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$1.7M missing from Menachem Stark's bank account?

A court-ordered review of an account controlled by a Brooklyn businessman discovered dead in a trash bin has found that $1.7 million was improperly removed.

The account belongs to Menachem Stark and his business partner.

Stark was found dead Jan. 2 after he was seen on surveillance footage strong-armed into a van by two men.

The father of seven owned and renovated several buildings in Brooklyn but owed millions. Police are investigating the death.


Brooklyn Bridge Park receives prestigious national planning award

Brooklyn Bridge Park will receive the American Planning Association’s 2014 National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design for transforming 1.3 miles of Brooklyn’s formerly inaccessible waterfront into a scenic, multi-use public space.

The Urban Design award honors efforts to create a sense of place, whether a street, public space, neighborhood or campus effort.


Whole Foods: What shoppers said

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Even the shoppers who think Whole Foods is too expensive had good things to say about the new Gowanus store. Listen in ...

* “I think it's awesome,” said Cozette Davis, who came by car from her Crown Heights home with her husband Jukorie. “It's worth the drive to get better foods.”


Gowanus Whole Foods: What we saw

The food is almost too pretty to eat.

Here's some eye candy (in the form of photos) from our Saturday visit to the Gowanus Whole Foods.

The folks at already comparison-shopped essentials there and at nearby Union Markets – and found what cost $84 at the former was $115 at the latter. In our more random gawking, we noticed:

* Fruits we've never heard of, like stem and leaf satsuma (which are a type of Mandarin orange).


Veni Vidi Vici: Whole Foods takes Gowanus

Going. Like. Gangbusters.

Business is booming at Brooklyn's first Whole Foods Market, which has had a month to settle in on the shores of that oddly alluring Superfund site, the Gowanus Canal.

We know. We checked for ourselves.

We spent Saturday, Jan. 18, at Third and 3rd, as the upscale publicly-held grocer's new location on Third Avenue and 3rd Street is called – uninvited and unaccompanied by anyone from Whole Foods.


Snow what if the polar vortex is back? There's a tropical oasis at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Oh, to be in the tropics when it's snowing in Brooklyn.

You smarty-pants who went to warm-weather climes for the long Martin Luther King Birthday weekend came back just in time for the onset of a new Polar Vortex, promising several inches of snow and 9-degree temps.

What with massive flight cancellations at area airports Tuesday, your best bet for an escape is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


Brooklyn to get three new Appellate Justices

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced appointments to fill vacancies in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Second Judicial Departments. The Second Department, whose courthouse sits in Brooklyn Heights, covers a 10-county area, including the city’s other boroughs except for Manhattan; Long Island and the southern Hudson Valley.


At threatened Bed-Stuy hospital, extended run for Edward Albee’s “The Death of Bessie Smith”

Following an initial sold-out run, New Brooklyn Theater announced a three-week extension for Edward Albee’s “The Death of Bessie Smith.”


OPINION: Freestanding emergency rooms: advice from a former asthma patient

Recently, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on two proposals for the troubled Long Island College Hospital: The Fortis-NYU-Lutheran plan and the Brooklyn Hospital Center plan. Among other things, both of them feature what could be described as “freestanding emergency rooms.”


Lentol says minimum wage should go up faster

The minimum wage in New York state is scheduled to go up to $9.00 an hour, but not until the end of 2015.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg) said workers shouldn’t have to wait that long for the wage increase.

Lentol said he supports legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.00 an hour a full year ahead of schedule. He also supports tying future increases to inflation.



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