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Greenpoint: Has the sale of the former Harte & Co. factory closed?

What will become of a much-admired – and highly polluted – Greenpoint industrial building, the former Harte & Co. factory, which may have just changed hands?

The eye-catching 1930s-vintage Arte Moderne property, located thisclose to mega-project Greenpoint Landing, has been under contract since summer 2012 – and the sale was set to close on or about Feb. 1, a memorandum of contract in city Finance Department records reveals.


Greenpoint: Mammoth waterfront makeover begins

The wheels are starting to turn on the construction of Greenpoint Landing – a mega-project that will fill 20 acres of the Greenpoint waterfront with about 5,000 apartments.

Greenpoint Landing Associates, an entity of Manhattan-based developer George Klein's Park Tower Group, has filed plans with the city Buildings Department for two relatively small residential buildings – a prelude to planned towers of 30 to 40 stories at the site at Commercial and West streets.


Sunset Park drug counseling center expanding its mission

Donna Mae DePola is a busy woman who's about to get a lot busier.

DePola is the president and CEO of The Recovery & Life Coaching Academy, a non-profit Sunset Park-based drug and alcohol counseling center she founded 20 years ago to help addicts and alcoholics get off drugs and drink, reclaim their lives and move forward.


Brooklyn’s Gallery Players reinvent ‘RENT’

Having successfully conquered a colorful year of programming that has received both critical and popular praise, The Gallery Players will bring their 47th Mainstage Season to a close with one of the most popular musicals to date – “RENT.”


Manbeck’s new crime novella is set in Brooklyn Heights in 1930

John Manbeck, the former Brooklyn borough historian and retired professor of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, has published the second novella in his “Brooklyn Heights Crime Series.”

His latest fast-paced period crime opus, “The Disappearance of Patricia Murphey,” has been published on Amazon Kindle, and a print-on-demand paperback version will be available soon.


Bushwick residents, elected officials march against 'negligent landlords'

As gentrification continues in Bushwick, some landlords will inevitably try to evict low-income tenants. An organized march in the neighborhood on Sunday was part of a movement against this trend — a movement that already has the support of several powerful officials and has been given new hope by the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

As protests continue, landlords and speculators who are accused of forcing tenants into unlivable conditions increasingly find themselves in the spotlight.


Green roof to take root at Barclays Center

The logo-inscribed roof of Barclays Center in Brooklyn will soon be covered in green.

Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. said on Tuesday that they will install a “green roof,” planted with hardy sedum, a type of succulent, on top of the Prospect Heights arena.

The roof will complement the sloping transit entrance, also planted with sedum, a plant frequently used in green-style plantings due to its insulating and drought-resistant qualities.


Brooklyn pajama party to help breast cancer survivors

All of you women out there who wear sweatpants to bed, take note. Pajamas can be glamorous, frilly and fun!

That’s the idea behind Pajama Glam Party, a fundraiser for breast cancer survivors organized by Noelle Karmo, a remarkable 11-year-old girl whose mother, Maimah Karmo, is a breast cancer survivor. The pajama party is literally that, a pajama party. Noelle has organized the parties in the past and now the fun is coming to Brooklyn next month.


Brooklyn artist selected to participate in prestigious Faberge ‘Big Egg Hunt’

As a child in the South, Jannell Turner would retreat to the woods and contemplate the world around her. As an adult in Brooklyn, those woods have been replaced by her Gowanus studio, but her paintings never stray too far from the forests of her childhood.

“In my work, I explore psychological emotions associated with being inside the woods,” says Turner, a 41-year-old mom who takes care of her kids by night and paints by day. “Enchantment, innocence and danger.”


De Blasio appoints heads of four departments, including Brooklyn Navy Yard

Mayor Bill de Blasio named four key appointments to his administration on Tuesday, including appointing David Ehrenberg as the president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. The Mayor also appointed Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora as Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, Jacques Jiha as Commissioner of the Department of Finance, Lisette Camilo as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.



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