Landmark Church names Fr. John E. Denaro as Rector

The Church of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity has named its current Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. John E. Denaro, as rector. The announcement was made public in the Sunday, July 14 edition of the parish’s Good News.


Bastille Day 2013 on Smith Street in Brooklyn

The French invaded Brooklyn’s Smith Street again on Sunday for the eleventh annual Bastille Day celebration, bringing crowds to dance to French music, eat bistro food, drink apéritifs, pose in the guillotine and enjoy a game called petanque, played on sand.

Brooklyn’s Smith Street event is said to be the biggest Bastille Day celebration in the U.S.  French restaurants, shops and patisseries in Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens contribute food and joie de vivre to the festival. (The tacky commercial vendors so common to New York City street fairs are nowhere in sight.)


LICH hearing postponed; no movement in Appellate Division

The contentious battle between the employees of Long Island College Hospital and State of University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center lags on in Brooklyn courts.


Fast-paced love story blends rock ‘n’ roll with tech revolution

Fiction writer and rock ‘n’ roller Barry Wightman has recently published “Pepperland” (Running Meter Press), a 1970s ode to music, technology and political revolution.  The author will appear at BookCourt in Cobble Hill onJuly 21 to launch his book, which has received widespread praise from critics.


Enchanting new novel paints ‘Impossible Lives’

Award-winning author Andrew Sean Greer has recently released his latest novel, an imaginative story titled “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” (Ecco/Harper Collins) that follows one woman as she navigates her life in three alternate time periods during the twentieth century.


De Blasio calls his LICH critics ‘imbeciles’

Bill de Blasio scoffed at critics who charged that his high-profile arrest July 10 at a mid-town Manhattan rally to save Long Island College Hospital (LICH) was a publicity stunt designed to help his mayoral campaign.

“There are a lot of imbecile editors,” de Blasio said, referring to news media reports that he allegedly got himself arrested to get attention for his campaign for City hall.


BAMcinématek presents US premiere of Charlie Ahearn’s Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer

From Friday, August 2 through Thursday, August 8, BAMcinématek presents the US theatrical premiere of veteran hip-hop filmmaker Charlie Ahearn’s Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, featuring an opening night Q&A with Ahearn, Shabazz, and legendary hip-hop innovator Fab 5 Freddy, and a Saturday night Q&A with Ahearn, hip-hop multihyphenate Bobbito Garcia, and artist David “Chino” Villorente, who has designed a limited edition poster for the documentary.


De Blasio calls for Coney Island jobs plan

The best recovery plan for Sandy-torn Coney Island would be a jobs program, according to mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. “Recovery funds should be used to address inequities. Sandy hit some of our struggling neighborhoods,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Superstorm Sandy victims in Coney Island would have an easier time coping with the rebuilding effort in their community if they had jobs, de Blasio said.


Reporter in Brooklyn case challenges witness subpoena

During the death penalty trial of Ronnell Wilson, an article appeared in the New York Times about a gesture the writer observed after the jury verdict was read.  Wilson’s defense attorney now seeks the reporter’s testimony as to the facts presented in that article.


Havemeyer Park, Brooklyn Bike Park opens to public this weekend

Two Trees Management Company today announced the opening this weekend of Havemeyer Park and Brooklyn Bike Park, the interim creative community spaces on Site E of the Domino Sugar property in Williamsburg.



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