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New principal takes over at Bishop Ford High School

There is a new team at the top at Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School.

The school recently welcomed a new principal, Thomas P. Arria Jr., and a new chairman of its board of directors, Myles Davis.

“It’s a new beginning for Bishop Ford as we chart our legacy for the next 50 years,” Davis said. “The challenges are great for Catholic schools today, but our commitment to paving the way to success for our student body remains as strong as ever,” he said.


Brooklyn federal court employees are deemed 'essential'

As the United States government continues its stalemate on the federal budget and negotiations on the raising the debt ceiling, the government remains in shutdown, forcing hundreds of thousands of U.S. federal employees home from their jobs without pay.


Forest City and Greenland Group sign memorandum of understanding to form joint venture for Atlantic Yards

Brooklyn-based Forest City Ratner Companies, LLC (“FCRC”), the New York-based subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: FCEA and CEB), and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. announced today that their affiliates have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for a proposed joint venture to develop Atlantic Yards, a 22-acre residential and commercial real estate project in Brooklyn.


Residential skyscraper to share BAM-area block with new Shakespearean theater

Here's the gleaming tower that will keep the Bard company.

Shakespeare's new home in Downtown Brooklyn, the soon-to-open Theatre for a New Audience, will share its Ashland Place block with a 52-story skyscraper the Gotham Organization is constructing.

A first look at FXFOWLE Architects' design for the glamorous BAM Cultural District rental-apartment building shows a slim, soaring tower with a crown on top and a broad two-floor “podium” on the bottom filled with stores, and offices for cultural institutions.


‘Wordbirds’: A new book for word nerds

If you’re a word nerd like me, and you care more about your Words With Friends stats than the score of the Super Bowl, chances are you’ll be excited about Liesl Schillinger’s new book, “Wordbirds” (Simon & Schuster; Oct. 15). Schillinger, an esteemed cultural critic, with illustrator Elizabeth Zechel, has crafted a beautiful book that offers 200 witty, newly claimed words that can help us make our way through the ever-evolving cultural language of the new millennium.


Nate Fish: From Brooklyn artist to a leader of Israeli baseball

It may seem like a stretch for someone who was once a Williamsburg-Bushwick visual artist to now be living in Israel and to call himself "The king of Jewish Baseball."

But not if you consider that Nate Fish was always an athlete, and was coaching teams even when he was invovled in the arts. In fact, that’s what led him to Israel in the first place.


Bushwick Inlet Park opens

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon on its newest and greenest facility, an innovative 15,500 square foot multi-use building serving North Brooklyn’s waterfront. Designed by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, this wedge-shaped structure seamlessly draws the adjacent park up onto its roof to create a new public landscape looking out to the East River and the Manhattan skyline.


440 Gallery: Collective breaks art-making ground in Park Slope

There's no impresario behind the 440 Gallery (440 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope) the way Alfred Steiglitz was the driving force at "291" (291 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan) in the early 1900s. That's because a century later, the 440 Gallery is a collective of local artists beginning to reach a wider audience. 


Brooklyn Law School mourns longtime employee Mary Lee Bedford

Mary Lee Bedford, a beloved member of the Brooklyn Law School community for nearly three decades, died unexpectedly on Monday. She was 75.  


As an executive assistant, Bedford assisted four deans and numerous associate deans, worked closely with all of the faculty and staff, and greeted countless students with her unfailingly calming presence.



De Blasio joins group of 'intervenors’ in LICH decision-making process

Community groups and organizations of medical professionals on Wednesday both hailed the decision by Kings County Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest granting Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s “motion to intervene” in the case that will determine the next operator of Long Island College Hospital.

Justice Demarest ruled late Tuesday that de Blasio could “participate as a representative of the public interest.” In August, Demarest overturned her own ruling that gave control of LICH to SUNY Downstate, thus setting in motion proceedings to find a new operator.



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