Beyonce’s opening act loves performing at Barclays Center

Singer Luke James has had one of the toughest jobs in Brooklyn over the past couple of nights. James, a New Orleans-born singer and songwriter, is the opening act for Beyonce on her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour and had the task of warming up the crowds at the superstar’s shows at the Barclays Center on Aug. 4 and 5.


TONIGHT: ‘5 Borough Blues’ features five NY writers in Brooklyn Bridge Park

In its second year, Books Beneath the Bridge has quickly become known as one of Brooklyn’s most comprehensive literary programs, presenting scenic readings by esteemed authors at the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park. For the past several summer Mondays, local independent bookstores across the borough have partnered with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to host these bookish events. The Aug.


More LICH Arrests in Brooklyn: Congresswoman Velázquez, District Leader Simon and others put in cuffs

In what has become a rite of passage in Brooklyn, more elected representatives and community leaders were arrested on Monday while protesting the closure of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill.

At noon, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, her coordinator Dan Wiley, District Leader Jo Anne Simon, and five other LICH advocates committed civil disobedience by creating a human chain across Atlantic Avenue, blocking traffic.


Brooklyn federal judge denies drug dealer sentence reprieve

A Brooklyn drug dealer must serve his entire 17-year sentence, Eastern District Judge Eric Vitaliano ruled last week. 

Chaka Raysor was charged in 1996 for heading a large drug distribution operation.  Raysor evaded arrest by fleeing the state and was on the lam from 1996 until he turned himself in to the New York City Police Department 10 years later. In November 2006, Raysor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute crack cocaine, receiving a 17-year sentence.


Grove Place, once forgotten alley, comes to life with vibrant murals

Art is blossoming in Downtown Brooklyn’s once forgotten alley, Grove Place.

Street artists See One and Don Rimx descended last weekend on the block-long dead-end byway near the Fulton Mall and created a massive mural of cartoon creatures grooving in a musical jam session – including one with sunglasses and braids that’s an homage to Stevie Wonder.


Business development center expands to help Sandy victims

Working on the theory that it’s important to help people right in their own backyard, the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at City Tech has opened four new offices in neighborhoods that are still trying to recover the devastation brought by Superstorm Sandy last October.


BAMcinématek presents "A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement," 40 films from Aug 13—28

From Tuesday, Aug. 13 through Wednesday, Aug. 28, BAMcinématek presents A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement, a 40-film series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The series covers the civil rights movement from the end of World War II to the historic 1963 march and the waves of legislation that passed in the years after.


Esteemed Brooklyn literary critic releases debut novel

Caleb Crain, an esteemed literary critic who frequently contributes to The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications, has now turned to fiction. Crain’s debut novel “Necessary Errors” (Penguin Group; Aug.


Park Slope student becomes a ‘Green Girl’

Park Sloper Angelica Chery is a “Green Girl.” Even though the title sounds like she's the heroine in a comic strip, she's not. But she is a heroine of another sort.

Angelica, a budding environmentalist, recently took part in the “Green Girls Summer” program sponsored by the City Parks Foundation. It marked the second time she has spent a good portion of her summer vacation learning how to protect the environment. She first joined the program in 2011.


NYPD looking for woman who texted she was ‘scared’

New York City police are looking for a Brooklyn woman who disappeared shortly after texting her mother that she was "scared."

Her mother said Dana Lauren Bonanno sent the disturbing text around 11 p.m. on July 22. Police declared her as missing on Saturday.

Donna O'Connor told police she received no other text from her 33-year-old daughter explaining why she was scared.

Bonanno, who attended Carmel High School in Putnam County, was living in Greenpoint.



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