Celebrating Valentine’s Day – Brooklyn Style

Dear Readers,

In a few hours we will celebrate Valentine’s Day 2016. I must admit that everyday is cause for celebration, but I enjoy the special feeling associated with this day.

For me, Valentine’s Day is not complete until I have a slice of my favorite chocolate cake, chocolate truffles and a glass of champagne. The good news is Brooklyn has many outstanding bakeries and chocolate shops to make any day special. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite desserts and where you may purchase them. I’ve also included some champagne suggestions for good measure.


Baked
359 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, New York – Red Hook
Hours: Weekdays 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Weekends 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

The Chocolate Room
51 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – Near the Barclay Center
269 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York – Cobble Hill
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri. – Sat. 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Website: Please click here.

Juniors Restaurant and Bakery
368 Flatbush Avenue Ext., Brooklyn, NY
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 6:30 am – 12:00 am
Fri. – Sat. 6:30 am – 1:00 am
Website: Please click here.

Jacques Torres Chocolates
66 Water Street, Brooklyn, New York – DUMBO
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Nunu Chocolates
529 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat – Sun. 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Whether you spend the day with a loved one or solo, at home or in one of Brooklyn’s  many trendy restaurants, remember to celebrate the most important person of all – you!

Fondly,
Monique

My Thanksgiving Playlist #3 – “I Believe in You and Me”

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to share the 3rd song from my Thanksgiving playlist – I Believe in You and Me by Whitney Houston. There are days when I still cannot believe she is no longer with us. Whitney’s voice was legendary and her delivery was spectacular.

This is my last post for today, but you will be hearing from me tomorrow. For now, please enjoy the fabulous Ms. Whitney Houston.

Have a great evening.

Fondly,
Monique

Time to Reconnect

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden ©Shutterstock

Dear Readers,

Greetings from Brooklyn Legends.  We have missed connecting with during this brief hiatus.  As summer is almost over, it is now time to get back to work.

So much has happened in our beloved Brooklyn, throughout New York City and the world.  While we can all agree to experiencing some very good days, the recent tragic events demand that we acknowledge our nation’s struggles around several issues, including: acceptance, equality and justice.  As with all challenges we, collectively and as individuals, will continue to find ways to endure.

Brooklyn Legends is committed to being a part of your good days.  We will continue to celebrate the achievements of Brooklyn women from the African diaspora and recognize the stellar accomplishments of women throughout the world. We are also preparing inspirational moments to share with you in addition to our blog posts. So please stay tuned and get ready for a busy and productive Fall.

Fondly,

Monique

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Credits:
Image of Fall from Shutterstock.

Saluting Women’s History Month & Dr. Josephine English

Dear Readers,

We are pleased to join the world in celebrating Women’s History Month. Sharing the important contributions of Brooklyn women from the African diaspora, and the accomplishments of women throughout the world, has motivated me to look for ways to make an impact on young ladies in my community.  What will be my legacy for the future?  How can I engage others?

Dr. Josephine English - NY Dailynews.com

Dr. Josephine English – NY Dailynews.com

Today I am pleased to tell you about the historical achievements of Dr. Josephine English – one of the first African-American women to have an OB/GYN practice in New York and one of Brooklyn’s earliest medical pioneers.

Dr. English was a tireless community leader, patron of the arts and philanthropist.  Most important of all, she was a wonderful mother to her children, and earned a reputation as a highly coveted OB/GYN to Brooklyn residents and notables, including Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X.

Dr.English's home - via www.ohny.org

Dr.English’s home – via http://www.ohny.org

Dr. English was born on December 17, 1920, in Virginia, and she died on December 18, 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, one day after her 91st birthday.  Although she lived in Bedford Stuyvesant for many years, she would spend her last days at the Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where she was recovering after undergoing a surgical procedure.

Dr. Susan McKinney via Blackpast.org

Dr. Susan McKinney via Blackpast.org

As I was preparing this post, I wondered wouldn’t it be great if Dr. English had an opportunity to meet Dr. McKinney? Picture a room where Dr. English, a recent graduate from Meharry Medical College who was now living in Brooklyn, could sit and talk with Dr. McKinney, the esteemed Brooklyn native who was the first African-American woman to earn an MD degree in New York State and the third woman to earn an MD degree in the United States.  Can you just imagine the stories they would share?  As medical pioneers with their own series of “firsts,” in addition to their personal and professional triumphs and challenges, I envision a conversation filled with many “aha” moments.

Dr. English spent her childhood years in New Jersey.  Her parents were among the first African-American families to settle in Englewood.  She received a B.A. from Hunter College in 1939 and continued her education at New York University where she received a M.A. in Psychology.  After NYU, she attended Meharry Medical College and received her M.D. in 1949.  Dr. English was ready to make her mark on the world.  Her first stop was Harlem Hospital, where she worked for many years until she moved to Brooklyn in 1956.

Dr. English was a trailblazer who reached back to help others who were in need.  She was among our borough’s earliest women philanthropists who championed the importance of health care for women, men and children.  Shortly after moving to Brooklyn, she founded a Women’s Community Health Clinic in Bushwick.  In 1979, she founded the Adelphi Medical Center which provided services for women and men.

