September, 2014

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 […]

Council Member Laurie Cumbo (Podium) announcing new funding initiatives with supporters at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard Monday “Fund”-Day! Millions in New Allocations for Arts & Education Announced Across Borough

Significant new funding for a variety of arts and educational programs were announced in a duo of press conferences Monday and in a separate event by the Mayor last week, to the delight of local elected leaders and advocates who had long championed […]