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Thankful Brooklyn Activities in and Around Clinton Hill

November 23, 2011

Those of us who live in Clinton Hill have much to be thankful for. One of those is the fact that there is so many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving right here in Clinton Hill.

Have you ordered your turkey yet? Well, if not, it’s a bit late, but not for next year. One of our favorite places to get our bird is from DiPaola Turkeys, based in New Jersey. They take orders for their fowl over the phone, and then you just come and get your turkey on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Grand Army Plaza. That’s the place where Kristin DiPaola has his workers unload the truck filled with the last of this year’s birds. Call 609-587-9311 or send an email to:

What, you work? You don’t have 24 hours to roast and baste your bird? Let Jive Turkey owner Aricka Westbrooks do it for you. Ms. Westbrooks has been frying turkeys for over ten years, and she ships her succulent creations, such as honey pecan, orange zinfandel, peach bourbon and Cajun frozen all over the US. Let Aricka cook your goose (I mean turkey) and you can spend your time on more important things, like pouring the beer. Call her at 718-797-1688 or order by email:

How about helping out the less fortunate among us? Join in a thirty year old tradition of helping the needy, but not at the traditional soup kitchen, which, thank goodness, always has plenty of volunteers. How about going where they really need you? Head to the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center in Bushwick and join Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Brooklyn’s Democratic Party leader, and help deliver 2,500 turkeys to home-bound senior citizens and also help serve the complete turkey dinner at the Stanhope Street center on Thanksgiving morning.

Prospect Park Turkey Trot

What about something to do not connected to food? There is a five mile run through lovely Prospect Park: the annual Prospect Park Running Club Turkey Trot. After dinner how about taking in some classic theater? The Irondale Center has a new production of Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Or if classic science fiction thriller film is more your style, BAM’s Rose Cinemas will be showing one of sci-fi’s all time most talked about films, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which is part of BAM’s “Sci-fi Thanksgiving movie marathon.

For more information on all the above contact the following:

Prospect Park Turkey Trot, register by calling (718) 595-2049, or in person at Jack Rabbit Sports [51 Seventh Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 636-9000]; “2001: A Space Odyssey” at BAM Rose Cinemas [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100]. For info, visit; “Henry V” at The Irondale Center [85 S. Oxford St. at Fulton Street in Fort Greene, (718) 488-9233], Nov. 22-Dec. 10. Tickets, $35. For info,


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