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Howe’s Brooklyn: A century after completion of the Bridge comes origins of Brooklyn Bridge Park

A neighbor who has called the Heights home since 1971 sends along the following observations.

Let us now praise unsung heroes for their superior intelligence, pure hearts and prescient persistence.


Legal action over SUNY scoring could shake up LICH bids in Brooklyn

Brooklyn community groups and doctors fighting to save embattled Long Island College Hospital (LICH) are headed back to court to ask the judge to throw out some questionable scores submitted by panelists in the state’s RFP (Request for Proposals) bidding process.

If they are successful in their bid, a full-service hospital proposal by the Prime Healthcare Foundation would move into second place, knocking the current second-place finisher into third.


LICH bidder BHP back in court vs. SUNY on Thursday

The seeming-endless legal battle for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) continues in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday as Brooklyn Health Partners Development Group (BHP) challenges SUNY’s decision to reject its bid for the embattled Cobble Hill hospital.

Merrell Schexnydre, president and CEO of BHP, told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday that SUNY failed to negotiate in good faith for 30 days, as required under a court-mandated Request for Proposals (RFP) procedure.


Work begins on glam hotel near Barclays Center

Work is starting as we speak on the glam hotel that will be Shakespeare's next-door neighbor.

The city Buildings Department issued a demolition permit in late April for the small commercial building at 95 Rockwell Place – which will be mostly torn down and replaced with an eye-popping high-end boutique hotel designed by high-profile architect Thomas Leeser.


Look! Up in the Sky! Construction Continues at 66 Rockwell Place

It looks like a stage set in the sky.

From several blocks away, you can see that a vertical slice of this gleaming glass skyscraper doesn't have an exterior wall. Several apartments, stacked one above another, are open to the air, with construction workers inside them, playing their roles.

These photos depict 66 Rockwell Place, Dermot Co.'s new rental-apartment building, which has frontage on Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue. Tenants have started moving into the handsome tower while contractors take care of their unfinished business.


Condo-Hotel Construction Going Strong at 140 Schermerhorn St.

Looking good!

Nothing gladdens the heart of the real estate-obsessed like a busy construction site on a sunny day (provided no landmarking issues or out-of-scale development is involved, of course.)

Here are photos from 140 Schermerhorn St., where the Carlyle Group and Flank Development are building a 19-story hotel and condo combo.


Hare Krishna HQ for sale on development-busy Schermerhorn Street block

Krishna Krishna. Hare Hare. Bye bye!

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness has put its headquarters at 295-309 Schermerhorn St. up for sale as a development site – on a block that's already up to its neck in major construction projects.

Eastern Consolidated, the brokerage with the exclusive sale listing, recently announced that up to 187,000 square feet of new development can be built there with inclusionary housing bonuses.


Downtown Brooklyn progress report: Is gritty, groovy Grove Alley gonna get its big break?

The grooviest alley in all of Brooklyn, gritty Grove Place, may be about to get its big break.

Bushburg Properties bought a site at the dead end of the grimy-chic block-long street – which the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has been promoting in an attention-grabbing campaign. The developer plans to put snazzy retail spaces on the alley side of an eye-popping apartment tower envisioned for the site.


LICH tumult deepens as SUNY moves on to second bidder

The uproar surrounding SUNY’s sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn became more pronounced this week with SUNY’s rejection of the first-place bidder, Brooklyn Health Partners Development Corp (BHP) on Monday.

BHP plans to sue SUNY, and local community groups and doctors said they were “carefully weighing” their legal options.


All Along the Watchtower: Witnesses' former Bible-printing plants are morphing into techie-friendly complex

Tech tenants and non-techies alike are lining up for office space down the hill in DUMBO – in former Bible-printing plants that belonged until recently to the Jehovah's Witnesses.

“Four hundred thousand square feet is pretty much spoken for,” Jared Kushner, who is remaking the buildings he bought with investment partners for $375 million last year into a hip office campus called DUMBO Heights, said at the Brooklyn Historical Society Tuesday.



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