Tucker Reed is sweet on Brooklyn—big time. A resident of Prospect Heights who enjoys frequenting the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Reed is a champion of the city’s most populous borough. He is a ball of energy as he talks about all of the work the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has done with him as president for the past two years, from supporting the technology sector with the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Coalition to establishing Downtown Brooklyn as New York City’s college town. About a year after Commercial Observer conducted the Sit-Down interview with Mr. Tucker, we wanted to check in and see how the nonprofit has been doing with the reinvention of Downtown Brooklyn.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced two new tech initiatives to expand the city’s access to wireless and broadband connectivity, one of which encourages the deployment of leading broadband technologies across its commercial real estate buildings.
The Wireless Corridor Challenge will establish new public WiFi corridors in each of the five boroughs, while WiredNYC, described as LEED Read More
In January, the Brooklyn Academy of Music announced that they’d be hosting a three-day music festival, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (named for the Walt Whitman poem) curated by the Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of Brooklyn-based “indie” megagroup The National. Today, they announced the lineup. Surprisingly, no performance by The National! But a bunch of other bands—quite a few from Brooklyn, of course—will be there.
Those bands are:
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A music festival grows in Brooklyn!
James Levine will not be conducting at the Metropolitan Opera this fall. There is no fall season at the New York City Opera. It is the end of an era for an art form and a city.
Mr. Levine, who has suffered yet another setback in a long series of health problems, retains the title of music director, but there is now little doubt that his period of leadership is over.
Things we learned today: The hugely popular Final Fantasy games have their own concert series!
Distant Worlds: Music From FINAL FANTASY will make its New York premiere in April at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The concert features an orchestra and soloists included Susan Calloway, who recorded vocals for Final Fantasy Read More
“I have to tell you,” Yoko Ono said to her audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night, a few days before her 77th birthday, “you have a long life ahead of you, and it’s going to be beautiful.” Her Brooklyn Academy of Music show–half concert, half tribute–was filled with all Read More
This takes care of one obstacle: Stephen C. Byrd, the Broadway producer with the rights to stage Streetcar, has told The Times that he wants to help transfer the Cate Blanchett BAM production to Broadway.
He hasn’t seen it yet, but he hears good things:
“From what I’ve heard, it’s fabulous, and Read More
The New York Times today dissects the possiblity of an extremely successful Australian production of A Streetcar Named Desire, currently playing at BAM, moving to Broadway.
That possibility appears small. In an “active but brutal” season where celebrity appearances have proved key to success, the buzzy Blanchett Streetcar would Read More
David Mamet’s new play is here! The play that was to be Mamet, back in classic Mamet form! With a plot so incendiary that nothing about it could be revealed before performances started! With its poster and Playbill cover featuring only a simple, sexy shot of a shapely black woman’s legs in a slinky, red-sequined Read More