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Trial set for NYPD officer charged in Brooklyn stairwell shooting

An NYPD officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed man in an East New York housing complex will go on trial in January.

Officer Peter Liang appeared Tuesday in Brooklyn's State Supreme Court. Justice Danny Chun told the rookie officer his trial will begin Jan. 7.

Liang faces manslaughter and other charges in connection with the death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley.


Golden sponsoring free mammograms on Oct. 16

State Sen. Marty Golden is offering women the opportunity to be screened for breast cancer for free.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) is partnering with the American Italian Cancer  Foundation to offer free mammograms on Friday, Oct. 16, aboard a mobile care clinic truck that will be parked outside his district office at 3604 Quentin Road.


Jeffries, Clarke call on Obama to provide anti-gun funds

In the wake of an outbreak of gun violence in Brooklyn, including the shooting of Carey Gabay, a counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, two members of the House’s Brooklyn delegation are calling on President Barack Obama to take swift action.


Once-troubled youth use murals to transform Brownsville

Dozens of artists and community members gathered together on Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville for the unveiling of a huge 53-by-80-foot mural titled "The Wall of Reflect" on Friday.


P.S. 95 speed bump will make kids safer, parents predict

Motorists driving up Van Sicklen Street in Gravesend will have to slow down when they get to P.S. 95 or risk hitting a speed bump and getting a big jolt.

At the urging of parents, school administrators, elected officials and Gravesend residents, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) recently installed a speed bump outside P.S. 95 on Van Sicklen Street between Avenue U and Gravesend Neck Road.

DOT placed the speed bump in a strategic spot: outside the front of the school.


Jeffries leads charge against funding for confederate flag

Rep. Jeffries on the Confederate Flag: Take It Down!

Calling the Confederate battle flag “a divisive symbol,” U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries spearheaded an effort to cut off federal funds to civic officials around the country seeking to fly the controversial flag from public buildings or facilities operating under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.


What are houses selling for in Marine Park?

Of course you want to know what the houses cost in Marine Park.

Here's a sampling of prices in the waterfront southeast Brooklyn neighborhood:

* An LLC whose authorized member is Ephraim Vashovsky paid $355,000 for 3702 Quentin Road in July 2013, city Finance Department records indicate. This is the house on the corner of East 37th Street where the lawn has grown so high, it almost looks like the prairie grass in Marine Park's nature preserve. See related story.


The Marine Park nature preserve is calling your name

Hear that whisper in the wind?

It's the rustle of prairie grasses calling your name. Right here in B'KLYN.

Perhaps it's time to play hooky from work and head for the hiking trail in Marine Park's nature preserve. This is where a glorious grassland grows green, and shore birds swoop in and out of the waters alongside a salt marsh.


Hendrick I. Lott House is a Marine Park treasure

Once upon a time, before the Revolutionary War, there was a farm here in the neighborhood now known as Marine Park.

The farmhouse from the 1720s lives on. A section of it was incorporated into a house built by Hendrick I. Lott in 1800.

The historic property at 1940 E. 36th St. — which is a city landmark — is one of the neighborhood treasures that makes a visit to Marine Park worthwhile. See related story to read more about it.

By 1825, the Lotts' farm was 200 acres in size.



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