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Cool places on Kent Avenue

You don't have to be a hipster to love Kent Avenue.

Williamsburg's waterside avenue has lots of spots that charm non-hipsters, with the landmarked Domino Sugar Refinery being Numero Uno on the Hit Parade, of course. Even the avenue's graffiti is nifty-looking.

Here are just a few of the cool places that caught our eye the other day when we rode the ferry over to the waterfront neighborhood.

* Heritage Equity Partners' development at 25 Kent Ave. may not look like much at the moment — think bulldozers and bare earth behind a construction fence.


How Sweet It Is: A ferry visit to the Domino Sugar site

The coolest thing in Williamsburg is the ferry.

This is especially true in summer, when passengers can stand out on the deck and take photos without their fingers turning into wind-whipped icicles.

Just ask the selfie-snapping tourists who flock to the two East River Ferry docks on the north and south ends of the neighborhood. Just ask Williamsburg moms whose kids have playdates in DUMBO or Greenpoint. The New York Waterway's boats offer an entertaining way to get around this part of B'KLYN.


OPINION: Brooklyn Library developer should do more for our community

Year after year, developers come to our communities asking for approval to build bigger, better and taller. 


Hearing on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 towers on Thursday

A public hearing on the proposed 31- and 15-story residential towers at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be held this Thursday, July 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street.

The addition of the two towers has galvanized intense opposition from groups including the Brooklyn Heights Association, who say the project has not been proven necessary to support the park financially.


NYU Lutheran to offer free health screenings

When is the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Or went to the dentist? NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers is making sure you will run out of excuses to have these and other medical screenings done.

National Health Center Week will take place Aug. 9-15, and to celebrate NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers will be offering free medical screenings during that week, officials announced.


Save the View Now advocates head back to court over Pierhouse height

A preservationist group fighting to preserve the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is headed back to court with what it says is new evidence revealing Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. (BBPC) and developer Toll Brothers "misled the public" about the height of the Pierhouse hotel/condo complex at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Rev. F. Goldthwaite Sherrill, 87, was impassioned pastor who worked for Civil Rights, justice

The Rev. Franklin Goldthwaite Sherrill II, rector emeritus of Grace Church-Brooklyn Heights died on Sunday. He was 87 years old and was a resident of Moultonborough, N.H.

Sherrill’s death was announced to the Brooklyn community in a special notice from the current rector, the Rev. Stephen D. Muncie, on Sunday evening.


After chase, cops nab armed suspect in Brooklyn

Make that one less gun in the wrong hands in Brooklyn.

Two 83rd Precinct police officers, Ramon Portillo and Marvin Luis, chased down and arrested a Bushwick man armed with a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun Sunday night.

According to NYPD spokesperson Detective Kellyann Ort, the officers responded to a 911 call of a dispute with a firearm in front of 437 Bleecker St. in Bushwick. The caller provided a detailed description of the suspect, Ort said.


Too many cooks spoil the broth? Not in Sunset Park

Over the years Sunset Park has been home to waves of immigrants, including Germans, Irish, Norwegians, Latinos, Asians and Eastern Europeans, many of whom brought recipes from their home countries with them when they arrived on U.S. shores and invented new culinary traditions in Brooklyn.

Imagine what kind of cookbook could be written about Sunset Park.

Well, Tony Giordano doesn’t have to imagine — he’s doing it.


Award-winning Brooklyn writer to launch debut novel in Cobble Hill, Fort Greene

Award-winning Brooklyn writer Helen Phillips will soon release “The Beautiful Bureaucrat” (Henry Holt; on sale Aug. 11) — a book that traces the story of Josephine, a newly married young woman who is relieved to finally have a job after a long period of unemployment and a string of bad luck.



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