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Brooklyn judge rules against first-place bidder for Long Island College Hospital

Telling a packed Brooklyn courtroom that “a serious decision has to be made,” state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes ruled against Brooklyn Health Partners’ attempt to force the State University of New York (SUNY) to accept their bid for Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP), a team combining California developers and a Borough Park investor, had been ranked first in SUNY’s disputed Request for Proposals bidding process, but contract talks fell apart weeks ago.


Brooklyn Bridge Park announces 2014 summer lineup of free events

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (BBPC) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) are kicking off summer with an exciting array of free events, offering to visitors unique cultural, educational and recreational activities, as well as expanded opportunities to volunteer and support the world-class waterfront park.


Willowtown’s Spring Fair to feature pet parade and karaoke

A pet parade and more than two hours of karaoke are new features of this year’s Willowtown Spring Fair, sponsored by the Willowtown Association.  The fair will take place Saturday, May 17, from 12-5 p.m. the full length of Willow Place in Brooklyn Heights. 


Etsy leases huge space in Kushner's Watchtower complex

Online retailer Etsy is leasing 200,000 square feet in Jared Kushner's re-branded DUMBO Heights, formerly known as the Watchtower buildings, the company officially posted on its blog. Etsy signed a lease and will be moving to the new space in 2016.


Bike helmet giveaway Tuesday at Brooklyn Public Library

Getting ready for this Saturday's "Bike the Branches" in Brooklyn? The Brooklyn Public Library and the NYC Department of Transportation are pairing up on Tuesday, May 13 from 4:30-6 p.m. to give away free bicycle helmets at BPL's Central branch, at 10 Grand Army Plaza.

Free helmets will be available while supplies last, according to BPL.


Firefighters scramble after truck decapitates gas lamp in Brooklyn Heights

The smell of gas filled the northern end of Brooklyn Heights on Saturday afternoon after a passing truck knocked the head off one of the charming gas lamps lining Poplar Street.

FDNY ladder companies 110, 118 and engine 205, along with FDNY Emergency 31 rushed to 81 Poplar Street at roughly 3:30 p.m. to shut off the gas flow feeding the lamp from an underground line. Firefighters were initially unable to reach the emergency gas shutoff valve because years of debris had collected on top of it.


New apartment tower at 172 Montague St. springs up above construction fence

No need to peek through the tiny windows in the construction fence now. The new apartment tower at 172 Montague St. sprang up into plain view seemingly overnight after demurely hiding for several months. Bonjour Capital is building the 19-story Brooklyn Heights residential tower. When can we find out how much the rents are going to be?

Hello World! The apartment tower at 172 Montague St. is now visible to passersby on Brooklyn Heights' Numero Uno retail corridor.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden's famed cherry blossoms are a Mom magnet

Worth The Wait.

The puffy pink blossoms of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's famed Cherry Esplanade are perfection.

You're lucky – the iconic trees hit their peak later than usual. You can get a good look for yourself if you go soon.

That's what throngs of families did Sunday for Mother's Day, making the Central Brooklyn garden their go-to spot to celebrate Mom's special day.


‘Bring back our girls!’ Brooklyn vigil for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

“Something terrible has happened,” sang the young members of the New York African Chorus Ensemble. “Find my sister, find my brother . . . cry for the land.”

Those wrenching words of a traditional African lament expressed the fears of those gathered Sunday night at a Brooklyn Borough Hall vigil for nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.


Dancing against domestic violence on Mother’s Day in Brooklyn

The weather was warm and the music was hot on Sunday, as families partied and picnicked at Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn for Milagros Day Worldwide’s third annual Mother's Day walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The event honors mothers and brings attention to the issue of domestic violence, Milagros founder Dawn Diaz told the Brooklyn Eagle.



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