Good morning Brooklyn: Monday July 26th 2021

STARGAZING IN THE CEMETERY: The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York is hosting a free stargazing event next Friday, July 30th, from 8pm to 10pm at Evergreens Cemetery in Bushwick, offering attendees the rare opportunity to observe the night sky in an area relatively free of city lights. Members of the club bring powerful telescopes and binoculars that anyone can look through and give instructions on how to find objects in the night sky, but participants can also bring their own binoculars or a telescope. Please register for this event, which takes place on the meadow at the cemetery office. visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stargazing-with-the-amateur-astronomers-association-of-new-york-tickets-162832758163.

The star gazing takes place when the weather is nice and is canceled in case of rain or thick clouds.

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NYC HOMECOMING WEEK: NYC Homecoming Week, a citywide celebration held August 14-22, aims to instill support for the mom-and-pop businesses that define neighborhoods and the heart of our city during the COVID pandemic kept beating. The celebration, which spans all five boroughs, includes live concerts, free movie screenings hosted by Rooftop Films, NYC Restaurant Week, Summer Streets, iconic events, cultural activities, public art, and more in all five boroughs. In Brooklyn, concerts will be held at the Brooklyn Army Terminal on Thursday, August 19.

The celebration of New York City’s resilience will culminate in a historic concert on Saturday, August 21, on the Great Lawn in Central Park with talent including Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson and Bruce Springsteen. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office will announce the full list in the coming weeks. Subscribe to nyc.gov/HomecomingWeek for email updates on NYC Homecoming Week events and tickets.

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SCOUTS RENEW PEACE GARDEN: Members of Cobble Hill-Brooklyn Heights Scout Troop 815 were awarded their Eagle Scout Badges for volunteering to improve the Peace Garden of St. Ann and Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights. Paul and Matthew Malefyt, whose parents are parishioners, built benches for social use and strengthened the structure of the garden, projects designed to bring tangible benefits to the local community.

Scott Little and Bill McVicar of Kamco Supply Corp in Brooklyn donated all of the wood and building materials for the Boy Scout project.

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ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Barclays Center will host an art exhibition featuring 150 works created by Brooklyn middle and high school students, inspired by Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Students created the artwork as part of a Basquiat art education program developed in collaboration between the Brooklyn Nets, the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), and the Fund for Public Schools. The freely accessible gallery in the arena’s Geico atrium will be open to the public on Sunday August 8 and Monday August 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The previous day.

The arts program was funded by the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, which set up a Social Justice Fund last year to advocate economic mobility and racial justice for black, indigenous and colored people in Brooklyn. Due to the exceptional response to the course, the program’s curriculum will expand to all NYC public schools starting this fall.

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ARMS TRADE STRIKING FORCES: When New York Governor Cuomo took steps to end gun violence this month, the Department of Justice deployed five of its own transnational forces last week by preventing the illicit gun trafficking in key areas around the country, including New York York. At the head of each region of the emergency services are designated United States Attorneys-at-Law who work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and with state and local law enforcement partners within their own jurisdiction (where firearms are used in crimes). , as well as law enforcement partners in areas where illegally trafficked weapons originate.

The emergency services are an important, concrete step in the implementation of the ministry’s comprehensive strategy to combat violent crime announced on May 26th.

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STREET NAMING HONORING COMMUNITY LEADERS: and Councilor Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. and Peter Williams were scheduled to hold a joint naming ceremony to commemorate Williams’ Mrs. Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Saturday, July 24th. Ms. Berrien’s four years under the Obama administration crowned a decade-long career as a civil rights attorney, including work for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ms. Berrien, who died in 2015 at the age of 53, was loved in her Brooklyn ward and was an active member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir.

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WILLIAMSBURG HAS A NEW SUSTAINABLE PLANT SHOP: Pollyn, a sustainable plant shop and garden café under the famous Mona Lisa of Williamsburg mural, is kicking off the opening weekend with a series of summer programs, breathtaking projections, music and a unique selection of drinks. This Saturday, July 31st, from 4 p.m. to midnight, the Pollyn Pop-Up is celebrating with an all-day and nightly program of live music, DJ performances and video projections on the mural. Pollyn, located at the intersection of Broadway, Bedford and South 6th St. in Williamsburg, also offers events, workshops and lectures on topics such as horticulture & plant care, composting & food waste or mushroom & hemp growing.

Various community members and volunteers helped to transform the formerly vacant building plot into an urban oasis that is powered by solar energy.

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