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Iconic public artworks planned at BAM through $3.5M gift

The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust has made a generous $3.5 million gift to BAM to implement the BAM Robert W. Wilson Public Art Initiative. The art will serve to define and connect four separate sites on the BAM campus. An advisory committee comprising cultural partners and respected curators will nominate artists for the commission of three long-term, site-specific works.


Brooklyn Book Festival announces star-studded lineup for 10th anniversary

At a lively evening event in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday, the Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council announced the initial line-up of the first 150 national and international authors slated to take part in the 10th Anniversary BKBF — one of the nation’s largest events celebrating the written word. The festival is welcoming back AT&T as its major sponsor.


CinemaFest to bring short films to BAM

If you go by the old adage that less is more, then you might not want to miss the collection of original short films interspersed with the features selected for CinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this month. 


Landmarks Preservation Commission okays makeover of Brooklyn Heights Cinema building

Green light means go.

On Tuesday, The city Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved a plan to turn the Brooklyn Heights Cinema building into condos — after spurning two residential makeover plans previously proposed by the property's former owner.

“The design is very elegant,” Commission Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said before the vote, which took place at the preservation agency's Lower Manhattan headquarters.


Heights Library redevelopment moves forward in public review process

Brooklyn Heights Library’s redevelopment has moved forward into the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The Land Use Committee of Community Board 2 is set to meet tonight, June 17, to hold a public hearing on the transfer of the library to developer Hudson Companies and related matters. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at NYU Poly (5 MetroTech).

The plan, however, has drawn opposition from some library advocates who see it as the selling off of public assets for the benefit of private developers.


‘Robot’ at BAM fuses robotic movement and dance

We may rely on robots to assemble many of the manufactured goods we use on a daily basis, but for most of us, they're not something we see or even think about on an everyday basis. Bianca Li's “Robot,” which was performed several times last week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), superimposed robotic movement onto the most human of dynamics: dance.


St. Charles Borromeo Church’s Statue of Mary is vandalized

The statue of the Blessed Mary, Mother of Jesus that sits outside the Rectory/Parish Center of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brooklyn Heights was vandalized early Friday morning, June 12.

The Rev. Edward Doran, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, reported the incident to the police who are investigating it as a bias crime, he told the Brooklyn Eagle. According to reports, no priests or parishioners were assaulted. The vandalism was limited to property.


Judge: Pierhouse Project in Brooklyn Bridge Park can proceed

State Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Knipel ruled on Friday that construction can proceed on the Pierhouse hotel and condominium complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Justice Knipel wrote that although “the casual passerby is struck with an indelible impression that these buildings . . . are simply too large,” the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) is within its legal rights to complete the buildings.


Teens use crowdfunding to pay for summer classes

Two ambitious teenage girls are turning to crowdfunding to help pay for entry into prestigious summer programs at top schools.

The organization Wishbone is helping Daniella Omeruo and Corinne Stanisclaus with their efforts to raise enough money to make their summer dreams come true.

Both girls are students at Uncommon Collegiate High School in Bed-Stuy. Their stories are posted on the Wishbone website, along with instructions on how to donate.


NYU Lutheran has new chief medical officer

NYU Lutheran, the Brooklyn hospital that became part of the NYU Langone Health System in April, is getting a new chief medical officer.

Dr. Bret Rudy, who served as vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center, has been appointed chief medical officer at NYU Lutheran, located at 150 55th St. in Sunset Park.

Rudy will start his new job as a member of NYU Lutheran’s senior leadership team this summer, officials said.

Rudy is expected to help to enhance NYU Lutheran’s programs by focusing on patient outcomes and community health.



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