Brooklyn Heights

Push to reopen War Memorial kicks off during Memorial Day celebration

Within Cadman Plaza Park is the Brooklyn War Memorial, a granite and limestone tribute to the more than 300,000 brave men and women from the borough who served in World War II. Inside the memorial, more than 11,000 names of Brooklynites who died during the war are memorialized — but visitors cannot see them, as the structure has been closed since 1990.


Montague Street anchor away, but maybe not for long

If you walked on Montague Street between Hicks Street and Montague Terrace/Pierrepont Place on Saturday, you may have noticed that the large iron anchor, a fixture in front of 76 Montague St. since 1981, is gone.


Pratt Institute names Kirk E. Pillow as next provost

Pratt Institute President Thomas F. Schutte announced on Wednesday that Kirk E. Pillow will become its next provost.

Pratt, which prepares students for careers in the arts, is located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with a satellite campus at 14th Street in Manhattan. The school was founded in 1887. Notable alumni include fashion designer Betsey Johnson; William Van Alen, the architect of the Chrysler Building; and actor Robert Redford.


Green-Wood Cemetery's exhibit marks end of Civil War 150 years ago

Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery, last resting place for thousands of Civil War veterans, is opening an exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the nation's bloodiest conflict.

The exhibit, titled "To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories," opens Saturday and runs through July 12 in Green-Wood's Historic Chapel.


Mock disasters rock MetroTech at FDNY EMS competition

Downtown Brooklyn was the scene of numerous staged fires, explosions and gas leaks on Thursday as the New York City Fire Department hosted its 15th annual FDNY EMS Competition and health fair, which takes place as part of National EMS Week.

A crowd gathered at MetroTech to watch the action as teams of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics rushed to rescue both realistic mannequins and flesh and blood mock victims splayed on the ground in front of a bandstand, the scene of the day’s disaster scenarios.


Forest City Ratner announces Downtown Brooklyn’s 3rd Annual ‘Summer@MetroTech’ Summer Series

Summer@MetroTech” — a summer-long cultural and entertainment festival that includes free music, movies, activities and televised sporting events — is returning to Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons.

This year’s programming will feature several events, including Bastille Day celebrations, broadcasts of premier sporting events, multiple outdoor movie screenings, a literature fair and the return of the BEAT festival. 


St. Francis College holds graduation in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Gray skies turned to a bright, sunny day at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the 3,000 people celebrating St. Francis College’s Spring Commencement on May 19 — the first graduation held on the pier, with the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan skyline providing a stunning backdrop for the graduates.

More than 300 students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas after hearing from valedictorian Tvrtko Vrdoljak, keynote speaker John F. Tully ’67 J.D. and honorary degree recipient former Assemblymember Joan Millman. 


Clarke hosts cyber security forum to combat hackers

Hackers are becoming so sophisticated that law-abiding Internet users must become sophisticated themselves when it comes to protecting their personal information online, according to U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke.

Clarke (D-Central Brooklyn) hosted a forum discussion on cyber security in Brooklyn on Monday, discussing the growing trend of identity theft and cyber crimes with a panel of experts and business owners.


Police captain not confident Brooklyn Bridge Park will get more cops

New construction is happening everywhere in Brooklyn, and with many of those projects focused in Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights, it is putting stress on the area’s infrastructure. Add in the ever-growing Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the 84th Precinct police are dealing with a lot more people than they were a few years ago.

That's why after a violent incident at the park on April 15, where two shots were fired on Pier 2, the 84th Precinct's Capt. Sergio Centa requested more police officers for the area.


Councilmember Laurie A. Cumbo visits Clinton Hill Library, a finalist for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards

Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) Clinton Hill branch is among ten finalists for the second annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. To recognize the branch's contributions to the neighborhood, City Councilmember Laurie A. Cumbo joined Clinton Hill Library patrons, staff and community members for a celebration of the branch’s efforts to beautify the front of the building.



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