NEWS: Under a bill sponsored by Councilman Vincent Gentile, each agency that makes up the city’s vast bureaucracy would be required to have a liaison for assisting military veterans.
PARKS: Youtube poster QUEENSNY121 gives us a construction update on what’s probably the most asked about building in NYC, One World Trade Center – All from Bay Ridge’s own iconic landmark, the 69th Street Pier.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Did you know Bay Ridgites apparently love their Shih Tzus, while Bensonhurst folks prefer Yorkies? Learn more trivial doggie facts with this map of New York City’s canines by WNYC.
A piece by Denise Romano for the Home Reporter revealed yesterday that local real estate investor Mousa Khalil owns two additional neglected properties on the same Ovington Avenue block where he allowed a house to collapse – including one that appears to be illegally occupied. Meanwhile, the Daily News’ Alex Robinson is reporting today that City Councilman Vincent Gentile is trying to guilt property owner Frank Landy to turn over a 79th Street house that’s been allowed to fall apart for 25 years, to charity.
Residents of Ovington Avenue between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue say that of the three properties Khalil owns on their block, one is actually occupied, albeit illegally. They speculate that 556 Ovington Ave is serving as a home for squatters, or possibly even an illegal hostel.
As local real estate prices remain some of the strongest in the country, another apparent victim of the “benign neglect” so many once-proud homes in New York City suffer from began to crumble late last night. ABC 7 is reporting that firefighters and police were called to the scene of a partially collapsed vacant building [...]
EVENTS: On Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at around 8:30 a.m., the Parade of Ships will enter New York Harbor and proceed to the piers on the West Side of Manhattan, heralding the start of New York’s Fleet Week – as it has since 1984. If you didn’t already know, the famous flotilla passes right under the Verrazano. Which means you won’t have to schlep all the way to Manhattan to get your fill of the tall sailing vessels of old, as well as WWII-era destroyers.