On stage at the Paul Robeson Theater via - www.northjersey.com

On stage at the Paul Robeson Theater via – http://www.northjersey.com

Dr. English loved the theater and she was determined to share her passion for the arts with the community.  In 1980, decades after opening many medical clinics, she purchased an abandoned church and converted it to the Paul Robeson Theater for the Performing Arts.

One year later, in 1981, Dr. English turned her sights to services for children and opened Up The Ladder Day Care and After-School Program which included a summer day camp.  In 1986, she became the first minority, and the first woman, to be awarded a license from the New York State Department of Health to develop a free-standing ambulatory surgical center in Brooklyn.

Dr. English worked well beyond what was considered to be retirement age.  She focused intently on her goals and did not let anything stand in her way.  She changed the health-care landscape for women, men and families, in Brooklyn by providing access to health education and empowering her patients to make healthy life-style choices.  She was a guiding force in Brooklyn and one of our brightest stars.  Her achievements are legendary and it is an honor to salute her.

Dr. English will be truly missed.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits:
Josephine English, one of the first back, female OB/GYNs not stopping at 89 – nydailynews.com
Dr. Josephine English, 91 via Northjersey.com
Dr. Josephine English, Medical Trailblazer dies at 91 – via www1.cuny.edu
Dr. Josephine English, The HistoryMakers via http://www.thehistorymakers.com

Happy Valentine’s Day – Brooklyn Style

Dear Readers,

Happy Valentine’s Day!  For me, Valentine’s Day is not complete until I have the “perfect” slice of chocolate cake and a glass of champagne.  Brooklyn has several wonderful bakeries to make your day special.

Today I am pleased to share a few special shops that are among my favorites.  To complete the list, I have included some champagne suggestions as well.  Whether you spend the day with a loved one or solo, at home or in one of the City’s many trendy restaurants, remember to take celebrate the most important person of all – you!

Baked
359 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, New York – Red Hook
Hours: Weekdays 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Weekends 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Brooklyn Cupcake
335 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York – Williamsburg
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Thursday – Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

The Chocolate Room
269 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York – Cobble Hill
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm, Friday – Saturday 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
Pop Up Store  82 Fifth Avenue
Website: Please click here.

Heavenly Crumbs Boutique Bakery
335 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday – Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Jacques Torres Chocolates
66 Water Street, Brooklyn, New York – DUMBO
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Nunu Chocolates
529 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Have a great weekend.

Monique

Welcome to Kings Theatre – A New Jewel in Brooklyn’s Crown

Max Touhey - ny.curbed.com

Max Touhey – ny.curbed.com

Dear Readers,

Wishing everyone a very happy Sunday as we usher in the month of February.  As you all know, today is Superbowl Sunday, and many Americans are anxiously watching their television sets, waiting for the festivities to begin.  For our sports enthusiasts, I know that this is the moment that you have been waiting for.  I hope your team wins!

NY Daily News.com

NY Daily News.com

This Tuesday, February 3rd, which is just 48 hours away, the residents of Brooklyn will once again celebrate a grand moment in its architectural history – the reopening of the Loews Kings Theater Brooklyn on Flatbush Avenue.

After more than 2 years of painstaking renovations, this former jewel in the heart of Brooklyn’s crown, will open its doors to much fanfare.  Excitement abounds as Brooklyn residents, and Manhattanites too, prepare to welcome legendary entertainer Diana Ross.  Tuesday’s “Supreme” concert is just the beginning.

The management team of this newly renovated theater has an exciting year of concerts in store. To learn more about the Loews Kings Theatre Brooklyn, please visit this link.

As New York Times writer David W. Dunlap eloquently wrote,

The Kings Theater was built for a more opulent time.  What audiences will see is a painstaking re-creation of one of five Loew’s Wonder Theaters in New York and New Jersey.

I look forward to visiting the Loews Kings Theatre Brooklyn as often as I can.  I hope to see you there.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits
Kings Theatre official website – http://www.kingstheatre.com
The New York Times – Nov. 6, 2013 – Giving Old Loew’s Theater in Brooklyn a Second Chance
Kings Theatre (Brooklyn) – Wikipedia

 

 

The Wonder of It All – Welcome Christmas 2014

Dear Readers,

Happy Holidays!  It is hard to believe that in a couple of weeks, it will be Christmas.  I absolutely love this time of the year.  This is also the time of the year when sparkling lights, and other decorations, seem to rule the night!  I am amazed to see how easily some of New York City’s iconic buildings are transformed.  For me, simply walking and listening to all of the compliments is priceless.

With this in mind, I thought, why not do something different for today’s post?  So, I have assembled some of my favorite holiday photos from my Pinterest account to share with you.  For full disclosure some of the photos that you will see are from past years.  Other photos come from some of my favorite places outside of New York City, but the sentiment is still the same – Joy!

In case you missed the reference, Brooklyn Legends is also on Pinterest.  When you have a moment, please visit us at Brooklyn Legends on Pinterest.  Once there, please look for the board Happy Holidays 2014 – Here Are A Few of My Favorite Things. 

Have a great day and remember to enjoy the splendor of the season.

Fondly,
Monique