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‘Mapping Manhattan’ author to celebrate book launch in Brooklyn

“Maps are the places where memories go not to die, or be pinned, but to live forever.”

Adam Gopnik


Bestselling ‘Coolidge’ author Amity Shlaes comes home to Brooklyn Heights for book talk

Amity Shlaes, the best-selling author and sage – though without the grey beard – of the world where politics, policy and economics collide, will speak in person on May 22 to her friends and neighbors in Brooklyn Heights.

She’s been on the national book-tour circuit plugging her latest bestseller, “Coolidge,” telling the story of a president she greatly admires because, put simply, “He cut the budget.”


LOPEZ GONE: Quits effective Monday 9 am

ALBANY — The Bushwick assemblyman accused of asking young female staffers to massage him, touch his cancerous tumors and join him in hotel rooms said Saturday he will resign rather than possibly be expelled from the Legislature amid sexual harassment allegations.


Brooklyn, ‘Turkish Capitol of America,’ celebrates Ottoman culture

The crescent and star of a giant, red Turkish flag bedecked Brooklyn Borough Hall and party-goers sat on the steps to applaud the dramatic pageantry of the Turkish Armed Forces Harmony Band and other performances at Brooklyn’s annual Turkish Cultural Celebration on Thursday, May 16.


Park Slope’s Community Bookstore to open Windsor Terrace shop

Founded in 1971, Park Slope’s beloved Community Bookstore is one of Brooklyn’s oldest independent bookstores. Staffers recently announced that they will soon be spreading the literary love to a new outpost on Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace.


St. Francis College to host New York Eurasian Film Festival

The second New York Eurasian Film Festival – the largest showcase in the U.S. of feature, short, documentary, and animation films from the Eurasian continent – will be held at St. Francis College (Founders Hall) in Brooklyn Heights from Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24. There will be two shows each evening; the first will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. The screenings are free and open to the public.


LOPEZ DOA: Silver cuts Brooklyn assemblyman's life support, says it's time for Lopez to go

ALBANY — New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will introduce legislation on Friday recommending that state lawmakers expel Bushwick Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is accused of sexual harassment.

Silver will also ask the Assembly to consider the full Joint Commission on Public Ethics report, which was critical of Silver's handling of the Lopez case, according to a statement released by Silver's office late Thursday night.


Sunny's, Third-Generation Red Hook Bar, Aims To Rebuild After Sandy's Devastation

The Balzano family's Red Hook bar survived Prohibition and the Great Depression. So current owner Sunny Balzano will be damned if he's going to let Superstorm Sandy kill off the historic watering hole that's been shut down since the deadly hurricane.

"It's not in my nature to ask people for money – or anything," said Balzano, 77, who is campaigning to raise $65,000 on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to rebuild the basement of the historic bar his grandpa Antonio Balzano from Naples opened in 1890.


Cuomo says Lopez should go

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an assemblyman accused of sexual harassment should resign or be removed by the Assembly.

But Cuomo wouldn't comment on whether Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should be stripped of power for his handling of the case that included a secret $103,000 settlement with some of Vito Lopez' accusers. Cuomo says it's not his place to comment on who should lead the Assembly.



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