On Stage at Kingsborough presents GOTTA DANCE!
by Andrew Shilling
Nov 21, 2014 | 68 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following the success of his production of Broadway Backstage at On Stage at Kingsborough, director Daniel C. Levine is now preparing to debut his next musical GOTTA DANCE! at the Brooklyn performance venue. “It’s meant to take the audience on a journey through the evolution of dance on Broadway as performed by six of the top choreographers currently working in the industry,” Levine explained. Through a series of biographical video clips, providing a backstage look at the historical progression of dance, performers will recreate legendary dance routines for a firsthand look at the Broadway art. “I wanted to make it more personal and take the audience through a journey of what it means to be an actor,” he said. In anticipation of the debut on November 22, Levine is working on the finishing touches with his seasoned cast of choreographers. Mark Myers, from Wicked and If/Then, is the lead choreographer on the show, and Bryan Perri, from Wicked and Alter Boyz, has been tapped to be the musical director. Levine started his Broadway career as an actor in the ‘90s in Les Miserables. Since then he has also seen significant Broadway success in his roles in Chicago, Mama Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rocky Horror Show, Tommy, Little Shop of Horrors and more. “In between the shows I would do concerts with symphonies in theaters all around world,” he said. “As I was doing these concerts, I said, people are just hungry for fantastic Broadway singers and Broadway stories.” Anna Becker, executive director at On Stage At Kingsborough, first approached Levine about putting together the performance of GOTTA DANCE! after she saw the success of his previous production of Broadway Backstage. “Since then, Dan and I have been in conversation a lot because he’s so talented and really puts together great shows,” Becker said. After taking her role as the lead of On Stage at Kingsborough back in the summer of 2010, Becker has been focused on finding work, “that can’t be found anywhere else.” “We really try to make a lot of our programming unique,” she said. “This is something that I have put forward as our mission.” Levine said he currently has roughly 10 shows booked after their performance this November, however he added that right now, he is just looking forward to how his show is received in Brooklyn. “I’m thrilled and honored to do it in Brooklyn because of the way the audience just responds,” Levine said. “There is that savviness and the theater appreciation of a Brooklyn audience that you just don’t get anywhere else.” Tickets for GOTTA DANCE! are available at the On Stage at Kingsborough box office on Oriental Boulevard and Oxford Street, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by phone at (718) 368-5596 or online at here.
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P.S. 84 breaks ground on school-top greenhouse
by Andrew Shilling
Nov 21, 2014 | 27 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
P.S. 84 parents, faculty, and city officials break ground on the first rooftop greenhouse in Brooklyn last week.
P.S. 84 parents, faculty, and city officials break ground on the first rooftop greenhouse in Brooklyn last week.
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P.S. 84 parents Heather Langsner and Diana Zelvin with the school’s principal Sereida Rodriguez prior to the official groundbreaking.
P.S. 84 parents Heather Langsner and Diana Zelvin with the school’s principal Sereida Rodriguez prior to the official groundbreaking.
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Councilman Antonio Reynoso helped contribute to the nearly two years of fundraising efforts to make the $2 million  project possible.
Councilman Antonio Reynoso helped contribute to the nearly two years of fundraising efforts to make the $2 million project possible.
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Following nearly two years of fundraising and advocacy from P.S. 84 parents and administrators, the very first school-top greenhouse in Brooklyn is now under construction on top of the south Williamsburg school. “We’re going to have the real thing right here,” said P.S. 84 parent Diana Zelvin. “We did it.” Zelvin and fellow parent Heather Langsner first began advocating for a greenhouse at their children’s school, located at 250 Berry St., after catching word that the principal was interested in building a rooftop garden. “We had $100,000 privately, we had fundraisers, a garden party and a bake sale and it wouldn’t have happened without our parents,” Zelvin said of the $2 million project. “We are so excited to be the very first greenhouse classroom in Brooklyn.” The new 24,000-square-foot greenhouse is expected to provide hands-on curriculum on soil-enriching insects, hydroponic systems and nutrient film technique (NFT) systems, a method that provides a low flow of nutrient-filled liquid to plants to accelerate growth. P.S. 84 principal Sereida Rodriguez first began discussing a rooftop garden at her school in an effort to put a focus on environmental awareness. “We started with this tiny little dream of having a rooftop garden and that grew into a rooftop greenhouse laboratory for our children,” Sereida said. Her school has added arts to the conventional STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum, or “STEAM” as she called it “Our children are not just going to learn about the hydroponics,” Sereida said. “It’s about global warming, it’s about sustainability. It’s the skills of the 21st Century and they’re going to be learning that here in the first rooftop greenhouse in Brooklyn.” Standing in the space where the new greenhouse will soon be built, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, an alumni of P.S. 84’s forerunner P.S. 37, said he is excited to see the progression of environmental awareness in his community. “When I was growing up, we never heard the words sustainability, hydroponic, climate change, we knew nothing about the environment,” Lentol said. “Just think of where we’ve come, and where kids as a result of this project are going to be.” Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna added that she hopes to see other schools in the borough also take the initiative and pursue rooftop garden infrastructure to further their cultural education. “We are able to teach families about the environment and what it means to be able to have a sustainable community,” Reyna said. “This is now the model for a borough-wide initiative that we are going to start at Borough Hall.”
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Brooklyn t-shirt company puts spin on traditional athletic gear
by Jess Berry
Nov 20, 2014 | 657 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walk into a Sports Authority or Dick’s Sporting Goods and you will see lines of the same t-shirts lining the walls, neon in color and plastered with motivational phrases like the classic “Just Do It.” But two Brooklyn women got tired of the status quo and decided to create a clothing line that speaks to a different kind of athlete. “I’m a runner, because I don’t want to look like a meatball,” reads one of the designs created by the new, Brooklyn-based athletic wear company Whiptail Athletic. The idea behind Whiptail is simple, explained co-founder Jaimee Nelsen. “Let’s be honest, why do half of us work out?” Nelsen asked. “To look good naked. It’s just having fun with that, and that’s okay. It’s just a matter of not taking yourself so seriously.” Whiptail is all about not taking itself too seriously, with t-shirts slapped with silly phrases and images, ranging from triceratops doing tire flips to Vikings working out on an erging machine. “I’ve always kind of seen it as social commentary on current workout culture,” Nelsen said. “It’s trying to mix the geek and athlete together. It’s for individuals who are just kind of individuals.” As athletes themselves, Nelsen and her partner Sarah Litt are well aware of the needs specific to athletic clothing. The t-shirts are made to be soft and smell-resistant, Nelsen explained, so that “you can work out in it if you wanted to, but you can also wear them out.” And, she said, Whiptail will ideally not be stopping at t-shirts. Nelsen and Litt have both played rugby with New York Rugby Club for many years, a sport that is well-known for players with body shapes and sizes that run the gamut. “I think my ultimate pipe dream is to do some athletic clothes that fit athletes that aren’t pink or purple,” Nelsen said. “Just functional things. Like spandex that actually fit you, or women’s shorts, but if you have a booty you can still fit in them.” Whiptail will have its launch party this Friday night at the Brooklyn Pub, with first come first serve free beer and t-shirts for sale starting at 6 p.m. All are invited and will have a chance to meet the Whiptail co-founders and learn more about the company. For more information on the company and to see the t-shirt designs, check out their website.
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m.Bonano
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November 19, 2014
Wow, within 1/2 hour of just driving around the block I seen two people urinating in public, throwing trash in the streets and peoples yards and smoking weed online and down the block.
Knockdown Center (Photo by Ariana Page Russell)
Knockdown Center (Photo by Ariana Page Russell)
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