North Flatbush Business Improvement District – Your Connection
Born out of our former (and beloved) Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Shop Brooklyn initiative, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Brooklyn-based technology company BlankSlate, today unveiled Explore Brooklyn (ExploreBK.com), the borough’s first official tourism website. The announcement was made at BKLYN DESIGNS, an annual exhibition of Brooklyn designers in DUMBO, sponsored by the Chamber.
The North Flatbush Business Improvement District was an early fan of Shop Brooklyn–participating in its programming from the onset. “We couldn’t be happier with the development of initiatives like ExploreBk.com,” said North Flatbus BID’s interim Executive Director, James Dean Ellis, “it’s platforms like this that will allow Brooklyn’s unique neighborhoods to gain additional exposure for our communities’ businesses. We welcome “explorers” to the district and invite them to spend some time meandering North Flatbush or before and after Barclays Center events.”
Each year Brooklyn lures millions of visitors. ExploreBK.com will be their one-stop-shop website to find the best places to eat, stay, shop and play.
“Brooklyn has everything a global city can offer- theaters, beaches, amusement parks, bars, restaurants, hotels, parks, beautiful architecture, and a great community of 2.6 million of the most diverse neighbors you will find anywhere,” said Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “ExploreBK is going to take all those great things that make us the coolest city in the world, and put them into a simple easy to use guide for residents and tourists to move beyond the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and really explore Brooklyn. Our partners at BlankSlate have done an incredible job taking this idea and helping to make it a reality.”
Based on a brand-new tourism solution developed by BlankSlate to premiere with the site, Explore Brooklyn is designed to help New Yorkers and visitors find the best of Brooklyn all in one place, while giving local businesses and attractions an easy-to-use tool to promote themselves in a seamless social environment. The site is optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices, and includes Brooklyn-centered editorial content written by some of the best bloggers in Brooklyn, a robust events calendar, and visually striking neighborhood pages.
The central feature of the site, however, is a searchable directory of every business, restaurant, park, and point of interest in Brooklyn. This directory is populated by content from BlankSlate’s new local marketing solution, BlankSlate Pages. “Pages” dynamically gathers content about each business from Facebook, Google, Twitter, Foursquare, and many other sources around the web to create ready-made profiles that can then be customized by the business owner. Businesses and attractions on Explore Brooklyn can curate and showcase user reviews, maps, menus, photos, social network feeds, store hours, and more. Various marketing opportunities are also available to increase exposure.
“We see Pages as a way to unify the local experience for consumers, businesses, and destinations through mapping everything in their local world,” said Kael Goodman, CEO of BlankSlate. “Whereas traditional tourism content can be somewhat static, Pages gives businesses, restaurants, hotels, and local governments a way to keep their content up to date, and will give visitors to ExploreBK.com an informative, immersive Brooklyn experience like never before. We are excited to have ExploreBK as the inaugural site for BlankSlate Pages.”
Check out this great launch video: http://vimeo.com/94609167
The North Flatbush BID mourns the passing of Amin Awad the patriarch of the Haifa Deli & Grocery–263 Flatbush Avenue.
Mr. Awad ran the business and lived on Flatbush Avenue for more than 40 years. He was cleric and leader at the Al Farooq mosque on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill as well as a Chaplain at Rikers Island.
Described in a news account as “a squat, jolly-looking man in a well-cut suit and trench coat.”; Mr. Awad presided over the counter at Haifa Deli leading lively discussions of politics and current events. His welcoming grace and good humor were evident to all who came to the store.
In recent years, Mr. Awad’s many children and grandchildren have taken up the operation of the deli and maintained the store as a hub of neighborhood activity.
In honor of Franny’s celebrating 10 years on North Flatbush and 1 year in their newest space, we would like to present their menu for your admiration. Also, they will open an al fresco dining experience beginning May 5th. Be certain to check out Franny’s sibling busineses–Marco’s and Bklyn Larder. Franny and the gang reminisce on 10 years of business here.
