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Now FBI raids Bronx homes of Winnie Greco, longtime Brooklyn BP liaison to Chinese community, more recently an aide to Mayor Adams

Drip, drip drip. It turns out that a person who looked pretty dubious a decade ago (!) may indeed be pretty dubious. (Another one too, albeit with a shorter horizon--see bottom.) As The CITY reported two days ago,  FBI Raids Homes of Mayoral Aide Winnie Greco and New World Mall, Site of Eric Adams Campaign Operations : FBI agents raided two Bronx homes owned by a top aide to Mayor Eric Adams early Thursday morning, along with the offices of a Queens mall that hosted Adams campaign operations. THE CITY previously uncovered strong evidence of potentially illegal straw donations tied to the mall. The aide, Adams’ director of Asian affairs Winnie Greco , was deeply involved in eight separate fundraising events at the New World Mall that generated tens of thousands of dollars for Adams’ 2021 mayoral campaign...  Greco, who is paid $100,000 a year for her City Hall job, is already being probed by the city’s Department of Investigation in the aftermath of another story by THE CITY detailing

Barclays Center releases March 2024 event calendar: 23 ticketed events over 20 days, including two basketball tourneys and six concerts

The Barclays Center yesterday released its March 2024 event calendar, with 23 ticketed events over 20 days: six Brooklyn Nets games, seven Atlantic 10 men's basketball events over five days, three NCAA March Madness tournament events over two days, six concerts, and one comedy show. That's a boost from  March 2023 , which had 17 ticketed events over 15 days, with just three concerns and no March Madness.  Could this be credited, at least in part, to the role of Ticketmaster (linked with promoter Live Nation) as ticket provider, to which the arena returned  last year  after a stint with SeatGeek? March 2023 Note that last year, during the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament, the arena expected a large number of attendees arriving via bus, but no such warning was part of this year's notice.

Yes, schools approved for 491 Dean, at base of B15 tower across from arena block. Enthusiasm, plus a warning about dangerous Atlantic Ave. nearby.

The relocation in September of a middle-school and a high school, plus a special needs program, to the base of 662 Pacific Street (aka B15 or Plank Road), was approved as expected Feb. 27 by the Department of Education's Panel for Educational Policy (PEP). The school address is 491 Dean Street. View of the school from 6th Ave./Norman Oder The vote was unanimous, as it was for other proposals the PEP was considering. Here's the video . The building is just across Sixth Avenue from the arena block, and one block from busy, sometimes dangerous Atlantic Avenue. So, despite the general enthusiasm about this new school space, one speaker voiced concerns about pupil safety, crossing Atlantic. (As I've written, immediate neighbors have concerns about staff parking, student pick-ups, and other operations in the tight space near police and fire stations. There should be a public meeting to address that closer to the school opening.) The DOE sees the 806-seat K653 it as not just a

Signage now for Life Cafe, part of LifeTime Fitness, coming in April at 18 Sixth Ave. near Atlantic Ave. in base of B4 (aka Brooklyn Crossing)

It shouldn't be surprising, I suppose. You can't build a fitness center without an associated cafe. So the new Chelsea Piers, on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, comes with a Canteen , as at its other locations. And now signage is up at 18 Sixth Avenue below Atlantic Avenue, in B4 (aka Brooklyn Crossing), for not just Life Time fitness center, a "crazy luxe" gym  (or a self-described "athletic country club" ), but the associated Life Cafe.  I doubt that Life Cafe, from a company based in Minnesota, has any reference to the  East Village and  Rent . The club, designated  Life Time Atlantic Avenue , is scheduled to open in April. The capsule description: Our second destination in Brooklyn features three stories and over 37,000 square feet of premium amenities. Boutique-style training areas and five studios for unique group fitness formats as well as cedarwood saunas, recovery services, and a juice bar.

With vote for relocation of schools tonight to 491 Dean (B15), public comment analysis shows few concerns, no changes, and no issues from neighbors.

Following up my post from three days ago, there's a likely pro forma vote tonight by the Department of Education's (DOE) Panel for Educational Policy to approve the proposed re-siting of two schools to what was once expected to be I.S. 653, the school at the base of 662 Pacific Street (aka B15), with the school address 491 Dean Street. The DOE now sees the 806-seat K653 it as not just a solution to a small, crowded existing intermediate school ( M.S. 915; Bridges: a School of Exploration and Equity ) in Downtown Brooklyn, but more so the permanent home of the new Design Works High School , which for its launch was temporarily sited into a Downtown Brooklyn space intended for an elementary school. That move, which would also include space for a small program for middle-school students with special needs, P369K@K915, is planned for September. Public comments According to a public comment analysis posted  last night by the DOE (also at bottom), beyond the overwhelmingly positive