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August 2015

By David Finck | on August 8,2015 at 1:11PM

Habana Outpost presents Purple Rain
Sunday, August 9th, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street, Fort Greene

Purple Rain tells the story of The Kid (Prince), who deals with his unstable home life by competing for a house band spot at a local Minneapolis club. It’s the typical Hollywood melodrama, but features music from the eponymous 1984 album considered by many to be one of the greatest ever recorded. And, there’s the Outpost's  Mex-Cuban food available!

Summer Movie in the Park: Frozen
Monday, August 10, 2015, Sunset

Cadman Plaza
Cadman Plaza West between Clark and Middagh Streets

Downtown Brooklyn becomes a winter wonderland this summer with a free screening of Disney's "Frozen" on the lawn at Cadman Plaza Park.

Seating starts at 7pm with the movie at sunset, so bring a blanket and a picnic dinner.

Presented in partnership with Cadman Park Conservancy, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the New York City Parks Department.

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

Lauren Holmes with Phil Klay
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

163 Court Street, Cobble Hill

Lauren Holmes celebrates the release of her debut short story collection Barbara the Slut and Other People with National Book Award winning short story author Phil Klay (Redeployment).??

What they say:
Fearless, candid, and incredibly funny, Lauren Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master. She tackles eros and intimacy with a deceptively light touch, a keen awareness of how our nervous systems tangle and sometimes short-circuit, and a genius for revealing our most vulnerable, spirited selves.
With heart, sass, and pitch-perfect characters, Barbara the Slut is a head-turning debut from a writer with a limitless career before her.
Arts in the Gardens: Garden Grooves
Wednesday, August 12th, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Jane Bailey Memorial Garden
327 Greene Avenue, Bed-Stuy

Enjoy live music from local artists:
5:00pm –Ambient electronic soundscapes of Brooklyn-based Three Fifty
6:30pm –Afrotronic Funk of Digital Diaspora

This performance is part of NYRP’s summer series, Arts in the Gardens, presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The 25th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest
Saturday, August 15th, 2015, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Coney Island Boardwalk
Coney Island Boardwalk & W. 12th St., Coney Island

Astella Development Corporation (Astella) and Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) are presenting the 25th Anniversary Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest, Saturday, August 15, 2015, on Coney Island’s historic boardwalk. This family-friendly event is open to amateurs and semi-professional sand sculpting artists of all ages competing for cash prizes and bragging rights.

Over the years, the Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest has attracted thousands of attendees from around the world and local and national media attention. 

Register* for your chance to turn sand into a towering masterpiece.

More information at

*Pre-registration is a convenience and does not guarantee a spot. Pre-registered sand mounds will be forfeited at noon on the day of the event and made open to same-day registrants.

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.

Sublime of the Mundane
Through August 23, 2015, Thursday –Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

FiveMyles Gallery
558 St. John’s Place, Crown Heights

This group exhibition presents five weeks of interactive installations and performances. The exhibition rejects the notion that our culture rapidly and inevitably takes us further and further away from real interactions with each other and our environment. The curator Jasmine Murrell has chosen interactive work that directly engages the viewer, both visually and through sound and touch. It invites conversations between strangers; initiating activities in the space enjoyed and shared.

The Sublime of the Mundane brings together international and U.S. artists, together transforming the gallery space into a fantastical landscape of tactile, auditory and visual experiences.

Ginseng and Juice: Evening of Performances and Video: August 15, 4 – 7pm

Artists: Rufus Tureen, Maya Jeffereis, Andre Springer, Shani Peters, Jason Gregory Isaacs, Kiran Chandra, Patricia Dominguez, Tiana Marenah, Kelsey Lu and Candice Williams.

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!