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In Brooklyn Heights, victims bring to life ‘The Exonerated’

They were wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit. Now free, Fernando Bermudez, Jabbar Collins, Jesse Friedman and Martin Tankleff will tell the story of six people wrongly placed on death row in the play “The Exonerated,” presented at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on Friday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. (at St. Francis College Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.)

“The Exonerated” was written by Jessica Blank & Eric Jensen. This production is directed by St. Francis English Professor Virginia Franklin.


BAM & IFC present ‘Get It Out There’

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and IFC have announced the lineup for the March installment of “Get It Out There: Comedy by BAM & IFC.” Beginning at 9 p.m.


Meeting: Red Hook residents reject Brooklyn Hospital proposal for LICH, demand full service hospital

Dr. Richard B. Becker, CEO of The Brooklyn Hospital Center hit a brick wall in Red Hook Tuesday night when he tried to sell a proposal that would close Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

At an outreach meeting at Red Hook Volunteers, the roughly 20 attendees expressed exasperation with Dr. Becker’s insistence that an urgent care center, small emergency department and satellite clinics could adequately replace the historic hospital complex.


What are those things on the top of 146 S. Fourth St.?

This Williamsburg rental building, on an otherwise charming low-rise block, has appendages on top of it that look like something like giant orange ears.

Last year, called the project, developed by the Rabsky Group and designed by ND Architecture, “the newest, and possibly the ugliest, addition to the North Brooklyn rental world.”


214 Richardson St. is 'the other finger building' mocked this Robert Scarano-designed dark-gray brick tower – which sticks up between two low-rise buildings like it's flipping the bird – with a catchy nickname, “the other finger building.”

That's because at the end of the block, a tower designed by Karl Fischer also looks like it's flipping off the neighborhood, which real estate websites identify either as Williamsburg or as Greenpoint.


What's with the convoluted front entrance at 20 Bayard St.?

There's mucho mockery of Williamsburg and Greenpoint residential projects.

With so much money pouring into these waterfront neighborhoods' condo and rental developments, real estate watchers expect decent-looking designs, at least – and often declare their disappointment.


45 Third Place is the 'Carroll Gardens Atrocity' writers called it the Carroll Gardens Atrocity and said it was “the poster child for inconsiderate and non-contextual design in Brownstone Brooklyn.”

It was a sweet red-brick rowhouse until Austin Nagel and Michael Spencer, who owned it through an LLC, built a purplish addition on top of and behind it. It's on the corner on a block of nice brownstones, so the massive addition, whose color looks a bit like dried blood, is visible on Clinton Street.


370 Jay St. looks like a 'derelict'

This once-handsome downtown Brooklyn office building has been turned into an ugly duckling by the neglect of its tenant, the MTA, which started emptying out much of the building in 2001.

Manhattan Institute writer Julia Vitullo-Martin chronicled the city-owned building's troubles in 2008 and branded it a “derelict” – and it's still a mess half a decade later.


Sisters wage pop culture war at DUMBO book launch

Sisters Eve and Leonora Epstein — one from Generation X, the other from Generation Y — compare their lives through the lens of TV, music, technology and pop culture in their new book, “X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story” (Abrams Books). Seen through the eyes of siblings 14 years apart in age, “X vs. Y” is a smart, funny and visually driven anthology that compiles and compares their two generational cultures.


Rep. Carolyn Maloney honors Taras Shevchenko with visits to her District’s Ukrainian churches

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney spent this past Sunday, March 9, visiting Ukrainian churches in the Brooklyn and Queens portions of her district. Congresswoman Maloney has sizable Ukrainian populations in all three boroughs that she represents. Many of them attend the Ukrainian churches in northwest Brooklyn, Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Astoria, Queens.



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