The Day: Admiral’s Row Site Builder Dropped and Classes for Grandparents Raising Kids

It has been feeling like winter in the nabe with cold days and even colder nights. (Photo by Francisco Daum)
It has been feeling like winter in the nabe with cold days and even colder nights. (Photo by Francisco Daum)

Good morning, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

If you celebrated Christmas or Kwanzaa these past couple days, you may have traveled in freezing temperatures – a complete turnaround from the spring-like weather we had last weekend. It will warm up a bit today and this weekend, with high temperatures in the 40s, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Blumenfield Development Group has been dropped as the builder of the new $100 million Admiral’s Row site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Crain’s New York Business reported. Brooklyn Navy Yard President and Chief Executive David Ehrenberg said in a statement issued to Crain’s that Blumenfeld failed to select a supermarket operator for the site, a condition the developer had to meet before being offered a long-term lease, as outlined in a contract. If all had gone as planned, Blumenfeld would have broken ground on the development on the site this year, according to the article. Blumenfeld offered Crain’s a different explanation, noting that the project became impossible following changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s preliminary revised flood zones, which would increase flood insurance premiums and construction costs.
If you are a grandparent and currently raising your grandchildren, or an aunt or uncle raising your nieces and nephews, Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA) nutrition workshops, beginning in January in the nabe, may be able to help you. PASTA, a nationally renowned curriculum from Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension Program, provides tools that help grandparent and relative caregivers to communicate effectively in raising children, and a nutrition program that teaches caregivers to provide healthier meals for their families. The program is free and runs for 16 weeks. There will be complimentary breakfast at each site, free training manuals and materials, and MetroCards will be provided. All active participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and a stipend upon completion of the program. Orientation, which all participants must attend, will be held on Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Ingersoll Community Center – 177 Myrtle Avenue near Prince Street. You can call Samantha Johnson at (718) 522-5051 ext. 5005 for more information.
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