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New novel re-stages classic ‘Rebecca’

Famed author Meg Wolitzer described Rachel Pastan’s debut novel “This Side of Married” as “a wedding bouquet of great wit and affection” and Booklist praised it as “smart and insightful.”  Pastan followed that up with the novel “Lady of the Snakes” in 2008, of which NPR’s Maureen Corrigan declared: “I was hooked from the opening scene” and the Washington Post observed: “Pastan’s writing is


Song-a-day maven cuts one for 'Brooklyn'

Song-a-day writer Jonathan Mann (he's up to number 1,867) teamed with Erel Pilo last week to cut this ode to Brooklyn…

A year ago, Mann went viral with the greatest ever I'm-looking-for-a-roommade solicitation, filmed in and around his Williamsburg perch…


Snow sculptures bring imaginative critters to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Castles and dragons and octopi, oh my! Roughly 100 snow enthusiasts of all ages gathered at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park this past Saturday for the park’s first-ever snow sculpture contest, sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

In the family division, kids and parents worked quickly to create snow castles, turtles, cats, dragons, snow Olympians and even an igloo, while adults built snowmen both big and small and even a realistic octopus.


Mosley throws support behind Fortis development plan in LICH dispute

Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley (D-57) on Monday threw his support behind one of several proposals being considered by SUNY Downstate in its push to sell Long Island College Hospital (LICH), in Cobble Hill. Mosley said in a letter to SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall that he is backing a consortium led by developer Fortis Property Group, joined by L&M Development Partners, NYU-Langone and Lutheran Family Health Center.



It’s on: SUNY officials to face Brooklyn judge on LICH contempt charges Tuesday morning

State University of New York (SUNY) and Department of Health officials have been ordered to appear before a Brooklyn judge at 10 a.m. on Tuesday to answer for their yearlong attempts to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in violation of court orders.  

The hearing had been postponed several times to allow negotiations between attorneys for SUNY and LICH supporters to take place.


De Blasio gets cards, balloons, poem from housing advocates for Valentine’s Day

Housing advocates had a special Valentine’s Day gift for mayor Bill de Blasio but rather than rely on a florist to delivery it, they brought it to the mayor’s Park Slope home themselves.

Members of the tenants’ rights group Inquilinos Unidos went to the mayor’s 11th Street home in Park Slope on Friday afternoon bearing heart-shaped balloons and giant Valentine’s Day cards, including one with a poem they wrote for Hizzoner.

“Dear Mayor de Blasio, Roses are red, violets are blue, remember the tenants that voted for you!" the poem read.


East River shuttle bus service between Greenpoint, Williamsburg starts Tuesday

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and State Senator Daniel Squadron today announced a temporary shuttle bus service will commence operation tomorrowFebruary 18, 2014, transporting riders between the India St. / Greenpoint and the N. 6th St. / N. Williamsburg East River Ferry landings during morning and evening rush hours.  The free shuttle will facilitate East River Ferry access for riders who use the India St.


Levin: Ferry can’t resume until ramp collapse probe complete

In the wake of the collapse of a gangplank at the Greenpoint ferry, Councilman Stephen Levin said ferry service cannot resume “until we have full knowledge of what caused the ramp to collapse.”

The city is investigating the incident, which took place Thursday morning at the Greenpoint Pier. New York Waterway, which operates the East River Ferry, announced that service on the ferry has been suspended until further notice.


Adams to host Brooklyn Economic Exchange

How about some business tips with your bacon and eggs?

Borough President Eric Adams and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to start a new program to promote economic growth in Brooklyn.

In partnership with the chamber, Adams will hold quarterly meetings over breakfast with the borough’s business leaders under a program called the Brooklyn Economic Exchange.

The first power breakfast will take place on March 18 at Borough Hall.


Sweethearts celebrate decades of love, at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted a Valentine’s Day celebration of love, both mature and young, during his Sweethearts party at Borough Hall on Friday.

BO Adams hosted a catered reception, including wedding cake and sparkling cider, for over 70 couples married for 50 years or more; those in attendance came from the Starrett City Senior Center as well as communities across the borough. The event also included music and a photo booth, which BP Adams invited newlywed couples at the Marriage License Bureau to utilize as well.



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