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Our historic house is haunted, Carroll Gardens funeral directors say

With a mansion this old and this fine, you'd hope there would be a ghost or two floating around, to amp up the sense of antiquity.

And this stunning Greek Revival landmark does not disappoint.

Just ask Frank Guido, who has seen silent specters in the hallway on the top floor of 440 Clinton St., AKA the John Rankin House, which was built when Martin Van Buren was President.

“Two women pass at times, one in a white dress, one in a blue dress,” said Guido, who has lived and operated a funeral parlor for more than a half-century in the historic Carroll Gardens manse.


Levin’s Brooklyn district to participate in budgeting $1.5 million

How would you spend $1.5 million?

Residents of Councilmember Stephen Levin’s District 33 (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill) will be able to decide which capital projects in their district will receive a piece of $1.5 million this year through the Participatory Budgeting process.


Two key voices speak out to support Pier 6 housing

Two influential and key figures related to Brooklyn’s waterfront have spoken out publicly to support the city’s housing plan for Pier 6. Michael O’Keeffe, founder of the world-famous and beloved River Café, and Henrik Krogius, an Emmy-Award winning producer from NBC, now retired, and author of history books about Brooklyn’s waterfront, have written statements to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle to support Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s plan for Pier 6 at the foot of Atlantic Avenue.


Gang bound for park basketball in Brooklyn arrested after Joralemon Street rampage

Members of a gang of roughly 20 young adults rampaged along Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights last Thursday night at 7 p.m., allegedly stealing money from street vendors and terrorizing a popular local deli.

Cops nabbed four of the suspects about an hour later, while they played basketball at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Arrested were Jaquan Lightfoot, 19; Ronald Chapman, 18; Malik Morales, 18; and a 16-year-old male. According to an NYPD spokesperson, they were charged with petit larceny, reckless endangerment, unlawful assembly and criminal mischief.


Battle of Brooklyn celebration closes with Green-Wood ceremony

A week-long celebration of the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn came to a close on Sunday with crowds of people on hand at the Green-Wood Cemetery to watch a reenactment before they paraded to the top of Battle Hill for a memorial ceremony.


NYU Lutheran joins nationwide colon cancer fight

Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in America — right behind prostate and lung cancer in men and breast and lung cancer in women — according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In 2014, 137,000 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in the U.S.


Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 public comment deadline is Monday

The deadline for the public to comment to the Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) on the proposed Pier 6 development in Brooklyn Bridge Park is Monday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m.

The board of the ESD will have a major decision on their hands. While the city says two high-rise towers at the park’s Atlantic Avenue entrance are financially necessary and provide a spot for affordable housing, opponents – including neighborhood organizations, officials and local residents -- have presented a nearly solid wall of opposition.


Group to present art installation, performances at Brooklyn Community Gardens

As part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s and New York Restoration Project’s Arts in the Gardens program, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary arts organization LEIMAY is sponsoring an art installation, “Qualia Skyhole,” in the Gil Hodges Community Garden at 534 Carroll St. in Gowanus through Sept. 9.

LEIMAY creates string installations that use tension and suspension in order to create a sense of expansion and collapse of space to present outdoor space as places of contemplation, rebirth and regeneration.


Last week for ‘Rachel’ and ‘Las Meninas’ in Fort Greene

Two gripping plays written by African-American women, “Rachel” and “Las Meninas,” will be wrapping up Aug. 29 at the New Brooklyn Theatre, in the Irondale Center in Fort Greene.

Both works push buttons, portray the wreckage produced by unstifled power, and reclaim the lost histories of black lives.

The moving “Rachel,” Angelina Weld Grimké's lynching drama written in 1916, was the first play ever staged by an black woman playwright.


Battle of Brooklyn heroes may be one step closer to getting new memorial

The Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brooklyn is in the late August air. History lovers are going to ceremonies and reenactments all over the borough just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff is making initial moves that could result in building a park dedicated to a special unit called the Maryland 400 that fought in the battle. The Park Slope site would honor this group of elite American soldiers from Maryland, most of whom died while holding off the British long enough for General George Washington and his men to retreat across the East River.



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