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Escape the hipsters, head for Marine Park

Escape the hipsters. Head for Marine Park.

The neighborhood and the vast city park that shares its name are great antidotes when the summertime scene in Brooklyn's hipster neighborhoods starts to seem annoying.

We've said it before and we'll say it again: We love hipster Brooklyn. But sometimes people need a break from it, and that goes for the hipsters as well as Middle-Aged Persons like us.


Leaders of Brownsville-based gang convicted of racketeering, murder

This past Thursday, following approximately eight weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn returned guilty verdicts against Paul Rivera and Michael Garrett on charges of racketeering, murder, sex trafficking, narcotics trafficking, money laundering and witness tampering.


Asian-American community applauds mayor on Lunar New Year school closing

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to have New York’s public schools observe the Lunar New Year holiday is a sign of the growing political clout of the city’s Asian-American community, according to political observers, who noted that the mayor’s decision came after intense pressure from advocates.

The mayor announced on Tuesday that from now on, public schools will be closed in observance of the Lunar New Year, a major holiday celebrated by Asian-Americans.


Brooklyn pols join fight for Lunar New Year school holiday

With the growth of the Asian-American population in New York City over the past several years, the school system has seen a sharp rise in the number of Asian-American students, according to Southwest Brooklyn elected officials and political leaders, who said Asians now account for 15 percent of the student population.

The numbers are even more striking in communities like Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights and Sunset Park, where Asian-American students comprise over 50 percent of the school population. 


City names Gravesend corner in memory of teen program founder

A Gravesend woman who founded a program for teenagers at her local church and served as a mentor to hundreds of neighborhood young people over the years was posthumously honored by New York City which officially dedicated a new street sign in her name.

A sign declaring the corner of Avenue W and East 2nd Street as “Barbara Dattilo Way” was unveiled during a ceremony on Sunday attended by members of her family, leaders of the teen group she founded, and priests from her parish, Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church.


A prehistoric resident survives in Brooklyn

Early each summer, the sands of Plumb Beach, in South Brooklyn, become scattered with lovers. At high tide, you can find them clutching one another in passionate embrace where the gentle waves of Jamaica Bay lap the sand. It may sound like the beach makeout scene in "From Here to Eternity," but you won't see anyone who looks even remotely like Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling around on the sand.


Learning Leaders group promotes parental involvement

The key to a successful student is to have a parent who is fully involved in the child’s education according to Learning Leaders, a non-profit organization that seeks to get moms and dads engaged in what goes on in the classroom.

Six Brooklyn public schools are currently taking part in the Middle School Success Program, a city-wide initiative sponsored by Learning Leaders to provide help and guidance to families so that kids can succeed in middle school and beyond.


Cops kill man suspected in ex's slaying outside NY casino

The hunt for a man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend outside a casino ended Tuesday morning with police killing him in an elementary school parking lot.

The 51-year-old suspect had first targeted a man he found in a car with his ex at about 2:30 a.m. outside the Resorts World Casino in Queens, police said.

The suspect — believed to be a former employee of the casino — shot at the 51-year-old man, who escaped, police said. After trying to chase him, the suspect doubled back and shot the 55-year-old woman multiple times, they said.


VIDEO: Brookdale Hospital opens new Family Care Center in East New York

New Brookdale Family Care Center Opens In Brooklyn

The oldest living person in New York joined in celebrating the opening of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center’s new Family Care Center in East New York.

Susannah Mushatt Jones, AKA Ms. Susie, who is 116 years old and who has been seeking treatment at the Brookdale center, was present at the recent inauguration of the 5,500-square-foot facility at 1110 Pennsylvania Avenue, between Flatlands and Cozine Avenue.


Marine Park student wins Television Foundation Award

Aleksandr Rikhterman was the toast of Tinseltown during his recent stay in Los Angeles.

Rikhterman, a Marine Park resident who is a senior at the State University of New York at Binghamton, won a College Television Award from the Television Academy Foundation. The College Television Award mirrors the Emmys.  The coveted awards recognize excellence in student-produced entertainment and news content from college students all across the country.

The awards were handed out at the 36th Annual College Television Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A. on April 23.



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