Promenade Gardens partially displaced for WiFi equipment

The dedicated Promenade Gardeners may need a little help from their friends. Some of the plants they work so hard to cultivate will be displaced for buried wiring and equipment to provide WiFi to Promenade visitors, who come from all over the world by the tens of thousands each year, along with dedicated and frequent local users.


Brooklyn Bridge Park and Pier 6 opponents settle lawsuit; Park plan to be revised

Brooklyn Bridge Park and a neighborhood advocacy group fighting two high-rise towers planned for Pier 6, near the park’s Atlantic Avenue entrance, have agreed to settle a lawsuit by going through a process that would allow modifications to the park’s General Park Plan (GPP).

As part of the settlement, both sides have agreed to a public hearing that will take into account expert testimony and the public’s comments about the GPP.


Brooklyn Historical Society unveils exhibit on borough’s sewer system

On June 9, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) at 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights plans to open an exhibition that explores one of Brooklyn’s oldest and most extensive infrastructure projects: its sewer system.

Called “Brooklyn Sewers: What’s Up Down There?” this exhibit tells the story of the creation of the Brooklyn sewer system through a historical look at four corners of Kings County: Flatlands, Bushwick, Coney Island and Fort Greene.


Brooklyn Eagle to offer cash prizes in Garden Club Contest

As the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club celebrates its 75th anniversary, its motto reflects its continuous purpose since 1940: “Everyone’s a winner when Brooklyn blooms.”

Garden Club Vice President Leslie Hannafey is reviving an event the club held 10 years ago along with co-chair Judy Scofield Miller. The Window Box Contest is open to anyone in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, whether they have a lavish garden or simply have their favorite plants in containers, and entry is free.


Visitors pour into Brooklyn Bridge Park over Memorial Day weekend

Visitors flocked to Brooklyn Bridge Park over Memorial Day weekend to relax in the sun, enjoy a barbecue, roller skate or play basketball and marvel at the interactive artworks of Jeppe Hein’s Please Touch the Art exhibition. Locals and tourists arrived by foot, subway, car and ferry.


Push to reopen War Memorial kicks off during Memorial Day celebration

Within Cadman Plaza Park is the Brooklyn War Memorial, a granite and limestone tribute to the more than 300,000 brave men and women from the borough who served in World War II. Inside the memorial, more than 11,000 names of Brooklynites who died during the war are memorialized — but visitors cannot see them, as the structure has been closed since 1990.


Montague Street anchor away, but maybe not for long

If you walked on Montague Street between Hicks Street and Montague Terrace/Pierrepont Place on Saturday, you may have noticed that the large iron anchor, a fixture in front of 76 Montague St. since 1981, is gone.


Pratt Institute names Kirk E. Pillow as next provost

Pratt Institute President Thomas F. Schutte announced on Wednesday that Kirk E. Pillow will become its next provost.

Pratt, which prepares students for careers in the arts, is located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with a satellite campus at 14th Street in Manhattan. The school was founded in 1887. Notable alumni include fashion designer Betsey Johnson; William Van Alen, the architect of the Chrysler Building; and actor Robert Redford.


Green-Wood Cemetery's exhibit marks end of Civil War 150 years ago

Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery, last resting place for thousands of Civil War veterans, is opening an exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the nation's bloodiest conflict.

The exhibit, titled "To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories," opens Saturday and runs through July 12 in Green-Wood's Historic Chapel.


Mock disasters rock MetroTech at FDNY EMS competition

Downtown Brooklyn was the scene of numerous staged fires, explosions and gas leaks on Thursday as the New York City Fire Department hosted its 15th annual FDNY EMS Competition and health fair, which takes place as part of National EMS Week.

A crowd gathered at MetroTech to watch the action as teams of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics rushed to rescue both realistic mannequins and flesh and blood mock victims splayed on the ground in front of a bandstand, the scene of the day’s disaster scenarios.



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