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October 2015

By David Finck | on October 10,2015 at 4:50PM

The Gay Graves Tour
Sunday, October 11, 2015, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Green-Wood Cemetery
500 Fifth Avenue, Greenwood Heights/Sunset Park

This LGBT-focused guided walking tour of Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn, is the only one of its kind. This Tour will introduce you to the famous and the not-so-famous gay men and lesbians, their friends, their supporters, and their detractors who are among the permanent residents at Green-Wood.

Those highlighted include Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the 19th-century Liberace; Leonard Bernstein, composer of “West Side Story”; Emma Stebbins, sculptress of Angel of the Waters in Central Park; Violet Oakley, muralist of the Pennsylvania Statehouse; Fred Ebb, lyricist for “Cabaret” and “Chicago”; Paul Jabara, Oscar-winning composer of “Last Dance”; and others.
This Tour is conducted entirely on foot. It is more of a hiking tour than a walking tour because of the amount of territory it covers and the hilly nature of the beautiful terrain.

BYO Art @ The Living Gallery
Monday, October 12, 2015, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

The Living Gallery
1094 Broadway, Bed-Stuy

Celebrate each other’s amazing artwork!! The gallery is hosting another BYO ART event!! Take a piece & hang it!! Or, just go and look. Artwork will be up until Thursday the 15th.
Suggested donation of $5 to participate

Joseph Alexiou on “Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal”
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

Joseph Alexiou’s forthcoming book, Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal, narrates more than three hundred years in the history of our borough’s most compelling former industrial waterway. From idyllic oyster beds to dumping grounds for toxic waste, Gowanus is intrinsically linked to Brooklyn’s industrial and agricultural past. In celebration of his book’s release, Alexiou will discuss the parallels in today’s Gowanus real estate rush with that of the 1860s, which coincided with Brooklyn’s rapid industrial transformation.

Read a Review of Brownstone Agents

Brownstone Real Estate
Licensed Real Estate Broker
372 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Posted 7/16/2015 by John H.

I found these guys on yelp about a year ago, and boy did they ever deliver.

My wife and I were looking for agents to list our co-op in Kensington, and we happened upon Arny Cohen. He and Robert Bryan came by to check out the place and immediately struck us as honest, hardworking guys with lots of personality. Our cat also approved, so we decided to give them the listing.

We got an above asking, all cash offer about two weeks in and were ready to close. Robert, being the scrupulous and well informed gentleman that he is, caught that we hadn't owned it long enough to avoid paying capital gains tax, so dissuaded us from the deal, instead encouraging us to wait. In this type of market it is VERY rare to have anyone remotely involved in your deal not pushing you to close as quick as you can - I'm sure it was difficult for Robert and Arny to walk away from a sure thing, but they did have our best interests at heart.

We relisted with them with the intention of buying another place. They quickly got another (much higher) all cash offer that unfortunately didn't pan out, but that didn't stop them from tirelessly showing us open houses in the far corners of Brooklyn every single weekend of the past cold winter. Sure enough, another offer came in that they negotiated up close to asking from a lowball initial offer and we got into contract. We closed yesterday. Thank you, Robert Bryan and Arny Cohen for working so hard for us and having a good time while doing it, too. We really appreciate it!

John, Mir, Zelda and Timber

The BK Octoberfest
September 18 – October 18, 2015

Die Koelner Bierhalle
84 St. Marks Place, Pak slope

BK Oktoberfest is a month-long beer-drinking festival that takes place at Die Koelner Bierhalle in Park Slope. BK Oktoberfest will proudly carry more than thirty beers on tap, including most of the beers brewed by Munich's original breweries as well as local Oktoberfest brews. Besides beer, Die Koelner is partnering with some of the best local sausage purveyors as well as several other food vendors.

They will also be showcasing some of the best bands and DJ collectives in New York City. Along with beer, music, and food, the month-long BK Oktoberfest will have programming every day of the week, including movie nights, beer pong tournaments, and a home-brewing contest.

