Jehovah's Witnesses sell DUMBO buildings to Kushner

The Jehovah's Witnesses finalized the sale of five sought-after DUMBO buildings on Oct. 2 – and their new owner vows to make them the “epicenter” of the nascent Brooklyn Tech Triangle.


'Media incubator' unveiled in DUMBO

Media entrepreneurs, filmmakers and advertising pros have a new place to set up shop in Brooklyn. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and other officials launched a “media incubator” space in DUMBO on Tuesday. The Made in NY Media Center is part of a plan to keep the city at the top of its game, media-wise.

The Mayor didn’t cut the ribbon, however. The musician Questlove, the center’s first artist-in-residence, and Media & Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver wore headsets that allowed them to wirelessly operate electronic scissors that did the snipping.


Want to see the Statue of Liberty during the shutdown?

The Brooklyn Museum is inviting disappointed tourists to come visit their replica of the Statue of Liberty during the shutdown of the federal government, while the real monument is closed.

The Brooklyn Museum's 47-foot-high Statue of Liberty with pedestal, about one-fifth the height of the Bartholdi original, is itself historical. The piece was originally installed in 1902 on auctioneer William H. Flattau's Liberty Storage Warehouse at 43 West 64 Street, at that time one of the highest points on the Upper West Side.


EPA issues cleanup plan for Gowanus Canal

ROD stands for “record of decision” and is one of a slew of initials and acronyms that those following the progress of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund designation and investigation of the putrid brew that is the Gowanus Canal have had to familiarize themselves with. The actual cleanup will not begin until 2015, and the process is likely to take a decade, but the ROD, made public on Sept. 30, means there is no going back.


Bon Appétit! New book explores the ‘Art of French Eating’

Journalist Ann Mah, married to a diplomat, had grown accustomed to splitting her time between political hot-spots like Washington, D.C. and Beijing. But when her husband was placed for three years in Paris, she was ecstatic. A lifelong lover of food, and struggling to launch her career as a freelance food writer in D.C., Mah had always dreamed of exploring this romantic city – and its cuisine – with her husband.


Development Ferment on Atlantic Avenue: Real estate bigs work Brooklyn retail corridor alongside mom and pops

On Sunday, Marty Markowitz was crowned King of Brooklyn on Atlantic Avenue. The other days of the year, the princes of New York City real estate are busy trying to make a buck on a mile-long segment of the retail corridor stretching from Brooklyn Bridge Park nearly to Barclays Center.

Big players like the Cayre family's Midtown Equities and Joseph Sitt's Thor Equities are vying with mom-and-pop property owners to win retail and restaurant tenants for sites on the Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill span of the thoroughfare.


Chabon to celebrate 'Telegraph Avenue' in Brooklyn

Acclaimed writer Michael Chabon will be making an appearance in Brooklyn this fall to celebrate the paperback release of his latest novel “Telegraph Avenue” (Harper Perennial). On Oct. 3, the author will be featured at Community Bookstore’s and Congregation Beth Elohim’s series Brooklyn By The Book series, which aims to enrich the literary culture in the Park Slope area.


‘Gowanus Gatsby – A Flapper Fete’ at Gowanus Ballroom on Oct. 5

Hope Davis and the Friends of Douglass Greene Park will host an awards dinner reception followed by a full Gatsby dance party featuring the Michael Arenella Quintet on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Gowanus Ballroom at 55 Ninth St. near Second Avenue in Gowanus.

The fundraiser soirée will celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Douglass Greene Park renovation on its Third Avenue side and highlight ongoing advocacy and development of this small public park located on a full city block in Gowanus, Brooklyn.


Court Street corner is a killer

On Aug. 17, 2012, Ellen Meyers, a Boerum Hill resident, was crossing Pacific Street at Court when a car heading west on Pacific brushed her leashed puppy, Mambo. By the time she reached the veterinarian across the street, the dog had died in her arms.

“The car didn’t stop, although people started yelling,” Meyers reported. “I don’t think the driver ever saw us.”

This past July, Bob Dehler had a close call with another speeding vehicle at the same intersection, jumping out of the way when he saw disaster heading toward him.


‘The Room’ co-Star Sestero publishes tell-all memoir

Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room” gained notoriety as one of the worst films made in recent history when it debuted in 2003. One reviewer suggested watching the movie was “like getting stabbed in the head,” and the $6 milllion film closed after just two weeks, earning only $1,800 at the box office. But a decade later, “The Room” persists in pop culture with an international cult following. Masses of dedicated fans wait in line for hours to view screenings, complete with audience rituals, costumes and thousands of plastic spoons.



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