Development

Dwayne Nicholson, CB9's new President, tried to calm the audience while Police Officers and District Manager Pearl Miles (seated) look on (Photo by Matthew Taub)

standard CB9: Chaos and Cacophony Leave Empire Blvd. Vulnerable and Its Fate Uncertain

A  meeting of Community Board 9 Tuesday evening was rife with acrimony and disorder, interrupted by frequent shouting and protests by the general public concerning the fate of Empire Boulevard, a wide thoroughfare on the border of Crown Heights from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens that remains in a […]

Photo by Matthew Taub

standard On a Range of New Developments, Legal Protections Leave Critics Wanting

Across several neighborhoods, critics of unfettered development are finding that a range of legal protections once trusted to thwart outsized construction cannot necessarily be relied upon. Community groups and preservationists are retooling where they can, holding demonstrations, filing additional lawsuits and perfecting appeals. But in other […]

(UPDATED) Local Residents Seek Solution to Preserve Endangered 'Kentile' Sign

standard (UPDATED) Local Residents Seek Solution to Preserve Endangered ‘Kentile’ Sign

UPDATE: an agreement appears to have been reached with the developer to dismantle but preserve the sign so that it can be relocated to another location in Gowanus. The owner, Iyahu Cohen, has agreed to donate it to the nonprofit Gowanus Alliance, which will repurpose […]

Crown Heights Tenants Union Protests for Protections Amid Rising Rents, Abusive Tactics

standard Crown Heights Tenants Union Protests for Protections Amid Rising Rents, Abusive Tactics

CROWN HEIGHTS — tenants took to the streets on Saturday to tell their landlords that they were fed up with a cycle of displacement and rent overcharges. The Crown Heights Tenant Union (CHTU), an alliance of long-term residents and recently-arrived tenants, marched through the neighborhood to fight […]