New novel explores a friendship threatened by love

The first book in an exciting new Young Adult trilogy, “All Our Pretty Songs” (St. Martin’s Griffin; July 30, 2013), by Brooklynite Sarah McCarry, is the story of two best friends on the verge of a terrifying divide when they begin to encounter a cast of strange and mythical characters.  The author will appear in Brooklyn for a reading on August 8 at Greenpoint’s WORD Bookstore. 


A Shared Struggle: Muslim and Jewish fasters break it together

Brooklyn’s Jewish and Muslim communities have used a common fasting day to build stronger bonds between them.


'Sunshine Rules': Seasoned broker uses Dutch auction, open house

It worked great with tulip bulbs, so why not a Carroll Gardens condo?

Real estate executive Bill Ross is using a Dutch auction – first conceptualized in 17th Century Holland – to sell an apartment at 411 Clinton St.

Once a week, he lops $10,000 off the asking price, which was $695,000 when he started on May 28. He vows to keep cutting methodically, $10,000 every Saturday, until he gets an offer that matches his asking price.


Books Beneath the Bridge presents award-winning author Colum McCann

In its second year, Books Beneath the Bridge is among Brooklyn’s most comprehensive literary programs, in which independent bookstores across the borough partner with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to present scenic evenings featuring acclaimed authors.


Brooklyn officials storm LICH, protest SUNY’s closure plan

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) doctors say they've been told by SUNY Downstate administrators to transfer all their patients out by Friday so that LICH could be shut down by Sunday.

Dr. Alice Garner, head of the neonatal unit at LICH, said “I received verbal orders that we are to transfer all patients by tomorrow so they can shut us down by Sunday. We did not receive one written word to substantiate this. We were told the surgical areas and the G.I. suite will be closed tomorrow in direct violation of the restraining order, putting the community at risk.”



Doctors at Long Island College Hospital were ordered by representatives of the State University of New York to discharge their patients by tomorrow and were told that the hospital will officially close on Sunday.

Several elected officials attempted to meet with hospital officials this afternoon but were ordered to leave.

UPDATE: Full story here.


Brooklyn owner of sportswear distribution business pleads guilty to tax evasion

The Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that Harry Neuhoff, a resident of Brooklyn, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

According to documents filed with the court, Neuhoff was president and owner of Eva Tees Inc., formerly of Queens and currently located in Piscataway, N.J. From approximately 2006 to 2008, Neuhoff manipulated Eva Tees accounts through an accounting software program to delete cash sales from the general ledger accounts maintained on the computer accounting system.


Suspension for lawyer who created fake online profile

The suspension of a Staten Island attorney who went on a lesbian dating website posing as a woman he once knew has been issued by the Appellate Division, 2nd Department.

James O’Hare went to on an online dating site for lesbians and created a false profile impersonating a woman he had previously known. According to court documents, he used both his home and work computers for this activity, aware that the fake profile would likely cause embarrassment to the woman, who was a mother of three.


Pirate School is coming to Red Hook!

Pirate School!, a family-friendly pirate-based vaudeville show, is coming to the historic Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge in Red Hook on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Created by veteran NYC physical comedian David Engel, Pirate School! is a madcap, swashbuckling one-man family show that allows kids to live their dreams of the Golden Age of the Pirates while promoting everyday polite behavior and social courage.


Fox wins support of unions in council bid

City Council candidate Ede Fox, one of several Democrats looking to succeed Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Fort Greene-Clinton Hill-Prospect Heights), is hoping that endorsements from unions will move her to the head of the pack.

Fox, former chief of staff to Councilman Jumaane Williams, recently received endorsements from the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 1181, ATU 1056, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9. She officially accepted the endorsements during an announcement outside of her Prospect Heights campaign office.



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