Lhota cited for helping bring NYU, Lutheran together

Joseph J. Lhota, the former Republican mayoral candidate who now serves as senior vice president and chief of staff at NYU Langone Medical Center, was recently cited for his key role in forging a partnership between that institution and Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center, an agreement that led to the formation of NYU Lutheran.

Lhota was presented with the Sister Elisabeth Fedde Medal of Service at the NYU Lutheran Dinner at the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on May 16.


Novelist to read from thriller in DUMBO

“The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty” is the fourth novel from award-winning novelist and The Believer magazine founding co-editor, Vendela Vida.

Vida will be at the powerHouse Arena at 37 Main St. in DUMBO on June 9 for a reading of her new novel. 

Character-driven and psychologically penetrating, this novel of ideas set in Morocco is a spellbinding literary thriller that probes the essence and malleability of identity.


Carroll Gardens Association honors local activists, businesses at 44th anniversary dinner

Local activists, business owners and other community members affiliated with the Carroll Gardens Association (CGA) gathered Thursday to celebrate the organization’s 44th anniversary at Marco Polo Ristorante in Carroll Gardens. CGA, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit dedicated to developing affordable/workforce housing and providing various types of services to Southwest Brooklyn residents, organized the dinner to honor the work of a few individuals and businesses.


She Writes Press, hybrid publishing company, announces 12-city book tour

Hybrid publishing company She Writes Press is introducing a traditional book tour to its non-traditional business model.

As the digital age grows and 3,500 books a day are published in the U.S., according to Bowker, the ability for any author — traditionally published or independently — to get on the road for a tour has decreased exponentially.


Prospect Park Alliance launches 7-day crowdfunding challenge

A challenge has been issued by two of Prospect Park’s biggest fans, Lorraine and Gordon DiPaolo. If the Prospect Park Alliance receives 1,000 donations of any size by June 2, they will unlock a generous gift of $50,000.

In response, the Prospect Park Alliance launched on Wednesday “1,000 For The Park,” a crowdfunding challenge campaign to earn 1,000 donations by the deadline.


St. Francis holds first nursing ‘White Coat’ ceremony

More than 40 undergraduate nursing students received medical “White Coats” emblazoned with the St. Francis College logo to show their dedication to the health and well-being of their future patients at St. Francis College’s first White Coat Ceremony on May 12.

May 12 is also the birthday of Florence Nightingale, credited with elevating nursing to a respected and professional field of health care.


Two Trees announces new ground-floor spaces for DUMBO art galleries

Two Trees Management announced this week that five galleries in DUMBO will open new, expanded ground-floor spaces in the upcoming months — including A.I.R. Gallery, which opened on May 5, and Minus Space, which opens Saturday, May 30.

“All of the galleries have known for eight months or so that they’ll be moving into these spaces, so it has been a lot of excitement and anticipation,” said Lisa Kim, Two Trees’ cultural affairs director. “It's great to see shows up, walls lit, art on the walls.


New book explores the sexy, violent underside of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

On Thursday, June 11, at 8 p.m., the Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 Third Ave. in Brooklyn) welcomes Lois Leveen to discuss the research behind her book “Juliet’s Nurse” (Simon & Schuster/Atria/EmilyBestler Books).  Her talk, “Capulet Gynecologist, Montague Onanist: Medieval Sex, Renaissance Death, and ‘Romeo and Juliet,’” offers new insights into what might seem to be the most familiar literary work in the English language.


Promenade Gardens partially displaced for WiFi equipment

The dedicated Promenade Gardeners may need a little help from their friends. Some of the plants they work so hard to cultivate will be displaced for buried wiring and equipment to provide WiFi to Promenade visitors, who come from all over the world by the tens of thousands each year, along with dedicated and frequent local users.


Brooklyn Bridge Park and Pier 6 opponents settle lawsuit; Park plan to be revised

Brooklyn Bridge Park and a neighborhood advocacy group fighting two high-rise towers planned for Pier 6, near the park’s Atlantic Avenue entrance, have agreed to settle a lawsuit by going through a process that would allow modifications to the park’s General Park Plan (GPP).

As part of the settlement, both sides have agreed to a public hearing that will take into account expert testimony and the public’s comments about the GPP.



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