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Homeowners’ Long, Bitter Wait

Friday, October 24th, 2014

It has been nearly two years since Superstorm Sandy destroyed his family’s home, but much of Josh Suben’s life is still up in the air.

Suben, 60, an architect and Seagate neighborhood resident, says he has struggled to regain everything he lost, including the Atlantic Avenue beach-front home — value estimated at $600,000 — where he and his family of five lived for the previous 11 years.

But his fate, like that of thousands of New Yorkers, rests in the hands of the city’s Build it Back program, established by former-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help rebuild or restore the lost or damaged homes of local Sandy victims.

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Park’s Long Sandy Comeback

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, one park in Gravesend is just now getting power back.

Though the streets in the area didn’t see much above-ground flooding, the storm’s salt waters managed to corrode the underground wiring serving the park at the corner of McDonald Avenue and Avenue S. As a result, the McDonald Playground bathrooms have been locked to keep people from injuring themselves in an unlit bathroom.

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Ebola Hits Home in Brooklyn

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Imani House, Inc., the Park Slope nonprofit which runs a clinic in Liberia, was forced to close the clinic temporarily on September 17 after one of its staffers contracted Ebola, the deadly virus which has killed more than 2,800 people in four West African nations, nearly 1,500 of them in Liberia alone, according to the World Health Organization.

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Vermouth Maker’s Touch of Glass

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Bianca Miraglia, tired of mass-produced vermouth, wanted to bring something fresh, all-natural and stubbornly idealist to the bar. She started Uncouth Vermouth, which recently opened in a former billiards hall in Red Hook and is set to add a tasting room this summer.

Miraglia, 30, is a one-woman vermouth-making machine: She forages for many of her ingredients, only uses local products and refuses financial assistance.

She spends 12 or more hours a day working on her fortified wine creations, infused with a variety of seasonal, locally sourced flavors ranging from beets and squash to chili and lavender.

Uncouth Vermouth only produces a few hundred cases of product every year – and that’s how Miraglia likes it.

NYCHA Security Cameras Blocked

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Kosher Soup Kitchen Struggles

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A Williamsburg Toy Story

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Hookah Smoke Complaints Heat Up

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Keeping Kosher, via Colombia

Friday, March 14th, 2014