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May 2016

By David Finck | on May 7,2016 at 1:34PM

Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights

Target First Saturday celebrates Disguise: Masks and Global African Art with an evening of live music, dance and performance. The evening’s highlights include pop-up performances in Disguise and Double Take: African Innovations; music by Jojo Abot and DJ Tunez; a screening of Paris is Burning; readings of African folktales and myths by Gage Cook; a ball hosted by AFRICA’SOUT!, and much much more.

First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum is always the best party in town! Don’t miss it!

Fifth Annual Mothers’ Day Walk over Brooklyn Bridge
Sunday May 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sign in and congregate at Park Row and Centre Street, Manhattan

The Mother’s Day Walk is a New York City tradition held annually by Milagros Day Worldwide, a non-profit organization that empowers survivors of Domestic Violence through leadership coaching and mentorship; and a commitment to Turning Abuse into Success. This event is a fantastic, fun family day created to honor and celebrate Motherhood while raising awareness and funds to support programs for those who have experienced Domestic Violence.

An Evening with Solid Objects
Monday, May 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Greenlight Book Store
686 Fulton Street, Ft. Greene

Solid Objects, founded in 2010 in New York City, publishes fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction from both emerging and established authors. Greenlight Book Store joins Solid Objects in celebrating their spring titles with a reading event featuring four authors of new books. Obie Award-winning playwright Mac Wellman, NEA Fellowship-winning poet Laura Mullen, National Book Critics Circle Award nominee in poetry Lisa Jarnot, and widely published poet, essayist and translator Thalia Field present their new books at this reading event, introduced by Solid Objects editors Lisa Lubasch and Max Winter.

Julian Lage (Trio) with Special Guests TBA
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
$20 - $35

The Hall at MP Taverna
470 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg

The New York Times states Julian Lage is an artist whose roots are “tangled in jazz, folk, classical, and country music.” A child guitar prodigy, he was the subject of the 1997 Oscar-nominated documentary short Jules at Eight. He made his first recording, with David Grisman, at the age of 11 and subsequently caught the attention of the world at large when he appeared alongside Gary Burton at the 2000 Grammy Awards. His first recording as a leader, 2009’s Sounding Point, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

Collaboration has been essential to Lage’s process, including those with Jim Hall, who was a major influence on the young Lage. His duo album with Fred Hersch, Free Flying, received a coveted five-star review in DownBeat magazine. Soon after, he teamed with experimental guitarist Nels Cline on Room, a live-in-the-studio exchange. Last year he released Avalon, a duo recording with fellow guitarist Chris Eldridge (of the Punch Brothers) that surveyed the American Songbook with an easygoing virtuosity. In addition to his own projects-including his first solo guitar album,World’s Fair-he has recorded with Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor, Joshua Bell, and Yoko Ono.

Parag Khanna: Connectivity is Destiny
Friday, May 13, 2016, 6:30 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Brooklyn Futurist Meetup
At Huge Agency, 45 Main Street, 3rd Flr., DUMBO

Join The Brooklyn Futurist Meetup when they host a talk by Parag Khanna, author of Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization.

We’re accelerating into a future shaped less by countries than by connectivity. Mankind has a new maxim – Connectivity is destiny – and the most connected powers, and people, will win.

In his speech, Khanna guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity more than borders. His journeys take us from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Panama City to Dubai, and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea, to show how 21st century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and Internet cables, advanced technologies and market access. Yet Connectography is a hopeful vision of the future. Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. His previous books include The Second World and How to Run the World.

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

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!


Every Sunday (Through November 20th)
Down to Earth Farmers Market
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Old Stone House
Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue, Park slope

Every Sunday, the Down to Earth Farmers Market sets up at the Old Stone House in Park Slope. Located at 4th Street and 5th Avenue, the market runs from 10am-5pm until December 18th. Many great vendors sell fresh local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods and other specialty food items. Check out the website, where you can sign up for weekly email newsletters to find out which vendors will be at the market each week.