Morning Report: Thursday, April 11, 2013

After last night’s rain and thunderstorm, today is cool and overcast, cloudy with temperatures steady at around 56 degrees Fahrenheit, although that will dip to the mid-40 degrees tonight. Winds are moving East-Northeast at 10 to 15 mph and there is a 60 percent chance of rain tonight.

The sun will set at 7:32 p.m. and the new moon will rise fully at 6:53 a.m..

Five things to know this morning:

  • Two hospital groups are interested in possibly purchasing Long Island College Hospital (LICH), but current owner SUNY Downstate reportedly refuses to open the books. LICH supporters accuse SUNY Downstate of sabotaging the only community hospital in Downtown Brooklyn in an effort to make money on the real estate. [NYPost]
  • Brooklyn is facing an apartment shortage, with supply falling 45 percent in the last five years, while prices have risen 14 percent, according to a report by Douglas Elliman. [Crain’s NY Business]
  • Jackie Robinson’s old home on Tilden Avenue in East Flatbush may be preserved as a landmark if community leaders and politicians get their way. The baseball great is being honored in a major movie biopic, “42,” to be released this week. [NYDN]
  • An amphitheater will be built at Coney Island in a landmark building, as one of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s final “dreams” before stepping down from his position later this year. [NY1]
  • A new study suggests that people may drink more soda if soft-drink sizes are restricted. [NYDN]

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