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March 7, 2021
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Fundraiser Over

By Lisa M. Collins

News Alert: This is your last chance to help support South Brooklyn Post!!

South Brooklyn Post is raising money from readers and supporters so that we can expand our staff and continue to cover local Brooklyn news, events and culture in an independent, in-depth and creative way. With a tiny staff and on a shoestring budget we dig deep and ask hard questions in our effort to schools, crime, the environment and other important local issues. We want to expand our news efforts, and to produce more professional videos and photography showcasing Brooklyn culture.

We’re raising money on Kickstarter, a web-based crowd-sourced funding effort to support independent and creative projects —  click here to donate: and to see our video!

Our fundraiser expires Friday, Jan. 20 at 11:11 p.m.— Donate Now!!! Support independent, local and investigative journalism!!

We are competing against some big corporate institutions–namely, AOL’s Patch, a national network of local news websites. We are completely independent… Eventually we plan on funding ourselves through local advertising, but for now, we could use some help from our readers and supporters.

South Brooklyn Post came into the world on Nov. 1, 2010 with a small team of professionals dedicated to local, community news. We’re totally independent and self-funded, and now we’re hoping to raise some money ($25,000 is our goal) so that we can cover more news, write about more arts and cultural events and find the innovators and local businesses that enrich our lives in Brooklyn. We’ll use the money to launch a couple investigative pieces that impact our neighborhoods–namely, we’d like to dig into the finances behind the boom in luxury condominiums and the resulting gentrification and crowding in local public schools.

We’ll also launch a video series on the interesting people, innovators and businesses in our area.

We’re a small team (very small) working hard to bring you the best of things to see, eat, drink and do in South Brooklyn. We’re all about community and local, local, local.

We celebrated our launch Saturday with a holiday bash and fundraising party at the Invisible Dog Art Gallery, at 51 Bergen St. We were thrilled to spread out in the 4,000-square-foot gorgeous loft, where we could display some of the best food and drink Court Street has to offer: We had fine wines from Scotto’s Wine Cellar, croissant sandwiches and dessert pastries to stop your heart from Marquet Patisserie, lasagna and meat balls from Brucie’s (they disappeared fast), rice balls from G. Esposito’s & Sons Jersey Pork Store (divine), a cornucopia of soft breads, baguette and lard bread from Caputo’s (which people continued to eat throughout the night); hero sandwiches from DeFonte’s in Red Hook (there was a fight over the last bites around 10:30 at night), and not to forget, fresh mozzerella balls, olives and sliced salami and soppressata from Caputo’s Fine Foods, on Court near Fourth Place. And from Red Hook, we had a fine selection of Sixpoint beers. We were honored to showcase these foods and drinks, and we’re lucky to have such a selection of the best food anywhere, right here in our hood.

We had four live music acts which entertained and delighted the crowd over the course of the night, starting with bluegrass hosted by Ellery Marshall, followed by traditional Italian music sung and performed by a nun, priest and their crew from Italy, representing the Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary in Red Hook. They were great.

A real treat came when Nicole Renaud took stage. The acclaimed accordionist delighted the crowd with a holiday show of traditional French and German songs, and even got folks to sing along to “Gloria.” Her accordion was a special machine that lit up with a bright white glow, and her dress, as well, lit up.

Jimmy Ohio closed out the night with his band, Jimmy Ohio.

Our party was great, and if you missed it, not to worry, we’re hoping to do more. Jimmy Ohio and Nicole Renaud are each playing next week in Manhattan, while Ellery will open for the world-famous bluegrass band, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, at Southpaw in Park Slope on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Local bluegrass bands The Birdhive Boys and Six Deadly Venoms open.

South Brooklyn Post on Kickstarter:

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