NEW YORK CITY-The Department of Buildings has granted permissionto raze two of Coney Island's landmark buildings - the Shore Hoteland the Bank of Coney Island despite strong opposition fromcommunity groups. The owner of the buildings Thor Equities, arealty development company, is planning to construct transitorybuildings in the place of the hotel and bank that will open duringthe beginning of next year's summer season.For the fullstory, go to Wall Street Journal.

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