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Brooklyn author to release ‘Now I See You’ at local bookstore

Brooklyn author Nicole C. Kear’s memoir “Now I See You,” which focuses on Kear’s journey as a legally-blind mother of three, will be launched at BookCourt at 7 p.m. on June 24.  

The memoir show Kear as she steps out of the “blindness closet,” putting an end to a cycle of shame and secrecy. With the raw emotion of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and the whip-smart humor of Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” Kear explores the impact her deteriorating eyesight has had on her life choices, and how becoming a mother forced her to surrender the lie she’d been to.


Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off Thursday

Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program signals the start of summer days filled with beloved books for thousands of kids.

This year’s launch-day party at BPL’s Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza is slated for Thursday, June 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brooklyn favorite “Carmelo the Science Fellow” will be a special guest, along with attractions from the Prospect Park Zoo, The Intrepid, and the New York Hall of Science. BPL President & CEO Linda E. Johnson and Master of Ceremonies (and DJ) Elaine Gil will be on hand.


Excited by the crowds, worried about the rent: Conversations with artists in Bushwick

“It’s amazing,” said Colm Henry, leaning forward in his chair. A painter in Bushwick for eight years, he’s participated in the annual “Open Studios” events since their inception, but he said he still couldn’t believe the crowds. “It’s getting bigger and more popular every time.”

Mr. Henry had positioned himself in the corner of a live-work studio space at 449 Troutman St. that he shares with two others.


A clover field grows in Brooklyn: John Street Pasture opens to the public on Saturday

Here's something you don't see in Brooklyn everyday — a clover field.

John Street Pasture, located at 1 John Street in DUMBO, will open to the public this Saturday, but a group of reporters got a chance to preview the temporary park along with Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Andrea Reynosa, the artist/farmer responsible for creating the installation, on Tuesday morning.


Brooklyn judge hears LICH supporters' motion to throw out RFP scores

When a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) to sell Long Island College Hospital (LICH) was negotiated by SUNY and LICH advocates, it was hailed by Mayor de Blasio, city officials and the state.

Unlike two earlier attempts by SUNY to sell LICH, the revised RFP was specifically crafted to attract a full-service hospital operator to the Cobble Hill campus.


UPDATE: ‘THE FENCE’ to open at Brooklyn Bridge Park June 16

THE FENCE, a project created by United Photo Industries, is opening at Brooklyn Bridge Park June 16. There will be a public tour on Wednesday, June 18 at 11 a.m. Now in its third year, THE FENCE is a 1,000-foot photographic installation that stretches along the Greenway from DUMBO at the north end of the park to Pier 5 at Joralemon Street in the south.


Brooklyn Bridge Park announces 2014 Books Beneath the Bridge series line-up

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) has announced the full lineup for its third annual Books Beneath the Bridge series. This free summer literary series, which features outdoor readings curated by local, independent bookstores, will begin on July 7 at 7 p.m. and run for six consecutive Mondays at Pier 1’s Granite Prospect. The lead sponsor for the series is AT&T. 


Former DA sullied by report of desperate campaign tactics

A report by the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) is being used to levy probable criminal charges against a politician, expose ethical violations by a respected jurist and raise serious questions on judicial ethics and political campaigns. The 27-page report accuses former Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes of misusing public funds and improperly using the office as a pseudo-campaign headquarters with staff members acting as campaign staffers.


Renowned writer David Sedaris to speak in Cobble Hill

David Sedaris, one of today’s most influential  writers, is coming to Brooklyn to discuss his latest collection, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” (Back Bay Books), on-sale in paperback June 3. Sedaris —the acclaimed author of numerous #1 New York Times bestsellers, including “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Naked” — will appear in Brooklyn on June 5 to discuss his recent work at BookCourt in Cobble Hill.


SUNY fast-tracks Fortis-NYU bid for Long Island College Hospital

After just five days of negotiations, SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall said on Monday that SUNY was “making good progress” with developer Fortis Property Group’s proposal to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH).



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