LICH ER stays open as deal with Peebles a ‘whisper away’

Attorneys from community groups, SUNY and developer Peebles Corp., the frontrunner to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH), asked state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on Wednesday for one more day to resolve a snag in a deal that would keep an free-standing emergency department open on the Cobble Hill site, along with primary and urgent care.

Developer Peebles plans a mixed use development on the LICH campus, and has partnered with Maimonides Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ, and ProHEALTH to deliver health-related services.


Downtown Brooklyn’s Summer@MetroTech series to feature rooftop films, BEAT Festival and more

Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) has announced the return of Summer@MetroTech, a summer-long cultural and entertainment festival, bringing free music, movies, activities and televised sporting events to Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons. 


Eat, Drink and Be Merry – in Empire Stores' rooftop beer garden

The views at this beer garden will give you a buzz.

A brew palace with al fresco drinking space is headed for the roof of Empire Stores, which has A-plus vistas of Gotham at its most glorious and the Brooklyn Bridge.

We got a good look the other day, during a tour with developer Jack Cayre of Midtown Equities.

An elegant restaurant with a terrace is also on tap for the rooftop of the landmarked 19th Century DUMBO warehouses.


Empire State of Mind: Inside the iconic Empire Stores warehouses

It's Back to the Future – behind the construction fence at Empire Stores.

Step inside with Eye on Real Estate for a look at DUMBO's famed former coffee warehouses – which are a surviving slice of Brooklyn's past, when the shoreline was teeming with industrial businesses.

Midtown Equities is turning the seven landmarked, long-vacant buildings on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park into an urban campus for tech tenants. At this moment in the construction process, though, everything we gaze upon is treasured historic fabric.


Industrial Eye Candy: Dumbo's Empire Stores

History lives within these walls.

At 55 Water St. in DUMBO, better known as Empire Stores, you sense the ghosts of long-departed workers even if you don't see them, while living and present construction crews toil to turn the post-Civil War era property into a tech hub.

Join us on our hard-hat tour through this extraordinary landmark, which has been locked up and off limits for decades.


DUMBO book launch party features show & tell

New York-based writer Courtney Maum will soon release her debut novel, “I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You” (on-sale June 10; Touchstone), in Brooklyn—with a night of “show & tell” featuring regret-themed stories.  The launch party, to take place at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO on June 12, also features Blaise Allysen Kearsley (created of the “How I Learned” reading series) and Tim Manley (“Alice in Tumblrland).


With LICH deal ‘close,’ Brooklyn judge gives bidders one more day

Saying that “substantial progress” was being made, on Tuesday parties vying for Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) agreed with SUNY’s motion to ask state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes for one more day to negotiate a deal before resuming litigation.

With LICH scheduled to close on Thursday and lives from Red Hook to Williamsburg in the balance, attorneys are hoping to reach an agreement that will maintain medical and emergency care at the hospital without a break in service.


OPINION: Another viewpoint on Brooklyn Bridge Park

The continuing fight over the luxury residential buildings planned for Brooklyn Bridge Park—the latest installment of which will be the two towers planned for the Pier 6 area, as covered in an article in this paper yesterday—is sort of missing the point.

Among the contentious items, as Brooklyn Eagle reporter Mary Frost has pointed out, are the number of affordable units (a term that can mean different things to different people) and the height of the buildings.


Fun in the sun at Willowtown Spring Fair

A pet parade and more than two hours of karaoke were new features of this year’s Willowtown Spring Fair, sponsored by the Willowtown Association.  The fair took place last Saturday, May 17, along the full length of Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights.

The fair featured a parade, singing led by karaoke DJ Domingo Ampil, among other events. 


Sunset Park BID says sidewalk clothing bins aren’t going to charity

Sunset Park residents who generously donate clothing to charity by placing garments in large collection bins that have been placed on the sidewalk at various locations around the community might want to think twice before doing it again, a business group warns.

Leaders of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District (BID) said that many of the bins, which were placed on the sidewalks with no input from the community, do not appear to belong to any charitable organization.



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