Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lady date

The indoor bocce courts at Union Hall (They were uneven at each end and frustrated the hell out of J the last time we were there.)

Tonight I'm meeting L at Union Hall for an installment of Adult Education.  They describe it as a "useless lecture series."  Tonight, the topic is "Brooklyn."  Is it wrong to be excited for a lecture?  I think not!

From their website:


Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 8 pm (doors at 7:30)
Union Hall in Park Slope
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave
$5 cover

BETSY BRADLEY, "Dreamland is Burning: A Coney Island Centennial"
In 1911, the most expensive amusement park at Coney Island burned to the ground overnight. Bradley explains how the Dreamland Circus Sideshow rose from the park's ashes, and ushered in a century of truly "curious peoples" on Brooklyn's southernmost shores.

HEATHER QUINLAN, "The Brooklyn Accent: Freakin' A"
Other than cursing and hand gestures, Quinlan considers the components of the Brooklyn accent.

HOWARD EISMAN, "The Garden Spot of the Universe: Greenpoint, Civic Virtue, and The McGuinness"
Eisman details the career and legacy of Peter J. McGuinness, the last of New York's Irish political bosses.

MIKE MISCIONE, "Up With the Flag of Brooklyn!"
Miscione revisits the battle over Brooklyn's annexation by New York City in 1898 -- and reintroduces an anti-consolidation anthem of the day.


* * * BIOS * * *
BETSY BRADLEY is the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the New York Public Library and the author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York. She's at work on a book about Coney Island and she is deathly afraid of clowns.

HEATHER QUINLAN is a filmmaker whose documentary, If These Knishes Could Talk, chronicles the evolution of the New York accent.

DR. HOWARD EISMAN is a licensed psychologist and a visual artist. His interest in politics began when he was a young child. He remembers standing on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint among a group of weeping adults watching The McGuinness' funeral procession drive by slowly.

MIKE MISCIONE is the Manhattan Borough Historian, but we won't hold that against him.

CHARLES STAR (HOST) is a lawyer sans portfolio and a stand-up comedian sans recognition who lives in Brooklyn with one each of wife, cat, and toddler.


  1. Oh I love Union Hall! They have the funniest comedy show on Sunday nights with Eugene Mirman ;)

  2. I will have to check that out. Last night's lecture was really great - funny, informative, and PACKED. Their next one is March 1st and I'm definitely going again. It was a very good lady date.