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Scaling the Heights: Rare assets of light & air

The sunrises are really something at Jean-Paul Noens' house, even though it faces west.

The long rear yard behind his historic house at 115 Columbia Heights lets the dawn right in through the back windows.

“When the sun rises, the whole house is lit up,” said Noens, who picked out the Brooklyn Heights property in 1997 and uses it as his primary residence. “I'm fortunate to have a corner house, so I get light the entire day.”


Three kids, one adult struck by taxi in Downtown Brooklyn

Three young boys and one adult were struck by a taxi on Cadman Plaza West in Downtown Brooklyn Tuesday morning at roughly 11:15 a.m., according to FDNY. The accident took place at the entrance to Cadman Plaza Park, across the street from a residential tower at 200 Cadman Plaza West in Brooklyn Heights.

All four were taken by their request to New York Presbyterian-Cornell Hospital in Manhattan. A Fire Department spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle on Tuesday afternoon that the victims were all in serious but stable condition.


Real Estate Roundtable luncheon benefits the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable hosted a luncheon at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Tuesday, with some of Brooklyn's most prominent real estate professionals. The event, which disseminates information about current Brooklyn projects, also raises money for the Brooklyn Historical Society.


LICH BULLIES: SUNY cops turn hospital into an armed camp

Patients and staff at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill say that security guards are harassing them as they arrive for their appointments or try to go about their work at the hospital.

The guards, both armed and unarmed, are part of a massive security presence put in place by SUNY Downstate as they try to shut down the hospital in the face of vehement community opposition and legal stays. Financially troubled Downstate acquired LICH roughly two years ago.


New York Red Bulls soccer club hosting viewing party in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Aug. 10

Come out to the outdoor viewing party of the season, when the Red Bulls hit the road to take on the Columbus Crew on Saturday, Aug. 10th.The Red Bulls will set up a big screen and get the party started at Brooklyn Bridge’s Harbor View Lawn at Pier 1 (underneath the bridge).


Basketball great Sam Perkins touts Fox as best for council

Retired basketball great Sam Perkins, who grew up in Brooklyn, came back to his old borough on Monday to announce his endorsement of Democrat Ede Fox for City Council.

The six-foot-nine-inch Perkins, who won a gold medal on Team USA in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, touted Fox’s efforts to preserve affordable housing in the council district as one of the reasons she would make a great councilwoman.


Billionaire Soros endorses de Blasio

One of the world’s richest men has made his choice as to who the city’s next mayor should be.

Billionaire liberal George Soros has endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor, a nod that de Blasio’s campaign hopes will help vault him over his Democratic rivals for the party’s nomination.

“I am endorsing Bill de Blasio for mayor because I believe he has the talent, vision and ability to lead New York City," Soros said in a statement posted on de Blasio’s campaign website.


HORRIFIC: Man arrested for allegedly suffocating quadriplegic girlfriend to death

New York City police have arrested a man for allegedly suffocating his quadriplegic girlfriend in their Brooklyn apartment.

Police say the couple's 2-year-old son was in the house when police found the body of Melissa Torres in a bathtub on Sunday.

According to the Daily News, police charged 41-year-old Angelo Sanchez with murder and endangering the welfare of a child. Police say he had 29 prior arrests, mostly for drugs.

The 32-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The toddler was not harmed.


Mikvah 'Bar Mitzvah' in Brooklyn Heights

Tahitian breezes blew through Brooklyn Heights last Wednesday night: Fresh fish and Polynesian chicken were being served under an authentic grass Tiki hut; palm trees dotted the room, and visions of pristine, blue-and-tan beaches graced the walls.

An indoor mirage? No, a Modern Orthodox synagogue, Congregation B'nai Avraham on Remsen Street, was celebrating the 13th anniversary of its mikvah, the ritual Jewish bath whose history goes back thousands of years.


Beyonce’s opening act loves performing at Barclays Center

Singer Luke James has had one of the toughest jobs in Brooklyn over the past couple of nights. James, a New Orleans-born singer and songwriter, is the opening act for Beyonce on her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour and had the task of warming up the crowds at the superstar’s shows at the Barclays Center on Aug. 4 and 5.



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