Schumer seeks to cut wait times at JFK Airport

Charging that excessively long waits to go through customs at JFK Airport are hurting the region’s economy, US Senator Charles Schumer issued a personal appeal to the Department of Homeland Security to install new measures to alleviate problems for travelers.

“JFK is a gateway to America and it is a national embarrassment – and drag on the regional economy – that customs lines there are so infuriatingly long,” said Schumer. 


Brooklyn Law School professor to head stop-and-frisk committee

Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin continues her efforts to bring reform to the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Earlier this week, Scheindlin denied New York City’s request to stay reform tactics until all appeals in the case have been adjudicated — noting that delaying the effects of her landmark decision to overhaul the policy that lends itself to the discrimination of minorities would send the wrong message.


Animal rights protest planned for Greenpoint live poultry market

Local and national animal rights activists will gather at Lee’s Live Poultry Market in Greenpoint on Saturday, September 28, to protest the slaughter of chickens there.

The protest at 122 Greenpoint Avenue is part of World Day for Farmed Animals, with demonstrations taking place at slaughterhouses around the world.


Malian national indicted in Brooklyn federal court for murder of U.S. diplomat

An indictment was unsealed Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court charging Alhassane Ould Mohamed, 42, also known as “Cheibani,” a Malian citizen, with the murder and attempted murder of United States Embassy personnel stationed in Niamey, Niger in December 2000.   

In addition, a reward of $20,000 was announced for information that leads to the defendant’s capture.



This mural BKLYN FLAVOR is being painted in DUMBO by Ad Deville of Skewville, an art team of twin brothers Ad and Droo.

The mural highlights Skewville’s exhibit “Sucks Either Way’ showing now at Mighty Tanaka gallery at 111 Front Street, and running concurrently with the DUMBO Art Festival September 27 – 29.

Skewville is widely known for their hand made wooden sneakers they have been tossing over telephone lines since 1999.


Brooklyn Law School to host lecture on corporate `publicness’

This year’s Abraham L. Pomerantz Lecture at Brooklyn Law School will focus on the public documents that corporations file to describe the way each corporation governs. 

The lecture, to be held Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m., addresses the theory of “publicness,” a term that encompasses the shift in corporate governance from shareholders, officers, and directors to a larger set of actors beyond those on Wall Street.


Acclaimed Argentine writer to speak in Brooklyn

Argentine novelist Patricio Pron, named one of Granta's Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, has recently released his latest book, a moving autobiographical novel titled “My Fathers’ Ghost is Climbing in the Rain” (Knopf). The novel is already a sensation in Europe, earning rave reviews, and Pron will spread the excitement as he makes his first public appearance in the U.S. at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, Sept. 22.


Get in shape at Prospect Park…with your dog

Dogs and exercise are two things many New Yorkers struggle to make time for. When your daily routine involves hopping on and off the subway, it can be difficult to find the hours and the space to keep up with your own fitness, much less a pet’s. But with Go Fetch Run, an exercise class created by dog-owner and mother Angi Aramburu, New Yorkers have the opportunity to get in a great workout and exercise their dog at the same time.


The Brooklyn Heights Association is getting social

The Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) is launching BHA Social, the fun, casual side of the operation that will organize social events at local establishments.

What makes Brooklyn Heights such a great community, BHA says, is more than the beautiful, historic architecture and the Promenade and its amazing views of Manhattan—it’s the residents.

To meet your neighbors, see old friends and make some new friends, drop by one of the social events. These events are open to all Brooklyn Heights residents.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden denies it’s ending scientific research

More than a thousand people have signed a petition protesting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s elimination of “the last vestige of support for research and science” at the garden after its latest round of firings.



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