Culture Briefs: Writing contest, trolley tour and more


The annual fundraiser for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will take place on Thursday evening, June 6, on Pier 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Get ready because this year’s theme is Sunset Ohana, paying tribute to the Hawaiian word for “family or circle of friends,” and featuring Hawaiian steel guitar music, hula dancing lessons, and a Pacific island-themed menu.

Ticket prices begin at $125 for adults ($150 at the door). Go to for further information.


The eighth annual “Brooklyn Lit Match” Teen Writing Contest is on its way, inviting Brooklyn high school students to make submissions in the form of a story, poem, essay, spoken word or rap.

Sponsored by Borough President Marty Markowitz, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Book Festival, the competition’s winning submissions will be published in a collection and the first place winner will receive a laptop computer.

This year’s topic is “Brooklyn LOL,” and teens are asked to write about what’s funny about Brooklyn, focusing on an “Only in Brooklyn” moment.

Entries are due by Wednesday, June 26 and can be typed or handwritten. They should not exceed 2,000 words. They can be mailed to: Brooklyn Book Festival Lit Match, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; or e-mailed to Any questions, call Liz Koch at 718-802-3852.


The 15th annual Memorial Day Concert will be held at Brooklyn’s Historic Green-Wood Cemetery on Monday, May 27, at 2:30 p.m., to be followed by a trolley mini-tour. For the free concert, visitors will settle in among Green-Wood’s rolling hills and listen to the ISO Symphonic Band. Reservations are recommended. Tickets to the trolley tour are $10.

For more information or to make online reservations, visit or call 718-210-3080.

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