Good Morning, Brooklyn: Friday, July 16, 2021
POOL HOURS EXTENDED DURING HEAT WAVE: NYC Parks has extended hours at its Olympic and intermediate free outdoor pools through today, Friday, July 16, in accordance with the city’s Emergency Management and Health Department to help New Yorkers stay cool during the heat wave. Pool hours will run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and after a one-hour break, from 4 to 8 p.m. Additional sessions may be added to accommodate as many pool-goers as possible.
For those unable to visit one of Parks’ 49 open free outdoor pools, park-goers can also cool down at Parks’ 8 beaches and more than 600 spray showers. Beaches are open to 6 p.m., with swimming allowed at beaches where lifeguards are present.
MISS USA ADVOCATES FOR KIDS: Children whose parents are incarcerated got a special treat from Miss USA 2020, Asya Branch, who this week toured Children of Promise, NYC. This organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant provides support to the children of incarcerated parents and their families. Ms. Branch spoke openly of the challenges she her family faced while her father was imprisoned for 10 years, and of how she built a strong mental outlook to survive and later become a life coach.
Ms. Branch told the children that she wishes during her youth she had been able to benefit from an organization like Children of Promise, which offers through child-centered, trauma-informed programming and activities in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the South Bronx.
BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOOD PROCESSION: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church’s Giglio dance and festival ( N. 8th and Havemeyer St., North Williamsburg) is a beloved Brooklyn tradition, and so is the parish’s religious procession. July 16 marks the feast day of this predominantly Italian parish where, at 3 p.m., Brooklyn Diocesan Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate a bilingual Italian-English Mass. After Mass, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Mt. Carmel’s pastor, will lead a procession of the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel throughout the neighborhood beginning at 4 p.m.
The 12-day festival continues until Sunday, July 18, with more Friday evening Masses in Polish, Spanish and Creole, and the Old-Timers Giglio lift on the closing day.
NYU TANDON TEAMS WIN PRIZES: Two teams from NYU-Tandon School of Engineering in MetroTech are among the winners of the Tenth Annual Academic Affiliate Membership Student Competition awards that the International Association for Quantitative Finance present. The NYU-Tandon teams, who were among 21 such groups representing 11 academic programs were assigned research papers focused on predictors of future price expectations. Team Rocket Fellows members at NYU-Tandon’s masters in Financial Engineering program, were Supavitch Nakburee (student team captain), Thumthiti Pinto, Wenjun Jia, Pragnya Dharmigari, Hanlu Xia, and Christopher Abruzzo. Team Serious Turtles members were Yuhan Xu (student team captain), Qin Zhang, Yiwen Zhuang, Lanlan Yang, Lewei Peng, and Shenghua Cao. Both teams worked under the direction of Professor Ron Slivka.
The competition submissions went through a blind, multi-level selection process and were reviewed by a judging panel comprised of IAQF Board Members.
BROOKLYN STUDENTS ON DEAN’S LIST: Two Brooklyn students have been named to Hamilton College Spring 2021 Dean’s List for academic excellence. Alma Bradley from the 11205 zip code, graduated from Hamilton in May with a major in government. Riley Manion of Brooklyn , from the zip code 11222, is a rising sophomore and alumnus of Poly Prep Country Day School.
Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research- and writing-intensive framework.
DANCE STUDIO IN THE PARK: Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet is launching its “Studio in the Park” dance classes starting this Saturday, July 17. Founder Jamel Gaines, who brings more than 22 years of teaching and choreographing experience, will be teaching workshops, open to the public and for participants of all ages, on body conditioning, exercising, calisthenics, body alignment, and the joy and celebration of movement. Each week’s classes will have a different theme and give participants a greater overall experience of different dance styles.
Classes will be held Saturdays through October at 300 Ashland Plaza, a large outdoor public plaza in Brooklyn, with adult workshops from noon to 2:30 p.m. and youth workshops from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is not required for the classes.
ART DEBUT AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Public Art Fund on July 29 will unveil Rehearsal, Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser’s public art debut. Rehearsal will feature five distinct large-scale geometric sculptures clad with hand-painted glazed tiles, panels featuring photographs of New York City and Roman and Greek antiquities, and mirror polished stainless steel, and will be situated at Washington and Plymouth Streets, where the Manhattan Bridge frames the Empire State Building, so that the exhibit is juxtaposed with the surrounding architecture and natural landscape of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Wieser’s debut outdoor public exhibition, Rehearsal will be on view through April 17, 2022 at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street Park section.
BECOME AN URBAN TREE STEWARD: Community Board 6 announces that training will be offered for residents interested in becoming Street Tree Stewards in “Brooklyn’s Urban Forest. Next Saturday, July 24, participants will learn how they can improve the Red Hook neighborhood for people and wildlife alike.
Neighbors can stop by the corner of Visitation Place and Van Brunt Street between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to learn more.
PANEL EXPLORES THREATS TO NYC PRESERVATION: The Historic District Council presents a virtual advocacy forum on Monday, July 26 to examine the many threats to preservation in New York City. Featured presentations will include a talk on the Gowanus Rezoning, with Gowanus Landmarking Coalition’s Brad Vogel. Free registration is required via https://act.myngp.com/Forms/2211615070080994304?midqs=u5gWCoIR9fR0r0wgHq1Y6w==
Other NYC buildings up for discussion are Mt. Calvary Church in the newly designated Dorrance Brooks Square, the Penn Station Powerhouse, the proposed tower at 250 Water St. in lower Manhattan and alterations to the Grand Central Station Terminal.
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