Build It Back finally on track, city officials say

Lauren and Francis Slavin survived Superstorm Sandy, but the Gerritsen Beach bungalow where they lived for 24 years was nearly destroyed.

“The front of our house fell into a sinkhole. The water was coming in so fast; we barely got out of the house. I’ll never forget the sight of my dog sitting on the couch with the couch floating across the room. We ran out with just the clothes on our backs. We got the dog out, but my parrot drowned. And everything else we owned was lost,” Lauren Slavin told the Brooklyn Eagle on Friday.


Fighting, bad grades could cost South Shore playoff spot

Matt Ciquera had just suffered his first-ever home loss as the head coach at South Shore, but that wasn't what upset him. Rather, he felt discouraged knowing — before he even took the field the day of the loss — that his team, the Vikings, didn't stand a chance at beating Flushing.


Empty ‘New Lots’ to become arts & business incubators

Empty lots in East New York will be repurposed later this year to provide affordable spaces for burgeoning artists and entrepreneurs, and those interested in participating still have time to apply.

[Re]New Lots Markets & Artist Incubator Project, an initiative of Arts East New York, is developing two vacant lots at New Lots and Van Sinderen avenues to provide seven affordable spaces for retail and seven more for visual arts studios by December 2014.


75th precinct to wear body cameras by November as tensions rise in community

Tension was high during a recent 75th Precinct Community Council meeting in East New York, where distrust between police and the community has simmered for years, but is now coming to a boil since the July death of Eric Garner in Staten Island.

At the most recent meeting, which is held on the first Wednesday of each month, tempers flared over a recent alleged incident. Members of the community have charged police with using excessive force and assaulting a local high school vice principal on Sept. 28.


Colton wants crackdown on dog owners who don’t clean up

One local lawmaker is calling on the New York City Department of Transportation to resume its policy of putting up street signs to remind pet owners to clean up their pooches’ poop.


The future of the Affordable Care Act to be explored at SUNY Downstate October 6

The John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at SUNY Downstate Medical Center will present a free lecture on the future of the Affordable Care Act, Monday, October 6 at 4 p.m.

The lecture will be presented by guest speaker David Orentlicher, MD, JD, and is titled, "The Future of the Affordable Care Act: Protecting Economic Health More Than Physical Health?"


Gravesend corner named in memory of FDNY hero

A Gravesend street corner now bears the name of a firefighter who worked on the recovery effort at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and who later contracted cancer.

The city officially re-named the corner of Highlawn Avenue and West 11th Street “Firefighter William ‘Billy’ Tropea Way” during a ceremony led by Councilmember Mark Treyger on Saturday. Hundreds of people, including dozens of firefighters, attended the street-renaming event.


New book pays homage to charter school movement’s Brooklyn roots

"A Light Shines in Harlem” (Lawrence Hill Books), by award-winning journalist Mary C. Bounds, explores the charter school movement and its formative years in New York in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The state’s first such schools, which came into existence in 1999 in Manhattan, were actually based upon an after-school program in the East New York section of Brooklyn.  


Treyger wants DOT to notify drivers of muni-meter security breaches

Using your credit card to pay for parking at a muni-meter shouldn’t subject you to the evils of identity thieves, Councilmember Mark Treyger said.

Treyger introduced legislation that would require the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to notify credit card holders in writing when there are incidents of security breaches at muni-meters that leave drivers susceptible to identity thieves.


Rumors of ‘adult establishment’ prevent Gravesend bar from opening near three schools

Despite a hasty retreat in response to community opposition, tempers are still aflame and residents remain concerned over the potential opening of a new bar rumored to be a front for an “adult business” at a busy Gravesend intersection less than a block from multiple schools and a neighborhood park.

“It’s outrageous,” said local resident Tom Sajecki, whose daughter attends P.S. 215, just one block from the location. “You have not one, not two, but three schools within walking distance. If the city allows this, it’s beyond comprehension.”



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