The Day: Couture Fashion, Library Closures and Toy Sales

It's the last weekend before halloween, locals. How are you celebrating the spooky holiday? (Photo by Francisco Daum)
It’s the last weekend before halloween, locals. How are you celebrating the spooky holiday? (Photo by Francisco Daum)

Good morning, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

It’s getting cold out there, locals. So don’t forget to grab a sweater, hat and scarf before leaving the house to explore the nabe this weekend, which promises to be sunny but cool, with highs in the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service. And don’t forget to post pictures of your adventures in The Nabe’s Flickr group.

  • Fashion lovers, get excited: You can see Jean Paul Gaultier’s work at the Brooklyn Museum – the only East Coast venue for this exhibit. The show, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” is the first international exhibition dedicated to the French fashion legend. The show focuses around seven themes of Gaultier’s influences and development since he hit the fashion world in the 1970s. It features 140 pieces from the designer’s earliest and most recent collections, and features audio and visual projections, sketches and excerpts from films. The show runs until Feb. 23, and tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. Admission is free for museum members.
  • After 6 p.m. today, the Clinton Hill Library will be closed until early 2014. The library is going through many renovations – including installing self-check machines, and a new heating and cooling system, among other building upgrades – to “make your library experience more enjoyable.” Renovations will cost a total of $900,000, as reported by DNAinfo. You can check the library’s website for updates on its mobile book service and if you need your library fix, check out other close locations, including Bedford Library at 496 Franklin Avenue; Marcy Library at 617 DeKalb Avenue; Pacific Library at 25 Fourth Avenue; and Walt Whitman Library at 93 Saint Edwards Street.
  • The Brooklyn Free School will hold a Recycled Toy Sale on Saturday to support the beautification of the school’s front yard. Locals can come to 372 Clinton Avenue from noon to 4 p.m. and purchase used toys and games to help benefit renovations. Brooklyn Free School purchased its Clinton Hill building four years ago, and the school has been working on a “shoestring budget” to complete renovations both inside and outside. The school plans on planting its own gardens on raised beds to grow vegetables for the lunch program and to teach students about growing food, science and patience. The school also wants to add built-in benches so students and the community can enjoy the front yard. If you can’t make it to the sale, you can also donate to the school’s campaign online.

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