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It’s summer and the economy stinks. But Brooklyn is the perfect place for a staycation. From outdoor films to Mojito-soaked patios to circuses to parades of half-naked mermaids, you’ll find plenty to do this summer — all in walking or subway distance from your home. Comment

The better the cheese, the ‘Larder’ they come

Shopping: Park Slope residents will be saying cheese when they visit Bklyn Larder — a new fromagerie that opened on Flatbush Avenue this week. Comment

The day the music died: Williamsburg’s Black Betty to close

Nightlife: The influential Williamsburg music venue Black Betty is closing on a blue note. Comment
Art: The sixth annual Atlantic Avenue Artwalk this weekend has the same 200 or so artists, the same wide range of studio openings, and plenty of film screenings and live music — but this year, it’s a “recession-friendly event,” thanks to plenty of freebies and discounted menus at restaurants. Comments (1)

Boro lit luminaries shine on

Books: Park Slope may be battling Prospect Heights for the title of the most writer-friendly community in Brookyn, but the entire borough continues to stake its claim to national literary prominence. Comments (1)

Ira Glass is coming! Ira Glass is coming!

Books: It doesn’t get much bigger than this in Park Slope: Ira Glass is coming to town! And it’s for a good cause! Comment

Chorus

Parenting: The Brooklyn Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is hosting open house rehearsals at 7:45 p.m., June 22. Comment

P.S. 198 holds gala arts festival

Parenting: Pint−sized Rembrandts and Michealangelos commanded the spotlight and shared their wondrous works with an admiring audience during an arts festival at Public School 198. Comment

Russian cultural celebrations

Parenting: As part of the monthlong Seventh Annual Russian Heritage Festival, June 1−30, the Russian American Foundation is holding two community events at Asser Levy Seaside Park, Ocean Parkway & Seabreeze Avenue, in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn Comment

Yeshiva of crown heights holds torah fair

Parenting: Students displayed their knowledge of all things Jewish during a Torah fair at the Yeshiva of Crown Heights. Comment

Inside peek at the new Kings Highway library

Parenting: The Brooklyn Public Library’s Kings Highway branch doesn’t open until June 11 but this paper got a sneak peek at the new digs. Comment

Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5

Parenting: Get psyched for Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5, Furman and Joralemon streets in the future Brooklyn Bridge Park, from 6−9 p.m., June 4. Come celebrate the beginning of park construction and help kick−off a summer of fun on the waterfront. Comment

Set sail with other animal lovers

Parenting: Don’t miss the boat on this summer’s most fabulous animal rescue benefit — a luxury Mega Yacht Cruise aboard the Atlantis, departing from the North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center, June 4. Comment

Flatbush Avenue Street fair coming

Parenting: The Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District Street Fair will be held May 31, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment

Asian Pacific Heritage Fest

Parenting: State Senator Marty Golden will hosting his Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, May 31 from 12−5 p.m. at Leif Ericson Park, Seventh Avenue and 67th Street, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage. Comment

Neighborhood life is grand in Willowtown

Parenting: Good cheer, neighborliness and a nudge to the social conscience set the tone for an afternoon of simple pleasures in Willowtown where mom, dad and the kids joined festive forces with visitors to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the handsome, history−steeped red brick community in Brooklyn Heights with a special salute to its visionary – affordable housing pioneer Alfred Tredway White [1846−1921]. Comment

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