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Spike Lee Organizes Block Party to Celebrate Life of Prince

Apr 24, 16 Spike Lee Organizes Block Party to Celebrate Life of Prince

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Within hours of the news that Prince (Rogers Nelson) had died, Spike Lee, the iconoclastic film director, held a block party outside the premises of “40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks” studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Hundreds of fans of the iconic rocker met to celebrate the life and music of Prince, whose style and genre of music is outside any definable box. Describing the unlikely “party,” 38-year-old Rob Robinson said, “Tonight is about the feelings Prince evoked in all the people who ever heard his music. Many musicians master an instrument. Prince touched hearts. Prince is about love.” Lee, dressed in purple to evoke Prince’s great song Purple Rain, danced and pranced through the crowd, singing along with every song spun by the DJ playing Prince’s music. “It’s a celebration,” Lee said. “We are here to celebrate Prince’s life.” The party ended with a 20-minute version of Purple Rain, leaving many teary-eyed, but happy to have joined in the festivities celebrating the musician’s...

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The Battle of the Dems Comes to Brooklyn

Apr 11, 16 The Battle of the Dems Comes to Brooklyn

Posted by in All, Politics

After a few accusations and finger pointing, the two left-standing Democratic candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have agreed on a date for their face-off debate. The two presidential wannabes both have deep roots in the Empire State: Hillary is a former New York senator, and Bernie is a homie who left to the greener pastures of Vermont, where he presently serves as a senator. The great debate date is inscribed to take place on April 14, in Brooklyn, and will be hosted by CNN in partnership with Time Warner Cable’s NY 1, a channel which is focused on New York news stories. Coming into the debate Clinton is ahead of Sanders by quite a bit delegate-wise. Sanders’ Wisconsin win last Tuesday gives him a nice boost and builds momentum. He has succeeded in the last five out of six primaries last held, helping Sanders campaign and giving Clinton a run for her money. The New York primary will be held on Tuesday, April 19, only five days after the...

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Vandals De-face Brooklyn Police Car

Apr 03, 16 Vandals De-face Brooklyn Police Car

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Two policemen of the 84th Precinct were about to go out on patrol when they were confronted with a disturbing sight: two swastikas were painted on the marked car, and one tire was slashed. The incident occurred in Downtown Brooklyn on Gold Street right in front of the police station. The policemen discovered the defaced car at about 6pm last Monday evening. One swastika, which was the pre-eminent symbol of the Nazi party during World War II, was found on the hood of the car, while the other was drawn on the door. Police are investigating and searching the area carefully for the culprit or culprits, hoping that nearby surveillance cameras can lead them to the...

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Women and the Environment: A Brief History of Involvement

Mar 31, 16 Women and the Environment: A Brief History of Involvement

Posted by in Business, Health, Lifestyle

We all know how important environmentalism is in today’s world.  But did you know that it took a woman from England to inspire action to do something about New York’s pollution back in the mid-1950s? In 1956, Hazel Henderson, the well-known futurist, immigrated to New York. Soon after her arrival in the US, she began a letter-writing campaign to clean up New York’s air. Reminded of London’s smog crisis of 1952, in which 4,000 people died, Henderson wrote letters to New York Mayor Robert Wagner describing the thick smog she observed from her apartment window. Wagner, in denial, retorted that what she saw was merely normal ‘mist’ rolling in from the sea. Henderson was not deterred, however, and proceeded to write letters to the presidents of major American broadcasting networks and sent copies to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. These letters urged them to broadcast the index of air pollution each day along with the daily weather report. Her efforts were successful five weeks later when WABC-TV in New York City began to report on the air pollution index, with CBS and NBC soon following suit. Soon after, Henderson and two friends created Citizens for Clean Air, an organization to warn residents about the health hazards of air pollution. Membership grew quickly with about three-quarters of the 25,000 members being women. Since then women have been especially active in this important arena of public health and welfare. From such notable women as Sheryl Corrigan, former Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to Gina McCarthy, the current administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, women have certainly made their mark in this important area of public...

