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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Bushwick CONSUMERS’ CORNER

More Spring Savings

By Joe Maniscalco Comment
Bushwick

Bringing home the bacon to Brooklyn: Fresh Funding for Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, other local organizations

While all the pork barrel dust hasn’t settled from the state’s recently passed $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget, several large entities on the northern end of Brooklyn did appear to get large allocations. Comment
Bushwick

Atlantic Yards blood sport

The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Williamsburg

Technology fun at charter school

Beginning with Children Charter School students dazzled their friends and families with a keen knowledge of computers, mapping programs and a host of other technological feats at its annual technology fair. Comment
Williamsburg

Tavis Smiley to send off graduates: Journalist and advocate commencement speaker at LIU’s May 15 graduation

A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment
Williamsburg

Taking steps against obesity, diabetes: Local congresswoman awards El Puente with funds for group’s new health campaign

El Puente, the renowned Williamsburg and Bushwick-based social justice organization, launched an anti-obesity and diabetes campaign last week, taking aim at diseases that disproportionately effect people of color. Comment
Williamsburg

Stamping out hunger

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment
Williamsburg

Shining spotlight on building issues: Assemblyman Joseph Lentol wants to create new agency to oversee construction

Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, whose Williamsburg-Greenpoint district has seen a boom of building construction in recent years, announced a plan to improve oversight of rampant construction violations. Comment
Williamsburg

Shining a light on hate crimes: DA panel reaches out to Brooklyn’s LGBT community in discussing difficult cases

It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment
Williamsburg

Ready for some baseball

Play ball! Comment
Williamsburg

Reading the ‘newspaper of the street’: A ride-along with cops as they search the neighborhood for gang-related street graffiti

Detective Philip O’Rourke jumps into the backseat of a dented unmarked vehicle owned by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office after examining a wall of freshly sprayed graffiti. Comment
Williamsburg

New plans for Wythe Avenue firehouse

The building that once housed Firehouse 212, which closed in 2004 despite loud community opposition, will be turned over to two local non-profit organizations that will turn the space into a community center, the city’s Economic Development Corporation announced last Friday. Comment
Williamsburg

May Day march for rights: Immigrant activists speak out for fair wages, equality

Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment
Williamsburg

Lost in translation at city drugstores: Local activists fight for improved language services in NYC pharmacies

Community activists from Make the Road New York added new complainants to join a pending civil rights complaint with the New York State Attorney General’s Office against language discrimination at pharmacies throughout Brooklyn. Comment
Williamsburg

home sweet home: Tenants back at 475 Kent

After more than 100 days in exile, the tenants of 475 Kent Avenue are finally back in their homes and places of work. Comment
Williamsburg

Helping autistic children shine: FirefliesNY, a new BK martial arts program, caters to children with special needs

When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment
Williamsburg

Building ‘too high’

Add Assemblymember Joseph Lentol to the increasingly vocal list of area residents uncomfortable with the scale of the proposed development on the former Domino Sugar factory. Comment
Williamsburg

Carrying the torch for human rights

Brooklyn helped fan the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling human torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment
Williamsburg

BK pockets hard hit: One third spend more than half of salary on rent

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment
Williamsburg

Bklyn GOP still has Fossella’s back: Local Republicans stand behind congressman following his DWI arrest

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment
Williamsburg

BURG ‘n’ POINT: Testing your metal at Black Rabbit: Questions You Don’t Know the Answers To, & other rounds, at weekly trivia night

What do black rabbits, funny white guys and Grandmaster Flash have in common? They all came up in Tuesday’s trivia night at, you guessed it, the Greenpoint bar Black Rabbit. Comment
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‘Tyranny’ inside City Hall

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment
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‘Stamp’ out hunger pains in Bklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment
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‘Practical’ author to lead healing circle

Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment
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‘Miss Brooklyn’ no more: Ratner tower demoted to ‘B1’; new plans revealed

Miss Brooklyn has undergone a serious facelift and has changed her name to Building One (B1), but she remains on the horizon in the borough’s future, according to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. Comment
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‘Brown gold’

The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10. Comment
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Workers on the march: Many demand fair wages and school funding

Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment
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Vito Fossella DWI scandal deepens: Brooklyn congressman faces jail time following Virginia arrest

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment
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Upcoming Opera hits a sour note: Some fear traffic snarls around Prospect Park

Opera lovers like Jasmine Meltzer are torn over an event next month that organizers say could draw 150,000 people to Prospect Park. Comment
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Ugly BK hate crimes

It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment
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78th Police Pct. salutes top crime-busters

Keen eyes during an early-morning patrol earned two cops from the 78th Precinct top honors last week. Comment
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Tavis Smiley at LIU commencement

A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment
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Protesting China games: Group denounces Beijing ‘08

Brooklyn helped fanned the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling human torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Prospect Park alliance serves up an ace

The Prospect Park Alliance held a benefit dinner at the Prospect Park Picnic House, Third Street and Prospect Park West, for the Park’s Tennis Center at the Parade Ground. Comment
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Prayers and tall salute to United States veterans

