Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Williamsburg

Teen writers wanted - Marty’s annual ‘Lit Match’ accepting submissions

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz invites Brooklynites ages 14-19 to submit stories, poems, essays, spoken word and raps for the third annual “Lit Match” teen writing contest, part of the Young Readers and Writers Program of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Comment.
Williamsburg

Spreading the word on foster care - Parents share their experiences to prospective foster care parents at recent forum

Spanish-speaking foster care mothers shared their emotional stories with prospective families in Bushwick recently, inspiring them to change the lives of young people and become foster parents. Comment.
Williamsburg

Saying no to same-sex marriages - BK senator joins suit against recognizing gay unions in NY

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Williamsburg

Park master plan - Group pushes for renovation

The friends group for East River State Park, which stretches from North seventh to North ninth Street between Kent Avenue and the waterfront, met last Thursday to discuss plans for the park’s future. Comment.
Williamsburg

On the right path - Four inducted into BBG’s Celebrity Path

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) President and CEO Scot Medbury and Keyspan Chairman and CEO Bob Catell at this year’s Celebrity Path induction ceremony. Four distinguished Brooklynites were awarded bronze leaf stones, which will be placed in the beautiful Celebrity Path walkway near the Alfred T. White memorial in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at BBG. Comment.
Williamsburg

Nuts and bolts of art - Crest Hardware Art Show kicks off this weekend

What do you get when you mix a nearly half century old family owned business with an ever-changing vibrant artist community: The Crest Hardware Art Show, presented by The Musebox. Comment.
Williamsburg

New Kings in town - Democratic club gears up for county committee ‘throne’

The New Kings Democratic Club has launched the first stage of its recruitment drive to add members to the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee this week, as June 3 marked the first day for Brooklyn residents to begin gathering petition signatures for the position. Comment.
Williamsburg

I do!

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
Williamsburg

High score for Downstate

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Grand Street on the highway to health

Torrents of rain did little to keep young people away from converging on the Grand Street Campus (84 Bushwick Avenue) for New York City’s largest ever Health Festival. Sponsored by Health Corps, a health educational and mentoring program founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the festival took place in all five boroughs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fun with arts & crafts at BWCCS

Dozens of Brooklyn children, from grades K-5, joined local artists to showcase their artistic talents during an arts festival at the Beginning with Children Charter School (BwCCS) in Brooklyn. The charter school’s arts festival allowed students the opportunity to interact with art professionals as well as show off their own talents. Comment.
Williamsburg

First talking, now texting - State takes steps to ban text messaging while driving

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fastest on 2 wheels - Cycling the winner in commute contest

Zipping across the East River is quickest on two wheels – and the most eco-friendly. Comment.
Williamsburg

Exercising the franchise - Polish-American Congress holds voter registration drive

The Polish American Congress sent its mobile registration unit to the Brooklyn-Queens border section of Ridgewood where St. Matthias Church serves the interests of Polish Catholics living in Ridgewood and Glendale. Comment.
Williamsburg

Making an ‘Impact’ on child care

North Brooklyn child care professionals pondered their next step as two City Council resolutions seeking to slow changes in funding the city’s child care programs proposed by the Administration from Children Services (ACS) have been gaining momentum in the City Council. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dylan to play Brooklyn

Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment.
Williamsburg

Club’s neighbors make noise

Some Greenpoint residents who live near Studio B, the 259 Banker Street music venue, are gearing up for a fight against the club’s application for a cabaret license. Comment.
Williamsburg

Celebrating Memorial Day in song - Brooklynites mark holiday with music at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual concert

The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment.
Williamsburg

Call to honor all of BK’s veterans - Locals push to convert WWII memorial into museum

A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn bank bandit IDed - Todd Bowen wanted for seven thefts, five of which happened here

Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment.
Williamsburg

BURG ‘N’ POINT - Playing favorites with local galleries - Williamsburg’s Jack the Pelican continues to impress with its latest exhibit, ‘WORE’

Perhaps it’s the location: two blocks from the subway and right across the street from a frozen yogurt store. Or maybe it’s because of the crowd it draws: interesting people from all over New York who genuinely love art. Whatever the reason, Jack the Pelican remains my favorite gallery in Williamsburg. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Youths try on police brass for a day

