Who are the sellers of Brooklyn's priciest home? Find out here

Question of the day: Who are the sellers of Brooklyn's most expensive home?

Answer: Claire Silberman Leaf, a philanthropist and former lawyer, and her husband Stuart Leaf, founder of hedge fund Cadogan Management.

Their penthouse at One Brooklyn Bridge Park just hit the sale market for a stratospheric $32 million asking price.


Assemblywoman Millman to retire from the NYS Assembly

Long-time Brooklyn Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman announced on Monday that she will not be seeking reelection to the New York State Assembly.

Assemblywoman Millman has represented neighborhoods including Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Downtown Brooklyn, Gowanus, Prospect Heights and parts of Park Slope and for over 17 years.

Noted for her advocacy for both children and seniors, Millman said she will be moving to a position at the New York City Department for the Aging.


Sittin' on top of the world - at 388 Bridge St., Brooklyn's tallest building

UPDATE: May 19

Apartments at Brooklyn's tallest building, 388 Bridge St., have been renting at the rate of one per day, according to an announcement from the Stahl organization, its developer, and leasing agent Halstead Property Development Marketing. At this point, 50 % of the rental units are leased. Rents range from $2,700 per month for a studio on the 20th floor to $6,290 per month for a two-bedroom apartment on an upper floor.



Obituary: Mary-Chilton Winslow Mead dies, known for her gracious wit

Mary-Chilton Winslow Mead, of Brooklyn and Stillwater, N.J., died peacefully on Wednesday, May 7, at The Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Center in Greenwich, Conn. She was 79.

Born in Manhattan, Mead, known affectionately as Mimi, lived in Brooklyn Heights for many years. She and her husband Bill were longtime members of Grace Church-Brooklyn Heights, serving in leadership positions. They particularly loved singing in the Parish Choir together. Above all, she was respected for her elegance, wit and compassion.


SUNY releases closure details for LICH in Brooklyn

Despite Brooklyn officials’ entreaties to SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall to put the closure of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) on hold until a new operator can step in, SUNY says it will shut LICH’s doors on May 22.

The case continues in Brooklyn on Tuesday before state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes.


Affordable units planned for Brooklyn Bridge Park, but opposition remains

Two luxury residential towers planned for Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) will include a substantial percentage of affordable housing, according to BBP’s Request for Proposals (RFP), issued on Tuesday.

In synch with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ten-year plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable units, BBP said the development would incorporate approximately 130,000 square feet of housing affordable to middle- and moderate-income residents.


Temporary transfer will help G train riders during summer shutdown

A temporary improvement meant to make things easier for G train riders during the five-week summer suspension of the northern part of the line has been hailed by elected officials and transit advocacy groups. However, some said that the measure should be continued on a year-round basis.

The MTA announced this Wednesday that from July 26 to Sept. 1, a free “walking transfer” will be available between the G train’s Broadway station and the J/M lines nearby Lorimer Street station.


Speaking at BAM, Alison Bechdel recalls anniversary of mother's death

Alison Bechdel, creator of the critically-acclaimed comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” was featured as part of the latest installment of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Eat, Drink & Be Literary series, co-presented by the National Book Awards, that took place at the BAMCafe on Wednesday night.


Couples who planned weddings at ReBar consider lawsuit for lost deposits

Preparing the details for one’s wedding—a monumental milestone in the lives of many couples—is as tedious and cumbersome as it is exciting. Couples create back-up plans for the inclement weather, but what about when the wedding venue itself closes without notice? A number of New York couples are scrambling to find an alternate venue to host their weddings after the unexpected closing of popular Brooklyn venue reBar last week.



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