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Lentol heads site inspection of BQE exit

Assemblymember Joseph Lentol and a group of Williamsburg officials and civic leaders joined Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Keith Bray on site inspections of North Brooklyn roadways that residents have said are dangerous.

The site visits took place Aug. 14 at the intersection of Wythe Avenue and Williamsburg Street West and at the Flushing Avenue exit of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE).

Lentol said the inspections took place so they could determine how to make the roadways safer.


Schumer has extra ticket for Pope’s DC speech

When Pope Francis delivers his historic address before Congress next month, one lucky New Yorker will get to see the speech live, thanks to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Schumer (D-New York) announced that he received one guest ticket to the event and that his office will be conducting a statewide lottery to determine who will attend the Sept. 24 address.

Schumer said requests are pouring in from all across New York from people trying to see Pope Francis and experience a piece of history.


Demand for commercial office space remains high, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership report says

The demand for high-quality commercial office space remains high in Downtown Brooklyn, even as a torrid residential building boom and cultural revival continue, according to the Q1/Q2 2015 Real Estate Market Report released Thursday by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a not-for-profit development corporation.


239th anniversary of Battle of Brooklyn to be celebrated in borough this weekend

Old Stone House in Park Slope will celebrate America’s path to independence during the week-long commemoration of the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn — the largest battle of the Revolutionary War — beginning Saturday, Aug. 22 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 30.


Impassioned debate continues at mobbed Brooklyn Heights Library hearing

Local residents, union members and library advocates offered hours of passionate testimony about the plan to sell and redevelop the Brooklyn Heights Library at a standing-room-only hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall Tuesday night.


Walk This Way — on the Greenway

Ah, the glorious Greenway.

Bicyclists and joggers consider the waterside pathway a convenient conduit from Brooklyn Heights to Red Hook.

But it never occurred to us that it also serves splendidly as a way for pedestrians to walk between the two neighborhoods in good weather.


Ship ahoy! The Mary A. Whalen finds a new berth in Red Hook

Ship ahoy!

A museum and floating cultural center that's dear to the hearts of water-loving Brooklynites has found a desperately needed home on the Red Hook shoreline.

The Mary A. Whalen has a new berth at Pier 11 in Atlantic Basin, next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

The 1930s-vintage decommissioned oil tanker belongs to PortSide New York, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.


Landmarks Preservation Commission sends Pavilion Theater condo- conversion plan back to the drawing board

The people have spoken.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) heard passionate objections from preservationists and Park Slope residents to Hidrock Realty's condo-conversion plan for the Pavilion Theater Tuesday afternoon — then sent the proposed development's design back to the drawing board.


Brooklyn Heights Library redevelopment hearing Tuesday night at Borough Hall

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is set to host a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. on the controversial redevelopment proposal for the Brooklyn Heights Library.

Those who wish to comment are advised to arrive earlier to sign in.

Hudson Companies Inc. hopes to build a 36-story residential tower with roughly 139 units and ground floor retail, replace the current library in a condo space on the ground floor and below ground, and construct 114 affordable-housing units in Clinton Hill.


Brooklyn Historical Society awarded national grant for oral history project

With funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) has launched “Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn’s Cultural Identity,” a project to digitize, process, catalogue and make more accessible nearly 500 interviews that are part of ten oral history collections documenting the histories of Brooklyn’s diverse ethnic and cultural communities.



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