Carroll Gardens

In the Heights: A garden spacious, precious, almost unimaginable today

Back in the day, before there was a Promenade, moms took their children to play in Miss White's garden. But first they had to pass muster with Miss White.

The garden was hers, after all, the most extraordinary of Brooklyn Heights open spaces in private hands that anyone can remember.

“She felt like a character in Dickens,” recalled Grace Gray Faison, who was widowed at age 20 during World War II and was raising her toddler son, Jeff, in the neighborhood during the final years before the garden's 1948 closing.


Park Slope parents explored through one’s fiction

Park Slope parents have a reputation. Often mocked as kale-loving yogis who cannot help but intervene in every minute detail of their child’s actions and interactions, the stereotype is easily recognizable. Author Amy Sohn, a Park Slope mom herself, has long been fascinated by modern marriages and parenting, and through her writing she unabashedly spotlights the familial relationships she observes close to home.


Heights author, Promenade gardener, returns to roots

She’s a Promenade Gardener gone global.

That’s Ellie Levinson, an avid volunteer in the green-thumb group, setting a shovel to the soil of her South African homeland in dramatic photos from a recent visit to loved ones.

The Brooklyn Heights author was weeding newly planted beds of native grasses at the home that her son Robbie and daughter-in-law Tracy are building in an “eco-estate” in Ballito, a coastal town north of Durban.


Hanging of posters constitutes harassment, verbal threats may not, says Brooklyn judge

Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Michael Gerstein ruled that an artist’s hanging of posters accusing a fellow artist of child molestation is enough to constitute aggravated harassment while verbal threats may not.


Levin says: Turn vacant lots into public gardens

Calling on New Yorkers with green thumbs!

Thousands of vacant lots all over the city would become community gardens, urban farms or parkland under a plan by Councilman Stephen Levin. The councilman is introducing a bill that would provide a property tax exemption to property owners willing to allow their lots to be developed for community use.


Fathers ‘& Sons’ struggle to connect in new novel

The ghost of J.D. Salinger hovers over David Gilbert's new novel, "& Sons” (Random House). Set amid the wealth and privilege of Manhattan's toniest neighborhood, the novel centers on A.N. Dyer, a reclusive author best known for his coming-of-age story set in a boys' prep school. The author will appear in Brooklyn on July 25 for a launch party and signing at Park Slope’s Community Bookstore.


What price light & air from a neighboring lot?

How much value do prospective renters or purchasers put on light and air – access to some sunshine to keep the back of a building from feeling cave-like and breezes to reduce the need for air-conditioning, at least a little?

This is a question with even deeper meaning when asked in Brooklyn Heights, a neighborhood of historic – and supremely pricey – real estate, and a center of high contrasts on the subject.


SUNY Downstate under investigation by Brooklyn DA

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said at a press conference on Tuesday that Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes has  scheduled a hearing for next Monday to consider holding SUNY Downstate Medical Center in contempt for violating an order keeping Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in operation.

Justice Baynes also referred the case to the Brooklyn District Attorney to investigate, de Blasio said.


Cumbo reaches $100,000 mark in fundraising

City Council hopeful Laurie Cumbo, who made news when she filed an astounding 10,000 petition signatures with the Board of Elections to secure a place on the ballot for the September Democratic Primary, is now boasting that her campaign has raised an impressive $100,000 in donations.


De Blasio: SUNY contempt hearing set in LICH court order violation

State Supreme Court Justice Baynes set the date for a hearing to hold SUNY Downstate Medical Center in contempt for violating a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) keeping Long Island College Hospital (LICH) open, according to the Public Advocate’s office.



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