Brooklyn Heights resident releases enchanting debut novel

Lucy – the bewitching narrator of Julie Sarkissian’s debut novel “Dear Lucy” – has an unusual if sometimes eerie voice. While Lucy often cannot “find the words” she needs to express herself, Sarkissian – a young Brooklyn writer – infuses the character with a captivating narrative that has been aptly compared to the voices in Emma Donoghue’s “Room” and Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.”


TONIGHT: Nets look to take commanding 2-0 series lead against Bulls

After Saturday night's dominant 106-89 over the Chicago Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets once again look to put a beating on the Bulls in tonight's game two of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals (8 p.m., WWOR, TNT, WFAN). 

The Nets took a 60-35 lead at one point and will again look to feed off the Barclays Center crowd, which helped the home team Black Out its competition in the borough's first home playoff game since 1956. Can the Nets once again get off to a strong start and knock the wind out of the Windy City's team? Watch or listen tonight to find out.


OPINION: Philanthropists needed amidst library controversy

Who built New York City’s library branches? One of the first groups of libraries built in New York City, including Brooklyn, was funded by Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie, an industrialist who made most of his money in steel and railroads, funded more than 2,500 libraries throughout the country between 1883 and 1929. In Brooklyn alone, he built 21 libraries, one of which, the Carroll Gardens branch, I used to pass by weekly on my way to band practice.


Pro Bono Barrister for April 22

Conditions in Bronx Criminal Courts have always been more challenging, according to veteran attorneys. Some point out that with more poverty comes more crime allegedly committed by people who can’t afford attorneys. A vicious cycle. Guilty or innocent, they can’t handle the cost of putting up a proper defense.


Women’s choir sings at Brooklyn federal courthouse despite Boston bombings

After she heard about the bombings in Boston last week, the Willow Interfaith Women’s Choir’s director Farah Chandu said the group never had second thoughts about performing in the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse because, as they say, the show must go on.


Markowitz welcomes consuls to Borough Hall

On Thursday, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz welcomed to Borough Hall honorary consuls general from across the world, with representatives from Turkey, Jamaica, Indonesia, Norway, Nigeria, Brazil, Cyprus, Lithuania, Serbia, Zambia, Malta and Albania. 

The World Federation of Consuls has achieved international recognition and creditability with more than 90 member countries.


Brooklyn Bookbeat: ‘Vagina Monologues’ playwright to release memoir

Eve Ensler has devoted her life to enlightening the world about the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet, she spent much of life disassociated from her own body, a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. Now, Eve shares her story for the first time in a poignant memoir, “In The Body of the World” (Metropolitan Books / On Sale: April 30, 2013).


OPINION: Address community needs before closing hospitals

The need to reduce healthcare costs and insure the uninsured has led to a most important and massive undertaking of healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act. However, for years, and with little public notice, another means of reducing healthcare costs has had devastating impacts on communities of color and those that are low-income. 


City retains teen’s brain, court reduces family award

A family was awarded $1 million for the pain and suffering they endured after discovering that their son’s brain was held by the Staten Island Medical Examiner without notification. The Appellate Division, Second Department, sitting in Brooklyn Heights, reduced the award to $600,000 on Wednesday.

On a class trip to the Medical Examiner’s Office a teen noticed a brain suspended in formaldehyde. This isn’t an unexpected visual at the morgue, except that this brain was labeled as belonging to the teen’s friend, Jesse Shipley, who died in a car crash.  


More than half of TimeOut NY’s ‘Best New Bookstores’ in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has long boasted a particularly literary crowd. From Walt Whitman and Norman Mailer to Paul Auster, Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Safran Foer, some of America’s most esteemed writers come from the borough. So perhaps it is not surprising that Brooklyn also houses a rich variety of independent bookstores.



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