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This weekend, introduce your kids to some local heroes. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the New York Fire Department [FDNY], firehouses across the city will open their doors to local families, offering them a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the daily lives and dangerous job of firefighters. The free tours, which are available to wannabe…

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Say antío to the sight of El Greco Diner, now surrounded by construction fencing. Passersby got their last view of the storied eatery last week, right before the fencing was erected on Thursday. Permits for the fencing were issued on December 19, just days after the property was bought by Rybak Development for $13 million…

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Cezar Del Valle has a lot going on. As an artist, a freelance writer, a public speaker and tour guide, and a longtime lover of the theatre, he’s uniquely qualified to take on the task of remembering Brooklyn’s historic film and performance venues–and he’s trying to make sure everyone else remembers them, too. With his latest edition…

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Preservationists have been bracing themselves for news of the Vitagraph smokestack’s fate ever since scaffolding was placed around it in October. Now the developer who owns the 1263 East 14th Street property has filed plans to construct a new eight-story residential building with 302-units. Sheepshead Bites was the first to report that Hampshire Properties purchased the…

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EXCLUSIVE: A seven-story condominium building with ground-level retail, abundant parking and a 9,000-square-foot landscaped public plaza will soon be constructed at Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue, replacing El Greco Diner, the new owners told Sheepshead Bites in an exclusive interview. Buyer Sergey Rybak detailed his preliminary plans following the $13 million sale of the 1809…

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Can our beloved boardwalk be saved? Councilman Mark Treyger asked the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to make Coney Island’s Riegelmann Boardwalk an official “scenic landmark” yesterday, an effort to block the city from replacing its planks with concrete and plastic, reports the New York Daily News. “This is a globally recognized iconic structure that draws millions of visitors each year,”  Treyger told us.…

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If you’re looking for fun outside of the neighborhood this weekend, and have a young (or old) train fan in your life, be sure to catch the MTA’s Holiday Nostalgia Train, running along the M line between 2nd Avenue and Queens Plaza on Sundays (10am to 5pm) through December 28. The cars, originally in service between…

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Opened on November 21, 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, so we’re honoring the occasion by looking at some of the statistics, quirks, and interesting bits of info that make up the massive crossing’s history. From parachuting off its tower, to a cameo in Saturday Night Fever, to nearly 22 dozen…

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