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Nuts & bolts’ artistry - Crest Hardware Art Show

What do you get when you mix a nearly half century old family owned business with an ever-changing vibrant artist community: The Crest Hardware Art Show, presented by The Musebox. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘A good year’ for 78th Precinct cops

Oil prices might be up, but crime continues to fall in the 78th Precinct, police statistics show. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

WWII memorial redo - New effort to reinvigorate Cadman Plaza site

A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Volunteers tackle Tillie’s mural

An eyesore becomes a sight for sore eyes. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Urging better recycling - Pol says schools are lacking

Schools can do a better job of going green, according to a local politician. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Text amendment mess

The building that you use as an example of what the new zoning text change could prevent is built “as of right” on narrow streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Teens look to future careers

Peer pressure took on a novel turn when 40 juniors, who interned for business, non-profit and government groups, handed down the torch of professionalism to their younger classmates during a model job fair at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stroke prevention

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn will hold a Nutrition & Stroke Prevention seminar at LICH’s Avram Conference Center, Room A, 339 Hicks Street at Atlantic Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Somber salute at Salem Fields - Bravery defies the grave

The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shake Shack attack for BK - Popular burger joint coming

Shake Shack, the wildly popular Manhattan burger stand, might soon find a mobile home in Brooklyn, it was reported this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sex in the city (of Bklyn) - Racy ‘Babeland’ shop debuts on Bergen Street

Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Seventh Heaven

As a participant in Park Slope’s annual Seventh Heaven Street Fair, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor free blood pressure screenings with valuable health information, and a blood drive, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Right on the money

Re: “Potential Pres Running on Empty Mouth,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-29-08 issue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Racial profiling

Fort Greene Peace, a neighborhood organization in Brooklyn, is organizing a forum called “Racial Profiling and Police Brutality in New York City: A Forum on the Sean Bell Case,” with State Senator Eric Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, at 7 p.m., June 12 at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, South Oxford Street and Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Public school 32 produces ‘Annie, Jr.’

Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at Public School 32 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pol calls for an end to hotel hoedown

Areas zoned for manufacturing use should be rendered inhospitable to hotels, a local lawmaker urged last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Oprah turns vegan

The queen of daytime television, Oprah Winfrey, has decided to go vegan for 21 days, and she invites her viewers to join her. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

One of a kind - Brooklyn

I have lived in Brooklyn for most of my adult life and can not imagine living anywhere else. Brooklyn has been a great gift to me in that it provides a quality of life that is hard to find elsewhere. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New additions to Celebrity Path

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) President and CEO Scot Medbury and Keyspan Chairman and CEO Bob Catell at this year’s Celebrity Path induction ceremony. Four distinguished Brooklynites were awarded bronze leaf stones, which will be placed in the beautiful Celebrity Path walkway near the Alfred T. White memorial in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at BBG. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Miccio Head Start gala

The Police Athletic League’s Miccio Head Start center will hold its annual health fair for the benefit of its Head Start families, and the extended Red Hook community, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Jewish War Vets stay in action

Brooklyn’s Jewish War Veterans are quite busy this spring. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Jailhouse ruckus: Expansion opposed - Stakeholders jeer; city pushes forward

Local stakeholders from downtown Brooklyn met last week to present a convincing argument against the planned expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention (HOD) on Atlantic Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Inside private gardens...

Enjoy a self-guided Garden Walk through more than a dozen private gardens and nine community gardens in historic Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill during the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District’s (BBGD) 11th Sunday Garden Walk, June 8. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Hydrogen is a gas, man

Everyone is wrestling with worse gasoline prices ever and, still increasing. I think this will drain circulating money out of the economy non-stop, hurting all poverty level and all middle income level families, dramatically. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Giggles, games

The community is encouraged to attend the celebration of free food, activities and fun at the 13th Annual Giggles and Games Family Day starting at 12 p.m., June 14 at ICL Emerson-Davis Family Center, 161 Emerson Place in Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Friday’s are cooler with jazz

As part of its monthly concert series at the Old Stone House, Brooklyn resident Charles Sibirsky, founder of Slope Music, presents Friday Jazz at 8 p.m., June 6. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fashion on Fulton

Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Emergency prep

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dylan to plug into Brooklyn

Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dress up for a long paddle

The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy will host a Flotilla Masquerade — a unique eco-cruise along the Gowanus Canal to Red Hook for the 15th Annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival Eco-Cruise, June 7. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

CB 6 is shaken to its core

The borough’s top boss is a politician who keeps his promises, according to a former member of Community Board 6. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cashing in on ‘The Real World’ - Merchants eager to welcome their new MTV neighbors on Bridge St.

