Santas -- some naughty, some nice -- descend on Brooklyn for SantaCon 2013

The Santa-themed bar crawl known as SantaCon invaded Brooklyn Heights this year with a DJ dance stop in Cadman Plaza Park followed by a beer-soaked slog along Cadman Plaza West and Montague Street. … Full Article

Artists, environmentalists, pols meet to plan future of Gowanus

Three hundred residents, artists, environmentalists and business owners took the first exciting steps toward outlining the future of Gowanus when they attended a meeting organized by elected officials on Monday. … Full Article

NYC sanitation dept issues snow alert for Saturday

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. The department said Friday that its personnel were loading salt spreaders and attaching plows and chains. … Full Article

Assembly mulls sending teen criminal suspects to Family Court

Should 16 and 17 year olds who are charged with crimes be automatically tried in adult court? Or should criminal cases involving teenagers be handled in Family Court? … Full Article

MTA adds undercover 'spotters' after derailment

ALBANY— The nation's second-largest commuter rail line is increasing scrutiny of its engineers and conductors onboard trains, a move that comes two weeks after a deadly derailment and a year after a similar effort was exposed as flawed. … Full Article

BPL unveils seven proposals for redeveloped Brooklyn Heights Library

It was rough sledding Thursday night for Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) officials as they presented seven proposals to re-develop the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library. … Full Article

Bloomberg: Arms website selling guns illegally

Thousands of guns could be sold illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on just one classified ad website, according to an investigation commissioned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. … Full Article

Feds to railroads: Review speed rules, training

Federal regulators are ordering railroads all over the country to review rules about speed after a New York City derailment that killed four people last week. … Full Article

HOW COULD HE? De Blasio leaving Brooklyn for Gracie Mansion

Once more, Gracie Mansion will be home to the mayor of New York City. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio ended weeks of speculation by announcing Wednesday that his family would move to the mayor's official residence. … Full Article

Cuomo awards job grants to 824 projects statewide

ALBANY— New York's Mohawk Valley, North County, Capital Region, Southern Tier and Long Island are the big winners in this year's round of competitive state economic development grants. Each region won more than $80 million in tax breaks, funding and capital. … Full Article

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