Sen. Squadron releases report showing the ‘good, bad and ugly’ of subway stations

State Senator Daniel Squadron released a report on Friday showing “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of the 53 subway stations in his district, which encompasses the Brooklyn waterfront from Greenpoint to Carroll Gardens, and Lower Manhattan.

Squadron carried out the study over the summer after hearing complaints from his constituents about numerous unpleasant or unsafe subway conditions, including garbage, leaking water, rats and crumbling walls.


OPINION: The fault in renaming Polytech Institute, founded in 1854

Renaming the Polytechnic implies that this venerable institution of learning was — and is — of little consequence starting from its establishment back in 1854. Sadly, the list of distinguished alumni that have graduated from Polytechnic have suddenly and irrevocably had their accomplishments diminished by this act. By establishing such a precedent, one begs the question of how often this renaming process will now happen going forward.


Despite nor’easter, Brooklyn Heights Association Dog Show goes on as planned

The dog owners of Brooklyn Heights are a hearty breed, showing their mettle at the 2015 Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) Dog Show on Saturday, despite wind gusts of up to 40 mph from the remnants of a passing nor’easter.

A fenced-in oval made of police barriers brought in by the 84th Precinct formed the show ring in Cadman Plaza Park north of the War Memorial, as dogs of every stripe competed in categories including Waggiest Tail, Canine Couture and Fang-tastic Features.


Live at BAM: ‘Tabac Rouge’

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ingest a large amount of hallucinogens before horsing around on wheeled office furniture? If not, watching James Thierrée's "Tabac Rouge" — which played last week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) — may give you some insight. Against a dark, moveable set, a cast of dusty characters jumped, twisted and writhed their way through a gloomy, nebulous plot centered on a king-like character played by Thierrée.


Charter school rally in Downtown Brooklyn draws 15,000

As helicopters buzzed overhead and chartered buses lined Cadman Plaza West, roughly 15,000 chanting charter school supporters -- many from the city’s 34 Success Academy schools -- held a politically-charged rally in Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn Wednesday morning.

Organized by the charter umbrella group Families for Excellent Schools, speakers called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to end what they called two separate school systems — charters versus traditional public schools — saying that minority students in New York City are limited in their educational options.


Fortis Property Group files permits for row of townhouses at former LICH site

Fortis Property Group has filed permit applications for eight townhouses in Cobble Hill at the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site, despite the fact that serious talks are underway regarding an extensive rezoning proposal.

The Real Deal first reported the filing regarding seven townhouses on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Fortis filed an additional application with the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) for an eighth building.


St. Ann’s Warehouse cuts the ribbon on new home

Thunderous applause inaugurated the final grand opening of St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO on Tuesday morning, celebrating a long-running theater in Brooklyn.

St. Ann's has been an institution in the borough for 36 years, yet has never had a permanent home. Previously operating out of churches and rent-free spaces, the theater had a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Tuesday at the renovated Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO, its first permanent location.


Author to discuss new book on influential 19th century reformer and Green-Wood resident Henry George

On Oct. 17, historian, author and Professor Edward T. O'Donnell will visit Green-Wood Cemetery for a fascinating discussion about his new book, “Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age: Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality.” The event will begin at 1 p.m. and after the talk participants will take a trolley ride through Green-Wood to visit the monuments of Henry George and other influential reformers. 


Brooklyn D.A. to get federal funds to fight sex traffickers

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office will be getting federal funds to assist victims of sex trafficking, according to U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who said the Department of Justice is allocating more than $2 million to four recipients in New York City.



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