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Landmark Shmandmark

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The Grasshorn Building, Coney Island’s oldest standing structure, and its 108-year-old Henderson Building, once a Vaudeville Theatre, are among the historic sites slated for destruction when Thor Equities’ redevelopment turns Astroland into a $1.5 billion shiny new Vegas-style resort. And it doesn’t look like objectors are having any luck stopping the wrecking ball. amNewYork reported [&hellip
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Diabetes Hitting NYC Hard

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Yesterday, the Health Department announced that half a million New Yorkers—one in eight—have been diagnosed with diabetes, while another 200,000 are living with the disease and don’t even know it yet. The diabetes epidemic, the report concludes, is having “devastating effects” on the city, leading to soaring health care costs. It says that the city [&hellip
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Let The Dominoes Fall

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Developers yesterday unveiled their vision of “The New Domino,” a redevelopment plan for the area surrounding the now-defunct Domino Sugar Factory on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. The $1.3 billion project would include a 40-foot-wide public waterfront esplanade stretching from South Fifth Street to Grand Ferry Park, a new water taxi pier and several new [&hellip
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Sushi Making Us Human Thermometers, Diet Sodas Making Us Fat

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Sushi and diet soda—long believed to be healthy alternatives to heart-clogging, sugar-spiking foods and beverages—may pack dangerous punches of their own, at least according to two new studies. A Health Department survey released yesterday reports that one in four New Yorkers has elevated blood mercury levels thanks to consuming contaminated fish. Nearly half of Asian women in the city eat so much of the stuff that their blood mercury levels are at or above what is considered to be the dangerous level. And while mercury from seafood consumption is generally believed to be safe for healthy adults, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is urging young children, pregnant and breast-feeding women to avoid consuming fish with high mercury levels, such as Chilean sea bass and certain varieties of fresh tuna, due to the risk of neurological damage during early development. The Health Department is also advising all New Yorkers to avoid eating fish caught in the East River, Hudson Rivers and New York Harbor. Evidently, they’re contaminated, too.

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Gay Firefighters Embrace Chuck & Larry

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James as two straight firefighters posing as gay guys in order to qualify for insurance money, opens tonight. But the film already has at least one fan: FireFLAG/EMS president Mike Vissichelli. The official fraternal organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of [&hellip
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Do You Want Sex With That? Bronx Travel Agency Busted For Full Service

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Manhattan “Pimp-travel” agent Saeed Ahmed was sentenced to 10 days of community service and five years probation yesterday for running what can only be described as a “full service” travel agency. Jump Off Destinations offered package deals to the Dominican Republic that included airfare, hotel accommodations and—uh oh, this must be the problem—sex with prostitutes. [&hellip
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It’s Craaaazzy Out There

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An F1 tornado touched down in Long Island this morning, bringing hurricane-force winds to Islip Terrace, according to the National Weather Service. A Weather Service Meteorologist said the agency received a number of damage reports after issuing a tornado warning for the area, and ground crews later confirmed a hit. As a result, 51,000 people [&hellip
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