Friday, June 10, 2011

The Weekend

Cranky Nahbi
Nahbi at home

It's been a sticky and hot week in NYC but somehow Nahbi and I have managed to not get too melty.  She's taken to sitting in the front room right in front of a box fan and the AC unit.  I've taken to wearing sundresses, putting those summer updo tutorials to good use, and sipping on tiny ice cold bottles of San Pellagrino purchased from the pizza joint across the street.

Of course, the heat isn't going to stop me from running around Brooklyn like a crazy woman this weekend.  :)

Tonight at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Andrew Bird will be kicking of the 2011 Celebrate Brooklyn! season with a free show.  The show starts at 8:15pm.  It is highly recommended that you get there as early as possible to claim your spot in line.

This Saturday, June 11th, and also next Saturday, June 18th (unfortunately I'm out of town next weekend) Williamsburg Walks will be happening on Bedford Avenue.  Bedford Avenue will be closed to car traffic and open only to pedestrians and bikers.  You can go here for a complete block by block rundown of the events and businesses that are participating. 

Some highlights for this Saturday:

North 4th to North 5th
Crest True Value Hardware

North 5th to North 6th
Presented by Namaste Yoga & Tranquility

North 6th to North 7th
Sample size tastes every hour on the hour

North 7th to North 8th
Hosted by Brooklyn Charm

North 8th to North 9th
Hosted by The Gym Park

Also this Saturday and Sunday, June 11th - 12th, the Renegade Craft Fair will be set up right in McCarren Park.  From their website:

"The Renegade Craft Fair is headed back to McCarren Park for our 7th Annual Brooklyn Fair on June 11 +12, 2011, from 11am – 7pm each day! Along with hundreds of today’s best makers of handmade goods, we’ll be hosting hands-on crafting workshops and planning a handful of summertime surprises! New York’s most exciting outdoor showcase of indie-craft is always free-to-attend! Food and beverages will also be available!"

I'm excited to see the Magnolia Photo Booth Company as they will be part of the craft fair offering free photobooth photos.  I love the pictures that they feature from past events and am excited to check them out.

Starting at 4pm on Saturday, June 11th, and ending at 4pm on Sunday, the 24 Hour Read-In starts at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Grand Army Plaza. 

"Break out that six pack of Red Bull, because starting at 4 PM on June 11th, we’ll be up for 24 hours straight. Why? New York City libraries are in some serious danger, people! When libraries are in danger, so are communities.  The Read-In will be held at Brooklyn Public Library’s beautiful Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

Did you know that in the Brooklyn system alone, the Mayor’s budget could result in 16 library closures, 850 hours of lost service, the loss of 10,000 events for kids, and 10,000 cancelled classes and workshops for adults?

That’s way harsh.

New York City libraries, library workers, and communities NEED YOU!  Without your help, we have no chance at all.  Please come visit us."

I'm due to read on Saturday for fifteen minutes at 7:45pm and truthfully I am kind of nervous, but I am also thankful to be able to show my support for our libraries and their staff. 

After the reading I'll be heading to Bushwick for the Bushwick Balkan Brass Band Blowout.  Lots of bands and DJ's and only $10 before midnight.  You can get all the details from their event page
Sunday I'll be heading down to Bay Ridge with some buddies to visit a friend and to check out the fabled "BEST EVER" Century 21

Hope you have a lovely weekend!  Hooray for Summer!!!


  1. Did you get a chance to see Andrew Bird? If so, this guy is jealous. We saw like two years ago in Cleveland, and it was an excellent show.

  2. Unfortunately I did not! But that does not make me love him any less. :)