Brooklyn Heights

New studios planned for Mark Morris Dance Center

Bravo! for Mark Morris Dance Center, which plans to build two new studios at a development next door to its home base at 3 Lafayette Ave.

The Brooklyn Cultural District institution is expanding at 280 Ashland Place, a mixed-use project Jonathan Rose Cos. has just started building. See related story for more details about the Brooklyn Cultural District: Apartments (BCD:A), which is the new name of this residential and retail development.


The Center for Fiction is moving to the Brooklyn Cultural District

Book lovers rejoice! The Center for Fiction is moving its headquarters to the Brooklyn Cultural District.

Brooklyn is the literary capital of the world; that's what former Borough President Marty Markowitz often said. This came to mind when we found out the Center for Fiction — which has been headquartered in Manhattan since its founding as the Mercantile Library in 1820 — is heading our way.


Opponents of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 highrises: ‘Build only to support park!’

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) began the public process to change the park’s General Park Plan (GPP) at a board meeting held at the Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) on Monday.

The park hopes to change the GPP to allow affordable housing in two high-rise towers planned for Pier 6, and shift the number of residential units between the towers.


New Book highlights ‘fascinating tapestry’ of Brooklyn Heights

Robert Furman, president of the Brooklyn Preservation Council Foundation, will release his new book “The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb,” on July 13, bringing to life one of New York’s most historic neighborhoods — Brooklyn Heights.

“This lavishly illustrated book brings to vibrant life one of New York's and America's oldest and most fascinating offers a fascinating, panoramic tapestry of the Heights' human texture both high and low,” said author and historian Fergus M. Bordewich.


City Tech holds topping off ceremony for $400M complex

The New York City College of Technology’s new $400 million academic complex going up in Downtown Brooklyn reached a major milestone on Monday when the school held a “topping-off” ceremony to mark that the final steel beam has been placed upon the structure.


Schumer calls for emergency alert system for identity theft

In the wake of major data breaches at nationwide chain stores, government agencies, banks and hospitals, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said he has come up with a plan to alert consumers quickly so that they can take action to protect themselves from identity theft.

Under Schumer’s plan, the country’s three major credit reporting agencies — Experian, Equifax and Transunion — would issue a “credit inquiry alert” that would immediately notify consumers whenever access to their credit is requested.


‘Invisiball’ coming to Brooklyn this week

“Invisiball,” an inventive, comedic performance about the world’s most popular sport, is coming to Brooklyn from June 24 to 26.


Brooklyn judge orders Prospect Park Residence to turn on the AC

A Brooklyn judge on Monday ordered the operator of an assisted living facility in Park Slope to turn the central air conditioning back on in residents' rooms.

State Supreme Court Justice Wayne Saitta issued a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) to cool off the Prospect Park Residence (PPR), just as temperatures were predicted to hit 93 degrees in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

The TRO expires on June 30, when attorneys for the seniors are due back in court.


BAM hosts ‘Into the Woods’ original cast reunion

Amid frequent and uproarious applause from a packed house, Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine and several members of the original "Into the Woods" cast took to the stage for a reunion Sunday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Between live performances of songs from the award-winning Broadway musical, its creators and cast members, with Mo Rocca as moderator, shared memories about its making nearly three decades ago.


Peter L. Bray named executive director of Brooklyn Heights Association

Peter L. Bray has been named the new executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) and will assume the role effective Sept. 1, 2015. The Board of Governors of the BHA announced the news, adding that Bray comes to the BHA with extensive experience and recognition in the community development field and a successful track record advocating on behalf of communities throughout New York City.  



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