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Up on the Roof: Obama administration gives props to Whole Foods' Gowanus greenhouse

Greed is good? No – green is good.

An Obama Administration official came to Gowanus Wednesday to shine a spotlight on the new Whole Foods Market, praising its environmentally-conscious “green” energy-saving strategies and its rooftop greenhouse where lettuce and tomatoes are grown – then transported by elevator to the produce section.


Storm swirls around LICH bidder in Brooklyn, days before May 5 deadline

The group negotiating to take over Brooklyn’s embattled Long Island College Hospital (LICH) from the State University of New York may have won the bidding war, but now they find themselves embroiled in a war of public perception.


Art is long, and time is fleeting: Industrial Bushwick's murals

For an industrial area, it's got a lot of eye candy – thanks to the Bushwick Collective.

The group, spearheaded by Joseph Ficalora, whose family owns a neighborhood steel plant, finds blank walls for artists to paint on in the industrial part of Bushwick where Breeze has his outdoor sculpture studio.


Gone Baby Gone: Metropolitan Avenue artists' studios will Be razed for apartments

Here today, gone tomorrow.

The East Williamsburg artists' studios where Breeze and John Clement worked are set for demolition, and apartment buildings will take their place, city Buildings Department filings indicate.

An LLC that has Anthony Gurino of Tahoe Development as a member filed plans for two apartment buildings, each four stories high with seven units, at 878 and 880 Metropolitan Ave. The city agency has approved an application to demolish the latter building.


Take it outside: Sculptor builds open-air studio in Bushwick

Ah, the great outdoors … is a great place for an art studio in pricey Brooklyn, as least as far as rents are concerned.

A sculptor named Breeze is shaping up 40-foot shipping containers to serve as a welding shop and office for his new open-air studio – which otherwise is a vacant lot he's renting at 430 Johnson Ave. in Bushwick.


Opening at the Offerman Building: Nordstrom Rack and T.J. Maxx

The upscaling of Fulton Mall takes another step forward this week with Nordstrom's May 1 opening at the Offerman Building.

Yeah, so Nordstrom Rack's the discount version of the posh retailer. So what? It's a big-time credit-worthy tenant. There's a Nordstrom Rack in Union Square. Now there will be one in Brooklyn, too.

Albert Laboz's United American Land has another tenant opening May 1 in the landmarked building at 505 Fulton St: Popular discounter  T.J. Maxx, which is part of a big publicly traded company.


A Tale of Two Brownstones: 192 and 194 Columbia Heights

This is a tale of two brownstones. What will prospective buyers of what could be Brooklyn's priciest house make of it?

One of them is pristine 192 Columbia Heights – a magnificent, manicured 1850s brownstone with six bedrooms that's for sale at an asking price of $16 million – which would be a record for Brooklyn if that's what's paid.


Obituary – Linda Lee Rudloff Doman

Linda Doman, a resident of Brooklyn Heights since 1979, died suddenly following a collapse while visiting her grandchildren in upstate New York on April 26. It is believed that she suffered an aneurism, but the family has not released final details. She and John Doman, her husband, loved the village feeling of Brooklyn Heights and the 19th century scale of streets such as the one they called home, Willow.


BHA House and Garden Tour celebrates historic preservation

The Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) will sponsor its 30th annual house and garden tour of five privately owned historic townhouses and gardens in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday, May 10, from 1-5 p.m.

This go-at–your-own–pace, self-guided tour, for the benefit of the BHA, allows visitors a rare opportunity to experience the architectural grandeur and contrasting styles found in the finest private homes of Brooklyn Heights, New York City’s First Historic District.


Tour Highlights:


College counselor writes new book on placing low-income Brooklyn students in elite colleges

Josh Steckel, the lead college counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS), will read from his recently published book “Hold Fast to Dreams” which details the often emotional and heart-wrenching journeys of 10 Brooklyn students that Steckel guided as they gained admission and negotiated life at colleges such as Skidmore, Bates, Williams, Muhlenberg and the City University of New York.



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