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Brooklyn Public Library Branch Moving to Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Feb 20, 17 Brooklyn Public Library Branch Moving to Brooklyn Children’s Museum

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Officials of the Brooklyn Public Library described more details about the planned move out of the Crown Heights library branch to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The cost of keeping the branch where it is will cost $8 million, officials say, but only $3 million to make the move. The new library in the museum will take up about 6000-6500 of administrative space in the museum, according to Executive Vice President of External Affairs at Brooklyn Public Library, David Woloch. It is comparable to the space now at the Brower Park branch now at 725 St. Marks Avenue. The BPL will pay the museum $230,000 in yearly rent for the space. Creating a library from the space there now will cost about $3 million. Staying put will cost about $5 million in repairs and an additional $3 million to buy the building. The city built the library branch in 1963, but never purchased the land that it is on, said Woloch. It is located only 1.5 blocks from the museum, and about a 1.4 mile walk for the Central branch of the BPL, which also has a youth wing. Although located within the museum building, the library will have its own hours and a separate entrance. Officials are looking forward to building a state-of-the-art family-centered library with child-focused programing and other resources. Woloch empahasized that the proposed move is just that, and not a ‘done-deal.’ Funding has not yet come through, and the details of the new branch’s layout and programming are not yet “set in stone.” “We’re in the process of speaking to as many people as we can,” he...

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Made in New York Coming to Fashion and Film Industries

Feb 15, 17 Made in New York Coming to Fashion and Film Industries

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Sunset Park is slated to become the home of a new “Made in NY” campus as $136 million is dedicated to a facelift of an old Brooklyn warehouse. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his ambitious plan to construct a city-run complex that will rent out space to television and movie makers and companies in the fashion industry. The project is predicting the addition of 1,500 new, permanent jobs by the year 2020 with salaries in the $55,000 vicinity. In order to construct the site about 800 temporary jobs have been created. The building of the campus is part of de Blasio’s overall goal of creating 100,000 new jobs in the city by the year 2026. The warehouse, known as Bush Terminal, is composed of two existing buildings which will be revamped to provide 200,000 square feet of garment manufacturing space, a brand new 100,000 square foot film and TV production studio, pedestrian-friendly streets, and a new plaza area. Representatives for the mayor’s office said that the project will be meeting the needs of both the fashion and film industry, which have already declared their need for affordable space in which to grow and add...

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Making the World a Better Place: The Maxwell School of Citizenship

Feb 05, 17 Making the World a Better Place: The Maxwell School of Citizenship

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During uncertain times and periods of global upheaval, it is good to know there are well-trained minds working on the most serious issues of our times. Special academic institutions like the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, located at Syracuse University, help educate and influence the global leaders of the future. Founded in 1924 with $500,000 to begin a school which would “cull from every source those principles, facts, and elements which, combined, make up our rights and duties and our value and distinctiveness at US citizens.” The Maxwell School became the first school in the country to offer a program in public administration, and now has the oldest, continuously operating University-based MPA in the US. Meet some of the outstanding graduates of this graduate program. What greater goal in life is there than bringing peace to the world? Sonya Reines-Djivanides, through her role in Brussels as the executive director of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), is trying to achieve just that. Reines-Djivanides leads the EPLO in its function as a place where NGOs and think tanks work together to explore how the players on the world stage can prevent violent conflict. Previously she was the chair of the EPLO’s steering committee. She also was the director of the Brussels Headquarters of Search for Common Ground, where she served from 2009 to 2015. Jason Cole earned his Master’s in Public Administration in 1998. After 16 years of experience in government and government relations, Cole was recently named to be associate vice president of university relations at Cornell University. He has extensive experience in organizational leadership, public policy development, advocacy, media relations, brand campaigning and pollical issues. The Maxwell School also contributes leaders to the world of community organizations and grass-roots social improvement.  Kimberlin Butler, a 2003 graduate of the Master’s in Public Administration Program, received recognition for her work as interim director of programs and partnerships at Beyond 12. The Atlanta Business Chronicle listed Butler among its “40 Under 40” award winners...

