Brooklyn 'Jazz Age’ revivalist Giordano to recreate 'Rhapsody in Blue’ concert

Brooklyn musician Vince Giordano, “Jazz Age” buff and leader of the Nighthawks 1920s-era revival band, has performed at venues around New York City, including Lincoln Center, for more than 30 years. He also played and acted in the film “The Cotton Club” as well as several Woody Allen movies, and leads the band in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

Now, he is undertaking what is perhaps his most ambitious project to date: A 90th anniversary performance of the original arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”  


Mark-Viverito puts Gentile on Land Use Committee

Vincent Gentile isn’t a real estate broker, but he is going to have a lot to say about property development in New York City over the next four years.

Gentile, a Democratic councilman whose district includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, was nominated by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to serve as a member of the council’s Land Use Committee. Mark-Viverito’s nomination of Gentile was quickly approved by the council’s Rules Committee.

Gentile has also been appointed to the Committee on Zoning and Franchises.


Pols seek Verrazano toll discount for Brooklyn residents

Staten Island residents who drive on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be getting a break on the toll, thanks to a new plan announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.

But even before the governor made his big announcement, elected officials on the Brooklyn side of the bridge were calling on him to extend the courtesy to the borough’s residents.


Michael Grimm wants Obamacare repealed before it's too late

The Congressional Budget Office report projecting the loss of 2.5 million full time jobs over the next decade due to the effects of the Affordable Care Act has been seized upon by the opponents of Obamacare, who charged that it is proof the law is unworkable and hurts Americans.

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, the lone Republican in Brooklyn’s congressional delegation, was one of the first elected officials to release a statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report was released on Feb. 4.


Scissura’s slogan: Clean streets bring out shoppers

What does litter have to do with the economy? Plenty, according to Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

“Clean streets are a catalyst for small business growth, ensuring that residents and visitors alike make walking these streets an enjoyable experience. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone work together to ensure the streets are clean and safe,” Scissura said.

Shoppers are more likely to patronize a commercial zone that has clean sidewalks and graffiti-free storefronts, Scissura said.


Brooklyn Conservative Party's first couple recalls road to romance

Conservatively speaking, they’re a cute couple!

Conservative Party sweethearts Christine Sisto and Liam McCabe, founders of the Brooklyn South Conservative Club, are proof that true love can blossom in the heat of a political campaign.


Superheroes invade St. Patrick Catholic Academy!

Spiderman, Captain America and other superheroes paid a recent visit to a Bay Ridge Catholic school to the delight of students.

Actually, the superheroes were the students!

The Catholic Schools Week celebration at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy at 401 97th St. included Superhero Day, in which youngsters were encouraged to come to class dressed as their favorite comic book characters on Jan. 31.


Abbate predicts state will find way to fund universal pre-k classes

Assemblyman Peter Abbate, a lawmaker with nearly three decades of experience in Albany, predicted that Mayor Bill de Blasio will get his wish for state funding for universal pre-kindergarten classes for New York City’s four-year-old children.

“Yes, I think we will get universal pre-k,” Abbate told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Kassenbrock Scholarship Fund rewards students for community service

Councilman Vincent Gentile remembers how happy he was many years ago when as a senior at Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, he was awarded a scholarship from the Kassenbrock Brothers Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Gentile, who left Brooklyn after high school to attend Cornell University, said the scholarship was like bringing a piece of his beloved Bay Ridge to Ithaca with him.


Poly Prep gains big experience with a win over Riverdale

The Poly Prep coaches tried to downplay the significance of the game, but sophomore point guard J.D. Levine couldn't hide his excitement after the Blue Devils avenged their loss during last season's championship game by beating Riverdale 56-46 in Bay Ridge on Thursday.

"This was a pretty big deal because we wanted to get back at them," Levine said. "We didn't play to the best of our ability, but we came in prepared and we knew what to expect. We got the win and that is all that matters."



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