OPINION: The self-sustaining park

My former colleague Raanan Geberer seems to have forgotten what he knew about the history of Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Back in the 1980s, even before the Giuliani and Pataki administrations, community park advocates recognized that the park would have to find a way to pay for its own upkeep if there was any hope of getting the Port Authority to allow such public use of piers that had become a drain on its resources, now that those piers were inadequate for the demands of giant container ships.


SUNY ends talks with Peebles to buy LICH; Fortis next up

Another bidder for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) has been rejected by SUNY.

Late Wednesday, the State University of New York (SUNY) announced it has ended negotiations with the Peebles Corporation in its bid to buy LICH. Peebles came in second in a contested RFP after Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP), also rejected by SUNY.

SUNY said they will immediately begin negotiations with Fortis Property Group, LLC -- the same developer SUNY awarded LICH to in their first RFP round. Fortis bid $240 million for LICH.


Science hacks, stargazing come to Brooklyn for World Science Festival

Science and technology enthusiasts are heading to Downtown Brooklyn this week for the return of the World Science Festival. Events are taking place for the third year at NYU-Poly’s MetroTech campus and in Brooklyn Bridge Park, along with other Brooklyn venues and across the city.


De Blasio touts pre-k initiatives while touring Sunset Park

Mayor Bill de Blasio urged parents to take advantage of free, high-quality, full-day pre-kindergarten programs while touring an Early Childhood Education Center in Sunset Park Tuesday.

“Right now, parents are thinking about the summer ahead—but we want anyone with a child turning four years old to be thinking about September,” said the Mayor. “There are more options right in your community to apply for pre-K than ever before. It’s free. It’s easy. But to have the best chance of finding the right program, we are encouraging every parent to apply today.”


3 Courts 1 Building: A host of problems plague Brooklyn courthouse

As Maria Delores Cortes prepares to do battle with her landlord in Brooklyn’s Housing Court once again, she takes a moment to prepare for the journey.  A home care nurse, she knows she'll need to leave her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment a full two hours ahead of her scheduled court appearance. The subway is the least of her problems. She needs to factor in the inevitable wait in line before she passes through security, and then the even longer line for the elevator up to the courthouse.


‘Into the Dark’ dives into the unknown

On June 14 and 15, Brooklyn-based dance company Bryn Cohn + Artists will premiere its first self-produced evening-length work titled “Into the Dark.” This multimedia performance is about diving into the unknown, into the places where chance meets fear and rescue. Within this intimate and complex piece, the company confronts the human reality of the ways we take risk and the trust, conflict and hope that arise to navigate the journey. Through collaborations within dance, scenic design, music, lighting and costuming, the artists have built an adventure that exa


Brooklyn Hospital Center to double size of Emergency Department

The Brooklyn Hospital Center (BHC) announced last Thursday that it plans to use funds raised from its Foundation’s annual gala to renovate and increase the size of the hospital’s emergency department.

Renovation plans include doubling the current size of the ED, expanding pediatric services and improving patient care areas.


New signs in Brooklyn Bridge Park reveal park’s history

On Wednesday at noon, Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer and Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz, along with elected officials and community members, will unveil a series of signs and markers throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park that tell the history of the Brooklyn waterfront and highlight the ecological and sustainable features of the park.


Couples to be wed at shuttered ReBar seek criminal recourse

Brooklyn business owner Jason Stevens has plead not guilty to tax fraud charges in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term. Stevens, the owner of noted DUMBO bar and wedding venue reBar has been charged with failing to pay more than $1 million in taxes on the business from 2009 to 2012. 


Brooklyn sailor serving on nuclear submarine

A Brooklyn man is getting the chance of a lifetime, serving on a nuclear submarine as a member of the U.S. Navy, where he is realizing his leadership qualities.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephon R. Maynejackson, a 2009 graduate of Automotive High School in Williamsburg, is serving aboard the USS Columbia, a submarine currently based in Hawaii.



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