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Noted writers to challenge Chinese Gov’t at Brooklyn Public Library on Thursday

Noted American writers and artists will protest Beijing’s efforts to silence award-winning writer Ilham Tohti and other Chinese writers and artists on the plaza of Brooklyn Public Library on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

Tohti is the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. After Tohti was honored by PEN, the Chinese government issued an angry defense of their prosecution of the peaceful Uyghur rights advocate and economist. Two days ago, Tohti’s daughter testified before the Congressional Executive Commission on China.


Greenpoint: Housing stock to cherish

Greenpoint's got an apartment house built by oil tycoon Charles Pratt – yes, the man who started the Pratt Institute – for neighborhood workers in the 1880s.

He produced Pratt's Astral Oil at his Greenpoint refinery, and constructed the Queen Anne-style Astral Apartments at 184 Franklin St. One of the important architecture firms of the day, Lamb & Rich, designed the stately building, which is now a city landmark.


Greenpoint: Foodies flock to waterfront restaurant, the Glasserie

Here's an adaptive reuse that's winning fans.

Ground-floor space in a long-departed Greenpoint glass maker's factory – which is right up the street from the Greenpoint Landing mega-project site – is now a Middle Eastern restaurant.

The Glasserie, which opened last June at 95 Commercial St., has drawn reviewers' raves, especially for its rabbit dishes.


Greenpoint: Has the sale of the former Harte & Co. factory closed?

What will become of a much-admired – and highly polluted – Greenpoint industrial building, the former Harte & Co. factory, which may have just changed hands?

The eye-catching 1930s-vintage Arte Moderne property, located thisclose to mega-project Greenpoint Landing, has been under contract since summer 2012 – and the sale was set to close on or about Feb. 1, a memorandum of contract in city Finance Department records reveals.


Greenpoint: Mammoth waterfront makeover begins

The wheels are starting to turn on the construction of Greenpoint Landing – a mega-project that will fill 20 acres of the Greenpoint waterfront with about 5,000 apartments.

Greenpoint Landing Associates, an entity of Manhattan-based developer George Klein's Park Tower Group, has filed plans with the city Buildings Department for two relatively small residential buildings – a prelude to planned towers of 30 to 40 stories at the site at Commercial and West streets.


Sunset Park drug counseling center expanding its mission

Donna Mae DePola is a busy woman who's about to get a lot busier.

DePola is the president and CEO of The Recovery & Life Coaching Academy, a non-profit Sunset Park-based drug and alcohol counseling center she founded 20 years ago to help addicts and alcoholics get off drugs and drink, reclaim their lives and move forward.


Brooklyn’s Gallery Players reinvent ‘RENT’

Having successfully conquered a colorful year of programming that has received both critical and popular praise, The Gallery Players will bring their 47th Mainstage Season to a close with one of the most popular musicals to date – “RENT.”


Manbeck’s new crime novella is set in Brooklyn Heights in 1930

John Manbeck, the former Brooklyn borough historian and retired professor of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, has published the second novella in his “Brooklyn Heights Crime Series.”

His latest fast-paced period crime opus, “The Disappearance of Patricia Murphey,” has been published on Amazon Kindle, and a print-on-demand paperback version will be available soon.


Bushwick residents, elected officials march against 'negligent landlords'

As gentrification continues in Bushwick, some landlords will inevitably try to evict low-income tenants. An organized march in the neighborhood on Sunday was part of a movement against this trend — a movement that already has the support of several powerful officials and has been given new hope by the election of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

As protests continue, landlords and speculators who are accused of forcing tenants into unlivable conditions increasingly find themselves in the spotlight.


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.



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