Coney Island polar bears—not just New Year’s

When TV news-watchers saw hundreds of brave bathers ringing in 2014 with a plunge into the icy ocean off Coney Island, many were unaware that the Coney Island Polar Bear Club sponsors cold-water swimming every Sunday morning throughout the winter seaso … Full Article

Bill de Blasio Sworn in As Mayor of NYC in a Midnight Ceremony in Brooklyn

A crowd gathered in Park Slope at midnight on Tuesday to witness the 12:01 a.m. swearing in ceremony of Bill de Blasio as the109th Mayor of the City of New York.  NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman officiated. … Full Article

The top 10 Brooklyn Eagle stories of 2013

Here at, 2013 was a record-breaking year for web traffic and we couldn't have done that without the help of our loyal readers. And for that, we give our most heartfelt thanks. We hope we can deliver relevant and timely news to you into 2014 and beyond. … Full Article

Crowds on Fulton Street for latest Air Jordan sneakers

A peaceful crowd lined up outside a shoe store on Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn over this past weekend for the latest sneaker sensation, Air Jordan 11 “Gamma Blues.” The $200 sneakers are so popular that fights broke out over them across the country before Christmas.  … Full Article

Coney Island gardeners vow court fight after garden is destroyed

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” Well, if Mary belonged to the Boardwalk Community Garden in Coney Island, the answer to the old nursery rhyme would be “not at all.” … Full Article

Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels

The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people's pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher. … Full Article

School tax exemption deadline fast approaching

Dec. 31 is more than just the last day of 2013. It also marks the last day in which homeowners can register for New York State’s school tax relief program, otherwise known as STAR. … Full Article

Gentile’s pet peeve – people abusing animals

A bill the City Council approved at its last session of 2013 will go a long way toward protecting animals from abuse at the hands of heartless people, according to Councilman Vincent Gentile, who co-sponsored the animal-rights legislation. … Full Article

Census survey: Brooklyn’s mainly middle-class, with many immigrants

The Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey (ACS) results are online, and they reveal Brooklyn residents to be mainly young or middle-aged, fairly well-educated and largely middle class.  … Full Article


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