The courage of the valiant ones was recalled during a memorial mass presented by Michael A. Rawley Post 1636 of the American Legion. Comment
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Open-door policy: Annual Park Slope House tour returns

A grand Brooklyn tradition will continue on May 17 with the 49th annual Park Slope House Tour. Comment
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New SBDC to serve entrepreneurs

Borough entrepreneurs looking to open or expand their businesses have a local place of support, thanks to the opening of a new assistance unit at City Tech. Comment
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Meat is the real problem

It’s not about changing light bulbs anymore! Comment
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Martial arts Fireflies burning bright: Innovative program helps children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome thrive

When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment
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Let the games begin: Ribbon is cut on refurbished playgrounds

Students, school and local officials were on hand for the much-anticipated groundbreaking of two new refurbished community playgrounds on Sullivan Street in Red Hook. Comment
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Group: Drug stores practice discrimination: Call goes out for more translation services

Community activists from Make the Road New York added new complainants to join a pending civil rights complaint with the New York State Attorney General’s Office against language discrimination at pharmacies throughout Brooklyn. Comment
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Going by the numbers

In a recent issue, your newspaper mistakenly reported allocation of state funds in the 2009 budget. Comment
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Go-green events

Public School 15 Student Roundtable members are sponsoring several ‘Go Green’ events in their school and Red Hook community throughout May and June. Comment
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Farcical awards

Brooklyn Museum giving Bruce Ratner an award for “service to the community?” A farce fit for a protest, to be sure. Comment
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Faithful cyclones fans line up early for tickets

The command got off to a rollicking start as hundreds of baseball-starved Brooklyn Cyclones fans waited excitedly on line at KeySpan Park to scoop up opening day and single game tickets for their hometown team’s 2008 season. Comment
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Factory farm dangers

The prestigious Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concluded that factory farming takes a big toll on human health and the environment, undermines rural economic stability, and fails to provide humane treatment of livestock. Comment
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Dissension erupts within DDDB’s ranks: Founding member is ejected from group

There’s conflict within the organization opposed to Atlantic Yards, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB). Comment
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Dancewave kicks up its heels on 4th Ave.

Dancewave Center has a new location to “plant seeds of inspiration” in creative boroughites, young and old. Borough President Marty Markowitz (holding proclamation) helps staffers celebrate the venue, 45 4th Avenue, off Dean Street, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information, call 718-522-4696, or visit www.dancewave.org. Comment
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Cohen family anger: Activist’s kin decry name change

P.S. 230 Doris Cohen School is another step closer to changing its name in spite of objections from Cohen’s family. Comment
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Brooklyn leads the city in unsafe buildings: More than half of all ‘emergency’ situations found in Kings County

Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment
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Brooklynites work just to pay the rent: Rep. Weiner issues startling new report

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment
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Borough of kite flyers

Greenpoint

Tavis Smiley to send off graduates: Journalist and advocate to give commencement address at LIU graduation May 15

A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment
Greenpoint

Taking steps against diabetes, obesity: Congresswoman presents El Puente with funds for the group’s new health campaign

El Puente, the renowned Williamsburg and Bushwick-based social justice organization, launched an anti-obesity and diabetes campaign last week, taking aim at diseases that disproportionately effect people of color. Comment
Greenpoint

Tai Chi Day: Brooklyn celebrates at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz celebrated World Tai Chi Day with Park Slope Tai Chi Chuan Master Tzyann Hsu and her class in Prospect Park. Comment
Greenpoint

Spring 2008 is busting out all over

Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Comment
Greenpoint

Sky-high building figures: DOB: Nearly half of emergency declarations issued to BK

Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment
Greenpoint

May Day march for rights: Local immigrant activists call for fair wages, equality

Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment
Greenpoint

Mad over meds: Drugstore discrimination claims

Community activists from Make the Road New York added new complainants to join a pending civil rights complaint with the New York State Attorney General’s Office against language discrimination at pharmacies throughout Brooklyn. Comment
Greenpoint

Lentol’s plan to alleviate DOB woes

Assemblymember Joseph Lentol, whose Williamsburg-Greenpoint district has seen a boom of building construction in recent years, announced a plan to improve oversight of rampant construction violations. Comment
Greenpoint

Help in meeting city ‘green’ goals: Green building certification training for Brooklyn contractors through BEDC

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment
Greenpoint

Helping kids with autism shine: FirefliesNY caters its martial arts fitness program to children with special needs

When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment
Greenpoint

GOP stands firm behind Fossella: Brooklyn Republications still support local congressman following his DWI arrest

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment
Greenpoint

Parents outraged over mayor’s budget cuts

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment
Greenpoint

BK slave to rent: One-third spend more than half of salary on rent

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

‘Miss Brooklyn’ reinvented: Atlantic Yards tower downgraded to ‘Building One’

Miss Brooklyn has undergone a serious facelift and has changed her name to Building One (B1), but she remains on the horizon in the borough’s future, according to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Short pier is long on housing: Chorus of objections rises in response to Brooklyn Bridge Park plans

