Brooklyn becomes first borough to require mediation in civil cases

Brooklyn Supreme Court ushered in a new project Thursday requiring all civil cases to pass through a mediation process before proceeding to trial. The first of its kind, the mandatory mediation project hopes to alleviate some the costs and other strains that civil litigation places on Brooklyn’s court system.


LICH supporters demand action by Governor, plan Friday fundraiser

Saying that the life of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) has reached a “critical” moment, supporters of the beleaguered Cobble Hill institution have started a letter-writing campaign to Governor Andrew Cuomo, and will be holding a fundraiser on Friday.

“The Governor needs to take charge. So far, he has refused to meet with our local elected officials,” said the Brooklyn Heights Association in a statement. “We need to show Governor Cuomo that we expect him, as our elected representative, to act in the best interests of the western Brooklyn residential and business community.”


LIU Brooklyn 2013 valedictorian is graduation speaker at his high school GED Program in Staten Island

William Curran, LIU Brooklyn’s Class of 2013 valedictorian, will be the graduation speaker for the high school GED program from which he graduated. The ceremony will take place on June 17.


Brooklyn Bridge Park unveils kayak dock

Brooklyn Bridge Park is unveiling its newest nifty amenity: A floating dock for kayaks.

The dock, attached by a gangplank to Pier 2, will shorten wait times for park visitors who join in on the free kayaking sessions offered during the summertime.


Retail Resurgence in North Heights Gateway

It’s the also-ran of Brooklyn Heights retail corridors, second best by a long stretch when compared to Montague Street.

Yet lower Henry Street is on the upswing these days – and restaurant owners and merchants can thank visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park for their improving fortunes.


Prescient Old Timer Flourishes: Antonio of Noodle Pudding

It seems like only yesterday that one of Henry Street’s highly regarded destination restaurants, Noodle Pudding, had a manufacturer as its neighbor. 

“Eighteen years ago, they were still making brushes at the brush factory next door,” chef-owner Antonio Migliaccio remembers fondly. “The lady who ran the place, we got along very well. I have a broom at home she gave me.”  


Famed storyteller to launch magical novel at BAM

It has been eight years since his last novel for adults, “Anansi Boys”, and now one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, is back with “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” (William Morrow; On Sale June 18, 2013). Gaiman will be launching his book and national tour in Brooklyn on June 18 at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House.


Ex-Markowitz aide seeks Lopez’s old seat

A former Borough Hall staffer who now heads Borough President Marty Markowitz’s “Best of Brooklyn” charity is now seeking Vito Lopez’ former 53rd District (Williamsburg-Bushwick) seat in the state Assembly.

Jason Otaño, former general counsel to Markowitz, who will face at least two opponents in the Democratic primary, has been endorsed by many of the borough’s political heavy hitters, including Congresswoman Nydia Velazaquez, Councilwoman Diana Reyna and Markowitz himself.


Outdoor exhibition ‘THE FENCE’ opens Thursday at Brooklyn Bridge Park

‘THE FENCE 2013,’ a 1000-foot-long summer photographic installation is set to be unveiled in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m., with a tour and refreshments.

The installation, featuring dozens of photographers, is sponsored by Brooklyn Bridge Park, United Photo Industries, Photo District News and Flash Forward Festival.


Lunchtime music at Brooklyn Borough Hall

P.S. 192's chorus and orchestra entertained the lunchtime crowd at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday with old favorites like "Blue Suede Shoes."

Photo by Mary Frost

The free public school concerts continue through June 19 and take place midday on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.



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