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Commodore Barry Club participates in Irish heritage event at Green-Wood

The Commodore Barry Club, a Brooklyn-based Irish-American organization, participated in the Irish Heritage Trail on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. 

Kathleen McDonough led a brief ceremony in the chapel and John Houlihan sang the Irish and American national anthems. Dr. Maureen Murphy spoke about the efforts of Asenath Nicholson’s and Horace Greely’s Irish famine relief efforts.  


Kites soar over Brooklyn Bridge Park

Beautiful warm weather on the last weekend of summer brought great community spirit to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the annual Kite Festival. Hundreds of adults and children filled the waterfront of Pier 1, families spreading back as far as the face painting booths at the top of the park lawn.

A variety of colorful kites soared high above the skyline and the wind level seemed perfect for the fun, family-friendly event… although sadly some kites were seen disappearing deep into the East River.


Sara Bareilles to discuss new book with Ben Folds at BAM

“Sounds Like Me: My Life (so far) in Song” (Simon & Schuster; Oct. 6, 2015), is a candid collection of essays by Sara Bareilles, five-time Grammy nominee. Since she first broke through in 2007 with her multi-platinum single “Love Song,” Bareilles has riveted millions of fans around the world with her intimate voice, songs about heartache and resilience, and the spirited, anything-goes nature of her live performances.  


Local artist to speak about ‘Voyage in Visual Metaphors’ at Brooklyn Heights Library

“A Voyage in Visual Metaphors,” a show by Brooklyn Heights resident Andrew Markus Bell, will open Monday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Brach Library (280 Cadman Plaza West). His canvases will be on view until Nov. 12, 2015. The opening will constitute an “Arts Happening” with performances by Liberté-Anne Lymberiou, Ann Herendeen, Porter Smith and Meirav Eytan.

The exhibition is organized by the Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library, Inc., with support from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Greene Grape rules the retail scene on Fulton Street in Fort Greene

High in the sky, the Ashland reigns over Fort Greene's Fulton Street. Down on street level, Greene Grape is royalty.

Food entrepreneur par excellence Amy Bennett has a supermarket called Greene Grape Provisions at 767-769 Fulton St. that's stocked with gourmet goods like $6.59-per-pound heirloom tomatoes and Brooklyn Queen honey from Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Greene Grape Wine & Spirits is next door at 765 Fulton St.


The Ashland is the new queen of Fulton Street in Fort Greene

Behold the new queen of the Fulton Street scene in Fort Greene.

The Ashland is soaring skywards towards its full 52-story height at the corner of Fulton Street and Ashland Place.

The tower we're hailing is being constructed by the Gotham Organization at 250 Ashland Place, next door to that nifty new theater, the Polonsky Shakespeare Center.


Schumer seeking financial justice for 9/11 families

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to make it easier for families of Sept. 11 victims to sue foreign countries that support terrorism.

Schumer (D-New York) is working across the aisle in the Senate with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on a bipartisan bill called the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” (JASTA).

The legislation would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue foreign states and financial partners of terrorism for damages and financial compensation.  


Brooklyn Navy Yard's hospital hosts anti-war art installation by Bettina WitteVeen

War is hell.

For the first time, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is opening its mysterious, decaying pre-Civil War hospital to an artist.

“When We Were Soldiers … once and young” is German-born conceptual artist and social activist Bettina WitteVeen's site-specific installation of devastating war photos she found in historic archives and sculptures shaped like crosses. There is also an altar room with Bach playing on the sound system.


TV hit ‘Gotham’ films in Brooklyn Heights

The hit Fox TV series “Gotham” filmed on location in Brooklyn Heights on Wednesday and Thursday, using the suitably gothic St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church on Montague Street as a set.

The Brooklyn Eagle caught up with star Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon) as he strolled down the street, along with some costumed cast and crew members.



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