Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Update on Urban Farm Project at 104 Moore Street

So we presented the plans for the urban farm project to the Land Use Committee of Community Board One last week and we expected that the project would get a great reception. We were asking for a letter of support for the project that NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) had requested. So we were caught off guard by push back from two housing organizations that felt the lot was better used as a housing site.  We did our best to explain that the lot could be taken back by HPD if they decided to build housing there in the future, but one of the housing groups serving on the committee voted against our request for support.

Thanks to District Manager Gerald Esposito for trying to help us come to a rational conclusion and to Land Use Committee Chair Heather Roslund for keeping the discussion focused and balanced.

Yemi Amu and Jonathan Boe, the farmers we are working with, made a video about what local people think of 104 Moore St. sitting as a vacant lot and what they think of a garden coming. The link is here:

Bottom line, I think we'll get the letter, but with restrictions instituted by those two committee members.

I guess green space in this community is considered wasted space by some people.

Go figure!

Joan Bartolomeo

We're Open for Business!!

The Market sustained virtually no damages in the storm -- a vent cap blew off on the roof, but was easily retrieved and replaced -- and we are open for business as usual starting today!

We spent the weekend preparing 450 Halloween Candy bags for the kids of PS 257 (with help from my niece Emily), but with school closed today, we hope that Halloween is "rescheduled" for Friday so we can give it away before I eat it all myself!

In the meantime, come by and enjoy the Market, and meet our new vendor, Jose Colon, of All Star Cuts, a new unisex hair salon. He's done a major renovation of his space and it looks great!

Happy Halloween!

Joan Bartolomeo

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Immigrant Foodways Tour at Moore Street Market this Weekend! Please join us!

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World War II Tour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Turnstile Tours at the Vendy Awards
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"The Can-Do Yard": World War II Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Launch Veterans Day Weekend

During World War II, the Brooklyn Navy Yard played a pivotal role in the American war effort – it built or repaired over 5,000 ships, sent troops and supplies to fronts across the globe, and the tireless efforts of its 70,000 workers earned it the nickname "The Can Do Yard."

This tour
 will examine the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explore connections between the Yard and famous battles of World War II, and visit sites of significance that remain from this era, including the Naval Hospital campus, the Naval Film Exchange, a working dry dock, and even businesses outside the Yard that switched to wartime production.  By visiting these sites, hearing the stories of workers and sailors, and examining historical images and documents from the period, we hope to evoke a sense of what the Yard was like during the war and illuminate the historical legacies that persist to this day.

This tour is being offered in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Be sure to check out their "Reflections on Rosie" exhibit, which opens in November.

Tours will be offered select Saturdays and Sundays.

We also offer our 2-hour overview tour of the Yard every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm (2pm starting in November).

And be sure to read our blog, where we'll be sharing great stories about the Yard's history as we prepare for launch.

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Image Source (Above): Courtesy of Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive

Turnstile at the Vendy Awards

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The Vendy Awards are an annual celebration of the talents and contributions of New York City's street food vendors. Organized by the Street Vendor Project, an organization that provides advocacy and legal services for street vendors, the event has grown from a small gathering of a vendors in a commissary garage into one of the premiere food events in New York City. This year's 24 nominated vendors came from across the city - from Red Hook to Glen Oaks to Chinatown - to Governors Island to compete in four categories. We were proud to be a sponsor of the Vendys this year, and we used the opportunity to help educate the public not only about the wonderful food these vendors serve, but also about the challenges they face running their businesses, and about the long and storied history of street vending in New York City, just as we do on our Food Cart Tours. Please take a moment to watch a short video we put together about our day at the Vendys.

Food Cart Tours are offered every Wednesday in the Financial District and Friday in Midtown

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Group Tour Packages for the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Turnstile Tours offers a wide range of group packages at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Spend a morning, afternoon, or a full day with us exploring the Yard on our 1 or 2-hour bus tours, visiting the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, and enjoying lunch or a snack prepared by Ted & Honey Cafe. For information on packages, pricing, and details please contact us at or (347) 903-8687.

Other Upcoming Events

Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival to benefit the City Reliquary
Havemeyer St & Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Saturday, Oct 21, 10am - 4pm

This annual bake sale is to support the City Reliquary, a volunteer-run storefront museum in Williamsburg that celebrates the everyday artifacts of life in New York City. After you pick up some sweets, be sure to check out their current exhibit on their neighbor, the Embree Sunshade factory, which only runs through October 28.

Doomsday Film Festival
92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St, Manhattan
Friday, Oct 19 - Sunday, Oct 21

If you feel like you don't have a good sense of what the coming Mayan Armageddon is going to be like, this three-day program of apocalyptic films, poetry, lectures, and art should give you some idea. The program features everything from spare and haunting indie films like New Zealand's "The Quiet Earth," to modern classics like "The Terminator" and "28 Days Later."

The Pearl Harbor Sandwich: Cuisine at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with Sarah Lohman
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn
Thursday, Nov 8, 7pm

Historical gastronomist and Brooklyn Navy Yard art fellow Sarah Lohman explores the past and present of the Brooklyn Navy Yard through food, offering examples from sailors' fare 200 years ago to the many food industries that occupy the Yard today. Samples of some of these delectables will, of course, be included.

WWII & NYC at the New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, Manhattan
Through May 27, 2013

This ambitious exhibition tells not just the story of the invaluable role New York City played in the war effort, but the central place of the city in the cultural, economic, and political life of the nation and the world at war. Be sure to complement your visit to the museum with our World War II-themed tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard!
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Tickets and Schedule

Fri, Oct 19
Midtown Food Cart Tour
Sat, Oct 20
Immigrant Foodways Tour
Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour

Sun, Oct 21
Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour
Wed, Oct 24
Financial Dist Food Cart Tour
Fri, Oct 26
Midtown Food Cart Tour
Sat, Oct 27
Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour
Sun, Oct 28
Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour
Wed, Oct 31
Financial Dist Food Cart Tour

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Help us raise $50,000 for the Market's Programs! Donate to our campaign. The link is below!

Everyone, I've posted a project on We're looking to raise $50,000 by February 12th. Every dollar counts. Please donate to help us raise money to conduct more programs at the Market!

Joan Bartolomeo

Moore Street Market Revitalization Project