Brooklynite’s animated film to premiere this summer

Transplanted from Latvia, Brooklynite Signe Baumane has created the first-ever animated film, “Rocks In My Pockets,” to be chosen for the Official Selection – Competition program of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film, a dark comedy that focuses on the lives of five women in Baumane’s family (including herself) who struggle with depression, will have its world premiere as part of the 49th Karlovy Vary Festival in the Czech Republic on July 7.


VIDEO: Brooklyn Bridge love locks get unlocked

Are you familiar with the Ponts Des Arts in Paris? It's a bridge that recently collapsed in part due to love padlocks attached to the bridge containing names and dates signifying memorable moments in the lives of numerous Brooklynites and New Yorkers.

Our Dipti Kumar reports on the measure being taken to protect the padlocks that are currently attached to the Brooklyn Bridge in this video update.


Le chocolat, c'est magnifique: French chocolatier is the new Willy Wonka of Montague Street

Welcome to Montague Street, Willy Wonka.

Or perhaps we should we say, Bienvenue, mon chef.

Brooklyn Heights' new chocolate factory is opening Thursday – and its chocolatier, who devised the recipes for 32 different types of truffles and makes the candy himself, is a French pastry chef who grew up in Paris and Geneva.


‘A Diamond Is Forever’ novel challenges the commitment of ‘Forever’

“A Diamond Is Forever” – the slogan quoted again and again in diamond advertisements even today – is a central theme in Brooklyn author J. Courtney Sullivan’s newest novel, “The Engagements,” which will be featured June 17 at Community Bookstore at 7 p.m.  
“The Engagements” weaves between four very different marriages as well as Frances Gerety’s story, the ads woman who coined the famous diamond slogan, as the characters test the accuracy of Gerety’s words.  


United Photo Industries to lead public tour of ‘THE FENCE’

On Wednesday, June 18 at 11 a.m., United Photo Industries (UPI) principals Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley and Laura Roumanos will lead a public tour of the newly installed “THE FENCE,” a 1,000 ft. outdoor photographic installation that stretches along the Greenway from DUMBO at the north end of Brooklyn Bridge Park to Pier 5 at Joralemon Street in the south. The 2014 edition of THE FENCE features the work of 40 photographers who capture the essence of "community,” falling within the categories of HOME, STREETS, PEOPLE, CREATURES and PLAY.


SummerStage kids offers free performing arts events in Brooklyn

City Parks Foundation has announced the 2014 launch of SummerStage Kids, New York City’s unique, interactive family festival presenting more than 90 performing arts events at 30 locations citywide. This free festival will run from June 21 to August 19 in Brooklyn, exposing audiences to the local, national and international world of arts and culture, through a diverse collection of engaging artists unparalleled by any other festival of its kind in New York City.


Boundless frustration at Red Hook Sandy oversight hearing

When it comes to the devastation of Red Hook residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy, it’s hard to know where to start.


Brooklyn judge puts off LICH decision; focus on community needs assessment

State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on Tuesday reserved his decision on the fate of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) after hearing final arguments from community groups that some of the rankings of the proposals should be tossed for not following the rules of the state’s RFP.

SUNY and the state Department of Health argued that the rankings should stand and the process of selling LICH should continue.


Welcome to Squibb Bridge, Brooklyn Heights' very own bouncy bridge!

The popular Squibb Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge that many call "the Bouncy Bridge", opened March 21, 2013, as an connection between Brooklyn Heights, high on its famous bluff, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, which sits at sea level. Tuesday, a few hours before a Rosanne Cash concert in the park to benefit St. Ann's Warehouse, we surveyed a few people who walk that bridge.


Kings County Housing Court Bar Association celebrates 13th annual awards luncheon

The Kings County Housing Court Bar Association (KCHCBA) celebrated its 13th annual awards luncheon Monday at the Forchelli Conference Center at Brooklyn Law School. 

KCHCBA President Michael Rosenthal welcomed attendees with call for more members.  "This is not a landlord's bar," Rosenthal reminded seeking additional members from all aspects of landlord/tenant law. 

Brooklyn Housing Court Judge Hannah Cohen and court attorney  Damian Secaira-Cotto were among the afternoon's honorees. 



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