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New York Based Stabilis Capital to Take Over Chicago Hotel

Jan 25, 17 New York Based Stabilis Capital to Take Over Chicago Hotel

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As several companies either shutter, file for bankruptcy or downsize, Chicago is bracing for the loss of about 600 jobs. But within this situation, Stabilis Capital is trying to keep the jobs at the hotel where it has recently claimed ownership. The New York-based investor, Stabilis Capital Management, will be taking over ownership of the Inn of Chicago. The hotel foreclosed and was purchased by Stabilis. In January, 2015 Stabilis took over ownership of Broad Street Commons, a 397-bed dormitory that serves the State University of New York, Plattsburgh campus. Trunk Club, a company based in Chicago, is closing its Goose Island, Chicago, distribution center resulting in the loss of about 250 jobs. Trunk Club is owned by Nordstrom that ships hand-picked clothing and accessories to their customers. David Barton Gym, an upscale health club in River North which counts celebrities among its members closed right before Christmas, leaving 57 people unemployed. The gym is owned and run by Club Ventures, which is liquidating and has already filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. According to Elliot Mallen, a representative of the union that represents hotel workers, said he doubts there will be any actual layoffs at the hotel Stabilis is taking over. The workers should be able to retain their jobs as the Inn of Chicago’s ownership is transferred to Stabilis. And this is certainly good news for those in the area hoping to keep their jobs, as Stabilis Capital of New York is coming through for...

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Brooklyn Brewery to Remain in Williamsburg

Jan 22, 17 Brooklyn Brewery to Remain in Williamsburg

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Thirty years ago Brooklyn Brewery was just getting started, and the neighborhood it was located in, Williamsburg, was an industrial area perfect for the start-up. Over the years the Brewery grew to such an extent that about 3,000-4,000 visitors from all over the world come on pilgrimage to visit the facility and Brooklyn Brewery’s beer is sold in 30 countries. But the neighborhood has changed, too, making the owners question whether they should move to a more suitable location. Williamsburg has been gentrifying. Zoning changes have allowed apartment buildings, hotels, and a bowling alley that does double duty as a concert hall, to spring up all around. Feeling the squeeze of higher rent, the owners of the brewery decided to move to Brooklyn’s upcoming Navy Yard. The Navy Yard offered Brooklyn Brewery a smaller space in a building which is being fitted out as a center for food manufacturing. The owners thought about taking their 115 full-time employees to the new location, and even opening a restaurant on the roof of the building. But when the brewery’s landlords asked if they would like to extend their lease, which is expiring in 2015, the company decided to re-think the move. Steve Hindy, one of the founders of the company, and the top executives said they preferred to stay put, because in Williamsburg “people know we’re here.” City officials agree with Hindy. They said that they were ready to help the Brooklyn Brewery makes a new home in the Navy Yard, they would prefer if it remain in the old neighborhood as an industrial anchor. “I want to see manufacturers thriving not only in our assets like the Navy Yard, but across the city,” said Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development. “From where I sit, keeping the brewery at its home in Williamsburg would be a coup, and it means the Navy Yard can use its scarce space to grow the next multimillion-dollar Brooklyn...

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NYC Subway Wired Two Years Ahead of Schedule

Jan 09, 17 NYC Subway Wired Two Years Ahead of Schedule

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Twenty-seventeen will be the year New Yorkers will remember as the year the NYC subway system got wired. As of January 9, practically all underground stations will have cell phone and Wi-Fi service. The mammoth project was rushed along by Governor Andrew Cuomo in early 2016, inspiring Transit Wireless and the MTA to really get things rolling. “By bringing Wi-Fi and cell service underground ahead of schedule, we are re-imagining our subway stations to meet the needs of the next generation,” Cuomo said in a press release. “This will better connect New Yorkers who are on-the-go and build on our vision to re imagine the country’s busiest transportation network for the future.” In order to shave two years off the projected time-line for the project, Transit Wireless spent “well over” $300 million to install the system and bring in cell coverage from all four carriers; AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Transit Wireless connected the first six underground stations in 2011 in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Now almost every single of the city’s 279 stations are connected, with the Clark Street station on the 2,3 line the last to connect. There are four stations under renovation which are not yet hooked up, but will come on-line immediately upon the completion of the renovations. Connecting underground was far from child’s play. During the installation, Transit Wireless installed: 120 miles of fiber optic cables to transport signals between stations and base station hotel data centers; 4,000 antenna connection points; and 5,000 Wi-Fi access...

