City Parks Foundation offers free yoga lessons for seniors

Senior citizens will be doing the sun salutations in the great outdoors this spring, thanks to a popular fitness program sponsored by the City Parks Foundation.

The foundation is inviting residents aged 60 and over to take part in CityParks Seniors Fitness, a program that offers free yoga instruction, tennis lessons and exercise walks in New York’s parks to help seniors get into shape and to help those already in good shape to stay that way.


Home safe? Push to landmark Jackie Robinson’s Flatbush house

City councilmember Jumaane Williams (D - Flatbush, East Flatbush) is taking another whack at getting the East Flatbush home of baseball legend Jackie Robinson designated as a city landmark.

This will be the second time Councilmember Williams has tried to convince the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to confer landmark status to the Robinson's family home at 5224 Tilden Avenue.


Shovels hit the ground for affordable housing in East New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday joined developers and community members to break ground on a major new project in East New York that will create hundreds of apartments of affordable housing and space for community organizations.

Livonia Commons, Phase I of a multi-phase project, the Livonia Avenue Initiative, will include 278 units in four buildings built on vacant, formerly city-owned land.


Colton calls on parents to be pre-k ‘watchdogs’

The state’s ambitious, $300 million universal pre-kindergarten program needs more than money to make it work, according to one Brooklyn lawmaker.

Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) issued a clarion call for parents to be fully engaged in the process as the state and city set up the pre-k classes.


Another Brooklyn school engulfed in sex scandal

Officials at Brooklyn’s P.S. 219 mishandled an 11-year-old’s complaint of sexual abuse, a report by NYC’s Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI) revealed.

The investigation found that Assistant Principal Patricia Sabater and Guidance Counselor Rebecca Shaffren mismanaged a complaint made by female student who had alleged that she was sexually abused by male students.


Mill Basin, the 'Modern Menace'

Big? Yes. Tasteful? Not so much.

“I have seen some really ugly houses in Mill Basin,” a commenter, Alfonce, said in a posting.

One of many snarked-about homes in the neighborhood is the “Mill Basin Modern Menace,” as nicknamed 2659 E. 66th St. It's big, blocky and beige, with a mud-colored stripe running randomly across the front of it.


Progress seen on NYCHA repairs in East Brooklyn

Mary Smith had one problem, and then she had several. The heating in her living room at the Fiorentino Plaza Houses in East New York conked out about three years ago. Then her hot water went. She began hauling pots of hot water from the stove to her bathroom to bathe. But then she injured her neck and back in a fall, making the water-bearing impossible.


Colton in no hurry to make endorsement in Recchia-Grimm race

A pox on both your houses!

That appeared to sum up the sentiments of Bill Colton, the influential southern Brooklyn assemblyman who has not yet made an endorsement in the heated race for the 11th Congressional District and is in no hurry to back a candidate.

Colton’s fellow Democrat Domenic Recchia announced on March 8 that he is running for the seat held by Republican-Conservative U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm. But Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) is so far refusing to endorse Recchia, a former councilman with whom he has clashed in the past.


Brownsville board: Home runs threaten motorists

Brownsville Recreation Center may be beloved by people who visit its premises—but not so much by the cars that drive on Linden Boulevard, the major street that hems it in.

According to Community Board 16′s Statement of Needs for this year, the nighttime lights that have recently been installed at the center have led to a greater need for higher fences encircling the fields’ perimeter.


Brooklyn's Assemblyman Boyland found guilty in federal fraud case

After intense deliberations, a Brooklyn jury found sitting Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. guilty of 21 felony counts, including bribery, fraud, extortion and theft.

Initially, Boyland was accused of fraudulently submitting New York State Assembly Member Travel Vouchers, in which he falsely claimed to be in Albany on legislative business when he in fact was not in Albany.

New York State records show that based on Boyland’s fraudulent vouchers, New York State paid Boyland tens of thousands of dollars in mileage expense and per diem payments.



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