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Cranberry Street Fair to return to Brooklyn Heights for 44th year

Brooklyn Heights will again be dancing in the street for the 44th annual Cranberry Street Fair this Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On the shady, quiet block between Hicks and Willow streets, locals will celebrate the coming of autumn with a day of homegrown activities and entertainment, including belly dancing, browsing books and treasures, guessing the number of cranberries, climbing on the fire engine, parading their pets and having their fortunes told. Residents will also vie for gustatory glory in the bakeoff.


Town halls planned on Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO school rezoning

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) wants to get public input on their draft proposal regarding the rezoning of P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights and P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill. To that end, DOE and District 13 Community Education Council (CEC) have scheduled two town halls.

The first takes place on September 16 at P.S. 307 (209 York St.) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The second is scheduled for Sept. 21 at P.S. 8 (37 Hicks St.) from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


New board voted in at Cobble Hill Association after leadership brouhaha

Following the resignation of long-time leader Roy Sloane after two dozen members threatened to depose him, last Thursday a large crowd gathered in Cobble Hill to vote on a new line up of officers for the Cobble Hill Association's (CHA) executive board.


NYCHA moves to lease land at Wyckoff Gardens housing project in Brooklyn to a developer

As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s NextGen Neighborhoods plan to dig the city’s public housing projects out of a $2.5 billion hole, NYCHA (NYC Housing Authority) Chair Shola Olatoye said on Thursday that the city hopes to lease what it calls underutilized land at the Wyckoff Gardens housing development in Boerum Hill to a developer.


BLS Prof. Bill Araiza to speak about ‘Enforcing the Constitution’ at St. Francis College

St. Francis College will welcome Brooklyn Law School Professor Bill Araiza for a Constitution Day celebration to speak about “Enforcing the Constitution” on Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. in the college’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.

Professor Araiza will use current political and legal controversies, including those around same-sex marriage and anti-terrorist data collection, to consider the appropriate realms for political and judicial enforcement of constitutional rights.


Environmental Education Center opens at Brooklyn Bridge Park

William Sparky, age 3, held a shell to his ear and heard the sea. Other children explored a touch tank filled with fish from the Hudson and pulled out drawers to touch the exhibits in the Discovery Station. Still others snuggled with their parents and caregivers for a good read about nature.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s new glass-walled Environmental Education Center overlooking the East River officially opened on Thursday, and even the adults had trouble keeping their hands off the interactive exhibits.


Brooklyn Friends School opens new high school facility in MetroTech

Three hundred people representing Brooklyn Friends School’s (BFS) past, present and future celebrated the opening of the school’s new, 40,000-square-foot facility for the 9th through 12th grade Upper School at 116 Lawrence St. in Downtown Brooklyn on Sept. 8.

The new facility, which welcomes 200 students and 40 faculty members this September, is a stand-alone “building within a building” at the first three floors of One MetroTech Center — the first building in MetroTech). It is just one block away from the school’s main building at 375 Pearl St.


Steeped in tradition, colorful energy, West Indian Parade struggles to shed heavy crown of violence

On Labor Day, a day dedicated to respite from work and school, some don their swim clothes and make a valedictory trip to the beach, desperately clinging to summer as it slips away. But for more than one million, the destination par excellence is as landlocked as one can imagine. So it was for the massive crowd of participants and spectators who lined Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights for the annual West Indian American Carnival Day.  


NYPD releases sketch of suspect in Cuomo aide shooting

The New York City Police Department is asking the public's assistance identifying a male wanted for questioning in regards to an assault within the confines of the 71 Precinct. Details are as follows:


Brooklyn BP Adams 'disapproves with conditions' Brooklyn Heights Library development

On Wednesday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams "disapproved with conditions" the development project proposed for the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West, as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process.

The response was issued following months of hearing from passionate local residents and community activists and a public hearing Adams held in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall on August 18.



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