Brooklyn legal community presents notable ‘Ruthie’ awards

The Kings County Supreme Court Gender Fairness Committee and the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association joined together once again, on Thursday, to acknowledge the accomplishments and achievements of distinguished female members of the Brooklyn legal community.

Four women—Lizette Colon, Charmaine Henderson, Izetta Johnson and Arlene Markarian—were  presented with the annual Ruth E. Moskowitz award for their dedication to judicial independence and civil rights.


Famed author Meg Wolitzer to speak in DUMBO

Celebrated author and Brooklyn native Meg Wolitzer will be launching her latest novel, “The Interestings,” on Monday, March 31 at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. Set in 1970s America, “The Interestings” follows six teenagers who form intense friendships at a summer camp for the arts.


Outcry over Prospect Park Residence prompts move to stop more closures

The outcry over the impending closure of an assisted living facility in Park Slope has prompted Assemblywoman Joan Millman to introduce legislation that would halt future closures while a state commission studies the effects of closing these types of long term care facilities.

Earlier this month, Prospect Park Residence, an assisted living facility located on prime real estate in Park Slope, gave its 130 residents just 90 days to find new places to live. The state Department of Health approved shuttering the residence after it received a closure plan in January.


Heartbreak House: Theatre for a New Audience stages a harrowing 'King Lear'

Michael Pennington will break your heart. That's his job, and he does it magnificently.

Pennington, one of England's foremost classical actors, is a King Lear to grieve for in Shakespeare's darkest play, which opened Thursday, March 27 at the Theatre for a New Audience.


After allegations of state interference, LICH panelists get extra time to reconsider hospital bids

The Long Island College Hospital (LICH) saga continues: A panel rating the bids for the Cobble Hill hospital has been told to ignore some unauthorized last-minute instructions by SUNY and DOH, and head back into sequestration.

After attorneys for LICH supporters raised hell on Wednesday about alleged interference by SUNY and the state Department of Health in the voting process, the parties hashed out an agreement to extend the deadline to give panelists a chance to reevaluate the proposals.


Congresswomen speak out on Hobby Lobby contraception lawsuit

Members of Brooklyn’s congressional delegation were watching the U.S. Supreme Court arguments over employer-funded contraception for women with great interest on Tuesday and two of the delegation’s female members spoke out on the controversy.


New comedic book contemplates ‘The Harm in Asking’

“I think that anything has the potential to be funny,” Brooklyn-based writer and comedian Sara Barron told us in a recent interview. Indeed, it is this philosophy that pervades her new book, “The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters with the Human Race,” just released on March 25.  A follow-up to her esteemed collection “People Are Unappealing,” Barron’s new set of essays addresses an array of life’s embarrassing circumstances and situations, all through a humorous and self-aware (and often self-deprecating) lens.


Back to court? SUNY denies claim of last-minute LICH voting interference

Two hours after panel members turned in their votes for a new LICH operator, LICH attorneys raised questions about alleged interference with the voting process and threatened to take SUNY back to court if the allegations proved true.

SUNY emphatically denied the claim.


Update: For the amazing outcome of these allegations, read here.



Brooklyn-based writer, chef explores art of food in debut book

At age 27, Brooklyn-based chef Michael Gibney took a break from the kitchen — where he’d been working alongside some of the most acclaimed chefs in the country since age 16 — to channel his creative energy into writing. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and what began as his thesis turned into his debut book, “Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line” (Ballantine Books), which he will launch in Brooklyn at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on April 1.  



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