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.


St. Francis to host discussion on NYC policing

The deaths of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley at the hands of New York Police Offices as well as the killings of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos have brought New York to the forefront in the debate on police and public safety. On Monday, March 30 from 12:30pm-2pm, St. Francis College will host a ‘Policing in New York and America’ discussion. The talk is slated to take place in the College’s Callahan Center.


Squadron puts LICH bill on Senate front burner

A bill meant to ensure that what happened to Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) never happens again to another hospital in New York is poised for consideration in the NYS Senate.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron (Greenpoint, Cobble Hill, Lower Manhattan) has filed a procedural motion that would put the LICH Act on the front burner in the Senate Health Committee.


T.C. Boyle to visit Cobble Hill for reading, discussion

“My art is my life,” renowned New York Times bestselling author T.C. Boyle told the Brooklyn Eagle in a recent interview. “I work every day, starting in the morning and finishing in the afternoon, after which I try to take myself out into nature.” Indeed, Boyle’s passion and discipline have paid off. He has authored 25 critically acclaimed books — among them “World’s End” and “The Tortilla Curtain” —and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down.


HeartSeat transforms water tank into sculptural plaza seating

HeartSeat, a bold sculptural seating element made from a re-purposed water tank, can now be seen (and sat on) at the Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO through May 1.

Created by Brooklyn-based design studio Stereotank, founded by architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, HeartSeat was originally commissioned for the juried Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, where it greeted thousands of visitors last month first as a heart-shaped participative installation and then transformed into the current public seating element.



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