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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.


Heights Groups: Close Joralemon Street near Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park attracts a steadily increasing number of visitors, and Brooklyn Heights civic groups are pushing for the city Department of Transportation (DOT)  to close Joralemon Street to vehicles at Furman Street, near the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Brooklyn author Vijay Seshadri wins Pulitzer Prize in poetry

Brooklyn resident Vijay Seshadri has been chosen as the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his collection “3 Sections” (Graywolf Press). The announcement was made on Monday.

Seshadri, who lives in Carroll Gardens with his wife and son, teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville.


Hallelujah! Macy's July 4th fireworks coming back to East River and Brooklyn Bridge

They’re baaack! Brooklyn and Queens rejoiced as Mayor Bill de Blasio, elected officials and Macy’s announced that the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be returning to the East River this year, with a spectacular pyrotechnic display launched from the Brooklyn Bridge as well as three East River barges.

De Blasio was joined by many of the officials – including former Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, and state Senator Daniel Squadron -- who worked for several years to get the display returned to the East River.


Bishop Ford High School to close

Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, which for many years was a leading educational institution in Brooklyn, is closing, school officials announced Monday.

The school, located at 500 19th St. in Park Slope, will close its doors forever in June, upon completion of the current term. The school opened 52 years ago.

The decision to close Bishop Ford was made by the school’s board of directors at an emergency meeting Sunday night, according to Principal Thomas P. Arria Jr., who posted an open letter to parents of students on the school’s website on Monday.


Council eyes term limits for community board members

Community board members would face term limits if a resolution introduced in the City Council is adopted by boards across the city.

Brooklyn council members Brad Lander (D-Park Slope), Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Bushwick) are among the lawmakers supporting the resolution introduced on April 10 by council members Ben Kallos, Jimmy Vacca and Mark Levine calling for the community boards to adopt sweeping reforms to the recruitment and appointment of members. The resolution also calls on borough presidents to adopt the changes.


Brooklyn writer reveals ‘Intimate Journey Through the Science of Sound and Language’

Brooklyn-based science journalist Lydia Denworth has devoted her life to the art of words and language. A former Newsweek reporter, London bureau chief at People magazine and professor of Journalism at Fordham University, Denworth is particularly attuned to linguistics and semantics — yet when her third son, Alex, was a baby, all she knew about language seemed to failed her.


Adams aims to make Borough Hall green

On Sunday Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams promoted his plan to transform Brooklyn Borough Hall, the borough's oldest public building, into an energy-efficient icon by working with the U.S. Green Building Council to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. He expressed his belief that attaining this status will spur both public and private sector infrastructure across Brooklyn to follow suit.


LIU Brooklyn softball is young, but still has championship aspirations

While most of Brooklyn was suffering through one of the coldest springs in recent memory, the LIU Brooklyn softball team has spent most of the last two months either down in Florida or out in California. It wasn't their most successful road trip, as the Blackbirds finished 9-20, but according to senior Madison Zymkowitz, it was their most productive spring of her four years at the school in terms of growth.


Brooklyn Bar honors employee of 44 years during Judiciary Night

Judges, lawyers and court employees packed the Brooklyn Bar Association on Thursday night for Judiciary Night, an event which celebrates Brooklyn judges as well as their collaboration with the bar association.



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