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.


SUNY Downstate contempt hearing on hold; potential LICH operator rumored

The much-anticipated contempt proceedings against SUNY and the state Department of Health, scheduled to take place before state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on Monday, December 12, have been put on hold until January 21.

Groups supporting Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill said they delayed the contempt hearing to “let the process play out a bit more.” in light of a bit of progress being made.


Assembly mulls sending teen criminal suspects to Family Court

Should 16 and 17 year olds who are charged with crimes be automatically tried in adult court? Or should criminal cases involving teenagers be handled in Family Court?

Those were just two of the questions that came up at a Dec. 6 hearing held by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Williamsburg-Greenpoint), chairman of the assembly’s Committee on Codes, to examine how New York State law governing the age of adult criminal responsibility affects 16 and 17 year olds and whether changes to the law would better serve the youth, families, and public safety.


BPL unveils seven proposals for redeveloped Brooklyn Heights Library

It was rough sledding Thursday night for Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) officials as they presented seven proposals to re-develop the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library.

Even before Josh Nachowitz, BPL’s VP of Government and Community Relations and Richard Reyes-Gavilan, BPL’s Chief Librarian ran through a Powerpoint with project renderings and details, opponents peppered them with catcalls and angry comments.

“These plans are covering up the slumlord aspect of what the Library did to this building,” audience member Marsha Rimler called out.


Finally! World's largest mod building lands in Atlantic Yards

The Mod Squad arrived at Atlantic Yards Thursday – and brought a pre-made studio apartment in a box along with them, complete with washer and dryer, wood flooring and paint on the walls.

Construction crews hoisted the pre-fab flat onto the construction site at Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue, in the shadow of Barclays Center, for what will be the world's tallest modular building.


Weeksville Opens New Education/Arts Building Building

The leadership and staff of Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) in Crown Heights on Wednesday joined Borough President Marty Markowitz and other officials and community leaders to cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the completion of Weeksville’s new 23,000 square-foot Education and Cultural Arts Building.

The building, which will open to the public this spring, will enable Weeksville to significantly expand its education, programming and research capabilities.


The Mod Squad is coming to Atlantic Yards!

The Mod Squad is coming to Atlantic Yards Thursday afternoon!

Pre-made units for the world's tallest modular building will be hoisted into place at a construction site in the shadow of Barclays Center.

Downtown Brooklyn's first pre-fab apartment tower – referred to by developer Forest City Ratner as B2 – will start to take shape at Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street.


In Brooklyn Heights, local author to discuss South African upbringing

Though she now calls Brooklyn Heights home, author Ellie Levinson is no stranger to the world abroad. In fact, she’s spent much of her life across the world in South Africa, as she poignantly relates in her recent memoir “Let’s Play Hopscotch, Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa” (Tate Publishing & Enterprises). On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Levinson will appear at the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library in conversation with Elizabeth Scholtz, director emeritus of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, who also hails from South Africa.



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