Local & State

Study to Rezone Empire Boulevard Rescinded, Group Claims

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A request for the City Planning Department to study Empire Boulevard and recommend possible zoning modifications was successfully rescinded in a Community Board vote and should not proceed, a local housing advocacy group claims. New papers submitted in a pending lawsuit by the Movement to Protect […]

Protesters Say ‘Loophole’ Allows Unlawful Increases for Low-Income, Rent Stabilized Tenants

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Scores of residents and concerned housing advocates rallied in front of a Schenectady Avenue apartment building Saturday morning to demand protections for low-income tenants who fear they will soon be victims of illegal rent increases due to what they say a loophole in the law. Some 62 low-income families […]

In Park Slope, Asking Neighbors For Their Views on Guns

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The idea began with the kids. Back in September, children in an educational program at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture were re-writing constitutional amendments as part of an exercise. When trying to re-word the Second Amendment and thinking through different scenarios involving guns, they […]

Brooklyn College Urged to Cancel Student Palestinian Event Thursday Evening

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Local politicians are asking Brooklyn College to cancel a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) discussion scheduled tomorrow, while civil rights and Arab-American groups believe the event should be allowed to go forward. SJP, a grassroots network of students and recent graduates […]

'CAMBA Gardens' Provides Housing For the Most Vulnerable While Reducing Hospital Costs

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At Kings County Hospital, policymakers and affordable housing advocates have teamed up for a win-win solution to reduce emergency room visits and provide modest-rent apartments to the homeless, victims of Superstorm Sandy, and patients with high-level medical needs. Additional units will also be […]

Education Advocates Rally to Save Bushwick Early Learning Center

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Elected officials and community leaders called on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to thwart the eviction of a vital Bushwick early learning center Friday morning. The looming ouster of the center is the result of a number of baffling procedural and paperwork errors by the city, and as […]

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, […]