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Markowitz welcomes consuls to Borough Hall

On Thursday, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz welcomed to Borough Hall honorary consuls general from across the world, with representatives from Turkey, Jamaica, Indonesia, Norway, Nigeria, Brazil, Cyprus, Lithuania, Serbia, Zambia, Malta and Albania. 

The World Federation of Consuls has achieved international recognition and creditability with more than 90 member countries.


Brooklyn Bookbeat: ‘Vagina Monologues’ playwright to release memoir

Eve Ensler has devoted her life to enlightening the world about the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet, she spent much of life disassociated from her own body, a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. Now, Eve shares her story for the first time in a poignant memoir, “In The Body of the World” (Metropolitan Books / On Sale: April 30, 2013).


OPINION: Address community needs before closing hospitals

The need to reduce healthcare costs and insure the uninsured has led to a most important and massive undertaking of healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act. However, for years, and with little public notice, another means of reducing healthcare costs has had devastating impacts on communities of color and those that are low-income. 


City retains teen’s brain, court reduces family award

A family was awarded $1 million for the pain and suffering they endured after discovering that their son’s brain was held by the Staten Island Medical Examiner without notification. The Appellate Division, Second Department, sitting in Brooklyn Heights, reduced the award to $600,000 on Wednesday.

On a class trip to the Medical Examiner’s Office a teen noticed a brain suspended in formaldehyde. This isn’t an unexpected visual at the morgue, except that this brain was labeled as belonging to the teen’s friend, Jesse Shipley, who died in a car crash.  


More than half of TimeOut NY’s ‘Best New Bookstores’ in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has long boasted a particularly literary crowd. From Walt Whitman and Norman Mailer to Paul Auster, Jennifer Egan and Jonathan Safran Foer, some of America’s most esteemed writers come from the borough. So perhaps it is not surprising that Brooklyn also houses a rich variety of independent bookstores.


Art show at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition exhibit space to open in May

Hurricane Sandy may have set them back a few of months, but the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s Red Hook waterfront galleries open May 11th, bigger and better than ever with two new shows – Wide Open 4  and On the Waterfront Zone A.

Brooklyn Bookbeat: Brooklyn comedian to publish ‘New Rules for Blondes’

The modern blonde has a reputation. More so than brunettes, blondes seem to be arbitrarily categorized – whether as dumb, ditzy, or wild.  Tired of fighting to disprove such illogical associations, (blonde) Brooklyn-based writer and comedian Selena Coppock decided to reclaim the blonde identity.


Brooklyn Tech High School to host 5-borough youth rock symphony Concert

Electrify Your Music Foundation, a new non-profit dedicated to revitalizing underfunded public school music programs, announces its first major fundraising and launch event – The 5-Borough Youth Rock Symphony – to take place on April 26 at Brooklyn Technical High School Theater in Fort Greene.


BULLS BLACKED OUT: Nets crush Bulls in first playoff game in Brooklyn

Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and the Nets turned the Brooklyn blackout into a blowout, beating the Chicago Bulls 106-89 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.

Williams scored 22 points, Lopez had 21 and the Nets ripped apart the Bulls' vaunted defense with a spectacular second quarter, when they made 16 of 20 shots.


Designs unveiled for theater at Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn

Jonathan Marvel of Rogers Marvel Architects presented to a Community Board 2 subcommittee Thursday night a set of renderings for St. Ann's Warehouse, a theater to be built inside the landmarked Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park.



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