Year-End News from PortSide

In an end-of-the-year fundraising appeal, Red Hook waterfront advocate PortSide listed five "game-changing" accomplishments combining working waterfront, public access, community development, and economic opportunity:
  • Community empowerment. Helping communities plan for the future and enabling them to act for themselves using information, services and policy recommendations from PortSide. More...
  • Historic preservation. The Mary A. Whalen, the last of her kind in this country, boasts a restored galley, an expanded oral history archive, and new artifacts of the city's maritime history. More...
  • Education and training. PortSide is now a training site for union labor; for CUNY's Service Corps; and for Brooklyn middle school students. More...
  • Cultural Access. PortSide supported the "Hero Project" and is planning a major performance project aboard the Mary A. Whalen in 2016. More...
  • Organizational growth.  PortSide has expanded its board and made the Marty A. Whalen more resilient and dockable. 
The Mary may soon have  a "re-berth" at Atlantic Basin in Red Hook as the result of a three-year agreement being negotiated by the city Economic Development Corporation (EDC). More...

You can support PortSide by mailing a check made out to "PortSide NewYork" to:  P.O. Box 195, Red Hook Station, Brooklyn, NY 11231.

PortSide NewYork is a 501(c)3 organization; donations are tax-exempt to the full extent of the law.

Christmas Music for Organ at Good Shepherd

At 1:30 PM on Sunday, December 21, Art on the Corner will present Hungarian organist and Fulbright scholar Sándor Balatoni, playing a program of German and Hungarian Christmas music for organ, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7420 Fourth Avenue, in Bay Ridge.

The program will include Christmas-themed works by Buxetehude, Kodály, Liszt, J.S. Bach, Wálther, Gardonyi, Widor, and Balatoni.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Sándor Balatoni, born in 1983 in Pécs, has studied at Ferenc Liszt Music School, the Conservatory of Pecs, and the Hungarian Church Music and Liturgic Institution in Budapest, and has performed internationally. In 2014, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. His repertoire includes the complete organ works of Franz Liszt, Zoltan Kodaly and Gabor Lisznyay-Szabo.

Art on the Corner is a 9-year-old community-based non-profit arts ministry of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Through Good Shepherd, Art on the Corner provides a venue for artists from across the city and the world to share their work with local audiences.

For more information about the concert or Art On the Corner, contact Rita Pihra-Majurinen at 718-745-8520 or artonthecornerbr@gmail.com.


Family Movie Night at Uncle Louie G's

Uncle Louie G's, an ice cream parlor at 8702 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge, will host "Family Movie Night" from 6-10 PM on Saturday, December 21, featuring classic Christmas cartooons like "Frosty the Snowman", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", and more.

You're welcome to stop in for dessert and family specials all evening long.

For more information, call (718) 833- 4237.

Ride the Trolley with Santa and His Elf

From 12 Noon to 4:30 PM on Saturday, December 20, the 86th Street Bay Ridge B.I.D. will present the final day of its four-day Second Annual Holiday Celebration, featuring free trolley rides with Santa Claus and one of his elves.

You can catch the trolley at 75th and 5th Avenue or at any city bus stop along 5th Avenue from 65th to 86th Streets in Bay Ridge.

Bring your camera.

Sponsored by Dime, Apple and Investors Banks.

DSNY Recruiting Emergency Snow Laborers

According to a posting in the December 18 edition of the Brooklyn Spectator, the City Department of Sanitation is now registering emergency snow removal laborers at its district garages in all of the five boroughs and at the DSNY Flatbush Yard at 2900 Flatbush Avenue.

Registrations will be accepted between the hours of 7 AM and 3 PM Monday through Friday.

The starting rate is $12 per hour and $18 per hour in overtime. 

To apply, bring two one-and-a-half inch square photos of yourself, an original and a copy of two forms of ID, and your Social Security card. 

You can address any questions to DSNY by calling 311. 

Here are the locations of the DSNY district garages in Brooklyn South:

Brooklyn South
AddressBetweenMap Location
Brooklyn 6
127 2nd Ave.
11th & 12th St.
Brooklyn 7
5100 1st Ave.
51st & 52nd St.
Brooklyn 10
5100 1st Ave.
51st & 52nd St.
Brooklyn 11
1824 Shore Pkwy.
Bay 41st St. & 26th Ave.
Brooklyn 12
5602 19th Ave.
55th & 58th St.
Brooklyn 13
2012 Neptune Ave.
West 20th & 21st St.
Brooklyn 14
1397 Ralph Ave.
Chase Ct. & Ditmas Ave.
Map Garage!
Brooklyn 15
2501 Knapp Street
Ave. Z & Voorhies Ave
Brooklyn 15 - 49th Street
1750 East 49th Street
Ave. N & East 49th Street
Brooklyn 18
105-01 Foster Ave.
Ave. D & Foster Ave.

For more locations, check the DSNY website. 


Secretly Famous at the Lockyard

At 8 PM on Saturday, December 20, the Lock Yard, at 9221 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, will present live music with cover band "Secretly Famous", featuring guitarist/vocalist Kris Lauricella, guest vocalist Katie Taber, and percussionist Charlie Marine, playing songs from The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, The Band, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Wilco, and more.

Tony Travis and Friends Play Circles' Christmas Party

Tony Travis and Friends will play the Christmas Party at Circles Cafe, at at 69th Street and 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge, at 7 PM on Friday, December 19.

There will be no cover, full bar, pizza and surprises. Limited seating.

To RSVP or for more information, call Circles Cafe.

New York Bans Hydrofracking

According to an email blast from Zephyr Teachout, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that New York State will ban the controversial, high-risk horizontal gas drilling process known as hydrofracking or "fracking'.

Teachout called the state's decision a "historic moment" and one of "the great environmental and health victories of the last decade." New York will be the first American state with significant shale gas deposits to ban fracking. 

Just five years ago, with Albany awash in tens of millions of lobbyist dollars, fracking seemed inevitable, Teachout said. But today, she said, big money lost the game to a grassroots alliance of citizens and scientists who staged old-fashioned rallies, circulated petitions, joined list-servs, phone-banked, and refused to surrender their vision of a frack-free future for our state.

This moment, said Teachout, shows the power of "a passionate, determined, educated public... to change history." Anyone who wrote a letter, stood outside a fundraiser, showed "Gasland" at a local venue, emailed friends and family, educated themselves and others, and made it clear to the powers-that-be that New York's anti-fracking movement wasn't going away, was part of this victory and deserves to celebrate, she said.

This decision will mean clean water for millions; and open investment in the state's wineries, its growing sustainable agriculture industry, and its profitable vacation industry, free of the toxic threat of fracking. New York State, Teachout said, must now take the lead in creating the renewable energy infrastructure we need for a clean energy future.

There will be a victory rally outside Governor Cuomo's midtown office at 4 PM.

The new front in the anti-fracking battle will be keeping fracked gas from being pipelined through our state and shipped in liquified form through our ports to overseas markets.

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