Study finds NYU-Poly incubators have generated $251M in economic activity

Three technology incubators operated by Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have generated $251 million in economic activity since 2009, created more than 900 jobs and contributed $31.4 million in tax revenue, according to a report released on Friday.

By 2015, according to the study they are projected to nearly triple their economic output to $719 million, 2,500 jobs and $92 million in tax revenue.


Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO residents urged to sign up for 9/11 health program

People who lived, worked or attended school in much of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks may be surprised to learn they have are eligible for a government program that will monitor their health and provide benefits should they become sick from the attack.

The World Trade Center Health Program is open to anyone who was present in the “New York Disaster Area” for at least four days during the time period between September 11, 2001 to January 10, 2002 and became ill as a result.


With Interfaith on verge of closing, leaders call on DOH to consider restructuring plan

Brooklyn is in the midst of an “epidemic of hospital closures,” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said at a Borough Hall press conference on Friday, as the news spread that Interfaith Medical Center could close at any moment.

De Blasio joined community advocates and hospital staff from Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to support a restructuring plan for Interfaith and call on the state Department of Health to work on a plan that would keep both Brooklyn hospitals open.


In ‘My Education,' desire blurs boundaries

Clinton Hill resident Susan Choi, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated author of “A Person of Interest” and “American Woman”, earlier this month has released her latest novel, “My Education” (Viking). The celebrated author will appear at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore on July 30 for a reading and book signing.  


Gang Leader sentenced in Brooklyn federal court

A former leader of the violent international gang La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as “MS-13,” was sentenced to a term of 30 years imprisonment  for racketeering and murder conspiracy charges.

Hector Aleman Lemos, 32, also known as “Diablito,” entered a plea of guilty before Brooklyn Federal Judge Nichoals Garaufis early March.


Lady Gaga to perform at MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center

Lady Gaga will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards next month. It will be one of her first appearances since having hip surgery in February.

The 27-year-old pop star will perform her new single at the Aug. 25 awards show, which will air live from the Barclays Center, MTV announced Thursday.

Gaga sang the national anthem at New York's Gay Pride last month.

She'll release a new album, "ARTPOP," on Nov. 11.


‘Disaster’ in Downtown Brooklyn: CERT volunteers train on Cadman Plaza East

Bodies littered a street in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday evening, and incoherent victims screamed in pain and begged rescuers to come to their aid.

The disaster was simulated, but the scenario was a familiar one to those who lived through 9/11, Superstorm Sandy or the Boston Marathon bombings.

As bystanders lined a stretch of Cadman Plaza East between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Federal Courthouse, this summer’s crop of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers triaged the “victims” and put out flames.


Amidst LICH chaos, 81-year-old patient falls through the cracks

An 81-year-old man suffering from dementia, Celso Heredia, disappeared from Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on Wednesday, on a day when 650 staffers there were placed on administrative leave by SUNY Downstate, which is trying to close down LICH.


Usdan Center to collaborate with BAM on creative writing programs

A new collaboration will take place this summer between Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the new Youth Summer Programs of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).  Students from Usdan's Senior Division Creative Writing Major will travel to BAM on July 23 and 26 to work with students in BAM's Style and Substance creative writing workshop.


Prospect Park South woman dedicates her life to helping kids

Her dedication to improving the lives of schoolchildren has earned Prospect Park South resident Patricia Carbo-Leon recognition from Learning Leaders, a non-profit group whose mission is to foster close ties between schools and communities.

Learning Leaders named Carbo-Leon a Great School Volunteer for her 12 years of outstanding work with students and parents at PS 230, at 1 Albemarle Road in Kensington.



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