The story of Owl's Head Park starts over 300 years ago and has more ups and downs than its famous sledding hill.
'Owl’s head park has a mystical hold over many Bay Ridge residents, one that’s difficult to explain to outsiders. Sure, it’s 24 pleasant acres of woods, hills, playgrounds, curving paths, breathtaking views and a skating ramp, but are they worth a trip on the R train? It’s not even the nicest park in Bay Ridge, a superlative that surely belongs to Shore Road Park, the winding network of waterfront trails and baseball fields that extends more than 30 blocks, from Owl’s Head to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. But the more time you spend in Owl’s Head, watching sunsets from atop its massive hill or riding Flexible Fliers down it, the more it sticks to you, the more you realize what the neighborhood’s early settlers realized: this is one of the finest pieces of land in Brooklyn.'
Read the rest of Henry Stewart's incredibly well-researched
article on the very colorful history of Own's Head Park
in BKLYNR Magazine.
It's the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn, with 3,000 seats. And in its heyday was one of the most beautiful movie palaces in the city, if not the world. After closing for good in 1977, you'd be hard pressed to find a New Yorker who thought the Kings would ever reopen. Things like that just don't happen very often, especially in Flatbush. The Kings had become a grand memory, the gilded star of stories Brooklynites told of a theater that was so gorgeous it made your head spin.
Now, it's back. Defying all the odds, the Kings Theatre has returned to her former glory thanks to a $95 million renovation. Gothamist has the full story along with a photo gallery shot by Clay Williams. Gaze upon it in awe and wonder!
Brooklyn director's award-winning stickball mock-umentary now available everywhere via Brooklyn On Demand.
The Home Reporter ran a full-page story on the indie mockumentary "When Broomsticks Were King" about the glory days of Brooklyn stickball. The film was directed by Brooklyn-born-and-raised filmmaker Jason Cusato.
Broomsticks is available for streaming rental or purchase via Brooklyn On Demand.
Launched in September 2014 by the Art of Brooklyn, BKOD is the only video-on-demand hub to focus exclusively on Brooklyn-centric indie films. We created it to promote the Brooklyn indie film scene to a worldwide audience and to help filmmakers earn revenue for their work.
Check out the trailer for "When Broomsticks Were King" and rent or buy it via Vimeo. It's free to sign up for Vimeo and you can even do it via Facebook.