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Brooklynite’s debut novel inspired by her family’s Bangladeshi history

Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of “Bright Lines: A Novel” (A Penguin Paperback Original; on sale Aug. 11, 2015), is a new voice in literary fiction, and she writes passionately about the complex political and cultural histories of her Bangladeshi-American characters. In this debut novel, she tells the powerful story of one family and three young women coming of age in Brooklyn and Bangladesh.

The author will appear at Greenlight Bookstore at 686 Fulton St. in Fort Greene at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 for a book launch event.


Bonus photos of the Naval Annex at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Age has its charms — if you're a historic building.

What could be more alluring than the mysterious pre-Civil War hospital at the edge of the Brooklyn Navy Yard?

It's a bit decrepit, which just adds to its glamor.

The other day, we went with David Ehrenberg, the president and CEO of Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., to look at the grand, colonnaded hospital and its companion buildings at the Naval Annex, as this part of the famed former shipbuilding complex is called.


Summer splendor at Brooklyn Grange

Sunflowers are a many-splendored thing.

And when your eyeballs encounter them in the middle of an industrial park, that's special cause for rejoicing — even when the industrial park in question is the stellar Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Don't misunderstand.


The Ten Coolest Things at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

It's got a past that stretches back to the beginnings of America and a future that's looking fine.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is busting out all over.

Its expansion is being funded by big real estate players like Mort Zuckerman's Boston Properties and the Rudin family as well as the city, which owns the 300-acre site.


b.good, eatery with the ‘human touch’ to replace Grand Canyon Restaurant, Brooklyn Heights standby

A restaurant that makes fast-food “real” – b.good, based out of Boston – will be replacing the now-closed Grand Canyon restaurant at 141 Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights.

b.good’s owner Anthony Ackil, part of a 15-year team with his lifelong best friend Jon Olinto, told the Brooklyn Eagle that the restaurant sells dishes like kale and quinoa bowls, “tons of salads,” chicken sandwiches and burgers made with humanely-raised beef.


Landmarks Preservation Commission okays Lyceum's makeover as a gym

Thus Saith the LPC: Go Forth — and turn the Lyceum into a gym.

The shut-down performing arts center on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is going to be a Blink Fitness location.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its blessing to the project by voting unanimously Tuesday to approve alterations to the façade of the neo-Renaissance building at 227 Fourth Ave. that was the home of the Lyceum for two decades.

The vote took place after a public hearing at the preservation agency's Lower Manhattan headquarters.


Pacific Park Brooklyn unveils ‘Pacific Park Arts’ collaboration with Crown Heights-based artist

Mike Perry, a multimedia artist based in Crown Heights, has been named the “Artist-in-Chief” for Pacific Park Arts, a collaboration of 10 local artists to bring public murals to the 820-foot-long construction fence on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton avenues.


Clarke to FCC chairman: Give small biz a piece of broadcast pie

Owners of small businesses deserve to be able to set up television stations or establish wireless services for customers as much as large corporations do, according to U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke who is pushing for them to have better access to the country’s broadcast spectrum.

Clarke is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to come up with policies protecting the little guy.

Broadcast spectrum refers to the range of frequencies of electromagnetic waves assigned to television and radio broadcast stations in the U.S.


Author to discuss ‘The Untold Story Of Women in Iran’ in DUMBO

Historian Dr. Nina Ansary, born in Tehran, is an expert in the women’s movement in Iran. The author of “Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran,” Ansary will appear at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO on July 23 to speak about her book, which challenges Western assumptions about women in Iran and highlights the accomplishments of powerful female voices in Iran’s past and present.

Ansary’s book, inspired by her doctoral research at Columbia University, illuminates a growing feminist movement emerging within Iran’s patriarchal society.  


CB2 approves Brooklyn Heights Library plan and Pier 6 affordable housing, but adds provisions

At an emotional meeting Wednesday night, Community Board 2 approved, with caveats, the controversial plan to sell and redevelop the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library.

With less fanfare, CB2 also approved a modification allowing affordable housing at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park -- but added a provision making it clear that any development must be proven necessary to sustain the park’s finances. (See below.)



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