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As neighborhood booms, locals asked to plan the future of Gowanus

Things are moving fast in gritty Gowanus. An enormous Whole Foods -- complete with rooftop farm and bar -- is scheduled to open at Third Street and Third Avenue on December 17, artisanal shops and restaurants are sprouting up like kudzu along Third Avenue, and on Monday, the Lightstone Group began to prep its canal-side properties for a 700-unit apartment complex. A 10-court shuffleboard club is set to open early in 2014.


Technical deficiencies upset Brooklyn prosecutor’s weapons case

An incomplete description of charges and an incorrect definition of “school grounds” were grounds enough for a Brooklyn judge to dismiss two counts of weapons possession against a defendant.


Levin pushes for moratorium on charter schools

Charging that the city is facing skyrocketing costs for charter schools, Councilman Stephen Levin has introduced a resolution in the council calling on the Department of Education to place a moratorium on new charter schools.

Under Levin’s plan, the Dept. of Education (DOE) would refrain from opening any new charter schools in New York City. The self-imposed moratorium would be in effect until the DOE produces a detailed report of how the funding levels for charter schools will grow over the next five years.


Young Brooklyn Bridge climber talked down by NYPD Tuesday morning

Detectives from NYPD’s crack Emergency Services Unit talked a despondent young man down from one of the giant cables supporting the Brooklyn Bridge at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The climber, described as a 23-year-old white man wearing a reddish-orange jacket, drew a crowd on the Bridge walkway and snarled traffic to Brooklyn as he climbed a cable on the southern side of the Bridge.


Clarke pushes for AIDS treatment in developing countries

Despite the progress that has been made in the fight against HIV-AIDS over the past several years, many patients in impoverished countries around the world are still lacking access to life-saving treatments, according to US Rep. Yvette Clarke, who is pushing legislation to improve their odds of survival.

Clarke (D-Crown Heights-Brownsville-East Flatbush) issued a statement on Dec. 2, one day after World AIDS Day took place on Dec. 1.


Push on to replace stolen statue in changing Bed-Stuy

Thirteen years ago, a robbery in Bed-Stuy's Saratoga Park was big news.

“Brazen thieves have stolen a 7-foot-tall World War I memorial statue honoring fallen soldiers from its home in a Brooklyn park,” the New York Post reported in April 2000.


Brooklyn also suffered tragic train accidents

People throughout the United States on Monday were shocked at the news of Sunday’s fatal train derailment on Metro-North’s Hudson line near Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx. 

Investigators mined data recorders and sought to question the engineer and conductor for clues to why the commuter train jumped the tracks along a sharp curve.

We should remember, though, that Brooklyn also has had its share of train derailments and wrecks – some fatal.


Malcolm Gladwell to speak in Park Slope

How do underdogs beat our expectations? How did David overcome Goliath? In his hugely anticipated new book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants,” renowned journalist and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell grasps connections other miss, exposes hidden rules that shape society and explores how power transfers from those who have it to those who don’t.


St. Francis professor co-authors new project management book

St. Francis College Management Professor Barbara Edington says that situations of uncertainty are not always a bad thing. She recently co-authored the book “The Silver Lining of Project Uncertainties” (Project Management Institute), which helps guide project managers in finding opportunities hidden within uncertainty. 


Brooklyn author addresses cyberbullying in moving debut novel

Bullying is a tragic epidemic that continues to torture children and teens – and in the digital age, which facilitates cyberbullying, the severity and incidence of such episodes is only escalating.   



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