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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.


Tight security — and a party — before the Brooklyn Half Marathon

This Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon is expected to attract 25,000 runners to a course extending from Washington Avenue to Coney Island. The race is also bringing bomb-sniffing dogs, bag checks . . . and a killer pre-race party.


Brooklyn Federal Courthouse gets another anthrax scare

A letter containing a white powdery substance was found in the mail center at the Brooklyn federal courthouse late Wednesday afternoon.  The white powder, originally thought to be anthrax, was deemed innocuous, a New York Police Department spokeswoman said.


City sued for malicious prosecution In Brooklyn murder case

Having served over two decades behind bars for a murder he claims he did not commit and suffering a heart attack upon his release from prison, David Ranta intends to sue New York City and two detectives for alleged malicious prosecution.  Ranta is seeking $150 million in damages.


Brooklyn Bridge, the App: Also built by the Roeblings

Kriss Roebling, a lifelong New Yorker and great-great-great grandson of Washington and Emily Roebling, the husband-and-wife team who built the Brooklyn Bridge, has now developed a new tour app for people who want to explore the bridge and learn more about it.

“I’m a true lover of my smartphone,” he said, “so I was disappointed to find that my ancestor’s bridge wasn’t very efficiently represented in the app world.



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