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Bloomberg: City working on storm, climate prep

The city will work on upgrading building codes and evacuation-zone maps, hardening power and transportation networks and making sure hospitals are better prepared for extreme weather after Superstorm Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg said Thursday. … Full Article

O Christmas Tree! The definitive roundup of holiday events in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst

Bay Ridge
The holiday spirit is alive and well in Bay Ridge and neighboring communities as churches, elected officials, and civic leaders host Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, toy drives, and parties to spread the cheerful tidings. … Full Article

Manhattan R Train returns to Whitehall St — but not yet to Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights
Manhattan residents celebrated on Monday when R train service was extended beyond 34th Street southward to Whitehall Street, near Battery Park. … Full Article

'Sound attenuating' hills rising at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Heights
Despite setbacks delivered by Mother Nature, construction is moving full speed ahead on building 20-30-foot sound attenuating hills at Brooklyn Bridge Park, according to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. … Full Article

Prospect Park recovering rapidly from massive Sandy damage -- Update

Prospect Park
Just last week large swaths of Prospect Park’s woodlands and most of its drives remained off limits to the public due to damage from Superstorm Sandy. Almost 500 trees were downed in the storm, or so badly damaged that they had to be removed. … Full Article

Norse pride in Bay Ridge: Collecting cash for the 17th of May

Bay Ridge
The 17th of May Parade in Bay Ridge, an event celebrating the heritage of the neighborhood’s small but proud Norwegian-American community, will get off on the right foot, according to organizers, who held a party on Dec. 2 to raise funds for next spring's march. … Full Article

Obama OKs natural gas pipeline to Brooklyn via the Rockaways

Mill Basin
President Barack Obama has signed legislation allowing a pipeline through New York's Gateway National Recreation Area. … Full Article

Firestorms follow superstorm

The FDNY responded to about 37 percent more fires last month. Officials blame the spike on the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. … Full Article

Cake Man Raven takes flight

Fort Greene
After a dispute with his landlord, the famous Cake Man Raven has closed his bakery shop on Fulton Street in Fort Greene. … Full Article

Trees down at Prospect Park, Green-Wood

Just like during Hurricane Irene last year, Prospect  Park and neighboring Green-Wood Cemetery in mid-Brooklyn both experienced extensive damage due to Hurricane Sandy. … Full Article

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