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Is the Marine Park Bridge, the new Gowanus Overpass — a construction job without end? Bridges and Tunnels announced an upgrade on the lift mechanism is necessary and so, too, are overnight closures. The bridge will be closed again (starting this past Monday) in both directions from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through December 9.

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The Bugalou Music series continues this Saturday, December 2 at St. Camillus. The first show was a great, fun success and we bet this will be one to remember as well.  Walter Ensor starts off the night followed by Indaculture. The Band Band (a Band tribute band) is the featured act.  A warm up (and a post game) takes place at The Rockaway Beach Golf Club on Beach 100th Street, (it’s a great opportunity to see the indoor virtual golf set up).  For ticket info, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dream of opening a restaurant in Rockaway?  The former Playland on Beach 98th is vacant and new building owners are looking for a tenant to occupy the hot spot along Restaurant Row. Call 646-688-5633 to view.

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The D Piper Inn is closing in the spring, 2018. Peter Duffy fought long and hard to make his place and Beach 114th Street a place that would be appealing to visitors. We wish Peter the best.

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Local Liquids is also on its way out. The owners announced that they’ll be closing the Beach 116th Street juice shop permanently on December 16. Another big loss for the block.

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711 Seagirt aka The Sand Castle has been sold to Treetop Developers for $135 million. The complex consists of four buildings with 916 apartments and eight commercial units.  The new owners say, “We have a rare opportunity to enhance the building and the area, adding in desirable retail that will cater to the surrounding community."

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The mayor is coming, the mayor is coming. Mayor de Blasio will be holding a Town Hall meeting at PS 114 on Tuesday, December 5. Seating is limited so RSVP by calling 212-788-4282 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Those very predictable office holders in the City Council are looking to increase term limits from two to three terms.  The public has been clear more than once that two terms is enough. One reason given by current Coucilman Jumaan Williams, is that it makes sense to “have different limits for different offices so that the Mayor and Council members aren’t all jockeying for higher office at the same time.”  You know, because competition is bad. We still remember former speaker Peter Vallone saying term limits would be a disaster.  The city survived.

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All are welcome to the Holiday Lighting Ceremonies on Beach 116th Street.  This Saturday at 5 p.m. a Christmas tree will be lit near the firehouse. Refreshments and Santa are expected. On Tuesday, December 12, a Menorah will be lit near RBB at 5:30 p.m. Kudos to the 116th Street Business Owners and the Rockaway Civic. 

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Bad week for ferries. The New York Post reported three ferries had to be taken out of service because they were leaking. And then on Monday evening the ferry to Rockaway ran aground just off Pier 11. The naysayers were yelling (ferries were not built right, the ferry captain should know better, etc., etc.), but we like what we heard from one of the passengers as he arrived home in Rockaway after the boat got stuck, “Ah, it wasn’t that bad.” Complainers can take the A train or join the mess on Woodhaven.

 

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