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Night at the Museum

Ars longa, vita brevis. Let's party!

There was high-brow fun to be had at the Brooklyn Artists Ball Wednesday night. Celebs, Wall Streeters, real estate moguls, artsy folk and others convened at the Brooklyn Museum's fundraising gala.

“Now we're getting somewhere!” crowed actor Dean Winters as he wrapped a paper ruff around his neck, then posed for photos with “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, who shared his dinner table.


‘A Bintel Brief’ brings to life popular advice column from early 20th century

“A Bintel Brief” (Yiddish for “A Bundle of Letters”) was the name of the enormously popular advice column The Forward newspaper began running in 1906. Written by a diverse community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, these letters spoke to the daily heartbreaks and comedies of their new lives, capturing the hope, isolation, and confusion of assimilation.


Veteran-owned companies to get preference in New York state contracts

New York is establishing a program to give preferential treatment to veteran-owned companies when awarding state contracts, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol said.

Lentol, (D-Greenpoint-northern Brooklyn), leader of the assembly’s Brooklyn delegation, announced that a bipartisan agreement has been reached in Albany between the Democratic-controlled assembly, the Republican-controlled state senate, and Governor Andrew Cuomo to award more state contracts to businesses owned by veterans, particularly companies run by disabled veterans.


Theatre for a New Audience to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), New York’s pre-eminent classical theatre company, will celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday with a special performance of its critically acclaimed production of “King Lear,” featuring Michael Pennington in a cast of 22.


Open Letter To BP Adams: Don't sell off our libraries

Dear Borough President Adams,

My name is Doreen Gallo and I am writing on behalf of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance (DNA) to express our extreme concern over the current plans to sell off some of the historic buildings that our public libraries inhabit in order to pay for repairs for other libraries throughout the borough. I am the DNA representative on the Brooklyn Public Library Community Advisory Council (CAC), which was formed after the decision to sell off our libraries to developers was decided by a select few.


Brooklynites fund schools, libraries, gardens in participatory budgeting vote

Schools, playgrounds, gardens and libraries were the big winners in the latest round of participatory budgeting voting in neighborhoods from Williamsburg to Sunset Park.

On Tuesday, Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca (D- Red Hook, Sunset Park) and Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Boerum Hill, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Park Slope) were the latest to announce the outcome of balloting in their districts.


Coignet Building in a cocoon: Lonely little Gowanus landmark will emerge as white butterfly after renovation

A shroud has descended on Gowanus' little lost landmark – the one that's nearly engulfed by a neighboring Whole Foods store.
In recent days, workers covered the Coignet Building with black construction netting and a green-painted sidewalk shed, to further the recently started exterior renovation the upscale supermarket chain is funding.


Court Street Funeral Home property sells for $4.55 million

From house of mourning to house of healing.

Developer Stuart Venner is turning a Cobble Hill funeral parlor location into a doctors' office – and as a step forward in that plan, he just closed on the property purchase, city Finance Department records reveal.

The Brooklyn developer paid a combined $4.55 million for two rowhouses, 228 and 230 Court St., deeds recorded on April 8 indicate. The Court Street Funeral Home has been located there since 1946.


Slumping Nets still up in the air

Jason Kidd sounded as if he could care less where the Nets will be this weekend when the NBA playoffs begin.

All he knows is his team, which began the season with a miserable 10-21 stretch before emerging as one of the league’s hottest clubs in 2014, will be playing Game 1 of its opening-round series on the road in either Chicago or Toronto.



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