Brooklyn Heights

Witness The Change: 183 Columbia Heights now a high-end haven

It's back to the future for a Brooklyn Heights apartment house that belonged to the Watchtower for a quarter-century.

Developer David Mitchell, who bought 183 Columbia Heights last year for $6.6 million, has turned it back into a high-end property with seven apartments, the same number it had when it was built in 1899.

The Jehovah's Witnesses – in the middle of a massive sell-off of Heights and DUMBO properties prior to moving upstate – had divided the building into 13 apartments.


Prosecutor shakeup hits Brooklyn DA’s Office

As Brooklyn’s incumbent district attorney prepares to leave office in January, he has rearranged a number of key staff in his interim days.

In the past few weeks, since his defeat to Ken Thompson in the November election for Brooklyn DA, Charles Hynes has fired one prosecutor and removed two others from high profile cases.


BREAKING: Interfaith Medical Center bankruptcy ruling on hold pending mediation

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Carla E. Craig held off on ruling on Interfaith Medical Center’s closure on Wednesday, urging stakeholders to enter into mediation to work out a compromise that would combine elements of a plan submitted by Interfaith supporters and a closure plan backed by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and the state Department of Health.



Surprise! MTA eases up on fare hikes

In the wake of its new Final Proposed 2014 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan, the MTA expects that a combination of cost-cutting measures, lower expenses and higher operating revenues will allow the agency to reduce by almost half the previously projected fare and toll increases scheduled for 2015 and 2017.

Fare increases every two years were agreed to in 2009 in a deal between the transit agency and the Governor’s Office.

The budget plan, released on Wednesday, limits the growth of expenses in 2014 to 1.96 percent, in line with the rate of inflation.


Alice Waters, renowned chef, comes to Brooklyn

Alice Waters, chef, author and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. Waters founded the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 and created the Edible Schoolyard program at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California.


Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, (It's) Sugar Is Sweet

Sweet deal!

Candy-store chain It's Sugar is the newest tenant to rent space at the 53,000-square-foot commercial condominium Albert Laboz of United American Land  is developing in the Brooklyn Municipal Building.


SUNY, DOH honchos face contempt hearing for alleged LICH malfeasance

State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes is going to have a very full courtroom on November 18.

That is when 20 highly-placed defendants, including the entire board of trustees from the State University of New York (SUNY) and administrators from SUNY Downstate and the state Department of Health have been ordered to appear before Justice Baynes to answer for their actions regarding Long Island College Hospital (LICH).


Interfaith Medical Center headed back to Bankruptcy Court Wednesday

Interfaith Medical Center will be back in U.S. Bankruptcy court in Brooklyn on Wednesday, where supporters hope to fend off the hospital’s closure, again, until a rescue plan can be put in place.

Over the weekend a coalition of Interfaith supporters, including the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), 1199 SEIU, local churches and community groups, held several rallies and a community information meeting. 

Now supporters are planning to pray -- at a 8 a.m. prayer rally outside the Downtown Brooklyn courthouse.


Personal hygiene with extra zing! 1922 Brooklyn Eagle directory confirms existence of Sylvan Electric Bath

As everyone is taught by their parents never to use electric appliances around water for fear of electrocution, it’s no wonder that when a Boerum Hill Yahoo group member noticed an official-looking National Historic Landmark plaque at 160 Schermerhorn Street, he posted an inquiry.

“It’s funny,” he wrote. “Think it’s legitimate?”


Lutheran HealthCare trustee named to United Hospital board

Lutheran HealthCare, a leading medical provider in Brooklyn, is getting a seat at the table at an organization fighting for changes in the delivery of health care.

Dale C. Christensen, Jr., a member of the Board of Trustees of Lutheran HealthCare, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the United Hospital Fund, a health services research and philanthropic organization.



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