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Team bidding for LICH delivers $25 million, but contract not in the bag

The team that won the bidding war for Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) says they put it all on the line on Monday afternoon by delivering to SUNY and state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes a check for $25 million and all the signed commitments demanded by SUNY.

Brooklyn Health Partners Development Group (BHP) spokesperson Donnette Dunbar told the Brooklyn Eagle on Monday, “We sent out everything that SUNY required to SUNY, and the same to Justice Baynes, and we are delivering a check for $25 million to Justice Baynes.”

Velazquez gets federal funds for fair housing advocates

Two Brooklyn organizations that advocate for affordable housing in New York are getting financial help from the federal government to do their work, thanks to U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who obtained $975,000 in funding for the groups.


LICH bidder drops lawsuit against SUNY, says ‘prepared to close’ on Brooklyn hospital deal

The group negotiating to buy Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) withdrew their lawsuit against SUNY late Friday after being told by state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes that they had filed for an injunction prematurely.

“Don’t jump the gun in my court,” Justice Baynes told attorneys for Brooklyn Health Partners Development Group (BHP), led by California developer Merrell Schexnydre. Justice Baynes allowed BHP to withdraw without prejudice.


Teachers at International HS boycott mandatory exam

A group of teachers at the International High School at Prospect Heights refused to administer a city-mandated writing test they say is unsuitable for their students, many of whom are recent immigrants learning English.

The test, called the Measures of English Language Arts Performance Assessment, is essay-based and aligned to Common Core standards. Students took a similar test in the fall and were scheduled to take a spring version on Thursday. The results, used by the city to measure student progress, are to be used as one part of teachers’ new mandatory evaluation plan.


Williamsburg couple’s marriage is full of ‘Nunsense’

Alex Farlow and Alyssa Somers Farlow enjoy a good laugh together, as many happily married couples do. But they’re letting you in on the fun, too.

The Williamsburg husband and wife are working together in the Saint Bart’s Players’ production of the smash hit musical “Nunsense,” which opened April 30 at the Chapel of St. Bartholomew Church in Manhattan.


VIDEO: Brooklyn bike lanes getting makeover

Bike Lane Expansion Plan Proposed in Brooklyn

Bike lanes in Brooklyn are getting a makeover. Safer, broader and away from pedestrian sidewalks, bike lanes in Williamsburg will help reduce the injuries and accidents that occur from collision driven paths. The Brooklyn Eagle's Dipti Kumar take a closer look at how Brooklyn's cyclists will be impacted by the changes.


Manbeck’s ‘Disappearance of Patricia Murphey’ is a hardboiled Heights thriller

In the early 1930s, the recently opened Patricia Murphy’s Candlelight Restaurant on Henry Street was a nice, picturesque eatery with white tablecloths and waitresses in gingham dresses that was known for its fluffy popover pastries. And within walking distance was the luxurious Hotel Margaret, one of the grand hotels of Brooklyn Heights.


Brooklyn’s Revolutionary War shrine could become national monument

A 149-foot-high shrine to American Revolutionary War POWs that stands majestically over Fort Greene Park could be on its way to becoming a national monument to be maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior if a bill approved by the House on April 28 is passed by the senate and signed into law by President Obama.


Brooklyn Conservatives oppose plan for municipal ID cards

The City Council is moving forward with a history-making bill co-sponsored by Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) that would create the largest municipal ID card program in the nation after hearings took place on April 30.



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