June 26, 1991 |
In his stunning debut film, Straight Out of Brooklyn, Matty Rich thwacks you in the solar plexus, bringing a documentary urgency to his chronicle of a family tragedy that boasts the poignancy of that other borough classic, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Although conceived almost a century apart, both Brooklyns are stories of ethnic minorities embittered by discrimination and poverty. Where Betty Smith's novel evoked Irish immigrants shoehorned into tenements, Rich's film etches the life of a black underclass marginalized in public housing projects.
October 23, 2007 |
Kevin Phillips, a 6-foot-7 forward from New York's Bishop Loughlin High School, has orally committed to Drexel. Phillips averaged 11 points and nine rebounds for Loughlin last season. "He's a pretty player," Loughlin coach Khalid Green said yesterday. "He uses his athleticism, and he does all the little things well. He plays very good defense, and his strongest asset might be his rebounding. " Phillips and teammate James Johnson, a guard who committed to Quinnipiac, announced their college choices Sunday night before the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation's Boroughs vs. the Burbs All State Game.
November 20, 2015 |
IN THE RADICALLY decent "Brooklyn," a poor, vulnerable Irish girl arrives in America and . . . nothing awful happens. You keep waiting for folks to exploit poor little Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), but nobody does, and this is somehow transfixing. The been-around-the-block dame on the boat to the U.S. gives Eilis useful advice. The priest (Jim Broadbent) who sponsors her is honest, compassionate and helpful. The landlady (Julie Walters) who houses her gives her the best room and a hilarious floor show with every meal.
November 4, 2012 |
Brooklyn made a winning return to major pro sports Saturday night as the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors, 107-100, in the first game at Barclays Center. After a 55-year wait that was extended a couple of extra days by Hurricane Sandy, the borough finally has a team of its own again, and the Nets think it's going to be a good one. Brook Lopez scored 27 points, and Deron Williams added 19 points and nine assists for the Nets. A sold-out crowd of 17,732 that included entertainers Jay-Z, a part-owner, and wife Beyoncé chanted "Brooklyn!
April 15, 1992 |
Darryle Flicking, a 6-3, 180-pound senior shooting guard from Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn, will sign a national letter of intent with Temple today, the first day of the late signing period. Flicking, whose stock rose as the season progressed, averaged 20.4 points and 3.5 assists a game and shot 61 percent from the field. He is seen as a replacement for Rick Brunson, who last month decided to transfer to Boston College following a somewhat disappointing freshman season.
January 17, 2003 |
Bach usually benefits from an artist's belief that the world is a highly ordered place, and no doubt the sense of control Simone Dinnerstein placed on the composer's French Suite No. 5 in G major made the work a bastion of reason. True, too, that the Brooklyn pianist's marvelously smooth articulation added a gloss of beauty to everything she touched. But it wasn't until the last movement, the excitable "Gigue," that everything Dinnerstein has to offer crystallized. Here, she understood what's possible when Bach's complexity and euphoria converge.
November 29, 2012 |
WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia, of Philadelphia, will fight Zab Judah on Feb. 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Garcia announced the fight on his Twitter feed Wednesday night. Garcia, 24, is 25-0 with 16 knockouts. Judah, 35, has a 42-7 record. He has 29 knockouts. The fight originally was scheduled for January.
August 17, 2012
THE ATLANTIC 10 women's basketball tournament is changing things up in an effort to make a little history at the new arena in Brooklyn. The first three rounds of the tourney will take place at Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena March 8-11, but the championship game will be held March 16 at the Barclays Center following the semifinals of the men's tournament. One ticket will suffice for the tripleheader, which starts with a men's semifinal game at 1:30 p.m. The women's championship is slated for 7 p.m. and tickets exclusively for that contest also will be available.
October 25, 2012 |
NOW HOCKEY is coming to Brooklyn. The NHL's New York Islanders have agreed to move to the Barclays Center starting with the 2015-16 season. "Hello, Brooklyn!" Islanders owner Charles Wang said as he made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday. The lease agreement is for 25 years. Officials in nearby Nassau County, N.Y., have struggled for years to come up with a plan to either renovate or build a new arena to replace the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1972.
August 22, 1990 |
Did you say Last Exit to BERLIN? Something odd happened on the way to the screen adaption of Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr.'s sordid but compassionate anthology of stories about Brooklyn riffraff in the '50s. With Bach-like organ chords accompanying shadowy, expressionistic scenes of hookers strutting and junkies shooting up, the movie by German filmmaker Uli Edel is a decidedly Teutonic contrast of the spiritual and the decadent. Last Exit may have been made in and about Brooklyn, but it strikes you less as an authentic portrait of that borough's lowlife, circa 1952, than as an evocation of artist Georg Grosz's grizzled Berlin grotesques, circa 1925.