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Historic U.S. Navy vessel open to public in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Trenk Family Foundation announced on Friday that the historic Baylander IX-514, moored in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, is open to the public with an expanded program offering. The Baylander will be kicking off the season and re-opening to the public on Saturday, offering free walk-up tours every weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day. 


Gowanus swimmer sets sights on another polluted waterway — Brooklyn's Newtown Creek

The clean-water advocate who took an Earth Day swim in the Gowanus Canal is now setting his sights on another highly polluted New York City waterway.

The Wall Street Journal says Christopher Swain hopes to make his next big splash in Newtown Creek, between Brooklyn and Queens.

On Wednesday, the Boston resident wore protective gear for his Gowanus swim. Afterward he gargled with hydrogen peroxide and washed with a bleach solution.


Judge appoints receiver for beleaguered Park Slope assisted living facility

The families and supporters of seven Park Slope seniors cheered the recent decision by a Brooklyn judge to appoint a temporary receiver for their embattled Park Slope assisted living facility.

The seven seniors are the only ones left at the Prospect Park Residence, once a well-regarded and comfortable home for the elderly. But it has been left shabby and without services by its owner, Haysha Deitsch, who has been trying to sell the property to a developer.


When OEM employees take their kids to work, there are horses

Children of employees at the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) had quite the treat on Thursday for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

OEM partner agencies including the NYPD Mounted Police and FDNY brought two horses – Freedom and Limerick -- and an ambulance to Downtown Brooklyn to show kids what mom and dad do all day.

Officers hoisted kids atop the beautiful mounts, and told the children to “always be careful of a horse’s feet and legs.”

Jaemin, age 7, wondered why a horse “can’t see behind its back. Maybe because it has a short neck?”


Clean-water advocate takes Earth Day swim at Gowanus Canal Superfund site

Earth Day: Activist Plunges Into The Gowanus Canal

A clean-water advocate took an Earth Day swim in the polluted Gowanus Canal, a federal Superfund site.

"I'm going in!" yelled Christopher Swain, wearing a yellow-and-black protective suit and a green swim cap as he crossed a railing into the water near a sewage discharge point in Brooklyn, where a sign warns people to stay out of the water.

He was accompanied Wednesday by a woman in a kayak, paddling a few feet away from him.


What's Up on Fifth Avenue: Eagle Provisions' owners sold their building to a developer

Brace yourselves, kielbasa lovers.

Popular South Slope Polish grocer Eagle Provisions plans to close on June 4.

Shop owners Richard and John Zawisny sold the building the store occupies, 628 Fifth Ave., through their company R.S.V. Real Estate Corp. for $7.5 million in March, city Finance Department records show.


At BAM, graphic novelist Chris Ware speaks about memory, emotion

Most people hate public speaking, graphic novelist Chris Ware among them. “I have to apologize,” he told an audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Tuesday night. “I find that if I don’t apologize then it’ll be just more painful, and I’ll say even more embarrassing things that I regret.”


More officers requested for Brooklyn Bridge Park after shooting

Brooklyn Bridge Park suffered a well-publicized violent incident on April 15 when two shots were fired on Pier 2, and as a result, the 84th Precinct has made a request for more cops to help patrol the popular park during the summer months.

“To address the conditions of Pier 2, I will have two officers there every day from about 2 or 3 p.m. in the afternoon until the evening,” 84th Precinct Capt. Sergio Centa said at this month’s Community Council meeting in Boerum Hill Tuesday night. “Hopefully that will provide a presence for the people using Pier 2.”


SPark Workshop Brooklyn provides a home for artists

Industry City, the collection of 16 historic warehouses that sits on 40 acres of land located next to the Sunset Park waterfront, enjoys a solid reputation as a hub for businesses, artists and budding technology entrepreneurs. Here’s a look at one of the entities that is a part of the fabric at Industry City.

SPark Workshop Brooklyn, a collection of art studios located in the Industry City building at 33 34th St., is the brainchild of sculptor Gary Oshust. “It’s a cooperative art space,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle in a recent phone interview.


Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Matsuri returns to Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is hosting the 34th annual Sakura Matsuri festival on April 25 and 26 — the largest annual event held in a U.S. public garden — which celebrates contemporary Japanese culture and, of course, the cherry blossoms.

The show becomes increasingly popular each year, and this season is no different. The festival will include more than 60 musical and dance performances, art and horticulture demonstrations and special exhibits showcasing Japanese culture.



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