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Hasidic leaders praise Menachem Stark, but business dealings come under scrutiny

As a coalition of Brooklyn officials condemned sensational tabloid coverage of Hasidic millionaire Menachem “Max” Stark’s murder, his family members and fellow Williamsburg Hasidim increased the reward for any information on his death to $25,000.

In interviews with the Eagle, Stark’s brother-in-law and a Williamsburg religious leader both praised Stark as a philanthropist. At the same time, however, local media increasingly shone the spotlight on his controversial career as a property owner.


Greenpoint to get new waterfront park

A major development project in Greenpoint will bring a new waterfront park as well as 200 units of affordable housing to that northern Brooklyn community, according to Councilman Stephen Levin, who negotiated with the city and the property developer to secure the amenities.

The City Council voted late last month to approve the development known as 77 Commercial Street, a project that calls for the construction of two high-rise commercial and residential buildings – one 40 stories high and another 30 stories high – on the Greenpoint waterfront.


Attorney failure allows plaintiff to refile claim against landlord

A Brooklyn preacher may be given temporary possession of laundry/office space in a Jay Street building, Brooklyn Civil Court Judge Ingrid Joseph ruled.

Reverend Van Allen had subleased the space at 365 Jay St. from the Black United Fund of New York (BUF) — a community-based philanthropic organization — since 2001.  In 2013, the landlord, Jay Street HQ Housing Development Fund Company, Inc. (Jay Street HQ), locked Allen out of the premises, asserting that Allen’s lease did not grant him permission to occupy the space.


Attorney General tells businesses: ‘If you price gouge, you’ll pay’

If business owners are planning to triple their prices for food, gasoline, batteries and other items residents will need to get through Winter Storm Hercules, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a message for them: Don’t even think about it!

Even before the snow storm started bearing down on New York Thursday night, Schneiderman issued an open letter to vendors and business owners warning against price gouging. He defined gouging as the inflation of the prices of necessary goods and services.


Lentol demands safety measures on McGuinness Boulevard

In the wake of an accident that killed a 32-year-old woman on McGuinness Boulevard on Sunday, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol is demanding that the city immediately install safety measures on the heavily trafficked Greenpoint street.


Plymouth church hosts ‘Let Freedom Ring!’ concert

Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights – "the Grand Central Depot" on the Underground Railroad – makes for an incredible setting for “Let Freedom Ring! A Concert To Benefit Free the Slaves,” slated for Jan. 11, featuring the Impressions, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and members of The Dap-Kings.


Scissura praises de Blasio’s choice of Fariña to be chancellor

The new city schools chancellor is going to do a great job because she understands the needs of students and teachers, Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, predicted after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his selection of Carmen Fariña.

Scissura said he worked with Fariña many years ago when she was superintendent of School District 15 (Sunset Park-Windsor Terrace-Park Slope) and he was the president of the c community education council in neighboring District 20 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst).


2014 Brooklyn development to watch: 172 Montague St.

Workers are busy building Bonjour Capital's 19-story Brooklyn Heights apartment project at 172 Montague St. Brokerage CPEX Real Estate is busy marketing the retail space planned for its lower floors.

Things are going to get exponentially busier when the new owner of three little buildings with substantial air rights at 153, 155 and 157 Remsen St. unveils demolition and construction plans.


Atlantic Avenue sites to watch in the new year

The corner of Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place is a pretty bleak place. Three projects could really spiff the place up.

* 66 Boerum Place: The foundation is being constructed at this development. Midtown Equities is in charge of the project, with Alex Adjmi as a partner.


2014 Brooklyn development to watch: Pierhouse

Toll Brothers and Starwood Capital are building a grand condo and hotel complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park – a project that's expected to generate $3.3 million in revenues for BBP's anticipated $16.1 million annual maintenance budget.  

Pile drivers are toiling diligently on the project's Pierhouse condos, despite winter weather. For a bird's-eye view of the site, whose address is 60 Furman St., button up your overcoat and take a stroll on Squibb Bridge, Brooklyn Heights' boardwalk in the sky, which hangs over it.



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