Category Archives: Downtown Brooklyn

Markowitz Hands Out Toys, Books to Tots

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Borough President Marty Markowitz turned the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall into a festive holiday toy store and distributed hundreds of new toys and books collected during the annual Borough Hall toy drive.

Brooklyn-based service organizations, including churches, youth groups, and women’s shelters, received an amazing selection of new toys and books donated by scores of individuals and corporate sponsors.

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Would Be Ideal Component In Tech Map of Brooklyn

This rendering, released to the Eagle in October, shows the NYU-Polytechnic proposal for the former MTA headquarters building at 370 Jay St. (center). Notice that the façade of the building would be completely redesigned. Photo courtesy of New York University-Polytechnic Institute.

By Raanan Geberer

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — “Let’s give the city three cheers for the plans for the city’s new applied science campus on Roosevelt Island, but we’ll give it five cheers when the city decides to support NYU and Polytechnic’s proposal for an applied science campus here.”

These words, spoken by Assemblywoman Joan Milllman (D-Downtown Brooklyn/Heights) in front of the nearly vacant former MTA headquarters building at 370 Jay St., captured the mood of Wednesday’s press conference.

Sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Downtown Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan) and Borough President Marty Markowitz, the rally was called to emphasize that the NYU-Polytechnic proposal, which would use the Jay Street building for classrooms and offices, is still on the table.

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Brooklyn Broadside: Adams Street Is Now Muss Mile

By Dennis Holt

BROOKLYN — Although the distance isn’t quite correct, it could be called Muss Mile —- the part of Adams Street that stretches from the north side of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge down to Willoughby Street.

Newcomers to Downtown Brooklyn may not be that familiar with Joshua Muss and his Muss Development LLC, but Muss and Bruce Ratner are the two developers who have made the most significant changes to Downtown Brooklyn.

Muss brought us the first new hotel in Brooklyn in 50 years, and it was a frustrating struggle to get it built. Patience and probity prevailed. Then Muss brought us the second hotel — an extension of the first — and before you knew it, the combined 667-room hotel became one of the largest in the city.

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Shopping Local, Doing Good At Brooklyn Friends Winter Fest

For a Dollar, One Parent Gave Advice About Problems

A Peanuts-style advice stand manned by Brooklyn Friends School parent Lucy Hart with the assistance of her daughter Willa was one of the creative activities at this year’s Winter Festival at the Downtown Brooklyn school. For one dollar, Lucy gave advice about dilemmas big and small. Eagle photo by Mary Frost.

 

By Mary Frost

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — While holiday shopping increasingly means buying online, many Brooklynites prefer to “shop local” at holiday fairs benefiting neighborhood institutions.

In Downtown Brooklyn, the annual Winter Festival brought thousands to Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) on Pearl Street this past Saturday. While many came for the children’s carnival and DJ dance party, serious holiday shoppers made a beeline for the gymnasium.

“I was so impressed,” said Linda Collins, who spent hours walking from table to table with a friend. “We both commented on the quality, and the creativity was outstanding. I bought earrings from a woman who collects New York City sea glass — it’s rubbed and polished by the sea. There was a guy who silk-screens T-shirts made out of bamboo material. They’re sustainable and whisk away moisture — very creative, and soft.”

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Training for Disaster in Downtown Brooklyn

Eagle photo by Mary Frost

Cadman Plaza East was set ablaze recently — on purpose — as CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) volunteers trained with FDNY in extinguishing fires. “In a disaster, members of CERT teams can put out small fires and handle other emergencies,” said FDNY Lt. William Pickett of Engine Company 218 (shown above on left). CERTs are operated by the Office of Emergency Management and are affiliated with community boards. “There are groups all over the city. Call 3-1-1 to volunteer,” he said.

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Turkey Distribution at Borough Hall


On Monday, Nov. 21, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham and Senior Advisor Carlo Scissura kicked off the holiday season by distributing more than 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys and several tons of trimmings — apples, collard greens, white potatoes and sweet potatoes — to representatives of nearly 100 Brooklyn community groups at Borough Hall Plaza. Graham (right) and Scissura (third from right) were also joined by Michael Burke, interim president of the Downtown Brooklyn.

On Monday, Nov. 21, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham and Senior Advisor Carlo Scissura kicked off the holiday season by distributing more than 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys and several tons of trimmings — apples, collard greens, white potatoes and sweet potatoes — to representatives of nearly 100 Brooklyn community groups at Borough Hall Plaza.

Graham (right) and Scissura (third from right) were also joined by Michael Burke, interim president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; Tom Early, CEO of Health Plus; Larry Hickey, senior VP of business affairs for FreshDirect; Danny Glickberg, executive VP of Fairway Market; and Amanda Quinones, assistant VP and branch manager for Flushing Bank. Volunteers from the Lions Club helped distribute the food.

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