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Flooded in Sandy, Jane’s Carousel gets extra protection

One of the lasting images of Sandy’s destruction was of Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park submerged in floodwater. On Wednesday, David and Jane Walentas were joined by Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer in installing a state-of-the-art flood protection system, AquaFence, to ensure that this neighborhood gem is safe from future storms. 


Lhota unfazed by eye-opening poll numbers

He’s 43 points behind his rival in the latest poll, but Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota isn’t worried, according to his campaign spokeswoman.

Jessica Proud said Lhota is shrugging off the results of the NBC-Wall Street Journal-Marist poll, which has him trailing Democrat Bill de Blasio by a wide margin. The poll, released on Sept. 17, had de Blasio with 65 percent of the vote to Lhota’s 22 percent.


Take One: Opening panels at Real Estate conference attract 650 to Steiner Studios

Anything but Williamsburg – please!

There are plenty of hot Brooklyn neighborhoods besides Billyburg in the borough of Kings, developers and money men told a crowd convened Tuesday at the Massey Knakal Real Estate Summit.

For Hudson Companies, Prospect Lefferts Gardens is The One.

“We’re really excited about this neighborhood,” said Alison Novak, vice president.


Lentol wants next mayor to lower fees at parks

While Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota are presenting their cases to the public on who should be the city’s next mayor, one north Brooklyn lawmaker said he wants whoever is elected to give park users a break.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Greenpoint-Wililamsburg) said he will call on the next mayor to decrease membership fees for city-operated athletic facilities, including city-run recreation centers, ball fields and tennis courts in public parks. The fees for recreational memberships increased in July 2011, Lentol said.


Party like it’s 1720 at the Waterfront Barge’s 'Pirate Ball'

Get yourself to Red Hook and get your pirate on. The historic Red Hook Barge is just about 100 years old, and as part of the yearlong “Barge 100” celebration a swashbuckling Pirate Ball is taking over the vessel on Thursday, September 19, from 6:30 – 10 p.m. The barge is docked at 290 Conover Street in Brooklyn.

The Pirate Ball will feature performances by vocalist Bliss Blood and guitarist Al Street, specialty grog, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and spectacular sunset views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.


Attorney General's Office, Department of Environmental Conservation to host meeting on grant money for Greenpoint

Next Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will host a meeting on the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund ("GCEF") to offer guidance to community members with viable environmental improvement projects. 


Brooklyn judge sanctions insurance company for failure to follow ethics rules

An employee of an insurance company embroiled in a personal injury lawsuit was sanctioned $10,000 for an attempt to make contact with plaintiffs without the plaintiff’s attorney.

New York’s Code of Professional Conduct prohibits contact with a party to a lawsuit when it is known that an attorney represents the party. The “no contact rule” mandates that all communication be directed exclusively to the party’s attorney.


Bishop names Msgr. Harrington rector of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral

As of this year, Brooklyn’s Catholic community has two cathedrals – the traditional seat of the bishop. Saint James, in downtown Brooklyn, has been a cathedral since the founding of the Brooklyn Diocese in 1853. But in February, in one of his last acts as pope, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI elevated Saint Joseph’s Church in Prospect Heights to the status of co-cathedral alongside St. James.


Kerouac's 'Mexican Girl' brought to life in ‘Mañana Means Heaven’

As Jack Kerouac described her, she was "the cutest little Mexican girl" who happened across his path at a bus stop in Bakersfield, Calif., and became "Terry" in his classic novel, "On the Road." In reality, Kerouac scholars knew she was a woman named Bea Franco, but despite many efforts over the fog of years, none could find her. Until now.


Gonzalez provides funding for psychosocial treatment program

Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) announced that she has obtained $268,000 in City Council funding to support a program at Lutheran Family Health Centers that helps people suffering from serious mental illnesses to lead productive lives.

The Psychosocial Program has helped hundreds of people, officials said.  Lutheran Family Health Centers is a network of small clinics around southern Brooklyn afflicted with Lutheran HealthCare, the umbrella organization which runs the hospital Lutheran Medical Center at 150 55th St. in Sunset Park.



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