NY proposes continuing cleanup along Gowanus Canal

ALBANY— New York conservation officials are inviting public comments on proposed plans to continue cleaning up contamination along the Gowanus Canal.

State officials say the former Fulton Municipal Works manufactured gas plant is a principal source of contaminants to sediments in the upper canal, and that the coal tar from it has spread in soils below the surface, including under a portion of Thomas Greene Park.


Eat, Drink and Be Literary: BAM presents Dinaw Mengestu

The Brooklyn Academy of Music hosted the latest installment of this year's Eat, Drink & Be Literary program Wednesday evening, shining its spotlight on Dinaw Mengestu. Born in Ethiopia, Mengestu's family immigrated to the United States when he was two, settling in Peoria, Ill. He has written three novels — “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears,” “How to Read the Air” and “All Our Names,” which was published last year.


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton signs lease for Brooklyn Heights campaign office

Hillary Clinton Possible Presidential Campaign HQ in Brooklyn Heights?

Hillary Clinton's campaign office might end up being right in our backyard.

Clinton signed a lease on two floors of office space at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights, according to a CNN report on Friday morning. This comes after Clinton's reported attempt to lease space at MetroTech did not ultimately work 0ut. 


Obama signs Slain Officer Family Support Act

President Barack Obama signed into law a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to change the tax deadline to allow people who donated money after Jan. 1 to charities that help the families of two slain cops apply for an immediate tax deduction rather than wait until next year.


Review: Did Lincoln’s killer get away?

You never know where you’ll find literary talent. It turns out that Nate Chura, a popular tennis professional at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn Heights, wields a pen as deftly as his tennis racket. His novel “The Man in the Barn” (New Memphis Press, 2015) plays on some old suspicions that John Wilkes Booth did not die in a Virginia barn after he was tracked down following his assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but that he escaped and lived for many years in Texas under a pair of aliases.


New affiliation brings name change to Lutheran Medical Center

A formal affiliation agreement between NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center, first announced in November, has now been completed as the two health care institutions have received approval for the partnership from all relevant government agencies, officials announced Wednesday.

With the approval of the affiliation all set, Lutheran Medical Center, located at 150 55th St. in Sunset Park, has undergone a name change and will now be known as NYU Lutheran.


BRIC announces 2015 Celebrate Brooklyn! events at Brooklyn Bridge Park

BRIC, producer of Celebrate Brooklyn!, the borough’s premier outdoor summer festival, returns with the fifth annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties. The free series, held on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 on three consecutive Thursday evenings in May (14, 21 and 28, serves as a “bridge” to Celebrate Brooklyn’s 37th annual season, which starts on June 3 with a free performance by Chaka Khan and runs throughout the summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. You can see a schedule with programming details below.  


Bushwick Nostalgia: The Hotel Bossert's builder lived in one of these houses, and the others are pretty great, too

The man who built Brooklyn Heights' iconic Hotel Bossert lived in Bushwick among the beer barons.

Lumber plant owner Louis Bossert's house, 1002 Bushwick Ave., was built in 1887,  according to a 2011 report about Bushwick Avenue by Columbia grad students. Though the exterior has been changed a bit, it's still a handsome red-brick residence with a mansard roof.


Bushwick Nostalgia: The landmarked William Ulmer Brewery and other historic eye candy

This Bushwick brewery is so beautiful that the city landmarked it.

The crown jewel of the former William Ulmer Brewery is the Romanesque Revival-style office at 31 Belvidere St. The stunning little red-brick building with a mansard roof was constructed in 1885.

The other three buildings, constructed between 1872 and 1890, are a brew house with an addition at 71-83 Beaver St.; an engine and machine house at 35-43 Belvidere St; and a stable and storage building at 26-28 Locust St.



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