Death penalty sentencing trial begins for Brooklyn defendant

The trial United States v. Ronell Wilson began Monday in the courtroom of Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis. Wilson was convicted in 2006 of murdering two New York City Police Department undercover detectives during a firearms transaction in Staten Island — and more recently accused of getting a prison guard pregnant —and sentenced to death for the murders.


Famed Brooklyn writer returns with sizzling novel

Brooklyn writer Susan Choi, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated author of “A Person of Interest” and “American Woman”, returns this summer with a brilliant new novel, “My Education” (Viking; On-sale: July 8, 2013).  Choi will appear twice in Brooklyn to read from her novel, first at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO (July 17), and then at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene (July 30). From an author acclaimed for her psychological acuity and pitch-perfect writing, Choi’s lat


Child-designed playground built by hundreds of volunteers in Bed-Stuy

On June 20, more than 4,000 children in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood received a great new place to play thanks to hundreds of volunteers.

The new 2,500-square-foot playground was fully assembled from scratch in less than eight hours with the help of more than 200 volunteers from Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration and Shinda Management Corp, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Willoughby Court Apartments.


Cops want crime watchers on 34 Bushwick blocks

As he washed his minivan before a Saturday shift as a delivery driver at a Bushwick pizza joint, Jermaine Bishop said crime remains a problem in his neighborhood.

“You can just be going about your normal life and get involved in something you didn’t even know about,” said Bishop, 26. The lifelong Linden Street resident pointed to the corner of Bushwick Avenue and said there had been a shooting during the daytime there recently.


LICH patients diverted to other hospitals, protests grow

New York City politicians piled on SUNY Downstate as the state medical center barred ambulances from Long Island College’s (LICH) emergency room and emptied its critical care wards in spite of being ordered by the court to keep the hospital open and staffing levels up.


City releases RFP for Brooklyn Heights Library development

While Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has shelved its proposal to sell its historic Pacific Street Branch to a developer, it has pushed ahead with its controversial plan to redevelop the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch, which also houses the borough’s Business Library.


'Secret Garden' nitespot In Grove Place alley?

On the back side of Livingston Street, there's an alley that only Brooklyn trivia buffs know by name – Grove Place.

The urban-picturesque hideaway with mysterious metal-encased fire stairs descending graffiti-scrawled brick walls is a secret spot unknown to almost everybody, aside from Downtown Brooklynites who sneak there to take cigarette breaks or dump garbage.

That's about to change, thanks to a Downtown Brooklyn Partnership campaign to clean up the dead-end, single-lane snippet of a street – but not so much that it loses its edginess – and introduce it to the world.


Livingston Street: Exotic, offbeat, gritty, now slated for mainstream

Big developments are percolating on Livingston Street – and before you know it, new retailers will want in on the action, real estate executives predict.


Brooklyn Eats to feature over 100 borough-based food and beverage vendors on June 26 in East Williamsburg

With just under a week to go, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Brooklyn Eats will feature over 100 borough-based food and beverage manufacturers on June 26 at 630 Flushing Avenue in East Williamsburg.


Gentile to FEMA: Give southern Brooklyn a ferry service

If not a subway train, how about a ferry?

In response to the news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will close the Montague Street subway tunnel for Sandy-related repairs for 14 months starting this summer, forcing hundreds of thousands of R train riders to find alternative routes into Manhattan, Councilman Vincent Gentile is reaching out to the federal government for help.



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