Sunset Park BID giving free WiFi to 5th Avenue

A two-mile stretch of Fifth Avenue will become a giant WiFi hotspot, enabling users to have Internet access as they walk down the street, shop in stores, and relax in their apartments, under an ambitious technology upgrade planned by the Sunset Park Business Improvement District.

The Sunset Park BID, which represents property owners, merchants, and residents on Fifth Avenue from 38th Street to 64th Street, has hired Sky-Packets, a Melville, Long Island-based company, to install equipment along the avenue to give the area WiFi.


Provocative young author to speak in DUMBO

From one of this generation's most talked about, controversial, and hardest working young writers comes a novel about failed relationships, drug-induced depression, marriage, and death.


Lopez faces tough, uphill race for City Council

Vito Lopez, the Brooklyn assemblyman accused of asking young female staffers to massage him, touch his cancerous tumors and join him in hotel rooms, resigned on Monday from the Legislature amid sexual harassment allegations. 

Lopez said many times that he was resigning not because of the charges, but to run for the City Council in the 34th District in Williamsburg and Bushwick, his historic power base. But a cursory glance at the race shows that Lopez has an uphill battle, to put it mildly.


Spider-Man will be swinging in to Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff

Do your kids like Spider-Man? Then get them to Brooklyn Public Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Kickoff on Thursday, June 6th.

That's when the cast of the hit Broadway musical "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark” will be the special guests, with a free performance and a reading. The cast will also take souvenir photos with the kids.

It all happens at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (All public schools will be closed for Brooklyn-Queens Day.)


Cyclists flood DUMBO for ‘Bike Home from Work Party'

Hundreds of cyclists wheeled their bikes to a “Bike Home from Work Party” on Pearl Street in DUMBO this past Friday.

The event, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, capped Bike to Work Day and featured valet parking, a fashion show of reflective nighttime gear, food and pop-up shops.


Willowtown Spring Fair: Brooklyn Heights’ laid-back get-together

The 2013 Willowtown Spring Fair brought neighbors together on Saturday for a mellow day of music, food, sack races, tug-of-war and an architectural walking tour.

A boat with eight oars docked in the middle of Willow Street drew attention to a “boating adventure” raffle prize, and the old-fashioned jazz of Mona’s Hot Four had people dancing in the street. Iris Cafe and Waterfront Wine and Spirits provided food and drinks, and volunteers from Mickel’s Garden, led by Melissa Neel, sold plants to fund a new greenhouse and other garden improvements.


‘Mapping Manhattan’ author to celebrate book launch in Brooklyn

“Maps are the places where memories go not to die, or be pinned, but to live forever.”

Adam Gopnik


Bestselling ‘Coolidge’ author Amity Shlaes comes home to Brooklyn Heights for book talk

Amity Shlaes, the best-selling author and sage – though without the grey beard – of the world where politics, policy and economics collide, will speak in person on May 22 to her friends and neighbors in Brooklyn Heights.

She’s been on the national book-tour circuit plugging her latest bestseller, “Coolidge,” telling the story of a president she greatly admires because, put simply, “He cut the budget.”


LOPEZ GONE: Quits effective Monday 9 am

ALBANY — The Bushwick assemblyman accused of asking young female staffers to massage him, touch his cancerous tumors and join him in hotel rooms said Saturday he will resign rather than possibly be expelled from the Legislature amid sexual harassment allegations.


Brooklyn, ‘Turkish Capitol of America,’ celebrates Ottoman culture

The crescent and star of a giant, red Turkish flag bedecked Brooklyn Borough Hall and party-goers sat on the steps to applaud the dramatic pageantry of the Turkish Armed Forces Harmony Band and other performances at Brooklyn’s annual Turkish Cultural Celebration on Thursday, May 16.



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