Malleability of memory plays out in new thriller

“Kind of Cruel” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Aug. 6, 2013), the seventh installment in Sophie Hannah’s acclaimed Zailer & Waterhouse crime series—and the first to appear as a Putnam hardcover—is another psychologically complex thriller from “one of the great unmissables of this genre” (The Times, London).


Producers offer a sneak peek at 'Les Miserables' in Bay Ridge

The upcoming production of “Les Miserables”, to be presented in Bay Ridge next month, will be full of passion, heartbreak and redemption, all set to one of the most memorable musical scores ever written for the stage and performed by a troupe of talented actors, promised producer-director Jeff Samaha.

“It’s going to be wonderful,” Samaha said. His theater company, Ridge Chorale/Jeff Samaha Productions, was granted the rights to mount a full-fledged production of the Broadway musical by the licensing company representing the show’s creators.


Is your street being repaved? Greenfield has a list

Thousands of Brooklyn residents will get to drive their cars on smoother streets with no potholes, thanks to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), which is conducting a major repaving project in the neighborhoods of Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst at the behest of Councilman David Greenfield.

Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) recently met with Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Joseph Palmieri to inspect streets in the councilman’s district.


GOP pols push legislation to shut down sex spas

Storefront spas that are fronts for prostitution would not be able to set up shop in New York State if a package of bills proposed by two Bay Ridge elected officials becomes law.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) announced on Aug. 2 that they have drafted legislation aimed at insuring that so-called day spas that advertise massage and reflexology services provide just those services and not prostitution.

Among the legislation’s provisions:


Transit advocates got their ferry, now they need passengers

The Seastreak ferry will begin making stops at the Brooklyn Army Terminal pier at 58th Street in Sunset Park starting on Monday, Aug. 5. But if the ferry doesn’t have a lot of passengers each day, chances are the service will not be around past Labor Day, according to transit advocates.

“We got what we wanted. Now we have to make sure it works,” said Liam McCabe, co-chairman of the Brooklyn Army Terminal Ferry Committee, a grassroots group of Bay Ridge and Sunset Park residents that worked to convince the Bloomberg Administration to give the ferry the go-ahead.


St. Anselm Church parishioners vow to repair desecrated statues

Parishioners of Saint Anselm Catholic Church, who were heartbroken when a vandal drenched two religious statues on the church grounds with red paint in a shocking attack on five religious institutions in Bay Ridge on July 30, vowed that their statues will rise again.

Dan Texeira, president of the Parish Pastoral Planning Council, said the church members are eager to get the statues fixed, or if they can’t be fixed, replace them.

“They’ll be back,” Texeira told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Gowanus Expressway overpass repairs complete

A Gowanus Expressway overpass repair project in Dyker Heights that had been hampered by delays has now been completed, according to a City Council candidate who said he was keeping tabs on the progress of the work.

John Quaglione, a Republican-conservative who is running against incumbent Democrat Vincent Gentile for the City Council seat in the 43rd District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said he’s pleased that the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has finally completed its renovation of the 81st Street overpass on Seventh Avenue.


Trash talk on 13th Avenue!

What does a clean sidewalk have to do with the borough’s economic outlook? Plenty, according to Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

“Customers won’t shop in a place where there are dirty sidewalks,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Dirty, litter-filled sidewalks repel customers, which causes businesses to lose money, which in turn, causes the city to lose tax revenue, he said.


Narrows Community Theater presents ‘Willy Wonka’

Theater-goers can take a trip from southern Brooklyn to the magical world of an imaginary chocolate factory, courtesy of the Narrows Community Theater, which is presenting the musical “Willy Wonka” in Bay Ridge starting Aug. 16.


Grimm blasts Paul over Kentucky senator’s Sandy aid comments

US Rep. Michael Grimm stepped into the ongoing Republican Party feud between US Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, calling remarks the Kentucky senator made about the Congress-approved Superstorm Sandy relief package taking funding away from national defense “disgraceful.”

Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) said he was speaking out as a representative of a district where residents suffered devastating damage in the Oct. 29 storm.



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