Maronite Catholics to hold fundraising dinner

Maronite Catholics from the greater New York area and beyond will gather on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan for the Sixth Annual Benefit Dinner for the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. Monir Barakat and Hayat Barakat, who are members of the Maronite community in New York, will be honored at the benefit dinner.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to educate seminarians, support parishes and missions and assist retired priests in the Eparchy, according to the event’s organizers.


Sara Bareilles visits BAM to talk up new book with Ben Folds

Sara Bareilles, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, has recently turned to a different medium to share her voice. The New York City-based musician, perhaps best known for her 2007 breakthrough hit "Love Song," visited the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Tuesday to speak about her new collection of essays, "Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song” (Simon & Schuster).


As long as there's no hurricane on the horizon, we love the Greenpoint ferry

Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

The East River, thank you very much.

The other day we went to visit a new arrival on the Greenpoint waterfront, Brooklyn Barge Bar.

Fortunately, it was a day that wasn't plagued by buckets of rain. We could hear the irresistible call of the India Street pier, where New York Waterway's East River ferry terminal is located. It's just a few blocks away from Brooklyn Barge Bar.

The ferry chugged past the barge, and headed down to Williamsburg, then DUMBO.


Greenpoint eye candy

Greenpoint is so groovy.

It's got some hipster flare, but not enough to be irritating to the rest of us. It's got traces of its Polish heritage, so there are interesting places to buy Polish pastries and books.

It's got some genuinely grimy industrial spots, which enchant the eye that seeks out picturesque urban grit. It's got blocks with lovely historic rowhouses that can hold their own against those in the snootiest Brooklyn brownstone neighborhoods.


Greenpoint's Brooklyn Barge Bar will be a hub of water-related activities starting next spring

There are Brooklynites in landlocked neighborhoods who never spend time on the water.

Matt Perricone and his buddies want to change that.

After a delay, they've turned a barge in the East River off Greenpoint into a bar — which will be open daily until Oct. 31, then take a cold-weather hiatus until May 1.


Hasta la vista, Joaquin!

When you live near water, the happiest words in the universe are, “The hurricane is headed for the open seas.”

Weather forecasters said Monday that dreaded Hurricane Joaquin will be waaay out in the northern Atlantic Ocean, and a mere non-tropical low pressure system, by early Wednesday.

Red Hook is one of those places where Joaquin's departure from the Eastern Seaboard really matters. The neighborhood was battered and beaten by beastly Superstorm Sandy three years ago. Another killer 'cane would have been a nightmare.


3 shot, 1 fatally, in Brooklyn confrontation over car break-ins

A 53-year-old man is dead and two people, including a 13-year-old girl, have been wounded in a shooting in Brooklyn.

Police told the Daily News that Michael Matusiak was fatally shot Tuesday just before 8 a.m. as he confronted three men who were breaking into cars on Grattan Street near Knickerbocker Avenue in East Williamsburg/Bushwick.

Matusiak was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene. 


Preservationist group hopes to block Pierhouse hotel liquor license

Members of the preservationist group Save The View Now (STVN) plan to ask Community Board 2 (CB2) to deny a liquor license to Starwood’s 1 Hotel in the Pierhouse complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

CB2 is set to vote on the license Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Hospital Center at 121 DeKalb Ave.


Introducing ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina in New York Harbor

Located in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 4 and 5, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, the newest marina in New York City, is currently under construction with new docks being anchored and a state-of-the-art wave attenuation system now in place. Construction will be completed this fall, with a grand opening anticipated for spring 2016.  A joint venture between majority owner SUTL Group and Edgewater Resources, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina offers water access to the local Brooklyn community, New Yorkers and boating enthusiasts from around the globe. 


These 'homes' are just heavenly

In some of Brooklyn's finest residences, the occupants sleep in heavenly peace.

These elegant “homes” are the historic mausoleums of Green-Wood Cemetery, a prime address for the rich and famous — and dearly departed.

In building the fabulous tombs, “people were trying to outdo their neighbors,” Luke Spencer, a volunteer docent, told visitors to Joseph C. Hoagland's mausoleum this past Sunday.



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