Arts and Entertainment

Brooklyn Goes to Williamstown: Rebecca Naomi Jones: A star grows in Brooklyn

There’s an endearing and enduring shtetl parable about two female twins — one who’s always pessimistic, the other who’s always optimistic. Since they are identical in every other way, their parents decide to consult the local rabbi. … Full Article

Award-winning film ‘Old Days’ is about old friends from Brooklyn

Staten Island composer and musician Philip Cucuru finds his fondest memories deeply rooted in Brooklyn. … Full Article

Former ‘Daily Show’ comedian performs famous Frederick Douglass speech at Brooklyn Public Library

While many New Yorkers were stuck in Fourth of July traffic on Friday, numerous Brooklynites gathered at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch at Grand Army Plaza to watch the former “Daily Show” comedian and New York Times best-selling author Baratunde Thur … Full Article

Fourth of July fireworks are a show of star-spangled splendor

Three cheers for the red, white and blue. Brooklyn Heights was prime viewing ground for the star-spangled splendor of the city's iconic Fourth of July fireworks. … Full Article

Joey Chestnut downs record 70 hot dogs in Coney Island eating contest

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut beat his own record in regaining the Mustard Yellow International Belt on Monday, downing a stomach-churning 70 hot dogs and buns to top Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie at the annual July Fourth eating contest in Coney Island. … Full Article

The full program for the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks

Did you know that the 50 tons of equipment used for the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks — which includes 56,000 pyrotechnic shells and 15 miles of cabling — are all stored in a warehouse in Brooklyn? … Full Article

Behind famed hot dog contest, a whopper of a legend

Nathan's Famous may be in the hot dog business, but for decades they've been peddling a whopper. Showmen behind Nathan's annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest have long claimed the tradition began in 1916 as a showdown between patriotic immigrants on the Coney Island boardwalk. … Full Article

Everything you need to know about the Macy's 4th of July fireworks

The average spectator of the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks may not fully understand the many intricacies that are involved in having the show go off without a hitch. … Full Article

Pop-Up Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park ushers in summer with a splash

A little bit of heaven officially opened on Thursday in Brooklyn Bridge Park, but park Conservancy members got the jump on the summer crowds with Wednesday’s soft-opening of the Pop-Up Pool. … Full Article

‘Five Cents to Dreamland’: Transit Museum opens exhibit on transit to Coney Island

From horse-drawn streetcars, steamboats and railroads to the buses and subways of today, mass transportation has played a pivotal role in Coney Island’s development from a secluded vacation spot to a world-famous amusement area. … Full Article


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