Monday, August 3, 2015

Save the Dates: Battle Week

Battle Week is the annual celebration and remembrance of the important events that took place in Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War. Below is the schedule of events for the week. For details on each, go to

Save the Dates!

August 22-30, 2015

Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 30 Saturday, August 22, 10 am sharp Prison Ships Martyrs Memorial Ceremony

Saturday, August 22, 1-4pm Scavenger Battle!

Sunday, August 23, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Evergreens Cemetery Walking Tour

Tuesday, August 25, 6 pm and Saturday, August 29, 4 pm Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk

Wednesday, August 26, 6 pm Gowanus Dredgers Estuary Tour

Saturday, August 29, Noon-2 pm Maryland 400 Remembrance Ceremony

Saturday, August 29 1pm – 5pm Dramatic Reading of The Declaration of Independence

Sunday, August 30 Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration at The Green-Wood Cemetery

Friday, July 31, 2015

North Slope Summer Strolls: Just Two Weeks Away!

Just about two full weeks until Summer Strolls shifts to the North, between Sterling Place and Dean Streets!

August 15th, 5-9 pm, 5th Avenue between Sterling Place and Dean Street


- Free live performance of Much Ado About Nothing by South Brooklyn Shakespeare at 6:30 pm @ Dean Street
- Live music
- Pop-up Park by TD Bank, featuring yoga, kids music, activities and more
- Vintage Cars
- Street Chess
- A Bounce House and Climbing Wall
- Juggling, Board Games and More!

Don't miss it!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Next Week: National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out is an annual summer event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches. Each year, police precincts all over the city organize anti-crime rallies with the participation of local business and civic organizations.

This year the event is being celebrated on August 4th from 6-8 pm at Grand Army Plaza, featuring:

6:00 Welcome and Introduction of Officers to Sign Star Spangled Banner
6:30 Amerikick Demonstration
6:45 School of Rock Performance
7:15 DJ Rhodes

Food by Shake Shack!

See you there!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Go Fund Chips and Salsa!

Rolie Polie Guacamole has been a pretty steady presence at Fifth Avenue events throughout the years, from outdoor shows in Washington Park to playing at and helping with the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. They've always been popular with parents and children here in Brooklyn and on the road when they tour.

In about two months, they will launch their 5th album, "Chips and Salsa" and they need your help! Making a quality album is an expensive endeavor, so they've created a Go Fund Me page to help defray the costs.

Do you love Rolie Polie Guacamole's kindie rock? Help them launch it in September by donating now!

By the way, another local kids music artist, Amelia Robinson (aka Mil's Trills) has an album launching in September, as well. She has a special guest spot on Rolie Polie's new album and she's also the resident representative on the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID's Board of Directors.

This fall sounds like a great time to be a kid!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Busy Summer for the BID

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID is working hard this summer to make #theother5th even better. Here's an update:

Vision Zero Mural

The BID has been working with Groundswell (a local non-profit that paints murals with youth artists), the NYC Department of Transportation, Miti Miti Taperia and the owner of 138 Fifth Avenue, to install a mural on the wall facing the Key Food Parking Lot. Work has started on the project and will continue throughout the month of August. The wall will encourage safe driving. A photo of the draft mural is pictured (above). For more information, check out the coverage on

Lit Welcome Sign

Last week, a lit sign, welcoming visitors from the Barclays Center, was installed at the corner of Dean Street and Fifth Avenue. It can easily be viewed from the Barclays Center Plaza and makes the Avenue look more warm and welcoming to visitors on event nights. More at

Foot Traffic Study

Working with Placemeter, a Park Slope-based start-up, the BID is installing 5 foot traffic sensors along the avenue to measure visitors in real time. The data will be collected for six months starting August 1st.

5th Avenue and NYC&Co

The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID has been working with NYC&Co (the city's convention and visitors bureau) to bring tourists to 5th Avenue. 

This month, the BID's map/brochure was added to NYC & Co's new kiosk in Times Square (see above). The same publication can also be found in hotels throughout Brooklyn.

In addition, in May the BID lead a tour of 5th Avenue for several British publications. Several articles have been written, including this mention in the Mirror

More to come!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Photos from Summer Strolls and Shakespeare

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Much Ado About Nothing and hang out at Summer Strolls on Saturday Night.

Photos from the event area available on Flickr and Instagram.

Next up: North Slope Summer Strolls, August 15th and 22nd between Sterling Place and Dean Street!

See you there!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tomorrow Night: South Slope Summer Strolls and Live Shakespeare!

South Slope Summer Strolls Part 2! 
Saturday, July 25th, 5-9pm from 12th - 18th Streets.


- Live Music
- Bounce House by Puppetry Arts 
- Rock Climbing Wall
- Vintage Cars
- Face Painting
- Open Fire Hydrant (Get Wet!)
- A Pop-Up Park, Sponsored by TD Bank
14th to 15th Streets on 5th Avenue, filled with fun and exercise. Our amazing local businesses are sending their instructors outdoors to provide you with free classes to try and enjoy. Just come on down and join in!

14th Street end of the lawn
5:15pm Capoeira Brooklyn class
6pm Align Brooklyn Recovery class
7pm Amerikick demo and class

15th Street end of the lawn
6pm Brooklyn Fencing demo
7pm Bikram Yoga class

- A live performance of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing by South Brooklyn Shakespeare at 6:30 pm between 17th and 18th Streets! Bring your chairs and blanket and set up right on the Avenue!