The fighting Irish at Beep’s party

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Call it Sister Act, Brooklyn-style.

Prospect Heights’s own Hagan sisters gave another show-stopping performance this week, when they rained on Borough President Markowitz’s inaugural parade with a few feisty jeers.

Patti and Schelli Hagan have crashed the Borough President’s annual ball each year since 2004, when the Beep came out as chief cheerleader for the borough’s largest and most-controversial development, Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards arena and skyscraper project.

This time, the sisters interrupted a video montage starring Net star Vince Carter and the Beep in a team jersey by chanting “What about eminent domain?” and “What about Prospect Heights?”

Security guards tried to escort the duo out after a woman seated nearby whirled around to face them and began shouting “shut up.”

Eventually, the guards gave up and left the strong-willed sisters to watch their fellow Brooklynites perform.

“We’re Irish,” said Hagan, “We weren’t going to leave before the step-dancers.”

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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