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Landmarks Preservation Commission okays Lyceum's makeover as a gym

Thus Saith the LPC: Go Forth — and turn the Lyceum into a gym.

The shut-down performing arts center on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is going to be a Blink Fitness location.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its blessing to the project by voting unanimously Tuesday to approve alterations to the façade of the neo-Renaissance building at 227 Fourth Ave. that was the home of the Lyceum for two decades.

The vote took place after a public hearing at the preservation agency's Lower Manhattan headquarters.


Pacific Park Brooklyn unveils ‘Pacific Park Arts’ collaboration with Crown Heights-based artist

Mike Perry, a multimedia artist based in Crown Heights, has been named the “Artist-in-Chief” for Pacific Park Arts, a collaboration of 10 local artists to bring public murals to the 820-foot-long construction fence on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton avenues.


Clarke to FCC chairman: Give small biz a piece of broadcast pie

Owners of small businesses deserve to be able to set up television stations or establish wireless services for customers as much as large corporations do, according to U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke who is pushing for them to have better access to the country’s broadcast spectrum.

Clarke is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to come up with policies protecting the little guy.

Broadcast spectrum refers to the range of frequencies of electromagnetic waves assigned to television and radio broadcast stations in the U.S.


Author to discuss ‘The Untold Story Of Women in Iran’ in DUMBO

Historian Dr. Nina Ansary, born in Tehran, is an expert in the women’s movement in Iran. The author of “Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran,” Ansary will appear at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO on July 23 to speak about her book, which challenges Western assumptions about women in Iran and highlights the accomplishments of powerful female voices in Iran’s past and present.

Ansary’s book, inspired by her doctoral research at Columbia University, illuminates a growing feminist movement emerging within Iran’s patriarchal society.  


CB2 approves Brooklyn Heights Library plan and Pier 6 affordable housing, but adds provisions

At an emotional meeting Wednesday night, Community Board 2 approved, with caveats, the controversial plan to sell and redevelop the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library.

With less fanfare, CB2 also approved a modification allowing affordable housing at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park -- but added a provision making it clear that any development must be proven necessary to sustain the park’s finances. (See below.)


Several injured by debris from Brooklyn building collapse

The Fire Department says several people suffered minor injuries when they were hit by debris from a building collapse in Brooklyn.

The vacant four-story building on Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant collapsed at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A spokesman for the city Buildings Department says officials from the department were investigating.

The A and C subway lines experienced delays because of the collapse.


Some pointed opinions on a changing Brooklyn Heights

Many Brooklyn Heights residents, particularly old-timers, feel like their neighborhood is under siege: increased vehicular traffic and significant street blockage from construction and renovation. Even street repairs and garbage collection — things necessary and ordinarily welcomed — cause noise and discomfort because so much traffic backs up when they occur.


CB2 Committee approves Pier 6 Tower Plan on Brooklyn Bridge Park

Members of the Community Board 2 Parks and Recreation Committee on Monday voted 6 to 1 to approve the proposed modifications of the General Project Plan (GPP) that would allow affordable housing in/on the Pier 6 development.

They also recommended that more low-income housing be included in the affordable housing plan.

The decision was made upon hearing the proposed changes to the GPP, as explained by David Lowin, vice president for real estate at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation.


A step forward for Green-Wood Cemetery’s proposed visitors’ center

It's a green light for Green-Wood's demolition of part of the Weir Greenhouse.

The famed cemetery will send in the wrecking crew as part of a project to turn the greenhouse into a visitors' center.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously late Tuesday afternoon to allow Green-Wood to demolish two ancillary buildings attached to the gorgeous octagonal-domed glass greenhouse structure. All three buildings make up a single city landmark.   



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