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Green roof to take root at Barclays Center

The logo-inscribed roof of Barclays Center in Brooklyn will soon be covered in green.

Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. said on Tuesday that they will install a “green roof,” planted with hardy sedum, a type of succulent, on top of the Prospect Heights arena.

The roof will complement the sloping transit entrance, also planted with sedum, a plant frequently used in green-style plantings due to its insulating and drought-resistant qualities.


Brooklyn pajama party to help breast cancer survivors

All of you women out there who wear sweatpants to bed, take note. Pajamas can be glamorous, frilly and fun!

That’s the idea behind Pajama Glam Party, a fundraiser for breast cancer survivors organized by Noelle Karmo, a remarkable 11-year-old girl whose mother, Maimah Karmo, is a breast cancer survivor. The pajama party is literally that, a pajama party. Noelle has organized the parties in the past and now the fun is coming to Brooklyn next month.


Brooklyn artist selected to participate in prestigious Faberge ‘Big Egg Hunt’

As a child in the South, Jannell Turner would retreat to the woods and contemplate the world around her. As an adult in Brooklyn, those woods have been replaced by her Gowanus studio, but her paintings never stray too far from the forests of her childhood.

“In my work, I explore psychological emotions associated with being inside the woods,” says Turner, a 41-year-old mom who takes care of her kids by night and paints by day. “Enchantment, innocence and danger.”


De Blasio appoints heads of four departments, including Brooklyn Navy Yard

Mayor Bill de Blasio named four key appointments to his administration on Tuesday, including appointing David Ehrenberg as the president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. The Mayor also appointed Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora as Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, Jacques Jiha as Commissioner of the Department of Finance, Lisette Camilo as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.


Architect Bjarke Ingels is transforming the Williamsburg waterfront

The stunning triangular viewing platform that rises out over the East River planned for Pier 6 at the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park is not Bjarke Ingels’ first connection to Brooklyn.


Finding love via a tangled heart, under the Archway in DUMBO

A tangled web of red tubes in the shape of a heart -- a sculpture recently installed in the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO -- offers to connect Brooklyn’s lonely hearts.

“Match-Maker,” created by Bryan Young and Noah Marciniak, helps seekers connect to their soul mates via their astrological signs. Young is principal of Young Projects in DUMBO, and Marciniak is the designer.


Blackbirds pick up a split in first NEC series against Wagner

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds are relying heavily on a couple of freshmen in their rotation this season. That's typically not a good sign, but freshman Bobby Maxwell looked like a veteran on Sunday, tossing a complete game even without his best off-speed pitches.

Maxwell gave a lone run in the ninth inning and allowed just four hits as the Blackbirds beat Wagner 11-1 at LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, giving the Blackbirds a split during the four-game weekend series.


Sunset Park Passport lets visitors enjoy neighborhood's charm

Sunset Park isn’t a foreign country, but you’ll enjoy it much more if you have a passport.

No, not a U.S. passport! What you’ll need to get a real sense of the place is the “Sunset Park Passport,” a mock-document that is being issued by the Sunset Park Business Improvement District (BID).

The passport, which is presented by the BID in cooperation with the Facebook page “Sunset Parker,” invites residents to reminisce about “true” Sunset Park icons.


‘Color of Justice’ program presented at Brooklyn Criminal Court

The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA) joined with legal research company LexisNexis to present  “Color of Justice,” a program created by NAWJ and designed to expose high school girls to courts and the legal system with the hope of encouraging them to attend law school and/or pursue careers in the law.


Teachers at Park Slope’s P.S. 321 protest ‘horrendous’ Common Core English tests

Teachers and parents marched outside a Park Slope elementary school Friday morning to protest what they call a “horrendous” English Language Arts (ELA) exam given to third, fourth and fifth-graders over three days last week. The test is part of the new Common Core curriculum, but teachers say it’s so poorly designed that it will actually harm students.



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