Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir makes debut in Brooklyn

Young people who have experienced poverty or who feel alienated and rejected in society are turning their lives around and evangelizing to others, thanks to the music ministry of Vincent Bohanan and the Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir.


No high heels on the rooftop just yet, Bossert delayed further

Sorry, revelers!

There will be no sunset partying this summer on the roof of the once and future Waldorf-Astoria of Brooklyn.

The re-opening of the Hotel Bossert — long likened to the Waldorf because the Brooklyn Heights hotel was a magnet for debutantes and posh people — has been delayed until 2015.

That's the word from the historic Montague Street inn's owner, David Bistricer — who is in the midst of renovating the century-old property as 280 rooms of luxury lodging with a rooftop restaurant.


LICH bidder Trindade files a protest with state Comptroller

Another protest has been raised about SUNY’s sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to developer Fortis Property Group.

Trindade Value Partners, one of nine groups in the final RFP round for the Cobble Hill hospital campus, is appealing SUNY’s June 16 rejection of its protest lodged in April.

Trindade’s $210 million bid to build a full-service hospital, though ranked high by a technical panel, was downgraded by SUNY’s separate financial panel, leaving it ranked sixth overall. In May, Trindade added $90 million to its bid.


Red Hook sunsets are ferry nice in the summertime

The free ferry to Fairway is back — and Van Brunt Street business owners say Fabulous!

New York Water Taxi's weekend service between Wall Street and Red Hook's popular supermarket has started in for the summer. The boats drop off shoppers and diners at the end of Van Brunt Street — which improves foot traffic on the commercial corridor.

There is pick-up and drop-off at nearby Ikea as well.


Red Hook retail rents on the rise


Landlords on Van Brunt Street want rents for vacant storefronts that are a good 30% higher than pre-Hurricane Sandy rates.

Can retailers afford to pay up in a transit-challenged, storm-slammed neighborhood like Red Hook?

The new owners of 252-254 Van Brunt St. got “pretty close” to the rent they wanted for two empty 1,600-square-foot storefronts — by leasing them to non-retail tenants, one of the landlords revealed.


Red Hook sees serious revenues only in summertime

The French toast made with brioche and sauteed apples, pears and dried cherries is terrific.

The income stream is not.

Van Brunt Street restaurant Home/Made was knocked flat by Hurricane Sandy and its owners have worked hard to recover, like so many small Red Hook commercial tenants. But thriving in this semi-industrial seaside village that has captured the public imagination — and the attention of investors with big bucks for property purchases — is harder than you might think.


Film crews get mixed reviews in Brooklyn Heights

Update: we received a response from the city indicating that private cars are not allowed to park in the film crews’ “no parking” zones. See below.

Rampant film production in Brooklyn Heights has caused mixed feelings among residents, while the neighborhood’s temporary loss of parking is only supplanted by a modest, voluntary donation, according to the Brooklyn Heights Association.


The BAM Connection agency launches in DUMBO

CEO Maureen Maldari and her creative partner Rob Baiocco launched The BAM Connection at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO in late June. The BAM Connection is a branding and content creation agency that believes “Simplicity Liberates Creativity,” the team said.

The “BAM” in the company name has nothing to do with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, but is an acronym for “Baiocco and Maldari.”


Brooklyn Bridge Park presents ‘Building a Sustainable Park’

Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) is home to many diverse activities, including yoga classes, kids’ events, movie screenings and even floating concerts. But beyond all of the entertaining it does, the BBP has a very honorable mantra: “We’re committed to respecting Mother Nature,” its website reads.


Hundreds of thousands jammed Brooklyn Heights for fireworks

The Fourth of July’s spectacular red, white and blue fireworks display, launched from three barges in the East River and from the Brooklyn Bridge itself, thrilled spectators across New York City and across the country.

Also spectacular, however, were the sheer numbers of visitors who crammed into Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and other spots along the Brooklyn waterfront Friday night.



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