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Confirmed: LICH bidding attracts strong interest from full service hospital teams

Brooklyn community organizations who were petitioners in the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) litigation have confirmed that they met this week with three groups who have presented plans to operate a full-service hospital at the LICH site.

The hospital in Cobble Hill is up for sale by operator SUNY Downstate, which has issued a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) that gives extra points to groups seeking to keep LICH in operation as a full service hospital.


Hundreds to be laid off at LICH, as final bidding round approaches deadline

Hundreds of nurses, technicians and other staffers at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill received layoff notices this week, as the final round of bidding for the hospital is approaching a key deadline.

The layoffs, which affect up to 600 employees, will take place April 12, 30 days from the time employees received their notices, according to SUNY spokesperson David Doyle.

SUNY says the layoffs will align “staffing levels with patient volumes and currently available services, which will not change.”


Hasta La Vista, Baby! Demolition of Remsen Street eyesore begins

So it begins.

Demolition of Brooklyn Heights eyesore 153 Remsen St. started in earnest Thursday, with a worker telling the Brooklyn Eagle that very, very soon the derelict commercial building will be history.

“In a month or two, this will all be gone,” he said, taking in it and two small neighboring residential and retail buildings, 155 and 157 Remsen St., with a sweep of his hand.


Gas leak causes evacuation at Williamsburg synagogue

A gas leak was called in at 2:10 p.m. to the FDNY for 161 Rodney St. in Williammsburg, a low-rise brick building occupied by a synagogue known as the Beth Medrash Chemedy. About 25 people were evacuated, according to the FDNY. The utility company (KeySpan) was called, and they were able to repair the situation. It was declared "closed" by the FDNY (resolved) at 3:09 p.m.


‘A Doll’s House’: Best of 19th century literary on stage at BAM

The women's suffrage and civil rights movements were still decades in the future when Henrik Ibsen introduced his play, "A Doll's House," in Copenhagen. But despite the passage of 135 years since then, it hasn't lost any of its freshness, and touches upon some very basic human themes that today's audiences won't have trouble connecting with.


St. Francis students to present performance series

What did Zelda say when Scott told her never to write fiction again? Find out in “One Sunday at the Fitzgeralds,” a one act play presented by St. Francis College’s new student-run theater production company, Nick & The Chicks. The performance will take place on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 11:10 a.m. in the College’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education. 


PHOTOS: A long last look at the Coignet building before its big makeover

Get a good last look at Little Red.
The iconic red-hued Coignet Building next door to the Whole Foods on Third Avenue and 3rd Street in Gowanus is going to be completely covered in scaffolding and black netting soon, construction workers told the Brooklyn Eagle.


In Brooklyn Heights, victims bring to life ‘The Exonerated’

They were wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit. Now free, Fernando Bermudez, Jabbar Collins, Jesse Friedman and Martin Tankleff will tell the story of six people wrongly placed on death row in the play “The Exonerated,” presented at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on Friday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. (at St. Francis College Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.)

“The Exonerated” was written by Jessica Blank & Eric Jensen. This production is directed by St. Francis English Professor Virginia Franklin.


BAM & IFC present ‘Get It Out There’

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and IFC have announced the lineup for the March installment of “Get It Out There: Comedy by BAM & IFC.” Beginning at 9 p.m.


Meeting: Red Hook residents reject Brooklyn Hospital proposal for LICH, demand full service hospital

Dr. Richard B. Becker, CEO of The Brooklyn Hospital Center hit a brick wall in Red Hook Tuesday night when he tried to sell a proposal that would close Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

At an outreach meeting at Red Hook Volunteers, the roughly 20 attendees expressed exasperation with Dr. Becker’s insistence that an urgent care center, small emergency department and satellite clinics could adequately replace the historic hospital complex.



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