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More than two years after Superstorm Sandy, Thanksgiving remains a difficult holiday for cash-strapped central Brooklyn residents still struggling to repair their homes. … Full Article

The 13th floor to host writing workshop with tattooist, musician

The 13th Floor, a writing community that provides creative inspiration and feedback to writers of all experience levels, is teaming up with artist and tattooist Steven Avalos of Evil and Love Tattoo in Greenpoint to create an immersive, artistic experience for creative writers in the neighb … Full Article

In slap at Bloomberg, council committee votes to create animal abuser registry

In one last slap at the departed Bloomberg Administration, a City Council committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the full Council override a mayoral veto on fighting animal abuse. … Full Article

De Blasio: Sorry but no marijuana in NYC bodegas

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says marijuana won't be sold at the corner bodega any time soon. De Blasio was asked about legalized weed Friday on hip-hop radio station Hot 97. One of the hosts asked whether he would ever be able to go to a bodega "and get me some herb." … Full Article

It’s official: Party at BAM celebrates Polytechnic’s merger with NYU

Brooklyn officials and civic leaders joined New York University officials at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Thursday to celebrate the merger of NYU-Poly (previously known as Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and Polytechnic University) with NYU.  … Full Article

NYC agrees to stop-and-frisk monitor, reforms

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday delivered on his promise to reform stop-and-frisk police tactics, agreeing to the appointment of a monitor and seeking to end a 14-year court fight that culminated in a judge's ruling that New York City had discriminated in carrying out the crime-reduction program … Full Article

Schumer: NY low-income heating aid getting $51M

ALBANY— U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal authorities are releasing $50.6 million more to provide home heating aid to New Yorkers. Families whose incomes are 150 percent of the federal poverty level or lower are eligible for heating aid. … Full Article

State law protects sex trafficking victims, Brook-Krasny says

With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, law enforcement authorities, aware that the biggest sporting event of the year is also prime time for sex trafficking, are on the lookout for any suspicious activity. … Full Article

NY state audit finds food inspections lagging

ALBANY— New York's food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday. … Full Article

De Blasio dropping stop-and-frisk appeal

New York City's new mayor on Thursday delivered on his promise to reform stop-and-frisk police tactics, requesting to drop an appeal of a federal judge's order requiring reforms and reaching a deal that was praised by those who sued the city over discrimination claims. … Full Article

PHOTO: The late great Pete Seeger at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

The late Pete Seeger, who died on Monday, performed in Brooklyn several times during his career. In this photo, he is seen performing at 2008 Chile Pepper Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. … Full Article

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