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Help is on the way for disintegrating Kosciuszko Bridge

The Kosciuszko Bridge is crumbling, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce says the state’s move to accelerate a massive repair project is vital to Brooklyn’s economic growth. Groundbreaking on the new bridge has been moved up to the fall, a full 18 months earlier than originally planned.

This $800 million project represents the largest single infrastructure project under Governor Cuomo´s NY Works initiative, and roughly 85 percent of that will be federally funded.


Lebanese food fest in Brooklyn Heights

Music and dancing, carnival games, and delicious Middle Eastern food drew crowds to Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral’s annual Flavors of Lebanon food festival on Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights this past weekend.


$10M donation to LIU Brooklyn Nursing School is largest ever

LIU Brooklyn’s School of Nursing has received a naming gift of $10 million from Helaine Lerner and Joan Rechnitz, daughters of Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn; the donation will fund a state-of-the-art Learning Resources Center at the school. It is the largest gift in the history of the campus.

​Mrs. Lerner and Mrs. Rechnitz will name the nursing school in memory of their mother, the late Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn, who was a member of the university’s second graduating class; she received her degree in languages from LIU Brooklyn in 1932.


Actress releases novel exploring immigrant life in Brooklyn

In 1981 when Martial Law was declared in Poland, Dagmara Dominczyk’s father, a founding member of the workers’ union Solidarity, was imprisoned.  One year later, upon his release, Dagmara and her family were deported and with only two suitcases in hand, they found themselves in Flatbush, Brooklyn.                           


Albanese, a former teacher, says evaluation plan a good start

Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese, a former public school teacher, said he agreed with the new teacher evaluation system unveiled by New York State Education Commissioner John King on June 1, but he also stated that the Bloomberg Administration and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) should have come up with an agreement on teacher evaluations so that it would not have been necessary for the the state to step in.


Widely published young author debuts new novel in DUMBO

Among America’s most brazen contemporary writers is former Brooklynite Tao Lin. Just shy of 30, the prolific author already has published six books of fiction and poetry, and his seventh book, a novel titled “Taipei,” will be published by Vintage on June 4. Lin’s first two novels, “Eeeee Eee Eeee” (2007) and “Richard Yates” (2010), earned critical raves, and “Taipei” has followed suit, already receiving widespread praise from esteemed writers and critics.


Brooklyn is final stop on the drug court road trip

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals has been touring the country to celebrate National Drug Court Month. Its final stop was at Brooklyn's Drug Treatment Court on Friday.

The trip, which is called All Rise America!, is meant to highlight recovery stories from drug court graduates nationwide. Brooklyn's Treatment Court was chosen as its final stop because it is seen as a pioneer among drug courts in helping to change the lives of people who otherwise would have gotten caught up in the criminal justice system.


Federal investigation sought for Hynes’ role in illegal detention accusations

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes once again finds himself warding off legal challenges of illegal conduct in his office’s investigation and prosecution of cases. The majority of these challenges stem from the $150 million civil lawsuit brought by Jabbar Collins, who was released from prison in 2010 after spending 16 years behind bars for a robbery/murder he did not commit.


Get Ready to Roll at P.S. 8's Paddlewheeler Festival

P.S. 8's annual Paddlewheeler Festival takes place Saturday, June 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

Since its début in 2004, Paddlewheeler has become one of the most popular end-of-school-year traditions in the Heights. This year's festival features live music, a bouncy castle, food court, arts & crafts and more. Get in line to dunk Principal Seth Phillips!

P.S. 8 is located at 37 Hicks St. in Brooklyn Heights.


Expanded Red Hook Ferry Service begins near Fairway, IKEA

Expanded ferry service from Manhattan to Red Hook has rolled out for the summer, and includes two boats operating weekends from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.



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