City releases RFP for Brooklyn Heights Library development

While Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has shelved its proposal to sell its historic Pacific Street Branch to a developer, it has pushed ahead with its controversial plan to redevelop the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch, which also houses the borough’s Business Library.


'Secret Garden' nitespot In Grove Place alley?

On the back side of Livingston Street, there's an alley that only Brooklyn trivia buffs know by name – Grove Place.

The urban-picturesque hideaway with mysterious metal-encased fire stairs descending graffiti-scrawled brick walls is a secret spot unknown to almost everybody, aside from Downtown Brooklynites who sneak there to take cigarette breaks or dump garbage.

That's about to change, thanks to a Downtown Brooklyn Partnership campaign to clean up the dead-end, single-lane snippet of a street – but not so much that it loses its edginess – and introduce it to the world.


Livingston Street: Exotic, offbeat, gritty, now slated for mainstream

Big developments are percolating on Livingston Street – and before you know it, new retailers will want in on the action, real estate executives predict.


Brooklyn Eats to feature over 100 borough-based food and beverage vendors on June 26 in East Williamsburg

With just under a week to go, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Brooklyn Eats will feature over 100 borough-based food and beverage manufacturers on June 26 at 630 Flushing Avenue in East Williamsburg.


Gentile to FEMA: Give southern Brooklyn a ferry service

If not a subway train, how about a ferry?

In response to the news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will close the Montague Street subway tunnel for Sandy-related repairs for 14 months starting this summer, forcing hundreds of thousands of R train riders to find alternative routes into Manhattan, Councilman Vincent Gentile is reaching out to the federal government for help.


Emergency room crisis hits Brooklyn as SUNY bans ambulances from LICH

“If you live in western Brooklyn, don’t have a heart attack,” residents of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Red Hook and DUMBO heard Thursday as they learned that SUNY Downstate banned ambulances from bringing patients to Long Island College Hospital’s (LICH) emergency room.


Pols fight to pass ‘Briana’s Law’ before session ends

Calling it a crucial piece of legislation that will save lives, assembly members Felix Ortiz and Nicole Malliotakis are working against the clock for passage of “Briana’s Law,” a bill that would mandate the retraining cops in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The assembly passed the bill, but the legislation is stalled in the senate. Ortiz (D-Sunset Park), the sponsor of the bill, and Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) are working against a tight deadline to secure passage in the state senate before the legislative term ends.


Former Brooklyn Legal Services lawyer sworn in to New York’s highest court

The newest member to the New York Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest court, was sworn in at noon Thursday in Albany. Sheila Abdus-Salaam is the first black woman on the Court of Appeals.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a longtime friend of Abdus-Salaam from their days as students at Columbia Law School in the 1970s, attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Abdus-Salaam began her legal career as an attorney with the East Brooklyn Legal Services and later became a Manhattan Civil Court judge before obtaining a seat in the Appellate Division, First Department.


Appellate Division hears issue of special prosecutor for Working Families Party

The justices of the Appellate Division, Second Department, gathered Thursday in their Brooklyn Heights courthouse to hear arguments regarding whether or not to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation of a political party.


Brooklyn courts celebrate LGBT Pride Month

The Gay/Straight Alliance of the New York State Unified Court System celebrated Gay Pride Month with a lunchtime event at the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The organization, led by court employee Marc Levine, which began 10 years ago, aims to recognize the continuing need for action to address inequality and discrimination against those who are or are perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT), both within the legal profession and within society at-large.



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