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Details of the SUNY - LICH hospital deal, unveiled in Brooklyn on Friday

After a year of protests and litigation, details of a settlement opening the way for a new operator for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) were revealed in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Friday.

While the agreement does not guarantee that LICH will continue to operate as a hospital, its structure insures that bidders proposing a hospital will jump to the top of the pack in a new RFP (Request for Proposals) process. The RFP could be issued as early as Thursday, lawyers said, assuming approval comes Monday.


Brooklyn-raised filmmaker Spike Lee to speak at Pratt Institute

Raised in Brooklyn, director Spike Lee, one of contemporary cinema’s most celebrated figures, will speak at Pratt Institute on Feb. 25 in honor of Black History Month. The filmmaker, producer and writer will speak to Pratt community members and the general public at this free event, sharing thoughts on his road to success, the themes that resonate through his work and the cultural impact of his career.


SUNY, LICH advocates reach historic hospital deal in Brooklyn

Attorneys for the State University of New York (SUNY) and advocates for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) announced on Thursday at state Supreme Court in Brooklyn that they had worked out a settlement so sweeping that history was being made.

After more than 30 hours of round-the-clock negotiations, lawyers for both sides declared before state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes, “We have a settlement!” but added that their clients had to formally vote to finalize the process before exact details could be publicly announced on Friday.


Kids help senior citizens celebrate Year of the Horse

Lutheran HealthCare rang in the Chinese New Year with a week-long series of events at several of its southern Brooklyn locations, including the Shore Hill Neighborhood Center in Bay Ridge and Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation in Sunset Park.

This is marks the Year of the Horse on the Chinese calendar.

Lutheran HealthCare is the entity that operates the hospital Lutheran Medical Center as well as a host of family health clinics in neighborhoods such as Sunset Park, Park Slope, Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst.


Pie at the Library: Brooklyn Public Library partners with local business Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has partnered with local small business Four & Twenty Blackbirds to open a new café in BPL’s Central Library, offering signature custom-made pies, Stumptown coffee, sandwiches and other items. A limited menu of coffee and snacks is now available, with the full menu available in early March. 


Downtown’s 84th Precinct supports de Blasio’s safe driving initiative

On Tuesday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about his Vision Zero plan to combat the deaths of innocent bystanders killed by drivers who break the law. Speaking at a community council meeting at 160 Schermerhorn St. that same night, the 84th Precinct Captain Maximo Tolentino was quick to embrace that plan.


UPDATE 2: SUNY - LICH talks continue, hearing delayed Thursday morning in Brooklyn

UPDATE TWO: Lawyers working around the clock are very close to announcing a settlement in the case of Long Island College Hospital (LICH), attorney Jim Walden of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, who represents six pro-LICH community groups, said Thursday morning.


Do you know Nellie Bly?

Only 100 years ago an orphan from Apollo, P.A. defied the limited roles for women and elbowed her way into the press.

Brooklyn Heights Association’s Annual Meeting features Internet expert Clay Shirky

The Brooklyn Heights Association's Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street.

The guest speaker this year is Clay Shirky, who will speak about what the Internet does to culture.


Ready, Set, Go: Bulldozers roll for Two Trees, Gotham at BAM cultural district sites

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night …. stays developers from starting work on high-profile BAM Cultural District projects.

In recent days, whenever the heavens held off on the precipitation, crews were out with Bobcats and bulldozers, doing their very first demolition work on two different projects.

This is the start of something big.



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