CEC 21 honors Recchia with songs, poems, portraits by children

The Community Education Council of School District 21 honored one of its predecessors, Domenic Recchia at its April 23 meeting in which students sang songs, recited poems and presented the former councilman with portraits they painted of him.


BPL celebrates 100th anniversary of newly-renovated Stone Avenue Library

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) celebrated the 100th anniversary of Stone Avenue Library in Brownsville on Monday, as well as the branch’s new renovations completed in partnership with the NYC Department of Design and Construction's See ChangeNYC initiative and Council Member Darlene Mealy.


Easter egg hunts in Brooklyn Heights and East Flatbush on Saturday

Little bunnies and their families should bring their Easter baskets to Brooklyn Heights or East Flatbush on Saturday, April 19 to gather eggs to celebrate Easter and the coming of spring.

The Brooklyn Heights Annual Spring Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp at Pierrepont Playground Columbia Heights and Pierrepont Streets (on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade). Candy, treats, balloons and good friends have made this a holiday tradition for many families.


City Parks Foundation offers free yoga lessons for seniors

Senior citizens will be doing the sun salutations in the great outdoors this spring, thanks to a popular fitness program sponsored by the City Parks Foundation.

The foundation is inviting residents aged 60 and over to take part in CityParks Seniors Fitness, a program that offers free yoga instruction, tennis lessons and exercise walks in New York’s parks to help seniors get into shape and to help those already in good shape to stay that way.


Home safe? Push to landmark Jackie Robinson’s Flatbush house

City councilmember Jumaane Williams (D - Flatbush, East Flatbush) is taking another whack at getting the East Flatbush home of baseball legend Jackie Robinson designated as a city landmark.

This will be the second time Councilmember Williams has tried to convince the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to confer landmark status to the Robinson's family home at 5224 Tilden Avenue.


Shovels hit the ground for affordable housing in East New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday joined developers and community members to break ground on a major new project in East New York that will create hundreds of apartments of affordable housing and space for community organizations.

Livonia Commons, Phase I of a multi-phase project, the Livonia Avenue Initiative, will include 278 units in four buildings built on vacant, formerly city-owned land.


Colton calls on parents to be pre-k ‘watchdogs’

The state’s ambitious, $300 million universal pre-kindergarten program needs more than money to make it work, according to one Brooklyn lawmaker.

Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) issued a clarion call for parents to be fully engaged in the process as the state and city set up the pre-k classes.


Another Brooklyn school engulfed in sex scandal

Officials at Brooklyn’s P.S. 219 mishandled an 11-year-old’s complaint of sexual abuse, a report by NYC’s Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI) revealed.

The investigation found that Assistant Principal Patricia Sabater and Guidance Counselor Rebecca Shaffren mismanaged a complaint made by female student who had alleged that she was sexually abused by male students.


Mill Basin, the 'Modern Menace'

Big? Yes. Tasteful? Not so much.

“I have seen some really ugly houses in Mill Basin,” a commenter, Alfonce, said in a posting.

One of many snarked-about homes in the neighborhood is the “Mill Basin Modern Menace,” as nicknamed 2659 E. 66th St. It's big, blocky and beige, with a mud-colored stripe running randomly across the front of it.


Progress seen on NYCHA repairs in East Brooklyn

Mary Smith had one problem, and then she had several. The heating in her living room at the Fiorentino Plaza Houses in East New York conked out about three years ago. Then her hot water went. She began hauling pots of hot water from the stove to her bathroom to bathe. But then she injured her neck and back in a fall, making the water-bearing impossible.



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