The Day: Stained Glass Restoration at Brown Memorial Baptist Church and The “Squat” Debuts at Le Petit Bakery

Street art on a Lafayette Avenue stoop (By Jason Bisnoff)
Street art by Swoon is holding up well on this Lafayette Avenue stoop. (Photo by Jason Bisnoff)

Good morning, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

It might be mid-week, but there is no shortage of activities to participate in throughout neighborhood. The Fort Greene Park Conservancy is hosting a large slate of events. Music in the Grove for kids starts today and continues each Wednesday until Aug. 7. The Fulton Area Business Alliance is also continuing its fitness campaign with dance classes on Wednesdays.

Here are some more happenings in the nabe:

  • Brown Memorial Baptist Church will hold an event on July 25 to raise awareness for the restoration and preservation project underway to repair its Tiffany stained glass window “The Pilgrims”. The window, one of 12 decorative windows in the church was dedicated to Ebenezer L. Roberts, the architect of the church’s edifice, and originally unveiled on Easter Sunday in 1891. In 2012 the 40-foot by 15-foot window received recognition from AMEX’s Partners in Preservation Grant Program, which awarded a grant to restore the window to its former grandeur.
  • Laurie Cumbo filed more than 10,000 signatures in her run for the 35th City Council District two days before the July 11 deadline, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. This submission was more than 20 times the required 450 signatures needed to be on the ballot for the primary. Cumbo has been endorsed by several unions, including the UFT, the Hotel and Motel Trades Council, the TWU, and the the Working Families Party. Her rival candidates for the council seat include: Democratic District Leader Jesse Hamilton; former district leader Olanike Alabi; Ede Fox, the former chief of staff for Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush); and Jelani Mashariki, the founder of Black Veterans for Social Justice.
  • Le Petit Bakery on Myrtle Avenue has created its own hybrid dessert pastry following the buzz surrounding the cronut a croissant doughnut hybrid, DNAinfo reported. The cronut hit Manhattan earlier this year and caused a craze that still draws lines outside of Dominique Ansel Bakery, where it was created. The “squat” has a similar formula but is square shaped. The treat was named the “squat” because after eating it you have to pay a visit to the gym, the blog reported. They make about 50 a day and sell out by 11 a.m., according to Le Petit Bakery owner Christopher Sanchez.