Weekend Community Events: 86th Street Festival, Books & Beats at BPL, Israel on Nostrand Avenue and lots more


BOOKS AND BEATS – The program begins with Summer Jam Weekend, June 9 and 10, featuring performances at library branches throughout Brooklyn (check at the link for locations and start times) Shine and the Moonbeams, Bilingual Birdies, Louie Miranda, Suzie Shelton, and Conroy Warren are among the featured performers scheduled.

The main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff will be at the Grand Army Plaza on Saturday, June 9 from 10 am to 3 pm:

10:30 a.m.                   Musical Performance by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

11:20 a.m.                   Opening ceremony hosted by CBS Anchor Jessica Moore

12 noon– 3 p.m.          Programs for children and teens including drumming with Urban Stages, instrument making with Koko Source, an instrument petting zoo with Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Teen Book Match, Kidsmobile and summer reading sign up.

2:30 p.m.                     Summer Jam Dance Party with Performer Elaine Gill

Throughout the weekend, Brooklyn families can sign up for BPL’s Summer Reading program and get started on summer challenge in which children and teens complete activities to be entered in a random drawing for a set of books specially curated for the winners. Eligible activities include posting a book review at Beanstack, checking out a library book or attending a library program.

BUZZY BRUNCHThe Beauty Buzz NYC will be having a beauty fundraiser event forCenter Against Domestic Violence on June 10th. The event will take place in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn at Encore on Sunday, June 10th and is ladies only. There will be vendors to shop from, a live DJ, entertainment, raffles, unlimited wine, and food. More info here.

ANNUAL ISRAEL CELEBRATION – The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will hold its Annual Israel Celebration on Sunday, June 10th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Y’s main site at 3495 Nostrand Avenue (between Avenues U and V).  The event is free and open to the public. 

This is the only outdoor salute to Israel celebration in Brooklyn. Nostrand Avenue will be closed to traffic between Avenues U and V. The event will feature live music, kids’ activities, giveaways and an Israeli marketplace with jewelry, Judaica, Israeli crafts and food.

WALK FOR BRAIN ANEURISM AWARENESS –  Marine Park resident Julie Bagarozza is organizing the sixth annual Brooklyn Brain Aneurysm Awareness 1K Walk tomorrow, June 9, in memory of her brother-in-law Daris Bagarozza, who died suddenly from a ruptured brain aneurysm at the age of 30.

Registration will open at 8:00 a.m., the Walk begins at 10:00 a.m. and will take place at the Marine Park Carmine Carro Building, 3000 Fillmore Ave., Brooklyn, NY. The registration fee is $30.  Sign up or donate here- proceeds raised will benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. New York State Senator Martin Golden will provide opening remarks and participate in the Walk.

Brain Aneurysms by the numbers:

  • Six million people in the U.S. have a brain aneurysm, 30,000 of whom will suffer a rupture each year;
    • of the 30,000, 60 percent will survive;
    • of those who survive, approximately 66 percent will endure permanent neurological deficits that limit their ability to resume a normal life.
  • Women, more than men, suffer from brain aneurysms at a ratio of 3:2.
  • African-Americans are twice as likely as Caucasians to experience a brain aneurysm rupture.
  • The cost of treating brain aneurysms and caring for those who have suffered a rupture nationally is in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
  • Currently, the federal government only spends .83 cents per year on brain aneurysm research for each person afflicted.


Marcy Avenue between Gates Avenue and Lexington Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 12pm noon to 5pm for DOT Weekend Walks SOS Bed-Stuy Summer Kick-Off.

Kings Highway between East 5th Street and McDonald Avenue: This street will be closed Sunday from 10am to 5pm for DOT Weekend Walks Kings Highway .

Last year’s Festival. Paul Stremple/BKLYNER

86th Street between 19th Avenue and Bay Parkway: This street will be closed Sunday from 10am to 6pm for 86th Street Bensonhurst Festival.

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Pitkin Avenue between Strauss Street and Amboy Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 12pm noon to 10pm for DOT Weekend Walks Pitkin Avenue Summer Plaza.

Bedford Avenue between Metropolitan Avenue and North 6th Street: This street will be closed Sunday from 11am to 6pm for DOT Weekend Walks Northside Festival.

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