Monthly Archives: October 2011

Adorably Costumed Kids at Heights Halloween Parade

The annual Brooklyn Heights Halloween Parade was held on Sunday (after being postponed due to the snowstorm on Saturday), and impressively costumed kids poured into the Pierrepont Playground to kick off the parade down the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Borough President Marty Markowitz stopped by to admire the costumes. Lassen & Hennigs provided free coffee, Heights Kids gave out balloons and the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee provided delicious cupcakes.

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Pups Parade on the Promenade

Costumed canines participated in the  Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade,  on Sunday in Brooklyn Heights.

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Updated Halloween Events in Brooklyn

Photo by Mary Frost

October 28

Monster Mash at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s annual Monster Mash party. Dress in your best Halloween finery. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 3–7:30 p.m. Visit for updates and ticket information.

Haunted Halloween Zombie Dance Party and Film Screening, Grand Army Plaza, Friday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m. Brooklyn Public Library hosts a Haunted Halloween Zombie Dance Party and Film Screening. Come learn about the ghost of Agatha, who is rumored to haunt the Central Library. Dance party and a Zombie photo booth.

Halloween Party, 69 Ninth St., Friday, Oct. 28, 3-6 p.m.
Build It Green is partnering with GrowNYC to host a Halloween Costume Swap for all ages. Make recycled masks with Solar One, win a bike from Recycle-A-Bicycle and make spoke-flowers out of recycled bike parts. There will also be face-painting, music and Halloween movies. Find a fresh costume or donate your clean, gently-used costumes to the swap. Visit to RSVP.

Halloween Benefit, Build It Green! NYC, 69 Ninth St., Friday, Oct. 28, 7-11 p.m. For grownups: live music by Vaz as “The Mummies,” DJ Melkey L and DJ Duo We-Can-Got-It, a performance by Dome Theater of “The Mummy” and more. Benefits upcoming reuse center. Tickets are $10 and include one drink ticket. RSVP at

Red Bull Trick-or-Treat in Brooklyn, Newtown Barge Park, Commercial Street, Brooklyn. Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 – 9 p.m. [Note: This event was originally scheduled for Oct. 29 but was changed due to the weather forecast]. Red Bull Trick or Treat is a Halloween themed BMX event. In Newtown Barge Park, 32 of the most respected BMX riders in the country will compete in the new “Live or Die” format. Halloween-themed obstacles in a graveyard layout, with grindable coffin boxes, a tombstone vert wall, a curved grim reaper rail box, and a 32-foot long cross box. Twitter: #rbtrickortreat.

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The Art of the Newspaper Column Discussed at St. Francis College

Panelists Urge Young Writers To Rise Above Loud, Angry Rants

Left-right: Michael Powell, Harry Siegel, Fred Siegel, John Avlon, Josh Greenman and Heywood Gould.

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — It used to be that a catchy lead was all you needed to get people to read your column, but now your headline has to include catchy keywords to register with search engine optimization programs or your work will get lost in the wilderness of the internet.

The competing ideas served as the background for the panel discussion based on the book Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns hosted by St. Francis College and the Manhattan Institute on October 11 in the College’s Founders Hall.

John Avlon, co-editor of Deadline Artists, led the panel, which also included Heywood Gould, formerly of the New York Post and the screenwriter for Fort Apache, The Bronx; Michael Powell of the New York Times, Josh Greenman of the Daily News and Harry Siegel of the Village Voice.

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Gala Ceremony To Mark 125th Anniversary of Statue of Liberty

Brooklyn H.S. of Arts Choir Will Perform

The Statue of Liberty is seen in an aerial view. Today marks the 125th anniversary of the statue, and the National Parks Service will be holding a gala ceremony. In Brooklyn, the statue can be easily seen from Red Hook.


NEW YORK — Friday is the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, and the National Park Service will be holding a gala ceremony with actress Sigourney Weaver reading Emma Lazarus’ famous poem about the statue, “The New Colossus.”

After delivering his remarks, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will present gifts of friendship to the representative of the French Government, since the statue was a gift from the French people and was designed by French sculptor August Bartholdi. A choir from the Brooklyn High School of the Arts will perform “Huddled Masses” from the off-Broadway-bound musical Liberty, and finally, at 7:45 p.m., Macy’s will present a fireworks show.

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Oprah Winfrey’s Mikveh Visit

According to the Forward, Oprah Winfrey recently stopped by a mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, at Congregation B’nai Avraham on Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. She filmed a segment there for her new show, which will show her interviewing spiritual leaders around the world.

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