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NYC taxi case pays $750,000 to drivers

State and city officials have reached a settlement with four taxi companies and an owner to pay nearly $750,000 in restitution to drivers charged too much to lease cabs and medallions. … Full Article

Clean water lovers rejoice! Gowanus Flushing Tunnel coming back into service

The Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel, which “flushes” fresh water from Buttermilk Channel into the heavily polluted canal, is going back into service this week for the first time since 2010, according to Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland. … Full Article

Traditional Heights holiday tree-lighting in 64th year

On Wednesday, for the 64th consecutive year, the switch was thrown to turn on the assortment of holiday lights at the entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, featuring a 25-foot Christmas tree and a Menorah. … Full Article

Brooklyn Bridge Park announces developer, operator of marina

Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) on Thursday announced the selection of a developer and operator of a first-class marina adjacent to Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.  … Full Article

Mayor-elect de Blasio announces Dean Fuleihan, Albany pro, as Budget Director pick

With a labor-contract tsunami threatening to swamp New York City, Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio has chosen a man with three decades of experience balancing budgets in Albany to be his new budget director.  … Full Article

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy elects new directors to board

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy announced on Tuesday the election of Brendan Coburn and Michael Crane to the organization's board of directors. The election took place at the Conservancy's Dec. 17 board meeting. … Full Article

Percentage of immigrants in NYC highest in decades

The percentage of immigrants in New York City's population is the highest it's been in a century. That's according to a city report issued Wednesday. The report says there were just over 3 million foreign-born residents in 2011, out of a population of 8.2 million. … Full Article

Grimm vows fight against cell phone use on planes

With everything airline passengers put up with these days – long security checkpoint lines, fees for carry-on bags, bad food – you might have to add one more: having to listen to the idiotic ring tone blaring from the cell phone of the guy sitting next to you. … Full Article

Landmark status weighed for 88th Precinct station house

To be or not to be … a city landmark? … Full Article

Landmarks Preservation Commission to Two Trees: Domino factory makeover plan must be refined

Sugar, ah, honey, honey. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission sent Two Trees Management's makeover plan for the historic Domino Sugar Refinery back to the drawing board. … Full Article

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