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City seeks to unite Coney Island Creek areas

A revamped area around Coney Island Creek is one element in Mayor Bloomberg’s “resiliency” plan to strengthen shoreline protection around the city’s most vulnerable edges in the event of another major storm.

On Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg and other officials toured Coney Island as well as the Rockaways and Staten Island as part of an effort to highlight the city’s progress in implementing its resiliency plan. The plan, titled “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” was first unveiled in June.


Home Depot volunteers transformed Sandy-battered Coney Island home

On Oct. 29, The Home Depot Foundation transformed the Coney Island-area home of Police Officer Petlyn Job, a 12-year veteran New York police officer who is a single mother of three children and also cares for her elderly parents. Home Deport volunteers transformed her home, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy and was incomplete after insurance funds ran out.


Parts of NY Aquarium still closed – 1 year after Sandy

Superstorm Sandy caused so much damage to the New York Aquarium that parts of the facility remained closed a year after the hurricane came ashore in Coney Island, according to its director.

Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium, said much of the Coney Island-based entertainment and educational complex has been repaired and rebuilt but that more work needs to be done to bring the facility back to pre-Sandy levels.


Coney Island Sandy mural created as art therapy

Senior citizens affected by Superstorm Sandy have created a mural that symbolizes the reconstruction of their Brooklyn communities.

The artwork is on the Coney Island boardwalk. It also honors the spirit of the Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Seagate communities.

The mural features hundreds of hand-crafted ceramic tiles.

Each was created as a form of art therapy by a senior affected by the storm.

The project was organized by the JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center and The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island.


News conference focuses on Sandy, one year later

Although many of the most visible Brooklyn “victims” of Superstorm Sandy, such as the Coney Island Boardwalk and Nathan’s, have been rebuilt, there is still a lot of work to do, and entire neighborhoods are plagued by mold and structural damage.

However, neighborhoods where strong local organizations, such as business improvement districts (BIDs), were in place had a head start in rebuilding over other areas that suffered from a lack of organization.


Survey of non-profits finds they're still helping Sandy victims

A year after superstorm Sandy left a trail of destruction in coastal areas of Brooklyn and other parts of the city, many victims are still struggling with housing and financial challenges, a new report reveals.

A survey of more than 100 non-profit human services organizations, conducted by the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and the Human Services Council of New York (HSC), found that the storm’s victims are still faced with ongoing housing and financial challenges.


Confused by Obamacare? Get help from navigator

If you’re confused by Obamacare and you don’t know how to find your way through the maze of health care exchanges that have been set up to purchase insurance, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny has a solution – hire a navigator.

"Just as one might consult a tax advisor when filing taxes, navigators, designated and certified by the State of New York, can help you find the best insurance plan to fit your needs,” Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Recchia hosts Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade

Hundreds of kids will try to scare the bejeezus out of adults by wearing with spooky, crazy costumes at the Fourth Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Councilman Domenic Recchia  (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) is co-hosting the parade along with two business organizations, the Alliance for Coney Island and Coney Island USA.

The parade will take place on the Coney Island Boardwalk.


Riders on The Storm: Sandy-stricken Brooklyn neighborhoods struggle to rebuild one year later

New York is a tale of two cities – and we don't mean the one Bill de Blasio keeps talking about.

There's the New York still caught in the grip of Hurricane Sandy woes, and the New York that escaped her wrath unscathed, or nearly so.


TOMORROW: Coney Island Library reopens after Hurricane Sandy

On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Public Library will celebrate the reopening of the Coney Island branch. The Coney Island Library was the most severely flooded and damaged branch in Brooklyn, and much of its structure and facilities had to be replaced or renovated. The new and improved branch contains innovative design features as well as new technology and more public space. The five other BPL branches damaged by Hurricane Sandy reopened earlier this year – Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Brighton Beach, Red Hook and Gerritsen Beach.



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