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Brooklyn federal court recognized by FEMA

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Eastern District of New York opened its doors to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with court personnel being utilized to assist FEMA first responders and the judicial process, both in the early days and the weeks and months that followed the October 2012 storm.

Hon. Carol Amon, chief judge of the Eastern District, authorized the use of space in the Brooklyn courthouse, allowing FEMA to immediately transition its key leadership and the operational components of its relief efforts to the Brooklyn location.


Jesse Eisenberg to join award-winning novelist Teddy Wayne in DUMBO

Whiting Writers’ Award-winner Teddy Wayne will be visiting DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on Jan. 30 to celebrate the paperback release of his acclaimed novel “The Love Song of Jonny Valentine” — and joining him in conversation will be renowned actor Jesse Eisenberg, as well as writers Simon Rich and Dan Kennedy.


Afghanistan veteran to launch wartime memoir in DUMBO with NY Times' James Dao

In his new book "Afghan Post," The New York Times blogger and veteran Adrian Bonenberger conveys the unforgettable emotional reality of his military experience through the cracked lens of his wartime correspondence. On Jan. 28, Bonenberger will appear in DUMBO at powerHouse Arena to discuss his book with New York Times deputy national editor James Dao. The program is being co-sponsored by Words After War, an organization dedicated to building a community of thoughtful, engaged and skilled veteran writers.


Brooklyn community groups refute SUNY figures, call for new LICH operator search

SUNY’s search for a developer to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH) is invalid and the RFP (Request for Proposals) process needs to start from scratch, say six community groups fighting in court to prevent SUNY Downstate from selling the embattled hospital in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn to Fortis Property Group.

In an open letter to SUNY, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials, the organizations debunk SUNY Downstate’s claims of LICH’s financial liabilities -- figures SUNY used to justify selling off the hospital’s valuable real estate to a developer.


Boys and Girls High basketball team attacked after game at Grady High School

As Boys and Girls coach Ruth Lovelace was walking out of Grady High School with her team just behind her Thursday night, she saw two cars idling just outside the building. She didn't think much of it at first, but two seconds later all hell broke loose.

"They ran out of their cars and jumped us," Lovelace said. "I immediately tried to push my kids back inside the building, but they came running at us through the gate and it quickly turned into chaos. They were waiting for us. This was a setup."


R train riders benefit from ferry service extension, pols say

The decision by Mayor Bill de Blasio to extend the Sunset Park-Wall Street ferry service into the spring will help R train riders coping with the loss of direct service to Manhattan, according to southern Brooklyn lawmakers.


Gov. Cuomo’s mixed LICH message falls flat in Brooklyn

Just one day after Governor Andrew Cuomo called the perilous state of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn part of “a serious situation affecting a lot of people,” the Governor was reported by the Daily News as saying that northwestern Brooklyn should give up its 155-year-old hospital and let real estate deve


Bed-Stuy – buy or die?

As I approached the corner of Throop Avenue and Van Buren Street in early summer 2013, I couldn't help but notice the giant "Murder — $50,000 Reward" sign that loomed over the intersection, emblazoned with the photo of a dead businessman. The New York City neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, I'd heard, was still a little "rough," but the sign was unlike anything I'd seen outside of Wild West movies.


City’s tourism arm promotes Park Slope, Fifth Avenue to visitors

When tourists visit New York City, they tend to visit certain well-known spots: the Empire State Building, the Museum of Natural History, Yankee Stadium, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center site, Grand Central, Madison Square Garden.

This also goes for visitors to Brooklyn – they usually visit Coney Island, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Barclays Center, BAM, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the New York Aquarium.


Williamsburg store owners allowed to demand modest dress code

The New York City Human Rights Commission (HRC) has dropped its challenge against seven Hasidic stores with mandatory dress codes promoting modesty.

Many Hasidic storeowners posted signs in their establishments demanding “No Shorts, No Barefoot, No Sleeveless, No Low-Cut Neckline Allowed In This Store.” In 2012, the HRC filed a complaint against these stores alleging that the dress codes were discriminatory against those of the same religious persuasion.



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