‘Margot’: A reimagining of Anne Frank’s sister

Anne Frank has long been a historical icon, recognized for her unparalleled courage during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. While most identify her as a symbol of hope, few recognize Anne Frank as a sister. A poignant reimagining of the past, “Margot” (Riverhead Trade Paperback Original), a new novel by Jillian Cantor, spotlights Margot Frank, Anne’s older sister, illustrating a compelling portrait of what might have transpired had Margot survived. Cantor will appear in Brooklyn on Sept.


Two ombudsmen appointed at LICH to make sure judge’s orders are followed

Two independent physicians are serving as ombudsmen to State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes to ensure that his orders to keep Long Island College Hospital (LICH) at least partially open are carried out by SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Doctors John Jack Berall and Eric Manheimer will hear from LICH staff and patients and communicate their observations to Judge William C. Thompson, Justice Baynes’ referee on the case.


OBITUARY: James W. Tate III, 69, teacher, lifelong member of Grace Church

James W. Tate III, a lifelong Brooklynite and public school teacher who was active at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights since his childhood, died on Saturday, August 31 following a brief illness. He was 69.

Born in then-extant Caledonian Hospital in Flatbush, Jim was a boy soprano with the Grace Church Men & Boys Choir starting in early 1950s, during the tenure of the famed Anne Versteeg McKittrick, organist and choirmaster from 1939-1976. After his voice changed he became one of Mrs. McKittrick's regular page-turners, a position he held until McKittrick’s death in 1976.


BAM and Greenlight Bookstore partner to host launches for Lethem, Dawkins

Unbound, a unique literary series presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore, will return for its second season this September. Following a successful inaugural year, this fall’s program will feature renowned authors Jonathan Lethem (Sept. 10) and Richard Dawkins (Sept. 23).


NY Restoration Project expands events in Brooklyn gardens

Throughout September, the New York Restoration Project is bringing unique programming to two of its Brooklyn community gardens. As part of the organization’s commitment to activating outdoor spaces and encouraging community engagement, two of NYRP’s gardens will host free, interactive performance-experiences by the Indie-Ballet Collaborative, a New York City-based dance company aimed to create a synergetic relationship between dance and other art forms.


Bloomberg announces the selection of Midtown Equities to redevelop the Empire Stores and St. Ann's Warehouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Mayor Bloomberg announced today that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Board of Directors has selected Midtown Equities, in partnership with Rockwood Capital and HK Organization, to redevelop Empire Stores, vacant warehouse buildings in DUMBO. The adaptive reuse plans call for commercial uses including restaurant, event, retail and office space. This development selection marks another major milestone for the park’s long-term financial model with an additional source of revenue to be directed to the park’s maintenance and operations. In addition, the board also approved a long-term lease with St.


Brooklyn federal judge awards $3.7 million in attorney’s fees in FDNY suit

The lawyers representing defendants in a discrimination suit against the Fire Department of New York have been granted a multimillion-dollar attorney’s fee award. Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis found that the attorneys were entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees in accordance with the law.


Contracts for LICH doctors expiring, no renewals coming from SUNY

Doctors at Long Island College Hospital (LICH), who were previously notified by SUNY Downstate that they would be terminated on September 9, have not yet received contract extensions, hindering efforts to resume critical services at LICH as ordered by state Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest.


BEAT Festival to feature Civil Rights stories

After a successful inaugural season, the BEAT Festival returns this September to celebrate Brooklyn’s emerging artists in theater, dance, and voice. With pop-up performances taking place across the borough from September 12-21, this year’s festival will focus on site-specific, journey-based events in non-traditional Brooklyn venues.  




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