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What to do after college? Heights author may have the answer

Brooklyn Heights writer Ari King graduated from Wesleyan University in the midst of the Great Recession. But rather than letting the economy bring him down, he transformed adverse conditions into something constructive.  Compiling more than 60 interviews with college graduates who have pursued diverse paths, King has recently published an inspiring collection titled “Now What?!


Retired Brooklyn judge rumored to be tapped to help settle LICH case

Retired judge and former state senator Hon. William Thompson Sr., is rumored to have selected to mediate the contentious and controversial suit between Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center (SUNY), which wishes to shut the hospital down.


PS 503 chess team goes into summer as champions

The chess club at PS 503 was founded only two years ago, but already the members are proving that they have what it takes to be champions. The club, called the Chessmates, won the Mayor’s Cup, a citywide competition for chess-loving students, in May and spent the remainder of the term basking in the glow of congratulations from students and teachers at the Sunset Park school.

Now that summer vacation is underway, the glow of victory is likely to continue to burn brightly, their coach said.


Tot rockers in DUMBO

Michael Napolitano of the Preschool of Rock had toddlers and their caregivers jumpin’ last week in the last of a series of DUMBO Family Summer Groove musical events. The DUMBO Improvement District, event sponsor, called the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge “NYC’s coolest kiddie concert venue.”


Detectives revoke endorsement of Gonzalez

In an unprecedented move, the Detectives Endowment Association (DEA), the union representing New York City’s police detectives, has suddenly revoked its endorsement of Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez in anger over her votes in favor of the controversial bills on Police Department oversight.


Sara Gran's latest is bleak noir tale

"Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) just might be the bleakest noir tale since "Dope" (2006), and Sara Gran wrote that one, too. The New York-based author will appear in Brooklyn on July 2 to read from her book at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena.

The novel is a sequel to "Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead" (2011), another dark yarn, but one leavened by an abundance of quirky characters and occasional flashes of humor. But there's little to chuckle about in this new story that plunges every character into a pit of despair.


Schumer picks Squadron to win public advocate race

State Sen. Daniel Squadron is calling it a game changer in his quest to become the city’s next public advocate. US Senator Charles Schumer recently announced that he’s backing Squadron in the contest, a move the state senator is hoping can make a big difference in the campaign.


Letitia James says Supreme Court got it half right

Well, they got it half right. That was the reaction of Councilwoman Letitia James to the landmark Supreme Court rulings earlier this week. James hailed the rulings on same sex marriage, but expressed profound disappointment that the highest court in the land threw out a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.


Brooklyn Supreme Court judge issues surprise ruling in LICH/SUNY-Downstate case

Late Thursday afternoon, State of New York University (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center was dealt a surprise blow by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest. 

In an unrelated case involving Long Island Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill — owned and operated by SUNY — Demarest has given SUNY a little more than 30 days to issue an report to the court regarding property transactions between LICH and SUNY.


Brooklyn Eats shows off why Brooklyn may be the foodie capital of America

Just about one in six of the 49,000 businesses in Brooklyn are food related which accounts for 12.5 percent of the 472,000 private sector jobs, according to the Winter 2012 Brooklyn Labor Market Review. It’s the second largest industry in the borough, only surpassed by health care.

Brooklyn Eats, a free-to-the-public food and beverage manufacturing trade show in East Williamsburg, showcased this on Wednesday as more than 100 different food vendors from all over the borough we represented.



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