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Brooklyn Museum's Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition will wake you from your post-Thanksgiving coma

Tired of jousting with crowds for Black Friday bargains? Why not use your holiday cash this year at favorite neighborhood stores on Small Business Saturday and spend the Friday after Thanksgiving catching up on some gallery-hopping?


Brooklyn Family Court celebrates National Adoption Day

November is National Adoption Month, and the Kings County Family Court celebrated in grand style.

On Nov. 21, Brooklyn Family Court Judge Franc Perry ushered in what was the largest adoption ceremony of the five boroughs that day.  “I understand the emotion of this day,” Perry said to the more than 25 families waiting to adopt new members. Perry, the father of two adopted children, recounted his adoption day ceremonies, stating, “I was in tears, grateful and thankful to add new members to my family just as I am for you.”


Atlantic Avenue tree-lighting ceremony set for Dec. 3

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will once again host its Annual Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony and festivities at the Belarusian Church at 401 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill.

This year’s event is being made possible by sponsorship from Con Edison and Investors Bank and is free and open to the public.


Brooklyn Chamber helps soldiers overseas stay in touch with families

Don’t toss away that old cell phone! Bring it to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce instead and you’ll be making a military service member happy during the holidays.

Thanks to a new partnership between the Chamber and AT&T, discarded call phones will be donated to service members overseas to help them keep in touch with their families in the US as part of Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nationwide program aimed at bringing military personnel and their families closer together.


De Blasio gives Diamond hope for Red Hook trolley plan

Transit buff Robert Diamond -- whose plans for a trolley system serving Red Hook were at first supported by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) but then stymied by the agency in 2003 after he had already laid tracks on local streets -- feels that the election of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio may provide new hope for the scheme.


Schumer tells Obama: Allow Filipinos to stay in US

Filipino nationals living in the US should be allowed to remain here while their typhoon-ravaged communities recover and rebuild, according to US Senator Charles Schumer.

New York’s senior senator and Timothy Cardinal Dolan, leader of New York’s Catholics, called for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Filipino nationals currently residing in the United States.


Park Slope’s CB6 sends NY Methodist expansion plan back to drawing board

After hearing from representatives of New York Methodist Hospital and close to 50 speakers during a four-hour hearing in Park Slope on Thursday night, Community Board 6's Landmarks/Land Use Committee rejected NY Methodist’s request for a zoning variance to construct a new, outsized ambulatory center.

"Landmarks requested that Methodist withdraw their application, and voted to deny the application on the chance that they don't withdraw," said CB 6's Jerry Armer.

The committee’s vote is non-binding but will serve as a recommendation to the full board.


Empire Stores project seeks big-time chefs, artisanal food producers

Developer Midtown Equities is trying to draw top-flight foodies to a “large open marketplace” planned for the first floor of long-abandoned Empire Stores in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Midtown Equities – which the park's board of directors tapped in September to restore Empire Stores – is working to nail down tenants for nearly 380,000 square feet of office, retail, restaurant and event space.


Carnegie Mellon grad program coming to Brooklyn Navy Yard's Steiner Studios

Steiner Studios has scored another big one: The brainiacs from Carnegie Mellon University are bringing a new techie master's degree program to its Brooklyn Navy Yard film and TV production complex.

The prestigious Pittsburgh university announced an agreement with the City of New York and Steiner to create an Integrative Media Program at the studio's recently re-opened Art Deco building at 25 Washington Ave.


Awards and accolades given at 84th Precinct community council meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting of the 84th Precinct Community Council at the precinct house on Gold Street, P.O. Donavan Hunt was named Cop of the Month. Leslie Lewis, Community Council president, reports that “the perp was easy to catch, as his falling pants hobbled him in the chase. “ Seen here are Lewis, Crystal DeJesus, P.O. Hunt and Commanding Officer Maximo Tolentino.



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