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State grant helps two Sunset Park after-school sites

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest executive budget, according to the governor’s office, supports “an innovative program designed to transform schools into community hubs that integrate social, health and other services, as well as after-school programming.”

In Sunset Park, however, the reality is more complex. The governor’s $500,000 grant is quite welcome, but it builds on existing, high-demand “community school” projects operated for decades by the Center for Family Life (CFL), a program of SCO Family of Services.


Junior dance teams ‘catch a shooting star’ at Barclays Center

Two award-winning dance teams from Shooting Stars Performing Arts Company took center court at Barclays Center on Monday night, before the Nets took on the Philadelphia 76ers.

Led by director Kristin Ledingham-Pierce, the Express and Eastside Juniors teams were selected out of hundreds of dance, cheer and performing arts companies from across the country to perform a six minute high energy routine for thousands of fans. The pre-game performance was part of the Brooklyn Nets’ Prime Time Program.


Brooklyn kicks off Black History Month

Continuing a 17-year tradition, Brooklyn courts came together on a snowy Monday afternoon to commemorate the struggles, successes, and journey of black Americans. This year’s Black History Month kickoff celebration took place in the ceremonial courtroom of the Kings County Family Court building.


Green-Wood Cemetery helps people search for roots

You may be someone who’s been in Brooklyn for five generations searching for news of your long-lost uncle. Or you may be someone from the Midwest who’s never been to Brooklyn, but who has heard rumors that some of your ancestors lived in Brooklyn in the late 19th century.


Man found hanging from a tree at Prospect Park

A white male in his 50s was discovered hanging from a tree near the lake in Prospect Park around 3:45 a.m. on Monday. A police spokesman says that "it looks like a suicide," and the NYPD is investigating the situation. 


Brooklyn Historical Society announces greater access to its famed archives

The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), which holds the most extensive collections of Brooklyn-based materials in the world, has announced two new ways for educators and the general public to access its archives and collections.


Scissura to City Hall: Pay attention to small business owners

The de Blasio administration’s move to give workers paid sick leave is admirable, but the city should also be looking out for the needs of small business owners, according to Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.


The 13th floor to host writing workshop with tattooist, musician

The 13th Floor, a writing community that provides creative inspiration and feedback to writers of all experience levels, is teaming up with artist and tattooist Steven Avalos of Evil and Love Tattoo in Greenpoint to create an immersive, artistic experience for creative writers in the neighborhood. 

Hosting a writing workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 7-10 p.m., The 13th Floor will bring in Mieka Pauley, a singer/songwriter who will perform and share insight about her writing process.


Sen. Montgomery breaks with other Brooklyn pols, drops support for LICH

Three days after standing  with a half-dozen other federal and state officials in Brooklyn “against SUNY's latest attempt to turn LICH into a luxury condo deal,” state Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-25) broke with the group on Friday and sent SUNY Chairman H.



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