Good Morning, Brooklyn: Friday, October 1, 2021
ANTIC RETURNS TO ATLANTIC AVE: The 46th Annual Atlantic Antic returns this Sunday, October 3, after COVID-19 pre-empted last year’s festival. The Antic will feature amazing food and unique crafts from local merchants, and live entertainment for Brooklyn families and children to enjoy along Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue through to Hicks Street, one of Brooklyn’s main economic arteries of our borough.
Borough President Eric Adams calls the Antic “a wonderful opportunity to support our small business community and spend quality time with our neighbors.”
SEVERAL HONORED AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES DINNER: Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens last night was set to honor prominent business leaders Michael Connors, Esq., partner at Connors & Sullivan, PLLC; and Domenick Cama, president & chief operating officer of Investors Bank, at its 2021 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner. Among the group of honorees were Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Romano, NYPD Chaplain and Rev. Msgr. John Delendick, FDNY Chaplain. Former New York Ranger Rod Gilbert posthumously received the Ubi Caritas Award.
Joe Piscopo, comedian, actor, musician, writer and radio talk show host, served as master of ceremonies for the annual dinner, which benefits the more than 160 programs and services of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
NEW NYPD PRECINCT GREETERS: The NYPD is launching a new greeter program featuring “Community Guides,” dedicated customer service representatives who will serve as the first point of contact to welcome all visitors. Created to enhance the overall visitor experience, Community Guides’ goal is help create a more welcoming, efficient, and visitor-friendly environment for members of the public.
This new initiative is part of the New York City Police Department’s efforts to provide superior customer service across precincts, public service areas, and other Department public-facing facilities.
CLARKE VOTES AGAINST INFRASTRUCTURE BILL: Despite her party’s push to enact the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Congressmember Yvette Clarke voted against it and issued a statement (excerpted here) late Thursday to explain her reasoning.
Clarke, who serves the 9th Congressional District in central and south Brooklyn, wrote, “Meaningful strides in overcoming climate change, delivering necessary care for our children and our health, diminishing poverty for the underprivileged and underrepresented groups among us, and too many other transformative investments to list were all within America’s grasp through the president’s agenda … We progressives were asked incessantly to compromise, to show faith in those who offered none in return, to meet them in the middle … Let me be very clear: I am a hard ‘no’ on the infrastructure bill without a vote on reconciliation.”
Rep. Clarke concluded, “Both packages are needed to move forward and Build Back Better for the American people. We have an opportunity to bring substantive change to this country, and I intend to hold up our end of the deal.”
JOINT EXHIBIT ON BOTH EAST AND WEST COASTS: The Brooklyn Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have announced the joint acquisition of 200 contemporary photographs by almost 90 women artists from 17 countries in Western and Eastern Europe. The generous gift comes from Houston-based collector Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, whose expansive collection has been built over the course of 20 years and showcases an impressive range of styles and approaches to photography from that period.
This is the Brooklyn Museum’s largest joint acquisition as well as the largest gift of contemporary photography it has ever received by the Museum. The exhibit which opens in Los Angeles on November 14, will travel to the Brooklyn Museum in 2023.
MORE FREE ARTS PROGRAMS: New York City Artist Corps members have programmed over 700 free and public events—including visual art workshops, film screenings, multidisciplinary performances, literary readings, and more — that will continue through October 10. The $25 million City Artist Corps program supports artists who live and work in NYC and gives New Yorkers opportunities to experience cultural programming across the city.
To date, thousands of City Artist Corps participants have received City Artist Corps Grants, administered in collaboration with New York Foundation for the Arts and other local partners; engaged with students in the NYC Department of Education’s Summer Rising program; worked on murals ArtBridge and NYCHA; programmed at The People’s Festival; taken part in BeautifyNYC programming, among other activities.
PFIZER VACCINES FOR SCHOOL-AGED KIDS: More #VaxtoSchool pop-up vaccination sites are being established to increase vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers. Governor Hochul announced a total of 120 sites will be established over a 12-week period statewide. Children aged 12 to 17 can take the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is available under Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 12 to 15 and is fully approved for those age 16 and older. Parents can visit vaccines.gov, text one’s home ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find the closest vaccine location
New locations, including Life of Hope in East Flatbush (October 7, from 11 a.m. 5:30 p.m. and the NYC Back 2 School Fair in Prospect Heights (October 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) are established on a rolling basis. Partners, host sites, and outreach efforts are tailored to the communities they are built to serve.
HEATING COST ASSISTANCE STARTS TODAY: More than $373 million in home heating aid is becoming available for low- and middle-income New Yorkers who need assistance keeping their homes warm during the upcoming winter season. Applications open Friday, October 1 for the Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as HEAP, which is overseen by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and provides federal funding to assist homeowners and renters with their heating costs during the cold-weather months.
Eligible homeowners and renters can apply at local departments of social services in person or by telephone, with funding provided on a first-come, first-served basis, to receive up to $751 in heating assistance, depending on their income, household size and how they heat their home. A family of four may have a maximum gross monthly income of $5,249 or an annual gross income of $62,983 and still qualify for benefits-a modest increase from the previous year’s threshold.
CANARSIE STORE SELLS WINNING TICKET: A Canarsie merchant sold a $1M winning Powerball ticket, the New York Lottery announced on Thursday. One second-prize ticket, worth a guaranteed $1,000,000 for the September 29 Powerball drawing was sold at Foster Island Corporation on Foster Ave.
The winning numbers for the Powerball game are drawn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from a field of one to 69. The red Power Ball is drawn from a separate field of one to 26.
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