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OPINION: A Flag Burns in Brooklyn

Last week at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, a group called “Disarm the NYPD” burned the American flag to express their view that our nation’s flag is a symbol of oppression, specifically calling attention to the issue of police brutality.  This event serves as a very powerful reminder for me personally of what the flag actually stands for — liberty, justice, freedom — the very principles that are the foundation of this country.


OPINION: Pro and con on Pier 6 development

Brooklyn Electeds Statement on Brooklyn Bridge Park Announcement 

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, Councilmember Brad Lander and Councilmember Stephen Levin released the following joint statement regarding the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's announcement of a developer for Pier 6:


Brooklyn Bridge Park presents its financial model Thursday night

Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) has scheduled a public meeting on Thursday, July 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at BBP’s offices, 334 Furman St. (corner of Joralemon St.) to present the park’s updated financial model. A session of Q&A will follow the presentation.

An independent financial analysis of the park plan, announced at the June 11 BBP board meeting, will be released later in July.


BBP’s 2015 Books Beneath the Bridge series to feature Jami Attenberg and Dennis Dunaway, among others

Books Beneath the Bridge, a free summer literary series hosted by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (BBPC), is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park for its fourth season. Sponsored by AT&T, the program partners with independent bookstores that curate outdoor readings, which include a Q&A and book signing with featured authors.


Time Inc. signs long-term lease at Industry City

Time Inc. announced on Thursday that it has signed a long-term lease at Industry City in Sunset Park. More than 300 employees in the company’s technology, content solutions and editorial innovation departments will move to a 55,000-square-foot facility in the complex at the end of the year.

Time Inc.'s move to Industry City coincides with the relocation of its headquarters to 225 Liberty St. in Lower Manhattan from the Time & Life Building at 1271 Avenue of the Americas at 50th Street, where it has operated since 1959.


Brooklyn judge rules seniors at Prospect Park Residence can have their day in court

Seven very old but determined residents of the Prospect Park Residence, an embattled assisted living facility in Park Slope, were handed a victory in court last Thursday when a Brooklyn judge denied a motion made by their landlord and the state Department of Health (DOH) to dismiss their many complaints.

Instead, state Supreme Court Justice Wayne Saitta dismissed almost every argument by the facility’s owner, Haysha Deitsch, and the DOH in his ruling.


NYRP/BAM to present immersive dance performance

On July 17 and 18, Arts in the Gardens — a series by New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) — will present a two-night run of The Dance Cartel’s “Wet Clutch.” 

Known for pushing boundaries and defying expectations of traditional dance performance, The Dance Cartel explores female imagery and pop culture icons of the past 50 years with this immersive performance experience and video mash-up. 


Marcy Plaza Farmers Market, EmblemHealth return to Bed-Stuy for 2015 season

The Marcy Plaza Farmers Market will make its official return to Bedford-Stuyvesant on Wednesday, July 15 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, EmblemHealth and the Brooklyn Rescue Mission have collaborated on bringing the market back to the community for 2015. Its season will run weekly on Wednesdays through Oct. 28, with operating hours from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Velazquez calls on Obama to fix Puerto Rico’s debt crisis

The world’s attention is focused on the financial crisis in Greece, but a debt dilemma closer to U.S. shores has a local member of Congress reaching out to the White House for help.

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan) the first Puerto Rican-born woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, has written a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that he take action to stem a mounting debt crisis in Puerto Rico.


Pratt unveils new state-of-the-art film and video building

Pratt Institute recently opened a new home for its Film/Video Department in the former Prattstore building at 550 Myrtle Ave. in Brooklyn, as part of the university’s main campus.

The 15,000-square-foot facility, designed by WASA/Studio A with lead architect and Pratt alumnus Jack Esterson, is also located in close proximity to Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 



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