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Landmarks vote set for the Henry and Susan McDonald House in Wallabout — and the M.H. Renken Dairy in Clinton Hill

I sing the body electric.

Mark your calendars, Walt Whitman fans.

On June 16, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on whether to grant landmark status to a stunning 1850s-vintage villa in Wallabout, the neighborhood near the Brooklyn Navy Yard where the famed poet lived.

At a public hearing Tuesday at its Lower Manhattan headquarters, the preservation agency set the vote date for the Henry and Susan McDonald House at 128 Clinton Ave.


Prospect Heights group wants input into new Atlantic Yards school

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) is urging residents to attend a joint hearing of Community Board 8 and Community Education Council 13 to demand input into a public school planned for the Atlantic Yards area.

The School Construction Authority recently announced that the new 616-seat school, serving elementary and intermediate school students, would be located in a residential tower on the northeast corner of Sixth Avenue and Dean Street. The school is one of the community benefits promised by the Atlantic Yards project.


Town hall on Pierhouse lawsuit set for Tuesday

The preservationist group Save The View Now (STVN) will be holding a town hall on Tuesday to bring neighbors up to date on their fight to shrink the Pierhouse development at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The town hall is set for Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30p.m., and will be held at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, second floor, 131 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights.

STVN maintains that the Pierhouse hotel/residential project is taller than originally negotiated with preservationists, and partially blocks the views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.


To the stars and beyond, in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The weather couldn’t have been better at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday for a night of stargazing, talks by astronomers, NASA scientists and astronauts -- and dancing robots.

The event was part of the World Science Festival, a citywide science exposition.

Hundreds spread blankets on the Harbor View Lawn to picnic and catch scientific presentations. On the nearby granite steps, visitors attended Star Chats on topics like hunting for life, landing crafts on Mars, and discovering planets trillions of miles away.


Novelist Bakopoulos to premiere college-town tale in Greenpoint

Dean Bakopoulos, whose work New York Times best-selling author Lorrie Moore has praised as “full of insight and inspiration and the best kind of divine comedy,” returns with the keenly funny and honest “Summerlong.”   

Bakopoulos will present his new novel at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint at a June 23 event hosted by Brooklynite and fellow writer Emma Straub.


Lhota cited for helping bring NYU, Lutheran together

Joseph J. Lhota, the former Republican mayoral candidate who now serves as senior vice president and chief of staff at NYU Langone Medical Center, was recently cited for his key role in forging a partnership between that institution and Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center, an agreement that led to the formation of NYU Lutheran.

Lhota was presented with the Sister Elisabeth Fedde Medal of Service at the NYU Lutheran Dinner at the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on May 16.


Novelist to read from thriller in DUMBO

“The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty” is the fourth novel from award-winning novelist and The Believer magazine founding co-editor, Vendela Vida.

Vida will be at the powerHouse Arena at 37 Main St. in DUMBO on June 9 for a reading of her new novel. 

Character-driven and psychologically penetrating, this novel of ideas set in Morocco is a spellbinding literary thriller that probes the essence and malleability of identity.


Carroll Gardens Association honors local activists, businesses at 44th anniversary dinner

Local activists, business owners and other community members affiliated with the Carroll Gardens Association (CGA) gathered Thursday to celebrate the organization’s 44th anniversary at Marco Polo Ristorante in Carroll Gardens. CGA, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit dedicated to developing affordable/workforce housing and providing various types of services to Southwest Brooklyn residents, organized the dinner to honor the work of a few individuals and businesses.


She Writes Press, hybrid publishing company, announces 12-city book tour

Hybrid publishing company She Writes Press is introducing a traditional book tour to its non-traditional business model.

As the digital age grows and 3,500 books a day are published in the U.S., according to Bowker, the ability for any author — traditionally published or independently — to get on the road for a tour has decreased exponentially.


Prospect Park Alliance launches 7-day crowdfunding challenge

A challenge has been issued by two of Prospect Park’s biggest fans, Lorraine and Gordon DiPaolo. If the Prospect Park Alliance receives 1,000 donations of any size by June 2, they will unlock a generous gift of $50,000.

In response, the Prospect Park Alliance launched on Wednesday “1,000 For The Park,” a crowdfunding challenge campaign to earn 1,000 donations by the deadline.



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