Brooklyn’s in the house.
In an effort to get to know the Brooklyn community, and to have the community learn a little bit more about him and his plans for the borough, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted a first-of-its-kind open house on Saturday, April 16 at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street), bringing together a little bit of history with an eye still focused on the future.
“As Brooklyn borough president, I am honored to work every day in the ‘People’s House’ — Brooklyn Borough Hall,” Adams said. “I am excited to welcome Brooklynites into their beautiful home away from home and to engage in conversation about the most important issues in our community.”
The evening commenced at 6 p.m. and saw a plentiful turnout of Brooklynites taking guided tours of the historic former city hall of Brooklyn, watching as the BP laid out some of his current initiatives, listening as he expanded on plans for the future, and meeting with him and Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna directly to ask any questions.
“Thousands of people walk by Brooklyn Borough Hall every single day without ever setting foot inside this landmark and accessing the countless services that can advance their quality of life,” added Adams. “I hope to see many new faces at this open house and expand our One Brooklyn family.”
“Borough President Adams and I are excited to welcome our neighbors and friends from all across Brooklyn to our first-ever open house,” said Reyna. “An opportunity like this is what a healthy community is all about — bringing the ‘People’s House’ into people’s lives in a meaningful way.”
Brooklyn Borough Hall hosts numerous events and celebrations throughout the year. To name just a few, the Bushwick Film Festival held its previews there last summer; Heroes of the Month – Brooklynites that go above and beyond to help the borough – are chosen and honored for their efforts there, and Brooklyn’s Golden Couples, pairs that have been together for 50 years or more, are honored in February for Valentine’s Day.
The almost 170-year-old building is also home to a revamped tourism hub – an interactive visitors center open to tourists and residents alike where they can grab info on what to do in the borough and where.