She Writes Press, hybrid publishing company, announces 12-city book tour

Hybrid publishing company She Writes Press is introducing a traditional book tour to its non-traditional business model.

As the digital age grows and 3,500 books a day are published in the U.S., according to Bowker, the ability for any author — traditionally published or independently — to get on the road for a tour has decreased exponentially.


Prospect Park Alliance launches 7-day crowdfunding challenge

A challenge has been issued by two of Prospect Park’s biggest fans, Lorraine and Gordon DiPaolo. If the Prospect Park Alliance receives 1,000 donations of any size by June 2, they will unlock a generous gift of $50,000.

In response, the Prospect Park Alliance launched on Wednesday “1,000 For The Park,” a crowdfunding challenge campaign to earn 1,000 donations by the deadline.


St. Francis holds first nursing ‘White Coat’ ceremony

More than 40 undergraduate nursing students received medical “White Coats” emblazoned with the St. Francis College logo to show their dedication to the health and well-being of their future patients at St. Francis College’s first White Coat Ceremony on May 12.

May 12 is also the birthday of Florence Nightingale, credited with elevating nursing to a respected and professional field of health care.


Two Trees announces new ground-floor spaces for DUMBO art galleries

Two Trees Management announced this week that five galleries in DUMBO will open new, expanded ground-floor spaces in the upcoming months — including A.I.R. Gallery, which opened on May 5, and Minus Space, which opens Saturday, May 30.

“All of the galleries have known for eight months or so that they’ll be moving into these spaces, so it has been a lot of excitement and anticipation,” said Lisa Kim, Two Trees’ cultural affairs director. “It's great to see shows up, walls lit, art on the walls.


New book explores the sexy, violent underside of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

On Thursday, June 11, at 8 p.m., the Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 Third Ave. in Brooklyn) welcomes Lois Leveen to discuss the research behind her book “Juliet’s Nurse” (Simon & Schuster/Atria/EmilyBestler Books).  Her talk, “Capulet Gynecologist, Montague Onanist: Medieval Sex, Renaissance Death, and ‘Romeo and Juliet,’” offers new insights into what might seem to be the most familiar literary work in the English language.


Promenade Gardens partially displaced for WiFi equipment

The dedicated Promenade Gardeners may need a little help from their friends. Some of the plants they work so hard to cultivate will be displaced for buried wiring and equipment to provide WiFi to Promenade visitors, who come from all over the world by the tens of thousands each year, along with dedicated and frequent local users.


Brooklyn Bridge Park and Pier 6 opponents settle lawsuit; Park plan to be revised

Brooklyn Bridge Park and a neighborhood advocacy group fighting two high-rise towers planned for Pier 6, near the park’s Atlantic Avenue entrance, have agreed to settle a lawsuit by going through a process that would allow modifications to the park’s General Park Plan (GPP).

As part of the settlement, both sides have agreed to a public hearing that will take into account expert testimony and the public’s comments about the GPP.


Brooklyn Historical Society unveils exhibit on borough’s sewer system

On June 9, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) at 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights plans to open an exhibition that explores one of Brooklyn’s oldest and most extensive infrastructure projects: its sewer system.

Called “Brooklyn Sewers: What’s Up Down There?” this exhibit tells the story of the creation of the Brooklyn sewer system through a historical look at four corners of Kings County: Flatlands, Bushwick, Coney Island and Fort Greene.


Brooklyn Eagle to offer cash prizes in Garden Club Contest

As the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club celebrates its 75th anniversary, its motto reflects its continuous purpose since 1940: “Everyone’s a winner when Brooklyn blooms.”

Garden Club Vice President Leslie Hannafey is reviving an event the club held 10 years ago along with co-chair Judy Scofield Miller. The Window Box Contest is open to anyone in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, whether they have a lavish garden or simply have their favorite plants in containers, and entry is free.


Visitors pour into Brooklyn Bridge Park over Memorial Day weekend

Visitors flocked to Brooklyn Bridge Park over Memorial Day weekend to relax in the sun, enjoy a barbecue, roller skate or play basketball and marvel at the interactive artworks of Jeppe Hein’s Please Touch the Art exhibition. Locals and tourists arrived by foot, subway, car and ferry.



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