• Another Day, Another Royally Messed Up F (Turning Into a G) Train (Updated)

    Update: we have received a statement from the MTA, which follows the original story below. Looks like another day of royal F train delays, with a sprinkling of assault and battery: Another totally broken and messed up morning on the F train! Weren't [...]

  • Sandy-Scarred Houses of Worship Neglected by Federal Law

    For all the rebuilding since Hurricane Sandy, damaged houses of worship have been left out in the cold due to federal prohibitions on direct aid to religious institutions. An attempt to amend the law and allow for such assistance in the case of natural disasters passed the House [...]

  • Brooklyn & Manhattan Beat Washington State in 4th Annual ‘Battle of the Book Sorters’

    The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library joined forces to take on Washington state’s King County Public Library for the fourth annual Book Sorting Competition Wednesday morning. The combined NYPL/BPL’s “BookOps” defeated returning champion Washington, with 12,570 items sorted to King [...]

  • Upward Rents for Court Street Storefronts

    High rents and puzzling delays may cause entrepreneurs looking for a Court Street storefront to settle elsewhere, though some spaces have been leased at or near their asking price. Kevin Barry, who had finally recovered from the loss of “Grandma’s House,” his South Street Seaport [...]

  • Praise for Expedited Haitian Family Reunification Program

    Elected officials and community leaders gathered Thursday afternoon to praise a new program that will expedite the reunification of Haitian families in the United States. Council Member Mathieu Eugene hosted a press conference at 250 Broadway in lower Manhattan to honor the Haitian [...]

Government Still Ill-Equipped to Aid Small Businesses After Natural Disasters: Report

standard Government Still Ill-Equipped to Aid Small Businesses After Natural Disasters: Report

The federal government not only failed to effectively and timely provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but remains ill-equipped to assist distressed business owners in another natural disaster despite reforms that were passed and should have been implemented, according to a scathing [...]

An abandoned home in East New York, Brooklyn (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard Exclusive: Real Estate Fraud Ring Gleaning Illicit Rents From Scores of Properties

Slow Moving, Multi-Million Dollar Scheme Exploits Post-Recession Vulnerabilities Scammers claim to “short sell” distressed properties for homeowners, but then rent them, never exchanging title with a bona-fide purchaser Original homeowners left with skyrocketing mortgages, utility bills, but no claim to home as properties are shuffled [...]

Bed-Stuy Foundation Hosts Star-Studded Benefit

standard Bed-Stuy Foundation Hosts Star-Studded Benefit

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation hosted the Restore Brooklyn Annual Benefit Dinner at the Time Warner Center Monday evening, honoring Rosie Perez, the Honorable William Thompson Sr. and Bruce Gordon with a special performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele. The evening’s presenters included director Spike [...]