Full-Length Ballet in Four Acts. Founded by legendary dancer and former principal dancer of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Swan Lake – now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin – presents one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. This full- scale production, featuring 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars, brings this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!

It’s no secret that Brooklyn boasts a rich history, going back to when the land was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s. That history is most evident in the current names of Brooklyn neighborhoods, most of which have roots back to those early Dutch settlers. Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, Sheepshead Bay, and Dyker Heights — keep reading for the fascinating stories of how Brooklyn neighborhoods got their names.


Red Hook
The Dutch settled Red Hook in 1636, naming the village Roode Hoek. In Dutch, “Roode” means “red,” referring to the red clay soil of the area. And “Hoek” means “point” or “corner” — the actual “hoek” they were referring to was a point on an island that stuck out into the Upper New York Bay, at present day Dikeman Street west of Ferris Street. When the area was incorporated into the City of Brooklyn in the 1830s, the name Roode Hoek was Anglicized.

Red Hook circa 1875 photo courtesy of Wikipedia. (more…)


North of Manhattan Beach and south of everything else in Brooklyn, this waterfront district is brimming with old-school Brooklyn character. Sheepshead Bay is named for a striped fish species that was once catchable in the adjacent bay, but these days is found in more southerly waters. The neighborhood once boasted a race track—originally for horses and later for automobiles—that shuttered in the early 20th century. (more…)