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New legal center to assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs

When Nick Allard took over as the president and dean of Brooklyn Law School in 2012, he was determined to expand on Brooklyn’s entrepreneurial trend and expressed hopes to create business boot camps that would allow law students to assist Brooklyn’s start-up business owners in forming corporate structures and preparing organizational documents.  


'Last Great Site In DUMBO' makes developers drool, crunch numbers

Jehovah, hear our prayer!

Eager developers have been trying to convince the Jehovah's Witnesses to sell the biggest bulldozed-and-ready-to-build development site in DUMBO – for a princely sum.

Would-be buyers who have approached the Watchtower about the three-acre site at 85 Jay St. are willing to pay $400 per buildable square foot for the land, a source told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Debut novelist spoke to crowd in Cobble Hill

A retired sales executive and former U.S. Navy navigator in Vietnam, writer James Whitfield Thomson was not always on the path to becoming an author. But at the age of 68, Thomson has recently published his first novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear,” and has already received widespread praise for his literary talents. On Tuesday, a crowd of Brooklynites enjoyed a reading by the author, as Thomson appeared in Cobble Hill to celebrate his novel at BookCourt.


Hackers of all stripes gather in Downtown Brooklyn for NYU-Poly’s 2013 Cyber Security Awareness Week

Downtown Brooklyn was Ground Zero for white-hat hackers over the past week, as cyber security professionals, researchers and students gathered for the 10th annual Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW).

The conference had something for everyone, from one of the world’s biggest cyber Capture the Flag competitions, to a hardware “embedded systems” competition, a high school digital murder-mystery, career fair and Department of Homeland Security trivia quiz.


Brooklyn non-profit receives $200,000 award

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named The Hope Program (HOPE) as a 2013 Neighborhood Builders award recipient. The Neighborhood Builders initiative is a strategic investment that couples leadership training with a $200,000 unrestricted grant for high-performing non-profits that have made a significant impact addressing community development, critical needs or workforce development and education.


Same-sex couple breach of oral contract case allowed to proceed

The Brooklyn appellate court has upheld the oral agreement entered into by former partners in a same-sex relationship to share assets in exchange for one party leaving her job to be a full-time mother.


Brooklyn writer takes on teen tech-addiction

Writer and Brooklyn resident Maddy Lederman has recently released her debut novel, “Edna in the Desert,” which is now available at The Community Bookstore in Park Slope. The coming of age tale chronicles a tech-addicted teen stranded at her grandparents' cabin in the Mojave Desert without cell phone service, Internet or television.


Five new arrests made in $45M cyberheist case

On Monday, five defendants were arrested in connection with their participation in a massive cyberheist campaign that inflicted $45 million in losses on the global financial system in a matter of hours in early 2013. 


Ambassador Marty? Council members want international role for Markowitz

How does Ambassador Markowitz sound? It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Marty Markowitz has to give up his title of borough president at the end of the year, but Brooklyn’s term-limited chief cheerleader will trade his current job for another role, as an ambassador, if two City Council members get their way.



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