Ideas aired at first Brooklyn Heights Library workshop

Ideas Aired At First Brooklyn Heights Library Workshop

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and Marvel Architects held the first of two workshops on Monday evening which allowed the community to contribute ideas for a new library that will replace the present Brooklyn Heights branch located on Cadman Plaza West.

At the end of a 45-minute discussion period moderated by representatives from Marvel, each table presented their suggestions.

Many patrons asked that books and places to read them be a top priority of the incoming branch.


St. Francis College History Prof. named to ‘40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire 2015’

St. Francis College History Professor Sara Haviland is making a difference in the lives of her students, and now she’s been recognized for her work, being named to the “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire 2015” list by Nerd Scholar. NerdWallet is a consumer finance website that helps people make better financial decisions, and NerdScholar is the higher education branch of the site that offers advice and resources specifically for college students.   


Three Brooklyn finalists for 2nd annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation announced on Monday the 10 finalists for the 2nd annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, which celebrate the crucial role of local libraries in serving New York City’s diverse communities. The Awards — unique in honoring individual branch libraries —recognize branches in New York City’s three library systems: The Brooklyn Public Library; Queens Library; and the New York Public Library, which operates branches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.


Greenpoint development site for sale

An apartment building could be coming soon to a corner site in Greenpoint that has been a parking lot for more than a half-century.

A three-lot property with the addresses 216 and 218 Freeman St. and 215 Green St. has just hit the sale market at an asking price of $7.25 million. That works out to $312 per buildable square foot for the  23,250-developable-square-foot site.


Owner's rep gives us the 411 on the Harte & Co. factory

At least a piece of this fine façade will survive the wrecking ball, possibly.

That's the word from the development consultant for the new owners of the handsome — and polluted — former Harte & Co. factory.

The golden-brick Arte Moderne industrial building at 280 Franklin St. is one of the most eye-catching old buildings still standing (for the moment) on the Greenpoint waterfront.


LICH litigation continues in Brooklyn courts

The long legal battle surrounding the State University of New York’s (SUNY) sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill to a developer is not over.

The Supreme Court Appellate Division in Brooklyn has set a Friday, March 27 deadline for the next step in an appeal seeking to overturn SUNY's decision to award the hospital property to Fortis Property Group.


Trifecta! Crown Heights North gets a third historic district

Trifecta for Crown Heights North preservationists!

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to grant historic district status to a portion of  the neighborhood known as Phase III, following long years of effort by neighborhood activists.

It's the third section of Crown Heights North to win landmark status in the past eight years.


Activists plead: Don’t turn Sunset Park into Williamsburg

An ambitious plan to re-develop Industry City and turn the Sunset Park complex into a hub for emerging businesses, technology firms and artists is drawing sharp criticism from environmental groups, housing advocates and labor leaders who charge that the proposal will turn the working class neighborhood into another upscale, trendy, hipster haven like Williamsburg.


Philip Glass, Kurt Andersen to appear in conversation at BAM

Philip Glass, one of the most influential contemporary composers, will discuss his highly anticipated memoir, “Words Without Music,” on April 20 at 8 p.m. as part of Unbound: A Book Launch Series with BAM and Greenlight Bookstore. Brooklyn-based novelist and public radio host Kurt Andersen, a trustee of Pratt Institute, will moderate. This evening is part of the Pratt Presents public programs series, which features high-profile artists, designers, thought leaders and influencers who have made major contributions to contemporary culture. 


R.L. Stine, king of kids horror books, to read at BookCourt

Children’s author R.L. Stine — known as the Stephen King of children’s literature —will celebrate the release of his new  book, “Don’t Stay Up Late” (St. Martin’s Press), with a talk and book signing on Saturday, April 18, at BookCourt, 163 Court St., Cobble Hill, at 7 p.m.

With his new book, Stine is continuing his popular “Fear Street’ series of horror books for young adults. He revived the series last fall after nearly two decades with “Party Games.” Stine is also known for his similarly scary “Goosebumps” series.



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