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Today is September 11th, 2013, the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that horrified the world. On that day, 2,996 people died,  and the course of American history was forever altered. Since that fateful day, New Yorkers have lived with the awareness of how vulnerable we all are. As we stroll underneath Manhattan skyscrapers, race through…

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Source: visualnews.com Visual News created a cool new graphic of the busiest subway stops in New York. I took a slice of the map to show you our area, which compared to Manhattan, is comparatively light. Predictably, Times Square is the busiest station, averaging 182,170 riders, followed by Grand Central, 34 St-Herald Square, 14 St-Union…

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Four legislators – including representatives of Southwest Brooklyn and Staten Island at the local, state, as well as federal levels – would like to convince Governor Cuomo to make local travel more affordable before expanding the 7 train to New Jersey. State Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Councilman James Oddo and U.S. Rep. Michael…

Events
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Not everyone was happy about Brooklyn’s consolidation into greater New York City in 1898. To many newspapers, civic leaders and proud residents, it was ‘the great mistake of ’98’ – when Brooklyn would forever lose its identity as an independent city. According to Vincent La Marca, Historian Michael Miscione will give a free talk, including…

Food & Nightlife
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With the chilly weather of fall upon us, I often think of the Circle Line Cruises that travel, from pier 83 on 42nd Street in Hells Kitchen, up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain for Oktoberfest. It’s always quite a shock to go from being solicited by panhandlers on the urine soaked streets of Manhattan…

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This week’s Brooklyn Daily Eagle is carrying a posthumous piece on acclaimed 20th Century street photographer Helen Levitt, who would be 98 years old today. Like scores of other notable figures from the last hundred years or so of American history, Helen Levitt was born and raised in Bensonhurst. Levitt was known as one of…

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Please see our more recent post for the latest news on the 18th Avenue Feast. UPDATE 8/17/11: Thanks to a typo on the city’s events calender, it looks like our previous report was wrong. According to the mayor’s office, the 2011 Festa di Santa Rosalia  will take place for 10 days – from August 25…

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Aren’t engineers supposed to like bridges and tunnels? The Army Corps of Engineers must be tired of all those Ed Hardy jokes. The Corps is currently determining whether or not to ditch their ‘Bridge and Tunnel’ home at Fort Hamilton for the bright lights of money-makin’ Manhattan. The Daily News is reporting that the proposed…

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According to an article published in the Home Reporter, crime is going down in Coney Island. At a Bensonhurst West End Community Council meeting held earlier in the month, Captain John Chell, the 60th Precinct’s executive officer, stated that year-to-date crime is down 16% when compared with last year. From the Home Reporter: “We had…

Food & Nightlife
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Mixed drink-devoted website The Intoxicologist is featuring a new, I mean old, cocktail named after our beloved neighborhood. The throwback beverage, called the Bensonhurst, is a variation on the Manhattan. “Bensonhurst is a cocktail descendent of the Brooklyn,” according to The Intoxicologist. The site credits Chad Solomon with the original recipe. What’s in a Bensonhurst?…