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Brooklyn court officers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, sponsors withdraw from big parade

Adhering to a 20-year tradition, Brooklyn court officers donned green ties, and some pulled their bagpipes out of retirement as the group gathered to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this past Friday.  

Following a noon Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brooklyn Heights, the officers and parade attendees marched to the courtyard of Brooklyn’s Supreme Court at 360 Adams St., playing Irish folk songs with drums and bagpipes.


LICH and SUNY Downstate to be discussed at SUNY board meetings Tuesday and Wednesday

Two Brooklyn hospitals, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital (LICH), are on the agenda of the March board meetings of the State University of New York (SUNY), taking place Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th.

SUNY is in the process of selling LICH, located in Cobble Hill, through a reissued Request for Proposals (RFP) process worked out after a year-long legal battle. Final bids are due Wednesday, March 19.


Brooklyn courts celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The music and pageantry of the NYS Courts Pipes & Drums Band and the NYS Courts Ceremonial Unit brought spectators out to watch as the 20th Annual Celts St. Patrick’s Day Parade made it way up Montague Street and into Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza on Friday.

“Downtown is where all the courts are situated, and everyone came out for the parade,” said Captain James Campbell, who leads the Ceremonial Unit. Captain Campbell said that “90 percent of the spectators work in New York State courts.”


Brooklyn Hospital’s plan for LICH causes some consternation at Carroll Gardens Q and A

It wasn’t the complimentary roast beef sandwiches or coffee that gave some in the audience of 60 to 70 local residents a case of agita at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is Carroll Gardens on Thursday night.

It was the proposal, delivered by Dr. Richard B. Becker, CEO of The Brooklyn Hospital Center, to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and replace it with 1000-units of residential development and ambulatory care services.


Confirmed: LICH bidding attracts strong interest from full service hospital teams

Brooklyn community organizations who were petitioners in the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) litigation have confirmed that they met this week with three groups who have presented plans to operate a full-service hospital at the LICH site.

The hospital in Cobble Hill is up for sale by operator SUNY Downstate, which has issued a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) that gives extra points to groups seeking to keep LICH in operation as a full service hospital.


Hundreds to be laid off at LICH, as final bidding round approaches deadline

Hundreds of nurses, technicians and other staffers at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill received layoff notices this week, as the final round of bidding for the hospital is approaching a key deadline.

The layoffs, which affect up to 600 employees, will take place April 12, 30 days from the time employees received their notices, according to SUNY spokesperson David Doyle.

SUNY says the layoffs will align “staffing levels with patient volumes and currently available services, which will not change.”


Hasta La Vista, Baby! Demolition of Remsen Street eyesore begins

So it begins.

Demolition of Brooklyn Heights eyesore 153 Remsen St. started in earnest Thursday, with a worker telling the Brooklyn Eagle that very, very soon the derelict commercial building will be history.

“In a month or two, this will all be gone,” he said, taking in it and two small neighboring residential and retail buildings, 155 and 157 Remsen St., with a sweep of his hand.


Gas leak causes evacuation at Williamsburg synagogue

A gas leak was called in at 2:10 p.m. to the FDNY for 161 Rodney St. in Williammsburg, a low-rise brick building occupied by a synagogue known as the Beth Medrash Chemedy. About 25 people were evacuated, according to the FDNY. The utility company (KeySpan) was called, and they were able to repair the situation. It was declared "closed" by the FDNY (resolved) at 3:09 p.m.


‘A Doll’s House’: Best of 19th century literary on stage at BAM

The women's suffrage and civil rights movements were still decades in the future when Henrik Ibsen introduced his play, "A Doll's House," in Copenhagen. But despite the passage of 135 years since then, it hasn't lost any of its freshness, and touches upon some very basic human themes that today's audiences won't have trouble connecting with.


St. Francis students to present performance series

What did Zelda say when Scott told her never to write fiction again? Find out in “One Sunday at the Fitzgeralds,” a one act play presented by St. Francis College’s new student-run theater production company, Nick & The Chicks. The performance will take place on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 11:10 a.m. in the College’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education. 



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