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Despite the flurries, the show went on. Over 100 neighbors marched down 18th Avenue for Bensonhurst’s first-ever Lunar New Year Parade Sunday, hosted by the Asian Community United Society (ACUS). The festivities continued at the Salvation Army building, located at 7309-7321 18th Avenue, where partygoers were joined by Councilman Mark Treyger, Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Assemblyman William Colton, and Councilman Vincent Gentile.…

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It’s official! Councilman Vincent Gentile was selected as the Democratic candidate for the 11th Congressional District last night and will face off with prosecutor Daniel Donovan for the seat left vacant by ex-Congressman Michael Grimm. Gentile released a statement accepting the nod today: I am honored to accept the Democratic nomination for New York’s 11th congressional district. Today,…

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All are invited to a town hall meeting hosted by the Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance and the Dyker Heights Civic Association tomorrow night to discuss illegal home conversions that have long plagued Brooklyn neighborhoods. The meeting will be held at The Knights of Columbus (1305 86th Street) on Thursday, February 26, from 7pm-9pm. Local elected officials, community leaders, and governmental agency…

Transportation Source: Gothamist
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Local elected officials praised Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $55 million plan to expand the city’s ferry system – including stops in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook, and Brooklyn Army Terminal – which will provide fast access between all five boroughs for the fare of a MetroCard by 2017. “Today I applaud Mayor de Blasio for his…

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Councilman Vincent Gentile wants more people trained in administering a new drug that can intercept a heroin or oxycodone overdose. With painkiller abuse and accidental overdoses on the rise, including in Southern Brooklyn and Staten Island, Gentile will hold a free seminar this week to educate people on Naloxone – commonly known as Narcan – which counters…

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Following the funerals of NYPD’s Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu – who were shot dead in in their squad car last month – City Council wants to allocate $7.3 million in the 2016 preliminary budget for new bullet-proof vests for the city’s police force. Public sympathy has turned towards the police following the recent assassinations, and there has been…

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The city is cracking down on hookah sales, and they may be coming for Brooklyn next. As City Council proposes a bill to limit the sale of hookah supplies in stores, the city’s Health Department has moved to shut down a dozen hookah bars frequented by college students in Manhattan and Queens, after finding that they were illegally serving sheesha containing…

Police & Fire One of the spas closed by the city. Source: Google Maps
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Authorities arrested 15 women and shut down nine massage parlors in Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge today, as part of a major prostitution and trafficking investigation. Two women, Xiao-Ling Pan and Sun Han, were charged with promoting prostitution, nine were charged with misdemeanor prostitution, and 10 were charged with providing unlicensed massage services, according to prosecutors. “We conducted these raids and…

News & Features Charly hasn't been to the dog run in over a year because of the renovation.
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The neighborhood just got a little more dog-friendly. The abandoned yard on the northwest corner of Dyker Beach Golf Course has long been used by locals as an unofficial dog run, but today, after being closed for a full year, the area has been transformed into a perfect play space for pups. About 20 dogs and their owners came out today for a ribbon-cutting event…

News & Features Community Board 11's offices at 2214 Bath Avenue (Source: Google Maps)
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By Kimberly Connor Community Board 11’s meeting on November 20 focused heavily on the hot-button issue of illegal home conversions, the practice of subdividing one or two-family homes into single room occupancy dwellings. Also discussed were problematic parking laws on New Utrecht Avenue and the date of the annual Festa di Santa Rosalia. Illegal Home Conversions Bob Cassara…

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