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Two GOP candidates emerge in 46th Assembly District

Two contenders have come forward in the Republican Party to take on Democratic incumbent Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny in Brooklyn’s 46th Assembly District in this year’s election, but they have to face each other first.

This week, Stamatis Lilikakis, a business man who was born and raised in Bay Ridge, declared his candidacy.


Ex-Cyclones manager Rich Donnelly back in the Major Leagues

Rich Donnelly stunned Brooklyn fans and the Cyclones organization earlier this winter when he announced that he’d be leaving Coney Island for an opportunity to manage the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Wash.

Just two months later, Donnelly is already out of that job – and on to an even bigger one as the Mariners’ third-base coach after John Stearns announced last Friday that he would be unable to man the post due to his difficult recovery from hiatal-hernia surgery.


Brook-Krasny says assembly bill offers paid family leave

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny said a bill he helped the State Assembly pass will go a long way toward addressing New York’s child care crisis if it becomes law because it would institute paid family leave for residents.

If approved by the State Senate and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislation would also establish child care as a “compelling family reason” to voluntarily separate from employment, allowing parents to be eligible for unemployment benefits.


110 Beaumont St. was mocked – but it sold for $3.17 million

Money can't buy you love, as the purchasers of some Manhattan Beach homes have discovered.

This is one of several neighborhood properties included in “The Fug Chronicles: The Ugliest Homes for Sale in Brooklyn.”

The 8,400-square-foot single-family house with columns sunk into its facade and odd-colored brick was built from 2004 to 2006 by Mark and Rosa Tarantul, who sold it for $3.17 million in 2011 to Angela Mardukhayeva, city records indicate.


No 'obscene performances' or birth control counseling allowed at 215 Exeter St. – but building a ginormous house is okay

The Manhattan Beach Community Group and the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association opposed its construction in 2012, reported. It's being built anyway.

The 7,500-square-foot house is an “alteration” of a 2,100-square-foot building Aleksandr Falikman and Svetlana Kucher bought from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn for $1.85 million in 2010, city records indicate.


1882 E. 12th St. is a 'five-story monster'

State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Midwood, Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach) recently called this towering addition to a partly collapsed Homecrest bungalow a “five-story monster of a house,” Sheepshead Bites reported.

The unfinished “godawful tumor house,” as called it, was designed by architect Shlomo Wygoda. It stands on stilts that look like they might snap like toothpicks.


This 'eyesore' at 8658 16th Ave. was a city Health Department building

If you squint at this former city Department of Health property, you can imagine it was a respectable building, useful to the neighborhood – before it was left to rot.

The retaining wall out front looks like it could cave in at any minute. The dirt in what was a front garden has shriveled Halloween pumpkins in it. The locks are rusting on security screens over broken windows. Bags of garbage are strewn out front.


85 Bay 8th St. 'should be condemned'

Back in the day, it was the nicest house on the block, the neighbors say. Boy, does that feel like a long time ago.

After sitting empty for what seems like forever, the graffiti-covered brick hulk on the corner of Benson Avenue in Bath Beach has boarded windows that fail to keep out pigeons, possums and a vagrant who was seen there recently.


Coney Island photographers featured in gallery exhibit

Coney Island has long been a photographer’s paradise, from the era of the grand hotels before World War I, to the amusement area’s heyday as a destination for working-class New Yorkers from the 1920s through the 1950s, to its current rebirth.


Lincoln motivated by Lance Stephenson during borough finals

Members of the Lincoln Railsplitters all thought that he should have been at the NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, but they had the next best thing instead — Indiana Pacer and Lincoln High School alumn Lance Stephenson was on hand to provide moral support and motivation as they won the Public School Athletic League’s Brooklyn borough title on Sunday.



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