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Assembly mulls sending teen criminal suspects to Family Court

Should 16 and 17 year olds who are charged with crimes be automatically tried in adult court? Or should criminal cases involving teenagers be handled in Family Court?

Those were just two of the questions that came up at a Dec. 6 hearing held by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Williamsburg-Greenpoint), chairman of the assembly’s Committee on Codes, to examine how New York State law governing the age of adult criminal responsibility affects 16 and 17 year olds and whether changes to the law would better serve the youth, families, and public safety.


BPL unveils seven proposals for redeveloped Brooklyn Heights Library

It was rough sledding Thursday night for Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) officials as they presented seven proposals to re-develop the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library.

Even before Josh Nachowitz, BPL’s VP of Government and Community Relations and Richard Reyes-Gavilan, BPL’s Chief Librarian ran through a Powerpoint with project renderings and details, opponents peppered them with catcalls and angry comments.

“These plans are covering up the slumlord aspect of what the Library did to this building,” audience member Marsha Rimler called out.


Finally! World's largest mod building lands in Atlantic Yards

The Mod Squad arrived at Atlantic Yards Thursday – and brought a pre-made studio apartment in a box along with them, complete with washer and dryer, wood flooring and paint on the walls.

Construction crews hoisted the pre-fab flat onto the construction site at Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue, in the shadow of Barclays Center, for what will be the world's tallest modular building.


Weeksville Opens New Education/Arts Building Building

The leadership and staff of Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) in Crown Heights on Wednesday joined Borough President Marty Markowitz and other officials and community leaders to cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the completion of Weeksville’s new 23,000 square-foot Education and Cultural Arts Building.

The building, which will open to the public this spring, will enable Weeksville to significantly expand its education, programming and research capabilities.


The Mod Squad is coming to Atlantic Yards!

The Mod Squad is coming to Atlantic Yards Thursday afternoon!

Pre-made units for the world's tallest modular building will be hoisted into place at a construction site in the shadow of Barclays Center.

Downtown Brooklyn's first pre-fab apartment tower – referred to by developer Forest City Ratner as B2 – will start to take shape at Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street.


In Brooklyn Heights, local author to discuss South African upbringing

Though she now calls Brooklyn Heights home, author Ellie Levinson is no stranger to the world abroad. In fact, she’s spent much of her life across the world in South Africa, as she poignantly relates in her recent memoir “Let’s Play Hopscotch, Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa” (Tate Publishing & Enterprises). On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Levinson will appear at the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library in conversation with Elizabeth Scholtz, director emeritus of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, who also hails from South Africa.


Brooklyn’s oldest community chorus presents 2013 winter concert

The Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus, the borough’s oldest community chorus, will present its Winter Concert 2013 on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church, 116 6th Avenue, in Park Slope.

The program for the Winter 2013 concert includes Handel’s Messiah and other holiday favorites.


Marty bids Brooklyn Borough Hall a fond adieu at his final tree lighting

In below-freezing temperatures Tuesday night, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presided over his last Borough Hall Christmas tree lighting in a ceremony filled with steel pan music, kids and warm memories. The lighting was dedicated to Nelson Mandela.

Markowitz thanked his staff and supporters for standing by his side throughout his tenure, and pointed to the borough’s incoming officials as proof of the multicultural future of Brooklyn.


Round One victory in Landmarks fight goes to angry neighbors of 115 Lincoln Place


A nearly pristine Park Slope garden core won praise this week from the city Landmarks Preservation Commission.

They told the designers of a proposed multi-floor rear-yard addition at 115 Lincoln Place to go back to the drawing board and come up with something less intrusive to the block's cherished green space, which provides light and air – and a sense of peace – to residents.


Weir waiting for a fix-up, aren't we?

Green-Wood Cemetery wants to demolish one-third of the landmarked Weir Greenhouse before restoring the rest of it – and surrounding it with a big new building for a visitors center.

Tuesday, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission said Not so fast.

“Destroying the building to 'save' it can't be countenanced,” Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said at a hearing in Lower Manhattan.



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