Gretsch, famed guitar and drum firm, remembers B’klyn roots

When people across the world see famous musicians playing Gretsch guitars, drums and other instruments, many aren’t aware that the company itself not only had its start in Brooklyn but remained here for more than 80 years.


Brooklyn judge orders restoration of key services at LICH

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) supporters celebrated a victory in Cobble Hill late Friday after Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes ordered the immediate restoration of hospital services and staffing to the levels that were in place on July 19.

Justice Baynes also ordered SUNY Downstate, which has been trying to close LICH despite several court orders, to immediately restore or repair any equipment that was in place on July 19.


Brooklyn Navy Yard appoints new president

David Ehrenberg, currently executive vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has been appointed as the new president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. (BNYDC), the not-for-profit company that manages the 300-acre, city-owned industrial park in northwest Brooklyn. 


Where to put speed cameras? Levin wants public to decide

Now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the speed camera bill into law, the question is: Where to install the devices?

Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights-Williamsburg-Greenpoint) has an idea: Let the public decide.

Levin, who represents the 33rd Council District, said he will request that some of the 20 speed cameras to be set up in the city under a pilot program be installed in his northern Brooklyn council district and he is asking for suggestions from local residents as to where they think the devices should go.


Report: Closing Interfaith Medical Center could 'overwhelm' NYC hospitals

A report released by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on Friday warns of "devastating consequences" if Interfaith Medical Center closes next month.

Interfaith is Brooklyn’s largest private provider of psychiatric care, with 67,000 patients receiving out-patient care and 1,750 in-patient hospitalizations each year.


The Rockettes take Park Slope in "Christmas In August" event

On Tuesday, the Rockettes took their unique brand of entertainment to Park Slope to promote this year’s version of the Radio City Christmas SpectacularThe Rockettes unveiled and distributed Christmas-inspired ice “Rox Pops,” created by People’s Pops to fans. Here are some photos from the event. 


LICH patients pay tribute as they await hospital decision

As supporters of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) await a decision by Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes about the closure of the hospital, expected on Friday, a group of grateful patients held a silent tribute to LICH’s doctors, nurses and staff in front of the Adams Street courthouse on Thursday.


Hynes, Thompson square off in debate at St. Francis College

Incumbent Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and challenger Ken Thompson squared off in a candidates’ forum Wednesday evening at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

The forum, sponsored by VOCAL-NY, the Brooklyn Reform Coalition and the Brooklyn Young Democrats, focused on issues of public safety, drug policy, public health and civil rights.


Brooklyn clothing store cited for Labor Department violations

Pretty Girl Inc., the Brooklyn-based women’s apparel chain, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exit access, electrical, sanitary and housekeeping hazards at its 441 Knickerbocker Ave. store in Brooklyn. It faces $43,890 in proposed fines.


Rain stops work, to protect Promenade soil

Promenade Garden volunteers were a little disappointed when the rain on Tuesday morning forced Matthew Morrow, community coordinator and gardener, to cancel this week’s scheduled volunteer session. But why? What’s a little mud between friends? Isn’t rain good for the plants? What if we walk on our tiptoes? 



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