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Levin wants city to produce data on movie shoots

New York is starting to rival Hollywood as a place where movies and television shows are filmed. Hundreds of films and television shows are shot on city streets each year, according to the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater, and Television. On its website, the office states that the entertainment industry contributes $7.1 billion to the city’s economy annually and employs 130,000 people.


More changes in historic Heights

Are high-profile builders Tom and Fred Elghanayan looking to make their big development site on Livingston Street even bigger?

The two brothers – whose company TF Cornerstone owns a blue-chip portfolio of New York City apartment properties and Manhattan and Washington office buildings – are planning their Downtown Brooklyn debut at 276-300 Livingston St.


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists to discuss ‘Enemies Within’ in Brooklyn

After the 9/11 attacks, most Americans were prepared to tolerate a more powerful, secretive government that kept a close watch on its citizens.  However, as evidenced by the debate raging around the National Security Agency’s collection of vast amounts of telephone and Internet data, heightened security measures exact a price on civil liberties—and may not even be keeping the country safe.


De-viners work in PromGarden: Divine results

The De-Viners were out in full force on Tuesday morning in the Promenade Garden. Armed with pruners, loppers, gloves and bags, this indefatigable crew de-vined the gardens between Remsen and Montague Streets where, shall we say, there was a bit of a vine problem.

Matthew Morrow, Community Coordinator and Gardener for the NYC Parks Department, spoke with residents who share the wrought iron fence with the Promenade Gardens to solicit their understanding and support for the project.


Sigh of Relief: Bloomberg extends Brooklyn ferry service through January

R train riders received some “ferry” good news on Wednesday.

The temporary ferry service instituted at the Brooklyn Army Terminal earlier this month to accommodate R train riders stranded by the closure of the Montague Street Tunnel won’t end on Labor Day as had been expected. Instead, the Brooklyn-to-Wall Street ferry will operate until January, according to local lawmakers who announced the extension on Wednesday.


Drake added to list of VMA performers at Barclays Center

Drake is the latest A-list musician set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

The rapper joins a hefty list of performers, including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Kanye West.

MTV also announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kevin Hart will attend the awards show, to air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead in nominations with six each. Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke — who will also perform — are tied with Bruno Mars with four nominations each.


Commissioners visit high-tech internship program in DUMBO

New York City Small Business Commissioner Robert Walsh and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver on Tuesday visited NYU Poly’s tech incubator at 20 Jay St., DUMBO, to examine a summer internship program for City Tech students.

They spoke to two interns, business owners and others while touring the incubator space.


De Blasio files motion in bankruptcy court in support of Interfaith

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio filed a motion on Tuesday in the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court, located in Downtown Brooklyn, to halt the closure of Interfaith Medical Center. 

The motion asserts that the New York State Department of Health rushed in its approval of Interfaith’s closure plan and failed to provide proper oversight by disregarding the 90-day review period as required under law. Interfaith is currently in bankruptcy proceedings and is slated to begin shutting down operations on Aug. 26.


Brooklyn judge orders SUNY to give Long Island College Hospital back to Continuum

Shock, amazement, relief and confusion greeted the blockbuster announcement on Tuesday that Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest has ruled that SUNY Downstate must give Long Island College Hospital (LICH) back to Continuum Health Partners, or to another operator if Continuum isn't able or willing to take it back.

Continuum issued a statement late Tuesday saying it isn't able to take the hospital back, according to AP.


BAM installs new bike lot at 31 Lafayette Avenue featuring mural

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) will unveil a new BAM Bike Park and BAMart Outdoor installation on Sept. 4 at 31 Lafayette Avenue, directly across the street from the Peter Jay Sharp Building which houses the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House and BAM Rose Cinemas.



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