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BKLYN's fascinating fixer-uppers: Old-fashioned houses in Homecrest and Lefferts Manor

In manicured, marvelous Brooklyn, fixer-upper buildings really stand out.

Some are splendid despite their disrepair. The messiness adds to their allure. Some are just a mess.

The Coignet Building, a sweet little landmark surrounded by a big Gowanus Whole Foods, is the most famous of the fixer-uppers we've been obsessing about lately. Here are two fixer-upper houses we can't take our Eye off of:

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Working Families Party endorses Harris for Assembly

With the Democratic County Committee poised to meet this week to select a candidate to run for the state Assembly seat vacated by Alec Brook-Krasny, would-be candidates are busy working behind the scenes to try and secure the support of committee members.

Pamela Harris, a Coney Island civic activist; Kate Cucco, Brook-Krasny’s chief of staff; former Councilmember Michael Nelson; and Bay Ridge lawyer Cody McCone are all campaigning to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for the seat in the 46th Assembly District (AD).


Donovan looks to reform FEMA with legislation

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, who was elected to Congress in May, introduced his first piece of legislation on Sept. 9, a bill to overhaul the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which came under fire in many quarters for its response to Superstorm Sandy.

Donovan (R-C-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) said his proposed legislation, the Flood Insurance Mitigation and Policyholder Protection Act (FIMPPA), will help homeowners.


St. Patrick students greeted by balloons on first day

Students and parents returned to St. Patrick Catholic Academy for the first day of classes on Wednesday after summer vacation and were greeted with green and gold balloons that had been placed in the auditorium of the Bay Ridge school.

Principal Andrea D’Emic stood on the steps of the academy’s auditorium on Fourth Avenue and 97th Street and welcomed students as they posed for photos with their proud parents and grandparents. The academy is located at 401 97th St.


Pols push for feds to declare trash plant as Superfund site

The ongoing controversy over the city’s construction of a trash compacting plant on the Bensonhurst waterfront is now a federal issue.

Four local elected officials are requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designate the area at 400 Bay 41st St., where the Southwest Brooklyn Marine Waste Transfer Station is currently under construction, as a Superfund site.

The designation would put the waste transfer station site in line for a massive environmental cleanup.


Bay Ridge insurance agent indicted for allegedly swindling seniors out of millions

A Bay Ridge insurance agent is accused of swindling his customers out of more than $2.5 million of their life savings in a scam targeting vulnerable senior citizens, Brooklyn prosecutors alleged on Wednesday.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said that Paul Simoneschi, 69, was arraigned on a 64-count indictment in which he is charged with grand larceny as a hate crime and other charges.

Simoneschi is a Staten Island resident with a business at 8403 Seventh Ave. in Bay Ridge.


MTA to build elevator at Bay Ridge’s 86th St. station

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to construct an elevator at the R train station at 86th Street in Bay Ridge, a move being hailed by local officials.

The elevator, which will likely be installed next to the subway station entrance located on the southeast corner of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue, will take passengers from the street to the mezzanine level of the underground subway station, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials. A second elevator will take riders from the mezzanine to the train platform.


‘Mary Poppins’ flies into Bay Ridge on Sept. 18

Mary Poppins, the British nanny with magical powers, will be flying into Brooklyn on Sept. 18.

Jeff Samaha Theater Productions/Ridge Chorale, a Bay Ridge-based theater company that has brought such smash hits as “Les Miz” Brooklyn, is bringing another gem to the borough by presenting the Brooklyn premiere of “Mary Poppins.”


Bay Ridge Cares going gold for kids with cancer

In an effort to spread a message of hope, members of Bay Ridge Cares, a grass-roots charity group, are conducting their second annual Go Gold Bay Ridge to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.

Bay Ridge Cares is asking fellow residents to place gold ribbons in their windows and to patronize stores that display signs emblazoned with gold ribbons.

Teri Brennan, a member of the Board of Directors of Bay Ridge Cares, organized the “Go Gold Bay Ridge” effort.


New rails should solve R train vibrations, MTA says

The MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) doesn’t know what caused buildings along the Fourth Avenue route of the R train to shake, but the agency has come up with a solution, an official said.

“I have some good news,” Melissa Farley, assistant director of government and community relations for MTA New York City Transit, told the Traffic and Transportation Committee of Community Board 10 at a Sept. 3 meeting.



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