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Brooklyn owl released into wild

A tiny Canadian owl who was found in Sea Gate suffering from head trauma and inflammation has been released into the wilds of Central Park, reports Gothamist. The owl, named “Owl Jolson” after a character in a 1930s Warner Brothers cartoon, was brought into Parks Department headquarters in a shoebox by a man who just said, “Here’s an owl.” He (or she—no one knows) is a Saw-whet owl, which mainly eats mice. Owl Jolson was nursed back to health at a shelter on Long Island.


Board chairman: Next superstorm could close Belt Parkway for YEARS

As elected officials stepped up their efforts to get the federal government to authorize emergency repairs of a 200-foot-long section of the Shore Parkway seawall in Bath Beach destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, one community official warned that unless the seawall is totally rebuilt, the next super-storm could leave long-term damage and shut down the nearby Belt Parkway. 

Bill Guarinello, chairman of Community Board 11 (Bath Beach-Bensonhurst) told board members at a Dec. 12 meeting that the seawall that protects the land from New York Harbor is so decimated “we have no defense.”


Coney Island named on the AP's 2013 travel list

Ireland, Myanmar, New Zealand and Marseille may have topped the list, but Coney Island is listed as one of the only American sites on the Associated Press' 2013 travel list.

The AP made sure to highlight post-Sandy east coast beach towns like Coney Island, probably as a show of good will to areas impacted by October's superstorm.


Coney Island fun threatens a woman with "serious and permanent injury." What's she gonna do? Sue, baby, sue!

An upstate woman is suing the operator of the famed Coney Island Cyclone rollercoaster, saying she was injured when it went out of control and sped downward too fast, according to

The woman, Mirit Rose Jaron, of East Greenbush, is suing Central Amusements International, which also operates Luna Park, and the city, which owns the ride, saying they allowed the coaster to run down its tracks at "a dangerous, excessive and unsafe rate of speed."


Tax break for owners of Sandy-damaged homes

The City Council on Monday voted to give New York City’s Sandy-hit property owners a break by issuing an interest-free extension on the next property tax bill.

The grace period will postpone payments due on January 1, 2013 for three months -- to April 1.  This may help those who had insurance coverage to collect before shelling out on taxes.

The extension will apply to residential properties that received a “red tag” from the Department of Buildings -- about 3,000 properties. The average property tax bill is $506.


Obama wants $60 million in Sandy relief; US Rep. Grimm says ‘That’s more like it’

A Republican lawmaker who had been highly critical of Barack Obama amid reports last week that the president planned to request between $45 and $50 billion from congress for post-Sandy recovery work in the tri-state area, expressed relief when the figure turned out to be much higher.


Wooden BOARDwalks are history! Concrete follows Hurricane Sandy's wrath

Once again, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is likely to get his way, and Coney Island will never be the same..

Bloomberg has been trying for years to replace Coney Island's iconic wooden boardways with concrete. After the distruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, it's unlikely the city will see new boardwalks build of actual board.


Give free flue shots in storm-ravaged neighborhoods, pol asks

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and the New York State Nurses Association are calling on the Department of Health to give free flu shots in areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

In a letter to Thomas A. Farley, the city’s Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, de Blasio pointed out that the storm has prevented thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers, especially seniors, from receiving their annual influenza vaccinations.


Brooklyn Aerie: The day Prohibition died, Nathan's poured 80,000 glasses of beer

The day after Prohibition ended in 1933, the Nathan’s Famous stand in Coney Island served 80,000 glasses of free draft beer.


When Brooklyn’s elite Crescent Athletic Club opened a branch in Huntington, Long Island, one of the sports offered to members was — polo.



Coney Island Hospital, still disabled, opens Urgent Care Center

Coney Island Hospital, devastated by Superstorm Sandy, has opened a walk-in Urgent Care Center –- but not an emergency room, the hospital emphasizes.

Officials estimate that the damaged hospital won't be back on its feet until early next year.

In the meantime, walk-in services are available 24 hours a day at 2601 Ocean Parkway. Outpatient primary care services are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.



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