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Ex-Markowitz aide seeks Lopez’s old seat

A former Borough Hall staffer who now heads Borough President Marty Markowitz’s “Best of Brooklyn” charity is now seeking Vito Lopez’ former 53rd District (Williamsburg-Bushwick) seat in the state Assembly.

Jason Otaño, former general counsel to Markowitz, who will face at least two opponents in the Democratic primary, has been endorsed by many of the borough’s political heavy hitters, including Congresswoman Nydia Velazaquez, Councilwoman Diana Reyna and Markowitz himself.


Outdoor exhibition ‘THE FENCE’ opens Thursday at Brooklyn Bridge Park

‘THE FENCE 2013,’ a 1000-foot-long summer photographic installation is set to be unveiled in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m., with a tour and refreshments.

The installation, featuring dozens of photographers, is sponsored by Brooklyn Bridge Park, United Photo Industries, Photo District News and Flash Forward Festival.


Lunchtime music at Brooklyn Borough Hall

P.S. 192's chorus and orchestra entertained the lunchtime crowd at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday with old favorites like "Blue Suede Shoes."

Photo by Mary Frost

The free public school concerts continue through June 19 and take place midday on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


‘The Shining Girls’ author to speak at BookCourt

Acclaimed novelist Lauren Beukes, who resides in South Africa, will be appearing at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on Thursday, June 13, to promote her new book “The Shining Girls” (Mulholland Books).

Beukes’ novel has been compared to “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” for its imaginative and suspenseful qualities. 


‘The Drunken Botanist’ Comes to Greenpoint

Who knew that horticulture was such an intoxicating subject? In this follow-up to the New York Times bestsellers “Wicked Bugs” and “Wicked Plants,” Amy Stewart explores the odd, unusual, and surprisingly common plants that have produced the world’s greatest spirits. “The Drunken Botanist” uncovers the enlightening botanical history and the fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, fruits, and even a few fungi.


‘The Spoon River Project’ returns to Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery

The Green-Wood Historic Fund and Variations Theatre Group will present this month the return engagement of The Spoon River Project, a play with music staged among spectacular 19th-century graves in the heart of Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery.


OPINION: DUMBO needs more traffic lights

Every day on the way to work, I pass by Front Street in DUMBO. It is a busy street, with trucks, a cab dispatcher nearby, and many private cars. Yet, if you want to cross the street you have to look around, wait until there are no cars, and then cross. Often, you see the awkward sight of two drivers trying to decide which one will go first, and which one will wait. That’s right, there are no traffic lights here.


Debt disputes need not be in writing, court determines

The United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses New York,  has ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Act (FDCA) does not require a notice of a disputed debt to be in writing to be deemed valid.

New York residents Karen Hooks and Geraldine Moore agreed in 2009 to purchase a timeshare from Wyndham, a firm specializing in vacation resorts, not realizing that the document they signed was a mortgage. Neither Hooks nor Moore made any payments toward the mortgaged timeshare.  


Thousands expected at Lubavitcher Rebbe's grave

Thousands of people are arriving at the grave of a revered New York City rabbi to mark the 19th anniversary of his death.

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson led the Chabad Lubavitch movement based in Crown Heights for more than 40 years.

Schneerson was 92 when he died on June 12, 1994. According to the Jewish calendar, the anniversary of his death is being observed for the 24 hours that started at sundown Monday.

Lubavitch Jews and other admirers of Schneerson are expected to visit his gravesite in Cambria Heights, Queens from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.


High school students hit the big time with art exhibit

Twelve New York City high school students are getting to see what Andy Warhol must have felt when his painting depicting Campbell soup cans first went on display in a gallery. The students’ artwork and art-related research projects are part of an exhibition in Brooklyn’s Industry City at Bush Terminal running from now until June 23.



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