The Thomas Edison of College Rock

I’ve been thinking about college rock, indie rock, whatever you want to call it, this thing that defines the listening habits of over-sensitive young white people, this entity that makes us feel superior to the person sitting across from us on the F Train who looks like they listen to Maroon 5. I was reflecting [...]

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Do They Have Sharks in the River Liffey? Because U2 Just Jumped One

I tend to give U2 the benefit of the doubt because, let’s face it, a band that popular could have been a hell of a lot worse. U2 have been the biggest rock band on earth for about 30 years now (only Metallica have even vaguely given them a run for their money), and generally [...]

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“Your Mother Should Know” is a TURD

“Your Mother Should Know” by the Beatles came on the radio. I have heard this song perhaps as many times as there are grains of sand in the River Ganges; yet for the first time I realized THIS SONG IS A TURD.  If a cotton candy machine (hidden in the greasy, cobweb-laced cellar of a [...]

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Brooklyn Book Festival Next Sunday, September 21

The ninth annual Brooklyn Book Festival will be on Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at Borough Hall and Columbus Park (immediately north of Borough Hall). There will be readings by and discussions with writers, readings and activities for children, and books for sale. There’s more information here. During the coming week [...]
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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Tinderbox” a novel by Lisa Gornick

What makes a home? Myra, a therapist, lives alone in a brownstone in the West 90s. Now that her children are grown, Myra has arranged her large house just the way she likes it: her office is in the basement, she gardens in the back, she loves her kitchen. Her daughter, Caro lives nearby and [...]

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Jo Anne Simon Wins 52nd AD Democratic Primary, Will Face Guitar Playing GOP Challenger in November

Jo Anne Simon won the Democratic nomination in the 52nd Assembly District Tuesday with opponents Pete Sikora coming in second and dark horse candidate/Brooklyn Heights resident Doug Biviano third. Simon was the winner of our Readers’Endorsement poll.
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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, The Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate” by Rose George

The clothes you are wearing, the iPad you are holding, the computer I’m using to write this review have something important in common: they were, in all likelihood, manufactured someplace far away from where you sit, and they got to you by ship. A big ship. Brooklyn Heights readers need only walk over to the [...]

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Justin Bieber Piñata On Sale at Key Food in Brooklyn Heights

And we thought the big news at Key Food on Montague Street was the announcement of a Dietz and Watson food truck visit on September 11. Now comes word via Twitter of a Justin Bieber piñata on sale at there. This, friends, is something the whole world wants and needs- the chance to smack ol’ [...]
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Cobble Hill Author Jessie Burton to Appear at Book Court on September 13

Cobble Hill author Jessie Burton will discuss her debut novel “The Miniaturist” at Book Court on September 13.
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Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway Shoot ‘The Intern’ in Cobble Hill

Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro were in Cobble Hill this week filming “The Intern“. The shoot happened around Cheever Place and Cobble Hill Park. The production will reportedly be back later this month. DeNiro plays the title character who works for a tech company run by Hathaway. The film is scheduled for a September 2015 [...]
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On The Day Jeter Celebrates Retirement, BH Softball Starts Anew

Yes, sports fans, it’s true: the Yankees #2 man (sorry, no one can ever supplant the immortal Babe!) will celebrate his imminent retirement tomorrow. You could pay your respects at the Stadium [Tickets range from $90 to $3,562 on StubHub] and sit passively as “El Capitán” receives an assortment of inane gifts [How many remember [...]
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SFC Water Polo Opens Defense of 2013 Eastern Title Saturday at Princeton

Less than a year ago the St. Francis Men’s water polo team delivered perhaps their finest performance of the season in beating Princeton University 11-9 to capture their second-straight College Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship and advance to the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Tournament for the send year in a row. A lot has changed [...]
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Watch Candidates for the 52nd Assembly District Talk The Simpsons, Buzzfeed and Netflix at Brooklyn Heights Blog Debate

All politics is local – but how connected are politicians to “the locals?” Most everyone we know has watched The Simpsons, is either addicted to or hates Buzzfeed and they’ve definitely binge watched something on Netflix (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black etc). BHB Candidate Interviews: Jo Anne Simon | Pete Sikora | [...]
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Jeter Will Rise Again! The Truth Behind His So-Called “Retirement.”

A true rumor defies the post-space age hum of the Internet. A true rumor is like a summer rain: it may come on suddenly or it may not come at all, it may be sensed as a lithium lightness in the air when it is an eighth of a mile or a way or it [...]

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Tell the Bartender Episode 42: An Education

Listen to Episode 42: An Education Download From iTunes Here In this episode: The incredibly talented Mychal Denzel Smith is a contributing writer at The Nation, freelances for other major publications, makes frequent appearances on television and is prodigious on Twitter. He also spent four years at a distinguished university but never graduated. This is a story about questioning […]
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The Doomed Sex Geckos Make Me Celebrate Life and Here’s Why

For the rest of our lives, we will all remember where we were on September 2, 2014, when we heard that the Russian Sex Geckos had died in space. These randy reptiles, who sacrificed their lives to make the vast emptiness of the cosmos safe for Astral Coitus, will forever be in our hearts, alongside [...]

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War: Not Just something Roger Waters whines about.

My brother Peter turns 60 this week.  That is a singular event that I would like to mark pleasantly – Peter is a kind, handsome, and brilliant man who has made a considerable mark as an educator – but I mention this event only to note this: Peter turned 18 in 1972.  That’s pretty significant, [...]

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I tell The Turtlenauts of Zond 5 about the Replacements, Joe Ely, Phil Ochs, the Mekons, and the lack of a true self

  Although tortoises are not mammals, humankind should remain in awe of the achievement of Bek and Lek, two tortoises who circled the moon on September 18, 1968. This is not fantasy: In 1968, the Soviets Russians were frantically attempting to beat the Americans and the Apollo space program to the moon.  They launched the [...]

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