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New York’s Passive Houses

Jan 02, 17 New York’s Passive Houses

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The passive house standard was established less than a decade ago in Germany by the Passivhaus Institut.  Given the advantages to the environment and energy bills it provides, it soon spread to other parts of the world including the New York area.  As such, it gave various professionals in the industry (including Rocco Basile of Avo Construction, and Stephen Lynch of Caliper Studio among others) a greener way to build, while maintaining top quality standards. Having such a positive impact on so many aspects involved in building construction, the “sweeping green-building initiative” is also being greatly lauded by Mayor Bill de Blasio.  He is seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050 and using this type of construction is a huge step in the right direction. Avo Construction –launched in 2011 by Rocco Basile – built Brooklyn’s 210 Pacific Street using this method.  In Cobble Hill, this unit was designed and developed by NAVA Companies (offering both half-floor and full-floor units containing three and four bedrooms).  It features induction cooktops, solar thermal hot water systems, and various other green elements. The way the passive house works is through the use of a system exchanging interior and exterior air (such as an energy recovery ventilator) along with an airtight building envelope.  With the units in New York, there is the need for both heating and cooling systems but these are much smaller than standard ones, generating far less greenhouse gas emissions and keeping energy bills down. According to the Passivhaus Institut, units using this method require around a quarter of the energy using in a home that is powered with regular energy.  Other benefits with the model are much quieter interiors due to very thick, insulated walls as well as cleaner and fresher air because of the filters used in energy recovery ventilators.  Furthermore, these filters can actually help eradicate asthmatic systems and other related-allergies. Basile and Avo Construction have always sought to employ the most qualified experts to build...

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Great Skiing Does Not Always Mean Flying

Jan 01, 17 Great Skiing Does Not Always Mean Flying

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People in Brooklyn, don’t despair! In only four hours of less of driving you can be swooshing down some wonderful ski runs, without having to break the bank on airfare, or spending any more of your limited, precious time on the extreme hassle of flying. Check out these five great destinations and get your powder-white fix this winter, with minimum bother. •    Only one hour and 45 minutes away, Mount Peter Ski Area is one of the few family-owned ski resorts left in New York State, and the oldest extant ski area, too. At 400 feet-high, the peak is covered with five ski lifts and 14 runs equally divided between advanced, intermediate and beginner. The resort, just north of the New Jersey-New York border, offers free beginner ski and snowboarding school. •    Thunder Ridge Ski Area is even closer to Brooklyn than Mount Peter- only one hour and 30 minutes away, in Patterson. The 22 trails, accessible by 6 lifts, are geared to intermediate and beginner skiers. The resort has the capability of covering 95 percent of the mountain with artificial snow, so even if the snowfall was minimal, there is still great skiing to be had. •    Catamount Ski Area is found on the border between New York and Massachusetts in the Taconic Mountains. With seven lifts and 36 trails in 119 acres, it is one of the largest ski areas in New York or New England. It is only two hours and 45 minutes-drive from Brooklyn. •    If night-skiing is your thing, you will love Windham Mountain Resort. With a 1,600-foot-high incline and 52 ski trails with 12 lifts, this resort is well worth the trip. To top it off, there is an on-site spa, five terrain parks for freestylers, and artificial snow. Located in Windham, New York, it takes only 3 hours to get there from Brooklyn. •    Looking for a ski area a little further away? Give the Royal Mountain Ski Area a try. It is a three-hour and 45-minute...

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