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Thursday, June 30, 2016



Politics taking the joy out of your Facebook news feed? It might bring some relief to know that political discourse has also led to a boom in old school street art. Take your eyes off the screen and indulge in one of these ten top global destinations for street art.

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Independence From Hassle: Your Guide To July 4th In Brooklyn

By Justin Fox on Jun 30, 2016 03:41 pm
fireworksReady to fire up the grill, catch some fiery sun, and see some fireworks? The Fourth of July falls on a Monday this year, so gear up for a long weekend. Independence Day means fireworks, and Brooklyn has some of the best views you can find. If you’re sticking around the city for the festivities, [...]

Dream Come True: Markowitz Tours Newly Completed Amphitheater

By Alex Ellefson on Jun 30, 2016 03:22 pm
Former Borough President Marty Markowitz at the Coney Island Amphitheater. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)For many, it was a milestone in the revitalization of Coney Island. For one person, it was a dream come true. Former Borough President Marty Markowitz saw his vision of building an oceanside concert venue realized Wednesday when officials held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Coney Island Amphitheater. “Would I have wanted it bigger? Sure,” [...]

Prime Boutique: Fashionable Attire For Every Woman (Sponsored)

By Sheepshead Bites on Jun 30, 2016 02:30 pm
women's-fashion-boutique-sheepshead-bay-brooklynGRAND OPENING! Sheepshead Bay’s newest woman’s clothing boutique, Prime Boutique, has only been open for a few weeks, but has already attracted a steady following and plenty of repeat customers. Why? Because it’s bringing trendy, modern looks to the neighborhood, nothing in the store exceeds $100, and it’s putting customers first. Prime Boutique is ready to provide you with [...]

Glorious Gluttony! Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship This Weekend

By Alex Ellefson on Jun 30, 2016 01:13 pm
Last year's Nathan's Famous hot dog eating championship. (Photo: Nathan's Famous / Facebook)Grab those wieners and buns! Also, hot dogs and bread. This weekend we celebrate our nation’s independence — and what better way to recognize those hard-won freedoms than watching a group of gluttons cram their faces with franks during the most well-know competitive eating contest? Nathan’s Famous holds its annual hot dog eating championship July 4 [...]

City Approves “Rent Freeze” For Second Consecutive Year

By Carly Miller on Jun 30, 2016 09:59 am
rent freezeFor the second consecutive year, the Rent Guidelines Board voted last night to approve a rent freeze on one-year leases for over one million tenants in rent stabilized housing. The news was bittersweet for local tenants rights advocates, who were fighting for more this year — a rent-rollback. The board, consisting of nine members appointed [...]

Morning Mug: “Great Achievements Are Accomplished In A Blessed, Warm Fog.” — Joseph Conrad

By Alex Ellefson on Jun 30, 2016 07:00 am
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Happy July 4th Weekend!

It's finally here - that summer holiday made for kicking back outside with family and friends. Looking for a weekend getaway that's close to home? We'll be here all weekend! Grass, sun and hammocks included. See you at the ice cream truck!

Save Our Eagle!

Help us preserve Fort Jay’s eagle sculpture by voting for Governors Island to win a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The $245,000 grant would help us restore the iconic eagle and stabilize its deteriorating surfaces. Celebrate the birth of our country by voting every day until July 5th!  VOTE HERE  

Storytelling Festival
Every Sunday 1-3pm, July 3rd to Sept. 4th

Brooklyn ARTery presents Governors Island's First Annual Storytelling Festival. Featuring world-renowned storytellers, puppet theater, musical performances and much more. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of smiles and laughter! LEARN MORE

Euro 2016 Viewing Parties
June 24th - July 10th

The Euro Cup 2016 is heating up as it heads into the quarterfinals this weekend.Spontaneous Interventions (S.I.) will be showing UEFA Euro 2016 soccer matches as well as NYC FC matches. There will also be a bubble soccer tournament on the Parade Ground, so be sure to sign uphere. Tournament viewing schedule here.

2016 Gala Recap

Over 400 guests attended the Friends of Governors Island Gala: Picnic in the Clouds, on June 22nd. Honoring L. Jay Cross and Gale A. Brewer, the Gala was the most successful to date, raising more than $680,000 to support Governors Island! Check out some of the photos from the night here.

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