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Get Real Achaar from Brooklyn Delhi

Mar 28, 16 Get Real Achaar from Brooklyn Delhi

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Until Chitra Agrawal started making her own achaar– strongly flavored Indian pickles- it was impossible to get properly made achaar in New York. Growing up, Agrawal loved eating lots of achaar, made by her aunts and grandmother back in India. When she grew up, she would bring back jars of the delicious treat back with her from India to New York. When Agrawal and her then boyfriend Ben Garthus finished the pickles, they soon realized that it was impossible to get as good tasting achaar in New York. She thought they were made with too much salt, preservatives, and “really bad oils.” Agrawal decided the time had come to simply make them herself. “Achaar is made all over India, but the type of fruits, vegetables, and oils they use vary by location,” Agrawal explained. “In the south, they often use sesame oil and spices like fenugreek. In the north, they might make it from carrot or cauliflower, in a base of mustard oil with nigella seeds.” Agrawal’s achaar is made with small amounts of salt and oil, allowing the freshness of the local ingredients she was using burst through. The first few batches that she made she served at pop-up dinners and cooking classes that she was already hosting. “People responded because they’re really different in flavor and more intense than something like a chutney, which you make and eat when it’s fresh” she said. “With achaar, the flavor gets better over time.” With so much support from the people who tried her achaar, she decided to launch Brooklyn...

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Jacques Torres Chocolates Growing in Brooklyn

Mar 17, 16 Jacques Torres Chocolates Growing in Brooklyn

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This past Valentine’s Day marked an important milestone for Jacques Torres Chocolates: they celebrated the opening of a brand new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Valentine’s Day is the biggest single day of the year for purchasing chocolates. On that day alone the company sold close to 300 tons of tasty chocolate, 10 percent of that amount coming from Torres’ Sunset Park facility. “I’m infected by your love and passion for chocolate, for manufacturing,” said City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, who is the representative of the neighborhood where Torres’ chocolates are produced. “This is something beyond the sum of its parts and you are bringing that to Sunset Park and we are lucky to have you.” Torres, who began his company 50 years ago in nearby DUMBO says he will stick to hiring local residents for his new facility. “Everybody that built this place from our contractor Dominic, to the electrician, to the plumber, everybody is from the neighborhood,” Torres said. The new chocolate manufacturing plant is only just the beginning of big changes to come to the Sunset Park area and the Brooklyn Army Terminal in particular. There has been over $100 million invested in the industrial complex by the Economic Development Corporation with the goal of injecting the area with about 2,000 new jobs. “What Sunset Park is becoming is really the epicenter of New York City’s manufacturing renaissance,” said EDC President Maria...

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10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards Gala

Mar 17, 16 10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards Gala

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On January 28th, 2016, the awards were presented for the 10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards. The award categories, given out by M&A Advisor included: Transaction of the Year, Refinancing of the Year, Sector Deal of the Year, Firm of the Year, Restructuring of the Year, Turnaround Product/Service of the Year and Professional of the Year. There were over 200 companies that participated and the judging was done by an independent panel of experts in the industry. Canaccord Genuity was honored to win in two categories. Geoff Richards, the Head of US Debt Finance & Restructuring for Canaccord Genuity, is also an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law. They were selected as the winners in two categories. They won as the Healthcare and Life Sciences Deal of the Year winners and Canaccord Genuity with Geoff Richards also won as the Distressed M&A Deal of the Year ($50 million to $100 million). The awards ceremony took place the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and were attended, as David Fergusson, the co-CEO and President of the M&A Advisor, said was attended by “the best of the distressed investing and reorganization industry in...

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The Fuel that Drives the New York Fashion Engine

Mar 09, 16 The Fuel that Drives the New York Fashion Engine

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Many observers recognize New York as the fashion capital of the world. Have you ever wondered about the people that have helped to create this reputation for the Big Apple? In 2015 there were some special designers that added to New York’s reputation in this trillion-dollar industry. Kara Laricks is an enormously successful fashion designer, but she did not start out in this profession; not even close. For ten years she worked as a teacher of elementary school children. Although she loved design as a child, she decided to choose a “safe” profession. She was born in 1973, and graduated from Academy of Art University of San Francisco in 2008. She now lives and works in New York City. Born on May 31, 1986, Jérôme´ LaMaar is a fifth generation New Yorker, of Cuban, Ethiopian and Afro-Portuguese heritage. Born in the Bronx, he began his career in fashion when he was only 15, working as an intern for Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simons, in 2001. Also uncertain about his career direction, (like Laricks), LaMaar first enrolled at Brown University with the intention of studying Physics. Lucky for us fashionistas he decided to head for the walkway and went to the Fashion Institute of Technology right here in NYC, studying Fashion Design and Fabric Styling. Oh, and we know his birthday from his label: 5:31 Jérôme. Kim Haller is not a native New Yorker. She was raised in Indiana until she moved with her family to Australia.  In the mid-1980s she came back to the US to attend the Parsons School of Design. Haller joined Calvin Klein in 1989 and within her first year there became their main knitwear designer. She launched her own consultancy business in 1995, Kim Haller Design. Her firm gave concept, design and technical support to up-and-running designers who were anxious to expand and develop their knitwear collections. The great industry of fashion is fueled by a wide variety of talented, hard-working individuals who are creative, innovative and from an...

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