april 17, 2014
mortadella di fegato
three meats 10
five meats 17
eight meats 20
wood-roasted green cerignola olives with oranges and fennel 8
bruschetta with garlic, monti olio nuovo and sea salt 3
crostini of wood-roasted pancetta with pickled turnips 10
crostino of ‘nduja, pickles and ricotta salata 10
pork cheek and beef tongue terrine 13
fried lemons with anchovies, olives and buffalo mozarella 14
borlotti beans with tratturello extra virgin olive oil 12
wood-roasted parsnips with salsa verde and horseradish 11
marinated kale with pancetta and pickled fennel 13
braised romaine with egg, bottarga and breadcrumbs 13
spring lettuces with radishes and red onion 14
sauteed squid with farro, celery, colatura and chilies 16
roasted pork sausage with spinach 16
pasta & polenta
chitarra cacio e pepe 16
mafalde braised guina hen and scallions 18
bucatini with guanciale, pea shoots and pinenuts 18
mezze maniche with spicy lamb sausage ragu 17
polenta with duck egg, roasted scallions and ramps 18
pizza & calzone
extra virgin olive oil and sea salt 9
tomato, garlic, oregano and tiburtini olio novello 16
tomato and buffalo mozzarella 17
tomato, buffalo mozzarella and sausage 18
tomato, buffalo mozzarella and meatballs 18
tomato, oregano, pepperoni and caciocavallo 19
tomato, anchovies, capers, olives, chilies and parmigiano reggiano 18
pancetta, onions and fontina 18
wood-roasted mushrooms crescenza 17
ricotta, buffalo mozzarella, basil, garlic and hot peppers 17
tomato, olives, tuna, onions, parsley and chilies 18
clams, chilies and parsley 18
calzone with prosciutto cotto, ricotta and pecorino romano 18
Do you think you have the goods to entertain the masses at Barclays Center? Audition this Monday 4/14/14 to find out. Be sure to visit our wide array of local businesses and national chains while you’re in the area–nfbid.com/business-directory
AUDITIONS FOR BROOKLYN NETS PLAYOFFS
Brooklynites Invited to Try Out for a Chance to Perform
During Brooklyn Nets Playoff Games at Barclays Center
– Monday, April 14 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Barclays Center –
BROOKLYN (April 2, 2014) – The Brooklyn Nets are inviting Brooklyn singers and musicians to audition for the opportunity to perform at a Playoff game at Barclays Center. Auditions will be held on Monday, April 14 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Barclays Practice Court at Barclays Center.
“Our Playoffs are For Brooklyn and we want to give Brooklynites the chance to share the spotlight at Barclays Center,” said Petra Pope, Senior Vice President for Entertainment and Event Marketing for the Brooklyn Nets. “There’s tremendous musical talent in this borough and we encourage our residents to audition and represent on Brooklyn’s biggest stage.”
Residents must bring a valid form of identification, as well as a utility bill to prove local residency. For performers under the age of 18, one parent or guardian must be present at registration to sign a participation waiver.
A keyboard will be provided. Singers are asked to bring their track on CD or MP3. All singers and musicians should be prepared to perform The Star-Spangled Banner.
MEDIA INVITED TO ATTEND
WHO: Brooklyn singers and musicians.
WHAT: Auditions for Brooklyn residents to perform at a Brooklyn Nets Playoff game. Brooklyn residents must bring a valid form of identification as well as a utility bill to prove local residency. For performers under the age of 18, one parent or guardian must be present at registration to sign a participation waiver.
WHEN: Monday, April 14, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Barclays Practice Court at Barclays Center–620 Atlantic Ave.,Brooklyn
Participants and media should enter through the Calvin Klein VIP entrance, located at the northwest corner of the arena on Atlantic Avenue.
About Brooklyn Nets: The Brooklyn Nets, presented by SW24 Security, were officially launched in April 2012 and play their home games at Barclays Center located at the crossroads of Brooklyn, Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. A member of the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, the Nets advanced to the NBA Playoffs in 2013 for the first time since 2007. Prior to its relocation to Brooklyn, the team was called the New Jersey Nets. Starting in 1977, the Nets played their first four seasons in New Jersey at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, before moving in 1981 to Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford (later renamed Continental Airlines Arena and IZOD Center). They remained in East Rutherford for 29 seasons until relocating to the Prudential Center in Newark in 2010. The Nets have reached the postseason 17 times, won four Atlantic Division titles and two Eastern Conference Championships, reaching the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
The North Flatbush BID is excited about the announcement of our friend, and neighbor BID director, M. Blaise Backer being named as Deputy Commissioner at NYC Small Business Services.