The Day: Good Reads and Do-Gooders

The Day: Good Reads and Do-Gooders

This produce from the Mrytle Avenue farmstand was color-coordinated. Visit the stand tomorrow 4-7 p.m. for some fresh veggies and fruit.

It’s so hard to get out of bed on rainy days like today. The weather is practically begging us to stay put with a good read. And as local bloggers, we could make a case that reading Fort Greene resident Ghita Schwarz’s first novel, “Displaced Persons,” should be part of the work day. The novel, which is on sale at the Greenlight Bookstore, tells the tale of exiled Polish Jews who come to New York after the Holocaust to recreate their lives. The story is close to home for Ms. Schwarz, who draws inspiration from her parents’ own exile story. The Brooklyn Paper says that Ms. Schwarz credits Brooklyn for the ease in her writing process, saying that living here makes her happy and puts her in the right mindset to write.

Business owners along the intersection of Putnam and Grand Avenues are also in the spotlight this morning. The Clinton Hill corner has long been plagued with crime, but it is turning a new leaf as merchants revitalize the area. The Daily News shares the thoughts of some residents, who say the new nightlife is beyond their means and that the area is pricing them out. On the other hand, new shop owners say that rebuilding the area is the only way to force out crime. Mago, a French restaurant, is one of the newest additions, and, as we’ve reported, the Greene Hill Food Co-op is working to finalize a lease in a building on Putnam.

Who’s your neighborhood hero? Nominate your favorite volunteer, entrepreneur, community gardener or non-profit founder for the Brooklyn Do-Gooder Awards, a campaign The Brooklyn Community Foundation recently launched to draw attention to amazing volunteer efforts around the borough. The contest will conclude with a ceremony and cash prizes — to be reinvested back in the Brooklyn non-profit community, and to help fund the work of even more local heroes. Brooklyn Exposed details how to nominate and celebrate the winners.