Prospect Park opening weekend: Little League parade, food truck rally

If you haven’t visited Prospect Park for a while, this weekend’s official opening might be an eye-opener.

LeFrak Center at Lakeside –- with a “green roof,” -- has replaced the venerable Wollman Rink, and thousands of square feet of parkland have been added to the park by the restoration of Chaim Baier Music Island and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade.


Vision Zero issue packs Brooklyn Borough Hall

An overflow crowd of Brooklyn residents and community organizers packed a town hall on Tuesday at Borough Hall to hear about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and injuries.

It’s an issue that “has brought all New Yorkers together,” said City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez (Washington Heights, Inwood), who chairs the Transportation Committee.

Grieving mother Rochelle Charles, whose five-year-old son Rashard was killed March 16 on Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights, shared the dais with officials and commissioners as the human face of the tragedy.


Crowdfunding saves Brooklyn Heights Cinema

Crowdfunding has saved the Brooklyn Heights Cinema – at least for now.

Fans of the beloved neighborhood movie house, a fixture in the Heights since 1970, stepped up with pledges for cash donations on money-raising website Indiegogo.

The cinema's supporters – 402 of them at last count – pledged $30,000, which was theater owner Kenn Lowy's cash-raising goal, and then kept going from there, to pay for a desperately needed digital projector.


PEN American Center to premiere never-before-seen video message from artist Ai Weiwei in Brooklyn

Acclaimed writers Sergio De La Pava, Jennifer EganChang-Rae Lee and Victoria Redel will join PEN American Center on the plaza of Brooklyn Public Library on April 10 to protest Beijing’s efforts to silence Ai Weiwei and other Chinese writers and artists.


Secret Gowanus science group hosts horrifying animal stuffing contest

The subway ride to Gowanus this Sunday could be a bit hair raising.

Packed into boxes or carried on laps on the F train will be a macabre menagerie -- stuffed squirrels are likely, along with preserved insects, moose heads and families of tiny rodents dressed in period costumes.


Home Sweet Home … of Dodgers fans' once-beloved Red Hook bar, Bud and Packy's, is being renovated

Bud and Packy's, a bar dear to Dodgers fans and Red Hook old-timers, is getting a much-needed renovation – or at least, the eye-catching building that houses it is.

Restoration work recently started at 199 Richards St. – where Dodgers fans mourned the team's October 1951 loss of the National League pennant. They put a headless effigy of manager Chuck Dressen in the front window of Bud Fischer's and Packy Laffan's bar for all the world to see, with the mocking sign “Dressen No Head” next to it.


Home Sweet Home: Brooklyn's artsiest house is for sale

Brooklyn's hottest house is a real work of art.

Really. It's an artwork.

Artist Rob Fischer built the enchanting, big-enough-to-live-in glass house in his Gowanus studio.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden boasts one of the largest bonsai collections outside Japan

Many people have a bonsai story: a first bonsai, a struggling bonsai. And many of these stories do not end happily, at least for the bonsai.

But the very best bonsai stories are about passion and beauty and transformation.

"A dewdrop hanging for a split-second — that is bonsai," said Julian Velasco, the curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's bonsai collection and C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. "It's very Zen-like. It's awesome."


Gala raises $700,000 for HeartShare

HeartShare Human Services of New York raised $700,000 at its Spring Gala and Auction on March 27, an event that also marked the 100th anniversary of the non-profit social services agency based in downtown Brooklyn.

Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, was the guest of honor at the gala, which took place at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.


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.



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