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cancer support

New York Methodist Hospital provides a free support group for individuals who are affected by cancer. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn Museum showcases talented kids

Join the Creative Arts Studio for an afternoon of entertainment. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brand new sense of ‘openness’ - Preliminary plans to rezone Gowanus Canal are presented

City officials last week presented preliminary plans for a rezoning proposal near the Gowanus Canal, a long-anticipated plan said to increase the “openness” along the polluted waterway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bandit caught on tape - Cops on trail of note-passing crook

Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Alternatives to NCLB

The Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture (BSEC) will sponsor the first in a series of forums to establish a community discussion about alternatives to the “Leave No Child Behind” program and mayoral control of the city schools. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A boon for the kiddies

Watch for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum tent at community events this June and throughout the summer, and stop by for some family fun. Comment.
Greenpoint

150 years and counting - Long Island College Hospital celebrates anniversary

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment.
Greenpoint

Saying no to same-sex marriages - Brooklyn senator joins suit against recognizing gay unions in New York state

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Greenpoint

Ready, set – I do!

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
Greenpoint

Park master plan - Push for E. River park renovation

The friends group for East River State Park, which stretches from North seventh to North ninth Street between Kent Avenue and the waterfront, met last Thursday to discuss plans for the park’s future. Comment.
Greenpoint

On the right path - BBG inducts four to Celebrity Path

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) President and CEO Scot Medbury and Keyspan Chairman and CEO Bob Catell at this year’s Celebrity Path induction ceremony. Four distinguished Brooklynites were awarded bronze leaf stones, which will be placed in the beautiful Celebrity Path walkway near the Alfred T. White memorial in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at BBG. Comment.
Greenpoint

Locals make noise - Neighbors complain over trash, volume at Studio B

Some Greenpoint residents who live near Studio B, the 259 Banker Street music venue, are gearing up for a fight against the club’s application for a cabaret license. Comment.
Greenpoint

First talking, now it’s texting

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Greenpoint

Egg-cellent waterfront sight - Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s eight digesters get blue treatment

Greenpoint residents may have noticed an egg-cellent sight along Newtown Creek. Comment.
Greenpoint

Big business on tap - Local bars welcome ‘The Real World’ coming to BK

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Narrow’ advocates dismiss critics

Supporters of the Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment are dismissing concerns this week that, if enacted, the measure would still allow the construction of 13-story buildings on the neighborhood’s signature courtyard blocks. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Vets: Recognize all of BK’s heroes - Push to turn WWII memorial into museum

A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Text and get a ticket

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shopping and strolling coming soon - IKEA to have esplanade too

When IKEA opens its massive new store in Red Hook next week, it will also be unveiling a 6.5-acre public esplanade along Erie Basin, no charge card required. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pol calls for an end to hotel hoedown - Councilman de Blasio wants to ban ‘em around Canal

Areas zoned for manufacturing use should be rendered inhospitable to hotels, a local lawmaker urged last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

One rotten apple - Critics jeer lack of affordable housing

The shovels are in the ground, but local elected officials are not happy over supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis’s decision to start building luxury housing on Myrtle Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

No to same-sex marriage - BK Senator joins those against honoring gay unions in NY

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Note-passing bandit at large

Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New BID flowering on Fulton

A new business improvement district is moving forward on a central Fort Greene/Clinton Hill thoroughfare. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Good ol’ Hanks isn’t dried up after all - Neighborhood watering hole could have a place in new development

A gin-soaked dive bar that is popular with hipsters and country music fans alike may yet live to sing another day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cashing in on the ‘Real World’ - Merchants eager for Bridge St. tenants

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK’s ‘House of Contention’ - Opponents of Atlantic Ave. jailhouse expansion mobilize

Local stakeholders from downtown Brooklyn met last week to present a convincing argument against the planned expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention (HOD) on Atlantic Avenue. Comment.
Bushwick

‘Real World’ location set at 365 Bridge St.

