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Finding the Forgotten: An urban exploration of Red Hook’s Grain Terminal

Time, by that point, had begun to dissolve. Over the last three days, we had already trekked through a train tunnel, trudged through a dilapidated military complex and scavenged an abandoned mental hospital.

Our biggest challenge—an abandoned grain terminal—stood 20 stories above us.

This is the exhilarating life of an Urban Explorer. Urban Exploration, or “Urbex,” is a hobby where groups of people share an obsession with exposing the hidden city that lies above and below the known one around them.


St. Francis to host acclaimed author and poet

Emphasizing the importance of women entrepreneurs, the St. Francis College Center for Entrepreneurship and the Women's Studies Program are coming together to bring a series of successful women to campus to teach others about overcoming obstacles and building a solid business.


Jeffrey Eugenides reads, draws laughs at BAM

"It’s great to be here, back in Brooklyn," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides told a jam-packed room at the BAMCafé Wednesday night. Eugenides, a former Brooklynite, was the featured speaker at "Eat, Drink & Be Literary," an extraordinary reading series organized by BAM and the National Book Awards that invites literary folk to wine and dine alongside their favorite writers.


I'll Drink to That, Too: Events venue launches in Wburg's former Williamsburgh Savings Bank

The other Williamsburgh Savings Bank – the one with two domes rather than the tower crowned with four clock faces – started operating as an events venue called Weylin B. Seymour's.

The venue at landmarked 175 Broadway in Williamsburg drew neighbors' opposition to its liquor license application – including hundreds of petition signers – because of fears it would snarl traffic. In December, Community Board 1 refused to support the license application.


Don't Hate on Hipsters - Williamsburg has its charms

Spinning is so yesteryear. In Williamsburg the hot new exercise class uses rowing machines.  

“It's an unbelievable workout,” said Josh Ozeri, co-owner of Brooklyn Crew, which he and business partner Robert Minucci opened on Broadway in May.

Cool stuff like this makes us love Williamsburg, however much bloggers beat up on it and drop the h-word (hipster) like it's the f-bomb when they write about the place.


Will apartments be built on top of Williamsburg American Apparel?

Double whammy on the Williamsburg retail front!

An investment firm run by two Cornell grads just bought neighboring buildings rented to two youth-focused clothing chains.

RedSky Capital, co-founded by Ben Bernstein and Ben Stokes (yep, they're both named Ben), bought 98 N. 6th St., the soon-to-be home of Urban Outfitters and its booze-serving restaurant, and 100-104 N. 6th St., which houses American Apparel.  


ASA College advances to conference semifinals with win over Globe

In his 15 years of coaching, head coach Kenney Wilcox's teams have always been good. In 10 years at Globe Institute and five years now at ASA College, his teams always managed to get a bye in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association's playoffs.

However, this season the ASA College Avengers limped into the playoffs, losing their final three regular season games and five of their last seven. There would be no bye week this time.


Torah dedication at B’nai Avraham celebrates family and life

The joy of a wedding poured out onto the streets of Brooklyn Heights on Sunday, with the bride adorned in deep, vivid colors of velvet. The groom was the people of Congregation B’nai Avraham, the neighborhood’s first Orthodox synagogue, and the bride was the Torah.

Zvi Mor and his family donated the Torah in memory of Mor’s brother, Chaim, who died childless two years ago at age 69. “Chaim means LIFE,” he told the Heights Press on Sunday during the event.


‘House Hold’ discusses importance of place

Tracing her own history by conjuring the spaces that shaped it, Brooklyn author Ann Peters, in her poignant memoir “House Hold: A Memoir of Place,” invites readers to journey with her from eastern Wisconsin to the mountains of Colorado to upstate New York and Brooklyn.


I'll Drink to That: Booze okayed for restaurant inside Williamsburg Urban Outfitters

Brace yourself, Billyburg. There will be an Urban Outfitters that serves booze. Soon.

Community Board 1's liquor license committee said No Way, Jose last fall when asked to support the youth-oriented clothing chain's liquor license application for its 98 N. 6th St. store site. Websites wrote hilarious critiques of the concept – like Gothamist, which called the store “Urban Drunkfitters.”



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