Not your average cup of Joe: Global origins of Brooklyn’s Toby’s Estate explored in new book

Most Brooklynites love their coffee, but even those who drink upwards of four cups per day probably think little about the origins of their precious pick-me-up. Right here in Brooklyn, Toby’s Estate – the only U.S.


Lhota to Democrats: Stop attacking Ray Kelly!

Democrats running for mayor are unfairly attacking Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in the wake of a federal judge’s decision about the constitutionality of the stop-and-frisk policy, Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota charged.

“I’m incredibly disappointed with my opponents in this race who continue to vilify Commissioner Kelly and the brave men and women of the NYPD rather than be honest with New Yorkers about how to keep our streets safe,” Lhota said in a statement.


Haiti Cultural Exchange hosts Haitians from the Diaspora: A photo exhibition

Haiti Cultural Exchange will present Haitians from the Diaspora: Creativity & Focus. The photo exhibition will open on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 5p.m. to 7p.m. at Five Myles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The closing reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6p.m.


Letter to the Editor: Understanding alcohol abuse in women

As a society we strive towards gender equality in all aspects of life, from work to home environments, and lately, even in cases where equality is detrimental to health. It has become more apparent that the gap in the levels of alcohol use, especially binge drinking, between men and women has been narrowing. Unfortunately, the narrowing gap is contributing to alcohol-related deaths, chronic diseases and mental health issues.


Gretsch, famed guitar and drum firm, remembers B’klyn roots

When people across the world see famous musicians playing Gretsch guitars, drums and other instruments, many aren’t aware that the company itself not only had its start in Brooklyn but remained here for more than 80 years.


Brooklyn judge orders restoration of key services at LICH

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) supporters celebrated a victory in Cobble Hill late Friday after Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes ordered the immediate restoration of hospital services and staffing to the levels that were in place on July 19.

Justice Baynes also ordered SUNY Downstate, which has been trying to close LICH despite several court orders, to immediately restore or repair any equipment that was in place on July 19.


Brooklyn Navy Yard appoints new president

David Ehrenberg, currently executive vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has been appointed as the new president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. (BNYDC), the not-for-profit company that manages the 300-acre, city-owned industrial park in northwest Brooklyn. 


Where to put speed cameras? Levin wants public to decide

Now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the speed camera bill into law, the question is: Where to install the devices?

Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights-Williamsburg-Greenpoint) has an idea: Let the public decide.

Levin, who represents the 33rd Council District, said he will request that some of the 20 speed cameras to be set up in the city under a pilot program be installed in his northern Brooklyn council district and he is asking for suggestions from local residents as to where they think the devices should go.


Report: Closing Interfaith Medical Center could 'overwhelm' NYC hospitals

A report released by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on Friday warns of "devastating consequences" if Interfaith Medical Center closes next month.

Interfaith is Brooklyn’s largest private provider of psychiatric care, with 67,000 patients receiving out-patient care and 1,750 in-patient hospitalizations each year.


The Rockettes take Park Slope in "Christmas In August" event

On Tuesday, the Rockettes took their unique brand of entertainment to Park Slope to promote this year’s version of the Radio City Christmas SpectacularThe Rockettes unveiled and distributed Christmas-inspired ice “Rox Pops,” created by People’s Pops to fans. Here are some photos from the event. 



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