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Brooklyn’s New Outpost for Tacos and Upstate Goods

This summer, a very Brooklyn pop-up bridges the gap between Mexico and New York with fresh tortillas filled with local ingredients. “We were talking about how in Mexico City there’s the street tacos that you’re worried might make you sick, and these gourmet places that are starting to pop up — but nothing in between,” says the artist and photographer April Valencia about the inspiration behind Josephina, a taco stand and market that opens this Friday in the backyard of the Pines, in the Gowanus neighborhood.

This Place exhibit

This Place explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, as place and metaphor, through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers.

Featuring more than 600 photographs by Frédéric Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Nick Waplington, This Place offers not a single, monolithic vision, but rather an intricate and fragmented portrait, alive to all the rifts and paradoxes of this important and much contested place.

Carnival of the Animals

BAMkids presents adventurous art and ideas for young audiences, igniting the imaginations of creative kids—tots to preteens—with a fun and engaging lineup of concerts, workshops, movie matinees, and live performances from around the world. The charming acrobats of Australian circus-theater ensemble Circa present a gravity-defying celebration of life on earth, set to French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ musical suite Carnival of the Animals. Performing as a human menagerie, the company conjures elephants, kangaroos, swans, and other creatures in an exuberant display of the human body’s power and possibility.

Baking Cat Studio

Barking Cat Studio is the creative inspiration of proud Brooklyn native, toy designer & graphic artist Karen Merbaum.

As the top cat at Barking Cat Studio, Karen sets the tone for an exhilarating, upbeat, creative environment that encourages her students to produce fun, out-of-the-ordinary arts & crafts. Karen & her staff’s commitment to the arts & the students makes the studio experience at Barking Cat one kids (and adults) won’t soon forget.


Agitprop! connects contemporary art devoted to social change with historic moments in creative activism, highlighting activities that seek to motivate broad and diverse publics. Exploring the complexity, range, and impact of these artistic practices—including photography, film, prints, banners, street actions, songs, digital files, and web platforms—the exhibition expands over its run within a unique and dynamic framework. It opens with works by twenty contemporary artists responding to urgent issues of the day, in dialogue with five historical case studies. In the following months, two more waves of contemporary work are being added—on February 17 and April 6, 2016—with each wave of artists choosing those in the next.

Kids Rock the Rock Shop

Rock Bands For Kids return for an epic afternoon of rock and roll at the Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Avenue. Seven amazing young rock bands take the stage to melt hearts and melt faces. Be prepared to smile and have fun. You have been warned. All ages.

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket’s flagship Brooklyn market, and the second largest market in the program, behind Union Square. Located at the northwest entrance to beautiful Prospect Park and just steps from the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This community destination brings together a mix of shoppers from the nearby neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and beyond. Runners, dog-walkers, families, singles and foodies all converge to buy from the huge array of farm fresh products, and to participate in the programming and cooking demonstrations that take place every Saturday all year long.

LeFrak Center at Lakeside

The LeFrak Center at Lakeside is Prospect Park’s newest activity destination, event space, and hospitality center. With seasonal activities such as ice skating, roller skating, dining, water play, and family-friendly classes and special events, Lakeside has something for everyone—no matter the occasion or season. Lakeside Brooklyn at Prospect Park also brings a unique brand of fun to hosting special events in Brooklyn. The venue boasts a variety of spaces for hosting extraordinary affairs, including Bluestone, the signature rink-side café—with indoor and outdoor seating—which features distinctive specialty menu items from local artisans and small businesses alongside traditional favorites. Also available are flexible private party rooms that can spread out into the café, as well as the pièce de résistance: a green roof terrace with panoramic vistas of the rinks and Prospect Park Lake.

Park Slope’s Sunday Down to Earth Farmers Market

Down to Earth Markets bring together two kinds of vendors: local farmers and area food makers who source locally. By incorporating qualified producers into our markets, we expand upon the traditional farmers market. More local food entrepreneurs find a venue to sell their products directly to shoppers. In turn, shoppers benefit by discovering a greater offering of local foods at the markets. Best yet, regional agriculture thrives, as more businesses source from area farms.

Brooklyn Robot Foundry

The Robot Foundry offers drop-off classes, clubs, half-day and full-day sessions and open play for kids ages four and older. Learn about mechanical engineering and electrical principles from teachers in the know. Toys and common household objects are used to help convey how electricity, gears and motors work. After all of the Brooklyn Robot Foundry’s programs (except for open/free play sessions), kids bring home a robot that they have built.