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BROOKLYN STORIES: Boro historian, Eagle columnist, publishes collection

Diversity and distinctiveness are part of the historic fabric of Brooklyn—they are part of its people, landmarks, favorite events and more. Borough Historian John B. Manbeck, whose weekly column “Historically Speaking” ran for eight years in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, has collected the stories that reveal the history and spirit of this ever-growing metropolis. In his new book “Chronicles of Historic Brooklyn” (History Press, May 2013), Manbeck highlights the history of such features as Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which beautify the borough.


Levin praises judge, bashes mayor in Sandy housing fight

Hurricane Sandy took place more than six months ago, yet New York City is still feeling her aftermath. Some residents whose homes were destroyed are still living in hotels, unable to find new places to live.

The Bloomberg Administration, which is funding the sheltering of victims in hotels, is seeking to move the victims out of their temporary housing.


Five Boro Story Project celebrates storytelling, film and music in Brooklyn

Marking the launch of the Five Boro Story Project, producer Bridget Bartolini, Brooklyn-based author/performer Michele Carlo, and filmmaker Heather Quinlan have come together to present “I’m Tawkin’ Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent,” a citywide celebration of New York storytellers and musicians.


Young Brooklyn author on how to ‘make it’ as a writer

“In this day and age, big dreams are the first step down a long, lonely path to disappointment,” jokes Alida Nugent in the first chapter of her new book “Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood.” Nugent is a recent college graduate living in Brooklyn, and like many twentysomethings, she is struggling to navigate life as “a living, breathing, job-having, bill-paying responsible adult.”


As Atlantic Avenue redevelops, prime mixed-use asset hits the block for $9.15M

In a unique opportunity to acquire a recently-renovated asset in Brooklyn’s brownstone belt, a four-story, 5,975-square-foot mixed-use walk-up building at 348 Atlantic Avenue in the borough’s Boerum Hill neighborhood is on the market for $9.15 million exclusively through Eastern Consolidated.

Eastern Consolidated’s Lipa Lieberman, senior director, with Michele Nicoletta, associate director, and Gary Meese, director financial services, are promoting the sale of the property on behalf of a local seller, 348 Atlantic Avenue LLC.


'White powder' at federal courthouse found to be harmless

A white powdery substance that had been discovered at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse at 225 Cadman Plaza on Tuesday afternoon has turned out to be bascially harmless, although further tests are required.

More than a dozen NYPD, HazMat and Fire Department vehicles arrived outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse at 225 Cadman Plaza East late Tuesday afternoon after an envelope containing a white, powdery substance was delivered to the U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office within the courthouse.


Now beyond hip, parts of Williamsburg may become the new SoHo-East

If a recent announcement by brokers Julia McHugh is any indication, Grand Street is getting grander - at least in ground level retail. 

Three retail spaces have recently become available in a historic cast iron building on Grand Street in Williamsburg. The building - which will feature a glass and brushed metal façade -  will, according to brokers, look exquisite once it is finished.


Near Barclays Arena, BAM and Fulton Mall, comes a new global retail flagship site

Resurgence in real estate development in Brooklyn today is creating growth that recalls — and even surpasses — the decades in mid-19th century when Brooklyn consolidated six towns to become an independent city. During the next half-century, which included completion of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) and the ironic and controversial merger of Brooklyn into greater New York (1897), Kings County enjoyed unprecedented growth several decades into the new 20th Century.

Today, in the new century, it is happening again “in spades”, as a card-player might say.


2013 Brooklyn Real Estate Summit expected to draw hundreds

Hundreds of attendees and speakers are expected to soak up industry buzz and hobnob with key Brooklyn real estate players at this year’s Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Thursday, May 9.

Panels include arts and entertainment districts, retail corridors, Brooklyn’s hotel development boom, building with green materials, residential development and more.


Proposed rezoning for Crown Heights now under review

A formal public review of a proposal to rezone 55-blocks of the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn is now underway following the Department of City Planning’s certification of the plan on March 18.



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