Time Is On My Side: Bedford Avenue building bought for peanuts sold for $6 million 37 years later

He's the Six Million Dollar Man – the real-life version.

(Raise your hand if you watched that 1970s television series.)

Williamsburg landlord George Wanat was paid a whopping $6 million last May for his majestic though graffiti-covered building on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Grand Street, city Finance Department records reveal.


Wanna know who owns Williamsburg's coolest residential building, 16 Broadway?

Sweet little 16 Broadway is the coolest residential building in Williamsburg – and it belongs to one of the coolest families in Williamsburg, city records reveal.

It's a nicely preserved sliver of the 1880s, eye-catching and a little bit mysterious looking, with a pointy roof and curious symbols covering part of its German brownstone facade.


Spoken word and hip-hop comes to BAM

“Paige In Full,” coming to Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for its Brooklyn debut on March 14, is a unique brother/sister duo created by Paige Hernandez (writer and performer) and Nick tha 1da (musician).

In the performance, Hernandez expresses herself through the language of hip-hop, mixing spoken word and poetry, dance, and live music with the help of her brother Nick, who provides the musical support for her story.


Brooklyn, NYC small businesspeople still struggling, bank survey finds

A survey of small businesspeople throughout the five boroughs by TD Bank finds that a large number of them still find the economy challenging and still need to take out loans.

Still, around half of them feel that this year will be better than the previous year. And while many are concerned about the impact of the Affordable Care Act, only a minority feel that it will necessarily have a negative impact.


Potential LICH bidders hear from community

The revised bidding process for Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) got off to a strong start on Monday as a number of potential bidders heard from LICH supporters about why the hospital is a compelling investment – and why it should remain a full-service hospital.


Ash Wednesday will be observed in churches and at DUMBO’s Archway

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate the noontime Mass on Wednesday, March 5, at St. James Cathedral Basilica (250 Cathedral Place, just north of Tillary St.) to mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.  


Duke headlines 2014 Coaches Vs Cancer field in November in Brooklyn

On Nov. 21 and 22, perennial Top Ten team Duke University will join Stanford University, Temple University and the University of Nevada Las Vegasat Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the championship rounds of the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic®, an annual basketball event hosted by the Coaches vs. Cancer program, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society® and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  The event will benefit the American Cancer Society to support their mission to save more lives and help finish the fight against cancer.   


Women’s Bar Association reads Dr. Seuss to Brooklyn kids

It's not every day that you get to meet a judge dressed up as a character from a Dr. Seuss book, but that's exactly what some first graders from P.S. 274 in Bushwick were treated to on Monday morning.

The Honorable Joanne D. Quinones — a graduate of P.S. 274 — donned a "Thing 2" costume Monday morning at the same elementary school that she graduated from as the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association took part in the 17th Annual Read Across America program.


SKETCHES OF COURT: Justice Lewis hears dispute over Crown Heights synagogue

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Yvonne Lewis listens as petitioner’s attorney Mitchell C. Shapiro (standing) of the law firm Shapiro Tamir Law Group, PLLC, conducts a direct examination of Bruce Yisroel Karp (seated, lower left) during a contempt hearing in the case of Congregation Ahavas Moische v. Joseph Katzoff. The case concerns a dispute over the management of the religious institution (aka Maple Street Synagogue), in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Karp is chairman of the board at the synagogue.


Traffic safety and library branch hot topics at Heights Association meeting

The Brooklyn Heights Association held its annual meeting at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Pierrepont Street on Thursday night. Most of the meeting went smoothly, but it ended with some members of the audience shouting “shame on you” and holding up signs that read “don’t sell our libraries.”



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