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docgoodenNew York Yankees baseball legend Dwight “Doc” Gooden will be in Sheepshead Bay this Saturday, signing photos and copies of his memoir to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Sheepshead Bay’s Ridgewood Savings Bank (2520 East 17th Street).

The feared pitcher, who played for both the Mets and the Yankees, as well as other teams, during his 16-year MLB career will dole out autographed photos for free to those who stop by the event. The youngest player to appear in an All Star Game, Gooden was known for his 98 mph pitch and curveball.

Gooden struggled over the years with alcohol and drug abuse, an experience he eventually overcame and detailed in his 2013 autobiography Doc: A Memoir. Signed copies of the book will be available at the event for $20, with all proceeds from the sale going to support the Bay Improvement Group.

The signing event will kick off at noon and last until 2:00 p.m.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes will sign free copies of his book, "Incident at Howard Beach: The Case for Murder"

The public is cordially invited to attend a complimentary* book signing featuring six-term Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Howard Beach incident and the re-release of his book, “Incident at Howard Beach.”

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The DA’s book signing will be held at the Law Office of Baron Associates P.C., 2509 Avenue U (between Bedford Avenue and East 26th Street), January 17 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

For those of you too young to remember, here is the book’s description, which paints an apt picture of the racial turmoil that enveloped our city more than 25 years ago:

In December of 1986, “Howard Beach” became a code all over the world for the worst in racial tensions. The story behind the Howard Beach incident, its investigation, and the subsequent trial is a story of hatred, brutality and deceit; of media outcry, political shuffling, and public manipulation: of a cast of characters ranging from petrified politicians and outraged black activists to the quiet citizens of an insular suburb. But it was up to one man to bring the case to trial and steer it to its fair conclusion: Special Prosecutor Charles J. “Joe” Hynes. Incident at Howard Beach is his story — a riveting and candid exposé of his fight to discern what really happened that night, his struggle to make a coherent case out of those events, and the battles and tactics he used during the trial a year later in state supreme court. From the on-site investigation through jury selection, behind-the-scenes deal-making and trial deliberation, here is everything that led to the convictions and helped to quiet a city in turmoil.

*According to a spokesperson from Baron Associates P.C., you are guaranteed a free book** as long as you RSVP. If you have not yet made your RSVP, and there are still extra books, those will be distributed as well.

** Because of demand, organizers have asked we change the above to first 100 RSVP’s received a free book. (Update: 8:15 p.m.)

To RSVP, call Baron Associates P.C. Office Manager Eugene Burko at (718) 934-6501 or email him at

Source: Barnes & Noble

You think you know Coney Island? Think you got the whole history of America’s most famous amusement park figured out by a cursory trip to Wikipedia?

Fuggedaboudit. You don’t know jack squat.

When it comes to knowing Coney Island — I mean really, really knowing Coney Island — that is a matter best left to professionals, the most knowledgeable of which is historian and Coney Island native son Charles Denson, author of the newly-released Coney Island and Astroland and definitive expert on All Things Coney. Denson, executive director of the Coney Island History Project (CIHP), will be signing copies of his book during a book release party, June 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at CIHP’s free public exhibition center, 3059 West 12th Street (just off the Boardwalk, at the entrance to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park).

In Coney Island and Astroland, Denson explores the historic area’s changing architectural streetscape through more than 200 never-before-seen vintage images from the Astroland Archive, the Coney Island History Project Archive, and his personal collection. A limited number of pages from the book are available for preview on Amazon, and you can also watch a YouTube video promo. Sweet!

Signed copies of Coney Island and Astroland (128 pages, $21.99) will be available for purchase at the Coney Island History Project exhibition center and via the Coney Island History Project’s website. To learn more, email