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At Cherry Blossom Time, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights shine: Part Two

It's Cherry Blossom Time — which shines a spotlight on the neighborhoods near Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Besides Sakura Matsuri, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which just took place on April 25 and 26, the stunning blooms along the garden's Esplanade keep crowds coming for the next couple weeks to BBG. And nearby blocks of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights get lots of attention from the visitors.

While the two neighborhoods are in the limelight, it seems like a good time to peruse property records to see who has been buying homes.


At Cherry Blossom Time, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights shine: Part One

It's Cherry Blossom Time — which shines a spotlight on the neighborhoods near Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Sakura Matsuri, the weekend horticultural — and cultural — extravaganza that draws as many as 70,000-plus visitors each year, took place on April 25 and 26. They come from Japan, Philadelphia, Connecticut and all over the city for this Cherry Blossom Festival, which is the largest event that takes place in a U.S. public garden.


Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims share their stories with Brooklyn students

Seventy years after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan, elderly Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors of the blasts visited Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) in Downtown Brooklyn to dedicate a Peace Pole, and speak to students about the horrendous effects of atomic weapons.


LICH physicians lose appeal, vow to keep fighting for hospital in Brooklyn

LICH Supporters Continue Fight For Hospital

The state Supreme Court's Appellate Division in Brooklyn Heights on Friday dismissed the appeal of a doctors group seeking to block the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to a developer.

The Concerned Physicians of LICH had hoped to overturn the State University of New York’s (SUNY) decision to award the hospital property to Fortis Property Group. SUNY trustees voted to approve the sale to Fortis for $240 million in June 2014.


Schumer calls for $2.5M for Navy Yard project

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday urged the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to provide $2.5 million in federal grant funding for the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s jobs expansion project, which will go toward renovating two floors of Building 77 to create move-in ready 3,000-5,000-square-foot units for small- and medium-sized businesses.


Legal hardball: Brooklyn Heights preservationists put more muscle behind ‘Save the View Now’

No more hand-made flyers and five dollar bills gathered in a passed hat.

Brooklyn Heights residents working to save the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade are rolling out a campaign to raise serious money to fight what they say is an oversized development at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP).

The advocates, including well-known Heights preservationists Scott Hand and Otis Pearsall, are buttonholing their well-off neighbors and are asking for – and receiving -- four- and five-figure donations.


Groups trying to turn Myrtle Avenue into an age-friendly thoroughfare

It is no secret that Brooklyn is rapidly changing — cranes can be spotted at every corner of Downtown Brooklyn and the surrounding neighborhoods. Now, a few groups are trying to make sure that senior citizens are not left behind because of the changes.


Brooklyn Law School Professor Joseph Crea turns 100

Professor Joseph Crea, who turned 100 years old on April 26, has been teaching at Brooklyn Law School for more than five decades, including a course in Commercial Paper and Banking as recently as 2014.

“Legions of Brooklyn Law School graduates live by the vivid Creaisms he teaches, such as ‘the barrel rolls’ and ‘don't drop your briefcase and run,’” said Nick Allard, dean of the law school.


Brooklyn Navy Yard Community Day on Sunday: Tour, archiving, scavenger hunt and more

Do you live near the historic Navy Yard? Did someone in your family work here? Are you curious about what goes on here today?

The Brooklyn Navy Yard invites visitors of all ages to a special day of community connection in celebration of Preservation Week.

Visitors can experience the history, mystery and industry of the Yard this Sunday. They’ll work with you to record stories about your connections to the Yard and invite you to share materials to add to the Yard’s archives, with free sessions with an archivist on preserving photos, documents, etc.


Judge partially halts construction of Pierhouse project in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Pierhouse Project Update in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The preservationist group Save the View Now announced on Thursday that a Brooklyn judge has issued a partial Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the Pierhouse development at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, pending the outcome of a lawsuit the group filed on Tuesday.

Steven Guterman, who heads the group, said the TRO issued by state Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Knipel temporarily halts work on the penthouse section of the shorter residential building known as Parcel B, at 130 Furman St.



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