BAM Book Talk: Joseph O’Neill reads from latest work ‘The Dog’

What do you get when you cross Irish and Assyrian descent with a multinational upbringing? To hear novelist Joseph O'Neill tell it, the result — his own, as a matter of fact — is someone who can create characters that will live anywhere, but are never quite at home. O'Neill's childhood haunts included Turkey, Iran and the Netherlands, and he now lives in New York, so his own life seems like the main source of energy for the characters who populate his stories.


PHOTOS: Jodie Foster in DUMBO directing "Money Monster"

It was a star-studded Thursday on Jay Street in DUMBO, where Jodie Foster was on set directing the upcoming film "Money Monster" starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and others. Our Mary Frost took a shot of Foster graciously posing with a fan.


DUMBO residents worry about ever-present gas leak

DUMBO residents and workers have become increasingly alarmed about a gas leak on Jay Street that has been venting from street grates for months.

The New York City Fire Department has been called to 51 Jay St. nine times over the past year, FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday.

“I was in the city the night of the 2nd Avenue explosion,” Doreen Gallo, executive director of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance (DNA), told the Eagle. “If there’s gas, we should be diligent in finding the source of the leak.”


Public invited to hearing on MetroTech BID expansion to Fort Greene cultural area

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (MetroTech BID) hopes to expand beyond its current 16-acre Downtown Brooklyn footprint to encompass cultural institutions and commercial areas in Fort Greene.


BAM’s Karen Gala Was A Moveable Feast In Historic Settings: Navy Yard to Opera House

For the Brooklyn Academy of Music, led by Executive Producer Joseph Melillo, the gala honoring Karen Brooks Hopkins Tuesday night was an "all hands on deck" affair. Every department, from Development and Marketing to Stage Crew and Production, worked to make it happen. “The Karen Gala” paid tribute to a 36-year run of inspired leadership. Hopkins is set to retire in June, but Tuesday night her co-workers lived up to the institution’s acronym: BAM! 


New novel explores how artist’s ambition shapes her life

Great art springs from a combination of talent, vision and sacrifice. But at what point is the sacrifice too great? In her new novel “The Life and Death of Sophie Stark,” Brooklyn writer Anna North explores how an artist’s ambition shapes her relationships and her life.

North is coming to BookCourt in Cobble Hill to promote her book on May 21 at 7 p.m.


New memoir explores complexities of motherhood

Why would a mother ever abandon her children? Is an abandoned child destined to grow up and make the same mistake? These are some of the questions Melissa Cistaro had after her mother abandoned her young family. Melissa and her two brothers were all under the age of 5 when they watched their mother drive off one summer without explanation — only to flit in and out of their lives as the timing and situation suited her.


Three acclaimed authors to read at Greenpoint bookstore event

Authors Nathan Larson, Stacy Wakefield and Megan Abbott will read at a program at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., Greenpoint, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14.

The event will also mark the release of Larson’s “The Immune System,” the third installment of his Dewey Decimal crime-fiction series; Wakefield’s new novel, “The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory”; and the paperback edition of Abbott’s “The Fever.”


At Cherry Blossom Time, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights shine: Part Two

It's Cherry Blossom Time — which shines a spotlight on the neighborhoods near Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Besides Sakura Matsuri, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which just took place on April 25 and 26, the stunning blooms along the garden's Esplanade keep crowds coming for the next couple weeks to BBG. And nearby blocks of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights get lots of attention from the visitors.

While the two neighborhoods are in the limelight, it seems like a good time to peruse property records to see who has been buying homes.


At Cherry Blossom Time, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights shine: Part One

It's Cherry Blossom Time — which shines a spotlight on the neighborhoods near Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Sakura Matsuri, the weekend horticultural — and cultural — extravaganza that draws as many as 70,000-plus visitors each year, took place on April 25 and 26. They come from Japan, Philadelphia, Connecticut and all over the city for this Cherry Blossom Festival, which is the largest event that takes place in a U.S. public garden.



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