Block Party this Saturday, June 23rd!


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The Dean Street Block Association is hosting their annual block party. Open to residents of Pacific Street, Bergen Street, St. Marks, Carlton, Vanderbilt and 6th Avenue. Join us for food, music, raffles, a bounce house, face painting, scavenger hunt, a fire truck and so much more!

SCHEDULE: Drop in for a variety of activities!

2PM Pet Talent Show – Bring your furry friends for a friendly competition of skills and cuteness.

3PM Cardio Sculpt – SevenBell Fitness leads this fun 30-minute blend of aerobic and calisthenic exercise.

4PM Zumba – Join Studio Maya for a Latin-inspired dance class. Beginners welcomed.

Scavenger Hunt run by local co-working space Industrious Brooklyn.


Block Association Meeting – February 12

Join us for our monthly block association meeting on Monday the 12th at 7pm.

Agenda will include:

  • Updates on 535 Carlton & 516 Carlton
  • HPD Parking Lot
  • Help with park usage
  • Block expansion
  • June Block Party Planning Update
  • Community Concerns

Location: 497 Dean Street, Buzzer 27.

Beer and snacks will be provided!

Block Party (The Art Exhibit)


About the exhibition

Please join us Friday, September 15th from 6 to 8pm at the James Gallery for the opening reception of “Block Party” an exhibition of paintings by artist and community organizer Peter Krashes. We invite the Graduate Center community to a special Speakers’ Corner to add their voices and ideas about new visions for use of the ground floor of our building.

Peter Krashes’ studio painting over the past decade stands as one complete body of artistic research growing directly out of his other practice as an unpaid community organizer in the Dean Street area of Prospect Heights in Brooklyn.As Peter says, “My work as an activist and my work as an artist extend from the same set of values. All of my works are derived from meetings I attend or events and initiatives I help organize. There is no room in political or governmental processes for many of the activities we involve ourselves in, but perhaps none more so than painting a nuanced image in the studio. As a result, the paintings are the last step in a process I have been engaged with from beginning to end. The imperatives I feel outside the studio are explicit so the outcome in the studio is particular and linked directly to the real world.”

Linking the practices of painting and of activism points out the problematic of actions that can be consumed, ignored, and considered irrelevant by those in official political power. Their human scale and material presence as paint on canvas positions these paintings outside the processes in which decisions are made instead of seeking recognition in political discourses of power.

Taking a different approach to generating cultural power, Krashes has generated this body of paintings through working out questions that arise in his range of collaborative activist practices. For example, frustration with the narrow, sometimes apparently biased focus of the media has led Krashes to make paintings depicting the glare of cameras pointed in elected officials’ faces or expansive interiors of government chambers with recurring images of empty microphones. He also paints the flipside of this equation, namely that individual voices speaking collectively can exercise power. Neighbors painting protest signs, children’s face painting, Easter egg hunts, seedbombs tossed into empty lots, and block parties claim space—marking the presence of the communities willfully neglected by those in power.

October 2nd General Meeting

Please plan to join us on Monday, October 2nd at 7pm for our monthly block association meetings. Location – 535 Dean Street, #706.

On the agenda:

  • Discuss the upcoming board election (November 6th)
  • Meet Josue Pierre from the Office of the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
  • Updates on key topics such as 587 Bergen, rodents, and neighborhood construction