LICH bidder drops lawsuit against SUNY, says ‘prepared to close’ on Brooklyn hospital deal

The group negotiating to buy Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) withdrew their lawsuit against SUNY late Friday after being told by state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes that they had filed for an injunction prematurely.

“Don’t jump the gun in my court,” Justice Baynes told attorneys for Brooklyn Health Partners Development Group (BHP), led by California developer Merrell Schexnydre. Justice Baynes allowed BHP to withdraw without prejudice.


Teachers at International HS boycott mandatory exam

A group of teachers at the International High School at Prospect Heights refused to administer a city-mandated writing test they say is unsuitable for their students, many of whom are recent immigrants learning English.

The test, called the Measures of English Language Arts Performance Assessment, is essay-based and aligned to Common Core standards. Students took a similar test in the fall and were scheduled to take a spring version on Thursday. The results, used by the city to measure student progress, are to be used as one part of teachers’ new mandatory evaluation plan.


Williamsburg couple’s marriage is full of ‘Nunsense’

Alex Farlow and Alyssa Somers Farlow enjoy a good laugh together, as many happily married couples do. But they’re letting you in on the fun, too.

The Williamsburg husband and wife are working together in the Saint Bart’s Players’ production of the smash hit musical “Nunsense,” which opened April 30 at the Chapel of St. Bartholomew Church in Manhattan.


VIDEO: Brooklyn bike lanes getting makeover

Bike Lane Expansion Plan Proposed in Brooklyn

Bike lanes in Brooklyn are getting a makeover. Safer, broader and away from pedestrian sidewalks, bike lanes in Williamsburg will help reduce the injuries and accidents that occur from collision driven paths. The Brooklyn Eagle's Dipti Kumar take a closer look at how Brooklyn's cyclists will be impacted by the changes.


Manbeck’s ‘Disappearance of Patricia Murphey’ is a hardboiled Heights thriller

In the early 1930s, the recently opened Patricia Murphy’s Candlelight Restaurant on Henry Street was a nice, picturesque eatery with white tablecloths and waitresses in gingham dresses that was known for its fluffy popover pastries. And within walking distance was the luxurious Hotel Margaret, one of the grand hotels of Brooklyn Heights.


Brooklyn’s Revolutionary War shrine could become national monument

A 149-foot-high shrine to American Revolutionary War POWs that stands majestically over Fort Greene Park could be on its way to becoming a national monument to be maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior if a bill approved by the House on April 28 is passed by the senate and signed into law by President Obama.


Brooklyn Conservatives oppose plan for municipal ID cards

The City Council is moving forward with a history-making bill co-sponsored by Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) that would create the largest municipal ID card program in the nation after hearings took place on April 30.


LICH case back to court in Brooklyn Friday: Bidder seeks injunction against SUNY

Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP), the group negotiating with SUNY to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH) will be in court Friday morning before state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes to seek an injunction against SUNY.

BHP claims SUNY is attempting to undermine contract negotiations before Monday’s deadline. The California-based group says it is ready to provide a $25 million non-refundable deposit and proof of financing for the hospital and residential development project. BHP's bid to purchase LICH from SUNY was $250 million.


Walk On By: A gallery crawl near Downtown Brooklyn

Everybody loves pub crawls. A gallery crawl can be a good thing, too.

Booze breaks can be part of it, if that makes the art more entertaining for you. Or there's always brunch to brighten the day.

With so many artsy areas in Brooklyn to choose from, we decided, for starters, last Saturday to stick with spots that are strolling distance from Downtown B'KLYN.



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