Creating a Theatre for a New Audience

In 2000, Harvey Lichtenstein, recently retired executive director of BAM, invited Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), a modern classical theatre, to build its first home in what was previously known as the BAM Cultural District.


First signs of spring appear in Brooklyn

Desperately seeking early signs of spring in Brooklyn Heights Tuesday, we came upon these posies at Packer Collegiate Institute. A modest but charming show of flora - what's not to like?

We decided not to be scared by the roaring beast whose face is on the planter. When we looked a second time, we realized he resembles the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz. Who was a sweetheart, of course.


Committee seeks landmark status for Sunset Park homes

Thirty years ago, Sunset Park Restoration, a group of preservationists, successfully got the community recognized by the federal government as an historic district. Technically, the designation from the National Register of Historic Places covered 3,237 buildings in the neighborhood, mostly row houses and brownstones built between 1890 and 1910, making Sunset Park the largest such historic district in New York State.


St. Francis bio students earn top scores in online competitions

When is a game not just a game?

St. Francis College students are finding out that it’s when winning could lead to amazing medical breakthroughs.

Professor Alison Dell introduced her Molecular Biology Class to the online, international competition PHYLO. The goal of the game is to figure out ways to match sets of DNA to help look for ways to identify and further genetic disease research. (Watch the SFCTV Video)


New footage shows missing Brooklyn fashion designer Ott walking over Williamsburg Bridge

“Missing” signs blanket lampposts throughout neighborhoods across Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, as the mystery of fashion designer James (Jay) Ott deepens.

NYPD Detective Nell told the Brooklyn Eagle on Monday that there is still no sign of Ott more than a week after his disappearance, and the search is continuing.

Late on Sunday, according to a friend of Ott, the NYPD found new surveillance footage showing Ott walking over the Williamsburg Bridge towards Manhattan at 5:02 a.m. on Sunday morning, Match 23.


Plan for community use of Barclays Center emerges

One anticipated—and delayed—element of the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is a promise to rent the arena “to community groups for at least ten (10) events per year, at a reasonable rate, with net proceeds from such events to be used to support nonprofit community organizations.”


Issue of wrongful convictions played out on a Brooklyn stage

Four men who spent a combined 63 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit talked about the consternation they experienced when they realized that they might be surrounded by hardened criminals for decades, the tribulations of denied appeals, and the ultimate relief of being vindicated and released from prison.

This past Friday evening, St. Francis College presented a play titled “The Exonerated,” featuring the stories of individuals wrongly placed on death row.


‘A Taste of Fifth’ presents best bars, restaurants of Park Slope’s 5th Ave.

Celebrated restaurants and bars from Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue will be serving up savory food and drink demonstrating Fifth Avenue’s amazing array of choices at A Taste of Fifth, the annual festival of fine food and complementary wine and beer. Slated for April 9, the event will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope. Nearly half of every ticket purchased will go directly to one of 14 participating local not-for-profits, as designated by the purchaser. Tickets are $45 online ($50 at door) with $20 of every ticket going to charity.


Vision Zero town hall at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday

Seven Brooklynites from ages 11 to 82 died in bloody traffic accidents during March. Families and friends join the huge network of mourners citywide emanating from more than 250 preventable deaths in traffic accidents last year.


Google connects seniors to Gmail at Brooklyn Public Library

“I’m here to learn how to use a tablet and Gmail,” said Dotty, a student at Google’s “Age EngAge” Gmail class for older adults at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) on Friday morning.

“I have a computer, but not one of these tablet gizmos,” she said, pointing to a blue Galaxy Nexus Android device. “This is terrific; I hope they keep doing this. Because it’s one-on-one. In other classes you get a lot of people but only one instructor who ten minutes into the class goes crazy. So far, Alex has not gone crazy.”



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