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Malliotakis helps kids have a magical Christmas

Santa Claus has nothing on Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis!

Malliotakis became Santa for the day on Monday, when she stopped by a Sunset Park day care center to deliver dozens of toys to children.

And she didn’t even need the red suit!

The lawmaker surprised and delighted children at Magical Years Early Childhood Center on 60th Street in Sunset Park Monday morning by strolling in with boxes of toys for them.

The childhood center is sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center.


BREAKING: Last minute deal postpones closure of Brooklyn's Interfaith Medical Center

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

Interfaith, serving Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and nearby areas, was expected to start its closure process on January 7, with all operations coming to an end on January 26.



HeartShare to host events each month to mark centennial

When Bill Guarinello rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 19, it signaled more than just the start of trading on Wall Street for the day.

Guarinello, president and CEO of HeartShare Human Services of New York, was also signaling the start of a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the non-profit social services organization.


Brooklyn mom mad at Gov. Cuomo for vetoing key health bill

Paige Bellenbaum is angry with Andrew Cuomo.

Bellenbaum, a member of Community Board Six in Park Slope, has been working tirelessly for three years for the passage of a bill that would mandate that the state make it easier for women suffering from postpartum depression to find the help they need.

But with the stroke of his pen, Cuomo dashed her hopes. On Wednesday night, he vetoed the legislation.


B37 advocates ‘serenade’ MTA members

Members of the Fifth Avenue Committee Inc. found a musical way to get their point across to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) about the need to restore full service to the B37 bus line in Brooklyn.

They serenaded MTA members at their Dec. 18 board meeting!

Using cleverly re-written lyrics, the transit advocates sang a song to the tune of “Jingle Bells,” only they weren’t wishing the MTA head honchos a Merry Christmas.


HeartShare president rings opening bell at Stock Exchange

Wall Street had a Brooklyn attitude on Thursday morning when Bill Guarinello, president and CEO of HeartShare Human Services of New York, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exhange.

Guarinello did the honors precisely at 9:30 a.m. The opening bell signals the start of trading for the day.


Clean water lovers rejoice! Gowanus Flushing Tunnel coming back into service

The Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel, which “flushes” fresh water from Buttermilk Channel into the heavily polluted canal, is going back into service this week for the first time since 2010, according to Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland.

The tunnel, which often operated at only partial capacity, was under repair for three years. It begins at the channel, and for most of its route carries water under DeGraw Street. Near the canal, it turns one block north onto Hoyt Street and then onto Douglass Street.


Ole! Mexican 'Urban Cuisine' comes to Montague Street

So what if folks say the upstairs space at 140 Montague St. is cursed? Giovanni Ventura's not scared.

He and fellow chef Yovany Quisquina opened their first restaurant there last week.

“I don't believe in curses,” said Ventura, the co-owner of Gallito's Kitchen.

“Restaurants have a life cycle; they live and die,” he said. “This one's going to have a long life cycle. It depends on hard work in the back of the house and good service in the front.”


Traditional Heights holiday tree-lighting in 64th year

On Wednesday, for the 64th consecutive year, the switch was thrown to turn on the assortment of holiday lights at the entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, featuring a 25-foot Christmas tree and a Menorah. Sponsored and created by the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club, the ceremony includes holiday music and refreshments, mostly for children who attend.


Brooklyn Bridge Park announces developer, operator of marina

Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) on Thursday announced the selection of a developer and operator of a first-class marina adjacent to Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The developer, Edgewater Resources, a multi-disciplinary marina design, development, and management company with extensive national and international experience, will operate the marina under a long-term lease.



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