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ReBar Owner Jason Stevens Can’t Escape Long Bar of the Law

As announced earlier today by Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, Jason Stevens, the notorious owner of DUMBO hangout reBar who two months ago stole wedding party deposits and stiffed his employees, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for grand larceny and criminal tax fraud. “Today’s sentence sends a clear [...]

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Downtown Brooklyn Macy’s a Teardown Option?

With reports Wednesday that Macy’s is considering a sale of its flagship location in Brooklyn, speculation begins about the fate of Fulton Mall’s largest and grandest building. According to Women’s Wear Daily, executives at the Cincinnati-based retail chain are said to be debating whether to renovate the venerable building at 422 Fulton Street or to [...]

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“Frozen Zones” in the Heights and DUMBO Tonight

As previously reported, parking in Brooklyn Heights will be severely restricted for tonight’s fireworks as will access to some residential areas.

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Brooklyn Bridge Facade Wall Collapses

Multiple media outlets are reporting a serious collapse of the facade wall on the walkway to the Brooklyn Bridge at Washington and Prospect Streets. From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: The collapse, which injured two pedestrians, took place in the middle of a wild storm which brought hundreds of explosive lightening (sic) strikes and flooding to [...]

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3 Firefighters Treated for Minor Injuries in Cobble Hill Fire

BHB contributors Marc Hermann and Heather Quinlan report that a fire broke out at 116 Pacific Street this afternoon. FDNY responded and had the blaze under control in about 30 minutes. Three firefighters were treated for minor injuries. A BHB tipster alerted us to a “cloud of smoke” and “many sirens” leading us to tweet: [...]

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David Walentas Calls Brooklyn Heights ‘Old Guard’ Anti-Semites and Racists in New York Magazine Profile

You can call David Walentas many things, but he sure knows how to get attention. In a New York Magazine profile published this week the developer and King of all DUMBO has a thing or two to say about Brooklyn Heights “old guard”:

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SUNY Finalizes Fortis Deal for LICH

The saga of Long Island College Hospital comes to an end:

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Brooklyn Paper: Atlantic Avenue Shell Station Doomed

The Atlantic Avenue Shell station is likely to close soon reports the Brooklyn Paper:

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Affordable Housing Forum at St. Ann’s Church Tuesday Evening

There will be a public forum, “Brooklyn Housing Matters: Tackling Affordability,” on Tuesday evening starting at 7:00 at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, Clinton and Montague streets. Panelists will be City Councilmember Stephen Levin; Caitlyn Brazill, VP of CAMBA, a Brooklyn multi-service nonprofit; and Aaron Koffman, Director of Affordable Housing for developer Hudson [...]

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Calling DUMBO Residents: Can You Help Find A Kitten?

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition seeks information about a seven-week-old black and white kitten last seen on Jay and Plymouth Streets in DUMBO. From the good folks at BBAWC: This kitten’s mother and siblings (as well as two intact males) were trapped Sunday evening for spaying, neutering, and vaccinating, and he has not been seen since.  [...]

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SUNY Announces LICH Agreement in Principle With Fortis

SUNY has issued a press release saying it has “an agreement in principle with Fortis Property Group for the purchase of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) complex.” It is subject to SUNY’s and Fortis’s reaching a final agreement and the approval of that agreement by SUNY’s Board of Trustees. The way for this [...]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

We get our own Shakespeare in the Park this coming weekend (Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15) as Theater 2020 continues their critically praised production of King Lear with three free performances at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings starting at 7:00. It’s slated to be perfect walking weather on [...]

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News Flash: Brooklyn Bidding for 2016 Democratic Convention

The New York Times reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a bid for Brooklyn to host the 2016 Democratic Convention. The proposal is for Barclays Center to be the “anchor venue” for the event, “with accommodations and other events to be spread across the city’s other four boroughs.” The Times piece calls Brooklyn [...]

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Last Ditch #SaveLICH Rally Tuesday Morning

We have this notice from Jim Walden of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, the lawyer who has represented community groups in the battle to save Long Island College Hospital: Tuesday may be our very last hope. With SUNY having executed Peebles just days after our settlement with them, it seems very clear that misconduct continues [...]

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SUNY Drops LICH Talks with Peebles; Turns to Fortis

The Brooklyn Paper reports that SUNY today announced it has broken off talks with Peebles Corporation, which became the favored bidder for Long Island College Hospital after the initial first place bidder, Brooklyn Health Partners, was declared disqualified. SUNY is now negotiating with Fortis Property Group, which scored third in the bidding and which, in [...]

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Peebles Choice: Full Hospital at LICH Down for the Count As Developer Triumphs

Emergency services and an ambulatory unit will be all that remains at Long Island College Hospital as Judge Johnny Lee Baynes gave the green light to a deal between SUNY and Peebles Corporation for a mixed used complex there. Emergency services will continue there until May 27 under the auspices of North Shore-LIJ who have [...]

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