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Charter school rally in Downtown Brooklyn draws 15,000

As helicopters buzzed overhead and chartered buses lined Cadman Plaza West, roughly 15,000 chanting charter school supporters -- many from the city’s 34 Success Academy schools -- held a politically-charged rally in Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn Wednesday morning.

Organized by the charter umbrella group Families for Excellent Schools, speakers called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to end what they called two separate school systems — charters versus traditional public schools — saying that minority students in New York City are limited in their educational options.


Fortis Property Group files permits for row of townhouses at former LICH site

Fortis Property Group has filed permit applications for eight townhouses in Cobble Hill at the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site, despite the fact that serious talks are underway regarding an extensive rezoning proposal.

The Real Deal first reported the filing regarding seven townhouses on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Fortis filed an additional application with the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) for an eighth building.


St. Ann’s Warehouse cuts the ribbon on new home

Thunderous applause inaugurated the final grand opening of St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO on Tuesday morning, celebrating a long-running theater in Brooklyn.

St. Ann's has been an institution in the borough for 36 years, yet has never had a permanent home. Previously operating out of churches and rent-free spaces, the theater had a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Tuesday at the renovated Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO, its first permanent location.


Author to discuss new book on influential 19th century reformer and Green-Wood resident Henry George

On Oct. 17, historian, author and Professor Edward T. O'Donnell will visit Green-Wood Cemetery for a fascinating discussion about his new book, “Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age: Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality.” The event will begin at 1 p.m. and after the talk participants will take a trolley ride through Green-Wood to visit the monuments of Henry George and other influential reformers. 


Brooklyn D.A. to get federal funds to fight sex traffickers

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office will be getting federal funds to assist victims of sex trafficking, according to U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who said the Department of Justice is allocating more than $2 million to four recipients in New York City.


Maronite Catholics to hold fundraising dinner

Maronite Catholics from the greater New York area and beyond will gather on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan for the Sixth Annual Benefit Dinner for the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn. Monir Barakat and Hayat Barakat, who are members of the Maronite community in New York, will be honored at the benefit dinner.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to educate seminarians, support parishes and missions and assist retired priests in the Eparchy, according to the event’s organizers.


Sara Bareilles visits BAM to talk up new book with Ben Folds

Sara Bareilles, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, has recently turned to a different medium to share her voice. The New York City-based musician, perhaps best known for her 2007 breakthrough hit "Love Song," visited the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Tuesday to speak about her new collection of essays, "Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song” (Simon & Schuster).


As long as there's no hurricane on the horizon, we love the Greenpoint ferry

Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

The East River, thank you very much.

The other day we went to visit a new arrival on the Greenpoint waterfront, Brooklyn Barge Bar.

Fortunately, it was a day that wasn't plagued by buckets of rain. We could hear the irresistible call of the India Street pier, where New York Waterway's East River ferry terminal is located. It's just a few blocks away from Brooklyn Barge Bar.

The ferry chugged past the barge, and headed down to Williamsburg, then DUMBO.


Greenpoint eye candy

Greenpoint is so groovy.

It's got some hipster flare, but not enough to be irritating to the rest of us. It's got traces of its Polish heritage, so there are interesting places to buy Polish pastries and books.

It's got some genuinely grimy industrial spots, which enchant the eye that seeks out picturesque urban grit. It's got blocks with lovely historic rowhouses that can hold their own against those in the snootiest Brooklyn brownstone neighborhoods.


Greenpoint's Brooklyn Barge Bar will be a hub of water-related activities starting next spring

There are Brooklynites in landlocked neighborhoods who never spend time on the water.

Matt Perricone and his buddies want to change that.

After a delay, they've turned a barge in the East River off Greenpoint into a bar — which will be open daily until Oct. 31, then take a cold-weather hiatus until May 1.



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