November, 2014

Has Curtailment of "Stop-and-Frisk" Caused Ditmas Park's Rising Crime?

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With a rising crime wave sweeping Ditmas Park, many residents have become guarded, and police are out in force. Some residents have speculated that striking economic inequality plus a wave of new, wealthier arrivals to the area have triggered crime. But lifelong resident Jonathan J. Judge, […]

'City's First Readers' Program, Universal Pre-K Aim to Counter Youth Literacy Crisis

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A literacy program focused on young readers and significant enrollment in universal pre-K are some new initiatives focusing on the city’s youth literacy crisis and the need for early childhood education, political leaders and concerned advocates announced in a series of events Wednesday. Alarmingly, some […]

'Made in NY' Awards Celebrates Record Local Film Production, With a Few Hiccups

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A former Williamsburgh Savings Bank served as an opulent if raucous home for the ‘Made in NY’ Awards Monday evening. The event celebrated local filmmakers, actors, and industry supporters who have been part of the record level of local production within the five boroughs in recent years. […]

Riverside Houses Parking Garage Permit Granted, But May Be Revoked (UPDATED)

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Landlord Claims New Underground Facility Will Benefit Residents While Keeping Courtyard Intact Opponents Fear Loss of Public Space, Environmental Hazard, ‘Scheme’ to Orchestrate Their Eviction UPDATE: A judge has now denied the Pinnacle Group’s Article 78 Petition, while the Department of Buildings (DOB) […]

No Halloween Prank: Half-Built ‘Horror House' Finally Dead

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While many people may look at 1882 East 12th Street in Sheepshead Bay–now an empty lot surrounded by a chain-link fence–they may see neglected land and real estate blight. But it represents something very different to Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) and neighbors on […]

Brooklynites' Greatest Hopes and Concerns Detailed in New Study

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Economic Inequality, Juvenile Justice Issues, Needs of Rising Immigrant Populations A new report curating six-months of interviews with everyday Brooklynites portrays residents’ varied hopes and concerns, spotlighting a range of issues from income inequality to rising immigrant populations to inequities in the criminal and juvenile justice […]