May 31, 2006

Winning photographs and essays reveal Brooklyn’s distinguishing appeal.

In honor of the winners of Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) My Brooklyn annual photo and essay contest, BPL will host a reception in Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room on Tuesday June 27, 2006 at 6 PM.

Following the awards ceremony, BPL's My Brooklyn exhibition will be on display Tuesday June 27 through Tuesday, August 13, 2006 in the Grand Lobby of Central Library located at Grand Army Plaza.

Both the My Brooklyn reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

BPL's My Brooklyn exhibition features the winners of an annual photography and essay contest that invites Brooklynites and non-Brooklynites alike to express the impact Brooklyn has on their lives. My Brooklyn captures the ever-evolving spirit of the borough – from the intriguing beauty of Coney Island's snowy Boardwalk in winter to the melodious mixture of multicultural music on Brooklyn's streets today. Whether sharing a hop scotch sidewalk scene or a vivid memory of growing up in the Russian community of "Little Odessa," My Brooklyn reflects the powerful experiences and memories that people have when they think of Brooklyn.

The exhibition is sponsored by BPL and Con Edison.

"BPL's My Brooklyn brings out all that is common to everyone in Brooklyn," said Dionne Mack-Harvin, Chief of Staff of BPL. "It's a wonderful opportunity for artists and writers from all of Brooklyn's diverse communities to gather to share their talents and unique impressions of Brooklyn's distinctive characteristics."

This year's winners were chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including journalist Denis Hamill, photographer Larry Racioppo and novelists Nelly Rosario and Darin Strauss. Winning photographs and essays in the My Brooklyn exhibition will become part of BPL's Brooklyn Collection, a special collection recording the history of Brooklyn from its early beginnings to the present day.

"BPL's My Brooklyn contest began with a hunch – that this place we call 'Brooklyn' is somehow special, that it inspires deep attachments and lifelong loyalties, that it ignites reveries and inflames passions," said Jay Kaplan Director, of Brooklyn Public Library's Programs and Exhibitions Department. "Thanks to the sponsorship of Con Edison, BPL has, for the past five years, been able to ask Brooklynites to share their thoughts about the physical space they share and to return their reflections in this amazing exhibit."

The exhibition is composed of essays and photographs from three different age categories including Juvenile (ages 12 and under), Young Adult (ages 13-19) and Adult. Winners were chosen based on originality and the ability to capture the spirit of Brooklyn. Ms. Mack-Harvin said, "It's our great honor to invite all Brooklynites to visit this dynamic exhibition – to enjoy their neighbors' compelling essays and illuminating photographs that, while expressing personal thoughts, communicate to everyone who lives in New York City's best borough.”

My Brooklyn is made possible through generous support from Con Edison of New York.

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