Brooklyn Appellate Court orders new trial for murder defendant

In Brooklyn, the Appellate Division, 2nd Department, ruled that prosecutors engaged in misconduct sufficient to grant a convicted murder defendant a new trial.

Brooklyn resident Antoine "Live" Singleton and Naim Muhammad of Queens were convicted in 2009 of the murder of two Queens men and the attempted murder of two others. Singleton and Muhammad were tried together, despite a petition by Singleton’s attorney to sever the trials.


Martina Arroyo Foundation holds 2013 annual gala

The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s 9th year Annual Gala was truly a unique event. It was held at 583 Park Ave., one of New York’s most elegant landmark venues. 

The honored guest was Tyne Daly, Tony- and Emmy-winning actress. Playwright Terrence McNally introduced Ms. Daly to the audience and told the several hundred guests from the worlds of Broadway, opera and fashion, how much he cherished Tyne Daly as a friend and an artist, playing Mamma Rose in Gypsy and Lacey in the television series Cagney and Lacy.


New book explores JFK as a conservative

John F. Kennedy has long been revered in liberal circles. But on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, author Ira Stoll, a former Brooklynite, suggests that JFK was not the liberal hero that many envision; rather, his tax cuts, domestic spending restraint, military buildup and emphasis on free trade all demonstrate his conservative ideals.


Retired businessman, Navy navigator publishes moving debut novel

James Whitfield Thomson was not always on the path to becoming a novelist. A former sales executive and U.S. Navy navigator in Vietnam, he recently published his first novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear,” at the age of 68. Though he didn’t begin writing until his mid-40s, Thomson has published several short stories, one of which won a national prize. Still, he never had much luck with his novel manuscripts. In fact, he says he’s probably been rejected about 250 times for three novels, a memoir, and a book of short stories – all submitted through prestigious agents.


False Alarm: Starbucks NOT coming to Fort Greene

It was quite the tempest in a teapot … er, coffee urn.

A lawyer for Not Ray's Pizza brewed Venti-sized agita in Fort Greene by announcing at a Community Board 2 meeting last week that Starbucks was moving into the pizzeria's former space at 690 Fulton St.


Witness The Change: 183 Columbia Heights now a high-end haven

It's back to the future for a Brooklyn Heights apartment house that belonged to the Watchtower for a quarter-century.

Developer David Mitchell, who bought 183 Columbia Heights last year for $6.6 million, has turned it back into a high-end property with seven apartments, the same number it had when it was built in 1899.

The Jehovah's Witnesses – in the middle of a massive sell-off of Heights and DUMBO properties prior to moving upstate – had divided the building into 13 apartments.


Prosecutor shakeup hits Brooklyn DA’s Office

As Brooklyn’s incumbent district attorney prepares to leave office in January, he has rearranged a number of key staff in his interim days.

In the past few weeks, since his defeat to Ken Thompson in the November election for Brooklyn DA, Charles Hynes has fired one prosecutor and removed two others from high profile cases.


BREAKING: Interfaith Medical Center bankruptcy ruling on hold pending mediation

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Carla E. Craig held off on ruling on Interfaith Medical Center’s closure on Wednesday, urging stakeholders to enter into mediation to work out a compromise that would combine elements of a plan submitted by Interfaith supporters and a closure plan backed by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and the state Department of Health.



Surprise! MTA eases up on fare hikes

In the wake of its new Final Proposed 2014 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan, the MTA expects that a combination of cost-cutting measures, lower expenses and higher operating revenues will allow the agency to reduce by almost half the previously projected fare and toll increases scheduled for 2015 and 2017.

Fare increases every two years were agreed to in 2009 in a deal between the transit agency and the Governor’s Office.

The budget plan, released on Wednesday, limits the growth of expenses in 2014 to 1.96 percent, in line with the rate of inflation.


Alice Waters, renowned chef, comes to Brooklyn

Alice Waters, chef, author and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. Waters founded the Chez Panisse Foundation in 1996 and created the Edible Schoolyard program at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California.



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