Congresswomen speak out on Hobby Lobby contraception lawsuit

Members of Brooklyn’s congressional delegation were watching the U.S. Supreme Court arguments over employer-funded contraception for women with great interest on Tuesday and two of the delegation’s female members spoke out on the controversy.


New comedic book contemplates ‘The Harm in Asking’

“I think that anything has the potential to be funny,” Brooklyn-based writer and comedian Sara Barron told us in a recent interview. Indeed, it is this philosophy that pervades her new book, “The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters with the Human Race,” just released on March 25.  A follow-up to her esteemed collection “People Are Unappealing,” Barron’s new set of essays addresses an array of life’s embarrassing circumstances and situations, all through a humorous and self-aware (and often self-deprecating) lens.


Back to court? SUNY denies claim of last-minute LICH voting interference

Two hours after panel members turned in their votes for a new LICH operator, LICH attorneys raised questions about alleged interference with the voting process and threatened to take SUNY back to court if the allegations proved true.

SUNY emphatically denied the claim.


Update: For the amazing outcome of these allegations, read here.



Brooklyn-based writer, chef explores art of food in debut book

At age 27, Brooklyn-based chef Michael Gibney took a break from the kitchen — where he’d been working alongside some of the most acclaimed chefs in the country since age 16 — to channel his creative energy into writing. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and what began as his thesis turned into his debut book, “Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line” (Ballantine Books), which he will launch in Brooklyn at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on April 1.  


LICH full-service hospital bids get positive reaction at Brooklyn forum

A crowd of hundreds packed Founders Hall Auditorium at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights Tuesday night to hear details about nine proposals for Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

A panel of doctors, architects, legal and community leaders discussed each bid and answered questions as well as possible, considering that most of the proposals are hundreds of pages long and several have hundreds of pages of information redacted.


No. 1: It's a wonderland for comic-book fans

The coolest storefront in East Williamsburg is Sparacino's Bakery at 540 Metropolitan Ave. No, wait! Make that Desert Island, which is the name of the comics store/book shop that occupies the space.

The landlord, an artist, left Sparacino's name on the building because he liked the way the sign looked. It's eye-catching. So are the comic book store's window displays, which are always devoted to artists' work, said shop owner Gabriel Fowler.


No. 2: Yep, that's an Airstream in that building facade

The coolest commercial building in East Williamsburg – at 571 Lorimer St. – has an Airstream trailer built into it. It houses Zona Rosa, a Mexican restaurant that opened last July.

The 1940s-vintage Airstream – which Zona Rosa workers use as a kitchen – belonged to now-defunct 3rd Ward. The art-facility operator used the classic aluminum trailer as a food truck, complete with a wine and beer license.


No. 3: Ave Maria! This church is being turned into an apartment building

Say Amen to the coolest residential development in East Williamsburg – which is being built in a former Catholic church.

The buildings that are being turned into apartments at 81 Ten Eyck St. belong to the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception – which leased them to developer Leonard Terrace LLC for a 48-year term that ends Sept. 30, 2059, city records indicate.


No. 4: Food for thought … Should we have salad, or a gooey cheese entree?

The coolest lunch and dinner place in East Williamsburg is Grand Morelos, the Mexican restaurant at 727 Grand St.

The place is old-school, with red-leather booths, and it's open 24-7. Everybody speaks Spanish, but they're nice to you if you don't. The chile relleno, which is a green pepper filled stretchy cheese and served with sides of beans and rice, is muy sabroso.



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