Students and mentors celebrate year of ‘iMentoring’ in Brooklyn

High school students and their mentors celebrated a year of successful “iMentoring” on Saturday with games, lunch from Panera Bread, and fun activities like tug-of-war and group dancing at a picnic in Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn.

“This is the culminating event at the end of a very long year where iMentor mentors and mentees are able to interact outside of their typical classroom settings,” Danielle Smith, managing director of communications for iMentor, told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Live at BAM: "A Human Being Died That Night"

You don't have to watch or read much news to ascertain that America's unresolved racial problems have bubbled back to the surface of our collective social consciousness over the past year or so. Sure, America is no apartheid South Africa, but, as was the case there, everyone in this country has a different opinion about who are the aggressors and who are the victims in a seemingly endless struggle. The "us and them" factor is certainly at play.


Cobble Hill residents vow to fight Fortis plans for LICH site

Roughly 100 Cobble Hill residents gathered at the Cobble Hill Health Center Tuesday night for a meeting called by the Cobble Hill Association (CHA) to discuss the plans revealed to date by Fortis Property Group for the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site.


Fulton Mall Remix brings urban music, art, dance to Downtown Brooklyn

Tonight and tomorrow evening, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Ralph McDaniels, founder of Video Music Box, will host the Fulton Mall Remix. Remix is a two-night extravaganza of music, art, dance and fashion celebrating Fulton Mall’s rich cultural history and Downtown Brooklyn’s legacy as an urban music and fashion mecca, at Albee Square.

On Thursday evening, Biz Markie will return to the location he made famous in the lyrics to his song, “Albee Square Mall,” for a DJ set, alongside Rahzel, a Grammy Award-winning artist formerly of the Roots, who will be beatboxing.


SFC’s Simpson going international

Eilidh Simpson has already helped to make history once this year.

The 5-foot-7 senior guard played a pivotal role in St. Francis College’s first-ever trip to the women’s NCAA Tournament back in March, scoring 14 points and grabbing five rebounds in the Terriers’ stunning upset win over Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference Championship Game.

Now, the sharp-shooting Melbourne, Australia native will take her game global, having been selected to one of 12 coveted spots on the Great Britain National Team for the upcoming EuroBasket 2015 Tournament in Hungary.


‘The Seed Experience’ eco-festival coming to Greenpoint

The Seed Experience 2015, a two-day festival that focuses on living a healthy, compassionate and eco-friendly lifestyle, will take place this year on June 21 and 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Greenpoint.

The festival includes more than 100 exhibitors, including local merchants who sell plant-based foods and environmentally friendly products and services. The number of vegans in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2009, and more than100 million people in the U.S. are eating more plant-based foods, even though they are not vegan or vegetarian.  


Who will be the new owner of Downtown Brooklyn's iconic Dime Savings Bank building?

The Treasure House stands silent.

A stunning bank building where Brooklynites once stored their savings a dime at a time awaits its new owner.

We're talking about the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn at 9 DeKalb Ave., a century-old city-designated landmark that looks like a Classical temple.

People could open an account with one thin dime in the savings bank's early days.


Developers increase the affordable-apartment tally in City Point's Tower 1

Pay attention. This is actual news.

The developers of City Point are increasing the number of affordable apartments at the mixed-use mega-development in Downtown Brooklyn.

Because of a deal the builders just finalized with the city, 80% of the units in City Point's Tower 1 rental-apartment building will be earmarked for low- and middle-income residents.

That's 200 of the 250 apartments in the 23-floor tower, whose construction is nearing completion.


Brooklyn Heights Garden Club picks window box winners

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was on hand on Thursday for the announcement of the winners of the Window Box Contest, sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club, and congratulated the organization, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, for organizing the contest.

The club’s motto is: “Everyone’s a winner when Brooklyn blooms.”

However, “It’s more than the beautification,” BP Adams said at the event. “It’s also a way for people to not say, ‘She lives next door to me,’ but to say, ‘That is my neighbor.’


Autistic, disabled kids star in Downtown Brooklyn School Lunchtime Concert

Students from three Brooklyn schools drew cheers in Downtown Brooklyn last Wednesday at Borough President Eric Adams’ School Lunchtime Concert Series at Willoughby Plaza.

Young performers from Intermediate School 303 wowed the crowd with their tightly-choreographed excerpts from the hit musical “Grease,” as did the mixed chorus from Intermediate School 98 (the Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences).

But the loudest applause followed a heartfelt rendition of Selena’s “Dreaming of You,” performed by autistic and disabled students from District 75’s P53K.



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