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Bushwick

Waiting in the wings - Child care workers bide their time as bills wind thru Council

North Brooklyn child care professionals pondered their next step as two City Council resolutions seeking to slow changes in funding the city’s child care programs proposed by the Administration from Children Services (ACS) have been gaining momentum in the City Council. Comment.
Bushwick

Under one flag - Irving Ave. stores form new group

Following the lead of merchants on Wyckoff Avenue, Knickerbocker Avenue and East Broadway, business owners on Irving Avenue are forming the Myrtle-Irving Avenue Merchants Association. Comment.
Bushwick

Tom Ridge to speak June 18

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Bushwick

Tickets for texting at the wheel

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Bushwick

Resistance to charter school in IS 383 continues

Despite the go-ahead from the Department of Education, District 32’s Community Education Council and Community Board 4, a small group of parents from I.S. 383 Philippa Schuyler School for the Gifted continue to demonstrate against the placement of the charter school Achievement First within I.S. 383’s 1300 Greene Avenue campus. Comment.
Bushwick

Reducing alcohol’s ills - HAMS offers help for lives damaged by drinking

There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment.
Bushwick

Reaching out to local immigrants, with sound advice - Religious institutions sponsor forum

Bushwick’s immigrants received valuable immigration advice about visas, green cards and immigration law from lawyers with CUNY’s Citizenship Immigration Project the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office at an Immigration Forum sponsored by Bushwick’s religious community. Comment.
Bushwick

Racial profiling forum June 12

Fort Greene Peace, a neighborhood organization in Brooklyn, is organizing a forum called “Racial Profiling and Police Brutality in New York City: A Forum on the Sean Bell Case,” with State Senator Eric Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, at 7 p.m., June 12 at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, South Oxford Street and Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Bushwick

PS 274 kids make their numbers - School “Math Night” a big plus

About 120 families came to P.S. 274, 800 Bushwick Avenue, for the Koscioszuko School’s second annual Math Night to watch their children play ring toss, bingo, and other games that touted the appeal of numbers. Comment.
Bushwick

New playground at Audrey Johnson

Parents and volunteers came out last Saturday to clean the Audrey Johnson Day Care Center’s colorful playground, donated by KaBoom in 2000. Comment.
Bushwick

New NYC Hall of Fame Web site

With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment.
Bushwick

N. Bklyn industrial trade show

More than 300 business representatives from the industrial neighborhoods of North Brooklyn will help The East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation (EWVIDCO) celebrate the accomplishments of their 25th year in style during the 2008 EWVIDCO Annual Tradeshow and Luncheon. Comment.
Bushwick

Marty stumps for community cash

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment.
Bushwick

Local Dems seek new blood - New Kings Democratic Club launches recruitment drive

The New Kings Democratic Club has launched the first stage of its recruitment drive to add members to the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee this week as June 3 marked the first day for Brooklyn residents to begin gathering petition signatures for the position. Comment.
Bushwick

Latest transplant to nabe: Zorro

Lilac Co., and ensemble theater company, and Saint John’s Theatre present “Confessions of Zorro and Diamond,” a work-in progress presentation of a new play written and directed by Sean Lewis, at 9 p.m., June 14, 15 & 16 in the basement of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenpoint, 155 Milton Street. Comment.
Bushwick

Kids take the helm of the NYPD

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Bushwick

Honors for TV maven, Roebling heir

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) President and CEO Scot Medbury and Keyspan Chairman and CEO Bob Catell at this year’s Celebrity Path induction ceremony. Four distinguished Brooklynites were awarded bronze leaf stones, which will be placed in the beautiful Celebrity Path walkway near the Alfred T. White memorial in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at BBG. Comment.
Bushwick

Heritage and art to mingle - Open Studios and Puerto Rican Day Parade on same day

Laura Braslow, Maggie Pounds and Chloe Bass of Arts in Bushwick have no idea what to expect during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios, which, held from June 6 to June 8, will coincide with Bushwick’s Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities. Comment.
Bushwick

Helping Bushwick’s kids, one life at a time - Spanish-speaking foster moms share their stories

