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Brooklyn Public Library wants your feedback on controversial Brooklyn Heights proposals

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) says it is looking for feedback from the public on the seven proposals it has received for redeveloping the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library.

The proposals include a range of design features, including glass-covered facades, ground floor retail, rooftop gardens and affordable housing. All include towers that are, on average, roughly the same height as 1 Pierrepont Plaza next door, though at least one is taller (roughly 36 stories). While most of the proposals offer 20,000 square feet of library space, one offers 31,192 square feet.


Brooklyn Appellate Court reverses drug conviction of Staten Island man

The testimony of a Staten Island undercover police officer who was blocked from viewing a suspected drug sale is not sufficient to sustain a drug conviction, the Brooklyn Appellate Division ruled.

Hoping to nab a drug dealer, an undercover officer approached a man in the courtyard of a housing area on Hendricks Avenue in Staten Island. After purchasing a quantity of marijuana, the officer told the man that he had $200 to buy crack cocaine. The suspect used the officer’s cellphone to reach his drug contact, presumably co-defendant Mustafa Curry.


Tenor Ricardo Tamura triumphs in Tosca at Met debut

Ricardo Tamura, born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, of Japanese and Syrian parentage, had his career as a scientist all set up for him except for the fact that he also loved to sing. Licia Albanese heard him sing several years ago and was so impressed by his remarkable tenor that she took him under her wing. Thanks to the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the Gerda Lissner Foundation, his career took off like the rocket he might have engineered as a scientist. Tamura has had a successful career in Europe, especially in Germany and at the outdoor Arena di Verona in Italy.


Evicted tenant who regains possession must be given new hearing

An evicted tenant who regains possession of his apartment cannot be re-evicted under the original eviction notice, a Brooklyn judge ruled.

Alex Othman was evicted from his apartment on Marcy Avenue for nonpayment of rent. In rent arrears for $4,050, the management company, 598 Marcy Avenue Associates LLC, commenced an eviction proceeding against Othman. A hearing was scheduled for June 26, 2013.


State panel doles out $1 million in grants, Brooklyn benefits

Arts groups, health care centers and a sports facility in southwest Brooklyn will all receive grants from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council, which is handing out the funding in an effort to boost business in the borough.


NYC declares north Brooklyn Heights a film ‘hot zone’

For years, residents and businesses have begged officials to do something about non-stop film production in Brooklyn Heights.

On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) sent out word that the New York City Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting has designated the North Heights as a film “Hot Zone,” with a partial moratorium on film and TV production.


Bill de Blasio's daughter tells of substance abuse

The 19-year-old daughter of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio opened up Tuesday about her personal struggles, saying she spent years battling substance abuse and depression.

Chiara de Blasio, a college sophomore who had a central role in her father's campaign, appears in a surprise four-minute video released by the incoming mayor's transition team. In it, she looks into the camera and says she drank alcohol and smoked marijuana to deal with clinical depression and anxiety.


BLS Dean Nick Allard makes 2014 predictions

The year 2014 will be a rebound year for law schools, their students and the profession, says Dean Nick Allard of Brooklyn Law School. Here are his predictions:

1. Ten years from now, people will look back at 2014 and say it marked the start of the new world of law: a renaissance where the respect and reputation of lawyers and law schools began to rise by measurable benchmarks.


Interfaith Medical Center receives surprise three-month reprieve

In a dramatic last-minute deal on Monday, New York State gave Brooklyn’s Interfaith Medical Center an unexpected three-month reprieve.

The state Department of Health (DOH) contacted Interfaith's legal team with the news Monday morning, shortly before Interfaith was scheduled to submit its closure plan to Chief Bankruptcy Judge Carla E. Craig.


Brooklyn Chamber awards $430G to small businesses

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), has approved the first two loans under the Brooklyn Fund to local, immigrant-owned businesses.

The $10 million Brooklyn Fund, which has a particular focus on veteran and immigrant owned businesses, offers small loans up to $350,000 backed by U.S. government guarantees through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Community Advantage and Small Loan Advantage programs.



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