On Tuesday, Fortis Property Group received the Landmarks Preservation Commission's approval — with some modifications — for its condo-conversion plan for the Polhemus Memorial Clinic, a former LICH building. Rendering by BKSK Architects via the Landmarks Preservation Commission

The ink is barely dry on LICH sale-closing documents — but condo-construction planning is already moving forward. Fortis Property Group, which just purchased Long Island College Hospital’s Cobble Hill complex for $240 million, showed off its residential-conversion plans for a prime former LICH building on Tuesday. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), to which the Read More →

Fortis Property Group has officially closed on the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site. Shown above: An overview of the “ULURP version” of the planned development. Rendering courtesy of Williams New York

After a wrenching multi-year legal battle and amid ongoing community discontent, Fortis Property Group has officially closed on the site of Long Island College Hospital (LICH). “Today’s closing marks an important step forward,” Fortis spokesperson James Yolles told the Brooklyn Eagle on Friday. “We look forward to refining our redevelopment plans over the next couple of months Read More →

Councilmember Stephen Levin has increased funding for Participatory Budgeting in District 33, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. Photo by Mary Frost

How would you spend $1.5 million? Residents of Councilmember Stephen Levin’s District 33 (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill) will be able to decide which capital projects in their district will receive a piece of $1.5 million this year through the Participatory Budgeting process. In past Participatory Budgeting cycles Councilmember Levin set aside roughly $1 million Read More →


A literary novel for the summer that is both redemptive and utterly transporting, “No. 4 Imperial Lane” is an epic family story, reminiscent of Nick Hornby and Alan Hollinghurst, which takes readers from 1980s Brighton to the midst of revolutionary Angola. A singular debut from a seasoned New York Times reporter, Jonathan Weisman, “No. 4 Imperial Lane” is a book about the intersection Read More →


Christina McDowell was born Christina Prousalis. After her father, Tom Prousalis, was arrested and imprisoned in the wake of the conviction of Jordan Belfort (the “Wolf of Wall Street”) she had to change her name to be legally extricated from the trail of chaos that followed. McDowell has penned a memoir, “After Perfect” (Gallery Books), which Read More →