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  BAMcinemaFest begins its sixth year on Wednesday, the first of 12 days of the best in independent cinema. While it features highly anticipated indies like Boyhood and Snowpiercer, the festival also showcases local talent: almost a third of its features were directed by filmmakers who call Brooklyn home, a diverse crowd of natives and transplants, many of whom we spoke with about whether a "Brooklyn film scene" exists, about which theater is the best to see a...
In the middle of the night, the iconic Astroland Rocket returned to its rightful home, Coney Island. Once a ride called "The Star Flyer" in the amusement park holdout, it was "one of the first of the 'imaginary' space voyage simulators constructed during the Space Race," according to the Coney Island History Project, the small but vital museum that took custodianship of the icon. "The Rocket showed simulator films of 'rocket rides' while the...
Developers have been planning several new buildings around Central Park, tall condo towers for wealthy buyers seeking a pied-a-terre overlooking the park, which has New Yorkers worried about one thing in particular: sunlight. You can't build a yogurt chain in the Ramble, but you can bathe it in cold darkness so no one will want to wander there. There's also a similar fight going in Brooklyn, where developers want to build on Flatbush Avenue...
People might associate knishes more with, say, the Lower East Side, but "in fact, knishes are most definitely associated with Brooklyn," Laura Silver tells us. "There's a rich history of knishes in Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Flatbush and throughout the borough." It was the shuttering in 2006 of one  spot, Mrs. Stahl's Knishes in Brighton Beach, that sent Silver around the world in search of the potato pastry's history and modern expression. She'll read tonight...

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