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Schumer tells Obama: Allow Filipinos to stay in US

Filipino nationals living in the US should be allowed to remain here while their typhoon-ravaged communities recover and rebuild, according to US Senator Charles Schumer.

New York’s senior senator and Timothy Cardinal Dolan, leader of New York’s Catholics, called for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Filipino nationals currently residing in the United States.


Park Slope’s CB6 sends NY Methodist expansion plan back to drawing board

After hearing from representatives of New York Methodist Hospital and close to 50 speakers during a four-hour hearing in Park Slope on Thursday night, Community Board 6's Landmarks/Land Use Committee rejected NY Methodist’s request for a zoning variance to construct a new, outsized ambulatory center.

"Landmarks requested that Methodist withdraw their application, and voted to deny the application on the chance that they don't withdraw," said CB 6's Jerry Armer.

The committee’s vote is non-binding but will serve as a recommendation to the full board.


Empire Stores project seeks big-time chefs, artisanal food producers

Developer Midtown Equities is trying to draw top-flight foodies to a “large open marketplace” planned for the first floor of long-abandoned Empire Stores in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Midtown Equities – which the park's board of directors tapped in September to restore Empire Stores – is working to nail down tenants for nearly 380,000 square feet of office, retail, restaurant and event space.


Carnegie Mellon grad program coming to Brooklyn Navy Yard's Steiner Studios

Steiner Studios has scored another big one: The brainiacs from Carnegie Mellon University are bringing a new techie master's degree program to its Brooklyn Navy Yard film and TV production complex.

The prestigious Pittsburgh university announced an agreement with the City of New York and Steiner to create an Integrative Media Program at the studio's recently re-opened Art Deco building at 25 Washington Ave.


Awards and accolades given at 84th Precinct community council meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting of the 84th Precinct Community Council at the precinct house on Gold Street, P.O. Donavan Hunt was named Cop of the Month. Leslie Lewis, Community Council president, reports that “the perp was easy to catch, as his falling pants hobbled him in the chase. “ Seen here are Lewis, Crystal DeJesus, P.O. Hunt and Commanding Officer Maximo Tolentino.


Carnegie Mellon to open master's program in Brooklyn Navy Yard

Carnegie Mellon University will start a master's program focusing on technology and media in New York City.

The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon says its Integrative Media Program will open in August 2015 at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

University officials say areas of study will include film, games, social media, interactive computing, performing and visual arts, and urban design.

Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet says New York City is the perfect setting for providing education in "technology-based modes of expression and production."


Brooklyn native’s book divulges universities’ troubling ties to slavery

American institutions of higher education have long been considered a path to progress – a college education is the first step along the road to the American Dream. But a closer look at the development of several of these institutions reveals that many are concealing histories deeply rooted in injustice. In his new book “Ebony and Ivy,” Bed-Stuy native Craig Steven Wilder, a history professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, divulges troubling truths about race, slavery and their function in the development of the American academy. 


Show me the money: A tally of the Watchtower's Brooklyn property sales

As developers set their sights on the Watchtower's remaining Brooklyn holdings, it's high time we tallied the group's recent sales.

More than $500 million has been paid – or promised – for local Jehovah's Witnesses properties in the past two years, city records and press reports indicate. The transaction tally does not include sales of Watchtower properties before 2012.  

Property deeds provide details about who paid how much for what. In DUMBO:


Landmarks Preservation Commission approves 200 Water St. plans

Developer Shelly Listokin's plans to turn a former DUMBO Watchtower building into condos have cleared a significant hurdle – by winning city Landmarks Preservation Commission approval to add two floors to the top of 200 Water St. and rebuild its back facade.


Brooklyn Law School professor enters fight to bring back stop-and-frisk judge

Retired judges and a number of law professors have submitted legal briefs in support of the reinstatement of Manhattan federal Judge Shira Scheindlin to the stop-and-frisk cases.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan had removed Scheindlin, on the grounds that she had made statements in media interviews that jeopardized the appearance of judicial objectivity.



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