DUMBO book launch party features show & tell

New York-based writer Courtney Maum will soon release her debut novel, “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You” (on-sale June 10; Touchstone), in Brooklyn—with a night of “show & tell” featuring regret-themed stories.  The launch party, to take place at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO on June 12, also features Blaise Allysen Kearsley (created of the “How I Learned” reading series) and Tim Manley (“Alice in Tumblrland).


With LICH deal ‘close,’ Brooklyn judge gives bidders one more day

Saying that “substantial progress” was being made, on Tuesday parties vying for Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) agreed with SUNY’s motion to ask state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes for one more day to negotiate a deal before resuming litigation.

With LICH scheduled to close on Thursday and lives from Red Hook to Williamsburg in the balance, attorneys are hoping to reach an agreement that will maintain medical and emergency care at the hospital without a break in service.


OPINION: Another viewpoint on Brooklyn Bridge Park

The continuing fight over the luxury residential buildings planned for Brooklyn Bridge Park—the latest installment of which will be the two towers planned for the Pier 6 area, as covered in an article in this paper yesterday—is sort of missing the point.

Among the contentious items, as Brooklyn Eagle reporter Mary Frost has pointed out, are the number of affordable units (a term that can mean different things to different people) and the height of the buildings.


Fun in the sun at Willowtown Spring Fair

A pet parade and more than two hours of karaoke were new features of this year’s Willowtown Spring Fair, sponsored by the Willowtown Association.  The fair took place last Saturday, May 17, along the full length of Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights.

The fair featured a parade, singing led by karaoke DJ Domingo Ampil, among other events. 


Sunset Park BID says sidewalk clothing bins aren’t going to charity

Sunset Park residents who generously donate clothing to charity by placing garments in large collection bins that have been placed on the sidewalk at various locations around the community might want to think twice before doing it again, a business group warns.

Leaders of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District (BID) said that many of the bins, which were placed on the sidewalks with no input from the community, do not appear to belong to any charitable organization.


Who are the sellers of Brooklyn's priciest home? Find out here

Question of the day: Who are the sellers of Brooklyn's most expensive home?

Answer: Claire Silberman Leaf, a philanthropist and former lawyer, and her husband Stuart Leaf, founder of hedge fund Cadogan Management.

Their penthouse at One Brooklyn Bridge Park just hit the sale market for a stratospheric $32 million asking price.


Assemblywoman Millman to retire from the NYS Assembly

Long-time Brooklyn Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman announced on Monday that she will not be seeking reelection to the New York State Assembly.

Assemblywoman Millman has represented neighborhoods including Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Prospect Heights and parts of Park Slope and for over 17 years.

Noted for her advocacy for both children and seniors, Millman said she will be moving to a position at the New York City Department for the Aging.


Sittin' on top of the world - at 388 Bridge St., Brooklyn's tallest building

UPDATE: May 19

Apartments at Brooklyn's tallest building, 388 Bridge St., have been renting at the rate of one per day, according to an announcement from the Stahl organization, its developer, and leasing agent Halstead Property Development Marketing. At this point, 50 % of the rental units are leased. Rents range from $2,700 per month for a studio on the 20th floor to $6,290 per month for a two-bedroom apartment on an upper floor.



Obituary: Mary-Chilton Winslow Mead dies, known for her gracious wit

Mary-Chilton Winslow Mead, of Brooklyn and Stillwater, N.J., died peacefully on Wednesday, May 7, at The Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Center in Greenwich, Conn. She was 79.

Born in Manhattan, Mead, known affectionately as Mimi, lived in Brooklyn Heights for many years. She and her husband Bill were longtime members of Grace Church-Brooklyn Heights, serving in leadership positions. They particularly loved singing in the Parish Choir together. Above all, she was respected for her elegance, wit and compassion.



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