Easter egg hunts in Brooklyn Heights and East Flatbush on Saturday

Little bunnies and their families should bring their Easter baskets to Brooklyn Heights or East Flatbush on Saturday, April 19 to gather eggs to celebrate Easter and the coming of spring.

The Brooklyn Heights Annual Spring Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp at Pierrepont Playground Columbia Heights and Pierrepont Streets (on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade). Candy, treats, balloons and good friends have made this a holiday tradition for many families.


Mayor de Blasio, at Steiner Studios, anoints new film czar Cynthia López

Mayor Bill de Blasio trekked to Brooklyn’s “Hollywood on the East River” – Steiner Studios -- on Friday to announce his appointment of documentary filmmaker and “POV” co-executive producer Cynthia López as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.

The Mayor made the announcement following a tour of Steiner, the largest and most sophisticated studio complex on the East Coast, with First Lady Chirlane McCray.

López will replace departed film czar Katherine Oliver, who was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Feed Me! Foodies flock to Brooklyn Bridge Park for spring Smorgasburg

Brisket on a bun you stand in line for – a looong time. Ramen Burgers that run out by 2:30 p.m. Brain-freezing Kelvin Natural Slush, a beverage too tempting to pass up, slurped al fresco.

Ah, the rites of spring.

The weekend food fest that is Smorgasburg has moved outdoors at long last after a grueling winter.


Night at the Museum

Ars longa, vita brevis. Let's party!

There was high-brow fun to be had at the Brooklyn Artists Ball Wednesday night. Celebs, Wall Streeters, real estate moguls, artsy folk and others convened at the Brooklyn Museum's fundraising gala.

“Now we're getting somewhere!” crowed actor Dean Winters as he wrapped a paper ruff around his neck, then posed for photos with “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, who shared his dinner table.


‘A Bintel Brief’ brings to life popular advice column from early 20th century

“A Bintel Brief” (Yiddish for “A Bundle of Letters”) was the name of the enormously popular advice column The Forward newspaper began running in 1906. Written by a diverse community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, these letters spoke to the daily heartbreaks and comedies of their new lives, capturing the hope, isolation, and confusion of assimilation.


Veteran-owned companies to get preference in New York state contracts

New York is establishing a program to give preferential treatment to veteran-owned companies when awarding state contracts, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol said.

Lentol, (D-Greenpoint-northern Brooklyn), leader of the assembly’s Brooklyn delegation, announced that a bipartisan agreement has been reached in Albany between the Democratic-controlled assembly, the Republican-controlled state senate, and Governor Andrew Cuomo to award more state contracts to businesses owned by veterans, particularly companies run by disabled veterans.


Theatre for a New Audience to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), New York’s pre-eminent classical theatre company, will celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday with a special performance of its critically acclaimed production of “King Lear,” featuring Michael Pennington in a cast of 22.


Open Letter To BP Adams: Don't sell off our libraries

Dear Borough President Adams,

My name is Doreen Gallo and I am writing on behalf of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance (DNA) to express our extreme concern over the current plans to sell off some of the historic buildings that our public libraries inhabit in order to pay for repairs for other libraries throughout the borough. I am the DNA representative on the Brooklyn Public Library Community Advisory Council (CAC), which was formed after the decision to sell off our libraries to developers was decided by a select few.


Brooklynites fund schools, libraries, gardens in participatory budgeting vote

Schools, playgrounds, gardens and libraries were the big winners in the latest round of participatory budgeting voting in neighborhoods from Williamsburg to Sunset Park.

On Tuesday, Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca (D- Red Hook, Sunset Park) and Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Boerum Hill, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Park Slope) were the latest to announce the outcome of balloting in their districts.



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