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Firefighters scramble after truck decapitates gas lamp in Brooklyn Heights

The smell of gas filled the northern end of Brooklyn Heights on Saturday afternoon after a passing truck knocked the head off one of the charming gas lamps lining Poplar Street.

FDNY ladder companies 110, 118 and engine 205, along with FDNY Emergency 31 rushed to 81 Poplar Street at roughly 3:30 p.m. to shut off the gas flow feeding the lamp from an underground line. Firefighters were initially unable to reach the emergency gas shutoff valve because years of debris had collected on top of it.


New apartment tower at 172 Montague St. springs up above construction fence

No need to peek through the tiny windows in the construction fence now. The new apartment tower at 172 Montague St. sprang up into plain view seemingly overnight after demurely hiding for several months. Bonjour Capital is building the 19-story Brooklyn Heights residential tower. When can we find out how much the rents are going to be?

Hello World! The apartment tower at 172 Montague St. is now visible to passersby on Brooklyn Heights' Numero Uno retail corridor.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden's famed cherry blossoms are a Mom magnet

Worth The Wait.

The puffy pink blossoms of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's famed Cherry Esplanade are perfection.

You're lucky – the iconic trees hit their peak later than usual. You can get a good look for yourself if you go soon.

That's what throngs of families did Sunday for Mother's Day, making the Central Brooklyn garden their go-to spot to celebrate Mom's special day.


‘Bring back our girls!’ Brooklyn vigil for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

“Something terrible has happened,” sang the young members of the New York African Chorus Ensemble. “Find my sister, find my brother . . . cry for the land.”

Those wrenching words of a traditional African lament expressed the fears of those gathered Sunday night at a Brooklyn Borough Hall vigil for nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.


Dancing against domestic violence on Mother’s Day in Brooklyn

The weather was warm and the music was hot on Sunday, as families partied and picnicked at Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn for Milagros Day Worldwide’s third annual Mother's Day walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The event honors mothers and brings attention to the issue of domestic violence, Milagros founder Dawn Diaz told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Brooklyn Health Partners still in the game? $25 million check returned late Friday

The group rejected by SUNY in their bid to purchase Long Island College Hospital (LICH) thought they cleared a major hurdle on Friday when a Brooklyn court accepted their non-refundable deposit for $25 million dollars.

But in a late-day reversal, after SUNY objected to the deposit, the judge ordered Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP) to come back to court and pick up their check, pending a court conference between BHP and SUNY lawyers set for Monday morning.

Another court hearing is set for Tuesday.


Abrupt closing of ReBar shocks DUMBO

Residents of DUMBO and nearby areas were in shock on Friday upon the sudden news that longtime bar-restaurant favorite reBar, which occupied a large portion of the first and second floors of a former industrial building on Front St., had abruptly closed.


This weekend’s BKLYN DESIGNS shows off the best in contemporary home design

We’re not talking about Ikea here, folks.

Manhattan may still be the home of fashion design, but Brooklyn is the place for home design. Thousands of people will be in DUMBO this weekend to check out the latest in contemporary furnishings, lighting and home accessories being produced in, and inspired by, Brooklyn at the 11th annual BKLYN DESIGNS show taking place at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Mark Jupiter’s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Scissura says de Blasio budget has ‘big wins’ for Brooklyn

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to give small business owners a break on fines is an important recognition by City Hall that mom and pop stores help drive the city’s economy, said Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Scissura, whose organization represents hundreds of businesses in the borough, had a favorable reaction to the portions of the mayor’s executive budget outlined by de Blasio on Thursday that dealt with the economy.


New memoir explores ‘A Man, A Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage’

No one ever said that marriage is easy, and if they did, they probably weren’t in the process of opening a restaurant with their spouse. Add grueling physical labor, financial strain and the challenges of hiring a staff to that already formidable mix and you have “Delancey” (Simon & Schuster), a tale of two young people discovering just what it means to stand by someone unconditionally, covered in flour, coated in sweat and in too deep.



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