Spanish-speaking foster care mothers shared their emotional stories with prospective families in Bushwick recently, inspiring them to change the lives of young people and become foster parents. Comment.
Bushwick

Dr. Mehmet Oz takes nabe to a land of better health

Torrents of rain did little to keep young people away from converging on the Grand Street Campus (84 Bushwick Avenue) for New York City’s largest ever Health Festival. Sponsored by Health Corps, a health educational and mentoring program founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the festival took place in all five boroughs. Comment.
Bushwick

Downstate aces its ‘boards’

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
Bushwick

Call it anything but ‘street art’

After moving from Astoria to Lower East Side, Skewville, the prolific graphic pop-artists known for their trademark plywood converse shoes, have finally found a home in Bushwick. Just don’t call them street artists. Comment.
Bushwick

Bringing soccer to North Bklyn kids

Kids love soccer. The reason why it is the most popular sport in the world is not a mystery: Any kid can play the game; it’s simple to learn, easy to play, requires almost no equipment, doesn’t favor kids who are taller or stronger and every player on the field gets a chance to handle the ball, make plays and dream of the World Cup. Comment.
Bushwick

A sticky good time at Ad Hoc - Exhibition of wheat-paste art opens June 13 at Bushwick gallery

Fresh off their dense, shantytown-themed exhibit “The Threat of Chance,” Ad Hoc Art gallery pulls a Monty Python with something completely different. The gallery welcomes Elbowtoe, Armsrock, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster, artists who often work with wheat paste, contributing several of their mixed media pieces in a show called “Poets of the Paste,” opening June 13. Comment.
Bushwick

Art auction event raises $2K

Almost as soon as the bidding ended, the paintings started coming off the walls at the Arts in Bushwick’s art auction, held last Friday night at Lumenhouse (47 Beaver St). Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Banking on an arrest Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Shake Shack’ attack - Popular burger joint headed for a spot in Brooklyn

Shake Shack, the wildly popular Manhattan burger stand, might soon find a mobile home in Brooklyn, it was reported this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

What a way to treat a landmark - Clark Street site partially demolished

The partial demolition of a landmarked Brooklyn Heights building over Memorial Day weekend left local residents questioning the rhyme and reason behind the action. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Text and get a ticket - New effort underway to penalize ‘dangerous’ drivers

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sunset sizzle on the waterfront

Psychedelic surf music, mythical revelry – plus New York’s chief executive officer – helped step off summer fun on the Brooklyn waterfront when the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosted a Sunset Sizzle benefit at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Strolling & IKEA shopping - Superstore to include 6.5-acre public esplanade

When IKEA opens its massive new store in Red Hook next week, it will also be unveiling a 6.5-acre public esplanade along Erie Basin, no charge card required. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Speedy Cyclist bests auto, mass transit

Zipping across the East River is quickest on two wheels – and the most eco-friendly. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton

Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Push to revamp WWII memorial

A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

P.S. 8 students take their audience to ‘Soldea Island’

Starry-eyed students took to the stage and wowed the crowd with a homespun production at Public School 8. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New life for Hank’s on Third

A gin-soaked dive bar, popular with hipsters and country music fans alike, may yet live to sing another day. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

ISO Symphonic Band strikes chord with listeners

The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Guv says I do; others, no way - Brooklyn pol joins opposition to gay-marriage okay

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Green looks good on the Gowanus

Area environmentalists took fun-filled steps towards living an eco-friendly lifestyle during the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s first annual “Gowanus Goes Green” festival. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fresh Fulton bid - Land Use Committee backs group

A new business improvement district is moving forward on a central Fort Greene/Clinton Hill thoroughfare. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cops hunt for brazen note-passing bandit

Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Connor, Squadron showdown - Incumbent, challenger strengthen their bases for upcoming fight

With petitions beginning to be circulated in the upcoming grudge match for the 25th State Senate District, incumbent Martin Connor seems to have sewn up the support of most of the Democratic clubs in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Community Board 6 quake

The borough’s top boss is a politician who keeps his promises, according to a former member of Community Board 6. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cashing in on the ‘Real World’ - Merchants eager for Bridge St. neighbors

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn youth try on police brass

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.

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