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Riverhead Books and Flavorwire co-sponsor Williamsburg holiday party for PEN American Center

In the borough of all things literary, Riverhead Books (an imprint of Penguin Group) and Flavorwire are partnering to co-sponsor a “Celebrate the Holidays” party on Thursday, Dec. 12. The party will fundraise for PEN American Center, the international and literary human rights organization whose mission is to promote literature and writing and to defend free expression.


Will Green-Wood Cemetery turn greenhouse into visitors' center?

Will Green-Wood Cemetery get the go-ahead to turn the magnificent but crumbling Weir Greenhouse into a visitors center? The city Landmarks Preservation Commission will have its say on the matter on Tuesday.


A weekend of craft fairs brings out holiday shoppers in Brooklyn

Brooklyn was full of holiday craft fairs and carnivals this past weekend, and locals took advantage of them not only to shop, but to meet up with friends, let the kids work off steam and help fundraise for good causes.

While parents loaded up on jewelry and handmade T-shirts at the Brooklyn Friends School Winter Festival in Downtown Brooklyn, kids enjoyed carnival rides and games, a book sale and entertainment like Rizzo’s Reptile Show.


City doesn’t need to return child to birth mother’s care, Brooklyn judge rules

A mother accused of repeatedly neglecting her child is not entitled to the benefit of reasonable efforts being exerted for the safe return of the child to the parental home.

The New York City Administration for Children Services (ACS) filed a petition in Brooklyn’s Family Court to have a 9-month old child removed from her parental home on account of neglect and abuse. ACS believed that Cashmina A.E. was not properly cared for by her mother, Dominique A.E., and alleged that Cashmina was lacking for “adequate food, clothing and shelter.”


Council newcomers want Sandy recovery committee formed

Two of the young guns who will be joining the City Council in January aren’t waiting to get into office to make their voices heard. They’re already trying to shake things up at City Hall.


Memorial for Nelson Mandela in Brooklyn this Sunday

A memorial for Nelson Mandela will be held on Sunday, December 8 at 1 p.m. in Brooklyn at The House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Avenue.


High-tech fire pit will light up DUMBO Christmas tree

This year's DUMBO Christmas tree will be illuminated using the electricity generated by a wood-burning “FirePit” using a high-tech stove designed by a DUMBO startup.

BioLite, a company that develops small stoves for campers and larger ones for use in developing countries, says they’ll be “firing up the holidays” December 12 - 22 at the Pearl Street Triangle.


In Brooklyn, Malcolm Gladwell dissects ‘David and Goliath’

Most of us know the story of David and Goliath as it’s traditionally told: shepherd boy David, in spite of his comparatively diminutive stature and seemingly inferior weaponry, manages to defeat the giant Goliath when the two engage in battle. Simply put, as bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell writes in his latest book, the tale has long served “as a metaphor for improbable victory.” 


Mouth-watering gingerbread village on display at the Brooklyn Marriott

There’s the “Plum Pudding Hotel,” and “Jackie’s Sweet Shop.” Next door is “Salyer’s Fine Socks” and “Sam’s Fish Market.”

Those sweet little businesses are all part of a candy-studded gingerbread village on display for the holiday season in the lobby of the Brooklyn Marriott (officially called the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge).


Sketch comedy group presents ‘A Very ’90s Christmas!!!’ in Downtown Brooklyn

Coming off a wildly successful packed show at BAMCafé last month, New York City’s fastest rising sketch group, American Candy, announces their next performance celebrating the silliest moments of the 1990s and the craziness of the holidays. The performances will take place on Dec. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. at the Actors Fund Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn.



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