Clean water lovers rejoice! Gowanus Flushing Tunnel coming back into service

The Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel, which “flushes” fresh water from Buttermilk Channel into the heavily polluted canal, is going back into service this week for the first time since 2010, according to Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland.

The tunnel, which often operated at only partial capacity, was under repair for three years. It begins at the channel, and for most of its route carries water under DeGraw Street. Near the canal, it turns one block north onto Hoyt Street and then onto Douglass Street.


Ole! Mexican 'Urban Cuisine' comes to Montague Street

So what if folks say the upstairs space at 140 Montague St. is cursed? Giovanni Ventura's not scared.

He and fellow chef Yovany Quisquina opened their first restaurant there last week.

“I don't believe in curses,” said Ventura, the co-owner of Gallito's Kitchen.

“Restaurants have a life cycle; they live and die,” he said. “This one's going to have a long life cycle. It depends on hard work in the back of the house and good service in the front.”


Traditional Heights holiday tree-lighting in 64th year

On Wednesday, for the 64th consecutive year, the switch was thrown to turn on the assortment of holiday lights at the entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, featuring a 25-foot Christmas tree and a Menorah. Sponsored and created by the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club, the ceremony includes holiday music and refreshments, mostly for children who attend.


Brooklyn Bridge Park announces developer, operator of marina

Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) on Thursday announced the selection of a developer and operator of a first-class marina adjacent to Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The developer, Edgewater Resources, a multi-disciplinary marina design, development, and management company with extensive national and international experience, will operate the marina under a long-term lease.


All Aboard! Grand Central's iconic Oyster Bar heads for Park Slope

Nothing says Manhattan like Grand Central Terminal – and the Oyster Bar with its succulent seafood, which has brightened commuters' days for a century.

Are its charms transferable to Park Slope, to a block where there's no massive transportation hub nearby?

If anyone should know, it would be Jonathan Young, a former Sloper who now lives in Greenwood Heights. For a decade, he was the general manager of the famed oyster palace inside the famed train station. For starters, he knows not to try to create a clone of the original restaurant.


'Coffee geeks' welcome at Gorilla's new java joint

For people who like coffee it's paradise, or pretty darn close to it.

Gorilla Coffee – which has a following thanks to its shop at 97 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope and a brisk wholesale business – just opened a new location that puts the baristas up close and personal with customers.


Super Sprowtz to help Lutheran Medical Center launch kid-friendly program

Lutheran Medical Center is getting help from folks like Brian Broccoli, Colby Carrot and Erica Eggplant in its efforts to teach kids about nutrition.

The Sunset Park hospital is teaming up with Super Sprowtz, an educational program aimed at getting kids to eat better, on a new patient engagement project.


From South Africa to Brooklyn Heights: Local author discusses apartheid and Mandela

Ellie Levinson is a well-rounded Brooklynite. Known around Brooklyn Heights for her volunteer work with the Promenade Garden Conservancy (and for the delicious baked goods she contributes to the PGC’s bake sales), Levinson is active in her residential community and values her Brooklyn friends and neighbors. Yet in spite of her enthusiasm for local affairs, Levinson’s history reaches far beyond Brooklyn.


Maloney wages fight to establish women’s history museum in Washington

Women are woefully under-represented when it comes to listing the accomplishments of great Americans in history books, according to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who is working on a bipartisan effort to establish a national museum focusing on the role played by females in making America what it is today.

Maloney (D-Manhattan-Brooklyn) sponsored legislation with U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) that would take a first step toward building a museum. The bill would establish a commission to study the best way to build a museum dedicated to women’s history.


Levin says he fought for concessions in Greenpoint Landing dispute

A plan to dramatically alter North Brooklyn’s waterfront with the construction of high-rise buildings will actually result in some good things for the Greenpoint community, according to City Councilman Stephen Levin, who said he negotiated with the city and with the developer and won several important concessions.

The City Council voted to approve the plans for the development, called Greenpoint Landing, last week. The council’s vote was the final step in the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), which governs land use matters.



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