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Greenpoint restaurant offers something new: Silence

Quiet, please. Your dinner will now be served.

That's the message being sent to customers at a New York City restaurant that prohibits any talking during an occasionally put-on $40 prix fixe, four-course meal.

Nicholas Nauman, head chef at Eat in Brooklyn's trendy Greenpoint neighborhood, said he was inspired to pitch the tight-lipped consumption sessions after spending time in India, where Buddhist monks take their breakfast without exchanging words.


Brooklyn appeals court throws out gun possession charge, cites ineffective counsel

The Appellate Division, 2nd Department vacated a defendant’s gun possession conviction on the grounds that he was not represented — at the trial level — by an effective defense counsel.


‘Best American Infographics’ compiled in new book

As we find ourselves in the era of big data, information must be captured and organized in ways that are accessible and easy to understand—but they can also be creative and visually arresting, as seen in this first volume of the brand new Best American series, “The Best American Infographics 2013.” It’s an exciting look at the top infographics from the past year, the most informative, influential bursts of art and knowledge—on the environment, politics, social issues, health, sports, culture—to experience, absorb, and share.


Brooklyn Chamber to lead renewed effort to form Business Improvement District

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has formed a partnership with the 7th Avenue BID Steering Committee to lead the effort to create a Business Improvement District that would run from St. John's Place to 16 Street along the heart of Park Slope.

Under the leadership of local elected officials spearheaded by Council Member Brad Lander's Office, not-for-profits and civic associations - including both the Park Slope Civic Association and Park Slope Chamber of Commerce - the 7th Avenue BID Steering Committee has made remarkable progress. 


Construction set to begin on DUMBO’s iconic, roofless Tobacco Warehouse

After many years as the site of photo shoots, school fundraisers, art festivals and foody events like Smorgasburg, DUMBO’s roofless, iconic Tobacco Warehouse has been fenced off to the public as construction of a new theater is set to begin at the site.


A sign of autumn, Cranberry Street Fair returns to Brooklyn Heights

For 35 years, neighbors in north Brooklyn Heights have been putting together what has been called one of the “sweetest” little street fairs in Brooklyn.

On Saturday, locals once again celebrated the coming of autumn with a day of homegrown activities at the Cranberry Street Fair. Generations came out to guess the cranberries, get a belly-dancing lesson, climb on the fire engine, browse the books and treasures, parade their pets and have their fortunes told, all in the shade of the tall oak trees that line the block.


A quarter century covering Afghanistan

Photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg has captured conflicts and events in and around Afghanistan for over 25 years. A regular photographer for Time magazine and The New York Times, Nickelsberg has documented the rise of fundamentalist groups in the area, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban and the invasion by the U.S., all of which are depicted in his forthcoming book, “Afghanistan: A Distant War.”


Cranberry Street Fair returns to Brooklyn Heights on Saturday

One of the sweetest little street fairs in Brooklyn, the Cranberry Street Fair, returns to Cranberry Street between Hicks and Willow streets in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Going to the Pulaski Day Parade? MTA running shuttle buses

If you’re going to the Pulaski Day Parade on Sunday, the MTA will accommodate you by putting extra shuttle buses on the street of north Brooklyn to take you to Manhattan.

The shuttle buses are needed because G train service will be curtailed during the weekend due to repairs, said Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Greenpoint-North Brooklyn).

The G train will not be in service between Nassau Avenue and Court Square on the weekend of Oct. 5-6 so that damage to the subway line caused by Superstorm Sandy last year can be repaired.


Jehovah's Witnesses sell DUMBO buildings to Kushner

The Jehovah's Witnesses finalized the sale of five sought-after DUMBO buildings on Oct. 2 – and their new owner vows to make them the “epicenter” of the nascent Brooklyn Tech Triangle.



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