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Fleet Week Begins Tomorrow, Continues Through Memorial Day Weekend

Fleet Week begins tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, with a parade of ships that, starting at 11:30 a.m., will proceed from the Narrows up through New York Harbor, past the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park, up to the George Washington Bridge. The ships will then head back to their assigned docks: some at the Cruise […]

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Five Borough Bike Tour, Road Closures This Sunday

Thanks to this correspondent’s penchant for late night surfing, The Blog has just learned of this Sunday’s TD 5 Boro Bike Tour.  Now in its 39th year, the ride consists of “32,000 cyclists of all skill levels [who] come from around the world to roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally […]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Hosts DUMBO Family Festival Saturday

This coming Saturday, April 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park will present its DUMBO Family Festival at the John Street and Main Street areas of the Park. It’s a free event, at which you may [s]cale the DUMBO Boulders [photo], explore the wonders of nature at our Environmental Education Center, get […]

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Two Developers Said to Agree to Buy Witness Headquarters

The Real Deal reports that an investment group led by two prominent Manhattan property owners and developers, Jared Kushner and Aby Rosen, are said to have agreed to purchase the Watchtower headquarters complex at 25-30 Columbia Heights, along with a site on Jay Street in DUMBO that has substantial development rights, for $700 million. No […]

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Paella Bake-Off in Red Hook Sunday Evening, April 17

This coming Sunday, April 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. there will be a Paella Bake-Off in Red Hook, and you are invited to be one of the judges. The contestants are Kevin’s Restaurant, 277 Van Brunt Street, and the galley of the preserved coastal tanker Mary A. Whalen, docked at the south side of […]

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BHA and CHA Want Answers on LICH Site Plans

As reported by The Eagle, the Brooklyn Heights Association and the Cobble Hill Association have jointly sent a letter to NYU Langone seeking information concerning matters of interest to the communities. NYU is presently operating an emergency room at the Long island College Hospital site and is to develop, pursuant to an agreement with Fortis […]

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Love Thy Neighbor: Upcoming Vote to Fund Community Projects

It’s Participatory Budgeting time again and City Council Member Steve Levin wants to know how you would spend up to 1.5 million dollars of the city’s money.  “These funds can go towards capital projects in our parks, our schools—or wherever else the residents of our district decide,” Council Member Levin explains via his Tumblr blog. Levin […]

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Is the School Rezoning A Success? Early Signs Say Yes

Families were sent their Kindergarten admissions offers letters on Tuesday.  As reported by Politico, the re-zoning of P.S. 8 an P.S 307 shows early signs of success.  Unlike last year, there is no wait list for P.S. 8 and 148 students were offered a seat at the school.  Historically there is about 20% attrition among […]

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Good-bye, Witnesses; Hello, Luxury Condos

“There is only one possible use, and that’s luxury condominiums.” So proclaimed David Lombino, the director of special projects for Two Trees, in a New York Times story published last weekend and accompanied by stunning photographs of the landscape currently inhabited by the Jehovah’s Witness complex that straddles Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. His conclusion is hardly a surprise, given […]

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Society

Sunset Park already has a large Asian population; now Bensonhurst has a rapidly growing Chinese community. How is this likely to affect local politics? On Wednesday evening, January 27, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a discussion on this topic, moderated by Jarrett Murphy, with panelists Paul Mak of the Brooklyn Chinese-American […]

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