The cafe will take the place of an historic diner that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
The NBA kicked off the runup to its 2015 All-Star game by unveiling the refurbished courts.
Attendance was up 140 percent in Staten Island, 90 percent in The Bronx and 25 percent in Rockaway.
A day after finding the water had high levels of contamination, officials lifted the warning Thursday.
Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Midland Beach, South Beach and Cedar Grove are all under an advisory.
The new attraction was announced at the official opening ceremony of Staten Island's beaches.
Ken Ebel, 63, has been living in an unheated Sandy damaged bungalow as he struggles to rebuild his home.
In a move linking two of 2012's tragedies, areas ruined by Hurricane Sandy will honor Sandy Hook victims.
Charges were dropped against NYPD officer Arthur Roldan, who was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend.
Some 500 additional homes may be razed in the wake of the monster storm.
It was unclear if the fatality was related to Hurricane Sandy or power outages, police said.
Residents of hard hit areas said they weren't sure if the red DOB placards were a demolition order.
As they pick up the pieces of their destroyed homes, residents protect their houses from looting, too.
Staten Island looked like a disaster zone after Sandy as locals clean up what is left of their homes.
A radio station cancelled their planned Russian Festival after the local community voiced opposition.
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