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NYC lawmakers impose 5-cent charge for plastic bags

Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city's sanitation department estimates that 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash — roughly 19,000 per minute. … Full Article

Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

The lone subway tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest, youngest neighborhoods to New York City's commercial heart in Manhattan will either be closed entirely for 18 months, or see extremely limited service for three years, under two possible plans for repairing damage caused by Super … Full Article

Helen Keller Services helps children and adults prepare for the future

Helen Keller Services (HKS) has a proud history of providing services to help blind and deaf-blind individuals acquire the skillsets needed to lead productive lives. … Full Article

Bay Ridge Community Council says thank you to cops, firefighters

New York’s Finest and Bravest took bows at a recent ceremony in Bay Ridge, where they were honored for their courage and community service. … Full Article

Happy ending for three of Brooklyn’s discarded suitcase kittens

Dmitry, Inessa and Ilyo -- three of the seven kittens rescued by the NYPD in Williamsburg after being discarded in a suitcase – have been adopted, the ASPCA said on Monday. … Full Article

Large, rotating neon 'Understanding' sign opens in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn’s waterfront now has another large red neon sign to accompany the Jehovah Witnesses’ iconic “Watchtower” emblem. … Full Article

Williamsburg street named for Iraq war hero

Residents gathered together on a Williamsburg street corner with local elected officials on April 27 to pay a lasting tribute to a hero who lived in the community and died in the war in Iraq. … Full Article

City to issue RFP for $1.7B Brooklyn Heights BQE rehab design in May

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will soon be issued for the 10-year, $1.7 billion project to rehabilitate the crumbling, 62-year-old Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) triple cantilever underpinning the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. … Full Article

Cops shut down Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 following violence, threats

Citing large crowds, violent incidents and death threats on Facebook, police closed down Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 on Wednesday afternoon, leaving hundreds of teens and youngsters milling about the park or headed for other playgrounds. … Full Article

Residents to vote on new Union Street Bridge, could affect Gowanus Canal cleanup

For more than a century, the Union Street Bridge has afforded Brooklynites a safe and dry passage over the heinous waters of the Gowanus Canal. … Full Article

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