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Hearing on Proposed Brooklyn Jail Expansion Thursday Evening

The Brooklyn Heights Association has advised us that Brooklyn Community Board 2 will hold a public hearing on this Thursday evening, April 11 from 5:00 to 9:00 (doors open at 4:30), at the Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School Auditorium, 357 Clermont Avenue (Enter off Greene Avenue) — see map here. The nearest subway stop, two blocks away, is the Clinton-Washington Avenue G.According to the BHAThe hearing is the start of a 7-month land use review process (ULURP) that will culminate with a final decision by the City Council on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close Rikers Island and construct four new jails, one in each borough except Staten Island. Targeting an eventual jail population of 5,750 detainees – down from the current level of 7,800 – each jail would house up to…

Is The Bossert Back?

If so, the Eagle is on it.Following reports of a party on the Bossert’s famous roof (on which the Brooklyn Dodgers celebrated their only World Series win), the Eagle contacted one of the hotel’s owners, who said, “We plan to make  a major announcement soon.”The hotel has been under renovation since it was sold in 2012, and two years ago, the Eagle reported on an imminent re-opening, only to follow up earlier this year with news of another delay and the news that the hotel operator originally slated to run the place was being replaced.Stay tuned, and as always, check out the Eagle‘s story to get the details and

Downtown Brooklyn Macy’s a Teardown Option?

With reports Wednesday that Macy’s is considering a sale of its flagship location in Brooklyn, speculation begins about the fate of Fulton Mall’s largest and grandest building. According to Women’s Wear Daily, executives at the Cincinnati-based retail chain are said to be debating whether to renovate the venerable building at 422 Fulton Street or to sell the property and rebuild at a new location at 1-31 Hoyt Street, the current site of a Macy’s-owned parking garage. RELATED:This Interactive Map Shows Every Demolition In Brooklyn Since 2003 With the possibility of netting as much as $300 million dollars, this sale may proceed quickly, and it seems likely that whoever wins the bidding war will be tempted to raze the old building, whose origins date…