When We Were Soldiers…Once and Young
Bettina WitteVeen
Every Day through October 24, 2015, Noon-6:00 p.m.
FREE!, but tickets required

The Brooklyn Navy Yard
Flushing Avenue and Ryerson Street Entrance, Navy Yard
Tickets (Free):

“When We Were Soldiers… once and young (WWWS)” is a photographic installation by German artist and social activist Bettina WitteVeen. It is the first time that an artist has been given the use of the building where soldiers were treated from the American Civil War onwards to World War ll, and which has been closed to the general public. The exhibition contemplates war as an expression of humanity’s dark side. This exhibition has taken seven years to come to fruition and is the fourth in a global series of installations called Heart of Darkness.

The installation is comprised of over 100 black-and-white and color analog photographs culled from historic archives, sculptures in the form of large crosses, and a walk-in altar with a sound installation.

Brooklyn Sewers: What’s Up Down There?
Wednesdays-Sunday, Noon – 6:00 p.m. Through May 29, 2016
$10 Museum Admission

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Historical Society’s exhibition tells the story of the creation of one of Brooklyn’s oldest and most extensive infrastructure projects: its sewer system. This exhibition tells the story of the creation of the Brooklyn sewer system through a historical look at four corners of Kings County: Flatlands, Bushwick, Coney Island and Fort Greene. Visitors are invited to look beneath the surface into the problems, challenges, and issues that each of these neighborhoods faced in the creation of the sewer system, and the factors that made an integrated municipal system for sewerage an absolute necessity.

The exhibition was curated by a team of teen curators who participated in BHS’s free afterschool museum studies program known as Exhibition Laboratory, or Ex Lab.
The Truth is I See You
Hank Willis Thomas
in collaboration with Ryan Alexiev
Now through June 3, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

MetroTech Commons
Between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue at Myrtle Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn is one of the most diversely populated areas in the world, bringing together cultures from all corners of the globe. The Truth Is I See You is part of an ongoing series by Brooklyn-based artist Hank Willis Thomas that explores the nature of truth and understanding across cultures. Using the phrases of a poem written in collaboration with artist Ryan Alexiev, the core of the exhibition is a new series of comic book-inspired speech balloon signs that feature universal statements about truth in twenty-two of the many languages spoken in Brooklyn. Installed along the MetroTech Promenade, each sign features an English translation of the phrase and is accompanied by a pronunciation guide. Thomas arrived at these translations by working with an extended network of friends to communicate the essence of each English statement, as opposed to a direct translation.

Within the Commons, the speech balloon is repeated in new sculptural works: two benches of rolled steel create circular spaces for contemplation, while a large-scale steel tree has branches that seem to grow into thought bubbles. Together these works invite us to approach our different perspectives on truth with a new sense of understanding.

Jazz at the Abbey
Every Thursday Evening starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Abbey
536 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg

Live Jazz Happy hour 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  With saxophonist Joey Johnson and friends

Every Tuesday Night
Beer Tasting

Every Tuesday night 7 PM

191 Fifth Ave., Betw. Berkeley Pl. and Union St. Park Slope

Beer Tasting! 'Nough said.
Every Wednesday Night
The Mandingo Ambassadors

Every Wednesday at 10 p.m.

376 Ninth St., (at 6th Avenue) Park Slope

Mamady Kouyate is a pioneer of the Guinean musical movement known as Authenticité. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.
Union St. Film Series
Every third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m.
$10 suggested donation

Spoke the Hub
748 Union St., Park Slope

The Union St. Film Series screens independent short, feature, experimental, documentary, dance, comedic and narrative films. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 7:00pm

Every Saturday
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn’s biggest, at the entrance to Prospect Park

Every Sunday
Comedy Night at The Knit "Front Bar"

 9:00 p.m. FREE! (21+)

The Knitting Factory Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Williamsburg

Hosted by Hannibal Burress
Every Sunday night in the Front Bar of Knitting Factory Brooklyn, Hannibal Buress hosts: Comedy at The Knitting Factory with special guests each week. Past performances have included unannounced sets from Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, & more!