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The Early Word: Free Urban Croquet at FAB Friday

Ice cream and other summer treats on tap for Greene Hill's retail-restaurant strip.

1. Local musicians, hungry residents and, yes, even those hard-to-find Brooklyn croquet enthusiasts will all converge at July's FAB Friday event sponsored by , and , among others. Free ice cream and other summer treats will be on offer at 6 p.m. at Putnam Pedestrian Plaza while supplies last. Fulton Street between Ashland Place and Classon Avenue. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free.

2. Discover the in a studio home/loft base setting. The Chocolate Factory, 275 Park Ave. 6:30 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. $55.

3. Early childhood educator Aja-Nicole will facilitate for children ages 1-4. Cumbe, 558 Fulton St. 9:30 a.m. $10.

4. headlines Celebrate Brooklyn with its groundbreaking and eclectic urban style. Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux and Brooklyn's own Ritmo Machine fill out the bill. Prospect Park Bandshell, PPW at 9th Street (Park Slope). 7 p.m. Free.

5. Alternate side parking rules are in effect.

Daisy July 13, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Urban croquet!!! Can FAB get any more metrosexual??? What the hell is FAB doing anyway? What the hell is urban croquet and how does it help improve business? The toddler concerts don't bring in business either and today someone was handing out an ad from FAB about their plans to redesign and suburbanize Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. What next, an all-day reading of Fifty Shades of Grey for the lusty moms in our midst?
Jake July 14, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Daisy: its one thing to verge on gaybashing with your bandying about "metrosexual" as a pejorative, or suggest that soon we will have lusty moms heaving their busts in response to lengthy readings of soft porn in public places. But when you begin to attack the toddlers, methinks you go too far! They are so innocent, so soft of knee and elbow. Leave the kids out of it. Attack someone your own size!
Jeffrey July 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
The Romans had a term for FAB's diversions and distractions. They called it bread and circuses, in other words, throw a couple of crumbs to the masses and put on a show to keep them quiet. The famous Gotti Fourth of July celebrations were a version of that and FAB's increasingly giddier and sillier imported entertainments follow in the tradition. Exploit the kids. Kids aren't going to questions the motives of anyone offering a free lollipop. A kid doesn't know or care that FAB is a self-interested real estate and developer lobby. Free fried chicken and soda is a good exchange for the takeover of Fulton Street. Manhattan was bought for not too much money a few years ago. Bright, shiny trinkets.
Harper July 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
More and more people are waking up to the cynical motives of FAB. Its exploitation of the children is especially cynical, but it's imported entertainments are intended to make the adults feel like Las Vegas has come to Fulton Street, just for the fun of it all. FAB brings in numbers of helpers, none of whom come from the neighborhood. What are the helpers being paid? Who are they? FAB remains a strange operation run by unseen powers.
Ilya July 19, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I'm not sure what FAB is. I have wondered who all these people are with the FAB id tags around their necks. They don't come from the neighborhood. Why do they need id tags? Is FAB an arm of the government?

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