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NYRP/BAM to present immersive dance performance

On July 17 and 18, Arts in the Gardens — a series by New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) — will present a two-night run of The Dance Cartel’s “Wet Clutch.” 

Known for pushing boundaries and defying expectations of traditional dance performance, The Dance Cartel explores female imagery and pop culture icons of the past 50 years with this immersive performance experience and video mash-up. 


Marcy Plaza Farmers Market, EmblemHealth return to Bed-Stuy for 2015 season

The Marcy Plaza Farmers Market will make its official return to Bedford-Stuyvesant on Wednesday, July 15 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, EmblemHealth and the Brooklyn Rescue Mission have collaborated on bringing the market back to the community for 2015. Its season will run weekly on Wednesdays through Oct. 28, with operating hours from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Velazquez calls on Obama to fix Puerto Rico’s debt crisis

The world’s attention is focused on the financial crisis in Greece, but a debt dilemma closer to U.S. shores has a local member of Congress reaching out to the White House for help.

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan) the first Puerto Rican-born woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, has written a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that he take action to stem a mounting debt crisis in Puerto Rico.


Pratt unveils new state-of-the-art film and video building

Pratt Institute recently opened a new home for its Film/Video Department in the former Prattstore building at 550 Myrtle Ave. in Brooklyn, as part of the university’s main campus.

The 15,000-square-foot facility, designed by WASA/Studio A with lead architect and Pratt alumnus Jack Esterson, is also located in close proximity to Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 


CB2 committee approves sale of Brooklyn Heights Library, with caveats

Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee voted 8 to 4 to approve the controversial $52 million sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library – with caveats -- Monday night at a meeting at St. Francis College.

During the discussion by committee members, many disgruntled members of the audience silently held signs which stated, “Don’t Sell Our Libraries.”


Promenade Gardens getting a modern makeover with WiFi

Volunteers gathered at the Promenade Gardens in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday morning to pack new plants into the dirt, trim the brush and help solve the modern problem of bringing WiFi to the Promenade.

Among those problems are ways to place new plantings around the WiFi boxes to hide them. “Even though there is modern technology buried here,” said gardener and project manager Koren Volk, “we still want this to look like an old-fashioned, well-cared for public garden.”


Williamsburg gears up for 128th annual Giglio Festival

Italians in Williamsburg hold three major feasts especially close to their hearts —Easter, Christmas and the annual Giglio Festival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish.

The Feast of San Paolino Di Nola and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which opens on Wednesday, July 8, celebrates both the return of a fourth-century Italian bishop from captivity and the Blessed Virgin Mary’s patronage of Mount Carmel. The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel falls on July 16. The festival runs until Sunday, July 19, with closing benediction that night.


Community, Brooklyn leaders announce vision for public middle school at Atlantic Yards

A coalition on Tuesday announced M.S. OneBrooklyn, a community vision for a new public middle school to serve District 13. The group included Community Education Council 13; Brooklyn Community Board 8; the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC); leaders of the parent-teacher organizations of Brooklyn public schools P.S. 9, P.S. 11, P.S. 20, P.S. 133, and P.S. 282; and elected officials.


Grandma's House, destroyed by Sandy in South Street Seaport, comes to Brooklyn

When Superstorm Sandy swept through the South Street Seaport area, destroying a number of popular businesses, one of the victims was a restaurant called Grandma’s House. Today, more than two years later, Grandma’s House has been recreated at 364 Atlantic Ave. in Boerum Hill.


PHOTOS: Gotham films in DUMBO

The Fox action-packed drama "Gotham" is filming for its second season, and it stopped near the archway in DUMBO on a humid Tuesday morning. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was able to sneak in some up-close photos from the set.



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