Brooklyn Ice teaches kids to skate at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Ice, a free after-school program that teaches figure skating to Brooklyn kids, has returned to Prospect Park — at the new Lakeside Rink at LeFrak Center. While the rink was under construction, the program used Bryant Park in Manhattan. Brooklyn Ice also includes homework help, pilates/dance, educational activities, workshops on nutrition and more. It is led by Violet Eagan, a Professional Skating Association master rated coach. See


Three brothers sentenced in Brooklyn Federal Court for international sex trafficking

Three brothers were recently sentenced in Brooklyn’s federal court for the Eastern District of New York to lengthy prison terms after they pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges.

Benito Lopez-Perez and Anastasio Romero-Perez were sentenced to 18 years of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Jose Gabino Barrientos-Perez was sentenced to 10 years and one month of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release.


LICH bidder Brisa disqualified as SUNY board puts off vote

The SUNY board of trustees heard the pitches of four of the five developers competing to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH) on Friday, but the board made no decision about which proposal it favored in the tumultuous windup of its disputed RFP (Request for Proposals) process.

Board members are facing a contempt hearing in state Supreme Court on Tuesday for their actions in attempting to close the hospital despite numerous court orders to keep it open.


Loughlin loses Mike Williams in big win over Christ the King

It seems like every year no matter how good Bishop Loughlin is that the it will eventually lose to Christ the King. This may be the year the Lions finally take a bite out of the Royals.

The Bishop Loughlin Lions beat the Christ the King Royals 76-74 in front of a packed gym in Fort Greene last Friday night. The Lions took sole possession of first place in the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s Brooklyn/Queens-AA Division.


Developers hype their LICH bids on cable TV

A televised presentation featuring five of the bidders in SUNY’s much-disputed search for a buyer for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) is now available for viewing on BRIC's community access Brooklyn Public Network. (See schedule below.)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosts the presentation. BP Adams said the developer’s forum was put together “in an effort to promote transparency and community engagement in the process determining the hospital’s future.

“The short time frame presents challenges,” he acknowledged.


Brooklyn federal court unable to hear Interfaith Hospital board member’s claims

The Eastern District Federal Court has found that a Brooklyn hospital board member’s claims of First Amendment violations by her employer cannot proceed in federal court.

Julia James was a board member of the financially troubled Interfaith Hospital (Interfaith) — serving the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant — when Interfaith made the decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  


Novelist reveals how teaching in Brooklyn has shaped his work

Following his acclaimed debut “Sacrifice Fly,” New York City public school teacher Tim O’Mara’s new novel “Crooked Numbers” (Minotaur Books) returns to the Williamsburg neighborhood to tell the story of Raymond Donne, a middle school teacher who has taken a break from his job to solve a mysterious killing.


Price tag for 141 Willoughby St. is $28 million

A Downtown Brooklyn development site across the street from the massive City Point project fetched a nice price: $28 million.

The Institute of Design and Construction was paid this hefty sum for its three-story building at 141 Willoughby St., city Finance Department records reveal. When the school and the purchaser, real estate private equity firm Savanna, announced the deal last month, they didn't disclose the price.

Many thanks to the tipster who alerted Eye on Real Estate when the deed surfaced online.


Own a piece of Fifth Ave. for $2.95 million

Here's your chance to join the ranks of Sunset Park's Fifth Avenue landlords. The price of admission won't come cheap, though.

Kenby Pharmacy owner Gilbert Zuckerman is selling the building his drugstore's in, 6024 Fifth Ave.

“I'm thinking of retiring in a few years,” said Zuckerman, who has owned the corner property since 1981, city records indicate. “Prices are up. Financing is good. It's a good time to sell an asset.”

The pharmacy will remain open after the sale, he said.


Madonna, Pussy Riot star in Brooklyn human rights concert

Instead of singing, Madonna and Pussy Riot spoke with passion about human rights issues at a Brooklyn concert for Amnesty International on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center.

Madonna told the crowd of thousands Wednesday night that she received death threats for standing up for Pussy Riot, a Russian protest punk band, when two of its members were arrested for hooliganism after staging a protest in a Russian church in 2012.



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