Crown Heights

Levin, other Brooklyn notables celebrate HOPE graduates

On Wednesday, June 4, The HOPE Program was joined by hundreds of HOPE students, graduates and community members for the Annual Achievement Ceremony.  Joining the event was NYC Council Member Steve Levin as well as Brooklyn Heights notables Elizabeth Bailey, Richard Moore and Carla Shen.


Hundreds pack Sedaris reading at Cobble Hill bookstore

“Write every day,” famed author David Sedaris told a jam-packed room of writers and readers at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on Thursday night. Now on tour to promote the paperback edition of his most recent collection, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” (Little, Brown and Company/Back Bay Books), Sedaris —the acclaimed author of numerous New York Times #1 bestsellers, including “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Naked” — offered an uproarious reading of a memoir and some of his diary entries, followed by an audience Q&A.


Traffic Armageddon in Bed-Stuy? Oh my!

Traffic Armageddon on Nostrand Avenue?

That's what worried Bedford-Stuyvesant block association members fear if an 850-student private school is built in their midst.


NYC bids Brooklyn's Barclays for 2016 Democratic National Convention

The news came to light on Friday that Mayor Bill de Blasio has submitted a bid for New York City to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, with Brooklyn's Barclay's Center as the principal venue.


Stanley Cup final has Schumer in a betting mood

There’s more at stake in the National Hockey League finals between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings than just the Stanley Cup. How about New York vs. LA hotdogs?


Ideas and hurdles ahead at Crown Heights Armory Forum

A community forum concerning redevelopment of the Crown Heights Armory Tuesday evening brought forth numerous ideas from local residents, as well as a petition of demands that developers would be forced to meet in exchange for permission to take control of the area. Based on an explanation from officials as to the process going forward, there will be significant hurdles to ensure such community interests are heeded.


Party like it's the Jurassic period – in Grove Alley

That's one dino-mite party planned for Downtown Brooklyn's groovy Grove Alley.

Guests at the free al fresco fête are going to build an eight-foot-tall model dinosaur out of reclaimed wood, just for the fun of it.

It may sound like a dream date for Ross the paleontologist from “Friends” – but it's one of the funky activities planned for Grove Alley Makers Nite on Friday, June 27.


Brooklyn author to release ‘Now I See You’ at local bookstore

Brooklyn author Nicole C. Kear’s memoir “Now I See You,” which focuses on Kear’s journey as a legally-blind mother of three, will be launched at BookCourt at 7 p.m. on June 24.  

The memoir show Kear as she steps out of the “blindness closet,” putting an end to a cycle of shame and secrecy. With the raw emotion of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and the whip-smart humor of Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” Kear explores the impact her deteriorating eyesight has had on her life choices, and how becoming a mother forced her to surrender the lie she’d been to.


Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off Thursday

Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program signals the start of summer days filled with beloved books for thousands of kids.

This year’s launch-day party at BPL’s Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza is slated for Thursday, June 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brooklyn favorite “Carmelo the Science Fellow” will be a special guest, along with attractions from the Prospect Park Zoo, The Intrepid, and the New York Hall of Science. BPL President & CEO Linda E. Johnson and Master of Ceremonies (and DJ) Elaine Gil will be on hand.


Excited by the crowds, worried about the rent: Conversations with artists in Bushwick

“It’s amazing,” said Colm Henry, leaning forward in his chair. A painter in Bushwick for eight years, he’s participated in the annual “Open Studios” events since their inception, but he said he still couldn’t believe the crowds. “It’s getting bigger and more popular every time.”

Mr. Henry had positioned himself in the corner of a live-work studio space at 449 Troutman St. that he shares with two others.



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