The NEW R train

Take heart, R train riders. It’s true that you’re losing the Montague Street tunnel starting Aug. 3. But you’re gaining a ferry!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that the city’s Rockaway Ferry will make an additional stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal pier at 58th Street in Sunset Park to provide a transit option for the Brooklyn commuters impacted by disruptions to the R train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.


Missing 81-year-old LICH patient Celso Heredia discovered in Florida

An 81-year-old man suffering from dementia, Celso Heredia, who disappeared from Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn on July 24, has been discovered in Fort Pierce, Florida, according to the NYPD.

A Silver Alert had been issued last week after Heredia disappeared under mysterious circumstances. SUNY Downstate, which operates LICH, has been emptying the hospital of patients in an attempt to close it.


De Blasio calls for Brooklyn Hospital Authority with sweeping powers

Saying that city and state government are “fiddling” while Brooklyn healthcare is burning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on Monday released a four-pronged plan that calls for the creation of a Brooklyn Health Authority, with sweeping but temporary powers to transform hospitals and provide healthcare to the entire borough.


Jennifer Lopez hosts block party to mark opening of her new store

J-Lo came to Brooklyn not to perform in concert, but to sing the praises of her new Verizon Wireless store.

Superstar Jennifer Lopez hosted a block party on Flatbush Avenue on July 26 to celebrate the opening of Viva Móvil by Jennifer Lopez, a new Verizon Wireless retailer she founded with two companies, Brightstar and Moorehead Communications. Viva Móvil’s flagship location is at 162 Flatbush Avenue.

The former “American Idol” judge welcomed fans with a block party that included face painters and balloon artists, and a variety of food trucks.


Email confirmation of oral settlement suffices as signature, says court

The Appellate Division, 2nd Department, has ruled that a closing salutation in an email suffices as an signature valid enough to enforce an agreement.

In 2008, John T. Forcelli was injured in a 3-car crash in Westchester County. The other cars involved included a car owned by the Gelco Corporation and leased to the Xerox Corporation, and another driven by Steve Kuhn and owned by his wife Susan Landon.


Study finds NYU-Poly incubators have generated $251M in economic activity

Three technology incubators operated by Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have generated $251 million in economic activity since 2009, created more than 900 jobs and contributed $31.4 million in tax revenue, according to a report released on Friday.

By 2015, according to the study they are projected to nearly triple their economic output to $719 million, 2,500 jobs and $92 million in tax revenue.


Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO residents urged to sign up for 9/11 health program

People who lived, worked or attended school in much of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks may be surprised to learn they have are eligible for a government program that will monitor their health and provide benefits should they become sick from the attack.

The World Trade Center Health Program is open to anyone who was present in the “New York Disaster Area” for at least four days during the time period between September 11, 2001 to January 10, 2002 and became ill as a result.


With Interfaith on verge of closing, leaders call on DOH to consider restructuring plan

Brooklyn is in the midst of an “epidemic of hospital closures,” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said at a Borough Hall press conference on Friday, as the news spread that Interfaith Medical Center could close at any moment.

De Blasio joined community advocates and hospital staff from Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to support a restructuring plan for Interfaith and call on the state Department of Health to work on a plan that would keep both Brooklyn hospitals open.


In ‘My Education,' desire blurs boundaries

Clinton Hill resident Susan Choi, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated author of “A Person of Interest” and “American Woman”, earlier this month has released her latest novel, “My Education” (Viking). The celebrated author will appear at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore on July 30 for a reading and book signing.  


Gang Leader sentenced in Brooklyn federal court

A former leader of the violent international gang La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as “MS-13,” was sentenced to a term of 30 years imprisonment  for racketeering and murder conspiracy charges.

Hector Aleman Lemos, 32, also known as “Diablito,” entered a plea of guilty before Brooklyn Federal Judge Nichoals Garaufis early March.



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