De Blasio gets cards, balloons, poem from housing advocates for Valentine’s Day

Housing advocates had a special Valentine’s Day gift for mayor Bill de Blasio but rather than rely on a florist to delivery it, they brought it to the mayor’s Park Slope home themselves.

Members of the tenants’ rights group Inquilinos Unidos went to the mayor’s 11th Street home in Park Slope on Friday afternoon bearing heart-shaped balloons and giant Valentine’s Day cards, including one with a poem they wrote for Hizzoner.

“Dear Mayor de Blasio, Roses are red, violets are blue, remember the tenants that voted for you!" the poem read.


East River shuttle bus service between Greenpoint, Williamsburg starts Tuesday

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and State Senator Daniel Squadron today announced a temporary shuttle bus service will commence operation tomorrowFebruary 18, 2014, transporting riders between the India St. / Greenpoint and the N. 6th St. / N. Williamsburg East River Ferry landings during morning and evening rush hours.  The free shuttle will facilitate East River Ferry access for riders who use the India St.


Levin: Ferry can’t resume until ramp collapse probe complete

In the wake of the collapse of a gangplank at the Greenpoint ferry, Councilman Stephen Levin said ferry service cannot resume “until we have full knowledge of what caused the ramp to collapse.”

The city is investigating the incident, which took place Thursday morning at the Greenpoint Pier. New York Waterway, which operates the East River Ferry, announced that service on the ferry has been suspended until further notice.


Adams to host Brooklyn Economic Exchange

How about some business tips with your bacon and eggs?

Borough President Eric Adams and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to start a new program to promote economic growth in Brooklyn.

In partnership with the chamber, Adams will hold quarterly meetings over breakfast with the borough’s business leaders under a program called the Brooklyn Economic Exchange.

The first power breakfast will take place on March 18 at Borough Hall.


Sweethearts celebrate decades of love, at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted a Valentine’s Day celebration of love, both mature and young, during his Sweethearts party at Borough Hall on Friday.

BO Adams hosted a catered reception, including wedding cake and sparkling cider, for over 70 couples married for 50 years or more; those in attendance came from the Starrett City Senior Center as well as communities across the borough. The event also included music and a photo booth, which BP Adams invited newlywed couples at the Marriage License Bureau to utilize as well.


Snow sculpture contest at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday

You've slogged through it, you've shoveled it -- now It's time to actually enjoy all of this snow!

On Saturday, February 15 from noon - 2 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park is sponsoring a snow sculpture contest on the Picnic Peninsula at Pier 5.


"Battered Pride in Brooklyn" -- LGBTQ Anti-Violence Forum on Saturday

"Battered Pride in Brooklyn: An Anti-violence Forum for the LGBTQ Community and their Allies," will take place on Saturday, February 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Chapel of First Unitarian Church  at 121 Pierrepont St. at Monroe Place in Brooklyn Heights.


Brooklyn author to launch paperback in Greenpoint

Though he grew up in New York and now lives in Brooklyn, Bill Cheng’s debut novel, “Southern Cross the Dog,” reveals a chillingly evocative portrayal of the South in the 1920s and 30s. First published in May 2013, Cheng’s novel will soon be released in paperback — and to celebrate, the author will appear in Greenpoint at WORD Bookstore on Feb. 18.


Fire in the hole by Brooklyn Borough Hall

Close call, Borough Hall!

Fire in a manhole Thursday afternoon could have turned a stormy day into a very tragic one for some luckless Downtown Brooklyn denizens.

The manhole – in the traffic triangle at the intersection of Court and Joralemon streets – kept its lid on, though firefighters had been dispatched with word of an explosion.

No one was hurt, a firefighter at the scene told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Squadron urges alternative transportation for Greenpoint following ferry ramp collapse

Following Thursday morning's ferry ramp collapse at the India Street/Greenpoint East River Ferry stop, State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging an investigation and calling for an alternative means of transportation for the already-underserved Greenpoint community. Squadron released the following statement:


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