Nets ready for momentous playoff clash with Bulls — 8pm Saturday on ESPN

Our borough's first major pro sports franchise since the Dodgers abandoned us in 1957 has its first playoff game on Saturday night (8 p.m., ESPN) on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.

However, the luster that accompanies all the historic firsts the Nets achieved during the regular season will pale in comparison to the gloom that will likely accompany an abrupt playoff exit.


Lentol calls campaign finance reform ‘a smart idea’

By Paula Katinas

Campaign finance reform is in the air in Albany. In the most recent development, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Greenpoint) said he will sponsor legislation to reform campaign finance laws to make the campaign system more equitable and fair.

One bill, the 2013 Fair Elections Act, would provide a public financing program for campaigns at the state level, including those for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general, state legislators, and constitutional convention delegates.


Markowitz endorses Quinn for mayor

If you thought Borough President Marty Markowitz would endorse any of his fellow Brooklynites in the mayor’s race, fuhgeddaboutit!

Markowitz surprised the New York political world on Thursday with his endorsement of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, bypassing Public Advocate Bill deBlasio and former Bay Ridge councilman Sal Albanese, both of whom call Brooklyn home.

In his April 18 announcement, Markowitz described Quinn’s “unique ability” to understand New Yorkers.


Will Brooklyn finally get its own 'graphic identity'?

Brooklyn is already one of the hottest brands in the world – note the skyrocketing popularity of Brooklyn-themed clothing, beer, pickles and pizza – and now a group of artists and “branding experts” wants to make it official with a crowd-sourced graphic identity campaign.


'Heat' is on early for Nets in historic playoff push

The Brooklyn Nets don't have to deal with defending NBA champion Miami unless they get past the Chicago Bulls in their best-of-seven opening round NBA playoff series, which kicks off Saturday night (8 p.m., ESPN) on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues.

But that doesn't mean our borough's first major pro sports franchise since the Dodgers abandoned us in 1957 won't be feeling the "Heat" this weekend.


TONIGHT: Boxing returns to Brooklyn at Barclays Center

The 86th annual New York Golden Gloves Finals will be held this Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, at Barclays Center.  The two-night spectacle will showcase 25 amateur bouts, with contenders spanning all weight-classes and both genders.  


Paul McCartney is coming to Barclays Center!

The list of artists who have played Barclays Center or are scheduled to play there later this year ranks right up there with any arena in the country: Andrea Bocelli, The Who, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Depeche Mode, Neil Young, Justin Bieber and many more.

This June, to top it off, Barclays will host the artist that the Guinness Book of World Records has called “most successful composer and recording artist of all time” – Sir Paul McCartney.


5th Avenue Family Festival in Park Slope on April 27

Puppetry Arts charitable arts organization will host its annual 5th Avenue Family Festival in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. –3 p.m. on 4th Street at 5th Ave along the park at the Old Stone House, rain or shine.


3-year-old kidnapped by his father in Bed-Stuy

Police are seeking a three-year-old boy and his father who allgedly kidnapped the boy from a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment on Tuesday, April 16.

Little Levi Jennings was being watched by a babysitter when his father, Thomas Jennings, forced his way into the apartment located at 1560 Fulton St. and made off with him.

Thomas Jennings is barred by the courts from having custody of Levi.

Anyone with information in regards to this custodial interference is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.


Brooklyn Bookbeat: Haiti's AP journalist to speak in Brooklyn

AP journalist and author Jonathan M. Katz will be joining Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) on Wednesday, April 24, to discuss his new book “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.” The conversation is part of HCX’s An n’ Pale Café series, a monthly run program that features a wide range of artists whose work reflects their connections to Haitian culture.  



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