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Horton Foote’s ‘Dividing the Estate’ celebrates a Brooklyn premiere

Acclaimed playwright Horton Foote’s knowing comedy about family, money, power and greed is having its Brooklyn premiere at the Heights Players this September.  Considered a “must for discriminating theatergoers” by The New York Times, “Dividing the Estate” will delight with its laughs and yet captivate with its page-turning drama about a rapacious Southern family tangling over finances.


Squadron lays out vision for public advocate's role

“When you call 311 and they can’t assist you, you need someone to turn to who can help you,” state Sen. Daniel Squadron said, as he talked about his reasons for running for public advocate.

Squadron said he sees the public advocate’s office as that of being a voice for average New Yorkers who feel the city bureaucracy has failed them and who believe they have nowhere to turn.

“The public advocate can’t do everything, but the office can do a lot to improve the lives of New Yorkers,” Squadron told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in a phone interview on Aug. 31.


WEST INDIAN PARTY! Mayoral candidates join Brooklyn's giant parade

 The city's West Indian Day Parade rolled through the streets on Monday with politics in the air and a child's death on marchers' minds.

Big crowds gathered along one of Brooklyn's busiest streets to watch the annual parade, the largest in the city. The festivities were raucous, highlighted by sweat-soaked elected officials furiously pressing the flesh with crowds just a little more than a week before Primary Day.


Owners of fraudulent Mr. Softee trucks are sued in Brooklyn federal court

Owners of suspected fake Mister Softee ice cream trucks are being asked to explain themselves in Brooklyn Federal Court. 

The Mister Softee brand is a federally protected trademark and the company provides franchises to various entities and individuals for the exclusive right to sell ice cream in a signature Mister Softee truck.

Four trucks have been spotted on the streets of Queens that the company alleges are unlawfully utilizing and benefiting from the Mister Softee brand.


City corrections officer arrested in Bed-Study fire that injured 12

An arrest has been made in a Brooklyn residential fire that injured 12 people, five of them critically.

The fire occurred Thursday morning in a three-story brownstone on Chauncey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The NYPD said Friday that the suspect, 43-year-old Yvette Randolph, is a city correction officer.

Firefighters sawed through window bars while rescuing trapped residents.


De Blasio, Brooklyn community groups back in court, seek to intervene at LICH

In the latest in a series of legal filings, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and six Brooklyn civic groups filed a motion in court on Friday to give the local community a say in determining the next owner of Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

On August 20, state Supreme Court Justice Carlyn Demarest found that SUNY Downstate Medical Center had violated a contractual obligation to keep LICH open and nullified the original sale of LICH, located in Cobble Hill, to SUNY.


Thompson says ‘Fix schools, don’t close them!’

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, the former president of the city’s Board of Education, unveiled a plan that he said would improve public schools and give parents more of a voice in shaping the city’s educational policy.

Thompson, who introduced his plan on Aug. 28, said he would put a moratorium on the Bloomberg Administration policy of closing troubled schools and vowed to work closely with educators and parents to improve schools.


Downtown construction wave resumes, bringing new residential units to 13,000, needing schools

Give us a school to call our own.

That's the rallying cry of a group of parents living in newly built apartments in Downtown Brooklyn –  who fear a fresh surge of residential development in the neighborhood will cause acute overcrowding of existing public elementary schools within five years.

“The neighborhood is being built so quickly,”said Chris Young of Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions. “It needs a heart.”


As fight for LICH goes on, nurses flex new political muscles in NYC

The battle to save threatened hospitals in Brooklyn has galvanized the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) into flexing its increasingly robust political muscles and endorsing, for the first time in its history, candidates for New York City offices.

On August 23, NYSNA endorsed mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who has thrown himself wholeheartedly into the fight to save Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Interfaith Medical Center and other Brooklyn hospitals.



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