OPINION: BHA says LICH proposals small on square footage, big on unsubstantiated claims

SUNY’s last minute RFP amendment brought out some known brides with new grooms, or perhaps the brides just changed gowns. Pending weddings aside, the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) is concerned that the proposals, four of which only provide for emergency and outpatient care at Long Island College Hospital (LICH), are skimping on the amount of space needed for the services being promised.


Sunset Park non-profit helps high school dropouts

A Sunset Park-based non-profit organization that has assisted thousands of troubled teenagers get back on the right path in life is searching for more young people to help.

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) recently hosted its first “Change Your Future” event with a goal attracting young people between the ages of 17 and 21 who are currently not working and not in school, to enroll into its Youth Education and Job Training Program.


Influential Hillary Clinton biography to launch in DUMBO

Two White House correspondents trace Hillary Clinton's political comeback, from the ashes of her primary defeat to the most important diplomatic position in the world.


LICH contempt hearing postponed again as SUNY talks in progress

In a slight delay to original plans, officials at the State University of New York (SUNY) and Department of Health have been scheduled to appear before a Brooklyn judge on Thursday to answer for their yearlong -- and many say, illegal -- attempts to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH).


Ken Thompson sworn in as new Brooklyn DA

On Sunday, Feb. 9, behind the backdrop of navy blue drapes and in the presence of an admiring audience filling out a soundstage at the Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Kenneth Thompson became the first African-American to ever be sworn in as Brooklyn’s top prosecutor.


Forthcoming book to trace history of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Since the first plans for a park along the Brooklyn waterfront were developed in 1988, Brooklyn Bridge Park has continually evolved to become a remarkable, award-winning public space featuring expansive lawns, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and spectacular views of lower Manhattan and New York Harbor.


Four St. Francis mens basketball players suspended before loss to Robert Morris

Junior Brent Jones, St. Francis’ starting point guard and leader, sophomore Anthony White, freshman Wayne Martin and junior P.J. Santavenere were all suspended indefinitely for a "school matter" on Saturday morning before their game against Robert Morris.

Those events marred the battle for first place in the Northeast Conference, which ended in a 72-50 blowout win for Robert Morris in Brooklyn Heights.


Brooklyn Ice teaches kids to skate at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Ice, a free after-school program that teaches figure skating to Brooklyn kids, has returned to Prospect Park — at the new Lakeside Rink at LeFrak Center. While the rink was under construction, the program used Bryant Park in Manhattan. Brooklyn Ice also includes homework help, pilates/dance, educational activities, workshops on nutrition and more. It is led by Violet Eagan, a Professional Skating Association master rated coach. See


Three brothers sentenced in Brooklyn Federal Court for international sex trafficking

Three brothers were recently sentenced in Brooklyn’s federal court for the Eastern District of New York to lengthy prison terms after they pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges.

Benito Lopez-Perez and Anastasio Romero-Perez were sentenced to 18 years of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Jose Gabino Barrientos-Perez was sentenced to 10 years and one month of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release.


LICH bidder Brisa disqualified as SUNY board puts off vote

The SUNY board of trustees heard the pitches of four of the five developers competing to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH) on Friday, but the board made no decision about which proposal it favored in the tumultuous windup of its disputed RFP (Request for Proposals) process.

Board members are facing a contempt hearing in state Supreme Court on Tuesday for their actions in attempting to close the hospital despite numerous court orders to keep it open.



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