Brooklyn Bridge Park requests proposals for marina, skate rink

Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) late Monday released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the long-term lease, development, and operation of a “first-class,” 186-slip marina adjacent to Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.  

RFPs were also released for qualified operators for the Pier 5 concession building and the Pier 2 skate rink.

“With the release of these RFPs, BBP looks forward to bringing quality operators to the park and creating exciting new amenities for visitors to enjoy,” said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Healthcare exchanges are topic of panel at St. Joseph’s College

The Healthcare Administration Department at St. Joseph’s College’s Brooklyn Campus will hold a panel discussion on the new healthcare exchanges enacted by New York state as part of the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium. 

This event, created in partnership with Assemblyman Walter Mosley and Health Republic Insurance of New York, is free and open to the public.


‘My Heart is an Idiot’: Essays on heartache and humor

Though at times misguided, Davy Rothbart is, without question, a lovable romantic. In the sixteen autobiographical essays that make up his book “My Heart is an Idiot” (Picador; September, 2013), Rothbart wears his heart on his sleeve. In spite of his distasteful practical jokes and ridiculous schemes, Rothbart wins over his readers with his brutally honest and comical retelling of the (mis)adventures that have informed his heartfelt writing.


Obama endorses de Blasio for mayor

Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign has gotten the presidential seal of approval.

The New York Observer reported on its website Monday morning that President Barack Obama has weighed in on the mayor’s race Monday morning, endorsing Democrat Bill de Blasio for the job of running the country’s largest city.


Sports wear designer pledges to donate profits to youth group

Angel Lopez, an up and coming sports apparel designer, has never forgotten where he came from and the people who helped him along the way.

Lopez, whose new company, Novato Sports Apparel, designs and manufactures apparel for basketball, baseball, football, and soccer teams, has pledged to donate a percentage of his profits to a Sunset Park-based organization that helps at-risk youth turn their lives around.


‘The Returned’ imagines a new kind of world

In his debut novel “The Returned (Harlequin MIRA; September 2013), Jason Mott tells the eerie story of a world in which the departed come back to coexist with the living.


Brooklyn art prof remembers historic festival

This month is the 50th anniversary of an event that, at the time, was unusual for the art world, for the Brooklyn Museum, and for a young graduate student at Pratt who suddenly was able to enlist some of the nation’s most famous artists and photographers in her cause.

The event was a benefit for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund at the Brooklyn Museum. It was the brainchild of then-MFA student Cynthia Dantzic; her friend Virginia Cantarella, a medical illustrator and painter; and Jan Swan, Dantzic’s landlady in Crown Heights and a microbiologist.


Impact of government budget cuts felt in Brooklyn Federal Court

The projected tidal wave that federal budget cuts will have on Brooklyn courts has become a reality.

Citing the impact of federal budget cuts, a federal judge has rejected prosecutors' request to sequester a jury in a murder and racketeering trial in Brooklyn.

Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. said he would keep the jurors' names secret but wouldn't take extra measures because the court had to "be mindful of today's economic climate."


Schumer seeks to cut wait times at JFK Airport

Charging that excessively long waits to go through customs at JFK Airport are hurting the region’s economy, US Senator Charles Schumer issued a personal appeal to the Department of Homeland Security to install new measures to alleviate problems for travelers.

“JFK is a gateway to America and it is a national embarrassment – and drag on the regional economy – that customs lines there are so infuriatingly long,” said Schumer. 


Brooklyn Law School professor to head stop-and-frisk committee

Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin continues her efforts to bring reform to the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Earlier this week, Scheindlin denied New York City’s request to stay reform tactics until all appeals in the case have been adjudicated — noting that delaying the effects of her landmark decision to overhaul the policy that lends itself to the discrimination of minorities would send the wrong message.



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