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Savino reopens her office in storm-torn Coney Island

In a sign that Coney Island is bouncing back from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, state Sen. Diane Savino announced that she has reopened her district office there.

Savino (D-Brooklyn-Staten Island) reopened her office at 2872 West 15th St.  She had maintained an office at that location from the time she was elected in 2004. Savino also has an office on the Staten Island side of her senate district.


40 percent of Sheepshead Bay stores still shut post-Sandy

Gokhan Karakollukcu never imagined that the placid waters beyond Emmons Avenue would blast apart his café's windows one late and horrifying October night last year.

"We lost everything, whatever you see is new," says Karakollukcu, gesturing to the interior of the Sheepshead Bay café he manages. "We found our furniture two or three blocks ahead…. My boss couldn't open the front door the next day because there was so much water."


DA’s office charges MD who performed fatal liposuction

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Thursday announced the indictment of Dr. Oleg Davie, 51, for recklessly performing liposuction on a patient whom he knew previously had heart transplant surgery.  The liposuction procedure resulted in her death.


Coney’s Aquarium rebounds, rebuilds after Sandy

The New York Aquarium has cherished its setting on the Coney Island Boardwalk half a century. But the ocean that is the aquarium's lifeblood dealt it a shattering blow last fall.

Superstorm Sandy's surge overran carefully calibrated tanks with oily, debris-filled water, knocked out even backup power to all the exhibits and made it impossible to check on some of them for days. Managers contemplated shipping animals away and wondered whether the institution itself could survive in its spot on Coney Island.


CONEY COMEBACK! Luna Park, Wonder Wheel open for business

Get ready for weekends at the beach: Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park are among the Coney Island attractions that reopened on Sunday, March 24.

Opening events – the Blessing of the Rides, the Egg Cream Christening of the Cyclone and more – took place at 11 a.m.


Sandy broke it, Army Corps will fix it! $100 million beach repair at Coney, Rockaways

The US Army Corps of Engineers says it intends solicit bids for a massive beach repair project at the Coney Island and Rockaway beaches in Brooklyn and Queens.

Rebuilding the two beaches, damaged during Superstorm Sandy, will take four and a half million cubic yards of sand and will cost between $25,000,000 to $100,000,000, according to a “presolicitation” filed with the government.


Recchia worries sequester cuts will hurt Sandy rebuilding effort

The sequester battle in Washington could result in casualties here in New York, according to City Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr. (D-Coney Island-Gravesend), who said he’s concerned the automatic spending cuts will hurt the effort to rebuild from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

Recchia, chairman of the council’s Finance Committee, issued a statement on March 5 about the implementation and effects that the federal sequestration would have on the city budget:


School for autistic children looks to increase enrollment

A Bath Beach school for autistic children is holding an open house next week to attract prospective students and increase its enrollment. 

The HeartShare School, at 1825 Bath Ave., will hold an open house on Friday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for families interested in learning more about the school for children with autism spectrum disorders. The building entrance is located on Bay 19th Street between Benson and Bath avenues.


Brooklyn Bookbeat: Teacher with global career credits Brooklyn roots

Like Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” Albert Mazza’s “A Teacher Grows in Brooklyn” is a coming-of-age story that traces a young individual’s roots and life-changing encounters in Brooklyn and beyond.

In Mazza's opening chapter he recalls riding the ferry from Sheepshead Bay to Breezy Point on summer evenings. He goes on to describe the 1940s Brooklyn he grew up in as “magical.” Mazza enjoyed living just two blocks from Coney Island, playing sports on the beach with friends, and hanging out with peers in front of the local candy store.


Sequester: Lawmakers worry that potential budget cuts will hit 9/11 first responders

As the March 1 deadline for deep automatic federal budget cuts – known as sequestration – loomed, a group of lawmakers expressed concern about the effect cuts would have on Sept. 11 first responders whose medical treatments are covered by the government under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

US Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan) was among the elected officials speaking out on Feb. 28 to call on colleagues to negotiate a budget deal to avoid sequestration.



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