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Recchia quits NYC comptroller race

Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr. (D-Bensonhurst-Gravesend-Coney Island) stunned the political world on Tuesday by announcing that he won’t run for city comptroller in 2013. Recchia, who is term limited in the council, had reportedly been mulling a run for comptroller for the past several months.

“After months of consideration and conversations with my family, friends, and colleagues, I have decided not to run for Comptroller in 2013,” Recchia said.


Red Mango to open in Coney Island

Red Mango, a fast-growing retailer of frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies, is expanding in Brooklyn.

Franchise owner Rahman Hashimi recently signed a development agreement to open his first Red Mango at 1223 Surf Ave. in Coney Island.

Hashimi, who owns seven Popeyes in New York and Connecticut, is slated to open what will be a co-branded Red Mango and Johnny Rockets restaurant in an 8,000-square-foot space.


Brooklyn Recovery Fund announces first grants; Coney, Red Hook are major recipients

The recently formed Brooklyn Recovery Fund this week announced the first group of grants to neighborhood organizations, and the lion’s share of the grants were to organizations in Coney Island and Red Hook – both neighborhoods that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
The fund, launched by the Brooklyn Community Foundation with support from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, raised $1.5 million in less than three weeks.

After an application and review process, the BRF has awarded $250,000 to 26 community groups serving  the neighborhoods most affected by the storm.  


Applications open for 5,000 Sandy jobs

Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that the state has secured a grant that will hire more than 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to clean up after Hurricane Sandy.

People interested in applying should contact the Department of Labor at 1-888-469-7365 or visit

Those interested in applying for a job with FEMA should visit


In a big step for Coney, Key Food reopens

On Saturday, Coney Island residents celebrated a major milestone in its recovery efforts as the Key Food at West 34th Street and Neptune Avenue reopened its doors for the first time since Hurricane Sandy swamped the neighborhood.  

Like almost all businesses there, massive flooding at the Key Food destroyed equipment and damaged inventory. Few food markets remained operational in Coney Island after the storm, forcing residents to spend hours waiting in line at relief sites.


Boardwalk: Disaster’s over, but cleanup remains

In Coney Island and Brighton Beach along the boardwalk, the disaster is over, but a big, expensive cleanup lies ahead.

On Saturday, on a trip to the area, this writer began walking east at Stillwell and Surf avenues. (Much of the real devastation took place at the west end of Coney Island – a man behind the counter at a newsstand said, “Many of the people still don’t have lights.”) 


Mayor Bloomberg defends city's 911 system after Sandy glitches

The city’s $2 billion 911 call system failed the most vulnerable caught in Sandy’s wrath, survivors told the New York Post. According to complaints, 911 calls went unanswered, dispatchers feuded with each other, and operators tried to pawn off calls to the city’s 311 non-emergency line.


Something stinks in Manhattan Beach

Residents of 301 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach building say an “intolerable” stench has developed as a result of flood waters mixing with barrels of oil located in the basement. News reports say the smell is so bad that it has forced everyone to move out. The Sheepshead Bites blog asks “why the heck there were barrels of oil sitting in the basement?”


Help for photos damaged by Hurricane Sandy

High waters from superstorm Sandy destroyed many precious and irreplaceable photographs. A growing corps of volunteers from Brooklyn-based Cherished Albums Restoration Effort (CARE) is offering free digital restoration services for folks whose salvaged photos have been damaged. See


Brooklyn pot dealer donates to Hurricane Sandy victims

A Brooklyn pot dealer donated half of his proceeds made over two days last week to victims of Hurricane Sandy, according to the Huffington Post. He alerted his clientele last Monday that he would be donating, “and the calls started coming in.” He raised $700 for the cause so far, he says.



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