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Budding community groups seek alternatives to mass development

“Now under this scenario, what’s the floor area ratio (FAR)?” asked Lacey Tauber, Legislative Director for City Council Member Antonio Reynoso. She was addressing “North West Bushwick Community Group,” an organization concerned about responsible development meeting at a local coffee shop on Central Avenue Monday evening (the group meets weekly). “Remember, a FAR increase of 50% or more makes it financially desirable to tear down what’s there and build something new.


Alarm raised about ‘dark money’ in de Blasio’s LICH - Fortis letter

The backlash continues against a letter sent out by a de Blasio lobbying group supporting the sale of Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to a developer.  

The government watchdog group Common Cause raised alarms on Tuesday about “dark money” funding the mass mailing, and the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) has added its voice to those debunking the letter's claims.


Sunset Park women walk for ovarian cancer cure

Sunset Park resident Kim Henry tragically lost her sister Maureen to cancer eight years ago. “My sister passed away on Jan 28, 2006 of ovarian cancer. She was 42. She was a mom, sister and daughter to a very large family,” Henry wrote in an email to the Brooklyn Eagle on Tuesday.


Lentol advocates Homeowners Bill of Rights

Insurance companies would be mandated to spell out – in plain English, not bureaucratic double talk – the details of policy coverage in the event of a natural disaster if a bill recently passed by the State Assembly becomes law.

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg) is one of the assembly members who supported a bill to create a Homeowners Bill of Rights.


New MetroTech Exhibit Explores ‘Light Over Time’

At the entrance to “Sam Falls: Light Over Time,” an upcoming exhibition at MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn, visitors can leave an imprint on a bench made of glass tiles that change their bright colors in response to body heat.

“Sam Falls: Light Over Time,” which features five new artworks that encourage the participation of visitors, will be on view beginning July 30 through May 29, 2015. The exhibition, presented by Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), will explore the effects of the natural environment and time on the materials and forms of the work. 


Body found in East River Brooklyn side still unidentified

Police told the Brooklyn Eagle late Monday afternoon that a body found floating off of Pier 6 at the southern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park was still unidentified.

The NYPD’s Harbor Unit responded at roughly 6:30 a.m. to a call regarding the sighting near Atlantic Avenue, a police spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle.

The Harbor Unit pulled a man who appears to be in his 20s out of the water. He was pronounced dead on shore and transported to the Medical Examiner, according to police.


Walker launches campaign for Boyland’s Central Brooklyn Assembly seat

Latrice Walker officially launched her campaign for Brooklyn’s 55th Assembly District at Borough Hall on Monday morning with endorsements from a Who’s Who of Central Brooklyn elected officials, clergy members and other leaders.

District 55 includes Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant, along with parts of Crown Heights and Bushwick.


Roller skaters, welcome to Brooklyn Bridge Park!

It didn’t matter that she didn’t know how to skate.  As soon as Erica Purcell heard that a roller skating rink was opening at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2, she said she made plans to check it out.

“I love coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park so when I heard about this rink I had to bring my 5-year-old Ma’Teo,” Purcell said. “It’s a great thing to do with the kids and it doesn’t matter if we can’t skate because these are going to be memories that he’s going to have for the rest of his life.”


No Clowning Around: Green-Wood Staff Not Impressed

Consider them unamused.

Green-Wood Cemetery staff are on the lookout for a performance artist dressed as a clown roaming their hallowed grounds. The activity is likely part of an misguided attempt at performance art or a publicity stunt, the staff claim.

“Probably some guy trying to make a name for himself,” said Louis Lebron of the firm’s security detail. Lebron didn’t believe the sightings at first, until he saw photographs taken by supposed “witnesses” (though these individuals, Lebron advised, may also be involved with the antics).


Bastille Day in Brooklyn: Pétanque, pastis and the World Cup

Thousands came to Smith Street in Boerum Hill on Sunday for the largest -- and most convivial -- Bastille Day celebration in the U.S.

Mellow, fun-seeking crowds danced to swing bands, drank apéritifs, posed in the guillotine and enjoyed the unique French game called pétanque, played on courts created by the Quadrozzi Concrete Company, which spread 12 cubic yards of sand over Smith Street.



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