An empty sight in Brooklyn Heights

We see it glowing on our night walks through Brooklyn Heights.

The lights are on, but nobody's home at 112 Montague St., where Starbucks said sayonara 13 months ago and there's nary a new tenant in sight.

First-floor windows that stretch almost the entire length of the two-story retail building's 25-foot frontage are papered with “Building For Lease” signs declaring Greg Bartlett of Massey Knakal Realty Services is the exclusive agent.


Brooklyn State Representatives put ‘failsafe’ LICH bills in place

Brooklyn state representatives have in place separate bills that could move forward if the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) were actually to come to pass.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center in East Flatbush has been moving to close the Cobble Hill hospital in spite of a court order to keep it in operation and a prolonged battle from local residents, staff and health advocates.


Panel named to review trial convictions involving retired Brooklyn detective

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Monday announced the creation of an independent panel that will review the integrity of jury trial convictions involving Detective Louis Scarcella.  The 12-member panel includes former federal and New York State judges, academicians and attorneys.


Street party highlights renaissance of 'secret' Brooklyn alley

A gritty Downtown Brooklyn back alley, until now unloved and largely unknown, became the borough’s coolest place to be on Friday night.

Grove Place is now officially somewhere you should know about if you know Brooklyn. A Downtown Brooklyn Partnership-sponsored evening of free music, $5 bottles of Brooklyn Brewery beer and nifty open-air shopping drew 1,103 people – even though it rained for part of the time.


What to do after college? Heights author may have the answer

Brooklyn Heights writer Ari King graduated from Wesleyan University in the midst of the Great Recession. But rather than letting the economy bring him down, he transformed adverse conditions into something constructive.  Compiling more than 60 interviews with college graduates who have pursued diverse paths, King has recently published an inspiring collection titled “Now What?!


Retired Brooklyn judge rumored to be tapped to help settle LICH case

Retired judge and former state senator Hon. William Thompson Sr., is rumored to have selected to mediate the contentious and controversial suit between Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center (SUNY), which wishes to shut the hospital down.


PS 503 chess team goes into summer as champions

The chess club at PS 503 was founded only two years ago, but already the members are proving that they have what it takes to be champions. The club, called the Chessmates, won the Mayor’s Cup, a citywide competition for chess-loving students, in May and spent the remainder of the term basking in the glow of congratulations from students and teachers at the Sunset Park school.

Now that summer vacation is underway, the glow of victory is likely to continue to burn brightly, their coach said.


Tot rockers in DUMBO

Michael Napolitano of the Preschool of Rock had toddlers and their caregivers jumpin’ last week in the last of a series of DUMBO Family Summer Groove musical events. The DUMBO Improvement District, event sponsor, called the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge “NYC’s coolest kiddie concert venue.”


Detectives revoke endorsement of Gonzalez

In an unprecedented move, the Detectives Endowment Association (DEA), the union representing New York City’s police detectives, has suddenly revoked its endorsement of Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez in anger over her votes in favor of the controversial bills on Police Department oversight.


Sara Gran's latest is bleak noir tale

"Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) just might be the bleakest noir tale since "Dope" (2006), and Sara Gran wrote that one, too. The New York-based author will appear in Brooklyn on July 2 to read from her book at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena.

The novel is a sequel to "Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead" (2011), another dark yarn, but one leavened by an abundance of quirky characters and occasional flashes of humor. But there's little to chuckle about in this new story that plunges every character into a pit of despair.



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