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Lawsuit on illegal hotels leads to proposed law change

Williamsburg
The year 2012 saw a record year of tourism for New York City. The city welcomed 52 million visitors who generated an estimated $55.3 billion in economic impact to the city’s economy spread across the five boroughs.  The rise in tourist visitations has led to an increase in the illegal hotels. … Full Article
 

Bed-Stuy wins Brooklyn's rat race

Bedford-Stuyvesant
Bedford-Stuyvesant is the unlucky New York City neighborhood where the most residents have picked up the phone and called 311 to report rats, according to a nifty interactive rat ma … Full Article
 

Brooklyn Bookbeat: Brooklyn writer and pastry chef collaborate on new romance novel

Park Slope
If your tastes run to fiction and dessert, you're in luck this winter: Brooklynite Megan Caldwell's new novel " … Full Article
 

Markowitz to auction off his trove of Brooklyn swag for charity

Downtown
Borough President Marty Markowitz's final term in office runs out this year -- but before he goes, he's going to auction off his trove of office sw … Full Article
 

'Send us your dirt from Sandy,' scientists ask Brooklynites

Red Hook
A team of chemistry professors is asking Brooklyn residents to send them baggies filled with dirt from areas inundated with floodwater during Superstorm Sandy. … Full Article
 

British government extradites al-Qaida suspect who plotted to blow up NYC subway system

Downtown
WASHINGTON— Police in Britain have extradited a terror suspect to the United States to face charges that he took part in an alleged al-Qaida plot to detonate explosives aboard the New York City subway system. … Full Article
 

'Spaceship' fails to launch on Flatbush Avenue Extension

Downtown
Plans for a 21-story spaceship-shaped building planned for 85 Flatbush Avenue Extension in Downtown Brooklyn have been greatly downsized, Brownstoner reports. … Full Article
 

First Babies of New Year

Park Slope
One can never be sure where the first local baby born in the New Year was born, but two Brooklyn hospitals are strong contenders.  Baby boy Orane Clarke was born Jan. 1 at 12:12 am at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital in Central Brooklyn. … Full Article
 

Attorneys brace for problems caused by Sandy’s destruction of evidence

Downtown
Brooklyn's 2013 Criminal Term may face several hurdles in the new year due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to evidence stored in warehouses. … Full Article
 

Cuomo’s Ed Commission recommends full day pre-K, teacher ‘bar exams’

Downtown
An education commission appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a package of sweeping school reforms on Wednesday that included the creation of statewide full-day pre-kindergarten. … Full Article
 

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