About 60 local residents gathered at Long Island College Hospital last week to discuss results of a new community input plan concerning the Pier 6 portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment
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Protesters rally against china’s olympic games

Brooklyn helped fanned the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Mayor’s school cuts ‘despicable,’ many say: Angry parents take Bloomberg to task

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Many spend more than half their income on rent

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Labor on the move: 100s rally for workers’ rights

Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

GOP sticks with Vito Fossella: BK congressman could face jail on drunk driving charges

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Garden to unveil composting toilet

The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Bklyn leads in unsafe buildings: Borough is ground zero for trouble

Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment
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Barack n’ roll: Backers like Obama’s chances: Many dismiss damage from Wright fallout

As Senator Barack Obama secured the majority of available delegates as well as a victory in the North Carolina primary on Tuesday, Brooklyn political and religious leaders believe the issue of the Senator’s relationship with his pastor and his religion will continue to be scrutinized in upcoming elections. Comment
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‘Miss Brooklyn’ now just ‘B1’: Revised plans for Atlantic Yards towers unveiled

Miss Brooklyn has undergone a serious facelift and has changed her name to Building One (B1), but she remains on the horizon in the borough’s future, according to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Workers on the move over the Brooklyn Bridge: Many call for fair wage, school funding

Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Under the radar crimes: Forum looks at violence directed at LGBT community

It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment
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Street gunfire sparks new fears

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School advocate denounces Bloomberg’s ‘soft tyranny’: Opposition to mayor’s budget cuts continues to grow

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

New ways to be greener: Public School 15 students back ‘Go Green’ events

Public School 15 Student Roundtable members are sponsoring several ‘Go Green’ events in their school and Red Hook community throughout May and June. Comment
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Hoses to horns: Brooklyn Philharmonic to move into shuttered firehouse

From the shrill blaring of a hook and ladder siren to the subtle sounds of a string quartet. Comment
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Greener buildings

The Brooklyn Eco-nomic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Fossella faces jail time

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Eureka! ‘Brown gold’ in May

The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10. Comment
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Emergency in Brooklyn

Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Workers march over the Brooklyn Bridge: Call for fair wages, school funding, more

Hundreds of activists clothed in royal blue t-shirts or red scarves and black jeans marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to join several thousand New Yorkers demonstrating in Union Square on May Day for immigrant rights, fair wages and equal funding for public education. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Spring show and sell spotlights fashionable threads

Tykes romped on the runway and looked trendy, to boot, during a kiddie fashion show and fun day in Boerum Hill. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Short pier is long on housing: Chorus of objections rises in response Brooklyn Bridge Park plans

About 60 local residents gathered at Long Island College Hospital last week to discuss results of a new community input plan concerning the Pier 6 portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

SBDC office to serve entrepreneurs

Borough entrepreneurs looking to open or expand their businesses have a local place of support, thanks to the opening of a new assistance unit at City Tech. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Relics of Brooklyn past

A fortuitous coincidence of seeing a child’s drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg and the coming 125th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge inspired the City Reliquary’s upcoming exhibit. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Protesters rally against China’s Olympic games

Brooklyn helped fanned the flame of controversy when it played host to a traveling torch relay that has traveled more than 80,000 miles across the world to decry the Communist Chinese government in time for the Beijing summer games, August 8-24. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Mayor’s school cuts called ‘despicable’: Brooklyn parents take mayor to task

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is a sign of “tyranny,” according to local parents. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Little ‘Miss B1’ -Yards tower undergoes makeover

Miss Brooklyn has undergone a serious facelift and has changed her name to Building One (B1), but she remains on the horizon in the borough’s future, according to Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

It’s ‘brown gold!’

The Hollenback Community Garden will play host to a delegation from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, May 10. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Hundreds rally for Ratner

Anthony Taylor sat on a metal folding chair in the St. Bartholomew’s Church cafeteria, 1227 Pacific Street, and recalled the days when several buildings in the Atlantic Yards footprint held jobs. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Hotel Bossert to be sold: Developer Robert Levine said to have ‘locked up’ deal

Brooklyn Heights’ grand Hotel Bossert is on the brink of being sold, it was reported this week. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Heights

Fossella scandal deepens: Rep could face jail after DWI bust

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn leads in unsafe buildings: Borough is ground zero for trouble

Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

BK slaves to pay the rent: Weiner issues new report

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Arrests in Brooklyn Sean Bell pray-in

Hundreds of protesters flooded the city's streets this past Wednesday in protest of the acquittal of the three cops in the Sean Bell shooting case. In Brooklyn, protesters gathered for the pray-in at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. About 20 people were arrested during the demonstration in this borough, including Brooklyn Councilmember Charles Barron (right) and Reverend Herbert Daughtry, pictured above. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Alliance serves up an ace

The Prospect Park Alliance held a benefit dinner at the Prospect Park Picnic House, Third Street and Prospect Park West, for the Park’s Tennis Center at the Parade Ground. Comment

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