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


Catholic Lawyers Guild holds celebration

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Brooklyn held a Christmas celebration and unveiled a creche in Columbus Park, adjacent to the Supreme Courthouse at 360 Adams St., on Thursday night, Dec. 12.

Joseph Rosato, president of the group, spoke briefly, Christmas music played in the background, and all present shared holiday cheer despite the cold outside. Later, the group went to Caffe Buon Gusto on nearby Montague Street for food and drinks. All in all, about 125 people took part in the celebration.


Ukrainian national who founded cybercrime marketplace sentenced in Brooklyn to 18 Years

On Friday, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Roman Vega, one of the world’s most prolific cybercriminals, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Vega, a Ukrainian national who co-founded the notorious Internet website CarderPlanet, pled guilty in 2009 to conspiracies to commit money laundering and access device fraud. At the time of his arrest, Vega possessed over half a million stolen credit card numbers.


Artists, environmentalists, pols meet to plan future of Gowanus

Three hundred residents, artists, environmentalists and business owners took the first exciting steps toward outlining the future of Gowanus when they attended a meeting organized by elected officials on Monday.

The Dec. 9 meeting was part of Bridging Gowanus, a community planning process that is aimed at creating a blueprint to inform the incoming de Blasio Administration’s decisions about land use in the area.



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