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Landmarks Preservation Commission to Two Trees: Domino factory makeover plan must be refined

Sugar, ah, honey, honey.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission sent Two Trees Management's makeover plan for the historic Domino Sugar Refinery back to the drawing board.

Some of the commissioners at a public hearing in Lower Manhattan Tuesday objected to the height and massing of proposed glass-clad additions to the roof of the iconic former factory on the Williamsburg waterfront.


Shoppers unite! Brooklyn's first Whole Foods opens in Gowanus

Welcome to Brooklyn's coolest Superfund site.

Brooklyn's first Whole Foods Market finally opened in Gowanus on Tuesday morning with Borough President Marty Markowitz on hand, along with other elected officials and hundreds of local residents, as the “foodie-in-chief” broke bread to commemorate the new store.

“Finally, after all of these years, they have gotten the store open, and another one in Williamsburg is right behind,” Markowitz boasted. “They kept my promise of opening the store before my term is over, but, with only 15 days left, they cut it pretty close.”


Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel headed to Rock Hall inductions at Barclays Center

 Nirvana, Kiss and Peter Gabriel will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

The Rock Hall announced Tuesday that Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens also will be inducted April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first release. Nirvana received a nomination in its first year of eligibility and next year the band will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut, "Bleach." The induction comes 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide at age 27.


SUNY to vote today on sale of LICH to condo developer — but fight to save hospital goes on

SUNY Downstate Medical Center will be pushing ahead on Tuesday with its long-contested plan to sell Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to a real estate developer, a move fought by advocates for LICH for almost a year.

SUNY is expected to name the developer at a special meeting of the SUNY board on Tuesday in Manhattan. LICH supporters told the Brooklyn Eagle they planned to attend the meeting.


Elected officials ask Cuomo to lift the curtain on LICH takeover process

Expressing concern with the secrecy surrounding SUNY Downstate’s process of finding a new operator for Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Brooklyn officials sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday with a list of requests “to facilitate a more transparent, impartial, and inclusive Request for Proposals (RFP) process.”

Residents and elected officials have been complaining for months that SUNY, in the midst of a ferocious legal battle as it tries to close LICH, has refused to reveal to stakeholders or local representatives the names of those responding to its RFP.


Hundreds brave blizzard to support Brooklyn Kindergarten Society

Residents across New York City came together in the frightful weather on Saturday night to dance the night away at the 93rd Annual Yuletide Ball in Brooklyn Heights. This year, more than 900 tickets to the Ball were sold, raising an unprecedented $300,000. The Heights Casino was packed with hundreds dancing to the classic Motown music performed live by Soul Sound Revue. Proceeds from the event enable Brooklyn Kindergarten Society to make a profound and tangible difference in the lives of the most underserved children in Brooklyn.


Community Board Six presents ‘Core of the Apple’ awards

A police leader and a retired sanitation supervisor received a big pat on the back from Community Board Six for their efforts to improve the quality of life in Park Slope and Red Hook.

Board Six Chairman Daniel Kummer presented "Core of the Apple" awards to Dep. Insp. Jeffrey Schiff, former commanding officer of the 76th Precinct, and James Proscia, the retired superintendent of the Department of Sanitation’s Brooklyn District Six.

The awards were presented at a recent Board Six meeting.


Brooklyn Tech moot court team wins NYC championship

The Brooklyn Technical High School Moot (Appeals) Court team was crowned as the New York City Moot Court Champion on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse in Lower Manhattan.

The Brooklyn Tech Moot Court Team represented the petitioner accused in a stop-and-frisk case and argued their case before three real federal judges, including U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Denny Chin, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York Margo K. Brodie and U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York James Orenstein.


Forest City finalizes Atlantic Yards funding pact with Chinese firm

Forest City Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. announced on Monday that they have completed a definitive agreement for a joint venture to develop the 22-acre Atlantic Yards project.

The two companies announced a memorandum of understanding for the joint venture in October, a development that Eagle reported at the time.


Shoppers and snackers pack the new Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg

Thousands of shoppers and foodies flocked to Williamsburg this past weekend to browse, eat and drink at the giant new Brooklyn Flea / Smorgasburg, relocated to 80 N. 5th Street for the winter.

The popular indoor market is in operation on weekends and is accessible by the East River Ferry.  More at



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