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All Aboard! Grand Central's iconic Oyster Bar heads for Park Slope

Nothing says Manhattan like Grand Central Terminal – and the Oyster Bar with its succulent seafood, which has brightened commuters' days for a century.

Are its charms transferable to Park Slope, to a block where there's no massive transportation hub nearby?

If anyone should know, it would be Jonathan Young, a former Sloper who now lives in Greenwood Heights. For a decade, he was the general manager of the famed oyster palace inside the famed train station. For starters, he knows not to try to create a clone of the original restaurant.


'Coffee geeks' welcome at Gorilla's new java joint

For people who like coffee it's paradise, or pretty darn close to it.

Gorilla Coffee – which has a following thanks to its shop at 97 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope and a brisk wholesale business – just opened a new location that puts the baristas up close and personal with customers.


Super Sprowtz to help Lutheran Medical Center launch kid-friendly program

Lutheran Medical Center is getting help from folks like Brian Broccoli, Colby Carrot and Erica Eggplant in its efforts to teach kids about nutrition.

The Sunset Park hospital is teaming up with Super Sprowtz, an educational program aimed at getting kids to eat better, on a new patient engagement project.


From South Africa to Brooklyn Heights: Local author discusses apartheid and Mandela

Ellie Levinson is a well-rounded Brooklynite. Known around Brooklyn Heights for her volunteer work with the Promenade Garden Conservancy (and for the delicious baked goods she contributes to the PGC’s bake sales), Levinson is active in her residential community and values her Brooklyn friends and neighbors. Yet in spite of her enthusiasm for local affairs, Levinson’s history reaches far beyond Brooklyn.


Maloney wages fight to establish women’s history museum in Washington

Women are woefully under-represented when it comes to listing the accomplishments of great Americans in history books, according to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who is working on a bipartisan effort to establish a national museum focusing on the role played by females in making America what it is today.

Maloney (D-Manhattan-Brooklyn) sponsored legislation with U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) that would take a first step toward building a museum. The bill would establish a commission to study the best way to build a museum dedicated to women’s history.


Levin says he fought for concessions in Greenpoint Landing dispute

A plan to dramatically alter North Brooklyn’s waterfront with the construction of high-rise buildings will actually result in some good things for the Greenpoint community, according to City Councilman Stephen Levin, who said he negotiated with the city and with the developer and won several important concessions.

The City Council voted to approve the plans for the development, called Greenpoint Landing, last week. The council’s vote was the final step in the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), which governs land use matters.


In surprise vote, SUNY board puts off plan to turn LICH into condos and urgent care center

Supporters of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) were jubilant late Tuesday after the SUNY board of trustees voted to table a resolution that would have allowed SUNY Downstate to begin negotiations to turn LICH into condos and an urgent care center.


Critics throw stones at Empire Stores' glass rooftop plan

Preservationists and DUMBO residents turned out Tuesday to oppose the rooftop addition planned for the historic Empire Stores warehouses in Brooklyn Bridge Park – and the city Landmarks Preservation Commission shared their objections.


Landmarks Preservation Commission to Two Trees: Domino factory makeover plan must be refined

Sugar, ah, honey, honey.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission sent Two Trees Management's makeover plan for the historic Domino Sugar Refinery back to the drawing board.

Some of the commissioners at a public hearing in Lower Manhattan Tuesday objected to the height and massing of proposed glass-clad additions to the roof of the iconic former factory on the Williamsburg waterfront.


Shoppers unite! Brooklyn's first Whole Foods opens in Gowanus

Welcome to Brooklyn's coolest Superfund site.

Brooklyn's first Whole Foods Market finally opened in Gowanus on Tuesday morning with Borough President Marty Markowitz on hand, along with other elected officials and hundreds of local residents, as the “foodie-in-chief” broke bread to commemorate the new store.

“Finally, after all of these years, they have gotten the store open, and another one in Williamsburg is right behind,” Markowitz boasted. “They kept my promise of opening the store before my term is over, but, with only 15 days left, they cut it pretty close.”



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