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New York City Transit making progress on fixing R train vibrations

Bay Ridge
Relief is on the way for Bay Ridge residents whose nerves have been shattered by earthquake-like R train vibrations, according to Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann, who has been in contact with transit officials about the ongoing efforts. … Full Article

Brooklyn one of fastest-growing counties in NY-NJ metro area

Brooklyn Boro
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday on where the heaviest population growth in the New York-Newark-Jersey City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was concentrated last year. … Full Article

Outcry over Prospect Park Residence prompts move to stop more closures

Park Slope
The outcry over the impending closure of an assisted living facility in Park Slope has prompted Assemblywoman Joan Millman to introduce legislation that would halt future closures while a state commission studies the effects of closing these types of long term care facilities. … Full Article

Congresswomen speak out on Hobby Lobby contraception lawsuit

Crown Heights
Members of Brooklyn’s congressional delegation were watching the U.S. Supreme Court arguments over employer-funded contraception for women with great interest on Tuesday and two of the delegation’s female members spoke out on the controversy. … Full Article

Bay Ridge residents request better ventilation systems for local hookah lounges

Bay Ridge
Bay Ridge community board leaders are considering going door to door to neighborhood hookah lounges and asking owners to install better ventilation systems amid complaints about secondhand smoke. … Full Article

Council members invite constituents to vote on budget items

Borough Park
Five Brooklyn council members are giving their constituents a chance to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent – including deciding which projects will get city funding – as part of the city’s 2014 participatory budgeting process. … Full Article

Report: De Blasio chooses Sandy rebuilding head

Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen Amy Peterson to lead New York City's sluggish Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts. … Full Article

NYPD: Assault on Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn could be a bias crime

Borough Park
The NYPD is investigating an assault on a Hasidic Jew visiting from England as a possible bias incident. They say the man was walking along McDonald Avenue in Borough Park around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when a man approached him from behind and pushed him to the ground. … Full Article

Council members give city’s new restaurant rule an ‘A’ grade

Bay Ridge
The city deserves an “A” grade for its new rules on grading restaurants for cleanliness, according to two Brooklyn council members. … Full Article

Attorney General Schneiderman comes to Brooklyn with a call to action

While crime has continued to drop all across Brooklyn and New York City, theft of iPhone smartphones, or "apple picking,” has become an epidemic. … Full Article

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