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Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union – welcoming to Bushwick residents and entrepreneurs, Hispanic or not

It gives immigrant entrepreneurs business loans when mainstream banks say No way – but this is a good neighborhood place to keep your cash even if you're not Hispanic.

Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union at 1474 Myrtle Ave. has online banking and ATM service like a regular bank.


Esmeralda's – for the prettiest pargo frito this side of Quito

It's got the prettiest pargo frito this side of Quito.

The place is Esmeralda's, a restaurant at 1497 Myrtle Ave. The dish is fried red snapper, which blogging foodies invariably mention as a must-try when they seek out Ecuadorian eateries.


Calibella – a Bushwick bakery that's muy buena

Calibella Bakery's name is the words “Cali bella” squished together, meaning “beautiful Cali” – and the Colombian shop owners don't mean California.

They're thinking of Cali, a city in Colombia's sugar-cane growing region. A song that's perennially popular in Andean countries boasts of the beauty of its women: “Las caleñas son como las flores,” it goes, which means, “The women of Cali are like flowers.”


A hipsters' tip sheet on Hispanic Bushwick

Bienvenidos a Bushwick, hipsters.

Don't miss out on the coolest places in the neighborhood, the Hispanic places.

Don't get us wrong. We like non-Hispanic spots like Variety Cafe – the new coffee shop at 146 Wyckoff Ave. with a wonderful, old-fashioned sign for Wyckoff Paints on the outside of the building – just as much as the next caffeine freak.


Bushwick Inlet Park wins prestigious architectural award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced on Tuesday that Bushwick Inlet Park from local firm Kiss + Cathcart, Architects was one of the 2014 winners of the prestigious 2014 COTE Top 10 Award. COTE stands for Committee on the Environment and these projects represent the very best in innovative, sustainable design from around the world.


SKETCHES OF COURT: No remedy for plaintiff vying for Bushwick parking spot

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Peter Sweeney listens during a read-back of testimony at the request of the jury in the motor vehicle trial of Jonathan Soto v. Max C. McPherson. Plaintiff’s attorney Earle F. Weprin of the Bensonhurst law firm William Pager is seated at left. Court reporter Susan Wright (at right) reads aloud from her notes. Defendant’s attorney Rosario Marquis D’Apice, of the Court St. law firm Longo & D’Apice, is seated at center. 


Groups demand 'responsible' contractors at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Watchtower development sites

City officials and workers' advocates kicked off three weeks of action at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday, demanding safer working conditions and better training at real estate development sites.


Fears over future of iconic Brooklyn Heights St. George Hotel called unfounded

The management company running student housing in the historic St. George Hotel has scotched rumors that a change in use was in the works for the building at 100 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights. One of the colleges that's been placing students there has also denied speculation being spread by a Brooklyn Heights activist who worried that the facility might revert to its former use as a home to subsidized and mentally-ill tenants.


Promenade Gardeners kick off spring Tuesday...brrrrr

Weed 'em and reap.

It's been spring for over a month already, but it seems like Mother Nature finally got the message as the weather is improving and the flowers are starting to bloom. That means that the Brooklyn Heights Promenade gardeners are back to work.


Landmark Episcopal church lays off key longtime staff

The historic Church of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, with its open garden on Clinton Street, is one of Brooklyn’s landmark jewels. Indeed, celebrities, including the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Brooke Astor, joined the effort to save and restore the original William Jay Bolton stained-glass windows during the late 1970s and early ’80s. The now famous St. Ann’s Warehouse was founded during that period as St.



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