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[VIDEO] Expression through Dance

After parents kept coming in to ask whether the Mark Morris Dance Center in Fort Greene had classes for their children with special needs, the dance school decided to create a class to meet demand. Constance and Christopher Stienon of Fort Greene were among the first parents to register their child, Ysolde.


Brooklynites Oppose Possible Bensonhurst Trash Transfer Facility

Bensonhurst residents gathered Sunday to oppose a plan that would bring trash to the neighborhood by truck to be transferred to a barge on Gravesend Bay. They worry about the environmental impact of dredging the bay to make room for barges. The facility would also be near a children’s amusement park. Activists have taken the...


City Waited to Make Serious Repairs at Brooklyn Playgrounds

Eight percent of the 583 problems at Brooklyn playgrounds listed as urgent were not addressed within the required 30 days, according to a Comptroller’s audit. The repairs included a walkway pushed up by tree roots at Jackie Robinson Park in Bed-Stuy, missing cobblestones at the Hickman Playground in Mill Basin, and a pinching hazard at...


5 Wounded in 3 Separate Brooklyn Shootings Early This Morning

Five men were wounded in three early-morning shootings in Crown Heights and two spots in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Three men were shot at the intersection of Marcus Harvey Boulevard and Monroe Street in Bed-Stuy at around 1:30 a.m. Another man was shot at St. John’s Place and Franklin Avenue at around 3 a.m. The four victims were...


SUNY Takes Back Plan to Close Long Island College Hospital

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which said it would close the hospital to save money, has withdrawn its plan in a surprise move that delighted hospital staff, unions and community groups. The announcement comes after weeks of protest. “We are encouraged by SUNY’s decision to withdraw the closure plan,” said Toomas Sorra, MD, President of Concerned Physicians...


NBA Draft Coming to the Barclays Center This Year

The NBA announced Wednesday that the Barclays Center will host the league’s 2013 draft on June 27. The draft was held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. for the past two years. Madison Square Garden hosted the event from 2001-2010. Read more at ESPN.