New streetcar plan reignites old Red Hook controversy

A proposal for a streetcar line linking waterfront areas in Brooklyn and Queens from Sunset Park to Astoria resembles, in part, a familiar plan by an outspoken Brooklyn rail advocate known for his tenacity.


Spring comes to Brooklyn Heights, and with it the Saint Ann’s Puppet Parade

The 29th annual Saint Ann's Puppet Parade, a high-spirited ritual in Brooklyn Heights, made its joyful way down Pierrepont and Montague streets and along the Promenade on Monday afternoon.

The parade, a Saint Ann’s School tradition since 1985, features puppet caricatures with giant heads, towering gods, animals on strings and aliens on sticks, led by drummers and cavorting, somewhat wicked clowns.


Seniors, officials call for investigation of Park Slope nursing home closure

Senior residents, their families and officials are calling for an investigation of what they call the unethical closure of their assisted living facility in Park Slope.

At a rally in Prospect Park on Saturday, across the street from the Prospect Park Residence, seniors, many in wheel chairs, held signs and demanded action.


Hold the sugar! City Council's Domino redevelopment vote switched to May 14

Attention Domino devotees! There's a change of date for the Big Vote.

The City Council has moved its full vote on Two Trees Management’s Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment to May 14 for procedural reasons.

The 11-acre mega-project on the Williamsburg waterfront will have to wait a little longer to clear its final hurdle.


651 Arts to celebrate 25 years

651 ARTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting contemporary performing arts of the African Diaspora, will celebrate 25 years of developing, producing and presenting performance and cultural programming that continues to serve the local community and beyond. The event will take place Thursday, May 1, at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Lepercq Space at 7 p.m. 


Coaching change won’t slow down Grand Street Campus baseball

Grand Street Campus is known for perennially being one of the biggest baseball programs in New York City and Wolves starter Alexander Quas says the reason for that is the incredible coaching staff. However, for the first time in 19 years there is a new head coach at the Bushwick school.

That doesn’t mean that expectations have changed, however. The person taking over for Melvin Martinez is his brother Steve, who has served as the assistant coach for the last 14 years.


NYC tests post-disaster housing in Downtown Brooklyn

New York City is testing an experimental post-disaster housing prototype in Downtown Brooklyn.

If the test is successful, the modular housing could be installed in parking lots, on dead end streets, or on other paved land in neighborhoods hit by a disaster. The idea is to keep residents living as close to home as possible while they recover.


LICH development group: Reports of Cobble Hill land use deal ‘absolutely false’

Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP), the group which won the bidding war for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) earlier this month, is refuting stories leaked to publications that plans are already in the works to raise “at least two soaring residential buildings of up to 50-stories” on the Cobble Hill campus and are “spoon feeding” a deal to the de Blasio administration which would trade building density and height for a higher percentage of affordable housing.


LICH supporters ‘astonished’ by SUNY’s plan to end ambulance service May 12

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) supporters say they are evaluating their legal options after receiving notice from SUNY Downstate Medical Center that the hospital will not be accepting ambulances starting Monday, May 12 at 7 a.m.

According to a letter addressed to patients signed by Michael Miller, Interim CEO of LICH, the ambulance diversion is taking place “due to the scheduled closure of the hospital on May 22.”


Charter Day celebrates Brooklyn community

St. Francis College will recognize Brooklyn’s business and nonprofit leaders as well as its top students, faculty and staff during the College’s 130th Charter Day convocation on Friday at 3 p.m. in the College’s Founders Hall (180 Remsen St.)

The Keynote Speaker and Recipient of the Inaugural St. Francis College Entrepreneurship Award will be Carlo A. Scissura, JD, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.



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