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Brooklyn power players join LICH lawsuit

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that six influential Brooklyn civic organizations have signed on as co-plaintiffs in his lawsuit to keep the Long Island College Hospital open.


New Digs, New Logo: Montague BID boasts only one vacancy

Dial M – for Montague.

The Montague Street Business Improvement District is ready to roll out a new logo for a branding campaign for Brooklyn Heights' preeminent retail corridor – from its new office at 141 Montague St., which is more accessible to constituents than its previous location.

The neon-green logo has a larger-than-life letter M, with a modified rectangle shaped like a map of the three-block BID district and the word “MONTAGUE” imposed on one leg of it.


Rolling Stone columnist on karaoke as cure for heartbreak

Longtime Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield, a Brooklynite whose 2007 debut memoir “Love is a Mix Tape” earned critical raves, will release on Tuesday “Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke” (HarperCollins; August 6, 2013). 


WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath explores the experience of war and strikes a universal human chord with an unprecedented collection of photographs from around the world. Featuring approximately 400 objects, including photographic prints, books, magazines, albums and camera equipment, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY brings together both iconic and unknown images taken by members of the military, commercial portraitists, journalists, amateurs, artists and numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers.


Brooklyn representatives urge reprieve for closing Interfaith Medical Center

Interfaith Medical Center, the only major medical center serving Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights neighborhoods, announced on Tuesday it was beginning the process of shutting down.

Interfaith asked a bankruptcy court to approve its closing, and sent layoff warning notices to more than 1,540 employees, according to AP. A hearing on the closing is scheduled for Aug. 15, and final shutdown is expected by mid-fall.


Waxing and waning on Heights main retail strip

Wax on, wax off.

A national chain that promises “virtually painless” body waxing with all-natural beeswax is the newest addition to the roster of retailers on Montague Street, where space is tight ahead of the re-opening of the Bossert as a luxury hotel that will bring shoppers and diners with fat wallets.

A local franchisee of European Wax Center rented a 1,600-square-foot “parlor level” storefront at 130 Montague St., a brownstone with two commercial spaces on a landmarked block.


Schumer warns: Big Brother is watching you shop!

Attention shoppers! In aisle three, the store knows exactly which items you’re looking to buy before you purchase them.

Your personal shopping habits – including which shirts you take off the rack to try on in the department store dressing room – are under constant scrutiny by a surprising spy, according to N.Y. Senator Charles Schumer.

Schumer is warning consumers that major national retailers are using sophisticated monitoring software to track every movement shoppers make while in their stores. The retailers then save that data for future use.


Brooklyn author publishes ‘Mad Men for the literary world’

In “Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux” (Simon & Schuster; Hardcover; Aug. 6, 2013) – which Junot Diaz has aptly referred to as “Mad Men for the literary world” – Brooklyn-based New York magazine editor Boris Kachka delivers a fascinating portrayal of one of the most prestigious book publishing houses.


Going postal: DUMBO frustrated as post office remains locked

DUMBO’s only post office – an unmanned “Self-Service Kiosk” at 84 Front Street -- has been shuttered since last Wednesday and snail mail customers are growing increasingly frustrated.

“I mailed a package on Monday and according to the tracking it doesn’t show that it’s progressed past the DUMBO location,” DUMBO resident Maria Hoey told the Brooklyn Eagle. “My guess is that it’s locked inside -- although it's possible that it’s lost somewhere else in the system.”



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