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Brooklyn Heights Association drops Pier 6 fight, takes on BQE, jail, school issues

The Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) says it will not appeal a court decision allowing two controversial towers to go up at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. … Full Article
 

Advocates want criminal justice reform to go beyond simply closing Rikers Island

As the city is working on a long-term plan to close Rikers Island and replace it with five smaller borough-based jails, including a potential expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue, reform advocates gathered together at Brooklyn Law School to discuss the move which  … Full Article
 

Faster, cheaper fix for BQE authorized in NYS Senate Bill, averting Brooklyn crisis

After more than a year of intense advocacy by elected officials and Brooklyn residents, the New York State Senate passed a bill early Saturday authorizing a bidding method that will shave two years off the upcoming $1.9 billion Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) rehabilitation. … Full Article
 

NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering appoints first female dean

For the first time in its 164-year history, the former Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn appointed its first female dean yesterday. Jelena Kovacevic was named dean of NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering by President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming, effective Aug. 15. … Full Article
 

Sex offender delays sentencing by refusing to show in court

A registered sex offender refused to show up in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Monday to face a possible life sentence and hear a statement from his victim whom he raped and robbed in the middle of a Bushwick street. … Full Article
 

Magnolias are the early spring stars at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Oy vey. It was snowing today. In April. Brooklynites are hungry for spring. Sorry about this temporary setback. To cheer you up, here are photos from this past Saturday, when the sun actually came out and the weather was warm-ish. … Full Article
 
Two Evenings with Saudi Arabian Traditions

VIDEO: Brooklyn Museum showcases Saudi traditions

A space enhanced with geometrical patterns and improvised melodies of Arabic Maqam music, assorted baskets of dates, women in hijabs and men wearing thobes and kafiyyehs pace back and forth. The scent of vanilla and cinnamon fills the air. It looks like a bazaar in Mecca, but it’s not. … Full Article
 

Hasidic school officials plead guilty to fraud in $3M Brooklyn school lunch scheme

Two former officials of a Brooklyn Hasidic school system pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud at Brooklyn’s federal court on Friday for scamming the federal government over $3 million in a school lunch scheme. … Full Article
 

You can learn to be a machinist at Brooklyn Army Terminal

The Brooklyn Army Terminal, which is already a beehive of activity, is about to get a lot busier, thanks to a new partnership between the city and forward-thinking private businesses that will provide paid apprenticeships to workers hoping to gain a foothold in manufacturing. … Full Article
 

Teens excel at Youth Tech Challenge

More than 50 students from Central Brooklyn got the chance to learn how to code, create apps and solve problems at a Youth Tech Challenge held at Medgar Evers College on a recent Sunday. … Full Article
 

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