WITH ITS HUGE COLLECTION of popular restaurants and bars, Bay Ridge can also boast that it’s the birthplace of the largest number of pop music bands in Brooklyn. To name just a few: Frankie Mara Band, Pill Hill Radio, Prodigal Child (also played in Bay Ridge as City Kids some years ago), John Schmidt Band,..
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS’ RESIDENT LAURA WALKER takes seriously her mission to strengthen WNYC, New York City’s NPR outlet. This was brought home recently when Eagle columnist Charles Otey questioned in an open letter — albeit with admiration — the direction WNYC is taking: “At the risk of sounding like a troglodyte, I am puzzled as to..
THE WORLD-RENOWNED BROOKLYN MUSEUM, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country, has permanent collections ranging from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, representing a wide range of cultures. Now and then, though, curators initiate more unorthodox exhibitions, drawing on the various talents of artists close to home. “Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition,”..
OFTEN SEEN ON THE STREETS of Brooklyn Heights is a tall, athletic and intensely focused jogger whose tortoise-shell glasses and full head of dark hair bring to mind the character Clark Kent — the mild-mannered reporter and alter ego for Superman. To many of his Heights neighbors, this studious athlete really is a superman in..
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WATER is a revealing look into Haitian-American culture as it has manifested in Brooklyn — a rare glimpse into a world of music, spirituality and cultural activism. The film follows a group of young immigrants as they reinvent ancient Haitian music on the streets of Brooklyn in an experience that..
EVEN TODAY, BROOKLYN HEIGHTS is still a magnet for hardworking immigrants looking for a new life in America. Take SERGEY and ROBERT ISAKOV — for these brothers, born in Uzbekistan, cutting hair is a family tradition they have carried to the Heights. In their youth, both Sergey and Robert learned the trade from their grandfather…
TODAY AND TOMORROW, REV. ROGER McPHAIL, founder and senior pastor of Bay Ridge’s Gateway City Church, with his wife Teresa, will play host to the local arm of a global phenomenon: the mega-church annual leadership seminar originating at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. McPhail’s church, now 18 years old, will be one..
WHEN LEIGH-TAYLOR SMITH competes in the 2009 Miss America pageant as Miss New York, she will own a debt of gratitude to Kimberly Thomas. With all the recent publicity surrounding the Miss Brooklyn contest, which Smith won before going on to become Miss New York, it is interesting to note that until this February, there..
SOME GREAT IDEAS COME TO Brooklyn via the Second City (that’s Chicago, for the uninitiated). Columbia Street/Red Hook entrepreneur artists LYNETTE and GEOFF WILEY were living in Chicago when something hit them: all their artist friends were practicing in single rented studios — a solitary creative existence. Thus they came up with the idea called..
FOR LESLIE LEWIS, the phrase “pro bono publico” (“for the public good”) runs as the undertone of his current life. “I feel like the king of pro bono,” says Lewis, the volunteer criminal justice liaison for Borough Prez. Marty Markowitz, and perennial president of the 84th Precinct Community Council. “But not because I’m a saint…