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Brooklyn native’s book divulges universities’ troubling ties to slavery

American institutions of higher education have long been considered a path to progress – a college education is the first step along the road to the American Dream. But a closer look at the development of several of these institutions reveals that many are concealing histories deeply rooted in injustice. In his new book “Ebony and Ivy,” Bed-Stuy native Craig Steven Wilder, a history professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, divulges troubling truths about race, slavery and their function in the development of the American academy. 


Show me the money: A tally of the Watchtower's Brooklyn property sales

As developers set their sights on the Watchtower's remaining Brooklyn holdings, it's high time we tallied the group's recent sales.

More than $500 million has been paid – or promised – for local Jehovah's Witnesses properties in the past two years, city records and press reports indicate. The transaction tally does not include sales of Watchtower properties before 2012.  

Property deeds provide details about who paid how much for what. In DUMBO:


Landmarks Preservation Commission approves 200 Water St. plans

Developer Shelly Listokin's plans to turn a former DUMBO Watchtower building into condos have cleared a significant hurdle – by winning city Landmarks Preservation Commission approval to add two floors to the top of 200 Water St. and rebuild its back facade.


Brooklyn Law School professor enters fight to bring back stop-and-frisk judge

Retired judges and a number of law professors have submitted legal briefs in support of the reinstatement of Manhattan federal Judge Shira Scheindlin to the stop-and-frisk cases.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan had removed Scheindlin, on the grounds that she had made statements in media interviews that jeopardized the appearance of judicial objectivity.


New legal center to assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs

When Nick Allard took over as the president and dean of Brooklyn Law School in 2012, he was determined to expand on Brooklyn’s entrepreneurial trend and expressed hopes to create business boot camps that would allow law students to assist Brooklyn’s start-up business owners in forming corporate structures and preparing organizational documents.  


'Last Great Site In DUMBO' makes developers drool, crunch numbers

Jehovah, hear our prayer!

Eager developers have been trying to convince the Jehovah's Witnesses to sell the biggest bulldozed-and-ready-to-build development site in DUMBO – for a princely sum.

Would-be buyers who have approached the Watchtower about the three-acre site at 85 Jay St. are willing to pay $400 per buildable square foot for the land, a source told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Debut novelist spoke to crowd in Cobble Hill

A retired sales executive and former U.S. Navy navigator in Vietnam, writer James Whitfield Thomson was not always on the path to becoming an author. But at the age of 68, Thomson has recently published his first novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear,” and has already received widespread praise for his literary talents. On Tuesday, a crowd of Brooklynites enjoyed a reading by the author, as Thomson appeared in Cobble Hill to celebrate his novel at BookCourt.


Hackers of all stripes gather in Downtown Brooklyn for NYU-Poly’s 2013 Cyber Security Awareness Week

Downtown Brooklyn was Ground Zero for white-hat hackers over the past week, as cyber security professionals, researchers and students gathered for the 10th annual Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW).

The conference had something for everyone, from one of the world’s biggest cyber Capture the Flag competitions, to a hardware “embedded systems” competition, a high school digital murder-mystery, career fair and Department of Homeland Security trivia quiz.


Brooklyn non-profit receives $200,000 award

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named The Hope Program (HOPE) as a 2013 Neighborhood Builders award recipient. The Neighborhood Builders initiative is a strategic investment that couples leadership training with a $200,000 unrestricted grant for high-performing non-profits that have made a significant impact addressing community development, critical needs or workforce development and education.


Same-sex couple breach of oral contract case allowed to proceed

The Brooklyn appellate court has upheld the oral agreement entered into by former partners in a same-sex relationship to share assets in exchange for one party leaving her job to be a full-time mother.



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