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MakerBot opens new factory at Brooklyn’s Industry City

Desktop 3D printer innovator MakerBot cut the ribbon on Wednesday on a new and larger factory at the Industry City complex in Sunset Park. The new facility measures 170,000 square feet, which doubles the plant's capacity compared to MakerBot’s previous Industry City facility.

MakerBot, naturally, used its own Replicator 3D printers to print up some of the factory’s jigs and fixtures.


Brooklyn author to discuss ‘Heist’ in Cobble Hill

“Heist,” by Brooklyn author Jeff Diamant, was originally published in 2002 and is the basis of the forthcoming major motion picture “Masterminds, starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristin Wiig.

Now, Diamant’s revised and updated edition chronicles the incredible true story of a cast of irresistibly colorful, down-on-their-luck characters in a small, poor town in North Carolina, who manage to pull off the second-biggest heist ever on American soil — stealing $17 million.


Brooklynite’s debut novel inspired by her family’s Bangladeshi history

Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of “Bright Lines: A Novel” (A Penguin Paperback Original; on sale Aug. 11, 2015), is a new voice in literary fiction, and she writes passionately about the complex political and cultural histories of her Bangladeshi-American characters. In this debut novel, she tells the powerful story of one family and three young women coming of age in Brooklyn and Bangladesh.

The author will appear at Greenlight Bookstore at 686 Fulton St. in Fort Greene at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 for a book launch event.


Bonus photos of the Naval Annex at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Age has its charms — if you're a historic building.

What could be more alluring than the mysterious pre-Civil War hospital at the edge of the Brooklyn Navy Yard?

It's a bit decrepit, which just adds to its glamor.

The other day, we went with David Ehrenberg, the president and CEO of Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., to look at the grand, colonnaded hospital and its companion buildings at the Naval Annex, as this part of the famed former shipbuilding complex is called.


Summer splendor at Brooklyn Grange

Sunflowers are a many-splendored thing.

And when your eyeballs encounter them in the middle of an industrial park, that's special cause for rejoicing — even when the industrial park in question is the stellar Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Don't misunderstand.


The Ten Coolest Things at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

It's got a past that stretches back to the beginnings of America and a future that's looking fine.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is busting out all over.

Its expansion is being funded by big real estate players like Mort Zuckerman's Boston Properties and the Rudin family as well as the city, which owns the 300-acre site.


b.good, eatery with the ‘human touch’ to replace Grand Canyon Restaurant, Brooklyn Heights standby

A restaurant that makes fast-food “real” – b.good, based out of Boston – will be replacing the now-closed Grand Canyon restaurant at 141 Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights.

b.good’s owner Anthony Ackil, part of a 15-year team with his lifelong best friend Jon Olinto, told the Brooklyn Eagle that the restaurant sells dishes like kale and quinoa bowls, “tons of salads,” chicken sandwiches and burgers made with humanely-raised beef.


Landmarks Preservation Commission okays Lyceum's makeover as a gym

Thus Saith the LPC: Go Forth — and turn the Lyceum into a gym.

The shut-down performing arts center on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is going to be a Blink Fitness location.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its blessing to the project by voting unanimously Tuesday to approve alterations to the façade of the neo-Renaissance building at 227 Fourth Ave. that was the home of the Lyceum for two decades.

The vote took place after a public hearing at the preservation agency's Lower Manhattan headquarters.


Pacific Park Brooklyn unveils ‘Pacific Park Arts’ collaboration with Crown Heights-based artist

Mike Perry, a multimedia artist based in Crown Heights, has been named the “Artist-in-Chief” for Pacific Park Arts, a collaboration of 10 local artists to bring public murals to the 820-foot-long construction fence on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton avenues.


Clarke to FCC chairman: Give small biz a piece of broadcast pie

Owners of small businesses deserve to be able to set up television stations or establish wireless services for customers as much as large corporations do, according to U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke who is pushing for them to have better access to the country’s broadcast spectrum.

Clarke is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to come up with policies protecting the little guy.

Broadcast spectrum refers to the range of frequencies of electromagnetic waves assigned to television and radio broadcast stations in the U.S.



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