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.


Jeffries talks health care, immigration, Sandy at reporters’ roundtable

Central Brooklyn is facing a health care crisis with hospitals hemorrhaging money and “an infusion of resources” is needed to solve the problem, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries told reporters during a roundtable discussion in his downtown Brooklyn office Thursday morning.

Jeffries (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant-Canarsie- Brighton Beach) pointed to the troubled financial situations at Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Brookdale Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center as examples of the health care dilemma hitting Brooklyn residents hard.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden to receive 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced on Thursday that Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, has celebrated 20 years of institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The award will be presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on May 8.


Azúcar: Crucial City Council vote goes Walentas' way

How sweet it is!

Two Trees Management's massive Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment project on the waterfront in Williamsburg moved a step forward by winning a go-ahead vote from City Councilman Stephen Levin and the council's Land Use Committee Thursday.



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