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Your Rights as a Citizen

Civic engagement is an essential part of our democracy.

Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more about what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated from the American Civil Liberties Union

Protesting? Visit Black Lives Matter for resources. Amnesty USA can help you be prepared. Download the free NY Civil Liberties Union Stop and Frisk Watch app. Learn more about the Directory of Community Bail Funds.

Exercise your right to vote.  If you vote in New York, apply for an absentee ballot.  You have until October 10, 2020 to register for the General Election, and until October 27 to apply for an absentee ballot for the General Election. Learn more at the NYS Board of Elections and Vote NYC.

Be counted!  Complete the census.  Our representation in Congress and billions of dollars in federal funding for public education, housing and infrastructure are at stake.  Learn more and complete the census here!

COVID-19 Update - Visiting the Old Stone House

As we monitor the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the health and well-being of our community is our highest priority. The Old Stone House will open for public visitation on August 28 by appointment, Friday – Sunday from Noon – 3 pm, although we are still splitting our time between the office and working remotely.  Reserve your visit here.

We’re happy the park is open and the sprinklers are on. Please wear a face covering and observe social distancing!  If you need a mask, we have some available – just call 718-768-3195, or find one of our Parks’ staff members.

Stop by and say hello to director of gardens Sam Lewis from a safe distance on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you’re not able to visit, watch our new video series to learn more about the gardens here.

We are also accepting permit requests for the North Garden, the Game Tables, and the new 5th Avenue Garden.  Apply on-line.

We will continue to monitor information from NYC Parks, the Center for Disease Control, the New York City Department of Health, and the New York State Department of Health, and will provide ongoing updates as necessary.

Please call us at 718-768-3195 or email us at info@theoldstonehouse.org if you have any questions.  We appreciate our community so much, and hope you can find joy in the gardens and the park! Kindest regards from all of us at OSH.

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Brooklyn Utopias 2020 - OSH Contemporary Art

On-View In the Great Room and On-Line
August 20 through October 18, 2020

Utopia: An ideal place or state, usually imaginary; any visionary system of political, social, environmental, or moral perfection

  • What would characterize a Brooklyn Utopia?
  • What is the role of artists in creating a more ideal Brooklyn?

Brooklyn Utopias: 2020 will address Brooklyn’s past, present and future by inviting artists to consider differing visions of an ideal Brooklyn, or imagine their own. Participating artists also explore how Brooklyn has continued to change over the past 10 years, and if/how it can serve as a model for urban and American living on a national scale as we recover from a global pandemic in a time of unprecedented social, political and environmental turmoil. Brooklyn Utopias also addresses the possibilities (or limitations) of art in creating a better world.

Brooklyn Utopias: 2020 corresponds with the 10-year anniversary of the original Brooklyn Utopias? exhibitions series developed by curator Katherine Gressel and presented at both OSH and Brooklyn Historical Society in 2009-2010.

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