Thousands expected at Lubavitcher Rebbe's grave

Thousands of people are arriving at the grave of a revered New York City rabbi to mark the 19th anniversary of his death.

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson led the Chabad Lubavitch movement based in Crown Heights for more than 40 years.

Schneerson was 92 when he died on June 12, 1994. According to the Jewish calendar, the anniversary of his death is being observed for the 24 hours that started at sundown Monday.

Lubavitch Jews and other admirers of Schneerson are expected to visit his gravesite in Cambria Heights, Queens from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.


High school students hit the big time with art exhibit

Twelve New York City high school students are getting to see what Andy Warhol must have felt when his painting depicting Campbell soup cans first went on display in a gallery. The students’ artwork and art-related research projects are part of an exhibition in Brooklyn’s Industry City at Bush Terminal running from now until June 23.


McCarren Park visitors have new pathways to enjoy

Visitors to McCarren Park in Greenpoint can enjoy it even more than they did before, thanks to a renovation of the recreation area done by the parks Department with funds obtained from the city budget by Councilman Stephen Levin.


Successful ‘iMentor’ year wraps up with picnic in Brooklyn

High school students and their mentors celebrated a year of successful “iMentoring” on Saturday with games, lunch from Panera, and fun activities like funny dress up and T-shirt making at a picnic in Cadman Plaza Park, Downtown Brooklyn.

In this innovative program, volunteer mentors and their student partners communicate by email and meet in person once a month, following a set curriculum with college as the end goal. The program supports schools made up of primarily low-income students.


P.S. 8 Paddlewheeler helps make up for city budget cuts

Families packed Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday for the annual P.S. 8 Paddlewheeler Festival.

A yearly rite of spring for ten years running, the festival raises much-needed funds for the growing school, and brings the community together for carnival rides, hair painting – and the ever-popular Dunk-the-Principal event, in which Principal Seth Phillips gets soaked.


Lentol demands crackdown on ‘deceitful’ mortgage lenders

The state should be doing more to assist homeowners whose houses are in foreclosure proceedings, according to Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, who said that at the very least they should be protected from what he called “deceitful business practices perpetrated by mortgage lenders.”


Brooklynite makes case for having and being an only child

Brooklyn-based writer Lauren Sandler grew up an only child. Now, she herself is a mother of one. In her new book “One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One” (Simon & Schuster, June 11), Sandler wholeheartedly explores the subject, taking into account the largely misguided stigmas and stereotypes that are inextricably attached to only children. The author will appear at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on Tuesday, June 11, for a reading, audience Q&A, and book signing.


How DA candidates would reform marijuana prosecution

Earlier, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on the candidates for Brooklyn District Attorney and their stance on the criminalization of marijuana possession.

While each candidate agrees that there should be an effort to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view by treating those offenses as non-criminal violations rather than a misdemeanor, the tack each would take towards that goal varies.  


Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce celebrates new offices at 335 Adams Street

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce celebrated the official grand opening on Friday of its new offices with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 335 Adams Street at Renaissance Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn.

The Chamber moved to its new offices inside Suite 2700 last month as the organization continues to grow and serve the needs of the borough's business community.


Filmmaker launches new Verdi film at Park Slope’s Casa Duse

On the evening of Thursday, May 30, a large crowd arrived at Casa Duse to celebrate special clips of a new film entitled “27.” It was made to launch the bicentennial of the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) whose 27 operas are as inspiring and thrilling now as they were then.



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