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Brooklyn Hospital Center gala raises $1.7 million to expand ER

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Foundation said on Monday that its annual gala raised $1.7 million, which will go towards funding the expansion and renovation of its emergency department and pediatric care areas.


LPC says ‘not so fast’ to development next to church

Holy hellfire!

Big-bucks landlord Larry Wohl wants to construct a six-story, four-unit apartment building in landmarked Brooklyn Heights that would loom over the nave of historic St. Charles Borromeo Church.

But the city Landmarks Preservation Commission didn't give its blessing at a public hearing Tuesday to the proposed transformation of 144 Clinton St. — which is a single-story Art Moderne-style commercial building — into a 75-foot apartment house with a glass storefront.


Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announces new board member

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has announced the election of Chris Coffey to the organization’s Board of Directors. The election took place at the Conservancy’s April 1 board meeting.
Chris Coffey works at Tusk Strategies as a consultant to some of New York’s best known institutions, including AT&T and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Prior to that, he worked for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for over 12 years in a variety of roles, including all three of his campaigns for Mayor of New York.


Queens author to launch ‘powerful’ debut in DUMBO

Queens author Scott Cheshire will be launching his debut novel, "High as the Horses' Bridles," Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO. Remarkable in scale — moving from 1980s Queens to sunny present-day California to a tent revival in 19th-century rural Kentucky — "Bridles," described as "powerful" by Publishers Weekly and "impressively crafted" by Booklist, is a bold, heartbreaking debut.


Mirror, Mirror: The new Dock Street Project reflects surroundings

Old Walentas, new Walentas.

Gaze into the glass façade of the DUMBO developer family's Dock Street project, on the left side of  this new Brooklyn Eagle photo. That's the famed Clocktower Building you see reflected there.

It's only fitting that the project in progress should serve as a mirror for its century-old neighbor.

Two Trees Management, the Walentas' family company, converted the magnificent industrial building at 1 Main St. to condos in 1998.


‘Thanksgiving’ at Rooftop Films: ‘Catnip for Hipsters’ finds stride

The first 20 minutes of “Thanksgiving” resemble an extended Vampire Weekend music video, but devoid of any self-mocking irony. Cliched fauxhemian archetypes prepare and then host an improbable thanksgiving dinner (not one of these childless transplants goes home to family?) for their similarly oblivious, seemingly insufferable yupster friends in an ornate apartment surrounded by antiquated accouterments, stilted dialogue, and copious drugs and alcohol.


All aboard! Health advocates welcome back B37 bus

What’s the best way to welcome back a bus that was out of service for four years? By taking a ride, of course!

That’s exactly what workers from Lutheran Family Health Centers did on July 1, two days after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reinstated the B37 bus line on Third Avenue.


Fallen firefighter Ambelas honored only weeks earlier

On June 26th, Lieutenant Firefighter Gordon Ambelas and his company (along with two others) were honored by FDNY Commissioner Nigro, Rabbi David Niederman of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, and a family extremely grateful for the FDNY saving the life of their young son, who had been trapped in a role-up gate.

Less than 10 days later, the community was shocked to learn that Lt. Ambelas passed away.


Workers: Brooklyn Bridge façade collapse ‘could have been much worse’

Workers doing construction on the Brooklyn Bridge said that if the walkway’s façade hadn’t collapsed the way it did -- and when it did -- Wednesday night, the outcome could have been "much, much worse."

As it was, the tumbling stone slabs injured five pedestrians walking on the sidewalk under the Brooklyn Bridge overpass at Prospect and Washington streets in DUMBO. The façade collapsed onto the sidewalk at roughly 7:40 p.m.


‘Las Bicicletas’ ride into Brooklyn parks

Cheerful metal bicycle sculptures by famed Mexican artist and cycling enthusiast Gilberto Aceves Navarro, 83, are being installed in 10 locations across the city, with the help of the city’s departments of Transportation and Parks.

The installation shown here can be seen on the west side of Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn; another group is close by a Jay and Sands streets in DUMBO. The works can also be seen in Red Hook, Fort Greene and Park Slope.

All 122 pieces will be installed by July 9.



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