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For the Birds

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The city's plans for White Island in Southern Brooklyn are becoming more clear: spend $15 million to create a habitat for a rare bird. Specifically, "the trash-strewn White Island is quietly being converted into a habitat for the little bird called Henslow's sparrow, which hasn't been spotted in the Big Apple in more than a decade." The conversion is in return for allowing a developer to "wipe out" the birds' original home for a shopping center near Starrett City in 2002. Come home, little birdie. [NYP]