Brooklyn DA candidates square off in debate

The Democratic Leaders for the 21st Century sponsored a debate between Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and his two opponents, Abe George and Kenneth Thompson, on Monday evening.
The debate topics ranged from gun control to wrongful convictions and the prosecution of marijuana possession.  

“Abe George led the debate,” Aaron Rubin, George’s campaign manager, told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “Hynes dodged the issues, and Thompson was just going through the motions. “


Botanic Garden creates pine barrens, prairie in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is showing its love for native New Yorkers – the leafy, flowering ones.

The Central Brooklyn nonprofit is expanding its Native Flora Garden with a new acre of space meticulously designed to look like an untended bog and meadowland with wild-growing plants – about 15,000 in all, of more than 150 species.


Getting a passport in Brooklyn just got a lot easier

Getting a passport can be a drag, but Brooklyn Public Library is making it much easier with an expanded passport center at the Central Library in Prospect Heights.

While passports can still be processed at many post offices across Brooklyn, the library offers more services, longer hours and shorter lines.

Passport applicants can even browse the stacks while waiting; a paging system will alert them when their paperwork is ready.


Atlanta writer to launch novel at BookCourt

“A Place at the Table” (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster; June 4, 2013) promises to be the break-out book for Susan Rebecca White, whose work has already received the highest praise from renowned Southern authors including Kathyrn Stockett, Lee Smith, and Clyde Edgerton.  Though White hails from Atlanta, she will appear in Brooklyn on June 19 for a launch party, Q&A and book signing at Cobble Hill’s BookCourt.


Today’s "up and down" market environment

We made it through the predicted Mayan apocalypse and the transition from the fourth "sun" to a fifth. But now scientists are warning that the sun is out to get us. According to NASA, the sun's current cycle, known as Solar Cycle 24, is expected to reach its peak in early to mid 2013. Powerful solar flares have begun to have a significant effect on Earth. They can cause long lasting radiation storms in the atmosphere disrupting electrical infrastructure and temporarily rendering cell phones useless.


Help is on the way for disintegrating Kosciuszko Bridge

The Kosciuszko Bridge is crumbling, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce says the state’s move to accelerate a massive repair project is vital to Brooklyn’s economic growth. Groundbreaking on the new bridge has been moved up to the fall, a full 18 months earlier than originally planned.

This $800 million project represents the largest single infrastructure project under Governor Cuomo´s NY Works initiative, and roughly 85 percent of that will be federally funded.


Lebanese food fest in Brooklyn Heights

Music and dancing, carnival games, and delicious Middle Eastern food drew crowds to Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral’s annual Flavors of Lebanon food festival on Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights this past weekend.


$10M donation to LIU Brooklyn Nursing School is largest ever

LIU Brooklyn’s School of Nursing has received a naming gift of $10 million from Helaine Lerner and Joan Rechnitz, daughters of Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn; the donation will fund a state-of-the-art Learning Resources Center at the school. It is the largest gift in the history of the campus.

​Mrs. Lerner and Mrs. Rechnitz will name the nursing school in memory of their mother, the late Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn, who was a member of the university’s second graduating class; she received her degree in languages from LIU Brooklyn in 1932.


Actress releases novel exploring immigrant life in Brooklyn

In 1981 when Martial Law was declared in Poland, Dagmara Dominczyk’s father, a founding member of the workers’ union Solidarity, was imprisoned.  One year later, upon his release, Dagmara and her family were deported and with only two suitcases in hand, they found themselves in Flatbush, Brooklyn.                           


Albanese, a former teacher, says evaluation plan a good start

Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese, a former public school teacher, said he agreed with the new teacher evaluation system unveiled by New York State Education Commissioner John King on June 1, but he also stated that the Bloomberg Administration and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) should have come up with an agreement on teacher evaluations so that it would not have been necessary for the the state to step in.



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