'Judge Judy’ Sheindlin to speak at naturalization ceremony in Brooklyn

Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon of  U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York announced recently that Judge Judith Sheindlin, best known to many the longtime host of TV’s “Judge Judy,” will be speaking at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse Naturalization ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1. 


‘Writers on War’ to feature veteran and civilian authors

Words After War, a non-profit literary organization that provides high-quality literary programming for veterans, their families and civilian supporters, has partnered with Togather, a Brooklyn-based organization that links authors to their readers through a variety of digital and in-person events, to present an exciting new reading series that will debut on Nov. 2 in Williamsburg.


Boerum Hill slow zone is vetted; Heights sure to watch closely

Concerned by the number of vehicular accidents within its borders, some involving pedestrians and some even resulting in fatalities, the transportation committee of the Boerum Hill Association set about researching successful slow zone programs abroad about four years ago. What committee members found was encouraging; newly implemented slow zones in London resulted in a 46 percent reduction in fatal and severe injury crashes compared to untreated areas. Impressive results had also been documented in Berlin, Zurich, Dublin, Stockholm, Helsinki and in the Netherlands.


The Heights Players presents ‘Twelve Angry Men’ : A timeless drama

For the first time in its 57-year history, The Heights Players will present “Twelve Angry Men,” a classic drama that helped usher into America a new age of civil rights and social justice. Written by Reginald Rose, this play was originally staged for television in the late 1950s, starring Robert Cummings. After actor Henry Fonda saw the show, he partnered with director Sidney Lumet and turned it into an award-winning film.  Today, almost 50 years later, “Twelve Angry Men” still packs an emotional wallop.


UNIQLO apparel store opens In Downtown’s Atlantic Terminal

A UNIQLO outlet opened on Friday at the Atlantic Terminal Mall, mall owner Forest City Ratner announced. This new location is the Japanese-owned apparel chain’s first store in Brooklyn. 

The new store occupies more than 14,000 square feet in a high-traffic location next to the mall’s anchor tenant, Target.

UNIQLO celebrated the opening last weekend with in-store giveaways and live performances by Japanese taiko drummers in the mall’s public plaza.


SUNY’s plans to lay off 500 LICH employees halted, for now

SUNY Downstate’s plan to lay off 500 employees of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) came to a halt on Monday afternoon, just hours after LICH supporters including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and 1199 Healthcare Workers vowed to seek an injunction in court -- and go after individual SUNY board members.

“NYSNA has taken this matter to arbitration and we are abiding by the process,” said SUNY spokesperson Bob Bellafiore.


Iconic rocker Lou Reed was a regular on Brooklyn’s stages

Lou Reed, the revolutionary, idiosyncratic rocker who died on Sunday at age 71, may have left Brooklyn for Long Island at the age of 10. But he performed countless times in the borough – at BAM, at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park, and especially at St. Ann’s Warehouse.


Suspect arraigned in stabbing of 5 in Sunset Park family

A 25-year-old Chinese immigrant accused of butchering his cousin's wife and children with a knife and found dripping in blood amid the carnage, authorities said, was charged Monday with murder.

"I know I am done," Mingdong Chen said to relatives who discovered him, according to a criminal complaint.

Chen appeared briefly in Brooklyn Criminal Court in oversized blue sweats, his hair disheveled. He was also charged with assaulting a police officer while being questioned at a precinct after the grisly killings Saturday evening.


Sandy anniversary causes postponement of mayoral debate

The final debate between mayoral rivals Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota will be postponed 24 hours in deference to the victims of superstorm Sandy. The face-off was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29. But that is the first anniversary of the hurricane and communities ravaged by the historic storm reached out to both campaigns and expressed disappointment with the idea of politics as usual on that date.

Instead, de Blasio and Lhota will face each other on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in their debate, to be broadcast on WNBC-TV.


Feds to pay for Montague Street Tunnel repairs

First free rides on the R train were announced and then it was learned that the federal government would pick up most of the multi-million dollar tab for repairing the Sandy-damaged Montague Street tunnel.

R train riders, who have had to put up with major inconveniences stemming from the closure of the Montague tube, got a double dose of good news on Friday.

The federal government has agreed to pick up 90 percent of the costs of repairing the Sandy-damaged tube, it was announced.



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