The Day: Performance Arts, Atlantic Yards Quality of Life and Living Near Clinton Hill

(Photo by Karri Ojanen)
A bike looks as if it is growing out of the ivy lining a sidewalk fence in Clinton Hill. (Photo by Karri Ojanen)

Good morning, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

The summer is in full swing with the sun finally coming out to shine in the nabe. A very exciting Fourth of July weekend is coming up for many of us. Do you have plans for a sunny weekend filled with music, fireworks and a barbecue? If you get some good pictures from the weekend, be sure to upload them to The Nabe’s Flickr pool.

  • The Fourth of July will be the first day of the Brooklyn International Performance Arts Festival, happening at JACK, located at 505 Waverly Avenue. This Thursday the opening party, held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., will include a performance by Martha Wilson, along with a host of other acts, according to the BIPAF website. Alcohol will be served, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own items to grill. The festival ends on July 28, so be sure to check out the BIPAF calendar for the full list of events.
  • Locals got an update on construction and the MTV Video Music Awards last night at an Atlantic Yards quality of life meeting, according to the Atlantic Yards Report. Among the items on the agenda was a discussion of work at the B2 tower and Long Island Rail Road station, but most notable was the upcoming impact of the music awards coming up in August. The news that the Barclays Center would host the event was first announced by MTV in late March on the television station’s website. Potential issues with the upcoming show include closed streets and increased crowds in the area surrounding the arena.
  • Among the layers of praise The New York Times has given to Clinton Hill, the paper most recently focused on the revitalized Myrtle Avenue for a post profiling the up-and-coming neighborhood. Credit for the changes was given to the Pratt Institute, as well as the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project. In addition to the abundant local land development, the article notes a little bit of local history and what you can expect to pay for a home.
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