New York Red Bulls soccer club hosting viewing party in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Aug. 10

Come out to the outdoor viewing party of the season, when the Red Bulls hit the road to take on the Columbus Crew on Saturday, Aug. 10th.The Red Bulls will set up a big screen and get the party started at Brooklyn Bridge’s Harbor View Lawn at Pier 1 (underneath the bridge).


Basketball great Sam Perkins touts Fox as best for council

Retired basketball great Sam Perkins, who grew up in Brooklyn, came back to his old borough on Monday to announce his endorsement of Democrat Ede Fox for City Council.

The six-foot-nine-inch Perkins, who won a gold medal on Team USA in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, touted Fox’s efforts to preserve affordable housing in the council district as one of the reasons she would make a great councilwoman.


Billionaire Soros endorses de Blasio

One of the world’s richest men has made his choice as to who the city’s next mayor should be.

Billionaire liberal George Soros has endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor, a nod that de Blasio’s campaign hopes will help vault him over his Democratic rivals for the party’s nomination.

“I am endorsing Bill de Blasio for mayor because I believe he has the talent, vision and ability to lead New York City," Soros said in a statement posted on de Blasio’s campaign website.


HORRIFIC: Man arrested for allegedly suffocating quadriplegic girlfriend to death

New York City police have arrested a man for allegedly suffocating his quadriplegic girlfriend in their Brooklyn apartment.

Police say the couple's 2-year-old son was in the house when police found the body of Melissa Torres in a bathtub on Sunday.

According to the Daily News, police charged 41-year-old Angelo Sanchez with murder and endangering the welfare of a child. Police say he had 29 prior arrests, mostly for drugs.

The 32-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The toddler was not harmed.


Mikvah 'Bar Mitzvah' in Brooklyn Heights

Tahitian breezes blew through Brooklyn Heights last Wednesday night: Fresh fish and Polynesian chicken were being served under an authentic grass Tiki hut; palm trees dotted the room, and visions of pristine, blue-and-tan beaches graced the walls.

An indoor mirage? No, a Modern Orthodox synagogue, Congregation B'nai Avraham on Remsen Street, was celebrating the 13th anniversary of its mikvah, the ritual Jewish bath whose history goes back thousands of years.


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.



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