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New York City’s Fire Department turns 150 years old next year, and the anniversary will be celebrated with a yearlong series of special events, summer block parties, a commemorative book and other  … Full Article

Paperwork snafu delays military widows’ government benefits

Widows and widowers of military veterans all across the city are in danger of being denied survivor’s benefits by the US Department of Veterans Affairs because of a simple and fixable paperwork snafu, according to US Rep. Michael Grimm. … Full Article

Heights Groups: Close Joralemon Street near Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park attracts a steadily increasing number of visitors, and Brooklyn Heights civic groups are pushing for the city Department of Transportation (DOT)  to close Joralemon Street to vehicles at Furman Street, near the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. … Full Article

Home safe? Push to landmark Jackie Robinson’s Flatbush house

City councilmember Jumaane Williams (D - Flatbush, East Flatbush) is taking another whack at getting the East Flatbush home of baseball legend Jackie Robinson designated as a city landmark. … Full Article

Treyger to MTA: Protect subway riders from Metrocard skimmers

After a skimming device was discovered in a MetroCard vending machine in the Columbus Circle subway station, Councilman Mark Treyger renewed his call to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to take steps to safeguard all of the machines to protect straphangers from identity theft. … Full Article

Adams aims to make Borough Hall green

On Sunday Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams promoted his plan to transform Brooklyn Borough Hall, the borough's oldest public building, into an energy-efficient icon by working with the U.S. Green Building Council to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. … Full Article

Bay Parkway Community Job Center marks 12 years of service

There is a small trailer on the Bensonhurst waterfront where great matches are made every day. No, it’s not love matches we’re talking about. … Full Article

Rally at BPL protests Chinese censorship of writers

It was the perfect setting to talk about the freedom of expression in the literary community. The Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch at Grand Army Plaza was the backdrop for members of the PEN American Center to organize a literary protest for free expression in China. … Full Article

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