Brooklyn author’s ‘Lit at Lark’ series targets ‘underserved literary community’

Abound with writers and bookworms, Brooklyn has a distinctly rich literary culture. But despite the wealth of bookstores and literary events, there are communities in the borough that have comparatively less access to such innovative programs.


Markowitz praises newly remodeled Hinsch’s restaurant

For Marty Markowitz, accompanying manager Lee Moudatsos to the dessert display case inside Mike’s Hinsch’s restaurant in Bay Ridge to look at the creamy confections was a recipe for trouble. "It's like sending an alcoholic to a bar,” joked the food-loving borough president.

Markowitz, who boasted “I know cheesecake,” came to Hinsch’s on Monday to take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the eatery’s grand reopening after a remodeling project.


Gentile inspects eco dock at 69th St. pier

Southern Brooklyn’s first eco dock is finally in place at the 69th Street pier in Bay Ridge and kayakers will be able to start pursuing their water sport at the end of this month, according to Councilman Vincent Gentile, who came to the pier Tuesday morning Borough Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey to inspect the floating dock.


Harbor Defense Museum reopens at Fort Hamilton

The US Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton is steeped in history. Located on Brooklyn’s southwest waterfront in Bay Ridge, the fort was built in 1825, when the US was still a young nation. The famous names that have served there throughout its history include Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.


Grimm changes his position on Syria strike

As congress debates whether or not to take military action against Syria, President Barack Obama learned on Thursday that he can’t count on US Rep. Michael Grimm’s vote.

Grimm, a US marine veteran who served during the first Gulf War 20 years ago, announced on Sept. 5 that he had reversed his position on the idea of hitting Syria with missiles.

Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) said he had originally supported military action, but that now he is opposed to the idea.


New era begins at St. Patrick’s in Bay Ridge

Wednesday marked the beginning of the school year for thousands of children who attend Catholic schools in Brooklyn. But for the students of St. Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge in particular, it was the start of a new academic and spiritual journey.

Unlike the previous 150 opening days in St. Patrick's rich history, Sept. 4 marked the school’s debut as an independent Catholic academy run by a board of directors. For the first 150 years of its existence, the school had operated under the direction of St. Patrick Church.


Advocates push for childhood cancer research funds

Chris King, holding his three-year-old daughter Cami in his arms, talked about how lucky his family is. “Things are looking up,” he said, as he stood in front of Saint Ephrem Catholic Church in Dyker Heights on Wednesday.

Little Cami, who was at this moment squirming in her father’s arms, had recently undergone a successful bone marrow transplant to treat her leukemia. “A bone marrow donor was found. She had the transplant and now she’s on the road to recovery,” King said.


Daily Beast names Malliotakis one of nine women remaking GOP

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who has been considered a rising star in the Republican Party ever since she surprised political pundits by capturing her assembly seat three years ago, has won praise from media superstar Tina Brown’s website, which called her one of nine women reshaping the image of the GOP.


Doctor warns: Beware of bone damage from heavy backpacks

With school set to open soon, parents are probably busy buying school supplies for their kids. One of the items on every student’s do-do list is the purchase of a new backpack to carry notebooks and textbooks.

But parents should be careful when making the purchase and should take precautions to make sure the backpack isn’t crammed with heavy materials once the child is going back and forth to school, according to a doctor at Maimonides Medical Center.


Felder keeping his office open 12 hours on primary day

State Sen. Simcha Felder isn’t even on the ballot on Primary Day, but he’s going to keep his district office open for 12 hours that day.

He won't be anxiously watching election returns. He's doing it, he said, to assist voters confused by polling place changes, district lines and by the re-introduction the old-fashioned lever voting machines that will be used.



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