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2014 Brooklyn development to watch: 240-242 Bedford Ave.

One is not enough. The steel skeleton of Brooklyn's second Whole Foods looms behind the construction fence at this prime Williamsburg site.

The Whole Foods project developer is the Cayre family's Midtown Equities; Meridian Capital Group provided financing.

Midtown Equities is the developer that plans to build a glass-faced addition on the roof of the historic Empire Stores warehouses in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


2014 Brooklyn development to watch: 19 Kent Ave.

Residential projects are percolating all over Williamsburg. But the development at 19 Kent Ave. promises to be something special – it's going to be Brooklyn's first new-from-the-ground-up speculative office building since World War II.

Toby Moskovits, the CEO of Heritage Equity Partners, said at a November real estate roundtable at the Brooklyn Historical Society her goal is to build a “Brooklyn-style technology office park” at this centrally-located site.


New Year brings new hope, joy to FORC - Friends of River Cafe

The devastation dealt by Hurricane Sandy created many thousands of recovery stories in the metropolitan area, some small and personal, others sweeping and corporate, like the rebuilt Fairway in Red Hook.

But throughout the 14 months since that “Perfect Storm” hit, perhaps no recovery has been as poignant, and well, precious, as that of Michael (Buzz) O'Keeffe and the iconic River Cafe.


Crowds on Fulton Street for latest Air Jordan sneakers

A peaceful crowd lined up outside a shoe store on Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn over this past weekend for the latest sneaker sensation, Air Jordan 11 “Gamma Blues.”

The $200 sneakers are so popular that fights broke out over them across the country before Christmas.


Gowanus a target of mini-land run

The opening of Whole Foods at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street on Dec. 17 has put Gowanus in the spotlight, but its arrival is only one important part of a larger transformation underway.

In recent years, Gowanus has been the target of a mini-land run and every day it seems additional projects and sales are being announced.


Brooklyn Public Library wants your feedback on controversial Brooklyn Heights proposals

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) says it is looking for feedback from the public on the seven proposals it has received for redeveloping the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library.

The proposals include a range of design features, including glass-covered facades, ground floor retail, rooftop gardens and affordable housing. All include towers that are, on average, roughly the same height as 1 Pierrepont Plaza next door, though at least one is taller (roughly 36 stories). While most of the proposals offer 20,000 square feet of library space, one offers 31,192 square feet.


Brooklyn Appellate Court reverses drug conviction of Staten Island man

The testimony of a Staten Island undercover police officer who was blocked from viewing a suspected drug sale is not sufficient to sustain a drug conviction, the Brooklyn Appellate Division ruled.

Hoping to nab a drug dealer, an undercover officer approached a man in the courtyard of a housing area on Hendricks Avenue in Staten Island. After purchasing a quantity of marijuana, the officer told the man that he had $200 to buy crack cocaine. The suspect used the officer’s cellphone to reach his drug contact, presumably co-defendant Mustafa Curry.


Tenor Ricardo Tamura triumphs in Tosca at Met debut

Ricardo Tamura, born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, of Japanese and Syrian parentage, had his career as a scientist all set up for him except for the fact that he also loved to sing. Licia Albanese heard him sing several years ago and was so impressed by his remarkable tenor that she took him under her wing. Thanks to the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the Gerda Lissner Foundation, his career took off like the rocket he might have engineered as a scientist. Tamura has had a successful career in Europe, especially in Germany and at the outdoor Arena di Verona in Italy.


Evicted tenant who regains possession must be given new hearing

An evicted tenant who regains possession of his apartment cannot be re-evicted under the original eviction notice, a Brooklyn judge ruled.

Alex Othman was evicted from his apartment on Marcy Avenue for nonpayment of rent. In rent arrears for $4,050, the management company, 598 Marcy Avenue Associates LLC, commenced an eviction proceeding against Othman. A hearing was scheduled for June 26, 2013.


State panel doles out $1 million in grants, Brooklyn benefits

Arts groups, health care centers and a sports facility in southwest Brooklyn will all receive grants from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council, which is handing out the funding in an effort to boost business in the borough.



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