New York City’s most populous borough, Brooklyn, is home to nearly 2.6 million residents. If Brooklyn were an independent city it would be the fourth largest city in the United States. While Brooklyn has become the epitome of ‘cool and hip’ in recent years, for those that were born here, raised families here and improved communities over the years, Brooklyn has never been ‘uncool’.

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Stephen Levin speaks at a community board hearing on the proposed renovation of the Brooklyn Detention Complex. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane.

Health care over jail time, says councilman

April 19 | Noah Goldberg

A new proposal from a Brooklyn councilmember would bring critical health services into courthouses citywide in an effort to reduce the number of people sent to jail. Councilmember Stephen Levin introduced legislation Thursday that would provide health screenings for criminal suspects awaiting arraignment. The screenings could identify behavioral and physical health issues, opening up alternatives […]

The number of confirmed measles cases rose this week to 359. Photo courtesy of CDC

Measles outbreak: Brooklyn judge dismisses anti-vaxxer lawsuit against the city

April 19 | Scott Enman

A Brooklyn judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of anti-vaxxers against the city on Thursday as the number of confirmed measles cases rose to 359. “A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire,” Hon. Lawrence Knipel of Kings County Supreme Court wrote in his ruling. […]

Statues of John Roebling, his son Washington Roebling and Washington’s wife Emily, who were chiefly responsible for the design and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Eagle file photo

Ask a historian: What’s up with the Roeblings’ burial situation?

April 19 | John Manbeck

William from Boerum Hill asked: Why was William Van Alen buried in Cold Spring-on-Hudson next to Emily Warren Roebling and her divorced husband, Washington? Wow! That is a complex question. First, let’s dispose of a fallacy. The Roeblings never divorced. Emily died of cancer in Trenton in 1903 after a prosperous long life of 60 […]