St. Francis bio professor in forefront of plant-associated antiviral research

New research from Steven M. Lipson, Professor of Biology and Health Promotions at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, could pave the way to use plant chemicals to prevent thousands of children from being killed each year by an intestinal virus.


‘Gettysburg: One Woman's War’ coming to St. Francis College

Step back in time to one of the pivotal battles in the American Civil War as actress Michéle LaRue tells the story of “Gettysburg: One Woman’s War” on Wednesday, March 12 at St. Francis College’s Founders Hall in Brooklyn Heights. Sponsored by the St. Francis Women's Studies Center, American Studies Program and Department of English, LaRue’s one woman show brings to life a fictional Gettysburg townswoman and offers a look at this historic battle, as well as its aftermath, all from a female perspective.


Barry Club to mark commodore’s 269th birthday

The Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn, which has several Bay Ridge residents on its membership roster, will mark the birthday of the Father of the U.S. Navy a little early.

Commodore John Barry was born in Ireland on March 25, 1745, but the ceremony marking his birthday will take place on Tuesday, March 11. Members of the Commodore Barry Club will take part in a ceremony in a Fort Greene park named after the Revolutionary War hero.


Ahoy Matey: Second-floor residential conversion for 76 Montague St., the building with the anchor out front

The landlord of 76 Montague St. is turning what was a floor of a home-furnishings store into a home.

The building's co-owner, Jim Daniels, recently got Buildings Department approval to convert the second-floor of the Brooklyn Heights building that Design Within Reach just vacated to residential use.

The job calls for interior demolition and new partitions, plumbing fixtures and fittings, finishes, heating and air conditioning – and has an estimated cost of $252,740, the filing indicates.


Apartment tower headed to site of eyesore 153 Remsen St.

Brooklyn Heights' next new apartment tower will be 185 feet tall – the equivalent of 18 stories.

That's Quinlan Development Group's current thinking for what will replace derelict 153 Remsen St. and two neighboring buildings it bought last year, Eye on Real Estate has heard.

The Upper West Side-based developer can build a tower this tall as of right on the site, which is  outside the  Heights' landmark district.


Artists live on ‘Human Hamster Wheel’ in Williamsburg

Ever feel like you're on a big hamster wheel and you can't get off?

Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder know that feeling all too well. The two performance artists are spending 10 days living, eating and sleeping on a giant hamster wheel to make a larger point: We all have to work together to get through the daily grind.

"I wasn't prepared for this ... perhaps I should have been," Shelley said from atop the wheel, his feet dangling off the side of the 25-foot-tall wood and metal structure.


Time Is On My Side: Bedford Avenue building bought for peanuts sold for $6 million 37 years later

He's the Six Million Dollar Man – the real-life version.

(Raise your hand if you watched that 1970s television series.)

Williamsburg landlord George Wanat was paid a whopping $6 million last May for his majestic though graffiti-covered building on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Grand Street, city Finance Department records reveal.


Wanna know who owns Williamsburg's coolest residential building, 16 Broadway?

Sweet little 16 Broadway is the coolest residential building in Williamsburg – and it belongs to one of the coolest families in Williamsburg, city records reveal.

It's a nicely preserved sliver of the 1880s, eye-catching and a little bit mysterious looking, with a pointy roof and curious symbols covering part of its German brownstone facade.



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