Prayer breakfast and forum for struggling SUNY Downstate

On Thursday, Feb. 6, faith leaders from Central Brooklyn will hold a forum and prayer breakfast to plan an interfaith fast and future actions to save health care services in Central Brooklyn.

The forum and prayer breakfast will be led by the SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor and Community Leaders, comprised of Brooklyn-area religious and community organizations and unions representing SUNY Downstate employees.

The forum starts at 10 a.m. at Saint Lucia House, 438 East 49th Street in Brooklyn.


Brooklyn BP Adams to broadcast LICH Q & A on Wednesday

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said that developers bidding on Long Island College Hospital (LICH), in a redo of SUNY’s controversial RFP (Request for Proposals) process, would be answering questions during a Wednesday broadcast.

Taping of the presentations, with answers to pre-submitted questions, will take place on Wednesday afternoon at Borough Hall, but the show will be broadcast later on Wednesday evening. (See below for channels.)


Supermarket mogul Catsimatidis backs a proposal developing LICH as smaller hospital in Brooklyn

John Catsimatidis, owner and CEO of the Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods, has submitted a proposal to the State University of New York (SUNY) which would develop Long Island College Hospital (LICH) as a smaller, but full-service hospital side-by-side with ambulatory medical services and commercial, retail and residential facilities.

Catsimatides would be joined by Rudy Washington, a private real estate developer who worked with John Lhota in the Giuliani Administration.


Developers submit second round of LICH bids to SUNY

Details of responses from five developers invited by the State University of New York (SUNY) to submit revamped responses in the controversial bidding war for Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) were made public on Tuesday.

SUNY had given the developers five days to change their bids in a disputed Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Four of the five proposals call for closing the 155-year-old hospital and redeveloping its real estate, while providing ambulatory care through partnerships with health providers.


‘My Life in Middlemarch’: Can life imitate fiction?

“I loved 'Middlemarch', and I loved being the kind of person who loved it,” writes Brooklynite Rebecca Mead in her new book, “My Life in Middlemarch,” published last week by Crown. In this insightful work — part memoir, part biography, part literary criticism — Mead, a staff writer for The New Yorker, revisits the great English novel that figured so prominently in her personal growth to reveal how fiction can help us understand our personal realities. 


State grant helps two Sunset Park after-school sites

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest executive budget, according to the governor’s office, supports “an innovative program designed to transform schools into community hubs that integrate social, health and other services, as well as after-school programming.”

In Sunset Park, however, the reality is more complex. The governor’s $500,000 grant is quite welcome, but it builds on existing, high-demand “community school” projects operated for decades by the Center for Family Life (CFL), a program of SCO Family of Services.


Junior dance teams ‘catch a shooting star’ at Barclays Center

Two award-winning dance teams from Shooting Stars Performing Arts Company took center court at Barclays Center on Monday night, before the Nets took on the Philadelphia 76ers.

Led by director Kristin Ledingham-Pierce, the Express and Eastside Juniors teams were selected out of hundreds of dance, cheer and performing arts companies from across the country to perform a six minute high energy routine for thousands of fans. The pre-game performance was part of the Brooklyn Nets’ Prime Time Program.


Brooklyn kicks off Black History Month

Continuing a 17-year tradition, Brooklyn courts came together on a snowy Monday afternoon to commemorate the struggles, successes, and journey of black Americans. This year’s Black History Month kickoff celebration took place in the ceremonial courtroom of the Kings County Family Court building.


Green-Wood Cemetery helps people search for roots

You may be someone who’s been in Brooklyn for five generations searching for news of your long-lost uncle. Or you may be someone from the Midwest who’s never been to Brooklyn, but who has heard rumors that some of your ancestors lived in Brooklyn in the late 19th century.



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