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Small brewers — including Brooklyn — are growing

In once rundown urban districts across the country, craft breweries have helped to transform the neighborhoods around them.

This Associated Press report looks at six such businesses, including Brooklyn Brewery.

Small business owners tackled the hard work of transforming industrial buildings, many of which had sat empty as demographic changes pulled manufacturers and residents to the suburbs.


Gonzalez wins DC 37’s endorsement

Two days after she was spurned by the Detectives Endowment Association (DEA) for her votes in favor of two bills cracking down on the New York Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk policy, Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) bounced back, winning the endorsement of District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal union.


Residents fear the worst as Brooklyn ER crisis drags on

Josephine Musarella, owner of the Made 4 Me boutique in Cobble Hill, was eating dinner on Sunday, June 23, when she choked on a bite of food. “I was suffocating, I passed out,” she told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday. “My eyes rolled back in my head, my hands were shaking and I slid down in my chair. My mother was terrified.”

An ambulance arrived within five minutes, she said. “Thank God I came out of it. But I couldn’t walk into the ambulance. When I slid down from the chair I put pressure on my foot. I must have broken my ankle.”


H&M opening completes Fulton Mall revitalization

The crowds came to Fulton Mall last Wednesday to celebrate the arrival of one of the world's biggest fashion chains, but the festivities were about something even bigger – the revitalization of a historic shopping street that was once America's fourth largest shopping center.

The unveiling of the glam glass box at 497-501 Fulton St., built by developer Albert Laboz, was the latest milestone in a campaign by landlords and merchants to upgrade the image of Downtown Brooklyn's 17-block retail corridor from its gritty, gaudy iteration of recent years.


Now that senate passed immigration reform, Clarke to draft house bill

Calling the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the senate “a significant step forward for millions of Americans,” US Rep. Yvette Clarke said she's prepared to draft a similar bill in the house.


Greenpoint Youth Court finds new home after lease expires

A Greenpoint program that helps troubled young people lost its lease and was threatened with closure when Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg) stepped in on its behalf and secured a new space within the same building. The Greenpoint Youth Court will still be housed in the Polish Slavic Center at 176 Java St., according to Lentol, who said the program’s directors are signing a long-term lease for the space.


An empty sight in Brooklyn Heights

We see it glowing on our night walks through Brooklyn Heights.

The lights are on, but nobody's home at 112 Montague St., where Starbucks said sayonara 13 months ago and there's nary a new tenant in sight.

First-floor windows that stretch almost the entire length of the two-story retail building's 25-foot frontage are papered with “Building For Lease” signs declaring Greg Bartlett of Massey Knakal Realty Services is the exclusive agent.


Brooklyn State Representatives put ‘failsafe’ LICH bills in place

Brooklyn state representatives have in place separate bills that could move forward if the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) were actually to come to pass.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center in East Flatbush has been moving to close the Cobble Hill hospital in spite of a court order to keep it in operation and a prolonged battle from local residents, staff and health advocates.


Panel named to review trial convictions involving retired Brooklyn detective

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Monday announced the creation of an independent panel that will review the integrity of jury trial convictions involving Detective Louis Scarcella.  The 12-member panel includes former federal and New York State judges, academicians and attorneys.


Street party highlights renaissance of 'secret' Brooklyn alley

A gritty Downtown Brooklyn back alley, until now unloved and largely unknown, became the borough’s coolest place to be on Friday night.

Grove Place is now officially somewhere you should know about if you know Brooklyn. A Downtown Brooklyn Partnership-sponsored evening of free music, $5 bottles of Brooklyn Brewery beer and nifty open-air shopping drew 1,103 people – even though it rained for part of the time.



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