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Clinton Hill Resident Wins BAM Facebook Contest

December 26, 2011

Mark Snyder, former mid-westerner, upper west-sider and now Clinton Hill, Brooklyn resident was the winner of the grand prize of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Ultimate BAM Fan” on Facebook this week.

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Saying that “I didn’t even know it was a contest,” Snyder continued, explaining that, “I just wanted to write about BAM and my experience about it.”

Snyder will receive a membership to BAM, movies “on-the-house” at the BAM Rose Cinemas, plus a $300 Chase Gift Card.

Snyder is a playwright with a day job in Manhattan. He explained that the BAM ad campaign, “BAM and Then It Hits You,” which has appeared all over New York in recent days, inspired him to write his “love letter” to BAM on Facebook. The ad campaign comes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of BAM, and asks New Yorkers to remember an experience they had at BAM which they have never forgotten.

Snyder recounted the first time he went to BAM, to see Barbara Stanwyck in “Ball of Fire” at BAM Rose Cinemas. Here is an excerpt from Snyder’s winning essay which was entitled “A Cornucopia of Options.”

“I think the reason BAM feels different is the diversity of the audience—it reflects the community that it’s in,” he said. “It doesn’t feel so important.”

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