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Mobb Deep's 'Prodigy' to launch new book in DUMBO

This past June, Albert "Prodigy" Johnson of the seminal hip-hop duo Mobb Deep inaugurated Infamous Books, a revolutionary partnership that pairs the Infamous Records brand with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. Infamous Books' mission is to connect readers worldwide to crime fiction and street lit authors both familiar and new.


Appellate Division rules SUNY must keep LICH open, but not entirely

Appellate Division Judge Robert Miller late Monday ordered SUNY Downstate to maintain the level of service at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) that was provided at the hospital as of 4 p.m. on Friday.

Downstate had been trying to empty out the hospital over the weekend in order to close it entirely by July 29.


Marching for Trayvon in Brooklyn

In spite of the scorching heat, more than a thousand demonstrators marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Federal Court building on Saturday to commemorate Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot to death by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of Florida in Martin’s killing.

The marches were sponsored by National Action Network's "Justice for Trayvon" 100 City Vigil, hosted by Reverend Al Sharpton and the mother and brother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina and Jahvaris Fulton.


Brooklyn councilman to be honored by President Obama

A Brooklyn councilman is being honored by President Barack Obama.

Brad Lander, a Democrat whose district stretches from Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens to Windsor Terrace and Kensington, was elected to the council in 2009. He'll be named a "Champion of Change" at a Tuesday ceremony at the White House.

Lander is being honored for making the public a part of his budget process. His constituents — rather than the councilman — decide how $1 million in discretionary funds are spent on a yearly basis.


McGolrick Park to get more police patrols

Following an emergency meeting called by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Msgr. McGolrick Park in Greenpoint will be getting additional police patrols as authorities attempt to curb shocking incidents of vandalism taking place there.

The New York Daily News reported that the 94th Precinct, which covers the 9.1-acre park, will assign a police cruiser to patrol the park.


Defendant sentenced for assault on Brooklyn correctional counselor

Late last week, Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Edward R. Korman sentenced Ronald G. Atkinson for the assault of a correctional counselor while he was incarcerated at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.


OPINION: Why just de Blasio? Where are the others on LICH?

During the past few weeks, we’ve gotten used to photos of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who also is a Democratic mayoral hopeful, on the front lines with nurses, doctors and community residents outside Long Island College Hospital, demanding that SUNY Downstate keep the beleaguered hospital open. Some people think de Blasio is out there because he’s from a nearby area in Brooklyn, has been involved with local issues for many years and sincerely cares about healthcare and hospitals. Others, who are more cynical, think that de Blasio has seized on to LICH as a campaign issue.


LICH staff calls cops as SUNY Downstate attempts to remove patients

Cash-strapped SUNY Downstate Medical Center attempted to remove patients from Long Island College Hospital (LICH) on Saturday despite a new court order forbidding their removal, according to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and nurses at LICH.

Hospital staff called the NYPD twice over the weekend to enforce the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).  


Last-minute court order keeps LICH open – despite state approval of SUNY closure plan

In a dramatic turn of events, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on Friday successfully petitioned a judge for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) blocking Long Island College Hospital’s immediate closure, despite a letter from the state Department of Health approving SUNY’s Downstate’s closure plan.

De Blasio planned to personally serve LICH administrators with the TRO at 5 p.m. on Friday, supported by  State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin and other elected officials.



The New York State Department of Health has approved the closing of LICH.

The hospital will be dead before the end of the month.

Staff have been told they will be terminated within the next 30 days.



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