Nets have been there, done that

The Nets' first two games against the Bulls in this best-of-7 first-round playoff series were a microcosm of the first two months of their historic debut season in our fair borough.

After jumping out of the gate with an 11-4 start in November, the Nets fell to 14-14 by late December as Deron Williams struggled to find his scoring touch and Avery Johnson was shown the door despite his lofty status as the league's reigning Coach of the Month.


LIU-Brooklyn to honor alumnus who scored first basket in NBA

Oscar “Ossie” B. Schectman made LIU a household name in the world of college basketball in the 1940s. A pioneer of the National Basketball Association, he scored the very first basket in NBA history.
On Thursday, May 16, at its commencement ceremonies at Barclays Center, LIU Brooklyn will honor Schectman for his achievements on and off the court with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Vote on Brooklyn’s LICH Wednesday at City Council

On Wednesday, April 24 at 1 p.m. the New York City Council’s health committee will vote on a resolution supporting Long Island College Hospital (LICH), threatened with closure.


Quinn-Bashing breaks out at Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce mayoral forum

Small business was the theme of Tuesday’s debate among this year’s Democratic mayoral hopefuls at St. Francis College.

But within a short time, criticism of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for her support of Mayor Bloomberg’s 2008 bid for a third term came to the fore, with three of the participants delivering sharp criticisms of their fellow candidate.


Smith/9th Street subway stop re-opening on Friday

The Smith-Ninth streets subway station is set to reopen by the end of the week following a nearly 2-year reconstruction.

The F and G train stop in Gowanus was closed in June 2011. It's slated to return to service on Friday.

More than 4,000 riders a day used the station before it was closed.

The MTA says some work will continue after the station reopens but it will not affect service.


Gala raises $950,000 for HeartShare Human Services

HeartShare Human Services of New York celebrated its 25th Annual Spring Gala and Auction by honoring five members of the community and raising more than $950,000, according to organizers. The honorees were: Mary Ellen Perrette and Michael Perrette, of Prudential; Thomas Kies, President, LINK Shareholder Services, LLC; Bruce Weksler, President, Bruce Supply Corporation; and Mike Woods, Fox 5’s Good Day New York. 


Brooklyn-born Richie Havens, singer who opened Woodstock, 72

Richie Havens, the Brooklyn-born folk and rock singer-songwriter who was best known for his performance at Woodstock in 1969, where he sang “Freedom,” has died at 72.

His family said in a statement that Havens died Monday of a heart attack.

Havens grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and originally sang doo-wop music before gravitating to Greenwich Village and getting involved with the folk scene. He tuned his guitar in an open D tuning, which accounted for its unusual sound.


Bulls shut down Nets 90-82, even series at 1-1

Chicago evened its playoff series the only way it knows how: with bruising Bulls defense.

Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets, and the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-82 on Monday night to even their first-round series at one game apiece.


Proposals for DUMBO’s Empire Stores include green roofs, retail, office space

Ten design firms have submitted ambitious proposals for the development of the long-empty Empire Stores coffee warehouses on the waterfront in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The proposals aim to generate income for the adjacent Brooklyn Bridge Park while preserving and reusing the landmarked 19th century structures.

The designs include retail, office and cultural space, and have built in features like terraced green roofs, glass structures, outdoor decks and restaurants.



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