Interfaith Medical Center supporters rally in Brooklyn for Medicaid waiver funds

Elected officials and Interfaith Medical Center advocates rallied on Monday in Bedford-Stuyvesant to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to use recently-approved Medicaid waiver funds to keep the threatened hospital open.

In 2011, Interfaith filed for bankruptcy and has fended off closure several times.

After an intense push by Gov. Cuomo, on February 13 the Obama administration okayed $8 billion in funds to go towards health restructuring in New York. The Governor promised that close to a billion dollars could go towards helping to stabilize Brooklyn’s crumbling health care system.


Brooklyn Boys & Girls Club receives book donations from local McDonald's owner

On Friday, local McDonald’s Owner/Operator Elaine Diekmann was joined by Ronald McDonald at the Navy Yard Boys & Girls Club, where they donated 600 Happy Meal Books for children ages 6-9 who are learning how to read.

The Happy Meal books include four titles:  The Goat Who Ate Everything, Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando, Deanna’s Big Dreams and Ant Can’t. Each book features animals that eat right and lead active lifestyles.


Wrongly incarcerated man and NYC reach settlement deal

A Brooklyn man who spent more than 20 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit has agreed to a monetary settlement with the City of New York. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced last week that David Ranta will receive a settlement amount of $6.4 million.


‘Ask A Clean Person’ author to launch hilarious cleaning guidebook in DUMBO

Whether you’re an obsessive cleaner, a germaphobe, or somewhat of a slacker in the cleanliness department, you’ve most likely encountered some confusion when attempting to clean the long-accumulating or sudden messes that inevitably creep into the corners (or right out in the open) in your home.


Brooklyn Law School finds a buyer for six B'klyn Heights buildings - and it's the Kushner Cos.

Brooklyn Law School finally nailed down a buyer for a half-dozen Brooklyn Heights buildings that provide student housing, which have been up for sale since last summer, the Brooklyn Eagle confirmed Friday.


Details of the SUNY - LICH hospital deal, unveiled in Brooklyn on Friday

After a year of protests and litigation, details of a settlement opening the way for a new operator for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) were revealed in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Friday.

While the agreement does not guarantee that LICH will continue to operate as a hospital, its structure insures that bidders proposing a hospital will jump to the top of the pack in a new RFP (Request for Proposals) process. The RFP could be issued as early as Thursday, lawyers said, assuming approval comes Monday.


Brooklyn-raised filmmaker Spike Lee to speak at Pratt Institute

Raised in Brooklyn, director Spike Lee, one of contemporary cinema’s most celebrated figures, will speak at Pratt Institute on Feb. 25 in honor of Black History Month. The filmmaker, producer and writer will speak to Pratt community members and the general public at this free event, sharing thoughts on his road to success, the themes that resonate through his work and the cultural impact of his career.


SUNY, LICH advocates reach historic hospital deal in Brooklyn

Attorneys for the State University of New York (SUNY) and advocates for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) announced on Thursday at state Supreme Court in Brooklyn that they had worked out a settlement so sweeping that history was being made.

After more than 30 hours of round-the-clock negotiations, lawyers for both sides declared before state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes, “We have a settlement!” but added that their clients had to formally vote to finalize the process before exact details could be publicly announced on Friday.


Kids help senior citizens celebrate Year of the Horse

Lutheran HealthCare rang in the Chinese New Year with a week-long series of events at several of its southern Brooklyn locations, including the Shore Hill Neighborhood Center in Bay Ridge and Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation in Sunset Park.

This is marks the Year of the Horse on the Chinese calendar.

Lutheran HealthCare is the entity that operates the hospital Lutheran Medical Center as well as a host of family health clinics in neighborhoods such as Sunset Park, Park Slope, Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst.


Pie at the Library: Brooklyn Public Library partners with local business Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has partnered with local small business Four & Twenty Blackbirds to open a new café in BPL’s Central Library, offering signature custom-made pies, Stumptown coffee, sandwiches and other items. A limited menu of coffee and snacks is now available, with the full menu available in early March. 



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