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New Life for Old Fulton Street Buildings

It looks like there's a revival in the works for three historic rowhouses that were nearly lost to the ravages of neglect.

The city Buildings Department issued permits in the final days of December for renovation work to the new owners of 11-13-15 Old Fulton St. – the latest of a flurry of fix-up permits for the Fulton Ferry Historic District properties.

If you don't know the back story of these beauties in distress you might say So what?


Dock Street Development Sprouts In the Shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge

An apartment complex is beginning to take shape thisclose to the Brooklyn Bridge.

The skeleton of Two Trees Management's 290-unit rental development, long known as the Dock Street project, is starting to rise above the construction fence on the Water Street side of the big site.

The world-famous bridge looms near the Dock Street block where the development – which includes a 300-seat middle school for District 14 and has substantial frontage on Front Street – is located.


CB6 committee approves controversial NY Methodist expansion, but adds conditions

After New York Methodist Hospital further tweaked its design plans, Community Board 6's Landmarks/Land Use Committee on Monday voted to conditionally approve zoning variances for the construction of a large ambulatory care facility in Park Slope.


Mark-Viverito’s election to council’s top post draws quick reaction

The election of Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverio to council speaker on Wednesday was quickly praised by her City Hall colleagues, business leaders, and women’s rights groups.


Loehmann's liquidation sales begin Thursday

Loehmann's, a discount retailer which traces its roots back more than 90 years, says it will begin liquidating inventory Thursday.

The New York-based retailer tried unsuccessfully to sell its business in November and filed for bankruptcy protection in December, citing limited access to capital and increased competition in the off-price retail niche. It was the company's third bankruptcy filing.


The Heights Players celebrate family love and mishegoss this January

Family is more than blood. It is love, caring, shared values and sometimes, putting the needs of others before yourself. This describes the Jerome family of Neil Simon's “Broadway Bound,” now being performed by The Heights Players in Brooklyn Heights. “Broadway Bound” is the last installment in Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy, which includes “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,” and is a deeply moving account of courage and wisdom, which happens to be wickedly funny.


Here's an art exhibition that celebrates being a sellout

If you describe an artist as a sellout, it's usually be meant as an insult. A sellout is often depicted as someone who failed to stay true to their art and sold out in favor of (gasp!) commercialism.

But an intriguing new exhibition opening Jan. 9 in Williamsburg seeks to take that old idea and stand it on its head.

The show, called #SELLOUT, features 16 artists who are proud to admit that they want to brand themselves and market their work.


Dearly Departed? No, just moving

The Court Street Funeral Home plans to leave the building where it has operated since 1946 – but will relocate within Cobble Hill, owner Dominic Cusimano told the Brooklyn Eagle Tuesday.

Cusimano is selling 230 Court St., the property that houses the funeral home, a rep for the buyer revealed at a city Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing earlier in the day.

The deal hasn't closed yet.


New historical novel reads like thriller

New York-based author Michele Zackheim this week published her latest novel, “Last Train to Paris” (Europa Editions), and will be celebrating in Brooklyn with a reading on Jan. 9 at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene.


Lutheran HealthCare lecture focuses on spiritual side of medicine

Medical care these days involves far more than just physical exams in a doctor’s office, flu shots and MRIs. There is also a spiritual component to healing the patient, according to officials at Lutheran HealthCare.

The health care organization, which runs Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park, as well as a host of other family health centers around southern Brooklyn, is so serious about the importance of spirituality that it will spend a day focusing on the connection between medicine and spirituality.



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