• Animal Cruelty Protests, Legal Actions Continue Over Jewish ‘Kapporos’ Ritual

    Defenders Claim Religious Tradition and a Harmless Practice That Donates to Charity Continuing protests and legal action over ‘Kapporos,’ a holiday ritual involving the use of live chickens in some observant Jewish communities, took place in the courts and on the streets over the last few [...]

  • Caretaker’s Son Claims He Tore Down Barricades New Owner Put Up at ‘Slave Theater’

    The standoff at the Slave Theater has begun. “This is our theater,” said Omar Hardy, whose father Clarence claims to be the rightful heir to the vaunted but troubled Bed-Stuy institution. “This is my birthright. I was born to take care of this [...]

  • In Williamsburg, Trickle of Chain Stores Gives Way to a Flood

    The lettering was subtle, the colors muted, soft. J. Crew’s signage on its new Wythe Avenue storefront, like the run-up to its opening over the weekend, involved many careful steps to avoid too much attention or any ostentatious displays. The clothing store has been “collaborating with local artisans [...]

  • CB9: Chaos and Cacophony Leave Empire Blvd. Vulnerable and Its Fate Uncertain

    A  meeting of Community Board 9 Tuesday evening was rife with acrimony and disorder, interrupted by frequent shouting and protests by the general public concerning the fate of Empire Boulevard, a wide thoroughfare on the border of Crown Heights from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens that remains in a [...]

  • Unlike Climate March, ‘Flood Wall Street’ Culls Division

    Confrontational Tactics, Less Coherent Message Turn Off Would-Be Allies If the People’s Climate March worked wonders to rally disparate groups around the climate change issue, ‘Flood Wall Street’ may have done just as much to set things back. “Half the people here don’t [...]

A protest over the 'Kapporos' ritual Wednesday morning on Eastern Parkway (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard Animal Cruelty Protests, Legal Actions Continue Over Jewish ‘Kapporos’ Ritual

Defenders Claim Religious Tradition and a Harmless Practice That Donates to Charity Continuing protests and legal action over ‘Kapporos,’ a holiday ritual involving the use of live chickens in some observant Jewish communities, took place in the courts and on the streets over the last few [...]

In Williamsburg, Trickle of Chain Stores Gives Way to a Flood

standard In Williamsburg, Trickle of Chain Stores Gives Way to a Flood

The lettering was subtle, the colors muted, soft. J. Crew’s signage on its new Wythe Avenue storefront, like the run-up to its opening over the weekend, involved many careful steps to avoid too much attention or any ostentatious displays. The clothing store has been “collaborating with local artisans [...]

Dwayne Nicholson, CB9's new President, tried to calm the audience while Police Officers and District Manager Pearl Miles (seated) look on (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard CB9: Chaos and Cacophony Leave Empire Blvd. Vulnerable and Its Fate Uncertain

A  meeting of Community Board 9 Tuesday evening was rife with acrimony and disorder, interrupted by frequent shouting and protests by the general public concerning the fate of Empire Boulevard, a wide thoroughfare on the border of Crown Heights from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens that remains in a [...]

1785 Bedford Avenue (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard Over a Dozen ‘Violent’ Sex Offenders Residing in Unmarked Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Building

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens residents were alarmed to discover that a nondescript, unmarked building in their neighborhood has been home to over a dozen violent sex offenders. 1785 Bedford Avenue, between Sterling St. and Lefferts Ave., began housing the dangerous residents about two years ago. [...]

A rendering of the new library by the Hudson Companies (BPL)

standard (UPDATED) Brooklyn Public Library Approves $52 Million Sale of Brooklyn Heights Branch to Developer Hudson Co.

Correction from the BPL: “A number was incorrectly presented at the press briefing this week on the Brooklyn Heights library project. While the height of the building was correctly stated, it actually represents 30 (not 20) stories in the developer’s current proposal. [...]

Council Member Vincent Gentile convened a press conference at Borough Hall Monday evening (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard Borough “Going Gold” and Selling Vanity Plates to Raise Awareness & Funding for Childhood Cancer

For families afflicted by the cruel menace of childhood cancer, the devastating disease is only compounded by a dearth of funding and dated treatments that are not only painful, but risky. A group of concerned advocates and local officials hope to change that reality, [...]

Looking north from southbound platform of en:Ditmas Avenue (IND Culver Line) as F train descends into tunnel (Wikimedia Commons via Jim Henderson)

standard Coalition Urging MTA to Restore “Express” F Train Service

A coalition of elected officials have urged the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to restore express F train service in Brooklyn in a letter sent to MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendengast. The correspondence, which was signed by a bipartisan group of fourteen city, state [...]