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Scissura touts Brooklyn’s new clout in city government

Brooklyn is now the power center in city government, according to Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, who said he is looking forward to working with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and other top officials.

“Brooklyn is no longer just the center for jobs, technology, fashion, culture and start-up businesses. It is also home to New York City’s political power and that is wonderful for the residents of Kings County,” Scissura said in a statement.


Not again! SUNY ends admissions, bans ambulances at Long Island College Hospital (LICH)

Northwest Brooklyn received a body blow Wednesday night as SUNY Downstate –once again – halted admissions and banned ambulance service to Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

Somber patients, nurses and other staffers gathered outside of the Cobble Hill hospital late Wednesday to hear about the latest salvo in SUNY’s push to shut down LICH.

Employees at the hospital say they were informed by a telephone call from Dr. Michael Lucchesi, Chief Medical Officer at SUNY Downstate and LICH, around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.


Willowtown anniversary dinner to honor veteran activists

In the late 1950s Robert Moses, known as the “master builder” of mid-20th century New York City, saw Willowtown in the southwest corner of Brooklyn Heights as a slum and targeted it for demolition. He intended to build high-rise housing on the cleared land. Long-time residents and newcomers who in 1953 formed the Willowtown Association fought back and won, being one of the few neighborhoods in the city ever to defeat Moses. He also targeted the northeast Heights as a slum. There he won. The present high-rises along Cadman Plaza West and Henry Street are the result.


Candy Is Dandy: Chocolate factory opening at 110 Montague St.

A real-life Willie Wonka is moving to Montague Street.

The storefront Radio Shack has vacated will be the new home of a Brooklyn Heights chocolate factory that hosts kids' parties and bachelorette bashes, the Brooklyn Eagle has learned.

“I can't wait,” Joe Whaley, president and CEO of Chocolate Works, told the Eagle about opening the factory at 110 Montague St. “It will be perfect.”


You want how much for that house? Pacific Street property for sale for $16 Million

Whose house will beat Truman Capote's as the priciest of all in Brooklyn?

Four homes in Cobble Hill and Park Slope are for sale at asking prices that, if they hit their marks or get close, will surpass the $12.5 million paid last year for 70 Willow St.


Rhino horn trafficker pleads guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court

Michael Slattery, Jr., a 25-year-old Irish national charged with fraudulently purchasing  a set of black rhinoceros horns in Texas and then traveling to New York to sell the horns for $50,000, pleaded guilty on Tuesday.


Schumer wants to put tracking devices on autistic kids

It’s a case that is every parent’s nightmare. Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who walked out of his Long Island City school and hasn’t been seen since, has been officially missing for more than a month.

But what if Avonte was wearing a tracking device?


DA candidate Thompson votes in Clinton Hill

Ken Thompson, who won the Democratic Primary for Brooklyn district attorney in September and then faced an unexpected race when primary loser Charles Hynes decided to run against him on the Republican and Conservative lines, cast his ballot in the race Tuesday morning.

Accompanied by his wife Lu-Shawn and their two children, Thompson voted at his polling place, PS 11 on 419 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill.


Pete Hamill, celebrated Brooklyn author, to speak in Greenpoint

Renowned journalist, essayist and fiction writer Pete Hamill embodies the Brooklyn literary spirit. Born in Park Slope, he left school at the age of 16 to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, while attending night classes at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. He began his career as a journalist after serving in the U.S. Navy, and wrote often about both domestic and international wars and conflicts. But in spite of his international experience, Hamill has always maintained and valued his Brooklyn ties.


Prevalence of hit-and-run accidents in Brooklyn leads to push for reform

A Brooklyn man is facing multiple charges, including criminally negligent homicide, in connection with a crash that killed a 9-year-old boy and injured two others.

Police arrested Anthony Byrd, 59, of Brooklyn. He also faces counts including assault, reckless driving, and criminal mischief.



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