Brooklyn Bridge walkway facade collapses Wednesday, five injured

The heavy stone facade of the walkway to the Brooklyn Bridge, under the overpass at Washington and Prospect streets in DUMBO, collapsed at roughly 7:40 p.m. Wednesday night in Brooklyn.

The collapse, which injured five pedestrians, took place in the middle of a wild storm which brought hundreds of explosive lightening strikes and flooding to the area.

The report came in to 9-1-1 at 7:42 p.m.


Long live art — in Red Hook

We spied some steel steers in Red Hook.

It sounds like a line from a limerick — but it happened the other day.

We were lucky enough to be walking down the street where sculptor Norbert Kimmel's studio is located, and his security gate was open. The artist let us snap photos of him and his endearing works. Besides the beauteous bovines, there were giant metal stalks swaying gently in the breeze.


PHOTOS: Shaggy, Olivia, others draw crowd to Brooklyn Borough Hall

Grammy Award-winning superstar Shaggy thrilled a lunchtime crowd at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday at the kickoff to the Summer Music Series and blood drive sponsored by Music Brings Life, working to boost summer blood donations with the Red Cross. Borough President Eric Adams hosts the concerts.

Other performers included Ricky Blaze, Ruby Collins, Young Devyn, Olivia from VH1’s Love & Hip Hop,” Phearnone (Shayshahn MacPherson) and Star Laurel, along with Hot 97’s DJ Magic and DJ Young Chow.


Crazy about kitchens? Check out new showrooms — in Red Hook

Here's something you don't hear people say very often about hot Brooklyn neighborhoods: Mayan Metzler went to Red Hook to open a business because the rent was low.

He leased two locations for showrooms to sell upscale European kitchen cabinetry on the Van Brunt Street side of 141 Beard St., Greg O'Connell's historic 19th Century warehouse building.

“The truth is I had built three showrooms in two years — I was maxed out,” said Metzler, 37, who came to the metro area in 1998 from Israel. “I needed cheap space.”


On the market for $24 Million — in Red Hook

That's a big chunk of change for an auto-body shop building — $24 million.

But this is sought-after Red Hook we're talking about, and the Perfect Bodies Auto Collision site at 145-165 Wolcott St. is 80,000 square feet in size, which is a big piece of property.

Realty Collective, the seller's exclusive agent, has sent the offering memorandum for the property to development firms that are active in Red Hook, the brokerage's president, Victoria Hagman, told Eye on Real Estate.


Viva Italia — in Red Hook

Spending spree! For Red Hook real estate.

Est4te Four, the chi-chi developer from Milan that's turning iconic 160 Imlay St. into condos, is buying a fourth development site in the neighborhood, Eye on Real Estate has learned.


Ignite Gala celebrates BAM’s education programming

The second annual BAM Ignite Gala celebrated the expansion of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM’s) education programming on June 30, raising $850,000 in funds and awareness to ensure their continued impact in the community.


VIDEO: A tour of Jehovah's Witnesses headquarters in DUMBO

Leaving Brooklyn? That's exactly what the Jehovah's Witnesses are doing. But when?

The Brooklyn Eagle caught up with some of the Witnesses' key staff members to get the inside scoop on the group's plans in this great video from our Dipti Kumar.


Democrats blast Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling

Members of Brooklyn congressional delegation had strong, and negative, reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday in the so-called Hobby Lobby case.

In a 5-4 decision, the nation’s highest court ruled that the owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores, are not required to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for their employees to cover certain types of contraceptives that the owners believe violate their deeply held religious principles. Hobby Lobby and another company, Conestoga Wood, filed suit against the Obama Administration.


Brooklyn’s mixed message to China

“Some people believe that I should not go and visit China, and learn about how we can join the Chinese residents of Brooklyn with the Chinese community,” Borough President Eric Adams trumpeted from Sunset Park’s Eighth Avenue early Sunday afternoon.

“NO WAY!” the crowd yelled.



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