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Bay Ridge–Bensonhurst

Covering: Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst

Downtown: Emergency demolition is underway at a landmarked Brooklyn Heights building after two partial building collapses rained bricks and mortar to Clark Street over Memorial Day weekend, leading some neighbors to suspect that the owners of the “For Sale” building are trying to force out their last few rent-stabilized tenants. Comments (1)

Bridge Park costs soar

Downtown: The cost of building Brooklyn Bridge Park has more than doubled — from an original 2002 estimate of $150 million up to $350 million today — fueling concern the public had been snookered by officials in their quest to create the waterfront park and condo development. Comment

He’s the McMahon

Politics: Democratic party leaders from Brooklyn and Staten Island anointed Staten Island Councilman Mike McMahon as their chosen candidate for the congressional seat spanning the two boroughs that is being vacated by disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella. Comments (1)

Hank’s a lot: Honky tonk break-in

Carroll Gardens: Two gun-strapped thugs raged into a beloved Boerum Hill saloon on May 19 and held patrons hostage while they emptied the cash register, cops said. Comment

You’re fired?

Crime: Someone stole $5,000 from a Fifth Avenue car dealership — and the three employees who had the only access to the cash say they didn’t do it. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment
Teachers at a Bensonhurst-area school are in open revolt against a plan to take their parking lot and turn it into a new park. Comments (2)

Victory loses emergency

Victory Memorial Hospital’s emergency room became an “urgent care center” on May 22, bringing the ailing Dyker Heights hospital one step closer to its scheduled June 30 shutdown. Comments (4)

Quick(er) fix for Verrazano

Transit: Repairs of the Staten Island–bound lanes of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge could be completed before July 4, two months earlier than expected and more than a year ahead of schedule, state officials announced this week. Comment

Cropsey’s new light reviewed

A new traffic light on Cropsey Avenue is annoying drivers — and pleasing pedestrians. Comments (1)

‘Super’ opera

Music: Traditionally, opera doesn’t require much technology. There are no microphones, and lights are about all you need. But at the Regina Opera, the Dyker Heights–based belter’s brigade, high-tech “Super title” equipment has been installed to project an English translation of the librettos above the stage. Comment

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