Actress releases novel exploring immigrant life in Brooklyn

In 1981 when Martial Law was declared in Poland, Dagmara Dominczyk’s father, a founding member of the workers’ union Solidarity, was imprisoned.  One year later, upon his release, Dagmara and her family were deported and with only two suitcases in hand, they found themselves in Flatbush, Brooklyn.                           


Albanese, a former teacher, says evaluation plan a good start

Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese, a former public school teacher, said he agreed with the new teacher evaluation system unveiled by New York State Education Commissioner John King on June 1, but he also stated that the Bloomberg Administration and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) should have come up with an agreement on teacher evaluations so that it would not have been necessary for the the state to step in.


Widely published young author debuts new novel in DUMBO

Among America’s most brazen contemporary writers is former Brooklynite Tao Lin. Just shy of 30, the prolific author already has published six books of fiction and poetry, and his seventh book, a novel titled “Taipei,” will be published by Vintage on June 4. Lin’s first two novels, “Eeeee Eee Eeee” (2007) and “Richard Yates” (2010), earned critical raves, and “Taipei” has followed suit, already receiving widespread praise from esteemed writers and critics.


Brooklyn is final stop on the drug court road trip

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals has been touring the country to celebrate National Drug Court Month. Its final stop was at Brooklyn's Drug Treatment Court on Friday.

The trip, which is called All Rise America!, is meant to highlight recovery stories from drug court graduates nationwide. Brooklyn's Treatment Court was chosen as its final stop because it is seen as a pioneer among drug courts in helping to change the lives of people who otherwise would have gotten caught up in the criminal justice system.


Federal investigation sought for Hynes’ role in illegal detention accusations

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes once again finds himself warding off legal challenges of illegal conduct in his office’s investigation and prosecution of cases. The majority of these challenges stem from the $150 million civil lawsuit brought by Jabbar Collins, who was released from prison in 2010 after spending 16 years behind bars for a robbery/murder he did not commit.


Get Ready to Roll at P.S. 8's Paddlewheeler Festival

P.S. 8's annual Paddlewheeler Festival takes place Saturday, June 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

Since its début in 2004, Paddlewheeler has become one of the most popular end-of-school-year traditions in the Heights. This year's festival features live music, a bouncy castle, food court, arts & crafts and more. Get in line to dunk Principal Seth Phillips!

P.S. 8 is located at 37 Hicks St. in Brooklyn Heights.


Expanded Red Hook Ferry Service begins near Fairway, IKEA

Expanded ferry service from Manhattan to Red Hook has rolled out for the summer, and includes two boats operating weekends from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Flying robots, 3-D printing in Downtown Brooklyn this Saturday

Downtown Brooklyn will become a hot spot for science and technology enthusiasts of all ages this Saturday, June 1 with the return of the World Science Festival to two locations: NYU-Poly’s MetroTech campus and Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Update: See photos of the 2013 World Science Festival in Brooklyn here.)


Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association celebrates at 95th annual dinner

Brooklyn’s legal community came out in full force at the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s 95th annual dinner Wednesday evening. Held at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Palm House, the evening was rife with celebration for the association, its members and this year’s award recipients. 


An evening of South African story, song and cuisine in Fort Greene

Madiba, the only South African restaurant in Brooklyn, will host next week what promises to be a poignant evening of South African literature, music, and cuisine. The program, which will begin at 7 p.m. on June 5, will provide an enriching and intimate view on a country that has faced great adversity in its struggle for social justice.



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