4 BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP • MAY 13 - MAY 19, 2016 Senate passes pol’s bill to rename highway for veterans New York State Senate has passed legislation that seeks to dub a portion of the state highway system “Brooklyn Veterans Memorial Highway.” State Senator Marty Golden introduced the bill which, if passed into law, would rename a portion of Interstate Route 278 in Brooklyn from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the Queens county line. Assemblymember Peter Abbate is set to co-sponsor the legislation in the state Assembly. DA announces young-adult focused bureau, court Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced on Friday, May 6 the creation of a Young Adult Bureau that will operate in the newly-formed Brooklyn Young Adult Court, in partnership with the Offi ce of Court Administration and the Center for Court Innovation. According to Thompson, the new specialized court – the fi rst in New York State – will handle all misdemeanor cases of defendants between the ages of 16 and 24. In addition, it will offer riskneeds assessments, counseling and other services tailored to young adults, including substance abuse, mental health, anger management, GED, vocational and internship programs. The Brooklyn Young Adult Court will begin operations out of Brooklyn Criminal Court, 120 Schermerhorn Street. Beep announces expanded breastfeeding initiative Just in time for Mother’s Day, Borough President Eric Adams joined with maternal healthcare providers, breastfeeding advocates and local moms at the Brooklyn Hospital Center to announce a partnership with Brooklyn hospitals for his baby cards initiative. The initiative will offer a note of greeting to new mothers, information on breastfeeding, and other resources to parents. The cards, which expand on Adams’s Family Friendly Brooklyn Initiative, also include information about the lactation lounge at Brooklyn Borough Hall, a comfortable, private space open to the public for breastfeeding. Hospitals involved in the initiative include Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, New York Methodist Hospital, NYC Health+Hospitals/Coney Island, NYC Health+Hospitals/Kings County, NYC Health+Hospitals/Woodhull, NYU Lutheran Medical Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. --Meaghan McGoldrick with return of Coney Art Walls BY ANNA SPIVAK email@example.com Bringing culture to Coney. The 2016 Coney Art Wall lineup has been released. What can art buffs expect? Some new artists, and some old ones, plus some great eats along Coney Island’s Greenwood Beach this summer. “The outdoor museum of street art” as some have come to know it, is curated by CEO of Thor Equities Joseph Sitt, the developer behind the project, and Jeffrey Deitch, a leading art adviser and former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The pair is excited to welcome some new artists to the beachfront venue this year, including Nina Chanel Abney, John Ahearn, Timothy Curtis, D*Face, Jessica Diamond, Tristan Eaton, Eric Haze, Icy & Sot, London Police, Nychos, Pose, Stephen Powers, Tats Cr, and Samantha Vernon. Some returning artists that will be creating new works this year are Lady Aiko, Mister Cartoon, Crash, Daze, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Marie Roberts. “There will be 20 new murals this year,” said Deitch. “We have expanded the program to include several of the leading painters and sculptors in New York, in addition to leading artists connected with street culture. Coney Art Walls will be one of the best places in New York to see ambitious new painting.” In addition to new artists, the Stillwell Avenue site will feature several popular food vendors including Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Calexico and Table 87. “Coney Island is continuing to create new excitement and attract visitors from around the world, and we are excited to be part of the neighborhood’s ongoing resurgence,” said Sitt. Coney Art Walls, 3050 Stillwell Avenue, will be returning for the 2016 season on May 28. For more information, visit coneyartwalls.com. Photos by Joe Russo courtesy of Coney Art Walls Coney Art Walls is returning for the season on May 28.
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