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Sunset Park has its own Rock of Ages

That Tony Giordano, he can move mountains! Well, not quite. But he is quite adept at moving a boulder!

Giordano, the founder of Sunset Park Restoration, a group dedicated to preserving the community’s history and character, is responsible for a daring feat – moving a large boulder 25 blocks from one landmark on Fifth Avenue to another so that the big rock could serve as a marker for a forgotten Revolutionary War roadway.


Teens taking over community boards?

Residents as young as 16 would be able to take seats on the city’s 59 community boards if a movement in the State Legislature to lower the age of eligibility is successful.


“A Rose by Any Other Name”—Brooklyn Women's Bar Association installation ceremony

The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA) installed its newest president, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Marsha Steinhardt, Tuesday in the ceremonial courtroom at 360 Adams Street. 

In an audience of distinguished jurists and guests, including the Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the New York State, Steinhardt took the oath of office. Advocating the need for a specific women’s bar, Steinhardt spoke to her decision to keep her maiden name after marriage.


Gowanus residents seek to save endangered "Kentile" sign

"We first became aware when we saw the scaffolding, like everyone else,” said Stefanie Wood, co-founder of ‘Save Our Sign.’ Her organization hopes to preserve the indelible ‘Kentile Floors’ lettering that peers over low-slung Gowanus warehouses from possible destruction.

The sign, a relic from a manufacturing-era past, advertising a company long since out of business. It is nonetheless adored by commuters, residents and local workers alike for its unique typography and emblematic impression on the Brooklyn skyline.


Brooklynite’s animated film to premiere this summer

Transplanted from Latvia, Brooklynite Signe Baumane has created the first-ever animated film, “Rocks In My Pockets,” to be chosen for the Official Selection – Competition program of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film, a dark comedy that focuses on the lives of five women in Baumane’s family (including herself) who struggle with depression, will have its world premiere as part of the 49th Karlovy Vary Festival in the Czech Republic on July 7.


VIDEO: Brooklyn Bridge love locks get unlocked

Are you familiar with the Ponts Des Arts in Paris? It's a bridge that recently collapsed in part due to love padlocks attached to the bridge containing names and dates signifying memorable moments in the lives of numerous Brooklynites and New Yorkers.

Our Dipti Kumar reports on the measure being taken to protect the padlocks that are currently attached to the Brooklyn Bridge in this video update.


Le chocolat, c'est magnifique: French chocolatier is the new Willy Wonka of Montague Street

Welcome to Montague Street, Willy Wonka.

Or perhaps we should we say, Bienvenue, mon chef.

Brooklyn Heights' new chocolate factory is opening Thursday – and its chocolatier, who devised the recipes for 32 different types of truffles and makes the candy himself, is a French pastry chef who grew up in Paris and Geneva.


‘A Diamond Is Forever’ novel challenges the commitment of ‘Forever’

“A Diamond Is Forever” – the slogan quoted again and again in diamond advertisements even today – is a central theme in Brooklyn author J. Courtney Sullivan’s newest novel, “The Engagements,” which will be featured June 17 at Community Bookstore at 7 p.m.  
“The Engagements” weaves between four very different marriages as well as Frances Gerety’s story, the ads woman who coined the famous diamond slogan, as the characters test the accuracy of Gerety’s words.  


United Photo Industries to lead public tour of ‘THE FENCE’

On Wednesday, June 18 at 11 a.m., United Photo Industries (UPI) principals Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley and Laura Roumanos will lead a public tour of the newly installed “THE FENCE,” a 1,000 ft. outdoor photographic installation that stretches along the Greenway from DUMBO at the north end of Brooklyn Bridge Park to Pier 5 at Joralemon Street in the south. The 2014 edition of THE FENCE features the work of 40 photographers who capture the essence of "community,” falling within the categories of HOME, STREETS, PEOPLE, CREATURES and PLAY.


SummerStage kids offers free performing arts events in Brooklyn

City Parks Foundation has announced the 2014 launch of SummerStage Kids, New York City’s unique, interactive family festival presenting more than 90 performing arts events at 30 locations citywide. This free festival will run from June 21 to August 19 in Brooklyn, exposing audiences to the local, national and international world of arts and culture, through a diverse collection of engaging artists unparalleled by any other festival of its kind in New York City.



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