12 busted for selling crack in Crown Heights

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson and New York Police Commissioner William Bratton announced the arrests of 12 people who allegedly sold crack cocaine, heroin and alprazolam to undercover officers approximately 120 times, beginning in January 2013, often making deliveries near a Crown Heights middle school.


Community of art galleries grows in DUMBO

Two Trees Management Co., the founding developer of the now thriving waterfront community of DUMBO, has recently announced that Folioleaf and Art Dealer Stephen Romano will be joining DUMBO’s art gallery community. Both have leased space at 111 Front Street, joining fellow gallery tenants A.I.R. Gallery, Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Brooklyn Arts Council, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Klompching Gallery, MINUS SPACE, Mighty Tanaka and United Photo Industries.


Lentol wants city to install 20 mph zones in his district

Pedestrians crossing streets in Northern Brooklyn will be a lot safer if the city reduces the speed limit for vehicles to 20 miles per hour on three main thoroughfares, according to Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, who has reached out to Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to request the slowdown.

Lentol said the three streets he is targeting: McGuinness Boulevard, Kent Avenue and Park Avenue – are notorious for speeding and traffic fatalities.


Art moving and storage firm Cadogan Tate heads to Greenpoint

Greenpoint – it's quite the haven for artists. Now a firm from London has picked it as a place to store art.  

Art moving and storage company Cadogan Tate has rented a building at 301 Norman Ave. as its first Brooklyn location. The firm has facilities in Sunnyside and other nearby Queens sites.


Fourth Avenue development site going for $20 million

How big is demand for development sites on Park Slope's Fourth Avenue?

So big that the same investors who bought the McDonald's at 275 Fourth Ave. last year, Adam America Real Estate, are paying $20 million for another site a few blocks away, at 470 Fourth Ave.

So big there was a bidding war for 470 Fourth Ave. – and for other Fourth Avenue sites whose sales brokerage firm TerraCRG has handled.


J. Crew, where are you?

J. Crew, where are you?

Architects and engineers are filing construction plans with the city Buildings Department for J. Crew's first Brooklyn store – while the popular Cobble Hill produce purveyor that's the site's current tenant has lawyered up and is battling to stay put.


Brooklyn officials denounce SUNY’s revamp of LICH RFP

Elected officials in Brooklyn joined community groups and unions in denouncing SUNY’s announcement late Tuesday that it is “reopening” its Request for Proposals (RFP) to sell Long Island College Hospital (LICH) -- but only to those bidders who already participated in the initial round.


The Heights Players present Tony & Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Doubt’

Written by John Patrick Shanley and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, “Doubt: A Parable” is a swirl of accusation and intrigue. This fascinating, lean drama opens at the Heights Players on Friday, Jan. 31st and runs through Feb. 16.   


Is there a plan percolating for a hotel at 189 Montague St.?

Is there room for two hotels on Montague Street?

There's talk in real estate circles about a plan to tear down Treeline Cos.' office building near Cadman Plaza West, 189 Montague St., and build a hotel in its place.

Two and a half blocks away, of course, the historic Bossert, long used as lodging by the Jehovah's Witnesses, is being renovated as a luxury hotel by new owners.


Esteemed Brooklyn Heights author explores memory, identity in latest novel

Seventeen-year-old Ember Leferrier is not your average teenager. The narrator in Adele Griffin’s latest Young Adult novel “Loud Awake and Lost” (Knopf), Ember has spent the last eight months in a hospital bed after a car accident nearly killed her. When we meet her, she is leaving the hospital, feeling “crudely refashioned, like a Frankenstein monster,” and heading home with her parents to Brooklyn Heights.



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