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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.


Brooklyn-based journalist uncovers story of rare elephant Topsy

In 1877, Topsy, a baby elephant stolen from her home in the wild, was smuggled into America in secret by circus magnate Adam Forepaugh and dishonestly billed as the first American-born elephant. Topsy might have easily vanished from popular culture after Forepaugh’s bitter rival, P. T.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts first opera ever

Despite the heat, humidity and threatening skies, the muse and a cool breeze prevailed, so an audience of more than 1,000 people witnessed a magical performance of “La Hija de Rappaccini” by the Gotham Chamber Opera Company. This was the first opera presented at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in its 103-year history.


Bombshell: Brooklyn judge orders SUNY Downstate to account for LICH’s money, property

A Brooklyn judge has ordered SUNY Downstate Medical Center to account for every stick of property and every dollar it has transferred from Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to itself since it took over LICH on May 29, 2011.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn E. Demarest on Thursday ordered SUNY Downstate to present a full accounting of all LICH property, assets and funds transferred to Downstate, the income derived from the properties, details about the other LICH properties SUNY plans to dispose of and more, no later than August 5.


Be very afraid: ‘Frankenstein’ coming to The Old Stone House

On a chilly night, a brilliant young scientist brings a corpse back to life. A series of six original rear film projections augmented by live music will be showcased with Piper Theatre’s theatrical production of “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley’s classic tale of horror, beginning July 5 outside the Old Stone House and Washington Park at 336 Third Street and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn.


Levin celebrates brunch bill with iced coffee at cafe

Councilman Stephen Levin and his colleague, Councilman Dan Garodnick, found a fitting way to celebrate the passage of their bill that allows restaurants to open sidewalk cafes earlier for weekend brunch. The two lawmakers enjoyed a morning cup of iced coffee on Wednesday at a sidewalk café near City Hall.

Later that day, the council approved the bill, clearing the way for restaurant owners to open before noon on Sundays. Sidewalk cafes will now be able to open at 10 a.m. on Sundays.



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