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Eco dock opens at 69th Street pier

New York has a total of 525 miles of shoreline, but to the great frustration of city officials, not much of the waterfront is accessible for recreational use.

The city took a big step toward rectifying that situation when officials cut the ribbon to signal the grand opening of a new $1.1 million eco dock at the 69th Street pier in Bay Ridge on Thursday.


Controversy erupts over Lhota's Borough Park synagogue stop

Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio on Thursday criticized his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, for campaigning in a Borough Park synagogue that would not allow women to enter.

Lhota was on a walking tour of the Borough Park neighborhood on Wednesday when he entered the ultra-Orthodox Shomer Shabbos synagogue, followed by an entourage of staffers and media members.

Within moments, a synagogue official asked three women — a reporter, a Lhota campaign aide and a member of the candidate's security team — to leave but said the men could stay.


City approves Seth Low charter school plan

Over the loud objections of parents and teachers from Seth Low Intermediate School, the New York City Panel for Educational Policy voted to approve a controversial plan to house a Success Academy charter school at the Bensonhurst location.

The vote took place at the panel’s meeting on Oct. 15 at Prospect Heights High School.


Recchia raises over $1 million for congress race

Call him Richie Rich. Or how about Recchia Rich?

Term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia, who is setting his sights on congress, boasted this week that he is breaking campaign fundraising records.

Recchia said his campaign has raised more than $1 million to date. And the race doesn’t take place until 2014.

Recchia, a Democrat, announced several months ago that he will run against Republican-Conservative incumbent Michael Grimm in the 11th Congressional District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) next year.


Grimy Grimm? US Rep. denies having sex in Bay Ridge hipster bar bathroom

Was there a bathroom sex romp, or is the story an untrue allegation that is part of a Democratic-led smear campaign designed to embarrass an elected official?

US Rep. Michael Grimm angrily denied a report that he had sex with a woman in the bathroom of a Bay Ridge bar two weeks ago.

“This never happened,” said Grimm, in a statement released by his office. Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) charged that the allegations of a bathroom tryst are an attempt by Democrats to smear him.


Brooklynite’s ‘Truth in Advertising’ now out in paperback

When we think of the advertising business, many of us conjure an outdated Mad Men-like scene, replete with dark drama fueled by a constant supply of alcohol. Certainly, advertising today can be sexy – but day-to-day, is it really as fascinating as we imagine?


MTA building elevator at New Utrecht Ave. subway station

Straphangers who have to transfer from the N train to the D train at New Utrecht Avenue station in Borough Park probably feel like they’re climbing Mount Everest.

The subway passengers have to walk up roughly the equivalent of five flights of stairs from the below ground level platform of the N train up to the elevated platform to catch the D train.

But that will change within the next five years.


Columbus Day Parade provides stage for pols to hunt for votes

What’s a parade without politicians?

The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade on Saturday provided a platform for elected officials and candidates running for political office to try to romance the borough’s voters.

Whether marching the entire parade route along 18th Avenue, like Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes did, or skipping ahead to make an appearance at the grandstand on 18th Avenue and 83rd Street, like DA candidate Ken Thompson did, the pols made their presence known at the event.


Liu says he saved the city $5 billion

Comptroller John Liu, who has less than three months left in office, summed up his career as the New York’s financial watchdog as a success, pointing out that he saved the city $5 billion by scrutinizing expenditures and bringing municipal government excesses to light.


Senior Idol winner wows crowd with ‘You Belong to Me’

Sherry Kayser invited the audience at the Seventh Annual Senior Idol talent competition to “see the pyramids along the Nile,” and they willingly went along!

Kayser’s rendition of the 1950’s Jo Stafford hit “You Belong to Me” earned her top honors in the contest held Oct. 5 in Bay Ridge.



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