene Park.” Wolfe, in her thank you comments, acknowledged her late husband, Joel, as her “silent partner” who supported her in her community work and participated on many levels. Joel opened Restaurant Lisanne on Atlantic Avenue in the 80’s and that was the center of their lives for eight years. Sue Wolfe is a recipient of the 2015 New York City Council Women’s Caucus “Herstory” Award and has received recognition for her work in real estate from the 2012 Multi-Million Dollar Club,  2013 Multi-Million Dollar Club, and the 2013 NRT Top 100 Teams. Sue Wolfe is the President of the Friends of Thomas Greene Park, Past President of the Boerum Hill Association from 2003-2009, is the Vice President of the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corp., is a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Avenue BID, Vice President of the Mid-Block Association, sits on the Board of Trustees at the Mary McDowell Friends School (a K-12 college prep Quaker school for students with learning disabilities), and is a member of Corcoran Cares. Wolfe also serves as a delegate and facilitator on behalf of her community in the New York City Council participatory budgeting process. Wolfe’s interests include historic preservation, antiquing, gardening, and needlepoint. Sue is particularly delighted that her Atlantic Avenue block has won the “Greenest Commercial...

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