The Local

Divided Hoop Loyalties Dunk Fans

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Chin up and chest puffed out, Adam Chlor swaggered through the double doors of Modell’s Sporting Goods and onto Flatbush Avenue, decked out in newly-bought black and white garb – Brooklyn Nets snapback, Deron Williams jersey, skinny jeans and matching high-top Chuck Taylor’s.

The 26-year-old Fort Greene native crossed the street toward the Nets’ $1 billion arena, then suddenly hooked a left and walked right by.

“You’ll never get me in Barclays Center to see a game,” Mr. Chlor said. “I love the Nets new design and the colors are hot, but I’m a Knicks fan at heart. I’ll support the Brooklyn Nets, because I’m from Brooklyn, but that’s it.”

Mr. Chlor isn’t alone.


Cigar Man Gives Voice to Nets

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

David Diamante, the in-house announcer for the Brooklyn Nets, also owns Diamante’s Cigar Shop in Fort Greene. He revels in that his dream job is just a five-minute walk away from where his family has called home for generations.

“It’s such a wonderful thing to able to represent the borough, it’s a real honor, something I don’t take lightly and I think without a doubt it’s good to have a local guy as the voice of our team,” Diamante said.



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New Art Rises From Fire’s Ashes

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Artist Sally Novak’s latest piece, titled “Benevolence,” features a linen curtain mounted over a red, yellow and orange acrylic painting of a fire.

“It’s just something that I had to get out,” Ms. Novak said.


Church Takes on Expanded Role

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Parishioners at the Church of St. Joseph will have extra reason to celebrate when they gather to mark the Feast of St. Joseph.

In one of his last acts as pope, Benedict XVI designated the Pacific Street church as co-cathedral of the Brooklyn Diocese – sharing responsibilities with the smaller St. James Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Brooklyn. The churches will house the chair of the bishop, and split duties hosting major diocesan events.

“The church is not a building, it is the people,” said Msgr. Kieran Harrington, the pastor of St. Joseph’s, as he informed the congregation of the church’s new status. “It is a great honor for you and me and this area.”


Moms Tackle Gun Control

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Sandy-Slammed Factory Recovers

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Forgotten Hoop Greats Honored

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Navy Yard Weathers the Storm

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Barclays Scalpers’ Street Game

Thursday, December 6th, 2012