Prospect Park volunteers honored

On March 15, volunteers who gave 20 or more hours in 2013 received the recognition they deserved at Prospect Park's annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch. More than 4,800 individuals volunteered in the park in 2013, as well as people affiliated with 25 community groups and 19 school groups. Seen here, left-right, are Eric Landau of Prospect Park Alliance; Jessica Mazo, a young volunteer; and Kari Williams of the Prospect Park Alliance. 


OPINION: Prescription for LICH: Brooklyn Medical District with Full-Service Hospital

I, Charlene Nimmons the President of Wyckoff Gardens Resident Association, am writing in response to Drs. Peter Smith and Daniel Rosenbaum's opinion editorial article that was printed in the New York Daily News on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.


LICH RFP proposals are in! Nine teams submit bids to buy Long Island College Hospital

The State University of New York has received nine responses to the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) Request for Proposals that "meet the minimum mandatory requirements," SUNY spokesperson David Doyle announced late Friday night.


OPINION: An open letter to the staff of Long Island College Hospital

Now that the bids are all in and we await the outcome, the Patients for LICH want to thank the staff of Long Island College Hospital (LICH). 

This past year’s fight to save LICH has brought together a coalition of healthcare workers, nurses, doctors, community groups, patients, and elected officials.

However, you are the ones who demonstrated tremendous courage, dedication and grace each and every day as you reported for work to care for your patients under the most stressful of working conditions.  Many of you report to work under the threat of being laid off.


LICH bidder Peebles adds Maimonides, North Shore-LIJ to proposal

Developer Don Peebles has reconfigured his bid for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to include North Shore-LIJ Health System, Maimonides Medical Center and ProHealth Care Associates, Peebles' spokesperson Bill Cunningham confirmed on Friday.

The joint proposal, first reported by Crain’s NY, would offer a slate of health services at the Cobble Hill site, but would not operate LICH as a full service hospital.


De Blasio Chooses Brooklyn ice cream location to sign paid sick leave bill

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday chose Steve’s Ice Cream at 630 Flushing Ave. in South Williamsburg as the location where he signed his new legislation extending paid sick leave to half a million more New Yorkers.

Traditionally, bills are signed at City Hall, but de Blasio was pointing out that Steve’s is the type of business that his legislation is designed to help.


At BAM, Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo discusses language, place and going home

Good food, good wine and good stories are the bedrock of an enjoyable evening, and that's what the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is serving with its Eat, Drink & Be Literary events. Featuring readings by and question and answer sessions with a diverse array of authors, from Salman Rushdie to Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides, the series runs until the end of May.


Velazquez says her legislation will help would-be entrepreneurs

Two pieces of legislation that U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez said are designed to help entrepreneurs and women in business were recently approved by the House Committee on Small Business.

If they become law, the bills would help New York entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create good paying, local jobs, according to Velazquez, who is the sponsor of both bills.  


LIU baseball gets a taste of NY’s cold weather

As the LIU Brooklyn baseball team was getting ready for its home opener this Saturday, the Blackbirds were in Queens on Wednesday to take on the St. John’s Red Storm, and it looked like they had some trouble adjusting to the cold weather after their early-season road trip to Texas and Florida.

The Blackbirds committed four errors in the first three innings that cost them seven runs as they went on to lose to the Red Storm 8-5 at Jack Kaiser Stadium in Queens on Wednesday. It was a game they could have won without those errors.


Howe's Brooklyn: A 1907 Brooklyn March, other music time forgot, featured to raise funds for Promenade Gardens

Finally, after all these years, the 1907 Brooklyn Daily Eagle Bridge Crush March is heard live by a 21st Century audience in Brooklyn Heights.

Written at the turn of the last century by William E. Slafer, bandmaster of Slafer’s Brooklyn Marine Band, the ominously-titled march could have been simply paying homage to the daily ‘crush’ of commuters who took the trolley over Brooklyn Bridge in the early 1900s.



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